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January 2010


Volume XXXVII, No. 23: Jan. 11, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns 
Employee Appreciation Week
Development Days Theme Focuses on Student Retention
FREE Shuttle Connects Northstar Commuter Rail to Coon Rapids Campus
College Welcomes New Nursing Faculty
College Welcomes New Small Business Development Director
Excellent Teachers
Support Cambridge Campus Students: Attend Scholardazzle Fundraiser, Jan. 22
Wellness Works! Employee is Proof!
College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Welcome to a Busy Spring Semester 2010

It is quite clear by our two busy campuses that enrollment has increased.  I greatly appreciate the hard work by college staff in admissions, bookstores, business office, call center, counseling and advising, financial aid, information centers, and records in preparation for the start of spring semester.  By creating a positive experience for prospects and students, you keep Anoka-Ramsey Community College strong.

Thank you!

*Consider how you may make a difference for even one prospect or student on campus or online today.

Employee Appreciation Week

Did you know that you are appreciated? Well let me take this opportunity to tell you, you definitely are! The Human Resources Department has organized a week of fun events in honor of you, our college employees. The week of Jan. 11 there will be games and trivia contests, as well as drawings for prizes. The theme for this year’s Appreciation Week is Game Shows. Closing out the week, Friday, Jan. 15, 2 to 3 p.m., popcorn will be served in SC278.  I hope you take a moment to participate!

Development Days Theme Focuses on Student Retention

College faculty returned to campus last week for two Development Days focused on engaging and retaining students.  Three brave students shared their stories about attending Anoka-Ramsey and how connecting with faculty allowed them to see potential within themselves.  Thank you faculty for creating the learning environment that allows students to achieve their educational goals. I look forward to working with you this semester and in the future!

I also want to thank the Educational Services staff Kim Lynch, Nora Morris, Katie Vaccari, Jennifer Hennen, Valerie Knight, DeeDee Peaslee, Dana Irgens, and Crystal Nelson.  President's Office staff Kelsey Schwarzrock and Dawn Bushman.  Jim Biederman, Jennifer Bluth, Kate Maurer, Bryan Vickstrom, Lisa Waggoner, Gerald Gelle, Darin Nelson and John Davis.  Also, for the New Faculty Orientation, which went on somewhat concurrently: Celina Byers, Tim Zonldo, Gary Olson, Connie Herbert, Darren Hoff, Luanne Kane, Mary Stueve, Joan McKeranan, DeeDee Peaslee, Dana Irgens, Angie Anderson, Mary Januschka, Ed Wilberg, Joyce Traczyk, JoAnn Iskierka, Crystal Nelson, and Gail Peterson.

 New Recruitment Materials The Marketing and Public Relations Department displayed marketing initiatives, such as the new logo, recruitment materials and new templates for posters, postcards, monitors and much more, at Development Days. For more information on new materials and how to use them, visit www.anokaramsey.edu/en/about/Information/MarketingPR.aspx.
Pat Johns and Tom McCarthy Speech Faculty member, Dr. Thomas McCarthy (right) accepted his 25 Year Service Award from President Patrick M. Johns during Development Days at the Cambridge Campus.

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FREE Shuttle Connects Northstar Commuter Rail to Coon Rapids Campus

Service Begins Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

 Anoka-Ramsey Community College is responding to requests by students and employees by providing morning and afternoon shuttle service (Monday through Thursday, on class days only) between the Northstar Commuter Rail Riverdale Station and the college's three locations in Coon Rapids.  The service begins Monday, Jan. 11 and will continue as long as a substantial number of riders use the service.  If ridership is extremely slim, the college may have to discontinue the service due to budget contstraints. 

Shuttles to/from Parking Lots

The college is also offering a shuttle to/from Coon Rapids Campus parking lots to the entrances near the Performing Arts Center.  Beginning Jan. 11, this service will run a continuous loop during the 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. hour.  The route and stops include Big Lots/Goodwill Parking lots>ARCC Lot 4>ARCC Lot 3>ARCC Lot 2>ARCC Lot 1>Performing Arts Center.  The shuttle will run the same route in reverse, repeatedly until 10:30 a.m.  During the first few days the pick-up and drop-off points will be located near the stop signs in the parking lots, but these locations may adjust as needs arise.

If you have questions, contact Orrin Nyhus (x1346) or Kim Bienfang (x1438).

Shuttle From Train to Campus

Riverdale Station

Therapeutic & Holistic Health Ctr

Training & Dev. Center

Campus Performing Arts Center

MORNING

SHUTTLE #1

7:12 a.m.

Train Arrives

Board Shuttle     

7:21 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives  

7:25 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

7:27 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

MORNING

SHUTTLE #2

7:42 a.m.

Train Arrives

Board Shuttle    

7:48 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives  

7:55 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives

7:57 a.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

 

 

 

 

Shuttle From Campus to Train

Campus Performing Arts Center

Training & Dev. Center

Therapeutic & Holistic Health Ctr

Riverdale Station

AFTERNOON
SHUTTLE #1

4:01 p.m.

Shuttle Departs  

4:03 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

4:06 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

4:12 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

4:18 p.m.

Train Departs

AFTERNOON
SHUTTLE #2

4:31 p.m.

Shuttle Departs  

4:33 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

4:36 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives 

 

4:42 p.m.

Shuttle Arrives

 

4:48 p.m.

Train Departs


College Welcomes New Nursing Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed Gwen McDonald to the Nursing Faculty.  In her new position, Gwen will be teaching both first and second year nursing students.

Gwen holds a bachelor of science in Nursing from the College of St. Benedict, in St. Joseph, Minn. and a master of science in Nursing from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.

Along with teaching at Anoka-Ramsey, Gwen will continue her position, which she has held since 2000, as a staff nurse at Cambridge Medical Center.  She was drawn to the position at the college because of the "small campus, small classes and a sense of community."

Teaching primarily at the Cambridge Campus, Gwen hopes to "inspire nursing students to be life-long learners and to strive to provide quality care to their future patients."

A resident of Cambridge, Gwen is a single mom with three children: Katya, 10, Natalie, 7 and Gavin, 4.  In her free time, she loves to read, travel and be outdoors.

Just an FYI, Gwen is a self-admitted chocoholic so if you want to welcome her personally, feel free to bring chocolates.

Welcome, Gwen!

 

College Welcomes New Small Business Development Director

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed Joe Hesch as Director of the Small Business Development Center.

In his new position, Joe will manage small business training and counseling at both the Cambridge Campus and the Coon Rapids Campus.

Joe comes to the position with a master's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor of science degree in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Concordia University in Portalnd, Ore.  He also holds a certificate in Machine Tool Technology from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute (now Riverland Community College) in Austin, Minn.

Prior to coming to Anoka-Ramsey, Joe owned a business development firm in LaCrosse, Wis.  He was also Director of Entrepreneurship at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo. and Marketing Manager of New Business Development at Hewlett Packard in Vancouver, Wash.

"I came to Anoka-Ramsey because of the nature of work, my impression of the staff in the CECT section, and the chance to once again become a Minnesota resident (my home state) after 25 years away."

In his position, Joe hopes to provide "choices for individuals and businesses looking for business startup and growth training."

Now a resident of Coon Rapids, Joe is originally from Austin, Minn. and comes from a family of eight siblings.  He plays guitar, fly-fishes, hunts pheasant, rides motorcycles, and volunteers for wildlife conservation projects.  He is single with no children but  33 nieces and nephews.

Joe would like his new co-workers to know he is building off his 13-year career at Hewlett Packard, and continues a rather unusual career in the quilting industry where he is a published author and television personality.

Welcome, Joe!

 

Excellent Teachers

Do you work with an absolutely excellent teacher at Anoka-Ramsey Community College?

If so, you can nominate that teacher for college and regional recognition - the Board of Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence.  Just follow THIS LINK.  You'll be asked to identify the faculty member and write one or two sentences about his or her:

  • teaching strategies and materials
  • content and expertise and commitment to professional development
  • service to students, profession and to the college
  • standards for assessment of student learning

Students, faculty and staff may nominate an excellent teacher by Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.  Anoka-Ramsey awardees will be announced by Jan. 25, 2010.  If you would like more information about the system-level award and process CLICK HERE.

 

Support Cambridge Campus Students: Attend Scholardazzle Fundraiser, Jan. 22

Our work here is all about education. So join your co-workers and community members for the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation's annual Scholardazzle scholarship fundraiser, Friday, Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. at Spectacular Events Banquet Center, 1001 County Road 5 NE, Isanti, Minn. to add more fun to your work.  (You will also help Scholardazzle organizers meet their goal of grossing $22,000 for scholarships.)

For just $55 per ticket, or $100 for a pair of tickets, enjoy a gourmet dinner, acoustic music by Ken Krona with vocals by Gwen Anderson, raffles and silent and live auctions that offer the opportunity to bid on premium goods and services, such as sporting event tickets, from local businesses.

Last year, Anoka-Ramsey provided $62,200 in scholarships and 66 students received scholarships to attend the Cambridge Campus.

Please help by calling 763-433-1820 to reserve tickets today. Seating is limited.  The foundation is a charitable organization so gifts and the cost of tickets are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 Scholardazzle

As shown at last year's event, local business and college supporters donate a variety of items for the annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Scholardazzle event, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, 6 p.m. at Spectacular Events Banquet Center. 
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 763-433-1820 today.

 

Wellness Works! Employee is Proof!  Less is Really More

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Faculty member, Tim Wrenn was "tired of being how he was," which before June 2009 was an overweight person with several physical ailments.

Recognizing that he needed assistance, Tim used Wellness Funds to help him enroll in SlimGenics (former Slim4Life) in June 2009.  Since then, he has lost more than 110 pounds using the program.

"Let's face it, when you are obese like I was, you are a food addict," says Tim.  "Food addicts, like all other addicts, have a lifelong battle."

The SlimGenics program teaches you how to eat healthy and is a high protein, low fat diet.  The diet advocates portion control and using grocery store food, according to Tim.  Foods not included in the diet are processed foods, salt, pork, corn, carrots, squash and all alcohol, due to the high sugar content.

More important than a few food items, Tim has alleviated the effects of arthritis in his neck, back and knees.  His blood pressure has dropped more than 30 points, and he is excited to find out how much his cholesterol has dropped since he last visited his doctor.

Tim hopes to lose about 15 more pounds, but with his extra energy he intends to start weight training in the Coon Rapids Campus Fitness Center and playing basketball with other staff and faculty in the gymnasium.

"Once you start losing weight, you just naturally get more active," Tim notes.

He encourages others to  check with their doctor before beginning a weight loss program, and not to hesitate to ask for help.

"If your doctor writes a letter saying you need to lose weight for medical reasons, employees can use pre-tax money to help offset the costs of weight loss programs," Tim says.

Losing unhealthy habits has helped Tim gain so much more life.

"This is the way I will be eating for the rest of my life," says Tim.  "My body thanks me and I feel absolutely wonderful.  I have energy I never had before."

Tim Wrenn Before

Above: Faculty member Tim Wrenn before his weight loss.

Tim_Wrenn_After

Above: Tim again after losing more than 103 pounds.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Funds Approvals

  • Mary Kay Becker, 1/3-5/2010, Mosby's Faculty Development 2010 Conference, $742
  • Collettee Eze, 1/3-5/2010, Mosby's Faculty Development 2010 Conference, $742
  • Deborah Von Spreecken, 3/29-4/3/2010, National Business Education Association 2010 Annual Convention, $851

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Kathleen Vieau, $69.63

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 23: Jan. 19, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

College Welcomes New Academic Support Center Coordinator

College Welcomes New Interim CIO/Director of Technology

High School Art Exhibit in Great River Gallery, Jan. 15 through Feb. 5

Two Multicultural Perspectives Book Series This Week

Third Annual Conference, "Holistic Therapies: Renewing Ourselves and Others"

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Golden Rams Men's Basketball Player Named Player of the Week

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

 Hope You Can Come to Scholardazzle Friday

The students of the Cambridge Campus need your help to raise funds for scholarships.  I hope you can attend Scholardazzle this Friday, Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. at Spectacular Events Banquet Center, 1001 Cty. Rd. 5 NE, Isanti, Minn.  For $55 per ticket, or $100 for a pair of tickets, enjoy a gourmet dinner, acoustic music by Ken Krona with vocals by Gwen Anderson, raffles and silent and live auctions.  Please help by calling 763-433-1820 to reserve tickets today.

Thanks to all the college staff who donated items for the live and silent auction!

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College Welcomes New Academic Support Center Coordinator

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed Humera Mujir as Academic Support Center Coordinator.

In her new position, Humera will recruit, hire, train, direct, evaluate and supervise peer tutors in the Tutoring Center.  Along with workshop development and training schedule coordination and continuous process and environment improvement, Humera will support the Director of Academic Support Center and maintain a reference library.

Prior to coming to Anoka-Ramsey, Humera was a research assistant at the University of Minnesota and an assistant teacher for a private school.  She holds a bachelor of art in Physiology and a bachelor of science in Biology.

"Education has been a very important part of my life," says Humera of why she accepted the position.  "I felt attracted to the atmosphere at Anoka-Ramsey, which is student oriented and conducive to learning.  The staff here is very friendly and accommodating."

Working primarily from the Coon Rapids Campus, Humera's goal for the position is "to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administrators."

"Faculty input is vital to our tutoring program," says Humera.  "They identify high-achieving students for our tutor program, support our tutor training program by clarifying course content and objectives, and volunteer time for conducting the subject refresher workshops for our tutors."

A resident of Maple Grove, Humera is married (her husband works for North Memorial Medical Center).  They have three children--two girls and one boy--and a pet hamster named Vanilla.  Humera enjoys reading, cooking, sewing and travel.

Welcome, Humera!

 

 

College Welcomes Interim CIO/Director of Technology

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed Celina Byers as the Interim CIO/Director of Technology.  In her new position, Celina will manage network and computer services.

Prior to coming to Anoka-Ramsey, Celina worked at Bloomsburg University, Penn., Oakland University, Mich., St. Cloud State University, Minn. and the University of South Dakota.  To varying degrees at each institution, Celina was a faculty member and charged with enhancing the use of technology in the teaching and learning process.

For example, at South Dakota, she taught half time and designed, developed and delivered the professional development program for the Center for Instructional Design and Development to enable faculty and staff to integrate technology into their daily activities.

At St. Cloud, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses 25 percent of the time and managed InforMedia Services 75 percent of the time.

Celina holds a Ph.D. in Applied Technology, Training and Development, a master of science degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems and a bachelor of science degree in Psychology.

Celina came to Anoka-Ramsey "for the opportunity to become an administrator and make the broader impact that the role allows." In her new position, she hopes to "work with the ITS staff to further enhance the quality of services the department already provides in enabling faculty, staff and students to make the best use possible of the technology resources."

A resident of Anoka, Celina has two married sons who live close by.  She wants her co-workers to know she is very happy to be back in Minnesota.

Welcome, Celina!

 New Interim CIO/Director of Technology, Celina Byers

 

High School Art Exhibit in Great River Gallery, Jan. 15 through Feb. 5

At the invitation of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Department, high school students from around the college service area submitted art work for exhibition in the Coon Rapids Campus Great River Gallery.

Opening Night of the High School Art Show was Friday, Jan. 15.

The exhibition, an outreach effort by the Art Faculty to encourage high school students to consider attending Anoka-Ramsey for an associate of arts degree in Fine Arts, will remain on display through Feb. 5.

For most of the students, this will be their first experience exhibiting their artwork in a public setting, and hearing public response to their work, both praise and critique.

Please stop by to support these young artists, and future college students.

 

Two Multicultural Perspectives Book Series Events This Week

Tuesday, Jan. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, E103

Medical Apartheid by Dr. Harriet Washington

Book Review: Starred review.  This groundbreaking study documents that the infamous Tuskegee experiments, in which black syphilitic men were studied but not treated, was simply the most publicized in a long, and continuing history of the American medical establishment using African-Americans as unwitting or unwilling human guinea pigs.  Washington, a journalist and bioethicist who has worked at Harvard Medical School and Tuskegee University, has accumulated a wealth of documentation, beginning with Thomas Jefferson exposing hundreds of slaves to an untried smallpox vaccine before using it on whites, to the 1990s, when the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University ran drug experiments on African-American and black Dominican boys to determine a genetic predisposition for "disruptive behavior."  Washington is a great storyteller, and in addition to giving us an abundance of information on "scientific racism," the book, even at its most distressing, is commpulsively readable.  It covers a wide range of topics - the history of hospitals not charging black patients so that, after death, their bodies could be used for anatomy classes; the exhaustive research done on black prisoners throughout the 20th century - and paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex and the abuse of power.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, SC178 Mosaic Center

April 4, 1968 by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Book Description: On April 4, 1968, at 6:01 p.m., while he was standing on a balcony at a Memphis hotel, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded.  Only hours earlier King ended his final speech with the words, "I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land."

Acclaimed public intellectual and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson examines how King fought, and faced, his own death, and how America can draw on his legacy in the twenty-first century.  April 4, 1968 celebrates the leadership of Dr. King, and challenges America to renew its commitment to his vision.

For more information on Multicultural events please contact Marcellus Davis at x1695.

 

Third Annual Conference, "Holistic Therapies: Renewing Ourselves and Others"

The 3rd Annual "Holistic Therapies: Renewing Ourselves and Others" conference is offered by Anoka-Ramsey Community College in partnership with Mercy & Unity Hospitals, North Memorial Health Care and Regions Hospital.  Our goal is to provide an intimate, thought-provoking experience that will refresh you personally and stimulate you professionally.

During this conference you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of integrative health and healing and walk away with new healing techniques for yourself and your patients.  At the conclusion of this conference you will be able to:

  • Define holistic therapies presented in conference sessions.
  • Summarize the benefits of each mind, body and spirit technique.
  • Identify techniques to help engage and empower patients in their own healing process.
  • Show practical uses and application of each holistic therapy for yourself and others.
  • List resources for holistic therapies available in the metro healthcare community.

Who Should Attend

Nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nursing faculty, students, energy healers, massage therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, chaplains, spiritual ministers and any individuals interested in holistic healing.

The Missing Element: Love, Keynote by Chunyi Lin

From the past to today, we have developed a lot of tools to heal ourselves.  But it seems that the more tools we have developed, the more problems we have in our health.  What is the missing element here?  We have forgotten our love.  Love is the most powerful healing energy in the universe.  Chunyi Lin will discuss with you the power of conditional love, unconditional love and universal unconditional love and how you can transform these loves into healing energy to help yourself and others heal by using the simple techniques in Spring Forest Qigong.

Chunyi Lin is a certified international Qigong Master and founder of Spring Forest Qigong.  He has been teaching Qigong and using Qigong techniques to help others for more than 25 years and is a frequent keynote speaker at national health conferences.

He is a coauthor of a #1 Amazon.com bestseller, Born A Healer, and coauthor with Dr. Nisha Manek of the Mayo Clinic of a chapter on qigong in the recently released Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2nd Edition.  Since coming to the United States in 1995, he has helped nearly 100,000 people learn about the powerful, healing benefits of Spring Forest Qigong.  He now devotes all of his time to the teaching of Spring Forest Qigong and helping others.  Lin served as Director of Qigong Programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minn., from 1999 to 2004.

The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul, Minn. on Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 7:30 a.m.. The fee for the conference is $135 and includes breakfast, refreshment breaks, conference materials and a CEU certificate.  Call 763-433-1200 for more information.

 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Golden Rams Men's Basketball Player Named Player of the Week

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men's Basketball player Trey Scott was named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 4 through 10.  This is the second time Scott has received the honor.

Scott, a freshman guard from Spring Lake Park, averaged 31 points and 5.5 steals in the Golden Rams' two games.  He had 25 points and four steals against Ridgewater College, and 37 points and seven steals against St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

Scott leads the Golden Rams in scoring with 17.4 points per game, good for sixth in the MCAC Southern Division.  He leads the Southern Division with 4.1 steals per game.

Check out the Men's Basketball Schedule!

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Official Announcements

REMINDER: The FY 2011 Strategic Initiativess Proposal (SIP) Process is now under way!

SIP applicaitons are now available in each folder with department budget packets.  The application provides instructions, outlines the required content of the proposal, and announces the strategic initiatives proposals must support. 

Contact Kelsey Schwarzrock, x1507, with any questions regarding the SIP process.

Proposals

Proposal submitted regarding Policy 3E.1 Admission RATIONALE: 

1.The information sessions were created to reduce the number of questions asked about the admission process in general.  Since the implementation of these sessions there has been no change in the amount of questions from potential students.  There is currently not enough staff to cover both incoming student questions and nursing information sessions. 

2. As MnSCU moves forward with the 60/120 credit limitation, the removal of these courses as required for application process will allow the nursing division increased flexibility.  Chemistry 1020 and Biology 1106 would put the nursing program at 72 credits.  These courses will not be required as part of the application or the application process.  Biology 2113 & 2114 will not change. 

3. GPA change will allow for older courses not to impede students from meeting entrance requirements for the nursing program. 

4. Change to one admission allowed into the nursing program with no re-admissions.  If there are exceptional student circumstances the college exception to policy would address this need.  Currently students who fall academically are allowed to re-enter the program on a space available basis.  This causes difficulties in clinical placement and in the number of total students in the program sequence.  The nursing program is accountable to the accreditation organization (NLNAC) for student completion/retention of 150% of program total completion time.  The re-admitted student success ratio is low.  Of the re-admitted students 35% academically fail a second time, and 50% fail the NCLEX the first time.  This reduces the number of students that can be admitted to the program.  If there was an exception the college exception to policy could address this on an as needed basis.

The proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Page until Jan. 29, 2010.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

The Technology Advisory Committee has recommended and President Pat Johns has approved the fall software multimedia requests.  The details of the requests and approvals can be found at N:\ARCC Public\Minutes\Technology Advisory Committee (TAC)\TAC Recommendations\FY 2009-2010

If you have any questions, please contact Celina Byers at x1263.

Staff Development Funds Approvals

  • Lacrestia Anderson, Spring 2010, Astronomy and Adult Development Course, $211.83
  • Jaime Boretski, 1/13/2010, Financial Aid Workshop, $20
  • Lisa Boxwell, Spring 2010, Research and Writing Course, $600
  • Pa Lee-Xiong, Spring 2010, PSYC 2235, Lifespan Development, $561.12
  • Jaimie Lopez, Spring 2010, Internship/Student Affairs & Practice Small Group Process, $600
  • Kathleen Vieau, Spring 2010, ECON 2205-Macroeconomics, $459.49

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Elizabeth DiFabio, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

D: Dedicated   B:  Brilliant 
A: Agreeable   U: Understanding 
W:  Wonderful   S:  Sassy and Sophisticated 
N:  Neighborly   H: Helpful and Hilarious
    M:  Modern
    A:  Awesome
N: Nice

 

 

 Volume XXXVII, No. 24: Jan. 25, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns

College Welcomes New Lab Assistant

Ready for Fun? Annual Candlelight Ski Set for Feb. 6

Support College Art Faculty Member, Hunger Awareness

Associate of Fine Arts in Art Host Info/What's Next Session

Marketing Hosts Promotional Training Session at Cambridge Campus

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

State of the Art Chemistry Lab Opens Soon on Cambridge Campus

I'm proud to announce Anoka-Ramsey Community College's state-of-the-art chemistry lab is scheduled to open for classes in two weeks.  A campus highlight, this lab underscores the college's commitment to teaching and learning and to educational excellence in East Central Minnesota.  The facility is on par with some of the high-end, research-grade labs at major universities, and provides the potential to offer upper-level chemistry courses in the future.  The project was funded by state bonding along with some college funds.  It is a culmination of more than three years of careful design by planning work by the faculty, administration, architects and contractors who were involved in the decision-making at every point of the process.

It is my distinct pleasure to thank the following individuals:

  • Dan Harmon, Lab Assistant
  • Roger Freeman, Facilities & Project Manager
  • Steve Knight, Design & Construction Liaison
  • Mike Seymour, Vice President
  • Ed Norton, Facilities
  • Gerald Gelle, Facilities
  • Skip Ruis, Facilities
  • DLR, Architect
  • Donlar, Construction

 

New Chem Lab, Cambridge Campus

The new chemistry lab at the Cambridge Campus has space to provide each student with access to power, networking, gas (for burner flames), compressed air, and vacuum at their workstations.

 

New Chem Lab, Cambridge Campus

A few tools in the chemistry lab.

Andy Aspaas in the New Chem Lab

Andy Aspaas, Chemistry Instructor at work in the chemistry lab at the Cambridge Campus.

 

Chem Lab Abilities

These fume hoods contain air, gas, vacuum, water (both tap and purified).  An empty gas pipe was run to each hood for the possibility of one additional gas in the future (such as nitrogen, helium, or argon for advanced chemistry courses).  The new lab has a very sophisticated computer controlled ventilation system that automatically adjusts the airflow to each fume hood depending on the position of the sash and they actually can detect when a student is standing in front of the hood using it.

 

Chem Lab

View of the Lab.

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College Welcomes New Lab Assistant

Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently welcomed Kathy Connolly as a college lab assistant managing the Coon Rapids Campus upper science lab areas.

Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hamline University.  She owned a computer business for 10 years, worked for the Geek Sqad for a short time and formerly worked at Anoka-Ramsey as a lab assistant from 1994 to 1999.

"I loved working with students, staff and faculty when I worked at Anoka-Ramsey before," Kathy says of her return to the college.  She hopes to "provide support to the physical science faculty and students."

A resident of New Brighton, Kathy is married to Paul, and the couple has two adult daughters - Sarah, 21, and Caitlin, 19.  Kathy has two dogs and enjoys bowling and golfing with the University of Minnesota League.

Kathy would like her co-workers to know she sells hockey party products so, if you are in need, giver her a call (x1268).

Welcome, Kathy!

 

Ready for Fun? Annual Candlelight Ski Set for Feb. 6

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus is hosting its annual Candlelight Ski, Saturday, Feb. 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus.  Everyone is invited to this free event.

Join fellow students and co-workers and the community for an evening of skiing or hiking along two miles of candlelit trails skirting the Rum River.  The candlelit trails are part of the Spirit River Nature Area's cross-country ski trails that wander through the Cambridge Campus and the City of Cambridge.

Along with skiing or hiking, festivities will include hot chocolate and other refreshments and a chance to win door prizes to be given out at 7:30 p.m.

The Mystery Mountain Boys, a local Blue Grass band, will perform in the food court from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Skiing begins from the Campus Center on the east side of Cty. Rte 70.  Free parking is available next to the Campus Center.

Ski rental is available through Outdoor Edge.  To reserve your ski equipment, call 763-552-3343.  Ski equipment can be picked up at Outdoor Edge, 115 S. Adams St. Cambridge.

 

  

Support College Art Faculty Member, Hunger Awareness

College Art faculty member, Rachel Breen is showing in an art exhibition titled Seven Meals, opening Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Conduit Gallery, 1300 Quincy St. NE #100, Mpls.  The exhibit will run through March 18.

It's been said only seven meals separate civilization from anarchy.  Breen examines this concept in her installation of drawing and sewn paper.  Breen's textured abstractions will wrap around the one-room gallery, contrasting light, dark, movement and shape to elicit emotional responses and trigger memory.

Breen, using a sewing machine, creates patterns and fissures in large sheets of paper to either mount onto walls or to use as stencils, dabbing powdered charcoal through the tiny holes directly onto a wall or window.  The results are rough and textured, yet delicate.

"Much of my work is temporary and fragile," Breen says.  "Right at the beginning, the paper is on its last legs.  That, itself, is a metaphor for what my work is about."

 Art Piece by Rachel Breen

 

Associate of Fine Arts in Art Host Info/What's Next Session

To increase graduation rates and continued studies, Art Faculty members are hosting the first-ever Information Session for current AFA students positioned to graduate, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. During the session, faculty and students will review the AFA guide sheet and answer questions.

After touring the college and Art facilties at 1 p.m. and attended the AFA Information Session, Concordia College representatives will present a "What's Next" session with the graduating AFA students to discuss transfer options.

Great work, Art Faculty!

 

Marketing Hosts Promotional Training Session at Cambridge Campus

Jeff Knight and Karla Sand spoke with staff at the Cambridge Campus Friday, Jan. 22 about ways to market their events and programs.  They will be presenting to support staff on the Coon Rapids Campus, Friday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Mississippi Room.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Jeff Knight and Karla Sand in a discussion about how to market events and programs.

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Official Announcements

Proposal

  • 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. 12, 2010

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council
December 18, 2009
MINUTES

Members present: Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Kim Lynch, Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Deb Shepherd (alternate), Mark Widdel, and Karl Wielgus

Guest: Sheila Paul

I.     November 20, 2009 Minutes were approved electronically.

II.    Approved proposals:

  • Anthropology 2201: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Change a course SS-01-FY10 Addition of one required competency.  Revision of learner outcomes and course content to better represent current best practices.  Rationale: MnSCU requirements for number of competencies.  Improvement of language for outcomes and content lists.  APPROVED.
  • Art 2241: Painting - Change a course A-02-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes, change course number to 1241 and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating to be current.  APPROVED. The pre-req sentence needs to be verified.  Remove the $25 from the F5. area.
  • Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care - Add a program IHH-12-FY10 New certificate added into the Integrative Health and Healing Dept. Rationale: Developed in response to a need expressed by Fairview RedWing Health Services and in conjunction w/SE Tech Coll. An MJSP grant was rec'd for implementation of this certificate.  APPROVAL IS CONDITIONAL AFTER SEEING A "CHANGE A COURSE" FORM FOR 2101. Change the 2101 course to be "recommended."
  • Hospice Geriatric Care - Add a program IHH-11-FY10 New certificate added into the Integrative Health and Healing Dept. Rationale: Developed in response to a need expressed by Fairview RedWing Health Services and in conjunction w/SE Tech Coll.  An MJSP grant was rec'd for implementation of this certificate.  APPROVAL IS CONDITIONAL AFTER SEEING A "CHANGE A COURSE" FORM FOR 2101. Change the 2101 course to be "recommended."
  • IHH 1300: The Aging Transformation: Issues for Consideration - Add a new course IHH--05-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.  APPROVED.
  • IHH 2280: Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-08-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation. APPROVED.
  • IHH 2285: Holistic Geriatric Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-09-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SETC and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.  APPROVED.
  • Nursing Program - Change a program N-02-FY10 1. Change of Policy 3E.1 Adm and Procedure 3E.1/11 Adm. Change in the application information and process for the nursing program.  Removal of nursing information sessions: 2. Eliminate any reference on the application process to science courses CHEM 1020 and BIOL 1106.  3. Change the cumulative GPA to the last GPA in the last 10 years.  4. Change to one admission allowed into the nursing program.  Rationale: 1. The information sessions were created to reduce the number of questions asked about the admission process in general.  Since the implementation of these sessions there has been no change in the amount of questions from potential students.  There is currently not enough staff to cover both incoming student questions and nursing information sessions.  2. As MnSCU moves forward with the 60/120 credit limitation, the removal of these courses as required for application process will allow the nursing division increased flexibility.  Chemistry 1020 and Biology 1106 would put the nursing program at 72 credits.  These courses wil not be required as part of the applicaiton of the application process.  Biology 2113 & 2114 will not change.  3. GPA change will allow for older courses not to impede students from meeting entrance requirements for the nursing program.  4. Change to one admission allowed into the nursing program with no re-admissions.  If there are exceptional student circumstances the college exception to policy would address this need.  Currently students who fail academically are allowed to re-enter the program on a space available basis.  This causes difficulties in clinical placement and in the number of total students in the program sequence.  The nursing program is accountable to the accreditation organization (NLNAC) for student completion/retention of 150% of program total completion time.  The re-admitted student success ratio is low.  Of the re-admitted students 35% academically fail a second time, and 50% fail the NCLEX the first time.  This reduces the number of students that can be admitted to the program.  If there was an exception the college exception policy could address this on an as needed basis.  APPROVED. The group still questions the hidden pre-requisite issue.  Comments were part of the form and should be removed.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program - Change a program N-01-FY10 Policy 3E.1 Adm and Procedure 3E.1/11 Adm. Change in the application information and process for the PTA program.  Admission requirement will be amended to include options to the clinical site visit.  Rationale: This change is required by MnSCU Office of Civil Rights audit findings Feb. 6, 2008.  APPROVED.

III.   Tabled proposals:

  • Academic Program Improvement - Academic Policy ES-03-FY09 The current language in the program review policy is moved to a new procedure and is placed with a more general statement about the purpose of program review.  The link to MnSCU policy is updated to reflect changes in MnSCU policy.  Rationale: The current policy statement is mostly procedural in nature.  This language is moved to a newly created procedure on program review.  TABLED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. Questions posed - Who is responsible for writing the report?  Under Purpose of Program Review: Change first sentence to say "The central purpose of program review at ARCC is measured by student learning and program effectiveness."  Under Timeline Make note of who is to keep the Program Review Schedule.  Under Review and Approval Process: Change the first sentence to say "...responsible to see that the process moves forward and establishes a reasonable schedule." Faculty would like a template for the review.  Would a flow chart help this? The time to talk about program review is a year before it is due to be completed.  Jim Biederman will put the suggestions together and re-present this at the January meeting.
  • Associate in Arts degree - Change a program ES-05-FY10 Reduce the total number of credits needed for the AA degree to 60.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate.  NOT APPROVED, this will need to come back with the "emphasis" areas attached.

IV.    New Proposals:

V.     Discussion items: NONE

VI.    Information items:

  • Associate in Arts degree w/Art Emphasis - Informational Requested by AASC cmte. to review  Rationale: Needed to be part of original proposal.  APPROVED.
  • History 1189 Ancient and Medieval Warfare - Add an experimental courses SS-02-FY10 New course. Rationale: New experimental course.  APPROVED.

*Submitted by Valerie Knight on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.

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Faculty Development Funds Approvals

  • Kathleen Hoffman, How & Why Book, $31.95
 
Pause for Appreciation

Send your submissions to Kally Kruchten for next week's College Bulletin!