I started this last thing I have done in a number of categories because it seemed a fun way to help people keep track of typical things I do. It is a way to spark conversation and is great for student scavenger hunts. So, if anyone is looking for gift ideas, below are some ideas.

Last books read:

Spring 2017

Research Methods

  • Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student's Guide - Michael J. Polonsky and Waller, David S. 
  • Advertising and Public Relations Research - Donald Jugenheimer, Larry Kelley, Jerry Hudson, Samuel Bradley
  • Designing and Conducting Survey Research:  A Comprehensive Guide - Louis Rea and Richard Parker
  • Excel Data Analysis:  Your Visual Blueprint for Analyzing Data, Charts, and PivotTables - Paul McFedries
  • Communication Research Methods - Joanna Keyton
  • Quantitative Research Methods - Allen, Titsworth, Hunt
  • Understanding Quantitative Research Methods - Croucher and Cronn-Mills


  • Google Analytics Demystified:  A hands-on approach - Joel Davis
  • Google Analytics for Beginners - SSRC Solutions

Data Display

  • The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics - Dona M. Wong
  • Visual Insights - Katy Borner and David Polley
  • Slide:ology - Nancy Duarte
  • Cool Infographics:  Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design - Randy Krum
  • Presenting Data:  How to Communicate Your Message Effectively - Ed Swires-Hennessy
  • Data Visualization for Dummies - Mico Yuk and Sephanie Diamond

Student learning

  • Why Don't Students Like School?  A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about how the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom - Daniel Willingham
  • e-Learning and the Science of Instruction:  Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning - Michael Polonsky and David Waller
  • A Guide to Online Course Design:  Strategies for Student Success - Tina Stavredes and Tiffany Herder
  • Talent is Overrated:  What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everydody Else - Geoff Colvin
  • Training and Development - Jason Wrench, Danette Johnson, and Maryalice Citera

ROI Social Media

  • Ask, Measure, Learn:  Using Social Media Analytics to Understand and Influence Custome rBeahvior - Lutz Finger and Scumitra Dutta
  • Social Media ROI:  Managing and MEasuring Social Media Efforts in YOur own Organization - Oliver Blanchard


  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series by Shawn Chesser
  • The Weak and the Innocent - Ryk Brown
  • Escape to Earth Series by Saxon Andrew
  • Battlecruiser Alamo SEies by Richard Tongue
  • Deaths Bright Day - David Drake
  • DNA - Laurence Dahners
  • Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs
  • Kings and Emperors - Dewey Lambdin
  • A Hard Cruel Shore - Dewey Lambdin
  • Tyger - Julian Stockwell
  • Pasha - Julian Stockwell
  • After it Happened Series - Devon C. Ford 

Last CD's/Mixes bought/received:

  • Airborne Toxic Event - All at Once
  • Bare naked Ladies - Silverball
  • Bastille - Bad Blood
  • The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
  • Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
  • Indigo girls - One Lost Day
  • Mumford and Sons - Wilder Mind
  • Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin
  • Pitbull - Global Warming:  Meltdown

Last movies:

  • Logan


Trips Scheduled:

  • Ireland (May 2017)
  • Barbados (Summer 2017)

Trips Taken:

  • Las Vegas (November 2015)
  • Orlando (May 2015)
  • Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (March 2015)
  • Ireland (May 2014)
  • New Zealand and Australia (June 2013)
  • Utah (May 2013)
  • Barbados (May 2013)

Last mugs bought:

  • Love:  Beatles Tribute
  • Honduras
  • Ireland