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Newtown Bee does another story!

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A couple weeks ago, I talked to my daughter’s sixth-grade cluster about memoir writing. It was a wonderful surprise to find a Newtown Bee reporter in the class that day, because she was there to write a story about my class visit. Here is the story that ran online on October 5, and then in print on Oct. 12! “With sixth grade students in Michelle Vaccaro and Courtney Martin’s cluster seated before him, district parent […]

Running With Ghosts: 1 Year Anniversary!

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One year ago today, I was celebrating the fact that Running With Ghosts had just gone on sale when I received a message via Facebook from a Maryanne Gabriele. The name didn’t look familiar, but I went ahead and read it anyway. She included a photo, along with the sentence, “That’s me and Melissa right before she was diagnosed.” The first sentence gave of her message me chills. I knew of Maryanne, from my talks […]

Media Coverage

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Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer got a lot of wonderful media coverage. Below is a list (with links) to all the stories that were done on Matt and the book. BUY IT NOW! • The Newtown Bee did a nice story on Matt’s visit to his daughter’s sixth-grade cluster to talk about memoir writing. • News@Fairfield had this piece online today about the upcoming reading and book talk at the Fairfield […]

Big raises for some administrators at Ashland University; job cuts for the faculty

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By Matt Tullis Eleven days before about 23 Ashland University faculty — many of them tenured — received letters letting them know their jobs were being terminated, the university announced that Scott Van Loo was being promoted from vice president of marketing and enrollment to executive vice president. Van Loo held the job of executive vice president for a little more than a year before leaving to become vice president of enrollment at Cedarville University, […]

The Lake Effect: Lessons Learned from a Life Well Written

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The following was written by Fairfield University senior Nicole Funaro for my Sports Journalism course. The assignment called on them to interview a nationally-recognized sports writer. Nicole talked with Thomas Lake. — Matt By Nicole Funaro It only took two rings before I was greeted with a cautious “hello.” His voice sounded like he had been debating whether or not to pick up, and understandably so, considering an unknown Connecticut number lit up the screen […]

Lawsuit against Ashland University will define value of tenure

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Ashland University recently announced that it granted tenure to three faculty members. I worked with two of the faculty who received tenure prior to leaving for Fairfield University in Connecticut last year. While I am incredibly happy that the hard work these faculty have done has been recognized, I worry that the reward of tenure is meaningless at AU. In August 2015, several tenured faculty — the university has never actually said how many — […]

The Bridge

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There’s an enclosed pedestrian bridge that spans Locust Street in Akron. It connects a parking garage and medical building to the third floor entrance of Akron Children’s Hospital. I crossed that bridge on January 4, 1991. I was scared, tired, still not sure of what was going on. I didn’t know why I was in Akron, other than the fact that I had been exhausted for the last couple weeks, that I had a severe […]