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Significant Events 1997-2007

The following is a brief chronological list highlighting St. Cloud State University’s accomplishments since our last accreditation visit.  This is not an exhaustive list, simply some highlights from Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Student Life and Development, and University Advancement.  We are proud of the progress we have made in the last 10 years, and are committed to continuing this pattern of accomplishment. 

1997Learning Resources and Technology Services Center

  • Groundbreaking for the new Learning Resources and Technology Services Center
  • First Strategic Planning Committee formed and convened
  • First ever capital fund-raising campaign (FY 96-97 through 00-01)
  • Physical master plan developed (FY 96-97)
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College Portal Program
  • Career Services created and implemented a state-wide internet job posting system for all four year colleges and universities in Minnesota. Presently, Edpost is the largest and most popular job posting for educators and school districts.


  • Campus Card Services began
  • Converted from quarters to semesters
  • McKnight Foundation grant for $200,000 to help create a Riverwalk connecting SCSU with the downtown area

1999Herberger Endowment

  • Herberger $3 million endowed donation to the College of Business
  • Dedication of G.R. Herberger College of Business
  • Miller $3 million gift for the Learning Resources and Technology Services Center

2000Roy H. Saigo

  • SCSU student newspaper celebrates 75 years
  • Women’s Center celebrated 10 year anniversary of education and advocacy
  • Riverwalk completed
  • James W. Miller Learning Resources and Technology Services Center opened and dedicated
  • Roy H. Saigo selected as SCSU’s 21st President
  • New SCSU entry plaza, Norman C. Skalicky Plaza, dedicated
  • Student Life and Development Judicial Officer position changed to Associate Vice President

2001Atwood Memorial Center

  • Students passed $16 million referendum to support stadium, student recreational center, and renovation of Atwood Memorial Center
  • Successful capital campaign started in 1996 concluded at $27 million
  • SCSU hosted summit on American Indian Mascots
  • New Husky Bookstore opened
  • New Bachelor of Science in Nursing program approved by MnSCU

2002Riverview Cupola

  • New draft of strategic plan unveiled
  • Creation of Provost/VPAA position
  • SCSU Community Advisory Council formed
  • Work began on Lawrence Hall renovation
  • Stateview Apartments were purchased to provide apartment-style living options for students
  • Anderson Entrepreneurial Center moved to the Minnesota Center for Business and Development
  • Restoration of cupola completed
  • Mission and vision statements rewritten
  • SCSU College of Education selected for National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER)

2003Lawrence Hall

  • Lawrence Hall reopened after renovation as an international studies residence hall and home of the Center for International Studies
  • Number of students and community patrons using the new library increased 72% in the first three years
  • AmeriCorps Program at SCSU
  • MBA program offered in Maple Grove
  • First Year Experience Program developed to enhance student retention
  • Charter signed by bargaining units leadership for establishment of the SCSU Mediation Program
  • Free metro bus service provided to SCSU community
  • 43% increase in Internet courses

2004Student Recreation Center

  • Campus goes wireless
  • Nursing program graduated first class
  • Formed steering committee for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, starting the self-study process
  • Renovation of Atwood Memorial Center completed
  • President Saigo commissioned the Community Anti-Racism Initiative (CARE)
  • Multipurpose stadium on campus opened
  • Faculty and staff generate more than $9 million in external grants and contracts
  • TQE Grant of $5 million awarded to the College of Education
  • Student Recreation Center opened


  • New electrical distribution system on campus
  • Renewed campus master plan
  • 18 new electronic classrooms added
  • One-time funds allocated for parking ramp on campus
  • The Lindgren Child Care Center celebrated 25 years of service to the SCSU campus community
  • Created Office of Institutional Effectiveness reporting directly to the President
  • SCSU received the MnSCU Excellence in Financial Management Award
  • Lawrence Hall turns 100 years old
  • 800 international students donated 24,000 hours of volunteer service to the community
  • Development of an online ticketing system called All of the University Programming Board’s major events now have tickets available online


  • MS in Engineering Management offered in Twin Cities in collaboration with Metropolitan State University
  • Global initiative announced: 40 signed agreements in place with universities in 19 countries; 5 more under development
  • Centennial Hall renovation begins: new home for G. R. Herberger College of Business and the Center for Student Success
  • Announcement of first fully endowed chair, Lindskog Chair in Business, established with $1.3 million gift
  • SCSU received the MnSCU Excellence in Financial Management Award for the second year in a row
  • Construction of the first parking ramp on campus began
  • Foundation positions developed for each College
  • Sodexho replaced ARAMARK Food Services