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Outreach and Ut Prosim: Why we remember

The 4/16 memorial at VT

As most in Blacksburg may know, today marks the 7th anniversary of the terrible shooting that occurred on campus in 2007. As the years have passed and Virginia Tech has begun the process of healing, the day is remembered now with events that celebrate the 32 lives lost and show how Hokies are dedicated to serving our communities. For those of us who work on projects in Outreach and International Affairs, this is particularly important. Continue reading »

“We must give him the respect that he has yet to earn!”

Every industry, from investment banking to information technology, has its own culture, customs, and even absurdities. The field of international development is no different. Continue reading »

On the DNA Trail

Who am I? Maybe it’s because I had a birthday recently, or maybe it’s because I’ve been watching Cosmos on TV, but in any case, I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately. No, I’m not in the throes of some kind of existential crisis (at least not this week, anyway). I just want to know who I am, and more specifically, who my ancestors were. Pretty soon, I should know.

But before I get to the “knowing” part, let me back up a little. Continue reading »

Communication that Goes Deeper than the Story

Two social media companies.The office I work for is part of our university’s division of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA). I recently attended a communications seminar organized by OIA’s communications staff, and I found it chock-full of meaningful information that directly pertains to my work. You see, while my work focuses on the techy solutions, as a front-end developer, I have always regarded my role as within the realm of communications.

I’m not going to try to summarize the information from the seminar; to do so would do a disservice to the great presenters we learned from. Instead, I’m going to try to apply a couple of the lessons that I found inspirational. In one of the exercises, we were asked to come up with clear, easy-to-understand messages that explain our job function. So, what do I do, really, and why is what I do important?

You’ve heard the expressions “the clothes make the man woman person,” and “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Think of me as clothier, style consultant, and tailor for your stories and/or messages. Continue reading »