Sep/Oct
2018

Women Leading Higher Education: Learners empower learning

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Written by Gina Dewink Photography by Fagan Studios

WOMEN REPRESENT JUST 30 PERCENT OF UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS OR CHANCELLORS, ACCORDING TO A 2016 AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION STUDY. WHILE THE REPORT DOESN’T ACCOUNT FOR OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD WITHIN HIGHER EDUCATION, THE POINT REMAINS: ROCHESTER IS ATYPICAL BY HAVING THREE MAJOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING WITH WOMEN LEADERS AT THE HELM.

Winona State University–Rochester: Jeanine E. Gangeness, Ph.D.

Dr. Gangeness jokingly refers to herself as the “WSU-Rochester roadie.” But, in fact, she is the Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R) chief executive and operations officer responsible for leading the campus. “I work with the team to develop planning documents for marketing, recruitment, enrollment, graduate programs, student services, finance and facilities,” Dr. Gangeness explains. “Through intense engagement of staff, we work together to improve local culture, increase graduate enrollment and develop strategy for branch campus sustainability.”

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Finding Style & Fitness at 40

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Written by Melissa McNallan

I’VE BEEN TRYING DREAMS OUT SINCE MY 36TH BIRTHDAY. AROUND THAT TIME, I WAS LEADING THE SALES BOARD AT A CAR DEALERSHIP, HAD RECEIVED A PROMOTION DESPITE DAMAGING A FEW $40,000+ VEHICLES AND WAS ENJOYING MY WORK. IF I COULD SUCCEED AT SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT, I THOUGHT I COULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN SOMETHING I DREAMED OF DOING.

For the curious: The vehicle damage was caused by my errant perception when parking large SUVs. I still remember that horrible crunching noise. Both times I was pulling forward and turning left.  

Pre-Blog Dream Chasing

When I was growing up, I wanted to be an actress, writer and editor of a major fashion magazine. I planned to live in Manhattan, Paris and Los Angeles whenever I wasn’t traveling. Life happened, and I’ve stayed planted in my hometown: Rochester. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Hemp Changed My Life: Health benefits of hemp oil

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Written by Michelle Kalina

WHEN I PLACED MY FIRST ORDER FOR HEMP OIL, I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS OPENING THE DOOR TO A PRODUCT THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE. THIS PLANT-BASED REMEDY HAS COUNTLESS BENEFITS AND CAN SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. 

Since I began my journey toward wellness eight years ago, I have tried nearly every natural remedy for sleep issues. In yoga, we call this “chitta vritti,” which translates from Sanskrit as mind chatter or “monkey brain.” By far, hemp oil has made the most significant difference in my sleep, with zero negative impact.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND CANNABIS

There is a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. People use the words cannabis, hemp and marijuana interchangeably, while they actually mean different things. 

Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species. Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its tall, sturdy stalks, low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels, and high levels of CBD (cannabidiol). 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

La Dolce Vita!

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Written by Dawn Sanborn

IF THERE IS JUST ONE WORD THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN SOMEONE ASKS ME TO DESCRIBE ITALY, IT’S "EXQUISITE." FROM ITS LONG MEDITERRANEAN COASTLINE WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF SOME OF THE MOST VARIED AND SCENIC LANDSCAPES ON EARTH, TO ITS CULTURE STEEPED IN ART, FAMILY, ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC AND FOOD, TO ITS ANCIENT RUINS—AND HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE COLOSSEUM AND THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA—HOW COULD ITALY NOT BE DESCRIBED AS EXQUISITE?

First Stop: Rome (Roma)

Consider the swirling traffic and exuberance of life in the Italian capital city and it’s easy to believe “all roads lead to Rome.” The city can overwhelm you with its millennia of history, unrivaled art collections and neighborhoods that feel like small villages. When you combine the enviable marriage of carpe diem (seize the day) and la dolce vita (the sweet life), you’ve got a city that will knock you out with excitement.

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Italian Wines: Red, White and You

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Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski

ITALY HAS OVER 2,500 INDIGENOUS TYPES OF GRAPES. ITALIAN WINEMAKERS CREATE WINE RANGING FROM FRUITY ROBUST REDS TO CRISP DRY AND SPARKLING WHITE WINES. WITH SO MANY VARIETIES, IT CAN MAKE THE SELECTION PROCESS DIFFICULT. 

The Struggle is Real

There are so many native types of grapes in Italy because the landscape is superb for growing grapes. “Grape vines like to struggle. They grow well in rocky, mountainous or hilly regions, and they thrive in volcanic, prehistoric ocean beds,” says Robert Riggs, wine expert at Apollo Liquor. There are three volcanoes in Italy creating the perfect conditions for grapes: Mount Vesuvius on the mainland, Mount Etna on Sicily and the island volcano of Stromboli.

Expressive Italian White Grapes

“I love Italian whites. They are so, so expressive. The two main grapes are vermentino and verdicchio,” Riggs says. “Vermentino grapes are grown all over Italy, and even though it’s the same grape, it has different expressions.” In Sardinia the grapes create crisp and acidic wine. In Tuscany the wines are softer and rounder, and in Piedmont the wine is crisp with less mineral. Wine buyers beware: Italians have a habit of changing the name of the grape depending on the region. For example, the vermentino grape is known as the favorita grape in Piedmont.

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Italian Fare and AMORÉ! How one woman’s dream came true over chocolate cake

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Written by Dawn Sanborn Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

AHH, ITALIAN FOOD! FRESH INGREDIENTS, AND ALL THE WONDERFUL LOVE THAT GOES INTO THE PREPARATION, BRINGS AUTHOR SHERYL NESS—AND ME—BACK TO THE BEAUTY OF ITALY EVERY TIME WE EAT SUCH AUTHENTIC FOOD.

Sheryl Ness, The Chef’s Wife and author of “Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy” shares my deep love of Italy and its food. I first met Sheryl and her husband, Vincenzo, this year when we entered their quaint, recently remodeled “Italianized” kitchen as Vincenzo was prepping the recipes below. I immediately had a connection to these two beautiful people, remembering my vacation to Italy in September 2017. After sampling the bruschetta, downing the risotto and finishing off the dessert, I was excited to start reading Sheryl’s book. Not only did these dishes remind me of Italy, but I could see the love Sheryl and Vincenzo had for each other just by being in their presence, and I wanted to learn more about their whirlwind romance in Italy. 

CRACK OPEN THE BOOK

When I returned home that evening, I began reading the book with fervor and even emailed her later that night to tell Ness how much I was enjoying it. I also liked how she describes the book: “’Love in a Tuscan Kitchen’ is a different kind of love story. The book tells a story of my love for the people, traditions and foods of Italy first, then by chance, how I fell in love with a chef, Vincenzo,” states Ness.

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Home Design Trends to Beautify and Brighten Your Home

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Written by Trish Amundson

WHETHER YOU’VE BUILT NEW OR ARE UPDATING YOUR LIVING SPACE, KEEPING YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. MANY HOME DESIGN TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT A CLASSIC DESIGN HOLDS UP OVER TIME AND IS ONE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY YEARS LATER. CURRENT AND POPULAR STYLES OFFER A WIDE ARRAY OF EYE-CATCHING FORMS, COLORS AND MATERIALS THAT CAN FIT ANY LIFESTYLE. 

“Every trend has a shelf life to a certain extent,” says Karen Blissenbach, design principal at Design Studio B. “The Midwest typically follows the coasts in trends, so by the time we are really getting into them, they may be changing in other parts of the country. Eventually people tire of seeing the same things over and over again and want to do something different.”

SLAB FRONT CABINETS, BOLD COLORS & TRANSLUCENT FINISHES

Jessica Curry, owner and certified kitchen designer and interior designer at Interiors by J. Curry, LLC, describes the appeal of bold colored cabinets to homeowners. Often used as an option for base cabinets on the perimeter of a kitchen or as an accent for a standalone buffet or island, “The main cabinetry throughout the space may be painted very neutral gray or white,” she says. “The accent colors that people are asking for are the jewel tones in navy, deep emerald greens, black and charcoal.” Many are moving away from dark-stain accent colors for cabinetry. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Countryside Builders: A Past Winner Stands Out

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

THE ROCHESTER AREA BUILDERS FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES IS A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT, WELL-ATTENDED BY PEOPLE PLANNING TO BUILD A NEW HOME OR SIMPLY THOSE WANTING TO SEE THE LATEST IN HOUSING TRENDS. THE 2018 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES PROMISES TO BE LOADED WITH GORGEOUS HOMES BURSTING WITH THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS. 

Area builders enter their finest homes in the showcase competition, inviting the public to tour their newest houses, hoping for the much-coveted recognition—being voted a winner—from the home-building community. The prestige of having a winner on the showcase is not only good for business for the builder; it also brings credibility and elevated standing within the community. There are several homes on the Fall Showcase as there are five distinct divisions in the competition, all based on the price of the home. 

WINNER IS A STUNNER

Last year’s Division 3 (homes between $408,000 and $499,900) winner was Countryside Builders. Their home at 2206 Glady Lane NE in Rochester nabbed the prize and all the honors. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Fall Tips and Resale Considerations

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

Fall is the best time of the year to catch up on home maintenance—the air has begun to cool, and our weekly schedules begin to settle into a familiar rhythm after fun-filled days of summer. Knowing that winter will be creeping up on us soon, it’s time to make a to-do list for fall and start chipping away at it.

THINK SPRING

You may want to plant some bulbs this fall so your yard will have a bright pop of color next spring. While you’re at it, you’ll want to cut back most of your perennials, rake the leaves and lower the mower height the last time you mow this fall. Also, after you mow your yard for the last time, you will want to winterize your lawnmower, so it will be in peak condition next spring.

REMOVE SCREENS FROM WINDOWS

It’s tempting to save time and not remove the screens from your windows; however, removing the screens is a critical step in managing the air flow around windows during winter. Thomas Pinto from Champion Windows says, “Winters can be long, and people feel cooped up. Removing screens allows for better ventilation and a clearer view out the window.” 

 

THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL CAREERS FOR WOMEN, PARTICULARLY WOMEN WANTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHILE CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE. A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE OFTEN COMBINES PERSONAL INTERACTION, SALES, INTEGRITY AND BUSINESS SKILLS. REAL ESTATE IS A SERVICE INDUSTRY THAT REQUIRES CURRENT SKILLS, LEARNING ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE FIELD
AND NETWORKING. 

While many first think of real estate agents when considering the industry, there are numerous other careers in real estate. Appraisers, inspectors, loan officers and attorneys, just to name a few, are essential to the transaction. 

Real Estate Agent

Guiding a client through the home buying or selling process is the general job description of a real estate agent. The career focuses on helping people and getting to know what clients want to achieve by buying or selling property. Real estate agents help buyers find the perfect home and sellers find the right buyer. It is through agents or attorneys that buyers and sellers work out agreements for a property. 

 

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