Friday, August 12, 2016

High School & College Mentor Program - Updated 6/24/16

Updated 6/24/16

“We are extremely proud of the Cabrini Dream Mentor Program,” Jim Wasukanis said, in which students from eighth grade through 12th undergo “yearly intensive counseling” to help them determine a direction for higher education and career goals. CDMP Director Greg Campbell designed it,” he said. “As a result, scholarships have gone up from a few hundred thousand dollars in the past to $4 million for this year’s 100 graduates.”

In Addition - $207,750.00 Scholarship, Award and Contest dollars have been won through the CDMP Website as reported to Mr. Campbell. See the total under the "Data" Label. In addition, the CDMP Program has been instrumental in the amount of college/school scholarships offered to senior students over the past 8 years. The amount is over $20 million dollars.

For other newsworthy notes on the CDMp Program  go here - 

Updated 2/1/16

Newspaper Article - 

Updated 1/22/15 - Presentation on the CDMP Process

As part of an all school (K-12) meeting with over 1000 people in attendance the CDMP Program was presented.

I would like to share with you a "unique" Mentoring Program that benefits students from 8th - 12th Grades.

If you are a high school student check out the College Info Link.

If you are a parent check out all the links.

If you are an educator or administrator check out the contact!

How did the Dream Mentor Begin?
The Dream Mentor program is a program that provided each student from eighth grade to twelve grades the opportunity to meet with a Dream Mentor to provide academic and occupational exploration prospects both inside and outside of the classroom.

What is the Purpose of the Dream Mentor Program?
The word “Dreams” provides a sense of comfort and confidentiality that is required when one is confiding trust and passion to another in hope reality can be achieved. The aim of the program will be to:

1. Fostering academic (thinking) development
2. Preparing students to be informed, caring, and productive citizens of society
3. Preparing students for higher education
4. Preparing students for the world of work.

What are the Goals and Objectives of the Dream Mentor Program?
· Help students find the joy in learning
· Provide students with academic and occupational exploration prospects both inside and
outside of the classroom.
· Assist students in discovering their abilities, talents and passions
· Aid students in creating short and long term educational plans
· Create a Dream Roadmap with student that follows the student from year to year based
on the student’s interests and goals.
· The roadmap will assist the student by identifying what he or she wants to accomplish
while in high school and in the future.
· The goal will be to meet with student at least three times a year
· Better chance of student going on to higher education
· Facilitate students with transition from grade to grade

What is the Process for the Dream Mentor Program?

Go To

Another You Tube Video (13 minute mark) that mention the CDMP program - 

Cabrini High School - Interview with News/Talk 760 WJR Paul W. Smith

Friday, June 10, 2016

Want to know what makes a good Quality Advisor?

It is a People person who is somewhat a Perfectionist who loves Statistics and Variation. Throw in a little Anxiety Disorder and top it off with a Compulsive Passion for Planning.  Juggle these together and you have Quality Expert in the making for your company.

Monday, May 30, 2016



I have been this updating this Post since 2008. It is a good reminder for me of the veterans in my family that served us all with distinction during troubled times (WWI, WWII and Vietnam).

5/30/16 - Memorial Day

Our 2nd grade class went to the Detroit Zoo for a filed trip a few weeks back. As I was walking past the Polar Bear Exhibit I noticed a plaque honoring my Grandfather's Polar Bear Regiment.

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Today may have been the best weather day for our annual Memorial Day tribute at the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy Michigan. Fifteen people from our family (Including my son who is in town) attended honoring our Grandfather who served in WWI and was a member of Detroit's own Polar Bears.

This was also a very special day because of a fine gentleman and friend who attended the ceremony that I have had the privilege of knowing for the past eight years. Jim W. has a great love for military history and he is a devoted educational leader who has a great respect for those who have served in the military. 

For a number of years Jim and members of his family select veteran's graves and clean them up and leave an American Flag. This year Jim surprised me by finding my Grandfather's grave and cleaned it up the best he could and left a flag. Here is the picture took for me: Click on Pic to Enlarge.

Thank you Jim! I salute you!!

5/25/15 - Memorial Day

Good family turnout (19) at what now has become an annual get together to honor our grandfather who was a "Polar Bear" in WWI. We also had our traditional lunch at Red Robin's.

Here are some Pics from today's events. I especially like the plaques that are found at the base of the Polar Bear Memorial.
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5/26/14 - Memorial Day

We had a great turnout (17) for our annual Memorial Day tribute. This has become a nice get together with my sisters, cousins and 2nd cousins. While we go to honor the memory of our Grandfather who served as a Polar Bear in WWI we honor all those who have served and died for our great country. Here a a few Pics and a video from this year's ceremony.


5/27/13 - Memorial Day

The official Polar Bear Website has been updated:

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Another Memorial Day spent at the White Chapel honoring the WWI Polar Bears who served in Northern Russia in 1918 and 1919.

The weather was perfect around 70 degrees. The past 3 years it was close to 90. Unfortunately, my Mom (91 years old) was unable to attend but my sisters (Linda, Patti) and my cousin (Gary) represented the family proudly.

The lady (Patti Lubonte) did a great job singing - here are a few clips:



5/28/12 - Memorial Day

This year's Memorial Day turned out to be a special day again when members (15) of my family on my mother's side attended the ceremony at the White Chapel cemetery in Troy Michigan honoring my grandfather and his fellow Polar Bears from WWI (story below in an earlier post). That is my 90 year old Mom in the wheelchair

After the F10 Jets passes over we all went to Red Robin for a nice lunch and sharing of memories.

4/28/12 -  Updated - Presenting of the Cane

This is a special entry. My Mom celebrated her 90th Birthday last Saturday and my cousin Rizal Baysa presented my Mom with a handcrafted cane detailing my father's military career during WWII. What a special surprise and wonderful gift!

For more on this wonderful group please read a past post -

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What a special day! I attended the annual White Chapel Memorial for Michigan's own Polar Bears again this year and I had company with 10 relatives all related to our Grandfather Aldred Buckler. My Mom who is 89 and my two sisters. PLUS my cousins (my Mom's sister Carol deceased) and her children and some of their children and one of their children!!


My cousin Gary also presented me with our Grandfather's WWI Rifle - What a treasure!

We finished the afternoon off by reminiscing at a restaurant and now plan on making this an annual event. WOW - how cool is that!


On Saturday May 29th I attended my niece's wedding in Chicago. The conversation about the WWI Polar Bears came up and I told my relatives what I had found about our grandfather. One of my cousin's who spent a great deal of time with my grandfather told me about two incidents that happened to my grandfather while in Russia.

First - my grandfather was not an overly religious man but one day a bullet came ripping through the barracks went through his legs and “killed” the soldier in the bunk below. From that day forward he started to become a devout Catholic because of a medal my grandmother had given him prior to leaving for overseas.
Second – It seems along the path where they marched there were diamonds and emeralds just laying on the sides of the path. Many of the soldiers put them in their pockets only to be told by their British commanders to take them out because they were not real.
My grandfather brought a few back and had diamond and emerald rings made for my grandmother. This is a fact because my cousin who told me this last Saturday was the one involved in the rings being tossed in an incinerator by mistake!

2009 - POPS!
"Pops" died a few months ago. He lived a simple life raising his family and strengthening his faith each day. He wanted the best for his children and strive to provide that assistance in his own unique way.

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Pops had a special love for the children suffering from leukemia and often contributed to St. Jude Hospital and other organizations.

His love of country was also showed in his own way just like he did as a soldier towards the end of WWII. He served like many of the other millions of veterans during WWII. He never forgot what it meant to be an American.

Pops was my Father-In-Law and I will miss him but he lives in his children and their children and for that I will be eternally thankful.
This year I would like to add an Email my brother sent me:

It is the VETERAN,

not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN,

not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN,

not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN,

not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN,

not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag,

It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag,


I wrote this post for Memorial Day (2005) to honor my Grandfather (Maternal) and My Father who were both Veterans that fought bravely in War.

My Brother-In-Law Raymond (Larry) Leibold who served honorably in Vietnam with The United States Marine Corps.

While Memorial Day is the commemoration of those soldiers killed during war, I wanted to highlight two Veterans that did not die during the war. For the past few years I have been trying to find records and documentation that described what they went through so that we can live free.

World WWI – Polar Bear

The picture below is Aldred S. Buckler. No, they are not five brothers, just an over exposure of my Grandfather taken in Murmansk Russia in 1918. Strangely enough he was a twin. My Grandfather served with the “Polar Bears,” Regiment 339, Supply Company. Below is their story:

If you Zoom in he is in the 2nd Row from the top - then count from left he is the 11th soldier.

Detroit's Polar Bears and their confusing war

For the majority of American soldiers in the battlefields of Europe, the 1918 armistice with Germany meant an end to the horrors of war and the promise of returning home.

But for one group of Detroit servicemen the end of the fighting in Europe was merely the beginning of another ordeal in the frozen reaches of Russia.

These soldiers were to become members of the American North Russian Expeditionary Force. Along with British, French and Canadian allies these "Polar Bears" were sent to the frozen frontier of Archangel, Russia, in September 1918, in a confused attempt to thwart the Russian revolution. It would be another grueling nine months (temperature hit 56 degrees below zero) before they would finally make it home in June 1919.

Few front-line soldiers understand the international complexities of war, but this chapter of WWI was particularly painful. The men who fought this battle had no idea why they were there or who was the enemy.

Unfortunately for my Grandfather suffered from frostbite on both legs and shell shock after his return to Detroit. He was in and out of the VA hospital over the years and initially did not receive a disability check from the government. My Grandmother needed a lawyer friend in order to get the disability because the VA wouldn't justify his shell shock and frostbite. His main source of income was cutting hair as a barber. He died in 1963.

Below - I have collected some books, articles and a video about the Polar Bears: Click on Pic to Enlarge

For more information on the Polar Bears please go to:


The man below is my father – Norman D. Campbell Sr., tracking down his records was difficult because of the fire in St. Louis years in 1973 
that destroyed many veterans records from WWI – WWII.

Through a Scrapbook my Mom kept during the War years and his discharge papers I was able to reconstruct much of his record and medals in 2004 (stolen in New York after returning from Europe, he never bothered to replace them). He served in the 327th Gliders, 101 Airborne and 82nd Airborne, could have been others as they all converged on Bastogne in the winter of 1944. My Father died in 1974.

In January the 101st received its third parachute regiment, the 501st Parachute Infantry. On 5 February General Lee, who had championed the airborne cause from the beginning, suffered a heart attack. Although he had brought the division from its initial organization through training for the fight in Europe, General Lee was not to be part of the 101st's baptism of fire. He was relieved of his command and returned to the United States. Brig. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, former commander of the 82d Airborne Division Artillery, assumed command of the 101st on 14 March. The division underwent another organizational change that month, when the 2d Battalion, 401st Glider Infantry, was permanently transferred to the 82d Airborne Division. The 1st Battalion was attached to the 327th Glider Infantry to operate under that regiment as a third battalion. The 1st Battalion, 401st GIR, was made an official element of the 327th GIR in April 1945.

VIETNAM MARINE (click picture to Enlarge)

My Brother-In-Law Larry was like most Vietnam Vets who saw combat and that is he never spoke much of what he went through in Vietnam. He was a proud Marine who always hung the Marine Corps Flag.

The shock and pain of Larry's death hit our family hard because of what a great husband, father and friend to all who knew him.

My Mom said it best when she said our family is much greater because of having had Larry Leibold in our family and lives.

The funeral home and funeral mass was overflowing from those who wanted to pay their last respects to human being that served his country, family and friends with courage, loyalty, humor and a lust for life.
He will always be with us through his wonderful children.


In memory of all those who died in battle and those currently serving around the globe, and the soldiers I served with,

I Salute You

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Strider53 says...

It has been said ...

I can either your best friend or your worst enemy. - You Choose!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

3 (SSS) that equal a Solid Student System

Sense + Stability + Structure = Solid Student System

Dr. Deming insisted that 85 to 97 percent of problems in an organization are the responsibility of management I have found this true time and time again in my 36 year career in Process Improvement in Business and Education.

Dr. Deming was ardent about not “blaming” workers for poor quality when so much of it was “a fault of the system.”

Just last week a private school had a week long activity known as ‘Spirit Week.” During this week each day provided a day of dress-up from a school spirit day to decade type dressing to crazy hat day to dressing up like twins or triplets (Dr. Deming would hate this day since many students felt excluded if not asked to dress like someone else.).

Loosely stated rules were applied (Written and Email) to each day and were reminded each day during announcements ( Ever wonder how many students and teachers are really listening at the end of the day – try going to a kindergarten or first grade class and see what it takes to get them ready to go home).

On one of the days a number of girls did not follow the rules and broke some dress code rules. They were initially punished by saying they could not participate in the next day’s activity. This met with outrage, crying and complaining since parents bought clothes and accessories for each of the days. It was later changed to a lunch detention.

Administrators/Teachers (Leaders/Managers) set up the system/rules without strict rules/guidelines variation is expected. Instead of admitting the roll-out of the weeks activities had flaws the students were punished for adult inadequacies.

So again I say - Sense + Stability + Structure = Solid Student System

What is really troubling is the amount of school system/classroom rules that do not have the best interest of the student. Especially if something goes wrong. It is easy to blame those who have no voice in policy or decision making. Like Dr. Deming said another example of “The Demise of the American Management System.” However, In this case it is the Demise of American Educational System.