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Hal Denton – AFS Intercultural Programs

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The first day at a new job is always chaotic, with onboarding, paperwork, desk organization—or in Hal Denton’s case, the U.S. invasion of Panama. On December 20, 1989, the day Denton became general counsel for AFS Intercultural Programs, U.S. troops landed in Panama. The international youth exchange organization had 40 students en route to a […]

Erika Robinson – Trinity University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most strategy retreats end with specific goals and actions planned. But a retreat for leaders at Trinity University in June finished with an opposite approach. Rather than ending with specific steps to make Trinity a top liberal arts university, it culminated with ideas that were adaptable. The executive leadership team wanted to leave room for […]

Suzanne Telsey – McGraw Hill LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Students looking to save a little money on textbooks often search online for deals or used copies. What they might not realize, though, is that some of the books they’re buying are counterfeit. “People buy them because they appear legitimate and are cheaper,” Suzanne Telsey says. “But these unauthorized books are being sold and distributed […]

Ira Stuchberry – D2L

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For almost 25 years, Kitchener, Ontario-based D2L has provided learning platforms, content and programs to help instruct students from kindergarten through college, as well as for adults looking to improve and build on job skills.  Founded in 1999 by President and CEO John Baker, then a 22-year-old, third-year engineering student at the University of Waterloo, […]

Regina DeIulio – Florida Polytechnic University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the proverb goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day—but bricks were laid every hour. While a university campus isn’t quite as large as the capital of Italy, it is like a small city, says Regina DeIulio, who’s been laying legal bricks at Florida Polytechnic University for a decade. Created in 2012 as an independent […]

Mary Chapin – National Student Clearinghouse

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the first in her family to graduate college and attend law school, Mary Chapin says education was life-changing for her. So, after earning her undergraduate and law degrees, she joined the education law boutique of O’Hara & O’Connell in 1992, representing school districts and colleges in state and federal courts for nearly three years, […]

Mario Buckley – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, wasn’t founded to study simple things. For more than a decade, the graduate university has been a research center for developing technological and scientific innovations. Researchers here have also focused on solutions to providing food, water and energy while sustaining the environment. As […]

Jessica Swartz – Western Michigan University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At Western Michigan University, there wasn’t always a written policy outlining accommodations for students with disabilities. “A lot of professors and supervisors were making decisions on their own and trying to do the right thing, but it caused a lot of issues,” says Jessica Swartz, WMU’s deputy general counsel. In October 2020, a reasonable accommodation […]

Michael Shafir – IXL Learning

Est. reading time: 3 mins

In 2020, many students and teachers had to adjust to the challenges of virtual learning. As Michael Shafir saw these struggles play out on the news and social media, he felt inspired to help. While neither an educator or IT professional, he knew his legal skills could be put to good use. Shafir became general […]

Thomas Hoffman – American College of Radiology

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When patients are in the hospital, most of their interactions are with the doctors and nurses. However, patients still rely on the people, including other physicians, working behind the scenes. Among these physicians are radiologists, who Thomas Hoffman says deserve more recognition. “Many of our members don’t see patients because they do diagnostic work, but […]

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