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July 2010

 Issue No. 1: July 6, 2010

 Issue No. 2: July 26, 2010

Volume XXXVIII, No. 1: July 6, 2010

 Message from Jessica "Jessie" Stumpf, Anoka-Ramsey President

College Logo Reminder

Kid U Wish List

Walk-In Placement Testing (Accuplacer) - Coon Rapids Campus

Official Announcements

 College of Choice for Faculty and Staff


Message from Jessica "Jessie" Stumpf, Anoka-Ramsey President

What a Pleasure!

It is my distinct pleasure to begin my position as the Interim President of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with all of you, the staff and faculty of this highly-regarded organization, led by the distinguished Dr. Patrick Johns for the past 22 years. Although my term is temporary, I will dedicate my full attention and energy to supporting the great work that all of you are in the midst of or plan to initiate in the coming year.

Supporting TEACHING and LEARNING in the MnSCU community and technical college arena is the focus of my career that has included serving as a staff member, faculty member and administrator at several institutions. I am currently on leave from my position as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southeast Technical College.

Thank you for the kind welcome that so many of you have extended during my introduction and first few days on campus. There is a sense of a cohesive culture on both campuses that I look forward to becoming a part of. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me via email or call the President's Office at 763-433-1120.

 Interim President, Dr. Jessica Stumpf


College Logo Reminder

Remember to update all of your print material and electronic documents with the correct college logo.

How to Access

You may access the college logo and the standards guide HERE.  N:\ARCC Public\Logos . If you are placing the logo into a Microsoft WORD or Publisher document, the .PNG version is recommended. If you need assistance, please contact the Marketing and Public Relations staff.


Kid U Wish List

It’s that time of year again that Kid U is looking for dislocated “junk/treasures” and we are in need of your assistance in the matter .

Listed below are some items (but NOT limited to) that we are looking for. But, by all means, if you have something that you think would be our “treasure” please feel free to donate or email me to see if we could use. It would be GREAT if we had these items ASAP, but will still graciously accept them anytime. Items may be dropped off in F203 starting Monday, June 28. I thank you in advance for all your “junk” our “treasure” donations!

Dried Flowers


Miniatures/Dice/Game Pieces

Cello Bags

Brown Paper Bags

Medium Sized Baskets

Game Boards

Small Pretty (cosmetic) Boxes/Tins

Small Jars & Bottles (up to 6 oz.)

Sea Shells

Soap Dishes

Plates/Dishes (preferably colorful) to be used for Mosaic (ok if broken)

Shoe Boxes

Altoid Cans

Stones/Jewels (for Mosaic & Gardening)

Tokens/Poker Chips/anything to use for game pieces

Math Games


Wine Bottle Corks/Cork Board or Mats

Plastic Bowls


Heavy Plastic (ex. Tablecloths, shower curtains)

Styrofoam Balls

Pie/Cake Tins (Bakers Square type)


2 Liter Bottles

Paper Towel/TP Tubes

Large Pine Cones

Plastic Milk Jugs

Old Jewelry

Old Buttons

Spray Paint (all colors)

Old China (ok if broken)

Dowel (1/8”, ¼”, 1”

Tea Cups/Saucers/Plates

Wire Hangers

Clear Glasses


Old Linens

Pots for Plants (any size, any kind)

Pipe Cleaners

Coffee Filters


Walk-In Placement Testing (Accuplacer) - Coon Rapids Campus

Please share with prospective students.

July 19 to the Start of Fall Semester

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

        (*No walk-ins after 2:30 p.m.)

  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        (*No walk-ins after 4 p.m.)

  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

        (*No walk-ins after 9 a.m.)

 Testing Center is located in Room SC118.

  • Testers will need to present a photo ID and your Student ID number at the time of testing. 
  • Student ID numbers may be obtained at the Records Office. 


Official Announcements

Ten Day Letter


Decisions based upon discussions at the April 24, 2010 Faculty Shared Governance Council Meeting:

Faculty Facilitators/Coordinators

The following policies are approved and effective immediately:

  • 2A.1 Data Practices Policy
  • 3E.1 Admission Policy
  • 4K.1 Distinguished Retiree Award Policy
  • 8A.2 Campus Sale of Goods Policy


  • Proposal submitted in the College Bulletin regarding March 8, 2010 2A.1 Data Practices Policy has been moved to action.
  • Proposal submitted in the College Bulletin regarding January 19, 2010 3E.1 Admission Policy has been moved to action.
  • Proposal submitted in the April 12, 2010 College Bulletin regarding 8A.2 Campus Sale of Goods Policy has been moved to action.
  • Proposal submitted in the April 19, 2010 College Bulletin regarding 4K.1 Distinguished Retiree Award Policy has been moved to action.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development Fund Approvals

  • Kristin Klamm-Doneen, 9/11-10/3/2010, Consultation for Curriculum Development per Approved Sabbatical, $1,432

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Elvira Martin, Spring Semester 2010, Books and Fees, $383.98
  • Jessica Traver, Spring Semester 2010, Tuition, $600

Social Amenities

  • A card was sent to Scott Bay.

Sunshine Committee

  • A card and fruit basket were sent to Gena Carlson.
  • A card and gift-card were sent to Dana Gangl.
  • A card and gift-card were sent to Linda Coleman.
  • A card and gift-card were sent to Gerald Gelle.
  • A donation was made to the Misewich Memorial Scholarship Fund for Bob Misewich.


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Volume XXXVIII, No. 2: July 26, 2010

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Reminder: Standard Service Hours Begin Monday, August 16, 2010 

Longer College Services in the Evening and Weekend

OnCourse Mini Institute

Fall 2010 Promotional Resource Guide Hits Mailboxes

Retention Through Service Learning

Integrative Health & Healing Instructor Publishes Promotional Article

Broadband Grant Awarded to Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Facilities Master Plan

Anoka-Ramsey Construction Update

College Welcomes New Financial Aid Officer

College Welcomes New Student Success Advisors

August Food Service and Catering Schedule

Official Announcements

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 Pause for Appreciation


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to join all of you at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as we wrap up summer semester and work through the surge leading up to the fall 2010 start. I appreciate the kind welcome during my first month on the job and look forward to meeting many of you during the upcoming Faculty Development Days, Aug. 19-20.

This year’s faculty development activities are designed to re-affirm our focus on student retention including ideas and structures to incorporate into your current repertoire that will actively engage students. In addition, the special OnCourse Mini Institute, Aug. 13, is encouraged for those faculty interested in another tool to enhance student success in the classroom.

Faculty Development Days

Thursday, Aug.19

All Anoka-Ramsey faculty assemble at the Coon Rapids Campus at 8 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). All employees are welcome to enjoy a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. (both campuses). The agenda begins promptly at 8 a.m. with the State of the College address and continues with several guest speakers.  Faculty are expected to attend the entire schedule of activities. All staff are invited to attend selected activities with their supervisor’s approval.  All employees are welcome to lunch at noon (both campuses). For staff not able to attend the Aug. 19 sessions, a State of the College address will be scheduled in September at each campus.

Friday, Aug. 20

Faculty meet at their “home” campus at 8 a.m., with all employees welcome to enjoy a continental breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m.  Several sessions are planned throughout Friday morning at both campuses.

Looking toward our 2010-2011 year, we will be challenged by a difficult fiscal situation and leadership changes. I will be diligent in keeping you apprised as news of the search for a permanent president develops. Thank you for your commitment to the college and the students we serve!


Dr. Jessica (Jessie) Stumpf, President (Interim)


Recent News from MnSCU

Trustees Appoint Search Committee to Help Find Next Chancellor.


Four former Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Presidents Receive Emeritus Status.


Reminder: Standard Service Hours Begin Monday, August 16, 2010

  • Friday, Aug., 13, 2010 service windows and services for students will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Supervisors should make arrangements for coverage from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 the college bookstores will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Maintenance and security arrangements will also have to make arrangements for coverage.
  • Deviations from posted standard service hours as posted in Anoka-Ramsey policy/procedure 1A.11/11 must be approved by the President.


Longer College Services in the Evening and Weekend

To better serve increasing enrollments and to meet the needs of working adults, the college is extending service hours - beginning Aug. 16 - in several departments. For hours and departments, please refer to the Service Hours Procedure.


OnCourse Mini Institute

We have an incredible opportunity that is being funded through a SIP grant and a CTL grant for you to participate in on Aug. 13, JUST in time for fall classes!

The goal of the OnCourse Institute is to provide an experiential learning workshop that will allow you to incorporate new structures into your current teaching repertoire that will:

a)      Increase student participation and engagement

b)      Work toward students taking full responsibility for their academic goals and responsibilities

c)      Give instructors a way to focus on active learning that contributes to the above

d)      To help you and your students HAVE FUN while learning at the same time!

This institute has been planned by Anoka-Ramsey in collaboration with Inver Hills Community, St. Cloud Technical College and Bemidji State University. It is being offered across MnSCU. 

Please see the OnCourse Mini Institute flyer and register at HERE.


Fall 2010 Promotional Resource Guide Hits Mailboxes

To ramp up recruitment for fall semester and to increase college awareness among community constituents, the Marketing Department has developed the latest promotional mass mailer/resource guide.

This guide is mailed out to households in our 9-county service area, and encompasses all the academic, training, student life and student service offerings. The message drives readers to contact the college by phone or through electronic means.

Take a look at the landing page.

Special thanks to the Cambridge Campus Information Center for handling and tracking the incoming calls! Kudos to Tina Perpich, Jeffrey Knight and Karla Sand for completing this comprehensive project!

 Promotional Resoucre Guide


Retention Through Service Learning

The Office of Civic Learning presents an opportunity for you to build an Academic Service Learning program that supports Anoka-Ramsey’s Designs for Destination FY10-FY14 Strategic Plan. Service learning expands activities that establish and grow relationships between the college and its communities. This program is designed to help students display a better understanding of civic and social responsibility, and improve his/her engagement, satisfaction and success.

The primary objective is to expand, enhance and sustain the current college-wide service learning program in order to increase student engagement and retention. Service learning materials will be developed and made available to all Anoka-Ramsey faculty.

Upon completion three faculty mentors will receive a $150 stipend, one material builder will receive a stipend equal to one credit release time, and 15 faculty participants would receive $300 stipends all upon completion of the project.

1)      Mentors: Interested faculty apply for a mentor role and are selected by individual campus CTL coordinators along with the Coordinator of Civic Learning.  Each of the three mentors will assist five faculty through a process to incorporate Service Learning into their course(s) curriculum.  There will be a large group meeting of all mentors and participants monthly for 4 months and support the novice faculty to understand, include, and provide feedback for a service learning component is needed.

2)      Material Builder: Conducts research on best practices of integrating service learning into Anoka-Ramsey courses. Develops comprehensive service learning materials for all Anoka-Ramsey faculty to access and increase retention through engagement.

3)      Participants: There are 15 spots available for participants to work with a mentor to expand our current Service Learning Program and to increase the number of service learning opportunities connected with course curriculums.

Contact Jan Pomeroy if you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor, assisting with the material building or, better yet, working with a mentor to add/incorporate service learning into your curriculum.


Integrative Health & Healing Instructor Publishes Promotional Article

Integrative Health & Healing (IHH) instructor, Valerie Lis contributed an article to the July issue of Essential Wellness Online, a publication dedicated to marketing education and information about healing, spirituality, sustainability and related fields.

The informative article highlighting the growing field of IHH is titled “Career Programs Now Offered in Integrative Health & Healing” and can be found HERE.  Click on “Career Programs Now Offered” on the right side of the page.

If you have published any articles, please let us know.  We would like to share your work with your co-workers.


Broadband Grant Awarded to Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Connect Anoka County, a partnership of Anoka County, Zayo Bandwidth Corp, and other anchor institutions, including Anoka-Ramsey Community College, has been awarded $13,382,593 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to expand fiber broadband connectivity across the county. It includes a broadband fiber directly between our Coon Rapids and Cambridge campuses.

“Fiber broadband is approximately 500 times faster than cable and twenty thousand times faster than dial-up,” said Commissioner Jim Kordiak. “If the future of our economy is the remote delivery of information, education and entertainment, then we want to be at the forefront with the fastest known technology available.”

For more information see the Connect Anoka County Web site


Facilities Master Plan

Highlights of a letter from Vice Chancellor Laura King:

“On behalf of the Chancellor I would like to congratulate you on an exemplary facilities master plan presentation on June 29, 2010, and notify you that the plan is approved. The presentation as a testimony to your nineteen-year leadership in growing the institution in enrollment, program improvement, development of distance learning to over twelve separate sites as well as improving the college’s facilities.

The presentation covered the history, program development, community involvement and critical highlights of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the dynamic series of issues occurring at each campus.

The Office of the Chancellor has developed a five-year system wide initiative to assist all institutions with keeping up-to-date facilities master plans.  As a component of this long-range plan, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is scheduled for a consultant assisted update in June, 2015.”

Cambridge Long Range Plan

Coon Rapids Campus Long Range Plan

1) Prepare predesign and construct new academic and athletic facility

2) Continue to evaluate and repurpose existing building space for new programs

3) Prepare predesign for new science and allied health building

4, 4a, 4b) Prepare predesign and construct new academic buildings (as required)

5) Design and construct new student housing

6) Construct phased parking as required

7) Develop campus property in alignment with the Capital Plan

8) Complete HEAPR projects as funding becomes available

9) Explore sustainable energy options (wind turbine, geothermal, etc.)

1) Repurpose and rightsize classrooms

2) Predesign for new Performing Arts Center

3) Redesign and reconstruct entry road and drop off, and add new access route to the north

4) Predesign for new classroom addition

5) Possible future ramp


Anoka-Ramsey Construction Update

Cambridge Campus:

  • Softball Field – Contractors are installing the irrigation system before spreading new top soil in preparation for grass seed. A contract for fencing will complete the field.
  • Parking Lot Expansion – Work is well under way for 75 additional parking stalls, the existing lot surfaces will be seal coated and restriped. Work will be completed before Fall Semester.
Cambridge Campus Parking Lot 

Coon Rapids:

  • Visual Arts Center – Occupancy and move-in have been put on hold, the delay was caused by a high pressure sprinkler line that ruptured during a test. Several critical electrical components and pumping units sustained water damaged in the incident. Contractors are expediting the replacement of the effected equipment.
  • Parking Lots and Sidewalk Repairs – Lots 1, 2 and the east section of the North Visitors lot will be seal coated. Several sections of old sidewalk and curbing will also be replaced this summer.


College Welcomes New Financial Aid Officer

Anoka-Ramsey recently welcomed Jennifer Yang as a Financial Aid Officer.  Based at both campuses, Jennifer will focus on the Work Study program, and assist with all general financial aid duties as well.

Jennifer comes to the position after employment as Account Clerk Senior in the tuition office for Saint Paul College & a Student Finance Planner for Everest Institute.

“I came to Anoka-Ramsey for the opportunity to work directly in Financial Aid as I hope to grow my career in this field,” says Jennifer of her new position. “My hope is to grow and develop a full understanding of financial aid and be able to serve all students to the best of my abilities.”

A resident of St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts in Social Science. She enjoys swimming, writing short stories, jogging and eating all kinds of food.

Welcome, Jennifer!


College Welcomes Two New Student Success Advisors

Elizabeth Kalinowski

Anoka-Ramsey recently welcomed Elizabeth Kalinowski as a Student Success Advisor.  Based at the Coon Rapids Campus, Elizabeth will advise students and assist them through the application process. 

Elizabeth comes to the position after employment as an undergraduate and graduate assistant assisting students with housing, advising, and student activities. 

“Anoka-Ramsey is a good fit for my career goals and keeps me close to friends and family,” says Elizabeth of her new position. “I hope to learn my role quickly so I can provide good, quality advising to students.”

A resident of Burnsville, Minn., Elizabeth holds a master of science in Student Affairs and bachelor of arts in Anthropology, both from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

She enjoys downhill skiing, reading, traveling and spending time at her family’s lake cabin. She also just returned from a trip to Europe and loves talking about it to anyone who will listen.

“I’m looking forward to working at Anoka-Ramsey and getting to know everyone!”

Welcome, Elizabeth!

Jeffrey Pool

Anoka-Ramsey recently welcomed Jeffrey Pool as a Student Success Advisor. Based at the Cambridge Campus, Jeffrey will guide students through the process of becoming a student and help them pick the right classes to complete their educational goals.

Jeffrey comes to the position after one year as an Admissions Counselor at Dakota Wesleyan University, and five years as an Enrollment Management Advisor at Northwest Iowa Community College.

“I came to Anoka-Ramsey because I was looking for new professional and personal challenges,” says Jeffrey of the new position.  “I love the mission of the community college, went to a MnSCU college and have a lot of friends in the area, so Anoka-Ramsey seemed to be the right fit for me.  I hope to help students stay on the right paths to academic success!”

A current resident of Lindstrom, Minn., the South Dakotan native holds a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Southwest Minnesota State.

He has a huge movie collection of well over 1,000 movies, loves the Twins, and is always looking for a new golf course.

“I’m looking forward to making new friends across campus and becoming an active member of the Anoka-Ramsey family!”

Welcome, Jeffrey!


August Food Service and Catering Schedule

  • July 26 to 29: Cafeteria open 8 a.m. to 1p.m., Monday-Thursday. Catering available if within the summer guidelines.
  • Aug. 2 to 6: Closed and no catering available.
  • Aug. 9 to 13: Catering Only if booked by Wednesday, July 28.
  • Aug. 16 to 20: Catering Only; Coffee Shop will open by Thursday, Aug.19.
  • Starting Aug. 23: Cafeteria and Coffee Shop open, full catering available.

The 2010-2011 catering guide will be distributed shortly and take effect on Aug. 16.

If you have questions, contact Taher Dining at Anoka-Ramsey at x1490.


Official Announcements

All Technology Advisory Committee Minutes and Recommendations are located HERE.


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Fund Approvals

  • Natasha Baer, 7/26-29/2010, Integrative Health Care Conference, $300

Social Amenities

  • A card and plant were sent to Laura Anderson.
  • A card was sent to Robin Martineau.


Pause for Appreciation

The Marketing & Public Relations Department would like to express their sincere appreciation for Graphic Designer, Jeff Knight.  In his brief time as a key person in our team Jeff has accomplished so much and we would not be producing the exceptional publications and materials we are today.  We are going to miss you, Jeff!

-Mary, Karla, Tina and Kally

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