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Dunwoody team takes first (twice!) in flexo competition

A team of Design and Graphic Technology students brought home two first place trophies from this year’s Phoenix Challenge last week. The students won first place in the Excellence in Design and Excellence in Execution categories at the Challenge, which promotes education in flexographic printing, a process that accomodates printing on a wide range of flexible materials.

“We are very proud of the team for bringing back two first place trophies. The effort put forth by our competition this year was amazing and our winning margin was slim,” Graphics and Printing Technologies Instructor Shawn Oetjen said. “The students put in countless hours on this project including weekends and many late nights, and we’re proud not only that won, but that they took advantage of all of the networking opportunities the conference and competition provided.”

The Phoenix Challenge is supported, in part, by flexography industry legends Ron and Katherine Harper, whose support of Dunwoody led the College to name its printing and graphic technology facilty the Harper Center for Graphics Technology in 2008.

The product challenge for this year’s teams involved re-branding or re-packaging of a campus coffee shop product in order give it a competitive advantage. After surveying students on their coffee shop buying habits and consumer preferences, Dunwoody’s team — Matt Grotz, David Mitchell, Josiah Mitchell, Trevor Olson and Cait Peschken — settled on repackaging a tea product. Their solution, dubbed Center of Gravatea, was to create a re-fillable tea pouch and two static clings that would be used for both marketing the product and the shop’s customer rewards program. The team did market research (including surveys) during the planning of the design, testing everything from the overall concept to the name and the design of the end products.

Because of their unique approach, the team had to come up with several clever solutions to the design and printing of the products. For example, because it was meant to be refillable with 5-6 tea bags, the team wanted the package to be extra-resistant to wear and tear. In addition to choosing a durable substrate (matte weld litho), they decided to print it at a 21 degree angle so that none the folds for the package were along the natural tear line for the substrate. Color management also brought some challenges, and the team meticulously documented the processes they used to create a consistent product that used the right color profiles — everything from prepping and cleaning the press to calibrating the plates used to deliver the ink.

The Phoenix Challenge was held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Flexographic Technical Association Forum.

Dunwoody robots to compete for national title May 2-3 at Mall of America

Dunwoody College of Technology’s robots Rugburn and Billet will compete for the top prize at the North America Robotics National Competition May 2-3, 2009, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Dunwoody’s robots will engage in what organizers call a “destructive testing process” against 38 robots created by teams of middle school, high school or college students from across the United States.

The competition will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Best Buy Rotunda of the Mall of America. The general public is welcome to stop by and watch the competition.

Rugburn (pictured) earned the title 2008-2009 Midwest Robotics League Champion after overcoming Uppercut’s 9 point lead at the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Championship held April 12. The MRL season runs from October to April and consists of one competition per month. The Rugburn team is composed of Dunwoody College students Kris Branstetter, Mike Rhode, Casey Combs, Steve Lunseth, Josh Bartlett and Ben Kirchner with advisor Al Jaedike. Dunwoody’s other robot, Billet, came in fourth overall at the league competition. The Billet team includes students Tom Wagar, Mark Walstron, Jake Hawthorne, Josh Hervey and Andrew Karst.

The Midwest Robotics League was formed by the MPMA (Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association) to give students a chance to put their technology skills to use building robots that compete against other students’ robots. The league is for educational programs from middle school through college. The robots, which must be 15 pounds or less, are designed, built and fight each other in a destructive testing process. Trouble shooting is a key to advancement in the competition. Students need to identify failed parts and fix them for the next round.

The national competition is sponsored by the National Tooling and Machining Association.

Click here to see Dunwoody’s Flickr set from the regional competition.

ANN IVERSON NAMED CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER OF DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Minneapolis, March 31, 2009 — Ann Iverson, Senior Academic Director of Arts and Sciences and Computer Technology, has been promoted to Dean of Learning and Chief Academic Officer of Dunwoody College of Technology. As Chief Academic Officer, Iverson will manage some of Dunwoody’s academic programs and assume responsibility for promoting academic quality, assessment of student learning, and faculty professional development, including leading the College’s Continuous Learning Improvement Initiative and ensuring that the College meets its accreditation standards.

“Ann brings a wealth of experience managing faculty from a variety of disciplines to the position,” said Richard J. Wagner, President Elect and Provost. “That she also brings a creative sensibility to her work is an added bonus. She brings a thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of academic administration to the position as well as a deep commitment to providing quality instruction to our students. I’m pleased that she is willing to move in to this new role and am confident that she will succeed in it.”

Iverson began her career at Dunwoody in 1992 as a writing and humanities instructor, eventually becoming English Composition and Humanities Content Area Leader. She was named Director of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and Senior Academic Director of Arts and Sciences and Computer Technology in 2007. She has chaired committees on continuous learning improvement and student learning evaluation and been involved in a variety of quality-related (including curriculum quality) projects for the College. She holds both a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in poetry and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Hamline University.

An accomplished poet, Iverson has been published in more than 20 print and online journals and literary magazines, including The Oklahoma Review and Dos Passos Review. She is the author of two collections of poetry Come Now to the Window (Laurel Poetry Collective) and Definite Space (Holy Cow! Press), which was written in response to the events of 9/11 and her son’s subsequent deployments to Iraq. Definite Space was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and the Pushcart Prize in 2008. Iverson has also taught classes at The Loft Literary Center and her work has been featured three times on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

Iverson is a resident of East Bethel, Minn.

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, nonprofit, endowed institution of higher education in the Upper Midwest. It has provided an hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers two- and four-year degrees as well as several diploma and certificate programs.

Dunwoody takes three first place spots at SkillsUSA Minnesota

Students from Dunwoody College of Technology took three first place awards, three third places and four fourth places at the annual SkillsUSA Minnesota conference and competition held March 27-29. The first place winners will go on to compete in the national competition, which will be held later this year in Kansas City.

Photo of Dunwoody College's Skills USA Minnesota team

The winners from Dunwoody are:

First Place
Joe Provo – Residential Wiring – HS Division
Allan Zimney – Collision Repair
Jim Stenstrom, Phill DeLeeuw, Matt Barlau, Eric Uzpen, and Jason MacKinnon – Quiz Bowl

Third Place
Jim Stenstrom – Related Technical Math
Drew Kating – Collision Repair
Matt Barlau – Architectural Drafting

Fourth Place
Mike Dvorak – Residential Wiring – College Division
Jon Hill – Related Technical Math
Kevin Diepholz – Auto Refinishing
Justin Lee – HVAC

Congratulations to the award winners and the rest of the Dunwoody team! And many thanks to the faculty advisors who provided support and encouragement. For more photos, view the Dunwoody at SkillsUSA Minnesota photoset.