Tag: Higher Education

  • Sometimes You Meet the Nicest People

    Sometimes You Meet the Nicest People

    Throughout my career, my line of work–in one setting or another–has steadily called for writing professionally. Often, the storytelling variety, which is my favorite writing to do. If you don’t know what it’s like to have writing be part of your job, I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s a great way to meet […]

  • Ten Tips to Take to College

    Ten Tips to Take to College

    Labor Day: It’s both the unofficial end of summer and beginning of the school year. Despite the wide-ranging starts of school—whether elementary, high school or college—once we’re past Labor Day, the rhythms of life tend to settle in on the academic calendar. This Labor Day weekend is the first I’m spending as a member of […]

  • Moving Right Along

    Moving Right Along

    Knoxville, Tennessee stopped being my home on June 1, almost 26 years to the day since I moved there. Leaving was a little bit scary, a whole lot stressful, and very exciting. My entire professional working life had been spent in Knoxville, but a fantastic new opportunity that I am immensely grateful for was waiting […]

  • Helping Tennessee Achieve

    I want to be the person I would have wanted to mentor me. That’s how I approach volunteering to mentor Tennessee high school students making the jump to college. Waaay back when I was a first-generation college student, there was no program of mentoring on the sometimes-complex path toward pursuing a degree. My ACT composite […]

  • The Communicators Go to Washington

    The Communicators Go to Washington

    I recently spent half a week in Washington, D.C. For this student of history, consumer of headlines, and higher ed mouthpiece, it was like summer camp for grownups. I was in town to attend the annual conference for senior communication professionals of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. I’ve been to Washington a […]

  • Tennessee: The State of UT

    Tennessee: The State of UT

    My relationship with the University of Tennessee began when I was 9 years old. UT’s White County Extension agent, Linda Koger, walked into my 4th grade classroom for the first time and enrolled me in the 4-H club, along with the 20 or so other kids in my class. I can’t speak for the rest […]

  • And the winner is…

    And the winner is…

    In case you didn’t know — hello, Oscars! — it’s award season. As the rich and famous celebrated their noteworthy accomplishments, I was reminded of an accomplishment just as noteworthy to a team neither rich nor famous but who won big for Outstanding Achievement in a Labor of Love. OK, that may not be a real […]

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