Author: Mike Steffel

Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Feb 5, 2021

Dear Southwest Tech Family and Friends, So many of you are working extremely diligently to serve our students and each other.  We are grateful for your efforts and appreciate what you accomplish.  You literally improve people’s lives through your actions …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Jan 31, 2021

Greetings, Colleagues! Perhaps a shorter weekly update will be appreciated, or at least forgiven. 😊 Here is an update: Economic Outlook Senator Marklein sent this update on Friday regarding the state’s financial situation. There is reason to believe improvements can …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Jan 23, 2021

Dear College Community, Congratulations to everyone!  By many measures we had a great first week to the semester!  Thank you for your efforts to cautiously re-open campus with purpose.  We appreciate your emphasis on helping students learn both inside and …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Jan 16, 2021

Hi Folks, Thank you for attending in-service.  I appreciated the chance to be together.  My best to everyone as we start another semester on Monday.  We do what we do because we make a difference…and we do it very well. …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Jan 9, 2021

Dear Colleagues, While I wish I could muster an energetic “happy new year”…I am weary from watching heartbreaking and horrifying events unfold in our country.  I am overwhelmed with my feelings of inadequacy and insignificance to make a difference.  The …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Dec 19, 2020

Dear College Family, The end of each year is always a time of joy for me…we remember to be grateful, we have a chance to give to others, and we are renewed with the opportunity to set goals.  This year …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Dec 7, 2020

Good Evening, Colleagues.  I hope you are well. We were grateful to see many of you at the College Forum.  The recording will be posted on the Hub.  We are thankful for the feedback we have received and recognize there …

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Note to Staff From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Nov 25, 2020

Dear College Family and Friends, Please enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.  Please join me in stepping away from work, if at all possible, to be grateful and enjoy the company of loved ones albeit probably fewer in …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Nov 20, 2020

Hi! Thank you for working at the college.  We are grateful for the positive impact you make on students, with your co-workers, and in your communities.  Please remember to take care of yourself.  The Wellness Committee provides a wealth of …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Nov 14, 2020

Greetings, The exec team recently completed a review of the 13 Behaviors for Speed of Trust.  We will now circle back and explore The Ideal Team Player with an emphasis on the three essential characteristics: Humble, Hungry, and Smart.  If …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Nov 7, 2020

Dear Southwest Tech Colleagues, Another week passes but one that was unlike any in history.  There isn’t much I can say to solve the circumstances we face in society today.  I hope we can treat each other with kindness as …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Oct 31, 2020

Greetings, Colleagues. With the pandemic raging around us, I plead for people to find ways to make safe and meaningful connections with other people through service or simple acts of kindness.  It may not be as easy as it used …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Oct 24, 2020

Greetings, Colleagues. The climate survey has been completed and results will be shared broadly in the near future.  Please join me in celebrating the overall satisfaction with employment trend! This success is not by accident and is a credit to …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Oct 3, 2020

Dear Campus Community, We continue to be grateful for your caring service to students and each other during these incredibly challenging times.  I was recently reminded by Betsy Tollefson of an important book entitled, “The Upside of Stress.”  Author Kelly …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Sept 19, 2020

Hi Colleagues, One of my favorite things to observe in nature are adaptations and transitions.  Sunrises or sunsets, weather in all of its variety, stages of life of other species, seasonal shifts, and many other growth processes in nature intrigue …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Sept 5, 2020

Dear College Community, The link for the college-wide update on Friday, September 4 via video conference will be active on Yammer and in the Hub.  Here are a few updates to supplement the updates on the video conference: Budget:  Layla …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Aug 29, 2020

Dear Colleagues, Pardon the brevity…or perhaps it is appreciated. 🙂 The COVID-19 Return to Campus Phase 3 Plan:  The document has been updated and is located on the COVID-19 website and the Hub.  Included in this update are: The Bookstore’s …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Aug 21, 2020

Hi Everyone, Our “Board Prep” team recently had a discussion about Speed of Trust behavior #2 – Demonstrate Respect.  We shared our appreciation for people at the college who do a good job of demonstrating respect including Lori Needham, Cynde …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – August 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues, With COVID-19 hitting closer and closer to our own homes, please, please, please remember to be sensitive to the unique situations of others.  The uncertainty and fear can be as toxic as the disease but with obviously different …

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – July 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues, Hopefully this email finds you well.  I had hoped to start writing these updates again the first of August but recent feedback indicated it would be better to start sooner.  We had nearly 150 people participate in our …

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