March 2010


 Issue No. 28: March 2, 2010

Issue No. 29: March 8, 2010 

Issue No. 30: March 15, 2010

Issue No. 31: March 22, 2010

Issue No. 32: March 29, 2010

Volume XXXVII, No. 28: March 1, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

Two Current Exhibits for Art Instructor, Rachel Breen

Women's Basketball Team Advances to Regionals

Music Department Recruitment Efforts

Employee Sings Praise of Yoga Offered at Cambridge Campus

Herstory: The Evolution of Women in America

Coffee House Entertainment Presents George Maurer

Two Rivers Reading Series

Assessment Brown Bag

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

2010 Bonding Bill

The 2010 Bonding Bill is moving quickly through the legislative process this year.  The bill has proceeded through the House and Senate Higher Education Committees, the Capitol Investment Committees, their Finance Committees, the floor of each chamber, and the Conference Committee merged the Senate and House versions into a final Bill.  Last week Governor Pawlenty signaled that he will veto the entire bill so lawmakers are now negotiating with him and hope to get a bill passed later this week, but details remain to be seen.

At this point, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is in the Bonding Bill for:

  • Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) projects;
  • $5.4 million for phase II renovation of the current Fine Arts Building, Coon Rapids;
  • $16.4 million for the construction of the BioScience/Allied Health Building, Coon Rapids Campus.

We will announce any new information as it develops.

I want to thank everyone on campus for their involvement in developing these projects and particularly thank our local legislators who introduced legislation on our behalf and have fully supported our projects with their colleagues in the legislature.  The process is not over yet!

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Dear Dr. Johns,

Thank you for providing an opportunity for me to get a college education. Your program of half price tuition for people who are unemployed has been so helpful and encouraging to me.

I have had a life goal of going to college, but in over 30 years since high school the time and money have never come together.  When I was laid off in December 2008 I had the time, and with your program, my goal was affordable. This spring, when you added the Individualized Education class taught by Jan Pomeroy to help non-traditional students, it was the icing on the cake. I believe I will be graduating this spring from Anoka-Ramsey Community College with my A.A. degree!

I am very excited that you have created an environment for me to not only fulfill my lifelong dream but also gain skills to help me find a job in this tough market.  Thank you for thinking outside the box and being a leader in our community.

Sincerely,

Sandra Sleck

Proud Student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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Two Current Art Exhibits for Instructor Rachel Breen

Rachel Breen is busy on and off campus.  Consider attending one of her art exhibits:

 

Women's Basketball Team Advances to Regionals

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women’s Basketball team won the 2010 Minnesota College Athletic Conference State Tournament in Thief River Falls over the Feb. 26-28 weekend with a 74-72 victory over Minneapolis Community and Technical College in the championship game.

The Anoka-Ramsey team will now host the Regional Championship, Saturday, March 6, 1 p.m. against Minneapolis. The winner will advance to the National Tournament, March 11 – 13, in Rochester, Minn.  

Admission for the Regional Championship is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The 2010 State Champion team members are: Jenna Anderson, Mallory Cramer, Stephanie Cramer, Angy Gavere, Marie Hanson Alex Moore, Alyssa Silva and Shawnell Vincent. The coaches are Dave DeWitt, James Fassett, David Lovrien and Trent Filley.

Go Rams!

 

Music Department Recruitment Efforts

In an ongoing effort to promote the Music programs at Anoka-Ramsey, Coon Rapids Campus Music Faculty recently participated in the Two Rivers Jazz Festival hosted at Braham High School.

Along with Braham High School, Foley, Milaca, Rush City, Pine City, Ogilvie, Mora and Onamia High School jazz bands performed. After each performance, college Music faculty members Rich Manik, Geoff Senn and Sam Bergstrom gave comments and feedback.

The Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Jazz group, featuring Rich Manik on saxophone, Geoff Senn on trumpet, Eric Anderson (Cambridge Campus) on trombone, Evan Everist on guitar, Brian Glenn on drums and Sam Bergstrom on bass performed afterward.

The event ended with a performance by the Two Rivers Honor Jazz band, conducted by Sam, featuring one to two students from the participating schools.

"This was a fun event for our faculty," says Sam Bergstrom. "Hopefully we were able to give a glimpse of our music program at both campuses to the eight participating high schools and we attracted some of these fine jazz musicians to the college."

Bergstrom is also currently in the process of organizing the department's regular recruiting tour. Which brings Music faculty into local high schools including St. Francis, Andover and Coon Rapids to perform for their bands, choirs and other music classes.

The faculty (including Melissa Bergstrom, Sam Bergstrom, Rich Manik, Fang-Yi Shen, Eric Anderson, Ric Perkins, Richard Joseph, Evan Everist, Jason Vanselow, Joyce Jenson, John Froelich, Dan Noraker, Goeff Senn and Brian Glenn) are currently rehearsing to perform for the high school students. The faculty performances will feature a brass quintet, guitar trio, vocal solos and duets, cello and piano duet and jazz ensemble.

In addition to performing, the Music faculty talk to students about the Music program, the associate of Fine Arts in Music degree, ensemble opportunities, course offerings and transfer opportunities. The faculty also gives short master classes at Coon Rapids High School to address instrument specific techniques, issues and overcoming common problems on all of the band instruments.

"The music faculty has always been committed to recruiting for our ensembles, the AFA degree and overall courses," says Sam. "Many of our faculty visit area high schools regularly to work with their ensembles, instrument sections and small groups of students. It has also been a fun experience for the faculty to perform with each other."

Good work Music Faculty. These personalizedrecruiting efforts are a great way to show prospective students the wonderful and talented faculty members and the great programs at Anoka-Ramsey!

 

Employee Sings Praises of Yoga Offered at Cambridge Campus

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk

Kathy Vieau was pleased when the Wellness Committee began offering free yoga at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and began attending the Thursday class at the Cambridge Campus when it began more than a year and a half ago.

Before that, Kathy had used the "Yoga for Dummies" DVD offered by the Wellness Committee.  She has found "having an instructor is the best way to participate in a yoga session."

"Seren (hired from WillowBridge) is a wonderfully soothing and an awesome instructor," says Kathy.  "She has a way of encouraging you to want more for yourself and to keep going."

The yoga classes at both campuses are intended for people of all fitness levels.  People are guided through various yoga poses and instructed how to make the pose more or less challenging to fit their own level.

"You can always move into the resting child's pose," says Kathy.  "It's a great pose!"

Child's pose however is only one thing Kathy likes about yoga.

"I love to do yoga because it takes me out of my present frame of mind and puts me right at ease," says Kathy.  "Seren encourages us to relax and focus on our breathing, and it is so invigorating.  Yoga really does change my frame of mind.  I leave class feeling as if I have no cares in the world - like a rubber band that can bend any way I feel."

Along with greater flexibility and less stress, Kathy has found that yoga has increased her ability to concentrate on work, homework and other tasks.

Kathy does many things to take care of her health.  She is physically active and tries to eat right.  Still, she finds yoga class as a great addition to her fitness routine.

"It is so awesome that Anoka-Ramsey's Wellness Committee offers yoga," says Kathy.  "We should all try to take advantage of it.  We are all so worth it.  It does the body - and the mind - good!"

For more information about all the free classes, workshops, information and benefits offered by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College  Wellness Works program, visit the Wellness Works Web site.

Kathy Vieau

Cambridge Campus employee, Kathy Vieau is a regular at the free yoga class offered every Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus.  She encourages her co-workers to attend for all the fabulous mind and body benefits.

 

Herstory: The Evolution of Women in America

Tuesday, March 2

10 a.m. -to noon

Coon Rapids, Legacy Room

This chronological examination of women throughout the history of America is a must see!

Guest Speaker Jessica Stumpf is currently Vice President of Academic Affairs at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical.  Her previous positions include Dean of Business at Hennepin Technical College and Dean of Transportation at Dakota County Technical College.  Her previous experience also includes 10 years of teaching business education at the secondary and college levels, working as Enrollment Management Coordinator and a Workforce Development Training Representatives in colleges in Iowa and Minnesota.

There is limited space so please R.S.V.P. Marcellus Davis if you plan to attend.

 

Coffee House Entertainment Presents George Maurer

Wednesday, March 3

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Coon Rapids, Courtyard Commons

George Maurer credits his parents' act of rescuing an old upright piano from a barn as his earliest intimate experience with a piano. The instrument had been misused to seduce chickens and cows. Thus the attraction.

George Maurer has performed nationwide as a solo performer - from the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minn, to performances in Washington, D.C. for members of Congress, the United Nations and the White House.  He's compiled a discography of 15 innovative solo piano and jazz albums, and his gentle humor and storytelling abilities, woven with music, have garnered him several nominations for "Jazz Entertainer of the Year" nationwide on college campuses.

Recently Maurer has performed with Eric Clapton at the House of Blues, Los Angeles; with Dick Clark, Bobby Vee, the Chiffons, the Crystals, Fabian, and Buddy Holly's original band The Crickets, and with numerous other rock and jazz performers.  Armed with an uncanny ability to interpret, arrange for, and produce and perform numerous musical styles; from traditional jazz to bebop, classic to modern rock, to country and beyond, Maurer is called upon to be a hired gun for numerous recording and theatrical ventures.

 

Two Rivers Reading Series

Fiction on a Stick Authors

Wednesday, March 3

1 to 1:50 p.m.  (Reading and Student Q & A)

2 to 2:50 p.m.  (Panel Discussion led by Faculty Member Scott Wrobel)

Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

John Reimringer's first novel, Vestments, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in fall 2010.  An excerpt, "Betty Garcia," appears in the Milkweed anthology Fiction on a Stick.

Sarah Stonich is the author of These Granite Islands and The Ice Chorus.  Her collection of short fiction, Vacationland, will be released in 2011, along with a volume of essays titled Shelter.

Diane Wilson's memoir Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award.  Her work has been featured in many publications.

The authors will be discussing their stories published in Fiction on a Stick.  All events are free and open to the public. The Two Rivers Reading Series is supported by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Division, Student Activities and Faculty Development. For more information, contact Kate Kysar at x1256.

 

Assessment Brown Bag

Monday, March 8

noon to 1 p.m.

Mississippi Room and E202

Assessment is in the air! Join faculty members from around the college for a Brown Bag lunch as they share their experiences with assessment of student learning. You'll learn about some of the different approaches that are being used around Anoka-Ramsey to understand and improve student learning while enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal (provided by you).

Join us at noon on Monday, March 8 in the Mississippi Room (Coon Rapids) or E202 (Cambridge) to see how assessment is being used by your colleagues and how they are making it work for them. Contact Jennifer Hennen or Nora Morris with questions. See you there!

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College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Sunshine Committee

  • A card and gift card was sent to Sheila Paul.
  • A card and gift card was sent to Dave Roddy.

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Carole Fuller, $100
  • Sasha Verkhovtseva, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

I'd like to thank several people for their above-and-beyond work in preparing Anoka-Ramsey's Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching Nomination: Jill Snippen for putting the 230 (!) nominations in a flexible and comprehensive spreadsheet, so the committee could make sense of the nominations; Sarah Deering for working tirelessly to pull together and prepare materials for a two-inch thick portfolio of work; Jeff Knight for doing last-minute (yet awesome) work on a cover for the Teaching Portfolio; and Jolene Mattson, not only for putting up with our crazy copy requests, but for having such a terrific attitude throughout - and for staying late to make sure it all got out in time.  Lastly, I want to thank Paula Croonquist for devoting so much of her time collecting and preparing an amazing body of material.  Paula, you make us proud!

-Kim Lynch

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 29: March 8, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

College Spring Enrollment Continues Double-Digit Increase

Student Profiled in MPR

Art Faculty's Work Showing Throughout Metro

New Women's Fastpitch Softball Team at Cambridge Campus Hosts Kick-Off, March 9

College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

Coffee Shop Now Open on Coon Rapids Campus

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Congratulations to the Anoka-Ramsey Women’s Basketball Team on winning the Region 13A Championship on Saturday, March 6! We wish you all the best at Nationals this weekend!
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College Spring Enrollment Continues Double-Digit Increase

Enrollment at Anoka-Ramsey Community College continues to spiral upward.  Spring 2010 headcount at the college increased 15.9 percent compared to spring term 2009 at the 30-day mark.  New student headcount increased 20.7 percent, while returning student headcount increased 14.9 percent.

Headcount at the Cambridge Campus alone increased 31.1 percent since last spring semester.  The bulk of the increase at the Cambridge Campus is in new students, which shows a 64.8 percent increase over the number of new students enrolled as of Feb. 24, 2009.  Returning student headcount shows a 26.2 percent increase.

"Last year's spring headcount was relatively flat at the Cambridge Campus," says college Director of Institutional Research, Katie Vaccari.  "This year's 30th-day increase may be related to higher unemployment in the Cambridge Campus service area.  It may also be related to efforts by the College to offer courses in formats (online) and at times that are more convenient for students."

Headcount at the Coon Rapids Campus increased 15.7 percent since last spring semester.  The increase is nearly evenly divided between new and returning student headcounts with new students increasing 16.3 percent and returning students increasing 15.6 percent, both compared to headcount as of Feb. 24, 2009.

"At both campuses, data indicates not only an increase in new students, but also that students are taking more credits per semester than last year at this time," adds Katie.  "This may also be employment related.  Students may want to get more of their coursework completed in a shorter period of time so they are ready for employment when in becomes available."

Historically, higher education enrollment increases during times of economic stress.  However, the need for an increasingly educated workforce may also be a factor.

"While higher education has always been important, education beyond high school is becoming increasingly necessary to compete in this global economy," says Anoka-Ramsey President, Dr. Patrick M. Johns.  "Anoka-Ramsey is committed to providing programs that help people prepare for rewarding employment."

Kudos to faculty and staff for managing these increasing numbers!

 

Student Profiled in MPR

On Tuesday, March 9, Minnesota Public Radio aired a story, titled "Recession shift makes more women breadwinners," and interviewed Anoka-Ramsey student Scott Ackerman, along with his wife Gretchen and son, Jake.

Hear or read the full story HERE.

 

Art Faculty's Work Showing Throughout Metro

The photographs of Art faculty member, Iggy Beerbower are scheduled to appear in numerous exhibits around the metro area.  Check them out if you get a chance:

MIA: Foot in the Door

Feb. 19 - June 13, 2010 

 MCAD: Water Rights

Feb. 26 - March 21

2501 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis

 Intermedia Arts: The Arts of Community

Sponsored by SMARTS

March 19 - April 16

Opening Reception: Friday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

 MCAD: Double Shifts

Shift B show: March 26 - April 18

Opening Reception: Friday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Concourse Gallery

2501 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis

 

New Women’s Fastpitch Softball Team at Cambridge Campus Hosts Kick-Off, March 9

Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s new Women’s Fastpitch Softball team will host a kick-off event, Tuesday, March 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Armed Forces/Community Center, Cambridge.

 

Regional media, high school coaches and athletic directors as well as the community are welcome to watch the team practice, talk to the players and interview the team’s coach.

 

“We are so excited to roll out this new program that we want to share it with the community,” says athletic director and women’s softball coach, David Alto. “A Women’s fastpitch team is not only great for the college; it is also a home run for the community. The game is very popular in the Cambridge/Isanti area. Now high school players will have an opportunity to continue to play after graduation and the community will have great games to attend.”

 

Pitchers and catchers on the new team have been practicing since mid-January; the full squad has been working out since mid-February. March games will be held inside, and games move outside in April.

 

The first game is Saturday, March 6 in Rochester. Weather permitting; the team is scheduled for 47 games in the first season.

 

As part of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC), the Anoka-Ramsey team will play in the Southern Division with six other schools for a total of seven teams. Anoka-Ramsey will play each of the other schools in its division twice, once home and once away. All conference games are doubleheaders.

 

Home games for the Anoka-Ramsey team will be held at Sandquist Family Park in Cambridge, located east of town, past the fairgrounds. Next year, the team will practice and play home games at the new field currently being planned and constructed at the Cambridge Campus.

 

For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s softball program or the kick-off event, call 763-433-1360.  

 

College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

Working collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County, Anoka-Ramsey Community College counseling faculty is hosting a community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violence facilitated by nationally-known violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz, Thursday, March 25.

The afternoon workshop dealing with sexual violence is already full with more than 200 invited professionals. The public is invited to the free presentation by Katz at the college, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

Katz, a nationally acclaimed educator, author and filmmaker, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education. Katz will lead the training session for professionals and community leaders in the afternoon. In the evening, he will facilitate a mixed-media presentation for the public.

His acclaimed program, titled “More Than a Few Good Men,” inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing our communities: sexual and domestic violence. Traditionally, these issues have been considered women’s issues. “More Than a Few Good Men,” by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces.

Katz has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, and director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps.

More than 400 invitations were sent to select local business members, school counselors, education centers, law enforcement agencies, political constituents, faith community members, mental health professionals, sports coaches and directors, and non-profit professionals.

“The sole purpose of the workshop, and the evening public presentation, is to engage people in the process of ending sexual violence in Anoka and Isanti counties,” says college counselor, John Hennen. “Disturbing numbers of female and male students on both of our campuses have been sexually assaulted. The same is true for the general population in Anoka and Isanti Counties.”

“The afternoon professional training provides a forum for Anoka-Ramsey faculty, staff, and administrators to work with  education, business, mental health, and other community leaders to increase awareness and address this pressing public health issue,” continues John. “The evening event is a consciousness-raising multi-media presentation that is open to students and the general public.”

For more information, contact John Hennen at x1234. 

 Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Nationally-acclaimed violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz (shown) will present "More Than a Few Good Men," a free community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violoence, Thursday, March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.



Coffee Shop Now Open on Coon Rapids Campus

Taher Business Dining is pleased to open the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coffee Shop on the Coon Rapids Campus!

The Coffee Shop hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Fridays: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Lunch: 10 a.m.

Some of the featured items include:  coffee drinks made with fresh beans ground for each cup (coming soon), fruit smoothies, blended coffee coolers, Tazo teas, breakfast pastries, hot panini sandwiches, all beef hot dogs and brats, gourmet sandwiches and salads, homemade cookies and bars, snacks and much more!

Join us the week of March 8 for these Grand Opening specials!

 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday 

Thursday 

 FREE 8 oz. cup of coffee with any purchase

FREE smoothie sample 

FREE coffee cooler sample 

FREE creamy hot cocoa sample 

We look forward to having you as our guests!



Official Announcements

Proposal

  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 2A.1 Data Practices RATIONALE: Allow the use of a combination of Name and Date of Birth to identify a specific student in searches that result in multiple results (students with same name) which can occur when searching data bases such as the Accuplacer test score data base and the National Student Clearinghouse.  The policy propsal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until 3/17/2010.

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College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Mark Omodt, 2/9/2010, MinnMATYC Membership, $25
  • Patty Pieper, 3/19-20/2010, 2YC3 Conference, $523.79
  • Penny Rivard-Sherman, 12/16/2009, APTA Membership National & State Dues, $480
  • Alexandra Verkhovtseva, 2/16/2010, Videos - "Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear" and "What are the Chances?  Probability Made Clear," $90

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Louise Duff, Frontline Conference, $217.44
  • Carole Fuller, Pre-Retirement Seminar, $115
  • Patricia Giese, NLN - Designing of a Simulation Center, $69
  • Lisa Harris, Managing People Side of Projects, $250
  • Robin Martineau, Excel Basic 2007, $149
  • Jason Siems, Frontline Conference, $162.26

Sunshine Committee

  • Received thank you notes from Sheila Paul and Dave Roddy.
  • A card and gift were sent to Darla McCann.

 

Pause for Appreciation

Send your comments to Kally Kruchten for next week's bulletin! 

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 30: March 15, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns  

College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

Official Announcements 

Faculty Shared Governance Council Agenda

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Agenda

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

Faculty Shared Governance Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Dear Dr. [Pat] Johns,

I wanted to write today to thank you and your staff for the hard work they graciously helped me with for my town hall meeting last night on green acres at the Cambridge Campus.

We had many more people than were originally expected and your staff was readily willing to help and be accommodating.  Specifically, Professor Nancy Boatman voluntarily moved her class to a different classroom to make more space for the meeting.  JoAnn Iskierka helped guide people where to go to find the meeting.  Greg Strandmark was very helpful in addressing the audio and stage needs for the meeting.  Also, Hegino Garcia and Bruce Nelson greatly assisted to ensure that the room had enough chairs and was neat and ready to go for the meeting.

I really appreciate the hard work of your staff to help accommodate the community meeting last night and wanted to be sure to write you today to thank you and to tip my hat to a job well done by your staff.

Thanks again,

Rick Olseen

State Senator Distric 17

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College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

Working collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County, Anoka-Ramsey Community College counseling faculty is hosting a community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violence facilitated by nationally-known violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz, Thursday, March 25.

The afternoon workshop dealing with sexual violence is already full with more than 200 invited professionals. The public is invited to the free presentation by Katz at the college, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

Katz, a nationally acclaimed educator, author and filmmaker, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education. Katz will lead the training session for professionals and community leaders in the afternoon. In the evening, he will facilitate a mixed-media presentation for the public.

His acclaimed program, titled “More Than a Few Good Men,” inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing our communities: sexual and domestic violence. Traditionally, these issues have been considered women’s issues. “More Than a Few Good Men,” by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces.

Katz has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, and director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps.

More than 400 invitations were sent to select local business members, school counselors, education centers, law enforcement agencies, political constituents, faith community members, mental health professionals, sports coaches and directors, and non-profit professionals.

“The sole purpose of the workshop, and the evening public presentation, is to engage people in the process of ending sexual violence in Anoka and Isanti counties,” says college counselor, John Hennen. “Disturbing numbers of female and male students on both of our campuses have been sexually assaulted. The same is true for the general population in Anoka and Isanti Counties.”

“The afternoon professional training provides a forum for Anoka-Ramsey faculty, staff, and administrators to work with  education, business, mental health, and other community leaders to increase awareness and address this pressing public health issue,” continues John. “The evening event is a consciousness-raising multi-media presentation that is open to students and the general public.”

For more information, contact John Hennen at x1234. 

 Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Nationally-acclaimed violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz (shown) will present "More Than a Few Good Men," a free community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violoence, Thursday, March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.


The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

Presented by Carl Crawford

"We cannot change our past; we can only and must learn from it."

Tuesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Tuesday, March 30, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, TBD

The beginning of the program will start with a brief history of what life was like in 1920 in Duluth, Minn.  Mr. Crawford will touch on the job climate and the way of life for many African Americans during that time.  The audience will also receive some background information on the alleged crime and the events that led up to the horrible event.

Mr. Crawford will then take the audience through the crime and the night of the lynching.  We will discover how history can repeat itself if we are not diligent in working to eradicate prejudices and biases.

In the end of the presentation we will look at some opportunities to heal and talk about solutions.  This is a chance for some rich conversation in the room and challenge folks to look in their own backyards.  Mr. Crawford will also talk about some of the strategies used to raise funds for the memorial.  Mr. Crawford will share some of the exciting things the CJMM board is still working to achieve in the community.

 

Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

Wednesday, April 14, 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. and 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Born and raised in Milledgeville, GA, Sean Hill is the author of Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008).  His awards include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bush Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and most recently a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, DIAGRAM, Tin House, and numerous other journals and anthologies.  He lives in Bemidji, Minn.  More information, as well as poems, can be found at his Web site.

 

Official Announcements

For your convenience, all Anoka-Ramsey Committees and Program Advisory Committees and members are listed in the Committees folder on the public drive. [N:\ARCC Public\Committees]

Action

  • Proposal submitted in the April 20, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 3B.1 Academic Program Improvement and Policy 3B.3 Adding, Changing, Dropping, or Suspending Courses have been moved to action.
  • Proposal submitted in the January 25, 2010 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees have been moved to action.

January 2010 items approved by AASC and Pat Johns, moved to action:

  • Academic Program Improvement (Procedure), Academic Policy, ES-03-FY09
  • Associate in Arts degree, Change a program, ES-05-FY10
  • Applied Engineering, Add a program, SEG-01-FY10
  • AENG 2225: Digital Electronics, Add a new course, SEG-02-FY10
  • AENG 2230: Digital Electronics, Add a new course, SEG-04-FY10
  • AENG 2235: Digital Electronics, Add a new course, SEG-03-FY10
  • IHH 2101, Change a course, IHH-11-FY10
  • HSER 1100: Nursing Assistant Registered/Home Health Aid, Change a course, N-08-FY10
  • PSYC 2257: Psychology and the Media, Add a new course, SS-05-FY10
  • PSYC 2255: Hollywood and Madness: Views of Mental Disorders in Popular Cinema, Delete a course, SS-06-FY10

February 2010 items approved by AASC and Pat Johns, moved to action:

  • Associate in Arts degree, Change a program, ES-06-FY10
  • NURS 1283: Transition to Professional Practice, Add a new course, N-04-FY10
  • NURS 2383: LPN Transition, Nursing Interventions, Add a new course, N-05-FY10
  • NURS 1153: LPN Transition to RN, Delete a course, N-06-FY10
  • CSCI 1102: Intro to Programming I, Delete a course, N-06-FY10
  • CSCI 1103: Intro to Programming II, Delete a course, CS-05-FY10
  • AS in Computer Science, Change a program, CS-04-FY10
  • Art 1142: Drawing II, Change a course, A-120-FY10
  • Art 1143: Intro to Figure Drawing, Change a course, A-16-FY10
  • Art 1144: Watercolor I, Change a course, A-17-FY10

Decision

Decisions based upon discussions at the February 22, 2010 FSGC Meeting:

  • Online Hours for Faculty  MSCF Master Agreement: "Office Hours.  Each instructor shall post and maintain one (1) office hour or one (1) hour of student availability in some other campus location per week for each three (3) credits taught to a maximum of fifteen (15) credits.  Additional office hours or student availability may be scheduled at the instructor's option."

            Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty who teach online classes may schedule one (1) office hour online per three online (media code 03) credits, up to 50% (maximum of 2 1/2 hours) of their required office hours per week.  The expectation of an online office hour would be a regularly scheduled, online synchronous meeting time that is posted as are all office hours and maintained specifically for student availability.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty who teach seated courses only and who teach full time (15 or more credits per semester), may schedule no more than one (1) office hour online per week.  The remaining office hours must be on campus. 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty who teach seated courses only and who teach less than full time (less than 15 credits per semester), are required to schedule all office hours on campus.

  • Policy 3C.1 Class Size  Administration is setting the maximum class size for the following classes:

        HSER 1100        20

  • Policy 5G.2 Fees  Approved and effective immediately.
  • AASC Policy Proposals 

        Policy 3B.1 Academic Program Improvement & Policy 3B.3 Adding/Dropping Courses  Approved and effective immediately.

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Faculty Shared Governance Council Meeting Agenda
Monday, March 22, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cambridge Campus: F117
Coon Rapids Campus: Mississippi Room

I.    Approve minutes from February meeting

II.   Old Business

    A.  Faculty Appraisal Procedure

    B.  Faculty Facilitator/Coordinators

    C.  Class size for Education 2000 and Education 2130

    D.  Lap-top computers

    E.  Admissions Policy

        1.  Nursing

        2.  PTA

III.  New Business

    A.  Possible shared Dean of Nursing between ARCC and Metro State

    B.  Revenue fund proposal from Coon Rapids student senate

    C.  Budget Consultation

    D.  Other

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 Academic Affairs and Standards Council
Friday, March 26, 2010
Mississippi Room and E202, 1 - 3 p.m.
AGENDA

Members: Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Sandy DeMontille (alternate), Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Luanne Kane (alternate), Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Kim Lynch, Nora Morris (alternate), Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Joe Schoen, Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd (alternate), Karl Wielgus

Expected Guests: Rhonda Kern, Jill Snippen

I.    February 19, 2010 Minutes were approved electronically

II.   New Proposals

  • Associate in Arts w/Emphasis in Art - Change a program ES-07-FY10 Change number of total credit hours from 64 to 60 credits.  Reduce number of degree requirements from 21 to 17 credit hours.  Limit number of electives from 3 to 2 credits.  Make ART 1108, Introduction to Art History II, a required course for MnTC goal 8 (Global Perspective).  Rationale: The proposed change is in compliance with the MnSCU-mandated requirement to reduce the number of total credit hours from 64 to 60.  In order to accomplish that, number of credit hours for degree requirements had to be downsized from 21 to 17.  ART 1108 was dropped from degree requirements and listed as a required course under General Education/MnTC requirements for Goal 8 (Global Perspective).
  • Associate in Arts w/Emphasis in English Literature - Change a program ES-08-FY10 The proposed change is in compliance with the MnSCU-mandated requirement to reduce the number of total credit hours from 64 to 60.  In order to accomplish that, number of credit hours for degree requirements had to be downsized from 21 to 17.  ENGL 2202 was dropped from degree requirements and listed as a required course under General Education/MnTC requirements for Goal 6A (Humanities/Fine Arts).  Rationale: The proposed change is in compliance with the MnSCU-mandated requirement to reduce the number of total credit hours from 64 to 60.  In order to accomplish that, number of credit hours for degree requirements had to be downsized from 21 to 17.  ENGL 2202 was dropped from degree requirements and listed as a required course under General Education/MnTC requirements for Goal 6A (Humanities/Fine Arts).
  • Associate in Arts w/Emphasis in Psychology - Change a program ES-09-FY10 The total credits in the degree are being reduced to 60 to conform to the new AA requirements.  the proposed changes include moving a required MATH course into the MnTC credits and dropping one credit of general electives.  Rationale: Change is required by state law, MnSCU board policy, and AASC-approved changes to the AA degree.
  • Art 1116: Design II: Color Theory - Change a course A-29-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1145: Watercolor II - Change a course A-28-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1150: Graphic Design I - Change a course A-27-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1151: Graphic Design II - Change a course A-26-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1167: Photography III - Delete a course A-32-FY10 Changing course number from 1167 to 2167.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 1168: Photography IV - Delete a course A-30-FY10 Changing course number from 1168 to 2168.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 1170: Photoshop I - Change a course A-25-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1171: Photoshop II - Change a course A-24-FY10 Update Learner outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Art 1189: Color Photography I - Add a new experimental course A-22-FY10 Enhance Photography curriculum by adding digital courses.  Rationale: Keep up with trends and technology.
  • Art 1189: Intro to Printmaking - Add a new experimental course A-18-FY10 Enhance curriculum.  Rationale: Printmaking is a core part of 2D curriculum.
  • Art 1241: Painting I - Add a new course A-21-FY10 Changing course number from 2241 to 1241.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 1242: Photography III - Add a new course A-35-FY10 Changing course number from 2242 to 1242.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 2167: Photography III - Add a new course A-33-FY10 Change number from 1167 to 2267. Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 2168: Photography IV - Add a new course A-31-FY10 Change number from 1168 to 2268.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 2241: Painting I - Delete a course A-19-FY10 Changing course number from 2241 to 1241.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • Art 2242: Painting II - Delete a course A-34-FY10 Changing course number from 2242 to 1242.  Rationale: To create consistency in numbering course sequence.
  • ENGL 2241 Intro to Creative Writing - Change a course E-02-FY10 Add phrase, "or by permission of instructor," to existing language of Prerequisite: "Grade of C or better in ENGL 1121." Rationale: Since it is an introductory course in creative writing, it is not "advanced." This change also helps to market the course.
  • ENGL 2251: Intro to Creative Non-Fiction Writing - Change a course E-03-FY10 In course description, change the word "advanced" to "student."  Rationale: Since it is an introductory course in creative writing, it is not "advanced." This change also helps to market the course.
  • ENGL 2261: Intro to Play and Screenwriting - Change a course E-04-FY10 Add phrase, "or by permission of instructor," to existing language of Prerequisite: "Grade of C or better in ENGL 1121." Rationale: Since it is an introductory course in creative writing, it is not "advanced." This change also helps to market the course.
  • ENGL 2271: --Add a new course. Introduction to writing for children and young adults E-05-FY10 To add a course that focuses directly on the craft and art of writing literature geared for children and young adult audiences.  Rationale: Since Harry Potter, both the market for and the study of literature for children and young adults has exploded in this country.  A course that engages Anoka-Ramsey students with the material they have consumed, and will likely write, puts our program at the forefront of a national movement in scholarships and artistic instruction.

III.  Tabled proposals from February for approval

  • Math 0200: Beginning Algebra - Change a course M-01-FY10 Change Learner outcomes: Grouped according to topic; merge outcomes 19, 21 and 25 into outcome 23; add new content covering geometry of solids.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Math 0210: Intermediate Algebra - Change a course M-02-FY10 Change Learner outcomes: Grouped according to topic; remove outcomes 13, 25, and 26; remove content covering geometry of sectors, pyramids, cones and spheres; add new content covering the simplification of complex fractions.  Rationale: Needed updating.
  • Nursing: LPN Mobility - Change a program N-07-FY10 Students admitted to this program will complete an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Transition to Professional Practice course (N1283).  Students will be concurrently enrolled in N1280 and N1281.  The second year of the program, the students will enroll in N2380, N2381 and a new clinical course N2383 designed for the LPN transition student (N2383).  The fourth semester students will enroll in N2480, N2481 and N2482.  Rationale: This change is needed to synchronize the LPN Mobility program with the current two-year nursing program curriculum.

IV.   Information items:

V.    Discussion items:

  • Memorandum from Manuel Lopez - RE: Review and Comment for System Guidelines for Program and Emphasis Titles.
  • Status of MnTC - Fall 2009.

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Academic Affairs and Standards Council
February 19, 2010
MINUTES

Members present: Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Luanne Kane (alternate for Kim Lynch), Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Nora Morris (alternate), Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Joe Schoen, Deb Shepherd (for Karl Wielgus)

Expected Guests: Rhonda Kern, Jill Snippen, Laura Migliorino, and Tim Wrenn

I.    January 22, 2010 Minutes were approved electronically.

II.   Tabled proposals from Janaury meeting APPROVED:

  • NURS 1283: Transition to Professional Practice - Add a new course N-04-FY10 This course will ensure the unique needs of the LPN transition student are met while maintaining the credit limits of the program.  Rationale: This change is needed to synchronize the LPN Mobility program with the current two-year nursing program curriculum.  This course enables the LPN transition program to remain within the credit limits set by the college and meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirement for advanced standing.  APPROVED w/edits: Change the wording of the rationale for the proposal's maximum class size.  Add to F7. "LPN Mobility" at the end of degree name.
  • NURS 2383: LPN Transition, Nursing Interventions - Add a new course N-05-FY10 This clinical course will ensure the unique needs of the LPN Transition student are met while maintaining the credit limits of the program.  Rationale: This change is needed to synchronize the LPN Mobility program with the current two-year nursing program curriculum.  This course enables the LPN transition program to remain within the credit limits set by the college and meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirement for advanced standing.  APPROVED.
  • NURS 1153: LPN Transition to RN - Delete a course N-06-FY10 Students admitted to this program will complete a new 2-cr LPN Transition to Professional Practice course (n1283).  Students will be concurrently enrolled in N1280 and 1281.  Rationale: This change is needed to synchronize the LPN Mobility program with the current two-year nursing program curriculum.  APPROVED.
  • Associate in Arts degree - Change a program ES-06-FY10 Reduce the total number of credits needed for the AA degree from 64 to 60.  General Education credits will remain at 40, the wellness requirement will remain at 3, and the elective credits will be reduced from 21 to 17.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate.  APPROVED.

III.  New Proposals APPROVED:

  • CSCI 1102: Intro to Programming I - Delete a course CS-03-FY10 Drop course from curriculum.  Rationale: This course is no longer offered, the 2 AAS degree tracks are being merged.  APPROVED.
  • CSCI 1103: Intro to Programming II - Delete a course CS-05-FY10 Drop course from curriculum.  Rationale: This course is no longer offered, the 2 AAS degree tracks are being merged. APPROVED.
  • AS in Computer Science - Change a program CS-04-FY10 To meet the 60 cr. Mix as required; merge the 2 tracks into a single track; CSCI 1125 course name change; replace Bus 1119 w/CSCI 1155 in the elective requirements; remove the wellness requirement.  Rationale: Removal of the Wellness elective is required to meet the 60 credit maximum.  Merging of the two tracks into a single track was mandated from the program review findings that was completed during Fall 2009.  In addition, CSCI  1102 and CSCI 1103 have not been taught for over 4+ years and were included in a track.  This forced students students to file a petition to complete their degrees on the other CSCI Track.  This change will make it easier for students to plan their course of study.  Adding CSCI 1155 as an elective will be beneficial to students who are planning to transfer to the University of Minnesota.  APPROVED w/edits: delete Math 1200 and move Math 1400 to the MnTC side.  Remove pre-requisite indicator* from English 1121 and from all Math courses below 1400.  Investigate whether Spch 2215 is the required speech for Mankato. Remove the "Transfer note:..."
  • Art 1142: Drawing II - Change a course A-20-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating.  APPROVED w/edits: Change MnTC to read 6C. Leave fee amount off of F5.  Make wording consistent in the line regarding "outside of class..." in the catalog description.
  • Art 1143: Intro to Figure Drawing - Change a course A-16-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating. APPROVED w/edits: Leave fee amount off of F5.
  • Art 1144: Watercolor I - Change a course A-17-FY10 Update Learner Outcomes and other course-related items.  Rationale: Needed updating. APPROVED w/edits: Change MnTC to read 6C. Leave fee amount off of F5. Make wording consistent in the line regarding "outside of class..." in the catalog description.

IV.   TABLED ITEMS:

  • Nursing: LPN Mobility - Change a porgram N-07-FY10 Students admitted to this program will complete an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Transition to Professional Practice course (N1283).   Students will be concurrently enrolled in N1280 and N1281.  The second year of the program, the students will enroll in N2380, N2381 and a new clinical course N2383 designed for the LPN transition student (N2383). The fourth semester students will enroll in N2480, N2481 and N2482.  Rationale: This change is needed to synchronize the LPN Mobility program with the current two-year nursing program curriculum.  NOT APPROVED. Clear up inconsistencies between the "Proposed Changes" form and the new guide sheet.  Include the Lifespan Development courses as an option on both versions of the guidesheet.  All AS degrees should have 30 credits of general eds.  Need to investigate the per-existing non-compliance with only 28 credits of gen. ed.

A member of the math department will be invited to discuss the next two items at the March meeting: Define what is review and what is new material in the Learner Outcomes.  Creator will be asked to do the legislative versions of both these documents to more clearly show the changes.

  • Math 0200: Beginning Algebra - Change a course M-01-FY10 Change Learner Outcomes: Grouped according to topic; merge outcomes 19. 21 and 25 into coutome 23; add new content covering geometry of solids.  Rationale: Needed updating.  TABLED.
  • Math 0200: Beginning Algebra - Change a course M-02-FY10 Change Learner Outcomes: Grouped according to topic; remove outcomes 13, 25 and 26; remove content covering geometry of sectors, pyramids, cones and spheres; add new content covering the simplification of complex fractions.  Rationale: Needed updating.  TABLED. Move the sentence in Learner outcomes which reads "exposed to..." to the Course Content area of the form.

V.    Discussion Items:

  • "Critical Thinking" Goal area 2 feedback was received from philosophy, chemistry, art, music, wellness and social science.  Options over what changes to make to this goal were varied with no overwhelming agreement either way.  Jim Biederman suggested that any group could make an official proposal over which way to approach Goal area 2 which would then begin the discussion and progression to a united decision.
  • Further discussion is also needed regarding the credit for prior learning process, including development of college policy and procedure, as required by MnSCU.

VI.   Information Items:

None.

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Faculty Shared Governance Council
2/22/2010
Coon Rapids - Mississippi Room
Cambridge - F117
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Minutes

Members present:

Coon Rapids:    Pat Johns, Luanne Kane, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Tom McCarthy, Kelly Befus, Lance Lund, Jim Biederman, Tom Hanson, Robbie McDonald, Melanie Waite-Altringer, Jennifer Bluth

Cambridge:    Mark Widdel, Barb Prince, Pam Fauskee, Deidra Peaslee

A.    January minutes were approved.

B.    Old Business:

    1.    Faculty facilitator/coordinator positions

        a.  Notes from the subcommittee were distributed.  Discussion surrounded the current direction of the facilitator coordinator positions.

        b.  The subcommittee will meet again on 3/2/2010

        c.  Add to the March agenda for further discussion.

    2.    Online office hours for faculty

        a.  The following motions were discussed.

            1.  Coon Rapids and Cambridge faculty position - one online office hour for every three credits taught online.

            2.  In addition, Coon Rapids faculty support the inclusion of online office hours for faculty regardless if they teach online or not.

        b.  Pat Johns would like both motions to move forward to the group that is developing the policy.

    3.    Faculty appraisal process

        a.  A new rubric for teaching faculty was distributed to the committee.

        b.  Cambridge would like time to review the new rubric.

        c.  Recommendation - add a signature line for the appropriate supervisor and faculty member.

        d.  Add to the March agenda for further discussion.

    4.    Determining campus faculty reps on hiring committees for new faculty

        a.  Proposal to Amend Chapter 4: Human Resources Procedure 4D.1/11 was distributed.

        b.  Changes cleaned up old terminology and removed college-wide (part 4).

        c.  Subpart 2I. Support Committee - Jim Biederman pointed out that we need to either follow Subpart 2I. or remove it.  Pat Johns will send examples to the 2 faculty presidents for reviewal.

        d.  Discussion on Subpart 3B.1 - Screening committees.  Kelsey Schwarzrock will send proposal out to the college for the 2 week comment period.

    5.    Couseling specialists for career programs

        a.  A new Department Liaisons List was distributed - (previously counseling specialists).

        b.  On the list add Transfer Specialist to Jaimie Lopez.

        c.  It was suggested that Department Liaisons should attend faculty meetings.

        d.  Mark Widdel suggested comprehensive information be put on the website for students to self advise.

    6.    Class sizes

        a.  EDU 2000, EDU 2130 - proposed 60.  Hold for more discussion at the next meeting.  Deidra Peaslee will bring rationale.

        b.  Nursing Assistant HPER 1100, now 10 - proposed 20.  This change was approved by the committee.

        c.  It was suggested that AASC look at the class size of proposed classes in the future.

    7.    Admissions Policy - PTA-Nursing

        a.  No response yet - add to the March agenda.

    8.    Tobacco use - Anoka and Isanti County

        a.  Committee has been established.

c.    New Business:

    1.  Fees Policy 5G.2

        a.  Changes approved:

            1. BIOL 1171/NATS 1171 (Nobel Conference) from $75.00 to $120.00.

            2. PTAC 2040 Special Topics - eliminate.

            3. Standardize Nursing Exams - eliminate duplicate from page 2.

            4. Transcripts - change from $5.00 to $7.50.  The process will be more efficient as the Students will be able to use the Clearninghouse.

            5. Kelly Befus proposed adding a fee for the Chemistry and Biology Competency Exams (test out).  The fee proposed - $10.

    2.  AASC Policy Proposals

        a.  Academic Program Improvement Policy 3B.1 - approved

        b.  Adding/Dropping Courses Policy 3B.3 - approved

    3.  PTK Leadership

        a.  John Mago resigned from this position.  Michael Wall has agreed to take over the duties for the remainder of 2009-2010.  The college will ask for those interested to be advisor for 2010-2011.

D.    Meeting adjourned

Recorded by Laurie Lopez, UH & FA Secretary

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College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Jim Biederman, 1/11/2010, American Psychological Association & Society for the Teaching of Psychology Memberships and Subscriptions, $257
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, 4/14-16/2010, Health Educators Conference, $381
  • Charlyne Foss, 4/14-16/2010, Health Educators Conference, $494
  • Lance Lund, 3/18-3/20/2010, 2YC3 Executive Committee Retreat & 187th 2YC3 Conference, $70 & $544
  • Vicki MacMurdo, 3/19-20/2010, 187th 2YC3 Conference, $637.80
  • Mark Omodt, 4/29-5/1/2010, MinnMATYC/MCTM Conference, $414
  • Sandra Robinson, 4/14-16/2010, Health Educators Conference, $498
  • Colleen Snell, 4/14-4/16/2010, Health Educators Conference and Preconference, $431

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Ann Anderson, MNTRiO Tri-State Conference 2010, $225
  • Genna Anderson, MACAC Midwest Spring Conference, $150
  • Robert Cancino, MNTRiO Tri-State Conference 2010, $225
  • Thom Nordin, MNTRiO Tri-State Conference 2010, $225
  • Ryan Olson, MNTRiO Tri-State Conference 2010, $225
  • Melissa Schultz, MACAC Midwest Spring Conference, $150
  • Shannon Watson, MNTRiO Tri-State Conference 2010, $225

Sunshine Committee

  • A card and gift were sent to Skip Ruis.
  • A thank you note was received from Skip Ruis.

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Ed Wehling, $100

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Pause for Appreciation

Working near the Records Office window, I marvel at the pleasant, helpful reception each and every student receives from Belinda Mulligan.  She is sincere and is a great example of what customer service should be.

-Carole Guffey

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 31: March 22, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Board of Trustees Encourages State Colleges and Universities to Consider More Restrictions on Tobacco Use

Anoka-Ramsey Task Force Examines Tobacco Policies, Practices

Anoka-Ramsey Grants Office at Work

Women's History Month Presentation: Dr. Flora Aldrich Portrayal

Wellness Works Workshop: Food Demonstration

College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

Anoka-Ramsey Hosts Free Recital with Pavia Winds, April 1

Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Two Anoka-Ramsey Students Named to All-Minnesota State Academic Team

Two of our  students, Robert Daun and Angela Kealey, along with 38 other students from two-year institutions across Minnesota were recently named to the All-Minnesota State Academic Team.

More than 200 people including students, college faculty and staff from higher education institutions from around the State and higher education dignitaries attended the recognition event March 3.

These types of recognitions help to both propel the student to greater leadership opportunities and increase public awareness of the high-caliber education available at our two-year institutions.

Robert, a resident of Dayton, Minn., is an accomplished musician who intends to become a registered nurse anesthetist after completing his studies at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Dedicated to his community, Daun was the lead volunteer of a highway clean-up project.

Angela, a 2007 honors graduate of Blaine High School, plans to pursue a four-year marketing degree after completing her studies at Anoka-Ramsey.  Dedicated to human issues, Kealey volunteered at St. Timothy Catholic Church, serving meals to the homeless, and at Anoka-Ramsey’s annual food and toy drive.

To be nominated to the All-Minnesota Academic Team, a student must be enrolled at a Minnesota two-year college through December 2009, have completed at least 12 semester credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.25 at a Minnesota two-year college.

Daun and Kealey, as well as the other 38 students, now become the state’s nominees for the All-USA Academic Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students.

The 2010 All-USA team members will be announced April 19 at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Seattle, WA.

2010 Anoka-Ramsey All-Minnesota State Academic Team

Anoka-Ramsey students, Robert Daun (second from left) and Angela Kealey (center) were named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team March 3. Anoka-Ramsey President Dr. Patrick M. Johns, (right)  along with Minnesota Colleges and Universities system’s Vice Chancellor Linda Baer (far left) and Board of Trustees member James Van Houten (second from right), attended the event to congratulation Daun, Kealey and the other 38 two-year college students being recognized for their academic and leadership abilities.

 

Check out all of the events at the Courtyard Commons Grand Opening on the Coon Rapids Campus!

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Board of Trustees Encourages State Colleges and Universities to Consider More Restrictions on Tobacco Use

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities passed a resolution today encouraging each college and university to consult with students, faculty and staff about further restricting tobacco use on the system's 54 campuses.

While all the state colleges and universities conform to the Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in public buildings, some institutions have placed additional restrictions on tobacco use. At least nine colleges and universities have adopted tobacco-free policies. Often, these policies have been adopted at the urging of students. 

In presenting the resolution to the board, Trustee Christine Rice, who chairs the board's Advancement Committee, said, "This is an important step.  It sends a clear signal to our campuses that while we value these decisions being made at the local level, we also encourage them to help advance the health and safety of everyone on campus with this well-documented risk," Rice said.

The resolution calls on the colleges and universities to consult with their students and employees about additional steps that their institutions can take.  These include educating employees and students about the danger of tobacco use to themselves and others, providing information to employees and students about smoking cessation resources and further restricting tobacco use on campuses.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher educaiton needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 260,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 164,000 students in non-credit courses.

 

Anoka-Ramsey Task Force Examines Tobacco Policies, Practices

Anoka-Ramsey Community College President Johns appointed a task force, that represents all areas of the college community, to work with Anoka and Isanti County Public Health to review current tobacco policy and practices. The goal of this group is to identify best practices, trends, policies and practices of other colleges and universities; explore readiness for potential policy modification or change; and make recommendations regarding potential policy modification or change by mid May 2010. The final decision will be with the administration. This effort is being funded by a grant from Statewide Health Improvement Program SHIP (see more below).

Tobacco-free campuses are becoming common. There are currently 11 smoke-free or tobacco-free schools in MnSCU and 22 tobacco-free or smoke-free campuses in Minnesota: Argosy University, Bethel University, Dakota County Technical College, Itasca Community College, Lake Superior College, Minnesota State University - Hoorhead, Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Worthington, Northwest Technical College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Northwestern College, Rainy River Community College, Rasmussen College - Waite Park and Moorhead, Ridgewater College - Willmar, Ridgewater College - Hutchinson, Riverland Community College (Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna), Rochester Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota - Crookston, University of Minnesota - Duluth, and Winona State University. St. Catherine's University will go tobacco-free in August 2010.

Why adopt a tobacco-free policy? Reasons include: protecting students and staff from secondhand smoke, supporting healthy life-style decisions, controlling healthcare costs, and reducing litter and cleaning costs.

The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), an integral part of Minnesota's nation-leading 2008 health reform law, strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. SHIP seeks to create sustainable, systematic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives. SHIP provided grant opportunities through county community health organizations to implement health-related solutions. Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services along with County Commissioners and the Community Leadership Team chose the tobacco-free schools intervention. Smoking is a leading cause of death in Anoka-County and a major source on chronic health issues.

 

Anoka-Ramsey's Grants Office at Work

Submitted by Donald Long

We've fielded a number of questions recently about the process of putting together a grant proposal. We are glad to be asked and gratified that people are interested. So, for those who may also be curious about grant proposal development, below is a summary timeline of one recent project, which resulted in two proposals. It's meant to be an example of how we operate. There is no template for this work, just principles and best practices, which we strive to practice.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Feb. 17, 2009: American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), "the stimulus act," signed by President Obama; Grants Office investigating what opportunities ARRA may include for Anoka-Ramsey and our constituencies.  There is a lot of money involved.
  • February - June, 2009: Many news releases issued concerning various ARRA grant programs; state agencies attempting to clarify funding opportunities; Grants Office gathering information.
  • June - July 2009: US Department of Agriculture & Commerce hold technical assistance workshops around the country to announce $7.2B for broadband technology grants.
  • July 9, 2009: Federal Government announces that three rounds of broadband technology competitions are planned, the first to occur in the fall.  It actuallyhappens in Dec. 2009. This appears to be a promising program that we may want to pursue.
  • July 21, 2009: Anoka-Ramsey Grants Office personnel attend technical assistance workshop in St. Paul. Three types of grants available
  1. Broadband Infrastructure ($5.5B)
  2. Public Computing Centers ($0.5B)
  3. Sustainable Broadband Adoption ($0.5B)

Agencies emphasize the role of community partnerships to serve the needs of underserved and at-risk population groups.

  • July 21, 2009: Grants Office immediately begins conversations with Anoka-Ramsey administrators, Office of the Chancellor (OOC) personnel, and Anoka and Isanti County agencies regarding these grant opportunities.  Soon we learn that Anoka County is preparing to make application for a broadband infrastructure grant - to put laser fiber in the ground and make high speed internet more available and affordable in the county.  The would like Anoka-Ramsey to be a partner.
  • August - December 2009: It is becoming clear that the OOC and a group of Anoka County agencies are interested in developing public computer centers (PCC) proposals.  We think these proposals can be competetive and convene a series of meetings with Anoka County partners and assist OOC with project design efforts.
  • December 2009: First national competition occurs and sees around 2,100 applications submitted; funds requested total nearly seven times available.  We will apply in the next round.  Grants Office continues to recognize benefits of participation in these partnerships; we're building quality, purpose-driven relationships and the potential tangible rewards are significant.
  • December 2009 - January 2010: Meetings continue with various agencies.  Round one grants trickle out; the University of Minnesota is awarded PCC grant ($2.9M) to assist African American, Hmong, Somali and other immigrant groups in Minneapolis.  We are on the right track; we could be successful too.
  • January - February 2010: Federal agencies redesign this grants program; only one more competition, applications due March 15, and the role of community colleges is elevated.  MnSCU and Anoka County groups hire consultants for final preparation and writing.  Grants Office staff prepare budgets, develop letters of commitment, write project plans, and provide broad inupt.
  • March 15, 2010: Anoka-Ramsey is partner in two submitted PCC applications!  Each project if funded will assist Anoka-Ramsey students and the public in multiple ways, including establishing a new broadband-enabled laptop loaner program on each campus.  How great would that be!  We'll know the outcomes probably sometime this summer.
    • Office of the Chancellor application includes 12 community colleges, a state university, MN Literacy Council, and Adult Basic Education; budget is $13+M
    • Anoka County application includes two library systems, three school systems, the Workforce Center, and Adult Basic Education; request is for $3+M
    • Afternoon of March 15, 2010: Grants Office reviewing a new Department of Labor funding competition, Community Based Job Training Program and begins contacting potential partners to discuss.  We have to move on it, the deadline is April 29.

    If you have questions or ideas relating to grants please contact Don Long (x1618) or Rosie Mortenson (x1382).

     

    Women's History Month Presentation: Dr. Flora Aldrich Portrayal

    Thursday, March 25, 12:30 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Courtyard Commons

    Presenter: Vickie Wendel, Program Manager, Anoka County Historical Society

    "The accomplishments of Dr. Flora were nearly unprecedented for a young woman at the turn of the century..."

    In 1887, Dr. Flora Aldrich was the first woman in Anoka County to earn a medical degree and did research in Europe. She was also an active contributing member to the community, and wrote several books.

     

    Wellness Works Workshop: Food Demonstration

    Thursday, March 25, Noon - 1 p.m.

    Cambridge Campus, E126

    Presenter: City Center Market 

    City Center Market is a full-service, natural foods cooperative grocery store, which has been serving Cambridge for 30 years. The presenters will discuss healthy eating strategies for busy people.

    Coon Rapids Campus, SC278

    Presenter: Molly Herrmann 

    Molly is the owner of Tastebud Tart, a Minneapolis catering company specializing in local, sustainable food. A former Nutritionist, Molly has lived in Florida and California before settling in Minnesota, and brings a unique culinary style to food in the Twin Cities. Molly is a lover of veggies, and will be teaching you how to look at a few in a whole new way! We will be making a healthy meal using fresh, local ingredients that will have you re-thinking how you eat at home. Ever heard of quinoa (keen-wa)? Molly can explain and show you a fast, delicious way to prepare this ancient grain.

    Food samples will be provided at both locations.  Please feel free to bring your lunch.

     

    College Promotes Violence Prevention with National Expert, Jackson Katz, March 25

    Working collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County, Anoka-Ramsey Community College counseling faculty is hosting a community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violence facilitated by nationally-known violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz, Thursday, March 25.

    The afternoon workshop dealing with sexual violence is already full with more than 200 invited professionals. The public is invited to the free presentation by Katz at the college, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

    Katz, a nationally acclaimed educator, author and filmmaker, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education. Katz will lead the training session for professionals and community leaders in the afternoon. In the evening, he will facilitate a mixed-media presentation for the public.

    His acclaimed program, titled “More Than a Few Good Men,” inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing our communities: sexual and domestic violence. Traditionally, these issues have been considered women’s issues. “More Than a Few Good Men,” by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces.

    Katz has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He is the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, and director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    More than 400 invitations were sent to select local business members, school counselors, education centers, law enforcement agencies, political constituents, faith community members, mental health professionals, sports coaches and directors, and non-profit professionals.

    “The sole purpose of the workshop, and the evening public presentation, is to engage people in the process of ending sexual violence in Anoka and Isanti counties,” says college counselor, John Hennen. “Disturbing numbers of female and male students on both of our campuses have been sexually assaulted. The same is true for the general population in Anoka and Isanti Counties.”

    “The afternoon professional training provides a forum for Anoka-Ramsey faculty, staff, and administrators to work with  education, business, mental health, and other community leaders to increase awareness and address this pressing public health issue,” continues John. “The evening event is a consciousness-raising multi-media presentation that is open to students and the general public.”

    For more information, contact John Hennen at x1234. 

     Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

    Nationally-acclaimed violence prevention educator, Jackson Katz (shown) will present "More Than a Few Good Men," a free community forum on preventing sexual and domestic violoence, Thursday, March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Performing Arts Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.


    The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

    Presented by Carl Crawford

    "We cannot change our past; we can only and must learn from it."

    Tuesday, March 30, 10 a.m. - Noon

    Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

    Tuesday, March 30, 1 - 3 p.m.

    Cambridge Campus, TBD

    The beginning of the program will start with a brief history of what life was like in 1920 in Duluth, Minn. Mr. Crawford will touch on the job climate and the way of life for many African Americans during that time. The audience will also receive some background information on the alleged crime and the events that led up to the horrible event.

    Mr. Crawford will then take the audience through the crime and the night of the lynching. We will discover how history can repeat itself if we are not diligent in working to eradicate prejudices and biases.

    At the end of the presentation, we will look at some opportunities to heal and talk about solutions. This is a chance for some rich conversation in the room and challenge folks to look in their own backyards. Mr. Crawford will also talk about some of the strategies used to raise funds for the memorial. Mr. Crawford will share some of the exciting things the CJMM board is still working to achieve in the community.

     

    Anoka-Ramsey Hosts Free Recital with Pavia Winds - Free Event, Public Welcome

    April 1, 7:30 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center 

    Formed in 2005 by musicians from area colleges and universities, Pavia Winds is one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber music ensembles.  The Twin Cities-based group explores a variety of repertoire for wind soloists with an increasing focus on contemporary music.  Considered active performers, Pavia Winds presents concerts and workshops throughout Minnesota and enjoys working with students to encourage enthusiasm for chamber music of all kinds. 

    Pavia Winds musicians include Anoka-Ramsey faculty member, Emily Sapa, flute; and fellow musicians: Sarah Carmack, oboe; Ryan Golden, clarinet; Gina Monge, horn; and Justin Windschitl, bassoon.

    The group will perform: Umoja by Valerie Coleman; Wind Quintet, Opus 43 by Carl Nielsen; Prelude and Fugue in G major by J.S. Bach arr. Marsha Schweitzer; and Suite Cantabile for Woodwind Quintet by Bill Douglas.

    For more information abou the free event, click HERE.  For more information about the associate in fine arts degree in Music and other programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit the college Web site.

    Pavia Winds

     

    Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

    Wednesday, April 14, 1 - 1:50 p.m. and 2 - 2:50 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

    Born and raised in Milledgeville, GA, Sean Hill is the author of Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008).  His awards include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bush Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and most recently a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

    His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, DIAGRAM, Tin House, and numerous other journals and anthologies.  He lives in Bemidji, Minn.  More information, as well as poems, can be found at his Web site.

     

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Faculty Development Fund Approvals

    • Nancy Elk, 4/14/2010, Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Techniques Workshop, $209
    • Nancy Elk, 4/28/2010, Life After Loss - Grief Workshop, $120
    • MaryAnn Larios, 4/14/2010, Mindfulness - Based Cognitive Techniques Workshop, $209
    • MaryAnn Larios, 4/28/2010, Life After Loss - Grief Workshop, $88
    • Deborah Shepherd, 3/17-20/2010, Conference, $450

    Staff Development Fund Approvals

    • Gary Olson, Technology Conference, $195
    • John Davis, Technology Conference, $195
    • Lacrestia Anderson, Frontline Conference, $134.67
    • Floyd Palmer, Frontline Conference, $174
    • Sean Johns, Frontline Conference, $162.26
    • Donald Long, Managing the People Side of Projects, $250

    Social Amenities

    Cards were sent to:

    • Skip Robinson
    • Dawn Bushman
    • Robin Martineau
    • Laura Anderson

    Wellness Fund Approvals

    • Linda Alxelrod, $100

     

    Volume XXXVII, No. 32: March 29, 2010

    New Education Benefits for Veterans

    Let's Go Out to the Ballgame

    Art Faculty to Teach at Prestigious Split Rock Arts Program

    Student's Healing Story Published in International Newsletter

      Theatre Students Get Special Guest Instructor

    The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

    Health Fair on Coon Rapids Campus

    Anoka-Ramsey Hosts Free Recital with Pavia Winds - Free Event, Public Welcome

    Free Science Night on April 6 at Cambridge Campus Highlights Vitamin D

    Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Pause for Appreciation

     

    New Education Benefits for Veterans

    Article "New Education Benefits for Veterans: What Works and What Doesn't," by Phil O'Donnell published in The Change Agent magazine, March 2010.

     

    Let's Go Out to the Ballgame

    The Anoka-Ramsey Women's Softball Team will play their first home game on Tuesday, April 6.  It's a double-header with games at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Our very own Michael Seymour will be throwing out the first pitch at the 3:00 p.m. game.

    Come join us at the Pine Village Fields located behind the Cambridge School Bus Garage (18th Ave - just off Main St.). We will be playing the highly ranked Rochester Community College team.  If you have questions, please call Dave Alto at x1843.

     

     

    Art Faculty to Teach at Prestigious Split Rock Arts Program

    Faculty and staff looking to pick-up some graduate credits in Art may want to consider, "The Portable Studio: Watercolor" retreat taught by Anoka-Ramsey's own Art faculty member, Meg Bussey, June 27 through July 2.

    Offered through the renowned Split Rock Arts Program, the Cloquet Forestry Center location offers more than 3,400 acres, 18 miles of hiking trails and a 44-acre stand of centuries-old virgin red and white pine. Meg also plans to spend at least a day near Duluth to capture the harbors and ships.

    This is Meg's first time teaching at the Split Rock program, but she attended the program for several years to earn graduate credits.

    For more information or to register for the program, click HERE. Scholarships are available.

     

    Student's Healing Story Published in International Newsletter

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College Healing Touch student Amanda Wendel, a Certified Pharmacy Technician, was recently published in Healing Touch International's newsletter, "Perspectives in Healing." Her article, which talks about her Anoka-Ramsey experience, chronicles her introduction to an eventual embracing of Healing Touch.

    Kudos to Natasha Baer and Sheila Judd for all their great work with all of the Integrative Health & Healing Programs.

    Read Amanda's complete article titled, "A Student's Personal Journey."

     

    Theatre Students Get Special Guest Instructor

    Chanhassen Theatre actress, Tinia Moulder (front, center-right) leads Theatre Faculty member, Blayn Lemke's Auditioning class in some fancy footwork.

    Students in the Auditioning class are taught techniques to prepare for opportunities on stage, film and television.

    If you snap a photo of some interesting happenings in your class or around class, please forward it, along with details, to Kally Kruchten for inclusion in the College Bulletin.

     

     

    The Story of the Duluth Lynchings

    Presented by Carl Crawford

    We cannot change our past; we can only and must learn from it."

    Tuesday, March 30, 10 a.m. - Noon
    Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room
    Tuesday, March 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
    Cambridge Campus, TBD

    The beginning of the program will start with a brief history of what life was like in 1920 in Duluth, Minn. Mr. Crawford will touch on the job climate and the way of life for many African Americans during that time. The audience will also receive some background information on the alleged crime and the events that led up to the horrible event.

    Mr. Crawford will then take the audience through the crime and the night of the lynching. We will discover how history can repeat itself if we are not diligent in working to eradicate prejudices and biases.

    At the end of the presentation, we will look at some opportunities to heal and talk about solutions. This is a chance for some rich conversation in the room and challenge folks to look in their own backyards. Mr. Crawford will also talk about some of the strategies used to raise funds for the memorial. Mr. Crawford will share some of the exciting things the CJMM board is still working to achieve in the community.

     

    Health Fair on Coon Rapids Campus

    Wednesday, March 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Cafeteria

    With special guests: Abeler Chiropractic, American Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Anytime Fitness, Beuaty Control, CVS Pharmacy/Minute Clinic, Excess Energy & Simple Nuetro-lights, Grass Roots Coop, Juice+, LA Fitness, Taher Dining and YMCA.

     

    Anoka-Ramsey Hosts Free Recital with Pavia Winds - Free Event, Public Welcome

    April 1, 7:30 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Performing Arts Center

    Formed in 2005 by musicians from area colleges and universities, Pavia Winds is one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber music ensembles. The Twin Cities-based group explores a variety of repertoire for wind soloists with an increasing focus on contemporary music. Considered active performers, Pavia Winds presents concerts and workshops throughout Minnesota and enjoys working with students to encourage enthusiasm for chamber music of all kinds.

    Pavia Winds musicians include Anoka-Ramsey faculty member, Emily Sapa, flute; and fellow musicians: Sarah Carmack, oboe; Ryan Golden, clarinet; Gina Monge, horn; and Justin Windschitl, bassoon.

    The group will perform: Umoja by Valerie Coleman; Wind Quintet, Opus 43 by Carl Nielsen; Prelude and Fugue in G major by J.S. Bach arr. Marsha Schweitzer; and Suite Cantabile for Woodwind Quintet by Bill Douglas. For more information abou the free event, click HERE. For more information about the associate in fine arts degree in Music and other programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit the college Web site.

     

    Free Science Night April 6 at Cambridge Campus Highlights Vitamin D

    Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

    Cambridge Campus

    Recognizing the importance and encouraging others to recognize it too, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus will host its annual Science Night, April 6, 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    This year's event highlights Dr. Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, and medical director of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. Plotnikoff will present, "2010 Update on the Vitamin D Controversies."

    "Science Night is a public outreach event to inform the public about science topics," says Anoka-Ramsey Science Faculty member, Mary Januschka. "Everyone should attend. It is important to know what research shows about the importance of vitamin D to good health."

    Dr. Plotnikoff is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who has received international honors for his work in cross-cultural and integrative medicine. A graduate of Carleton College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Minnesota Medical School, he returned to Minnesota in 2008 after six years in Tokyo, Japan where he was an associate professor. In Japan, he was active in East-West medicinal integration issues, and received several international awards for research and teaching. He has also received the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

    Dr. Plotnikoff is well known for his work in interventional nutrition, herbal medicines and spirituality in clinical care. He has additional training in medical acupuncture, mind-body skills and as a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine. He is the author of 14 textbook chapters and 50 articles in the medical literature including six Japanese. He is a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership program, the Bush Foundation Leadership Program and of the American College of Physicians.

     

    Two Rivers Reading Series Presents Sean Hill

    Wednesday, April 14, 1 - 1:50 p.m. and 2 - 2:50 p.m.

    Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

    Born and raised in Milledgeville, GA, Sean Hill is the author of Blood Ties & Brown Liquor (UGA Press, 2008). His awards include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bush Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and most recently a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

    His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, DIAGRAM, Tin House, and numerous other journals and anthologies. He lives in Bemidji, Minn. More information, as well as poems, can be found at his Web site.

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    College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

    Staff Development Fund Approvals

    • Ravae Anderson, Frontline Conference, $134.67
    • Belinda Mulligan, Frontline Conference, $162.26

    Social Amenities

    • A card was sent to Lori Rodgers.

     

    Pause for Appreciation

    Thank you to my Secret Sister,

    Thank you for all the surprises. They have made my day many times. I am not sure I can tell you how much it means to me, just know it is greatly appreciated.

    -Crystal Nelson