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November 2012


Issue No. 17: Nov. 19, 2012                        Issue No. 16: Nov. 13, 2012                        Issue No. 15: Nov. 5, 2012

 

VOLUME XLI, Issue No. 18: November 26, 2012

Construction Projects Nearing Completion

Board of Trustees Teaching Award of Excellence Nominees to be Announced

Call for Artists: System Office Art Display 2013-2014

Perpetual Clay Scholarship Fundraising Event Nov. 29

Crossing Borders/ Photographing Tijuana

Pause for Appreciation

Official Announcements

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Construction Projects Nearing Completion

I had the pleasure to tour the Music Building and Health and Wellness Center recently. I am proud to report that both facilities are beautifully blending in well with the themes and architecture of the rest of the campus. I am eager for the day when students, faculty and staff will be filling these spaces!

The Grand Opening of the Music Building is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 4 p.m.

The H&W building will officially open Jan. 14 as well. Additional details are available here: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/lifeoutside/HlthWellCtr.aspx

Board of Trustees Teaching Award of Excellence Nominees to be Announced

After reviewing 109 nominations for over 60 faculty, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nominating Committee and President Jessica Stumpf cordially invites you to receptions on both campuses to announce the 2013 Anoka-Ramsey nominees for the Board of Trustees Teaching Award of Excellence.

Cambridge Campus
Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12:45 p.m. in F206

Coon Rapids Campus
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Legacy Room

Call for Artists: System Office Art Display 2013-2014

Submitted by Andrea Drewek, Advancement Office, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system

We are putting out a call for art from your students, faculty and staff.

Please consider this unique opportunity to display your artwork and student artwork at the system office.

This very visible display project is in its sixth year and remains highly praised by faculty, administrators and system office staff and visitors. The current call for proposals is for artwork to be displayed from 2013–2014. Click here for more information.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 18, 2013.

Email questions about the displays or the submission process to Martin Springborg, display curator, at martin.springborg@gmail.com.

Perpetual Clay Scholarship Fundraising Event Nov. 29

Submitted by Mark Lambert, Fine Arts Department

In the tradition of student support, pottery by Art Faculty member Mark Lambert, along with work by previous guest artists, will be sold and auctioned to raise funds for the:

Perpetual Clay Scholarship
Thursday, Nov. 29
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus Room VA221

Ten tickets sold for $50 are drawn first, followed by 70 tickets sold for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the Coon Rapids Campus bookstore. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

All tickets purchased are guaranteed to win. Everyone purchasing a ticket will leave with an original piece of art.

Artwork is on display in the upper level West cabinets of the Visual Arts Building. Works will be selected by the ticket holder as each ticket stub is drawn.

Perpetual Clay Scholarship was so named because scholarship recipients are required to donate a piece of their own work to a future raffle to keep funds in the scholarship at a certain level and ensure it continues perpetually.

For more information about the raffle/auction contact Mark Lambert at 763-433-1307 or Mark.Lambert@anokaramsey.edu.

Crossing Borders/Photographing Tijuana

Featuring Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Faculty Anthony Marchetti and Laura Migliorino.

Nov. 29 through Dec. 14

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Concordia University Art Center, 1301 Marshall Ave., St. Paul

Click here to view the postcard.

Pause for Appreciation

I want to express my appreciation for Tina Perpich for helping me and the Music Department with several projects this semester. We have had some exciting things happen in our department this semester, and Tina has been a big help with writing press releases and other marketing materials, creating ads for our department and making sure that professional photos of our music students are being taken to use in marketing materials. A big thanks should also go to Linnell Esler and Chris Huntress who have worked with Tina to complete these projects for us. Thank you all for your work and expertise!

- Kate Hujda, Music Department

Official Announcements

Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services

Click here to view the AASC Items approved Oct. 26.

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

Click here to view the 10-Day Letter from the Nov. 9 Faculty Shared meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME XLI, Issue No. 17: November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

PACE Survey Reminder

Help Needed to Promote: Miss Representation, Nov. 27

Women's Soccer 3rd Place at National Tournament

Director of Marketing and PR Featured in Metro Magazine

Coffeehouse Entertainment for November

Saturation Mailing Hits Service Area Nov. 2

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

News from President Jessica Stumpf

I would like to express my gratitude for your hard work so far this semester. I hope that you all are able to enjoy the much needed and well-deserved four day Thanksgiving weekend with loved ones. Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Thank you for everything that you do!

PACE Survey Reminder

Now, more than ever, we need to know your honest opinions about your current experiences as an employee of one of our colleges. Knowing where we are now -- where we are starting out -- is a tremendous asset in realistically assessing our needs and making plans as we continue moving forward as aligned institutions.

So, please take this opportunity to complete the 10-15-minute, confidential PACE survey about your experiences at your college. Currently, less than half of us have completed the survey. We need to hear from as many employees as possible to have valid and useful data.

How do I take the survey?

Every employee has received a survey invitation from Nilie Team nilie_team@ncsu.edu with the email heading of “PACE survey”. This email will contain a link to the survey. Please click on the link to open the survey.

Why does it matter?

It is very important that we get a good response rate so that we as a college have valid information about what is working well and where we need to make improvements.

Who will have access to the data?

No individual responses will be shared with the college nor will the raw response data be released to the college. Respondents cannot be identified. The final report will be published on the college share drive so the results will be shared with all college employees as soon as they are received.

How long will the survey be available to me?

The survey will close on Nov. 27.

What if I am too busy to take the survey?

Exactly one of the things the survey addresses! This is your opportunity to tell us all sorts of things about your work situation. Please take a few moments to tell us.

Questions or comments?

Please contact Nora Morris at Nora.Morris@anokaramsey.edu or NMorris@anokatech.edu or 763-433-1632.

Help Needed to Promote: Miss Representation, Nov. 27

Submitted by Nancy Elk, Counseling

The Anoka-Ramsey Counseling Department, in cooperation with the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County, is presenting the nationally acclaimed documentary screening of:

MISS REPRESENTATION
Tuesday, Nov. 27
6:30 to 9 pm
Coon Rapids Campus
Performing Arts Center

This is a world class, Sundance film festival documentary regarding how mainstream media affects our view of females. The event is free to the college and community. Refreshments will be available.

Following the viewing, the audience will be invited to discuss a variety of issues relating to the video’s content.

It would be appreciated if you could announce the information in your classes, as well as to your friends and family. Following the event, extra credit certificates will be made available at the Counseling and Green Dot tables for those choosing to offer extra credit.

Questions, please contact me at Ext. 1339 or Nancy.Elk@anokaramsey.edu.

To view as a PDF, click here.

Women's Soccer 3rd Place at National Tournament

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics Department

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women’s Soccer Team earned a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in Dryden, NY Nov. 8 through 11.

This marked the first trip to the national tournament for the women’s soccer program in Anoka-Ramsey history.

Team Game Results

  • Thursday, Nov. 8: Anoka-Ramsey, 2; Broome Community College, 0
  • Friday, Nov. 9, Semi-Finals: Mohawk Valley Community College, 2; Anoka-Ramsey, 0
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 3rd Place: Anoka-Ramsey, 2; Richland College, 0

Two players were also named to the All-Tournament Team: Brehana Hooker (sophomore) and Lindsay Madden (freshman).

The team did a fantastic job of representing Anoka-Ramsey during their tournament run.

Director of Marketing and PR Featured in Metro Magazine

Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing and Public Relations

Mary Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at both Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College, is featured in the fall 2012 issue of Metropolitan State University’s buzz magazine.

In the article Mary, who graduated from Metro State in May (2012) with a master’s degree in liberal studies, discusses her capstone project which focused on the Mississippi River and included poetry, book making and a chapbook.

View the article here.

Congratulations, Mary. Great work!

Coffeehouse Entertainment for November

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please see the details below regarding the November Coffee House Entertainer.

Please share this information with your students!

To view as a PDF, click here.

Saturation Mailing Hits Service Area Nov. 2

Submitted by Tina Perpich, Marketing and Public Relations

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College mass mailed postcard began mailing Nov. 2 to mailing to 312,000 households in our service area as well as delivery to area libraries, chambers, work centers, etc.

The publication is a direct appeal to recruit new students and position the college as a community and state resource.

This publication is scheduled to mail three times a year: July, November and April. All three publications break out the college’s academic offerings into interest areas and include testimonials from current students and alumni. The July publication is multiple pages. Along with the programs by interest area and testimonials, the June issue also has information about admissions processes and financial aid as well as value-added college’s resources, such as tutoring, veterans’ support, etc.

These publications take the efforts of many people. Big thanks to the numerous content experts and editors including Ashley Weatherspoon, Genna Anderson, Abbie Huttenburg, all of the deans, Dee Dee Peaslee, Mary Jacobson, Karla Sand and Kelsey Schwarzrock. (My apologies if I missed anyone!)

If you have questions or comments about these publications, please contact Tina Perpich, Marketing Project Manager at 763-433-1545.

Pause for Appreciation

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 members 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 truly appreciated!

  • U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard: SSgt. Gulickson, SSgt. Dowdell, Pvt. Ealy and Pvt. Fleck
  • Cambridge American Legion Honor Guard: Commander Clark Swanson, Steve Grandgenett, Al Garber and Jim Rostberg
  • Charles Egerstrom, Higher Education Liaison, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • John Kriesel, Director of Anoka County Veterans Services
  • Nicki Toliver and the Coon Rapids Chamber singers
  • Rick Perkins, trumpet
  • Denise Redman, pianist
  • Eric Anderson and Cambridge Guitar Ensemble
  • Veterans Services staff: Lacrestia Anderson, Jeff Pool, and Zach Schultz
  • Veterans Services Work Study Students: Graham Spartz, Kelly Hajenga and Jaki Bell
  • Isabelle Schmidt, Cambridge Advisor for the Veterans and Military Student Organization
  • IT and Facilities Staff
  • Taher staff

Thank you again for your support!

- Brandy Eddings, Academic Support, Veterans Services, & Access/Disability Services

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Hi Janine,

I wanted to send you a note to let you know what an asset you have on your team in Sheri Christensen. I’m currently taking some pre-requisite courses at North Hennepin and Anoka Ramsey in order to go back to school for a master’s degree. On multiple occasions, Sheri has provided EXCELLENT customer service skills in helping me get registered for classes. Sometimes the registration process can be stressful, frustrating and confusing, but Sheri has been so incredibly helpful and has left me with the best impression of your institution.

Thank you!!!

- Special note sent by an Anoka-Ramsey student to Janine Forrer regarding Sheri Christenson in Records/Registration

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Membership Approvals:

Mary Januschka, MN HOSA Fall Leadership Conference, $98.35
Lance Lund, 199th 2YC3 Conference/2YC3 Executive Committee Meeting, $607
Tim Wrenn, Association for Computing Machinery Membership, $154

Official Announcements

Submitted by Tina Venneman, Educational Services

Click here to view the approved minutes from the last FSGC meeting on Oct. 12.

VOLUME XLI, Issue No. 16: November 13, 2012

FY 2013 Fall Strategic Initiative Proposals (SIP)

Announcing New CIO: William Bear Accepts Position

REMINDER: PACE SURVEY - Personal Assessment of the College Environment Survey

Campus Campaign Underway!

Upcoming Veteran’s Day Celebrations

Financial Education Webinar Nov. 15

Green Dot Training for Students

Music Faculty to Perform Fall Faculty Recital

Natural Science Below Zero Contest

Cancelled Diversity Lecture, Nov. 21

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

News from President Jessica Stumpf

FY 2013 Fall Strategic Initiative Proposals (SIP)

Four of this fall’s six Strategic Initiative Proposals are being funded for the 2013 fiscal year. Some adjustments to the proposals and funding levels may be arranged with proposal author(s).

All submitted proposals and score sheets will be available on the public drive for review: N:\ARCC Public\SIP

Thank you to the authors and in some cases, teams, who submitted proposals! Also, thank you to the Strategic Initiative Proposal Committee for their work in reviewing and scoring these proposals.

Creating a Green Dot Culture: $21,530
Submitted by: John Hennen

Proposal will allow the college to provide a four-day Green Dot instructor certification (“train-the trainer”) session to sixty participants from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

First Year Experience Coordinator: $19,008
Submitted by: Shannon Kirkeide

Creation of a First Year Experience Coordinators. Precise communication will keep all facets of the program in sync and will assure that the implementation of the FYE program is successful in its first term.

Service Learning in the Dominican Republic: $1,800
Submitted by: Terry Teppen

Providing Anoka-Ramsey students with a service learning opportunity in the Dominican Republic.

Two Rivers Reading Series: $2,970
Submitted by: Paige Riehl

An innovative program that integrates classroom study with bringing award-winning authors from diverse backgrounds and cultures to our Coon Rapids campus, providing unique and engaging learning opportunities for students.

Announcing New CIO: William Bear Accepts Position

It is my pleasure to announce that William Bear has accepted the Information Technology (IT) Director position for Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College. William will begin his new position at Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey Dec. 17.

William Bear is an accomplished IT leader who has served in technical and leadership roles at the University of Minnesota for the past 10 years. Most recently he has served as the IT Director of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. William graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in computer science and will complete his MBA at the Carlson School of Management in December. He has lead diverse groups within the University of Minnesota system building consensus and has successfully elevated IT’s ability to serve its constituency.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. William Bear!

REMINDER: PACE SURVEY - Personal Assessment of the College Environment Survey

You received an email Nov. 6 from nilie_team@ncsu.edu with the subject "PACE Survey-Anoka Ramsey Community College" that included the link to the PACE survey. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Please take the opportunity to share your experience of working at Anoka-Ramsey Community College by completing the online PACE survey, available to all employees through Nov. 20. Your response is important for reliable and valid data to help understand employees’ work experiences, both positive and negative, and the general climate at the college.

See the complete announcement here.

Campus Campaign Underway!

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

For those who have been here for a campaign or two, thank you for your consideration of our request this year!

For those experiencing the campaign for the first time, here is a little background. Over the next month, you will be approached by a colleague who will ask you to consider a gift to support scholarships for students. Each year in November, faculty and staff campaigners go out through the Anoka-Ramsey community requesting support for the two foundations (Coon Rapids Campus and Cambridge Campus) for scholarships.

Donations can be by check, cash, credit card, or by payroll deduction.

Last year gifts from faculty and staff were of all sizes and added up to more than $29,000 to both campus foundations! Thank you!

Your support is part of the more than $210,000 the Coon Rapids Foundation and Cambridge Foundation gave last year to students on their respective campuses.

Giving by the faculty and staff sends a strong message to the community of the commitment we have for the students at Anoka-Ramsey. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Johnson via email or Ext. 6112. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration of our request!

Upcoming Veteran’s Day Celebrations

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

Please find information attached for the upcoming Veterans Day events, scheduled on each campus this week.

Cambridge Event

Coon Rapids Event

Please join us as we honor our veterans and military members!

Financial Education Webinar Nov. 15

Submitted by Dawn Hohmann, Human Resources

TIAA-CREF will be conducting a Financial Education Webinar for all employees of the MnSCU system.

Investing for Life’s Goals
Thursday, Nov. 15
noon to 1 p.m.

This seminar will help you get started on your path to retirement by covering:

  • How to define your goals and time horizon.
  • The trade-off between risk & return.
  • Asset classes and diversification.
  • The importance of knowing and reviewing the impact of expenses.
  • A look at some examples of investor strategies.

Webinar Instructions:

The latest version of Java will be required.

To join the meeting at the scheduled start time, follow these steps:

1. Dial into this meeting’s Global Crossing audio conference using a touch-tone phone:

Ready-Access telephone number: 800-851-3758

Access code: 7040435

2. Click the link below to join the eMeeting (you may need to cut and paste this link into your browser’s address window):

https://www.callinfo.com/interface/guest.jsp?host=globalcrossing&mmid=0&javaForwarded=true&javatested=true

3. Enter Conference Phone Number: 8008513758

Enter Access Code: 7040435

4. Enter your name and email address.

NOTE: The process of joining an eMeeting may take a few minutes, depending on your Internet connection speed. The host must also start the eMeeting before you may join.

Green Dot Training for Students

Submitted by Isabelle Schmidt, Counseling

Friday, April 5, 2013
Cambridge Campus G201
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*Pre-Register at Information Desk Cambridge Campus (provide Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number)

For information or questions, contact Isabelle Schmidt, Counselor Cambridge Campus, at Ext. 1844 or via email.

Music Faculty to Perform Fall Faculty Recital

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Music Department

The Anoka-Ramsey Music Department will perform their fall recital:

Faculty Recital
Thursday, Nov. 15
7:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center

The recital is free and open to everyone.

Highlights of the recital include works by Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Astor Piazzola, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The recital will feature several music department faculty members, including Melissa Bergstrom, Sam Bergstrom, Preston Duncan, Lorelei Giddings, Brian Glenn, Joyce Jenson, John Olson, Ric Perkins, Geoff Senn, and Jason Vanselow. Kathryn Hujda, a staff member of the Anoka-Ramsey Music Department, will be joining these faculty members as well.

The faculty and staff will be accompanied by Victory Park Brass with Don Hakala and Richard Perkins, Trumpet; Vicki Wheeler, Horn; John Olson, Trombone; David Peterson, Tuba. The recital repertoire includes several original arrangements written by Ric Perkins and Victory Park Brass.

This recital brings together many current as well as former members of the Anoka-Ramsey Music Department on one stage, representing a long and rich history of music education and performance at our campus. We are excited to share our work with the community at this special event!

For more information about this event, contact Kathryn Hujda at 763-422-6062 or Kathryn.Hujda@anokaramsey.edu.

Pictured in Photo (from left to right): Don Hakala, Vicki Wheeler, David Peterson, John Olson, Ric Perkins.

Natural Science Below Zero Contest

Submitted by Ed Wehling, Science Department

It is time once again for the Natural Science Below Zero contest.

http://webs.anokaramsey.edu/wehling/below.htm

Follow the link to enter your prediction of when the temperature will drop below zero at the Coon Rapids campus.

Entries must be received by this Friday, Nov. 16.

Cancelled Diversity Lecture, Nov. 21

Submitted by Merlita Lockman, Diversity and Multiculturalism

The Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism has canceled the Denise Lajimodiere lecture on American Indian Boarding Schools Nov. 21, 2012.

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by John Hennen, Educational Services

Effective Nov. 21, Michelle Mucha will take a leave from her current academic advisor position to serve as a temporary member of Anoka-Ramsey’s Counseling Faculty (backfilling John Hennen’s position). Her new office is C221 at the Coon Rapids Campus.

Michelle has a master’s degree in Counselor Education, Secondary Ed and Community Counseling Track, from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. She served as a school counselor at Osceola High School (three years) and Totino-Grace High School (seven years including three years as department chair of counseling). Michelle has been an academic advisor at the Coon Rapids Campus for two years, with a specialty in career programs advising.

We are pleased to have Michelle join the counseling team.

Congratulations, Michelle!

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Social Amenities
Card send to Wanda Purdie

Plant sent to memorial service for Lorraine Bangoura

Official Announcements

Submitted by Valerie Knight, Educational Services

Click here to view the minutes from the Oct. 26 AASC meeting.

Click here to view the agenda for the upcoming Nov. 16 AASC meeting.

VOLUME XLI, Issue No. 15: November 5, 2012

Personal Assessment of the College Environment Survey

Student Services Alignment in Progress

Full Access to Health & Wellness Center Begins Jan. 14

English Division’s Two Rivers Reading Series Presents: Author Kathryn Kysar to discuss her book Pretend the World at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

From High School to Graduate School: Defining Pathways to a Career in the Biomedical Industry Event

Entrepreneurship Luncheon with Alumnus Howard J. Leonhardt

Philosophy Faculty Earns PhD

Got Blood? PTK Blood Drive Nov. 14

Diversity Training for Faculty and Staff Nov. 16

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

We asked, you told us, and HERE is the result! First Year Experience Course

Wellness Works Presents: Introduction to Tai Chi

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Personal Assessment of the College Environment Survey

Reminder: You will receive an email on Nov. 6 from “nilie_team@ncsu.edu” with the subject "PACE Survey-Anoka Ramsey Community College" that will include the link to the PACE survey. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Please take the opportunity to share your experience of working at Anoka-Ramsey Community College by completing the online PACE survey, available to all employees from Nov. 6 to Nov. 20. Your response is important for reliable and valid data to help understand employees’ work experiences, both positive and negative, and the general climate at the college.

See the complete announcement here.

Student Services Alignment in Progress

Student Services departments at Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College are laying the foundation for alignment. This is no small task since Student Services includes large numbers of staff at both institutions. Department teams are taking a thoughtful, methodical approach to this process.

To begin, John Hennen, Interim Dean of Student Affairs at Anoka-Ramsey, and Gary Schindler, Dean of Student Affairs at Anoka Tech met with Melissa Erickson, Alignment Consultant to review the planning to-date and discuss future needs.

Second, John and Gary took part in a "Unity Tour" Wednesday, Aug. 22 to familiarize themselves with the daily operations of their respective departments. They toured facilities and met Student Services staff. In addition, John Hennen met with the Anoka-Ramsey staff to share the revised alignment plan.

The third, fourth and perhaps the most significant steps were held in October. Student Services departments participated in a half-day retreat Oct. 2 to get to know each other and discuss their shared mission, values and desired outcomes of alignment. During the following week of Oct. 8, dialogue continued with Admissions, Financial Aid, and Records and Registration.

The shared mission, vision and value statements are nearing completion. These statements are designed to guide the work of the aligned departments and ensure continuity across institutions. The next steps for Student Services include discussions about sharing resources, policies and procedures.

Great job to all involved in this process.

Full Access to Health & Wellness Center Begins Jan. 14

The new Health and Wellness Center on the Coon Rapids Campus will be open and fully operational beginning Jan. 14, 2013. Memberships for students, faculty, staff and community walkers will also be available that day. Membership details will be available soon.

The opening was originally scheduled for fall semester; however, several factors have caused a delay. For example, humidity issues in the weight room have interfered with the proper drying of the concrete thus pushing back the installation of the equipment.

The good news is that certain revenue-generating areas of the facility are in use. In fact, the field house is booked through March 22, 2013 by several community youth organizations (i.e. Coon Rapids boys and girls traveling basketball). Also some college HPER classes are being held in the center and the college’s athletic teams are able to use the performance court for practice/games. Current students will be able to use the field house for open gym beginning Nov. 5.

Thank you for your patience and your continued enthusiasm for this exciting new feature on campus. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Boxwell at Ext. 1289.

English Division’s Two Rivers Reading Series Presents: Author Kathryn Kysar to discuss her book Pretend the World at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The English Division at Anoka-Ramsey Community College is pleased to announce its second event in the Fall 2012 Two Rivers Reading Series. Author and faculty member Kathryn Kysar will read from and discuss her book Pretend the World on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. and 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Legacy Room on the Coon Rapids Campus.

Pretend the World is a book that explores both the personal and the political in poems that tackle subjects as far-ranging as nature, motherhood, cultural identity, and sexuality. Complex yet accessible, the poems depict the nuances of life. Poet Dorianne Laux notes that the poems in the book “radiate a lyric vitality,” and the Poetry Foundation declares that the poems “offer a gripping but blunt way of seeing the lives we create, the wars we wage, the things we consume and the connections we make without overbearing sentimentality.”

Kysar has published an earlier collection of poetry, Dark Lake, and edited a collection of essays, Riding Shotgun: Women Write about their Mothers. Her writing has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her work on behalf of poetry and writing includes leading a summer workshop on Madeleine Island, participating in the community-based initiative, 10K Poets for Change, and teaching writing courses at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She has also served as a representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is pleased to be featuring Kysar’s book, while she continues to keep a full schedule in support of the power of poetry in the community. Besides teaching English full-time at Anoka-Ramsey, Kysar will also be a speaker at the Community College Humanities conference, held in Iowa, and she will represent her publisher, Holy Cow! Press, at the Twin Cities Book Festival.

Anoka-Ramsey’s Two Rivers Reading Series features award-winning authors each year, in an effort to give students and faculty the benefit of a shared reading experience. According to Anoka-Ramsey English Faculty member Paige Riehl, “The Series offers our students the unique experience of studying an author’s book in class and then attending an on-campus reading. Students have immersed themselves in the text and come to the reading excited to listen, ask questions, and meet the author.”

This event is sponsored by Anoka-Ramsey’s English Division and Faculty Development. It is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Paige Riehl, Two Rivers Reading Series Chair, at 763-433-1347.

For more information about the educational activities at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu

From High School to Graduate School: Defining Pathways to a Career in the Biomedical Industry Event

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement

When: Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus

Space is limited. RSVP to guarantee a free seat. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Michael Wall at michael.wall@anokaramsey.edu or Ext. 1597.

PANEL MEMBERS from:

Blaine High School (Center for Engineering, Math & Science)
Irondale High School (Early College)
Anoka-Hennepin School District
MnSCU
Bemidji State University
University of Minnesota
St. Cloud State University (Graduate Program)
University of St. Thomas (Graduate Program)
MN Department of Education
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

To view as a PDF, click here.

Entrepreneurship Luncheon with Alumnus Howard J. Leonhardt

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement

When: Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus

Free Lunch for students and faculty, by RSVP ONLY

RSVP only, by Friday, Nov. 9. Include name, address, email, class, and student number to Michael Wall at Michael.Wall@anokaramsey.edu or Ext. 1597 or in L200 (CR Campus).

Join Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech alumnus Howard Leonhardt, BMed inventor and serial entrepreneur, for his take on entrepreneurship and its value for business and the economy today. Mr. Leonhardt has founded 21 companies thus far and has lectured on entrepreneurship at Princeton, UCLA, the University of Minnesota and at numerous other campuses and conferences.

To view as a PDF, click here.

Philosophy Faculty Earns Ph.D.

Submitted by Dana Irgens, Educational Services

Please join me in congratulating Philosophy Faculty member Kristin Klamm-Doneen who recently earned her Ph.D. in Practical Philosophy from the University of Stockholm after successfully defending her dissertation: Norm-Expressivism: Requirements and Possibilities for Moral Emotions (Subtitle: Narrow Moral Emotions and Broad Capacities).

Kristin’s dissertation can be found here: http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:548805.

Great work, Kristin!

Got Blood? PTK Blood Drive Nov. 14

Submitted by Lisa Harris, Student Life

PTK will sponsor the bi-annual blood drive for the American Red Cross:

When: Nov. 14, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Health and Wellness Center Mezzanine, Coon Rapids Campus

Register online at redcrossblood.org or look for sign-up sheets at the entrance to the cafeteria and the business/nursing bulge.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Lisa Harris at Ext. 1292.

Diversity Training for Faculty and Staff Nov. 16

Submitted by Merlita Lockman, Diversity and Multiculturalism

The Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Damon Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor, Vice Provost, and Chief Officer for Diversity and Climate at University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss:

A Matter of Excellence: Strategic Diversity Leadership in the Academy, an Evolutionary Discussion

When: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus

All faculty and staff are welcome.

Dr. Williams will speak about the evolution of strategic diversity leadership movement in the 21st century as a matter of institutional excellence and strategic imperative.

Topics:

  • Establishing diversity as a strategic imperative
  • Action steps for empowering institutional diversity plan
  • Evolution of modern day chief diversity officer role in higher education
  • Key role of faculty as diversity themed change agents
  • Importance of strategic partnership

Please RSVP to raprequests@umn.edu by Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

For more information, contact Mary Everley, UMW HERC Director, at umwherc@umn.edu or 612-626-0075, or visit uppermidwestherc.org.

Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Submitted by Orrin Nyhus, Safety and Security

Winter Hazard Awareness Week is Nov. 5 through 9. This annual awareness campaign is coordinated by the Department of Public Safety in partnership with the National Weather Service and other state and federal agencies.

Details about this year's campaign can be found at:

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/weather-awareness-preparedness/Pages/winter-hazarad-awareness-week.aspx or http://www.winterweather.state.mn.us/.

The website has information that employees can use to prepare for the coming winter. Topics this year are: Winter Storms, Outdoor Winter Safety, Winter Fire Safety, Indoor Winter Safety, and Winter Driving.

Please share this information within your agency. This would also be a good time to review your facility's policies and procedures for dealing with winter related issues such as clearing snow and ice from building entrances and walkways and the job hazards of employees that work outside.

We are creating two new slip, trip, fall posters for this coming winter season. Please watch for the posters coming soon!

We asked, you told us, and HERE is the result! First Year Experience Course

To view as a PDF, click here.

Wellness Works Presents: Introduction to Tai Chi

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please join us for the November Wellness Workshop, Introduction to Tai Chi.

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

To view as a PDF, click here.

Pause for Appreciation

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ve returned to work, and to thank you for your emails, cards, thoughts & prayers. I’ll be working partial days & weeks for a while until the pain subsides and stamina returns. I’m so blessed that the damage wasn’t more severe, and that the surgeon forecasts a near-full recovery of activities. (I guess that means that the high jump is out for the 2016 Olympics.) Again, thanks for everything – it’s great to be back!

- Mark Mueller, Math Department

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Social Amenities

A plant was sent to Zara Kinnunen