Foto Friday: Professor Proffer

Today’s photo is courtesy of a former student leader from my time at University of Michigan-Flint. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education at Michigan State (Who knew we’d both transition to the Green? LOL The world works in mysterious ways).

Courtesy of Erika Trigg

Courtesy of Erika Trigg

In this particular photo we were wrapping up the Fall term and getting ready for the Winter Term, and for many of us in student activities, that means revisiting the budgets and making those adjustments for the next term’s events.

Now, when working with student organizations and their events, my philosophy is to give the students the information and ability to do their own business in order that they grow and learn. So for this meeting, where the photo was taken, we were learning and talking about how their budget reallocation process worked and how they would be able to make adjustments to it etc. Now as a professional it was a bit confusing how the system worked and after walking them through it once with the spreadsheets and forms, the expected look of confusion was still pretty prevalent on a few faces, so I shift my pedagogy and began drawing pictures and images to help the process. Thank goodness my stick figures and mini houses worked because almost immediately they were able to grasp the financial system processes and thusly able to readjust their budget accordingly to their needs for the upcoming term.

This might have been the most professorial I’ve ever seemed in my life, but honestly it was just me showing images of stick figures and box houses to walk them through a university finance system.

So the moral for today: NEVER discount the use of a good stick figure and box house to help teach and develop student leaders 🙂

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

P.S. After I posted this, I was notified…THIS IS MY 100TH POST! YEY!

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About bdproffer

I am currently the Assistant Manager for the University Activities Board at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer for Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
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