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Posts from the August 2011 issue

The Truth About Sucking Up: How Authentic Self-Promotion Benefits You and Your Organization

by Gina Hernez-Broome, Cindy McLaughlin, and Stephanie Trovas ’90 Why do organizations often reward the most vocal or most visible even if they aren’t the most qualified? Beyond bruised egos and a sense of unfairness lies a larger organizational problem: When the wrong people get rewarded, organizations suffer, projects fail, employee morale and motivation disintegrate,…

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The Wishing Trees

by John Shors ’91 Almost a year after the death of his wife, Kate, former high-tech executive Ian finds a letter that will change his life. It contains Kate’s final wish — a plea for him to take their 10-year-old daughter, Mattie, on a trip across Asia, through the countries they had planned to visit…

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Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions

by David Weddle, CC professor of religion Weddle examines the stories of miracles among the gurus, rebbes, bodhisattvas, saints, and imams of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam through the centuries, analyzing each tradition through the same lens. The book explores the mysterious healings in the waters at Lourdes, those affected by evangelists, and explains…

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by Eric Hall West ’98 West knew nothing about trucking, in fact, had never even driven a stick shift, before quitting his desk job to captain an 18-wheeler. In “Truck,” a humorous, fish-out-of-water memoir, he relays the (mis)adventures that take him cross-country more times than he can count. Along the way he encounters characters and…

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Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway

by Robert Wilson ’94 Wilson, assistant geography professor at Syracuse University, examines the development and management of refuges in the wintering range of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway. Many of the key places migratory birds use — the Klamath Basin, California’s Central Valley, the Salton Sea — are sites of recent contentious debates over…

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Why It Is Good to Be Good

by John Riker, CC professor of philosophy Talk about irony: Just as he completed the first draft of “Why it is Good to be Good,” Riker’s computer and all the backups were stolen. Yet he forged on, and in this book Riker shows how modernity’s reigning concept of the self undermines moral life and lays…

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Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue

by Cynthia Chavez Lamar ’92 and Sherry Farrell Racette Chavez Lamar is director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, N.M. This book grew out of the conversations of a group of Native women artists who spoke frankly about the roles, responsibilities, and commitments in their…

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Microstock Moneyshots

by Ellen Boughn ’64 Today’s amateur and professional photographers are sharing photos on websites like Flickr, but few amateurs realize that they could be making money from their images, thanks to the booming young microstock industry. This book demystifies the world of microstock, sharing behind-the-scenes secrets for posting images that will get viewed, downloaded, and…

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