Class builds clock for Atwood
Friday, May 10, 2013
From left, with Atwood director Margaret Vos (green blazer), are students Gatlin Norgren, Andy Randolph, Dana Fluth and Scott Tourand. Instructor Mark Voigt is on the right. Not pictured are students Matt Elliot, David Kenyon and John Waletsko.
The facility that’s often referred to as “the living room of campus” has a handsome new piece of furniture.
Tuesday evening the seven students in Mark Voigt’s ETS 330 materials and processes class carried the black walnut grandfather clock they’d crafted as a class service-learning project to its new home outside the student center’s Alumni Room.
Atwood Director Margaret Vos said the gift is exciting on several levels. “It’s beautiful, and it fits very well in the black walnut forest of Atwood,” a reference to the liberal use of black walnut throughout the facility. She and others on campus also have connections with the instructor and some of the class members.
Voigt ’79 and ‘88 is an alumnus of St. Cloud State, earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in technology education. He has taught in Sauk Rapids, Spring Lake Park and Foley High School, where Vos began her professional career as a teacher.
Class member Scott Tourand, a senior technology education major, St. Cloud, is the son of Diane Tourand, who once worked on the Atwood staff and currently works as office manager for the Management Department. His 82-year-old classmate, Dana Fruth, said she has been taking woodworking classes at St. Cloud State for several years.
Voigt, Elk River, served this year as an adjunct instructor in Environmental and Technological Studies. His son Alex graduated from St. Cloud State five years ago with a degree in mass communications and is a newspaper reporter in Faribault.
In order to finish the project on time, the seven students said they spent countless hours outside of class, including three 12-hour Saturdays. “It took a lot of hours, and this was a great lesson for these students,” Voigt said. “They learned that with persistence and extra effort they can accomplish great things.”
The clock, constructed of rough sawn black walnut with burled walnut accents, was a great vehicle to teach very high-end materials and processes, Voigt said. “And the project produced a cool product the students are so proud of.”
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