Alumni Award winners to be honored Oct. 17
Friday, August 29, 2008
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University's 2008 Alumni Award winners will be honored during a Oct. 17 Homecoming Week ceremony.
Recognized by the St. Cloud State Alumni Association for outstanding contributions to society and the University are George Kuh, Diana Carter, David Novak, Al Heinen, valerie Doherty, Mary Brabeck, Patti Gartland, Dan Hooper and Judith Moberg.
To attend the event, call Alumni Relations at 320-308-3177 or 1-866-464-8759.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates for career accomplishments and service to society and the University. Taking the honor this year is George Kuh ’71, Bloomington, Ind., Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University Bloomington and director of the Center for Postsecondary Research. The Center houses the National Survey of Student Engagement, an annual survey regarding student participation in university programs that Kuh developed. His dedication to higher education has earned him Indiana University’s prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award, the American College Personnel Association’s distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State.
The Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni, friends or faculty/staff members for their contributions to the university and the community. Diana Carter ’78, Wayzata, Minn., served on the St. Cloud State University Foundation board of trustees from 1999-2008, both as a chair and as finance committee chair. She is on the finance committee of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and on the board of trustees at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Carter also founded Grand Central Charities, which funds micro loans to women running businesses in the Congo. She is chief financial officer at Summit Mortgage Corporation, a company she founded with her husband in 1992.
Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award recipient is David Novak ’00,Lake Grove, N.Y., a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Eastern Region Headquarters, Scientific Services Division. After graduating from St. Cloud State Novak earned a master’s in atmospheric sciences at State University of New York at Albany and is now a doctoral candidate at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Already, Novak is recognized as an important contributor and has earned significant recognition in his field. He has published numerous refereed papers and his research has served as the basis for a number of National Weather Service training seminars.
Alumni from the separate colleges are recognized with College Leadership Awards for outstanding career achievements and service.
G.R. Herberger College of Business honoree Al Heinen ’78, Champlin, Minn., Eide Bailly partner, has a long history of commitment to his business, community and St. Cloud State. He has been a strong financial supporter of the University and has made a commitment to actively recruit and hire many St. Cloud State accounting graduates through the years. Heinen sits on the board of trustees for the St. Cloud State University Foundation. He also is dedicated to the nonprofit sector, helping numerous organizations better understand their financial statements and in turn fulfill their goals.
College of Fine Arts and Humanities honoree Valerie Doherty ’76, Eden Prairie, Minn., is CEO and co-owner with her husband, Tim, of Doherty Employment Group and Doherty Staffing Solutions. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979. Recent recognition for her achievements has included Pink Magazine’s 50 Top Women Business Owners nationally and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s third largest female-owned business. Doherty and her husband also received the 2008 Entrepreneurs of the Year Award from the Carlson School of Management. She supports higher education by employing St. Cloud State graduates, currently 20, financially supporting her alma maters and partnering with Riverland College to establish the Doherty Scholarship fund.
Receiving the College of Education Leadership Award is Mary Brabeck ’70, New York, N.Y., dean of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is known for her leadership in the field of education and is considered a leading scholar in her field. Recently, Brabeck received the Homes Partnership Board of Directors Service Award, the American Psychological Association Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award and the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement and Distinguished Alumna Award and an honorary degree from St. Joseph University.
College of Social Sciences honoree Patti Gartland '80, is a lifelong resident of St. Cloud, Minn., and Sartell’s city administrator. She has served on the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association board, hosted interns while employed with the cities of St. Cloud and Sartell, and worked to strengthen relationships between the University and St. Cloud while she served as St. Cloud planning director. Her achievements have been recognized with the Excellence in Service Award from the Coalition of Greater MN Cities and the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award.
Receiving the College of Science and Engineering Leadership Award is Dan Hooper ’99, Oak Park, Ill., an associate scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin Madison and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University, after which he secured a coveted staff scientist position at Fermi National Laboratories, where he is known for his expertise in dark matter. He authored two layman’s guides to the universe, “Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe’s Missing Mass and Energy” and “Nature’s Blueprint: Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force.”
The University Leadership Award goes to a faculty or staff member who has provided leadership at the University and in the community. Honoree Judith Moberg ’68, St. Cloud, Minn., began teaching at St. Cloud State in 1969 as an assistant professor of geography. She dedicated herself to establishing the Travel/Tourism Program before retiring in 1999. In 2001, as a result of her commitment and determination, the travel/tourism emphasis became an individual major. Moberg also has received the Outstanding Contribution Award as well as the Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching.