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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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4 Movies That Remind Us to Become a Better Speaker

4 Movies That Remind Us to Become a Better Speaker

What do Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Warren Buffet, Thomas Jefferson and Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? A fear of public speaking. From anxiety about a stutter to a fear of what people think, the fear of public speaking manifests differently for everyone. Here are some movies that remind us it’s just another skill to refine: Larry Crowne It’s never a bad time to learn something new. Whether you’re speaking in public for the first time or taking a class like our Speak Easy Bootcamp, skill acquisition should be a lifelong process. The King’s Speech Stuttering has been a major concern for some of our most known actors. Did you know that Julia Roberts was afraid of speaking because of her stutter? While practice may not make it go away, it can help you build confidence, determine when it happens […]

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Community + Politics = Communitics

Community + Politics = Communitics

Each time there is a presidential election, people’s values and politics naturally surface. When they do, conversations can quickly become arguments and differences of opinion can feel like you’re speaking a different language. Because of some very heated topics, this could mean alienating people and that’s just not okay on #TeamHuman. Here are some tips to learn from differences and get the most out of your community. Do your research. Everyone is entitled to their views. But, do you even know why or understand why you feel that way? Have you done research on the points that contradict how you feel? So often, we are taught lessons that then create a value or model in our minds for the way things are supposed to be. When things oppose that model, we create new values. Only when you have all the information can […]

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When You Want to Scream Remember Me

When You Want to Scream Remember Me

Last night I knocked over my coat rack as I was heading out the door to handle a problem.  It had already been such a rough Monday that just this simple event almost led me to tears.  Shortly after I received a text message from one of my classmates who told me that she just spilled a bunch of rice on the floor and almost started to cry. Right away I made the connection that we were both having a rough Monday and could truly understand what the other one was feeling like.  Talking about our situations, we were then able to laugh at the fact that we were almost brought to tears by something as simple as a coat rack or spilled rice.  We both also experienced an immediate sense of calm because someone else went through a similar […]

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Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

So it’s coming to that point of the year again…after all the stress of the spring semester classes and finals are over.  My Res-Life Staff is leaving me!  How can I possibly say goodbye to six unique individuals who have been a big part of my life as a first time res-life supervisor? Well, I can say goodbye by realizing that I do not actually have follow everything on the checklist that normally describes how people handle goodbyes. So… — I do not have to stop checking up on how these six individuals are growing. — I do not have to stop asking how these individuals’ new college experiences are going. — I do not have to stop having these individuals’ best interests at heart. While goodbyes are not fun, too often, people get into the mindset that once another […]

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Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

This past week, thanks to a random snow storm, both the school I work for and the school I attend had snow days. While this sadly did not stop the massive amount of work that needed to be done for the day, after a successful morning of work I ran into two of my lovely Resident Assistants. That is when my break from my massive work load began. Running into my two Resident Assistants just hanging out and sitting around doing nothing gave me the great idea for using the snow to our advantage.  I started by asking of them if they wanted to build a snowman, go sledding, and have a snowball fight with me.  To my surprise one answered “yes” and the other answered “no”.  Now the challenge was to get the one resident assistant that said “no” […]

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Newsletter: December 2010

Newsletter: December 2010

It’s a new year, and a time of new classes, new friends to meet, and new opportunities around every corner. With new (there’s that word again) features that help you keep up with what’s happening at your institution, the Student Directory is here to help you keep moving forward. Here’s to another year of growing and learning together in 2011!

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Updates to the “Tag Yourself” Signup Step

Updates to the “Tag Yourself” Signup Step

Connecting people and groups around shared interests is what we’re all about, and we do this by matching users’ self-reported interests with those of other people and groups in each institution. The more keywords that people use to tag themselves—and the more accurate those words are—the more relevant connections we can help them make. To make it easier for a first-time user to find their people and groups, our talented development team has revamped the signup step that asks for interest tags. Here’s a quick peek of a section of the new “Tag Yourself” step: We’ve changed from large, open text boxes for each category to smaller text fields, to encourage shorter tags. Now, next to each category, new members can see a list of the top tags in their Directory. This makes it easy to see what other people […]

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Newsletter: November 2010

Newsletter: November 2010

As the month of November wound down to a close, we found ourselves reflecting on the things for which we are thankful. In a world of increasing digital noise, we are most grateful for the meaningful relationships and serendipitous discoveries that new technologies can bring. Stay tuned—in the next few months, we’ll be unveiling new ways that the *|MMERGE3|* Directory can help build and strengthen those connections. When NMSU graduate student Anton Magallanez told students at Fall Orientation about the new NMSU Directory, he later blogged, “Their replies: ‘Sick!’ and ‘Oh nice, that makes sense!’” Now, Anton is teaching two undergrad classes, and he’s using the Red Rover First Year Experience Curriculum to educate his students about online identity. After all, helping students develop positive digital identities sets them up for success in an increasingly digital age. To follow his progress, check […]

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Newsletter: October 2010

Newsletter: October 2010

Ah, autumn…the leaves are turning, the days are getting cooler, and we are finally beginning to recover from all of the Halloween candy. Here are a few tips and treats that we’ve gathered for you in the last month—but don’t worry, these won’t contribute to your sugar coma. A man of many titles, UW-Madison’s Tom Templeton is the Orientation Assistant for the Center for First Year Experience, the Chief of Staff to the President of ASM (Associated Students of Madison), and the Public Relations Director for his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. Tom tells us, “A lot of my work in all three of my jobs includes putting out fires and promoting the great work the organization does. I do use social media to help do this, and I think as a general rule, the more students are connected via tools […]

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