July 29, 2014

Elvis, Leadership, and You: Putting Fun into Campus Activities at TVCC

  While attending the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities… [read me]

Elvis, Leadership, and You: Putting Fun into Campus Activities at TVCC Elvis, Leadership, and You: Putting Fun into Campus Activities at TVCC

5 Ways to relieve stress and avoid final exam meltdown

I've watched more than my share of students have complete meltdowns during final… [read me]

5 Ways to relieve stress and avoid final exam meltdown 5 Ways to relieve stress and avoid final exam meltdown

Volunteer and figure out your career path

To figure out which career field you're passionate about, it's simple: you must first… [read me]

Volunteer and figure out your career path Volunteer and figure out your career path

5 Questions to ask when considering a social fraternity or sorority

Summer is coming to an end and soon thousands of students will be heading back to… [read me]

5 Questions to ask when considering a social fraternity or sorority 5 Questions to ask when considering a social fraternity or sorority

Pay attention to your heart for quality thinking

Your heart is the core of who you are. Your mind is the instrument of your heart.… [read me]

Pay attention to your heart for quality thinking Pay attention to your heart for quality thinking

Be Tech Savvy: Building More Effective Leaders

I know you already know about @groupme!  You probably use it socially all the time,… [read me]

Be Tech Savvy: Building More Effective Leaders Be Tech Savvy: Building More Effective Leaders

Put me in coach I’m ready to lead

On the television show “Married...With Children” Ed O’Neill played the role… [read me]

Put me in coach I’m ready to lead Put me in coach I'm ready to lead

10 Ways your Co-curricular Activities can Lead to Post-college Success

Keeping your grades up and keeping your nose in the grindstone is important for every graduate but it’s not the only thing that ensures post-college success. More colleges are focusing on the all-round growth of a student where you have the chance to excel inside as well as outside the … [Read This...]

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Elvis, Leadership, and You: Putting Fun into Campus Activities at TVCC

  While attending the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) National Advisors Institute in Las Vegas this past January (2-4, 2011), I caught up with one of my long-time friends, Justin Core. Justin is the Director of Student Programs and Residence Life at Treasure Valley … [Read This...]

5 Ways to relieve stress and avoid final exam meltdown - Photo copyright 2001 Rick Sherrell

5 Ways to relieve stress and avoid final exam meltdown

I've watched more than my share of students have complete meltdowns during final exams, from not showing up for exams, forgetting about an exam, or even crying straight through the test. I know what’s going on, and I sympathize. I've been there, and I made many mistakes myself during exam weeks. I’m … [Read This...]

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Be Tech Savvy: Building More Effective Leaders

I know you already know about @groupme!  You probably use it socially all the time, but have you ever considered it as a key communication tool for your organization?  After a conversation with my frat brothers, a college student I mentor, and a few Student Affairs Professionals I have put together … [Read This...]

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5 Questions to ask when considering a social fraternity or sorority

Summer is coming to an end and soon thousands of students will be heading back to universities around the country and starting classes. Many of these students are however not only looking for academic enrichment but also ways to get involved outside of the classroom. There are also hundreds of … [Read This...]

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Rookie Fire Safety Mistakes Most Students Make

If you’re planning on going to college, the thought of living away from home for the first time can be exciting and the first step towards real independence. However, it might come as a shock to you more than you might have initially thought. While it might be nice to get a bit of space from your … [Read This...]

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More than one way to cut the cost of bringing a speaker to your campus

Every CAB in the land is looking for ways to stretch the student activities budget to its limits. As the country goes, so goes the campus. Believe it or not, your speaker can help. By coordinating a few things in advance and taking a few minutes to work with the speaker or their rep, you might be … [Read This...]

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Surprise! You’re Broke: 4 Common Hidden College Expenses and Ways to Avoid The Void

There's more to budgeting for a higher education than covering tuition and housing. Even if you've accounted for items such as books and have a plan to borrow or buy them used, the bucks don't stop there. There are dozens of hidden extras that can drain your funds before you've even completed a … [Read This...]

Felicia Harlow - "From The Heart" at UN Omaha

Pay attention to your heart for quality thinking

Your heart is the core of who you are. Your mind is the instrument of your heart. Emotion is behind thinking. And your “unsettled” emotions are buried very deep within your heart which feeds every cell of your body. Therefore, it is critical that we understand the physical, emotional, and energetic … [Read This...]

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Fox & the Hound – A Sure-Fire Icebreaker

This activity is very high energy and is great to do when you want to get people up and moving. Make sure you have enough room so it can stay safe. I’ve facilitated this activity with eight people all the way to 800 with great success. To start the ice breaker off you’ll need to get people in to … [Read This...]

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Too busy to go to class? Try an online course.

Today’s college students have a lot to balance. My own students are routinely torn between the demands of part- or full-time jobs, multiple courses, extracurricular activities, internships, and personal obligations. All too often, something’s gotta give—and that usually turns out to be the quality … [Read This...]

Top Ways to Exercise Your Study Muscles

Though many students put in the extra effort to stay physically fit when they get to college (anything to help ward off the Freshman Fifteen, right?), far too many forget that they need to stay mentally fit as well. In fact, for many freshman students just arriving to college, the additional … [Read This...]

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Join a Club Sport

When you enter college the one thing people tell you is to, “join as many clubs as possible and meet as many people as possible.” People often overlook club sports as something to get involved in or as a viable community to base your college career around.  I beg to differ.  The following is my … [Read This...]

Welcome to College - photo copyright 2012 Rick Sherrell

Welcome to College – Six Secrets to School Success

1. Familiarize yourself with all locations you will need to know in your upcoming college life – where you live, where your classes are, how to get back and forth between locations, where to eat, how to find the library, a location for student services – everything that applies to you. Walk/ride all … [Read This...]

Dayna Steele - Can You Identify a Rock Star

Can You Identify a Campus Rock Star?

We rock. You rock. They rock. I am a rock star. He is a student rock star. She is a professor rock star. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. I spent years around real rock stars and I can tell you they are few and far between. What sets a rock star apart from everyone else is not talent. There … [Read This...]



Dave Kelly - When Robert's Rules Don't Always Apply

When Robert’s Rules Don’t Always Apply

A big topic in student leadership training is the use of Robert’s Rules of Order or Parliamentary Procedure.  Many student leaders dread it, most are confused by it and some just abandon it altogether – which is NOT a good idea if you want to #runbetterorgs. When I incorporate the topic into my trainings I take two different approaches depending on the group I’m working … [Read This..]

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The Five People to Train in Student Leadership Heaven

The title of this blog post is an obvious (or maybe not so obvious) take-off on a popular movie title - "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." But since training student leaders is my own little bit of Heaven I couldn't resist. If I could visit every college campus in the nation and choose who I wanted to train it would be these five people - or groups of people - and … [Read This..]

Dave Kelly - 4 Groups for Student Leadership Training

4 groups that should get student leadership training other than the SGA

When it comes to student leadership training, the first - and often only - group colleges think about training is the Student Government Association (SGA). But since my student leadership philosophy is that leadership is for everybody there are a number of other campus organizations and groups of students that I think it's critical to train up in the way of student … [Read This..]

Dave Kelly - When should I train my student leaders

When should I train my student leaders?

That’s a question I get a lot. And the answer is that it varies from school to school, what stage of leadership your student leaders are at and what you are trying to accomplish. Since I can’t cover every conceivable situation in this blog post I’ll give you some general guidelines about timing your training for your student leaders. I’ll also suggest that you read the … [Read This..]

Dave Kelly - Defining Statement

Get a DEFINING STATEMENT and boost your recruiting efforts

“No, we are not the Circle K that is the convenience stores... We are not a dude ranch with horses... We don’t dance in circles, although you can if you want to...”  That was part of my normal speech when I was the District Administrator for the Georgia District of Circle K International. I was responsible for 28 chapters, including helping them to effectively recruit … [Read This..]

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