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…

The Lights

Day One of Tour Christmas Eve in Paris I wish pictures could portray the lights of Champs Elysees after dark on Christmas Eve. The lights are magnificent the people are bustling and everything is alive with joy and anticipation of Christmas Day. The shoppes are full, the sidewalks overflowing as people enjoy the lights and…

Perfectly Paris

Paris We arrived in Paris early on Saturday morning Christmas weekend. Our driver greeted us and efficiently walked us to his van. Everything was perfectly Paris at dawn. The lights of the city still bright, the ride warm, and The Bee Gees on the radio. I appreciate being greeted by “More than a Woman “,…

Supporting Talent

Supporting Talent Each time I attend a commencement, I experience the collective joy of everyone in attendance. This year I had the added benefit of hooding a colleague. For the past six months I have had the honor to work with several gifted graduate students to do community research. The projects have focused on recruitment,…