By Ann Anderson Ann_Anderson

My twenty-three year career at SCC is quickly coming to a close. I managed to speed things up a bit by going out on permanent medical leave due to my kidney cancer but will officially retire on July 31. I don't believe that I've missed an article in our monthly newsletter during my tenure and felt the need to reflect on the changes that I believe have shaped our great institution and thank all of you for your support throughout my many years at SCC.

We are so blessed to be working in our state system. When I began my cancer journey in December, I had accumulated over 1900 hours of sick time and nearly 300 hours of vacation. My specialty pharmacy drugs are $1800, of which I have a $9 co-pay every 15 days. Be grateful for the wonderful benefits that are there for you when you need them. Retirement isn't looking too bad either!

I am an alumna, and I was hired under President John Votca with just my 2-year Marketing Education degree. That degree served me well for over 25 years. My SCC Supervisor, Dr. Cindi Thiedi encouraged me to pursue my Bachelor's degree and I remain extremely proud of my non-traditional effort to gain my Communications degree from Concordia University- St. Paul in 1998. It has been a pleasure serving three great college leaders in Presidents John Votca, Ken Mills and Keith Stover. I remain forever in their gratitude for their unending support for me personally and professionally and the special friendships created with their spouses and families.

My husband Bob and I never waited for retirement to do all the things on our 'bucket list'. I counted twenty-four major vacations that we have taken during the past seventeen years. Of special importance was the return trip with my adopted daughter Jessica to her birthplace in Talagante, Chile just four years ago. Don't put off those special vacations for a more convenient today! We have plans for San Antonio, Texas in May and Alaska in July.

In my position as your marketing director, we've survived four name changes, a few logo color changes, a merger with Albert Lea, the merger with Faribault and the system change to MnSCU. Add to that a few accreditation visits and it made for a busy 20-plus years. Never in our history will we again be attempting that kind of change! I believe the highlight of my career was when we became a Comprehensive Community and Technical College and landed on a permanent college name! The most heartbreaking time for me remains the ASCME/MAPE strike which was complicated by my inexperience and lack of knowledge on how to deal with that crisis.

Here's a few of the important things that have helped me along the way:

My Team - I am so very proud of our Graphics and Copy Shop staff and the customer service that they deliver. Scott Rahe, Wallace Werling, and Jane Geiger, together with our awesome workstudy students, Cassandra, Mallorie and Emily, make for the best-of-the-best. They are so creative, hardworking, and dependable and have provided me the best work environment I can ever imagine. Nothing I ever did was done was always a team effort ....and they always did me proud!

Humor - Loosen up a bit. Nothing helps eliminate a little stress like a sense of humor. I especially need to poke fun at myself and not take work life too seriously.

Honestly - I've always told you the truth. If you wanted an opinion, I always had one! However, for all the times you may have witnessed my gale force truths about what needed to happen at the college, I wish I had been able to deliver the message with a lot more love and a little more empathy. This will remain 'my life work' to move toward telling the truth with love!

Trust - I felt like a referee for most of my career. Faribault versus North Mankato; Credit versus Non-Credit; Technical versus Liberal Arts; Online versus On-campus; and on and on! A little competition may be healthy, but for the most part, it seems counterproductive to the promotion of a magnificent one-college, multi-faceted institution like ours. We need to trust each other to ensure that the college's best interests and those of our students are being served. Great things are on the horizon for SCC (I can't wait to see what great things are headed to Faribault!) but we all need to be part of creating a unified one-college environment based on mutual trust.

Respect - Be kind to one another. I believe our greatest resource at SCC remains our human resources! Every employee brings various talents and skills to our work environment. We need to make use of those talents and promote a safe, secure workplace that is free from harassment, bullying and other forms of disrespect.

Lastly, believe it or not, I'm finding myself becoming "sainted". Yes me...."sainted"! Just due to my surgery, my 89-year old mother has wiped clean the slate and I can feel myself steadily rise in importance over my siblings. I don't want the same thing happening to my image at SCC! I ask that you remember me as your very opinionated marketing director who could slice bread with her tongue but who always and forever had the best interest of South Central College staff, faculty and students in mind.

Just so you know, I have been asked numerous times by our President to consider letting the college host a retirement celebration in my honor. Sorry, even for this tough old bird, it would be too emotionally difficult.

My life and career have been blessed in so many ways and I thank you for the special part you have played as a co-worker and friend. Special thanks to all of you that are picking up the slack during my absence. All my best...Annie

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2013


SCC Faribault Campus Groundbreaking Set for Friday, April 19th


Faribault, MN- The 2012 Minnesota State Bonding Bill provided $13.3 million in remodeling and expansion resources for the Faribault Campus of South Central College. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 beginning at 8:00 AM. There will be an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) followed by refreshments in the college Student Commons. SCC’s Faribault Campus is located at 1225 Third St. SW in Faribault. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are so very excited about expanding access to students throughout the region surrounding our Faribault Campus with this special project,” stated President Keith Stover. “The new collegiate look and updated labs and learning commons areas will help attract incoming students to SCC to eventually better their lives and those of their families.”

Met-Con Companies, a local contractor from Faribault, has received the bid on SCC’s remodeling and expansion project. The remodeling project began in February and will continue with the expansion following the groundbreaking. Completion of the project is expected by Fall of 2014. Updates on the remodeling/expansion will be provided on the SCC website at:

South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college. SCC is a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. South Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator with ADA Accessible Facilities.


For additional information regarding this press release or South Central College please contact Carol Freed, Assistant to the President, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 507-332-5808.

South Central College Closed for In-Service Training on Friday, April 12th


Faculty and staff of South Central College’s Faribault and North Mankato campuses will participate in an annual in-service training day on Friday, April 12, 2013. Both campuses will be closed for the entire day and the college apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause for prospective students and our business partners.


For additional information regarding this press release or South Central College, please contact Ann Anderson, Marketing Director at 507-389-7289 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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South Central College will have a Kiosk display at the River Hills Mall in Mankato from May-July. This is the fourth year that SCC has rented space at River Hills in an attempt to capture the attention of the teens and young adults that frequent the mall during the summer. See me if you have promotional ideas for the mall display.


Departments considering a new Facebook or social media site should first read the approved Social Media Guidelines booklet. Click “Staff and Faculty” on the home page. Click on “Marketing Materials” and you will find the guidelines under “Marketing Publication.” Thanks for your cooperation.


South Central College plans to participate in the following parades this year. Please see Jeannie Ender if you would like to join SCC for one or more parades!

  • Morristown – Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM
  • Faribault Heritage Days -Saturday, June 15 6:30 PM
  • St. Peter - Thursday, July 4th at 10 AM
  • North Mankato - Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 AM


Join South Central College and our Center for Business & Industry as we promote our college at these upcoming events:

    GMG Chamber Showcase - Tuesday, April 9 (Mankato) 4:00-7:00 PM at the Verizon Wireless Center.

    Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce Expo - Thursday, April 25 (Faribault) from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at the Fairgrounds in Faribault

These events are both free and open to the public. Please join us!

Connection Newsletter

The Connection Newsletter will be published monthly. Please submit your articles to Wallace Werling. Our May Newsletter deadline is April 30th, for publication May 9th. Thanks for your assistance in providing news of the great things happening at SCC.

SkillsUSA Results

Congratulations to the recent 2013 SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Championship Conference participants. There were a total of 900 students (both secondary and post-secondary) competing this year in 80 different career areas including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services.

South Central College-North Mankato had 26 students participate in the skills events, with 17 placing in the top four. Five instructors (Todd Huxford, Jay Winters, Dan Boddy, Chris DeVries and Jon Morgan) attended the conference as advisors.

Prizes and scholarships totaling $350,000 were given out at the 2013 SkillsUSA State conference. Over the past six years 2.7 million has been given out to SkillsUSA winners.

South Central College-North Mankato will send 5 students to the SkillsUSA National Conference held in Kansas City, MO, June 24th - 29th.

The following first place students will be attending.

1st Place

  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
    • Phil Ochs
    • Matt Rorvig
    • Dustin Eggum
  • Job Skill Demonstration O
    • Kris Larson
  • Pin Design
    • Cassy Dlugiewicz

2nd Place

  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
    • Adam Hecht
    • Alex Zimprich
    • Joe Peterson
  • Architectural drafting
    • Phil Ochs
  • Prepared Speech
    • Ashley Enter
  • Job Skill Demonstration O
    • Ashley Enter
  • CNC Turning
    • Dustin Eggum
  • Precision Machining
    • Chad Vlasak
  • Mechanical Dexterity
    • Barb Asay

3rd Place

  • Precision Machining
    • Chris Friesen
  • Army Strong
    • Devin Wetzel
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
    • Aaron Rose

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Thanks for Your Support
I’m finally back at work, on a limited part-time basis, after being hospitalized for removal of my left kidney on December 24th. Progress is slow but steady. Thanks to all those that have followed my Caringbridge site and provided words of encouragement, cards and prayers. I appreciate all your support. Keep the prayers coming for my complete recovery!

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“Building for A Brighter Future” is the theme that has been chosen for the Faribault Campus Remodeling and Expansion project. Thanks to Sandi Myer for her entry of a theme. Anyone wishing to join the committee to help with the promotion of our construction project should contact Elizabeth Prange or Ann Anderson for additional details.

Major Day On Campus
The Marketing and Recruitment Committee has been making final changes in preparation for our upcoming Major Day events:

We need faculty involvement for the Academic Fair portion of the day. Please make every effort to have an interactive display that engages our prospective students.

Scholarship Promotion
Please help us promote our scholarship application deadline of March 8th. Last year, SCC students received over $300,000 in scholarship support from our Foundations! Returning and incoming students can apply online at: The process has been simplified and no longer requires two recommendations. We have a variety of mailings planned to incoming freshmen, high school counselors and returning SCC students to support this effort but appreciate your assistance in spreading the word!

Marketing & Recruitment Meetings
Our Marketing & Recruitment Committee will meet from 2:00-3:30 PM on the following Dates for Spring Semester:

  • Wednesday, February 20 (FBO-B115 and N MKTO E132)
  • Wednesday, March 20 (FBO-B115 and N MKTO E132)
  • Wednesday, April 17 (FBO-B115 and N MKTO E132)

Please make plans to join us for one or all of our Marketing & Recruitment Meetings. See David Miller or Ann Anderson for more details.

Connection Newsletter
The Connection Newsletter will be published monthly. Please submit your articles to Ann Anderson or Wallace Werling. Our March Newsletter deadline is February 26th, for publication March 7th. Thanks for your assistance in providing news of the great things happening at SCC.