BY DENNIS BONA, COLLEGE PRESIDENT
I’ll begin by wishing you all a warm and joyous holiday season, may it be filled with family gatherings and all of the wonderful traditions that you celebrate each year. I also extend a special consideration for those of you who are challenged this year with perhaps memories of past loved ones and happier times, may a new year bring you peace and hope for new beginnings and a brighter future.
So in reflection of a year that has brought dramatic positive changes in my life, I must express my delight with quaint and festive feel that our communities feature this time of year. Coming from southern Michigan, where there’s only a 50% chance of a white Christmas each year and perhaps only a 20% chance of being able to ice fish, I’m very pleased that even El Nino couldn’t prevent either of those endearing Christmas amenities from this community! In fact, it appears that all of the normal winter recreational activities are in full play including snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Speaking of winter recreation, may I remind you that there is a full slate of NCTC winter sports happening now, including wrestling and both men’s and women’s basketball. Please check our website for the next scheduled sporting event and make it a point to come watch our outstanding teams compete for NJCAA championships!
In other NCTC news, I want to thank all of the Thief River Falls residents and business leaders who are currently serving on our Community Advisory Committee, as they were gracious enough to attend our State of the College event in early December. Most were able to participate in a couple of surveys during the meeting, including a “perceptions survey” where they were asked to share both positive and negative perceptions about NCTC that currently exist in the community. The feedback was amazing and we either learned or confirmed that we have some work to do as a college. As I explained to the committee, it’s on us to dispel any negative perceptions that are based in misinformation or falsehood, and it’s REALLY up to us to fix any negative perceptions that are based in fact! The simple truth is that we can’t fix what may be perceived as wrong if we don’t ask or community what the issues are.
So I’m going to extend the opportunity that I gave the committee to the entire community by inviting any and all who wish to share what they feel or what they may have heard about NCTC. I encourage you to submit these perceptions at www.northlandcollege.edu/survey with preferably three positive things that you hear about NCTC and three negative things. I promise your comments will be kept anonymous, but I will share them with all faculty and staff so we can both celebrate what we are doing well, along with correct what we are not doing well. All feedback is appreciated and we view it as an opportunity to improve! If you would please send me your comments by January 1st it would help me prepare remarks prior to the beginning of our Spring Semester. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey.