Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Communication Studies
Riverview 117
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

Phone: 320-308-2216
Fax: 320-308-2250
Email: cmst@stcloudstate.edu

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Emeriti Information

Arthur Grachek

Home Address:416 43rd Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
E-mail Address:afgrachek@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU: 1962 - 1963 and 1971 - 2003
Also undergrad student 1958 - 1962

Current Interests:
Member of St. Cloud Downtown Kiwanis Club
Volunteer Work for St. Cloud Newman Center
Central Minnesota Readers for the Visually Impaired
Kids Against Hunger
SCSU Alumni Association
Hosted tour of Poland for family and friends May 2004, and September 2006
Guest professor at Bin Hai College, Nankai University in China, October 2005

Department Memory:
From a professional standpoint it has been interesting to observe the changes that have occurred in the discipline that today is called Communication Studies.  As an undergraduate student with a major in "speech and dramatic arts" (B.S. '62) the department curriculum included pubic address, oral interpretation, speech pathology, drama, and theater and radio.  As a newly appointed assistant professor in 1971, the areas of communication disorders and theater had recently split off to form their own departments.  The area of radio and televsion was soon to form it's own department.  New curriculum was developed in communicaton theory and interpersonal communication and the department was renamed "speech communication".  Within ten years, programs emerged in performance studies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication.  Although teaching majors were dominant in the 1960's - '70's, the emphasis turned to interpersonal and organizational in the 1980's - '90's. 

The age old question "What is a speech major anyway?" remains a challenge for the department.

Art and Barb Gracheck were featured in an article Loyal Community Members in the Winter 2010 Outlook Alumni Magazine.

Art and Barb Grachek received the College of Fine Arts and Humanities Friends of the College Award August 2010.


Robert Kendall

Home Address:  6670 Northwood Lane, Unit #303, St. Cloud, MN  56303
E-mail Address: V37Kendall@aol.com

Years at SCSU:  1971 - 1992

Current Interests: 
Editor, "REAM News" - a bi-monthly newsletter for 9,000 retired educators in Minnesota
Member REAM Board of Directors
Guest Professor at BinHai College, Nankai University in China, October 2005
Organizing President of St. Cloud Realife Cooperative Housing Board of Directors (where we now live)
Occasional Impersonation Speaker
Travel, especially Elerhosteling
Fantasy Football and Baseball with Grandsons and other family members
Writing:  "Near Misses", (my memoires); "Communication, A Pastor's Job", (a 2-volume guide for church pastors); "History Speaks", (a manual on Impersonation Speaking).  A "coming of age" story about my grandfather (a work in progress).

Department Memories:
When I retired in 1992, I had 93 advisees (majors and minors).  I sometimes wonder what became of them.  What I missed most upon retirement was the classroom interaction; it was beyond simple enjoyment; it was just plain fun.  I cannot imagine a more fulfilling vocation!  Over my 21 years at SCSU, I was privileged to teach 23 different courses, of which I designed and/or overhauled 13 (of course, all in the quarter system), my favorite being "Ethics and Free Speech" and "Impersonation Speaking."


Judy Litterst

Home Address: 9330 Ahles Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301

E-mail Address: jklitterst@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU: 1980 - 2012

 

Rin Porter

Home Address:39205 Oak Drive, Browerville, MN  56438
E-mail Addresslwporter@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU:  1984 - 2004

Current Interests: 
I finally have time to work on my hobbies, including spinning and woodworking. I've been doing some genealogy and family history research also. For two years, I've worked part-time as a newspaper reporter for three small papers published in Todd County where I now live.  It's been great to have the opportunity to travel also.  In 2005 I spent 18 days in Croatia and Slovenia.  In 2006 I traveled to Romania and Hungary. 

 

Margaret Pryately

E-mail Address: mjpryately@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU: 24 years 1989 - 2013

 

Current Interests:

Have become interested in the connection between brain research and learning. Most interested in attention, concentration, creativity and, as I age, continued functioning.

 

Department Memory:

Thanks to all my colleagues in the Department of Communication Studies for sharing the ride for 24 years. Our department is one of the best on campus and I was always proud to be a part of it. It made me very happy at NCA one year when someone asked me, "How does St. Cloud State continue to attract so many great faculty?"

 

 

Joanna Pucel

Home Address:1481 25th Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304
E-mail Address: jkpucel@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU: 1970 - 1974 Student in the Speech Communication Department
1977 - 2011 Faculty

Current Interests: Working with the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women and Heart Disease Area, the American Association of University Women (all related activities), gardening, and enjoying my grandson and his various activities.



Don Sikkink

Home Address:  7500 N Calle Sin Envidia, Tucson, AZ 85718
E-mail Addressarlenedon@Q.com

Years at SCSU:  1963 - 1990
Associate Professor/Professor/Chairperson of Speech and Theatre
Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director of Denmark International Studies Program
Acting Director of International Studies Office
Dean of Fine Arts and Humanities
Interim Vice-Presidence of Academic Affairs

Current Interests: 
Finishing a first draft of our memories
Sorting and organizing 4,000 personal photos
Serving on the Board of Directors of our AZ Home Owners Association
Still teaching Parliamentary Procedure at the MN Municipal Clerks Institute and for Partners in Policy Making (An organization supporting developmentally disabled clients)

Publications:
Understandable Parliamentary Procedure (pdf): An understandable and simplified approach to Parliamentary Procedure, including "Sikkink"s Seven Motion System.

Department Memory: 
I had dinner with Jill Rudnitski, Vice President for Advancement, who waited to take SPC 161 with me until the last quarter of her senior year.  I also had a beautiful letter this year from one of our majors, Doreen Boettcher, who appreciates and uses daily, the skills and concepts learned in the department.

Other: 
I am looking forward to the 30 year reunion of our Denmark group.  Tom Bryne, a minor in Speech is organizing the event. 


Glenn M. Stocker

Home Address:  345 County Road 11 NW, Longville, MN  56655
E-mail Address: gstocker@tds.net

Years at SCSU:  1978 - 1981 SCSU
1981 - 1983 Akita Univ., Akita, Japan
1983 - 1985 SCSU
1985 - 1986 Research, Japan
1986 - 1997 SCSU
1997 - 2000 Akita Univ., Akita, Japan
2000 - 2003 SCSU Phased retirement

Current Interests: 
Reading, fishing, boating, snowmobiing, gardening, car restoration, etc. 
Secretary, Blackwater Lake Association, member, Board of Directors
Travel

Department Memory: 
Interaction with staff and students is missed very much.  Something new and interesting was happening every day.  SCSU is a fine university, with a great student body and staff.

Other: 
Come on up and take a ride on the lake, pontoon in summer, snowmobile in winter!

 

Charles (Chuck) F. Vick

Home Address: 954 Longview Dr., St. Cloud, MN 56304

E-mail Address: cvick6@gmail.com

 

Years at SCSU: Fall of 1971 through the spring of 1996

I taught  mostly Interpersonal and small group communication.  I served on various departmental, college and university committees and served as chair for a three year term.

 

Current Interests and Activities: Carol (my wife) and I travel quite a bit.  I've written a novel and plan to write some more.  We like to spend time seeing our sons and their families, particularly our one grandchild Aliza, age 6.

 

Department Memory: It was interesting when I was the sole major advisor with 80 some advisees - I was never lonely in my office - there was always a line outside the door.  I remember some fun events, like the time Bob Kendall had his class wheel a piano into my classroom and sing "Happy Birthday" to me.

One final thought:  I hope that the faculty and staff never lose that touch of caring about our students and realizing that the students are why we are there.

                                                       

 

Erica Vora

Home Address: 1114 Riverside Drive SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304
E-mail address:
ewvora@stcloudstate.edu

Years at SCSU: 1978 - 2011

 

 

Elinor Detra Wright

Home Address: 52278 S. Center Road, Spring Lake, MN 56680

 

Years at SCSU: 1956 - 1977

 

Current Interests and Activities: Since my retirement, my husband and I have spent five years with IESC (International Executive Service Corps). These assignments were from 1 to 3 years in Brazil, Portugal and Russia. Recently we spend our winters in Savannah, Georgia.

 

Department Memory: My time at St. Cloud was rewarding in every way. We had a superb faculty in the Communications Department that cared especially for the success of each student. Diversity in the student body was beneficial to our department and to the University.

 

 

 

 

 


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