Guess who’s turning 50?

Your College!
We are excited to announce that Anoka-Ramsey Community College will be celebrating 50 years (1965-2015) of transforming lives this year.

The 50th Anniversary Task Force has been working diligently over the past several months to develop recommendations for the celebrations for both college campuses. The 50th Anniversary logo you see above will be available on the N:/drive, July 1. We encourage everyone to use it on their brochures, posters, mailing and correspondence over the course of the 2016 Academic Year.

The 50th Anniversary Task Force participants are:

Chair: Karla Sand
Administration member: Ed Norton (nominated by Roger Freeman)
Cambridge classified staff: Heidi Vidor
Cambridge faculty association: Sarah Ngo
Cambridge student: Shayla McKinney-Buck
Coon Rapids classified staff: Jaimie Lopez
Coon Rapids faculty association: Christine Larson
Coon Rapids student: Kevin Parker

Our milestone events include a 60s-themed, kick-off event on the Coon Rapids Campus (September, 19, 2015), the college’s  first-ever Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet (November/December 2015 ) and the  5k Fun Run closing event on the Cambridge Campus (April 30, 2016).

Along with these events, we are considering a 50th Anniversary Blog to share the history of Anoka-Ramsey (through stories, photos and videos), and to keep the college and surrounding communities up-to-date on activities happening throughout the academic year.

Now it’s your turn!

 Several faculty members have already come forward, willing to incorporate the 50th Anniversary into their annual concerts, theatre productions and English programs.

We need everyone to make this celebration a success! If you are willing to volunteer your talents, time and energy please let one of our planning group leaders know ASAP:

Kick-off Event: Edward Norton,
Hall of Fame Banquet: Steve Crittenden,
5k Fun Run Closing Event: Heidi Vidor,
50th Anniversary Blog: Karla Sand,

Faculty produced documentary on NPR

National Public Radio recently noted the documentary Warren MacKenzie: A Potter’s Hands, a film directed by Anoka-Ramsey Art Faculty Mark Lambert.

Take a listen here: (Advance to 3:40 remaining)

The documentary also has one more showing at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, St. Anthony Main Theatre 5, Wednesday, April 22, 4:50 p.m.

This documentary was funded by Minnesota State Arts Board – Folk and Traditional Arts grant and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Undergraduate Research Week – ARCC sending two student representatives to the National Council of Undergraduate Research Conference!


Batkiewicz et al. NCUR2015

Watry et al. NCUR2015

The Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) sponsors and celebrates Undergraduate Research Week this week (April 13-18, 2015).  Part of that celebration is the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The mission of NCUR is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

ARCC is proud to be sending two students (Chet Batkiewicz and Rebecca Watry) with faculty mentors(Paula Croonquist and Scott Danneman) to ​the 2015 NCUR conference.  Their projects are briefly summarized below, and I have attached their abstracts that will appear in the Conference Proceedings.

Rebecca will be presenting a poster of her research: Hydrolytic and Antimicrobial Activity of Bacteria found in the Intestines of Captive Wolves

Becka is investigating three unique bacterial isolates to Mexican Gray Wolves that have hydrolytic and antibacterial properties that may contribute to the inability of this endangered wolf species to thrive in the wild.

Chet will be presenting a poster on his research: Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of Woyotes: An Experimental Hybridization of Western Gray Wolf with Western Coyote.

Chet’s project has demonstrated differential gene expression of MAPK (a growth regulating kinase) and B-CATENIN (a developmental gene) in the woyotes when compared to parental species that may contribute to their hybrid vigor.​

This year, the conference will be held at Eastern Washington University from April 16-18, 2015 (​).  Last year’s conference at University of Kentucky was the largest in the event’s history, with more than 4000 registrants. The conference program includes students presenting their research in a multitude of formats including: oral, poster, creative arts exhibit and performance. In addition, there will be Faculty Administrator Network (FAN) sessions; a Graduate and Professional School Fair representing programs from across the United States; three plenary/keynote speakers; and social events and excursions.  This is truly a transformative event for our students.

Submitted by:  Kristen S. Genet, Ph.D. Dept. of Biology Anoka Ramsey Community College 11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433 763.433.1269


Computer Science student earns spot in first NSF-funded research experience for undergraduates

Computer Science student earns spot in first NSF-funded research experience for undergraduates

Computer Science Faculty member Tim Wrenn’s student Zach Chavis was recently accepted into the first National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research experience for undergraduates students. Chavis will focus on small satellite software through the Computer Science Department which is under the AeroSpace College at University of North Dakota.

The program runs from June through August. Zach will gain hands-on experience developing software for an actual spacecraft. He will also receive a stipend of up to $5,000, room and board and travel reimbursement to and from Grand Forks.

The 10-week program culminates in a visit to a missile silo and to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where students will learn how NASA’s robotic exploration missions are planned, developed and executed.

Great work, Zach!