Creative Traits? Leader Traits?

Check out this short article that talks about creativity!

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Cultural Intelligence (CQ): A Framework for Diversity Learning AND Action

Cross-cultural interactions are hard work. And, nobody behaves flawlessly in cross-cultural interactions.

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) isn’t a new and improved label for cultural competence — rather, it’s based on research that asked the underlying question:  Why can some individuals and organizations move in and out of varied cultures easily and effectively while others can’t?

For those of us who work in higher education, we often face an occupational hazard — thinking that knowledge alone is transformative. But knowledge alone is no guarantee of action.

Join us to explore how the four factors of CQ — Drive (motivation), Knowledge (cognition), Strategy (meta-cognition), and Action (behavior) — can enhance our “capability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity.”

Tuesday, October 23rd from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Esker Hall, room 108.

Please click this link, Cultural Intelligence, to review an introductory article and visit the following websites to learn more prior to our workshop:

Linn Van Dyne:

David Livermore:

Tom Rios

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Who do you want to understand more?

Recently had some great conversations with some graduate students in regard to the attached article.  strange(1) I learned about the article from Brent Bilodeau and thought it might generate some other great conversations.

“A unique strategy known as the “Voice Project” engaged 70 student affairs graduate students in an exploration of human differences, con- centrating on issues of age, race and ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Outcomes of journal entries revealed steps students took in learning to see through the eyes of individuals different from themselves.

After we read the article we contemplated and discussed what “voice” did we want to understand at a deeper level. How about you??

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Division of Student Affairs Annual Report 2011 – 2012

It is difficult to capture all of the powerful ways in which UW-Whitewater Student Affairs staff impact the lives of students. The Division of Student Affairs Annual Report is an incomplete, though selective narrative, to highlight representative examples of our staff’s contribution to the learning mission of our University. Please click the link, Student Affairs Annual Report 2011-12, to download the report.

Tom Rios

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“LEAP: Reflections and Learning” April 17, 2012.

LEAP: Learning and Reflection in the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, April 17th, 8:30-11:00am, Esker Hall.

Over the last year, units across the Division of Student Affairs have engaged in a diverse range of activities related to Liberal Education: America’s Promise (LEAP). With a primary focus on reflection, integration, and “meaning making,” we will explore our individual and collective learning related to LEAP efforts. What have we discovered about ourselves, and in turn, students in relationship to LEAP?  Introductory comments—Tom Rios,  “Putting Students First: Promoting Lives of Purpose and Meaning.” Prior to session, please review related article: Putting_Students_First_-_Promoting_Lives_of_Purpose_and_Meaning. Clicking the link will download the presentation to your computer. You can then view it at you convenience. Sincerely, Dr. Brent Bilodeau.

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Will Barratt’s presentation from February 7, 2012.

If you wish to review Will Barratt’s presentation from the February 7, 2012, “Learning about Learning” colloquium, follow the link. Clicking the link will download the presentation to your computer. You can then view it at you convenience.  WillBarrattPresentation

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Other Student Affairs Blogs and Web Sites

Thought I would share some other student affairs blogs and web sites that I visit occasionally. I find they have interesting insights and ideas.

What other sites do you visit?

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Learning About Learning Colloquium Feb.7th

Student Affairs Spring 2012 Colloquium                                                  Learning About Learning.

Colloquium:  An informal meeting for the exchange of views; an informal gathering for discussion.    

Purpose:  1) to examine our roles as learner; 2) to connect our learner role to our educator role; 3) to consider our roles as learners and educators with the topic of social class.

Please Review the following  2 articles:

  1. Barr & Tagg
  2. LearningReconsidered
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Hello world!


Welcome to our Student Affairs Division’s place where learning and ideas can come alive and evolve. This is a blog designed to spark, connect and create learning opportunities for all of us. Please feel free to post any idea you’d like “grown”, share any topic that you’d like explored or thought has got you thinking. Post a thought, article or website that helped you continue on your path as a life long learner. Also be sure to take time to look at what others are doing on the site – lurking is very acceptable. However, commenting or connecting with colleagues is encouraged as well.

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History of the Pink Flamingo

The history of the pink flamingo can be traced back to 1946 when a company called Union Products started manufacturing “Plastics for the Lawn”. But their products had one problem: They were only two-dimensional.

In 1956, the Leominster, Massachusetts hired a young designer named Don Featherstone. Although Don was a serious sculptor and classical art student, his first project was to redesign their popular duck into the third dimension. Don used a live duck as his model and after five months of work, the duck was retired to a local park.

His next project would prove to be his most famous. He couldn’t get his hands on real flamingos, so he used photographs from a National Geographic in its place. He sculpted the original out of clay, which was then used to make a plaster cast. The original design called for detailed wooden legs, but they proved to be too costly and were replaced by the metal ones still seen today. While the exact date was never recorded, the first pink flamingo was born some time during 1957.
The late 1950’s just happened to be perfect timing for the plastic flamingo. America was moving to the suburbs. Industry was convincing America that a natural lawn was one that was mowed and treated with chemicals. And, every lawn needed a lawn ornament.

The 1960’s were not as friendly to the pink flamingo. There was a rebellion against everything man made. It was a time to go back to nature. The plastic flamingo quickly became the prototype of bad taste and anti-nature. By 1970, even Sears had removed the pink-feathered bird from its catalog.

In 1984, Miami Vice kicked the sales of pink flamingos into full throttle. For the first time ever, Union Plastics sold more flamingos than they did ducks. Today they are sold for just about every purpose. They are purchased for use as wedding decorations, housewarming gifts, fundraising tools and as replacements for reindeer at Christmas time.
Some people actually travel with their pink flamingos. The plastic birds go camping, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Entire web sites are devoted to the travels of these artificial creatures.

We all know that what is art to one isn’t to the next. Bans have been placed on pink flamingos all over the country. As a result, Union Plastics was forced to introduce a blue flamingo to circumvent the rules. Of course, these communities then changed the laws to ban all plastic flamingos.

Today Hundreds of thousands are sold each year in stores and through mail order. Authentic flamingos always have Don Featherstone’s signature under their tails. Each has a yellow beak with a black tip and they are only sold in pairs.  Edited from –


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