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October 2009


Issue No. 11: Oct. 5, 2009

 Issue No. 12: Oct. 12, 2009

Issue No. 13: Oct. 19, 2009

Issue No. 14: Oct. 26, 2009

 Volume XXXVI, No. 11: Oct. 5, 2009

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wellness Works Workshop: Lights Out for Better Health

Northstar Commuter Rail Update

Microsoft Office Workshop for Students

College Awarded Grant

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Management & Budget Commissioner Tom Hanson Visits Coon Rapids Campus

Anoka-Ramsey Community College was approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees for two major building projects in the 2010 bonding bill process. Even though we have been approved by the Board, the projects will now “compete” for legislative funding among all state bonding requests. The legislative process has begun with the first of three scheduled  visits last Friday, Oct. 2, by the Commissioner of MinnesotaManagement and Budget, Tom Hanson. He and Capital Projects Director, Gay Cerney, met with us as we presented our projects. They also quickly toured the Coon Rapids Campus, paying particular attention to our Fine Arts Building, the site for our proposed Bioscience and Allied Health addition, and also checking the construction progress of the Visual Arts Center. We appreciate the Commissioner’s interest in Anoka-Ramsey Community College and support of our projects.

We have also been scheduled by the House Capital Investment Committee and the Senate Capital Investment Committee for visits over the next several weeks. Our projects are ranked #10 (Phase 2 of the Fine Arts Building Renovation) and #16 (Bioscience and Allied Health addition) among 31 other MnSCU projects.

I want to thank Dawn Bushman, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Kally Kruchten and Mary Jacobson for the thorough preparations in hosting these events. Mike Seymour and Jim Nieswag participated in the presentation and tour. The Commissioner stated he was impressed with our materials, presentation and that we fully answered his questions! We have a long road ahead of us yet. We will not know the status of the funding until the final bill is drafted and signed by the Governor at the end of the 2010 legislative session.

 Commissioner 005

Commissioner 007 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some facts about breast cancer:

  • Women who have first degree relative history of breast cancer have roughly twice the chance of developing breast cancer that those who don't have first degree relatives with the breast cancer history.
  • During 2009, an estimated 192,370 women will develop invasive cases of breast cancer, and a predicted 1,910 men will develop breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is generally much more aggressive in younger women.
  • The earliest sign of breast cancer is often an abnormality detected on a mammogram before it can be felt by the woman.  On average, mammography will detect about 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms.
  • There is hope, death rates for breast cancer have steadily decreased since 1990, and this represents the progress in early detection and improved treatments.
  • Breast cancer ranks in second for cancer causing deaths in women.
  • Thos who have had early detection of breast cancer and where it did not spread beyond the breast had a five year survival rate of 98.1 percent.  Early detection is key!

Pick up breast cancer awareness information at the Breast Cancer Awareness Month display in the BN Bulge.

Help us to raise $2 million to fight breast cancer!  Yoplait will donate $ .10 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for each pink lid collected.  The collection site is located at the Breast Cancer Awareness Month display in the BN Bulge.

 

Wellness Works Workshop:  Lights Out for Better Health

Five Strategies to Improve Your Sleep

As a nation, Americans are sleep deprived.  We average about six hours of sleep a night versus the nine hours our grandparents slept.  The health consequences are staggering: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, memory problems, lower immunity and early death.  The costs of sleep problems are also enormous, $15 billion in health care expenses and as much as $50 billion in lost productivity.  This class explains how changing your nutrition can lead to better sleep, health and productivity.

Cassie Weness, Licensed Dietitian, is a counselor and nutrition educator at Nutritional Weight and Wellness.  She received a B.S. in Food and Nutrition with a minor in Health Education from North Dakota State University.

Nutritional Weight & Wellness educates and counsels thousands of people to better health each year at classes in 27 communities in the metropolitan area, and for groups at workplaces, meetings and conferences.  The company is perhaps best known for its popular weekly radio show, "Dishing Up Nutrition," on FM 107.

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 29. 2009 in E202 (Cambridge Campus) with an ITV connection to the Mississippi Room (Coon Rapids Campus), from noon to 1 p.m. and feel free to bring your lunch.

 

Northstar Commuter Rail Update

Northstar trains are designed to be easy to ride and provide convenient and comfortable service, but passengers also must do their part to make the ride enjoyable for everyone.

Here are the answers to a few common riding questions:

  • Will I be able to ride transit between Big Lake and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport or Mall of America?
    Yes. Commuters can catch Northstar at stations between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis, and then transfer to Hiawatha Light Rail Transit at the Target Field Station in Minneapolis at no extra charge. Hiawatha LRT provides service throughout downtown and South Minneapolis, as well as the airport and Mall of America.
  • Can I bring my bicycle on the train?
    Yes. Each Northstar train car comes equipped with two on-board bicycle storage spaces. Please secure your bike and personal items after boarding, and stand with your bike or take a seat nearby the rack. Locked bicycle storage lockers also are available at each suburban Northstar station for riders who prefer to leave their bikes behind.
  • Are Northstar trains accessible to wheelchairs and strollers?
    Yes. Northstar Commuter Rail service will be fully ADA compliant. All station platforms will include ramps to provide easy roll-on access for passengers in wheelchairs or with strollers. Each Northstar passenger car also is equipped with a wheelchair lift and space to accommodate four wheelchairs. See a Metro Transit employee or Northstar conductor on opening day for assistance.
  • Can I eat or drink beverages during my commute?
    Food is not allowed on trains, and beverages need to be in covered containers, such as a coffee mug with a lid or bottled water. Trash bins will be available on board the trains. Remember to throw your trash away as you exit the train.
  • What should I do if passenger cars are full and there are no empty seats?
    Passengers may walk safely between train cars to find a seat on one of the three levels in each passenger car. If there is standing room only, hold on to seat handles along the aisles and be prepared for sudden stops. Each passenger car has designated seating for elderly and disabled riders. Please give these seats to others who need them when trains are crowded.
  • Do Northstar trains offer a wireless Internet connection?
    No. However, work tables and electrical outlets are available for commuters who choose to use the ride time to catch up on work.
  • May I use my mobile phone or wireless device?
    Yes. Mobile phones are allowed on trains, but please keep calls brief and quiet to be respectful of other passengers. Please also keep the volume low on headphones and electronic devices.
  • Who can I go to with questions or for assistance?
    Each train will have a conductor on board who will check fares and help passengers board, ride and disembark safely. Don't hesitate to ask your conductor any questions you may have. Metro Transit also will have staff people available to assist you during the first week of Northstar service.

For additional riding policies and tips, visit Metro Transit.

Exploring the Northstar Corridor: Spotlight on Fridley
The Fridley Station is located at 61st Way & East River Road NE. Unlike the other Northstar stations, Fridley has no federal funding for construction. It was made possible thanks to the City of Fridley, Anoka County and the Counties Transit Improvement Board (http://www.mnrides.org/). Station construction will be complete in time for Northstar service this fall. It will feature an underground pedestrian tunnel with access to the train platform. Fridley is home to the international headquarters of Medtronic, Springbrook Nature Center and the annual '49er Days Festival. Visit the City of Fridley or the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce for more information.

 

Microsoft Office Workshop Series for Students

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is once again collaborating with Metro North Adult Basic Education and the Anoka County Workforce Center to support a free Microsoft Series, which will be conducted on the Coon Rapids Campus.  Only participants who are referred from the Workforce Center may participate in these sessions.  Therefore, students must contact the Workforce Center directly (763-783-4800) if they would like to register for these workshops or learn about additional services offered by the Workforce Center.  

The Microsoft Series workshops are a great opportunity for many of our Workforce Retraining Initiative participants.  Please let students know about these classes and provide them with the Workforce Center contact information.

The October Microsoft Series will be held on the following days and times:

Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Room T207:

  • October 5--Windows/Internet
  • October 12--Excel
  • October 19--Windows/Internet
  • October 26--Excel

Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Room T208:  

  • October 8--Word
  • October 15--PowerPoint 
  • October 22--Word
  • October 29--PowerPoint

 

College Awarded Grant

The College has been officially awarded a Congressionally-directed grant from the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).  This award of $238,000 is for the development of curriculum and programs focused on biomedical-device manufacturing.  Allan Callander and Carole Fuller, Continuing Education and Customized Training, and Robin Robatcek, Director of Business, CNET & BMED, will be working closely with Karen White, Director of the Applied Engineering Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University, for the next 12 months  to establish a multifaceted credit and noncredit program that helps meet the Applied Engineering Technician and Applied Engineer workforce needs of the region’s biomedical-device industry.  An important goal of this project is to establish an educational pathway in applied engineering from Anoka-Ramsey to Bemidji State.

 

Official Announcements

None

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council

Sept. 18, 2009

Mississippi Room and ITV to E202

1 to 3 p.m.

Minutes

Members present:   Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Sandy DeMontille (alternate for Karl Wielgus), Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Deb Shepherd (alternate for Rosemary Hoolihan), Mark Widdel

Members absent: Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Karl Wielgus

Guests: Rhonda Kern, Kim Lynch, Pat Johns, Jill Snippen, Luanne Kane 

Recorder: Valerie Knight

I.    Election of Committee Chair and Review of Proposal Voting Process

Jim Biederman was unanimously elected to serve as Chair of AASC. Members introduced themselves. Biederman distributed the “Voting Process” for members to review.

II.    Review minutes from May, 2009 meeting

Minutes from the May meeting were unanimously approved. Pat Johns was invited to defend his veto of the ES-05-FY09 “Approving the alternative format of courses—academic policy.”  In essence, he believed the policy was meant to maintain quality in the classroom and in delivery methods. He felt we already have quality assurance in place. Instituting this policy would infringe on a faculty member’s opportunity to be innovative and to use their creativity and individuality. It was also felt that the current QIP would assist faculty with quality assurance in their classroom.

III.          Proposals approved by AASC:

  • AS in Human Resource Associate (HRA)—Add a program B-01-FY10 Add an AS degree for Human Resource Associate  Rationale: Designed to prepare students for entry level careers in the field of human resource management while simultaneously priming students for success as they continue their education through a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration.  Students will experience an application-oriented, real-world focused education through a degree program that provides both a strong foundational business core along with a general education curriculum designed to support student academic and professional success.  APPROVED with edits: add geography courses to area #5 of MNTC and additional English courses to area #1 (other than 1121). Use a different word than “realize” in the program goals. This program needs an “Assessment Plan” which should be sent to the AASC group for review.
  • Bus 2010 Introduction to Human Resources—Add a new course B-02-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program. APPROVED.
  • BUS 2015 Benefits and Compensation—Add a new course B-02-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program. APPROVED.
  • BUS 2020 Employee Training and Development—Add a new course B-04-FY10 Required for HRA program. Rationale: New course for the program. APPROVED with edits: change eff. date to spring 2010.
  • BUS 2025 Labor Relations—Add a new course B-05-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program.  APPROVED.
  • BUS 2030 Human Resource Information Systems—Add a new course B-06-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program. APPROVED with edits: change eff. date to spring 2010.
  • AA with an Emphasis in Psychology—Change a program SS-01-FY10 Modify per MnSCU request.  Rationale: Articulation agreements necessitated modifications. APPROVED with edits: Psychology department will produce a set of “Learning Goals” and an “Assessment Plan.”
  • Athletic Coaching Certificate—Add a program W-01-FY10 Create an Athletic Coaching Certificate.  Rationale: No other CC in our geographical location has this program. APPROVED.
  • HPER 2230 Introduction to Sport Management—Add a new course W-02-FY10 Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate. APPROVED.
  • HPER 2240 Coaching Theory—Add a new course W-03-FY10 New course.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate. APPROVED.
  • HPER 2297 Field Experience and Seminar in HPER—Add a new course W-04-FY10 New course.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate. APPROVED with edits: change effective date to Spring 2010 and F.1 Classroom hours to read “per semester.”
  • CAOR 2297: Career Internships and Field Experience—Change a course ES-01-FY10 Both the description and learner outcomes were updated to more closely fit within the scope of civic learning and internships. This new CCO also clarifies the credit scope, so students realize the one-credit seminar obligation and how that links to variable credits. The total number of potential credits was reduced.  Rationale: To provide clarity and to serve the needs of students interested in internships/field experiences as part of their program, major, or career plans. APPROVED with edits: move prerequisite statement (after Permission of Instructor) to the D. Recommended skills, etc. area of the form.
  • ICBE 1101: Individualized Educational Planning—Change a course ES-02-FY10 Reduced to 1 credit and updated the language to show its emphasis on both planning for the future and accounting for any past work that can be assessed for competency. It was also intended to be broad enough to accommodate any future plans for Individualized degree programs.  Rationale: To make this course available, accessible, and relevant to as many students as possible. It has not been taught since Shirley Andreason retired. APPROVED. Refer to FSGC to find a “home” for these courses or check around with other colleges to see where it is housed.
  • Associate in Arts: with an Emphasis in Creative Writing—Change a program E-01-FY10 Add a "Creative Writing Emphasis" to the existing AA degree.  In March, AASC approved an AA with Emphasis in Creative Writing. Since then, conversations with MSU-Moorhead have encouaged some slight changes to the program to better align with bachelor degree options.  The emphasis area will consist of 21 ENGL credits: Required Core of 6 cr., required electives (choose 3 of the 4-9 cr., Writing Concentration (Choose 2 of the three - 6 credits).  Rationale: More closely aligns with core requirements (first two years) of bachelor degree programs- particularly MSU – Moorhead. APPROVED.
  • Academic Program Improvement—Academic Procedure ES-04-FY09-FY10 Procedural language from the current program review policy is moved into this new procedure. Additional information is also included, which was part of a procedure that was drafted several years ago but never adopted as a formal college procedure. A listing of specific degrees is omitted from the procedure, with a reference instead to the current inventory of approved college programs. There is also a new requirement for disciplines within the liberal arts to provide an annual report as part of the budgeting and planning process.  Rationale: No procedure currently exists. The additions to the existing policy language will clarify the program review process. The elimination of the list of approved programs will limit the frequent changes to the procedure based on changes in approved programs. The new annual reporting requirement for liberal arts disciplines will improve planning in disciplines and will streamline the process for conducting a full review of the AA every 3-4 years. TABLED TO OCTOBER.

IV.    Discussion Items:

  • Next meeting is October 23.
  • AASC Deadlines for catalog publication: Deidra Peaslee distributed a plan for deadlines for submission to AASC of changes to the semester catalogs. As the catalog is now published on the Web it may be updated each semester instead of once a year. The plan detailed deadlines for both courses and programs. The committee suggested minor timeframe edits to the document which will then be shared with the Education Services Council and emailed to “Anoka-Ramsey.”
  • Development of new programs: Peaslee distributed new Guidesheet Information for use when proposing a new program to AASC. This will be the form used when proposing a new program from which Jeff Knight will produce the official guidesheet. The group was delighted and enthusiastic about this new procedure.
  • Peaslee also distributed a Process Overview Chart for members to envision just how the process of developing a new program actually works.

V.    Information items:

Deadline for next AASC submissions: October 1.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Rosemary Hoolihan, 9/23-26/2009, National League for Nursing Education Summit, $900
  • Mary Januschka, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36
  • Christopher Lutz, 9/25/2009, 2YC3 Conference, $35
  • Vicki MacMurdo, 9/25-26/2009, 2YC3 Conference, $50
  • Brian Mansell, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36
  • Laura Migliorino, 10/22-25/2009, Hofstrau University Suburban Studies Conference, $425
  • Linda Miller, 9/23-26/2009, National League for Nursing Education Summit, $1,800
  • Paige Riehl, 10/1-3/2009, TYCA Midwest Conference 2009, $435
  • Amber Severson, 11/4-6/2009, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, $517.63
  • Tim Sheehan, 9/29/2009, Improvisation Class at Brave New World, $250
  • Scott Stankey, TYCA Midwest Conference 2009, $450
  • Cheryl Tefer, 9/23-27/2009, National League for Nursing Education Summit, $1,182
  • Jennifer Wilcutt, 9/24-25/2009, MNADE Fall Conference 2009, $274
  • Brad Wold, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36
  • Scott Wrobel, 4/7-10/2010, Associated Writing Programs 2010 Conference, $1,035

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Martha Muehlhauser, $100
 
Pause for Appreciation

We would like to thank the Marketing Team for all their hard work in designing the new Admissions materials for the college!  Your effort, talent, patience and humor are much appreciated.  We can’t wait to share the new logo with the public!   

-The Counseling & Advising Team

 

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 12: Oct. 12, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Marketing Brings in Gold Medallion 

College Makes Education More Convenient for Busy Lifestyles

Annual Informational Open Enrollment Meetings

Official Announcements

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Prairie Home Delights - Thanks Everyone!

I attended the 16th Annual Prairie Home Delights last Thursday and was pleased to see so many volunteers and items donated from college employees.  Thank you!

This large event takes a great deal of planning.  The staff in Institutional Advancement, with help from others in the President's Office, worked hard once again to make this event a success.  Excellent work:  Dawn Bushman, Evelyn Gedde, Kally Kruchten, Charlotte Lindahl, Don Long, Kelsey Schwarzrock, Lisa Sisson, Suzanne Stiff, Kelly Torok-Linder and Michael Wall.

 

Construction Update

Cambridge Campus Projects

Nursing Addition

Science Labs 

 Athletic Fields

Cambridge Campus Nursing Addition

Cambridge Campus Science Labs

Cambridge Campus Athletic Fields

 Occupancy Date: Spring 2010
Occupancy Date: Spring 2010 
 Occupancy Date: Spring 2011

Coon Rapids Campus Projects

Business Office, Financial Aid & Records

Visual Arts Center

Coon Rapids Campus Business Office, Financial Aid & Records 

Coon Rapids Campus Visual Arts Center 

 Occupancy Date: October 2009
 Occupancy Date: July 2010

Current Bonding Projects

 Coon Rapids Campus Fine Arts Renovation

 Coon Rapids Campus Bioscience & Allied Health Addition

Fine Arts Renovation Bonding Project 

Bioscience & Allied Health Bonding Project 

 Occupancy Date: Fall 2011
 Occupancy Date: Spring 2012

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Marketing Brings in Gold Medallion

Kudos to our college graphic designer, Jeff Knight!

During his third month at the college, Jeff Knight illustrated the design for the "Hormel Girls" musical.  On Sept. 27, 2009 at the District 5 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) conference, the poster design was awarded a Gold Medallion.  District 5 includes colleges from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Manitoba, Canada.

Excellent work, Jeff!

 
 
 

 
Graphic designer, Jeff Knight with Gold Medallion award for "Hormel Girls" poster.

 

College Makes Education More Convenient for Busy Lifestyles

It seems life is increasingly busy.  To make higher education fit into busy lifestyles, Anoka-Ramsey Community College has raised the bar on convenience and expanded course options, such as:

  • delivery: at the college, online, via ITV and in various hybrids
  • length: 8, 10, 14 and 16 weeks
  • start time: morning, afternoon and evening
  • locations: 16 off-campus locations, including Becker, Blaine, Chisago Lakes, Columbia Heights, Elk River, Foley, Forest Lake, Fridley, Lino Lakes, Monticello, New Brighton, North Branch, St. Francis and Zimmerman

Anoka-Ramsey also offers late start courses.  This semester, late-start courses are beginning throughout October.  Not only are these courses shorter in duration, many are also Web-based or Web-enhanced courses:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • College Writing and Critical Reading
  • Computer Concepts and Applications
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Delivering Effective Business Presentations
  • E-Commerce: Starting a Web-Based Business
  • Electronic Spreadsheets
  • General Psychology
  • Human Relations in the Workplace
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Mathematics I
  • Minnesota Geography
  • Personal Finance
  • Public Speaking
  • Supervision
  • Topics in Social Science: On Course
  • U.S. History I
  • World War II

 

Annual Informational Open Enrollment Meetings

This is your opportunity to openly discuss your benefit questions with the experts.  There will be representatives from the individual insurance companies associated with the State of Minnesota (Health Partners, Blue Cross, Preferred One, Delta Dental, Eide Bailly, etc.).  In addition, there will also be a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session.

  • Coon Rapids Campus: Monday, Oct. 19, 9 to 11 a.m., Performing Arts Center
  • Cambridge Campus: Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 to 11 a.m., E202

The annual Open Enrollment period is Nov. 4 through Nov. 17, 2009.

 

Official Announcements

None

 

Pause for Appreciation

To my dear friends at Anoka-Ramsey,

Thank you for your kindness, caring and support for our family upon the loss of our husband, father and grandfather, Robert (Bob) Forrer.

Thank you, too, for your generour contributions to Bob's memorial on the Cuyuna Lakes Trail near Crosby, Minn.  Bob would be so pleased to know that he will be remembered this way, as a part of the beautification of the trail system he and so many of our family and friends have used and enjoyed so much over the years.  We have been working with the DNR and the Cuyuna Lakes Trail organization to make this memorial a reality.

Your thoughts, prayers and good wishes have been such a tremendous comfort to all of us during this difficult time.  On behalf of my family and me, thank you again, and God bless.  Your thoughtfulness and support will always be remembered with much appreciation and gratitude.

-Janine Forrer

 

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 13: Oct. 19, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Visiting Writer Draws Large Crowds

Staff Development Co-Chairs Present Best Practices Panel

Kysar Awarded Two-Week Residency

Early Snow Coats the New Courtyard at Coon Rapids Campus

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Agenda

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

2010 Capital Budget Bonding Tour - Members of the Senate on Campus

 Bonding Tour

                                          

 President Pat Johns spoke with Capital Investment Senate members and several staff members who visited the college's Coon Rapids Campus Oct. 14.  Johns detailed the college's funding requests for the 2010 bonding bill which includes Phase II of the Fine Arts Building Renovation, a Bioscience and Allied Health Addition and funding for facilities maintenance.
                   Art Faculty Bob Toensing tells legislators about the need for more space for art and music programs.

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Visiting Writer Draws Large Crowds

Award-winning author Sanrda Benitez visited the Coon Rapids Campus, Tuesday, Oct. 13 as part of the Two Rivers Reading Series.

Thirteen sections of ENGL and READ classes prepared for Benitez's visit by studying her novel, "The Weight of All Things," and other faculty offered (extra) credit for student attendance (for example, Sandy DeMontille, GEOG).

Faculty members, staff and nearly 300 students attended one of her three presentations.

Simon Whitney and the IT Department arranged to record the event through MetNet, which will allow even more students to access and view the presentations through D2L.

Funding for the Benitez visit was provided by Faculty Development, Alumni Affairs, the Multicultural Office and the English Department.

The Two Rivers Reading Series Committee includes English Faculty members Kate Kysar, Paige Riehl, Patrick Shal, Scott Stankey  and Scott Wrobel.

 

Author Sandra Benitez addressed a standing room only group of students in the Legacy Room, Tuesday, Oct. 13.  Benitez visited the Coon Rapids Campus as part of the Two Rivers Reading Series.

 

 

Staff Development Co-Chairs Present Best Practices Panel

Anoka-Ramsey Community College was recently recognized for their innovative Staff Development Program entitled "Attitude is Everything."  Darla McCann and Jan Pomeroy, 2007-2009 co-chairs, participated on a best practices panel at the recent MnSCU Human Relations Conference in St. Cloud.  Only four of the many grant recipients were asked to serve on the panel.  Participants found it extremely helpful to hear about conveying our Brown Bag sessions via D2L.  If you are a new employee or have not had a chance to complete the "Attitude is Everything" level 1 and/or level 2 you are encouraged to do so.

 Staff Development Co-Chairs

 

Kysar Awarded Two-Week Residency

Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Faculty member, Kathryn Kysar was awareded a two-week residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Oct. 15 through 31.  During the residency, Kate will complete her second book of poetry.  Kate most recently published poems in the fall 2009 issue of Turtle Quarterly and the 201 St. Paul Almanac.

Congratulations, Kate!

If you have been recognized for your work, we want to let your colleagues know about it.  Please email Kally Kruchten with the information.

 

Early Snow Coats the New Courtyard at the Coon Rapids Campus

Photo taken by Kirk Young, Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.

 

Official Announcements

Decision

Decision based upon discussions at the Sept. 23 and 28, 2009 Faculty Shared Governance Council (FSGC) meetings:

The following policies are approved and effective immediately:

  • Policy 5J.4 Firearms
  • No changes
  • Policy 3B.4 Common Course Outline
    • No changes
    • Policy 5C.2 Lost and Found
      • Policy statement changed to: The Lost and Found service is operated by the Public Safety department.
      • Policy 5I.1 Contracts
        • No changes
        • Policy 5G.2 Fees
          • "Summer only" designation added to NATS 1003
          • Removed items: Testout & Life/Work Evaluation Lecture & Testout & Life/Work Evaluation Lab
          • Changed Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio/Competency Review from per course fee to per credit fee

          ARRA (Federal Stimulus) Positions

          The college will move ahead with creating the positions as identified in the new list dated Sept. 30, 2009 and distributed to the Faculty Association Presidents.

          Service Awards

          A college committee will be established to review current and recommend future criteria for receiving Service Awards.

          Action

          • Proposal submitted in the June 8, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5J.4 Firearms has been moved to action.
          • Proposal submitted in the June 8, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 3B.4 Common Course Outline has been moved to action.
          • Proposal submitted in the June 22, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5C.2 Lost and Found has been moved to action.
          • Proposal submitted in the Aug. 31, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5I.1 Contracts has been moved to action.
          • Proposal submitted in the Sept. 8, 2009 College Bulletin regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees has been moved to action.
           
          Academic Affairs and Standards Council

          October 23, 2009

          Mississippi Room and ITV to E202

          1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

          AGENDA

          I.     September 18, 2009 Minutes were approved electronically.

          II.    New proposals:

          • Academic Program Improvement - Academic Procedure ES-04-FY09-FY10 Procedural language from the current program review policy is moved into this new procedure.  Additional information is also included, which was part of a procedure that was drafted several years ago but never adopted as a formal college procedure.  A listing of specific degrees is omitted from the procedure, with a reference instead to the current inventory of approved college programs.  There is also a new requirement for disciplines within the liberal arts to provide an annual report as part of the budgeting and planning process.  Rationale: No procedure currently exists.  The additions to the existing policy language will clarify the program review process.  The elimination of the list of approved programs will limit the frequent changes to the procedure based on changes in approved programs.  The new annual reporting requirement for liberal arts disciplines will improve planning in disciplines and will streamline the process for conducting a full review of the AA every 3-4 years.
          • Computer Networking and Telecommunications - Program Review CS-01-FY10 Program review submission  Rationale: Up for review
          • Computer Science - Program Review CS-02-FY10 Program review submission  Rationale: Up for review
          • Liberal Arts and Sciences - Program Review ES-03-FY10 Program review submission  Rationale: Up for review
          • Integrated Health and Healing - Program Review IHH-01-FY10 Program review submission  Rationale: Up for review
          • AA w/emphasis in Psychology - Change a program SS-02-FY10 Modify student learning goals and approve program assessment plan.  Rationale: Not part of original submission as required.
          • Fitness Specialist Certificate - Change a program W-06-FY10 Add an exercise physiology class, add a field experience courses and drop elective credits by three.  Rationale: Add more of what students need to be recognized as a fitness specialist.
          • HPER 1123: Outdoor Activities - Add a new course W-04-FY10 Change from an 1189 to a new course.  Rationale: This class was successfully offered for 3 semesters and can no longer be an experimental course.
          • HPER 2206: Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology - Add a new course W-05-FY10 Add a course.  Rationale: Provide students with a more in-depth learning experience in the Fitness Specialist Certificate Program.
          • HPER 2207: Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription - Change a course W-07-FY10 Add a prerequisite to the course.  Rationale: There is a lack of general knowledge that needs to be addressed by a new course.
          • IHH 1105: Intro to Massage/Reflexology - Add a new course IHH-01-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 1110: Aromatherapy - Add a new course IHH-02-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 1200: Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care - Add a new course IHH-03-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • Cross Cultural Issues Related to Dying - Add a new course IHH-04-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 1300: The Aging Transformation: Issues for Consideration - Add a new course IHH-05-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 1305: Integration of Holistic Therapies in Geriatric Care - Add a new course IHH-06-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 2110: Optimal Healing Environments - Add a new course IHH-07-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 2280: Holistic and Pallative Care Capstone Class - Add a new course IHH-08-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • IHH 2285: Holistic Geriatric Care Capston Class - Add a new course IHH-09-FY10 Add a new course for a new program.  Rationale: Awarded grant in conjunction with SECT and Fairview Health Systems to develop courses for spr 2010 implementation.
          • MUSC 1123: Piano Proficiency Preparation - Change a course A-07-FY10 Remove permission of instructor as prerequisite.  Rationale: Prerequisite presents too big of a barrier for students actually registering for the course who need it.
          • MUSC 2135: Intro to Music Therapy, Techniques and Materials - Change a course A-06-FY10 Add a 2 cr. section to the existing 3 cr. course for non-musicians.  Add course to MnTC Goal Area 6.  Revise Learner Outcomes to reflect this new designation for 2-cr. vs 3-cr. and clarify general education themes in course.  Rationale: Collaboration w/IHH certificate program to include a 2-cr. version of this existing course; the same option could be extended to other students as a gen. ed. experience while maintaining the performance/skill demonstrations needed for music majors transferring the course as part of a music therapy degree.
          • MUSC 2145: Chamber Ensembles - Change a course A-08-FY10 Remove permission of instructor as prerequisite.  Rationale: Prerequisite presents too big of a barrier for students actually registering for the course who need it.

          III.    Discussion items:

          IV.    Information items:

          • ICBE 1101 - ES-02-FY10 Course fee approved by FSGC was left off the CCO approved in September.  Revised CCO is being    distributed for informational purposes.
          • ART 1189: Introduction to Printmaking - Approve an Experimental/Topics Course A-13-FY10 - Add studio class in basic printmaking as a 2-D offering.  Rationale: Presently not available, the class would help balance out the number and depth of 3-D offerings.  Printmaking is a bridge between 2-D and 3-D mediums.

          Committee 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, Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd (alternate), Mark Widdel, Karl Wielgus

          Guests: Rhonda Kern and Jill Snippen

          Recorder: Valerie Knight

           

          College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

          Faculty Development Approvals

          • Steven Beste, 10/1-3/2009, TYCA Midwest Conference 2009, $614
          • Kristin Digiulio, Summer 2009, Online Class, $975
          • Robin Crosby, 9/24-25/2009, MNADE 16th Annual Conference, $269
          • Charlyne Foss, 11/6/2009, Professional Conference, $215
          • Charlyne Foss, Book "The Explosive Child," $14
          • Joan McKearnan, 10/30/2009, National Science Teachers Association Minneapolis Area Conference, $138
          • Kirsten Olsen, 10/2/2009, Sociologists of MN Annual Conference, $45
          • Wendy Zins, 9/24/2009, American Alliance for Health Physical Education, $135
          • Wendy Zins, CHES Certification Renewal, $55

          Wellness Approvals

          • Sheila Judd, $100
           
          Pause for Appreciation

          Your Customized Training Department was here yesterday presenting to the counseling staff.  What a warm, friendly group of people.  The provided great information and a strong willingness to develop what we need.  I had a nice chat with Eric Staupe regarding a possible office program.

          -Betty Petron, Case Manager, Anoka County Dislocated Worker Program

          Volume XXXVI, No. 14: Oct. 26, 2009

          Thoughts from Pat Johns

          Strategic Initiatives Proposal (SIP) Process for FY 2011 Begins in January

          Support the Arts: Attend the Fall Play

          Promote Your Events/Programs - Resources for You

          College Celebrates Physical Therapy Month

          Check Out Photography by Art Faculty

          Ceramics Workshop Draws Crowd

          100% Full-Time Faculty and Staff at Cambridge Donate to Foundaiton, Lunch to Celebrate!

          Coffee House Entertainment

          College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

          Pause for Appreciation

          Thoughts from Pat Johns

          News on Workforce Retraining Initiative

          Impact of Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI)

          The troubled economy and record-high unemployment rates prompted Anoka-Ramsey Community College to respond to the unemployed workforce by offering low-cost access to a college education and training programs.  With the support of its various stakeholder groups, the college announced its Workforce Retraining Initiative, featuring a 50% tuition grant, just before the start of spring semester 2009, nearly a year ago, and has carefully decided to continue the program in summer and fall semesters this year.

          The Numbers of Past/Present Participating Students

          • Overall, looking at all students participating in the WRI in spring 2009, summer 2009 or fall 2009, there were 748 total students who participated.  Over the three terms, the WRI students have enrolled in 7,385 credits and 9,757 hours.
          • This fall semester 423 students are taking credit courses; 78 students are taking non-credit courses, 5 students are taking both credit and non-credit (so 418 are taking ONLY credits courses, 73 are taking ONLY non-credit courses, and 5 are taking both credit AND non-credit courses).  So far for fall they are registered in 4,443 credits (equivalent of 148 FYE) and 5,154.8 hours.  (NOTE: numbers are shifting daily.)

          With budgets tightening and state resources dwindling, Anoka-Ramsey has closely monitored the program and carefully calculated decisions whether to continue as each semester passed.  After thoughtful review, the college has chosen to begin the process of discontinuiing the program for any new students but continue to offer the grant for those who are currently in the Workforce Retraining Program.  Although it would be the college's first choice to continue to offer the grant for all unemployed students, it is not fiscally possible.  This will be the final semester for this program in its current form.

          The following decisions have been made for the spring 2010 Workforce Retraining Initiative

          For CURRENT WRI Students: The college will continue to offer the grant (in spring semester only) to cover 50% of tuition costs for credit-non-credit courses ONLY to students who:

          • were approved and enrolled in the Workforce Retraining Initiative in fall 2009 and continue their qualifying status as unemployed in spring 2010.  A signed affidavit stating their continued eligibility must be provided as proof.
          • are in good academic standing (not on suspension).

          No new students will be added to the Workforce Retraining Initiative.  This is the last semester this program will be offered in its current form.

          For NEW Unemployed/Underemployed or Dislocated Workers: The college will offer financial express sessions with a complement of services including financial aid assistance, job placement services, scholarship application assistance, workforce center assistance and more.

           

          Congratulations to Dr. John Mago

          Dear Dr. Johns:

          I am pleased to inform you that Dr. John Mago, Professor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College has been selected to serve as a peer reviewer for the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  AQIP is the alternative accreditation process based on systematic quality improvement principles.

          As you may know, peer review is at the heart of the Commission's accreditation process, and AQIP Reviewers serve as the appraisers, facilitators, panelists, and reviewers who facilitate accrediting processes and make recommendations for accreditation actions on AQIP institutions.  Their responsibilities require regular training and professional development in addition to carrying out their role as peer reviewers.

          Commission peer reviewers agree that their participation in the evaluation process benefits their home institutions, as well as the institutions they serve.  Through their work with the Commission, they have the opportunity to broaden their experience and gain new ideas and points of view from these institutions and from their colleagues on facilitation and appraisal teams.

          I hope you will support Dr. John Mago's efforts with the Higher Learning Commission.  You can do this by providing approval, if required, for participation in AQIP accreditiing processes and by supporting attendance at the AQIP Reviewer training programs, as well as periodic attendance ongoing peer review professional development.

          Sincerely,

          Sarah R. Marino, Ph.D., Director of the Peer Corps

           

          Darren Hoff Named to MnSCU All-Star Team for HR Online Help

          At the fall conference for Minnesota State College and Universities human resources staff, MnSCU Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Loretta Lamb named Anoka-Ramsey Community College Director of Human Resources, Darren Hoff part of the System's All-Star Team for work on the online help development project.  According to Lamb, the project was an extensive collaborative endeavor with participation by individuals, representing almost every MnSCU institution, and tapping the expertise of Human Resources staff in every specialty area.  In just six months, in 50 meetings, participants developed over 220 step-by-step instructions, spanning Hiring, Employee Payroll Set-Up and Status Change, Insurance, Leave, Retirement, Payroll Processing, Non-insurance Benefits, Employee Separation, Bargaining Agreement Administration, and College Faculty Credentialing.

          Online tools include work flow charts; links to document templates and forms, and information located on other Web pages; decision trees; and screen shots to guide electronic data entry.  The site also includes three Web-based tutorials.

          The HR Online Help site is an excellent resource for training new Human Resources employees, and obtaining up-to-date information about a myriad of HR processes.

          It represents the best of what collaboration among MnSCU institutions and the Office of the Chancellor can produce.

          ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

           

          Strategic Initiatives Proposal (SIP) Process for FY 2011 Begins in January

          Strategic Initiatives Proposal (SIP) applications will be available in each department's budget packet.  The applicaiton provides instructions and outlines the required content of the proposal, and will announce the strategic initiatives the proposals must support.  Please ask your supervisor for the application once budget packets are available if you do not have access to your department's budget packet and are interested in applying.

          What is the SIP process?  In the late 1990's, at the request of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College president, a committee developed a process that provided an incentive for supporting special projects related to specific college strategic initiatives.  As a result, the SIP process was implemented in 1999, with 76 projects receiving funding since then.  The process is an integral part of Anoka-Ramsey's Integrated Budget Process.  Funds are marked annually for SIP projects proposed by faculty, staff or students.

          What is a SIP?  A SIP is the application written to the college's SIP Committee to request financial support for the project outlined in the proposal.  The project must clearly relate to SIP-eligible strategic objectives.  Projects funded through SIP grants are the testing ground for new or enhanced programs or market research to meaasure and evaluate the need for new or enhanced programs.  The person or team who proposes the project, plus the appropriate administrator, are responsible for implementing the project, tracking, budgeting and reporting.

          Do all proposals receive funding?  Usually, they do not.  Many factors are involved, beginning with the availability of funds each fiscal year.  Further factors include the number of proposals, the SIP Committee's scoring of proposals and the importance of a proposal as it relates to a strategic objective.

          Who can apply?  Any faculty, staff, student or a combination thereof may submit a proposal.  Usually a group of people collaborates to formulate the proposal.  The group is often a cross-section of more than one discipline or department.

          When does the process begin, and how does the timeline unfold?

          • Jan. 2: Applications (in budget packet) will be available to guide development the proposal.
          • Feb. 15: Completed proposal documents are submitted to a supervisor or dean for signature.
          • Feb. 29: Supervisors or deans submit signed proposals to the SIP Committee Facilitator.
          • April: The SIP Committee evaluates, scores and makes recommendations to the president.
          • May: Awards are announced.
          • July 1: Project funds are released after the budget is approved for the new fiscal year.
          • July-May: Projects are conducted, tracked and completed.
          • May: Final project reports are due to the SIP Committee Facilitator.
          • June 1: Documentation for requisitions and requests for reimbursement are due at the Business Office, if they have not been submitted previously.

          Contact Kelsey Schwarzrock (x1507) with any questions regarding the SIP process. 

           

          Support the Arts: Attend the Fall Play

          The Coon Rapids Campus Theatre Department fall production, "Noises Off," is on course to hit the stage in the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.

          The hilarious three-act play is acually a play within a play.  It opens less than 24 hours before opening night of the play, "Nothing On," with the cast struggling to complete a full rehearsal.  Things only go downhill from there.  Through a series of mishaps, the cast is left hopelessly confused in a tangle of boxes, bags, burglars and slamming doors.

          The public is invited to find out if the play is set right and if the cast makes it through the performance at this laugh-out-loud production.  Note: this play is not recommended for children 12-years-old and younger.

          An alumni performance is set for Nov. 7; and an interpreted performance is Nov. 14.

          Staff and students get two free tickets available at the bookstore or 30 minutes before a performance.

          Cast of college play Noises Off construct set

           

          Promote Your Events/Programs - Resources for You

          Are you confused about who to contact to assist with promoting events?  The following people/resources may be helpful:

          • Web site Calendar:  Brandi Midkiff
          • Televisions Around Campus:  Technology Staff

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          • Facebook: Karla Sand or Kally Kruchten
          • College Bulletin: Kally Kruchten
          • Student Bulletin: Brandi Midkiff
          • Press Release: Tina Perpich
          • Logos: N:\ARCC Public\Logos
          • Printable Templates: Coming Soon!  Postcards, Posters, Tri-fold Brochures are in progress
          • Printing

           

          College Celebrates Physical Therapy Month

          As part of October's Physical Therapy Month, the Physical Therapist Assistant program offered an Open House, Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Therapeutic and Holistic Health Center (THHC), located one mile west of the Coon Rapids Campus at the corner of Coon Rapids Blvd. and Round Lake Blvd.

          Students demonstrate a hand paraffin wax. The event also included food, great prizes, and hand massage, blood pressure checks and posture evaluations provided by the Physical Therapist Assistant students.

           

           

          Check Out Photography by Art Faculty

          Art Faculty member Anthony Marchetti is currently exhibiting his photography at the University of Minnesota Katherine E. Nash Gallery.  The exhibition, titled "Here and Now," is open until Nov. 12.

          If you have any external events in the area, please let Kally Kruchten know so we can include your information in this publication.

           

          Ceramics Workshop Draws Crowd

          The Art Department hosted a ceramics workshop at the Coon Rapids Campus last week featuring two working artists.  During the day-long event in room SC272, artists Peter Jadoonath and Jason Trebs demonstrated and discussed various aspects of their craft, and spoke about the life of an artist.

          "The workshop was well attended and enjoyed by all," says Ceramics Faculty member and event organizer, Mark Lambert.

          If you have an event, please take a few photos and send along with details to Kally Kruchten for inclusion in the College Bulletin. 

           

          Ceramics artists demonstrate their creation process at a Ceramics Workshop, Oct. 20 at the Coon Rapids Campus.

           

          100% of Full-Time Faculty and Staff at Cambridge Donate to Foundation, Lunch to Celebrate!

          The Cambridge Campus Foundation Board members treated the campus staff and faculty to a turkey luncheon with all the fixings, Oct. 21.  This event is designed to thank the Cambridge Campus employees for donating to the last year's campus campaign.  Every full-time faculty and staff member donated to the campus foundation to assist with raising funds for student scholarships.

           

          Coffee House Entertainment

          Glen Everhart

          Wednesday, Oct. 28

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

          Coon Rapids Campus, Courtyard Commons

          A show with Glen Everhart is a fun, funny, totally interactive musical experience for your audience!  Glen's show is a one man comedy musical variety act, combining his hilarious songs and stories with marvelous musicianship and audience participation from beginning to end.  His knack for pulling an audience "out of their shell" and making them forget themselves in laughter impresses clients all over the U.S.A.  So get ready to listen, laugh, sing, shout, and duck flying projectiles... Glen Everhart will put the "special" in your next special event! 

           

           

          College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

          Faculty Development Approvals

          • Patricial Wheeler Andrews, 10/28-31/2009, College Reading and Learning Association National Conference, $1,070
          • Keven Dockter, 11/12-15/2009, 2009 American Mathematical Associaiton of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) National Conference, $340
          • Kristin Digiulio, Summer 2009, Tuition for Class, $944
          • Jim Foley, 11/4-6/2009, Math Conference, $352
          • Ken Grace, 11/11-15/2009, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) National Conference, $709
          • Mark Omodt, 11/12-15/2009, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) National Conference, $1,090
          • Michelle Rogers, 11/11-15/2009, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) National Conference, $461
          • Scott Wrobel, AWP Membership for One Year, $65

          Staff Development Approvals

          • Dana Gangl, Conference, $360
          • Jeff Janas, Clinical Practice: HR Development, $600
          • Katie Vaccari, AIR Webinar, $125
          • Bryan Vickstrom, AIR Webinar, $125

          Social Amenities

          • A Target gift card was sent to Mirela Gluhic on the birth of her daughter.
          • A Target gift card was sent to Sherry Butcher for the celebration of her marriage.
           
          Pause for Appreciation

          Dear Megan [Breit-Goodwin] and Mathematics Department;

          The following letter was mailed to Christina and Jason Sonnek, in response to the fantastic board book donation that you and your colleagues recently made to our hospital.  Special thanks to all of you as well.

          On behalf of Child Family Life Services and the patients and families of Fairview University Children's Hospital at Fairview University Medical Center, we wish to thank you and your colleagues and friends at Anoka-Ramsey Community College very much for your generous donation of 150 (give or take) really lovely children's board books.  In honor of Chloe Kathleen Sonnek; it was a very wonderful and useful donation for our hospital.

          The purpose of Child-Family Life Services is to help the pediatric patients and their families cope with the hospital experience.  Our program includes therapeutic intervention for kids that are experiencing a difficult time with a new diagnosis, painful procedure, major medical trauma, and chronic and terminal disease.  We also provide programs and activities for two playrooms, many outpatient clinics and a Pediatric Library, as well as normalizing activities to keep families playing, working and being together.

          Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to provide this service for the kids, but most importantly thank you for thinking of our children.

          Sincerely,

          Dana Stroth, Secretary, Child-Family Life Services