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November 2011

Issue No. 18: November 21, 2011                   Issue No. 17: November 14, 2011                   Issue No. 16: November 7, 2011

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 19: November 28, 2011


News from President Jessica Stumpf

FY12 Budget Review

Biology Faculty, Students Join Clean Up

Music Department Granted Accreditation

Professional Training Awarded Three New Grants from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board

Call for Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award Nominations!

Blood Drive Results

Phi Theta Kappa Season of Giving Opportunities

Pause for Appreciation 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Prestigious Accreditation Granted to Music Department

Congratulations to our Music Faculty and Dean Dana Irgens for earning full accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music Commission! This is rare for a community college and extremely telling of our amazing faculty and students.


Irondale Faculty Welcomed to Coon Rapids Campus for Partnership

Irondale High School teachers spent part of their professional development day at the Coon Rapids Campus on Nov. 21 to kick off a partnership with Anoka-Ramsey Community College. College students took the teachers on a tour as part of the session. Irondale High School is poised to offer an Early College High School program through which students can earn a two-year associate’s degree for free — all while still enrolled in high school.

The Mounds View Public Schools Board approved an agreement in November and Irondale High School will launch the program next fall with academic foundation courses for ninth- and 10th-graders, with full implementation for all grades by 2014-2015. A form of the Early College High School program will eventually be expanded to Mounds View High School as well. For details, review click on the attached document.


FY12 Budget Review

Please join Vice President Mike Seymour for a discussion to review Anoka-Ramsey’s FY12 Budget this Wednesday, Nov. 30. 

Cambridge Campus
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Room G202

Coon Rapids Campus
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center


Biology Faculty, Students Join Clean Up

Biology Faculty member Melanie Waite-Altringer and several of her students joined the Freshwater Society, Friends of the Minnesota Valley and other organizations Nov. 19 to clean-up of the watershed/river bank at Peninsula Park in Anoka.

The groups swept fallen leaves out of streets, parking lots and storm drains. For more information about this event and future events, visit this Freshwater Society Blog.

Great work, Melanie and teams!


Music Department Granted Accreditation

Submitted by Melissa Bergstrom, Fine Arts

I am so proud to announce the recent decision of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission to fully accredit Anoka-Ramsey’s Music Department.

Music faculty worked diligently the last four years during the intensive process of self-study, program review, and documentation and, most importantly, collectively building a department that serves the needs of our students, acts as a very public face of our college and meets the stringent guidelines of this prestigious accrediting organization.

I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful team.


Professional Training Awarded Three New Grants from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board

Submitted by Sherry Wickstrom, Professional Training

I am pleased to announce that Anoka-Ramsey’s Professional Training was recently awarded three new grants from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) board. Steve Jones and Eric Staupe are the successful applicants and will serve as the grant managers. Our new grant awards are with the following business partners:

  • MARCO, a company specializing in a variety of business communication services including data networking, voice communications, print solutions, document management, audio/video solutions, facility security and managed services. Through a $250,000 MJSP grant, Anoka-Ramsey will develop and provide training programs to MARCO’s 314 Minnesota based employees located in 12 satellite offices throughout Minnesota. 
  • Sign-Zone, a sign manufacturing company, will receive specialized training to develop the organizational skills necessary to embrace and adapt to continuous change and continuous improvement. The grant award was $44,047.
  • Metro Mold and Design, Inc, specializing in molding, mold manufacturing and CNC Machining, will receive training in technical areas of Dimensional Metrology, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Statistical Process Control, as well as essential business skills, such as customer service and project management. The grant award was $42,000.

Since 1999 Anoka-Ramsey Community College has received more MJSP grants than any other institution, totaling 49 awards and nearly 9.5 million dollars in funding! These grants help our business partners grow and develop, while strengthening our economy and expanding the skills of Minnesota’s workforce.  Grant funding also provides Professional Training the opportunity to conduct research and develop new educational programs to meet emerging training needs.

Thank you, Steve and Eric, for your hard work and successful efforts!


Call for Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award Nominations!

Submitted by Deidra Peaslee, Academic and Student Affairs

Out of the entire outstanding faculty you work with at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, does one really stand out?

Please consider nominating that teacher for the 2012 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award.

Nominations are being accepted locally for this state-wide program through Wednesday, Dec. 7. Visit the BoT Awards Nomination 2012 survey where you will be asked to identify the faculty member and write one or two sentences about his or her:

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

All nominations are due by Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Anoka-Ramsey awardees will be announced by the end of fall semester, 2011. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about teachers who make a difference at the college.



Blood Drive Results

Submitted by Michelle Aldinger, Nursing Faculty & Phi Theta Kappa

Our Phi Theta Kappa and Student Nurses Association blood drive last week was a great success! In total we donated 83 units of blood. Our goal was 70 units to be collected.

Thank you for your support. The next blood drive is in April. We hope to see you there.



Phi Theta Kappa Season of Giving Opportunities

Submitted by Michelle Aldinger, Nursing Department and Phi Theta Kappa/David Corgan 

The Coon Rapids Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a seasonal event and an ongoing service event open to all students, staff and faculty.

Phi Theta Kappa meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. in Room B255.

For more information about these the activities noted here or about Phi Theta Kappa, contact David Corgan or Michelle Aldinger

  Toys for Tots Drive

In an effort called, "Give Joy during Finals,” Toys for Tots donations will be collected Dec. 9 through 16. Donations are especially needed for older kids, since poverty affects all age.

We want to emphasize that not just little kids need toys. All ages can suffer extreme poverty, and a gift for a 17-year old means as much, and sometimes more, than one to a seven-year-old. So remember the older kids this holiday season, and give the gift of joy for all ages!

Drop boxes will be located in the Courtyard Commons and near the Information Center on the second floor. All donations will brought to the KARE 11 News tent Monday, Dec. 19 in the afternoon. All students are welcome to join Phi Theta Kappa and KARE 11 for the festivities!


Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Opportunities

The next date for Feed my Starving Children will be on Thursday, Jan. 27. Please see the attached flyer available to print and distribute. We will meet here at 2 p.m. We are scheduled to volunteer from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids site.

Feed my starving children will be a running event that has multiple sponsors. The sponsors include, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nurses Association, Student Counsel and Multicultural Club.

Go online to register and use code 192422 for your spot today. Spots fill fast!



Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing & Public Relations

Big thanks to all of the people that make the college’s mass mailer (also called college newsletter and/or Resource Guide), issued to more than 306,000 residences in the college service area, happen.

Thanks to the efforts of this great team (and their positive attitudes and frequent laughter), this Anoka-Ramsey Community College publication stands a great chance of cutting through the marketing clutter and reaching the intended audience—people of all ages who can benefit from an affordable, accredited high-quality education.

Here’s to all of you!

People who recommended graduates to profile (Apologies for any accidently omitted names!): John Ivanauskas, Rick Kravik, Blayn Lemke, Robin Johnson, Robin Robatcek and Diane Sibley.

Content Providers and Editors: Tony Chapin, Mary Jacobson, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Karla Sand, Michael Wall and Luanne Kane.

Delivery Coordination: Dawn Bushman, Sheila Provost, Darrell Kinkel and Chuck Cole.

Designer: Chris Huntress (graphic designer at Anoka Technical, who is helping out).

Web Presence: Karla Sand, Skip Robinson and Josh Anderson.

Business Processes (contracts and payments): Mirela Gluhic and Laura Anderson.


Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing & Public Relations

The college’s annual report, titled the Resource Report, was mailed last week to more than 32,000 college supporters. It will also be given to visiting supporters throughout the year as an informational piece about Anoka-Ramsey Community College and its impact in the communities and the state it serves.

Many people are involved in the production and distribution of this publication, and I would like to thank each of them for their unique contribution:

Content Providers/Editors: Kim Bienfang, Michelle Broz, Tony Chapin, Jennifer Hennen, Mary Jacobson, Marc Johnson, Nora Morris, Rosie Mortenson, Lisa Sisson, LeAnn Snidarich, Jessie Stumpf, Michael Wall and Sherry Wickstrom.

Proofreaders: Mary Jacobson, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Karla Sand and Michael Wall

Delivery Coordination: Dawn Bushman, Sheila Provost and Chuck Cole

Web Presence: Karla Sand, Skip Robinson and Josh Anderson

Business Process (payments): Mirela Gluhic and Laura Anderson


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Membership Approval:

  • Margaret Bess Vincent, American Society of Criminology Meetings Presentation, 11/16/2011 – 11/19/2011, $135
  • Nigar Alam, CPA Certificate Renewal, 11/03/2011, $52.50


Wellness Funds Approval:

  • Michael Werner, $100

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 18: November 21, 2011


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Three News Items Covered by Local Cable Channel in Coon Rapids This Week

Cambridge Celebrates Bridge Opening, Bonnie Boese First to Cross

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Resource Report Distributed

Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Mass Mailer Hits Mail Boxes

Bookstore Holiday Sale!

Coffee House Entertainment Series Welcomes Musician John Rush: The Human iPod

Cambridge Student Government Welcomes Comedian Chad Filley

Anoka-Ramsey School Spirit Day is Monday, Nov. 21

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements






News from President Jessica Stumpf


Alignment Update – Some Areas Moving Ahead

Thanks to all who followed the Chancellor’s advice and sent comments/suggestions after our Nov. 2 meeting. I am planning to meet with the Chancellor soon to gather his feedback and his recommendations for the future of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College alignment.

I appreciate the staff and administrators who are leading the way to forge ahead in aligning departments and services in the area of:

  • Information Technology
  • Facilities
  • Public Safety

In addition, Business Office leaders across both campuses and Customized Training divisions are considering alignment options. The goals include financial benefits for both colleges, maximizing expertise, and more effectively serving the community and students needs through communications and business practice alignment.

Remember to check the Linked Blog for updates.


Men’s Soccer Finish Top Four in Nation

Congratulations to head coach, Brady Eichhorn-Hicks and the entire Anoka-Ramsey Rams Men’s Soccer Team who competed in the NJCAA Division III National Championship tournament last week in New York and finished in the top four. This is an amazing feat for any team but it’s truly remarkable for this team that is only in its third season. According to the Web site that broadcasted the games, 3,661 people watched Friday’s semifinal game online.

Thank you for making all of us at Anoka-Ramsey Community College proud!  


Successful Ceramics Event Organized by Mark Lambert

More than 200 participants attended the “Share the Fire” ceramics event, Nov. 16. Art faculty member Mark Lambert organized this event with the help of many folks from around the college. This effort is part of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant that includes additional, future activities. For additional details, visit: www.anokaramsey.edu/fire/

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work, Mark!

A crowd gathered to watch potters’ demonstrations.



EverCat Fuels Picks Up Used Oil for BioDiesel Production

Thanks to Biology faculty member, Melanie Waite-Altringer, EverCat Fuels – a local producer of biofuel – is now reusing the college’s used cooking oil in its production of biodiesel fuel. EverCat will use the oil from both the Coon Rapids and Cambridge campuses. This is another example of the college’s commitment to “green.”

Nice work, Melanie!




Three News Items Covered by Local Cable Channel in Coon Rapids This Week

Check out these stories covered by the local cable television station in Coon Rapids during its Nov. 18 broadcast.

  • Biodiesel Fuel story about picking up the college’s used cooking oil
  • Fine Arts Renovation
  • Ceramics Symposium


Cambridge Celebrates Bridge Opening, Bonnie Boese First to Cross

On Nov. 14 the City of Cambridge held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 2nd Avenue Bridge in Cambridge. To read the full article from The Isanti County News, click here.  

 People gather to listen and witness the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.



Anoka-Ramsey Community College Resource Report Distributed

Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing and Public Relations

The college’s annual Resource Report was mailed last week to approximately 34,000 foundation donors, legislators, community leaders and alumni. The Resource Report is an annual publication developed to promote the college as community and state resource, and to thank those who support the college and its mission. Content includes alumni profiles, annual foundation and college financials, donor lists and general information about the college and its impact.

The publication is also given to visitors to the college throughout the year. If you have questions about the publication, or have suggestions for next year’s issue, please feel free to contact me via email or Ext. 1545.


Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Mass Mailer Hits Mailboxes

Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing and Public Relations

The Anoka-Ramsey mass mailer hit mail boxes last week, including yours at the college. This college promotional publication, mailed to more than 306,000 residences in the college service three times a year, is an effort to market the college, recruit new students and encourage enrollment in the upcoming semester. The publication profiles graduates, showcases academic offerings and value-added services such as student resources and life outside the classroom, and promotes Professional Training.

To allow for an unscientific measure of the  response to the publication, prospects/recipients are driven to a single landing page (www.AnokaRamsey.edu/Success), to call x1300, or to send the “Ready for More” request by mail.



Bookstore Holiday Sale!



Coffee House Entertainment Series Welcomes Musician John Rush: The Human iPod

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please see the details below regarding November’s Coffee House Entertainer!

    John Rush
    Wednesday, Nov. 23
    10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Courtyard Commons (SC170)



Cambridge Student Government Welcomes Comedian Chad Filley

Submitted by Cindi Gilbert, Student Activities

The Cambridge Campus Student Government welcomes comedian Chad Filley on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in G202.




Anoka-Ramsey School Spirit Day is Monday, Nov. 21

Submitted by Lisa Harris, Student Life

As part of the Student Life-sponsored event, there will be an opportunity for students to enter a drawing for a free sweatshirt.  Also, popcorn and apparel discounts in the bookstore will be available for everyone.  The Athletics program is an opportunity for students to become involved whether as a player or spectator.  Please assist us in encouraging student involvement through Spirit Day!

Wear your Anoka-Ramsey apparel on Spirit Day and get an additional 5% off your purchase at the Bookstore.

Click here for the Cambridge Spirit Day Activities

Click here for the Coon Rapids Spirit Day Activities



Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Rosie Mortenson, Institutional Advancement

Yesterday the College was honored to host 2 master potters for a workshop in the VAC building.   Over 200 people participated in the “standing room only” and “overflow rooms” to listen and observe Warren MacKenzie and Guillermo Cuellar.  Participants came from Iowa, Wisconsin, and various parts of Minnesota for this opportunity. 

Mark Lambert received a grant from the MN State Arts Board last summer to produce a documentary of 8 MN potters and to feature several of the artists at workshops here in November and another one at Normandale in February.  In March there will be a documentary screening, plus, a Northern Clay Center Gallery Exhibition with an opening reception and gallery talks by the artists.  More information will be forthcoming.

Great work, Mark!


Submitted by Erick Wiger, Fine Arts Department

I want to echo Rosie’s remarks.  This was a truly amazing event and a great opportunity to let the larger arts community to know about AR!  Congrats and thanks to Mark.  It made me proud to be a part of the Art Department staff.


Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

I thank all that answered the help call about APA style writing. I have been able to find assistance on campus. I also wanted to thank all that attended and helped put together the last calendar year Diversity Lecture and Discussion events that featured John EchoHawk and The Winona Military Order of the Purple Hearts. They were both very good presentations. I have a list of Thank You's below:

  • Laura Minnihan
  • Amanda Klawiter
  • Ravae Anderson
  • IT Cambridge and Coon Rapids
  • Hilary Gokey and your class
  • All staff, and Faculty that attended or sent students
  • President Jessie Stumpf for you continued support
  • Dean Lisa Harris for you continued support
  • Kate Palm and Taher was brilliant today like always
  • Veterans Services (Phil O'Donnell was brilliant as the moderator today)

Anyone who I may have forgotten, I apologize in advance.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Media/Membership Funds:

  • Scott Wrobel, AWP Conference, 2/29/2012 – 3/03/2012, $767
  • Karna Kurtz, Prof Org “Society of Human Resource Management” (Service to professional community, staying current in specialized field of business), $180 & Book “Critical Thinking Series”, $79.45


Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office


Proposal submitted regarding Policy 3E.1 Admissions RATIONALE: MnSCU update regarding students with disciplinary suspension or expulsion being denied admission. Also, updated Minnesota Senior Citizen section to match MnSCU language.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until 12/02/2011.


VOLUME XL, Issue No. 17: November 14, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Graduate Minnesota Initiative

Benefits Enrollment Ends Tomorrow

2011 Campus Campaign Launch!

What is Immigration? Speaking Event on Nov. 30

Diversity & Multiculturalism Lecture Series Upcoming Events

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive

Postage Increase Coming Soon

Wellness Works Event: Strength for Life Workshop

Student Success Committee Established

Journalism Faculty Publishes in National Magazine

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements



News from President Jessica Stumpf

National Educational Leader Facilitates Roundtable Discussion on Campus


Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education from the
U.S. Department of Education, led a roundtable discussion at the Coon Rapids Campus, Nov. 9.
The discussion focused on the college’s allied health and biomedical technology career programs.
Representatives from several organizations that partner with Anoka-Ramsey attended the roundtable.
These organizations include Allina, Anoka County Workforce, Adult Basic Education and Coaxia.



Thank You Veterans

I want to extend my deep appreciation for all service men and women who so bravely serve or have served our country. I also thank the families of veterans. Our nation is forever in your debt.


Congratulations Phi Theta Kappa Inductees!

The Coon Rapids Campus recognized 17 new leaders among our student body by inducting them into Phi Theta Kappa, Nov. 9. These students are an inspiration to their fellow students and to us all.





Graduate Minnesota Initiative

Submitted by Jan Pomeroy, Experiential Learning

Have you been driving to work and heard the Graduate Minnesota radio ad, or wondered why we have a flash on our website and campus monitors for adult learners, or read about the program in your local newspapers?  Anoka-Ramsey Community College has joined the “Graduate Minnesota” campaign to urge former students to return to college to earn their degree.  To learn more, open the attached flyer, or visit: http://www.graduateminnesota.org/



Benefits Open Enrollment Ends TOMORROW

Submitted by Dawn Hohmann, Human Resources

Remember to make your benefit selections for 2012 during open enrollment! Open Enrollment ends tomorrow, Nov. 15.

What’s open?

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Long Term Disability
  • Manager’s Income Protection Plan (IPP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical Dental Expense Accounts)

To enroll in your benefits, please log on to the Employee Self Service Website at: www.state.mn.us/employee

Remember to take your JourneyWell Health Assessment if you want to take advantage of a $5.00 reduction in your co-pay amounts.  To take your health assessment, click on: www.journeywell.com/SEGIP


2011 Campus Campaign Launch!

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

We are launching the 2011 Campus Campaign! 

Over the next month, faculty and staff will be asked to consider a gift to support scholarships for students.  Last year faculty and staff from both campuses gave over a combined $25,330 to support scholarships. 

During November, campaigners will contact you to ask for your support.  Having followed the budget discussion at each of the faculty and staff development day presentations, I am keenly aware of the financial pressures we all face.   In spite of that reality, faculty and staff on the Cambridge campus have consistently supported students and the campus. 

Because of your, and others, support, last school year, we were able to disburse $206,200 to 248 students. 

That $206,200 leverages many times that amount in tuition that is paid by the students.  Clearly, not all of the recipients are going full time and not all would drop out without the scholarship, but in many  cases, I believe it is the difference between attending or not.  The impact of that $206,200 produces many thousands of additional dollars in tuition the college would not otherwise have. 

On behalf of both the CCCC Foundation Board of Directors and the Coon Rapids Foundation Board of Directors, please accept our thanks and gratitude for all you do for students in the class room, in offices and around the campus!

If you have any questions, please contact me, Marc Johnson, via email or 763-422-6112.


What is Immigration? Speaking Event on Nov. 30

Submitted by Shannon Kirkeide, World Languages Department

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m., I am hosting a discussion on immigration led by Salima Khakoo, CEO and managing attorney of American Dream Law, LLC.  She spoke to my classes last spring, and both the students and I were impressed by her immense knowledge of immigration, both legal and illegal.

If you would be interested in encouraging your students to attend or attend yourselves, you are more than welcome!  I have attached the flyer advertising the event as well.

The Office of Multiculturalism and Diversity and Student Life are co-sponsoring this event. I’ve noticed that most of my students seem very unaware of what legal immigration entails, and this is an eye-opener for many. Also, an important discussion to have right now as the media hype continues to confuse many people.



Diversity & Multiculturalism Lecture Series Upcoming Events


  The Native American Rights Fund: A 41-Year Retrospective


Wednesday, Nov. 16

Coon Rapids Campus


Cambridge Campus

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Room: Legacy Room (SC270)


Room: G202                             

Guest Lecturer: John Echohawk

John Echohawk is one of the most influential lawyers in the U.S., a member of the Pawnee Nation and executive director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). NARF is an organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals across the U.S.

Echohawk, who has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, created NARF 40 years ago with the mission of protecting Tribal sovereignty and resources, ensuring governmental accountability and educating the public about Indian issues.

Since its creation, NARF has worked with more than 250 tribes on legal issues including obtaining official tribal recognition; protecting tribal rights to hunt, fish, and use the water on their lands; uphold Native American religious freedom; assure the return of remains and burial goods from museums and historical societies for proper and dignified re-burial; and protecting voting rights of Native Americans.


  Winona Military Share Vietnam War Experiences

Thursday Nov. 17, 2011

Coon Rapids Campus


Cambridge Campus

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Room: Legacy Room (SC270)


Room: G202                             

Guest Lecturers: Winona Military Order of the Purple Hearts

Members from the Winona chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will share their experiences and adventures from the Vietnam War. Speakers include: Richard Lande-82nd Airborne Division, Infantry-Airborne Recon; David Meyers-1st Air Cavalry Division, Infantry & Heavy Weapons; Gene Barum-1st Infantry Division, Infantry-Airborne; Gordey Nelson-101st Airborne Division, Infantry-Medic and Arlyn Olson-25th Infantry Division, Infantry-Light Artillery.

By April 1965, President Johnson had sent the first 60,000 American troops to Vietnam. The number would escalate to 536,100 by the end of 1968. In the summer of 1965, under the command of General William Westmoreland, US forces executed their first major offensive operations against the Viet Cong and scored victories around Chu Lai (Operation Starlite) and in the Ia Drang Valley. This latter campaign was largely fought by the 1st Air Cavalry Division which pioneered the use of helicopters for high speed mobility on the battlefield. One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty; 58,169 were killed and 304,000 wounded out of 2.59 million who served. Although the percentage that died is similar to other wars, amputations or crippling wounds were 300% higher than in World War II. Approximately 75,000 Vietnam veterans are severely disabled.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a national organization open only to veterans wounded in battle. The goal of this organization is to bring wounded veterans and the soldiers who saved them together. The Winona chapter gives veterans the chance to commiserate, volunteer in the community and welcome back wounded soldiers with similar experiences.

The Purple Heart is one of the most unique U.S. Military awards. Though low in the order of precedence on the Pyramid of Honor, it is a widely recognized and respected medal that signifies sacrifice and represents a combat death or wound.



Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive

Submitted by Michelle Aldinger, Phi Theta Kappa 

American Red Cross Blood Drive is Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Coon Rapids Campus lower gym. Your help can save many lives.

Donation is not the only way. Talk to people, students, friends and co-workers to spread the word. The public is welcome to donate at the drive. There is another possibility of a life being saved with each additional person who is aware of the blood drive.

Lisa was a mother of two boys in the Twin Cities area. She was in her third pregnancy and finally having her baby girl. During labor Lisa started bleeding. It took 41 units of blood to save her life. The blood that she received was partly from the last Anoka-Ramsey Community College blood drive. You may have had a part in saving her life!

Blood cannot be made synthetically. It can only be donated. Pass the word and donate if possible. By doing your part you can save a life.

Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and Student Nurses Association, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus.



Postage Increase Coming Soon

Submitted by Sheila Provost, Central Services

Beginning Jan. 22, 2012, it will cost a penny more to mail letters to any location in the U.S., the first price change for First-Class Mail—Forever stamps—in more than two-and-half-years. The new 45-cent price for Forever stamps is one of the changes filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Oct. 18.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:

  • Letters (1 oz.): 1-cent increase to 45 cents
  • Letters additional ounces: unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards: 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.): 5-cent increase to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations: 7-cent increase to $1.05

**If you buy Forever Stamps now and stock up on them you can save 1 penny when pricing increases next year!!



Wellness Works Event: Strength for Life Workshop

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please join us for the November Wellness Workshop, Strength for Life.

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


Student Success Committee Established

Congratulations to the following individuals, who have volunteered, or were selected, to serve on the Student Success Committee:

Co-Chairs: Deidra Peaslee and Jennifer Liberty-Clark
Dean of Student Services: Mary Raeker-Rebek (member of President's Council)
Dean of Student Life: Lisa Harris (member of President's Council)
Academic Dean: Dana Irgens (member of President's Council)
Dean of Research & Assessment: Nora Morris (member of President's Council)
Cambridge Classified Staff: Heidi Haagenson
Cambridge Faculty Association: Jennifer Liberty-Clark
Cambridge Student: Natasha Kolbe
Coon Rapids Classified Staff: Michael Wall
Coon Rapids Faculty Association: Jami Jones
Coon Rapids Student: Cora Fox

The mission of the committee is to create a collegiate environment that enhances the academic success, attainment of personal goals and satisfaction of our students.

The purpose of the committee is to address student success in a purposeful, coordinated manner, thus maximizing campus resources and identifying pathways for student success.

The committee will be established as permanent and be charged with:

  1. Systematically review college assessment data and make data-driven recommendations to improve student engagement, retention, and success.
  2. Ensure that student success efforts are aligned with the Academic Master Plan, Student Services Plan, and Enrollment Management plan and reinforced through strategic planning.
  3. Explore best practices and identify interventions needed to improve student retention and success.
  4. Facilitate reporting and coordination among student success projects, ensuring that students, faculty and staff are aware of student success initiatives.
  5. Annually report on college student success initiatives.

As always, thank you for your willingness to serve on an Anoka-Ramsey Community College committee!


Journalism Faculty Publishes in National Magazine

An article by Anoka-Ramsey Journalism Faculty member, Trisha Collopy appeared in the November 2011 issue of the National Council of teachers of English (NTCE) membership magazine, “The Council Chronicle.”

To read the article titled, “In an Age of Instant Communication, Poetry Invites People to Slow Down” which includes an interview with Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2002, click here.

Great work, Trisha!


Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Kim Lynch, Information Technology


Laura Rasmussen will start today as a College Lab Assistant in the Technology Department. . Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Her most recent professional experience is with CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government, and education. 

Laura will be located in T124 (computer lab) and work Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm to 10:30pm, Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 (and alternatively every third Saturday). She will spend the next two+ weeks training with technology staff until she is comfortable meeting the particular needs of evening students, faculty, and staff. I hope you have a chance to welcome her to our college.


Pause for Appreciation

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

I wanted to express my appreciation for all who attended our Veterans Day events in Coon Rapids and Cambridge this week!  It was so nice to see such a good turnout of students, staff, faculty, and community members to honor our Veterans and military men and women!

In addition, I want to thank the following individuals for assisting with the events…we couldn’t make this happen without you.  Your time and dedication are greatly appreciated! 

  • United States Marine Corps Color Guard: SSgt Wildes, PFC Clipperton, Sgt Stott, and Pvt Erickson
  • Cambridge American Legion Color Guard: John Mancuso, Jim Rostberg, and Darrell Johnson
  • Nicki Toliver and Coon Rapids Chamber Singers
  • Geoffrey Senn and Coon Rapids Chamber Ensemble
  • Denise Redman, Coon Rapids pianist
  • Heather Mitchell and Cambridge Concert Choir
  • Eric Anderson and Cambridge Guitar Ensemble
  • Nancy Kastel-Avre, Cambridge pianist
  • Veterans Services staff: Lacrestia Anderson, Jeff Pool, Phil O’Donnell, Zach Schultz
  • MERC staff and Vets Club Members: Don Claveau, Scott Bethel, Greg Leritz, Mark Jewell, and Jerred Speller
  • Isabelle Schmidt, Cambridge Advisor for the Veterans and Military Student Organization
  • IT and Facilities Staff
  • Taher and Rendezvous staff 

Thank you again for your support!   Have a wonderful holiday!


Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities 

Hi Joyce,

One of our ushers, Violet Smith, left a heartfelt message about ushering last weekend.  She appreciated being allowed the opportunity to usher.  She went on to say that the play was excellent and she would've signed up to usher for each performance because the play was so wonderful and done so well.   Just thought you might want to pass this along! 

Hope you have a wonderful day,  

Tricia Lehti
Family Caregiver Connection & RSVP (Anoka County Retired Senior Volunteer) Program


Submitted by Susan Dunn, English Department

Thanks to everyone who came to hear Dr. Fulton yesterday at our CTL gathering. Special thanks to Mary [Januschka] for her help. 


Submitted by Kate Kysar, English Department

On behalf of the Two Rivers Reading Series committee, I would like to thank Marcellus Davis and Michael Wall for their amazing work building community and celebrating diversity at Anoka-Ramsey by co-sponsoring three Two Rivers Reading Series events this fall.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, we brought internationally famous Somali author Nurrudin Farah on campus.  More than 150 staff, students, alumni, and faculty from both campuses attended the Farah presentation, and many stayed for the Somali buffet and informal discussion with Farah. The event ended with small and diverse group of students huddled around a table in an intimate conversation with the author, who shared his advice, wisdom, and opinions. It was a life-changing moment for many of these students.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Penumbra Theatre returned to our campus for a discussion/performance of African-American author August Wilson's Two Trains Running. We had great attendance with 170 people at the 1:00 presentation and 75 at the 2:00 presentation. Most students had studied the play in their classes and asked thoughtful and insightful questions that deepened their understanding of this complex play and the African-American experience in the late 1960s.

Perhaps the best of all was our trip to Penumbra Theatre in the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul to see Two Trains Running. Student tickets were subsidized by a grant from the Multicultural Office, which made attending the performance possible for many cash-strapped students, and the Alumni Office organized a bus and carpools to the theatre and arranged for a delicious snack buffet.  122 people from Anoka-Ramsey enjoyed a pre-play social hour, the play, and a post-performance discussion with the actors. This off-campus field trip built community among staff, faculty, alumni, and students while educating us about history, race and the art of theatre.

Thanks to Michael and Marcellus, our behind-the-scenes magicians, for making these life-changing educational events take place at Anoka-Ramsey. We are grateful for their continued collaboration and cooperation.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Media/Membership Funds:

  • Linda Miller, National League for Nursing Education Seminar, 9/21/2011 – 9/25/2011, $933
  • Ed Wehling, Parking fees for attending seminars at the U of M (part of sabbatical), $36
  • Vicki MacMurdo, 2YC3 Conference, 11/11/2011 – 11/12/2011, $781.44
  • Patty Pieper, 2YC3 Conference, 11/11/2011 – 11/12/2011, $715
  • Christopher Lutz, 2YC3 Conference, 11/11/2011 – 11/12/2011, $974.45
  • Lance Lund, 2YC3 Conference and 2YC3 Executive Committee Meeting, 11/11/2011 – 11/12/2011, $61
  • Mariae Hunter, Credentialing Course AE 510, 9/12/2011 – 12/15/2011, $570


Staff Development Funds:

  • Gwen Noel, Philosophy 200 course fees, $600
  • Pa Vang, Access 2010 courses, $300


Official Announcements

Please see the attached agenda for the upcoming AASC meeting on Nov. 18.




VOLUME XL, Issue No. 16: November 7, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Global Education Conference

Men's Soccer Team Advances to National Tournament!

St. Cloud State Percussion Ensemble Concert 

Costume Contest Photos

Dr. Robert Fulton to Speak at Cambridge Campus, Nov. 9

Faculty Performs at Ordway

Celebrate Veterans Day on Both Campuses

"Keeping it Reel" Multicultural Perspectives Movie Series Event: THE LORD IS NOT ON TRIAL HERE TODAY

Limited Campus Power Shutdown on Nov. 11

Admissions Update

Transfer Workshop hosted by TRiO Student Support Services 

An Introduction to SmarThinking

Graduate Minnesota Initiative 

New Arrivals!

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff


News from President Jessica Stumpf

I want to thank all of you who were able to make arrangements to attend the meeting with Chancellor Steven Rosenstone last week at one of the Anoka-Ramsey campuses or at Anoka Tech.

It was a great opportunity to meet him, hear about his vision for the future of higher education in Minnesota and share your thoughts.

As the chancellor noted, the coming months will be an exciting and challenging time.  Please do not hesitate to forward your comments and suggestions to the chancellor directly at: steven.rosenstone@so.mnscu.edu.

From Chancellor Rosenstone:

"Many, many thanks for your warm hospitality yesterday and thank you to your colleagues for all they did to facilitate my visits to each of your campuses. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from faculty and staff about the current state of play on the alignment."



Global Education Conference

Submitted by Dale Omundson, Spanish Department

St. Cloud State University will host a conference on the topic of internationalizing our curricula, titled “Catching Up or Leading the Way: The Critical Need for Internationalizing and Globalizing,” Nov. 18.

All MnSCU administrators, faculty and staff are invited to attend this conference, co-sponsored by Education for Global Learning (EGL), MnSCU and the Office of the Chancellor.

Please see attached flyer for additional conference and registration information.


Men's Soccer Team Advances to National Tournament!

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics

This past Saturday, Oct. 29, our Men’s Soccer Team won the District “C” Championship over Triton College by a score of 3-0.

The men’s team has now qualified for their first ever trip to the National Tournament in Herkimer, New York, Nov. 10-13. Anoka-Ramsey is one of eight schools playing for the NJCAA Division III National Championship. The team plays Thursday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. against Howard Community College.

Thanks for all of your support and working with our student athletes this season as they try to bring a National Championship to Anoka-Ramsey Community College.


St. Cloud State Percussion Ensemble Concert

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Fine Arts

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department is hosting the St. Cloud State Percussion Ensemble, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.  

See press release for more information.


Costume Contest Photos 

Congratulations to Damien Dykes as the Mad Hatter (1st Place), David Corgan as the Incredible Hulk (2nd Place)
and Brittany Jacks as Kim Possible (3rd Place).


Dr. Robert Fulton to Speak at Cambridge Campus, Nov. 9

Submitted by Mary Januschka, Biology Department

You are invited to a talk given by Dr. Robert Fulton about his book "Robert Fulton's Legacy:  The Belief in Immortality and the Logic of Culture," Wednesday, Nov. 9, noon, Cambridge Campus Rm. F107. Invite your students, all are welcome.  It will be a great presentation!

Here is what some have said about his book:

"“Robert Fulton’s Legacy:  The Belief in Immortality and the Logic of Culture” is a groundbreaking book that will challenge our beliefs in the complex subject of immortality.”

“Thoughtfully researched and lucidly written, there will be a wide response not only from the academic community and the general public, but especially from those who are religiously attentive.  It is a must read, a treasure-trove of compelling insight.”  --Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, DHL DD, author of “Living When a Loved One has Died”



Faculty Performs at Ordway

Anoka-Ramsey's own Music Faculty member, Richard Joseph, will be performing a comprimario role and also in the chorus with Minnesota Opera in the world premiere of Silent Night by Kevin Puts at the Ordway Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 20.

Silent Night is based on the screenplay for Joyeux Noël by Christian Carion recounts the fascinating true story of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. On World War I’s western front, weapons are laid down when the Scottish, French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead. Acclaimed tenor William Burden stars as the soldier whose voice inspired peace among adversaries–if only for a day.

For more information, visit www.mnopera.org.



Celebrate Veterans Day on Both Campuses

Submitted by Lacrestia Anderson, Veterans Services 

If you have not heard, we are having a Veterans Day Celebration on both campuses next week!

Please join us as we honor the soldiers that have served our country:

Coon Rapids Campus
Date: Tuesday, Nov.  8
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Courtyard Commons

Cambridge Campus
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria area

Please see the flyer, and feel free to post it in your area!

The Veterans Services Department looks forward to seeing you there!



"Keeping it Reel" Multicultural Perspectives Movie Series Event: THE LORD IS NOT ON TRIAL HERE TODAY

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multiculturalism


This film tells the compelling personal story behind one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history, the case that set the foundation for the separation of church and state in public schools. The film recounts what Vasti McCollum later described as "three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred," but which eventually led to a decision that still resonates in the church-state conflicts of today, 60 years after the original decision in McCollum vs. Board of Education. This movie is a follow up to the book with the same title The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today. This book will be the featured book in the September Multicultural Perspectives Book Series.

Coon Rapids Campus
Tuesday, Nov.  8
Time: 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Room: Legacy Room (SC270)

Cambridge Campus
Thursday, Nov. 10
Time: 12 to 1:15 p.m.
Room: F105



Limited Campus Power Shutdown on Nov. 11

Submitted by Jim Nieswaag, Facilities

When: Friday, Nov. 11

Time:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (approximately)

Buildings Affected: Humanities, Technology, Library and Gym

This will occur during the Veteran’s Day holiday.

In case you had some things to catch up on, please adjust your schedule accordingly. Electricians will be providing a temporary power feed to the Gym, so the old system can be dismantled.



Admissions Update

Submitted by Ashley Weatherspoon, Admissions

In the past two months the Office of Admissions has been very busy. Admissions advisors have visited over 50 high schools made up of; cafeteria visits, counselor/career center visits, fairs in the high schools, and presentations in the classroom. This resulted in over 360 student contacts.

There will be an Art, Music, Theatre interest night, Nov. 14, 5 to7 p.m., Legacy Room. We will be inviting prospective students as well as current students to learn more about these areas.

The Office of Admissions also offers tours Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and would like your help. We often have students that are looking at specific programs and would like to meet a faculty member. If you would be willing to be put on a list to meet with students, if they so choose,  please contact Ashley Weatherspoon via email or Ext. 1584.



Transfer Workshop hosted by TRiO Student Support Services

Submitted by Shannon Watson, TRiO

With registration just around the corner, students need to make sure their taking the right classes and planning in advance for their transfer!

Please pass along the word to any students you think would benefit from this workshop.



An Introduction to: 


Submitted by Heidi Haagenson, Academic Support

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Instructors and Interested Staff: 

I want to remind you about [or introduce you to] SmarThinking, an online, professional-level tutoring service.

Not meant to replace student-teacher interaction or the use of Anoka-Ramsey tutors in the Academic Support Center and Math Skills and Advising Center, a limited number of SmarThinking tutoring hours are provided free of charge to students as another means of helping them be successful in their courses. It is available not only during the daytime, but also during evening and weekend hours.

Students work with SmarThinking’s professional tutors in a number of ways, including scheduled and drop-in live chat sessions, submitting questions for asynchronous replies, and submitting writing to the Essay Center. Tutors (or “e-structors”) are available in many disciplines, including [among others] writing, math, science, business, Spanish, and computers and technology. See the image below for a screen shot of the student interface, showing some of the options available once students are on the SmarThinking site.

Students create their SmarThinking login accounts by navigating through one of their D2L courses to the SmarThinking link that is included in every D2L class, by using the access information below. Students may also visit the site directly by using this access information:

Username:  anokaramsey
Password: tutornow

Once logged in, students then create their own username and password.

NEW:  SmarThinking has launched a new tutoring service that we now have access to: Computers and Technology. This service will provide assistance with Microsoft Office products – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access – as well as Windows 7.

You are invited to attend an overview of SmarThinking online tutoring for interested faculty and staff. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to noon

Cambridge Campus: Room F117

Coon Rapids Campus: Room H219

Presented by Carolyn Linkous from SmarThinking

Please refer students to Heidi Haagenson if they have problems accessing SmarThinking either by email or phone (ext. 1803)

Note: If you wish to explore SmarThinking on your own, checkout www.smarthinking.com, but student login is not available at this address.




Graduate Minnesota Initiative

Submitted by Jan Pomeroy, Experiential Learning

Have you been driving to work and heard the Graduate Minnesota radio ad, or wondered why we have a flash on our website and campus monitors for adult learners, or read about the program in your local newspapers?  Anoka-Ramsey Community College has joined the “Graduate Minnesota” campaign to urge former students to return to college to earn their degree.  To learn more, open the attached flyer, or visit: http://www.graduateminnesota.org/.



 New Arrivals!

Jennifer Semans and husband Ryan welcomed Hazel Lorraine to their family, Oct. 20, 6:36 p.m. Hazel was 8 lbs 1oz and 22 inches long. Big brothers Henry and Holden are smitten with their new little sister.

Congratulations to the Semans family!



Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Ryan O’Donovan, TRiO/Upward Bound

I am happy to announce that John Anderson is starting today at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as a TRIO Upward Bound Advisor at the Cambridge Campus.

John will provide services to Upward Bound students at Princeton and Cambridge-Isanti High Schools.  His office is in Rm. E159.

John graduated from Concordia College–Moorhead with a teaching license in Social Studies.  This past school year he taught in the Grey Eagle School District in Long Prairie.

John also has an interest and experience coaching football.

Welcome aboard, John!



Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by MaryAnn Larios, Counseling

Our annual Mental Wellness event last Friday was a success due to the efforts of many individuals and departments. 

Special appreciation to:

Ed Norton, Chuck Cole, Kate Palm, Ann Anderson, Linnea Janas, Kate Hostnick-Harper, Thom Nordin, Michelle Mucha, Merlita Lockman, Luanne Kane, Phil O’Donnell, Lacrestia Anderson, Ravae Anderson, Joyce Traczyk, Heather the Student Ambassador, Amanda Klawiter, Jan Pomeroy, Donna McDonald, the IT gods and goddesses, Mirela Gluhic, Central Services, the Psychology Department, the Wellness Department and any one we may have missed!

Thanks for the care and support you all show to our students!

The Counseling & Student Activities Departments



College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Approved Staff Development Funds:

  • Victor Bryson, technology material, $51.99
  • Kelsey Schwarzrock, textbooks for MBA degree, $236.03

Social Amenities:

  • Card sent to Jennifer Semans

Wellness Funds:

  • Matt Venneman, $100