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Willamette’s Future Burns Brighter: The School that Launched a Thousand Candles

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The first university founded in the west, Willamette University, established in Salem, Oregon in 1842, has its own particular vibe. A stream runs through campus amongst lush trees and other plant-life that adorn its green fields, and due to its small size and rich history, the school takes pride in offering a unique commencement experience. Michelle Maynard, Willamette’s Director of Special Events, who is in charge of scheduling all logistics and venues for commencement and all the events associated with it, shared with me the how Willamette celebrates graduates, their mothers, and the unique educational journeys (past and present) each of its students take. Read more…

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New Instructional Technology: Big Brother or Beneficial?

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

An increasing number of professors at universities and colleges around the country are taking advantage of “clickers”–wireless, hand-held devices students use to indicate they are present and on time, paying attention by answering questions the teacher poses on a projector, and whether or not they understand a concept in the lecture.

There are certainly upsides and downsides to the technology. Many schools require students to pay for the devices themselves. Read more…

University of Florida Graduates Thousands: Coordinating One of the Biggest Graduation Events in the US

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

University of Florida ranks among America’s largest post-secondary institutions. To give you an idea of its size, previous universities I wrote about, such as Southern Methodist University and University of Miami, have student populations around 16,000, while UF’s is over 50,000! Donna Stricker, UF’s Commencement Coordinator, reveals how she has not only overseen the successful completion of various ceremonies, but has also managed to keep them all under ninety minutes long, as she is constantly mindful of the family members and friends who attend.

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In With the Old and In With the New: How University of Miami Keeps Commencement Fresh

November 3, 2010 1 comment

When coordinating graduation, every school works to tie in its own unique traditions. While University of Miami is no different in this regard, as an eighty-five-year-old school (a youth by university standards), UM works not only to infuse its ceremonies with a sense of history but also to invigorate them with a new and creative ending every year! Allison Gillespie, who oversees and executes all university commencement exercises, gave me the inside scoop on what makes University of Miami‚Äôs commencement ceremonies so special. Read more…