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October 2010


 Issue No. 11: Oct. 4, 2010

 Issue No. 12: Oct. 11, 2010

Issue No. 13: Oct. 18, 2010

Issue No. 14: Oct. 25, 2010

Volume XXXVIII, No. 11: October 4, 2010

 Two Faculty Members Publish Poetry

Music Faculty Inducted into Hall of Fame

Women's Volleyball Team Racking Up Recognition

New Grant Development Web Page

Mental Wellness Event Presented by Counseling Department

Metro Area Conference on Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Make it Legal (We're not Talking about Marijuana) 515 Ways to Achieve Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Election Day Scheduling

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Two Faculty Members Publish Poetry

Faculty members Kirsten Dierking and Kate Kysar have poems in the new anthology, “The Wind Blows, the Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets” edited by Ted Bowman and Elizabeth Bourque Johnson.

In addition, Kate  has a poem in another new anthology, “Low Down and Coming On: A Feast of Delicious and  Dangerous Poems about Pigs” edited by Jim Lenfestey and inspired by Bill Holm. Kate will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the Lake Region Writers Network’s conference “Writing Through Life, Life Through Writing” at  Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls on Oct. 2.

Congratulations to both Kirsten and Kate.

If your work is published, please let us know.

 

Music Faculty Inducted into Hall of Fame

Anoka-Ramsey’s own Music Faculty member, Richard Manik, was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 18, 2010 as part of his band, Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers.

Congratulations, Rich!

 

Women’s Volleyball Team Racking Up Recognition

The Golden Rams Women’s Volleyball is making an exceptionally strong showing this year, currently 17-4 on season with a 6-2 conference record (tied for 2nd place in South Division).

"I have been pleased with the effort and intensity of this team day in and day out,” says coach Ashley Olson. “We are coming together as a team at the right time. As postseason play approaches, we must stay focused as there is no tougher State Tournament in the country. All we can do is continue to work hard and see what the rest of the season has in store for us.”

Check out these team and individual highlights.

Team Recognitions

  • 2nd Place at Spartan Invitational, Sept. 1
  • Ranked in Top 10 Nationally, Week of Sept. 4
  • 1st Place in Itasca Tournament, Sept. 11
  • Beat #3 ranked team Rochester Community and Technical College, 3-1, Sept. 25

Individual Honors

 Week 1, Aug. 31:

  • Alysha Reinhardt: Hitter of the Week
  • Kristie Tessmer: Setter of the Week
  • Sarah Smith: Libero of the Week

Week 2, Sept. 7:

  • Alysha Reinhardt: All-Around Player of the Week

Week 3, Sept. 14:

  • Alysha Reinhardt: Hitter of the Week and National Player Of The Week

Week 4, Sept. 21:

  • Alysha Reinhardt: Hitter of the Week
  • Heather LaBelle: Setter of the Week
  • Sarah Smith Libero: of the Week

Week 5, Sept. 28:

  • Alysha Reinhardt: Hitter of the Week

Anoka-Ramsey as a whole is experiencing skyrocketing interest in all their athletic programs. In the 2010-2011 year there has been a nearly 30 percent increase in student participation.

Go Rams!

 

New Grant Development Web Page

The Office of Grant Development within Institutional Advancement invites you to check out our Web page.  On this page you will find information about college grant development resources and process, including widely accepted guidelines for developing grant proposals, tools to help in the process, links to sites that describe federal, state, and private grant funding opportunities, and generally all things grant development related.  You are also invited to contact the grant development staff to discuss your grant project ideas, concepts, needs and dreams.

 

Mental Wellness Event Presented by Counseling Department

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Coon Rapids Campus, 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Cambridge Campus, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Featuring guest speaker, Tom Ellis, from the Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul, Minn.  Ellis is a marriage and family therapist at the center with a special focus on trauma.  He is also a clinical supervisor, constultant, writer, trainer and critical incident de-breifer.  Ellis’ presentation is titled “Understanding Grief.”  He will be speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus, and on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in Rm. G201, Cambridge Campus.

This is a FREE event open to Anoka-Ramsey Community College students, employees and local community members.  Attendees will be able to obtain information from local area mental health agencies and participate in a free mental wellness screening for possible symptoms of depression, mood disorder, general anxiety disorder (GAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

 

Metro Area Conference on Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Oct. 8 and 9

North Hennepin Community College, Science Building

AND

Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus, Science Building

Faculty and administrators from metro area community and technical colleges, and Metropolitan State University are invited to participate in a multidisciplinary conference.  The goal is to promote and facilitate faculty-mentored scholarly activities for undergraduates in any discipline.  Scholarship is broadly defined to include a wide range of activities that primarily occur outside the context of the classroom in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and science and technical fields.  Although a general framework will be provided by the facilitators, the conference will be informal and flexible to provide a valuable experience for everyone.

Whether individuals or teams currently have well-developed programs or simply wish to explore the issue of faculty-mentored student scholarship on campus, please bring your ideas, questions, and experiences to share.  Sessions will be designed to facilitate conversation and collaboration within and among departments, disciplines, and institutions.  The goal of the conference is to help teams to return to their campuses with a specific work plan to implement or expand programs in undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities or to provide a framework in which to begin the conversation at their institution.

For details and registration go to the Center for Teaching Learning Homepage.

Click on Events under Quick Links

Click on All Events under CTL Events

For direct link to registration click HERE.

Plenary speaker and co-facilitator: Dr. Tom Higgins (Harold Washington College, Chicago IL)

Dr. Higgins has a long history of significant undergraduate research mentorship.  He has been the primary investigator on several National Science Foundation grants, involving multi-institutional collaboration among community colleges and between two-year and four-year campuses.

Brief biographical information for Dr. Higgins is located HERE.

Please note that CTL does not cover travel expenses. Participants are encouraged to apply to your local campus professional development funding for transportation reimbursement.

For more information please contact Craig Longtine at 763-424-0875.

 

Make it Legal (We’re not Talking about Marijuana) 515 Ways to Achieve Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Present by: Project 515

Tuesday, October 12

Coon Rapids Campus, 9 to 11 a.m.

Cambridge Campus, noon to 2 p.m.

This presentation is a brief history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender movement nationally, and locally. Discussion will also take place regarding the importance of creating equality for all in marriage, raising children, and other inequities many same sex couples face here in Minnesota and nationwide.

 

Election Day Scheduling

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 (election day)

Regularly scheduled CLASSES will be held.

NO EVENTS may be scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m.   

Classes are only affected on Precinct Caucus nights (next scheduled for 2/7/2012).

For further detailed information, you may wish to review the MnSCU Office of General Counsel Election Activities on Campus document

Thanks for planning ahead!

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Angie Anderson, 9/17/2010, CTAM Conference, $80
  • Steve Beste, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $547
  • Jennifer Braido, 11/3-5/2010, National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Annual Conference, $353
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, Books and Fees, $108
  • Michelle Herrin, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $400
  • Dierk Hofreiter, Sigma Xi Membership, $102
  • Debra Mayer, 8/12-13/2010, Nursing Faculty Conference, $320
  • Greg Rathert, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $569
  • Paige Riehl, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $447
  • Michelle Rogers, MN MATYC Annual Dues, $20
  • Scott Stankey, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $450
  • Terese (Terri) Teeson, 9/17/2010, Present and Attend at CTAM Conference, $50
  • Terese (Terri) Teeson, Communication, Theatre and Music Association Membership, $30
  • Mark Widdel, 10/28-30/2010, Association of Business Communication Conference, $1,182
  • Xia Juan Xia, 9/30-10/2/2010, TYCA Midwest Conference, $447
  • Wendy Zins, 7/16-17/2010, Athletic Training Class, $584.81
  • Wendy Zins, Maintaining Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Certification, $55
  • Wendy Zins, American Alliance for Health Membership, $135

 

Pause for Appreciation

Thanks to Pa Lee-Xiong’s willingness to go up and beyond the call of duty in creating our first instructor handbook for our training instructors in Professional Training Center.  Due to her hard work and efforts, we are able to have a very clear, open communication and streamline process and had a very successful instructor meeting.  Pa is always finding ways to understand and improve our processes and is a very valuable asset to our team.  Thank you Pa for all you do.

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 12: October 11, 2010

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Art Department Donates to Childrens' Hospitals

More Amazing Faculty Members

Communications Faculty Brenda Meyer Guest Speaker at Phi Theta Kappa Fall Leadership Conference

Independent Research Summer Program 2010 Students do it AGAIN!

Free Theatre Tickets

Fall Employee Flu Shot Clinic

We Work the Same Jobs, Same Hours, and We Receive Different Pay?

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Acadmic Affairs & Standards Council Minutes

Academic Affairs & Standards Council Agenda

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College will host listening sessions at the respective campuses to discuss proposed future changes for the colleges.  Vice Chancellors Lori Lamb and Scott Olson will conduct the sessions.

This consultation with stakeholders comes in tandem with the work of former, long-time Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 superintendent Roger Giroux.  At the request of Chancellor James McCormick, Dr. Giroux is assisting the system to explore an alignment of the colleges, possibly under one president.

Information gathering from community and college members will help determine what changes will result in better services for students before a search is begun.

Information sessions Monday, Oct.11:

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.,  Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus, Rm. G201/202
  • 10:45 to 11:45, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Anoka Technical College

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Art Department Donates to Childrens’ Hospitals

The Anoka-Ramsey Art Department (including full- and part-time faculty, college lab assistants, and the dean) donated various art supplies (paper, drawing pencils, paints, brushes, beads, etc.) to the Childrens’ Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.  This gift was given in memory of Annie Bahneman, a colorful and beautiful seven-year-old girl, and grand-niece of Laura Migliorino, Coon Rapids Campus Art faculty member. Annie Bahneman passed at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul on Saturday, Aug. 21, from an extremely rare form of meningitis.

The many art supplies donated will be used by children, with short or long hospital stays, to create colorful, meaningful and memorable art.  The hope is that the creation of art may give some peace to those children and families enduring these painful times.

Here is an excerpt from the letter of appreciation received from Children’s Hospital.

“Dear Ms. Irgens and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Department,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your in-kind gift of art supplies to the Foundation of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.  Your philanthropic gift, in support of the Child Life Program, makes a significant difference in the lives of our patients and their families. 

Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your generous gift given in memory of Annie Bahneman.   Your support ensures that every child who comes through our doors receives excellent medical care in our family-centered environment. 

We are grateful for donors like you who believe in our mission.  Your dedication means that we can offer the best possible care to children and families in our region and across the country.  On behalf of the Children’s community and the patients and families you have supported, thank you for your generosity.”

 

More Amazing Faculty Members

Submitted by Dean Dana Irgens

Recently it came to my attention that Katie (Kathryn Lindenfelser), one of our part-time Music faculty members, is the founder of an amazing hospice and respite care home for children that she started this summer, called Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota.

Katie says that the “Children's Lighthouse is working to build and create a children's hospice and respite care home to serve children with life-limiting conditions and their families in our community.”

Though still in the development and fundraising phase, the goal of the home is to provide a non-profit resource for children and their families.

There is also another Anoka-Ramsey connection: Katie says that two other Music faculty members, Sam and Melissa Bergstrom have been an instrumental support, sharing their and their son’s, Ellis, experiences and the need for a children's hospice and respite care home.

For more information about the Children’s Lighthouse visit their Web site.

I am amazed at all the wonderful things that our faculty and staff do, and we don’t often know about them.

 

Communications Faculty Brenda Meyer Guest Speaker at Phi Theta Kappa Fall Leadership Conference

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Communications faculty member, Brenda Meyer’s degrees and teaching experience in communications and nursing offer the perfect combination for her to serve as guest speak at the Phi Theta Kappa Minn-Wi-Kota Fall Leadership Conference, Oct. 8 through 9 at Camp Friendship in Annandale, Minn. The conference will focus on “Uncovering the Hidden Killer: Discovering & Defeating Diabetes.” Brenda offered two sessions for attendees:

Session I: "Democratization of Information and Health Disparities in the U.S."; and

Session II: "The Democratization of Information and Self-Presentation/Impression Management".  

This is one more example of how Anoka-Ramsey faculty members serve as educators for the broader community.

 

Independent Research Summer Program 2010 Students do it AGAIN!!

Submitted by Biology Faculty Paula Croonquist, PhD.

I would like to share the good news and my pride with all of you who have been instrumental in these students journey to be where they are today. Please help me congratulate Behram RadmaneshMercy Konchellah and Thomas Gentle for their incredible accomplishment of having their research abstracts accepted once again for presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, held this year in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 10 -13.

Not only were all three students' abstracts accepted for presentation, Behram's abstract was selected among the top 5% abstracts to be presented ORALLY at this national meeting, being the first time an Anoka-Ramsey independent research student receives this honor!

In addition, Behram applied for and received the ASM travel award, FULLY funding his attendence and presentation at this meeting. If you have not had Behram in your classes you may have seen him in the tutoring center helping students last year or in the Open House advertisement in our web page. Behram is currently at the University of Minnesota starting his junior year in the College of Biological Sciences and majoring in Genetics and Neuroscience.

 

Free Theatre Tickets

Did you know student, faculty and staff are eligible to receive two free tickets to Theatre productions (annually: one play at the Cambridge Campus; three plays at the Coon Rapids Campus)?

New this semester, free tickets must be reserved at the bookstore in advance and then picked up by 7:10 p.m. the evening of the performance at the ticket booth in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

If you purchase additional tickets, in addition to the two free tickets, all tickets (free and purchased) may be picked up in advance at the Bookstore.

 

Fall Employee Flu Shot Clinic

Cambridge Campus

Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rm. E202

Coon Rapids Campus

Oct. 26, 1to 2:30 p.m., Riverview Room

Employees must bring their insurance card.  If you do not have insurance or do not bring your card the cost is $24 for the injection and $32 for the nasal spray.  Please wear a short sleeved shirt.  For more information, contact Lisa Waggoner in the Human Resources Department.

 

We Work the Same Jobs, Same Hours, and We Receive Different Pay?

Presented by: Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Equality (MN-CAFÉ)

Thursday, Oct. 20

Cambridge Campus, 1 to 3 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, 10 a.m. to noon

While America has seen great progress in the efforts towards women equality, we have yet to resolve the issue of equal pay on the dollar. This presentation will give you a historical and current perspective on the issue.

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Jeff Ludwig, 9/30-10/1/2010, MNADE Fall Conference 2010, $332
  • Sarah Viehmann, 11/4-11/6/2010, IWCA Conference, $450
  • Deborah VonSpreecken, 10/26-30/2010, Association for Business Communication 75th Annual Convention, $450

Social Amenities

  • A card and plant were sent to Wanda Purdie.

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council
Sept. 17, 2010
Mississippi Room and ITV to E202
1 to 2:15 p.m.
Minutes

Committee members present: Bonnie Boese (for Angie Anderson), Jim Biederman, Bruce Bordwell, Gary Cook (for Tim Wrenn), Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Sandy Kohler, Shawn Magner, Nora Morris, Patty Pieper, Deidra Peaslee, Joe Schoen, Deb Shepherd, Jenni Swenson, Michael Werner (alternate)

Guests present: Melissa Bergstrom, Sam Bergstrom, Dierk Hofreiter, Rhonda Kern, Rich Manik, and Fang-Yi Shen

Recorder: Valerie Knight

 I.          Introductions, Review of Voting Process, and Election of Committee Chair
Jim Biederman was elected chair of the committee. Biederman reviewed the voting process with the committee members and distributed a form giving them locations of supporting documents they may need.

  II.          Minutes of April/May, 2010 were approved electronically

  III.          Approved Proposals:

·         CHEM 1062:  Principles of Chemistry II —S-02-FY11, Change a course   Add to Goal area 2 Critical Thinking of the MnTC. Modify catalog description. Rationale: The chemistry department is currently developing a broad-based AS degree in Chemistry. Adding to the Critical Thinking Goal Area will allow students to complete a 60-credit AS degree in chemistry while concurrently completing the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Since, the second semester chemistry course, Chemistry 1062, teaches students how to critically problem solve and to apply their knowledge of chemistry concepts to new situations, the chemistry department feels that this course should also be included in the Critical Thinking goal area. The catalog wording modification was done in order to meet a MnSCU request to have MnTC courses be open to all students and not only those majoring in specific fields. APPROVED.

·         Ed Services:  Grading Activities—ES-01-FY11, Change a policy   Allow faculty to give grades to the 0-credit courses/ensembles/activities in the music department.  Rationale: These courses are now appearing on transcripts, but with no accountability.  A student can register for any of the 0-credit music ensembles, never attend, and still receive the official listing of the course as if they participated fully.  With many articulating schools offering and in some cases requiring 0-credit ensemble participation, the ability to show success or failure at meeting the expectations in these courses is required.  APPROVED. Effective spring 2011.

·         Ed Services:  Master Plan—Approve revisions to Master Plan   Rationale: Updating required. (This is available on the shared drive for faculty viewing.) APPROVED.

·         ENGL 1121:  College Writing and Critical Reading—E-01-FY11, Change a course   Correct errors in Section H so that numbers correctly reference learner outcomes. Rationale: Section H on the old form did not make sense. APPROVED w/edits. Add Certificate to F6 and list them in F7.

·         ENGL 2271:  Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults—E-02-FY11, Change a course   Course title modification from "Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults" to " Introduction to Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults." Rationale: We want to add the word "Creative" to be consistent with the naming conventions of the other creative writing courses: "Intro to Creative Writing" and "Intro to Creative Nonfiction Writing." APPROVED.

·         MUSC 1107:  String Ensemble—H-01-FY11, Change a course   Change title to String Orchestra. Rationale: (1) String Orchestra is the name that four-year universities and colleges use.  Once we change the name, it is easier for students to transfer the credit.  (2)   The change of the title causes less confusion to students.  "String Ensemble" may contain all string instruments, such as banjo, guitar, etc.  String Orchestra specifically refers to only traditional violin, viola, cello, and bass. APPROVED. Effective fall 2011.

·         PHYS 1317:  General Physics I—S-04-FY11, Change a course   Change catalog description to meet MNTC guidelines. Rationale: This change is being made to support the PHYS 1327 change. "Recommended skills" have been added. APPROVED with edits. Change D. to read “Successful completion of Math 1200.”

·         PHYS 1318:  General Physics II—S-05-FY11, Change a course   Change catalog description to meet MNTC guidelines. Rationale: This change is being made to support the PHYS 1328 change. "Recommended skills" have been added. APPROVED with edits. Change D. to read “Successful completion of Math 1201.”

·         PHYS 1327:  College Physics I—S-01-FY11, Change a course   Change catalog description to meet MNTC guidelines. Rationale: MnTC review by MnSCU declared that the catalog description could be interpreted as too prescriptive, that this course was only for certain majors. This course may be taken by anyone meeting the prerequisites. APPROVED with edits. Change D. to read “Successful completion of Math 1400.”

·         PHYS 1328:  College Physics II—S-03-FY11, Change a course   Change catalog description to meet MNTC guidelines. Rationale: MnTC review by MnSCU declared that the catalog description could be interpreted as too prescriptive, that this course was only for certain majors. This course may be taken by anyone meeting the prerequisites. Change D. to read “Successful completion of Math 1401.”

Proposals tabled until October (allowing for submission of actual Program Review and time for AASC to review):

·         AS in Environmental Science—Program Review, PR-01-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AFA in Studio Arts—Program Review, PR-02-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Accounting—Program Review, PR-03-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Accounting Practitioner—Program Review PR-07-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AS in Small Business Accounting—Program Review PR-11-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AS in Business—Program Review, PR-04-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Business Generalist Certificate—Program Review, PR-05-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Business—Program Review, PR-06-FY11, Program review submission to include Emphasis in Marketing and Management and Emphasis in Office Technology    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Business Computer Applications Certificate—Program Review, PR-08-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Business Office Technology—Program Review, PR-09-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Retail Management Certificate—Program Review, PR-10-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

IV.          Discussion Items:

·      Program Review discussion sub-committee
Members of this sub-committee were identified: Deidra Peaslee, Jim Biederman, Patty Pieper, Nora Morris, Dana Irgens, and Joe Schoen. It was also recommended that the dean of the Program Review discipline be invited to participate in the committee meetings.. They will read the reviews and bring their recommendations to the larger body. AASC would like all review recommendations brought to the October meeting. Valerie will alert Jim Biederman when a review is ready to be read.

·      It was decided to only publish one catalog per year and follow the CATALOG 1 schedule proposed by Deidra Peaslee. She will send this electronically to Jim for dispersal to AASC.

V.          Information items were reviewed:

·      ART 1141:  Painting I—INFO-1-FY11

·      ART 1251:  Ceramics I—INFO -2-FY11

·      ART 1261:  Sculpture I—INFO -3-FY11

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council
October 15, 2010
Mississippi Room and ITV to E202
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Agenda

 VI.          Minutes of September 17, 2010 were approved electronically.

 VII.          Tabled Proposals for approval:

·         AS in Environmental Science—Program Review, PR-01-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AFA in Studio Arts—Program Review, PR-02-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Accounting—Program Review, PR-03-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Accounting Practitioner—Program Review PR-07-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AS in Small Business Accounting—Program Review PR-11-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AS in Business—Program Review, PR-04-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Business Generalist Certificate—Program Review, PR-05-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Business—Program Review, PR-06-FY11, Program review submission to include Emphasis in Marketing and Management and Emphasis in Office Technology    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Business Computer Applications Certificate—Program Review, PR-08-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         AAS in Business Office Technology—Program Review, PR-09-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

·         Retail Management Certificate—Program Review, PR-10-FY11, Program review submission    Rationale: Up for review.

VIII.          Discussion Items:

·         Overall recommendations for program reviews

·         Credit for Prior Learning 

 IX.          Information items:

·         THTR 1189: Make-up II, H-02-FY11—Approve an Experimental Course. Rationale: Student Interest and AFA training.

AASC Changes – Effective Dates–Catalog

Courses

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)

Programs

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: Angie Anderson, Jim Biederman, Bonnie Boese (alternate), Bruce Bordwell, Gary Cook (alternate), Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, 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

Recorder: Valerie Knight

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 13: October 18, 2010

 New Student Email Service

 Hear Gubernatorial Candidates' Thoughts on Higher Education

National Service Learning Challenge Week

 We Work the Same Jobs, Same Hours, and We Receive Different Pay?

Feed My Starving Children Collaboration

 Minnesota State Employees' Combined Charities Campaign

Sabbatical Options for Faculty, Study Abroad Option for Students

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation

New Student Email Service

The college is switching from Metnet to Microsoft Live@Edu (my.anokaramsey.edu) for college email service for students over the next couple of months. Metnet is discontinuing their service. They have not offered a specific end date, but students recommended moving as quickly as possible to a new, more robust alternative.

Live@Edu (my.anokaramsey.edu) was chosen because we are a Microsoft organization and Microsoft Live@Edu was the service strongly preferred by student leadership.

Here are the top features of my.anokaramsey.edu. Each student will have:

  • Large storage size for email (10 GB for Outlook Live)
  • Password protected 25 GB online storage through Windows Live SkyDrive
  • Instant messaging
  • Rich calendaring
  • Photo sharing
  • Multiple browser support
  • SMS alerts to mobile phones

The college’s official form of communication will switch to Live@Edu (my.anokaramsey.edu) on  Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. An aggressive awareness and action campaign is scheduled to prepare for the switch.

Brief overview and timeline of awareness/action plan:

Dates

Actions

10/25-11/1

  • All electronic and print communication goes live/is distributed to students (posters, student bulletin, digital signage, website—multiple locations, direct email to students, Metnet pop-up window)
  • Communication will include instructions for forwarding Metnet email to the new Live@Edu system
  • Offer info sessions on both campuses for students, faculty, staff

11/1-11/15

  • Remove all references to Metnet activation, i.e., Web site, Student Handbook

11/15

  • New student materials refer to Live@Edu account (not Metnet)

11/15-on

  • Registration screen reminds students to activate Live@Edu and forward Metnet to the new account.  Phone calls made to students who have not activated Live@Edu.

12/23-12/30

  • Upload Live@Edu addresses to ISRS

1/3/-1/10

  • Metnet no longer tied to ISRS, so Live@Edu populates D2L
  • Add email field to class list available via e-services (if possible); this is not currently done

 

Hear Gubernatorial Candidates’ Thoughts on Higher Education

Videos of the three Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates—Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner—are available HERE.

The videos, each 15 minutes in length, provide the candidates the opportunity to answer questions about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and higher education in Minnesota.

 

National Service Learning Challenge Week

The National Service Learning Challenge week is Oct. 18 through 24. Join us as we celebrate the Anoka-Ramsey Community College students, faculty and staff who are actively engaged as co-creators in improving their neighboring community.

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. When taking a class at Anoka-Ramsey that engages in service learning, the students become personally involved with community organizations to demonstrate integrity and commitment, and develop their own, or a pre-arranged project to deepen the meaning of the curriculum through meaningful community service. This type of enriched learning experience also teaches students about civic responsibility and civic engagement and includes a reflection of service/learning experiences.

Students are encouraged to rebuild and renew their local or global community by using service learning to create and implement innovative solutions to problems within five priority areas:

  • Community renewal, including responding to the economic crisis
  • Education, including literacy and keeping kids in school
  • Energy and the environment
  • Health and nutrition
  • Safety and security

Picking up trash by a riverbank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.  Students collecting and analyzing water samples and the local pollution control agency using the findings to clean up a river is service learning.

You are invited to accept the National Service Learning Challenge by engaging more students, faculty, and staff in a meaningful and intentional learning activity.  Contact Jan Pomeroy, Civic Learning Coordinator for more information.

 

We Work the Same Jobs, Same Hours, and We Receive Different Pay?

Presented by: Minnesota Constitutional Amendment Equality (MN-CAFÉ)

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Coon Rapids Campus, 10 a.m. to noon

Cambridge Campus, 1 to 3 p.m.

While America has seen great progress in the efforts towards women’s equality, we have yet to resolve the issue of equal pay on the dollar. This presentation will give you a historical and current perspective on the issue.

 

Feed My Starving Children Collaboration

The Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball and Softball teams joined together with Phi Theta Kappa to help fight child hunger by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children. Collectively the students packed more than 30,000 meals in about two hours.

Great work!

   
Marie Hanson, Jayme Hill, Jenessa Tesch, Bailey Lund, and Alexis Graham pack rice, soy, vitamins, minerals, a vegetarian chicken flavoring and dehydrated vegetables to help the fight against hunger.
The women’s basketball and softball teams came together with Phi Theta Kappa to help fight child hunger. They volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and helped pack more than 30,000 meals in about two hours.
Robert Daun, Kelsey Knudson, Megan Lindbeck, Angela Olson, Peggy Sandmann, Jillian Jansen team up to pack hundreds of meals for hungry children!

 

Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign

The Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign is underway and runs through Oct. 31.  Payroll deduction makes giving easy. It’s a sure way to make sure the areas of concern for you and your community receive the financial support they need. You may also use this opportunity to make a one-time gift to the charity of your choice.  

Check out the Web site for more details. 

Thank you for your support.

 

Sabbatical Option for Faculty, Study Abroad Option for Students

In past years, several instructors have taught at the ICLC institute in Costa Rica, through an Education for Global Learning community college consortium study abroad program. The Costa Rica study abroad program is back up and running as of this year so once again faculty have the option to teach in Costa Rica as part of your sabbatical plan.

If you are applying for a sabbatical during the entire 2011/12 academic year, or for spring semester 2012, you can apply to teach in the Costa Rica Study Abroad Program sponsored by Education for Global Learning and hosted by Ridgewater College. You would spend the spring semester (mid-February to mid-April) in Costa Rica.  While there you would teach one, three-credit course.  The course must be in the transfer curriculum and in the Ridgewater College catalog.  Education for Global Learning provides a stipend which is enough to cover airfare to/from Costa Rica and housing costs.

Applications are due no later than Nov. 26.  All materials should be sent to:

Tom Rapp
Business Department
EGL Costa Rica Program Coordinator
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW
Willmar, MN 56201

Students
This is also a great opportunity for students to earn 14 credits while studying abroad (eight of the credits are Spanish courses and the other two classes are content courses taught by MnSCU faculty in English). Students interested in studying in Costa Rica for spring semester, should contact faculty member Shannon Kirkeide, Dale Omundson or Tom Rapp at Ridgewater College at 320-222-5633 for more information and an application.

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Jennifer Braido, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

Our Mental Wellness event on Wednesday, Oct. 6 was a huge success. We had more than 200 students attend the presentation on grief by Tom Ellis from the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition; and over 120 individuals were screened for Depression, Mood Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Thank you to all faculty and staff who referred students our way.

The Counseling Department would also like to give a special thanks to all individuals and departments who facilitated the success of this event: Donna McDonald from Anoka County, Mary Raeker-Rebek, Cindy Nutter, Phil O’Donnell, Scott Bay, Linnea Branstrom, Joyce Traczyk, Merlita Tiew, Lacrestia Anderson, Jaimie Lopez, Jeff Janas, Kacey Gregerson, Liz Kalinowski, Jeff Pool, Amanda Klawiter, Tina Perpich, Mary Jacobson, Kate Palm, Fran Bieganek, Carly Andersen, the Academic Advising Department, Information Desk staff, Maintenance staff, the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, and the Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services.  Special thanks to Tom Deroush for keeping our event traffic flow and parking safe and orderly!

We appreciate each of you as colleagues and supporters!

-Nancy Elk, John Hennen and MaryAnn Larios

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 14: October 25, 2010

News from Interim President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Collaborates to Produce Biofuel Crops, Training for Emerging Industry

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Visits Cambridge Campus

Free Math Placement Test Help Can Save Students Big $$

Teaching Excellence Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

New Online Catering System for Coon Rapids Dining Service

Open House No Small Task

New Pathways Donation Drive Sponsored by Cambridge Student Activities

Coffee House Entertainment Presents

October Wellness Works Workshop:  Tai Chi

Pause for Appreciation

Faculty Shared Governance Agenda

 

News from Interim President Jessica Stumpf

Welcome back to the second half of the Fall Semester.  I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and is back feeling refreshed and ready to finish up the semester!

 

About the Search for the Next College President

Thank you to all who attended the listening sessions on campus, Oct. 11, organized by MnSCU. If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, you may view videos from each Anoka-Ramsey campus. All updated news on the presidential search process will be placed on this Presidential Search Process Updates page.

 

Remember - Student Email Service is Changing!
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Anoka-Ramsey Community College Collaborates to Produce Biofuel Crops, Training for Emerging Industry

Anoka-Ramsey Community College has joined forces with Biodiesel firms McGyan Biodiesel, SarTec and Ever Cat Fuels to produce a 10-acre energy crop demonstration site at the college’s Cambridge Campus, for the production of crops to be processed into biodiesel fuel. In addition, new training programs will begin January 2011 for current and potential employees to enter the emerging field of biofuels. This opportunity became available through a $100,000 Department of Labor Grant awarded to Anoka-Ramsey by the Governor’s Workforce Development Council.

Ten acres of farmland on the Cambridge Campus were seeded with the bio-energy crop, pennycress, Oct. 19. After the spring pennycress harvest, the field with be seeded with a second crop, camelina. Oils from these non-food energy crops will be used to produce biodiesel fuel by Ever Cat Fuels, Isanti, Minn., using the one of a kind Mcgyan process – developed by scientists at SarTec Corporation, Anoka, Minn. In fact, one acre of crop produces 100 gallons of biodiesel fuel – nearly twice the yield of soybeans.

 Vice President Michael Seymour in the 10-acre crop demonstration.

Vice President Mike Seymour takes a turn planting pennygrass in the 10-acre crop demonstration site at the Cambridge Campus.

 

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Visits Cambridge Campus

 

Faculty Member Phil Anderson, who has served as an election judge, stops by to visit with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Student Government President Kirsten Kennedy and Senate Member Cory Lundeen.

Camille Reiser from New Pathways, Inc. visited with Mark Ritchie regarding assisting homeless families to vote. 

 

Free Math Placement Test Help Can Save Students Big $$

The Cambridge Campus offers free math Accuplacer preparation workshops and individual tutoring that can save students more than $850 (tuition, books, fees), if they are able to test out of lower-level math courses.

Students are required to take the Accuplacer test if they are: 

  • A new or returning student registering for their eighth (8) credit
  • A new student enrolling in a math and/or an English course
  • A Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) student
  • A transfer student who has not completed an equivalent college level math and/or English class with a grade of "C" or higher
  • A transfer student who has not taken the Accuplacer (online or paper/pencil) at another college

Meet the Accuplacer Workshop Facilitator

The Cambridge Campus has an employee dedicated to helping students do well on their math Accuplacer test. Mark Mueller is holding Accuplacer workshops as well as individual tutoring, and is hoping more high school students and adults will take advantage of the free services.

“The Accuplacer workshops really work,” says Mueller, who worked as a structural engineer for more than 20 years. “I don’t want students to waste their time, energy and money when they can take these free workshops and possibly avoid unnecessary courses.” 

More About Accuplacer

Accuplacer is the placement test used by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to measure a student’s ability in mathematics, reading and English composition. Test results are used to determine the appropriate course placement to promote the student’s success in college.

Placement tests are offered on a regular basis throughout the year and the first set of tests is free.

For more information about the cost-saving Accuplacer workshops for college-bound students, click HERE.  or call 763-433-1990

 

Former engineer Mark Mueller is on staff at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus offering free math Accuplacer Preparation Workshops and tutoring services that could save college-bound students time and money.

 

Teaching Excellence Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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 click HERE.  You’ll be asked identify the faculty member and write one or two sentences about his or her:

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

As you know, our very own Paula Croonquist received this honor last year. Lets make sure that one or more amazing instructors from our college will be recognized this year as well.

All nominations are due by Nov. 1, 2010.  Anoka-Ramsey Community College awardees (nominees for the system-level award) will be announced by the end of Fall Semester 2010. Thanks for taking the time to let us know about Anoka-Ramsey Community College teachers who make a difference.

 

New Online Catering System for Coon Rapids Dining Service

Submitted by Kate Palm

We are very excited to have our new online order system for catering orders on the Coon Rapids Campus! For those of you who may have missed the presentations earlier this semester, a few of the benefits include:

  • the online order system replaces the paper internal requisition form.
  • all ordering, approvals and changes are made online. Once your order is placed, an email will be sent to the supervisor you selected for approval so that they can review the order. Once they approve it is sent to food service. No more chasing down you supervisor for signatures.
  • you will be able to search for past orders placed for reference (for example monthly meetings). This will only apply to orders placed going forward.

The system is similar to the Web supply order system. Enter the site by going to the Employee Home page and clicking on “Food Service” under Campus Resources. Your login is the same as your computer login. Take time to browse through the different links, which include our menu and guidelines. Also take a look at our new menu options this year!

Please note that the system times out after 20 minutes of non-use. If this happens, you will have to re-enter the entire order.  If you need help placing an order or just have questions about the new system, please contact me at x1490 or via email.   

 

Open House No Small Task

Kudos to the entire Admissions Department for organizing and leading the Open House events on both campuses! Thank you for sharing the Anoka-Ramsey story with our prospective students. This team includes Melissa Schultz, Genna Anderson, Cindi Gilbert, Whitney Pomeroy, Jeff Poole, Amanda Thedens and Ashley Weatherspoon. Also thanks to all who participated in these events!

 

The choir led by Director Sharri VanAlstine provided entertainment for the evening.

 

Advisor Jeff Poole speaks with a potential student and her mother.
   

 

Dmitry Woodruff, Professor Kevin Roesselet, and Drew Maurine have fun with chemical demonstrations at the Coon Rapids Open House on Oct. 14.

 

Michelle Rogers, math department faculty.

 

New Pathways Donation Drive Sponsored by Cambridge Student Activities

Student Activities is sponsoring a donation drive for New Pathways this week (Monday Oct. 25 through Friday, Oct. 29).  Some of the items needed are shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, office supplies, laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, non-perishable foods, etc.  Boxes are located by the Cambridge Campus Information Desk, in front of E203, G202, Library , and Faculty Suite. New Pathways serves at-risk families with children from Central MN.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

 

Coffee House Entertainment Presents

Salsabrosa

Wednesday, Oct. 27

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, Courtyard Commons

Minnesota’s most energetic and authentic Latin/Salsa band and dance group! Salsabrosa, led by two Cuban natives, offers a program combining education, storytelling, and performance that discuses the impact of Latin music and dance styles in the upper Midwest.  The program incorporates authentic Latin music and demonstrates the unique instruments and rhythms associated with Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, and more.  In addition, Salsabrosa’s dancers share the rhythms of today’s Latin music through dance.  This program is a powerful celebration of the marvelously diverse communities within Minnesota and will help in building greater understanding and connection to the values that bind Minnesotans together by using the universal languages of music and dance.

 

October Wellness Works Workshop:  Tai Chi

Cambridge Campus, G201

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Noon to 1 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, G100 (small gym)

Thursday, Oct. 28

Noon to 1 p.m.

Sifu Tim Dobbins will use Tai Chi breathing techniques and basic movements to demonstrate and instruct the appropriate way to meditate.  Additionally, lowering stress and blood pressure techniques will be taught.

Sifu Tim Dobbins was originally an orphan from South Korea, and he was adopted by a family in a small Iowa town.  He has an impressive martial arts background from earning numerous degrees of black belts, learning a variety of martial arts styles, and instructing hundreds of students through Tae Kwon Do.  He has had the opportunity to have well-known celebrities, UFC fighters, and music/movie industry people as clients.  Currently, he instructs business owners, football players, and other clients privately through martial arts to help reduce stress.

 

Pause for Appreciation

Mahalo!

Many thanks to Tina Perpich, and the rest of the Marketing crew for all their hard work in developing what we believe are the best marketing materials around!  We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals on this campus.  Your creativity and passion for the college shows through in all that you do!

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Admissions Team

 

Faculty Shared Governance Agenda
FSG Agenda
October 25, 2010
Cambridge-117/ Coon Rapids-Mississippi Room
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 I.            September Minutes to be approved 

 II.            Old Business

a)      Follow up Faculty Facilitator/Coordinator release credits (updated form to allow options other than stipends)

b)      Telecommuting Guidelines (Kim Lynch)

c)      Splitting Science & Engineering Division into two divisions:

1. Physical Science & Engineering

2. Biology

      d)   Follow-Up: Faculty Service Years- bringing everything up to date

 III.            New Business

a)      Update from subcommittee that is looking at cost-cutting and revenue generating ideas.  (Dee Dee Peaslee, Kelly Befus, Melissa Bergstrom, Candice Heino, Matt Schuster).

b)      Complaint form. The form currently used for students does not work as well for faculty and staff complaints.

c)      IT  Master Plan (2010-2013) and interim Technology appointments.

  IV.            Other

  V.            Adjourn

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