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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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

Monday, February 2, 2015

It’s been an exciting week for Northland. In this Weekly Update, I will focus on:

  • Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Pre-Construction Meeting, Aerospace Site Project
  • PTA Students to Present at National Meeting
  • Ag Centric Launch

Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Last week, peer reviewers representing the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing were on our campuses to review our Associate Degree Mobility Program for reaccreditation. In 2010, the predecessor of ACEN, the NLNAC awarded Northland’s Associate Degree Nursing program with its first accreditation. This was an important recognition.

This year, we met with the reviewers at the end of their comprehensive visit for an exit conference. We were delighted to hear that Northland’s program met all standards and will be recommended for the full eight year reaccreditation. The reviewers praised the program for being valued and respected by health industry partners. They said “the program and its graduates are an asset to your communities.” In particular, our faculty and students were praised for providing both clear communication and true care for patients.

I am so proud of the work our faculty, coordinators Kari Koenig and Dorinda Sorvig, and Dean Jodi Stauss-Stassen did in preparing the self-study and for having a rigorous, well-organized, and philosophically strong program. The Commission will meet during the second week in July to act on the reviewer’s recommendations.

Pre-Construction Meeting, Aerospace Site Project

On Thursday, January 29, college personnel, MnSCU representative, contractors, and sub-contractors met with Foss Architects representatives for a pre-construction meeting for the Aerospace project at the TRF Regional Airport. It was exciting to finally be at the point in the project when real action is being planned.

A five page agenda was reviewed that covered everything from meeting schedules and anticipated completion dates to the management of fences and construction worker behavior. It is amazing how much detail goes into the planning of a construction project – even one that has a price tag of less than $5 million.

Demolition of the obsolete hangars may begin as early as the end of February to make way for the new building that will connect the Swenson Hangar to the classroom building. A live feed will be set up so that people can watch the progress of the construction on the Northland website.

PTA Students to Present at National Meeting

This week, two NCTC Physical Therapy Assistant students, Sarah Vierzba & Amy Jenson, will be presenting a research study entitled “Perceptions of PTA Students For and Against a Transition to a Bachelor’s Degree Model” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis. This is the largest annual physical therapy conference in the country, with attendance over 10,000. It is very uncommon for PTA students to present research at the national level, and this is the second year in a row that NCTC PTA students have presented research at this conference. The NCTC Foundation is assisting the students with travel expenses.

AgCentric Launch

AgCentric, a MnSCU Center of Excellence in Agriculture will be formally launched on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in St. Paul at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. AgCentric is a collaborative partnership among Northland Community and Technical College, Ridgewater College, and Central Lakes College. The launch will include a welcome from the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, unveiling of the logo/theme/mission of the Center, a discussion of the opportunities for the Center and for Minnesota Agriculture, and the vision of AgCentric: Connecting Education & Agriculture.

Several state legislators, agricultural organization representatives, and educational institution representatives will be present for the event. ADawn Melbye, a Northland faculty member and one of the three Center Assistant Directors, will be the emcee. A local announcement event will also be scheduled.

Hope you all have a great week.

Upcoming College Events
Monday, February 2, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
 6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball @ Hibbing CC
 8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball @ Hibbing CC
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
 1:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Rainy River CC
 3:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Rainy River CC
Monday, February 9, 2015
 12:00 PM – University of North Dakota Transfer Visit
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
 1:00 am – Cosmetology Continuing Education
 9:00 AM – CNA Testing
Friday, February 13, 2015
 6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball @ Fond Du Lac TCC
 8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball @ Fond Du Lac CC
Saturday, February 14, 2015
 1:00 pm – Women’s Basketball @ Central Lakes CC
 3:00 pm – Men’s Basketball @ Central Lakes College
Sunday, February 15, 2015
 TBD – Wrestling @ North Central District

My Schedule this Week
Monday, Feb. 2 – St. Paul – MnSCU Leadership Council
Tuesday, Feb. 3 – St. Paul – MnSCU Leadership Council, AgCentric Launch
Wednesday, Feb. 4 – EGF – Student Senate Budget Consultation
Thursday, Feb. 5 – EGF – GFREDC Board, Exec. Committee, NCTC Foundation Scholarship Ceremony
Friday, Feb. 6 – Interviews, Legislative Call-In, Mtg with TRF Community Theater

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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

This has been an incredible winter – the kind that makes one think that staying here in the Red River Valley wouldn’t be such a bad idea! I know I would be singing a different song if I were a snowmobiler – but for a person who just likes to get out for a good walk, recent conditions have been great!

Things at Northland are great, too. We have many reasons for optimism as we move towards spring. The Grand Forks Herald had an article that featured new football coach Travis Martin on the front page of the Sports section. Travis has been visiting high schools in NW Minnesota and NE North Dakota and already has 13 athletes who have indicted strong intentions to enroll at Northland. He has the opportunity to build a new team and set his own expectations for his athletes.

I really enjoy my opportunities to interact with our two Student Senates. In Thief River Falls, I met with nearly 30 students who represent various clubs, teams, and activities. Assisted by advisor Jason Pangiarella, this group of students makes decisions on the investments of student fee dollars. They also represent Northland in the state-wide student association that advocates for students with the legislature and with MnSCU. Our senates provide wonderful opportunities for students to develop leadership and organizational skills. The senate in East Grand Forks is also active and has representatives from a wide range of student groups. During the spring semester, MnSCU college administrations must confer with student senates regarding budget and tuition decisions. Our students show a great interest and capacity to understand these complicated issues.

On Friday, Jan. 23, we had a visit with all three of our regional legislators. Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, Rep. Dan Fabian, and Rep. Deb Kiel met with student senate presidents, faculty presidents and grievance reps, and some administrators. We talked about the MnSCU budget request, the budget concerns of Northland, and the work we are doing to enhance funding from sources other than state allocation and tuition. Both student and faculty reps presented their perspectives on the losses that have occurred as state funding has declined over the past decade. The meeting continued for two hours! We are so fortunate that our legislators are supportive of higher education and concerned with really understanding our issues and concerns.

Richard Speas joined the college on January 20 as our Director of Student Life and Athletics. Richard brings a great background in college athletics and student activities from several prior appointments. He was attracted to Northland by its mixture of student life programs and its location and proximity to Iowa, where several family members live. In addition to overseeing Northland’s athletic programs, Richard will provide leadership to all student life activities and student discipline processes. He is eager to get involved in student recruiting, fund-raising, housing and transportation for students. Richard will spend time on both campuses. So, stop by and introduce yourself sometime soon.

Two of our Farm Business Management instructors were recognized at the recent Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators Winter Conference. Randy Zimmerman won Region 1 Outstanding Adult Ag Ed Program instructor. Ron Dvergsten won outstanding Teacher Mentor. Randy and Ron also both received the American Degree, which is the highest degree FFA can bestow upon an individual for their dedication to Agricultural Education.

Northland’s marketing and Pioneer 90.1 radio teams are working together to spotlight Northland graduates and current students regarding their time at Northland. And, if a graduate, what they are doing now. These featured sections will run periodically throughout 2015. The first story features Caitlyn Espeseth a 2013 graduate of the Welding Process Technology program – TRF Campus. This piece will air on Wednesday, January 28th at 4:05 p.m. on Pioneer 90.1 in a segment titled Pioneer Focus. In conjunction with the radio interview, Northland’s website will highlight her story. Please tune-in or visit to find out more about Caitlyn’s Northland experience!

On Wednesday, February 11, we are holding a “State of the College” event in Thief River Falls. A similar event was held in East Grand Forks in October. We will focus on how Northland is a powerful partner to our communities and businesses. The Academic Master Plan (AMP) and its pathways to the future will also be featured. This event will be at 11:30, with a light lunch served. To reserve your seat, please call the NCTC Foundation at 218-683-8616 or email Cost for the event is $15 per person.

Hope you all have a great week.

Upcoming College Events
Monday, January 26, 2015
 11:00 AM – Bemidji State University – Social Work Department (Transfer Visit)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
 6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Central Lakes College
 8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Central Lakes College
Saturday, January 31, 2015
 TBD – Wrestling @ MCAC Conference
 3:00 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Mesabi Range CC
 5:00 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Mesabi Range CC
Monday, February 2, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
 6:00 pm – Women’s Basketball @ Hibbing CC
 8:00 pm – Men’s Basketball @ Hibbing CC

My Schedule this Week
Monday, Jan. 26 – EGF
Tuesday, Jan. 27 – TRF – NCTC Foundation Scholarship Ceremony
Wednesday, Jan. 28 – EGF – Assoc. Degree Nursing Accreditation visit, TRF – Digi-Key U graduation
Thursday, Jan. 29 – TRF – Aviation Addition Preconstruction Meeting
Friday, Jan. 30 – ADN Accredition visit exit meeting

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NCTC President’s Weekly Update

Vice President Carey Castle

Hello! Dr. Temte has given up her column space this week so I can provide you with an update on Northland’s Academic Master Plan (AMP)!

Northland has been working through the same issues that are daunting nearly all colleges in America as we consider how to be ready to best serve our students not just for August 2015 but for June 2020!

Beginning with our meeting last February, when a group of dedicated faculty and staff met to discuss what the Academic Master Plan (AMP) means to Northland, this plan has been developing from an idea to a process with considerable discussion and work in between. The concept of the AMP is simple…where are we now and where do we want to be in 2020? And, from the development of the goals and objectives to the very intense and time consuming work of drafting the plan, people have been at the heart of it.

The AMP is the application of defined goals over the next five years viewed from an academic lens. There are many components incorporated into this plan that will cross over into other activities in the college dealing with strategic planning, enrollment management, Commit to Complete, the Charting the Future initiative, and more. However, for the AMP to be at the center of our planning makes sense. We are, after all, an academic institution and the work we are doing needs to have academic consideration at the core.

The AMP is not a book shelf display, and implementation of this plan means we will be applying its strategies into actions over the next five years. It also means we will look at the AMP as a living document; subject to changing as our environment changes. Now we invite you to be a part of it as well.

The working draft copy of the plan is completed and we welcome your opinion. I emphasize this is a working draft since the multitude of steps normally taken as part of the final edit process are still in progress. The plan is long at approximately 90 pages, but it is the sum of many people’s ideas, recommendations, and work. As you read through the AMP, please ask yourself: are there areas you think need more or less consideration? Are there other components NCTC should consider from an academic standpoint that are not included? Whatever your thoughts are, they will be part of the AMP group’s review as we finalize the plan.

To access the draft AMP plan, use this link and click on ‘Review AMP Draft Plan’. Once you download the plan, you can provide your feedback on the website. Please keep in mind the comment/recommendation page will close on February 6, 2015 at midnight. You can also explore the AMP vision, core values and goals, as well the strategies the planning group developed. Finally, I encourage you to open the committee members’ page and see the people who have been working so hard on this project. Dr. Temte and I are very proud of their effort. If you are unable to access a computer please contact Rosie Gustafson at 683-8748 to make arrangements to use one of the college computers.

Vince Lombardi said “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” This is a great way to think about the AMP as we move from the plan’s completion to implementation. Please join us on this journey.

Monday – January 12th, 2015 – Spring Semester Begins
Wednesday – January 14th, 2015:
6:00 p.m. – Women’s Basketball @ Rainy River CC
7:00 p.m. – Wresting @ Itasca Dual
8:00 p.m. – Men’s Basketball @ Rainy River CC
Saturday, January 17, 2015:
9:00 a.m. – Wrestling @ Minnesota West Open
1:00 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. Hibbing CC
3:00 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. Hibbing CC

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