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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!

Dunwoody College names Associate Dean of Students

Dunwoody hires 10-year student services veteran to assist with student accommodations and support.

Associate Dean of Students John Richardson

Associate Dean of Students John Richardson

Dunwoody College of Technology is delighted to name John Richardson as the new Associate Dean of Students. Richardson will assist Dean of Students Kelli Sattler in student affairs, particularly focusing on student accommodations and support.

A 10-year veteran in student services, Richardson comes to Dunwoody from The Art Institute of Colorado where he served as the Director of Student Services.

“My favorite part of working with students is seeing students grow and graduate with great jobs,” Richardson said.

Richardson holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and has experience working with students on housing, disability services, counseling, programming, student leadership, and veteran affairs support.

“What I like about Dunwoody is how it’s a technical school, and it’s much more hands-on. The type of student here is different than a liberal arts college, and I enjoy the career-focus,” Richardson said. “And I really like all the cool equipment and technology here.”

In Richardson’s spare time, he enjoys trail running, cycling, fishing, snowboarding, and taking his kids camping.

Richardson can be reached in the Pinska Center or by email at jrichardson@dunwoody.edu.