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College of Continuing Education News

From the Dean


Hello Friends,

There is something in each of us that provides our spark, our passion for seeking insight, making change, or helping others. That spark can burn brighter when we expose ourselves to the right conditions. Some of us feed on introductions to bright minds who force us to examine ideas from new perspectives. Others relish quiet time to reflect on possibilities. Many thrive in experiential learning.

In this issue, we see how College of Continuing Education students, teachers, and leaders flourish under their personal "right" conditions. They draw upon connections and experiences in the community in their drive to make a difference - whether that be to change directions for themselves or those they serve.

  • Osher Reentry Scholarship student Ben Lancette brought ingenuity and determination to an internship in Guatemala and returned a changed man. Ben represents just one of many in "win-win" relationships between interns and those served by internships.
  • Master of Liberal Studies alum Sharon Hogenson's gift honored the brother who encouraged her to find her passion and follow it.
  • Margy Ligon's enrichment programs bring the U's (and the world's) brightest minds to Twin Cities citizens.
  • Faculty director Sherry Wagner-Henry connects Arts and Cultural Leadership graduate students to community engagement opportunities.
  • Gregarious and outgoing faculty director Mac McKeen helps students go global in the Manufacturing Technology bachelor's degree.
  • Ken Roberts and Kathleen Behrens stay on the cutting edge of addiction studies so they can keep community members from falling through the cracks.
  • Bob Stine brings unflagging enthusiasm to steering the direction of degree and credit programs created for nontraditional students.
  • Bonnie Miller seeks rejuvenation every summer through hands-on arts.

These stories just scratch the surface. We are a group of learners, doers, changers, and chance-takers. To all of you, I extend my thanks for making this such an enriching community.


Dr. Mary L. Nichols
Dean, College of Continuing Education
University of Minnesota

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