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The Ranken File November 22, 2010 Student Newsletter» Campus News & Updates biomerieux Officially Opens on Ranken s Campus On Tuesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m., Ranken Technical College and biomerieux

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The Ranken File November 22, 2010 Student Newsletter» Campus News & Updates biomerieux Officially Opens on Ranken s Campus On Tuesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m., Ranken Technical College and biomerieux hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new space in the Mary Ann Lee Technology Center. The space was recently converted into a complete off-site work cell for the manufacturing of a Smart Carrier Station (SCS). Ranken has entered into an education and manufacturing partnership with biomerieux, which not only offers students a job opportunity on campus but also prevented the loss of jobs from the U.S. to Asia. The partnership came about when biomerieux faced a decision to consider outsourcing the manufacture of the SCS overseas. Stan Shoun, president of Ranken Technical College, asked the company to consider an alternative approach and proposed that the product could Pictured L-R: Gabriel Shoun, student worker; Vince Holtmann, project be manufactured at manager (Ranken); Ed Monser, chairman of the board (Ranken); Ranken. Scott Remes, site director (biomerieux); Ray Kowalskey, director of Student workers operations (biomerieux) and Bradley Werner, student worker, began training at the work cell on campus in the summer of 2010, and are charged with the responsibility for inspection of parts, complete assembly of the product and testing of functions for the electrical and mechanical components to meet quality standards and Dates to Remember: 10/25- Phone-a-Thon 11/23 11/1- Cell phone 11/30 donations 11/25- Thanksgiving Break 11/26 All School Holiday 12/1 Automotive Shadow-a-Tech 12/2 SSS College Fair 12/6 RankCAN judging / winner presentation 12/14 Student Ambassador Meeting 12/17 Book Buy Back ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership» C biomerieux (continued) the production schedule. The students are also responsible for database tracking of the warehouse inventory. In addition to receiving pay as a part-time employee, students also receive Workforce Education college credits for the educational training. This effort is part of a larger Education and Manufacturing Cooperative department at Ranken which purpose is to provide a paid educational experience for students in a realistic Photo: Guests took a tour of the biomerieux space after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. industrial setting. Ranken is committed to partnering in future manufacturing endeavors with biomerieux as they relate to the educational needs of students. The department is under the charge of Vice President for Education Don Pohl and the biomerieux project is being led by two faculty members, Vince Holtmann and John Baima. BioMerieux is a multinational biotechnology company headquartered in France that produces a wide range of electronic medical devices. BioMerieux has an instrumentation manufacturing facility located in Hazelwood, Mo. IWT Students Visit The Net Impact Recently, a group of Ranken s web development students visited Unidev and The Net Impact s office to learn more about their business process Check out the company s blog post about the visit! Have An Old Cell Phone? Donate It To A Good Cause! During the month of November, CARSTAR is celebrating Military Month and one of their programs will be to collect old cell phones. Proceeds from recycling the cell phones will be used to purchase calling cards and will be distributed to military men and woman at Lambert International Airport during the holidays. Drop your old cell phones off with Jean Endres in the Student Success office!» 2 ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership» Help St. Louis Habitat for Humanity Win the Pepsi Refresh Grant! Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is committed to sustainable building practices. Since 2008, HFHSL has built 51 LEED Platinum certified houses and has another 17 homes complete and pending certification. In October 2010, Habitat applied for a Pepsi Refresh Grant that would create a Sustainable Learning Center. This would give St. Louisans an opportunity to learn about and participate in sustainable home construction. This house will be constructed in the same manner as other Habitat for Humanity homes built and certified under the U.S. Green Building Council s LEED for Homes program. However, each build day will be used as an educational opportunity to provide detailed information about sustainable building. Habitat s goal is to provide a living, working, classroom for participants, so they can be afforded the opportunity to physically construct and practice sustainable construction techniques. Students, faculty, and staff can help in the effort by voting for the project! Pepsi Refresh Grants are awarded based on a public vote, so please vote often. Instructions and further information can be obtained at To vote go to:» Pepsi Refresh Wesite Go to Click Join Refresh Everything in the bottom left corner Fill out the form. You re ready to vote! Go to and select Vote for this Idea. Make sure you visit this page and vote every day all month!» Facebook Sign in to your Facebook account and install the Pepsi Refresh Voting Application Go to the application and search for Habitat St. Louis Vote for the idea. Don t forget to vote every day in November!» Text Text the number to from your mobile phone. Vote daily! Thank you to the Boeing company which recently donated titanium and aluminum to the Precision Machining program valued at approximately $20,000! Photo: Ken Meyer, Ranken s director of annual giving (right) accepted the donation from Boeing employee, Tom Tally.» 3 ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership» C Ranken Hosts SkillsUSA Leadership Conference On Friday, November 12, the College hosted the East District Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA. Approximately 200 visitors attended, representing various schools which offer secondary and post secondary educational programming in technical areas. Participants had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that covered topics such as leadership, teamwork and team building, how to achieve good communication and how to overcome challenges. After the breakout sessions, attendees were given campus Photo: Approximately 200 local high school students visited Ranken to attend the East District Leadership Conference. tours and enjoyed lunch before the closing ceremony. Thank you to all of the attendees and the Ranken faculty staff, faculty and ambassadors that helped to make the event a success. Follow Ranken on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter! Healthy Eating Effects Stress» Breakfast Many of us have excuses for not eating breakfast in the morning. The most common are: I m not a morning person or I don t have time for breakfast or Food upsets my stomach in the morning. Your day should always start with breakfast. Even if you re not a breakfast fan, something small goes a lot further than nothing at all. After all it s been hours since our body has had food, it needs something! Try making a smoothie made with juice, fruit and yogurt If running out of time, try putting the food in your car the night or bringing your breakfast wherever you are heading to. Jennie Wilson, MA, LPC, NCC Room F209 (Second floor of the Finney building in the same office as TRiO) (314) Hours: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Jennie directly or stop by the TRiO office and speak with Angela Davidson» 4 ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership» Weather Notifications Gold Certified Wins 2010 Pumpkin Bowl On Thursday, October 18, Residential Life hosted the 2010 Pumpkin Bowl flag football championship game on the Finney lawn. The two teams vying for first were the Hit Squad and Gold Certified. In a close battle to the end, Gold Certified pulled off the win with a final score of This victory on the field today is a victory for all geeks everywhere, said Alan Poettker, team coach and Ranken IT instructor. Our secret router/switch play proved to be a play the other team couldn t respond to. Each team member received an individual trophy as well as brag n rights. Team member, Jonathon Roethig was named as the game s Most Valuable Player. As the weather cools and winter approaches, we want to remind everyone of our weather notification procedures. College administration will determine when classes will be starting late, ending early, or cancelled due to the weather. Weather notifications will be communicated in the following ways: Closings or delayed start times will be posted on InsideRanken and on Ranken s automated phone system. The ecampus notification system will send a text to subscribers. Please make sure you have signed up for the ecampus notification system. Examples of notifications that will be sent are: campus emergencies, campus weather notifications and high priority campus news. Sign up is available at InsideRanken, under the notifications tab or at Photo: The Gold Certified team took first at the 2010 Pumpkin Bowl. L-R (back) Jonathon Brunk, Nicholas Stallons, Gabe Shoun and Cole Johnson. L-R (front): Chaunce Gwinn, Alan Poettker, Dave Pongniphon, Chris Bechtold and Jonathon Roethig Both teams played really well, said Stan Shoun, Ranken s president. Seeing the IT football team, Gold Certified, going from rags to riches in one year has prompted allegations of steroids, improper recruiting and bio genetics which will be investigated by the commissioner s office. All kidding aside it was good to see the students engaged and enjoying an intramural activity. We will see if the IT department can continue the dynasty. During the game the Student Government Association sold pretzels, hot chocolate and popcorn outside with all proceeds benefiting the SGA Scholarship fund. Fresh Ideas also served a tailgating menu for lunch. The Gold Certified team would like to thank SigmaNet for sponsoring their team this year and last year. The company provided team members with shirts and water-bottles. Ranken Offering New Summer Courses! The following programs are offering day school summer courses for ambitious students who would like to get a jump-start on their career! Classes begin June 6, AMT - HPRT - IT - INT The following programs are offering evening school summer courses for working adults who want to complete their education even faster! Classes begin the week of May 16, AMT - Electrical - HVACR - Pipefitting - Welding & Fabrication» 5 ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership C»» Alarm Systems Technology New Education Opportunities at Ranken Ranken has recently partnered with the Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA) in order to provide specialized training to those who are interested in becoming certified in alarm systems security. The MBFAA is a local charter of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and Electronic Security Association (ESA), which has evolved into the largest professional trade association in the United States. These associations were established with the purpose of representing, promoting and enhancing the growth and professional development of the electric life-safety, security and integrated systems industries. Combining the skills of an electrician with those of an information technology specialist, qualified apprentices of the MBFAA program and other interested individuals will attend Ranken to receive professional training on the most up-to-date security technologies. The MBFAA has collaborated with Ranken s Information Technology and Electrical departments to design a state-of-the-art two-year evening school program, leading to a certificate in Alarm Systems Technology. Students will spend roughly 300 hours in Ranken s advanced labs and classrooms, where they will be trained by industry professionals utilizing Ranken s well-known, hands-on technical training methods. Student then have the option to sign up for an apprenticeship, where they will be provided with on-the-job training through a local business or corporation. This unique collaboration is a one of a kind program in the St. Louis Area. For more information about this program, stop by the Admissions office. Student Achievement Center Update If you re struggling to pass your classes or to earn the grades you would like to earn, please come get help! Please also keep in mind that, if you are scheduled for Computer Literacy in January, you might want to consider taking the Computer Literacy test out. There is a $90 fee for the exam, but if you earn a 75 percent or higher, you will not need to take the class. You may get more information about this test-out opportunity in the SAC. We are happy to announce that Keith Morton will be joining the SAC as a full-time staff member on December 20. He is finishing out the current semester on a part-time and adjunct instructor basis but will then be full time in the SAC at the end of the semester and will continue to teach some classes on an adjunct basis. Our SAC peer and instructor tutors have been very stable and very helpful thank you, all! Please remember that you may view the fall schedule as well as the names of our department tutors at https://www.insideranken. org/ics/student_services/student_achievement_center. For contact information for our department tutors, please come by the SAC, call us at (314) , or send us an at Finally, we encourage and appreciate your continued use of the SAC, and we hope you find our services helpful. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Erica at (314) or 6 ommunity» Work Ethic» Scholarship» Leadership» This Week In History» November 22, 1995 Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created Experience completely» using computer-generated imagery.» November 23, 1936 The first edition of Life is published.» November 24, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. The shooting is broadcast live on television.» November 25, 1963 President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.» November 26, 1917 The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.» November 27, The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France.» November 28, 1994 In Portage, Wisconsin, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by an inmate in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium. Top at the Box Office 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2. Megamind 3. Unstoppable 4. Due Date 5. The Next Three Days In Theaters... Coming Soon... Burlesque Nov 24 PG-13 Drama Faster Nov 24 R Action/Thriller Love and Other Drugs Nov 24 R Drama Tangled Nov 24 PG Adventure/Animation The Nutcracker (3D) Dec 3 PG Family/Fantasy» City Calendar 11/25 Thanksgiving Day Parade 8:45a, Kiener Plaza This year, beloved organist Ernie Hays leads an array of floats, marching bands and gigantic inflatable characters including Rudolph, Santa, the Gingerbread Man, the Drummer Boy and Louie the Lightning Bug who, rumor has it, leads Santa s sleigh when Rudolph calls in sick. 11/26 Usher s OMG Tour 8:00p, Scottrade Center Usher with special guest Trey Songz, plus rising star Miguel. Fans will be treated to an unforgettable night of hit-filled, R&B-infused pop. 11/27 St Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars 7:00p, Scottrade Center 11/24- Passion for Classic Car Exhibition Kemp Auto Museum, Chesterfield, MO From the Kemp Auto Museum is an exhibit for the ages. Two centuries of rare and vintage automobiles are on permanent display, including a few special exhibitions: the 1939 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster, along with English gem the 1949 MG TC and the 1956 Austin Healey 100 S racer, now through Jan.» 7
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