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George Haines becomes President of the Heritage Christian School - Aug 25, 2008
George Haines, Peregrine Leadership Institute Business Manager has been named the President of the Heritage Christian School. George has been involved with the Heritage Christian School for many years. He is committed to helping this school be an institution that continues to grow students through quality education and strong values.
Vice President Cliff Knesel appointed to the Board of the Campbell County Children’s Center - Aug 1, 2008
Cliff Knesel, Peregrine Leadership Institute Vice President has been appointed to the Campbell County Children’s Center Board. He had previously served on the board and is glad to be back. Serving the families and children of the community is something that Cliff is passionate about. Peregrine is proud to see him serving on the board again.
Operation Family Support a Success! - Sep 7, 2007
The 2nd Annual Operation Family Support Golf tournament was a great time and raised nearly $11,000 for military families in need. The goal of this tournament is to raise money for the Family Assistance Fund. This fund helps military families around the state of Wyoming meet unexpected challenges. It is one way to support out troops so that they can focus on their job rather than worry about the home front. We are grateful for all the support especially from our Gold Level Sponsors. Thank you to Bresnan Communications and Flightline for adopting holes. Our other Gold sponsors include S&S Builders, Pinnacle Bank, and Powder River Coal. We are still gladly accepting donations to this cause. If you get a chance thank those serving in our military and our veterans for their service.
Gillette College and Peregrine Leadership Form Workforce Development Partnership - Aug 9, 2007
Gillette College and the Peregrine Leadership Institute have formed a partnership to provide workforce development training to area businesses and industries. The partnership agreement was finalized at signing ceremonies in Sheridan and Gillette with Dr. Paul Young, Executive Dean Gillette College, Cheryl Heath, Dean of Administration, and Dr. Olin Oedekoven, President and CEO of Peregrine Leadership Institute.
The partnership agreement is focused on workforce development needs within the community. Many local businesses have voiced the need for leadership development, supervisor training, and employee development courses that are specifically shaped and focused for the unique needs of the area. When such training can be conducted for college credit through Gillette College, the added value will be even greater for the participating organizations.
“This is a great opportunity for us to expand our local training offerings in partnership with Gillette College”, said Oedekoven. “Our agreement with Gillette College allows us to more effectively address workforce development needs within our community”.
“This partnerships provides Gillette College with the opportunity to expand our educational opportunities to the community and access the leadership training and professional development resources of Peregrine Leadership Institute”, said Young.
Workforce development courses would be conducted for area businesses based upon their specific employee development requirements. Some of the specific training sessions offered include leadership development programs for supervisors, managers, and executives; new supervisor orientation, employee workplace orientation; and customer service training. All training sessions would be tailored to meet the specific needs of the participating business or company. Peregrine Leadership brings the soft-skill training curriculum to compliment the technical skills training currently provided by Gillette College.
Interested businesses should contact either Peregrine Leadership or the Industrial-Technical Education Center (I-TEC) for more information on how they can use the partnership between Peregrine Leadership and Gillette College for their workforce development needs. College credit for the training may be provided through Gillette College when the participants and the course offered meet academic requirements.
Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Cliff Knesel - Oct 14, 2006
Peregrine Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that our Vice President Cliff Knesel was chosen and the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Volunteer of the year. We are proud to congratulate him on this accomplishment. He is dedicated to helping businesses support our soldiers and their families. We are a 5 Star employer and encourage all business to make this commitment to our troops. If you would like to learn more about how you can support our troops by becoming a 5 Start employer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peregrine Leadership Presents at the 2006 Wyoming Women's Expo - Oct 13, 2006
Veronica Roberts and Melissa Noah both attended and presented at this years Wyoming Women's Expo in Casper, Wyoming. The event offers a wide variety of workshops and interactive booths. Topics included women’s health, finances and personal and professional growth. Veronica gave a presentation on the Power of a Working Women. Both sessions she taught were well attended and the women gave very positive feedback. Melissa's presentation on Coaching and Mentoring went well also.
This event grows each year! We are looking forward to attending again next year.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Presents at Wyoming State Library Association - Sep 28, 2006
Governing Boards face unique challenges and are charged with many different responsibilities. That is Olin Oedekoven our CEO presented on at the Wyoming State Library Association Conference in Gillette, WY. We have a love of learning and depend on many different institutions for support. Our libraries are a valuable resource and we were glad to support them by presenting at their conference.
First Annual Golf Tournament Nets $9,500 for Family Support - Sep 25, 2006
The family support golf tournament hosted by Peregrine Leadership Institute on September 8th netted $9,500 for Wyoming’s Family Support of the Guard and Reserve program. Monies raised will be used to assist family members of deployed Soldiers and Airmen with local emergences.
The golf tournament was held at Bell Nob Golf Course in Gillette. The tournament included 19 teams from around the State in scramble play. Over 40 individuals and businesses helped sponsor the event to include a $3,000 donation from Bressnan Communications.
All proceeds from the tournament were given to the Wyoming National Guard Family Support Program. A second tournament is tentatively scheduled for September 7, 2007.
Peregrine Leadership Continues to Grow - Sep 1, 2006
Growth at Peregrine Leadership Institute continues with the addition of Art Dillon and Jessica Johnson to the staff of the Company. The additions were needed to better meet client requirements and expand our operations into Northern Colorado.
Art Dillon of Fort Collins Colorado was added to the team in July. Art’s background includes command of the Wyoming Army National Guard in Cheyenne where he retired as a brigadier general in January 2007. He is a combat veteran, having served as a helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Art retired as Principal of Traut Core Knowledge School in Fort Collins, Colorado in July, 2006. During Art’s tenure as principal, Traut was designated a National School of Character in 1999, and earned a “John Irwin School of Excellence” rating by the Colorado Department of Education five times from 2000-2006. Art’s experience in senior leadership, planning, and organizational development make him an ideal choice as leadership trainer and team facilitator.
Jessica Johnson of Gillette joined our company team in September 2006 as the business manager and business resource trainer. Jessica is a 2004 graduate of the University of Wyoming in business administration with an emphasis in financial management. Jessica has extensive experience in youth leadership development, business finances, and employee development. Her talents and experience will be used to assist with employee development workshops and with financial management of Peregrine Leadership.
Dr. Oedekoven Graduates from Leadership Wyoming - May 12, 2006
Olin Oedekoven, President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute, recently graduated from Leadership Wyoming. The graduation was conducted in Sheridan Wyoming at the Holiday Inn on April 29th.
Leadership Wyoming is a 9-month program with 2-3 day sessions conducted nearly every month. The sessions are held around the State. The sessions focus on issue awareness, personal leadership development, and communications. The Class of 2006 is the sixth Leadership Wyoming class.
Class members include agency, industry, and business leaders from around Wyoming. The program offers a broad curriculum designed to improve the participant’s leadership, awareness, and communications skills.
Olin is very proud to have first been selected for Leadership Wyoming and then to have completed the course. He looks forward to applying what he has learned towards his business training programs.
Olin Oedekoven Assumes Command of the Wyoming Army National Guard - Jan 3, 2006
Institute President, Dr. Olin Oedekoven, assumes command of the Wyoming Army National Guard on January 8, 2006 at a ceremony in Cheyenne Wyoming. Dr. Oedekoven will also be promoted to Brigadier General at the ceremony.
Dr. Oedekoven began his military career with his enlistment into the South Dakota National Guard in November 1978. He earned his commission in 1981 through the ROTC program at South Dakota State University. Dr. Oedekoven has worked his way through the ranks as a platoon leader, battery commander, staff officer, battalion commander, State directorate, and his last assignment as commander of the 115th Field Artillery Brigade. Dr. Oedekoven is a traditional National Guard Soldier, which means he works part-time for the Guard.
BG Oedekoven assumes command of the 1,600 person organization at a time of high operations tempo to include both State and Federal mission requirements. BG Oedekoven has units deployed around the world and, most recently, in response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
His command focus is on maintaining unit readiness through leadership development and organizational improvement. His military experiences provide unique insights into the special requirements for supervisors, managers, and senior executives. BG Oedekoven is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
The ceremony is set for 1:30 pm at the Cheyenne National Guard Armory and is open to the public.
Institute Adds Marketing Coordinator - Dec 1, 2005
The Peregrine Leadership Institute recently hired Melissa Noah as Marketing Coordinator for the Company. Melissa comes to the Company from Colorado and has many years of experience in marketing, program development, employee training, and human resource management.
Melissa has nearly 10 years experience in human resource management, training development, and employee soft-skill improvement. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in Environmental Science with the Social Science option.
Most recently, Melissa worked as product specialist for New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Denver Colorado. With New Horizons, Melissa focused on sales development, teaching, program development, and train-the-trainer initiatives.
Melissa has also worked in human resource management as an HR specialist in charge of open-enrollment training, payroll, conflict management, and computer-based instruction. Melissa’s strengths focus on creating, developing, and producing high-quality computer-based training programs for adult learning situations. The Peregrine Leadership Institute is proud to add Melissa to the team and looks forward to expansion of its programs and services with this addition.
Peregrine Leadership Receives Award - Nov 20, 2005
Olin Oedekoven, President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute, and Cliff Knesel Vice President of the Institute were named Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce for 2005. The co-founders of Peregrine Leadership were recognized for outstanding leadership and business development by the Chamber given their company’s growth over the past year.
The company was formed in 2004 and has grown steadily over the past 2 years. The Camber of Commerce acknowledged the work that the Institute has done in providing valuable services for the community, keeping local money local, and for their community service through their work with non-profit organizations.
The Institute was recognized during the annual banquet of the Chamber of Commerce in November at the Clarion Inn in Gillette.
Dr. Olin Oedekoven Teaches in Vietnam - Jul 21, 2005
Peregrine Leadership Institute President, Dr. Olin Oedekoven, was recently selected by Columbia Southern University to teach MBA courses to students in Vietnam. Dr. Oedekoven teaches operations management and research courses for this particular program. Students include both business and government professional working on their MBA through Columbia Southern University. The program is taught in English and included students from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Knesel Attends National ESGR Seminar - May 15, 2005
Cliff Knesel, Vice President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute, was selected to represent Wyoming at the National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at a training conference held in St. Louis Missouri May 13-15, 2005. Cliff was among the delegates representing all 54 states and territories.
The ESGR is Department of Defense organization whose charge is to provide citizen-soldier support to both military members in the Reserve Component and the companies for whom they work. ESGR provides educational programs, training, information, and assists with employment conflicts concerning member of the National Guard and the Reserve.
The workshop Cliff attended was to provide additional training and resources to key leaders within the ESGR program. Cliff has been a member of the Wyoming ESGR for several years. Most recently, Cliff helped organize an ESGR employer seminar in Gillette.
The Institute is proud to support both our Nation’s military and the ESGR program. Peregrine Leadership was recently recognized as a 5-Star Employer by the Wyoming Committee because of its employment policies that go above and beyond the minimal legal requirements. To learn more about the ESGR for your citizen-soldiers, contact ESGR at www.esgr.org.
Oedekoven Selected for Leadership Wyoming Class of 2006 - May 11, 2005
Dr. Olin Oedekoven, President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute, was selected this month for the Leadership Wyoming class of 2006. Olin was among the more than 300 applicants for the program which begins this fall with approximately 40 participants.
The mission of Leadership Wyoming is "to provide leaders who are committed to excellence and progress in Wyoming the opportunity to better understand general public policy issues, economic and social diversity and the challenges facing our state; and to prepare them, through shared mutual interests and the leadership skills developed, to be active in building a better Wyoming."
The current Leadership Wyoming class will begin their educational program in August with an orientation in Laramie. The class will then meet approximately every month for 2-3 days each session within different communities of the State. Program content includes government, industry, and business organization and operation within Wyoming.
Selection to Leadership Wyoming is a very competitive process that requires an extensive commitment. The Peregrine Leadership Institute is proud to sponsor Olin’s participation with Leadership Wyoming. For more information on Leadership Wyoming, visit them on the web at: http://www.wba.vcn.com/leadership_wyoming_test.htm.
Knesel Appointed to Wyoming Miner's Hospital Board - May 9, 2005
The Wyoming Governor’s office recently announced the selection of Cliff Knesel, Vice President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute, to serve on the Wyoming Miners Hospital Board.
The State Miner’s Hospital serves disabled or incapacitated miners in Wyoming with emphasis on pulmonary/respiratory, hearing loss, cardiac and musculoskeletal conditions of miners due to labor in the mining industry. Cliff has over 30 years of mining experience including 25 years within the coal industry of Wyoming. Most recently, Cliff served as Vice President for Employee Relations with Powder River Coal Company in Gillette.
Cliff’s experience in leadership, mining issues, and board governance will make him a valued asset for this important board. The Institute is proud to sponsor Cliff’s participation with the Wyoming State Miner’s Hospital.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Sponsors ESGR Event - May 3, 2005
The Peregrine Leadership Institute sponsored the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Employer Seminar on Monday, May 2, 2005 at the Camplex Heritage Center in Gillette. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming was the keynote speaker and presented the awards to the employers recognized during the seminar.
The Employer Seminar included recognition for several employers in Gillette and Campbell County as "5-Star Employers", the highest award that ESGR offers to companies, agencies, and businesses. The 5-Star Award recognizes employers who go above and beyond the minimal legal requirements in supporting employers who are also members of the National Guard or Reserves. Additional measures that these particular employers do includes keeping employees whole while deployed, providing additional services to employee families, and having policies that encourage participation in the U.S. military.
Several area businesses were also recognized for their individual support of Guard and Reserve employees with the "My Boss is a Pro" award. Local ESGR Representative and Executive Director of the Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs Association Byron F. Oedekoven presented the awards during the ESGR Seminar.
Peregrine Leadership Institute’s Cliff A. Knesel also serves as a local representative of the Wyoming ESGR. Mr. Knesel helped organize the event and conducted the ESGR audits of the employers to validate their qualifications as a 5-Star Employer.
The Peregrine Leadership Institute is a proud sponsor of the National Guard and the Reserves through its participation and support of ESGR. For more information on the ESGR program, visit them on the web at www.esgr.org.
Oedekoven Receives Senate Confirmation for Promotion to Brigadier General - Apr 28, 2005
Dr. Olin Oedekoven, President of the Peregrine Leadership Institute recently received notice of his U.S. Senate confirmation for promotion to Brigadier General in the Wyoming National Guard. Olin will assume the rank when he takes command of the Wyoming Army Guard in January 2006 when he replaces BG Art Dillon as Assistant Adjutant General for the Wyoming Army National Guard.
Olin is currently the brigade commander for the 115th Field Artillery Brigade headquartered in Cheyenne Wyoming. He was promoted to Colonel in January 2002 and has served in the National Guard and Army Reserve since his enlistment in November 1978. Selection for the Assistant Adjutant General position and promotion to Brigadier General capstone’s his 27 year citizen-soldier career.
The selection process for promotion to a general officer takes many months and is finalized through confirmation in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Olin will serve as Assistant Adjutant General for approximately 2 years.
PLI Joins the Mining Associates of Wyoming - Jan 24, 2005
The Peregrine Leadership Institute has recently become an Associate member of the Mining Associates of Wyoming.
From the Mining Associates website, Mining Associates of Wyoming (MAW) is a professional organization with the purpose of promoting the Wyoming Mining Association (WMA) by supporting and participating with the WMA organization. MAW members gain knowledge by attending the WMA sponsored events and activities. MAW shares this knowledge internally and publicly throughout Wyoming, promoting a strong mining industry in our state.
The Peregrine Leadership Institute is pleased to belong to this important organization for Wyoming and looks forward to many years of supporting the organization's mission.
PLI Becomes a Member of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce - Jan 24, 2005
The Peregrine Leadership Institute has recently joined the membership roles of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber promotes business and business development within the area and is recognized within the region as a performance-oriented organization focused on community improvement.
PLI is pleased to become associated with the Chamber and working with fellow members to promote leadership development within the community.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Joins Gillette Society of Human Resource Management - Jan 13, 2005
Peregrine Leadership Institute owners Dr. Olin Oedekoven and Cliff Knesel recently joined the Gillette Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. The group includes HRM professionals from Gillette and Campbell County. Peregrine membership allows the Institute to work more closely with SHRM members within the area to provide needed training and for the professional development of Peregrine Leadership.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Announces Expanded Workshop Opportunities - Nov 4, 2004
Peregrine Leadership Institute, a Gillette-based company with global reach, has expanded its list of potential workshops and facilitated seminars available for interested clients. Additional offerings include: how to conduct effective team meetings, substance abuse procedures, policy, and regulation; dealing with conflict in the workplace, FMLA, effective performance-based counseling, corrective actions, romance in the workplace, labor relations review, stress management, step-up supervisor preparation, and basic principles of business.
Call Peregrine Leadership Institute for your all your leadership and organizational development needs. We can show you how to be more successful in any human resource areas.
Local Non-Profit Groups Offered Free Enrollment for Peregrine Workshops - Oct 28, 2004
Peregrine Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that training seats at open-enrollment courses and some client-based workshops may be available free to organizational leaders in non-profit groups. The Institute recognizes the importance of these groups in our communities and wants to do its part in helping them grow and be more effective through leadership development and business operations. For more information on non-profit group attendance in upcoming workshops, please contact the Institute.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Member of the Society for Human Resource Management - Oct 13, 2004
The Peregrine Leadership Institute recently joined what is arguably the most important national, state, and local organization relative to human resource management. SHRM provides members with important resource tools, business contacts, and many leadership development products. The Institute is very pleased to be a member of this highly respected organization and looks forward to future opportunities and benefits that membership brings. For more information on what SHRM can do for you, visit them on the web at www.shrm.org.
Peregrine Leadership Institute Announces Expanded Company Services - Sep 11, 2004
In addition to the many leadership related courses offered by the Institute, several new corporate services have been added. The additional programs include "Building Your Executive Team", "Decision-making for Project Coordinators", and "Strategic Planning". The additional workshops are designed to improve business performance in the workplace. Contact the Institute for more information on how we can help you improve your organizational performance.
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