The vision for the future:

This 193 acre property located at W9711 Butternut Road, Gresham, WI is presently for sale by owners. The property consists of a completely gutted 28 room mansion, and lies along the pristine Red River with hundreds of feet of river frontage, 60 plus tillable acres, and a sacred sight with deep historical roots in this region.

Here are the essential components of this initiative:

  • A team of Leadership students under the direction of Andrew Clark, Leadership Development Instructor in the College of Business, NWTC, has undertaken the feasibility of property renovation, and in conjunction with Whitewater-Gresham Estates, LLC, is developing a long-term operating agreement with the owners to oversee and manage the project and the property.
  • To rehab the mansion, and to make the payments of the land contract, a high-end, ecologically appropriate campground would be developed, featuring gate, welcome center, asphalt roads, sewer, water, 60 amp service to:
    • 34 – ½ acre campsites @ $10,000 a year site lease
    • 21 – ¼ acre campsites @ $6,000 a year site lease
    • 10 – 1/10 acre campsites @ $2,500 a year site lease
    • 26 – tent campsites @ $110 per night
  • The cost to develop the full campground structure is estimated to be approximately $900,000

Nontoxic and Natural – Earth Day – April 22, 2018

“Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving…wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our very being, making us glide and sing.” John Muir

Here is a sample of one student’s responses to the “Save the Planet” assignment for an Introduction to Ethics class – in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2018. Continue reading

Masculine Toxicity—to be or not to be?

President Donald Trump is lashing out at Joe Biden on for wanting to “beat the hell out of him,” saying the former vice president “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”

Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”

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CSS=Creative Slice of Self

   While the course I presently teach, Thinking Critically and Creatively, will no longer be offered as a general studies course after this semester, spring of 2018 – I do hope all courses will include the elements of critical thinking and creative thinking.  I have written essays on the importance of critical thinking as being fundamental to learning, understanding, and application of one’s knowledge base. It is equally important to become a creative thinker in order to develop a life philosophy that truly reflects who you are, a thinking framework that you can rely on to guide you through difficult and challenging problems.

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Educating the Hearts of our students

After the 39th and final radiation treatment for prostate cancer on February 26th, I met with the oncologist, and he was very pleased with my progress thus far in having been compliant with the treatment demands, requests, and procedures.  I will meet with the oncologist in one month, and then to return every 3 months for a blood test and PSA results — hopefully, the number will be reduced to normal between 2 to 4 or even a 0.  He said it would take 3 to 6 months to obtain a true reading of the PSA results. I am very positive about the outcome. I have been very blessed with very few, if any side effects.   Continue reading

Pin the Tail on the Ethics Donkey

It has been 4 weeks since the beginning of my ethics class.  Thus, I thought it would be appropriate to play “Pin the Tail” on the ethics donkey – that is to solicit feedback from the students about the course.  Rather than go blindfolded through the remainder of the 12 weeks, I asked the students to respond to three open ended questions:  1. Continue doing; 2. Consider adding; and 3. Consider changing and modifying.  Having collated their responses, I responded to them (my responses in bold print); and we will review their data and my responses as the first activity of the next class. Continue reading

Chance or Choice?

“When you drink from the spring, remember the source” – Confucius

What are the philosophical sources for the concept of choices which determine who and what I will become?  How often we forget as educators to consider the etymology of the word – thus we do an injustice to the scope of the learner’s knowledge, understanding, and application to life’s challenges and choices.  Continue reading

Food for Thought on Successful Communication and Conflict Resolution

Always remember:  Don’t allow personal attacks AND don’t personalize remarks.  This can be very challenging as everyone’s first response to “personalize” the situation.  A key tool in any learning environment is successful and respectful interaction with learners (and the work / team environment too!!!).  When communicating (verbally, in writing, or face to face) and corresponding with learners (colleagues) about “heated moments” It is prudent to ‘depersonalize’ the communication /correspondence by not using “you” and “I” but referencing the “issue” and the “course of action or resolution”. 

For example if a student email states “You gave me a 69% on the last quiz and I don’t think it was fairly graded.”    A response might look something like this:  “Thank you for the email inquiry regarding performance on the LP 6 quiz.  In review of the quiz, questions 4, 5 and 9 were not thoroughly / accurately addressed.  Content focusing on the specific types of elder abuse; who are the most common perpetrators, and the four requirements for reporting elder abuse would have greatly improved performance on the quiz.”

It takes conscious thought and effort to develop this communication philosophy but take it from me ….. it most often does defuse the “heated moment” and directs attention to the issue at hand.