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Doug Lennick to Visit MCTC, Speak About Moral and Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Motivation

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by insidemctc 2 Comments

Doug LennickDoug Lennick, CEO and co-founder of Think2Perform, will present a lecture to the MCTC community on moral and emotional intelligence, leadership, motivation and high performance Friday, March 28 at 9 a.m. in room S.1400 of MCTC’s Science Center. Doug is legendary for his innovative approaches to developing high performance in individuals and organizations and is an expert at developing practical applications of the art and science of human behavior, financial and otherwise.

Before founding Think2Perform, Doug, a certified financial planner (CFP), was executive vice president of advice and retail distribution for American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise Financial). In that capacity he led an organization of 17,000 field and corporate associates to unprecedented success.

Doug and co-author Fred Kiel, Ph.D., recently released their newest book, Moral Intelligence 2.0: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success in Turbulent Times. Just one year earlier, Doug published Financial Intelligence: How to Make Smart, Values-Based Decisions with Your Money and Your Life. Doug is also the co-author of the internationally successful and original work Moral Intelligence. Doug is the sole author of The Simple Genius (You) and co-author with Roy Geer, Ph.D., of How to Get What You Want and Remain True to Yourself.

Doug is in high demand as a keynote speaker as well as an executive and organizational advisor. He has been quoted and referenced in many publications and books, including Daniel Goleman’s seminal book Working with Emotional Intelligence and Richard Leider’s bestselling Power of Purpose. MCTC is proud to have Doug on campus.

Doug’s talk is hosted by MCTC’s Business Management program. Contact jason.cussler@minneapolis.edu if you plan to attend.

March Phonphiboun, World Citizen Award Winner

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments

Photo: March PhonphibounAn associate’s degree was only the beginning for March Phonphiboun.

The Mathematics and TRIO work study student began his studies at MCTC in 2010. “In high school, I wasn’t in an academic state of mind,” said March. “I barely graduated, and when I got to MCTC, my performance kept getting worse.” After seeing his first semester grades, he began asking himself some hard questions. “I had had enough. It was then my journey with self-discovery and improvement began.”

March worked hard—both in his studies and in tandem with his studies. “I had to pick up part-time jobs during college to help pay bills,” March said. “On top of studying, dealing with personal issues and working to improve myself, it was a difficult time for me.” During his time at MCTC, March fed his interests in leadership and interpersonal communications. “There are so many things you can do when you develop leadership skills. You begin to notice life working for you.” In December of 2012 March graduated with honors, receiving his associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. However, he wasn’t done learning.

March’s ideas, experiences and personal growth had given him energy and a new direction to pursue. In January 2013, March began a new course of study at MCTC: mathematics. This time, he was empowered to use his new skills and confidence to apply for a scholarship to help pay the way.

“An adviser in the TRIO Starting Point program suggested I apply for the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award,” said March. The application called for an essay addressing how people of the world are connected to one another. “In my essay, I wrote about how world citizens aren’t so different from one another. As a team, world citizens can expand the existing pool of knowledge.” March also described his concept of a program aimed at making STEM fields approachable to non-STEM majors.

Last fall, March joined the North Star STEM Alliance and had the opportunity to attend the national conference for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers in Philadelphia. “Among countless things, the conference taught me the importance of networking. Communication skills can be one of the biggest assets you can have, especially when moving laterally within a company or organization.”

This will be March’s final semester here at MCTC. He will transfer to the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in computer science. “Every day is an opportunity to learn and improve,” said March. “I like to believe that once you stop learning, you stop living. I’m getting ready for the future.”

Student Receives MSCSA Leadership Scholarship

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

ImageMinneapolis Community and Technical College student Carlos Rodrigo Vazquez received the Fall 2012 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Leadership Scholarship. Seven students attending Minnesota State Colleges and Universities throughout the state were awarded the merit-based scholarship as recognition of their exemplary community and campus leadership in addition to maintaining a superb GPA throughout their academic career. Each recipient will receive $650 toward his or her tuition for the fall 2012 semester.

“The MSCSA scholarship means a lot to me because it is helping me get closer to my educational goal,” Vazquez said. “I am very thankful to the donors who make this scholarship available/possible, and I know that eventually I will be one of them. I would love to give and support my community because my community gave and supported me when I needed it.”

The six additional student recipients are: Gordon Craft-Inver Hills Community College, Gabriel Hall- Southeast Technical College-Winona, Brian Liebeg- Inver Hills Community College, Jamie Medas- Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids, Shahalo Seidmedova-Saint Cloud State University and Danielle Swanson-Southeast Technical College-Red Wing.

More information about the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship, including application materials and deadlines is available at www.mscsa.org/scholarship.

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) represents students attending the state’s two-year technical, community and comprehensive colleges on 47 campuses advocating for more than 100,000 students across the state.

Student Receives TRiO Leadership Award

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by insidemctc 5 Comments

Rahel Haile, a TRiO Starting Point student, received the TRiO Leadership Award at the MAEOPP Adult Student Leadership Conference on Oct. 29.

She was recognized for her exemplary leadership in academics, school and the community. Haile has been a Starting Point peer mentor for three years and has provided many new students and nursing students wonderful, calming advice and plenty of encouragement. She has helped to develop and improve our mentoring program to help mentors connect with students in more ways. Ms. Haile will graduate this fall from MCTC with an Associate in Science degree in nursing.