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March 2012


Issue No. 33: March 5, 2012                               Issue No. 34: March 12, 2012                             Issue No. 35: March 19, 2012

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 36: March 26, 2012

Strategic Initiative Proposal Announcement

Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Places 3rd at National Tournament

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

Interested in Serving on a MSCF Committee?

Wellness Works Presents: Monthly Health Observance and Health & Wellness Fair

Riverview Café Special of the Week

Pause for Appreciation

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Strategic Initiative Proposal Announcement

Beginning this Fall, two opportunities will be provided to apply for a SIP.  The first proposal deadline will be Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.  I expect the committee’s recommendations to be finalized by the first week in November, 2012.  The second round of applications will be accepted during Spring semester.

Preference will be given to proposals that meet the following criteria:

  1. Specifically addresses student engagement and student success.
  2. Collaborative (intra-departmental, cross-discipline, cross-campus collaboration, etc).
  3. Includes full-time and part-time faculty.

Examples:

  1. Cross-disciplinary faculty corps to welcome new students during orientation and registration or meet with prospective students visiting campus.
  2. Contact prospective students by phone or by email about subject or interest area.
  3. Participate in high school visits/conduct presentations in high schools.
  4. Development of discipline-specific repository of classroom activities focused on career pathways.  (i.e., What can I do with a major in economics?  What transferable skills do I develop through taking mathematics?)
  5. Development of discipline-specific repository of information focused on 4-year university transfer options for majoring in discipline.
  6. Work with student services to develop and execute queries needed to facilitate departmental student communication.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times of change.  I look forward to reviewing the proposals!

Contact Kelsey Schwarzrock either via email or Ext. 1507 with any questions regarding the SIP process.

FY2014 SIP Application

 

 
Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Places 3rd at National Tournament
 

The Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Team finished in 3rd Place at the 2012 NJCAA Division III National Basketball Tournament held in Rochester, MN March 15-17. The #1 seeded Golden Rams opened with a 79-46 win over Nassau Community College. Then the team played Rock Valley College and lost 55-63 in a hard fought game. Now playing for 3rd Place, the team defeated Onondaga CC by a score of 63-61. Freshman Maria Loughlin (Rogers High School) was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The team finished the season with a 29-3 record.  Congratulations on a valiant finish and superb season!

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

 

Interested in Serving on a MSCF Committee?

Submitted by Jennifer Braido, Biology Department 

It's that time of year again!  The Nominations Committee (Blayn Lemke, Joan McKearnan, Ed Wehling, and myself) will be visiting you soon to seek your interest in serving in one of the elected MSCF positions. Attached is a handout that helps to explain the responsibilities of the various positions.

If you know that you are interested in serving in a specific position please feel free to let one of us know.  We will be gathering names until our next MSCF meeting on April 18.

 

 

Wellness Works Presents: Monthly Health Observances and Health & Wellness Fair

Submitted by Sheila Provost and Joyce Traczyk, Wellness Works Committee

As a part of your Wellness Works committee we provide Monthly Health Observances.

March is National Nutrition Month which, when you think about it, is quite fitting. The winter holiday gatherings have long since passed leaving us with cherished memories, and more than likely some unwanted weight gain. Spring is already here. Temperatures begin to warm and we can no longer hide those extra pounds under sweaters and coats.

Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a campaign to educate and inform individuals on the importance of making health food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme this year is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

Healthy eating and routine exercise are needed all year round; but many of us need a friendly reminder to get ourselves back on track. Be kind to your body and reacquaint yourself with healthy eating habits and fitness. Replace your unhealthy habits with smart health choices for a healthier body.

  • Food for Fuel: Healthful eating fuels physical activities for people in every stage of life. Fitness at every age comes from a lifestyle that includes good nutrition and regular physical activity. The sooner you start the better your health.
  • Make it Personal: Food and physical activity choices are personal. No one can make the decision to live a healthy lifestyle for you. Foods nourish your body, and being well-nourished means a healthy body.

Food is meant to be enjoyed, but eating less is the key to weight management and disease prevention.  Just because you are eating healthy, doesn't mean you have to cut out the foods you love and eat the ones you hate. Remember, everything in moderation, portion control and focus on nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods. To read more on Nutrition, click here: http://e2.ma/message/z1am/no07p

Eat Right Nutrition Tips

Eat Right nutrition tip sheets provide practical food and nutrition guidance for healthy eating. Attached are a few of the educational handouts written by the Academy staff's registered dietitians.

20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits & Vegetables
Everyday Eating for a Healthier You
Nutrition for Life

Check out more of the Food and Nutrition Tips here: http://www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets/

Also, mark your calendar for the Employee Wellness Program – Health and Wellness Fair, Wednesday, Mar. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria!

 

 

Riverview Café Special of the Week

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

WOW, WOW, WOW………what a fabulous party!!!  I am still overwhelmed with all that took place at my retirement party today.  Not only was the food great, but the turnout was so awesome along with all the warm wishes and kind words.  I can’t say enough about the great people on campus that have made my years here such a positive and memorable experience.

Thanks also to the crew that organized the party and those that brought food………and……of course let’s not forget the video!!!  What can I say but that it was the cat’s meow.  I will cherish all your humor and special comments for years to come.  I feel so blessed to have been a part of this great team !!!!!!!!!

Take Care and Thanks Again…

JoAnn [Iskierka]

 

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

Action

Proposal submitted in the February 13, 2012 College Bulletin regarding Policy 3C.1 Class Size has been moved to action. (see Decision for further details).

Proposal submitted in the February 13, 2012 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees has been moved to action. (see Decision for further details).

 

Decision

Click here to see the 10-day Letter following the Feb. 27, 2012 Faculty Shared Governance Committee meeting.

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Mar. 26, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Time

Events

Administrator

Comments

Sunday, April 1

7 to 10 p.m.

Faculty Recital/Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Ashley Weatherspoon

Coon Rapids Campus

 

 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 35: March 19, 2012

Marketing Team Receives Two Silver Paragon Awards

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

Two New MJSP Grants for College

Basic Rider Motorcycle Training Comes to Cambridge Campus

Men's Baseball First Local Game March 24

Diversity Lecture Series Presents Sanela Jurich, author of Remember Me

Diversity Lecture Series Welcomes Frederick Gooding, director of The Minority Reporter

Wellness Works Presents: Guided Imagery

Taher Riverview Cafe Special of the Week

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Marketing Team Receives Two Silver Paragon Awards

I am so very proud to report that the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Marketing team has been awarded Two Silver Paragons from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. One for the 2011-12 Student Planner and the other for HMS Pinafore Computer-Generated Design.

Congratulations and thank you to the Marketing team for their hard work on behalf of the college!  

Bobbie Dahlke, Chris Huntress, Mary Jacobson, Tina Perpich and Karla Sand 

HMS Pinafore               

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

Two New MJSP Grants for College

Two Anoka-Ramsey Professional Training Directors, Steve Jones and Eric Staupe, have secured new MJSP grants to work with local companies.

Grant 1: Eric will coordinate a $47,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) between Suburban Manufacturing, a an engineering driven manufacturing organization meeting needs in Defense, Hydraulics, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Agriculture, Construction & Utility and Industrial markets, and the college to train and enhance employee skills.

Specifically, Anoka-Ramsey will work with Suburban Manufacturing to develop training for Suburban employees in:

  • Statistical Process Control
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Essentials of Dimensional Metrology
  • Quality Management – Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Excel Computer Software

The developed training can later be repurposed to train employees from around the region.

Congratulations to Eric for securing and coordinating this grant!

Grant 2: In late February, Steve found out that the college was awarded a $265,000 Minnesota Job Skills (MJSP) Grant with MultiSource Manufacturing, a precision machining company working with the semiconductor, aerospace and defense industries.

Over the next two years, Steve will coordinate training at MultiSource’s four locations in the Twin City metro area (Ramsey, Anoka, Minnetonka and Burnsville). The training will include classes in: CNC Machining, Geometric Dimensioning and Solid Works. Drawing on Anoka-Ramsey’s already extensive programming, various classes teaching Lean manufacturing strategies will also be offered.

Leveraging on the recent alignment between Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical College, and the strengths of each institution, Anoka Tech will provide some of the technical classes.

Over the past two years, as the result of a previous MISS grant for $45,000 and a customized training contract as Multicourse merged their Blaine and Fridley divisions into one new location in Ramsey, Anoka-Ramsey and Multisource have developed a strong relationship.

Congratulations to Steve for securing and coordinating this grant!

 

Basic Rider Motorcycle Training Comes to Cambridge Campus

Tell your friends! Anoka-Ramsey Community College, in conjunction with Anoka Technical College and the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, begins offering the Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (BRC) at the Cambridge Campus in April. No experience is necessary.

Participants must be 18 years or older and have a motorcycle instruction permit before taking this course. Participants can also earn their motorcycle license by successfully completing the course.

The 14-and-a-half-hour course is offered in three sessions.

  • Session One: On a Wednesday evening, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Cambridge Campus classroom
  • Sessions Two and Three: On the following Saturday and Sunday, student selects either morning or afternoon sessions, Cambridge Campus parking lot (these outdoor sessions are held rain or shine):
    • Morning sessions, 7 a.m. to noon
    • Afternoon sessions, 1 to 6 p.m.

The cost is $160, and includes classroom and on-cycle instruction, training motorcycles, personalized coaching and several hours of practice riding. Successful completion of the program also earns 1.74 CEU.

 

Men's Baseball First Local Game March 24

Golden Rams Men’s Baseball officially opened its 2012 baseball season in Harrison, Ark. against Western Wisconsin Technical, Wednesday, Mar. 14.

While most home fans weren’t in the stands, the team also played doubleheaders Thursday, Mar. 15 and Friday, Mar. 16 then closed out the trip on St. Patrick’s Day with a morning game.

Closer to home, the Rams first local doubleheader against Rainy River Community College is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 24, at 9:45 p.m. in the Metrodome. The first home games at Wintercrest West will be part of a three-team round robin at the end of March.

For the most current schedule, visit: anokaramsey.edu/en/lifeoutside/Activities/Athletics/MensBaseball/Schedule.aspx

 

Diversity Lecture Series Presents Sanela Jurich, author of Remember Me

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multiculturalism

We are pleased to present the author of Remember Me, Sanela Jurich:

Tuesday, Mar. 20
10 to 11:30 a.m., Cambridge Campus, G202
1:30 to 3 p.m., Coon Rapids, SC270

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

 

At the innocent age of fifteen, Selma is just beginning to experience the power of her first love. Unfortunately, living in Bosnia in 1992, Selma and her parents soon find themselves targets of the Bosnian War, and her father is arrested by the Serb Army and held for questioning. In an attempt to protect her daughter, Selma’s mother sends Selma to stay with her aunt, but that seems to be a mistake.

Days after arriving, the city is attacked, her family members are murdered before her eyes, and Selma is thrown into a concentration camp where she lives out her worst nightmare. After losing nearly all those she loves, being abused by those whom she once trusted, and witnessing prejudice at its ugliest, Selma isn’t sure she even wants to stay alive. Will Selma ever escape from room ten alive? And if she does, will her broken spirit ever recover? Will she have any family to return to? Will she ever find love again?

Follow Selma Jovanovic’s journey through love, despair, hope and peace in author Sanela Jurich’s Remember Me. Experience the brutality of the Bosnian Genocide, but see how God’s hand restores Selma’s life tenfold. Understand the courage it takes to face your attackers and relive the pain in the name of justice. Discover whether love can blossom from beneath the rubble of war.

All the characters in this book are fictional; however, every single one of them was inspired by a real person who is no longer alive.

 

Sanela Jurich Bio: I was an only child, born on Aug. 26, 1976 in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I loved my home, family and friends. Just like everyone else, I’d always imagined what my future would look like when I grew up, but the events that occurred when I was 15 and 16 were never in my life-plans and they completely changed the course of my life. Even though experiencing war was the worst experience of all, I did, however, learn one lesson – never to plan too far into the future, for tomorrow is not promised.

Although, the war in Bosnia destroyed so many lives, for some reason, it spared mine… and I thank God every day of my life for that.

I moved to the United States Aug. 10, 1993 – 16 days before my 17th birthday with the help of my two aunts, Nefira and Hida. I am forever grateful to them for helping me find a home—a place where I belong—my beloved Chicago.

This amazing story was simmering inside me since I moved to the United States. It needed to come out and to be told. However, not being able to speak, read, or write English, postponed it for almost two decades. I was never much of a talker. I was shy and quiet, so writing was the only way I could get it out. It was always sort of therapy for me… my own secret way of letting it all out.

Remember Me was written for all those who died in Bosnia for no other reason than the fact that they were not Serbs.

 

Diversity Lecture Series Welcomes Frederick Gooding, director of The Minority Reporter

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multiculturalism

Anoka-Ramsey is pleased to present the director and creator of The Minority Reporter, Frederick Gooding:

Thursday, Mar. 22
10 to 11:30 a.m., Coon Rapids Campus, Room SC270
1:30 to 3 p.m., Cambridge Campus, Room TBD
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.  

This film promises to work on the necessary skill we call "critical thinking". This opportunity has been brought to you by the partnership between Winona State University Department of Inclusion & Diversity and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Department of Diversity & Multiculturalism.

Who: We are The Minority Reporter. We critically analyze race in mainstream movies. We are professional speakers. We are experienced, engaging, entertaining, -- oh! And educational, too!

What: We perform diversity training through user-friendly, yet effective sessions that are virtually guaranteed to shift paradigms within a short space of time. We are versatile and unique in that we analyze and discuss ALL minority races -- and Whites too! More importantly, we show how subtle racial patterns onscreen often reflect and reinforce similar patterns in our schools and workplaces, right before our very “post-racial” eyes!

Why: Quite simply, EVERYONE loves the movies! Watching and discussing movies is a safe and novel way to have different individuals with different experiences find common ground for more meaningful discussions about diversity and race.

How: We examine movies with a critical eye to point out the past, present, and future media distortions of people of color on the big screen.

 

 

Wellness Works Presents: Guided Imagery

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities
 Click here for a PDF version.
 

 

 

Taher Riverview Cafe Special of the Week

 

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities 

 

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Foundations

Congratulations to Sarah Deering, who has moved to Institutional Advancement to fill the open position on the Coon Rapids Campus!  She will be working with the foundation office, alumni and grants! Most recently, Sarah has worked with Science Division faculty.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development & Media/Membership Approvals:

Richard Joseph, professional voice lessons, $900
Candace Blazek, Texas Instruments T^3 Conference, $615.48
Elizabeth DiFabio, Immune System: The Mind-Body Connection, $156
Penny Rivard-Sherman, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Membership Dues, $435
Joan McKearnan, memberships to: NABT and HAPS, $427
Lisa Becker, American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting, $450
Candy Heino, Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators Annual Conference, $69.89
Colleen Snell, Health Educators Conference, $492.87
Janine Goenner, MinnMATYC Conference, $342

 

Staff Development Approvals:

Skip Robinson, Frontline Conference, $45.95
Kathy Connolly, Frontline Conference, $63.27
Troy Timmerman, Frontline Conference, $63.27
Brenda Rustad, Frontline Conference, $63.27
Genna Anderson, 2012 MIDWest Spring Conference, $249
Abbie Huttenburg, 2012 MIDWest Spring Conference, $249
Carol Anderson, Access Intermediate tuition, $131
Kacey Gregerson, NACADA Regional Conference, $225
Shannon Watson, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program registration, $285

 

Wellness Funds Approval:

Skip Robinson, $100

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services

Please click here to see the agenda for the next Academic Affairs & Standards Council meeting scheduled Friday, Mar. 23.

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Mar. 19, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

Date

Time

Events

Administrator

Saturday, Mar. 24

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

1st day of 2nd half Sat Term - Cambridge Campus

Jill Snippen

Saturday, Mar. 24

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

1st day of 2nd half Sat Term - Coon Rapids Campus

Kate Hostnick-Harper

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 34: March 12, 2012

Rumors: Truth or Myth?

We’re Halfway There!

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

Community Turns Out for First Ever Co-Campus Concert

Faculty Contributes to AWP Blog in Star Tribune

Campus Literary Publication Submission Deadline Extended

"Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire" Exhibition

Student Success Continues at Student Art Show

Retirement Celebration for JoAnn Iskierka Mar. 22

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at the Coon Rapids Campus

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Rumors: Truth or Myth?

Several people have stopped me during the past week inquiring about the accuracy of rumors around campus.   In effort to directly and quickly confront these rumors, we will be addressing them as necessary in the linked blog and the College Bulletin at both colleges.

  1. There are two more administrators leaving Anoka-Ramsey Community College in the near future. Myth.

There are no planned additional administrative changes. During the next several months, both colleges will be focusing on the alignment proposals already announced and moving them forward in an informative and carefully-planned manner.

Please do what you can to clarify rumors you hear on campus and feel free to send the rumors to me to be addressed.

 

We're Halfway There!

As we approach the halfway point of the semester, I want to thank you all for your hard work so far this semester and year. 

Staff, I want to thank you for working so hard to support the operations of Anoka-Ramsey. It is so important you understand how much you are appreciated by me and the administration at the college. Thank you for all that you do for the college and especially for students.

Faculty, I thank you for being the face of Anoka-Ramsey in the classroom and for your support of our students. Your work becomes even more critical as the semester concludes and as students finish their year at the college. I hope you are able to enjoy your spring break, recharge and then return to finish out the semester and year with a bang.

I am looking forward to seeing spring in full bloom around our campuses and concluding yet another fantastic academic year at Anoka-Ramsey!

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

Community Turns Out for First Ever Co-Campus Concert

Several hundred community members showed up for the first ever co-campus concert, Thursday, Mar. 9. The concert featured 11 performing ensembles and 150 Anoka-Ramsey students, and showcased all of Anoka-Ramsey’s Music Department from both the Cambridge Campus and Coon Rapids Campus.

Faith Lutheran hosted the epic event and the standing ovation at the end made all the work worthwhile.  Extraordinary experience had by all.

 

Faculty Contributes to AWP Blog in Star Tribune

English Faculty member, Kate Kysar, was one of a group of writers blogging about the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Thursday, Mar. 1 through Sunday, Mar. 4.

Check out the great work about this prominent event by Kate and others at: www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/141017823.html

Note: there are about 18 total posts. 

 

Campus Literary Publication Submission Deadline Extended

Submitted by Bill Breen, English Department

 

The Spirit River Review is EXTENDING THE DEADLINE for submitting Poetry, Short Stories, Creative Non-Fiction and Visual Art for our 2012 issue. Please consider submitting your creative writing or artwork. It’s been a wonderful surprise in past issues to see what creative endeavors our faculty and staff have been up to in their spare time. See the full announcement below.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday, March 23, 2012

Email Bill Breen for complete submission guidelines.

Click on the link to see last year’s issue:

http://www.anokaramsey.edu/lifeoutside/Activities/StudentLiteraryArtsMagazines.aspx

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Mar. 23 to be considered for publication.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

  • “SRR Submission” in the email subject line
  • the writer or artist’s name
  • the title of the work
  • the genre of the work (poetry, short story, charcoal sketch, oil painting, etc.)
  • must identify person submitting the work as “Student,” “Faculty,” “Staff” or “Alum.”

All creative writing submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments to Bill Breen at william.breen@anokaramsey.edu.

All visual art must be emailed as JPEG files to Marko Marian at marko.marian@anokaramsey.edu (or contact him to schedule a time to have your work photographed for submission).

Poetry submissions may not exceed 75 lines.

Short story and creative non-fiction submissions may not exceed 2,500 words.

Writers and artists may submit a total of five works.

It is assumed that all materials submitted for inclusion in the magazine are the work of, and under the sole ownership of, the person or persons submitting such items.

The editorial board reserves the right to make final decisions on what shall be included and /or excluded from the issue as a whole. The editorial board also reserves the right to make editing changes in all copy submitted for inclusion, but will strive to maintain the integrity of such materials.

  

"Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire" Exhibition

Submitted by Mark Lambert, Fine Arts

Exhibition

March 9 through April 29, 2012

Northern Clay Center will host Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire, an exhibition that documents how ceramic art is passed on from one artist to another in an effort to keep Minnesota's vibrant ceramic tradition and community flourishing.  The exhibition will be on view March 9 through April 29 in Northern Clay Center's Gallery A.  In addition, a series of evening gallery conversations and talks will take place at Northern Clay Center (and other sites as attendance demands).

 

Student Success Continues at Student Art Show

Submitted by Marko Marian, Fine Arts

I am elated to share with you all that our students' success continues at the annual collegewide Student Art Show.

This year, Cambridge Campus students have claimed top three awards in the two-dimensional category (the only category our program participates in). Please make sure to stop by the Visual Art Center at the Coon Rapids Campus to view the talent put forth by both campuses.

The winners from the Cambridge Campus include: Melanie Peirce, Gavriella Aguilar and Lauren Roche. If you have them in your classes, hopefully you will congratulate them next time you see them in person.

 

Retirement Celebration for JoAnn Iskierka Mar. 22

Submitted by Dana Gangl, Business Office

A potluck will be held for JoAnn Iskierka’s retirement, Mar. 22 at 11 a.m. All are invited. Please let me know if you are interested in bringing something. Cake and coffee will be served.

 

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at the Coon Rapids Campus

Submitted by Amanda Klawiter, Student Activities 

On behalf of the Wellness Committee, we are in the progress of attempting of making Anoka-Ramsey a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) drop site again! There are a number of informational items that I’d like to address in this follow-up to the informational session. However, if you wished that you had had the opportunity to attend the informational session but were unable to, a link to a recording of the information session is below.

http://connect.capellauniversity.edu/p61099907/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

CSA is a fresh, local, organic, and sustainable method for acquiring a bushel (or about a full grocery bag) of produce for 18 weeks that would be dropped off weekly on Fridays at Anoka-Ramsey, both Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campuses. The produce is picked roughly within 24 hours of being dropped off, the food is locally grown at the WEI farm in North Branch, and WEI is a certified organic farm. The produce that is received varies throughout the season.

 

Early Season: Salad Greens, Spinach, Arugula, Amaranth, Sugar Snap Peas, Scallions, Swiss Chard, Collards, Chives, Garlic Scapes, Radishes, Herbs

 

Mid Season: Salad Greens, Summer Squash, New Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Scallions, Broccoli, Beets, Onions, Okra, Raspberries, Leeks, Eggplant, Herbs

 

Late Season: Salad Greens, Garlic, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Carrots, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Potatoes, Onions, Baking Apples, Pumpkins, Brussels Sprouts, Turnips, Yams, Dry Beans, Root Vegetables, Herbs

 

WEI is also collaborating with Cecelia’s Microbakery to offer organic bread and cookie shares. The bread and/or cookies would also be dropped off with the CSA share. You would receive a 1.5 lb organic loaf and/or half a dozen cookies every week for 18 weeks.

The drop offs of both the CSA shares and bakery shares would commence in mid/late June through mid/late October, depending upon the harvest of the growing season. Anoka-Ramsey is attempting to secure enough shares commitments to establish Anoka-Ramsey as a drop site for faculty, staff, and students again. Other drop site options are available and that list is on their Web site at: www.w-e-i.org/  

There are a number of rebates that are offered to put towards a CSA share, including

Pick-up Directly from the Farm - $50

Current WEI Member - $25 (if you are a student, this offsets your membership fee of $25.00, for others it cuts membership fee ($48.00) almost in half)

Farm for a Day* - $25

*One eight-hour day per share. Hours can be split between people or on different visits.

All of the rebates are one rebate per share. Individuals can get shares independently, or they can be split amongst a number of individuals. A share will provide produce for a family of four for roughly one week.  Currently, options for splitting shares are two or three people to one share.

Below is a table of the cost breakdown for whole, halves, and thirds of a share with a rebate options illustrated. This table excludes the cost of the bakery share, which is $90 for 18 weeks that equates to $5 a week.

Amount of Share

Cost without Rebates

Farm for a Day Rebate*

Initial Cost per Person

Cost per Week

Initial Cost per Person

Cost per Week

Whole

576

32

551

30.62

Halves

288

16

275.50

15.31

Thirds

192

10.67

183.67

10.20

*With hours shared amongst shareholders.

Rebates will be provided from WEI after the full cost of the share has been received.

The deadline for indicating interest and committing in participating in this year’s CSA is Friday, April 27; however, payment to WEI is not due until Friday, June 1. If you are interested in participating in this CSA, please contact me at Ext. 1519 or email and indicate what amount of a share that you would like to commit to by Friday, April 27.

For further information, please refer to the attachment and the recording link above. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Pause for Appreciation

This was truly an extraordinary concert – there was something for everyone!  The variety of music and styles was broad, the pace and flow from one number to the next kept everyone entertained and interested and the energy of our students was very professional yet kinetic and fun.  We are so very fortunate to have such fine music faculty and staff who work so hard together to ensure our students have opportunities like this concert to succeed and share their wonderful talents and art with our community.  Anoka Ramsey should be very proud of them all!  BRAVO!

Submitted by Peter Lerohl, Theatre Department regarding the All-Ensemble Concert on Mar. 8

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HUGE thanks to our Marketing/Public Relations department, especially Karla Sand and Tina Perpich. I’ve needed their help with several details for recent events, and they’ve been nothing but helpful, professional, and remarkably quick to respond. Thank you!

Submitted by Bill Breen, English Department

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Thanks to those of you who came out for Minnesota Writer last night. Poet Todd Boss had us in the palm of his hand,and we had an enthusiastic group of students! Great job organizing, Bill [Breen]! And thanks for backup from Greg Strandmark in IT, the custodial crew and Rendezvous for delicious cookies.

Submitted by Bonnie Boese, Library

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Dear Ms. [Luanne] Kane,

I am writing to share with you the value I have gained from Lisa Evert’s yoga class. Before I do, I would like to share a bit about myself.

I am a nontraditional student, a wife, a business owner, and a mother of a child with special needs.  I am a parent advocate trained through PACER, a homeowner, taxpayer, a pet owner, CEO and CFO of my family.

I signed up for this yoga class primarily because it is completely out of my comfort zone. It is not my nature to relax, to stretch, pay attention to my breathing, make time for myself or even pay attention to my body. In fact, prior to this class, exercise to me meant burn as many calories as quickly as possible in order to get it over with, almost as a form of self-abuse.

Through this I have been given permission to be, and let me tell you that may sound trivial, but to me it means the world. This means I am allowed for three hours a week to focus on my breathing, my body, my limitations and my growth. Like most women, I do not take the time myself. Lisa’s lessons have carried over through the week as I have taken time to remember to breath diaphragmatically, made mental lists of things I am thankful for, and have spoken kind words. I have taken my time to relax. I am not perfect at this, but I am practicing. I am so thankful to Lisa for reminding me of these important lessons.

Thank you for allowing me to share the important lessons I learned from Lisa’s yoga class.

Sincerely, (student of Lisa Evert)

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Approvals:

Dave Madden, Frontline Conference, $95

 

Wellness Funds Approval:

Catherine Bean, $100

Dana Gangl, $100

 

Social Amenities:

Plant sent to Conni Strait

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services

Please click here to view the minutes from the Feb. 17, 2012 Academic Affairs & Standards Council meeting.

Please click here to view the action item approved from the Feb. 17, 2012 Academic Affairs & Standards Council meeting.

Please click here to view the agenda for the next Faculty Shared Governance Committee meeting on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012.

 

Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of Mar. 12, 2012

NONE

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 33: March 5, 2012

Changes in Leadership

Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Donors and Students

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Upcoming Events

Coffee House Entertainer for March

Event Reminder: Poet Todd Boss this Tuesday, Mar. 6

Cambridge Campus Library Hours during Spring Break

Tutoring Availability during Spring Break

AFA Alumnus Returns for Great River Gallery Exhibition

Student Group Hosts Our Response Speaker Mar. 7

Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Wins Region XIIIA Championship

Anoka-Ramsey Men’s Basketball Places 3rd in State

All-Ensembles Concert Mar. 8

Dale Carnegie Course at Anoka Ramsey’s Professional Training Center Mar. 22

Cambridge Campus Student Awards Night and Spring Music Concert April 27

Attention Faculty: Preparing Composition Students

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Changes in Leadership

I would like to acknowledge Mike Seymour’s dedication and service to Anoka-Ramsey. It is due to his devotion to this community that the college has been in such a secure financial position during his time here. His innovation and initiative have made the college a resource and fierce competitor in the system with state-of-the-art facilities and ground-breaking plans.  I thank him for his service to the college and the community.

Marilyn Smith (msmith@anokatech.edu) is assuming the interim leadership role for all Accounting and Finance functions for both colleges.  Darren Hoff (darren.hoff@anokaramsey.edu) will assume an interim leadership role for Facilities, Maintenance, Safety & Security, and Information Technology.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding these changes.  I sincerely appreciate your hard work, focus and understanding during this time. I count on you all to work and move forward together to continue the good work of Anoka-Ramsey.

 

Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Donors and Students

On Thursday, Mar. 1, during the Presidential & General Student Scholarship Luncheon, the college thanked scholarship donors and celebrated student recipients. During these uncertain financial times, community support is so very important. Without the support of our dedicated community of donors, Anoka-Ramsey’s scholarship would not be so strong. 

The importance of an education only increases in the face of the current financial challenges.  Throughout this all, we must reinforce the value of education.  Anoka-Ramsey’s scholarship students are fiercely dedicated to education and success.  I want to thank the Institutional Advancement staff for their work ensuring students have access to these scholarships.

 

Blog for Updates on the College Alignment Process/News

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

 

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Upcoming Events

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multiculturalism

Please join Anoka-Ramsey Community College in building community through the Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series. We are pleased to have two brilliant public speakers, community activists, and leaders that will share knowledge with Anoka-Ramsey community members.

Lissa Jones from Urban Agenda radio show on KMOJ 89.9 also Chair of the Urban Women's movement, and Dr. Waziyatawin, history professor and social activist for Dakota peoples' liberation, will be our guest speakers: March 7 and March 8 (see the flyers below for further details).

Please be present as we engage in critical dialogue around rebuilding communities and sustaining a healthy way of living that will challenge our current way of living. Please help Anoka-Ramsey by disseminating this information to other community members. I look forward to seeing you in attendance.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cambridge Campus Rm. G201

1:30 to 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus,  SC270  

 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cambridge Campus, G201

1:30 to 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus, SC270  

Click here for PDF
 

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Coffee House Entertainer for March

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Services 

Please see the details attached regarding the March Coffee House Entertainer, Andrea Davidson, Wednesday, Mar. 7 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Courtyard Commons. FREE POPCORN!

 

 

Event Reminder: Poet Todd Boss this Tuesday, Mar. 6

The Minnesota Writer program on the Cambridge Campus presents poet Todd Boss this Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7 p.m., Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room (G202).

 

 

Cambridge Campus Library Hours during Spring Break

Submitted by Martha Muehlhauser, Library

During spring break, the Cambridge Campus Library hours are:

Monday, Mar.  12 and Tuesday, Mar. 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, Mar. 14 through Saturday, Mar. 17

Regular semester hours resume Monday, Mar. 19

 

Tutoring Availability during Spring Break

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Academic Support, Veterans Services, & Disability Services

As Spring Break approaches, I wanted to remind everyone about our tutoring services for next week.  While our centers will be open to serve students, our tutoring services will be limited.  No peer tutoring will be available Mar. 12 through Mar. 17.  

Professional Tutors will be available by appointment.

During Spring Break, the tutoring centers at the Cambridge and Coon Rapids campuses will be open:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Please contact the staff to schedule an appointment with one of our professional tutors in the Academic Support Centers (Cambridge: 763-433-1990 and Coon Rapids: 763-433-1190) or the Math Skills and Advising Center (Coon Rapids: 763-433-1260).

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions at brandy.eddings@anokaramsey.edu or Ext. 1619.

 

AFA Alumnus Returns for Great River Gallery Exhibition

An exhibition titled Digital Dreams of Life by 2001 Anoka-Ramsey Community College graduate Jes Lee Shimek,, is on display in the Coon Rapids Campus Great River Gallery, Mar. 1 through 31.

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.

   
The Opening Reception for Shimek’s exhibit was held Thursday, Mar. 1

 

Student Group Hosts Our Response Speaker Mar. 7

Submitted by Brad Wold, Biology Department

Hearts Ablaze, the student Christian organization at the Cambridge Campus, is pleased to present Director of Our Response, Steve Fredlund, as guest speaker, Wednesday, Mar. 7, noon to 1:15 p.m., Room G202.  The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

Our Response is a local non-profit committed to uniting East Central Minnesota to respond to global poverty, disease and suffering.  Fredlund will share his experiences from recent trips to Rwanda and how East Central Minnesota is working together to save lives and transform a community struggling with the  issues of poverty, AIDS, malnutrition, clean water, education and the after-effects of genocide.

For more information about the presentation, contact Hearts Ablaze faculty advisor Brad Wold at Ext. 1808. For more information about Our Response, visit: www.our-response.org/wordpress/learn/about-our-response/

 
Cambridge Campus student group Hearts Ablaze photos from recent visit to Rwanda. 

 

 

 

Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Wins Region XIIIA Championship

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics Department

For the third consecutive season, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women’s Basketball Team has won the Region XIIIA Championship and advanced to the National Tournament in Rochester, Minn. Mar. 15, 16 and 17.

The Golden Rams defeated Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) Mar. 4 with a score of 60-50.

Anoka-Ramsey is 27-2 and ended the season ranked first in the nation. The women’s team is the defending NJCAA Division III National Champions, and is making their 12th trip in the past 19 years .

 

 

Anoka-Ramsey Men’s Basketball Places 3rd in State

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics Department

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball Team placed third in the State Tournament the weekend of Mar. 2 – 4 with a 83-56 win over Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). The men finished their season with a 22-8 record.

 

 

All-Ensembles Concert on Mar. 8

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Music Department

On Mar. 8, Anoka-Ramsey Community College music ensembles will come together to perform in an all-ensembles concert. This concert feature groups from both the Coon Rapids Campus and the Cambridge Campus, and will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids (11115 Hanson Blvd). The concert is free and open to the community.

This concert represents the breadth of musicality that Anoka-Ramsey music ensembles display every semester. The music represents a range of styles from Western art music to jazz, from popular genres and folk songs to Spanish and Caribbean rhythms, to the music of The Beatles.

The Coon Rapids Concert Band will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams celebrated Sea Songs, along with a piece by contemporary composer John Mackey. The Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campus Concert Choirs will demonstrate a similar range through their performance of a work by baroque master JS Bach as well as Costa Rican calypso music.

The Coon Rapids Chamber Singers will showcase the work of contemporary composers, including Anders Edenroth, Rene Clausen and Eric Whitacre. The Coon Rapids Campus’ newest ensemble, Chorale, will sing selections from their upcoming concert featuring music for film and stage; pieces from Verdi’s opera Nabucco and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical Carousel will also be performed.

The Coon Rapids String Ensemble will perform works from celebrated composers for strings such as Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich. The CR Chamber Ensemble’s performance will feature popular works from the jazz idiom such as “Georgia on My Mind” and “Take Five,” and the CR Jazz Ensemble will test their chops on a Count Basie blues chart.

The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble will perform works composed and arranged by Cambridge Music Faculty member Eric Anderson, while the guitar ensembles from both the Coon Rapids and the Cambridge campus will perform the work of composers from various cultural backgrounds, including Spanish, French, Czech and English folk and rock.

This All-Ensemble Extravaganza will celebrate the multitude of musical possibilities present in the Anoka-Ramsey community – possibilities that will only continue to flourish and grow now that the Anoka-Ramsey Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Please join us to celebrate this accreditation through music!

 

Dale Carnegie Course at Anoka Ramsey’s Professional Training Center on Mar. 22

Submitted by Lori Amborn, Training Department

The Professional Training Center is pleased to be hosting Dale Carnegie’s Skills For Success beginning Mar. 22!  This course has been the secret to many professionals’ success; let it be yours as well! The attached provides information for the Dale Carnegie course at Anoka Ramsey’s Professional Training Center.

 

Cambridge Campus Student Awards Night and Spring Music Concert April 27

Submitted by Cindi Gilbert, Student Activities

The Cambridge Campus Spring Music Concert and Student Awards Night is Friday, April 27, Room G201/202. The music concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and the awards program follows at 8 p.m.

Please forward student names you or your discipline have selected as being outstanding within the following areas:

  • Academic Disciplines
  • Clubs or Organizations
  • Honors Scholars
  • Student Workers
  • Student of the Year

 

All names need to be turned in to me no later than Monday, April 2 at 4 p.m.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!

 

Attention Faculty: Preparing Composition Students

Submitted by Michelle Herrin, English Department

The English Division at both campuses has recently been discussing how to best prepare our composition students for your classes.

Please take a few minutes to take an anonymous survey at this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/6KK77S9

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Faculty and Staff Development Days Appreciation

     
 Faculty members enjoyed a day of presentations.

 

“I just wanted to say Thank you to the Staff Development Committee for all of the hard work they put into last Friday’s even.   In my opinion it was a great day!” - Dana Gangl

“I agree with Dana! It was a great day!” - Kathy Vieau

“Yes, I agree with you. It was very well planned and the breakout sessions were very informative!! Especially the “Skip and Simon Show.” - Sheila Provost

“And thanks to Laurie Wolfe, Faculty Development Chair." - Joan McKearnan

“… and everyone else on the committee for coordinating the great day.” - Heidi Vidor

“Thanks to the hard work of the planners: Matt Begansky, John Davis, Louise Duff, Heidi Haagenson , Dan Harmon, Annette Hughes, Mary Januschka , Amanda Klawiter, Val Knight, Jason Siems, and Laurie Wolfe. This was the most fun Duty Day I can remember. Thanks also to all of the terrific presenters from both campuses and to the terrific efforts of faculty members to make the day fun! It was fun to have faculty and staff together and to use some of those long muscles!” - Bonnie Boese

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Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

The Coon Rapids Lions held their annual Wine and Epicurean Delights Extravaganza at the Coon Rapids Campus, Saturday, Feb. 18. Two of the three annual events have been held at Coon Rapids with great success and they plan to return again next year. The following excerpt is from the event organizer, Lion Beth Janish:

"Just a quick note to let you know that the event was wonderfully successful! Your staff was really great this year. Scott [Johnson] in the kitchen was a real "go-getter" and so helpful, and I think he had a lot of fun as well. Carl [Corbett, in Facilities] was fantastic. He was right on top of every need we had. Thanks again for the use of your beautiful facility."

Coon Rapids Lions

My thanks are also extended to Ed Norton, Kate Palm and Skip Robinson for assisting me with the event coordination, and to all the staff that contributed to set-up and host the event.

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I got accepted into the Carlson School of Management! This is really exciting and I can't wait to start on my dual major in Finance and MIS. I wanted to thank you for all your help and more or less putting up with me. I know that you’re extremely busy with your job but I wanted to thank you for your letter of recommendation. Your help has changed my life for the best and my family and I couldn't be happier. Overall, I can't thank you enough for all your help.

From a former student of Debbie VonSpreecken

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Kelsey Schwarzrock – books for MBA class, $177.68
  • Lisa Dornacker – MN School Counselors Conference, $300
  • Ashley Allen – MN School Counselors Conference, $300

 

Wellness Funds Approval:

  • Linda Axelrod - $100

 

 

 

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