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ARCC to align with Anoka Technical

by Kathy Yaeger
staff writer

Anoka-Ramsey Community—College (ARCC) will be aligned with Anoka Technical College. A national search will begin immediately to find one president to lead both colleges. Once a president is chosen an alignment date and administrative structure will be set by the new president.

A listening session was held at ARCC on Oct. 11. Vice chancellors Lori Lamb and Scott Olson were there to hear concerns and field questions from the crowd. A number of topics were discussed but they wanted to make some points clear:

• This is an alignment not a merger

• Each campus will maintain its own mission

• All bargaining units will be honored.

Chancellor James H. McCormick stated in a press release, “After reviewing all of the information surrounding the potential for aligning services in Anoka and Ramsey counties, I am convinced that an alignment is in the best interest of the system and our students.”

ARCC interim president Jessica Stumpf, stated, “Initially this alignment will accomplish decreasing administrative costs to benefit students and faculty. An alignment will also provide more course opportunities for students.”

According to the Board of Trustees a number of different administrative models were considered to strengthen campuses during budgetary cuts. After looking at other successful alignments, such as Bemidji State and Northwest Tech, the board decided aligning the campuses is the best option.

Stumpf added that she was in support of the decision to merge with Anoka Tech. She said, “This will not be a burden on ARCC because Anoka Tech has its own faculty and administration. Actually, removing this presidential salary from the budget will result in funds that can be used to add more faculty.

“ARCC is a strong college and I think it will be enhanced by this alignment.”

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to form questions for the presidential candidates. Stumpf believes these questions will be beneficial when it is time for the candidate open session. All concerned will be able to find out what each candidate’s vision is for ARCC.

While a full video of ARCC’s session is available on, the main concerns raised were:

• Will the lack of administrative presence have a negative effect on the campus?

  Will the Cambridge campus take a back seat to the other two sites?

• Will aligning with Anoka Tech mean all finances will be split among the three campuses?

• Will a drastic change in administration have a negative effect on student satisfaction there for effect future enrollment?

            If the board decided later that these administrative changes were not effective how much time, effort and money would be spent to fix the problem?


“For over 42 years, Anoka

Technical College has been

offering degrees, diplomas,

certificates and courses for

learners seeking skills training

for life. At Anoka Technical

College (Anoka Tech), we have outstanding faculty and staff

who are committed to creating success for students.”


~ Dr. Shari Olson, Interim President Anoka Technical College

Students want to believe they eat modestly and pick healthy options...



but it's not true


by K.H. Kennedy

Ink Spot contributing writer


$10 billion is spent to advertise all types of food and beverages to America’s youth.

Companies use an integrated approach to advertise food that combines traditional media, such as television, packaging, in-store advertising, sweepstakes and the internet. These campaigns often involve cross-promotion with a new movie or popular T.V. show.  

Of the 6,100 televised advertisements seen each year by young adults, 25% of them are for cereal.

The Seminar in Biology Class decided to take a look at the cereal habits of ARCC Cambridge Campus students, who were quite surprised by the results.

First, a survey was given to 188 people; 84 males and 104 females put their pencils to the paper and answered a wide variety of questions regarding what they put in their bowls.

Ninety-two female students said they ate cereal and 66 males agreed; taste was the greatest factor in choosing a delectable feast. While whole milk was out as a choice, most people reported using low fat milk to enjoy their cereal.

  Now, here is where it starts to get interesting; on paper, the top three cereals were: Cheerios, Raisin Bran, and Frosted Flakes.  Women reported eating one-half a cup to two cups per sitting, and men reported having between one and four cups per sitting. As for the top three healthy choices: Cheerios, Raisin Bran and Special K won.

Not so fast, said the results from the live experiment;  Cap’n Crunch astonished with 84 servings gone. Cheerios made a dismal showing with 26 servings, and the lowest was Raisin Bran’s servings at four.

So here is the cold hard truth: people seize more than they realize or care to admit and given the choice, a cereal that is filled with sugar and advertises no health claims is the real choice for most students.

Children's cereals including Cap’n Crunch have more sugar, sodium, carbohydrate and calories per gram than non-children's cereals, and less protein and fiber. Sugar accounts for more than one-third of the weight of children's cereals, on average, compared to less than one-quarter of the adult cereals. So, the real question is; why doesn’t Cap’n Crunch get soggy in milk?


Student artist, honored

by Kathy Yaeger

staff writer

Anoka-Ramsey Community—College (ARCC) student Anthony VanSickle received the People’s Choice Award for his drawing entitled “Homebound” at the 24th annual IMAGE Art Show organized by the East Central Regional Art Council.

Mary Minnick-Daniels of the East Central Regional Arts Council stated, “The People’s Choice award is quite an honor.  Not only were those attending the show opening able to vote for People’s Choice but many of those votes came from other regional artists making it a high honor, indeed. I feel the appeal was not only the finely wrought execution but that the true power of ‘Homebound’ comes in the raw emotional power of the piece.”

“This is a fine piece of art and is well-deserving of this accolade.”

The exhibition opened Nov. 6 and ran through Nov. 20 at the Isanti County Historical Society Heritage Center building. Art was featured from over 100 artists from the five-county area.

After graduating from Cambridge-Isanti High School in 2009 VanSickle became a full-time student at ARCC. Although he has been drawing since he was a young boy, he stated, “My skills dramatically improved once I started taking art classes at Anoka-Ramsey.”

ARCC art instructor Marko Marian stated, “Tony has been my student for two semesters and his level of craft, along with his artistic vision, has served as a model to students around him.”

VanSickle’s is now dabbling in painting. “I am currently working with watercolor and I might try experimenting with acrylic or oil next semester. But my favorite medium is graphite,” he remarked.

This is the VanSickle’s first time entering his work at the IMAGE Show, but he won $50 in grade school art contest with a painting of a color wheel composed of fish. Along with a cash prize, it was displayed prominently in the Cambridge district office

Currently VanSickle is working toward a pre-engineering degree at ARCC and next year aspires to move on to the University of Minnesota. Although unsure engineering is the path he wants to take for the future, he wants to continue and see what it has to offer.

Beyond the world of art VanSickle enjoys being active in church, hanging out with friends, building things, and exploring the outdoors.

Halloween to remember

by Cody Carlson

Ink Spot staff writer

On Oct. 31, 2010 a strange event happened that will change Anoka-Ramsey

Community College student Renee Pikula and her family’s life. They unknowingly harbored a fugitive from the law.

Their experience with the man who allegedly harmed two fellow employees at the Q

Mandarin with a cleaver resulted in the family being featured in the stories written by several news organizations.

“Josh and I still look back at these event and wonder, did this actually happen? What caused this man to do this awful thing? This for sure is a Halloween I will never forget,” said Renee.


On that Sunday morning, Renee had been taking care of her children and feeding her baby. Her husband Josh was outsidedoing work in the garage when he noticed a man in their yard. He went inside to tell Renee, but before she had time to process what was going on, Renee said the man came into her house, went onto his knees, cupped his hands together, and showed them some money. He said, “Please, please, baby need eat,” Renee recalled.

She had no idea what to do. Because she works with human trafficking cases, Renee said she instantly thought that he was trying to keep warm in their shed or he was forced into labor situations. She didn’t even think about him being dangerous, because he was scared and very cold.

Josh to borrowed his cell phone to the man, who called an interpreter service. Renee went on the line, and a woman relayed that he needed a ride to another town beacause he didn’t want to be there anymore.

Renee decided to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (on her home phone) to get some advice, because they figured that the police wouldn’t be able to figure out what was going on. The person on the hotline gave her some resource numbers, but since it was a Sunday nothing was open.

Renee recalled that by this point, she was frustrated and couldn’t figure out how to get this man out of her apartment. She couldn’t find a taxi and she and Josh had decided not to drive the man themselves.

Renee went upstairs to her neighbor’s apartment to ask if he would take the man to another town. That when she learned that according to Facebook, there had been a stabbing and police were looking for the suspect. Everything fell into place.

“That man was downstairs with my husband and my children,” realized Renee.

She called the police right away, and told the dispatcher about her situation. The dispatcher told her that to get her kids to a safe area. Renee went downstairs and gathered up her kids, making it seem like nothing was out of the ordinary. Josh knew that something was wrong. Renee used the guise of getting ready to go to the party. She brought her kids up to the neighbor’s apartment and then stepped outside to wait for the police to show up. Josh remained inside with the man.

According to Renee, the police surrounded the house and told her to stand behind their SUV.

By observing the body language of the man, Josh knew he was scared. Josh told him to go and the police were able to capture him. The man, Jing-Hai Jiang, has been charged with injuring his fellow employees in the hand, neck and head. Bail is set at $1million.

Who’s worried about the ‘freshman 15’?

by Joe Schmitz

Contributing writer

For most college students the “freshman 15” weighs heavily on their minds; without exercise the college lifestyle could lead to weight gain. 

 The “freshman 15” is the slang term used for the weight gained by first-year college students.

One way to avoid the extra weight gain is exercise.  In a recent survey of 19 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) students, 52.6 percent said that they exercise five to six times per week and 21.1 percent said they exercise every day.  Three students of the 19 surveyed said they exercise three to four times per week, while three more of the students said they exercise one to two times each week.  The data shows that ARCC students are, on average, active about five times each week.

The data of the survey also shows that 57.9 percent of students that are physically active exercise for more than one hour.  Of the students surveyed, 21.1 percent work out for exactly one hour and four of the 19 exercise for 30 minutes or less.  “I like to work out for about two hours,” said Andy Pearson of Burnsville, Minn. “I really enjoy feeling the burn.”  

Exercise can be done just about anywhere.  Eleven of the students surveyed said that they prefer to exercise in a gym or outside, while the other eight surveyed said they prefer to be physically active while playing sports. 

 “It doesn’t matter how you exercise, as long as you’re doing it,” said Kyle Fuechtmann of Lino Lakes, Minn.  “I just like to run, play football with my friends in the backyard or maybe baseball, but the gym just isn’t for me.”  

Seventeen of the 19 students surveyed thought that having an exercise partner would help.  “A work out partner helps because they give you more competition so you work harder,” said Pearson.  The survey showed that exercising with another person could be beneficial to make it more fun; while jogging or walking outside, many people enjoy talking to a friend.  

“I run with my buddies all the time,” said Fuechtmann. “It helps me forget about the run and I it’s more enjoyable.”

James Jechort, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, said, “My physics professor once told me, the freshman 15 is result of the temptations college offers.  Students are on their own and free to eat what they want, when they want it. I hope that I can exercise enough to compensate for the over-eating will avoid the feared ‘freshman 15’.” 

Students take variety of paths to education

by Joe Schmitz

Contributing writer

The question for students graduating from high school is: what is the next step?  

For some students the next stage of life is college and for some the next step may be work.

A recent survey of 16 Anoka-Ramsey Community College students showed that 56.3 percent of them went to school directly out of high school.  Also, 25 percent of those surveyed didn’t go directly to college out of high school, while the other 18.6 percent are talking PSEO classes through their high school.  

Chad Jameson, a graduate of Centennial High School, stated, “I took a year off because I didn’t know what school I wanted to attend.  I know I want to major in but I couldn’t seem to find a school I felt comfortable with at the time.”  Jameson is currently working at Splatball to save money for school and plans on attending St. Cloud State University next to major in business.

The survey also showed that of the 16 students currently attending ARCC, only 50 percent of them knew their major heading into college.  

The opinions of the students surveyed showed that a majority 62.5 percent thought it is a better idea to go to college directly after graduating from high school.  Although 25.0 percent thought it would be best to take a year off, 12.5 percent doesn’t think it matters at all.

Whether a high school student wants to attend college the year following high school or not, the survey shows that it is ultimately the student’s choice.

ARCC students aren’t losing their faith

by Josh Gloe

Contributing writer

It is often said that college students, even if raised in a religious household their whole lives, often lose their faith once they begin to attend college. A recent survey conducted at Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) gives a snapshot of various religious beliefs and attitudes of 43 students attending the college.

Regarding the initial issue presented, where many students lose their religious faith after and during their time at college, 66.7% of respondents actually said that they expect their faith to be stronger in five years than it was at the time of the survey. Just 4.8% said that they thought it would be weaker in five years, and the remaining 28.6% of students said that they expect their religious faith to be about the same in five years.

Of those same students polled above, 76.9% of them are currently active in their church (attending a church service at least once a week). 7.7% of them attend a few times a month. The remaining 15.4%, although they are a part of an organized religion, do not regularly attend any of their religion’s church services.

When asked the broader question of whether or not they believe in any sort of God or supernatural creator, 93% of respondents said that they did believe. Many of the students explained that they were raised to believe in a God and their views haven’t changed. Others said that it makes logical sense to them that there is a supernatural creator of some sort, or that they believe in a God because of what they have read in the Bible.

The 7% of students who did not believe in any sort of supernatural creator reasoned that there is no evidence supporting it, but that there is evidence to refute it.

Although 97% of the students who were surveyed believed in God, just 83.7% belong to an organized religion. This likely directly correlates to the question, “In your opinion, would the world be overall better off without religion or with it?” The same percentage, 83.7%, as those who are in an organized religion answered “better with religion” to this question.

Those who believe that the world is better off with religion argued that groups of faith help morally guide, and that believing in a higher power gives people hope, joy, and peace.

Students who disagreed, 16.3%, said that religion has created war, division, and prejudice attitudes.

So although well over nine out of every 10 of the students polled believed that a God does exist, just over eight out of every 10 of those same students believed that organized religion is actually a good thing.

Overall, although many people say that college students will lose their faith after and during their life at college, it does seem that the majority of college students, based on the survey of ARCC students, have a faith and plan on sustaining if not growing in their faith during their life at college and beyond.

‘If you don't know me by now’

by Chris Johnson

staff writer

Scott Klasen, a student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC), is the big man on campus.

  “Scott is like time: he is always there,” said ARCC student Elliott Kvamme. That is probably because Klasen is a tutor at ARCC.  According to Heidi Haagenson, the Academic Support Center Coordinator, “Scott is a star in the Accademic Support Center.  Many, many students come to him specifically in order to get tutoring help because: he is patient, he seems to be able to get right to the center of the students’ questions, he has a good heart, and he is very bright. Those are all marks of a great tutor.”

Klasen tutors students in math up to 1400, which encompasses many students.  Klasen also tutors environmental science, psychology, and chemistry students. 


"Scott is the most ultra-patient, sincere person I know.  I should know; I come and see him once a week for math," admitted ARCC student, Kvamme.  Davey Stang, a student at ARCC, commented, "Scott loaned me a calculator to use for my college algebra class for the whole semester when I couldn't afford one."

As a young boy, Klasen was misdiagnosed with some form of autism when he didn't speak until the age of 7.  Consequently, the doctors said that Klasen exhibited learning disabilities, which ultimately would severely limit his future, eliminating the possibility of a college education.  Klasen was home schooled from kindergarten to grade 12.  Contrary to the doctor’s diagnosis, Klasen became a student at ARCC in the spring of 2009. 

Klasen now belongs to the band 'Damascus Calling,' a five-piece Christian rock ensemble for which he plays bass.  "We are in the process of mastering our EP (first album)," said Klasen. 

“Scott is a great guy and I am sure he will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of others.  He has great goals and the drive to accomplish them,” remarked Melissa Carle.  Klasen is also president of Heart's Ablaze, a member of the student senate, and a Phi Theta Kappa member.  “If you don’t know me by now, you will never, never, never know me,” sang Klasen referring to the song by Harold Melvin and the Blue-Notes.  

  According to Ashley Mages, a student and fellow tutor at ARCC, “Scott is a great leader and has a kind generous heart.” 

Klasen, an avid photographer, enjoys taking photos of various objects in nature when he isn't busy fulfilling obligations at: school, at home, or at church. Klasen is heavily involved with the worship team at New Life Church in Princeton, Minn.     

After the spring semester 2011, Klasen plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to acquire a bachelor of science and chemistry degree while earning a minor in music.  "I am keeping my career options open," said Klasen who is perhaps considering pursuing a post graduate degree in the area of public health as an industrial hygienist/environmental chemist, or a “master’s degree in materials chemistry with the intention to teach at a college level.” 

"I admire chemistry because of its challenge.  What's more is my fascination by the degree of complexity by which God created Earth," stated Klasen.

Kirsten Kennedy, Student Government President and student at ARCC, stated, "Scott is a very bright person and I am sure he will definitely make his mark in the world."

Vice president credits many with institution’s success

by Angelina Geinosky

Contributing writer

Michael Seymour is the vice president of operations at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) Coon Rapids Campus. Seymour is an anomaly; at least that’s how he described himself.

“In the way that I work, play, and view life, I’m a little bit different. I have the comfort from across all social classes, in the way that I can be up on 65 at fat boys, with a table full of bikers and feel at home, or I could be hobnobbing with professionals, doctors and lawyers, and have a foundation to converse with everybody,” said Seymour.

He has worked as the vice president of ARCC for the last eight years. Seymour said that now there isn’t a second that he is not thinking of the institution. He stated that after being involved with the college for as long as he has, his career became bigger then himself. 

Seymour said that ARCC helped him to mature as a person, stating that he has grown much more patient since he took on the role of vice president, but admits that if he had been asked 12 years ago, he would never have imagined himself sitting in the vice president’s chair.

Seymour said that he has been part of many changes he has been a part of at ARCC over the last 12 years. He admits that nothing is really done by one person.  He said, “A lot of people contribute to the success of ARCC. I would never say, so and so works for me, but that they work with me.”

Seymour said that he feels the biggest impact he has had on ARCC is what he calls the coming together of the Coon Rapids and Cambridge campuses over the last decade. He stated that when he came on as the vice president, the campuses were like two separate entities, and now the relationship in regard to business alignment as well as student services is better than ever.

He accredited the faculty and students for helping to make the institution what it is today, acknowledging that every new day presents new obstacles that challenges the established perimeters, obstacles that he and the faculty have to find solutions to in order to keep the “highly regarded” reputation ARCC has earned over the years strong.

Seymour said that after time “It seems easy. People just look around and they see that thing are not that bad. We have facilities, nice technology, nice do-able workloads, and all those other things that make for a nice place to work. Safe environment, civil people, doesn’t just happen. It takes leadership from the president down or the students up.”

Seymour moved to Minnesota because of a job offer, he started working as a technology professor at a small university located in Austin, Minn. Seymour said that the market was too small for his career in Austin, which is how he ended up at ARCC, where he started his path towards vice presidency.

Seymour worked as what he calls “one of the first technology directors of the school.” He described that as a technology instructor he usually thought in a mathematical business-like manner, which he says is the sort of thinking he is required to use as the Vice President as well.

 Seymour was born in Milwaukee, Wis. 1964, but he was raised in Sheboygan, Wis. for the first half of his childhood with his little brother Mando, and his parents Eufemia and Jerry Seymour.  . He explained that his mother was full blooded Latino.

 Seymour attended Ferris State University and earned his associate and bachelor in television production, and also earned his master’s in teaching there, as well. After attending Ferris State, Seymour initially worked making and editing training videos out for the corporate offices of General Motors. He admitted that it was a dull, unfulfilling job and decided to pursue a more technological career. Seymour said that he had learned a lot in the way of computer functionality due to the ever changing technological advancements in the television production field.

Seymour is now living with his wife Karla, and their two children, Tori, 15 and Tyler, 11 along with their dog Murphy Macray in Andover, Minn. Seymour stated that besides hunting with Murphy, he mostly enjoys spending time watching his children participate in their own distinct activities. However, he stated that he is happy to take advantage of all the time he can get with his family; he admitted that the hardest part of being the vice president of ARCC is finding a balance between the college and his family.

He’s an overcomer

by Kirsten Ellison
Journalism student

"I think the most interesting thing about me is what I have overcome in life," said Michael Relitz, a student from Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC).

After getting involved in alcohol and drugs, Relitz went into rehab and has been sober for over two years and is currently maintaining a 3.9 grade point average in college. Relitz said, "I have learned a lot from my past mistakes and it has made me a better person."

At the age of 24, Relitz met his wife Catherine and married her six months later. Shortly after they met, his wife joined the Army and they then spent their first four and a half months where she was stationed, in Campbell, Ken. His wife was deployed twice during that time and during her second deployment, lasting 15 months, he moved back to Minnesota and then enrolled at ARCC.

When asked whom his heroes are Relitz responded, "My number one hero is my wife. She is a strong woman who served proudly in the United States Army and became a Sergeant." Relitz enjoys spending time with his wife. Their hobbies include camping in the summer, fishing and watching T.V. He also enjoys playing poker and golfing.

At one point in his life, Relitz didn’t have any goals, but now he has big dreams and is determined to achieve them. "My biggest dream in life is to start a family with my wife, get a good job and raise my kids to be the best that they can be," he said. He also aspires to someday create a television series. "I have a lot of great ideas that I can hopefully someday bring to life, and bring people out there in T.V. land some enjoyment," Relitz stated.

Introduction to holistic healing

by Rosalie Young

Contributing writer

In Anoka, a northern suburb of Minneapolis, people are learning to heal patients without touching them. Often thought of as a product of the hippie generation, alternative medicine is now being taught at the least expensive community college in the state of Minnesota. Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) offers these new-age classes in therapeutic touch, energy healing, massage, reflexology, wellness coaching and body manipulation therapies for college credit. Sound intriguing?

To begin the journey in the realm of holistic healing, the first step lands the adventurer in a class called the Introduction to Holistic Healing. The soft-spoken, professor, Valerie Lis, offers a comfortable seat in a packed classroom where four chairs share a table. The 20 pound text book lies center stage in front of each student with a myriad of designer notebooks residing upon or near their inspiration. As most classes involve all new relationships, a getting-to-know-each-other exercise binds the students closer in spirit. With a relieved sigh, the class absorbs the announcement that there would be no tests in this class; but projects, research papers and journaling online will be the method of class evaluation. 

Each class period is started with a centering exercise. One form is a guided imagery session. An example would include, “…Now close your eyes. Try to relax your body from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head. We will now take a journey.  Imagine yourself in a forest in northern Minnesota. It is a hot summer day, but you are in the deep woods where it is cool and dark. Everywhere around you is the rich smell of green growing things and damp earth. Breathe it in. Your eyes are filled with a deep, deep relaxing green.  The forest floor is dappled with light drops. You can hear a stream gurgling a few feet away. Look up-- is that a deer? Yes, a doe and twin fawns are drinking right there. They are sooo close. Your breath startles them and they bound away with one little one pausing long enough to look you in the eye. You smile, it is so sweet….” 

This class offers an awakening experience into the other-worldly sensitivities. Mentally, physically and spiritually we combat, engage and interact with the forces of nature. This class is the beginning of understanding what is involved in the field of integrative medicine. “The ‘woo-woo’ effect is one such interesting element,” says Lis. “When energies are flowing throughout the classroom and students can tap into the flow, a ‘woo-woo’ or ‘hairs-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck’ phenomena can be felt.”

The intuitive responses that a mother feels for her child are waves of energy that can be directed, enhanced, developed and used. Biofeedback is a therapy whereby a patient learns to control the energies and effects within themselves.  “Women in our culture are allowed to develop their right-brain centers while men are relegated to the left brain development,” says Lis. “Although the make up of the class is customarily only ten to 20 % male, the numbers have been increasing as the society allows men to become more right-brain oriented.” Right brain in this instance refers to the sensitive side of problem solving.

A skill for ridding the self of unwanted behaviors is one that Lis uses in her Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) business and teaches this skill to her students.

The students are introduced and invited to develop relationships with other Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners. Different types of alternative medicine practices were presented in a mini-exposition forum during one class session. This included aura-chakra readers, herbalists, massage masters, ear-coning therapists, hypnotists and EFT practitioners. 

“Have you ever had your aura read?” asked the diminutive lady, Michele Bergh,  sitting behind a desk. Most of the students are newcomers to alternative medical  techniques and are astonished and yet intrigued with the cards showing their individual  full-body auras. A laid-backed elderly student had a glowing yellow essence with a pink  brain-chakra. The card read that she was creative, easy going, intellectual, philosophical  and optimistic. On looking at the scan, Bergh asked, “Are you tired?” 

“Unbelievably so,” was the student’s response. “I’ve just come from a very difficult math class and it can be a lot of work to switch to the other half of my brain.”

Pupils are taught how to diagnose an ailment through energy scanning with only their hands gliding over a subject without touching it. As with most individual learning abilities, the students’ outcomes are varied. 

When 10 students were polled on their experience in this class, 100 percent of the respondents vowed they would return and take more energy healing classes. Before they became students in this field, they were asked what they thought they’d be learning: one student, Mike, replied that he was looking for alternative options for health, but he had no idea how much more there was to ‘alternative’. 

In the three-hour, once-a-week class, concepts that the traditional American medical model have tried to suppress are entertained and researched. Students are encouraged to acknowledge their ‘gut’ responses and look for a better understanding of the spiritual life force that medical science can’t prove, and therefore ignores. 

 Not only are these classes offered at ARCC, but all around the metropolitan area  of Minneapolis and St. Paul, education in the CAM categories of mind-body medicine,  energy medicine and biologically based practices are offered. St. Catherine’s University,  the largest women’s university in the United States, is located in the heart of St. Paul and  currently offers a master’s program in Holistic Health Studies. One of the pioneering  programs in the country with its inception 25 years ago, St. Kate’s has the distinction of  helping to shape this growing field. 

The basis for St. Kate’s master’s program is this, “Health is influenced by the interconnection of the physical bod, emotions and thoughts, spiritual beliefs and rituals, cultural identity and practices, and community and environment. All living systems coexist in a web of relationships, inseparable for the whole.” 

If this subject strikes an interior answering tone, a nod of acceptance and recognition of truth, learn more about the ARCC program by contacting Lis. She explains, “Intro (to Holistic Healing) is special. I love the transformation of individuals-especially those who were skeptical.”

More about the holistic program

Natasha Baer, is the program director for Integrative Health and Healing (IHH) at Anoka-Ramsey Community College(ARCC). “The program was started in 2004 by Sheila Judd who had a passion for alternative medicine and wanted ARCC to be the first in the community to offer certificates and AS programs in this field,” said Baer. “Our professors all hold at least a master’s degree, plus many of them hold additional certificates in the field of integrative medicine.”

ARCC offers an Associate in Science in Integrative Health and Healing Degree and a Certificate in Integrative Health and Healing. Both of these programs are offered at the Therapeutic and Holistic Health Center (THHC) on Round Lake Boulevard in Coon Rapids. 

Some classes that are offered include:

*Energy Healing

*Movement and Body Manipulation Therapies

*Introduction to Massage/Reflexology


*Mind/Body Connections

*Spirituality and Healing

*Basics in Business and Ethics in Holistic Healing

*Introduction to Qigong

Baer receives five to 15 calls per week from students interested in this program. She relates, “…It continues to grow and classes are mostly full. We have recently expanded the program to offer some day classes and this fall will be offering the intro course on the Cambridge campus.” She can be reached at 763-433-1707 or her email address is .

Majority of ARCC students use loans to pay for schooling

by Angelina Geinosky

Contributing writer

In a poll of 30 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) students taken on April 13, 2010, two-thirds of the students who participated in the survey stated that they currently receive financial aid to help pay for their college expenses. 

The majority of students asked in the poll said that tuition was the most challenging expense at ARCC, with the cost of books at a close second.  The poll results indicate that more than half of the students would benefit from an increase in the maximum of financial aid awarded to them each semester. 

Of the 20 students who said that they currently receive financial aid from ARCC, 16 of the polled students receive aid by loan, and four by scholarships. However, 15 percent of the students who said to have financial aid where unsure of what type of aid they received. At ARCC, however, only five of the 30 students currently receive the already existing Pell grant.  

In addition to loans granted by ARCC, some students receive loans from private lenders. Karla Seymour, director of the financial aid offices at ARCC, Coon Rapids Campus, stated that private lenders are banks, such as Wells Fargo, and US Bank.  Seymour stated that these loans usually have a higher interest rate, which may be why only one fifth of the students surveyed stated they receive additional loans from private lenders.   

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