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Timothy Evans joins us today.  Timothy is the assistant director of operations at the University Village Apartments, an on campus housing facility at California State University San Marcos.

One of the biggest topics in higher education these days is student debt.  And Tim has such a neat back-story that makes him passionate about getting out of, and staying out of, debt.  And with where Tim works, he is in a unique position to speak into the lives of students staring down the possibility leaving school with substantial debt.

Direct download: ep73_TimEvans1.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 11:45am CDT

COCM's Jeff Kirkpatrick shares his story of how a dangerous situation propelled him into being an RA and eventually a full time student housing professional.

Direct download: ep74_HIGISH_JeffKirkpatrick.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

In this "How I Got Into Student Housing" series, we've been talking to housing professionals to understand how they got into this field.  In every episode of the series, you’ll hear how a mentor and/or a situation guided each person into something they love.

In this episode we interview COCM's director of Towson Place Apartments, a student community at Towson University.  

Direct download: ep73_HIGISH_GretchenSmutney.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 3:44pm CDT

Va'Shajn Parr, Director of University Village and the Quad (on-campus housing) at CSU San Marcos spoke with us about the service he is using to solve the resident package delivery problem.

Direct download: ep72_VashajnParr.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 1:45pm CDT

How We Got To COCM - Doug Brown and Sandy Hill

President of COCM, Doug Brown and Executive Vice President, Sandy Hill sat down with us to talk about how they got into the student housing world and then to COCM. The conversation winds through their background, funny stories they’ve had while traveling, and where they see the future of COCM.

This is a special video podcast version of a series we’ve had on our regular podcast, “How I Got Into Student Housing.”  If you haven’t been following this series, the episodes are designed to be a fairly quick look into how these housing professionals got into this field.

Direct download: ep69_COCMDougSandy.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:58pm CDT

The Relationship Between A Research University And A Fine Arts Department

This episode, Dr. Nancy Uscher joins us to chat with us about the relationship between a research university and its school of fine arts, and why that relationship is important. 

Dr. Uscher holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in music from New York University.  She is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, where she spent her junior year in college.  Additionally, she spent two decades as a concert violist, performing and teaching around the world, including six years leading the viola section of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, before transitioning full-time into academe.  She is also the author of dozens of articles and 2 books.

Direct download: ep70_NancyUscher.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 3:25pm CDT

Utilizing Big Data To Improve Student Success

Jack Suess, the Vice President of Information Technology and CIO of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, joined us to talk about what they’re doing with “Big Data” on that campus, and how they’re using it to increase student success. We also talked about using the cloud to be a "greener" campus and the importance of quality WIFI coverage.

Direct download: ep68_JackSuess.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

Joe Cantona is a Site Operations Specialist for COCM.  In his role, he has worked on site at almost every one of COCM's sites across the country, performing tasks from opening sites for the first time, to filling the gap while critical staff when they are on leave. He joined us for the latest installment of our “How I Got Into Student Housing” series.

If you haven’t been following this series, the episodes are designed to be a fairly quick look into how these housing professionals got into this field.  In every episode you hear, you’ll hear how a mentor and/or a situation guided every person into something they love.

Direct download: ep67_HIGISH_JoeCantona.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:36pm CDT

Author and fellow podcast host, Lisa B. Marshall joined us to talk about her story and why good communication is critical. 

Direct download: ep64_LisaBMarshall.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:47pm CDT

The Importance Of Fire Safety In A Residence Hall

Shawn Simons joins us to talk about fire safety in residence halls on campus by sharing his story about the fire in Boland Hall on the campus of Seton Hall University in 200. 

Direct download: ep66_ShawnSimons.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

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