Linkage Love

By Kristen Abell

As usual, my link round-up is gonna be more random than not, but I’ll try to throw in at least a couple of tech links since we’re all about tech here, right?

First things first, a little conference plug – if you haven’t signed up yet, the deadline for NASPATech is September 9th, so get on it already! I’m pretty excited to be presenting there, and more excited to meet some of the other presenters and participants. It looks to be an interesting and good time, so I hope to see you there!

Although I have not previously been terribly interested in the “30-day challenge” genre of Facebook posts, I have to admit that the 30-day book challenge (found courtesy of the lovely Stacy Oliver) is peaking my interest. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m definitely considering it. Anyone want to join me?

This little Mashable piece on social media crises is actually a pretty interesting primer on how to avoid them in the first place, as well as how to structure social media use within  your company. Also, it has some decent graphics that would help explain the article – always useful when trying to explain to non-social-media folks. I’m thinking this might be a good thing to share with administration folks who are maybe considering social media, but don’t see why we have to put some front-end work into a plan before just throwing ourselves on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe that’s just me, though.

Because I am a huge fan of to-do lists, I loved loved loved this little tidbit from LifeHacker on making your to-do list doable. There are some fantastic points in here, including breaking projects into smaller items and keeping projects that you’re not ready to do yet off the list – two things that are the bane of my current to-do list. However, I have to disagree with their whole, “don’t include things like eating breakfast, taking a shower, etc.” to keep your list short – sometimes you have to have things to cross off, right?

Now for a couple of randomly fun or odd links…

Recently our five-year-old found this video on YouTube, and it is his current favorite. What could be bad about Beastie Boys and squirrels? Oh wait… Warning: do not let your kids watch unless you want to hear over and over and over (and over and over) again for the next several days.

And finally, if you’re looking for some addicting things to do online (besides blogging, Facebook and Twitter, that is), I have a couple of sites for you. Check out Bubble Town on – it is ridiculously addictive. I’m still hooked after my sister sent it to me several months ago. Also, I hear (though I have not yet succumbed to the temptation) that has a pretty hefty #sachat following and can be quite the addiction. You know, in your spare time…


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Blog Prompt: Were you meant to live in different era? If so, what time period do you feel you relate to and why?

By Colleen Riggle

This is an interesting prompt for me in many ways. One, I love all of the Back to the Future movies and would have loved to be in any one of them.  Two, I love technology and thinking back 5, 10, 15 years to how technology has changed I wonder how I would have even survived!

Depending on the day, the mood I’m in, really ways into what time period I best fit in with.  Today, with the craziness of the semester starting it would be great to go back 40-60 years to a more simpler life.  No cell phones, no email, no computers, no rush hour traffic or even getting cut off but a taxi cab.  But just the peacefulness of the wide open landscape of life.  However, last weekend when I was on a farm in Alabama with limited cell service or internet I yearned to be just 30 minutes closer to a big city so I could check my email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader.

And being a month from welcoming our new addition into the world I often wonder if this time period is harder and a more complex place to live in then say the 80s or 90s.  I hope that the time period she will live in will be something that I can’t even wrap my head around at the moment.  It’ll be filled with advancements and cures and technology that we have yet to develop!

Lastly, directing a Women’s Center I’m very much in tune to what that means and how feminism has developed over the past decades.  It would be great to go back to the 60s and 70s when women were fighting for their rights in order to get the full picture of what it means to be a woman, feminist, advocate today.  So, you see it really depends and to best answer the prompt I don’t think I’d like to live in any one time period for too long, but maybe buy a Delorean and travel through various time periods and stay for a little while.

How about you? What time period do you best relate to?



Blog Prompt: Were you meant to live in different era? If so, what time period do you feel you relate to and why?

Blog Prompt Monday

Time to think about past lives – or lives you wished you lived. We’re getting creative with this one!

Were you meant to live in a different era? If so, what time period do you feel you relate to and why?

One of us will be responding to this prompt on this blog later today. Remember to post the link to your response in our comments here and use the #sawomenblog hashtag when posting on Twitter!

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How working in reslife is like living in the STAR TREK universe

By Jess Faulk

Any Trekkie working in Residence Life must have thought about it once or twice when watching their favorite Star Trek episode: “Why does this look so familiar?”  How many times have you seen Picard pulled out of his quarters or while relaxing the holodeck to come back up to the bridge to deal with some crisis?  Have you thought about how much living in a “fishbowl” like a starship might affect Riker’s dating life? Is some of this starting to feel familiar to you own life?  The following infographic makes it clear, we Reslifers are living in the Star Trek universe!   Now where is that transporter beam when you need it!? 🙂

StarTrek Infographic


Thank you to @Kmagura, @clconzen, @oconnorboston, and @JennaMagnuski for your fabulous contributions.  I couldn’t have done it without your inspiration.  For my fellow trekkies out there, feel free to post your own ideas in the comments below!

How working in reslife is like living in the STAR TREK universe

Linkage Love: Back to School

By Brenda Bethman

While I know folks in other parts of the country don’t start back until after Labor Day (and oh, how I envy you! I miss those days), for a lot of us, classes started up again this week or will be starting soon. So, this week’s Linkage Love focuses on back to school:

For those who teach, What Does Your Syllabus Say About You? (mine says, “this course is not for the weak” 🙂 But this post made me think I should rethink that (too late for this semester, unfortunately).

Over at ProfHacker, a great piece (directed at faculty, but applicable to student affairs folks as well — in fact, I would argue even more so given that we are more likely than faculty to “helicopter” IMO) on “Preparing the Student or Preparing the Student’s Path”

CNET’s Back-To-School Tech Guide is comprehensive and helpful for students, faculty, staff, and parents

Huffington Post also has a list of 23 Must-Have Gadgets for Students (but I want some, too).

Finally, if you want to nominate some Tweeps as your favorite academic tweeters, follow the link tweeted by Laura Pasquini:

[blackbirdpie url=”!/laurapasquini/status/106447921700020224″%5D

Happy back-to-school everyone! If you’ve got a link to share, drop it in the comments.







Linkage Love: Back to School

Blog Prompt: Missing Technology?

By Brenda Bethman

I have been racking my brain for the past few days to figure out what I would write about for this blog prompt (in case you missed it, this week’s prompt asked: “What item of technology do you miss from the past, and why did/do you love it so much?”), because honestly, I don’t miss any item of technology from the past. The MacBook Air that I am writing this on has way more power than the Tandy I bought in 1995, it’s super portable and best of all, it does not run Windows 3.1 (remember Windows 3.1?).

Similarly, my iPhone is far superior to my old Palm Pilot, so no I don’t miss that. I have a certain nostalgia for it as the first item of technology that showed me how much more organized my life could be, but I certainly don’t want it back.


Then it hit me — the Polaroid camera! I have mourned the demise of the Polaroid since they stopped making it. In the course of Googling around for images for this post, however, I discovered that the Polaroid lives again! (Somehow I’d missed that). So, I have to go with, I really don’t miss any of my old tech.

How about you? Is there any item you’d love to bring back? Let us know in the comments!

Blog Prompt: Missing Technology?

Blog Prompt Monday

It’s time for a little reminiscing about technology on Blog Prompt Monday. Despite the fact that technology is always moving forward, sometimes old stuff is still cool.

What item of technology do you miss from the past, and why did/do you love it so much?

One of us will post our response on this blog later today. Remember to post the link to your response in the comments here and use the #sawomenblog hashtag when posting on Twitter. Can’t wait to read your responses!

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