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2ND ANNUAL TOAST OF THE TOWN finale evolving to fulfill our mission Normandale Community College is constantly evolving to enhance services to our students. Over the past 42 years, we have grown from

Over $100,000 raised— everyone wins!

serving 1,400 students to over 15,000 students annually. Because of our growing student population, we have continued to expand our campus facilities. Expansion of the Kopp Student Center is nearing completion, parking capacity is being evaluated, and a new building project to add classrooms is in the legislative bonding pipeline. And we continue to hire instructors who have a passion for teaching students, which enables us to continue to provide affordable,

From left: Team Wellness students Yen Thai and Loretta Oates, with Larry Jodsaas, 2009 Toast of the Town winner.

quality education. Recently the college took a look at our mission

Team Wellness wins

and asked, “What are the needs of today’s students

The 2nd annual Toast of the Town challenge

and how can we better provide them with a quality education that will help them succeed?”

Great anticipation filled the Lorenz Auditorium as the emcee made the announcement “and the winner is…Team Wellness!” The previous year’s winner, businessman/philanthropist Larry Jodsaas, handed over the traveling trophy amid thunderous applause.

After careful consideration and input from various groups, the college presented and received approval from the MnSCU Board of Trustees on the following mission statement: Normandale Community College advances individual’s intellectual, career, and personal

Three student teams

development by providing outstanding teaching and support.  In this issue of Creating Futures, the cover story looks at the three focal points of the mission statement and how we are living this mission. The first section focuses on our academics, specifically department accreditations and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  The second section gives an example of how Normandale is continuing to be on the cutting edge of career-related education and job training. The third section tells about a student who took advantage of the college’s

Student challengers Ravi Kimal, Micah Draeger, Adam Sauve, Loretta Oates, Greg Stewart and Yen Thai celebrate with donor contribution check at Finale event.

student services to become a tremendous leader, and profiles an outstanding leadership program.   As you read, our hope is that you will be

Students from Hospitality Management and Music departments participated.

Team Wellness, Team Veterans and Team Business participated in the 2nd Annual Toast of the Town Challenge 2010. This is a friendly competition which brings out the competitive spirit of three teams to see who can raise the most money for the Normandale Community College Foundation. After several weeks of fundraising and one marvelous event at the Mall of America, a check totaling $100,808 was unveiled at the Grand Finale event. While Team Wellness was named Toast of the Town, this challenge was a success due to tremendous efforts of all three teams and generous support from our sponsors. “It was great to see students coming together to help their fellow students,” said Chuck Waletzko, executive director of the Normandale Community College Foundation. The money raised will enable the Foundation to provide scholarships to students, as well as fund academic and student community outreach programs.

impressed by the work Normandale is doing, and be as excited for the future as we are. 

Joe Opatz

Creating Futures Volume 7, Number 1 2nd annual toast of the town finale


alumni Achievement Award



Cover Story: Normandale’s Mission Comes to life President



Joe Opatz Normandale Community College

campus currents


class notes: music department reunion


foundation pages


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ALUMNI profile

Alumni Achievement Award F

Normandale Retirees

or 42 years, Normandale has provided a

Jim Baglio, Math/Science instructor

strong educational foundation to thousands of

Dennis Bergman, Student Services information specialist

students. Alumni have taken this foundation and

Ken Bursaw, Director of student employment and cooperative education

contributed to society in a variety of fields. The Alumni Advisory Council established the Alumni Achievement

Irene Dombeck, Counselor Nancy Graves, Admissions representative

Award to recognize the personal and professional

Michelle Grosser, Assistant director, ITS

accomplishments of Normandale alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their communities

Karen Hernandez, Bookstore director

and profession while upholding the highest standards of

Jan Johannes, Assistant to VP of Academic Affairs

integrity, character and humility.

Carol Johnson, Librarian

Tammy Mencel

Bill Keniston, English/ESL instructor Lori Lein, Accounting officer

2011 Award Recipient

Karen McDowell, College Success Center CLA Loch Men, General maintenance worker

Whether reporting the Twin Cities business news or actively working to make our community a wonderful

Dennis Peterson, Adult program coordinator

place to live, Tammy Mencel serves with care and

Ona Pinsonneault, Music instructor

dedication. She credits Normandale for giving her a well

Katharine Salter-Goodell, Anthropology instructor

balanced college education. Normandale’s flexible class

Lori Sevcik, Accounting technician

schedule enabled her to attend classes while working

Thomas Tollman, Librarian

part-time retail jobs where she developed valuable

Teri Wichman, Dean of Business, Social Sciences and Library

customer-service skills.

Cheryl Zachman, Business Office clerk

With her strong sales background and associate’s degree from Normandale, Tammy accepted an account

Years of Service Honorees

executive position in 1999 with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, a weekly newspaper and daily news website serving the Twin Cities business community.

twenty-five Years of service

She was promoted two years later to

Chris Austin, Economics instructor

Associate Advertising Director and in 2005

Susan Milis, Librarian

to Advertising Director. In December 2007,

Eric Narvaez, Spanish language instructor

Tammy was named President and Publisher.

Dennis Peterson, Adult program coordinator

Tammy is serious about her service to

David Weir, Plant maintenance engineer

the community and serves on the boards of several organizations. For the past three

Catalina Yang, Business instructor

years, she has participated in the Minneapolis

thirty Years of service

Regional Chamber of Commerce’s sponsored

Mark Griffin, General maintenance worker

Inter-City Leadership visit where she, along with key Twin Cities business and community

Mencel with President Opatz

Scott Magnuson-Martinson, Sociology instructor

leaders, have visited other U.S. cities in an effort to

Katie Reeslund, Accounting Technology instructor

bring back new ways to foster regional cooperation

thirty-five Years of service

and partnership with transportation, infrastructure, and economic development initiatives. To nominate an alumnus for the Alumni Achievement Award, contact Laura Brandt in the Alumni Office at (952) 358-8812 or


from the Staff Recognition Ceremony, may 2011

Jacqueline Burns, Utilization-classification technician

forty Years of service John Chalberg, History instructor Don Reznicek, Chemistry instructor


COVER story

Normandale’s mission comes to life

Articulation agreements add value Normandale has always offered an affordable way for students to get a jump


on their schooling. With the help of

Our mission is to advance an individual’s intellectual, career, and personal development by providing outstanding teaching and support. Here are some prime examples in which the mission is being fulfilled, in three hallmark areas:

articulation agreements, students have the

• Academic • Career-related • Personal development

to a new school, and they can be used

security of knowing that the classes they take at Normandale will be accepted if they transfer to another college or university. Articulation agreements are formal contracts between Normandale and other credits in programs ranging from education to nursing to engineering. The agreements, found in the course catalog and website, list all the courses that students should take at Normandale to make a smooth transition to help students plan their coursework effectively. For example, articulation agreements hammered out with Normandale’s twoyear nursing program allows students to transfer their credits to any baccalaureate RN program offered by a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities school.

Student in music lab, Fine Arts Building

Similar agreements have been created for Normandale’s elementary and special education programs, which transfer to Minnesota State University, Mankato. In all, the courses from more than 20 Normandale programs transfer seamlessly

The importance of articulation and accreditation agreements

make sure they’re going to get what they need.”

Accreditation means credibility


(NOTE: The college on the whole has

humanities at Normandale. “It’s recognition

ccredited programs and

been accredited since its inception.)

that a school’s programs have met a

has three exceptional

partnerships help Normandale

Accreditation is a rigorous process in

standard of excellence,” he says.

fine arts programs. Its

students reach their education

which a national organization digs

goals without the burden of high costs. Most schools make big promises about the strength of their degree programs,

For students serious about their

into a program’s curriculum, instructor

education, accreditation is one of the first

experience, and teaching facilities. Each

things they should look for as they consider

component is evaluated to ensure it meets

schools and programs, since employers and

accreditation in music, art, and theater make it Humanities dean Jeff Judge

one of only four two-year schools nationwide to get

but the best schools also have outside

strict standards. In addition to its full

four-year colleges prefer students who have

validation to back up their claims. At

range of traditional accredited programs,

attended such programs.

Normandale, accreditation, articulation

Normandale is accredited in business,

agreements, and the Minnesota Transfer

music, art, and theater. Rarely are all of

program has become increasingly important

easy way to judge a program’s merit.

Curriculum ensure that students get what

these programs accredited at two-year

as more students pursue corporate careers,

“Accreditation tells you that a program has

they need to move forward with their


says business department chair Victor

been scrutinized by a national organization

Alicea. “It’s a competitive world, and a

and came out shining,” Judge says. “That

Normandale to Harvard—must meet

school that has accreditation for its business

can put a student’s mind at ease that they’re

the same high standards to receive

program provides a safer bet for students to

going to get a quality education.”

academic and career goals. One critical component to a department’s credibility is its accreditation.

Programs at any school—from

accreditation, says Jeff Judge, dean of


In addition, Normandale

Normandale’s accredited business

accreditation in all three programs. A program’s accreditation offers an

Sabina Abasova

colleges and universities to accept transfer

to other schools, and administrators will continue to increase the number of options for students over time. Julie Guelich, vice president of academic affairs at Normandale, says the agreements are just one more tool for students who want to make the most of their Normandale experience. “Articulation agreements are an excellent resource for students who intend to transfer to a four-year university,” she says. “They guarantee that the coursework from Normandale will be accepted at the receiving institution, thereby saving students time and money.” Read more and search for specific programs and accepting institutions at agreements.php. Cover story continued on next page

Minnesota transfer curriculum packs benefits For students who want an affordable way to finish their general education requirements, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the perfect package. The specially designed program helps meet general requirements for any public university or college in the state. Students complete course requirements from 10 goal areas, ranging from natural sciences to history, then earn at least 40 total credits. Students earning an overall GPA of 2.0 can apply for MnTC certification. Matt Crawford, dean of enrollment and marketing for Normandale, says MnTC offers a range of student benefits. “Not only is there a huge cost savings, but class sizes [at Normandale] are small,” he notes. “And you’re guaranteed that the courses will transfer.” Heidi Meyer, assistant director of admissions at the University of Minnesota, adds that her office is always happy to get students who have earned MnTC certification. “We know that these students will typically do a great job here, because they know what [university coursework] is like,” she says. Sabina Abasova is just one of the students who made MnTC work. She finished her MnTC classes in 2007 before transferring to the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where she earned a marketing degree. “Normandale laid out a clear path using the MnTC to help me reach my goals,” she says. “MnTC gave me the comfort in knowing that all of my courses would transfer to my next phase at the University of Minnesota.”


Normandale’s mission comes to life


and government regulations; and much more. The net result is better care, faster and more precise recordkeeping, and lower costs by saving millions of staff hours once spent on filing by hand. To accomplish the lawmaker’s goal, HIT professionals will need to be trained to help implement electronic health records in hospitals, clinics, and other health venues. Those looking at careers in HIT would work in four main areas of concentration: Information Management Redesign will develop new administrative models for the computerized workplace and train managerial staff in their use; The Clinician/Practitioner Consultant will supplement these efforts by training licensed health professionals—physicians, nurses, dentists, hygienists—in the needed competencies; The Support Specialist will design new software programs, install hardware, and configure software; and EHR Trainers will implement the transition by coaching employees in the use of their new equipment and procedures. Normandale was selected to receive an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer the program known as Health Information Technology (HIT). Under the federal grant, Normandale

From left: Shirley Beil, Perkins grant coordinator for Informatics for Healthcare AAS Program; Moni Islam, instructional lead for Minnesota Healthcare IT program & program coordinator for Informatics for Healthcare AAS program; Sunny Ainley, associate dean of health and wellness programs.

is accepting 300 total students for three different 30-week sessions. Enrollees each pay $500 of the $1,650 tuition, with part of the grant being used to cover the

Health Infomation Technology program puts Normandale on cutting edge

balance. Instruction is mainly online, with graduates receive a noncredit Certificate

intermittent face-to-face sessions, and

markets in the United States is


this exciting new career market. “Health

in the health IT arena, many other colleges

session will begin in October 2011. Those

with electronic health records.

information technology is a demanding,

from around the country are looking to

interested can apply starting June 30.

Estimates indicate a need for approximately

growing profession that requires

Normandale as a model in developing an

50,000 Health Information Technology

specialized, practical and teachable skills

HIT workforce program.”

(HIT) professionals over the next five years

and Normandale is pioneering this effort

to meet the requirements of hospitals and

to meet the demand,” according to Sunny

in America having an electronic health

physicians as they move to adopt electronic

Ainley, Health IT program lead, Center for

record by 2014. Electronic health records

healthcare reporting systems.

Applied Learning at Normandale. “Since

will provide a positive change to both

ne of the fastest growing job


Normandale is at the cutting edge of

Normandale is viewed as a strong leader

of Completion. The final HIT training

Lawmakers set a goal of every patient

providers and patients. It will reduce the medical errors caused by handwritten prescriptions, notes and other communications; enable instant access to

For more information, go to or call Moni Islam at 952-358-8853.

Looking for something to help you advance your career or enrich your personal life? Consider taking a class or course from Normandale’s Continuing Education & Customized Training Department. From introductory Microsoft Excel and Healthcare courses to IT and Tai Chi certification to Retirement Planning, there is something for anyone who wishes to enrich their lives with education. A variety of courses and programs are offered that support both professional and personal learning goals. According to Program Director Jeff Hudson, some of the most popular courses are known informally as “business acumen”— learning or improving skills for the workplace. The Preneur Power series, for example, is a three part program designed to give direction, purpose and meaning to your work. The Customer Profit Connection reviews marketing strategies from engaging potential customers to building longterm customer loyalty. The strength of the courses lies in their responsiveness to the hiring market. The curriculum is largely defined through conversations between Normandale, workforce centers and employers. What’s needed right now? Which skills are the most salable? Employment-critical competencies are worked into courses. No wonder 6,000 students are currently making Normandale their business!

records via computer, Blackberry or smart phone; facilitate compliance with industry

Expand your knowledge… enrich your life

Cover story continued on next page

For further information about continuing education and customized training go to www.


personal development

Normandale’s mission comes to life

Bryan Tintes and Bernard Akem represent the past and future of Normandale’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Tintes served as the chapter president during the 200910 school year, and was the Minn-Wi-Kota Regional president this past year. Akem takes over as president of the chapter this year. The two have struck up a close bond and played a big part in the Normandale Chapter receiving “Distinguished Chapter Honors” this past year. Tintes’ amazing journey is one that has provided great inspiration to Akem, and it makes him look forward to continuing to uphold the high standards of the Normandale Phi Theta Kappa chapter as he serves as president during the 2011-12 academic year.


story, some may be reminded of

choose Normandale as the best college to help him achieve his goals. The decision to come to Normandale, he says “changed my life.” No longer alone, Bryan had a support system to help him succeed. He had instructors at

Leadership! workshop

Normandale who took an interest in him and his education. He made a new circle of friends—bright, supportive people who took learning seriously. With hard work he achieved a 3.5 GPA, a once-unimaginable

Becoming a well-rounded leader

achievement. This was only the beginning. Bryan’s grades qualified him for membership in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the prestigious international honor society for two-year colleges. He first served as the president of Normandale’s chapter which led to his position as Regional President comprised of 68 colleges across three states. Remembering his own struggles, Bryan

The Leadership! Program, offered as part of Normandale’s Student Life, is a unique opportunity that focuses on developing students into well-rounded leaders. The program utilizes workshops, lectures, service-learning and community volunteering to enhance participants’ character development, life skills, personal growth and cultural awareness. This helps the students involved in the program to process leadership situations in a number of different

finds time in his busy schedule to volunteer

ways that are ultimately beneficial to their

each week at homeless shelters for men.

overall personal growth.

When asked what advice he might give

“The key to the program is for students to

to struggling high school students, his

develop their own philosophy of leadership and

answer comes quickly:

to provide opportunities to implement these

Make a life plan; don’t just drift.

principles and use them to grow into successful

Join with others, both giving and seeking

leaders,” said Student Life Program Coordinator Liz Sabel.

Never, ever, underestimate your own abilities. The future is bright for Bryan. As he graduates from Normandale with his

This highly personal goal is achieved in a year-long process through a combination of action and reflection, presented in five components:

Associate of Arts degree, he is looking to transfer to Harvard or the University of

1. involvement

Wisconsin—Madison. He wants to serve

where the Intel division forms the cutting

even happier ending than the initial movie. Growing up was tough for Bryan,

His ultimate goal is a career in federal law


Rocky, he never counted himself out. He

Amid classes of 45 students in high school

much more to learn. Like Rocky, Bryan

especially at school. Attention-deficit

and lacking the individual attention he

wouldn’t settle for mediocrity. He got an

who came from out of nowhere to become

hyperactive disorder made it hard to

needed, he dropped out and went to work

apartment and started setting goals for his

a contender. Bryan’s saga, however, has an

concentrate or even sit still. Bryan was also

at a delivery service. Even after earning a

life. Despite his struggles and difficulties,

Or join a club/organization/group and take on at least one portion on a program or

Bryan may have been down but, like

GED three years later, he felt that he had

edge of advanced information technology. enforcement.

dyslexic, unable to read till he was 10.

Student/leader of a Normandale student group/club/organization

as an officer in the United States Army

Rocky Balboa, the cinematic prizefighter


He decided to learn computer science and

guidance and support.

Bryan Tintes: from rocky start to “Rocky” finish mong those who hear Bryan Tintes’

he knew he had what it took for success.

will continue to succeed in life with his determination and the strong educational

Or hold an on-campus job for one full academic year

Or be a Normandale Ambassador for one full academic year

foundation Normandale has provided. Bryan will continue to be a winner. Leadership continued on page 15


CAMPUS currents Normandale graduates largest class ever Normandale Community College honored more than 1,000 graduates in its 41st graduation ceremony on May 17. Over 340 graduates participated, which is the highest number ever to take part in the ceremony. The ceremony was held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota for the first time, to accommodate the record number of graduates and their families and supporters. Neal Olmstead, outgoing president of the Normandale Community College Student Senate, was the student speaker for the occasion. He is planning to attend either South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or the University of Minnesota for Geological Engineering. Other ceremony highlights included the announcement of the Distinguished Faculty Member (Nursing Department Chair Kathleen Andersen), as well as remarks by Communications Instructor Dr. Willie Johnson and Normandale Foundation Chair Robert Gibbs.

Student newspaper selected as Online Pacemaker Award finalist for second straight year Normandale Community College’s newspaper, the Lions’ Roar, was selected as a Normandale’s new logo design received the top award from the National Association for Marketing and Public Relations.

finalist for the Associated Press Online Pacemaker Award. It marked the

Normandale’s new graphic identity Having recently revised the college’s mission statement and strategic plan, Normandale decided to upgrade its graphic identity. The college enlisted the assistance of the brand consulting firm Virtual Creative, who talked to alumni, community and business leaders, current and prospective students and their influencers through focus groups and surveys. They identified 10 key features that people associate with Normandale: •


the Lions’ Roar has been selected for this award. The Center for Investigative Reporting judged online college newspapers from across the country, selecting

• Diverse


• Accessibility

• Recognized

For everyone

• Challenging

Affordable quality


• Established From these terms, the consultants’ creative team designed the new logo and graphic identity. The new look has generated considerable positive buzz and college pride among alumni, students, and the community. It promises to help fuel the spirit of Normandale’s goal of providing quality affordable education, which will continue for years to come.


second straight year

only 49 of the 251

Lions’ Roar student newspaper staff with awards; advisor Mark Plenke, top left.

entries. The Lions’ Roar was one of eight finalists in their category. Selections were based on content, coverage, breaking news, site

editing. Winners will be announced on Oct. 29 in

Award in 2010 for best small school online student

design, interactivity,

Orlando, Fla.

newspaper, one of 10 in the nation.

rich media, writing and

The Lions’ Roar won an Online Pacemaker


CAMPUS currents Leadership continued from page 11

Faculty and staff achievements and honors

2. Personal growth •

Attend two skill-based Leadership!

Ona Pinsonneault, retired Music faculty,

Association of Financial Aid Administrators

just had two books on Clarinet Methods

(MAFAA) Special Achievement Award.

Leadership growth

published by Jeanne Inc. Publishing. She is

The award was conferred at their annual

Attend two leader-based Leadership!

also working on texts for ear training/music

national conference.


John Reimringer, English faculty, won the

Sunny Ainley, associate dean of Health &

Literary Fiction category of the Minnesota



3. Service and volunteerism •

Complete 15 service hours and

Wellness Programs, received an Exemplary

Book Awards.

Program Award from the Minnesota

Kim Socha, English faculty, had an

Council for Continuing Education and

academic book accepted for publication.

4. Cultural awareness

Matt Mauch, English faculty, had his first

Customized Training for her work with the Minnesota Health Information Technology Program.

book of poetry published this fall and has another book coming out soon.

complete a one-page journal

Attend two cultural events and journal on each event The final component of the program

allows students to reflect on and analyze the experiences they have collected through this process (students can choose program duration options of one semester, one year or two years). They then create a written report or presentation that expresses their personal values, assumptions, and beliefs

Unconventional casting sparked Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors The Normandale Department of Theatre recently staged The

The production’s director, theatre instructor Kurt Schweickert,

Comedy of Errors from Apr. 20-23, 2011. The delightful and

provided a unique twist by casting its student actors in non-

hilarious play was one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

traditional gender roles. This approach brought a different

It was also his first, a lavishly embellished version of Plautus’

character to the play, and added rich and interesting layers to


the story.

about leadership. The overall goal of this



Denise Chambers, faculty in Reading;

Lynette Reini-Grandell, English faculty,

Dr. Willie Johnson, faculty in Speech

received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist

Communication; Debra Sidd, faculty in


Dental Hygiene; and Linda Tetzlaff, faculty Board of Trustees Outstanding Educators by President Joe Opatz.

In the past few months, Normandale has hosted several wellattended events focused on helping job hunters hone their skills in


process is for each student to develop their own philosophy of leadership, and to grow

in English were recently designated MnSCU

Helping Minnesota’s job seekers


Alicia Conroy, English faculty, received an honorable mention for the McKnight Fellowship for Writers.

and adapt it to their personal definition. By immersing themselves in this diverse set of new experiences, reflecting in journals on what they’ve found, and developing their own leadership paths, students gain a valuable set of tools to use in group situations and an innate sense of what do in a variety of situations.

Catherine “Cappy” Breuer, dean of student services, received the Minnesota

an unpredictable employment climate. Normandale’s Continuing Education and Customized Training organized two day-long events, called “Join a Different Herd,” each of which brought career retooling strategists to the college

alumni and parent phonathon: there is still time

for a day of seminars, panel discussions and resources for those seeking to reenter the job market. Last spring, Minnesota congressman Erik Paulsen chose the

Career specialist Catherine Byers Breet (right), conferring with “Herd” event attendee

There is still time for alumni and parents to participate in this year’s Alumni and Parent Phonathon! Even though students are no longer calling, we invite alumni to make a gift to

college as the location for a job fair he

their alma mater. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the 107 alumni who made

organized. The event was so well received, he

their first donation to Normandale this year. Your generous support will help today’s students

did a second one here in April of this year.

achieve their educational dreams. To join the growing number of alumni supporters or renew your support, you can mail in your tax-deductible donation using the reply envelope in this magazine or go online at www. Online gifts can be made by credit card or as a deduction from a checking or savings account.



CLASS notes

a glorious day

Carlo Minnetti 1936-2010

Music Department Reunion

Known affectionately by Normandale students as “The Chief,” Carlo Minnetti was the director of the Normandale Community College Concert Band from


1968 to 1998. The band played at many national music

n October 2, 2010

conventions and also in Italy, including his ancestral

over forty alumni

home of Porto St. Giorgio.

came to campus in

Minnetti was born in Duluth, Minnesota, February

a celebration of Normandale’s

12, 1936 and grew up in Virginia, Minnesota. After

great history of music. Alumni

graduating from Virginia High School and Virginia

practiced with members of the

Junior College, he received both a bachelor’s and

concert choir, concert band, and jazz ensemble for a couple

master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

hours in preparation for an

Minnetti received a “Diploma de Scolarite” from the

afternoon concert. The concert was dedicated to Carlo Minnetti, long-time and much beloved band director at


funeral on the same day as the Music

Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, Paris,

Department Reunion because “it was his

France where he studied with Ulysee Delecluse and

favorite day of the year.”

Nadia Boulanger.

During the concert, another beloved

established the Pinsonneault Music Endowment to help

Community College Foundation, Attn: Pinsonneault Music Endowment, 9700

Normandale. “The Chief” (as

long-time music instructor, Ona

students who wish to pursue music at Normandale. If you have

France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431 or give online at www.

Vermillion were his passions. Minnetti was able to

he was affectionately called)

Pinsonneault, was recognized as she

a passion for music and would like to help our Normandale

died earlier that week and

spend his final summer at his cabin with his family

retired after 40 years at Normandale.

students, you are welcome to make a tax-deductible donation

his family chose to have his

Ona and her husband, Wayne,

to the Pinsonneault Music Endowment. Gifts of any size

Save the date! Next reunion on September 24, 2011

are welcome. You can mail a check to the Normandale

For further information, contact Laura Brandt @ 952-358-8812

His family, music, life and his cabin at Lake

and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; children Bernhard and Joseph Scully.


FOUNDATION notes Evening of celebration

Meet the Foundation Board

Over 300 people attended the Normandale Foundation’s annual Scholarship and Donor Recognition event held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on February 10, 2011. The evening began with a welcome from Foundation Board Chair Robert Gibbs and a greeting from President Joe Opatz. Student scholarship recipients were recognized with a certificate. Bernard Akem and Bryan Tintes, both Normandale students, spoke about their college experience and appreciation for their scholarships. Because of the generous donations from alumni, parents, businesses and friends of the college, over $200,000 in scholarships were awarded. The evening concluded with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award. This year, Tammy Mencel, class of 1990, was honored for her career and personal achievements (see page 4).

Student scholarship recipients receive a certificate (from left) Foundation Executive Director Chuck Waletzko, VP of Academic Affairs Julie Guelich, Pres. Joe Opatz and Foundation Board Chair Bob Gibbs.

Fellowship), Naomi Olson (Vice President of History), Jordan Friendshuh (Vice President of Public Relations) and Dan Nash (Vice President of Finance). They

Front row: Janet Bellows, Deb Sidd, Carolyn Pratt, Russ Fischer; 2nd row: Dom Waldoch, Kevin Hoffman, Bob Gibbs, Chuck Waletzko, Jeff Meacham; top: Don Stiles, Pres. Joe Opatz.

were one of 25 chapter officer teams to receive the honors.

Not present: Ed Meyer, Alice Seagren, William Bengtson, Teresa Daly, Yale Dolginow, John Etchison, Jim Giertz, Larry Jodsaas, Lori Mathiowetz, Mahendra Nath, Scott Nelson, Sanu Patel-Zellinger, Tom Peterson, Don Reznicek, Scott Schnuckle.

Normandale also had five individuals collect Hallmark honors. Thibaut de Roos received a “Distinguished Chapter Office” award, Bryan Tintes claimed a

Notes from the board chair Normandale has, for its 42-year history, been committed to the

Distinguished Regional Office Award for the Minn-Wi-Kota Region, Linda Tetzlaff

success of its students and the college’s new mission statement—to

Advisory Council, we are reaching out to keep alumni informed

help each individual grow intellectually and realize their career

and involved with Normandale today. The experiences and

and personal goals—reinforces that long-held commitment.

accomplishments of former students inspire current students to

Normandale Community College Foundation remains committed to

create and achieve their own dreams.

its philanthropic role to provide the resources Normandale needs

All of us on the Foundation Board are so proud of our

to accomplish its mission. To provide scholarships to Normandale

association with Normandale and the affordable, quality education

students and support programs at the college, our fundraising

it provides our students. With all of us doing what we can,

efforts depend on many sources but the most critical are the alumni

Normandale will remain that special place where students can

and their families who have seen the value of their Normandale

pursue and realize their educational dreams.

experience. Another part of the Foundation’s work is to help keep alumni connected to Normandale. With the establishment of


received a “Continued Excellence Award

an Alumni Association and working together with the Alumni

Bob Gibbs Chair, Normandale Community College Foundation

Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony; president-elect Bernard Akem, background on left.

for Advisors” (for advisors who have served at least four years and already received a Distinguished Advisor Award), Matt Dempsey claimed a “Distinguished

Honor society collects Hallmark Awards The Normandale Phi Theta Kappa chapter received an award for being a “Distinguished Chapter Officer Team” as part of the Hallmark Awards in April in Seattle, Wash. Normandale’s chapter officer team was made up of a group that included Toby Pegors

Advisor Award” (for advisors who have served at least four years) and Melissa Siebke received a “Paragon Award for New Advisors” (to recognize advisors who have served four years or less for distinguished service).

(President), Thibaut de Roos (Vice President of Scholarship), Bernard Akem (Vice President of Service), Peter Kyalo (Vice President of Leadership), Khine Ma (Vice President of


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