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Zombies, Bees, & Zombie Bees

odd socks

I’ll be giving a lecture on zombies on January 24 at ODD SOCKS, “a consortium of creative risk-takers in search of good ideas and new connections.”

Here’s the summary:

Odd Socks brings together two unlikely topics for a stimulating presentation and discussion.

On January 24, Zombie studies meets the life and death of bees. MacArthur Award-winning entomologist, Marla Spivak, will speak about how to protect the health of all bees, and John O’Brien, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the MnSCU system, will help us understand the current cultural fascination with Zombies and the Zombie Apocalypse.

Then in a half-hour conversation with the audience, we’ll share a beverage, find similarities and make weird connections.  $15 at the door.

And here’s a link if you want to learn more or register:

Honors Seminar: Exploring the Zombie Apocalypse

I have really been enjoying teaching a fully online one-credit honors seminar at NHCC this summer.  Unfortunately, I agreed to teach the course before I knew I would be transitioning to a new interim appointment, so it’s been a bit of a crunch.  Fortunately, I have wonderful students and I”m enjoying myself thoroughly.  Here’s my Zombie Syllabus.

zombie john

2013 NHCC Earth Week Schedule Released…

Earth Week 2013 at NHCC will bring together a remarkable collection of speakers, presentations, activities, and celebrations of community.  Join us!  Learn more here:   NHCC2013EarthWeekProgram

Picture for Earth Week - Hand Holding Flower

NHCC 2012 Gala on April 20

I hope you will consider joining me at our 29th annual gala at North Hennepin Community College the evening of Friday, April 20.  Great food, fantastic auction items, entertainment, and an elegant night all around–all to raise money for student scholarships.  You can find 2012 NHCC Gala details here.

On the topic of important events, on April 26 we will be celebrating the grand opening of our new Center for Business and Technology.  Join us for speakers (including Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, State Economist Tom Stinson and State Demographer Tom Gillaspy), entertainment, and activities.

NHCC Graduation Inspires and Transforms Lives

Graduation July 2011

Pictured L to R: Francois Vang, Doris Robinson, President John O’Brien, and Carol LaFleur

Article celebrating NHCC graduation and sharing a few student stories, published in the SUN newspapers:  Graduation Inspires and Transforms Lives 062411.

Guest Column: Sustainability and the Future

April’s monthly column for the SUN newspapers on sustainability and the future of NHCC (scroll down for some other postings and a video of our event with Will Steger):   Published SUN Column Sustainability and the Future Sun 042011


New Sustainability Initiative

North Hennepin has launched a new sustainability initiative, and we held an event on Earth Week to publicize our efforts in conjunction with Will Steger’s keynote.  You can watch a video and learn more.   And you can watch me sign my name over and over again at a press event.

Sustainability Initiative at NHCC

NHCC Gala Success!

Thanks to all those who worked so hard, we had a wonderfully successful fundraiser Gala early this month, not only meeting but exceeding our fundraising goals–a remark fact in the face of the financial realities these days.  In spite of pay freezes, employees gave more than ever earlier this year to raise money for scholarships, and now at our major fundraiser event we raised 30% more than the previous year.   Why?  Because we are inspired by our students.  You can be inspired, too…check out the video we showed at the Gala.

Guest Column: Investing in the Future

March’s monthly column for the SUN newspapers on fundraising scholarships for students and our April 8th Gala Dinner Auction Event at Earle Brown History Center:  SUN NEWS Investing in Future 031011



Guest Column: Service Learning

December’s monthly column for the SUN newspapers on NHCC’s service learning program:  SUN Published Article 122410


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