Bridging the Campus & Community

Twenty-three banners along University Drive (formerly 10th Street) in St. Cloud boldly reinforce feelings of pride in the community’s public university. Seventy smaller banners throughout campus demonstrate the same pride on the part of St. Cloud State’s 17,000 students and 1,780 faculty and staff. Pictured, left to right, are senior history major Shan Sharif of Eau Claire, Wis.; sophomore Kayla Magnan, Brainerd, who is planning a career in the medical field; and junior Jessica Smith, Stillwater, who is working toward degrees in journalism and theater.

From the President

University welcomes challenge to prepare students for changing world

President Earl H. Potter III

President Earl H. Potter III, here being interviewed by mass communications major Rosio Esparza for the campus television station, UTVS.

Since St. Cloud State University opened in 1869 as a one-building campus, we have been responding to the needs of our state and anticipating the demands of the future – preparing graduates who go out and change our communities for the better.

In the early days, the St. Cloud Normal School had a fundamental mission: educate teachers for the one-room rural and multi-grade city schools where children of farmers, laborers, merchants and professionals learned their reading, writing and arithmetic. Today’s St. Cloud State,with nearly 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students in five academic colleges, has evolved into a comprehensive university that is the pride of its region and the flagship of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

In this and past issues of Outlook, we are pleased to share stories about the people of St. Cloud State who teach and learn and serve with a commitment to excellence. They are faculty who help create innovative programs and inspire students with new ideas and fresh opportunities. They are the students who already demonstrate the passion, skills and ambition that will lead to outstanding contributions in their career fields. They are the alumni and friends whose generosity helps us continue building on our strengths.

Throughout decades of tremendous progress and extraordinary circumstances, including two world wars and a devastating depression, St. Cloud State has provided students with the opportunity to discover and develop their potential. Through times of plenty and times of limited resources, we have remained focused on investing in the future and developing new ways to serve the people of Minnesota and beyond.

Despite changes and advances in our society and our economy that would floor our earliest graduates, after 140 years St. Cloud State remains committed to teaching, learning and service. While we have extended our mission to include our resolve to enhance collaborative relationships in a global community, we maintain our dedication to giving students the tools to help build a better, safer community, state, nation and world.

Steadily we have built on our strengths, expanding our program and course offerings and opening our doors to an increasingly diverse student body. Today we have more than 1,150 international students from 82 countries joining a multicultural population of students from the region, the state and every part of our nation.

As we struggle along with the rest of the world to get our arms around our economic difficulties, we recognize it is vital that we continue being a university where students come to compete in a fluctuating job market. More than ever, we need to think strategically and develop new programs to help the state and its people.

History teaches us it is likely the need and the demand for education will increase as resources decrease. We will welcome a new mix of students to be participants and leaders in the innovative workforce that will be charged with revitalizing our economy. Some will be non-traditional students whose jobs have fallen victim to the struggling economy. Some will be veterans seeking education to enter a new phase of service to their country.

We will be challenged to do more with less, and we will continue to be a campus where students learn what it means to take care of each other and to take care of their communities and their world. We will be a campus where exciting possibilities are all around us because faculty and staff and students continue to find new and better ways to teach and learn.

We will continue to add new programs to meet the needs of the marketplace and retain our strong position in our community and state. And we will continue to welcome an exciting mix of students who will discover their potential and go out into the world prepared to succeed, just as our graduates have for more than 13 decades.

Earl H. Potter III, President

University News

Get ready to work

Sign above doorway on fourth floor of Centennial Hall

The new HCOB positioning was launched with clever plays on the “Get Ready to Work” message, including signage on strategically-placed ladders, stairwell signage, and distribution of work-related items like safety glasses and hammers. This sign reminds students who’ve climbed to the fourth floor of Centennial Hall, home of the HCOB, that the hard work they’re doing while in the program prepares them for the hard work of achieving career success.

Although hundreds of executives say the Herberger College of Business (HCOB) provided the foundation for their success, the belief that not enough people know about the college prompted a concerted branding effort to draw attention to what it has to offer.

The business programs offered by the HCOB create an educational and experiential foundation upon which highly successful careers can be built. Companies that hire St. Cloud State business graduates, according to HCOB Dean Diana Lawson, regularly report back that the graduates are well-prepared for the marketplace and have a strong work ethic. Their training and work ethic mean HCOB graduates who are willing to continue to work hard have the opportunity to climb high on the career ladder of their dreams.

Those who have realized the HCOB promise include hundreds of alumni who provide leadership for some of the nation’s most successful companies, including Wells Fargo, Oracle and ING DIRECT.

The branding effort launched in the fall included assessment of current brand perceptions within the business community and on the part of students, faculty and staff. The analysis led to development of a tagline for HCOB promotional efforts such as advertising. “Get Ready to Work” acknowledges the strength of the college’s internship program, the fact that the curriculum is challenging, and the reality that a quality education is only as good as a graduate’s commitment to doing the work necessary to build a successful career.

Be the first to know

Star Alert

Students, faculty and staff are now signing up for a new wireless emergency notification system that uses text and e-mail messaging to inform them of campus-related emergencies.

With Star Alert™, registrants can receive emergency alerts on their cell phones and personal e-mail addresses as well as those of significant others, such as parents, they’d want notified.

St. Cloud State is one of two institutions in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system piloting Star Alert, which will eventually be available to all schools in the 32-member system.

Because no one system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere, every time, a variety of mechanisms are used to alert the campus community to emergencies. In addition to Star Alert, notification can be via the University Web site and messages to University e-mail addresses, phones and closed-circuit TVs. Everyone also has access to www.stcloudstate.edu/emergency, which outlines steps to take in the event of emergencies ranging from tornado warnings to hostile confrontations.

An additional safety measure implemented by St. Cloud State last fall was 308-TEXT, which allows anyone on campus to send a text message directly to Public Safety in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The message and the originating cell phone number immediately appear on the Public Safety dispatcher’s computer screen.

University to prepare air traffic controllers

Aviation Department Logo

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen St. Cloud State as one of 31 schools across the nation to participate in its Air Traffic Collegiate Training (CTI) program, which trains students interested in careers in air traffic control.

Three-fourths of the 4,000 students who graduated from CTI programs during the last five years were hired by the FAA, which plans to recruit and hire more than 17,000 new air traffic controllers over the next 10 years.

St. Cloud State and Minneapolis Community and Technical College are the only two Minnesota schools among the 31 chosen to participate.

“These schools are an excellent jump start for a job in air traffic control,” according to Robert A. Sturgell, acting administrator of the FAA. Graduation from an aviation program like St. Cloud State’s does not guarantee acceptance to the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, but those accepted are allowed to skip the initial, five-week basic training in air traffic control.

Student-produced TV show continues to win Emmys

St. Cloud State students holding Emmy won by UTVS

Left to right: Tyler Bieber, Tim Frevert, Gwen Siewert. Not pictured is Brian Scott, now a reporter with KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa.

For the third year in a row, a news show produced by St. Cloud State students for the campus television station, UTVS, has taken a regional Emmy Award and qualified for national competition.

St. Cloud State mass communications students Tyler Bieber, senior, and Tim Frevert, sophomore, both from Plymouth; Brian Scott ’08, reporter at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa; and senior Gwen Siewert, Lake City, were on the production team responsible for the show that received the 2008 Upper Midwest College Emmy Award in October. “UTVS News” took the regional honor in competition with an entry from the University of St. Thomas and three entries from the University of Minnesota.

UTVS News also won 2006 and 2007 regional College Emmy Awards, going on to take the National College Emmy for student-produced news show in 2006.

Student radio station lands $65,000 grant


The number of listeners and the quality of its programming and staffing have won St. Cloud State’s student radio station, KVSC 88.1 FM, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Community Service Grant Program. The station was one of 10 radio stations, nationwide, to receive a community service grant.

Station manager Jo McMullen-Boyer said the grant will help fund several pending projects, including a Web site redesign, developing a marketing plan for the station and technical upgrades.

To qualify for the Community Service Grant Program, stations must offer programming that serves the educational, informational and cultural needs of the community, must have significant, locally originated programming, and must be professionally equipped for excellent quality production.

KVSC (www.kvsc.org), staffed by students, community members and two full-time professionals, reaches 20,000 listeners every week.

Young choral director recognized

Choral conducting graduate student Mark Potvin

Choral conducting graduate student Mark Potvin, Princeton, has been honored with the Outstanding Young Choral Director of the Year Award by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

The award is given to young conductors who have demonstrated high performance standards and promoted choral music within the community. The honoree recently completed his seventh year as choir director at Princeton High School in Princeton, where he directed several curricular and extracurricular choirs and numerous theatrical assignments and, with his colleagues, developed an All-City Choir Festival for singers in grades 4-12. At St. Cloud State, Potvin is assistant director of the Concert Choir and the 18-voice Chamber Singers.

Potvin is the second St. Cloud State student to receive the award, the first being Bret Amundson ’08, Seattle, Wash., now a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Washington, who was honored in 2007. Assistant Professor Lee Nelson, director of choral activities at St. Cloud State, received the award in 2001 as a teacher at Blaine High School, Blaine.

Accountability: www.collegeportraits.org


Prospective students, parents, policy makers and the general public can now compare student characteristics, costs, the student experience and learning outcomes of St. Cloud State against more than 300 public four-year colleges and universities across the country.

To make the comparison possible, the University partnered with the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the only voluntary program that includes easily comparable information for a majority of the nation’s public four-year schools.

The VSA program addresses such issues as costs, degree offerings, living arrangements, student characteristics, graduation rates, transfer rates and post-graduate plans. The resulting College Portraits provide consistent, comparable and transparent information on the institutions, their students and their educational results.

An interactive map that allows users to locate participating colleges by state and includes links to each institution’s College Portrait is at www.collegeportraits.org .

“We’re accountable to the people who are paying for the education we provide, including students, parents, legislators and taxpayers,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “This voluntary system helps them evaluate how well we perform.”

Collaboration bringing biosciences center to Central Minnesota


Opening in Willmar this fall is a $2.5 million biosciences research and business development center that will provide facilities for new and expanding businesses in biosciences, technology and related industries. The center on the MinnWest Technology Campus will give those businesses access to laboratory and research equipment to help them further bio-business endeavors, which encompass everything from pharmaceuticals to renewable energy to agribusiness.

The center is made possible by a $1.25 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to the city of Willmar, matching funds from the MinnWest Technology Campus, and a partnership that includes the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. St. Cloud State is serving as the lead MnSCU institution for the project.

St. Cloud State students will be involved through coursework, laboratory studies and internships, gaining reality-based research skills in business and industry settings. Because of its strength in facilitating the transfer of technology into the marketplace, the university’s Herberger College of Business also will have a role in the bioscience-biobusiness interface.

Building a vision

Fifth Avenue Live!

Fifth Avenue Live!
Many in St. Cloud envision redeveloping the Fifth Avenue corridor from East St. Germain Street south to the National Hockey Center, bringing together and enhancing many of the community’s most important assets – a revitalized downtown area with its expanded Civic Events Center, the campus, the historic Southside Neighborhood and the proposed National Hockey and Events Center. Private developers, the city neighbors and the University are involved in the planning.

Parking Ramp, Public Safety

Parking Ramp, Public Safety
The clock tower anchoring the university’s northwest corner promises to become a campus landmark. The tower graces the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp and new Public Safety headquarters completed during 2008.

National Hockey and Events Center

National Hockey and Events Center
A visionary events and performance center that would give Central Minnesota an enhanced events venue, transform the fan experience and give St. Cloud one of the top college hockey facilities in the country is in the planning stages. The $29.3 million renovation of the 20-year-old National Hockey Center would be paid for with $6.5 million approved by the Minnesota Legislature, private donations and the sale of naming rights. Take a virtual tour of the proposed National Hockey and Events Center in a stunning architectural “fly-through” video at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/news/videoplayer.asp.

Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF)

Robert H. Wick Science building, Brown Hall, ISELF
Planning is underway for a $44 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) that would facilitate the education of students in upper-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics, subjects educational leaders say are critical to developing the next generation of scientists and teachers. Complementing the plan is the $14.5 million Robert H. Wick Science Building addition completed during 2008 and a $15 million renovation of Brown Hall that will accommodate science education as well as the nursing program, now in leased off-campus facilities. Renovation of the 50-year-old building began in January.

Faculty/Staff News

Linda Butenhoff

Political Science Professor Linda Butenhoff

Political Science Professor Linda Butenhoff, director of the University’s Center for Global Studies, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria, from March-July 2009. The announcement was made by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Butenhoff will lecture on the subject of “Transatlantic Diplomacy in the 21st Century.” This is her 10th year at St. Cloud State, where she teaches courses in international politics theory, international organizations and the United Nations, Asian government and politics, global human rights and global studies. Before joining the University she taught at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and was a visiting lecturer at Beijing University, China.

Scott Miller

Professor of Music Scott Miller

A composition by Professor of Music Scott Miller recently premiered at the Corpus Christi Chapel, University Palacky, Olomouc, Czech Republic. “Nebe Na Zemi” (“Heaven on Earth”), a site-specific performance piece Miller created in collaboration with Olomouc video-artist Vladimír Havlík, uses voice, electronics and video projections to explore – sonically and visually – the coexistence of the 17th and 21st centuries. Created for the Baroque Corpus Christi Chapel, the 32-minute piece processes music by Baroque-era composer Pavel Vejvanovsky into “fabrics” of electroacoustic sound that work with the unique behavior of sound in the chapel to create a balance of volume, harmony and rhythmic synchronicity. The text is from Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital” and the video imagery is of Olomouc’s many Baroque streets and buildings, Times Square and the Mall of America.

Ross Morin

Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ross W. Morin

Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ross W. Morin, producer of more than 50 films, had his experimental, award-winning documentary, “Les Moulins (The Mills),” shown in conjunction with the Museum L-A’s new exhibit, “Weaving a World: Lewiston’s Millworkers, 1920-2008.” Morin showed the film and talked about why and how it was made as well as the art of documentary filmmaking in general. The work has also screened at two film festivals: the Athens (Ohio) International Film Festival this year and the Portland (Maine) Phoenix Film Festival in 2007, when it won the award for best production. This is Morin’s first year at St. Cloud State, where he is teaching the art of film, digital filmmaking and cinematography.

Abbas Mehdi

Professor Abbas Mehdi

To help prepare them for deployment, last fall Professor Abbas Mehdi, organization, management and sociology, trained 200 commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard on the complex culture of Iraq. While other workshops for Army National Guard soldiers focus on the effect Iraq will have on them, Mehdi’s 20-hour seminar covered the history, culture, government, economy and religion of Iraq with a focus on how soldiers and the local populace interact. Mehdi is an internationally-known expert on his home country: he was founder and chair of an international organization that promoted replacement of Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq, was chairman of the board of the Republic of Iraq National Investment Commission, and testified last fall in Washington, D.C., before a Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Iraqi government corruption and waste.

Feature Story

A Common Goal


Earl H. Potter III was inaugurated as the 22nd president of St. Cloud State University Sept. 19. Centered on the theme “A Common Goal,” the inauguration focused on University-community partnerships, relationships and impact. Highlights of the week of activities included a day of service, a modern dance recital, a business community reception hosted by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, athletes volunteering in area elementary and middle schools and an Oktoberfest sponsored by the St. Cloud Historical & Historic Preservation Association. During the inauguration, the St. Cloud legislative delegation presented a special commemoration to the new president.

In his inauguration speech, President Potter called on St. Cloud State to do “a better job of building a common understanding of our impact on the community — of recognizing our role as an engine for change and encouraging greater pride in the University and toward creating a true university town.”

For a complete copy of President Potter’s speech, a recording of “Verses Left to Write” and additional photos go to www.stcloudstate.edu/inauguration.

President Potter giving inaugural address

President Potter’s inaugural address focused on “A Common Goal.” Among the guests were four former presidents of St. Cloud State: Charles Graham (1971-81), Robert Bess (1992-95), Bruce Grube (1995-99) and Roy Saigo (2000-07).

Former President Bruce Grube and President Potter visit at the Oktoberfest celebration in Barden Park

Former President Bruce Grube, right, and President Potter visit at the Oktoberfest celebration in Barden Park adjacent to the campus. Grube will retire this summer as president of Georgia Southern University.

Constantine W. Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Constantine W. (Deno) Curris, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, presented the keynote address.

Educational Leaders: Empowered by emphasis on practical experience

Karen Kennedy

Karen Kennedy ’06, director with Innovative Special Education, which provides director services to Minnesota charter schools

Patty Popp

Patty Popp ’02, director of special education programming for the Minnesota Department of Corrections

Jody Tschetter

Jody Tschetter ’05, special education licensing specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education

Jeff Jorgensen

Jeff Jorgensen ’04, director of special education for the Alexandria School District and Runestone Area Education District

The special education leaders in Minnesota who earned their licensure at St. Cloud State say it’s “field experience” that sets the entire educational leadership program apart.

“The professors I took classes from all had real life experience in special education – what they shared with us was invaluable,” said Karen Kennedy, now a director with an organization that provides special education director services to 88 charter schools and small districts throughout the state. Minnesota requires that all public schools have a director of special education – Innovative Special Education provides that service to schools that don’t have the enrollment or budget for a fulltime director.

“I’ve felt empowered as a leader because of the skills they taught me and because of the resources they made me aware of,” said Kennedy, Chisago City, who earned her license in 2006.

How to institute change, how to work with challenging situations, how to be a leader: “I find myself using the skills we learned on a daily basis,” said Patty Popp, Rice, in describing what she took away from the educational leadership program.

Popp, who earned her license in 2002, oversees special education programming statewide for the Minnesota Department of Corrections while directing programming at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud.

Jody Tschetter, special education licensing specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education, is currently making use of the special education director licensure she earned at St. Cloud State in 2005, but she also has a principal’s license. The opportunity to earn both licenses was the first thing that attracted her to the St. Cloud State program.

It was the cohort model, though, that “sealed the deal” for Tschetter, as weekend classes in the Twin Cities in partnership with Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) made it easier to earn her license while balancing a family and a fulltime job. Because of the St. Cloud State partnership with ARCC, the mother of two and resident of Forest Lake was able to take all but two of her courses in Anoka.

Best of all, said Tschetter, while in the program she especially appreciated the professors’ willingness to bring working professionals into the classroom. “It was good to hear from the field,” she said in expressing her gratitude to the professors who augmented their own extensive experience with that of current practitioners.

“You really gave us a leg up,” Jeff Jorgensen ’04, Alexandria, said in articulating what faculty in the educational leadership program did for students. “For me, what I found to be most valuable was the access to directors coming in from the field along with current faculty who had had that experience.” For example, he said, the people who taught school finance in the program were practicing professionals: “That really set SCSU apart.”

Those instructors also became a “resource bank,” so that when Jorgensen went to his first director position he was confident that “if I didn’t have the answer I had a pretty good idea where I could get it.” He’s now director of special education for the Alexandria School District and director of record with the Runestone Area Education District.

“With the number of licensures we award every year,” said Janine Dahms-Walker, educational administration program coordinator, “and the positions our graduates move into, our program will be influencing education in Minnesota for years and years to come.”

Marge Proell

Business students profit from IBM internships

St. Cloud State University students at IBM in Rochester

St. Cloud State University faces at IBM in Rochester this year included from left Courtney Cartney ’99, a manager in finance who’s worked at the company since graduation; intern Ashlee Anvik; Adam Fuchsteiner ’05 ’07, who’s been a financial analyst in IBM Software since 2008; and intern Amy Erickson.

Adam Fuchsteiner ’05 ’07 squeezed a lot of opportunity out of his six years at St. Cloud State. Besides earning bachelor’s degrees in international business and German and a master’s in business, he explored a world of career options through internships with global companies in Germany and Minnesota.

At the Gustav Alberts metal manufacturing firm in Herscheid, Germany, Fuchsteiner polished his German, developed problem-solving and technical skills and worked with people from all over the world. But it was International Business Machines – IBM – that successfully recruited the St. Cloud native a year ago, after his internsip there.

Now Fuchsteiner is applying the solid understanding of business he developed as a student and intern to his job as an IBM financial analyst, while other St. Cloud State students hone their business skills with their own IBM internships.

Since 1991 the Herberger College of Business has placed 23 interns at the Rochester IBM facility and one at IBM in Fairfax, Va. “We wouldn’t keep going back if the caliber of students wasn’t high,” said Charleen Huber, program manager, finance transformation, at IBM in Rochester. “St. Cloud is definitely competitive amongst the schools where we recruit interns.”

Like Fuchsteiner, IBM interns Ashlee Anvik and Amy Erickson chose St. Cloud State’s College of Business because of its national accreditation and curriculum they say teaches every function of business. “I came from a small town (Sidney) in Montana,” said Anvik, who’ll graduate in December 2009. “I considered the U of M, but I knew smaller St. Cloud State was also a good business school and offered good opportunities.” She started her seven-month internship in IBM’s finance section in May 2008, working as a co-op expense financial analyst.

“It’s a great time to be learning more about the real world of finance,” Erickson said. “It’s been interesting to see how a struggling economy affects different aspects of business.”

Like many St. Cloud State students, Andover native Erickson also gained experience through her college years working part-time, at U.S. Bank. And, like Fuchsteiner and Anvik, she developed leadership skills through involvement in student organizations and other campus activities. She also credits the Office of Career Services for boosting her preparation for a career in financial marketing and wealth management. “St. Cloud State’s career center does a great job of teaching resume writing and hosting career fairs,” she said.

Courtney Benda Cartney ’99, who has been working for IBM in her home town of Rochester since receiving her St. Cloud State degree in finance, is a regular recruiter at college career fairs – especially St. Cloud State. Currently a manager in the finance area of IBM, she relates to the broad experience St. Cloud State recruits are getting on campus and relishes the ever-evolving world of finance. “The world changes, the economy changes, and business changes with it.”

St. Cloud State students are pleased with the opportunity to build on the experience a six- to seven-month internship at IBM offers. “I was given responsibility and independence, which helped me learn about my career field,” Anvik said. “IBM’s a great place to start.”

Huber said IBM gives student-interns a chance to delve into the real world of business. “These are real jobs, not short-term projects,” she said. “These students come in with a very strong set of skills and are quick studies. They really contribute during their internships here.”

Marsha Shoemaker

Criminal Justice online program offers flexibility

Criminal Justice graduate assistant Crystal Kass consults with Professor Barry Schreiber about her schedule.

Criminal Justice graduate assistant Crystal Kass consults with Professor Barry Schreiber about her schedule.

Criminal justice graduate student Crystal Kass ’08 is typical of St. Cloud State University’s growing online student population. Her multifaceted life – wife and mom, commuter student and graduate assistant – is eased by the flexibility offered by online courses.

Like many students, Kass didn’t come to St. Cloud State right out of high school. The Maple Lake native went first to North Hennepin Community College. During a single week in December 2005, she took her last finals for an associate of arts degree, gave birth to son Colin and moved into a new home. The following summer she started a mixture of online and on-campus classes at St. Cloud State, earning a bachelor’s degree two years later.

Kass, who works part-time as a graduate assistant in the Criminal Justice Department’s undergraduate advising center, completed about one-third of her undergraduate course load online. During her final undergraduate semester in spring 2008, Kass took all of her courses online. She plans to complete her master’s degree in 2010 and begin work toward a doctoral degree.

At St. Cloud State, eight percent of all course work is being completed online. From 2004-09, the number of online course sections increased from 365 to 893 and the number of course registrations grew from 3,431 to 12,246.

Criminal justice is the only major that offers its entire undergraduate and graduate course load online. Of the 6,000-plus students enrolled in online courses last year at St. Cloud State, 1,337 were in at least one criminal justice course.

Online students like Kass say it takes dedication to do as well in an online course as in one with a set schedule and classroom sessions. She makes frequent contact with her professors through e-mail messages and by stopping to talk with them when she’s on campus. “I make it a point to make sure I get to know all my course professors personally,” she said. “They’re a resource, and they have a lot to offer. You’re missing out if you don’t tap into that.”

Senior Sherry Eisenhart, a political science major from Sartell and mother to two-year-old Trevan, agrees it takes strong commitment to succeed as an online student. “You have to be a self-starter,” she said.

Eisenhart, who also works 20 hours a week as a photographer’s assistant in St. Cloud State’s University Communications office, takes about half of her criminal justice courses online, which helps her juggle her complex life. Her husband, a St. Cloud Technical College student and National Guardsman, returned in 2005 from his first 14-month deployment to Iraq and he returned there in January.

For both Kass and Eisenhart, carving out time for course work is eased by the online option. “And there’s definitely just as much availability with professors,” said Eisenhart, who will pursue a position as a police officer after graduation. “Either calling or e-mailing … they’re really good about getting back to you.”

Today’s students are used to instant messaging, and online teachers must reply quickly to students, said Criminal Justice Department Chair Bob Prout. “Many students see themselves as customers. Before they enroll for online classes they check www.ratemyprofessor.com to see what previous students have posted, and we have some excellent part-time and full-time online teachers.”

Marsha Shoemaker

Here comes the sun: Meteorology student wants to clear up cloudy forcast

Meteorology major Matt Taraldsen

Meteorology major Matt Taraldsen consults department weather maps to track severe weather.

Junior meteorology major Matt Taraldsen believes a severe weather forecast should be more than accurate. It also should leave potential victims with a clear picture of the practical impact it might have on their lives and property.

“You only have so much wiggle room in writing an official weather forecast, but a few well-formed sentences can make all the difference,” Taraldsen said. “People don’t pay attention to these warnings. We have to get through to them, to tell them if a blizzard we say is shutting down a city will mean fire and police services are not going to be available. We have to let them know if travel will be life-threatening.”

Taraldsen, who has volunteered the past two summers at the National Weather Service in his hometown of Duluth, is working to help severe weather forecasting evolve into a more user-friendly science. For his senior project he developed a “Post-Storm Survey” to help bridge the gap between weather forecasters and consumers. It’s a short, simple online survey that is being tested after storms that occur this winter in Duluth, St. Cloud and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

During the test period, a link to the Post-Storm Survey is posted on various Web sites that offer weather information, including regional weather service forecast offices in Duluth, Chanhassen, Grand Forks, Des Moines, Sioux Falls, S.D., and LaCrosse, Wis., as well as Minnesota state climatologist and Minnesota state emergency response Web sites. The Star Tribune includes an information box about the survey in every storm story it does this winter, and the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security/Emergency Management has a permanent link to the Survey in its Web site.

Taraldsen’s survey is aimed at creating a process to evaluate the decisions and actions taken in response to information about a “high-impact” weather situation, defined as one requiring the issuance of a warning by the National Weather Service. The St. Cloud State Communication Studies Department and his academic advisor, meteorology Professor Anthony Hansen, helped him create the survey format and questions. Associate Professor Suzanne Stangl-Erkens also advised Taraldsen on his survey questions as well as his project proposal.

National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Brandt Graining ’04

National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Brandt Graining ’04, Duluth, worked with Taraldsen on his storm survey project.

Taraldsen’s willing mentor in his project has been National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Brandt Graning ’04, Duluth, who for some time had been considering how she and her colleagues – the other “weather geeks” – could do a better job of communicating the implications of severe weather.

Graning had attended a workshop on integrating weather and society that changed how she viewed her career. “The following winter was particularly active, and as we were writing the weather warnings, I found I was thinking in an entirely different way than my colleagues,” she said. “When Matt came into this office as a volunteer, I brought it up to him, and you could just see it click immediately. He totally understood it. He has a passion for weather.”

Taraldsen believes all students should pursue a field they’re passionate about. While some of his fellow meteorology majors want to become broadcast meteorologists, his goal is to work behind the scenes at the National Weather Service, forecasting and helping people, he said. “Mother Nature’s always one step ahead of you, and it’s a challenge to keep up.”

Last year Taraldsen served as a mentor for first-year meteorology students. “You have to like science, and there’s a lot of math in meteorology,” he said. “When they hit these classes, a lot of students are scared off.”

Graning, who also discovered her enthusiasm for weather forecasting early and worked at the Twin Cities National Weather Service office while a student at St. Cloud State, has been presenting information about Taraldsen’s project at National Weather Service winter storm conferences and regional media weather workshops. She’s pleased the project is getting attention. “The idea of getting Matt to run this project was crucial,” she said. “All the stars aligned on this one.”

Marsha Shoemaker

All the write moves: Prolific English faculty author produces first novel

English professor and baseball enthusiast Bill Meissner

English professor and baseball enthusiast Bill Meissner does some of his most creative writing on his vintage Royal typewriter.

The publication of English Professor Bill Meissner’s first novel, “Spirits in the Grass,” this fall was the culmination of a seven-year writing and editing process the author called daunting, sometimes overwhelming, but always exhilarating.

The widespread distribution of his book, published by University of Notre Dame Press, has been exciting for Meissner. He’s given readings at several Minnesota bookstores, local and regional newspapers have written positive reviews, and the AP wire story about it has shown up in papers in places as far away as Cincinnati and New York.

Meissner’s novel was chosen as number six on the Top Ten Books of 2008 by Susan Wilson, novelist and columnist for the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Creating a novel was a more complex challenge than writing his acclaimed collections of short stories, Random House-published “Hitting in the Wind” and “Road to Cosmos,” and four books of poetry. “Day after day, week after week, you have to keep the central tension going in this gigantic, 300-page piece,” said Meissner, director of creative writing at St. Cloud State.

He had 21 versions of chapter one, and some subsequent chapters had five thorough rewrites. Characters were added and dropped in the book, which is part mystery, part romance, part political controversy and part search for spirituality. The novel begins with Luke Tanner’s discovery of a small bone fragment on the player’s new baseball field in fictional hometown Clearwater, Wis. – and continues with the aftermath of that fateful find.

As is often the case in Meissner’s writing, his other passion, baseball, is central to the story. “Meissner has the storyteller’s gift for creating living characters, living speech, living emotions, living drama,” wrote National Book Award recipient Tim O’Brien. “He knows his small town baseball, but beyond that, he knows the human spirit.”

“Spirits in the Grass” began with a handwritten draft and ended with editing with help from wife Chris. In between, coincidences helped Meissner keep the compelling narrative going. Early on in the process a summer grant from the St. Cloud State Alumni Association sent him on a study of Native American mound sites. In the county courthouse histories of his hometown of Baraboo, Wis., he discovered that the baseball field he played on as a boy turned out to be built on Indian burial mounds. “That to me was an amazing thing,” he said. He ended his research journey with a folder of materials two inches thick.

Putting it all together was a painstaking process. “From the beginning I had a vision of how the characters would evolve,” Meissner said. “What was most challenging was having them evolve in a compelling way.”

Apparently he succeeded. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper’s review said of Meissner’s work: “An accomplished literary writer crafts a resonant Midwest baseball novel … Meissner has a gift for creating real people on the page.”

Marsha Shoemaker

Sinclair Lewis remembered

Claude Lewis and his brother Sinclair

Claude Lewis, left, and his brother Sinclair visited Amsterdam as part of a 1949 European holiday. Sinclair, who died two years later, was living in Italy at the time.

Complex and critically acclaimed 20th century novelist Sinclair Lewis was noted for his biting satire about small-town America. But when it came to Sauk Centre, the hometown he famously laid bare as dull and provincial in “Main Street,” and his Central Minnesota family, Lewis maintained lifelong ties.

“Harry, or ‘Red,’ as the family called him, came back to visit his brothers,” said Pat Lewis, who is married to the author’s great-nephew, Dick Lewis ’75, a St. Cloud businessman. “They stayed close. When Sinclair wrote a new book, he signed and sent copies to his brothers in Minnesota. He helped his nieces and nephews go to college.”

One brother was noted St. Cloud physician Claude Lewis, who in 1927 built the home that is St. Cloud State’s Alumni House, frequently the scene of family dinners with Sinclair when he returned for visits from the East Coast or Europe.

St. Cloud State has built other significant connections to the bookish and gangly red-haired Minnesota native who carried out his love-hate relationship with America’s social structure, politics and religion on the pages of 22 novels, including “Babbitt,” “Elmer Gantry,” “Arrowsmith” and “Main Street,” which in 1920 became the largest selling U.S. book to date.

Lewis, who in 1930 became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was said to greatly admire Claude, and in the correspondence housed in St. Cloud State’s archival collection of Lewis memorabilia are many fond personal letters to the older brother and his family.

The University’s Miller Learning Resources Center holds correspondence, journals, photos, signed books and letters related to the author. Donations of Lewis-related materials have been received from many sources, including the author’s companion and biographer Ida Kay Compton; Claude’s daughters Isabel and Virginia; and most recently Barbara Gustafson, daughter of Hubert Irey Gibson. Gibson’s letters and drafts of Lewis’s play, “The Jayhawker,” written while he was secretary to Lewis, offer a glimpse into the author’s creative process.

While Yale University, Lewis’s alma mater, and the University of Texas each have some items, the largest collection of personal Lewis memorabilia is with St. Cloud State. In fall 2007, when Pat Lewis brought Sinclair Lewis’s grandson Jean Paul to the University’s archives to see the collection, “He was so grateful and so emotional at looking at this material, he said he wanted to bring his daughter here,” she said. Paul was a presenter at the third Sinclair Lewis Symposium hosted by St. Cloud State at the time of his visit. Previous symposia focused on the Minnesota author were in 1985 and 2005.

Marsha Shoemaker

Husky Sports

Celebrating 10 years of women's hockey

SCSU Women’s Hockey Alumni

SCSU Women’s Hockey Alumni
(Back row): Laura (Gieselman) Evanson (1999-03), Rachel Solgon (2002-06), Kari Turkowski (2003-05), Roxy Stang (2000-04), Amanda (Mathison) Pickett (1999-03), Brittni Kuyper (2004-08). (Front row): Denelle Maguet (2004-07), Kobi (Kawamoto) Trevis (2000-04), Hailey Clarkson (2004-07) and Carmen Lizee (2004-08).

St. Cloud State women’s hockey celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the program Homecoming weekend. In 10 years of women’s hockey, 101 women have played in 340 games.

Head coaches Kerry Brodt-Wethington, 1998-2002, Jason Lesteberg, 2002-06, and Jeff Giesen ’93, St. Cloud, 2006-present, were at the National Hockey Center for the celebration. Brodt-Wethington, the first women’s hockey coach at St. Cloud State, was at center ice to drop the ceremonial puck.

“It was great to have our alumni back and the return of three former coaches,” said St. Cloud State third-year head coach Giesen. “Overall it was a great celebration of both a decade of women’s hockey at St. Cloud State and of Homecoming.”

Two Husky football players gain national spotlight for community services and academics

Horn ’10

Rocky Horn ’10

A commitment to community service and a desire to excel in the classroom and on the gridiron have put two members of the 2008 Husky football team in the national spotlight. In October junior wide receiver Rocky Horn was named to the 2008 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and senior defensive end Ryan Kees was named a 2008 Draddy Trophy Finalist by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

As a young child Horn, who’s from Melrose, had mentors, friends and family members who guided the many aspects of his life, including his education, athletics and issues that young people must deal with as they mature. Now that he’s a young adult, Horn has taken on the role of mentor and leader as a student-athlete at St. Cloud State.

“There is not a word, sentence or quote that can describe how honored I feel being part of the AFCA Good Works Team. The elected members of the team are all astonishing individuals who have given back to their communities. I feel blessed and honored to be part of such an extraordinary group of student-athletes,” said Horn.

To be successful in the classroom and on the gridiron is not always easy, but Kees has excelled on both fronts. He was one of 15 finalists for the Draddy Award, considered the “Heisman” of the football academic world, which recognizes the combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership of the nominees. He will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Ryan Kees ’09

Ryan Kees ’09

Kees, whose hometown is Eagan, is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in biology who will graduate this spring. A three-year starter, he was a team captain in 2008 and 2007. He is a Consensus Draft Services Division II Preseason Second Team All-American, a 2007 All-North Central Conference (NCC) team selection, a Daktronics All-Northwest Region Second Team player, and a Football Gazette First Team All-Region player.

Academically, Kees is a two-time NCC All-Academic team member and two-time NCC Commissioners Honor Roll team member. He was named to the 2007 and 2008 ESPN The Magazine All-District Five Academic First Team.

Anne Abicht '06

Annual Report

At one with the community: Message from the chair

Robert E. White ’70

There’s a renewed energy on the St. Cloud State University campus, and at a time when some are feeling more than a little anxiety about the future, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Those of us privileged to be part of this exciting forward movement know we’re still investing in a sure thing: graduates primed to build better communities, better schools, better businesses and a better future.

It’s evident that President Earl H. Potter III’s leadership is helping build increased pride in St. Cloud State throughout the community and the state. The St. Cloud Times named President Potter the community’s top “Difference Maker” for 2008, stating that he “is leading the university and the community toward many important and far-reaching changes.” The newspaper’s tribute went on to say of the president:

“In concert with the city and private developers, he and the university unveiled this year plans for a massive upgrade to the National Hockey Center along with redeveloping Fifth Avenue all the way north to the St. Cloud Civic Center. Plus, his work with area legislators helped the university acquire critical funding to expand key university facilities.”

Building pride in our University translates into immeasurable benefits for all in the St. Cloud State family. For students, faculty and staff, it means resources to enhance teaching and learning. It means opportunities for scholarships and options for learning experiences that build character and broaden horizons. For alumni, it means increased value in a St. Cloud State degree. Overall, it means increased interest in the institution’s future.

This past year St. Cloud State’s supporters have mobilized to join in the positive wave of progress and foundation-building. Some of the highlights during fiscal year 2008 included:

  • Raising $4,184,000 in total gifts.
  • Completing funding for Centennial Hall by raising $1,094,000. One-half of the campaign goal of $2.2 million was raised after President Potter assumed his position.
  • For the first time ever, raised more than $1 million in the College of Education, thanks to a gift of property from Vera Russell ’35 ’40 valued at $880,000. Russell became the first alumna of COE to reach over a million dollars in total giving before she died in May.
  • Donors numbered approximately 6,500 for the year – including 4,800 alumni.

Thank you for your support of St. Cloud State and the scholarships that are so crucial to providing access to the education that will fulfill the dreams of many deserving students. I hope you join me in building on the important goals that will continue to keep St. Cloud State moving forward.

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

Sharing wealth creates a lasting legacy

Bob Wasko ’66

Bob Wasko ’66

Bob Wasko ’66 remembers Olga B. Satre Hart as a bright, frugal woman who lived independently well into her ’90s. Nearly 100 St. Cloud State scholarship recipients, none of whom knew her in life, also remember her as a generous benefactor of scholarships valued at more than $155,000 to date.

Wasko first crossed paths with Hart in 1983, when he was a Minneapolis stockbroker and Hart was a vibrant 82-year-old. “I don’t think money was all that important to her,” explained Wasko, “but she did want her securities to work for her.” Wasko remembers that when the value of stock that her late husband had purchased decades earlier ballooned in the 1980s, Hart expressed surprise and dismay that she should have so much when others were in need. “She was just unique,” said Wasko.

Over the many years of their professional relationship, Hart shared her story: Born in 1901 in Madison, graduated from the St. Cloud Normal School, worked as a teacher in Marietta, married a food industry executive in 1921, and was widowed in Florida in 1954. Following her husband’s death, she returned to Minnesota and became an active community and church volunteer.

Knowing that Hart and her husband shared a love of education, Wasko talked with her about sharing some of her considerable wealth with educational institutions that were meaningful to her. With his assistance, Hart first established a charitable trust and then made arrangements for a large portion of her estate to establish the Olga B. Satre Hart Education Foundation upon her death, which came in 2000. Today, Wasko serves as trustee of the Foundation and overseas the distribution of annual gifts for scholarships at 12 high schools and institutions of higher learning – including St. Cloud State – named by Hart before her death.

Kara Rose

An enduring part of St. Cloud State fabric

Professor Emeritus Merle Sykora ’65

Professor Emeritus Merle Sykora ’65

For more than 30 years, Professor Emeritus Merle Sykora ’65 was part of the fabric of St. Cloud State life. Now, his planned estate gift will ensure that the legacy of this teacher, nationally recognized textile artist and interior designer will be woven into the experiences of generations of students to come.

Sykora came to St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant in 1964 and, except for a brief respite for post-doctoral work, stayed on until his retirement in 1996. Today, Sykora, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and his partner, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright, operate an interior design business in Minnesota and Arizona.

Sykora began giving to the University anonymously well before he retired. A portion of his giving supports the Merle Sykora Art Scholarship, which gives preference to art students planning to study abroad, especially in the Czech Republic. Sykora, who is half Czech, traveled to the area several times and helped establish St. Cloud State’s exchange program with Olomouc-Palacky University.

His gifts also support the Kiehle Art Gallery on campus, which exhibits the work of professional artists and faculty. “I’ve always felt that it was very important to have a gallery,” said Sykora, who as a teacher often used exhibits in the gallery as teaching opportunities. “We were constantly battling for enough funds to operate the gallery,” he remembered, explaining that this endowment fund will provide a permanent base of support for the gallery. Both funds are included in Sykora’s estate plans.

“St. Cloud State was very good to me, and I’ve always had a very strong commitment to giving back to the University,” said Sykora, a long-time President’s Club member. “Why not continue to give back at the point of my death?”

Kara Rose

Then and now: students first

Don Hess ’65

Don Hess ’65

In some ways, the St. Cloud State campus is much like it was when the late Don ’65 and Joan ’65 (Rausch) Hess attended classes there in the ’60s. The Lawrence Hall Cupola is still in place, of course, as are many of the classroom buildings and residence halls that were constructed in the post-war boom of the ’50s and ’60s. More important, however, St. Cloud State faculty and staff commitment to helping students succeed has remained constant throughout the years.

Now, thanks to the Hess’s generosity, the University will have one more tool to help students reach their goals: a new endowed scholarship established by Joan in her husband’s memory.

When Don and Joan were students, the College of Business was yet to be formed, but the University was already recognized as a great place for students to prepare for a career in business. Don was among those business students. The two married the day after graduation in 1965, and he quickly launched a life-long career in the sugar industry. By the time of his retirement he was regional industrial sales manager for United Sugars Corporation, the largest marketer of industrial and commercial sugar in the United States. Together, Don and Joan raised four children: Gina, Julie, Rodney and John. Don also gave generously of his time to St. Cloud State, serving as a member of the SCSU Foundation Board.

After Don’s death in 2006, Joan established the Donald Victor Hess Memorial Scholarship to honor his wishes to benefit St. Cloud State, which he felt had helped him so much in life, and to help students studying finance in the Herberger College of Business. In addition to having financial need, future scholarship recipients must demonstrate leadership skills through participation in extracurricular school and community activities and display the drive, integrity and passion necessary to achieve their goals. The first Hess Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in 2009.

Kara Rose

The meaning of success

Gary Petrucci ’65

Gary Petrucci ’65

Gary and Maureen (Carter) Petrucci, both ’65, met in the Greek Week parade in 1963. Gary (Tau Kappa Epsilon) was driving a convertible “with some queen in the back,” as he recalls. Maureen (Sigma Sigma Sigma) and her sorority sisters were marching in cowgirl costumes. Gary dared Maureen to “shoot” him with her squirt gun, and, well … 47 years and two children later, they’re still laughing about it.

Since then they’ve experienced extraordinary professional, financial and personal success, much of which has roots at St. Cloud State. Foremost among these successes, they say, are their two grown daughters, Jane, a computer engineer, and Kathryn, a veterinarian who is founding a company to treat animals using stem cell technology. “Even though I’ve been successful in a lot of things,” explains Gary, “the most important thing is the legacy of your children.”

By any other measure, too, Gary is a success: He was recognized as the top-producing investment executive at Piper Jaffray so many times that they renamed the award in his honor. Currently senior vice president of investments for RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets Corporation, he also owns Apple Crest Farms, a 1,200-tree apple orchard in Medina, and has co-founded several companies, including Minnesota-based Cardiovascular Systems, which has a device to clean calcified deposits from arteries. He serves on a number of additional boards, including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, America’s Neck and Back Clinics, the National Urology Board and Stemedia, which provides adult stem-cell treatments that Gary believes will change the future of medicine and are being used to successfully treat conditions such as Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, strokes and macular degeneration.

In 1998, the Petruccis made a gift to support construction of the Miller Learning Resources Center, even though Gary laughingly claims that he didn’t spend much time in the old library in Centennial Hall as a student. He’s paid attention to that older building since then, however, donating $60,000 to help fund the building’s renovation to create new quarters for the Herberger College of Business as well as other departments and student service offices.

In 2004, the University honored Gary, a past member of the St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Directors, with the Distinguished Alumni Award. “Receiving that award was a real honor,” says Gary. “To be singled out among all the people who have graduated … it’s like a needle in a haystack!”

Kara Rose

Building on a strong foundation

Steve Joul

Steve Joul

As president of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF), part of Steve Joul’s job is to serve as a liaison between the Foundation, its donors and the community. That job has brought him into close collaboration with St. Cloud State, which he sees as critical to the continued vitality of the region, especially during challenging economic times.

Like other community foundations, the CMCF manages “donor-advised” funds and serves as a conduit between individual philanthropists and the organizations they wish to support. “Quite often the donor has a preference already, and then we simply help them reach their charitable goals,” explained Joul. If they’re uncertain about where to make their gifts, Joul asks them what has touched them and made a difference in their lives. Quite often, he said, the answer is St. Cloud State.

In 2007 alone, the University received $260,000 from CMCF donor-advised funds for scholarships, special projects such as the Miller Learning Resources Center and ongoing support. “SCSU strikes a chord with many people,” explained Joul. “It has a wonderful history, and there are a lot of alumni out there.”

Joul enjoys helping donors support the University because, he says, the Foundation and the University share a common vision of academic-community engagement. “In some college towns, the academic community is in one corner, and the rest of the community is in the other,” said Joul, who’s excited about President Earl H. Potter III’s vision for how the University can serve the greater community. “SCSU is the region’s gateway to the world and it’s at the forefront of new ideas,” said Joul. “The jobs of the future are going to come out of the innovation and creativity of the people of Central Minnesota, and that includes SCSU students and graduates.”

“As the premier institution of higher learning in the area, we offer many opportunities for donors to support students and programs that make Minnesota and our world a better place,” said Eric Kautzman, associate vice president for development at St. Cloud State. “Steve and the rest of the staff at the CMCF do a great job of helping donors, who have given the University more than $2 million to date, make a difference and leave the legacy they envision. They are valuable partners in our efforts to reach out and engage more people in supporting students and programs at St. Cloud State.”

Kara Rose

A passionate man

Douglas Randolph

Douglas Randolph left St. Cloud State in 1981 just 16 credits shy of his degree. He graduated with a bachelor of elective studies degree 22 years later and then went on to earn a master’s degree at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Among his many campus achievements were founding the St. Cloud State chapter of Acacia Fraternity and the MVP award at the 1981 East-West College Hockey All-Star Game.

When testing revealed lesions on his colon and tumors on his pancreas and liver, Douglas Randolph ’03 launched the non-profit Hind-Site Fund (http://hind-site.org).

Within six months of his diagnosis, Randolph and the foundation had raised $13,000. The money, raised at a September health awareness and family fun fair in Waite Park, was presented in October to the CentraCare Foundation.

“Being an active participant, to me, is a huge part of who I am,” said Randolph, 51, a former Husky hockey goalie. “You believe in your passion, you’re passionate about a lot of things, and when that passion takes over, you follow it.”

Symptom-free and full of energy, Randolph pursues passions old and new: family life, hockey, St. Cloud State and Qigong. Randolph and his wife, Stephanie (Hyatt) Randolph ’85, have a blended family of five children.

A disability policy from Computers Etc., a business he founded and sold, has allowed Randolph to step away from teaching and tackle new passions, such as Qigong. Randolph sees the Chinese breathing, meditation and exercise discipline as an important weapon in his battle with cancer. He hopes the Hind-Site Fund can persuade the medical establishment to accept Qigong and other alternative medicines as tools that complement standard treatment protocols.

Former Husky hockey players with former coach Charlie Basch

Former Husky hockey players with former coach Charlie Basch, in the red cap. Players in the back row from left are: John Maclean ’92, Dave Reichel ’79, Roger Rutten ’76 and Doug Randolph ’03. Front row from left are: Mark Reichel ’80, Mark Lecy ’79, Bill Tabor and John Kruchten ’80. Photo courtesy of Karla Reichel.

Randolph manages the Geyer Signal Center Ice Classic (http://cic-mn.org), a 32-team youth hockey event held on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The event annually contributes thousands of dollars to the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association. Few who’ve passed through the Center Ice Classic realize the tournament’s most valuable person was the most valuable player at the 1981 East-West College Hockey All-Star Game.

Randolph plans another winter of lunch-time hockey Wednesdays at the National Hockey Center (NHC). During water breaks, he’s sure to talk with his buddies about raising funds for the $29.3 million renovation of the NHC, a project that combines hockey with another of his passions – marketing. He has taught marketing at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Cloud Technical College and the College of St. Scholastica

Jeff Wood

Alumni News

Alumni events and happenings

Alumni Association Board

Back row: Ray Hoover (student representative), Ryan Langsev ’85, Myron Umerski ’62 ’72, Kevin Gohl ’84, Perry Finelli ’82; front row: Della Ludwig ’95 (past president), Sue McGrath ’81 ’84 (secretary/treasurer), Amy Trombley ’00 ’04 (president), Christina Powell ’02, Tiffany Elj ’95 (not pictured: Joel Goergen ’86, Steve Johnson ’73, Carlo Lachmansingh ’76, Paula Foley ’85 ’88, Miranda Nesbitt ’05).

Alumni Board member Christina Powell

Alumni Board member Christina Powell ’02 represents the Alumni Association Board at the Community & University Arts Collaboration event at the Paramount in St. Cloud.

Blizzard and Tony Latta ’77

Blizzard and Tony Latta ’77 showing Husky pride at the St. Cloud State home hockey game on Nov. 15.

Alvin Irby ’73 and Baron Majette

Alvin Irby ’73 and Baron Majette at the 2008 Alumni Awards Ceremony on Oct. 17.

Chris Becker ’05 and Amy Sindt were wed Sept. 20 in East Bethel.

Chris Becker ’05 and Amy Sindt were wed Sept. 20 in East Bethel. The wedding party of eight, including the bride and groom, wore St. Cloud State jerseys customized by Centennial Sports, St. Cloud. When the vows were completed, the bride’s “Sindt” name strip was removed to reveal, underneath, her married name. Among the alumni in the wedding party were: Robert Poser ’03 (second from left), Zack Landwehr ’03 (third from right) and Nate Landwehr ’07 (far right). Scott Christopherson (second from right) attended St. Cloud State.

Don Watkins and Molly Renslow ’71

Don Watkins and Molly Renslow ’71 at the Inauguration Ceremony of President Earl Potter III on Sept. 19.

Baseball amature

Bill Richter ’69

Bill Richter ’69, Hecla, S.D., was named to the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. The standout catcher at St. Cloud State moved to South Dakota in the fall of 1972, played one season in Frederick and three seasons at Groton, but spent much of his South Dakota playing career with the Claremont Honkers. He also was a member of the South Dakota Over-40 team that won the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series Championship in 1992-93. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance.

Mover and shaker

John Folkestad ‘89

John Folkestad ‘89, Edina, has SALO employees walking while they talk on the phone, using headsets, one of a number of initiatives implemented to encourage a less sedentary work style. Co-founded in 2002 with partner Amy Langer, SALO, a provider of accounting and finance professionals, expected to hit a 2008 revenue goal of $56 million. But a better bottom line has meant a bigger waistline for Folkestad, who put long hours into growing the business and launching Oberon and NumberWorks. The accounting graduate believes the active culture he fosters will support a healthier lifestyle for all employees.

Actress, filmmaker

Catherine Hansen ’01

Catherine Hansen ’01, Minneapolis, who majored in theater and minored in film, performs in film and theatrical productions, produces short films, is writing several featurelength scripts and is planning a move to the East or West Coast to focus on acting and writing for film. She is also an administrative assistant at a law firm in the twin cities.

MPR vice president


Margaret Ann Hennen ’68 ’76, St. Paul, is vice president, corporate communications and community relations, for American Public Media/ Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. She holds bachelor’s degrees in speech and Spanish and a master’s in English literature.

Young executive


Zachary Sundquist ’04, Loves Park, Ill., air service analyst and administrative assistant at Chicago Rockford International Airport, is the youngest person in the United States to be named an accredited airport executive (A.A.E.) by the American Association of Airport Executives (A.A.A.E.). The award was based on demonstration of his knowledge of airport management, business administration and transportation economics. Fewer than 10 percent of A.A.A.E. members across the country have earned the distinction. Sundquist earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation.

Birding enthusiast

Brie Anderson ’06

Brie Anderson ’06, Eden Prairie, is a geographic information systems specialist and environmental scientist on renewable energy projects across the country for Westwood Professional Services, a Twin Cities consulting firm. She reviews environmental constraints related to wind energy projects and helps coordinate bird and bat studies. Prior to Westwood, she worked on a number of avian field research projects throughout the United States, most recently in Death Valley National Park studying endangered birds. She earned her degree in ecology and field biology with an emphasis in wildlife and a minor in geographic information science.

Marathon runner

Anne Mahlum ’02

Anne Mahlum ’02, Philadelphia, Pa., is founder and president of Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of Philadelphia’s homeless population by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. She was recently nominated for the 2008 CNN’s Hero of the Year Award. Anne, whose goal is to run a marathon in all seven continents by the time she’s 30, has two to go – she plans to tackle Australia and then Antarctica in 2010.

Unimax head

Phil Moen ’86

Phil Moen ’86, Eden Prairie, is president and chief executive officer of Unimax Systems Corporation, Minneapolis, provider of unified voice administration applications to replace native interfaces for PBX and voice mail systems with one tool across all major voice system platforms. Before Unimax, he managed a $100 million sales channel with more than 100 third-party sales representatives. Moen earned his bachelor’s degree in general business, sales and marketing.

Assistant coach


Jonelle Streed ’03, Oxford, Ohio, is an assistant coach for Miami University’s women’s basketball team. The Cambridge native was a Husky from 1999- 2003. She earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Arizona in 2006, also magna cum laude.

Brain magnets


Jeff Epple ’90, Aaron Brossoit ’00 and Nick Karbon ’00, all of St. Cloud, were featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story by veteran editor/columnist Dick Youngblood. Eppel, Cloud Cartographics founder and chief executive officer, teamed with Brossoit and Karbon to morph the company into Brain Magnet, a multi-service information and design firm whose clients include the Mall of America and the St. Paul Convention Visitors Authority. A recent project was a Web site for economic development organization Northspan Group, with maps and data on workforce, infrastructure, real estate and quality of life for 69 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Epple earned his bachelor’s degree in local and urban affairs, Brossoit in speech communications and Karbon in mass communications.

Hockey commissioner

Eric D. Johnson ’97

Eric D. Johnson ’97, St. Louis Park, is assistant commissioner of the new Girls Upper Midwest High School Elite League, a Twin Cities-based fall league for gifted hockey players that will be a launching pad for likely college players. Johnson played on the men’s hockey team from 1992-95 and captained the first Huskies squad to reach the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five. He is the varsity girls’ hockey coach at Minnetonka High School and a co-owner of Impact Hockey, a Minneapolis training program. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Gophers coach

Mike Hastings ’92

Mike Hastings ’92, Forest Lake, is assistant coach for the University of Minnesota Gophers. He was president/general manager of the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for a time after 14 winning seasons as head coach of the premiere franchise in the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league. He coached the Lancers to USHL regular season titles three times, led them to the USHL playoff title three times and was named USHL coach of the year twice and general manager of the year five times.

Air quality engineer


Tarik Hanafy ’06, St. Paul, air quality permit engineer, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, has done work for the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery and permits for locations statewide. His master’s degree is in engineering management.

Brand planner


Nik See ’92, Boston, Mass., is director of brand planning and strategy at Seidler Bernstein, a marketing communications agency specializing in healthcare and life technologies. He most recently headed his own brand consultancy, serving clients from Boston to his native Singapore, and has worked as client services director at Yamamoto Moss and account executive at 7?30 Creative, both in Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and advertising.

Military historian


Robert R. Laven ’79 ’85, St. Louis, Mo., who is employed by the federal government, has had his account of the Seventh Wisconsin Regiment that served in the Civil War released by Publish America. “A Military History of the Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment: 1861-1863” covers the men’s struggle to make sense of war and the sacrifices made by the regiment of more than 1,000 men.


Husky Pupsters


We’ve got baby gifts for all new additions to the Huskies roster! If you recently welcomed a new addition to the family, your alma mater would like to send you a Husky Pup t-shirt.

Contact us at 320-308-3177, toll free 1-866-464-8759 or www.stcloudstate.edu/alumni to update your profile and receive a “Congratulations!” gift from the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association

Husky Pupster Luke

Husky Pupster Luke, 2, can barely contain his excitement as he anticipates Halloween. Parents are Michael ’98 and Lynette (Sonstebo) ’01 Bauer.


Noah, 5, and Landon, 2, are already enthusiastic Husky supporters. Parents are Sue (Peine) ’93 and Gary Sternberg.

Noah, 5, and Landon, 2, are already enthusiastic Husky supporters