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The official weekly newsletter of Northland Community and Technical College

The Pioneer News

Volume 10, No. 8 "Building Futures...Together" October 15, 2007

Greeting from Student Services!


Monday, October 15 Spring Semester Class Registration Opens 6:00 p.m. Mike Ciresi, Candidate for US Senate, Meet and Greet, TRF Commons Tuesday, October 16 9-11 a.m. Student Senate, EGF #411A 9 a.m.-5 p.m. New Student Registration, EGF #315 1-7:00 p.m. Laser Tag, TRF Student Commons Wednesday, October 17 2:30 p.m. Diversity Cmte., EGF #106, TRF #545 3:00 p.m. Open Student Senate Meeting, TRF Commons Thursday, October 18 No Classes 3:00 p.m. Football vs. Rainy River, TRF Swenson Field Friday, October 19 No Classes Saturday, October 20

Pretty soon we will begin the downward count of the weeks to the end of the semester. Don't forget this week is a short week; no classes are scheduled on Thursday or Friday. I have a few college updates regarding spring semester registration, student focus groups, and student life: Spring Semester Registration Yes, spring semester registration is here. The registration window opened THIS MORNING at 5am, October 15, 2007 for currently enrolled students. It's hard to imagine that spring semester is just around the corner when fall semester hasn't even finished yet. Semester schedules are posted on the main college webpage at Visit with an advisor and follow the campus process for registration as course selection is better early on in the process. Student Focus Groups Kelsy Blowers and Pam Schorsch who are members of the Retention committee, plus the respective campus Student Senates are hosting NCTC Student Focus Groups. The sessions are scheduled for the following sites and dates: Thief River Falls Thursday, October 25, 2007 Wednesday, November 28, 2007 East Grand Forks Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Thursday, December 6, 2007 The sessions will take place on the main campuses from12Noon ­ 1pm and food will be served. Look for posters on each campus for room locations. Take the time to attend the sessions to offer your suggestions as to how Northland may understand your needs, help you achieve your personal goals, and improve our college. Student Life Take advantage of the many activities scheduled on the campuses that are offered through the various organizations and clubs. According to Vincent Tinto (2002), one of the leading researchers in student retention: The more students are academically and socially involved, the more likely they are to persist and graduate. A wide range of studies in a variety of settings for a range of students have confirmed that the more frequently students engage with faculty, staff, and their peers, the more likely, other things being equally, that they will persist and graduate. Simply put: involvement matters. So look through this edition of the Pioneer for the latest events and see how you may become involved. Have a great semester. Mary Fontes Dean of Student Services

Are you registered for spring classes?

2007/08 - Spring Semester Registration Opens October 15th.

See your Advisor and register today to assure you get the classes you need.

Spring schedule are available for viewing at:


College ­Wide News


Northland Community and Technical College, is dedicated to creating a quality learning environment for all learners through partnerships with students, communities, businesses, and other educational institutions.


Counselor's Corner

Personal Financial Planning

Financial planning is taking careful and systematic steps towards fulfilling your financial goals. Taking steps towards controlling your financial situation will lead to an improved lifestyle. The Financial Planning Process

Mon 10/15 Tues 10/16 Wed 10/17 Thurs 10/18 Fri 10/19 Sat 10/20


Football Volleyball

!! ers ne Pio Go

Rainy River, 3:00 p.m., Swenson Field Cross Over Tourney, Brainerd

1. Identify your goals (spending less, savings, paying bills etc)

2. Understand your current financial situation (what's

coming in-what and where is it going out) 3. Develop a plan and strategies to achieve those goals 4. ACT ON YOUR PLAN. It is easy to plan, but you need to ACT to make that plan effective! Periodically review progress Creating a Budget Easy as 1-2-3 Volleyball: Oct. 10 Oct 12 Oct 13 Football: Oct. 11 Central Lakes Rainy River Hibbing Itasca CC L 0-3 W 3/2 W 3/0 W 40/20

1. Estimate Income 2. Estimate Expenses 3. Finalize the budget

What if your budget shows there is more going out than coming in, what can you do? Again, is as easy as 1-2-3. You can use any savings or investment money or borrow more (remember-you have to pay it back), or cut low priority items from your budget (another latte?), or increase your income. Plan today for your future tomorrow! Helpful websites or

Jamison Brekke of EGF was the lucky winner of an I-Pod at "Pack the House Night" on Oct. 10th. Congratulations!!

College-Wide News

Get Connected.... Win Prizes....

Check your Student e-mail!!


Students Planning to Graduate in Fall Term 2007

Any student planning to graduate in the fall term 2007 must have an Application to Graduate on file. Applications can be downloaded from the graduation link on the NCTC homepage at The application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2007. Applications for the East Grand Forks campus should be submitted to: Jo Schill Assistant Registrar Room 105 Applications for the Thief River Falls campus should be submitted to: Lisa Bottem Graduation Coordinator of

NCTC Foundation Contributor Appreciation Event

Join us for a "Taste of Mexico" as we honor you, our contributors, for all you have done for Northland College. A menu of "delicioso" Mexican Cuisine will be served beginning at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2007 NCTC Commons Thief River Falls, MN

Dinner - 7:00 p.m. Program - 8:00 p.m. Honoring NCTC Foundation Endowment Contributors

Ole & Ruth Tweet Gene & Gretchen Beito

and Dedicating the Northland Community & Technical College Commons to Dr. Orley Gunderson Please RSVP by calling 681-0777 by October 15th or email: [email protected]

East Grand Forks Campus

East Grand Forks Campus

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Each walker competes individually for the top poker hand. The best poker hand at the end of two weeks receives a prize. Each walker picks up one playing card from Karen @ the receptionist desk upon completion of walking 9 laps around the halls of the EGF campus or 2 miles off campus - Course maps are posted! The more times you walk, the more cards you get to draw to make your best poker hand! Once you have drawn 5 cards, any additional cards you draw must be replaced with a card from your hand. You must hold 5 cards to qualify for the top hand. In the event of a tie for the top hand, we will draw cards. The highest card will win 1st place and the lower card will win 2nd place. Registration begins Monday, October 1st. Sign-up at @ the Receptionist desk. You can start drawing cards on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Start Walking!

East Grand Forks Campus Wear Pink Day Event

On October 10th, the Healthy Campus Committee promoted Breast Cancer Awareness month by promoting students and employees wear pink to on campus to increase awareness and fight against breast cancer. Participants to the booth received free prizes when they completed the breast cancer awareness quiz!!

Pictured above is Diane Rapacz of the EGF Healthy Campus Committee working at the Breast Cancer Awareness booth.

Thief River Falls Campus

Student Senate Happenings

Put Your Money Where Your Ears Are Fall Fundraiser October 20-27

Call or go online with your pledge of support! NCTC payroll deduction available!


and Greet" Mike Ciresi, Candidate for US Senate

Monday, October 15 6:00 p.m. Student Commons

Sponsored by the Student Senate


In the Cosmetology Department

Laser Tag

Tuesday, October 16 1:00-7:00 p.m. Student Commons

Brought to you by the Student Senate

October Special

2.00 off Hair color or Foils

NCTC Students only (ID Required)

Open Student Senate Meeting

Every Wednesday 3:00 p.m. Commons

Open Student Senate meetings are open to all NCTC students. If you are interested in participating in Student Senate, please also attend. For more information, contact Alyssa Novak at 686-7574.

Intramural Sports

Pool/Foosball and Dart League Meeting Monday, October 15 6 p.m.


This will be a meeting and sign up night. This league will consist of two person teams.

For more information contact Paul Peterson at 681-0737.

Thief River Falls Campus

NCTC Music Department Upcoming Events

Choral Works Concert

Tuesday, October 23 6:00 p.m. NCTC Theater Admission: $4 Featuring the Northwest Minnesota High School Honor Choir and Northland Chamber Choir.

Scholarship Opportunity

Thief River Falls Noon Lioness Club Scholarship

Full-time, NCTC-TRF campus students. Strong record of community volunteer work. Applications were emailed to all students. Copies are also available at the Financial Aid Office - Front Desk. Application deadline is December 1, 2007

Autumn Musicale

Thursday, November 8 6:00 p.m. NCTC Theater Admission: $4 Featuring the NCTC Jazz Bands as well as the Northwest Minnesota High School Honor Band.

Home Ownership Education Workshop

Learn: · How to eliminate barriers to home buying · Steps to buying a home · Home real estate transactions work · How to qualify for a mortgage loan · How much home you can afford October 16, 23 & 30 7-10 p.m. Pennington County Courthouse Meeting Room Thief River Falls Pre-registration is required. Registration fee: $20 per household. Call the Pennington County Extension Office and make your reservation today. 1-800-6812116 or 218-683-7030

North Dakota State University Visit

A Representative from North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND) will be on the Thief River Falls campus on: Wednesday, October 31st f Time: 10 am to 12 pm Location: Theater Lobby If you have any questions about NDSU, make plans to meet with the representative.

Thief River Falls Campus

Check this out ... from your library

Are you as newspaper reader?? Many people still read the paper copy, but all major newspapers now have a web site where you can read the paper online. This is very handy if you want recent news, but most sites will charge a fee to access their archive of back issues. Each paper determines how `old' an article is before it is archived, but there is no need for you to pay for access, because we subscribe to ProQuest News Stand. You can do a simple keyword search, to look within all the newspapers, or you can access a specific paper via the Publications tab. You select the title you want to search and take it from there. You may select a specific issue, or a range of dates. This database allows full text access to over 350 newspapers. Most are US papers, but there are several international papers as well. This is a great way to get an international perspective on current events. Take a look! As mid-terms approach, remember that academic use has priority on library computers. If you are in the library to relax, please respect students in the library working on projects & assignments. Please help the library stay a quiet place to come and study. LIBRARY HOURS: M - Th: 7:30 am ­6:00 pm F: 7:30 am 4:00 pm Closed this Sunday, October 21



WALKING: Makes you feel good! Gives you more energy Reduces stress Helps you sleep better Makes you look good! Tones your muscles Burns fat > helps achieve weight loss Improves your health! Lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases Improves cardiovascular fitness

Poker Walk at NCTC ­TRF

Increase your physical activity during the month of October--win prizes!!

Sponsored by the TRF Healthy Campus Committee:

Interested? Here's what to do:

1. 2. 3. 4. Sign up at the Receptionist's desk. Pick up a log sheet and walking map Get a good pair of walking shoes. Keep track of your steps (for those that have a pedometer) or miles. 5. Every time you walk 2 miles or 10,000 steps, or 30 minutes of walking, mark it on the sheet and pick up a playing card at the Receptionist's desk. 6. The best poker hand at the end of each week wins a prize.!

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2.5 laps = 1 mile 18.5 laps around the blue area in the gym = 1 mile (that makes 37 laps for 2 miles!)

Thief River Falls Campus

Employee News

GroupWise 7.0 ­ What's

·Quick Filter- filter through mail quick and easy ·Color code appointments-print in color too! ·Panels ­ view calendar, email, tasks or unread messages all together on one screen ·Quick Spell Checker- check spelling as you type

TRF-Employee Training When-Wed. October 24th Where- Lab 605 Time -12:00 and 3:00 EGF-Employee Training When- Mon. October 29 Where- 12:00 in room 231 3:00 in room 218

Please RSVP to : [email protected]

Employee News


Minnesota precinct caucus nights have been scheduled for two nights in 2008; Tuesday, February 5, 2008 March 4, 2008 According to state statute, "No Minnesota state college or university may schedule an event which will take place after 6:00 pm unless permission to do so has been received from the Board of Trustees. This applies to any college-sponsored classes and events, whether or not they are physically located on the campus". (Past practice has been not to allow exceptions to this state policy).


The flu shot and nasal spray flu vaccine will be available to state employees with no out-of-pocket costs upon presentation of their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan card during the workplace clinics. Without an ID card, the flu shot will cost $23.00 and nasal spray will cost $30.00 (cash or check). Flu shots will be provided on each campus as follows: EGF - Monday, October 29, 2007 from 7:00 9:00 a.m. in room 308A. TRF - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 from 7:0010:00 a.m. in room 545.

College Recruiting Schedule

High School Visits


October 25 October 26 October 30 October 31 November 1 November 2 Goodridge, Grygla, LHS Nicki Fosston, Bagley, Clearbrook-Gonvick Nicki Win-E-Mac Kelliher, Littlefork-Big Falls, Indus-Richdale Nicki Lake of the Woods, Warroad, Roseau, Nicki Badger, Middle River-Greenbush Tri-County, Lancaster, Kittson Central, Nicki Stephen-Argyle Central, Warren-Alverado-Oslo Norman County East, Ulen-Hitterdahl, Nicki Fertile-Beltrami

High School:


MN College Fairs


October 30 Kelliher High School College Fair

College Fair:



The Pioneer News is a weekly publication of news and events at NCTC. Students and employees are encouraged to submit items of interest to the editor, Julie Olson, Director of Public Relations at [email protected]



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