The New Stuff
In the past few weeks I have presented at a MnSCU conference, completed a lease, connected with colleagues on the Heart of the City committee, provided an annual update to the academic affairs team, and enjoyed a day in Austin celebrating the opening of a beautiful facility at Hormel Institute.
Lori, WSU Registrar and I presented the work we completed this year with Rachelle from Rochester Community and Technical College. We outlined the articulation initiation and approval process for each institution, clarifying how each institution has unique processes. The discussion expanded the topic to establishing and maintaining student, staff, faculty and institutions. Important discussion and considerations for higher education.
The Facilities Department received notice that the 400 Broadway lease has been completely signed and began working with 9Square (http://9-square.com) to design our additional space in Rochester. Adult and Continuing Education, Health Force Minnesota, academic learning, collaborative, and professional teaching studio spaces are all in the works. Stay tuned!
Connecting with colleagues. Over the past year I have enjoyed learning about Rochester through the experiences of others. The learning continues as I visit with the Heart of the city committee members. The group brings a variety of world views to the table and I enjoy hearing from community members about their best ideas for the city. I am especially thrilled to revisit the geography work that began during my doctoral study. The appreciation of space, how it is utilized, how women and children perceive it to be safe and welcoming, and how space best serves our community. Exceptional time for Rochester to grow and plan for growth.
The WSU Academic Leadership gathered last week to discuss successes and future plans. With a master academic plan in full implementation, it was great to hear how the colleges and departments continue to do great work. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone engages in Rochester programming, graduate school planning, international work, and future summer sessions. We are very fortunate at WSU – a bright future!!
And finally, the highlight of my week, a visit to Austin. We began the day with a GRAUC meeting (http://www.grauc.org) and a wonderful visit to the SPAM museum. If you haven’t been to the SPAM museum (http://www.spam.com), it is a must see!
In the afternoon we enjoyed a tour of the expanded Hormel Institute and the celebration that was planned to the finest detail. The Hormel Institute is posed to cure cancer… No I am serious! Check it out http://www.hi.umn.edu. The event was world class! Well done!!
Happy to be here in Rochester with great people! Thank you for hanging in there for my first year and this quick update.