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.

ASA Minnesota scholarship for Dunwoody student

The American Subcontractors Association of Minnesota held its 11th Annual General Contractor of the Year, Scholarship and Membership Excellence Award Dinner at the Mendakota Country Club on Jan. 27, 2011. Brooks Schuettpelz, a Dunwoody Electrical Construction Design and Management student, was one of the lucky Scholarship Recipients at this year’s dinner.

ASA-MN scholarship winner Brooks Schuettpelz

Dunwoody’s “Snow Devils” team takes third place

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

The Snow Devils autonomous snow plow in action

Dunwoody College’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition team the Snow Devils took third place at last weekend’s competition. The competition was sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and was part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities.

Teams from Ohio University and Miami of Ohio University took first and second. Dunwoody came in third, beating out teams from University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and Wright State.

For the competition, the teams designed a robotic snow plow that had to remove snow from two fields. The first field was a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field was a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging.

Congratulations to the Snow Devils: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). And many thanks to faculty members John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle, who advised the team.

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

The Snow Devils and faculty advisors

For more information check out:http://www.autosnowplow.com.

Manufacturing students build a robotic snow plow

What the team started with

What the team started with

A group of Robotics and Manufacturing students will be competing at this weekend’s St. Paul Winter Carnival in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition. The competing schools include: University of Minnesota, University of Michigan, Dunwoody College of Technology, Ohio University, Wright State University and Miami University (of Ohio).

The competition will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in downtown St. Paul in front of the public library. Dunwoody’s competition slot won’t be announced until 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. We will post video for those who can’t make it to the live competition.

In addition, the Dunwoody team and robotic plow will march in the Winter Carnival parade, which starts at 2 p.m.

Snow-Plow-Machining-Parts-2011

Machining parts for the plow

For the competition, schools must design a robotic snow plow that will remove snow from two fields. The first field is a straight line “I Field” which is meant to simulate a city sidewalk. The second field is a “U-Shape” which is far more challenging. The following students will be competing in this year’s challenge: Michael Carnis (ASRO), James Jorgenson (MDES), Keith McClelland (ASRO), Joshua Moses (ASRO), Randy Taklo (ASRO) and Nigel Ystenes (ASRO). Faculty member John McShannock, Tim Flugum and E.J. Daigle are advising the team.

For more information and to monitor the results check out: http://www.autosnowplow.com.

John Kriesel, Iraq War Veteran and newly elected MN State Representative, to speak at Dunwoody

Author of Still Standing to discuss his
book,
experiences Thursday Nov. 4

WHAT: A presentation by John Kriesel, a Veteran of the Iraq War (Staff Sergeant), and the author (as told to Jim Kosmo) of the book Still Standing, the story of his service, his courageous recovery from his injuries, and his determination to go forward in life. Admission is free and open to the public.

WHO: John Kriesel was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 as part of a NATO peacekeeping force. Less than two years later he was deployed to Iraq where he was stationed at Camp Fallujah. He lost two of his buddies and both of his legs Dec. 2, 2006, when a roadside bomb tore through his Humvee outside of Fallujah. Kriesel has been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Based on unofficial results by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Kriesel is also the State Representative elect for Minnesota State District 57A.

For more information on Kriesel and his memoir, visit his website

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

WHERE: The McNamara Center in the main building of Dunwoody College, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College 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 offers two- and four-year degrees as well as several diploma and certificate programs.

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