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October 2011


Issue No. 14: October 24, 2011

 Issue No. 13: October 17, 2011

 Issue No. 12: October 10, 2011

Issue No. 11: October 3, 2011

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 15: October 31, 2011

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 Guest Speaker: Sven Sundgaard on Atmospheric Science and Climate Change

PTK Encourages Students to Commit To Graduating

Networking Workshop and Event, Nov. 9

Anatomy of Gray Tickets

Make-Up Testing Policies

Prairie Home Delights Success!

Region Soccer Update 

Just a reminder…..Cambridge Campus Yoga starts next Tuesday, Nov. 1

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

 

I am pleased to announce that Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 2.  This is our opportunity to meet him, hear about his vision for the future of higher education in Minnesota, and share all that Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical College have to offer students.  I hope you can take time to attend this event. 

All staff and faculty are invited.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 2

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cambridge Campus, G202 (Auditorium)
1 to 2 p.m. Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anoka Technical College, Auditorium B

 

 

Guest Speaker: Sven Sundgaard on Atmospheric Science and Climate Change

Submitted by Kristen Genet, Biology

 

     

Sven Sundgaard (KARE11 meteorologist) is coming to do a guest lecture on Atmospheric Science and Climate Change. 

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for his talk!

When:     Monday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m.
Where:    Legacy Room (SC270/272)

 

 

PTK Encourages Students to Commit To Graduating

Submitted by Allison Sivigny, Phi Theta Kappa

Hello from Phi Theta Kappa!

We've been working on a college project this year to encourage students to commit to graduating. The graduation rate of students at two-year colleges is low, and here at Anoka-Ramsey the graduation rate is 17%.

During the week of Oct. 31 we are going to hold Signing Week to encourage students to commit to graduating. We'll be in the hall across from the cafeteria asking students to commit to graduate by signing our 'I'm Committed' banner. We're going to kick off our Signing Week on Monday, Oct. 31 at noon with a brief introduction to students about what Signing Week is about followed by a brief speech from Deidra Peaslee, Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, and Lisa Harris, Interim Dean of Student Life. On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon we'll hear from President Jessica Stumpf, Isabelle Schmidt, Cambridge Campus Counselor, and David Corgan, Vice President of Northern District of Phi Theta Kappa's Minn-Wi-Kota Region. We would appreciate faculty members encouraging students to commit to graduating.

If you have any questions please email me at asivigny1@my.anokaramsey.edu.

 

 

Networking Workshop and Event, Nov. 9

Submitted by Michael Wall, Institutional Advancement

Please join alumni, students, community members and other faculty and staff at an evening of education and practice around the topic of networking.  In many ways, ‘they’ are right when they say, “It’s who you know.”  Some are not comfortable with the idea of NETWORKING, and this is a great evening for those who like networking and those who never have tried.

We will begin with a reception and registration time of 6-6:30 p.m. Sage Presence will lead a 30-minute workshop on a different way to think about networking.

The rest of the evening will be a chance to try this technique out on other attendees in a facilitated speed-networking format.

The event is free and limited to 100 participants.  Those wishing to attend must RSVP to me no later than Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon, as space is available.

Please find attached a flyer for the event.  I hope to see you there.  Please pass this along to your students.

 

 

Anatomy of Gray tickets

Submitted by Scott Ford, Fine Arts

I want to encourage faculty members, students and staff to plan ahead and get tickets for the final weekend of Theatre Department’s fall production of Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard, Nov. 4, 5, and 6.

Designer Peter Lerohl has created a unique and interesting “in the round” stage/seating configuration which will bring you closer to the action, a new experience for our students and audience.

All tickets are general admission and there will be no late seating.  Tickets are available in the bookstore.

On behalf of our theatre students, I thank you in advance for your support. 

We’ll see you at the show!

 

 

Make-Up Testing Policies

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez, Testing Services

APPOINTMENTS

  • Students must make an appointment with the Information Center for make-up testing. This can be done in person at the Info Desk or by calling 763-433-1240.
  • The make-up testing schedule can be found at the Information Desk or on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College website.
  • Once an appointment has been made with the Information Center, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor either by phone, email or with a test request card (provided by the Information Center).
  • After the student contacts the instructor, the instructor or secretary then delivers the test to the Testing Center by the appropriate date and time. Tests can also be delivered electronically to testingservice@anokaramsey.edu.
  • The Testing Center will not administer re-take or optional testing. An example of optional retesting is an instructor giving students the choice of taking a test in class, taking a take-home exam or taking the test in the Testing Center.
  • After an exam is completed, it will be returned either through inter-office mail or hand delivered by the Testing Center Coordinator/Assistant.

INSTRUCTOR POLICIES

  • Instructors are required to have their name and the student’s name written on each exam as well as the course name and number and test number (i.e. exam 4, quiz 2.1).
  • Special instructions should be indicated on the test request card and attached to the test. These instructions can be sent in an email for tests delivered electronically.
  • We would like to request that each instructor send only one test per student as they are requested. We prefer not to accept multiple tests for future use unless each one is assigned to a student that has requested an examination time in the Testing Center.
  • If the above policies are not followed, or we do not have the required information needed to properly administer the exam, it could result in the test not being given.

NEW!  Access Services students who have been approved for alternative testing should schedule their appointment directly with the Testing Center.

If you have any questions regarding the Testing Center procedures and policies, please contact Melissa Carle at the Cambridge Campus and MaryAnn Harris or Jaimie Lopez at the Coon Rapids Campus.

 

 

Prairie Home Delights Success!

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

We now have the final numbers from Prairie Home Delights and can report that revenue was up and expenses were down, which means more  dollars for scholarships!

Thanks to all the hard work of the volunteers and all the support from the faculty/staff and community, net revenue this year increased over 10% compared to last year! With over 175 people attending, the event continues to be a major scholarship fund raiser for the college! In total the event raised over $19,200. 

Plans are already underway for next year!  The committee has set a date of Sept. 27, 2012!

On behalf of the committee, thank you to everyone who attended or created a basket or helped in any way to make this year a great success! 

 

 

Region Soccer Update

Submitted by Dave Alto, Athletics

The men’s team won the Region XIII Championship by a score of 3-0 over Century College. This is the third consecutive year the men have won the Region XII Championship.

Brady Eichhorn- Hicks was named Region XIII Coach of the Year and Vesko Karagyaurov was named Region XIII Player of the Year.

 

The women’s team lost a heartbreaker in the Region Championship by a score of 1-1 and lost the shoot-out 2-4 against Rochester CTC.

Thanks to all of you who came out to support the teams!

 

 

Just a reminder…..Cambridge Campus Yoga starts next Tuesday, Nov. 1

 

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

Faculty Development & Media/Membership Approvals:

  • Nina Bohrod, AMATYC Annual Conference, 11/10/2011 – 11/13/2011, $1,173.00
  • Tim Wrenn, Memberships: Association for Computing Machinery, SIGCSE, ACM Development Contribution, Optional Contribution Fund, $154.00

 

 

Official Announcements

Attention:  AFSCME, MAPE, MMA and COMMISSIONER’S Plan Group Employees:  all others disregard 

There is one opening on the Coon Rapids Campus for a Staff Development Committee member.  If you are interested in joining this group, please send Louise Duff an email no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2.  In the event there is more than one interested Coon Rapids employee, we will then conduct a vote.

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 14: October 24, 2011

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 Memorial Dedication in Memory of Robert “Bob” Forrer

DARS Day

Mental Wellness Event Coming Up Soon!

October Wellness Workshop: Self-Acupressure

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

October 19, 2011: Rosenstone calls for commitment, courage and creativity to ensure access to extraordinary education

Submitted by Melinda Voss, MnSCU

News releases are available at: http://www.mnscu.edu/media

Fourth chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities installed during Capitol Rotunda ceremony.

Keeping the doors open to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans is and will remain the top priority of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Steven Rosenstone said during an installation ceremony Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. He was formally installed as the system’s fourth chancellor.

“We absolutely must work together to make it financially feasible for our students and all Minnesotans not just to attend our colleges and universities but to graduate and succeed,” he told the several hundred guests who attended the ceremony.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Board of Trustees Chair Scott Thiss, Vice Chair Clarence Hightower as well as student and faculty leaders also made brief remarks.  Students representing the 31 state colleges and universities performed musical selections, welcomed guests in 29 global languages and unfurled banners celebrating each college and university.

Drawing on the accomplishments of Minnesota’s early leaders, Rosenstone said their actions emphasized a commitment to the people, to each other and to the state; courage to do what’s needed when it’s needed; and creativity to make the impossible possible. “It is this set of values that has been fundamental to Minnesota’s quality of life,” he said.

“These are also the values that drive that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. And they are the values that are key to our future.”

Chancellor Rosenstone also expressed concern about the increasing cost of a college education. “To you - our students - I have heard you on tuition, and I get it,” he said.

“I’m deeply worried, about the darkest cloud in the educational sky - the shifting of costs from the state to students,” he said.

“People across Minnesota have expressed concern that this trend is pricing students out of college, and ultimately, out of a job. True accessibility will be possible only if we stop placing more of the financial burden on our students.”

“For more than 150 years, our colleges and universities have prepared Minnesota’s workforce,” he said.  “We have supplied skilled workers and professionals to lead new and growing companies, and we have educated the Minnesotans who knit together the fabric of our communities

- from teachers and social workers to policy officers and nurses. That role cannot diminish in the face of current financial challenges.”

Traveling more than 6,000 miles during the past few months, Rosenstone said he heard repeatedly about the value of the 31 state colleges and universities. “Minnesotans don’t see us as the problem; they see us as the solution to their most important challenges,” he said. “Our faculty help solve the real world problems facing businesses and communities.  We prepare the workers and professionals who will lead every sector of Minnesota’s economy.”

He urged the system’s leaders, faculty and staff to be responsible stewards and take calculated risks to accelerate progress. “Minnesota is counting on us to act courageously,” he said.

“Our stark reality is that state funding per student - in constant dollars - has been cut 48 percent since 2000.  Yes, we will continue to improve efficiency and generate additional revenue but that won’t be sufficient to keep college affordable and our programs strong. We must find more innovative ways to educate students and manage operations,” he said.

“There is no lack of creativity in this system,” he noted. “But, inertia - doing things the way we’ve always done them - is a serious and even dangerous risk because we are facing tectonic changes and challenges.

He called for effective collaboration with government, businesses and K-12 partners. “We must put away old prejudices and outdated approaches and focus on our shared commitments to access, quality and affordability to build Minnesota’s workforce of the future….Minnesota is counting on us, and we must lead.”

For a full copy of Chancellor Rosenstone's remarks from earlier today, see the attached PDF or follow this link to read it and other speeches: http://www.mnscu.edu/chancellor/speeches/index.html

If you were unable to watch the live stream of the installation and are interested in seeing a video recording, that recording will be available on the MnSCU Web site [link to website].

 

 

Memorial Dedication in Memory of Robert “Bob” Forrer

Submitted by Janine Forrer, Records & Registration

To the Anoka-Ramsey Community:

Thanks to the generous contributions from so many of you, our family members and friends in memory of my husband, Robert “Bob” Forrer and with the assistance of the Brainerd DNR, we were able to donate two covered picnic shelters erected in two different locations along Minnesota’s beautiful trail system. One was installed on the Cuyuna Lakes trail near Crosby, Minn. overlooking the Armour Mine No. 2 mine pit lake, and the second one is located along the Paul Bunyan Trail just north of Nisswa, overlooking Lower Cullen Lake. 

A dedication will be held at the Cuyuna trail site in the spring.   If you’re in the area biking, kayaking, rollerblading or otherwise exploring the wonderful trail systems, you’re welcome to join us!  I will share event details as soon as the dedication date is set.

Again, many thanks to all of you for your kindness, thoughts and prayers.  

 

Memorial plaques with an emblem of a rollerblader were added with the message:

 Donated in Loving Memory of Robert ‘Bob’ Forrer, 1950-2009 

 

  

 

 

Janine Forrer’s son-in-law Ted, daughter, Denise, and grandchildren Gretta and Garrett
take a moment to enjoy the view at the picnic shelter located near Crosby, Minn. dedicated
in memory of Robert “Bob” Forrer.
A second picnic shelter is located along the trail near Nisswa.

 

 

 

DARS Day

Submitted by Kacey Gregerson, Academic Advising

We are trying to encourage students to track their progress towards graduation by having a DARS Day. We will hand out giveaways and be around campus printing off DARS.

Here is some information:

Coon Rapids Campus:

Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Times/Locations:
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Academic Support Center 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cafeteria
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student Cetner (Advising/Career Office
Popcorn will be available in Advising Services. "Swag" will be available in all locations.

 

Cambridge Campus:

Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Times/Locations: 
All Day  Advising Services 
Popcorn will be available in Advising Services. "Swag" will also be available. 

 

 

 

 

Mental Wellness Event Coming Up Soon!

Submitted by MaryAnn Larios, Counseling

We are only a few days away from our Mental Wellness Event on Oct. 28, and the Counseling Department needs your help!

flyer for the event was delivered to your mailbox last week. You can help us advertise this event by:

  • Displaying the flyer on your office door or on your department’s bulletin board
  • Linking it on your class home page(s) (a copy is attached)
  • Announcing the Mental Wellness event in class
  • Giving extra credit to your students for attending the speaker’s presentation and/or participating in the mental health screening

If you would like bookmarks or buttons to hand out to your students, please let me know and they will be delivered to your office.

 

 

October Wellness Workshop: Self-Acupressure

Please join us for the October Wellness Workshop, Self-Acupressure to Decrease Tension & Relieve Common Ailments.

Participants will be entered into a drawing to receive one of our new Wellness Works promotional items!

 

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement would like to welcome Diane Dockery as the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Funding.  She has a background in Higher Education.  She joins us from St. Mary’s University where she was the Associate Director – Corporate, Foundation and Government Support. Diane has worked in the community college setting before, as a faculty member at Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. Diane will split her time between Coon Rapids and Cambridge campuses. Her office is in L200 on the Coon Rapids Campus. Stop by and say hello!

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Jennifer Liberty-Clark, Psychology

Gail Peterson, Human Resources, has been a patient and kind employee advocate. Many times HR issues and questions can be confusing and she has always answered my questions in a timely and courteous manner, and I just wanted her to know that she's appreciated!

 

Submitted by Peter Wahlstrom, Philosophy

Major props to Eric Anderson for organizing the Kenny Krona and Friends concert on Friday last.  It was a first class event held in a packed auditorium.  It is a tribute to this college that we can offer up such talent to the community free of charge.  Now if we only had a sign out on 95 to publicize such events…

 

Submitted by Abbie Huttenburg, Admissions/Academic Advising

Thank you to everyone who was a part of the Open House last night (Oct. 18)!  We had 24 potential new students visit the campus. Special thanks to Maintenance and Technology who made sure that we had everything we needed!

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Funds Approvals

  • Gina Pancerella-Willis, $48

 

Staff Development Funds Approvals

  • Karla Seymour, Course Fees, $600
  • Jennifer Emslander, Certificate Fees, $300
  • Daniel Harmon, Nobel Conference, $300
  • Patricia Giese, Simulation User Network Conference, $300

 

 

Official Announcements

The most recently approved procedure has been posted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Policy and Procedure Manual on the public website.

3E.1/11 Admissions

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 13: October 17, 2011

Construction at Coon Rapids May Affect Traffic Flow

Cook Ice Arena Parking

Fall Fest Activities on the Coon Rapids Campus

English Faculty Garnering Attention, Publication

Call for TAC Requests for Software and Multimedia

Retirements Celebration Committee Established

Precinct Caucus and General Election Dates

Peer Tutoring

Coon Rapids Campus Fall Play: Anatomy of Gray

Purchasing Guidelines Updates

Diversity & Multiculturalism Event: Dr. Sheik Odeh Muhawesh, Everything You Wanted to Know About Islam, but were too Afraid to Ask

Mental Wellness Speaker at Cambridge Campus

MN Writer Event: POSTPONED

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Open Enrollment Coming Soon! Nov. 2 through Nov. 15

Revisions to Sexual Violence Policy

Help us save TRiO programs! Join us as we write Washington to fight for TRiO

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements 

 

 

Construction at Coon Rapids May Affect Traffic Flow

Submitted by Orrin Nyhus, Public Safety

Traffic flow and some parking may be slightly disrupted during construction of the Health and Wellness Center.  Please be patient with the large trucks often coming and going during the next year. The disruption will begin late-November and early-December and will include:

  • the sidewalk along College Drive near the Gymnasium area is closed
  • parking along the tennis courts on College Drive will be for contractors only
  • some delays along the road in front of the Performing Arts Center

For details, please click on the map.

Thank you for your understanding during this construction period.

 

 

Cook Ice Arena Parking

Submitted by Orrin Nyhus, Public Safety

Anoka-Ramsey was informed by the Cook Ice Arena manager on Oct. 11 that parking was only available to us through Friday, Oct. 14. They have already started some of the early demolition activities and barricades were put in place on Oct. 15. Students have been advised. We apologize for the short notice.

 

 

Fall Fest Activities on the Coon Rapids Campus

 

 

English Faculty Garnering Attention, Publication

Anoka-Ramsey English Faculty member, Paige Riehl, was recently selected as a semi-finalist for two major poetry competitions:

  • 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry sponsored by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry
  • 2011 River Styx International Poetry Contest

In both contests, Paige was in the top 33 of more than 600 poetry submissions.  She also earned a finalist position in the coveted 2011 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry sponsored by the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

To read some of Paige’s work, check out her new poems recently published in Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry (a print-only publication) and in Literary Bohemian.

Congratulations, Paige!

 

 

Call for TAC Requests for Software and Multimedia

Submitted by Andrew Aspaas, Chemistry Faculty & TAC sub-committee chair

 What are TAC requests?

  • The Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) accepts requests twice a year for the purchase of technology items. TAC purchases are funded by the student technology fees. Each campus has a TAC sub-committee consisting of faculty members and IT staff that review the requests, and a college-wide TAC committee then makes final recommendations to the president.

What can I request?

  • The fall round of TAC requests are for software and multimedia only. Hardware requests must be made in the spring round of TAC requests.
  • The TAC committee considers the potential benefit for students when evaluating each request.
  • Software may include applications for your office computer/laptop, classroom computers, or lab computers. (Software requests are generally not granted for use on your own personal computer.)
  • Multimedia is usually CDs/DVDs. Online subscriptions to web apps or media repositories are also included. All CDs/DVDs and online subscription media must be closed-captioned.
  • Examples of hardware may include items like computers, cameras, projectors, microphones, gadgets, etc. These requests must wait for the spring round of TAC requests.

How do I make a request?

  • The TAC request form with instructions is attached to this message. Use one form for each request.
  • You are encouraged to discuss the request with a member of the IT staff and/or a TAC member. They can help you with pricing, suppliers, and discuss the feasibility of your request.
  • You are REQUIRED to discuss the request with your department or division and with your dean. (These discussions can serve to possibly consolidate redundant requests.)

How do I submit my request(s)?

  • Submit the completed TAC request form and all necessary documentation to your dean or supervisor for signature well before the due date.

When are they due?

  • Deans and supervisors will submit signed requests to IT on or before Oct. 28.

 

Please let me or one of the other chairs know if you have any questions.

Andrew Aspaas, via email or at ext. 1108, Cambridge TAC sub-committee chair

Dale Omundson, via email or at ext. 1156, Coon Rapids TAC sub-committee co-chair

Christopher Lutz, via email or at ext. 1494, , Coon Rapids TAC sub-committee co-chair

 

 

Retirements Celebration Committee Established

Congratulations to the following individuals, who have volunteered or were selected, to serve on the Retirements Celebration Committee:

 Co-Chairs: Marc Johnson and Cathryn Nissen 
 Cambridge faculty association:  Barbara Prince
 Coon Rapids classified staff:  Jennifer Christenson and Valerie Knight
 Coon Rapids faculty association:  MaryAnn Larios
 President's Council:     Marc Johnson (co-chair)
 Human Resources Representative:  Cathryn Nissen (co-chair)

 

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.  The committee should plan to work within the designated budget amount of $150 per retiree to recognize service via any of the following optional methods: Recognition plaque; Card; Donation envelope/collection; Celebration/reception.

The committee will be established as permanent and be charged with determining the recognition method(s) and location(s).

As always, thank you for your willingness to serve on an Anoka-Ramsey Community College committee!

 

 

Precinct Caucus and General Election Dates

Submitted by Jill Snippen, Educational Services

For the planning purposes of those that teach, schedule events, or build future course schedules, please note the following dates and restrictions.

General Election Day

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

    NO EVENTS may be scheduled or held between 6 and 8 p.m.  (Regularly scheduled classes will meet as usual.)

State Primary Election Day:

    Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

    NO EVENTS may be scheduled or held between 6 and 8 p.m.  (Regularly scheduled classes will meet as usual.)

Precinct Caucus Day:

    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012*

    NO CLASSES OR EVENTS may be scheduled or held after 6 p.m.

*Caucus Dates are subject to rescheduling

 

Further information may be obtained from the MnSCU Office of General Counsel Web site located at: http://www.ogc.mnscu.edu/otherlegaltopics/electiondayvoting.html.

 

 

Peer Tutoring

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Academic Support

Please note that during the MEA break (Oct. 20 and 21) PEER TUTORING will NOT be available on the Coon Rapids or Cambridge campuses. 

However, Professional Tutors will be available by appointment.  Students can request an appointment with a Math or English/Writing tutor by contacting one of the tutoring centers below:

 Math Skills & Advising Center Coon Rapids Campus   763-433-1260
 Academic Support Center Coon Rapids Campus  763-433-1190
 Academic Support Center Cambridge Campus   763-433-1990

 

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Coon Rapids Academic Support Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students are welcome to study in the center and use the resources, although no tutoring services will be available on this date.

 

 

Coon Rapids Campus Fall Play: Anatomy of Gray

Synopsis: Gray, IN, in the late 1800s is a small town where, according to plucky 15-year old June Muldoon, nothing much ever happens. Shortly after the death of her father, June and the other residents of Gray are visited in spectacular fashion by a smart new doctor who decides to stay and open a medical practice. The presence of a dynamic and eligible man of science and the emergence of some unusual health problems in town cause quite a stir among the locals. Peppered with humor and music, Jim Leonard’s play is an entertaining fable and a touching coming-of-age story.

Will Call Ticket Information: Students, staff, and faculty may reserve two free will call tickets with appropriate identification in the Coon Rapids Bookstore. Will call tickets not picked up 15 minutes prior to the performance will be released. If you purchase additional tickets, along with the free tickets, all tickets (free and purchased) may be picked up in advance at the bookstore.

 

 

Purchasing Guidelines Updates

Submitted by Mirela Gluhic, Business Office

There are a few changes in the purchasing guidelines that I wanted you to be aware of.

  • Quotes are NOT needed for purchases $2,500 or less
  • One verbal quote is required for purchases between $2,500.01 and $5,000
  • Two written quotes are required for purchases between $5,000.01 and $24,999.99
  • Open purchase orders: maximum amount per item is $2,500
  • Limit per requisition on open purchase orders is $5,000
  • Contracts must be prepared for any service that is $500.00 or more.

I’ve attached updated documents for your records. You can also find them on the N: drive at N:\ARCC Public\FORMS.

Purchasing Guidelines

Internal Requisition

Purchasing Checklist

 

 

Diversity & Multiculturalism Event: Dr. Sheik Odeh Muhawesh, Everything You Wanted to Know About Islam, but were too Afraid to Ask

The Office Diversity and Multiculturalism has just booked Dr. Sheik Odeh Muhawesh to present a lecture about Islam on Oct. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Legacy Room on the Coon Rapids campus and 1:30 to 3 p.m. in G202 on the Cambridge campus.

Please help me in disseminating this information to colleagues, students, and community members.

 

 

 

Mental Wellness Speaker at Cambridge Campus

Submitted by Isabella Schmidt, Counseling

The Counseling and Student Activities Departments at Anoka-Ramsey are excited to be co-sponsoring a MENTAL WELLNESS event on the Cambridge Campus Oct. 26 at noon in Room G202.

As we begin to kick off our Green Dot Initiative this semester, we have selected Cordelia Anderson from Sensibilities Prevention Services as our featured speaker.  Anderson’s presentation is titled “Demand the Change”, a prevention initiative of the MN Coalition against Sexual Assault.

“When harmful behaviors, sexual and otherwise, become the norm, and pornified examples of masculinity and femininity are inescapable, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to succumb to believing endemic problems are “just the way things are” and therefore not preventable.”

The presentation at Anoka-Ramsey will speak to the power of the environment to shape norms and behaviors and our individual and collective ability to Demand the Change.  Demand the Change is a prevention initiative of the MN Coalition against Sexual Assault that builds on the power of people’s stories and positive preventive actions to mobilize campuses and communities.

In addition to Anderson’s presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free screening for possible symptoms of depression, mood disorders, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Screenings are available from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Community mental health and wellness agencies have been invited to provide a table with resources.

 

 

MN Writer Event: POSTPONED

Submitted by Bill Breen, English Faculty

Due to the recent announcement that no events may be scheduled on the evening of Nov. 8 due to MnSCU policy regarding election dates, the Minnesota Writer event featuring poet Todd Boss has been postponed until spring semester.

This event at the Cambridge Campus, co-sponsored by the Two Rivers Reading Series, will now take place in March to coincide with the W.W. Norton release of Boss’s newest collection of poems, “Pitch.”

Look for announcements after the semester break. In the meantime, if you’d like to check out some of Boss’s work putting poetry to video, click here.

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

Open Enrollment Coming Soon!  Nov. 2 through Nov. 15

Employee Open Enrollment Meetings will begin Monday, Oct. 17 and run through Friday, Oct. 28.  Exclusive Retiree Meetings will also be held from Monday, Oct. 31 through Nov. 9. There is no need to register with the HR contact at the agency location.

These meetings are open to everyone, which generally begin with a presentation by carriers during the first hour. During the second hour of the meetings employees and retirees can talk directly with providers at their tables and gather information (the meeting held at Public Safety will not have a presentation). Please see the full list of Employee and Retiree Open Enrollment Meetings here for locations and times.

The open enrollment meeting held at Anoka-Ramsey Community College will be on Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Legacy Room on the Coon Rapids Campus.

Also, keep an eye out for your SEGIP Report Newsletter to arrive at your home address. It includes information on what's open for change and provides a guide on how to make enrollment changes. Employees will be able to make 2012 Pre-Tax enrollments. This is an Open Enrollment year for Dental! Employees can enroll, change carriers or add/drop dependents from dental coverage. Employees will also have the ability to make changes to medical, by changing their carriers or enroll and add/drop eligible dependents. Enrollment or changes to Long-Term Disability (LTD) and Manager's Income Protection Plan (IPP) are also available during this year's Open Enrollment.

Also watch for the JourneyWell information to be mailed directly to your home! It will include reminders on how to access the system to take the assessment and agree to accept a coaching call, if warranted. The Health Assessment is confidential and voluntary. Those who participate will receive a $5 reduction in their office visit co-pays for plan year 2012 and have access to a number of great wellness programs throughout the upcoming year.

Please take some time to learn about your options available through Open Enrollment by watching for your SEGIP Report - Open Enrollment addition, your JourneyWell mailing, and if possible, please do attend an Employee or Retiree Open Enrollment meeting.

 

 

Revisions to Sexual Violence Policy

Please see the attached correspondence from the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism regarding proposal revisions to Policy 1B.2 Sexual Violence Policy.

 

 

Help us save TRiO programs! Join us as we write Washington to fight for TRiO

Submitted by Shannon Watson, TRiO

 

How much do you really know about TRiO?

TRiO Programs are Federal outreach programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes seven programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

These programs have been operating since the 60’s, and our program, Student Support Services (SSS), is in its 18th year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Due to budget cuts all around the nation, TRiO programs have come under attack and have been more and more at risk each year of losing their funding. Our TRiO SSS program has dedicated the month of November to writing our government officials who represent us asking them to continue supporting TRiO. History has shown that our voices can make a difference in creating what we want to see in our world.

So, what exactly are we asking of you? We want to invite you to partner with us and write on behalf of TRiO programs. Whether you’ve seen students succeed and benefit from our program or you simply believe in our cause, we encourage you to write to our elected Minnesota officials and ask that they continue to fund TRiO programs. We’ve set up a postcard writing station at the TRiO SSS office (bulletin board on our front wall), where you can stop by and write a quick note. We have examples of what you can write if you’re not quite sure, and our program will cover all postage/mailing.

Thank you for your support all these years; we look forward to many more serving the Anoka-Ramsey community!

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

 

Submitted by Dawn Hohmann, Human Resources

Please join us in welcoming Cathyrn Nissen to the Human Resources department! 

Cathryn’s first day with us was Monday, Oct. 10, and she will be working as a Human Resources Assistant.  She comes to us with three-and-a-half years of human resources experience as a Human Resources Manager in a private industry.  Her job responsibilities at Anoka-Ramsey Community College will include processing transactions in our personnel/payroll system, insurance and retirement.  She is located on the Coon Rapids Campus so feel free to stop by and say Hi!

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Bonnie Boese, Library

If you missed the Chicken Dance on Friday night (Oct. 7) at the Dalbo Barn, you missed a fun event!  Lovely evening, beautiful restored barn, lively students having a great time and luscious cookies! 

Thanks, Peter (Wahlstrom) and Marko (Marian) and all who helped to make it a success!

 

 

From student Donna M. Hunt regarding Anna Moussiitchouk

I am a current student that has been frustrated trying to figure out the best route to take for my future. I stopped in two weeks ago and Anna asked if she could help me. Little did she know she was walking into an emotional bundle of nerves! She spent ALOT of time with me, listened to my concerns, tried to trouble shoot areas for me, and walked me over to speak with the representative from Metro College and the list goes on. One of the things that stood out to me is that she not only walked me over to the Metro representative, she waited and helped facilitate what I was trying to communicate and then sat down with me again after we were done with Metro State and showed me how Anoka-Ramsey can further assist me before transferring.

I was back in last week and there was Anna again with her big smile and willingness to help.

I just want to say that you have a wonderful person on your staff and I believe she should be recognized for exceptional service and it shows that this is not just a job for her but a position where she truly cares about people.

Thank you!

Donna M. Hunt

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

Faculty Development & Media/Membership Approvals:

  • Robin Crosby, MNADE Annual Conference, 09/29/2011 – 09/30/2011, $53.00
  • Cheryl Tefer, National Learning for Nursing Education,09/21/2011 – 09/24/2011, $900.00
  • Terry Teppen, AAAS Conference, 02/16/2012 – 02/20/2012, $2,100.00

 

Social Amenities:

Plant sent to Steve Restad

Card sent to Gary Nelson

 

 

Official Announcements:

Click here to view the Academic Affairs & Standards Council agenda for the meeting scheduled Oct. 28. 

 

The most recently approved procedures have been posted to Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Policy and Procedure Manual on the public website.

Procedure 1A.3/11: Evening and Saturday Duty

Procedure 1A.11/11: Service Hours

 

Following are the official decisions regarding topics discussed at the Faculty Shared Governance Council meeting.  Thank you for your commitment to the Faculty Shared Governance Council process.  Your input and advice contribute to the continued success of the college!

Decisions based upon discussions at the September 30, 2011 FSGC Meeting:

Policy 3C.1 Class Size

Administration is setting the maximum class size for the following classes:

ART 1155  30 BMED 2584 65 HPER 2217 20  PHIL 1200  50
ART 1282 35 ENGL 2281 25 INTS 1200 45 PSYC 2120 60
BUS 1140 56 HPER 2215 40 MUSC 1188 100 WOST 1100 60

 

Policy 5G.2 Fees

Policy proposal approved and effective immediately.

Actions based upon discussions at the September 30, 2011 FSGC Meeting:

Committees

Administration will work to improve communications regarding committee formation and restructuring.

Strategic Initiative Proposal Committee

Administration will request membership for a SIP Process Review Committee to be charged with assessment of the current process and development of a new process if necessary.

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 12: October 10, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Great River Gallery Welcomes Mary Lingen

Mental Wellness Event Oct. 28

iPads, Nooks and Kindles: The Changing Face of Today's Literature, Oct. 12

Flu Shot Opportunities on Both Campuses

Keeping it Reel Movie Series: Stonewall Uprising

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

Professional Training’s Open House in Cambridge, Oct. 13

Individuals and businesses are invited to an Open House by Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Professional Training Center Thursday, Oct. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Courthouse Square (237 2nd Ave SW, Cambridge, near junction of Hwys 65 and 95).

Representatives from Anoka-Ramsey will be available to discuss the new training site and the college’s diverse programs with everyone who attends. Visitors can also learn more about specific programs such as:

  • preparing for a career in healthcare
  • EMT
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Leadership Training for Nurses
  • Integrative Health and Healing
  • Computer Applications
  • Essential Skills in Business

 

New CNA/HHA Program

The Open House will also feature information about the college’s new certified nursing assistant/home health aide (CNA/HHA) program.  The state-approved program first began at the college in February and allows students to become fully train for this in-demand career in only 77 hours.

 

 

Great River Gallery Welcomes Mary Lingen

The Art Committee of Coon Rapids is pleased to announce the show of Bemidji-based artist Mary Lingen. More information about Mary's work can be found here: http://mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=11549.

A reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

   
 Autumn 4

 Mississippi River 3

 

 

 

Mental Wellness Event Oct.  28

Submitted by MaryAnn Larios, Counseling

 

The Counseling and Student Activities Departments at Anoka-Ramsey are excited to be co-sponsoring a MENTAL WELLNESS event on the Coon Rapids Campus Oct. 28.

As we begin to kick off our Green Dot Initiative this semester, we have selected Cordelia Anderson from Sensibilities Prevention Services as our featured speaker.  Anderson’s presentation is titled “Demand the Change”, a prevention initiative of the MN Coalition against Sexual Assault.

“When harmful behaviors, sexual and otherwise, become the norm, and pornified examples of masculinity and femininity are inescapable, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to succumb to believing endemic problems are “just the way things are” and therefore not preventable.”

The presentation at Anoka-Ramsey will speak to the power of the environment to shape norms and behaviors and our individual and collective ability to Demand the Change.  Demand the Change is a prevention initiative of the MN Coalition against Sexual Assault that builds on the power of people’s stories and positive preventive actions to mobilize campuses and communities.

Anderson will be speaking Oct. 28, 11 to 11:50 a.m., in the Legacy Room at the Coon Rapids Campus.

In addition to Anderson’s presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free screening for possible symptoms of depression, mood disorders, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Screenings are available from noon to 2:30 p.m.

We Need Your Help

Faculty:

Would you like to have your entire class attend this event? We will reserve seats for you and your students.

Would you be willing to give your students extra credit for attending the speaker’s presentation (or viewing recorded video) and/or participating in the screening? Students unable to attend the screening times can schedule an individual appointment with a counselor for alternative options. We will be giving out certificates of attendance and will also have a sign-in sheet to verify attendance.

Would you be willing to distribute materials advertising this event in your classes?

Would you be willing to post a flyer on your office door?

Everyone:

Would you be willing to display a poster in your work area?

 

If you are interested in any/all of the above options, please contact MaryAnn Larios at Ext. 1319 or MaryAnn.Larios@anokaramsey.edu.

 

 

iPads, Nooks and Kindles: The Changing Face of Today's Literature, Oct. 12

Submitted by Robert Daun, Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Delta Alpha Chapter

 

The Honor Society will host a seminar/forum Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 to 11 a.m., in the Legacy Room. 

This forum will be focusing on today’s changing face of the literary world. Keynote speaker Lois Greiman-local Mystery and Romance Author, will discuss how the trend in electronic media has changed the writing world, publishing companies, booksellers and mass journalism.

The Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, will also bring its College Project which is focused on Information Retention in college.  We will tie in how new trends in literary media affects information retention and promises for the future. 

We would love if you would share this opportunity with your students and encourage them to attend. This issue affects them and how well they retain information for your class directly. This will be a very fun, interactive and relatively short event and we really hope you can help our attendance.

 

 

Flu Shot Opportunities on Both Campuses

Cambridge Campus:  Oct. 10, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to noon,  Room E202

Please remember to wear short sleeves! 

Bring your Minnesota Advantage Health Plan insurance card with you. There is no out-of-pocket cost at workplace clinics if you present your Minnesota Advantage Health Plan insurance card. The cost is $24 for the shot or $32 for the nasal spray vaccine, if you do not present your card.

If you are unable to attend this clinic and would like to attend a different clinic, please visit http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/flu for more clinic locations. 

 

Please inform your students about the opportunity for them to get the flu shot on the Coon Rapids Campus! Employees are also welcome to come to this clinic if you missed the opportunity to get your flu shot last Tuesday.

 

 

 

Keeping it Reel Movie Series: Stonewall Uprising

The Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism invites you to the next Keeping it Reel Movie Series. We will be watching a documentary and engaging in intellectual, moral, and social development.

This historical documentary, directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, tells the story of the infamous Stonewall Uprising – a police raid launched on a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s – not for its ties to the Mafia, but for its ties to the gay community. Saddled with prejudice and oppression at every other turn in conservative society, gays and lesbians did something unprecedented in response to the raid – they fought back.

 

Times and Locations    
Coon Rapids Campus Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon to 1 p.m.     Room SC270
Cambridge Campus Thursday, Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m. Room F105




Pause for Appreciation

 

 

Congratulations to Matt Begansky, Brady Eichhorn-Hicks and Dave Alto on running and finishing the 30th Year Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct.2.

This was Matt and Brady’s first marathon and Dave’s fourth.

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Wellness Funds Approvals:

  • Martha Muehlhauser, $65.25

 

 

Official Announcements

Click here to view the minutes taken from the Sept. 16, 2011 AASC meeting. 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 11: October 3, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Somali Author Nuruddin Farah Visit

Art Faculty Rachel Breen Showing “Let’s not leave it to chance”

Volunteers Needed for SIP Process Review Committee 

Green Dot Resources for Faculty and Staff

Let's Show Shuman He the Town

Cambridge Campus Fall 2011 Open House

Professional Training Center at Courthouse Square in Cambridge – An Open House!

New Academic Support Center and Testing Center Digs!

Home Games Next Week!

“Linked”: a Blog About the College Alignment

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

Official Announcements

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

College Part of $19.6 Million Federal Grant

Thanks to the dedicated work of Director of Nursing Jennifer Eccles and Rosie Mortenson in Institutional Advancement, Anoka-Ramsey Community College will partner with nine other community colleges across the country in a $19.6 million federal workforce training grant that targets the health professions.

The grant was announced last Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of a $500 million round of workforce training awards to community colleges by the Obama administration.

The lead college will be Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Part of the impetus for the grant came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a result of its research into a pioneering health workforce training program launched in Cincinnati. That program, known as the Health Careers Collaborative, has seen Cincinnati State, hospitals and other organizations in the area work together to help individuals get the training they need to land jobs or improve their chances for promotion if they already have jobs.

Joining Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in the grant are: Pine Technical College, Minn.; 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.; and Community College of the District of Columbia.

The consortium has three major goals:

  • 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
  • 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.

 

Watch for more details as the grant progresses. Great work!

 

 

Somali Author Nuruddin Farah Visit

Submitted by Paige Riehl, English Faculty

 

Please join the English Division, Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and the Alumni Office in welcoming internationally famous Somali author Nuruddin Farah.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 4
Where: Legacy Room, Coon Rapids Campus

Times:

  • 12 to 12:50 p.m.
  • Reading and discussion from his novel From a Crooked Rib (copies on reserve at both libraries and for sale in both bookstores) and Youngthing, which is a condensation of the first three chapters of his new book Crossbones.  

 

  • 1 to 1:50 p.m.
  • Reception with refreshments and time for additional questions

 

Farah “has been called the most important novelist to come out of Africa in the last 25 years,” and is the author of eleven novels, including From a Crooked Rib, which was his first novel.

 

From Penguin Books:

“Though From a Crooked Rib explicitly bemoans the plight of women in Somali society, the novel cannot be reduced to being merely about the situation of Somali women or described as a feminist work, because, in truth, all of humanity is Nuruddin Farah’s concern.

The novel occupies a unique place in African fiction in its sympathetic portrayal of women. The editor at the British publishing house Heinemann agreed to publish it and, assuming the author to be a woman, wrote requesting that Farah send him a photograph. Never reviewed when it was first released, it became a cult text thanks to the reputation it gained by word of mouth. Since then . . . [his novels] take, as their principle concern, the embattled womanhood in Africa and the Islamic world.”

Born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia, Nuruddin Farah is the author of 10 novels, a nonfiction book and numerous articles and stories in English; his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Farah is teaching at the University of Minnesota this fall where he holds the Winton Chair in the College of Liberal Arts.

This event is free and open to the public. Farah’s book From a Crooked Rib is available at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College bookstore.

To read a profile of Farah in the Star Tribune on Sept. 19, 2011, visit: www.startribune.com/lifestyle/130135803.html

To read a review of Farah’s recent book Crossbones, visit the Star Tribune at: www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/129922118.html

 

 

Art Faculty Rachel Breen Showing “Let’s not leave it to chance”

“Seeds, something so small and innocuous on the surface, contain thousands of years of evolutionary history and are essential to human survival. The practice of saving seeds speaks to the importance of individual action in sustaining life. Let’s not leave it to chance asks us to consider what we have inherited and what we hope to pass on to future generations. At the heart of this work is imagery inspired by the practice of cultivating and saving heirloom seeds.”

  • Where: Concordia University St. Paul
  • Dates: Oct. 8 - Nov. 4 (Opening Reception is Oct. 8, 1 to 5 p.m.)
  • Artist Talk:  Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Volunteers Needed for SIP Process Review Committee 

Submitted by Kelsey Schwarzrock, Office of the President

 

The college is soliciting members to serve on the SIP Process Review Committee.  Please contact your constituent head if you are interested in serving on this committee. 

The following are requested members including previously appointed members:

Chair: Kelsey Schwarzrock
Cambridge Classified Staff: One representative selected from the Cambridge campus
Cambridge Faculty Association: One representative selected from the Cambridge campus
Cambridge Faculty President: Barbara Prince
Cambridge Student President: Lanny Maetzold
Coon Rapids Classified Staff: One representative selected from the Coon Rapids campus
Coon Rapids Faculty Association: One representative selected from the Coon Rapids campus
Coon Rapids Faculty President: Kelly Befus
Coon Rapids Student President: Shannon Glenn
Vice President of Finance & Administration: Michael Seymour
Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs: Deidra Peaslee

 

The purpose of the committee is to review the current SIP proposal review process including scoring and approval.  The committee will be charged with assessment of the current process and updating or development of a new process if necessary.

This committee is established as ad hoc and will reconvene in one year to review the outcome of the updated SIP process. 

As always, thank you for your willingness to serve on an Anoka-Ramsey Community College committee!

 

 

Green Dot Resources for Faculty and Staff

Submitted by Anoka-Ramsey Counselors Nancy Elk, John Hennen, MaryAnn Larios and Isabelle Schmidt

 

GREEN DOT is a prevention program focused on empowering bystanders to become active in reducing power-based personal violence (PBPV) to make our college a safer place to work and learn. Visit Live The Green Dot for more information. Please help raise awareness among Anoka-Ramsey students regarding sexual violence, partner violence, stalking and bullying.

 

Attachments:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Green Dot Toolkit (resources and research assignments on PBPV)

Faculty: please contact Jan Pomeroy (x1468) regarding Service Learning related to violence awareness and prevention.

 

11x17 laminated Green Dot posters are available for display in your office/area. Please contact any Anoka-Ramsey counselor (or Cindi Gilbert at Cambridge) and we will make sure you get one. Green Dot posters will soon be posted in bathrooms on both campuses.  Anoka-Ramsey’s first Bystander Intervention training session will be held on the Cambridge Campus Nov. 4. Additional trainings will be offered on both campuses spring 2012. Please refer interested student leaders to Counseling for additional information. 

 

 

Let's Show Shuman He the Town

Submitted by Kathryn Kysar, English Faculty

 

I had the pleasure of spending last weekend with Shuman He, our Chinese exchange scholar from ZhaoQing University. We met many years ago in China and have renewed our friendship. Over the years, Shuman has become even funnier, more gregarious, and highly techno-savvy; he has enriched his musical talent with a master's degree in music and is now a highly sought-after English teacher in ZhaoQing.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that he has not been to Minneapolis or St. Paul. He has not been to the Mall of America or Northtown Mall, the Minnesota Museum of Art or the History Museum, a Twins game or a Vikings game, a concert at Orchestra Hall or the Ordway, a show at First Avenue or the Dakota, a walk around Como Lake or Lake Harriet, shopping Uptown or downtown. 

As you make your plans for the month of October, particularly MEA, I urge you to consider hosting Shuman (who says he will eat anything!) and helping us show him the town. 

 

 

Cambridge Campus Fall 2011 Open House

Submitted by Abbie Huttenburg, Admissions & Academic Advising

 

There are still spaces available for departments and organizations to reserve a table for the fall Open House.

The fall Open House for the Cambridge Campus is Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The admissions team is looking for clubs, organizations, academic departments, and student service departments that are interested in having a table during the event.  It is a great opportunity to connect with potential students and show all that Anoka-Ramsey has to offer! 

Please let me know which staff/faculty from your department, will be attending the event and what, if any, technology needs you have. 

By sending your request early, you will ensure that your department/program has a table reserved for this great event!  You will also help us to plan well and utilize our resources in the most efficient manner. 

 

 

Professional Training Center at Courthouse Square in Cambridge – An Open House!

Submitted by Sherry Butcher Wickstrom, Professional Training

 

Hello Anoka-Ramsey Community! We would love to have you join us for this event in Cambridge.   Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

  

 

New Academic Support Center and Testing Center Digs!

Submitted by Jaimie Lopez and Brandy Eddings, Academic Support & Testing

 

We are excited to announce that the Coon Rapids Academic Support Center and Testing Center will be moving to their new space on Monday, Oct. 3!  Please feel free to drop by and check out our beautiful new centers!

The following is a list of the services the Testing Center provides including the location, availability and scheduling information for these services.

 

Accuplacer Testing

Mondays & Wednesdays
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheduling Information:

  • Accuplacer testing is on a walk-in basis
  • Paper/pencil re-tests are by appointment only
  • Students must present a photo ID and student ID number at the time of testing

 

Make-up Testing

Tuesdays
8:30 to 11 a.m., SC153
1 to 8 pm, SC153

Thursdays
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., SC153
1 to 4 p.m., SC153

Fridays
8:30 to 11 a.m., H218

 

Scheduling Information:

  • Make-up testing is by appointment only
  • Students can schedule an appointment with the Information Desk or by calling 763-433-1240
  • Students must present a photo ID at the time of testing

 

Alternative Testing
Alternative testing is by appointment only. Students can schedule alternative testing appointments with MaryAnn Harris in the Testing Center or by calling 763-433-1314.

 

 

Home Games Next Week!

 

 

 

“Linked”: a Blog About the College Alignment

Read Linked here: http://alignmentnews2011.wordpress.com/

Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College staff have teamed up to bring you a communications vehicle to help employees stay updated on news pertaining to the college alignment.  “Linked” is our new college blog used to share information across all three campuses.

Thank you to Chris Huntress from Anoka Technical College for designing the header.

If you have ideas or news for this blog, please forward to Mary Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

 

Pause for Appreciation

Kacey Gregerson, Academic Advising

 

The first Transfer Week was a great success! More than 350 students attended the events during the week, and created a buzz around campus about transfer plans. The schools in attendance enjoyed the new set-up, and many students, faculty and staff were inspired by Tim Sherno’s talk.

This week, however, would not have been possible without some help: Rich Andersons, Amanda Chouinard and Anna Moussiitchouk were on the Transfer Week committee. Though all three are new to Anoka-Ramsey, they met the challenge head on and enthusiastically. Amanda also choreographed the dance for the flash mob!

Speaking of the flash mob, thank you to the “mobbers” as well: Tasha Baer, Robin Robatcek, Anna Moussiitchouck, Ashley Weatherspoon, Dan Lojovich, Richard Andersons, Wanda Purdie, Ann Anderson, Kyle Vadner, Zach Schultz, Ashley Allen, Pa Vang, Jennifer Buchman, Ryan Olson, Kristine Kerkes and the students who helped as well.

Also, thank you to Orrin Nyhus for allowing us to do the mob and to Kate Palm, Joyce Traczyk and Jennifer Eccles for the use of their space!

A HUGE thank you to Ed Norton and the rest of the maintenance/facilities folks for ALL of their help in setting everything up.

I had a lot of fun organizing the “mobs,” planning for this week, and working with all of you. Thank you for allowing me to try something new and for creating a supportive environment!

 

 

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

I just wanted to personally thank the campus for coming out to see Barbra Martinez Jitner present yesterday. The turn out on both campuses was amazing, we had over 250 community members including internal and external community members in attendance. I have an exhaustive list of internal community supporters to thank. If I miss a person on two please forgive me, your contributions were valuable.

Chuck Cole
Amanda Klawiter
Laura Minnihan
Mirela Gluhic
Skip Robinson
, Darin Nelson and Kathy Connelly (from Technology)
Mary Jacobson (I hope there are funds left in your cost center. Hahaha!)
Lisa Harris
Michael Wall
Kate Palm
Alexander Hines (Winona State)

And to all the staff who told students about the event, brought students or colleagues with them to the event, to all faculty who provided extra credit, attended, disseminated the information or brought a class to the event and to all the students that attended!

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty and Staff

 

Staff Development Approvals:

  • Heidi Vidor, STAR12 Membership, $299

 

Faculty Development & Media/Memberships Approvals:

  • Kirsten Olsen, conference fee for sociologists of Minnesota, 10/13-14/2011, $65.00
  • Robin Crosby, MNADE Annual Conference, 9/29/2011 -9/30/2011, $343.74
  • Michelle Herrin, MNADE Conference, 9/29/2011, $150.35
  • Jami Jones, Class Fees/Online professional development class, Fall Semester 2011, $132.56
  • Munir Alam, Attending a Convention, 11/03/2011 – 11/05/2011, $675
  • Megan Breit-Goodwin, MN Association for Developmental Education, $15, MinnMATYC Membership, $20, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Membership $140.40
  • Bruce Bordwell, Attend the AMATYC Annual National Conference, 11/10/2011 – 11/13/2011, $1205
  • Kendra Miller, Books, $67.67
  • Joe Schoen, attend Minnesota Economic Association Annual Conference, 10/14/2011, $45

 

 

Official Announcements

 

In an effort to create college wide dialogue, a web-based comment form was developed to enhance the Procedure two-week comment period. 

Click to access the Web-based Procedure Comment Page and view the following procedure proposals:

1A.3/11 Evening & Saturday Duty
1A.11/11 Service Hours

Comment period ends October 11, 2011.

Directions to the site:

  1. From the Employee Home page click on IT Services (bottom of the page)
  2. Click Web Applications (under More in This Area)
  3. Click Policy & Procedure Comments.
  4. Login with your Windows username and password. 
  5. To view the pdf document of the procedure proposal click View and then View Attached Policy/ Procedure File
  6. To comment on the procedure, click View.  Users may edit or delete their comments anytime during the two-week comment period.

 

 

Items from September 16, 2011 approved by AASC and College President, moved to action:

  • ANTH 2251, Environmental Anthropology, Change a Course, SS-01-FY12
  • CHEM 1020, Interpretive Chemistry, Change a Course, S-01-FY12
  • HPER 1140, Folk and Social Dance, Delete a course, W-08-FY12
  • HPER 1141, Modern Dance, Delete a course, W-09-FY12
  • HPER 1142, Folk and Social Dance, Delete a course, W-08-FY12
  • HPER 1143, Ballet, Delete a course, W-10-FY12
  • HPER 1146, Aerobic Dance, Delete a course, W-11-FY12
  • HPER 1147, Low Organizational and Lead-Up Games, Delete a course, W-12-FY12
  • HPER 1148, Ice Skating, Delete a course, W-13-FY12
  • HPER 1149, Recreational Games, Delete a course, W-01-FY12
  • HPER 1158, Floor Hockey, Delete a course, W-02-FY12
  • HPER 1161, Body Mechanics and Fitness, Delete a course, W-03-FY12
  • HPER 1162, Power Walking/Jogging, Delete a course, W-04-FY12
  • HPER 1164, Raquetball, Delete a course, W-05-FY12
  • HPER 1179, Sailing, Delete a course, W-06-FY12
  • READ 0910, Reading I Preparing for College Reading, Change a Course, E-03-FY12
  • READ 0990, Reading II Elements of College Reading, Change a Course, E-01-FY12
  • READ 1106, College Textbook Reading, Change a Course, E-02-FY12
  • READ 1108, College Reading III, Change a Course, E-04-FY12
  • STSK 1102, How to Study, Change a Course, E-05-FY12
  • Ed Svcs policy, 3E 1 Admission (policy), Change a policy, ES-01-FY12
  • Ed Svcs procedure, 3E 1 11 Admission (procedure), Change a procedure, ES-02-FY12