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Michael Opoku, associate director of student life, and Nichelle Bottko, student life activities coordinator, at Inver Hills Community College, were named the 2013–2014 Student Senate Co-Advisors of the Year by the Minnesota State College Student Association, or MSCSA. Mike and Nicki accepted the award at the MSCSA Spring General Assembly at Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minn., Saturday, April 12, 2014.
The MSCSA has a membership composed of more than 100,000 students from two-year technical, community and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses across Minnesota. The MSCSA Co-Advisor of the Year Award spotlights Nicki and Mike’s singular commitment to student engagement and success.
Nicki reported that receiving the award is a fantastic honor. “The student senators that we have had over the years have been amazing, motivated people—and this year was no exception,” she said. “It is fun to come to work, even on the worst of days, when you are welcomed by smiling faces that are looking to make a positive change to the world around them.”
Mike is also proud to part of a remarkable campus community. “I work with great students and colleagues,” he said. “They drive my passion for working in higher education and I am just thankful for the opportunity to serve them.”
“Mike Opoku and Nicki Bottko are the true essence of Student Life,” said Jason Neuhaus, IHCC director of student life. “They go above and beyond every day to provide the best out-of-classroom experience for all students. Inver Hills is fortunate to have such dedicated staff working on the front lines with students. They truly deserved this award!”
Top photo by Chris Dang
On a related note, the IHCC Student Senate was named an MSCSA Star Campus. The Star Campus award is bestowed on the MSCSA’s most active student senates. To learn more about the IHCC Student Senate executive board, read “Leadership Now” in Inver Hills Magazine.
Associate Director of Student Life
Student Life Activities Coordinator
Inver Hills Community College presented three awards at the Minnesota Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Summit and Awards Luncheon Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The awards recognized individuals and organizations on the IHCC campus and in the community that have advanced the civic mission of the college.
For more detailed information about the event, visit 20th Anniversary Summit and Awards Luncheon on the Minnesota Campus Compact website.
An A.A. and Education Foundations student at IHCC, Brent Magee serves as Student Senate president and works to maintain a “Community of Unity” on campus. Brent has helped to dramatically increase student civic engagement both through Student Senate and through service opportunities. He challenges himself and others to be the leaders who create positive growth and change. You can learn more about Brent by reading “Leadership Now” in Inver Hills Magazine.
The Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recognizes an individual student or student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.
Tanya Smutka, a biology instructor at the college, has designed opportunities for all her students to engage in service-learning partnerships with local environmental agencies and K–12 schools, including the first-ever IHCC Earth Day event in spring 2014. Additionally, Tanya is collaborating with ISD 196 to host “Expanding Your Horizons,” a conference engaging middle school girls in STEM careers.
The Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award recognizes a faculty, administration or staff member, or a group, e.g., advisory committee, task force or project team, that has significantly advanced a distinctive campus civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others in civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
Garlough Environmental Magnet School, or GEMS, provides engaging learning opportunities for all students, including an Environmental Studies Program that partners with Dodge Nature Center and emphasizes science, technology and math for grades K–4. GEMS collaborates with IHCC through numerous service-learning projects with courses that cover art, biology, geology, English, education and mathematics. The principal of GEMS provides insights on IHCC advisory boards.
The Presidents’ Community Partner Award recognizes a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways while engaging in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.
Director of Service-Learning
Dale Henninger, an information technology instructor at Inver Hills Community College, was selected as one of two instructors for the Cisco 2014 Dream Team, which is composed of 10 Cisco Networking Academy students from across the U.S. and Canada. Selected on technical and professional skills, instructor recommendations, activities outside the classroom, and geographical and individual diversity, the Dream Team will represent their academy at Cisco Live, Cisco’s largest customer event, May 18–22, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
“The Dream Team gets a unique development opportunity to work hands-on alongside industry leaders to deploy and support the event Network Operations Center (NOC) and support Cisco customers at the Help Desk,” reported Joni Blakeslee, a senior manager with the Cisco Networking Academy. “It’s hard work, long hours, and lots of walking, but the experience is invaluable to their resumes and careers. Now in our fourth year, the Dream Team has become a vital element to the success of Cisco Live, demonstrating quality IT talent and helping deliver a positive experience for more than 20,000 attendees.”
About the 2014 Cisco Dream Team instructor
Dale Henninger is an adjunct faculty member at Inver Hills, where he teaches CCNA 1-4 and CCNA Security, and has taught CCNP in the past. He is a certified Cisco Instructor Trainer (ITQ) and has been involved with the Cisco Network Academy since 1997. Henninger has served as a coach and a regional competition technical director for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. When Henninger is not teaching at IHCC, he serves as senior manager of Global Network Services at General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn.
Information Technology Instructor
Information Technology Instructor
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