Thursday, November 19, 2015

It takes a village

The adage of "it takes a village" has hit close to home in the last few weeks. My husband and I have been like two ships passing in the night lately due to our our schedules.

I appreciate that we have made such good friends in Powell who are willing to help us. One of my friends picked up my son from school and took him to hockey practice when my husband was out of town. Later that week when I was traveling another friend kept him overnight and took him to school the next morning. It really does take a village to raise a child.

It also takes a village to raise a president. A couple of weeks ago I parked the NWC car that I drive in Shoshoni and traveled to Cheyenne with the president of Central Wyoming College. I received a text at 7:30 the next morning letting me know that the business where I had parked needed me to move it for a fuel delivery in two hours. I appreciate the help of Dennis Quillen, Roxie Herman, and Deb Jacobs. The next thing I knew the car had been moved across the street to the bait shop. It was there safe and sound when I arrived back at Shoshoni at 6:00 that evening.

I sure appreciate having so many good people to take care of me!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Employee appreciation

Last week I announced to all employees my decision to use one-time money that Northwest College received from the state to fund an employee bonus.

Since becoming president over 2 years ago, I have emphasized my appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our employees. Tight budgets and projections of enrollment decline did not allow us to fund across-the-board cost-of living adjustments for our employees.
This year NWC received "recapture/redistribution" funding as part of the state's review of valuations in the seven community college districts. When revenue from a district’s valuation exceeds estimates, colleges must “share the wealth” with other colleges; NWC was a beneficiary this year, but that isn’t always the case.
I have therefore chosen to utilize these funds as a one-time bonus to invest in our employees and to show my gratitude for their diligence and commitment to NWC and our students.

San Diego

Trustee Nada Larsen and I attended the American Association of Community College Trustees Annual Leadership Congress in San Diego October 14-17. The conference was good. Lots of information on student success initiatives.
Trustee Larsen presented with other Wyoming Trustees on our statewide retention initiatives through Complete College Wyoming.
I arrived early to attend the Higher Education Research and Development Institute Board meeting where I evaluated three technology companies that market their products to community colleges nationally.


The view from my hotel window

One of the ships in the Maritime Museum of San Diego near the conference
I used UBER for the first time! Quick. Easy. Cheap.