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Students take part in Random Act of Kindness project

As part of the Interpersonal Communications course, Assistant Professor Reem El-Radi recently gave her sections an optional assignment called the Dunwoody Random Act of Kindness project to be completed throughout the month of October.

“The objective of the assignment is to recognize kindness as a lifelong interpersonal skill that’s critical to the success and creation of caring communities,” El-Radi said.

As part of this initiative, several students banned together to do some extraordinary things in their community.

One group of students elected to clean Dunwoody’s parking lot. Prepared with their own cleaning supplies, they spent an hour collecting trash from the large lot.

Another group raised $600 for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The funds will be donated to Direct Relief, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a stated mission to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.”

And finally, first-semester Architecture students signed up to volunteer raking leaves for elderly residents in East Saint Paul on October 27. Despite the snow coming down that day, students showed up to rake leaves for two residents in the neighborhood.

Thank you to all the students who participated in this optional assignment to make your communities a better place!

Dunwoody committed to transforming lives

“I always thought that I had that creative mindset, but I was never able to bring it to reality,” Mechanical Engineering Student Tommy Dao said. “Before Dunwoody, I never touched a mill or a lathe. And so for me to grab raw material and make it into something that has value, it was very rewarding.”

Dunwoody earns First Place in annual AICC Competition second year in a row

Dunwoody students earned First Place in AICC’s Annual Corrugated as Art competition along with a $500 cash prize, and an all-expense paid trip to the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC)’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

AICC Competition Team 2017

From left to right: Kris Patterson, Kristin Warehime, and Brann Haugen

When Pre-Media Technologies student Kristin Warehime found out that the theme of this year’s AICC Corrugated as Art student competition was “Las Vegas,” she immediately thought of the Bellagio.

“I wanted to figure out how to get some movement in there,” Warehime said. “I liked the idea of somehow moving the water in the hotel’s front fountains.”

With this in mind, Warehime teamed up with Graphic Design students Brann Haugen and Kris Patterson to design and build a replica of the Bellagio Hotel made entirely out of corrugated cardboard – complete with its signature fountain.

Their hard work recently paid off, earning them First Place, a $500 cash prize, and an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to attend AICC’s Annual Meeting.

Building the Bellagio

The BellagioAdding movement to the Hotel’s fountains wasn’t easy, but the team took on the challenge.

Haugen invented a pull-tab mechanism that could rotate and shift the water on a set of gears, giving the piece a dynamic user experience.

“I had to adjust the size of the teeth on the gears multiple times,” Haugen said. “It was really a trial and error process. It wasn’t like anything I had done before, so it was a good learning experience.”

The students also worked with Architecture Adjunct Instructor Stephen Knowles to learn more about the College’s Boss Laser table. With this machine, they could take their replica to the next level by refining the details in the cutouts.

“The Boss Laser worked really well for cutting the water,” Patterson said. “We wouldn’t have been able to get that much detail without it.”

In addition to designing and building the structure, the students had to submit an instruction manual and essay. All of which contributed to their First Place prize.

The team travels to the AICC Annual Meeting

The team will be traveling to Vegas for AICC’s Annual Meeting at the end of September where they will have the chance to network with professionals from the packaging industry.

In addition to networking, the students will be paired up with seasoned structural design industry professionals in a multi-day design lab where they will learn design and production tips and techniques.

“The Annual Meeting is where the leaders in the industry gather,” Principal Pre-Media Technologies Instructor Pete Rivard said. “The networking will be unbelievable.”

The Dunwoody Difference

“Our program has been evolving over the past decade toward an emphasis in packaging and retail in-store displays – which features heavy use of corrugated substrates – and reflects our geographical region’s expertise, career opportunities, and international standing in this market,” Rivard said.

In their first year of study, students in the Design & Graphics Technology department are challenged to find innovative ways to use the state-of-the-industry software and equipment in the College’s print and packaging facilities, including ArtiosCAD.

“[Building the Hotel] was a good review of the Artios program,” Warehime said. “I feel like this experience really built on the stuff I learned in the packaging class.”

“This win continues to validate our decision to concentrate our curriculum on packaging design with an emphasis in materials exploration and aesthetics,” Rivard said.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s Design & Graphics Technology Department.

Siblings continue the family tradition of attending Dunwoody College

Nick and Angela FreelandNick Freeland, ’15 Mechanical Drafting & Engineering Systems, and Angela Freeland, ’20 Mechanical Engineering, saw firsthand the value of a Dunwoody education when their father James enrolled at the College following a 20-year career as automotive mechanic.

James Freeland had returned to school and earned his Mechanical Drafting & Engineering Systems Degree in 2013. He now designs parts in the medical field. His decision made an impact on his two oldest children, and it wasn’t long before they both decided to follow in their father’s footsteps.

Nick had spent a year attending the University of Minnesota Duluth and was about to enroll in classes for his second year when he decided that the hands-on, professional atmosphere at Dunwoody that his father described would actually be a better fit.

“I’m more math-based and I learn better with hands-on opportunities. Plus I wanted a career more on the engineering side,” Nick said. “My dad was going here, so I just decided to enroll [at Dunwoody].”

Father and son were at Dunwoody together for only one semester, since James was about to graduate, but having two generations in one family attending at the same time – and in the same program – is still a rarity.

Right away, Nick felt at home in the small-class environment with students who were serious about their education and focused on their career choice. He especially liked working with the Computer-aided Design (CAD) software, which felt more like a game than actual work.

During his first year at Dunwoody, Nick was hired for a paid internship at Johnstech, a manufacturer of high-performance precision test solutions in the semiconductor test market. The internship continued during his second year and then turned into a full-time job after graduating. Today, Nick is a CAD Designer, Level II and designs components for the company.

Angela was still in high school when both her dad and brother were attending Dunwoody. So when she learned about Dunwoody’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) at a college fair during her junior year, it seemed like a good fit.

The summer program allowed Angela a chance to explore all of the different career paths and programs offered at Dunwoody. She was drawn to the graphic design program.

Like her father and brother, Angela is also mathematically and mechanically-inclined. So after a semester she switched her program and is now a student in the four-year Mechanical Engineering program.

“I like the idea of being able to design and build something, and you can work in almost any field,” Angela said.

Nick wasn’t surprised by either his sister’s decision to attend Dunwoody, or the switch to Mechanical Engineering.

“I always knew she’d be my boss someday,” Nick said with a laugh.

Angela, who is a member of Dunwoody’s Student Government, is already enjoying the project-based learning and hands-on environment with instructors who have all worked professionally in the field.

“I like the project work and the instructors are great,” Angela said, adding that having a mix of older and younger students in the program has also been an advantage.

While it is still three years away, Angela is already thinking about her career after Dunwoody. She is interested in exploring mechanical engineering in the construction industry and would like to become a project manager someday.

The three Freelands aren’t the only relatives in the family to attend Dunwoody. On their mother’s side, the pair have two uncles who have attended the College — Carroll Gackstetter and Michael McMonigal.

“Dunwoody is a really good fit for a lot of people,” Nick said. “As a graduate, you have a lot of opportunities in technical industries.”

Angela agrees, adding that technically-trained workers will always be needed.

Dunwoody IISE Chapter earns Silver Chapter status

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter earns silver recognition award by national organization.

The National Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) recently awarded Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter with a Silver University Chapter Recognition Award. Awards range from bronze, silver, to gold.

This award is given to university and college chapters who show improvements, progress, and overall achievements for the year. Dunwoody’s IISE chapter earned Silver this year by adding more chapter events – like the Six Sigma Training held by the Chapter in June– and promoting more overall engagement on campus and on social media.

“We’re excited about this award,” said IISE Student Advisor Janet Nurnberg. “And we have plans to add to our programming in order to earn Gold-status next year.”

Of over 900 university chapters, 10 IISE student groups earned silver, including Dunwoody. Other schools include Auburn University, Dalhousie University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas El Paso, University of Windsor, Wichita State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Awards are given based on a chapter’s University Chapter Activity Report (UCAR). The report tracks student engagement, activities, and participation in national events, distributing points in several categories. Once points are calculated, chapters can earn a bronze, silver, or gold award.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s award-winning student clubs and organizations at dunwoody.edu/students/orgs.

Spring 2017 Graduates Announced

Dunwoody College of Technology is thrilled to recognize the following Spring 2017 graduates.

Click here to see a list of the Fall 2016 graduates. 

Abnet Eli
Adam Birra
Al-Hilwani Alexander
Albers Samuel
Anderson John
Anderson Matthew
Anderson Katelyn
Anderson Tyler
Anderson Thomas
Andresen David
Anton Max
Appel Cole
Autio Austin
Bachman Bryce
Bacon Robert
Bailey Tyler
Barth Benjamin
Becklin Alec
Beckstrand Tyler
Bennett Samuel
Benson Aaron
Berrier Heidi
Blommer Dillion
Bluhm Kazimir
Boehmer Jackson
Bohline Donald
Booth Adam
Boyer Madeline
Brastad Justin
Brier Kevin
Broadston Joseph
Brooks Chad
Brownson Alex
Brudvig Steven
Bruneau Christopher
Bry Robin
Burg Anthony
Burnside Kyle
Burrows Connor
Butler Thomas
Caddy Chad
Campbell Jacob
Cao Christopher
Carlson Matthew
Carlson Jonathan
Carlson Ross
Cerney Michael
Cha Melysia
Chang Ling
Chase Paxton
Chatterton Julian
Christensen Matthew
Christian Brady
Christner Samantha
Clark Benjamin
Clipperton Elijah
Coe Blaine
Curtin John
Dailey Beau
Darden Jazmine
DeCurtins Adam
Deluna Walldo
Denny Ryan
Devitt Paul
Dewitte Tristan
Donohue Robert
Duong Edison
Durdahl Daniel
Eckes Christopher
Eitel Steven
Enger Mason
Enoch Jacob
Entingh Connor
Erickson Jon
Evans Jacob
Factor Noah
Fischer Paige
Fisher Bryce
Flaifel Michael
Forcier Dustin
Ford Benjamin
Freeman Yaya
Froemming Alexander
Fujitake Mark
Fuller Alex
Gainous David
Gatzke Caitlin
Gonzalez Isai
Greene Joshua
Grindahl Robert
Grommersch James
Guion John
Haakana Logan
Haddy Corey
Halvorson Neil
Hammond Robert
Hansen Jonathan
Harris Ryan
Hays Caleb
Hemmah Jacob
Hernandez-Llamas Joseph
Herrick Matthew
Hertel Jessica
Hertz Tristan
Hiepler Michael
High Anina
Hill Joshua
Hill Tiara
Hinnenkamp Tyler
Hlavka Eric
Ho Tan
Hodzic Mirza
Hoffman Daniel
Hollen Jesse
House Heather
Hunerberg Benjamin
Hurd Jessica
Huttner Austin
Iber Conrad
Isetts Blake
Iverson Jeffery
Jarvis Matthew
Jensen Leo
Johnson Brent
Johnson Tyler
Johnson Harry
Johnson Benjamin
Johnson Kyle
Johnson Andrew
Kallon Alpha
Kammerer Frank
Karwath Robert
Kaus Daniel
Kavadas Levi
Kelly Nicholas
Kerner Thomas
Kiltinen Shelby
King Nathan
King Collin
Klassen Austin
Klegstad Jacob
Kollasch Samantha
Kowal Patrick
Kraetsch Casey
Kretsu Michael
Kromschroeder Kasey
Kuenkel Brett
Lambert Nathan
Larson Jacob
Larson Jacob
Leistico Jonathan
Leistikow Samuel
LeMay Benjamin
LeMay Ashley
Leuthner Adam
Lewis Dexter
Lewis-Mauricio Thalia
Linahon Alex
Luangrath Bennieco
Luckett Ernest
Luhm Aaron
Mabusth John
Maciej Alex
Mack Michael
Madison Andrew
Makarych Siarhei
Malenke Jay
Maltzen Michael
Marsh Cole
McDonald Patrick
McGinnity Kyle
Meyer Jacob
Miazga Michael
Mitchell Christian
Mitchell Steven
Montgomery Madison
Morris Laura
Morse Faith
Moynihan John
Nakada Michael
Narloch Benjamin
Nelson Matthew
Nelson Heidi
Nelson Andrew
Nichols Patrick
Nielsen Robert
Njankenji McBonn
Noer Joshua
Nordstrom Jay
Northway Travis
Oberg Cecilia
Olson Travis
Olson Andrew
Omayo Jackson
Orput James
Otten Michael
Ouellette Marc
Pagel Tyler
Patten Linsey
Pederson Adam
Peltonen Cody
Penning Tovah
Penrose Christopher
Perez Ricky
Peter Jonathan
Peterson Matthew
Peterson Henning
Peterson Drew
Phandanouvong Sylvester
Phommasane Anthony
Poitra Jason
Pollei Zach
Prowizor Julian
Quicksell Thomas
Quien Joshua
Ramsingh Nicholas
Rans Jonathan
Reinertson Austin
Ricks Darren
Riley Jerome
Ritt Christopher
Ritzman Jacob
Roberts Cory
Rono Makto
Rosecrans Caleb
Saltness Christian
Sanders Jamauria
Schmalz Quintin
Scholl Martin
Schulz Patrick
Schulzetenberg Will
Schurhammer Nicholas
Scollick Jeremy
Sederberg Ryan
Sheppard Jason
Shore Brandon
Skattum Ross
Sloneker Justin
Smith Luis
Smith Gabriel
Smoter Devyn
Somers Rebekah
Sosa Eric
Springer Siri
Stang Dylan
Starwood Christopher
Stearns Tanner
Steffens Paul
Strand Jacob
Sullivan Jesse
Swanson Ian
Swanson Megan
Szumowski Dustin
Tatsak Cole
Thao Jesse
Thiel Erica
Thiery Anthony
Thompson Kathleen
Thompson Andrew
Thurnau Nicholas
Tomann Alek
Treat Daniel
Tully Mark
Turnbull John
Unger Andrew
Vail Gabriel
VanderVorste Adam
VanDoeren Julian
Vang Thong
VanScoik Sean
Virnala JJ
Vue Tou
Walesch Nicholas
Webster Thomas
Wegner Jacob
Weides Robert
Weinmann Kevin
Weis Kenneth
Welsh Matthew
White Beverly
White Reid
Wieden Darren
Williams Bradley
Willis Connor
Wittebort Arthur
Wolters Samual
Yang Say Vue
Yang David
Zaniewski Zachary
Zawadski Mary

Radiologic Technology graduates honored at Pinning Ceremony

Eight students recently graduated from Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology program.

Class of Spring 2017 Rad Tech grads with their instructors

Class of Spring 2017 Rad Tech grads and their instructors

Eight of Dunwoody’s Radiologic Technology students officially graduated on Thursday, July 13, at a Pinning Ceremony where they were honored for the successful completion of the program.

After a day of celebration, the program graduates completed the AART National Exam the following day. All eight students passed the exam.

The College’s Rad Tech graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree over two years (four semesters and two summer sessions). During this time, students rotate between 10-15 different clinics and hospitals in the Twin Cities area, including North Memorial Hospital. The variety of clinical sites allows students to work with real patients in every healthcare setting and situation–from level-one trauma centers to geriatric hospitals–before graduating. There are two graduating cohorts per year–one in July and one in December.

 Students graduate with honors

During the Pinning Ceremony, Rad Tech faculty and staff also recognized students with various awards. Congratulations to the following graduates:

Dunwoody Clinical Excellence Award: Brittney Tompkins
This award is given to a student who exemplifies the ideal behavior in a clinical environment. This student works well with students, staff technologists, and other clinical instructors in their clinical setting. The student receiving the Clinical Excellence Award personifies the type of student that Dunwoody and the Radiologic Technology Program would want every student to strive to be in their clinical setting.

Best Patient Care Award: Brandi Hanisch
This award is given to a student who demonstrates superior care to the patients that they work with during their clinical rotations. The student selected for this award ensures that the patient comes first and that all the needs and concerns that a patient may have are taken care of.

 Academic Achievement Award: Justin Larson
This award is given to one graduating student from each of the academic platforms at Dunwoody. The nominees for the award have a high attendance rate and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other considerations for the award are based on work ethic, extra-curricular participation, the pursuit of excellence, self-awareness, and leadership.

 Best Team Player Award: Shelby Wittibslager
This award s given to a student who exemplifies the meaning of the phrase “team player.” This student takes it upon themselves to seek out work and help out in all areas in the Radiology Department, and also works well with other students, department technologists, and clinical instructors. They are the first person to lend a willing hand when help is needed.

 

Dunwoody students study abroad in Cuba

Eight Dunwoody students have another bullet to add to their résumé (and a lot of photos to add to their portfolios) thanks to a recent study aboard trip to Cuba!

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Architecture students Alex Stanley, Celina Nelson, and Gianna Madison; Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology student Patrick Kowal; Construction Project Management student Kate Anderson; and Construction Management students Freddy Jara, Aaron Davis, and Jake Benson-Devine joined Senior Instructor Alex Wong, Program Manager Heather Gay, and Dean Bridget Reynolds on the nine-day adventure late last month.

During their trip, students had the opportunity to experience the city-life of Havana, the small town charm of Santa Clara, the history behind Trinidad port, and the captivating beauty of Topes De Collantes National Park.

Trip highlights included:
Havana
  • Studying the reconstruction and restoration of Havanna
  • Learning what technical education looks like in another country
  • Experiencing different types of food and music
Santa Clara
  • Learning what construction materials and methods are used for restoration projects in a more rural area
  • Learning how smaller educational institutions train students for jobs
  • Understanding how a construction site is prepared in another country
Trinidad
  • Discovering the national influences and inspirations behind the port’s design
  • Seeing the many different goods being imported and exported
  • Learning the history behind residential design and how pirates and weather played a role
  • Studying the evolution of the port’s economy and society

Topes De Collantes National Park

  • Hiking the Escambray Mountains
  • Swimming in the basin of a waterfall
Trip photos:

The College plans to offer another study abroad trip summer of 2018.

To learn more about the 2017 Study Abroad trip, visit: https://cubacmgt1901.wordpress.com