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Talk to each other

For more than a decade, I have taught classes to university students and corporate clients alike, emphasizing the importance of communication.

But the cautionary tale on tonight’s Project Runway team competition drives the point home better than any workshop or one-to-one coaching session.


yangOne team’s inability to communicate — about anything — led to a truly terrible garment and a very expected exit for one (since her partner had immunity).

Sorry Hanmiao — but you kinda had it coming.


True blue part deux

The Sticky Egg is blue today, and it’s not because I’m sad or cold or have gone a little crazy in Photoshop.

It’s College Colors Day.

college colors day

The tradition began in 2005 as a way to celebrate the college experience.  People across America are encouraged to ‘suit up’ in the colors of their favorite college or university to show their school spirit.

It’s no coincidence that College Colors Day occurs when kids are headed back-to-school — a great excuse to wear those new t-shirts and hoodies you paid way too much for at the university bookstore.

So, I’ll be wearing the goods here in New York City — where a University of Kentucky tee turns a head or two — and the Egg will be as blue as any proud egg…

In the Big Blue Nation.

Star date

My favorite class in college was astronomy.

I initially took it just to avoid chemistry and ended up loving it.  A lot of the credit goes to my professor, Dr. Tom Troland.  His lectures were always filled with jokes, obscure facts, and interesting stories.  We students were so busy having fun, we were surprised to discover how much we’d learned at the end of each class.

I learned a lot…like the fact that May Day, 1930 is the anniversary of the naming of the ninth planet Pluto.

Well — the former planet, I should say.  It was stripped of its major planet status in 1906.

Sucks to be the last child — I’ve always said it.

Pluto lost its status because the International Astronomical Union changed the rules in 2006. According to the new guidelines, Pluto didn’t have enough mass relative to the other objects in its orbit to be considered a major planet.

Now it’s a dwarf.

A lot of people protested the reclassification; many scientists chose to ignore it.  The New Mexico House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate both passed resolutions that Pluto will always be considered a planet in their night skies.

The American Dialect Society even chose “to pluto” — “to demote or devalue something” as their Word of the Year in 2006.

Did you know that Pluto wasn’t a planet anymore?  Today is a good day to learn more about it.