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June 2012


Issue No. 44: June 4, 2012

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 45: June 18, 2012

 Aligned College Retreat

FY 2012-2013 Furniture & Supplemental Equipment Lists

Search Committee for Hiring Aligned College Administrators Established

One Approval Closer to Pharmacy Technician Program

Volunteer at the Isanti County Fair

English Faculty Publishes Book of Poetry

Bookstore’s Pre-Inventory Sale

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Aligned College Retreat

Check out the LinkEd blog for information about the leadership retreat for Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey.

http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/college-leadership-retreat-culture-of-change/

 

FY 2012-2013 Furniture & Supplemental Equipment Lists

Coon Rapids Campus Administrative Services
Equipment List FY 2013

Priority  Department  Person Item(s)  Amount Cumulative Total
Central Services  Lynch  Mail Machine $15,000.00 $15,000.00
Technology  Lynch  VoIP Analog gateway $6,500.00 $21,500.00
Technology  Lynch  4x1Ex32 KVM IP Console Switch $6,000.00 $27,500.00
Technology  Lynch  Admin rotation (38)  $57,000.00 $84,500.00
Technology  Lynch  Digital Signage Expansion  $10,000.00 $94,500.00
Facilities  Freeman communication system  $5,706.00 $100,206.00
Administration  CFO  Fleet vehicle  $17,000.00 $117,206.00
  Employee Wellness Hoff  Treadmills for fitness center  $10,000.00 $127,206.00
  Technology  Lynch  Video Editing PC  $3,000.00 $130,206.00
  Central Services  Lynch  Cutter/Creaser/Slitter  $38,000.00 $168,206.00
  Central Services  Lynch  Folder Inserter System  $48,000.00 $216,206.00
  Technology  Lynch  Wireless Acces Point Expansion  $6,000.00 $222,206.00
  Technology  Lynch  Advanced Media Carts  $5,000.00 $227,206.00
  TOTAL        $227,206.00
 

Coon Rapids Campus Educational Services
Equipment List FY 2013

Priority  Department  Person Item(s)  Amount Cumulative Total
Chemistry  Swenson 2 analytical Balances $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Ceramics  Irgens 10" 5Hp table saw 30" fence $4,454.00 $9,454.00
Nursing Eccles Vital sign monitor on mobile stand $2,403.95 $11,857.95
PTA Baer 3 ultrasound stimulation units $6,000.00 $17,857.95
PTA Baer Mechanical Digital Traction Package $5,500.00 $23,357.95
Ceramics Irgens Electric Skutt Kiln $6,330.00 $29,687.95
Nursing Eccles Refurbished hospital bed $2,300.00 $31,987.95
  TOTAL        $31,987.95

Coon Rapids Campus
Furniture List FY 2013

Priority  Department  Person Location Item(s)  Amount Cumulative Total  
  English Irgens H123 42 new desks $8,000.00 $8,000.00 *
  Music Irgens M207 furniture for Keyboards $26,188.00 $34,188.00 *
  Music Irgens   Furniture for small ensemble and practice rooms $5,000.00 $39,188.00 *
  Technology Lynch T221 Ki Genesis 60x30 desk $1,000.00 $40,188.00 *
  TOTAL          $40,188.00  
         * funded via Facilities      

Cambridge Campus
Equipment List FY 2013

Priority  Department  Person Item(s)  Amount Cumulative Total  
Technology Lynch  Admin Rotation (15) $22,500.00 $22,500.00  
Technology  Lynch  Door Access F108 $2,500.00 $25,000.00  
Facilities  Freeman John Deere XUV 625i Gator $17,500.00 $42,500.00  
Technology Lynch  Portable Audio Mic system $12,000.00 $54,500.00  
Technology Lynch  Digital Signage F & G $10,000.00 $64,500.00  
Library  Kane Multifunction copier/scanner large bed $1,000.00 $65,500.00  
Technology Lynch  Wireless Access Expansion $3,000.00 $68,500.00
  TOTAL        $68,500.00  
       * funded via IT
#3 line item was removed as it was determined not needed
     
 

Cambridge Campus
Furniture List FY 2013

Priority  Department  Person Location Item(s)  Amount Cumulative Total  
Facilities Freeman F206 20 tables for classroom $6,500.00 $6,500.00 *
Nursing Lab Eccles E241 Cupboards and Countertops $800.00 $7,300.00 **
Technology Lynch F204  2 Piretti 2000 task chairs $850.00 $8,150.00 *
  TOTAL          $8,150.00  
         * funded via Facilities
** funded via repair/replacement
     

 
 
Search Committee for Hiring Aligned College Administrators Established

The following group representing all college constituents met Thursday, May 10, 2012 to make a recommendation for the structure of the search committee for hiring of aligned college administrator positions.

Student Government Presidents: Jim Bohler (Anoka Tech), Kelly Charpentier-Berg (Anoka-Ramsey: Coon Rapids), Kyle Johnson * (Anoka-Ramsey: Cambridge)
MSCF:  Joan McKearnan (Anoka-Ramsey: Coon Rapids), Jesse Oldenburg (Anoka Tech), Barbara Prince (Anoka-Ramsey: Cambridge), Tamara Thell - Grievance rep (Anoka Tech), Jim Biederman* - Grievance rep (Anoka-Ramsey: Coon Rapids), Bill Breen* - Grievance rep (Anoka-Ramsey: Cambridge) 
MMA:  Ed Norton (Anoka-Ramsey), Kimberly Roan (Anoka Tech) 
MAPE: Josh Anderson (Anoka-Ramsey), Noel Lutsey (Anoka Tech) 
AFSCME: Valerie Knight (Anoka-Ramsey: Coon Rapids), Mary Falk (Anoka Tech), Dana Gangl (Anoka-Ramsey: Cambridge) 

(* - not present)

Based on the recommendation of the above constituent leaders, the following search committee structure has been approved:

 

Constituent Group

Anoka Tech

Anoka-Ramsey





Cambridge

Coon Rapids

Student

1

1

1

MSCF

2

1

1

Administration

1

1

MAPE

1

1

MMA

1

1

AFSCME

1

1

o   One of the Administrative representatives will serve as committee chair

o   Candidate references are not permitted to serve on the committee

o   Diversity of race and gender will be kept in mind when forming committee

o   Committee chair reserves the right to remove committee members who do not comply with committee confidentiality requirements

As with all college policy, we strive for continuous improvement.  We will analyze the effectiveness of the committee structure and revisit for necessary adjustments in the future. 

 

One Approval Closer to Pharmacy Technician Program

Anoka-Ramsey is one approval closer to offering a Pharmacy Technician Certificate program at the Cambridge Campus. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system recently approved the college’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program proposal. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a corporation that accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, must approve the program before the college can offer it to prospective students.

College administrators are hopeful the HLC will approve the new one-year Pharmacy Technician program in time for current technicians or people interested in the profession to take classes this fall. Once the 26-credit certificate program receives final approval, learners can take the first semester classes at the Anoka-Ramsey Cambridge Campus, online or at Pine Technical College. The second semester classes must be taken at Anoka-Ramsey’s Cambridge Campus. The second semester does include completing an internship.

As indicated in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technician employment opportunities will increase by 32 percent by 2020. Having a Pharmacy Technician certificate is not mandatory for employment, but many employers require it. Pharmacy technicians are generally responsible for receiving prescription requests; helping licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, counting tablets, labeling bottles, providing customer service, and performing administrative duties. Technicians work in pharmacies in retail stores, grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals.

Anoka-Ramsey is able to provide new health care education pathways because the college is a member of a national Health Professions Pathway (H2P) consortium of community colleges. Supported by a $19.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the consortium has three major goals:

  • to provide low-skilled workers with adequate preparation, support and opportunities to complete postsecondary training in health professions that provide credentials aligned with job advancement;
  • expand and enhance the health care workforce with the competencies needed by industry; and
  • build the capacity of community colleges to continuously assess student and employment outcomes and use this information to improve the quality of health professions programs.

Other members of the consortium include, Pine Technical College, MN; El Centro College and Texarkana College, Texas; Ashland Community and Technical College and Jefferson Community and Technical College, Ky.; Owens Community College, Ohio; City Colleges of Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Cincinnati, OH; and Community College of the District of Columbia.

 

 

Volunteer at the Isanti County Fair

Submitted by Abbie Huttenburg, Admissions

Anoka-Ramsey has a booth at the Isanti County Fair, July 18 to 22, and we need help staffing it during some of the fair hours. 

The fair is a wonderful opportunity to recruit new students and enjoy a great event at the same time.

If you are able to volunteer, we ask that you commit to at least a two-hour shift.  We also recommend that you bring along another volunteer to make it more fun!

The available shifts are:

Wednesday, July 18:   5 to 10 p.m.
Friday, July 20:   10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 21:       10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 22:    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To volunteer during work hours, please obtain your supervisors’ approval. Each person who works the booth will be given a free pass to enter the fairgrounds. Parking is free. 

For additional information about the fair, visit their Web site at: isanticountyfair.com/ 

The admissions staff would appreciate any help you can offer!  Contact Abbie Huttenburg at 763-433-1967 or abbie.huttenburg@anokaramsey.edu with questions or to volunteer.

 

 

English Faculty Publishes Book of Poetry

Submitted by Kate Kysar, English Department

The English Department is thrilled to announce the release of Kathleen Weihe’s new book of poetry Unless You Count Birds from North Star Press.  The book launch was at Hamline University, June 8. Another public reading of the book is scheduled for  Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis with Ann Iverson. 

Kathleen Weihe lives with her husband, their dog, and two rescue birds in Minneapolis. She teaches composition at Anoka-Ramsey and has taught poetry classes at The Loft. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Water-Stone Review, MARGIE, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Emprise Review. She is the recipient of an artist’s assistance fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry, and has participated in the Loft’s Mentor Program.  Kathleen received her MFA from Hamline University in 2002.  Her book of poetry, Unless You Count Birds, will be published in June 2012.

 

 

 

Bookstore’s Pre-Inventory Sale

Submitted by Annette Hughes, Bookstore

Save 25% on clothes, supplies, jewelry, trade books, games, backpacks, etc.

Save 15% on all clearance items.

Sale ends June 26, 2012.

Sale excludes textbooks, software, snacks, stamps, batteries, and personal hygiene.

(Sorry, we’re closed on Fridays.)

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Dear American friends and colleagues of Anoka-Ramsey Community College:

It's hard for me to say goodbye to you. I have been working at Anoka-Ramsey as an exchanged teacher since last August. During this period I have learnt and experienced a lot at Anoka-Ramsey. I want to express my thanks to all of you. Your friendship, your hardworking spirit and kindness impressed me and they will become my unforgettable memory for the rest of my life. I wish you be healthy and good luck and hope that we can meet in in Zhaoqing University in China someday.

Here is my email in China, please feel free to write me. Let's keep in touch. I will be waiting right there in China for you.

shumanho@yahoo.com or shumanho@qq.com

- Shuman He

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Submitted by Dawn Hohmann, Human Resources

Monica Franklin is a new employee in the Human Resources department at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  Monica transferred to us from the Department of Human Services where she worked in Human Resources for the last three-and-a-half years.  She also previously worked at Metropolitan State University in the Accounting Department.

At Anoka-Ramsey Community College, she will serve as the main resource for employee’s questions regarding retirement, conduct new employee orientations, process tuition waivers, coordinate the FMLA process, and serve as the SEI and Social Amenities coordinator. She will also be the first point of contact for general employee questions. 

Welcome Monica!

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Submitted by Jessie Stumpf, President’s Office

Jennifer Eccles, Director of Nursing, has accepted a position as Director of Nursing at Century College. Jennifer sought this change to shorten her commute time to spend more time with her growing family. Her last day at Anoka-Ramsey will be July 9. Jennifer has been an asset to the college and the nursing department since October, 2010.

We wish her all the best!

If you have any questions during this time of transition, please contact Vice President, Deidra Peaslee at x1829.

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Thank you [Shuman He] for being our visiting scholar from China!  You have enriched and touched the lives of many faculty, students and staff at Anoka-Ramsey.  I hope you had a nice end of semester.

I am looking forward to seeing you here at Zhaoqing University. I taught my first class today, Blayn [Lemke] yesterday.  The students were very nice and interested to learn about my exposure and adjustment to different cultures.  The former visiting scholars at Anoka-Ramsey have been extremely hospitable and friendly.  The Foreign Affairs Office invited us to dinner the first evening that we were here.  Your wife, Irene, lent Blayn and me a cell phone, so we could be reached and make local calls.  A lot of people on campus say hello and smile when Blayn and I pass them. In the cafetaria, some students are curious and I notice they want to get to know us foreign teachers. The student helpers assigned to each of us have been very kind and helpful. The former visiting scholars invited us to dinner Friday night.  We already have had many occasions to enjoy nice company and the wonderful Cantonese food.

Blayn and I are adjusting to the change in climate and getting over jet lag.  We had the chance to visit Guangzhou last weekend, Baoying invited us.  We saw a lot and will be able to show pictures! 

See you soon.

- Rita Newton, World Languages 

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Dear Anoka-Ramsey,

Thank you very much for the wonderful opportunities you have provided in the past (nearly) three years. I have enjoyed getting to know you and working closely with a lot of you, whether in advising or through my time in human resources.

Best wishes to all of you, and keep “getting it started”! (In case you didn’t know, or don’t remember, this is the flash mob that happened at Anoka-Ramsey! http://youtu.be/Omrk05gIysY)

- Kacey [Gregerson]

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Staff Development Funds Approvals:

Eric Staupe, MBA course tuition, $600

 

Wellness Fund Approvals:

Paul Anderson, $80
Rachel Breen, $100
Beth Brisky, $80
Jennifer Friestad, $100
Lisa Harris, $100
Valerie Lis, $100
Crystal Nelson, $100
Laurie Wolfe, $100
Maria Barlage, $100
Kate Hostnick-Harper, $100
Angie Anderson, $100
Dana Gangl, $50

 

Social Amenities:

Card sent to Andrew Bestler

 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services

Click here to view AASC items moved to action for April, 2012.

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 44: June 4, 2012

College Ready Program Highlights Partnership with Anoka Tech

Cambridge Campus Library Hours: Summer Session

21st Annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Golf Tournament

Anoka-Ramsey Named State’s Star Performer in Check for Health Environment Assessment

Yoga Starts This Week!

New Additions!

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

College Ready Program Highlights Partnership with Anoka Tech

Students from Crossroads Alternative High School and Ivan Sand Community High School were at Anoka-Ramsey Community College May 14 – May 18.  These students completed a one-credit college course (either On Course or Career Development) to familiarize them with the college atmosphere and help them learn more about college.  Students also participated in breakaway sessions in which they were introduced to various programs offered at Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical College. Students received a program completion certificate and a course completion certificate for their hard work. This program is an excellent example of how the alignment of Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech will expand opportunities for students!

Special thanks to Ashley Weatherspoon, Jaimie Lopez, Jennifer Buchman and Mary Raeker-Rebek for providing these students with the opportunity as well as Patty Halsey and Sue Yankowiak for their efforts in recruiting the students for the program at the high schools.

Cambridge Campus Library Hours: Summer Session

Submitted by Martha Muehlhauser, Library 

The following hours are in effect through Aug. 2, the day before summer session ends.  The library is closed Wednesday, July 4.

Monday:   9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday:   9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Wednesday:   9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Thursday:    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Please contact Martha Muehlhauser at 763-433-1875 or via email if you need any special services, including bringing classes in during hours outside of this range.  We will do our best to meet your needs.

 

 

21st Annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Golf Tournament

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement 
 

Please consider supporting the 21st annual Anoka-Ramsey Foundation Golf Tournament for Student Scholarships, either by participating, passing along the information to others you know or do business with, donating, or by volunteering at the event.

The course is beautiful and award winning. The company is fabulous.  The cause is important and impactful.  Registration is available on line at the Anoka-Ramsey Golf 2012 Fundraiser Web site or through the Institutional Advancement Foundations Events Web site.

Many thanks for your thoughtful consideration.  Please direct any questions to Michael Wall at 763-433-1597 or via email.

 

Anoka-Ramsey Named State’s Star Performer in Check for Health Environment Assessment

Submitted by Darren Hoff, Human Resources

Linda Feltes from the Work Well Division of Minnesota Management & Budget was happy to report that our wellness data dashboard for 2011 is complete and we were named the State’s star performer! The dashboard is derived from data pulled from the Check for Health Environmental Assessment Joyce Traczyk, Director of Student Activities, completed for the college this past winter.

Click here to view the dashboard.

 

 

Yoga Starts This Week!

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

New location: Riverview Room (SC200)

Click here for PDF version.

 

 

New Additions!

Skip Robinson, our IT Helpdesk Coordinator, is a proud new dad to Isabel Ann Robinson. She was born Thursday, May 17 at 10:46 p.m. She weighed 7lbs 3oz and was 19 inches long.

Everyone is doing great!

   

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Jessie Stumpf, President’s Office

Jenni Swenson, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has accepted a position at Lake Superior College.

Her last official day at Anoka-Ramsey Community College is June 5 and she will be on vacation until that date. Jenni has served as an asset to the college since July 2010 and she will be missed.  We wish Jenni the best in her next endeavor! Congratulations, Jenni!

If you have any questions during this time of transition, please contact Vice President, Deidra Peaslee at 763-433-1829 or via email.

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Membership Approvals:

Blayn Lemke, Zhaoqing University visit, $500
Keven Dockter, attend Connect Marketplace Conference, $427.80

Staff Development Funds Approvals:

Kristina Mooney, workshop/supply fee at MN Ctr for Book Arts, $300
Kathleen Vieau, RAP Exam Review/Fees/DVD, $89.18
Beth Brisky, courses at MN State Univ-Mankato, $600
Juliana Boner, courses at Anoka-Ramsey, $139.36

 

Wellness Fund Approvals:

Kathy Connolly, $100
Melissa Mills, $100
Mary Raeker-Rebek, $100
Jennifer Braido, $25
Michelle Rogers, $100
Gena Carlson, $100
Trisha Collopy, $100
Jill Harrison, $100
Linnea Janas, $100
Mark Lambert, $45
MaryAnn Larios, $100
Kendra Miller, $100
Humera Mujir, $100
Scott Stankey, $55
Kathleen Vieau, $65.85

 

Social Amenities:

Plant sent to Lois Bjerke
Card sent to Skip Robinson
Card sent to Dana Irgens
Card sent to Andrew Bestler 

Official Announcements

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, President’s Office

Please click here to see the 10-day letter following the April 30, 2012 meeting