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February 2012


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VOLUME XL, Issue No. 32: February 27, 2012

 

Faculty and Staff Development Day a Success!

Senator Al Franken to Speak at Anoka-Ramsey Commencements

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

You’re Invited to Our Basketball Bonanza

Pioneer Press Editorial: Business, educators working together for changing jobs

Rampage Student Newspaper Receives Regional Honor

Support Alumni! AFA Alumnus Returns for Great River Gallery Exhibition

Nominate Your Student for Outstanding Student of the Year

The Cambridge Campus Minnesota Writer Program Proudly Presents…

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Faculty and Staff Development Day a Success!

A resonating feeling of well-being and good welfare echoed through our hallways during the first-ever combined Faculty and Staff Development Day for Anoka-Ramsey. I was so pleased to see the quality interactions between colleagues throughout the events of the day, learning about how to be physically and mentally well in our changing culture. I would like to thank everyone who participated. It truly was an amazing opportunity!

Thank you to the members of the Faculty and Staff Development Committee for their hard work and thoughtful planning to make this event possible. 

  • Matt Begansky
  • John Davis
  • Louise Duff
  • Heidi Haagenson
  • Dan Harmon
  • Annette Hughes
  • Mary Januschka
  • Amanda Klawiter
  • Val Knight
  • Jason Siems
  • Laurie Wolfe

 

Senator Al Franken to speak at Anoka-Ramsey commencements!

I am pleased to announce that Senator Al Franken has enthusiastically accepted our invitation to address our 2012 graduates! I look forward to these ceremonies every year, watching students realize their successes.  I hope you all have a chance to attend.

A special thank you to Jill Snippen for her hard work orchestrating these ceremonies!

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

 

You’re Invited to Our Basketball Bonanza

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics Department

If you like your basketball, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is the place for you. Anoka-Ramsey Coon Rapids Campus is set to host an unprecedented 14 Men’s and Women’s Basketball games the weekend of March 2, 3 and 4; with the winners of each respective tournament advancing to the national tournament.

The MCAC State/Region XIII Men’s Basketball Tournament will feature our very own Golden Rams along with seven other top junior college teams from throughout the State of Minnesota. The games times Friday, March 2 are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The first round pairings are yet to be determined but can be found next week on the Athletics Home page. Our men’s team will play the 5 p.m. game on this day. The rest of the tournament times are as follows:

Saturday, March 3

10 a.m.: Consolation Semi-Final
Noon:  Consolation Semi-Final
2 p.m.:  Winner's Semi-Final 
4 p.m.:  Winner's Semi-Final 

Sunday, March 4

10 a.m.: Consolation Final (5th Place)
Noon:  3rd Place game 
2 p.m.: Championship 

 

The Region XIIIA Women’s Basketball Tournament will also feature the #1 ranked team in the nation and defending NJCAA Div III National Champions, our Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams. Pairings are yet to be determined, but below is the schedule for this tournament.

Saturday, March 3

6 p.m.: Anoka-Ramsey vs. South #4
8 p.m.: South #2 vs. South #3 

Sunday, March 4

5 p.m.: Championship

 

If you are unable to attend in person this weekend, please log onto http://www.webcast50.com to view the games live on the net. The Athletic Department and our basketball teams thank all of you for your support during the season. Have a “golden” ram day!

 

Pioneer Press Editorial: Business, educators working together for changing jobs

Pioneer Press
twincities.com 

Posted: 02/22/2012 12:01:00 AM CST 
Updated: 02/22/2012 06:09:31 PM CST


Like a whiff of spring in the air, some Minnesota companies say they can sense a change in the climate as the recession begins to fade and economic conditions improve. They're ready to grow.

They're posting jobs and reviewing applications, but they're not always hiring. That's because Minnesota candidates too often lack the technical training that new jobs - laser operator or computer numerical control machinist, for example - require. We're concerned, as are growing numbers of business leaders, educators and lawmakers.

An annual poll of manufacturing executives from across the state indicates they're worried, too. The State of Manufacturing survey conducted by the trade group Enterprise Minnesota, and released Tuesday, shows that 31 percent listed finding skilled workers as a major concern, more than double last year's 14 percent, the Pioneer Press' Julie Forster reported.

Despite their challenges, the 400 manufacturing executives surveyed in January generally indicated that their businesses continue to grow. Although we've seen an overall contraction in manufacturing in Minnesota since the late '90s, manufacturing remains one of the most important in the state, employing close to 300,000 workers or about 11 percent of the state's workforce, Forster reported.

Concern about the future workforce shouldn't be limited to manufacturing, insists Bill Blazar, senior vice president for public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

The survey and news coverage capture only part of the problem, he says, and efforts to address it will take more than finding solutions for manufacturing. They should be applicable throughout Minnesota's diverse economy, from agriculture to technology to financial services.

As we tackle the problem, the state's educators must be nimble in adjusting their curricula as Minnesota's economy changes, he says. "The skills a business requires today might not be the skills it will need tomorrow."

Minnesota's state colleges and universities are positioning themselves as the "partner of choice" to meet the state's workforce needs, says MNSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. The system is committed to "preparing the workforce Minnesota needs," he said. Without it, the state won't grow.

In the short run, he said, the system is prepared to add classes to meet needs. The problem is not so much the ability to adjust to growing demand but sometimes one of "finding bodies to fill classes."

Among its efforts, Rosenstone said, MNSCU is paying attention to K-12 schools, collaborating with the state's Department of Education to help students "get on the right path" sooner.

Blazar noted that in Albert Lea, business representatives are reviewing high school course offerings and making clear the courses students will need to take to get an entry-level job in their companies.

Students are beginning to realize that you "can't just graduate from high school and plan on going to work at a certain company," Blazar said. "You'll need to take trigonometry and geometry and algebra, and do well."

Perceptions, too, come into play. There is a dwindling interest among young people who want to train for manufacturing jobs, perhaps because they view the companies as outdated and the jobs as "dark and dirty" and not high-tech, Bob Kill, president of Enterprise Minnesota, told Forster.

Her report included another example of the disconnect from Dale Andersen, chief executive at Delkor Systems in Circle Pines, which is hiring to meet rising demand for its packaging equipment. "If you interview high school graduates or even their parents, there's not a really good appreciation, first, of how highly compensated those jobs are now and the amount of technology there is with these jobs compared with years ago."

Rosenstone said his system is working to project future workforce needs so it can grow capacity accordingly. This spring, it will partner with business and economic development groups to hold regional meetings to assess workforce needs to build "a very deep understanding of each sector in each region."

This intersection of the business and educational paths sounds promising, as is the elevated level of attention the issue is receiving. That's good for Minnesota and its economy - and for the students, our future workforce.

 

Rampage Student Newspaper Receives Regional Honor

The Coon Rapids Campus student newspaper, Rampage, received third place, Best of Show, for two-year colleges at the Associated Collegiate Press's (APC) Best of the Midwest convention, 2012.

According to the APC Web site, the Best of the Midwest Convention is a gathering of college news journalists and advisers working with print and online media. APC prepares about 30 practical learning sessions, including general topic keynotes, problem-solving breakouts and discussion groups. Other convention activities include ACP’s Best of Show contest for general excellence, Best of the Midwest individual contests, a reception and critiques of student news media.

With typical attendance of around 225 delegates, the ACP Best of the Midwest gathering has become an annual place to seek solutions, share success stories, and discover trends and network with students and advisers from around the greater Midwest region.

For more information about the APC and to view the winners, visit: studentpress.org/acp/winners/b12bs.html

Congratulations to Journalism Faculty member and newspaper advisor, Trisha Collopy and her student reporters for their great work!

 

Support Alumni! AFA Alumnus Returns for Great River Gallery Exhibition

Jes Lee Shimek, a 2001 graduate from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, returns with a full exhibition in the Great River Gallery at the Coon Rapids Campus, Mar. 1 through 31. The reception is Thursday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Light snacks and beverages will be served.

The exhibition, titled Digital Dreams of Life, is especially exciting for Shimek because it brings her back to where her work began.

"It is hitting me in a much different way than other exhibitions I have been in," says Shimek. "It is really special being among a very small group of people selected to show work here, to be coming back to where being an artist started for me. I am thrilled!"

Since graduating from Anoka-Ramsey, Shimek received a bachelor in fine arts from the University of Minnesota and several notable recognitions. such as: membership in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts artist Co-op, purchased of her artist's book by the Hennepin County Library for their permanent collection, an Artist-in-Residence position at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and the Student Purchase Award at the Weisman Art Museum for her piece entitled Window 1.

Shimek is also participating in Pretend the World exhibition, a showing of the work she created in collaboration with Anoka-Ramsey English faculty member Kathryn Kysar and her newest book of poetry Pretend the World. That work will be exhibited April 12 through June 12, with a reading and reception, April 12 at 7 p.m., at ArtStart in St. Paul.

 

Nominate Your Student for Outstanding Student of the Year

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please see the attached nomination form for the Outstanding Student of the Year Award. Each year, one student is selected as the outstanding student of the year.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate an outstanding student of the year. The Student Awards Ceremony is on Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. , Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

Please note:  Nomination forms have been sent to department coordinators/facilitators to solicit nominations for the outstanding student in each discipline/department. The attachment is the nomination form for the overall outstanding student of the year.

 

The Cambridge Campus Minnesota Writer Program Proudly Presents…

Todd Boss

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 6
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: The Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room, Cambridge Campus (G202)

 

Boss's poems have appeared in Poetry, The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and Best American Poetry. He is also co-founder of Motionpoems, a poetry film initiative. Boss will read from his new book, Pitch, and show and discuss his work with Motionpoems. Sample one of his Motionpoems at: http://www.motionpoems.com/?p=31.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Jason Siems – Frontline Conference, $201.70
  • Brenda Rustad – Frontline Conference, $190.95
  • Skip Robinson – Frontline Conference, $190.95
  • Troy Timmerman – Frontline Conference, $190.95
  • Kathy Connolly – Frontline Conference, $190.95
  • Sheila Provost – Frontline Conference, $190.95

 

Wellness Funds Approvals:

  • Jaimie Lopez - $100
  • Wanda Purdie - $53.64
  • Karla Seymour - $100

 

Official Announcements

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Feb. 27, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Time

Events

Administrator

Comments

Sunday, Mar. 4

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lake Wobegon Brass Band Anniversary Concert, 2 p.m.

Mary Jacobson

Coon Rapids Campus

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 31: February 21, 2012

The Golden Rams Basketball Teams Don’t Disappoint

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

Golden Rams Basketball Teams News

Good News and Great News on Green Dot

Stay Connected with the College

Wellness Works February Event

Two Rivers Reading Series Proudly Presents…

Democracy for All? The Barriers of Voter ID Discussion

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

The Golden Rams Basketball Teams Don’t Disappoint!

I had a wonderful time watching the men’s and women’s basketball games at the Coon Rapids Campus!  I am always pleased to see so many of the familiar loyal faces in attendance.  It makes me even more proud to be part of such a wonderful community.  The games are so energetic and exciting, I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the fun!

Mark your calendars for the next home games for both teams, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 and 8 p.m.  These are the final home games before the State/Regional Tournaments!

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

 

Golden Rams Basketball Team News

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball Team is 18-6 and 7-3 in the South Division after defeating the #1 team in the nation, Central Lakes Community College (Brainerd) Saturday, Feb. 11,  69-65.

The Golden Rams Women’s Basketball Team is currently 22-2 and 10-0 in the South Division. The women continue to be ranked #1 in the country at the NJCAA Div III level. The men’s and women’s teams are home on Wednesday, Feb 22, 6 and 8 p.m. These will be the final home games before the State/Regional Tournaments.

Also, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is once again the site for the MCAC Men’s State and Region XIII Basketball Tournament March 2 – 4. Please check the Web site as the tournament draws near for game times.

 

Good News and Great News on Green Dot

Green Dot Good News:

We’ve had a number of faculty requests to make Green Dot information available to online students, and have now posted Green Dot links from the student D2L welcome page, including the following: https://umconnect.umn.edu/greendot1/

Green Dot Great News:

Thanks largely to Green Dot promotion/support from faculty and staff, we have 80 Coon Rapids students registered to attend Bystander Intervention training sessions spring semester 2012.

Our currently scheduled Bystander Intervention sessions are filled or filling quickly, but please continue to refer interested students, and we’ll add training sessions as needed.

Thanks to all for Green Dotting with us!

Mary Ann Larios, Nancy Elk and John Hennen, Counselors

 

Stay Connected with the College!

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please encourage your students to stay connected with the college through the many different communication vehicles we use. An email will also be sent to our student regarding this information.

 

 

Wellness Works February Event

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please join us for the February Wellness Works Workshop, Dodging Hibernation.

Participants will be entered into a drawing to receive one of our new Wellness Works promotional items!

 

Two Rivers Reading Series Proudly Present…

Submitted by Paige Riehl, English Department

The Two Rivers Reading Series is proud to announce our two spring 2012 events: author Swati Avasthi and poet Jim Moore. Both writers will be on campus this semester to read from and discuss their recent books.

Swati Avasthi reads from and discusses her novel, Split

Date: Monday, Feb. 27
Time: 11 to 11:50 a.m. and 12 to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus


*There’s a wonderful article in the latest edition of The Rampage (page 7) about Avasthi and her novel Split, which focuses on a teenage protagonist fleeing from domestic violence. Avasthi was nominated for 16 awards for Split, including a Minnesota Book Award.

 

Jim Moore reads from and discusses his newest poetry collection, Invisible Strings

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 1 to 1:50 p.m. and 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Location: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus


*Jim Moore is the author of seven books of poetry, including his latest, Invisible Strings, which was recently nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and journals, including American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

These events are free and open to the public and are brought to you by the Two Rivers Reading Series Committee and the English Division. Please encourage your students to attend. I’ve attached a promotional flyer, so please feel free to make copies and share it with your students.

 

Democracy for All? The Barriers of Voter ID Discussion

Sent on behalf of Student Senate

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities 

Submitted by Natasha Baer, Educational Services

I am pleased to announce Robin Robatcek has accepted the position of Project Director for the recently acquired Health Professions Pathways Consortium (H2P).  Robin will begin transitioning into this role on Wednesday February 15th with the full transition completed by March 15.

Robin holds a master of science in Higher Education Administration and a bachelor of arts in Organizational Management and Communication.  She has been with Anoka-Ramsey Community College since August 2009 as the Director of Biomedical, Business and Technology.  Her experience in education, healthcare, administration and curriculum development will be an asset in managing this federal grant.

Please help me to welcome Robin in this new role within Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the H2P grant!

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

This is a HUGE thanks and note of appreciation to our quiet unsung “heroes” in Technology who go about their jobs every day and come to our rescue at times of need. I marvel at their trouble-shooting skills, their knowledge and quick response whenever I have some technology needs or issues.  I especially want to thank Skip Robinson, Kathy Connolly and Troy Timmerman in Technology who daily provided me with a microphone (in multiple classrooms) when I was having some voice hoarseness issues this semester. They were and are life-savers!   THANK YOU!

Submitted by Terri Teeson, Speech Department

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development & Media/Memberships Approvals:

Candace Blazek - eLearning 2012 Conference, $1,559.52

 

Staff Development Approvals:

Crystal Nelson – Frontline Conference, $181.47
Linda Dahl – Frontline Conference, $95
Carol Anderson – Access Basic 2010, $169
Carol Anderson – Access Intermediate 2010, $169

 

Wellness Funds Approvals:

Lisa Everts - $47.75
Carole Guffey - $100
Dawn Kennedy - $100
Jennifer Willcutt - $25
Jennifer Braido - $75

 

Social Amenities:

Card sent to Kathryn Lindenfelser
Card sent to Michelle Mucha

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Barbara Prince, Educational Services

Click here to see the agenda for the next Faculty Shared Governance Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.

 

Submitted by Valerie Knight, Educational Services

Click here to see the items approved by AASC and President Stumpf and moved to action for January 2012.

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Feb. 21, 2012

NONE 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 30: February 13, 2012

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hit!

Candlelight Ski Draws Nearly 200

Coon Rapids Campus Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive Feb. 7 - 23

Diversity Committee Mission Statement Revised

Accomplishments in Anoka-Ramsey’s Music Department

Two Rivers Reading Series Welcomes Author Swati Avasthi Feb. 27

National Health Observance, February 2012: February is American Heart Month

Cambridge Campus Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive through Feb. 17

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hit!

A big thank you to the cast, crew and Scott Ford for their hard work making the winter musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a smash!  I had the pleasure of attending the musical Saturday night.  I was pleased to see so many familiar faces in the audience and enjoy the hilarity with our community.  Thank you for continuing to provide the community with quality theatrical performances!

 

Candlelight Ski Draws Nearly 200

Though the snow coverage was sparse, nearly 200 people, including college faculty, staff and students, participated in this year’s Cambridge Campus annual Candlelight Ski, Feb. 4. Hiking along two miles of candlelit trails near the Rum River began early in the evening, while indoors there was hot chocolate, refreshments and entertainment by Ken Krona and Lyle Swedees. The 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.  Attendance has nearly doubled in the past five years. Event coordinator, Biology Faculty member Mary Januschka extends her appreciation to all those who helped make this event so successful (see Pause for Appreciation).

This free community event is held every February, so mark your calendars now for next year's event and make Anoka-Ramsey Community College part of your entertainment fun.

 

Community members gathered in the Food Court for warmth, refreshment and entertainment
during the Campus Cambridge annual Candlelight Ski.
Photo courtesy of Sonja Rauen
 
Two walkers enjoyed the candlelit Spirit River Nature Area's cross-country ski trails that wander
through the Cambridge Campus and the City of Cambridge.
Photo courtesy of Sonja Rauen
 

 

 

Coon Rapids Campus Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive Feb. 7 - 23 

Please drop-off any non-perishable and non-glass items at drop boxes located in the Courtyard Commons and by the Information Desk.

 

Diversity Committee Mission Statement Revised

Submitted by Lisa Harris, Educational Services

This fall, the Diversity Committee was re-formed to have representation from all constituent groups at Anoka-Ramsey.  As a result, the committee has submitted a revision of the mission of the committee to be reflective of the initiatives the committee will be focusing efforts. The following mission has been submitted and approved by President Stumpf:

Anoka-Ramsey is an open door, comprehensive higher-education institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning. Anoka-Ramsey is committed to responding to the educational needs of its changing communities and to providing opportunities for enhancing knowledge, skills, and values in a supportive learning environment.

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Diversity Committee exists to support the mission of the college and the needs of the community through diversity education that promotes acceptance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in its many forms at the institution, in the local community, and throughout the world.

Vision statement:

To offer programming that increases understanding of diversity and the importance of inclusivity in all areas of life.

  • To incorporate diversity into academic offerings and educational opportunities.
  • To be community leaders in the conversations regarding diversity.
  • To aid the college, through research and recommendations, in achieving a range of employees that reflects the larger community.
  • To guide the establishment of equitable policies and procedures by purposeful involvement in the review and feedback process.

 

 

Accomplishments in Anoka-Ramsey’s Music Department

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Music Department

In the last three months, several members of the Music Department have enjoyed recent accomplishments and successes apart from their teaching duties at Anoka-Ramsey and within the greater Minnesota community.

Last December, Jason Vanselow completed a doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. To complete this degree, Dr. Vanselow performed a series of five concerts as well as completed a thesis. His thesis project revolved around transcribing and arranging a type of Portuguese folk music called Fado, a highly communicative song and dance genre typically performed by a solo vocalist, accompanied by a guitarra and a viola. Vanselow’s studies were particularly concerned with the music of Carlos Paredes, a prominent Portuguese guitar player who worked with fado singers and wrote compositions in this style.

In January, Sam Bergstrom served as the conductor for the All-District Junior High Honor Band for District 279, which included band students from Osseo High School, Maple Grove High School and Park Center High School. As a guest conductor, Bergstrom spent a day with approximately seventy 8th and 9th grade band students, rehearsing pieces and working with students on particularly challenging works. At the end of the day, the Honor Band performed a concert conducted by Bergstrom which included the material that they rehearsed earlier that day.

Also in January, Department Chair Melissa Bergstrom won the first ever Commission Competition for Young Composers, sponsored by the United Christian Parish of Reston, Virginia. After reviewing a portfolio of recent compositions, including both scores and recordings, Bergstrom was awarded a $2,000 commission for a three to five minute work for either unaccompanied choir, choir with piano, or organ accompaniment for the dedication of a new sanctuary on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Along with the dedication, this work will also be performed in a public concert on Friday, May 25, 2012. 

Richard Joseph was recently accepted as a studio artist for the first season of the Mill City Summer Opera (MCSO )program. The MCSO program is designed to help young artists improve their skills and gain experience in opera performance. As a studio artist, he will have the opportunity to sing in the chorus as well as cover the lead role of Beppe in the opera Pagliacci. This opera will be performed this summer in the open-air ruins of the Mill City Museum on the banks of the Mississippi River. Joseph will also sing in a studio artist showcase, outreach concerts, and participate in five weeks of training with professional artists: David Lefkowich, artistic director; Brian DeMaris, Maestro; and Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano. 

Joel Salvo and his new music ensemble, Ensemble 61, were recipients of a 2012 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant, a highly competitive project grant program made possible by the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment that was passed by Minnesota voters in November of 2008. This past Feb. 4, Salvo and another ensemble member presented a workshop on new music to students from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Ensemble 61 will perform a concert in Studio Z in St. Paul this coming Friday, Feb.17. Also, on Feb. 25, Salvo will serve as featured soloist with the Minnesota Morris Chamber Orchestra for their performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto.

As of January, Music Department staff member Kate Hujda began serving in a Management Fellowship position made possible through a partnership with Nautilus Music Theater and Springboard for the Arts. For the next eight months, Hujda will work closely with these two organizations to develop skills related to non-profit arts management, including areas such as administration, development and production. As a management fellow, Hujda will also work to develop an archive for Nautilus in an attempt to record the history of the theater company and to map the Nautilus genome.

 

Two Rivers Reading Series Welcomes Author Swati Avasthi Feb. 27

Submitted by Michelle Herrin, English Department

As part of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Two Rivers Reading Series, Swati Avasthi will read from and discuss her novel Split, Monday, Feb. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m. and again noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room. The event is free and open to the public.

To read the full press release, click here.

 

 

National Health Observance, February 2012: February is American Heart Month

Submitted by Jill Gromberg, HPER Department 

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more than 2,000,000 Americans experience a heart attack or stroke each year. One in every three deaths results from heart disease or stroke, affecting about 800,000 Americans annually (www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/).

Even if one survives, unfortunately, many people experience some degree of disability after a heart attack or stroke. Preventing heart and blood vessel disease is the goal of the American Heart Month campaign. Here are some resources to help you assess your current heart attack risk and your present lifestyle and some information to guide you toward heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Assess Your Risk, Assess Your Lifestyle

Assess your risk for experiencing a heart attack within the next 10 years with the American Heart Association’s Heart Attack Risk Calculator at: http://50.56.33.51/hart01/main_en_US.html.

My Life Check is a self-assessment you can quickly complete to evaluate your lifestyle and set goals to reduce heart disease risk in seven lifestyle areas:http://mylifecheck.heart.org/.

Get Healthy!

Use the American Heart Association’s Getting Healthy Center to find a variety of information on heart-healthy food choices, physical activity recommendations, stress management, and related topics at: https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/GettingHealthy_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp.

One set of resources in the Getting Healthy Center focuses on restaurant dining. Here you can find recommendations for heart-healthy choices, including suggestions to help you choose the restaurant and decipher the menu; you will also find tips for healthier food choices based on the type of restaurant at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/DiningOut/Dining-Out_UCM_304183_SubHomePage.jsp.

Not Just a Male Issue

The Heart Truth, a campaign by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to increase awareness of heart disease in women, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. While heart disease is often considered a man’s disease, heart disease has a significant impact on the health and well-being of women. In 2008, one in four women died from heart disease, making it the number one killer of women. General information can be found at: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/. A factsheet, The Heart Truth for Women, can be found at: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/downloads/pdf/factsheet-actionplan.pdf.

Provided on behalf of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Wellness Works Program.

 

Cambridge Campus Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive through Feb. 17

Submitted by Kathleen Hoffman, English Department

Hello from Phi Theta Kappa on the Cambridge Campus! The semester is off to a great start and with it our Food Drive campaign. You may have noticed the flyers or donation boxes around campus last week, but I wanted to specifically draw your attention to our service project.

During the holidays many people think of those less fortunate than themselves and often donate to food shelves at that time. This is a wonderful act of generosity, but the food shelves are often forgotten until the next holiday season when in truth there are families in our community that depend on the food that they receive from the food shelves to make it through each week. With this in mind, Phi Theta Kappa is hosting a food drive event through Feb. 17. We will be donating the food collected to the local food shelf, and so any donations that are made will go directly to helping someone else in our community. We are asking all of you to consider what you might have to give, and please put it in one of our donation boxes by Feb. 17.

We are also competing against other Phi Theta Kappa chapters in our region to see who has the most generous campus, so help us show what a great campus we have here in Cambridge! Please keep us in mind, and donate as you see fit. Thank you!

 

 

Pause for Appreciation 

Submitted by Mary Januschka, Biology Department

Thanks a ton for all your help with the Candlelight Ski this year.  It is all of you that make this event such a fun, beautiful and successful one every year!  We had more than 175 participants for a perfect evening for a great walk, great entertainment, great goodies, and great door prizes.

 

Submitted by Jason Siems, Information Desk

Thank You Mary (Januschka) and all the volunteers! 

My family was impressed on how beautiful the trails were. The music was good and the kids loved the cookies and popcorn!  The prizes were a hit also!

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development & Media/Memberships Approvals:

  • Nicki Toliver - American Choral Directors Association Conference 2012, $375
  • Jennifer Willcutt - Books: Two Trains Running by August Wilson, From a Crooked Rib by Nuruddin Farah,True Notebooks by Mark Salzman; Membership: College Reading and Learning Association Membership, $107.75
  • Kate Kysar - AWP Conference, $900
  • Angie Anderson - Educational Research II Course, $26.86
  • Heather Mitchell - American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference, $288
  • MaryAnn Larios - Two Year Counselor Conference, $85.67
  • Hillary Gokey - AMCTCC Conference, $75
  • Trisha Collopy - Best of the Midwest College Journalism Conference, $182
  • Laura Migliorino - Society for Photographic Education Conference, $1,224
  • Munir Alam - 2012 CCCC Annual Convention, $860
  • Amber Severson - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting & Exposition, $518.46

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Louise Duff – Intro to QuickBooks class, $99
  • Shawn Johnson – Service Team Antigua, Guatemala trip fees, $300
  • Dana Gangl – Frontline Conference, $258.48

 

Official Announcements

Proposal

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, Office of the President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees and 3C.1 Class Size RATIONALE: Update for Summer and Fall.

 

Submitted by Valerie Knight, Educational Services

Please click here to see the agenda for the Feb. 17 Academic Affairs and Standards Council meeting.

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Feb. 13, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Time

Event

Administrator

Comments

Saturday, Feb. 18

5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

CR: CR Lions Club Wine Tasting Event, 6 to 9 p.m.

Mike Seymour

Coon Rapids Campus

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 29: February 6, 2012

2012 Bonding Recommendation

Save the Date for Staff and Faculty Development Day

Alignment Update

Scholardazzle Was a Huge Success

Wine Tasting Event for Anoka-Ramsey Scholarships!

Lake Wobegon Brass Band to Perform at Anoka-Ramsey March 4

Volunteers Needed: Anoka-Ramsey Campus Connection

Make-Up Testing Policies & Form

The Fulbright Scholar Program for 2013-2014 is Open Effective February 1

Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism News

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

2012 Bonding Recommendation

I am proud to report that Anoka-Ramsey’s request for $980,00 for the Bioscience and Allied Health Addition design is included in Governor Dayton's 2012 bonding recommendation at #6.

“The Governor recommends $980,000 for Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids to design an addition to the current science building, focusing on the allied health and biomedical device industries. This will allow for the expansion of Histotechnician, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Laboratory Science programs, among others.”

If approved, the request will provide funding for design and construction documents for a future FY 2012 $10 million bonding request for new construction.  The request will also provide funding for remodeling to bring the Physical Therapist Assistant and Integrative Health and Healing programs back to the Coon Rapids campus. 

You can find Gov. Dayton’s 2012 capital budget recommendation in its entirety at: http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/budget/bud-cap/12/gov-rec.pdf 

Save the Date for Staff and Faculty Development Day

Calling All Employees: mark your calendars! The Staff and Faculty Development Committees have been working hard to provide an opportunity for staff and faculty interaction during the first-of-its-kind Staff and Faculty Development Day Friday, February 24 at the Coon Rapids Campus. Transportation will be provided for the Cambridge Campus employees. The theme for this event is “Physical and Mental Wellness in a Changing Culture.” Additional details including electronic registration information will be sent via email later this week. Highlights of the day include sessions on nutrition, yoga, strengthening/stretching, and stress management techniques.

Alignment Update

Thank you to those of you who attended last week’s State of the College presentations.  It provided an important opportunity to answer questions about the alignment and the recent memo we received from Chancellor Rosenstone. 

I am very pleased that I will be staying on as Interim President of both Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical.  By now, I am sure you are aware that both colleges share a single vice president for administration and finance, chief information officer, facilities director, public safety director, and recently announced director of continuing education and customized training.  Professional Training at Anoka-Ramsey and Corporate Center at Anoka Tech are working together to determine how to best move forward as an aligned department.  Also currently in process are conversations between the Business Office and Institutional Research departments at both colleges to explore how these areas can collaborate.

I appreciate the support and collaboration ideas you have during this time.  Please feel free to contact me and submit comments on the alignment blog, linked: http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/ throughout this process. I look forward to your input.

 

Scholardazzle Was a Huge Success

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

The Scholardazzle event was a HUGE success for students and the college! Event chairs Roger Anderson and Brad Larson and the foundation board wanted me to thank every one of you for your help and support! 

Because of everyone’s efforts, 175 people attended Scholardazzle and helped raise over $31,400!  This sets another record after last year’s $26,600 record! Don’t know what we will do next year to top this, but it sure will be fun to try!

Thank you to all who attended, participated or supported behind the scenes! 

 

Wine Tasting Event for Anoka-Ramsey Scholarships!

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

Here is a plug for the Coon Rapids Lions Club. Their Saturday night event at the Coon Rapids Campus will generate a generous donation to the Presidential Scholarship program for Anoka-Ramsey students at our Coon Rapids Campus.

The Lions have contributed over $60,000 to the scholarship program since becoming a donor many years ago.

This is the Coon Rapids Lions Club 3nd annual mid-winter "Wine & Epicurean Delights Extravaganza.”

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Anoka-Ramsey Riverview Cafe'
  • What: Wine tasting; a wall of wine; appetizers served by 15 restaurants including: Potbelly's, Dairy Queen, Baker's Square, Costco and Pizza Hut; In addition there will be an auction of jewelry, art and sporting goods.

Enjoy a fun evening, rub elbows with local business people, sample delightful food and help support campus scholarships!

To purchase $25 advance tickets, you can see Mike Seymour or go to the MGM Liquor Warehouse on Coon Rapids Blvd NW or visit www.coonrapidslions.org. Tickets at the door are $30. 

See also: www.coonrapidslions.org/events.html

NOTE: While policy normally does not allow for notices for outside organizations raising funds, in this instance, Anoka-Ramsey is a beneficiary of this event, creating the exception to the policy.

 

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band to Perform at Anoka-Ramsey March 4

Submitted by Ric Perkins, Music Faculty

Please read the following article about the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band: www.startribune.com/local/north/138242654.html

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed: Anoka-Ramsey Campus Connection

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

As many of you know we kicked off Campus Connection this spring. We have over 70 volunteers who are making connections with new students this semester! We would like to invite more volunteers to participate in this program. Here is some feedback we have received from volunteers:

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Campus Connection program!!” – R. Robatcek

“Thanks for starting this program. I think it is great” – L. Harris

“I just walked Marissa around campus and found her rooms, etc. I can see how much this will help the students.” – M. Hunter

The following is more information on the program:

Many of our students are first generation and are scared to walk through the door. So we are asking you to participate in this student outreach and retention program.

This is a great opportunity to welcome and offer an open door to new students that are taking this first step towards furthering their education. This connection that you will be making could make all the difference to them in their success at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

We are looking for volunteers to make a Campus Connection with new students each semester.

Volunteer Requirements: 

  • One to two students will be assigned to you (this number varies based on the number of volunteers) 
  • We ask that you contact the student(s) the week before classes start to: 
    • Introduce yourself 
    • Answer any questions and/or refer to appropriate service areas as needed 
  • Be a Campus Connection for that student during their time here 
  • Connecting with that student at least one more time during the year

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Campus Connection, please contact either: ashley.weatherspoon@anokaramsey.edu or jaimie.lopez@anokaramsey.edu.

 

Make-Up Testing Policies & Form

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

Testing Services has updated the Make-Up & Alternative Testing Instruction Form. Please see attached.

I also thought it would be helpful to send out the Make-Up & Alternative Testing policies:

APPOINTMENTS

  • For Coon Rapids students must make an appointment with the Information Center for make-up testing. This can be done in person at the Info Desk or by calling 763-433-1240.
  • For Cambridge students can make an appointment with the Testing Center. This can be done in person at the center or by calling 763-433-1990. 
  • The make-up testing schedule can be found at the Information Desk or on the ARCC website.
  • Once an appointment has been made with the Information Center, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor either by phone, email or with a test request card (provided by the Information Center).
  • After the student contacts the instructor, the instructor or secretary then delivers the test to the Testing Center by the appropriate date and time. Tests can also be delivered electronically to testingservice@anokaramsey.edu.
  • The Testing Center will not administer re-take’s or optional testing. An example of optional tests are instructor’s giving students the choice of taking a test in class, taking a take-home exam or taking the test in the Testing Center.
  • After an exam is completed , it will be returned either through inter-office mail or hand delivered by the Testing Center Coordinator/Assistant.

INSTRUCTOR POLICIES 

  • Instructors are required to have their name and the student’s name written on each exam as well as the course name and number and test number (i.e. exam 4, quiz 2.1)
  • Special instructions should be indicated on the test request card and attached to the test. These instructions can be sent in an email for tests delivered electronically. 
  • We would like to request that each instructor send only one test per student as they are requested. We prefer not to accept multiple tests for future use unless each one is assigned to a student that has requested an examination time in the testing center. 
  • If the above policies are not followed, or we do not have the required information needed to properly administer the exam, it could result in the test not being given.

NEW – Access Services students who have been approved for alternative testing should schedule their appointment directly with the Testing Center.

If you have any questions regarding the Testing Center procedures and policies, please contact Melissa Carle on the Cambridge campus and MaryAnn Harris on the Coon Rapids campus. I am also available to answer questions. 

 

The Fulbright Scholar Program for 2013-2014 is Open Effective Feb. 1

Submitted by Diane Dockery, Institutional Advancement

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research, or combination teaching / research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines. 

The application deadline for most awards is Aug. 1, 2012. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, visit the Web site at: www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/or contact us at: scholars@iie.org.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars.  Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.cies.org/Webinar/.

 

Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism News

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism

Below you will find links to information for upcoming speaking events, “Keeping It Reel” Diversity Lecture & Discussion Movie Series dates and “Multicultural Perspectives Book Series” opportunities.

Speaking Events

Keeping It Reel Movie Series

Multicultural Perspectives Book Series

Please help disseminate this information to our student body, and our colleagues throughout the building.

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Michael Seymour, Vice President

As you know, Sherry Wickstrom is on leave serving as a Dean at Anoka Technical College. As part of our alignment activity, Jamie Barthel will serve as Interim Executive Director of Professional Training for Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Jamie is currently the executive director of the Corporate Center at Anoka Technical College, where he directs customized training, short-term career education programs and open enrollment classes. Prior to his role as executive director, Jamie served Anoka Technical College as a customized training representative for five years. He served as assistant training director of Menards Inc., overseeing the training programs of 30,000 employees.

Jamie earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bemidji State University and a master's degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University of St. Paul. He is involved in many organizations as well including the Minnesota Council for Continuing Education and Customized Training, the Anoka Area Kiwanis Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jamie will be assisted at Anoka-Ramsey by LeAnn Snidarich. LeAnn will serve as interim assistant executive director working with the daily operations of the Professional Training Center. Our goal during the interim period will be to combine operations for improved profits, improved program/training delivery and better interactions with our business community.

Please join me in welcoming Jamie and congratulating LeAnn on her new role!

You can follow the progress and contribute to the CE/CT alignment by checking out our Blog: http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Luanne Kane, Educational Services

Thank you to the Anoka-Ramsey faculty and staff for their cooperation and flexibility during the Minnesota State High School Region 4 Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference at the Coon Rapids Campus, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

Approximately 250 local high school students, instructors, and business people attended the conference. The area high school instructors expressed their sincere gratitude to the college for hosting this year’s event.

Many people worked diligently to make this event a success. Thank you to Lori Rodgers for coordinating so many of the logistics for the conference. Thank you to Robbie McDonald for stepping in to help with the planning and oversight of the event and Debbie Vonspreecken for taking care of anything that needed addressing on the day of the event! Thank you to President Jessica Stumpf and Student Senate President Shannon Glenn for giving a warm Anoka-Ramsey welcome. Thank you to Susan Eyre, Candy Heino, John Ivanauskas and Ashley Weatherspoon who served as judges for the high school contestants. Appreciation is also expressed to Anoka-Ramsey Technology, Bookstore, Central Services, Advising, Maintenance, Marketing, Security, Student Activities and Taher Food Service for their efforts in providing excellent customer service. Finally, special thanks to the instructors who accommodated the room changes. This event could not happen without all of your support. 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Approvals:

Darin Nelson – online course and textbooks, $122.43

Kathleen Vieau – Frontline Conference, $48.52

 

Official Announcements

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Feb. 6, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Day

Time

Events

Administrator

Comments

Feb. 10

Friday

7 to 10 p.m.

Play Performance, 7:30 p.m.

Lisa Harris

Coon Rapids Campus

Feb. 11

Saturday

7 to 10 p.m.

Play Performance, 7:30 p.m.

Darren Hoff

Coon Rapids Campus

Feb. 12

Sunday

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Play Performance, 2 p.m.

Natasha Baer

Coon Rapids Campus