As August begins, I am transitioning out of most of my side projects in preparation for the start of my doctoral program at Johnson and Wales University. While I’m sad that I won’t be directly involved in these projects moving forward, I know they are going into good hands and will be moved forward in their evolution, including:
1. Student Affairs Live
This web show has been such an honor and privilege to be a part of. When I took over for Eric Stoller last summer, I knew I had big shoes to fill and I’m proud of the job I did to provide opportunities for meaningful conversation with Student Affairs colleagues across the country each week. Overall, there were a total of 25 episodes (3 with guest hosts) with some fantastic professionals, including:
- 8/3/2012: Sarah Evans, Sevans Strategy (video)
- 9/12/2012: Kevin Kruger, NASPA
- 9/19/2012: Ellen Heffernan, The Spellman and Johnson Group
- 9/26/2012: Tim Bounds, Duke University
- 10/3/2012: Larry Roper, Oregon State University
- 10/17/2012: Keith Humphrey & Karen Warren Coleman, ACPA
- 10/24/2012: Rachel Luna, University of the Pacific
- 11/7/2012: Norb Dunkel, University of Florida
- 11/14/2012: Ray Junco, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
- 12/5/2012: Lisa Endersby, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- 12/12/2012: Sara Lipka, Chronicle of Higher Education
- 1/16/2013: Erin Weed, Girls Fight Back
- 1/23/2013: Leadership and Technology Panel: Chris Conzen (Suffolk County Community College), Cindy Kane (Bridgewater State University), Mike Severy (UNC Pembroke); Becca Obergefell (Ohio Dominican University)
- 1/30/2013: David Felper and Colleen Towle, Bowditch & Dewey Law Firm
- 2/6/2013: Student Affairs Fitness Panel: Julie Leos (Univ of Michigan); Connie Aramento (WPI); Debbie Becker (Johnson and Wales University, Providence); Patrick Love (Rutgers University)
- * 2/13/2013: SALive Open Mic (Guest Hosts: Mike Hamilton along with Joe Ginese and Lisa Endersby)
- 2/20/2013: Ellen Heffernan, The Spellman and Johnson Group (Part 2)
- 2/27/2013: ACPA 2013 Convention Preview
- 3/13/2013: College Scorecard and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (co-hosted with Ashley Hennigan)
- 3/27/2013: Marketing and Communication Panel: Liz Gross (Great Lakes Educational Loan Services); Kat Shanahan (UW-Whitewater); James McHaley (Northwestern University)
- * 4/10/2013: Academic Advising at Community Colleges (Guest host: Chris Conzen)
- 4/24/2013: Building Innovative Slidedecks (Panel): Paul Brown (Boston College) & Courtney O’Connell (Rutgers University)
- 5/1/2013: The Summer of #SAfit: Panel
- 5/15/2013: The Student Affairs Technology Unconference Series (Panel)
- * 5/22/2013: Careers at Community Colleges (Guest host: Chris Conzen)
- 7/31/2013: SAlive Transition Show
Beginning today, my good friend Mike Hamilton from WPI will be taking over as host of the Student Affairs Live channel on the Higher Ed Live network with Campus Labs as our new sponsor. Mike has been my partner and producer in all of my video adventures (dating back to my Live Video Interview Series on this blog.) I have been doing these interviews since 2010 and am ready to pass the torch to Mike, who I know will continue to grow the channel and its opportunities to connect student affairs professionals together regularly!
With this in mind, I’d like to officially announce that Kristen Abell will be leading the SAtechUN 2014 series and will be your point contact should you wish to host an event. I know Kristen is excited to be involved and will do a great job! I will remain involved as an advisor and provide feedback when I can.
Of the 12 cities that originally agreed to host an SAtechUN event, 10 of them came to fruition. Before the end of summer, I will share a report with all the numbers and relevant data with Kristen and her team to push this idea and movement to the next level. We already have received requests from institutions wanting to host this on their campus next year and the hope is to announce the list of cities later this fall. We have also received more interest in sponsoring these events, much like ACPA, Magellan Collegiate Promotions, and OnCampusText did this year! Exciting things are coming surrounding the SA Tech Unconferences, and this is just the beginning 🙂
Whether you were a host, sponsor, advisor, and/or participant, please know that I am SO grateful for your involvement this year and hope you will consider joining us again next year.
3. SA Tech Boston
Our third annual SA Tech Unconference in Boston (at BU and the Microsoft NERD Center) was a great success, once again. Even though I LOVE this event, I knew, deep down, that I would have to step away from it after this year. So, I’m happy to announce that Thomas “TKay” Kelley will be leading the 2014 SA Tech Boston planning group and growing our regional event. TKay is a fantastic professional who will take what we started and grow it into something even more awesome. While I still will be there to advise and support, TKay will now lead the charge. I am so grateful to Kenn Elmore and Kat Cornetta for all their support and energy for this program at BU and hope we can return again next year!
So, what’s next for me? At this point, my focus will be on my work at Bridgewater State University, classes at Johnson and Wales University, my focus on staying #SAfit, and fulfilling my responsibilities to make the ACPA 2014 Convention in Indianapolis as innovative as we are marketing it to be. I know, that’s still a lot 🙂 But after being involved in so many wonderful projects over the last few years (e.g. Student Affairs Grow, Thinking Social, etc.), its time to focus in a bit more.
As I step back, I hope many of you will be like Kristen, TKay, and the many others who have stepped forward to take on a side project that will help our student affairs and higher education community. What are you passionate about? What can you contribute to grow our profession? Who can you get to help you achieve your vision?
I am grateful to all of you for your consistent challenge, support, love, and encouragement. I will need it in order to achieve my next big goal for 2016: Ed Cabellon, Ed.D. 🙂
What is your next transition? How are you dealing with and managing it?