This is the start of my last winter in Minnesota. While walking our dogs yesterday morning against the wind, I tried desperately to enjoy the experience. I had my face mask pulled up to my eyes and my multiple hats pulled down – leaving just a small slit through which to see. The wind still found its way through my many layers. I suppose I can appreciate the tenacity of the wind and the sculpting of mini-drifts. I’ll try!
The Thanksgiving season is nearing. I am deeply thankful for my association with Northland Community and Technical College over the past nine years. We do great work in helping to shape the futures of our students and our communities. We have a devoted and talented staff and faculty. Our facilities are top-notch. And our students truly seem committed to taking advantage of their opportunities.
This week, I want to focus on a few things:
- International Student Week
- According to Coyote
- Autumn Musicale
Registration for spring semester, 2015 is open. Classes are filling quickly. I want to encourage all students and potential students to consider registering early.
Students need to set an appointment with an advisor who will help guide course selection and will be available to discuss plans and academic progress. Appointments with advisors can be made at the front desk of either campus or by calling 1-218-793-2800 in East Grand Forks or 1-218-683-8800 in Thief River Falls.
We have found that when students take advantage of the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor, their likelihood of success and timely completion increases. Northland’s advisors work together on continual training to improve their knowledge and skills.
International Student Week
Governor Mark Dayton recently proclaimed the week of November 17-21, 2014 as International Education Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education “to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.”
Northland has 19 International students on I-20s (student visas). They hail from the following countries: Canada, Ghana, South Korea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ecuador, Norway, Japan, India, and Brazil.
Interacting with and getting to know these students provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the diversity and similarities within our complex world.
According to Coyote
Mixed Blood Theater, a traveling troupe from Minneapolis, will present “According to Coyote” on both campuses in the coming week. This amazing Native American heritage performance is free and open to the public. It is a one-performer show that focuses on Coyote, the legendary hero of Native American lore. Music, narrative, and dance are used to bring his lessons to life.
The Northland Music Department brings the Autumn Musicale to the Thief River Falls campus stage on Thursday evening. This event is in conjunction with the Northland High School Honor Band workshop that will be held on that day as well. In addition to the Honor Band, the Northland Community Band and the Northern Jazz will perform. The concert is scheduled in the Theater at 6:00 pm.
Hope you all have a great week.
Upcoming College Events
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
12:30 PM – Great American Smoke Out – TRF Cafeteria
12:00 PM – Mixed Blood Theatre presents: “According to Coyote” – TRF Commons
6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball @ M-State Fergus Falls CC
8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball @ M-State Fergus Falls
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 PM – Mixed Blood Theatre presents: “According to Coyote” – EGF Commons
12:00 PM – Career Workshop – TRF 603
Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:00 PM – Autumn Musicale Concert – TRF Theater
Friday, November 21, 2014
TBD – Men’s Basketball @ Dakota College at Bottineau Tournament vs Dakota College
TBD – Women’s Basketball @ Dakota-College Bottineau Tournament
Saturday, November 22, 2014
TBD – Men’s Basketball @ Bottineau Basketball Tournament
TBD – Women’s Basketball @ Dakota College Bottineau Tournament
9:00 am – Wrestling @ Finn Grinaker Open
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. North Dakota State School of Science
8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Mayville JV
My Schedule this Week
Monday, Nov. 17 – EGF – Staff Advisory Council
Tuesday, Nov. 18 – TRF
Wendesday, Nov. 19 – EGF – Exec. Committee
Thursday, Nov. 20 – TRF – College in the High School Conference, Cabinet
Friday, Nov. 21 – EGF