Is authenticity on the World Wide Web a noble goal? Is it something worth striving for on a project meant to act as a branding platform, public diary and digital resume? ...These are questions I ask myself every time I log onto this site.

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My name is Nicolas Babarskis (Buh-Bar-Skiss). It's Lithuanian in origin. 

 

The Elevator Speech

I'm a student affairs administrator with an M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University. I currently work at the Michigan State University (Go Green!!). Most of my career experience is in the functional area of housing and residential life. This has given me a lot of experience in educational programming, crisis response, conflict mediation, and a freakishly well developed commitment to proper key management.

Currently I am the Assistant Director for Recruitment, Selection, and Training. I work to recruit, place, and train our department's live-in staff. Fundamentally, my career is about empowering students to develop and embrace a coherent identity. 


The best thing for being sad, is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
— T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Fun Things To Know About Me

I grew up in Indonesia...as a result I didn't learn how to tie my shoes till the 6th grade.

 

I LOVE dialogue...particularly if it involves philosophy. Ask me a question about Gadamer and I could fill an afternoon. 

This is Hans-George Gadamer.

This is Hans-George Gadamer.

My undergraduate degree comes from Wheaton College and I am a STRONG believer in the power of a liberal arts education. 

....this is the image that comes up when you google "Liberal Arts."

....this is the image that comes up when you google "Liberal Arts."

I passionately believe the world would be a better place if everyone picked up a newspaper for just 30 minutes a day...any genuine newspaper committed to rigorous journalism regardless of partisan alliance. 

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I'm obsessed with all things NPR.  

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I consider myself a midwesterner. Long expanses of flat ground and cornfields makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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I'm married to this beautiful woman. (She's a librarian....how cool is that?!)

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