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September 2010


 Issue No. 7: Sept. 7, 2010

Issue No. 8: Sept. 13, 2010

Issue No. 9: Sept. 20, 2010

Issue No. 10: Sept. 27, 2010

Volume XXXVIII, No. 7: September 7, 2010

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 Discount Theatre Tickets

Coon Rapids Testing Center Extended Hours

September is National Yoga Awareness Month

Fall Employee Flu Shot Clinic

Official Announcements

 College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) schools adopt wide range of sustainability practices, survey shows a first-ever survey has documented a wide range of sustainability practices at MnSCU that include scheduling classes to increase energy efficiency, lowering water consumption, purchasing local foods, composting food waste, using nontoxic cleaning products and reducing carbon emissions.

News Release

Full Report (See Anoka-Ramsey Community College, page 17-18.)

 

Academic Support Center Receives Level II Certification
Submitted by Humera Mujir

I am pleased to announce that the Coon Rapids Campus Academic Support Center recently received Level II certification by the College Reading and Learning Association.

The Level I certification has been renewed for three years.

I would like to thank Darla McCann for her cooperation and continuous mentorship as well as Jan Pomeroy and Brandy Eddings for their support and guidance.

 

Congratulations to the Marketing & Public Relations Team!

I’m proud to announce that Jeffrey Knight and Tina Perpich are being awarded three Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5. The awards will be distributed during the Regional conference later this week.

Jeff and Tina are two fine employees who not only work exceptionally well together, but also with so many internal clients across the college.

Well done, Marketing Team!

Marketing and PTC Team

Staff from Professional Training and Marketing teamed up to complete award-winning capabilities brochure for the Professional Training product line. Graphic Designer, Jeff Knight was not available for this photo. 

 

College Instructor Publishes Disaster Science Article

Adjunct Sociology instructor, M. Bess Vincent co-wrote an article with Scott Frickel titled, "Disaster Science: Between Calamity and Recovery" that was published Aug. 24 on the Social Science Research Council's Web site.

The article, which discusses the deepwater disaster and policy implications informed by their studies of Hurricane Katrina, can be viewed HERE.

If your work or the work of one of your college colleagues has recently been published, please let us know!

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Discount Theatre Tickets

As you may have seen by email, the Alumni office gets tickets at group discounts and offers them to alumni, but also to employees of the College.  In addition to the list below, there is a consideration of adding tickets to the Master Butchers Singing Club at the Guthrie which is based on the book by local author, Louise Erdrich.

  • Rock of Ages, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 at 8 p.m.,  $43, $63, $78 (purchase by Sept. 10)
  • Billy Elliot, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 at 1 p.m., $50, $70, $87 (purchase by Oct. 26)
  • Shrek the Musical, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at 8 p.m., $41.05, $59.05, $72.55 (purchase by Dec. 7)
  • Hair, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 2 p.m., $41.05, $59.05, $72.55 (purchase by Jan. 10)
  • Jersey Boys, Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2 p.m., $50, $70, $87 (purchase by March 1)
  • West Side Story, Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 8 p.m., $45, $65, $80 (purchase by May 17)

Please notify Director of Alumni Relations, Michael Wall of your interest or for more information by Sept. 10.  If there is enough interest, tickets will be reserved and sold through Alumni Relations.

 

Coon Rapids Testing Center Extended Hours

To accommodate requests from students and faculty, the Testing Center has added some evening Make-up testing/Alternative testing appointments at the Coon Rapids campus.

In addition to Accuplacer testing, MaryAnn Harris will conduct Make-up testing/Alternative testing on Wednesdays, 3 pm to 6 pm.

Revised Schedule

Tuesdays

  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 to 4 p.m.

Wednesdays

  • 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursdays

  • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 to 4 p.m.

Students should contact the Coon Rapids Information Desk at x1240 to schedule an appointment.  Students are required to present a photo ID at the time of testing.

Cambridge Campus Testing Center continues to be by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment please contact the Cambridge Campus Information Desk at x1566.  For more information, please contact Brandy Eddings.

 

September is National Yoga Awareness Month

Yoga has been researched extensively and is known to have a wide range of health benefits for body, mind, and spirit:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased stress
  • Greater flexibility (not just physically!)
  • Enhanced brain function
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Better skeletal alignment
  • Strengthened bones/joints
  • Improved respiration
  • Weight Loss
  • Enhanced circulation
  • Easier transition through menopause
  • Deeper peace of mind
  • And many more…

Please click HERE to learn more about yoga.

If you are interested in experiencing any of these health benefits, try Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Employee Wellness Program’s Yoga at Work!  Yoga at Work begins the week of Sept. 20.

 

Fall Employee Flu Shot Clinic

Cambridge Campus

  • Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rm. E202

Coon Rapids Campus

  • Oct. 26, 1to 2:30 p.m., Riverview Room

Employees must bring their insurance card.  If you do not have insurance or do not bring your card the cost is $24 for the injection and $32 for the nasal spray.  Please wear a short sleeved shirt.  For more information, contact Lisa Waggoner in the Human Resources Department.

 

Official Announcements

Proposal

  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees RATIONALE: Update for spring.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until Sept. 17, 2010.

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Angie Anderson, 7/29/2010, Books, $89.42
  • Angie Anderson, 7/29/2010, Fees, $67.29
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, Book, $239

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Roger Freeman, 9/8-10/2010, MN Chief Engineers Guild 2010 Conference, $300
  • Don Long, 10/31-11/3/2010, Council for Resource Development Federal Funding Task Force, $600
  • Darin Nelson, Summer 2010, Books and Fees, $121.43
  • Jim Nieswaag, 9/8-10/2010, MN Chief Engineers Guild 2010 Conference, $300
  • Heidi Vidor, 10/15-16/2010, HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program Level 1, $300
  • Kathleen Vieau, Summer 2010, Books and Fees, $95.16

Social Amenities

  • A card was sent to Jennifer Semans.

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 8: September 13, 2010

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

College Employee Directory - Printable Version

Five New Members to Cambridge Campus Foundation

Golden Ram Freshman Volleyball Player Scores Another Honor

Scholarships Available for Spring 2011!

Coon Rapids Campus Phi Theta Kappa Biannual Cleanup Event

Prairie Home Delights

Employee Listens to Spouse, and Earns Cash toward Wellness

The Two Rivers Reading Series

Sunshine Committee Needs Your Help!

Food Comes to Bookstore

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreciation

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Random Acts of Kindness on Campus

While we were reading about random acts of kindness a few weeks ago, one was being performed for Stacy, an Anoka-Ramsey Community College student with a flat tire. Naturally the temperatures were in the 90’s, the dew point was almost off the charts and her cell phone was out of commission.  She found her way to the Professional Training Center (PTC) to use the phone and Allan Callander offered to see if he could put on her spare.  They went out to her car (on Mississippi Blvd – traffic central at the end of the day) and Allan found that she was moving – her backseat and trunk were full.  He managed to find her spare tire (had to remove a “few” things) but couldn’t find her jack (it was underneath her car near the driver’s seat!) at first.  Finally, with the necessary tools, he found the lug nuts were rusted in place (oh, happy day). After spending some time trying to pound them to loosen them (we could hear him at the PTC), Mike Thayer of Facilities showed up with a spray can of Liquid Wrench (oh, happy day).  With that final modern touch, they were able to put her spare tire on her car and she could be on her way. Allan made it back to the PTC a bit damp, but a hero!  

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College Employee Directory – Printable Version

Printed copies of the college employee telephone directory will no longer be distributed in your mail box but are available to print as needed from HERE.

 

Five New Members to Cambridge Campus Foundation

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation recently elected five new members to their board of directors: Clyde Bloyer, Ray Magnuson, Deborah Molano, Greg Owens and Seth Zeltinger.

See press release HERE.

 

Golden Ram Freshman Volleyball Player Scores Another Honor

Alysha Reinhardt, a 6’2” middle blocker on Anoka-Ramsey’s volleyball team, had an outstanding week for the Golden Rams, earning her recognition as MCAC Southern Division All-Around Player of the Week.

Reinhardt, an Andover, Minn. resident, hit at a .364 clip with 47 kills in 10 games. She also had 10 blocks, 13 digs and two serve aces.

The Golden Rams are currently 8-2 on the season and 2-0 in Conference play.

 

Scholarships Available for Spring 2011!

Please encourage students to apply for scholarships available for spring. For many students, scholarships are more than tuition assistance; scholarships motivate students to work and excel when they know someone else, usually a total stranger, believes in them.  Criteria to qualify for scholarships range from course of study to place of residence to credit enrollment.  If you know students who could benefit, please encourage them to pick up an application from their respective campus foundation office.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 1.

For further information, contact Lisa Sisson, Scholarship Coordinator, at x1294

 

Coon Rapids Campus Phi Theta Kappa Biannual Cleanup Events

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will be holding its biannual cleanup events soon. If either of these events fit in anywhere with your curriculum or your own personal values, please take a minute to advertise them to your class.

Adopt-A-Highway Project

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You do not need to volunteer this entire time, however should reserve an hour and a half at least because the drive to the site takes 30 minutes. There will be shuttles available every half hour starting at 9 a.m. that will go back and forth from the campus to the cleanup site.   There will also be raffles at this event for chances to win prizes like an Anoka-Ramsey sweatshirt, scarf and lanyard.

Campus Cleanup Project

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You do not need to volunteer this entire time. We meet outside the gymnasiums at the top of every hour and head out to clean up litter around the college campus.  There will also be raffles featuring other Anoka-Ramsey gear at this event.

Please RSVP to either Robert Cancino, Coon Rapids PTK Advisor, or Robert Daun.

 

Prairie Home Delights

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation invites you to its annual scholarship fundraiser, Prairie Home Delights, Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Courtyards of Andover.  This year the price is reduced to $25.  However, after Sept. 20, the price is $35. 

Buy your tickets now in the Institutional Advancement Office on the Coon Rapids Campus.  Call Suzanne Stiff at x1130.

For those new to Anoka-Ramsey, Prairie Home Delights is a tasting event that features area restaurants serving sample hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts.  You can bid on silent and live auction items and also enjoy the fantastic music of the Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Jazz Sextet. Games and raffles add to the fun. Proceeds support scholarships to Coon Rapids Campus students.

Last year, over $157,000 was spent on scholarships. Your ticket purchase to Prairie Home Delights helps the foundation help students.

 

Employee Listens to Spouse, and Earns Cash toward Wellness

Michael Wall, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Alumni Director, does not hesitate to give credit to his wife for inspiring him to lose weight.

Michael knew he was not healthy, and he knew that becoming out of breath from the first floor to the second was not a good thing.  Still he continued to say he was fine, until his wife spoke up.

“She told me she was worried that I would die and she would have to live without me,” Michael recalls.

With the incentive of getting most of the initial fees back through the employee Wellness Works program at the college, Michael joined Weight Watchers (WW).

The program worked for him before when he was a member about 12 years ago, but once he stopped attending the weight crept back up. “There can be a lot of weight-gaining momentum when you eat without thinking about the consequences,” says Michael. “There certainly was for me.”

This time around, Michael weighed in for the first time the Saturday before Thanksgiving 2009, starting just before a food fest to show his earnest attitude. 

“I like Weight Watchers because their points system is like shopping with a limited amount of money,” says Michael. “I can buy the expensive shoes if I want, but I can forget about the suit to go with them! In other words, I can eat anything I want if I’m willing to count it toward my limits, and pay the piper in sacrifice if I choose to indulge.”

As of this writing, Michael has lost 86 pounds, and found a lot of benefits including compliments, a happier spouse and, best of all, simply feeling better.

“Needing new clothes is both good and bad,” he notes. 

“What a deal the Wellness Works program is!” continues Michael. “I am healthier, my wife is happier, and the program was free. Well, almost. After a few months I was on my own financially, but the weight lost at that point made it an easy sell to keep it up.”

Worried about your health? Anoka-Ramsey employees may be eligible to receive $100 per fiscal year to use toward a personal wellness initiative, such as Weight Watchers, fitness classes and even massage. Click HERE for details.

 Michael Wall Before Weight Watchers

Alumni Director Michael Wall before using Wellness Works funds for the initial fees (first three months) of the Weight Watchers program.

Michael Wall After the Weght Watchers Program

Michael Wall after losing more than 85 pounds using the Weight Watchers systems. 

 

The Two Rivers Reading Series

Author Wang Ping will read from her book of short stories, “The Last Communist Virgin,” Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus.

“The Last Communist Virgin” is a Minnesota Book Award-winning story collection about modern China and the contemporary Chinese-American experience.

With this work, Wang Ping returns to fiction in a new story collection that stands out as one of the few books on modern China and the contemporary Chinese-American experience. From the restaurants of New York's Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, these stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture.

“The Last Communist Virgin” is a book about love in a fast-changing world: love for the people and the land from the west and the east, love for the new and the old, the real and the imaginative, the technology around us and the soul within us. It's a book about longing for peace and harmony in a world that is becoming more crowded and competitive. It's also a book about the quest to achieve harmony at any cost.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Sunshine Committee Needs Your Help!

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 on the Cambridge Campus in times of sickness, sorrow, and joy. We send cards, fruit baskets, gift cards or 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 encourage you to keep us informed of events taking place within the Cambridge Campus family, and 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!

 

Food Comes to Bookstore

The Coon Rapids Campus Bookstore is now offering Chef Boyardee, Marie Callender and Healthy Choice microwaveable bowls.  So if you have missed the hours the cafeteria is open, or forgot your lunch, you have another option.

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Brenda Smith, 10/15-16/2010, IHH Healing Touch Certificate Program – Level 1, $300
  • Kirk Young, 9/8-10/2010, MN  Chief Engineers Guild 2010 Conference, $300

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Carole Fuller, $100
  • Tina Perpich, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

The following is an excerpt from a letter received by Biology Faculty member, Melissa Mills from a former student. If you receive a heartfelt thank-you from a current or former student, please let us know.

Hi Ms. Mills!

This is Karla Hedgers (formerly Salwasser).  I was your student a couple years ago.  I took you’re A&P II and Women’s Biology courses and really enjoyed them. Actually, it was your Women’s Biology class that made me decide to work within women’s health.  I teach a method of Natural Family Planning (NFP) called the Creighton Model.

You had a great section of the course that talked about contraception. I remember you talking about NFP, which sparked my interest into exactly what NFP was. 

Thanks for being such a great instructor—your Women’s Biology class was by far the BEST course I have ever taken and it has literally changed my whole life!  I am such a critical thinker about women’s health and the issues surrounding (specifically contraception, of course). 

Talk soon! 

Karla Hedgers

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 9: September 20, 2010

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Athletic Participation Soars

Art Committee Welcomes Lake Country Pastel Society

Impromptu Brown Bag Event

Coffee House Entertainment Presents Kevin Steinman

September Wellness Workshop - Nature Walks

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Vacant Bank Location to Become Professional Training Facility

In May of this year the Continuing Education/Customized Training Division of Anoka-Ramsey Community College was restructured as the Professional Training Division.  This name change symbolizes the re-energized focus on businesses and organizations in the community surrounding Anoka-Ramsey Community College. 

Professional Training has a full staff of Directors of Training, support staff and student workers and all of the classrooms are filled with learners!  The result is the little building on the corner “bursting at the seams.”  Currently, there are five offices that house 12 people and when KidU hits every summer that number grows!  After exploring several possibilities it was noticed that the former Klein Bank was now an empty building and might provide some needed elbow room.  Negotiations ensued, and the key to the Klein Bank building will soon be in the hands of the Anoka-Ramsey facilities staff.  The renovations will be minimal and the college intranet will need to be installed in the building.  The hope is that our directors will soon be able to move into the “old Klein Bank” by mid- October.

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Athletic Participation Soars

While it is early in the year, Anoka-Ramsey is experiencing skyrocketing interest in their athletic programs.

In the 2009-2010, 104 athletes participate in the college’s seven athletic programs. So far in the 2010-2011 year there are 135 athletes, a nearly 30 percent increase.

“I attribute the increasing popularity of our athletic programs to many factors,” says college Athletic Director, Dave Alto. “First, Anoka-Ramsey offers a great environment that includes wonderfully supportive staff and students and outstanding coaches. There is also the strong desire of these student athletes to continue playing their sport after their high school years.”

Anoka-Ramsey is adding a new softball field at the Cambridge Campus. The field, enclosed by fencing, will include a new irrigation system, a sod outfield, a batting cage, enclosed dugouts and a storage building. Electrical power will be installed to the storage building, batting cage and to the outfield for a possible scoreboard in the future.

Currently, Anoka-Ramsey offers:

  • Men’s Baseball, Basketball and Soccer
  • Women’s Basketball, Fastpitch, Soccer and Volleyball

For more information about any of the growing athletic programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, click HERE.

 

Art Committee Welcomes Lake Country Pastel Society

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Committee welcomes the Lake Country Pastel Society for a month-long exhibition as well as a demonstration and an awards reception at the Coon Rapids Campus.

The pastel exhibition will appear in the Coon Rapids Campus Great River Gallery, Sept. 17 through Oct. 20. The gallery is located on the upper level of the College Services Building.

In conjunction with the exhibition, pastel artist Sandra Dowd will give a demonstration of the pastel medium, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. in the gallery. To learn more about Sandra Dowd, please visit her Web site.  Anoka-Ramsey students as well as faculty and staff are invited to attend. 

Finally, the Lake Country Pastel Society and the college Art Committee will co-host the Lake Country Pastel Society Exhibition Opening Reception and Presentation of Awards, Thursday, Sept. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

Impromptu Brown Bag Event

Submitted by Jeff Knapp

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, F107

At the request of some people, I said I would show some more updated slides from my Summer Geology Trips to South Dakota.  It is similar to what I showed with Peter Wahlstrom at a CTL meeting and to a Natural Science meeting two years ago.

Bring a cup of coffee, soda or your lunch and look at some of your current and past students in the beautiful Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about this fantastic opportunity for students to experience science field work next year!

 

Coffee House Entertainment Presents Kevin Steinman

Wednesday, Sept. 22

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

Coon Rapids Campus, Courtyard Commons

“Music is my first memory…If a note didn’t sound right, I’d fiddle around with it until it did.  That remains to this day my idea for harmony: experimenting until it sounds beautiful to my ear.  In high school I wrote my first songs as English class projects, and when I played them, I knew I had found a very fun thing to do for the rest of my life…for the next decade I earned my living singing harmonies, arranging songs and driving across the country in a beaten, old Ford van.  I remember that feeling I had in high school; the feeling of knowing that I was meant to do music.  I still have it now, when I wake up at 3 a.m. with a song in my head, or when I tinker at the piano and stumble across those notes that go together like peanut butter and jelly.  I’m no Emily Dickinson, no Shakespeare.  My only hope is that some of my thoughts and dreams and loves will outlive me through my music, and that years from now, a 2-year-old might be fiddling around to find the perfect harmonies to go with my songs.”

 

September Wellness Workshop – Nature Walks

Thursday, Sept. 23

Cambridge Campus, 12:15 to 1 p.m., Back Patio

Biology instructor, Brad Wold leads us on a Fall Nature Walk through the Anoka-Ramsey Spirit River Area.  Meet on the Back Patio at 12:15 p.m.!

Coon Rapids Campus, noon to 1 p.m., River Plaza

Biology instructor, Gary Nelson, leads us on a Fall Nature Walk through the Anoka-Ramsey Natural Area.  Join your colleagues for a relaxing, yet educational trail walk, as Gary helps us learn about the plants and animals that live in the oak forest right here in our own backyard.  Meet on the River Plaza at noon!

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Catherine Bean, 10/2/2010-4/30/2011, Season Ticket Subscription to Talk Cinema, $480
  • Catherine Bean, Netflix Subscription for ENGL 1121, $167.88
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, 7/19/2010, Books, $145
  • Kristen Genet11/3-5/2010, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, $282
  • Ken Grace, FY 2010-2011, AMATYC Memberhsip, $40
  • Ken Grace, FY 2010-2011, Minnesota Mathematical Association of 2-Year Colleges, $10
  • Mary Januschka, 10/4-6/2010, Nobel Conference, $192.66
  • Brian Mansell, 10/4-6/2010, Nobel Conference, $192.66
  • Roberta McDonald, 9/23-24/2010, 2010 MBEI/NCBEA Fall Conference, $185
  • Joan McKearnan, 10/4-6/2010, Nobel Conference, $155
  • Joan McKearnan, 11/3-5/2010, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, $297
  • Kendra Miller, 9/3/2010, Autism Workshop, $117
  • Brad Wold, 10/4-6/2010, Nobel Conference, $192.66
  • Wendy Zins, 10/4-6/2010, Nobel Conference, $192.66

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Gena Carlson, 10/15-16/2010, HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program – Level 1, $300

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 10: September 27, 2010

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Business Faculty, John Mago, Selected for Hall of Fame

Coon Rapids Campus Welcomes Maintenance Worker

Cast Announced for Coon Rapids Campus Fall Play, "Harvey"

Nature Walks Rescheduled

College Hosts Free Mental Wellness Events, Oct. 6 and 12

College's Two Rivers Reading Series Hosts Two Award-Winning Authors, Oct. 6 and Nov. 2

Cambridge Campus Minnesota Writer Program Hosts Two Award-Winning Authors, Oct. 7

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Pause for Appreication

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Thank you, Staff!

I enjoyed meeting many of you during last week’s State of the College staff meetings. Thank you for attending and feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of the topics we covered.

Business Faculty, John Mago, Selected for Hall of Fame

One of Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s own Business Faculty members, John Mago, was one of only six athletes inducted this year into the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Hall of Fame.

The 2010 class, inducted Sept. 12, included track athlete John Mago, as well as baseball players Ron Parks and Vic Cable; hockey player Mike Schwengler; softball player Jill (Schoenike) Martin; and tennis player Kady (Hickman) Monson.

John’s group represents the 34th class of men’s inductees and the 21st class of women’s inductees to bring the number of athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored to 180.

Congratulations, John!

 Dr. John Mago

 

Coon Rapids Campus Welcomes Maintenance Worker

The Coon Rapids Campus recently welcomed Carl Corbett as a General Maintenance Worker.

During the business week, Carl cleans the Therapeutic Health & Healing Center. On Saturdays, he opens and closes the Coon Rapids Campus, cleaning and performing repairs as needed.

Carl, who has taken some classes at Anoka-Ramsey, was a computer technician for eight years. For a year he also delivered for Jimmy Johns sandwich shop.

Carl, who has been full-time stay-at-home father, also takes care of his two daughters two-and-a half years old and four months old.

When asked why he came to Anoka-Ramsey, he says, “I was offered the perfect shift for a stay-at home-dad.”

Eventually his daughters start school, he would like to return to Anoka-Ramsey to get a degree and work again in Information Technology (I.T.).

A resident of Anoka, Carl enjoys being outdoors, and camping in Grand Marais, Minn.

Welcome, Carl!

 

Cast Announced for Coon Rapids Campus Fall Play, “Harvey”

Fourteen fabulous student-actors have been cast in Coon Rapids Campus fall play, “Harvey,” on stage at the Performing Arts Center, Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Cast Members

  • Myrtle Mae: Nykeigh Larson, Andover High School
  • Veta Louise: Emily Moulds, Elk River High School
  • Elwood: Neal Skoy, Centennial High School
  • Miss Johnson: Anna Peterson, Irondale High School
  • Mrs. Chauvenet: Nikki Roberts, Coon Rapids High School
  • Ruth Kelly: Mandi Trandem, St. Francis High School
  • Duane Wilson: Michael Cox, Coon Rapids High School
  • Dr. Sanderson: Matt Virchow, Meadow Creek High School
  • Dr. Chumley: Ryan Haenze, Fridley High School
  • Betty Chumley:  Diedre Videen, Harding High School
  • Judge Gaffney: Aaron Slavik
  • E.J. Lofgren: Roger Goff, Irondale High School
  • Second Maid: Keyy Ernest, Coon Rapids High School
  • Second Orderly: Mark Deel, Fridley High School

About Harvey

“Harvey,” a play by Mary Coyle Chase, opened on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama the same year. The story follows mild-mannered eccentric Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend—a tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. Embarrassed by his behavior, Elwood’s sister Veta and her daughter decide to have him committed to a sanitarium. Misunderstandings flourish and the sanitarium doctors accidently commit Veta instead. When the truth comes out, Veta threatens to sue, which send the doctors on a frantic search for Elwood. They finally find him, but Elwood’s polite and cheerful kindness raises the age-old question of who is more dangerous: the pleasant dreamer with an active imagination or those who want to force him to conform to so-called reality.

Student and staff are eligible for two free tickets, available at the bookstore.

 

Nature Walks Rescheduled

Cambridge Campus

Monday, Sept. 27, noon to 1 p.m., Back Patio

Biology instructor, Brad Wold leads us on a Fall Nature Walk through the Anoka-Ramsey Spirit River Area.  Meet on the Back Patio at 12:15 p.m.!

Coon Rapids Campus

Thursday, Oct. 7, noon to 1 p.m., River Plaza

Biology instructor, Gary Nelson, leads us on a Fall Nature Walk through the Anoka-Ramsey Natural Area.  Join your colleagues for a relaxing, yet educational trail walk, as Gary helps us learn about the plants and animals that live in the oak forest right here in our own backyard.  Meet on the River Plaza at noon!

 

College Hosts Free Mental Wellness Events, Oct. 6 and 12

The Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Counseling and Student Activities departments have collaborated to offer free, public mental wellness events that include a presentation and screenings:

Coon Rapids Campus

Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Rm. SC270

Cambridge Campus

Oct 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Rm. G201.

At both campus events, the featured speaker is Tom Ellis, a marriage and family therapist at The Center for Grief, Loss & Transition in St. Paul, Minn.  Ellis, who specializes in trauma, is also a clinical supervisor, consultant, writer, trainer and critical incident de-briefer. Ellis’ will present, Understanding Grief, 11 to 11:50 a.m. Coon Rapids Campus Rm. SC270/272; and 9 to 9:50 a.m. Cambridge Campus Rm. G201

In addition to Ellis’ presentations, 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 will be available, noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus and 10 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Campus.

Why This Is Important

Mental wellness affects everyone. A  Boynton Health Center Survey in 2009 indicated, of the Anoka-Ramsey students surveyed:

  • 19.8% experienced the death of someone close to them within the past 12 months
  • 29% of students report depression as a mental health condition within their lifetime
  • 26.3% of students report an inability to manage their stress levels
  • 20% of students report they were diagnosed with anxiety within the last 12 months

For more information about public events at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit the Anoka-Ramsey Home Page.

 

College’s Two Rivers Reading Series Hosts Two Award-Winning Authors, Oct. 6 and Nov. 2

The Two Rivers Reading Series are is pleased to announce this fall’s award-winning authors Wang Ping and Patricia Smith.

Wang Ping will read from her book of short stories, “The Last Communist Virgin,” a Minnesota Book Award-winning story collection about modern China and the contemporary Chinese-American experience, Oct. 6, 1 and 2 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus, Rm. B235.

Patricia Smith will read from her poetry collection, “Blood Dazzler,” a 2008 National Book Award finalist about the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, Nov. 2, noon and 1 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Campus Student Courtyard Commons.

These events are brought to you by the English Division and are free and open to the public.

For more information about these events, contact English Faculty member, Paige Riehl at x1347.

 

Cambridge Campus Minnesota Writer Program Hosts Two Award-Winning Authors, Oct. 7

The Minnesota Writer program at the Cambridge Campus is pleased to announce this year’s guest authors, Betsy Bowen and Phyllis Root, presenting their new collaborative work, “Big Belching Bog” (U of M Press), Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Rm. G202 (the Juanita and Charles Peterson Community Room).

Refreshments will be served, and the Minnesota Book Award-winning authors will sign books following the presentation.

“Part of the magic of children’s literature is that it appeals to all ages,” says English faculty member and event organizer, Bill Breen. “We’re pleased to be hosting two of Minnesota’s most prolific and accomplished authors and illustrators of children’s lit.”

For more information, visit the Anoka-Ramsey Home Page or call Bill Breen at x1906.

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Social Amenities

  • A card and plant were sent to Richard Kravik.
  • A card was sent to Kelsey Schwarzrock.

 

Pause for Appreciation

Thanks to Kim Bienfang for her willingness to provide a clear explanation regarding a student’s tax filing concerns he brought to the Financial Aid Office window.  It is much better if we do not need to shuffle students from one office to another and Kim came to the rescue.

-Carole Guffey 

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