Jan 10, 2014

January Dean's Report

Mary Sam, Director of Diversity, Equity & Tribal Relations
CLC is committed to providing the necessary training and education to expand the cultural and professional competencies of our employees and students regarding diversity. This commitment was evident on January 8th, as all CLC faculty and staff participated in a full day of training for the 4th year in a row.  The theme of this year's training was "Bridges Out of Poverty."
Out Front Minnesota: ‘Bullying: Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act’ presented on January 27 from 6:30-8:00 in the Chalberg Theater at the Brainerd campus. This event for anyone concerned about bullying or interested in learning more about the proposed bullying legislation. The presentation will cover the current anti-bullying legislation as well as the proposed Safe and Supportive MN Schools Act. There will be personal sharing by those affected by bullying, and a panel will facilitate a question and answer session.

Mixed Blood Theater production: ‘Black Eagle’ presented on January 30 at 11 am in the Brainerd campus gymnasium. The dynamic story of a modern American hero - Dr. Ronald McNair, the African American scientist aboard the space shuttle Challenger.  Vividly recounting his inspiring journey from a segregated Carolina town to the elite of the space program, it affirms the rewards of determination and belief in oneself.

Michael Amick, Dean of Academic & Technology Services
Michael Olesen has accepted the role of Consortium Grant Manager for the Rural Information Technology Alliance Grant from the Department of Labor.  Central Lakes College is part of this consortium to develop new computer technology degrees along with Pine Technical College, Ridgewater College, and North Central Texas College. 

Prior to spring semester starting at CLC, faculty will receive training on using MnSCU's MediaSpace, a statewide higher education online media management system.  MediaSpace allows instructors to record and upload videos (webcasts, screen recordings, etc.) that can be easily shared with students.

Betsy Picciano, Director of Secondary Relations
On January 31, 2014, the Staples Campus will host a CLC Career Fair. An estimated 590 High School students from the following high schools will be participating: Staples-Motley, Browerville, Pillager, Brainerd, Verndale, Royalton, Pine River-Backus, Aitkin, and Little Falls.

College in the School Students from Greenway High School will be visiting Central Lakes College on February 4, 2014 along with their instructors.  All will be participating in various "college life" types of campus activities.

Wanda Synstelien, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Central Lakes College is excited to present a performance on January 18th by the band Steeling Dan, a fixture on the Minneapolis music scene since 2002 which specializes in the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. Book your tickets for this Chalberg theatre event soon.

As Valentine's Day looms ever closer, make plans to see the Central Lakes College play, I Hate Hamlet, February 13th-22nd. This comedic show, presented at the Chalberg Theatre, will be certain to entertain a wide audience.

Chris Hadfield, Dean of Career and Technical Programs
The Natural Resources Club at CLC assisted the Brainerd Chapter of the MDHA (MN Deer Hunters Association) with their Hides for Habitat collection this fall. The students worked for a number of afternoon sessions cleaning and salting in the processing of nearly 800 deer hides. The Brainerd Chapter of MDHA presented the NR Club a $600.00 check for their efforts.