• 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 ...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Biking with my wife

    I love to bike, and I love my wife, so, I love biking with my wife. Yesterday, we rode down the Oak Leaf Trail to Disccovery World. On the way back, we had brunch at Simple Cafe.What a great way to spend a Sunday with...
    David Howell
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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...
    David Howell
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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...
    David Howell
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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: I'm Not a Pilot

    My son, Evan, is a cellist. And his cello instructor, Peter Thomas, is one cool dude. Not only does he perform in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, but he's also the lead electric cellist in the local indie/classic/po...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: What's in the Fridge?

    Rick Gagliano, the Director of Student Activities and the guy who's in the office next to mine, told me about a blog post he put on the HUB that shares a video of what's in his fridge. It's pretty funny: Rick chal...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Man salad

    I try to eat healthy--and the operative word in that phrase is "try". It's hard: I was raised in a steak-and-cake family, and I grew up happy and well fed. It's not fair that my metabolism changes as I get older, maki...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Food as fuel

    My wife works for Standard Process, a company (located down in Palmyra) that has a huge organic farm that enables them to manufacture whole-food supplements. Sue (my wife) has learned a great deal about the value of o...
    David Howell
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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...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Formula One 2014

    I received my first speeding ticket when I was 18 years old. I went on to receive 5 moving violations during my 21st year of life. I've had countless speeding violations on my motorcycle--which is why it's a good thin...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: April Fools Day!

    I love April Fools Day. Over the years, I've witnessed some great gags. When I lived in Colton, Washington, I had two neighbors--Leroy and Trudy. Leroy was a retired farmer, and Trudy was his sweet wife. One April Foo...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Where's Franklin?

    I spend a little too much time on Facebook. It's a diversion, a chance to relax the brain a bit, an opportunity to see what's new in my social-media world. One of my favorite Facebook feeds is Where's Franklin? Frank...
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  • The Daily Dean: Brett Kash, part II--a tip of the hat to Dr. Wentz

    As I mentioned yesterday, Brett is a great student. He's currently taking an independent study with me this quarter--his last quarter at MSOE--so we can continue our ongoing, meaningful exchange of information. For ...
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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...
    David Howell
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  • The Daily Dean: Brett Kash, part I

    Several years ago, when I was the Chair for Servant-Leadership, I participated in a service trip in northern India. We went to a Buddhist nunnery that worked with Tibetan refugees and installed a computer lab at the n...
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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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  • 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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  • The Daily Dean: How I found academic success

    When I have the opportunity to speak at Accepted Student Day events, I begin with the following statement: We succeed in community and fail in isolation. This concept has not been one that I've always embraced--which ...
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