Aug 272014
 

Today is move-in day at the University of Maryland. Undergraduates are scheduled to start moving into their dorms today and you can follow along on Twitter at #TerpsMoveIn.

For those just heading back to school, you may think that summer is slow for the faculty and staff, but there’s really no such thing as a “slow” season in academia. We spend all summer getting ready for the start of the fall semester and all winter break getting ready for the spring semester. Then during the semester it is crazy-busy actually executing all of our plans! Unlike most jobs, it is not as easy for some of us to take our vacation time during the semester, so we do try to take our vacation days during the summer or winter breaks. Wondering what’s the best part about summer in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)? The commute is not as hectic! Let’s multiply the commute time by 50 percent starting this week.

This past summer has been busy for me and my team, but nowhere near the levels of last year at this time when we launched the new Smith School website. I was a crazed person who hadn’t had a vacation all year. This summer I had to make it up to my kids, so we went on two one-week vacations to the beach.

Want to know what’s been going on at the Smith School this past summer? Check out the news feed: http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news

 

 

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Aug 222014
 

This summer, my blog turned five years old! I started blogging during my first year of the executive MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Increasing the number of bloggers at Smith was actually one of my action learning projects (ALPs) during the program. I’m happy to say that a few professors launched successful blogs as part of my efforts.

The EMBA program at Smith has undergone some changes over the past few years, but you will still find my early blog posts pretty informative if you are in Smith’s program or looking to join. Be sure to check out the blogs from 2009-2010 for all of the EMBA-related posts. My first blog posts.

 

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 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Aug 152014
 

One of my favorite website features that I’ve been doing this year is a monthly BuzzFeed-style news story. The latest list is about the top vacation destinations for the UMD-Smith community. I posted the question on Facebook and Twitter and received a bunch of great responses, which I compiled online here:

12 Top Vacation Destinations for Smith Terps

After working on that story, my dream vacation list doubled and Italy is on the top of my must-visit list! I also couldn’t help but add my favorite vacation spot to the list: Ocean City, Md.!

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Jul 252014
 
UMD-Smith EMBA Cohort 13 Graduation, July 2014

UMD-Smith EMBA Cohort 13 Graduation, July 2014

I can’t believe it’s been more than four years since I graduated with my EMBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. During that time a new class had graduated each year and Cohort 13 just graduated yesterday. When I graduated in 2010, we held our commencement ceremony with the rest of the b-school in May. Now that the timeline of the program has changed and they start in January and end in July, the EMBAs have their own ceremony.

Although the ceremony may not be quite as grand as the main school commencement that takes place in Comcast Center, it allows for a celebration of the EMBAs in a very personalized way. More than 300 guests of 41 graduates joined at the university’s Riggs Alumni Center to celebrate the successful completion of the 19-month executive MBA program.

It was nostalgic for me to see them graduate – and I got to serve as photographer for the event, which made it even more memorable.

Earlier this week, I served as a venture capitalist in their capstone business simulation competition. Special thanks to my team I invested in – they gave me a great ROI!

Congrats, Smith EMBA Cohort 13!

See the full highlights story here.

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Jul 242014
 
Adobe Create Now! July 2014 - Washington, D.C.

Adobe Create Now! July 2014 – Washington, D.C.

This week, I attended Adobe’s Create Now! event in Washington, D.C. – they are in the middle of a world tour. If you use Adobe products, I highly recommend you try to attend if it comes to a city near you.

People tell me I get exceptionally excited about technology, and I admit that I was really geeking out over this event! I wouldn’t call myself an Adobe expert, but Photoshop is my go-to tool each day at work.

Fortunately, the University of Maryland partners with Adobe to give all students, faculty and staff access to all products on the Creative Cloud. Talk about a huge perk! When I got back from the event, I downloaded all of the new CC products – some of them just had new releases in June.

I was most excited about Adobe Muse. It seems like it will be really great for making evites, event websites and stand-alone pages. The enhanced tools for selecting and refining edges were really awesome. I am looking forward to taking some time to learn all of the new features.

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Jun 252014
 

Each year, I have the pleasure of working with the faculty and administrators at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to create our Top 10 Summer Reading List. This year’s list has a bunch of great picks that I think you will enjoy. Check out the list out and get a couple to take with you on your summer vacation.

10 Business Books For Your Summer Reading List: ter.ps/10books2014

These are not boring business books! Everyone from recent high school grads to MBAs to CEOs will benefit from reading these books. Help beef up your contributions to casual party conversations and high-level professional interactions.

 

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 Posted by at 3:39 pm
Jun 252014
 

The Twitterverse was lucky to have two amazingly popular world-wide social media events this year: #Olympics & #WorldCup. But how can you capitalize on these trends and get into the conversation? For us at the University of Maryland, we got lucky. Two #Terps are on the U.S. Men’s National Team (#USMNT). We had tremendous success over the past couple weeks promoting that Graham Zusi (@gzusi ) and Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalezare Terps. UMD is the only university with two players on the World Cup roster. UMD did a story on the players and the UMD Soccer Coach that we are using with our social media promos: http://ter.ps/worldcup.

But, what if you don’t have a connection to any of the players or soccer in general? Showcase your World Cup watch parties and show your spirit for #TeamUSA. If you live in the U.S., it’s not controversial to be cheering them on in the World Cup. Just be sure to not tweet anything too controversial from your professional accounts. This advice goes for all sports-related posts. Be positive, not critical.

I was especially excited about the quick social media turnaround that @Snickers had during the World Cup yesterday. Luis Suárez (Uruguay) allegedly bit a player on the opposing team during a match. It sparked a massive response via social media. Snickers had the following tweet, which I think was absolutely perfect!

Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you’re hungry just grab a Snickers. #worldcup #luissuarez #EatASNICKERS pic.twitter.com/3RAO537HjW

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Want to know what else is trending on Twitter? Visit http://trendsmap.com/

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 Posted by at 2:35 pm
Jun 042014
 

Today, I’m beaming with pride about the beautiful work my colleagues are doing to help educate our friends across the entire University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Business acumen is so universal – people in any job can benefit from learning basic business skills like project management, customer service, negotiations, strategic thinking, and communications.

We have a program called the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy. This is the third year for the program, but the first time that it is open to all staff at College Park. It is highly competitive – only 30 spots! Today was the last information session and I attended it to write up a short news story to promote the June 30 application deadline.

There are a few reasons why I’m so excited about this program:

  1. It’s like a mini-MBA taught by some of the BEST PROFESSORS IN THE WORLD, including deans and department chairs!
  2. These professors are VOLUNTEERING their time for this program. Isn’t that so cool?
  3. It’s FREE. There is just a nominal fee to cover materials and food costs.
  4. You get to work on REAL-WORLD UMD CHALLENGES and make a major impact.
  5. You can MAKE NEW FRIENDS
  6. Create a LASTING NETWORK

Find out more and watch video at http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/leadershipacademy

 

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Jun 022014
 

I have a confession: I’m obsessed with checking the traffic and weather forecasts. I really don’t know how I survived before I had my iPhone.

I talk to my phone. I ask Siri to “Show Traffic” all the time. I look at my weather app and monitor the radar and check out where the clouds are traveling. I’m rarely caught in a downpour without my umbrella.

I’m happy to say that my gaming obsessions (most notably with Candy Crush, Dragon City, Tiny Death Star, and Plants vs. Zombies) are long gone. Now I like to focus on things which I have no control over: traffic and weather.

Am I alone? I think not. I know of at least a handful of other people who share my love of weather predictions and traffic avoidance tendencies.

It’s 5:20 p.m. and my traffic app shows I-95 looking slow, but not stopped. So, I think it’s time to go home.

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May 282014
 

One of our most popular videos each year is our commencement highlights video. This year, we decided to take it up a notch and use the popular “Happy” song as the basis for the video. Normally, we just head to the Small Gym of the Comcast Center with our normal list of questions and get down to business with our video taping. (Who was your favorite professor? What was your favorite memory? etc…)

However, this video took a lot of planning. We – the MarComm and Events teams – had to brainstorm things for students to do, come up with the words to put on hand-held signs, purchase some cheap graduation props, get a portable boom box, and get pumped up to an amazing graduation video. We needed to be very happy and have a lot of energy to pull off this production! I even had to do some pre-video stretching exercises to get ready for my behind-the-scenes motivating dance moves. There were three separate ceremonies to capture and we ended up with four different camera operators.  We ended up with nearly 100 separate clips. It was intense. It was so much fun. It was happy.  It was the best b-school graduation video ever!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business! Enjoy:

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