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Dunwoody students earn gold at 2013 SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest

Dunwoody students performed well again this year in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest held last weekend at various locations in the Twin Cities, including the Dunwoody campus.

The Collision students, advised by Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon, made a complete sweep of the awards, taking first through fourth place in the contest. Kevin Wendt advised two teams for the Web Design contest, and they placed first and second.

Overall, 16 Dunwoody students competed in seven contests, including Collision, Automotive Refinishing, HVAC, Computer Programming, Computer Maintenance, Web Design, and Internetworking.  The students medaled in five of the contests with three in first place, two in second place, three in third place, and two in fourth place.  The full results are:

 

Collision Repair– Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

1st: Erik Campion

2nd: Trevor Multhaup

3rd: Huey Lewis

4th: Andy LaRue

 

Internetworking – Advisors: Rob Bentz and Dave Mansheffer

1st: Donald Geer

 

Computer Web Design –Advisor: Kevin Wendt

1st Place Team:  Joe Packer and Brett Lidfors

2nd Place Team:  Martin Sheeks and Brady Skaurad

 

Automotive Refinishing – Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

3rd: Erik Campion

4th: Huey Lewis

 

Computer Maintenance – Advisor: Dave Mansheffer

3rd: Lee Reiners

 

The first place winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 24–28.

Kevin Wendt and Bruce Graffunder will be attending the national competition as advisors for the contests.  Four Dunwoody faculty members are going to the national competition to judge: Lonny Lunn and Dave Duval for the Automotive competition, Heather Gay for the Teamworks competition, and Polly Friendshuh for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition.

For more information about SkillsUSA Minnesota, visit www.mnskillsusa.org.

 

SkillsUSA Minnesota is part of a national organization that serves over a quarter million student members annually, organized into more than 14,700 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands). The Minnesota Association has offered leadership opportunities to over 200,000 student members since 1967, with a current annual membership of over 3,000. There are chapters in 29 technical colleges and 50 high schools or cooperative centers, with potential to serve many more. SkillsUSA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from teachers that advise local chapters, and representing both the high school and college divisions and industry representatives. All programs are offered as integral to the curriculum.

 

 

Triumph at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival

TRIUMPH67, a film produced by Arts and Science Instructor Mohannad Ghawanmeh, will have its world debut at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) this weekend.
Ghawanmeh is also the lead actor in the film, which explores concepts of family, home, memories and deception through the lives of two Palestinian-American brothers. The film takes place in Minnesota and was shot locally.

TRIUMPH67 will premiere Friday, April 15, 2011 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.

“Our film follows a young Palestinian-American man in Minneapolis grappling with the sudden death of his older brother and forced to confront his own actions…actions that may have inadvertently changed everyone’s life,” said Dan Tanz, co-writer and director of TRIUMPH67.

TRIUMPH67 will premiere at MSPIFF, the state’s oldest film festival, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. It was recently reviewed in Vita.MN magazine by local film critic Colin Covert, who described it as “poignant and moody.” Read the review at Vita.MN.

For more about the film, check out the TRIUMPH67 web site or for details about the three-week  MSPIFF, which features 150 films from more than 50 countries, go to: http://www.mspfilmfest.org/2011/.

Flexo Instructor Shawn Oetjen named ATEA 2011 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award finalist

Shawn Oetjen, ATEA Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year 2011 finalist.

Dunwoody’s Senior Flexographic Instructor, Shawn Oetjen, is a finalist for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) 2011 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award, which will be presented at the ATEA’s 48th National Conference on Technical Education later this month.

The award is given annually to an instructor whose performance and contributions to post-secondary technical education are exceptional and innovative.

Oetjen has taught in the Press and Finishing Technology Department at Dunwoody since 2007. He is the third Dunwoody instructor in the past three years to become a finalist for the award.

“In that short time, Shawn has made a significant impact on both the printing program and his students’ lives,” said G.W. Timmreck, printing and graphic design program manager and Oetjen’s nominator. “He has worked tirelessly at updating and upgrading the press curriculum to enhance the experience of our press students.”

Oetjen’s passion for the field is evident. He has become Level I and II certified by the Flexogaphic Technical Association, writes for industry trade publications and researches new print technologies. All that work and dedication then finds its way in to his teaching.

“Shawn’s support and enthusiasm fuels me as a student to get excited about what I’m doing and my future,” said second year printing student Mitch Hanson. “The classroom atmosphere is supportive, fun and focused with lots of visual aides to help students be able to touch and see examples.”

“It is an honor just to be nominated, but being one of the finalists is truly amazing,” said Oetjen. “It makes me so proud that I can help motivate and teach today’s students so they too can achieve their dreams.”

The ATEA conference will be held March 30-April 1, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in St. Paul. Dunwoody is hosting the event this year. More information can be found at ateaonline.org.