Saying Goodbye – Sorta

by Kristen Abell

Just over four years ago, Brenda Bethman and I had the crazy idea to start up a blog that was all about student affairs women in technology. At the time, there seemed to be a dearth of them – in fact, other than my own, it was hard to find another, especially among mentions of technology blogs. Since then, there have definitely started to be more blogs by women about technology – in student affairs and beyond. It’s been exciting to see this transition – and even more exciting to be a part of it.

After four years of working with some incredible and amazing women, I have decided it’s time to give someone else a shot at co-running this blog. I can’t thank the bloggers I’ve worked with enough – they have all been spectacular to work with, and they are some of the most intelligent, insightful, and crazy awesome bloggers I know. Seriously – if you’re not reading them, you totally should be. So yeah, I’m stepping down from my editing duties on this blog and handing that off to someone else. A pretty fantastic someone else, actually – but I’ll let her tell you about that herself.

Because I’m me, I can’t quite let go completely, so I’ve opted to continue blogging here for at least a little while. And of course, if you miss me, you can always find me on the Twitters and the Facebook. But for now, I’m ready for a step back for me and a step forward for someone else. Thanks for reading us, and thanks to the women who blog for letting me be their editor for four years. Y’all rock.

Saying Goodbye – Sorta

Linkage Love: Productivity Jump Start

by Jess Faulk

This coming Monday I will be teaching a session at the Boston Nonprofit Center on Productivity #Techtips for the organization Socializing for Justice (My 2012 SAWTT blog post on last year’s presentation).  When I began thinking about teaching folks about the technology they can use to be more productive, I also started to reflect more on the behaviors we need to take on to be more productive.  I believe you need both to truly find success.  So this week’s linkage love is pointing you in the direction of some fabulous women’s blogs talking about productivity.

How to Be More Productive and Accomplish the Big Things That Really Matter

Alex Grant entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, writes in her blog, “The secret to creating the life you want: Be proactive, not reactive.”  She writes about how important it is to be make priorities, and make peace with the fact that you can’t do it all.  I was particularly impressed that she actually had a “tweet this” link in her blog to share the idea.  What a cool idea!

How to Maximize Your Productivity in the Morning

Jessica Lawlor, Public Relations and Social Media Professional tells us about how she gets a great start to the day by waking up early and making most of her morning.  While I fear I will never be a morning person, I do like her ideas on planning ahead and being focused on what you want to accomplish.

Linkage Love: Productivity Jump Start

Welcome to Summer!

by Kristen Abell

Well, for some of us, the summer season has already started, and for the rest of us, it’s probably not that far away. Summer tends to be a season of projects, of getting done all that we put off during the year, of rest and relaxation, of catching up. Despite the fact that the reason many of us love our jobs is because of the students, there is also a freedom that comes with having an empty campus, a chance to breathe a little. We’ll enjoy it for a little while, and then come August, we’ll be ready for the students to return, to bring the vibrancy back to our campuses that have been too quiet all summer.

Here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, we’re taking stock. We’ve made some changes to our schedule to freshen things up. Instead of posting Monday – Thursday, we’ll now be posting Tuesday – Friday. On Fridays, we’ll be adding a new type of post – the Follow Friday post. This will give our bloggers a chance to tell you who they follow and what they’re reading – and give you some new info to check out hopefully. Consider it your very own student affairs and tech content curation system. Feel free to send us suggestions to check out.

As of this post, we’ve published 458 posts, over slightly less than three years. We’re one of the most consistently updated (and least recognized) blogs in student affairs and technology. This summer, we’ll be bringing you even more and better content, including some collaborative posts by our bloggers, who have so much good info we can’t wait to share it.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it. Happy summer!

Welcome to Summer!

My Final Post

by Colleen Riggle

This is my final official post with this group.  It’s been a fun three years of writing and I’m honored to have been a part of this blog from the start and seeing how it’s grown.  This is my final post since I’m heading back to school for my doctorate and will have ample opportunities to writing over the course of the program.  However, throughout the process of applying to graduate school I’ve been keenly aware of how technology has been guiding the process.

First, in taking the GRE it was quite the endevour.  I had a very bad experience with the testing center the first time I was supposed to take the test and trying to find an actual person to speak with was quite challenging.  It made me appreciate the times when I am able to talk with an actual person in customer support.  And when I was actually able to take the exam, I’m pretty sure that was the most focus I’d been on a computer for that length of time – definitely different then just surfing Google mindlessly.

Second, applying to graduate school.  It was was all computer based, not on paper.  That probably makes me seem old, or just how fast technology has changed the way we do things and process information.  However, my letters of recommendation had to be in hard copy form (odd) so buying stamps to send those request was quite fun.  There were certain documents that went in one package to the school, and other documents that went to the specific department.  I remember sitting in my adviser’s office and waiting for the “phone call” where we could call in my classes for the next term #smallschoolbonus.  When registering this time, it was like fort knox logging in to the system and clicking through the various tables and forms.

However, I’m registered for classes starting May 20th! I’m actually going to live in a residence hall for one week while taking one class this summer.

But the bright side of technology is that I can purchase Kindle versions of my book – and be able to fit in schoolwork where ever I am on campus, in the car, or at home!

So with that, this is my final post! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this writing, blogger community!

My Final Post

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

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

Reverb-ing

by Kristen Abell

For those of you that know me or read my blog, you know I’m a big fan of blogging. During 2012 I’ve written 107 posts on my personal blog alone – and it’s been a slow year for me. I’ve presented on blogging several times, and I’ve encouraged more than one person to get on the blogging bandwagon. That’s why this particular blogging project is so important to me.

Two years ago now, Brenda introduced me to #reverb10 – a blogging project that provided prompts every day in December to get people reflecting and writing about their lives. Though the project had some decent prompts, it was also full of a few, should we say “touchy-feely”? prompts that would make even the most extroverted student affairs pro cringe, never mind an introverted, sarcastic blogger like myself. A year later, the #reverb folks hung up their hat, and my friend Kassie suggested doing a blog prompt project of our own – thus, Reverb Broads was born.

Reverb Broads is mostly women – and a man or two – bloggers who suggest prompts and write on whichever ones they choose. We don’t require a daily post, nor do we require any posts, if you don’t like them. We enjoy humor and sarcasm, use some prompts to reflect on our lives, others to imagine the crazy movie versions of our lives or soundtracks of our year. We’re on session three now, after running one last December and one in June.

Are you a blogger? Need some inspiration? Consider joining us – the more the merrier! Or check out some of our bloggers by visiting the Facebook page or following the #reverbbroads feed on Twitter.

Reverb-ing

What’s in Your Travel Bag?

By Brenda Bethman

Recently Ive come across a couple of posts (here and here) discussing the pros and cons of traveling with only an iPad. As I have a heavy semester of travel ahead of me (Im currently at the beginning of the first of five (!!!) trips Ill be making this fall), Ive been intrigued by these posts — especially since I just lugged my 15 inch laptop, iPad, and assorted cables, headphones, etc. through the airport.

A tad excessive, perhaps?

Rereading that sentence, I realize how excessive it sounds, but I have not yet figured out to manage with just the iPad. Its great for checking email on the fly, taking conference notes, and keeping up with social media. But if I need to do anything for my classes (which is quite likely), the iPad lets me down: the Blackboard app is awful and the lack of a file system makes uploading files to Blackboard via Safari impossible. And while I can access MyGermanLab through Safari, its clunky. So, if I have teaching things to do while on the road, I have to bring the laptop. (A PS here: this post is being published today instead of yesterday because I was unable to get a properly formatted post to upload from my iPad. So I had to edit it on my laptop in order to get it published. Guess I do still need it).

I also carry my camera (Chicago is too photogenic to go without it), Mophie juice pack for long days at conferences, an Airport Express for those hotel rooms that span still dont have wireless, and, of course, my trusty iPhone (and maybe my Kindle if Im likely to be reading outside). Again, I realize this seems like a lot, but I find that I do use it — and, more importantly, that it allows me to just as (if not more) productive outside of the office as I am while back on campus. What about you? Whats in your travel bag? How do you stay productive while traveling?

What’s in Your Travel Bag?

August Anticipation

by Kristen Abell

It’s that time of year in student affairs – we’re all prepping buildings to open, working on advising and enrolling new students, finishing up last-minute summer projects, and generally getting ready for the onslaught: The Students Are Coming!

For many of us, this is a stressful time of year – we are working later hours and weekends to get ready. We may or may not get to see our families or friends during the next few weeks. While some folks still claim August is summer, most of us can’t remember the last time August was anything but the beginning of fall.

On the other hand, we also know that this is go time – this is everything we prepare for the rest of the year. Why else are we here if not for these students? We know that there may be trials ahead, but there are also likely to be triumphs, and this time that hangs in the balance is nothing if not full of possibilities for the coming year.

It is with all of this in mind that this blog goes into its third year of publication – with some of our original bloggers, but also some new faces. You’ll see a number of the same types of posts this fall, although we’re cutting back to four per week instead of five with fewer bloggers this time around. We’ll still be doing our weekly Linkage Love on Wednesdays, sharing the best of apps, women in technology and practices to make life easier on Thursdays, and whatever our bloggers come up with on Tuesdays. We continue to grow and change as we encounter new professionals and new technologies. We hope you’ll continue to join us on our journey.

Welcome back to SA Women Talk Tech – the Fall 2012 version!

August Anticipation

Blog-spiration

by Kristen Abell

So one of the fun things we do here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech is create the occasional internal prompt to which our bloggers respond just to keep thing fresh and kinda crazy. My prompt for today (which I came up with, so not as crazy, I admit) is about where I go/what I do to blog/get inspired.

Well, dur, I go to the interwebs, of course! Not only is there a ridiculous amount of stimuli available for blog fodder, but there is the occasional online conversation that stirs up all sorts of ideas and blog posts (see the Kristen AbellJoe Ginese posts on our blogs lately for samples of this, or the #SATech chat I’ve gotten to co-found with Joe Sabado. Huh, apparently I like me some Joes). The Reverb Broads project I do with my fellow blogger Kassie Sands and whatever broads decide to join us also provides me with quite a bit of inspiration.

Beyond the sort of mental inspiration provided here, I’m thinking that when I wrote this prompt I actually meant where I go physically to blog. Frankly, once I got a MacBook Air, I go pretty much wherever I want (See how I got that little tech plug in there? I know, I know, impressive, really). Right now, I’m blogging at our dining room table. Last night I blogged from my bed – my most frequent blogging spot. Occasionally I use the office I painted last summer for my use (which now also serves as a storage room/physical therapy for Sean room). Mostly, I just need relative quiet or music, not too much physical stimulation (unless it’s good people watching), and my Air.

Where do you go to blog or get inspired?

Blog-spiration