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News, Notes, and a Letter From Your Editor

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Like our other media and PR communications--social media, blogs, and CCE Current--c.c.e. times doesn't happen in a vacuum. It needs your input to keep going! Although the audience for each publication differs, the overarching goal for them is the same: to highlight some of the inspiring, intriguing, cool, amazing, informative, and all-around awesome things that have been going on in our College.

The stories we run feature the students, colleagues, and programs that make CCE such a unique part of the University--and the community as a whole.

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And now, on to the News and Notes...

Commencement 2013
Congratulations to the 325 CCE students who became CCE alumni on Saturday, May 18. The class of 2013 includes 55 credit certificate earners, 65 master's degrees, and 205 bachelor's degrees.

Of note: Susan Bushek became the first graduate of the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH); former Gopher basketball standout and NBA player Willie Burton completed his bachelor's degree in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program--returning to academics 23 years after leaving school for the NBA draft.

Awards and Honorees

Lori Graven and the conference services and program planning staff are proud to support Dr. Susan M. Galatowitsch, professor of restoration ecology, in her work on a groundbreaking, five-course, online professional development series for ecological restoration professionals. Galatowitsch received the 2013 R1Edu award for excellence and innovation in online learning for her work on the series.

Liz Hruska, assistant director at Career and Internship Services, has received the Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Hruska was honored for her exceptional work helping students from diverse backgrounds achieve their academic and career goals. The award recognizes her substantial contributions to numerous campus-wide career events including Exploring Interests and Majors as well as You've Graduated, What Now? and also her collaborative work providing career support for student veterans, which has received national attention.

On May 9, director of personal enrichment programs Margy Ligon, was honored with the 2013 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes Ligon's 13 years of using brilliant and creative programming to connect the U's best and brightest with the greater Minnesota community.

The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Says former University President Bob Bruininks in his letter of support for her nomination, "Through [Margy's] work, she has helped all of us raise the public stature of the University of Minnesota through sharing its gifts with the citizens of our state."

Steph Platteter, the College's executive director of marketing and college-wide enrollment management, was named the 2013 recipient of the Dorothy Durkin Strategic Innovation Award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.

A national award, the Dorothy Durkin Strategic Innovation Award recognizes an individual for achievement in strategic planning, marketing innovation, or enrollment management success. A key element in all areas is demonstration of creativity layered on a foundation of strategic thinking. Awardees have exhibited leadership and commitment to achieving a responsive, student-centric culture at their institution.

New Hires
This spring, CCE welcomes several new director hires.

Susan Borowick (Unit Director, Professional Development and Public Programs)
Borowick comes to CCE from the U of M School of Public Health, where she was the director of distance learning strategies and solutions. She also has extensive experience in the Twin Cities corporate sector, including involvement in leading and delivering professional development programs for corporations, both as an employee and as a consultant. Borowick holds a master's degree in human resource development from St. Thomas University, and a B.A. in sociology from the U of M.

Ritu Saksena (Department Director, Graduate Programs)
Saksena earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Dehli, two master's degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Maryland. She worked in the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, taught at the University of Maryland, and most recently was the associate director for the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois.

Jason Jacobson
(Program Director, Individualized Degrees)
Jacobson has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Macalester College and a Master of Education in adminis¬tration of higher education from Suffolk University in Boston. He worked in Undergraduate Program Admin¬istration at MIT and most recently was the assistant director in the Center for Academic Services at Hamline University.

Anil Sangam (Faculty Di¬rector, IT Infrastructure Program)
An ITI instructor since 2009, Sangam is currently a senior consultant for Best Buy, responsible for systems architecture, design, and gover¬nance for the Geek Squad Online area, and has provided consulting services for such clients as Ameriprise, IBM Global Services, Wells Fargo, and RBC Dain Rauscher.

Graven, Henderson, Ligon to Retire
June marks the end of (several) eras in CCE, as the College says goodbye to three of its most heralded staff members.

Director of conference services and program planning Lori Graven started in the College in 1975, when she took a program assistant position in CCE's Department of Conferences at the Nolte Center. After spending more than four decades overseeing offerings running the gamut from esoteric to outrageous, rock and roll to coherent multidimensional spectroscopy, Graven has seen a little bit of everything--and helped thousands of program participants get the most out of their conference or event experiences.

Susan Henderson
has been with CCE for more than 24 years. Her initial work included focusing on providing professional development opportunities in science for K-12 educators, as she created and directed CCE's Science CentrUM. She became director of College in the Schools (one of the country's most successful CIS programs) in 1997; and in 2005, was named the director of precollege programming when she took on Post-Secondary Enrollment (PSEO) programming, in addition to CIS.

Margy Ligon became the College's first director of personal enrichment programming in 2000, following a 25-year career in arts and nonprofit management. The founder of some of CCE's most popular offerings, including LearningLife short courses, Saturday Morning Seminars, Headliners, and the award-winning Great Conversations series, Ligon was honored this year with the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

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