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March 12, 2008
Little Truths contest judge Steve Davenport is currently hunkered down with your entries—cogitating, masticating—and I strongly suggest we give him some privacy and time to finish. He says he’ll be ready to post winners here on Friday. In the meantime, here’s a bit on having aesthetic standards, about which I argue with him twice a month.***
March 12, 2008
A correspondent asks, after posting a description of steps taken toward sustainability: “ a student emailed me asking broader questions about the green movement. Essentially he was wondering if this has really become a mainstream movement on campuses across the country. What’s your sense?“
March 11, 2008
A new correspondent writes:Within the last year I've completed my PhD in English. In thinking about future jobs, I think I'd be a good fit either at a CC or at a teaching-centered institution with undergraduate education as it's main mission (SLAC, regional state, etc). Here's the catch: I likely won't actually be looking for that job for 8, 10, or even 15 years.
March 11, 2008
Three new construction technologies which will improve the energy profiles of future buildings:
March 10, 2008
Even if you don’t remember 1957, you’re probably aware of the influx of funding, research and science majors which US higher education experienced in response to the Soviet Union’s first-ever artificial satellite. The space race was on, and putting a man on the moon (a mere 12 years later) is still the standard by which large scale technological achievement is measured.
March 9, 2008
A returning correspondent, who works at a cc, writes:
March 7, 2008
Enterprising student journalists at SUNY New Paltz have discovered that some full-time professors pretty regularly miss their office hours. UD can recall missing her office hours once or twice in her career, due to ... I don't know... cluelessness. UD zones out on occasion. She forgets things. But with office hours this has happened very few times. At New Paltz it seems to be a trend.
March 7, 2008
My cc is dealing with a statewide initiative that may or may not succeed at its intended goals. It's fairly high-stakes, it's mandated by legislation that says 'what' but not 'how,' and it would involve - if it succeeds - upending some longstanding local political compromises.I'm in the enviable position of being my campus's rep to the statewide committee working on this. Which means that I'm also the translator, updating my college on the project as it unfolds.
March 6, 2008
I recently had the opportunity to suggest a marketing/promotional give-away item for use by our engineering department. The idea was that if the promo item was clearly sustainable in nature, and was imprinted with a Greenback U logo, then it would deliver two strong messages for the price of one.

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