Kudos to Bryce Turner, Paul Martin, Neil Streeter, and Steve Dix for the countless hours that they have spent mitigating IT security vulnerabilities as they are identified. Each of them has spent many hours into the night and on weekends to ensure that NMC’s IT infrastructure is secure.

Kudos to Kerrey Woughter: Early in the fall semester, Kerrey reached out to the Maritime Department regarding a book she thought would be of interest to the students. The book “Leadership is Language” authored by Capt. L. David Marquet, USN was a perfect fit for the Marine Supervisory Lab. The author detailed the “El Faro” marine casualty and discussed the importance of communication within the hierarchy of a shipboard environment.

Kerrey offered several suggestions and provided templates on how to pursue a book discussion session. I had taken her suggestions and incorporated the text into the students’ curriculum. Kerrey graciously offered to lead the group discussions during students’ lab sessions. Over the course of two weeks, Kerrey attended two four-hour lab sessions effectively leading a roundtable discussion regarding the principle concepts offered by the author and how it pertains to the student’s sense of selves and their leadership styles. These round table discussions proceeded the student’s written final examination essay and further augmented the student’s comprehension of the text. Feedback comments from the students were spectacularly positive and well received as a new learning tool as compared to the typical coursework historically provided within the lab.

Kudos is given to Kerry for her selfless work, time, thoughtfulness, and influence on our Maritime Program. Her amazing foresight was offered without request. I thank her for providing a new and exciting way to present several main concepts to our leadership course.

Kudos to the Student Success Testing Team: Last week the Testing Team did an amazing job managing placement testing and final exams both in person and on Zoom simultaneously. Thank you for all you do for our students and instructors!

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