Spring 2003

Taking our show on the road...

University News

Professor's story told through intricate family tapestry

Dr. Dia Cha, Ethnic Studies, was recognized during a recent celebration of the Hmong culture and heritage sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Featured presenters at the event included Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua, the first Hmong elected to state office and a longtime friend of the professor. Cha herself is believed to be the only female Hmong Ph.D.-holder in the U.S. academic community.

Cha was honored for her book, Dia’s Story Cloth, the Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom. The book is about an incredible piece of needlework that tells, in embroidery, the journey of the Hmong people from long ago in China to today. The book shows the exquisite beauty of the bedspread-size cloth, with the “stitched story” told in simple, clear English. Cha’s aunt and uncle created the cloth while they were in the refugee camps, and it was given to her six years ago.

Cha teaches cultural anthropology, ethnic studies, and Hmong culture and history at SCSU.

Weaving Minnesota's Rich Tapestry

3rd Annual MnSCU Diversity Conference

Hmong storyteller and comedian Tou Ger Xiong gave a spirited and poignant presentation during the Third Annual MnSCU Diversity Conference SCSU hosted for 160 participants April 4. He was one of ten nationally recognized speakers who shared ideas for creating intercultural understanding.

SCSU fills ‘er up with ethanol

E85, a blend of 85% renewable ethanol and 15% petroleum, will be the primary fuel for the university’s Central Motor Pool — the fleet of vehicles available to faculty, staff, and students for travel related to university business.

Currently, 17 of 22 vehicles in the pool are flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), which run on any combination of E85 and gasoline from a single tank. The university plans to acquire additional FFVs as it rotates older vehicles out of the fleet.

“We’re doing this because we feel it’s the right thing to do,” said Jim Williams, director of Buildings and Grounds Management. “E85 is cleaner fuel to burn, and on average it’s about 10 cents a gallon cheaper than regular fuel. It’s also good for farmers in Minnesota because that’s where the ethanol comes from.” SCSU made the decision after first considering a switch to E85 fuel more than two years ago.

The American Lung Association of Minnesota will help evaluate how much money the university saves over time by using the cheaper fuel, but Williams believes the program is already a success. “E85 is better for the environment, and we’re helping farmers and the local economy — we’re all winners, in my opinion.”

Minnesota now has more than 70 service stations offering E85 to FFV drivers. The SCSU vehicles can be fueled with either E85 or gasoline while on the road.

Winter Institute attracts Federal Reserve board member to campus

In keeping with its celebrated record of attracting considerable expertise to SCSU, this year’s Winter Institute featured a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, who will serve on the Federal Reserve board until January 2004, spoke on the subject of “Balance Sheets and the Recovery.”

Bernanke served for the last 12 years on the academic advisory panel at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. He taught economics at Princeton University, Stanford University, New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The keynote speaker earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1975 from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The SCSU Center for Economic Education sponsors the annual Winter Institute for the benefit of students, faculty, Minnesota K-12 teachers and administrators, business and community leaders and the general public. The institute attracts more than 300 business and community leaders from throughout the state.

U-Pass ... Come on and take a FREE RIDE

Beginning in September, St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical College students, faculty and staff will ride free on all fixed route Metro busses throughout the 2003-2004 academic year.

This concept, referred to as “U-Pass,” has been gaining ground in many college towns, including Duluth, where University of Minnesota/Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, and Lake Superior College students have ridden free on Duluth Transit Authority route busses since September 2000. Transportation issues are becoming increasingly prevalent, said MTC Executive Director David Tripp, and they are even more apparent on college campuses where enrollment is on the rise and on-campus housing is limited. Since more students live off campus, the need for accessible and affordable student transportation is increasing.

The St. Cloud program is being called “FREE RIDE,” and is approved at this time for one year. During this trial year, the schools and the MTC will share the revenue losses. “This is a great benefit for our students and our employees because it not only will save them money but will give them convenient access to the campus,” said SCSU Vice President for Administrative Affairs Steve Ludwig. SCSU riders will use their Campus Cards to gain free access to the bus system.

“Nationally, those transit systems that have these types of progressive programs for universities are solid, well-utilized systems,” said Tripp. “Healthy student ridership creates a very positive spin-off for the entire transit system and community.”

Redesigned web site keeps community informed

When SCSU introduced its redesigned web site last fall, users found it more helpful, more user-friendly, and more attractive, thanks to the hard work of Learning Resources & Technology Services staff.

An example of how it’s helping the university is provided by the web team, which has always fielded questions from web site users on assorted issues. If the question is not within their province, team members take responsibility for passing the questions on to the appropriate area, which might be Admissions, Ask Reference, Athletics, the Business Office, Career Services, Graduate Studies, the Help Desk, International Studies, or Records & Registration.

As a result of the improvements in the site’s functionality, the web team is receiving, sorting and passing on or responding to fewer and fewer questions. The most current data show the following:


The web team attributes the decrease to a more effective “contact us” page and the new interactive online directory/search function. Both help users use the site more effectively.

You may visit the site at www.StCloudState.edu.

Save the stamp: Tuition bills now online

As of this semester, the university is no longer printing and mailing invoices for student tuition. Students are responsible for viewing their account online and making payment by the due dates listed in each semester’s class schedule. Payment can be made online by credit card. Students can access account details online at any time to check financial aid applied to the balance due.

In addition to saving printing and mailing costs, the new procedure eliminates the problem of students failing to receive a tuition statement because of incorrect mailing addresses.

Students receiving scholarships, grants and loans in excess of charges for a semester can choose to have their remaining funds electronically transferred to a checking or savings account at a bank of their choice.

Community members scramble to take the Husky Challenge

Swinging ladders, rope bridges, a tightrope 30 feet above the ground, rock climbing walls – all part of the Husky Challenge course at SCSU. The program, now in its third year, uses a variety of exercises to challenge participants to take some risks and learn to trust themselves and others.

The course includes a trapeze bar held in place by a single cord 35 feet in the air, a 30-foot tower, and solid cables extended high above-ground. The course focuses on the power of experiential learning, or learning by doing.

Each program is customized for the client group. The result can be better communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, decision making and self-esteem, depending on the group’s goals. But in all cases, the intention of the Challenge Course team is to make sure everyone’s boundaries have been challenged while everyone has fun.

The Husky Challenge has been popular with employees of local and Twin Cities firms, SCSU students in campus clubs and residence halls, university employees, high school students and faculty, and community service groups. Stearns County has also sent through the program, for 48 hours of training, more than 150 juveniles who have been touched by the court system.

As an example of how the program works, one goal with the adjudicated youth was to help them understand that choices have consequences, and they are responsible for the choices they make. “When you’re 30 feet off the ground,” said Husky Challenge Course Director Tom Heck, “that message becomes very clear.”

The program has done no paid advertising, yet the 12-person team of faculty, staff and students trained to operate the course has had to turn groups away. The director has found that the best way to promote the program is to take someone through the experience. “Then they go ‘wow!’ We couldn’t pay for the word-of-mouth marketing they give us.”

The Husky Challenge also led to the introduction last spring of Recreation 320, Challenge Course Administration and Facilitation, which prepares students for Challenge Course work at camps and in other recreational and sport environments. The three-credit course is the only one of its kind in Minnesota.

Otto Bremer grant helps immigrants, refugees succeed

Dr. John Grether and Julie Condon of SCSU recently received a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for a pilot project to help immigrant and refugee students succeed in college.

The project will combine existing courses, tailored to meet the needs of that unique population, with services to assess and develop college readiness in language proficiency, reading and writing skills, and basic technology.

Project participants will also learn about American academic norms, such as timeliness, attendance, and student-centered learning — norms that may differ from those of their home countries and thus offer substantial roadblocks to success.

Students, faculty find interesting ways to spend spring break

While some students and faculty relaxed during Spring Break, this year others packed their work gloves and work boots and took off for a week of volunteer service. More than 30 students and faculty signed up for the Alternative Spring Break Service Trips, which put everyone to work in three different locations.

Volunteers paid participation fees to help with the cost of transportation, food, lodging and donations to the community.

Alnwick, SCSU’s British home, named best place to live

SCSU students in the study abroad program in Alnwick, England, should be forgiven if they rave about the setting. “Country Life” magazine recently named Alnwick Britain’s “best place to live.”

Alnwick is a riverside market town with historic houses, cobbled streets, and a castle that houses the SCSU study abroad program. The castle also doubles as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movies.

The magazine considered factors like the crime rate, house prices, transport links and “local character.”

The survey’s authors said Alnwick, located near the Scottish border, 300 miles north of London, combines an unspoiled town center and affordable homes with a beautiful and varied landscape. The community of 8,000 is described as having “fantastic” scenery, good beaches and great fishing.

“The town scored no marks” for its climate, according to the Reuters News Service, tactfully describing it as “inclement.”

According to the Associated Press, Alnwick also won praise for its cultural amenities: a theater, a music festival and bookshops. The town is home to the Duke of Northumberland, whose 700-year-old castle is one of the town’s most historic features.

SCSU student entrepreneur wins local, regional awards

Student Jenny Nies, who won the Minnesota Collegiate Entrepreneur Award last spring, has gone on to win the Great Lakes Regional Award.

Nies was the only female among the 15 award winners on stage at the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization Conference, which was attended by 400-500 students. The student and her business, Aqua Clear Aquarium Service, represented the region at the North American Collegiate Award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The SCSU Entrepreneurial Center honored Nies with a dinner and an award of $2,500. The award winner and her parents were guests of honor.

SCSU commits to mission, vision statements

New mission and vision statements for SCSU were adopted recently with the approval of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Representatives from areas across campus created the statements in conjunction with the university’s strategic planning process.

A 35-member Mission and Vision Task Force drafted the mission and vision statements. Two full-day retreats were held to develop the statements, and the drafts were shared widely through campus electronic and print communication vehicles. Community feedback sessions invited further input from individuals across campus.

The university’s vision represents what we dream we can be; our mission is a more specific statement of what we believe we should be accomplishing.

Local legislator secures much-needed funding for SCSU nursing program

U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy played a crucial role in securing federal funding for SCSU’s nursing program. A nursing education consortium formed by SCSU, St. Cloud Technical College, the College of St. Benedict and the CentraCare Health System recently won a federal grant of $500,000 to enhance nursing programs in Central Minnesota, a region with a critical shortage of nurses.

SCSU expects to receive $300,000 of the grant, which will help defer start-up costs of the nursing program it began a year ago.

The dollars are expected to play a significant role in helping the university meet the health care and nursing education needs of Central Minnesota.

2002 Hall of Fame

The 2002 Hall of Fame inductees (l to r) are: Dr. Arthur Grachek, Jeffry Renneberg ’72, Nola Johnson ’79, Brent Otto ’90, Gordon Weihrauch ’53, Jim Fogo ’58, Betty Klein (representing Bill Klein, Jr.) ’52, Kurt Threinen ’86

Eleven of the 15 Pohlkamp siblings made SCSU their second home

One by one, like "follow the leader," 11 of Marie and Lambert Pohlkamp’s children packed their belongings in the "Pohlkampmobile" and left the family farm to attend SCSU.

It started in 1970, when third-oldest Terry became the first of the 15 Pohlkamp children to go to college. For the next 26 years a succession of siblings made the 30 miles between their Pierz area farm home and their off-campus apartments a road well traveled. With frequent weekend trips home to help with planting, harvesting and other chores, the Pohlkamp children divided their time between the responsibilities of family farming and the challenges of college life.

According to their mother, Marie Pohlkamp, it was a satisfactory arrangement for her children and for those left behind. They were serious about studying and worked hard, she said. "It was not always easy, but I never heard any complaints."

Marie and her late husband were supportive of their childrens’ pursuit of higher education, and the older children became cheerleaders for SCSU, encouraging their younger siblings to follow them to their alma mater. Among them they earned degrees in education, business, engineering, social work and mass communications.

"Our children were very fortunate to be able to go to college in those days, and especially to be near a college like SCSU," Marie said.

At home or at college, as offspring or as students, the Pohlkamp children juggled their schedules and shared what they had, said Lillian Pohlkamp, who attended SCSU between 1976 and 1979. Two sisters and a brother also took classes during those years. Whoever was enrolled lived together in off-campus apartments and took turns driving the family station wagon they affectionately dubbed the "Pohlkampmobile." Often one or more of the children were forced to use other transportation. Marie still talks about the photo of Terry riding his bicycle through the snow that the University Chronicle ran on its front page.

Just as they retained strong ties to family during their university years, the Pohlkamp children have remained staunch supporters of SCSU. Family members continue to follow the Husky hockey and Husky football teams. The football tradition is a special one, as Pohlkamp siblings Leo and Joe played for the Huskies during their years at SCSU.

The connection to SCSU expands to additional family members as well. Two SCSU alumni have married into the family, and at Pohlkamp family gatherings, they share their own stories and experiences of life on campus.

Two of Marie’s grandchildren have made attending SCSU a second-generation tradition. Stacie Marquez graduated from SCSU in 2001 with a degree in elementary education, and Stephanie Wolf, daughter of Margery (Pohlkamp) Wolf, is in her second semester at SCSU.

The Pohlkamps’ commitment to family continues. Like her mother and her aunts and uncles before her, Wolf enjoys being close to her grandmother’s farm. "I like to visit her," said the freshman, admitting that her grandmother has a strong "shadowing influence" on her life.

Stephanie, who plans to major in business, also has been influenced by her aunts and uncles. "Although I’ve always thought I would attend SCSU," Wolf said, "my family members helped me make my decision. I think they were a little biased, though, of course!"

Feature Story

SCSU Alumnus helps facilitate SCSU MBA program

Russ Hagen

Failure is an option

SCSU alumnus Russ Hagen’s successful business philosophy starts with taking a risk now and then

“Don’t be afraid to fail.”

Those are words SCSU alumnus Russ Hagen ’64 not only espouses to the nearly 2,600 employees at his company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), but lives on a daily basis.

On first blush, it would be easy to assume that Hagen is the Evil Knievel of the business world. But those that know him say it’s his can-do attitude and his keen business intellect that have made him so successful– that and his penchant for taking a gamble now and then. But they are quick to add that Hagen’s brave soul is matched by strong understanding of what it takes to get the job done.

“He’s a risk taker, but he’s an informed risk taker,” said Susan Engeleiter, president and COO of DRC. “He’s an excellent problem solver who knows how to fix anything.”

Including, as the story goes, a boat whose passenger list included one of DRC’s best clients. An avid sailor, Hagen enjoys entertaining corporate clients on his boat. Engeleiter recalls one eventful trip when the boat experienced mechanical problems. Hagen, never one to be waylaid by a technical glitch, rolled up his sleeves and took control of the situation.

“Russ fixed the boat and got us to dinner on time,” Engeleiter said. “That’s just the kind of person he is.”

Hagen started his enormously successful company in much the same way he does most things, with an open mind and a great deal of intestinal fortitude. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Hagen started DRC after a chance phone call in 1976 to a friend and former coworker at Pillsbury.

After graduating from SCSU, Hagen worked in the computer programming and data collection industries. Flying home to Ohio from a business trip in Arizona, Hagen found himself on a layover in Minneapolis. He had heard that Pillsbury was having problems with one of their computer systems, so he decided to give his friend a call.

“I asked him how it was going, and he said terrible,” Hagen recalls with a smile. He asked his friend if he needed help fixing the problem. The response Hagen received was actually an invitation of, “How much?”

“I had to come up with a price,” Hagen recalls. “I was sitting at one of those open air phone booths. I had to come up with a price on the spot for what I was going to be willing to do this for!”

In the blink of an eye, Hagen gave him a number that would forever change his life. “He responded by saying have your attorney draw up the contract.”

After that eventful phone call, Hagen climbed aboard his flight home thinking about how he was going to tell his wife they needed to sell their home and move their two children to Minneapolis because he’d just started a business.

“We sold our house, packed up everything in a U-Haul, took our 6-year-old daughter and our 3-year-old son, moved into a rented townhouse, and used the proceeds from the sale of our house to start DRC,” he said.

“The extent of my business plan at the time was to spend less than I took in,” he said. That basic philosophy has worked pretty well throughout the company’s 27-year history, which reported $65 million in revenues last year.

“After all this time, we’re still a data collection firm,” Hagen explained. “That’s what we do and do well.” DRC uses optical mark and optical character recognition systems and the Internet to collect information for its client base. DRC provides traditional data collection and project management services and recently expanded their services to include test development for their clients.

The company employs psychomatricians, experts in a very specialized subset of statistics, that focus on item development for testing. This team can develop a prescription on how state educational systems can change their curriculum or what they might do differently.

“We have become a full service provider of customized testing systems for states and private companies throughout the U.S.,” Hagen said.

DRC’s client list includes 15 state departments of education, Fortune 100 companies, the Department of Defense and various governmental agencies such as the National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute.

DRC operates four divisions with offices in the Twin Cities, Cincinnati, and Austin, Texas. They are in the process of opening two offices in Harrisburg, Penn.

It’s in the genes

“The process of starting the company was done based on not wanting to report to a single boss but to report to many bosses called customers,” Hagen said.

Hagen’s dad owned multiple businesses while Hagen was growing up in northwestern Minnesota. “I grew up around someone who had never worked for someone else. I could have just as well owned a hardware store. I just knew that I wanted to own my own business.”

And it is not just his entrepreneurial spirit that Hagen inherited from his parents.

“I happen to have a couple of parents who insisted on putting their skill set to work in the community,” Hagen said. His father was the mayor of their hometown. Under his guidance, the community received tarred roads, street lights and city water and sewer. His mother was a grade school principal, who gave up a couple of pay raises so they could buy more schoolbooks.

“When you have those kinds of role models you say, ‘Okay, Russ, what are you going to put back.’ ”

And put back he does. Under his direction, DRC supports many community organizations, including the Guthrie Theatre and the Minnesota Orchestra. They’ve adopted a high school and grade school in the inner city and have given out a number of scholarships through various chambers throughout the Twin Cities area. He personally has served as the former chair of the Twin West Chamber of Commerce, spent three years on the U.S. Chamber Board and is the current chair of the board of the Minnesota Chamber. He has served on national-level Political Action Committees, the Guthrie Small Business Council, and the Region Four Coordinating Board.

“Some would argue that I need to get a new social life,” he joked.

An idea is born

It’s that same sense of civic duty and risk-taking spirit that attracted Hagen to the idea of opening his facility to the SCSU MBA program.

“He’s a humble person who doesn’t take himself too seriously,” said Engeleiter. “But he is very civic minded.” When Hagen brought the idea of opening its Maple Grove facility to the university’s MBA cohorts, she could see it was important to him.

“When the dean of the Herberger College asked me, I was kind of intrigued by the idea,” Hagen said. “We see having the program as one more benefit for our employees. They can continue their education right in this building.”

“We were looking for a way to extend the tremendous educational opportunity that our accredited MBA can provide to the Twin Cities area,” explained Michael Pesch, director of the SCSU MBA program.

At the time, the Carlson School of Management was the only AACSB-accredited MBA program in the entire Twin Cities area. “The university saw that there was a tremendous void of options for professionals who wanted an accredited MBA program,” Pesch said. “We saw that making MBA cohorts available in the Twin Cities was one way we can continue to serve our alumni and the business community outside the Central Minnesota region.”

The difficulty was finding an affordable location. At the time, the dean of the Herberger College was in conversation with Hagen about joining its advisory board. During one of those conversations, the idea of opening a Twin Cities MBA location came up.

“It took very little convincing,” Pesch said. “Russ is the kind of guy who just pitches in. He immediately gets the big picture.” The unexpected piece came when Hagen offered the facility at no charge to the University. “His generosity has made offering this program a reality.”

In the end, a simple philosophy

“I’ve never been afraid to fail,” Hagen said. “To me, failing just means you tried one solution that didn’t work, so you go try another solution until you find something that does.”

A review of Hagen’s life, both personal and professional, reveals that philosophy reigns supreme over everything he does. And his friends, his employees, his community and St. Cloud State University have all benefited.

“If you don’t fail at something on a daily basis, you’re not pushing the envelope,” Hagen explained. “You are being too cautious, and I’m just not a cautious soul.”

And that’s a statement that Hagen believes would make his father proud.

Lisa Helmin Foss

Advice offered by SCSU Professor Abbas Mehdi

Professor Abbas Mehdi

For more than a decade government officials and reporters throughout the world have sought SCSU Professor Abbas Mehdi’s advice and commentary on Middle East affairs.But throughout the buildup, execution and aftermath of war with his native country, demand for the Baghdad University graduate’s expertise has intensified.

It’s been crazy the last two to three months,” Mehdi said between interviews the day U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad. April 9 started with a 6:30 a.m. interview at KMSP television studios in Minneapolis. At 8:45 he conducted a WCCO radio phone interview, and before noon he had done two other phone interviews and taken at least 30 calls from colleagues around the world asking for comments on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Another television appearance and more interviews were set for late afternoon. All this he fit in around teaching and meeting with students who dropped in for advice.

“It consumes a lot of hours,” Mehdi said of his role as an expert. “But it’s important to me to contribute at this time.”

As these historic events unfolded, Mehdi’s insights were frequently sought by Twin Cities television and radio newspeople, as well as national and international media.

“Abbas is an important figure in the discussion of the Iraqi situation because he was present at the creation,” said WCCO anchor Don Shelby. “He lived under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, and now he’s part of the promise of the new Iraq that follows Saddam Hussein.”

“I think it’s very useful for our listeners to be able to hear from a person like Professor Mehdi on developments in Iraq,” said Minnesota Public Radio host Gary Eichten. “He brings genuine knowledge to the subject, but perhaps more importantly, he is personally affected by what is happening in Iraq and thus can share his personal, human reactions to those developments.”

For the 51-year-old professor who fled Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s vengeance 26 years ago, news of the liberation of Baghdad was a bittersweet moment. He had longed to have his homeland free, but he worries about his parents and other family members still living in Iraq, as well as the long-term implications of the ensuing turbulence.

After moving first to England in 1977 to earn a master’s degree in management at Bath University, then to Ohio State University for his Ph.D. in sociology, Mehdi has been a man without a country he could safely go home to. As a college student in Baghdad, he had been outspoken in his criticism of the tyranny of rising political star Saddam Hussein, and friends warned that staying in Iraq would mean certain death.

Since coming to St. Cloud State University in 1988, Mehdi has been sought out as an articulate spokesperson on Iraqi culture and social and political issues. Not only is he a learned scholar in economics, management and sociology, he is founder and chair of the international Union of Independent Iraqis.

A U.S. citizen since 1995, Mehdi has been asked to the White House to discuss Middle East issues with George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He’s been invited to share his counsel with the U.S. State Department at least 50 times, he said, and British and Spanish government leaders have frequently consulted him before forming their opinions and policies. Both the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and Sen. Norm Coleman consulted with Mehdi prior to the November election.

In his Stewart Hall office, the professor has stacks of letters from dignitaries. “On behalf of the Embassy of Spain and myself, I would like to express our gratitude for your valuable assistance and advice that enabled to improve our understanding of the complex political situation in Iraq,” begins a letter on his desk from Attaché Jose Manuel Gonzalez of Spain.

“I bring the name of St. Cloud State to the international stage,” he said. In turn, Mehdi’s travels and interaction with presidents, diplomats and the media transport the international world to his SCSU classroom.

And what do students in his classes on Complex Organizations and Social Change think of their professor’s extracurricular involvements? A recent e-mail from a current student expresses it well: “I saw you on TV (KMSP Ch. 9) and heard you on the radio (quite impressive). I just wanted to say that I am enjoying your class. I am learning a lot about humanity and the social aspects that mold and affect us in many ways. Thank you!”

His students expect him to bring up current events about the Middle East in his classroom. “I bring them a multinational and multidisciplinary perspective,” he said. “It means a lot to my students that I can tell them what they won’t find in the paper and make it alive with personal experience.”

G.R. Herberger College of Business launches first Maple Grove MBA Cohort

MBA Maple Grove Campus

Beginning this fall, business professionals interested in pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree will have a second accredited choice in the Twin Cities area.

The SCSU Herberger College of Business is taking its educational show on the road when it begins its first cohort in the Maple Grove area at Data Recognition Corporation, owned by alumnus Russ Hagen ‘64.

Under the cohort model, a class of 25 students will begin their MBA program together, taking one eight-week course at a time, and completing all MBA degree requirements in 26 months. All courses in the Herberger Maple Grove MBA program will be taught by SCSU’s very best full-time Ph.D. or J.D. professors.

The Herberger College of Business offers the only MBA program in Minnesota outside of the University of Minnesota system that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is a rare credential among MBA programs that denotes the achievement of specific quality indicators relating to faculty credentials and performance in teaching and research, student admission criteria, curriculum requirements and intellectual climate. The Herberger MBA program was first accredited by AACSB in 1982 and was reaccredited in 1988 and 2000.

The first cohort will begin Aug. 27. Admission applications are currently being accepted. Application review will begin July 1 with a final deadline for admission on Aug. 1. For application information, contact Dr. Michael Pesch, MBA Director, at 320-255-3212, send an email to MBA@StCloudState.edu, or go to the MBA web site at www.StCloudState.edu/mba.

Strong Family Ties

Eleven of the 15 Pohlkamp siblings made SCSU their second home

One by one, like “follow the leader,” 11 of Marie and Lambert Pohlkamp’s children packed their belongings in the “Pohlkampmobile” and left the family farm to attend SCSU.

It started in 1970, when third-oldest Terry became the first of the 15 Pohlkamp children to go to college. For the next 26 years a succession of siblings made the 30 miles between their Pierz area farm home and their off-campus apartments a road well traveled. With frequent weekend trips home to help with planting, harvesting and other chores, the Pohlkamp children divided their time between the responsibilities of family farming and the challenges of college life.

According to their mother, Marie Pohlkamp, it was a satisfactory arrangement for her children and for those left behind. They were serious about studying and worked hard, she said. “It was not always easy, but I never heard any complaints.”

Marie and her late husband were supportive of their childrens’ pursuit of higher education, and the older children became cheerleaders for SCSU, encouraging their younger siblings to follow them to their alma mater. Among them they earned degrees in education, business, engineering, social work and mass communications.

“Our children were very fortunate to be able to go to college in those days, and especially to be near a college like SCSU,” Marie said.

At home or at college, as offspring or as students, the Pohlkamp children juggled their schedules and shared what they had, said Lillian Pohlkamp, who attended SCSU between 1976 and 1979. Two sisters and a brother also took classes during those years. Whoever was enrolled lived together in off-campus apartments and took turns driving the family station wagon they affectionately dubbed the “Pohlkampmobile.” Often one or more of the children were forced to use other transportation. Marie still talks about the photo of Terry riding his bicycle through the snow that the University Chronicle ran on its front page.

Just as they retained strong ties to family during their university years, the Pohlkamp children have remained staunch supporters of SCSU. Family members continue to follow the Husky hockey and Husky football teams. The football tradition is a special one, as Pohlkamp siblings Leo and Joe played for the Huskies during their years at SCSU.

The connection to SCSU expands to additional family members as well. Two SCSU alumni have married into the family, and at Pohlkamp family gatherings, they share their own stories and experiences of life on campus.

Two of Marie’s grandchildren have made attending SCSU a second-generation tradition. Stacie Marquez graduated from SCSU in 2001 with a degree in elementary education, and Stephanie Wolf, daughter of Margery (Pohlkamp) Wolf, is in her second semester at SCSU.

The Pohlkamps’ commitment to family continues. Like her mother and her aunts and uncles beforeher, Wolf enjoys being close to her grandmother’s farm. “I like to visit her,” said the freshman, admitting that her grandmother has a strong “shadowing influence” on her life.

Stephanie, who plans to major in business, also has been influenced by her aunts and uncles. “Although I’ve always thought I would attend SCSU,” Wolf said, “my family members helped me make my decision. I think they were a little biased, though, of course!”

The Lewis and Clark Trail, revisted

Bob Meyer on the Lewis and Clark Trail

While many of us may have taken only passing notice of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, SCSU graduate Bob Meyer, ’53, commemorated the famed explorers’ historic big adventure with one of his own. Not only did he retrace their 2,000-mile Missouri River trail in his kayak, he wrote about his one-man mission in a 175-page memoir, Big Winds, Big Water, Big Waves: Following Lewis & Clark’s Homeward Voyage.

Meyer has long been a great admirer of the courageous duo of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and his water journey was a tribute to their accomplishment and their impact on history. How important was the 1803 trek President Thomas Jefferson commissioned? By introducing Americans to the vast possibilities that lay in the mysterious lands west of the Mississippi, the journey and the explorers’ colorful accounting of their discoveries dramatically changed the course of our country’s future.

The trail that Lewis and Clark and their 33-member “Corps of Discovery” blazed became part of 11 states. The land from the 1803 Louisiana Purchase opened our nation’s collective imagination and doubled the size of our country. The pair’s poetic words, charming sketches and maps filled thousands of pages in their journals that made their adventure come alive for Americans hungry for information about this untamed territory.

The Lewis and Clark story is legendary, and to Meyer it remains a fascinating study of a pair of opposites in personality but equal in vision. Their courage, creativity and keen sense of scientific discovery turned the wild west into America’s new frontier. Meyer demonstrated some of those same characteristics in the year 2000 when he embarked on his 57-day journey. Paddling alone in his 15-foot, 32-inch wide kayak with supplies of water, dried food and simple camping equipment, he got a sense of the Lewis and Clark experience and the natural splendor of their journey. With a little help from two fellow SCSU alumni, Jim Pope and Bill Bergeron, who replenished his supplies along his route, he accomplished his dream.

Lewis and Clark were 29 and 33 when they embarked on their quest to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. Meyer was 69 when he retraced their historic journey. Throughout his book he reminds readers that his adventure is an homage to the original travelers of this route, with frequent references to his awe of their accomplishments.

Meyer writes of the corps and their leaders: “What a great bunch of guys they must have been. After a couple of bad apples got a flogging and one guy was court-martialed and sent packing, the men settled down to become a smooth-running unit. … Lewis and Clark pulled off one of the most thorough expeditions in history. What an inspiration these people are to me now, almost two hundred years later.”

A St. Cloud native and retired industrial designer for the aerospace industry, Meyer designed his first kayak in an industrial arts design class at SCSU, where he majored in art and foreign languages and also got involved in activities that fueled his creative interests. At the time he was designing his kayak project, which earned him an A-plus, the idea for his first journey came alive. “The thought occurred to me that it would be a grand adventure to paddle all of the Mississippi River, which passed right by the college,” he said in his book. Fifty years later he followed through on that dream.

Meyer’s other memories of campus life include designing the former St. Cloud State University seal as a student assignment, drawing political cartoons as artist for the College Chronicle (later University Chronicle) under the pen name “Buzz Little,” and leading the Choral Club as president in his senior year. He recalls being part of a singing group called the “Revelers” when they gave the first concert ever performed at the nearby reformatory.

In designing the seal, he included four equidistant points protruding from a circle, indicating compass points to show that the college attracts students from all directions. Little did he know that 50 years later, St. Cloud State University would have 900 international students from 80 countries. He also recounts wanting to include the Riverview cupola in his design, but being told by his art teacher that it wasn’t modern enough. He chuckled to discover that the new seal design prominently displays the very image he was discouraged from using.

One of Meyer’s more vivid college memories involves a friend, a girl, and a president in a string of events that have become part of campus lore. In 1953 Meyer and buddy Pete Hahn, who later became a Star Tribune photographer, set out on a bold mission – to get a freshman girl elected Homecoming Queen. After watching all the girls go by for a time, they deemed Joyce Pearson the prettiest, convinced her to run and photographed her for posters they hung before anyone else could advertise their candidates. Not only did Joyce win, she was crowned by visiting presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was making a campaign stop at the Stearns County Courthouse.

Meyer the designer, explorer and author has retained that youthful exuberance for living out the dreams that Meyer the campus leader displayed 50 years ago. Neither time nor the cancer he survived have dulled his engaging personality or spirit of adventure.

Marsha Shoemaker

Hasslen earns prestigious Carnegie Minnesota Professor of the Year Award

Ronin Hasslen

SCSU Professor Robin Hasslen chair of Child and Family Studies Department

Professor Robin Hasslen, chair of SCSU’s Child and Family Studies Department, was recently honored with the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Minnesota Professor of the Year Award at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Robin sets the bar for all the rest of us,” said College of Education Dean Joane McKay. “Always the student is at the center of everything in her classroom. Dr. Hasslen has been a tireless scholar in researching and developing a professional development school model for our college … She is simply the best.”

Hasslen’s students, colleagues, and administrators agree that she is outstanding because she’s so effective at achieving her mission - to give each individual student the gift of knowing they are “unique and exciting, full of potential,” then to take the next step to tap that potential. As one of her former students, Erin Dohrmann, put it: “Robin made a constant effort to know not only her students’ academic strengths and needs, but also their personal goals and limitations…Robin is both a model teacher and professional woman.”

The criteria for the U.S. Professors of the Year program, co-sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education, are set to honor higher education instructors who display great dedication to teaching, have impact on students, demonstrate a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, contribute to their institutions and their disciplines, and have demonstrated support from colleaguesand students.

Besides having a great impact on their education, Hasslen provides students with an outstanding role model for what she believes is the primary objective of education: “To prepare people to understand their responsibility as citizens of a global society.” Citizen Hasslen is a regular volunteer at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room and the Hospice Center. She also gives tirelessly of herself as a friend and adviser to students, all part of what former SCSU Academic Vice President Ruth Meyer refers to as Hasslen’s “ethic of caring.”

Through her much-heralded “Children in a Changing World” class, with a curriculum she is constantly redesigning to fit a constantly evolving society, Hasslen has demonstrated her ability to open students’ minds to the need for understanding multiculturalism. “She constantly reminds us that we need to develop this awareness of others for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is the increasing diversity in our schools and child-care settings,” said former student Sharon Markwardt.

“I can’t think of a better representative of St. Cloud State University’s excellence and commitment to students,” SCSU President Roy H. Saigo said of Hasslen’s award. “She has broadened the perspectives of thousands of students and has reached out to improve, inspire, and enlighten countless lives as a mentor and a friend.”

Alumni Award Winners

Dr. Ruth K. Meyer ’73 ’81 [2002 Distinguished Alumni Award]

Dr. Ruth Meyer

After earning two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, one from the University of Minnesota and the other from SCSU in 1973, Dr. Ruth K. Meyer came back to the SCSU campus to teach math classes and earn her master’s degree in the same subject. A brochure for the MBA program caught her attention, however, and resulted in her switching career and educational paths.

After graduating with a master’s in business administration in 1981, Ruth was hired as an instructor in the Business Computer Information Systems Department at SCSU. She progressed to her current status as a full professor by 1989, upon completion of her doctorate in business administration at the U of M that same year.

During her professional career at SCSU, Meyer added numerous articles, conference presentations, and textbook publications to her credit in the areas of statistics, computers, learning styles, and experimental design. Meyer, who holds membership in many professional organizations, also has received many research grants and is a textbook reviewer for three publishers.

The university has benefited from Meyer’s leadership. She has served as faculty adviser to various groups, led campus and community fundraising efforts, and served on numerous university committees and task forces. Meyer acted as the Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Business, seeing the college through a 10-year re-accreditation from the AACSB. She also served as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the university during the 2001-02 academic year at the recommendation of many of her SCSU colleagues.

Deeann J. Griebel ’76 [Alumni Service Award]

Deeann J. Griebel

A participant in the honors program, Deeann J. Griebel graduated from SCSU in 1976 with a degree in physical education and business education and a minor in health. She went on to teach high school business and physical education courses while working toward completion of an accounting degree at Southwest State University in 1980. Later in 1980, Deeann passed the CPA exam and relocated to Mesa, Ariz., where she began work as a staff accountant for a local CPA firm.

After successes in other offices, Griebel eventually joined Prudential Securities in 1988. Her success has continued in the company, where she is currently Senior Vice President – Investments. Her work is highly regarded. Because of her top performance and leadership, she has been chosen numerous times to serve on Prudential’s President’s Council.

Griebel is dedicated to serving her community. She devotes her time and energy to helping her church and its members with accounting and budgetary issues. She also continuously supports students at her alma mater, contributing annually to the Deeann Griebel Honors Student Scholarship Endowed Fund.

Cynthia M. Seelhammer ’80 [College of Fine Arts & Humanities Leadership Award]

Cynthia M. Seelhammer

Cynthia M. Seelhammer grew up “next door” to SCSU and graduated with honors in 1980 with a degree in English and mass communications. While a student, she served as a student senator and worked at the student newspaper. She also edited the book “The Growth of Sherburne County” for the Sherburne County Historical Society as a senior.

After working in various city government positions in Arizona, Minnesota and California, Seelhammer finally settled in as the town manager of Queen Creek, Ariz., where she directs and manages all departments and is responsible for all budgets, grants, shared services contract negotiations and daily operations of the town.

Under her management, Queen Creek has earned numerous state and national awards for excellence in citizen involvement, leadership education, intergovernmental cooperation and project planning. The town also has received and administered grants in excess of $500,000 per year.

O. Donald Billing ’73 [College of Business Leadership Award]

O. Donald Billing

O. Donald Billing received his master’s in business administration in finance and management from SCSU in 1973. His business career began with Ralston Purina that same year. He has since progressed through various leadership positions with Medtronic, Pillsbury, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young.

Most recently, Don accepted a position with Unisys as North America Vice President, where he oversees all Unisys’ offerings to its North American client base. In that role, he has rescued a failing consulting practice and achieved a break-even point after four years of negative returns. He has also established preferred vendor status with multiple Fortune 100 clients, grown base business by 20 percent through a difficult post-September 11th economy, and overseen a 10+ percent increase in North American revenues since 9/11.

Dale A. Wahlstrom ’78 [College of Science & Engineering Leadership Award]

Dale A. Wahlstrom

A 1978 graduate of SCSU’s engineering and technology program, Dale A. Wahlstrom joined the Medtronic management team in 1982 and has been a valuable member ever since. He is presently the Vice President and General Manager of Cardiac Rhythm Management Therapy Delivery and Physiological Research Laboratories.

Wahlstrom currently has seven United States patents to his credit, with others pending. One of his patents resulted in a revolutionary product for laser extraction of chronically implanted cardiac leads. This product has saved numerous lives, due to improvements.

Additionally, Medtronic honored Wahlstrom with its 1988 Star of Excellence Award for his dedication to customer-focused quality. The company again honored Wahlstrom in 1997 with the Wallin Leadership Award, the top leadership award within Medtronic.

Wilbur (Will) Herrington ’50 [College of Education Leadership Award]

Wilbur (Will) Herrington

Will Herrington was offered scholarships to play football at bigger colleges, but he chose SCSU because of its well-known education and art programs. Playing football under coach Eddie Colletti, and earning all conference honors each year, Herrington graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, art and health.

After graduation, Herrington and his wife settled in Oregon, where he was able to fulfill his calling as a high school art teacher and coach. Through 33 years teaching and 52 cumulative years of coaching, Herrington was able to channel his pure passion for kids and give them the tools to develop as individuals.

Never one to be idle, Herrington co-founded the first ski school at Mt. Hood in Portland and served in different capacities there for 27 years. In 1976, he earned his master’s degree in art from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Ronald A. Hochstrasser ’88 [College of Education Leadership Award]

Ronald A. Hochstrasser

After graduating from SCSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in biology education and a minor in chemistry, Ronald Hochstrasser spent ten years teaching and coaching soccer in Boca Raton, Fla. Now in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hochstrasser teaches advanced courses and serves as assistant coach to a high school men’s varsity soccer team.

In July 2001, Hochstrasser was one of six teachers nationwide selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s 2002/2003 TEAA (Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic) Program in Alaska. Through a series of trips to the arctic regions of Alaska, Hochstrasser participates in research on insect adaptation to polar climate.

Hochstrasser has been nominated for and received a number of teaching awards. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Teachers Research Update Experience Program at the University of Florida and the State of Florida’s TeacherVest Fellowship Program.

Alumni News

Memorial scholarship creates lasting legacy for professor

Students continue to benefit from the efforts of the late Dr. Doreen Keable, an SCSU alumna who worked at SCSU for 25 years as a professor and coordinator of the Center for Information Media.

Family and friends recently established The Learning Resources Center Memorial Scholarship in honor of Keable, who was born in St. Cloud and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information media from SCSU before receiving her doctorate in education from the University of North Dakota. The scholarship will assist undergraduate students majoring in Information Media, with a preference for students who are from Central Minnesota.

Keable’s legacy continues through the SCSU Children’s Literature Workshop, which recently completed its 23rd annual gathering on campus. She was editor of the Center for Information Media Newsletter, helped establish the NASA Teacher Resource Room on campus, supervised practicum students in the School Library Media Licensure Program, and was intimately involved in the planning for the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center.

Colorado Huskies Highlight

No matter where the SCSU men’s hockey team plays in Colorado, it has a built-in cheering section – the Colorado Huskies Alumni Chapter.

The Colorado Huskies have proven to be a dedicated crowd, gathering to root for the Husky hockey players when the team travels to the Centennial State. “I don’t think it’s an activity we will stop anytime soon,” said Rachel Swanson, Colorado chapter chair. Swanson often receives emails inquiring about the events early in the season. “The Colorado Huskies really look forward to getting together,” she said.

Socials give the Colorado Huskies the chance to meet up with acquaintances and make new ones. “Friendships are made at the get-togethers,” Swanson said. Many of the alumni connect their experiences at SCSU with hockey, which extends into roles as alumni, Swanson said.

The Colorado Huskies plan to continue to celebrate Husky athletics, but they have branched out to other Minnesota athletic events as well. The group recently participated in “Minnesota Night” when the Denver Nuggets played the Timberwolves in basketball.

Those interested in getting involved in the alumni chapter can check out the Colorado Huskies page on www.GoHusky.org or contact the alumni relations office toll free at 1-866-GoHusky.

‘64 baseball team comes home

Laughter and reminiscence characterized a recent informal 1964 Huskies baseball reunion that brought back former team members, many of whom had not had contact with their teammates since leaving the SCSU campus.

Gordy Schmidt ’64, former captain of the team, initiated the reunion and rounded everybody up from across the country with the help of the Alumni Relations office. Bruce Harjung ’66 flew in from California, Dick Pound and Al Rivard ‘64 drove in from Wisconsin, and the rest of the attendees traveled from around Minnesota.

The evening ended up being a bit of an informal recognition of coach John Kasper, who attended with his wife Evie. Players paid tribute to the coach, who had a positive impact on his players’ lives, both during the time they played on his team and after graduation.

Coming together and sharing the pride

I have been back at SCSU for nearly a year, and in that time I’ve traveled around the state visiting with many alumni about what is important to them at SCSU. In Duluth and Brainerd, in the Twin Cities and Rochester, and in my adopted hometown of Gilman (pop. 155), I’ve heard that alumni just want to feel proud of their alma mater. The good news there is much of which we can be proud!

The space now occupied by the impressive Miller Center was a parking lot when I graduated from SCSU. Selke Field has not changed for generations, but with the assistance of the SCSU Foundation and the SCSU Student Government, groundbreaking for a new football stadium and recreational center will take place later this spring. Renovations to Atwood Memorial Center will also begin this spring. All of these projects are being accomplished without relying on the traditional state funding model.

Our alumni pride should go beyond the physical appearance of campus to include the people and programs that are the heart of our enterprise. Professional accreditations are one measure of academic quality, and the reaccreditation of our engineering programs by ABET this year provides continued evidence of this quality. College of Education faculty member Robin Hasslen’s selection as Carnegie’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year is evidence of the quality of our faculty and their commitment to student success.

An alum we are proud of, Russell Hagen, is sharing his success by hosting a cohort of MBA students at his Maple Grove business place. This is great news and a valuable service for our alumni in the Twin Cities area.

Our alumni office works hard to keep alumni connected to SCSU. They, along with our Alumni Association Board of Directors, and I, are interested in hearing from you. Let us know what makes you proud to be a graduate of SCSU. Let us know what you are doing now and how St. Cloud State University may have contributed to your success, whether professionally or personally. We want to hear your story.

When you think about the opportunities for success that you have experienced because of SCSU, consider today’s students. Our admissions office seeks to attract Minnesota’s brightest students, regardless of financial background. This year, the focus of our fundraising effort is to help provide scholarships for incoming freshmen. The average freshman scholarship provides $1,000 per year, about one-third the cost of full-time tuition. When our student callers ask for your support, I hope you will help provide opportunities for a new generation to succeed at SCSU.

In the meantime, share your success stories and keep in touch.

Undefeated 1961 SCSU hockey team honored

The undefeated 1961 hockey team was honored last fall at a men’s hockey game.

From the pages of the ’61 yearbook

The Hockey team produced the first undefeated season in the school’s history this year by winning eleven games and losing none. They were, however, tied by the alumni 2-2, in an exhibition game.

Led by “Skeeter” Hawkinson and Ed Noble, the Huskies virtually ran over every opponent they faced and defeated Bemidji State, one of the powers in the state and the only team to defeat the Huskies last year, twice.

Rival MIAC schools didn’t have a chance. Five of them tried their best but the Huskies proved to be just too much for them. St. John’s U fell to St Cloud 5-0 both times and with reserves playing most of the game for the winners.

Carleton College received the worst beating of all, as the Huskies pounded out a 12-1 win on the losers’ ice.

The speedy Huskies were also excellent in the nets as goalies Rod Pickett and Dale Carmichael shared honors. Carmichael allowed only 3 goals for a .642 average, while Pickett let 12 sneak by for a 1.64 average. Together they made only 210 stops, while opponents were kicking out 344 attempts.

New leader focuses on helping new students

Since he arrived on campus in December as the new Associate Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations, Eric Kautzman has been hard at work.

“My priority is raising support for admissions scholarships,” Kautzman said. “With the increased financial pressure on today’s college students, it is critical that we be able to provide these scholarships to recruit high ability and diverse students to SCSU.”

With current Minnesota state budget upsets, the new leader has his work cut out for him. Kautzman’s 16 years of experience in the development field and his personal commitment to higher education have prepared him for the tasks at hand.

The U of M graduate considered himself a Husky even before he joined the leadership team at SCSU. His wife earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from SCSU.

Though new to SCSU, Kautzman’s connection has been strengthened since he arrived on campus. He has been impressed with what he has seen. “I’ve met so many alumni who can’t wait to tell me their SCSU story,” he said.


We Remember...

Dr. Robert O. Bixby

In Memory of Dr. Robert Bixby

’22 Daniel R. Schwab, 91, Saratoga, CA

’24 Helen Swanson Nordvall, 96, Braham, MN

’24 Katherine Litchy Zarske, 99, St. Cloud, MN

’39 Jeanette Gruber Johnson, Great Falls, MT

’32 Alice Casey Oliver, 91, Minneapolis, MN

’33 Roy Stelzig, 91, Crosslake, MN

’36 Joseph Kunze, 88, Arden Hills, MN

’36 Dale Willard Patton, Sun Lakes, AZ

’42 Theodore J. Ostmoe, Milaca, MN

’43 John (Jack) Maloney, 82, Brainerd, MN

’46 Edna Viola Berglund, 94, Henning, MN

’49 Cletus (Gus) Wesselman, Sun City, AZ

’50 Frank C. Curry, 74, Apple Valley, MN

’50 Richard Nelson, 74, Alexandria, MN

’54 Donald R. Talbert, St. Cloud, MN

’54 Tharsilla Weis Willenbring, 94, Yorba Linda, CA

’59 Alice Kossack, Hector, MN

’59 Joseph C. Nies, Cambridge, MN

’62 David L. Nessa, Chanhassen, MN

’62 Joyce L. Scheneker, Sauk Rapids, MN

’67 Mildred Karrigan Meyer, Glenwood, MN

’70 Lee Starken, Paynesville, MN

’70 John C. White, St. Cloud, MN

’75 Nick Dvorak, Sauk Rapids, MN

’82 Joanne Pearson Schmidkunz, St. Cloud, MN

’90 Kathy JoJo Hengel, 35, Shakopee, MN

’97 Kristine Hannus Johnson, 29, Crystal, MN

’98 James A. Gay, 29, Braham, MN

’98 Geoffrey M. Sagen, Sartell, MN

Faculty we remember...

Dr. George Serdula, 82, St. Cloud, MN, professor in Health Sciences 1957 – 1984.

Ed Hark, St. Cloud, MN, retired professor in Psychology Department.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Bixby, St. Cloud, MN, Geography Department professor. Joined the university faculty in 1980.

’85 Bruce MacKenzie, 40, St. Cloud, MN, worked in SCSU Foundation 1999-2003.


Sara Schiesher Bunge ’88 and Don, Eyota, MN, married October 11, 2002.

Kim Carlson ’92 and Hideto Tadenuma, San Francisco, CA, married June 8, 2002.

Stephanie Thull Ousdigian ’93 and David, Hudson, WI, married June 1, 2002.

Jessica Klein Kotfis ’97 and Nathan, St. Paul, MN, married February 15, 2003.

Michelle Koshiol Crandall ’97 and Jeffery, St. Cloud, MN, married November 30,2002.

Andrea Melberg Thompson ’97 and Mark Thompson ’97, Blaine, MN, married April 5, 2003.

Jennifer Chard ’98 and Ryan Remmers ’99, Shakopee, MN, married September 21, 2002.

Chris Ollig ’98 and Erin Miller ’00, Edgerton, KS, married October 18, 2002.

Rachel Corwin Stoehr ’98 and Tom, Golden Valley, MN, married June 9, 2001.

Jena Kephart ’99 and Gary Menke ’98, Shakopee, MN, married August 14, 1999.

Adam Adler ’00 and Elizabeth Valentine Adler ’01, St. Cloud, MN, married June 22, 2002.

Stacy Husfeldt Bock ’00 and Lance, Maple Grove, MN, married September 7, 2002.

Chris Feldman ’00 and Sheila, Buffalo, MN, married July 15, 2000.

Danette Gunderson DeCock ’01 and Paul DeCock’01, Bloomington, MN, married January 5, 2002.

Jen Spiczka Kipka ’01 and husband Jesse, Sauk Rapids, MN, married September 20, 2002.

Alex Krueger ’01 and Juliana Azhar-Phoon Krueger ’01, St. Louis Park, MN, married June 1, 2002.

Melissa Barbes Leimbek ’01 and Matthew, Plymouth, MN, married October 12, 2002.

Dawn Becker ’02 and Andy Becker ’02, Sauk Rapids, MN, married October 2002.

Elizabeth Nelson Blom ’02 and Andrew, St. Cloud, MN, married November 9, 2002.

Super CPAs

In the October/November 2002 L&P magazine is the list of Super CPAs of 2002. In conjunction with Twin Cities Business Monthly, they polled business people, accountants and lawyers from across the state, asking them who are the best CPAs they know. Out of approximately 450 listed, below are SCSU’s own alumni who made the final selection.

Dean Ager ’74, Duluth, Eikill & Shilling Ltd

David F. Calof ’81, Burnsville, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Colette Augusti Carlson ’82, St. Cloud, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Rick H. Ehrich ’74, Vadnais Heights, Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd

Terrell Enger ’76, Plymouth, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Glenn Eriksen ’66, Bloomington, Glenn M Eriksen PA

David Fleming ’70, St. Paul, McGladrey & Pullen LLP

John Frees ’71, Minneapolis, Keegan & Co PLLP

James Griebel ’68, Fridley, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Robert Gullick ’88, Anoka, Lethert Skwira Schultz & Co LLP

Karen Kritta Kuntz ’82, Woodbury, Karen C. Kuntz, CPA

Dale Lien ’70, Eden Prairie, McGladrey & Pullen LLP

John Lindell ’82, Brooklyn Park, Virchow Krause & Company LLP

Gregory I. Nelson ’89, Mound, Olsen Thielen & Company, Ltd

Karen Palm ’81, Minneapolis, Karen R. Palm CPA

Daniel Peterson ’80, Burnsville, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Jason Pundsack ’97, Bloomington, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Jon Riitters ’72, Little Falls, Riitters and Scearcy PA

Michael Roos ’80, Plymouth, KPMG LLP

James Schultz ’68, Delano, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Steven Stensrud ’81, Plymouth, Virchow Krause & Company LLP

John J. Tauer ’74, St. Paul, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Susan Olson Thompson ‘85, Mayer, Copeland Buhl & Company PLLP

Gordon A. Viere ’75, Wayzata, Larson Allen Weishair & Co LLP

Darwin Voltin ’71, Burnsville, McGladrey & Pullen LLP

Steven Wahlin ’95, Vadnais Heights, HLB Tautges Redpath Ltd

Eric Zahniser ’75, Minneapolis, Eric W. Zahniser CPA


A pair of little Huskies

Alumni Francis ’81 and Pamela Tritz Okia ’82 are proud to have their sons, Isaiah, 3, and Brendon, 2 months, wear their Husky Pup t-shirts.

Linda Niemela Campbell ’66 and Keith Campbell ’67, proud grandparents of Colin, April 2, 2002.

Francis Okia ’81 and Pamela Tritz Okia ’82, Montgomery Twp, NJ, son, Brendon Ngozichuky, June 25, 2002. Other children: Isaiah Chinye, 3.

Michael Pelto ’85 and Nikki, Oakdale, MN, son, Tanner David, March 5, 2003. Other children: Brendan, 2; Kristi, 16; Kyle, 15; and Jacob, 13.

Jessica Fitch Ostman ’87 ’92 and Tim, Sauk Rapids, MN, daughter, Madison, December 23, 2002.

Linda Thompson-Proell ’87 and Gary Proell, Rogers, MN, daughter, Jessie Angelina, April 14, 2002. Other children; Jamie Ann, 2.

Donna Janovsky Howlett ’88 and William Howlett III ’89, Shoreview, MN, son, Benjamin Alex, September 11, 2002. Other children: William IV, 5.

Kathy Bittner Lee ’88 and Erik Lee ’90, Merrifield, MN, son, Kameron Gilbert, May 26, 2001.

Julie Raasch Brandt ’89 and Jeff, Minneapolis, MN, son, Erik Milton, July 11, 2002.

Michael McDowell ’89 and Carey, St. Michael, MN, daughter, Megan, December 30, 2002.

Michele Decker Meier ’90 and Jerry, Minneapolis, MN, daughter, Olivia, May 4, 2002.

Rana Mortrude Nestrud ’90 and Tim Nestrud ’93, Ramsey, MN, daughter, Mara Dane, May 28, 2001.

Jodi Hoff Ralston ’90 and James, North Oaks, MN, daughter, Nia Elizabeth Margaret, July 12, 2002. Other children: Kennedy, 5; Logan, 3; and Mason, 19 months.

Jody Zender Allen ’91 and David Allen ’89, Maple Grove, MN, daughter, Jordyn Grace, May 15, 2002. Other children: Benjamin, 3.

Christina Stomberg Copeland ’91 and James, St. Peters, MO, daughter, Sofia and son, Finneas, July 22, 2001.

Karen Berkeland Jorschumb ’91 and Steve, Bloomington, MN, son, Colby Steven, August 10, 2002.

Kathy Lovelace Oftedahl ’91 and Paul, Decorah, IA, daughter, Kalea Jaide, May 22, 2002.

Noel Rauch Chirhart ’92 and Joel Chirhart ’95, St. Paul, MN, daughter, Sara Maria, October 21, 2002. Other children: Anna, 4, and Erin, 2.

Kara Dockry Huberty ’92 and Jerome, Elk River, daughter, Mia Genevieve, July 27, 2002. Other children: JD, 3; and Kevin, 2.

Carol Krabbenhoft Julian ’92 and Andrew, Apple Valley, MN, daughter, Amelia Rae, June 5, 2002.

Kim Haines Longerbone ’92 and Bradley, Savage, MN, daughter, Kaitlin, June 13, 2002.

Scott Rothkamp ’92 and Angie Uhlenkamp Rothkamp ’92, Westminster, CO, son Gabe Charles, January 7, 2003.

Lisa Worrell Bauman ’93 and Charlie, Waconia, MN, daughter, Payton, December 6, 2001. Other children: Logan, 7, and Hunter, 6.

Tanya Smith George ’93 and Matthew George ’94, Richfield, MN, daughter, Sydney Ann, October 9, 2002.

Kevin Kilkelly ’93 and Jennifer, Shakopee, MN, son, Christopher John, October 7, 2002. Other children: Meghan and Rachel.

Beth Hammond Neil ’93 and Kevin, Sartell, MN, son, Beckett Henry, September 5, 2002. Other children: Christen, 5.

Kristine Nordby ’93 and Jason Scheeler, Sauk Rapids, MN, daughter, Emily Francis Scheeler, September 27, 2002.

Karin Berg Ross ’93 and Mark, Longview, TX, son, Ian, May 13, 2002. Other children: Erin.

Wesley Schiffler ’93 and Shanna Thostenson Schiffler ’94, Wayzata, MN, son, Isaac Benjamin, October 5, 2002. Other children: Gabrielle, 3, and Nathaniel, 2.

Stacie Bright Schuler ’93 and Jon, Waconia, MN, daughter, Lauren, and son, Blake, August 19, 2002. Other children: Megan, 2.

Christina Fossum Allison ’94 and Christopher, Fridley, MN, daughter, Annika Marie, March 11, 2001.

Stephanie Jost Fiereck ’94 and Bryan Fiereck ’94, Portland, OR, son, Nathan, January 1, 2002.

Dan Hagstrom ‘94 and Joni, St. Cloud, MN, son, Brandon, August 27, 2001. Other children: Justin, 4.

Ronald Henkel ’94 and Mindy, Rice, MN, daughter, Savannah, February 28, 2002.

Doris Filzen Neutgens ’94 and Alex Neutgens ’94, Little Canada, MN, daughter, Abigail Ann, May 25, 2002.

Jim Nowak ’94 and Candi Rathjen-Nowak ’93, Brooklyn Park, MN, son, Thomas Allen, April 3, 2002. Other children: Tony 4.

Brad Peltier ’94 and Amy, Eden Prairie, son, Ethan Carter, September 9, 2002.

Jason Schierts ’94 and Michelle, St. Paul, MN, son, Grady, April 19, 2002.

Births, cont.

Michelle Santamont Walz ’94 and Steve, Sauk Rapids, MN, daughter, Allyson Michelle, January 6, 2003.

Pam Millner Wensel ’94 and Shawn Wensel ’94, Sartell, MN, daughter, Lauren, August 24, 2002.

Wendi Edel Wigham ’94 and Chad, Faribault, MN, daughter, Ellie Marie, December 27, 2001.

Lisette Hayden Wright ’94 and Brad Wright ’94, Monticello, MN, son, Brady Morgan, February 26, 2003.

John Zanmiller ’94 and Laura, West St. Paul, MN, daughter, Margaret Davis, June 28, 2002.

Nancy Otto Diers ’95 and Jim, Maple Grove, MN, daughter, Ella Portia, August 7, 2002. Other children: Connor, 5, and Piper, 3.

Heather Murphy Eigen ’95 and Matt Eigen ’95, Clear Lake, MN, son, Lucas James, November 15, 2002.

Lesley Schreiber Farnham ’95 and James, Richfield, MN, daughter, Nicole, March 13, 2000.

Amie Villcheck Olson ’95 and Ross Olson ’94, Sartell, MN, daughter, Alexa Lynn, October 10, 2002. Other children: Kayla, 5, and Evan, 3.

Marin Sween Salisbury ’95 and Steve, Zumbrota, MN, son Garrett Steven, November 1, 2002.

Dave Schwartz ’95 and Kim Thom Schwartz ’97, Sartell, MN, daughter, Emme Marie, February 3, 2003.

Debbie Schultz Szumylo ’95 and Chad Szumylo ’95, Bloomington, MN, daughter, Madison Alice, July 6, 2002.

Joel Theisen ’95 and Jodi, Savage, MN, daughter, Brook Elizabeth, November 25, 2002. Other children: Madison, 4, and Sam, 17 months.

Chad Dockter ’96 and Stephanie MacArthur Dockter ’96, Cottage Grove, MN, son, Gabriel Adam, June 28, 2002.

Michael Eck ’96 and Cherrissa, Forest Lake, MN, son, Reece Orion, December 20, 2002. Other children: Ashley 8.

Beth Klug Falconer ’96 and Jason Falconer ’95, Sartell, MN, daughter, Caroline, August 5, 2002.

Heath Fosteson ’96 and Carie, Sartell, MN, daughter Brenna Elizabeth, August 7, 2002.

Michelle Stellmach Leom ’96 and David Leom ’96, Milaca, MN, daughter, Jillian Kate, December 17, 2002.

Tina Galante Palmer ’96 and Justin Palmer ’96, Champlin, MN, daughter, Justina Grace Galante, June 9, 2002.

Elizabeth Curro VanCouwenberghe ’96 and William, Anchorage, AK, son, Anthony Michael, September 12, 2002. Other children: Annalena, 4.

Andy Wilkins ’96 and Jody, Savage, MN, daughter, Kaylee, May 29, 2002.

Kirsten Carter ’97 and Matt Hemenway ’98, Mahtomedi, MN, daughter, Abbigail Rose Hemenway, July 10, 2002.

Kim Olsen Coe ’97 and Darrin Coe ’94, Cannon City, CO, son, Jensen, October, 10, 2002.

Jaime Flicek ’97 and Christine, Princeton, MN, son, Emanuel Joseph, December 4, 2002.

Shari Stone Lubahn ’97 and Troy, Waukon, IA, son, Ryan William, September 9, 2002.

Sarah Olsen-Dickhausen ’97 and Tom Dickhausen ’95, South Bend, IN, daughter, Caroline Grace, December 29, 2002.

Heather Hillert Roers ’97 and Ryan Roers ’97, Champlin, MN, daughter, Calli Jane, June 2, 2002.

Heidi Terpstra Sedlacek ’97 and Jake Sedlacek ’97, Richfield, MN, daughter Makenzie Jo, September 3, 2002.

Gretchen Graber Williamson ’97 and Rick, Maple Grove, MN, son, Nathan Thomas, February 20, 2003.

Michelle Kolander Beyer ’98 and Brian, Owatonna, MN, son, Payton, December 29, 2002.

Lynn Eich ’98 and Allan, Clearwater, MN, son, Jacob Allan, November 15, 2002. Other children: Sidney, 3.

Denise Richmond Heinz ’98 and Stephen, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, daughter, Sophie, July 31, 2002. Other children: Trinity, 2.

Amy Haugen Lyke ’98 and Jayme Lyke ’97, St. Michael, MN, son, James, July 20, 2002. Other children: Geneva, 3.

Angela Schouweiler Mason ’98 and James, White Bear Township, MN, daughter, Kayla.

Jennifer Richason ’98 and Glenn, St. Cloud, MN, son, William Andrew Tautges, December 10, 2002.

Kristin Steen Ruiter ’98 and Brandon, Brooklyn Center, MN, son, Tyler Jon, March 14, 2002.

Rachel Corwin Stoehr ’98 and Tom, Golden Valley, MN, son, Andrew, January 2, 2003.

Dustin Thostenson ’98, and Cathy, Des Moines, IA, son, Devan Lawrence, December 30, 2002. Other children: Chloe, 2.

Michelle Driver Althoff ’99 and Mike, Maple Lake, MN, daughter, Abigail Michelle, January 26, 2003.

Jena Kephart Menke ‘99 and Gary Menke ‘98, Shakopee, MN, daughter, Taylor Joy, July 18, 2002.

Jean Burgraff Michael ’99 and James, Sauk Rapids, daughter, Samantha, June 2, 2002.

Jennifer Elletson Brown ’00 and Michael, Sauk Rapids, daughter, Emily Ann, May 15, 2000.

Meghan Bidne Dugan ’00 and Ben, Eagan, MN, son, Jackson, October 27, 2002.

Jim Freeland ’00 and Stacy Byers ’00, Maple Grove, son, Evan James, October 18, 2002.

Darcy Ekstrom Seurer ’02 and Greg, New Market, MN, daughter Grace, October 15, 2001. Other children: Connor, 5, and Jade, 3.

Business, Promotions, Graduations

Bethany Urban

2001 graduate not clowning around

Kay Radberg Fredericks ’65, North Oaks, MN, owner of TREND enterprises, Inc, New Brighton. TREND was named Employer of the Year for 2002 by The Chisago Lakes Achievement Center in Chisago City, Minnesota. The Achievement Center provides employment for people with disabilities. The company designs, manufactures, and internationally distributes more than 2,000 learning products.

Phyllis E. Van Buren ’69 ’76, Clearwater, MN, received the Ricardo A. Naváez Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Donald Thompson ’71, Wyoming, MN, is one of 39 teachers from an initial pool of 134, chosen as Minnesota Teachers of Excellence in 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the year program. The 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced in May 2003.

Susan Toskey North ’71, Brooklyn Park, MN, is one of 39 teachers from an initial pool of 134, chosen as Minnesota Teachers of Excellence in 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the year program. The 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced in May 2003.

William R. Sieben ’73, Hastings, MN, has been selected for the fourth consecutive year to be included in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Loretta Simonet ’76, Minneapolis, MN, and husband Curtis Teague have a folk music duo, “Curtis & Loretta” and were named Best Acoustic Performer of the Twin Cities for 2002 by City Pages, the entertainment newspaper of Minneapolis and St. Paul. This was the only acoustic music category included in their “Best of the Twin Cities” annual issue.

Darryl Beehler ’77, Alexandria, MN, a board-certified osteopathic family and emergency physician, was named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) late last summer.

Patricia Nelson Fridgen ’77, Greencastle, PA, had her first romance novel published, ‘Cool Spring’ by Patricia Nelson.

John Ritter ’77, Lebanon, TN, recently had a book published A Trace Element. This book is a true story about random drug testing and how mistakes can happen. Ritter uncovers the truth on how an innocent person falls prey to corporate insensitivity and government rules.

Rick Skogen ’77, Brainerd, MN, controller at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.

Richard Russeth ’78, Cincinnati, OH, has been named General Counsel for North America at specialty chemical company Cognis in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Junell Petersen ’79, Clara City, MN, was honored with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Associate Member Award for the North Central Region during National Medical Laboratory Week, April 20-26, 2003. She holds the title laboratory outreach coordinator at Rice Memorial Hospital Laboratory in Clara City.

Scott Adams ’81, Rice, MN, is the new executive director at the YMCA in St. Cloud.

Pamela Hall Guck ’85, Stillwater, MN, is currently writing three children’s books.

Siew Wong, ’85, St. Paul, MN, was selected recipient of a Metropolitan State University 2001-2002 Excellence in Teaching Award, presented at the university’s Fall Faculty Conference in September 2002. Wong teaches micro- and macroeconomics at the university.

Jeff Luehne ’86, Plano, TX, architect for F & S Partners, Inc.

Jay Griep ’88, Minneapolis, MN, financial advisor for private client group at Merrill Lynch.

Lisa Nuehring Beckenbaugh ’89, Lake Charles, LA, graduated with a PhD in American History from the University of Arkansas, August 2002 and is currently a professor at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.

Katherine Asfeld Pauls ’89, Watkins, MN, vocal music teacher at Eden Valley-Watkins ISD #463, received a master’s degree in music education in 2002.

Sarah Noerenberg Smith ’89 Howard Lake, MN, community development director for the City of Mound. She is responsible for coordination and management of the City’s downtown redevelopment activities.

Jon Westby ’89, St. Paul, MN, recently published, “They Will Know They Are Loved.” The book is about the family’s life with premature twins.

Carolyn Braun ’90, Anoka, MN, planning director for Anoka, passed her AICP exam.

Marlys Mock ’91, Portland, OR, is an associate with Zenn Associates, in Portland, a transportation and environmental consulting firm.

Carter Moser ’91, Colorado Springs, CO, senior accountant for The Anderson Company, PLLC.

Timothy Smith ’91, Howard Lake, MN, serves as director of manufacturing engineering and regulatory affairs for MEMSI (Miracle Ear Manufacturing Systems, Inc).

Kim Carlson, ’92, San Francisco, CA, received a master’s of arts in Asian Studies in May 2002.

Brad Digre ’93, Vadnais Heights, MN, is a planner for SEH Consulting in Minneapolis.

Stephen J. Ernest ’93, St. Paul, MN, was elected and installed recently as president of the MN Society Sons of the American Revolution, an historical, educational and patriotic organization.

Evelyn Griffith ’93, Morris, MN, is one of 39 teachers from an initial pool of 134, chosen as Minnesota Teachers of Excellence in 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the year program. The 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced in May 2003.

Kelly Groehler ‘93, Robbinsdale, MN, has been promoted to account supervisor in manufacturing and employee communications practices at Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc. in Minneapolis, MN, where she has worked since 1996. Groehler is currently the vice president of the Minnesota chapter, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is accredited in public relations (APR).

Rachael Komulainen ’93, Montrose, CA, has been working since 1999 for Audiences Unlimited at Universal Studios as a group coordinator.

Stephaine Thull Ousdigian ’93, Hudson, WI, was recently hired at Nuclear Management Company, LLC, in Hudson.

Brian Stanley ’93, South St. Paul, MN, serves as vice president of sales and operations for ARCTEK Satellite Productions.

Joel Paschke ’94, Chicago, IL, join Wildman Harrold’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice after serving as a bankruptcy court law clerk for the Honorable Eugene Wedoff, US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ellsworth “JR” Willard ’94, Kirkland, WA, works for Nortel Networks in Bellevue, WA in account support.

John Zanmiller ’94, West St. Paul, MN, was sworn in as Councilperson for the 1st Ward of West St. Paul and serves on the St. Paul Board of Water Commissioners.

Doug Borglund ’95, White Bear Lake, MN, is city planner for Forest Lake. Previously he was city administrator for Howard Lake.

Mike Braaten ’96, Denver, CO, was promoted to intergovernmental affairs specialist with the Colorado Municipal League.

Heath Fosteson ’96, Sartell, MN, is a jail sergeant for Benton County Sheriff Department in Foley.

Bob St. Pierre ’96, St. Paul, MN, joined Pheasants Forever as the organization’s manager of public relations. Most recently St. Pierre was assistant general manager in charge of marketing, advertising and corporate sales for the St. Paul Saints.

Larry S. Carlson ’97, San Diego, CA, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, recently departed on a six-month deployment to the Western pacific and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa.

Aaron Frederickson ’97, St. Paul, MN, was hired as an associate attorney with the law firm of Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, P.L.L.P. in St. Paul. His primary focus is in the areas of workers’ compensation defense and civil litigation.

Eric Putkonen ’97, Plymouth, MN, was hired at Abby Blu, an office personnel placement company as an account manager.

Tiffany Reiter ’97, Boston, MA, received a Ph.D in biomedical technology from Mayo Clinic. She is currently working on her post-doctorate at Harvard.

Brent Danielson ’98, Cameron, WI, has been named manager of Asian promotions at the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC). USAPEEC is a trade association whose mission is to promote the export of U.S. poultry and egg food products worldwide.

Denise Richmond Heinz ’98, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, is a captain in the US Army.

Nicole Vandergriff Middendorf ’98, Plymouth, MN, started her own firm, Strategic Financial, Inc. in Plymouth. She is a LPL financial advisor, certified divorce planner and certified divorce specialist.

John Paul ’98 ‘02¸ Mesa, AZ, is employed at Phoenix Catholic Diocese, Mesa, as the archivist/historian.

Marcia Handahl ’99, St. Cloud, MN, is one of 39 teachers from an initial pool of 134, chosen as Minnesota Teachers of Excellence in 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year program. The 2003 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced in May 2003.

Brad Lasser ’99, Fargo, ND, graduated from North Dakota State University in May 2002 with a master’s of education degree in education administration.

Michelle Madison ’99, Holdingford, MN, transportation planner with the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization. She had worked with the Metropolitan Transit Commission.

Kerry Werlinger ’99, Long Prairie, MN, formerly economic development coordinator for Long Prairie is now executive assistant with the Office of Institutional Advancement at St. Johns University.

Sarah Brand ’00 ’02, Durango, CO, is the sports information director at Fort Lewis College.

Cindi Dorweiler ’00, St. Cloud, MN, received the Early Career Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

Jim Freeland ’00, Maple Grove, MN, was recently promoted to senior IT auditor with Carlson Companies, Inc.

Tracy Peterson ’00, Maple Lake, MN, was a recipient of the Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Public Relations Oriented Service (PROS) award for her volunteer efforts in 2002.

Sean Sanchez ’00, Fort Collins, CO, service advisor for Cos BMW Center.

Jason Stern ’00, Minneapolis, MN, was promoted to account executive with the Minnesota Twins.

Shannon Nikki Street ’00, Fort Collins, CO, senior account executive for AppleOne.

Jessica Webb ’00, St, Louis Park, MN, currently works for Robbinsdale Area Schools as a project coordinator at the Mosaic Youth Center in New Hope.

Jason Angell ’01, Chanhassen, MN, is a planner one for the City of Chanhassen.

Kelly Bahn ’01, Maple Lake, MN, formerly community development specialist for the City of Howard Lake, was promoted to city administrator and director of economic development.

Angel Roffers Gamradt ’01, Winston-Salem, NC, is a self-employed graphic artist.

Jesse LaBoda ’01, St. Louis Park, MN, marketing expense coordinator at Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

Melissa Barbes Leimbek ’01, Plymouth, MN, is an admissions representative for SCSU out of the Twin Cities.

Lisa Mehtala ’01, Osceola, WI, is the new main street manager for Osceola. Previously she had worked for the Hamline-Midway Housing Redevelopment Corporation in St. Paul.

Patrick Mueller Jr. ’01, St. Cloud, MN, seventh grade teacher at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School.

Rina Pertzborn ’01, Madison, WI, human resource representative at Stevens Construction Corporation.

Amy Hales Preston ’01, Champlin, MN, elementary music teacher at Elk River School District.

Loree Stueber ’01, Eden Prairie, MN, financial systems analyst for U.S. Bank in St. Paul.

Bethany Jean Urban ’01, Belfast, Northern Ireland, has gained admission into the Actors’ Equity Guild of the United Kingdom.

Cory Anderson ’02, Maple Grove, MN, is employed as an environmental technician at the Institute for Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn Park.

Kate Nordin Anderson ’02, Maple Grove, MN, pharmacy technician at Cub Pharmacy in Maple Grove.

Abigail Baker ’02, Rogers, MN, teaches science at Benilde-St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park, MN.

Robin Immer Baldauf ’02, Sauk Rapids, MN, special education para-professional for St. Cloud School District.

Matthew Besser ’02, New Ulm, MN, is employed at Minco, Waite Park, as a technician.

Stephanie Biske ’02, Big Lake, MN, is employed at Super Valu in Hopkins as a category management assistant.

Stacy Brown ’02, Minnetonka, MN, is an associate accountant at Allianz Life Insurance of North America.

Margaret Cull Campbell ’02, Brooklyn Center, MN, works for the Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11 as a special education teacher.

Yin Y Chay ’02, Maple Grove, MN, commercial appraiser for Washington Mutual in St. Louis Park, MN.

Xiaojing Cheng ’02, St. Paul, MN, works for The Hubbs Center as a teacher.

Dawn Chouinard ’02, Sartell, MN, is employed at Central MN Community Corrections as a corrections agent.

Christine Cook ’02, Brooklyn Park, MN, is the new code enforcement specialist for Brooklyn Park, where she focuses on commercial and multi-family housing land uses.

Patricia Danielowski ’02, substitute teacher for Monticello, Big Lake, Becker and Buffalo School Districts.

Jamie Donahue ’02, New Germany, MN, samples coordinator/marketing assistant for U.S. Food Service.

Anne Erickson ’02, Plymouth, MN, currently attending law school at the University of Minnesota.

Peggy Falk ’02, Glenwood, MN, works in the Minnewaska Area School District as a special education teacher.

Michael Gamades ’02, Sartell, MN, is property manager for Gamades Properties.

Melissa Ganje ’02, Butte, MT, is employed at KXLF-TV in Butte as the TV news reporter/anchor.

Shane Gerwing ’02, Eagan, MN, is a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Andrew Gruebling ’02, Mequon, WI, marketing assistant at National Investment Services, Inc., in Milwaukee.

Jonathan Gunnarson ’02, Waite Park, MN, employed at Wilderness Impressions as a screen print technician.

Rita Stepanek Hare ’02, Lakeville, MN, is employed at SITE COMP as a software engineer in Minneapolis.

Robert Hensel ’02, Portland, OR, is employed at Waverly Country Club.

Nathan Jacobson ’02, Oita, Japan, works for JET Programme as an English teacher.

Jesse Jensen ’02, Grand Forks, ND, works for NorthStar (Verizon Wireless) as a sales representative.

Christopher Johnson ’02, Waite Park, MN, is in the U.S. Air Force.

William H. Johnson ’02, Plymouth, MN, CFO at Magstar Technologies, Inc. in Hopkins.

Kara Kelley ’02, Apple Valley, MN, account operations specialist for General Mills.

Samantha Kleinfehn ’02, Cedar Rapids, IA, is a corporate trainer for Iowa Glass Depot.

Brad LaZerte ’02, New Hope, MN, flight instructor for Wright Aero in St. Cloud.

Amy Magnuson Lengeling ’02, Sioux City, IA, speech-language pathologist at Western Hills AEA 12 in Sioux City.

Andy Lilleodden ’02, Hanska, MN, works for Christensen Construction in Sleepy Eye, MN, as a project manager.

Les Meyer ’02, Fairfield, MT, high school principal/football coach for Fairfield High School.

Steven Mick ’02, Little Falls, MN, is choral director for the Little Falls Community Schools.

Mary Milam ’02, Sartell, MN, is a new administrative team leader for Kern DeWenter Viere in St. Cloud.

Mollie Mohr ’02, Morris, MN, is employed at Mankato School District as a guidance counselor.

Jeff Mueller ’02, Burnsville, MN, is the office administrator for PRS. Inc.

Leah Muyres ’02, Minnetonka, MN, is employed at Long Term Care Group in Eden Prairie and is a quality analyst.

Jessel Nelson ’02, Sauk Rapids, MN, was hired as environmental administrator for Bauerly Brothers Construction.

Krista Novack ’02, Eden Prairie, MN, assistant property manager for Town & Country Homes.

Amie Novak ’02, Andover, MN, attending graduate school in Chicago, IL, for masters in forensic psychology.

Ivan Nunuz ’02, Maple Grove, MN, is the PC/LAN technician for St. Louis Park School District.

Becky Farmer Paurus ’02, Crystal, MN, school counselor Anwatin Public School.

Cpl. Pamela Phinney ’02, Wood Lake, MN, was recently called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to Military Police Company, 4th Marine Division, home based in Twin Cities, MN.

Raymon Proehl ’02, Thief River Falls, MN, is a software engineer at Digi-Key.

Mark Richardson ’02, Minneapolis, MN, investment representative at Edward Jones.

Steven Robberstad ’02, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, was hired at FPL Energy as a real-time energy trader.

Nancy Rohlik ’02, Plymouth, MN, is a service representative at Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America.

Urania Roque-Vanyo ’02, Hamel, MN, works at La Familia Guidance Center, Inc. in Minneapolis as a psycho therapist.

Stacey Rosa ’02, Waite Park, MN, substitute teacher at Becker Public Schools.

Brandon Sampair ’02, St. Cloud, MN, insurance agent for American National Insurance Company.

Megan Sauer ’02, Willmar, MN, was hired as city planner for the City of Willmar.

Lori Shogren ’02, St. Cloud, MN, event coordinator for Geyer Party Store.

Jessica Soler ’02, Andover, MN, was hired at WCMN-13, Starcomm Communications, St. Cloud to be a newscaster and production technician.

Holly Speiker ’02, Lakeville, MN, is a manager in training at Red Lobster in Roseville.

Michelle Speiser ’02, Maple Grove, MN, works at eMortgage Center in Eden Prairie as a processor.

Cheryl Starmann ’02, Minnetonka, MN, is employed at Larson Allen Weishair as a staff accountant.

Robert Streit ’02, Watkins, MN, quality assurance analyst for Paisley Consulting in Cokato, MN.

Christy Bowman Tadych ’02, Becker, MN, pharmacy technician at Kemper Drug in Elk River.

Seth Tramm ’02, Isle, MN, title I teacher for Onamia Public Schools.

Darlene Turbes ’02, St. Cloud, MN, is a dental hygienist in Albany, MN.

Jill Van Voorst ’02, Worthington, MN, was hired at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, as an employment representative.

Cindy Weber ’02, Wayzata, MN, land coordinator for Lungren Brothers Construction in Wayzata.

Nathan Whiting ’02, Plymouth, MN, technology education teacher for Rockford ISD 883.

Angie Zieman ’02, St. Cloud, MN, is employed as a cytotechnologist at North Central Pathology in St. Cloud.