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Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series - Fall & Spring 2014-2015

The Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of faculty members at Saint Paul College. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest, and allows faculty to support the college by sharing their experiences with students through these insightful campus lectures that convey their passion for education and research.

Each presentation is free and open to the public. The Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series continues as we present the following exciting sessions for during Fall and Spring semesters this year.
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Lecture:    Why Everything Matters
Faculty:     Jeremy Sartain, Health and Service Programs
Date:         Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:   Theatre - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff 

Jeremy Sartain will share details about his life experiences as a professional cyclist chasing his dream of Olympic participation, a unique upbringing by American parents in Canada, a switch to triathlon and a devastating accident that made him who he is today.

Why Everything Matters is a shared personal story of ambition, success and setbacks. Reflective insights woven into a story that everyone can relate to, Jeremy will motivate, challenge perception and enhance how we think about ourselves and our personal endeavors.

Jeremy Sartain Bio
Jeremy Sartain leads the Massage Therapy and Personal Training programs. He has been an instructor at Saint Paul College since 2001. He has received several Faculty Excellence Awards for his innovations in teaching, including curriculum development, service learning projects and educational resources such as instructional DVD’s created/produced in-house, and other supplemental learning materials.

Prior to working at Saint Paul College Jeremy was a professional cyclist, elite triathlete, coach and massage therapist. Jeremy still races the elite ranks in triathlon and has an active massage and coaching practice. As a former professional athlete, Jeremy brings structure embedded with fun and excitement to his classroom. Jeremy’s globe trotting experience from his bike racing days allow for better relations with students and the ability to bring a global perspective to all learners.
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Lecture:     Pitch, Tone and Note Taking?
Faculty:     Joseph Buhain, Health and Services Programs
Date:         Wednesday, November 12, 2014; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:   Theatre - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff

Institutions of higher learning can be difficult for student learners, but that does not have to be the case. Barriers to effective learning include language, body posture, information overload and cultural dynamics.

These issues can impede a student’s progress. However, music can break down these barriers. In this lecture, Joseph Buhain will explain the dynamics of how musical poetry, PITCH, TONE and NOTE taking can help assist student education progress.

The calculated use of compositional melodies in the teaching space can set the reading passage, atmosphere and student engagement in the learning environment. Harmony in Musical Literature, one of the pleasures of life, can be of countless value and an asset. With respect to culture and sensitivity, music is, and can be combined in some form of technological dynamic to improve learning.

Several Techniques are applied toward different tones and pitches that strike the minds of students. With these techniques, you, the professor, can “compose” a laboratory setting that is rich and resounding. Research continues and provides some helpful guidelines for the intentional use of music; especially in the classroom.

If nothing else, learn a little bit about what music can do for you!! Now let’s have fun. 

Joseph Buhain Bio
Joseph Buhain’s accomplishments as a Respiratory Therapist with 20 years clinical experience in a hospital setting have led him to Saint Paul College where he serves as the Director of Respiratory Therapy and Simulation Studies. He has served two military combat tours and continues to serve our nation as a United States Naval Officer. He attributes his ability to handle challenging situations to musical literature. United States Naval Officer Lt. Buhain has led countless service members in the military branches, both in the Army and Navy, to stronger and brighter futures. He continues to believe that music impacts effective transitional learning.

"The goal in life really is not just to find a job, but to find a profession you enjoy and love. J Buhain"

"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule." -- Samuel Butler

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Lecture:     Why Treaties matter - Ojibwa Treaty Rights in Minnesota
Faculty:      Kurt Kortenhof, History
Date:          Thursday, December 4, 2014;  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:    Theatre - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff

Kurt Kortenhof will draw from personal experiences and historical context in this discussion centering on 19th-century treaty making, and contemporary treaty rights in Minnesota. This lecture is presented as part of the programing surrounding the Why Treaties Matter exhibit that will be hosted by Saint Paul College between November 15 and December 7, 2014.

Kurt Kortenhof Bio
Kurt Kortenhof’s interest in Ojibwe Treaty Rights began long before he became a history instructor at Saint Paul College. He grew up in northern Wisconsin where as a middle school student in the mid 1980s he witnessed angry confrontations at boat landings between protestors and Ojibwe people attempting to exercise their treaty-protected off-reservation right to spear walleye. Years later as a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he worked under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Satz in connection with an Ojibwe treaty rights case then moving through the court system and eventually settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1999. Since 2003 he has taught U.S. and Minnesota history at Saint Paul College. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Lecture:     Lifehacks - Simple Tools to Organize Your Life For Free
Faculty:     Darren Pearson, Faculty, Computer Careers
Date:         Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:   Theatre - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff

With the increased pace of living and the rapid changes in technology in recent years, many people have found themselves stressed and overwhelmed with the flood of new information in their lives. The constant bombardment of information from television, Internet and mobile phone technologies can make it a challenge to focus on priorities, in school, work, relationships and personal development.

This lecture will explore the use of a variety of freely available productivity tools to organize, prioritize and improve the efficiency of tasks in all of these areas of life. Besides exploring these new tools, some strategies will be presented for reducing and/or removing many of the non-essential and time wasting activities which can consume so much of our lives. 

Darren Pearson Bio
Darren Pearson joined the Computer Careers Department at Saint Paul College in 2002 and has taught a wide variety of technical classes over the last decade. As a student, educator and technology enthusiast, Darren is continually looking for ways to leverage new technologies to improve his efficiency in both his personal and professional life, as well as identify and focus on goals and priorities. In addition, Darren has found sharing these practical techniques and experiences with others interested in self-improvement has become a very rewarding experience. ___________________________________________________________________________________ 

Lecture:     Life on the Ice: Living and Working in Antarctica
Faculty:      Althea Danielski and Patti Gage
Date:          Wednesday, March 25, 2015; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:    Theatre - Free and open to all students, faculty and staff

Think it is cold in Minnesota? Try the South Pole! Life on the Ice is extreme: the temperature gets down to -100 degrees, the sun drops below the horizon and is not seen again for 6 months, and once the station closes for the winter, nobody can get in or out. As you can imagine, the people who choose to live and work there are a little ... odd. But in a good way!

Althea Danielski and Patti Gage, both reading instructors at Saint Paul College, had similar experiences in working for the United States Antarctic Program. Patti worked in the cafeteria in McMurdo, the USA’s research base on the coast, while Althea operated heavy equipment at the South Pole Station. We’ll share our photos and stories about living and working in one of the coldest, strangest and most beautiful places on Earth.

Interested in working down there too? We’ll tell you what we know about getting a position there. 90% of the jobs are trade and technical such as: culinary workers, construction and tradespeople, IT workers, health care staff, mechanics and even estheticians get hired to fill the support staff jobs at the research bases. Come find out about the adventure of a lifetime!

Althea Danielski and Patti Gage Bio
Althea and Patti are Reading Instructors at Saint Paul College. Their lives have crossed paths several times, although they did not realize this until recently! Both worked “on the ice” at the same time, and both went to the same graduate school (School for International Training) the same year. Fate finally forced them to interact: after being assigned to share an office at the Hubbs Center in Saint Paul, Althea noticed Patti’s photo of herself at the South Pole. They have been colleagues and dear friends ever since.