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Fall News and Notes

In this issue: ICP alums win major grants; recent program awards and honors; and more.

Welcome to the fall edition of c.c.e. times, the College's e-newsletter publication. As always, please remember all of our best stories come from YOU--the readers! Do you have an idea for a profile or feature story? Are you aware of a newsy or noteworthy tidbit? Send us an e-mail!

News and Notes

IBH honored by UPCEA
In September, the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program (IBH) received the 2013 Celebration of Excellence Award for Innovative Credit Program from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)-Central Region.

The groundbreaking IBH program is designed to address a growing need for qualified behavioral health professionals trained to work with individuals experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Innovative in both its content and delivery, the program provides easy access to courses, integrates learning with real world application in clinical settings, employs an online platform for clinical field supervision, and utilizes a dynamic portfolio process for student evaluation and graduate readiness.

Big Data; Big Leaders

Information Technology Infrastructure Program prepares graduates to take on big roles in Big Data--and beyond.

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) is host to several applied bachelor's degrees that allow students to bring their work experience to the classroom. Each of these degrees is designed by a team of university staff and industry experts with the adult professional in mind.

tim iti.jpg"The B.A.S. degrees fit well into CCE's suite of programs," says Michelle Koker, the College's director of undergraduate degree programs, "because they provide adults a flexible way to get the communications, business, and technical skills they need to move into higher positions in their industry, or move to a new field altogether."

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) is one of those distinctive, interdisciplinary degrees.

Team Effort

Construction Management alumna uses an interdisciplinary team approach to build career success

As she turned 50, and her youngest child graduated from high school, Ann Jacklitch decided to finish her undergraduate degree at the U. "I had a two-year degree in architectural drafting and estimating, and was working as a plans reviewer in the University Building Code Division.

"Previously, I'd worked in architectural design for 20 years (including 10 years for the U), followed by 2 years as a building inspector, and then nearly 10 years as a plan reviewer for the U. I felt I had a strong background in building codes, and in design, but was missing that third piece of the equation. Earning my B.A.S. in the CM program would give me that--it would give me a better understanding of the construction perspective/aspect, and enhance what I was doing in my career."

Ann Jacklitch PEP 360x396.JPGThat rounded perspective, Jacklitch believes, has been a crucial component in her academic and career successes. "So much of my learning was done in project teams--in groups that were made up of people of varying ages and experiences, as well as professional backgrounds."

The Bee-u-tiful Life

McKnight Professor Marla Spivak shares five, four, three, two, one important facts about everyone's favorite Apoidea

Soul singer Gloria "I Will Survive" Gaynor has nothing on the humble honey bee. The busy little creature is part of the superfamily Apoidea--a grouping of nearly 20,000 species of bees making up seven to nine subfamilies. Found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants, bees have survived as a species for more than 50 million years.Honeybee apis mellifera

But now, honey bee populations around the world are disappearing at alarming rates, victims of "Colony Collapse Disorder."

McKnight Professor of Entymology and MacArthur Genius Fellow Marla Spivak is at the forefront of crucial bee research that may help keep the insect on the map...and many of our most popular foods and goods on supermarket shelves.

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c.c.e. times has a wide audience--noncredit and credit students, the general public, and faculty and staff--and, as such, we value many different types of story content: long, short, motivational, laudatory, newsy, you name it.

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.

And while we diligently keep our eyes peeled and ears tuned for newsworthy items...the best source for all these great stories is you--the staff of the College. So please feel free to contact me with ideas for features that you think might make a good addition to a future edition of c.c.e. times (or another one of our publications/PR vehicles).

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The College of Continuing Education and local companies work to boost the number of women and minorities in the construction industry.

This winter, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced that 20 percent of the construction work for the new Vikings stadium will go to women and minorities--with 11 percent of the construction contracts to go to women-owned firms and 9 percent to minority-owned businesses.

kk cmgmt.jpgThe group also set a "work force goal," calling for 32 percent of all project work hours to be performed by minorities and 6 percent to be performed by women, which is in line with the new county-specific hiring targets unveiled last spring by Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

These targets are designed to bring the demographics of the construction industry more closely in line with the overall labor force--which is becoming increasingly more diverse.

Going Places

Master of Liberal Studies grad brings unique perspective and interdisciplinary thinking to his integral role in higher ed administration

Bernard Gulachek put his undergraduate degree in speech communication to good work at his alma mater--in the IT field. And while at first it may seem off-course, after sitting down with him, one realizes that he is very much a people person, and what he's doing relies as much on communication and soft skills, as it does technology and hardware.

Bernie.JPGGulachek first started work at the U as a technology customer service representative in 1986, later moving to director of operations, then planning for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and, most recently was named associate vice president for IT in May 2012.

CCE salutes outstanding unit directors Margy Ligon and Lori Graven

Long heralded as an affordable and convenient way to access many of the best and brightest minds the U (and even the world) has to offer, CCE's personal enrichment offerings are a diverse palate of short courses, workshops, lectures, and events.

Equally acclaimed, the College's conference services and program planning unit also specializes in connecting the U to the general public--albeit from a different angle--as it fosters lively collaborative development, facilitates gathering of communities of professionals, and encourages dissemination of expertise through a host of conferences, workshops, and other events every year.

This summer, CCE celebrates the careers and accomplishments of the heads of each unit--Margy Ligon in personal enrichment, and Lori Graven in conference services. Both Ligon and Graven will be retiring in June--each having left her distinctive stamp on some of the College's hallmark programming and offerings.

Building for the Future

New facility management track is a one-of-a-kind in the Midwest

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The College of Continuing Education's Construction Management Program unveiled its newest degree track this summer: Facility Management (FM).

"The degree will encompass the complete building lifecycle," says Construction Management faculty member and FM project spearhead Peter Hilger. "It's a cradle-to-grave program; meaning that instead of just looking at the planning of a building (architecture), or the construction of it, students in the FM program will look at everything from the purchasing of real estate to the building's inception/design; from construction and maintenance/recommissioning, all the way to demolition."

The degree is the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest, and fills a demand for management and leadership training from one of the fastest growing career fields today. Says Hilger, "Building technology is changing rapidly and organizations need to update/replace their outdated infrastructure in a cost-efficient way. There's a big movement toward sustainable and energy-efficient structures. And of course, there's the ever-present issue of maintaining existing facilities. And when you pair that with the statistic that an estimated 50 percent of the existing facility managers will be retiring in the next two decades or so...you have a huge job market that is waiting for educated people who can fill in that knowledge gap."