Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Elite Eight! Let's Rally!

I'm happy to announce that NWC defeated Sierra Nevada College in the second round of Elevation Outdoors’ Top Adventure College Tournament last week!

This week we're up against Western State Colorado University and it looks like they've got an early lead! Vote early and vote often (you can vote every 24 hours!) and let's get to the Final Four!

Voting for round 3 ends on Monday, June 1 at 9 AM MST.  The Final Four voting begins at 12 Noon the same day.

Let's get out the vote and show them what we're made of!

Monday, May 18, 2015

We made it to the Sweet 16. Please Vote!

I am pleased to announce that NWC defeated Rocky Mountain College in the first round of Elevation Outdoors’ Top Adventure College Tournament this week!

But the fun doesn't stop there. We're on to Round 2 against Sierra Nevada College this week. Vote early and vote often (at least once a day!) and let's get to the Elite 8!

Round 2 ends on Monday, May 25 at 9 AM MST.  Round 3 begins at 12 Noon the same day


Friday, May 15, 2015

Celebrate good times!

In the words of Kool and the Gang from 1980....

"There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you"

Numerous end of year events, retirement parties, receptions, speakers, concerts, and awards ceremonies have occupied most of my evenings over the past few weeks. At a reception the other night someone asked me how many of my meals I eat at these kind of events. My reply: "All of them."

Although I need to cut back on the cake, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the great things happening at Northwest College!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Please Vote!

We all know that Northwest College is the Top Adventure College in the Rockies. You can help me make sure everyone else knows.

Here’s how:
Elevation Outdoors Magazine is holding its first annual Top Adventure College Tournament. It’s conducted as a bracket where two colleges compete against each other to advance to the next round. We’re facing Rocky Mountain College in the first round. We have until May 18 to vote NWC into the next round.
Please cast your vote as soon as you can. And keep voting!

Everyone is allowed to vote once a day until the deadline.

Go NWC!  


Monday, May 4, 2015

Remembering Alan Jeffs

Alan Jeffs
NWC custodian Alan Jeffs passed away last week. As I grieve the loss of this kind man, I am struck by the flood of memories I have of my interactions with him. On a regular basis he brought me sometimes secret, sometimes not-so-secret deliveries of fish he had smoked from his most recent fishing trip.

He was always happy. He always had a positive outlook. He would always stop whatever he was doing to visit with me.

As many of you know, he was also a bit of a jokester.

Alan: "What do you use to give a dolphin a bath?"
Stefani: "I don't know. What?"
Alan: "All porpoise cleaner."
Stefani: "Boo."
Alan: "But it made you laugh"
Stefani: "True."

And, I am still laughing. My family and I have started calling the bottle of Lysol bathroom spray, dolphin cleaner - all because of Alan.

The week before he died, I stopped at the grocery store on my way home. I was a bit frazzled after a busy day and was focused on getting in and out of the store as quickly as possible. Upon getting out of my car and shutting the door, I heard a loud noise. I looked around. Opened the car door. Closed it. And looked around some more.

That was when I saw Alan parked right beside me laughing. He had honked his horn precisely to correspond with me shutting my car door. Not only did he make me laugh, he made my day. He was instantly able to get me out of my funk and put a smile on my face.

Alan, may you continue to find all the best streams and the biggest fish. We will miss you!

What are your favorite Alan memories?