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January 18, 2011 - 9:15pm
I am a person who is easily bored. It is in my character. I get tired of things easily. Not just of things, but also of people, of places, of food, of music etc. Once I achieve something, for me the taste is gone. I then jump on the next idea to get a new natural high out of what I do. This does not mean that I am a restless soul in every way. Luckily I harbor a stable core as well which lets me keep life-long friendships, favourite cafes that date from my university years or keepsakes from years ago. But this does not change the fact that I need novelty to feel alive every so often.
January 18, 2011 - 8:45pm
The secret to being an avid student affairs techie is very simple. Whenever/wherever you notice a new technology solution, thought piece, or tech-based recommendation, always ask a question: Is this relevant to the work that I do in student affairs? I engage in this activity on a regular basis. In fact, most of my post ideas come from outside of the higher education technology sphere.
January 18, 2011 - 8:41pm
Last week’s article in Salon by Katy Read about the flip side of “opting out” of the workforce struck a chord with me.The world was different when The Wife dropped out of the paid workforce in 2004.
January 18, 2011 - 4:00pm
I traveled over the MLK weekend, and ended up staying in a nicely refurbished older hotel. More than a number of other placed I've stayed, they seemed to be serious about energy conservation and minimizing environmental impacts.
January 18, 2011 - 4:30am
Last week's post about whether or not we need a technology in student affairs book generated quite a bit of discussion.
January 17, 2011 - 9:08pm
Although community colleges enroll more students than flagship state universities do, the flagship state universities hog most of the public attention. They have the football teams and the statewide constituencies, and nearly everyone in the state has heard of them. Unfortunately, that often leads to political or policy decisions being made for entire state systems based on the circumstances of a single outlier campus.
January 17, 2011 - 8:30pm
Anya Kamenetz has an article in this month's Fast Company, "How to Spend $100 Million to Really Save Education". $100 million is the amount that Mark Zuckerberg pledged to the Newark school system.How would you spend $100 million on higher ed?For my higher ed $100 million I'd:
January 17, 2011 - 7:36pm
In my household, I am typically the designated grocery shopper. I go once a week, and both my wife and I buy whatever remaining items we end up needing in between. Within about a mile, there are five major supermarkets. All have their strengths and weaknesses but I know from experience that they don’t have the best goodness of fit with the needs of my family.). So instead of choosing based on convenience, I choose based on the selection and go to another major supermarket that is almost 20 by car minutes from my home.
January 17, 2011 - 7:25pm
Two posts on Inside Higher Ed caught my eye the other day; one, from The University of Venus, on being a “virtual chair”; the other on the gender gap in academic service.
January 17, 2011 - 2:15pm
Who should govern universities? Should the best scholars sacrifice their career as researchers and govern academic institutions or should professional managers provide the experience of running healthy and competitive business? This question is currently discussed in different countries and across different academic cultures.

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