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Dunwoody launches Engineering in Action speaker series

New initiative brings Twin Cities engineers to campus

Dunwoody’s new Engineering in Action speaker series kicks off this week with John Callahan, Vice President of Motorcycle Engineering at Polaris Industries.

Open to all Dunwoody students, employees, and alumni and friends, the event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Callahan will share lessons learned from his 17 years with Polaris, including his experience with new product development.

School of Engineering to benefit from series

Arts & Sciences Associate Professor Harry Edelman, coordinator of the series, said the programming was created to better introduce Dunwoody’s new School of Engineering students to potential career paths – particularly those they may not have considered before.

“Dunwoody Engineering students should be aware of the wide variety of opportunities open to them upon graduation — especially in the Twin Cities,” Edelman said. “This speaker series is intended to increase that awareness.”

The free series will continue in October and November featuring Neil Bitzenhofer and Ghassan Abdelnour.

Bitzenhofer, Software Test Engineer and Instructor at the University of Minnesota, will speak about challenges in software testing on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 2:35 to 3:35 p.m.*

(*Updated presentation time on 10.1.18)

Abdelnour, Senior Engineering Director at Seagate Technology, will present on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on Engineering in Action, contact Edelman at hedelman@dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody Welding fabricates sculpture for City of Minneapolis

Instructor, students, and alumni gain life-changing experience, carry on Dunwoody legacy

Accepting the challenge

 This past May, Welding & Metal Fabrication Senior Instructor Denise Bailey was approached with quite the opportunity: to fabricate a 45-foot, 18,000-pound sculpture.

Designed by visual artist Tristan Al-Haddad of Atlanta, GA, the sculpture – titled Nimbus – was commissioned by the City of Minneapolis as an extension of the Nicollet Mall redesign.

A rendering of what Nimbus will look like in the evening (Courtesy of formations-studio.com)

The job was once in a lifetime but would come with challenges.

Due to a local Minneapolis welding shop’s difficulties with heat distortion, the sculpture would have to be fabricated near the designer at Formations Studios in Atlanta. And this would require an immense amount of travel and time commitment.

But Bailey said it wasn’t long before she was sold.

“I spoke with the designer, Tristan, on the phone about the project, and 20 minutes later he had convinced me to hop on a plane to Atlanta the following week to check it out,” Bailey said. “His passion is contagious and familiar. When I got there, I knew that this project was going to be a part of my life.”

Bringing in Dunwoody

Fabricating the project alone, however, wouldn’t be realistic.

From L to R: Jane Thompson, Denise Bailey, and Tiara Hill

“The designer asked if I would like to bring a couple students down to Atlanta to help me with the project,” Bailey said. “It was an instant ‘yes.’ This is such an amazing opportunity for welders/fabricators — especially those new to the industry — to experience.”

Bailey recruited Industrial Engineering Technology student Tiara Hill, ’18 Welding Technology alum Jane Thompson, and ’18 Welding Technology alum Madison Vail to join her after seeing the three of them thrive during a previous art installation.

Jane Thompson grinding the weld so it is flush to the surface. The project required all visible welds to be ground.

Thompson was immediately on board.

Having the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and to work hard on a project in my chosen field straight out of college is absolutely unheard of,” she said. “I could not think of a better way to discover yourself professionally, learn your field, and be certain through trial that you are doing something that is motivating, inspiring, and exciting to you.”

So on June 11 the Dunwoody team boarded a plane to Atlanta and got to work…and have been busy ever since.

“This kind of project is exactly what Dunwoody and carrying on a legacy is all about,” Bailey said. “Nimbus will be one of the most visible sculptures in the City of Minneapolis.”

Project tests, rewards Dunwoody team

Although worthwhile, the project hasn’t been easy.

Tiara Hill putting finishing detail work into the piece.

After passing a 3G Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) test, the welders got to work metal forming with 8 and 10 gauge corten steel, tackling, welding, grinding, and fixturing.“

The average work week involved 50-60 hours at temperatures of 100 degrees in the shop,” Bailey said.

But the pros have definitely outweighed the cons for Thompson.

“Learning by doing, trial and error, and actually getting your hands dirty will teach you things about yourself and your profession that a classic education will not,” Thompson said. “I can say wholeheartedly that I gained more confidence in myself as a professional in one year at Dunwoody than I did getting my bachelor’s at another four-year college.”

Thompson finished up her portion of the work at the end of July. Since then, Bailey has spent her weekends working in Atlanta. The next steps of the project include finishing the outside skin of the structure and fabricating the structural supports.

The sculpture will be installed this fall.

A rendering of what Nimbus will look like in the daytime (Courtesy of formations-studio.com)

Bailey has plans for her current second semester class to observe and possibly assist in the process.

“It is such an amazing experience to be able to not only give to the students, but to also give to the city I call home,” Bailey said. “The thing that I take the most pride in is that my team was an all-woman crew coming from a school that was founded on providing education for everyone.”

Dunwoody announces 2018 employee recognition awards

As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to a close, Dunwoody is proud to present several service awards in recognition of the many faculty and staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community.

The following awards and achievements were announced at the All Employee Celebration on May 21:

Dunwoody Leadership Development Program graduates:
  • Andrew Stevens, Industrial Engineering Technology Senior Instructor
  • Karie Johnson, Construction Project Management Senior Instructor
  • John Columbus, Software Engineering Assistant Professor
  • Craig Heinen, Human Resources Specialist
  • Marcus Seraphine, Head Librarian
  • Kerstin Leonard, Prospect Development Analyst

From L to R: Andrew Stevens, Craig Heinen, Marcus Seraphine, Kerstin Leonard, John Columbus, and Karie Johnson

Staff and faculty members who completed a degree:
  • Lee Frisvold, Automotive Service Technology Senior Instructor, B.S., Applied Management
  • Lonny Lunn, Automotive Service Technology Assistant Professor, B.S., Applied Management
  • Scott Zubrod, Automotive Service Technology Assistant Professor, B.S., Applied Management
  • Amber McCollow, Senior Admissions Counselor, M.P.A., Public Administration
  • Karie Johnson, Construction Project Management Senior Instructor, M.S., Organizational Leadership
  • Yun Christenson, Registrar & Director of Institutional Research, M.A., Educational Leadership
  • Mirja Hassan, Cashier & Accounts Payable, A.S., Accounting

From L to R: Scott Zubrod, Lonny Lunn, Lee Frisvold, Karie Johnson, Yun Christenson, and Mirja Hassan

 Building Community Award recipient: 

Reem El-Radi, Arts & Sciences Assistant Professor

The Building Community Award goes to an individual whose projects or efforts demonstrate and heighten Dunwoody’s commitment to cultural awareness being integrated into the campus and community.

Outstanding Team Award recipients: 

The Employee Survey Task Force Team:

  • Karie Johnson, Construction Project Management Senior Instructor
  • Marcy Cheeseman, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Harry Edelman, Arts & Sciences Assistant Professor
  • Zac Mans, Student Services Advisor
  • Teresa Milligan, Student Success Assistant Professor

From L to R: Teresa Milligan, Karie Johnson, Harry Edelman, Marcy Cheeseman, and Zac Mans

The No Fail Fall Committee leaders:

  • Alicia Stoe, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Charla Hudlow, Senior Financial Aid Counselor
  • Mao Rebman, Assistant Registrar
  • Macy Lee, Senior Admissions Counselor
  • Meera Wiest, Senior Admissions Counselor
  • Mary Rasmussen, Senior Admissions Project Coordinator
  • Allie Dresser, Content Marketing Specialist
  • Amber McCollow, Senior Admissions Counselor
  • Tina Nevala, Assistant Registrar
  • Zac Mans, Student Services Advisor

From L to R: Zac Mans, Alicia Stoe, Charla Hudlow, Allie Dresser, Tina Nevala, and Mao Rebman

 The Outstanding Team Award is given out annually to a cross-departmental team of employees whose work has had a significant impact on the way Dunwoody serves its constituents.

Outstanding Staff Innovation Award recipients:
  • Mao Rebman, Assistant Registrar and Drew Rodiles, Assistant Registrar
  • Craig Heinen, Human Resources Specialist
  • Rob Borchardt, Associate Director of Career Services

From L to R: President Rich Wagner, Mao Rebman, Drew Rodiles, and Yun Christenson

From L to R: Cindy Olson, Craig Heinen, and President Rich Wagner

From L to R: Cindy Olson, Rob Borchardt, and President Rich Wagner,=

The Outstanding Staff Innovation Award is awarded to staff members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative strategies to improve efficiency, productivity, cost savings, customer service, and the inclusive climate of Dunwoody.

 Outstanding Academic Innovation Award recipients:
  • Chris Fulton, Web Programming & Database Development Instructor
  • Joey White, Automated Systems & Robotics Instructor

From L to R: Rob Bentz, Chris Fulton, and President Rich Wagner

From L to R: E.J. Daigle, Joey White, and President Rich Wagner

 The Outstanding Academic Innovation Award is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative instructional strategies in the classroom.

 Instructor of the Year Award recipients: 
  • Jake Blue, Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Senior Instructor
  • John Rogoz, Construction Project Management Adjunct Instructor
  • Andy Stevens, Industrial Engineering Technology Senior Instructor
  • Ken Wolfe, Electronics Technology Adjunct Instructor

From L to R: Bridget Reynolds, Jake Blue, and President Rich Wagner

From L to R: Janet Nurnberg, Andy Stevens, and President Rich Wagner

From L to R: E.J. Daigle, Ken Wolfe, and President Rich Wagner

Nominations for the Instructor of the Year Award come from current Dunwoody students. The award is given out annually to instructors who are committed to the students’ academic success, serve as a professional role model to students and colleagues, and aim for academic excellence in curriculum and instruction.

Distinguished Teacher Award recipients: 
  • Tom Larson, Machine Tool Technology Assistant Professor
  • Richard Thompson, Applied Management Adjunct Instructor

From L to R: E.J. Daigle, Tom Larson, Provost Jeff Ylinen, and President Rich Wagner

From L to R: President Rich Wagner, Richard Thompson, and Provost Jeff Ylinen

The Distinguished Teacher Award is given to faculty members who have committed a significant portion of their career to the art of teaching and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to education and lifelong learning.

William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award recipient: 
  • Lesley Arntzen, Senior Financial Aid Counselor

From L to R: Cindy Olson, Lesley Arntzen, and President Rich Wagner,

The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award is given to employees who have consistently performed outstanding work for the College.

Dunwoody College Names Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Dunwoody hires Brian Nelson to lead College’s
strategic advancement efforts

Brian NelsonFor more than 30 years, Brian Nelson has helped non-profit organizations grow and donors support organizational missions. And now, he brings his skills and passion for fundraising to Dunwoody.

Serving as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Nelson will lead advancement efforts for the College, including fundraising, alumni engagement, and industry partnerships.

“Dunwoody is a Midwest landmark for high quality technical education with a rich tradition and bright future,” Nelson said. “I look forward to being a part of a forward thinking, goal-driven team, and I am excited to work with industry leaders who are passionate about the impact Dunwoody has had on the community and their lives.”

Nelson comes to Dunwoody from the Pinky Swear Foundation, where he served as the organization’s President/CEO. During his time there, he grew the Foundation’s annual revenue from $900,000 to $2.8 million and expanded service to families in all 50 states. His portfolio includes working for William Mitchell College of Law, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Allina Hospice Foundation, Memorial Blood Centers, and the American Cancer Society.

“I truly enjoy the interaction with donors,” Nelson shared. “It is amazing to learn about their lives, their connections to the institution, and how philanthropy can help shape their dreams and visions.”

During his spare time, Nelson enjoys playing golf, fishing, reading, remodeling and fixing things, and spending time with his family.

“I hope to provide value in building on Dunwoody’s culture of philanthropy and alumni engagement,” Nelson said. “And I look forward to helping further the mission of this institution.”

Nelson will replace current Vice President of Institutional Advancement Stuart Lang, who will retire later this year. Lang has been with the College for five years.

Nelson can be reached at bnelson@dunwoody.edu or at 612-381-3042.

Employee Spotlight: Jonathon Moore, Student Services Advisor

Where did you grow up?

Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Laguna Nigel, California.

Where did you attend high school/college?
Southwest High School and Virginia Union University.

What is your degree in?
Interdisciplinary Studies/Political Science K-8.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?
13 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job
Providing support for students and assisting them in reaching their goal of graduating!

 What are a few of your hobbies?
Basketball, Madden on PS4, and relaxing at home.

Which sports teams do you root for?
Minnesota Vikings (SKOL, Vikings, SKOL!), University of Michigan (GO BLUE!!) & all other Minnesota sports!

Do you have any pets?
Mathan, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He is 13 years young!

What is your favorite meal?
Steak, salad, baked potato, sourdough bread, and sweet tea.

Employee Spotlight: Jane Bohl, Executive Assistant

Where did you grow up?

North of Chippewa Falls, WI, on a dairy farm in the Town of Anson.

Where did you attend high school/college?

I attended Chippewa Falls Senior High School and graduated with a class of 341. My grade school was a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8, with total enrollment of 25-35—no indoor plumbing or water. Going from a class of two to 341 was a real shock!

I have A.A.S. degrees in Computer Operations and Accounting from District One Technical Institute (now CVTC) in Eau Claire, WI.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

Just over 10 years.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

The family-like atmosphere and the constant learning and breadth of knowledge available to both employees and students.

 What are a few of your hobbies?

My most recent hobby is “grand-parenting”! I also really enjoy going to the movie theater. It is a time to unwind, and I love theater popcorn!

What are your top three favorite foods?

Pizza, theater popcorn (I do consider that a meal!), and liver and onions.

What is your favorite movie?

No favorites, but movies need to be seen in a movie theater!

What is your favorite thing to do in Minneapolis?

Visiting museums or sites I’ve not yet explored.

Fun facts:
  • My husband and I have been married for 44 years and have two sons; one grandson; 41 nieces and nephews; 57 great nieces and nephews; and 3 great-great nieces and nephews.
  • I love being a Packer fan in Viking territory.
  • I lived in Fort Collins, CO, for 7 years, where at one point I may have worked for the mafia!

Dunwoody faculty and staff recognition awards announced

As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, Dunwoody is honored to recognize the many faculty and staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community by presenting several service awards.

Congratulations to:
  • Staff and Faculty members who completed a degree: Network Engineer Matt Anderson, Associate Director of Career Services Rob Borchardt, Clinical Instructor Amanda Gronsberg, Senior Instructor Mary Kosuth, Instructor Paula Merns, Principal Instructor Ariane Sandford, Admissions Data Lead Becky Sommers, Project Manager Mary Zawadski
  • Staff members who completed the Dunwoody College Leadership Development Program: Marketing Communications Coordinator Amanda Fons, Financial Aid Counselor Charla Hudlow, Admissions Counselor Macy Loja, Assistant Registrar Mao Rebman, and Content Marketing Specialist Allie Swatek
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2016-2017 Employee Recognition Awards:

Building Community Award winners: Principal Instructor and Education Coordinator Dr. Leo Parvis and Senior Admissions Counselor Meera Weist

 The Building Community Award goes to an individual whose projects or efforts demonstrate and heighten Dunwoody’s commitment to cultural awareness being integrated into the campus and community.

Outstanding Team Award winner: the Financial Communications Team

The Outstanding Team Award is given out annually to a cross-departmental team of employees whose work has had a significant impact on the way Dunwoody serves its constituents.

Outstanding Academic Innovation Award winners: Architecture Instructor Molly Reichert and Tool Crib Administrator Ron Underhill

 The Outstanding Academic Innovation Award is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative instructional strategies in the classroom.

Instructor of the Year Award winners: Senior Instructor Mary Kosuth, Instructor Edo Krivdic, Senior Instructor Lonny Lunn, and Adjunct Instructor Pablo Villamil

 Nominations for the Instructor of the Year award come from current Dunwoody students. The award is given out annually to instructors who are committed to the students’ academic success, serve as a professional role model to students and colleagues, aim for academic excellence in curriculum development and aim for academic excellence in instruction.

Distinguished Teacher Award winner: Principal Instructor Jim Strapko

The Distinguished Teacher Award is given to faculty members who have committed a significant portion of their career to the art of teaching and who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to education and lifelong learning.

William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award winners: Network Engineer Matt Anderson, Senior Admissions Counselor Elaine Geogleris, and Manager of Advancement Communications Jennifer McNeil

The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award is given to employees who have consistently performed outstanding work for the College.

Employee Spotlight: Andy Stevens

A Q&A with Industrial Engineering Senior Instructor Andy Stevens

AndyStevens

Hometown: Browerville, MN
College: St. Cloud State
Degrees: B.S. in Operations Management, Masters in Business Administration (Currently pursuing a M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering at UW-Stout)
Certifications: Professional Engineering Manager (PEM), Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), Mini-Master in Lean Manufacturing

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

I had the opportunity to start working at Dunwoody as an adjunct instructor spring 2017 semester and started as a full-time instructor in March. It feels like time has flown by, and I can’t believe we are almost the end of the semester.

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

Dunwoody is one of the best-kept secrets in the Twin Cities, and I’ve admired Dunwoody for years as a hands-on, high-tech college. I’ve always wanted to get into teaching and when the opportunity presented itself, I went for it! I’m grateful for the opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Interacting with students is extremely enjoyable! Whether that is in the classroom during a lecture and discussion or outside the classroom answering questions and giving guidance. In second, I would say it is the constant learning and reinforcing the depth of industrial engineering knowledge.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I love making “stuff”. I guess that’s why I have a passion for manufacturing in general! Some of the things I make are homemade beer/wine, soap, canning all kinds of things out of the garden, and many other homemade products. I also enjoy gardening, being outdoors, and marksmanship.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

1998 – The George Strait Country Music festival at the Metrodome or The Zelda Orchestra at the Orpheum just a few years ago.

What is the one thing in the world you are most proud of?

Beyond a doubt the one thing I am most proud of is being married to my wife, Heidi. We have been together for almost seven years and along the way she has supported whatever “crazy idea” I get; from quitting a job and starting my own consulting business, coming up with some new hobby that turns the house upside down, or anything in between. She is 100% supportive of my endeavors regardless of how big or crazy the idea may seem.

Fun Facts:
  • In high school I worked at a horse ranch as a wrangler year-round. Growing up, I also raised huskies for dogsledding and actually participated in races!
  • I’ve spent about 15 years in industry, ranging in titles as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineer, CI Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Manager, and others.
  • When I was a consultant project manager, I traveled all over the United States and was able to see LOTS of different manufacturing companies. From making egg patties in New Jersey, to truck transmission castings in Kentucky, to air conditioners in Louisiana, or the best smelling facility I have ever been in: a microwave bacon company in northern Iowa!
  • I started my own consulting business and keep it going on the side to this day. I focus on helping companies with operations management and industrial engineering problems/opportunities.
  • I’m PUMPED to be an instructor at Dunwoody!