The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees co-sponsored the annual “Energizing Our Front-Line Network” conference at Central Lakes College May 19 and 20. CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad welcomed the 300 guests from MnSCU institutions across the state. Bob Ash of Indianapolis (far left) opened the conference as keynote speaker in a one-hour, story-filled address well-stocked with humorous and uplifting anecdotes. The conference continued with afternoon sessions of various topics, such as building stress hardiness, recognizing and preventing violence in the workplace, mid-career planning, and strategies for diversity. Chancellor James McCormick and Vice Chancellor Lori Lamb presented a half-hour talk May 20 and Mary Margaret Anderson was the concluding keynote speaker.