Dunwoody-built Little Free Libraries coming to a community near you

Student clubs and organizations provide undergrads with unique volunteer and professional development opportunities.

One of the many perks of a Dunwoody education is the abundance of professional clubs and student organizations on campus. With over 20 to choose from, these clubs are more than just extra-curriculars. They serve as valuable ways for students to meet industry professionals, participate in community outreach, and build their résumés and portfolios.

And the College’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter, led by Construction Project Management Instructor Jon Hassenfritz, is no exception.

Photo of one of the student-built Little Free Libraries.Students build Little Free Libraries for BATC

Earlier this semester, the NAHB student chapter was approached with a unique volunteer opportunity: to help build three Little Free Libraries for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC).

The libraries resemble small houses and operate as a free book exchange for anyone interested. Once constructed, the student-built libraries would be put on display—and to work—in the towns of Oakdale (near Cardinal Place neighborhood), Apple Valley (near the Government Center and the city library and park) and Anoka (near Walker Methodist senior living community).

“The goal is to encourage reading at home as studies have shown that having more books at home improves literacy levels and school-readiness among children,” said Heather Griffis, BATC Office Manager and project coordinator.

Photo of Dunwoody students working on the Little Free Library

Photo Credit: Builders Association of Twin Cities

“BATC’s relationship with Dunwoody and the Construction department at Dunwoody has always been good. It’s important to us to work with our members. We thought this was a good opportunity for the students at Dunwoody to do something fun while working on their degree.”

NAHB members and project volunteers John Jeske, John Bautch and Bradley Toenges agreed, jumping right in to the project.

Student activities promote professional development

Hassenfritz said that throughout the project Jeske, Bautch, and Toenges were able to enhance their building and project management skills.

“We were provided with two designs for the libraries and then were able to design the third one ourselves,” Hassenfritz explained. “Students had to learn to read and understand the build plans so that they could cut and assemble the houses.”

The students were also able expand their knowledge of a variety of different hand and power tools.

Photo of one of the Little Free Libraries.“Participating in the student chapter of the NAHB has a lot of benefits for students,” Hassenfritz said. “Through the club they have access to networking events, trade shows and many other experiences that other students don’t.”

“This gives them the opportunity to meet and talk with people in the residential construction field. These connections they make can open up opportunities for internships and full-time employment,” he said.

Learn more

The libraries are currently in their final building stages. Upon completion, the finished houses will be sent back to the BATC for painting and decorating. The finished products are expected to be installed by the end of the summer.

Learn more about where these libraries can be found.

Learn more about Construction Management.

From Manager to Owner: Lessons Learned

President and Owner of Delkor Systems Dale Andersen shared the lessons he learned during his transition from sales manager to company owner

When Dale Andersen made the decision in 1999 to purchase Delkor Systems he went from being the Sales Manager to the company’s President and Owner. At the time, the company had sold off its main product lines and was a small company of about 10 employees.

The transition from employee to owner was more difficult than Andersen imagined, but he learned quickly that losing money was a great motivator for innovation. That innovative spirit has allowed Delkor to not only transform into one of the leading U.S. manufactures of case packing and robotic packaging machinery, but revolutionize the way many products are packaged and sold. Today, Delkor employs nearly 200 people.

Andersen shared several leadership tips that he learned along the way:

  • Put Communication First – From public speaking to the written word, good communication has become a never-ending, lifelong pursuit for Andersen. And how the message gets delivered is just as important. Andersen stressed that e-mail is not always the best method and when it comes to delivering difficult news, a phone-call or a face-to-face meeting can prevent a lot of miscommunication.
  • Lead with Humility & Understanding – Listening to employees has always been an important part of Andersen’s job. He recently asked employees what changes they would make if they owned the company and is now in the process of implementing many of those suggestions.
  • Lead with Grace – Leaders should be direct, thoughtful and accept responsibility.
  • Focus on Culture – Hiring the right employees is critical the success and growth of a company. Employees need to not only have the technical knowledge, but they need to be a good fit with the company’s culture.
  • Think Strategically & Write It Down – Andersen said when he first bought the company in 1999 he didn’t have a written plan. By taking the time to define how the company should allocate its resources, it enables you to use those resources more effectively.
  • Build Creativity – A creative culture is a benefit to any organization and one of the best ways to stifle creativity is to come down hard on mistakes.

Watch the video of Andersen’s Leadership Lecture:

Machine Tool Alum Provides Lead Gift for New School of Engineering

Dunwoody College of Technology is thrilled to announce a $2 million gift from Ray, ’65 Machine Tool, and Nylene Newkirk for the new School of Engineering.

School of Engineering Concept ImageryNewkirk founded Tape, Inc., which filed nine patents for fusion bonding thermoplastics and developed a proprietary line of machinery known as Hydra Sealers. He sold Tape, Inc. in 1987 and then purchased two local businesses, Teamvantage plastics injection molding and then Custom Mold Design, maker of precision molds.

Today, Newkirk’s business is the largest single employer in Forest Lake, and a global player in the medical, electronics, defense and industrial markets.

Newkirk is a 1989 recipient of the Dunwoody Alumni Entrepreneur Award and a former Trustee of the College, 1999-2011.

Transforming the Campus

Dunwoody College of Technology, a leader in technical education for more than a century, is taking a big step toward its next hundred years. The College unveiled plans for its new School of Engineering and a major renovation of its campus. The renovation, which will create more interactive learning spaces and enhance the overall student experience, was recently boosted by Newkirk’s donation.

The first phase of the new School of Engineering is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with other traditional engineering degrees to follow.

Dunwoody’s new bachelor degrees build on the College’s current expertise in training technicians for in-demand fields and were requested by and developed in concert with local industry. Engineering degrees will incorporate Dunwoody’s renowned method of real-world, applied, hands-on learning.

The College pioneered, and perfected over decades, an approach to technical education that places equal emphasis on providing students direct experience with the tools, techniques, materials and professional standards of their chosen industry as well as rigorous academic learning.

“We’re diversifying and expanding ways in which students can come to Dunwoody and study with us,” says President Rich Wagner. “More importantly, by doing so we help to bridge the skills gap across our region and meet the increasing workforce demands of industry, and class by class, brick by brick we’re staying committed to our mission of helping people change their lives. And, as always, we’re able to do that thanks in part to the ongoing and generous support of our industry partners and donor community.”

Physical Renovations to Encourage Collaboration,
Cater to Growing Enrollment

Physical renovations, additions and upgrades have all been designed in such a way as to encourage and promote the College’s immersive, hands-on teaching methodology, foster collaboration and enhance overall student life on campus.

Planning is already underway to create a state-of-the-art welcome center, to open up the lobby space and many of Dunwoody’s original high windows bricked over in the 1970s (originally done to reduce heating costs during the energy crisis of 1970s). Space for the School of Engineering will feature a two-story multi-functional learning environment that will house group work and presentation spaces as well as a virtualization and visualization lab to promote collaborative and immersive learning.

Over the next five to seven years the College will re-purpose no less than 53,000 square feet of the existing campus. The expansion will come from a remodel and fill-in of the current, under-utilized gymnasium; the employment of unused space in the main building’s attic; and the extension of spaces in several other areas.

“Our plan for updates and renovation is focused on enhancing the campus footprint we already have,” Wagner says. “We’re making design choices that preserve Dunwoody’s heritage and ensure the College’s physical spaces truly reflect and promote our teaching philosophy and methodology. That means open, collaborative spaces; innovative reuse of existing space; adaptive environments that encourage even more exploration and engagement between faculty members and our students. We’re focused on creating a better overall experience for prospective students, current students and campus visitors. It’s about creating spaces that better reflect our status as a leader in technical education.”

Program Additions Meet Industry Needs

In addition to the School of Engineering, Dunwoody recently added a Bachelor of Architecture program. The program is structured as a two plus three stackable credential, awarding an Associate of Applied Science degree after the first two years and a Bachelor of Architecture degree upon completion of the final three years. The first Architecture class will graduate in 2017. The college is also accepting applications for the first Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with classes beginning August 2016.

In their first two years architecture students will become experts in current design and building technologies, making them ideal employees in building design and construction industries. In their final three years, they will become leaders in the profession of architecture as well as in the advancement of design and building technologies.

The addition of the School of Engineering and the Bachelor of Architecture exemplifies how Dunwoody stays true to its mission of providing a world-class, hands-on, applied education that meets industry needs.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2016 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 (or higher) grade point average while being a full-time student*.

*Student must take a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time. 

Eli Abnet
Alexandra About
Samuel Albers
Alexander Al-hilwani
Jacob Allen
Satiya Amporful
Angela Anderson
Brett Anderson
Katelyn Anderson
Matthew Anderson
Tyler Anderson
David Andresen
Daniel Arboleda
Alysa Arnold
Joseph Aspelin
Megan Augustine
Brandon Autey
Austin Autio
Matthew Backus
Sarah Barry
John Bautch
Alec Becklin
Mackenzie Berger
Maxime Berger
Alexander Biggs
Kirsten Billmeyer
Macklan Blankenship
Corey Bloom
Thomas Blossom
Kyle Blouin
Jacob Blue
Kazimir Bluhm
Jackson Boehmer
Brittney Boie
Alex Boline
Adam Booth
Alex Brand
Joseph Broadston
Amanda Bronson
Chad Brooks
Christopher Bruneau
Robin Bry
Kyle Burnside
Derek Busse
Chad Caddy
Samuel Carlin
Anna Carlson
Joseph Carlson
Matthew Carlson
Robert Carson
Connor Chamberlain
Ma Chang
Kurt Christianson
Randy Dahlberg
Aaron Dahlquist
Brady Dalton
Jazmine Darden
Michael Davis
Adam DeCurtins
Walldo Deluna
Bradley Devriendt
Tristan Dewitte
David Dietz
Robert Donohue
Jamie Dulebohn
Vasile Dumbravanu
Scott Duncan
Parker Dunn
David Edwards
Adam El Hmamsi
Patrick Epperhart
Jon Erickson
Kaela Fahey
Jared Fanslow
Paige Fischer
Rachel Fisher
Mark Fujitake
David Gainous
Michelle Gaveske
Benjamin Gherity
Craig Gorman
Travis Granlund
Ryan Grigoleit
Robert Grindahl
James Grommersch
Jason Grzeskowiak
Charles Guelcher
John Guion
Andrhea Gulden
David Haerle
Keven Halloran
Neil Halvorson
Sandra Hammerlund
Robert Hammond
Brandi Hanisch
Danial Hannover
Jacob Hardie
Ryan Harris
Nicholas Harvey
Daniel Hattenberger
Anthony Hawks
Caleb Hays
Peng Her
Matthew Herrick
Andrew Hibbs
Aidan Hicks
Michael Hiepler
Joshua Hill
Tiara Hill
William Hiniker
Michael Hinrichs
Tan Ho
Vincent Hoang
Parris Hobson-Powell
Daniel Hoffman
Nathan Hole
Nicholas Holman
Benjamin Holmgren
Andrew Hoogenakker
Oudomphone Houngsombath
Heather House
Kyle Huberty
Paul Huff
Katherine Humphrey
Benjamin Hunerberg
Nicholas Hunstad
Ashley Hurner
Andrew Hurrle
Troy Hyland
Joseph Irey
Blake Isetts
Jordan Janiak
Paul Januszewski
Katherine Jenkins
Leo Jensen
John Jeske
Michael Jindra
Jettana Jitlak
Andrew Johnson
Brent Johnson
Briana Johnson
Chris Johnson
Harry Johnson
Isaiah Jolly
Levi Kavadas
Brandon Keizer
Thomas Kerner
Edward Kibira
Shelby Kiltinen
Jaslyne King
Matthew Kinne
Kyle Kissinger
Austin Kleineschay
Benjamin Klenke
David Klinkner
Brian Kloos
Christian Klus
Mitchell Knutson
Joel Koenigsmark
Megan Koerner
Connor Koll
Samantha Kollasch
Patrick Kowal
Matthew Krei
Michael Kretsu
Kasey Kromschroeder
Benjamin Kuchta
Derek Lambert
Benjamin Larsen
Jacob Larson
Justin Larson
Anthony Laylon
Scott Leighton
Ashley LeMay
Joseph Lerum
Robert Liebelt
Alex Linahon
Eric Lindenfelser
John Lo
Chad Lofgren
Eric Lorentzen
Bennieco Luangrath
Alison Luedtke
Ashley Lutz
John Mabusth
Joseph Machtemes
Alex Maciej
Alex Maciej
Michael Mack
Andrew Madison
Scott Magnuson
Richard Makori
Thomas Mallinger
Kerry Mandt
Matthew Mannella
Paxton Martensen
James Matthes
Erik Maupin
Thomas Mavencamp
Patrick McGinn
Kyle McGinnity
Lacy McLaury
Patrick McNamer
Jacob Meyer
Michael Miazga
Charles Miller
Steven Mitchell
Michael Molenaar
Christopher Monson
Madison Montgomery
Jonathan Moreno
John Moynihan
Jonathan Muckala
Celina Nelson
Heidi Nelson
Matthew Nelson
Karl Newsome
Son Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Joshua Noer
Travis Northway
Peter Novellino
Brandon O’Brien
Justin Ofsthun
Grady O’Gorman
Andrew Olson
Benjamin Olson
James Olson
Corin Osborne
Michael Otten
Elisabet Pace
Taylor Parker-Greene
Taylor Paschke
Linsey Patten
Ricky Perez
Jonathan Peter
Andrew Petersen
Ben Peterson
Drew Peterson
Jacob Peterson
Jon Peterson
Matthew Peterson
Brian Pevensie
Sylvester Phandanouvong
Zach Pollei
Douglas Pouliot
Mary Price
Michael Prudhon
Grant Quasabart
Richard Reese
Adrienne Reich
Austin Reinertson
Mark Reznikov
Collin Ripley
Cory Roberts
Eric Robertson
Blake Robinson
Madelyn Rodewald
Saray Roeun
Makto Rono
Henry Rudolph
Randal Rue
Nathan Rumpza
Christian Saltness
Justin Sapp
James Scanlan
Taylor Schafer
Lucas Schneider
Sarah Schroeder
Trevor Schroeder
Will Schulzetenberg
Brianna Schumacher
Reid Schumacher
Jeremy Scollick
Kurtis Seurer
Luke Shaw
Matthew Shephard
Zachary Shorter
Lloyd Show
Sarah Silver
Stanley Silverberg
Ross Skattum
Gabriel Smith
Luke Smith
Thomas Smith
Devyn Smoter
Matthew Snyder
Erik Soberg
Shane Soberg
Rebekah Somers
Eric Sosa
Jerred Speller
Wyatt Spencer
Siri Springer
Mark Stafford
Dylan Stang
Alexander Stanley
Tanner Stearns
Paul Steffens
Daniel Stellburg
Brian Stewart
Charlie Stewart
Aaron Stoehr
Jason Strand
Dmitri Strohman
Kevin Strum
Donavan Sullivan
Heidi Sunne
Matthew Svihel
Dustin Szumowski
Sheldon Taylor
Anthony Thiery
Andrew Thompson
Kathleen Thompson
Micah Thorson
Alek Tomann
Brittney Tompkins
Daniel Treat
Timothy Trembulak
Miles Tristani
Mark Tully
Andrew Unger
John Vaccaro
Gabriel Vail
Jesse Valley
James Vanderbosch
Adam VanderVorste
Julie VanderWal
Julian VanDoeren
Choua Vang
Rachel Vath
Myles Voigt
David Voorhees
Daniel Wambach
Jerry Wang
Isabel Waryan
Marcus Wayman
Christopher Wenthe
Justin Wenz
Kimberly Wieting
Laura Wiley
Michael Willems
Brandon Williams
Michael Williams
Blake Wilson
Christopher Wilson
Shelby Wittibslager
Brian Witzany
Keith Wojciechowski
Elias Wolde
Gregory Woolsey
Timothy Wright
B Billy Xiong
Bee Xiong
Nhia Yang
Pierre Yang
Ryan Young
Rodrigo Zangano
Austin Zimmermann
Charles Zmuda

Dunwoody College STEM camp opens doors to science-related careers

Minnesota high school juniors and seniors explore STEM-related career opportunities they didn’t know were available.
STEM camp students and Dunwoody instructors outside the College's main entrance.

STEM camp students and Dunwoody instructors outside the College’s main entrance.

When Marissa Owens, a senior-to-be from Rosemount High School, started STEM camp, she knew she enjoyed science and math but wasn’t sure how to make a career of it.

“I hadn’t really figured anything out about engineering yet,” Owens said. “So it was interesting finding a new field that had both science and math combined.”

Dunwoody STEM camp fills the need for more science camps in Minnesota

Janet Nurnberg, Dunwoody Industrial Engineering Technology Program Manager, started STEM camp in 2015 after working with the advisory board for St. Paul Public Schools Project Lead the Way.

“In working with some of the local high school teachers the comment was that there’s just not enough STEM camps or opportunities for the students to be exposed to STEM topics in the summertime,” Nurnberg said.

Nurnberg attended a STEM camp while she was in high school, and it helped inform her decision for college. She wanted to give local high school students a similar opportunity.

And what better way to expose the students the career paths available to them than by introducing them to an on-the-job visit?

Boston Scientific offers students a look into life in industry

Boston Scientific engineers help students solve real-world industrial engineering problems.

Boston Scientific engineers help students solve real-world industrial engineering problems.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Boston Scientific hosted students on the first day of camp.

After touring the facilities and hearing from a panel of Boston Scientific employees about careers in industrial engineering, students were split into groups and tasked with solving real-world engineering problems.

In the first activity, students were asked to save the world from toxic waste by finding new and creative ways to transport the waste safely.

“It was fun to get the students thinking and trying to think outside the box,” Nurnberg said.

The second activity exposed the students to an age-old industrial engineering issue–process improvement. Students needed to find a way to speed up the food production of a small burger joint in order to keep up with a large fast food restaurant that had just opened up across the street.

“I really liked the Boston Scientific activities,” Owens said. “It gave me more insight on what industrial workers and engineers do on a daily basis.”

After a day at Boston Scientific, students spent the rest of camp in Dunwoody’s state-of-the-art labs for more hands-on activities.

Students manufacture a flashlight

For the remaining three days, students built a flashlight from the ground up, learning about all the people and technology involved in moving a product from design to production–and finally to sitting on display on store shelves.

The body of the flashlight was 3D-printed in the College’s Engineering Materials, Mechanics, and Metrology Lab. From there, students spent time in the Electronics Lab soldering the flashlight’s electrical components–made up of a small Arduino PLC. The students learned to program that PLC and also designed a custom battery cap in SolidWorks to hold the flashlight together.

Pre-Media Technologies Principal Instructor Pete Rivard shows the students how package design works on the College's digital press.

Pre-Media Technologies Principal Instructor Pete Rivard shows the students how package design works on the College’s digital press.

Once the flashlight was manufactured and functioning, the students headed for the College’s packaging design facility to learn how to make a carton for their product using an Esko Kongsgerg V20 cutting table.

“My favorite part of the camp was the whole hands-on approach we took,” Mahtomedi High School student Brock Halverson said. “It was cool that we got to sit down and actually use some of the equipment that we would use later on.”

In addition to this flashlight project, students also learned about other opportunities in STEM like architecture, surveying, civil engineering, and software design.

Visit us on the web for more information about STEM camp and other summer activities for middle and high school students.

Q&A with a Dunwoody Auto Alum

Dunwoody alumni are innovators, entrepreneurs, top technicians and skilled workers.  Here is a quick Q&A with just one!

Photo of Jeremy Leizo

Jeremy Leizo

Jeremy Leisenheimer, ’06 Automotive Service Technology
Emergency Vehicle Technician & Fleet Manager,

City of Rochester Fire Department

Q. Where is the weirdest place you have ever met a fellow alum?

A. At Chester’s Kitchen and Bar in Rochester.

Q. Has there been a moment in your career when you thought “My job is awesome!” and what was that moment?

A. Almost every day is awesome, what little boy doesn’t dream of playing with fire trucks everyday? One particular moment was when I was verifying a repair made to our aerial platform. It’s quite the view from way up there.

Q. What would your former classmates be surprised to know about you now?

A. That I work on fire trucks instead of cars and that I have taken woodworking up as a hobby.

Q. What is your favorite memory of Dunwoody?

A. I don’t have just one favorite memory, I enjoyed most of my time in school.

You can read more Q&As with Alumni & Friends in the Spring 2016 edition of the Alumni & Friends Magazine.

Q&A with a Dunwoody Baking Alum

Dunwoody alumni are innovators, entrepreneurs, top technicians and skilled workers.  Here is a quick Q&A with just one!

Photo of Tiffiny Meinert

Tiffiny Meinert, ’88 Baking
Owner, Tiffiny’s Tipton Bakery

Q. Where is the weirdest place you have ever met a fellow alum?

A. I live in very rural Iowa so I have not met a fellow Dunwoody alum yet. I have, however, through social media contacted my roommate from when we were both attending Dunwoody. She is in California now.

Q. Has there been a moment in your career when you thought “My job is awesome!” and what was that moment?

A. My job is awesome…. Well to be honest I have not had a “job” since I purchased the bakery 4 years ago. See I don’t have to go to work, I get to do what I love. Yes, there are trying times and I put in a lot of long hours but it has never felt like a “job.”

Q. What would your former classmates be surprised to know about you now?

A. My former classmates would most likely be surprised that I became a grandmother this year to twins.

Q. What is your favorite memory of Dunwoody?

A. My favorite memories of Dunwoody are when we would all work around the big wooden table rolling dough with Mr. Galloway, and
Mr. Letty showing me how I can make my flower cake designs have more dimension.

You can read more Q&As with Alumni & Friends in the Spring 2016 edition of the Alumni & Friends Magazine.


Dunwoody Faculty and Staff recognition awards announced

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to an end, Dunwoody is honored to recognize the many faculty and staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community by presenting several service awards.

Congratulations to the following 2016 Dunwoody Recognition Award winners:

Building Community Award winner: Senior Instructor Denise Bailey
The Building Community award goes to an individual whose projects or efforts demonstrate and heighten Dunwoody’s commitment to cultural awareness being integrated in the campus and community.

Outstanding Team Award winners: Employee Survey Task Force and Students of Concern Intervention Team (SCIT)
The Outstanding Team award is given out annually to a cross-departmental team of employees whose work has had a significant impact on the way Dunwoody serves its constituents.

Employee Survey Task Force: Registrar Yun Christenson, Senior Instructor Teresa Milligan, Manager of IT Operations Mark Anderson, Senior Instructor Reem El-Radi, Senior Instructor Denise Bailey, Principal Instructor Tom Kleinman

Students of Concern Intervention Team: Dean of Students Kelli Sattler, Women’s Enrollment Coordinator Maggie Whitman, Student Service Advisor Zac Mans, Admissions and Student Life Coordinator Jonathon Moore, Financial Aid Counselor Charla Hudlow, Senior Student Services Advisor Molly Malone Docken, and YCAP Coordinator Peggy Quam.

Outstanding Academic Innovation Award winners: Instructor Alex Wong and Architecture and Interior Design Program Manager John Dwyer
The Outstanding Academic Innovation award is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative instructional strategies in the classroom.

Instructor of the Year Award winners: Senior Instructor Teresa Milligan, Principal Instructor Kelly Ness and Industrial Engineering Program Manager Janet Nurnberg
Nominations for the Instructor of the Year award come from current Dunwoody students. The award is given out annually to instructors who are committed to the students’ academic success, serve as a professional role model to students and colleagues, aim for academic excellence in curriculum development and aim for academic excellence in instruction.

Distinguished Teach Award winner: Principal Instructor Rich Arboleda
The Distinguished Teacher award is given to faculty members who have committed a significant portion of their career to the art of teaching and who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to education and lifelong learning.

William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award winners: Registrar Yun Christenson and Senior Instructor Scott Zubrod
The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service award is given to employees who have consistently performed outstanding work for the College.