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MW hosts MnSCU council today

WORTHINGTON -- For presidents of colleges and universities in the metro area, today will be more than a chance to see how the other half lives -- it will be a chance to see how the other half educates.

For the first time in recent memory, the Minnesota College and University System's monthly Leadership Council will not occur at the system's St. Paul office. Instead, presidents from across the state will travel to Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington for committee meetings on issues like academic and student affairs, diversity, finance and technology.

"All that brainpower will be here," said Minnesota West President Richard Shrubb. "We want to be sure the state's thinking is including outstate Minnesota. We want them to get a sense of the distance between campuses and the amenities that we have and the amenities that we don't have."

The event began Monday evening with a dinner at Worthington's Historic Dayton House and entertainment by Minnesota West music and theatre instructor Eric Parrish.

Following today's meetings on campus and at the Worthington Area YMCA, attendees will get a taste of the community with a trip to Main Street Kids; they'll also have time to explore the other shops and restaurants downtown. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce has even compiled a gift basket of promotional items for each participant.

The college will also host Worthington's World Market from noon to 1 p.m. today in the commons. The event gives new and returning students a chance to browse the products and services offered by diverse businesses and organizations in southwest Minnesota.

It is sponsored by Minnesota West and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative through the Culture Corner initiative.