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July 26, 2009 - 1:39pm
Today it makes me happy to help two of my favorite people cross paths, in a sense.Katya Cummins is a former student of mine, and a terrific young writer, whom I’ve asked to review books periodically from university presses here at the blog. If you’re an author or marketer with a university press and would like Katya to consider reviewing your book for a general audience, please contact me at Oronte.Churm@InsideHigherEd.com.
July 23, 2009 - 9:10pm
Anne Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, did a piece in yesterday's IHE that really requires a full post to answer.
July 23, 2009 - 9:07pm
A friend from college is spending the year in Rome, on sabbatical with his family, writing two books. Despite the desire to visit them there, to see Rome as no tourist can ever see it, and to introduce my daughter to world travel and the larger world, we did not visit them during the year. This is because the year they chose to spend in Rome was the year that the economy showed difficult times, and we could not, practically speaking, manage to make the trip.
July 23, 2009 - 5:22am
Summer is when we expose our kids (particularly our city kids) to nature, gardening and camping gear. My teenagers already get “environmental” assignments during the school year, but when summer comes, they get to live them out. Those “green” talks from Mom or those tests at school are set aside for combating slugs on our backyard lettuce or tasting the differences between faucet water in Chicago and northern Wisconsin.
July 22, 2009 - 10:46pm
Thanks to all who entered my big funky "Southern Illinois Rocks" raffle. Congratulations to winners Satch, Hoa, Stacey, Sue, Eva, Denise, Erin, Karissa, Jennifer, and Eric! Enjoy your prizes, which are, as they say, in the mail. (Sue, yours will be on the slow boat to Australia, I'm afraid.) This was fun, let's do it again sometime, on another regional theme or some other topic. If anybody's got ideas, I'm open.
July 22, 2009 - 9:31pm
With enrollment through the roof, any fallow space on campus is at a premium. Suddenly, spaces that have been kept open 'just in case' of future expansion is on the table. And long-standing historical gentlemen's agreements about who controls what are abruptly up for grabs. Through trial and error, I'm slowly discovering a method for handling these.
July 22, 2009 - 7:29pm
Based on the expertise inherent in my observation of Portland over a 3-day period (and most of that confined to a convention center), I can confidently state that there are three broad groups (NB - not "classes", lmao) of people in Portland. First, there are tourists. Not just SCUPers, and not just conference attendees in general. Lots of folks, all over town (or at least the portions readily accessible via public transit), all consulting fan-fold maps and looking just a tad confused.
July 22, 2009 - 4:53pm
OK, the main conference sessions are over, there are some local tours going on this afternoon. A few thoughts on the last sessions and speakers.
July 22, 2009 - 8:21am
I found the recent Wall Street Journal article about family-work balance blogs surprising. After all, in my own family my husband and I frequently check in with one another and analyze how we’re both feeling about the family-work juggle. We’re both guilty of being pretty intent on our navels much of the time. But we find that we haven’t just made static choices about how to divide our work and family lives.
July 21, 2009 - 10:01pm
Sometimes, there are no words.


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