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Can You Make It Pretty?

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Can You Make It Pretty? is the podcast for community college marketers, communicators, and leaders. Your peers and other experts share their experiences, tips, and knowledge to help you do your job better – and hopefully make the day a little easier. Tune in the third Thursday of the month for new e… read more

45 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Launching a successful, targeted digital marketing campaign

September 21st, 2023


Saddleback College wanted to launch a targeted digital marketing campaign, and it wanted to ensure it got the details and audience right. As an HSI – …

Building a successful vendor/college marketing relationship

August 17th, 2023


How can you get the most bang for your budgeting buck with your vendors? And build the best relationship so you're not stuck in the awkward position of having to break ties with your vendor? With experience on both …

Marketing + Government Relations, and Creating a Personal Brand: Chatting with the 2023 Communicator of the Year

July 20th, 2023


In college, Fiona Lytle thought she was going to be a dentist. Like so many community college marketers, though, her path changed. Today, Lytle is …

How to ID and address unconscious bias in marketing

June 15th, 2023


Identifying something that is unconscious can be tricky. How can we even pick out a problem if we don't realize it's happening? TaChelle Lawson – …

The Winding Path to Community College Marketing: A Chat with NCMPR's 2023-24 President

May 19th, 2023


Before he found himself as Harper College's chief of staff, NCMPR's 2023-24 president worked in marketing, yes. He also worked in construction, in …

In Leadership Training, Growth is as Much Personal as Professional

April 20th, 2023


To maximize professional leadership potential, it's about personal growth. You can't succeed without a team whose strengths complement yours. It also helps to have a support network who's got your back. These are some …

Bringing Admissions and Enrollment into Your Marketing Strategy

March 16th, 2023


We’ve heard it a lot: Areas outside marketing don’t really know what we do. One way they get around that at Cape Cod Community College in …

Meet Zaria Parvez, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Winner and Closing Keynote Speaker at NCMPR Under the Sun

February 16th, 2023


S4, E2: In September 2021, Duolingo, the world’s most popular language-learning platform, had 50,000 TikTok followers. As of late January of this …

Getting to Know NCMPR: If You're a Member or Want to Be, Here's the Scoop

January 19th, 2023


S4, E1: For the first time in three full seasons, we're talking exclusively about ourselves. Natalie Daggett, NCMPR's associate director of district …

How to Improve Your College's Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

December 15th, 2022


S3, E12: The LGBT+ Club at Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota wrote a letter to the administration with four requests to improve the LGBTQ+ …

Producing A Successful Radio Ad, in English and Spanish: A Live Peer and Simple Interview in Houston

November 17th, 2022


S3, E11: More than 95% of the population in Laredo, Texas, is of Mexican descent, and Spanish is the dominant language. Obed Guerrero, the community …

Self Care at Work Beyond the Pandemic: A Live Peer and Simple Interview in Chicago

October 19th, 2022


S3, E10: Mike Barzacchini, the director of marketing services at Harper College in Illinois, learned a lesson during the heart of the pandemic, and …

TikTok for Community Colleges and Making It In Marketing When Your Background Is Not: A Chat with NCMPR's 2022 National Rising Star

September 15th, 2022


S3, E9: Elissa Kojzarek, the communications and social media manager at Elgin Community College in Illinois, never thought she'd find herself in …

Introducing a New College President to Campus and Community Members

August 18th, 2022


S3, E8: The new president at Langara College in British Columbia, Canada, began on June 6, but the marketing office started prepping for Dr. Paula …

Data Dig 2022: What Issues Do Community College Marketers Face Today?

July 21st, 2022


S3, E7: Data Dig 2022 reveals the issues we face in the field, the racial and ethnic makeup of NCMPR membership, and the staffing areas most lacking on our teams. NCMPR worked with Graduate Communications to conduct …

How To Successfully Promote Your College to AAPI and Other Minority Students

June 16th, 2022


S3, E6: Oakton Community College in Illinois recently received a $1.5 million grant to help support its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) …

When its Audience was Sick of Hearing About COVID, This College Turned to Interpretive Dance

May 20th, 2022


S3, E5: COVID-19 information fatigue is real, but Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts was determined to inform their employees and …

Karaoke King, One-Person Marketing Staff Cheerleader, U2 Lover: Meet Your NCMPR 2022-23 President

April 28th, 2022


S3, E4: NCMPR's new president takes the reins each March at its national conference. Meet the org's new leader, Jeff Ebbing, who chats about visiting THE Joshua tree, mediocre sushi and how he went from NCMPR blogger to …

Whether or Not You're a Manager, You Are 100% a Leader

April 4th, 2022


S3, E3: The first cohort of NCMPR's 10-month Leadership Institute graduated in March. Three graduates discuss what they learned, how the Institute is …

How Your Marketing Team Can Support Ukrainian Students

March 17th, 2022


S3, E2: At Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, 7% of the student population was born in Ukraine. To craft NCC's response to the conflict in …

How to Successfully Prioritize DEI at Your Two-Year College

February 17th, 2022


S3, E1: Season 3 of NCMPR's Peer and Simple podcast kicks off with Dr. Kevin Christian, the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the …

How Arsenio Hall Changed the Career Path for One NCMPR Member

December 16th, 2021


S2, E12: "What happens when you go to Washington is, you get recruited." After serving as a press secretary under President Bill Clinton, Kerri Glover was recruited by a PR firm repping "pretty much every education …

Need Some Motivation? Dr. J Can Help

December 2nd, 2021


S2, E11: Dr. Joshua Fredenburg – or Dr. J, as he likes to be called – is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, TEDx speaker and leadership …

A Meet & Greet with District 4's Rising Star and Communicator of the Year

November 18th, 2021


S2, E10: Katie Norris' path to Ozarka College in Arkansas, where she serves as director of public relations & marketing, started when she …

Lessons From a 21-Year Industry Veteran: 'Find Some Outlets to Get Creative and Refresh Yourself'

October 28th, 2021


S2, E9: What lessons from journalism inform community college marketing? How can young professionals assure they have staying power at a new gig? …

Let's Talk about Photography

October 21st, 2021


S2, E8: Steve Jessmore and Mark Carriveau have a combined 55+ years of photography experience. Jessmore, a Michigan-based freelance photographer, and …

The Importance of Music in College Branding

September 16th, 2021


S2, E7: Finding the right music for your video promotions or commercials can be tricky. How can you find a tune that fits with your college's …

Marketing Fails: From Typos to Double Entendres

August 19th, 2021


S2, E6 – Marketing fails: We've all faced them. Sometimes, no matter how many eyes study a project, a typo or an unfortunate photo still gets through. Or no matter how many times you host an event, you miss how much a …

TEDx Speeches, Vulnerability and Microaggressions

July 15th, 2021


S2, E5 – Dr. Toya Webb is a life coach, a TEDx and motivational speaker, and NCMPR's district 3 director. She discusses the importance of …

'It's the Way You Get the Most out of People'

June 17th, 2021


S2, E4 – Sally Chapman Cameron spent more than three decades at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. Though she's retired from the college, …

Minneapolis College and George Floyd

May 20th, 2021


S2, E3 – Minneapolis College is just down the street from the spot where George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020. As the community responded and the …

Getting to Know You, with NCMPR’s 2021-22 President

April 22nd, 2021


S2, E2 – Meet Debra McGaughey, NCMPR's 2021-22 president. She chats with host Jeff Julian about how she got involved with NCMPR, why she wanted to …

The Coronavirus: A Year Later

March 26th, 2021


S2, E1 – Three community college marketers who are still working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic chat with host Jeff Julian about how their …

Writing it Right

March 1st, 2021


S1, Episode 12 – In 2020, both NCMPR gold Paragon awards for writing went to Seattle Central College: AK Sterling, partnership services manager, for …

'It Goes Back to How I Got Involved'

February 19th, 2021


S1, Episode 11 – Host Jeff Julian chats candidly with friend, colleague and new NCMPR Executive Director James Walters. The National Council for …

Step it Up

January 6th, 2021


S1, Episode 10 – A virtual sit-down with Juan Gutierrez, 2020-21 president of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, who tells how he found himself in a leadership position within NCMPR, how it has …

In Good Hands – Growing Social Engagement With Student Assistance

December 16th, 2020


S1 Episode 9 – The University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville doesn't have a paid social media specialist, but that hasn't slowed down their …

Picking Up the Pieces from a Website Redesign Gone Haywire

November 24th, 2020


S1 Episode 8 – How in the world do you roll out 16 website redesigns in five weeks? Just ask NCMPR's 2020 national Rising Star Jackie Watson, …

A Date With Data

October 30th, 2020


S1 Episode 7 – Daniel Ramirez, director of public relations and marketing at South Texas College, describes himself as a “data nerd” and unashamedly …

Consistently Promoting Brand Consistency

September 3rd, 2020


S1 Episode 6 – Barb Dreger, director of marketing at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin, is a steadfast proponent of brand consistency. …

Winning the Gold

July 27th, 2020


S1 Episode 5 – In the most recent NCMPR Paragon awards, Kellogg Community College in Michigan took home three golds and the best in show. Eric …

A Topical Medley

June 22nd, 2020


S1 Episode 4 – In this “topical medley,” longtime NCMPR members Terri Giltner from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Heather …

The Secrets of Long-Term Success in the Business

May 26th, 2020


S1 Episode 3 – The marketing department at Leeward Community College (Hawaii) didn’t exist until the college asked Kathleen Cabral to start it. That …

A Podcast About Podcasts

April 27th, 2020


S1 Episode 2 – With the highly successful "Redefine U" podcast to their credit, the marketing team from Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland) …

COVID-19: Crisis Communication Like We've Never Seen

March 23rd, 2020


S1 Episode 1 – Lynn Whalen, Juan Gutierrez and James Walters, members from NCMPR’s executive committee, discuss the changes their community colleges …

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