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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 (0)

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 Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

This month’s Snacks and Skills centered on Stress Management and Resiliency- perfectly timed for the hectic holiday season! I’d like to thank our special guest, ASU Employee Assistance Counselor Amber Wonder, for presenting on the topic. The conversation centered on a series of questions. What is stress? When do you feel stressed? How do you [...]

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October 16th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Cool People, Reflections, Thinking, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

This afternoon, I was fortunate to attend the Characters Unite Awards luncheon to honor one of the 2013 award recipients, ASU alumnus Carrie Severson. The Characters Unite Campaign, sponsored by USA Network and programming provider Cox Communications, honors extraordinary individuals who have championed significant efforts against hate, intolerance, bullying, racism, and overall discrimination. Carrie’s effort, [...]

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October 2nd, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Thinking, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

Imagine getting into a passionate disagreement with your boss at work. After volleying back and forth pointlessly, you both decide you are not going to come back to work until one side budges (and it won’t be you.) Imagine further that no one in your office will go back to work until a compromise is [...]

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July 5th, 2013
Posted by: Terah Crews in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

I want to take a moment to thank Dr. Elizabeth Langland for hosting myself and my colleagues at ASU-West for this year’s final Fellows’ Forum. Dr. Langland recently stepped down as Vice-Provost of ASU’s West Campus and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. During Dr. her tenure, ASU-West went through several [...]

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June 28th, 2013
Posted by: Jacqueline Smith in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

In 2012 I committed to building supportive communities in 12 settings and reporting the efforts on this blog.  Since making that post my days have been filled with learning and collaboration but regrettably, not much blogging.  Now, days before the end of the fiscal year, a time of accounting and reflecting, I will fulfill my [...]

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June 17th, 2013
Posted by: Terah Crews in Uncategorized / Comments (0)

As I close out my fellowship, I find that whether through casual conversation or discussions of job prospects, I am increasingly asked to sum up my experience at and perception of ASU. This university and its grand vision to change the way we think about public higher education, has many detractors and supporters. In recent [...]

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July 11th, 2012

A few weeks ago, ASU entrepreneurs and innovators joined the Edson team on a party bus and tour all of the premier co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerator spaces throughout the Valley.  In one day we toured greater metro Phoenix in an attempt to learn about all the exciting spaces looking to support innovation and entrepreneurship [...]

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