• 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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  • The Daily Dean: Reflecting on Commencement

    This was the first spring commencement ceremony I had the opportunity to participate in as the Master of Ceremonies. Reflecting on the event, I'm surprised I wasn't more nervous prior to the ceremony. I don't think I ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Getting ready for commencement

    The staff in the office of Student Life is working hard to prepare for commencement: soon-to-be graduates are coming by to pick up their cap and gowns, requesting additional graduation tickets, etc. Much of the work t...
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  • The Daily Dean: Spring (or Summer) is here!

    Isn't it nice to go outside and see trees with leaves? To capture the scent of blossoms? To watch the tulips share their display of  colors? There's a lot of work to do right now; it helps to go outside once or t...
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  • The Daily Dean: Find your Yes

    My wife was walking past Kohls the other day and took a photograph of a saying: "Find your Yes." I'm not a big Kohls fan, but I do find this marketing statement to be quite profound. It reminds me of the movie Yes ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Study, study, study for those finals

    I was walking through campus yesterday and ran into 3 of my favorite students (not that a Dean should have favorites) studying for the final exam in their Wood Design class: Bob Polglaze, Josh Szmergalzki, and Larissa...
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  • The Daily Dean: 10 things I wish I knew when I graduated college

    James Beriker, the CEO of Simply Hired, provided the content of his 2014 commencement speech on USA Today this weekend. The topic of his talk is "10 things I wish I knew when I graduated college." You can read the art...
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  • The Daily Dean: Smiles

    Some of our graduating seniors participated in a private ceremony yesterday because they are going to be competing in national engineering competitions during the May 24 graduation ceremony. It's unfortunate that they...
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  • The Daily Dean: Bucket lists

    When I taught Ethics for Professional Managers and Engineers (HU 432), we would do a "bucket list" exercise. Every student would write down the 10 things he/she wanted to do before they kicked the bucket. It was a fas...
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  • The Daily Dean: My cat has a Facebook page

    When Kait, my daughter, left for college, we created a webpage for her cat--Shelby. You can view it at Shelby Howell | Facebook. We knew that Kait was going to miss certain aspects of life at home (or at least we were...
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  • The Daily Dean: Eggs are the bomb!

    My wife is allergic to eggs, and I feel sorry for her, because I could eat eggs 24/7/365. Most mornings, I have two fried eggs (over easy) with my Nueske's Bacon. The eggs have to be free-range, organic brown--just th...
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  • The Daily Dean: Matt Peterson--who graduates in less than 2 weeks

    I first met Matt Peterson 3 years ago, when he was starting his junior year in the CAECM Department. I was working a table at Welcome Week, introducing incoming students to the office of Servant-Leadership. Matt appro...
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  • The Daily Dean: Validation

    Commencement is coming up--it's just 15 days away! I find graduation ceremonies to be quite validating: a commencement honors those who put in the time, the discipline, to get to the end and receive the degree. That's...
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  • The Daily Dean: The small stuff

    There's a table outside of the Student Life office where we give away stuff. It's mostly books, because I was bringing in and giving away all the books that my daughter didn't want anymore. But soon the table took on ...
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  • The Daily Dean: Extreme

    Last Saturday, I went mountain biking with the Extreme Club, a student organization that facilitates less-conventional recreation activities. They asked if I'd be interested in serving as their faculty adviser; I thou...
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  • The Daily Dean: Dog art

    This weekend, my wife took our dog, Lucy, to a pet event at her workplace--Standard Process. It was a great community-building event for her company's employees and their pets. They had a 5k run, a 1 mile walk, a visi...
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  • The Daily Dean: Art with a message

    I was riding my bike past the Milwaukee Art Museum yesterday, and I had to stop and ponder the work of art pictured below.
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  • The Daily Dean: Padded trees

    What does this amazing video make me think of? What it would be like to be a padded tree. It also makes me glad I'm turning 50 this summer, so I'm not tempted (like I would have been 30 years ago) to get into downhil...
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  • The Daily Dean: Is it time you buy a new bike?

    Did you know that May is National Bike Month? That means it's time to dust off the old bike, lube the chain, put 100 p.s.i. in the tires, drop a helmet on your head, and take that bike out for a spin. You don't have ...
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  • The Daily Dean: TLAs and multi-syllabic whatnot

    What's a TLA? A "three letter acronym." I was introduced to TLAs when I started working at Microsoft (many moons ago). Everyone spoke in acronyms, so I had no idea what anyone was talking about for the first 6 months ...
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