Student Affairs

Top Channels for Communicating with Students – with Mellissa Taylor

During her tenure at COCM, Mellissa Taylor quickly became known among students as The Housing Lady. So, what did she learn as the face and voice of student housing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham? How have those lessons around communicating with students carried over to her current role in higher ed?Mellissa serves as…

21st Century Challenges Facing Higher Education – with Brian Mitchell

Join the Conversation Podcast 21st Century Challenges Facing Higher Education – with Brian Mitchell There is no doubt that institutions of higher learning face a number of challenges, not the least of which is an unsustainable financial model. Tuition, fees, room and board no longer pay the bills—despite sticker prices as high as $72K a…

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…

Student Affairs and Exercise

Amy Lorenz is a COCM’s Director at Bowling Green State University. You may have caught her on a recent podcast (How I Got Into Student Housing-Amy Lorenz) on the blog.  Amy wrote a really great blog post about student affairs and fitness on her personal blog, and she was kind enough to let us re-post…

Making the Recruitment Process a Positive and Effective Experience

Recruitment is such an exciting time. We are given the opportunity to look at our team, see how we’ve grown, and find new members to bring into the fold. While recruitment has never been my primary job, I have always enjoyed the process. It can also be a stressful experience…student affairs professional recruitment tends to…

The NUFP Experience

Finding the right opening hook for a paper, especially blogs with their often vague prompts, was one of the hardest parts of my time in graduate school in Vermont. One may assume that unpacking my multiple identities of power and privilege, adjusting to sub- zero wind chills and “lake effect” snow, or functioning from the…

International Student Affairs – Interview and Photos with Tonya Neumeier

If you have ever wondered what student affairs in higher education looks like on an international scale, don’t miss the video below.  Tonya Neumeier, Vice President of University and Client Relations at Capstone On-Campus, sat down with us and re-lived the ACUI International Study Tour of the Arabian Gulf.  In the video podcast below, she…

Burst Your Own Bubble Daily

A short blog article (Unpack Your Knapsack) from an Assistant Director for Residence Life at The Ohio State University, Aramis Watson, inspired me to go reinvest time each day to burst my own bubble. In the blog post, Watson was encouraged in a RA class to question her own biases and predisposition to see the…