Department of Biology
College of Science and Engineering


Students Accepted into Professional Schools

DENTAL SCHOOL: Ashley Metcalf (2014), Alex Scott (2014)
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Kelly Miles (2014)

Alumni Notes

Gary Nelson (1975) retired in 2011. He spent 31 years teaching biology at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa and 5 years at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN.

Michael Damyanovich (1970) is the Director of Curriculum of NCS Learn in Tucson, Arizona.

Lawrence Boerboom (1972) received his Ph.D. and is the Director of Research at LifeCell Corporation in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Susan Henning Knauss (1974) is a medical technologist at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She and her husband, Roger, have three sons.

Cindy Ash (1975) received a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota.

Dean Hovey (1975) has written a second Minnesota mystery, Hooker. His first book is Where Evil Hides. Both books are published by j-Press Publishing, White Bear Lake, MN.

William Matter (1975) is an Associate Professor at the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. He is also the Assistant Director for Academic Programs.

Robert Nathanson (1976) received a Ph.D. in immunobiology from Iowa State University and then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Mayo Clinic. He is now a family physician in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife have two children.

Dana Richter (1978, 1983) received the Manierre Award for Scientific Research by the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation in August 2001, for the study and paper, “White Pine Blister Rust in the Forests of the Huron Mountain Club, Marquette County, Michigan.” (Additional information can be found at He also co-authored a chapter in the book, The MYCOTA, A Comprehensive Treatise on Fungi as Experimental Systems for Basic and Applied Research.

Ron Schmid (1979) is vice-president for sales and marketing at Overseal Color, Inc. in Hudson, WI.

Kevin Bestgen (1981) received his Ph.D. in 1996 and is the Director of the Larval Fish Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Robert Heinzen (1983) and his wife, Shelly Robertson, have moved from being professors at the University of Wyoming-Laramie, to being staff scientists at the NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, Montana.

Three SCSU alumni, Randy Binder (1983), Al Schmidt (1992), and John Hoxmeier (1993) work at the same MN DNR Area Fisheries Station in Lake City, Minnesota.

John Schneider (1984) is a field representative for Dairy Farmers of America located at the Melrose Dairy Proteins Plant in Melrose, Minnesota. He and his wife, Jeanne, are parents of seven-year old identical twins, Kristin and Ashley.

Katie Ostmoe Staska (1984), MT (ASCP), is a laboratory supervisor at Centracare Clinic-Heartland in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Douglas Carter (1985) received a D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota. He was with the U.S. Navy from 1989-1992 and is a Desert Storm veteran. He is now an oral and maxilloficial surgeon in Minnetonka and is Vice President of Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Kristie Klatt (1986) is an Experimental Pathology Research Technologist in Rochester, Minnesota.

Christopher Kolbert (1986) recently took an advanced position to set up a microarray facility for the General Clinical Research Center in St. Mary’s Hospital (Mayo).

Lori Black Ng (1987) is employed at GenBank at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH. She and her husband, Tom, have three children: Justin, Kira and Jared.

Susan Carter Isaacson (1988) is employed as a micro supervisor by Midwest Research Institute, just outside of Washington, D.C. The company provides molecular biological, microbiological, and immunological testing to defend and protect the national capital region against chemical and biological attack.

Dean Kirkeby (1988) was featured in an article in the January 27, 2002 edition of the St. Cloud Times. The article concerned his position as lab services manager at Gold’n Plump Poultry.

Lynn Heltemes (1990) is completing her third year as a post doc at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Williams (1990) is living in Plymouth and is a research associate in the BioAssays Department at R&D Systems.

Bingqing Zhang (1990) is a database application developer at Carter & Burgess in Arlington, Texas. She and her husband have a 12-year old son and a seven-year old daughter.

Danielle Baker Birkeland (1991) is a stay-at-home mother of two young children. She recently finished her Master’s thesis in Exercise Physiology at SCSU.

Kyle Thompson (1991) assists and advises landowners, state agencies and private sportsmen’s clubs on land management techniques through his Glenwood-based Prairie Land Management (PLM) Company.

Bradley Onstad (1992) is a laboratory supervisor in Chemical Germicide Testing Services at ViroMed Laboratories, located in Minneapolis.

Barton Slagter (1992) completed his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology this past summer at North Dakota State University.

Michael J. Smith (1993) received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and his post-doc at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Thomas Raymond (1993) and his wife, Lisa, welcomed the birth of their third son, Justin Paul, who was born on July 27, 2002.

Alan “Ty” Harrison (1994) has been working as a Family Practice Physician Assistant for almost five years and recently accepted a position in the Cardiology Department at The Park Nicollet Heart Center at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Paul Meyer (1994) and his wife moved from Omaha, NE to Shakopee, MN. Paul is a senior systems engineer at Beckman Coulter, Inc., working on the design of their immunodiagnostic analyzers.

Dana Vouk Kloss (1994) was promoted to a Forensic Scientist III with the Minneapolis Police Department, Crime Lab, Firearms unit. She and her husband, Eric, have a son, Benjamin, who was born on September 22, 2001.

Joseph Stewig (1994) recently moved from Panama City, FL, where he was a fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He now lives in Baudete, MN, up along the Canadian border on Lake of the Woods and is employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Patty Freihammer Thul (1994) is a lab supervisor for Medtox Laboratories in St. Paul. She and her husband, Mark Thul, were married on June 19, 1999.

Robert Martin (1995) received an M.S. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. He then went to Chicago and started a business that focused on providing exercise, nutrition, and stress management services to healthy people and those living with chronic disease. He is now back at Arizona State to pursue an M.S. in nutrition combined with a Ph.D. in exercise and wellness.

Richard Bartell (1997) is the QA/QC Manager at North Star Processing in Litchfield, MN.

Tonya Faundeen (1997) received her master’s degree from Midwestern University.

Tiffany Reiter (1997) received a Ph.D. at Mayo on October 21, 2002. She moved to Brookline, MA to do her post-doc at Harvard.

Cathy Schlegel (1997) recently returned from a three-month stay in Namibia, Africa working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She is now back at work at the Minnesota Zoo as a zookeeper.

Chad Bouterse (1998) was accepted to the osteopathic medical school at Michigan State University.

Edward Hinzman (1998) is at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the micro department. The lab works on VSV and RSV.

Sherry Rotter Kollmann (1998) is a research scientist at Cargill, Inc.

Eric Matson (1998) is a Ph.D. student at Iowa State University.

Tiffany Fixsen Klenken (1999) is employed at Protein Design Lab in Plymouth in the micro/tissue culture lab.

Josh Lundorff (1999) is working at Cargill doing molecular biology work (PCR, transformations, preps, and screening).

Egon Ozer (2000) is in his second year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa.

Bryan Meade (2001) has been living in San Diego for the past year and a half working in a cancer research laboratory at the University of California-San Diego. His recent project is working with a transducable version of the p53 tumor suppressor.

Renee Samuelson Hein (2001) and John Hein (2001) recently moved to Blaine. John is an eighth grade earth science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School. Renee returned to work at R&D Systems after being on maternity leave. Their daughter, Anika, was born February 13, 2002.

Melissa Link (2002) is a production scientist in the allergy department at Beckman Coulter in Chaska, Minnesota

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