Pictured (l-r): YCAP Manager Peggy Quam, Architecture student Brenda Piliego-Geniz, and President Emeritus Dr. C. Ben Wright. Piliego-Geniz is holding a skin diagram she created in her studio class using SketchUp. The diagram shows what a house looks like when it is pulled apart and the materials are exposed.
Architecture student Brenda Piliego-Geniz, of Arden Hills, recently received a $15,000 scholarship from The Minneapolis Rotary Club to assist her studies at Dunwoody. Piliego-Geniz is a participant in the College’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP). YCAP enhances the career opportunities of under-represented youth, by empowering them to graduate from high school and obtain a degree from Dunwoody.
For the past 20 years the Minneapolis Rotary Club has granted a scholarship to a student in the YCAP program. Piliego-Geniz was selected as the scholarship recipient because of her GPA and involvement in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. She received the scholarship check at the rotary breakfast on Oct. 29–which she was accompanied to by Dunwoody President Emeritus Dr. C. Ben Wright, Senior Development Officer Mary Meador and YCAP Manager Peggy Quam.
“I want to say thank you for the scholarship. It really means a lot to me because I am the youngest of four and the first to go to college, and I have nobody to ask what the experience was for them and how they got through it,” Piliego-Geniz said.
She added that the scholarship allows to her focus on her schoolwork instead of worrying about how she is going to pay for her education.
For more information about Dunwoody’s YCAP program, visit dunwoody.edu/ycap.
Dunwoody College of Technology’s 100th Founders Day is Sunday, Dec. 14.
To celebrate the College’s 100th birthday, we are featuring 40 of our alumni on the College’s Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ll feature five alumni each day.
To see who we feature, visit https://www.facebook.com/dunwoodycollege or https://twitter.com/dunwoodycollege.
Students and employees will celebrate Founders Day on Friday, Dec. 12.
Check out the Alumni & Friends Fall 2014 Magazine article “100 for 100” that features 100 Alumni stories (PDF).
On Oct. 17 and 18 Construction Sciences & Building Technology students built a Minnesota Bound-themed fish house for Fish House Frenzy Twin Cities.
Teams from Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Kraus-Anderson Construction also participated in the 24-hour construction competition to raise funds for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, which makes critical repairs for homeowners in need–particularly older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with small children and members of the armed forces.
While the other fish houses were auctioned off already, the Dunwoody team’s fish house is still available via raffle to be drawn on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Joe’s Sporting Goods, 33 East County Road B, St. Paul.
In addition to raising money for a good cause, the students learned about the importance of preparation and teamwork.
“Students learned through trial and error how to manage people and time. During a recap session they shared ideas about technical and management problems that arose,” said Senior Instructor James Strapko. “For example, they agreed on the value of preparation and following the drawings. They also recognized the need for establishing clear lines of authority and matching work crews with tasks.”
Through the competition construction students formed partnerships with other Dunwoody programs. The College’s HVAC and Electrical students provided some labor and materials for this year’s project, and Interior Design students have expressed interest in participating with the College’s Fish House Frenzy team next year.
Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Joe’s Sporting Goods, 33 East County Road B, St. Paul. Tickets are $20. To purchase raffle tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering Drafting & Design students in the Product Design class recently visited Modern Metals Foundry Inc. in Bloomington, Minn. The visit is part of a golf putter design project the students are working on.
Before the students visited the foundry, Dan Taylor, pattern maker and partial owner of Modern Metals, spent a day in the classroom working with 21 students to create golf putter designs and follow boards that could be easily cast in aluminum.
“At the foundry the students were able to watch the actual process of packing the sand into a core and cavity using one of their putter patterns and follow boards,” said Senior Instructor Andrew LeRoy. “The sand was hardened using a CO2 process. Finally the sprue and runners were cut into the mold and the liquid aluminum was poured into the mold by hand using a ladle. After a cooling period the part was removed and then brought into the grinding area to clean it up.”
When all the putter parts are complete they will be returned to the students to do the final machining of the putters striking faces and installation of the shaft and grip.
“This project makes the design process come to life from conception through final manufacturing of a part using required standards from industry. It is very realistic and mirrors what graduates will face in industry on a smaller scale,” LeRoy said. “Modern Metals has been integral to the MDES program for several years and they really make an invaluable contribution.”
For this project the students are required to ensure their putter meets United States Golf Association standards of weight and design. In mid to late November the students will host a putting contest for Dunwoody faculty, staff and students–who will be asked to vote for which putter they think is best. The winner will be listed on a trophy displayed in the Robotics & Manufacturing department.
Alumni & Friends Reception and Pictorial Show at Mill City Museum–Thursday, July 17
Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. for a very special evening of history, friendship and celebration at the Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, for the Alumni & Friends Reception and Dunwoody College Pictorial History Display.
No RSVP is required. Alumni, friends and the public are welcome.
For further information contact email@example.com, or call 612-381-3064.
Dunwoody College, celebrating its Centennial in 2014, will hold a pictorial show at Mill City Museum highlighting the College’s history and the impact Dunwoody has had on the local community – from the founders William and Kate Dunwoody, to the present day. Featuring historic photographs of the past 100 years, the show will run through Oct. 5.
William H. Dunwoody was the primary share holder of Washburn Crosby Company (now General Mills) and his involvement in the greater milling community was instrumental in making Minneapolis the Flour Milling Capital of the World for 50 years – it was Mill City. Dunwoody is delighted to join with Mill City Museum a hundred years later to celebrate this relationship.
William and Kate Dunwoody were prominent citizens of their time and helped build many significant institutions that survive in today – General Mills, Wells Fargo, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Northwestern National Bank, and of course Dunwoody College of Technology.
Dunwoody College’s influence continues today as a leader in technical education and a producer of alumni who continue to make an impact on the community. Alums such as M.A. Mortenson (Mortenson Construction), Howard Lund (Lund Boats), and Maurice Wagner (Morrie’s Automotive) are just a few examples of Dunwoody Colleges continued impact on the community.
Mike Max took a tour of Dunwoody College through its 100 years of history to the present day for his Life to the Max TV Show that highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes.
If you missed the episode that aired on May 17, you can watch it at http://lifetothemax.tv/index.php/2014-archives/551-show-189-the-dunwoody-difference
Mike Max takes a tour of Dunwoody College of Technology through its 100 years of history to the present day. A generous gift left by William Hood Dunwoody in his will started the Minneapolis technical college in 1914 and since then its reputation for excellence continues to grow. Mike meets with instructors, current students and wildly successful alumni of Dunwoody to find out what makes the college and its culture breed success.
“Life to the Max” is sponsored by Lifetouch and produced by Lifetouch Media Productions.
For more information about Life to the Max, visit http://www.lifetothemax.tv/.
The golf hole Dunwoody Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built won the award for 2014 Top Hole Design at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.
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The golf hole Dunwoody’s Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built will be featured at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.
This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament features professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system. Golfers can visit http://www.skywayopen.org/registration.php for registration and ticket information.
This year’s theme is “Minneapolis Neighborhoods — Putt the City.” Teams were challenged to create a golf hole that captures the personalities of the city’s communities.
Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”
This is the first year Dunwoody has participated in the charity event. Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”
“This structural metaphor claims Hennepin Avenue as the original neighborhood, the Minneapolis section of a Native American path through the Midwest known as the Spirit Lake Trail,” explained Senior Instructor John Dwyer. “The structure is composed to invert our common perceptions of the city. The top layers represent the less perceivable topography and geology. The lower layers represent the more easily perceivable streets and neighborhood delineations.”
The Skyway Open is hosted by the Downtown Network and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. For more information about the event, visit http://www.skywayopen.org/.
The College’s Robotic Snow Plow Team put on a great show last weekend at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
This was Dunwoody’s fourth consecutive year competing against top engineering universities in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition.
Team Members: Kevin Brown (ELTT), Will Jernigan (ELTT), Jerry Opp (ASRO), and Matt Silvernail (ELTT)
Faculty Advisors: E.J. Daigle (MANU) and John McShannock (ASRO/ELTT)
Final Standings: (and prize money)
1st ($7000): Miami University (Ohio)
2nd ($5000): University of Michigan (Yeti)
3rd ($2500): University of Michigan (Geili)
4th ($1000): University of Michigan (Zenith)
5th ($700): Dunwoody College of Technology
6th ($500): Case Western University
7th ($0): Iowa State University
8th ($0): North Dakota State University