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July 2011

Issue No. 1: July 5, 2011

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 2: July 18, 2011 


 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Minnesota College Success Corps

Integrative Health and Healing Information Session

New Arrivals!

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff



News from President Jessica Stumpf

Two Schools Now Aligned

The start of the official alignment of Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical began July 1. This Wednesday, July 20, administrators and supervisors from Anoka Tech will be on the Coon Rapids Campus to meet with staff counterparts from across Anoka-Ramsey. This is a fantastic opportunity to better understand the successes and challenges of individual departments and make connections that set the stage for our future work together.

Welcome to campus, Anoka Technical staff!


Minnesota College Success Corps

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez

As many of you know, Anoka-Ramsey Community College had the opportunity to host an AmeriCorps program this year called the Minnesota College Success Corps. The AmeriCorps grant was a one year grant that will be coming to an end in August. Twenty AmeriCorps members have been serving on our campus providing supplemental instruction, tutoring and mentoring to students in developmental education courses at Anoka-Ramsey. Their mission has been to provide students with support, tools and resources to help them be successful. Through this experience they have developed close relationships with faculty, staff and students. They have also collaborated with many departments on campus including the Academic Support Center, Math Skills and Advising Center, Mosaic Center, Academic Advising, Career Services, and TRIO. Finally, they have also been busy volunteering in the community with projects such as Feed My Starving Children and Habitat for Humanity. The impact of the AmeriCorps members on our campus and in our community is immeasurable and they will be greatly missed. If you have a chance, please thank them for their service and congratulate them on their accomplishments this year. 

In recognition of the AmeriCorps members there will be a reception on Friday, July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Riverview Room. Please join us! 

I would like to send out a special thank you to the faculty and staff who have supported this this program. I truly appreciate everything you have done to make this program successful.


Integrative Health and Healing Information Session

August 3, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Coon Rapids Campus, Room C256 

Get details here.


New Arrivals! 


Brian Okstad, Coon Rapids English faculty, recently welcomed a baby boy to his family this holiday weekend.  He was born July 3 at about 2:30 p.m., and weighs 8lbs 10oz. 
Congratulations to you and your family, Brian! 


Geoff Senn, Coon Rapids music faculty, is the proud father of Kenneth Owen, who was born on July 5 at 11 p.m.  Kenneth was 7lbs 8oz. and 20 inches long. 
Congratulations to you and your family, Geoff! 

Tabitha Elstad, Career Programs Secretary, is the proud mother of Jaxon Markus Arends. Jaxon was born on July 11 and weighed 7 lbs. and was 21.5 inches.  Both mother and baby are at home and doing fine. 
Congratulations to the Elstad-Arends family! 


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Staff Development Funds Approvals

  • Marcellus Davis, Tuition, $500




Volume XL, No. 1: July 5, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf 

Have You Heard About the Random Acts of Kindness Program?

Anoka-Ramsey Committees and Members List Updated 

 Welcome New Advisor at Cambridge Campus

New Computer Lab Assistant at Coon Rapids Campus 

Ashley and Archie Weatherspoon Welcome Baby Boy Ashton!

  Fond Farewell Messages

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff 



News from President Jessica Stumpf

Hiring & Purchasing Restriction Update

Currently, the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system has imposed an essential employee only hiring restriction which will likely remain in place until the state budget issues are resolved. The Chancellor is expected to lift the hiring freeze soon. Until then only critical employees can be hired. Please note that new faculty are deemed essential and hiring has been approved for the FY12 academic year.

Anoka-Ramsey has also self-imposed purchasing restrictions on larger expenditures and non-essential items until further notice. It is important to limit purchasing to “must have to keep open” types of items as we are using our reserves. We are currently working from reserves from the FY11 school year. We have not received and will not receive our FY12 state appropriation until the state budget has been resolved. Therefore, we must be conservative in our spending so we continue to have these reserves for the college to continue operating.These restrictions may slow down some of the projects planned for completion this summer.

As for construction projects, most will proceed on schedule with the exception of the Cambridge Campus bathroom renovation project. This project is impacted by the unavailability of a state electrical inspector due to the state government shut down.

Updated budget information will be shared here as it becomes available.

Alignment Now Official

The alignment between Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College officially began Friday, July 1. I expect to be at the Anoka Tech campus often during the first month to facilitate the initial phases of the alignment.

I will be available at the Anoka-Ramsey campuses as well so please contact Dawn Bushman (x1186) if you need me.  I will be communicating updates via the Bulletin on a regular basis.


President’s Office and Marketing & Public Relations Important Changes

Farewell Celebrations for Employees Leaving

Due to the difficult fiscal climate, the President’s Office will no longer be financially sponsoring and organizing celebrations for Anoka-Ramsey employees terminating their employment. This decision comes at a time when difficult budgetary decisions must be made based on the priorities as determined by the College President.

As always, individual departments are encourage and welcome to sponsor their own celebrations.  Also, a committee will be established to handle retirement celebrations. 


Retirement Celebrations

The college will be establishing a Retirement Celebrations Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to develop guidelines for retirement celebrations, facilitate organization of the celebrations and orchestrate the celebrations.  The college president will approve the recommended guidelines and any subsequent changes to the original recommendation. 

Business Cards, College Bulletin Items & Monitor Requests

Please see below for important changes regarding the President’s Office and Marketing and Public Relations Department:

Please submit all business card requests to Central Services via email.

Please submit all College Bulletin items to Dawn Bushman via email.

Please submit all electronic monitor requests to Karla Sand via email.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time of transition for the President’s Office and Marketing and Public Relations Department!


Direct Mail Publication Mailed July 5

Submitted by Mary Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Fall semester is on the horizon and to promote Anoka-Ramsey, the marketing department has produced a direct mail piece that was mass-mailed to 350,000 households in our 9-county service area beginning Tuesday, July 5.  Copies were placed in your on-campus mail box the same day.

The goal of this publication is two-fold: to increase enrollment AND increase general awareness of the college as a community resource. Our recruiters will use this piece for face-to-face recruiting opportunities as well, including the State Fair. The mass mailer features academic programs, professional training, student resources, student life, and athletics. You may note the appearance of a new character, “Splash,” designed to offer a two-way communication vehicle for various new media options that we are working with.

The audience is asked to call the admissions line 763-433-1300 or visit a special landing Web page . This page links to videos from various students profiled in the mass mailer and direct prospects to more information, or to become a student. We will track responses.

If you have any questions, please contact myself (x1315), Tina Perpich (x1545) or Karla Sand (x1598).


Have You Heard About the Random Acts of Kindness Program?

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Foundations Executive Director

In anticipation of the new academic year, you may begin to hear of hardships that threaten a student's ability to stay enrolled at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  If a student in this type of emergency talks to you, please know that the Random Acts of Kindness fund, available on both campuses via the foundations, might be a resource to help the student.  Depending upon the need, a qualifying student may receive a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to assist with the emergency.  Here is how it works.



What do you do when you become aware of a student hardship emergency? Please write an email to either Deidra Peaslee on the Cambridge Campus or Mary Raeker-Rebek or Lisa Harris on the Coon Rapids Campus. 

Your documentation must outline the following:


1.       Student Name and ID number (if possible to obtain)

2.       A brief description of the student’s emergency

3.       A brief description of any financial resources the student has pursued, if known to you

4.       A statement about the student’s character and reliability


The dean will review the recommendation, check out all resources, perhaps meet with the student, and then determine whether or not to forward a recommendation to the Foundation Office.  If approved by the Foundation, a check will be authorized within 24 hours.


Please do not send the student to the dean or to the Foundation Office.  The recommendation must come from an Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty or staff member and it must be an emergency situation that threatens the student’s ability to stay enrolled at Anoka-Ramsey.



Anoka-Ramsey Committees and Members List Updated

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, Management Analyst

The updated list of all Anoka-Ramsey Community College committees and members is now available here: N:\ARCC Public\Committees\Anoka-Ramsey Committees List 06.11.pdf.

Contact Dawn Bushman or Kelsey Schwarzrock  to update the Anoka-Ramsey Committees List and Tabitha Elstad to update the Anoka-Ramsey Program Advisory Committees list.


Welcome New Advisor at Cambridge Campus

Submitted by Kate Hostnick-Harper  

The Academic Advising Department is happy to announce the hire of Sarah Nelson.  Sarah holds a Master of Science Degree in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University.   

Sarah is coming to Anoka-Ramsey Community College from the Mahnomen Public School system, where she worked as a Mental Health Practitioner.  She has also work with students in Career Services and the Multi-Cultural Student Service areas at St. Cloud State University as a graduate assistant,  and with student athletes at the University of Minnesota.

Please welcome Sarah to our Cambridge Campus Community!  She will be an excellent addition to our team.


New Computer Lab Assistant at Coon Rapids Campus 

Submitted by Kim Lynch

The Technology Department is pleased to announce the hire of Troy Timmerman as a college lab assistant.  Troy’s previous experience includes work as a network administrator with Spectrum Business Systems and an F-16 Crew Chief with the Minnesota Air National Guard. He earned an associate’s degree as a Computer Network Engineering Specialist from St. Paul College.  

Troy will work Monday-Thursday, 1 to 10:30 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. through the summer in Rm. T124 (the Computer Lab). Please welcome Troy to our college. 


Ashley and Archie Weatherspoon Welcome Baby Boy Ashton! 

Ashton Weatherspoon   

Ashley and Archie welcomed Ashton Christian to their family at 5:25 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011. Ashton weighed 8lbs 5.6 oz and was 21 ½ inches long. 



Congratulations Weatherspoon Family!  



Fond Farewell Messages

Yes—this really is my final, final day at Anoka-Ramsey.  It’s been an extremely rewarding experience for me to be a part of this institution and to work with outstanding people like you.  I wish everyone the best in the upcoming year.  I know you will meet any challenges with determination, dedication and a touch of humor.  I look forward to seeing you at a concert, game or play this fall.

Cindy Nutter


Dear Anoka-Ramsey Colleagues,

Some of you may or may not know that today is my last day here at the college. About a month ago I was offered the opportunity to accept a position at UnitedHealth Group -OptumInsight.  After a lot of thought and discussion with my wife I decided to accept this new role and challenge. I would like to thank all of you for providing a supportive and creative atmosphere. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you and to see students benefit from the hard work that staff and faculty put into making Anoka-Ramsey Community College a college of choice.  If you would like to maintain contact with me please feel free to email me at: jeffreyjanas@gmail.com or you can find me on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-janas/15/723/686.


Jeff Janas 


College of Choice for Faculty & Staff  

Staff Development Funds Approvals

  • Dana Gangl, Frontline Conference, $133.62
  • Hilda Anderson, Frontline Conference, $294.05
  • Valerie Knight, Frontline Conference, $52.38
  • Darin Nelson, CIS Online Class, $107.43 



 Wellness Fund Approvals

  • Gina Pancerella-Willis, $48