Archive for April, 2008

May 1st is looming…

For us counselors, May 1st signifies something quite wonderful… SUMMER! Our college goes to summer hours after graduation (mid-May), but until then the excitement is in the air. Another thing that May 1st signifies, that has nothing to do with admissions is my favorite thing ever. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is open for business soon! Let me break from the admissions talk (since this time of year that’s what I think of 75% of the time) and just dwell on the fact that I love May at the Speedway. Last year, I didn’t get to do too much because I was pregnant. But this year, my parents are keeping the baby of the whole weekend so hubby and I can attend the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Too bad that slogan is already taken. Can you see it? Franklin College: The Greatest Spectacle in Education. Actually that’s terrible to call your instituion a spectacle. Let’s stick to Leadership, Excellence, and Service.

Danica has her first win under her belt (even though she had a DNF this week). The series is unified. A CART transplant has already won a race. It’s going to be a GREAT year. Anyone else love Indy Racing out there?

April 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

A Step Above

I have noticed that people are really going a step beyond. It started last Thursday, I was at our IACAC Spring Meeting and following a smashing presentation on technology in admissions, I asked the Director of Admissions at DePauw University (Earl Macam) some questions about how they manage their communication sequence. I of course wasn’t looking for specific mailings or anything like that, but I was curious about how they all keep track of it (I have a tendancy to want to be really organized and can’t always quite figure out how to do it. Not only did Earl tell me how they did it, he later e-mailed me a blank spreadsheet outlying how they keep track of things. That’s the great thing about Higher Education. People are competitive to a degree, but we’re all going for the same goal. We want kids to succeed. So we don’t mind sharing a little information to help out another institution.

Then, on Friday, I had another great experience demonstrating that “Step Aboveness. I saw Michael Buble in concert. My husband got us tickets for Valentine’s Day and they were AWESOME seats. Buble is a great entertainer and I love his music. There were mostly chicks there, but even my husband enjoyed himself (hip shaking notwithstanding). The thing that stuck out to me though is the way he went out of his way to keep the audience engaged and feeling valued. He said things like “I know you paid a lot of money to see this concert” and “Just because this is a large building I hope you still feel like it’s a concert with just a few hundred.” He went into the crowd and took a picture with a 12 year-old fan. He waved to people in the crowd. The thing that was really awesome though is that during his song “Home” he flashed pictures of popular Indy sites (RCA Dome, Peyton Manning, Lucas Oil Stadium, etc). That’s more than he needed to do.

So this whole week I’ve been on the lookout, searching for people going a Step Above in places other than Higher Education. I know, most of my 7 readers work in Higher Ed, and many work directly with admissions. But, what other places do you see people going a step above?

April 23, 2008 at 6:33 pm 2 comments


April 2008