The work is worth it!

I grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota, attended a technical college, community college, university and to this day continue to learn through formal and informal approaches to education. Thank goodness someone in the ‘80’s determined that building higher education partnerships for students to transition from one goal to the next was important….

Why I do what I do….

  “Each of you are here for a reason, thank you for supporting me and my education” stated humbly with sincere conviction by my nephew as he addressed family, friends and supporters at the small graduation celebration hosted by his parents. Yes, we were all there for a reason – we all believed in our…

The Goofy Blue Orangutan

It is 2 a.m. and a soft voice whispers to the camp counselor “my tummy hurts”. The young camper is clearly upset and didn’t want to wake up her camp counselor – however her tummy hurt. The counselor and camper got dressed and walked from their camp site to the health center. Once settled into…

You have come a long way….

“I remember riding the bus with you when I first started school”. Really? That was a LONG time ago. “I remember you being able to sit in the back of the bus, and I was too young to sit with the big kids”. This discussion happened in front of a group of thirty nurses assistant…

A May Day Message

Happy May Day! Each year I celebrate the ending of spring semester on the first day of May. Flowers are a great way to celebrate the transition to summer. And summer is the BEST in Minnesota!! This year I have added to my personal summer challenge list to hike 4 trails new to me –…

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This is my favorite time of year, commencement season! I start humming “Pomp and Circumstances” on May 1st and continue the merriment through the month. Students are thrilled to see the completion of one dream and excited to embark on their next life challenge. Faculty recall the earlier version of students who have grown into…