Archive for Jan-Aug 2010

Summer Promises

20 June 10: Boy, I’ve been a ghost here recently. It’s summer, and my plate is crowded otherwise: I have my three upper-level Kwantlen classes working hard; one new requirement this year is that they contribute to a blog addressing professional communications: Check it out (lots of good stuff). With my partners at the Community-University Research Alliance’s “Acting Together” project, I am working to re-do our website and launch various knowledge dissemination initiatives. With a colleague, I’m preparing a two-day Social Media module for instructors in the Marketing Department. And: I’m playing with my iPhone blog and keeping up to date with my Facebook friends. And tweeting.

More actual real material soon, I promise.

Summer School

28 May 10: In terms of teaching, summer has always been the busiest part of the year for me. I love this season’s vibe at Kwantlen: It’s flip-flops time, the sun’s still up when the night classes get out, and the students are especially committed. (You can read the nifty Tumblr blog and twitter feed this semester’s communications students have created. And here’s a Facebook Group, too.)

Other school news: My colleagues in the Applied Communications department have elected me as the new chair; I am deeply grateful for the confidence they’ve shown in me. This is a “time release” position; that means I will be teaching two fewer classes per year; and that means the news is bittersweet.

Two kinds

21 May 10: There are two kinds of people: People who find the course of their lives profoundly absorbing, and then people for whom the lives of others seem more worthy of attention than their own. Long-time basil.CA readers know that I’m in the latter category; a good many of my friends are in the former. I find my interests interesting; myself, not so much. This explains why I am drawn to teaching, editing, and publishing.

Still, this *is* my website, so I might as well put in a word about myself, in terms of who I am rather than what I’ve done (the latter is what the resume is for). Here goes: I don’t want to own a house or condo, or land, or a car, or stocks and bonds; I don’t want to have more friends; I don’t want to be thin or have enough hair to comb; I don’t crave the esteem of others, though I used to; I also don’t crave longevity, and never have; nobody knows my real views on religion or government, or ever will; in my youth I was obsessed by hitch-hiking because I had to have surprise destinations and conversations with strangers; and Vancouver is the love of my life.

Resources for Communications Students

8 May 10: Here’s part of what’s coming up for my students this summer. I’m teaching three upper-level professional communications classes.

Whistler Guys Study

20 April 10: One of the great pleasures of being a part of the Acting Together project is working with Jennifer Matthews, a researcher at UBC. Jennifer has an MSc in Health Promotion Studies from the University of Alberta. Her thesis detailed the sex-and-drugs habits of young men who party in Whistler, BC. The website devoted to this research is one of the best I’ve seen when it comes to conveying academic work in an engaging and truly lucid manner.