Podcast

How I Got into Student Housing – with Jeremy Biddy

Join the Conversation Podcast How I Got into Student Housing – with Jeremy Biddy Many professionals in the world of student housing began as RAs, gaining exposure to the industry as college students and eventually realizing the opportunity to pursue a career in the space. But what if you weren’t a resident assistant in college?…

Understanding Diversity of Sites – with Brian Kraft

Join the Conversation Podcast Brian Kraft on Diversity of Sites When it comes to student housing, there is simply no way to copy/paste a set of processes on each new campus. Rather, you need to gain an understanding of the institution and the property itself and customize your approach based on the circumstances at hand.…

How I Got Into Student Housing: Kelly Podach Francis

Join the Conversation Podcast How I Got Into Student Housing – with Kelly Podach Francis When a residence hall comes in under budget, that money can be invested in the building itself. But how do you make decisions around what improvements to prioritize? Kelly Podach Francis designs an action plan based on student feedback, and…

Driving Innovation at the Urban Research University

Join the Conversation Podcast Driving Innovation at the Urban Research University – with Harlan Sands How can an urban research university serve as an anchor for its community—attracting employers and giving talent a reason to stay in the city after graduation? Harlan Sands believes that the key is to serve as a hub of innovation,…

Rebuilding the Reputation of a Struggling Site

Join the Conversation Podcast Rebuilding the Reputation of a Struggling Site – with Jeremy Steed ‘We came in humble and approachable, wanting to collaborate.’ How do you turn around a student housing site that has spiraled into decline? Where do you begin when all of the problems—occupancy, reputation and facility issues—are intertwined? How do you…

From RA to Operations Director – with Jeremy Steed

Join the Conversation From RA to Operations Director – with Jeremy Steed   Time management. Customer service. Conflict mediation. Critical thinking. Teamwork.   Whatever your motivation for becoming a resident assistant, the position allows you to hone a number of incredibly valuable skills that carry over to any career you might choose to pursue. And…

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…