Speeding to Indy for the Phoenix Challenge

The "Whole-in-One" -- the Dunwoody team's entry for the Phoenix Challenge

A team of four students from the Design & Graphics Technology department will be competing this weekend in the Phoenix Challenge, the Flexographic Technical Association’s annual product design and printing competition for colleges and universities that provide training in flexographic printing.

The competition will take place April 30 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the culmination of months of hard work to conceive, design, market, and print an original product using flexographic printing technology.

This year’s challenge was to create a promotional product for a golf fund-raising event. Dunwoody’s team created the Whole-In-One (pictured above) and have been working since last summer to prepare for the competition. The students who will be representing the entire team at the Phoenix Challenge are: Matt Christianson, Mitch Hanson, Mary Johnson and DJ Rickerd. They will not only be submitting the final products for judging but also giving a presentation before the judges on the processes they used to develop and print the product.

Instructors Shawn Oetjen and Tom Herold will also represent Dunwoody at the Phoenix Challenge. Dunwoody took first place at last year’s competition.

Triumph at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival

TRIUMPH67, a film produced by Arts and Science Instructor Mohannad Ghawanmeh, will have its world debut at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) this weekend.
Ghawanmeh is also the lead actor in the film, which explores concepts of family, home, memories and deception through the lives of two Palestinian-American brothers. The film takes place in Minnesota and was shot locally.

TRIUMPH67 will premiere Friday, April 15, 2011 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.

“Our film follows a young Palestinian-American man in Minneapolis grappling with the sudden death of his older brother and forced to confront his own actions…actions that may have inadvertently changed everyone’s life,” said Dan Tanz, co-writer and director of TRIUMPH67.

TRIUMPH67 will premiere at MSPIFF, the state’s oldest film festival, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 15, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. It was recently reviewed in Vita.MN magazine by local film critic Colin Covert, who described it as “poignant and moody.” Read the review at Vita.MN.

For more about the film, check out the TRIUMPH67 web site or for details about the three-week  MSPIFF, which features 150 films from more than 50 countries, go to: http://www.mspfilmfest.org/2011/.

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 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.

Dunwoody elects 2011-2012 Phi Theta Kappa officers

Congratulations to Dunwoody College of Technology’s newly elected Phi Theta Kappa officers, President Robert John Weckwerth and Vice President Tristan Zieman. Each will serve a one-year term.

Weckwerth is in the construction project supervision program and Zieman is a part of the computer networking systems program.

An induction ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the McNamara Center at Dunwoody.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,270 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually.

8 medals for Dunwoody at Skills USA Minnesota

Members of Dunwoody College’s Skills USA team came away with 8 medals and an honorable mention at last weekend’s Minnesota state competition. The medal haul includes five gold medals, and, for these first place winners, a trip to compete in the National Skills USA competition, which will be held in Kansas City, MO, June 20-24.

SkillsUSA 2011 Winners

Dunwoody students who took home medals from the 2011 SkillsUSA Competition.

The College fielded a team of 22 students who competed in nine contest areas: Architectural Drafting, Automotive Repair, Collision Repair, Automotive Refinishing, Industrial Motor Control, Residential Wiring, Welding, HVAC and Related Technical Math. The medal winners and their faculty advisors are:

Architectural Drafting: (Bridget Reynolds – advisor)

1st Place: Brandon Bomar

2nd Place: Sarah Smook

Automotive Repair: (Austin Lutz – advisor)

1st Place: Ben Anderson

Honorable Mention: Allan Zimney

Collision Repair: (Bruce Graffunder, Bob Brandon – advisors)

1st Place: Jacob Krogstad

Automotive Refinishing: (Bruce Graffunder, Bob Brandon – advisors)

1st Place: Kade Oeltjenbruns

Related Technical Math: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

1st Place: Alan Wade Avery

Residential Wiring: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

3rd Place: Ashley Chapman

Industrial Motor Control: (Polly Friendshuh – advisor)

3rd Place: Alan Wade Avery

Congratulations to all of the students who competed and many thanks to the faculty who helped get them ready for the competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

View all the photos from the competition on Flickr.

Dunwoody College hosts conference for technical educators

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Dunwoody College hosts conference for technical educators

Minneapolis — March 28, 2011 — Dunwoody College of Technology is the host institution this year for the annual conference of the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), which takes place March 30 – April 1. The conference will be held at St. Paul’s Crowne Plaza Riverfront and will bring together postsecondary technical educators from across the country to share best practices in applied and technical education.

Keynote speeches will be presented by:

  • William Symonds, director of the Pathways to Prosperity project, who will speak on “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century”
  • James Brazell, a technology forecaster, who will speak on “The Future is Here: Mainstreaming Community College Technical Programs”
  • Corporate Trainer, Columnist and Entertainer Stevie Ray, who will talk about speaking in public and thinking on your feet
  • Rachel Lund, principal instructor in Arts & Sciences at Dunwoody College, who will speak on “Navigating a Life Interrupted”

Breakout sessions will cover everything from changes in the collision repair industry to 3D printing to using web conferencing. Dunwoody faculty will present the following sessions:

  • Principal Instructor Leo Parvis: “Managing Diversity in the Technical Professions”
  • President Rich Wagner: “Leaders in Postsecondary Technical Education Roundtable”
  • Principal Instructor Rachel E. Lund: “Setting Your Course for Great Leadership”
  • Program Director Chad Kurdi: “Significant Changes to NEC2011”
  • Senior Instructor Arlinda Henderson and Senior Instructor Jenny Saplis: “An Innovative Approach to Teaching the Arts to the Technical Thinker”
  • Principal Instructor Pete Rivard: “Considering the Carton: Educating Inside the Box”

In addition to the conference sessions, there will be a tradeshow featuring a variety of exhibitors.

For more information, visit the ATEA 2011 National Conference web page.

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has provided a hands-on, applied technical education to more than 300,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Minneapolis Fire Department gets some hands-on welding experience at Dunwoody

Station 4 MFD firefighters and Welding instructors and students

MFD firefighters from Station 4 (in green jackets) with Welding Technology instructors and students

Firefighters from Minneapolis Fire Department’s Station 4 were on campus March 17 for some basic welding instruction and training. The training included proper and safe use of equipment and some cutting practice with both plasma and oxyacetylene welders.

“The training has been excellent,” said MFD firefighter Chris Husnik. “Familiarizing ourselves with the equipment and the layout of the shop also helps us knows what to look for in case of emergency.”

Station 4 is assigned to respond to emergencies at the College and so knowing about the layout of and flammable materials in the welding shop is useful to the emergency responders should a situation arise — whether at Dunwoody or at one of the many other machine and metal shops that are in Section 4’s area, which includes Minneapolis’ warehouse district.

Husnik also said that the welding introduction could be useful in evaluating tools that could help the firefighter in their jobs. For example, although they currently have pneumatic and hydraulic cutters, it might make sense at some point for them to also acquire plasma cutters for use in confined spaces where the other cutters would be awkward to use (like in a building collapse). In addition, he noted that Station 4 does have some welding equipment on hand so it’ll be useful to know how to minor repairs on non-safety equipment (safety equipment would continue to be repaired professionally).

The event came about because Husnik and Senior Welding Instructor Mark Carter know each other from high school. Carter has also worked as a “paid, on call” firefighter in Ashland, Wisc., for three and a half years and is aware that it can be useful for firefighters to know about welding equipment.

The plan is for MFD to reciprocate later this spring by training Dunwoody students on safety and first aid.

“We were very excited to have the MFD fire fighters out for a day of training,” said Mark Carter, senior welding instructor. “It was great to be able to give a little back to them in recognition of all that they do for us and the community here in Minneapolis. We look forward to having them on campus again to train our students.”

Flexo Instructor Shawn Oetjen named ATEA 2011 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award finalist

Shawn Oetjen, ATEA Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year 2011 finalist.

Dunwoody’s Senior Flexographic Instructor, Shawn Oetjen, is a finalist for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) 2011 Outstanding Technical Teacher Award, which will be presented at the ATEA’s 48th National Conference on Technical Education later this month.

The award is given annually to an instructor whose performance and contributions to post-secondary technical education are exceptional and innovative.

Oetjen has taught in the Press and Finishing Technology Department at Dunwoody since 2007. He is the third Dunwoody instructor in the past three years to become a finalist for the award.

“In that short time, Shawn has made a significant impact on both the printing program and his students’ lives,” said G.W. Timmreck, printing and graphic design program manager and Oetjen’s nominator. “He has worked tirelessly at updating and upgrading the press curriculum to enhance the experience of our press students.”

Oetjen’s passion for the field is evident. He has become Level I and II certified by the Flexogaphic Technical Association, writes for industry trade publications and researches new print technologies. All that work and dedication then finds its way in to his teaching.

“Shawn’s support and enthusiasm fuels me as a student to get excited about what I’m doing and my future,” said second year printing student Mitch Hanson. “The classroom atmosphere is supportive, fun and focused with lots of visual aides to help students be able to touch and see examples.”

“It is an honor just to be nominated, but being one of the finalists is truly amazing,” said Oetjen. “It makes me so proud that I can help motivate and teach today’s students so they too can achieve their dreams.”

The ATEA conference will be held March 30-April 1, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in St. Paul. Dunwoody is hosting the event this year. More information can be found at ateaonline.org.