Collegiate Leadership in the 21st Century

Speakers forum sponsored by Sociology department and Sociology Club

A speakers forum, Collegiate Leadership in the 21st Century, took place Monday, December 4, 2017, in Heritage Hall on the campus of Inver Hills Community College. The event was sponsored by the Inver Hills Sociology department and the Sociology Club.

Speakers included Benjamin Ginsberg, PhD, political science professor at John Hopkins University, Kevin Lindstrom, Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) president, and August Hoffman, PhD, psychology professor at Metropolitan State University. Alexandra Boutelle and Christopher Engelhart, Inver Hills students, served as the forum’s emcees.

The forum was filmed and aired by Town Square Television. Dave Berger, sociology faculty at the college, served as the program’s producer, creator, scriptwriter and organizer. Doug Isiminger, communication faculty, served as director. Trained by Town Square Television professionals, Inver Hills students covered TV camera operation and production duties.

To watch the speakers forum on Town Square TV, click the image below:

Collegiate Leadership in the 21st Century on Town Square TV
Collegiate Leadership in the 21st Century on Town Square TV

For more event photos:
Visit Collegiate Leadership in the 21st Century: A Speakers Forum on Flickr.

Upcoming speakers forums

Applying a Business Model to Public Higher Education

David Shultz, Political Science Professor, Hamline University
Bud Nornes, Minnesota State Representative, (R) District 08A
Larry Pogemiller, Commissioner, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Additional Panel Members
WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2018 • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Hall Room 203

Marijuana Forum: The Case for Legalization (Pros/Cons and Other)

Megan Thompson, Operations Supervisor for the Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health
Other Panelists: Physician, Speakers TBD
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2018 • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Hall Room 203

Student Spotlight: Kristin Presley

Kristin Presley
Kristin Presley

Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Kristin Presley, 16, served as one of the lead ushers at the speakers forum. Kristin is a home-schooled PSEO student at Inver Hills. She is taking her generals at Inver and has plans to transfer to the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She is looking forward to earning her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Arts/Literature Education.

speak-30Kristin has focused her long-range academic goals on earning a master’s degree in counseling. She would like to be an English teacher for middle schoolers and eventually a middle-school counselor.

“I believe in helping children invest in their education,” Kristin said. “I love to see kids grow.”

Kristin chose her career path as a way to express her Christian upbringing. As a counselor, she will be able to reach out to younger students and help them through difficult times.

A resident of Farmington, Minnesota, Kristin has three sisters, two older in college and one younger, all home-schooled—her mom is the teacher. She loves playing violin, guitar and piano. She plays classical pieces and fiddle tunes on violin. She also plays Christian contemporary music.

Kristin Presley Q & A

What did you learn at the speakers forum?
I enjoyed the opportunity to hear different perspectives. Forums like this help you make your own decisions about issues.
What do you like best about your Introduction to Sociology class?
The interactive nature of the class makes learning a lot easier. Our instructor is open to every viewpoint. We study sociological theories and then apply those theories to current events.
What do you like best about Inver Hills?
I think it’s nice to branch out. I was home-schooled and I really enjoy the classroom experience. It’s very different, but I like the change.

To learn more about Sociology and upcoming speakers forums at Inver Hills, contact:

Dave Berger
Sociology Faculty

Admissions Team
College Center


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