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February 2011

 Issue No. 27: Feb. 7, 2011

 Issue No. 28: Feb. 14, 2011

Issue No. 29: Feb. 22, 2011

Issue No. 30: Feb. 28, 2011

Volume XXXIX, No. 27: February 7, 2011

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Ambassador Program

Research RAMblings

Social Amenities Fund Needs Your Help

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Approved Sabbaticals for 2011-2012

Congratulations! Sabbatical applications for the 2011-2012 academic year have been approved for the following faculty members:

 Andrew Aspaas Chemistry Fall Semester 
 Catherine Bean English  Full Year
 Candace Blazek Math  Spring Semester 
 Corey Blommel Computer Networking  Fall Semester 
 Jennifer Bluth Math  Spring Semester 
 Nina Bohrod Math  Full Year 
 Gary Cook Health Fall Semester
 Paula Croonquist Biology Full Year
 Keven Dockter Math Full Year
 Dan Heinks Math Full Year
 Kate Maurer English Spring Semester
 Isabelle Schmidt Counseling Spring Semester
 Terry Teppen Biology Full Year
 Sasha Verkhovtseva Math Fall Semester
 Ed Wehling Earth Science Fall Semester

We wish you the best for a productive sabbatical leave.


State of the College



Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Ambassador Program

The Student Ambassador program provides students with the opportunity to represent Anoka-Ramsey Community College by reaching out to prospective and current students, promoting student activities and campus involvement, increasing awareness of our services available, and assisting with campus events and public relations.

The following students are our Student Ambassadors:

 Cambridge Campus

Coon Rapids Campus

Dalton Herrboldt Shannon Glenn Marie Hanson
Nicole Parent Heather Jones Joey Ngo (Than Van Huynh Ngo)
Colleen Wright Andy Pomeroy Ashley Racutt
Jamee Synder Amanda Thedens
Mohammad Ulel

What do our Student Ambassadors do?

  • Participate in ongoing student leadership training opportunities, including student leadership retreats and student leadership training and conferences.
  • Conduct campus tours for prospective students and employees.
  • Assist with new student Registration Planning Sessions.
  • Promote Student Life events and Student Services both on and off campus.
  • Assist with all aspects of prospective student recruitment including welcoming, walk-ins, follow-up phone calls, presentations, open houses and college visits/fairs.
  • Convey general information to students on the following topics: admissions, advising, financial aid, records/registration, library, technology services, student life, academic support center, common student questions and additional topics as needed.
  • Comply with the Anoka-Ramsey’s customer service guidelines so that the needs of students, staff, and faculty are satisfied.
  • Comply with Anoka-Ramsey’s safety guidelines so that work is accomplished in a safe and efficient manner.

If you are in need of a Student Ambassador or if you have any questions regarding our Student Ambassador program, please contact Cindi Gilbert on the Cambridge Campus or Joyce Traczyk on the Coon Rapids Campus.


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know?

  • 30.4% of Anoka-Ramsey students surveyed listed academic advisors as the main source of advising?  The remainder listed faculty (7.5%), a combination of advisors and faculty (15.9%) other, including website, family, and friends (28.1%), as well as 18.2% who said they had not received any academic advising.
  • Students who used our academic advisors as the most frequent source of advising posted a 4.05 mean satisfaction level on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being most satisfied?

Want to know more?


Social Amenities Fund Needs Your Help

Social Amenities is committed to provide support for faculty and staff on the Coon Rapids Campus in times of sickness, sorrow and joy.

Plants and/or cards are sent to those who are hospitalized, have experienced the birth or adoption of a child, or have lost a family member. Cards are also sent to those who have been out for an extended period of time due to illness or surgery. Social Amenities would not be possible without the thoughtfulness and generosity of the faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus.

In order to keep the Social Amenities group going strong donations are encouraged.  Any donation amount you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to Anoka-Ramsey Community College and write “Social Amenities” in the memo section. Checks can be sent via interoffice mail to the attention of Lisa Waggoner in the Human Resources Department. You may also drop off your donation in person at the Human Resources Office.

 The guidelines that were established for acknowledging events are as follows:

Cards are sent to employees and retirees who experience the following:

  • Birth/Adoption of a child
  • Death of sibling, grandparent or in-law
  • Marriage
  • Hospitalization and/or sick leave of employee
  • Memorials/Plants are sent for the following:
  • Death of employee: $100
  • Death of employee’s spouse or child: $50
  • Death of employee’s parent: $40
  • Death of retiree:  $40

Your help is also appreciated in informing the Social Amenities Coordinator (Lisa Waggoner) of an event listed above. Please remember to call or email when you are aware of an event.

Consider donating to this fund so that we are able to continue with this thoughtful acknowledgement to our peers in times of need. Thanks to everyone who has already donated!  It truly shows how kind and thoughtful the faculty and staff are here. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.


Official Announcements


Items approved by AASC and College President for January 2011, moved to action:

  • ART 1155, Digital Photography I, Add a new course, H-08-FY11
  • BUS AS program, AS Program, Change a program, B-03-11
  • BMED AS program, Biomedical Technologist AS degree, Change a program, BM-04-FY11


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Catherine Bean, $100


Pause for Appreciation

I would like to thank any staff and faculty who came to the student art opening. It makes a huge difference to the students when they see us there. Thanks again!!!

Please stop by and see the show, and VOTE for the People Choice Award.

There is a voting box available. The show is up through the end of February.

 A list of prize winners will be published soon!

-Laura Migliorino

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Volume XXXIX, No. 28: February 14, 2011

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Record Success for Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Annual Scholardazzle Fundraiser

Theatre Graduate Selected for Theatre Fellowship in Washington D.C.

Publication Kudos for Biology Faculty

Art Faculty Leads Workshop

Congratulations, Scott Stankey

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week

Technology Advisory Committee Requests

Projects in Marketing & Public Relations

Research RAMblings

Wellness Works Brings Weight Watchers to Campus

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation

Academic Affairs & Standards Council Agenda


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Creative Writing Articulation with Hamline University is Official



Dean Dana Irgens signs the articulation agreement, Feb. 9, that provides creative writing students a seamless transfer to Hamline University. President Jessie Stumpf; Mary Rockcastle, Hamline Dean; and Kate Kyser, Anoka-Ramsey faculty look on.


Representative Branden Petersen Visit Fine Arts Building


State Representative Branden Petersen (right) listens as music faculty Ric Perkins (center) describes the problems that occur when attempting to teach or learn in the Fine Arts building that was constructed in 1971. Melissa Bergstrom and Sam Bergstom also provided details during Petersen's visit. Funding to renovate this facility is being requested through the state bonding bill.


Record Success for Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Annual Scholardazzle Fundraiser

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College annual Scholardazzle fundraiser sponsored by the college’s Cambridge Campus Foundation raised more than $26,000 in gross revenue, breaking last year’s record of $22,000.

The event, organized by the Cambridge Campus Foundation Board of Directors and college staff, drew more than 160 people to help raise money for scholarships for local students attending the College.

Thanks to the strong support of the community, numerous volunteers and staff, attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner at the Spectacular Events Banquet Center in Isanti, musical entertainment was provided by Anoka-Ramsey Community College music faculty Eric Anderson, Ric Perkins, Jason Vanselow, Sam Bergstrom, Dan Noraker and Fang-Yi Shen.  In addition, raffles, silent and live auctions of goods and services donated by area organizations and individuals.  A fun event feature attracting great attention was the auction of unique cakes baked by members of the Board of Directors. The highest selling cake went for $185.

For more information about future fundraising activities or scholarships available at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, please click HERE or call 433-1968.


Theatre Graduate Selected for Theater Fellowship in Washington D.C.

At the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) Region V Festival in Iowa in early January, associate in fine arts (AFA) Theatre graduate (2008), Matthew A. Gilbertson was selected for the National Stage Management Fellowship for the region.  Matt will travel to the National Festival in Washington, D.C. in April.

"I am very excited and honored to represent Region V at the Kennedy Center Festival,” says Matt, now a student at Minnesota State University - Mankato.  “My time at Anoka Ramsey was extremely valuable and I firmly believe it provided me with the foundation I needed to transfer and achieve my goals."

Gilbertson is currently completing his bachelor of fine arts degree in Theater Design Technology and was selected for his outstanding stage management skills in the areas of professionalism, effectiveness, communication and written materials. The award was for Matt’s work on the Mankato’s production of “The Odyssey” directed by Dr. Paul J. Hustoles.

“Matt’s infectious enthusiasm for all things theatre was a huge asset to our program,” says Anoka-Ramsey Technical Director Peter Lerohl, who worked extensively with Matt when he was an Anoka-Ramsey student. “His excellent work was evident both onstage and off as he performed major acting roles and also worked diligently in the shop on scenery.  We are extremely proud of him and his continued achievements!"

The fellowship includes round trip air transportation, hotel, meals and a ticket to each KCACTF production at the Kennedy Center in New York. More important, the experience includes a full week of workshops and master classes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and followed by evening productions and design response sessions by some of the most influential professionals in American Theater.

 “The Kennedy Center honors the best and brightest theater students in the country through the awards presented at the American College Theater Festival,” says Anoka-Ramsey Theatre Faculty member, Blayn Lemke. “Our program is thrilled to have a Kennedy Center Fellow as alumni.”

For more information about the outstanding students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit the college Web site.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College associate in fine arts (AFA) Theatre graduate (2008), Matthew A. Gilbertson (shown working on a stage set) was selected for the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) National Stage Management Fellowship for the region and will travel to the National Festival in Washington, D.C. in April.

Publication Kudos for Biology Faculty

The dedicated work of Anoka-Ramsey Biology Faculty member, Melanie Waite-Altringer in developing the chapter PowerPoint presentations and the answer keys for the chapter questions and assessments appears in the eleventh 11th of "Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology" by David Shier, Jackie Butler and Ricki Lewis.

Published by McGraw-Hill and copyrighted 2012, the textbook is currently available for classroom use.

Melanie initially became involved in the project making corrections to the 10th edition's instructor manual.

"There were many incorrect and missing answers for the chapter questions in the 10th edition and they asked me to correct them,” says Melanie. “Then they asked me to complete the chapter/assessment questions for the upcoming 11th edition and I readily agreed. They seemed to like how that went, so they asked me to complete the PowerPoint presentations for the 11th edition as well."

"Completing the PowerPoint's, which I tried to make as simple as possible, for all the chapters and the answer keys assessments was a wonderful learning experience for me," says Melanie of the project. "This was something I had never done before, but I just loved it! I definitely have a greater appreciation for this textbook, which I use in my Human Body class, and that appreciation shows in my teachings. 


Biology Faculty member, Melanie Waite-Altringer developed all the chapter PowerPoint presentations and the answer key for the chapter questions and assessments appears in the 11th edition of "Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology" (cover shown) by David Shier, Jackie Butler and Ricki Lewis.


Art Faculty Leads Workshop

College Art faculty member, Margaret Bohls, was featured in last week’s CeramicsArtsDaily.org for leading a workshop in Texas titled “Forming, Finishing and Firing Lead to Inspired Surfaces.”


 A ceramic pot by Margaret Bohls, Art Faculty.



Congratulations, Scott Stankey!

Scott Stankey was recently awarded the February Multicultural Mini-Grant. With the mini-grant award of $ 300 Scott will take a group of students to the Guthrie Theater to view “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” written by the award winning August Wilson. The award will reduce ticket costs for students from $12 to $5 per ticket, depending on the seating selected at the Guthrie. This experience will provide student participants the opportunity to see a great play and to have a question and answer session with members from the cast. Please applaud Scott for his commitment to teaching students in and outside of the classroom.


Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week

Anoka-Ramsey Community College second year basketball player Marie Hanson, Andover, Minn. and Cambridge High School, was named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week for her play against Riverland Community and Technical College.

In the only game Anoka-Ramsey played last week, Hanson scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds and added two assists and two steals. In that game Hanson connected on nine of 12 shots from the field which included an impressive seven for eight from behind the arc. She was six for six from long range in the first half alone and made seven straight before she finally missed from 3-point land.

“Marie is a hard working kid who is constantly striving to improve her game,” says Anoka-Ramsey Head Coach, Dave DeWitt. “She is a very, very good shooter.”

This is the fourth time in six weeks that an Anoka-Ramsey Women’s basketball player has been named MCAC Player of the Week. Tamarra Shorter, Stephanie Pilgrim and Mallory Cramer have each also been named National Player of the Week.

Anoka-Ramsey is currently 22-1 on the year and ranked #1 in the country in NJCAA III basketball. Their next game is Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m., at Anoka-Ramsey against Minnesota State – Fergus Falls.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a Division III JUCO in Coon Rapids, MN and competes in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. They have won six National Championships, the most recent in 2007 and been to the National tournament 10 times.


Technology Advisory Ccommittee Requests

It’s that time of year again! Budget time means it’s also spring Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) request time.

What are TAC requests?

  • The Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) accepts requests twice a year for the purchase of technology items. TAC purchases are funded by the student technology fees.

What can I request?

  • The spring round of TAC requests are for hardware, software, and multimedia. This is the one and only time of year when you can request hardware technology purchases. (Software and multimedia requests are accepted in both fall and spring). 
  • The TAC committee considers the potential benefit for students when evaluating each request.
  • Examples of hardware may include items like computers, cameras, projectors, microphones, gadgets, etc.
  • Software may include applications for your office computer/laptop, classroom computers, or lab computers. (Software requests are generally not granted for use on your own personal computer.)
  • Multimedia is usually CDs/DVDs. Online subscriptions to web apps or media repositories are also included.

How do I make a request?

  • The TAC request forms are included as part of your department’s budget packet. These were distributed during spring duty days. Copy the TAC request tab within the budget packet and make one tab for each request.
  • You are encouraged to discuss the request with a member of the IT staff and/or a TAC member. They can help you with pricing, suppliers, and discuss the feasibility of your request.
  • You are REQUIRED to discuss the request with your department or division and with your dean. (These discussions can serve to possibly consolidate redundant requests.)

How do I submit my request(s)?

  • Include the TAC request tabs along with the rest of your budget packet when submitting the budget to your dean.
  • ALSO include a copy of the TAC requests themselves in an email to Brenda Rustad, on or before the due date.

When are they due?

  • Budgets, including TAC requests, are due March 1.


Projects In Marketing & Public Relations

Just to keep you up-to-date on some of the projects being led by the Marketing and Public Relations Office. If you have questions/concerns, please contact Mary Jacobson.

  • College Web site
  • Press Releases Average 40/semester
  • 8 Interest-Area Sell Sheets
  • Student Planner
  • Recruitment Materials
  • Professional Training Materials
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Mass Mailer with Video Testimonials
  • Web-Based Guide Sheets
  • Advertising for Spring Open House
  • Graduation Invitations/Programs
  • Theatre Event Promotions
  • Electronic Signage on Campus
  • Web site Flash Items
  • Weekly College Bulletin
  • Legislative Relations
  • Percent for Art Project for Visual Arts Center
  • Grand Opening of Visual Arts Center
  • Call Center Management

Are you looking for ways to promote your event or program? Please find resources HERE.


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College has agreements with 55 High schools to offer articulated college credit for career and technical education courses?
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College has 25 courses in career and technical fields that are articulated with our High School partners, meaning students can earn credit for these courses while in High School?  This is in addition to the credits High School students can earn through PSEO and concurrent enrollment.

Want to know more? 


Wellness Works Brings Weight Watchers to Campus

The Coon Rapids Campus Weight Watchers information and registration meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, Noon to 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Room, Coon Rapids Campus.

Future meetings will be on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., location to be determined. It will be a 10 week session beginning Tuesday, March 1 (the last session will be on Tuesday, May 10, finals week). Ten (10) weeks for $130, and is eligible for use of Employee Wellness Funds.  Easy 3-part payment option would be ($44, $44, $42).


Official Announcements


  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy  5G.2 Fees  RATIONALE: Update for summer and fall.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until Feb. 24, 2011.  

  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 3C.1 Class Size  RATIONALE: Annual update.


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Robin Anderson, 2/20-25/2011, Medical Conference, $962
  • Kathleen J. Johnson, 2/25/2011, Gestational Diabetes: Diagnosis to Delivery and Beyond Seminar, $284
  • Sharri VanAlstine, 2/17-19/2011, Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference, $278.90


Pause for Appreciation

The Business Division would like to thank the Anoka-Ramsey faculty and staff for their cooperation and flexibility during the Minnesota State High School Region 4 Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Approximately 250 local area high school students, instructors, and business people attended the conference.  The area high school instructors expressed their sincere gratitude to the college for hosting this year’s event. 

Many people worked very hard to make this event successful. Thank you to Ravae Anderson and Lois Bjerke for coordinating many of the Anoka-Ramsey logistics for the conference.  Thank you to President Jessica Stumpf and Student Senate President Shannon Glenn for giving the Anoka-Ramsey welcome. Thank you to Business faculty members Susan Eyre, Candy Heino, John Ivanauskas, Karna Kurtz, John Mago and Debbie Von Spreecken, for serving as judges for the high school contestants.  Appreciation is also expressed to Taher Food Service, and Technology, Bookstore, Central Services, Counseling, Library, Maintenance, Marketing, Security, and Student Activities staff for their efforts in providing excellent customer service.  Finally, special thanks to the instructors who accommodated the room changes.

Candlelight Ski Kudos

Thanks a ton everyone for helping with the Candlelight Ski.  It goes so smoothly because of all your help!

-Mary Januschka


A beautiful night and a lot of fun!! My kids and I enjoyed the trails immensely--Thank you for all your hard work!

-Gwen McDonald


It was so fun. Next year I'm skiing beyond the first 10 yards!

-Susan Dunn


Ditto!  This had to be the best one yet!  Nice work on the weather, Mary [Januschka]!  The music was terrific as usual.  And thanks to Barb and her workers for the long haul of setting up and taking down the trail!

-Bonnie Boese


Academic Affairs and Standards Council
February 18, 2011
Mississippi Room and ITV to E202
1:00–3:00 p.m.

I.       Minutes of January 21, 2011 were approved electronically.

II.       Proposals:

  • BUS :  AAS in AccountingProgram Review, PR-03-FY11, Program review re-submission    Rationale: Up for review
  • BUS :  AS in BusinessProgram Review, PR-04-FY11, Program review re-submission    Rationale: Up for review
  • BUS :  AAS in Business Office TechnologyProgram Review, PR-09-FY11, Program review re-submission    Rationale: Up for review
  • NURS 2381:  Holistic Care for Special Populations,  N-02-FY11 Change a course , Change credit distribution of course to increase theory hours from 2 to 2.5 per week and decrease lab hours from 2 to 1 hour per week.  Change co-requisites on Common Course Outline from PSYC 2215 to PSYC 2235 and add NURS 2383.    Rationale: Due to course content in the Special Populations course, covering three specialty areas in nursing, the increased theory hours will provide needed time for instruction.  There are fewer psychomotor skills in this course, so a decrease in lab hours is possible.  A decrease in lab hours would be cost effective for the college and allow nursing faculty to increase their contact hours in the clinical course, NURS 2382/ 2383, thereby decreasing a need for part-time faculty in the course cluster.  The PSYC co-requisite for this course was changed from PSYC 2215 to PSYC 2235 and NURS 2383 was created for the LPN-Transition students.  The common course outline should be changed to reflect these changes since the last revision in 2007.

III.       Discussion Items:

IV.       Information items:

Next meeting is March 25, 2011 (due to spring break).
Course revision dates.

AASC Changes – Effective Dates–Catalog


Deleting/suspending courses:  

Deadline for submission to AASC:  April 1

Modifying existing courses or creating new courses:

Deadline for submission to AASC:  April 1

Course is available for registration no earlier than following spring)


Program revisions (New/Deleting/Modifications):

Deadline for submission to AASC:  March 1

*No new programs or changes to existing programs will be included in the catalog without MnSCU approval (if required). 

Committee members: Jim Biederman, Bonnie Boese (alternate), Gary Cook, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Sandy Kohler, Kim Lynch (alternate), Shawn Magner, Nora Morris, Patty Pieper, Deidra Peaslee, Joe Schoen, Penny Rivard-Sherman (alternate), Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd, Jenni Swenson, Michael Werner (alternate), Tim Wrenn

Guests: Rhonda Kern, Jill Snippen

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Volume XXXIX, No. 29: February 22, 2011

Golden Rams Basketball Update

Art Faculty Selected as 2D Juror

February Wellness Works Workshop

Research RAMblings

Pause for Appreciation

Faculty Shared Governance Council Agenda



Golden Rams Basketball Update

Submitted by David Alto

Our Men’s Basketball team is now 18-7 on the season and has qualified for the State Tournament, hosted by Anoka-Ramsey the weekend of Feb 25 through 27.

The team also defeated the #3 ranked team in the country, Central Lakes College,  this past Saturday. The team played their last regular season home game Wednesday, Feb. 16. Look for an update with a finalized State Tournament schedule soon.

The Women’s Basketball team is now 24-1 on the season and 10-0 in the conference. They will play in their State Tournament the weekend Feb. 25 through 27 in Thief River Falls, Minn. The women played their last regular season home game Wednesday, Feb. 16 against Minnesota West.

Thanks for all of your support and hard work in helping our student athletes be so successful!


Art Faculty Selected as 2D Juror

Anoka-Ramsey Art Faculty member, Rachel Breen was recently invited to be a juror for 2-D student work at North Hennepin Community College.

"It will give me some good insight as to how they are putting their student show together and about the kind of work their students are making," says Rachel.

Good work, Rachel!


February Wellness Works Workshop

Managing Change & Transition

Reduce the stress of change.  Learn to recognize transitions and organizational change.  Discover ways to reduce the stress of change and make an opportunity.  Enjoy this interactive workshop!

Carol Kronholm has 30 years of experience with career development and internship placement.  Carol has her M.Ed., a GCD and is a Career Development Facilitator.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

Tuesday, Feb. 22                                                                              Thursday, Feb. 24

noon to 1 p.m.                                                                                 noon to 1 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, F105                                                                 Coon Rapids Campus, Mississippi Room


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know?

  • 26.2 % of Anoka-Ramsey students report using tobacco in the past 30 days and 14.3% report a daily use?
  • Female students report higher rates of both 30-day and daily tobacco use than male students (27.9% vs. 22.1% for 30 day use and 16.0% vs. 9.9% for daily use)?
  • 54.8% of the students who consider themselves smokers have made at least one quit attempt in the past 12 months?  2.8 is the average number of quit attempts.

Want to know more?

2009 College Student Health Survey Report:  Health and Health-Related Behaviors of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students is available in the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Counseling Office.


Pause for Appreciation

A note for Lacrestia Anderson, left by a student.

Thank you for all your help during the past year. You made me feel important and that I could accomplish my goals. I am graduating from Century this spring. (Currently have A- in math).


Thank you to Kate Palm and her cafeteria staff for what they do for the college. They are kind folks who work hard to do the best they can, taking care of our cafeteria-related needs. Thanks for doing that.

-Orrin Nyhus

The faculty and staff of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program would like to recognize and thank Barb Schuminski, Sheri Christensen, Rhonda Kern and Rachel Salmi for all of their time and effort processing the admission applications into the PTA program for fall 2011.

We had a record high of 99 applicants this year and we really appreciate their hard work reviewing transcripts and calculating GPA. Thank you—you are the best!!

-Lisa Lentner


Faculty Shared Governance Meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

2:00 to 4:00 P.M.


I.  Old Business

    A. Complaint form—sub committee

    B. Cost cutting/revenue sharing—subcommittee, brief update

    IT master plan/update—Kim Lynch

    C. Ban on smoking—enforcement plan without penalties at this point, emphasis on education

II.  New Business

    A. Migration of phones to the walls in teaching labs and additional cameras

    B. CTL Leadership for next year

    C. Other

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Volume XXXIX, No. 30: February 28, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey Basketball Update

Music Faculty is In-Demand by Area Bands

Melanie Waite-Altringer in the News

Cambridge Campus Food Drive to Support Family Pathways

Outstanding Student of the Year Award Nominations

Research RAMblings

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation


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.com   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. Thanks. Have a “golden” ram day!


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. [www.mplsphotocenter.com]

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 a leading system-wide effort in developmental math redesign.  Their Next General Learning Challenge Grant [DOCUMENT] 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 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. [http://taamn.org/lib/]

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. [http://racinesymphony.org/events.html]


Staff Development Day: All Unlimited Fulltime 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. on 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. [https://www.anokaramsey.edu/about/policies/comments/index.cfm until 03/16/2011]


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.