Graduation Speakers Coming in 2014

As recently noted, Spring is here. And we know that not only because of the Shamrock Shuffle’s opening of the spring running season. We know this because all over Chicago-land colleges and universities are announcing commencement speakers. Here are a few, just in case you want to change form wedding crasher to commencement crasher and... Read more »

National Student Athletes Day

April 4 is. . . National Student Athletes Day. In many ways, the day reminds us to acknowledge that the notion of student athlete is not an oxymoron. It is — when truly practiced at the levels of individuals, teams, institutions, and nations — a way to challenge oppositions of brains and brawn, of mind... Read more »

Spring Is Coming? Yes it is!

Technically, Spring is already here. Yes it is. And yet, sometimes I have my doubts. How do we know it is here? Well, beyond the metereological, we know within higher education as deadlines have come and gone for college applications, for MAP dollars from the State of Illinois, and as the May 1 date approaches... Read more »

Gorey -- Really Really Gorey

Ok, I associate Edward Gorey with PBS and its show, Mystery. I do not, not, not, associate Edward Gorey with Chicago. And, I am, of course, wrong. Why? Edward Gorey is a Chicagoan by birth. and studied briefly at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This makes me see him in a whole... Read more »

Who Went Where -- Again!!

I still find the ways that we all “market” ourselves by identifying “famous” graduates — a tad, well, off putting. On the other hand, I have fun thinking about this — and love meeting Shimerians who are amazing. In fact, I have yet to meet a Shimerian who is not amazing. That is one reason... Read more »

Buzz Words and Beyond

Buzz words — not words about bees (though there is plenty of noise about bees these days in higher education and beyond) — but words and phrases that get reiterated often enough that when one hears them one of two things happens: a kind of droning, buzzing sound occurs such that the word  disappears and... Read more »

AIDS Awareness Month Matters

December 1 is AIDS Awareness Day — and the month of December also marks AIDS awareness. More than thirty years ago, there were early identifications of unusual cancers and pneumonias among gay men in Los Angeles and New York. At the time, I lived in Chicago. And, at the time, none of us quite knew... Read more »

Where Were You When JFK Died?

Here is another in a series of anniversary reflections associated with November, 2013. When did JFK die? Well, he was shot on November 22, 1963. Fifty years ago. For those of my generation (and older), we know where we were when we learned  – with the same vividness many of us remember where we were... Read more »

Gettysburg Matters

As we approach the season of anniversaries — and there are many — I will be writing a frew entries focused on important ones — and their relevance to higher education. This is installment one. The Gettysburg Address is a mere 272 words. even so, it was not easy to memorize as a child. But,... Read more »

American Indian Heritage Month

Federal celebratory months abound. Each seems, in my view, to focus on a ‘minority’ — and I use the scare quotation marks intentionally, given the complex politics and realities of the use of this term. This month, November, is the one that honors Native Americans/American Indians as well as those of Alaska native heritage. In... Read more »
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    Shimerprez is the 14th president of Shimer College at 35th and State. She also blogs at the Huffington Post and at a Shimer Blog called Evocations which can be found on line at She is a University of Chicago Ph.D. who works on religion, the social sciences, gender and sexuality. She reads murder mysteries, is fascinated by the world of food, and also loves the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

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