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August 15, 2011
Every fall it’s this way. Mid-August comes and I hit the panic button, realizing how much work I have left to do before the semester begins — next week. Isn’t that awfully early, I find myself thinking? I imagine this is even true for those who start after Labor Day (though I envy them now). Whether it’s early or late, there’s always a crunch right at the beginning.
August 14, 2011
Last May, I left my teaching position without a job prospect in sight. It was a gamble, I admit; at the time I had interviewed for jobs, but I hadn’t heard from anyone yet. As far as I was concerned, I was unemployed as soon as I submitted my final grades and received my final paycheck via direct deposit.
August 14, 2011
I'm hoping that we can circle back to Archibald and Feldman's 6/14/11 piece "What Bubble?"Archibald and Feldman write:
August 14, 2011
A middle level administrator I know was faced with a dilemma. The person had agreed to make a program recommendation and immediately after sending the very strong recommendation began to have serious reservations about the program. To some extent these reservations were the result of information that became available subsequent to the recommendation being sent. And to some extent the reservations were the result of a more careful look by the administrator at the program being recommended. The end result was a 180 degree change from recommend to really can’t recommend.
August 14, 2011
It’s that time of the summer. Now that the rest of the world has passed “shark week,” we academics can see the dorsal fin in the water. It’s almost September.We aren’t quite there yet, happily. By about 3:00 in the afternoon, the campus is pretty much empty. But you can make out the silhouette on the horizon.The telltale signs are there. Back-to-school sales are popping up. Afternoon thunderstorms are becoming more common and violent. The visitors’ parking lot is suspiciously full.
August 14, 2011
Ben will begin his senior year of high school next month. He is thinking about where he will apply to college. His academic advisors and music mentors have recommended schools where they believe he will get the best possible education and professional training, while my friends and family stress the importance of living away from home. "Kids need to experience other cultures, other ways of life," they tell me. "They need to develop independence; to learn to navigate the world without Mommy or Daddy's interference."
August 13, 2011
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 13 August 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
August 11, 2011
I know this is a big topic, but it has become salient recently in my world.My college is taking a fresh look at its website. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that the previous version won't be missed.But in trying to put together a new one, it's becoming clear that different sets of expectations are crashing into each other. This can't be the first time such a thing has happened, so I'm hoping my wise and worldly readers can shed some light.
August 11, 2011
For some German politicians, this summer is bringing not only matters of meditation on preparing for the coming elections in September, or the need to address the home and foreign agenda, but also serious challenges for their careers. After the big scandal around the accusation of plagiarism against Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the then minister of Defense and a rising star of the German politics; other politicians, many representatives of the ‘’new generation,’’ are going through comparably embarrassing days.
August 11, 2011
Some of the best advice I got recently about communicating is:"Don't filter information."

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