Jane_GreathouseBy Jane Greathouse, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts and Professional Careers

The Liberal Arts and Professional Careers faculty have been busy! I am delighted to be able to share their accomplishments.
• Congratulations to Ben Braswell for earning his Master's Degree in Math Education.
• Our very own Doug Yentsch has been invited to speak at a conference in Switzerland in November. Way to go Doug!
• Kirstin-Cronn Mills's new book, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, will be out soon!

Creating Options and Supporting Extraordinary Education
• Concordia University visited our campus last week to meet with prospective students interested in the BA-cohort. The representatives from Concordia were excited about the student interest. Another great option for our students!
• Wes Taylor, Gale Bigbee, and Kevin McLaughlin continue to move forward with plans for a multimedia program. A focus group is scheduled for Thursday with professionals from our area and the Twin Cities.
• The AA faculty met a few weeks ago to work on their program assessment. They have a solid process that involves students taking a Capstone course that culminates in several items that are assessed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The assessment is framed around four key competencies (that complement the 10 MnTC goal areas):

AA Program Competencies
(In addition to the 10 MnTC Goal areas)
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Research Proficiency
  • Critical Thinking
  • Global Perspectives and Social Responsibility

Special Events – Don't Miss Them!
• The Global Connections Conference – October 11 & 12 Two days of exciting key-note speakers and break-out sessions. This is open to all students, all employees, and the public. Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity. And don't forget to buy your tickets ($5) for Thursday night's performance by the Kevin Locke Dancers. It is going to be amazing!
• Student Trip to South Africa – Spring 2013 Becky Davis and Scott Fee (from MSU,M) will be taking students to South Africa in the spring. This is another wonderful travel opportunity for our students.
• Synapse Lecture Series – October 10, 12-12:50 p.m. Charles Steinbach (SCC Student) will share his experiences living with schizophrenia.
• Sakatah Reading Series – October 24, 12-12:50 p.m. Author, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, will read from her new book, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.