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April 2010


 Issue No. 33: April 5, 2010

 Issue No. 34: April 12, 2010

 Issue No. 35: April 19, 2010

 Issue No. 36: April 26, 2010

Volume XXXVII, No. 33: April 5, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns  

Anoka-Ramsey Community College President, Dr. Patrick Johns Named 2010 International Exemplary Leader 

English Faculty Give Feedback to Aspiring Authors

Free Science Night April 6 at Cambridge Campus Highlights Vitamin D

College Hosts “Get Noticed, Get Hired” Workshop

“Twelfth Night” Fun for Cast and Audience at Coon Rapids Campus, April 16-24

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns 

Tobacco Use Survey for You

Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Task Force, along with Anoka County Community Health and Isanti County Community Health is conducting a tobacco use policy survey. Please take a few moments, connect to the provided link and complete the survey.  

Make your opinion matter!

Fastpitch Home Opener, Double Header April 6

The NEW Anoka-Ramsey Women's Fastpitch Softball Team will play their first home games tomorrow:

  • Tuesday, April 6; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Pine Village Fields behind the Cambridge school bus garage (18th Avenue-just off of Main St.).  It's a double-header with games at 3 and 5 p.m.

College Vice President Michael Seymour will throw out the first pitch at the 3 p.m. game. Hope you can make it!

 

Congratulations, Dr. John Mago

Congratulations to Business Instructor, Dr. John Mago for earning another academic credential, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Minnesota School of Business.

 Dr. John Mago

 

Summer Employee Work Hours

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is adjusting work schedules and office hours for the college from May 12 through August 17, 2010.

Anoka-Ramsey non-faculty employee summer work hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday at both campuses.

The following will apply:

  • See Policy/Procedure 1.A/11 “Hours: Principles for Development” for dates/times that offices and/or buildings will be open during this period for service to students/public on both campuses.
  • Holiday pay for eligible full-time employees will be nine (9) hours for May 26 (Memorial Day) and nine (9) hours for Independence Day (observed Monday, July 5, 2010).
  • All full-time hourly staff will work nine (9) hours Monday through Thursday and four (4) hours on Fridays.
  • The Bookstore, Maintenance, Technology and Information Desks may have a variation in hours from the above that will be established by their supervisors and approved by the Vice President.
  • There will be no change of schedules to create ten (10) hour workdays.  Any variation from these posted work hours requires Vice President approval.

All full-time staff members, except faculty, are expected to work the summer schedule work hours.  If you have any questions, please direct them to your supervisor and/or Dean.

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College President, Dr. Patrick Johns Named 2010 International Exemplary Leader

Under the leadership of President Dr. Patrick M. Johns, Anoka-Ramsey Community College has become regarded as a productive, efficient and fiscally-sound institution that is committed to providing access to higher education to the citizens of East Central Minnesota and in the northwest Twin Cities. The Chair Academy recognized Johns’ leadership, at its March 17 International Leadership Conference, by naming him a 2010 International Exemplary Leader.

President Johns has served as the college president for nearly 22 years and has worked in Minnesota public higher education for 33 years. The college has campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, Minn. and 12 off-campus locations. In the past decade, enrollment has grown steadily at Anoka-Ramsey and total enrollment surpassed 12,000 students this spring.

The nomination for Johns describes him as someone who, “continually reinvents himself as a visionary leader who amazes many with his commitment to students, local communities and employees. He is an admirable motivator who cultivates a highly-productive institution that has maintained the lowest-cost tuition in Minnesota since 2002.”

The Chair Academy is an organization committed to exemplifying the best practices of organizational leadership worldwide. Recipients of this award are nominated by their colleagues in recognition of their exemplary leadership, their demonstrated best leadership practices, and their commitment to their institutions, teams and the students they serve.

 

English Faculty Give Feedback to Aspiring Authors

Over spring break, English Faculty members Mark Heimermann, Greg Rathert, Scott Wrobel and Tracy Youngblom Turner volunteered to judge the fourth annual Young Authors' Showcase, sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Office of Sister Cities International.

Participating Columbia Heights High School students were asked to creatively address the theme of "Your World, what makes you you" in an essay of up to 750 words or in poetry up to 40 lines. The judges weighed composition, scholarship and originality in the 74 submissions.

“The four Anoka-Ramsey judges were wonderful,” says Elizabeth Bray, City Of Columbia Heights Recreation Program Coordinator, who collaborated with Sister Cities to organize the event. “They were professional and detail-oriented, and they gave up time over spring break! We will certainly call upon the college again to participate in these types of events.”

To find out the winners of Young Authors', the public is invited to the Young Artists'/Authors' Showcase, Wednesday, April 7 at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. NE, Columbia Heights.

 “It's a powerful thing to celebrate the young voices in our community and potentially give them the chance to be heard in a national forum,” adds college faculty member and volunteer, Greg Rathert. “As a writing teacher and someone who recognizes the important role Anoka-Ramsey plays in the community, I'm just thankful I had the chance to participate.”

Kudos to the English Faculty who volunteered!

Faculty Member Greg Rathert

Greg Rathert (second from right) was one of four English Faculty members who volunteered to judge the fourth annual Young Authors' Showcase over spring break. 

If you are out in the community representing Anoka-Ramsey, or know someone who is, please let us know so we can highlight it in the College Bulletin.  

 

Free Science Night April 6 at Cambridge Campus Highlights Vitamin D

Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Cambridge Campus

Recognizing the importance and encouraging others to recognize it too, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus will host its annual Science Night, April 6, 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's event highlights Dr. Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, and medical director of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. Plotnikoff will present, "2010 Update on the Vitamin D Controversies."

"Science Night is a public outreach event to inform the public about science topics," says Anoka-Ramsey Science Faculty member, Mary Januschka. "Everyone should attend. It is important to know what research shows about the importance of vitamin D to good health."

Dr. Plotnikoff is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who has received international honors for his work in cross-cultural and integrative medicine. A graduate of Carleton College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Minnesota Medical School, he returned to Minnesota in 2008 after six years in Tokyo, Japan where he was an associate professor. In Japan, he was active in East-West medicinal integration issues, and received several international awards for research and teaching. He has also received the Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Plotnikoff is well known for his work in interventional nutrition, herbal medicines and spirituality in clinical care. He has additional training in medical acupuncture, mind-body skills and as a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine. He is the author of 14 textbook chapters and 50 articles in the medical literature including six Japanese. He is a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Foundation Leadership program, the Bush Foundation Leadership Program and of the American College of Physicians.

 

College Hosts “Get Noticed, Get Hired” Workshop

Submitted by Jeff Janas, Shannon Watson and Michael Wall

It is with great excitement we announce Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s first employment skills fair. This event, titled “Get Noticed, Get Hired!” will be held on April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Legacy Room on the Coon Rapids Campus. The event is designed to teach students many of the skills necessary to successfully apply for the job and find employment.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with local professionals and attend a presentation on personal confidence in an interview provided by Sage Presence. Sage Presence is professional group that teaches individuals how to be prepared in make-it-or-break-it situations.

There will be seven stations, each covering a specific topic, including an opportunity for a mock interview. Students who attend at least five of the seven stations will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the bookstore.

I would appreciate your support in relaying this information to your students. If you are willing, I would be honored to come to your classroom and give a five minute overview of the event.

For more information please follow the link below or contact Jeff Janas at x1376.  Thank you for your support!

 

“Twelfth Night” Fun for Cast and Audience at Coon Rapids Campus, April 16-24

Support students and the arts by attending Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Twelfth Night,” April 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center.

“Shakespeare runs the risk of being boring for people today,” says cast member Emily Moulds. “Individual cast members are having fun with their roles and making the characters shine.”

The intricate and fast-moving plot focuses on the exploits of one of his pluckiest heroines, Viola. Stranded in the unfamiliar city of Illyria, Viola hatches a plan to survive by disguising herself as a man. Along the way she encounters all manner of characters whose wits and common sense are being overcome by their passions, reminding us that people in love do stupid stuff. Mistaken identities, misunderstandings and mayhem abound in a story full of love letters, fights, romantic triangles, music, fools, yellow stockings and cocktails.

“Don’t expect people running around in ruffled collars,” adds Neal Skoy, who plays Malvolio. “This is a mix of modern and period elements of the classic comedy, and a lot of fun.”

Student, faculty and staff get two free tickets each, available at the college bookstores, so there’s no excuse to miss this event!

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College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Eric Anderson, 3/25-26/2010, Sharing Approaches to Sustainability from Across the Curriculum MnSCU Workshop, $60.99
  • Corey Blommel, 8/8-12/2010, 2010 Cisco Networking Academy Conference, $500
  • Mary Januschka, 3/25-26/2010, Sharing Approaches to Sustainability from Across the Curriculum MnSCU Workshop, $60.99
  • Brad Wold, 3/25-26/2010, Sharing Approaches to Sustainability from Across the Curriculum MnSCU Workshop, $60.99

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Ravae Anderson, Frontline Conference, $134.67
  • Todd Ames, Microsoft Certificate Exams, $300
  • Jennifer Kohner, Frontline Conference, $170
  • Belinda Mulligan, Frontline Conference, $162.26
  • Bruce Ripley, Frontline Conference, $134.67

Social Amenities

  • A card were sent to Lori Rodgers.

 

Pause for Appreciation

Colleages [original sent to Blayn Lemke, Scott Ford and Peter Lerohl]

Good morning.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing John Vavrin, Tariq Muwahid, and Holly Richgels with us at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  They have been fine additions to our program, which is testament to the training they received at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Best wishes,

Craig A. Ellingson, Chair & Director of Theatre Arts Department

Minnesota State University Moorhead

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 34: April 12, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

Faculty Member Wins Prestigious 2010 McKnight Artists Fellowship

Darla McCann Recognized at National Conference

Cambridge Campus Honor Society Recognized with Numerous Regional Awards

College Event Feature on CTN's Talk of the Town

Faculty Attends Sustainability Conference

Cambridge Campus Hosts Free Guitar Festival April 21

11th Annual Math Alumni Day

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

Official Announcements

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Agenda

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Lake Superior College President  

As most of you know, I am being considered for the position of president at Lake Superior College. This opportunity comes at a time when I was not considering leaving Anoka-Ramsey Community College. My 22 years here have been extremely fulfilling and there is still a great deal to accomplish at the Cambridge and Coon Rapids campuses.

However, this position at Lake Superior College offers a unique situation for me and my family that I feel I must pursue. I am originally from Duluth, and my family heritage dates back to well over one hundred years in the area. In fact, I still have family and friends living there. When the option to interview came up, the pull to return to Duluth actually took me by surprise.

I am one of three candidates forwarded by the Lake Superior College screening committee. I am scheduled to interview with the Chancellor and three Trustees from the Board, as well as other members of the Chancellor’s senior staff, next week. The Chancellor will make his recommendation to the Board of Trustees, for their approval, during the Board meeting the week of April 20.

I am fortunate to have this opportunity, and I feel fortunate remaining at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Regardless of the outcome, I will always be committed to working on behalf of students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Thank you for your understanding.

Pat Johns, President of Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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Faculty Member Wins Prestigious 2010 McKnight Artists Fellowship

Humanities Faculty member and poet, Kirsten Dierking was recently recognized with the 2010 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Writers, considered by many to be one of the most prestigious fellowships in Minnesota.

“Most of the poems I submitted for consideration were new,” says Dierking on receiving the notable nod by the award. “I’m grateful for the affirmation that my work is moving in a good direction.  I am also in a bit of shock about the financial award, but it’s a very, very nice kind of shock!”

One of the five recipients, Dierking joined by Susan Carol Hauser, Michael Larson, Elisabeth Workman and Debra Frasier in the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. Each will receive $25,000.

Dierking is the author of two books of poetry, Northern Oracle and One Red Eye. Her poems have been heard on the Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Water~Stone, Poetry East and To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present. She is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for literature, a Loft Literary Center Career Initiative Grant, a SASE/Jerome Grant, and a writing residency at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.

“I’m glad I can bring my experience as a working artist to the classroom, but it’s the students who continually impress me with their creativity,” adds Dierking.

 

Faculty member and poet, Kirsten Dierking received one of Minnesota’s most prestigious writing awards, the 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers.

 

Darla McCann Recognized at National Conference

The Association of the Tutoring Profession recognized Darla McCann at their national conference in New Orleans March 28-31, 2010.

Darla oversees the Academic Support Center on the Cambridge Campus and has more than 29 years of experience supervising multi-discipline tutoring centers, at both the secondary and post-secondary level. Previously, Darla and her Academic Support Team achieved national recognition, for two-year colleges, in the category of “Enhancing Developmental Education” Diana Hacker Award 2006, followed by the “ATP Tutoring Program Award of Excellence” award in 2007-2008. 

At a state level Darla serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tutoring Work Group. She has co-chaired the State Summit for three consecutive years, and is a member of NCLCA, CRLA, and ATP. Darla is ATP Master Tutor Trainer Certified and has served on the ATP and CRLA Certification Committees. Currently she serves on the ATP Board of Directors and is the “Constitution ,Bylaws, and Ethics Chairperson.”  Darla has authored four modules for various ATP online workshops: “Benchmarking with Best Practices,” “Understanding and Applying An Adult Learner’s Learning Style,” “Supporting Student Excellence with Supplemental Instruction” and “High-Engagement Active Tutor Training.”  Darla is also coauthor, with Jan Pomeroy, of a chapter for the new CRLA Tutor Training Handbook that will be published in Fall 2010. She has a master of science in Education from Moorhead State University and is licensed to teach Reading, English and Art.  Her presentation for the New Orleans Conference was extremely well attended and was entitled “High-Engagement Tutor Training Activities.”

Thank you, Darla for representing Anoka-Ramsey Community College at a National level of Excellence!

 

Cambridge Campus Honor Society Recognized with Numerous Regional Awards

Phi Theta Kappa students from the Cambridge Campus were honored with a host of recognitions at the society’s regional convention in March. The Minn-Wi-Kota region of Phi Theta Kappa includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Every year, the 63 chapters in the region compete for awards.

Competing against the other 62 chapters in the region, Cambridge Campus students won awards for:

  • Service Hallmark – First Place
  • Scholarship Hallmark – Second Place
  • Distinguished chapter – Third Place
  • Leadership Hallmark – Fourth Place
  • Pinnacle Award for Advancement in Membership
  • Pinnacle Scholarship to the Honors Institute
  • Five Star Recognition for Chapter Excellence
  • Best Yearbook – Kathy Alley, Club Historian
  • Most Distinguished Alumni – Joehey Arnold

Overall, the Phi Theta Kappa organization took third place in the region.

“We are a small chapter but we rank with the largest chapters in the region,” says Tony Tong, Vice-President of Leadership, Alpha Delta Upsilon.

In February, Alpha Delta Upsilon inducted more than 25 Cambridge Campus students into the International Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa.

Great work!

 

(from left) Linda Tetzlaff, Coordinator, Minn-Wi-Kota Region; Tony Tong , “Most Distinguished Officer” and Vice-President of Leadership; Kathleen Hoffman,  Chapter Advisor, Alpha Delta Upsilon; Mike Rike, “Most Distingushed Member;” and Nicky Singer,  Division I International Vice President proudly display a few of the numerous award their Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received recently.

 

College Event Feature on CTN’s Talk of the Town

A segment of CTN Studios' Talk of the Town, featuring Jackson Katz's visit to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, is now available HERE.

The segment highlights Jackson Katz and the message he shared, along with people from the various Anoka County organizations who work in the area of domestic and sexual violence prevention, including Anoka-Ramsey's own Faculty Counselor John Hennen, one of the event organizers.

If you work has been recognized outside of the college, please let us know. We would love to share with your co-workers.

 

Faculty Attends Sustainability Conference

At the end of March, Cambridge Campus Faculty members, Erik Anderson, Brad Wold, Mary Januschka and Gail Kasl attended a one-day MnSCU conference in Duluth, titled: “Sharing Approaches to Sustainability from Across the Curriculum.”

More than 30 participants from 14 campuses representing 17 disciplines, as well as staff from the Office of the Chancellor, attended.

Brad was also a speaker at the conference.

To keep up to date on the timely topic of Sustainability, (from left) Cambridge Campus Faculty members Brad Wold, Mary Januschka, Gail Kasl and Erik Anderson recently attended a one-day conference made possible through a Center for Teaching & Learning grant funded by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Office of the Chancellor.

 

Cambridge Campus Hosts Free Guitar Festival April 21

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus invites the public to a free Guitar Festival, Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The talented Guitar Ensembles at both the Cambridge Campus and the Coon Rapids Campuses will be joined by professional guitarists, Ken Krona and Kyle Rod, and Anoka-Ramsey Music faculty members, Samuel Bergstrom, Evan Everist and Jason Vanslow.

The festival will explore a wide range of guitar styles on acoustic steel string guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, jazz guitar and bass guitar.

“This will be a great day for anyone interested in guitar and guitar music,” says college Music Faculty member, Eric Anderson. “Come join us for the fun!”

 

11th Annual Anoka-Ramsey Math Alumni Day

Wednesday, April 28

3 – 4 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, B208

Alumni who are completing or have completed degrees in math, computer science and engineering (among other degrees) will take part in a panel discussion. They will tell us a little bit about themselves and then answer questions from the audience. This is great opportunity for our current students to find out what it’s like to transfer and get a job starting out at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

After the panel discussion we’ll head over to Lions Coon Creek Park for a picnic from 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs, pop, chips, cookies, etc. (all provided by the Math Department), the picnic is another great chance for our students and faculty to talk one-on-one with alumni.

Please let your students know about this wonderful opportunity.  If you have any questions please contact Mark Omodt.

 

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

Thursday, April 29

7 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room (G202)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College in cooperation with Cambridge Community Read presents the 22nd Annual Minnesota Writer event with guest author Kao Kalia Yang at the Cambridge Campus.

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, published by Coffee House Press.  She will read from her work and share her perspectives on being a Minnesota writer.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Kao Kalia Yang immigrated to St. Paul when she was six years old.  This is the story of her family’s harrowing escape from Laos, their life in refugee camps, and the hardships and joys that came with carving with carving out a life in America. Yang is the co-founder of Words Wanted, an agency dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating and business services.

Minnesota Writer is an annual event sponsored by the English Department and the Cambridge Campus Library and is presented in conjunction with Cambridge Community Read. It is designed to promote an awareness of the literary richness of our state and to encourage the development of Minnesota writers in East Central Minnesota. Performance is free and open to the public.

 

 

Official Announcements

Proposals

  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 8A.2 Campus Sale of Goods and Fund-Raising Activities RATIONALE: Clarification of requirement for student fund-raising activities.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until 4/22/2010.

Ten Day Letter

Following are the official decisions regarding topics discussed at the Faculty Shared Governance Council meeting.  Thank you for your commitment to the Faculty Shared Governance Council (FSGC) process.  Your input and advice throughout the year contribute to the continued success of the college!

Decisions based upon discussions at the March 22, 2010 FSGC Meeting:

Faculty Appraisal Procedure

Finalized Faculty Appraisal and Improvement Procedures.  Document available to deans and faculty N:\Faculty\Appraisal

Policy 3C.1 Class Size

Administration is setting the maximum class size for the following classes:

EDUC 2000    45

EDUC 2130    45

Laptops

Approved Laptop Agreement and Terms and Conditions Guideline.

Action

Items approved by AASC and Pat Johns March 2010, moved to action:

  • Associate in Arts w/Emphasis in Art,  Change a program,  ES-07-FY10
  • Associate in Arts w/Emphasis in Psychology,  Change a program,  ES-09-FY10
  • Art 1116: Design II: Color Theory,  Change a course,  A-29-FY10
  • Art 1145: Watercolor II,  Change a course,  A-28-FY10
  • Art 1150: Graphic Design I,  Change a course,  A-27-FY10
  • Art 1151: Graphic Design II,  Change a course,  A-26-FY10
  • Art 1167: Photography III,  Delete a course,  A-32-FY10
  • Art 1168: Photography IV,  Delete a course,  A-30-FY10
  • Art 1170: Photoshop I,  Change a course,  A-25-FY10
  • Art 1171: Photoshop II,  Change a course,  A-24-FY10
  • Art 1241: Painting I,  Add a new course.,  A-21-FY10
  • Art 1242: Photography III,  Add a new course.,  A-35-FY10
  • Art 2167: Photography III,  Add a new course.,  A-33-FY10
  • Art 2168: Photography IV,  Add a new course.,  A-31-FY10
  • Art 2241: Painting I,  Delete a course,  A-19-FY10
  • Art 2242: Painting II,  Delete a course,  A-34-FY10
  • ENGL 2241 Intro to Creative Writing,  Change a course,  E-02-FY10
  • ENGL 2251: Intro to Creative Non-Fiction Writing,  Change a course,  E-03-FY10
  • ENGL 2261 Intro to Screen  and Playwriting,  Change a course,  E-04-FY10
  • Math 0200: Beginning Algebra,  Change a course,  M-01-FY10
  • Math 0200: Beginning Algebra,  Change a course,  M-02-FY10
  • Nursing: LPN Mobility,  Change a program,  N-07-FY10

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council

April 16, 2010

Mississippi Room and E202, 1-3 p.m.

AGENDA

Members: Tamara Arnott, Jim Biederman, Gary Cook, Sandy DeMontille (alternate), Jennifer Friestad, Rosemary Hoolihan, Bruce Homann, Dana Irgens, Mary Januschka, Luanne Kane (alternate), Kristen Klamm-Doneen, Kim Lynch, Nora Morris (alternate), Deidra Peaslee, Patty Pieper, Joe Schoen, Mike Seymour (alternate), Deb Shepherd (alternate), Karl Wielgus

Expected Guests: Rhonda Kern, Jill Snippen

I.       March 26, 2010 Minutes were approved electronically

II.      New Proposals

  • AA of Fine Arts: Theatre —Change a program ES-10-FY10 Replace THTR 1120 "History of Comedy" with "Auditioning;" and, drop the two required wellness credits.  Rationale: The "Auditioning" class is a more practical and useful course for our students than "History of Comedy;" aligning our curriculum more with the other two existing Theatre AFA programs in the state and with MSU Moorhead (with whom we have an articulation agreement).
  • AA with Education Emphasis —Change a program ES-11-FY10 Reduce number of credits needed to 60 credits.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate.
  • Art XXXX: Color Photography I —Add a new course A-22-FY10 Enhance Photography curriculum by adding digital courses.  Rationale: Keep up with trends and technology.
  • Art 1271: Glass Fusing I —Add a new course A-36-FY10 Add a new course.  Rationale: Accommodate student interest and complete our glass course offerings.
  • Art 1272: Glass Fusing II —Add a new course A-37-FY10 Add a new course.  Rationale: Accommodate student interest and complete our glass course offerings.
  • Art 2121: Stained Glass III —Add a new course A-38-FY10 Add a new course.  Rationale: Accommodate student interest and complete our glass course offerings.
  • AS in Integrative Health and Healing —Change a program IHH-13-FY10 Move 4 required credits into the elective credit category in order to decrease the AS degree from 64 credits to 60 credits.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate of 60 credit cap for an AS degree.
  • Associate in Arts w/emphasis in English Literature —Change a program ES-08-FY10 The proposed change is in compliance with the MNSCU-mandated requirement to reduce the number of total credit hours from 64 to 60.  Rationale: The proposed change is in compliance with the MNSCU-mandated requirement to reduce the number of total credit hours from 64 to 60.  In order to accomplish that, number of credit hours for degree requirements had to be downsized from 21 to 17.  ENGL 2202 was dropped from degree requirements and listed as a required course under General Education/MnTC requirements for Goal 6A (Humanities/Fine Arts).
  • Broad Field Health Sciences Degree —Add a program N-09-FY10 The Associate of Science Health Science Degree is designed to be broad and provide a general background for students interested in health sciences but who have not yet decided which specific health care field they intend to pursue at the upper-division level.  This degree has also been created in conjunction with Metropolitan State University as an introductory program for those interested in pursuing a BSN with Metropolitan State University.  For the BSN program, students would begin the Broad Field AS in Health Sciences program and apply to the nursing program in their third semester.  Students accepted into the BSN program would have their first three semesters of the BSN degree already completed.  Those not accepted into the BSN program would have the option of completing the AS in Broad Field Health Science.  The AS could then transfer into other baccalaureate programs within the healthcare field.   Rationale: The demand for bachelor's- and master's-prepared nurses is steadily increasing due to the number of nurses expected to retire by 2016.  In an effort to increase access to BSN programs and the ability of students to gain acceptance into those programs, the Broad Field Health Science AS Degree is created to assist students in obtaining the proper prerequisites for the BSN program while also being enrolled in a program designed for transfer to other allied health programs.  This degree will also be an option for students who want to pursue the AS in Nursing but are unable to meet the minimum application criteria for admission. With over 900 pre-nursing students at ARCC alone, not all of them will be able to gain acceptance into the current or future structures of Nursing.  This degree will give those students alternatives to pursue while still working towards a degree in health care.
  • Chem 1061: Principles of Chemistry I —Change a course S-10-FY10 It is proposed to add Chem 1061 to the Critical Thinking Goal Area of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  Chem 1061 currently only meets the Natural Science Goal Area.  Rationale: The chemistry department is currently developing a broad-based AS degree in Chemistry. The inclusion of Chem 1061 in the Critical Thinking Goal Area will allow students to complete a 60-credit AS degree in chemistry while concurrently completing the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  A broad-based AS degree provides greater flexibility and transferability for students while allowing for articulation agreements with receiving institutions to be more readily established.  Chemistry 1061 includes teaching students how to think critically to problem solve and to apply their knowledge of chemistry concepts to new situations.
  • Engineering Program Review —Program Review ER-010FY10 Program Review. Rationale: Review as determined by MnSCU.
  • ENGL 2271:  Intro to writing for children and young adults —Add a new course. E-05-FY10 To add a course that focuses directly on the craft and art of writing literature geared for children and young adult audiences.  Rationale: Since Harry Potter, both the market for and the study of literature for children and young adults has exploded in this country.  A course that engages Anoka-Ramsey students with the material they have consumed, and will likely write, puts our program at the forefront of a national movement in scholarship and artistic instruction.
  • HPER 2297: Field Experience and Seminar in HPER —Change a course SS-08-FY10 Change the title of the course to HPER 2297 Field Experience and Seminar for Athletic Coaching and edit the catalog description to reflect that change.  Rationale: The previous title is too broad. The new title will indicate the specific nature of this course.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies —Add a new academic standard ES-11-FY10 New designator for courses that are interdisciplinary in content or can be taught by faculty members from a variety of disciplines.  Rationale: Provide a more intuitive home for interdisciplinary courses offering an opportunity for course development and instruction that is interdisciplinary.
  • INTS 1100: On Course —Add a new course SS-07-FY10 Make successful course permanent.  Rationale: Students are often unprepared for the challenges they face in college, this class helps to develop a sense of personal responsibility plus encourages students to seek assistance when needed. Course has been offered fall '09 and spring '10 successfully.
  • Phil 1101: Introduction to Philosophy —Change a course SS-09-FY10 The revised/updated Common Course Outline will succinctly indicate general topics and emphasize writing.  Rationale: The current CCO needed updating for readability, current studies in the field, and writing requirements.
  • Phil 1110: Introduction to Ethics —Change a course SS-10-FY10 The revised/updated Common Course Outline, detailing minimum study of theory and more inclusive/diverse curriculum.  Rationale: The course needs to specify minimal focus on theory, and the curriculum should emphasize more diverse perspectives relevant to today's studies.
  • Phil 1115: Comparative Religion —Change a course SS-11-FY10 The revised/updated Common Course Outline will succinctly indicate general topics and the scope/parameters of the course.  Rationale: The current CCO needed updated for succinct readability, the inclusion of intra-religious comparison, and clearer parameters on the purpose of the course.
  • RN program: Change a program —Change a program N-10-FY10 Add Pharmacology for nurses and related health professionals (NURS 2584–2 credits) in the first semester of the program.  Rationale: Knowledge of pharmacology is essential for nurses as they enter practice and care for patients.  With the deletion of Professional Nursing-Integration of Principles and Practice course (NURS 2483–2 credits), an opening was provided to allow the addition of this 2-credit course.
  • ThTR 1101: Introduction to Theatre —Change a course TH-01-FY10 Modification of Common Course Outline to reduce and streamline learner outcomes.  Rationale: Previous Common Course Outline learner outcomes were overly detailed, creating difficulties for documentation of assessment.
  • Thtr 2270: Auditioning —Add a new course ST-01-FY10 Add as a permanent offering in Theatre curriculum.  Rationale: The auditioning course fills a need in our offerings by focusing on the business end of theatre—gaining employment as a actor. It is a typical offering in two-and four-year theatre programs.

III.   Information items:

  • Art 1189: Intro to Printmaking —Add a new experimental course A-18-FY10 Enhance curriculum.  Rationale: Printmaking is a core part of 2D curriculum.

IV:    Discussion items

  • May meeting date and time

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Nigar Alam, 4/16/2010, Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators Annual Conference, $50
  • Kate Kysar, 4/7-11/2010, Attend and Participate in AWP Conference, $839
  • Kirsten Olsen, 3/23/2010, Books – 7 Titles from Random House, $21
  • Sharri VanAlstine, 3/3-6/2010, Attendance at the American Choral Directors Association North Central Division Conference, $269.01
  • Timothy Wrenn, 4/8-9/2010, Attending the “IT Faculty and Industry Workshop, $75

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • William Gelle, Frontline Conference, $173
  • Jason Iannazzo, Frontline Conference, $162.26
  • David Madden, Frontline Conference, $85
  • Mirjam Palmer, Tuition, $521.13
  • Sheila Provost, Frontline Conference, $162.26

Sunshine Committee

  • A card and gift card were sent to Dan Harmon.
  • A card and gift card were sent to Cyndi Schultz.

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Isabelle Schmidt, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

Dr. [Kathleen] Hoffman,

I hope that life is treating you well. I just wanted to take a second to thank you again for everything that you have done for me. I am currently in my second semester of graduate school in the Community Counseling program at St. Cloud State University. It has been a very exciting and challenging journey this far and I am excited to see what the future holds! I am looking at graduating in the summer of 2011. I am also working as a graduate assistant to one of my professors. It has been an incredible experience.

Thank you for your letter of recommendation and for all your support when I was at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, it has meant so much to me and has helped me to be where I am today.

Thank you,

Jessica Weidert

 

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 35: April 19, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Anoka-Ramsey Needs Your Face!

Coon Rapids Hosts Community-Wide Take Back the Night Event, April 20

Cambridge Campus Hosts Free Guitar Festival April 21

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Celebrates Earth Day

 First Cultural Awareness Day at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Great Artwork Offered at Student Art Sale, April 27, 28

Anoka-Ramsey Math Alumni Day

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

Hirsh Cambridge Motors Sponsors Hole-In-One Car for Cambridge Campus Foundation/ Rotary Golf Tournament June 4

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Patrick Johns Recommended for Presidency of Lake Superior College

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick said today he will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Patrick Johns as president of Lake Superior College in Duluth.

 Johns has been president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids since 1991. Previously, he served as interim president, executive dean and acting financial aid director at the college. He has been dean of academic affairs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College; dean at Riverland Community College; and financial aid director, counselor, recruitment coordinator and an adjunct instructor at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. Johns also was assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

“For nearly 20 years, Pat Johns has led Anoka-Ramsey Community College,” McCormick said. “I am pleased that he rose to the top in a national search and is eager to lead a different college in this system.  I am confident that Lake Superior College will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

Johns holds bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a doctorate in educational administration and adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota.

The new president will replace Kathleen Nelson, who is retiring.

The Board of Trustees is expected to act on the recommendation at it April 21 meeting.  The process of replacing Johns at Anoka-Ramsey Community College is expected to begin soon.

Lake Superior College, which has more than 5,500 students enrolled this spring semester, is northeastern Minnesota’s largest two-year college. The college provides a wide range of programs and services, including liberal arts and science courses for transfer, technical programs intended to provide occupational skills, continuing education, and customized training for business and industry. The college is also a leader in Internet-delivered courses and programs in Minnesota.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Based on interest Anoka-Ramsey may become a drop-off site.

Shareholders receive fresh, locally-grown food, know who is growing it (and how), and in some sense, have a farm to call their own. CSA farms are set-up so that in the spring, “shareholders” purchase a “share” of what the farm produces. In exchange, shareholders receive a box of fresh, locally-grown foods every week from about mid-June through October.

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

“At their most fundamental level, CSA farms provide a weekly delivery of sustainably grown produce to consumers during the growing season (approximately June to October). Those consumers, in turn, pay a subscription fee. But CSA consumers don’t so much “buy” food from particular farms as become “members” of those farms. CSA operations provide more than just food; they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm.”

Potential Anoka-Ramsey CSA Farm through Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI):

“WEI provides a weekly delivery of certified organic produce to our members for 18 weeks.  Each box contains an array of seasonal vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit. A farm newsletter with recipe ideas is sent to our CSA shareholders via email the day of delivery. Our autumn season boxes (late September and October) will contain a variety of delicious certified organic apples from our orchard.  Our deliver day will be Thursdays (beginning mid-June) in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area as well as in Taylors Falls, Cambridge and North Branch. Home deliveries are also available if the drop includes at least six boxes. This year CSA members will also enjoy the opportunity to add more value-added products (e.g. fresh-milled flour, honey, maple syrup, Fair-Trade coffee, wood-fired bread, etc.) to their box through a WEI Farm E-commerce section on our Website.”

For more information, contact Joyce Traczyk.

 

Anoka-Ramsey Needs Your Face!

If you are proud of your Anoka-Ramsey education, and want to help spread the word (and get a little fame without the fortune), the college’s Marketing and Public Relations department is hiring a professional photographer to get photos for college publications.

Coon Rapids Campus, Wednesday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, Wednesday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Commit an hour or two or more, by contacting Kally Kruchten as soon at 763-433-1628 to sign up. (We really need students to commit! So contact Kally today!)

Questions? Contact Tina Perpich at 763-433-1545.

 

Coon Rapids Campus Hosts Community-Wide Take Back the Night Event, April 20

The Coon Rapids Campus is hosting a Take Back the Night event intended to end sexual and domestic violence, Tuesday, April 20, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. on the River Plaza.

No registration is required for the free event, and in case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors in the Legacy Room.

The event includes a keynote by local speaker and survivor Tanyette Wiggison, special music, spoken word, a march and a speak-out for those directly impacted by sexual violence and those who have experienced the fear of sexual assault. All are welcome to attend; however, survivor’s stories are uncensored and may contain graphic content.

The event is coordinated by Alexandra House with additional resources provided by Lee Carlson Center and the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County.

Get ready to Take Back the Night!

For more information contact Amy Highness, Alexandra House Community Education Coordinator, at 763–795-5452.

 

Cambridge Campus Hosts Free Guitar Festival April 21

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus invites the public to a free Guitar Festival, Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The talented Guitar Ensembles at both the Cambridge Campus and the Coon Rapids Campuses will be joined by professional guitarists, Ken Krona and Kyle Rod, and Anoka-Ramsey Music faculty members, Samuel Bergstrom, Evan Everist and Jason Vanslow.

The festival will explore a wide range of guitar styles on acoustic steel string guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, jazz guitar and bass guitar.

“This will be a great day for anyone interested in guitar and guitar music,” says college Music Faculty member, Eric Anderson. “Come join us for the fun!”

 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Celebrates Earth Day

Wellness Works Earth Day Nature Walk

Thursday, April 22, 11:45 a.m.to 12:45 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, Back Patio

Join Wellness Works for our April Wellness Workshop when biology faculty member, Brad Wold, will lead us on a guided tour of the Spirit River Nature Area. Join your colleagues for a relaxing, yet educational walk as Brad helps us identify thriving flora and fauna right in our backyard.

Thursday, April 22, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, River Plaza

Join Wellness Works for our April Wellness Workshop when biology faculty member, Gary Nelson, will lead us on a guided tour of the Natural Area to the west of the college.  Join your colleagues for a relaxing, yet educational, walk as Gary helps us identify examples of living and thriving creations, right in our backyard.

 

Earth Day Activities: Cigarette Butt Clean-Up
By Joan McKearnan

Every semester, in at least one of my classes, I have students pick up cigarette butts around campus for extra-credit points. In light of the review of the smoking policy and in attempt to educate students about proper disposal of cigarette butts, I am sending you the picture of the estimated 4,400 butts (just the tip of the iceberg) that 27 of my students picked up last week. 

I have included the “Butt Facts” below for additional information:

  • Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, which can take decades to biodegrade.  Decomposition of cigarette butts can take up to 15 years.
  • More than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year.
  • Discarded butts are also carried by rain into our sewer systems where their chemicals can seep into our water supply.
  • Cigarette butts pose a threat to wildlife, birds and fish often mistake them for food.
  • Cigarette butts can smolder up to 3 hours when thrown from a vehicle. Globally, every 12 minutes a fire starts due to littering.
  • Source

Cigarette Butts on Coon Rapids Campus 

 

First Cultural Awareness Day at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

You are welcome to enjoy Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s first-ever Cultural Awareness Day!

April 26, 2010

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room & Cafeteria

  • 11 - 11:15 a.m. Introductions
  • 11:15 a.m. - Noon Paul and Shelia Wellstone Elementary Drummers
  • Noon - 1 p.m. Food tasting and fashion show from around the world
  • 1 - 2 p.m. Ethiopian Education 101

This is an opportunity for college employees and students to share in cultural diversity within the local community. Tastes foods and enjoy fashions from around the world while understanding narratives of certain foods and fashions and their connections to the one’s culture.

Volunteers interested in assisting with this event, and faculty interested in bringing their class are asked to contact the student representative.

 

Great Artwork Offered at Student Art Sale, April 27, 28

The Coon Rapids Campus Art Club is hosting their bi-annual Student Art Sale, Wednesday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus College Services area.

One-of-a-kind gifts including hand-blown glass pieces, ceramic pieces with beautiful textures and glazes, paintings and pencil and charcoal drawings will be available for purchase just in time for Mother’s Day and summer weddings.

“This is a great opportunity for people to buy fabulous art at affordable prices,” says student-glassblower, Collin Blahut. “There is some great work.”

“There are so many talented artists here,” says Christina Dacruz, another student with work in the sale. “The work of the graduating students is simply awesome.”

Both Blahut and Dacruz are students in the associate of arts in Fine Arts program at Anoka-Ramsey. 

Don’t miss your chance to support students and add to your collection of original art work or give a gift like no other.

Hope to see you there!

 Student Art Sale

Art work by students Collin Blahut and Christina Dacruz is among the work for sale at the bi-annual Coon Rapids Campus Student Art Sale, April 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and April 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Campus College Services area.

 

Annual Anoka-Ramsey Math Alumni Day

Wednesday, April 28

3 – 4 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, B208

Alumni who are completing or have completed degrees in math, computer science and engineering (among other degrees) will take part in a panel discussion. They will tell us a little bit about themselves and then answer questions from the audience. This is great opportunity for our current students to find out what it’s like to transfer and get a job starting out at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

After the panel discussion we’ll head over to Lions Coon Creek Park for a picnic from 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs, pop, chips, cookies, etc. (all provided by the Math Department), the picnic is another great chance for our students and faculty to talk one-on-one with alumni.

Please let your students know about this wonderful opportunity.  If you have any questions please contact Mark Omodt.

 

 

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

Thursday, April 29

7 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room (G202)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College in cooperation with Cambridge Community Read presents the 22nd Annual Minnesota Writer event with guest author Kao Kalia Yang at the Cambridge Campus.

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, published by Coffee House Press.  She will read from her work and share her perspectives on being a Minnesota writer.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Kao Kalia Yang immigrated to St. Paul when she was six years old.  This is the story of her family’s harrowing escape from Laos, their life in refugee camps, and the hardships and joys that came with carving with carving out a life in America. Yang is the co-founder of Words Wanted, an agency dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating and business services.

Minnesota Writer is an annual event sponsored by the English Department and the Cambridge Campus Library and is presented in conjunction with Cambridge Community Read. It is designed to promote an awareness of the literary richness of our state and to encourage the development of Minnesota writers in East Central Minnesota. Performance is free and open to the public.

 Kao Kalia Yang

 

Hirsh Cambridge Motors Sponsors Hole-In-One Car for Cambridge Campus Foundation/ Rotary Golf Tournament June 4

John Hirsh Cambridge Motors is once again sponsoring the hole-in-one car for the Cambridge Campus Foundation golf scholarship fundraiser set for Friday, June 4 at the Purple Hawk Country Club in Cambridge.

For a second consecutive year, the event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Community College Foundation and the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti.

All golfers in attendance will receive gift bags. Best scoring foursomes and individuals receive trophies for placing.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register soon. The cost is $70 per golfer and includes 18 holes, BBQ dinner, chances at raffle prizes and, of course, a chance at a hole-in-one car sponsored by John Hirsch Cambridge Motors.

Last year’s event grossed approximately $12,000. The net proceeds from the 2010 event will help fund scholarships for Cambridge Campus students and Rotary projects.

For more information or to register, call 763-433-1968 or register online HERE.

 John Hirsch Cambridge Motors Hole in One Sponsors

Brad Larson (left), of Lake State Credit Union Isanti and Cambridge Campus Foundation Board member and chair, joins John Hirsch, owner of Hirsch Motors, Cambridge, in front of a Buick LaCrosse, which Hirsch is offering as the hole-in-one car for the ninth annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College golf scholarship fundraiser, Friday, June 4 at the Purple Hawk Country Club in Cambridge. The fee is only $70 for an afternoon of golf, dinner and a chance to win prizes, including a new car, and all proceeds will go to the college’s Cambridge Campus student scholarships.

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Official Announcements

Proposal

  • Proposal submitted to adopt new Policy 4.X Distinguished Retiree Award (Official name TBD) RATIONALE: Development of award for all Anoka-Ramsey retirees.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until 04/30/2010.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Sunshine Committee

  • A card was sent to Barb Prince.

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Jennifer Hennen, $85
  • Jillayn Quaschnick, $100
  • Michael Wall, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

As displayed most recently by Justin and Simon in Coon Rapids and John in Cambridge, the work of the Information Technology department is a great example of customer service!  They are always happy to help, and aren’t afraid to dig for an answer.  Thanks!

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 36: April 26, 2010

 First Job Skills Fair Huge Success

Thank You on Behalf of the Admission Staff for a Wonderful Open House!

National Council for Licensure Examination Pass Rates 

Light It Up! Student Art Show 

How Well Do You Nurture Positive Energy in Tough Times? 

Great Artwork Offered at Student Art Sale, April 27, 28  

Annual Anoka-Ramsey Math Alumni Day 

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

First Job Skills Fair Huge Success

The Coon Rapids Campus Career Services’ first ever job skills fair titled, “Get Noticed, Get Hired!, Tuesday, April 13 drew more than 70 students who learned the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market by local business professionals.

The event offered seven main stations that focused on resume writing and critiques, interviewing, dressing for success, business communications through email, job search and researching the company, networking and internships.

Jeff Janas, Job Placement Coordinator at the Coon Rapids Campus and one of the event’s primary organizers, sends a special thank you to all the volunteers, business faculty and staff, the college Human Resources Department, Alumni Director Michael Wall and Shannon Watson in TRIO SSS.

Great work by all, offering a much needed services to students.

If you have an event you would like your co-workers to know about, please let us know!

Get Noticed, Get Hired Event

"Get Noticed, Get Hired!" event on the Coon Rapids Campus, April 13. 

 

Thank You on Behalf of the Admission Staff for a Wonderful Open House!

The Open Houses at both campuses were a huge success. With family and friends taken in to account we estimate that more than 50 people attended the Cambridge Open House and150 people attended the Coon Rapids Open House. Cambridge collected information from 30 prospective students and Coon Rapids collected information from 60 prospective students!

These events are great opportunities to interact with the community we serve. A big thanks is sent to all those who helped made the events possible by taking time from busy schedules.

Beyond our deans and faculty, who were a phenomenal asset to the Open House,  we want to give a BIG thank you specifically to facilities, IT and Taher & Rendezvous staff  for all of their behind the scenes work that make our events successful!

Congratulations to everyone on a successful Open House and thank you again for participating!

Mark your calendars now for the Fall Open House Tuesday Oct. 19 in Cambridge and Thursday, Oct. 21 in Coon Rapids!

 

National Council for Licensure Examination Pass Rates

The first time National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates (1st quarter 2010) for Anoka-Ramsey Community College have just been released. These statistics show the number of our students who pass the NCLEX results on their first attempt. This is a state and national benchmark on the success of a nursing program. The December nursing graduates from the Cambridge Campus make-up the largest percentage of this group, with some students from the spring graduation.

The results show a 97.6 percent pass rate. This is an excellent result! Last year at this time our pass rate was 86.21 percent.

This shows the dedication and hard work the nursing students and faculty are doing.

 

 

Light It Up! Student Art Show

April 23- April 30

Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center (33525 Flanders St. NE, Cambridge, MN 55008)

This is the second year that the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Club has partnered with a Cambridge community organization.

The show will feature the best of the Cambridge Campus student art talent.  The exhibit not only provides a rare opportunity for our students to partake in an art exhibit, since it is a student-led and student-organized event, it provides students with an invaluable experience with organizing and setting-up a professional art exhibit.

Amanda Langevin

Artwork (above) by Amanda Langevin, title "Starry Night," (watercolor on paper) is an example of the student work that will be on display.

 

How Well Do You Nurture Positive Energy in Tough Times?

Do you find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook when dealing with the challenges we sometimes face as part of today’s fast paced life? How do we keep nurturing the positive energy within ourselves? 

We invite you to take a breath and slow down for an hour! Please join us on Tuesday, April 27 for “Nurture Your Positive Energy,” featuring Dr. Richard Brynteson as he offers tips on how we can all stay positive in negative times! 

  • Dr. Brynteson will be speaking at the Cambridge Campus, 11 a.m., Rm. F223 and at the Coon Rapids Campus, 2 p.m., Mississippi Room.
  • If you are unable to attend the live session at your campus, each session will be presented via ITV (Cambridge Rm. F223, Coon Rapids Mississippi Room)
  • Attendance can be approved through your supervisor. 

Nurture your own Positive Energy!

Brought to you by your Staff Development Committee

 

Great Artwork Offered at Student Art Sale, April 27, 28

The Coon Rapids Campus Art Club is hosting their bi-annual Student Art Sale, Wednesday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus College Services area.

One-of-a-kind gifts including hand-blown glass pieces, ceramic pieces with beautiful textures and glazes, paintings and pencil and charcoal drawings will be available for purchase just in time for Mother’s Day and summer weddings.

“This is a great opportunity for people to buy fabulous art at affordable prices,” says student-glassblower, Collin Blahut. “There is some great work.”

“There are so many talented artists here,” says Christina Dacruz, another student with work in the sale. “The work of the graduating students is simply awesome.”

Both Blahut and Dacruz are students in the associate of arts in Fine Arts program at Anoka-Ramsey. 

Don’t miss your chance to support students and add to your collection of original art work or give a gift like no other.

Hope to see you there!

 Student Art Sale

Art work by students Collin Blahut and Christina Dacruz is among the work for sale at the bi-annual Coon Rapids Campus Student Art Sale, April 28, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and April 29, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Coon Rapids Campus College Services area.

 

Annual Anoka-Ramsey Math Alumni Day

Wednesday, April 28

3 – 4 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, B208

Alumni who are completing or have completed degrees in math, computer science and engineering (among other degrees) will take part in a panel discussion. They will tell us a little bit about themselves and then answer questions from the audience. This is great opportunity for our current students to find out what it’s like to transfer and get a job starting out at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

After the panel discussion we’ll head over to Lions Coon Creek Park for a picnic from 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to enjoying hamburgers, hotdogs, pop, chips, cookies, etc. (all provided by the Math Department), the picnic is another great chance for our students and faculty to talk one-on-one with alumni.

Please let your students know about this wonderful opportunity.  If you have any questions please contact Mark Omodt.

 

 

Minnesota Writer Event on Cambridge Campus

Thursday, April 29

7 p.m.

Cambridge Campus, Juanita & Charles Peterson Community Room (G202)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College in cooperation with Cambridge Community Read presents the 22nd Annual Minnesota Writer event with guest author Kao Kalia Yang at the Cambridge Campus.

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, published by Coffee House Press.  She will read from her work and share her perspectives on being a Minnesota writer.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Kao Kalia Yang immigrated to St. Paul when she was six years old.  This is the story of her family’s harrowing escape from Laos, their life in refugee camps, and the hardships and joys that came with carving with carving out a life in America. Yang is the co-founder of Words Wanted, an agency dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating and business services.

Minnesota Writer is an annual event sponsored by the English Department and the Cambridge Campus Library and is presented in conjunction with Cambridge Community Read. It is designed to promote an awareness of the literary richness of our state and to encourage the development of Minnesota writers in East Central Minnesota. Performance is free and open to the public.

 Kao Kalia Yang

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College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Samuel Bergstrom, 6/21-7/2/2010, Guitar Pedagogy Class at University of St. Thomas, $709
  • Nina Bohrod, 4/29-5/21/2010, MinnMATYC Spring Conference, $413
  • Baoying Chen, 4/7/2010, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs & Book Fair, $450
  • John Ivanauskas, 4/16/2010, MN Council of of Accounting Educators Annual Conference, $76
  • Alexandra (Sasha) Verkhovtseva, 4/21-24/2010, NCTM Annual Conference, $1,075

Social Amenities

  • A card was sent to Laurie Lopez.

Sunshine Committee

  • A card was sent to Barb Fritz.

 

Pause for Appreciation

I almost never do something like this and at the risk of embarrassing Val [Knight] I am going to publicly acknowledge her work.

While on sabbatical I have updated, re-wrote and re submitted almost ALL of the Art Department CCO's to AASC. This has been a cumbersome and often confusing process since I am working on a Mac and off campus. Some of you may or may not know that Macs had limited access to the N:\Shared until recently. Technology has done a great job getting us access, and I must acknowledge Laurie Lopez in here too.

I could not have done this project without Val, her attitude, and team spirit is delightful, professional and always helpful.

Thank you Val!

Laura Migliorino