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January 2012


Issue No. 27: Jan. 23, 2012                  Issue No. 26: Jan. 17, 2012               Issue No. 25: Jan. 9, 2012                 Issue No. 24: Jan. 3, 2012

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 28: January 30, 2012

Wall Breaking Kicks Off Renovation, Celebration of Accreditation

Fantastic Evening at Scholardazzle 2012

Student Leadership Stipends Awarded

Coon Rapids Campus Spring Theater Production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Business Professionals of America Annual Competition

Last Chance for Networking Workshop Registration

Fitness Center/Weight Room Orientation

February’s Coffee House Entertainer

Student Activities Announces: Winterfest 2012

Webcasting of Home Basketball Games

Recruiting Students for Green Dot Training Session

New Arrival!

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Wall Breaking Kicks Off Renovation, Celebrates Accreditation

The Music Department kicked off the renovation of the old Fine Arts Building (renamed the Music Building) and celebrated the Music program’s accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, Jan. 23. Congratulations!

 

 

 

Ric Perkins, music faculty member since 1973 takes a hard swing at a wall in the building he has hoped to renovate for many years.
Group shot of faculty, staff, contractors, public officials attending the celebration. 

 

 

 

Fantastic Evening at Scholardazzle 2012

Thanks to all who attended or made donations to the Cambridge Campus Foundation fundraiser, Scholardazzle, Jan. 20 2012! 

 

 

 

College staff and volunteers worked extremely hard to
organize and run this event.
Pictured here, working the front table (from left) are Janine Forrer, Kelly Torok-Linder, Charlotte Lindahl, and John Davis.
Music faculty provided the evening’s entertainment.
Pictured here (from left) are Geoff Senn, Ric Perkins,
Sam Bergstrom, Eric Anderson, and Melissa Bergstrom.
 
Faculty members Angie Anderson, Peter Wahlstrom and Paul Anderson showed support for student scholarships
by attending Scholardazzle.
 

 

 
Amazing cakes were auctioned off at the event.

 

Student Leadership Stipends Awarded

Congratulations to the following Coon Rapids Campus student leaders. These students were granted Student Leadership Stipends for their contributions to Anoka-Ramsey Community College during fall semester 2011.  Awards ranging from $50 to $700 are made possible through Student Life.  Award recipients are selected based on the breadth and depth of their voluntary leadership and involvement at Anoka-Ramsey to improve services, activities, procedures, and other aspects of student life.

Erin Barnhill 

              

Richard Flores 

               

Ashley Mages 

David Corgan 

 

Shannon Glenn 

 

Heather Pehlke 

Robert Daun   

Michelle Jordan 

 

Tyler Rother 

Jon Paul DeRungs  

Anthony Jones 

 

Bee Xioning 

Alyssa Devine 

 

Felicia Lockrem 

   


Coon Rapids Campus Spring Theater Production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Submitted by Scott Ford, Theater Department

On behalf of the Theatre and Music Departments, I present three reasons why you should see the college’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this weekend or next:

  1. In addition to supporting a talented group of students, you will see colleagues on stage as part of the performance.
  2. You will learn how to spell a word you’ve never heard of.
  3. You will laugh your face off.

So run, don’t walk, to the Anoka-Ramsey bookstore to get your tickets today!

 

Business Professionals of America (BPA) Annual Competition

Submitted by Luanne Kane, Educational Services

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will welcome the region’s high school Business Professionals of America (BPA).  The annual BPA competition will be Business Professionals of American (BPA) Annual Competition held at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.  Over 200 area high school students will be competing in a variety of business events.  Also on campus will be area high school teachers and representatives from many local businesses.

 

Last Chance for Networking Workshop Registration (For You, Your Students)

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement

 

 

 

 

Fitness Center/Weight Room Orientation

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Unsure of how to get started on a workout routine?  Attend one of our orientation sessions!

For a PDF version, click here.

 

 

February’s Coffee House Entertainer

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please see the details below regarding the February Coffee House Entertainer! Please share this information with your students!

For a PDF version, click here.

 

Student Activities Announces: Winterfest 2012

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activites

For a PDF version, click here.

 

 

Webcasting of Home Basketball Games

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics

I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate all of your support and attendance at our home basketball games.  Now, just in case you have to miss a game in person, you now have the ability to watch all of our home basketball games “live” on the web free of charge beginning tonight. Here is how:

  1. Go to www.webcast50.com
  2. Click on the tab labeled “college”
  3. Click on Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  4. Click on watch live event
  5. Click on view live event

For additional home games for the remainder of the season, refer to our online schedule. We would love to see you at a home game! 

 

Recruiting Students for Green Dot Training Session

Submitted by Hilary Gokey, Counseling

I will be Isabelle Schmidt’s replacement for the Spring Semester.  If you are aware of any students, that you feel would benefit from my services, please send them my way. 

I am also recruiting 25 students for the Green Dot Training session, March 2.  We are looking for students that you feel are leaders.  Could you please encourage students to see Hilary Gokey (or the front desk) about signing up for this training session: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 2. Lunch will be provided!  If you would like me to come to a class and talk about our Counseling services and/or the Green Dot training, I would be happy to do so. 

 

 

New Arrival!

Catherine Julia was born Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:20 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches long. Congratulations to proud parents Megan Breit-Goodwin and Michael Goodwin!

 

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Kim Bienfang, Business Office

Laurie Lopez has accepted a new interim role within the Business Office.  Laurie will be working half-time for our current Business Office assisting students with external funding and cashiering, as well as, half-time for the recently acquired Healthcare Professions Pathway Consortium (H2P) grant.   Laurie will be in this position through the end of the current academic year.

Please join us in congratulating her on this new role.

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Luanne Kane, Educational Services on behalf of a former student of Gary Cook

Hi Professor Cook!

I took your Consumer Health class in the spring of 2009. I wanted to let you know how inspiring your class was, and the lasting impression it has had on me. I transferred from Anoka-Ramsey to Metropolitan State and finished my bachelor's degree in 2011. This fall I started law school at Berkeley Law Boalt Hall, and am an executive board member on the Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society here. I recently accepted a position for the summer working on consumer litigation. As it looks right now, I will most likely pursue a career in plaintiff-side consumer protection litigation.

I just wanted to extend a thank you for teaching a great class and inspiring me to follow a career in this area.

P.S. I still check Quackwatch.org all the time!

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development / Media Membership Approvals:

  • Ed Wehling - American Meteorological Society Membership ($62) and National Association of Geoscience Teachers Membership ($50)
  • Jim Biederman - APA Membership, journal subscriptions, online database subscription, $240
  • Daniel Heinks - coursework during sabbatical leave, Minn. State Univ. Mankato, $1070.23
  • Pamela Fauskee - People to People Ambassador Program, 10/27/2011 – 11/09/2011, $1,000
  • MaryAnn Larios - Clinical Interventions for Anxiety and Depression: Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion, $252.29
  • John Hennen - Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion: Clinical Interventions for Anxiety & Depression, $216.94
  • Laurie Wolfe - (amended request) National Teaching of Psychology Conference, $1,624

 

Social Amenities:

  • Card sent to Megan Breit-Goodwin
  • Card sent to Gary Nelson
  • Plant sent to Ann Kinkel

 

Official Announcements

Procedure Available on the Web

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

The most recently approved procedure has been posted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Policy and Procedure Manual on the public website.

Procedure 3B.2/11 Undergraduate Credit Transfer

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for the week of January 30

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Day

Time

Events

Administrator

Comments

Feb. 3

Friday

7 to 10 p.m.

Play Performance, 7:30 p.m.

Kim Bienfang

Coon Rapids Campus

Feb. 4

Sat

7 to 10 p.m.

Play Performance, 7:30 p.m.

Kim Lynch

Coon Rapids Campus

 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 27: January 23, 2012

Town Hall Hosted by Minn Department of Education Held Jan. 20

Celebrate Music Building Renovation & Program Accreditation Today 

Approved Sabbaticals for 2012-2013

Welcome from the Academic Support Center

Clubs and Organizations Fair This Week

Wellness Works Spring Activities

Weight Watchers At Work Registration Window Extended

 Caucus Night, Feb. 7

Concert Performance by Area High School Band Directors and Anoka-Ramsey Faculty on Tonight

English Faculty Wins National Poetry Contest

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Town Hall Hosted by Minn Department of Education Held Jan. 20

KARE 11 Coverage

Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius moderated a diaglogue with Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlighting Minnesota's current education reforms and discussed future efforts to create better pathways and support for student success.

The event took place at Irondale High School and highlighted the "Early College" partnership between the high school and Anoka-Ramsey. College faculty and staff have collaborated to make this innovative project a reality. Special thanks to Deidra Peaslee, Michael Werner, Kim Lynch and Jennifer Willcutt.

 

Celebrate Renovation of Music Building & Program Accreditation - Today 12:30 p.m.

All are Invited to Celebrate the kickoff of the Music Building Renovation and the official accreditation of our Music Program.

Jan. 23
12:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, F115
Enjoy music and refreshments

 

Approved Sabbaticals for 2012-2013

Congratulations! Sabbatical applications for the 2012-2013 academic year have been approved for the following faculty members:

Instructor

                

Discipline

                 

Term

Kelly Befus

 

Chemistry

 

Full Year

Melissa Bergstrom

 

Music 

 

Full Year

Susan Dunn 

 

English 

 

Spring 

Jill Gromberg 

 

HPER 

 

Fall 

Bruce Homann 

 

History 

 

Spring 

John Ivanauskas 

 

Accounting

 

Full Year

Jennifer Liberty-Clark

 

Psychology

 

Spring 

Steven Restad 

 

Business 

 

Full Year

Peter Wahlstrom 

 

Philosophy

 

Fall 

 

We wish you the best for a productive sabbatical leave.

 

Welcome from the Academic Support Center

Submitted by Humera Mujir, Academic Support

Welcome back everyone after a much deserved break. We are looking forward to working with your students in supporting and offering enrichment during this spring 2012 semester. We have the schedules for spring tutors posted on our Web site. Please visit the Web site and familiarize yourself.

Study group leaders and tutors will be requesting you to schedule class visits to introduce the Academic Support Center (ASC) to your class, advertise study group schedules and confirm student participation.

Thanks for conducting office hours in the ASC in the absence of our peer tutors during Finals Week. The students much appreciated this opportunity to receive help from our expert and dedicated faculty. It was amazing to see your commitment to student success when you all pitched in and helped students from across the campus.

It was wonderful to have Mark Omodt, Jennifer Bluth, Scott Dickie, Ken Grace, Peter Delong and Janine Goenner from the Math Department and Chris Lutz, Kevin Roesselet, Vicki Mac Murdo and Patty Pieper from the Chemistry Department and Melissa Mills and Marc Robichaud from the Biology Department volunteer in the ASC. We sincerely thank and appreciate all the efforts in helping us.

I saw Peter Delong (Statistics Faculty), on his knees next to students working on their last minute Statistics homework. He later agreed to volunteer for more hours. These little instances and touches make Anoka-Ramsey Community College stand out as an excellent institution for our students.


Clubs and Organizations Fair This Week

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please encourage your students to stop by the Clubs and Organizations Fair, Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

 

 

Wellness Works Spring Activities

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities 

Please take advantage of the Wellness Works events planned for spring semester.

 

 

 

Weight Watchers At Work Registration Window Extended

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

We currently have 15 people interested in the Weight Watchers at Work program. We need a total of 20 people. Please consider joining our Weight Watchers at Work program.

The information session has been postponed until Tuesday, January 31, 12-1 p.m. in the Mississippi Room. Deadline to sign-up is Friday, January 27!

This program is also open to our students.

 

Caucus Night, Feb. 7

Submitted on behalf of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus, Student Government

Please see the attached message regarding upcoming caucus night

 

 

Concert Performance by Area High School Band Directors and Anoka-Ramsey Faculty, Jan. 23

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Music Department

 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College will host a free jazz concert, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

The concert will bring together high school band directors the local north metro area and Anoka-Ramsey faculty for a big band concert with contemporary repertoire alongside well-known big band favorites.

“The concert will feature five of our Music Faculty and 12 music teachers/band directors from local high schools,” says Sam Bergstrom, college Music Faculty and event organizer. “Admission is free, but we will accept freewill donations for music scholarships. This has been a fun project musically, but also in regard to developing relationships with local music educators. Hopefully they will encourage some of their current students (our prospective students) to show up as well. We are anticipating the concert scoring HIGH on everyone's metric for jazz viability! Hope to see you there!”

The group will also hopefully perform at local high school functions and concerts as a guest ensemble in the future.

Anoka High School has already requested the ensemble play at their annual swing dance event, Friday, Mar. 23.

For more information about this project, please contact Sam Bergstrom at Samuel.Bergstrom@anokaramsey.edu.

 

English Faculty Wins National Poetry Contest

Submitted by Kathryn Kysar, English Department

English Faculty member Paige Riehl recently won first place in a national poetry contest sponsored by Literal Latte, an online literary magazine based in New York. The prize is $1,000. To read Paige’s award-winning poem, visit: www.literal-latte.com/

Congratulations Paige!

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Matt Venneman, Bookstore

Thank you volunteers!

I want thank those who were able to help in the bookstore during the first week of the semester and the week prior. Special thanks to Lisa Sisson and Jan Pomeroy, we greatly appreciate your help!

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Jennifer Hennen, course fees, $95.32
  • Cindi Gilbert, conference registration, $199
  • Karen Northrop, conference registration, hotel, mileage, parking, $252.88
  • Louise Duff, conference registration, hotel, $201.70

 

Social Amenities:

  • Card sent to Jerry Horazdovsky

Wellness Funds Approvals:

  • Gina Pancerella-Willis, $48
  • Laura Anderson, $100
  • Shannon Kirkeide, $100
  • Deborah VonSpreecken, $100

 

Official Announcements

Administrator Duty Assignments for the week of January 23.

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Month

Date

Day

Time

Event

Administrator

January

23 

Monday

7 to 10 p.m.

CR: Area Band Directors
Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. 

Tim Zondlo

 

 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 26: January 17, 2012

Remember Scholardazzle This Friday

Invited to Renovation and Accreditation Celebration, Coon Rapids Campus, Jan. 23

College Partnership with Irondale Makes Front-Page News

Jan. 6 STEM Summit

PTA Clinic Remains Open in Spring Semester

Spring Testing Center Schedule

Faculty, Staff and Students - Weight Watchers® At Work Wants Your Attention

Yoga at Coon Rapids Begins Jan. 17

Faculty Poems in Multiple Publications

Anoka-Ramsey Awarded the 2012 Arts Tour Grant from MN State Arts Board

Art Committee Funding Adds to College’s Art Collection

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Kickoff

Anoka-Ramsey in the News: an Inspiration for Partnerships?

25th Annual Science Night in Cambridge, Jan. 23

New Student Conduct Form

Taher Welcomes You to Eating Well

New Arrival!

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Remember Scholardazzle this Friday

Hope to see you at Scholardazzle this Friday, Jan. 20 at Spectacular Events in Isanti.

The fundraiser begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., and then continues with dinner at 7 p.m., a silent auction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m.

Thanks to all of you who have donated items for this wonderful event!

You can still get your tickets at the Institutional Advancement Office or online

 

Invited to Renovation and Accreditation Celebration, Coon Rapids Campus, Jan. 23

We will celebrate the start of the Music Building renovation and the Music program accreditation next Monday, Jan. 23. Hope you have time to attend the event, listen to some music and enjoy some refreshments at 12:30 p.m. in F115.

For more details, see the press release here

 

College Partnership with Irondale Makes Front-Page News

Check out the story from the Jan. 10 issue of the StarTribune:http://www.startribune.com/local/136986933.html

Here is a video that promotes the project as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSZBFahoMAU&feature=youtu.be

 

Jan. 6 STEM Summit

Submitted by Leann Sniderich, Professional Training Center

The 2nd Annual STEM Summit was held at the Cambridge Campus and the AFRC/Community Center on Friday, Jan. 6.

The STEM Summit is sponsored by the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with local businesses, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Pine Technical College. Anoka-Ramsey hosted the Keynote, Melody LeBeau, a Clinical Research Program Manager from Medtronic, Inc., as well as providing  stations featuring chemistry, biology, conservation biology/wildlife management, CNET, BMED, CNA/Nursing, and Healthcare and Manufacturing camps. The stations provided hand-on experiences for 400 eighth grade students from Isanti and Cambridge Middle Schools. 18 area businesses provided hands-on stations at the Community Center for students to explore STEM within their own community. It was a great day for all that participated.

I would like thank to Jenni Swenson, Daniel Harmon, David Stephan, Stephanie Kloek, Robin Robatcek, Michael Grzincich, Dan, Scott and Ashley from the Business Technology club, Diane Sibley, Jason Siems, Darin Nelson, John Davis, Greg Strandmark, James Winks, Heginio Garcia, Eileen Stoffels, Joann Schumacher-Stankey and Kristina Messer for all of the hard work they put in to making this a wonderful experience for local kids. 

 

PTA Clinic Remains Open in Spring Semester

Submitted by Natasha Baer, Educational Services

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at the Coon Rapids Campus is excited to continue to expand their student-run clinic into spring semester! 

From Thursday, Jan. 19  to Friday, April 6, appointments will be available::

  • Monday:  9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.
    (Closed 1/16/2012, 2/20/2012 and 3/11/2012)
  • Thursday:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Friday: noon to 2 p.m.

To qualify for services, clients must be:

  • employees of Anoka-Ramsey Community College (including student workers)
  • suffering from minor pain or injury such as back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or post-surgical injuries
  • be uninsured or have been denied Physical Therapy services through your current insurance

If you are interested in an appointment please leave a message on our appointment line 763-433-1580 and leave your full name and contact information.

 

Spring Testing Center Schedule

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

The spring testing schedules are available on the Anoka-Ramsey Web site.

Walk-in Accuplacer Testing: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/student/Assessment/Walk-inTesting.aspx

Make-up & Alternative Testing: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/resources/Testing.aspx

 

 

Faculty, Staff and Students - Weight Watchers® At Work Wants Your Attention

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers® At Work group?

A minimum of 20 people are needed to offer this convenient meeting. Take advantage of the convenience and value of the Weight Watchers Monthly Pass, now available in At Work meetings for just $39.95 per month, plus free eTools.

An information meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. if we get enough people interested. Questions will be answered and the registration process will be fully explained.

Reserve your spot now by letting me know either via email or Ext. 1243 that you can attend the meeting. Future Weight Watchers meetings will be on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Room.

 

 

Yoga at Coon Rapids Begins Jan. 17

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

 

Faculty Poems in Multiple Publications

English Faculty member Tracy (Youngblom) Turner has two poems in the most recent issue of 2River View. Read or even listen to the poems here: http://www.2river.org/2RView/16_2/default.html

Another poem by Tracy appears in the most recent issue of Ruminate magazine; however, the poem is only available through purchase magazine so it is not accessible online.

Finally, Tracy has poems forthcoming in both Weave Magazine and The New York Quarterly.

If you have a recent or upcoming publication credits, please let the Marketing and Public Relations Department know so we can spread the word.

 

Anoka-Ramsey Awarded the 2012 Arts Tour Grant from MN State Arts Board

Submitted by Rosie Mortenson, Institutional Advancement

Congratulations to Mark Lambert who was recently notified that the college has been awarded $48,184 for a 2012 Arts Tour Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

“Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire Tour” will bring professional ceramic artists and their work to four greater Minnesota communities, offering exhibitions, gallery talks, and screenings of a documentary film about the featured artists and workshops.

This second grant award builds on the work of the current grant which has included developing the documentary of the ceramic artists, workshops at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Normandale, gallery talks, and a preview night, plus, an exhibition at the Northern Clay Center in March and April of this year. 

This project continues to build the strong reputation of Anoka-Ramsey as a leader in providing access and opportunity for students and the community to the arts. 

 

Art Committee Funding Adds to College’s Art Collection

With funding from the college Art Committee, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Faculty member, Laura Migliorino and college alumni Yumi Nagaoka (associate in arts, 2007, associate in fine arts in Theatre, 2010) and Mayu Nagaoka (associate in arts, 2006, associate in fine arts in Art 2009) have created a collaborative project titled Minnesota Butterfly.

The series of seven photographs, illustrating the metamorphosis of a traditional Japanese woman into a young man, will first appear in Intersections, Women, Leadership, and the Power of Collaboration, Jan. 17 – Feb. 26, 2012 in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Gallery. Afterward the series will be displayed at the Coon Rapids Campus.

For more information about the MCAD event, visit http://www.mcad.edu.

For more information about project, see the full press release at: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/News/CurrentNews/MCAD_Exhibit.aspx.

 

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Kickoff

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Multicultural Affairs and Diversity

Anoka-Ramsey is committed to community building and cultural competence building as we help build an inclusive pluralistic society for all through education.

We are kicking off 2012 with our Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series, designed to provide social justice, diversity and inclusion education. Most importantly, we are provide a forum to discuss societal issues to lead to positive social change. Our theme this academic year is “Preparing Students for Social Responsibility and Social Action”.

We are celebrating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King as the year’s first educational offering, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012.

The Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series will host Bettie Mae Fikes with a presentation called, “The Freedom Riders: Sounds of Liberation.”

Please help disseminate this opportunity to community members, peers, students and family members.

I look forward to seeing you in attendance.

Bettie Mae Fikes Web site: http://www.earthen.com/bettiemaefikesbio.html

 

Anoka-Ramsey in the News: an Inspiration for Partnerships?

Submitted by Michael Wall, Alumni Relations

Please take a moment to read a brief article, Everyday Ideas for Engaging Students. It features a great set of events that partner the college with Penumbra Theatre. This imitative is run by the English Department, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity and Alumni Relations.

I hope it serves to get you thinking. Are there assignments, curricula or programmatic goals that would be bolstered and enriched by alumni? Classroom speakers to highlight possible futures to your students? Experienced folk to add to your think-tank? Resources for observations and informational interviews? More?

Please know that my team and I (see the article - the author took a few liberties, but got the spirit right) look forward to forging partnerships with your department or area.

 

25th Annual Science Night in Cambridge, Jan. 23

Submitted by Mary Januschka, Biology Department

New Student Conduct Form

Submitted by Lisa Harris, Educational Services

A new form has been created to report student conduct situations.

The form can be found on the public drive at: N:\ARCC Public\FORMS\Student Conduct.

This is for situations where a student has potentially acted in violation against student code of conduct.  Anyone at the college is able to file a complaint and I wanted this form to be easily accessible. You may return all completed violation forms to my office in SC122. We will be working on converting the current PDF file into one that allows for electronic completion once the rush time is over.

Also available in the folder is a copy of the student conduct code to assist in the completion of the form and for your reference. 

If you have questions on how to complete the form, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or Ext. 1292. 

 

 

Taher Welcomes You to Eating Well

 

 

New Arrival!

Lucy Elizabeth Werner was born at 5:51 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20.5 inches long. Congratulations to Michael Werner and the entire Werner family!

 

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Dana Gangl, Cambridge Business Office

I want to thank everyone for another great “season of giving”. Together, we brightened the holidays for 11 families, a total of 42 people. Thank you all for your donations of time, gifts and money.

I had an opportunity to meet a couple of people from one of the families we shopped for. One of which was a 17-year-old girl. She gave me a BIG hug and thanked me for helping out her family. She said they all loved everything they received. That was the only gift I needed all season. She and her aunt were so appreciative and happy.

If you have items throughout the year that you wish to donate, I will gladly store them.

 

Student email and feedback on the Ethical Issue Formal Letter assignment in Peter Wahlstrom’s Introduction to Ethics class:

“One of my neighbors came up to me at the grocery store and said they saw my article in the paper, and they thought it was well written. I picked up a couple copies today. I didn't think they would even publish it. So thank you for pushing me to make all those corrections to have my best written piece so far. Your class was definitely challenging but I learned a lot and I feel accomplished.”

-Student, Introduction to Ethics

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Social Amenities:

Card sent to Michael Werner

 

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Juliana Boner, fees for course, $145.36
  • Skip Robinson, online training program, $99

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Valerie Knight, Educational Services

Please click here to see the agenda for the Jan. 20 Academic Affairs and Standards Council meeting.

 

Submitted by Barbara Prince, Business Faculty

Please click here to see the agenda for the Jan. 23 Faculty Shared Governance Committee meeting.

 

3B.2/11 Undergraduate Credit Transfer 

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

In an effort to create collegewide dialogue, a web-based comment form was developed to enhance the Procedure two-week comment period. 

Click to access the Web-based Procedure Comment Page and view the following procedure proposal:

Comment period ends January 26, 2011

Directions to the site:

  1. From the Employee Home page click on IT Services (bottom of the page)
  2. Click Web Applications (under More in This Area)
  3. Click Policy & Procedure Comments.
  4. Login with your Windows username and password.
  5. To view the pdf document of the procedure proposal, click View and then View Attached Policy/Procedure File.
  6. To comment on the procedure, click View.  Users may edit or delete their comments anytime during the two-week comment period.

 

Health and Wellness Center Revenue Fund Fee Committee Established

Submitted by Lisa Harris, Educational Services

 

The following link announces the newly formed Health and Wellness Center Revenue Fund Fee Committee.  

This permanent committee shall recommend, annually, to the campus student association and administration the amount an enrolled student pays to support the operations and maintenance of the Health and Wellness Center while attending Anoka-Ramsey. In addition, this committee will assist in determining the allocation of revenues, policies and procedures for oversight of the Health and Wellness Center budget, and expenditures consistent with system and institution policies and procedures.

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 25: January 9, 2012

Full Accreditation Granted to Music Program

Celebrating Building Renaming, Renovation, Music Accreditation, Jan. 23

Welcome to Spring 2012

Remember Scholardazzle - Consider Silent Auction Items/Tickets

Updated Faculty Office Rosters

Your Help is Needed for Candlelight Ski

Taher Lunch Special on Wednesday, Jan. 11

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Full Accreditation Granted to Music Program

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the National Association of Schools of Music Commission has granted full accreditation to Anoka-Ramsey Community College music program. To earn this distinguished accomplishment and meet the stringent accrediting guidelines, the music department faculty, staff and Dean Dana Irgens have engaged in an intensive self-study process, program review and documentation. I am proud of the example that the Music Department sets in terms of meeting the needs of students, engaging prospective students and our community. In addition, Roger Freeman and Mike Seymour’s work to secure funding and an approved design for the renovation of the Fine Arts facility to now become a true Music Building greatly assisted with this accreditation.

Note: I must call special attention to the outstanding diligence of Melissa Bergstrom who led the coordination of this accreditation process. She continues to amaze all of us with her tireless work on behalf of students and Anoka-Ramsey!

Congratulations to the entire team!

 

Celebrating Building Renaming, Renovation, Music Accreditation, Jan. 23

The Fine Arts Building at the Coon Rapids Campus is now officially renamed, the Music Building and the bonded renovation of this facility is scheduled to kick off with a celebration, Jan. 23, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All employees are welcome to attend with supervisor’s approval. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Welcome to Spring 2012

The hallways have been busy with students returning to campus. Thank you to all who have worked to place students into their classes for the start of spring semester 2012. Also welcome back faculty who have been away from campus for winter break. I look forward to a successful spring semester.

 

Remember Scholardazzle – Consider Silent Auction Items/Tickets

Scholardazzle is the Cambridge Campus Foundation’s annual fundraiser and it’s coming up quickly (Jan. 20). Now is the time to consider rallying your department colleagues to donate items for the silent auction. Kelly Torok Linder is gathering these items and if you could bring them to her by Jan. 14, they can make it into the action.

You might also consider purchasing tickets to attend the event. This is a wonderful winter evening event at Spectacular Events Banquet Center in Isanti. All proceeds support student scholarships at the Cambridge Campus.

Thank you for your generosity in support of our students!

 

 

Updated Faculty Office Rosters

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Welcome to a new, wonderful semester at Anoka-Ramsey!

A few changes have been made over the recent weeks to the office assignments, mailbox locations, or support assignments. Faculty, please take a moment to review your information.

Highlighted text indicates when a change has been made since the initial assignments were completed in December.

This will be the last public distribution of faculty office/support information for the semester. If any further changes are necessary, they will be communicated only with the individuals affected by the change.

Cambridge Faculty Office Roster

Coon Rapids Faculty Office Roster

 

 

Your Help is Needed for Candlelight Ski

Submitted by Mary Januschka, Biology Faculty

Mark your calendars – the Candlelight Ski is Feb. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

We really need your help again this year!  You all have been so helpful in previous years. 

Below is a list of tasks that need to be done.  We especially need help with door prize requests and pick-ups.

  1. Door prize request and pick-up (I would like to have all the door prizes by Friday, Jan. 27).  I will give you a list of 5-10 area businesses (depending on how much you can do and how many volunteer for this task) to contact.  I will also give you a script and thank you note for the business when you pick up the door prize. *We need to start this process at the beginning of January, please consider helping out with this!*
  2. filling bags with sand and candles (to be done Friday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.),
  3. setting luminaries out on the trail (Saturday, Feb. 4 at approximately 3 p.m.),
  4. lighting luminaries once they are set out,
  5. staffing the goodies table,
  6. picking up the luminaries after the event.

Please let me know what you would like to help out with.  Thank you so much!

 

 

Taher Lunch Special on Wednesday, Jan. 11

Submitted by Kate Palm, Campus Dining (Taher)

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Dana Irgens, Dean of Educational Services

I would, sincerely, like to thank the entire facilities staff, including (but not limited to) Ed Norton and Kirk Young, for working so diligently, over semester break, to move all furniture, equipment and materials out of the Fine Arts building, in preparation for the upcoming renovation. Prior to break, Music Faculty packed up and labeled their many belongings, while assisting facilities staff with the move to their temporary home in the VAC. 

Also, Victor Bryson, Linda Norberg, Tim Zondlo, and other IT staff worked simultaneously to move technology and equipment to the lower level of the VAC – setting up instructor work stations, phones and Smart classrooms.

Victor also led the project to design a temporary (yet fantastic) keyboard lab set-up in T106, where Joyce Jenson, Music faculty, will be spending most of her time.

And, also a HUGE thanks to Kate Hujda, Music CLA, who worked over the entire break to coordinate efforts with facilities, IT and Music faculty to facilitate the move. 

Compliments to all those involved. All around, it was a collaborative and successful move – all in time for the start of a new year and new semester!

Thanks, in advance, to Art, Theatre and Music Faculty, staff, and students who will be working very “close” in proximity to one another and sharing small spaces for the next eight to nine months.  Your flexibility and adaptability is greatly appreciated!

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Memberships Approvals:

  • Kelly Befus, books: Final Cut Pro HD for Dummies $25, Final Cut Pro 7 $26.25, Membership, Town Square Television $50
  • Isabelle Schmidt, 3 credit computer class, $230.11; Grief Support Facilitator Training, $570.25; book: Strengths Quest: Discover & Develop your Strengths in Academics, Career & Beyond, $50

 

Social Amenities:

  • Card sent to Jennifer Eccles
  • Card sent to Susan Salazar-Kleiner

 

Official Announcements

Administrator Duty for Jan. 9 through 13

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services 

January

9

Monday

4:30-7:30 pm

1st Day of Term

Kane, Luanne

January

9

Monday

4:30-7:30 pm

1st Day of Term

Swenson, Jenni

January

10

Tuesday

4:30-7:30 pm

2nd Day of Term

Irgens, Dana

January

10

Tuesday

4:30-7:30 pm

2nd Day of Term

Raeker-Rebek, Mary

January

11

Wednesday

4:30-7:30 pm

3rd Day of Term

Kane, Luanne

January

11

Wednesday

4:30-7:30 pm

3rd Day of Term

Swenson, Jenni

January

12

Thursday

4:30-7:30 pm

4th Day of Term

Baer, Natasha

January

12

Thursday

4:30-7:30 pm

4th Day of Term

Raeker-Rebek, Mary

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 24: January 3, 2012

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Spring Semester Faculty Development Days

Administrative Duty Assignments

Memo Re: Campus Closing Due to Inclement Weather 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities 

Pause for Appreciation 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Welcome Back, Faculty!

Happy new year, everyone and welcome back to campus!  We are all excited for a wonderful spring semester 2012. I hope your break was enjoyable and relaxing.  Even without our traditionally white landscapes, I enjoyed time with my friends and family and I hope you were able to do the same. 

Along with a new year, we are facing the challenge of a decreasing enrollments. As reported by our Institutional Research Department, as of 01/02/2012, headcount is 7,756 students, which is a decrease of 708 students, or 8.4%, over 01/03/2011. We are prepared to face these challenges by focusing on retention efforts to build and strengthen connections with our students. This year's Development Days theme of Creating Community in a Changing Culture (see more in below) reaffirms the importance of these connections during uncertain times. 

I look forward to working through these challenges with all of you as we look for creative responses to these enrollment challenges.

 

Spring Semester Faculty Development Days

Submitted by Deidra Peaslee, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Educational Services leadership team looks forward to seeing you back to campus for the Spring 2012 Faculty Development Days, Jan. 5 and 6, 2012.

At the Coon Rapids Campus, you will notice construction is well underway on the new revenue funded Health and Wellness Center. The project, which includes remodeling 14,000 square feet of current space and the addition of 38,000 square feet of new space, is expected to open in fall semester 2012. We look forward to the new student and community connections this building will bring to the college. The Academic Support Center at the Coon Rapids Campus is now settled into their new space vacated by the Business and Records Offices. Also at the Coon Rapids Campus, we look forward to construction beginning in February on Phase II of the Fine Arts Building Renovation capital project.

In Cambridge, the 2nd Avenue Bridge opened with a commemoration and is celebrated by all of those who frequent the college’s Cambridge Campus.

Our theme of Creating Community in a Changing Culture continues this spring with a focus on classroom behavior.

We look forward to the stimulating dialog that will result from the behavior symposium that is a part of the Development Day schedule. Thank you for your work this fall to help convey the importance of creating community throughout your classrooms and the college. Our work as leaders in education and our community is so very important in creating and maintaining a respectful environment for our learners.

Faculty Development Days Schedule

All Faculty members will gather at the Cambridge Campus Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. in G201.

At the request of faculty leadership, the Faculty Shared Governance Council will convene for a short meeting in person Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

All employees are welcome to enjoy a continental breakfast from 8:15 to 9 a.m. at the Cambridge Campus. The schedule will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with a guest speaker from the MnSCU office regarding Legal and FERPA considerations and will continue in the afternoon at 1 p.m. for the State of the College Address.

All faculty members are expected to attend the entire schedule of activities. All staff members are invited to attend selected activities with their supervisor’s approval. All employees are welcome to lunch at 11:45 a.m. at both campuses. For staff members who are not able to attend the Jan. 5 sessions, a State of the College Address has been scheduled at each campus as follows:

Campus

Location

Date

Time

Coon Rapids

 Legacy Room

Monday, Jan. 30

2 to 4 p.m.

Cambridge 

G201 

Tuesday, Jan. 31

9 to 11 a.m.

 

Find a complete schedule of events here:  www.AnokaRamsey.edu/employeehome/FacultyResources.aspx

Please watch for an email to all faculty members from Nora Morris with the data the academic departments will be using during the goal-setting and planning phase of Development Days.

Transportation

Because we will be gathering at the Cambridge Campus, bus transportation will be provided from the Coon Rapids Campus. Buses will depart for Cambridge at 7:30 a.m. from the North Parking Lot at the Coon Rapids Campus. If you intend to ride a bus, it is critical that you advise Valerie Knight of your intention by Monday, Jan. 3. (Valerie.Knight@anokaramsey.edu)

I hope your winter break and the mild temperatures are treating you well. We all look forward to your return and a bustling campus this spring semester!

 

 

Administrative Duty Assignments

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Below are the admin duty assignments for the first few weeks of the term.

 

Month

Date

Day

Time

Events

Administrator

Comments

January

9

Monday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

1st Day of Term

Luanne Kane

CAMBRIDGE: Must be Ed Services Admin

January

9

Monday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

1st Day of Term

Jenni Swenson

COON RAPIDS: Must be Ed Services Admin

January

10

Tuesday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2nd Day of Term

Dana Irgens

CAMBRIDGE: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

10

Tuesday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2nd Day of Term

Mary Raeker-Rebek

COON RAPIDS: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

11

Wednesday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Day of Term

Luanne Kane 

CAMBRIDGE: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

11

Wednesday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Day of Term

Jenni Swenson

COON RAPIDS: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

12

Thursday

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

4th Day of Term

Natasha Baer 

CAMBRIDGE: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

12

Thursday 

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

4th Day of Term

Mary Raeker-Rebek

COON RAPIDS: Must be Ed Services Admin

January

13/14

Holiday Wknd

No Admin on Duty

No Admin on Duty

No Admin on Duty 

BSU DeLite-FasTrack  2-8:30 Fri, 8-4:30 Sat

January

21 

Saturday 

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1st Saturday of Term

Jill Snippen 

CAMBRIDGE: Must be Ed Services Admin 

January

21 

Saturday 

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1st Saturday of Term

Brandy Eddings

COON RAPIDS: Must be Ed Services Admin 

 

 

 

Memo Re: Campus Closing Due to Inclement Weather

Submitted by Dawn Bushman, President’s Office

Please see the attached memo regarding procedures governing canceling and closure due to inclement weather or other emergencies for all employees.

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Luanne Kane, Educational Services

Please join me in congratulating Sherry Butcher Wickstrom who has accepted the position of Interim Dean of Academic Affairs for Anoka Technical College.

Sherry came to Anoka-Ramsey in 2004 as the Coordinator of the Midwest Preservation Institute and has most recently served as the Executive Director of Professional Training. While at Anoka-Ramsey, Sherry developed the Public Leadership Academy and co-directed (with Anoka Technical College) the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy which is in its sixth year of operation. Sherry has played an instrumental role in the acquisition and management of numerous grants for the Professional Training Center totaling several million dollars. She has managed up to 14 staff and 100 instructors in Continuing Education and Customized Training.

Under Sherry’s leadership some highlights include: Launching the CNA/HHA program in Cambridge and Coon Rapids and establishing a satellite nursing lab in the Courthouse Square in downtown Cambridge; developing Innovation and Lean in Government programs working with more than 20 metro area cities; and overseeing the biofuels training program and the demonstration plot of pennycress in Cambridge.

Sherry will begin her appointment at ATC, Monday, Jan. 9.

During the next three months, please direct any Continuing Education/Customized Training questions to LeAnn Snidarich at 763-433-1279 or Luanne Kane at 763-433-1297. 

We wish Sherry well on her new endeavor as an Academic Dean at Anoka Technical College.

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Martha Muehlhauser, Library

I received a thank you card from an acquaintance preparing to register for spring 2012. She said, “Thanks a whole bunch for recommending Isabelle (Schmidt)…Isabelle was a perfect match to guide me through the process.”

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Memberships Approvals:

  • Kendra Miller, professional organization memberships, $159.95
  • Blayn Lemke, Regional Kennedy Center event, 1/15-21/2012, $1,271.25

 

Staff Development Funds Approvals:

  • Ravae Anderson, course fees, $100
  • Valerie Knight, Staff Development Frontline Conference, $288.18

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

Decision

Please see the attached 10-day letter following the Dec. 9, 2011 FSGC meeting.

 

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

Action

Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5E.1 General Facility Use has been moved to action. (see Decision for further details).

Proposal submitted in the November 21, 2011 College Bulletin regarding Policy 3E.1 Admission has been moved to action. (see Decision for further details).

 

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

The most recently approved procedure has been posted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Policy and Procedure Manual on the public website.

Procedure 5E.1/11 General Facility Use