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August 2010

 Issue No. 3: Aug. 9, 2010

 Issue No. 4: Aug. 16, 2010

 Issue No. 5: Aug. 23, 2010

Issue No. 6: Aug. 30, 2010

Volume XXXVIII, No. 3: August 9, 2010

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Recap TRiO - Upward Bound Summer 2010

Golf Event Scores Big for Scholarships

Speech Faculty Completes Graduate Certificate

College Welcomes New Technology Employee

Social Amenities Needs Your Help

Cambridge Campus Fitness Center Open

Cambridge Campus Library Hours

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Congratulations to Robert Cancino being named the Coon Rapids Campus Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Advisor for Anoka-Ramsey Community College. I would also like to thank others from the college who indicated an interest in working with the PTK organization.  It is heartwarming to see your dedication to student success!



Recap TRiO – Upward Bound Summer 2010

Submitted by Ryan O’Donovan

The TRiO – Upward Bound program at the Cambridge Campus recently completed the annual summer program. Approximately 45 students participated in academic classes on campus and cultural and volunteer activities at various off-campus sites.

Recent high school graduates participated in a six-week, three credit college course titled, PSYC 1115, Stress Management. Instructor Jennifer Liberty-Clark added OnCourse principles to regular course curriculum to encourage students to take responsibility for their academic success. In addition, TRiO Advisor Leah Lenneman was a supplemental instructor to help support enrolled TRiO students.  The students learned course content and college course expectations intended to help them when they start as full-time college students this fall.

Students currently in grades 9 to 11 participated in five weeks of high school-level courses in English, Spanish, Math and Physics at the Cambridge Campus. The instruction was designed to enhance student’s current knowledge and prepare them for the appropriate level of instruction in the upcoming school year.

All students were invited to participate in a weekly campus visit or cultural activity. This year students chose two of the following colleges to visit: Augsburg, Century College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Coon Rapids Campus, and/or Anoka Technical College. Students also attended a college fair and a Lynx game at the Target Center, and each participated in a volunteer project in partnership with Isanti County Parks.

The summer program concluded with a cultural trip to Chicago, Ill. where students explored the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, multiple ethnic neighborhoods, Skydeck, National Museum of Mexican Art, Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. During the trip students also took campus tours at Winona State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 TRiO Group at the Big Bean in Chicago

TRiO students view their reflections in a sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park during a cultural trip this summer.


Golf Event Scores Big for Scholarships!

Submitted by Evelyn Gedde, Director of Institutional Advancement

The 19th annual golf scholarship fundraiser, sponsored by the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation and Mall of America, enjoyed great success on July 27 at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in spite of the challenging economy and very hot, humid weather!

The event grossed over $18,000.  Of that, $1,565 was sold in mulligan and raffle holes, plus the new money ball game brought in another $340. Only 86 golfers played this year, but by minimizing expenses and maximizing game revenue, the $11,820 profit margin equals or surpasses many of the past years. 

Congratulations to the best scoring foursomes and individual contest winners, who received trophies.  Following are the winners:

  • First Place Team—CDW-G: Mark Lindell, Sheila Provost, Steve Tatge, Joyce Traczyk
  • Second Place Team—Northeast Bank:  Tim Chies, Larry Crane, Mark Ethen, Scott Hudson
  • Third Place Team: Cisco—Robert Conrad, Mike Seymour, Paul Thon, Steve Velner
  • Longest Drive—Men: Larry Crane
  • Longest Drive—Women: Joyce Traczyk
  • Longest Putt—Men:  Rich Moore
  •  Longest Putt—Women:  Pam Westlund
  • Closest to Pin—Men:  Tim Chies
  • Closest to Pin—Women:  Cheryl Lombardi

Mall of America, whose marketing director is an Anoka-Ramsey alumnus, was the event sponsor.  Carlson Toyota provided a car for the hole-in-one; unfortunately, there was no lucky winner.  Inspec, Inc. was the cart sponsor.  Sixteen businesses sponsored tee hole signs. Many businesses donated items for the gift bags, raffle and door prizes. All golfers received gift bags, in addition to the free cart and a coupon for a free round of golf at Majestic Oaks. 

Thank you to Michael Wall, Anoka-Ramsey Alumni Director, who managed this event on behalf of the foundation, and to Suzanne Stiff for her support work. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with registration; photography; set-up; and raffle, mulligan, and moneyball sales. The volunteers included: Sandi Hitch, Darlene Woolsey, Shirley Andreason, Marge Christensen, Norma Paulson and several foundation scholarship recipients.

Net proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for Coon Rapids Campus students in 2010-2011. In 2009-2010, more than $151,800 was spent on scholarships—a record high!  With Anoka-Ramsey’s continued enrollment growth and tuition increases, scholarships are extremely important to helping our students achieve their goals. Thank you to everyone who supports the foundation and its scholarship program!


Speech Faculty Completes Graduate Certificate

Speech Communication Instructor, Godwin Saporu, M.A., JD completed a Graduate Certificate in Communication Education in May 2010 from Minnesota State University - Mankato with 21 graduate credits and a GPA of 4.0.

The certificate focuses on effective methods and techniques for teaching communication in the college classroom. In the process of completing the certificate, Godwin wrote a research paper titled, "Why did I get a C? The Interactionist Approach to Student-Teacher Grade-Related Argumentativeness" which is currently being reviewed for publication.

Congratulations, Godwin!

If you or one of your colleagues have completed further studies, or have work that is being published, please let us know!


College Welcomes New Technology Employee

Anoka-Ramsey recently welcomed Rita Resendiz as the new Academic Technology Designer.

In this position, Rita will train faculty and staff in a variety of academic technologies, serve as backup to the D2L administrator, support faculty in using technologies in the classroom, research new technologies, and much more.

Located at the Coon Rapids Campus, Rita comes to the position after nearly 20 years at the University of Minnesota in multiple positions and locations: a Web and Academic Technologist (Crookston, 1991-1997), a Web Coordinator (Center for Transportation Studies, 1997-1999), and a Web and Academic Technologist (Humphrey Center, 1999-2010).

Along with her extensive experience, Rita holds a bachelor of science in Information Management Systems; from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and a master of education in Instructional Systems and Technology, from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“Anoka-Ramsey is close to my house and I wanted to work in a smaller close-knit community,” Rita says about accepting the position. “I hope to help faculty incorporate technologies in the classroom that will reach the greatest number of learners.”

A resident of Coon Rapids, Rita enjoys mountain climbing, rugged hiking, camping in deep wilderness, mountain biking, target shooting, trap shooting, sporting clays, hunting in Minnesota and Wyoming, extreme physical fitness, canoeing, dancing and, of course, learning new technologies.

Welcome, Rita!


Social Amenities Needs Your Help

Social Amenities is committed to providing support for faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus in times of sickness, sorrow and joy. Plants and/or cards are sent to those who are hospitalized, have experienced the birth or adoption of a child, or have lost a family member. Cards are also sent to those who have been out due to illness for an extended period of time. Social Amenities would not be possible without the thoughtfulness and generosity of the faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus.

Social Amenities needs your help to keep the program going strong. You may make a donation to the Social Amenities group in any amount. Checks may be sent via interoffice mail (please make checks payable to Social Amenities) or may be dropped off in person in the Human Resources Department with Lisa Waggoner.

The guidelines that were established for acknowledging events are as follows:

  1. Cards are sent to employees and retirees who experience the following:
  • Birth/adoption of a child
  • Death of sibling, grandparent or in-law
  • Marriage
  • Hospitalization and/or sick leave of employee

     2.   Memorials/plants are sent for the following:

  • Death of employee ($100)
  • Death of employee’s spouse or child ($50)
  • Death of employee’s parent ($40)
  • Death of retiree ($40)

If you are aware of any of these events in a colleague’s life, please notify Lisa Waggoner so that appropriate acknowledgement is sent on behalf of the Social Amenities group.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!


Cambridge Campus Fitness Center Open

Beginning Tuesday, July 20, 11 a.m., the Cambridge Campus Fitness Center will be open and staffed for remainder of summer semester: Monday – Thursday,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Cambridge Campus Library Hours

The Cambridge Campus library hours for the remainder of August are as follows:

  • Closed: Aug. 6—17
  • Open:
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 19: 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 20: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regular semester hours resume Monday, Aug. 23. Saturday hours will not begin until Sept. 11.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Social Amenities

  • A card was sent to Brenda Meyer.
  • A card was sent to Kelly Torok-Linder.


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Volume XXXVIII, No. 4: August 16, 2010

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Student Handbook Changes to Planner, Promote Retention

College Welcomes New Faculty

College Welcomes New Director of Program Development

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Final Week Before Fall Semester      

It is extremely busy in all the office areas as final preparations for Fall Semester take place. Thank you Anoka-Ramsey staff for your dedication in dealing with the increased number prospects and students who are feeling the pressure of the fall start. I am impressed with how smoothly you have handled the large numbers. KUDOS!

Development Days  This Week

I look forward to meeting many of you who will return to campus for Development Days this week after your summer break.

Although there are many departments that must be staffed on Thursday morning during the Development Days’ events, I encourage all staff in other departments to attend the Thursday morning session. We will recognize our employees for long-term service, present the State of the College, and talk about the responsibility and opportunities for all faculty and staff to engage with students.


Student Handbook Changes to Planner, Promote Retention

The 2010-2011 Anoka-Ramsey Community College “Student Planner” (formerly the “Student Handbook”), has been redesigned to better promote retention by serving as a valuable, user-friendly tool for students. The Planner will be handed out to students during Welcome Week on both campuses.  If you’re interested in viewing a copy, please contact the Student Life Office at x1320.

The revised, four-color Planner features:

  • A structure based on the Web site structure, allowing students to move easier between the publication and the Web
  • Easy-to-read, comprehensive semester overview calendars on the inside covers
  • Monthly and weekly planning calendars with college events, reminders and activities to encourage participation
  • Less Policies and Procedures (driving students to the Web site for this information, if needed)
  • Expanded Life Outside the Classroom and Student Resources sections to encourage student participation/retention
  • Encouraging/supportive checklists and tips for success
  • Engaging photos                    

After this major revision, the production of the 2011-2012 Planner should go much more smoothly and return to a release in April.

Tina Perpich and Jeff Knight are the drivers behind this extensive redesign. A huge thank you to Tina and Jeff for making this happen!


College Welcomes New Faculty

College Welcomes Alumna to Nursing Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey is welcoming Kathleen Johnson this fall semester as a Nursing faculty member.

A member of the Special Populations team, Kathleen will co-teach the Nursing Special Population courses including Mental Health Nursing, Pediatrics and Obstetric's and Gynecology.  She will be the Obstetric's and Gynecologic specialist.

Working primarily from the Coon Rapids Campus, Kathleen comes to the position after working as a Woman's Health nurse practitioner in private practice since 1991. Prior to that, she was a Labor and Delivery nurse, and a Medical, Surgical and Oncology staff nurse.

Kathleen is a Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and holds a master of science in Nursing from Drexel University in Penn; a bachelor of science from Minnesota State University -Mankato; and, of course, an associate in science in Nursing and an associate in arts from Anoka-Ramsey.  As of Aug. 23, she will begin a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of South Alabama.

In her position, Kathleen hopes to prepare strong nurses for the next generation.

A resident of St. Paul, Kathleen is the proud mother of two adult children. Her 22-year-old daughter who, after graduating from college in May, moved to Maine for two years to work on her master's degree in Forestry at University of Maine-Orono. Her 24-year-old son served in the military for four years including two tours in Iraq. He will be a college sophomore at University of Wisconsin Steven's Point this fall.

Welcome, Kathleen!

College Welcomes New Adjunct Business Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey Community College welcomes Adjunct instructor, Lisa Giaimo to teach BUS 2010.30 Introduction to Human Resources and BUS 2144.30 Principles of Advertising this fall semester.

Operating primarily from the Coon Rapids Campus to facilitate learning in an online environment, Lisa comes to the position with more than 20 years experience in hospitality in various positions such as sales, marketing, operations, training and human resources in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Lisa holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communications from the Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington IL, and a master of management degree in Management from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.

“I work full-time in my career field in a very challenging position and have a busy home life with four active boys,” says Lisa of her new position. “Teaching allows me to recharge my energy and enthusiasm by providing me with the opportunity to be a lifelong learner.”

A resident of Maple Grove, Rita hopes to learn and apply new skills to online facilitation.

She is married with four boys ages 13, 8, 8 and 6 as well as and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, spending time with my family and traveling.

Welcome, Lisa!

College Welcomes New Business Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey is welcoming Karna Kurtz this fall semester as a new adjunct Business faculty member.

Karna will teach several courses including Introduction to Business, Introduction to Human Resources and Written Business Communication.

Based at the Cambridge Campus but teaching at both campuses, Karna comes to the position with many years experience in human resources and running her business, as well as customized training development and delivery.

Karna sees her new position at Anoka-Ramsey as a “unique opportunity.”

“I believe in education and lifelong education,” says Karna. “I think everyone should learn and continue to learn.”

She plans to assist students in achieving their academic goals and instill a love of life-long learning.

Outside the classroom, Karna enjoys the outdoors and many hand crafts.

Welcome, Karna!

College Welcomes New BMED Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey is welcoming Susan Trahan this fall semester as an adjunct faculty member for BMED 2100 Development and Manufacturing of Medical Devices courses at the Coon Rapids Campus.

Susan comes to the position with more than 20 years of engineering and management experience in the medical device industry.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

"I've always wanted to teach at a college and so when the opportunity presented itself I needed to give it a try," Susan says of her new position. She hopes to learn new things while sharing her experience in the medical device industry with students.

A resident of St. Louis Park, Susan loves to be active and outdoors and enjoys sports like kayaking and skiing. She also likes cooking, entertaining friends and meeting new people.

Welcome, Susan!


College Welcomes Director of Program Development

Anoka-Ramsey recently welcomed Michael Werner as the new Director of Program Development.

Working with staff and faculty on academic program development, Michael will direct programs and courses at off-campus locations, concurrent enrollment programs, articulation agreements with other institutions of higher education and oversee the North Branch Teacher Partnership.

Michael comes to the position after working as a Coordinator of Learning Services at the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes at the University of Minnesota from 2006 to 2010. In that role, he oversaw all tutorial and learning programs and served as a general academic resource for more than 750 student-athletes.

He holds a bachelor of arts (2001) and a master of education (2003) from the University of Notre Dame.

Working primarily from the Coon Rapids Campus, Michael hopes to continue the growth at Anoka-Ramsey of all the programs he directs while collaborating with faculty, staff, and administrators to determine other ways to best meet student academic needs.

“As a large, well-known community college in the metro area, Anoka-Ramsey is poised to do great things in the future for the citizens of Minnesota,” says Michael. “I jumped at the opportunity to take this position and oversee programs that provide access to as many students as possible and build momentum for more great things for our state. So far, my experiences here have been terrific and my excitement to be a member of the Anoka-Ramsey community grows everyday!”

A resident of Northeast Minneapolis, Michael has been married for three-and-a-half years and the couple is in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia. He enjoys spending time outdoors, travelling both domestically and abroad, spending time with family and friends, reading and cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during football season.

Welcome, Michael!


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Kristin Klamm-Doneen, 9/11-10/30/2010, Dissertation Consultation and Curriculum Development per Approved Sabbatical, $1,532 (Revised)
  • M. Bess Vincent, Dissertation Proposal Defense, 8/19/2010, $482


Pause for Appreciation

The Art and Music faculty (and I) would you like to graciously thank the Facilities Team and Erick Wiger for their diligence in moving all Art equipment, furniture and supplies into the Visual Arts Center.  During this week of extreme heat and humidity, you took the time to communicate with faculty on placement of items and worked in an incredibly efficient manner given a very tight timeline. 

Thank you for your continuous hard work.  It has been instrumental in getting classes started in the VAC on Day 1 of fall semester.

-Dana Irgens


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Volume XXXVIII, No. 5: August 23, 2010

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Student Success Institute at College

College Welcomes New Math Faculty

College Welcomes New Nursing Faculty

College Welcomes New Philosophy Instructor

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Thank You to all who worked so hard to organize the 2010 Faculty Development Days, Aug. 19-20! I enjoyed the successful two-day event, especially meeting so many faculty and staff. Your warm reception has made me feel very welcome here at Anoka-Ramsey. I look forward to a productive and exciting school year!

I also have to call special attention those busy offices that have carried the burden of the increased enrollments, preparing to enter college this fall. I am impressed with your teamwork and positive approach with so many students who are rushing and under stress.  Your work allows the college to continue to grow during these fiscally difficult times.

Thank you the staff in Cambridge and Coon Rapids who work in:

  • Financial Aid
  • Counseling & Advising
  • Records & Registration
  • Business Office
  • Bookstore
  • Call Center
  • Information Center
  • Operators
  • Testing Center


Congratulations Academic Support (Tutoring Centers)

Anoka-Ramsey’s excellent tutoring programs at the Cambridge and Coon Rapids Campuses have earned the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certifications authorizing them to certify tutors at Level I and Level II/Advanced. Each certification level requires tutors to complete mandatory training on a variety of topics, which includes content and process, as well as several hours of face-to-face tutoring time. Thank you and congratulations to all of the staff, students, and faculty who have helped to make our tutoring programs successful! 


Student Success Institute at College

In 2008, frustrated watching capable students struggle, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Psychology instructor, Jennifer Liberty-Clark attended a well-regarded, national training session on student success called On Course. Last week, Liberty-Clark joined colleagues from Bemidji State University, St. Cloud Technical College and Inver Hills Community College to host a mini On Course institute for more than 120 faculty members from the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system.

“We are all here to help students succeed,” says Jennifer. “I wanted to share this phenomenal program with more instructors throughout the system to help with that goal.”

On Course is currently used at more than 350 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, and producing tremendously positive changes in students’ ability to succeed in college.

Based on the well-researched habits of struggling students, On Course leads students through processes of self-reflection, contemplation, journal writing, and sharing with others in class to learn the tools they need to become successful students, such as

  1. self-responsibility
  2. self-motivation
  3. self-management
  4. interdependence
  5. self-awareness
  6. life-long learning
  7. emotional intelligence
  8. believe in themselves

“Thank you to Jennifer Liberty-Clark, Lisa Harris, Jill Gromberg, Shannon Kirkeide, and Kim Lynch for their hard work in coordinating this outstanding event and congratulations on a job well done,” adds  DeeDee Peaslee, college Dean and Chief Academic Officer.

For more information about On Course, contact faculty members, Jennifer Liberty-Clark (Cambridge Campus) at x1853 or Kathryn Markell (Coon Rapids Campus) at x1342.


Cambridge Campus Art Committee

The following individuals will represent their constituent group on the Cambridge Campus Art Committee:

  • Chair – Marko Marian
  • Faculty – Mark Widdel
  • President’s Council – Dana Irgens
  • Staff – Crystal Nelson
  • Students – Kirsten Kennedy

Thank you to those who volunteered, or were nominated, to serve the college in this capacity!


College Welcomes Math Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey welcomes Janine Regnier as a new Mathematics Instructor. Along with teaching Mathematics courses, Janine will work with the department on designated goals.

Prior to accepting this position, Janine taught Math at Princeton High School for five years teaching courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. She was also a part time Math Instructor at Century College in White Bear Lake.

Janine holds a Master in Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor in Science in Mathematics from St. Cloud State University, as well as a Master in Science in Mathematics from Bemidji State University.

In her new position, Janine plans to be a "positive addition to the Mathematics Department and contribute to the team."

"I was looking for a career shift and Anoka-Ramsey seemed like a pleasant place to work."

A resident of St. Cloud, Janine says she is a quiet, reserved person until she get to know people. With her boyfriend Jason, she enjoys traveling (via motorcycle to Sturgis twice), boating, grilling, biking, skiing and enjoys the company of friends and family. She loves Gray's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives and is looking forward to their return this fall.

Welcome, Janine! 


College Welcomes New Nursing Faculty

Anoka-Ramsey welcomes Jennifer Tucker as a new full-time Nursing faculty member in charge of Special Populations courses. In her new position, Jennifer will be in the classroom and lab and provide clinical instruction.

Prior to accepting this position, Jennifer worked four years as a registered nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Hennepin County Medical Center.

She holds a master in arts in Nursing from St. Catherine University and a bachelor of science in Nursing from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisc.

Based at the Cambridge Campus, Jennifer hopes to “instill in the learners an interest in the subject matter and a passion for the nursing profession that they can carry into their professional lives.”

“I came to Anoka-Ramsey because many co-workers and nursing colleagues told me about the excellent nursing program at this college and I wanted to be a part of it.”

A resident of Coon Rapids, Jennifer enjoys photography, various crafts, travel, and spending time with her family in Wisconsin.

Welcome, Jennifer!


College Welcomes Philosophy Instructor

Anoka-Ramsey welcomes Ryan McCabe as a new Philosophy Instructor at the Coon Rapids Campus.

Previously, Ryan has taught at the University of Kansas, Rockhurst University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Johnson County Community College.

He holds a bachelor of arts in Philosophy and Religion from the University of Northern Iowa and a master of arts from University of Kansas, and is currently working on a PhD (ABD) at the University of Kansas

In his new position, Ryan hopes to help students increase their critical thinking by examining philosophical belief systems.

“I really like the location and the people at Anoka-Ramsey,” Ryan says about accepting the position.     

A resident of Plymouth, Ryan enjoys many outdoor activities and reading.

Welcome, Ryan!


Official Announcements


  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 1A.9 Environmental Health and Safety  RATIONALE: Update smoking locations and designate tobacco use boundaries based on Tobacco Use Task Force recommendations.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page until Sept. 2, 2010.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Social Amenities

  • A card was sent to Daniel Noraker.


Pause for Appreciation

I would like to thank the entire maintenance staff for all of the hard work in moving the Art Department into their new building.

We had a very tight timeline and these guys were so on the ball.

I could not have assembled the darkroom without them and I am very grateful. Their dedication to quality, the care they took in moving equipment under difficult circumstances is amazing.

Thanks Again!

-Laura Migliorino

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Volume XXXVIII, No. 6: August 30, 2010

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Congratulations, Jill Gromberg!

College Hosts Masters Ceramics Symposium Sept. 9, 10

College Welcomes New Customer Service Intermittent in Records

Upcoming Multicultural Events

Fall Fitness Center Hours (Cambridge Campus)

Official Announcements


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Instances of Random Acts of Kindness on Campus

Several kind acts were spotted on campus recently. I’m sure there are many more stories like these, and I would love to hear about them. If you witness people going out of their way to help others, please share your story with Kally Kruchten who will place these items in the College Bulletin.

  • Mark Widdel, faculty, stood in the long line to purchase a book for a student who could not afford it.
  • Jason Siems, staff, assisted a student with his motorcycle.
  • Mike Thayer, staff, picked up a student’s online book order so she didn’t have to stand in line.
  • Student (name unknown) offered a fellow student $10 for books he couldn’t pay for.
  • Staff from all over the college assisted their coworkers in the bookstore during the fall rush.


Foundation Annual Meetings

It was a joy to attend the Cambridge Campus Foundation annual meeting, Aug. 24 and the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation annual meeting, Aug. 25. The two foundations have very active volunteer board members who work very hard on behalf of our students. Thank you John and Sue Carlson for hosting the Cambridge Foundation event; Aleesha Kveton and Kevin Webb for hosting the Coon Rapids event; and Evelyn Gedde and the Institutional Advancement staff for preparing the meetings. I look forward to attending future events organized by these foundations!


Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Welcomes New Faculty from Cambridge Campus

President Jessie Stumpf was the guest speaker (shown below) during the Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti’s luncheon, Aug. 27. The event is designed to welcome new teachers hired for the 2010-2011 school year, and included introductions of Anoka-Ramsey’s new full-time faculty from the Cambridge Campus.

 College Dean, Deidra Peaslee

Chief Academic Office, Deidra Peaslee introduced the new faculty from the Cambridge Campus during the Rotary Luncheon, Aug. 27.

President Jessie Stumpf


Congratulations, Jill Gromberg!

Congratulations to Jill Gromberg on being chosen most honored faculty member by the Coon Rapids Campus faculty members. The award was presented to Jill at the faculty pot luck, Aug. 20.  This award recognizes Jill on her outstanding service to the college and Faculty Association.

Faculty President, Kelly Befus and Honored Faculty Member, Jill Gromberg

Left to right:  Kelly Befus, Coon Rapids Faculty President, and Jill Groberg (Health Instructor), Coon Rapids MSCF Most Honored Faculty for 2010.


College Hosts Masters Ceramics Symposium Sept. 9, 10

The Art Department will host the 2010 Masters of Ceramics Symposium, Sept. 9 and 10, in the college’s new Visual Arts Center at the Coon Rapids Campus. The Masters of Ceramics Symposium 2010 is intended to engage Ceramic students and Faculty members from high schools, community colleges and universities, as well as the general public in the discussion and appreciation of this noteworthy art.

Minnesota Ceramics: An Evolving Legacy symposium will feature:

  • Demonstrations by internationally-renowned ceramic artists, Sam Chung and Julia Galloway.
  • An exhibit by Minnesota ceramic educators to display the versatile creativity of Minnesota’s ceramic educator-artists.
  • An exhibit by Minnesota college students.
  • A lecture by Grant Goltz on the indigenous clay of this region.
  • A panel discussion led by Randy Johnston on Minnesota’s vibrant ceramic craft history.

Panel members to date include: Marcia Anderson, Peter Leach, Robert Silberman and Mary Swartout

For more information, including updates and registration details, contact Mark Lambert


College Welcomes New Customer Service Intermittent in Records

The Cambridge Campus welcomes Victoria Gartner as a Customer Service Intermittent in the Records Department.

Victoria comes to the position with a history of customer service at printing companies. She holds an Electronic Publishing Specialist degree,  and has taken Anoka-Ramsey classes and professional training.

“I am very familiar with busy work schedules, fast turnaround times and necessity of being accurate with information,” Victoria says of her new position. “I also enjoy the college atmosphere and assisting students.”

She hopes to assist the Records Department to continue to run efficiently and provide a positive experience for students.

A resident of the Burns Township in Anoka, Victoria is married with two children. She enjoys gardening, being outdoors, keeping busy and learning new things.

Welcome Victoria!


Upcoming Multicultural Events

Rethinking Native American Nicknames, Logos, and Mascot’s

Presented by: Dr. Donna Brown

Wednesday, Sept.15, 2010: Coon Rapids Campus, 9 to 11 a.m.; Cambridge Campus, noon to 2 p.m.

Dr. Donna Brown worked 15 years for University of North Dakota. She will share some of her experiences and thoughts about the recent controversial decision to change the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux logo.


Is the Price Paid for Many of the World’s Diamonds Worth the Human Lives that are Lost?

The Story of Sierra Leone’s Blood Diamonds without Leonardo DiCaprio.

Presented by Lynn Davis

Thursday, September 16, 2010: Coon Rapids Campus, 10 a.m. to noon;
Cambridge Campus, 1 to 3 p.m.

Many wonder what blood diamonds are and how we are connected to them. Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army's war efforts, or a warlord's activity (usually in Africa). Davis will share her first hand experience of growing up in Sierra Leone and her story of being a mother of three surviving during the war.


Fall Fitness Center Hours (Cambridge Campus)

  • Monday:  10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Gym:  Monday and Wednesday: 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Official Annoucements


  • Proposal submitted regarding Policy 4L.1 Use of Volunteers  RATIONALE: Adopt complementary policy and procedure for MnSCU Board Procedure 4.0.1 Use of Volunteers.

The policy proposal can be viewed for comments at the Policy and Procedure Comment Page.


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