Courage Kenny Country Championship Needs Assistance

The Courage Kenny Country Championship is a regional qualifier for the Adapted Sports USA Junior Nationals.  This is a great event with gifted athletes competing in track and field, swimming and archery.swimming-main1

Courage Kenny, Allina Medical is our service learning partner and they have just had a group of volunteers cancel several shifts. That puts the championship in a bind.  If you have a four-hour block of time to help on June 2, June 4, June 5, or June 7, please consider this opportunity.  I absolutely guarantee this will be a great experience, and a chance to cheer on amazing athletes. THANK YOU!
Please go to their link to  take a look at shifts and to sign up

Ronald McDonald Called – He Needs You for a One-Day Internship – Act NOW

Ronald McDonald 35th Anniversary Gala Shift is Resume Magic
Select Ronald McDonald Internship Shift not later than 10/16, 11:59 p.m.

Gala Date: Saturday, 10/25
Location: Marriott City Center, 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis

Ronald McDonald Shift Sign Up
Name ______________________________________________________________________
Email ___________________________________ Phone __________________________
Select ONE 1 p.m. arrival: Silent Auction Set-up 2-3 hours, break and then monitor/close auction from 4p-10p ONLY 4 spots remain
4 p.m. arrival for registration or invoice running/champagne delivery (anticipate 5 hour shift) Only 3 spots remain
(Dinner will be provided) Carpooling encouraged to save on fuel and parking $.

Complete form and send this page to, use subject line: Ronald McDonald Gala, on or before 10/16, 11:59 p.m. Shift confirmations will be sent out 10/17 by noon.

Pics from last year’s event here

All interns will receive letter of gratitude from host organization, photo of event and sample collateral for your portfolio. This is resume magic and fun!!

Excitement is Building for the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series

softball2-mainJoin me in the excitement at the 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series!  August 14, 15, 16.  The series will be held at three Brooklyn Park, MN parks. This year the World Series is hosted by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

I’m all in for this one.  Bring you, your family, your business or civic organization members and neighbors.  Let’s get involved by joining the hundreds of volunteers and many more who will be cheering on teams from the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  The sport originated here, and has grown dramatically in its 37 year span.

Grab a volunteer spot on the online sign up!  A special note to my students, alumni, and hospitality peers:  Courage Kenny is hoping we will fill the registration spots if possible.  That’s probably because they know registration is one area we can knock out of the park.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist that last little bit.)  Students and alumni, let me know when you volunteer so I can arrange for you to receive collateral for your portfolio.

Then follow the tournament on Facebook.

Find out more about the Wheelchair Softball World Series and the National Wheelchair Softball Association.

A Different Kind of Food Drive — Please Join Me!

Nope, I’m not asking you to bring canned goods. I’m asking you to join me in the garden on Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden and Orchard. Since 2012 community members, students, faculty, and staff have been generating produce for local food shelves.

Inver-Metro Community Garden

Let’s celebrate summer and sun while
we play in the dirt together!

Gardening tools will be provided.

Getting to the Garden

Inver Hlls Community College is at 2500 East 80th Street, Inver Grove Heights, MN. The community garden is located on the south side of campus, directly behind Heritage Hall. To get there, park in either the College Center or South parking lot, and follow the outdoor stairs between Heritage Hall and the Business building. Continue along the path behind Heritage Hall to the garden.

Can’t make it on June 14th?  That’s ok — you can garden with the community on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon.

Call to Students and Alumni for Great River Gathering

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Dakota County Technical College’s hospitality programs are once again honored to work with the Great River Gathering’s host organization, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, to produce this event. The 10th Great River Gathering will be at the Union Depot in Saint Paul on May 8. Reserve your shift now by completing this shift request and faxing it to 952-303-4060 or emailing me ( with your requested shift #, name, email address, and phone #.

2014 great river gathering shift list

This experience rocks a resume and portfolio! Program students and alumni will receive a letter of gratitude from the host organization, electronic photo and collateral sample for your portfolio. SMGT 1161 students will also receive course assignment credit.

Shift confirmations will be transmitted by April 22nd via email. Plan to attend training on April 26th, noon-1:00 p.m. at the Depot Minneapolis Renaissance.

This event is a “who’s who” of Twin Cities VIPs in corporations, government, and entertainment. Visit for more information. Here’s what they have to say about it: Presented by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, this annual celebration brings together an influential and diverse group of civic leaders and community members, all of whom share a commitment to the renaissance of Saint Paul and the Mississippi River valley. Be a part of this milestone year for the Great River Gathering as well as well as excitement around the opening of the Green Line with this celebration at Union Depot.