A DIY holiday card for #highered

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Missouri S&T’s 2016 holiday card gives recipients the opportunity to create their own S&T-themed card.

Here at Missouri S&T (@MissouriSandT), we pride ourselves in the abundance of makers and tinkerers in our midst. Whether they’re studying business or biochemical engineering, our students are resourceful and inventive. So it only made sense to give them (and our alumni) a tool to let them build their own S&T-themed holiday card. Continue reading “A DIY holiday card for #highered”

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Strategic season’s greetings

Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader (@SandTChancellor) is all about strategic planning, even during the holidays. This year, she shared her strategic holiday plan with the campus community, alumni and others. Have some geeky fun reviewing the plan, its deliverables and metrics, including the Schrader family Y.U.L.E. Log (Yearly Update Log for Examination), as you enjoy the holidays.

Rising to the Occasion:  The Schrader Family Seasonal Strategy for Success
Rising to the Occasion: The Schrader Family Seasonal Strategy for Success

Friday Five: Random Access Memery (Miley Cyrus edition)

At least it's not about Batman anymore. Via http://mashable.com/2013/08/26/miley-cyrus-memes/
At least it’s not about Batman anymore. Via http://mashable.com/2013/08/26/miley-cyrus-memes/

Welcome to the end of the twerking week.

I may be the only person on the planet who hasn’t yet watched the video clip of Miley Cyrus’ cringeworthy performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards this past Sunday. (And by “performance,” I mean what Mashable called Ms. Cyrus’s “teddy-bear twerking and foam-finger debauchery.”)

But just because I haven’t seen the video clip doesn’t mean I’ve been able to avoid Miley mania this week. Her VMA performance commandeered social and traditional media, and Miley has become the butt of many visual jokes, most of them too raunchy to show here. But here are five references to Miley memes and news that won’t burn your eyes (unless you decide to delve deeper into some of the links).

1. Miley’s derriere gets its own hashtag. Yes, when a newspaper as staid as the International Business Times reports on a Twitter hashtag about a celebrity’s body part, you know this is important news.

2. Will Smith and family watch the train wreck. But wait. It turns out they weren’t reacting to Miley’s getting jiggy with it after all. It was Lady Gaga’s opening performance that had the Smiths all aghast. Well, if there’s one thing we know about the Internet, it’s that the Internet doesn’t always get it right the first time.

3. This guy:

Leave Miley Alone

4. Seriously. Let’s leave Miley alone. Can we be adults about this, and put an end to the public stoning of a 20 year old girl? Well put.

5. But before we do, a parting shot: #ReplaceASongNameWithTwerk, in obvious reference to the VMA performance, became a hashtag thing on Twitter. This one was just too easy to join in:

Happy weekend!

Twitter verse (for World Poetry Day)

Today is World Poetry Day. It also happens to be the fifth anniversary of Twitter – or twttr, as co-founder Jack Dorsey called it in his very first status update.

To mark the occasion, The New York Times has appealed to the twitterverse to wax poetic on Twitter (no more than 140 characters).

I was happy to oblige.

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How about you? Care to share some Twitter verse?

Fire up Twitter and tweet out a post a poem to commemorate this special day. Tag it with #poetweet so we’ll have a record. And if you feel like it, leave a comment here — in verse, prose, haiku or however your creative muse dictates.

And happy World Poetry Day to all.

Friday Five: Random-access edition

A longtime blogging buddy in the UK recently posted what he called a blogpost of no consequence. It was, of course, nothing of the sort, as it was filled with all sorts of interesting links and even a fun YouTube video. It was a post of random observations, and randomness is not without consequence.

Today’s post is random. The only thing not random about it is that it follows the order of five things, as is my custom for Friday blog posts. So let’s get to it:

  1. Dave Olsen, well-known in the higher ed marketing community for his activity on Twitter and elsewhere, has launched a blog called Mobile in Higher Ed. It’s a great niche and I can’t think of anyone better than Dave to address what’s happening in mobile right now.
  2. Meet Leroy Stick, the man behind @BPglobalPR. I started @BPGlobalPR, because the oil spill had been going on for almost a month and all BP had to offer were bullshit PR statements. No solutions, no urgency, no sincerity, no nothing. That’s why I decided to relate to the public for them.
  3. Embracing Web Analytics is Karine Joly’s latest University Business column. It’s also the latest salvo in Karine’s call for an analytics revolution.
  4. The rise of page-view journalism means companies (and higher ed) must generate their own media.
  5. For all the needless drama of life (and really, is there any other kind?), try the Drama Button. (Warning: You may need to turn down your speakers.) Here’s hoping you won’t need this button till Monday.

Happy Weekend, everyone.

P.S. – Celtics in six.