Design & Graphics Technology Department improves facility through donations, industry partnerships

MINNEAPOLIS, October 28, 2011 — Dunwoody College of Technology’s has received more than half a million dollars in equipment donations for the Harper Center of Graphics Technologies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The donations came as the result of the department’s connections with industry and will enhance the learning of the students in its three programs.

EskoArtWork donated a computer to plate system, which utilizes lasers to image photopolymer printing plates. This state-of-the-art equipment is equipped with high definition optics to produce the highest quality plates, thus eliminating the use of film and the chemicals used to process it.

An Orbtial X system was donated by Anderson and Vreeland. The Orbital X is a new plate exposure washout and filtration system. The system is environmentally-friendly because it does not use solvents.

Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., a leading supplier of flexo plate processing equipment and materials, donated an Orbital X plate processor and Whirl-A-Way filtration unit. These systems produce high quality and environmentally-friendly water-wash Toyobo Cosmolight® flexo plates.

“Anderson & Vreeland takes great pride in supporting Dunwoody and its educational mission,” said Darin Lyon, vice president and general manager of Anderson & Vreeland. “Our donation complements our efforts to introduce advanced training and technologies to this industry that has been so good to us.”

A Delta Crusader was provided on loan to the department by Delta Industrial. The Crusader is driven through servo motors, and its versatility allows it to perform tasks from simple die-cutting to complex product creation. This state-of-the-art equipment allows the students to increase their knowledge about gear rations, tensions setting, web paths and other important converting aspects.

In addition, through a partnership with Mark Andy Inc., Dunwoody purchased two flexographic presses. Mark Andy will use Dunwoody’s printing lab as a demo site and a location for hosting guest lecturers as well as assist in training and servicing the machines. The two presses are the Mark Andy Performance Series P3 and a 2200. The newly installed P3 is the latest in press technology. It was designed around productivity and lean manufacturing to accommodate quick changeovers and to deliver consistent print quality. The Performance Series design has won two innovation awards this year – the Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award in May and the FlexoTech 2011 International Innovation Award this month.

GEW, one of leaders in energy-efficient UV curing systems for printing and coating, supplied Dunwoody with a 7 UV curing units for the Mark Andy presses. UV capabilities allow Dunwoody students to broaden their printing comprehension and trouble-shooting skills.

Also new to the department: plate cylinders, RD scores and other tooling for the new press, donated by RotoMetrics; a Caresonic anilox roll ultra sonic cleaner, donated by Eaglewood Technologies; a roll runner and die lift, donated by AzTech Converting; and nine anilox rolls for the new press donated by Harper Corporation.

The anilox rolls are the most recent donation provided by the generosity of the Harper Corporation. The continual financial contributions of Ron and Katherine Harper made the purchase of the Mark Andy presses possible, which are at the heart of the flexographic program. Additionally, Dunwoody students have the opportunity to work with Harper Corporation trainers who provide hands-on expertise and technical instruction. With the experience and equipment provided by Harper, students become industry professionals.

Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has been a leader in training technicians and designers for the printing and graphics industry for most of its nearly 100-year history. The Design & Graphics Technology Department teaches students in graphic design, pre-media or press and finishing technologies who are industry-ready from the day they graduate. The department features a full-service Print Services Center and has won seven of the last 10 national flexographic competition titles.

Dunwoody offers free robotics seminars for high school students

Calling all Twin Cities high school students interested in robotics:

Dunwoody College is offering free Saturday training sessions to any high school student actively participating in robotics. This can include the Midwest Robotics League, FIRST Robotics at any level or just a general interest in engineering, design, electronics or robotics. Mentors and parents are welcome to attend, but the hands-on portion of all activities are reserved for the students.

Topics include: basic electricity, Solidworks design, shop skills, industrial robotics and an introduction to LabVIEW.

Courses take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the dates for the seminars are: Oct. 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

For details and to RSVP, email E.J. Daigle, director of Manufacturing & Robotics, at

Design & Graphics Technology Department Open House

The Dunwoody College of Technology Design & Graphics Technology Department is having an Open House from 5 to 8 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2011 on the Dunwoody campus.

The Open House is to allow the public to see the new equipment, which will be used in the Press & Prepress Programs. New equipment includes state-of-the-art machines such as the Mark Andy 2200 and P3 Press, Esko CDI Spark 2530 and Delta Crusader. The CAD table used for prototyping structural designs will be featured as well as the new ink lab and Print Service’s print shop.

There will be demonstrations of the equipment and technology, presentations from industry leaders and free food and beverages, provided by Twin Cities Flexo Assocation (TCFA).

Registration and networking begin at 5 pm with opening remarks from Dunwoody President Rich Wagner at 5:45 pm. From 6 to 7:30 pm, attendees will split into four groups to participate in presentations. A second networking opportunity will take place at Joe’s Garage in the Lowry Park neighborhood after the open house has ended.

For more information, contact Ed Dedman from the Twin Cities Flexo Association at 763-432-2142 or To register, click this link.

The event is sponsored by TCFA.

Remember the 1998 Minnesota State Fair?

Remember the 1998 Minnesota State Fair? Ryan Stumpf does. He had his photo taken at the Dunwoody booth and received a personalized calendar. And, apparently, even back then he did see himself in a rewarding career — Ryan has enrolled in the Automotive Service Technology program and will be starting classes when Dunwoody begins its academic year next week. Congratulations Ryan! Welcome to Dunwoody!

And while it’s been a few years since Dunwoody has been at the State Fair, we hope to get back as soon as next year.

RENEW celebrates job training success at Dunwoody

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak (pictured above, far right) was just one of several speakers at a July 27 event held at Dunwoody College celebrating the work of RENEW (Renewable Energy Networks Empowering Workers). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, RENEW helped more than 580 Twin Cities residents get training for green careers. Dunwoody Custom Training & Continuing Education was one of several organizations that helped provide training.

In addition to the celebration, a job fair was held for RENEW participants. For more details, view the City of Minneapolis news release and today’s story in the Downtown Journal (final item).

Dunwoody mentioned in a Jobs Council meeting with President Obama

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (OCJC) held a meeting with President Obama on June 13 at Cree, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina. At the meeting, Darlene Miller, CFO Permac Industries, presented the High Tech Manufacturing Program that a partnership of Dunwoody College and private companies and the OCJC proposed at an OCJC meeting held in Minneapolis back in May.

A video of the meeting provided by the White House is embedded below. The section featuring Dunwoody starts at the 69:25 mark and the actual Dunwoody mention is at the 72:13 mark.

Dunwoody students compete in the SkillsUSA Nationals Competition

National SkillsUSA Dunwoody students and advisors

Five Dunwoody College of Technology students participated in the 47th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship held June 18-24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the SkillsUSA 2011, the championship event is “a multi-million dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields.” More than 5,600 students competed in the week-long event; the five Dunwoody students who  competed qualified by taking home first place medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition held in March.

Career and technical education students nationwide competed in more than 95 industry, labor and trade categories, ranging from Culinary Arts and Masonry to Sheet Metal and Firefighting. Each contest had about25 to 40 competitors.

All of the College’s competitors placed in the top half with four out of the five taking fourth place in their respective events:

Ben Anderson (‘11) – 4th place in Automotive Service Technology
Wade Avery (’11) – 4th place in Related Technical Math
Brandon Bomar (’12) – 4th place in Architectural Drafting
Jake Krogstad (’11) – 14th place in Collision Repair
Kade Oeltjenbruns (’11) – 4th place in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Senior Instructor Polly Friendshuh said, “I feel we had a very strong showing with the level of competition and by having four of our student in the top four in the nation.”

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA National Competition and Championship competitors!

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!