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Next road trip (216.2)
A few weeks ago, one of my higher-ed social-media colleagues, who works at St. Lawrence University, asked on Facebook if any of us knew someone who could do a social media seminar for student athletes. I replied, "I could."

So, this Wednesday, I'm going up to Canton to present to a few hundred student athletes, and I'm doing another session the next day for a dozen or so coaches.

The timing of when they wanted to do this couldn't be better! They already had these dates in mind, and this Friday and Saturday just happen to be the nights Cornell is playing at St. Lawrence and Clarkson. In the meantime, I'll get a tour of St. Lawrence (I've really only ever been in the hockey rink up there), likely see some women's hockey, and maybe get some of the down time I missed over the holidays. I may also try to pop up to Ottawa, or if the weather's great, even Montreal. Unfortunately, there's no Senators game up there while I'm around. There's a Canadiens game on the afternoon of the 2nd, but I'd probably be late getting back for the game I'm really up there to see. (Also, jeez, NHL tickets are expensive.)

They're paying for meals through Thursday and the hotel room for Wednesday night, and the mileage reimbursement -- at 50 cents a mile -- will cover most of the rest of my costs for the weekend. (I won't directly get paid for the seminars; my company is billing them, so I'll get a chunk of it later.) Basically, a free hockey road trip. Woo!
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kaitl From: kaitl Date: January 28th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds super fun! Let's go red!
From: ex_prynne Date: January 29th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
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mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 29th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Some crucial seniors, and the news this week that Cole Bardreau is out for the season is both a big loss to the lineup and a big demoralizer for the guys.
helianthas From: helianthas Date: January 29th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, awesomeness!
theidolhands From: theidolhands Date: January 29th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dang, let's here it for money in sports...
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: January 29th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pfffffft Senators. The Canadiens are my sworn enemy, technically, by hockey standards, but there's something to be said for respecting your enemy. The Senators do not get such respect. EVER. EVER!!!!!!

What does a social media seminar entail? Why is social media important to athletes?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 29th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

There are lots of reasons social media could be important to athletes, but for starters, they're students, so they're going to be online whether anyone likes it or not. Helping them think about how they're different from the average student, and helping them stay safe and respectful online, is the point of the seminar.


There've certainly been some big examples recently of sports people being idiots, or assholes, or both, on Twitter, and they should make it easy to convince the students it's worth paying attention. It's possible the session will be recorded for later viewing. If so, I'll share.
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: January 29th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the S.A.I.N.T.S. thing. Another good one is this:

T...is it true?
H...is it helpful?
I...is it inspiring?
N...is it necessary?
K...is it kind?

Emphasis on the first and last ones, imo.

If they put it online, I'd love to see it. :o)
allyson13 From: allyson13 Date: January 29th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is way cool, Mark!
ickletarakins From: ickletarakins Date: January 30th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
have fun! man I wish my job would send me on more business trips. I've only been on like one since I started working here, and that was way back in the summer of 2010.
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