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September 2011


 

Issue No. 9: September 19, 2011                                    Issue No. 8: September 12, 2011                                 Issue No. 7: September 6, 2011
 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 10: September 26, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Achieve National League for Nursing Credentials 

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Event: Bordertown: The Killings in Juarez

Highway Clean Up on Sept. 29 – Volunteers Needed 

Wellness Works Committee would like to bring Yoga back to Cambridge!

Minnesota Twins Tickets 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities 

Pause for Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff 

 

 

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

 

Introducing “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.

 

New chancellor pledges new ways of doing business to keep tuition affordable

 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said Tuesday he is prepared to make tough choices and design new ways of doing business to keep tuition affordable.

Read the complete MnSCU News Release: Here  

 

 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Provided on behalf of the ARCC Wellness Works Program

 

Now is a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. National Cholesterol Education Month is also a good time to learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals.

High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans. It is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease.  The higher your cholesterol level, the greater the risk. You can have high cholesterol and not know it. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers helpful resources to use during National Cholesterol Education Month. Click here for great information on steps you can take to lower your high cholesterol.  Also check out the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website regarding National Cholesterol Education Month.

 

 

Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Achieve National League for Nursing Credentials

Submitted by Jennifer Eccles, Educational Services

 

This past summer, Nursing Faculty Kyla Dropkin and Fern Deno took the initiative and achieved credentials from the National League for Nursing as Certified Nurse Educators (CNE).

Congratulations to both Fern and Kyla for this accomplishment,  and thank you for role modeling leadership in in the specialty of academic nurse educator.  Fern and Kyla teach in the second semester of Anoka-Ramsey’s Nursing Program. 

The National League for Nursing summarizes CNE certification as follows:

 

The Value of Certification:

Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model.

 

Mission:

The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.

 

Goals of CNE Certification:

  • Distinguish academic nursing education as a specialty area of practice and an advanced practice role within professional nursing
  • Recognize the academic nurse educator's specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities and excellence in practice
  • Strengthen the use of core competencies of nurse educator practice
  • Contribute to nurse educators’ professional development

 

 

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series Event: Bordertown: The Killings in Juarez

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

 

The Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism in collaboration with Winona State's Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Anoka-Ramsey African Student Association, Multicultural Club, Diversity Committee are pleased to host Barbra Martinez Jitner as our guest for the Wednesday, Sept. 28 Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series.

We ask that you join Anoka-Ramsey in this educational event and bring a friend, family member, or community member along with you for this very important community lecture and discussion.

For more information, please contact Marcellus Davis at marcellus.davis@anokaramsey.edu.

 

 

 

 

Highway Clean Up on Sept. 29 – Volunteers Needed

Submitted by Michelle Aldinger, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

 

Greetings Faculty!

It's that time a year for the infamous highway clean up!  For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, each semester Phi Theta Kappa (Coon Rapids Campus) hosts a highway cleanup along a roadway we have "adopted" out in our community. 

We welcome faculty and students to join us in this environmentally-friendly fellowship event!  The highway cleanup will take place Thursday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, please note that the minimum time for volunteering is about 1.5 hours due to the fact that it takes the shuttle about 30 minutes to arrive at the cleanup destination.  The shuttle will pick people up from the Coon Rapids Campus north entrance (the doors near the visitor’s lot).

We require RSVPs for this event and that all volunteers watch our highway safety video. A link to this video will be sent to volunteers after they have sent an RSVP email.  Please send your RSVP or any questions to Alyssa at adevine1@my.anokaramsey.edu.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

Wellness Works Committee would like to bring Yoga back to Cambridge!

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

 

All faculty, staff, and students are allowed to participate.

We would like to have a minimum of 10 people signed up to bring it back.

If you are interested, please sign up at the Information Center.  Sign-up is only required for the first class. (Please sign up in person)

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Twins Tickets

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

 

Still considering going to the MN Twins game Monday evening?

Tickets have now been reduced to $15 per ticket!

Sorry, price adjustments will not be made on previous sales.

Exchanges and refunds are not allowed.

 

  

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes and Changes in Responsibilities

 

Friends and Colleagues,

First, thank you to everyone who brought food and/or stopped by the potluck on Wednesday to say good-bye. The food was great, the chocolate was excellent, and the company was wonderful. :) I appreciate the hard work everyone does at the college to serve and support students, and I've valued my time at Anoka-Ramsey. I also value the friendships I've formed during the past 8 1/2 years. I hope to continue to support the colleges and students in my new position at the Office of the Chancellor.

Good bye, thanks again. Please keep in touch. My new contact information is below:

Katie.Vaccari@so.mnscu.edu

(651) 201-1718

 

Katie

 

 

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Academic Support/Veterans Services/Access Services

 

I have great news to share, Anoka-Ramsey! 

Phil O’Donnell, former Director of Veterans Services, has agreed to come out of retirement!  Well…okay, maybe not forever…but Phil has agreed to return to Anoka-Ramsey on a part-time, temporary basis.   

In this new role, Phil will be available two days per week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) to assist with benefits advising, support academic advising and student recruitment, and work closely with our Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Coordinator. 

Welcome back, Phil!  We are very fortunate to have you back at Anoka-Ramsey! 

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Erick Wiger, Fine Arts Faculty

 

Special kudos to the cleaning staff at the Visual Arts Center.  This week a staff person from Normandale came by to pick up some surplus equipment and was so impressed that she took pictures of the floor to show her colleagues.  Thanks for helping us look good!

 

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

 

Faculty Development and Media/Membership Approvals:

 

  • Jennifer Willcutt, MNADE Conference, 9/29/2011 – 9/30/2011, $349.55
  • Mary Bodelson, MNADE Conference, 9/29/2011 – 9/30/2011, $143.58
  • Jami Jones, MNADE Conference, 9/29/2011 – 9/30/2011, $155.00
  • Jeff Ludwig, MNADE Fall Conference 2011, 9/29/2011 – 9/30/2011, $341.10
  • Catherine Bean, Subscription to Talk Cinema, 10/01/2011 – 4/14/2012, $437.60
  • Catherine Bean, Netflix Subscription, $239.76
  • Angie Anderson, Course Fees for ED 6117 at Bemidji State, $37.29
  • Angie Anderson, Education, Information and Transformation: Essays on Learning & Thinking book, $48.99
  • Tim Sheehan, Voice Class, Fall Semester 2011, $246.06
  • Brad Wold, Nobel Conference, 10/03/2011 – 10/05/2011, $194.20
  • Mary Januschka, Nobel Conference, 10/03/2011 – 10/05/2011, $194.20
  • Al Mamaril, 2011 Legal Research Institute classes, 9/13/2011 – 11/08/2011, $442.00
  • Amber Severson, MinnMATYC membership, $20.00

 

 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 9: September 19, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Fitness Center and Weight Room Orientations

Minnesota Twins Tickets

First Coffee House Entertainer of the Semester

Upcoming 515 Performances

TRiO Workshops for October

Two Rivers Reading Series Presents An Autumn of Readings & Discussions by Renowned Writers

Transfer Week is Coming!

Pause for Appreciation

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

New chancellor to address Board of Trustees on priorities for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

News release from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, who took office Aug. 1, will outline his strategic framework and priorities for the state colleges and universities and the steps that will be taken to respond to the critical challenges facing the state of Minnesota.

He will address the board from 11 a.m. to noon, Tues. Sept. 20. Board discussion will continue at 1 p.m. 

 

 

Senators Fischbach, Kruse Tour Coon Rapids Campus

 

A demonstration in the glassblowing lab, a look at the science labs, a review of the music space to be renovated, and a walk along the Mississippi River, were all part of a Sept. 9 tour of the Coon Rapids Campus of Anoka-Ramsey by the Chair of the Senate Higher Education, Michelle Fischbach and local Senator, Benjamin Kruse.

In addition, students and faculty spoke to the senators about their learning and teaching experiences and their excitement for the upcoming construction of the Health and Wellness Center and the renovation of the Fine Arts Building.

Vice President for Administration, Michael Seymour and I provided the senators with the overview of the college’s next bonding request: the construction of a bioscience facility.

Special thank you to all who participated and organized this effective event!

 

 

Glassblowing instructor Eric Dahlberg provides a demonstration for students
and Senator Kruse (left) and Senator Fischbach, (third from left) during
their tour of the Coon Rapids Campus, Sept. 9.
 

Student leaders and Melanie Waite-Altringer, biology faculty details the benefits
of the Coon Rapids Campus being located along the Mississippi River during the tour.
 

Mike Seymour, Vice President for Administration (center, pointing)
explains the need and the location for the college’s next bonding
requesting – a bioscience facility.
 

 

 

Fitness Center and Weight Room Orientations

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

 

 

 

Minnesota Twins Tickets

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

 

First Coffee House Entertainer of the Semester!

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Student Activities

MN Twins tickets are now available for faculty and staff to purchase!

Purchase your tickets in the Coon Rapids Campus Bookstore!

 

Please tell our students about the first Coffee House entertainer of the semester!

 

  

 

 

Upcoming 515 Performances

Submitted by Jim Biederman, Social Sciences Faculty and GSA Faculty Advisor

 

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Gay Straight Alliance is sponsoring a performance of 515 on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1 to 2 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.

Research by Project 515 has shown at least 515 laws in the state of Minnesota that exclude same-sex couples from rights and benefits provided to everyone else.  With grant support from the General Mills Foundation, Project 515 is able to bring their performance to our campus, free of charge.  The one-hour time frame will include the performance as well as time for questions and answers.  A flyer is attached with more details. 

The students of GSA invite all of you to attend personally and ask that you encourage your students to attend.  We will be distributing certificates of attendance at the end of the performance if you would like to offer your students extra credit. 

Thanks to Blayn Lemke and Peter Lerohl in the Theatre Department/PAC for help in making this performance possible.

 

Submitted by Cindi Gilbert, Student Activities

 

515 will be held at the Cambridge Campus, Monday, Sept. 26, noon to 1 p.m. in G202.  GSA’s first meeting will be held immediately following the performance.

 

 

TRiO Workshops for October

Submitted by Shannon Watson, TRiO

 

Below are links to workshops TRiO will be hosting at the Coon Rapids Campus in October. Please feel free to pass this information along to students who you think would benefit.

Test Taking Workshop

Note Taking Workshop

 

 

Two Rivers Reading Series Presents An Autumn of Readings & Discussions by Renowned Writers

Submitted by Paige Riehl, English Faculty

 

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Two Rivers Reading Series will host readings and discussions by renowned authors this fall semester at both campuses. The events are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Kysar regarding the Nuruddin Farah event (Coon Rapids Campus)

Scott Stankey and Michael Wall regarding the Penumbra events (Coon Rapids Campus)

William Breen regarding the Todd Boss event (Cambridge Campus)

 

 

  

Transfer Week Is Coming!

Submitted by Kacey Gregerson, Academic Advising

 

The majority of students attending Anoka-Ramsey Community College plan to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To aid in this process, Advising Services has instituted the first ever TRANSFER WEEK at the Coon Rapids campus. This week includes the four major transfer fairs held in one week and a guest speaker.

Students will be able to share where they are intending to go after Anoka-Ramsey Community College throughout the week by answering the question, “Where are you going?” in the BN Bulge and the Student Center.

 

Monday, Sept. 26
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Legacy Room

Tuesday, Sept. 27
10 a.m.
Legacy Room

Wednesday, Sept. 28
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Legacy Room

Wednesday, Sept. 28
5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
BN Bulge

Thursday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Legacy Room

University of Minnesota Transfer Fair

Guest Speaker: Tim Sherno, KSTP Channel 5

MnSCU Transfer Fair

Bachelor Completion Transfer Fair

Minnesota Private Colleges Transfer Fair 

 

The following colleges and programs will be in attendance:

  • College of Design
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Continuing Education
  • Carlson School of Management
  • Mortuary Science
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Care
  • College of Pharmacy
  • U of M-Rochester
  • U of M-Duluth

Tim Sherno is a broadcasting and advertising veteran. 

Tim has several EMMYS, and numerous other awards for his
writing and producing. He began his career at ABCNews
in Washington D.C., and has worked for ABCNews in New York,
KUSA-TV in Denver, WSVN-TV in Miami, KMSP-TV in
Minneapolis/St. Paul and is currently a reporter at KSTP-TV.

Tim has been speaking about jobs for more than 10 years. He
is passionate about the process and has a wealth of knowledge on topics including useful internships, effective resumes, successful interviewing, networking
and more.

Visit with the representatives from the seven MnSCU Universities.  

This transfer fair is geared for students wanting to
complete their bachelor's degree by utilizing evening, weekend, or online options. Current attendees include:

  • Augsburg College
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Northwestern College
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Catherine University
  • University of St. Thomas
 

Talk to representatives from colleges and universities that
are members of the Minnesota Private Colleges Council (www.mnprivatecolleges.org)!
Current attendees include:

  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Concordia College
  • Concordia University – St. Paul
  • Hamline University
  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design
  • St. Catherine University
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • University of St. Thomas

 

 

Pause for Appreciation

 

From: Student Jim Protas

To: Jessica Stumpf, College President

Re: Angie Anderson

Last fall I decided to return to Anoka-Ramsey after 30 years to continue my education. With your D2L and online classes it has been possible to work full time and attend school. The six classes that I have taken since I have returned have been a positive experience. I have been impressed with the quality of the instructors. I have just completed the course interpersonal communication with Angie Anderson. It was both my most challenging and rewarding class I have taken since my return. A great class taught by an excellent professor.      

 

 

Official Announcements

Proposal

Proposal submitted regarding Policy 5G.2 Fees Admissions RATIONALE: Update for Spring.

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 8: September 12, 2011

News from President Jessica Stumpf

Faculty, Staff and Students: Weight Watchers At-Work Group Opportunity!

Transfer Opportunities Discussion Offered Through Student Services

Prairie Home Delights Scheduled for Sept. 22

Staff and Administrators - Anoka-Ramsey Community College Scholarship Opportunities

Sunshine Committee for the Cambridge Campus

Social Amenities for the Coon Rapids Campus

First Diversity & Lecture Series Event: Wednesday, Sept. 14

Coon Rapids Campus Fall Open House, Representatives Needed

Cambridge Campus Fall Open House, Representatives Needed

Penumbra Theater Events

Opportunity to Earn Eight College Credits Through FastTRAC Grant

Great News About the NSF TUES Phase III Grant

Upcoming Faculty Recital Friday, Sept. 16

Anoka-Ramsey Bookstore Clothing Sale Sept. 12 - 24!

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Pause For Appreciation

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

Official Announcements

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

Health & Wellness Center Groundbreaking Was a Success

 

College students, faculty and staff as well as several legislators broke ground for the Coon Rapids Campus’s new student-funded Health and Wellness schedule for completion by fall 2012.

 

Upcoming Staff State of the College

We hope you are able to find time in your busy schedule to attend the semi-annual Staff State of the College.  The meeting is meant for staff members who weren't able to attend Faculty Development Days August 18 - 19.    

Coon Rapids Campus
Monday, Sept. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Legacy Room

Cambridge Campus
Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in G201

 

 

Faculty, Staff and Students: There is Still Time to Be A Part of Anoka-Ramsey's Weight Watchers At-Work Group

There is still time to take part in this fabulous benefit! A minimum number of 15 to 20 people are needed to offer this convenient meeting. 

  • Members must be willing to do a prepayment commitment for either a 12 or 17 (16 wks, plus 1 free) week session.
  • Free eTools are now provided with both At-Work series.
  • For a limited time, Weight Watchers is offering the 16 weeks + 1 Free for just $175 per person!
  • Cost for the 12 week session is $156 per person.
  • No registration fee is charged and a three-part payment plan is offered!

Please Note:  If you are a current Weight Watchers Member in your community and are paying by the week or using pre-payment coupons, you are welcome to transfer to the At-Work program.  However, if you are currently utilizing Monthly Pass, it does not transfer to the At-Work program and does not allow you to attend At-Work meetings.  You always have the option of canceling the pass to take advantage of the convenience of the At-Work program.

Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.  The first meeting is scheduled to start Tuesday, Sept. 20. 

Please let Joyce Traczyk (x1243) know if you are interested!

 

Transfer Opportunities Discussion Offered Through Student Services

Submitted by Maria Barlage

 

Student Services is pleased to offer an opportunity for students to meet with Transfer specialists on campus to talk about transferring opportunities. 

The Transfer Fairs are Oct. 18 outside the Student Activities Lounge:

  • Minnesota Private Colleges: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Transfer Fair: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Also, on campus Sept. 29, 11 a.m., Rm. G201., will be Tim Sherno, KSTP Channel 5, to address students with a talk focused on Inspiration, Information and Motivation.  It should be a great talk for our students, especially those learning the principal strategies taught in On Courses.

 

 

Prairie Home Delights Scheduled for Sept. 22

Submitted by Marc Johnson, Foundations Executive Director

 

We are coming up on Prairie Home Delights, the foundation’s annual scholarship event.  This year’s event is Sept. 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover. 

It will be a great night of tasting food from 15 local restaurants and spectacular live and silent auctions!  Even better, all proceeds go to fund scholarships for students at the Coon Rapids Campus.

We already have more than a dozen items for the live auction, including a John Deere L130 tractor, a full day guided fishing expedition on Mille Lacs, a Jim Brandenburg print and may other items!

Each year, we also ask faculty and staff for their help with the event by:

  1. Creating special baskets for the silent auction (see attached list of past ideas).
  2. Attending – You can sign up on the Anoka-Ramsey Web site
  3. Donating auction items for the event (you can contact Marc Johnson at 763-422-6112 with any items).

 

It is a fun evening for the more than 200 people that raises more than $20,000 each year.

Please join us and/or help with a basket or auction item!  Please see the attachment for a list of basket ideas.

 

Staff and Administrators – Anoka-Ramsey Community College Scholarship Opportunities

Submitted by Lisa Sisson, Institutional Advancement

 

The Cambridge Campus Foundation received 77 scholarship applications and awarded 50 scholarships, and the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation received 135 scholarship applications and awarded 111 scholarships this past spring and summer.  Scholarships are once again available to students who plan to enroll in Anoka-Ramsey credits spring 2012.

Often many students either are not aware the college offers scholarships, or they don’t think they are eligible to apply. When appropriate, please help make students an aware of our scholarship opportunities and remind them of the deadline.

Scholarships are not accepted after the date only before the date.  It is through this encouragement that gives the student the confidence to apply for a scholarship, and the knowledge that Anoka-Ramsey offers scholarships.

For the link to Cambridge and Coon Rapids Campus Scholarships, click here.

 

Cambridge Scholarship Program

  • Deadline to apply is Oct. 15
  • Approximately 25+ scholarships are available to students who enroll in Cambridge Campus classes
  • Student must plan to enroll in Cambridge Campus classes spring 2012 to receive a scholarship

 

Coon Rapids Scholarship Program

  • Deadline to apply is Oct. 15
  • Approximately 40+ scholarships are available to students who enroll in Coon Rapids Campus classes
  • Student must plan to enroll in Coon Rapids Campus classes spring 2012 to receive a scholarship

 

Sunshine Committee for the Cambridge Campus

Submitted by JoAnn Iskierka, Information Center and Pam Peterson, Educational Services

 

It is that time again! Your Sunshine Committee is once again asking for your support.

The function of the Sunshine Committee is to provide support for faculty and staff at the Cambridge Campus in times of sickness, sorrow, and joy. We send cards, fruit baskets, gift cards or other gifts to those who are hospitalized, have experienced joy at the birth or adoption of a child, or have had a death in their family. We also send cards to those in our community who have been out for an extended period of time due to illness.

We encourage you to keep us informed of events taking place within the Cambridge Campus family, and we would also like to encourage you to contribute to the Sunshine Fund. Any amount you can give will be appreciated and applied directly to the fund.  Donations can be made in cash or by check made out to the Cambridge Campus Sunshine Committee and sent to either Pam Peterson or JoAnn Iskierka.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Social Amenities for the Coon Rapids Campus

Submitted by Dawn Hohmann, Director of Data Integrity, Human Resources

 

I have taken on the role of the Social Amenities Coordinator at the Coon Rapids Campus.  For those of you not familiar, Social Amenities is committed to provide support for faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus in times of sickness, sorrow and joy.  We send plants and cards to those who are hospitalized, have experienced the birth or adoption of a child or have experienced a death in their family.  We also mail cards to those who have been out for an extended period of time due to illness or surgery.  Social Amenities would not be possible without the thoughtfulness and generosity of the faculty and staff at the Coon Rapids Campus.

I am asking you to help us out with a donation to the Social Amenities group to keep the program going strong.  Any donation amount you can provide is greatly appreciated.  If you wish to donate by check, please make checks payable to Anoka-Ramsey Community College and write “Social Amenities” in the memo section.  Checks can be sent via interoffice mail to my attention in the Human Resources Department.  You may also drop off your donation to me in the Human Resources Office.

The guidelines that were established for acknowledging events are as follows:

Cards are sent to employees and retirees who experience the following:

  • Birth/Adoption of a child
  • Death of sibling, grandparent or in-law
  • Marriage
  • Hospitalization and/or sick leave of employee

 

Memorials/Plants are sent for the following:

  • Death of employee: $100
  • Death of employee’s spouse or child: $50
  • Death of employee’s parent: $40
  • Death of retiree:  $40

 

I also need your help in informing me of an event listed above.  This is the only way I will know there is a need to do something, so please remember to call (x1679) or email me when you are aware of an event.

Please consider donating to this fund so that we are able to continue with this thoughtful acknowledgement to our peers in times of need.  I would also like to thank everyone who has already donated!  It truly shows how kind and thoughtful the faculty and staff are here.

 

First Diversity & Lecture Series Event: Wednesday, Sept. 14

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

 

Please join us this Wednesday for the kick off of the 2011-2012 Diversity Lecture & Discussion Series

 

Coon Rapids Campus Fall Open House, Representatives Needed

Submitted by Genna Anderson, Admissions Advisor

 

The Coon Rapids Campus fall Open House is Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Legacy Room (SC270)!

In order to have a successful event, the Admissions Office is seeking representatives from instructional departments, student service areas, and student clubs/organizations to host tables.

This is a great opportunity to connect with prospective students and their families about your courses/programs/organizations!

I have included an overview of the Open House below: 

 5 to 5:40 p.m.:

 Department set up tables with displays/literature etc. 

 6 to 8 p.m.:

Information Fair & Tours 

 6:15 & 7:15 p.m.:

Admission and Financial Aid presentations (Riverview Room) 

 8 p.m.:

Pack Up/End
 

In order to participate, you will need to reserve a table for the event.  Each department/program will receive one table with table cloth and chair. As a representative, you can bring literature and displays or simply hang-out and speak with guests.

Please RSVP to Genna Anderson or 763-433-1107.

Include: Name of person to attend, department name and any special technology needs.

By responding 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. 

 

Cambridge Campus Fall Open House, Representatives Needed

Submitted by Abbie Huttenburg, Admissions/Academic Advisor

 

The Cambridge Campus fall Open House is Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The admissions team is currently 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. 

 

Penumbra Theater Events

Submitted by Paige Riehl, English Faculty

 

Please see the attached flyer for information regarding wonderful opportunities for students to engage in thoughtful analysis and discussion of August Wilson’s famous play Two Trains Running.

 

Opportunity to Earn Eight College Credits Through FastTRAC Grant

Submitted by Natasha Baer, Interim Dean of Educational Services

 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, Metro North ABE and the Anoka County Workforce Center are partnering to provide a new opportunity for people to gain basic skills, learn about the Health Care field and earn eight college credits through a recently acquired FastTRAC grant! 

Participants will spend 100 hours increasing their basic reading and math skills through Metro North ABE.  They will then an additional 160 hours in class earning college credit in On-Course, Introduction to Holistic Healing and Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide.  At the end of the program, participants will test to receive their CNA certification in order to prepare for immediate employment opportunities. 

Orientation sessions will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

For more information, please contact Amy Lord with Anoka County at Amy.Lord@co.anoka.mn.us or 763-783-4855.

This program will be held again in February 2012 and September 2012.

 

Great News About the NSF TUES Phase III Grant

Submitted by Paula Croonquist, Biology Faculty

 

I wanted to share with you great news (see the forwarded email below for details) about an NSF TUES phase III grant awarded to James Hewlett, Director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURi) from Finger Lakes Community College in New York in partnership with many community colleges across the country. Anoka-Ramsey biology faculty collaborated in the preparation of this grant last year and our college is eligible to compete for some of this funding to gain infrastructure to support undergraduate research on our campus at a CUR (Counsel for Undergraduate Research) NSF funded workshop coming up to Minneapolis here in October.

We are in a great position to be awarded some of these funds (3.35M of total support was awarded to the CCURi) as one of our biology faculty will be developing curriculum for this program's expansion and we have new initiatives led by the Biology department to support undergraduate research for diverse students, in addition to our partnership with the University of Minnesota (IRSP) and other efforts from science faculty to include authentic and novel research project in the lab portion of courses.

I believe other sister colleges are equally or better equipped to compete for this funding, such as NHCC and MCTC, where undergraduate research (not just in science) is already taking place within the curricula and out of class; therefore it is my hope and, will devote efforts, that interested sister colleges will collaborate to be considered as a cohort to expand these opportunities to our students.

For now, these are great news!!  Thank you President Stumpf for your continuous support to ensure the best possible instruction for our students!

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From: James Hewlett [hewletja@flcc.edu]
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2011 2:55 PM

 

Good Morning,

GREAT NEWS!!

I know that many of you are well aware of the project, but to get everyone up to speed on this email, here is the history…

This morning, the National Science Foundation forwarded their award letter to Finger Lakes Community College and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (http://www.ccuri.org).  This program will work with community colleges across the country to help them design, implement, and assess an undergraduate research program.  The last ten years have produced numerous studies showing that the research experience is THE most effective instructional tool in the biological sciences.  The issue has been finding ways to integrate this type of experience into a community college.  We developed a model here at FLCC that we pilot tested 7 years ago and then expanded that into a regional rollout that has been highly successful.

As many of you know (because you helped me write it last November), last January, I submitted a VERY ambitious proposal to NSF to get support for a national rollout of the idea.  I submitted this proposal to one of the most competitive programs that NSF runs:  Transforming Undergraduate Education in Stem (TUES).  This program has three levels (Type I, II, and III).  The Type IIIs are the most competitive because they are the largest and involve national implementation.

In the end, our proposal was ranked very high, and as of this morning, we will be working with a $3.35M budget to run CCURI over the next four to five years.  Only 2 awards were given in the ENTIRE COUNTRY at this level, so this is a HUGE deal.  FLCC, CUR, and our partners will be the national leaders in undergraduate biology education reform at the community college level.

National exposure will be happening sooner than you think.  Science will be releasing a feature on undergraduate research at community colleges this month, with CCURI at the core of the story....I have been working with an author for three months on the story which has been on the shelf as we waited for the letter - many of you I know were contacted to contribute - this is a very BIG deal as we launch the project.

I know that many of you who will be closely involved are wondering what to do next.  We have some capacity to build first.  We will be hiring a project manager and a technician, and will need to do a search for these positions.  The Co-PIs and I will be meeting with the evaluator in November to get us going with our evaluation plan.  With this late start, I anticipate that we will be running our first project meeting after the holiday, with our first regional workshops for new partners to be rolled out in February and another in March.  I am still working on locations, but it looks like the February workshop will be in Austin, TX and the March meeting in Charleston, SC.  Other locations we are exploring are New York City, Washington, Orlando, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Minneapolis, and Chicago.

I will be rolling out more details about ways we can get started ASAP as all of this planning gets up and running, but I wanted to let you all know that we are off and running.

As you can tell, I am VERY excited (because I keep putting things in CAPS).

Looking forward to working with everyone!

James Hewlett
Professor of Biology
Director of Biotechnology
Finger Lakes Community College

 

Upcoming Faculty Recital Friday, Sept. 16

 

  

 

Anoka-Ramsey Bookstore Clothing Sale Sept. 12 - 24!

 

See the attachment for details and special discount.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Director of Academic Support, Veterans Services & Access Services

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Brian Larson as our full-time Professional Math Tutor for college level math at our Coon Rapids campus! 

Brian brings a great deal of experience, passion, and dedication to this position!  As a Professional Math Tutor, Brian will provide one-on-one tutoring appointments, develop and facilitate Final Review sessions, lead study groups, mentor peer tutors, collaborate with our Anoka-Ramsey Math Faculty, and assist with the daily operations of the Academic Support Center.

Brian has a solid background in mathematics, and he has worked with a variety of student populations, including K-12 students, adult learners, and ESL students.  In addition, Brian has served as our temporary Professional Math Tutor at the Coon Rapids campus for the past year.  Brian has a bachelor of science in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, where he also pursued his master of education degree and Initial Licensure to teach grades 6 to 12, and he has partially completed the PhD in Mathematics program at the U of M as well.  

Please drop by the Academic Support Center to meet Brian and congratulate him on his new position!

 

Pause for Appreciation

Submitted by Sherry Butcher Wickstrom, Executive Director of Professional Training

 

I want to personally thank each person who assisted Professional Training in getting the Court House Square outfitted for nursing classrooms and the building operational for our non-credit Allied Healthcare programs.

Our first orientation was held Aug. 20, only five days after taking possession of the building! They worked hard to help us realize our goal to expand Allied Healthcare program in the Cambridge area!

 

Back Row (left to right): Darin Nelson, Ed Norton, Diane Sibley, Kirk Young, James Winkes, and Jim Werronen
Front Row (left to right): Sharon DeGideo and Sherry Butcher Wickstrom


Others who have assisted but are not pictured: Tim Zondlo, John Davis, Jennifer Emslander, Mike Thayer, Dave Madden and Noah Young

 

College of Choice for Faculty & Staff

 

Cards sent from Social Amenities:

 

  • Jennifer Braido
  • Scott Wrobel
  • Michelle Herrin
  • Elizabeth DiFabio

 

Faculty Development Fund Approvals:

 

  • Keven Dockter, 2011 AMATYC Annual Conference, 11/10/2011 – 11/13/2011, $325
  • Daniel Heinks, Course Work during Sabbatical leave, 8/22/2011 – 12/10/2011, $1,029.77
  • Laurie Wolfe, National Teaching of Psychology Conference, 1/03/2012 – 1/06/2012, $1,385
  • MaryAnn Larios, MnSCU Counselors Fall 2011 Conference, 10/06/2011 – 10/07/2011, $229.88
  • Mark Omodt, 2011 AMATYC Annual Conference, 11/10/2011 – 11/13/2011, $80
  • Michelle Rogers, MN Math Association of Two-Year College Membership, $20

 

Staff Development Fund Approvals:

  • Lacrestia Anderson, Metro State course tuition & fees, $600

 

Official Announcements

 

The next Academic Affairs and Standards Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Mississippi Room (Coon Rapids Campus) with ITV to E202 (Cambridge). Please click here for the agenda.

 

 

 

 

VOLUME XL, Issue No. 7: September 6, 2011

 News from President Jessica Stumpf

Kelsey Schwarzrock's Story is Published

English Faculty Book Reviewed in National Media

Fall Picnic & Groundbreaking Ceremony this Week!

 Wellness Works

Are you Interested in Being Part of a Weight Watchers At Work Group?

 Calling all Singers!

PTA Program to Continue this Fall

September Diversity Events

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

 

News from President Jessica Stumpf

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Health & Wellness Center

Tomorrow we will break ground on a new facility at the Coon Rapids Campus: the Health and Wellness Center. This is an expansion and renovation to improve efficiency with the Athletic Department; the Health Physical Education and Recreation Department; and would provide more opportunities for activities to the student body and the community.

The Groundbreaking event is in conjunction with the fall student picnic and will take place in the yard outside of the gymnasium. Hope you can make it!

 

Health & Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sept. 7
11:30 Ceremony
Lunch Served

This project is a revenue funded project.  It was supported by the Anoka-Ramsey student body and identified and approved during Pre-Design as 42,400 GSF of new construction with 14,960 GSF of renovation. In December of 2010 ARCC and its Health and Wellness Planning Committee completed a selection process for architects with the selection of RRTL Architects of St Paul, Minnesota and Duane Kell, Consulting Architect, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Authorization to proceed with Schematic Deign occurred in January 2011.

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Health and Wellness plan is designed so that the new construction will encapsulate two sides of the existing complex on the north and west.  This construction placement allows minimal disruption during the 2011 – 2012 academic years.  It also offers the simplest connection and access to the new facilities.  Demolition and renovation of existing spaces will follow once access to the new construction is available.

Features:

  • New Field House with space for local and regional Basketball and Volleyball tournaments
  • Significant increased space for weight training, cardio, exercise
  • Climbing Wall
  • New locker areas

 

 

Kelsey Schwarzrock’s Story is Published

Kelsey Schwarzrock’s story titled Relative Power was recently published in “America’s Got Stories” Volume One, an anthology of 37 stories. Kelsey’s story was chosen for publication by nine judges.

Kelsey is a management analyst in the President’s Office and has worked for Anoka-Ramsey since October 2008. Congratulations Kelsey!

 

English Faculty Book Reviewed in National Media

English Faculty member, Kathryn Kysar's book of poetry, Pretend the World (Holy Cow! Press, 2011), and its companion art exhibition, has been reviewed by the Knight Foundation.

Check out the rave reviews at: http://www.knightarts.org/community/stpaul/playing-pretend-with-poet-kathryn-kysar

The companion exhibition, featuring work by five local artists, is on display at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (6666 East River Rd, Fridley) through Sept. 30, MN Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Fall Picnic & Groundbreaking Ceremony this Week!

 

 

Wellness Works

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Director of Student Activities

 

Please see the attached to see upcoming activities sponsored by Wellness Works.

 

Are you Interested in Being Part of a Weight Watchers At Work Group?

Submitted by Joyce Traczyk, Director of Student Activities

 

A minimum number of 15 to 20 people are needed to offer this convenient meeting.  Members must be willing to do a prepayment commitment for either a 12 or 17 week session.  Free eTools are now provided with the 12 & 17 Week at Work series.  For a limited time, Weight Watchers is offering 16 weeks + 1 Free for just $175!

The cost for a 12 week session is $156 per person. No registration fee is charged and a three-part payment is offered. An information meeting will be scheduled as soon as sufficient responses are received.

Please Note:  If you are a current Weight Watchers Member in your community and are paying by the week or using pre-payment coupons, you are welcome to transfer to the At Work program.  However, if you are currently utilizing Monthly Pass, it does not transfer to the At Work program and does not allow you to attend At Work meetings.  You always have the option of canceling the pass to take advantage of the convenience of the At Work program.

Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 

Please let Joyce Traczyk (x1243) know if you are interested before Friday, Sept. 9!

 

Calling all Singers!

It’s not too late to join us next Tuesday, Sept. 6, for our first rehearsal!  Glorious music, all are welcome to even come and try it out for a couple of weeks! 

Come for the yoga, stay for the singing! You – yes, you! are invited to sing at Anoka-Ramsey this fall! 

A new choir – CHORALE – will meet Tuesday nights September -  November  to prepare Mozart’s REQUIEM for a Dec. 5 concert with a professional orchestra.  Open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, high-school students, long-lost relatives, Facebook friends and small pets!

**Experience helpful but not necessary – all who love to sing are welcome to join us!**

REHEARSALS:  Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus, Fine Arts, Rm. 118

 

PTA Program to Continue this Fall

Submitted by Natasha Baer, Interim Dean of Educational Services

 

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at the Coon Rapids Campus is excited to continue to expand their student run clinic this fall! 

Last year’s clinic was a great success and we would like to expand even more this fall.  The PTA faculty, students and staff will continue to offer their services to faculty and staff this year.

Beginning the week of Sept. 5, appointments will be available during the following days and times:

 

Mondays

10 a.m. to  2 p.m.

Tuesdays

2 to 3 p.m.

Fridays

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Clients who qualify for services will be employees of Anoka-Ramsey Community College (including student workers) suffering from minor pain or injury such as back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or post-surgical injuries.  You must also be uninsured or have been denied Physical Therapy services through your current insurance.

If you are interested in an appointment please leave a message on our appointment line with your full name and contact information.

PTA clinic appointment line: 763-433-1580.

 

September Diversity Events

Submitted by Marcellus Davis, Director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity

 

Multicultural Perspectives Book Series

Sept. 6, noon to 1 p.m.
Campus: Coon Rapids, Room SC176
Book: The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today by Dannell McCollum
Facilitator: TBD            

This is the story of People of the State of Illinois ex rel. Vashti McCollum v. Board of Education of School District No. 71, Champaign County, Ill., et al. The action arose as a challenge to a program of sectarian religious classes held in public school buildings on school time. Today the chief significance of the McCollum case is that it was the first of series of cases brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution where a practice by a local or state governmental body was actually held to violate the First Amendment's "establishment of religion" clause.

 

Sept. 22, noon to 1 p.m.
Campus: Cambridge, E103
Book: Black Tide by Antonia Juzahz
Facilitator: TBD (if you would like to volunteer, please contact Marcellus Davis)

Black Tide is the only book to tell this story through the perspective of people on all sides of the catastrophe, from those who lost their lives, loved ones, and livelihoods to those who made the policies that set the devastating event in motion, those who cut the corners that put corporate profits over people and the environment, and those who have committed their lives to ensuring that such an event is never repeated.

 

"Keeping it Reel" Multicultural Perspective Movie Series

Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coon Rapids, SC270

Sept.  15, noon to 1 p.m.
Cambridge, F105

Bordertown, Directed by Gregory Nava Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRMcEms6L9U

Lauren, an impassioned American reporter for the Chicago Sentinel, heads to Juarez, a Mexican bordertown, in order to investigate a series of mysterious slayings involving young factory women from all over Mexico. As she discovers hundreds of victims, she gains the trust of local factory workers but falls into danger.  This Movie will be shown in preparation for the Sept.  28 Diversity Lecture presented by Barbra Martinez Jitner, who was a consultant for the movie, and she spent some time working undercover in the factories of Juarez to witness the treatment of women in Juarez.

 

Diversity Lecture and Discussion Series

Sept. 14
Coon Rapids, SC270, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cambridge, G201, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Race Relations Programming Lecture
Irresistible Justice: Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity
Guest Speaker: Dr. Shakti Butler

Limited refreshments provided and extra credit opportunities for participating.

This transformative learning session seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of a systemic dance that produces inequities.  It is also a deep call for union between the head and heart guided by the intrinsic longing and satisfaction that arises when we, as human beings, cultivate and shine as we come to infuse our behavior with divine virtues.  When it becomes paramount that we align intelligence with a deep longing to be of service that rejoices over the well-being of others, we are cultivating joy.

Dr. Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change.  She holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York.  For more information about Dr. Shakti Butler: http://world-trust.org/dr-shakti-butler/.

 

September 28
Coon Rapids, SC170, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Cambridge, G201, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Latino Heritage Month Lecture
On the Border of a New America
Guest Speaker: Barbara Martinez Jitner

Human rights activist, writer, and director, Barbara Martinez Jitner is the inspiration behind the 2008 Jennifer Lopez film Bordertown. The film is based on her research of the Mexican town of Juarez, which is notorious for the murders of over 400 women. Martinez Jitner posed as a factory worker on the U.S./Mexico border in order to uncover a dark world of grueling poverty and sexual abuse.

Diversity speaker Barbara Martinez Jitner began her career as an award-winning director of commercials and documentaries, and produced the Showtime millennium documentary, An American Tapestry. Martinez Jitner was also a producer of the Emmy nominated American Family. The show made history as the first Latino family drama on broadcast television when it debuted on PBS in January 2002. Working with series creator and Academy Award nominee Gregory Nava as one of the few Latina Supervising Producers on a network series, Martinez Jitner wrote the PBS premiere episode that garnered unanimous critical acclaim, and was quickly promoted to Executive Producer. She went on to write 9 and direct 7 of the show's first 22 episodes. Now President of El Norte Productions, Martinez Jitner is currently developing several feature films for Gregory Nava, including Zapata for Disney, and Tattooed Soldier for HBO.

 

 

Hellos, Goodbyes & Changes in Responsibilities

Attention Supervisors! If you have a new employee you would like to welcome or a current employee moving on to new job internally or somewhere else, please let us know. We will post that information here to help keep everyone informed.

 

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Director of Academic Support, Veterans Services & Access Services

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Zachary Schultz to Anoka-Ramsey! 

Zach has accepted a position as our full-time Academic Advisor/High School Liaison at Anoka-Ramsey.  In this position, Zach will serve as a liaison for local high schools in the Coon Rapids and Cambridge service areas.  He will also collaborate with our Anoka-Ramsey math faculty, mentor and train peer math tutors, and carry out advising duties.

Zach brings much experience, dedication, and passion to this position. His background includes professional teaching experience encompassing diverse student populations, including high school students and adult learners.  In addition, for the past year, Zach has served in a temporary capacity as our Academic Advisor/High School Liaison prior to accepting this full-time position.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education from Bemidji State University. 

Zach is located in the Math Skills & Advising Center on the Coon Rapids campus, room L122.  Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself, and join me in congratulating Zach on his new position!

 

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Director of Academic Support, Veterans Services & Access Services

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Edgar Bustamante and Dan Lojovich as our full-time Professional Math tutors within the Math Skills & Advising Center!

Edgar and Dan both come to Anoka-Ramsey with genuine experience, enthusiasm, and dedication!  For the past year, Edgar has served as a temporary part-time Professional Math Tutor in the Math Skills & Advising Center, and Dan has served Anoka-Ramsey as an AmeriCorps member and Supplemental Instruction Leader for developmental math courses. 

As Professional Math Tutors, Edgar and Dan will provide one-on-one tutoring, facilitate Accuplacer Prep and Final Review sessions, lead study groups, mentor and train peer tutors, collaborate with our Anoka-Ramsey math faculty, and assist with the daily operations of the Math Skills & Advising Center.

Edgar has a solid background in mathematics, and he has experience tutoring a variety of student populations, including adult learners and ESL students.  Edgar holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

Dan also has a solid foundation in math as well as experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Carleton College, and he has earned tutoring CRLA certifications Level I and Level II.   

Please join me in congratulating Edgar and Dan on their new positions!     

 

Submitted by Brandy Eddings, Director of Academic Support, Veterans Services & Access Services

 

I am pleased to announce that Kathy Luksetich, Erik Vinh, and Adam Rusinak are the newest members of our Writing Services staff at Anoka-Ramsey!  Kathy has accepted a position as a full-time Professional Writing Tutor, and both Erik and Adam have accepted part-time Professional Writing Tutor positions, all located within the Academic Support Center on our Coon Rapids campus.

Kathy, Erik, and Adam bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the Writing Services Department!  As Professional Writing Tutors, they will provide one-on-one tutoring, mentor and train peer writing tutors, collaborate with our Anoka-Ramsey English faculty, support the Adult Basic Education program, and assist with the daily operations of the Academic Support Center.

For the past year, Kathy has served Anoka-Ramsey as an AmeriCorps member and Supplemental Instruction Leader for developmental English courses.  In addition, she has volunteered her time and expertise to assist with Adult Basic Education/English for Academic Purposes classes.  Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, and she has earned tutoring CRLA certifications Level I and Level II.

Erik has worked at Anoka-Ramsey as our temporary Professional Writing Tutor for the past year, and he served as a peer writing tutor the previous year.  Erik recently graduated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College with an Associate of Science in Business and an Associate of Arts degree.  In addition, he has earned tutoring CRLA certifications Level I and Level II.  Erik is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree at St. Cloud State University.  

Adam comes to Anoka-Ramsey with a great deal of experience tutoring writing, both as an undergraduate student and during his graduate studies.  He has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and skill levels, and he has assisted with various types of writing assignments and purposes.  Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master in Education, all conferred by the University of Minnesota. 

Please feel free to drop by the Academic Support Center to meet and congratulate Kathy, Erik, and Adam! 

 

Katie Vaccari is Moving On

Submitted by Nora Morris, Dean of Educational Services

 

I would like to inform all of you that after more than eight years with Anoka-Ramsey, Katie Vaccari will be leaving to join the Office of the Chancellor Department of Research, Planning and Effectiveness.   Although she will be working hard on behalf of the MnSCU system, we will miss her greatly here.  Her last day is Friday, Sept. 16. 

Please plan on joining us in a potluck hosted by the Research Department and the Ed Services Deans and Directors Wednesday, Sept. 14, noon to 1 p.m., Riverview Rm.

Please come and wish Katie the best!