Cari Kenner, Director and Professor: Cari is director of the Academic Learning Center and teaches COLL 110—Reading and Study Strategies, and COLL 120—Power Reading. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, her master’s degree from the University of Texas in Brownsville, and her doctorate degree from the University of Houston. Off campus, she enjoys weight lifting, canoeing, and bicycling.
Kirstin Bratt, Assistant Professor and Tutor Program Administrator: Kirstin Salma Ruth Bratt was raised in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, and is very happy to have found her way back home after living in many other interesting places. She has degrees from Saint Olaf College, Saint Cloud State University, and Northern Arizona University. Her research interests revolve around the literature and linguistics of immigrants. She is diligently at work with writing projects, including editing volumes of essays on North African literature and writing poetry and fiction.
Deborah Biorn: Deborah teaches COLL 110: Reading and Study Strategies and English 191. She earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and her M.A. in English from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). She does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity ReStore and for Minnesota Reading Corps at a local elementary school. Her activities include reading, traveling (especially to see her grandchildren in PA and GA), tent camping, gardening, biking, sewing, and knitting.
Amie Bordwell: Amie teaches COLL 110. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from St. Cloud State University. Amie enjoys reading, traveling, and spends the rest of her free time cheering on her three sons in their various sports and extracurricular activities.
Cynthia Bunting: Cindy teaches COLL 110- Reading and Study Strategies. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her master’s degree in Education and Curriculum from St. Mary’s University. Off campus, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening, camping, canoeing, bicycling and traveling.
Suzanne Glazos: Suzanne has been teaching College Reading at St. Cloud Technical and Community College for the last ten years. In addition she also teaches College 110 at St. Cloud State. Suzanne has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Child Family Studies from Washington State University and a Masters degree in Language and Literacy from Purdue University. She has been teaching College Reading and College Study Skills for 25 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, traveling, spending time with her family and dogs and anything having to do with the outdoors.
Dale L. Neuschwander: Dale grew up in northwestern Minnesota. After graduating from Moorhead State University he taught high school English for 20 years. He received his master's degree in gifted and talented education from St. Cloud State University where he also became credentialed in Communication Studies. He has taught speech, English, and COLL 110 at SCSU since 2001. Dale has also coached speech for 26 years and supervised student teachers. His interests include reading, listening to music, watching films, hiking, biking, traveling, gardening, and social networking.
Shelly Wagener: Shelly is more often seen teaching English in The Connection Program on campus, but she is excited to be teaching COLL 110: Reading and Study Strategies. Shelly's bachelor's degree is from The College of St. Benedict, and her master's degree is from St. Cloud State University. She loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family
Deepashika Pahadi: Deepashika is a Graduate Student in the Information Assurance Program. She has received her Bachelor’s degree from Kathmandu University, Nepal in Development Studies. Before continuing her studies she spent 4 years working with trafficking victims and survivors. She is really thrilled to be a part of SCSU and also shares that she is the first one in her family with Bachelor’s degree. She loves spending her time watching movies and listening to music.
Stephnie Fernando: Stephnie serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Academic Learning Center. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and is currently enrolled in the College Counseling and Student Development program. She loves working with students and is interested in working in the Admissions Department or the Career Services Department. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies and cooking.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Paavola (Office Manager): Karen works half time for the Academic Learning Center and half time for the Math Skills Center. She enjoys anything that pertains to the outdoors.