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Dunwoody’s 2011 Employee Awards

At this year’s annual Employee Celebration, faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions to Dunwoody’s success.

The Outstanding Team Award was presented to the Semester Guidance Team whose teamwork and steadfast attention to detail, which will aide in a smooth transition from quarters to semesters.

The Outstanding Academic Innovation Award was presented to Mark Carter (Welding Technology), Tim Flugum (Arts & Sciences), Pete Rivard (Graphics & Printing Technology) and Kevin Wendt (Web Programming & Database Development). These awards were nominated by faculty and staff. These awards were given to individuals whose ingenuity added to the Dunwoody culture, programs, curriculum or overall experience.

Instructor of the Year Awards were made based on nominations from students of instructors who showed excellence and commitment in the classroom. James Nyberg (Engineering Drafting & Design), Cindy Martimo (Interior Design) and Bob Brandon (Automotive) received this honor.

Al Jaedike  (Engineering Drafting & Design) received the Distinguished Teacher Award and was presented with a medallion to wear with his academic regalia that was created by the faculty in Machining Technology.
The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award, which is awarded to an employee whose work for the college is consistently outstanding, was awarded to two employees this year: Carla Pogliano and Heather Gay.

Director of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Carla Pogliano’s nominator Ann Iverson, dean of learning, chief academic affairs officer, expressed gratitude for Carla’s “unprecedented determination” to ensure Dunwoody’s regulatory compliance. Ann said, “Carla maintains a constant ‘can help and will help’ attitude, which is reflected in her unwavering work ethic.”

Heather Gay, construction supervision senior instructor, received the award in recognition of her “high quality, innovating curriculum and engaging instruction,” as nominated by Bridget Reynolds, academic director for architectural drafting & estimating, construction supervision and HVAC. Heather took Historic Green Chapter students to New Orleans for service learning as well as involving students in Rebuilding Together – Twin Cities.

Congratulations to all of the employees who received awards!

Dunwoody Spring Commencement

The Orpheum Theatre marquee

Saturday, June 11, 2011, marked Dunwoody College of Technology’s first Commencement held off campus — in the beautiful and historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.

More than 1,350 family members and friend attended the Commencement to support their graduates.

Construction Project Supervision graduate Steve Domeier took the podium as the student speaker.

“Being in college was not always easy for me,” Domeier said. “I was able to overcome many of the obstacles with the support of the Dunwoody staff, fellow students and family.”

Domeier encouraged his fellow grads to contribute their talents in the workplace and community.

A 1956 Graphic Arts graduate, Howard Siewert, served as the keynote speaker. Howard is the founder of Ideal Printers.

Siewert’s words provided humor and perspective. The key messages of his speech included the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, taking advantage of opportunities and developing friendships -. He ended with this note:

“Believe me, and I say this with a bit of prejudice, if I’m out applying for a job, I would much rather have Dunwoody College of Technology on my resume …Congratulations to all of you for sticking with your chosen career plan and receiving your degree today. I am sure 50 years from now you will feel as I do, it was a good thing to have done. ”

Graduates receiving attendance awards, Latin honors, and honor society members were recognized by President Rich Wagner. After all 287 graduates in attendance received their degrees and recessed from the theatre, a gauntlet of faculty and staff applauded and congratulated them as they exited on to Hennepin Avenue.

Afterward, grads could be seen in their regalia throughout downtown Minneapolis celebrating with family and friends.

Dunwoody Spring Fling Carnival 2011

Dunwoody’s end of the year celebration was held Thursday, May 26. The Spring Fling Carnival, which is sponsored by Dunwoody’s Student Government Association, featured Wii games, poker, 3-on-3 basketball, spin art, carnival fare, volleyball, palm reading and much more.

The opportunity to soak faculty and staff in the dunk tank was a spectator and participant favorite. President Rich Wagner and Instructor Tim Flugum were a few of the “dunkees” who fell victim to some great throws by students, faculty and staff.

Watch a short video of the day’s “funtivities” here.

Winter Quarter 2011 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the Dunwoody College of Technology students who are on the Winter Quarter Dean’s List. Nearly 390 Dunwoody students achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher to qualify for inclusion on the Dean’s List.

Joseph Ackerman, HVAC Systems Servicing
Roger Albrecht, Computer Networking Technician
Bakri Ali, Applied Management
Brian Anderson, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology
Jessica Anderson, Architectural Drafting & Estimating Technology
Rochelle Anderson, Interior Design
Travis Armstrong, Heating & Cooling HVAC Systems Servicing
Jershon Baker, Machining Technology
Logan Ballone, Welding
Jason Barry, Welding
Lucas Beck, PrePress and Finishing Technologiess Technologies
Kaitlin Becker, Interior Design

For the complete list of students, please view our Dean’s List page on the Dunwoody website. Again, congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment.