Master Facility Plan, Impact 2020, Gallery Walks, Legislative Activity, Points of Pride

In just the past couple of weeks, some of my responsibilities and involvements as president of Northland Community and Technical College have begun to blink off as I approach my retirement date on June 30. I have had the honor of serving as a board member of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation for the past six years. My term ends on April 7 at the annual meeting.

I have also been a long-time member of the Leadership Council of IMPACT 2020, a group working to influence the economic development of NW Minnesota. While I can continue in this capacity in retirement, I will wait to see what else is capturing my attention. IMPACT 2020 also has given me a great opportunity to understand the economic dynamics and diversity of this large region that spans the pine to prairie area.

It has now become easy to count the remaining days, the remaining regular meetings like Cabinet and Shared Governance Council and, the remaining trips to St. Paul for Leadership Council and MnSCU Board meetings. What is difficult to account for is how I will FEEL when I no longer have Northland to regard as my home away from home.

Just a few short notes this week:

  • Master Facility Plan
  •  Impact 2020
  • Gallery Walks
  • Legislative Activity
  • Points of Pride

Master Facility Plan – Working with Gary Hay of Hay Dobbs Architects, we are nearing completion of our 5-year Master Facility Plan. This plan is required of all MnSCU institutions and is a critical piece that must accompany any requests for funding for facility improvement or capital projects. To some extent, the plan is a grounded wish list of projects – some of which will come to fruition, others that may not. We have spent the last year and a half gathering input from faculty and staff members. The work on the Academic Master Plan has also been important to consider in putting this document together. We will look at a complete draft at the end of April, with the goal of presenting the final product to the MnSCU Board in May or June.

IMPACT 2020 – I mentioned IMPACT 2020 earlier. Last Tuesday, I attended a Leadership Council meeting. In a quick round-table, it was interesting to note that all representatives reported the same challenges for their communities or businesses – housing and attraction of an adequate trained workforce. There is some concern that if these issues cannot be resolved, successful companies may look elsewhere to expand. At the same time, there is distinct optimism. New industries like precision agriculture and unmanned aircraft are emerging. There is greater collaboration among school districts, higher education, community leadership, and business and industry to assure that young people and their parents are aware of the tremendous career opportunities in this region.

Gallery Walks – Events featuring the work of four implementation teams of Charting the Future, the MnSCU initiative to assure sustainability were held on our campuses last week. Teams featured in the Gallery Walks last fall are currently in the process of reviewing their Gallery Walk information and refining their initial ideas and concepts. Teams featured in the Gallery Walks this spring are expected to receive their Gallery Walk feedback in May and will review and make refinements to their initial ideas and concepts over the summer and in early fall.

Legislative Activity – The Minnesota Legislature is on recess until April 7. Last week, both the House and the Senate revealed their budget targets.

Melissa Fahning, MnSCU Director of Legislative Communications, shares a daily update on the session. She wrote: “Senate DFL leadership held a press conference this morning releasing the finance division targets for the 2016-2017 biennium. For higher education, the Senate has set a target of $205 million (for MnSCU and the U of M combined). This compares to the House higher education target of $53 million. I’ve received many inquiries about what these targets mean for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. At this time, that is unknown. Now that the higher education committees have their targets to work with, they will begin crafting their omnibus bills when lawmakers return from the legislative break. With such a drastic difference between the House and Senate higher education targets, once each body passes a bill, they will head to conference committee to work through the differences. As a reminder, Governor Mark Dayton has recommended $142 million for MnSCU colleges and universities.”

Points of Pride

  • Northland Community & Technical College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2015 honorees include Mary Fontes, Dean of Student Affairs; Peggy Rogers, Early Childhood & Paraprofessional Instructor; and Davis Hamilton, Commercial Vehicle Operator Program Instructor. NISOD, is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges for faculty, administrators, and staff.
  • Northland will be hosting the American Welding Society, Northern Plains Section, annual “Behind the Mask” welding contest on April 2, 2015. The contest gives area secondary and post-secondary students an opportunity to show their welding skills and abilities. Contestants compete in SMAW (stick) and/or GMAW (wire) categories. The competition tests an individual’s skill in print reading, fabrication, welding, and time limits. 50-70 students are expected to compete at the contest.
  • Come out and celebrate with the Northland Chamber Choir and the Northern Jazz as they perform in the Gunderson Commons at Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls on April 18 and 19, 2015 and play country music hits from over the decades. Attendees will receive two hours of entertainment and a full meal for $12.00. On Saturday, the doors for the event open at 6:00 p.m., with food being served at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, the doors will open at 2:00 p.m. with food and concert time at 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming College Events

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
 10:00 am – Minnesota State University – Moorhead Transfer Event – TRF Theater Commons
 12:00 pm – Minnesota State University – Moorhead Transfer Information Session – TRF Campus 219

Thursday, April 2, 2015
 9:00 am – CNA Testing – EGF Campus

Saturday, April 4, 2015
 11:00 am – Baseball vs. Moorhead State University @ NCTC
 3:00 pm – Baseball vs. Lakehead University @ NCTC

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
 11:00 am – Upper Iowa University Transfer Visit – TRF Campus Commons
 3:00 pm – Softball vs. Dakota @ NCTC

Thursday, April 9, 2015
 11:00 am – OTA Awareness Month Open House – EGF Campus 360
Saturday, April 11, 2015
 11:00 am – Softball @ NDSCS
Sunday, April 12, 2015
 12:30 pm – Baseball @ Concordia College – Double Header
My Schedule this Week
Monday, Mar. 30 – EGF
Tuesday, Mar. 31 – TRF
Wednesday, Apr. 1 – EGF
Thursday, Apr. 2 – EGF
Friday, Apr. 3 – Vacation

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New President at Northland, Gallery Walks, Governor’s Proposed Budget

With the erratic changes in our temperatures, I am having a difficult time knowing what month we’re in.  Then, I look at the calendar on the wall and see the shrinking collection of dates that remain to me as the president of Northland Community and Technical College and realize that we are almost at the end of March!  I still have so many things to do to wrap up my tenure here.

New President for Northland

One of the major transition points was the appointment of the President-Elect by the MnSCU Board of Trustees last Wednesday.  Dr. Dennis Bona, currently the president of Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, will be the next president of Northland, beginning officially on July 1, 2015.  I appreciated having time to talk with Dr. Bona at length.  He is very knowledgeable about college leadership and management and has the experience to recognize that each college is the product of its history and people.  He seems to be genuinely enthusiastic about the college and the communities of NW Minnesota, our region, and the potential for growing the college.  I think he will be a great fit!

Now that we have met and exchanged lots of information, we will begin a three-month process of preparing both the college and Dr. Bona for the transition.  A great deal of information about the college will flow to him from both Northland and the MnSCU System Office.  I have prepared two extensive transition reports already and will finalize a third report on May 1.  The Foundation Office is preparing a directory with pictures, short biographies, and contact information for the many important partners we have in our communities.

My confidence and comfort in preparing to depart has increased considerably.

Gallery Walks

The “Charting the Future” initiative is an important MnSCU project aimed at identifying ways in which the system can change to insure a sustainable future that provides access to a quality, affordable education for all Minnesotans.  The initiative had become controversial last fall when the two faculty unions withdrew from participation.  They felt that there was not adequate representation of faculty and that the process was pre-determined and not transparent.  The System administration and trustees met frequently with union representatives and agreed to reconvene with stronger representation of faculty and more opportunities for input.

As a consequence, the Gallery Walk events that will allow students, faculty members, employees, and community members to view the ideas of the final four implementation teams will go on as planned this week.  Each college and university is hosting these events to showcase ideas, suggestions, and recommendations and to get input and feedback.  The spring events will focus on:

·         Academic Planning and Collaboration

·         Competency Certification and  Credit for Prior Learning

·         Education Technology

·         Information Technology Systems Design

Northland’s Gallery Walks are scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 from noon – 3:00 pm in the EGF Campus Front Foyer and Thursday, March 26 from noon – 3:00 pm in the TRF Campus Gunderson Commons.  I encourage you to take some time to attend and encourage students to be part of this process as well.

Governor’s Proposed Budget

We were very encouraged when Governor Mark Dayton released his supplemental budget last week.  His first budget proposal included no new funds for MnSCU, despite the system’s request for $142 million for the biennium.  That amount was projected to just cover compensation increases and inflation and anticipated no tuition increases.  The rationale for the Governor’s proposal was that he wanted to see significant progress in mending the rift between the system administration and the faculty bargaining units that arose over the “Charting the Future” initiative.  At that time he indicated that he was reserving $35 million for the system.

Since that time, the February state budget forecast from Minnesota Management and Budget revealed an anticipated $1.9 billion surplus.  Also, the system administration, the Interfaculty Organization (university faculty) and the Minnesota State College Faculty announced a path forward for collaboration on ”Charting the Future.”

The Governor’s proposed budget increase for MnSCU is the full $142 million that was requested.  Throughout our system, we are gratified by his expression of support for our colleges and universities and our mission to serve our students and the needs of our communities.

The next steps are the release of proposed higher education budgets by the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee and the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Budget Division of the Finance Committee.  Eventually a final number will emerge as the Higher Education Omnibus Bill is crafted, negotiated, and signed by the Governor.  At Northland, we are working on several possible budgets For FY2016, based from the best to the worst possible allocation and enrollment-based tuition revenue projections.  We hope to be able to share a clear picture with the college community by the end of May.

I hope you all have a great week!

Upcoming College Events

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
·         10:00 AM – Bemidji State University On-Site Registration – TRF Campus 662

·         5:30 PM – EGF 2015 Spring Academic Advisory Meeting – EGF Commons

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
·         Noon – 3:00 pm – Charting the Future Gallery Walk – EGF Campus Front Foyer
·         1:00 PM – “Soul Food Junkies” – Free Movie Showing – EGF Campus 250

Thursday, March 26, 2015
·         Noon – 3:00 pm – Charting the Future Gallery Walk – TRF Campus Gunderson Commons

Friday, March 27, 2015
·         9:00 am – Softball @ RCTC ( Crossover Tournament)

·         1:00 pm – Softball @ St. Cloud (Crossover Tournament)

Saturday, March 28, 2015
·         7:00 am – Softball @ M-State (Crossover Tournament)

·         9:00 am – Softball @ Ridgewater (Crossover Tournament)

Monday, March 30, 2015
·         12:00 PM – “Soul Food Junkies” – Free Movie Showing – TRF Theater

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
·         10:00 am – Minnesota State University – Moorhead Transfer Event – TRF Theater Commons

·         12:00 PM – Minnesota State University – Moorhead Transfer Information Session – TRF Campus 219

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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

This is the week in which the President-Elect of Northland Community and Technical College will be appointed by the MnSCU Board of Trustees and presented to the Northland community at both the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses. I encourage you all to attend the presentation – 11:00 am in the East Grand Forks Front Foyer and 2:00 pm in the Thief River Falls Gunderson Commons.

With these actions, I can finally see the end of my tenure at Northland. Up until now, we have all been so busy that it has felt as if business is carrying on as usual. With the appointment of a new president, my activities and attention will shift to helping this individual learn as much as possible about Northland, the MnSCU system, Minnesota, and our Northland communities.

My Weekly Update articles for the next eight weeks will contain my reflections on the past nine years. Certainly much has changed in the national perception of American higher education. Expectations and concerns are different than they were in 2006. The State of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have also changed. And, at Northland, we have had on-going challenges but have weathered them well.

For this update, I will share brief notes about a lot of things, many emerging from a recent Cabinet meeting:

  • Andrew Dahlen, instructor of electronics technology, has been recognized as one of the top 35 educators in the MnSCU System. He was nominated by colleagues here at Northland and selected by a committee that assisted him in his preparation of a professional portfolio of 70 pages. His portfolio was accepted by the Board of Trustees review team, leading to his current designation. Three faculty members from across our system will be named as 2015 Outstanding Educators by the Board of Trustees on April 22.
  • The NCTC Foundation held a great retreat on Friday, March 13. This full afternoon gave the Board of Directors the opportunity to get to know each other better, review investment strategies, plan for the future, and recommit to vigorous advocacy for Northland and its students. We are all so fortunate to have this dedicated board of volunteer directors.
  • Northland will be reviewed by MNOSHA – the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration on June 17-18. This is an important review for Northland. Training and Safety Coordinator Julie Fenning will be sharing information regarding preparing for the review.
  • Housing continues to be a concern. Richard Speas, Director of Student Life and Athletics, reported that there are currently 60 student athletes who have committed or are close to committing to our football program. He and Coach Travis Martin have a goal of 80 athletes. The RFP for the $1.1 million state grant that is available for student housing developers closes on March 31. We all have our fingers crossed that there will be viable proposals.
  • We’ve had some turnover in the IT department. With this skill set so much in demand, two of our IT Specialists have taken positions elsewhere. The timing is good, however, with the end of the semester and summer not quite as busy as the academic year.
  • Registration opens on April 1. Although Northland had shown a double-digit enrollment decline, it appears that we will end the year with a 9% decrease. Inquiries, applications, and FAFSA files all indicate a potential strong enrollment for FY 2016.
  • Good news from Financial Aid! The default rate for federal loans has dropped substantially from last year. This is a problem nation-wide. Financial Aid Director Gerry Schulte reported that he and his staff are redoubling their efforts to advise students on strategies to avoid default.
  • Demolition and site preparation will begin very soon for the capital project at the Aerospace Site. The old hangars will be salvaged and moved by the contractor. Construction on the new building that will connect the Swenson Hangar to the classroom building will begin this spring.
  • Northland will be active in both the Community Expo in Thief River Falls on April 23 and the Home & Garden Show in Grand Forks on March 20-22.
  • The NCTC Foundation has recently been the recipient of several new endowments for scholarships. An endowment requires a $10,000 base from which interest payments are drawn to provide scholarships in perpetuity.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Enjoy the incredible spring weather.

Upcoming College Events

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
• 1:00 pm – Softball @ SWCC
• 3:00 pm – Softball @ Iowa Lakes
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
• 11:00 AM – Grocery Bingo! – EGF Campus Commons
• 9:00 am – Softball @ Highland College
• 1:00 pm – Softball @ Oakton CC
Thursday, March 19, 2015
• 11:00 am – Presentation of the President-Elect – East Grand Forks Front Foyer
• 2:00 pm – Presentation of the President-Elect – Thief River Falls Gunderson Commons
Friday, March 20, 2015
• TBD – Baseball @ Dakota Wesleyan
• 5:00 pm – Softball @ Burlington College
• 7:00 pm – Softball @ Muscatine College
Saturday, March 21, 2015
• 1:00 pm – Softball @ DCTC
• 5:00 pm – Softball @ Bethel JV
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
• 10:00 AM – Bemidji State University On-Site Registration – TRF Campus – Rm 662
• 5:30 PM – EGF 2015 Spring Academic Advisory Meeting – EGF Campus Commons

My Schedule this Week
Monday, Mar. 16 – TRF – AFSCME Labor/Mgmt Mtg
Tuesday, Mar. 17 – TRF – Staff Advisory Council, Mtg with Red Lake Band representatives
Wednesday, Mar. 18 – EGF
Thursday, Mar. 19 – EGF – Presentation of President-Elect, Valley Prosperity Partnership mtg
Friday, Mar. 20 – Alexandria – AgCentric Advisory Board meeting

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Career Expo Day, Center of Excellence Grant Awards, 2015 All-Minnesota Academic Team, Pioneer Women’s Basketball, Quality Matters, Team XNOR VEX U, MN State Budget

Weekly Update
President Anne Temte
Monday, March 2, 2015

We returned from a week-long vacation a short time ago. The transition from Minnesota’s white vistas to the red and gold canyon lands of Southern Utah and back again has me amazed by the environmental diversity of our great country. We spent the week enjoying crystal clear skies, wild scenery bearing evidence to tremendous geological forces, and trails that led UP and DOWN over sandstone rocks and sand. While others were bundled up in parkas for the 50-65 degree days, we were in shorts and t-shirts. The little creatures that scurried away from our steps were lizards, not squirrels. It was a glorious week!

Back on the ground here in NW Minnesota, there is no lack of activity. This week, I’ll highlight:

  • Career Expo Day
  • Center of Excellence Grant Awards
  • 2015 All-Minnesota Academic Team
  • Pioneer Women’s Basketball
  •  Quality Matters
  • NCTC’s Team XNOR at St. Cloud State University VEX U Regional Qualifier Competition
  • Minnesota State Budget

Career Expo Day
– Over 150 students and counselors from eleven area high schools visited the Thief River Falls campus on February 25. Northland faculty members provided students with opportunities to participate in hands-on activities in classrooms and laboratories. Many employees pitched in to make this a great day for prospective students to find out what their educational life at Northland might be like.

Center of Excellence Grant Awards – Northland has received funding from two of the Centers of Excellence of which it is a member. These funds are awarded by MnSCU to worthy initiative proposals. A total of $81,000 was awarded to the Transportation Center of Excellence for an aviation maintenance initiative at Northland and $71,150 was awarded to AgCentric, the northern Center of Excellence in Agriculture, for UAS training and curriculum development at Northland.

2015 All-Minnesota Academic Team – Kelsey Weber, a student at the East Grand Forks Campus has been selected to the 2015 All-Minnesota Academic Team by the member institutions of the Minn-kota region. This is a distinct honor. Kelsey and other team members will be honored at a banquet at the College of St. Benedict in April.

Pioneer Women’s Basketball – Lots of news here. The Pioneer Women finished the basketball season with 24 wins and 2 losses. They won the Northern Division with a 14 win, 0 loss record. Northland was ranked #1 in the NJCAA National poll as of last week. The Region 13B Women’s Basketball tournament was held at Northland on Feb. 28 and March 1. The Pioneer Women lost a heart-breaking game to Mesabi Range College 77 to 75, but what a game it was! Thank you to all of the players and Coach Nelson for your hard work and commitment to Pioneer Athletics.

Coach Shannon Nelson has taken her team to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in each of the last five years. Additionally, Shannon has been named co-Northern Division Coach of the Year. Hats off to Shannon!

Quality Matters – Even though she is focused on the basketball season, Shannon Nelson has taken the time for academic excellence. Shannon teaches business classes at the Thief River Falls Campus and recently received Quality Matters course certification for her MKTG2120 Supervisory Leadership course.

NCTC’s Robotics Team XNOR Wins Tournament – This past Saturday at the St. Cloud State University VEX U Regional Qualifier Competition, Northland Community and Technical College‘s Robotics Team performed exceptionally well. NCTC’s Team, XNOR, earned four of the five total awards at the competition. The XNORs took home the following awards: Tournament Champions, Excellence Award, Programming Skills, and Robot Skills. In addition the XNORs have earned the highest Programming Skills Score in the world rankings and they are currently tied for fourth place in the Robot Skills world rankings. Congratulations to Team XNOR members and to their instructor/coach, Andrew Dahlen. Well done!

Minnesota State Budget – When Governor Dayton released his first version of the state budget for the next biennium, he withheld any additional funding for the MnSCU system. He wanted assurances that the system leadership and the leadership of the two faculty unions were making progress on working together.

On Friday, Feb. 27, the state budget forecast was released, projecting a surplus of nearly $1.9 billion. The Governor’s second iteration will follow this forecast on March 9. However, he did hold a press conference on Friday to discuss how he intends to spend the surplus that has been projected. In this conference he said that affordable higher education is a crucial investment for the future of Minnesota. Dayton said, “I will propose the same $95 million of additional funding for MnSCU (that I did for the U of M system), which will fully fund the tuition freeze for the first year of the biennium, and half the cost of the freeze for the second year. I will ask them to fund the other half through administrative savings.”

At Northland, we have had difficulty moving ahead with budget planning for FY2016 because of the insecurity of future funding. Although the Governor’s proposal is not the final word on the budget, we at least have an indication of what funding might be available.

The legislative session continues until May 16. I will continue to share information with you.

Hope you all have a great week.

Upcoming College Events

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
 11:00 a.m. – Healthy Campus Health Fair – TRF Commons
Thursday, March 5, 2015
 TBD – Baseball @ SECC
Monday, March 9, 2015
 TBD – Baseball @ Richland College
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
 TBD – Baseball @ Eastfield College
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
 10:00 am – CNA Testing – EGF Campus
 TBD – Baseball @ North Lake College
Friday, March 13, 2015
 TBD – Baseball @ Mountain View College

My Schedule this Week:
Monday, Mar. 2 – St. Paul – MnSCU Leadership Council
Tuesday, Mar. 3 – St. paul – MnSCU Leadership Council
Wednesday, Mar. 4 – EGF – Shared Governance Council
Thursday, Mar. 5 – EGF – GRFEDC Board, Executive Committee
Friday, Mar. 6 – TRF – Cabinet

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NCTC President’s Update: Summer/Fall Registration, Financial Aid, & Alumni Weekend

Mary Fontes, Dean of Student Affairs
Monday, February 23, 2015

Greetings from Student Affairs!

We are beginning week seven of the term and it’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the semester. It’s not too early to be thinking about summer or fall education plans.

Registration – Student registration for summer opened October 15, 2014. There is still plenty of time to submit the necessary documents to get started for summer. The fall semester schedule is slated to be posted the first week in March with registration opening up April 1, 2015. The earlier all paperwork is received for admissions and registration, the earlier one may come in and register for courses. Some programs have limited capacity and fill on a first come-first serve basis. Submitting all of the required documents opens up earlier registration opportunities.

Financial Aid – It’s not too late to be thinking of next fall… Get a head start and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now. The financial aid office has been busy with spring semester processing and will gear up for summer and next fall. Completing paperwork early is a crucial component for timely processing of financial aid.

Financial aid employees, Gerald Schulte and Mya Zutz, have also been on the road conducting Financial Aid nights for area high schools. They have presented at Kittson Central, Fertile-Beltrami, Lancaster, Win-E-Mac, Marshall County Central, Roseau, Greenbush, Badger, Fosston, Grygla, Thief River Falls, Warren, and Goodridge.

Alumni Weekend – This past weekend the annual women’s and men’s alumni basketball games and social were held. There was also halftime entertainment sponsored by student life. The winning dance contest employee-student duo of Paul Peterson and Yvonne Woodfork danced to the music of Footloose. A fun time was had by all. The Northland Pioneers made it an extra special weekend with a win by the women’s team. The women rank first in the NJCAA Division III national poll and will host the MCAC Northern division women’s basketball tournament February 28, 2015 – March 1, 2015. Go Pioneers!

Upcoming College Events

Monday, February 23, 2015

·         11:00 am – DVD and Discussion: How You Look is Not Who You Are-Rm 635 (TRF campus)

·           3:30 pm – Grocery Bingo-Aerospace campus commons

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

·           9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Career Expo (Area high schools students)-TRF campus

·         11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Soul Food Feed-EGF campus commons

·           1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Bemidji State University Transfer Visit-TRF campus theater commons

Friday, February 27, 2015 and Saturday, February 28, 2015

·         NJCAA Wrestling Nationals-Des Moines, IA

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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

Becky Lindseth, Executive Director of Administrative Services

In May 2014, President Dr. Anne Temte announced her intent to retire as president of Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) effective June 30, 2015. At retirement, Dr. Temte will have completed three three-year contracts, for a total of nine years of service to the college.

The search process for a new president began with advertising and appointment of Search Advisory Committee members by Chancellor Steven Rosenstone in September 2014. The Search Advisory Committee conducted confidential interviews in Bloomington, Minnesota, during the week of January 19, 2015, with recommendations submitted to Chancellor Rosenstone.

This will be an eventful week at NCTC as three semifinalists are scheduled to visit NCTC campuses February 17-19, 2015. We are pleased to have Dennis Bona, Gerald Giraud, and Tony Summers travel to NCTC and participate in this process. During the campus visits, candidates will meet with members from the communities, students, staff, faculty, and administration. Additional information about each of the candidates is available at the following link: It is an excellent opportunity for individuals throughout the college and communities to get an opportunity to learn more from each candidate. In addition, it is an opportunity for each of the candidates to learn more about the college, our students, and the communities we serve.

Following the campus visits, the candidates will participate in interviews with individuals at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System Office. It is anticipated that the MnSCU Board of Trustees will act on Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation of a final candidate at its March 18 meeting. The campus presentation of the new president is tentatively scheduled for March 19-20, 2015, at the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses.

Hope you all have a great week.

Upcoming College Events

Monday, February 16, 2015
 HOLIDAY – President’s Day – College closed. No classes.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
 11:00 am – PN Nursing/Student Senate Spring Blood Drive
 11:00 am – PTA Club Girl Scout Cookie Sale Fundraiser
 1:30 pm – Soccer Club Event
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 FINANCIAL AID Loan Disbursement – 1st time borrowers
 6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball at Itasca CC
 8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball at Itasca CC
Thursday, February 19, 2015
 11:30 am – Soul Food Feed sponsored by Student Senate
Friday, February 20, 2015
 7:30 am – Neuro-Rehabilitation Techniques for PTA’s
Saturday, February 21, 2015
 3:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Vermilion CC (Home)

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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

We’re beginning the fifth week of the semester – how time flies! And, within this week, my 100 day count down to the end of my presidency at Northland Community and Technical College begins. Folks have asked if I am counting the days. Frankly, I’ve been too busy and too engaged to think much about my impending departure. And, I am not wishing the time away. These last 100 days will speed by, I’m sure. There are so many things about Northland and our communities that I will miss being a part of. Transition is a part of life – both mine and the college’s. This week I will focus on:

  • Presidential Search
  • AgCentric Launch
  • EGF Scholarship Ceremony
  • Math Counts
  • NCATT Master Instructor Certification
  • State of the College

Presidential Search

Make sure you pay attention to messages from Becky Lindseth, the liaison to the search process. The week of Feb 17-20 will be the time that the final candidates come to our campuses and communities to meet with constituent groups. Participate if you can.

AgCentric Launch

AgCentric is the name of the MnSCU sponsored Center of Excellence in Agriculture. Member colleges are Northland, Ridgewater College, and Central Lakes College. The Center was introduced to the agricultural community at a news conference at the Department of Agriculture in St. Paul. The mission of the Center is to link Agriculture and Education, drawing upon the unique strengths of each college. Central Lakes has a strong history in crop research and specialty crops; Ridgewater has a broad base in agricultural education, including Minnesota’s only dairy program; Northland provides the emerging technologies of unmanned aerial systems and imagery analysis and their linkage to precision agriculture.

ADawn Melbye is Northland’s faculty co-director of the Center. She was the emcee for the event at which the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Jim Boerboom spoke. The employment opportunities in agriculture and food systems, renewable energy, agribusiness, and environmental systems far exceed the number of qualified graduates from colleges and universities. The work of AgCentric will also focus on supporting education in the K-12 system that will lead students to college and university agriculture programs.

EGF Scholarship Ceremony

A second successful spring scholarship ceremony was held on the East Grand Forks campus on Thursday, February 5th. Because of recent generous donations, more students were awarded on this campus than ever before. It was great to see the whole front foyer filled with students, supporters, donors and Foundation Board members.

Math Counts

For several years, math faculty member Ralph Cox has organized and hosted the MathCounts competition at the Thief River Falls campus. This competition brings in students and teams from regional middle schools – a great chance for them to visit our campus. The Commons was full of serious young students. Ralph wrote a great thank you note that I think really embodies the breadth and depth of volunteer spirit that exists in our college. Clearly, no one person can pull off an event of this magnitude:


Thanks to everyone for all of the help with the MathCounts 2015 competition this year!

A special thanks to:
- Carey for the greeting and opening remarks
- Dean, Lynell, Lisa, Mike and Mary for their help in getting things organized and grading tests.
- Graig and the MnDoT staff for sponsoring and coordinating such a wonderful event for middle school students.
- Nicki for the t-shirts. The middle school kids loved them.
- Richard for paying for the refreshments in the Hospitality room and Lars for the coffee cups. The teachers and MnDoT staff really appreciated them.
- Al and Teresa for relocating your classes and Jim for allowing us to use room 515. It worked out great for judging and scoring the contest.
- Tony in the Veterans Center for letting us use the room as the Coach and Teacher Hospitality room.
- LaVonne and the kitchen staff for the meal and the goodies for the Hospitality room.
- Dave and the IT staff for accommodating the various special requests for technology.
- The maintenance staff for all of the set-up and clean- up work.

Once again, everything went very smoothly. We get better and better at this each year! What a great way to promote STEM and Northland in northwestern Minnesota!

Thanks, again, for all of your help!

NCATT Master Instructor Certification

Hats off to Don Fischer – computer network instructor, for achieving his National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies Master Instructor Certification recently. This is a reflection of Don’s commitment to providing quality education and training to Northland students. And, demonstrates his desire to enhance his technical knowledge and skills with additional studies and practice in the field of instruction. This not only is a benefit to our students but the industry as well. Congratulations Don!

State of the College

The Thief River Falls campus “State of the College” event will be held Wednesday, February 11th at 11:30 a.m. This event gives us the chance to share with our community both the progress the college is making and challenges it faces. The event will be followed by a TRF Community Advisory Committee meeting. The committee has had a chance to review the Academic Master Plan and will be able to discuss it with members of the AMP steering committee. Input from our community is important as we make decisions.

Hope you all have a great week.

Upcoming College Events:
Monday, February 9, 2015
 10:00 AM – PTK Informational Table – EGF Commons
 11:00 AM – Army Recruitment Visit – EGF Commons
 12:00 PM – University of North Dakota Transfer Visit – TRF Theater Commons
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
 9:00 AM – CNA Testing – EGF Campus
 1:00 PM – Cosmetology Continuing Education – TRF 735
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
 11:30 AM – State of the College event – TRF Commons
Thursday, February 12, 2015
 11:30 AM – Soul Food Feed sponsored by Student Senate – TRF Cafeteria
Friday, February 13, 2015
 6:00 PM – Women’s & Men’s Basketball @ Fond du Lac TCC
 8:00 PM – Men’s Basketball @ Fond du Lac TCC
Saturday, February 14, 2015
 1:00 PM – Women’s Basketball @ Central Lakes CC
 3:00 PM – Men’s Basketball @ Central Lakes CC
Sunday, February 15, 2015
 TBD – Wrestling @ North Central District
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
 11:00 AM – PN Nursing/Student Senate Spring Blood Drive – TRF Gunderson Commons
 11:00 AM – PTA Club Girl Scout Cookie Sale Fundraiser – EGF Commons
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 6:00 PM – Women’s Basketball @ Itasca CC
 8:00 PM – Men’s Basketball @ Itasca CC
Thursday, February 19, 2015
 11:30 AM – Soul Food Feed sponsored by Student Senate – Aerospace Site Commons
Friday, February 20, 2015
 7:30 AM – Neuro-Rehabilitation Techniques for PTAs – EGF 314

My Schedule this Week:

Monday, Feb. 9 – EGF – Office Work Day
Tuesday, Feb. 10 – TRF – Hosting Richard Speas at Rotary
Wednesday, Feb. 11 – TRF – “State of the College” event, TRF Advisory Committee meeting
Thursday, Feb. 12 – EGF GFREDC Directors & Advisors, TRF – Shared Governance Council, MEC Joint Powers Bd
Friday, Feb. – 13 – Vacation

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