This week, a very important event begins at the campuses of Northland Community and Technical College. Why Treaties Matter – Self-Government in the Dakota an Ojibwe Nations is a traveling exhibit that is a collaboration between the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit is presented in a series of tall posters that leads the viewer through the history of treaties between the indigenous people of this region and the American government.
The tribal government sovereignty that exists today was retained through the treaty process – not granted by the federal government. The exhibit presents a deep look at relationships, the importance of the land, family ties and business interests of the Ojibwe and Dakota people.
To take full advantage of the exhibit, you might want to visit the supplemental website that includes several videos, including one that features Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation and a new member of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. The web address is: http://treatiesmatter.org/about
The exhibit opens on Monday, October 20 in the front foyer of the East Grand Forks Campus. It will move to the Thief River Falls Campus on Thursday, October 30 and will be available in the Art Gallery across from the Library until Nov. 7.
Other Activities and Happenings
We are having a lot of contact with the public in both Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks. Last Monday, we had a second meeting with the TRF Community Advisory Committee. During that meeting we took a deep dive into the factors that are affecting Northland’s financial conditions. Information related to state allocation, tuition, inflationary factors, and enrollment was presented. This was a good opportunity to share the difficulty of developing a solid budget in the midst of many moving pieces. The group will meet again on October 27 to discuss options as we move forward.
Another topic discussed with the TRF group was the restoration of football. The recruitment announcement for a head coach has been distributed with a first review of applications to occur on Nov. 7. A housing committee comprised of college personnel and interested community members will have its first meeting on Thursday, October 23rd.
On Thursday, October 16, more than 150 people gathered in the EGF Commons for my final “State of the College” presentation. We reviewed the strengths the college shares with the community, the challenges we face, and how we are fit to meet the challenges. Carey Castle provided an overview of the Academic Master Planning process. Probably the highlight of the event was the brief presentation from Amy Jenson and Sarah Vierzba, two students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. They have conducted research (along with Aubrey Johnson) that has been selected, for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting (CMS) to be held in Indianapolis, IN, February 4-7, 2015. They told a powerful story about the value of their education at Northland, the opportunities for professional development, and their prospects for the future. A similar event will be held in Thief River Falls later in the fall.
This week and next week we have the autumn technical advisory committee meetings. These are large group meetings at both campuses. Program advisory committees meet together for dinner and brief presentation and then divide into programs for deeper discussions. The advisory committees are a truly valuable asset to our programs, providing up-to-date advice on what programs should cover, what equipment should be used to prepare students for employment, and employment prospects for our students.
Behind the scenes of all of these events are our wonderful employees who tend to the details and make them happen smoothly. My deep thanks to Sheila Bruhn, Chad Sperling, Katie (Jurvelin) Jones, Matt Brenden, Rita Lealos, Colleen Kukowski, MaryJo Bydal, Lori Johnson, our facilities professionals on both campuses, and many others.
Charting the Future
The presidents of all MnSCU institutions have come together in a letter of commitment to the “Charting the Future” initiative. The letter is attached to my email; please take time to look at it. One paragraph captures the commitment:
Through Charting the Future, we are taking proactive steps to meet the changing needs of our students, our stakeholders, and our communities. This unprecedented collaborative effort provides us an opportunity to build on those things we do best, to identify areas for improvement and redesign, and to reconnect with the needs of our stakeholders.
We have scheduled Gallery Walks on both campuses to give all of our stakeholders an opportunity to see the work and suggestions of the first four implementation teams. Interested people can come in, walk around, read the posters, and talk with team members. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback. The walks are scheduled for Nov. 4 in East Grand Forks and Nov. 5 in Thief River Falls.
Have a great week!
Upcoming College Events
Monday, October 20, 2014
· 10:00 am – Why Treaties Matter Exhibit Opening – EGF Front Foyer
· 12:00 am – Why Treaties Matter : Guest Speaker – Jim Jones – EGF 280
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
· 9:00 am – CNA TESTING – TRF Rm 701
Friday, October 24, 2014
· 2:00 pm – Volleyball vs. Hibbing CC
Saturday, October 25, 2014
· 12:00 pm – Volleyball vs. Rainy River CC
Monday, October 27, 2014
· 5:30 pm – EGF Campus Wide Advisory Meeting – EGF Commons
· 6:00 pm – NCTC Foundation Annual Meeting – TRF Evergreen Eating Emporium
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
· 11:00 AM – Why Treaties Matter : Guest Speaker – Dr. Jack Haymond – EGF 250
· 9:00 PM – Halloween Rock ‘n Bowl – TRF Family Bowl
Thursday, October 30, 2014
· 10:00 am – Why Treaties Matter Exhibit Opening – TRF Art Gallery
10:00 am – Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence: The Role of Community and Culture – TRF Commons
· 7:00 PM – Movie Night — The Purge: Anarchy – TRF Campus Theater
My Schedule this Week
Monday, Oct. 20 – EGF – Staff Advisory Council, Execuitive Committee
Tuesday, Oct. – TRF – SGC Small Group
Wendesday, Oct. – EGF
Thursday, Oct. – EGF
Friday, Oct. – Mentor – Impact 2020 Leadership Retreat