is Turning One


Student Housing Matters is officially one year old!  Our “child” has made it through the first year and is alive and well.

I must admit, when we were making plans to launch this blog, we had mixed feelings.  We knew what we wanted to accomplish:  set up a platform for higher education professionals to share thoughts and ideas about on-campus student housing and why it really does matter.  How well planned on-campus housing programs make a difference in student development, retention and graduation rates, and overall student satisfaction.

Yes, we believed in what we were doing.  We simply had a few fears.  What if we can’t find enough topics (or eventually run out of them)?  What if we can’t get anyone to interview for the podcasts?

But we forged ahead and what a great experience it has been.  Along the way, we made lots of mistakes, but we got to know some incredible people and listened to their fascinating stories.

Our sincere thanks to the following podcast guests:

  • Dr. Joseph Bertolino, President of Lyndon State College.  [Joe, although you may not have known it at the time, thanks for being the test podcast. You set the bar high for those who followed!]
  • Dr. Ronald Ambrosetti, President of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans.
  • Edward Burger, Author of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.
  • Dr. Carol Cartwright, former President of Bowling Green State University.
  • NACAS 2012 Conference “What’s On Your Mind” Interviews:
    • Bob Ritenbaugh, Auburn University
    • Jesse Batten, Coppin State University
    • Todd Duncan, University of Cincinnati
    • Susan Caples, University of Alabama
    • Rob Kellner, Valdosta State University
  • Lee White, EVP and Manager of the Education & Non-Profit Finance Group of George K. Baum & Company.
  • Masha Sapper, Regional Manager for Capstone On-Campus.
  • Will Davenport, COO for Capstone On-Campus.
  • Jill Eckardt, Past ACUHO-I President.
  • Norb Dunkel, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Auxiliary Operations at the University of Florida and past President of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I).
  • Ron Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).
  • Eileen Strempel (Asst. VP for Academic Advancement, Syracuse University) and Emmanuel Awuah (Interim VP for Academic and Global Initiatives, Onondaga Community College), past participants in the Fellows Program of the American Council on Education (ACE).
  • Cyndi Rapier, Director of Housing for International Programs at Green River Community College.
  • Kevin Kruger, President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
  • Darlena Jones, Director of Education and Program Development for EBI-MAP-Works, LLC.
  • TJ Logan, Associate Director of Housing for Administrative Services at the University of Florida.
  • Dr. Sue Henderson, President of New Jersey City University.
  • Jeff Selingo, Editor at Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a Senior Fellow at Education Sector.  Author of “College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students.”

And thanks to all the folks at Capstone On-Campus who wrote blogs, as well as those outside of our company, which included:

  • Lisa Maroni and Ryan Lloyd, our ACUHO-I Interns, summer 2012.
  • Dr. Sharon McDade, former Director of American Council on Education’s Fellows Program.
  • Ahmed Zaman, Design Collective Inc. architects.

And finally, our sincere thanks to Cliff Ravenscraft, also known as “The Podcast Answer Man.”  Cliff is a wonderful resource for getting started, what equipment to purchase, and so on.  He is also a great example of how giving away free (but valuable) information is the way to build a customer base.

So where do we go from here?  We are excited about the coming year and the opportunity to get more professionals involved in sharing their stories related to student housing through blogs or podcast interviews.  So if you missed out on being a part of Student Housing Matters this past year, what are you waiting for?  Tell us your story!