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The Duck Store on Faculty Communication: It's "100% About Students"

Posted by Alex Lyons on 7/24/19 8:00 AM
Alex Lyons

About Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons is Chief Information Officer for the Duck Store, which has served the University of Oregon students in Eugene for nearly a century. Alex has been with the Duck Store since 2001. She is responsible for managing Development & Data Analytics, Online Commerce Operations, Information Technology, and the Text Book/Academic Services teams.

When you’re planning how you’ll reach faculty, it’s essential to start with a question: What do faculty really need to know?

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Student Engagement Is Vital to Success and Achievement

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/22/19 6:00 AM

Finding ways to amplify student engagement both in the classroom and with the campus is increasingly vital to student achievement and persistence. Most students come to campus with the same goal: they want to earn their degree and graduate. However, a significant percentage of students do not persist through their entire educational journey. 

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Campus Partnerships Support Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/8/19 6:00 AM

Many factors go into student success, such as retention rates, college affordability, student preparedness, student engagement, etc. By supporting the whole student, schools can improve outcomes and help students persist. However, initiatives with campus-wide support produce the best results. Whether a campus initiative or a bookstore initiative, communication is vital to its success.

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Retailers That Empower Student Success

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/24/19 5:30 AM

Everyone on campus has a stake in student achievement — including retailers. College advisers, tutors and faculty should focus on excellence, of course. But it’s easy to overlook how non-academic settings like the college bookstore might facilitate retention and graduation. A strong collegiate retailer does more than sell textbooks and supplies. It functions as a full-fledged student service.

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Join the Fight Against Campus Hunger

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/5/18 5:30 AM

As food insecurity and homelessness among college students grow, the once parodied image of the starving student eating everything in sight ceases to be a laughing matter. Higher education for many is the pursuit of a better life. Along the journey toward that idealized destination, some students will face near-impossible hardships: surviving on one — if that — meal a day, finding a safe place to sleep each night and struggling to make it through each day until graduation. Without assistance, some will be forced to drop out.

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Spotlight: How the Volshop Shows Students It Is More Than Retail

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/10/18 5:30 AM

Student hunger on campuses is more prevalent than most people think. Head into a packed student center or campus dining facility, and it is easy to believe that the problem doesn’t exist on your campus, but chances are it does. According to a Students Against Hunger report, more than 45% of the 3,000 students surveyed from community and four-year colleges had experienced food insecurity in the past 30 days.

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