Transcript of the 2017 Commencement Speech for Western Nebraska Community College: It Only Takes A Tweet

The following is a transcript of the speech I gave as the 2017 commencement speaker at Western Nebraska Community College. It was an honor to be asked to speak with these graduates and their friends and family and a memory I won’t soon forget. Many thanks to President Holcomb for inviting me and to Nina Grant for all of her work in organizing the event and keeping me organized. Titled, “And It Only Takes A Tweet,” the following is my congratulations and advice to the class of 2017.

The 2017 Brown family holiday picture… and every one since 1968

2017

Happy Holidays! It has been the Brown family tradition for 50 years to document each year’s passage with an annual holiday photo.  Beginning in 1968, the year my parents got married, and continuing through the present day, you can watch as we’ve changed, made (bad) hair and fashion choices, and grown to include a fifth member.  Below you will find our journey beginning with a picture of the house we grew up in (and my parents still live in to the present day).

A Tour of Our HigherEd Tech “Start-Up” Offices…

So what’s it like to work at Roompact? Working at a young, rapidly growing higher ed tech company is exciting. It’s also both a lot of fun and a lot of work. I wanted to share a bit about our office and our work experience to give you insights into what’s happening “behind the screen” when you’re using our software. Roompact was founded and is headquartered in Chicago. Although we moved around a bit in our early years, we’ve finally settled into an office in the River North neighborhood. For those of you familiar… Read More

Consider Donating On My Behalf, As a Diamond Honoree of ACPA!

  I am super humbled and honored to be recognized by ACPA-College Student Educators International as a 2017 Diamond Honoree! The Diamond Honoree program is both a recognition program and a fundraising campaign that recognizes individuals for their contributions to higher education. Two of my colleagues and mentors, Dr. Sue Sanders and Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, nominated me for this award for which I was ultimately selected. They both wrote two wonderful letters in support of me which you can read here and here. Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, who was the Vice President of… Read More

Where do dissertations go when they die?

It’s done. Congratulations! That dissertation you’ve stressed over for months… that you’ve labored over for years… It’s finally complete. You’ve uploaded it to a database, or submitted it to the library, and there it sits. New knowledge. Waiting for discovery. Put on that fancy new robe and stride across the stage. After you pick up your diploma, go ahead and drop your dissertation in the bottomless pit to the left. The sad fact is, your dissertation will likely never be read, remembered, or referenced. If you have a really supportive mom, she… Read More