On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 I presented the following slides as part of my Pecha Kucha presentation at ACPA 2014. It was a unique opportunity to share information based on the food class that I co-taught this past semester at Michigan State University.

About Pecha Kucha: My good friend Paul Brown describes the PK style of presentation very effectively in this post. I’d describe it as the most terrifying 6 minutes and 40 seconds, preceded by at least 12+ hours of prep in my life. Pecha Kucha, or PK for short, is a presentation format that lasts only 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Each presentation contains exactly 20 slides and each slide appears for only 20 seconds. Oh, and the slides are set to automatically advance, so once you “go” the trick is to keep time with the slides. As you can see with my slides below, the photos were very specifically chosen and flow between topics made it difficult if they weren’t perfectly timed. Ahhh!!

Quick shout out to my good friends, Kristin Holmberg & Kathy Adams Riester who helped me practice this in my hotel room probably about 20 times!

So, here’s my talk:


Yesterday I began a blog post recapping all of the deeply satisfying and incredible experiences over the past week at ACPA. I hadn’t finished it last night before I could no longer stay awake (literally after a week averaging 4-5 hours of sleep a night, I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer), But this morning, while thinking about finishing the post and getting up on the blog while the feeling was still fresh, I was tagged on Facebook by one of my students who had stopped by my office yesterday as I was trying to dig out and unpack. She linked to this TEDx talk: On Doing Big And Feeling Small and as I watched it I knew I had to abandon my previous post and instead write about mattering in the face of transition.

Transition is the reason I started this blog. (more…)

By Keith Edwards, Macalester College, Heather Shea Gasser, Michigan State University, and Grant Anderson, University of Minnesota

Last year at the 2013 ACPA Convention in Las Vegas, the three of us debuted a well-received presentation called “Positive Psychology and Student Affairs Leadership” and wrote this post about our session on Keith’s blog. Since then, the themes from the presentation remain present and relevant in each our three lives, so we reprised the session for a second year and delved deeper into seven specific themes. We’ve been talking a lot about how our reading on positive psychology has transformed our student affairs leadership and how we live our lives. Our presentation at ACPA 2014 in Indianapolis allowed us to further develop and fine-tune this presentation.