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May 2012

  Issue No. 42: May 7, 2012  

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 43: May 21, 2012

Commencements: A Success!

Congratulations to the TRiO Department

Summer Yoga

Wellness Funds Requests Deadline is June 1

Minnesota Twins Tickets Available in the Bookstore


Final Escape Recap

Service Hours for Information Desk, IT, Facilities and Security

Coon Rapids Honored Faculty Member

Summer Hours Begin May 23

Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire Documentary

Kid U Needs Your Help!

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Commencements: A Success!

Congratulations and thank you for all of the hard work creating successful commencement ceremonies for this year’s graduating class!  It was wonderful seeing the dedication come to fruition as our students walked across the stage.  Their ability to enjoy the event and share their accomplishments proudly with their friends and family is attributed to the effort you have all put into making their education successful. You have all touched the lives of these students and they will forever be grateful to you for helping provide an event worthy of their efforts.

It was wonderful hearing Al Franken as commencement speaker for both campuses.  Also, the college’s musical talent did an excellent job to make the event even more memorable. 

I am so proud of all of the hard work that I see continuing around campus even yet this summer.  We have started working toward the end goal of graduation once again.   


Congratulations to the TRiO Department

A very BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan O’Donovan, Thom Nordin, Robert Cancino and Lisa Harris for getting all four of their TRiO grants (Upward Bound and Student Support Services) funded!!  In these intensely-competitive times for federal grants, only the best TRiO programs nationwide receive funding.

Three grants are for program renewals (one in Cambridge and two in Coon Rapids) and were each awarded $262,500 per year for five years (effective 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2017) or $1,312,500 per program = $3,937,500 total for five years.  Each of these Anoka-Ramsey TRiO programs is funded to annually serve 63 first-generation students from low-income families or students with disabilities.

One grant is for a new Upward Bound program at the Cambridge Campus that will serve 60 students per year from Braham, Mora and St. Francis High Schools.  This new award is $250,000 per year for five years (effective 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2017) or $1,250,000 total for five years.

Thank you to Lisa, Robert, Ryan and Thom for working so hard to meet the needs of 249 disadvantaged students and for bringing a total of $5,187,500 in new funds to Anoka-Ramsey Community College!



Summer Yoga!

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Summer Yoga Begins

Tuesday, June 5
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Coon Rapids Campus
New location! As of Tuesday, May 8, yoga is held in the Student Center, SC100, Riverside Lounge.

Come check out the new, temporary location!



Wellness Funds Requests Deadline is June 1

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

The deadline to submit your wellness funds request is: Friday, June 1.

Wellness Works, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College employee wellness program, was created to impact the health and well-being of Anoka-Ramsey employees.  Our mission is to impact the health and well-being of employees by promoting healthful lifestyle choices within a work environment that encourages wellness.

This is the sixth year of our program. In addition to our monthly workshops and other programming, another part of our program includes a $100 personal wellness initiative fund (see the Wellness Program Guidelines for details).

Employees who have earned 50 wellness points may be eligible to receive $100 to use toward a personal wellness initiative.  You will receive one wellness point for each activity completed that relates to your overall wellness.  The Wellness Tracking Sheet indicates the activities you get points for (sleeping for 8 or more hours, drinking water, attending a Weight Room orientation session, to name few).   

Reimbursable personal wellness initiatives may include:

  1. Classes and/or lessons including: Aerobics, Tai Chi, Self Defense, Yoga, Meditation, Taekwondo, Pilates, smoking cessation, stress management, nutrition
  2. Weight Watchers
  3. Anoka-Ramsey Community College or Community Education fitness classes
  4. Continuing Education classes related to Health & Wellness in conjunction with ARCC/CECT
  5. Membership fees to health clubs
  6. Personal strength training
  7. Online health programs
  8. Massage

Note: Wellness funds cannot be used for personal fitness equipment, tangible items of value or recreational activities.

Procedure for Approval:

  1. Complete a Wellness Funds Request form
  2. Attach a copy of your Wellness Tracking Sheet with 50 earned points
  3. Attach all required receipts
  4. The Wellness Funds Request form is to be signed by the employees supervisor and routed to the Wellness Coordinator (Joyce Traczyk)
  5. The Wellness Coordinator will route the form to the Chief Human Resources Officer for approval
  6. Upon approval, the Wellness Coordinator will return the form to the employee with instructions on how to obtain funding or reimbursement
  7. If the request is denied, the Wellness Coordinator will notify the employee

Attachments include: (also available on the shared drive)

For more information about the Wellness Works program, visit the Wellness Works website at: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/employeehome/WellnessWorks.aspx


Minnesota Twins Tickets Available in the Bookstore

Tickets are available for all students, faculty and staff. There’s a limited supply, so get your tickets today!




Submitted by Jim Nieswaag, Facilities

Beginning Friday, May 25, 1 p.m., and continuing through May 28, all main Coon Rapids Campus buildings (except Science) will be without power.

Contractors will be retiring 46-year-old electrical equipment and wiring. This system is responsible for distributing 13,000 volts of electricity across campus and serves as the backbone of the Coon Rapids Campus power grid.

These projects will not affect the Professional Training Center.


Final Escape Recap

Submitted by Joan McKearnan, Biology

I would like to thank the 82 visitors at Final Escape on May 9.  Kevin Roesselet won the Trivia contest with a score of 9.5.  Good job!  The answers to the trivia are below.   Have a good summer, everyone. 

Baby Boomer Edition

  1. What are the first names of the Cartwright sons on Bonanza? Adam, Eric “Hoss”, and Little Joe
  2. What former schoolteacher introduced us to The Vatican Rag? Tom Lehrer 
  3. In what country did the Jonestown mass suicide in 1978 occur?  Guyana
  4. What publisher said, “Instead of hustling for sex, we’ll be hustling for the Lord”? Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine
  5. Who did Johnny Cash marry in 1968? June Carter (not his daughter Roseanne)
  6. Who recorded the album John Wesley Harding after two years of seclusion?  Bob Dylan
  7. What comedian from the Smother Brothers show ran for President six times?  Pat Paulson
  8. What rock opera opened on Broadway on 29 April 1968? Hair
  9. What 10,000-word story by Richard Bach was turned down by 18 publishers before it appeared in 1970? Jonathon Livingston Seagull
  10. What were the names of the sons on the The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet?  David & Ricky

Bonus: Mork came from Ork


Service Hours for Information Desk, IT, Facilities and Security

Submitted by Ashley Weatherspoon, Enrollment Services

Information Desk and Information Technology

Week of May 14
Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Week of May 21
Monday and Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



Monday through Thursday: 6:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:40 a.m. to 11:30
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Coon Rapids only)


Coon Rapids Campus Facilities

Week of May 14
Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Week of May 21
Monday and Tuesday: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Cambridge Campus Facilities

Week of May 14
Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Week of May 21
Monday and Tuesday: 6 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 6 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

***For any emergency calls outside of the hours indicated, callers will be required to call 911 direct until further notice***


Coon Rapids Honored Faculty Member

Submitted by Jim Biederman, Psychology Department

It was a very close ballot.  This year’s recipient of the Coon Rapids Honored Faculty Member Award is:

Melissa Bergstrom

Melissa will receive a plaque and honorarium from the Coon Rapids Faculty Association in the fall and will also have the opportunity to present at a college hour.  Congratulations to Melissa, our other finalist Patty Pieper, and to the entire many faculty who received votes in our election. 

All of us—faculty, staff, administrators—work very hard at this college, so it is nice to do a little recognizing from time to time, especially for someone like Melissa who really goes above and beyond in her service to students, the college, and her faculty.   


Summer Hours Begin May 23

Summer Hours – Campus Open

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire Documentary

Submitted by Mark Lambert, Fine Arts

The Art Department is proud to present Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire.  The documentary provides a view into the lives and work of eight Minnesota potters—four pairs of artists whose unique relationships celebrate some of the many ways that knowledge, experience and spirit are passed from person to person in this field. This documentary tracks the amazing sphere of these potters' stories with each other— exposing the challenge of becoming and subsisting as a practicing potter, detailing many of their processes, and, through the clear voice of art critic and cultural specialist Janet Koplas, offering insight into the bigger Minnesota potters' narrative.

View the documentary at: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/fire.aspx

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of a Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Kid U Needs Your Help!

Submitted by Lori Amborn, Professional Training

Kid U 2012 is rapidly approaching, and the staff is once again seeking donations to make this year better than ever!  

Attached is a list of supplies the instructors need to provide the numerous activities they have planned.  All donations can be dropped off at the PTC.   Thank you for your support of Kid U!  Your generosity is sincerely appreciated!   


Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities 

Submitted by Ryan O'Donovan, TRiO 

Laura Minnihan’s last day with TRIO Upward Bound was April 17.  Employees gathered to say goodbye last Thursday with cake to wish her well.  Laura has been with Anoka-Ramsey since June 2009. She took a full-time position with Isanti County.

We wish Laura the best in her new position. 


Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

I am happy to announce that Kristine Kerkes has accepted the Testing Coordinator/Admissions Specialist position for the Cambridge Campus. Kristine will be coordinating testing services and assisting with functions of the admissions office.

Kristine started with Anoka-Ramsey in 1996 and has experience in several departments on campus.  She began as an intermittent in the Records Office and continued by helping in the Bookstore, Testing Center, Information Center, Admissions, and has covered as the Faculty Secretary and as the College Operator. Her experience with multiple departments on campus will certainly be an asset!

Welcome Kristine!



Pause for Appreciation


Thank you, everyone, for making my time here at Anoka-Ramsey an enjoyable experience. Your kindness has been much appreciated.
Laura Minnihan, TRiO Upward Bound


Thank you Sheila!

I just wanted to give a sincere thank you to Sheila Provost in Central Services. Without her assistance, support, knowledge and willingness to jump in and simply find answers I would be unable to do my job very effectively. Not only is Sheila professional, she also brings a smile and a great attitude to every situation.

So thank you Sheila for all you do. It is noticed and very much appreciated.
Tina Perpich, Marketing & Public Relations Department


Another Successful Graduation on Friday Evening!

I would like to thank Jill Snippen for all the incredible support and attention to detail with this year’s graduation ceremonies, it is very much appreciated. She has gone up and above with coordinating on many levels to make both ceremonies a great success. Thank you!

Thank you to all the many staff who volunteered, and to Faculty and Administration who helped and participated in this year’s graduation ceremony. It is an important event for our students! Thanks for attending and supporting our graduates in all the many levels!

Thank you to all who participated, staff and volunteers, Faculty and Administration, IT and Facilities!

An amazing group of graduates!
Ravae Anderson, Educational Services


It was no trivial task to coordinate a graduation ceremony in a building that we have never used, with a sound system that is not ours, and all the other unknowns that came up at the last minute. Wow!  The logistics of having the entire ceremony off campus must have been challenging. Yet at every corner, there seemed to be an Anoka-Ramsey employee directing graduates, faculty, and visitors or to help out in any way possible.  Thank you to Jill Snippen and Ravae Anderson and all the employees who made the ceremony go as smoothly as possible. Without all of you, it would not have been the memorable evening that it truly was for so many Anoka-Ramsey families.  It is a privilege to work with all of you.
Kelly Befus, Chemistry Department


Another graduation… another success!!  Due to the awesome teamwork and diligent preparation of our dedicated Anoka-Ramsey staff, the Cambridge Campus Commencement was a memorable event for our graduates and guests. 

Many sincere thanks to all who contributed their time and talents to the many stages of the event: the planning, the physical set-up, working the event, or participating in the ceremony.   A special THANK-YOU goes out to the event helpers, the IT crew, the Security crew, the Facilities crew and our program presenters.
Jill Snippen, Educational Services


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Development and Media/Membership Approvals:

Debby Filler, Phagehunting (virus hunting) Workshop, $767
Kathleen Hoffman, Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Conference, $300
Dale Omundson, experience language and culture first-hand and to research its history, $900
Daniel Heinks, coursework at MNSCU, $1,452
Sandra Manzon-Omundson, experience language and culture first-hand and to research its history, $982.68
Shannon Kirkeide, On Course II Workshop, $1,545
Melissa Bergstrom, work with conductor and performers and attend composition premiere, $450
Melissa Mills, student fees for  IHH 1103 and IHH 2102, $126.36
Melissa Mills, Holistic Therapies Conference, $159
Roberta McDonald, attend two 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Online workshops, $298
Scott Stankey, attend Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MnADE) Conference, $340
Tracy Youngblom Turner, Alumni of Warren Wilson College MFA Program writing conference, $1,329
Fern Deno, Certified Nurse Educator Exam, $375
Elizabeth DiFabio, Balanced Foods for Balanced Moods, $25
Colleen Snell, BLS for Healthcare Provider book ($18.24) and Laerdal Pocket Mask ($19.25), $37.49
Laura Ann Feierabend, Health Educator’s Conference, $408.53
Mark Lambert, U of M course “Minnesota Clay”, $199.93
Paul David Anderson, books: Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau ($4), Many Tender Time: Women in Fur-Trade Society 1670 – 1870 ($10.37), Down and Out: The Life and Death of Minneapolis’s Skid Row($17.99), Decline of Rural Minnesota ($8.99), video: History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years($69.93), $111.28
Paula Croonquist, parking expense at U of M during sabbatical leave, $822.86
Adam Krenelka, conference, $39
Kendra Miller, APA Division 46 Membership, $25
Kirsten Olsen, attend Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, $102
Candy Heino, Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Workshops, $510
Dawn Kennedy, BLS Instructor re-certification, $77.50
Dierk Hofreiter, AATP Membership (American Association of Physics Teachers), $230
Michelle Rogers, MinnMATYC Conference, $460
Jennifer Bluth, online class through the University of Illinois, $1,587


Staff Development Funds Approvals:

Pa Lee-Xiong, college course at Metro State, $600
Laura Rasmussen, IT conference, $300
Ravae Anderson, tuition and books for Metro State course, $500
Sean Johns, Financial Aid Administrators Conference, $300
Marcellus Davis, graduate doctoral credits at SCSU, $600
Julie Beedle, class fees/ textbooks for class at Anoka Tech, $300


Wellness Fund Approvals:

Jan Pomeroy, $100
Kyle Vadner, $100
Heidi Vidor, $100
Elizabeth DiFabio, $100
Louise Duff, $100
Valerie Knight, $96.80
Ed Wilberg, $100


Social Amenities:

Card sent to Kathlyn Luksetich
Card sent to Marissa Sabatke

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 42: May 7, 2012

Congratulations and Thank You for a Terrific Year

Pam Fauskee, Mark Omodt Recognized by Chancellor Rosenstone

Congratulations to John Hennen

Student Awards Night Honors at Both Campuses

Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Softball Game Fun

Commencements This Friday

Internal Communications Survey

Wellness Works Chair Massages May 9

Rams Basketball Players Earn Athletic Scholarships

Women’s Softball Team Qualifies for NJCAA Regional Tournament

Taher Riverview Café Summer Hours

Saint Paul Saints Game May 19

Congratulations to Angie Anderson and Mary Jacobson

Staff Development Funds Reminder

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements


News from President Jessica Stumpf

Congratulations and Thank You for a Terrific Year

It is hard to believe that graduation at all three campuses is this week! Not only is this a momentous time for students, but the staff and faculty at Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey should also celebrate their own graduation and commencement.

It has been a year full of changes and hard work for both Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey. I am so pleased with the collaboration and commitment you all have put into this past year.  Your willingness to be flexible, adapt to change and to go the extra mile for the sake of students and higher education will blaze the road to future successes at all three campuses.  Everyone should be proud to graduate from the hard work and dedication they have put forth this past year and should embrace a commencement that celebrates the start of something wonderfully new, exciting and fresh!

I look forward to next year and to being a part of an alignment that breaks new ground and serve as a model for the future. I think many people are watching Anoka Tech and Anoka-Ramsey to see what we can do. We have a lot to offer; I see it every day I come to work. I am proud to say that I am part of an innovative team of people who will overcome obstacles, seize opportunities and build on each institutions unique heritage to obtain the goals of serving students and our communities, and aligning two colleges. 

If you are staff or faculty who work over the summer months, I encourage you to take time away from campus and spend it with your friends and family. If you are staff or faculty who are not on campus over the next few months, I hope you enjoy the lazy days of summer.

Stay in touch this summer by looking at the Weekly Update or College Bulletin; both will continue to communicate important college information.

Thank you again for all that you do and I hope to see you at graduation.


Pam Fauskee, Mark Omodt Recognized by Chancellor Rosenstone

Congratulations to outstanding faculty Pam Fauskee and Mark Omodt for their recognition at the MnSCU Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Teaching Award luncheon, April 18!


Nursing faculty Pam Fauskee accepting her award from the Chancellor.
Math faculty Mark Omodt accepts his award from the Chancellor.


Congratulations to John Hennen

Congratulations to John Hennen for being recognized by Anoka County for his work regarding sexual violence awareness and prevention. If you missed the press release recognizing John and the award he received from the county, you can still read it online.

John’s dedication and commitment to raising awareness around sexual violence continues to make a difference in the lives of our students and will have a profound effect in the lives about people beyond Anoka County.

Words really fail to express how thankful I am and how proud I am to work among some of the state’s finest faculty and students. Congratulations, John!


Student Awards Night Honors at Both Campuses

The Cambridge Awards Ceremony was held Friday, April 27. Congratulations to the following students recognized for their outstanding dedication and work!

Academic Discipline Awards
    Art: Gavriella Aguilar
    Biology: Georgina Minwegen
    Business: Allison Sivigny
    Choir & Voice Student: Shawn Heule
    C-Net Program: Ashley Rahn
    Economics: Isaiah Norton
    English: Drew Reilly & Andrea Sandeen
    Humanities/Philosophy: Ashley Steffenson
    R.N. Program: Meredith Mackinnon & Grace Hudson

Honors Scholar
    Kristina Reiling

Phi Theta Kappa
    Kristina Reiling
    Melinda LaQuier
    Kara Harms
    Jinsol Park
    Kristina Beaulieu
    Alyson Kraft
    Allison Sivigny
    Maria Myers

Student Life Clubs
    Student Nurses Association:  Carilyn Brinwall
    Literacy Club: Kiya Patry & Sonja Rauen
    Environmental Club:  Rebecca Anderson

Student Workers
    Fitness Center & Gym: Kiya Patry
    Library:  Chelsea Mellor
    Records Office: Tonya Kohanek

Outstanding Student of the Year 2011-2012
    Kristina Reiling


The Coon Rapids Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 2.  Congratulations to the following list of students recognized for their outstanding dedication and work!

Academic Discipline Awards
    Anthropology: Meghan Meints
    Art: Anthony Balma
    Biology: Hannah Kruse
    Biomedical Technology: Nancy Hagen
    Business: Susan Gieseke
    Chemistry: Alyssa Devine
    Chinese: Paige Merwin
    Computer Networking & Telecommunications: Michael Morris
    Computer Science: Matthew Dion
    Economics: Benjamin Allen
    Engineering: Alex Chaddock
    English: Jamie Haddox
    French: Mia Glover
    Geography: Annaliese Heinicke
    German: Annaliese Heinicke
    Health, Physical Education, & Recreation: Carol Curtis
    History: Kimberly Meyer
    Humanities: Jose Aguilera Araya
    Integrative Health & Healing: Laurél Kimpton
    Mathematics: Alex Chaddock
            AMATYC - 1st Place: Ashley Mages
            AMATYC - 2nd Place: Thomas Heille
            AMATYC - 3rd Place: Felicia Lindberg
    Music: Jared Waln
    Nursing: Dustin Lee
    Philosophy: Ben Blanchette
    Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Barbara Schultz
    Political Science: Alisa Brakic
    Psychology: Ben Blanchette
    Reading: Lucas Barraud
    Sociology: Michael Sommer
    Speech: Ryan Theil
    Study Skills: Alex Shykes
    Theatre Arts: Nykeigh Larson

Activity Awards 
    Actress: Nykeigh Larson 
    Athlete: Veselin Karagyaurov 
    Contributor to the Literary Magazine: Elaine Kenny 
    Contributor to the Student Newspaper: Terisha Alfaro 
    Instrumentalist: Joshua May 
    Intramural Athlete: Nathan Richardson 
    Phi Theta Kappa: David Corgan 
    Student Government: Nicholas Tomczyk 
    Vocalist: Bridgette Gergen

Outstanding Student of the Year 2011-2012 
    Nadia Pedersen

Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Softball Game Fun

Submitted by Joan McKearnan, Biology Department

We had a slow start to the game and therefore the shortest game in our history, 2.5 innings, but the faculty can now say “Two-two-two in a row”.  The score was 11-3.  I would say the Faculty MVP was Tom Hanson who not only pitched a great game but hit 1.75 home runs.  The 0.75 was because the ball hit the top of the fence and then bounced back in and Tom was able to run to third base.  I want to thank the players for the faculty (see below) and Shannon Glenn for organizing the student team. 

Lance Lund
Vicki MacMurdo
Kathy Connelly
Tom Hanson
Trung Ha
(who also hit a home run!)
Brandi Eddings
Ashley Weatherspoon
Sara Nelson
Shawn Magner

Dan Lojovich
Bruce Homann

And… Wait for it…….

Blayn Lemke (yes, you heard it here first) who played catcher for the last inning, and not too bad.  Joe Mauer, watch out! 


Commencements This Friday



Internal Communications Survey

Submitted by Bobbie Dahlke, Marketing & Public Relations

This summer, the Marketing & Public Relation’s team would like to explore opportunities for streamlining and improving internal communications at Anoka-Technical and Anoka-Ramsey Community Colleges. Please help them in their work by completing an Internal Communication Survey.


Wellness Works Chair Massages May 9 

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

Once again, the Wellness Works employee wellness program will be offering chair massages!

Massages will be on Wednesday, May 9. Sign up at the Information Desk on the Cambridge Campus or at the Employee Wellness Program bulletin board on the Coon Rapids Campus (located by Central Services).


Rams Basketball Players Earn Athletic Scholarships

Submitted by Rory Larson, Athletics Department

Please congratulate Anoka-Ramsey Men's Basketball players J.J. Butler and Antone Darrington on receiving athletic scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers next year.

We are very proud of their accomplishments and thank them for their contributions to our basketball program this past season!




 J. J. Butler will be attending
Ashford University in Clinton, IA.
 Antone Darrington will be attending
Dakota State University in Madison, SD.

Women’s Softball Team Qualifies for NJCAA Regional Tournament

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics Department


Congratulations to the Women’s Softball team on qualifying for the NJCAA Region XIIIA Tournament this past Saturday. This is the second consecutive year that the team has advanced to the regional tournament. The team will compete Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 in Willmar, Minn. with the winner advancing to the National Tournament in Rochester, Minn. the following week.

I apologize to faculty for the timing of the Regional Tournament during finals week. The dates are set by the region in relation to the national tournament. I appreciate how flexible, understanding and supportive you have been with the student athletes. If any of these student athletes have a final on Thursday or Friday, they are supposed to contact you a.s.a.p. about what they can do. If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please let me know.


Taher Riverview Café Summer Hours

Submitted by Kate Palm, Food Service Director

Cafeteria/Coffee Summer Hours

Through Friday, May 11 

Cafeteria (Regular Hours)
Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Coffee Shop (Regular Hours)
Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Monday, May 14 through Thursday, June 15

Coffee Shop
Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Full Catering Available


Monday, June 18 through Thursday, August 2

Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Full Catering Available


Saint Paul Saints Game May 19

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities


Congratulations to Angie Anderson and Mary Jacobson

Faculty Earns Perfect Score M. Ed. Graduate Exams

Big congratulations to Communications Studies Faculty member Angie Anderson for earning a perfect score on her Masters of Education (M. Ed.) graduate exams.  Angie completed the online Teaching Graduate certificate in summer 2011 and is now finishing her M.Ed. through .Bemidji State University.

The last step in the completion of her degree is a final project, which has been proposed and accepted, that expands on her prior work to further examine the importance of feedback, organization, content creation and meaningful interactions among students and faculty in online courses. Faculty members who excel in most or all of these areas are encouraged to contact Angie over the summer for a short interview.

Congratulations, Angie!


Marketing Director Completes Master’s Program in Liberal Studies at Metropolitan State University

Public Relations and Marketing Director Mary Jacobson recently completed a master’s degree program in Liberal Studies at Metropolitan State University.

Mary began master studies only two years ago and, after extensive interdisciplinary inquiry, chose to complete a capstone project titled, Forgiving River: The Shifting Human Relationship with the Mississippi River, which combined her research on the Mississippi River with her exploration of bookmaking arts.

Congratulations, Mary!


Staff Development Funds Reminder

Submitted by Louise Duff, Administrative Services

A reminder to those who are eligible for staff development funds that you must request your funds no later than June 1, 2012 for FY 12.  You must complete your activity no later than June 30, 2012.




Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities


Submitted by Natasha Baer, Educational Services

New Full Time Faculty in Political Science

Matt Schuster has officially accepted a position as a full-time Political Science faculty member.  Matt holds a Master of Science degree in Political Science and has completed all coursework towards his Ph.D. in Political Science.

He began at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2005 as an Academic Advisor. Since then, he has been a temporary part-time faculty member at the college, and has remained very involved within the department. 

Matt’s new position will be the only full-time faculty member in the Political Science Department. He will teach at both the Cambridge and Coon Rapids campuses.  He has continually dedicated his efforts by committing to students, serving the college, and reaching out to the community.  Matt’s role will continue to grow as he leads the Political Science Department.

Please join me in welcoming Matt to his new full-time teaching position!


Submitted by Tim Zondlo, Information Technology

New Addition to Central Services

Please welcome Jerry George to Central Services. He comes to us from the Department of Natural Resources. Stop in and say hi.

Special thanks go to both Tami Traeger and Pat Ripley for their help in Central Services over the last year.


Pause for Appreciation

The April 21 Cambridge Campus Earth Fair was a great success!   People of all ages from the community, as well as students, faculty & staff! 
Bonnie Boese, Library Department

Thank you, Bonnie, for your help in putting on the Earth Friendly Fair–from promotion to participation.  It made this year’s EFF a rousing success, with between 200-300 people showing up.  Thanks also go to Brad Wold, Crystal Pierce, Jim Brozowski, Phil Anderson, Pam Peterson, Tina Venneman, Greg Strandmark, Cindy Gilbert, Marko Marion and the inimitable Eric Anderson for pitching in. Next year will be even better. 
Peter Wahlstrom, Philosophy Department


Mr. Bibee,

I just wanted to e-mail you back and tell you how much I appreciate your help. I can open the Powerpoints online, I just didn't realize they were there. You are a wonderful teacher and are always willing to help in any way possible and responding to your students right away. I will say that I enjoyed your class and I can't say that about many speech classes I have attended before. I truly am grateful for all the help and e-mails you have replied back to. Not many teachers are like this and I hope you realize that you are a wonderful teacher!

Thanks for everything.
- Student of Speech faculty member Jack Bibee


College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Fund Approvals:

Jim Biederman, $100
Jami Jones, $100
Amber Severson, $100
Ann Kinkel, $99.52


Official Announcements

April 20 Academic Affairs & Standards Council Meeting

Submitted by Val Knight, Educational Services

Click here to view the minutes from the meeting.


Administrator Duty Assignments for Week of May 7 and May 14, 2012

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services






Monday, May 7

7 to 10 p.m.

AFA Recitals, 7:30 pm

Thom Nordin

Coon Rapids Campus, Performing Arts Center

Friday, May 11

3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cambridge Graduation, 4:30 p.m.

Jill Snippen

Cambridge Campus/
AFRC Center

Friday, May 11

6:30 to 10 p.m.

Coon Rapids Graduation, 7:30 p.m.

Jill Snippen

Coon Rapids Campus/
Coon Rapids High School Fieldhouse