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 Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Volume 1, Fall 2013 Issue

 

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Dear Friends of M State:

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is celebrating its 10th anniversary as one institution this academic year. While we honor the traditions of academic excellence that have been present in each of our campus communities for more than 50 years, we also celebrate what M State is today. The last decade has been a time of growth and innovation for our college, and coming together as one institution has positioned us as an educational leader in this region and throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. We are leading in so many ways — through business and operational practices, through the use of technology, with shared services across campuses and across the system, with curricular advances, with the development of a robust online presence, and with a focus on helping prepare our students of all ages to succeed in college and beyond.          

            !" faculty and staff are committed to making this a wonderful place to learn and excel. The innovations that are featured in this issue include M State’s use of remote presence devices (affectionately known as vBods) to enhance student services, the Center for College Readiness programs that help prepare high school students to succeed in college, and up2U, a new program that allows students to earn a substantial tuition reduction when they transfer to a university upon graduation from M State. This is an exciting time for M State. We recently completed a strategic planning process that focuses on aligning our strategic goals with the MnSCU Strategic Framework. We are poised for success even as we strengthen our commitment to “charting the futureâ€? within the MnSCU system. In addition,  #   $%& %   &  

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    & ! " P& 68 2003, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system created the college #& 4    Q   Q * & College and three campuses of Northwest Technical College â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena. The primary goal of the merger was to create a comprehensive community college to provide technical education and coursework for those students interested

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9   #&   !+  symbolism of the wave represents the location of the college throughout central and northwestern Minnesota lake country and the dynamic nature of the community college curriculum. The M in the symbol represents the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moniker, M State. Events will be held throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary, so please watch     !"-    #    - "#  to showcase the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs, give attendees opportunities to meet faculty and 8   67&     9 3     !; 

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OPEN HOUSE Fergus Falls Campus: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 Wadena Campus: 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 Moorhead Campus: 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 Detroit Lakes Campus: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

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    Technology has a new presence on M State campuses as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; join the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student services team Minnesota State Community and Technical College is boldly going where no college has gone before as it welcomes â&#x20AC;&#x153;remote presence devicesâ&#x20AC;? to its student services team this fall. ;     

3  X  units on its campuses, M State became          this technology to connect with its students. College staff began training this summer on the four devices, and staff members put the technology to work           and at the start of the semester in late  ! /##  YXZ #&    staff, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one stationed on each of M Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. /! %   ;  9 8 

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college invested in the new technology primarily as a way to help meet the needs of students. With four campus locations and its online eCampus, Wielinski said, the college often faces the challenge of scheduling assistance for students at times of high demand, such as the start of a new semester.

a student services staff member in Moorhead and be walked through the      --   -    they were in the same room together.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;M State is excited to be a leader in innovation and incorporating technology into our ongoing efforts to enhance our services to students,â&#x20AC;? said â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a distance of 50 to 100 miles  %   % &=  &! between our four campuses, the use of the Beam units ensures that the most Beamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manufacturer, Suitable ---   -   -    3 Technologies, describes them as â&#x20AC;&#x153;video 3  --     &    conferencing that you can drive.â&#x20AC;? The campus without delay,â&#x20AC;? Wielinski said.   33    8 

    #   and topped with a large video screen, With a Beam unit on each campus, a can travel up to three miles an hour              and can â&#x20AC;&#x153;walkâ&#x20AC;? alongside a person or be one campus can assist students on steered remotely from one location to any of the other campuses, without another. any mileage expenditure or lost time   !     ; 8   Y;    #  -3  &  

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           3   technology since most are already comfortable with electronic devices. Wielinski said that M Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial plans are to use the devices to enhance           aid, academic advising, counseling and information queries, and the college soon may be taking students and their parents on campus tours via Beam technology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This innovative technology allows       Y3-Z      students in the commons and hallways,

      [     3- service centers,â&#x20AC;? Wielinski said. Their experience with Beam units also will give M State students an advantage

M State Academic Advisor Suzie Rethemeier visits via Beam technology with Cosmetology student Rendi Meyer on the Wadena campus.


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have been used primarily by private corporations to allow employees to telecommute from home or to reduce travel costs for global operations, Wielinski said.

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    grades in high school donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always translate to success in college courses. The experiences of his students and # `          -   Carney with the impetus for Ready or Not Writing, which helps high school students gauge whether they are ready for college writing classes. The program that Carney developed connects Minnesota high school students to college instructors who critique their writing and help them sharpen their 9    &   Y 3 &Z  #     3   courses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that students are ready for college before they apply to college,â&#x20AC;? * & !Y"- --  development and mastery of writing skills necessary for success not only in college English courses but also in the other disciplines.â&#x20AC;?

system in 2008. Initial funding was -  #& "-- & Grant through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The development of Ready or Not Writing also laid the groundwork for CCR programs Ready or Not Reading and Ready or Not Math, as well as the Step Write Up program that assesses whether middle school students are ready for high school writing assignments. With the initial grant funding from the state of Minnesota, CCRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs have been available at no cost to Minnesota schools.

contracted for the Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs  &           -    years. With additional interest from high schools and focused outreach efforts, he expects participation by Minnesota schools to double or triple during the J76z36|  & !              **@ -   Q  Q8; 3 Deer Creek, New York Mills, Sebeka, Underwood and Verndale. Underwood High School English teacher Mindy Christianson began using Ready or Not Writing three years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is helpful for students to get feedback from another teacher â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially a college professor,â&#x20AC;? Christianson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most often Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given (my students) similar feedback, but it has added value when it comes from an outside source.â&#x20AC;?

Students whose teachers opt in to Ready or Not Writing will submit writing samples electronically through the CCR website, and college readers (recruited    9    3  3&         country) read the samples and respond directly to the students. Since 2008, college readers have rated more than        &   [-     M Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ready or Not Writing operates z8777 &  {73-    Minnesota, CCR has updated its website under the umbrella of the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high schools. and technology and is beginning to Center for College Readiness and began offer its programs nationally. With its connecting college instructors and high **@/  %/   J7 initial state grant ending soon, Drange         ; #3#  30 Minnesota high schools have typically said CCRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion to school districts The success of Ready or Not Writing is linked to the growing recognition that high schools and colleges need to improve alignment of their courses and expectations to ensure that high school graduates have the skills they need to succeed after high school.

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nationwide will allow it to generate Y; _#     _& ; #3   [ -&  3    revenue to replace state funding. based program that directly connects program; sessions and workshops have high school and middle school students been presented at numerous national â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see a lot of opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Drange to give them feedback on their readiness        ! said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but change was needed if we were for college,â&#x20AC;? Drange said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have the going to move forward and grow.â&#x20AC;? technology to support the exchange is â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the number of participating unique. What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling is access to districts is going to expand quickly with **@_   -&         the system.â&#x20AC;? the new website, now that we have to use CCR technology beginning in the technology to support expansion,â&#x20AC;? P& J76z! +   "

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Marketing instructor Bryan Christensen -  %*   are enthused about integrating technology into their classrooms    #  * 8    program that allows them to create a virtual live classroom any time they have access to the Internet with a camera and microphone. Both are instructors on the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Christensen said the software has the  [ #  &        3-           recorded class sessions, and it allows -  8 $  8  8      8       3       group work for students in the class and online.

Students can turn a passion for golf into a career on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, one of the few in the Midwest      3&         ! *  9  -        8 8   

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Demand is Climbing Interest remains high in the Electrical Line Worker Technology program, which has been offered on the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College since 1965.       X   #   J77Â&#x192;  -  to industry need nationally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the largest line worker program in the state, with enrollment of 90 in Wadena (60 in the  -- z7    --    degree program) and 30 in the diploma program in Baudette. +   -3     Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;  ;  30 acres in Baudette, supported by generous donations and technical assistance from the utility industry.

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+     -              most popular on the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Yolates, yoga and Zumba are drawing a crowd to the spacious campus Fitness Center,     3      _ 3&   ! +  Â&#x20AC;6!|Â&#x201A;      8 --  #& student fees, opened in January, and attendance has been averaging more than 200 students each week. The available    ` -     8  - 8 & bikes, weight machines and free weights, and the center also -                ! _ open daily Monday through Friday, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no charge for Moorhead campus students.

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are asking our graduates to have even stronger communication and critical thinking skills, and the up2U program enhances the ability of M State and MSUM to meet this request.â&#x20AC;?

Students could enroll in the M State program, up2U, beginning

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The up2U program is the next logical step in our ongoing partnership with M State and our efforts to increase baccalaureate degree completion,â&#x20AC;?  N% X9 ! '  " %*  @   Y    8       3# 9   -    acknowledges the need to make fundamental changes in our business practices in order to make higher education more accessible and affordable.â&#x20AC;?

In order to qualify for a tuition scholarship, students need to enroll in at least nine credits every semester at M State, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, complete a transfer degree within three years and then enroll at MSUM to -  3&   ! During their last semester prior to graduation from M State, -  -     9  *'Â?*   '      Â 8 

        

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Olsen Leaves a Legacy of Art on the Fergus Falls Campus    & &    Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College provides a feast for the visual senses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an art experience not found on most college campuses. ;           98 and college staff members are proud  -&9     meeting spaces. The campus has long been committed to the idea that art is a -&   -   life in which students, staff and guests should be involved. For nearly 25 years, Curator Warren "      _      |773- -  !  acquired, cataloged, displayed and watched over this valuable collection until May 2013, when he completed his tenure as the passionate guardian of the M State art collection. "      - 1968 to 1992 and credits his former teaching colleague, art instructor Charles Beck, with beginning M Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive permanent collection. Beck encouraged students to leave a work       ! "    Beckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of inviting local and regional artists to exhibit their work on the campus and also coordinated      ! It became a tradition to purchase the work of exhibiting artists for the college collection. "             which the presence of the visual arts is appreciated. His knowledge and keen ability to understand the relationships

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Not Just Another Alumni Story By Roberta Freeman Through scorching heat, climbing  8 -    3 dle bar palsy, Dave Jensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Big Tourâ&#x20AC;? has become bigger than even he [-  !     &    his passion as student life director on the Fergus Falls campus of M State, it   / _6Â&#x192;3&  & # &  3 ica that he earned my undying appre3 ciation and respect. In completing the J8Â&#x201A;773    98 /  -    personal goal while also leaving a lega3 cy for our future students.

    

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lows. While he was prepared for the grueling ride, he was not prepared for the kindness he encountered from strangers. In Seminole, Texas, when

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the community. Each dentist treats several patients per night. Five Dental Hygiene students supervised by a Dental &    - /         rotate through the CDC clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are patients who were never able to be seen by local dentists because the reimbursement is so poor (under state and federal assistance programs),â&#x20AC;? said Boe, who is aware of the challenges facing rural medical providers through

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For the fourth consecutive year, an impressive 100 percent of the graduates of Minnesota State Community and Technical Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dental Hygiene and Dental     -    -      # examinations. Dental Hygiene students must pass the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination, a measure used to   #       `    dental hygienists who apply for licensure to practice   &  !/      -  /     X! Both dental hygienists and dental assistants also must apply to the state where they wish to be licensed and pass that stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exam law. Y"-   8  9  to achieve this goal,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Thomas Boe, director of  _/ % ! There are 64 students enrolled in the combined hygiene and assisting programs, which are located on M Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moorhead campus.


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