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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

There Is Plenty To “Like” At Armstrong

Aug 18, 2013, 11:25 pm - Carey Adams

It was my pleasure this weekend to attend the second annual kickoff event for Armstrong's Men of Vision and Excellence (M.O.V.E.).  M.O.V.E. is a collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, funded through an African-American Male Initiative grant, aimed at improving the retention and graduation rates of African-American students.  Pictured at left, along with Director of Multicultural Affairs Nashia Whittenburg and faculty advisor Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, are eight student mentors and two graduate assistants reponsible for carrying out the program.

There are many great things to know about this program, such as how last year's participants had higher grade point averages, retention rates, and credit hours completed than the campus average.  One way to keep up with what's shakin' with M.O.V.E. would be to "like" their Facebook page.  In fact, you might be surprised just how many aspects of life at Armstrong that you can follow through Facebook pages.

Of course, there is the university's main Facebook page, currently with just under 11,000 "likes."  The Alumni Association page is pretty popular, as is the page for Pirates Athletics.  Don't overlook Lane Library, The Inkwell, or the Student Union.  The Office of Veterans Affairs, HOLA, and Career Services are not to be overlooked, either.  I won't even begin to list the pages devoted to individual student organizations, academic departments, and specific graduating classes.  (I would, however, be remiss if I didn't mention the Armstrong Freshmen page.

There are two reasons I encourage you to "like" Armstrong Facebook pages.  First, it's a great way to find out about cool things happening across campus.  Not every event of bit of good news can find its way to the university's home page.  And the more followers pages have, the more motivation page managers have to post frequent updates.  Second, whenever you "share" or "like" a update from your favorite pages, you spread Armstrong highlights to untold other Facebook denizens, enhancing our profile and spreading Pirate pride.

I'll let you explore LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube on your own.  The Armstrong social media home page is a good place to start.

Have a great week,

Carey Adams