Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Conversations returns this Sunday, October 26!

Bismarck State College is pleased to present for the sixth year this series of conversations to enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity. Conversations include discussion between Clay Jenkinson and BSC President Larry C. Skogen. Questions from the audience complete the event.

John Wesley Powell and North Dakota’s 125th Birthday – October 26th, 2014

John Wesley Powell was a Civil War veteran, who floated the canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers in 1869. He had just one arm; the other had been lost at the battle of Shiloh in the Civil War. Powell was much more than an explorer, however. He became the second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the founding director of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology. He knew a half-dozen Native American languages, made pioneering contributions to our understanding of the Numa (Ute, Paiute) People, and helped to classify American Indian languages. Powell also wrote the Arid Lands Report in 1878, a revolutionary document that attempted to alter the way the United States developed lands west of the 100th Meridian, which runs through Steele and Tuttle, ND, and runs through Pierre, SD, and North Platte, NB.

Powell is one of Clay Jenkinson’s eight Chautauqua characters. The historical John Wesley Powell will be interviewed for the first hour by Dr. Larry Skogen. In the second hour, Clay will break character and talk about Powell’s contributions to government science in America, and his place in the history of exploration. Powell came to North Dakota to address the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1889. His revolutionary recommendations for a “dryland democracy” were not adopted by the North Dakota founding fathers.

Bismarck State College
Sunday at 3 p.m. NECE building Bavendick Stateroom 
Free to the entire community. Dates are subject to change. For more information, call BSC Continuing Education, Training and Innovation at 701.224.5600 or visit www.bsctalk.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

Write-Your-Own Adventure! An Intro to Interactive Storytelling

Hi there! I'm Tempo. I'm an award-winning, internationally-distributed novelist and game designer. I graduated from BSC in 2006 and now design games and write books professionally. This fall, I'll be teaching a class called "Write-Your-Own Adventure! An Intro to Interactive Storytelling."

Check out the cool website TWINE here!

Did you enjoy "choose your own adventure" books as a kid? Have you ever looked at a traditional, linear story and wondered “yeah, but what if…”? If so, this is the class for you! Award-winning novelist and game designer Tempe O'Kun will be your guide through this exciting world. We’ll explore both traditional, on-paper interactive stories as well as the Twine engine, which generates story websites you can share with your friends. No special technical skills needed—if you can type in Word, you can take this class! Video gamers: read that title as “Design Your Video Game Storyline.” Previous computer experience is recommended. November 4 through November 18 (Tuesday, Thursday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, Room 104

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet Lisa Jean Smith, DDI Master Trainer, Strengths Expert

Meet Lisa Jean
DDI Master Trainer,
Strengths Expert

Lisa Jean has been training and consulting since 1989. She assists organizations - from fortune 500 to family owned, agriculture to medical technology, public and private - in maximizing their "human potential". She has worked with colleges throughout the United States. Her focus is on building the "people-side" of business to obtain positive results in employee engagement and contribution, profitability, productivity, and customer relations.
Prior to training, she had over 13 years experience in leadership and management. She enjoys working with any organizations most valuable asset-its people! You can expect a contagious energy, creativity, and enthusiasm for the event she facilitates.
Lisa Jean practices what she teaches. Creating an atmosphere of trust and leading by example are attributes that communicate her personal and professional commitment to her participants and client partners.

Lisa Jean Smith

Join us in October for one of Lisa Jean's workshops!
Exploring Your Strengths
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Read more!
October 27, 2014, $259
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Handling Emotions and Chaos
In today's high-pressure work environment, emotions are bound to erupt. The challenges are to prevent them from building to the point where they inhibit rational and productive interactions...read more!
October 28, 2014, $169
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Not Feeling the Love for Your Performance Management System? 
This workshop is designed for senior leaders that are not satisfied with their current performance management process as a tool to execute business strategies...read more!
October 28, 2014, $169 
1:00 - 4:30 pm    #5600042 

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