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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


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