Mental Health Gets a New Familiar Face on the Cambridge Campus

Linnea Janas has accepted the position as Cambridge Campus Counselor

By Andrea Gerrard
Photojournalist/Staff Writer

Last spring, long-time Cambridge campus counselor Isabelle Schmidt announced her retirement for the following fall semester. A search committee chaired by Steven Crittenden, Dean of Student Affairs, interviewed candidates and chose to hire Linnea Janas, who was Coordinator for the Office of Students with Disabilities at the time. Janas began her new role as Cambridge campus counselor in August of this year.  

Janas leading the Parent Café event on Cambridge campus. Photo Credit: Andrea Gerrard

Janas got her start in counseling through her graduate program at St. Cloud State University. She worked as a Graduate Assistant in Student Disability Services, completed an internship with peer mentoring, and was inspired by a previous advisor to start her path toward counseling. Her bachelor’s degree was in Community Psychology at Saint Cloud State University (ARCC offers a transfer pathway for this same degree).

Despite her previous position placing her mainly at Coon Rapids campus, Janas feels that Cambridge campus is a good fit for her. She enjoys the smaller campus size because she started her college education at Vermillion Community College in Ely, MN, a campus which is similar in size to Cambridge. 

The small size of Cambridge campus also makes Janas feel that she can make stronger connections with students, faculty, and staff, as well as be more involved on campus. She mentioned how welcoming the campus has been and has enjoyed having more time to get to know the students, faculty, and staff around the campus. Janas has really enjoyed the new food service at Cambridge campus, Coffee Corner, as well. “Their breakfast burritos are amazing!”

Veterans Coordinator Nate Neilsen, Linnea Janas and speaker Dick Beardsley after the speaking event hosted by Counseling and Student life to bring awareness and suicide prevention to Cambridge campus. Photo Credit: Andrea Gerrard

Janas was instrumental with the collaboration with various student life clubs for the Suicide Prevention/Awareness Week events, which included arranging to have speaker Dick Beardsley on campus. She walked away from the event thinking that Beardsley “was an excellent speaker, at one point there was not a dry eye in the room.” She explained that suicide prevention “is an important topic and it is important to help people know what resources are out there locally and nationally.”

Janas wishes that more students knew about the variety of resources and topics that can be helped through mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She stressed that work-life balance and stress management are important.

Career counseling and help for academic concerns are also important services available to students all throughout their time at ARCC. Janas teaches a career development course offered at ARCC. If students are unsure of how to fill elective credits or undecided about choosing a major or pathway, they can earn credits while taking Career Development and get assistance finding their path.

To make an appointment with Linnea Janas, call (763) 433-1100 or stop by the information desk.

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