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December 2011

Issue No. 20: December 5, 2011                             Issue No. 21: December 12, 2011                        Issue No. 22: December 19, 2011


VOLUME XL, Issue No. 23: December 27, 2011

New from President Jessica Stumpf

Board of Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominees Named

Anoka-Ramsey Men’s Basketball Team vs. Dakota Tech on Dec. 30

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Wishing you and your loved ones a warm, relaxing and exciting New Year!


Board of Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominees Named

Submitted by Deidra Peaslee, Vice President of Academic Affairs

On behalf of the college nominating committee for the Board of Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for consideration.  The committee received over 100 nominations and I am pleased to announce the two outstanding faculty who will be nominated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, along with some comments provided by students:

Pam Fauskee

  • She makes comparisons to real life situations and finds ways to make the most important information memorable, such as humorous pictured concept maps.
  • She has very high standards and expects the same from her students yet maintains a professional attitude and does not make you feel inferior in anyway.
  • She is able to say when she doesn't have an answer for something and makes a point to do research and lets the class know what she has found.
  • Pam is a very fair teacher and makes each of us students feel that we are important to her.
  • Pam is always willing to talk to students about any extra help they need. She is very friendly and approachable but will use 'tough love' if needed to help us succeed.

Mark Omodt

  • Mark’s classroom is active and engaged. He presents an idea, allows group work, expands on the idea, and then has individual work. Each step feels natural and well guided.
  • This is my second semester taking a math class with Professor Omodt, and I can honestly say he is the best math teacher I have ever had.  He does an excellent job at teaching and thoroughly explaining concepts to students.  He explains WHY and WHERE formulas come from so we are not just mindlessly memorizing rules that have no meaning to them.
  • Mark has always been there whenever we have needed. He gives his time to two different clubs, supports Math (and other scholastic) activities outside of the classroom, will stay late and come early for office hours, and has never turned down a student in need.
  • He is always available and willing to answer questions students have. For every test, we are required to do test corrections to fix our mistakes.  Professor Omodt has does this because he really wants to make sure we understand the material so will we be able to be successful in the next section.
  • In the one or two times I have ever seen Mark stumped, he takes it as a personal challenge to delve deeply into the why (on his own time), and come back with a rich explanation and a deep understanding. He continues to learn and present new and fresh ways of looking at some classic, and classically difficult, concepts.  
  • Professor Omodt has high standards and wants his students to truly learn the material in every class.  His tests are difficult but they are very fair.  I feel very prepared for upper level math classes at the University of Minnesota after taking professor Omodt.

Congratulations to Mark and Pam and good luck as you move on to the MnSCU competition.  We are proud to have such outstanding faculty!




Anoka-Ramsey Men’s Basketball Team vs. Dakota Tech on Dec. 30

Submitted by Amanda Klawiter, Student Activities

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Coon Rapids Campus Gym


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Funds Approvals:

  • Kathleen Vieau, online course tuition and books, $462.30
  • Ann Anderson, graduate course tuition, $600
  • Amanda Klawiter, course tuition and books, $300 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 22: December 19, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Farewell to Ken Grace and Roger Larson

Volunteers Needed: Anoka-Ramsey Campus Connection 

Holiday Potluck – Coon Rapids Campus 

Recipe for Success – According to Roger Larson

Final Escape is Once Again a Big Success! 

Pause for Appreciation 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff 

Official Announcements 


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Wishing You Joy and Peace!

 During this holiday season, my wish for you is to take time to experience joy and peace with your friends and family.





Farewell to Ken Grace and Roger Larson

Submitted by Mark Omodt, Math Department


The Mathematics Department is losing two of its longest-serving instructors at the end of this semester. 

Ken Grace has been teaching at Anoka-Ramsey since 1983. Since then, he has taught virtually every course in the department’s curriculum and served the college in a variety of roles including grievance representative, faculty association president, and department chair.  His wisdom and advice will be sorely missed. His ability to see both sides of an issue has been an invaluable asset to the department and the college. His willingness to debate and engage in animated discussions has been both entertaining and useful. Academically, Ken will be remembered most for developing a first-rate statistics course.  Students who successfully completed his statistics course are well-equipped to not only solve problems in statistics textbooks, but also readily apply their knowledge in the “real world”.  By being one of the first instructors in the country to put his statistics course online, Ken was a pioneer in online education. Although he was always eager to talk with anyone about just about anything, he was particularly willing to share his insight and experience regarding online education. We will definitely miss his opinions, passion, wisdom, and humor.

Roger Larson started at Anoka-Ramsey in 1982. He taught part-time in the evenings until 2000, but that statement doesn’t do justice to Roger’s “part-time” service to the college. From 1982 to 2000, he taught 10 credits per semester in the evening after teaching full-time during the day in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. In 2000, when he retired from his full-time day job, he started teaching a full-time load during the day at Anoka-Ramsey.  Roger will be remembered for helping his students to see that there really is mathematics all around each and every one of them. Roger regularly started his classes with interesting and useful applications of math that he found in current events in newspapers, magazines, and online. He understood that the five or 10 minutes that he spent on these topics was worthwhile even though it wasn’t what he was “supposed” to be covering according to the curriculum. He was a caring and devoted teacher with high expectations for his students. He taught for as long and as much as he did because he loved what he did. We will miss his dedication, optimism, wisdom, and passion for teaching.

Thank you to both of you for your years of service, friendship, and inspiration!


Volunteers Needed: Anoka-Ramsey Campus Connection

Submitted by Ashley Weatherspoon, Advising Department


Many of our students are first generation and are scared to walk through the door. So we are asking you to participate in a new student outreach and retention program.

We are looking for volunteers to make a Campus Connection with a new student each semester.

This is a great opportunity to welcome and offer an open door to new students that are taking this first step towards furthering their education. This connection that you will be making could make all the difference to them in their success at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • One to two students will be assigned to you
  • We ask that you contact the student(s) the week before classes start to:
    • Introduce yourself
    • Answer any questions and/or refer to appropriate service areas as needed
  • Be a Campus Connection for that student during their time here
  • Connecting with that student at least one more time during the year

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Campus Connection, please contact either Ashley Weatherspoon or Jaimie Lopez by Friday, Dec. 30.

More information will be sent to volunteers next week.




Holiday Potluck – Coon Rapids Campus

Submitted by Sheila Provost, Central Services


Just a quick reminder about the Administrative Services Holiday Potluck scheduled for this Tuesday, Dec. 20, starting at 11 a.m. in the Legacy Room.

All administrative personnel are asked to provide for this event. Sign-up sheets are available at various locations:

Central Services, Facilities, Records, Business Office, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement & Analysts, Safety and Security, Bookstore



Recipe for Success – According to Roger Larson

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement

Some (or many) faculty may use formalized advice each semester to aid in and encourage student success in class. Does it stick? One alumna certainly said it did for her. Regarding her time in (newly retired Math Prof.) Roger Larson’s class, she wrote, “The more that I use his "recipe for success" the more it makes sense. He is very good at math and his expectations are very high but in a way I need that so that I would work harder and I am.” For any who might be interested, this is the Recipe for Success Roger used for 15 years.  (He hopes anyone who might find it helpful will use it for their own classes.)

• First, I stress ATTEND ALL CLASSES because without it, I can't teach you if you are not in class. 

• Second, you must TAKE NOTES as this is kinesthetic learning and is a common expectation for any course. 

• Third, COMPLETE THE HOMEWORK as homework provides the practice needed to learn the concepts and skills. 

• Fourth, STUDY FOR TESTS AND QUIZZES as preparedness is the component that ensures top test and quiz scores. 

• And last, ASK QUESTIONS EARLY since I would have a difficult time answering all of your questions if you tell me that you haven't understood anything for the past four weeks!


Final Escape is Once Again a Big Success!

Submitted by Joan McKearnan, Biology Department

The Energy Pool would like to thank all attendees for coming to Final Escape. We had 102 people join us, which is a record, and we are sorry we ran out of the healthy stuff too early in the day. The winner of the Trivia second time in a row was Shawn Magner with 10 correct answers! Below are the answers to the AKA trivia.

1.   Kris Kringle   Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St. Nicholas
2.   Robert Zimmerman   Bob Dylan 
3.   Frances Gumm    Judy Garland
4.   Archibald Leach   Cary Grant 
5.   Norma Jeane Baker   Marilyn Monroe 
6.   Reginald Dwight    Elton John 
7.   Samuel Clemens    Mark Twain 
8.   Charles Dodgson    Lewis Carroll 
9.   Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta   Lady Gaga
10.   William Jefferson Blythe III    Bill Clinton 
11.   Carl von Linné    Linnaeus (Father of Taxonomy) 
12.   Robert LeRoy Parker & Harry Longabaugh   Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid 
Bonus   Prince (Rogers Nelson)     

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Tina Venneman, Educational Services

Thank you PTK and Kathleen Hoffman for the “comfort food” lunch on Thursday, Dec. 1.  The cheesy potatoes were especially delicious.


Submitted by Laurie Gilmer, Anoka-Ramsey Community College student

To: Jessica Stumpf and Jenni Swenson:

In a society where complaints are many and compliments are few, I wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation for one of Anoka-Ramsey’s finest professors. While I’ve been pleased with all of the professors I’ve had since returning to Anoka-0Ramsey as an adult learner, one stands out above the rest, Mr.  Stephan Ollanketo.

Math can be a daunting challenge for many students, especially adults who haven’t had it in many years, or who were never exposed to the math that is now taught in high school. Mr. Ollanketo puts the time into organizing lesson plans with matching handouts, which teach math concepts in logical, step by step instruction. He can tell when the class as a whole can move faster, or slows it down when he thinks it’s overwhelming. He gives students occasional second chances to show they have mastered skills, but also offers bonuses to those who like extra challenges.  He is always willing to repeat examples, and encourages questions and feedback. He even emails anxious students their test scores on his own time. But what students appreciate the most, are his test review sheets. If the student is willing to put the time and effort into it, Mr. Ollanketo‘s review sheets clearly show the path for students to be successful. In addition to his proficient lesson planning, is his teaching style. He easily converses and jokes with students, but is always professional, in control of his classroom, and has the patience of a saint.

There are always favorite teachers amongst students, and Mr. Ollanketo has that reputation. Many of the students that were in math 100 have made a point to follow him to math 200, and plan on following him beyond. The college administration should know that Mr. Ollanketo is a very valuable asset to Anoka-Ramsey’s staff who is passionate about math and his students.              


Submitted by Melissa Bergstrom, Music Department


Do you see that picture?  That is a picture of a very epic event that was hosted at the Coon Rapids Campus Dec. 5, 2011 marking the 220th anniversary of Mozart’s death.  We had OVER 130 SINGERS and OVER 350 AUDIENCE MEMBERS that evening.

Several people need to be thanked publicly for making our department successful:

*Kate Hujda – our new Music CLA. She is efficient, organized, gracious, cheerful and incredibly talented.  Our department has been so blessed to have her join the team. I cannot express what a valuable addition she has been to the college. THANK YOU, KATE!

*Administration – particularly Dana Irgens, Lisa Harris, Dee Dee Peaslee, Mike Seymour and Jessie Stumpf.  Their start-up funding of the Chorale – OVER 60 PARTICIPANTS IN OUR FIRST PROJECT!!!, attendance at our concerts, crucial support during the accreditation and renovation processes – all of these actions are essential and visible symbols of your unwavering support of our work.

I am honored to work in an institution that values the arts so consistently as part of a vibrant academic community.


Submitted by faculty and staff regarding the Cambridge Holiday Potluck:

Kelly Torok-Linder: Thank you for all your wonderful goodies for the potluck today.

Dana Gangl: We have some really good cooks at this college. Everything was so good! Thanks everyone!

Crystal Nelson: Thank you to everyone who put the pot luck together this year. It was awesome!!

Bonnie Boese: It was fun to see everyone as well as eating enough for a week!

Pamela Peterson: I want to thank everyone for all their thoughtful contributions to this year’s Holiday Potluck. It was another great turn out and I would especially like to thank all those that assisted with the initial planning, decorating, set-up, and clean-up which helped to make this such a nice event. Know how much you are all appreciated!  Holiday Blessings!

Tina Venneman, JoAnn Iskierka, Kelly Torok-Linder, Cindi Gilbert, Crystal Nelson, Kathy Vieau, and James Winkes

Maria Barlage: Yes, thanks to all who helped to put it together, it turned out nice; the food was a great variety and the room looked (and sounded) great!

Shannon Kirkeide: I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you all for making the room look so festive and organized!  I just about fell over when I saw that huge spread of food. WOW! You did a GREAT job, and it was so nice to relax for a few minutes and chat. I am so grateful to you all for the effort you put in above and beyond the call of duty.


Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services, regarding the Ed Services Holiday Potluck

You all really came thru! Lots of good food and company! Thanks to Jan Pomeroy the place looked very festive!


Submitted by Kate Kysar, English Department

I could not have pioneered teaching several new online classes fall semester without the help of these people:

Robin Johnson, who painstakingly typed in quizzes into D2L for College Vocabulary;

Rita Resendiz, who patiently tutored me on the obscure features of the drop box and quiz functions in D2L;

Pat Hicks, whose sharp eyes caught an important numbering error on a final exam;

• My colleagues in the English department, particularly Scott Wrobel, who continue to mentor me in this new-fangled form of teaching.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Approvals & Media/Membership Forms:

  • John Mago, MBEI & Twin Cities HR Assoc Memberships, $190
  • Jerry Newton, 7 Books - The Cold War: A New History $9.42, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing $8.54, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction $6.36, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA $11.53, Invisible Nation: The Kurds Quest for Statehood $6.62, A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide $13.36, The Post-American World $8.86


Social Amenities:
Plant sent to Elizabeth DiFabio


Wellness Funds Approval:

  • Luanne Kane, $100
  • Claudia Evarts-Kittock, $100
  • Stephen Jones, $100
  • Paige Riehl, $100

Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office


In an effort to create college wide dialogue, a Web-based comment form was developed to enhance the Procedure two-week comment period. 

Click to access the Web-based Procedure Comment Page and view the following procedure proposals:

5E.1/11 Facility Rental


Comment period ends December 27, 2011

Directions to the site:

  1. From the Employee Home page click on IT Services (bottom of the page)
  2. Click Web Applications (under More in This Area)
  3. Click Policy & Procedure Comments.
  4. Login with your Windows username and password.        
  5. To view the pdf document of the procedure proposal click View and then View Attached Policy/Procedure File
  6. To comment on the procedure, click View.  Users may edit or delete their comments anytime during the two-week comment period.


Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

The Strategic Initiative Proposal Process Review Committee has completed their work and made recommendations to President Stumpf for updates to the SIP Approval Process and forms. Please review the attached approved documents as follows (updates are indicated in legislative format):

• SIP Application

• Weighted Criteria for Initial Review form

In addition, the following changes have been made to the approval process.

  • Those submitting SIPs may not be on the SIP committee.
  • SIP committee members will be required to turn in:
    • One Proposal Score Sheet
    • One Weighted Criteria for Initial Review form for each proposal
  • If less than five proposals are received, only the Weighted Criteria for Initial Review form will be used for evaluation, scoring and discussion of proposals.
  • Once SIPs have been approved by the president, completed Weighted Criteria and Proposal Score Sheets, with committee members’ names removed, will be available for review by those who submitted proposals.

Going forward, all submitted SIPs and anonymous scoring sheets will be available for review on the public drive.

The purpose of the committee is to review the current SIP proposal review process including scoring and approval. The committee will be charged with assessment of the current process and updating or development of a new process if necessary. This committee is established as ad hoc and will reconvene in one year to review the outcome of the updated SIP process.

Thanks to committee members: Barbara Prince, Kyle Johnson, Shannon Glenn, Debbie Vonspreecken, Deidra Peaslee, Eric Anderson, Jaimie Lopez, Kelly Befus, Michael Seymour and Ryan O'Donovan.


Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

A folder has been created out on the public drive for 10 Day Letters. Those distributed since fall 2008 have been saved here. As time allows, we will scan and save the older letters here also.

N:\ARCC Public\Minutes\Faculty Shared Governance (formerly Meet & Confer, EOV)\10 Day Letters


Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President's Office


The following fee has been approved beginning Spring Semester:

ART 1189:  Art Tour of the Twin Cities $10.00




VOLUME XL, Issue No. 21: December 12, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Special Event with Shuman He and the Acting Movement Class

Holiday Potlucks – Both Campuses

Toys for Tots Drive Reminder!

Cambridge Campus Library Hours During Break 

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Safety on Campus

Last week’s precautionary evacuation at the Coon Rapids Campus and the tragic events at Virginia Tech offer a reminder to all of us to be informed of the college’s safety plans. Here are a few areas to find more information.

For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s procedure for emergency evacuations visit: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/about/Information/Policies/Chapter5/5J1-11.aspx

For more information about Public Safety at Anoka-Ramsey Community College visit: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/resources/Safety.aspx

I also want to commend our crisis response team for their thorough work during the evacuation last week. Special thanks to Orrin Nyhus, Tom Deroush, and Roger Freeman.


The Chronicle of Higher Education Reports on Obama Meeting

At White House Meeting on Affordability, a Call for Urgency, Innovation, and Leadership

Link to full story: http://chronicle.com/article/At-White-House-Meeting-on/130012/



Special Event with Shuman He and the Acting Movement Class

Submitted by Blayn Lemke, Theatre Department

You are invited to join the Acting Movement Class perform a piece of work created in collaboration with our Chinese Scholar, Shuman He.

The piece is based on a popular musical composition in China and the response by our Anoka-Ramsey acting students. We are fortunate enough to have Shuman accompany the students live in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.

Anyone who would like to take a break and experience the beautiful playing by Shuman and the work of the class is welcome to join us.

The event will conclude by 9:30 a.m. Please join us!



Holiday Potlucks – Both Campuses

Submitted by Joann Iskierka, Valerie Knight and Sheila Provost


Come Join the Holiday Potlucks!

Come celebrate the wrap up of the current semester and prepare for a new semester and for the holidays.

It is important to take time for each other. Please join staff and faculty at our holiday potlucks over the next couple of weeks.


Cambridge Campus
The Sunshine Committee invites you to the Cambridge Campus Holiday Potluck:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 starting at 11:30 a.m. in G201

Contact Joann Iskierka at ext. 1855 or via email to let her know what you would like to bring or if you have any questions.

Thanks in advance for helping to make this a successful holiday party!!!


Coon Rapids Campus
The Ed Services Holiday Potluck is scheduled for:

  • Friday, Dec. 16 starting at 11 a.m. in the Legacy Room

Contact Valerie Knight at ext. 1429 or via email to het her know what you would like to bring or if you have any questions. Sign-up sheets are available in your secretary’s office area, at Valerie’s desk, and the Iinformation Desk. Please be generous and help provide at your potluck for the large number of people who will attend these lovely events.  Last year was a great success, serving over 250 people!

If you are bringing a hot dish or something heavy, there will be a cart at the loading dock on which you can put your item and we will bring it up for you to the Legacy Room around 10:30 a.m.


The Administrative Services Holiday Potluck is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 starting at 11 a.m. in the Legacy Room

All administrative personnel are asked to provide for this event. Sign-up sheets are available at various locations: Central Services, Facilities, Records, Business Office, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement & Analysts, Safety and Security, Bookstore.



Toys for Tots Drive Reminder!

Toys for Tots donations will be collected Dec. 9 through 16.

Donations are especially needed for older kids, since poverty affects all ages. We want to emphasize that not just little kids need toys. All ages can suffer extreme poverty, and a gift for a 17-year old means as much, and sometimes more, than one to a seven-year-old. So remember the older kids this holiday season, and give the gift of joy for all ages!

Drop boxes are located in the Courtyard Commons and near the Information Center on the second floor. All donations will brought to the KARE 11 News tent, Monday, Dec. 19 in the afternoon. All students are welcome to join Phi Theta Kappa and KARE 11 for the festivities!


Cambridge Campus Library Hours During Break

Submitted by Martha Muehlhauser, Library Department

The library will be OPEN 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20. It will be CLOSED Saturaday, Dec. 17 and Dec. 21 through Jan. 4.  During that period, Martha Muehlhauser, Library Technician, will be in periodically to process materials.  If you have any library needs, please email Martha.

The library will reopen on Jan. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular semester hours resume Jan. 9.


Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Tracy (Youngblom) Turner, English Department

Please join English Faculty in congratulating students Lydia Klismith, whose creative writing has been nominated for an Intro Journals Project, an award sponsored by the Associated Writing Programs.  This is a literary competition designed for students enrolled in programs of Associated Writing Program member schools.  Winners will be announced in spring.


Submitted by Roger Larson, Math Department

To all of my Anoka-Ramsey co-workers and friends,

Well, my last day of teaching has arrived and I am looking forward to a new leisurely lifestyle.  After 46 years of teaching I am ready to vacation during the academic year and enjoy warm places during the cold Minnesota winters.  I will also miss all of the fine colleagues I have come to know during my 29 years at ARCC.  Each day I enter the building I comment to myself how fortunate I am to teach students seeking a college degree in such a terrific environment.  It is truly "magical".

My message to all of you is simply, THANKS for the opportunities and THANKS for all of the friendships!  Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you on campus at the plays and athletic contests - GO RAMS!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!!


Submitted by Lance Lund, Chemistry Department

During the past week, there has been considerable discussion amongst my students about the final exam review sessions offered by the Academic Support Center for CHEM 1020, both for my seated and online classes. There were many VERY positive comments. I have overheard conversations amongst my seated students as they were overlooking the review packets provided during the review sessions and have read several postings on D2L from my online students.

Many thanks to Humera Mujir for the extra services that have been provided under her leadership as the Coordinator of the Academic Support Center. Thank you also to the tutors for doing an outstanding job, many of whom are my former chemistry students. Your work is very much appreciated!


Submitted by Orrin Nyhus, Safety & Security

We are diligently reviewing the Dec. 8 incident, but I wanted to get this out to all of you. There are so many of you who really stepped up to help and I want to thank you. The more I hear, both what was done right and areas where we can improve, the more I realize how fortunate we were are to have such a great supporting cast. You make all of our jobs easier and successful. So, thanks to everyone for the help. The mission is not accomplished by one, but by many! 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Approvals & Media/Membership Forms:

  • Candice Heino, American Accounting Assoc Membership and CPE online access, $401.29

Social Amenities:

  • Plant sent to Jill Harrison

Wellness Funds Approval:

  • Ann Anderson, $100
  • Megan Breit-Goodwin, $100


Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President's Office

Please see the attached 10-day letter following the Nov. 18, 2011 FSGC meeting.


Submitted by Valerie Knight, Ed Services

Please see the attached approved AASC Action Items following the Oct. 28, 2011 meeting.

Please see the attached approved AASC Action Items following the Nov. 18, 2011 meeting.


VOLUME XL, Issue No. 20: December 5, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Nov. 30 Budget Presentation

Stress Free Week

Admissions Update

The Wellness Works Program

CityKid Java Visit on Dec. 8

Testing Center Hours During Finals Week

Diversity Lecture & Discussion Series Presents: Homeless by Choice

Upcoming Fine Arts Music Events

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements


News from President Jessica Stumpf


Health & Wellness Center Construction Moving

The Health and Wellness Center is beginning to take shape at the Coon Rapids Campus. Here are a few photos.




Nov. 30 Budget Presentation

The presentation shown at the Nov. 30 Budget Update Meeting is located here: N:\ARCC Public\Minutes\Budget Committee\FY 2011-2012

Find other Budget Committee information here: N:\ARCC Public\Minutes\Budget Committee 


Stress Free Week

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Please encourage your students to take advantage of the events planned for Stress Free Week!



Admissions Update

Submitted by Ashley Weatherspoon, Admissions Department
  • In an effort to encourage high school students to apply to MnSCU Colleges and Universiites, the system office requested that all MnSCU schools refrain from charging an application fee during National College Application Week -- the week of November 14.  Anoka-Ramsey Community College received more than 600 applications during that week, compared to just over 160 during the same week last year. Special thank you to the admissions advisors for their hard work at the high schools during this week. Also thank you to Kristine Kerkes who processed all of those applications. We will now be working on to enroll those students. 
  • The Office of Admissions has also been busy on the phone this past month, along with help from the Anoka-Ramsey Call Center. We have made a combined total of more than 800 calls to prospective and recently applied students. 
  • The next Interest Night will be Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7p.m. It will focus on prospects interested Life and Physical Science opportunities. 
  • Admissions staff will be visiting several high schools in the coming months. If you have any connections with area high school teachers that you would like us to meet with or go to their classroom, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions x1300.


The Wellness Works Program

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities





Wellness Works, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College employee wellness program, was created to impact the health and well-being of Anoka-Ramsey employees. Our mission is to impact the health and well-being of employees by promoting healthful lifestyle choices within a work environment that encourages wellness.

This is the sixth year of our program. In addition to our monthly workshops and other programming, another part of our program includes a $100 personal wellness initiative fund (see attached Wellness Program Guidelines for details).

Employees who have earned 50 wellness points (see attached Wellness Tracking Sheet) may be eligible to receive $100 to use toward a personal wellness initiative. You will receive one wellness point for each activity completed that relates to your overall wellness. The Wellness Tracking Sheet indicates the activities you get points for (sleeping for 8 or more hours, drinking water, attending a Weight Room orientation session, to name few). 

Reimbursable personal wellness initiatives may include:

  • Classes and/or lessons including: Aerobics, Tai Chi, Self Defense, Yoga, Meditation, Taekwondo, Pilates, Smoking cessation, Stress management, Nutrition
  • Weight Watchers
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College or Community Education fitness classes
  • Continuing Education classes related to Health & Wellness in conjunction with Anoka-Ramsey Professional Training
  • Membership fees to health clubs
  • Personal strength training
  • Online health programs
  • Massage

Note: Wellness funds cannot be used for personal fitness equipment, tangible items of value, or recreational activities.

Procedure for Approval:

1. Complete a Wellness Funds Request form (attached)

2. Attach a copy of your Wellness Tracking Sheet with 50 earned points (attached)

3. Attach all required receipts

4. The Wellness Funds Request form is to be signed by the employee’s supervisor and routed to the Wellness Coordinator (Joyce Traczyk)

5. The Wellness Coordinator will route the form to the Chief Human Resources Officer for approval

6. Upon approval, the Wellness Coordinator will return the form to the employee with instructions on how to obtain funding or reimbursement

7. If the request is denied, the Wellness Coordinator will notify the employee

Attachments include: (also available on the shared drive)

For more information about the Wellness Works program, visit the Wellness Works Web page at: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/employeehome/WellnessWorks.aspx



CityKid Java Visit on Dec. 8

Submitted by Kate Palm, Taher Foodservice



CityKid Java is visiting Anoka-Ramsey Community College Thursday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon. They will sample delicious Java and sell holiday gifts to help you give good coffee for a good cause this season. They will take gift box orders and also sell individual coffee bags to help you take some to-do’s off your long list. Stop down, grab some Java and say hello!



Testing Center Hours During Finals Week

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

The testing centers at both campuses will offer additional hours to accommodate make-up testing during finals week.

Finals Week Make-up Testing Schedule for Dec. 12 through Dec. 16

Coon Rapids
Days    Time 
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 to 11 a.m. & 1 to 8 p.m.
Thursday and Friday  8:30 to 11 a.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.




Days  Time
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 to 11 a.m. & 1 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday  12 to 3 p.m. & 5 to 8 p.m. 




Please remind students when scheduling to allow themselves enough time to finish prior to the testing center closing.

Accuplacer testing will not be available during this time but will return with additional hours during break. The spring make-up schedule will be available soon. You can visit the following sites for the most up-to-date testing schedule and information.

Make-Up Testing: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/resources/Testing.aspx

Accuplacer Testing: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/student/Assessment/Walk-inTesting.aspx



Diversity Lecture & Discussion Series Presents: Homeless by Choice

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Multiculturalism & Diversity

Please join Anoka-Hennepin School District and Anoka-Ramsey Community College in providing information about homelessness on Dec. 14 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. with Roy Juarez, Jr. in the Courtyard Commons of the Coon Rapids Campus. We plan to use this opportunity to create dialogue that will one day lead towards the elimination of homelessness.



Upcoming Fine Arts Music Events

Submitted by Kate Hujda, Fine Arts Department




Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
“Mozart’s Requiem: A Concert in Honor of the 220th Anniversary of Mozart’s Death”

A choral concert featuring the Anoka-Ramsey Community College concert choir, joined by the college chorale ensemble and a professional orchestra will be celebrating the 220th anniversary of Mozart’s death with a concert featuring a selection of the composer’s sacred and secular works.

Social songs such as Bona Nox and Heiterkeit, the composer’s only English-texted anthem, God is Our Refuge, and the final chorus from the opera, The Magic Flute will join a swing-style vocal performance of Mozart’s popular work for strings, the Allegro from Eine kleine nachtmusik.

The concert choir will close with a performance of Mozart’s enigmatic Requiem Mass. The piece, left unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death, has been a topic of interest to historians and music scholars alike due to the mystery surrounding how much of the work was actually completed by Mozart. Knowing that his health was failing, the composer himself is believed to have considered the Requiem to be written for his own funeral, and thus the mass serves a special role in both celebrating the composer’s life and honoring his day of death. To perform this work, the concert choir will be joined by the Anoka-Ramsey chorale, a choral group of students and community members, and a professional orchestra.

For more information about the concert or the concert choir, please contact Melissa Bergstrom at: Melissa.Bergstrom@anokaramsey.edu

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Join the guitar ensemble and the jazz ensemble as each perform repertoire by composers from various stylistic backgrounds. The guitar ensemble will begin with three dances by Pierre Attaingnant, a sixteenth-century composer who is today considered one of the earliest large-scale music publishers. The ensemble will also perform a two-piece suite written by nineteenth-century guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani. Following these pieces, the guitar ensemble will perform challenging works by contemporary composers Mark Anthony Cruz and Celso Machado. The guitar ensemble will close with their own arrangement of Wes Montgomery’s Four on Six from his influential 1960 album, “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery.”

The jazz ensemble will perform the work of jazz greats such as Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and Turner Layton, as well as contemporary composers such as Mark Taylor, Gordon Goodwin, and Ástor Piazzolla. The jazz ensemble will begin with Mark Taylor’s arrangement of the samba piece Granada Smoothie, originally written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. The ensemble will follow with jazz standards such as Vine Street Rumble and Oclupaca, popularized by Benny Carter and Duke Ellington, respectively. Turner Layton’s composition After You’ve Gone is a popular song from the early 1920s with lasting appeal, having been recorded by various jazz and popular artists form throughout the twentieth century. The jazz ensemble will also perform Michelangelo, a work by Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla who revolutionized the traditional tango form by incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. The jazz ensemble will close the concert with Count Bubba, as performed by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

For more information about the jazz ensemble or guitar ensemble, please contact Sam Bergstrom at: Samuel.Bergstrom@anokaramsey.edu

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Pine Cones and Holly Berries

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department proudly presents Pine Cones and Holly Berries, featuring the college chamber singers.

The 2011-12 chamber singers are an auditioned choral chamber ensemble consisting of music majors and non-majors. The 20-member team is under the direction of Dr. Nicki Toliver and accompanied by Ms. Denise Redman. They are honored to share a program comprised of standard choral repertoire by Johannes Brahms, American and Irish folksongs, and holiday favorites such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Additional literature includes Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata featuring members of our Music faculty, and a vocal jazz arrangement of March of the Toy Soldiers.

You are cordially invited to join this celebration of choral music and kickoff to your holiday season.

For more information regarding the chamber singers, please contact Dr. Nicki Toliver at: nicki.toliver@anokaramsey.edu.



Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Shannon Kirkeide, World Languages

Thank you so much for encouraging your students to attend the immigration discussion with Salima Khakoo yesterday, and also for coming to listen as long as you were able. We had a fantastic crowd of people, and wow... I am so thankful that Ms. Khakoo was able to explain this topic in detail! 

Also, a huge thanks to the Office of Multiculturalism and Diversity for funding the mini-grant to make this possible, to Student Life for their assistance in promoting the event, and to all others across the campuses that helped in advertising.  I am so thankful to all of you! 


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff


Staff Development Funds Approval:

  • Tina Perpich, Yoga Teacher Training, $300


Social Amenities:

  • Plant sent to Olam Akdi


Wellness Funds Approval:

  • Kelli Hutton, $100
  • Tina Perpich, $100
  • Michael Wall, $100

Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

The most recently approved procedure has been posted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Policy and Procedure Manual on the public website.

Procedure 1A.4/12: Communication Style Sheet

Also see related guidelines:
Guideline: Style Guideline
Guideline: Word List


Faculty Shared Governance Committee Agendas & Minutes

Submitted by Kelly Befus, Biology Faculty

Click this link to view the agenda for the next FSGC Meeting scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9.

Click this link to view the approved minutes from the Sept. 30 FSGC Meeting.