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.

Presenting at #GLACUHO 2016 Today…

I’m excited to be back in the region in which I got my start. During my graduate student days I was the intern for Alma Sealine when she was GLACUHO President. Fast forward 15 years later and I’m back in the region and presenting three times. Below are the slides from the presentations I will be giving along with some additional resources. Highlighting Your Strengths as a Professional, Online Being a visible and engaged professional online has many benefits including opening doors to job opportunities and accessing and participating in free or… 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.

You Already Have A Permanent Digital Tattoo… And It’s Growing…

I came across this excellent Ted Talk by Juan Enriquez the other day.  Titled, You Online Life, As Permanent As A Tattoo, this talk explores the idea that all of the digital data collected on you, and to which you contribute yourself through social media, is imprinting you with a permanent “digital tattoo.” Traditional tattoos tell stories about individuals.  They are often highly personal and unique.  As companies, sites and apps continuously collect information on us (such as our buying habits, our likes, our preferences, and our history), they are imprinting each of… Read More

Presenting at University of Dayton Today…

I am immensely grateful to be hosted by the staff and students in residence life at the University of Dayton today.  I will be giving two talks: one to the professional staff that outlines some of my research as well as tips for engaging students online, and a second one to the student staff members about digital reputation. I’m particularly excited about this presentation because it will be the first one I’ve given after having completed a full draft of my dissertation.  I have noticed that as my research has evolved, I… Read More