Field of Dreams for Environmental Research

SCSU Camp Ripley partnership yields big dividends for students and military.

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University initiates premier research prize

The university has established its premier prize for research as the result of a gesture by Dr. Lowell Hellervik, a 1956 graduate and SCSU Foundation Board member. The Hellervik Prize for Research Proposals Endowment Fund was made possible by a gift of $160,000.

The prize is intended to encourage scholarly activity that holds the potential to advance knowledge on issues of importance to society and to earn external financial support. Awards are made to faculty members, but can also be used as stipends for graduate and undergraduate students working alongside a professor.

The Hellervik Prize, which continues the tradition of the University Researchers Fund awards initiated at SCSU in 2001, will be awarded for two projects a year.

SCSU tackles problem of student-athlete concussions

Head InjuryIn a first for Minnesota, this summer SCSU hosted a conference to address the problem of concussions in student-athletes. The event attracted high school and college coaches, athletic trainers, school counselors, school nurses, teachers, psychologists, social workers, team physicians, athletic directors, student-athletes, and staff from hospital ER and trauma units.

The conference was one outcome of the concussion and athletes program offered by the university since 2001. More than 350 SCSU student-athletes have completed computerized testing to assist in identification
and treatment of such injuries.

Keynote speaker was the assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's sports concussion program. The center manages
sports-concussion programs for the NFL and NHL, and for more than
325 colleges, universities and high schools nationwide.

Conference co-sponsor was the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.

Students hit the streets

SCSU students have hit the streets of St. Cloud – smiling, waving – by way of "wraps" or "bus sides" compliments of Metro Bus, St. Cloud.

Hockey Wrapped Metro BusWhen Metro Bus purchased three wrappable 40-foot Flyers recently, they offered advertising space on two of them to SCSU. One bus now carries images of students in academic settings; another has been wrapped with images of student-athletes. The two buses are used on Husky Shuttle routes on campus, but also occasionally run routes throughout the community.

The wraps are expensive: it costs $6,000 to wrap a bus and $850/month thereafter. But for SCSU it's all compliments of Metro Bus, which will keep the wraps in place four years or more.

A cost-sharing partnership between the bus service and the university also gives SCSU students, faculty and staff free rides on all routes. SCSU students are the single largest user of Metro Bus services in St. Cloud.

New master's focuses on the art of educational leadership

SCSU introduced this fall a degree aimed at developing leaders for the state's colleges and universities: a master's in higher education administration.

The program is designed to develop the skills needed for leadership success in higher education: four-year, community and technical colleges and universities. It's attracting students on their way to careers as program directors, chairs, deans, vice-presidents and presidents.

The 36-credit program offers coursework in leadership, the law, research design and execution, community relations, finance, and personnel and supervision. For the convenience of those already employed in education or elsewhere, the SCSU classes are offered primarily on Friday evenings and Saturdays, as well as at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Students, faculty advertising university's merits

An SCSU student took a "Best of Show" honor in a recent advertising/design competition – the ADDY Awards – as did a series of television spots promoting the university itself.

The Central Minnesota Advertising and Design Federation handed Patrick Jannette the Student Best of Show honor for a line of packaging he designed as a class assignment. His entry, chosen from more than 300, has since gone on to win the Gold ADDY Award from the Eighth District, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. As a result, the graphic design major's work is now in national competition.

A series of three television ads that "star" SCSU students and faculty members won the Professional Best of Show, the top honor and one that goes to only one entry a year. The three ads aired during 2004 and are appearing again this year in the Twin Cities market and a broad Central Minnesota geography. View them at www.stcloudstate.edu/ucomm

"Reporting from campus..."

MicrophoneKVSC-88.1FM's news and sports departments took several awards at this year's Midwest Journalism Conference.

  • Minnesota Associated Press Broadcast Awards
    Chad Roberts took first place with "Swisshelm Plaque" in the series/special category. Jill Gierke won honorable mention in spot news with her story on the Wetterling Walker First Amendment Forum. In sports reporting, Curt Carstensen and John Hadden placed first with their series, "Husky Sports Friday," and Carstensen took an honorable mention for his profile of player Matt Siegle.
  • Society of Professional Journalism Mark of Excellence Awards
    Roberts took first place in spot news with a story on the Swisshelm Plaque, a win that automatically advances his entry to national competition. Gierke won second place in the same category with her story, "Hometown Proud Calendar."

KVSC, the university's student-run radio station, competes with commercial and non-commercial broadcasters in the category for stations with one or no full-time newsroom employees.

UTVS-TV student team picks up national honor

Student and CameraThree student reporters for the SCSU television station UTVS have won the 2004 National Mark of Excellence First-Place Award for Television Sports Reporting. Brandon Ratcliff, Derrick Silvestri and Ben Dunsmoor received the award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for their weekly sports show, "Husky Mag."

This is the sixth national Mark of Excellence Award landed by reporters for the university's student-run television station.

There were more than 3,000 entries in 45 categories in the competition. Chief engineer Ratcliff and reporter/anchors Silvestri and Dunsmoor will be among the national winners and finalists to be recognized Oct. 17 at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

UTVS, now in its 27th year, cablecasts local news and other programming to 90,000 people in Central Minnesota 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The UTVS experience is open to every student. Approximately 80 student-volunteers bring to viewers their own programs (newscasts, movie reviews, a trivia game show and all home Husky hockey games) as well as cable entertainment, education and arts programming.

Partnership with area newspaper extends reach of SCSU economic report

A new partnership with the St. Cloud Times has exponentially increased the reach of a well-known report from the SCSU Center for Economic Education, the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report. The report once went to 100 mailboxes, but it now goes to as many as 5,000 people via a new business-to-business magazine, ROI Central Minnesota. It's also complemented by considerable contextual information; is four-color for easier reading of graphs and the like; and design, printing and distribution are handled by the area newspaper.

Area NewspapersThe St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report has always been based on the results of a survey of Central Minnesota businesspeople. "This is primary data no one else has," said Professor Richard MacDonald, director of the Center for Economic Education.

When the St. Cloud Times developed ROI Central Minnesota to extend the newspaper's business coverage, they asked to include the well-known SCSU publication. "They wanted broader exposure," the newspaper's marketing director said of the SCSU Center for Economic Education. "We were looking for an anchor piece."

ROI Central Minnesota provides context for the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report with feature stories, trend analyses, pages of economic data in the form of charts and graphs, information on new hires, incorporations, bankruptcies, event notes, columns and more.

Free copies of ROI Central Minnesota can be found on freestanding racks throughout St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report can be found at http://www.scapartnership.com/research/quarterly_report.html

SCSU partners with government agencies to benefit students, state

A partnership of the university's community development program, the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Foundation, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has made it easier for nine SCSU students to earn their degrees and jump start their careers. The foundation has awarded five $1,000 scholarships and two internships of $2,500 each for community development majors, and two $2,500 internships in economic development for which DEED is providing positions in the state office.

"The majority of them would say this is their first break," said SCSU alumnus Jim Maciej '73, who was instrumental in creating the partnership. Students benefit, but so do state agencies: one winner is helping DEED recruit wind energy product manufacturers to Minnesota; another is conducting an inventory of farms, capital and employees in the horse industry in Wright County; and a third is developing a handbook for employers considering relocation to Benton County.

SCSU offers the only undergraduate community development program in Minnesota.

SCSU "locates" on Twin Cities campuses

A new partnership now makes it possible for Anoka-Ramsey Community College students to earn an SCSU bachelor's or master's degree without leaving ARCC campuses in the Twin Cities.

Market research shows that the metro area has many learners who are place-bound by career, family, financial or other constraints. Those students can now complete their first two years at ARCC, then remain on campus to complete the advanced SCSU degree of their choice. Students register, receive financial aid and advising services, and take courses at ARCC, but SCSU faculty members teach the courses and the degrees will come from SCSU.

Current programs, based on metropolitan community needs, are educational leadership and teacher education in special education.

A similar, collaborative program is already offered by SCSU. To earn an SCSU bachelor's degree in education, ARCC students can be simultaneously enrolled at SCSU and take courses in the metro area taught by faculty from both schools.

Students talk their way to the top...

Shawn KlattWhen SCSU senior Shawn Klatt won the 133rd Interstate Oratory Contest this spring in Boston, Mass., he became the university's first national champion in persuasive speaking, the first Minnesota student to advance past semi-finals in five years, and the first Minnesotan to win the event since 1982.

The political science major, who has been in the SCSU forensics program for three years, was one of two Minnesota students who won a trip to the nationals by placing first at the State Forensics Tournament. His topic was "Silence: America's Complacency Toward the HIV Epidemic."

Klatt was also among four students who competed against some of the most talented students in the country at the prestigious American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament.

Taking first or second place in one or more rounds of competition were junior Jessica Whitaker in drama interpretation, senior Scott Determan in impromptu speaking, freshman Sean Olson in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, and Klatt in persuasive speaking, communication analysis and extemporaneous speaking.

From college to career: students get unique help from Career Services

Students mock job interviews

Mock InterviewEmployers often say that the area in which job/internship applicants most need improvement is their interviewing skills. To help, SCSU regularly brings employers to campus to conduct mock interviews, Career Services Center counselors provide coaching, and there are multiple workshops and seminars for students who want to be better prepared.

Now it's even easier for SCSU students to practice.

A virtual interview kiosk, the only one in the state, has been installed at the career center. Students can go online to schedule an "interview," then pre-select general and/or industry-specific interview questions they want to practice, or let the system make a random selection.

Students can practice answering, then record, review and re-record their answers until they're satisfied with the results. They can also save their "interviews" and review them on demand or e-mail to professors, friends and family for feedback and advice.

One student who used the kiosk told Career Services staff: "I did my interview 17 times. Each time I said I can do better – and I did!"

Check it out at www.stcloudstate.edu/careerservices.

Recruiters tell all

An employer survey conducted by the university's Career Services Center in March turned up some helpful information for students who expected to be job hunting after graduation. The "new graduates" survey is the only one of its kind in the state.

"More than 90 percent of the employers
(73 participated in the survey) plan to increase or maintain their hiring levels from a year ago," said survey director Andrew Ditlevson, associate director of the Career Services Center. SCSU found that the industries most likely to hire were retail, business services and financial services. Government was the only industry indicating an overall decrease in hiring compared to a year earlier.

Students also learned:

  • Employee referrals are used by more than 60 percent of employers recruiting college students, indicating the importance of networking.
  • More employers post their positions with college career centers than on their own websites.
  • Employers now choose career services websites, their own websites and even commercial websites/job boards over newspaper classifieds, which tied for the least likely method to be used.

SCSU international enrollment garners attention

International StudentsBased on a national survey of colleges and universities, the Institute of International Education's Open Door Report now ranks SCSU in the top 16 in its category* in international student enrollment. The university also is in the top 17 in the number of study abroad participants.

In its category, SCSU is the only one in Minnesota and one of
only three in the Midwest ranked 16 or higher in total international student enrollment; others at the top are located on the East Coast and the West Coast.

SCSU enrollment during the 2004-2005 school year included 800 students from more than 85 countries. And, every year, approximately 450 SCSU students study abroad in one of 15 countries around the globe.

International students in Minnesota contribute approximately $178.5 million to the state's economy with their expenditures on tuition and living expenses.

* Carnegie category - offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, but not beyond.

Faculty experts help bring understanding to tragic events

Faculty members often make themselves available to the community when they have special expertise that can be of help.

After a shooting at Rocori (Minn.) High School that resulted in the deaths of two students, SCSU Professor of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology Terrance Peterson and College of Education Adjunct Professor Joan Collins-Marotte worked closely with the school to counsel students, teachers and families. They have since:

  • Counseled faculty members responsible for the well-being of students after a shooting left 10 dead at St. Mary's Mission School at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Red Lake, Minn.
  • Co-directed a $200,000 federal grant to aid in the recovery of the three Rocori communities.
  • Presented "Response to a School Shooting" at the annual American Counseling Association Conference.
  • Shared what they learned with the 56,000 counselors and human development professionals who subscribe to "Counseling Today."

While it's not known whether bullying played a role in the Rocori and Red Lake school shootings, the possibility has sparked interest in the work of SCSU Special Education Professor John Hoover, a nationally-recognized expert on teasing, harassment and bullying. He has:

  • Written three books and more than 40 research papers, book chapters, reviews and study guides on the topic.
  • Worked with more than 20 school districts on violence reduction programs.
  • Spoken to educators and reporters from across the country on a regular basis.
  • Initiated and hosted the nation's first-ever conference on bullying.
  • Helped develop the Midwest School Violence and Bullying Prevention Conference set for Oct. 19-20 in St. Cloud.
  • Developed a course on bullying and school violence designed for graduate students in education.

Experts come to SCSU to dance on the Mississippi

DanceThe fifth iteration of the popular SCSU Summer Dance Institute, once again attracted well known choreographers, performers and instructors from across the country to teach two weeks of classes. More than 30 beginning and advanced dancers attended the residential institute, which this year was themed "Dancing on the Mississippi." Classes and lectures covered jazz, tap, modern and African dance techniques, drumming, dance history and performance. Among the instructors were:

  • Modern dance instructor Elana Anderson, Chicago, who is a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble and the Corps de Ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
  • Dave Massey, who has performed jazz works in all dance venues, from dance companies to television, stage, film and nightclub acts, and has worked with such Hollywood celebrities as Ann-Margaret, Mary Tyler Moore and Debbie Allen.
  • Paul Lucas, New Jersey, who taught drumming at the institute, has performed with Philadanco, the African American Dance Ensemble/Dance Africa with Chuck Davis, and the Karamu Dance Company, Temple University.
  • Monique Newton, Washington, D.C., has been an assistant to Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble. At the institute she taught Umfundalai, a Pan African dance technique that draws from traditional movements and rhythms from Africa and the Diaspora.

Feature Story

A living laboratory

Conversations about SCSU's mushrooming partnership with Camp Ripley are peppered with phrases like "win-win situation" and "everybody benefits." This unique collaboration between Minnesota's academic and military neighbors has earned high praise from both sides – and tremendous perks for the students lucky enough to be involved.

A Living LaboratoryThe common denominator in the partnership is the environment. SCSU students and faculty want to study the 53,000 acres of pristine water and largely undisturbed plant and animal life at the military installation, and the military needs the data from their research. Camp Ripley, located about 45 miles north of St. Cloud, is no less than a treasure trove of scientific knowledge – a living laboratory where students and faculty can engage in research and discovery.

SCSU students and faculty are conducting research and compiling and analyzing data, then sharing their findings with Camp Ripley officials, who need the data to meet federal requirements and to ensure they have the data to prove they are maintaining a healthy ecosystem on their land.

"One of the things I like about the partnership is this is sort of a model for how state agencies can work together," said Marty Skoglund, environmental supervisor for Camp Ripley. "They get the job done. It's about as cost-efficient as it can be. When we do our work plan it's a given we'll use St. Cloud State. When we have St. Cloud State in our back yard, we're going to take advantage of it."

Besides offering students superb applied research experience in the field, SCSU provides good service and a final product to Camp Ripley, said Jorge Arriagada, SCSU professor of biological sciences. In return students receive financial support in the form of tuition and stipends.

"In my field of study, students can apply classroom principles to wildlife management situations, going out into the field, managing it and seeing the application of that information to real-life management problems," said Marco Restani, a biological sciences faculty member who specializes in wildlife management. Two of his students worked at Camp Ripley this past summer in research involving the endangered Blandings turtle and surveying bird species on the Camp property.

According to Restani, the military has measured the effects their training activities have on the ecosystem at Camp Ripley for 15 years, but that data has not been used to its full scientific potential. Now, David Robinson, statistics professor, and Restani's students are facilitating analysis of a long-term data set to conduct valuable trend analyses.

There's a misconception that the military tromping through fields with boots and tanks, with camping and training activities, are hard on the ecosystem, said Col. Richard Weaver, commander at Camp Ripley, the only military installation in the state. "The reality is that sensitive or endangered species often are sustained better in places like Ripley than in more conventionally used places. But we can prove this only if we have the environmental data to back it up."

Camp Ripley and SCSU began to see the possibilities of applying academic expertise to help meet the military installation's environmental needs 15 years ago when the DNR hired a crew through the late Al Grewe, biology professor, to conduct land condition trend analyses of plant and animal life on specific plots. That use of students to begin doing surveys started it all, but it was the late Professor Robert Bixby's efforts that launched a partnership that has translated into invaluable learning experiences and jobs for dozens of SCSU students and graduates.

Bixby believed in the value of moving students out of the classroom and into the field, said Richard Rothaus, assistant vice president for research and faculty development at SCSU, whose Office of Sponsored Programs is the clearinghouse for research grants involving the university. "Bixby believed that when students and faculty branch out beyond the campus, the effectiveness of the university is enhanced as they broaden their experience," Rothaus said.

"It's opened the door to do such a variety of projects," said Skoglund of the work that Bixby, then director of the Spatial Analysis Research Center (SARC) at SCSU, began 10 years ago in his field of Geographic Imaging System (GIS) mapping. "We still do a lot with that mapping," said Skoglund. Currently two SARC employees are housed at Camp Ripley.

GIS, as defined by current SARC director and SCSU graduate Gary Swenson, is a support system to help organizations and individuals make better decisions by providing visual data. In the case of GIS mapping at Camp Ripley, wetlands and other bodies of water, grasslands, trees and roads can digitally display the relationship and characteristics between the elements found on the 22-mile long and 5-to-7-mile wide Camp Ripley installation.

"GIS is so much more than a map," Swenson said. "It brings tangible and intangible benefits by bringing in more data and improving communication in decisions."

The research by Swenson and the staff and students who work at Ripley and on campus has attracted national recognition. "This is one of the best GIS programs in the National Guard," said Weaver. "They look to Minnesota."

The entire partnership with SCSU is a valued asset for Camp Ripley, said Weaver. A major training site for the Minnesota National Guard, Ripley has 600 full-time employees and trains 340,000 military and 125,000 civilians a year. "This really works out for us, and we know the students are doing something important."

Besides conducting significant research, students gain experience that has led to good jobs for 100 percent of the graduates of these research opportunities. Eric Hanson, a student of Associate Professor Matt Julius, agreed. "This will put me two legs ahead of others in the field when I apply for jobs," Hanson said. "That's significant."

Hanson worked over the summer at Camp Ripley collecting water samples, testing them in a laboratory, and studying water quality trends in the areas of aquatic toxicology and ecosystem analysis.

"I'm actually doing it," Hanson said. "I'm not sitting in a classroom reading about doing it. And I'm doing the same thing a person who works for the DNR would be doing in a full-time job. It will be easy for me to put on a resume that I've essentially been doing the job I'll be applying for. There's a laundry list of biology students who've gotten great jobs because they put forth the effort to do these projects."

A big part of SCSU's identity is the preponderance of high-quality field and research opportunities available to students to augment their classroom experience. "It's important to our students," Rothaus said. "When asked in an SCSU survey this past year, 68 percent of SCSU students responding said they'd had at least one opportunity to assist professors in scholarly research."

Another significant benefit of research projects is evidence of the university's success in providing quality education. "The best reward is when people say they're really pleased with the quality of St. Cloud State University students' work," said Arriagada.

Marsha Shoemaker

Breathing life into an ecosystem alliance

Jill Babski Myatt's student project for Camp Ripley is legendary in environmental circles. After spending a year and a half counting and identifying invasive plant species – commonly known as weeds – on Minnesota's 53,000-acre military training facility, the graduate student has opened doors for future student research and provided the U.S. military with invaluable data for managing its ecosystem.

Babski Myatt, now a wetlands specialist with the Oregon Department of State Lands, received high praise for her efforts and for the thesis she wrote to complete her master's degree in ecology and botany, which paid off handsomely in personal and career satisfaction.

"It was a unique opportunity," she said. "I got good experience in being organized and independent. It was a lot of work and a lot went into it, but I think that's why I chose to apply." She also benefited by having her tuition funded by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA).

"I was impressed with Camp Ripley," Babski Myatt said. "I went there expecting to see it torn up, but even where there's training it's still in almost pristine condition. It's a neat, neat place."

In a letter to the university following completion of her thesis, Col. Richard Weaver, commander for Camp Ripley, wrote: "I was informed that the data collection, final report, and recommendations prepared by Ms. Babski was one of the most comprehensive and well presented research projects done on behalf of DMA."

Babski Myatt's initial research has launched what Professor Jorge Arriagada, who supervised her master's project, predicts will be several more years of student opportunities in invasive species research at the encampment. "Things are going well," he said, referring to the positive working relationship with Camp Ripley, whose personnel are happy with the return on their investment. "We receive the benefits and they receive the service."

"The word is out," said Arriagada. "Students want to participate." Joe Eisterhold is one of eight undergraduate and graduate students doing follow-up research on Babski Myatt's project on distribution and control of invasive plant species on two Army training sites.

"I'm working on the next step after inventorying the species," Eisterhold said. Already he and Arriagada have produced a report on monitoring and controlling invasive plant species. He has experimented as well with seeding of competitive grasses to see if they will take over the weeds, particularly the poison ivy that poses problems for the soldiers who head to Camp Ripley every year for training.

"Now Joe is making a name for himself and becoming an expert," Arriagada said.

While Babski Myatt determined and mapped the "hot spots" where the pesky weeds were concentrated, Eisterhold has begun to work on a long-term management plan for controlling them.

"It's all about collaboration and interaction," Arriagada said.

Marsha Shoemaker

Scientific community plants name of SCSU professor on new species

"You'll never get rich in this profession," admits Biological Sciences Professor Jorge Arriagada, director of the SCSU Herbarium. But there are other rewards in the life of a plant systematist: he loves to teach, he loves to travel and, now, a newly-discovered species of plants found in Latin America and the West Indies carries his name.

Clibadium"Clibadium arriagadae" is the newest one of 29 species within the genus Clibadium, of the sunflower family, which includes plants known for poisons commonly used by natives of Latin America to kill fish and for their potential medical uses. Arriagada collected his first specimen of the plant in Ecuador in 1992, when he was conducting research on the genus, but did not realize that it was an entirely new species. When that determination was made by the assistant curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden, he named the species after the professor in recognition of his research and publications on the plant and the genus as a whole.

"Not too many people have a species named after them," Arriagada admitted. Plants are usually named – in Latin or Greek – for their main feature or their locality (e.g., canadensis), only occasionally for a person who contributed significant knowledge to the study of that plant or species.

After years of research in the field and at herbaria and universities, Arriagada joined the SCSU faculty because, he said, he missed the interaction with students and faculty that are not as frequent in research settings. He also appreciated the quality of the university's herbarium, which he found to be a small but excellent collection of plants largely native to Central Minnesota. The collection has more than 35,000 specimens representing more than 160 families of flowering plants. It includes samples ranging from the maple and milkweed families to the ginseng and dogbane families, as well as a unique collection of 333 specimens collected in 1887.

This is not a glamorous area of science, Arriagada said. Though taxonomists "can't study plants behind a desk" and have the opportunity to travel, there are drawbacks: results are not immediate, the work can be tedious, it can be challenging to
spend time in countries with different languages and dialects, and much of the work is done in tropical rainforests. "There are no hotels. You're getting dirty, you're getting wet, there are mosquitoes and leaches ..."

In the classroom Arriagada teaches courses in plant taxonomy, wetland plants, cultural botany, organismal diversity and population biology. And, as time and student assistance allow, he works on the backlog of 6,000 specimens yet to be mounted and catalogued for addition to the 35,000 specimens already in the SCSU Herbarium. Learn more about the herbarium and Clibadium arriagadae, the October "plant of the month," at www1.stcloudstate.edu/herbarium

Marge Proell

Welcome to our campus, where English is sometimes taught

Welcome to our Campus, where English is sometimes taught.In her sardonic semi-autobiographical novels, Shannon Olson has eased ever-so-gingerly into the full responsibilities of adulthood. This fall, to the delight of students, colleagues and surely her mother Flo ("one of the great moms of American fiction," according to Garrison Keillor), the writer whose character has been compared with Bridget Jones will join the ranks of the SCSU Department of English as a full-time faculty member.

Olson, heroine/author of best sellers "Welcome to My Planet* *where English is sometimes spoken" and "Children of God Go Bowling," has co-taught writing classes at the University of Minnesota (including one with Minnesota literary superstar Keillor) and has been an adjunct faculty member at Colorado College. Since she met Bill Meissner, director of SCSU's creative writing program, at a "Loft" workshop three years ago, she's been a part-time instructor in the program and welcomed the chance to join the faculty full-time when an opening occurred.

"I'm thrilled that it worked out," Olson said. "The faculty here is very supportive, and the creative writing students at SCSU have so many interesting stories to tell. They work hard for their education and really value learning."

"Shannon was considered the perfect choice to teach here," Meissner said of the critically acclaimed and widely read author. "And the students are impressed to work with someone who has been published by a major New York publisher. She bridges the gap between fiction and nonfiction well since her novels are highly autobiographical."

Literary critic Rebecca Vnuk, in a July 15 Library Journal article about the new genre of "chicklit," praised Olson, who, she wrote, "represents the best of a new generation of women's fiction writers."

Shannon OlsonOlson's unusual writing style infuses wit into ordinary stories of ordinary people. Her characters have familiar struggles -- accepting grown-up responsibilities like using credit cards and surviving boring jobs and failed romances.

They're rooted in memoir, she said, but as a novel, the memories take on a whole other life. "Sort of like processed cheese," she said. "It's based on real experience, but the details aren't always true. I exaggerate, but I quote my family a lot. They're very funny people."

Olson's humorous anecdotes about her mother are particularly precious because "Flo" is, like so many moms, helpful and nurturing but frustrating at times with her well-meaning criticism or slightly offbeat comments. "In my mom's eyes, we're still 5," Olson said. "She still tries to turn everything into a lesson."

Asked what her mother thinks of all the attention she gets as a source of humor in her daughter's books, Olson replied, "Mom always says she is just glad someone was paying attention." And the praise from Keillor for her character didn't hurt, Olson said. "That bought me a ton of grace with Mom."

"Shannon has a wonderful sense of humor," Meissner said. "Her students have remarked on the positive atmosphere in her classes. They learn a lot, but at the same time they're entertained. One student said they laughed so much one class period they came out with their sides hurting."

That atmosphere – that safe environment for experimenting with their writing – is calculated, said Olson. "There's a fine line between providing the necessary structure of a class and a place where students feel like they can take chances and be creative. And the things they come up with are phenomenal."

Marsha Shoemaker

Committed to the arts

The building in the center of campus is where students, faculty and staff go for food, banking and other services and where the community attends special events. Ten thousand people, in fact, go through the Atwood Memorial Center in a day's time.

Each and every one of those visitors can see that SCSU students are committed to the fine arts.

Since it opened in the 1960s, the Atwood Memorial Center has been home to a permanent art collection funded by student fees. The collection now comprises more than 160 works representative of a range of styles, artists and sources. Student works make up a fourth of the collection, a fourth are by faculty, and the remainder are by artists from across the country.

Masonite PaintingThere are 40 donated pieces in the collection; others were chosen by the committee of students, employees, artists and professionals in the arts who curate the collection. They choose at least one student work for purchase each year, usually from an exhibitor in the SCSU Spring Student Art Show. "We look at the purchase as a scholarship, a way of encouraging art as a career," said an arts committee member.

"They've got quite a collection," says alumnus Randy Hollenhorst, who has framed a number of the pieces on display. "A lot of the works are museum quality, and some are significant pieces of American art history." He gives as an example an etching by John Sloan, a famous member of the Trashcan School of realistic urban art that flourished in New York City in the first half of the last century.

Also in the collection are pieces that would make experts on the "Antiques Roadshow" television series smile, said Hollenhorst. The curators of the Atwood collection do, in fact, smile broadly when they talk about works like a donated woodcut that – upon investigation – was found to be worth thousands of dollars.

The collection is for everyone's enjoyment, but it's also a learning tool. Professor Ted Sherarts is among the art faculty members who frequently require students to write a paper on a work in the collection. "When you see clusters of freshmen sitting on the floor, staring up at the wall, it's usually because they're working on one of those papers," said Margaret Vos, director of the Atwood Memorial Center and chair of the committee that selects pieces for the collection.

"Our students are very connected to the arts," said Vos with admiration as she noted that every year they set aside funds to enhance the collection. "That (financial commitment) is very rare," said the director of the student center, who herself knows of only one other university in the nation where students do the same.

"Our guests are always struck by the amount of art in the building," said Vos, who also pointed out that every work in the collection remains constantly on display. "We don't store art. We share art."

Marge Proell

Hitting a high note

Bruce PearsonIt was a deal he couldn't pass up. When Bruce Pearson was a music education major at SCSU during the '60s, he studied piano with music professor Ruth Gant. "If you'll promise you'll never take another lesson from me again," the longtime professor teasingly told the young man at one point, "I'll give you a C." Pearson was quick to reply: "It's a deal!"

He managed to earn that C on his own, but Pearson nonetheless happily granted the request made by Gant, whose name graces one of the recital halls on the SCSU campus. "I'm still no piano player," he admits with a huge smile. Despite that shortcoming, the SCSU alumnus went on to become a world-renowned music educator, composer, conductor, clinician and author.

Pearson is also the author of the most widely used music instruction series in the world.

Regarded by many as the single most important publication for beginning band instruction, his "Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method" is on music stands all over the world and is now published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Italian.

Pearson's own introduction to music lessons many years ago was initiated by his mother's "prompting." She handed him the clarinet she had played in high school: "Here's your instrument, get on with it," she said. The clarinet looked and smelled bad, Pearson recalled with a grin as he talked about his abrupt introduction to music lessons – but get on with it he did.

Actually, his mother's clarinet did not continue to be his instrument "of choice." After a high school football accident took away two front teeth, teeth he needed to play the clarinet, the band director switched him to the saxophone. Later his parents gave him one as a high school graduation present, and now it's his favorite woodwind. The clarinet, in fact, has since been turned into a lamp base that graces Pearson's office.

Pearson played hockey at SCSU, but it was his studies in music education that proved to be the perfect base for a successful career. "St. Cloud State is particularly good at teaching people to be child-centered rather than subject-centered," he said. He recalled the time he bluntly critiqued a classmate's music performance, after which the professor took the time to teach him how to be more tactful and inspiring. "My training changed who I was," he said, and he believes it's the reason colleagues praise his teaching style.

Following graduation from SCSU in 1964, Pearson spent more than 30 years in elementary, secondary and college classrooms. His work has earned him such prestigious awards as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic Medal of Honor, presented to him in 1998 at a conference attended by 14,000 band and orchestra directors from around the world, and the 2001 SCSU Distinguished Service to Music Award.

Despite his success in front of the classroom, at one point Pearson decided to act on a longtime desire to be a pediatrician. After a summer stint as a medical orderly he changed his mind. "I didn't know if I could be effective seeing kids suffer and not be able
to help."

It was that same determination to help children that led Pearson, 25 years ago, to begin writing music instruction books. "I was dissatisfied with the instructional materials out there – so, with necessity being the mother of invention, I wrote my own." Not only did he write his own, he introduced a new instructional concept: manuals in his series can be used to teach every instrument in a band – but, if the instructor chooses, there's a whole lot more.

Say, for example, that students are learning a piece of Mexican music. In addition to the music lessons, the instructor is provided with everything – from information sheets to tests – that would be needed to connect the music lesson with Mexican geography, history and culture. There may be a lesson on speaking Spanish, recipes for Mexican foods, music for a Mexican hat dance, lyrics for a Mexican song and tips for composing music in a Mexican style.

The high-energy professional has also spent a considerable amount of time, of late, working on the answer to a question that has always stumped parents and educators: Which musical instrument would be best for a child?

Pearson pointed out that about 50 percent of those who begin music lessons in fifth or sixth grade are no longer playing by 12th grade. One of the main reasons for the high "drop out" rate, he says, is that the youngster has unfortunately chosen the wrong instrument. His child-centered training and desire to help children make it difficult for him to accept that: "When kids play a few years and hit a wall – that breaks my heart."

To keep his heart intact, Pearson has partnered with a computer software firm to develop a program that makes it possible to determine, in less than half an hour, which instrument is the best fit.

Pearson elaborated a bit on the soon-to-be-released program, which addresses 10 factors that can predict musical success. For example, one test pairs multiple instruments, e.g., clarinet and violin, playing the same chords. The youngster chooses which sounds he likes best, which helps identify his timbre or sound preferences. Another test assesses the potential musician's ability to keep a steady beat – a student without that knack "would be wise not to choose drums."

Pearson also worked with a software firm to develop an interactive program, one of the first, that makes it possible for a student to practice music, then receive instant computer feedback on what needs improvement, and be able to e-mail the performance to the instructor – immeasurably improving the value of music practice.

In addition to writing a new teacher's manual and about 20 student manuals for his best-selling series every year, Pearson finds time to compose several pieces for concert and jazz band, conduct professional development seminars and in-service teacher training in school districts across the country, edit and write for a 12-page newsletter that reaches 60,000 music professionals, teach summer school courses, and train music teachers around the globe, from Australia to Italy, Taiwan to Florida.

Pearson, 62, who lives in Elk River, Minn., has no plans to retire. He may not be the world's most renowned pianist, clarinetist or pediatrician, but the educator, writer, composer and leader in instrumental music instruction wants to continue to enhance the lives of young people. As he told music educators in a recent newsletter: "We ... have the greatest job in the world! We have the privilege of providing inspired influence by helping young people to love music, love learning, love others and love themselves, all while making beautiful music."

Marge Proell

The Wick Legacy: Commitment, integrity, courage

Robert WickRobert "Bob" Wick served as St. Cloud State's 14th president from 1965-71, when Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a Changin'" was the anthem for a generation whose sheer numbers and heightened awareness of human rights and environmental issues would permanently alter campus culture.

Baby boomers were coming of age, and many became the first in their families to seek higher education and professional careers. Suddenly the country had more college students than farmers. SCSU stretched its classrooms and its resources to welcome hundreds more first-generation college students like 1971 graduate Larry Meyer, who went on to be a longtime mayor of St. Cloud, run a successful business with wife and fellow SCSU graduate Peggy Ford Meyer, and sustain his political activism.

He was among the legions of sons and daughters of the World War II generation who were discovering a new level of political and economic strength.

The revolution in social mores and traditions, the unrest and the widespread desire for a more egalitarian and less materialistic world all came to a head during the Wick era. They fueled the challenges of tremendous enrollment growth and underscored the need for a strong leader to move the campus forward. Wick stepped courageously into this maelstrom of change.

This distinguished man earned widespread respect for making the tough decisions and taking the actions that had significant historical impact on the university.

Wick at the Continental Divide"Opportunity for higher education was being extended to many of us for the first time, and we were discovering the full privileges of learning and citizenship as we pushed for further progress in social justice issues," said Al Irby, who was one of the students involved with B-SURE (Black Student Union for Racial Equality), which demonstrated for those policy changes.

"Like many other college students of the late 1960s, we were caught up in the revolutionary changes erupting in our nation," said Irby, who graduated from St. Cloud State in 1973. "Throughout President Wick's tenure he remained honest and forthright as he listened and responded with concessions that always came in the environment of reason and order that he sought to maintain on campus. Change may not have come as quickly or as fully as we wanted, but we know that he made great strides in integrating the campus."

A simpler time

Old FriendsWick had joined the speech department 18 years earlier – when St. Cloud State College was a tightly knit campus community. Faculty members and their spouses surrounded new campus families with support and friendship, Alice Wick remembers. "That was our social group," she said.

"It was a good life," said Bob Wick. "It was the center of our lives, that institution. There have been many good people there doing a lot of good teaching."

But the Wicks also were involved in broader community activities. Bob was active in the Chamber of Commerce, and served on the boards of St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud Public Library and St. Cloud National Bank and Trust Company. Alice, who taught shorthand, typing and business writing on campus from 1960-78, served on the City Council in the 1970s.

Ann Wick Roettger, whose dad signed her diploma from St. Cloud State in 1967, went on to teach high school in Connecticut for two years and in Edina since 1970. Tom, the only Wick sibling to choose another college, was graduated from the University of Minnesota and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He's a market research analyst with Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif. Bill, who was just 11 when their dad was inaugurated as president, is an associate principal at Centennial Public Schools in the Twin City metro area who served on the SCSU Alumni Associaton Board of Directors from 1998-2004.

"It was a wonderful life growing up on campus and going to the lab school," said Bill, whose own two children, David and Rachel, are current SCSU students. "We were lucky, too, growing up with so many faculty and faculty children as friends."

Wick FamilyBut the Wick children say they learned their most important lessons from their parents, who taught character, integrity and community service by example. "We had a complete love of learning and reading, and an interest in all things that were going on in the world," said daughter Roettger. "Graciousness, courtesy and civility were valued, and we learned the importance of patience. My mom and dad were our best role models."

"From dad we learned the Wick ethic – up early, always work in a shirt and tie," said Bill. "Being an educator I've learned how much we took that richness in our home life for granted – the books, the magazines, the discussions, the love of the English language and reading and writing," Bill said.

"I thought that's how all families lived when I was growing up," said Ann.

Granddaughter Rachel, a senior at SCSU, said most of her professors don't connect her with the former president, but a few do remember him. "It's a little embarrassing when a teacher starts talking about it, but it's also a pretty great honor."

The Wick legacy is vivid for former students, as well. "As our teacher, Dr. Wick was the ultimate professional in his demeanor and his manner, but at the same time he was a warm human being," said 1953 graduate Mel Hoaglund, one of four members of a debate team that Professor Wick drove to Denver for a national debate meet. For more than 50 years the four men – Hoaglund, Colorado school administrator Ned Brainerd, Methodist pastor Duane Lunemann, and Tennessee physician Russ Huffmann – have returned to St. Cloud frequently to enjoy dinner with their friend and mentor. All have earned the title of "Dr." or "Rev."

As an educator, Wick has been recognized for outstanding teaching by the Speech Teachers Association of Minnesota, tapped for service on the Minnesota Manpower Commission and received the SCSU Distinguished Service Award.

Hoaglund, who will become the third of the four debaters to receive an alumni college leadership award at homecoming this fall, recalls the trip to Colorado in Dr. Wick's Buick as a life-changing event.

Wick's debaters learned to "think on their feet and present ideas cogently and persuasively in a short period of time," Hoaglund said. "We learned it was important to be willing to do a lot of research, to know both sides of a question." That ability to listen, study and weigh different points of view before taking action has served Wick well in the multiple roles he's taken throughout his life.

From teacher to leader

After teaching and service as dean of the School of Literature and Arts, academic dean and vice president, Wick was appointed to succeed George Budd as president of St. Cloud State College on April 25, 1966.

By the end of his first year as president, St. Cloud State College enrolled 3,500 freshmen, more than all other undergraduate students combined. To put that extraordinary number into perspective, the university currently welcomes about 2,400 freshmen each fall. Total enrollment reached 9,683 in the fall of 1969 – twice the enrollment of seven years earlier and three times the number of students who were here when he arrived on campus.

"It was a tough time," said Wick. "We had to lobby to raise salaries and obtain the resources to add more classes."

During his administration, Wick was instrumental in establishing new programs and departments that are now recognized areas of distinction at SCSU, including the mass communications department and the honors program. KVSC, the campus FM radio station, went on the air; and UTVS, the campus television station, produced its first live programming. The annual math contest, still the largest and most prestigious in Minnesota, was initiated in 1967.

New construction during the Wick administration included the Atwood Center, Performing Arts Center, Business Building, the Education Building, and three student residential halls – Stearns, Benton and Sherburne. Centennial Hall ground breaking took place during his tenure and opened shortly after his 1971 return to the faculty as the Minnesota State College System's first Distinguished Service Professor.

Distinguished Professor Robert Wick retired in 1978, but he and Alice have remained frequent visitors and loyal supporters of campus and alumni activities.

The year of his retirement, former President Wick addressed graduates and guests at the 1978 spring commencement exercises. The man who distinguished himself, his family and his university with a personal and professional life of commitment, courage and caring had this advice for graduates:

"Freedom, as a value or goal, never stands alone. If freedom is to survive and prosper in the world, mankind must do better at living and working together. More emphasis must be placed upon self-discipline, personal responsibility and working for the common good."

Robert H. Wick Science Building

Wick Science Building
  • "The years from 1965 to 1975 may have been the most stressful and difficult in the history of St. Cloud State. The institution more than doubled in size without adequate legislative funding for faculty and facilities. It was a period of student and faculty unrest brought on by archaic student conduct rules and the Viet Nam conflict. The school survived and actually improved in this difficult period due to the contributions of many persons, but the key was President Wick. His skills of careful listening, concern for logical decisions, not "playing favorites," belief in content over form, and insistence on being ethical kept SCSU alive and moving forward ..." – Don Sikkink, retired SCSU vice president of academic affairs
  • "... those who refer to President Wick do so with respect and admiration. President Wick's popularity with students and faculty was evidenced by newspaper headlines of the day that stated, "Student Rally Cheers for Dr. Wick" and "400 Faculty Back Wick." I believe that naming the Center for President Wick would be a fitting tribute." – Glenn Seaberg '90 '02, president, SCSU Alumni Association
  • "He rose to the challenges he faced – from enduring with dignity the 'sit in' in his office to finding adequate support for our rapidly growing university. I believe this university is what it is today because of the efforts of President Wick, and I am grateful to see the institution continuing in his great tradition." – Don Wetter, president, SCSU Foundation Board of Trustees
  • "President Robert Wick was embroiled in those changing times and reacted to even the most challenging incidents with dignity and grace. Throughout his tenure, he remained honest and forthright as he listened and responded with concessions that always came in the environment of reason and order that he sought to maintain on campus ... My college friends and I respect and admire this man whose presidency had significant historical impact. President Wick's action led to a new heritage of welcoming increasing numbers of students who represented a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures to the St. Cloud State University campus." – Al Irby '73
  • "His qualities of leadership, integrity, fairness and openness make him a particular favorite with students. But beyond that, he steered the college through a difficult time of campus political turmoil, which was engulfing most college campuses at the time. It is worthwhile to note that this did not sidetrack Dr. Wick's leadership. – Larry Meyer '71
  • "Since graduating in 1953, what I learned from Dr. Wick in the broad field of oral communications was a key to success in several positions, all of which demanded communication abilities in working with students, staff, parents, school boards and various other governmental bodies. I am indeed grateful to Dr. Wick for the education he provided me and so many other students ... through him we learned many values such as kindness, compassion and the scholarship associated with researching each year's national debate topic." – Edward (Ned) Brainard '53

Marsha Shoemaker

Change your choices, change your destiny

Hope and opportunity are inspirational messages for any graduate. But for 100 inmates participating in spring commencement exercises at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud (MCF), the personal story of determination and redemption delivered by former inmate Les Green was captivating.

Les Green"I think he shocked everybody," said one inmate of Green's opening line about returning 40 years later to the gym where he and his fellow reformatory basketball team members practiced, and where he'd formulated some of the goals that straightened the course of his life.

Green, director of the SCSU College of Education Office of Cultural Diversity and a former chair of the Minnesota Parole Board, didn't sugarcoat his blueprint for beating the odds of returning to prison, which MCF Warden Patt Adair said are currently about 40 percent.

"His message was much more meaningful because he's been here – he's lived it," said Adair. "I think this can give these guys hope."

It's all about choices, said Green, who had his first incarceration at age 16 and returned at 18 after another brush with drugs and the wrong set of acquaintances – and the realization that the one way out was to fix himself. "Anyone can find a justifiable excuse for failure," he said. And the lonely, gangly adolescent from Minneapolis who'd messed up his life found a way to put aside his feelings of rejection and to reach deep inside to rediscover the Green family traits of honesty and hard work that he'd grown up with.

Those family traits and some tough advice helped Green take advantage of a new work release-to-college program offered to three qualifying inmates each year. In 1968 he scored the highest of his group on the ACT test, and at 26 he threw himself into this opportunity to achieve.

"Everything depends on what happens when you leave the reformatory," said Adair. "It's that transition that makes the difference, and the one thing we know that makes a difference is education."

Green went on to graduate from SCSU with honors in 1972, be the first African American named to the Minnesota Parole Board and serve on a National Prison Industries panel.

Green earned his master's degree and is finishing his doctorate in education administration. He has worked with his community, sold supporters on the importance of teachers and other role models of color, and taught students and educators to welcome and incorporate multiculturalism into their curriculum and into their consciousness.

Going back to the correctional facility across the river to speak was a step back into the environment where Green adjusted his attitude and – with the help of coaches and mentors like Virgil Trewick and Jim Cashman – set out to change his life. It was Trewick who taught him what was needed to make the SCSU basketball team in 1969 and to go on to earn his letter in that sport.

Cashman, Green's parole agent in 1966, also had a tremendous impact when he told the misguided young inmate, "I don't know what I can say or do for you; you will have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps." Green took that catchphrase to heart and eventually it became the foundation for "Project Bootstrap," which he spearheaded as a student at SCSU to support other students of color in achieving their educational goals.

Marsha Shoemaker

Alumni Award Winners

2005 Alumni Award Winners

SCSU Alumni Awards annually spotlight those alumni, friends and employees of the university who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and character, individuals whose career and life accomplishments reflect positively on our university community.

Nominate deserving individuals for the following 2006 awards:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Graduate of the Last Decade Award
  • Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award
  • College Leadership Awards
    One award is given in each of the following colleges:
    G.R. Herberger College of Business
    College of Science and Engineering
    College of Education
    College of Fine Arts and Humanities
    College of Social Sciences

Nomination form available at www.GoHusky.org. Nominations will be accepted through April 29, 2006. Winners recognized at October 2006 Alumni Awards Banquet.

Please call Mark Larson at (320) 308-4242 or toll free at 1-866-GoHusky (464-8759) for more information.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Bob VoitA 1983 graduate of the computer science program who minored in aviation, Robert Voit, St. Cloud, went on to become a pilot and entrepreneur. The Jasc software company, which produced the predecessor to the now famous Paint Shop Pro line of photo-editing software he created while working as a pilot, was launched in 1991 and became a part of Corel Corporation in October 2004. By that time, the Minneapolis company had grown to 120 employees with revenues of more than $30 million.

Alumni Service Award
Michael SkillrudMichael Skillrud, St. Paul, a 1982 graduate in mass communications, has a radio account management background that has brought him much professional success, currently with Hubbard Radio Group, St. Paul/Minneapolis. His dedication to service has given him experience with Boy Scouts of America, City of St. Paul committees, various SCSU committees, and the SCSU Alumni Association.

Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award
Gail Nygaard AndersonGail Nygaard Anderson , St. Cloud, was a professor in the SCSU Department of Communication Disorders until her retirement in 2003. Her contributions to the university and the community are vast, including involvement with the HearFirst program, the Benton Stearns Early Childhood Special Education program and many others.

College of Science & Engineering Leadership Award
Keith KnutsonAfter earning science degrees from SCSU in 1965 and 1967, then teaching high school biology, Keith Knutson returned to the university and worked in the SCSU Department of Biological Sciences in St. Cloud for 31 years. He retired in 2001 after years of teaching, guest lecturing and consulting, with his consulting earnings donated to SCSU.

G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award
Leign JohnsonLeigh Johnson, Rochester, started his security business in the basement of his home a year after receiving a 1967 bachelor of arts business administration degree from SCSU. Custom Alarm/Custom Communications Inc., of which Johnson is CEO, has since grown into a successful company that now employs more than 60 people in Southern Minnesota. Johnson is secretary of the SCSU Foundation board of trustees.

College of Fine Arts & Humanities Leadership Award
David DorseyDavid Dorsey, Willmar, earned a B.S. degree in physical education from SCSU in 1956 and an M.S. in speech communications in 1962. He is retired from a career as a Department of Speech Communication and Theatre instructor at Willmar Community College and has been instrumental in the development and continuation of the Willmar Community Theatre.

College of Education Leadership Award
Melvin HoaglandMelvin Hoagland, Edina, graduated with an elementary education degree from SCSU in 1953 and went on to earn additional degrees from other universities. He has had a distinguished career that included teaching, school administration, health care administration, and labor-management relations. Now retired, he remains busy with various volunteer activities.

Alumni News

Good Friends Old and New

This is the first Outlook for the university's new assistant vice president for marketing and communications, Loren Boone, who arrived on campus in July from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He was director of college relations at Ripon since 1989, where he served as editor of Ripon Magazine, coordinated marketing and media efforts, brought the first printed history of the college from manuscript to printed book, and chaired two presidential inauguration committees. He also worked to enhance the relationship between the college and the community. Prior to his tenure at Ripon, Loren worked at the South Dakota Board of Regents and South Dakota State University for 15 years, before which he was the news editor at the Brookings Daily Register. We are pleased that he has chosen to join us at SCSU. Lisa Helmin Foss, Outlook's previous editor, is now the SCSU interim assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness. We are excited about this opportunity for her to serve the university in her new role, and wish her well.

Watching Loren discover the university's strengths and unique attributes is great fun for me, particularly as I begin statements with "When I was a student " and end them with "we didn't have ..." We didn't have the fabulous new Student Recreation Center, or a Husky Stadium, a Miller Library or even the National Hockey Center. We didn't have online registration, Internet access in the residence halls (okay, I admit, we didn't have the Internet at all!), or the programs for first-year students that we have today. Getting connected to campus is a predictor of success for new college students – our first-year experience programs, including a new First-year Experience Convocation this fall, help students fit into campus life.

One person who has known this for many years is Dr. Robert Wick, who was being honored this fall for a lifetime dedicated to helping young people find their way in the world. The Robert H. Wick Science Building is a fitting tribute to this debate coach-turned-SCSU president, who taught in its halls after returning to the faculty in 1973. The classes he taught, by choice, were freshman speech communication classes. Walking the halls at
8 a.m., wrote one colleague, he saw the distinguished white-haired gentleman teaching in his blue suit and red tie, and wondered silently, "Do these students have any idea who this man is, and what he has done for our university?" We hope this issue will ensure that you know, and that the Robert H. Wick Science Building will help preserve his legacy.

Men's hockey coach Craig Dahl gone after nearly two decades

Craig DahlCraig Dahl, men's hockey coach at SCSU for the last 19 years, recently announced his decision to leave coaching for work in the private sector. SCSU Assistant Coach Bob Motzko '87 has assumed the head coaching duties until a national search for a coach is completed.

Dahl joined the Huskies as an assistant coach to Herb Brooks in 1986, taking the top position a year later. He was the guiding force behind the university's move to the NCAA Division I level in 1987-88, and helped establish SCSU as one of the premiere Division I hockey programs in the nation. He also earned praise for his emphasis on the student-athlete, for whom academics must come first.

Motzko was a two-year varsity letter winner for the Husky hockey team before his graduation in 1987. He began his coaching career at SCSU, working as an assistant coach to Brooks before taking the same post with Dahl. When Motzko rejoined the Husky program this fall, Dahl said: "I firmly believe that we've added one of the top assistant coaches in the nation to our program."

Bob MotzkoAs head coach of the North Iowa Huskies, Motzko led the squad to a U.S. Junior A national championship and was named 1989 U.S. Hockey League Coach of the Year. When Motzko was head coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede he led them to a 77-31-6 record in the team's first two seasons in the USHL. At Sioux Falls, 26 players moved on to college programs around the United States, including SCSU standouts Mike Doyle, Joe Jensen and Dave Iannazzo.

As a men's hockey assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, Motzko was part of two NCAA Division I national championship teams and helped the Gophers win two West Central Hockey Association playoff crowns. His four recruiting classes at Minnesota were considered among the best in the nation, as they produced a Hobey Baker Award winner, three first team All-Americans, two second team All-Americans and many All-WCHA honorees.

Motzko, a native of Austin, Minn., and his wife Shelley are the parents of three children.

Tom Nelson

Ask Alumni: Focus on Yemi Durosaro

Yemi DurosaroHow does it feel to be chosen to study at Minnesota's legendary medical facility?
You have no idea how exciting this is. I call 2005 my year of divine opportunities. I was interviewed by all 10 medical schools I applied to. When I had my personal interview at Mayo I was one of 100 semifinalists who'd graduated from schools like Harvard and Columbia. For me to be part of that and not feel beneath them – that's a big deal. My smaller class sizes and focus from my professors like Oladele Gazal contributed to giving me an education on par with Mayo applicants from all over the country.

How did you choose to come to SCSU?
I grew up in Brooklyn Park, where my father is an engineer and my mom is a nurse. One of my three sisters and I started college at Southwest State in Marshall. During the year and a half I was there, I wasn't confident their program was preparing me to be competitive to apply to medical schools. I looked into SCSU and found a strong program with professors who could give me the foundation I needed for a career in medicine.

What are some of your best memories of campus life?
I thoroughly enjoyed all programs that supported underrepresented minorities. Most especially, I loved programs that gave me the opportunity to celebrate other cultures. Looking back, most events of my life at SCSU have now become awesome memories that I treasure with all my heart.

What campus activities were you most involved in?
The Medical Professions Association – what better way to prepare myself than to interact and share ideas with people of the same interests?

What experiences at SCSU prepared you best for this opportunity?
The great professors and staff at SCSU were definitely a huge plus for me. It was the very subtle encouragement I got at SCSU that made me dream the big dreams that I'm living right now. Their encouragement and confidence in me made me feel up to par with the best in the world.

Did you have a favorite professor?
My most memorable professor at SCSU was Dr. Gazal. He created an unquenchable thirst in me for the sciences and research.

Do you plan to come back to campus to visit?
I would love to come back to talk to pre-med students at SCSU someday.

Would you recommend SCSU?
Definitely! This is an alma mater I'm certainly proud of.

Mike Nistler '79

Every two months subscribers to Minnesota Moments discover a treasure trove of small pleasures in their mailbox.

Mike NisterMike Nistler '79 of redBARN Publishing Co. in St. Cloud has created a magazine that often carries readers back to cherished childhood memories – yet just as frequently offers compelling ideas for making life in the future special, too. It's the high-quality, classy home and garden magazine for Central Minnesota that Nistler and co-publisher Diane Wimmer intended it to be.

"There are lots of jewels that seem to go unnoticed," Nistler said, referring to the people, places and events that make Central Minnesota what it is. And what it is, is the place where Nistler grew up, where he learned and practiced what he terms community journalism and, like all of us, is carving out a unique set of experiences with family, work and "just life."

On the pages of his magazine, Nistler is shining a light on those jewels, a few each issue. Great vacation spots, decorating and sumptuous food ideas, evocative memories shared by some of the best writers and photographers in the region, all contributing to the pleasure of this feel-good publication. Many are friends and former colleagues, including his wife Jeanine (Ryan) Nistler, also '79.

Nistler is carrying out a professional fantasy. "I am living that dream, short of writing the great American novel," he said. At 48 he's envisioning his own stories and images, making his own assignments and meeting his own deadlines. And he's still applying the same check-the-facts, be-sure-about-details rules that are the foundation of good writing.

It all started when he "stumbled into" the mass communications department. "That's where I met my wife, and all these great things happened to us at St. Cloud State. The University Chronicle staff was where I first was allowed to put words down that would get read," Nistler said. "I grew up a lot in those years. The staff became your family, and it's really where you learn responsibility – pasting pages, cutting our fingers with Exacto knives, meeting deadlines, being polite, being accurate. It's a great training ground."

"We think of the Chronicle as an incubator for journalists," said Professor Michael Vadnie, current adviser to the University Chronicle staff, friend to Nistler, and subscriber to Minnesota Moments. In each issue he sees Nistler's multiple talents of writing, photography and marketing being put to use in a slick, well produced magazine.

"It's a nice looking, modern Central Minnesota magazine," Vadnie said. "You get a zoned-in feeling about this part of the country."

That's just what Nistler intended it to be: "Like National Geographic for Central Minnesota."


Alumni we remember

'24 Alma (Tise) Sandbrink, 99, Melrose, MN

'29 Viola (Hillman) Olson, 99, Minneapolis, MN

'31 '53 Areta (Schmoker) Wold, 96, Dawson, MN

'34 Evans Anderson, 90, San Diego, CA

'34 Marie (Sendek) Marten, 92, Sauk Rapids, MN

'35 '37 Evelyn (Koch) Smith, 90, Breckenridge, MN

'39 '73 Victoria (Schneider) Krystosek, 86, St. Joseph, MN

'40 Floyd Soldin, 90, San Diego, CA

'43 Elda (Peterson) Burton, 82, Waite Park, MN

'43 '65 Gena (Mancini) Froelke, 83, Rush City, MN

'44 Gerald Henningsgaard, 85, Grand Rapids, MN

'47 Louise (Young) Brenny, 78, St. Cloud, MN

'48 Ethel (Roble) Dewey, 83, Minneapolis, MN

'49 Charles Sartell, 83, Wadena, MN

'50 William Shimmin, 80, Virginia, MN

'50 Harold Theisen, 79, St. Joseph, MN

'50 F. Harry Wilson, 80, Cloquet, MN

'52 Helen (Kameroski) Spies, 94, St. Paul, MN

'57 Stephen Thomas, 75, St. Cloud, MN

'58 DeWayne DesMarais, 72, Tuscon, AZ

'58 Roger Wolff, 72, Hancock, MI

'59 Arlyce (Foster) Max, 68, Denver, CO

'60 Kenneth Zirbes, 75, Albany, MN

'62 Donald Tufto, 69, Gahanna, OH

'63 Corrine (Slettedahl) Spector, 63, Cook, MN

'63 '75 John Zander, 66, St. Cloud, MN

'64 Maria (Norris) Ettesvold, 92, Tucson, AZ

'65 Clifford Alto, 64, Virginia, MN

'65 Patricia (Coykendall) Brandborg, 92, Clarissa, MN

'66 Janice (Borstad) Carlson, 61, Grand Rapids, MN

'66 Irene (Borgerding) Crain, 60, Maple Grove, MN

'66 John Grant, 63, Excelsior, MN

'67 David Vessel, 62, Dakota, MN

'67 '74 Robert Kappel, 60, Elk River, MN

'68 Patricia (Albertson) Christianson, 58, St. Cloud, MN

'68 John Opava, 61, Laguna Beach, CA

'69 Lois Rausch, 59, Jordan, MN

'70 Mary Jane (Lang) Binsfeld, 80, St. Cloud, MN

'70 Lon Hitch, 56, Lakeville, MN

'70 James Stoulil, 80, Albany, MN

'72 Dale Carlson, 64, Sauk Rapids, MN

'73 Jeffrey Gilbert, 54, St. Cloud, MN

'73 Sharon (Hutchinson) Zoesch, 53, St. Paul, MN

'75 Bruce Haug, 53, Marshall, MN

'76 Mark Splettstoeser, 51, Savage, MN

'77 Robert Kasner, 53, Brooklyn, NY

'77 Charles Luna, 74, Fresno, CA

'78 Douglas Kugler, 53, Watertown, MN

'80 '90 Lori (Gadbois) Gillespie, 47, St. Cloud, MN

'83 Phyllis (Palmgard) Herranen, 80, Milaca, MN

'86 Janet Martins, 48, Big Lake, MN

'87 Adelyne Imperatore, 72, St. Joseph, MN

'87 Lorraine (Fredrickson) Raitz, 80, Hutchinson, MN

'88 Theresa (Ricker) Metzer, 39, Princeton, MN

'90 Patrick Wolter, 42, Deerwood, MN

'90 '92 John Waaraniemi, 55, Annandale, MN

'91 David Bassitt, 37, Brooklyn Park, MN

'93 Peter Bryce, 38, Sartell, MN

'94 Beverly Wochnick, 40, Holdingford, MN

'03 Megan (Christopherson) Hoisington, 24, Colorado Springs, CO

Faculty and staff we remember

Bonnie Hedin, 58, Waite Park, MN

Monte Johnson, 64, St. Cloud, MN

'53 '58 Thomas Braun, 76, Sauk Rapids, MN


'92 Tina (Greenslade) Altman and Greg Altman, Woodbury, MN, married on 9/11/2004.

'95 Jeril Metzger and '97 Sarah (Boothby) Metzger, Eagan, MN, married on 3/27/2004.

'97 Angela (Moore) Politzer and Matthew Politzer, Huntington Beach, CA, married on 4/30/2005.

'98 Samara (Bilyeu) Anderson and Nicholas Anderson, Columbia Heights, MN, married on 7/23/2005.

'00 Daniel Cramer and Lindsey (Gallagher) Cramer, Bloomington, IN, married on 12/27/2003.

'00 Tara (Woolcott) LaVigne and '00 Chad LaVigne, St. Cloud, MN, married on 6/4/2005.

'00 Sarah (Grussing) Westvig and Brad Westvig, Chaska, MN, married on 7/25/2003.

'01 Phillip Coakley and Kristy Coakley, Folsom, CA, married on 11/6/2004.

'01 Melissa (Maciej) Lindstrom and Dustin Lindstrom, East Bethel, MN, married on 8/23/2003.

'02 Lisa (McClure) Roske and John Roske, St. Cloud, MN, married on 10/23/2004.

'02 Trista (Schaub) Schlick and Russell Schlick, Minnetonka, MN, married on 11/20/2004.

'03 Elizabeth (Lococo) Sween and '03 Brett Sween, Crystal, MN, married on 5/21/2005.

'04 Jesse Berg and Emily Berg, Sanborn, MN, married on 12/18/2004.


'50 Richard Banks, Golden Valley, MN, grandson, Yousif. Other grandchild: Lucy.

'87 Beth (Sundin) George and Timothy George, Grand Rapids, MN, daughter, Addison Isabel, 12/11/2004. Other children: Erik Daven, 3.

'88 Suzanne (Welter) Berning and Mark Berning, St. Michael, MN, daughter, Flor De Maria, 6/13/2004. Other children: Samuel, 5, Nicholas John, 8.

'89 Tara (Stefanich) Wainio and '91 Craig Wainio, Mountain Iron, MN, son, Blayne, 4/12/2005. Other children: Bryce, 4.

'90 Matthew Anderson and '91 Jill (Hellweg) Anderson, Alexandria, MN, daughter, Sophia, 12/26/2004. Other children: Winston Ford, 5, Blake Lexington, 7.

'90 Suzanne Hoeft and Chris Magri, Raleigh, NC, daughter, Hannah, 2/12/2004. Other children: Evan, Logan.

'90 Eric Thovson and '93 Rhonda (Huhne) Thovson, Hutchinson, MN, son, Dane, 3/11/2005. Other children: Bella, 4.

'91 Lianne (Martin) Becker and Christopher Becker, St. Anthony, MN, son, Nicklaus Martin, 10/3/2004.

'91 Tonya (Ebeling) Welsch and Marc Welsch, Burnsville, MN, daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, 2/15/2005.

'92 Chad Erickson and '97 Mollie (Abelson) Erickson, Burnsville, MN, son, Garrett Patrick, 3/16/2005. Other children: Sydni Elizabeth, 3.

'92 Jane (Brown) King and Brian King, Plymouth, MN, son, Nathan, 5/29/2002. Other children: Ellen, 5.

'93 Amy (Mathews) Amundsen and Jeff Amundsen, Eagan, MN, son, Jack Owen, 10/5/2004.

'93 Jodie (Erntson) Erickson and Steve Erickson, Champlin, MN, daughter, Laurel, 3/31/2005. Other children: Annika Marie, 2.

'93 Jennifer (March) Hutchison, Gunnison, CO, son, Tristen, 3/26/2003.

'93 Darrick Metz and Sara Metz, Shoreview, MN, daughter, Annika Jade.

'93 Kristine Nordby and Jason Scheeler, Sauk Rapids, MN, daughter, Olivia Ray, 3/22/2005. Other children: Emily Francis, 2.

'93 Pamela (Schultz) Simanski and Lee Simanski, Maplewood, MN, daughter, Paige Elizabeth, 11/15/2004. Other children: Dylan, 2, Tyler, 5.

'93 Joel Staehling and Erica (Dragland) Staehling, Worthington, MN, son, Nathaniel, 4/5/2004. Other children: Hannah, Benjamin.

'93 Gail (Blenker) Waldorf and Peter Waldorf, Corcoran, MN, daughter, Cortney, 1/18/2005. Other children: Jacklyn Corrine, 4.

'94 Denise (Duitscher) Morris and Mark Morris, Anchorage, AK, daughter, Ianna Collete, 4/21/2004. Other children: Dulcy May, 2.

'94 '02 Michelle Vescio Evenson, Minneapolis, MN, daughter, Nitalia, 10/10/2004.

'95 Mark Bergstrom and '97 Megan (Dixon) Bergstrom, Big Lake, MN, son, Brady, 9/13/2004. Other children: Abbey.

'95 Cherie (Heim) Beumer and '96 Todd Beumer, St. Joseph, MN, son, Alex, 1/8/2004.

'95 Lisa (Virden) Coleman and Martin Coleman, Woodbury, MN, son, Alexander, 10/8/2002. Other children: Cameron, 3.

'95 Crystal (Spurr) Gill and Jon Gill, Coon Rapids, MN, son, Aaron, 6/6/2004.

'95 Jennifer (Bentley) Knutson and '95 Mathew Knutson, Plymouth, MN, son, Tanner Mathew, 10/12/2004. Other children: Elianna, 3.

'95 '97 Michelle (Feddema) Kremers and '96 James Kremers, Clearwater, MN, daughter, Rachel, 1/9/2004. Other children: Austin.

'96 Cristina (Baker) Daleiden, Savage, MN, daughter, Paige, 10/22/2004. Other children: Jackson, 6.

'96 Paul Fitzgerald and Sara Fitzgerald, Hermantown, MN, daughter, Mary, 12/1/2004. Other children: Grace.

'96 Michelle (Olson) Neutz and '97 Bradley Neutz, Maple Lake, MN, daughter, Sarah, 3/1/2005. Other children: Samuel Thomas, 5.

'96 Troy Pullis and Bonnie (Fryman) Pullis, Brooklyn Park, MN, son, Benjamin Lee, 9/8/2004.

'96 Julie (Gratke) Roesch and Jon Roesch, Sauk Rapids, MN, daughter, Grace, 5/26/2005.

'96 '98 Linda (Bong) Petersen and '00 Brett Petersen, St. Peter, MN, daughter, Natalie, 3/28/2005. Other children: Katherine, 2.

'96 '02 Sara (Sharpe) Schreifels and Bryant Schreifels, Sartell, MN, son, Cameron, 5/23/2004.

'97 Roseann (Klaphake) Baisley and Mark Baisley, Cold Spring, MN, daughter, Addison Rose, 11/21/2004.

'97 Jolene (Ayer) Buhs and '98 Clinton Buhs, St. Cloud, MN, son, Evan, 12/1/2004.

'97 Kirsten Carter and Matthew Hemenway, Mahtomedi, MN, Abbigail Rose, Samuel, 7/10/2002.

'97 Krista (Hovde) Hutchins and David Hutchins, Foley, MN, son, Luke, 4/11/2005. Other children: Benjamin, 1, Jacob David, 6.

'97 Amber (Buchholz) Kropp and '97 Gregg Kropp, Lonsdale, MN, son, Daniel, 6/27/2005.

'97 Paul Renslow and '98 Jill (Jonas) Renslow, Inver Grove Heights, MN, son, Caden, 6/6/2004.

'97 John Skoog and Michelle (Issendorf) Skoog, Buffalo, MN, daughter, Ella Grace, 1/21/2005. Other children: Emily, 5.

'97 Deborah (Brix) Stang and '00 Jason Stang, Monticello, MN, daughter, Ellie Joy, 1/9/2005. Other children: Jacob John, 2.

'98 Jennifer (Schlueter) Bonovsky and Bryan Bonovsky, Sauk Rapids, MN, son, Creed, 12/26/2004. Other children: Christian, Cole.

'98 James Jacobsen and '98 Sonia (Krech) Krech-Jacobsen, Rosemount, MN, son, Elliott, 11/15/2004.

'98 Alexandra M. (Castellanos) Krohn and Nathan Krohn, Albertville, MN, son, Carter, 6/26/2004.

'98 Angela (Schouweiler) Mason and James Mason, St. Paul, MN, son, Logan James, 10/24/2004. Other children: Kayla.

'98 Kristine (Schmidtke) Odonnell and Sean Odonnell, Robinsdale, MN, daughter, Alison, 7/3/2004.

'98 Karri (Fosnow) Pearson and Chris Pearson, Burnsville, MN, daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth, 6/11/2004.

'99 Trina (Dorner) Dietz and '00 Eric Dietz, Sartell, MN, son, Matthew Eric, 10/27/2004.

'99 Cassie (Galow) Eichenberger and Rick Eichenberger, Aurora, CO, son, Miles Kenneth, 6/27/2005.

'99 Jacqueline (Skoog) Glaser and '00 Stephen Glaser, Waconia, MN, son, Ryan Ashton, 5/19/2004. Other children: Kyle Hunter, 2.

'99 Laura (Hinds) Humphrey and Josh Humphrey, Rosemount, MN, daughter, Samantha Grace, 11/12/2004.

'99 Aaron Jacobs and Sarah Jacobs, Anoka, MN, daughter, Callie Catherine, 12/22/2004. Other children: Joseph Lawrence, 3.

'00 Jennifer (Elletson) Brown and Michael Brown, Sauk Rapids, MN, son, Matthew, 5/21/2005. Other children: Jeana, 5, Emily Ann, 5.

'00 Craig Buboltz, Fairfax, MN, daughter, Trinity, 12/19/2004.

'00 Daniel Cramer and Lindsey (Gallagher) Cramer, Bloomington, IN, daughter, Anabelle Teresa, 5/13/2005.

'00 Meghan (Bidne) Dugan and '03 Benjamin Dugan, Eagan, MN, daughter, Alison Guri, 10/6/2004. Other children: Jackson, 2.

'00 Katherine (Plantz) Larrabee and John Larrabee, Hinckley, MN, son, Bryson Wells, 2/20/2005. Other children: John III, 3.

'00 Jocelyn (Hollmann) Rowe and Jason Rowe, Coon Rapids, MN, son, Cullen, 2/21/2005.

'00 Eric Zierdt and '00 Julia (Swisher) Zierdt, Oakdale, MN, daughter, Hannah Catherine, 4/5/2005. Other children: Rachel, 3.

'01 Nathan Gabrielson and Jennifer Gabrielson, Colorado Springs, CO, son, Logan John, 5/26/2005. Other children: Shelby Claire, 2.

'01 Felicia (Meyer) Koehn and Brian Koehn, Janesville, WI, daughter, Jacinda, 9/14/2004.

'02 Sara (Oberloh) Beavers and Matthew Beavers, Redwood Falls, MN, daughter, Emma Rae, 5/26/2005.

'02 Michael Hamm and '04 Mackenzie (Aho) Hamm, Fargo, ND, daughter, Faith Nizhoni, 2/19/2005. Other children: Nizhoni Lee, 2.

'02 Nicole (Nelson) Klein and Jeff Klein, Sauk Rapids, MN, son, Jack David, daughter, Lauren Grace, 6/29/2004.

'03 Jennifer (Guetter) Andrews and Eric Andrews, Johnson, MN, daughter, Alaina, 12/22/2004.

'03 Elizabeth Baufield, Big Lake, MN, daughter, Shelby, 3/11/2005.

'03 Amy (Anderson) Hollan and Justin Hollan, Zimmerman, MN, daughter, Avery, 5/15/2004.

'03 Tiffany (Garner) Makonyonga and Hilary Makonyonga, St. Cloud, MN, son, Malachi, 11/19/2004.

'03 Mandi (Gresczyk) Wichner and Travis Wichner, Hinckley, MN, son, Garrett Carter, 1/6/2005.

'04 Lori (Newman) Groinus and Steven Groinus, South Haven, MN, son, Carter, 1/14/2005.


Matthew Cullen, Anaheim, CA, was named to the U.S. men's national team that competed in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship last spring in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.

John Eddy, Denton, TX, an honored scholar at many universities across the United States, has been extensively honored due to his efforts focused on human rights, including receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crown Forum Award at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

The university felt the impact of the Depression during the '30s, when enrollment dropped, graduates had difficulty finding teaching positions, and student needs required that loan funds be made available.

'35 Lois (Gibson) Berg, North Mankato, MN, taught for 35 years and retired in 1978.

There were a variety of "firsts" at SCSU during the '40s, among them the university's first homecoming queen, first Parents Day, and the first time enrollment topped 1,000.

'45 R. Lorraine (Gundershaug) Warren, Faribault, MN, taught at Brooton, Appleton and Faribault schools before retiring.

'46 James Warren, Faribault, MN, taught and was an assistant principal at Faribault schools before retiring.

'47 Dorothy (Moeller) Busch, Roseville, MN, spent many years in the Ramsey County library system and continues to be a church organist.

'48 '82 Yvonne (Palm) Gustafson, Faribault, MN, was recently honored as a teacher who made an impact by members of the first class she taught - a 1948-49 sixth-grade class.

'49 Paul Busch, Roseville, MN, spent 42 years as a teacher and coach in public schools in Oregon and Minnesota. He now enjoys gardening and his small apple orchard.

The student body began to "age" during the '50s as more students came to SCSU after years in the workforce rather than straight from high school. SCSU began offering evening and Saturday classes, and student organizations included a Vets Club and a Married Couples Club.

'53 Cory Kruckenberg, Sun City West, AZ, is working with his Rotary Club to supply the School of Dental Nurses in Jamaica with new and modern equipment. During his career in dentistry, Cory worked as a volunteer or a direct hire in Russia, China, Vietnam and the Caribbean islands, including Jamaica.

'55 Marion (Wahlstrom) Korpi, Soudan, MN, taught school full time throughout her career in the Tower-Soudan School District and the Babbitt School district. She did substitute teaching and tutored at the Tower school for 13 years before retiring.

'56 James Hamann, Dayton, MN, a member of the Atomic Veterans Legion, traveled to Australia as a guest of the national president of the Australian Nuclear Veterans Association in spring of 2003.

'59 Francis Voelker, Sartell, MN, recently celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Mil Voelker '68.

Society's growing interest in media and entertainment during the '60s was reflected in introduction of a campus radio station, KVSC; a campus television station, UTVS; and Theatre L'Homme Dieu, which produced 10 plays during its premier season.

'65 William Taylor, Portland, OR, is a co-pastor at New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, which offers church services in Korean and English languages and plans to expand its multicultural ministry.

'68 '76 Margaret Hennen, St. Paul, MN, was appointed to the national board of the Pubic Relations Society of America.

'68 Ludmila Voelker, Sartell, MN, recently celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary with her husband Fran Voelker '59.

'69 Lloyd Griep, Delano, MN, enjoys a hobby of charitable fundraising. He started a foundation for ARC (the Association for Retarded Citizens) and is starting a foundation for the Delano community.

'69 James Minor, Plymouth, MN, is president/CEO of People Serving People, one of the largest homeless shelters in Minnesota.

The university's impact on the community of St. Cloud became very evident during the '70s, when SCSU accounted for 25 percent of its population, 15 percent of its housing market, 10 percent of its traffic, and five percent of its employment.

'73 William Sieben, Hastings, MN, was voted by his peers as one of "Minnesota's Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers" for the fifth consecutive year. He is a principal shareholder at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben and is board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Minnesota State Bar Association.

'76 Diane (Bias) Mosel, Gaylord, MN, a social worker at the Sibley East Elementary Schools, was recently selected as the Sibley East Education Association's Teacher of the Year.

'77 James Lepley, Anchorage, AK, recently completed a doctorate in education and has taught for 28 years, 26 of them in Anchorage.

'77 Debra Ost, Mendota Heights, MN, recently received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary. She will serve as a parish pastor in the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Previously, she worked for 25 years as a clinical laboratory scientist in the Twin Cities.

'79 Margaret Holmes, Hibbing, MN, is publishing and editing Reflections artists journal, an on-line and printed journal that promotes both visual and literary artists in a traditional and non-traditional venue, which helps foster a creative community regardless of geography.

During the '80s there was recognition of the fact that the world was becoming more diverse, which led to a new requirement calling for students to earn at least 12 credits in courses that exposed them to multi-cultural, gender and minority concerns.

'82 Joan Alleckson, San Diego, CA, president of Profit Solutions Network, has been elected president of the San Diego chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) for 2005 – 06. Previously Alleckson served as the chapter's first vice president. She also has been the chapter's secretary.

'86 John Gambrino, Jacksonville, NC, is an active duty lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps out of Camp Lejeune, NC. He recently returned from being deployed to Western Iraq, where he commanded Headquarters and Service Battalion (-) Reinforced, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward).

'86 Brent Walz, Rochester, MN, is currently the senior assistant county attorney with the Olmsted County Attorney's Office.

'87 Lori Black, Derwood, MD, gave the keynote address titled "Beyond the Human Genome Sequence" at the 2005 Student Research Colloquium at SCSU.

'87 Brooks Herrboldt, Richfield, MN, is teaching at Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

'87 Patricia Hilleren, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lubin Family Professor for Women in Science at Skidmore College, has received a five-year, $720,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her research on quality control in the nucleus of cells. She was co-author of a 2001 article on RNA quality control in the journal Nature, and was formerly a researcher in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Arizona.

'88 Brian Belski, Inver Grove Heights, MN, accepted a position at Merrill Lynch in New York to become the equity strategist for its wealth management division.

'88 Tamara (Kolb) Campion, St. Cloud, MN, planning technician for the City of St. Cloud, passed her American Institute of Certified Planners exam. She also spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester.

'88 Deanne (Schuler) Hoppe, Chaska, MN, a health teacher at Minnetonka Middle School West, was among the recipients of the Minnetonka School District's Minnetonka Award for Child-Centered Excellence in Teaching.

'88 Anthony Rauch, Minneapolis, MN, is project designer for Hay Dobbs Architects in Minneapolis and is a consultant working on the SCSU Master Plan Update.

'88 '97 Paul Gauerke, St. Cloud, MN, started RGS Financial, a receivables management company based in Dallas, Texas. RGS provides receivables management and consulting to banks and credit issuers on a nationwide basis.

The cost of attending college continued to grow faster than the rate of inflation during the '90s, making it difficult for students to earn their degrees without financial help. During the decade two-thirds of the student body received assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment.

'90 Carolyn (Olene) Braun, Princeton, MN, the planning director for the city of Anoka, was elected president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association.

'90 Nathan Nesje, St. Paul, MN, and his band, Collective Unconscious, sold out five shows at St. Cloud's Pioneer Place on Fifth theater in early April with their "Pet Sounds" show that featured the Beach Boys' seminal album from start to finish. He is a senior systems analyst at Merrill Corporation, where he has worked for 10 years.

'92 Timothy Forby, Bloomington, MN, is with Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions Division in St. Louis Park as senior communications specialist.

'92 Lucas Miller, Hillsboro, OR, is the controller of the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. He was formerly a golf professional (club pro); assistant controller of Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash.; controller of Brandon Dunes Golf Resort in Brandon, Ore.; and corporate manager of fuel reporting of Peppermill Casinos, Inc. in Reno, Nevada.

'92 Thomas Mootz, St. Paul, MN, has been promoted to partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Minneapolis. He is an information technology audit partner with more than 13 years of experience assisting companies with both business and technical issues, including internal audit and risk assessment.

'94 Denise (Duitscher) Morris, Anchorage, AK, is in the second year of running a lawn care and handy work business with her husband.

'94 '96 Michael Klima, Marriottsville, MD, Sgt. 1st Class, has played trumpet in the United States Army Field Band since auditioning and winning the position in 1999.

'95 Thomas Dickhausen, Burnsville, MN, delivered the keynote address at the Excellence in Leadership Award banquet that took place on the SCSU campus last spring.

'95 Tiffany Elj, Shoreview, MN, has worked in healthcare philanthropy since graduating from SCSU. She is the director of development for St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul and is pursuing a master's degree in philanthropy and development at Saint Mary's University in Winona.

'95 Della Ludwig, Sartell, MN, is firm administrator at Schlenner Wenner & Co., a CPA organization. She recently completed a master's degree in management from St. Scholastica.

'95 Mark McCleary, Minneapolis, MN, is the director of sales operations for Gearworks, a mobile workforce management software start-up company in Eagan. He was formerly with CorVu Corporation.

'95 Clair Wolters, Long Prairie, MN, teaches English as a second language to second and third graders at Long Prairie Elementary School.

'96 Lisa (Voss) Graphenteen, Slayton, MN, is community development director for the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership in Slayton.

'96 Lisa (Root) Jessen, Byron, MN, worked for three years at Bankers Systems right out of college, then transferred to Outside Sales in Dallas, TX. She worked for Digital Insight, an Internet banking company, for the next two years. She now stays home to raise her two daughters.

'96 Vangie (Thompson) Schueller, Faribault, MN, is program developer for the Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services in Monticello.

'96 Michael Wacker, Stoughton, WI, is an industrial hygienist for the U.S. Department of Labor-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and received a Region V and National OSHA Innovator of the Year Award in 2002.

'97 Nancy (Nouis) Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, is an international marketing manager for International Cruise & Excursions Inc. (ICE). She previously spent eight years living and working in the United Kingdom.

'97 Andrea Melberg Thompson, Blaine, MN, is a co-owner of Figaro's Pizza in Andover and is a development associate for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

'97 Mark Thompson, Blaine, MN, is owner/operator of Figaro's Pizza in Andover.

'98 Reuben Heine, Carbondale, IL, is a student in the environmental resources and policy program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is working on a doctoral dissertation titled "Modeling Incision of Tributaries from Missouri River Degradation." He has studied and published in the areas of human modifications to large-river systems, flood-hazard analysis and accurate stream mapping.

'98 Wayne Hurley, Fergus Falls, MN, spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester. He works at West Central Initiative (WCI).

'98 Wade Kline, Fargo, ND, the community planner with the Fargo/Moorhead Council of Governments, passed his American Institute of Certified Planners exam.

'99 Michael Hawley, Jacksonville, NC, is a dentist in the Dental Detachment of the Headquarters and Service Battalion (-) Reinforced, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward). Recently, the Navy lieutenant returned from deployment to Western Iraq, where he and his mobile dental team supported the needs of the Marines, soldiers, and sailors in the area.

The new millennium that began in 2000 has been notable for students' commitment to enhancing the campus. Students approved fee increases for remodeling and enlargement of the student union and construction of a recreation center and new stadium.

'00 Amy Dahlin, Anoka, MN, became the news editor of the pope County Tribune in Glenwood in March. She had been a reporter/photographer for the Starbuck Times in Starbuck since Dec. 2003 and before then worked in television news.

'00 Brett Swaim, Ada, OH, recently received a juris doctorate degree from Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.

'01 Brandon Dobbertin, St. Cloud, MN, is a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud.

'01 Daniel Jochum, Eden Prairie, MN, Community Planner with SEH Consulting in Minneapolis, was elected secretary of the American Planning Association. He also passed his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam.

'01 Felicia (Meyer) Koehn, Janesville, WI, is a middle school teacher.

'01 Errin (Klay) Welty, Wheat Ridge, CO, is the senior director of research for the Denver office of Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate brokerage firm.

'01 Sarah Wenzel, Oxford, OH, is an account analyst for Kao Brands Company (formerly the Andrew Jergens Company), where she manages everything from the discontinued items budgets to marketing development funds for sales and general accounting work to coordinating sales restructures.

'01 Eric Wimberger, Milwaukee, WI, recently received a juris doctorate degree from Marquette University.

'01 '03 Matthew Furzland, Logan, UT, is working on his doctorate in developmental disabilities at Utah State University. His areas of emphasis are applied behavior analysis, precision teaching and instructional design.

'02 Kelly Carlson, Phoenix, AZ, is pursuing her graduate degree.

'02 Lisa Krampitz, Owatonna, MN, spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester. She is executive director for the Owatonna Main Street Program.

'02 Lisa (McClure) Roske, St. Cloud, MN, works at Nahan Printing as a customer service representative.

'02 Timothy Schmit, Sauk Rapids, MN, works as a field technician at Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation, based in Shoreview, MN.

'03 Nathan Bouvet, La Quinta, CA, was promoted to associate planner for the City of Desert Hot Springs, CA.

'03 Christopher Huber, West St. Paul, MN, is in the consumer lending division at TCF bank in Minneapolis.

'03 Emily (Bottko) Smith, Howard Lake, MN, spent a year and a half in North Carolina teaching kindergarten while her husband was in the Marines. She is back in Minnesota working at the Sylvan Learning Center and substitute teaching.

'03 Brett Sween, Crystal, MN, is a business analyst with Target.

'04 Momodou Bah, Sartell, MN, is in The Gambia, Africa and works with the National Water and Electricity Co. He is working with Canadian consultants on water supply and sanitation projects for The Gambia.

'04 Jesse Berg, Sanborn, MN, is the golf course superintendent at Farmer's Golf & Health Club in Sanborn.

'04 Luke Christensen, Aitkin, MN, is director of Kinshi of Aitkin County, a non-profit organization working with at-risk youths.

'04 Mitchell Glines, Clear Lake, MN, is development assistant for Dynamics Design & Land Company in Big Lake.

'04 William Schramm, Redwood Falls, MN, is an investment accountant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in downtown Minneapolis. He is involved with accounting for investment transactions, such as bond purchasing and selling.

'04 Michael Schroeder, Blaine, MN, is a marketing coordinator with the national commercial construction firm Adolfson & Peterson.

'04 Tina Schwanz, Farmington, MN, is an economic development specialist for the City of Farmington.

'04 Jennifer Struffert, Hillman, MN, is at Cummins Inc. as a manufacturing development program engineer.