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April 2011

Issue No. 35: April 4, 2011

 Issue No. 36: April 11, 2011

Issue No. 37: April 18, 2011

Issue No. 38: April 25, 2011

Volume XXXIX, No. 35: April 4, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Faculty Receives NEA Award of Excellence

College English Faculty Tours with Pretend the World Poems in April

Coon Rapids Campus Hosts Fine Arts Portfolio Show April 7

Science Night April 7

Big Brother/Big Sister Event on Campus

A "WOW" Panel Discussion on Innovation, April 13

Nursing Alumna/Author to Speak "Nurses: You Can Make A Difference," April 14

Hear National Speaker Address the Importance of Gratitude, April 14

Coon Rapids Campus Spring Play: Book of Days, April 15 to 23

Research RAMblings

Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Our very own Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) Cabinet Member, David Corgan, was invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol on the Pell Grant.  Well done, David! 

To see the full article, click HERE.  

David Corgan


Faculty Receives NEA Award of Excellence

Humanities Faculty member, Kirsten Dierking's article “From Whitehall Palace to Burger King: Teaching the Humanities,” was chosen for the 2010 National Education Association (NEA) Excellence in the Academy Award in the Art of Teaching category.

For her work, Kirsten received $2,500 and a plaque commemorating the award which was presented to her at the 2011 NEA Higher Education Conference in Boston, Mass., March 25-27, 2011.

"The article was inspired by my students and their frequent comments about how their humanities education was profoundly meaningful to them,” says Kirsten. “I was excited about the impact their learning was having on them and wanted to share ideas I felt were working well in the classroom.”

More about the Art of Teaching Award

The Art of Teaching Award recognizes an article that illuminates one professor’s approach to the complex and intangible dynamic that inspires students with a love of learning or an article that offers practical approaches to improving teaching and

Faculty Receives NEA Award of Excellence

Humanities Faculty member, Kirsten Dierking (left) accepts the 2010 National Education Association Excellence in the Academy Award in the Art of Teaching for her article, “From Whitehall Palace to Burger King: Teaching the Humanities” in Boston, Mass. March 26.


College English Faculty Tours with Pretend the World Poems in April

Coon Rapids Campus English Faculty member, Kathryn Kysar is touring with her book of poetry, Pretend the World, throughout the month of April.

Here is the schedule of her free reading events.

Monday, April 4 , 7 to 7:45 p.m., Hamline Midway Library (1558 W. Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul, Minn.) with musical guest Sean Egan on improvisational jazz clarinet. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.

Thursday, April 14 , 7 to 8 p.m., Micawber’s Books (2238 Carter Ave, Saint Paul, Minn.) with prose writer Sarah Stonich, author of Shelter. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.

Thursday, April 21 , 7 to 8 p.m., Birch Bark Books (2115 W 21st, Minneapolis, Minn.) with poet and special guest Heid Erdrich. Dinner will be available for purchase in the Kenwood Cafe prior to the reading (6 to 7 p.m.).

If you get a chance, stop by one or more of the readings!


Coon Rapids Campus Hosts Fine Arts Portfolio Show April 7

Coon Rapids Campus students graduating with an associate in fine arts (AFA) in Art degree this spring will exhibit their final portfolios, April 6 - 29. The Opening Reception is set for Thursday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Great River Gallery. Refreshment will be served at the opening event.

The exhibit will feature the best works by the following student-artists:

Collin Blahut Amanda Caroon 
Tiana Cornelius Christina DaCruz 
Jennifer Diedrich  Jennifer Elifrits 
Jonathan Englund  Samantha Felt 
Vanessa Felt Laura Hamilton 
Kathleen Law Allison Luhmann
Shandelle McDuffie Chase Northrop
Rachel Twait

“This wide-ranging exhibit in approach, process and themes offers a strong mix between two-dimensional and three-dimensional work,” says Art Faculty member, Anthony Marchetti. “It will also be the Art Department’s largest graduate show to date with 15 graduates, nearly double the number of students in past years.”

Diedrich Pottery

The Portfolio Exhibition, April 6 - 29, will include the work of 15 associate in fine arts in Art (AFA) students graduating this spring. Shown here is “Lidded Jar” by Jennifer Diedrich. Everyone is invited to view the exhibit and to attend the Opening Reception, Thursday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus Great River Gallery.


Science Night April 7

Coon Rapids Campus students have organized a free, exciting:

Science Night
Thursday, April 7
1 to 8:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus Gymnasium

The public is invited to the free event.

The event will feature chemistry magic performances, a nocturnal animal display, a maze-solving robot, constellations from around the world and much more, including the ExploraDome, a portable, 25-foot diameter dome that people enter to experience hands-on, minds-on learning. The system is the first portable dome in the world built around the dynamic scaling software known as Uniview.

“This is a great opportunity for families, kids, adults, basically everyone,” says Anoka-Ramsey student and event organizer, David Corgan. “High-minded science or hands-on discovery, visitors can make the decision.  The shows will be tailored to the audiences. I hope people will make an effort to attend.”


Big Brother/Big Sister Event on Campus

Have you been looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you enjoy being with children, engaging in fun events and building lifelong friendships? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then becoming a Big Brother/Big Sister (BBBS) may be just the service opportunity you have been looking for!

The organization began in 1904 and has been dedicated to bringing caring role models into the lives of children ever since. The need for "Big's" is especially high in Anoka County, with more than 80 children currently waiting for a match.

In order to help satisfy the high demand, Anoka-Ramsey Community College will be hosting:

BBBS presentation with Representative Mike Marcotte
Tuesday, April 12
2 to 3 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room

During the presentation you will receive information on the history and mission of BBBS, how to become involved with the program, and available options for mentoring. You will also have a chance at the end of the presentation to ask any questions you may have.

If you have any further questions, please contact Elizabeth Braley (x1812) or Jan Pomeroy (x1468). Please come out and support this great cause! Bring a friend too! We look forward to seeing you there and working together to bring a positive influence to the lives of Anoka County children!


A “WOW” Panel Discussion on Innovation, April 13

Wednesday, April 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

The panel discussion will focus on innovation from varied perspectives including culture, technology, manufacturing, government and business.

By RSVP only, as space is limited.  This is a free event for students, employees, alumni and the greater community.

Include name, address, email, and student/employee/community member to Michael Wall at alumni@anokaramsey.edu, 763-433-1597, in CRC L200 and CC F215


  • Becky Dolan, Program Director, Emerging Programs, New Therapies and Diagnostics Division, Medtronic, Inc.
  • David Herridge, Vice President of Engineering, Incisive Surgical
  • Jason LaValley, founder/President, LaValley Industries, manufacturing revolutionary solutions for pipeline/drilling industries
  • Mike Parry, MN State Senator; Chair, State Government Innovation and Veterans  Committee
  • Nora Paul, Director of Institute for New Media Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Rita Shor, Project Manager for Destination 2025; Co-founder of iCanPilot;  34 years at 3M in innovation and product development
  • Dennis Stauffer, author of Thinking Clockwise, A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader;  founder of Insight Fusion, Inc.
  • Moderator: Robert Scott, Anoka-Ramsey  Alumnus; Vice President, Possis/Medrad


Nursing Alumna/Author to Speak “Nurses: You Can Make A Difference,” April 14

Alumni Relations is pleased to welcome:

Alumna, RN and author Janet Izzo
Lunch presentation entitled: Nurses: You Can Make a Difference
Thursday, April 14
11:30 a.m.
Free event. Lunch included.

Izzo’s book, Hotel Hennepin, is a well-received collection of stories and advice from her career in nursing within the walls of a large county hospital. 

By RSVP only. Please RSVP to Michael Wall, 763-433-1597 or Rm. L200 (Coon Rapids Campus) or Rm. F215 (Cambridge Campus). Include name, address, email and student/employee/community member.


Hear National Speaker Address the Importance of Gratitude, April 14

Cambridge Campus student organization, Hearts Ablaze, is hosting:

National consultant and coach, Steve Hegele
"In Times of Trial, Be Grateful”
Thursday, April 14
4 p.m.
Cambridge Campus

The event is free and the public is invited to hear his motivational story.

Hegele has been a frequent visitor to college Faculty member, Jennifer Liberty-Clark’s General Psychology class for more than a year, and she recommended him to the student organization for several reasons.

“Steve Hegele is a father of four who lost his wife to breast cancer in May 2010 at the age of 42,” says Jennifer. “He has every reason to feel like life has handed him a bad situation, yet he sees tremendous opportunity for his future and the future of his family and his business.  Come hear a truly dramatic story about disease, loss, struggle and ultimately the reenergizing and recommitment of a family to each other, their faith and the community. You will be inspired and have a clearer sense of what life is calling you to do and be.”

Hegele is a much-sought after public speaker and the founder and CEO of Hegele Academy, a business built on the principles of communication, relationships, energy, commitment and the execution of knowledge.  His organization has a diverse client base across the U.S., he also speaks nationally.

“People spend most of their lives attempting to avoid and minimize difficult times,” says Hegele. “Often we look at the misfortune of other people as it relates to health, money and relationship problems and think that’s too bad for them. If the situation involves serious life and death circumstances, we might consider it devastating or tragic. The fact is that tough times and difficult situations allow, or in some cases force, people to become more than they ever thought they could become under normal circumstances. Scripture states: in times of trial, be grateful, it is Gods way of making us complete.”


Coon Rapids Campus Spring Play: Book of Days, April 15 to 23

The play, Book of Days, will appear on the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center, April 15, 16, 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m. and April 17, 2 p.m.

Book of Days is an edge-of-your-seat mystery that follows Ruth Hoch’s quest to find truth and honesty amid small-town jealousies, greed and lies after murder roars through.

The “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” calls Book of Days, “An intriguing, prismatic and thoroughly engrossing depiction of contemporary small-town life with a murder mystery at its core…a splendid evening of theater…"

A review in “Variety” claims the play to be “a densely populated, unpredictable little world [filled with] intriguing characters who touch each other's lives through an elaborate series of connections.”

About the Anoka-Ramsey production, Faculty-Director, Lisa Weaver says, “This is truly an ensemble process.  This play requires all the actors to be continuously onstage, moving in and out of their scenes and providing background to other scenes.  We are all working together to create something quite unique and we look forward to sharing our work with the audience!”

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


Research RAMblings

Submitted by Nora Morris

Did you know?

  • When new students were asked about their early experiences at Anoka-Ramsey the most frequently mentioned stressors included the following:
    • Homework, reading, and keeping track of deadlines and assignments.
    • Parking and the walk through the “forest” from the parking lot to campus in Coon Rapids. Many students stated that they did not feel safe.
    • The bookstore – waiting in lines, getting the right books, and charging to financial aid.
    • There were a few areas where new students wished they would have had more information prior to registration:
      • Knowledge of increased workload for summer courses.
      • Information about courses for gauging the amount of work associated with a specific load. For example, should a student take Physics and College Algebra in the same semester?
      • D2L requirements. One student found the use of D2L in his courses much higher than expected, which was problematic considering his low level of computer skills.

      Want to know more?


      Pause for Appreciation

      Thanks to Jeff Janas for organizing the career fair “Get Noticed. Get Hired!” on both campuses.  With help from Kacey Gregerson, Liz Kalinowski, Michael Wall and faculty and staff who volunteered, more than 100 students participated in the hiring skills fair.  Thanks for your help transitioning our students into the world of work!

      -Nora Morris


      Thanks to Mary Jacobson for her efforts in helping promote The Taste of Isanti, Thursday, March 31…and to all of the faculty, staff and foundation people who showed up!  It was really fun to see so many community members out in our neck of the woods and to have college representatives visibly involved. The food was delicious, and who knew how tasty blueberry wine could be? 

      Also, thanks to Isabelle Schmidt and all of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Counseling and Advising staff for bringing  “Get Noticed/ Get Hired” to the Cambridge Campus.  What a great idea in discouraging times.

      -Bonnie Boese

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      Volume XXXIX, No. 36: April 11, 2011

       News from President Jessica Stumpf

      Nursing Program Accredited Through 2016

      Mark Lambert Receives Grant from Minnesota State Arts Board

      Two Students Named All-Minnesota Top Scholars

      Wellness Works!  Health Challenge Results in Lbs. Lost, $$ Gain

      Counseling Services

      College Hour, April 13

      April is National Poetry Month

      Summer Employee Work Hours

      Research RAMblings

      College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

      Pause for Appreciation

      Academic Affairs & Standards Council Agenda

      Academic Affairs & Standards Council Minutes


      News from President Jessica Stumpf

      College Presidential Search

      Three semifinalists named for presidency of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College

      The names of three semifinalists for president of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College have been submitted to James H. McCormick, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The semifinalists are Ron Erickson, Alex Kajstura and Constance Mierendorf.

      More details can be found HERE.  Follow up information will be announced next week.

      Visual Arts Center Grand Opening Celebration April 21

      You are invited to attend the grand opening of the Coon Rapids Visual Art Center, Thursday, April 21, 4 to 8 p.m. to view the new 28,976 square-foot building through self-guided tours while art faculty and students offer live demonstrations in the glassblowing, photography and ceramics studios.

      Located along the scenic Mississippi National River Recreation Area, this facility gracefully extends the campus footprint in a way that maximizes daylight, minimizes site disruption and provides stunning river views from many of the studios and dramatic gallery spaces. The design, inspired by industrial architecture–with exposed steel structure and mechanical systems, concrete floors and large expanses of glass–provides a minimalist backdrop for the studio and gallery space.

      Grand Opening Celebration

      Open House: 4 to 8 p.m.; Ceremony 7 p.m.

      • Take a self-guided tour
      • Watch studio demonstrations by students and faculty
      • Peruse the student art displays throughout the building
      • Listen to student-led musical ensembles
      • Enjoy refreshments


      The public is invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Visual Arts Center (study area shown) at the Coon Rapids Campus, Thursday, April 21, 4 to 8 p.m.

      The new Visual Arts Center offers view of the Mississippi River.

      Arts students work in the true lighting in one of the painting studios in the new Visual Arts Center. The center also includes glassblowing, photography and ceramics studios as well as computer labs and study areas.


      Nursing Program Accredited Through 2016

      Submitted by Jennifer Eccles

      Anoka-Ramsey Community College associate of science degree in Nursing Program is unconditionally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for achievement of quality and excellence in nursing education.

      This accreditation is valid until spring 2016. 

      The faculty and staff involved in this accreditation journey should be very proud of their accomplishments! Special thank you to Sandra Kohler and Natasha Baer who worked very hard on the follow-up report to the NLNAC this past fall, and to Sandra Kohler for travelling to Atlanta this spring for the Evaluation Review Panel deliberations. 

      Thank you to all of you for your commitment to excellence in nursing education.


      Mark Lambert Receives Grant from Minnesota State Arts Board

      Submitted by Rosie Mortenson

      The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded Anoka-Ramsey a grant for $64,829.

      A project of Art Faculty member, Mark Lambert, “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire,” will explore, promote and honor Minnesota ceramic artists, their tradition of mentorship and the ways they pass on their skills to new generations. 

      The project will highlight four pairs of Minnesota artists who have trained and worked together. The featured artists will be interviewed and filmed at work in their studios, and the footage developed into a documentary movie. 

      The documentary will premiere at the opening reception at the Northern Clay Center in April 2012, accompanied by gallery talks by artists and an exhibition of their work. 

      Other activities leading up to the documentary premiere and exhibition will include workshops at Anoka-Ramsey and Normandale Community Colleges and a “preview night” featuring a lecture by contemporary art critic Janet Koplos. 

      Congratulations to Mark!  The college community looks forward to these exciting learning activities.

      If you have an idea for a grant-funded project or have questions, contact Rosie Mortenson (ext. 1382). 

      Also, you can visit the grants home page.

      There you will see that the primary functions of the grants office are:

      • Identify potential private and public funding sources and inform faculty and staff of these opportunities
      • Facilitate the development of competitive proposals through research, editing, writing, and management of project teams
      • Submit proposals through the institutional approval process to funders in accordance with applicable policies and deadlines
      • Support the initiation of new grant projects and the administration of active grant awards


      Two Students Named All-Minnesota Top Scholars

      A celebration recognizing Anoka-Ramsey Community College students Alison Moen, from the chapter Alpha Delta Alpha, and Jeanne Wigant, from the chapter Alpha Delta Upsilon,  and 45 other students from two-year institutions across Minnesota named to the All-Minnesota State Academic Team was held March 25 at the Royal Cliff Banquet in Eagan, Minn.

      More than 200 people including students, college faculty and staff from higher education institutions from around the State and higher education dignitaries attended the recognition event.

      “I was honored to see Alison and Jeanne celebrate this wonderful accomplishment with their family and friends.” says Anoka-Ramsey Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, Robert Cancino. “Watching students meet and even exceed their own goals at Anoka-Ramsey is one of the best aspects of my job.”

      Alison is a resident of Wyoming, Minn. She is completing an associate’s degree with a 4.0 grade point average at Anoka-Ramsey and plans to transfer to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. to study criminal justice.

      Jeanne was recently accepted to the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota and plans to major in genetics and cell development. After completing a bachelor’s degree, she intends to attend medical school and earn doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy degrees simultaneously and ultimately become a medical research physician or a cosmetic surgeon.

      To be nominated to the All-Minnesota Academic Team, a student must be enrolled at a Minnesota two-year college through December 2010, have completed at least 12 semester credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 at a Minnesota two-year college. Nominees were selected based on biographical information, letters of recommendation, academic performance, demonstration of leadership and campus and community service involvement.

      The 2011 All-USA team members will be announced April 8, 2011 at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Seattle, WA. Students selected for the All-USA academic team receive stipends or plaques.


      Wellness Works!  Health Challenge Results in Lbs Losses, $$ Gain

      What happens when you combine six men, a wager and a weight loss goal? Well, in the case of Anoka-Ramsey employees Dave Alto, Robert Cancino, Al Mamaril, Thom Nordin, Ryan Olson and Simon Whitney, it means a collective loss of 106 pounds, and $66 in your pocket.

      Starting back in November 2011, the group made an arrangement: pay $5 to begin and weigh in every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. As long as you show up and lose any amount of weight from the previous week, you didn’t have to pay. Missed a weigh-in, maintain or gain weight though, you had to pony-up $1 to the pot.

      During the 17 weeks of the competition, Thom tracked each man’s progress on an Excel spreadsheet using the printout from the electronic scale in the small gymnasium to calculate weight, body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat, fat mass and muscle (fat-free). Slowly each week, the money in the pot accumulated.

      “I am not that competitive of a person, but it helped me progress knowing that the winner was going to get my money if I had to pay in for the week,” says Thom. “We were supportive of each other, not that we sat down and discussed our feelings about it but we did congratulate each other each week when weight loss was the result.”

      The last weight-in was March 8. [DRUM ROLL PLEASE] And with a total weight-loss of 43 pounds, Dave Alto emerged as the grand champion.

      “The guys did a great job,” says Dave. “The competition and money were great motivators in helping each of us lose weight and get healthier.”

      “Dave was a machine!” Thom elaborates. “It all started with him casually asking if we were interested in starting a challenge because he wanted to drop a few pounds. As we found out, he is very competitive. By the third week we all knew he meant business.”

      “I think he set us up,” Thom adds with a grin. “But it doesn’t matter because we all benefitted from it, and he took us all out to lunch with his winnings.”

      If you too want to benefit from healthy choices, Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Wellness Works program offers events, workshops and incentives to assistant you. Visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu/en/employeehome/WellnessWorks.aspx for more details.


      Healthy Friends: Anoka-Ramsey employees, Dave Alto, Thom Nordin, Robert Cancino, Ryan Olson and Al Mamaril (shown here at a weekly weigh-in) challenged each other to lose weight. And they did! (Not shown: Simon Whitney.)


      Counseling Services

      Submitted by the Counseling Department

      As we continue toward the end of the spring semester the Counseling Department would like to take this opportunity to extend our services to you and your students. 

      During the final weeks of the term you may encounter students who are experiencing personal situations that are negatively impacting their success in college.  It may stem from the illness and/or death of loved one, relationships problems with parents or significant others, an issue with chemical use/abuse, or one of the many other challenges our students encounter.  Please know that we are here to help.

      Students can call 763-433-1240 to set up a convenient time for an individual appointment.  They can also come to the Information Desk in the upper level of the College Services Building and set up a time to meet with John Hennen, Nancy Elk or MaryAnn Larios.  Or, if the situation feels more urgent to you, you may choose to walk the student over and let the Information Desk staff know that they need to be seen immediately by a counselor and one of us will be contacted. If you bring a student over, please have them sit in the area behind the Information Desk and then privately discuss your request with a staff person.

      We also wanted to let you know that we have developed a new Web page that describe our services in greater detail and also has a list of websites for students to get information on a variety of Mental Wellness topics.

      Please let us know if we can assist in any way.


      College Hour, April 13

      The Wednesday, April 13 College Hour will be one focused on service. We hope you can find time in your schedule to be a part of this community event. There will be few ways that you may participate.

      Have some extra books lying around?

      Text books needed for Books for Africa. Here you will find a list of types of book’s that fill the organization’s needs.

      Books will be picked up either outside your office or in departmental offices. Pick up begins at 2 p.m.

      Full of energy?

      A dozen cart pushers are needed 2 to 3 p.m. The Student Senate is teaming up on the project and adding more muscle to this effort. Students faculty, staff and administrators will team together to transport books to the loading dock for transport.  If you need a little exercise before spring arrive, this might be a good way to start! Contact Blayn Lemke if this is your cup of tea.

      Have a bad back and don’t read?

      Attend the April 13 College Hour featuring a representative from Books for Africa. Sara Schwebert will discuss the organization’s mission and answer questions.


      April is National Poetry Month

      Please stop by the Library to view the display of poetry books for National Poetry Month.  You'll see books by American poets of diverse cultures over the last 150+ years. Other resources for exploring poems can be found on the web in the comfort of your laptop. Here are a few Web sites to discover.

      April 14 is Poem in Your Pocket Day, an opportunity to carry a poem with you to read as needed to co-workers, friends, or family members. 

      The display acknowledging National Poetry Month is a collaboration between the faculty in the Library and the Reading Department.

      April is an excellent month to rediscover poetry as you welcome spring.


      Summer Employee Work Hours

      Submitted by Darren Hoff

      I am once again pleased to announce that Anoka-Ramsey is adjusting work schedules and office hours for the college for the period May 11 through August 16, 2011.

      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 30 (Memorial Day) and nine (9) hours for July 4 (Independence Day).
      • 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.


      Research RAMblings

      Submitted by Nora Morris

      Did you know?

      • according to 1,850 employers who responded to this question in a national 2010-2011 recruiting survey: “In what areas do young adults need to develop better skills and competencies in order to secure a position and launch their career successfully in your organization.” The most frequent responses were:
        • Basic skills: writing (spelling, grammar, sentence structure, composition of letters, memos, simple reports), oral and visual communication, summarizing ideas and relevant points clearly and succinctly, and preparing reports. 26%
        • Professionalism and Maturity: frame realistic salary and job expectations, act professionally in relationships with management and clients, understand job demands, be able to manage time and priorities, and accept feedback for improvement in job performance. 24%
        • Interpersonal skills: ability to hold a one-on-one conversation with another adult, able to work in a team, and be able to establish rapport with clients, co-workers, and management. 23%?

        Want to know more?

        Click HERE for an additional article.


        College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

        Faculty Development Fund Approvals

        • Candice Heino, 4/7/2011, Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators Annual Conference, $65
        • John Ivanausaks, 4/7/2011, Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators Annual Conference, $75

        Staff Development Fund Approvals

        • Sheri Christensen, 5/25-26/2011, Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, $110
        • Sharon DeGideo, 4/13-15/2011, Health Educator’s Conference, $410
        • Brandy Eddings, 5/25-26/2011, Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, $110
        • Sherry Hill, 4/7-8/2011, DEED Job Seeker Conference, $195.29
        • JoAnn Iskierka, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $85
        • Valerie Knight, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $247.62
        • David Madden, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $162
        • Floyd Palmer, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $170.60
        • Jason Siems, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $158.74
        • Sheila Provost, 5/25-26/2011, Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, $110
        • Cynthia Schulz, 5/18-19/2011, Front-Line Conference, $169.90

        Wellness Fund Approvals

        • Cynthia Schulz, $100


        Pause for Appreciation

        Thank you to Lisa Lentner, Penny Rivard Sherman, Shawn Johnson and Tabitha Elstad for their hard work and dedication in implementing the Physical Therapy student clinic this semester. There were approximately 10 students and faculty who were able to benefit from the services offered this spring.  This could not have been possible without the time and effort put forth by the PTA faculty and staff!

        -Natasha Baer


        On Tuesday, April 5, 5:20 p.m., Anoka-Ramsey’s entire phone system crashed. Tim Zondlo was on campus until after midnight to get the system back up and running smoothly. I’d like to thank Tim for going that extra and essential mile on our behalf.  

        -Kim Lynch


        Academic Affairs and Standards Council

        April 15, 2011 AGENDA 


        Academic Affairs and Standards Council

        March 25, 2011 MINUTES 

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        Volume XXXIX, No. 37: April 18, 2011

         News from President Jessica Stumpf

        You Are Invited to the Presentation of 2011-12 Interim President

        Two Faculty Members in Keillor Anthology

        Successful Drive for Books for Africa

        April Wellness Works Workshop: Qigong

        Great Earth Day Events at Cambridge Campus, April 20-23

        Approval Required for Large Print Jobs in Central Services

        Research RAMblings

        Pause for Appreciation

        Official Announcements

        Faculty Shared Governance Council Agenda


        News from President Jessica Stumpf

        The end of spring semester is fast approaching.  The college is buzzing with energy and events.  There are numerous campus organization events, award ceremonies, athletic events and faculty/staff celebrations.  Please take some time to review the events calendar on the college homepage to stay up to date.  Just a reminder of a few of the activities coming up on campus:

        Cambridge Campus Open House – April 19

        Visual Arts Center Grand Opening – April 21

        Coon Rapids Campus Open House – April 21

        Coon Rapids Campus Spring Picnic – April 27

        Cambridge Campus Spring Picnic – May 3

        Retirement Celebrations – May 5, 6 and 12

        Graduation Commencement – May 13



        Budget Committee Update

        The Budget Committee meeting minutes are available on the ‘N’ drive.  Everyone is encouraged to look at these minutes to better understand the issues and the direction that the committee is recommended.  Minutes can be found HERE



        You are Invited to the Presentation of 2011-12 Interim President

        In anticipation of approval by the Minnesota State Colleges and universities Board of Trustees, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor James H. McCormick, you are invited to the presentation of Jessica M. Stumpf, Interim President - Designate of Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

        Thursday, April 21, 2011.
        8 a.m. Anoka Technical College, Auditorium B
        9:30 a.m. Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Rm
        11:30 a.m. Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus Rm G201


        Two Faculty Members in Keillor Anthology

        Humanities Faculty member, Kirsten Dierking and English Faculty member, Kathryn Kysar have poems in Garrison Keillor's new anthology Good Poems, American Places, a compilations of poetry that has been heard on “A Writer's Almanac.”

        "The Ordinary" by Kirsten was originally published in her book Northern Oracle and "Escape from Paradise, Iowa” by Kathryn first appeared in her book Dark Lake. 

        Congratulations to two talented writers!


        Successful Drive for Books for Africa

        Submitted by Blayn Lemke

        As a part of College Hour and promoted by the faculty development team the Books for Africa drive brought faculty, staff and students together to serve the greater community.  Dozens of faculty and staff donated nearly 300 books to the program.

        Joyce Traczyk, Drew Mattson, John Hennen and I joined students in the collection.

        A special THANK YOU to maintenance and bookstore staff for providing packing boxes and transportation for the books from the Coon Rapids Campus to the Books for Africa St. Paul delivery center.

        As part of the collection event, Sara Schweber, a representative from Books for Africa came to the college and talked about the organization during college hour.

        Students involved included:

        • Shannon Glenn
        • Andy Pomeroy
        • Marie Hanson
        • Malory Cramer
        • Laura Korynta
        • Chris Paris
        • Heidi Witzel

        For more information about Books for Africa, click HERE.

        “Books for Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is transformative. For us, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope.” — Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General

        Student Collecting Books

        Books for Africa, College Hour

        Glenn and Pomeroy


        Group Photo

        Group photo from left includes
        Andy Pomeroy, Chris Paris, Malory Cramer, Marie Hanson, Shannon Glenn, Heidi Witzel and Laura Korynta.

        Student with Books


        April Wellness Works Workshop:  Qigong

        Feel Your Qi, featuring Barb Palmer

        Cambridge Campus                                                                         Coon Rapids Campus
        Tuesday, April 19                                                                           Thursday, April 21
        noon to 1 p.m., G201                                                                     noon to 1 p.m., Mississippi Room            

        Qigong is a simple, easy to learn method that combines breathing, gentle movements, mind/visualization and sound.  It can help you relieve pain, stress, anxiety, depression and many other issues.  In this introduction you will learn the four elements of qigong, several active exercises and tips to help you balance your energy.  Qigong is a form of meditation exercises that help you increase your self-awareness, build internal energy, open your energy channels and balance yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.

        Barb Palmer loves helping others empower themselves using Spring Forest Qigong techniques, so they may experience balance, joy and health.  She teaches qigong at Anoka-Ramsey. Barb volunteers at Pathways, a nonprofit Health Crisis Resource Center in Minneapolis where she teaches and leads practice groups.


        Great Earth Day Events at Cambridge Campus, April 20-23

        Cambridge Campus is hosting a series of free, public events in recognition of Earth Day, April 22.

        Documentary Screening: Tapped

        Wednesday, April 20, 2011
        11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and  3 p.m. to 5p.m.
        Student Cafeteria Lounge

        Tapped is a 2009 documentary by Stephanie Soechtig that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution, U.S. reliance on oil and water as a commodity.

        Documentary Screening: The 11th Hour

        Thursday, April 21
        4 to 6 p.m.
        Student Cafeteria Lounge

        The 11th Hour is a 2007 documentary created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, with contributions from more than 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, that examines global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed. The film also proposes potential solutions to these problems through restorative action.

        Climate Change Panel Discussion: Question the Science

        Thursday April 21, 2011
        6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Panel Presentation (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
        7:30 to 9 p.m.: Audience Questions
        Charles and Juanita Peterson Community Room (Rm. G202)

        Join Dr. John Abraham, Professor of Thermal Sciences, St. Thomas University, and Dr. Kevin Theissen, Professor of Geology, St. Thomas University for the opportunity to ask experts the tough questions about the science of climate change.

        Sponsored by the Cambridge Campus E-Club.

        Earth-Friendly Fair

        Saturday April 23, 2011
        9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine!
        Lower level and Olson Patio

        Join the community to visit Earth-friendly entrepreneurs and displays as well as:

        • Scavenger Hunt for Kids (9 a.m.)
        • Spirit River Nature Walks with Biology Faculty member, Brad Wold
        • Herbarium Tour and Seeding Seminar with Phil Anderson
        • Earth-friendly drawings, including a grand prize of Steger Camuks

        Sponsored by the Cambridge Campus E-Club and Isanti County Environmental Coalition.


        Approval Required for Large Print Jobs in Central Services

        Submitted by Central Services

        Due to imperfect color matching between the software in which a document is created and the final print version, Central Services has had to scrap large print runs because the quality is deemed unsatisfactory. Additional waste results when a typo or other problem is discovered after the completion of a large print run.

        To help avoid these issues and costly re-runs, Central Services has initiated a new step on the Web ticket page.

        Print requests for 100 or more colored copies, now require that the person requesting the job approve a paper proof before the entire job is printed.

        This could add an additional day or two to the completion date of some jobs.

        Thank you, in advance, for helping Anoka-Ramsey be good stewards of college resources and our natural environment.


        Research RAMblings

        Submitted by Nora Morris

        Did you know?

        • 95.6% of all Anoka Ramsey students completing the CCSSE survey said they would recommend ARCC to friends or family! This is higher than both the MnSCU two-year colleges (93.1%) and the national average (94.4%).
        • In 2009, 85.2% of Anoka-Ramsey students said they would rate their Anoka-Ramsey experience as EXCELLENT or GOOD. Part-time students evaluated their experience as Good or Excellent slightly higher than full-time students (88.1% for PT, 81.5% for FT).

        Want to know more? 


        Pause for Appreciation

        Thank you to all who assisted with our National Association of Schools of Music accreditation evaluation April 11 and 12.  Our two visitors from the Commission for Music Accreditation interacted with so many of you directly or indirectly and your support is crucial to this process. Special thanks goes to Jessie [Stumpf], Mike [Seymour], Dee Dee [Peaslee] and Dana [Irgens] from administration, Gina [Pancerella-Willis] and Al [Mamaril] from library, Bryan [Vickstrom] and Nora [Morris] from Institutional Research, Skip Robinson and Sue Groves from Information Technology, Sheila Provost and Central Services staff, Rhonda Kern, Mary Jacobson, Dawn Bushman, Mirela Gluhic, Laurie Lopez, Ed Wilberg, music faculty and staff. Finally, our music majors attended and participated in an hour-long breakfast roundtable discussion with the evaluators and presented a 45-minute recital – again going above and beyond on behalf of the college. 

        We are very proud of our students, faculty and degree program and all shined brightly these two days!

        -Melissa Bergstrom


        Hello, Everyone!

        Our Open House April 5 at Murzyn Hall for the Young Artists' and Authors' Showcase was another successful event thanks to all the wonderful folks who were so willing to assist with this special project.

        We especially appreciate the time, effort, interest and expertise of the Anoka-Ramsey faculty members who were so very helpful with the round of final judging of the Young Authors' essays and poetry.

        The students whose work won recognition were invited to read their essay or poem at the mike at the Open House. Three of them did so; the first place winner was too shy to read her essay, but they were all very excited to receive the honor and attention and cash prizes!

        The volunteer judges for the art work said that their job gets harder every year because the entries display great talent and creativity. We were delighted to hear that all the judges were willing to assist again next year!

        I will arrange to send the first place winner's artwork and all four of the top choices for the Authors' entries to the Sister Cities, International, headquarters in Washington, DC. Our SCI group pays for the entry fees for all of them, plus the packaging and shipping costs via UPS for the artwork.

        There will be another round of judging there to determine the national winners from all the entries received from Sister Cities all over the U.S.

        This was our fifth Showcase for Artists and second Showcase for Authors. We had a nice turnout of attendees. Much credit and appreciation goes to Liz Bray of the Columbia Heights Park and Recreation Department.

        She works very hard with this project, as our members do too,  because it is so very important to encourage our students as they develop their talents and abilities.

        THANK YOU / DZIEKUJE / GRACIAS / GRAZIE -   etc., etc.

         -Dolores Strand, Co-Chair


        Official Announcements


        • Proposal submitted in the March 7, 2011 College Bulletin regarding Policy 2C.1 Satisfactory Academic Progress has been moved to action.


        Decisions based upon discussions at the March 28, 2011 FSGC Meeting:

        • Policy 2C.1 Satisfactory Academic Performance
          • Approved and effective immediately with the following change to existing proposal (page 4):
          • Repeated Courses: Students may repeat a course for the purpose of achieving a higher grade or to review course material. Repeat courses shall be included in the earned completion percentage and maximum time frame calculations. With the exception of those courses designated as repeatable, only the most recent grade of a repeated course shall be used in the GPA calculation.  Students shall not be permitted to receive financial aid for more than one repetition of a previously passed (A, B, C, D, pass) course unless the course was designed to be repeated.
          • Policy 3C.1 Class Size
            • Administration is setting the maximum class size for the following classes:
              • BUS 2010             45
              • BUS 2015             45
              • BUS 2020             45
              • CSCI 1155            30
              • ENGL 2271           27


              Faculty Shared Governance Council Agenda 
              Monday, April 25, 2011
              2 to 4 p.m.

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              Volume XXXIX, No. 38: April 25, 2011

               News from President Jessica Stumpf

              Reminder of Retirement Celebrations

              Documentary Screening of "I'm Not Black, I'm Coloured."

              Science Express Coming to Anoka-Ramsey in May

              Research RAMblings

              Pause for Appreciations

              College of Choice for Faculty & Staff


              News from President Jessica Stumpf

              Visual Arts Center Grand Opening – A Success!

              Students, prospective students, community members, and college employees celebrated the Grand Opening of the Visual Arts Center at the Coon Rapids Campus, April 21. Attendees moved through the various spaces to view demonstrations and enjoy the student and faculty art work. The ceremony focused on appreciating those who made the 29,000 square foot facility a reality, including Mike Seymour, Pat Johns, Roger Freeman, Bob Toensing, Dana Irgens and many more. Thank you to those who worked so hard to make this event a reality.

              Glass Blowing Demonstration Painting Demonstration

              Students demonstrated techniques for various mediums.
              Student Music Group

              Music students performed for the crowd.

              An art student spoke of the amazing difference between learning in the old facility compared to the new.

              Student speaker
              Hors d'oeuvres at Visual Arts Center event

              The various hors d'oeuvres provided by Taher, were excellent!


              Reminder of Retirement Celebrations

              Liz Nist
              Wednesday,May 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
              Coon Rapids Campus, Great River Gallery

              Evelyn Gedde, Cindy Nutter, Phil O’Donnell and Patty Wheeler-Andrews
              Thursday, May 5, 2 to 4 p.m.
              Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room

              Bill Gelle
              Friday, May 6, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
              Coon Rapids Campus, SC270

              Gerald Gelle and Charlie Lancrain
              Thursday, May 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
              Cambridge Campus, G Lobby

              The deadline to donate towards the retiree gifts is Friday, April 29, noon. The list of retirees and the donation locations on the Cambridge/Coon Rapids campuses are listed below:

              Donation Locations/Cambridge

               Educational Services Pam Peterson 
               Information Desk Jason Siems/JoAnn Iskierka

              Donation Locations/Coon Rapids

               Facilities Ed Norton 
               Information Desk Gwen Noel 
               Lower Humanities Robin Johnson 
               Math Skills/Vets Services Lacrestia Anderson
               Nursing Julie Beedle 
               President's Office Kally Kruchten/Dawn Bushman 
               Science Sarah Deering
               Student Life Jennifer Christensen
               Technology Brenda Rustad
               Upper Humanities Laurie Lopez


              Documentary Screening of “I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured”

              In the wake of one of the greatest failed social experiments in the history of mankind, 'I'm not Black, I'm Coloured' is one of the first documentary films to look at the legacy of Apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Coloured.This film was directed by Kiersten Chace. She will be screening a new version of the film and bringing a special guest Lesley Ann Brandt. Please feel free to bring your class, send students for extra credit, come by on a break. We need your audience support.  Refreshments will be provided with this educational event.

              Tuesday, April 26, 2011
              Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
              Location: Coon Rapids
              Room: Legacy Room

              Wednesday, April 27, 2011
              Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
              Location: Cambridge
              Room: TBD 

              Science Express Coming to Anoka-Ramsey in May

              Anoka-Ramsey Community College is partnering with St. Cloud State University to offer the Science Express Mobile Science Lab to our local community partners and constituents. The Science Express was launched in the fall of 2009 to bring hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to K-12 students at schools throughout central Minnesota. To date, the 53-foot long mobile laboratory has served nearly 14,000 students at 29 schools providing hands-on, inquiry-based activities to inspire Minnesota's next generation.

              Please join us for some interactive hands-on activities in order to help promote our science programs. You can visit the science express on any of the days below:

              Schedule of Events

              • Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Opening event for the community/Alumni
              • Monday, May 16, noon to 7 p.m.: K12 admin / faculty
              • Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Anoka-Ramsey Alumni, Business partners
              • Thursday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Faculty and Administration from Metro area MnSCU Institutions –Chancellor McCormick, foundation members, Anoka-Ramsey Advisory Board program advisory boards

              Science Express Mission

              To engage and excite students about science through hands-on activities with research level equipment and facilities.

              Science Express Goals and Outcomes

              • To provide elementary, middle and high school educators across the state with current information, teaching techniques and hands-on experience in biotechnology through relevant, hands-on, inquiry-based experiments that are also fun.
              • To generate interest in and excitement for bioscience in elementary, middle and high school students, encouraging them to choose bioscience careers that meet the critical need for qualified employees.
              • To generate public understanding, enthusiasm and support for bioscience.
              • To develop a Strategic Alliance for Bioscience Research and Education that leverages Minnesota’s Bioscience community, and MnSCU’s capacity to support statewide bioscience outreach to invite, engage and inspire Minnesota’s future.

              Research RAMblings

              Submitted by Nora Morris

              Did you know?

              The fastest growing racial/ethnic group in Minnesota between 2000 and 2010 was Hispanic or Latino which grew by 75% to 4.7% of the population?

              The population in Anoka county grew 11% between 2000 and 2010. During the same time period the population in Isanti county grew by 20.9%?

              Want to know more? 


              Pause for Appreciation

              Chuck [Cole] is always making sure that the Professional Training is cleaned and ready to go for the day’s classes.  Chuck has strong communication skills, prompt response and pleasant to be around.  Thanks Chuck

              -Celena Monn


              Thanks to all who helped with the Open House last evening!  A special thanks to maintenance for all the set-ups and take downs!

              -Cindi Gilbert


              Thank you on behalf of the Admission Staff for a wonderful Open House last night!

              We estimate that just over 150 people attended. A big thanks to those who helped made the event possible by taking time from busy schedules. These events are great opportunities to interact with the community we serve. Mark your calendars now for the Fall Open House on Thursday, October 20!

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

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

              -Genna Anderson


              Thank you to those who were able to make the immigration discussion Thursday, April 21.  It was absolutely fascinating, disturbing and inspirational all in the same breath! My students were very engaged and interested in Salima's presentation, and they had many questions that she graciously answered in detail. 

              I certainly hope to have Salima back next semester to speak to Anoka-Ramey faculty, staff and students!  I also wanted to acknowledge Marcellus Davis' hand in making this possible. After I discussed this idea with him a few months ago, Marcellus connected me with Salima and did the legwork to get her here. So, thank you so much, Marcellus! I feel so fortunate to work in a place where endeavors like these are possible.

              -Shannon Kirkeide


              College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

              Faculty Development Fund Approvals

              • Nigar Alam, 3/26/2011, MNCPA Minnesota Society of CPAs, $115
              • Nina Bohrod, 4/28-30/2011, MinnMATYC Conference, $335
              • Bruce Bordwell, 4/28-30/2011, MinnMATYC Conference, $238
              • Jennifer Braido, 5/23/2011, Creating Engaged Communities: The Role of Service-Learning Conference, $96
              • Kirsten Dierking, 3/25-26/2011, NEA Higher Education Conference, $122
              • Jennifer Friestad, 4/19-22/2011, NBEA National Conference, $200
              • Kathleen Hoffman, 3/22/2011, Professional Organization Subscription, $50
              • Roger Larson, 2011, MinnMATYC Membership, $20
              • Roger Larson, 4/28-30/2011, MinnMATYC Conference, $610
              • Kendra Miller, APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Pyschology, APA Division 46: Media Psychology, and Society for Consumer Psychology, $100
              • Richard Perkins, 5/24-28/2011, International Trumpet Guild Conference, $462
              • Janine Regnier, 4/28-30/2011, MinnMATYC Conference, 4/28-30/2011, $406
              • Margaret Bess Vincent, 4/7/2011, Dissertation, $313

              Wellness Fund Approvals

              • Ann Kinkel, $100
              • Roberta McDonald, $100
              • Jillayn Quaschnick, $100
              • Joyce Traczyk, $100

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