Congratulations to Cornish Commons and CDP!

Cornish College of the Arts Commons_CBPhoto-38Capstone Development Partners recently received multiple awards for Cornish Commons at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Cornish Commons was honored with three Student Housing Business Innovator Awards in April. Earlier this year,  the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce bestowed Cornish Commons with the “2015 Building of the Year” award.

Cornish Commons is a 432 bed high-rise residence hall, located in the Southlake Union area of downtown Seattle.  It is Cornish College of the Arts first residence hall and is managed in cooperation with the College by COCM.

Click the following to read the full press release CDP Receives Multiple Innovator Awards.



The New F Word

dont_be_afraid_to_fail-stone-clinicA great read from Inside Higher Ed about a simple, but hard lesson.












Is Hazing Prevalent In the K-20 Environments?

No-HazingHazing is prevalent in the K-20 environments despite the adoption of anti-hazing laws in 44 states. Participating in extra-curricular activities and being hazed by perpetrators is a part of the K-20 educational culture for middle and high school students and college students. In fact, many students report participating in hazing rituals to feel closer as a group, gain approval by their peers and get revenge from their hazing experience. Other students participate in hazing because they are uneducated about what constitutes hazing behavior, pressured and influenced by the culture of the environment.

Because of the psychological and physical effects of hazing, The Holmes Education Post and Einestine Technology Services have developed an Online National Anti-Hazing Curriculum on “How to Eradicate Hazing” from the educational institution’s culture. The objectives of this online program are to (1) educate students and faculty members on the policies, procedures and laws on anti-hazing preventions; (2) provide a historical, psychological, sociological, legal and cultural perspectives of the negative effects of hazing and (3) provide alternative methods for implementing acceptable initiation rites in the educational environment.

The online curriculum includes a 45 – 50 minute program for students comprising of eight modules with a total of 20 questions. It also includes a free 45 – 50 minute program for faculty members comprising of nine modules with a total of 20 questions. The program can be made available in multiple platforms including OSX, Android, Windows, as well as device agnostic (desktop and laptop).

Using evidence based practices on hazing, the book entitled, “How to Eradicate Hazing,” serves as the reference guide for the online curriculum. Other features of the curriculum include: clear and colorful presentation; user friendly and very engaging; multiple choice questions with response explanations; test results of answer choices; passing percentage of performance, and easy to read, re-read and listen to information during the training. This link provides access to a pilot video of the online curriculum.

If your educational institution is interested in incorporating this anti-hazing program, please email Dr. Ronald Holmes at:

Dr. Ronald Holmes
is the author of 12 books: Jacob’s Dream! “A Lesson on Numbers and Birds,” “Jacob’s Dream! A Lesson on Alphabets and Continents,”How to Eradicate Bullying,” “Education Questions to be Answered,”Current Issues and Answers in Education,”  “How to Eradicate Hazing,”Professional Career Paths,” “Your Answers to Education Questions,” “How to revitalize the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.”  “Completing the Dissertation: Tips, techniques and real-life experiences from Ph.D. graduates.”  “Jacob’s Dream, A Story of Careers for Children” and Jacob’s Dream, A Story of Animals in Africa. He is publisher of “The Holmes Education Post,” an education focused Internet newspaper.  Holmes is a former teacher, school administrator and district superintendent. He can be reached at

Ronald Holmes

Colleges Get Creative with Fundraising

crowdsourcing-525x350This is a fascinating article about how colleges are now using crowdfunding to reach a younger pool of potential donors.  Note how the College of Holy Cross raised nearly $2 million in less than 48 hours.





Don’t Make These New Grad Mistakes…


Thousands of students will be receiving their diploma in the next few weeks and embarking on their first job search. Director of COCM Human Resources, Keisha Cherry, has put together some great tips for new grads.

  1. Submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format.  Resume formats can move around when changing operating systems.
  2. Don’t expect too much too soon.  Your first job probably won’t be the job you’ve wanted your entire life.  Seek positions that will pave the way to your dream job.
  3. Review and edit your resume, repeatedly.  Improper grammar and typos are inexcusable.   If English was not your strongest class, have a friend review your resume for you.
  4. Remove unprofessional content from social media.  Although Spring Break 2016 was the best by far, don’t let what happened in Miami come back and haunt you forever.
  5. Make sure that your email address is appropriate.  It’s been proven that will not generate as many responses as you’d like during your job search.

Good luck starting your next chapter!


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