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July 29, 2010 - 4:30am
If you have worked in student affairs since 2008, you are most likely aware of the ongoing conversations around the unification of ACPA and NASPA into a consolidated association for student affairs professionals. The process began in 2008 and has literally been a riveting topic of interest for practitioners. As a member of both associations, I have been fascinated by the unification progression.
July 28, 2010 - 8:32pm
Great discussion around Scott McLemee's concerns around the power of Amazon and a superb list of the top 10 things to keep in mind about the future of the academic library, as shared by Tracy Mitrano.Can we combine these two threads to come up with one (potentially very bad) idea? I'll give it a shot.
July 28, 2010 - 8:24pm
A recent leadership seminar that brought together rectors and vice-chancellors of African Universities in 17 countries highlighted the many challenges to building higher education in the region. Africa shares many challenges with other regions but also faces challenges that are particularly daunting in the region.
July 28, 2010 - 8:19pm
Now that my children are almost college-age, I have to face some cold, hard facts of personal accounting. I have not been saving for my teens’ college tuition plan. On my college professor’s salary I cannot afford to send my kids to the same kind of private institution that I attended as an undergrad. Nor do I want them to wind up with $80,000 in student loan debt by the age of 21. (I can’t even do the math for the additional costs of a graduate education for them.)
July 28, 2010 - 3:00pm
I was recently in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. (Does the USA even have a museum of civilization? And what does it signify that I need to look in a museum to find civilization?) One of their larger exhibits was on the subject of aboriginal peoples of North America, and one of the displays in the exhibit was of a memorial to a chief out of the Pacific Coast (I forget what nation), and to the many large potlatches he gave.
July 28, 2010 - 2:30pm
In the next few blogs I will highlight some moments from the Institute for Computer Policy and Law held last week at Cornell in Ithaca, New York.http://www.sce.cornell.edu/exec/programs.php?v=CPL&s=OverviewFive sessions were captured on video and archived. They can be found at this page:
July 28, 2010 - 12:00pm
We had three knock-out sessions on Day 4. Nothing I say here will compare with simply watching the videos: http://cornellmediasite.cit.cornell.edu/mediasite/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=a3fcdaa9-356a-49ce-80a8-7cb6f34990cHere are my take-aways from each session:
July 27, 2010 - 9:52pm
After I completed my PhD and accepted my first tenure track full-time teaching appointment, I was assigned a faculty office that I shared with three other full-time faculty. I was on campus usually four days a week but I hated the office even though I liked my office mates. Trying to talk with students and trying to grade exams, or trying to do research was seriously and negatively impacted. It is impossible to talk to students about their future plans and ambitions, about courses they needed to meet requirements and graduate, and about economics.
July 27, 2010 - 9:48pm
Thanks to Tracy Mitrano for her synthesis and analysis of the new Copyright Office ruling that will allow us to legally crack DVDs owned by our institution's for fair use protected teaching activities. This is a welcome (and unusual) piece of good news, an important legal building block towards bringing some sanity to the efforts to incorporate video into teaching and learning.
July 27, 2010 - 5:15pm
I am not going to dismiss it with “Oh. I don't know how it really happened.” I know exactly how it happened: how I ended up presenting 4 papers and acting as a panel discussant at two back-to-back conferences in Sydney within a span of 8 days this July. 

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