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MORE #StudentAffairs in LEGO

Jennifer Keegin:

More goodness.

Originally posted on @PaulGordonBrown:

Because we built so much fun together last time, let’s build another student affairs meme.

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(Appropriate photo credit was attempted to be given when possible.  Photos without attribution come from LEGO or screen captures from The LEGO Movie.  These were created by me and LEGO does not endorse this post.)

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Other folks got their #OneWord2015.

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As of my last post, I had just wrapped up my #oneword2014 and mentioned I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a “One Word” this year. I’m still pondering this in my head, so in the meantime, I researched on Twitter to see if I would be inspired by others’ one word choices.

Here are some blog posts etc. to check out:

This one made me laugh:

This one was revealing:

 

This one helps you to find some inspiration:

 

This one chooses a super fun and empowering word:

 

Here’s one that is religiously based:

I look forward to reading more blogs about folks and their #OneWord2015 – but I’m still looking, searching into what I’m going to do.

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#oneword2014 Summary and Reflection.

I have been choosing one word to live by for each year since 2011. Here are a list of my posts regarding my One Word choices:

2011 Reflection – SOUL

2012 Reflection – STRENGTH

2013 Reflection – CONNECT

2014 Reveal – ACTION

As I look back at these choices and the reflections, I can tell that I was really going deep and each word definitely highlighted the particular place I was at in that year. It’s almost scary how personal these reflections were and how to anyone else, they probably didn’t seem like much.

This year’s word was ACTION

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This was my image to help describe my choice of ACTION as my One Word for 2014. Anyone who has seen Shawshank Redemption remembers this scene. Andy, wrong accused of killing his wife, finally escapes prison and it’s amazing. I made this image with an app and added the quote.

I wanted to somehow capture this feeling. Freedom. Accomplishment. Moving On.

As I look back at my reflections over the year I can visualize the changes, the growth, the opportunities that were happening in my life. All the words making sense, leading me to choose this word. Over humps and obstacles, this was the year to use my newly found freedom in my job to do some great things. Challenge myself – but not because I had to overcome things I didn’t want to do – but because I wanted to do them, and these tasks were really using my talents and strengths.

I was asked to help with creating a fun environment in the new food court in January. 13 televisions dot the large space, and it was my job to help find things for students to do in terms of interacting with the new screens. Challenge Accepted.

ACTIONS

  • Trivia from TapTV – students can play trivia via an app.
  • Rockbot – students can vote on the music they listen to in the space.
  • PollMeEverywhere – I can put up polls that students can vote on in real time
  • Sent all information on the renovation to the Association of College Unions International in hopes of having the building highlighted in its annual Showcase article.

In the summer, I was offered the chance to take on some Communications work for the Division of Student Affairs. This would require giving up some pieces of my position to take on new responsibilities 50% of the time. Challenge Accepted.

ACTIONS

  • Established Communications Team
  • Met with the VP of Student Affairs every week
  • With the direction of the VP, established themes for the year to help shape the Division’s story that we’d like to tell.
  • Communicated the purpose and flow of the team to the leadership of the Division.
  • Our team helped create and share success stories over the course of the semester.
  • Finished the landing page of the Divisional website to include new elements based on Google analytics of what visitors come to see the most.
  • Developed a form for all departments to fill out to assess and create an inventory of tech resources for the Division.

(I can list these easily because they were all goals that were accomplished and listed in my 20 page end of semester report to the VP – an action in itself).

I also took on  a new volunteer role with ACUI this year – I became the first female Technology Community of Practice Leader. I was very excited to take on this role and got right to work.

ACTIONS

  • Created a monthly Chimp Mail-style newsletter for the Community members.
  • Chose monthly themes for the Community to focus on.
  • Tried to have a Google+ chat that failed due to tech issues (go figure).
  • Planned Annual Conference events for the Community.
  • Starting in November, tweeted a resource link every day at 10am about the monthly theme.
  • Kept an eye on the online Forum to help with any conversations.

Yeah, this blog post reads like a resume or a report or whatever – because that’s what this word was about. ACTION. I had a great year accomplishing things and I’m owning it. You don’t see me highlighting accomplishments very often in my posts so this one should last me for awhile.

So on to the next thought.

I’m not sure I’m going to pick one word this year. I haven’t decided. I feel like instead of picking one word, maybe I should do something different. I’ll let you know what I decide soon. I have an idea…but want to ponder it a little more.

I hope all of you reading this have an absolutely wonderful 2015.

Change trains.

Jennifer Keegin:

Great reflection piece this morning. All about choosing your attitude!

Originally posted on eighteen and life:

A morning conversation with a colleague centered on change. Life changes, work changes; changes comprise our life. How we react to these fluctuations is what allows us to make it through the day.
What happens when change does not come fast enough? On more occasions than I would like to admit, I have found myself lamenting the good fortune of others. “That should have been MY job.” “I was due for that raise.”
This “Why not me?” attitude is a heavy, messy piece of luggage to carry around. If these things did not happen for me, they were not mine to own. It’s time to shrug them off and take the next train.
Nothing ever is. Everything is becoming. ~Heraclitus
If a train doesn’t stop at your station, then it’s not your train. ~Marianne Williamson

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Pen Dork. What’s your favorite?

After this wonderful article from Real Simple that brought out my inner pen dork, I decided to do a pen test. I haven’t had a particular pen that I call my favorite in a while, mostly because I think I’ve lost most of them. {Probably took them home to enter the Black Hole of Things}

Here are the pens I tried:
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1. Paper Mate Ink Joy 700RT 1.0M
2. 0.5 I don’t know what this is. Has Chinese writing on it. An international student must have left it in my office.
3. Sharpie Pen Fine
4. Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball Extra Fine
5. Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip

So first I tried writing sentences to see which felt good, looked good etc.
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I found the Bic to be the easiest flow in terms of cursive writing. There was no resistance at all. The Sharpie gave me the most control over my writing which I definitely liked. The Chinese pen gave me the least control. I just liked using the Pilot Precise, kinda feels like using an old times quill pen.

Next I did my signature:

This time I still liked the control the Sharpie gave me. It was the only one that let me get the “I” in Keegin flawlessly considering my handwriting style and the way that I write my name although at times I feel like I push fairly hard into the paper and felt like I was going to break the tip which I don’t feel with any of the others. This time the Bic was too fast and loose. I liked the flow of the PaperMate which actually made me over flourish.

My best handwriting is when I write on the board or make a poster. I have fantastic kindergarten, poster writing. But when writing fast in cursive or scribbling notes, I have a harder time making it look as good. I guess I’m still searching for the perfect everyday kind of pen, but I do like the Sharpie for extra effort when I’m trying to make my handwriting very legible and the Precise V5 for other uses. I think I just need to bump up to regular fine, not extra fine.

So tell me – what’s YOUR favorite pen? There are a lot of them out there that I didn’t test. Just used what I had here at the office.

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These Beautiful Women in Science Art Prints Feature Rad As Heck Ladies.

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Designer and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky created this series of illustrations highlighting women in STEM who have done awesome things to advance humankind. We’ve got the first woman in space, the woman who discovered DNA, the woman who figured out radioactivity, and more. These posters are beautiful, and a beautiful reminder that too often history overlooks rad ladies. Never worry about that again with these reminders hanging in your home – buy prints on Rachel’s Etsy here!