Transition: Academic Transitions Mad Lib
by Laura
Want to feel like you're in 8th grade again? Try our Academic Transitions Mad Lib!


Cause (something or someone) to be permeated or infused by something.
“Women in higher ed transfuse a love of learning in many ways across college and university campuses.”
Transformation: A Reminder to Shine
by Kari
I remember getting ready before I was a mom. I focused while choosing my hairstyle, took my time doing makeup, and strategized my attire. I call that time in my life BC...before child. Now a top knot bun, lipstick (red of course), and any outfit will do! Getting yourself ready starts to become priority #11 in the morning AC (after child). You stop focusing on you. Not that this is a problem. It's selfless, honorable, and downright humbling. But as we put everyone else first, our glow becomes a little less sparkly. That's where I enter the scene (with a large smile) reminding the fabulous Dr. Rebecca Cruise to shine. 

A few months ago, Dr. Cruise approached me about getting a new look of sorts. With summer now upon us, we decided it was the perfect time for a transformation. When you are in higher education, wedding season never ends—weddings of alumni, colleagues, you name it. In this case the wedding of a former student, just around the corner, marks the perfect occasion for a change.

Dr. Cruise feels hungry for anything different. She reminded me several times that “anything is game.” After raised eyebrows, a huge light bulb appeared over my head. 
Our first stop was this adorably chic shop:  The Social Club in Norman, Oklahoma is the perfect stop for a little getaway from the hustle. With a cute store in front and party in the back, this salon is quaint, effortless, and hip. Misha Vaughn would be our magician at this stop, and she and I did a fun consultation about the perfect ’do. Rebecca (we will refer to Dr. Cruise by first name from this point to tone down the PhD—she’s brilliant; you get it) has long hair. She's not interested in high maintenance (nor am I) when it comes to locks. When you are a mom with a full time job, spending time on hair sounds less than thrilling. So we decided on a  long bob.  

Transgender: Love is love is love is love
by Suzette....
Melanie and Daniel met before Daniel's transition. Melanie identifies as a lesbian and Daniel identifies as a straight man. Melanie and Daniel talk with Suzette about their relationship, working in higher education, and the challenges of and misconceptions about being transgender. 
Translation: A Bird Is Just a Bird by Forough Farrokhzad
Translated from Persian by Marjan Seirafi-Pour
A Bird Is Just a Bird
by Forough Farrokhzad

The bird said:
What scent, what sun! 
Ah, spring is ready
I will go search for my kindred match. 
The bird leapt from the lip of the balcony
like a message, the bird flew and left  

Little bird 
The bird wasn't thinking.
The bird wasn't reading the news.
The bird didn't have debt.
The bird didn't recognize people. 

On the wind
and aloft streetlights
in the heights of unknowing she was flying
and madly she was experiencing
the blue moments .

The bird, oh... she was just a bird!