4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015

  It’s time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015… So you’ve recently started your journey towards a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  CONGRATULATIONS!  As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can begin to network and gain valuable professional development… digitally… and often for free.  Going digital really isn’t an option anymore, and with that in mind I wanted to give your four tips that can start you on your… Read More

2000 Hours: Advice for a New Student Affairs Professional FREE eBOOK

It’s an exciting time to be living when powerful self-publishing tools allow anyone to easily become an author.  I was excited when Sinclair P. Ceasar III reached out to me to solicit a contribution to a free eBook he was making, Two Thousand Hours: Advice for a New Student Affairs Professional.  Myself and a number of other contributors provided tidbits of advice and stories from our experiences as a new professional.  The book has similar goals to the #SATBT series with which I’ve been experimenting.  I think you’ll find it a fun and… Read More

8 PechaKucha Video Talks From #SAgrads and Future Student Affairs Professionals

This past semester while teaching in Merrimack College’s Higher Education Program, I played around with a new assignment for my students.  Instead of the standard end-of-the-year “lessons learned” presentation in my practicum class, I had my students do it in a PechaKucha-style format.  As you may remember, PechaKucha is 20 slides set to automatically advance every 20 seconds resulting in a presentation that lasts 6 minutes and forty seconds. At first I was skeptical of assigning my students such a difficult presentation style, some of whom have not had extensive presentation experience, but… Read More

Examples of #SAgrad Online Professional Portfolios

In the practicum course I taught in the Merrimack College Higher Education program this semester, I had the students experiment with the creation of online portfolios.  Online portfolios can be an excellent opportunity to promote reflective practice as well as give students a leg up in the job search.  They can follow you throughout your career and be an excellent public space to archive your thoughts and achievements.  The assignment I gave to the students, as outlined in the syllabus, read: Students will create a reflective online portfolio of their fellowship and… Read More

2 Years Later: #SAgrad Student Affairs Stories From The Boston Marathon

It’s been two years to the day since the bomb went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  As I reflect on the events of this day, I wanted to re-share the stories of the graduate students who were in the practicum course I was teaching at the time.  They all represent different perspectives on the tragedy and how these new professionals worked through it while also helping others.  Many are stories of people who temporarily set aside their own healing to help others. Working in student affairs and higher… Read More