• Courtney Stempinski

    Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Courtney's Bio:
    I'm an Elementary Education major at CSS. I also plan to minor in Spanish. Having done PSEO, I came to CSS with more than 60 credits. I'm part of Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA), Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), and other clubs! Dance has been part of my life for 10 years, and now I'm trying to fit it into my schedule again. I love spending time watching Supernatural and Once Upon a Time, and reading Harry Potter and other great books. I live in a suite with 3 other girls, and we are always finding something fun to do around campus!

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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Day 2 of D.C. with Upward Bound

by / July 15th, 2017 / Comments Off on Day 2 of D.C. with Upward Bound

Today in D.C. with Upward Bound I had a lot to do. Right away in the morning, we headed off to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. It was a pretty sweltering day to begin with, so we began pushing sunblock on the students early. We took a tour through George Washington’s main house. It amazed me on how vibrant of colors his walls were painted. There were many intricate designs throughout the house. What amazed me even more however, was the grounds of Mount Vernon themselves. They were massive! We wondered around for a few hours in groups. There was a threshing barn, stables, and even a dock where there were boat tours. Afterward, we had a typical fast food lunch. The coolest part of the day was what happened next, which is that we visited the Natural History Museum AND the American History Museum! These Smithsonians rocked and I can’t believe we only spent 2 hours in each.

We’re Here in Washington!

by / July 14th, 2017 / Comments Off on We’re Here in Washington!

We finally arrived in DC! We got dropped off at our hotel and then headed out to the monuments. We even stopped by in front of the White House! We then walked to the Reagan building where we had dinner. There was a variety of food options, so I had a falafel pita and some balaclava! It ended up raining, so we weren't able to explore more monuments after dinner. Tomorrow will be packed full with tourist stuff! DC is a new city to me and I'm so excited that I get to explore it with my students. 

Day 1 of Washington DC Trip

by / July 13th, 2017 / Comments Off on Day 1 of Washington DC Trip

As part of my CSS work life, I work for Upward Bound. Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that we have hosted on he CSS campus. It helps low-income, first-gen high schoolers prepare for college. I was in Upward Bound myself (you get a $5,000 scholarship each year to CSS if you were in it!). I have worked for the program for 3 years as a Team Leader. The students attend a summer class program and at the end, they get to go on a trip. This year, we went to Washington DC! On the way to DC, we stopped at Notre Dame! It's interesting to compare other colleges to the one I went to. It's also rewarding to advise students on their own college choices. The next stop? Gettysburg, Pennsylvania!

Reflective Painting

by / June 22nd, 2017 / Comments Off on Reflective Painting

If you had told me my freshman year that in a few years, I would love painting and want to do it all the time, I'd give you the evil eye. I really hated painting. I always wanted to draw. When I took Beginning Painting as a freshman, I struggled with controlling acrylic medium. I hated the concept so much, I would finger paint instead of using a brush! Now I paint for enjoyment. I really owe the switch of mindset to my professor, Sarah Brokke Erickson. She too once preferred drawing and I remember my first conference with her, where she told me she had a big feeling is be back. She's been one heck of an inspiring professor, even when I'm not her student that semester. This summer I have been going up to the art room a lot to paint. The picture above is something I have been working on for on since last week. It's kind of a reflection on growing up, beyond where Duluth can take me. I'm sad I'm leaving Duluth, but there's not really any teaching opportunities here. So my painting will kind of reflect that. Stay tuned!

Haunted Scholastica?

by / June 22nd, 2017 / Comments Off on Haunted Scholastica?
Last night, I took a bunch of my UB students for a walk in the woods (on the trails!). The goal was to end up near the statue we call "Scary Mary". It is a statue of Jesus that there are many scary tales about, such as it disappears sometimes! Often during freshman orientations, leaders will take freshman there at night to scare them. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite dark yet and when we got there, my students said, "really? This is it? We go past this all the time in our classes!" Ouch. Okay, so plan ruined. However, we came back to the lounge and had one of the older Team Leaders tell (and also exaggerate) some of the ghost stories of campus. Even my roommate and I couldn't sleep last night!