PRESENTATION VIDEO: Your Professional Network Is Powered By Bacon

I was excited to once again be taking the big stage at ACPA to give a PechaKucha presentation.  For the uninitiated, PechaKuchas entail 20 slides, each set to advance every 20 seconds, while presenters speak over them.  In the past, I did a more-serious research-focused PK, a PK that highlighted the fun story of my relationship with JetBlue, and for this year, I wanted to try my hand at presenting something inspiring.  In this PeckaKucha, I present a crowdsourced experiment I did called, “The Six Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project.”  If you want to… Read More

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Social Media Residential Curriculum

I had the immense privilege of being one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute talking about how residence life professionals (and actually, any student affairs professional) can integrate social media into their student learning efforts.  I wanted to provide a sample of the slide deck I used as well as some further resources to get you started. To see examples of colleges and universities using social media in creative ways, check out a list of my Higher Education Social Media Spotlights. For attendees: If you want to hear… Read More

The Only Life and Social Media Maxim You Need To Know

(Picture above from the Kaumana Caves on the Big Island of Hawaii.) Knowing of my adventures in the past year, one of my students shared a passage with me from W. H. Murray’s The Scottish Himalaya Expedition from 1951.  The passage reads: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to… Read More

3 Insights on College Student Self Esteem from “Let me Take a #Selfie”

In the three months since it’s release, the video “#Selfie (Let Me Take a Selfie)” has been viewed nearly 100 million times on YouTube and has gone into heavy rotation.  Although tongue-in-cheek, the video reveals some surprising nuggets of wisdom regarding social media engagement, particularly around Instagram.  It also provides interesting insights into the underlying psychology of its users, particularly those of traditional college age.  Colleges and universities are only now beginning to react to this trend.  Some institutions have gone so far as to put in place “selfie bans,” while others have… Read More

3 Ways #ACPA14 Was The Most #Social #Innovative #Inspiring #StudentAffairs Conference Ever

I recently came back from the 2014 National Convention of ACPA-College Student Educators International… and it was AWESOME.  The Convention Team really took to the challenge of “reinventing” the conference experience into something new.  As a leader in the Association, I left the experience proud of what my colleagues had accomplished and excited that ACPA has become a nimble organization that is able to change quickly but with thoughtful intention.  Throughout it all, it was evident that ACPA’s values were front and center: (1) research and scholarship, (2) social justice, equity and inclusion, and (3) innovation and… Read More