Non-traditional is flying high
Counting the Spring 2 enrollment figures we're about 100 students over goal for online, extended and graduate enrollments – a huge benefit to our budget. The growth is the result of many folks' efforts and every one of us at the College, no matter our role, no matter our campus, owes them our thanks. This robust extension of our mission benefits every one of us.
Speaking of budget…
The completed FY13 budget has been approved by the Board of Trustees' Audit and Finance Committee, and is on its way to the whole Board for approval next month. We've come up with a conservative yet competitive financial blueprint for next year, providing a solid 4 percent bottom line on a $72 million budget.
Peruse it. Use it.
The tunnels and Benedictine Commons are open for use. Check out the impressive heritage panels highlighting the contributions of Sisters who have taught science over the decades. The new classrooms and laboratories are still works in progress, so they'll probably remain off limits for the rest of the academic year. The coffee shop on second floor facing Somers will open over the summer, as will the new greenhouse on the roof. The old greenhouse will be torn down to make way for new permanent parking, while the temporary parking lot in front of Science will be removed this summer.
On the academic horizon
We have a couple of potential new academic programs in the pipeline, one further along than the other. SBT has proposed an M.S. in Project Management, which just received final faculty approval this week and goes to the Board of Trustees for approval in May. Nursing has submitted a prospectus to create a certified registered nurse anesthetist with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. It has been judged to fit with our mission and financial goals, so the nursing department is now developing a more full proposal including market analysis.
On the Woodland front
We're continuing discussions with the developer of the Woodland school site, which may one day be a Graduate Health Sciences campus housing the physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs. No letter of intent has been signed.
The security breach
You may recall that last month a group of hackers breached our computer system. They were organized, systematically going through our accounts trying to answer the security questions of our automatic password reset tool. They were successful with 30 accounts. Thirteen people – 10 students, two staff members and one faculty member – experienced fraudulent activity on their bank, credit card and e-commerce accounts. The College has been as supportive as possible to the victims, but this situation makes clearer than ever that each of us needs to use secure passwords and be diligent in monitoring our identity and online accounts. For more information on identity theft go here.
The cardboard box epidemic
It's great that we're green. Really. Environmental awareness is a virtue, and that includes recycling cardboard boxes. But please give a thought to what the hallway outside your office looks like to a family visiting campus with a prospective student. The situation is most noticeable in Tower. Rather than leave that box outside your door for Facilities staff to pick up, why not take it to the loading dock area? The exercise is, of course, a very green habit. And speaking of campus visits, do you have any thoughts on how to make your corner of campus a bit more attractive to visitors? Conversely, do you see any problems? Let Eric Berg know.
The Last Word
President's Staff starts every meeting with a prayer or spiritual reflection. Our favorite in recent weeks came from Lori Collard. This is from the collection "Blessed Are the Peacemakers (10 Steps to Peace)"
by Mary E. Latela.
There are two golden days in the week, upon which, and about which, I never worry – two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. * One of these days is Yesterday; yesterday, with its cares and frets, all its pains and aches, all its faults, its mistakes and blunders, has passed forever beyond my recall. ... It was mine! It is God's. * The other day that I do not worry about is Tomorrow; tomorrow, with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its perils, its large promise and poor performance, its failures and mistakes, is as far beyond my mastery as … Yesterday. … Tomorrow is God's day! It will be mine! * There is left for myself, then, but one day in the week – Today. Any man can fight the battles of Today! Any woman can carry the burdens of just one day! Any man can resist the temptations of today! ... it is when we willfully add the burdens of those two awful eternities – Yesterday and Tomorrow – that we break down. It isn't the experience of Today that drives (us) mad. It is the remorse for something that happened Yesterday; the dread of what Tomorrow may disclose. * These are God's days! Leave them with Him!
– Mrs. Charles Cowan
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||The city wants to make Duluth a more bike- and hike-friendly town. They're proposing a trail along the northern edge of campus to connect the Boulder Ridge area with UMD. Stay tuned…
||The annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. All staff, regular faculty and adjunct faculty are welcome.