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Every Time That It Rains

They say there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. It didn’t matter. She was both. She couldn’t say that she didn’t cry because she did. Heaving sobs that racked her body leaving her empty… limp… sad… It wasn’t like one fetus was ripped from her More like twenty-three. Twenty-three reasons to smile; Twenty-three reasons to cry; There’s some summer…

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The ELMSLNephant in the Room

Just over a year ago, Eric Barron was named the 18th president of Penn State, and on May 12, he assumed that role. One of the first things he addressed were the six areas in which every great university should excel, which included: Excellence Student engagement Demographics and diversity Student career success and economic development…

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The Marshmallow Challenge

A couple years ago when I worked at another college, I helped organize a staff retreat, and as a team-building exercise, we ran the Marshmallow Challenge. Being a somewhat new leader to a new team at my current college, I thought it would be fun to run the challenge during one of our team meetings. There…

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What Online Students Want

I attended a meeting today that presented survey findings for my institution’s online students. The students revealed to researchers that they were happy with the online education experience in that it fulfilled their goals and dreams while being challenging and fun. (Things I look for when taking classes online…) However, they say the experience in general leaves them feeling…

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the promise of silence on a Sunday morn slips out of her hands faster than light being sucked into a black hole she careens with comets dodging the daily asteroids slinging themselves into her path distant voices echo and raise loudly disturbing any inner peace she may seek to find and the aliens don’t forget…