Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hobsons #Connectu10 Quick Conference Review

I believe in brevity, so here it goes:

Motifs/Themes of the conference:
  • Automation is great
  • Be conservative with your 
  • Branding relies on consistency
  • Social Media is not intended to replace traditional recruitment, but it should supplement it.
  • Twitter is fantastic, but not terribly used right now by high schoolers.  While the students are not totally on board yet, there is hope that it will continue to "grow down (in age)" and eventually college/university twitter efforts will be rewarded.
I loved Minneapolis and was even able to grab a few (3) pictures of some landmarks last night.

In addition, the Hyatt was great, good food and staff.  The Millennium was not great but that's my fault for booking late!

Timing: Timing was great.

What a great conference, and how fitting that it ends on Social Media Day!  Great work @HobsonsUS and I look forward to next year!
*ALSO - Would anyone be interested in creating a shared blog where we can all contribute our ideas regarding New Media in College/University Admission?  I created one and would love to consolidate lots of our ideas into one place.  Let me know if you want me to add you as an author.

-David May

Everything I need to know I learned from America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Let’s face it… America’s Funniest Home Videos it the best show on TV; it's the YouTube of the 90's. In addition to entertainment, AFV is full of educational tidbits as well. As they say, anyone can learn from their own mistakes, but truly wise people learn from the mistakes of others. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

  1. If a squirrel gets into your house and you try to catch it (or chase it out) your house will end up in shambles. It seems that the best thing to do is learn how to co-exist with the squirrel. This is particularly difficult to explain to your pets.
  2. If you have a baby, and you are laying on your back, don’t hold the baby above your face. It will definitely puke in your mouth.
  3. Geese know exactly where your nuts are, and they will attack you there upon purpose.
  4. If you are going to have children, keep paint and chocolate far out of reach.
  5. Cats are the weirdest of God’s creations. Yes, I know about the duck billed platypus. I stand by it; cats are completely insane. If they are not chasing bags that are attached to their feet, squeezing under doors, or darting at full speed into walls, they are making strange noises that sound like a human drowning or performing seemingly impossible acrobatic tricks. If that is not enough to convince you, ponder this: I have seen a cat chase a bear away (on AFV). Think about it. They’re probably aliens.
  6. Kangaroos are not cute, and the danger they can cause to people is almost always severely under estimated.
  7. Elephants are not afraid of mice in real life… women truly are.
  8. If you film your wife drooling and then wake her up, she will probably divorce you. If your wife is filming you drool and you wake up and are anything but happy about it, she will probably divorce you.
  9. When you buy a new car MAKE SURE you know how to park it so that it won’t roll down your driveway and into a lake, someone’s house, or oncoming traffic. It’s called an emergency break people… just like your old car.
  10. Dogs are worth every penny. They will probably break something at some point but they’re worth it because they’re just so happy all the time!

  1. PiƱatas - one way or another, you will get hit in the crotch or face. The same warning applies with T-Ball sets for your children.
  2. Trampolines – Make a list of “ways to have fun on the trampoline” then make a list of “ways to get hurt on a trampoline.” If the “ways to get hurt” list is longer than the “ways to have fun” list (it will be), don’t buy the trampoline. In fact, trampolines aside, this is a pretty good test for almost anything.
  3. Tickets to a drive-through safari – It’s just not worth it – monkeys will probably rip your windshield wipers off. If you MUST do go to one of these safaris, please don’t roll your windows down. If you MUST roll your windows down, please don’t encourage giraffes or elephants or any other animals to eat right off of your hands. They are wild animals folks – I have never seen more drool – not even in the movies.
  4. ATVs or Snowmobiles – Enough said.
  5. Those big Styrofoam airplanes – actually, you can buy those if you want but DEFINITELY film the results, post the video on-line somewhere, and let me know where to find it. I can always watch more people getting smacked with those things.
  6. Those little airplanes with a string attached that fly around the operator in circles – those videos are almost not funny – I think I almost watched someone die of strangulation on National TV.
  7. Gymnastics lessons – and give Karate some very careful thought. Don’t just sign up on a whim.
  8. Tables that you plan on standing on - Tables are just not for this.
  9. Baby Alligators – just trust me on this one.
  10. Above Ground Swimming Pools – It will break. There will be a mini-flash flood that (depending on where the water goes) could cause substantial damage to your home and/or loved ones. If you have a dog, this warning is ten fold.

  1. Don’t snowboard off of your roof. Just because it’s covered with snow does not make it safe.
  2. If you’re going to cut a tree down, make sure you are not tied to the part that is going to fall.
  3. If you weigh 300 pounds and you are going to try to swing into a lake – that’s fine – just make sure that both the rope, and the tree branch that the rope is attached to can support you.
  4. Bears will kill you. I’m not kidding.
  5. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES – I MEAN NO CIRCUMSTANCES try to bench twice your body weight WITH NO SPOTTER. I can’t stress that enough people.
  6. Don’t film your family or loved ones in the shower. How would you feel? I mean, come on.
  7. Don’t go para-sailing in Mexico, particularly if you are over the weight limit.
  8. Keep silly string away from birthday candles… or any open flame for that matter.
  9. Please do not get in a tractor tire and roll yourself down a hill. Parents, if you encourage your children to do this, you are bad parents. I don’t want to hear excuses. In fact, any parent who decides it’s a better idea to keep filming their children doing wild and dangerous things needs to get their priorities straight. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN AND STOP THE WILD AND DANGEROUS THINGS FROM HAPPENING!
  10. On a camcorder, look through the EYEPIECE, not the lens. Otherwise we just get lots of footage of your eye.


If you want a solid AFV experience, just do the following and make sure to have a video camera ready:

Your wedding reception must be outside. Definitely have alcohol, and an expensive cake. At some point in the evening, make sure to break a pinata (blindfolded). For some extra excitement, do this on a trampoline. Tell everyone to bring all of their children, as well as their dogs and cats. When opening the champagne, NEVER point it away from anyone. Lock your knees at all times no matter what. Invite LOTS AND LOTS of old people and tell them they can’t wear belts, then play catch with them. If you don’t know lots of old people it wouldn’t be a bad idea to invite a local retirement village just for fun. I’m sure they’d appreciate it anyway.

The real lesson here is to watch AFV not only for entertianment, but also for good life lessons. I’m telling you, it’s changed my life and I think it would change yours as well.

-David May

p.s. This post is dedicated to two of my old roommates.  One of our rituals was watching AFV together.  I miss that, and I miss them.  Here’s to you A.T. and Kev.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

What's Up With Cereal Mascots?

Has anyone noticed that almost all of the cereal mascots make the exact same face?  There must be some serious market research behind that face and kids loving it.

Then I realized... it's the Lutsky face!  Justin must have access to the same market research.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Return from WACAC 2010

I just got back from the WACAC 2010 conference "Come Together" which was a delight.  The conference committee did a great job... but of course I'd say that, I served on it!

All joking aside, University of San Francisco was fantastic - their staff is so loving, such wonderful people.  The location is beautiful and fit the needs of the conference very well.

It's always good to connect with friends in the Admission world, and be reminded why we do this.  When our young scholarship winners were on stage we were all reminded why we do what we do.  Helping young students who need guidance find the right college for them is very rewarding.  When the young lady in the picture below began to cry out of gratitude for her counselor and all of the support that she has been given, we were all reminded how valuable it is to have someone who cares.

Cheers fellow admission people!  It is a pleasure serving alongside you!

-David May

Friday, June 4, 2010

Acknowledgement of 5 Years of Service

Today was Chapman's Staff Appreciation Program where I was proud to achieve my "5 years of service" pin.  I wish I had recorded President Doti's speeches, and I wish I could include Armando Diaz's video as everything was lots of fun.  Thanks to Chapman HR and the leadership at Chapman for making it an exciting place to be!

Thanks for reading,

-David May