Let Loose Your Inner Blogger!

19

Sep
2016
Posted By : Ann Van Zee 0 Comment

I found an article "How to Write a Blog Post" still languishing in my ‘read’ file – and thought, hey, two birds with one stone (then I had to go to this site for a better way to phrase THAT…) So it’s a ‘twofer’ a.k.a. a two for one deal. First, I actually read something in that file. Second, I have something to review for the KACE blog! Let’s get started:

The author starts with an oh-so-relatable premise, “Maybe because, unless you're one of the few people who actually like writing, business blogging kind of stinks. You have to find words, string them together into sentences, and ughhh where do you even start?” Sound familiar?

But then she launches into a very logical series of 9 steps. Ok, I know you might be thinking that’s lot to work through, ughhh who has time?!?  But take a break from your email or meetings, and give Rachel Sprung (@rsprung) a chance. What I appreciated about her approach was it incorporated a range of concepts from basic (step 1 is Know your audience) through more advanced (step 8 is Optimize for on-page SEO) and tips I’ve never considered before (step 7 is Insert a call-to-action at the end). This article has a lot of bang for the buck, including tons of links to resources that illustrate the step, provide more examples, or detailed content related to each step. And finally, you can download FREE templates for these 5 types of blog posts:

  • The How-To Post
  • The List-Based Post
  • The Curated Collection Post
  • The SlideShare Presentation Post
  • The Newsjacking Post

It’s my hope that you and your students or staff find this review useful. Perhaps it may even inspire you to contribute to KACE!

Legal Issues: Managing Risk and Personal Liability

11

Jul
2016
Posted By : Dana Nordyke 0 Comment
Categories :Best Practices

This summer I have been steadily working on my prelim exams for my doctorate program. One part of my exams requires me to find case law and key information that backs each of the legal, policy, and risk management implications as found in the NACE Professional Standards (p. 31-32) http://www.naceweb.org/searchresults.aspx?searchtext=professional+standards (PDF download). Sounds like exactly how you'd want to spend your summer, right? Actually, I have genuinely enjoyed reading the case law associated with each standard (I’m primarily finding the cases in “A Legal Guide for Student Affairs Professionals” by William A. Kaplin and Barbara A. Lee).

 

I will spare you the details of all the cases, but reviewing these standards only takes a few minutes and serves as a great training procedure. I am reminded that our policies exist so we manage risk in our workplace and our work with students as much as possible. Remember that your actions could result in major ramifications for your students, your organization, or for you personally. Generally, if you are acting within the scope of your employment and seeking proper permissions, you are able to lessen your personal and organizational liability. We really need to think about much more than just the Fire Code (although we all know that is also VERY important).

 

The NACE website also provides articles related to other legal issues such as internships, the Affordable Care Act, immigration/international students, references, etc.:  http://www.naceweb.org/knowledge/legal.aspx

 

Dana Nordyke is a Senior Assistant Director at Kansas State University

HELLO SUMMER!

11

May
2016
Posted By : Dana Nordyke 0 Comment
Categories :Best Practices

It seems like every year around this time, I begin to make plans for what I will accomplish over the summer. It is inevitable that my planning and list making are far more extensive than what I am actually able to do over the summer. This may be because students pop in, departmental planning is happening, or simply because my productivity drops when my schedule isn’t as slammed back-to-back.

Here are some ideas I have gathered that have helped me to improve my summer productivity (when maybe I’d rather be at the beach):

  • Don’t check email right away. When I have the opportunity to do so, I start my day with my to-do list, not my email. I can easily get bogged down with a task or project that isn’t my top priority just because it’s at the top of my inbox. trello.com is a cool (free) online project management tool that I’m starting my day with now instead of email.
  • Set weekly goals. I try to think about summer as 14 weeks not a whole summer (which seems like such a LONG time). If I break it down into what I want to have done each week, I am able to make progress on more projects.
  • Pencil in time for intentional conversations. During the school year (or heavy recruiting season) we move quickly and I tend to be very task oriented. Allow yourself time in the less busy times to really talk to staff/faculty/colleagues in your area and in other departments. Grab a coffee or lunch.
  • Be super flexible. The summer is a season many like to spend time outdoors or with children who are off of school. So, give yourself permission to do what you like to do. Be with the people you care about the most. Join them for swimming, BBQ, or a restful lawn chair. Allow yourself to take off a couple of days, or take off early. Even an hour or two can make all the difference.
  • Brainstorm new ideas. I have a Trello board just for new ideas and action plans for those ideas. During the summer, I plan time to come up with new ways of doing everyday things. I also am more likely to attend a training session or do professional development (like the KACE Summer Drive In) because my calendar isn’t as blocked.

Summer Productivity

 

Dana Nordyke is an Assistant Director for Kansas State University