Ice Skating, P16, and Check Please!

Once in a while it is worth taking just a wander — down the hall, to “manage by walking around” or to just get one’s body out of the chair — or along the routes of the internet. The latter is relevant here, as I point to a few recent blogs in higher education that... Read more »

Huffington Post and Higher Education

As readers may know, I also on occasion blog at the Huffington Post. So do a variety of folks from across higher education, in the effort to elevate the discussion of our “Sector.’ Or, in the effort to be public intellectuals. Perhaps even, presidents do it to keep their hand in in the realm of... Read more »

Voices of Presidents

In the 19th century, and possibly before, when one said president (of college, university, etcetera), one was also saying “important public voice.” One might even have been saying “moral compass.” In the intervening years, and most especially perhaps in the pst few decades, we have both developed a label “the public intellectual” and  in some... Read more »

I Do Not Miss Miss But I do Miss. . .

In my youth, the word MISS was regularly attached to my name. I had no idea what it meant, and I had no critique of it. It just was a kind of magical prefix. Later, I learned that it meant a variety of things. It meant I was . . . gasp. . . unmarried.... Read more »

Chicagoland Graduates Make Good -- the Public Good

I love looking across our institutions to see who our graduates are and what they are doing. The focus on social justice across the institutions of Chicago(land) is also something of which we ought all be proud. Here are a few ways to make yourself smile as you read this — As many of you... Read more »

More than Debt, Sexual Assault and Accountability

Those of us choosing colleges or working in higher education — or the just plain curious and/or addicted to news — know that higher education has been in the news a lot lately. The president (yes, Obama) has been taking very clear and vocal stands on matters as diverse as student debt and campus sexual... Read more »

The Dog Ate My Homework

How to begin? To begin again? A good blog is one that has a lot of entries — regularly and keeps its readers on the edge of their seats awaiting more. A good blog is not one where there are lags between postings — and unevenness in the timing and . . . Certainly, I... Read more »

Still Choosing? Transfers, Late Admits, and More

As we approach May, likely many people across Chicago(land) are tensely awaiting admissions letters from their colleges of choice. Some, though, are just starting to think about what college might be good to approach for the fall. Some of these are high school juniors, just entering the fray. Others are sophomores, as colleges and universities... Read more »

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 »
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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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