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Leadership Lecture Series Brings Fabcon CEO & President Michael LeJeune to Campus

CEO & President of Fabcon Companies Michael (Mike) LeJeune presented at the College’s latest Leadership Lecture Series event on May 7, 2015. The series—offered the first Thursday of every month—has brought several prominent speakers to campus to speak on a variety of leadership topics.

The premise IMG_8461-smallof Mike’s presentation was the “Importance of Corporate Culture” and what leaders can do to create a successful one.

Mike began his presentation by sharing the progression of his professional life with the audience, highlighting some of the challenges he first began to experience during his early years with Fabcon. Mike explained that after years of trying to find the root of the problem, he realized it was something much bigger than he was expecting: it was the overall culture of the organization.

“The most important thing I can do as a CEO is create a corporate culture where everyone can succeed,” Mike said.

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Mike’s decision to shift the corporate culture of Fabcon ultimately shaped a set of important guidelines he and his employees now follow–something they call “the Fabcon way”:

  1. Keep your integrity.
  2. Focus on what is right instead of what is wrong.
  3. Say thank you.
  4. Treat everyone with respect.
  5. Focus on the process, not the person.
  6. Really listen.
  7. Know it’s okay to make a mistake.
  8. Explain why you want someone to do something; share with them the big picture.
  9. Celebrate success.
  10. Have fun.

Mike explained that by following this simple but effective list of corporate ethics, Fabcon—and its employees—have emerged stronger and more successful than ever. He hopes his story and these tips encourage organizational leaders in a similar situation to do the same.

small may leadership lectureThe Leadership Lecture Series continues with Dale Mulfinger, FAIA Principal Emeritus, SALA Architects, Inc. Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 a.m. RSVP to alumni@dunwoody.edu.

 

CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring to keynote Dunwoody College Commencement

Photo of Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridgeDunwoody College of Technology is delighted to announce that Sona Mehring, CEO and founder of CaringBridge, the leading website for rallying support during a health crisis, will be the keynote speaker at our Commencement on Thursday, May 14, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Throughout her successful career in computer programming, Sona always searched for a way to help others with her skills. Her expertise was such that she owned and operated her own computer consulting firm that came with it’s own rewards. However, in 1997 when close friends experienced a serious medical crisis, Sona was inspired to create a solution around how to communicate with family and loved ones during a critical time and CaringBridge was born.

Sona was the first to recognize that the Internet could be a powerful tool in helping people connect and rally support during difficult times. Seeing her friends struggle with communication, Sona created a website that allowed them to easily share updates with their support community. What started as an act of kindness for her friends soon became Sona’s passion, and eventually her new career.

CaringBridge logoPeople around the world are now able to share news, receive comfort and coordinate care by creating private, personal websites through CaringBridge. Since its creation, CaringBridge websites have been visited nearly 2 billion times. Sona’s business insight told her the success of CaringBridge could be lucrative, but she cared more about its benefit to others than to herself. Choosing mission over profit potential, Sona made the website a nonprofit in 2002. This ensured that CaringBridge remained free from outside financial pressures and focused on helping anyone, anywhere get the social support they need during their health journey.

Sona serves on the National Caregiver Council, a group of leaders in the industry that studies the issues and technology impacting caregivers and their families. Sona is an active member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, and is on the board of Minne*, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Minnesota’s technology community. She has also participated as a speaker and panelist at many healthcare and caregiver related events.

Sona is the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge.

Sona has received numerous honors for her leadership and vision, including:

  • 2015: Star Tribune’s Annual “Ten to Watch” List
  • 2014: The Breast Cancer Education Association Award for Outstanding Support and Outreach to the Breast Cancer Community
  • 2014: 1 of 35 Women Leaders in Minnesota Healthcare by The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST
  • 2013: 41st on Minnesota Monthly’s List of 75 Most Influential People of the Twin Cities
  • 2011: One of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”
  • 2010: The Health Care Heroes Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine
  • 2009: 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Good Neighbor Award – CBS affiliate WCCO-TV
  • Alumni Excellence Award – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding service to the community

Kate’s Club members visit woman-owned Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating

Nine Dunwoody women visited the woman-owned blacksmithing and metalwork shop Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating located in Minneapolis.

Nine Dunwoody women visited the woman-owned blacksmithing and metalwork shop Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating located in Minneapolis.

Earlier this month, nine Dunwoody women visited the woman-owned blacksmithing and metalwork shop Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating located in Minneapolis.

According to ironmaideniron.com: “Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating is a one-woman custom metal fabricating company run by Heather Young. She’s worked in the metalwork business since 1995, first as an office assistant and then in the shop. Formally educated in Minneapolis and trained through the Guild of Metalsmiths in St. Paul, she takes on industrial, commercial, and residential fabrication.”

Young honed her welding skills through a Workforce Training & Continuing Education course at Dunwoody.

Young honed her welding skills through a Workforce Training & Continuing Education course at Dunwoody.

Young honed her welding skills through a Workforce Training & Continuing Education course at Dunwoody.

She talked about her welding career and experience as a mother and small business owner. She also demonstrated blacksmithing processes by creating a decorative hook.

Young demonstrated blacksmithing processes by creating a decorative hook.

Young demonstrated blacksmithing processes by creating a decorative hook.

The group of Dunwoody women left inspired by Young’s story of setting up a blacksmithing shop at an orphanage in South East Africa before starting a metal fabrication business out of her garage in Minnesota—in 2009 she moved the business into a rented warehouse space.

Current students from the College’s Welding Technology department who attended the field trip were offered occasional work at the Iron Maiden shop.

The group of Dunwoody women left inspired by Young’s story of setting up a blacksmithing shop at an orphanage in South East Africa before starting a metal fabrication business out of her garage in Minnesota—in 2009 she moved the business into a rented warehouse space.

The group of Dunwoody women left inspired by Young’s story of setting up a blacksmithing shop at an orphanage in South East Africa before starting a metal fabrication business out of her garage in Minnesota—in 2009 she moved the business into a rented warehouse space.

Young’s business plan: to not have a plan and adapt to the industry’s needs. So far, her plan has been as strong as iron.

For more information about Iron Maiden Metal Fabricating, visit www.ironmaideniron.com.

For information about upcoming Kate’s Club events, email katesclub@dunwoody.edu.

Ben Clymer shares message about personal leadership

On Thursday, April 2, Dunwoody College of Technology hosted its monthly C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series event.

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Pictured left to right: Gib Syverson, ’74 Automotive Service Technology; Mark Falconer, ’68 Welding & Alumni Board of Managers Chair; Ben Clymer; and Paul Berman, ’82 Automotive Service Technology.

This month’s event featured former NHL player Ben Clymer, who shared a great message about taking ownership in your life through personal leadership.

Clymer2W[1]Clymer, a hockey reporter and analyst for Channel 45 and Fox Sports North and a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, has earned a national reputation as an NHL defenseman, a broadcaster and a businessman.

The next C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series will feature Michael LeJeune, President and CEO of Fabcon Companies.

The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Dunwoody. The cost to attend is $20 and you can register in advance by e-mailing alumni@dunwoody.edu or by calling 612-381-3064.

Design & Graphics Technology students showcase work at annual Internship Expo

Eighteen Design & Graphics Technology students gathered on Thursday, Feb. 19, to display two year’s worth of work at the 2015 Design & Graphics Technology Internship Showcase event.

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The showcase is an opportunity for the May graduates to present their portfolios and to meet with prospective employers and internship advisors.

The 2015 event was open to the public and was held in conjunction with the Printing Industry of the Midwest’s Print Showcase and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF) “Best of the Best” Student Design Competition.

All three campus events had fantastic turnouts bringing in IMG_5735-smallDunwoody faculty, students, family members and local business professionals. Graphic design and printing companies such as Imagine! Print Solutions; Bluedoor Publishing; Liberty Carton; and even SMC Packaging Group out of Missouri, sent representatives.

Dunwoody faculty members and showcase coordinators– Timmreck, Manager of Design & Graphics Technology; Pete Rivard, Principal Instructor of Pre-Media Technologies; and Thomas Herold, Senior Instructor of Graphic Design—were also extremely pleased with this year’s event.

“I found this year’s event to be successful on two levels,” said Timmreck. “The first level of success was that our students got the experience of interviewing and talking with industry professionals… You could tell that by the end of the day the students felt much more confident in themselves and much more comfortable displaying and discussing their work.

IMG_5631-smallThe second level of success was seeing the attending companies really connecting with the students.”

Rivard echoed Timmreck stating that several of his students have already received internship and job offers because of this event, and “to see those offers on the table within days of the showcase is very impressive.”

The Design & Graphics Technology department will continue the Internship Showcase event in 2016.

For additional photos from the 2015 showcase and the “Best of the Best” Student Design Competition, visit our Facebook page.

Dunwoody’s Design & Graphics Technology department offers two-year degrees in Graphic Design and Pre-Media Technologies.

Automotive body paint booth upgrade complete

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing recently celebrated the completion of major upgrades to the program’s paint booth. The booth upgrade means students and faculty can use waterborne paint, an environmentally friendly paint that is gaining traction in body shops across the U.S. and internationally.

The booth upgrade was made possible by a matching grant from the Minneapolis Green Business Matching Grant Program and sponsors PPG Industries, ABRA Autobody and Glass, Luther Collision and Glass, and Master Collision Group.

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Dunwoody faculty, first and second year Auto students, and industry friends celebrating the upgrade

Waterborne paint, which uses much less solvent than previous paint, provides multiple environmental and economic benefits including lower anthropogenic VOC emissions and reduced job and material costs.

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Lynn Engmark of PPG Industries discusses waterborne paint.

The program celebrated the installation by hosting a “Waterborne 101” presentation, including a brief history of collision instruction at Dunwoody by Bruce Graffunder; a presentation on waterborne paint by Lynn Engmark of PPG Industries;  and some observations on using waterborne paint from Pete Latuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body.

With so many advantages for both the shop and the customer, “there’s absolutely no reason to not shoot waterborne [paint],” Latuff said when describing his shop’s successful shift away from solvent based paints towards water based paints.

Graffunder explained that this new piece of equipment will also change the Automotive program’s curriculum. As auto body shops across the country transition towards waterborne-based paint practices, Dunwoody Automotive students can expect the same. Graffunder now expects close to 75% of painting time will be devoted to using and learning waterborne based painting techniques. This change in curriculum will better train and prepare Dunwoody students as they progress towards a career in automotive collision repair.

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Lynn Engmark showing how to properly apply waterborne based paint to a car panel.

The afternoon presentation concluded with refreshments and a demonstration from Lynn Engmark on how to properly apply waterborne-based paint to a car panel.

 

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students attend ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

Three Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

For the last four years, Dunwoody College of Technology—with financial assistance from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)—has sent students to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in various U.S. cities. This year, students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the meeting in Chicago with HVAC Program Manager Chuck Taft.

Dunwoody’s Student Chapter of ASHRAE was started in 1988—Taft, then a student, was the first president of the College’s chapter. According to its website, ASHRAE is known for its research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education to shape tomorrow’s built environment. Bobick, who received a HVACR Systems Servicing degree at Dunwoody and worked in industry before entering the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program, says ASHRAE’s standards and publications are “the gospel of HVAC” so you know you’re learning from the best when you attend an ASHRAE seminar.

Stephanie Mages, ASHRAE Student Program Staff, is pictured with HVAC Program  Chuck Taft and students Kevin Clausen, Bill Bobick and Jared Courtney.

Stephanie Mages, ASHRAE Student Program Staff, is pictured with HVAC Program Manager Chuck Taft and students Jared Courtney, Bill Bobick and Kevin Clausen.

Taft says the ASHRAE and International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) events expand students’ understanding of what they’re learning in the classroom, while exposing them to innovative technologies they’ll be using as the industry continuously innovates to become more energy efficient.

During the ASHRAE Student Program, the students listened to project presentations and a panel of young engineers discuss their experiences in the HVACR industry, toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and participated in technical talks about the HVACR industry.

The students toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

The students toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Clausen, Courtney and Bobick said the ASHRAE and AHR events were not only educational, but also great for networking with industry professionals and potential employers. They agreed the greatest educational takeaway at the ASHRAE Student Program was a greater understanding of the thermal storage processes—making cold water at night when the electric rates are low to cool buildings during the day.

More than 2,000 vendors were present at the AHR Expo.

More than 2,000 vendors were present at the AHR Expo.

Taft said he’s glad the students have the opportunity to attend the events to see the reality of where the HVACR industry is, where it’s going and what they should do to become sought-out professionals following graduation.

“Knowledge is power, and the knowledge they gain from experiencing nationally-recognized industry events will make them more valuable employees,” he said.

About ASHRAE
According to ashrae.org: ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

Newly-launched Jackson Lecture Series has leadership focus

Photo of some of the key organizers of the Jackson Lecture Series. From left to right: Cutlines: 5281: Michael White, Dean of Applied Management; Richard Thomson, Assistant Provost; Board of Trustees Past Chair Ted Ferrara, ’77 Refrigeration; Dr. Bruce Jackson, CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence; and President Rich Wagner

L-R: Michael White, Dean of Applied Management; Richard Thomson, Assistant Provost; Board of Trustees Past Chair Ted Ferrara, ’77 Refrigeration; Dr. Bruce Jackson, CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence; and President Rich Wagner

More than 50 alumni, students, faculty and friends attended the first ever C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Dunwoody College of Technology. The event featured Dr. Bruce Jackson, a talented speaker and expert in Leadership and Human Performance. Dr. Jackson kicked off the lecture series by providing a framework for leadership at any level of the organization.

Dr. Jackson serves as the CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence, a training firm dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations achieve peak performance. He is also the Executive Director of the C. Charles Jackson Foundation.

The Jackson Leadership Lecture Series features prominent speakers on leadership topics and is being offered the first Thursday of every month. The next event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Boulevard, Minneapolis.