University Distinctions

University Distinctions

Explore St. Cloud State Distinctions and Facts

The oak leaf has long been a symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State, where change is as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River. Here the oak leaf signifies distinctions and facts that set St. Cloud State apart and foster institutional pride.

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Top University Distinctions

2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

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2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State was honored with a 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from the NAFSA Association of International Educators, the largest professional worldwide education association.

St. Cloud State is one of five U.S. colleges and universities to receive this recognition for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies and policies.

In the 10-year history of the prestigious award for schools that excel in creating an integrated global approach to international education, the University of Minnesota is the only other public institution in the state to receive this recognition.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40252

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

Internationalization, diversity, awards

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Frozen Four

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4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State’s men’s hockey team celebrated a season of firsts in 2012-13, winning the NCAA regional championship and WCHA regular season championship/MacNaughton Cup, followed by capturing a coveted slot as part of the 2013 NCAA Division I Frozen Four tournament.

Thousands of Husky fans gathered in the Atwood Center Ballroom and in the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh to cheer them on in the first-day contest and disappointing loss to top-seeded Quinnipiac.

http://outlook.stcloudstate.edu/tag/frozenfour/

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Husky Athletics

Learning Commitments:

Husky Athletics

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Heiskell Award

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4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Institute of International Education honored St. Cloud State with the 2013 Heiskell Award for "Best Practices in International Partnerships" – recognition of the university’s 11-year-old multidimensional partnership with the Universidad de Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile.

The Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international programs, particularly initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.

Read a story about the Concepcion partnership, which owes much to the work of anthropology professor Rob Lavenda.

The other three 2013 top Heiskell Awards went to Susquehanna University in the category of Internationalizing the Campus, Pitt Community College for Internationalizing the Community College and Wake Forest University for Study Abroad.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?storyID=40048

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Liberal Arts,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

international,global,abroad,diversity,awards

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Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

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10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM

For the second year in a row St. Cloud State was recognized in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, as a recipient of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 56 2013 honorees are featured in the publication’s November issue. St. Cloud State was recognized in the magazine's December 2012 edition as one of just 48 colleges and universities to receive the award.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34751&storyID=41411

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Center for International Studies

Learning Commitments: Global and Cultural Understanding/Accessibility

awards, diversity

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ISELF

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8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

The four-level, $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) hosts cross-disciplinary teams working on short- and medium-term projects. The 100,000 square-foot facility serves mostly upper-level and graduate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology and radiology students. Central Minnesota businesses, including more than 50 precision manufacturing companies, are able to prototype new processes using ISELF space and student-faculty ingenuity. The largest construction project in Minnesota State Colleges and Universitie history, ISELF was dedicated Aug. 21, 2013.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34588&storyID=41000

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,College of Science and Engineering

Learning Commitments: Active and Applied Learning,Community Engagement,Sustainability

interdisciplinary, DeGroote

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JedCampus Seal

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1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Jed Foundation has honored St. Cloud State University with the JedCampus Seal, a designation shared by only 37 colleges and universities nationwide that exhibit excellence in comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming.

This is recognition of the univrsity's commitment to the emotional wellbeing of its students. It’s based on evaluation of the school’s voluntary responses to an extensive survey. The survey results are compared with the Jed Foundation’s recommended practices in mental health programming.

The Jed Foundation is the nation's leading organization in the work of promoting protection of the emotional health of America's 20 million college students. Its proven model and award-winning programs are changing the way campuses, communities and families promote mental health and prevent suicide. The foundation's mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34947&storyID=41952

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University,Student Life and Development

Learning Commitments:

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Military Friendly Schools list, Victory Media

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9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State has consistently been among the 20 percent of the 8,000 U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools to be included in Victory Media's annual Military Friendly Schools list.

St. Cloud State has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.

The designation was created to help guide veterans in their choice of an institution that has benefits, services and programs, services and organizations that offer active and veteran military a good educational value and a welcoming environment in which to prepare for a successful civilian life.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34507&storyID=40803

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

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Police partners target student safety

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9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

St. Cloud State and St. Cloud Police Department are partnering to improve safety in the southside neighborhood with the new Campus Area Police Services (CAPS) team of three veteran city police officers assigned to prevent and enforce crime near campus. St. Cloud State is contributing $240,000 annually to the city to offset the cost of officers who will concentrate their efforts on student and neighborhood safety. Two of the CAPS team members and the team supervisor are St. Cloud State alumni.

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments: Community Engagement

safety, police

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Top 4 percent of Forbes' most affordable colleges, 2013

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7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM

According to Forbes, a New York-based bi-weekly, St. Cloud State is among the top 650 colleges in the nation, based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards.

Based on Forbes' 2013 analysis, only 23 of "America's Top Colleges" have lower tuition than St. Cloud State.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/newsrelease/default.aspx?pubID=3&issueID=34552&storyID=40903

Organizational Units: St. Cloud State University

Learning Commitments:

affordable

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