Linkage Love: Women & Finances

by Stephanie Wintling

As I’m beginning my second year as full-time Student Affairs professional, budgeting has become a high priority. Planning for retirement, creating a budget, saving an emergency fund, saving for upcoming events, and saving for my eventual move off-campus are all priorities for me right now. Over the last year I’ve come across some very helpful and empowering websites in regards to finances.

Learnvest – This website offers an array of financial help. There are newsletters, budget tools, and ample articles to help guide women with their finances. Their daily newsletter always has an interesting article that educates and guides me in my financial journey. I just signed up for their newsletter about the Market and I’m so excited to learn more about the global Stock Market.

DailyWorth – This website offers a daily newsletter and the information provided is truly life changing. The best part about their newsletter is they feature real woman and their financial struggles. It’s super reassuring that at any age you can get your finances together and prepare yourself for the future.

SaavySugar – This website features practical and relevant articles on career and finances. Their website is super resourceful on tips and tricks on saving money and getting the best deals with your money.

One of my passions is empowering women through organizing their financial house. These are just some of the few sites I found with a similar mission. What websites or tips and tricks do you use to manage your finances or find financial information?

[Photo Credit: Flickr user YanivG, Creative Commons license]

Linkage Love: Women & Finances

Blog Prompt Monday: Working Together

by Brenda Bethman

This week’s blog prompt (and yes, normally we answer these on Mondays, not Tuesdays. I have to confess to just completely forgetting to do so yesterday — it’s been that kind of month) asked:

Do you think academics and student affairs can peacefully work together?

My answer to this question is “it depends.” It depends on a lot of things, but what I want to focus on in this post is the ways that we, as student affairs professionals, contribute to a lack of cooperation.

Now, I know many of you thinking, “wait a minute, we want to work with faculty, but they don’t understand what we do! They don’t appreciate what happens outside of the question and aren’t interested in working with us.” And that can be true sometimes (the opposite can also be true — there are lots of wonderful faculty who want to partner with student affairs to enhance students’ out-of-the-classroom learning). BUT, what is also true is that, for many of us, when we say “working with faculty,” we mean that we’ve come up with a program that we want them to support. So someone makes a cold call to a faculty member to ask if s/he will support x program. In many cases, the answer will be no.

Why the no? I propose that part of the problem is the cold calling part and a lack of support from us. Think about it — student affairs folks say they want faculty to support student affairs programs, but when was the last time you went to a faculty event? I go to a lot of events on our campus that are sponsored by departments and unit in academic affairs and am routinely the only person from student affairs there. Of course, one can’t just attend — one has to make an effort to get to know individual faculty. We all know that people are much more likely to do something for someone they know and like than for a stranger.

So, the next time you find yourself complaining about a lack of faculty interest in student affairs, stop and ask yourself when was the last time you supported something of theirs. And if it’s been a while, find an event, show up, and make some new friends. It really will help the next time you need to call on someone for help.

What do you all think? Can we all just get along? What other obstacles get in our way? How can we work to remove them? If you repsond, please remember to post the link to your response in the comments and use the #sawomenblog hashtag when posting on Twitter.

Also, be sure to check out @JoeGinese’s response on Twitter:

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Blog Prompt Monday: Working Together

Blog Prompt Monday

It’s an age-old question in higher education, and we’re asking you to answer it!

Do you think academics and student affairs can peacefully work together?

One of our bloggers will be posting her response to the question on this blog later today. Remember to post the link to your response in the comments and use the #sawomenblog hashtag when posting on Twitter. Help us answer this burning question!

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Friend Me, Follow Me, Subscribe to Me

by Kristen Abell

Oh the drama that has been Facebook this week. Subscriptions! Changes! Newsfeed! Oh my! What will we do? How are we going to make it now that the all-powerful Facebook has changed it’s format…again?

Seriously, people, haven’t we been through this like a thousand times already? I mean, I have to admit, I was a little befuddled by the new page this time around, but still – I’ll get used to it, just like I did the last thousand times.

I remember back in the day when Facebook made some of their changes, and I was all in an uproar – I can’t find things anymore! And I’m pretty sure I joined some “We hate the new Facebook” group. And then I got used to it, and I just didn’t care. The next time Facebook made changes, I was frustrated, too, but realized that hey, I’ll get used to it again. As I do every time.

Let’s have a little history lesson, folks. Facebook was created as site for people to connect, to find out more about each other, to meet a potential date or hook-up (hey, these were college guys, let’s be realistic). It was not created as a way to protect your privacy or anyone else’s. That has never really been their shtick. So why are we all in an uproar about how they are suddenly obliterating it? If you don’t want people to know everything about you – DON’T POST IT. The only change Facebook has really made is making it easier to see what you’re doing – it was all visible and easy to find before, it’s just easier. Facebook is meant for people who are wanting to be open and authentic and connect with each other. If that’s not what you want, this isn’t the place for you. But don’t get all upset because it continues to do the things it’s proclaimed it wanted to do all along.

Of COURSE it’s going to try and adapt some of its features to be like Google+ and Twitter – why wouldn’t it, as so many people proclaim the advantages of those networks? What website, business, product doesn’t try to improve itself – even if those improvements aren’t always what people want? Why do we have to assume that Facebook is evil and out to get everyone, when really, they’re just trying to be better?

Go ahead, disagree with me, I’m curious to hear other arguments on this. But if you really hate Facebook so much, don’t expect me to be sympathetic – it’s a free service. No one is requiring you to use it. Sure, it’s only the largest networking site out there, but like I said, if that’s not what you’re wanting, you don’t have to be on there.

For me, I’ll continue to use Facebook, and I’ll continue to be more open, and I’ll continue to be responsible about what I’m posting. Oh, and Zuckerberg, you might be a conceited pain in the butt, but I think what you’ve done here is pretty freaking awesome, so have at it, dude. You deserve a little kudos – but don’t let that go to your already larger-than-life ego.

Friend Me, Follow Me, Subscribe to Me

Linkage Love: A nod to good friends

by Jess Faulk

I am going to make my linkage love this week a tribute to people that I love.  These friends have made an impact on my life throughout the years in a positive way, whether it was being generous with their time, their spirit, or their encouragement.  I think these folks are truly great individuals, and I hope that you will be so lucky as to get to know them one day.

Mike Shinn
Mike Shinn (yes, you need to always say both his first and last name) was an icon before he was a friend of mine.  As RHA President at UC Santa Barbara (my undergraduate institution) Mike taught be about “branding” before I even knew the concept.  Not surprisingly, he was before his time.  Mike also showed me such kindness as a clueless sophomore buying my first ever computer (sadly, a PC).  He gave me a much needed power cord that he kept around for just such occasions, and since then I have emulated him (perhaps to a fault) keeping extra cords around my apartment in the rare chance that I might be able to offer then to some student or staff member in need.  Thank you Mike for being a truly genuine and fantastic person!

Visit Mike’s blog if you want practical advice on sane parenting.  And if you are looking for a new hobby, check out Mike’s labor of love, a tribute to all soda, from Yogurt soda to Fanta.

Sean Lieberman
Sean, better known as his alterego “demonhood” online, is one of the funniest people I know.  If I ever need a good laugh I know I can head over to his quotes page, or read the captions on his enormous photo gallery.  Sean and his friends took me in to their group when I really needed friends, and he always had patience to teach me tech (or rollerhockey or softball).  Sean is also extremely talented, and I have always envied the focus he puts into his beautiful work.  If you live in the Santa Barbara area, consider hiring him and Lopaka to do photography for an event.

Robbie Samuels
What were you doing on “Robbie Samuels Day?”  Yup, Robbie has a official day now in the City of Boston (Sept 16th) for being the been instrumental in the work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression and co-founded Socializing for Justice (SoJust), a grassroots group committed to building a stronger cross-issue progressive community, network and movement by putting the “social back in social justice.”  I’ve only known Robbie since February of this year, and yet it feels like I have known him for years.  Robbie is a connector, he always makes everyone feel welcome and included, and has taught me so much in the little time I have known him.  I love the concept that Robbie has fostered through and Campus2Community, which is simply to get like-minded people in a room together without a specific agenda and you see what happens.

I hope that some of you in the Boston area will join us at the Campus2Community Happy Hour for faculty and staff on October 25th. I am excited to see what happens organically when people from all areas of the university and all passions get together to socialize. Find out more at


Thank you to my dear friends for all that you have given me and continue to give me through your inspiration.  I must also acknowledge that all of these friends I am honoring with linage love this week are men on a website by women, celebrating women and tech.  What this means to me is that I need to continue to contribute my own knowledge and insights to the community in hopes that I can also make an impact people in my life.

Linkage Love: A nod to good friends

Blog Prompt Monday Response

by Jennifer Keegin

Today’s Blog Prompt was:

What social media horror stories from work have you heard or do you know of?

I have to say that most of the social media stories are personal and are misuses of Facebook. I have gotten to the point where the usage of Facebook is apparently so hard for some to grasp, that I do not enjoy using Facebook anymore.

I haven’t had any personal information “outed” to the world…YET, but have several examples of close friends/relatives who have had their secrets told to the masses via Facebook after explicitly saying that the news was “private” and/or not to be shared.

I’m always amazed at how others find that they have no problem sharing news that is not theirs to share. If someone is sick (maybe even with life threatening illness) and they have not posted that information to Facebook – then you shouldn’t either. If someone is pregnant – that is their status to share and an update for you to “Like”.

I’m sure others had a different reaction to today’s question and probably came at if from a completely different angle. I’d be interested to hear others horror stories in regards to Social Media.

Blog Prompt Monday Response

Blog Prompt Monday

We all have them, and now we’re asking you to tell us about yours…

What social media horror stories from work have you heard or do you know of?

One of our bloggers will be posting her horror story on this blog later today. Remember to post the link to your response in our comments below and use the #sawomenblog hashtag when posting on Twitter. Can’t wait to hear the horror!

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