• The Daily Dean: Taking a break

    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.
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  • The Daily Dean: In need of a name

    I like to try to keep my office pretty minimal--not too much stuff hanging on the walls or lying on the desk. Not too much stuff means things are organized, clean, and easy on the mind (due to the lack of visual stimu...
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  • The Daily Dean: Student workers

    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....
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  • The Daily Dean: How to Overcome the Fear of ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

    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 purchas...
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  • The Daily Dean: What's your blues name?

    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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  • The Daily Dean: Painting the town (or the office) red

    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 cours...
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  • The Daily Dean: World Cup!

    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 athleti...
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  • The Daily Dean: 100 posts! Time to celebrate with sheet cake!

    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...
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  • The Daily Dean: Afraid of heights

    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.
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  • The Daily Dean: The subtext of a good greeting card

    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...
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  • The Daily Dean: Lake Michigan

    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 t...
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  • The Daily Dean: Food trucks

    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 somethin...
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  • The Daily Dean: Dog bike

    I have a single-speed bike, a road bike, a triathlon bike, and a mountain bike. My daughter has 2 road bikes. My son has a road bike, a mountain bike, and a "going to school" bike. My wife has a road bike. And my dog ...
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  • The Daily Dean: 3 Things Every Students Must Know to Move Beyond Memory-based Learning

    I just read an article that talks about the 3 Things Every Students Must Know to Move Beyond Memory-based Learning. I appreciate the article because I was never good at memorizing information; sure, it makes its way i...
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  • The Daily Dean: Perspective, Part II

    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 M...
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  • The Daily Dean: 5 hours of HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA

    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 ...
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  • The Daily Dean: A 14 minute walk to coffee heaven

    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 wa...
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  • The Daily Dean: Shopping

    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 ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Remembering Jeff LaDow

    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 rec...
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  • The Daily Dean: Mourning the loss of cupcakes

    I'm sad that, as of last Friday, there is no longer a Milwaukee Cupcake Company. For years, my family would frequent this cupcakery in the 3rd Ward to celebrate various events (or just enjoy a morsel). Last Friday, my...
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