Some Good News about Improving College Success for Low Income and Minority Students
Leaders of two outstanding programs explain how to help low income, first generation, and minority students gain access to and succeed in college.
At three minutes past 12:15 President Chuck called this week’s gathering and “Battle for the Microphone” to order. Doug Hartford laid down the ivory while Jerry Faletti led us in America the Beautiful. Shelly Rucks delivered an inspirational minute in response to tragedies, national and local, in the last few weeks.
Building healthy lives and communities requires strong partnerships and new ways of thinking about health care. Megan Remark, Regions Hospital President and CEO, will comment on the trends impacting healthcare and how Regions and HealthPartners serve our communities now and in the future.
Joe Kovarik led the club in an a cappella version of America the Beautiful since the meeting next door didn’t want to be disturbed. What they don’t know is that Mindy Kastelic can whoop at any time, so they’re not safe! And this is our first time with a cash bar in the room – who knows what hijinks we might get up to? Jason Bradshaw offered an inspirational thought from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thanks to Annette Kuyper and Sophie Rupp for warmly greeting our wonderful members, and today’s scribe Michael-jon Pease.
James J. Hill was born in Canada and emigrated to St. Paul to work as a shipping clerk for a steamboat company. Hard work and a head for business made him successful enough in the shipping business that he was able to buy a railroad at age 38 and eventually expanded it to be a transcontinental railway (Great Northern) without using any public funds, making it the only privately financed transcontinental railway. Hill knew the value of private investment capital and used it wisely, promoting businesses in the communities through which his railways ran and giving back in various ways. The James J. Hill Center in St. Paul is Mr. Hill’s living legacy to support entrepreneurship. The Hill Center along with individual founders of Hill Capital did research on the business finance landscape and found that small companies seeking $500,000 to $5,000,000 in financing to grow their company are increasingly unable to do so. Hill Capital was formed to launch a publicly-held private equity firm to be collaborative with all sources of finance and help fill this capital void in the finance market. Hill Capital represents an opportunity to help address this gap, leverage the wisdom of the community and bring people together with shared economic interests in the growth of entrepreneurial companies throughout the Empire Builder corridor.
President Carla Hauge called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Joe Kovarik led the singing of America The Beautiful with Bob Jones assisting on piano and the Hauge Girls on brass instruments. Annette Kuyper gave the inspirational minute. Mindee Kastelic introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeters were Laura Nichol-Endres and Heather Christopherson. Carla reminded people to complete the volunteer survey. The results so far show that we need more people to volunteer to be leaders.
On a day that would have been perfect for outdoor fellowship (them's the breaks!), 80 Rotarians gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel for fellowship and a dynamic speaker. Club members drew random tables numbers as they were greeted to "mix up" the seating and get members talking.
In 1981, Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis opened the Dorothy Day Center as a drop-in center for meals, serving approximately 30-50 people per day. Over time, due to increasing homelessness, it was forced to become a 24 / 7 / 365 overnight shelter-something it was never designed or intended to do. And it reached a tipping point in 2011 when, for the first time, Catholic Charities had to turn people away. In partnership with a task force of community leaders convened by Mayor Chris Coleman, a solution was developed.
The new vision for the Dorothy Day Center-which is supported by what is likely the largest public-private partnership in state history-will consist of a two-building campus designed to prevent and end homelessness. It will focus on two key components which do not exist sufficiently today: more permanent homes and dedicated self-sufficiency services that will create true pathways out of poverty and homelessness. The location for this new vision-in the shadow of our Capitol, the Cathedral and the commercial and entertainment center of our community-will be a beacon of hope and opportunity.
Todd Nicholson led the club in America the Beautiful with Doug Hartford at the ivories. Laura Nichols-Endres offered and inspirational thought about those who have taught us and all those we teach in our lives.Shelly Rucks did double duty today warmly greeting members and introducing guests. Sophie Rupp from the University Club of St Paul also warmly greeted our wonderful members.
The campaign for the most important office in the world, President of the United States, already has become defined by name-calling, divisiveness and political pandering. Instead of offering new ideas and bold thinking, candidates are making political promises that can't -- and, in many cases, shouldn't -- be kept. In Minnesota in 2016, there is the opportunity to build support for a new Prosperity Agenda, one that expands the middle class and creates economic opportunities for everyone. And the best hope of achieving this bold vision is with the leadership of Minnesota's business community. The topics of Horner's speech include Minnesota's opportunity in 2016 to create a mandate for innovation, the big policy ideas that are needed and the vital role of business leadership in achieving the goals.