2010 CampusChat Wrapup
Dec29

2010 CampusChat Wrapup

Since May 5, 2010, CampusChat has been online every Wednesday evening at 9PM Eastern on Twitter. Tonight, we're taking an evening off (December 29, 2010) and will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Eight months and 34 chats later, CampusChat, we have been fortunate to attract interesting and entertaining featured guests as well as enjoy several open mic nights. From parents seeking answers to authors to subject matter experts, I'd like to thank everyone who has participated. Whether you co-hosted the chat, retweeted, posted your own commentary or even lurked as an observer, I appreciate that you gave your time to be part of CampusChat.  2010 Featured Guests  @AkilBello - Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum - Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @ButWait – Shelley Krause, Tribe Finder, aka College Counselor @DesignYourDorm - Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow - DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin - (Mom), Online Content Producers @FleetAviation - Jennifer Forde, Fleet Aviation Charter Flight Services @GilRogers - Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @HarlanCohen – Harlan Cohen, author: "The Happiest Kid on Campus"; "The Naked Roommate" @IvyEyesEditing - Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @jeannieborin - Jeannine Borin, College Connections, Educational & College Consultant @Koofers - Michale Rihani, Koofers @MaureenPTillman – Maureen P Tillman, creator of College with Confidence @NancyBerk - Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @parachute4teens - Carol Christen, author: "What Color is Your Parachute For Teens" @Parentella – Amanda Hensen, Parentella @PreppedPolished - Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum - Eric Yaverbaum, author: "Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors" @rgeller - Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin - Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob - Rob Maddox, St. Mary's College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  - Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer - Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @TeecycleTim - Tim Cigelske, Marquette University  @Tom_Field - Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission - Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid If you are interested in being guest on #CampusChat would like to recommend someone, please submit a comment to this post or tweet me @collegevisit. Recommendations for topics for 2011 are also welcome! Also, I'd like to extend a special thanks to @keepstream for creating Keepstream. It's the perfect tool for curating the Takeaway...

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Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?
Sep26

Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?

Are you an expert on college admissions, financial aid, college prep, college success or other topics related to college life? Then, maybe you should be on CampusChat!   Each week, a fine group of dedicated moms, dads, college admissions professionals, teens, college students, and higher-ed supporters and business partners set aside an hour for an online chat hosted on Twitter known as CampusChat. Here, they openly share their insight on topics related to college. Our discussions have ranged from beginning college prep as early as 9th grade to paying off student loans following graduation, however the majority of the discussions are focused on issues related to the college-bound. Expert guests have been: Parents who shared their experiences with the college tour and college admissions process Academic advisors and college coaches Authors Social media and community-building experts SAT and ACT test preparation consultants College admissions officers Whether the chat is open-mic or co-hosted with an expert guest, CampusChat is an open forum and anyone interested in the topics we cover are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a guest on CampusChat or would like to recommend someone, please send a note or contact @collegevisit via Twitter and we’ll happily consider your recommendation. CampusChat meets every Wednesday at 1PM Eastern, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, and 10AM  Pacific time on Twitter and is moderated by @collegevisit. Follow or participate in the conversation by add “#CampusCaht” to your posts on Twitter (Tweets).   Former Featured Guests Include: @AkilBello – Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum – Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @DesignYourDorm – Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow – DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin – (Mom), Online Content Producers @GilRogers – Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @IvyEyesEditing – Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @Koofers – Michale Rihani, Koofers @NancyBerk – Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @PreppedPolished – Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum – Eric Yaverbaum, author: Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors @rgeller – Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin – Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob – Rob Maddox, St. Mary’s College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  – Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer – Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @Tom_Field – Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission – Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid To read about any of these guests or access the online chat transcripts, click here:...

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CampusChat: Six Best College Tips from Expert Guests

#CampusChat is an online chat that takes place on Wednesday evenings from 9-10 pm, Eastern. With six weeks of chats now under our belt, there has been a steady stream of tips and advice flowing from the fingertips of our expert guests. Here are some of the best tips and how they apply to college admissions and academic success. Best tip for to manage the influx of e-mailed information from colleges and universities: Set up an individual email account for all college correspondence and make it professional. Avoid cutesy names such as "hotstuff@gmail.com." Parents and Teens: share the password to the account. It can be very helpful to have more than one set of eyes reviewing the information sent by colleges. (Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach) Best college visit tip: "Do not visit your first college choice first." (From Eric Yaverbaum, author of Life's Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country's Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors*) Best SAT test prep tip: Read every day. The worst thing you can is not read everyday. (Jenn Cohen, founder Word-Nerd, SAT vocab prep program) Also, check out the College Board's recommended reading list for excellent choices in summer (anytime) reading material:  http://bit.ly/dpy3pk. Best tip for the role academic planning plays during college search: Look up grad rates on collegeresults.org then, ask schools how they are trying to improve. Four-year graduation rate is 38%;  six-year rate equals roughly 60% at US college and universities. (Christina McIntyre, founder BecomeAlum) Best tip for students enrolled in college (and for those enrolling soon): Definition of a "koofer" – an old test or study guide (Koofers were once stored in coffers). A koofer makes a terrific study guide. (Michael Rihani, co-founder, Koofers, a resource for academic support, providing materials and planning resources to college students) And, the best tip for parents, teens, and college admissions offices: Second to the college visit, peer influence plays the greatest role in deciding where to go to school. (According to parents of newly accepted teens and first participants in #CampusChat: Eileen Paulin and Tom Field) Next #CampusChat: Wednesday, 9 PM ET with guest @WilliamPaid. The topic will be living on a college student's budget – managing rent and building...

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It’s all Academic – CampusChat with Koofers – Who should attend?
May19

It’s all Academic – CampusChat with Koofers – Who should attend?

The 5 W's of tonight's #CampusChat Who – Tonight's guest is Michael Rihani, CSO & Co-founder of Koofers; Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit is the host of #CampusChat.  What – #CampusChat on Twitter Where – Twitter, What the Hashtag, TweetChat When – 9 PM ET May 19, 2010 Why – Michael is a 2008 Virginia Tech graduate, who along with two other Tech grads, founded one of the fastest growing social learning communities for college students. Koofers has over 350,000 Facebook fans, nearly 300,000 registered users and a presence on 2000 campuses. Who should join tonight's Twitter chat? Anyone interested in academic success — college-bound teens, their parents, college students (those who know Koofers as well as those who have never heard of it), businesses that serve higher-ed, college and university representatives including student organization leaders, faculty, and administrators. Some of the burning questions we know Michael will need to answer include: What is a "koofer?"  What does it cost? Is a koofer a good thing? And more — bring your questions to #CampusChat tonight and join the...

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Koofers on #CampusChat May 19, 2010
May17

Koofers on #CampusChat May 19, 2010

Our featured guest on the next #CampusChat will be Michael Rihani, CSO & Co-Founder of Koofers. WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 9 PM Eastern. WHERE: On Twitter. Use TweetChat or WhatTheHashtag to follow #CampusChat OUR TOPIC: Tools for academic success — from past tests to professor ratings to study aids, Koofers has leveled the academic playing field when it comes to making testing and study resources available to college students. What is Koofers? With nearly 300,000 registered users, 350,000-plus Facebook fans, and relationships with over 2,000 universities, Koofers gets an "A+" for creating a network of college students focused on achieving academic success. Koofers calls it a "social learning community" and a thriving community it is. Their philosophy is stated on their web site: "We believe that, by empowering students to help each other learn, we can fundamentally transform higher education. We provide students with the best information, tools and services available online. And we enable students to connect, collaborate and share academic knowledge with each other, including friends and colleagues at their own university and peers in equivalent courses at other colleges nationwide." Learn more about how they impact student success and find out if they have a presence at the college or university you plan to visit or attend by joining or following #CampusChat on Twitter, May 12, 9 PM Eastern. Got questions for Michael? Add them to the comments section below or follow and DM @collegevisit and he'll answer them during #CampusChat. New to #CampusChat? Check out these resources: Follow SmartCollegeVisit on Twitter, @collegevisit The night of the chat, track the hashtag: #CampusChat using tools such as TweetChat or WhatTheHashtag For more information about how to use these tools or how to keep up with or follow a chat, read: 3 Easy Ways to Keep in Step with a Twitter...

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