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March 2011

 Issue No. 31: March 7, 2011

Issue No. 32: March 14, 2011 

Issue No. 33: March 21, 2011

Issue No. 34: March 28, 2011

Volume XXXIX, No. 31: March 7, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Art Faculty in Two Exhibits

Math Faculty Selected to Receive Next General Learning Challenge Grant

Music Faculty Invited to Perform with the Racine Symphony Orchestra and at Hamline University

Staff Development Day: All Unlimited Full-time and Part-time Staff

Research RAMblings

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Women's Basketball Regional Champions! Good Luck at Nationals!


Related Message From Athletic Director, Dave Alto

Congratulations to the women’s basketball team on winning the Region XIII A Championship last Friday evening with a 68-51 win over Minnesota West! By winning the regional, the team is now advancing to the National Tournament this Wednesday – Saturday in Rochester, Minnesota. The women are now 30-1 on the season and seeded #1 in tournament. They play on Thursday, March 10, at 1:00 pm against Butler County Community College, PA. If you can’t make the game, the game will be webcast at www.rochsports.org.  If you get a chance, please congratulate and wish our student athletes well in their quest for another national title for Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball.  Attached is the women’s basketball roster. They will be leaving early on Wednesday morning and will not be able to attend class Wednesday – Friday of this week. Sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause some of you. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.  


Legislators Visit Fine Arts Building - Related Video

Jim Nieswaag, facilities; Sam Bergstrom, Music faculty; Ric Perkins, Music faculty; and Mike Seymour, Vice President led State Representative Peggy Scott (R) on a tour and provided detailed information, March 4, on the college's bonding request to renovate the Fine Arts building.


Presidential Search Update
Open Forums for Presidential Candidates Week of March 21-25

You are invited to open forums with the semi-finalists selected to interview for President of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College. As soon as the interview schedule is complete, details will be communicated.



Administrator Feedback Process

The Administrator Assessment process is under way! This is an opportunity to provide feedback on your college administrators.  As part of annual administrator evaluations, administrators are evaluated using the Administrator Feedback Form (see sample) on a three-year rotating basis.  All direct reports, a random sample of all employees, and others as requested by the administrator receive the Administrator Feedback Form.  The Administrator Feedback Form will indicate the administrator to be evaluated.

Please feel free to contact Dawn Bushman at x1186 with questions about the form or process.  Thank you for your participation!


Art Faculty in Two Exhibits

The photographs of adjunct faculty member Iggy Beerbower will appear in two exhibits this March.

Woman as Photographer
Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
Minneapolis Photo Center 2400 North Second St, Mpls.

In this exhibit, Iggy's work received an Honorable Mention For more information, click HERE.

Art of the Community II
Hosted by SMARTS (South Minneapolis Arts)
Opening Reception: Friday March 18, 7 to 10 p.m.
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls.


Math Faculty Selected to Receive Next General Learning Challenge Grant

Math faculty Candace Blazek and Adam Krenelka are leading a system-wide effort in developmental math redesign. Their Next General Learning Challenge Grant was one of 50 selected from a pool of 600 and they are now competing for 32 awards. Twenty-five, two-year MnSCU colleges have signed on to be a part of this important initiative.


Music Faculty Invited to Perform with the Racine Symphony Orchestra and at Hamline University

Anoka-Ramsey Music Faculty member, Dr. Fang-Yi Shen has been invited by Taiwanese Association and Culture Center of TECO of Chicago to play in their "Taiwan Love Stories Concert, April 2, 2 to 4 p.m., Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University (1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul).

Fang-Yi will be the cello soloist in this concert to promote Taiwanese music and culture.

The event will include approximately around 15 songs. 

For more information, click HERE.

Fang-Yi has also been invited to play with the Racine Symphony Orchestra, March 22, 2011.  As one of the cellists, she will be playing for more 2000 fifth grade students at Grace Church (3626 Highway 31) in Racine, Wisc.  For more information on this event, click HERE.


Staff Development Day: All Unlimited Full-time and Part-time Staff

Winter blues got you down? Ready for a break? The Staff Development Committee is excited to announce Staff Development Day on March 16, 2011 at the Coon Rapids Campus.

The focus of the day will be on “Engaging Students and Ourselves”. Keynote speaker Richard Brynteson will be with us in the morning to talk with us about student engagement. Russ Kreager will conclude the morning with his findings and suggestions for Anoka-Ramsey as we move forward. The afternoon will be an energetic afternoon of On Course principles and how each department on campus can utilize these principles to assist in student success. 

Transportation will be provided from Cambridge Campus. The vans will be leaving Cambridge at 7:30 a.m. and will return to Cambridge at 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in taking a van, please contact John Davis by 3 p.m. March 9.

The complete agenda can be found below. 

7:30. – Vans leave Cambridge Campus/Arrive in Coon Rapids

8:00-9:00 a.m. – Check In/Continental breakfast (PAC/Bulge Area)

9:00-9:15 a.m. – “Welcome’ by Mike Seymour and Staff Development Committee (PAC)

9:15-10:45 a.m. - Keynote speaker-Richard Brynteson (PAC)

10:45-11:00am - Move to retention discussion

11:00- 11:45a.m. – Retention discussion (PAC)

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Lunch (Cafeteria)

1:00-1:30 p.m. – On Course-Overview large group (Legacy Room)

1:35-2:35 p.m. – On Course Principle Sessions

                A:  Self-Responsibility (Legacy Room)

                B:  Self-motivation (Cafeteria)

2:35-2:45 Break-move to next session

2:45-3:45p.m. On Course Principle Sessions (2 groups)

                A:  Self-Motivation (Cafeteria)

                B:  Self-Responsibility (Legacy Room)

3:45 p.m. – Vans leave Coon Rapids/Arrives in Cambridge


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know?

•There is strong evidence that associate’s degrees and years of community college education yield extra earnings compared to high school graduation? Almost all studies have found positive earnings gains from an associate’s degree, with an average estimate across the studies of 13% for males and 22% for females. 

•Almost all studies have also found gains to credits or years of study at community college that do not lead to a completed degree? The average earnings gain for attending community college without obtaining a credential is estimated at 9% for males and 10% for females. 

Want to know more?

Source: “The Benefits of Attending Community College: A Review of the Evidence” by Belfield & Bailey published in Community College Review, January 2011, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 46-68.


Official announcements


  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 2C.1 Satisfactory Academic Progress RATIONALE: Compliance with Federal regulation and MnSCU policy.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page.


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Juliana Boner, Fall 2010, Books and Fees, $164.85
  • Allen Callander, 4/8-9/2011, LERN Conference, $295

Social Amenities

  • A plant and a card were sent to Patrick Eichers.
  • A card was sent to Trung Ha.
  • A card was sent to Darren Hoff.
  • A card was sent to Maria Jedlicka.
  • A plant and a card were sent to Steven Restad.
  • A card was sent to Scott Stankey.
  • A plant and a card were sent to Mark Widdel.

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Volume XXXIX, No. 32: March 14, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

College Receives $90,000 in Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Grants

Inspiration: Congrats to Humanities!

Eating Disorder Discussion with Expert, March 31

Service Learning Student Showcase


Research RAMblings

Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Amazing Show by Women’s Basketball – Congratulations on National Championship!

It was such a pleasure to watch the Golden Rams play for the  NJCAA National Title this weekend! You made our college proud!

Here is the story.

Health and Wellness Center Addition Update - Designs

Designs for the Health and Wellness Center project at the Coon Rapids Campus are moving along. Current plans are to break ground this summer.  Take a look at the facility plans.

 Lower Level Plans

 Upper Level Plans


College Receives $90,000 in Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Grants

Anoka-Ramsey Community College was awarded two grants of $45,000 each at the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board February meeting to offset training-related expenses incurred by two local businesses to train their current employees.

Representing a partnership between educational institutions and area businesses, grant funding will train employees at MultiSource Manufacturing and The Dynamic Group Manufacturing Co., manufacturing companies located in Ramsey.

At MultiSource Manufacturing Co. the grant funds will allow Anoka-Ramsey to develop, customize and train 80 employees in the areas of process flow, set-up reduction and single minute exchange of die.

At Dynamic Group, Anoka-Ramsey will train 64 employees in the areas of design process, setup reduction in machining and finished goods Kanban systems. 

“We are excited to continue our participation with the MJSP program, and look forward to building our educational partnership with two local manufacturing companies,” says Stephen Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Director of Training.


Inspiration: Congrats to Humanities!

Kirsten Dierking , Humanities Instructor, recently published a piece in the National Education Association’s journal, “Thought and Action.” The title is From Whitewall Palace to Burger King: Teaching the Humanities.

In this piece, Kirsten shares successful approaches that she has used in the classroom in order to engage students in connecting with, and retaining, material. It’s also an inspiring, timely and relevant reminder of the value education brings to our students’ lives.

Read the article HERE


Eating Disorder Discussion with Expert, March 31

To provide information about the important topic of eating disorders, the Cambridge Campus Student Nurses Association, Student Government and Gay Straight Alliance is hosting speaker Trish Thacker of The Emily Program, Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Community Room (G202).

Thacker will address issues associated with eating disorders, such as cultural factors that influence body image, relationships with food, early signs and symptoms of disordered eating and effective and positive coping skills. The presentation will be about an hour, with 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

Lemonade and coffee will be served. 

Pamphlets and contact information will be available.


Service Learning Student Showcase

Submitted by Jan Pomeroy

It has been exciting to visit classes and share with students the idea of engaging in a service learning activity for a class and how it will assist them in blending both service and learning goals.

Service learning involves students performing service activities while learning experientially and actively reflecting on the experience, resulting in benefits to the community and students. Collectively we are preparing students for an increasingly global society with knowledge and transferrable skills.

I have organized a Service Learning Student Showcase Tuesday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus, Student Life Lobby and Thursday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room.

Current and past students are encouraged to provide a display of their service learning experience(s). 

The display format is fairly open and it would add value if the student was available for some of the time to answer questions of their experiences. The [Service Learning Student Showcase] flyer outlines expectations and invites students to participate.  One faculty member shared that her students will be offered extra credit to participate.

This event has been designed to recognize our Service Learning Community Partners. The Community Partners Invite Service Learning Showcase 2011 invite is to be shared with partners. This program would not be possible without the community partnerships we have secured and nurtured over the years. Feel free to send the invite to partners or have students share with their sites.

Service Learning is about connecting: to our campus, to our community, to our future. For more information, please contact Jan Pomeroy.



A valuable new smoking cessation program is coming to Anoka-Ramsey Community College. It’s called QUITPLAN® at Work. QUITPLAN® at Work is focused on employees and their spouses who want to make a successful quit attempt. You will have the opportunity, along with your coworkers, to participate in a group led by a professional tobacco cessation counselor. And, it’s all free!

QUITPLAN® at Work is funded by ClearWay Minnesota, an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesota by reducing the harm caused by tobacco.

This program is managed by health professionals at HealthSource Solutions. HealthSource has partnered with healthcare providers throughout the state to make this program available to worksites across Minnesota. A tobacco cessation counselor will provide our program.

As part of this program, you will receive:

  • A personal plan to stop your tobacco use
  • Detailed information about Zyban and Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • The tools needed to help you learn to stop smoking
  • Five weeks of group-led support by a trained professional
  • Connection to additional resources, such as self-help materials, community resources, quitplan.com (a web-based cessation support), and the QUITPLAN® Helpline, phone-based support program.
  • Seven weekly relapse prevention cards/e-mails at the conclusion of the program.

Quitting can be tough, but you can learn a better way.

QUITPLAN® at Work will provide you with information that will help you quit smoking and create a support group to help you stay smoke-free.

Information will be provided on:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy and how to use it
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Effective coping strategies – relaxation techniques
  • Setting a quit date
  • Sources for social and emotional support
  • Additional cessation resources

The deadline to sign-up for the program is Wednesday, March 23.  Register for the FREE smoking cessation class today! 

Classes: April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Location: TBA

If you are interested in participating in the QUITPLAN at Work program, please contact Joyce Traczyk for more information.


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know?

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has proposed revisions to its accreditation criteria?  The goal is to have a final version available for board action in February 2012 and implementation rolled out over the subsequent 18 months.
  • Anoka-Ramsey is up for re-accreditation in FY 2016. 

Want to know more?


Pause for Appreciation

Just wanted to take the opportunity to publically thank Dee Dee Peaslee, Cindy Nutter, Pam Peterson and Shannah Jones (Public Safety in Cambridge).

I had a student misconduct issue that developed over the last week or so and these people, spearheaded by Cindy, handled it quickly, seriously, and with the utmost class. I felt supported and safe in this unfortunate development that is becoming more and more of a norm in our classrooms.

Sometimes we focus on what's 'not being done around here' and 'not being supported' and today I'm focusing on the opposite.

Thank you to all of you for efforts and help with this! After all, we are all in this together, aren't we?

Have a safe and good spring break. Rest your spirit.

-Jennifer Liberty Clark

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Volume XXXIX, No. 33: March 21, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms

Human Trafficking Presentations, March 24

Cambridge Campus Offers Free Evening with Prudence Johnson

Brain Awareness Week

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Academic Affairds and Standards Council Agenda

Faculty Shared Governance Agenda



News from President Jessica Stumpf

Presidential Candidate Open Forums This Week - Schedule

All employees are welcome to attend an open forum for each of the Presidential Candidates this week.


Celebrate Women’s Basketball National Championship & Men’s Excellent Season

Let’s celebrate the amazing accomplishment of our Women’s Basketball team for earning its seventh national championship in NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Saturday, March 12 in Rochester, Minn.

Celebration Event
Tuesday, March 22 at 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Courtyard Commons

More Tournament Awards

2011 NJCAA Div. III All‐Tournament Team
Mallory Cramer, Forward #22
Tamarra Shorter, Forward # 32

Dave DeWitt


Men’s Basketball

The celebration event will also acknowledge the excellent 2011 season that the Men’s Basketball achieved with a record of  22 wins 8 loses.


Lobbying Legislators for Bonding Continues

Senator Benjamin Kruse toured the Fine Arts building, March 11 to gain a better understanding of our bonding request.


KUDOS to Anoka-Ramsey Nursing Students for Earning Top Rating

In 2010, 96.18% of Anoka-Ramsey’s first-time test takers passed the NCLEX board (RN) exam.  There were 105 test takers from ARCC. This is an extremely high percentage!

For example, only one other school that offers an Associate Degree in Nursing scored a higher percentage: that is Rasmussen with 100% pass rate but only 8 test takers.

Only two schools in Minnesota – which happen to offer the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing scored higher percentages: Concordia with 37 test takers at 97.3% and Crown College with 12 test takers at 100%.

Congratulations to all those who passed their exams and to the outstanding Nursing faculty members for turning out great nurses!



Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms

Based on interest, Anoka-Ramsey Community College may remain a drop-off site for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  Attend one of the Brown Bag sessions for more information.

Thursday, March 31
Noon to 1 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Mississippi Room

Tuesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m.
Cambridge Campus, F105 

Shareholders receive fresh, locally-grown food, know who is growing it (and how), and in some sense, have a farm to call their own.  CSA farms are set up so that in the spring, “shareholders” purchase a “share” of what the farm produces.  In exchange, the shareholder receives a box of fresh, locally-grown foods every week from about mid-June through October.

What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm?
At their most fundamental level, CSA farms provide a weekly delivery of sustainably grown produce to consumers during the growing season (approximately June to October).  Those consumers, in turn, pay a subscription fee.  But CSA consumers don’t so much “buy” food from particular farms as become “members” of those farms.  CSA operations provide more than just food; they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm.

Potential Anoka-Ramsey CSA Farm:
Women’s Environment Institute
The Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) is a nonprofit environmental and agricultural justice organization that is committed to teaching and promoting organic and sustainable agriculture in relationship to environmental and social justice.  What you purchase a CSA share, it helps WEI support this work and education programs.

WEI provides a weekly Thursday delivery of certified organic produce to members for 18 weeks.  Each box contains an array of seasonal vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit.  A farm newsletter with recipe ideas is included in each week’s box.  WEI’s autumn season boxes (late September and October) will contain a variety of delicious certified organic apples from the Amado Hill orchard on the farm.  This year CSA members will once again enjoy the opportunity to add more value-added products (e.g., fresh milled flour, honey, maple syrup, artisan organic bread and cookies, etc.) to their box through the WEI online ordering page.


Human Trafficking Presentations, March 24

The Coon Rapids Campus is hosting two, free presentations by Just Cause Ministries and Civil Society about human trafficking, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon in the Courtyard Commons, and again at 6 to 8 p.m. in the Legacy Room.

“The Facts: Sex Trafficking” by The Advocates for Human Rights and The Schapiro Group report an estimated 12.3 million people are forced into some sort of human trafficking at any given time, earning human traffickers more than $31 billion. Every year 50,000 women and children are brought to the United States to work as slaves.

Closer to home in Minnesota, it is estimated that 8,000 to 12,000 people are involved in prostitution/sex trafficking every day.

Please join the community for an eye-opening presentation on human trafficking. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is sponsored by college student organizations including: the Multicultural Club, Amnesty International, Phi Theta Kappa, the African Student Association and Student Government, as well as the college Departments of Student Life and Multiculturalism & Diversity.


Cambridge Campus Offers Free Evening with Prudence Johnson

The College Cambridge Campus is proud to host, “A Girl Named Vincent,” with nationally acclaimed vocalist Prudence Johnson, Friday, March 25, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Juanita and Charles Community Room (G202).

The event is free and sponsored by the college Student Life Department.

“A Girl Named Vincent,” created and performed by Prudence Johnson and The Millay Project, is an exciting new collection of songs based on the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, composed by Laura Caviani, Michelle Kinney, Joan Griffith and Gary Rue.

Variety Magazine  reviewed a performance by Johnson and said: "As she sang a silence born of hearts deeply moved fell over the audience."

Johnson and her musicians will also present a master’s class for high school and college students at the Cambridge Campus during the day.

For more information about Johnson click HERE


Brain Awareness Week

Check out all the events this week to observe Brain Awareness Week, hosted by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Psychology Club.

Monday, March 21
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Speaker
2 to 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Tuesday, March 22
Brain Injury Speaker
3 to 4 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Wednesday, March 23
Dr. Gary Muir, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at St. Olaf
2 to 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Thursday, March 24
Brain Expo
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Sheep Brain Dissection
11 a.m. to noon
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Nina Bohrod, 2/25/2011, Faculty Development Day, $81
  • Fernande Deno, 3/7/2011, $383.30
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, 4/14-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $495
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, $34
  • Business Division, 2/25/2011, Coon Rapids Business Division Retreat, $200.50
  • Patricia Giese, 4/14-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $300
  • Dave Hays, 3/5/2011, POGIL Workshop, $240
  • Leda Holder, 4/14-15, Health Educators’ Conference, $415
  • Kathleen Johnson, 4/13-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $415
  • Kendra Miller, Books and Videos, $80
  • Amber Severson, 4/12-17/2011, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting & Exposition, $1,217.56
  • Colleen Snell, 4/13-15/2011, Health Educators Conference, $495

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Orrin Nyhus, 5/11/2011, Minnesota Safety Council Conference, $150
  • Jan Pomeroy, 5/24-27/2011, Community College National Center for Community Engagement 2011 Conference, $300
  • Kathleen Vieau, Books & Fees, $75.78
  • Ashley Weatherspoon, Fall 2010, Tuition, $600
  • Ed Wilburg, 5/11-13/2011, Minnesota Safety Council Conference, $275


Pause for Appreciation

A great big thank you to all of the Staff Development Committee members that I worked with this year.  Everyone did an exceptional job on taking on tasks to make the annual Staff Development Day a success.  It was a lot of work but with such enthusiastic and hard working team members it did not seem as exhausting.  So a huge thank you to Jason Siems, Dan Harmon, John Davis, Kathy Vieau, Lisa Harris, Jeff Janas, Lisa Waggoner, Matt Begansky.

Also, a special thank you to the guests that came in to present.  Barbara Sandarin did an awesome job of getting us warmed up ready to participate in the day.  The OnCourse presenters did a wonderful job of giving us a taste of the program.  The day was a success because of the efforts of many.

-Louise Duff, Coon Rapids Co-Chair


Academic Affairs and Standards Council AgendaFriday, March 25, 2011
Mississippi Room and ITV to E202
1 to 3 p.m.


Faculty Shared Governance Meeting AgendaMonday, March 28, 2011
2 to 4 p.m.


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Volume XXXIX, No. 34: March 28, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey Nursing Students Rank Among Highest in Minnesota

Student Interviewed by "Chronicle for Higher Learning"

Health Fair

Get Noticed, Get Hired

Career Internship and Field Experience Information Night

Foundation Golf Tournament - Save the Date!

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Official Announcements 


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Fastpitch Softball on Cambridge Campus – April 1

The field is ready and coach Dave Alto and the RAMS Women’s Fastpitch team will take the field this Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. against Minnesota West. I hope you can make it to the game and cheer on the RAMS!



Golden Rams Basketball Celebration


College President Jessie Stumpf congratulates head coach Dave DeWitt of the Women's Basketball Team for bring home the 2011 National Championship.

Details here.



Anoka-Ramsey Nursing Students Rank Among Highest in Minnesota

The results are in: in 2010 Anoka-Ramsey Nursing graduates earned a coveted second place ranking in first-time test takers of the NCLEX-RN Exam (Registered Nurse Exam) in Minnesota for all 22 associate degree in Nursing programs. Anoka-Ramsey ranked fourth out of all 36 associate degree and bachelor degree in Nursing programs in the State of Minnesota.

A full 96.18 percent of Anoka-Ramsey’s first-time test takers passed the NCLEX exam, earning Anoka-Ramsey a first place ranking among the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. A total of 105 Anoka-Ramsey Nursing students took the test.

“We are so proud that our graduates are among the most knowledgeable in the state of Minnesota,” says Director of Nursing, Jennifer Eccles. “Since 1969, the Anoka-Ramsey program has been serving our community through excellence in nursing education. Our faculty members are experienced teachers and nurses, which allows our graduates to achieve distinction as quality nurses for the people of Minnesota.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development the need for registered nurses will increase 23.8% from 2009 to 2019.

Currently, Anoka-Ramsey’s Nursing program, accredited through the National League for Nursing Accreditation Committee (NLNAC), is educating approximately 416 students. 


Student Interviewed by "Chronicle for Higher Learning"

Student David Corgen provided an interview for the following story about Pell Grants.

*Distributed with permission from the "Chronicle for Higher Learning."


Health Fair

Wednesday, March 30
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, Cafeteria

Featuring the following exhibitors:

  • Abeler Chiropractic
  • American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
  • Anoka County
  • AnyTime Fitness
  • Anoka-Ramsey Counseling Department
  • Anoka-Ramsey Employee Wellness Program
  • Anoka-Ramsey PTK/Red Cross Blood Drive Sign-up
  • Beauty Control
  • Chae Organics & Toxic Free
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • GrassRoots Coop
  • Health & Healing Family Chiropractic
  • Juice+
  • LA Fitness
  • Minute Clinic
  • Taher Dining
  • YMCA


Get Noticed, Get Hired Fair

Submitted by Jeff Janas and Michael Wall

Career Services and Alumni Relations will host two employability fairs called Get Noticed, Get Hired! One will be held on the Coon Rapids Campus, Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the second will be held on the Cambridge Campus Cafeteria, Wednesday, March 30,  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Both events offer attendees the chance to increase their knowledge and skill in areas specifically targeted to help them in finding and landing a job.  

Stations will be set up with volunteers from local businesses and college personnel, and will cover topics such as researching the company, networking, resume critiques and development, dressing for success (samples or displays), interviewing, and internships.  Each event is set up to provide specific take-away skills and advice, and those attending may spend as little or as much time at particular stations as they see a need or benefit.

We come to you asking some favors, each one to help us better serve our students, alumni and the community. Please let students and others know about this opportunity, and attend yourself if you are able. 

Please let us know what you think, what you hear as feedback, and any suggestions you develop for making this a strong event on behalf of those we serve.

Many thanks. We hope to see you there.


Career Internship and Field Experience Information Night

Submitted by Jan Pomeroy

Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 p.m., Rm. H219, Coon Rapids Campus
Tuesday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Rm. E124, Cambridge Campus

Together we are responsible to prepare our students for a global society both professionally and personally.  Each of us are able to encourage our students to embrace the steps necessary for climbing the ladder to success, by achieving their educational and professional goals, and thus, securing a degree based job.  An internship or field experience is an opportunity designed to supplement classroom instruction in a real world setting.  An internship provides opportunities to explore career interests and develop professional skills through work experience in agencies such as media services, schools, law enforcement, environmental services and a wide variety of other businesses.  Students apply their knowledge and skills while bridging the gap between classroom instruction and work. Students take on responsible roles within companies/organizations where they put theory and classroom learning into practice and context, gain transferrable skills and experience, prior to entering the job market.

Students enroll in CAOR 2297 for variable credits. Each one-credit experience requires 45-hours of on the job experience to help direct their individual learning.  CAOR 2297 is for the student looking to explore and develop professional skills. Components of CAOR 2297:

The value of an internship, networking, branding yourself, interviewing, dressing for success, cover letters and resumes, developing group and team skills, motivation and job performance, critical thinking and communication skills, ethical practices and a valuable reflection of the experience.


  • Develop a working knowledge of resources
  • Prioritize, organize, and use time management skills
  • Demonstrate personal, academic, and professional growth
  • Perform as a member of a team in a work environment
  • Develop a portfolio of the internship experience

Students would visit these locations to find exploration and development opportunities:

  • Office of Experiential Learning
  • ARCC Job Placement website by logging into D2L
  • ARCC faculty networks
  • Department Bulletin Boards
  • Online job/internship sites

Your assistance in encouraging our students to participate in a Career Internship and Field Experience expands far beyond a classroom experience.  Help them explore and develop professional skills prior to graduation or transferring from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  Contact Jan Pomeroy, Coordinator of Experiential Learning at x1340. 


Foundation Golf Tournament – Save the Date!

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation and Tournament ‘Eagle’ Sponsor Tolerance Masters, Inc. are proud to present the Chip In for Education Golf Tournament for Scholarships, Tuesday, July 12, 2011.  The event will be held at the Refuge Golf Club and will include an 18-hold scramble.  The more information and the registration brochure will be sent out soon.  If you would like to donate any prizes, sponsor a hole or have general questions, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 433-1597.


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Paul David Anderson, Books, $267.12
  • Rosemary Hoolihan, DVDs, $66
  • Rosemary Hoolihan, 4/14-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $349
  • Darla McCann, The Association for the Tutoring Profession Membership, $30

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Lisa Dornacker, 5/1-3/2011, Minnesota School Counselor’s Conference, $100
  • Louise Duff, 5/18-19/2011, Frontline Conference, $199.28
  • Cindi Gilbert, 6/2/2011, Leadership & Management Skills for Women, $99
  • Conni Strait, 4/13-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $300


Official Announcements


  • Proposal submitted in the February 14, 2011 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees has been moved to action.
  • Proposal submitted in the February 14, 2011 College Bulletin regarding Policy 3C.1 Class Size has been moved to action (see Decision for further details).


  • Decisions based upon discussions at the February 28, 2011 FSGC Meeting:
  • Enforcement for Smoking Policy Violations
  • Students’ willful violations of Policy 1A.9 Environmental Health and Safety (tobacco-free buildings policy) will be resolved through the Code of Conduct.
  • Policy 3C.1 Class Size
  • Administration is setting the maximum class size for the following classes:

AENG 2225                    35 
AENG 2230 35 
AENG 2235 35 
ART 1241 30 
ART 1242 30 
ART 1271  30
ART 1272 30
ART 2121 30
ART 2133 30
ART 2134 30
ART 2165 30
ART 2167 30
ART 2168 30
HPER 1123 30
HPER 2206 50
HPER 2296 25
IHH 1105 35
IHH 1110 35
IHH 1200 35
IHH 1205 35
IHH 1300 35
IHH 1305 35
IHH 2110 35
IHH 2280 35
IHH 2285 35
INTS 1100 30
NURS 1283 16
NURS 2383 16
NURS 2584 65
PSYC 2257 60
THTR 2270 30
PTAC 1020 32
PTAC 1030 32
PTAC 2000 32
PTAC 2010 32
PTAC 2020 32

  • Policy 5G.2 Fees
    Course fees approved and effective immediately.

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