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What Student Affairs Professionals Do [IMAGE]

The internet continues to provide an endless flow of memes that are easily translated to every profession. From “Sh*t Student Affairs Professionals Say” to the latest shown below…

Hat Tip to Felecia George and Sandi Pope for sharing this one with us.

Utah State University Is Ready for International #FreeHugs Day [IMAGE]

While doing a Dance Floor Theory Training at USU, I noticed this on their events calendar and had to take a picture to share. If you haven’t pledged your group/school yet, there’s still time > http://www.swiftkickonline.com/free-hugs/

Dance Floor Theory In Living Color [IMAGE]

While at Fordham University doing a training for their Orientation Leaders, I noticed right from the beginning one student with his head down. He kept his head down the whole time and almost never made eye contact with me. I figured he was either studying, autistic, or just straight up didn’t care what I was talking about. He was the only one in the group of 200 students, so I let it go.

After the program was done, several students came up to me to talk and ask questions, including my anti-eye contact audience member. He took me off guard because he started by thanking me for the program and saying how great it was.

“But you had your head down the WHOLE time…” I replied. To which he replied by opening up his notebook and showing me a page filled with drawings of all the lessons he pulled out of Dance Floor Theory. I was shocked as I’d never had a student, with such talent, draw Dance Floor Theory like he did.

Look below and see for yourself what he drew.

I don’t have any contact info for the student. I only know that he is an Orientation Leader at Fordham University, he’s interning with Marvel Comics, and he has a website where he posts his drawings. He said he’d follow up with me after the program, but silly me forgot to get his email and instead gave him my card. 99.99% of students never follow up after a program.

If you happen to know this student, please connect me with him.

MyView: Alvernia University Dance Floor Theory Training [IMAGE]

They made these shirts specially for the training since they saw me do Dance Floor Theory a year ago at Alvernia.

The Heartbeat of Red Rover [IMAGE]

Mapping Out Red Rover’s Customer Care

We strive to make Red Rover a fairly intuitive tool for our users, but questions and suggestions are inevitable. Each new school adopting Red Rover means more users need help and customer care becomes harder to manage. A map of how we handle user questions, concerns, and suggestions is an important step in scaling larger. Our goal is 100% user happiness while maintaining a simple, easy to use, scalable, cost effective solution to manage the process. Below is our first run at visually mapping out Red Rover’s customer care. The questions at the bottom are open questions we’ll be answering over the next couple weeks as we prepare V2 of this map.


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Building a Red Rover Website Badge

I’m not a very good designer compared to really good designers, but give me an idea and an image and I’ll mesh it and recreate it with the best of ‘em.

In talking out the Georgia Highlands Campus Directory adoption strategy with Donny and John, John asked if we had a website badge they could put on their Student Life page for people to click on to go to the Campus Directory.

Several other schools have links that guide people from the student life page to the Campus Directory, but beyond the Red Rover logo, we didn’t have a website badge customizable for each school.

But the value was clear and so I set out to create a badge.

I started by exploring a few popular blogging sites for creative badges. Then Googled “Website Badges” and stumbled on this badge that I really liked:

The hover banner was the part I liked the most, but I had never created one before. While de-constructing the major pieces of the badge, I found the hover banner effect was a combination of drop shadowing and black triangles at each corner:

After some more customization for GHC, I put all the pieces together to create their final badge:
The angled logo for GHC was done with a tool called Picturesque for Mac.

Lastly, I’m a huge fan of doing design and layout work on Keynote for Mac. Not at all what it was meant for, but works wonders for me.

Wesley College [IMAGE]

Jenn Blackwell just emailed us some pictures from a recent Dance Floor Theory Leadership Training we did at Wesley College. Looks like it was a bit too much fun to call it work.

This reiterates my point that student leaders are amazing. They are willing to say “yes” to a new opportunity. It doesn’t take long to get them up and dancing because they see it as a new opportunity for fun and growth instead of risk and failure.

Thanks to Wesley College for teaching me some new dance moves and for making me feel at home. Till next time.

How Important Is Social Networking? [IMAGE]

Lots of people, including myself, often think of hours spent on an online community as “wasted”.

Why is it so important then?


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