Through the Rain and Gloom Students Brighten My Day: Ron Kind Visits Globe University-La Crosse

Congressman Kind at Globe University-La Crosse October 22, 2012

Congressman Kind at Globe University-La Crosse October 22, 2012

Each day an educator is challenged in several ways. Sometimes it is in how to get across a difficult concept, other times it is the complaints of unfair/ too difficult grading, and frequently it is misunderstanding through the breakdown of communication. Nevertheless, there comes a warm-snuggly day where an educator is reminded of why he or she works through the trials and stress of teaching.

For me, that day was yesterday. During a visit from local Congressman, Ron Kind, students responded to an email invitation to see him speak, and then called out the people, faculty and staff alike, who helped them make their lives more fulfilled. One particular student called out my name telling how he was empowered to help others with my encouragement.

As the student filed out of the room among companies, who hire our students; community partners, with whom we have a symbiotic relationship; and other faculty and staff, who thanked them for their kind words of appreciation, I had to wipe away a tear. These days come infrequently, but when they do they are what keeps me going on, even when students don’t understand that the homework assigned to them are truly in their best interests.

Globe students hanging out in the common area. October 2012

Globe students hanging out in the common area. October 2012

In many ways a student is like a garden, in the springtime of his or her degree the seeds are being planted. By the time a student complete new student orientation, he or she is sprouted and very tender. Over that first two quarters, the seedling needs more gentle guiding than later on. During his or her middle tenure the sprout grows to be a flowering and seed producing plant. Finally upon graduation, the student is being harvested and spreading the seeds for the next stage in his or her professional development. In the meeting, we had students at each stage of their education. Most new students were timid and just listened, but those students who have had time to come into their own spoke up defending the college that gave them a chance to succeed when they were ready.

Michelle Hanson (right) and Denae Larrabee (left) share how a Globe education helped them to be direct hires from thier externships into Mayo.

Michelle Hanson (right) and Denae Larrabee (left) share how a Globe education helped them to be direct hires from thier externships into Mayo.

Thank you to alumni including Scott Herdeman, Lisa Paulson, Michelle Hanson, and Denae Larrabee and student including Thomas Sharp, Jamie Stark, Rebecca Felten, Diana Ornes, Corina Russell,  Robert Matthews, III, Kelsey Castro, Crystal Bundy, Shanleigh Ritger, and Rebecca Clements  for speaking up for private sector education and how it has made their life more fulfilling.  Shanleigh Ritger, a medical assisting student, attested to the reason she felt that Globe was a positive influence in her life, “My teachers all the way up to my [program] chair always make me feel that I am important.”

I also need to express gratitude; thank you Globe University for providing me the opportunity to grow and blossom as a professional, to work with these amazing minds, and to touch the lives of people each and every day.  In addition, thank you each any every student. You bring me challenges and joy on a daily basis.