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International Council for Innovation in Higher Education We are individuals and organizations concerned with new developments in education - a growing network of academicians, administrators, scholars, government and industry practitioners, students, and family members of students.

The International Council for Innovation in Higher Education is an association of individuals and organizations concerned with new developments in education. The Council is a growing network of academicians, educational administrators, scholars (including elementary and secondary educators), university student scholars, and civic, government and industry practitioners. All are interested in sharing innovation in education to the international community, promoting excellence in pedagogy, advisory and leadership initiatives, the procurement and development of resources, scholarly research, and ethical standards. The organization was founded in 1980. Over the past decade,ICIE has met in such locations as Rome, Honolulu, Toronto, Belfast, Panama, Beijing, Prague, Newfoundland, and this June, 2010, at Abu Dhabi University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE and at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

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He talked about getting old, about missing his wife, his daughter.

“There is loneliness . . . especially at night, when he goes home to his apartment and [his wife] is not there,” according to writer Doug Grow.

“Suddenly, you’re without the person you have loved and lived with and shared everything with for 58 years,” he said during the interview. “You’re without your loved one. Everyone you talk to says it takes a lot of time to get over that — and most of us don’t really want to.’’

“Through 58 years of marriage . . . they supported each other in everything, including the loss of their daughter . . . to brain cancer,” according to writer Pam Louwagie.

It’s “very hard," he said.

“If he gets sad or discouraged, it never lasts long,” added Louwagie. “Often, he calls on the strength of both women for inspiration, he says. ‘If I continued to dwell on the negative, my wife would b**g me on the head in some way to tell me get over it,’ he says. ‘So I try to stay positive and forward-looking.’”


He “was born on Jan. 5, 1928, in the hamlet of Ceylon, in southern Minnesota, in a lake region less than five miles from the Iowa border,” according to writer Steven R. Weisman.

“His father, Theodore, was a poor farmer who had become a Methodist clergyman, and his mother, the former Claribel Hope, was a part-time music teacher,” according to the Washington Post.

“During the Depression years of his boyhood, he sold vegetables door-to-door. As a teenager, he sang at weddings, and he was a standout athlete in football, basketball and track at Elmore High School,” according to writer Bart Barnes. “Years later, as a nationally known politician, he would recall only two acts that during his growing-up years were certain to result in a whipping.”

When he was asked whether he would “be a good president”, he replied, honestly: “I have trouble answering that. If my father had ever heard me tell him that I would make a good president, I would have been taken directly to the woodshed. In my family, the two things you were sure to get spanked for were lying or bragging about yourself.”

“The family name was originally Mundal, after the small town in Norway from which [his] paternal great-grandfather, Frederick, came to southern Minnesota in 1856,” according to Weisman, writing for The New York Times. “([He] not only got his middle name in honor of his great-grandfather, but also inherited Frederick’s nickname, Fritz.)


"Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale,” said former President Jimmy Carter in a statement Monday night.

"During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today," said Carter, who called him an "invaluable partner."

“He was the definition of decency in American politics,’’ said Peter D. Hart, who served as Mondale’s pollster in the 1984 presidential race. “Everything that he did was based on appealing to the better angels in our society. He looked out for the underdog, but he also understood what fairness and justice meant. Even the many who opposed him felt that way about him.”

“Those who personally know ‘Fritz’ Mondale use similar adjectives to describe him. Humble. Genuine. Decent,” wrote Louwagie for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


“Mr. Mondale’s father lost a series of farms in the 1920s and moved from town to town, subsisting on meager earnings while Mr. Mondale’s mother gave music lessons and led the choir in each of Theodore’s parishes. His parents believed in helping the less fortunate and never making a show of it,” wrote Weisman.

“After his father died, Mondale left Macalester [a private liberal arts school], unable to afford the tuition. He transferred to the University of Minnesota; after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army [serving at Fort Knox during the Korean War, first as an armored reconnaissance vehicle crewman, and later as an education programs specialist] and, following a two-year stint, returned to attend the U Law School.”

At age 20, he became involved in national politics in the 1940s and helped organize Hubert Humphrey's successful Senate campaign in 1948.

“In the summer of 1955 he met his future wife, Joan Adams, on a blind date,” according to Madeleine Carlisle of Time.

“She was the woman from an international background and a love of the arts. He was the young man from a small town who already had political dreams,” wrote Grow,

“The couple’s marriage was considered one of the strongest in Washington,” wrote Weisman.

In 1960, Mondale was appointed Minnesota Attorney General.

As attorney general, “he received national attention for his support of Clarence Earl Gideon, a Florida convict who had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that indigent defendants in state courts had the right to free legal counsel,” according to Barnes, writing for the Washington Post. “At Mr. Mondale’s urging, the attorneys general of 23 states supported Gideon, who won his case, establishing an important legal principle extending the right of legal representation to criminal defendants charged with state-level felonies.”

In 1964, Mondale became a senator. His senate career was marked by advocacy of social issues such as education, housing, migrant workers and child nutrition.

He “shepherded into law a bill to ban racial discrimination in housing, which became known as the Fair Housing Act. He was a leading driver of major environmental reforms, pushing legislation to protect Minnesota's Boundary Waters and rivers and streams around the country from commercial development,” according to Patrick Condon of the Star Tribune.

“In 1974, he sponsored the first federal law to crack down on child abuse. He was an important player in the creation of Title IX, the federal law that gave women equal access to publicly funded sports programs.”

As vice president, he persuaded world leaders to intervene and help thousands of southeast Asian refugees, comparing the refugees to Germany’s Jews during World War II, saying the world then "failed the test of civilization."

"The civilized world hid in the cloak of legalisms, and the result was the Holocaust," Mondale said.

He ended by saying, "History will not forgive us if we fail. History will not forget us if we succeed."

Today, many of those refugees say Mondale saved their lives. "I think it [had] great impact not just for me, but for the refugees from Vietnam, from Cambodia, from Laos, for the Hmong people too," Hung Phung said.

When Mondale later ran for president, he “stunned the political world by selecting as his running mate Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York, the first woman on a national political ticket.,” according to David Shribman Los Angeles Times.

“This is an exciting choice,” Mondale said as he announced Ferraro. “Our founders said in the Constitution: ‘We the people’—not just the rich, or men, or white, but all of us.”

According to Shribman, “At the announcement, in the state capitol in St. Paul, Mr. Mondale beamed with pride. A Secret Serviceman wept. A generation of girls was inspired.”

“Women leaders sometimes tell him that Geraldine Ferraro's nomination propelled them in their careers,” according to the Star Tribune.

"I've heard comments like that all over. … I never thought of that as being important, but it was," he says. "We had a whole generation of women that felt they were boxed in, couldn't move, a lot of times knew they had the talent, but didn't think they'd be considered because they were a woman. I think that's changed a lot, don't you? … That's progress."

Before he passed away, in interviews in his kitchen with photos of his late wife Joan and their late daughter, Eleanor, taped to the cupboards, he commented on his concerns about the state of the country and the world, saying, “I worry about why we have these terrible, deep divisions in politics that prevent us from doing things that need to be done.”

He reiterated his support for asylum seekers, saying they “leave their countries because they have no choice — for many, if they stay, they will be persecuted, subjected to traumatic events such as torture, or killed . . . All people have the legal right to seek protection from persecution — and, just as important, the human right, as noted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

After the killing of George Floyd, he wrote in the Star Tribune, saying, “The horror over the killing of George Floyd has been felt across America. Even in our time of deep partisan divide, Democrats and Republicans alike have expressed disgust and dismay.”

“From my perch in Minneapolis, I have watched with horror at the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police,” he wrote, but “ I’ve also felt pride as so many Minnesotans peacefully took to the streets demanding justice and spurred a nation and the world to join the struggle.”

“The battle for civil rights is a journey, not an end point. Each generation is tasked with the hard work of serving in the great fight for justice. Our neighbors who took to the streets over the past few weeks have joined a great cause. I thank them.”

"I will fight, as I always have, for minorities of all races and religions and sexual orientation who deserve to share in the fullness of American life," he said.

“I entered politics young, impatient, and full of confidence that government could be used to better people’s lives,” Mondale wrote in his 2010 memoir, The Good Fight. “My faith has not dimmed. But I also came to understand that voters didn’t simply put us in office to write laws or correct the wrongs of the moment. They were asking us to safeguard the remarkable nation our founders left us and leave it better for our children.”

“The values I learned from my parents stayed with me,” he said. “It was the idea of service, of doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly. I heard those words — doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly with your God — all the time in my youth, and I realized a few years ago that that was what kept me going in my life. It was what I was expected to do.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar said:

"On the wall in the Carter Museum are Mondale's powerful words: 'We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace.' Those words summarize his life — he had a strong moral core that defined his every action, from how he treated people to his willingness to fight hard for policy that would improve the lives of Americans. That is the standard that we must hold ourselves to every day."

“I have fought the good fight,” he said in the closing of his book. “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

In his last message Saturday, in a farewell email to his many former staff members, he began with “Dear team.”

“Well, my time has come,” he wrote. “I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side! Together we have accomplished so much, and I know you will keep up the good fight . . . My best to all of you! Fritz.”

~ jsr
Can't decide on a big life change? People who change are 'overwhelmingly' more content than those who don't, study says

"A good rule of thumb in decision-making is, whenever you cannot decide what you should do, choose the action that represents a change, rather than continuing the status quo," study author and economist Steven Levitt says.


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