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Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

August 27th, 2014

It’s been several weeks now since I started as an Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University. I can without a doubt say that I love my job for many reasons. I am constantly challenged to design and create meaningful initiatives for the university. Though I am enjoying the fellowship, I have also begun to identify [...]

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August 5th, 2014
Posted by: Ray Andrada in Reflections, Thinking / Comments (1)

Flipped capture outside Lattie F. Coor Hall  The Power of Màs When I was a child, my grandmother, much like other grandmothers, swore by her quirky adages and life mottos. With enough repetition, they became as much a part of her as the features of her face. I recall dismissing her words of wisdom while [...]

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June 24th, 2014

June Snacks and Skills also touched on a particular skillset termed as learning agility. Known as the ability to adapt, learn from past experiences and feedback and embrace innovation and change, Korn Ferry Talent and Leadership Consulting considers learning agility to be the top predictor of long-term professional success. Through their longitudinal study of business [...]

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June 24th, 2014

What are your greatest transferrable skills? How do you market those skills to your future employer? Are you an agile learner, and if so, how do you leverage such a skill in the job hunt? These are the questions explored in UI’s June Snacks and Skills. To see the entire presentation, access the Prezi. Such [...]

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June 23rd, 2014

Earlier this spring, the Office of University Initiatives launched the Action Collab Design Process to discover opportunities and solutions to heighten ASU’s social embeddedness landscape. (For a recap of the first part of this process, read this blog.) On June 19, a second group of community engagement practitioners from across the institution gathered to tackle [...]

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March 5th, 2014
Posted by: Trevor J. Eagle in Reflections / Comments (0)

For many, ASU as a New American University is only a concept they have read or heard about either from a speech given by ASU President Michael Crow or from a conversation with a proud ASU affiliate or community member. Throughout the year, the Office of University Initiatives (UI) hosts and interacts with several different [...]

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February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

Institutions of higher education are environments of silos, with most units functioning in isolation. ASU is no exception. Faculty and staff remain in their unit, department and college with narrow lenses and even slimmer variety of perspectives. When people do the same things, work in the same groups and tackle problems the same way, repetition [...]

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February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (3)

This Valentine’s Day, UI celebrated with a very special Snacks and Skills. Our own resident expert, Trevor J. Eagle, led the group through an introduction of Happiness and Positive Psychology. This discussion provided mindful reflection on how to reach authentic happiness and live a full life. Components of a Full Life 1. Pleasant life: Acting [...]

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February 21st, 2014

2014 has gotten off to a tremendously busy start—so busy, in fact, that I have fallen behind on my blog posts! In mid-January, we kicked off the Spring Snacks and Skills with the topic Ergonomics in the Workplace. Rick Bauer, Program Manager in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, walked our office through the [...]

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December 17th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections / Comments (1)

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting at the 2013 Arizona Summit for Volunteerism and Service Learning. This annual event, held at ASU West, sparks conversation and collaboration between people of a multitude of backgrounds, including national service programs and members, youth development organizations, nonprofits, K-12 schools, higher education, government agencies, and service [...]

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