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Best selling author and award winning columnist, Jeff Selingo joined us to talk about his most recent book, There Is Life After College.  We talked about the way this generation is learning and how it affects the transition to life after college, how residential education is more important than ever, and his favorite phone apps.

We're also giving away five signed copies of his book to the first five people to email us at info@studenthousingmatters.com. Don't miss out!

Direct download: ep62_JeffSelingo2.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

Melynda Davis is COCM's director at Campus Town at The College of New Jersey.  She 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: ep62_MelyndaDavis.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

Our latest post in the "How I Got Into Student Housing" series features Debbie Daniels, COCM's Director of Edgewood Commons at Frostburg State University. 

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: ep60_HIGISH_DebbieDaniels.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 10:53am CDT

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.

In this episode we're joined by COCM's director of facilities and conference services art Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MASSART), Jen Oliver.  Come hear how she went from being a pre-med student to where she is now.

Direct download: ep59_HIGISH_JennOliver.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:27pm CDT

The third installment of our "How I Got Into Student Housing" is an interview with Amy Lorenz, the director for Centennial and Falcon Heights at Bowling Green State University.

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: ep57_HIGISH_AmyLorenz.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 1:14pm CDT

In the second episode in a series we’re calling “How I Got Into Student Housing,” we’re interviewing COCM employees at sites all around the country asking them what brought them to this field.  It’s a fascinating look at what makes people who work in student housing tick.

In this episode we interviewed the Director Housing Facilities at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, Michelle Smith.

Direct download: ep56_HIGISH_MichelleSmith.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:02pm CDT

Joining us on the podcast today is college instructor, and veteran business writing and presentation skills coach, Dr. Wilma Davidson.  Dr. Davidson is an instructor of Professional and Technical Communication at the University of South Florida and author of the Third Revised Edition of Business Writing:  What Works, What Won’t, published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Dr. Davidson spoke with us on the topic of good business writing; its necessities and the flaws in how it is taught. 

She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in English Education from State University of New York at New Paltz, a C.A.G.S. in Journalism from American International College, and an Ed.D. in English / Business Communications from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick.

Direct download: ep55_WilmaDavidson.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:35pm CDT

In a new series we're calling "How I Got Into Student Housing," we're interviewing COCM employees at sites all around the country asking them what brought them to this field.  It's a fascinating look at what makes people who work in student housing tick.

In this episode we interviewed the Director of Spartan Suites at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Direct download: ep54_MeccaMarsh.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

Today on the podcast we have Jeanne Martinet, author of The Art of Mingling.  In every facet of society these day, there are times when we must be able to mingle or make small talk. It can often times be a painful experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  So how do you work a room without fear?  How do you extract yourself from a conversation that has gone stale?  Jeanne was kind enough to speak with us about these topics on this episode.

Direct download: ep53_JeanneMartinet.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 1:58pm CDT

As the second part of our interviews with the NACAS keynote speakers, we’re speaking with Alison Levine today.  Alison can be described as adventurer, explorer, professor, and author of The Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership, a New York Times best seller.

Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Communications, and a MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.  She has served as an Adjunct Professor with the United States Military Academy, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, and as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

She serves on the advisory board of the Coach K/Duke University Center on Leadership and Ethics and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

As we mentioned earlier, Alison will be a key note speaker at the National Association of College and Auxiliary Services (NACAS) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, speaking at the closing session on Wednesday morning, November 4th.

To hear our interview with the other keynote speaker at the conference, Tim Sanders, just find last week’s episode on our blog or on iTunes.

Direct download: ep52_AlisonLevine.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 12:19pm CDT