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Chatting with us today is Dennis J. Shields, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He spoke with us about his experiences living in a dorm room as the VP of Student Affairs and about his successes in building a great foundation for student community on his campus.

Dennis became Chancellor in 2010, after having served as the acting VP for Student Affairs at City College of New York – City University of New York.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Graceland College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.  Dennis has held administrative positions in a number of law schools, including Duke, University of Michigan and the University of Iowa.

Direct download: ep33_DennisShields.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

From Higher Ed to the Weather Channel

A few podcast episodes earlier, we interviewd Lyndon State College President, Joe Bertolino for a second time.  Dr. Bertolino mentioned the Lyndon State meteorology program and how Joe D'Aleo was a member of the faculty of Lyndon State and became involved in the beginning stages of the Weather Channel.  So we reached out to Mr. D'Aleo and he was kind enough to chat with us about his time at Lyndon State and at the Weather Channel.  Mr. D'Aleo has an extensive professional background in meteorology, including serving as the first director of meteorology at The Weather Channel in 1981.  Just prior to joining The Weather Channel, he was a professor and chairman of the department of meteorology at Lyndon State.  He is currently the cp-chief meteorology at WeatherBell Analytics in Boston.

Direct download: ep32_joedaleo.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 5:27pm CDT

Joining the Conversation today is Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Dr. Hrabowski began his career at UMBC in 1987 as Vice Provost, then Executive Vice President, and finally, president in 1992.  Under his leadership, he has turn UMBC into a place where, “it is cool to be smart.”  

He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Hampton Institute (graduating at 19 years old), and both a masters in mathematics and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration / Statistics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Direct download: Ep31_FreemanHrabowski.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

Interview With Dr. Joe Bertolino of  Lyndon State College at the ACE Annual Meeting

We will always be grateful to Dr. Joe Bertolino for agreeing to be interviewed in our very first Join the Conversation podcast, in July 2012.  Just a month before that interview, Joe had become the 15th president of Lyndon State, after serving eight years as vice president for enrollment at Queens College, part of the City University of New York system. 

In March of this year, we had the chance to interview Joe again during the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in San Diego California.  Doug Brown, president of Capstone On-Campus Management conducted the interview.


Direct download: ep30_Bertolino2.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:00pm CDT

Playing to Your Strengths and Overcoming Adversity

Clarion University President, Karen Whitney, spoke with us on adversity, utilizing your strengths, and the role of student housing on a university campus.  

Since assuming the presidency, Dr. Whitney has led the university to articulate a mission to provide transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments.

Dr. Whitney has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston. She presents, teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of higher education finance, administration, law, student development, and student facilities.

Direct download: ep29_KarenWhitney.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

Dr. Nick Morgan spoke with us on the importance of effective storytelling when communicating.  

Dr. Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache.  He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents.  He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to take on the investment community.  He has worked widely with political and educational leaders.  And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

Direct download: ep28_NickMorgan.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 12:34pm CDT

How Decreasing Government Funding is Changing Higher Education

In a time where so many federal issues are clamoring for more and more funding, higher education's piece of the pie is getting smaller and smaller. Marshall University President, Stephen Kopp spoke with us about the issue of decreasing government funding for higher education institutions and how they'll likely have to deal with it in the future.

Direct download: ep27_StephenKopp.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

Part two of a two-part podcast.  This past November, Student Housing Business brought together leaders from higher education, as well as the student housing industry, for the inaugural InterFace Student Housing Conference in Orlando.  A wide variety of topics salient to student housing were discussed -from Finance to Architectural Design Trends to Residence Hall Renovations and Technology.   In case you weren’t able to attend, the following session is one (of many) that you won’t want to miss. Listen as Doug Brown moderates a panel of higher ed professionals including Norb Dunkel, Associate VP for Student Affairs, Auxiliary Operations, University of Florida; Carl Dieso, Associate Director of Housing Operations, University of Cincinnati; John Eckman, Director of Residential Services, University of Pennsylvania; and Marc Robillard, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, Boston University.  The topic of the discussion is The State of On-Campus Housing: Utilizing Student Housing for Recruiting, Retention & Enrollment Management.

Direct download: ep26_InterfaceSessionPt2.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 6:42pm CDT

Dr. James Muyskens, President of Queens College, spoke with us about his upcoming retirement, reflected back on his career, and explained how a decision to bring a residence hall to the campus changed the school as a whole.

Direct download: ep24_Muyskens.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

Kim Moistner-Bartlett spoke with us today about developing leaders and leadership skills in the higher education world.

Kim is an individual who is passionate about developing leadership in higher education, and specifically in student affairs and with student leaders.  She has blended her experiences in business and higher education administration to create Kimembee, a leadership development company.

She has held numerous professional roles including Assistant Dean for the First Year Experience, Director of the First Year Experience, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Area Coordinator and Residence Hall Director. She's worked at a variety of universities including The University of Southern Mississippi, Temple University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ball State University, Philadelphia University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

She has received state and regional awards for her innovative presentations, most notably in the area of customer service within higher education. She has instructed on-line courses on this topic for Student and

Kim is also the author of “What if?” a weekly blog which challenges leaders and professionals to think outside of the box and be the best that they can be. Her blog is featured on Reslife.Net and

Interviewing Kim today is Melynda Davis, the Assistant Director for Residence Life at the Summit at Queens College in Flushing, New York.

Direct download: Ep23_KimMoistnerBartlett.mp3
Category:Join The Conversation Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm CDT