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.

Just Published: “College Student Development in Digital Spaces” in “Engaging the Digital Generation”

NDSS Volume 155

I’m pleased to share that the new volume of New Directions for Student Services that I’ve been collaborating on for the past year is finally available online!  Engaging the Digital Generation, edited by Josie Ahlquist and Ed Cabellon, focuses on issues confronting college students and higher education professionals related to technology.  The chapters in this volume include: Chapter 1: “A Historical Perspective on Student Affairs Professionals’ Use of Digital Technology” by Cabellon, E. T., & Payne-Kirchmeier, J. Chapter 2: “The Digital Identity of Student Affairs Professionals” by Ahlquist, J. Chapter 3: “A Strategic… Read More

DOWNLOAD MY DISSERTATION: College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

I am happy to finally make my entire final dissertation available for all to download and read.  This document represents some of the first qualitative research into how traditionally aged college students use social media and its impact on their development and how they construct identities online.  If you want a more detailed description, I’ve included the abstract below. Interested in downloading it?  In addition to the dissertation now being available on the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, I’ve also made it available as direct download here from my website.

#ACPA16 Presentation: Digitized Student Development, Social Media, and Identity

I’m pleased to be presenting the results of my dissertation research at ACPA this year.  This presentation provides a broad overview of my study, its findings, and implications.  This is one of the first times I am presenting this material in public and I am super excited about it.  If you want to learn more, I’ve included the program abstract and learning outcomes below along with a copy of the presentation slides I will be using.

Watch the Video of My PhD Dissertation Defense, On College Students and Social Media

It’s over!  It’s hard to believe the one of the final steps on my journey is complete.  I want to thank everyone for all of their support throughout this process.  There are far too many of you to mention individually, but I trust you know who you are and how much I appreciate you. If you’d like to watch a video of the public defense of my dissertation (below), I recorded it via live-streaming on Google On Air Hangouts.  This video includes the presentation portion of my defense, which was approximately 15 minutes.  Enjoy! 😉