Science on the Move
From the President
Giving life to collective vision
As we consider all the promise and possibilities this new decade holds for the St. Cloud State community, I feel tremendous optimism. One of the great thrills of leading a university is being encouraged to think big – to formulate a vision, then work with a cast of thousands to bring it to life.
While we are acutely aware of economic challenges that continue to affect our budget and our decision-making process, one priority trumps all others – giving our students the outstanding, well-rounded education they need to succeed. We must continue to move forward with bold, innovative plans to grow and improve our programs and our environment – for their sake. Each one of our 17,700 students came to us with a unique set of hopes and dreams, and it’s important that we create the opportunities that will help them attain their goals.
We’re fortunate to have a leadership team and 1,300 faculty and staff working together to achieve our overarching goal of making St. Cloud State the finest university of its kind in the Midwest, recognized by our peers as a leader in our region. A significant part of our strategy to realize this vision has been to alter the way the community perceives our University and its impact – to help our neighbors recognize that we are a cultural, economic and educational force in and for Central Minnesota.
By strengthening our community partnerships and implementing a “St. Cloud Proud” university marketing plan, there’s been an unmistakable physical and philosophical new day in the relationship between campus and community. “Welcome back students” signs in the windows of local businesses are the result of a St. Cloud State-driven plan to get community members to visibly recognize the value our students have to the local economy, and new banners on the approaches to campus symbolize our new “university town” attitude.
For the past year red St. Cloud State banners have lined the University Drive Bridge and walkways around and through campus. Now, in conjunction with the opening of the new Granite City Crossing Bridge on Division Street, black city and university banners alternately flank portions of Division Street from the bridge to Seventh Avenue, heralding an unprecedented spirit of pride and unity among campus, city and neighborhood constituencies.
And there’s more to come, as you will see in the pages of this issue of Outlook. A block south of Division on Fifth Avenue the elegant Fifth Avenue Live complex is rising out of the ground and taking shape to hold retail shops, a St. Cloud State Welcome Center and spacious and secure new furnished apartments for our students. The innovative project is an exciting, highly visible sign of these decidedly new times, as is the planned expansion of the National Hockey Center into a National Event and Hockey Center on the south end of campus.
We’ve been building on campus as well. This fall we reopened a beautifully renovated Riverview – the university’s only building on the National Register of Historic Places – as a new home for the communication studies department. The extensive, high-tech renovations being made to Brown Hall will be completed this spring to offer expanded facilities for our growing nursing program. And plans are in the works for a $42 million integrated science and engineering laboratory facility – or ISELF – that will make our campus a statewide leader in science education.
Our vision includes improving and expanding our academic and service programs for students as well, building on our common goals to enhance our university’s unique identity:
The most important beneficiaries of all these plans and projects are, of course, our students. They give life to our vision and inspire us to be collaborative and creative as we continue cultivating a campus that is expert in building community and teaching by example the value of making a difference.
Leaders, then and now
Robert O. Bess
Former colleagues and friends of Robert O. Bess paid tribute at a memorial service Aug. 26 in the Ritsche Auditorium lobby. He died this past July in Sacramento at age 74.
During his tenure, Bess built significant partnerships on campus and in the community, earning a reputation as a fair and involved president. He was dedicated to providing equal opportunity and enriching experiences for students. The University established the American Indian Center and signed an agreement with members of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan ending their 1995 Hunger Strike. The partnerships student organizations have developed with administrators date back to that agreement.
Perhaps Bess’s most enduring legacy is opportunities for international education, particularly in exchanges with colleges in South Africa. He launched a program in 1995 and after retirement served as consultant for the South Africa Initiative of St. Cloud State University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
The Robert O. Bess Fellowship was established through the SCSU Foundation to recognize his accomplishments and to help make the dream of giving greater numbers of multicultural students the chance to visit South Africa.
When George Budd left St. Cloud State College in 1965 to become president of Pittsburg State University in Kansas, he described the momentous changes that had taken place during his 13-year presidency: “Things were quiet and comfortable for a few years. Then World War II babies got to be of college age and things began to pop. The campus was no longer quiet. But it was exciting
During those years, St. Cloud State enrollment jumped from 1,200 to 5,200 students a year. Three new residence halls were built and Garvey Commons opened. Kiehle Visual Arts Center, Whitney House, Engineering and Computing Center, and Brown, Headley and Halenbeck halls were added to serve the growing campus population.
In 1954 St. Cloud State’s first graduate program, a master of science in education program, was listed in the course catalog. In 1962, instructional divisions were replaced with the School of Education, School of Business and Industrial Arts and School of Literature and Arts. Laying the groundwork for international studies, Budd participated in study visits to five European countries in 1959 and lead a U.S. Department of States Higher Education Study Team to India in 1963.
Todd DeVriese, experienced professor, administrator and practitioner of fine art, became dean of St. Cloud State’s College of Fine Arts and Humanities in July.
DeVriese had been director of the School of Art and professor of art at Texas Tech University, Lubbock. Previously he had been an associate professor of art at The Ohio State University and interim dean for the Arts and Sciences and a department chair at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. His artwork, particularly in printmaking, has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He earned a bachelor in fine arts and a master’s degree in science from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in fine arts from The Ohio State University.
As dean, he is responsible for the recruitment, development and evaluation of faculty and staff and undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 20 disciplines within departments of Music; Theater, Film Studies and Dance; English; Foreign Languages and Literature; Philosophy; Communication Disorders; Communication Studies and Mass Communication.
Glen Palm, professor and three-time chair in the Department of Child and Family Studies, as well as a noted expert in the field of parent education, was named interim dean of the College of Education in July.
Palm, who joined his department in 1983 as an assistant professor, initiated the college’s Parent Education licensure program two years later. He has provided parent education services for St. Cloud School District 742 and District 47 since 1984, including Saturday morning programming for fathers and their young children. He also has led parenting classes in the St. Cloud Correctional facility since 1995 and been involved with the Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive Initiative, an infant mental health collaborative project with District 47 Early Childhood Family Education Program.
As interim dean, he oversees the departments of Child and Family Studies, Counselor Education and Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership and Community Psychology, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Science, Human Relations and Multicultural Education; Special Education; and Teacher Development.
Palm replaces Kate Steffens, who stepped down to take a position at Walden University as dean of its Riley College of Education and Leadership.
Alumni Helping Steady the Economy
James Bullard ’84 told a packed Atwood Theatre audience Oct. 9 that financial institutions deemed “too big to fail” must be regulated to avoid financial crises.
Bullard was appointed president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in March 2008. Six months later the nation’s financial systems began to melt down.
His 35-minute presentation included, among other things, a plea for financial reform such as regulation of systemic risk, a mechanism for shutting down failing financial firms and systems for global cooperation.
“If you just let the large financial firms fail, as we learned last fall, panic ensues,” said Bullard. “These firms are not necessarily banks. One of the big issues in this financial crisis has been the rise of the shadow banking system, largely unregulated and much less regulated than your ordinary corner bank.”
Bullard, who serves on the Federal Reserve’s powerful Open Market Committee, suggested that the Federal Reserve is best suited to play a lead role in managing new financial regulatory systems. “Our reform efforts have to focus on getting this completely intolerable situation under control,” he said.
Bullard’s accomplishments as an economist and central banker were honored at the Oct. 9 Alumni Association Awards when he received the G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award.
Bullard lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Jane Callahan ’83 who is the public policy director for Parents as Teachers National Center. The couple has two daughters. See related story on page 48.
Bush Foundation grant targets teacher effectiveness
St. Cloud State is among 14 universities and colleges in Minnesota and the Dakotas chosen to take part in a $40 million Bush Foundation partnership focused on increasing teacher effectiveness. The Foundation awarded St. Cloud State $125,000 last summer to participate in the planning stage of its Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness Initiative and announced in December that as much as $4.5 million more will go to St. Cloud State if certain milestones are achieved through 2017.
The Foundation expects participating institutions to produce at least 25,000 new, effective teachers in the next 10 years, to increase by 50 percent the number of students on track to earn a degree after high school and to eliminate any disparities among diverse student groups. “St. Cloud State’s research-based innovation in teacher preparation has been recognized widely while our recent co-teaching approach to teacher development is becoming a national model,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “But new challenges are reshaping the needs that we have to meet, and one institution cannot tackle this challenge alone. We are excited to be part of this groundbreaking partnership.” Campus co-directors are Kathy Ofstedal, assistant professor of Child and Family Studies, and Rebecca Krystyniak, associate professor of chemistry.
Regulatory affairs graduates first class
Twelve graduates were honored as St. Cloud State celebrated the first graduation in its master’s degree in regulatory affairs and services program at the University’s new Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. The first program in the nation to focus specifically on preparing students for the medical device industry began in September 2007 with members of the first cohort attending evening and weekend classes at North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park. A second cohort of 19 students started classes in fall of 2008, and the third cohort is attending classes this fall at the Maple Grove Center. Graduates are educated to lead medical device companies through the Food and Drug Administration and international regulatory processes that ensure new medical devices are safe and effective. “The RAS professional’s role is critical in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of medical device business from research and development to marketing and sales,” said Charles Swanson, the program’s director. See related story on page 20.
Spinning our social web
St. Cloud State is communicating, cooperating and celebrating the Web 2.0 way.
“Our social Web sites build a sense of community in ways our stcloudstate.edu
Unique content has been one of the keys to building the Facebook site, according to Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’93, director of Web communications.
“From the start we said the Facebook site would not be a rehash of our traditional Web site,” said Wood. “So, we debut content on Facebook and sometimes publish exclusively to Facebook.”
Case in point: The University’s new banners along Fifth Avenue and Minnesota Highway 23 are highlighted in two Facebook photo albums. One of the photos shows the Wells Fargo building in downtown St. Cloud. In the foreground, hanging from a street light, is a red banner with a St. Cloud State logo. Also in the foreground is a St. Cloud PROUD billboard celebrating Sven Sundgaard ’03,
“That posting prompted a student to comment that she is joining the meteorology program at St. Cloud State. We responded with a note of congratulations. And, bam, just like that, we have a low-cost, high impact interaction with a student,” Wood said.
YouTube has given St. Cloud State a fast, easy-to-use platform for sharing video, according to Josh Fleming, graduate assistant for social media.
“Type St. Cloud State into the YouTube search field and you’ll see this amazing mix of Husky hockey, Greek life, study abroad, academic programs, St. Cloud State bands – you name it,” said Fleming.
The Music Department is a leading social Web user with robust presences on YouTube and Facebook. In addition, its traditional Web site uses Social Web tools such as a blog/news feed and an embedded YouTube video player. The youtube.com/scsumusic and youtube.com/scsuband sites have video clips of ensemble performances, recitals, master classes and more. One master class video has drawn more than 64,000 views.
Husky Athletics has also “tweeted” by using Twitter to update fans during athletic events.
St. Cloud State recognized for service to student veterans
G.I. Jobs magazine has designated St. Cloud State a “military friendly school.” The publication’s Military Friendly List honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace U.S. veterans as students. The recognition is the result of a survey of 7,000 institutions regarding their efforts to recruit and support veterans, including on-campus programs and academic credits for service. St. Cloud State has the largest student veteran population – more than 525 – among the 32 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Golden Key chartered
Golden Key International Honor Society, a global non-profit organization that provides academic recognition to top-performing students, was chartered in April at St. Cloud State. Through its 370 chapters at colleges and universities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, the organization has a mission of preparing students to discover and achieve their potential and to succeed in all aspects of life, making a positive difference along the way. Besides honoring students in the top 15 percent of their class, the society provides leadership, community service, career networking and scholarship opportunities.
Student media win national awards
Husky Productions skated off with a first-place win for “Best Live Game or Live Event” during the first Global Media Awards for College Sports. The award was for the broadcast of the Wisconsin vs. St. Cloud State contest on Nov. 11, 2008, and celebrates excellence across the spectrum of college sports video production, including work by colleges and universities, national and regional sports networks and technology innovators. A panel of judges selected five Husky Production entries for nomination. Other nominees included ESPN, CBS Sports, Ball State University, Baylor University, Ohio State and the University of Miami, Fla. Brian Stanley ’93, White Bear Lake, Robert Hudson ’03, Minneapolis, and Derrick Silvestri ’06, Chisholm, were part of the Husky production team.
UTVS wins another regional Emmy. AV FUZZ, an extreme sports and music videos show produced at St. Cloud State’s television station UTVS, took first place for best college non-news production at the Midwest Regional Emmy Awards in September. Bruce Meyers, Prior Lake, and Jon Otte, St. Cloud, accepted the award. Eight to 10 episodes of student-produced AV FUZZ are produced each semester. “It was a bit of a change having to be in the spotlight for once,” Otte said. “Usually we are the ones asking the questions.”
Acclaimed Russian poet visits campus
Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko came to campus Nov. 5 to share his thoughts on “Poetry and Global Humanity.” Along with several St. Cloud State professors, Yevtushenko gave readings of his award-winning poetry. In 1960 he was the first Russian to break through the Iron Curtain and recite his poetry in the West. In 1961 he published what possibly was his most famous poem, “Babi Yar” in which he denounced anti-Semitism. Featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1961 under the title, “Russia’s new generation,” he later served in the first freely elected Russian parliament from 1988-99. He was the first non-American to receive the Walt Whitman Poet in Residence award and in 1991 received what is considered the highest honor of the American Jewish Committee, the American Liberties Medallion, for “exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty.”
College of Education launches second doctoral program
St. Cloud State’s second doctoral program is underway with a cohort of 16 professional educators working toward their doctorate in educational administration and leadership. Participating students were competitively selected for this program, designed to enhance the administrative and leadership skills of practicing leaders in education. “The doctorate provides a practical, rigorous and meaningful advanced program of study to meet the demands associated with the leadership of schools and districts operating in today’s dynamic political, social, cultural and economic arenas,” program coordinator Kay Worner said. The college introduced the higher education administration doctoral program in fall of 2007.
Farmers market exceeds expectations
On five autumn Mondays the Atwood Mall came alive with vendors selling an array of locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs and other fresh foods, along with homemade and home-canned goods to campus patrons. The Atwood Memorial Center Community Farmers Market was a celebration of initiative, sustainability and community spirit. Atwood staff planned and organized the University’s first foray into the farmers market concept of inviting local growers and producers to sell their items in the open air. University faculty and staff from the St. Cloud State Community Garden sold their products alongside other area growers.
Delta Sigma Pi chapter honored
St. Cloud State’s Theta Tau Chapter, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, continued its outstanding record of service this year, receiving provincial and regional awards in August at the Grand Chapter Congress national event in Washington D.C. for exemplary commitment to the professional character of the chapter and for the development of its individual members. Both awards lauded the chapter’s outstanding professional activities and specifically recognized its organization of events such as tours of Twin Cities businesses and speakers such as Patrick Klinger, vice president of marketing for the Minnesota Twins.
Leaving a legacy
If our legacy defines how we have impacted the things and people around us, Ed Bouffard will be remembered for lightening the carbon footprint left by this university.
Bouffard, who was a leader in conservation and green efforts, has retired after serving 19 years at SCSU. As associate director of Atwood Memorial Center, he is responsible for inundating SCSU with recycling containers seen around campus. His work on the Husky Fried Ride will leave a lasting impression in the community and on campus, reinforcing the idea that one man can make a difference.
“We tend to think globally,” Bouffard said about the environment. “But we need to think in ways to act locally.”
Which Bouffard did with the Husky Fried Ride. It is the first public transportation in the country that uses University waste, utilizing it in a productive way.
The project received an Innovative Partnering and Collaboration Award from the MnSCU system for 2008-09. The Metro Bus runs on 70 percent recycled deep fryer vegetable oil.
“Ed was always the voice of the Recycling movement,” Margaret Vos, director of Atwood Memorial Center said. Bouffard pushed for standards in recycling, “How do we collect, how do we get it out of the building to be recycled?”
The Atwood Center was the first on campus building to feature recycling containers and currently houses transparent containers, which in theory will enact students to see what in the container is to be recycled and to follow suit with their materials.
“Ed had the idea, whatever you do, leave it a little better than you found it,” Vos said. “And he certainly did that.” See related story on page 48.
Music Department to host national performance conference
What is Electro-Acoustic Music? Is it musical computers? Computerized instruments? Or is it both? The exact definition is debatable but a common definition is the integration of natural and electronic, often computerized, generated sounds and effects. St. Cloud State will be flooded with sound as the campus hosts the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) national conference April 8-10. SEAMUS was founded in 1984 and is a non-profit national organization with members made up of composers, performers and teachers of electro-acoustic music. One of the determining factors for hosting the conference was the music department’s degree, bachelor of arts in music with an emphasis in new media. The program is only in its third year. The April conference is performance based with a selection committee of adjudicators. Composers and sound artists can submit up to two original works of electronic music. This includes Electro-Acoustic works, works that combine sound and media, and sound installations. Primary consideration is given to the entry’s musical qualities and sound artistry. Selected pieces will be performed at Ritsche Auditorium and Ruth Gant Recital Hall. Additional locations for installations and non-concert works—both on- and off- campus—will be determined.
Faculty and Staff News
Science on the Move
Mobile lab delivers science excitement to K-12 schools
Surrounded by state-of-the-art lab equipment inside a semi-trailer, K-12 grade students from Annandale, Big Lake, Clarkfield, Cold Spring, Elk River, Willmar and many others are exploring the scientific scenes behind some of their favorite television shows. At multiple lab stations, they learn to purify DNA from a kiwi, measure their hair thickness by laser diffraction or use oil-eating bacteria to clean up an oil spill.
The mobile lab is part of an outreach initiative led by St. Cloud State University to bring bioscience concepts and hands-on experience to K-12 students in central Minnesota, enhancing the science curriculum of schools that don’t have the equipment and expertise to provide such training.
“Because young people begin to choose a career path as early as fourth grade, we want to make sure they’re engaged in and excited about the sciences long before they come to college,” said David DeGroote, dean of the College of Science and Engineering at St. Cloud State.
The 53-foot trailer also has a conference area, audio and video system, wireless network and satellite Internet connections and space for 35 students. The equipment and experiments are designed to attract young people to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Science Express hit the road early this fall for weeklong visits. Spending one week at each school on the schedule, the lab on wheels will serve an estimated 7,500 students at 25 schools by the end of the academic year. That is far beyond initial expectations.
“We thought that we’d see maybe 100 students on an average week,” said Bruce Jacobson, director of bioscience outreach and associate professor of biological sciences at St. Cloud State. “What we’re seeing is that teachers are working hard to get as many students in as they can.”
One of the first stops was Rockford, Minn. “The kids got to do a lot of really neat activities and use equipment we wouldn’t normally be able to afford as a school,” said Marie Flanary, principal of Rockford Middle School, which hosted the mobile unit in September.
“I would love to bring it back here because of all the enthusiasm it brought in the community,” Flanary said. “I had a lot of parents tell me that it was really cool and their kids talked about it for a long time after.”
Jacobson knows the lab is making a difference. He sees it in the expressions and comments by students such as a high school sophomore who stepped into the semi on the third day of a challenging experiment and said: “I’m so glad we were able to come back here. I love it out here.”
A combination of the atmosphere and interest in the activities has led to a high level of student engagement. A recent count by the lab’s lead instructor found that 90 percent of sixth graders were engaged in the learning activity, compared with 60 to 70 percent of students in a traditional environment.
The impact is attracting the attention of science leaders throughout the state. “This kind of implementation is where it all begins,” said Dale Wahlstrom, chief executive officer of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. “We can’t have an industry without the kids.”
The lab’s lead teacher is Mike Gabrielson, a retired high school science teacher, and working with him is Stacy Helgeson, an experienced elementary school teacher who has been engaging students ages 5 through 12 in the lab experiments.
“The kids have been very excited that they’re seeing things they haven’t seen in the classroom,” Helgeson said. The most popular experiment so far? “The DNA,” she said. “They extract DNA from a fruit – kiwi, strawberries and bananas – and can take home the test tube to show it to their parents.”
Community partnerships have made the project possible. With a donation from Medtronic of a high-tech trailer that the Minneapolis firm previously used for training physicians, the Science Express is believed to be among the most sophisticated mobile lab programs in the country.
Others contributing in-kind and financial support include the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Innovative Laboratory Systems, Morgan Family Foundation, 3M, Everything Signs and a WIRED grant from the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace.
Four colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System are collaborating with St. Cloud State University on the project: Ridgewater College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and St. Cloud Technical College. To learn more, visit www.stcloudstate.edu/cose/outreach/sabre.asp.
Imagine biology, engineering and computer science students working alongside one another in a lab space to create a biological sensor for a new device that a local company is looking to bring to market. It is a real-world need that St. Cloud State University would like to offer its students and the broader community through the proposal of a new Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
“This space would allow students to continue to show their technical competency while learning the soft skills sought after by employers like team work, project management and meeting deadlines,” said David DeGroote, dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
While a vision of the College of Science and Engineering, ISELF aims to deliver 100,000-square-feet of flexible lab space from which students across campus can benefit. The $42.3-million facility would allow departments to pool their resources and expertise to provide a robust and flexible lab space designed for graduate work.
The facility, DeGroote said, would move away from the “silo effect” of departments and provide a broader level of interaction of students. Eventually, ISELF will have the capacity to do 50 managed projects at one time.
ISELF sprung from a facility inventory and workforce needs assessment conducted by DeGroote shortly after he became dean in 2005.
“I wanted to understand where we were,” he said. “Then, I wanted to look at the future workforce needs and make sure we were providing educational opportunities that supported them.”
ISELF will mark the culmination of a three-part science initiative that aims to meet a growing demand for science and engineering education. Since 2002, the College of Science and Engineering has seen a 68 percent increase in intended undergraduate majors and an 86 percent increase in graduate students.
The University launched the initiative with a $14.5-million addition to the Robert H. Wick Science Building. The addition, completed earlier this year, provides modern laboratories to introductory students in chemistry, biology and physics. The college plans to finish with more than $13.6-million in renovations to Brown Hall that will bring the nursing program on campus while providing space for general science education, communication sciences and disorders and continuing studies programs.
The University will have spent $2.5-million in planning for ISELF between the $900,000 approved by the legislature and $1.6-million in savings from the Brown Hall renovations. The project will be nearly “shovel-ready” when the legislature authorizes funding.
“In this new facility we will prepare graduates for 21st Century opportunities and challenges,” SCSU President Earl Potter said during his convocation. “The plan for ISELF was created in partnership with Vice Chancellor Laura King and her staff at the system offices of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, but it probably would not have come together without the support of alums like Joel Goergen, ’86, chief scientist at Force Ten Networks, the Chamber of Commerce and business partners like Medtronics and Bob Coborn at MicroBioLogics.”
The college will request funds for construction, anticipated to start in 2011, in the 2010 legislative session. Those dollars would help fulfill a vision to provide a space that is responsive to trends and unforeseen educational needs.
With movable benches and cabinetry, ISELF can easily adapt and be reconfigured to meet the vast lab needs of today and even opportunities in the future. “We don’t know what kinds of jobs are going to be out there and what the convergence will be,” DeGroote said. “We have to build a building that adapts to whatever comes down the road.”
Bricks & Mortar
St. Cloud’s Fifth Avenue is a boulevard of dreams for Brian Schoenborn ’92.
A self-professed entrepreneur in a lawyer’s body, Schoenborn is helping transform Fifth Avenue in St. Cloud into a signature thoroughfare that links the intertwined fortunes of campus and community.
“Fifth Avenue will scream St. Cloud State. It will scream ‘We’re proud of our university,’ ” Schoenborn said.
Schoenborn is part of the development team that is constructing the first phase of the Fifth Avenue Live development that promises to remake both sides of Fifth Avenue from Ramsey Place north to Minnesota Highway 23.
Scheduled to open in August, the development includes a pair of four-story buildings that will house a 12,000-square-foot St. Cloud State Welcome Center, a 455-student housing complex and 19,000-square-feet of retail space. The university will lease the Welcome Center and housing from the Wedum Foundation, a Minneapolis-based non-profit that develops housing for students and seniors.
The housing complex will be a mix of studio, two- and four-bedroom units, with most being four-bedroom, said Steve Ludwig, vice president of administrative affairs.
Students will access the underground parking, floors, rooms and elevators using a key fob, an authentication device similar to a smart card.
Private bathrooms and laundry facilities in each fully-furnished unit add to what university officials describe as a “high-amenity, high-value” living experience.
“This is state-of-the-art, 21st century housing,” Schoenborn said. “It’s the type of housing that is popping up on great campuses all over the country.”
The 40-year-old Schoenborn is also highly involved in St. Cloud State’s $30 million renovation and conversion of the National Hockey Center into a regional events venue. Tentatively named the National Hockey and Event Center, it will anchor the south end of Fifth Avenue and will host national acts and performers who for years have flown over or driven past St. Cloud on their way to Fargo and Duluth, Schoenborn said. In a concert configuration the center would hold about 8,000, thanks in part to new seating on the west end.
“It will be a cultural and social centerpiece for our region,” said President Earl H. Potter III. A spring 2011 kickoff is planned for an official fundraising campaign to secure donations. Naming rights, sponsorships, private donations and $6.5 million from the 2008 Legislature will fund the project.
Fans of the men’s and women’s hockey programs also will benefit from the project and enjoy new amenities, including:
“Everything people have loved about Husky hockey will be there, but it will be a more professional experience,” Schoenborn said.
“It’s going to help every corner of the University,” Schoenborn said. “The high tide raises all boats.”
Two bachelor’s degrees from St. Cloud State / president of the Student Government Association / University of Minnesota law degree / counsels businesses in sports, entertainment, high technology and manufacturing as managing partner of Leonard, Street and Deinard / married to Debra (Yeager) Schoenborn ’99 / co-owner of the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League / counsel to Minnesota Hockey / past president of the St. Cloud State Alumni Association / named a rising star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine / recognized in 2006 by ROI magazine as a 5 Under 40 business leader / board member of the St. Cloud Area Economic Development PartnershipFifth Avenue Live
The price tag for transforming St. Cloud’s Fifth Avenue into a signature boulevard could top $165 million.
“It really will become an interface between St. Cloud State and downtown,” said Brian Schoenborn ’92, who created the Fifth Avenue Live moniker based on a similar project on the East coast.
Schoenborn and members of St. Cloud’s Coborn family are part of an investment group planning $100 million in mixed-use development on both sides of Fifth Avenue from Ramsey Place north to Minnesota Highway 23.
The first phase of construction is located on the former Coborn’s grocery store site on Fifth Avenue.
“The welcome center will be the University’s new front door,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “Our students, our families, our alumni, our friends – all will benefit from convenient access to an information clearinghouse.” Two classrooms, a gift shop, art gallery, conference room and offices for a number of the University’s most public programs are planned.
The student apartments will be on the upper floors of the north and south buildings. Retail will be on the ground floor of the north building.
Anchoring the south end of Fifth Avenue will be the tentatively named National Hockey and Event Center. Converting the 20-year-old National Hockey Center into a regional events center capable of hosting national touring acts is the goal. It also will host other athletic events such as basketball and wrestling.
Near the north end of Fifth Avenue, city officials are planning a $34 million expansion of the Civic Center. Demolition of the former St. Cloud Library began in October to make way for the expansion.
“Public-private partnerships are critical to a community’s future,” said Potter. “Fifth Avenue Live is evidence that St. Cloud has become a community of shared visions, a place where business leaders, university staff and city officials work for the common good.”
US Department of Education Grants $300,000
Colleges across the country are looking for ways to manage and reduce high-risk drinking, both on campus and in the community, and they’re starting to look to St. Cloud State University as a model.
St. Cloud State is taking steps to provide an answer to what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls a leading public health issue. The department reports that each year about 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking.
“Our goal is to help students succeed and graduate,” said Wanda Overland, vice president of student life and development. “If we’re looking at the whole student, it’s not just about grade point average, but what affects it.”
St. Cloud State is at the cusp of using comprehensive alcohol education initiatives and campus activities like U-Choose, a voluntary alcohol education program that boasts more than 4,300 student participants.
Atwood After Dark and Blizzard Shack are among some of the activities aimed at changing a culture that says “every college student drinks” by giving students healthier alternatives. Efforts to change these perceptions focus on intervention, prevention and community outreach and are driven by strong institutional support from President Earl H. Potter III and other key leaders.
“People are interested in St. Cloud State because the things we’re doing are innovative,” Overland said, “and even the things that aren’t innovative are best practices and the data is showing that it is making a difference.”
The results have earned St. Cloud State invitations to speak on best practices at local, regional and national conferences and a $300,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the efforts in the community. “Our whole philosophy is not to say that people shouldn’t drink or use alcohol,” Overland said. “It’s that people need to make healthy choices.”
Since the inception of U-Choose in 2007, St. Cloud State rates of high-risk drinking have fallen while they have increased nationwide. “U-Choose is fun, interactive and engaging, and incorporates what we knew would be best for students,” said Rob Reff, interim assistant dean of students for chemical health and outreach programming.
More than 4,300 students have completed U-Choose in the past three years. “There is a 90 percent positive response rate and (students) tell their friends about it,” Reff said.
St. Cloud State’s success in reducing high-risk drinking and harmful alcohol-related activities among students lies in its unique campus-community relationship. Patrick Mastey ’99, a local landlord, is among the university’s essential partners. Mastey, who operates off-campus housing for students, collaborated with the university to expand the U-Choose program to off-campus residents. He has strongly encouraged students who lease his properties to participate the U-Choose program and provided financial incentives for those who complete it.
“The drive for me is to doing something bigger for Central Minnesota and St. Cloud,” said Mastey, owner and manager of Aspen Housing in St. Cloud. “Hopefully, we’re going to change the behavior and people’s lives at a time that’s necessary.”
More than 200 students who live in his rental properties near campus have willingly completed the program. The result, Mastey says, is better buy-in from parents and a sense of community ownership among students. “We’re making students more aware that they are a part of this community and not just going through this community,” he said.
The $300,000 in funding will allow the university to bring U-Choose to St. Cloud Technical College, expand its partnerships with local property managers, create a robust team of off-campus student liaisons through a Husky Neighbors program and create a broad-based community coalition.
The coalition will identify how everyone from K-12 educators and city leaders to law enforcement and bar owners can work together to create a healthier, safer community.
“We’re constantly trying to be innovative, think outside the box and try different things,” Reff said.
Protecting the country's future
During the Cold War, there was much less confusion than there is today about who the enemy was and how it could attack.
The rise of the Internet and computers as a staple of doing business has increased the need to protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure, and the federal government has made it a priority.
Federal agencies in the future could be looking to St. Cloud for the next generation of cyber warriors. St. Cloud State University recently was designated a center of academic excellence in information assurance education. That distinction, bestowed by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, allows St. Cloud State to apply for millions in grants to build programs focused on computer and information security.
It’s a growing field in which St. Cloud State plans to have a strong presence, said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III.
“When you look at where the jobs are and what the need is, we need to make sure we are preparing people to meet the needs of the economy of the state,” Potter said. “This is an important place for us to be.”
St. Cloud State’s program will offer a range of training, including designing and maintaining computer networks, detecting and preventing intrusions and digital forensics. This fall, St. Cloud State will offer a master’s degree in information assurance.
The distinction of being a center of excellence has paid off. St. Cloud State in July learned it will receive $92,082 worth of grants to provide a two-year full-ride scholarship for a student who, after graduating, is guaranteed a two-year job with a Department of Defense employer. Many such grants provide money for the host institution, and in this case it means about $60,000 for St. Cloud State. The money will pay for new servers and a forensic station that can examine cell phones.
Those kinds of grants can help St. Cloud State grow its program the way Mississippi State University did. Mississippi State has been designated a center of academic excellence since 2001 and has received about $18 million in research funds since, said Ray Vaughn, professor of computer science and engineering at Mississippi State.
St. Cloud State has a prime opportunity to grow its information security programs, Vaughn said.
“In a space of about 10 years, I would expect St. Cloud State University to do something similar” to what Mississippi State did in growing its programs, said Vaughn, who is also director of its Critical Infrastructure Protection Center.
The Mississippi State program began with one interested faculty member in 2001 and now has 12 faculty members affiliated with its security program from three different colleges, Vaughn said. His program averages 12-15 students a year on computer security scholarships like the one St. Cloud State received.
And with the federal government citing the field as a need, the time to capitalize is now, he said.
“This has been a critical area of need for the government for at least 10-11 years now,” Vaughn said. “All indications I have are that it will continue to be a shortage area.”
Mississippi State as recently as a few weeks ago helped the FBI and Texas law enforcement identify a hacker who had bragged about planning to penetrate and manipulate a hospital HVAC system, Vaughn said. The hacker has since been charged in federal court.
Mississippi State and St. Cloud State faculty collaborated in March 2008 to teach a computer forensics class at St. Cloud State to 25 officers from 18 police and sheriff’s departments.
“Those are the kinds of things that we want to do, but it takes funding,” said Diana Lawson, dean of the G.R. Herberger College of Business. “That’s the kind of value we can add for Minnesota.”
The primary source of funding to grow the Mississippi State program is federal grant dollars that are available to those institutions deemed centers of academic excellence, Vaughn said.
Mississippi State will continue to mentor St. Cloud State’s program and provide curriculum material and guidance, Vaughn said.
Mark Schmidt, interim director of St. Cloud State’s Center for Information Assurance Studies, attended Mississippi State and will work closely with Vaughn to develop St. Cloud State’s program.
Schmidt and St. Cloud State spent two years compiling the information needed to meet the requirements for designation as a center of academic excellence.
The emphasis on information security comes as the health care industry converts to electronic medical records and more companies either host data or have electronic data they need to store. And more people are keeping sensitive data on mobile devices and storing valuable information electronically.
And while the centers are preparing some students for work with government agencies, they also are preparing many more for jobs in the private sector, Vaughn said.
“Every time we offer these security classes, they fill up,” Vaughn said.
Demand could mirror what a company like CentraCare Health System saw when it began transitioning to electronic medical records. The IT staff at CentraCare has grown 20 percent to 30 percent in the last three to five years, said Charles Dooley, vice president for information services at CentraCare.
Medical records and advancements in its network spurred the growth, he said. CentraCare has about 156 IT employees, Dooley said, and the balance are focused on computer applications and user support, he said.
Twin Cities Graduate Center
For the 150-plus students taking classes at the new St. Cloud State University Twin Cities Graduate Center, the convenience of a Maple Grove site just off I-494 is a major draw. But for these motivated professionals, the opportunities go deeper than a short commute.
Opened in August, St. Cloud State’s new graduate center is intended to fill the need for convenient, high quality, relevant and affordable graduate programs expressed by residents of the northern Twin Cities suburbs. The Herberger College of Business, College of Science and Engineering and College of Education are offering programs and classes at the center, and the University expects to expand its master degree offerings in coming years to accommodate growing demand among the critical mass of potential students in that region.
St. Cloud State’s alumni database has addresses for more than 32,000 graduates within 30 miles of the Twin Cities Graduate Center, and many of them are likely to be attracted to this facility as they seek graduate degrees.
When Diana Muske ’93, Coon Rapids, who is enrolled in a College of Education master’s degree program in counselor education and educational psychology counseling, found out one of her classes would be offered Tuesday nights at the Graduate Center, she signed up. “Hopefully I can take more of them here,” said Muske, who works in the Anoka Hennepin School District’s Early Childhood Family Education program. “The commute is shorter than to St. Cloud, and I love the energy here.”
Jim Freeland ’00, a St. Cloud State accounting information systems graduate currently on the management track in systems auditing and security at Medtronics, is typical of the focused students who have been drawn to the center’s master of business administration (MBA) program. Like many of his peers, he comes to class at the end of a busy workday or a Saturday and goes home to a Twin Cities suburban home and family.
Having evening classes at a location between his Fridley workplace and his St. Michael home is a boon to Freeland’s busy schedule. Married to College of Education graduate Stacey Byers Freeland ’00 and father of two children, being able to achieve his educational goals without a long commute is a big advantage.
“It makes it very convenient,” he said.
Until the new center opened in its 6,000-square-foot building near the Bass Lake Road exit, the MBA program had had a Maple Grove home for Twin Cities’ cohorts since 2003. Businessman Russ Hagen ’64 opened space in his Data Recognition Corporation building, also off I-494, for the first Twin Cities satellite classes in the Herberger College of Business program.
Stephanie Ballantyne ’01, St. Louis Park, whose undergraduate degree is in marketing, said the Twin Cities MBA program has met her needs on many levels.
“In addition to the great location, the structure of the program has provided so much support and ease.”
That structure is the cohort model, which takes a core group of students through a degree program from beginning to end. “Being part of a cohort adds another dimension to the learning experience,” said Dennis Nunes, dean of graduate studies for St. Cloud State, who cites a 90 percent graduation rate among students who are part of a cohort. “They bring each other through a demanding environment. They become a family.
“I love the cohort model,” said Ballantyne. “It builds relationships and offers a support system all the way through.”
Professor Brad Sleeper, who has taught business law classes to several MBA cohorts, recognizes the multiple benefits the Maple Grove site offers his busy students. They come to the program with common goals and become an integrated consumer group of individuals who form a working partnership, Sleeper said of his cohort students. “It’s amazing how much work they can squeeze in on top of their more than full-time professional lives. They bring a high level of talent and demand a high level of quality. For a teacher, there’s nothing like it.” Plans call for expanding the number of MBA cohorts from three to six with 25 students in each.
Besides the MBA program, a third cohort in the College of Science and Engineering’s two-year-old master of regulatory affairs and services program opened this fall at the Center. St. Cloud State’s College of Education also is offering individual classes at the Center that can lead to master’s degrees in higher education administration, college counseling and student development or educational administration and leadership.
Dancing to the beat of change
On a typical ’60s Sunday night, five Kansas City sisters and their parents watched a Russian dance troupe whirl and jump and kick on Ed Sullivan’s television show. Sister number two – 4-year-old Debra – discovered her destiny in that thrilling performance.
“I had never seen anything so exciting,” said Professor Debra Leigh, who since 1989 has been teaching dance at St. Cloud State. “I just got up and started dancing. I became the daughter who knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”
Leigh did become a professional dancer, then a teacher of dance, inspiring her students to see their own magic in the art form and creating new opportunities for dancers to perform in their communities. But it was four decades before Leigh would come to grips with obstacles that complicated her journey and that of every person of color with a dream. That second moment of discovery offered her new avenues of influence in her community.
“I was serving on the Central Minnesota Arts Board and volunteered to represent the group at an anti-racism workshop,” said Leigh, who had encountered signs of racial roadblocks throughout her career – dance companies that would not put black performers on stage for fear of offending audiences, universities that would not consider tenure as an option for faculty of color.
“It was a life-changing experience for me,” she said. “Before this I didn’t know how to talk about my experiences, how racism had been institutionalized in my world and how our socialization causes all of us to perpetuate racism. We all participate in this dance, and we all have the power to change it.”
Leigh has since spearheaded the creation of the Community Anti-Racism Education – or CARE – initiative that has brought awareness of racism’s broad reach to a wide range of campus and community members. The initiative has its roots at St. Cloud State, but Leigh hopes its message and its meaning will branch out to bring understanding and change far beyond the borders of her institution.
Growing up, Leigh built a foundation of knowledge, skills, confidence and desire to achieve that would serve her well as she pursued goals often groundbreaking for a woman of color. She worked her way through her first year at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and auditioned for the school’s dance program.
By the end of the first year her skill level had increased dramatically, and Leigh was ready to pursue a professional dance career. In 1974, the Kansas City Ballet professional company was all white, although there were several students of color studying there. “We were told that if the company had members of color performing on stage, the company would lose its patrons.”
She found opportunities to perform outside the regular dance company and began building her resume. Leigh’s first breakthrough job came when the “Glitter Girls” professional cheerleading team for the then-Kansas City Kings NBA basketball team hired her as their first black member.
“This time it helped to stand out,” she said. “When I went to auditions, they knew who I was.” Worlds of Fun made her the first black woman to dance on their stages, and she traveled in a summer touring company of “Showboat” that starred film star Van Johnson. “It was terribly exciting.”
Marriage at age 23 slowed Leigh’s performing and traveling, and two years later she returned to college. When she graduated, she became a partner in The Dancer’s Studio in Kansas City, and then earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Illinois.
After being invited by other universities to teach without opportunity for promotion, Leigh came to St. Cloud State in 1989. As the university’s only dance instructor, she was determined to avoid the practices she had seen too often on other campuses – faculty providing advantages for white students and marginalizing students of color because “their body shape was wrong” or “they didn’t have the right skills.”
She worked to move the dance minor out of the College of Education and into the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. “Dance is a performing art, and I wanted all my students to have experience performing on campus and in the community.”
Leigh also has been instrumental in building dance companies for young people and for alumni that cultivated young talent and brought performances to Minnesotans in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities.
This past year she helped organize Omeka! – a learning circle Leigh helped organize to encourage cultural interaction among the community’s growing number of immigrant and African-American families. It was a natural outgrowth of Leigh’s longtime practice of inviting African-American students to her home on Sundays to cook and socialize.
“Debra’s impact on our community has been immeasurable,” said Hedy Tripp, coordinator of the St. Cloud Create CommUNITY initiative of which Leigh is vice chair. “Through her leadership we have had more than a thousand people who have come and continue to come to the table to intentionally talk about race and systemic racism.”
“Race has been a fundamental organizing principle in our society,” Leigh said. “It has economic, political and social implications and can place us in artificial categories that break the bonds of community. Anti-racism must be one of the strategies that begin to rebuild community.”
Building with intent & activity- Revitalizing Minneapolis' theatre district
Although Tom Hoch ’76 has never performed on stage, he dazzles downtown Minneapolis theatergoers nightly with the fruits of his vision, creativity and talent for city-building.
As president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hoch has been the driving force behind a stunning physical and cultural revitalization of Hennepin Avenue’s theater district. In 2005, the non-profit Trust assumed ownership from the city of the historic State, Orpheum and Pantages theatres. Ever since, Hoch has been active in promoting, upgrading and adding to the vitality of downtown, according to Jim Graves ’74 (see related story) who owns the upscale hotel Graves 601 in the neighborhood.
“He’s a very, very important asset to the downtown and to its cultural environment,” Graves said of Hoch. “He’s gentrified Hennepin Avenue.”
Who better to propel this significant metamorphosis than the guy who’s been called a master of reinvention?
Every entry on Hoch’s resume represents another period of growth and discovery. His teaching jobs were a result of his involvement in the Urban Project while a senior education student at St. Cloud State. His practice teaching in Minneapolis helped lay a foundation for a career with heavy doses of advocacy and community service.
He believes that volunteering and working for the greater good is not necessarily just about giving. “An important component is what you get from it,” Hoch said.
For Hoch, every new opportunity came as a result of applying passion to volunteer work, going beyond what was expected and welcoming professional challenges and opportunities. While a project manager at the CDA, Minneapolis found itself in the position of needing to restore the State Theatre it had saved from demolition. “The responsibility for its restoration fell in my lap,” he said.
Hoch was ready to take it on. His experience in education, law, real estate and community development, networking in both the public and private sectors – combined with his love of theater and music – helped prepare him for what eventually became what he calls his “pretty good gig.”
Hoch has devoted Hennepin Theatre Trust to building a richer, more vibrant cultural atmosphere in downtown Minneapolis with Broadway touring productions, performers of comedy, dance and music and community engagement and educational programs – including opportunities for students to learn and explore their potential in the performing arts.
An important part of the process has been to improve the external environment for theatergoers. “I look at the total experience of the patrons,” he said. “People want to feel safe. They want to come to a place that’s clean and have a pleasant experience. It all must work together.”
Throughout his professional life Hoch has applied the philosophy that good things happen through intentional activity, and vibrant cities are made by engaged and active people. “You create the kind of city you want,” he said. “It doesn’t just happen.”
“I never envisioned myself sitting here doing what I’m doing,” Hoch said. But it’s clear he’s enjoying the role.
Eight enter Athletic Hall of Fame class
Sheri Mandell Carlson
Sheri Mandell Carlson holds the career records for solo blocks and block assists, marks no Husky volleyball player has come close to matching. She led St. Cloud State in blocks in each of her four years on the team. Her 1,173 kills rank sixth on the all-time attacks chart. Carlson was named to the All-North Central Conference (NCC) team three times, including first-team honors in 1988 and 1989, when she led the NCC in blocks per game. She was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association North Central Region team in 1988 and 1989. The Huskies won 94 matches during Carlson’s career, earning national rankings as high as 13th in 1986 and 12th in 1988. The 1988 Huskies advanced to the NCAA Division II North Central Region Tournament and won three invitational championships.
In her senior year, Brenda Meyer Corrow was named most valuable player of the NCC. Corrow recorded 1,384 points and 863 rebounds from 1992-96. She was a three-time All-NCC team selection and won the league scoring and rebounding titles her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Corrow ranked 20th in NCAA Division II scoring with a 21.5 scoring average. She was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American, and College Sports Information Directors of America and was named to the Kodak All-District VII Team. Corrow’s name is among the top 10 in 10 school-record categories.
In 1996 and 1997, Dustin DeRosier was a leading pole vaulter in NCAA Division II competition. DeRosier captured two NCC Championships in 1997, winning the indoor pole vault with a record 17’4” vault. During the outdoor season, he won the vault with a mark of 16’3”. His national experience included a championship in the indoor vault and second place in the outdoor vault in 1997. He earned four All-American titles. In addition to his athletic talent, DeRosier was a five time Academic All-American.
Diane Heydt coached 11 women’s swimming and diving teams and six men’s swimming and diving squads, a pioneering role at the NCAA Division II level. As the women’s coach, Heydt mentored 89 All-Americans, including diver Mary Ahlin, a four-time national champion, and Sarah Loquai, the first St. Cloud State diver to win an NCAA individual title. She also coached 23 NCC champions and was named the NCC Swimming Coach of the Year in 1992 and 2000. During Heydt’s tenure, every school record was broken. As men’s coach, Heydt tutored 28 All-Americans and compiled a dual meet record of 22-17-1. Her men’s teams produced 15 NCC champions and broke nearly half the university’s records. In 1999, the men’s squad finished 16th at the national championships.
Michelle Nelson LeBow is the greatest distance runner in St. Cloud State history. She holds six school records in distance events, including the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meter events in indoor track and the 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 meter events in outdoor track. LeBow was a four-time track and field All-American from 1990-92 and a cross country All-American in 1991. She was a five-time NCC champion, winning conference titles in the indoor 10,000 meters in 1990 and 1991, the indoor 3,000 meters in 1991 and the outdoor 3,000 meters in 1991 and 1992. She earned two second-place finishes in the 10,000 meter run at the 1990 and 1991 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Jeff Saterdalen was one of the pioneers of NCAA Division I hockey at St. Cloud State. He joined the team in 1988-89, the second season of Division I competition at St. Cloud State, and helped establish the men’s program’s national reputation. From 1988-92, Saterdalen recorded 78 goals and 101 assists for a career total of 179 points. He owns team records for career points and assists, and ranks second in career goals. Saterdalen also helped the Huskies gain their first-ever NCAA Division I tournament bid in 1989. Saterdalen ranks among the top 10 in several season-record categories. A two-time team most valuable player, Saterdalen helped guide the Huskies into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and was named to the All-WCHA Honorable Mention list in 1991-92 and the Academic All-WCHA squad in 1990-91.
For a half century, Larry Sundby has been one of the leading lights of competitive tennis in Minnesota. Sundby played four years of singles and doubles tennis for the Huskies beginning with the 1959-60 season.
A two-time NCC champion at 190-pounds in 1988 and 1989, Nate Toedter gained NCAA Division II All-America honors three times during his collegiate wrestling career. Toedter was invited to the NCAA Division II championships in 1989 and earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish. He charted a 30-10 record for the Huskies in 1986-87, then notched a 33-4 record the following year for his first conference title. To cap his senior season, Toedter went 37-6, earning another NCC title and third-place at the NCAA Division II championships.
Former baseball coach passes away
St. Cloud State University baseball lost one of its greats with the passing of former coach Jim Stanek. The 83-year-old Stanek died July 11 at his home in St. Cloud. The Huskies’ Baseball coach from 1968-78, Stanek was inducted into the St. Cloud State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Coach Stanek was not only a great mentor, coach and teacher but also a great friend. He never stopped caring about Husky baseball,” said Pat Dolan, Husky baseball coach. “It was a privilege to have conversations with Jim and the guys like Coach (John) Kasper and Coach (Denny) Lorsung, who truly paved the way for the great tradition of the Husky baseball family.”
Stanek had a 187-114-4 overall record, won five Northern Intercollegiate Conference championships and led the Huskies to a third place finish in the 1969 NAIA National Tournament. His 1971 team placed third in the NCAA regional tournament.
He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1951 with a degree in elementary education. A Minneapolis native, Stanek played first base in the 1950s for John Kasper, a St. Cloud State Hall of Fame coach. After several years of coaching and teaching at Coronado (Calif.) High School, Stanek returned to St. Cloud State in 1967 as an assistant football coach, head baseball coach and educator, teaching physical education, kinesiology and sports medicine.
He retired from baseball in 1978, continuing as a professor in the Physical Education Department until 1991. In 1990, Stanek was a charter member of the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame committee, serving until 2006.
Stanek is survived by his wife Lorraine Stanek, St. Cloud; his son Kevin Stanek, Eagan; and his daughter Cinda Stanek, Juneau, Alaska.
Husky athletes excel in the classroom
More than 80 Husky student-athletes earned academic honors during 2008-09. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association recognized three players each from the men’s and women’s teams as elite Scholar-Athletes. Maintaining at least a 3.50 grade point average during their time at St. Cloud State were Caitlin Hogan, Oakdale; Kelly Meierhofer, Sauk Rapids; Brita Schroeder ’09, Monticello; Jon Ammerman, Moorhead; Brent Borgen ’09, Mahtomedi; and Garret Raboin, Detroit Lakes.
ESPN the Magazine named senior softball player Rachel Haines ’09, Pepin, Wis., a First Team Academic All-American. A biomedical science major with a 4.0 grade point average, Haines was accepted into the genetics-counseling program at the University of Minnesota. The bi-weekly magazine, which has a circulation of more than two million, also named senior women’s diver Kelsey Berkeland ’09 to its First Team Academic All-America At-Large squad.
Berkeland, who hails from Coon Rapids, was also one of seven women recognized by the Collegiate Swim Coaches of America Association (CSCAA) with Scholar All-America honors. Also named were Kathryn Brueggeman, Grafton, Wis.; Allison Tracy, Minot, N.D.; Elizabeth Lopez ’09, Allen, Texas; Kirsten Koetter, Melrose; and Alisha Blaydes, Elk River. CSCAA honored four men: Mitch Dickison ’09, Faribault; Ross Eiden ’09, Rosemount; Anthony Buhr, Minneapolis; and Kyle Cordry, Las Cruces, N.M.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association honored six wrestlers for academic excellence: Matt Jackson, Oakdale; Adam Helgeson, Sauk Centre; Adam Hill, Sauk Rapids; Jacob Horn, Ephrata, Wash.; Erik Rogness, Buffalo; and John Sundgren, Blaine. Sundgren notched a 32-7 record also earning him NCAA Division II All-American honors.
NCAA Division II Academic All-Region winners were Berkeland, Haines, junior tennis player Kelly Freese, St. Cloud; and football player Ryan Kees ’09, Eagan. Kees, who signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions was also a finalist for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, a top academic-athletic honor presented annually by the National Football Foundation.
For the full listing of academic honors for student athletes, visit stcloudstate.edu/news/outlook.
What a great time to be involved with St. Cloud State
There’s an exciting vitality on campus and in the community that’s being fueled by bold leadership and a vision undimmed by economic challenges. As a business owner, I understand the value of investing in people and investing in the future, and right now there’s no better investment than in the education of our future leaders.
The St. Cloud State Foundation’s mission is “to support and enhance St. Cloud State’s ability to ignite students’ learning and discovery of their gifts, their passions, and their potential contributions to society.” We provide donors with personal opportunities to make an impact on St. Cloud State and to support the students who want and deserve a well-rounded, outstanding education. Gifts from donors provide more than 700 scholarships a year.
Now, more than ever, our students need access to the kind of education they will receive at St. Cloud State. That access comes in part from support that provides scholarships and support that allows the University to continue providing a progressive learning environment without large tuition increases. As a Foundation Board of Trustees, we realize our students learn better in facilities and with services and resources that support all aspects of their education.
In the past year the campus has opened the Wick Science Addition, which houses modern, safe, high-tech biology and chemistry laboratories for teaching and research and reopened the beautifully renovated Riverview building as home to the Communication Studies Department. Another sweeping renovation of Brown Hall for the university’s growing nursing program will be finished this spring. And the third step in making St. Cloud State a leader in science education is the proposed Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility – or ISELF, a facility we hope will get further legislative support this year.
We’re grateful that our donors are seeing their way clear to continuing and, in some cases, increasing their charitable contributions that make it possible for us to continue this important support of our students’ educational needs.
Herberger Family Legacy Continues
When Arizona residents Gary and Judd Herberger visit Minnesota, they always stop in to visit students and faculty at the Herberger College of Business. The college was named in 1999 in honor of their father, the late G.R. “Bob” Herberger, in tribute to his business and philanthropic ideals and with a promise to “inspire and prepare global business leaders who will improve society through their knowledge and leadership.” Thanks to the continuing generous support of the Herberger Family and others, the college is fulfilling that pledge by demonstrating best practices in business education, providing innovative and effective academic programs, and always putting students first.
Diana Lawson, dean of the G.R. Herberger College of Business, explained that the Herbergers’ long-term contributions for endowment and renovation of Centennial Hall have enabled the college to advance far beyond the status quo for a state institution and to develop top-quality programs of which the Herbergers can be proud. “We’re building programs to make our students much more well rounded,” explains Lawson. St. Cloud State University graduates have always been strong academically, she said. The support of the Herberger Family makes possible programs that help students develop “soft” skills such as effective personal interaction, creativity, public speaking, leadership and ethics—qualities that came naturally to Bob, who was a self-made businessman.
The Herbergers are known in Minnesota and Arizona as generous patrons of the arts and supporters of numerous educational and social service organizations, but they remain loyal to St. Cloud, where the family lived until 1949.
“Our parents were always generous in the communities in which they lived,” explained Gary, “we feel it’s important to give back, particularly to communities like St. Cloud, which have given so much to us.” As mother Kax Herberger once said, “We give because it’s the right thing to do.”
Drive-thru Science, Minnesota Style
As hundreds of K-12 students in central Minnesota step into the Science Express at their schools this year, few will realize how lucky they are to have a mobile, state-of-the-art science education facility at their doorstep. But they are indeed the fortunate beneficiaries of good timing, chance conversations and corporate generosity.
In its former life, the Science Express was one of three mobile simulation labs where Minnesota-based Medtronic trained physicians how to implant medical devices such as implantable defibrillators and pacemakers. As the company developed more on-site simulation facilities, the need for these mobile labs diminished. So, when SCSU alumnus and former Medtronic Vice President Dale Wahlstrom ’78 became aware of the University’s plan to create mobile science labs, he wondered: Could Medtronic’s labs be converted for this new purpose?
Wahlstrom worked the phones and put St. Cloud State in touch with Cynthia Taylor, Medtronic director of customer education operations. “Because we had used the labs for training and education,” explained Taylor, “they were just about what St. Coud State needed.”
In 2009, Medtronic donated a mobile lab to St. Cloud State, its largest gift ever to SCSU. “If we built the trailer brand new today it would cost at least $750,000,” explains Bruce Jacobson, associate professor of biology and director of bioscience outreach for St. Cloud State, who oversaw the transformation of the lab to the Science Express.
“This is a great way to bring state-of-the-art training to some of the smaller, rural schools that don’t have the capability to keep up with rapidly changing technology,” said Taylor, who noted that Medtronic has a long, proud history of training future scientists that began with founder Earl Bakken’s childhood experiments. “We hope some of these kids will enter universities and graduate to become the world’s top-rated scientists and physicians.” See related story on page 12.
Bullish on St. Cloud State
“I like to think that I’ve been running with the bulls ever since entering the securities business,” says Dorn, who established Dorn & Co. Inc., a Fergus Falls securities investment firm, only 31/2 years after graduating from St. Cloud State.
As a student at St. Cloud, Dorn received the solid business education that would serve him throughout his career. He learned about finance in and outside of class where he earned tuition by playing drums in a dance combo and traveling throughout the United States for the Northrup King Seed Co. during summer breaks and in class, where he studied with faculty like Professors Carl Folkerts (economics) and Clare Daggett (marketing).
“I developed a foundation that I use every day in my business,” explains Dorn. “I still quote my economics professor to this day.” In 1994, SCSU recognized Dorn’s stellar career in securities investment with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Even after all these years, Dorn is still “bullish” on St. Cloud State. Dorn, who designates that his gifts to St. Cloud State support the Herberger College of Business, is a past member of the St. Cloud State University Foundation board and was part of a group of community leaders who co-hosted President Earl Potter’s recent alumni and friends gathering in Fergus Falls. In addition to his support of St. Cloud State, Larry is currently co-chairing a $10 million fund drive for a cancer center at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.
Alumni help reinvigorate wrestling program
What started as a fundraiser for a wrestling alumnus struggling with cancer has evolved into a Husky wrestling alumni group. The group is an example of how engagement and passion benefit the University and the individuals involved, according to Morris Kurtz, athletic director.
Since its debut in 1952, the wrestling program has produced 11 individual national champions. Husky wrestlers have earned All-America status more than 70 times since 1958 and, as alumni, have competed at the Pan American Games, the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
“Those were formative years and I think anyone who has wrestled, their personality and capacity for life are enhanced by their participation in wrestling,” said Grant Nelson ’63, who earned a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national title in 1963.
“When you think back on that, you have gratitude for the experience,” Nelson said. “To re-engage and help perpetuate that (gratitude) for the current generation of wrestlers and students is a good thing.”
In the 30 years prior to 2003, the wrestling alumni group made attempts at meet regularly. But the idea truly took hold following a golf fundraiser for Doug Gruber ’76. Wrestling alumni helped raise more than $3,000 for their teammate’s medical expenses.
“One of the other benefits from the outing was the camaraderie we enjoyed,” said Jerry Schmitz ’77, an outing coordinator who earned All-American honors in 1976. “The golf outing then became our event and a way to get people together.”
The 2003 event served as a springboard and other outings were planned. An Alumni Day event is ser for Jan. 23.
In 2004, the 1962-63 team was inducted into the St. Cloud State Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of its third place national finish and three individual national titles.
The Hall of Fame event created momentum. Key players emerged, including Schmitz, Nelson, Steve Wenker ’75, Jim Harstad ’79, Mark Bauerly ’76, Gary Smith ’65, Greg Ganyo ’81 and Dennis Moske. Former coaches John Oxton, Jack Gause ’63 and Steve Grimit also helped build the group.
In recent years, St. Cloud State wrestling has regained national attention. In 2007-08, the Huskies placed 12th in the nation and had a 13-2 dual record. Last winter, the team improved to eighth in the nation, the best finish since 1986.
“The success is due to the hard work done by many people including our administrators, students, community people and our alumni,” said Steve Costanzo, the current coach.
“With this type of success, I think you will continue to see more people become involved with our alumni group,” Wenker said. “Everyone loves a winner.”
Loyal Community Members
Art and Barb Grachek use the word “community” in its most embracing sense. Their communities include the St. Cloud metro area, St. Cloud State, sports fans, art and music lovers, and students, alumni and friends around the world. They support each of their communities with gifts of their time, talent and financial resources.
Both are alumni and university retirees. Art (B.S., 1962, and M.S. 1964) served as chair of the Department of Speech Communication after earning a Ph.D. at Wayne State University and Barb (B.S. 1962 and M.S. 1963) earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and held numerous leadership positions during her career, culminating as vice president of academic affairs.
The Gracheks’ concern for students is a hallmark of both their careers and volunteerism.
“The University brings them in as freshmen, and works hard to retain them,” explains Art, who notes that St. Cloud State offers a wide range of support systems for students, especially first-generation college students. “St. Cloud State keeps classes small, hires faculty who are committed to teaching and advising and encourages students to participate in activities.”
Former first-generation college students themselves, they readily cite research that says students who participate in activities like debating, athletics or music, are more likely to stay in college.
In addition to their professional and continuing volunteer contributions, the Gracheks have given generously to the University since 1978, putting them among the St. Cloud State’s most loyal donors.
“With any organization, the people who work there really need to show others their commitment to the institution … it’s not just a place where you collect your check,” says Barb. Their most recent gifts include support for athletics and international student assistance.
In 2004, the Gracheks established the Arthur and Barbara Grachek Study Abroad Scholarship in Communication Studies, an endowed fund that has provided support to seven students since its inception. “This is often students’ first opportunity to travel abroad,” explains Barb. “They gain a sense of confidence, self sufficiency, and grow academically by seeing a much more diverse world and working with different people. … It’s a life changer for them.”
Alumni Award Winners
Distinguished Alumni Award- James Graves ’74
Seven years after earning his degree in elementary education, Twin Cities innkeeper extraordinaire Jim Graves ’74 built his first motel. While that single AmericInn was blossoming into a chain of 220 across the United States, Graves Hospitality Corporation was graduating to more upscale establishments with names like Radisson and Marriott and finally, Graves.
The elegant Graves 601 Hotel – the place the New York Times magazine called “the hottest, most fashionable hotel in town” opened in 1997 in downtown Minneapolis to rave reviews. A rare combination of soothing luxury and high-tech excitement, it filled a niche no other Twin Cities hotel had touched. Soon this stylish Graves flagship will be joined by other hotels with the Graves brand and Graves sophistication in Chicago, New York, Coronado, Calif., and Costa Rica.
A St. Cloud native, Graves paid his way through St. Cloud State, got a well-rounded education and developed an entrepreneurial spirit that eclipsed his short-lived career as an elementary schoolteacher. As founder and chief executive officer of the Graves Hospitality Corporation, he has enjoyed outstanding success in real estate development and earned prestigious accolades for his hotels.
But watching the development of his family has been even more satisfying. “I will look back on my life and say my greatest achievement is my family,” Graves said. “To be able to watch them grow and succeed has been extremely gratifying.”
In addition to the contributions to the Twin Cities and Central Minnesota, he has been a dedicated community leader and supporter of the arts. He serves on numerous non-profit boards including
Alumni Service Award- Robert White ’70
Bob White ’70 believes if he hadn’t gone to St. Cloud State University for his degree in biology, he would not have gone to college. He also believes in giving back, and he’s generously shared his time, expertise and support with his alma mater.
White, St. Cloud, is former chief executive officer of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, the world’s third largest publisher and information services firm. His financial acumen and experience in strategic planning was a valuable resource during his 10 years of service and leadership on the St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He also has served as guest speaker and instructor in St. Cloud State classrooms.
Other community organizations that have benefitted from White’s spirit of service and giving include the United Way of Central Minnesota, YMCA, Boy Scouts, Cathedral High School Foundation, and the St. Cloud Hospital Board of Directors, of which he was chair.
“Just being a good citizen starts with being a good husband and father, extending to the community,” White said. “You’ve got to be involved. You’ve got to find out what’s important to you and you have to serve that.”
Graduate of the Last Decade Gold Award- Joseph Nayquonabe ’04
Grand Casino marketing executive Joseph Nayquonabe ’04, Onamia, credits his St. Cloud State education with giving him the foundation to pursue his career goal – helping his tribe thrive and succeed into the future.
For Nayquonabe that education began early when his father became a student. “The fondest memory I have of St. Cloud State was when I was a little kid and my dad used to bring us to school with him,” Nayquonabe said. “He’d sit us in the back of the classroom and we’d just sit there and listen to his classes.”
Years later, as a marketing student, an internship at Grand Casino Mille Lacs/Hinckley launched a career that has brought Nayquonabe accolades, including a 2009 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “40 Under Forty” distinction, as well as the satisfaction of having an impact on the lives around him.
As corporate vice president of marketing for the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Nayquonabe oversees a staff of 100 people in marketing, entertainment and promotional campaigns for Grand Casino. At the top of his list of goals is to become the kind of role model for his daughter that his father was for him.
College of Business Leadership Award- James Bullard ’84
As president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, James Bullard is in the exceptional position of helping to set the direction of the nation’s monetary policy. He recalls when his St. Cloud State professors helped set the direction of his stellar career in economics research and public policy.
Earning his doctorate in economics from Indiana University, he taught at three universities before joining the Federal Reserve Bank in 1990. Bullard recognizes the pivotal role professors play in influencing students at such a critical juncture in their lives. His message to those professors who gave him the foundation for his exceptional career is, “It’s turned out very well for me, so thanks very much.” See related story on page 5.
College of Education Leadership Award- Michael Spanier ’71 ’76 ’81
The personal approach to teaching shown him by his St. Cloud State instructors helped Michael Spanier, Sartell, meet the challenge of studying on a large campus after attending a one-room schoolhouse. In his ascent from teacher and coach to award-winning school administrator, he has emulated his mentors and led by example to help others achieve their own educational goals.
“These people modeled integrity, passion and perseverance in the accomplishment of their goals,” Spanier said of the many outstanding colleagues and mentors who have influenced him in his 35-year career.
Spanier was a Sartell Middle School principal for 20 years and is a four-time Middle Level Principal of the Year honoree of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. He is also a consultant for seven Minnesota school districts and the University of North Dakota.
Spanier also officiates at high school, college and professional sports – including Big Ten Conference football and basketball and National Football League playoffs. “My experiences in education, teaching, coaching and officiating in high school, college – and now professionally – have all had their mark on my success.”
College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award- Kathy Grundei ’71
Kathy Grundei’s leadership roles in arts education have been an extension of her strong belief that “the arts communicate and make you think in powerful ways.” As arts education consultant for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, she is in a position to extend her advocacy for arts literacy to the students, teachers, artist, schools and arts organizations the center serves.
Among her many role models – family, mentors and friends – Grundei includes the St. Cloud State faculty who instilled in her education “a future that would continue to embrace curiosity and a deep love for learning.” After earning a master’s degree in education from Hamline University, she touched countless others with her passionate promotion of lifelong learning.
Grundei received three Art Educators of Minnesota awards in her 30-year career as educator and facilitator of professional development of other Minnesota educators through instructional practice, curriculum and assessment. She co-chairs the Minnesota State Standards L-12 Arts Revision Committee and is a former president of the Arts Educators of Minnesota. Through her career, she has lived out her belief that “the arts are what connect us and are at the pinnacle of who we are as humans.”
College of Science and Engineering Leadership Award- Dennis Tuel Sr. ’59
In 1973 Dennis Tuel, Fergus Falls, launched ShoreMaster, the company that would become an international leader in residential and commercial waterfront equipment. In the next three decades as chief executive officer and president of the growing company, he added a wide variety of inventions to a stable of products that began with his all-aluminum boatlift.
Tuel is retired but remains a leading force in economic and sustainability endeavors in the Fergus Falls region. He and his daughter and son-in-law operate Buffalo Pass Ranch, home to a herd of 550 bison, along with a wholesale marketing company, Buffalo Meat Inc. which distributes to nearly 200 retail stores in the upper Midwest. Along with this wife, Marsha, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Continental Divide Visitors Center in Fergus Falls.
“I graduated (from St. Cloud State) as an energized young adult, qualified and confidently prepared to make a difference in the world,” Tuel said. In recent years, he has been involved in wind generation activities and earned a doctorate in international business while writing his autobiography.
College of Social Sciences Leadership Award- Gary Lee ’69
Although acclaimed sociologist and researcher Gary Lee is writing a book titled “The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married Won’t Solve All Our Problems,” he credits his wife with putting him on the path to the right career. And, he claims, “My greatest achievement in life is staying married to the same, wonderful woman for 41 and a half years.”
As a sociology student at St. Cloud State, Lee would come home so excited about what he was learning that his wife encouraged him to go to graduate school in sociology instead of pursuing a career in law. “The faculty who were here at the time, they got my intellectual curiosity excited and interested in what I do.”
Lee has become an expert in the field of family relations. He is professor and chairperson of sociology at Bowling Green State University and has written several books and had numerous academic writings published in research journals and books. He also serves on the board of the National Council on Family Relations and in 2000 he was awarded the council’s Jan Trost Award for contributions to comparative family research.
University Leadership Award- Edward Bouffard
From the moment Ed Bouffard joined the Atwood Memorial Center staff as director of the University Conference and Information Center in 1990, he poured his interest and energy into building a supportive environment for the colleagues and student leaders who work to make St. Cloud State a better campus community.
In later years as associate director of operation, Bouffard brought new technology to all aspects of the student center, coordinating the research, purchase and installation of a $90,000 computer network for 60 workstations throughout the building. He also co-led a successful campaign to obtain student approval for a $5 million student union renovation bond and helped plan and carry out extensive renovations before his retirement.
Bouffard’s dedication to students helped shape the Center into the welcoming and student-centered environment that will continue to enrich their lives with social, recreational and cultural activities. See related story on page 8.
Citizens of the Year
Myron Umerski ’62 ’72 and his wife, Connie, Sartell, were named “Citizens of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce. Both were cited for their ceaseless and untiring volunteer work. Myron is chair of the Sartell Senior Connection Steering Committee. He serves on the board of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in St. Cloud. He is also a member of the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association Board and has been president of the executive committee for three years. Connie served on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Minnesota and chaired, at one time or another, all of its various committees. She currently serves on United Way’s allocation-distribution committee. They are also active volunteers at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud and leaders of the weekly “Tuesday Humanities” discussion groups. The honors were officially bestowed on them at the Sartell Chamber banquet in late April. See related story on page 55.
Debra Johansen ’77, Sartell, teacher at Roosevelt Early Childhood Center in St. Cloud, was named Central District Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. A teacher for more than 30 years, Johansen’s dedication to her students, passion for her profession, and admiration of her peers and administrators were noted. She founded A Recreational Inclusion Support Endeavor (ARISE) with the mission to support children with disabilities in accessing community and recreation activities with their able-bodied peers and in learning leisure and recreational skills.
Steve Schwegman ’81, St. Cloud, is an attorney from Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. He was elected director of the North Central Region for the Defense Research Institute, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation.
Debra Yerigan ’82, Minneapolis, is one of the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers, receiving the highest point totals in the 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers blue ribbon nomination and review process. Her peers have also selected her for inclusion in the 2010 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the specialty of Family Law. The top attorneys in the country based their decision for inclusion after receiving more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations. Yerigan also received recognition in “Twin Cities Business” and “Mpls. St. Paul” magazines, “Minnesota Law & Politics” and superlawyers.com. “Minnesota Law & Politics” previously listed her in the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, the Top 100 Women Super Lawyers, and the Top 40 Minnesota Family Law Attorneys.
White House visit
Stephen Ubl ’91, Bethesda, Md., was invited to the White House to discuss health care reform with President Barack Obama last spring. Ubl is the president and chief executive officer of AdvaMed, the world’s largest medical technology association representing companies, subsidiaries and divisions producing medical devices, diagnostic products and medical information systems, a $130 billion industry.
St. Paul superintendent
Valeria Silva ’90 ’91, St. Paul, was unanimously selected as superintendent of the St. Paul School District. She began her career as a teacher at Adams Spanish Immersion School on St. Paul’s west 20 years ago rising through the ranks to principal, director of the English Language Learner programs from 1997-2006, eventually to become the district’s chief academic officer. Silva will now direct the state’s second-largest school district with 38,000 students, 6,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $600 million.
Carol McBrady ’94, Lusaka, Zambia, was working as a social worker in the Anoka-Hennepin school district when she traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, in 2002. The experience inspired her to sell her home, leave her job and move to Africa to work with orphaned children. She established the Action for Children-Zambia, which is an expansion of her personal efforts to educate, house and care for children in Africa. McBrady earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social studies.
Fartun Hussein ’07 ’08, St. Cloud, is executive director of St. Cloud Area Somali Women’s Association, a non-profit organization that is working with Somali immigrant woman in central Minn. This fall, Create CommUNITY, a city of St. Cloud initiative that addresses racial and human rights issues, awarded $20,000 to Hussein to help fund the program. The award will help Hussein build a broader-based collaboration of community organizations and to work on reducing racism in central Minnesota.
Jonathan Conder ’01, Stillwater, Okla., is news Channel 4 weekend’s morning meteorologist.
CNN Hero Award
Anne Mahlum ’02, Philadelphia, started Back On My Feet, a running club for residents of homeless shelters in Philadelphia. Mahlum was awarded a CNN Hero Award. Back on My Feet has teams in three Philadelphia shelters, including 54 homeless members and more than 250 volunteers who have logged more than 5,000 miles.
NHL rising star
Matthew Hendricks ’02, Minneapolis, made his National Hockey League debut with the Colorado Avalanche. He scored the game-winning goal Dec. 21 in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Five appointed to Minn. State Governor Tim Pawlenty's administration
Mark Wolak ’75 ’81, Pine Springs, and Mary Schmid ’87, Moorhead, have been appointed to the Board of School Administrators. The Board’s purpose is to establish and maintain high standards for a quality administrator licensing system for Minnesota public schools. Wolak is the superintendent of Mahtomedi Public Schools, a position he has held since 2002. Sheila Reger ’85, Apple Valley, was appointed as the new commissioner of the state Department of Administration. Reger, a state employee for the past 25 years, held a variety of state government positions including deputy secretary of state and human resources director for the administration department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication. Dyanna (Oian) Street ’90, Ramsey, was appointed to one of three trial court bench vacancies in the Tenth Judicial District in Anoka. The district is one of ten in the state and encompasses Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties. Elizabeth (Pionke) Wilkens ’92 ’93, Mora, was appointed to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The function of the commission is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects. Bonita C. Wilhelm ’96, Willmar, was reappointed to another 4-year-term to the Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board (The Petrofund). Wilhelm is a human resource management consultant with a background in the medical field.
ESPN production hotshot
Kahar Canion ’04 ’07, Milwaukee, is a production assistant for Entertaining and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). He has worked on popular shows like “SportsCenter,” “Outside the Lines,” “NFL Live,” “NBA Fastbreak” and “NBA Shootaround.”