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College celebrates 100th Founders Day

President Rich Wagner delivered the following address to the  college community at a Founders Day All-College Assembly on Friday, Dec. 12. The College’s 100th Founders Day occurred on Sunday, Dec. 14.


To start, I want to read a short piece from the Last Will and Testament of William Hood Dunwoody.

“Believing that in the multiplied facilities for obtaining a liberal education by the youth of this state, enough attention has not been given to instruction in the industrial and mechanical arts, therefore, it is my purpose and desire to establish and endow a school to be called the ‘William Hood Dunwoody Industrial Institute’ wherein shall be taught industrial and mechanical arts, giving special importance to the different handicraft and useful trades.”

After William’s death, his wife Kate worked with community leaders to organize and create the structures for this new school that made their dream a reality. On December 14, 1914, Kate attended the opening ceremonies as 80 students and 7 instructors started classes in four programs…and here we are 100 years later.

It is hard to believe: one hundred years of changing lives, providing hope, and building better communities through technical education. William and Kate Dunwoody saw a need and through their visionary leadership and philanthropy wanted, in their words — “to provide for all time a place.” And what a place it has become!

To reflect on all the accomplishments of Dunwoody’s faculty and staff and of Dunwoody’s alumni and students over our first 100 years is overwhelming.

The faculty and staff of Dunwoody:

  • Created and implemented the educational model that is the gold standard for career and technical education and has resulted in Dunwoody being called the birthplace of technical education
  • Provide a unique educational experience that helps students realize their maximum potential
  • Started technical education programs across the globe
  • And today are leading the technical education renaissance

Dunwoody alumni have:

  • Changed companies through the leadership and technical expertise they bring into the world of work
  • Changed industries by creating companies and creating new technologies and processes that revolutionized things like fiberglass welding, microchip processing, and sugar free fat-free commercial baking
  • With the good jobs and great careers a Dunwoody education affords they have changed the world by building better communities as active and productive citizens — in the words of our founders they have “fit themselves for the better performance of life’s duties.”

It is incredible to think that the vision of two humble people has had such a profound impact —an impact that can be seen throughout the Twin Cities, the State of Minnesota and across the globe.

So today we reflect on the significance of Dunwoody and we attempt to understand our place in this great history:

Faculty and staff — not only are you part of the legacy, but you preserve our traditions while helping us reach for the future. Your commitment to the mission of the College keeps us focused and your dedication to our students creates a unique learning environment and distinguishes Dunwoody as the leader in hands-on student centric learning.

Students you are the next chapter in Dunwoody’s storied history. And from what you’ve shown us so far in the results of the competitions in which you participate in many of our programs; the quality of your work displayed across the campus; and what is happening every day in the classroom we can rest assured that the next chapter is going to be even better!

In this this room we see the Dunwoody’s dream, we feel the presence of the Dunwoody’s spirit, and we take great satisfaction in knowing that William and Kate Dunwoody are proud of all the people that have been positively touched by their vision.

It is so cool to look around this room and see all of us gathered together: the people that are Dunwoody. Dunwoody’s legacy isn’t about a building. It’s about a place. And that place is defined, and continues to be defined, by people — all of us and all of those who have gone before. Together we have created for all time a place!

Stay commitment, be proud because together — we are Dunwoody!

Brenda Piliego-Geniz receives $15,000 scholarship from Minneapolis Rotary Club

Pictured (l-r): YCAP Manager Peggy Quam, Architecture student Brenda Piliego-Geniz, and President Emeritus Dr. C. Ben Wright. Piliego-Geniz is holding a skin diagram she created in her studio class using SketchUp. The diagram shows what a house looks like when it is pulled apart and the materials are exposed.

Pictured (l-r): YCAP Manager Peggy Quam, Architecture student Brenda Piliego-Geniz, and President Emeritus Dr. C. Ben Wright. Piliego-Geniz is holding a skin diagram she created in her studio class using SketchUp. The diagram shows what a house looks like when it is pulled apart and the materials are exposed.

Architecture student Brenda Piliego-Geniz, of Arden Hills, recently received a $15,000 scholarship from The Minneapolis Rotary Club to assist her studies at Dunwoody. Piliego-Geniz is a participant in the College’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP). YCAP enhances the career opportunities of under-represented youth, by empowering them to graduate from high school and obtain a degree from Dunwoody.

For the past 20 years the Minneapolis Rotary Club has granted a scholarship to a student in the YCAP program. Piliego-Geniz was selected as the scholarship recipient because of her GPA and involvement in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. She received the scholarship check at the rotary breakfast on Oct. 29–which she was accompanied to by Dunwoody President Emeritus Dr. C. Ben Wright, Senior Development Officer Mary Meador and YCAP Manager Peggy Quam.

“I want to say thank you for the scholarship. It really means a lot to me because I am the youngest of four and the first to go to college, and I have nobody to ask what the experience was for them and how they got through it,” Piliego-Geniz said.

She added that the scholarship allows to her focus on her schoolwork instead of worrying about how she is going to pay for her education.

For more information about Dunwoody’s YCAP program, visit

Construction Sciences & Building Technology fish house to be raffled Dec. 6

 On Oct. 17 and 18 Construction Sciences & Building Technology students built a Minnesota Bound-themed fish house for Fish House Frenzy Twin Cities.

Minnesota Bound-themed fish house

Teams from Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Kraus-Anderson Construction also participated in the 24-hour construction competition to raise funds for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, which makes critical repairs for homeowners in need–particularly older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with small children and members of the armed forces.

While the other fish houses were auctioned off already, the Dunwoody team’s fish house is still available via raffle to be drawn on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Joe’s Sporting Goods, 33 East County Road B, St. Paul.

In addition to raising money for a good cause, the students learned about the importance of preparation and teamwork.

Students learned through trial and error how to manage people and time. During a recap session they shared ideas about technical and management problems that arose,” said Senior Instructor James Strapko. “For example, they agreed on the value of preparation and following the drawings. They also recognized the need for establishing clear lines of authority and matching work crews with tasks.”

Through the competition construction students formed partnerships with other Dunwoody programs. The College’s HVAC and Electrical students provided some labor and materials for this year’s project, and Interior Design students have expressed interest in participating with the College’s Fish House Frenzy team next year.

Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Joe’s Sporting Goods, 33 East County Road B, St. Paul.  Tickets are $20. To purchase raffle tickets, email

MDES students visit Modern Metals Foundry Inc. for putter casting project

Engineering Drafting & Design students in the Product Design class recently visited Modern Metals Foundry Inc. in Bloomington, Minn. The visit is part of a golf putter design project the students are working on.


Before the students visited the foundry, Dan Taylor, pattern maker and partial owner of Modern Metals, spent a day in the classroom working with 21 students to create golf putter designs and follow boards that could be easily cast in aluminum.


“At the foundry the students were able to watch the actual process of packing the sand into a core and cavity using one of their putter patterns and follow boards,” said Senior Instructor Andrew LeRoy. “The sand was hardened using a CO2 process. Finally the sprue and runners were cut into the mold and the liquid aluminum was poured into the mold by hand using a ladle. After a cooling period the part was removed and then brought into the grinding area to clean it up.”


When all the putter parts are complete they will be returned to the students to do the final machining of the putters striking faces and installation of the shaft and grip.


“This project makes the design process come to life from conception through final manufacturing of a part using required standards from industry. It is very realistic and mirrors what graduates will face in industry on a smaller scale,” LeRoy said. “Modern Metals has been integral to the MDES program for several years and they really make an invaluable contribution.”

Putter Contest
For this project the students are required to ensure their putter meets United States Golf Association standards of weight and design. In mid to late November the students will host a putting contest for Dunwoody faculty, staff and students–who will be asked to vote for which putter they think is best. The winner will be listed on a trophy displayed in the Robotics & Manufacturing department.


Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2014 spring  semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Amjed Ali
Nicholas Amor
Nathan Anders
Benjamin Anderson
Charles Anderson
Dane Anderson
John Anderson
Patrick Anderson
Peter Anderson
Erik Andreska
Nicholas Arneson
Grant Aslakson
Justin Aune
Tyler Bares
Maria Bebel
Jake Benson-Devine
Stephen Berguetski
Aaron Bivins
Amelia Blakeley
Wade Blanton
Kyle Blouin
William Bobick
Blake Bodine
Colin Bolser
Travis Bonnstetter
Zachary Boyd
Aaron Breid
Brett Broekema
Joseph Brown
Thomas Brown
Timothy Bryant
Timothy Budge
John Bungert
Stephanie Burdorf
Jacob Bursott
Brett Butler
Scott Byzewski
Joseph Cadorette
Cory Cadwell
Jonathan Carlson
Myles Carlson
Thomas Carmichiel
Robert Carson
Drake Chapman
Maxwell Chenoweth
Kevin Clausen
Nicholas Conniff
John Cornelius
Shannon Corpe
Jared Courtney
Jessica Curtis
Brady Dalton
Brian Dehn
Joshua Dehncke
Thomas DeMars
James Demos
Damien Dicken
Mark Donlin
Kent Duffney
Ruben Duran
Timothy Easter
Daniel Emery
Erin Erickson
Nicholas Ernst
Andrew Esch
Nathaniel Evenson
Steven Fay
Allison Fedie
Andrew Flagg
Michael Flahave
James Flannigan
Nicholas Freeland
Nicholas Frostin
Jesse Gable
Sarah Gagnon
Martin Garcia
Joel Greimel
Jacob Gruber
Brady Grummons
Bradley Guetter
Charles Gunderson
Ibrahim Haji
David Hall
Josiah Hanka
Christopher Hansen
Logan Hapy
Christopher Harrington
Ryan Harstad
Benjamin Harvey
Amber Hattenberger
Andrew Haug
Danielle Haugen
Montgomery Have
Brandon Hedberg
Kyle Heitschmidt
Benjamin Hendrikse
Christopher Herd
James Herman
Justin Herman
Serjio Hernandez
Matthew Heshiser
Karl Hilde
Robert Hoagland
David Hofgren
Nathan Hole
Samuel Holtberg
Andrew Hoogenakker
Megan Howell
Andrew Hrbacek
Kyle Huberty
Logan Hunt
Ashley Hurner
Jacob Huseby
Dustin Irmiter
Samuel Isaacson
Randy Iverson
Jamison James
Joel Jameson
Nicholas Jepson
Will Jernigan
Chase Jessen
Chad Johnson
Jeffrey Johnson
Molly Johnson
Oladipo Johnson
Andrew Kampa
Evan Kangas
Nicole Kehren
Brent Kirchgasler
Zachariah Klein
Sean Knollmaier
Zeth Knyphausen
Dmitriy Komarov
Joseph Kooiman
Anthony Kopp
Bradley Kovalak
Samuel Kragh
Adam Krause
Edo Krivdic
Maria Ksiazek
Charlotte LaCour
Sean LaFontaine
Matthew Lambert
Meghan Larson
Quinn Larson
Jason Latts
Vincent Lecuyer
Scott Leighton
Ryan Lesetmoe
Christopher Lester
Ari Levie
Brandon Lindberg
Benjamin Little
Alexander Lord
Tanner Luhm
Heidi Lund
Joseph Machtemes
Evan Makinen
Timothy Malkovich
Chad Marchetti
Zachary Martell
Benjamin Marti
Peter McCain
Daniel McCusker
Patrick McDonald
Peter McDonald
Joshua McElhaney
Keegan Melton
Jihad Merrick
Frank Mersch
Kera Messinger
Michael Miazga
Lewis Miller
David Millman
Jason Millner
Alexander Mjos
Jonathon Monson
Maik Mosbach
Daniel Mueller
Jade Murray
Mickey Muza
Joseph Myhre
Nathanial Nagel
John Nelsen
Celina Nelson
Deven Nelson
Benjamin Newkirk-Ledo
Jonathan Newstrom
Joseph Ngaima
Luan Nguyen
Phat Nguyen
Joseph Niewendorp
Maurice Nitti
Al Nobello
Maggie Nordlocken
Michael O’Connor
Sean O’Leary
Nicholas Obermiller
Adam Oknich
Evan Olson
Jerry Opp
Joseph Packer
Joseph Paese
Anthony Palo
Brian Parsons
Alyx Paschke
Jacob Paulus
John Pauly
Timothy Paynter
Ira Peden
Samuel Pederson
Fernando Pereyra
James Persian
Marchel Perzhu
Anthony Petersen
Jon Peterson
David Petit
Deena Pettit
Christopher Pilling
Daniel Piper
Ivan Piskun
Jesse Platzke
Christopher Prose
Vishal Punsammy
Shannon Raines
Cody Reed
Lee Reiners
Timothy Ritter
Brandon Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Nicole Rodriguez Mata
Jorell Rohan
Jonathan Roorda
James Rowell
Christopher Rubio
Jessica Ruscheinsky
Andrew Ryan
Dianna Ryan
Jessica Ryan
David Rybak
Steven Sabalaskey
Nicholas Saeko
Kirsten Sahl
Pete Sajadi
Sean Schaefer
Dennis Schnellman
Matthew Schon
Claire Schuebel
Daniel Schuler
Nicholas Sheridan
Shaun Sheridan
Benjamin Sherman
Matthew Shevich
Benjamin Shiek
Matthew Silvernail
Peter Singleton
Brady Skaurud
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Ian Smith
Jeffrey Smith
Matthew Snyder
Peter Sobolik
Joseph Sohns
Nicholas Stadler
Tanner Stearns
Nicholas Stein
Mike Steinman
Daniel Stellburg
Karl Stoffels
Dmitri Strohman
Collin Sturdevant
Marc Svihel
Aaron Swandal
Brian Swennes
Travis Szkotak
Zaaj Thao
Ryan Tobin
Thang Tran
Sean Tyson
Christopher Uttke
Brian Vang
Jamie VanHauer
Bastian VanHofwegen
Edwin Viehman
Adam Voelker
Kyle Vogt
John Volinkaty
William Walinski
Shelby Walker
Kristin Warren
William Washatka
Caleb Wede
Kenneth Weis
Daniel Wenderski
Scott Wessel
Jacob Wheeler
Derek Whitcomb
Jason White
Jacob Whiteoak
Curtis Wilcox-Schowalter
David Willenbring
Amanda Williams
Anya Williams
Michael Wilson
Jeffrey Wiplinger
Douglas Wojack
Jesse Wold
Craig Woodward
Joe Yang
Pheng Yang
Matthew Yank
Craig Yundt
Roman Zastavskiy
Mathias Zoubek


Pre-Media Technologies students design mural for Interior Design hallway

Pre-Media Technologies students designed and printed a new mural now on display outside the Interior Design classrooms.

Before the start of spring 2014 semester Interior Design Program Manager Colleen Schmaltz approached Pre-Media Technologies Instructor Shelly Fitterer about creating a mural to display her students’ interior design work.

Fitterer said Schmaltz’s request came at the perfect time as her nine-week Wide Format Production class was about to start. She said the mural project was a great addition to the curriculum because it gave her students real world experience seeing a job go from concept to finished product.

Schmaltz presented the Interior Design team’s mural idea to the Pre-Media students and provided images of interior design student work.

“The Pre-Media students then each came up with their own designs based on the client’s needs,” Fitterer said. “They presented their designs to Colleen who shared the designs with her team and chose the final design.”

The winning design, created by Ellie Persian features 24 virtual Revit design drawings created by Dunwoody Interior Design students and the phrase “Design Changes Everything.”

The 90-inch tall and 119-inch wide mural was designed using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Students printed the mural on a Cannon ipf8100 wide format printer, cold laminated it and installed it on the wall.

Through the process Fitterer says her students learned about teamwork, file preparation, deadlines, machine operation, measuring, troubleshooting, wall mural layout and working with a client.

Persian said the project was a fun way to learn about new technology and gain experience collaborating with a client.

For more information about the Pre-Media Technologies program, visit

For more information about the Interior Design program, visit .

Architectural Drafting & Design students win Hole Design trophy at Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built won the award for 2014 Top Hole Design at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.


—————————————————-Architectural Drafting & Design students design golf hole for Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody’s Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built will be featured at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament features professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system. Golfers can visit for registration and ticket information.

This year’s theme is “Minneapolis Neighborhoods — Putt the City.” Teams were challenged to create a golf hole that captures the personalities of the city’s communities.

Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

This is the first year Dunwoody has participated in the charity event. Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

“This structural metaphor claims Hennepin Avenue as the original neighborhood, the Minneapolis section of a Native American path through the Midwest known as the Spirit Lake Trail,” explained Senior Instructor John Dwyer. “The structure is composed to invert our common perceptions of the city. The top layers represent the less perceivable topography and geology. The lower layers represent the more easily perceivable streets and neighborhood delineations.”

The Skyway Open is hosted by the Downtown Network and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. For more information about the event, visit



Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology now offered during the day

Starting in August 2014 Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology will be offered as a daytime program at Dunwoody College.

The program has been offered at Dunwoody since the early 1920s, but starting in 2001 classes only became available in the evenings.

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness (pictured center) works with students using Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers

Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness says the switch to days will result in larger class sizes. He says evening programs tend to attract smaller classes generally made up of non-typical students who are changing careers.

“We would like to have full classes of graduates,” Ness said. “We feel the switch to daytime classes is necessary to attract the number of students that the industry will need in the years to come.”

The switch to daytime classes isn’t the only change for the program.

“We are in the process of introducing an updated curriculum to keep up with an industry that is constantly in flux,” Ness said. “There is new equipment on the doorstep–imaging, laser scanning and unmanned vehicles–that will revolutionize the industry. We need to be ready to integrate these technologies into the curriculum when they become adopted by the industry.”

Ness says many of Minnesota’s licensed surveyors have graduated from Dunwoody. He’s confident the recent changes to Dunwoody’s program will ensure employers continue to have plenty of quality civil engineering technicians available for hire after graduation.

For more information about Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology, go to