Sunday, October 21, 2007
What I loved about Connect
After months of planning, the Connect conference whooshed by in no time. I couldn't possibly pick a "best" thing, but here are some of the things I loved:
- Kevin Dugan’s video -- provided the unofficial Connect anthem
- Inspired students and a new bunch of Twitter addicts (Phylecia, Kristin, Lacey , and Katie, not to mention doctorwom)
- That a bunch of people created blogs during my how-to session (send me links!)
- Josh and Constantin said they liked the session with the academics
- Three of my Grady colleagues who came, Peggy, Karen, and Kent, don't even teach PR! (And thanks to Betty, too.)
- When Kevin sat with the Connect student planning team for dinner
- That people who weren’t even there were there: Phil Gomes, Luke Armour, Christi Eubanks, Awais Sultan ; and that people like David Phillips are taking time to comment on the UGA Connect blog
- Paull’s enthusiasm--it’s infectious
- Seeing old friends and meeting new ones
- That Meg Lamme brought PR history into the conversation
- What Constantin said about the NYC firefighters calendar
- That Katie Paine was in a good mood the whole time that her luggage went from Charlotte to Athens to Atlanta to Philadelphia, all without her
- Converseon's announcement of an award for academics
- Listening to political blogger Johnathon McGinty
- Karen Andrews and Diane Murray, the secret weapon of any Grady conference and my new Facebook friends
My payoff: an hour-plus discussion about how to take it into the classroom--LOTS more on this to come.
Great speakers, gracious hospitality, and true learning experiences made it a success.
Karen, you've taken experiential learning to new heights. I didn't realize, until we spoke, that the conference was a class campaign project, too.
It is certain that you are all tired, but I know you've made UGA proud with Connect.