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September, 2008Volume 6, Issue 9 Archive  


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"Thoughts on Leadership"
A good leader understands the mission and vision of the organization. Develop one, articulate it to the company, and make your decisions based on the mission and vision.   Not having a mission and vision is like taking a trip without a map OR final destination.  You don't know where you are going and you haven't a clue as to how to get there. You won't know if you are successful!  Micheal Wellcome, associate director of the Center for Research and Innovation, shares his thoughts on what it takes to be an effective leader.  Read more.

BSU Center for Research and Innovation ? What the heck is that?
"People are curious about what we do here," said Ross, who is an industrial training coordinator at the CRI.  "We are part of Bemidji State, yet we are off campus.  We provide opportunities to learn, but we are not academic.  We provide consulting to businesses and organizations, but the goal is applied learning.  Our mission is to serve local needs, yet we have a major new online distance learning initiative."  Learn more about CRI at the Brown Bag Lunch session on Wednesday, September 10, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Research and Innovation.  Learn more.

Critical Incident Report Writing
Rick Demers will discuss how and why to develop incident reports within businesses, agencies and nonprofits during a Regional Employer Support Network presentation from  9 -11 a.m. on Thursday, September 11.  "In many cases, if you don't document it, it never happened," Demers said.  "If it is not done in a timely fashion, you lose track of credible proof as to what happened and how you responded."  Participants will be given a formula for writing a single paragraph incident report and some common grammar hints that make writing easier.  More information and the full schedule are online.

"Harvesting Tamarack for Bioactive Compounds"
Presenting will be Gordon Fothergill, the procurement specialist for the Lonza, Inc., facility in Cohasset, Minn., where tamarack are processed to extract Larch Arabinogalactan (LAG), a natural compound for use in human and animal nutrition, personal care, and industrial applications.  "LAG is an additive that enhances existing properties of materials," Fothergill said.  "It is also a water soluble fiber so it can be added to a product that wouldn't normally have fiber, like an energy drink."  During the program, Fothergill will provide background on Lonza, describe the Cohasset plant, outline uses for LAG, and discuss product applications in a variety of areas.  Join us Monday, September 15, from 3 -  4 p.m.  This free information and discussion session will be held at the CRI, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 4.  More information and the full schedule are online. 

Academy of Lifelong Learning Kicks off Fall Series
Dr. Alex Nadesan will explain the historical and current influence of religions on culture in Southeast Asia during an Academic of Lifelong Learning lecture from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23. The presentation will examine the introduction, growth and eventual fall of Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms in Indonesia as well as the rise of Islam on the island country.  He will describe the historical remnants of various fallen empires in Indonesia, the influences of the cultures of India, the coming of Islam, colonialism, and the co-mingling of religions.  This is the first in a series of Academy of Lifelong Learning presentations.  For more information and the full schedule of events, read the fall newsletter online. 

News from our Partners
MSU Moorhead offers TEAM Work Symposium:  Teach ELL's with Academics in Mind
Dr. Sylvia Linan Thompson specializes in the oral language and literacy development in English Language learners and the 3-tiered model of reading. She had developed and examined reading interventions for struggling readers who are English speakers as well as for English language learners. Her pre-conference training will address reading interventions for English Language Learners. Learn more about this event online.

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour comes to Thief River Falls
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour ( is bringing together America's top young entrepreneurs to spread the entrepreneurial mindset to their peers at a grassroots level at colleges nationwide.  Don't be fooled by the name! The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is targeted at students from ALL academic disciplines - not just business school students. The aim is to help students think about how to distinguish them to get a head start in their careers and lives. The speakers are tremendously inspiring young people!  Learn more about the event and speakers.

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