Podcast | Interview with Dr. Lisa Guion Jones – ACE Fellow

 Dr. Lisa Guion Jones has an incredible back-story that makes her passionate about higher education and ensuring that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Dr. Jones has nearly 23 years of experience in the field of education. She has a unique blend of direct experience in leadership, teaching, research, and extension/engagement…

Podcast | Getting Out of Debt and Staying Out

One of the biggest topics in higher education these days is student debt. And Timothy Evans has an incredible back-story that makes him passionate about getting out of, and staying out of, debt. And with where Tim works, he is in a unique position to speak into the lives of students staring down the possibility leaving…

Podcast | How I Got Into Student Housing – Jeff Kirkpatrick

In the continuation of this “How I Got Into Student Housing” series, COCM’s Jeff Kirkpatrick shares his story of how a dangerous situation propelled him into being an RA and eventually a full time student housing professional. If you’ve missed the previous episodes in this series, we’ve been talking to housing professionals to understand how they…

Podcast | How I Got Into Student Housing – Gretchen Smutney

In this “How I Got Into Student Housing” series, we’ve been talking to housing professionals to understand how they got into this field.  In every episode of the series, you’ll hear how a mentor and/or a situation guided each person into something they love. In this episode we interview COCM’s director of Towson Place Apartments, a…

Podcast | Solving The Resident Package Delivery Problem

Va’Shajn Parr, Director of the on-campus communities of University Village and the Quad at CSU San Marcos, spoke with us about the service he is using to solve the unnecessarily complicated issue of resident package delivery.  They are utilizing a system called Parcel Pending to help secure and then notify students when they have packages…

Podcast | How We Got To COCM – Will Davenport and Alton Irwin

Chief Operating Officer of COCM, Will Davenport and Chief Marketing Officer, Alton Irwin sat down with us to talk about how they got into the student housing world and then to COCM. They also share what they believe makes COCM and its leadership unique. This is a special video podcast version of a series we’ve…

Podcast | How We Got To COCM – Doug Brown and Sandy Hill

President of COCM, Doug Brown and Executive Vice President, Sandy Hill sat down with us to talk about how they got into the student housing world and then to COCM. The conversation winds through their background, funny stories they’ve had while traveling, and where they see the future of COCM. This is a special video…

Podcast | Utilizing Big Data To Improve Student Success

Technology in higher ed is something we’ve not touched on many times on the podcast.  Today we reverse that trend!  Jack Suess, the Vice President of Information Technology and CIO of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, joined us to talk about what they’re doing with “Big Data” on that campus, and how they’re using…

Podcast | How I Got Into Student Housing – Joe Cantona

Joe Cantona is a Site Operations Specialist for COCM.  In his role, he has worked on site at almost every one of COCM’s sites across the country, performing tasks from opening sites for the first time, to filling the gap while critical staff when they are on leave. He joined us for the latest installment of…

Podcast | The Importance Of Fire Safety In A Residence Hall

Fire safety advocate, Shawn Simons joins us to to tell his story about the fire in Boland Hall on the campus of Seton Hall University in 2000. Shawn and his roommate from Seton Hall, Alvaro Llanos use their incredibly moving story to speak to higher education leaders and students around the country on the importance…

Podcast | There IS Life After College

Best selling author and award winning columnist, Jeff Selingo joined us to talk about his most recent book, There Is Life After College.  We talked about the way this generation is learning and how it affects the transition to life after college, how residential education is more important than ever, and his favorite phone apps.…