A wonderful tradition on my campus both on the first day before classes and again at graduation is to have a bagpiper majestically lead the students on to campus. Today we’ll slightly change the tradition by moving the Opening Convocation to the day that first-year students arrive so that parents can witness the opening welcoming of their children as they walk through the line of applauding faculty.

I am very impressed by our new President Cindy Gnadinger’s interest in preserving our traditions yet open to changes consistent with our values and ethos statement.  I wonder what she would think of our bringing onboard a “brand” new piper I’ve discovered. I suspect at the minimum she would be thunder-struck. He would, though,  provide a cross-cultural experience, be energizing and engaging, and quite memorable. Stay tuned.

On a more serious note, it was delightful to be visited by my Lead Student Research Assistant today, Kristen Reszka and to be in touch with several alumni via LinkedIn and Facebook. Please continue to stay in touch via Facebook, email, Skype, LinkedIn, snail mail, visits, and owl. I still have a good supply of Carroll COLLEGE decals for the asking:). And I even make house calls sometimes for a coffee date.


Posted by Professor David Simpson

Professor of Psychology, Carroll University (USA), Lover of Dogs, Reading, Teaching and Learning. Looking for ways to enhance cross-global communication and to apply technology learning tools. Interested in brain health maintenance, brain fitness training, and truth in advertising.


  1. psychnstatstutor Chart your course to success August 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hope your uni does invite some Aussie pub rock for part of the ceremony in the future

    1. Professor David Simpson September 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      That would be amusing. Your “psychnstatstutor” monitor interests me. My forte is teaching Psychology Statistics.

      1. psychnstatstutor Chart your course to success September 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm

        It would be amusing. Yes, I tutor psychology and statistics off campus, mostly online. I taught at the local uni for a bit, however the culture of the department and I were going in different directions~ so I became a hotel housekeeper and got my own gig off the ground. Every 5 years I sign up to online course (like a grad cert in tertiary teaching or masters coursework) to upgrade my PD. And I live on youtube lol~ learning heaps more with the different undergrad and post grads I work with.

        What do you find is the most challenging for learners of psychology statistics?

        For me, I think it’s relevance; linking the what to the why bother lol

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