7/10/2011

Take it Outdoors

Education as adventure - outdoor activities benefit students, community and environment

From the President

Celebrating the student-athlete tradition

Along with thrilling victories and prestigious honors to celebrate, the teams and coaches of Husky athletics have given us significant reminders this year that the quality of a student-athlete is measured in ways that go far beyond scores and stats.

Our student-athletes are well rounded men and women who come to St. Cloud State for an education as well as for love of their sport. When our coaches recruit, they look for the right fit academically and socially as well as athletically then proceed to mold character along with athletic prowess.

And so we have the privilege of celebrating student athletes who have their lives in balance. They excel in a variety of arenas and are involved in activities that make a difference in the lives of others as well as in their own. They embody the NCAA Division II values that have the commitment of Husky Athletics and are shared by WCHA hockey.

The numbers prove our athletes are good on the playing field and in the classroom. In addition to their scholarship, hundreds of Husky student-athletes each year demonstrate leadership in the community, volunteering to coach youth sports clinics and benefit such organizations as Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army and a local women's shelter. They get involved in reading programs at local elementary schools and lend their strong hands and minds to help meet community needs.

This year's leading scorer in men's hockey, Drew LeBlanc, is a guy who enjoys working with kids and whose favorite class was calculus. A math education major, he gets a kick out of solving problems on and off the ice. He's a Husky in the tradition of baseball player Kent Koch, whose election to the position of mayor of his hometown, Loretto, this year turned him into a poster boy for the engaged student athlete. His story has been hard to miss, as regional and national media – including the New York Times (http://goo.gl/5ieWh) – featured his unusual set of accomplishments, including serving as co-captain of the Husky baseball team that won the 2011 NSIC tournament and was ranked number one in the region.

We're fortunate to have administrators, coaches, faculty/staff, students and alumni who provide and lend support for experiences that touch our student athletes and influence their character and their capacity to make decisions with their hearts as well as their minds. Softball player Emily Edgerton was voted team MVP, earned conference and district academic honors and led the team's cancer-awareness fundraising for teammate Kelly Laas '11, who lost her life March 2 to cancer. These outstanding student-athletes – Emily, Kent, Drew and the hundreds like them who play for Husky teams every season – are excellent reasons for building and supporting athletic programs on our campus.

These outstanding women and men are unique members of our learning community who come to campus at an exciting, pivotal time in their lives and proceed to distinguish themselves and their university. They perpetuate a proud tradition of student-athletes who have benefited from the kind of solid coaching, character building and team building that leads to graduates who are well rounded and well educated – prepared to succeed in life and work in the 21st century.

Highlights of another great year to celebrate in Husky Athletics:

  • St. Cloud State placed third in 2010-11 NSIC standings.
  • Steve Costanzo honored as 2011 Division II wrestling coach of the year.
  • Seth Mischke named the men's track coach of the year.
  • Senior wrestler John Sundgren won national title at 157 pounds
  • Wrestling team had historic second-place showing in the NCAA Division II national championships; six wrestlers had All-American status.
  • Husky football made its third NCAA Football Championship appearance and advanced to second round of NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in school history.
  • Twelve Husky teams advanced to NCAA regional or national championship competition, with four winning conference or regional championships.
  • Baseball team set school record 43 wins and won first league championship since 1991.
  • Freshman Elizabeth Simak first St. Cloud State Nordic ski athlete to earn All-Central Collegiate Ski Association Second Team honors.
  • Junior middle distance runner Roshane Boreland, Rend Lake, Ill., earned All-American honors and set a school record in the 800-meter run.
  • Women's swimming and diving team achieved Scholar All- American status with combined 3.42 grade point average.
  • Ninety-three Husky athletes earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors.

{ Web extra } Read the New York Times coverage on Kent Koch

University News

Choir creates recruiting video

Take a ride on the "Choir at St. Cloud State" recruiting video and experience what it means to be a member of the Concert Choir and its sibling choral groups, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus and Chamber Singers.

A current and past president of the Concert Choir created the video to recruit new members to the St. Cloud State choral music community.

Among the many messages in the polished video presentation is the uniquely St. Cloud State notion that a high-caliber choir can include nonmusic majors.

"In fact, we pride ourselves that we have many majors represented that are not necessarily music majors," said Mathew Ferrell, interim director of choral activities.

Ethan Wittrock '09, a past Concert Choir president, is case in point.

"Music isn't my major. It's my passion," said Wittrock, an English graduate who produced the video with Randy Olson, a Coon Rapids junior and current Concert Choir president.

About half the Concert Choir members are non-music majors. The choir has performed in South Africa, Switzerland, France and Germany in recent years, in addition to its schedule of local and regional performances.

Said Keisha Held, a senior from Cold Spring: "I particularly like being a part of the choir because it's so diverse and you learn so much about different cultures and different people, different backgrounds. I think that's something that really sets St. Cloud State apart."

{ Web extra } View the "Choir at St. Cloud State" video

Amanda Bardonner receives Newman Civic

Fellow Award from Campus Compact Amanda Bardonner was one of 135 students from 30 states honored recently as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The national award recognizes student leaders who help find solutions to community problems.

These students are considered the best-of-the-best: promising college student leaders who are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can and does play in building a better world," said Campus Compact President Maureen F. Curley.

Bardonner, a junior from Wausau, Wis., is an active student leader serving as the state chair for the Minnesota State University Student Association. As 2010-11 Student Government president, Bardonner engaged students in complex discussions and enhanced the role of the student body in campus governance. As an extension of her role at St. Cloud State, Amanda strengthened relationships with community members and built relationships with state legislators while fighting for funding for higher education. She also served on the City of St. Cloud Student Advisory Committee that reports directly to the mayor.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents —representing some 6 million students — who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Award, college and university presidents acknowledge students who have the ability and motivation to create lasting change in communities.

History prof earns book award

Mary Wingerd's revisionist take on early Minnesota history has earned a Minnesota Book Award.

The associate professor of history is the author of "North Country: The Making of Minnesota," a book that describes nearly two centuries of cooperation, accommodation and peace among disparate peoples.

Her award for best nonfiction book about Minnesota was one of eight announced April 16 in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Book Awards are presented annually by the Friends of the St. Paul Library.

Any book written by a Minnesotan and published in 2010 was eligible. A panel of judges selected the winners from among 32 finalists. There were 293 books nominated.

Wingerd's book is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Among her previous works is a historical book called "Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul," published in 2003 by a division of the Cornell University Press.

Student earns coveted Fulbright

When Amy Lindquist goes to school this fall, it won't be at St. Cloud State. Instead, she'll be in Bourgas, Bulgaria, where she will teach English as a Second Language through a Fulbright assistantship.

Lindquist, who grew up in Spicer, applied for the position in October, "not because I know a lot about the Balkan area but rather, I saw this scholarship as the perfect opportunity to learn and live life in Eastern Europe." Bourgas is on Bulgaria's east coast, next to the Black Sea.

She learned of receiving the award in March as she was working on her master's degree in teaching English as a Second Language.

"I will work in a high school teaching English and American/U.S. culture," Lindquist said of her 10-month assignment. "I will arrive in Bulgaria in August to attend their Fulbright International Summer Institute which brings together students from all over the world to attend intensive one-week courses in a variety of disciplines."

Lindquist isn't new to study abroad opportunities. This will be her third. She studied in Spain as an undergraduate student and spent two semesters in Chile studying and teaching.

"I'm very much looking forward to arriving in Bulgaria, and I'm also very appreciative of the diverse St. Cloud State community for helping to prepare me for this."

Students gain real world experience

When W3i, a leading distribution and monetization network for software application developers, needed to kick start marketing its latest product, FlipToast, it didn't turn to an agency in Minneapolis. The company known for its innovative thinking reached out to St. Cloud State.

FlipToast is an application that serves up the Facebook experience allowing users to do other things on their computer without having to be on their Facebook page.

"We knew we needed to understand the demographic that made Facebook huge, college students. With St. Cloud State's tradition of outstanding marketing, public relations and business programs it was a no-brainer that we reach out to the University," says Shivani Khanna, manager of software development at W3i and FlipToast creator.

W3i partnered with the American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter to brainstorm ways to increase awareness among students. AMA collaborated with W3i to gather feedback.

"Working with W3i gave our members valuable, handson experience to sharpen their marketing skills and provide professional development," says Chad Erickson, president of St. Cloud State AMA.

W3i, which has close ties to St. Cloud State, collaborates frequently with the University. W3i founders Ryan Weber '03 and Robert Weber '08 are St. Cloud State alumni and W3i actively recruits on campus.

"W3i is lucky to have three major universities in our community. It enables us to regularly collaborate with students and faculty," says Melissa Kron, manager of human resources. "Opportunities like this provide students hands on learning while bringing fresh ideas, perspectives and energy into our office."

Faculty/Staff News

Dan Wildeson

Dan Wildeson, director of St. Cloud State's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, received the Jewish Community Relations Council Honor at the Jewish Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas annual event. Wildeson actively partners with the JCRC's Tolerance Minnesota and Holocaust Education programs.

Margaret Villanueva

Margaret Villanueva, professor of community development, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to Minnesota's Chicano Latino Affairs Council. The appointment runs through January 2015. The council is one of several created by the Legislature in 1978 to reflect the growing diversity in Minnesota. The council, which meets quarterly, informs the public and advises Dayton about Chicanos in Minnesota. The council's primary goals are for education, immigration, economic development, housing and health for Latinos in Minnesota. Villanueva said she hopes to make a difference in the areas that reflect her knowledge gained as a professor.

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson, assistant director of Athletic Media Relations, will be honored by the 2011 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a 25-Year Award recipient at its convention in Florida. Nelson has been at St. Cloud State since 1996. This spring Nelson generated national media attention for Husky baseball by promoting Kent Koch, second baseman, team captain, finance major and mayor of Loretto. Nelson previously worked at Aurora University and St. John's University (Minn.) before making the move to St. Cloud State. He is a 1983 graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Tracy Ore

Tracy Ore, professor for of sociology and anthropology received the Professor of the Year Award from Kappa Delta PI (International Honor Society for Educators). Kappa Delta Pi intends to be an important resource to education majors throughout their careers as educators. Members work with area schools and the community to promote education and learning.

Feature Story

A new framework for student success

In order to ensure that St. Cloud State graduates have the kind of practical education that will prepare them well for work and life, the University has created a new organizational framework. The new structure for its academic units supports St. Cloud State's resolve to teach students how to think as well as to train graduates to succeed in the workplace. In support of this commitment, the new structure that will be in place at the beginning of fall 2011 includes both "colleges" and "schools" as its major divisions:

  • The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Engineering each incorporate a broad base of courses that will provide all students with a strong foundation for a lifetime of professional and personal growth.
  • The School of Education, School of Public Affairs, School of Health and Human Services and Herberger Business School, as well as the School of the Arts within the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Computing, Engineering and Environment within the College of Science & Engineering, are professionally focused and designed to have the flexibility to remain relevant and rigorous.

These changes are the result of a thorough and intentional process that began with assessing the needs of our students and of the businesses, institutions, professions and communities where they will work and live. They also are a response to the considerable changes that have taken place in the workplace and in the global environment, as well as the expectation that in their lifetimes our students will be asked to absorb and embrace innovations, inventions and technology not yet imagined. The changes and commitments related to reorganization are aimed at educating all St. Cloud State students to be creative, nimble and confident enough to evolve with the inevitable progression of change.

New Major Divisions

  • College of Liberal Arts
    • »» School of the Arts
  • College of Science & Engineering
    • »» School of Computing, Engineering & Environment
  • Herberger Business School
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Education
  • School of Health & Human Services

Dual conventions bring multiple awards to St. Cloud State students

Some of the brightest lights on the Las Vegas strip in April were award-winning St. Cloud State University students.

Nearly 20 St. Cloud State students, faculty and staff traveled to Las Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Broadcasters Education Association (BEA) conventions. The dual conventions combine the latest technological innovations – the NAB Show has gadgets that would make James Bond jealous – with current practices being taught in higher education.

Husky Productions, the University's student-run broadcast of all home Husky Hockey games, won the BEA Best of Festival, King Foundation Award for video production.

"I'm just glad to be a part of a great crew who was able to take home some hardware," said Josh Akkerman '11, Husky Productions producer.

"To have so many St. Cloud State students represented at the BEA Convention and win awards is an honor and testament to the program," said Jordan Weinand '11. Weinand was general manager of Husky Magazine, the UTVS sports-themed show, which won second place in the studio category of the student competition.

Other St. Cloud State student award winners were: Zack Fisch, second place in television sports anchor, and Nicholas Lenz and Joel Larsen, third place Television Sports Reporting.

For the mass communication students looking to break into the broadcasting industry, winning awards wasn't the only perk of the trip. The thrill of winning in Vegas was found on the NAB Show floor.

"I had the most amazing experience," said Wesley Beskar, who will take the reigns as producer of Husky Productions next year. "I got to see the actual equipment and talk with the actual representatives. I asked questions about technical issues and their products. It was an enormous educational experience."

The NAB Show hosted 90,000 media and entertainment professionals from more than 150 countries.

Learning about the broadcasting industry wasn't limited to conferences and speeches. It came from one-on-one interaction and networking with professionals.

"To get to meet all of the industry professionals, it was a trip that was definitely worthwhile," Fisch said. "We learned a lot about technology and what we can do to better ourselves as broadcasters."

For the St. Cloud State students at the NAB Show, what happened in Vegas will stay with them as they try to break into the broadcast field. And the BEA best in festival award will stay protected in a trophy case at Stewart Hall.

{ Web extra } View the Husky Productions crew in Las Vegas

Take it Outdoors

Remember when you were a student stuck in a classroom on a beautiful day and begged your professor to a llow your class to study outdoors?

Well, what if the outdoors wa s your classroom all the time?

Consider it "education as an adventure," said Ivan Bartha, director of St. Cloud State University's Outdoor Endeavors program. "It's amazing the restoration that occurs through participation in recreational activities. Literally, recreation means re-creation, the abilit y to restore one's body."

And besides restoration, there's so much more involved. A recent story in the Harvard Business Review examined how outdoor activities — hiking, biking, paddling or swimming — helped enable students to actually practice different leadership and communication skills.

"Anybody can benefit from outdoor activities," said Bartha, who cited a poll that shows 70 percent of St. Cloud State students participate in campus recreation programs. Many chose some form of outdoor recreation whether it be snow-kiting on Mille Lacs Lake in the wintertime, rock climbing at Quarry Park and Nature Reserve, Waite Park, in the summer or taking advantage of the rich natural resources found locally.

"There's a strong rock-climbing culture in Central Minnesota," Bartha said. Some of that is due to the St. Cloud State climbing wall which opened in 2005 in the Student Recreation Center. Central Minnesota's premier climbing facility has more than 2,100 square feet of climbing surface and offers 12 climbing stations. It is home to the area's only instructional youth climbing program and the Women That Rock! Program devoted to expanding the pool of female climbers.

And when rock climbers want to take their skills outdoors, they can do so at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The climbing area began as a partnership with Stearns County Parks, initiated by former St. Cloud State professor Mark Wagstaff. Wagstaff and his students assessed Quarry Park and helped develop the anchor systems and climber permit system. About 17 mapped routes have been identified and graded by local climbers.

The Mississippi River, which flows through St. Cloud State's backyard, is a playground for high-quality but lesser known outdoor activities.

"Canoeing, kayaking and whitewater activities are important activities on the Mississippi and Sauk Rivers," said Bartha, who added that to many this may be unnoticed because of our lack of appreciation of what the rivers have to offer.

The University and the river will be in the spotlight this fall when St. Cloud State hosts the 2011 American Canoe Association Midwest Canoe and Kayak Collegiate Championships Sept. 2-4. This is the first time the championships will be held in the Midwest, Bartha said. He hopes to attract teams from as far away as Ohio and Montana.

Closer to home, Lake George is perhaps the best example of Outdoor Endeavor's involvement with recreation and community engagement. Where the City of St. Cloud once rented paddleboats for use on the inner-city lake, now Outdoor Endeavors rents them along with canoes, kayaks and, for the first time, stand-up paddleboards. It also conducts special events, instructional paddling programs and is part of the Wednesday night Summertime by George program. The operation is run as a collaborative effort between St. Cloud State University, the City of St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Rotary Club.

As big as the paddlesports are around St. Cloud State, perhaps one of the best-kept secrets, Bartha said, is the opportunity for both road and mountain biking. And not only is biking good for an individual, it's good for the community. "On all levels, an increase of biking increases every other major health, planning and economic impact in a community," he said.

As an example, look no further than to the City of Minneapolis, where Mayor R.T. Rybak has "set the bar high," Bartha said. "It's staggering to see what bicycling has done for the City of Minneapolis." A designated Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclist, Minneapolis has shown what good community planning can do for including bicycles as a priority.

Bartha believes that bicycles hold huge potential not only for the environment, but as a learning and teaching tool. "There are twice as many bicycles manufactured worldwide than automobiles. The average bike consumer invests up to $1,000 in their bike." Another statistic that Bartha finds incredible is that there are five independent bike shops in St. Cloud, a metro area of 167,000.

And even though much has been done, so much more could be done. Bartha points to the parkland around St. Cloud State area as having the potential to be one of the best mountain biking trail systems in the state. He's working with the League of American Bicyclists to designate St. Cloud State as a bike-friendly campus. His goal is to work with local banks to establish a program where students can qualify for a one-year, interest-free loan to purchase a quality bike from a local bike shop.

Some activities are more strenuous than others. Take the Husky Challenge Course as an example. This is an experiential team-building program that utilizes low and high rope course elements to provide a series of individual and group challenges. It helps develop group communication skills, improve conflict-management skills and build trust while having fun.

And then there's all the good work being done at Kathio State Park where the State of Minnesota and St. Cloud State have a "memorandum of understanding" which has existed for some time and has wide-reaching benefits. "We provide a connection between St. Cloud State and Kathio State Park to not only provide recreation instruction and activities, but also to provide a learning opportunity for students from across the campus, " Bartha said.

One of those opportunities took place this spring when Kyle Arola, as part of his master's thesis, planted 800 white pine seedlings. Arola will study the 400 1-year-old trees and 400 2-year-old trees. "There will be several parameters looked at — tree age, budcapping, distance from road — to see which trees are the most successful at becoming established," Arola explained. "The trees can experience mortality from deer browse, drought, insects, and disease; when I encounter a tree that has died I will take note of the cause. This study will be used as a park-specific management plan for the restoration of white pines in the future."

One person who has seen the benefits of many of these activities is Michael Schoenecker '09. As an Outdoor Endeavors student worker, Schoenecker led large groups on team-building trips through high-elevation courses and planned, marketed and co-led leadership training trips in Montana and Arizona.

"One of the greatest things I have learned in my life is to observe and to value every situation," Schoeneker said. "Working at Outdoor Endeavors and being in such a learning-friendly environment has helped me more than I could have ever imagined. The people working above and around me are the ones who make that whole recreation department at St. Cloud State so valuable. From my first day working at Outdoor Endeavors I learned the value of communication, responsibility and the value of learning from others."

Schoeneker said the trips "taught me something much greater, group learning and group participation propels your communication skills to a whole new level. Anyone can talk to a group, but not everyone can teach a group skill that will help them the rest of their life."

Story By Mike Nistler '79 | Photographs by Neil Andersen '96

Graduates return to make a difference in troubled home countries

Like every one of St. Cloud State's 1,659 spring graduates, James Khat '11 and Ayaka Hagiuda '11 crossed the stage with an exciting mix of hopes, plans and questions. For them, that future starts with going home to countries whose names have been prominent in international headlines this past year South Sudan for its political strife and Japan for its devastating earthquakes and tsunami.

Khat, who came to Minnesota in 2000 after 18 years in northern African refugee camps, plans to be in South Sudan for its declaration of independence events July 9. "Because my country has been at war for 50-something years, not many people have been going to school," he said.

With his degree in international relations and years of activism in the Sudan People's Liberation Movement – described as the political arm of the ruling party whose stated goals are for a democratic, secular South Sudan – Khat has been promised a position back home as minister of education. "If you have a degree you should go home and help people," he said. "These are our times."

Hagiuda is returning to her home city of Sendai, Japan, located near the epicenter of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck March 12 and the tsunami that followed. She is anxious to see her mother and 18 year-old sister. They and her father, who attended St. Cloud State's May 8 commencement ceremonies, were unharmed by the tragedies that killed thousands in the Sendai region.

A mass communications major with an emphasis in photojournalism, Hagiuda waited 14 hours for news from her family after hearing about the earthquake. She was relieved to hear that while they experienced days without power and water, all in her family were okay.

Hagiuda knows she is returning to a community that is still searching for missing people and working through the challenges of massive destruction. "It's just a mess," she said. "The east side of Sendai, along the Pacific 10-15 kilometers from the coast is really destroyed because of the tsunami."

Although they both came to Minnesota from countries halfway around the globe, Khat and Hagiuda took very different routes to St. Cloud State. Khat started college in 2001 at Riverland Community College in Austin, graduated in 2007 and came to St. Cloud State in 2009 to finish his education.

Professor Tracy Ore said she was impressed with Khat's passion for his home country as well as his perseverance with his studies. "When he was challenged by some aspect of his classes, he kept working to understand it," Ore said. "Like many of our international students, he came to St. Cloud State to get the skills, resources and knowledge that he couldn't get back home. James is very excited to get home and help move his country forward."

Khat said he has embraced the democratic system, including freedom of speech, liberty, and freedom to enjoy life. "We have seen something good in the U.S. – a beloved country. It's very different here – with nice people here. I very much like St. Cloud State."

Hagiuda first experienced Minnesota as a high school exchange student in Henning, living with a host family and getting to know St. Cloud during visits. She too was struck by the friendliness of Minnesotans. "People are more outgoing here," she said. "Walking down the street people say, "Hi, how are you. I think that's really amazing because you don't see that much in Japan."

Hagiuda, who was counted among St. Cloud State's international students – 1,076 from 86 countries this spring – was one of 142 international students representing 41 countries to earn degrees in 51 different majors. She will return home accompanied by another 2011 graduate, Jack Hennen, an English as a Second Language major, native of Zimmerman and Hagiuda's fiancé.

Story By Marsha Shoemaker | Photographs by Neil Andersen '96

Internships : Bringing education to Life

This summer three students will travel far from campus to acquire advanced knowledge. Their unique learning experiences will set the stage for promising careers. About 25 percent of St. Cloud State students participate in internship programs, which prove valuable when it comes time to find a job. In a recent survey, networking and internships were said to be the two biggest factors in obtaining a job.

Elite learner
Rochelle Arellano '08 '11

A study trip to George Washington's home is a nifty graduation present for Rochelle Arellano.

Learning from leading American historians will be the experience of a lifetime.

But make no mistake: Arellano earned her spot at the George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute at Mount Vernon through hard work and hustle.

The Zimmerman resident is one of 93 people to earn a seat at the prestigious institute, which is managed each summer by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853.

"This is a huge deal for her and says a lot about her talents," said Kyle Ward '98, the University's director of social studies education. "This highly selective program not only picked a St. Cloud State student to be a part of their institute, but St. Cloud State is the only university from which they will take pre-service student applications. That says a great deal about their view of what our students are able to do."

Arellano is the second student in the 12-year history of the institute, which traditionally serves working teachers, according to Nancy Hayward, acting vice president of education for George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.

Arellano completed a 16-week student teaching experience at Princeton High School May 2 and then graduated May 8 with a bachelor's degree in social studies. She is presently job hunting.

In July, the 28-yearold wife and mother of two will live and learn seven days at Mount Vernon, which is across the Potomac River and downstream from the nation's capital.

Among the scholars scheduled to present July 17-22 are Ira Berlin, Cokie Roberts and Harold Holzer. Berlin is a prize-winning University of Maryland professor who wrote a 2010 book about the four migrations that shaped African American life. Roberts, a broadcast journalist and author, wrote a 2004 book that discusses contributions of the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of the Founding Fathers. Holzer is one of the leading scholars of Abraham Lincoln and has authored, co-authored and edited 40 books.

Arellano believes her application leapt off the pile because of her extensive participation in workshops, training sessions and conferences, including the August 2010 Minnesota Council on Economic Education's Conference on Teaching Economics and Personal Finance.

Her resume also includes testimonials from students, including this gem from a youngster at Sartell Middle School: "You're really confident and know how to run the show. You're really laid back and are easy to talk to, so now you're my favorite student teacher out of all of them."

The fruits of Arellano's study trip will include creating a lesson plan for the mountvernon.org website and leading a workshop for students in Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary School, a 400-level class taught by Ward.

"My big thing is to accomplish the institute's goal of making history come alive, making our Founding Fathers real," Arellano said.

Up, up and away
Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller, Hutchinson, is looking forward to an internship of a lifetime this summer when she will travel to France to participate in a five-week program in the shadows of the Pyrenees.

Miller, a junior majoring in aviation management, was one of two students chosen for the prestigious Experimental Aircraft Association/ DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships. All travel, lodging and work experience is included as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse and to the Paris Air Show.

The internship ends stateside with a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wis., where she will assist with EAA AirVenture 2011, the nation's largest civilian air show.

An avid flier and supporter of aviation programs since age 15, Miller holds single-engine and multi-engine certifications. She is studying to be a flight instructor.

"Even though I have achieved quite a lot for a young person, I am just beginning my goals in aviation," Miller said. "I am so excited to complete my Certified Flight Instructor rating because my goal is to teach others to fly. My dream job is to fly corporate jets, while donating my time to help youth gain interest in aviation and earn pilot licenses. After all, youth are the future of aviation."

Maritime museum internship
Alex Ames '07

St. Cloud State grad student Alex Ames '07, is spending this summer interning at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. Mystic Seaport is the fourth largest history museum in the country and is located in Mystic, Conn., on the banks of the Mystic River on Long Island Sound.

Mystic and the surrounding area of New London was one of the centers of the ship building and whaling industries in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Mystic Seaport is a museum and recreated historic village devoted to exploring America's relationship with the sea: from the maritime economy to maritime culture. The institution owns a large fleet of maritime vessels, the most famous of which is the Charles W. Morgan, America's last surviving wooden whale ship which was built in 1841.

Ames, Pine City, is one of six interns from across the country who will spend the summer, from mid June to the end of August, learning about public history and museum work while becoming exposed to the rich history of the Mystic area.

The internship consists of:

  • Leading tours of the Mystic Seaport exhibits
  • Working on projects
  • Taking a course in museum studies/public history issues
  • Taking field trips to other New England public history sites

Ames will live on the Mystic Seaport campus. For more information visit http://www.mysticseaport.org.

Ames is involved in history projects with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Linden Hill Historic Event Center, Little Falls, and the Stearns History Center, St. Cloud.

American Historiographer

America's understanding of North Korean intentions would improve if we read that nation's history textbooks.

That's the opinion of Kyle Ward '98, a leading historiographer and author of a trio of books that analyze the history of American history.

North Korean history textbooks describe situation after situation in which the Hermit Kingdom has defeated the United States.

"In North Korea's history books, every time they escalate, America, in their opinion, backs down," said Ward, who is the University's director of social studies education. "They won the Korean War in their textbooks."

Small wonder, he argues, that North Korean leaders are confrontational and reluctant to make concessions.

"You learn more about a nation's modern politics by reading their history textbooks than anything else," he said.

At a March 31-April 2 history conference in Charleston, S.C., Ward witnessed historians arguing over the causes of the American Civil War.

"White southerners said slavery had nothing to do with it and the African Americans who were there said slavery influenced everything, it was that important," said Ward. "Listening to them debate, you heard more of a modern political debate going on, using historical facts and issues to get their points across."

Causes of the Civil War and other hotbutton issues have forced publishers to water-down our nation's stories, Ward said. Still, politically motivated distortions creep into textbooks. The "Our Virginia: Past and Present" textbook, currently in use, includes an assertion that thousands of African-Americans fought as Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. This is an echo of the "happy slaves" thesis found in some textbooks well into the 1960s, according to Ward.

Mainstream historians reject the notion that slaves fought for the Confederacy. A leading rebel politician, Howell Cobb, articulated the chief objection: "If slaves seem good soldiers, then our whole theory of slavery is wrong."

Historical myths and misconceptions are partly a product of the American educational system. A couple generations ago many citizens received their last dose of history in grades five and six. Even today, limited exposure to history education results in some civic illiteracy, Ward said.

"It's likely that 90 percent of the American population has finished formally studying history and civics when they're 18 years old," he said. "And, so, what they did or didn't get at that level really shapes their viewpoints."

The author of "History Lessons," (2006) "History in the Making" (2007) and "Not Written in Stone" (2010) tells his students they are the antidotes to bland and biased textbooks. The social studies teacher's job is to provide alternative viewpoints, supplementary texts and myth-busting facts, he said.

"Everybody just assumes history is written in stone, that the one story they've heard is the one and only perspective, the only interpretation. My students at both levels, high school and college, think the textbook is always right," said Ward. "The textbook isn't always right, because if you would have read the same story 100 years ago, the authors would have said something completely different."

Story and Photographs By Jeff Wood '81 '87 '95

You say Charanga, I say Pachanga

If a crime scene investigator were to dust the Stearns County Pachanga Society for fingerprints, St. Cloud State University would be in big trouble.

That's because nine of the members who comprise the musical group have studied at the University, including seven degree-holders. Interestingly, none of those degrees are in music.

The leader and founder of the group, Michael Hasbrouck '87 '88, studied Spanish, French and education while a student more than he played his guitar and he studied abroad in Spain. Today, Hasbrouck is a Spanish professor and the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. He plays alongside keyboardist, Jim Feia '85, who studied abroad in Alnwick, England and bass player, Jim Bjorklun '91, who studied in Ingolstadt, Germany.

"We all have a really strong interest in other cultures and world music," said Hasbrouck, who had the vision for the group, which began performing in June 2002. He had to convince many of the other musicians that a group playing Latin music would be successful, including his younger brother, Mark, one of Central Minnesota's best guitarists and original songwriters.

While he was studying various Spanish-speaking cultures, Hasbrouck realized what a big part of life music played. Those cultures "had a vast knowledge of American and English music," he said. But the reverse didn't exist. "Here, there was little to no knowledge of Hispanic musical traditions and rhythms.

"My brother was skeptical at first, but then his other band broke up." That other band, the Surahoolies, was in its own way a world music trendsetter, playing original rock but with a distinct African and Celtic influence.

Michael Hasbrouck and his brothers were influenced by their time growing up in Marshall, Minn., where their mother, Barb worked at the Campus Religious Center of the then brand new Southwest Minnesota State College. The only African-American people in the community at the time were attending the university and many of them began to regularly spend time in the Hasbrouck household. Those young men became important musical and cultural influences for the younger Hasbroucks by giving them 45s from R&B and Soul artists like Sly and the Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield and playing informal jam sessions in the family's living room.

By the way, the Hasbrouck brothers' father, Tom '57, also graduated from St. Cloud State.

Initially, Michael Hasbrouck wanted to name of his band to be the Charanga Society, which in Spanish loosely translates to a group of friends who get together and play music at local fiestas for fun rather than money. But when he said the word to a Costa Rican friend while Hasbrouck was directing a St. Cloud State study-abroad program, that person thought Hasbrouck said Pachanga, which translates to "big rowdy party."

The first gigs the group performed were experimental because it had no idea whether or not the central Minnesota music scene would support the group's Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Only five band members existed and they barely had enough material to cover the first three-hour performance. With the help of some key articles in the St. Cloud Times, the crowds grew quickly and by the third week they were packing the house and the dance floor at the Tavern on Germain/Rox in downtown St. Cloud. With that early success the band quickly grew to nine members.

Because the group started small with the desire to make audience participation a key part of its performance the band members would hand out maracas, tambourines, guiros and other hand-percussion instruments to audience members to join in on the festivities.

But because many of their early gigs were in bars, patrons would often imbibe a bit too heavily and have a tendency to break the instruments. "We probably went through $300 in wrecked instruments in the first three months" Hasbrouck said. "I thought people would like to participate in the music, and they did, but it got out of hand."

Eventually, group members became better able to tell which patrons might be rowdy and those who were likely to take better care of the instruments. And, eventually their shows left the barrooms and started entering other venues, such as music and art festivals throughout the state, and theaters like St. Cloud's Pioneer Place on Fifth.

{ Web extra } For more information on Pachanga Society and events and schedules

Story By Mike Nistler '79 | Photograph by Neil Andersen '96

Husky Sports

Senior pioneers baseball broadcasts

Mass Communications seniors are not required to do a capstone project, such as a senior thesis.

That didn't deter Nick Lenz, a broadcasting major from Lake Crystal.

Lenz helped University Television System (UTVS) expand its broadcasts to include baseball games.

Lenz' senior thesis, as it were, was producing and anchoring 18 broadcasts that helped chronicle the 43-11 Husky Baseball season. St. Cloud State bowed out of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament on May 23.

"He (Lenz) was just golden on the mic," said Pat Dolan '92, head baseball coach. "To have our games on TV and those videos on YouTube has been a huge shot in the arm for our program."

The broadcasts were seen on Charter cable channel 21 and streamed to the Internet via the campus television station's utvs. com website. Highlight and interview clips posted to the Husky Athletics website and YouTube helped fans, friends and family experience games they couldn't attend, according to Tom Nelson, assistant director of athletic media relations.

One video clip earned Husky Diamond national acclaim. It showed a Winona State University base runner being duped into advancing to third base, where a waiting Jordan Smith tagged him with a hidden ball. The April 9 clip was picked up by ESPN SportsCenter.

The Husky Diamond crew varied from broadcast to broadcast. Among the regulars:

  • Douglas Fish, Crystal senior and UTVS program director, camera operator
  • Wesley Beskar, Eagan senior, engineer
  • Derick Snell, director of baseball operations, color commentary
  • Derrick Silvestri '06, TV studio manager, studio support
  • Joel Larsen '10, Morris graduate student, director

Larsen's directing wizardry peaked at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament games in Mankato. For four games he punched up the broadcast feed while simultaneously joy-sticking two remotecontrol cameras.

"No one expected Husky Diamond to be what it was in its first year," said Lenz. "I don't think it could have gone better."

The baseball team returns next year with another powerhouse lineup and a stable of outstanding young pitchers. Lenz, however, is slated to graduate in December.

With a WCCO television internship under his belt, Lenz is pursuing an ESPN internship and a career in sports broadcasting. View his portfolio at nicklenz.com.

Said Nelson: "There are students who will pick up the torch Nick lit and keep Husky Diamond going."

{ Web extra } View the Husky Diamond clip viewed 'round the nation

STORY BY JEFF WOOD '81 '87 '95 | PHOTOGRAPHS by Neil Andersen '96 and COURTESY OF NICK LENZ

'Our Angel in the Outfield' Kelly Laas

A banner hangs over the right field fence of the Husky softball diamond at Selke Field. It reads "Our Angel in the Outfield." It honors the late senior right fielder Kelly Laas '11 who died March 2 in her home in Frankfort, Ill, following a year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

Laas began her softball career at St. Cloud State in 2008 and was an elementary education major. She posted a career .345 batting average and collected 123 hits in 116 games played in the Cardinal and Black.

"Kelly (Laas) truly touched many people's lives with her love for life and passion for the game of softball," said St. Cloud State head softball coach Paula U'Ren. "We will miss Kelly, her enthusiasm for life and her #9 on the softball field."

A memorial service for Kelly was held on Friday, April 22, at Newman Center on the edge of campus. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate Kelly's life.

"She (Laas) battled until the end," added U'Ren. "Her courage and strength were an inspiration and taught us all how precious each moment of life is. Kelly's beaming personality lit up a room and we are blessed to have her family (Mike, Denise, and Lindsey) as a part of our Husky program."

St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III attended the memorial and delivered a heart-felt speech to the Laas family. The president reflected on Kelly's optimism and resilience, her loyalty and passion for her team, her studies, her friends and family.

Following his meaningful message, Potter presented the Laas family with Kelly's diploma.

With heavy hearts, the Husky softball program has promoted ovarian cancer awareness and raised nearly $3,000 in the past year with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society in Kelly Laas' name.

Visitors to Selke Field will forever see Kelly Laas as "Our Angel in the Outfield."

STORY BY Celestine Frank Stang '03 '05

City of Loretto Press Secretary

The Husky baseball team stepped into the national media spotlight during the recently completed 2011 season. Although the Huskies put together another successful season on the field, the media's interest was focused on the unique story of senior second baseman and team captain Kent Koch.

A finance major in his final semester at St. Cloud State, Koch was elected mayor of his hometown of Loretto in November 2010. He began his first term as mayor in January 2011, which coincided with the start of the Huskies' first baseball practices for the spring season.

The rare combination of an active college student-athlete holding an elected position caught the attention of local, regional and national media. His first days in office and swearing-in-ceremony at Loretto were covered extensively by Twin Cities' television and radio stations and newspapers along with stories in all the St. Cloud area media outlets.

Koch's first nationwide exposure came with a live interview on ESPN2's First Take program and a feature story in the NCAA's Champion magazine. The hits just kept coming for Koch, who also had his story told on Yahoo. com, NCAA's On Campus, Baseball America, NCAA.com, and MLB.com, the Major League Baseball website. On radio, Koch was featured on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "Only A Game."

The Koch story even piqued the interest of the New York Times. Sports writer Bill Pennington travelled all the way from New York to St. Cloud to cover the story, which resulted in a major feature in the April 23 New York Times. The story proved to be one of the most viewed stories on the New York Times sports section's website that day, collecting more than nine million unique hits.

To get a full view of the impact of this story, just Google "Kent Koch Mayor," and be prepared to spend a good portion of time filtering through the countless media outlets, websites and blogs that have picked up on this amazing St. Cloud State story.

Story By Tom Nelson | Photographs by Neil Andersen '96

Record-setting season ends early

The Husky baseball team enjoyed another record-setting season in 2011. The Huskies posted a team record 43 wins (43-11) this spring, which included a first place finish at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament and a 26-6 regular season record in the always rugged NSIC.

Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Pat Dolan '92, the nationally ranked Huskies received their second consecutive bid to the NCAA Division II tournament and also earned the Central Region's No. 1 seed for postseason play. As the top seed, St. Cloud State hosted NCAA Division II Central Region play at Joe Faber Field and Dick Putz Field from May 19-24. This marked the first time in team history that the Huskies have hosted postseason NCAA tournament play.

On the field, St. Cloud State was led by sophomore third baseman Jordan Smith, Willmar, who batted .382 with 57 RBIs and 78 hits. Smith earned NSIC and Central Region Player of the Year honors for the Huskies and he is slated to play this summer in the elite Cape Cod League for Yarmouth-Dennis.

Other Huskies to earn All-NSIC and All-Region notice were sophomore pitcher Scott Lieser, Browerville, senior pitcher Ryne Schwenke, Sigourney, Iowa and sophomore shortstop Travis Cariveau, Sauk Rapids. First baseman Joey Benke was also named to the All-NSIC squad. The junior from Roseau holds career records for most RBIs (141) and most doubles (46).

On the topic of stats, the Huskies ranked among the nation's top 20 Division II teams for hits and team earned run average. The Huskies outscored opponents by a 401-165 margin this spring and the pitching staff charted a solid 2.83 ERA.

Story By Tom Nelson

Alumni News

Alumni Awards announced

Four distinguished members of the St. Cloud State University community were honored in April as Alumni Association Award recipients.

Valeria Silva '90, superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Minnesota's secondlargest school district educates more than 38,000 students each year.

Kevin Gohl '84 was awarded the Alumni Service Award. Gohl is a business services consultant, former adjunct faculty member and former board president for the St. Cloud State Alumni Association.

The Graduate of the Last Decade Award was presented to Joel "Vern" Stenman '00, general manager of the Madison Mallards. The Madison, Wisc., team plays in the Northwoods League, a summer baseball league for college players.

Elaine Leach, a retired professor of educational administration and leadership, received the University Leadership Award. For more than a decade, a scholarship endowed by Leach has helped fund the graduate studies of women pursuing administrative posts in education.

The Alumni Association Awards annually honor exceptional alumni, friends and employees of the University.

Named director

Cathy Mehelich '95 was named director of the St. Cloud Economic Development Association. The Sauk Centre native who earned her Bachelor of Arts in local and urban affairs at St. Cloud State lives in Becker with her husband and two children. Mehelich, who had been Elk River's director of economic development since 2000, beat out 61 other applicants. St. Cloud city leaders created the EDA last year to oversee job creation and retention. She began her new post on June 1.

Appointed chair of economics

Russ McCullough '93 has been appointed as the Wayne Angell Chair of Economics at Ottawa University. McCullough, who earned his bachelor's degree in economics, brings to Ottawa University a unique blend of success in both the academic and business worlds. As an entrepreneur, McCullough's ventures have included a construction company, a restaurant, a boutique hotel and an equestrian center. In the classroom, he has earned consistently high marks from students and colleagues throughout his 17 years of collegelevel instruction, and he has received numerous honors for his teaching excellence. McCullough earned his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. His research interests include public economics, international trade and finance and agricultural policy. His teaching experience includes stints at Iowa State University, Drake University and Simpson College.

Keynoter lauds education

Hao Nguyen '05, St. Cloud, gave the keynote address at the May 7 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration at the St. Cloud Public Library. Nguyen opened with a powerful poem about his mother, who shepherded her family out of Vietnam, protected them for two years in a refugee camp and then brought them to St. Cloud in 1978. An assistant city attorney for the city of St. Cloud, Nguyen argued that education helped transform him from a troubled teen into a successful public servant. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications, with a minor in criminal justice studies. His law degree is from Hamline University.

Prestigious award granted

Marsha A. Sovada '76, a U.S. Geological Survey wildlife biologist, earned a distinguished award from The Wildlife Society's North Dakota Chapter in recognition of her service to wildlife research and conservation.

The chapter's annual Professional Award is the highest honor given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward the aims of professional wildlife endeavors in North Dakota over the course of a career. The prestigious award was presented to Sovada at the Chapter's annual awards banquet held in Mandan, N.D.

Sovada is a classically trained field biologist and has worked at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, N.D. since 1979. Born and raised in St. Cloud, she received her bachelor's degree in biology from St. Cloud State University, master's degree in biology from the University of Idaho, and doctorate degree in zoology from North Dakota State University.

Sovada is recognized as one of North America's leading experts on foxes, having produced, with students and collaborators, a body of research that has greatly added to the understanding of the species. She also has conducted extensive studies of American White Pelicans at colonies in the northern Great Plains, which led to the discovery of West Nile virus as a major mortality factor of pelican chicks in the region.

During her 30-year career, she set new standards for work on predator ecology and predation management in North Dakota and the northern Great Plains and has written nearly 70 scientific papers, technical reports, chapters, and books on an array of wildlife species and topics.

The Wildlife Society is an international association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.

On the air

Emily Deem '09 is making good use of her broadcast journalism degree from St. Cloud State. She's a reporter on Good Day Wisconsin, the morning show for the FOX 11 affiliate in Green Bay, Wis. Besides reporting live from the field, Deem has filled in as the show's anchor. "Anchoring four hours of news is amazing," she said. "It's really been a growing experience." As a reporter Deem has covered events from county fairs to destruction caused by tornadoes. "The thing I love most about my job is that it's different every day. No matter what, I know I'm going to meet someone new and I always have a new story to tell."

Named president of T.G.I. Friday's USA

Anita (Corrigan) Phillips '79, Lewisville, Texas, was named president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's USA company-owned restaurants. Phillips held this role on an interim basis since November 2010 and will serve on the executive team. Phillips is responsible for leading and executing strategy across the 300 company-owned restaurants in the U.S. She has worked for the Minneapolisbased Carlson parent company for more than 20 years.

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