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Employee Spotlight: Elaine Geogleris Senior Admissions Counselor

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Hometown: Burnsville, MN

College: Macalester College

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?  Over 11 years!

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

Growing up, I heard many success stories regarding Dunwoody graduates, even prior to my work in higher education. It always seemed to me that Dunwoody students were focused, hard-working, and dedicated to their futures. In many cases, that meant becoming entrepreneurs and founding successful businesses after graduation. I was drawn to that reputation.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I thoroughly enjoy meeting with students. My best days occur when I have several prospective student interviews/tour visits.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy biking, boating, and taking MN road-trips.

 Name 3 of your favorite snacks.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Isles Bakery Puppy Dog Tails, and Peanut M&Ms.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?

I am proud of my Greek heritage.

What kind of music do you listen to?

‘60s and ‘70s music. I love John Denver and Carpenter’s music.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

Seeing first hand student accomplishment and success, which stem from real-world, applied education. Dunwoody’s classrooms and curriculum replicate what happens in the actual workplace. Graduates are prepared to actively contribute to the company/workplace from day one. I hear repeatedly that Dunwoody graduates are the ‘go-to’ employees in a company.

Dunwoody awards high school robotics teams for design innovation

Three FRC teams each earned $500 for their innovative design solutions in the 2017 MSHSL Robotics Tournament.

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand

On Saturday, May 20, Dunwoody gave out three Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Robotics Championship at Mariucci Arena.

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand judged each of the state’s top 30 FIRST Robotics teams competing in the tournament and made selections based on unique engineering design solutions to robotic challenges.

FRC Team 2883

FRC Team 2883

The award acknowledges that while winning the tournament is a major achievement, innovation can come from creative thinking, experimentation, failure, and budgetary and/or engineering constraints. Each of the winning teams took home a trophy and a check for $500.

FRC Team 4198

FRC Team 4198

Congratulations to the following high school FIRST Robotics teams for earning the Outstanding Engineering & Design Award:

  • Team 2883 Warroad High School
  • Team 4198 Waconia Senior High School
  • Team 5172 Greenbush-Middle River
FRC Team 5172

FRC Team 5172

Dunwoody has been a friend and sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League’s FIRST Robotics competition for several years. This is the third year that Dunwoody has given out the Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards.

Dunwoody’s class of 2017 graduates

More than 450 alumni join Dunwoody’s proud history, most already employed

Last weekend, Dunwoody welcomed more than 450 new alumni to the College’s long and proud history of exceptional graduates. Dunwoody’s 2016-2017 Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 20, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Dunwoody 2016-2017 Commencement

Dunwoody 2016-2017 Commencement

Rob Borchardt, Associate Director of Career Services, reported that by the time Commencement arrived, 86% of Dunwoody’s 2016-17 graduates were already employed.

Will Steger keynotes Dunwoody Commencement

Environmentalist, Author, Educator, and Polar Explorer Will Steger was the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

Steger—who is working closely with Dunwoody Architecture students on the building of a Dining Hall for the Steger Wilderness Center—commended the College’s applied approach to education:

Dunwoody Commencement Keynote Speaker Will Steger

Dunwoody Commencement Keynote Speaker Will Steger

“Dunwoody’s form of education is hands-on, working one-on-one with faculty, collaborating. It’s a remarkable school,” he said. “When I walk into Dunwoody I see classrooms working as a team, getting to where you can’t get as an individual. We need more education like this.”

He also urged students to make the most out of their degree and to make a positive difference in life.

“You are at the right place, at the right time, with your [Dunwoody] diploma in your hand,” Steger said. “A baton is now passed to you. You are now the teachers, the mentors, the example-setters. It’s not just about getting a good job. It’s about who you are as a human being.”

Student Speaker Danny Treat reflects on Dunwoody experience

Student Speaker Danny Treat, who has accepted a position as a Drafter for leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin, shared his story of bouncing around various colleges before finding the right fit in Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design program.

Dunwoody Commencement Student Speaker Danny Treat

Dunwoody Commencement Student Speaker Danny Treat

“The first semester was a revelation,” he said. “Dunwoody had a feel that I had never got from another college. There was a sense of purpose in the air and professionalism in the classrooms.”

He also shared: “The lessons taught and learned aren’t just ones for the classroom either. The determination and perseverance that it takes to complete a degree doesn’t only apply to your career. Those are skills we will use for life. As we move forward in our lives and careers we can lean on our Dunwoody experience with confidence, and know we are well equipped to handle any situation.”

President Rich Wagner inspires Dunwoody grads

After the degrees were awarded and diplomas handed out, President Wagner reminded the graduates that it’s now their turn to build on the legacy created by previous alumni.

Dunwoody President Rich Wagner

Dunwoody President Rich Wagner

“And now, you carry a responsibility to hold fast to the values a Dunwoody education represents and to take with you the challenge of perpetuating Dunwoody’s great reputation through your actions and accomplishments,” he said. “After the pomp and circumstance fades away, I want to remind you that your greatest accomplishments lie ahead of you.”

Congratulations to all of Dunwoody’s 2016-2017 graduates. We wish you well.


Photo credit: Stan Waldhauser Photo/Design

Looking for more Commencement photos? Head over to the College’s Facebook page.


 

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.

Dunwoody makes debut in BWBR Prize competition, student Celina Nelson wins prize

Dunwoody Architecture students enter their semester final projects at 2017 BWBR competition.

Six Dunwoody Architecture students participated in the 2017 BWBR Prize for the first time last month, each leaving the competition with real-world experience, improved final projects, and some extra cash.

Celina Nelson took home one of the competition’s first-place prizes and a $1,500 check, while the remaining Dunwoody contestants received $250 for participating.

Dunwoody Architecture Student Celina Nelson

Dunwoody Architecture Student Celina Nelson

“I feel a new sense of confidence that I haven’t had before,” said Nelson.

Dunwoody eligible to compete in BWBR Prize for the first time

St. Paul architecture firm BWBR hosts the competition each year as a way for architecture and interior design students entering their final year of schooling to meet, network, and prepare for their careers.

Nelson's final, sketched site plan

Nelson’s final sketched site plan

With Dunwoody Architecture’s first cohort set to graduate next year, this was the very first year Dunwoody has been eligible to compete in the annual event.

“I was nervous [to compete], because this would be the first time that our final presentation would be for a prize, and not a grade,” Nelson said. “The stakes were definitely high.”

Each participating college was judged separately at the event, with students typically competing with projects or finals they had already created for school. Students presented their projects to a panel of BWBR employees who then critiqued them on their designs, presentation, and public speaking skills.

Students present to BWBR employees
Exterior rendering of the front side of the house

Exterior rendering of the front side of the house

Dunwoody student submissions consisted of their final projects for an Architecture Studio class. This was one of the first classes where students had the freedom to create their own client as well as independently design a building from start to finish.

Nelson—whose project was a single-family residential home—said the entire process provided her with a new way of thinking and working.

“It was nice to create the parameters of the client first and then design for the client,” Nelson said. “Instead of just being willy nilly like, ‘I want a fireplace here’, ‘I want a door here.’

Interior rendering of the kitchen/dining area

Interior rendering of the kitchen/dining area

“Because when you have a real client, you have to have empathy and have to understand where they’re coming from and design for them, not for yourself. That was a really important lesson that I took away from this: learning how to say ‘their house’, ‘they wanted this’, instead of ‘I wanted this.’”

The first round of Architecture graduates are set to graduate in May of 2018.

Learn more about Dunwoody Architecture.

Architecture students install functional ceramic art in Loring Corners

Students merge the art of digital fabrication and ceramics in semester studio.

Architecture Students spent their spring semester merging the modern art of digital fabrication with the age-old art of ceramics. The result was the installation of two beautiful ceramic displays in Loring Corners near Loring Park.

The first installation, titled “Bird-Planters”, includes a wall of small ceramic planters and birdhouses. Planted foliage includes Japanese spurge and ferns, Sweet Woodruff, Blue Moon Woodland Phlox, Tiarella, and other plants that thrive in full shade, while the birdhouses were specifically designed for house sparrows—the most common bird found near the installation site.

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“Bird-Planters” by Hannah Biros, Josiah Hanka, James Matthes, Aaron McCauley, Ben Sherman, Kevin Xiong

The second installation, titled “Lumivine”, is a tessellating light fixture that will serve as both art and a source of light. The design, which resembles a long vine, was inspired by both natural patterns and the traditional architecture of Loring Corners. The purchased light string should last around 12 years.

“Lumivine” by Guyon Brenna, Kyle Huberty, Ryan Kelly, and Marcos Villalobos

“Lumivine” by Guyon Brenna, Kyle Huberty, Ryan Kelly, and Marcos Villalobos

Both pieces were part of a final project for a semester-long studio. The course, titled Digital Ceramics, addressed the issues architects face when introducing variation of building systems and materials. Students learned new ways of making, including 3d modeling and parametric design as well as digital fabrication with the use of a laser cutter and CNC router. The learned techniques were then applied to the ceramic reproductive process of slip casting.

Stroll down the alleyway in Loring Corners near Maple St. in downtown Minneapolis to see the projects for yourself. Be sure to tag Dunwoody in any photos you take on Instagram or Facebook!

Tiara Hill named YCAP Leon Rankin Award recipient at year-end celebration

Hill is also the recipient of the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for the Robotics & Manufacturing Department and the Alumni Board of Managers 2017 Leadership Award.

Tiara Hill with YCAP's Associate Director of Special Initiatives Peggy Quam

Tiara Hill with YCAP’s Associate Director of Special Initiatives Peggy Quam

Earlier this month, Tiara Hill was named the recipient of the 2017 Dunwoody College of Technology Leon Rankin Award at the year-end YCAP graduation reception. Hill recently graduated with an associate’s degree in Welding & Metal Fabrication.

The Leon Rankin Award is given to a Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) student who shows academic excellence by maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher, has a 100% attendance record at all YCAP events, and acts as a mentor to their fellow students both in YCAP and in the classroom.

The award is named in honor of Leon Adam Rankin, Jr. After moving to Minnesota in 1958, Rankin attended Dunwoody College, earning an Electrician Journeyman License. He became a Master Electrician and contractor in 1968. He was a respected citizen, civil rights activist, businessman, teacher, family and marriage counselor, and one of two African-American Master Electricians in Minnesota. Rankin and former Dunwoody President Warren Phillips co-created YCAP in 1988 to provide enhanced career opportunities for under-represented youth by empowering them to graduate from high school and obtain a degree from Dunwoody.

A graduate of Park Center Senior High School, Hill wasn’t sure if she would be able to attend college. She had applied for a number of scholarships, but none of them had worked out. So when a case manager at a local non-profit suggested Hill apply for the YCAP scholarship at Dunwoody, she was skeptical.

“Before Dunwoody, college was nothing but a dream for me,” Hill said. “I really think this was the best decision I ever made.”

As a first-generation college student, Hill has made great strides in her education, now serving as a mentor to other YCAP members. Hill was also a student worker in the Welding Shop and testified before the Minnesota Legislature on behalf of YCAP to provide background on a bill that would give grants to pilot programs in Ramsey County focused on serving girls of color.

Hill is also the recipient of the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for the Robotics & Manufacturing Department and the Alumni Board of Managers 2017 Leadership Award.

Former YCAP student and program manager speaks at celebration

In addition to awarding the Leon Rankin Award, the year-end YCAP celebration is a time for students to reflect on their success and gear up for their future. So it was fitting that the guest speaker for the event was YCAP alum and former YCAP Program Manager Benito Matias.

From left to right: Vice President of Enrollment Management Cindy Olson, Principal of Ascension Catholic School Benito Matias, and Associate Director of Special Initiatives Peggy Quam

From left to right: Vice President of Enrollment Management Cindy Olson, Principal of Ascension Catholic School Benito Matias, and YCAP’s Associate Director of Special Initiatives Peggy Quam

Matias graduated from Patrick Henry High School and came to Dunwoody on a YCAP scholarship. After graduating from Dunwoody, Matias went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Bemidji State University.

Although his studies are in technology, Matias has spent the last 25 years in the field of education.

Matias’s educational work has included being a Dunwoody Instructor, a Minneapolis Public School District teacher, the YCAP program manager, and the Executive Director of MetroTech Career Academy. He currently serves as the Principal of Ascension Catholic School in Minneapolis.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s YCAP program at dunwoody.edu.

Dunwoody College Spring 2017 Commencement

Whether you’re a graduate or an attendee, here’s what you need to know about the event on Saturday.

The Dunwoody College of Technology Spring 2017 Commencement is this Saturday. And the College could not be more excited to celebrate its graduates’ success.

Whether you’re a graduate or an attendee, here’s what to expect over the weekend:

Graduate Reception

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Location: Dunwoody College of Technology campus

Family at Graduate ReceptionGraduates and their friends and family are invited to the Graduate Reception on Friday, May 19, to relax and celebrate their success before the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday. During the reception, graduates are encouraged to show their friends and family their work, the campus, and introduce them to their instructors. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Commencement Ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Group photo at Graduation

Schedule of events:
10 a.m. Graduates must check-in at Exhibit Hall B. Doors to the Auditorium will open for guests.
10:40 a.m. Graduates will begin lining up for processional in Exhibit Hall B.
11 a.m. Graduation processional begins.
About 1 p.m. The Commencement Ceremony will come to a close.

Parking and Driving Directions

The preferred parking ramp is the 3rd avenue Convention Center (600) ramp. For more information on parking and for driving directions, visit minneapolisconventioncenter.com.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are not required for the event, and there is no limit to the number of guests you may bring. Large groups of guests wishing to sit together are encouraged to arrive early.

Special Accommodations:

Dunwoody strives to accommodate participants or guests with special needs. Please note that wheelchair accessible seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs and scooters may be rented for Commencement from The Mobility Shop. The Mobility Shop recommends reserving your equipment online at themobilityshop.com in advance to ensure its availability. All equipment is picked up and returned on-site at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Cameras

Guests are welcome to bring cameras to Commencement, however; they may only take pictures from their seats and should not disturb those around them Only official photographers will be permitted in the graduates’ area or in the area around the stage.

Professional photos will be taken during the ceremony. Proofs can be viewed and photos ordered at gradimages.com. Grad Images will send proofs to the graduates’ personal email.

Visit dunwoody.edu for more information about Commencement. If you have any further questions, email the Registrar’s Office at registrar@dunwoody.edu.

Celebrate your success!
Family at Graduation

The Minneapolis Convention Center is centrally located and nearby many restaurants and activities to help you celebrate your great achievements. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Nearby restaurants: 

Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Butcher & the Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hell’s Kitchen
80 S 9t St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hen House Eatery
114 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Activities:

Visit exploreminnesota.com for more ideas on what to do in the Twin Cities area.