It’s been a gloomy few days in northwest Minnesota. But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. The warmer weather has meant that Monkey and Kiwi have gotten long morning and evening walks. This means that they sleep through the night. And that means that Mom and Dad get to sleep through the night. Our terrier mutts rule our lives!
We are now at the verge of fall semester finals week. I have been hearing from students, faculty members and student support staff that everyone is focused on completing projects, tutoring, studying, taking tests, and grading papers, exams and projects. Both campuses are humming as we reach toward a welcome break.
This week, I’ll focus on:
- Important Reminders
- Goals Exceeded – MnSCU Leveraged Equipment Program
- Academic Master Plan
There is still time to register for spring semester. Classes begin on January 12, 2015. Please remind students who have already registered that they need to pay their tuition or make arrangements with the Business Office by the end of the day on Dec. 18. This is the date when registrations will be canceled if arrangements have not been made. Most students who are dropped for non-payment do re-register, but it involves extra steps.
Northland will experience two very significant retirements at the end of the year. Mary Jo Bydal has worked on the East Grand Forks campus since 1975. She has assisted the campus deans and provosts and now reports to Vice President Carey Castle. All of us who are administrators have relied on Mary Jo’s deep historical knowledge, her organizational skills, and her infectious laughter to get us through the days. Faculty also know that Mary Jo is the one to come to if you need to find out how to get things done. She intends to fill up her new-found freedom with Jack, her 4-month old grandson.
Gail Johnson, is retiring after 26 years at Northland. Since 1989 she has been a vital part of the Financial Aid team. At the East Grand Forks campus, Gail has organized all employee events and has coordinated the Cheer Fund that provides support to employees as they pass through life events. Gail is moving back to the farm in Roseau where she will be surrounded by family and friends. Students have been well-served and supported by Gail over many years while they have wrestled with college financing.
Mary Fontes has completed her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Dakota! She will graduate on Friday, Dec. 19. Mary gives tirelessly to Northland and its students as the Dean of Student Affairs. It is amazing that she was able to conduct her research and write a dissertation while always working more than full time.
Goals Exceeded – MnSCU Leveraged Equipment Program
For the FY2014-15 biennium, the Minnesota State Legislature provided funding to MnSCU institutions for instructional equipment through a leveraged equipment program. Financial goals were set for every college and university. Funding became available to institutions which were able to match the goals with private donations of funds, equipment, or services.
I am very pleased to announce that Northland achieved its goal of $188,540 and will receive matching funds from the system. We are grateful to our partners and donors. Their generosity allows Northland to continue to train our students with current equipment and technology.
Donors and partners:
Alex Air Apparatus, Inc.
Collision Repair Education Foundation (through American Family Insurance)
Dakotas Chapter – National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Innovative Tools & Technologies
Northland Aerospace Foundation (NAF)
Thief River Ford
Academic Master Plan
As we close the year, I am excited that the broad committee of faculty and staff that has been working on the Academic Master Plan for the college has produced its first draft. It is an impressive document. It will be refined over the next month. Then the committee will work to solicit deep review and input from the college community. The AMP will provide a well-informed road map for the college as it continues to meet the needs of our communities and region.
Hope you all have a great week.
Upcoming College Events
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
11:45 AM – End of Semester Employee Potluck – EGF Campus
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
11:45 AM – End of Semester Employee Potluck – TRF Campus
Thursday, December 18, 2014
REGISTRATION CANCELLATION FOR NON-PAYMENT (TUITION DUE)
10:00 AM – CNA Testing
7:00 pm – TRF Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Monday, December 22, 2014
8:00 am – FALL (20153) BOOK RENTALS DUE BACK TO BOOKSTORE
Friday, January 2, 2015
5:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Bismarck State College
7:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Bismarck State College
Saturday, January 3, 2015
3:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Bottineau
5:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Dakota College at Bottineau
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
7:00 pm – Wrestling @ Rochester Dual
My Schedule this Week
Monday, Dec. 15 – Executive Committee
Tuesday, Dec. 16 – Holiday Potluck / Retirement Recognition – EGF Campus
Wendesday, Dec. 17 – Holiday Potluck, Community Advisory Committee Exec Group, LPN Pinning – TRF Campus
Thursday, Dec. 18 – SEM Meeting, GFREDC meeting, Cabinet
Friday, Dec. 19 – Office – EGF Campus