Tag Archives: Faculty Bios – General Education

Aneesa Adams

Instructor, Art History, Visual Art, Global Citizenship Aneesa Adams grew up in the Minneapolis arts scene as the daughter of an active visual artist. She is a classically-trained artist and has been teaching since 2003. She has exhibited her work throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and currently exhibits her work in and around Minneapolis. While her
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Portia Heller

Instructor, Social Sciences Portia hails from Indianapolis, IN, and is currently the president of Engineering Products Associates, Inc./Bortech Sales, Inc., a manufacturer’s representative and distributor in electronic test equipment and power supplies. She started as a regional representative for EPA in 1981, became Sales Manager in 1987, and eventually assumed the helm of the company
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Amanda Kirchner

Digital Video, Film History Growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, Amanda developed two passions: astronomy and movies; she has been a science fiction geek since she was six. As an undergrad, she studied physics and astronomy, but was also involved in theater, mainly as a lighting designer. After graduating, she spent a year
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Rich Manik

Music History, Music Theory Rich Manik is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Some of the pop artists Rich has performed
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Gail Milstein

Instructor, Writing, Communications As a creative writer, Gail brings a lot of passion to IPR. She has worked as a teaching artist for The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis for over a decade. During the summer, she teaches in The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program, and throughout the year, works with writers of all ages at
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Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde

Instructor, Communications, Humanities Nell Morningstar Ubbelohde started writing when she was eight years old. In her early twenties, she was a published poet and essayist before she fell in love with film. Pursuing an undergraduate degree in film and photography led to almost twenty years of work in the commercial film and photography industries. Toward
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Christy Perry

Faculty, Mathematics, Computer Technology Christy was born in Mississippi at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Her parents continually moved around the South — Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee —averaging a new state every two years. Yet, wherever they went, she found them. She worked for more than 20 years as an insurance product
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Marius Stefan

Mathematics A PhD in mathematics, Marius comes to IPR by way of Los Angeles, Iowa, and Bucharest, Romania. He has published several scholarly articles in the field of mathematics and spends his free time playing online chess. Education PhD in Mathematics, University of Iowa MS in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania BS in Mathematics, University
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Mike Trojan

Earth Science, Environmental Issues Hydrologist with the State of Minnesota. Primary interest includes understanding fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. Have worked in a variety of environmental research, monitoring and regulatory programs for past 25+ years. Education PHD in soil science, University of Minnesota MS in forest hydrology, University of Minnesota BS in
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