Student Life Activities: February 10-23, 2014

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Student Life Events Calendar Spring 2014

Student Life Event Calendar Spring 2014

Student Life Event Calendar Spring 2014 Event Descriptions


SkillsUSA 2014: Champions at Work – Educated and Skilled to Lead Amercia

skills logo

Submit SkillsUSA memberships by January 30, 2014

The SkillsUSA membership and and State Championship deadlines are fast approaching!

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Students can participate in DCTC’s SkillsUSA chapter by competing in the State Champsionships March 28-30, 2014.


There are over 50 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership development. DCTC students compete against other colleges in Minnesota, and those who place first in the state will advance to nationals and compete against the best students in the nation in their chosen field. Participation in SkillsUSA is an excellent addition to your resume!


Joining SkillsUSA

  1. Fill out the SkillsUSA Membership form
  2. Attach $10 for membership fees
  3. Turn membership form and fees into Anna Voight by January 30, 2014

Competing in SkillsUSA

  1. Must be a SkillsUSA member
  2. Determine what contests you would like to compete in and contact contest advisor with questions
  3. Turn in the SkillsUSA State Championships registration and liability form by February 7, 2014

View SkillsUSA Brochure and Competition Listing for complete details about joining and competing in SkillsUSA.


2013-2014 Schedule



Events & Timeline


September 26, 2013 11:30 SkillsUSA Kick-Off Rally Dakota Room
January 23, 2014 11:30 SkillsUSA Rally Dakota Room
January 30, 2014 4:00 Membership Deadline ($10) Student Life
February 7, 2014 4:00 State Championships Registration Deadline Student Life
March 11, 2014 11:00 Resume Workshop TBD
March 28-30, 2014 All Day State Championships Metro Area
June 23-27, 2014 All Day National Championships Kansas City, MO
Nationals Group Pic

The 2013 DCTC National Competitors

Contests by Department

Business & Information Systems
Computer Maintenance Technology
Computer Programming
Customer Service
Job Interview
Job Skill Demonstration
Web Design
Business and Informations Systems Contest Descriptions
3-D Visualization and Animation
Advertising Design
Architectural Drafting
Digital Cinema Production
Web Design
Job Skill Demonstration A
Pin Design
Promotional Bulletin Board
T-shirt Design
Design Contest Descriptions
Health & Human Services
Early Childhood Education
Nurse Assisting
First Aid/CPR
Health Knowledge Bowl
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
Medical Math
Medical Terminology
Job Skill Demonstration A
Health and Human Services Contest Descriptions
Technical & Trade
Electrical Construction Wiring
Industrial Motor Control
Technical Drafting
Welding Sculpture
Engineering Technology/Design
Related Technical Math
Job Skill Demonstration A
Technical & Trace Contest Descriptions
Automotive Refinishing Technology
Auto Service Technology
Collision Repair Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology
Job Skill Demonstration A
Transportation Contest Descriptions
Leadership Development
Army Strong Challenge
Chapter Display
Extemporaneous Speaking
Job Interview
Job Skill Demonstration A
Job Skill Demonstration Open
Pin Design
Prepared Speech
Promotional Bulletin Board
Quiz Bowl
T-shirt Design
Leadership Development Contest Descriptions

Student Forms
Student Membership & Registration Form

Liability Form and Code of Conduct

Instructions for Competing in SkillsUSA


Advisor Forms

Student Nomination Form

Advisor Membership Form

Liability Form and Code of Conduct


SkillsUSA News Articles & Links

DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals – July 2013

DCTC Students Are SkillsUSA National Champions – June 2012

SkillsUSA National Website

DCTC SkillsUSA Chapter on Facebook



For more information about SkillsUSA, contact:

Anna Voight
SkillsUSA Advisor
Assistant Director of Student Life

Student Life Activities December 17-30

Phi Theta Kappa is Participating in Project Linus

The DCTC Beta Theta Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is participating in Project Linus this February by making blankets. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides blankets to children in need. The following is taken from the Project Linus website

The Greater Twin Cities Area, MN Chapter of Project Linus serves the following Minnesota counties: Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington. Our chapter was established July 2006.

Project Linus has a two-fold mission

FIRST, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteers called “blanketeers.”

SECOND, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

Anyone, any age, can help these children. It is within your power to make a difference!

Project Linus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax deductibility of your gift.

In order to provide blankets for as many children as possible, we need your help. Please consider donating fleece fabric. Each youth blanket requires 1 ½ yards of fleece . If you would rather make a monetary donation (it costs approximately $6 per blanket), please bring cash to Nicole Meulemans or Anna Voight in Student Life. Our goal is to make 50 blankets! Deadline for donations is Thursday, February 7th at noon.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Schneider at

Student Life Activities December 3-14, 2012

Phi Theta Kappa Celebrates Founder’s Day

It was a Big Day for PTK On Nov 15th, 2012

Phi Theta Kappa Founder’s days was celebrated! We celebrated Phi Theta Kappa’s 94th birthday in the Student Life Center with cupcakes!

Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Board with Advisor Carrie Schneider

Phi Theta Kappa kicked off Commit to Complete College Campaign

It was a  pledge day, inviting students to come and sign a pledge that they’re going to complete their degree. “Commit to Complete” is designed to get students to come in and realize what the benefits are to complete their degree, Students who do that will get extra recognition at the commencement ceremony saying they made a pledge to complete their degree and followed through.

Advisor Anne Farniok (left) and Treasurer Jill Surine (right) informing students of the benefits of completing their degree

PTK Hosts “Armful of Love”

This year, the chapter has adopted two families of five. By donating gifts, money, or gift wrapping supplies now through December 4, you can help bring joy and happiness to families this holiday season.

How can you help?
Stop by the giant penguin or giant gingerbread man located in the Student Life Center between Nov. 15 and Dec. 3, pick a tag with an item you wish to purchase for a family, and return the unwrapped gift and tag to the correct Armful of Love box in Student Life.

Outstanding Service Recognition

Each Year on Founder’s Day, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes a department of the college for their efforts in making DCTC a better place for students. This year, the Student Life department was recognized.

Director of Student Life Nicole Meulemans (left) and Assistant Director of Student Life Anna Voight (right) recognized for their service to students

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, contact:

Carrie Schneider
Phi Theta Kappa Advisor

Anne Farniok
Phi Theta Kappa Advisor



3rd Annual Turkey Day Coloring Contest

1. Stop by the Student Life Center to pick up the turkey coloring page, or download the  Registration form and Coloring Page.

2. Color the turkey and somehow relate it to DCTC. Be creative! You could relate it to your program, class you have taken, or club you are in. It could be anything from actually including the letters “DCTC” somewhere in your picture to something learned in a class. You may also draw or include additional items on the coloring sheet. You may NOT scan in the coloring page and use a computer program to color the turkey, it must be colored or decorated by hand.

Return your turkey coloring page to the Student Life Center by MONDAY November 19.

Write your name and contact information on the sign in sheet at the Student Life Center so we can contact the winners.


1) DCTC administrators will select ten finalists. The 10 finalists will each win a DCTC T-shirt!

2) The turkeys of the ten students finalists will be judged on the DCTC’s Student Senate Facebook Page.

3) The students that have the turkeys with the most “likes” on Facebook by Monday, November 26 at noon, will win a $100, $75 $50 or $25 Scholarship!!

Good Luck Everyone! Have Fun with this project!

Some of last year’s submissions

John Kriesel to Speak at Military Family Day

Military Family Day

Guest Speaker John Kriesel

Join us for Military Family Day on November 12! This event is open to the community, so invite family, friends, and community members!

When SSG John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. He went through thirty-five surgeries and months of recovery and rehabilitation. This is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and ultimately, his own life. Join us as he shares his extraordinary story!

This event is free for all students, staff, faculty and community members.

November 12th at 7 p.m.

Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th St. E. Co. Rd 42
Rosemount, MN 55068
Dakota Room

John will also be signing his book Still Standing.

Download Flyer with all the details.

For more information about this event, contact:

Nicole Meulemans
Director of Student Life

Scholarship Opportunities for Students

The deadline to apply for many scholarship opportunities is November 1, 2012. View the information below for more information on eligibility and how to apply.