Coon Rapids Campus Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

November 23, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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The Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Coon Rapids Campus Foundation recently elected two new members to their board of directors: Andy Schweizer and Pamela Westlund.

Andy Schweizer, a New Brighton resident, is owner and president of Ace Solid Waste. Schweizer graduated from the Fluid Power Technology program at Hennepin Technical College and is currently attending Bethel College for Business Management. He is married to Brenda, and the couple has three children. Schweizer has been or is currently involved in several other organizations including the National Solid Waste Management Association, Anoka Technical College Foundation Board, Coon Rapids YMCA Fundraising Committee, and the City of New Brighton Environmental Quality Control Board.

“My interest in joining the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation is simply to provide some stewardship to the community in which I live and serve,” says Schweizer.

Pamela Westlund , a Ham Lake resident, is CEO of Woodland Development Corp. Westlund graduated from Anoka-Ramsey Community College with an associate in arts degree in Marketing. She is married to Bryon, and the couple has two children: Jesse (29) and Matt (27). Westlund has been or is currently involved in several other organizations including the North Metro Realtors Association and the Anoka Technical College Foundation Board.

“I enjoy being involved in organizations that serve our community,” says Westlund. “The Coon Rapids Campus Foundation assisted me when I attend the college. I would like to return the favor.”

To learn more about the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation, please contact the college’s Director of Institutional Advancement, Evelyn Gedde at 763-433-1189 or Evelyn.Gedde@AnokaRamsey.edu .

Andy Schweizer

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Coon Rapids Campus Foundation recently elected Andy Schweizer (left) to its board of directors.

Pam Westlund

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Coon Rapids Campus Foundation recently elected Pamela Westlund to its board of directors.

New Men’s Soccer Team Scores A Great Season

November 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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The journey to the NJCAA National Tournament for Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s new men’s soccer team may have come to an abrupt halt on that cold, windy Saturday, Oct. 31 in Chicago when the Triton College team eked out a 1-0 win, but Coach Brady Eichhorn-Hicks is still fired up. 

“The season was a fantastic start to a collegiate soccer program,” says Eichhorn-Hicks. “It’s almost unheard of for a first-year program to make it all the way to the Sweet 16. This is a great foundation to build on and take forward next season.” 

Though the loss was hard to take, the newly formed program at Anoka-Ramsey made an impressive entrance into collegiate play in their first season – fall 2009. The team completed regular season play with 8 wins, 5 losses, and one tie; then beat Bismarck State College (3-0) and Century College (6-0) to become Region Champs.

“The level of play was fantastic, much higher than expected,” adds Eichhorn-Hicks. “Community college soccer is a hidden gem for four-year institutions. This year, a handful of players will be awarded scholarships to Division I or II schools, and I expect more of the same next year.”

Special Recognition
While Eichhorn-Hicks emphasizes that the successful season was a team effort, he also wants to acknowledge Henok Woldeyes, Zennah Neanue, Anthony Keller and Mulenga Kapungulya who won spots on the All-Region Team.

Defense players Emmanuel Brown, Joey Gustafson and Matt Bodeman, and Eddie Omwega allowed the team five full games without giving up a goal. Midfielder Somo Abdujabar led the way with seven assists and down the wings Jordan Larson and Andy Morris were very strong. Through the middle Woldeyes, Keller, Mario Perez and Henry Russell held the team together and up top Kapungulya and Neanue scored 28 goals through the season.

 Eichhorn-Hicks deserves some recognition himself. He was named Region XIII Coach of the Year.

Assisting the team and Eichhorn-Hicks were assistant coach, Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks and the college’s Athletic Director, Dave Alto.

“I honestly believe we can be a power for years to come, not just in our region but, nationally as well,” says Eichhorn-Hicks. “I’m already looking forward to next year.” 

For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College new men’s soccer program or other athletics, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu/studentActivities/athletics or call 763-433-1360.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College 2009 Men's Soccer Team

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Soccer Team made an impressive entrance into collegiate play in their first season in fall 2009 with 8 wins, 5 losses, and one tie in regular season play and a win against Century College (6-0) to become Region Champs.

College Hosts Faculty Recital, Nov. 24

November 18, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Activities & Events | Leave a comment
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The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department invites the public to a free recital, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Performing Arts Center.

 This year’s recital will showcase the talents of Music faculty members:

  •   Richard Joseph, a tenor, performing songs by Verdi, Bolcom, Richard Hundley from “Jekyll and Hyde” and Josh Groban;
  • Fang-Yi Shen, a cellist, performing virtuosic cello music from the 19th century including Eccles, Schubert, and Paganini and;
  • Joyce Jenson, a pianist

For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department or free, public events, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu.

College Reading Series Welcomes Author Herbach, Nov.18

November 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Activities & Events | Leave a comment
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The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Two Rivers Reading Series welcomes author Geoff Herbach for a free reading and questions, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room.

 Herbach will read from his first novel, “The Miracle of Letters of T. Rimberg.” 

“As a novelist, Geoff Herbach is adept at shifting his prose smoothly between what’s hilarious and serious as he explores the inner struggles of his conflicted protagonist, T. Rimberg,” says Anoka-Ramsey English Faculty member, Paige Riehl. “Through Rimberg’s series of suicide letters, sent to everyone from family members to Madonna to Vincent Van Gogh as Rimberg tramps across Europe in search of his father, Herbach confidently delves into the complexities of familial relationships and life.”

 Herbach, an adjunct English Faculty member at Anoka-Ramsey, co-founded The Lit 6 Project, a group dedicated to bringing literary storytelling to broader audiences, and he wrote and performed in “The Electric Arc Radio Show,” a literary tragi-comedy, which aired on Minnesota Public Radio. Herbach is also one of three authors of the original musical, “Don’t Crush Our Heart. 

Currently, Herbach is writing for “Radio Happy Hour,” a live comedy show that runs monthly at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; writing and acting in the children’s television project, “Gretta the Boat Girl;” and writing and hosting, “The Block,” a new comedy/variety show that begins its run in February at The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. 

“Herbach’s writing is witty, surprising and moving,” adds Riehl. “He is an animated and engaging reader who will prove interesting to both those who have read his novel and those who will want to read it after attending the event.”

 The event is part of the Two Rivers Reading series hosted by the Anoka-Ramsey English Department. The series, now in its 12th year, is intended to create a common book experience for students and strengthen the academic community. Many students have never met an author before. This experience of reading a book, then interacting with the author deepens and strengthens their relationship with the book. 

For more information about this free event or the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Two Rivers Reading Series, contact English Faculty member, Paige Riehl at 763-433-1347. For more information about public events at the college, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu.

ARCC Visiting Writer Herbach Nov 18

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Two River Reading Series welcomes author Geoff Herbach for a reading and questions, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Coon Rapids Campus Legacy Room.

Cambridge Campus Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

November 16, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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The Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Cambridge Campus Foundation recently elected three new members to their board of directors: Gregory L. Carlson, John R. Carlson, Jack Juve and DeeDee Kahring.

Gregory L. Carlson, a Cambridge resident, is Executive Director – Partnerships & Affiliations at Presbyterian Homes & Services. Carlson holds an associate in arts from Normandale Community College and attended the University of Minnesota for Continued Studies in Healthcare Administration. He is married to Greta, and the couple has three children: Jenni (28), Brian (26), Lisa (24) and Emily (18). Carlson has extensive experience with Aging Services of Minnesota including roles on the executive committee, District D chair, board, director-at-large, secretary/treasurer, chair-elect, and chair. He has served as Kiwanis Club (Benson, Minn.) president; Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce president; Cambridge City Planning Commission chair; Cambridge City Council member-elect; Housing and Redevelopment Authority chair;  and as Rotary Club Cambridge charter member.

“Building stronger and healthier communities is achieved by helping others to succeed, the college foundation is key to this objective,” says Carlson. “We can build a better future by increasing the capacity of the foundation to help more students reach their educational goals.”

John R. Carlson, a Stanchfield resident, is a self-employed auctioneer/equipment appraiser who attended Anoka-Ramsey’s Cambridge Campus. He is married to Susan and the couple has two children: Dan (14) and Mike (12). Carlson has served as a Cambridge Isanti District 911 school board member and on the original foundation board at the Cambridge Campus in 1990.

“Having served on the original Board of Directors, I wish to reaffirm my commitment to education and continue the heritage of the Cambridge Campus,” says Carlson of his new role.

Jack Juve, A North Branch resident, is owner and manager of the Americinn in North Branch. Juve holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of South Dakota. He is married to Laura and the couple has three children: Emily (15), Rachel (13) and Isabella (9). Juve has held or currently holds numerous service roles including: president and secretary of North Branch Rotary Club; board member and past president of Minnesota Lodging Association; board member of Hospitality Minnesota; third degree Knights of Columbus; Lake State Federal Credit Union Community Involvement Foundation; president North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce; and commissioner Chisago County Economic Development Association.

“As a local business owner, I have always been a strong supporter of Anoka-Ramsey,” says Juve. “It will be an honor to help the foundation raise funds to allow more students to continue their education.”

DeeDee Kahring, a Cambridge resident, is vice president/client representative at Springsted Inc. in St. Paul. Kahring holds a bachelor of science degree in Finance from Mankato State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She is married to Robert and the couple has three children: Nate (25), Mitch (22) and Tessa  (17). Kahring has held or currently holds numerous service roles including: secretary/treasurer at Minnco Credit Union; Communications Committee & Leadership Committee at Minnesota Association of School Business Officials; Registered School Business Administrator at Association of School Business Officials;  Minnesota School Boards Association; Minnesota Association of School Administrators; Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials; and on the Cambridge Lutheran Church Council.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Cambridge Campus College Foundation Board to assist learners of all ages in their pursuit of higher education,” says Kahring of her new role.

To learn more about the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation, please contact the college’s Director of Institutional Advancement, Evelyn Gedde at 763-433-1189 or Evelyn.Gedde@AnokaRamsey.edu .

Greg Carlson

Gregory L. Carlson, Executive Director at Partnerships & Affiliations at Presbyterian Homes & Services, was recently elected to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation board.

John Carlson

John R. Carlson, self-employed auctioneer/equipment appraiser, was recently elected to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation board.

Jack Juve

Jack Juve, owner/manager of Americinn in North Branch, was recently elected to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation board.

DeeDee Kahring

DeeDee Kahring, vice president/client representative at Springsted Inc., was recently elected to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation board.

College Welcomes New Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

November 10, 2009 at 11:14 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Mary Stueve recently accepted the position of Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Stueve, an eight-year resident of Texas, recently relocated back to her home state of Minnesota.

“We are pleased to welcome Mary’s extensive and distinctive experience in higher education to our administrative team,” says Anoka-Ramsey Community College President, Dr. Patrick M. Johns.  “Anoka-Ramsey’s STEM programs have excellent reputations and we are confident that Mary will continue to help the programs grow to better serve local, state and national needs in these fields.”

Prior to accepting this interim position, Stueve was assistant dean in the Lone Star College System for three years and division chairperson at Brazosport College for six years. She has also taught biology for several years both in Minnesota and in Texas.

“As I have progressed through teaching and administration, I have become very aware of the need to prepare students for four-year and advanced degree and careers in STEM areas,” says Stueve.

Stueve, originally from Fergus Falls, Minn., began her higher education at Fergus Falls Community College before transferring to the University of Minnesota Duluth to earn an undergraduate degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Molecular Biology.

“Anoka-Ramsey has so many great STEM programs, I would like to help form more partnerships to help ensure that high school, even middle-school, students, are prepared to be successful in college-level STEM programs,”  says Stueve. “Too many STEM-related jobs are going overseas, when we have the talent and training to keep them in the U.S.”

For more information about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu .

ARCC STEM Dean Stueve

Mary Stueve, Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s new Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) hopes to develop more community partnerships to prepare students for careers in STEM areas.

Cambridge Campus Now Offers Women’s Fastpitch Softball

November 9, 2009 at 11:33 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

If you want to meet a coach who is excited about a sport, look no farther than Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s new athletic director and women’s softball coach, David Alto, who is up to bat with the college’s new women’s fastpitch softball team which began practice this fall for the spring season. 

“It has been a goal for several years to bring sports to the Cambridge Campus,” says the new Athletic Director and softball coach, David Alto. “And Women’s fastpitch softball was a logical choice. We need to ensure we meet our NJCAA requirement for gender equity in sports, and softball is a very popular sport in the Cambridge/Isanti area.” 

Pitchers and catchers start practice on Jan. 19 and the full squad starts on Feb. 16. Alto plans to keep 20 active players on the team. If more women are interested in playing, he will hold try-outs Feb. 16. 

Games begin Friday, March 5 in Rochester.  March games are held inside, and games move outside in April. Weather permitting, the team is scheduled for 40 games throughout the first season. 

The team is part of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC), which has two divisions, one northern and one southern. The Anoka-Ramsey team will play in the Southern Division with six other schools for a total of seven teams in the division. Anoka-Ramsey will play each of the other schools in its division twice, once home and once away. All conference games are doubleheaders. 

Home games for the Anoka-Ramsey team will be held at the new community fields in Cambridge, located east of town, past the fairgrounds. Next year, the team will practice and play home games at the new field currently being planned and constructed at the Cambridge Campus.

 “This is a first year program,” says Alto. “We are very excited about being the first sport to be played out of the Cambridge Campus. The team will play hard, be fundamentally sound and will represent Anoka-Ramsey Community College with pride.” 

Dean of Student Life at Anoka-Ramsey, Cindy Nutter notes, “We hope to expand sports at the Cambridge Campus as funding permits.” 

For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s softball program or other athletics, click here or call 763-433-1360.

Faculty Member Sings with Minnesota Opera

November 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Faculty member, Richard Joseph will appear in the chorus of the Minnesota Opera’s 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s “Casanova’s Homecoming,”  Nov. 14 – 22. 

“I consider it a privilege to be able to sing with the Minnesota Opera,” says Joseph. “This opportunity gives me the chance to use and improve my skills while working with other high-quality musicians. It also gives me in field experience that I can use to better prepare my students for their musical careers.” 

The warm-hearted comedy “Casanova’s Homecoming” was created by Minnesota’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento in 1985 to open the Ordway Music Theatre. It is based on the real-life memoirs of Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt. Old rivals trick Casanova into seducing a castrato, who he discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity.

The opera is performed in English with English subtitles. 

For more information about the production, including tickets, visit www.mnopera.org. For more information about the activities of Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty and students, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu.

Music Faculty member Richard Joseph

Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Music Faculty member, Richard Joseph (shown) has been cast in the Minnesota Opera’s 25th Anniversary production of Dominick Argento’s “Casanova’s Homecoming,” Nov. 14 - 22.

New Athletic Director Excited about New Programs, Opportunities

November 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Activities & Events | 1 Comment

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Athletic Department recently welcomed David Alto as Athletic Director, responsible for overseeing all seven of the athletic programs currently offered: men’s baseball , men’s and women’s basketball , men’s and women’s soccer , women’s volleyball and, the first sport to be offered at the Cambridge Campus, women’s fastpitch softball .

“It is great to enter an organization like Anoka-Ramsey,” says Alto, who will also coach the women’s softball team. “This administration has stepped forward to offer athletic opportunities to students, and the students are stepping forward to take advantage of these opportunities.”

In his new role, Alto will provide leadership, direction and coordination for Anoka-Ramsey’s intercollegiate sports program and ensure compliance with NJCAA eligibility requirements and MCAC policies.

Alto comes to the position with ten years experience as a Physical Education Teacher/Coach in Buffalo, Minn. and eight years as the Athletic/Activities Director at Spring Lake Park High School. He holds a bachelor of science in Physical Education from Moorhead State University and master of arts in Education from Hamline University.

“In the last two years, Anoka-Ramsey has added three new athletic programs—women’s soccer and fastpitch softball and men’s soccer,” notes Alto. “The number of athletes in the seven programs currently offered at the college has doubled in that same time frame from about 60 to 120 student athletes.”

Alto, also the college’s head softball coach, is committed to helping to make Anoka-Ramsey’s Athletic Program the best around, and ensuring the opportunity for participation is open to all qualified students.

“I have two women in their 30s on my softball team,” says Alto. “They love the opportunity that Anoka-Ramsey has afforded them, and so do I.”

For more information about the athletic programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College including game schedules, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu.

 

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