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…

Higher Education’s Preparation for Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak is something everyone is keeping an eye on.  After it’s initial entry into the United States (where the CDC was criticized heavily), the measures put in place have seemingly been effective. I’ve recently been sent a couple articles about what higher education institutions are doing in preparation that I thought would be interesting to share: Universities, Colleges Make Ebola…

Let’s Talk About Yik Yak

You’ve likely heard about the social media app, Yik Yak.  But just in case you haven’t, here’s a quick rundown per Wikipedia: Yik Yak is an app that allows people to anonymously create and view posts within a 1.5 mile radius depending on how many other users are nearby. Basically, Yik Yak is like Twitter,…

Knowing and Knowing Better – An Interview with Dr. Peggy Williams

Dr. Peggy Williams began her career as a social worker, and upon entering the field of higher education she held various faculty and administrative positions within the Vermont State College system and at Trinity College in Burlington, VT. She served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years prior to being named the seventh—and…

Mental Health and Substance Abuse On College Campuses

The Student Housing Matters blog and podcast exist to provide a place where topics relevant to on-campus student housing can have the spotlight. One such issue is the very important topic of mental health. All across the country there are rising numbers of students on college campuses dealing with serious mental health problems that are seeking…

How Decreasing Government Funding is Changing Higher Education

In a time where so many federal issues are clamoring for more and more funding, higher education’s piece of the pie is getting smaller and smaller. Marshall University President, Stephen Kopp spoke with us about the issue of decreasing government funding for higher education institutions and how they’ll likely have to deal with it in…

Is your name on the list?

Ten colleges and universities who are getting creative and having fun on Twitter. In higher education, our consumers (students) are very tech savvy and high users of social media – this is not news to anyone. What is interesting however, is how many colleges/universities haven’t quite figured out how to successfully engage students (and alums)…

Developing Leaders in Student Affairs – Interview with Kim Moistner-Bartlett

You can listen to audio version of the podcast above (or via iTunes), or you can view the video version below. Kim Moistner-Bartlett sat down with us and talked about developing leaders and leadership skills in the higher education world. Kim is an individual who is passionate about developing leadership in higher education, and specifically in student affairs and…

Seeing a Campus Through the Eyes of a High School Senior

Even though I have worked for an on-campus housing company for 18 years, I have always enjoyed taking campus tours with each of my three children.  I find it fascinating to see a new campus from their eyes and take the campus tour with them.  In the process, it helps me gain insight into what’s…

Director of UW-Platteville Residence Life Honored as Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Linda Mulroy-Bowden, Director of UW-Platteville Residence Life, for being named one of the two Women of the Year at UW-Platteville.   She has been with UW-Platteville since 1990, and as stated in the linked article, began her career there as an assistant director in student housing. Linda will be recognized for this award during…