Student Housing on a Community College Campus


Today we’re doing something a little different… Instead of an individual interview, we have a panel of senior leaders from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  The individuals participating are:

  • Bob Harrison, President
  • Kelly Hahn, CFO
  • Dr. Clinton Gabbert, VP of Student Services
  • Anne Erdman, VP for Administration

This team has been working together on a large project: the college’s first residence hall.  Although it is a little unique for a community college to have housing, Lake Michigan College is actually the seventh two-year institution in Michigan to open housing. Not only did the team talk about their foray into student housing, but they covered several other topics of interest to both, two and four year institutions across the country. In this podcast, you’ll see/hear their team dynamic, how well they know each other, and why they’ve been able to be successful in their endeavors.

Let’s Talk About Yik Yak

yikyakYou’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, except its anonymous.  And there’s the issue with it… anonymity.

Eric Stoller had a fantastic article on InsideHigherEd last month about the latest app craze on college campuses.

If you’ve ever perused internet message boards, or places like Reddit, you’ll understand that most offensive or abusive posts come under the veil of anonymity.  If people don’t have to attach some sort of identity to what they are posting, there are generally no consequences to what they say.  And unfortunately, that often times yields things that are hateful and/or hurtful.

People start saying things that they wouldn’t say in face-to-face conversation, or as I’ve heard them referred to, they become “keyboard cowboys.”

Obviously, anonymity is not inherently a bad thing, but I think when people have it, it leads down a bad road more times than not.  I downloaded the app, just to see what an “anonymous Twitter” would provide.  And sure enough one of the first two posts I saw was extremely cringe-worthy.  Was there anything harmless on there?  Sure.  A good bit actually.  But for every three harmless posts, there was at least one that was sure to make someone, or some people, pretty upset or embarrassed.  Sometimes the posts were even directed at a named person.  Yikes.

And it’s no surprise Yik Yak is marketed to college students (they already had to block it from high schools).  An age group where maturity and responsibility are still developing.

So I guess my point is this… What’s the benefit?

Sure, there was the occasional laugh, but can’t you get that from a million other social media venues?

How does Yik Yak contribute positively to society, and more specifically, college campuses?  I honestly can’t think of one way.  As Eric Stoller said in his article on Inside Higher Ed last month, “their platform provides a safe-haven for bullies and those who would engage in all sorts of cowardly missives.”

I just don’t think its worth it.  It doesn’t deserve a place in the higher education world, or society in general, for that matter.

On The Road At The 2014 NACAS Annual Conference – Day One

nacasWe’re on the road at the 2014 NACAS Annual Conference.  On Monday of the conference, we spoke to Steven Lacker (Sasaki), Tom Petrinni (EVIVE), Greg Powell (Denny’s Corporation), and Kristan Wun (Caldwell and Gregory), about what they’re up to and what the world of higher education is facing now.

Revisiting with Frans Johansson at the 2014 NACAS Annual Conference

frans_johanssonThis week we’re on the road again, so you’ll be getting a handful of podcasts from the 2014 NACAS Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada. Ranging from housing and dining, to bookstores and campus card systems, NACAS is the largest auxiliary services support organization serving higher education.

People representing institutions and auxiliary service companies will be with us this week talking about what is going on in the world of higher education.

Today we had the opportunity to interview one of the keynote speakers for the conference, best-selling author, Frans Johansson.  If you’ve listened to the podcast to the podcast for a while, that name may sound familiar.  That’s because we interviewed him a little over a year ago, about his book, The Click Moment.  Frans is also the author of the book, The Medici Effect, which was named one of the top 10 best business books of the year by

Frans was kind enough to speak with us right before he stepped on stage for his keynote address, to talk to us about dynamic leadership and shaping ideas to lead to success.

The Nitpicker

nitpickI think it’s safe to say that everyone works in an office with at least one person like the one described in this Seth Godin blog. What a great perspective for dealing with these types of people. Focus on making something and keep in perspective that the nitpicker is actually controlled by his or her own fears.

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