Friday, August 1, 2008
Dr. John Cronn (microbiology) retired at the end of Spring Semester 2007 and a reception honoring him was at O’Hara’s Restaurant. Dr. Steven Williams (fisheries biology, ichthyology) retired at the end of Fall Semester 2007. A retirement reception was held for him at the Green Mill, St. Cloud. Dr. Standley Lewis will retire at the end of Spring Semester 2008. His daughters are planning a picnic at Riverside Park, St. Cloud for friends and family.
Students Receive Scholarships and Awards
The Department of Biological Sciences awards several scholarships, thanks to contributions from former students, friends, faculty emeriti, faculty and staff of the department. The following were recipients of scholarships and awards this past year:
Allissa Dillman—Excellence in Leadership Award. Recipient and winner of the Denis M. Thayer Leadership Award.
Robert Plourde—Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient.
George Friedrich Endowed Scholarship: Nathan Jahns, Eric Hanson, Joseph Carlyon, Jason Carlson, Rebekah Olson.
Endowed Biology Fund Scholarship: Omkar Paudel
Gregory John Harkins Endowed Scholarship: Nathan Strand, Nirjal Bhattarai, Kelly Freese
Gladys Tirrell & Dr. N. B. Nelsob Endowed Biology Scholarship: Michael Maher, Christopher Froelich
Dorothy Barker Scholarship: Allissa Dillman, Deshani Perera, Labchan Rajbhandari, Patricia Fast
Students Accepted into Professional Schools
BIOINFORMATICS: Gargi Dayama, University of South Carolina.
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Tamaki Tomoshige, Shimane University
OPTOMETRY SCHOOL: David Malchow, Pacific University College; Forest Grove, Oregon
Ph.D. PROGRAM: Rainer Grant, veterinary molecular biology, Bozeman, MT; Marijo Roiko, cell and molecular biology, University of Michigan; Lalita Shrestha, interdisciplinary biomedical sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin
PHYSICAL THERAPY: Julie Warneke, College of St. Scholastica.
VETERINARY SCHOOL: Roberto Cediel, St. George’s University, Granada; Lisa Erdman, University of Minnesota; Rob Plourde, St. George’s University, Granada.
Robert White (1970) has become the SCSU Foundation Board of Trustees chair for the 2007-08 academic year. He is currently sitting on the CentraCare Health Systems Board of Directors and is the chair of the St. Cloud hospital board of trustees. Bob retired in 2005 as chief operating officer of Bankers Systems
Robert Heinzen (1983) is at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT.
Barry Fish (1985) is an assistant clinical professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Des Moines University.
Michael Fuchs (1988) was named Optometrist of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association. He has been at St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic for eight years. Brian Huebner (1988) is a senior marketing manager at AutoMed in Vernon Hills, IL.
Tomas Kowalkowski (1989) is a physician Board Certified by Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP).
Jolynne Konkel Tschetter (1990) is the Manager of Science and Technology Business Development, Economic Development & Finance Division, for the state of North Dakota.
Wade Bresnahan (1993) is now the course director of Advanced Virology, Immunology and Microbial Genetics Laboratory class for senior undergraduates at the University of Minnesota. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology.
Patricia Friehammer Thull (1994) is a Research Associate VI, Analytical Development, at CIMA Labs, Brooklyn Park.
Sherry Rotter Kollmann (1995) is a senior biotechnologist at Cargill, Freshwater Biotechnology Development Center.
Marla Clement Burger (1998) changed jobs from teaching and coaching Black Belts to being a Black Belt at United Healthcare. She is also working on a Master’s Degree in Technology Management at the University of St. Thomas. Eric Matson (1998) is at the Ames USDA lab. Dawn Harkin Stenstrom (1998) is a senior regulatory affairs specialist at Medtronic, Neurological Division.
April Maki Shultz (1999) is a microbiology QC Analyst III at PDL BioPharma in Brooklyn Park, a company which produces monoclonal antibody therapies. Jennifer Williams (1999) is a production scientist at Epitôpix, Willmar, MN.
Jon Gayken (2000) is a resident physician in the surgery department at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. He and Maria Martin, a 2000 and 2005 SCSU graduate, were married on April 28, 2007.
Kelan Buchta (2002) is a process control specialist at Gluek Brewing Company, Cold Spring. The 150-year old brewing company is Minnesota’s largest brewery.
Jennifer Lynn Dechaine (2003) joined the staff of Medical Arts Dental, in Sartell, as a dentist.
Jason Koch (2004) is a biology and chemistry teacher at Hastings High School.
Megan Cleland (2005) is in her third year of graduate school at NIH/Johns Hopkins. Megan has co-authored a paper, “The Role of Bax and Bak in Mitochondrial Morphogenesis” which was published in Nature. Joe Kerber (2005) is a third-year chiropractic student at Northwestern Health Services University, Bloomington. Joe and Kelly Roda (2006) were married August 25, 2007.
Cassandra Peterson (2006) is a doctoral student in biomedical sciences and molecular biology at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota and is employed as a graduate student researcher. Cassandra and Ryan Brinkman were married July 28, 2007. Justin Patri (2006) is at the transplant lab at the Mayo Clinic. Kelly Roda (2006) is employed by St. Cloud Hospital. Kelly and Joe Kerber (2005) were married August 25, 2007. Eric VanDerVeen (2006) is a sterilization microbiologist at Boston Scientific.
Angela Allen (2007) joined the American Medical Systems in Minnetonka. Anita Schneider (2007) is a biology lab manager at Inver Hills Community College. Kuan-Shen Wong (2007) is a research assistant in the Division of Developmental Biology at the Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center. He has been doing cDNA synthesis, RT-PCR and gel analysis.