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Elftmann Student Success Center Receives 1st Place Website Excellence Award

WEA1-2015_NCLCA-LSCHEThe Elftmann Student Success Center (ESSC) received first place in the 2015 NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Awards competition, which was announced earlier this month.

The Website Excellence Award is awarded annually to  a postsecondary learning support center that’s website exhibits accuracy, support and strong student engagement.

Elftmann Student Success Center staff left to right: Teresa Milligan, Ross Brower, Eeris Fritz

Elftmann Student Success Center staff left to right: Teresa Milligan, Ross Brower, Eeris Fritz

The competition–co-sponsored by the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (LSCHE) and the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)– is open to all college and university learning center websites. This is Dunwoody’s second time entering and placing in the competition. The ESSC also received third place in 2012.

The Elftmann Student Success Center’s mission is to provide quality academic support and development to all Dunwoody students. Currently, the center includes support services such as tutoring, Guided Study Recitations, tip sheets, a technical video library, a Math Center, and a Writing Center.

“The changes in learning support within higher education have made it necessary for centers such as ours to get creative about how to support academics, and how to be responsive to changing student needs,” said Teresa Milligan, Senior Instructor and website manager. “Winning this award means we’ve made great strides toward providing that support.”

Students studying in the Elftmann Student Success Center

Elftmann Student Success Center

Websites qualified for the NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award must meet nearly 30 different set criteria, including an up-to-date announcements section; working alt labels on all graphics; a detailed history of the center; and recent photos of both students and faculty active in the center. All website content must meet the standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

“In the higher education landscape, this award has really allowed Dunwoody—a non-profit, private, technical college—to act as an exemplar and represent a sector of higher education that is often overlooked. This award has given us a chance to be recognized and promote positive changes,” said Milligan.

Milligan will accept the NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award on the center’s behalf October 6, at the NCLCA Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Learn more about the support services the Elftmann Student Success Center provides.

Alumni Brick Installation Holds Great Meaning to Dunwoody Employee

Axel Jr. holding brickPrincipal Math Instructor Eeris Fritz and her 90-year-old father Axel M. Fritz Jr. placed a memorial brick in honor of Eeris’ grandfather, Axel M. Fritz Sr., earlier this summer.
Axel Sr. was a 1920 welding graduate from Dunwoody Industrial Institute. His diploma–which hangs in Eeris’ office–was signed by Charles A. Prosser, a pioneer in vocational education and Dunwoody’s director at that time.

Axel Jr. proudly shared that his father’s success was attributed to hisAxel Jr. placing brick into walkway training at Dunwoody. Axel Sr. went on to becoming an executive at Union Brass and Metal. Axel Sr. died in 1963 but his legacy lives on.

Axel Sr.’s memorial brick is part of the alumni walkway outside of Carlson Commons.

For more information on alumni bricks, please contact our Alumni Department at or 612-381-3064.

Computer Technology Department Hosts Summer Arts-n-Crafts, Robots and Computing Camp

Dunwoody’s Computer Technology Department recently hosted an Arts-n-Crafts, Robots and Computing Summer Camp–a weeklong educational camp for junior high school students ranging in grades from 5th – 8th.

Student examining Lego robot

The camp brought 20 students to Dunwoody’s campus where they learned the basics of computing through multiple arts and crafts projects–including the assembly of Lego robots and the creation of their very own interactive, electronic game or phone app.

The games/phone applications, created by either Scratch (a programming language and online community) or App Inventor (a program used to create apps specific for Android phones and tablets,) provided campers with an opportunity to enhance their programming and creativity skills, while experiencing first hand what a career in programming or web development might look likeTwo students working on computers .

“One of the students created a virtual paper doll with changeable outfits,” said Web Programming & Database Development Instructor Paula Merns. “Another created a game where a skydiver caught money as he fell. The logic used in creative ways exactly mimics what programmers do when they get onto a job.”

Student holding Lego robotMerns says the student-designed Lego robot sculptures were also highly interactive. “One team created a ‘Tunneling Robot’ that started upon touch, and then changed lights when it reached the back of a dark space. Another created a robot cat that wagged it’s tail when petted (see picture to the left).”

The campers were also able to explore—and even test—many of Dunwoody’s robotic machines as well as participate in an interactive, electronic scavenger hunt in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Students watching a robotic demonstration

Dunwoody’s Arts-n-Crafts, Robots and Computing Camp is not only the first of it’s kind for Dunwoody, but also a first for many of the campers, as it combines the world of arts into science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines…turning the popular STEM acronym into STEAM.

“Technology and art work together all around us. This camp gave the campers a chance to play with that intersection,” said Merns.

RStudents outside on a scavenger huntob Bentz, Program Manager of Computer Technology, said, “Ultimately, we chose to run the camp to introduce junior high level kids to technology. There is research, for girls in particular, that shows junior high is where decisions are made to pursue technical or engineering type jobs in the future. We hoped we could persuade a few of our campers to consider just that.”

The camp is expected to run again in summer 2016.

For additional photos of the 2015 camp, visit our Facebook page.

Top Tool CEO Shares Personal and Powerful Message on Leadership

On Thursday, August 6, Elizabeth Abraham shared her personal journey – from an early career as a psychologist to the current CEO and Owner of a precision micro-parts manufacturing company. Abraham was the featured speaker in August for the C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series at Dunwoody College of Technology.

Abraham speaking Abraham related her powerful personal story to a series of leadership lessons ranging from learning from your mistakes to surrounding yourself with a great team.

A licensed psychologist, Abraham grew up in New England and taught at the Chicago Medical School in the 1970s. She also did small business consulting and taught Marketing & Small Business Development at the University of St. Thomas and at the Carlson School of Management. All of those experiences helped shape her leadership values, which have become part of the Top Tool culture.

Founded in 1966, Top Tool Company was a tool and die shop that created precision progressive dies, which manufactures used to make metal parts for electronic devices and other products. After purchasing the company with her husband in 1987, Abraham diversified the company into metal stamping and manufacturing of precision micro-parts and has seen annual double-digit growth since 2010. Top Tool has also steadily gained new customers in the defense and medical device industries.

Abraham believes strongly in giving back and has served on numerous boards, including the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and the Minnesota Manufacturer’s Coalition of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. She was also a founding member of the Women Leaders in Manufacturing Council.

For her leadership and advocacy of the manufacturing industry, Abraham received the “American Eagle Award” from the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. She was also named an “Industry Leader of the Year” by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Abraham & Ylinen smiling

The breakfast lecture series is held the first Thursday of every month and features key executives from the business community, who are invited to speak on a range of leadership topics. The next event will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and will feature Russell Becker, President and CEO of APi Group, Inc. For more information, or to view past events, visit:

ASHRAE Donates $2,000 Scholarship to Second Year Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Student

Representatives from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) stopped by Dunwoody College of Technology on July 7 to hand deliver a $2,000 scholarship check.

The check will be awarded to a student (or potentially more than one student) entering his/her second year of the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

ASHRAE & Dunwoody representatives holding check

Pictured from left to right: Rob Warnke, REHAU, ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Treasurer; Vin Gupta, 3M, ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Scholarship Chair; Chuck Taft, Dunwoody College of Technology, Dunwoody ASHRAE Student Branch Advisor; Tom Walters, MAG Mechanical, Dunwoody Alum and ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Student Liaison; Cindy Olson, Dunwoody College of Technology.

The $2,000 scholarship will be put towards the awarded student’s tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year. Upon completion of the program, the winning student will also be able to meet with ASHRAE representatives to discuss his/her future career in HVAC&R.

The scholarship will be awarded for the Spring 2016 Semester.

Click to learn more about the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program or Dunwoody’s ASHRAE Student Branch.

Robotics & Manufacturing Department Hosts Summer STEM Camp

Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing department hosted the College’s first ever STEM Camp June 23-25.

Group shot of STEM Camp students

The camp—sponsored by Boston Scientific—introduced STEM programs/careers like mechanical, civil, electrical, software and industrial engineering to 37 high school juniors and seniors.

Student wiring electronic flashlight During the camp, students were able to participate in group lectures and brainstorming exercises, watch faculty-led demonstrations and explore the College’s classrooms and campus. Campers also engaged in multiple hands-on activities including bridge building and testing; designing, 3D printing and wiring a flashlight; creating a software business plan for a food truck business; and a large Lego manufacturing simulation led by Boston Scientific engineers (pictured below.)

STEM camp students working on a Lego manufacturing simulation The 3-day camp also covered topics in science, physics and mathematics.

“It’s important for students interested in STEM to understand all of the options available to them,” Industrial Engineering Technology Principle Instructor and camp coordinator Janet Nurnberg said. “And although this camp just scratched the surface of STEM opportunities, we are excited to help students along their journey of exploring their future career options.”

Janet says the Robotics & Manufacturing Department has plans to run the camp again next summer.

For additional photos of the 2015 camp, visit our Facebook page.

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Student Surprised with Tool Grant

Earlier this spring, ABRA Auto Body partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and awarded 10 collision repair students with tool grants.

With the help of Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Principal Instructor Bruce Graffunder, Dunwoody student Anthony Pung learned he was one of those students during a class lecture:

The grant—open to high school seniors and/or post-secondary students studying collision repair—provided the winning students with the opportunity to select $2,000 worth of Snap-On tools and equipment from a list of entry-level body tools.

Anthony smiling after receiving tools from ABRA representatives

A few weeks after learning he was a grant winner, Anthony was able to meet representatives from ABRA and select his desired tools.


“The grant will make a huge difference in my life by providing me with the tools that I need to be successful in my career path,” said Anthony.

Anthony is currently an intern at Albertville Body Shop where he is learning and performing a wide variety of collision repair practices. Upon completion of his internship in August, Anthony will graduate from with an associate’s degree in Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing.

Anthony plans to use the awarded tools as a starter set for his future employment as a body technician.

Dunwoody College Of Technology’s 2015 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s spring semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher, while being a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits.)

Alexandra About
Jay Abrahamson
David Adey
Nathan Anders
Charles Anderson
Matthew Anderson
Moustafa Arafa
Nicholas Arneson
Joseph Aspelin
Brandon Autey
Matthew Backus
Lawal Bada
Tyler Bares
Jake Benson-Devine
Alexander Biggs
Colin Black
Ryan Blaha
Jacob Blue
William Bobick
Brittney Boie
Alex Boline
Alex Brand
Nicholas Brenk
Tyler Brezinsky
Richard Brodala
Brett Broekema
Amanda Bronson
Ethan Brule
Jeremy Brunell
Miranda Butler
Kayla Canfield
Anna Carlson
Robert Carson
Kevin Clausen
Ryan Cleary
Bryan Coats
Caleb Coleman
Jared Courtney
Katherine Cramer
Sean Curry
Randy Dahlberg
Brady Dalton
Augustus Danig
Brandon Davis
Darren Davis
Brian Dehn
James Demos
David Dietz
Nathan Donahoe
Mandi Drevlow
Jamie Dulebohn
Scott Duncan
Parker Dunn
Ruben Duran
Timothy Easter
Daniel Emery
Joel Epstein
Rami Erickson
Ryan Fales
Allison Fedie
Matthew Ferguson
Rachel Fisher
Andrew Flagg
Mitchell Formo
Nicholas Freeland
Jesse Gable
Zachary Gabler
Anthony Gabriel
Sarah Gagnon
Francis Garsulao
Barton Genovese
Mark Gerold
Craig Gorman
Christine Goyette
Joel Greimel
Jacob Gretz
Ryan Grigoleit
Jacob Gruber
Brady Grummons
William Grundy
Charles Guelcher
Andrhea Gulden
David Haerle
Bryant Hale
Keven Halloran
Steven Hanson
Jacob Hardie
Benjamin Harvey
Andrew Haug
Brandon Hedberg
Henry Henk
Andrew Henry
Josh Henry
Peng Her
James Herman
Matthew Heshiser
Aidan Hicks
Karl Hilde
Vincent Hoang
David Hofgren
Nathan Hole
Nicholas Holman
Benjamin Holmgren
Samuel Holtberg
Andrew Hoogenakker
Nathan Hruby
Kyle Huberty
Ashley Hurner
Andrew Hurrle
Jacob Huseby
Blake Isetts
Matthew Jarvis
Emmi Kainulainen
Andrew Kampa
Samuel Kaus
Nicole Kehren
Edward Kibira
Eryn Kivo
Zachariah Klein
Benjamin Klenke
David Klinkner
Tylor Klish
Zeth Knyphausen
Adam Konold
Joseph Kooiman
Kimberley Kotila
Matthew Krei
Edo Krivdic
Jake Krueger
Andrew Kuehn
Marin Lahti
Carson Landvik-Geyen
Anthony Laylon
Colton Leekley-Winslow
Justin Lehman
Scott Leighton
Joseph Lerum
Alex Lichman
Robert Liebelt
Samuel Lieberthal
Simon Litke
Kory Lommen
Alexander Lord
Joseph Machtemes
Timothy Malkovich
Kerry Mandt
Matthew Mannella
Alexandra Mars
Jon Mart
Zachary Martell
Max Martens
Jennifer Martin
James Matthes
Aaron McCauley-Aburto
Patrick McDonald
Kyle McGinnity
Samuel McGlennen
Benjamin Meister
Christopher Merrill
Laila Merten
Eric Meyer
Evan Miller
Joseph Montei
Zachary Moore
Jonathan Moreno
Sharon Mount
Joseph Myhre
Celina Nelson
Lee Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Cecilia Oberg
Kyle Ohland
James Olson
Ross Otto
Joseph Packer
John Page
Anthony Palo
Taylor Parker-Greene
Alyx Paschke
Taylor Paschke
Patrick Patrias
Jacob Paulus
Ira Peden
Brian Peterson
Kristofer Petrie
Brian Pevensie
Sylvester Phandanouvong
Ivan Piskun
Jesse Platzke
Evan Prokop
Michael Prudhon
Mark Reznikov
Michael Richardson
Collin Ripley
Madelyn Rodewald
Roberto Rodriguez
Randal Rue
Nathan Rumpza
Abigail Saffert
Dawood Salman
Sean Schaefer
Gary Schlosser
Matthew Schon
Sarah Schroeder
Nicholas Schurhammer
Brady Schuster
Angelica Sedano
Kurtis Seurer
Matthew Shephard
Nicholas Sheridan
Lloyd Show
Paul Sieckert
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Megan Smalkoski
Thomas Smith
Jacob Snyder
Ryan Solheim
Jerred Speller
Michael Steinman
Daniel Stellburg
Brian Stewart
Aaron Stoehr
Alyson Stumbo
Collin Sturdevant
Donavan Sullivan
Kyle Supalo
Phoukham Supanhnapom
Marc Svihel
Matthew Svihel
Anthony Swanberg
Aaron Swandal
Sheldon Taylor
Ross Theisen
Steve Thomas
Christopher Thompson
Micah Thorson
Daniel Treat
Timothy Trembulak
Miles Tristani
Andrew Unger
Christopher Uttke
Gabriel Vail
Alex Vander Heul Matias
James Vanderbosch
Peng Vang
Marcos Villalobos
Michael Vojacek
John Volinkaty
Jerry Wang
Kristin Warren
Isabel Waryan
Eli Wass
Thomas Webster
Samuel Weinberger
Kenneth Weis
Katelyn Welle
Jason White
Jacob Whiteoak
Kimberly Wieting
Laura Wiley
Michael Willems
David Willenbring
Blake Wilson
Christopher Wilson
Brian Witzany
Keith Wojciechowski
Gregory Woolsey
Timothy Wright
Kaullywood Yaaj
Pierre Yang
Matthew Yank
Roman Zastavskiy
Korin Ziesmer
Austin Zimmermann
Mathias Zoubek