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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.

DR. RICH WAGNER TO BECOME NEXT PRESIDENT OF DUNWOODY COLLEGE

Dr. Wagner, the College’s current V.P. of Academic Affairs, will replace the retiring Dr. C. Ben Wright in July 2009.

MINNEAPOLIS, DEC. 1, 2008 — Richard J. Wagner, Ph.D., Dunwoody College of Technology’s vice president of academic affairs, has been named to succeed the retiring C. Ben Wright, Ph.D., as Dunwoody president. Dr. Wagner will assume his new duties on July 1, 2009.

“Dunwoody has a great heritage and an incredibly bright future,” said Dr. Wagner. “I’m truly honored to be our next president as we continue to build on the outstanding work done by Ben Wright, the board of trustees and the College’s faculty and staff.”

The appointment follows a nationwide search conducted by the College after Dr. Wright informed the Dunwoody board of his decision to resign as president effective June 30, 2009. As president, Dr. Wagner will report directly to the board and will assume responsibility for the academic, operational and financial administration of the College.

Gary Petersen, chair of Dunwoody’s board of trustees, said, “We were very fortunate to have had such an outstanding internal candidate in Rich Wagner. Rich has a deep appreciation for what makes Dunwoody a great institution today but he’s also proven to be an innovative, thoughtful leader who is clearly focused on how Dunwoody can best serve students and employers in the years ahead. The board is enthusiastic about this appointment and believes Rich is uniquely qualified to lead the College as we enter into a period that will be both exciting and challenging.”

Dr. Wagner has served Dunwoody in several academic leadership positions since joining Dunwoody in 1996 as an instructor. He left the classroom in 1999 to assume the role of department director and was promoted to dean of learning in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Wagner left Dunwoody to serve as vice president for learning and academic innovation at Hennepin Technical College. He returned to Dunwoody the following year to accept the post of vice president of academic affairs.

During Dr. Wagner’s tenure as Dunwoody’s chief academic officer, the College added its first bachelor’s degree program, added programs that include interior design, graphic design and construction supervision, and developed a new cluster of health sciences programs that will launch in 2009. He also spearheaded the College’s participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program which resulted in the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. This quality initiative also created a process for monitoring and ensuring the long-term viability of bedrock Dunwoody programs in academic areas that include automotive, construction and manufacturing technology.

Dr. Wagner’s doctorate is in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master in business administration degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and a bachelor of science degree from the University of the State of New York in Albany. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.

Dr. Wagner, a native of Emmaus, Pa., resides in Waconia, Minn., with his wife, Valerie Wagner. Their son Josh is currently on active duty in the United States Navy.

YCAP celebrates 20 years

Photos from the event

Dunwoody College’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) held its twentieth graduation ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. The ceremony honored 165 high school students from Minneapolis, St. Paul and other parts of the metro area who completed the six-week YCAP summer session.

The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Benito Matias, former YCAP Manager and executive director of Dunwoody Academy , a Minneapolis charter high school with an emphasis on technical education. Matias is an inaugural graduate of the YCAP program.

The four-year YCAP program focuses on under-represented students, particularly students of color, who have completed ninth grade and have the potential and or desire to succeed in a technical career. In addition to introducing students to the technical programs available at Dunwoody, YCAP helps students improve their math, English and study skills and requires them to complete several community service projects. This year’s group worked with such organizations as People Serving People, the Salvation Army and the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

But it’s not all work. Students visit local businesses, including this year a trip to Best Buy to hear Erving “Magic” Johnson speak . There was also a celebratory visit to Valleyfair and a new experience for some of the students – a camping trip to Boy Scouts of America Camp Sterns in South Haven, MN.

More than 1,100 youth have participated in YCAP over the past two decades. Students must be in good standing with their schools and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students who complete the summer program receive a $600 stipend, and those who complete the four-year YCAP program receive a scholarship to attend Dunwoody College upon graduation from high school and successful application to the College.

DUNWOODY COLLEGE HONORS FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING EDUCATION PIONEERS RON AND KATHERINE HARPER

Scholarships, flexographic printing presses, classroom space and more mean Dunwoody graphics and printing students graduate with experience with real equipment.

Minneapolis, June 11, 2008 — Dunwoody College of Technology’s printing and graphics production lab was renamed the Harper Center of Graphics Technology last Friday in a ceremony honoring Ron and Katherine Harper, retired founders of the global anilox supplier Harper Corporation of America.

Joe Tuccitto, education director of the Flexographic Technical Association represented the Harpers at the event. Tuccitto, who is also a former Dunwoody faculty member, said: “Ron asked me to tell you all, ‘It has been our pleasure to work with Dunwoody College of Technology for the past 15 years in their quest for excellence in flexographic education. As many of you know, we have a passion for flexographic education, and Dunwoody has been a significant vehicle for that passion.’”

The Harpers have long been supporters of Dunwoody’s Design and Graphics Technology program. Most recently they committed $500,000 to the College, of which $100,000 will endow the Ron and Katherine Harper Scholarship Fund.

The gift is in addition to other support over the years, including a $100,000 donation that included more than 50 anilox rolls for use on the two flexographic machines in the printing lab as well as lease support for the machines. Flexographic printing involves the use of flexible plates in conjunction with anilox rolls to adhere ink on a substrate (the item the ink is applied to). It usually is a six- or eight-color printing process and each flexo machine has a plate for each color so that the substrate only needs to run through the machine once. In addition, the process accommodates a wide range of substrates, including flexible ones. Most consumer product packaging and labels are printed on flexo presses.

All of Dunwoody’s pre-press, graphic design and press students get experience with flexo output, which is somewhat unusual for graphics education at the college-level.

The Harpers support of Dunwoody is the result of their strong belief in supporting technical education.

“By putting money into education at the high school and college levels, we can ensure that students are working with the latest technology,” Ron Harper said. “They come into the workplace prepared, instead of only being familiar with ancient technology that is no longer applicable.”

The Harper Center of Graphics Technology also includes three classrooms within the production lab. They have been renamed Harper Studio A, B and C.

About Harper Corporation: Harper Corporation has manufacturing facilities in Charlotte and Green Bay, Wisc., as well as licensee operations in Bangkok, Thailand, and Herford, Germany. The Harpers have been deeply involved in education and training future flexographers at the high school and college levels since 1990.

The Harpers were the first to participate in the Flexographic Technical Association’s Flexo In High Schools/Colleges program, which was initiated in 1990 and saw the first flexographic press installed in a high school in 1992. Today 21 high schools and 32 colleges in the U.S., Canada and Argentina provide hands-on flexography training programs based on the one launched by the Harpers more than a decade ago.