Linkage Love – 10 Tech Crafts to get Creative With

by Jennifer Keegin

Like most of us, graduation has come and gone recently and now we have some breathing room. Maybe. Just Maybe – you have time for some TECH CRAFTS. Here’s a list of some great craft type items that you may feel compelled to work on this summer.

  1. Make fonts from your own handwriting.
  2. Add Pinterest mouse over buttons to your website’s photos.
  3. Create your own wallpapers for your desktop and laptop. Consider making an organizational wallpaper and share it with our readers.
  4. Wrap your phone charger in cuteness.
  5. Friendship Bracelets meet tangle-free headphones. Or just wrap your cords to make them cooler.
  6. Turn your cell phone photos into tiny Polaroid photo magnets!
  7. Make your own charging cell phone holder out of a shampoo bottle.
  8. If you can sew, make a circle zip earbud pouch keychain. Then make one for me.
  9. Cross-Stitch yourself a phone cover.
  10. There’s even a tech case kit for kids (or adults who like owls) to make.

Till next time – have fun crafting. Share with us any cool tech craft type projects you are working on this summer!

Linkage Love – 10 Tech Crafts to get Creative With

Linkage Love: The End of the Year Love

By Valerie Heruska

It’s been a stressful last few weeks for student affairs professionals. With finals and closing… and everything in between, the stress has been there and is possibly still there. Here are a few links that I like to share with my students and colleagues, just in case they need a good creative outlet or an “awwww” moment: – How could one not love pictures of cute animals. There’s no such thing as cute overload. Seriously. They’re so fluffy!

Build Your own Kaleidoscope – remember kaleidoscopes? Remember all the pretty colors? Now, remember when someone would put dust on the rim and then you would walk away with a circle around your eye? Yeah not cool, but this virtual kaleidoscope won’t let you down. It’s pretty rad and you can put the shapes where ever you want to create beautiful patterns.

Make your own flower – Yes, I know we all have paint on our PCs and other photoshop type of programs, but this one is simple, and pretty nifty.

Cutest of the Cute – The cutest of the cute, eh? I’ll let you decide, though they are pretty adorable animals. 🙂

Linkage Love: The End of the Year Love

Linkage Love: Pocket

by Lauren Creamer

If you’re anything like me (and I’m sure some of you are), you spend a good portion of your day checking up on social media sites or trolling around the internet looking for some new interesting piece of information. I tend to check my Twitter and Facebook as I ride the bus to my practicum (a short 20 minute trip), wait for a meeting to begin, or just to kill a few spare minutes before I head to class. And in that time – when I seem to have no time – I always find articles or stories that seem intriguing. But I never actually have enough time to read them. However, I was recently introduced to Pocket, my new favorite site/app/gift from God and great solution to my time-crunch problem.


Pocket is like some sort of amazing cross between Evernote, Pulse, and Pinterest. Like Evernote, you can save PDFs and articles as you find them and access them across multiple mediums. Like Pulse, it categorizes those articles in a neat, organized fashion. And, like Pinterest, it does so at the click of a button on your search bar. Pocket will also save photos and videos, so you can save three different types of media at your finger tips (videos are especially great to save and watch later – I always find myself doing this with TED Talks).

While I know I have the option, it seems so silly to just keep book-marking pages and going back to them on my laptop periodically. Pocket lets you save articles from your smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop – and allows you to access them anywhere, as they are all connected. So now, instead of trying to speed read an article, I can save it with a click and browse them as please.


Linkage Love: Pocket

Linkage Love: Help for Boston

By Valerie Heruska

As someone who lived what pretty much seemed to be the longest/most tragic week in Boston, I’ve been scouring the web to find ways that I can help others. Boston has been my home for the past two years, and I couldn’t just sit here and do nothing. There are some great resources on the web that anyone can reference, just not in times of tragedy. Special thanks to @richdecapua for sending this list to Mass NASPA members.


Coping with Disaster Resources

Explosions (section on After an Explosion)  



Coping with Disaster  



Building Your Resilience  

American Psychological Association  


Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disaster/traumatic events 

American Psychological Association                


Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster  

American Red Cross


Recovering Emotionally

American Red Cross 


Helping Children Cope with Disaster

American Red Cross/US Federal Emergency Management Agency


Disaster Distress Helpline (24/7 phone and text)

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


The One Fund (donations)

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.



Thanks to @oberbecca for her fabulous contribution to the running community:

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon we were left wanting to join together to show our support. Some of us are runners, some are joggers, some are walkers, and some are lacing up for the first time; all of us want to #RunForBoston. Go out and run your miles or walk your block, then come back here and share your run.

These miles aren’t about raising money, but about showing our support for the runners, families, rescuers, and Bostonians. They are about being a part of something bigger than ourselves and being a part of a community. Log as many runs as you like for as long as you like, I’ll keep the form active and share totals periodically.

If you want to log your miles for charity, download the Charity Miles App. For every mile you walk or run, 25 cents will be donated to a charity you select (or 10c per mile biked).

Linkage Love: Help for Boston

Linkage Love: #SAReads Edition

by Kristen Abell

So, some of y’all may know by now that I’ve started an online book club on Twitter and GoodReads called #sareads. One of the goals of this little online venture is to help those in student affairs find books to read that provide professional development, spur creativity, or just are just plain awesome to read. I tend to have suggestions somewhat frequently when people ask (okay, I’m a one-woman book-recommending machine – I can’t help it, I lurv reading, people!), so I thought I’d share just a few of the sites I use to find new books to read.

Yeah, yeah, if you’re part of the #sareads book club, you might already be a part of GoodReads, but have you really used it? Take a look around that site, make some friends (a few of you have even friended me – feel free if you haven’t), join some groups. There is no better way to get book recommendations than to find some folks who have similar tastes to you, then follow them. Find out what they’ve been reading and steal those book recommendations – I promise they won’t mind! I find a good portion of my books this way – from a very well cultivated group of people whose taste I love. If you want to step outside your comfort zone, find someone who reads books that are totally different than your usual fare and find the ones they like the most. There’s even a “popular student affairs” shelf on GoodReads – surely you can find something on there?

By dint of being a long-time customer – oh, and by giving them my email – I’m on Barnes and Noble‘s email list, so I get new book recommendations pretty much weekly, but you can go on their site and receive the same recommendations. Amazon is also a good place to look, and if you look at enough books you like, they’ll start giving you recommendations – always helpful, that Amazon. Of course, if you also tend to look at, say, Wonder Woman merchandise, your “recommended” list may look less like a book list and more like you drive an invisible jet.

Check out the website for your local library – even if you’re not much of a library user yourself. Because KC straddles the state line of Missouri and Kansas, I’m fortunate enough to have two local libraries that have excellent websites (KCMO and JOCO). Whether it’s suggestions by the library staff, recommended books for different genres, or just an up-and-coming book club book, they always have great suggestions for books to read. And since I also follow both of them on Facebook, they often will make recommendations to me personally based on my recent favorites. Seriously, y’all, I love libraries so hard.

Finally, follow #sareads on Twitter – in addition to discussing a particular book, we also tend to throw out lots of suggestions and book review blog posts using that hashtag. Go check it out – or tweet me and ask for recommendations – you know I’ll come up with something for you!

What are you reading? Where do you go for new reads?

Linkage Love: #SAReads Edition

Linkage Love: Red Equal Sign Edition

By Anitra Cottledge

I’ve written here before about social media and its role as a tool for conversation and relationship-building, as well as a site of activism and engagement with political and social justice issues. (It’s also a place to find awesome cat photos and smoothie recipes, but I digress.)

If you are on any kind of social media, this week you saw lots of red equal signs in your feeds.

In case you missed it: “The image of a simple red equal sign has come to represent the judicial fight for marriage equality this week, as the Supreme Court heard two cases challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. But it’s also the most recent indication of the Internet meme-ification of social justice and political engagement.”

I am especially interested in that last statement about the “meme-ification of social justice and political engagement.” Rachel Tardiff, the author of the abovementioned article, also says:

“I won’t discount a Facebook like or share as useless. The meme is an important means of raising awareness. If one person learned about the judicial process of oral arguments, deliberation, and decision, then it’s worth it (especially considering that, just last year, polling data showed that two-thirds of Americans couldn’t name a single Supreme Court Justice). But every American needs to know and believe that there is more they can do — and should do — to make changes on issues that matter to them.”

I don’t discount the impact of a Facebook like or a retweet, either. All movements are made up of hundreds, thousands, of small acts toward a common goal. And social media is definitely one engine of change. But I do wonder, how do we carry the spirit of a meme into our everyday, “offline” lives?

It will be very interesting to follow the trajectory of the relationship between social media and politics, particularly in this case. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention another perspective on the red equal sign and marriage equality: 6 Things That Happened While Y’all Were Preoccupied with Gay Marriage over at Black Girl Dangerous. This article also caused a lot of rich debate in my newsfeed and brought up questions about what issues go “viral?” What issues, with the aid of social media, become “mainstream,” and in the process, what issues get relegated to the margins?

Linkage Love: Red Equal Sign Edition

Linkage Love: A Few of My Favorite Student Affairs Bloggers

By Kathryn Magura

One of the things I enjoy doing is reading through my Twitter feed at the end of a day and see who in the Student Affairs community has written a new blog post via the sachat hashtag. For this week’s Linkage Love, I thought I’d discuss some of my favorite Student Affairs bloggers:

  1. Becca Obergefell: Becca is an extremely thoughtful blogger with a wonderful grasp of the English language. I frequently find myself chuckling through her posts or having to reflect on the deeper meaning afterward. Becca has an uncanny ability to speak in prose that usually leads to deeper thought, frequently through metaphor. It has been a pleasure to be on the Student Affairs journey with Becca over the last few years, and I look forward to reading along wherever she takes us next on this adventure!
  2. Chris Conzen: One of the things I appreciate most about Chris Conzen’s blog is that he isn’t afraid to be vulnerable with his readers. Chris has an incredible way leading by example through his own flaws. Not only does this build trust with the readers, it demonstrates an honesty and sense of realism that’s refreshing. Too often I read blog posts that only highlight the great things someone is doing, without taking the time to reflect on the learning that happens through failure.
  3. Kristen Abell: I know, I know, Kristen is one of our very own bloggers, why would I highlight her here? Well in her “spare” time, Kristen is often reflecting on her life via her personal blog. I am frequently humbled by Kristen’s raw honesty about everything from being a parent to struggling with depression. Kristen has overcome so much on her personal journey, and I feel fortunate to have been any part of that journey with her.
  4. Women in Student Affairs: Every week the Women in Student Affairs blog (a.k.a. WISA) posts another entry from a woman working in Student Affairs. The blogger has free reign to post about whatever topic they choose, which results in some amazing reflections upon the journey to working as a woman in our field. I look forward to these posts each week, and am frequently inspired by the bloggers to help other women on this journey.

So those are some of my favorite blogs and bloggers within the Student Affairs Community. Who did I miss? Which bloggers do you follow?

Linkage Love: A Few of My Favorite Student Affairs Bloggers

Linkage Love: Kiddos & Tech

My nephew getting in some rare iPad time
My nephew getting in some rare iPad time

by Jess Faulk
While I don’t have any little ones myself, as a tech lover, I often wonder how I will handle introducing technology to my children. My 3 and 7-year-old nephews are tech natives in a way that my generation never could be, despite my brother and sister-in-law’s hesitation to bombard them with technology. It’s such a new area of study, but there are many articles popping up about parenting and technology.  My linkage love today is highlighting some interesting ones I found online.

Parenting Magazine: Screen Play Blog, Navigating tech for kids and families

This blog talks about everything from Amazon increasing it’s kids movie line up to iPad potty training, to the latest research on kids and technology (did you know that Nielsen found that 70 percent of kids aged 12 and under with tablets in their households used them regularly?)

Mashable: Use This Technology to Tame Your Child’s Inner Brat & Top 5 Apps for Kids This Week

Both of these articles focus on applications for your kids.  The first is about apps that motivate your child to do chores, do homework, and other positive behavior.  The second article is just a good old fashion review of some new apps for kids.

Empowering Parents: Child Behavior Help. 

Hands-on advice for parents who want guidance on how to manage their kids’ use of technology.  Articles cover topics such as cyberbullying, video games, and limits on screen time.

Linkage Love: Kiddos & Tech

Other Professional Development Opportunities

By Valerie Heruska

Conferences are a great time for us in student affairs. You have the opportunity to learn, meet new people, and have a really enjoyable time growing professionally. For those who are able to attend, this opportunity to develop and learn is priceless.

For those of us who aren’t able to make it to ACPA in Vegas or NASPA in Orlando, here are some links that provide alternatives to professional development.

Some of my favorite blogs:

  • This one. Okay I may be biased because it’s a great blog to read. There is information a plenty about different topics for women (and men) who are interested in tech. Go back into the archives and become inspired.
  • BostInno. I love BostInno because I think there should be a similar one in every large city. BostInno highlights the awesome tech and up and coming entrepreneurs in Boston. From faculty, deans, and students who are making an impact on our community, BostInno highlights the awesome things that they are doing.
  • Blogs by Ed Cabellon, Laura Pasquini, or Joe Sabado. These people know how to do it right. They all have a heavy focus on social media and technology in student affairs and they are seriously doing some great things to push our profession forward.

Miss the backchannel? That’s okay! Just Storify it! There is so much material coming from our national conferences, that if you’re in the office, you don’t have time to read it all. If you do have time to read it all and want to reference it back – Storify is the best way to go. Storify allows us to create “Stories” based on hashtags, users, etc. You can go back and filter out some specifics, but then you have the opportunity to share and reference the backchannel.

I hope you all find some use for these links and enjoy learning!

Other Professional Development Opportunities

Snow Days!

We’ve decided to take a little week-long hiatus here at SA Women Talk Tech and enjoy some snow days, if we’re lucky enough to have them. But we won’t leave you completely without something to read. Here are some suggestions on what to check out on the interwebs this week…

The #SAChat Awards – and hey, there are some fab women among the nominees – including our very own Kristendom (although we’ve never thought of her as much of the “silent” type) – so make sure to get your votes in!

New-ish blog posts from some of our favorite women bloggers: Laura Pasquini, Becca Obergefell, Mallory Bower and Lisa Endersby.

The #SAReads online book club – currently reading Five Seconds at a Time – if you’re looking for a great way to engage over reading, this is it! Follow along on Twitter or join the GoodReads group, where they’ve started by discussing decisions and destiny.

Check out the #satech chat on Wednesday from 2 – 2:30 CST or the #femlead chat every other Tuesday from 1 – 1:30 CST on Twitter.

What else is going on? Let us know so we can share!


Snow Days!