Co and Extra

In recent weeks I’ve been finding myself being asked to define “co-curricular” and “extra-curricular” activities as it relates to higher education and I want to unpack some of my thoughts on this.¬† Much of this comes from a context in which we are working to break down the plethora of silos and barriers on campusContinue reading “Co and Extra”

Happy #CSAM20!

Wow…it’s October already! Actually its the END of October already! I’ve been working remotely for 7 1/2 months and in my new position for 3 months and 1 week! But what would October be without the traditional shoutout to my friends, co-workers and colleagues: Happy Careers in Student Affairs Month! This year has been aContinue reading “Happy #CSAM20!”

LMX Theory and Me

As many of you know, leadership development is a thing I use frequently in my position at Michigan State and in my field and in many of my volunteer roles. So I sit in theories and models all the time. Over the last few months I’ve been on a journey of reflecting on my style,Continue reading “LMX Theory and Me”

A Letter to the UAB Students

Kadie, Brandon, Melissa, Emily, Sean, Kristin, Kennedy, Katie, Madison, Yiting, Loren, Ally C, Ally L, Dakota, Leah, Alyssa, Courtney, all of our great volunteers, Karlee and Margaret; With an unprecidented end to our wild journey together, a written thank you that can test the digital sands of time seemed the very least to do toContinue reading “A Letter to the UAB Students”

Nuggets of Goodness

Hello NACA! Currently, I’m sitting in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Covington, Kentucky, waiting for my two students Kadie and Brandon to come down for check-out. (FYI they’re not late, I’m just early LOL) I have my faux hotel Starbucks and watching/saying goodbye to old and new friends in between paragraphs. This hasContinue reading “Nuggets of Goodness”

36 Goals

WOW. I’ve inhabited this floating rock for 35 years now. More or less successful. I’ve had the highs I’ve had the lows. Year 35 has been a wild ride. From my professional life to my personal life and everything in between. I’ve gotten lost more than a couple of times during this 35th rotation but IContinue reading “36 Goals”

Working in the Dark

I’m obsessed with the show Madam Secretary for so many reasons (but those reasons are another convo for another day). Now, to re-cooperate from the back to back events of the Kappa Sigma Grand Conclave and I-LEAD 2017 I’ve been couch surfing and bingeing on this show. The other night, however, I was settled comfortablyContinue reading “Working in the Dark”

To Chick-fil-A or Not?

So Chick-fil-A has been in the news lately about their continuation of support for anti-LGBTQ groups. They have continued to make large donations to organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Paul Anderson Youth Home. The anti-LGBTQ position of the infamous chicken restaurant originally came to public knowledge when almost five years agoContinue reading “To Chick-fil-A or Not?”

2017 P.A.N.D.A. Awards!

Can you believe it? It’s time for the 3rd Annual P.A.N.D.A. Awards! AND new for the 3rd Annual P.A.N.D.A.s, I will be giving shout outs to those beyond the Twitter-verse! For those of you who are just joining me, think of this as the biggest Non-Follow Friday shout out ever! Started in 2015 on theContinue reading “2017 P.A.N.D.A. Awards!”

I Prefer ‘Fraternity’

I identify as a gay, Asian, Asian-American Fraternity Member¬†who use the pronouns he, him, his. I am part of a predominately straight, white Southern Fraternity. I prefer the term “fraternity” versus “frat” because of the negative contexts that has been built and associated with the term “frat”. For me, “frat” is a slur. I useContinue reading “I Prefer ‘Fraternity’”