SCSU Now St. Cloud State Univerisity SCSU Now 2017 St. Cloud State University Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:00:00 CST Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[First Avenue Walls restored]]>

With the practiced skill of a master mason, Brian Kostreba mortared into place a granite sign that reads "WPA 1936."

While a crowd of onlookers watched, Kostreba finished the last element of a two-month, $200,000 restoration project that helps preserve St. Cloud State's First Avenue Walls for future generations.

Built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the walls line the sidewalk on the east side of the avenue from 8th Street south to University Bridge.

The Great Depression federal relief program created $11 billion in public works projects between 1935 and 1943, including the First Avenue Walls, the Selke Field Walls and the walls and arch east of Whitney Park, according to Bill Morgan, professor emeritus of American Studies.

Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Dakota homelands lecture]]>

Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair will present "Dakota People, Dakota Homelands" 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Miller Center auditorium.

St. Clair is a St. Cloud State associate professor of learning resources and former director of the Multicultural Resource Center, now serving as a visiting associate professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of American Indian Studies.

The lecture is free and open to the public. St. Clair's remarks are part of the Multicultural Resource Center Lecture Series. View the event poster(PDF).

St. Clair's lecture about the Dakota people and their homelands coincides with the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War, which resulted in the death or exile from Minnesota of most of the Dakota people.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Campus hosting breast cancer walk]]>

St. Cloud State will host the Oct. 20 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) fundraising walk.

Last October our campus hosted more than 80 teams, more than 900 registered walkers, 79 breast cancer survivors and hundreds of volunteers.

Students, employees, alumni and community members celebrated America's more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors and raised more than $80,000 for breast cancer research, services and programs.

 ~ Register to participate and/or donate

 ~ Visit the MSABC of Central Minnesota Facebook page

 ~ Browse the Making Strides website

The walk is part of a national effort by the American Cancer Society to end breast cancer forever. 

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Survive & Thrive conference]]>

Leading voices in the worlds of medicine, emergency response and the humanities will gather for an Oct. 24-27 conference to raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The Survive & Thrive conference will feature speakers, panels and performances at St. Cloud's River's Edge Convention Center and Pioneer Place on Fifth.

Among the keynote presenters will be:

-- Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesia and director of the Program in Arts, Humanities and Medicine at Stanford University

-- Jimmy Santiago Baca, winner of the American Book Award, National Poetry Award and Pushcart Prize

-- Immaculada De Melo-Martin, associate professor of public health, Weill Cornell Medical College

-- Keith Lurie, professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota and co-founder of Take Heart America

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Strong economic growth]]>

Survey research and employment statistics suggest the Central Minnesota economy has experienced strong growth, according to St. Cloud State economics professors King Banaian and Rich MacDonald.

Local employment grew 3.5 percent in the year ending July 2012 and local private-sector hiring grew 4.2 percent in the same period, according to the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report (QBR) published this week.

Central Minnesota's definitive, survey-based analysis of economic activity is published by Times Media, Greater St. Cloud Development Corp., and these St. Cloud State entitities: Center for Economic Education, Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs.

St. Cloud's private-sector employment is nearly at the level observed in July 2007, prior to the Great Recession.

"Indeed, the index on current employment is the highest ever recorded in the 14 years we have been administering the survey," write MacDonald and Banaian. 

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Food Microbiology Symposium]]>

One of the world's leading experts on E. coli will keynote the Food Microbiology Symposium Oct. 15-17 at St. Cloud State.

David Acheson, a physician and former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) associate commissioner for foods, will address new trends in food safety. He is a partner at a health care and food safety consultancy.

The Food Microbiology Symposium targets food-focused technologists, quality assurance professionals, laboratory professionals, microbiologists, chemists and safety consultants.

Browse the symposium brochure (PDF)

View the program (PDF)

Visit the symposium website

Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Sound-design conference]]>

International sound-design experts are gathering Sept. 13-16 at St. Cloud State University.

Devotees of a sound-programming environment called Kyma are attending the Kyma International Sound Symposium, known casually as KISS2012.

Invented in 1986 by harpist, researcher and composer Carla Scaletti, Kyma has been used to create sound for film, games, television and music recordings. Notably, sound designers used Kyma to created sounds for the box-office hits "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E."


Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Mainstreet 2012]]>

St. Cloud State University’s Department of Campus Involvement will welcome back students, faculty and staff during its annual Mainstreet event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 5 on the University’s Atwood Center mall. The rain date is Sept. 12.

Mainstreet provides an opportunity to connect with more than 200 student organizations, dozens of academic and student support departments, and St. Cloud community partners representing more than 30 nonprofit organizations promoting local service and volunteer opportunities.

Students and the campus community can explore ways to get involved through student organizations and learn about campus services available to them as well as volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the community.

Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Back-to-school]]>

About 17,000 students return to their studies this month at Minnesota's second-largest public university.

Welcome to Education for Life 2012-13. View the academic calendar.

Move-in, social gatherings, information sessions, orientation activities and Husky Kick-Off events are scheduled around the Aug. 27 start of Fall Semester at St. Cloud State University.

First-year students and new transfer students move into residence halls Aug. 25. Returning residence hall students move in Aug. 26. View the Move-In instructional video. Download the residence hall student handbook (PDF).

Move-in at Coborn Plaza Apartments (CPA) is set for selected dates between Aug. 4 and Aug. 26. Get the CPA move-in details (PDF).

Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Campus is tobacco free]]>

St. Cloud State University is a tobacco-free campus.

Today, the university became the sixth four-year school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system to implement a tobacco-free policy.

Exceptions for tobacco use are allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (PDF):

-- Traditional Native American ceremonies, scientific studies and theatrical productions.

-- Private vehicles on university property, as long as respect for individuals and the environment is demonstrated.

Trained advocates, signage, news stories, print materials and other means of communication are informing the campus community and visitors about the policy.

Get the documents and details at St. Cloud State's Tobacco Free website.