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 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Lifelong learning: Why Western works

I want to share a story. My oldest daughter Aly graduated a couple of years ago from Western. Then she worked at Western, while still taking a couple of classes after graduation. For her own reasons, she needed some time off before pursuing her bache...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Lifelong learning: taking perspective on moods

I read a passage in a book recently, describing mood contagion. Mood contagion says that when a person walks in the room, we can automatically sense if they are sad, angry, anxious, or upset and unless we are very mindful, their negative mood can ove...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Lifelong learning: Paying yourself

If you are like me, you worry a little about stretching the dollar during the holidays. Of course, as has always been the case no matter where I have worked in education, my December paycheck has arrived the last day before vacation in December....

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 12, 2018

Lifelong learning: Staying realistic and un-focusing

I read an article by Drs. Srini Pillay and David R. McDuff in the Nov./Dec. 2018 issue of Coach and AD, where they discussed how student-athletes can sharpen their minds by actually intentionally “un-focusing.” I really enjoyed this article and...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    November 14, 2018

Lifelong learning: Hard work has its rewards

In an interview she did for Parade Magazine (Oct. 14, 2018), Jamie Lee Curtis said, “Every good thing that ever happened to me was because I was in horror films.” My take from that is that good things happen to you, but sometimes only after you...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 12, 2018

Lifelong learning: Ubuntu

Recently, I was told a story about an anthropologist who went to Africa to study the social behavior of tribes. One day, he proposed a game to some of the tribal children. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids to stand many...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Lifelong learning: Signs

Tis the season for a lot of road construction. I was traveling for business not long ago and I couldn’t help but notice the many, many roads signs as I drove. I started thinking about signs we are “given” or that we give out in our every day...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Closing the blinds or keeping them open

I usually run home from work every day, rain or shine. I started this practice over a year ago when we decided not to put any more money into the old car I was driving to and from work in. Sometimes I run to AND from work, but usually just home in...

 
 By LU SWEET    Opinion    April 11, 2018

Lifelong learning: The cleaning lady

Someone recently shared a story with me about a custodial worker. In the story, a college professor gave a pop quiz to his students and the last question on the quiz asked, “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” One of the s...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    March 21, 2018

Lifelong Learning: What makes great coaches

I read an article in the February 2018 edition of “Coach & A.D.” titled “What Makes Good Coaches Great?” The author, Kevin Hoffman, listed five attributes of great coaches. After reading the article, I found myself thinking that these traits...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    February 14, 2018

Lifelong learning: Self talk

I love the quote by Lisa M. Hayes, ‘Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.’ Self-talk is so important because what you tell yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down. Many times we are harder on...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 10, 2018

Lifelong Learning: Time as a resource

I couldn’t sleep the other night so I got up and watched some late night TV. As I was flipping through the channels, I actually came across a gentleman talking about time management. I can’t recall his name right now nor the channel the show was...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 13, 2017

Lifelong Learning: The power of dissent

I recently read an article in the April 2017 “Recreation Management” magazine, titled “The Power of Dissent,” written by Emily Tipping, the magazine’s editorial director. I really enjoyed this article for several reasons. Tipping spoke of...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    November 15, 2017

Lifelong Learning: The control panel of life

I have eight people in my household, so of course I was doing laundry the other day. Most of the time it feels like I do laundry every day. Don’t ask me why, but the other day I actually took a look at the control panel on the washer for a minute....

 
 By LU SWEET    Opinion    October 11, 2017

Lifelong learning: Maintaining a sense of individuality

I recently watched an old video clip on YouTube, from the TV show “Candid Camera.” In case you are not familiar with “Candid Camera,” it aired from 1960 to 1976, and secretly videotaped people in situations where they were (safely) pranked or...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    September 6, 2017

Lifelong Learning: The difference between "with" and "for"

It’s not uncommon nowadays to see a group of people sitting together while they are all texting or checking social media on their phones. They are “with” each other in proximity but they are not actually engaged “for” each other. I think...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Lifelong learning: The transition from youth to adulthood

I recently read an article in “Fostering Families Today,” July/August 2017, titled “Partnering with Youth Through Transitions to Adulthood” by Shatiea Blount. I really enjoyed this article and I want to share it with you. I have several...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Lifelong Learning: Bringing successful leadership

I read an article in the Athletic Business magazine, from April 2017, entitled, “Commonsense tips for Successful Leadership” by Don Schumacher. Schumacher is the recently retired Executive Director of the National Association of Sports...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Lifelong Learning: Parenting no matter what

I don’t watch a great deal of TV and I don’t really have a favorite show when I do watch. However, this past year a dear friend of mine, and my daughter both asked me to start watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” I didn’t watch like most people mig...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    April 5, 2017

Lifelong learning: Being stuck in the giggles

Have you ever been sitting in a meeting or a classroom and suddenly you (maybe by yourself, or maybe with a friend) - get the giggles? Me? All the time. I remember one time in particular as if it were yesterday. I was on vacation in Hawaii with my...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    March 29, 2017

Lifelong learning: Service

I recently read an article by Mark Anthony Garrett in the November/December 2016 magazine “Fostering Families Today”. It’s an article called “Service is Everything: Seven Steps to Providing Outstanding Service.” In the article, Garrett...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Lifelong learning: The difference of influence and control

Have you ever pushed the elevator button to “remind” the elevator that you are there waiting for it to come pick you up and deliver you? Have you ever yelled at the traffic light, while in your car, so the light would change faster? Sometimes we...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    December 14, 2016

Lifelong learning: If it ain't broke

I was working on my computer the other day and reading an email that talked about a change in work procedure. I didn’t think there needed to be one in this particular case and of course, I knew I would follow it, but none the less I uttered out...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    November 9, 2016

Lifelong Learning: Maxims for people to live by

By LU SWEET Western Wyoming Community College I recently read an article called “Maxims For Athletic Directors to Live By.” Since I am an athletic director at Western Wyoming Community College, I paid extra attention. I enjoyed this article very...

 
 By Lu Sweet    Opinion    October 12, 2016

Lifelong Learning: Tennis player's tips can be used off the court

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article by tennis great, Serena Williams titled “Leadership Lessons.” (Coach, September/October 2016) In it, Serena talked about four traits she tries to live by in order to be the best tennis player she can be. I...

 

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