Nov 30, 2010

'Rock 'n' Roll Xmas' Dec. 8

The Central Lakes College Theatre Cultural Arts Series will present “Rock ’n’ Roll Xmas Spectacular” for the third year on Wed., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. “Rock’n’ Roll Xmas Spectacular” is a Las Vegas-caliber, multi-media, full-production show that mixes an eight-piece band with music, comedy, parodies, and even a game show. They play Christmas standards such as “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and many others in a unique, rock-oriented fashion. “Until you’ve heard “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” as Jethro Tull might have played it, you haven’t experienced Christmas songs in their fullest glory,” said Patrick Spradlin, series coordinator. “And to hear a Led Zepplin version of a Christmas carol is really fun.”Tickets can be purchased by calling the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199, or online at

Nov 29, 2010

Farm forum

Gene Hugoson, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s Farm Forum at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College. The event, including lunch, is free and open to all area producers and agribusiness persons. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., when a biodiesel demonstration is offered. Hugoson’s topic at12:45 p.m. following a free lunch is “Managing Risk and Opportunity in 2011: Current Issues in Agriculture.” Other topics: 10:15 a.m. – Year-end tax planning hints: “What’s New That Affects You,” CPAs Charles Mayer, Keith Porter, and Julie Nelson. 11 a.m. – Estate Planning/Farm Transition: “Where Do I Start?” with Jess Helvik, trus officer, First International Bank and Trust; Keith Porter, CPA with Mayer, Porter, Beinhorn and Rowe, Ltd. 11:30 a.m. – Crop weather analysis and forecast, Bruce Anderson, DTN Meteorologist, Dairy magazine. 12:45 p.m. – Commissioner of Agriculture Hugoson. 1:30 p.m. – Livestock production: “Efforts Impacting Local Producers,” Delvin Durheim, Todd County Livestock Council; John Pokorney, MPCA, Brainerd. 2:15 p.m. – Conservation Stewardship Program (CSI), Steve Luttes, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2:45 p.m. – Economics of Biomass Production, Bob Schafer, Staples Ag and Energy Center director; Bob Rick, FBM instructor. 3:15 p.m. – Optional biodiesel demonstration, Bob Schafer.

Men win, women lose

CLC 77, Northland 61
Big contributions from the bench helped the unbeaten Central Lakes College men's basketball team defeat Northland, 77-61, Sat., Nov. 27. While Marcus Ayala's 21 points and Nash Faulk's 16 points led the way, it was the bench that helped the Raiders improve to 8-0. Maurice Hernandez had seven rebounds and five points. John Hicks provided four assists as a back-up point guard and Anthony Kelley scored 10 points.
Northland 60, CLC 43
Stephanie Neugebauer's 17 points and eight rebounds weren't enough to lift the CLC past Northland in a 60-43 loss Sat., Nov. 27. The Raiders made afurious comeback after trailing at the half, outscoring the visitors in the final half. Lindsey Roos, coming off a knee injury, added seven points and three assists and Nikki Pearson and Elizabeth Mattson each scored six for the outnumbered Raiders. Northland held CLC to 29.3 percent shooting and just 0-9 from 3-point territory.
Next: Fri., Dec. 3 vs. Vermilion at CLC, Fri., Dec. 3, women 6 & men 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 4 vs. Mesabi Range, women 1 & men 3 p.m.

New advisers

Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, has hired Megan Olson (immediate left) and Susan Roering as part-time TRiO/Upward Bound Student Support Services advisers. Both began working at the comprehensive community and technical college on Nov. 24. These academic advisers work in cooperation with administrators, counselors, faculty, staff, tutors, and mentors on behalf of low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. They provide career advising and financial aid information, assist in social, cultural, and educational enrichment activities, and provide academic support. Megan, from St. Cloud, was a communication major at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she earned her BA degree last December. She minored in psychology. Since last August, she was a temporary TRiO academic adviser. Susan, of Baxter, graduated with a BS degree from Bemidji State University in August, majoring in business administration, with a management emphasis. She earned her AA degree with honors from CLC in May 2008. She had been an Upward Bound adviser at CLC since August and was a tutor/mentor in that program since 2008.

Nov 24, 2010

Teaching German from Finland

At 5 p.m. Tuesday in Brainerd it is 1 a.m. Wednesday in Finland. Time for class. Frau Ann Toumi smiles and greets her Central Lakes College German students. She has had her chocolate mint ice cream, fuel for the graveyard shift from her part of the world, teaching German to beginners. She sits aglow in laptop light from Joensuu, Finland. Young and old alike in this Skype-based classroom have embraced global learning. As participants of a unique distance-learning experiment they are making history.

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Faulk leads team to win

Nash Faulk, the Southern Division Player of the Week in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, poured in 26 points to lead the 7-0 Central Lakes College men's basketball team to a 91-58 win over the St. John's University junior varsity Tues., Nov. 22 at Collegeville. CLC is ranked seventh in NJCAA Division III. Marcus Ayala added 17 and Anthony Kelley 14 for the Raiders and 10 CLC players scored. "This was a good game for us," said Head Coach Jim Russell. "We played great defense the first half to hold a good team to just 17 points. Nash shot the lights out. He had five threes. We're playing well together as a team. I like our hustle." Next: Northland at CLC, Sat., Nov. 27, 5 p.m.

Concordia JV edges CLC women

Katie Hochsprung tossed in 12 points to lead the Raiders, but the Central Lakes College women' basketball team (4-2) lost, 56-53, to the Concordia College junior varsity at Moorhead Tues., Nov. 22.The Raiders trailed 29-26 at halftime and by double digits in the second stanza before rallying. "We were down by 11 with 4:06 left and made a run at it," said CLC coach Dennis Eastman. "We made some steals, but just ran out of time." Carlee Davich and Nikki Pearson each added 11. Next: Northland at CLC, Sat., Nov. 27, 3 p.m.

Nov 23, 2010

EZ Enrollment for spring

Central Lakes College registration for spring 2011 classes is under way. On Nov. 18 the Brainerd campus hosted the first EZ Enrollment Day for this purpose, and 110 students attended to register in a single day. EZ Enrollment provides a great opportunity for students to complete all of the Enrollment processes at Central Lakes College and leave with a course schedule in hand, registered for courses for next semester. "We have multiple EZ Enrollment events scheduled for spring semester to suit student scheduling and geographic needs," said Nick Heisserer, registrar. Brainerd Campus
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Staples Campus
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mille Lacs Tribal College
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Photo: Friendly CLC student workers Jamal Paratmadi of Indonesia and Brittney Trzebiatowski of Amherst, Wis., staffed an information table near the video presentation rooms at the Nov. 18 EZ Enrollment Day on the Brainerd campus.

Nov 22, 2010

Cultural Thursday

The next free Cultural Thursday program at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, will be a journey through Uganda and South Africa at noon on Dec. 2 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. Scheduled presenters for the 50-minute public program are CLC students Dennis Musasizi from Uganda and Bradley Van der Zandt of South Africa. Musasizi will talk not only about the culture of Uganda but also describe his early life in an orphanage there as well as his journey to the United States. He is able to discuss several cultures of East Africa if time allows. He is not part of any international student program but rather attends CLC as a locally adopted individual. Van der Zandt is a student at CLC for one year through the Community College for International Development program, which is sponsoring nine students at CLC this year. The program is sponsored by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of the Americas (RCCLA) at Central Lakes College.

European tour a first for band

The Central Lakes College Community Band in Brainerd is finalizing its arrangements for the July 2011 Central European Tour, the first of its kind for the instrumental music program at the community and technical college. The musicians and traveling companions will be traveling to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. The Band will play five concerts in the three cities during the July 18-28, 2011 tour. “This exceptional opportunity provides 11 days of sights, sounds, flavors, history, and memories which will last a lifetime,” said Steve Anderson, conductor. “You don’t have to be able to play to join us. Just being an interested traveler is qualification enough to join us on this great adventure.” Side trips during the tour will include the Mauthausen Holocaust museum, the Mozarthaus, State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, the Imperial Palace and the Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and a dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Musicians are drawn from a 150-mile radius of Brainerd for membership in the band. Including the non-playing travelers who may wish to participate in the tour, up to 60 area residents can be accommodated. “There are roughly eight spots open for musicians and travelers to claim before the January 1 deadline,” said Anderson. Interested parties may contact Anderson at (218) 855-8215, (218) 831-3652 or by e-mail at

Nursing simulation

The Central Lakes College RN and LPN collaboraive practice simulation for the fall semester took place on the Brainerd campus Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19 in program labs, where a cast of characters portrayed patients with assorted ailments. Dozens of four-person nursing teams each had 20 minutes in the hospital simulation to care for five "patients" and, in some cases, interact with individuals accompanying the patients. The activity tested communication skills with non-English speakers from different cultures, as well as some less-than-cooperative guests. CLC administrators, faculty, and even retired faculty were scheduled to play roles. Patient actors worked off cue cards outlining their conditions. Evaluators provided feedback, s did the students during their debriefing part of the project.

Raider men still perfect, women lose first

WILLMAR - The unbeaten Central Lakes College men's basketball team lived up to its No. 7 national ranking with a 105-35 victory over Mesabi Range at the Ridgewater Classic on Sat., Nov. 20, to remain unbeaten at 6-0. Nash Faulk scored 19 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the scoring effort for CLC. He was followed by Marcus Ayala with 18 points and by Anthony Kelley with 12. CLC held the Ironmen to 12 points in the second half. On Fri., Nov. 19, six players reached double figures, led by Anthony Kelly's 20, in a 103-47 win over the Gustavus Adolphus junior varsity at the Ridgewater event. Kwamaine Johnson added 15 points followed by Nash Faulk (13), Marcus Ayala (12), Nick Grewe (11) and John Hicks (10). CLC next plays the St. John's JV Tues., Nov. 23 at Collegeville in a 7 p.m. contest.
Women suffer first loss
Stephanie Neugebauer finished with 14 points and Nikki Pearson added 11 as the Raider women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 53-50, against seventh-ranked Mesabi on Sat., Nov. 20. CLC's Katie Hochsprung scored 10 points from her post position. The Raiders made 18 of 53 from the field. Two stats that hurt them were shooting 14-23 from the free throw line and 0-16 from 3-point range. In a strong defensive performance Fri., Niov. 19 vs. the Gustavus Adolphus JV, CLC picked up a 53-44 win. The Raiders led 25-15 at halftime.
Stephanie Neugebauer scored 18, Nikki Pearson 14, and Brittany Gravelle nine. The 4-1 Raiders play the Concordia JV Tues., Nov. 23 at Moorhead, with a 7 p.m. start.

Performances added

Due to demand, the Central Lakes College young performers troupe Adventures 'n' Theatre has added two performances of the musical production of "A Christmas Carol" on Sat., Dec.11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Sold-out performances are Fri., Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Limited tickets remain for Sat., Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the new performances went on sale Nov. 20. Buy tickets online at . The box office is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. and one hour before showtime. Call 218-855-8199 or email

Nov 18, 2010

For a better Minnesota

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees on Nov. 17 approved a recommendation from Chancellor James H. McCormick that the board request $630 million annually from the state in 2012 and 2013. The request is the amount set by the Legislature as the base last session. "The request recognizes the state’s difficult economic situation," said Scott Thiss, who chairs the Board of Trustees. "By funding the request, the Legislature would help us hold down tuition increases and give more Minnesotans a chance to gain the skills and knowledge they need in today’s job market.” Chancellor James H. McCormick that employers in every region of the state depend on MnSCU to prepare and maintain a skilled workforce, increase employee productivity and promote new business growth. "In the near future, this state simply must have more college graduates to remain globally competitive. To do this, we are working hard to recruit, retain and graduate more students, but we must have adequate resources,” McCormick stated. Eighty percent of the system’s graduates remain in the state. The request amounts to a $49.7 million increase and would provide funding to preserve quality in instructional and student support services, provide 21st century equipment in classrooms and laboratories, invest in systemic efficiency improvements and sustain cutting-edge workforce development programs. Currently, the system receives less state support than it did in fiscal year 2002. The system has experienced a 25 percent enrollment increase in recent years, placing tremendous pressures on faculty and student services.

Unusual exhibit

Anyone who has ever been to the dump, the Crow Wing County Landfill, or the Cass County Recycling Center has been to Gina Dabrowski’s world. But the internationally acclaimed photographic artist from Northeast Minneapolis has done what nobody else would do. She has captured via large-format camera the immensity of our garbage collection and explored the cultural reality of trash disposal. “Refuse Reimaged” is her exhibit in the Central Lakes College Gallery on the Brainerd campus through Dec. 14. Images provide a unique perspective, including the people who patronize the modern-day, well-engineered and finite burial site of everything we throw away. Dabrowski gave a slide lecture to art students at CLC on Nov. 17, explaining the genesis of her multi-year photographic journey to numerous landfills. She showed images from a massive dump near Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as the recycling center north of Pine River and a landfill transfer station in Virginia. She retraced a commitment to provide the impressive apolitical account given praise from grant funders (McKnight, Minnesota State Arts Board, U.S. Department of Education) and kudos from a critical public audience (Minnesota Historical Society, Rochester, N.Y. Visual Studies Workshop, California Institute of the Arts, and numerous colleges and universities). Dabrowski is working on new projects, including a visual expose’ on old dumps long since reclaimed as useful public space, such as parks.

Nov 17, 2010

Kiwanis fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of Brainerd on Tuesday, Nov. 16 held one of its major annual fundraisers in the Brainerd campus cafeteria, where nearly 400 guests enjoyed a spaghetti and meatballs supper prepared by the new campus food service vendor, Northwest Pizza & Boardwalk Bread & Bagel. From such fundraisers, the club annually provides three $500 scholarships to CLC students. Jim Tousignant, president of the club, said the campus of CLC provides a fine setting for the fundraiser, with lots of parking and safe, clean facilities -- not to mention the accommodating staff. On this night, the campus also hosted Minnesota College Athletic Conference basketball games, advisory boards for the Accounting, Welding, and Marine and Small Engine programs at CLC, a Parent Communty Cafe through the CLC Child Development program, automotive certification testing, real estate licensure class, and electrical coding class.

Raider football team to bowl game

DECEMBER 4, 2010
Game Location: Maricopa County Champion; Phoenix, Arizona
#15 Central Lakes College, Minn. (10-1) vs. #19 Glendale Community College, Ariz. (6-4)
The oldest continuous NJCAA football bowl game, The Valley of the Sun Bowl, will feature the Gauchos of Glendale Community College, Ariz. (6-4) for the second consecutive year. The No. 19 Gauchos will take on No. 15 Central Lakes College, Minn. (10-1) at Matt O. Hanhila Stadium in Glendale in the 30th edition of the event. The Raiders of Central Lakes won the Minnesota College Athletic Conference South Division title but then fell to rival Rochester (Minn.) in the league's championship game. Glendale got off to a 5-0 start and was ranked as high as No. 6 during the season. They clinched a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl with a fourth place finish in the Western States Football League, which was the highest finish among conference members from Maricopa County (Phoenix).

Women win third straight

The Central Lakes College women's basketball Raiders ran their record to 3-0 with an 80-61 victory over Itasca Tues., Nov. 16. Stephanie Neugebauer had 22 points, including 3-3 from beyond the arc, and Nikki Pearson added 17 points and eight assists against the young Vikings. Katie Hochsprung had 14 points on 7-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. CLC also had solid performances from Hochsprung, Carlee Davich, and Elizabeth Mattson. Davich led CLC on the boards with seven rebounds for the game. CLC converted on 19 of 24 free throws (79 percent). Kelsey Wheeler came off the bench to replace foul-plagued Neugebauer and converted all six of her free-throw attempts.

Men's team wins fourth

The No. 7 Central Lakes Raiders men's basketball team rolled to its fourth win without a loss Tues., Nov. 16 as Nash Faulk scored 18 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead the 98-57 blowout of the Itasca Vikings. With three steals, three assists and two blocks, Faulk was an intricate part of the Raiders' mindset that strong defense leads to easy transition points as the Raiders converted Vikings' turnovers into 25 points. Twelve Raiders scored, with 43 points from non-starters. "We have a lot of new guys that come in and they can score any time," Faulk said. "We have a lot of guys that are out there - like Kwamanie Johnson, Maurice Hernandez and Anthony Kelly - who are going to come in and help us out if someone is off." Kelly added 16 points, while Nick Grewe added 13, and Kendall Brown and Marcus Ayala 10 each.

Nov 16, 2010

Celebration of Nations planning and pizza

The Central Lakes College International Club invites members of the region and the CLC community to help plan the second annual Celebration of Nations to be held on the Brainerd campus Friday, April 1, 2011. An organizational gathering is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 24 at Northwest Pizza in Brainerd at 6 p.m., with a $5 pizza buffet. If you or your club would like to be involved in this planning meeting, email Lori-Beth Larsen at, who welcomes input regarding funding, events, and other aspects. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success in representing many cultures from around the world. Through displays, demonstrations, music, dance, and food samples, this community celebration provided enrichment and education. And it was a lot of fun!

Alzheimer's panel

The Central Lakes College Psychology Club on Nov. 16 hosted a panel discussing Alzheimer's Disease. "Not All Wounds Are Visible" featured psychiatrist Peter Neifert, M.D., Laura Schoonover, RN, of the Good Samaritan Society, and Dick Ashmun, a retired university professor whose wife was a victim of the disease. The 75-minute program included the medical terminology associated with the ailment as well as the physical, emotional, and sociological aspects surrounding an illness that by 2050 will claim 14.3 million victims and already afflicts 5.3 million. Big-screen projections in the Lecture Hall of the Brainerd campus included the hole-filled brain of an Alzheimer's Disease victim. The Psychology Club has 10 members led by Steve Sabin, president; Luke Simonson, vice president; Melissa Paxton, secretary; Tom Britz, treasurer; and Jeremy Johnson, student senate liaison. Martha Kuehn is the adviser. On Dec. 6 the club hosts Stress Management Day to raise awareness of the sources and effects of stress and provide information and prizes to reduce stress. The club holds this event near the end of each semester in the cafeteria commons of the Brainerd campus.

Nov 15, 2010

Professional leads videography

Central Lakes College has a new educational degree program at the Staples campus: videography. Instructor Mark Ambroz, who worked as a staff photographer for KARE-11 TV, is an award-winning producer who knows all phases of the fast-growing profession. His expertise continues to be in demand through his business, One Guy Short Productions. He is pleased to add "instructor" to his impressive resume and has begun to recruit students who share a passion for creativity using the best technology around. Ambroz will demonstrate videography at the Sunday, Nov. 21 open house on the Staples campus from 1 to 4 p.m. CLC reports the course at Staples is one of few programs of its kind outside the Twin Cities area. "We have the hottest JVC cameras out there," he said of the $12,000 units at the center of a new studio, where students use assorted lighting and six flat-panel LEDs illuminate the set. "Our goal is to give students production packages to work in two-person crews." These are all tools Ambroz uses to obtain the stunning imagery and sound that are trademarks of good videography. His quest for the best includes four years as a producer of the original "Minnesota Bound" with Ron Schara. Students in the program will develop the skills needed to professionally capture and manipulate video footage using audio sound rooms, video production studios, the latest creative software suites and high tech computer labs. As graduates they will have job titles such as visual effects editor, videographer, producer, graphics designer, key grip, editor, director, cinematographer, broadcast designer, location manager and writer. For information on the videography program call (218) 894-5171 or 1-800-247-6836, ext. 5171 or email
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Raider men are 3-0

Central Lakes College sophomore guards Marcus Ayala and Nash Faulk (left) scored 22 each as the Raiders improved to 3-0 with a 94-79 victory over the Western Tech of LaCrosse, Wis., Sat., Nov. 13 in the CLC Fall Classic. Ayala added six assists and seven steals to go with 9-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point. Faulk was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He added six assists, two steals and three rebounds. Kendall Brown added 12 points and two steals and Kwamanie Johnson secured six boards as CLC outrebounded the Cavaliers, 39-28. The Raiders forced 27 turnovers and scored 30 points off those. On Fri., Nov. 12, Anthony Kelly posted nine points for the No. 5-ranked Raiders, in a 79-50 blowout of the Vermilion Ironmen. With CLC reserves scoring 31 points, the Raiders were led by a strong sophomore core of Ayala (seven points, three rebounds, three assists), Faulk (14 points, seven rebounds), and Nick Grewe (10 points, five rebounds, one block). Freshmen Kwamanie Johnson and Maurice Hernandez scored 10 and 8 respectively. Reliable John Hicks scored four and pulled in six rebounds. Next: Itasca at CLC, Tues., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

Raider women win first two

The Central Lakes Raiders held the Western Technical Cavaliers to 29.7 shooting and got double-digit scoring from three different players for a 60-55 victory Sat., Nov. 13 in the CLC Fall Classic. Stephanie Neugebauer led all scorers with 14 points and added 11 rebounds and three steals. Elizabeth Mattson added 11 points and Brittany Gravelle scored 10 points to go with three steals for the 2-0 Raiders. Nikki Pearson (left) finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. In their season opener on Fri., Nov. 12, the Raider women defeated Vermilion, 53-45. Pearson scored 23 points, collected four steals and brought a strong presence to the point guard position. Neugebauer tallied 11 points, nine rebounds and a huge steal late in the second half that helped put the game away for the Raiders. Next: Itasca at CLC, Tues., Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

Football players honored

The Central Lakes College Raiders football team landed six players on the MCAA All-Division first team after finishing the Minnesota College Athletic Conference season at 9-0 and taking second in the state tournament with a 10-1 season record. Earning spots on the first team: Tyler Erickson (WR, sophomore), Stoney Burns (DB, freshman), Matt Spoden (LB, sophomore), Dominique Corder (QB, sophomore), Antoine Gardner (LB, freshman), Mike Scherer, (OL, freshman). Five Raiders on the All-Division second team are Ryan Fay (TE, sophomore), Jordan Owen (OL, sophomore) Barret Powell (WR, freshman), Jordan Moll (LB, sophomore), Jordan Laroche (DB, freshman). Honorable mention went to Nick Grewe (RB, freshman), Ryan Tri (WR, freshman), Greg Wright (LB, freshman), Michael Iverson (RB, sophomore) and David Titus (OL, sophomore). CLC Head Coach Greg Medeck and Steve King of Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls) were named MCAC co-coaches of the year.

Nov 10, 2010

Vocal concert

The Central Lakes College fall choir concert is Thursday, Nov. 18 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. The free event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Cantare’ Concert Chorale, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Men’s Quartet, Mixed Chamber Quartet, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Trio. All are directed by Brenda Handel-Johnson, with accompaniment by Sarah Gorham.

Basketball team wins opener

CLOQUET - Five players scored in double figures, led by Marcus Ayala with a game-high 20 points as the Central Lakes Raiders opened their 2010-11 basketball season with an 82-59 win over Fond Du Lac Tues., Nov. 9. The Raiders had first-game jitters but played trademark CLC defense to hold the Thunder under 60 points. Kendall Brown scored 16 points followed Anthony Kelly with 12, Maurice Herandez 11, and Kwamaine Johnson 10. The Raiders will host the Central Lakes Fall Classic this weekend, with opening play against Vermilion Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. and facing Western Wisconsin Tech on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

Nov 9, 2010

Youth expo volunteers

Nineteen Central Lakes College natural resources students and instructor Dr. Bill Faber helped 200 sixth graders from Royalton and Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 5 at Camp Ripley, where the 2010 Governor's Deer Hunting Opener Youth Expo offered activities such as archery, outdoor safety, an obstacle course, and "Makin' Tracks," supervised by the CLC volunteers. Throughout the morning, groups of 30 youngsters per station rotated in 25-minute sessions. Makin' Tracks was designed to enhance the youths' understanding of deer and other animal tracks. They used basic mold ingredients to cast prints that they took with them at the end of the expo. Students from CLC who participated: Caleb Hill, Scott Shelito, Sharia Merten, Nathan Johnson, and Jason Gildart, all of Brainerd; Cody Neu, Laura May, and Mark Schneider, Little Falls; Eric Gruber and Michelle Dickson, Merrifield; Blake Quick, Hackensack; Bryan Harvey, Aitkin (pictured); Charity Kern, Henning; Eric Rauchman, Mankato; Paul Kedrowski, Princeton; Steve McKay, Burnsville; Brian Steffen, Cushing; Katrine Newton, Pine River; and Justin Forrest, Tomahawk, Wis.

Nov 8, 2010

Outstanding Educator nominations open

Nominations are open until Nov. 30 for a prestigious statewide college and university teaching award that since 2008 has included faculty from Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples. The Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching is an honor bestowed upon MnSCU faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional individual professional accomplishment, and to encourage ongoing excellence, in teaching. This award is intended to recognize superior teaching at our colleges and universities. The award proclaims, on behalf of the entire system, the Board of Trustees’ pride in the dedication and accomplishment of our faculty in providing instruction that prepares Minnesota’s college and university students for their professional, scholarly, and civic lives. All faculty who are currently full-time and unlimited, tenured, or tenure-track, and who have at least three years of full-time teaching service at their home institution are eligible for this award. Faculty, however, may not self-nominate. Nominators must be members of the college or university community: faculty, administrators, students, staff, or community members. Faculty who are designated as Outstanding Educators by their campus president must prepare a teaching portfolio which will be reviewed by a systemwide review committee. This committee will recommend the Educator of the Year award winners. This year marks the fifth year of the program. Since 2007, the Board of Trustees has recognized 106 Outstanding Educators and honored 15 faculty as Educators of the Year. Past Central Lakes College recipients: Jan Kurtz, Spanish, 2008; Kari Frisch, speech, 2009; Gary Carson, natural resources, and Janet Bedard, English & reading, 2010. For information or to nominate up to two CLC instructors for the 2011 award, contact Betsy Picciano at (218) 855-8110 or e-mail

Basketball here this weekend

The Central Lakes College Fall Classic Friday, Nov. 12 and Sat., Nov. 13 tips off the home basketball season for the Raider men's and women's basketball teams. The CLC gymnasium will find the Raiders hosting Ridgewater (Willmar), Vermilion (Ely), and Western Technical (LaCrosse, Wis.). Friday's games: 2 p.m., Western Tech vs. Ridgewater women; 4 p.m., Western Tech vs. Ridgewater (men); 6 p.m., Vermilion vs. CLC (women); 8 p.m., Vermilion vs. CLC men. Saturday's game: Noon, Ridgewater vs. Vermilion (women); 2 p.m., Ridgewater vs. Vermilion (men); 4 p.m., CLC vs. Western Tech (women), 6 p.m., CLC vs. Western Tech (men).

Raiders finish football season at 10-1

The Central Lakes College football team battled hard in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship Sunday, Nov. 7 but came up short, 34-31, against the Rochester team whose only loss in 2010 was to the Raiders. It was the only loss for CLC after 10 straight wins. The run came to an end for the Raiders when quarterback Dominique Corder's last-ditch pass to a well-covered Nick Grewe with no time remaining was batted down near the goal line. CLC had the Yellowjackets on the ropes for most of the contest. Tyler Guimont put the Raiders on the board early with a 27-yard field goal, and Ryan Fay hauled in a three-yard pass in the second quarter, accounting for the Raiders' scoring and a 10-9 halftime lead. CLC held a 24-9 lead entering the fourth quarter. Rochester piled up 180 yards - including plays of 64 and 65 - and 25 points in the final 15 minutes of play. The Raiders were flagged six times for 55 yards and committed four turnovers. RCTC QB Derick Heitkamp rushed for 28 yard and threw for 17, setting up the game-winning, 32-yard field goal with :07 left. Late in the first quarter a holding call at the goal line nullified a Corder score. The league's No. 1 QB, Indianapolis native Corder, threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards and one TD. Corder's favorite target was Tyler Erickson, one of the MCAC's best pass catchers, who caught TD passes of 27 and 17 yards and toteld eight catches for 97 yards. "This one will be hard to get over," Head Coach Greg Medeck said. "We had a very successful season and you have to give them credit for what we've accomplished this year. We came up short in a big game, and hopefully that doesn't override our entire season." It won't. This game was filled with the "never give up" spirit that is the trademark of Medeck teams, which now have won 27 of 34 games in three seasons. Watch for more excitement next season from returning game-breakers such as Stoney Burns (pictured on one of his big gainers as a defensive back and an offense threat), Jordan LaRoche, Barret Powell, Johnny Egan, Ryan Tri, Frank Mays, and a host of strong front line muscle men. CLC fans anticipate a host of talented recruits joining a prestigious football program that is the pride of Minnesota.

Nov 4, 2010

New admissions rep

Jennifer K. Hirsch of Loveland, Colo., has accepted the position as full-time admissions representative at Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, effective Nov. 29. Jennifer has experience developing and implementing internal and external communications for University of Phoenix online and ground campuses. She also has education and experience in adult learners, including presentations, mentor programs, study skills, and one-on-one attention. She has been director of student services at the Academy of Natural Therapy, Greeley, Colo., since June. She was an enrollment adviser and team leader for University of Phoenix in Fort Collins, Colo., and earned her masters of arts in education/adult education and training from University of Phoenix after receiving a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Basketball team fifth in nation

The Central Lakes College men's basketball team is ranked fifth in the pre-season National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll. The Raiders are coming off a 24-6 season in which they shared the Northern Division regular-season leadership with Northland at 12-2. This season the CLC men and women will compete in the Southern Division due to Minneapolis dropping its basketball program. The Raiders open the 2010-11 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Fond Du Lac (Cloquet), with the wome playing at 5 and the men at 7. First home action is Nov. 12 and 13 in the CLC Classic as the Raiders host squads from Ridgewater, Vermilion (Ely), and Western Tech (Wis.). They also are at home on Tues., Nov. 16 vs. Itasca (Grand Rapids), for games at 6 and 8. Favorites in the women's Southern Division are nationally ranked Anoka-Ramsey and Rochester, with Northern Division favorites to include nationally ranked Mesabi Range and Itasca. In men's basketball, Rochester is ranked eighth and Northland of Thief River Falls (Northern Division team) 19th among pre-season national favorites.