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May 2010


Volume XXXVII, No. 37: May 3, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

2011 Strategic Initiatives Proposals (SIP)

Student of the Year Award - Coon Rapids Campus

Long-Term Care Insurance Open Enrollment

Academic Affairs and Standards Council Minutes

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Congratulations to Paula Croonquist

Please join me in congratulating Paula Croonquist, Biology instructor, for being named Outstanding Educator of the Year, a system wide teaching award presented  by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Board of Trustees.

Paula was recognized at the Board of Trustees Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, and introduced by Amanda Wendel, one of Paula’s students. Paula’s student nominators, like Amanda, wrote consistently about how she serves her students, how she makes sure they understand course content before moving on to new material, and how she works to establish a nurturing environment in which learning can take place.

To be considered for this award, Paula first surfaced as a finalist from 230 Anoka-Ramsey nominations and then prepared an extensive teaching portfolio that was reviewed by a system-level committee and the Board of Trustees. Reviewers were impressed both with her scientific rigor and creativity.

“It is truly humbling and a great honor to receive this award and represent our college,” says Croonquist. ” I share this recognition with all my hardworking colleagues who, despite the long hours and challenges that non-traditional learners present every day, continue to mentor, inspire and believe that our students can achieve and excel academically if we expect only the best from them and support them along the way to reach their academic goals.”

For more information about this incredible honor, you can visit the BOTAward site.

Paula and the other Coon Rapids Campus finalists from Anoka-Ramsey were recognized briefly on Wednesday, April 28, during College Hour prior to the Golden Chalk lecture and announcement of the 2010 Golden and Silver Chalk Award winners.

 Chancellor McCormick and Paula Croonquist

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Biology faculty member, Dr. Paula Croonquist accepts her Educator of the Year award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor James H. McCormick. Reviewers of the nominees cited for her creativity, commitment and bringing university-level research to the two-year college experience as rational for the recognition.

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2011 Strategic Initiatives Proposals (SIP)

Eight of this year’s 12 Strategic Initiative Proposals are being funded for the 2011 fiscal year, funded July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Some adjustments to the proposals and funding levels will be arranged with proposal author(s).  Until a written approval is received, the dollar amounts below may be adjusted.

Thank you to the author(s) and in some cases, teams, who submitted proposals!  Also, thank you to the Strategic Initiative Proposal (SIP) Committee.

1.       Train the Trainer: Bystander Intervention/Violence Prevention Training for Anoka-Ramsey Community College Faculty and Staff:  $12,000

Hiring of sexual assault prevention education consultant(s) to train interested faculty and staff in bystander intervention strategies.

2.      Expanding Implementation of On Course at Anoka-Ramsey Community College: $26,263

Expansion of On Course, curriculum focused upon increasing student success, to encourage greater faculty involvement.

3.      Improving Environmental Literacy through Integrated Service-Learning Opportunities: $25,890

Integrating service-learning opportunities and building partnerships with community organizations by providing training and certification for the Minnesota Master Naturalist program in the context of the existing Field Biology course.

4.      Are Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students READI for Online Learning?: $5,500

On your licensing of READI, a web-based tool that assesses a student’s likelihood of success in online learning across a series of attributes.

5.      College Readiness Retreat: $29,660

Anoka-Ramsey facilitators science teacher participants from K-12 schools will visit Will Steger compound.

6.      Retention through Service Learning: $11,488

Creation of mentorship program for developing community-based service learning projects.

7.      Independent Research Summer Program Student Stipends: $16,000

Provide financial support for IRSP – 2010 students in the form of stipends so that participants can work a full-time load at the University of Minnesota participating laboratories and remaining competitive.

8.      Partnership with GracePoint Crossing: $2,640

Create and establish service learning and community involvement opportunities in partnerships with GracePoint Crossings, a care facility with multiple levels of assisted living available to its clients.

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9.   Procuring External Resources for Distance Education: $44,400 (Not funded)

Bring external resources to the college in support of distance education.

10. Lean/Green Curriculum Development: $53,325 (Not funded)

Develop a training curriculum with a focus on the implementation of lean/green strategies to make the college and area community more ecologically and economically sustainable.

11. Communications and Knowledge Management Research Project Aimed at Increasing Advisor Performance and Student Satisfaction: $18,812 (Not funded)

Research into how the advising departments at Anoka-Ramsey can improve knowledge management, cross campus communication, and leverage technology to increase employee performance.

12.  Health Care Careers for the 21st Century: $13,861 (Not funded)

Research culturally sensitive career-decision models and innovative methods for working with students of color and returning adult Anoka-Ramsey students.

 

Student of the Year Award – Coon Rapids Campus

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk

On behalf of the Student Awards Ceremony Committee, we are pleased to announce Jaclyn Essig as the 2009-2010 Outstanding Student of the Year.  Jaclyn will be presented with an award at the Student Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center.

Please congratulate Jaclyn on this great accomplishment!

 

Student Leadership Award Applications

Do you know a student who has volunteered time and energy to make the Coon Rapids Campus a better place? Each fall and spring semester students have an opportunity to apply for a  Student Leadership Award valued between $200 and $500!  Awards are made possible by the Student Life program.

Click for the promotional flyer and the application. Additional copies are available for pick up at Student Activities Office. Students are evaluated on the breadth and depth of leadership and involvement in a voluntary capacity during spring term in improving services, activities, procedures or other student life aspects of the college. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time and complete 100 percent of coursework with a grade of C or higher. The applications are due no later than Friday, May 12, 2010.  Recipients are finalized after the term is over and grades are posted.

Please encourage your students to apply!

  

Long-Term Care Insurance Open Enrollment

Wednesday, May 5

1 to 3 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

Cambridge Campus, ITV to Rm. F117

Long-Term Care insurance (LTCi) Open Enrollment to be held May 3, 2010 through May 31, 2010.  It's been four years since the last opportunity to enroll in Long-Term Care was held.  Informational Long-Term Care insurance meetings will be starting April 26, and run through May 7, 2010.

The LTCi Open Enrollment will provide employees with the chance to enroll in Long-Term Care insurance through Minnesota Public Employee Long-Term Care Insurance program, (M-PEL) and its carrier CNA without providing evidence of insurability or good health.  Spouses and parents of employees may also apply, but their enrollments are still subject to evidence of good health.

Employees who are currently enrolled in LTCi may also make changes to their current policies without providing evidence of insurability or good health. All employees who currently carry LTCi are encouraged to review their policy now, as the newly introduced Partnership Program benefit is now in place. The Partnership Program enables Minnesota residents to protect more of their assets if they later need the state to help pay for their long-term care.

Long-Term Care Insurance helps pay for a variety of services that are NOT covered by health insurance or Medicare. The earlier you enroll for coverage, the lower your monthly premiums will be, since the premium is based on your age when you enroll and will not increase as you age. The coverage offered through CNA features a variety of affordable premium levels based on the type of benefit plan you chose.

To begin discovering the many benefit options and protection offered by M-PEL's Long-Term Care coverage, for more information you may visit the Web site.

To have an opportunity to listen to the M-Pel presentation, please review the meeting schedule.  The presentation will be provided during the first hour of the meeting and the second hour of the meeting will give you a chance to speak directly with a representative from CNA. Representatives from many of the SEGIP insurance programs will also be available to help answer other benefit questions.

Please consider attending a meeting or reviewing the benefits and protection available to your through the Long-Term Care insurance Open Enrollment.

 

Academic Affairs and Standards Council
April 16, 2010
MINUTES

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

Guests present: Natasha Baer, Eric Dahlberg, Kristen Genet, Rhonda Kern, Bill Saari, and Jill Snippen

I.    March 26, 2010 Minutes were approved electronically

II.   New Proposals approved:

  • Associate of Fine Arts: TheatreChange 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). APPROVED: need to provide a guide sheet for the program.
  • AA with Education Emphasis—Change a program ES-11-FY10 Reduce number of credits needed to 60 credits.  Rationale: MnSCU mandate. APPROVED.
  • Art 2165: Color Photography I—Add a new course A-22-FY10 Enhance Photography curriculum by adding digital courses.  Rationale: Keep up with trends and technology. APPROVED. (Which course name is correct? Rationale for class size will need additional information.)
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Add ART 1121 to Prerequisites. Delete any degrees listed for F6 and 7.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Add ART 1271 to Prerequisites; Change D. to None. Delete any degrees listed for F6 and 7.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Add ART 1121 to Prerequisites; Change D. to None. Delete any degrees listed for F6 and 7. Add 3 hours to F1.
  • ART 2133: Glass Sculpture I—Add a new course A-08-FY10 Add a new advanced glass course. Student demand and new facilities will make it possible to support now. Rationale: New facilities will allow us to serve a higher number of students, as well as offer new material because of previously lacking equipment. APPROVED w/edits: F4 should read 6-8 hours.
  • ART 2134: Glass Sculpture II—Add a new course A-20-FY10 Add a new advanced glass course. Student demand and new facilities will make it possible to support now. Rationale: New facilities will allow us to serve a higher number of students, as well as offer new material because of previously lacking equipment. APPROVED w/edits: F4 should read 6-8 hours.
  • BIOL 1110: Field Biology—Change a course  S-03-FY10 Change course description to reflect lecture/lab hours. Add to MnTC Goal area 9.  Rationale: For clarification purposes. APPROVED w/edits: Add goal area 9; fix MnTC: 3 C(lab), and 9; delete all language under D. Fix Catalog Description: “Course will be taught in one of four different rotating themes and students may take courses for credit more than once.” Add “Two lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.” to catalog description.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Change program description new guide sheet form to indicate it is for transfer and deliver a copy to Jill Snippen.
  • 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). APPROVED. Fix black box totals on guide sheet and add “electives = 2” to it. Under degree requirements remove ENGL 2202 and change under Electives to “Choose one of the following.” Change Degree Requirements to 15 credits. Add ENGL 2215 to this area changing the 5 credits to 3. Under 6. Humanities/Fine Arts add Required: ENGL 2202 (3 cr);  Under Wellness, insert new title “Electives: 2 credits”
  • 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. APPROVED.
  • 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.  APPROVED w/edits: Change prerequisite statement and remove Math 1200 from C to D. Wait for Patty Pieper to decide on removal of “high school chemistry or equivalent.” Add to Catalog description: Three lecture and three lab hours per week.
  • Engineering Program Review—Program Review ER-010FY10 Program Review. Rationale: Review as determined by MnSCU. APPROVED.
  • HPER 2297: Field Experience and Seminar in HPER—Change a course W-10-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. APPROVED w/edits: Gary Cook will submit new certificate language.
  • 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. APPROVED.
  • INTS 1100: On Course—Add a new course SS-08-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. APPROVED.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: fix goals areas to read 2 and 6B, correct MnTC box in Critical Thinking area from E to D.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Add 6B to MnTC goal area.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Fix title on Proposal form to Comparative World  Religions. Correct Course description to read: …and practices of the major living religions…
  • 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. APPROVED.
  • 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. APPROVED w/edits: Add a “C” to MNTC Goal area 6.  Remove all degrees from F6 except AFA in Theatre.
  • THTR 2270: Auditioning—Add a new course TH-02-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. APPROVED w/edits: Remove from MnTC goal area 6. Leave only AFA (for F6. Which degree?) Decide which title is the correct title (Auditioning techniques or just Auditioning?)

III.    Items not approved or tabled:

  • 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. TABLED: Incorrect MNTC areas listed in the table. Abbreviated course title should be changed.

IV.    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. Group reviewed and accepted.

V.    Discussion items

      The May meeting (if needed) will be held electronically.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Munir Alam, 6th Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric Composition, 6/11-12/2010, $732
  • William Breen, 5/1-2/2010, Children and Young Adult Literature Conference, $190
  • Keven Dockter, 5/1-2/2010, MinnMATYC Conference, $110
  • Roger Larson, 4/29-5/1/2010, MinnMATYC Conference, $487
  • Lisa Lenter, 4/16/2010, Course at MN APTA Conference, $215

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Jan Pomeroy, Community College National Center for Community Engagement 2010 Conference, $300

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Louise Duff, $100
  • Amber Severson, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

I would like to commend and thank the Admissions and Counseling and Advising Departments for their hard work and dedication to the students of Anoka-Ramsey.  The journey students take attending Anoka-Ramsey begins with these two departments.  The challenges they face with an increase of student enrollment, a changing student body and fiscal pressures have all been met with innovation, dedication and a smile.  Thank you to everyone for your hard work.  It is so appreciated and noticed.

-Lisa Harris

 

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 38: May 10, 2010

 Thoughts from Pat Johns

Supplemental Equipment and Furniture Lists for 2010-2011

Students Trounce Faculty in Annual Softball Game

Coon Rapids Campus Students Honor Teachers

Cambridge Campus Honors Generous Donors, Petersons

College's Professional Training Center Hosts Open House for Businesses May 20

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

 

Thoughts from Pat Johns

As you know, I will be leaving Anoka-Ramsey Community College and beginning as President of Lake Superior College in Duluth on July 1, 2010. For those of you who do not know, I first came to Anoka-Ramsey in August of 1988. I was a temporary replacement for Don Johnson, the Director of Financial Aid. I then became the Executive Dean, Interim President, and then appointed President. My twenty-two years at Anoka-Ramsey Community College have been a tremendous experience. I must say, the most notable benefit to me over the years has been the people. Anoka-Ramsey is known for caring people and I want to thank each and every one of you for your help, advice, and friendship. It is not often a president has the fortune to remain for twenty years. You all have touched my life in so many positive ways. It has been a privilege to have worked with such great people at a great college. I wish you all the best into the future...THANK YOU!

 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Supplemental Equipment and Furniture Lists for 2010-2011

Coon Rapids Campus Administrative Services

Equipment List FY2011

Priority

Department Making Request

Person

Item(s)

Amount

Cumulative Total

1

Safety & Security

Nyhus

½ cost of 14 Exterior Cameras

$35,000.00

$35,000.00

2

Technology

Byers

Replacement Batteries Data Center UPS

$5,500.00

$40,500.00

3

Technology

Byers

Hallway Digital Signage

Replacement/Expansion

$10,000.00

$50,500.00

4

Business Office

Smith

Multifunction Printer/Scanner/Fax

$2,000.00

$52,500.00

5

Central Services

Zondlo

Color Printer

$7,500.00

$60,000.00

6

Central Services

Zondlo

3-Hold drill

$8,500.00

$68,500.00

7

Technology

Byers

Blade Server

$7,000.00

$75,500.00

8

Technology

Byers

8-Channel Microphone System

$8,000.00

$83,500.00

9

Central Services

Zondlo

Cutter/Creaser/Slitter

$38,000.00

$121,500.00

10

Central Services

Zondlo

Folder Inserter System

$48,000.00

$169,000.00

Total

$169,500.00

Cambridge Campus

Equipment List List FY2011

Priority

Department Making Request

Person

Item(s)

Amount

Cumulative Total

1

Technology

Byers

Replacement PCs Cambridge Admin (15)

$22,500.00

$22,500.00

2

Technology

Byers

UPS Bypass Switch for Server Room

$2,500.00

$25,000.00

3

Music

Irgens

Piano Lab (12 Yamaha P85 Electric Pianos, Furniture Style Benches, Dust Covers, L85 Furniture Sytle Stands with LP5 Triple Pedal Boards and Yamaha LC3 Teacher Control Unit and LC3 Expansion Unit

$12,226.00

$37,226.00

4

Chemistry

Stueve

Flake Ice Machine

$6,000.00

$43,226.00

5

Safety & Security

Nyhus

½ Cost of 5 Exterior Cameras

$10,000.00

$53,226.00

6

Technology

Byers

8-Channel Microphone System

$8,000.00

$61,226.00

7

Technology

Byers

Hallway Digital Signage Replacement/Expansion

$7,500.00

$68,726.00

Total

$68,726.00

Coon Rapids Campus Educational Services

Equipment List FY2011

Priority

Department Making Request

Person

Item(s)

Amount

Cumulative Total

1

PTA

Paul

Ultrasound, Electric Stimulation Combination Unit

$2,500.00

$2,500.00

2

Biology

Stueve

Dry Incubating Shaker

$3,950.00

$6,450.00

3

Music

Irgens

VAC Grand Piano

$6,000.00

$12,450.00

4

PTA

Paul

Digital Traction Unit

$5,300.00

$17,750.00

5

PTA

Paul

Electric High/Low Mat

$3,500.00

$21,250.00

6

Nursing

Paul

Medication Simulation Equipment

$19,599.00

$40,849.00

7

Institutional Research

Morris

4 Computers

$6,000.00

$46,849.00

8

Dean’s Offices

 

7 Computers

$10,500.00

$57,349.00

9

Admissions

Raeker-Rebek

Laptop w/ Docking Station

$2,500.00

$59,849.00

10

Admissions

Raeker-Rebek

Desktop Computers w/ Keyboard & Mouse (2)

$3,000.00

$62,849.00

Total

$62,849.00

Coon Rapids Campus

Furniture List FY2011

Priority

Department Making Request

Location (Room #)

Item

Amount

Cumulative Total

1

PTA

THHC Lobby

Impromptu Mobile Training Table (1); Work/Computer Station (2)

$255.00

$255.00

2

Financial Aid

FA Offices

Misc. Cabinets (5)

$2,000.00

$2,255.00

3

Safety & Security

C109

Table & Chairs

$2,900.00

$5,155.00

4

Technology

T114

Lateral File Cabinet

$335.00

$5,490.00

5

Facilities

 

Office Chairs (PTA 2, IT 2, Instructional Admin 4)

$3,200.00

$8,690.00

Total

$8,690.00

Cambridge Campus

Furniture List FY2011

Priority

Department Making Request

Location (Room #)

Item(s)

Amount

Cumulative Total

1

Music

E244

Wenger Student Model Musician Chairs w/ Foldable Tablet Arms (52)

$7,384.00

$7,384.00

2

Music

E244

Wenger Music Instrument Storage Cabinets w/ Water Fall Grates, #19 Style (5)

$6,105.00

$13,489.00

3

Nursing

New Nursing Office Suite

Locked 4-drawer File Cabinet

$1,000.00

$14,489.00

4

Music

E244

Wenger Music Instrument Storage Cabinets w/ Water Fall Grates, #5 Style (1)

$1,382.00

$15,871.00

5

Nursing

New Nursing Office Suite

Book Cases (4)

$1,000.00

$16,871.00

Total

$16,871.00

  

Students Trounce Faculty in Annual Softball Game

Faculty and staff tried to take advantage of one of the worst weather conditions ever for the annual faculty/staff vs. student softball game, but to no avail. 

Students readily won the game, 18 to 8.

An overwhelming number of students came to play this year, according to faculty player and event game organizer, Joan McKearnan. “The students played with patience and skill, unlike the faculty,” McKearnan noted. “But at least the rain held out and we had fun.”

Maybe next year, faculty.  Great job, students!

 

Coon Rapids Campus Students Honor Teachers

Each year students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus nominate and vote for the faculty member who embodies teaching excellence. 

The winner is awarded the Golden Chalk, and second place receives the Silver Chalk.

The 2010 Golden Chalk winner is Math Faculty member, Mark Omodt and the Silver Chalk winner is Chemistry Faculty member, Kelly Befus.

Great work, Mark and Kelly!

Do not forget to let us know if you have been recognized by your students, peers or organizations!

 Mark Omodt and Kelly Befus

Students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College voted Math Faculty member, Mark Omodt and Chemistry Faculty member, Kelly Befus as instructors who embody teaching excellence. Omodt was recognized with the Golden Chalk Award and Befus was recognized with the Silver Chalk Award. 

 

Cambridge Campus Honors Generous Donors, Petersons

On April 27, 2010, the Cambridge Campus recognized two long-term supporters, Juanita and Charles Peterson, for their generous capital gift that helped complete a new theater and lecture hall.  In honor of their $100,000 donation, the college presented the Petersons a replica of a plaque to be erected outside the new area.

The plaque bears the names and photo of the donors and names the new space The Juanita and Charles Peterson Community Room. This honors the Petersons for helping the College buy sound and lighting equipment and furnishings for the space, as well as honors them for their long-term, generous support for student scholarships. 

“They even let me choose the carpet and color of paint,” says Juanita Peterson, a member of the Cambridge Campus Foundation Board of Directors since 1992.

Juanita and Chuck have given generously to help the Cambridge Campus Foundation because they want students to have an affordable education.  In addition to serving periodically as an officer of the Foundation Board, Juanita chaired the Scholarship Committee for many years. She has also worked on and donated to every foundation scholarship fundraising event during her tenure.

“Juanita is very passionate about helping as many students as possible,” says college President Patrick M. Johns. “As a matter of fact, we tease Juanita about exceeding the scholarship budget she is given. She has been a strong supporter and advocate, both for the foundation and for students. We deeply appreciate her work and the support both she and Chuck have given.”

The college relies on contributions, such as those from the Peterson’s to meet the ever growing needs of students.

 Juanita and Charles Peterson

(left to right) Cambridge Campus Foundation Chair, Jeffery Edblad, Charles and Juanita Peterson, Institutional Advancement Director Evelyn Gedde and President Pat. Johns display a replica of a plaque to be erected outside the new theater and lecture hall named in honor of the Petersons for their generous capital gift that helped complete a new addition to the campus.

 

College’s Professional Training Center Hosts Open House for Businesses May 20

Business leaders throughout the Anoka-Ramsey Community College service area have been invited to attend the college’s Professional Training Center (formerly Training & Development Center) Open House, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The event has been organized to provide area businesses with opportunities to:

  • tour center’s facilities;
  • try out the newly enhanced computer labs;
  • network with other businesses benefiting from innovative partnerships;
  • view SolidWorks design capabilities and 3-D “rapid prototyping” in action;
  • and meet the center’s team of creative training professionals.

A complimentary hot breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed by a welcome by Anoka-Ramsey Community College President Dr. Patrick M. Johns and a presentation by Dr. Richard Brynteson titled, ”Innovation: The Key to Stimulating Your Business Recovery.”

“Effective training can turn a good business into a great one,” says the Professional Training Center’s new Executive Director, Sherry Wickstrom. “We want to open our doors and introduce ourselves to area businesses to discuss fresh ideas on how innovation can generate greater economic growth in the community.”

For more information about the exciting, new happenings at the Professional Training Center, contact Sherry Wickstrom at x1405.

  

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Maria Barlage, $100
  • Jill Harrison, $100
  • Linda Janke, $100
  • Melissa Mills, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

Thank you all who were able to attend the retirement party on Friday, April 30.  Special thanks for the kind words and monetary gift.  It is with much sadness and excitement that I retire from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  This has been my home away from home for 31 years.  I have made many friends along my journey and wish all of you good health and prosperity in the future.

Thank You,

Char Foss

Thank you for the astonishing retirement celebration on Wed May 5. Jeannine and I will treasure the memory of everyone’s heartfelt congratulations and the incredible amount of work that went into creating the festivities.

Thank you to Tom McCarthy for his comical, though uncannily accurate, caricature.  Thank you to the math department who, with a variety of colleagues, performed such a melodic, yet mischievously lyrical, sendoff. Thank you to the diligent researchers who created the trivia quiz, dredging up so many obscure and mildly embarrassing factoids that even I got a few of them wrong. Thank you for the certificates, cards, cake, cash, compliments, comments, cautions, and T-shirts.

And thank you to every one of the faculty, staff, administrators, and students who have made these years such a maddening joy. Your support and friendship, with just a touch of frustration, has made this job an ever-fascinating challenge. I hope the next twenty-seven years are just as much fun.

Love to all,

Ken Grace

Returning to a classroom near you this August

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A big thank you to all staff, faculty and administration for your thoughts, prayers and donations to Nathan Jensen (grandson of Pat Hicks, faculty).  We really appreciate the support that you have given our families.

Nathan finished his last (28th) radiation treatment on Monday.  He was taken off chemotherapy and steroids the Thursday before his last treatment.

They have put Nathan into an experimental treatment for brain stem glioma at the University of Pittsburgh.  Nathan and family will fly to Pittsburgh on Monday, June 7 to begin the 24 week long process.  They have to fly out every three weeks for the new vaccine that he will be given (8 times in all – as long as it keeps working).

On June 7 he will also have an MRI to determine if the radiation is working.  His speech has come back but he is still weak on the left side.  You can follow his progress on his CaringBridge site

Thank you again for all your support.

Pat and Gordy Hicks, Trish and Troy Jensen (Nathan and Allie Jensen)

Thanks to many of you for your support, thoughtful cards, gifts, flowers and prayers in the recent loss of our mother Zoila Lopez.

Laurie & John Lopez

Anoka-Ramsey Friends,

“Where Words Fail...Music Speaks”….  

I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciated the kind words that were spoken of me at our Retirement Party last Friday.  You touched my heart!  As I near my last day on June 1, I find leaving to be “bittersweet”.  I look back on my years at Anoka-Ramsey and know I have been blessed in so many ways…and I take that with me.  I look forward to the years ahead of me with anticipation and hope for all that is to come! 

Thank you for the beautiful cards, thoughts and gift, as well.  I already have my Certificate from the Governor framed and proudly hung in a prominent location in our home! (Ah…don’t believe everything you read!)  

Take care and thank you, again.

In appreciation and best wishes to all of you,

Marilyn Quarberg

“Thank you!”  to all who helped me to celebrate my retirement from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  The reception was a memorable way to end 18 wonderful years. I will miss the entire college community!

Sandy Robinson

Secret Angel, thank you for the note pad. I hope you have a happy day as well.

-Annette Hughes

 

 

Volume XXXVII, No. 39: May 24, 2010

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Businesses Interested in Training Attend Open House for Renamed Professional Training Center

Strong Enrollments for Summer Semester

Administrator Published in Neurology Journal

Information Technology Services (ITS) News

Summer Bookstore Hours

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation

Thoughts from Pat Johns

Letter Written to President Johns from Rod A. Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa

Dear Dr. [Pat] Johns,

We are pleased to announce that the Alpha Delta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Anoka-Ramsey Community College received special commendation during the Minn-Wi-Kota Region Regional Convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a “5 Star Chapter.”  The chapter was also recognized at the Society’s recent Annual Convention and will be cited on the Society Web site.

The Five Star Chapter Development Plan serves as a blueprint for developing a strong chapter, improves student engagement on your campus, and recognizes progress in the attainment of goals set by the chapter.  Using the Five Star Plan as a guide, chapters enhance their strategies to recognize eligible students, provide significant personal and professional development opportunities for members through Honors in Action, and build a working relationship with the college administration by becoming active on campus and in the community.  As chapters reach these milestones they progress through each level of the Five Star Plan, ultimately reaching the pinnacle Five Star Level.

Your support, and the support of your administration, is key to unleashing the potential success of your Phi Theta Kappa members.  On behalf of the outstanding chapter members and advisors of the Alpha Delta Upsilon Chapter, we express appreciation for your efforts toward providing rewarding educational experiences inside and outside the classroom.
Rod A. Risley
Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa

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Businesses Interested in Training Attend Open House for Renamed Professional Training Center

Formerly referred to at the Training and Development Center, the newly-named Professional Training Center at the Coon Rapids Campus was the site for an open house, May 20. This event was designed to welcome current and potential business partners to the college with the intent on showing off the variety of professional training options available. Staff from the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Professional Training division organized the well-attended event.

 Sherry Wickstrom at Professional Training Center Open House

 

Sherry Wickstrom explains some of the changes taking at the Professional Training Center to the attendees of the open house, May 20. The event focused on how organizations continue to innovate in order to stay competitive.
Allen Calander shows off the college’s new solid works printer to an interested group.

 

Strong Enrollments for Summer Semester

Summary for Summer 2010 (as of 5/18/2010):

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

  • Headcount is 2,982 students, which is an increase of 17.7% over 5/18/2009.
  • FTE is 1,082.87, which is an increase of 20.6% over 5/18/2009.
  • New student headcount is up 22.3% compared to this time last year; returning student headcount is up 16.3% compared to this time last year.

Cambridge Campus

  • Headcount is 738 students, which is an increase of 22.0% over 5/18/2009.
  • FTE is 205.53, which is an increase of 21.5% over 5/18/2009.
  • New student headcount is up 28.3% compared to this time last year; returning student headcount is up 20.5% compared to this time last year.

Coon Rapids Campus

  • Headcount is 2,626 students, which is an increase of 18.9% over 5/18/2009.
  • FTE is 877.33, which is an increase of 20.3% over 5/18/2009.
  • New student headcount is up 18.7% compared to this time last year; returning student headcount is up 19.0% compared to this time last year.

There are 382 students enrolled in classes at both campuses for summer 2010 term.

 

Administrator Published in Neurology Journal

Nora Morris, Anoka-Ramsey Dean of Research & Evaluation, coauthored an article titled, “A cluster-randomized trial to improve stroke care in hospitals,” published this month in the peer reviewed journal, “Neurology.”

The article is the result of what Nora calls, “a carryover from my previous life as a health services researcher,” and has been in the final editing stages for the last few years.

The objective of the research was to “evaluated the effect of performance feedback on acute ischemic stroke care quality in Minnesota hospitals.”

To read an abstract of the article, including a summary of the findings, click HERE.

Great work, Nora!

If you or someone you know has been published recently, or has had their work recognized, please let us know.

 

Information Technology Services (ITS) News

Submitted by Celina Byers

To improve the Information Technology Services (ITS) and provide a cross-trained employee team, Sheila Provost is now the lead person in Central Services and Connie Herbert is the office assistant for the ITS Department. Sheila and Connie each bring expertise, skill sets and their knowledge base to their new position.

Since I started here last January, the ITS Management team has been developing and implementing cross-training among our staff to continue to enhance the services we provide for the Anoka-Ramsey community.  Up to now, the changes we have made are internal and not very visible. 

This next step will be apparent to everyone, and we anticipate this change will allow us to optimize our services and better serve you.  Your understanding through this transition and until services return to running smoothly will be appreciated.

When you have a moment, please welcome Sheila and Connie to their new offices.

 

Summer Bookstore Hours
May 17 - August 13

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Fridays

Extended Hours, May 24 - June 11
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 5: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the bookstore is closed June 28 - 30.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Nigar Alam, 4/29/2010, MNCPA Minnesota Society of CPAs, $105
  • Elizabeth DiFabio, Doctor in Nursing Program, $93
  • Nancy Elk, 5/11/2010, Books, $123
  • Nancy Elk, 8/12-13/2010, Grief Support Facilitator Training, $837
  • Susan Eyre, 5/17/2010, On Course Training, $75
  • Kathleen Hoffman, 6/17-18/2010, PTK Honors Institute, $603
  • Isabelle Schmidt, 5/18-20/2010, On Course Training, $271.91
  • Matthew Schuster, 5/7/2010, American Political Science Association, American Historical Association, Minnesota Historical Society, $383
  • Linda Varvel, 6/7/2010, 6/14-7/22/2010, Graduate Course, $709

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Lacrestia Anderson, Intro to Counseling Theories, $253.50
  • Carole Fuller, Conflict Resolution: Self-Defeating Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People, $65
  • Darla McCann, 5/18-20/2010, On Course Training, $200

Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Ann Kinkel, $100
  • Laurie Lopez, $100
  • Darla McCann, $100
  • Wanda Purdie, $42.91
  • Paige Riehl, $100
  • Shannon Watson, $100

 

Pause for Appreciation

Linda Norberg,

Thank you for the time and energy you dedicate to Central Services when the copiers and printers have driver issues.  We are at a standstill when our equipment is down or not working properly.  Your knowledge and expertise in getting our equipment up and running is very much appreciated.   You are an invaluable co-worker and asset to the ITS Department.  Thank you.

Central Services