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Cogwheel | Thursday | 10.2.08

October 2, 2008

Today’s Program: Reggie’s Classification Talk

Birthdays: Robert Bierman (9/29)

Next Week: Mayoral Candidates at Amerman Pavillion (Bank)

Last Week:

Keith Stover, president of South Central College, and Karen Snorek, vice president of Finance & Operations, said they would like South Central to be the answer for students from this area who choose not to go to college.

Between its campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, the school now offers more than 40 Associate Arts degrees in disciplines ranging from business and construction technology to agri-business and nursing. President Stover said enrollment is up and classes are full. They educate 5,000 credit students a year and provide customized instruction for another 16,000 annually.

State appropriations have been declining in recent years, so tuition has been raised to make up the difference. And yet, the cost per credit is only $135.20 or $169.70 per online credit.

Vice President Snorek said a $12 million addition to the library in Faribault should be completed by 2012, and a library project in North Mankato with a completion date of 2014 is on the drawing board. Back in Faribault, they completed a $250,000 renovation last year on the lower level and added three smart technology classrooms.

South Central College holds the distinction of being the state’s first post-secondary technical school (1946) and its newest comprehensive community college (2005).

Guests: Exchange students Elisa “Scooter” Skytte from Denmark, Ryota Kimura from Japan, Pablo Maldonado from Ecuador and Matheus Mattos from Brazil (Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: A grateful Dave Brown

Announcements:

The district committee on sustainability will be here on Thursday, Oct. 23. President Williams would like our own sustainability committee to be in place before they come. If you are interested in joining this effort, contact Chris Weber or Lee Dilley.

Feed Our Starving Children will be in town today through Saturday. If you are interested in helping package meals, contact Candy Taylor.

Keith Covey reported that Sam Studer, our exchange student in Slovakia, has joined a soccer club and that is making his transition easier. The language has been challenging for him.

Happy News: Pat O’Neil is happy that son, Regan, is now in his second year of college in Austria….Bob Coonley had not one, but two great-grandsons enter the world in one week…..Lee and Vicki Dilley celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary…Chris Weber gave a shout-out for the Minnesota Twins….Peg Prowe cleaned houses in two states to help her family return to Minnesota.

Coming up:

Oct. 16 — Zane Anway Back from Bolivia

Oct. 23 – Sustainable Communities: Stew Erickson (Former Grocery Store and Pharmacy Owner in Northfield) Judith Freund