This is the week of Thanksgiving – a time when America used to pause to share the fall’s bounty with family and friends. When I was growing up, we truly did go “over the river and through the woods” to Grandma’s house. Now, it seems that this week becomes one where people hurl themselves across the county, fighting airport crowding or struggling to get into or out of big population areas. The news is filled with discussions of the evils or delights of stores that will open on Thanksgiving afternoon for an early capture of the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy.
Again, I want to pause to recognize all we have to be thankful for:
Despite all of the horror and violence in the world, we have the luxury to focus on holidays, family gatherings, and mundane aggravations.
We live in an area of great prosperity where opportunities are increasing every day.
We face challenges head-on, believing that there always are solutions.
At Northland, we have the privilege to contribute to the brightening futures of our students.
This week, I have the following highlights to share:
- Congratulations to the Pioneer Wrestling team on their recent team victory!
- Northland’s Women’s Basketball team is currently ranked #3 in the NJCAA poll.
- Interviews have been concluded and we will name the head coach for the returning Football team in the next week.
- The ‘State of the College’ address for the Thief River Falls Campus is scheduled for Monday, December 1st, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the commons. A highlight will be selections from Northern Jazz, directed by Linda Samuelson.
- The Learning Services Center, under the direction of Heather Meng, has been surveying students and zeroing in on a new name for the center – announcement coming soon.
- An office will soon be set up with large-screen videoconferencing equipment on both campuses and at the airport site. These facilities will allow students and staff to have one-on-one private conferences regardless of where people are located.
- Over the winter break, Clinton Castle and crew will be doing some painting and updating on the Thief River Falls campus – particularly in the workforce center and the bookstore.
- Gerry Shulte has gotten early invitations to start financial aid information nights at area high schools. Normally, he doesn’t start this activity until January. This may be good news for student interest in Northland.
- There will be holiday potluck luncheons for faculty and staff at both campuses: EGF – Tuesday, December 16, TRF – Wednesday, December 17.
- Our COI Continuing Education Department is collaborating with TRF Community Education on a joint publication. This will be distributed via the Northern Watch.
- The Academic Master Planning (AMP) process is approaching a major milestone. The full team met last Friday afternoon and is closing in on a draft report before the end of the semester.
- Kristi Lane reports that the HR department is very busy with vacancies, job audits, open enrollment issues, and adaptations to the Affordable Care Act.
- A grant proposal to the Department of Agriculture was submitted last week. We are seeking funding to further develop precision agriculture applications of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).
- Faculty and deans, working together, have achieved the donations needed to get the full matching, leveraged equipment funds from MnSCU – a full report will come out soon. Good work, everyone!
- During College Application Week at the end of October, over 200 high school students applied to Northland. Nicki Carlson, Interim Director of Enrollment Management reports high interest in Northland at numerous recruiting events and career fairs.
- The Marketing team and the KSRQ Pioneer Radio 90.1 FM team are working together for greater exposure and spreading the good news about Northland.
- Here are some results from this past weekend’s Pioneer sports events:
- Men’s Basketball @ Bottineau Basketball Tournament – Northland yielded to Bottineau 74-83 and defeated Turtle Mountain 83-66.
- Women’s Basketball @ Dakota College Bottineau Tournament – Northland won Friday night against Dakota College Bottineau 83-79 and defeated Turtle Mountain on Saturday 72-58.
- Wrestling @ Finn Grinaker Open – Individuals participated with Northland’s Brendan Edner placing 6th in the heavy weight competition.
Hope you all have a great week.
Upcoming College Events
Monday, November 24, 2014
11:00 am – Thanksgiving Holiday Lunch @ TRF Campus, sponsored by TRF Student Senate
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
11:00 am – Thanksgiving Holiday Lunch @ Aviation Site, sponsored by TRF Student Senate
6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. North Dakota State School of Science
8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Mayville JV
Monday, December 1, 2014
10:00 am – CNA Testing
5:30 pm – State of the College Address – TRF Campus Commons
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Jamestown JV
8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Jamestown JV
My Schedule this Week
Monday, Nov. 24 – Travel to Minneapolis
Tuesday, Nov. 25 – Minneapolis – Rural Economic Development Forum
Wendesday, Nov. 26 – TRF (morning), EGF (afternoon)
Thursday, Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday