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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Double gold at National SkillsUSA for Dunwoody College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: William Morris
wmorris@dunwoody.edu, 612.381.3367

Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody's National SkillsUSA team and faculty advisors

Dunwoody students brought back some hardware from last weekend’s National SkillsUSA competition held June 21-25 in Kansas City, MO. Mike Moreen (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) won the Gold Medal in the Related Technical Math category. And Dunwoody’s Quiz Bowl followed up on its dominating Minnesota competition by edging out Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern in a tight contest to also take the Gold. Dunwoody’s team featured Ben Anderson (Automotive Service Technology), Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Kyle Bodie (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Phillip DeLeeuw (Automated Systems and Robotics), Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance).

Moreen and the Quiz Bowl team made it to the national competition by taking first in their respective categories at the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition. Also competing in Kansas City was Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) in the Architectural Drafting category.

Dunwoody Robotics Competition Team

The Rugburn robotics competition team

In conjunction with the SkillsUSA competition, the National Robotics Competition took place. Dunwoody’s entry Rugburn — guided by James Jorgenson, Casey Combs and Michael Rhode — took second place. Rugburn qualified for the national competition by taking second place in the Minnesota Robotics League competition.

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

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