I'm going on vacation for a week and won't be posting on The Daily Dean until July. I hope you all have a great Summer Solstice--nothing's better than a long summer day.

I'm an introvert, and I enjoy being an introvert. But introverts don't get a lot of affirmation for their introspective characteristics. That's why I'm a big fan of Susan Cain. I've read her book (which can be purchased on Amazon) and watched her talk (which can be viewed on TED), and this afternoon I stumbled upon an article that focuses on How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’.

In the article, she lists eight ideas to help you power through these disabling emotions. My favorite one is #4:

Train yourself to associate idea generation with pleasure. I usually work at a cozy café table and indulge in a chocolate muffin. I would probably be five pounds lighter without this habit, but I don’t care. By now I so associate writing and idea generation with pleasure, that I love it even when I don’t have a café table handy.

Read the article, and leave a comment letting us know which idea you consider most salient.

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MSOE prepares students for their future careers as engineers, nurses, technical communicators, business folks… lots of ways we provide the educational credentials and academic experiences necessary for success. But we also provide work experience that translates into successful careers. I've been witnessing this with the student workers we hired this summer in the office of Student Life. Under Nick Siedler's leadership, they have formed a cohesive work group that gets stuff done. Here's a "thumbs up" to our student workers. Come by Student Life sometime today and give them a pat on the back.

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Facilities is painting the Student Life office. Soon, we will be surrounded in shades of red and white--all the more helpful for engendering a dynamic student spirit on campus.

In my doctoral coursework, I took courses in qualitative research that shared research on how environment impacts human behavior. Does it matter that the walls have a fresh coat of paint? You bet. Does it matter that the colors are white and red? You bet. It will make us look more professional, which impacts not only those who enter our office (the perception of Student Life) by those of us who work in the office (the substance of Student Life). So many staff and students are working to make the entire campus ready for the students who will return in the fall; I'm grateful.

Here's a photo of Eric, a student worker who is putting a second coat of red paint on the north wall of the office.

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My wife and kids took me out to Father's Day Brunch at The Smoke Shack. While waiting for our meal, we found a flyer on blues names. It turns out that my blues name is Old Bones Rivers. What's yours?

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Student Activities organized an event last week to celebrate the opening of the World Cup--the football (soccer) event that occurs every 4 years and causes the world populous to stop and enjoy some of the best athletic competition known to our species. Do I exaggerate? I don't think so. Just ask one of our Brazilian exchange students--they understand.

Here's a photo of them watching Brazil beat Croatia 3-1.

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This is the 100th post for the Daily Dean! The blog started back on January 23rd. That seems like a long time ago, because much has happened since then. Hopefully, the most salient thoughts and events have taken shape in the form of this blog. My question to you is: which blog post did you find most engaging? Let me know by making a comment.

To celebrate the 100th post, I brought in a sheet cake (I love sheet cake). Come on by my office, CC 385 in Student Life, and get a slice to celebrate The Daily Dean! Butter cream frosting!

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Do I love biking? You bet. Extreme biking? To a point. this video is crazy to watch. It puts the word "mountain" in mountain biking.

Sometimes, I'll go to a store just to look at cards. I prefer blank cards, simply because they carry the weight of the sentiment that the card conveys. The photo below is a picture I took of a blank card I found while waiting in line to purchase a coffee at Colectivo. It tells a story: two people with a self-timed camera, laughing because they've been upstaged by a ground squirrel. In the background is a mountain range--an image of scale. In the foreground, the squirrel. Hence, the foreground and background represent nature, and in the middle, a couple laughing, out of focus.

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Sometimes, I forget how close we are to Lake Michigan. From my house--and from my work--it's about a ten minute walk to get to the shores of this great lake. It's such a grand water mass that it doesn't quite equate that we don't do more in conjunction with the lake. I love to swim in Lake Michigan, but that can only happen two or three months out of the year. I've often jumped into the lake on New Years Day, but I haven't done that in several years. Maybe it's enough to simply walk my dog down to the lake upon occasion and take in its grand expanse.

I was walking to Starbucks at Red Arrow Park the other day and found a host of food trucks parked on Water Street, just on the other side of the ice rink. Each truck had a long line of people waiting to order something. I wasn't hungry, because I just had one of my infamous "green shakes" (I'll blog about green shakes this week). But man, some of the food they were serving up smelled awesome.

Does anyone out there eat at these street vendors? If so, let me know what's best.

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A while back, I wrote a blog post about "perspective", or, my reflection on a reflective moment. I shared a video clip I took while commuting to work on my bike, from an overlook that takes in the beauty of downtown Milwaukee as it edges Lake Michigan. I stopped at the same spot this morning, just taking another moment to reflect on where things are in the "grand scheme of things." Thank goodness for moments like this.

We were making dinner in our kitchen last night (burgers and asparagus), and while we were making dinner, we were dancing to the video HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA. It's pretty fun to dance to while you're putting burgers on the grill. My daughter, Kait (who is home from college and working a sweet job at Wheel and Sprocket), told me she could watch the entirety of this 5 hour video. Well, I'm not so sure, so we cut a deal: if she can do it, then I'll buy her a dozen cupcakes.

I will extend the same offer to all of you who view this blog. I will buy a dozen cupcakes from Classy Girl Cupcakes for the first person who actually watches the full 5 hours of HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA--and retains a degree of sanity.

The other day, I decided to walk down to the new Colectivo located in the Third Ward on 223 E St Paul St. I've always wanted Colectivo to open a location close to MSOE. I initially thought that this new coffee shop was too far away--I mean, all the way down in the Third Ward. So I took it upon myself to see how long it would take to walk to their new location, and low and behold, it only took 14 minutes!

That's not too bad. And, the walk was nothing but interesting: there's a lot of good stuff to see in Milwaukee between our campus and the Third Ward. Let me know if you ever want to take a half-hour stroll, and I'll treat you to a cup of Colectivo's delicious brew.

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I'm not a big shopper, but there are some stores that I do enjoy going to. Two such stores are Erik's Bike Shop and Trader Joe's. Two weekends ago, I was driving through Rochester, Minnesota, and I ran into these two great shops at once! I promptly went into Trader Joe's, bought a hummus wrap, and proceeded to eat it while gazing at new bicycles at Erik's. A great moment in consumerism.

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Note: In the foreground are Kait and Olivia, my road-trip buddies.

When I became the Chair for Servant-Leadership, the Grohmann Museum generously provided my office with a painting from their collection--a work by the artist Jeff LaDow. I was sad to find out last Friday that Jeff recently passed away (you can read the article from the Journal Sentinal here: Jeffrey LaDow - Paralyzed artist Jeffrey LaDow never lost his inner daredevil). Jeff was a great artist. Paralyzed at the age of 18, Jeff became a mouth painter--he created works of art by painting with a brush attached to a wand that he held between his teeth. The work hanging in my office (CC 385) is titled "The Cobblestone Farm." Come by my office and check it out.

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