Get out there.

Today, I began a new chapter in my career as president of the National Student Exchange (NSE). A not-for-profit education consortium with 170 member campuses throughout the United States and Canada, NSE facilitates the academic exchange of 2,200 undergraduate students annually.

Why encourage study away?

  • 58% of students go to a college within 100 miles of their hometown
  • 72% of students stay in-state for college
  • Only 11% of students choose a campus 500 miles away or further

We have a great big, beautiful country (and continent) full of people, culture, and adventure. Get out there and see it.

Ég er kominn heim (I’ve come home)

The Iceland national soccer team was welcomed home after the Euro Cup with this very cool and inspiring viking clap. It was performed by the team along with what looks like the entire country, all shouting “ho-oh.”

This should be required at more events… mornings at the office; airport arrivals; birthday parties… HO-OH!


New beginnings.

13590270_10103364426733820_5248952781808075244_nAugust 21, 1995 was the first day of the fall semester at Iowa State University. In addition to being the beginning of a great academic year, it was also the first day at Iowa State for the inaugural class of students in the Hixson Opportunity Awards and was my first day as director of the program.

It has been a joy to welcome twenty-one classes of Hixson Scholars to this amazing university. Iowa State has been a fantastic place to work and I have loved being part of such a dedicated community of students, colleagues, and alumni.

I will step away from my daily role with the Hixson Program at the end of July to become president of the National Student Exchange consortium. I am lucky to continue as a member of the Hixson Program Advisory Board and guest speaker in Hixson Seminar.

My dear friend and assistant director, Allison Severson, will take the reins of the Hixson Program. Allie joined us as a grad student in 2010, and then full time in 2011. She will become director of the Hixson Program and Iowa State NSE on August 1. Allison is the perfect choice to lead the third decade of the Hixson Program. Our students will be in good hands.

Join us to celebrate on Wednesday, July 20 from 2-3:30 PM in the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center atrium. There will be cake!

Who Am Me?

I generally miss late night television, craving sleep over laughs, but had the TV on mute last night while engrossed in a novel. I glanced up as The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert launched into the facilitation of his own MBTI with Master Practitioner, Julie Raynor Gross. It was hilarious with captioning, even more so watching it again with sound. If you enjoy psychometrics and personality type, this is a must-see.