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Mary Piccioli

Distance From Home - Monday Musings
Distance from home. It’s an important part of the college decision-making process for many families. I was reminded of the importance recently when dear friends were visiting campuses with their second oldest. Her older brother attended a college about 7 hours from home. Their third, much younger child named Colin, missed his brother in a big way while he was away at college. When Colin accompanied his sister and family on the college visit circuit, he was worried his sister would also choose a college far from home. He was known to regularly remark after a visit: “Too far, Meg, pick another.” It remains a secret whether or not Meg’s younger brother influenced her college choice, however, she did attend a college less than an hour away. Distance…Read more

Athletic Spending, Part 2 - Monday Musings
My colleague Kathy Kurz’s recent post on athletic expenditures inspired me to look at the issue on a local level. Not long ago, the sports section of my hometown newspaper included an article about expenditures on athletics at the local university, which happens to be my alma mater. The article pointed out that my school consistently ranked at or near the bottom of the conference in dollars spent on athletics. (To be fair, the writer pointed out how competitive some of the teams have been, even with smaller budgets.) But more importantly, in comparing athletic expenditures, the article failed to take into account differences in enrollment among the institutions. Wondering how different the ranking of expenditures might look if based on cost…Read more

Making the Most of the Visit Experience - Monday Musings
Who knew that wine tastings would cause me to think of work?! But sure enough, on a summer trip to wine country in Sonoma, CA, I couldn’t help but think of the comparison to campus tours. As your campus is making plans for visits after the first of the year, perhaps these comparisons will provide food for thought on making sure the experience is the best it can be for your guests. During that week in Sonoma, our “tour guide” at each winery played a significant role in the enjoyment of the experience, and ultimately, of the wine. We all know how important the tour guide is on a campus visit. A welcoming and engaging tour guide leaves a lasting, positive impression on a prospective student. It’s no different at a winery, or in the case…Read more