Friday, September 30, 2016

Race for the White House or OUTHOUSE!!

Is it me or has this been the stinkiest presidential race in the history of the United States? I have never seen two candidates so disliked and not trusted.

American's are looking for someone to take charge and lead our country in a new direction. We are looking for someone to serve the people (All the people) and represent what is best for our families and nation. Not once have I heard any discussion about Social Security and the fact our seniors have not got an increase in two years. The only thing you hear is the scare tactic it is going away. People can not be expected to be able to sympathize and give their money and time to others if they can't take care of their own families first.

All we have are people who are so self-serving and self-centered who boast "crap" each and everyday.

This is a race to the bottom not the top!

And the Loser is US!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Michigan’s education system for counselors needs a Transformation - House Bill 4552 "may" be a start

The Michigan legislature has a House Bill that 4552 that will provide much needed training in the area of college and career planning for school counselors.

While the idea for this is valid and much needed it still misses the systemic problem that continues to plague our education system. "Changing or Reforming" current practices with additional training and dollars will not solve systemic problems.

I have been working in the area of college and career planing within and outside of schools for the past nine years. Changes that result in improvement must come from outside the system. I am from outside the counseling system.

"In order for each student to be successful there must be an understanding and balance between the partners."

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I have been using the "Quality Educational Partnership Triangle" since 2004. It comes in handy when I talk to teachers and most importantly when I talk to parents about education and what is need to help their child succeed in school and get ready for college and career planning. All groups must be working together for the student to be successful. If one corner of the triangle fails the percentage of the student to be successful falls at an alarming rate based on my years of meeting with thousands of students and parents.

It is a very simple concept that relies on each corner (Administrators,  Parents, and Teachers) of the triangle to be working together interdependently. The main three groups of the triangle are revolving around the student rather than teachers, parents or administrators.

The key ingredient is to work with the decision makers and the person(s) who will be paying for college. In most cases it is the parent/guardian of the student. This must start in 9th grade and become a bond until the student graduates.

The "Transformation" must take place with each schools Counselor Office. No longer can excuses like not enough time, resources or money be used not to be doing college and career readiness planning starting in eight/ninth grade. I have done it and what's need most is planning with measures and the mindset to meet with parents and students before, during and after school on their time frame - not the schools. School leadership must work with counselors o prioritize their work functions. Many school administrators have no idea by what methods or processes their staff does day in and day out. The following article provides some insight:

Counselors can no longer work the standard way within the confides of a normal school day. Each process and work activity must be analyzed for process improvements and priority of what matters most to the student and parent.

Parents and students are the customers and they must be treated as such. This means opening your school (business) to when it make most sense to meet with them. I meet with parents on their time which includes nights and weekends. The meetings can happen as many times as necessary and most often followed up with phone calls and emails (All answered with 12-24 hours). The meeting(s) can last up to four hours with training that goes through the college process and website training that includes all the information at their fingertips. The key is providing the parents with the skills and  knowledge to help their student. THEY DON"T KNOW HOW! And, many counselors do not know how to help them.

I applaud House Bill 4552 but it will not work without the systemic changes required within the school system.

Over the years I have tried to "FREELY" share my findings, website and application of knowledge to many educators, administrators, colleges, state officials and newspaper editors and educational writers. None have been interested.

Friday, August 12, 2016

High School & College Mentor Program - Updated 7/14/16

Updated 7/14/16 - 

I am no longer employed by Cabrini Schools - The CDMP Website is no longer available at this time. However, the information below and other links (Click the Dream Mentor) label on left hand side of blog) about the CDMP Program can be found on this Blog.

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.

Other Informational links about CDMP Include:
May 2014 - Posted in the News Herald Paper - We (Cabrini High School) have a one-of-a-kind Dream Mentor Program that helps students prepare for college starting as early as 8th grade and provides students with over 900 scholarship opportunities. That is incredible! This is a parent-student cooperative program that is geared toward each student with as much individual attention as the student desires. 

Oct 2013 - David Szczesny, a senior at Cabrini, provides a powerful statement (13 minute mark) about CDMP and how it has helped him prepare for college on the News/Talk 760 WJR Paul W. Smith show.  Link 

Sep 2013 - Mr. Campbell was selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). NSHSS is an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of high school students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The Educator of Distinction Award is named in honor of the society’s founder, Claes Nobel, a relative of Peace Prize namesake Alfred Nobel. Visit the NSHSS Website for more information. 

Mar 2012 - As part of Cabrini High School NCA CASI (accreditation division of AdvaneED) the CDMP was given a “Commendation” during the Quality Assessment Review (QAR). 

Nov 2011 - Mr. Greg Campbell will be presenting the CDMP at the Annual International Deming Research Seminar (February 27 & 28 - 2012) that will bring together people from around the world, and from a variety of specialties, to enhance, extend, and illustrate Dr. Deming's teachings and theories. 

Mar 2011 - As part of Cabrini Elementary and Middle School NCA CASI (accreditation division of AdvaneED) Greg Campbell Director of the Cabrini Dream Mentor Program (CDMP) was asked to submit the process to:

The AdvancED Resource Network is a knowledge base designed to support accredited and candidate schools and districts in their efforts to continuously improve student learning and school/district effectiveness. The network consists of the following core components: Peer-to-Peer Practices Connecting people to people Interventions, strategies, programs, or activities that have been identified by a school or school system to be effective within a given set of cultural, organizational, and instructional conditions. 

Jan 2011 - Read the article from the Times/Herald newspaper about the Cabrini Dream Mentor Program written by Andrea Poteet. Link 

Dec 2010 - CDMP Director named "Administrator of the Year" by the Michigan School Counselor's Association.. Link 

Dec 2010 - The Cabrini Dream Mentor Program and its director, Greg Campbell, were recently mentioned in the Downriver News Herald. Link

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