Outbursts by Barr, Bee Symptoms of Deteriorating Public Discourse

Last week, Rosanne Barr had her show cancelled because of her racist tweet about a member of the Obama administration and Samantha Bee got into hot water for using the “C-word” to describe the President’s daughter. In both cases, their conduct was deplorable, although not equivalent, as some right-wing commentators have charged. Arguing which was … Continue reading Outbursts by Barr, Bee Symptoms of Deteriorating Public Discourse

How to Make Commencement Memorable

Commencement is probably the most important event of the academic year. It is a celebration of student success, and, at a time of rising skepticism about the value of a college degree, it may be higher education’s best marketing opportunity. Yet, often it is squandered. I worked 11 commencements during my tenure as director of … Continue reading How to Make Commencement Memorable

Working in Higher Ed: Great Crisis Communications Training

If you’ve worked in higher education public relations you know life on campus never gets dull. All sorts of crisis situations will confront you. Just this week, the Binghamton University community was shaken by the second murder of a student within five weeks. Some 70 miles to the north, my alma mater, Syracuse University, suspended … Continue reading Working in Higher Ed: Great Crisis Communications Training

Tax Law Creates Marketing Opportunities

Whether you support it or abhor it, the tax reform legislation just passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by President Trump will profoundly impact just about every American individual, business and institution, but in different ways. For example, homeowners in high-tax states such as New York, where I live, will only be … Continue reading Tax Law Creates Marketing Opportunities

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