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Volume 2, Issue 9 September 2011

Graduates!
Rasmussen proudly announces our first graduates! June 2011 Grads: Abbi LaRock – Medical Assisting AAS Benjamin Shepherd – Accounting AAS September 2011 Grads: Tammy Brncik – Medical Assisting AAS Shannon Burns – Paralegal AAS Janel Cheyka - Medical Assisting AAS Joshua Erickson – Business Administration BS Bradley Knispel – ISM-Networking AAS Carissa Langeberg – Medical Assisting AAS Keri Leder – Business Management AAS Bobbi Lemmer – Accounting AAS Lisa Lenhard – Business Management AAS Mandi Schmidt – Medical Assisting AAS Regina Malbone – Paralegal AAS DeAnn Mork – Medical Assisting AAS Jennifer Rasmussen – Human Services AAS Alice Schultz – Medical Assisting AAS Shelly Slater – Medical Assisting AAS Lindsey Starck - Medical Assisting AAS Chia Xiong – Paralegal AAS The official Commencement ceremony for both groups will be held on Friday, October 7th, at the Westwood Conference Center.

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Medical Assisting Accreditation Granted!
“It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce our approval for Medical Assisting Programmatic Accreditation by ABHES (Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools). We [Rasmussen’s Wausau campus] were granted programmatic accreditation for our Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree, and for our Medical Assisting Diploma Degree. This means that our students will be able to sit for the coveted CMA (AAMA) Examination at the completion of their programs. I would like to personally thank everyone who was involved with the lengthy process. Your support was invaluable. We pulled together as a campus, and the ABHES accrediting team was extremely impressed with the way the Wausau faculty, staff, and students all worked to make this happen. I was told that this was a rare thing for them to see when they do their site visits. Well….not in Wausau, and not on our campus. You are all the greatest team to work with. Thanks again. This accreditation is all about you and the hard work everyone puts in to make the program successful.” Sharon Buettner/Medical Assisting Program Coordinator

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Lunch Options Galore!
Wondering what you will eat for lunch while on campus? Well, you have several options! If you like to make your own meals, the student lounge has a sink, refrigerator, and microwave to help you out. Different student groups on campus also sponsor pot-lucks. Currently the Medical Assisting group sponsors a pot-luck on Wednesdays during the early afternoon. The potluck theme and sign-up sheet are in the student lounge. A variety of area restaurants deliver to campus. A binder highlighting local eateries that deliver is available in the student lounge. Finally, the Rose Garden’s lunch truck arrives on campus every weekday at 11:25am. The truck serves a variety of hot meals, burgers, and more at very reasonable prices.

The Learning Center Corner
Papers for Pancakes Brainiac Breakfast time will be on Monday, August 29, from 9 - 11am. This ANTI-Cram Jam studying event, will be a time for reviewing final projects and assignments in the relaxed setting of the Student Lounge. Joy Henrich, our Academic Dean, will be cooking hot pancakes, and faculty & tutors will be on hand to provide assistance. Optimal Resume Help Students! You have resume writing help right at your fingertips. Go to your student portal and access “Optimal Resume” services from the “Resources” tab. The software can get you on the fast track of writing effective cover letters, designing resumes, and practicing interviewing skills – all online! Your fellow students report that Optimal Resume’s information is current and relevant to today’s job hunters. Learning Center tutors have been trained in the software, so stop by the Center today to get started. Online Tutoring Service Also known as Brainfuse, this is a great service provided to all our students. At no charge, you are eligible for up to four hours of tutoring services, in any program area, a month. There is now a time tracker provided as part of the service, so that you can easily keep track of your hours. In addition, you can submit up to four papers to the Writing Center a month. Students and tutors are reporting that they have received good feedback from the Center in a timely manner. New Medical and Coding Tutors Julie Wesenick and Christa Neumann have just joined the Learning Center’s team of tutors. Both are Medical Assisting students, and Christa has had extensive work experience in the medical coding field. Julie and Christa are currently accepting appointments to help any and all students in the areas of medical assisting, English, test taking, and study skills. Please call the tutor hotline at 715-841-8080 for an appointment. A Paralegal Study Event: 5:30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 7 Paralegal Students...would you like to: Meet a great mentor and instructor in the Paralegal Program? Meet fellow Rasmussen College Wausau Campus Paralegal students? Have fun learning WestLaw and research techniques? Have an opportunity to win prizes? and eat while doing all of this? Contact Paralegal Tutor Amy Staubs for more information at 715-8418080.

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Look For Us At ... Community Events
Rasmussen participates in a wide variety of community events. Please feel free to visit us out in the community. If you are a Rasmussen College student and would like to learn more about assisting with area events (items in blue below need volunteers!), please contact Andrea Ollhoff at andrea.ollhoff@rasmussen.edu or 715-841-8043, or follow the link provided. Central WI State Fair Marshfield, WI Saturday, September 3rd, 10:00am – 10:00pm **Welcome Tent Sponsor** United Way – Emerging Leaders Fantastic 5K 5K Run and Children’s Race Machmueller Park, Weston Saturday, September 10th Visit http://fantastic5k.com/ for details **Sponsor** United Way Parade Saturday, September 17th, 10:30am **Who would like to help with the Rasmussen College Float?** Maple Fall Fest Marshfield, WI Saturday, September 17th, 9:00am – 5:00pm Sunday, September 18th, 10:00am – 4:00pm GameStop - Gears of War Release Rib Mountain and Stevens Point Locations Monday, September 19th 9:30pm 12:30am

Book Club! Read Over Break!
This quarter the campus book club has been reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We will be discussing the book early in October. If you would like to read the book over break and join in the discussion, please do! Review from ABC News: “Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells -taken without her knowledge -became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, her cells - known as "HeLa cells" -- are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons -- as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. And though her cells launched a multimillion-dollar selling human biological materials, her family ... can't even afford health insurance [and] never saw any of the profits.”

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Eating Healthy on a Budget
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive; in fact, it can be done on the same budget as “cheap” and unhealthy foods can. Learn how! On Wednesday, September 14th, Rasmussen will be providing samples of low-cost, healthy meals, prepared from in-season foods. Join us! We will have a healthy breakfast, snacks, and a dinner available on campus for students to sample. We will also be providing the recipes so the meals offered can be prepared at home. Finally, there will be a healthy “goodie” bag that participants can win. Look out for more details in the upcoming weeks.

Find the APA Errors!
The title page (cover sheet) to the right is filled with errors; it is not correct in terms of what is needed for an APA title page. The library is sponsoring a contest to see who can find the most errors. Print-outs of this error-ridden title page are available in the library and directly from Jeneen (email her at Jeneen.laseewillemssen@rasmussen.edu). Get your copy of the title page and pull out your red pen. There are plenty of errors to circle and correct! Make sure to put your name somewhere on the sheet, and submit it to the library by August 31. Those who identify all the errors (or maybe just most of the errors) will be entered into a drawing to win a free book from our paperback-exchange collection. Winners will be announced on September 1st or 2nd!

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Faculty Spotlight
In November, General Education Coordinator Tom Lisack will be chairing a panel of college professors at the 101st annual National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Chicago. The title of the event is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.” The title of the presentation session is “Writing Oneself into the University: Not the Same Old Assignments.” Three presenters will be speaking about topics such as the connections between local and academic knowledge, teaching research that prepares students for university writing, and writing in other disciplines: becoming active participants in the knowledge economy. As chair, Tom will be presenting research he conducted during the writing of his dissertation. His research deals primarily with the combination of attention span, personal technology use, and active listening.

Constitution Day Quiz!
Saturday, September 17th is Constitution Day, but the library will be celebrating on Monday, September 12th! Join in the celebration; learn more about our Constitution. Take the following quiz and bring your answers to the library on September 12th! Those with the correct answers will win a free copy of the Constitution and a chocolate chip cookie! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. When was the Constitution signed? How many individuals signed the Constitution? How many “Articles” are there in the Constitution? Which state had the most signers to the Constitution? Which Article deals with the Executive Branch of Government? Which Article deals with the Judicial Branch of Government? How many amendments are there to the Constitu8. tion? Name the only amendment that has been repealed. Which amendment protects us from illegal searches and seizures? What does the phrase “full faith and credit” mean in Article IV of the Constitution? Which amendment was the most recent one to be passed? The United States government is based on a bicameral (two house) legislature. Name the two “houses” of our government. What does the term “impeachment’ mean? Which of the two houses impeaches? Specifically, in which part of the Constitution are the powers of the federal government listed? 15. Which Article deals with the Judicial Branch of government? 16. List four powers of the President as outlined in Article II. 17. Which amendment ended slavery in 1865? 18. Name the three constitutional qualifications to be a member of the United States House of Representatives. 19. Name the three constitutional qualifications to be a member of the United States Senate. 20. Where would one find a list of the powers forbidden to Congress?
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Externships at CentralNightOut.com
This quarter several of our students, Nikki Sommers, Luke Olsen and Dennis Palazzo, have been externing for owner, Tara Parks at CentralNightOut.com, LLC. Student experiences: Nikki Sommers: “Interning for CentralNightOut.com and Tara Parks this summer has been one of the best opportunities and challenges I have faced in all the four quarters I have been at Rasmussen College. We (the interns) have completed projects with Tara ranging from instructional video (Luke) to data management (Dennis) to event management using social media (me) along with learning how input updates into the CentralNightOut.com database. In our weekly meetings Tara presents us with a boat-load of online marketing and social media information in the form of articles and studies. These articles are relevant to our fields of study as well as just plain interesting. We then discuss the articles and their useful applications to CentralNighOut.com as well as to businesses as a whole.” Dennis Palazzo: “I have gained a lot of insight into how websites are managed and how to ensure you reach as many potential customers as possible by using social networking sites such as Face book and Twitter. ..how it is key to use the correct words or phrases when creating an advertisement on the internet to ensure search engines will pick up your advertisement when key words are entered into the search criteria ... I have started a project utilizing my Excel skills designing a calendar of events throughout the year with all major events in the surrounding cities and towns to keep up to date on area events. This will help to identify local events to local website users as well as out-oftowners looking for area attractions while on vacation.” Luke Olsen: “My role with the internship is to work on Multi Media Technology projects for CentralNightOut.com as well as work with the other interns in various meetings and projects...My first couple projects were to take various screenshots of the Central Night Out.com website, use voiceover audio and other design features to design tutorial videos about how to use different parts of the Central Night Out website. The projects that have been given to me give the practice and experience I need to be able to work professionally with employers, co-workers and clients in a real world setting.”

CentralNightOut.com (CNO) provides daily listings for coupons, dining specials, drink specials, live music, community & family events & much more. CNO serves businesses, residents and travelers in the Wausau, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Merrill, and surrounding areas. CNO products include: Online advertising options such as: -Profile listings -Banner advertising - Special Event Marketing -Graphic Design -Business/ Organization Logo Setup -Text Messaging Alerts -Facebook Page setup and maintenance -Online radio advertising with Night Out Radio CNO partnership products include: -Print advertising with Wausau To Go -Website development -Video press releases -Event planning with Expressions Gift Baskets by Design

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Toastmasters!
Does public speaking scare you? Would you like to improve your ability to present in front of an audience? Join the Toastmasters! What is Toastmasters? According to the Toastmasters International website, it is a “nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations…the organization has more than 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience” (Toastmasters, 2010). How do you join and where do you go? Our Toastmasters group meets in the Rasmussen College boardroom every two weeks. Our next meeting is Monday, September 12th and starts at 7pm. Join us!
Toastmasters International. (2010). Retrieved from: http://www.toastmasters.org/ (Go to About TI).

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Thank You!
I would like to thank all of the Medical Assisting students who participated in the Bridge Community Health Fair on August 9, 10, 11, and 12. Your dedication and professionalism was evident in the community and at school. Laurie Hoff Mai Vang Vang Jeff Reeder Peter Vandre Enita Schreiner Mandy Kipp Betsy Benaszeski Brenda Lehman Denyel Lehman Megan Wiegel Jong Lee Kim Howe Again, thank you so much for participating in this event. Sharon Buettner

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Health Sciences Externships
What is your name? Mandi Schmidt Where are you doing your externship? Marshfield Clinic Wausau/Weston What do you think of the externship so far? It is wonderful I have learned a lot of wonderful things. The employees there are just wonderful, that is what I call teamwork. What do you find most interesting so far? The hands on experiences, you learn a bunch of things in school but the hands on is the greatest. Any words of advice for upcoming students? Medical terminology is the biggest part; you will use this in the future. Take your school time seriously so that when you are out in the extern sites that you look the part, not play the part. You are not only representing yourself as a potential employee but also Rasmussen College. What are your average work days like, how many hours? They are busy, I have only been in one department so far and it is a full day. The last three weeks I have worked 24 hours a week. How are your relationships with other MAs RNs and Drs? I have gotten along with everyone so far within the department. They all have their different personalities and you have to be ready for everything and anything. Some have been more informational than others, but they have all been very helpful and willing to answer any questions. Do you feel like you were well prepared for your externship? Yes, especially the venipuncture aspect. I believe with having to practice as much as what we did while in school drawing blood that I was more ready and not as nervous drawing on real patients. What is your name? Janel Cheyka Where are you doing your externship? Bridge Community Health Clinic What do you think of the externship so far? The staff at the clinic have been very friendly, welcoming, and helpful. I have enjoyed the experience and have learned a lot. What do you find most interesting so far? I have found the laboratory to be the most interesting experience so far. Running all the analyzer machines and tests, drawing blood, observing specimens under the microscope, culturing samples, and observing x-rays was really interesting. Any words of advice for upcoming students? Don’t be nervous, trust what you’ve learned and apply it with a smile on your face! What are your average work days like, how many hours? The clinic is very familyfriendly and I have been fortunate to be able to work my schedule around my family life. My time at the clinic starts at 8:00 in the morning and I’m finished at 1:00. During a typical day, I assist in rooming patients, taking their vital signs, entering their medical information into the computer, give injections, and assisting physicians with procedures. How does the real world differ from the school setting? During class each student is responsible for completing each assignment on their own, with each separate assignment observed by your instructor for a grade. In the clinic setting everyone works together as a team, offering help when needed. Although there is always a staff member present to supervise, they are there as more of a support system, offering advice. The clinic is also more fast-paced where all your skills are compiled in order to provide quality patient care. How are your relationships with other MAs RNs and Drs? Bridge Community is a smaller clinic and everyone there is like extended family. I really enjoy working with each one of them, and they readily welcomed me into their fantastic team. Do you feel like you were well prepared for your externship? Absolutely! The instructors did an outstanding job preparing me for my time at the clinic.

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On-Campus Calendar for September 2011
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