Building Tomorrow's University

Annual Report 2006-07 Edition

University News

Assisting crime victims

For the second year in a row, St. Cloud State partnered with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs last summer to offer an intensive one-week summer program for victim service providers and professionals who interact with crime victims.

The curriculum, based on needs discovered through a statewide survey of organizations that work with crime victims, included presentations on responding to sexual assault survivors by Lee LaDue ’84 ’91, coordinator for the Gender Violence Prevention Program at the SCSU Women’s Center, and on stalking by Dani Lindner ’00 of the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.

Nearly 50 professionals from throughout the state attended the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy, which covered victimology, victims’ rights and services and issues specific to working with victims of crime in Minnesota.

Kenneth Rebeck

Associate Professor Kenneth Rebeck, who has taught economics at St. Cloud State since 2001, served as associate project director for the development, revision and norming of the fourth edition of the Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE). The revision process included a national norming of 70 institutions across the United States. Rebeck also co-authored the TUCE Examiner’s Manual. TUCE, first developed almost 40 years ago, is a standardized test used to assess students’ understanding of the introductory principles of economics and to provide data that allows professors to compare their students’ performance with a national sample. TUCE is available with the examiner’s manual for instructors, school administrators and researchers.

Recruiting reflects changing times, changing mission

St. Cloud State recruiting efforts have branched out in innovative ways to attract and welcome more students representing a variety of multicultural groups.

Adrece Thighman and Martha Noyola

Adrece Thighman-Nabe, left, associate director of admissions for outreach, and Martha Noyola, assistant director of student of color outreach, are key members of St. Cloud State's recruiting team.

New marketing efforts include multilingual advertising in Twin Cities newspapers and hiring and promoting admissions staff members who better represent Minnesota’s increasingly diverse population. Translated ads have been placed in publications read by students and their parents whose first language is Spanish or Hmong, and recruiting publications have been printed in Spanish, Hmong and Somali. In addition, of the 12 full-time Office of Admissions staffers, two are currently persons of color. The office is in the process of replacing its Hmong-American recruiter, Tzong Chang ’05, who recently left to take a similar position at another university.

Why the changes? The pragmatic answer is that universities like St. Cloud State won’t be able to sustain their enrollment numbers without attracting more students of color, according to Mahmoud Saffari, associate vice president for enrollment management. The number of high school graduates in Minnesota is expected to decline by about 10 percent by 2012, according to the state’s Department of Education. And that pool of prospective students is changing as well as shrinking, with fewer Caucasians in the mix.

Alnwick Castle

Prince Charles, wearing the uniform of the Queen's Own Yeomanry, greets St. Cloud State students during his September visit to Alnwick Castle, home of the university's Center for British Studies. The heir to the British throne and Royal Honorary Colonel met students at the 11th century castle. The majestic branch campus is also a tourist attraction, frequent location for films such as the first Harry Potter movie, and home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. St. Cloud State has had a study abroad program in England since 1981.

But St. Cloud State is recruiting for diversity for reasons other than overcoming challenging demographic changes, administrators say. "We benefit from the diversity of our campus," said President Earl H. Potter III, who is interested not only in welcoming people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, but in ensuring that they have the support they need to succeed academically and socially on campus.

"I am convinced that we are recruiting to increase our institution’s diversity because of what it brings to the experiences of faculty, staff and students on our campus," said Saffari.

Admission staffers Adrece Thighman-Nabe ’02 ’07 and Martha Noyola are crucial to competing for the diverse pool of Minnesota college-bound students. They are particularly important in convincing African-American, Latino/Latina, and Hmong students and their parents that St. Cloud State is the best place for them to pursue their higher education. Dozens of other colleges and universities are recruiting for the same groups of prospective students.

"A person of color recruiting who has succeeded at the university he or she is recruiting for can be more effective in connecting with others from communities of color," said Thighman-Nabe, who recently was promoted to the position of associate director of admissions for outreach.

Thighman-Nabe, who has been an admissions staff member for five years, is part of a team that successfully increased the number of new students of color in 2006 by 26 percent and in 2007 by almost 30 percent above 2006.

In addition to more than 1,000 international students from 80 countries, St. Cloud State’s 16,800 student population now includes 1,144 domestic students of color.

Student Crowned

Aquatennial Princesses

Aquatennial Princesses Jenna Forstner, Tzvetelina Pramatarov

St. Cloud State students Jenna Forstner of Gibbon and Tzvetelina Pramatarov of Anoka were crowned Minneapolis Aquatennial Princesses in July. Forstner, a junior in accounting, plans to go on to earn a master’s degree. Sophomore Pramatarov, mass communications, hopes to work in television broadcasting. She and her family moved to Anoka seven years ago from Bulgaria.

Each year around 50 candidates participate in the week-long Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program. To become Queen of the Lakes or one of two Aquatennial Princesses, candidates are judged on poise, professionalism, public speaking ability, current and future goals, education and extracurricular activities. The two will receive educational scholarships and are traveling throughout the state and region as ambassadors for the festival and the city of Minneapolis for a year.

One step closer to law school

This year, for the third time, the University offered an affordable preparation course for the LSAT exam, required for application to law school. The course was developed to give students an alternative to for-profit prep tests, which typically cost more than $1,000.
Participants take actual LSAT exams under simulated conditions, receive instruction on each section of the exam, learn performance-enhancing strategies and find out how to navigate the law school application and financial aid process. They also receive a copy of Associate Professor Kathy Uradnik’s St. Cloud State Pre-Law Advisor, a comprehensive advising tool on CD-ROM that answers prospective lawyers’ questions about preparing for and applying to law school. Uradnik has been advising pre-law students for more than 10 years.

The St. Cloud State course, which costs $75 for students and alumni and $150 for members of the community, is sponsored in part by Bill Sieben ’73, partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz and Sieben, and by the St. Cloud State chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Honorable Reporting


KVSC celebrated 40 years of student-run radio this year.

KVSC 88.1FM’s news and sports departments received several awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in March. KVSC reporters competed against commercial and non-commercial broadcasters in the category for stations with one or no full-time newsroom employees.

Honored by the Minnesota Associated Press were:

  • Samrat Kharel, graduate student, Nepal – First place and honorable mention, feature reporting; Lone Ranger Award for outstanding performance as news director.
  • Donny Daubanton '07, St. Cloud – First place, documentary/investigative
  • Charlie Cosgrove '07, Minneapolis – First place, sports reporting
  • Ben Bardson and Eric Aadland – Honorable mention, sports reporting. Bardson, a senior, is from Albany; Aadland '07 lives in Waite Park

Ad Placement

A team of mass communications students placed second in an American Advertising Federation District 8 competition this spring. District 8 includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada.

Coca-Cola had challenged the advertising students to research their product and devise an integrated communications campaign.

St. Cloud State student-presenters were seniors Christine Eide of Chippewa Falls, Jill Griep of Inver Grove Heights, Megan Holewa of Shoreview, Kody Kirk of St. Cloud and Shannon Weber ’07 of St. Michael.

Reducing gender violence

A $300,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, is being used to enhance the university’s Gender Violence Prevention Program. The St. Cloud State Women’s Center initiative is designed to help reduce sexual assaults, domestic/dating violence and stalking on campus and in the community, strengthen victim services, and increase apprehension, investigation and adjudication of cases of gender violence on and off campus.

To achieve the goals of the three-year project, the Women’s Center is collaborating with Anna Marie’s Battered Women’s Shelter, the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, the St. Cloud Police Department, the office of the Stearns County Attorney and the Stearns County Family Violence/Sexual Assault Council.

Development of a peer education program for men, a procedure for responding to relationship violence and stalking crimes, an enhanced educational program for new students, enhanced victim services with more accessible information, a coordinated community response to stalking and a five-year plan for increased prosecution of sexual assault cases are all part of the project.

Students, faculty earn national donor honor


Registrants received "I've been swabbed" stickers after swabbing for DNA testing and signing up for the donor program.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) has bestowed on the University the organization’s 2007 Collegiate Award in recognition of student and faculty commitment to raising awareness, recruiting donors and supporting the life-saving work of the NMDP.

Communication studies students, who have led bone marrow/stem cell donor registration drives for the last seven years, this spring registered their 1,000th donor candidate. The cost to be added to the national registry is typically as much as $150, but the students offer free registration.

The NMDP has told faculty leader Diana Rehling, associate professor of communication studies, that at least seven people who were added to the donor list because of St. Cloud State drives have actually served as donors,
with many others named potential donors.

University wins two Addys

Addy Awards

Two marketing projects from St. Cloud State University have earned Addy Awards from the Central Minnesota Advertising Federation. Both were produced by HatlingFlint, a marketing firm in St. Cloud with alumnus Bill Hatling ’86, St. Cloud, as its president.

A direct-mail marketing publication targeted at alumni who are educators and a 90-second TV profile of St. Cloud State earned Gold Addys earlier this year.

The education publication, shaped like a megaphone, also earned a Silver Award in district competition among entries from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The publication urged educators who are
St. Cloud State alumni to encourage their students to attend their alma mater.

HatlingFlint will enter current St. Cloud State marketing projects in competition next year.

To view the award-winning institutional profile, the megaphone project and other marketing efforts, go to www.stcloudstate.edu/ucomm.

Building partnerships

Mumbi Mwangi and Debra Leigh

Mumbi Mwangi, left, and Debra Leigh

In an exchange program designed to facilitate group partnerships between East African and African American women, two professors spent five weeks in Tanzania and Kenya launching the International Black Women’s Leadership Project.

Professor Debra Leigh, theatre, film studies and dance, and Assistant Professor Mumbi Mwangi, women’s studies, met with women in Kenya, Tanzania and on the island of Zanzibar, locations chosen because of the similarities that exist between the challenges women in East Africa and Black women in America face as they work to achieve leadership roles in their communities.

The research project is expected to lead to an International Black Women’s Leadership Institute that will provide opportunities for women to develop their leadership skills at local and international levels.

Leigh, who has taught at St. Cloud State since 1989, used her sabbatical in 2002-03 to start the Namaste Dance Company at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Successful student teacher program earns national award

Student Teacher Award

Faculty and staff involved in the co-teaching initiative include, from left: Beth Mann, Teacher Development Dept. faculty; Kathy Ofstedal ‘96, Child and Family Studies Dept. faculty; Nancy Bacharach, director, Teacher Quality Enhancement Center (TQEC) and Teacher Development faculty; Teresa Heck, coordinator of co-teaching and Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science Dept. faculty, TQEC; Kate Steffens, dean, College of Education; and Kathy Dahlberg, TQEC research analyst. Mann and Ofstedal are co-teaching specialists. Jerry Wellik, co-teaching specialist from the Special Education Dept., is not pictured.

St. Cloud State University’s co-teaching initiative – an idea so innovative it garnered a $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant in October of 2003 for its launch – has earned one of three coveted Christa McAuliffe Awards for Excellence in Teacher Education.

The national honor from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities annually recognizes the best teacher education programs and identifies promising practices in teacher preparation. The St. Cloud State model "changes the paradigm of student teaching," according to Professor Nancy Bacharach, director of the university’s Teacher Quality Enhancement Center. By having the classroom teacher and the student teacher collaborate on every aspect of the learning experience, from planning to delivery, the co-teachers and students in the classroom all benefit, she said. "These shared learning experiences are the heart of the program’s success."

While the student teacher in the co-teaching experience eventually has the opportunity to fully take charge of the classroom, it’s a more seamless approach since the cooperating teacher remains an active part of the classroom throughout the experience, Bacharach said.

In its first three years the co-teaching program, implemented in the fall of 2004, has brought together 583 pairs of student teachers and cooperating teachers in pre-school, elementary and secondary settings in 17 Central Minnesota school districts. St. Cloud State’s College of Education trains about 500 teachers and other education professionals annually.

Robert Lavenda, Emily Schultz


Professors Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz, both in sociology and anthropology, authored a textbook published by Oxford University Press, "Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?" The book began as a revision of an earlier general anthropology textbook – its 24 chapters on biological, archaeological, cultural and linguistic anthropology were revised into a more user-friendly volume with 15 chapters. The two also co-wrote "Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition," the latter published in English, Japanese, Bulgarian, Italian and Vietnamese editions by Oxford in November.

Martha Noyola

Martha Noyola

Martha Noyola, assistant director of the student of color outreach program in the St. Cloud State Office of Admissions, was named one of "25 on the Rise" by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota (HCCM). The honor is in recognition of Noyola’s commitment to excellence, which has made her an outstanding Latino role model and leader, according to the HCCM.

Noyola has worked with women field workers for the United Farm Workers Union. She also has served as a project coordinator for the National Latina Health Organization, where she headed a project on eradication of violence against women within Latina/o communities; and as an advocate for battered women, undocumented families, new refugee families and the GLBT community.

Gretchen Starks-Martin

Critical Reading Critical Thinking

Professor Gretchen Starks-Martin, reading and study skills, is co-author of a developmental reading book that takes a contemporary issues approach. "Critical Reading, Critical Thinking" was released in its third edition by Pearson Education/Longman Publishers this fall. The examples and readings, which range from animal rights to European integration to teen pregnancy to religious and cultural clashes in the United States, are drawn from current textbooks, news stories, literature and magazines. The book includes a chapter on reading advertisements critically as well as suggestions for evaluating Internet resources.

Elaine Davis

Minnesota 13

During Prohibition (1920-33) Stearns County produced a brand of illegal liquor that quickly became popular throughout the Midwest and beyond. It even had a brand name: Minnesota 13. "Minnesota 13 – ‘Wet’ Wild Prohibition Days," by Professor of Management Elaine Davis, details the history of a product whose high quality, favorable taste and safe composition made it a high-demand product during Prohibition. Davis’ book, with more than 70 photos, graphs, maps and cartoons, covers the facts and the impact of Prohibition in the county, including how Minnesota 13 was made; how producers, bootleggers and local speakeasies concealed their operations; how local and federal law enforcement operated; and the crucial role German ethnicity and area Catholic churches played in the local industry. The history also provides details about how federal raids, Leavenworth prison, Prohibition-related violence and the repeal of the 18th amendment affected moonshine producers.

Feature Story

Building Tomorrow's University

President Earl Potter

President Earl Potter at the construction site of the Wick Science Building's addition, a symbol of growth at St. Cloud State.

What an honor it has been to assume the presidency of St. Cloud State University, a place where excellence and opportunity are more than a tradition. They’re the guiding principles for continuously enhancing our role as an innovative leader in education, business, culture and social progress.

Our campus community is well equipped to sustain and surpass the excellent reputation St. Cloud State has earned for preparing our students for the future. This was affirmed this past year as we completed the two-year self-study process for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which applied criteria for evaluating strengths and challenges of colleges and universities. The success of the team visit clearly indicated that we are reaching higher together as a campus community to fulfill our mission, make our planning more effective, improve our teaching and learning, promote whole-life education and encourage engagement and service.

I want to build on that firm foundation with a campus-wide commitment to developing an academic plan for preparing the creative workforce and citizen leaders of tomorrow. We are committed to the success of all our students and to providing greater opportunity to those who want to take advantage of all our University offers.

This Annual Report edition of Outlook magazine is filled with good examples of the many exciting accomplishments our students, our faculty/staff, our academic departments and our alumni have attained during the past year. This year we also celebrated significant progress in the development of our facilities, breaking ground on the addition to the Wick Science Building and long-anticipated parking ramp and completing the beautiful renovation of Centennial Hall into a new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business and the Center for Student Success.


The theme for this issue is "Building Tomorrow’s University." I’m excited to work together with the partners who have a significant impact on the future of St. Cloud State and its students. We are interconnected with the Central Minnesota community and with the near and far reaches of the globe where our graduates fulfill dreams and apply knowledge discovered on our campus. Ours is a dynamic learning community enriched by the countless alumni and friends who recognize how vital St. Cloud State and its graduates are to the economic, educational and cultural future of the region.

Earl H. Potter III

Well Suited

Jeff Lundgren

G.R. Herberger College of Business graduate Jeff Lundgren ’07 presents his team’s findings to Monticello city leaders.

City leaders in Monticello were so wowed when nine students in a St. Cloud State business consulting class turned over the results of their feasibility study for a life science industrial park, they invited the students to present their findings to the entire Monticello business community.

The impressive study and resulting presentation involved an analysis of how competitive the city of Monticello would be as a potential site for a life/bio-science industrial park. It was all part of a semester project the students completed for Barry Kirchoff’s spring semester Management 498 class.

Centennial Hall

Designers of the renovated Centennial Hall, whose north side is shown at right, preserved the architectural character of the former St. Cloud State library while adding stunning elements to convert it into a new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business. New windows line the upper floor offices and classrooms. Study areas and reception areas are designed to promote learning, interaction and partnerships.

A phone call from Monticello to the Small Business Development Center, an innovative branch of the G.R. Herberger College of Business directed by Kirchoff, led to the project. The student group, directed by project leader and MBA graduate student Derek Lossing, Babbitt, spent the semester researching a variety of topics related to Monticello’s feasibility as a park site. They studied amenities life science companies would need in a park location and compared the city’s assets with the industry’s needs. The team anticipated that companies looking for a place to build a life/bio-science industrial park would have expectations of access to talent, proximity to research facilities, access to funding for lab and office space and good quality of life.

When they completed the project, the student group presented its findings to the class and to a few key city leaders. The city was so impressed with the quality of the work and findings that they invited the team back to present before a larger group of business leaders. Several notables, such as State Rep. Amy Koch attended the presentation led by team leader Jeff Lundgren ’07, New Brighton.


G.R. Herberger College of Business students take advantage of the welcoming new fourth floor reception area in remodeled Centennial Hall. The wood-lined arched ceiling adds warmth and elegance to the space used for college gatherings, greeting visitors and making connections among students and faculty members.

Kirchoff, who was named director of the Center this year and is a new instructor in the G.R. Herberger College of Business, indicated his pride in the quality of his students’ work at the presentation. "It’s a pleasure to be around students the caliber of Lundgren," Kirchoff said.

Diana Lawson, dean of the G.R. Herberger College of Business, said projects such as this offer important learning opportunities for business students while giving regional industrial and community groups educational resources to which they might not otherwise have access. "Real-world experiences through class projects help prepare our students for the ever-changing demands of business," Lawson said. "This gives them the chance to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to develop analytical competencies they can use throughout their careers."

Monticello has been energized by the students’ findings and is moving forward on the project, said Monticello Economic Development Director Ollie Koropchak.

Marsha Shoemaker & Cindy Harner



Lehman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst – a master’s in history and a doctorate in African-American studies. St. Cloud State is his first posting.

With one book on the shelves, one reaching bookstores this month and a manuscript in his publisher’s hands, the St. Cloud State associate professor of ethnic studies is making a name for himself in scholarly circles. He advises the Council of African-American Students (CAAS). And, he is famed for his smooth moves in the classroom.

Lehman’s 2006 book, "American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era," chronicles the wartime evolution of U.S. animation from militaristic and violent to liberal and pacifist, a development that reflected changing societal attitudes toward the fighting in Southeast Asia.

The "Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films," published in December by University of Massachusetts Press, argues that African-American images and music were central to the development of America’s animated film industry. Early, hand-drawn animation cells required the simplest of black-and-white drawings, so animators drew crude caricatures of rural African-Americans and black minstrels. Minstrel songs and jazz music provided the sound track. Walt Disney and other animators used music by African-American composers, including W.C. Handy, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, Lehman said.

Lehman’s next book analyzes the "Soul Train" television phenomenon, from its start as a local show in Chicago, to its long run as a nationally syndicated program, to spin-offs such as the "Soul Train Music Awards." Like his first book, the "Soul Train" book will be published by North Carolina-based McFarland & Company.

In addition to his service as adviser to the CAAS, Lehman mentors students in the African-American studies minor program he founded in 2005. Terri Johnson, a senior mass communications major, met Lehman
at council meetings. Lehman’s enthusiasm for African American studies classes inspired her.

"I took all his classes," Johnson said. "I’m the first student to complete
the whole minor."

The Rochester native is especially impressed with Lehman’s conscientiousness in the classroom. "If there is anything that students ask,
he will go the extra mile to get the answer," Johnson said. "I always appreciated that if he didn’t have the answer, he would find it."

Jeff Wood

The beauty of music

St. Cloud State University Department of Music students and faculty members have long been a major force in the Central Minnesota arts community. But this year they have taken their involvement in musical arts to a new level with revitalized interest in performance opportunities.

SCSU Concert Choir

St. Cloud State's Concert Choir, directed by Lee Nelson, performs at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Cloud

"Music students and faculty are committed to enriching the local arts community with more than 85 performances each year," according to Department Chair Terry Vermillion. Participation in campus musical groups offering those performances has increased dramatically this year: For example, Concert Choir membership is up at least 100 percent, the Orchestra’s participation is up 60 percent, the Women’s Choir is up 50 percent and the new Men’s Choir fills a void for male voices that has existed on campus since the 1920s.

"The department also provides increasingly strong leadership within the arts community," Professor Vermillion said. Faculty members in regional performance group leadership positions include:

• Lee Nelson, conductor, Great River Chorale;

• Marion Judish, concertmaster, St. Cloud
Symphony Orchestra;

• Daniel O’Bryant, conductor, Heartland
Symphony Orchestra;

• Jane Oxton and Mary Jo Bot, directors,
Cantabile Girls Choirs and Preparatory Program; and

• Glen Toumaala, conductor, St. Cloud
Municipal Band.

SCSU Concert Choir

Her Story Her Song performance at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud

Many of the department’s faculty members also provide the backbone for local musical ensembles, Vermillion said, including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Lake Wobegon Brass Band, Minnesota Center Chorale, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Paramount Jazz Orchestra, Heartland Symphony and even the Duluth/Superior Symphony Orchestra.

St. Cloud State music ensembles have won numerous awards and have been invited to perform at national conferences in Mexico, Russia, England, Ohio and Florida. Most recently the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor Richard Hansen, performed at the American Band Association International Conference in California. This year the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Conference in February, and the Orchestra, led by O’Bryant, Concert Choir, directed by Nelson, and Cantabile Girls Choir will perform in Germany, France and Switzerland.

SCSU Municipal Band

Glen Toumaala directs the St. Cloud Municipal Band at the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center, St. Cloud

The department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is committed to growth of the community as well as the growth and development of its students. Central Minnesotans of all ages benefit from student and faculty performances, which include various artist residencies, clinics and workshops. Many of the outreach activities are directed at enriching local school music programs.

"The Department of Music believes that music is a vital human experience, and its goal is to prepare students for careers in music and offer diverse musical experiences to enrich the musical fabric of its university and community," said Vermillion. "Its curriculum emphasizes creativity and vibrant performance opportunities, fostered by highly experienced and accessible faculty."

"Department of Music programs are founded in artistry, skills and scholarship as they prepare students for careers in the music field," said Roland Specht-Jarvis, dean of
St. Cloud State’s College of Fine Arts and Humanities. "These values and goals ensure that music will continue to be performed, created, studied and taught with excellence in our communities."

Marsha Shoemaker

My Space


Assistant Professor David Williams teaching in the planetarium

Planetarium Director David Williams has gained a powerful helper in bringing the galaxies to life for students and star gazers of all ages. This year St. Cloud State University replaced its outdated star projector in the Wick Science Building Planetarium with "The Chronos," a potent space simulator that’s one of only 15 in the world.

"This gives us galaxies, nebulas and clusters of stars we couldn’t see with the old projector," said Williams, who relishes his job of sharing views of the night skies with astronomy classes and with the public in private group presentations and in the popular Astronomy Public Nights that have captivated standing room-only audiences for more than 30 years. More than 5,400 people attended planetarium shows last year.

The former projector, a ball with pinholes that showed blobs of light on the ceiling of the planetarium, was purchased in 1973, but Williams said it was based on gear-driven technology of half a century ago. The new Chronos system projects 8,500 bright, realistic pinpoints of light – more than twice as many stars as the old projector – and 24 constellations instead of just two.

The fiberoptic projections of the new planetarium equipment provide a far more precise view of the motion of the planets, zodiacal constellations and many other celestial objects. For instructors and students the Chronos also offers a much more efficient classroom experience. For example, Williams said, to view what the sky looked like a few years in the past would have taken the old gear-driven projector 10 minutes to get re-oriented. Now, the new projector takes just seven seconds.

"The new show is more vibrant," said Williams, who’s been planetarium director since 2004. Currently an assistant professor who teaches St. Cloud State astronomy classes as well as dazzling audiences with the new-and-improved planetarium show, he’s a former high school science teacher whose passion has always been astronomy and earth science. He happily came out of retirement to take on new responsibilities at St. Cloud State that he readily admits add up to a dream job.

"We hear a lot of oohs and ahhs. This new automated system that controls light, sound, music and auxiliary projectors merges everything together into a beautiful planetarium package, and it’s just slick."

"It’s really cool to see all the new features," said Regan Bovee, a junior from St. Cloud who brings an interest in mythology to her job as a student worker at planetarium presentations. That fits well with astronomy, a science whose history is intertwined with Greek and Roman stories of the gods. Bovee, who first trained on the old projection equipment, said she is amazed by the sophistication of the new simulator.

The massive Chronos, which at 1,000 pounds weighs nearly three times the old projector, required the installation of a new elevator to lift it out of its protective cover.

"The College of Science and Engineering is proud to be able to offer this wonderful new, state-of-the-art star projector to give our students and the community an even better learning experience in the planetarium," said David DeGroote, dean of the college. "It is truly awesome," said Williams.

For more information on the St. Cloud State Planetarium,
visit www.stcloudstate.edu/physics/planetarium.asp.

Marsha Shoemaker

College of Education "Then & Now"


St. Cloud State’s choice in 1962 for the school’s first dean of education, Irvamae Applegate, became an internationally acclaimed advocate for global excellence and equal rights in teacher education. But to the students of what was then St. Cloud State College, Applegate was their own tireless champion.

Dean Applegate

Dean Applegate

From the time then-St. Cloud State President George Budd appointed Applegate to head the newly designated School of Education, the Beulah, N.D., native was a pacesetter and tenacious fighter for students on her own campus and beyond. Believed to be the first woman education dean in the nation, she transformed teacher education at St. Cloud State.

"She literally designed the College of Ed Building," said Gordon Mortrude, who was assistant dean under Applegate. "She built St. Cloud State into one of the best colleges of education in the country."

In 1966 Applegate expanded her leadership role when she was elected president of the National Education Association (NEA). During her one-year term as head of the nation’s largest professional employee organization, membership exceeded one million for the first time.

Applegate’s reputation for integrity and advocacy for equal opportunity also expanded, Mortrude said. "One morning I got a phone call for Irvamae from Hubert Humphrey asking me, ‘Is the first lady of American education in?’" Mortrude also recalled an incident when Applegate’s principles were put to the test during a visit to a southern state in support of civil rights in teacher education. When a foe of integration threatened that she wouldn’t make it out of the state alive, Mortrude said, "Irvamae rode out on the floor of the car. Her integrity and courage touched my heart."

Each year Applegate’s memory is honored by the NEA through the Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. The prize is given as part of the organization’s annual Human and Civil Rights Awards named for pioneers and leaders in human rights, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Cezar Chavez.

While NEA president from 1966-67, Applegate was an executive committee member of what is now Education International and worked tirelessly to promote international understanding and to involve young people in world peace efforts, according to the NEA. In 1966 she was quoted in Time magazine in support of early efforts to build a national "Compact for Education," saying: "There’s potential for both good and evil – let’s give
it a chance."

On campus Dean Applegate’s leadership and the aid of federal grants brought innovation and progress, including significant expansion of the rehabilitation counseling program to train more professional counselors for community service. The Special Education Department was opened in 1968, and in summer of 1968 a pilot training project developed in conjunction with inner-city schools of Minneapolis made St. Cloud State the only state college to participate in specialized training of this kind.

Dean Applegate had a reputation not only as a creative and energetic leader, but as a big-hearted friend to students. Mortrude said students often would go to her office with their problems. When they needed a little help, he said, "she would head for her purse."

After her death in 1973 at the age of 52, the result of a brain aneurism, Dean Applegate’s husband, Duane, continued her legacy of caring by setting up a loan fund with the St. Cloud State Foundation, which remains a source of support to students in St. Cloud State’s College of Education.


This fall a pilot class of 13 college administrators made history at St. Cloud State University. The pioneering students in the university’s first doctoral program are preparing to meet an anticipated critical need for new or replacement higher education administrators.

COE professor Imbra

COE Professor Christine Imbra, director of St. Cloud State's first doctoral program, welcomes the pilot class of students working toward a doctor of education degree in higher education administration.

The decision to offer the applied doctorate in higher education administration in the university’s College of Education was made after a market analysis by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The
study indicated Minnesota will need 130 new or replacement post-secondary administrators annually through 2012. The need goes beyond state borders as well, since 370 such positions are projected to be open in the five-state area each year through 2012.

"I’m very proud of the fact that the first doctoral program was initiated in this college," said Kate Steffens, dean of the College of Education.

The members of the charter class, all fulltime professionals already in higher education, can expect to have their doctorates in nine semesters, or three years, said College of Education Professor Christine Imbra, director of the program she developed with Assistant Professor Daniel Macari.

"I think the doctoral program at St. Cloud State is a great opportunity," said Herbert King, a student in the program and director of the Multicultural/International Student Services Center at Century College, a two-year MnSCU institution in White Bear Lake. "The cohort model, which meets every other weekend, along with the program’s design and curriculum fit my needs, and this will be an integral part in helping me reach my goal of becoming a senior level administrator in higher education."

The doctorate complements the St. Cloud State College of Education’s introduction of a master’s degree in higher education administration three years ago. Forty-seven students are in that program, preparing for entry- and mid-level positions of leadership at two-year and four-year higher education institutions.

"The potential for applied research at the doctoral level is clearly aligned with my vision for greater outreach and stronger partnerships within the community," Steffens said. "I look forward to a future where our doctoral candidates are conducting research, side-by-side with faculty, in the field and having a significant impact within our schools, community and other educational organizations."

Since its inception as the Third State Normal School in 1869, St. Cloud State has been advancing education in Minnesota. Representatives in the first Minnesota Legislature recognized the benefits their new state’s citizens would derive from having formally educated teachers and made this only the ninth state to have professional training institutions for public school teachers.

In 2005 state lawmakers voted to authorize state universities to offer applied doctorate programs, a decision that will have far-reaching effects on education in Minnesota. That vote allowed St. Cloud State to become the only state institution besides the University of Minnesota to offer a doctorate in higher education.

The College of Education is exploring additional doctoral programs in community counseling, behavior analysis and educational administration, and other colleges are developing proposals for doctorates in applied psychology, audiology
and nursing.


Marsha Shoemaker

Annual Report

Message from the Chair

Robert E. White

It is an exciting time to take the helm of the St. Cloud State University Foundation. With completion of our strategic planning efforts a year ago, and a concrete set of goals and objectives for the coming year, we are well-positioned to advance our mission of supporting and enhancing St. Cloud State’s ability to ignite students’ learning and the discovery of their gifts, their passions and their potential contributions to society.

Recognizing that St. Cloud State is a part of the statewide network of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, we take seriously our support of the system’s strategic direction. We have aligned our Foundation goals with their direction: increasing access and opportunity, promoting and measuring high quality learning programs, developing St. Cloud State’s capacity to be engaged in and add value to the region and recognizing innovation and excellence by faculty and staff. In support of those broad goals, last year the Foundation provided more than $1.1 million for 797 student scholarships, raised almost $1 million towards our $2.2 million renovation project for the new home for the G.R. Herberger College of Business and the Center for Student Success on campus, and raised funds for equipment to be used by students and faculty in the sciences, among other gifts. We are proud of having made this measurable contribution to the mission of St. Cloud State and Minnesota’s higher education programs. The stories that follow highlight the donors who helped make these contributions possible.

In addition to these financial outcomes, the Foundation was honored to participate in the search for a new president of St. Cloud State. We are delighted to assist new University President Earl H. Potter III in making the transition to St. Cloud State, and will continue to work with him and our regional leadership to help our community recognize the tremendous value St. Cloud State holds. Thank you for your support of St. Cloud State, and the many scholarship contributions that help provide access to an education for so many students. Your support changes lives.

Robert E. White ’70
St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees

2007-08 St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees

Joanne E. Benson ’70
Richard Blair ’62
Diana Carter ’78
Robert E. Goff ’58
Al Grundei ’71
Russ Hagen ’64
Al Heinen ’78
Lowell Hellervik ’56
Edward Johnson ’64 ’68 ’81
Lee W. Johnson
Leigh J. Johnson ’65
John R. Kimbrough ’76
Della Ludwig ’95
Richard D. Theilmann ’71
Robert Thueringer ’75
George Torrey
Leon Westbrock ’69
Robert E. White ’70

Robert E. White '70

Hockey pioneer pays back his debt

Alnwick Castle

Roland Vandell said he hopes his gift will encourage others to give to St. Cloud State University.

Roland Vandell ’35, St. Cloud, made his way through life with the help of others. Today, at age 94, the former professor and hockey coach is returning the favor.

Vandell has created an endowment at St. Cloud State University of $100,000 for men’s hockey scholarships. The Roland A. Vandell Family Endowed Scholarship, according to the Eveleth native, begins to pay back the help he received from a cast of characters that includes two presidents, his mineworker father and a legendary hockey player.

Born to French-speaking immigrants from Quebec, Vandell grew up on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. He was raised on pasties, a pastry of meat, potatoes and onions brought to America by Cornish miners. His mother, Jeanette, who never learned to speak English, made them frequently for her husband, Moses, and five children.

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt’s federal relief programs helped lift Vandell out of poverty. National Youth Administration monies made it possible for Vandell and other hockey players to attend St. Cloud State Teachers College. Vandell earned 30 cents an hour doing light work with a janitor. The hockey players got the coveted jobs, Vandell said, because George Selke, the college president, supported athletics and loved hockey.

"There were those at the time who said, ‘I don’t think those damn hockey players should be paid,’" Vandell said. "I, in effect, exchanged a pair of skates for an education." One of the highlights of his St. Cloud State playing career was skating defense on the 1933-34 team that included goalie Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek, whose Hall of Fame professional career included stints with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

In the summer Vandell built bridges between the Beaver Islands on the Mississippi River below campus. The Works Progress Administration job helped, but money remained tight. He recalls his father sending him $15 – much appreciated assistance because Vandell knew it required sacrifices at home.

As college graduation approached, Vandell and some friends went to the president’s office to ask whether they should pursue teaching careers or accept offers to play semi-professional hockey in Chicago. Selke told them to pursue teaching, advice Vandell said he never regretted.

The teaching career that followed began with a $100-a-month job in Clear Lake. It ended with Vandell, now armed with a master’s degree and doctorate, retiring from St. Cloud State in 1971. Along the way, he and his wife Louise, now deceased, raised three children, Judy, Linda and Bobby. Vandell coached the St. Cloud State hockey team in the late 1940s and early 1950s and officiated at college hockey games for 20 years.

The first time Vandell worked a University of Minnesota hockey game he partnered with Francis "Moose" Goheen, a renowned Minnesota hockey player with amateur, professional and Olympic experience. Two nights of officiating earned Vandell $60, less gas, meals and a hotel.

"But it was glamorous. It was fun," he said. "No one was nicer to me than Moose."

Roland Vandell


At 94, Roland "Van" Vandell spins stories with ease, drawing upon a wealth of experience as an athlete, educator and coach.

Few stories match the time John Mariucci skated up to Vandell during a University of Minnesota hockey game. The legendary forward from Eveleth, Minn., told Vandell, who was officiating, to watch closely during the faceoff. The puck dropped and Mariucci promptly shoved his stick between an opposing player’s legs and shoved the player to the ice. Vandell whistled Mariucci for a two-minute infraction. On his way to the penalty box Mariucci said: "Gee, thanks, Van. The coach won’t take me out and I’m tired."

Below are more of Vandell’s musings:

  • "Don’t waste your time being critical of changes. Accept them and get your measure of happiness out of life." 
  • "In retirement there is a tendency to reminisce a lot. And, the older you get, the larger the reservoir of reminiscences."
  • On growing up on the Iron Range among Italians, Serbs, Slovenes and Jews: "I didn’t give a damn what church they went to, if any. We were judged as human beings. We belonged to the same club –
    the Human Race."
  • "I officiated because I knew the game. I was on the ice with skates. I was making decisions in hockey. That was in my blood."

Stories of Campus Life

Building for tomorrow

Garvey Commons

Garvey Commons
The student dining hall was renovated this summer, at a cost of $1.5 million in order to improve traffic flow, service to students and the dining experience. The look and color scheme were changed to create a warmer, more comfortable atmosphere, students now have a grab n’ go station for pickup meals, a sauté station allows students to customize their meals and there’s a new stone pizza oven. Last year Sodexho, the campus dining provider, served an average of 30,000 meals a week at Garvey Commons.

Robert H. Wick Science Building addition

Wick Science
Ground was broken this spring for an $11.3 million annex to the Robert H. Wick Science Building. The project, which will add 24,000 square feet of lab classroom space to the building, is targeted for completion in December 2008.

The initiative was prompted in part by establishment, in 2002, of a nursing program that has trained a total of 128 registered nurse candidates. The popular program has dramatically increased the number of St. Cloud State students taking entry-level biology and chemistry programs to prepare for a possible nursing major. The annex will support research in such areas as cancer and kidney disease, immunology, genetics and water toxicology.

Riverview Hall

The oldest classroom building on campus, Riverview, built in 1913 as a laboratory school, is scheduled for a $4.5 million renovation to be completed in 2009. While its historic integrity will be maintained, the building will receive new windows, masonry repairs, code corrections, a ventilation system, air conditioning and classroom repairs. During the last three years the building’s cupola was replaced with a historically accurate reproduction and the roof was replaced in anticipation of the current project. Riverview Hall is on the National Register of Historic Structures.

Parking Ramp

Parking Ramp & Public Safety
Construction is under way on a 500-stall parking ramp west of Hill-Case Hall and north of the Miller Center. Funds from University operations and $5 million in revenue bonds are being used to finance the $9 million project. When completed in summer 2008 the ramp will have three levels with room for 200 overnight slots for students and 300 daily slots for visitors. The ramp is designed to accommodate additional levels in the future.

Public Safety Center
More than 50 student officers and dispatchers will move with staff of the St. Cloud State Department of Public Safety to new quarters in summer 2008. The one-floor, 5,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to the new parking ramp along Fourth Avenue. The department had been housed in the 1,800-square-foot space that served before 1997 as Building and Grounds headquarters.

3M donations boost university’s research capabilities

Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje

Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje, associate professor of biological sciences, with one of six tissue-culture hoods donated by 3M. Cetkovic-Cvrlje and Bert Roers, a colleague who worked at 3M, initiated the donation of more than 50 pieces of equipment from 3M Pharmaceuticals. Much of the equipment will be used immediately for undergraduate teaching laboratories and to support faculty and student research. The rest will be placed in the Wick Science Building annex following its completion in December 2008.

The sale of 3M Pharmaceuticals will help the St. Cloud State University chemistry and biology departments conduct research for years to come.

St. Paul-based 3M is donating two semi-trailer loads of drug discovery equipment to the University in the wake of the Jan. 2 sale of its pharmaceuticals unit to Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Delivery was expected in mid-November, according to Bruce Jacobson, associate professor of biology and director of bioscience outreach.

Some of the equipment will be put to immediate use by students and faculty members, with the remainder being stored until the December 2008 opening of the Robert H. Wick Science Building annex, Jacobson said.

The equipment, valued by 3M at more than $100,000, includes centrifuges, incubators for cell culture, equipment for animal surgery, refrigerators, freezers, systems for highly pure water and several tissue-culture hoods, Jacobson said.

The equipment’s value to the University is many times the paper value declared by 3M, according to Jacobson. Among the most valued and expensive acquisitions are a cryomacro-cutting device and the tissue-culture hoods. The cutting device thinly slices frozen tissue samples. The hoods are enclosures that protect tissue samples from becoming contaminated.

Jacobson credits faculty members in the chemistry and biology departments with pursuing an information lead, developing relationships at 3M Pharmaceuticals and then securing the donations. "This has been nearly a year in the making," he said.

Goff gift will help deliver dreams

Bob Goff & Phyllis

Bob Goff ’58 and his wife, Phyllis, are community leaders and proud donors to the SCSU Foundation.

The Goff Scholarship will infuse opportunity into the dreams of St. Cloud State University students for years to come. Targeted at disadvantaged students, it will yield one scholarship a year, with a minimum award of $500. The award may be renewed for one or more years at the discretion of the Office of Cultural Diversity.

Bob Goff ’58 and his wife, Phyllis, used education to achieve their dreams. Bob is the co-founder and co-owner of Goff & Howard, a Minnesota public relations/public affairs firm. Goff & Howard was chosen by the Minnesota Business for Early Learning and Minnesota Work-Life Champions as the 2006 Child-Friendly Employer of the Year, and was named one of the Business Journal’s 2005 Great Places to Work. Phyllis is the retired chief of staff for the president’s office at Hamline University. She serves on the boards of HealthPartners, Penumbra Theatre and Indianhead Council
of the Boy Scouts. She also is co-chair of the advisory committee for the Saint Paul Foundation Facing Race anti-racism initiative.

In May, the Goffs contributed $50,000 to the endowment that bears their name. They’ve pledged another $50,000.

Applicants must be full-time St. Cloud State University undergraduate students participating in the Teachers of Color Program or one of its associated programs, such as Project Bootstrap, Advanced Placement Program or High School Leadership Program. Additional consideration will be given to students who have substantial experience with communities of color and/or students who come from economically disadvantaged areas.

"I am ecstatic about the gift," said Les Green, director of the Office of Cultural Diversity. "It means a revitalization of the Teachers of Color Program."

Close relationship aids Centennial Hall renovation

Larson Allen

Among the alumni who work in the St. Cloud office of LarsonAllen are, left to right, Jason Neumann ’06, St. Cloud, Kris Tveit ’89, Sartell, Rick Nilson ’81, St. Cloud, Bill Gans ’69, St. Cloud and Sara Backes ‘94, St. Cloud. Tveit, Nilson and Gans are partner’s.

In the animal kingdom it’s called symbiosis. In LarsonAllen’s world it’s a win-win situation.

Minneapolis-based LarsonAllen, LLP, has pledged $100,000 to the renovation of St. Cloud State University’s Centennial Hall, home of the business college where it annually recruits interns and accounting graduates.

"St. Cloud State is a very important university to this firm," said Bill LeClaire ’84, a partner and certified public accountant (CPA). "We want to be able to give back to the program so it can continue its excellence."

LarsonAllen, which includes CPAs, consultants and advisors, employs about 1,200 people in eight states and the District of Columbia. There are nearly 100 St. Cloud State alumni on staff, including Gordy Viere ’75, the chief executive officer. LeClaire is on the G.R. Herberger College of Business advisory board.

About 20 LarsonAllen partners – all St. Cloud State alumni – have pledged $50,000, with the company providing a matching amount, according to LeClaire and Eric Kautzmann, associate vice president for development at St. Cloud State.

The five-floor Centennial Hall, a former library, is the new home of the G.R. Herberger College of Business and academic student services such the Advising Center, Career Services, Student Disability Services, Honors Program and the Multicultural Academic Center. Renovation is expected to be complete spring 2008.

LarsonAllen’s St. Cloud office recruits on the St. Cloud State campus every September, competing for interns and graduates who are in great demand, LeClaire said.

"It is very important that we recruit locally," he said.

The witty professor’s wonderful legacy

1962 English Department Colleagues

Coard, right, with 1962 English Department colleagues. Faculty members from left are George Ferguson ’52 ’55, Evelyn Homstad ’56 and Fran Voelker ’59.

Bob Coard, American literature scholar, sat in his St. Cloud State office wearing his slippers, reading books and writing papers. Bob Coard, the storyteller, once presented a paper on the history of the bats in Riverview Hall at a meeting meant for scholarly presentations. Bob Coard, the benefactor, gave generously to St. Cloud State University, even after his death in 2001.

"He was a local historian and a brilliant raconteur," said Michael Connaughton, professor and former chair of the
St. Cloud State Department of English. "He was very committed to us and to our students."

Professor Robert Inkster, English department chair, echoes Connaughton’s take on their former colleague. "Bob was a sweet, sweet guy," said Inkster. "He was this old-timer with this wonderful wit. Very quiet. Very dry."

Coard was a professor of English at St. Cloud State from 1960 until his retirement in 1990. Thanks to a gift in 1990 and a $249,390 bequest in 2007, the Lawrence B. and Clara S. Coard Endowment today has more than $276,000. It is capable of producing nearly $14,000 in scholarships each year for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in English. That is expected to increase as the principal, which is invested and can never be touched, grows. Coard established the scholarship in memory of his parents.

Coard earned a bachelor’s degree from Quincy College in Illinois. His master’s degree and doctorate were from the University of Illinois. He was a scholar of Sinclair Lewis, the Nobel Prize-winning author and Minnesota native who wrote books such as "Main Street" and "Elmer Gantry."

Assistance like the Coard Scholarship is extremely helpful to student self-esteem and pocketbooks, said Connaughton. The 2007-08 recipients of the Coard Scholarship are graduate students Sean Mitsein, Eveleth, and Sarah E. Smith, Brainerd.

New endowment supports knowledge through travel

Bennet Melin

In 2007, Bennet Melin’s travels included a stop near the ancient oasis city of Turpan, in northwest China.

Bennett Melin ’63 believes deeply in the new endowment that bears his family’s name.

The $30,000 endowment, combined with matching dollars from the University, should provide three annual scholarships for international travel, primarily in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Applicants must be pursuing a social sciences degree.

"I hope these scholarships will encourage students from St. Cloud State to reach out on their own, as they travel individually or in small groups around the many developing nations of Asia," Melin said.

Melin established the endowment in memory of his parents, Wallace and Violet. He and three siblings traveled widely with their parents on meticulously planned educational vacations that took Bennett to 48 states by the time he entered college. He graduated from St. Cloud State College in 1963 with a double major in history and geography, then taught high school in Minnesota for six years. He earned a master’s degree in secondary education from Michigan State University and worked for international petroleum companies for 35 years. Melin is semi-retired and lives in Houston, Texas.

Melin hopes scholarship recipients will "understand the vast cultural landscape this world holds, not necessarily to embrace those ideas, but rather to understand them and hopefully be able to accept them on an equal footing with our American values."

"Go out and see the world for yourself," Melin said. "It’s just one of several ways of becoming better educated."

Alumni Award Winners

Alumni Awards

Alumni awards

Bruce Pearson ’64, Elk River, is presented with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award by SCSU President Earl H. Potter III and SCSU Alumni Association President Della Ludwig ’95. Other alumni recognized that evening were Brian Myres ‘83, St. Cloud, Alumni Service Award; Ryan Weber ‘03, St. Cloud, Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award; Carlo Lachmansingh ‘76, originally from Georgetown, Guyana, G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award; Marcia Nelson ‘03, Champlin, College of Education Leadership Award; Jack Smith ‘52, Tucson, Ariz., College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award; Joel Goergen ‘86, Maple Grove, College of Science and Engineering Leadership Award; Robert Goff ‘58, St. Paul, College of Social Sciences Leadership Award; and Jessica (Fitch) Ostman ‘87 ‘92, Sauk Rapids, Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award.

Bruce Pearson ’64, Elk River, is presented with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award by SCSU President Earl H. Potter III and SCSU Alumni Association President Della Ludwig ’95. Other alumni recognized that evening were Brian Myres ‘83, St. Cloud, Alumni Service Award; Ryan Weber ‘03, St. Cloud, Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award; Carlo Lachmansingh ‘76, originally from Georgetown, Guyana, G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award; Marcia Nelson ‘03, Champlin, College of Education Leadership Award; Jack Smith ‘52, Tucson, Ariz., College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award; Joel Goergen ‘86, Maple Grove, College of Science and Engineering Leadership Award; Robert Goff ‘58, St. Paul, College of Social Sciences Leadership Award; and Jessica (Fitch) Ostman ‘87 ‘92, Sauk Rapids, Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award.

Eight inducted into SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame

Pamela Benoit

Pamela Raetz Benoit ’95

  • Sport: Swimming
  • Titles: Three NCC titles
  • Achievements: 1994 NCAA Division II Swimming Championships – breaststroke: third in 100 and 200; medley relays: fourth in 100, ninth in 400
  • School records: 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 and 400-medley relays
  • Current residence: Rice
  • Career: Special education teacher, St. Cloud School District 
  • Comment: 11-time All American and competed in the NCAA Division II swimming championships each of her four years of competition.
Karen Scott

Karen Scott ’85

  • Sport: Tennis
  • Titles: Two individual and two doubles state titles and regional singles and doubles championships
  • Team titles: Three conference championship teams
  • School records: Best career won/loss percentage (83%), best career singles winning percentage (87%), best career doubles winning percentage (80%), best single-season winning percentage in singles (94%)
  • Current residence: Bloomington
  • Career: Sixth grade reading teacher at Valley Middle School 
  • Comment: Probably the most dominant women’s tennis player in St. Cloud State history.


Grant Nelson

Grant Nelson ’63

  • Sport: Wrestling
  • Titles: Conference (two), national (one)
  • Team titles: conference; third place at national NAIA
  • School records: Five
  • Current residence: Prescott, Wis.
  • Career: Retired after long career at West Publishing
  • Comment: In 1962, Grant won a conference title at 147 pounds with a 17-2 record that included pins of each of his opponents at the conference meet. Still very supportive and involved in the Husky wrestling program.


Bob Wolf

Bob Wolff ’62

  • Sports: Football and basketball
  • Team titles: Three conference titles, one district title in basketball
  • Member: St. Cloud State team in the 1962 National NAIA Tournament
  • Honors: All-conference in basketball
  • Current residence: Hackensack
  • Career: Taught at the St. Cloud State Laboratory School; was head tennis coach in 1967 and 1968 when the team won conference titles; Holt, Rinehart and Winston Publishing Co.
  • Comment: Bob was a member of the 1959 undefeated freshman basketball team.
Judi Larking

Judi McDonald Larkin ’85

  • Sport: Tennis
  • Titles: Individual state and regional championships, state doubles title
  • Honors: NCC Academic At-Large Team, 1985
  • Team titles: Three conference championship teams
  • School records: Won 77 career doubles matches
  • Current residence: St. Cloud
  • Career: Since 2000, she has been the head men’s and women’s golf coach at St. Cloud State
  • Comment: Judi and doubles partner Karen Scott were the first St. Cloud State women’s tennis players to compete in an NCAA championship.
Jack Conley

Jack Conley ’43

  • Sport: Basketball, baseball
  • Titles: Three-time all conference player, basketball
  • Team titles: Led the Husky basketball team to the National Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament in 1944
  • Honors: Member, Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame / Deceased
  • Career: Teacher, coach and athletic director at three Minnesota high schools
  • Comment: Jack also ran track for St. Cloud State.
Jim Stanek

Jim Stanek ’51

  • Sport: Head Husky baseball coach 1968-78
  • Team titles: Five conference titles and led team to third place in the 1969 National NAIA Tournament
  • Current residence: St. Cloud
  • Career: Retired from baseball coaching in 1978 and continued as an assistant and later associate professor in the physical education department until 1991
  • Comment: Jim’s overall record was 187-114-4 and his 1971 team placed third in the regional tournament.
Jeff Passolt

Distinguished Service Award
Jeff Passolt ’81

A well-known media personality, Passolt has emceed numerous events for St. Cloud State, including the annual Sportacular.

  • Career: News anchor at FOX 9 TV, Twin Cities
  • Awards: Three Emmys for Best News Anchor
  • Sport: Hockey, 1977-81
  • Recognition: 136 career points, 11th on the St. Cloud State all-time scoring chart
  • Current residence: Plymouth
  • Comment: As a student-athlete at St. Cloud State, Jeff got his first taste of television when he took TV production classes.

Alumni News

College Pride Day

College Pride Day

Danielle Simons sent this photo of fellow alumni on staff with her at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minn. She gathered the College of Education graduates together during College Pride Day at the school. "I was surprised to see how many Huskies there are at our school," she said. "Very cool!" Front row, from left (names followed by graduation year and current city of residence): Danielle Simons ’04, Brooklyn Park; Joyce (Plasha) Johnson ’93, Coon Rapids; Ann (Jaszczak) Mock ’86, Plymouth; Kristi Eckdahl ’00, Plymouth; Callee Aydt ’05, Osseo; Sara (Riddle) Yonak ’03, Zimmerman. Back row, left to right - Jeremy Lewis ’99, Brooklyn Park; Jim Hostad ’89, Andover; Andrea Stolhanske ’91, Minneapolis; Melissa Bovy ’05, Maple Grove; Kathy (Wolter) Kampa ’84, Plymouth; Renae Booke ’92, Brooklyn Center.

Danielle Simons sent this photo of fellow alumni on staff with her at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minn. She gathered the College of Education graduates together during College Pride Day at the school. "I was surprised to see how many Huskies there are at our school," she said. "Very cool!" Front row, from left (names followed by graduation year and current city of residence): Danielle Simons ’04, Brooklyn Park; Joyce (Plasha) Johnson ’93, Coon Rapids; Ann (Jaszczak) Mock ’86, Plymouth; Kristi Eckdahl ’00, Plymouth; Callee Aydt ’05, Osseo; Sara (Riddle) Yonak ’03, Zimmerman. Back row, left to right - Jeremy Lewis ’99, Brooklyn Park; Jim Hostad ’89, Andover; Andrea Stolhanske ’91, Minneapolis; Melissa Bovy ’05, Maple Grove; Kathy (Wolter) Kampa ’84, Plymouth; Renae Booke ’92, Brooklyn Center.

50-year golden reunion

Golden Reunion

Attendees of the 50-Year Golden Reunion Weekend visit Lawrence Hall during a campus tour. Front row (left to right): Joyce (Bates) Schultenover ‘58, Eden Prairie; Carol (Gates) White ‘58 ‘71, Sartell; Virginia (Landgraf) Fiegel ‘57, Traverse City, Mich.; Lois (Kritzeck) Muyres ‘57, Wayzata; Marilyn (Berg) Wig ‘61, Milaca; Marilyn (Ruotsinoja) Kiffmeyer ‘57, St. Cloud; Mavis (Johnson) Vandegrift ‘55, Montgomery Village, Md.; BJ (Peters) Wayne ‘55, Carefree, Ariz.; Barbara (Bloomstrom) Miller ‘57, Champlin; Eloise (Petersen) Miller ‘57, Elk River; Luanne (Winterfield) Lescarbeau ‘55 ‘70, Hopkins; Rose (Simone) Gustafson ‘55, Rosemount; Sue (Henrikson) Peterson ‘57, Spicewood, Texas. Back row (left to right): Vonnie (Keck) Olson ‘57, New Hope; Lloyd Olson ‘56, New Hope; Bob Wig ‘57 ‘64, Milaca; John Prince ‘57, Eau Claire, Wis.; Gerald Gustafson ‘53, Rosemount; Thomas Peterson ‘57 ‘71, Spicewood, Texas; Jim Nord ‘57, Elk River.

Attendees of the 50-Year Golden Reunion Weekend visit Lawrence Hall during a campus tour. Front row (left to right): Joyce (Bates) Schultenover ‘58, Eden Prairie; Carol (Gates) White ‘58 ‘71, Sartell; Virginia (Landgraf) Fiegel ‘57, Traverse City, Mich.; Lois (Kritzeck) Muyres ‘57, Wayzata; Marilyn (Berg) Wig ‘61, Milaca; Marilyn (Ruotsinoja) Kiffmeyer ‘57, St. Cloud; Mavis (Johnson) Vandegrift ‘55, Montgomery Village, Md.; BJ (Peters) Wayne ‘55, Carefree, Ariz.; Barbara (Bloomstrom) Miller ‘57, Champlin; Eloise (Petersen) Miller ‘57, Elk River; Luanne (Winterfield) Lescarbeau ‘55 ‘70, Hopkins; Rose (Simone) Gustafson ‘55, Rosemount; Sue (Henrikson) Peterson ‘57, Spicewood, Texas. Back row (left to right): Vonnie (Keck) Olson ‘57, New Hope; Lloyd Olson ‘56, New Hope; Bob Wig ‘57 ‘64, Milaca; John Prince ‘57, Eau Claire, Wis.; Gerald Gustafson ‘53, Rosemount; Thomas Peterson ‘57 ‘71, Spicewood, Texas; Jim Nord ‘57, Elk River.

Alumni E-newsletter

Husky Connection

HUSKY CONNECTION, the e-newsletter for St. Cloud State alumni, has been warmly received by SCSU grads since it was launched last April. The electronic publication offers exclusive University and alumni news, notice of upcoming alumni events and alumni-focused stories.

Graduates enjoy the quarterly update. "It will be nice to be
kept up-to-date with what’s happening at SCSU and with alumni. Thanks!" said Tammy (Heitkamp) Peterburs ’94, Maple Grove.

To receive the next HUSKY CONNECTION, update
your e-mail and contact information at www.stcloudstate.edu/alumni/wired/update.

Honoring alumni with scholarships for their children

Kristin Nevins

Kristin Nevins

Attending St. Cloud State University is nearly a Nevins family requirement.

Kristin Nevins, daughter of John Nevins ’82 and Diane (Hackett) Nevins ’83, received a Second Generation Scholarship because she is an excellent student and her parents are alumni. Her older sister graduated from St. Cloud State and expectations are her younger sister will follow suit. Kristin, a first-year community psychology major from Dawson, will receive $500 a semester for up to four semesters.

Also receiving a Second Generation Scholarship is Jennifer Wimmer, a first-year student from Pierz. Her parents are Lisa Wimmer ’93 ’01 and John Wimmer, Pierz.

The Alumni Association uses the scholarship to encourage children of alumni to attend St. Cloud State. The Second Generation Scholarship has grown thanks to the association’s 2007 donation of $25,000. That donation brings the scholarship endowment to $80,000. With matching funds from the University, the endowment has the equivalent of more than $100,000.

"We have a lot of connections to St. Cloud State," said Diane Nevins of Kristin’s decision to attend her alma mater. "It felt really comfortable."

Jennifer Wimmer

Jennifer Wimmer

Taking a distance-learning version of Psychology 115 in high school contributed to her decision to come to St. Cloud State, Kristin said.

John Nevins manages a credit union in Dawson. Diane has taught pre-school and elementary school for 21 years.

The Nevins’ eldest daughter, Jennifer, is also a St. Cloud State graduate, earning an accounting degree in 2007. She landed a job with Kern DeWenter Viere, Ltd., working in its Minneapolis and St. Cloud offices.

Stephanie, the youngest of the three Nevins children, is already feeling some pressure. "She’s a sophomore in high school," said Kristin, 19. "She’s probably going to end up coming here. That’s what everybody expects."

"This is a great way to honor the student and acknowledge those who once were students," said Della Ludwig ’95, Royalton, Alumni Association president. "This is just one of the opportunities for the alumni association to give back to St. Cloud State alumni."

The Second Generation Scholarship is managed by the Office of Admissions.