September 2009


 Issue No. 7: Sept. 8, 2009

Issue No. 8: Sept, 14, 2009

Issue No. 9: Sept. 21, 2009

Issue No. 10: Sept. 28, 2009

Volume XXXVI, No. 7: Sept. 8, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

New www.AnokaRamsey.edu Live!

Implementation of the New College Logo: the "River" Logo

H1N1 Pandemic On Campus

Have You Heard of the Random Acts of Kindness Program?

New Electronic Job Boards Available to Students and Alumni

Sunshine Committee Needs Your Help

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Staff State of the College

Please join me for the State of the College Address on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009.

Cambridge Campus

9 to 11 a.m.

Rm. G201

Coon Rapids Campus

2 to 4 p.m.

Legacy Room

The following are letters I have received commending some of the exceptional faculty and staff here at Anoka-Ramsey Community College:

Dear President Johns and Dawn Bushman,

Thank you both so much for conducting the tour of your facilities and hosting the wonderful dinner and reception at Anoka-Ramsey Community College on Aug. 13 for our Sister City's delegation.  I believe our Chinese guests were fascinated by the facility and extremely pleased with the reception.  You truly made them feel very warm and welcom.

Please extend our thanks to everyone involved in helping make our guests' stay in Coon Rapids a fulfilling and successful one.

Sincerely,

Tim Howe, Mayor of Coon Rapids

 

Dear President Johns:

On behalf of the Vice-Mayor Huang Ling, and my other colleagues at the Municipal government of Zhaoqing, I thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality while we were visiting you. It was very encouraging to see the changes in Anoka-Ramsey Community College in recent years, and all of our delegation members were deeply impressed by the clean and comfortable environment you have provided for staff and students. We believe we can work out more opportunities of cooperation in the near future. Also you are welcome to visit Zhaoqing at a convenient time.

Best Regards

Hugh (Xu Zhenhui), Faculty of Foreign Languages, Zhaoqing University, Guangdong Province, China

 

Dear Dr. Johns,

This is to commend the work of Scott Bay, Phil O'Donnell and others in their work to make Anoka-Ramsey Community College a model of excellence for reaching out to and meeting the needs of students who are service members, veterans and their families.

Currently I have the opportunity to conduct a sabbatical project to identify best practices in the area of serving OIF & OEF veterans who are candidates for attending community college.  All my inquiries and research identify Minnesota as a leader in this area.  Within Minnesota's community colleges, Anoka-Ramsey has clearly made the strongest commitment to meeting the unique needs of service members and veterans.

In July, I was honored with the opportunity to visit your Coon Rapids Campus to meet with Scott Bay, Phil O'Donnell, Dan Potter, Ray Bohn and Chan Phouapradit to learn more about how your program developed and currently operates.  This was most graciously arranged for me by Scott Bay, who was identified by a referral source as the person who had been instrumental in identifying the need for services leading the initial efforts to create a program.  Anoka-Ramsey is most fortunate to have added the expertise of Phil O'Donnell who established the program as it currently operates.  Everyone I met greeted me with kindness and a willingness to share ideas and methods, for which I am most grateful.

In January 2010, I will be presenting the results of my research to my colleagues in the South Orange County Community College District and probably other venues.  I will most certainly describe the various components of Anoka-Ramsey's services for veterans and service members as a model to be emulated.  You, and your faculty and staff should be most proud of what you are accomplishing for this unique and most deserving population of students.

Sincerely,

Loma Hopkins, M.Ed., Counselor, Special Services

 

Dear Dr. Johns,

I am pleased to inform you that Darren Hoff has successfully completed all the necessary courses to earn a graduate business degree from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  Our MBA program has provided Darren with the necessary foundation of relevant knowledge, skills and values to be an effective, highly principled business leader in your organization.

From its inception in 1974, the MBA has earned the respect of the business community by addressing the professional needs of individuals and organizations.  Our curriculum is purposely infused with ethics and responsible leadership principles so that students are fully prepared to confront the many issues in today's increasingly competetive and complex business world.

Darren is now part of the St. Thomas graduate business alumni family - numbering over 17,000, and residing in all 50 states and many foreign countries.  This powerful network allows our alumni to continuously expand their perspective and contacts which can lead to beneficial business alliances for you as an employer.

If I can be of further assistance to you and your organization, or if you would like to learn more about our outstanding graduate business programs please call me whenever it suits your schedule.  It is a privilege to work with your fine team members.

Sincerely,

Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D., Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair

 

New www.AnokaRamsey.edu Live!

WOW! The new Web site went live Friday, Sept. 4 for the world to see. The Web editors are continuing to make changes so if you have comments/concerns, feel free to share them with the content editor in your department/area or the Marketing Department directly.

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality! Excellent work!

 Todd Ames  Ryan Hoyt  Nora Morris  Lisa Sisson
 Josh Anderson  Mary Jacobson  Cindy Nutter  LeAnn Snidarich
 Kim Bienfang  Jeffrey Knight  Deirda Peaslee  Suzanne Stiff
 Bonnie Boese  Kally Kruchten  Tina Perpich  Ruth Swartwood
 Dawn Bushman  Don Long  Jan Pomeroy  Joyce Traczyk
 Marcellus Davis  Kim Lynch  Karla Sand  Ed Wehling
 Sarah Deering  Al Mamaril  Melissa Schultz  Scott Wojtanowski
 Louise Duff  Marko Marian  Kelsey Schwarzrock
 Evelyn Gedde  Brandi Midkiff  Karla Seymour

 

Implementation of the New College Logo: The "River" Logo

The new Anoka-Ramsey Community College river logo is designed to refresh and enhance the college's image and is inspired by our two riverside campuses. The blue circular motion represents the college as a steady, continuous force that flows in and out of the educational lifecycle of the students and the communities we serve. The gold wave in the center represents students who remain at the center of all that we do. The gold wave is guided and held steadfast by the blue. The colors and style are vibrant, clean and energetic -- just as water itself -- which will allow our already distinguished presence of accessibility and academic rigor to come to life.

How to Access
Please begin to use this logo on your materials. You may access the college logo and the standards guide at

N:\ARCC Public\Logos . If you are placing the logo into a Microsoft WORD or Publisher document, the .PNG version is recommended. If you need assistance, please contact the Marketing and Public Relations staff.
NOTE: A new college seal is being developed to represent the college’s more traditional themes. 

 New "River" Logo

 

H1N1 Pandemic on Campus

As the fall semester begins, we have been encouraged to ensure that our campuses faculty, staff and students have the information necessary to help with efforts to effectively communicate the possible effects of the H1N1 virus on our campuses. Two very good sources of information for all of us are found on the following two Web sites:

These sites include helpful information on preparation and what to do if families members are actually ill.  If you have additional questions, please contact Orrin Nyhus, Director of Public Safety at x1346.

 

Have You Heard of the Random Acts of Kindness Program?

Now that the academic year is well under way, you may begin to hear of emergency student hardships that threaten a student's ability to stay enrolled at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  If a student in this type of situation talks to you, please know that the Random Acts of Kindness fund, available on both campuses via the foundations, might be a resource to help the student.  Depending upon the need, a qualifying student may receive a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to assist with the emergency.  Here is how it works.

What do you do?

When you become aware of a student hardship emergency, please write an email to either Deidra Peaslee (Cambridge Campus), Mary Raeker-Rebek or Cindy Nutter (Coon Rapids Campus).  Your documentation must outline the following:

1.      Student Name and ID number (if possible to obtain)

2.      A brief description of the student’s emergency

3.      A brief description of any financial resources the student has pursued, if known to you

4.      A statement about the student’s character and reliability

The dean will review the recommendation, check out all resources, perhaps meet with the student, and then determine whether or not to forward a recommendation to the Foundation Office.  If approved by the Foundation, a check will be authorized within 24 hours.

Please …do not send the student to the dean nor to the Foundation Office .  The recommendation must come from the Anoka-Ramsey faculty or staff member AND, it must be an emergency situation that threatens the student’s ability to stay enrolled at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

 

New Electronic Job Board Available to Students and Alumni

The Job Placement Team is proud to announce that Anoka-Ramsey Community College has a new electronic Job Board. The Job Board is built into the D2L system and is only available to students and alumni. For the students to gain access to this system they need to register by emailing their name and tech ID to Jeff Janas, or if you would like to create access for your entire class please email your course ID and section number to Jeff.

We have also opened a Job Placement/Career Services Office in the new Student Services Center at the Coon Rapids Campus in SC172. This area offers books on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and job search tips. We also have two computers that students can use to research job openings or work on their job search material. Students and faculty are welcome to stop by and check out the resources. Each week we will post hours when students can walk in.  Students are also welcome to make an appointment to discuss resumes, cover letters, job search strategies and interviewing skills. Appointments can be made by calling x1430.

 

Sunshine Committee Needs Your Help

Hello Cambridge Faculty and Staff!

It is that time again! Your Sunshine Committee is once again asking for your support. 

The function of the Sunshine Committee is to provide support for faculty and staff at the Cambridge Campus in times of sickness, sorrow, and joy. We send cards, flowers, fruit baskets, and other gifts to those who are hospitalized, have experienced joy at the birth or adoption of a child, or have lost a family member to death. We also send cards to those in our community who have been out for an extended period of time due to illness.

We encouraging you to keep us informed of events taking place within the Cambridge Campus family, we would also like to encourage you to contribute to the sunshine fund. Any amount you can give will be appreciated and applied directly to the fund.  Donations can be made in cash or by check made out to the Cambridge Campus Sunshine Committee and sent to either Pam Peterson or JoAnn Iskierka.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Official Announcements

Proposal

Proposal submitted regarding Policy  5G.2 Fees RATIONALE: Spring Semester fee update.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Sunshine Committee

A card was sent to Janine Forrer and family.

 
Pause for Appreciation

On behalf of the entire bookstore, I would like to thank all those who helped us during the rush weeks of Fall Semester, 2009!  Whether you assisted students locate books, stocked books, answered questions or simply bagged books, you were of great help to us during a particularly busy time.  We appreciate your time and the effort you put forth to help in any way you could!  It was truly a wonderful demonstration of team work! 

Thank you, again!…and, have a great semester!    

-Marilyn Quarberg

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 8: Sept. 14, 2009

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

Online Orientation for New Faculty

Check Out Faculty Member on MPR

September is Yoga Awareness Month

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Agenda

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Prairie Home Delights

Get your tickets or donate to Prairie Home Delights, a scholarship fundraiser that is sure to be fulfilling!

This classy event features delicious samples from many area restaurants as well as a silent and live auction. Entertainment is provided by Music Faculty from Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Not only is this a fun evening out, the proceeds fund college scholarships for students attending the Coon Rapids Campus.

The foundation needs your help to make this a success for students! Hope you can participate.

Prairie Home Delights

Courtyards of Andover

Oct. 8; 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 advance; $40 at door

The foundation is also accepting donations for the silent auction. Past donations have included a variety of baskets filled with all sorts of purchased items. A few examples include: Vikings Game Cooler Pack, Romantic Evening Basket, Family Fun Night Bin, Pasta Dinner Basket and more! Call x1220 for details!

 Prairie Home Delights Poster

 

Online Orientation for New Faculty

Most faculty who are new this fall had the opportunity to learn about the Anoka-Ramsey Community College via an online orientation. Information was organized into ten content areas, including college organization and structure, faculty requirements and expectations, and human resources information. The site also included a comprehensive resource module with critical documents, such as the college catalog, faculty and student handbooks, and the academic calendar. A special thank you to Melanie Waite-Altringer, whose Awards for Excellence project made this orientation possible.

By offering this orientation online, Anoka-Ramsey Community College was able provide new faculty with hands-on technology assistance and a question and answer session on each campus that included representatives from across the college.

If you participated in this online orientation, please expect an invitation to complete a one-minute survey to help us refine and improve this first effort.

 

Check Out Faculty Member on MPR

English faculty member, Geoff Herbach currently has a commentary posted on MPR’s Web site called “Zen on the gridiron: Look for dropped balls and miracles, both.”

Here’s a teaser:

“As a kid growing up in Platteville, Wis., I wore a Bart Starr jersey for pajamas. I wore Packers underpants -- the same pair every day of first grade (until my mom caught me, sometime in April).”

Read Geoff’s entire commentary about football, the Packers, the Viking and, of course, Brett Favre at here.

 

September is Yoga Awareness Month

Information provided by Melissa Carle

September is Yoga awareness month! Here is some helpful information about yoga, how to get started, and how it can be a healthy addition to your life.

To stay healthy in the fast paced world we need to find time to breathe.  Yoga is a great way to catch your breath and relax!  When asked a few questions about yoga, this is what yogini (yoga instructor), Tina Perpich had to say:

What is yoga?

At its core, yoga is a series of postures, often accompanied by controlled breath, that are intended to produce positive effects.

What are the benefits of yoga?

The effects of yoga are often based on people's intention for practicing.  People use yoga for different things:  increased relaxation, increased flexibility, stress deduction, better health, increased awareness and consciousness, spiritual development, a supplemental treatment for many physical and mental health issues, fun, act.

What are some common misconceptions about yoga?

The biggest misconception is that yoga is a religion or is based on a religion.  This is not true.  People use yoga for different things, and what you get from it depends mostly on what you want from it.  Yoga can be solely a physical practice or it can be a path to spiritual development.  However, the spiritual aspects of yoga are mostly beyond simple postures and include restrictions, observances, meditations, chants, etc.

What is the best way to get started with yoga?

Starting yoga is easy.  Just go, preferably to a beginning or restorative class which will be slower paced.

Some helpful tips for getting started in yoga class:

  • Yoga is your time, enjoy it.  Have fun and trust yourself
  • Arrive a few minutes early to find a spot you like, set-up your mat (most places have some mats, but if you have your own bring it along) and just let yourself settle in to your surroundings
  • Tell the yoga teacher if you have any injuries or ailments to he/she can adjust the postures to accommodate them
  • Yoga should never hurt so if a posture is troubling you, ease off for some or stop entirely
  • You are not required to do anything in yoga class.  If any aspect of the class is bothering you, you do not need to participate
  • Feel free to leave the class at any time; especially if you need to use the restroom (yoga with a full bladder is not good!)
  • Ask questions, but try to wait until after class.  The teacher most likely has a sequence of postures he/she is trying to move through within the allotted time

This Web site is a good resource for information.  On this site you will find ways to create a sequence that can be done at home, get helpful tips on yoga, health and so much more.

Yoga classes are starting soon on both campuses:

  • Coon Rapids Campus - beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Rm. G108
  • Cambridge Campus - beginning Thursday, Sept. 24, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Rm. E126

 To view present and past months Health Observances click here.

 

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council

September 18, 2009

Mississippi Room and ITV to Rm. E202

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Agenda

I.          Election of Committee Chair and Review Proposal Voting Process

II.          Review minutes from May, 2009 meeting

  • Pat Johns will speak regarding the vetoed item: Approving the alternative format of courses.

III.          New Proposals:

  • 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.
  • Bus 2010 Introduction to Human Resources—Add a new course B-02-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program.
  • BUS 2015 Benefits and Compensation—Add a new course B-02-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program.
  • BUS 2020 Employee Training and Development—Add a new course B-04-FY10 Required for HRA program. Rationale: New course for the program.
  • BUS 2025 Labor Relations—Add a new course B-05-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program.
  • BUS 2030 Human Resource Information Systems—Add a new course B-06-FY10 Required for HRA program.  Rationale: New course for the program.
  • AA with an Emphasis in Psychology—Change a program SS-01-FY10 Modify per MnSCU request.  Rationale: Articulation agreements necessitated modifications.
  • 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.
  • HPER 2230 Introduction to Sport Management—Add a new course W-02-FY10 Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate.
  • HPER 2240 Coaching Theory—Add a new course W-03-FY10 New course.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate.
  • HPER 2297 Field Experience and Seminar in HPER—Add a new course W-04-FY10 New course.  Rationale: Required for Athletic Coaching Certificate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 encouraged 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.
  • 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.

IV.          Discussion Items:

  • Alternate date for October 16 meeting is October 23.

V.          Information items:

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, Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd (alternate), Mark Widdel, Karl Wielgus

Guests: Rhonda Kern

Recorder: Valerie Knight

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Approvals

  • Catherine Bean, 9/12/2009-3/27/2010, Season Ticket Subscription to Talk Cinema, $512
  • Catherine Bean, 2009-2010, Netflix Subscription for One (1) Year, $168
  • Jennifer Braido, 8/27/2009, Book Purchase, $132
  • Megan Breit-Goodwin, 2009-2010, Three (3) Professional Organization Memberships and a Journal, $168
  • Megan Breit-Goodwin, 9/23-25/2009, MNADE Fall Conference 2009, $274
  • Baoying Chen, 10/1-3/2009, TYCA Midwest Conference 2009, $403
  • Candice Heino, 9/23-25/2009, 16th Annual Training & Performance Improvement Conference, $450
  • Dierk Hofreiter, 2009-2010, Professional Organization Membership, $107
  • Mary Januschka, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36
  • Jeff Ludwig, 9/23-25/2009, MNADE Fall Conference 2009, $284
  • Lance Lund, 9/25-26/2009, MnSCU LTL Chemistry Discipline Conference, $93
  • Brian Mansell, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36
  • Angie Seifert-Anderson, 9/17-19/2009, Communication & Theatre Association of Minn. Conference, $292.20
  • Amber Severson, 2009-2010, Professional Organization Membership, $155
  • Brad Wold, 8/22/2009, Giants of the Waterbird World Seminar, $30
  • Brad Wold, 10/5-7/2009, Nobel Conference, $187.36

Sunshine Committee

A floral arrangement was sent to the family of former administrator, Tom Levig, who passed away on Sept. 3rd in Arizona.

 

Pause for Appreciation

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs conducted their annual audit on Sept. 10, 2009.  Attached is a report of their findings. 

Many thanks go to Linda Coleman in Cambridge and Barbara Schuminski in Coon Rapids, our Veterans Certifying Officials, for their hard work and continuing dedication in working with our military veterans and the state and federal Departments of Veterans Affairs.  It is their maintenance of the military veteran records that has helped make the educational benefits program so successful at Anoka-Ramsey, and given us high marks with the annual state and three-year federal audits on a regular basis.

Thanks again, Linda and Barbara!

-Janine Forrer

 

 

Volume XXXVI, No. 9: Sept. 21, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Northstar Commuter Rail Service to Begin in November

 

 

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Numbers to Note

Workforce Retraining Students

416 at the college (326 Coon Rapids Campus; 90 Cambridge Campus).  Find out more here.

Off Campus Locations

853 students are taking courses at our off campus sites.  Find out more here.  (This excludes the Connections program courses and St. Cloud Technical courses.) 

 

Northstar Commuter Rail Service to Begin in November

Anoka-Ramsey Community College hosted a panel of local experts from the Northstar Commuter Rail, Anoka County Office of Transit and the Metro Transit last week for a discussion.

More than 30 students, faculty members and staff attended the discussion to learn about the Northstar Commuter Rail which is scheduled to begin operations in mid-November.
For more information about the North Rail Service to the Coon Rapids area, including fares and discount, visit www.northstartrain.org


 
 Northstar Rail Forum Discussion

The Northstar Commuter Rail discussion at the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room Thursday, Sept. 17 was well attended by students and staff interested in the mass transportation that begins in mid-November. 

 

College Ceramics Faculty Exhibits in Northern Exposure: A Ceramic Survey

College Ceramics Faculty member Mary Roettger's art has been selected to appear in Northern Exposure: A Ceramic Survey curated by Peter Held.  The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 1 at the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (5445 East Cheryl Parkway) in Madison, Wis.

The exhibit, made possible through support from Promega Corporation, hosts a diverse range of ceramic artists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin including renowned artists such as Don Reitz, John Glick and Maren Kloppman as well as 10 others.

Roettger's work was created from an open call of ceramic artists active in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"The underlying theme for the sculptures is this show based on structural designs of helical forms with varied axes," says Roettger of her work.  "These constructions are the beginning of an investigation on variations of scale, convolutions and their axes."

For more information about the exciting events involving Anoka-Ramsey Community College students and faculty on and off campus, visit our Web site

 Ceramic Art Created by Mary Roettger

 Work such as the piece shown here by Ceramics Faculty member Mary Roettger has been selected to appear in Northern Exposure: A Ceramic Survey in Madison, Wis. now through Dec. 1, 2009.

 

H1N1 Flu Basics: Do's and Don'ts for the Education Institution

  1. H1N1 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus; H1N1 is a certain kind of influenza which can cause infection in humans.
  2. The symptoms of an H1N1 infection are similar to seasonal flu:  fever above 100 degrees F; cough; sore throat; stuffy nose; and in some cases vomiting or diarrhea.
  3. The virus is spread by coughing sneezing; or touching something with the virus particles and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  4. DO wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it).
  5. DO be aware of attendnace policies that may apply to you and inform your superiors (supervisor/instructor) if you are feeling ill.
  6. DON'T go back to work or class until 24 hours after you have NO fever (and have not been taking fever reducer medicines).
  7. See this Web Site for everything you need to know about H1N1.

If you would like more information regarding H1N1 please feel welcome to attend the upcoming Wellness Works Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Room (Coon Rapids Campus) with ITV to Rm. E202 (Cambridge Campus).

The Wellness Works Workshops are a fast and fun way to learn about your health.  We offer a variety of one-hour workshops that include:  physical activity, nutrition, weight management, mental and emotional well-being, injury prevention, tobacco cessation and more.

 

Institutional Research Data Lunch

Topic: The 2009 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 from noon to 1 p.m.

Missississippi Room (Coon Rapids Campus) with ITV to Rm. E202 (Cambridge Campus)

The Institutional Research department would like to invite you to a discussion of the 2009 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that was conducted in Spring 2009 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

The CCSSE asks students a variety of questions focused on student engagement.  The survey uses questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and retention.  The CCSSE also asks many of the same questions of faculty, allowing for easy comparison of student and faculty perceptions in many areas.

Please come help drive this discussion.  Some possible topics include:

  • In-depth examination of the CCSSE benchmarks
  • Comparing student and faculty responses
  • Student services usage, importance and satisfaction
  • A comparison of responses across campus

The lunch will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Room on the Coon Rapids Campus, with an ITV connection to E202 on the Cambridge Campus.  Come on down and feel free to bring your lunch and eat with us as we discuss survey data!

 

Social Amenities Needs Your Help

Social Amenities is  committed to provide support for faculty and staff on the Coon Rapids Campus in times of sickness, sorrow, and joy. Plants and gifts are sent to those who are hospitalized, have experienced the birth or adoption of a child or have lost a family member to death.  Cards are also sent to those who have been out for an extended period of time due to illness.  Social Amenities would not be possible without the thoughtfulness and generosity of the faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus.

If you would like this service to continue, you are encouraged to donate any amount to the Social Amenities group to keep the program going strong.  It has been a difficult year financially for all of us, and we hope to be able to count on you for a generous donation.  As always, any donation you can provide is greatly appreciated and always welcomed.  Please make checks payable to Social Amenities.  Checks can be sent via inter-office mail to the attention of Jennifer Kohner in the Human Resources department.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration of this request.  The Social Amenties group looks forward to any support you can provide.  If you require additional information on Social Amenities, please contact Jennifer Kohner at x1634.

 

Mental Wellness Event at Coon Rapids Campus

Data from the Boynton Health Center Survey (2007) indicated that:

·         30% of students report an inability to manage their stress levels

·         20% of these students report they were diagnosed with depression within the last 12 months

·         4.9% of students overall report having been diagnosed with a serious mental illness within the past 12 months

The Counseling and Student Activities departments of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, in conjunction with the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, are very excited to be co-sponsoring a mental wellness event on the Coon Rapids Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The featured speaker will be Marya Hornbacher, author of several books including "Madness: A Bipolar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia." To find out more about this Pulitzer Prize nominee, you can visit her website at:  http://www.maryahornbacher.com . She will be speaking from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. and again from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in the Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus.

In addition to Hornbacher’s presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free screening for possible symptoms of depression, mood disorder, general anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders (screenings available from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.).

We need your help:

  • Do you have time to participate in a campus planning group (approximately 3 to 4 hours)?
  • Faculty: 
  • Would you like to have your entire class attend this event?  Reserved seats for you classes are an option.
  • Would you be willing to  give your students extra credit for attending the speaker's presentation (or viewing recorded video) and/or participating in the screening?  Students unable to attend the screening times may schedule an individual appointment with a counselor.  Certificates of attendance will be distributed, as well as a sign-in sheet to verify attendance.
  • Would you be willing to distribute materials advertising this event in your classes?

If you are interested in any/all of the above options, please contact MaryAnn Larios at x1319 or Nancy Elk  at x1339.

 

Weight Watchers at Work

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? A minimum of 15 to 20 people are needed if we are to offer this convenient meeting.  Members must be willing to do a prepayment commitment for a 12 or 17 week session.  For a limited time, through Oct. 17, the 12 week series provides 8 weeks of free eTools at a cost of $156, with a minimum of 15 members.  Or, take advantage of 16 weeks + 1 week free, with 19 weeks of free eTools, for just $175, with a minimum of 20 members.  No registration fee is charged and a three-part payment is offered. Please Note:  If you are a current Weight Watchers member in your community and are paying by the week or using pre-payment coupons, you are welcome to transfer to the At Work program.  However, if you are currently utilizing Monthly Pass, it does not transfer to the At Work program and does not allow you to attend At Work meetings.  You always have the option of cancelling the pass to take advantage of the convenience of the At Work program. An Information Meeting will be scheduled, one on the Cambridge Campus and one on the Coon Rapids Campus, as soon as sufficient responses are received.  Weight Watchers will meet once a week from noon to 1 p.m. (day to be determined).  If you are interested in joining the Weight Watchers At Work group, please notify Joyce Traczyk, x1243 by Friday, Oct. 2.

 

Official Announcements

Proposal

  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5J.1 Emergencies RATIONALE: Add reference to Emergency Response Plan.
  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5K.2 Travel by Students and Staff RATIONALE: Add reference to Motor Vehicle Driving Information on the N:Drive and smoking statement.  Clarify out-of-state travel approval.

 

FSGC Meeting Agenda

September 28, 2009

 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Coon Rapids Campus: Mississippi Room 

I.    Approve minutes from April meeting

II.    Old Business

III.    New Business

    a.    Service award—establishing a consistent criteria for service awards and publishing it

    b.    Adding students to classes above the tally or maximum class size

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Matt Venneman, $100
 
Pause for Appreciation

I would like to thank Gary Olson for all of his hard work trying to resolve our computer/phone issues at the Therapeutic and Holistic Health Center (THHC). We have not had phone service, internet access, any computer service or printers since last Thursday.  It is amazing how much we take technology for granted. Having absolutely no technology or phones for almost a week makes us appreciate it even more (especially since most our lectures were on PowerPoint!).  We apologize if we have been late in returning any call or emails from people on the main campus trying to get a hold of us. Thanks also to the technology department for letting me use one of your cubicles as my office on Monday. Hopefully the problem is resolved and will not happen again anytime soon!

-Lisa Lentner

Volume XXXVI, No. 10: Sept. 28, 2009

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Prairie Home Delights: Fundraiser Oct. 8: Now Accepting Donations, Selling Tickets

H1N1 Information

Smoking Area at Cambridge Campus to Move

Blood Drive at Coon Rapids Campus

Cambridge Campus Enrollment Reaches All-Time High

State Employees' Combined Charities Campaign

Financial Education Webinar, Mark Your Calendar!

New Power Point Templates Available

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

 

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Remembering Thomas Levig

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and share with you the exceptional and completely dedicated service that my friend and former colleague Thomas Levig brought to our Cambridge Campus. As many of you already know, Tom died at his home on Sept. 3, however, his legacy remains with us.

I first met Tom in 1977, as he was leaving his post as Counselor and Financial Aid Director at Mesabi Community College to work on his doctoral degree. He then, in the summer of 1978, moved with his wife Anne who is now a retired faculty member, to Cambridge as Director of the newly-established East Central Community College Service Center, in Cambridge, Minn. He was kind enough to endorse me for the position he was leaving, providing me the opportunity to begin a career with the Community College System.

Once arriving in Cambridge, Tom established a leadership role in several highly-regarded community venues. His commitment to service created connections with area leaders and businesses, and placed the college at the center of the communities’ infrastructure. Tom and Anne were creative and tireless advocates for the college and its students. Before the campus buildings existed, they offered courses in any place they could find, including their own home. The Cambridge Campus grew in enrollment and stature under Tom’s leadership until his retirement in 1993.

Those who remember Tom from his days in Cambridge will affirm, if it wasn’t for Tom Levig, the campus would not be what it is today! I am grateful to have known and worked with him. My heart goes out to Anne and the entire Levig family.

 

NOTE: A scholarship fund in memory of Tom is being established with the Cambridge Campus Foundation. Please contact the foundation office for details at 763-433-1820.

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Prairie Home Delights Fundraiser Oct. 8: Now Accepting Donations, Selling Tickets

Get your tickets or donate to Prairie Home Delights --  scholarship fundraiser that is sure to be fulfilling!

This classy event features delicious samples from many area restaurants as well as a silent and live auction. Entertainment is provided by Music Faculty from Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Not only is this a fun evening out, the proceeds fund college scholarships for students attending the Coon Rapids Campus.

We need your help to make this a success for students! Hope you can participate.

Prairie Home Delights
Courtyards of Andover
Oct. 8; 6 - 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 advance; $40 at door

(Foundation Office on Both Campuses)

Call 763-433-1220 for details!
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The Foundation is also accepting donations for the silent auction. Past donations have included a variety of baskets filled with all sorts of purchased items. A few examples include: Vikings Game Cooler Pack, Romantic Evening Basket, Family Fun Night Bin, Pasta Dinner Basket and more!

 

H1N1 Information

Submitted by Darren Hoff, Director of Human Resources

During this time of heightened flu awareness, I want to remind all employees that it is your responsibility to stay home if you are sick, and return to work 24 hours after you are fever free.  If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus or other contagious illnesses.  Although we realize that our employees are extremely diligent about their work habits and not missing work or calling in sick, your attendance may endanger the health of your coworkers and students if you are experiencing these systems.  Practicing social distance is being recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control.

The college will provide seasonal flu shots in October.  However, employees don't have to wait and are encouraged to contact their healthcare facility or free flu shot sites.  At this point, the college will not provide vaccines for the H1N1 virus, because it is only to be offered to certain populations.  Employees should check with their healthcare providers to find out more information on the H1N1 vaccine.

PLAN AHEAD: Please manage your sick leave and work with your supervisor/dean to plan for work coverage.  Also, prepare a family plan, especially if you have small children who may need care if you or your children become will.

More information on the H1N1 can be found at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota Department of Health

 

Smoking Area at Cambridge Campus to Move

The smoking area at the Cambridge Campus will be moved this week from the current area located outside of the Faculty Suite on the first level to an alternate site.  The alternate site will most likely be the G202 north loading area.  Faculty, Safety and Security and Facilities will be coordinating this effort to place signs and smokers will be directed to the new area as soon as possible this week.  If you have any questions, please contact Orrin Nyhus, Director of Public Safety, at x 1346.

 

Blood Drive at Coon Rapids Campus

Phi Theta Kappa is hosting their fall semester blood drive by the American Red Cross on Oct. 6, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Legacy Room.  Tables are available for sign up from Monday, Sept. 28th through Friday, Oct. 2 in the Cafeteria, BN Bulge and Student Lounge.  Volunteers will be needed on the throughout the day of the blood drive to help unload the truck, help with signing in, help with the food and drinks and to help pack up after the drive.  You can volunteer for an hour or more if you would be willing!  If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please email Chelsea Schildt for more information.

Help give the gift of life and donate blood.

 

Cambridge Campus Enrollment Reaches All-Time High

According to the 10th day of the fall semester, Cambridge Campus enrollment has reached its highest number ever with 2,623 unduplicated, credit headcount.  This is an increase of more than 15 percent since the 10th day of the fall 2008 semester and a full 38 percent increase since fall 2003 (see Cambridge Campus by the Numbers).

Way to go Cambridge Campus - the educational leader in the greater Cambridge area!

 Cambridge Campus By the Numbers 

 Term

Unduplicated Credit Headcount

FTE

 Fall 2009

2,623 

 1,305.27

 Fall 2008

 2,211

 1,130.53

 Fall 2007

 1,965

 1,073.33

 Fall 2006

 1,771

 967.47

Fall 2005

1,728

949.67

Fall 2004

1,752

968.07

Fall 2003

1,626

902.20

Fall 1978*

241

65.53

Stay tuned for the increased 30th day enrollment numbers for both campuses coming to your Bulletin soon.

 

State Employees' Combined Charities Campaign

"State Employees Caring for Minnesota"

October 1 kicks off this year's annual Minnesota State Employees' Combined Charities Campaign.  The campaign runs through Oct. 31.  The mission is to provide employees with information about the Minnesota State Employees' Combined Charities Campaign and the importance of giving to your community.

Your investment, small or large, makes a difference.  Through the Minnesota State Employees' Combined Charities payroll deduction plan, you may make a pledge or one-time gift to the charity of your choice.  All pledges will be done online using the Employee Self Service Deductions system.  Payroll deduction is an easy and effective way to give.

Please donate today!  For more information talk to the agency coordinator, Jennifer Kohner at x1634.

 

Financial Education Webinar, Mark Your Calendar!

Introducing TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds: A Streamlined Approach to Retirement Investing

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has now made available a series of Lifecycle Funds targeted to your expected year of retirement.  For investors who prefer an approach to retirement investing that won't require complicated decision-making, the TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds offer a convenient solution.  TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds are based on your targeted retirement date.  These funds follow a carefully planned asset allocation strategy that continually adapts to balance the pursuit of growth with the desire to minimize volatility as retirement nears.

This seminar will:

  1. Provide key reasons why you may benefit from investing in a Lifecycle Fund
  2. Describe the "Glidepath," or the funds' gradual, carefully controlled transition away from equities and to fixed-income investments
  3. Provide an overview of the broad diversification and asset classes that makeup the funds

Date(s), Time(s) and Location(s)

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, noon to 1 p.m., Webinar

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, 4 to 5 p.m., Webinar

Webinar Instructions:

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

  • Ready-Access Telephone Number: 800-851-3758
  • Access Code: 704-0435

2.    Click this link to join the eMeeting.

3.    Enter Conference Phone Number: 8008513758 (no dashes)

4.    Enter Access Code: 7040435 (no dashes)

5.    Enter your name and email address

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

 

New Power Point Templates Available

Templates for Power Point presentations and the campus monitors are now available for your use.  These templates feature a new design and the new logo incorporating the updated college color pallate.  You may access these templates at the following location:

N:\ARCC Public\Campus Monitor Slides

 

Official Announcements

None

Academic Affairs and Standards Council

May 8, 2009

Minutes

Committee members present:   Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Sandy deMontille, Candy Heino, Tom McCarthy for Bruce Homann (part of the time), Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Luanne Kane, Mark Lambert, Tom McCarthy for Terri Teeson, Patty Pieper, DeeDee Peaslee, Mary Raeker-Rebek, Mark Widdel, Karl Wielgus (alternate)

Committee members absent: Mike Seymour, Terri Teeson

Guests: Tamara Arnott, Rhonda Kern, Jill Snippen

I.     Minutes from April 24, 2009 were approved with minor changes. (Tim Wrenn will work with Valerie Knight to make the correct change [different from the minutes] to CSCI 1155.)

II.    Approved Proposals:

  •   ART 1100 Art Appreciation —Change a Course A-10-FY09 Course is revised so that it meets MnTC goals 6 and 8. Rationale: The course covers non-European and non-western art, civilization and society, in addition to the western perspective and needs to be included in the Global Perspective area as an update. APPROVED WITH CHANGES: Fix “K. Course Content”—clean up the language. Make Effective Date Fall 2009, add ART 1100 to the title.

  • Associate in Arts AA w/an emphasis in Art —Change a Program A-09-FY09 Change the guide sheet by modifing the courses required. Rationale: To have this transfer more readily to Moorhead. APPROVED.

  • Approving the alternative format of courses. —Academic policy ES-05-FY09 Any course offered in a new format that requires a change in the media code (i.e. online, web-enhanced, traditional seat time) must be approved by the academic department (i.e. a majority of the full-time unlimited and probationary faculty) indicated by the prefix of the course. Rationale: There is currently confusion regarding whether administration or faculty control the structure of courses that vary from traditional seat time to web-enhanced to online. This proposal clearly gives control to the academic department responsible for the course. This proposal also defines what is meant by “academic department.” APPROVED with division noted. Much discussion revolved around this proposal. Add to the proposed change: “If the department does not approve the change, the individual has the right to appeal to AASC.” If vetoed by Pat Johns this will be re-visited in the early fall.

  • Adding, Changing, or Dropping/Suspending Courses —Academic Policy ES-01-FY09 The revised policy includes add'l types of course changes (changing and suspending courses) that were not included in the original policy. The revised policy also describes the role of the AASC in approving course changes.  Rationale: The current policy does not reflect the range of course proposals we currently deal with or the role of the AASC in curricular decisions. APPROVED WITH CHANGES: Change title to “Adding, Changing, Dropping, or Suspending Courses. Add an “s” to the word “proposal in the second sentence. Delete “at the college” in the first sentence.

  • Adding, Changing, or Dropping/Suspending Courses —Academic Procedure ES-02-FY09 The revised procedure covers all types of course changes reviewed by the AASC, including adding courses, changing courses, suspending courses, and deleting courses.  Rationale: The current procedure only covers topics and experimental courses, which are not even part of the permanent curriculum of the college. APPROVED WITH CHANGES: Change title to “Adding, Changing, Dropping, or Suspending Courses. Under Adding New Courses and Changing Courses add “at least” to the statements regarding adding the changes to the College Catalog “at least” once per year.

  • Academic Program Improvement —Academic Policy ES-03-FY09 The current language in the program review policy is moved to a new procedure and is placed with a more general statement about the purpose of program review. The link to MnSCU policy is updated to reflect changes in MnSCU policy.  Rationale: The current policy statement is mostly procedural in nature. This language is moved to a newly created procedure on program review. APPROVED WITH CHANGES.

  • Education: Associate of Arts —Add a program ED-01-FY09 Add a degree that will allow AR to articulate with SCSU and Moorhead State U's bachelor of science in education degree.  Rationale: AR has participated in a teacher education partnership with SCSU who, along with Moorhead, have requested that AR offer the lower division components of their bachelor's program. NOT APPROVED at 4/24 meeting: Courses aren’t specified, guidesheet was missing. Change course numbers to 4 digits, needs 4-letter department codes. Take this through an academic division before returning it to AASC for approval. Redo program assessment goals numbers 3 and 5. Bring back to AASC. APPROVED WITH CHANGES: List all 10 areas of MnTC. The numbers are wrong for the goal areas. Guidesheet needs to be fixed as well. V. Knight will send out electronically the two new EDUC course CCOs which also needed to be reviewed so that members might approve these before the year end.

  •   SOC 2262 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice —Change a Course SS-13-FY09 Course is revised so that it meets MnTC goals 5 and 9. Other changes include the addition of General Soc. (SOC 1111) as a pre-requisite and a revision to the course description so that the course focuses more generally on the juvenile justice system..  Rationale: Since AR is seeking a partnership with Bemidji State regarding course transfers into their criminal justice program, it is important that SOC 2262, which is one of the courses under consideration for transfer, meet MnTC goals. APPROVED WITH CHANGES: Change wording under Learner Outcomes, the department will work w/Valerie to accomplish this.

  • Sales Management —Add a program B-16-FY09 Add an AS degree for Sales Management Associate.  Rationale: The AS in Sales Management Associate is designed to prepare students for entry level careers in the field of sales 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 4/24 meeting.)

  • BUS 1145 Customer Service —Add a New Course B-27-FY09 Add a 3-cr. Course in Customer Service. Rationale: Part of the new AS degree in Sales Management. APPROVED.

V.   Items TABLED until next year:

  • Academic Program Improvement —Academic Procedure ES-04-FY09 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.

V.   Discussion Items:

            Jill Snippen brought the approved HR Associate Program courses (5) to the meeting. As they are 2nd-year courses, it was decided they could wait until the September meeting to consider them. The program guidesheet will be allowed into the catalog with “Pending MnSCU approval” on it. Mary Raeker-Rebek expressed concern about how we have been doing this in the past (as students who took courses for the MDET program [which has not received approval after 2 years] have no degree option available to them yet).

The committee was asked to consider meeting at the same time for next year: the 3rd Friday at 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Faculty are seeking more flexibility in publishing the College Catalog. Having the online version more updateable  instead of the hard copy catalog published once a year and outdated as soon as its published, is not very sensible.

VI.  Information Items delivered to the committee to assure suggested changes were made:

The revised B-18-FY09: proposal to add a program for Leadership in Business Certificate and the corresponding guidesheet.  This revised copy is already approved at April mtg. (changes suggested at April AASC have been incorporated).

The revised B-23-FY09: proposal to add a course and the corresponding CCO. This was to be reviewed at the May meeting, after making significant changes to the CCO requested at the April meeting.

The revised guidesheet for BM-07-FY09 (add a program). This was approved with expectation of rewriting program goals.

The revised guidesheet for A-09-FY09 AA with an Emphasis in Art: changed the guidesheet to more readily transfer to Moorhead.

Respectfully submitted:

Valerie Knight

Addendum: Two EDUC courses were not brought to the meeting as intended, but sent afterward to the committee for approval.

EDUC 2000 and EDUC 2030 were approved electronically. ED-02-FY09

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Funds Approvals

Timothy Wrenn, $100

 
Pause for Appreciation

Send your submissions to Kally Kruchten for an upcoming College Bulletin!

 

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