Data-dive into Memorial Day

Alright you assessment lovers it’s Memorial Day. We all serve veterans as students on our campuses in some form. Today I hope you remember the fallen, thank a veteran, and, perhaps, eat a hot dog (or portobello pup). Here is a brief look at some information (and fun facts!) about this day of remembrance:

Ten Things You Should Know About Today’s Student Veteran – by Alison Lighthall (2012, via the NEA). In my quest to raise my own awareness of the student veteran population and their needs, this provided an enlightening overview.

How Countries Around the World Celebrate Memorial Day – TIME Magazine looks at how other countries celebrate their take on Memorial Day. New Zealand’s commemoration involves gambling. Fun. Watch the video on the history of Memorial Day too.

Memorial Day Weekend Traffic, Sales, & More, by the NumbersMONEY Magazine reviews the stats from Memorial Day weekend. This number…WOW!

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Memorial Day Weekend By the NumbersTravel + Leisure gives an interesting run down; watch your speed and avoid the zoo!


Take a quiet moment to honor the veterans in your life. The National Moment of Remembrance is 3:00pm today.

 Thank you to those who’ve served our country, past and present. 


Assessment Life: Assessment People are People Too

Assessment is not just for “numbers” people; it’s for you. I’m not a numbers person, but I am an assessment person. And so are you. Here are a few other images from an assessment person’s (i.e., me, in this case) life.Found on phone

I saw this on my commute to work. It infuriated me. Right, because the message here is: asking for help is stupid?? Arg!IMAG0442

Minneapolis’ famed Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden (my favorite site in my home city!) featured this relevant quote in one of its pieces Selections from the Living Series by Jenny Holzer:IMAG0461

(In case you can’t read it: “Affluent college-bound students face the real prospect of downward mobility. Feelings of entitlement clash with the awareness of imminent scarcity. There is resentment at growing up at the end of an era of plenty coupled with reassessment of conventional measures of success.“)

See you Monday!

Giggle or Think?

2015-03-14_OhNoLogo22-mark3Friday’s here, which means MORE THAN USUAL FUN!

If you’re looking to giggle, check out this video:

Want to think? Here’s an interesting article:

So, if fake buttons can make people more satisfied crossing the street. Maybe we need a “click here to make assessment more fun” button…