Monday, May 1, 2017

Forecast for Commencement

President Hicswa and President Sutton
Student Senate President Susanne Sutton and I are getting ready for commencement! The forecast is for good weather and a great time.

See you Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Cabre Gymnasium on campus.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On the radio

As with most days this time of year, yesterday was an exciting day full of end-of-the-year events.

My day ended with our Annual Athletics Awards Banquet and Jazz Band and Studio Singers Concert. My morning was spent in Cody as a guest on Big Horn Radio Network's program "Speak Your Piece." It was a fantastic opportunity for me to talk about all the great work our faculty and staff have done this year, the legislative session, and our accreditation process.

Check it out.

From Speak Your Piece (April 25, 2017)
Credit: Big Horn Radio Network

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Sound of Silence

Recently, I was listening to a remake of Simon and Garfunkel's 1964 song, "Sounds of Silence" by the heavy metal band, Disturbed. The lyric, "and no one dared disturb the sound of silence" caught my attention.
I started thinking about the consequences if no one dares to disturb the sound of silence regarding the value of diversity and the positive impact it has on our global society. Valuing diversity is certainly important to me; as well, I am proud that NWC has a long tradition of valuing diversity.
In fact, the new NWC Mission Statement begins with the phrase, "In the context of our global society..." At Northwest College, we understand that we have an important role in shaping a multicultural society. We intentionally recruit a diverse student body and prioritize cross-cultural learning opportunities and events for our students and community.
Twenty years ago, I taught an honors seminar on tolerance. One of the readings I assigned was "Night" by Elie Wiesel. The lessons on tolerance in his book are as appropriate today as they were during Wiesel's imprisonment as a teenager in Nazi Germany.
May you find opportunities to be more tolerant of others' differences and seek opportunities to give voice to the many forms of diversity around you.
Have a good weekend,
P.S. If you have not yet heard Disturbed's version of "The Sound of Silence" I have included it here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Simmons, M. (Producer), & Chechik, J.S. (Director). (1989). National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [Motion picture still]. USA:  Warner Bros.

One of the traditions we enjoy as a family is hunting for The Perfect Christmas Tree. Much like this scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, my husband found it - The Perfect Christmas Tree. We didn’t even have to trudge in the snow for hours to find it.

We dragged it back to the truck cheerfully singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” My husband dutifully tied the tree to the top of the camper shell and we headed home excited to pull out the ornaments and decorate The Perfect Christmas Tree.

About 10 miles from home my husband swore and quickly pulled over.
"What?” I asked.
Apparently, the strap securing the bottom of the tree had come off. Since the top strap held tightly in place, The Perfect (by this time Perfect had been replaced by a more colorful word in my husband's vocabulary) Christmas Tree, had broken in half!
Making lemonade from lemons, we quickly stripped the branches for boughs and headed to Ace Hardware. There we found The Perfect Christmas Tree. Thankfully, once again, we didn’t have to trudge in the snow for hours to find it. Luckily, this one made it home in one piece!

No matter what traditions you celebrate this holiday season, I wish you the happiest of holidays.
May you spend less time doing what you think you should and more time doing what you want!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Congratulations, NWC Volleyball!

NWC’s Volleyball Team, nationally ranked during its impressive season, finished sixth in the nation at the NJCAA Championships last week. The ladies were 2-2 in the 16-team national tournament, beating Tyler Junior College (TX) and Western Nebraska Community College, and falling to second-seeded Iowa Western Community College and Salt Lake Community College. Earlier this month, for the fourth straight year, the Trappers claimed the Region IX North Championship. Congratulations to NJCAA Region IX Coach of the Year Shaun Pohlman and his Trapper Volleyball Team!