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June 2011

Volume XXXIX, No. 43: June 20, 2011

Handling Potential State Shutdown with Poise

New Interim Dean of Student Life

President's Office and Marketing & PR Important Changes

Pause for Appreciation

Bookstore Closed Reminder

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff



News from President Jessica Stumpf

Anoka-Ramsey & MnSCU to Remain Open During State Shutdown
Handling Potential State Shutdown with Poise

As reports of the potential state shutdown gained momentum over the past few weeks, I was proud to watch how our staff and faculty handled the situation. I saw great concern for one another and for our students but I did not see panic. Thank you for maintaining operations as usual while keeping a close watch on the situation.

Fortunately, the positive announcement that MnSCU will remain open, allows us to shift our focus back to summer session and the enrollment build up for fall 2011.

I would also like to ask that we consider our colleagues in state service who are not as fortunate and will be suffering through the upcoming shutdown. For details on the situation, visit this Web site: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/issues/issues.aspx?issue=shutdown


New Interim Dean of Student Life

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Lisa Harris has accepted the Interim Dean of Student Life position at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Lisa is an 11-year employee of the college with a background in student programming as an advisor and the Director of TRIO Upward Bound. In these roles, she has gained extensive experience in faculty, staff and student supervision, policy setting, working with at-risk students and program analytics. Lisa holds a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon and a master of arts in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul.

In her role as interim dean, Lisa will maintain the same Student Life office organizational/supervisory responsibilities as the retiring Dean, Cindy Nutter.          

A search for the permanent position(s) will begin during the 2011-12 year after reviewing the needs of the aligned colleges and the potential reorganizing of Student Life.

Robert Cancino will be covering Lisa Harris’ TRIO Upward Bound responsibilities while she is serving in her interim role.   


President’s Office and Marketing & Public Relations Important Changes

Please submit all business card requests to Central Services via email.

Please submit all College Bulletin items to Dawn Bushman via email.

Please submit all electronic monitor requests to Karla Sand via email.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time of transition for the President’s Office and Marketing and Public Relations Department!



Pause for Appreciation


I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone at Anoka-Ramsey farewell. Thanks to all of you for the privilege of being a part of the Anoka-Ramsey family for the past three years. It has been a great adventure for me.  Thanks, too for the terrific sendoff.   Take care of this unique and wonderful place.  


Phil O’Donnell


Dear Friends,

Thank you again for the great retirement party on May 5. Many thanks to those who contributed to the Bachman’s gift certificate.  My primary purchase was a beautiful red maple tree, now planted in our back yard.  The maple stands proudly at about 20 ft tall.  With the balance of the gift card, I bought a Bridal Wreath bush, which finally got planted yesterday (I needed to build a new landscaped bed for it first). I also bought a large red pot that sits in front of our house and is home to a beautiful hibiscus with magnificent double-ruffled orange blossoms, plus some perennials.  I love finding ways to improve the landscape of our yard, so the Bachman’s gift card gave us a tree and plants that will bring us joy for many years to come!  Many, many thanks!

Best wishes to all of you as you continue to help students reach their goals. Anoka-Ramsey is a great place for students to come because of all of you.  Keep caring about students!

Evelyn M. Gedde


Bookstores Closed Reminder

The bookstores at both the Cambridge and Coon Rapids campuses will be closed every Friday until Aug. 12; as well as June 28 and 30 for inventory.


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Kathryn Markell, Assoc for Death Education and Counseling Conference, 6/22 – 6/25/2011, $985.00
  • Gary Cook, Book/CHES Certification, $119.07, AAHPERD Membership, $135
  • Joyce Jenson, Minnesota Music Teachers Association Convention, 6/6 – 6/7/2011, $175
  • Samuel Bergstrom, The Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium, 7/24 – 7/28/2011, $450

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Paul David Anderson, $75
  • Deidra Peaslee, $100
  • Bryan Vickstrom, $100
  • Deborah Shepherd, $100
  • Angie Anderson, $100
  • Rachel Breen,$100
  • Paige Riehl, $100
  • Scott Stankey, $100




Volume XXXIX, No. 42: June 6, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Faculty Hits Best Sellers' List

Anoka-Ramsey Softball Player Earns NJCAA All-American Softball Honor

NFCA Announces 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III All-Americans 

Diversity Achievement Recognized at Anoka-Ramsey

Welcome to Anoka-Ramsey, Paul Whiteford

FAFSA Open Lab Schedule

Cambridge Fitness Hours

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Official Announcements


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Understandably, there is concern around campus about how a state shutdown would affect us. Below is a link to a memo from our Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Lori Lamb, addressing that issue and other concerns you may have. I will keep you posted as information is sent to me. 

Memo Re: Government Shutdown


Jessica Stumpf


Faculty Hits Best Sellers’ List

Kathryn Kysar’s book of poetry, Pretend the World, debuted on the national Poetry Foundation Best Sellers' list at number #13 the week of May 15.

“It is an honor to be listed with such venerable writers as Robert Bly,” says Kate about the distinction.

For more information or to check out the other poets, visit the Poetry Foundation.

Congratulations, Kate!


Anoka-Ramsey Softball Player Earns NJCAA All-American Softball Honor

For the first time in Anoka-Ramsey Community College history, a softball player has been named a NJCAA Division III All-American: sophomore catcher Andrea Schoephoerster (Champlin, Minn), Champlin Park High School earned the distinction.

Schoephoerster had a .500 batting average with 86 hits, 25 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 65 runs scored and 75 runs batted in. Nationally, Schoephoerster finished second in the nation in runs batted in, second in total hits and runs scored, third in doubles, fourth in home runs and in the top 25 for batting average.

“Andi had a fantastic year,” says Head Coach Dave Alto. “She was truly outstanding in all facets of the game. Many of the school records we set this season would not have happened without Andi’s leadership. It has been my pleasure to work with such a gifted all-around player.”

The Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams finished the season with a 28-26 record, #16 national ranking, a second place finish in the 2011 MCAC State Tournament and a second place finish in the Region 13A Tournament.


NFCA Announces 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III All-Americans

05/31/11 - NFCA Release

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sixteen players from nine different institutions comprised the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA DIII All-American team that was announced Monday by the Association.

2011 NJCAA Division III national champion Gloucester and Anoka Ramsey led the way with three selections each, while this year’s national runner-up, DuPage, along with Corning and Brookdale notched two honorees each.

Pitcher Katie Trotter helped lead the Roadrunners to their first national title in program history by going 18-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 2011.

Also playing a pivotal role in Gloucester’s title runs were catcher Caitlyn Pipolo and and infielder Lindsey Sampolski. Pipolo batted .529 this season with 28 RBIs, while Sampolski hit .439 and eight stolen bases.

Anoka Ramsey also tallied three All-Americans this season with catcher Andrea Schoephoerster, infielder Randee Hanson and outfielder Krystal Plouff.

Schoephoerster batted an even .500 for the Golden Rams this year while also driving in 75 runs. Hanson’s batting average was just under .500 this year, at .497, but led the team in RBIs with 82. The final of Anoka-Ramsey’s three selections, Plouff, led her team in stolen bases with 11, while only committing four errors in the field.

2011 national runners-up DuPage also had multiple selections this year with infielder Jacilyn Ciran and outfielder Isabelle Vogt. Vogt led the Chaparrals this season with a .507 batting average and a .556 on-base percentage, while Ciran followed closely behind by hitting .500 with a team-high 65 RBIs.

Outfielder Holly Frampton and designated player Monica Mattison were the two honorees for Corning this year. Mattison had 41 runs, 42 hits and 21 RBIs this season while Frampton hit .451 for the Red Barons while also turning in an impressive .805 slugging percentage.

Rounding out the teams with multiple selections this year was Brookdale with infielder Tracey Stern and outfielder Chelsea Alston. Stern hit .422 with 58 RBIs this season for the Jersey Blues, while Alston scored 58 runs, hit eight home runs and ended the year with a .422 average.

Ashley Snyder of Tompkins Cortland and Melissa Kanouse of Sussex County rounded out the pitching selections this season. Snyder went 16-1 for the Panthers this season with a 144 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA, while Kanouse picked up 22 wins for the Skylanders while striking out 195 batters and allowing just 31 walks over 200 innings.

The final two selections on the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division III All-American team went to Middlesex County and Monroe with infielders Kristen Mickley and Alex Hebert, respectively. Mickley hit .481 this season with 25 RBIs and 30 runs, while Hebert drove in a team-high 61 runs to go along with a .464 batting average.

To see the All-American Team Roster, click here.


Diversity Achievement Recognized at Anoka-Ramsey

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, as well as Bemidji State University, Century College, North Hennepin Community College, Metropolitan State University, St. Cloud State University and Winona State University, were recently honored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for outstanding achievements in diversity.

The Diversity and Multiculturalism awards were presented May 25 at Inver Hills Community College to acknowledge programs and services that support access and success in higher education for all Minnesotans, especially those from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, low-income students or students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The winners were selected by a panel of academic and student affairs administrators from various campuses after being nominated by presidents and other college and university leaders for work in 2010-2011.

“Many of the students served by the award-winning programs and activities did not start their educational quest on a level playing field,” said Whitney Harris, the system’s executive director of diversity and multiculturalism. “Each project helps level the playing field for these students and helps achieve equal opportunity in higher education.”

Categories and Winners

The Best Practices in Diversity Award recognizes programs and practices that improve access and retention of diverse campus community members. The first place winner was St. Cloud State University for its Power in Diversity Leadership Conference. Bemidji State University was second place for its American Indian Resource Center. Winona State University received honorable mention for its Academic Progress Reporting System.

The Innovative Practices in Diversity Award recognizes practices that foster inclusivity and are two or more years old. The first place winner was Metropolitan State University for its Community Garden. Anoka-Ramsey Community College placed second for the Mosaic Center. North Hennepin Community College received honorable mention for its Multicultural Education trainings.

The Outstanding Student Organization Diversity Award recognizes student-led groups, staff, faculty or administrators’ initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion within the campus and larger community. The first place winner was Century College for its Asian Student Organization. The second-place winner was the St. Cloud State University’s Hmong Student Organization. Winona State University’s Black Cultural Awareness Association and Chapter Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., received honorable mention.

“We celebrate the creative and committed individuals who have demonstrated outstanding diversity work in serving our students,” said Board of Trustees Chair Scott Thiss. “By standing for excellence, they help fulfill the board’s vision for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which is to enable the people of Minnesota to succeed by providing the most accessible, highest value education in the nation.”

Special congratulations to Marcellus Davis, Director of the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, for all his hard work!


Welcome to Anoka-Ramsey, Paul Whiteford!

by - Brandy Eddings

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Paul Whiteford to Anoka-Ramsey Community College!

Paul has accepted a position as our full-time Writing Resources Assistant/Professional Writing Tutor for the Cambridge Campus. In this position, Paul will tutor students in writing, serve as an SI leader for various English courses and mentor/train our peer writing tutors.

Paul is enthusiastic and passionate about learning and tutoring, and he clearly embraces a student-centered philosophy. His background includes professional teaching experience encompassing diverse student populations as well as adult learners. In addition, Paul has served in a seasonal capacity as a Professional Writing Tutor in Cambridge prior to accepting this full-time position. Paul holds a bachelor of applied arts from the University of Minnesota.

Paul is located in the Academic Support Center on the Cambridge campus, room D208. Please stop by and introduce yourself (if you don’t already know Paul), and join me in congratulating him in his new position.


FAFSA Open Lab Schedule

Please click on FAFSA Open Lab document for more information.


Cambridge Fitness Center Hours

The fitness center will be open Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Monday, June 6. The last day it will be open for summer is Thursday, Aug. 4.


Pause for Appreciation 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College,

It’s hard to express my appreciation for the monetary gift and the wonderful reception in just a few words. I will always remember the wonderful people I’ve been honored and blessed to work with at Anoka-Ramsey.

Cindy Nutter


I wish to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all who had an active role in making the Cambridge Campus commencement event a huge success. Preparation was key since this was the first time we hosted the event at the Armed Forces Reserve Community Center (AFRCC). We had a wonderful team of contributors who participated with planning, set-up, and production of the event.

A special THANK YOU goes to JoAnn Iskierka, Cyndi Schulz, Gena Carlson, Skip Ruis, Ed Norton, James Winkes, Kirk Young, Greg Strandmark, Darin Nelson, Bruce Nelson, Heginio Garcia, Shannah Jones, and Ed Wilberg for their extra time and special talents, and also to Jessica Stumpf, Barbara Prince, Sharri VanAlstine, Michael Wall, Deidra Peaslee, Cory Lundeen and Kirsten Kennedy (our student speakers), and Jo Leritz and Natasha Kolbe (our student escorts) for presenting a memorable ceremony.

Many thanks,

Jill Snippen


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff 

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Isabelle Schmidt, 3/16/11, Personality Disorders Workshop, $228
  • Dawn Kennedy, 5/31/11 – 7/29/11, Bemidji State Online Class, $128

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Celena Monn, Course Fees, $300 
  • Beth Brisky, 4/4/11 – 4/6/11, MAFAA Spring 2011 Conference, $300 
  • Sean Johns, 4/4/11 – 4/6/11, MAFAA Spring 2011 Conference, $300 
  • Ravae Anderson, Course Fee/Books, $269.50 
  • Juliana Boner, Course Fee/Books, $98.91 
  • Lacrestia Anderson, Course Fees/Books, $319.34

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Linda Axelrod, $100
  • Gena Carlson, $100 
  • Diane DenBeste, $100 
  • Lisa Dornacker, $85.80 
  • Jamie Lopez, $53.85 
  • Sheila Provost, $100 
  • Mary Raeker-Rebek, $100 
  • Brenda Rustad, $100 
  • Karla Seymour, $100 
  • Shannon Watson, $100 
  • Susan Groves, $100 
  • Jill Harrison, $100 
  • Jan Pomeroy, $45 
  • Kathleen Vieau, $45


Official Announcements 

Items approved by AASC and College President for March 2011, moved to action:

ART 1189, Handbuilding III: Tile Making, Add an experimental courses, H-11-FY11
ART 1282, Ceramics Handbuilding II: Tile Making, Add a new course, H-10-FY11
BUS program, Leadership in Business, Suspend a certificate, B-01-FY11
ENGR 1100, Introduction to Engineering, Change a course, EN-01-FY11
ENGR 1111, Engineering Graphics, Change a course, EN-02-FY11
ENGR 2218, Digital Logic, Change a course, EN-03-FY11
ENGR 2219, Linear Circuits I, Change a course, EN-04-FY11
ENGR 2221, Digital Fundamentals, Change a course, EN-05-FY11
ENGR 2240, Thermodynamics, Change a course, EN-06-FY11
ENGR 2241, Statics, Change a course, EN-07-FY11
ENGR 2242, Dynamics, Change a course, EN-08-FY11
ENGR 2243, Mechanics of Materials, Change a course, EN-09-FY11
ENGR program, Pre-Engineering AS program, Change a program, EN-10-FY11
HPER 2215, Intercollegiate Soccer, Add a new course, H-01-FY11
HPER 2217, Intercollegiate Softball, Add a new course, H-02-FY11
INTS 1200, Introduction to Diversity Studies, Add a new course, INTS-01-FY11
MATH 1200, College Algebra, Change a course, M-05-FY11
MATH 1201, Pre-Calculus, Change a course, M-04-FY11
MATH 1210, Pre-Calculus, Change a course, M-04-FY11
MATH 1400, Calculus II, Change a course, M-03-FY11
MATH 1401, Calculus II, Change a course, M-02-FY11
MUSC 1188, Chorale, Add a new course, H-14-FY11
MUSC program, AFA MUSIC, Change a program, H-15-FY11
NURS 2254, Holistic Care of the Family, Delete a course, N-03-FY11
NURS 2255, Holistic Care of the Acutely Ill Adult, Delete a course, N-06-FY11
NURS 2257, Nursing Leadership II, Delete a course, N-08-FY11
NURS 2258, Preceptorship, Delete a course, N-04-FY11
NURS 2260, Nutrition of the Individual in Health and Illness, Delete a course, N-07-FY11
NURS 2261, Pharmacology for Nurses, Delete a course, N-09-FY11
NURS 2266, Physical Assessment, Delete a course, N-05-FY11
PHIL 1200, Medical Ethics, Add a new course, H-09-FY11
SAP Policy, Change a policy, ES-04-FY11
WOST 1100, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Add a new course, SS-01-FY11
INFO items:
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MUSC 1105, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1146, 1147, 1148, 1149, 1188, 2105, 2145, 2150, 2151, Applied Lessons, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theatre Ensemble, AFA Applied Lessons, Chamber Singers, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Performance Hours, Change a course, H-13-FY11 (In April Mary Raeker-Rebek informed the committee that this change in anticipation of a new policy will not be necessary, so while approved, it will be removed.