Feb 26, 2013

CLC Students Recognized for Excellence in Advertising

The American Advertising Federation of Central Minnesota (AAFCM) presented its 2013 ADDY® Awards for advertising creative excellence at Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud on February 9. Entries were judged based on creativity, originality and creative strategy. The AAFCM received 345 entries for the competition, 22 professional gold ADDY® Awards, 31 professional silver ADDY® Awards, 24 gold student ADDY® Awards and 38 silver student ADDY® Awards were presented.

Student Best of Show went to Hali Danielson, a student at Central Lakes College for her Shubert Supply Company stationery package (pictured left).

Feb 15, 2013

Winter concert

The Central Lakes College Instrumental Music Department will present its annual winter concert “Deep Winter Fun” on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Chalberg Theater on the Brainerd campus. The concert will feature three groups -- the CLC Woodwind Ensemble, under the direction of Chris Bolstad, and the CLC Brass Ensemble and Jazz Band, both directed by Steve Anderson.

20th anniversary

The 2013 spring season of the Central Lakes College Community Band will begin on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. with the first rehearsal in the rehearsal room of the Brainerd campus. “The 20th anniversary of the band is this spring,” said Director Steve Anderson.  “We invite all former band members back for the spring season and to celebrate the milestone.  We also invite musicians who have never been in the band before to come and join.” Rehearsals are every Monday with the exception of March 11, with the spring concert on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chalberg Theater. Music will be some of the songs from the first concert and some new ones. “We invite all members past and present to bring photos and other memorabilia for display at the concert,” Anderson said. For information, contact him at sanderso@clcmn.edu or 218-855-8215, or 218-831-3652.  

Feb 14, 2013

CLC president in DC

Hours before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Central Lakes College President Larry Lundblad and wife Karen were participants in activities leading up to it. The Lundblads were guests of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. They had dinner with Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Monday night and with Franken on Tuesday. He toured the Capitol Monday and the White House on Tuesday. President Lundblad was chosen to attend the speech as a leader for fostering partnerships between business and education that are designed to make sure workers have the right training for available jobs.

Feb 13, 2013

Tour TV studio

The Studio Productions class of Videography Production at Central Lakes College on Tuesday, Feb. 12 toured facilities in Bemidji, where Lakeland Public Television (LPTV) operates its non-profit broadcasting business. The CLC students are in their second year of the Associate degree career education program and are learning how to produce newscasts using a set on the Staples campus. Students who observed the making of a LPTV newscast were Matthew Ayers, Staples; Nolan Bettermann and Tyler Mumm, Sartell; Mark Slupe, Brainerd; Brady Kangas, Bovey; Gerald Grosskreutz, Backus; Lucus Waytashek, Pierz; Kayla Voss, Brainerd; Michael Denny, Staples; and Brittany Stansbury, Brainerd. Instructor Mark Ambroz accompanied the students.

Feb 12, 2013

State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that Dr. Larry Lundblad (shown), the president of Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples, will be his guest at the State of the Union address on tonight. Since taking office, Sen. Franken has met with business leaders all over the state, and says he has been astounded by how often he hears that job openings are going unfilled—even during times of high unemployment—because businesses can’t find workers with the right training and skills. President Lundblad’s efforts to address this problem have made him a statewide leader in closing this so-called “skills gap.” "President Lundblad is a leader in Minnesota in fostering partnerships between business and education," said Sen. Franken. "His efforts to close the skills gap are already helping students find employment and Minnesota manufacturers fill job openings. I am honored that President Lundblad will be joining me for the State of the Union, and I look forward to hearing the President’s thoughts on how we can improve and invest in America’s workforce in his speech tomorrow night." Sen. Franken also says he will be pursuing legislation on workforce development that will strengthen the relationship between colleges and businesses to help ensure students get the education they need to fill open jobs. Central Lakes College was one of four Minnesota colleges to share in a recent $13 million U.S Department of Labor grant on workforce development. President Lundblad and his staff coordinated with Wilson Tool, a Minnesota manufacturer, to host Deputy Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris’s visit in October to make the announcement. Sen. Franken visited Brainerd in August, and says he saw for himself the impressive partnership between Central Lakes College, the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation and the K-12 public school system to make sure high school students are exposed to careers in manufacturing.
-- Alexandra Fetissoff alexandra@franken.senate.gov

Outstanding educators

Two Central Lakes College instructors are nominated for Outstanding Educator awards bestowed each year by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Darci Goeden, Nursing, and Leon Dahlvang, Communication Art and Design, are now eligible for the Educator the Year award. The award is intended to recognize superior teaching. The pair was nominated by CLC President Larry Lundblad and will be among about two dozen MnSCU instructors recognized this spring at an award luncheon.

Feb 7, 2013

Appointed by Governor

Dr. William Faber of Cushing, head of the Central Lakes College natural resources program in Brainerd, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to serve on the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The LCCMR is made up of 17 members: five senators, five representatives, five citizens appointed by the governor, one citizen appointed by the senate, and one citizen appointed by the House. According to membership criteria adopted in 2008, LCCMR members “must have experience or expertise in the science, policy, or practice of the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; have strong knowledge in the state’s environment and natural resource issues around the state; and have demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.”

Feb 6, 2013

March Cultural Thursday

Jan Kurtz, a Spanish and Latin American Studies instructor at Central Lakes College, will present the free, public Cultural Thursday program on Guatemala March 7 at noon in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. In February 2012, Kurtz spent the month in San Pedro Las Huertas, Guatemala.  This small town just outside of Antigua is the site for Rising Villages, a project founded and run by Little Falls residents Dave and Bina Huebsch. It is a volunteer operation which has supported the people of Guatemala with educational, electrical, water, medical and community building endeavors over a 40-year period.


Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) was on the Brainerd campus Tuesday, Feb. 5 to capture footage and interviews for a feature airing in April on public TV across Minnesota. The crew, which is part of a 12-person production team, focused on high school students earning college credits from CLC through programs such as Post-Secondary Enrollment Option and College in Schools. They recorded samples of courses delivered through interactive television (interpersonal communications, psychology), horticulture labs, the welding shop, automotive technology shop, and mathematics lab. "Redesigning MN" is a series of 8 programs exploring the dramatic impact the retirement of more than a million babyboomers will have on everything from public safety to education to health care. The higher education program featuring CLC is the fifth among the eight subject areas to be covered. Each of the three most recent programs was 56 minutes long.

Children's Dental Health Month

February is national Children's Dental Health Month, according to the American Dental Association. Central Lakes College hosted Give Kids a Smile Day Friday on the Brainerd campus, where Kirsten Winscher of Royalton was among Dental Assisting stduents who provided teeth cleaning and oral health tips to children ages 4-16. Drs. Arnold Rutman and Clint Roberts and staff hygienists volunteered their services in the CLC Community Dental Clinic. They provided 64 scheduled appointments. The annual event is sponsored by the Minnesota Dental Association. Appointments for free exams were also taken through CLC Dental Assisting at the office of Dr. Dominic Gagnon at Staples.  The CLC Dental Assisting Club held a toothbrush trade-in on the Brainerd campus Friday in conjunction with promotion of dental health.
Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58518185@N04/

Feb 5, 2013

Energy forum March 5

The future of renewable energy in Minnesota will be discussed by four professionals in the field March 5 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The free event starts at 7 p.m. in Chalberg Theater and is presented by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government. Presenters are former state senator Ellen Anderson (shown), now senior adviser to Gov. Mark Dayton on energy and environment; Jason Edens, director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Pine River; Troy Goodnough, sustainability director at the University of Minnesota-Morris; and Craig Fink, a principal owner of Minnesota-based Denali Energy.

Feb 1, 2013

Ag & Energy Expo

Central Lakes College (CLC) in Staples invites the public to “power up” as it hosts the third Ag and Energy Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9. This free event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a chance to hear about and witness demonstrations of the latest innovations and research fostered on behalf of renewable energy. It is co-sponsored by Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank (MCFSB), Wadena, and the CLC Agricultural and Energy Center, Staples.