The Cupcake Rule

The Cupcake Rule There are a lot of words out there and wise people that share them, often referred to as “Words of Wisdom”. I have several mentors who have provided words of wisdom to me over the years. Honestly, I usually have to think about the advice for a while and put them into…

Grateful for mothers and teachers!!

Grateful for mothers and teachers It seems appropriate for me to wish the mom’s a happy mother’s day and the teacher’s a wonderful teacher’s week together! These two celebrations go together for me as my mother was my first teacher. Learning is part of who I am and that has a lot to do with…

Celebrating the Very Best!

Celebrating Friday was a special day at Winona State University, yes we hosted commencement and transitioned over 1,000 students to alumna and alumni, and I met several individuals who were graduating. Two international students completed their doctorates and shared their story. They came to Minnesota from Kenya, completed their Associate Degrees in Nursing from Minneapolis…

Yes, and…. opportunities that serve the individual and the workforce

Yes, and…. Over the past several years there has been media attention focused on the need for technical and labor education. The reports have had a tendency to recommend technical education instead of baccalaureate or higher degrees. As a graduate of a technical and community college education, I find this “either, or” approach limiting and…

Running Wild In The Sun

Running Wild In The Sun Everyone has a favorite season, mine is not spring. I appreciate that summer is coming soon, however the disruption of the change of season includes mud and snow mold. Both the mud and mold slow me down, and ever since I was a small child, slowing down was never an…

Big Dreams for Brilliant Women

Bigs Dreams for Brilliant Women This week I attended the board meeting for the Jeremiah Program in Rochester. The program is amazing and I feel honored to be a member of this group. Across the nation this program transforms lives, two generations at a time. I love being a part of a bigger goal –…

I Hear You

I Hear You As a leader who follows radical transparency in my daily interactions, I have been asked “why is this different today than it was last week”. The simple answer is that the world is complex and situations change. Adding context to information is key to understanding how it evolves from one day to…

Higher Education Collective Impact Model

Higher Education Collective Impact Model Tell me about the community where you live. This is a question that comes up frequently when people are trying to figure out what the “secret sauce” is in Rochester. This community is special – a bit different than any place I have visited or lived. Honestly, it is a…

Happy New Year! WSUR

Happy New Year! Winona State University-Rochester had an exceptional year! And who should we thank? YOU! Your colleagues! Our partners! The community! Whoop Whoop!!! Welcome back to spring semester 2018. A few highlights from last year….. We celebrated 100 years in Rochester by increasing our visibility with celebrations, marketing, community, and exceptional programming. Some of…

Time with Chef Marthe

Time with Chef Marthe We arrived a little after 9 a.m. at Chef Marthe’s apartment in the 15th District of Paris. Today was the day we had completed our Paris tour and were ready to experience a smaller connection to a local Chef. We signed up to go to the market with our guide and…

Soup and Hot Chocolate a Paris Experience

“Don’t bother with the French onion soup unless you are cold”, exclaimed an expert interviewed on the radio. Well, I was cold, so soup and hot chocolate became my frequent “go to” options in Paris. Not disappointed by the chilly, rainy weather in Paris, I enjoyed the city of lights, umbrella in tow and trying…

The Louvre!

The Louvre! The hustle of a Paris holiday week evening caught my tour group into their wave of excitement and optimism. Perfect time to make an evening visit to the Louvre. We were greeted by our guide Vincent. He bubbled with enthusiasm for art and telling stories. Vincent was intense and reminded me of my…