• The Daily Dean: Slow motion

    Note: The Daily Dean won't publish tomorrow--hope you have a "good Friday" (pun intended). We're about to take a 3 day break at MSOE, and it's time to slow things down a bit. Life on campus can be chaotic. The data ...
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  • The Daily Dean: The cortado

    My favorite coffee beverage is a cortado pored into a cappuccino ceramic mug. What's a cortado? It's espresso (maybe 2 shots) cut with a small amount of warm milk. The ratio is 1 to 2, and the milk is added after the ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Student Satisfaction

    In the Student Life office, we talk a lot about student satisfaction. We work closely with students so we can best understand what they like about MSOE--as well as what we can improve about our university so we can th...
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  • The Daily Dean: Perspective

    I like to work on having an ongoing sense of perspective--that ability to see the big picture, to view the way things connect, to not get wrapped up in minutia. I believe that happiness is not a result of one's envir...
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  • The Daily Dean: Dreaming of Mountains

    I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, In Seattle, where the sun rises over the Cascade Mountains and sets over the Olympic Mountains. When I went on motorcycle rides, I always headed to the Sawtooth Mountains in  n...
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  • The Daily Dean: 30 Days of Biking Challenge

    Is it spring yet? I'm not sure--it still feels cold outside. I'm tired of complaining about it and am ready to act: I'm not going to let this cold weather stop me from doing what I want to do, and what I want to do is...
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  • The Daily Dean: Simple Cafe

    I love to exercise, in large part because I love to eat. Nothing's better than a good meal after a big workout, and for that big meal, I recommend Simple Cafe (located at 2124 N Farwell Ave,). They don't have a websit...
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  • The Daily Dean: Cookies, cookies, cookies

    I love cookies. Especially warm, chocolate chip cookies. When I'm in a blue mood, I often resort to making a batch of Nestle Toll House Cookies. There are three secrets to making the ultimate chocolate chip cookie: D...
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  • The Daily Dean: Mardi Gras!

    Today is Fat Tuesday, which means it's time to consume a few calories in the form of King Cake. My wife and I made a couple last night, and I brought one into the office. So if you feel like having a slice of some hom...
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  • Weekly Wrap Up: Harnessing Strengths and Attaining Motivation

    We are now approaching the third week of the quarter at MSOE and it is an excellent time to ask yourself questions about your level of motivation and interest in your major, career, and personal life.    H...
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  • The Daily Dean: Getting fitted for the mountain bike

    Last night, I was fitted for my mountain bike using the Guru F.I.S.T. fitting system. I'm going to get serious about mountain biking this year and will hopefully participate in about half of the Wisconsin Endurance Mo...
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  • TEDx event at MSOE

    Can we organize a TEDx event at MSOE?  How many people would like to see such an event being held at MSOE? If organized, which speakers would you like to invite? http://www.ted.com/pages/organize_tedx_event
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  • The Daily Dean: Evan's cello

    My son, Evan, plays the cello. He started in 5th grade, and thanks to the support of some great music teachers in the Whitefish Bay school district, he's really, really good. Evan's now a sophomore in high school, and...
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  • The Daily Dean: Preparing for the bike commute

    Winter is nearing its conclusion, the temperature outside is slowly climbing above freezing, and the Oak Leaf Trail is finally (or nearly) clear of snow and ice! Soon I'll be riding my bike to work on a regular basis....
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  • The Daily Dean: Should I sell my motorcycle?

    I've ridden motorcycles ever since I was eleven years old. I was raised on dirt bikes and used to rip up the logging roads of central Washington state. On my sixteenth birthday, I got my drivers license--and the next ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Raiders!

    In high school, I was a Knight. As an undergraduate, I was a Cougar, an Eagle, and a Buccaneer. In graduate school, I was a Nanook, and then I was a Cougar again (different school, same mascot). As a professor, I was ...
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  • The Daily Dean: My favorite coffee mug

    I'm from Seattle, which means I drink coffee. Lots of coffee. A french press of Colectivo "Blue Healer Organic" in the morning before I walk the dog to Stone Creek Coffee for a cortado. I have countless coffee mugs at...
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  • The Daily Dean: Congrats to the grads!

      Congratulations to the winter-term graduates! You've worked hard to get to this point, and it will be good to celebrate your success tomorrow in the Kern Center. I have the opportunity to serve as the Master o...
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  • The Daily Dean: Ties

    When I became Dean of Students, I decided to become a "tie guy"--one of those guys that always wears a tie to work. I've tried making the conversion several times during the course of my career, but this is the first ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Bacon!

    My wife is out of town on a business trip, so I went to Sendiks and bought a pound of Nueski's Bacon! Granted, my wife is not anti-bacon, but maybe she'd question the quantity of bacon in this morning's breakfast expe...
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