Olivia native Josh Jacobs is taking a swing at becoming a baseball bat manufacturer
From the President
Building blocks for the new University
This August St. Cloud State rededicated a beautifully renovated North Shoemaker, the original wing of a historic residence hall that since Normal School days has been home awayfrom home for thousands of students. While the $6.5 million project infused sleek technology and 21st century conveniences to North "Shoe," it retained the stately elegance of a 1915-built residence hall whose rooms still have hardwood floors and 11-foot ceilings.
Just as we are reintroducing a modernized North Shoemaker to campus, we are ready to reintroduce a reshaped and refocused St. Cloud State University to the world. And just as the renovation of North Shoe remained true to its heritage, St. Cloud State will move forward with pride not only in what we will be to future generations, but in all we have been to tens of thousands of successful graduates.
On the pages of this issue read about the deep and broad changes we are making, starting with our renewed commitment to ensuring that our students will receive a relevant, rigorous and well-rounded education. As we have worked through the process of assessing the changing needs of our students, we have responded with a new structure that reflects a focused academic identity.
Read about the two monumental construction projects that already are being called nothing short of gamechangers for our University, our community and our state.
Just underway is the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility – or ISELF – that will be the largest single construction project ever on our campus. The $45 million building will be the capstone for our science campus and make St. Cloud State the most important catalyst for science education and science-based business in our state.
ISELF will move St. Cloud State into the forefront of interdisciplinary education and the discovery of integrated solutions to complex practical problems. This building will be a model for the kind of environment we want for our students in the coming decades.
The National Hockey and Event Center project, with a $14 million first phase set for groundbreaking this year, will build in beauty and functionality to the National Hockey Center and will give the community a muchneeded arena for concerts and major presentations.
Nothing underscores the scale and range of the changes that are happening on our campus better than these two landmark projects. They represent community engagement, experiential learning and sustainability in their best sense. They represent our future.
With all these exciting changes, it is the perfect time for St. Cloud State to launch a rebranding campaign that will reintroduce our new University to the world with refreshed and refocused language and images. We will tell our story in a way that the traditions as well as the transitions that together comprise the new St. Cloud State will be fully understood. We will ensure that “Education for Life” will be more than a mere slogan or catchphrase … that the words represent a promise that we have kept and will continue to keep in new and better ways.
This is a special time for St. Cloud State, and a perfect time to reintroduce a refocused and reshaped St. Cloud State to the world.
From the President
Filmmakers with St. Cloud State ties won an award at the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project. The team One Last Shot won for best use of character in its film, “A Perfect Night.” All films in the competition were completed in two days. The winning film was directed by George Sirbasku ’06, and produced and written by Samuel Mueller ’04. The team includes current St. Cloud State staff Derrick Silvestri ’06, associate producer; Jim Bertram ’88, storyboard artist; and Justin Turkowski ’07, director’s assistant.
Also, working on the film from St. Cloud State:
And current students:
Breast cancer walk returns to campus
There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
To help honor them, St. Cloud State University will host the third annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K walk Saturday, Oct. 22, at Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse.
This year’s St. Cloud State honorary survivor is Ione Jacobs ’71, a longtime employee of the Student Health Services and a mother and grandmother. Jacobs, a two-year breast cancer survivor, believes that family, friends and co-workers helped her overcome the agony she endured as a cancer patient.
“For me, the fear of chemotherapy was greater than any pain I ever had, but I overcame this pain with support from people around me,” Jacobs said.
The walk is designed to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about reducing their cancer risk, and raise money to fund life-saving research and support programs.
“The outlook for breast cancer cure is much brighter today than it was several years ago,” Jacobs said. “Cancer awareness and research have made it possible for people like me to celebrate another birthday.”
For more info contact Corie Beckermann, the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chairperson, at email@example.com or (320) 308-4848. Online registration information is available at www.cancer.org/stridesonline.
University receives grant for pregnant students and young parents
The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded St. Cloud State University a $280,000 grant to address the needs of college-age pregnant and parenting young people.
Debra Carlson, director of the Lindgren Child Care Center on campus, said the money will be used in the Young Student Parent Support Initiative (YSPSI) for the period between Sept. 1, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2013.
College age young people are at high risk for unintended pregnancies, and unhealthy behaviors during pregnancy. They are at a crucial time in their lives for building their future through post secondary education, Carlson said.
The Minnesota Department of Health solicited proposals from institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or operate services for the target population of young student parents. The purpose of the YSPSI grant program is to enable institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or operate pregnant and parenting student services.
“With unique and successful support services currently in place, St. Cloud State University will be an example and leader for Minnesota higher education institutions in these efforts,” Carlson said.
University plays role in attracting business
When New York-based ePromos decided to open a sales office, it chose St. Cloud due in large part to St. Cloud State University, said Sheila Johnshoy, vice president for marketing.
“The work force was strong and talented,” said Johnshoy ’95, who graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in business management and international business. “We weren’t able to handle all of our leads. By opening an office in St. Cloud, it helped fix our capacity problems.”
ePromos Promotional Products, the fastest growing promotional products and logo merchandise distributor in the country, opened its second largest sales office in St. Cloud by hiring 18 people, including an inside sales, lead sales, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) sales representatives and sales assistants as well as marketing positions.
Johnshoy said ePromos CEO Jason Robbins believes strongly in two fundamentals: one is customer service and “wowing customers over the phone” and the other is to bring young people into the organization, let them learn and have an impact.
In St. Cloud, they saw a workforce that was well trained. St. Cloud bested cities in Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey, to name just a few, Johnshoy said.
“One of our criteria is that we wanted people who were articulate and the midwest is great for that. And St. Cloud is a mecca for call centers,” said Johnshoy who used to work for Fingerhut back in her college days.
Johnshoy said that the St. Cloud area is known for hard-working people. “We wanted people who had a strong work ethic.”
Johnshoy started hiring Minnesotans when she was working for ePromos in New York and company CEO Robbins was impressed.
We did our research and St. Cloud became our top option,” Robbins said. “I’ve been really impressed with the people from Minnesota — smart, with an incredible work ethic and great attitudes.”
Since opening the office in St. Cloud, Johnshoy said she has been greeted with open arms in the community, including a meeting with St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter, III.
And while currently ePromos only hires employees with sales experience, in the future they may hire graduates right out of college and even students, Johnshoy said.
“A part-time sales force works out well for students.”
Meanwhile, Johnshoy, loves being back in Minnesota.
“I’m the only executive on the team not in the executive office.” She gets to visit New York for a week every month or so for business.
It was imperative for her to be located in St. Cloud and she feels fortunate to be able to spend most of her time in Minnesota. She and her husband, Michael Johnshoy ’95 grew up in Starbuck.
Two serve with FDA
St. Cloud State students John Girard Griggs and Elijah Wreh worked in the Food and Drug Administation’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) as staff fellows this past summer.
Two summers ago Griggs, Minneapolis, was the first Regulatory Affairs graduate student to serve at the FDA, working in the Office of Compliance in the Division of Bioresearch Monitoring. Griggs’ second appointment was with the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics, Health Informatics Group.
Griggs encouraged Wreh to apply for a position with the CDRH. He was appointed to special projects in the Office of the Center Director.
Griggs plans to graduate in December 2011 while Wreh expects to graduate the following December. Both returned to Minneapolis in September to resume and complete the degree program.
Adrece Thighman-Nabe, associate director in the Office of Admissions, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Council on Black Minnesotans. Thighman-Nabe, who grew up in Minneapolis and earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in social responsibility from St. Cloud State, said she looks forward to bringing her experience, education and perspective as a higher education professional to this advisory group, the governor and state legislators. “I am honored to have this opportunity to have a voice on issues pertaining to African Americans in my home state,” she said. “It’s one thing to be educated, but it’s another to be asked to go back into your community and get involved. It feels good.” Thighman-Nabe began her career as a student working with residential life, then moved into a staff position with the Women’s Center before joining the Office of Admissions. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in racial issues and community studies and has led study-abroad groups to Laos, Thailand, South Africa and Alnwick, England. She serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Conference, is an original member of Community Anti-Racism Education initiative and is active in several community committees. She has been adviser to the Council of African American Students and was a keynote speaker for Today’s Women. She also has presented at national conferences on issues relating to recruitment and retention of students of color. Her appointment to the Council on Black Minnesotans is effective until Jan. 5, 2015.
Ruth Zietlow has been appointed interim dean of Learning Resources. As associate dean for Library Services at St. Cloud State for the past three years, she has been responsible for management and leadership of library services, including strategic and budget planning and personnel supervision and development. Prior to coming to St. Cloud State, Zietlow served as an associate professor and librarian for Metropolitan State University from 2002-08, with responsibilities for library services on the Metro State Minneapolis campus. She has a master of business administration degree from Metropolitan State, a master of library studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has completed graduate coursework and programs in international business and information systems at the University of St. Thomas. A national search for a permanent dean of Learning Resources will begin this fall.
Jane M. Olsen
Jane M. Olsen, founding director of the St. Cloud State Women’s Center, has been appointed as a non-attorney member to the Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Selection by Gov. Mark Dayton. Olsen, who is an adjunct faculty member who occasionally teaches in the Division of General Studies, Honors Program and in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education, is a member of the National Women’s Studies Association and serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium. The Seventh Judicial District covers the counties of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Ottertail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena. The Commission on Judicial Selection recruits and reviews judicial candidates for judgeship vacancies that occur within district courts and for openings that take place during the term of a judge on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. The Commission then puts forth three to five recommendations to the governor for consideration. Forty-nine members are appointed to the Commission – 27 by the Governor and 22 by the Supreme Court. Nine members serve in an at-large capacity while four serve in each judicial district.
Jim Bertram '88
University video producer Jim Bertram’s documentary film about the award-winning restoration of Riverview has garnered a national Telly award. Bertram was producer/director for the videotaped tour of the historic campus building and interview with renovation architect Ellen Luken of Luken Architects in the Twin Cities. Luken earned praise and statewide recognition for her careful attention to detail and incorporation of the rich history of the building in her work with Riverview, originally designed by architect Clarence Johnson in 1911 to be a laboratory school for St. Cloud Normal School education students and a neighborhood elementary school. “It was good to work with someone who was so passionate about the project,” Bertram said. To prepare and film the 18-minute documentary, shown during the Riverview open house in April 2010, Bertram and his team captured on video the significance and grandeur of St. Cloud State’s only campus building on the National Register of Historic Places. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards judges received more than 11,000 entries from 50 states and five continents. They honor the best television commercials and programs as well as the finest video and film productions. The coveted awards often are displayed at national video conferences alongside Emmys and Academy Awards.
Mumbi Mwangi, associate professor in Women’s Studies, was invited by the White House Office of Public Engagement to attend the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series in August. In addition to the White House session, participants in the series had an opportunity to visit an agency headquarters to engage in a more specific issue-based briefing. Mwangi’s expertise as a policy consultant is based on the training she received in the Policy Fellows Program at the Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota. Mwangi also recently launched the Journal of Global Gender Issues, a publication for works that offer global perspectives in exploring gender issues.
Construction on a traffic roundabout at the intersection of University Drive and Fifth Avenue South is expected to end in October. Construction began Aug. 1, nearly a month late due to the Minnesota state government shutdown.
For much of the summer, traffic on University Drive was reduced to one lane in each direction. The intersections of Fifth Avenue South and University Drive and Seventh Avenue South and University Drive were closed.
When completed, the University Drive roundabout will be one of a half-dozen in the St. Cloud area. Advocates cite simplicity, reduced crash severity and lower maintenance costs among the reasons the roundabout traffic-control strategy is becoming popular in Minnesota.
Grant to help increase awareness of, reduce suicides
St. Cloud State University has been awarded a three-year $305,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help raise awareness of at-risk students and reduce suicides.
“The grant is to help us pursue a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention with a focus on groups that are potentially the most vulnerable,” said John Eggers, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Cloud State. Veterans, students with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities and LGBT students are among them.
Eggers said training for students, faculty and staff will include several activities aimed at giving participants better tools to identify students who are at risk and helping them know how to talk to students and make referrals if needed.
“I like to describe it as increasing the University’s capacity to care about one another,” Eggers said.
Grant money will also be used toward marketing, messaging and reducing the stigma of depression and mental health struggles, Eggers said.
The grant will allow the university to hire a coordinator, said Rob Reff, assistant dean of students for Chemical Health and Outreach Programming. Training materials will provide resources for educating faculty and staff to become trainers, allowing for more widespread awareness.
There also will be a component that will allow for students to access materials online, Reff said. “This grant will help us enhance our services to those who might be vulnerable to suicide including those with mental and behavioral health problems,” he said. “We will focus on students struggling with high-risk substance use as well as those with depression and other mental health struggles which leave them at a higher risk for suicide.”
Digital resources in University archives
University Archives maintains the memory of St. Cloud State University by preserving records and publications. These materials, numbering six million pages, document the university’s development and serves as a source of information about its programs, people, policies and property.
To provide quick, reliable and convenient information, University Archives has a wide range of records online available on its website: lrts.stcloudstate.edu/library/special/archives.
This information includes:
St Cloud State part of Minnesota digital library
St. Cloud State University Archives also provides access to the story of the University through its collection in Minnesota Reflections (reflections.mndigital.org), the online database of the Minnesota Digital Library.
Included in this growing, statewide collection are:
In a special collection, University Archives and the Minnesota Digital Library made available letters written by noted Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis to his long-time love Marcella Powers. These 200+ letters, written from the early to the mid-1940s, capture not only his love of this young woman, but tell of his travels, writing and teaching for that six-year period. All have been transcribed and are fully searchable.
North Shoemaker renovation complete
Students living in the renovated north wing of Shoemaker Hall are enjoying 21st century conveniences in a charming, World War I era residence hall.
More than $6 million in renovations were completed in time for the Aug. 22 ceremony marking the opening of the revamped hall and the start of fall semester.
The ceremony featured remarks by President Earl H. Potter III; Dan Pedersen, director of Residential Life; and Ethan Hartgers, Wanamingo, president of the Residence Hall Association
North Shoemaker improvements include:
The remodeled lower level includes a technology center, multipurpose rooms, activity lounge and theater-style video room.
Safety upgrades include card-access entry and surveillance cameras.
Shoemaker Hall, built in 1915, is named for Waite A. Shoemaker, the university’s seventh president.
Leading the renovation team are JLG Architects, Alexandria, Terra General Contractors, Rogers, and the university departments of Residential Life and Facilities Management.
A dozen local subcontractors contributed to the renovations.
Each academic year St. Cloud State has more than 3,500 students living and learning in 10 residential communities.
Grant to fund scholarships
The J.A. Wedum Foundation has presented St. Cloud State University with $116,000 to fund student scholarships.
Coborn Plaza, which includes the St. Cloud State Welcome Center and Coborn Plaza apartments – the university’s newest residential student housing – is owned by the Minneapolis-based foundation. The Wedum Foundation also has developed senior and student housing in Minnesota communities such as Buffalo, Rochester, Minneapolis, Fridley and Mankato. Jay Portz ’91, the foundation’s president, presented the check to St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III.
“The J.A. Wedum Foundation is a family enterprise and has strong ties to education and to St. Cloud State,” Portz said. “We are contributing net revenues from the property for the first year of operation.”
Coborn Plaza opened in August 2010. St. Cloud State leases the apartment space and in turn rents the units to students. As part of the lease arrangement, Wedum has agreed to contribute approximately half of the net revenue for scholarships, said Craig Wruck, vice president for University Advancement.
“The Wedum Foundation has strong roots in central Minnesota and a passion for partnerships with education,” Wruck said. “This arrangement has allowed us to provide state of the art facilities and services to our students.”
Lalit Bhatta and Cheng Yuan, St. Cloud State students and members of the Central Minnesota APICS (Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success) student chapter, were awarded first place honors in the Charles K. “Chuck” Nelson graduate paper competition this year. APICS is the international Operations and Supply Chain Management educational society that consists of professionals, educators and students from the United States and other countries. Bhatta and Yuan contended against many of the top schools in the United States and Mexico. They won a cash prize of $500 for their supply chain paper on “RFID applications in small businesses.”
Like a flash of lightning, the blue-green streak of a wooden bat lines a ball into the outfield. The crowd, rising to its collective feet, lets out a cheer. All eyes are on the player as he rounds first base, with the exception of a solitary set. Josh Jacobs looks on, like a concerned parent, watching the player’s bat as it carelessly rolls in the dirt.
Most observers wouldn’t think twice about the health of an inanimate wooden stick, but the St. Cloud State junior has a special interest in the baseball bat. It’s his. Well, it was his.
Since high school, Jacobs has been crafting custom bats for players on his hometown Bird Island Bullfrogs, a Minnesota amateur baseball team. He got the notion to make bats on his parents’ lathe after watching a bat-making program on PBS with his father Tom.
“I said, ‘I can do that,’” Jacobs recalled. “So my dad and I started trying to make a bat.”
“First, we tried to glue together a few boards with different types of wood,” the Olivia, Minn., native said.
“By word of mouth, people started to take interest and wanted to know if I could make them a bat.”
Soon, JJ Bats was born.
“He asked if he could make me some bats,” said Mike Nagel, a local optometrist, who helped found the Olivia Pilots (now Bird Island Bullfrogs) in 1990. “He used me as a guinea pig. I told him what we wanted, and we have bought one- or two-dozen bats since.”
Jacobs said the first incarnations of his bats were pretty durable, until one broke in its first few plate appearances.
“It broke on like the second swing,” Jacobs remembered.
“I felt really bad and gave the guy his money back.”
After that, Jacobs researched how larger companies make professional grade bats. Instead of gluing together Ash wood boards with Gorilla Glue, he crafts the bat from a single log of Pennsylvania maplewood. He orders the wooden cylinders online from Max Bats, a bat-making company that lists Major League Baseball players on its client list. Jacobs inspects every piece of wood to make sure there are no knots or other defects that will weaken the wood. On his father’s farm, he hand lathes every bat. Now, the bats are almost too durable.
“I’ve hurt business by making bats that last too long,” Jacobs joked.
Traditionally using wood bats in amateur baseball is part of the aura and appeal, but a team can break four or five bats in a single game. For amateur ball players, who pay for their own bats, durability of wood is a greatly appreciated commodity.
“It’s tough when guys have to blow about a day’s paycheck on a bat,” said Nagel, who doubles as a player-coach. “The nice thing about his bats is they last longer than anything we’ve used.”
A custom-made bat is designed to specific weight, length and handle. It can include as much or little detail as the client desires. Many request their name burned into the Young entrepreneur Josh Jacobs creates a baseball bat on a lathe. wood and some want a custom paint job. For that, Jacobs gets help from his mother Sheila, a local Olivia artist whose main medium is stained glass.
Nagel said Jacobs has inherited a lot of his mom’s artistic talent and readily applies it to his craft. “Some of the guys like the natural look and some like to paint the team’s color. Josh will do whatever you want, and he wants them to be absolutely perfect.”
Josh and his mom teamed up for his biggest job: A 10-foot bat built for the 2010 Minnesota Amateur Baseball Tournament at Lion’s Memorial Park, Bird Island’s stadium. The bat still casts a shadow outside of the park, despite a recent storm that flattened the park’s west dugout.
“He was nice enough to build this big bat, which is a cool nuance to our field,” Nagel said.
Jacobs is studying business management at St. Cloud State and is learning how to expand the presence of JJ Bats.
“I’m trying to figure out if I want to try to make this into a full-time business,” Jacobs said.
Regardless of whether or not Jacobs tries to make custom bats a major league hit, there are some hometown heroes who will stay loyal to Jacobs’ bats.
“We’ll probably order six more 32 or 33 ounce bats for next season,” Nagel said. “Hopefully, with JJ Bats we’ll be on our way to making it back to the state tourney.”
Fabulous frozen future
The Huskies will join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (The National), an NCAA Division I conference that begins play in 2013-14 season.
Among the members of The National will be the preseason No. 1 Miami University, defending national champion University of Minnesota Duluth and two schools with a combined 14 national titles – Denver University and University of North Dakota.
Speaking at a media conference in the University’s Welcome Center, President Earl H. Potter III said quiet conversations between the founding schools and St. Cloud State revealed a match between the conference’s core principles and St. Cloud State’s values, commitments and competitive success.
The National is focused on winning programs, a high level of play, a university strategy that recognizes hockey as a premiere sport and a commitment to the student part of the student-athlete, according to Potter. “In the end, after serious study, it was the only decision that seemed right for us,” Potter said.
Completing The National’s eightteam roster will be Colorado College and University of Nebraska-Omaha from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Western Michigan University from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Departing the WCHA in 2013 for the Big Ten conference are the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Potter said he communicated directly with Bruce McLeod, WCHA commissioner, that men’s hockey will withdraw at the end of the 2012-13 season. The WCHA has been the Huskies’ conference home since 1990.
Also at the media conference were Brian Faison, spokesman for The National, and Bob Motzko ’89, head coach of the Huskies.
“We’re very excited and honored, frankly, to have St. Cloud as a partner,” said Faison, who is the North Dakota athletic director.
“We know that our university is on the verge of going great places right now,” said Motzko.
Since 2000, St. Cloud State men’s hockey has ranked among the nation’s premier programs, with six All-Americans, seven NCAA playoff bids and seven WCHA Final Five playoff bids.
In that same time period the Huskies had three Hobey Baker Top 10 finalists. The Hobey Baker Award is the Division I men’s hockey equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
In 2001, the Craig Dahl coached Huskies won a WCHA Final Five championship.
The women’s hockey team will remain in the WCHA.
Conference move will aid arena project
Joining The National will improve the fundraising landscape as university officials seek sponsors and donors for the $31.1 million renovation and expansion of the National Hockey Center.
The project, which could break ground this fall, will transform the aging two-rink arena into a top-notch hockey venue and regional event center.
"Having relationships with hockey powers like UND , Denver, Miami and Duluth is enormously exciting to friends of the University and the regional business community," said Craig Wruck, vice president for university advancement.
Education for Life - Reorganized University launches new branding campaign
“The Education for Life tagline communicates partnership. It underscores the university’s dedication to providing students with an education that goes well beyond the classroom.” Damien Navarro
“The Education for Life tagline communicates partnership. It underscores the university’s dedication to providing students with an education that goes well beyond the classroom.”
The quiet giant is evolving into the “new university.”
“Make no mistake. This is not the same university. We are reshaped and refocused. So much has changed, in fact, that we have a new story to tell,” President Earl H. Potter III told employees and students gathered Aug. 16 in Ritsche Auditorium for the start of the 2011-12 school year.
Potter unveiled the Education for Life branding campaign that promises to close the gap between external perceptions and on-campus realities.
“Unfortunately, our reputation — our brand — is not as good as we truly are,” said Potter. “We must do a better job of telling our story. We have not been ready to do that. We were unfocused and not sure of our way. With all of the work that we have done in the last four years and the work that is now underway, we are ready now to transform our story to match the reality of a St. Cloud State education.”
The multi-pronged storytelling effort will focus particularly on the benefits of reorganized academic offerings. More than 30 programs have been eliminated. Others have been expanded, downsized and restructured. Scattered academic offerings have been gathered together in new structures such as the School of Health & Human Services.
The Education for Life campaign is being developed with the input of stakeholders and the marketing communication expertise of Earthbound Media Group (EMG), Irvine, Calif.
“Many refer to us as a quiet giant, that we’re hiding our light under a basket, so to speak,” Potter said.
The basket is being lifted. The first blast of light is the nearly 40 refreshed stcloudstate.edu website pages launched in August.
“The new front page is more focused,” said Loren Boone, assistant vice president of marketing and communication. “We’re delivering fewer stories, but the method for delivering those stories is more compelling. The result will be more and deeper engagement.”
In coming months social media, billboards, recruiting materials, print advertisements and more will laud the new university’s strengths and describe academic systems committed to cross disciplinary teaching and learning.
A larger website redesign is expected in 2012.
Education for life - Academic reorganization helps define future
We prepare our students for life, work and citizenship in the twenty-first century
We prepare our students for life, work and citizenship in the twenty-first century
“We are not a research school.”
“We are not a community or technical college.” Too often in the past universities – including St. Cloud State – have been defined by what they are not rather than by what they represent, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Devinder Malhotra.
Through a four-year process of strategic program appraisal and reorganization, St. Cloud State has been refocused and restructured to move forward with a stronger identity. A new mission statement more clearly defines the university’s goals: “We prepare our students for life, work and citizenship in the twenty-first century.”
Academic units have a new, more nimble structure that will produce graduates who are better prepared to enter an ever-changing world. Their identity is centered around four attributes – elements that the University has determined should be part of a St. Cloud State education. They are: active and applied learning, community engagement, global and cultural understanding, and sustainability.
“Our new covenant is that our graduates will exhibit these traits and they will be good stewards … well engaged contributors to society,” Malhotra said. “That will hold true whether students graduate with degrees in mechanical engineering, music, economics or health. They will all exhibit the same traits.”
In creating this new framework, university leaders were guided by three elements:
“As a campus we asked ourselves this question: ‘What kind of structure would help us achieve these goals?’” Malhotra said. It was being asked during a time when resources were declining. And while those cuts accelerated the planning process, they did not define it, Malhotra said.
What came to fruition was an organizational model that would deliver an applied curricular structure that has a solid foundation in liberal arts and science.
“We will produce not only a competent engineer but a well-educated, competent engineer,” Malhotra said.
The new university “prepares students more broadly,” said Lisa Foss, associate vice president and associate provost in the Office of Strategy, Planning & Effectiveness. “What does it mean for students? It’s more about building a base of knowledge. It helps them become critical thinkers and problem solvers.”
Malhotra said the new organization was structured around schools. These schools are aimed at professions that are becoming more relevant and important. The new School of Health and Human Services is a prime example. That school is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful and productive in health care and human service careers.
The School of Health & Human Services is bringing departments and programs from four different colleges into a new structure,” said Monica Devers, interim dean. While the school is new the departments and programs are well established and have distinguished track records in teaching, research, and community partnerships.
“This is an exciting place to be,” Devers said. “This new structure will allow faculty to expand on their work in the classroom and in the community and offers the potential for interdisciplinary work and enhancing community partnerships. Community engagement is a critical component of the work in all of the programs in the school. Importantly, it will allow students to gain a deeper and broader perspective of their discipline and its relationship to related disciplines.”
Devers and others are quick to point out that the reorganization isn’t over, but just beginning. “In our inaugural year, faculty, staff and students will discuss this new structure and work on defining who we and develop a plan for who we want to be,” Devers said, alluding to the fact that in today’s learning environment, universities must prepare students for jobs that didn’t exist 10 to 15 years ago – not to mention for jobs yet to be created. Engagement with our community partners will be critical at all steps of this process.
Education for life - New academic leadership
Herberger Business School (HBS)
School of Education (SOE)
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and its embedded School of the Arts (SOA)
School of the Arts includes:
School of Health & Human Services (SHHS)
College of Science & Engineering (COSE) and its embedded School of Computing, Engineering & Environment (SCEE)
School of Computing, Engineering & Environment includes:
School of Public Affairs (SPA)
Education for life - Changing view
Exhibit chronicles growth of St. Cloud State campus
A Changing View of SCSU, an exhibit created by St. Cloud State graduate student Marissa Bialek, is now up and available for viewing at University Archives and online at lrts.stcloudstate.edu/library/special/archives/documents/ChangingViewofSCSU.pdf
Created as a student project last academic year, the exhibit offers insight into how the campus was transformed from a single purpose teacher’s training school into a full-fledged university during a short yet dynamic period of time. The project narrates the rapid physical expansion of the campus that occurred throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and explores the various consequences that these changes held for the school and the surrounding community.
The exhibit incorporates research conducted at University Archives and the Miller Center to tell the story of the changing view of St. Cloud State.
ISELF: Cutting edge science/engineering facility under construction
The $45 million science and engineering building under construction west of the Wick Science Building will put St. Cloud State at the vanguard of the interdisciplinary research movement in higher education.
The Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, or ISELF, will open for classes and research in fall of 2013.
“ISELF will move St. Cloud State into the forefront of interdisciplinary education and the discovery of integrated solutions to complex practical problems,”said President Earl H. Potter III.
The university has spent $2.5-million planning ISELF, including $900,000 from the 2008 Legislature and $1.6-million in savings from the 2009 Brown Hall renovation. The 2011 Legislature appropriated about $42.3 million through the capital bond process.
The 100,000 square-foot research and teaching facility will be at Eighth Street South and Second Avenue on the site of the 801 Building. Classrooms and labs are slated to serve mostly upper-level and graduate-level science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology and radiology classes.
Research in ISELF will support Minnesota companies that are global leaders in medical devices, pharma/biologics, animal science, bio-agriculture and renewable energy. St. Cloud State faculty and students will be able to do more collaborative research with businesses and earn more National Science Foundation grants, said David DeGroote, dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
“ISELF is about putting people in the same physical space to interact and collaborate around projects that are crossdisciplinary,” DeGroote said. “That’s how work gets done in the real world.”
"ISELF is about putting people in the same physical space to interact and collaborate around projects that are cross-disciplinary."
- David DeGroote
The building’s large, flexible spaces, with movable benches and cabinetry, will promote collaboration and break down barriers among academic disciplines, according to DeGroote.
The facility is also a response to rising enrollment in 10 science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors. Those majors saw enrollments jump from 749 to 1,032 between fall 2006 and fall 2010, according research by the university’s Office of Strategy, Planning & Effectiveness.
ISELF is the crown jewel in St. Cloud State’s three-part Science Initiative, which includes the $14.5-million addition to the Robert H. Wick Science Building and the $13.6-million renovation of Brown Hall, both completed in 2009.
From start to finish, the ISELF project received unwavering support from St. Cloud area legislators, according to Potter.
Potter said he is thankful for the support of alumni such as Joel Goergen ’86, former chief scientist at Force Ten Networks in San Jose, Calif., and business partners including Medtronic in Fridley and MicroBioLogics, Inc. in St. Cloud.
University officials developed ISELF in partnership with Vice Chancellor Laura King and the staff at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in St. Paul.
ISELF was designed by Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects, St. Paul. The construction manager at-risk is St. Paul-based McGough.
The $531 million bonding bill signed in July by Gov. Mark Dayton sells state bonds to fund capital improvements, including ISELF.
Campus construction will aid local economy
Construction at St. Cloud State is delivering a much needed shot-in-the-arm to the Central Minnesota economy.
A $6.5 million residence hall renovation completed in August,a $44.8 million science and engineering building just breaking ground, and a planned $31.1 million hockey center expansion and renovation create an economic multiplier effect that is boosting investment, consumer spending and employment, according to university officials.
The St. Cloud area is in a fragile recovery from the recession that began locally in the fall of 2008, according to the authors of the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report, professors Rich MacDonald and King Banaian.
The construction sector in Stearns and Benton counties remains depressed. St. Cloud State economists Banaian and MacDonald report a 7 percent decline in construction employment between April 2010 and April 2011.
The largest of the campus construction projects, the $44.8 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), is slated to sustain 900-950 on-site jobs through early 2013, according to Dan McKay of McGough, the St. Paul-based construction manager at-risk.
In addition, ISELF is expected to directly support nearly 320 off-site jobs and indirectly impact another 150 off-site jobs, McKay said.
The smallest project, the recently completed $6.5 million renovation of the north wing of the Shoemaker residence hall, employed a Rogers general contractor and a dozen subcontractors from the St. Cloud area, according to Dan Pedersen, director of residential life.
Geography of wine
NO WHINING ABOUT THIS CLASS
At first blush you might think that a college course titled The Geography of Wine was this generation’s Basket Weaving 101.
You would be wrong.
St. Cloud State University Geography Professor Gareth John has fashioned a compelling course on the topic after reading a book by the same name and asking himself, “How can I teach something like this?”
The course was introduced two years ago and taught again this past summer. John hopes to teach it again as early as summer 2012.
The class has drawn an interesting cross-section of students, including those passionate about wine and those who know very little but want to learn more. Others who take the course are more interested in the wine tourism business, which is becoming huge in Minnesota as well as other regions where grape growing has become fashionable. One of the students from the first class has gone on to the University of Minnesota to acquire his master’s degree in plant biology and become a grape breeder.
In 1993, John said, Minnesota had three wineries. Today, that number is more than 40 and grows every year. And the number of vineyards is even greater: More than 1,500 acres are planted with grapes.
“All levels of geography can be used in teaching this course,” John said. For instance physical geography plays a role as climate and soil are two large factors that determine where the best grape growing areas are located.
It is generally acknowledged that the best grape-growing region in Minnesota is the southeastern portion of the state in part because the soil along the Mississippi River Valley was never touched by glaciers. But there are exceptions. One is in the area just south of Kimball where the Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery is located. Vineyards such as this with gravelly soils and sloping hills are preferable, John said.
John’s class tour of the Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery was led by owner John Millner. He gave them an up-close look at the operation and the intricacies of growing grapes for making wine.
Politics even come into play in learning about wines. While Europeans may feel that the best wines come from their vineyards, but try telling that to the folks who operated vineyards in Napa Valley. And Californians hardly acknowledge Minnesota wineries, John said.
With wine being the fastest growing beverage in the United States, the class is also very timely. And the Minnesota Grape Growers Association is one of the fastest growing in the world.
Minnesota is starting to be competitive at grape growing with other regions in the world that have similar climates. There are now four different varieties of grapes being sold to growers. The University of Minnesota is considered one of the top wine grape programs in the U.S. with a goal to develop high quality, cold hardy and disease resistant grapes.
And with thousands of Baby Boomers retiring, John expects the number of vineyards and wineries in Minnesota to keep growing as more retirees with disposable incomes enter the business.
Another factor may also lead to Minnesota becoming more of a player in the wine industry — climate. “With climate change, 50 years from now, winters may not be as harsh,” John said.
Wine growers in Europe are already anticipating those changes, with many purchasing land in locales that they speculate will be ideal for grape growing.
“In the wine world, climate change isn’t something that will happen; it has happened,” John said.
One of the students who took the course from John this past summer was Tim Johnson, a mass communications major with a minor in geography.
“I took the class as a geography elective,” Johnson said. “Wine is a great tool to teach geographical concepts. We learned about the wine making process from spring blooms to bottling and everything in between.”
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Tina Gust
Tina Gust ’97
Gust is a lifelong friend and supporter of Husky Athletics, a love born and nurtured as she honed her skills Saturday mornings in the Husky Hot Shot program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State and her master’s degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University. She joined the Minor League Baseball staff in June 1998 as an assistant in the Licensing Department, was promoted to assistant director, then associate director and in 2008 director of licensing. In January 2011 she became the first female vice president in the 109-year history of the Minor League Baseball office when she was named vice president for business development.
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Charlie Basch
Charlie Basch ’50 ’65
Longtime St. Cloud State coach and instructor Basch served the University from 1968-91. He was head hockey coach until 1984, and was an assistant football coach for 10 years. He coached seven hockey All- Americans including two-time All-Americans Pat Sullivan and Dave Reichel. In 1979-80 the Huskies posted a 20-9-1 record and advanced to the NCAA DII-III Western Division Playoffs. St. Cloud State returned to the Western Division II Playoffs in 1980-81 with a 19-11-1 record. Basch was among a group of college hockey coaches who formed the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association in 1981-82 which further promoted the college game at the Division II and III level.
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - David Linehan
David Linehan ’67
Linehan was a four-year varsity starter on the St. Cloud State men’s basketball team from 1962 to 1966. A team co-captain his junior and senior years, he helped lead the Huskies to four NIC Championships. He was named the top forward in the NIC, was a two-time All- Conference selection and was named an Honorable Mention All-American. Linehan scored 30 points as a freshman in his first varsity starting role and went on to average 26.4 points his rookie season. The Huskies won their first NAIA District 13 title in 1962 and returned to the NAIA finals in 1966. Linehan set the career field goal shooting percentage mark in 1966 and ranks fourth on the career chart with a .566 field goal percentage (220-387).
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Jack Haddorff
Jack Haddorff ’63 ’68
Haddorff competed in basketball and track for the Huskies in the early 1960s. He was a member of two Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) championship basketball teams in 1962 and 1963 and was a team captain in 1963. Twice he was named All-Conference and in 1962 was named a Basketball Regional Little All-American. A point guard, Haddorff left St. Cloud State as the career assist leader. He was a member of the 1962 track team. He returned to St. Cloud State in 1968 and served as an assistant basketball coach and head tennis coach, winning two conference championships in each sport. He went on to coach basketball at the University of Minnesota, Morris from 1970-74 and was named the NIC Coach of the Year in 1974. Haddorff also spent 25 years as a United Methodist Minister.
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Toni Jameson
Toni Jameson Hall ’90 ’94
Jameson was a standout athlete in basketball and track and field from 1986-90. An outstanding rebounder, Jameson was a four-year starter in basketball, appearing in every game. A three-time All-Northern Central Conference (NCC), including two first-team honors, Jameson held the career record in league rebounds with 577. She led the NCC in rebounding in 1990 averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. She was named to the NCAA Division II North Central Region All-Tournament team in 1989 and in 1990 was named a Second Team American Women’s Sports Federation All-American and to the WBCA Kodak All-District team. Jameson played in 115 games during her career, scored 1,573 points and pulled down 1,046 rebounds. She ranks ninth on the all-time career scoring chart and is third in career rebounds. She ranks in the top 10 chart in career field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, assists and steals. During her career the Huskies won its first NCC women’s title, played in four NCAA North Central Region Tournaments and one NCAA quarterfinal game and posted an 83-32 overall record. Jameson landed on the United States Team Handball team that posted three national titles. She made the 1996 Olympic team that finished eighth.
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Michelle Lechner
Michelle Lechner ’00
Lechner was a two-sport athlete competing in softball from 1995-99 and tennis during the 1999-2000 season. A four-year starter in softball, Lechner posted a career batting average of .380, striking out only 18 times in 534 at-bats. She also had a .993 fielding percentage during her career. Lechner was named to two All-Conference, two All-Region and two Academic All-American teams. She also earned North Central Region All-Tournament team honors in 1999. She was a member of the 1998 NCC Championship softball team and was named the St. Cloud State Female Athlete of the Year in 1999. When she completed her softball career Lechner held career records for hits with 208, singles with 182 and batting average of .381. She also held the single season record for singles with 62. Lechner played in 190 career games and in 1998 batted her career high .425. The Huskies won 142 games during her career, including a then-record 44 wins during the 1999 season. In tennis she was the NCC runner-up at No. four singles and No. one doubles for the Huskies who finished second in the conference in 2001. She posted a 20-8 singles record and shared the single season record for wins with 44. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State and was a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Athletic Hall of Fame adds seven in 2011 - Simona Samuelson
Simona Samuelson ’92
Samuelson played on three straight NCAA Division II North Central Region Basketball Tournament teams during her career that lasted from 1987-91. The Huskies won the 1989 NCC title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinal round. Samuelson was a two-time All-NCC team choice including first team honors in 1990. In 1991 she earned Kodak Honorable Mention All-American honors. Samuelson led the NCC in blocked shots in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and in 1991 had an NCC record-setting 50 blocks, a record that stood until 1995. She also set an NCC record for best field goal percentage for a sophomore in 1989 with a .641 (66-103) mark. During her career she set a school record for most blocks in a game with 10, a record she still holds, and most blocked shots in a career with 285. She scored 1,291 career points, which ranks 17th all-time at St. Cloud State, and is 12th all-time with 680 rebounds. She still ranks among the top players in field goal percentage, free throws made and free throw attempts. In 1992 she competed on the track and field team winning the NCC outdoor championships in the discus and the shot put. She earned All- American honors in both events placing second at the NCAA Championships in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
Rewards of being a husky
Carl (Bill) Liedman ’69 and his wife, Barb, were Grand Marshals for the annual Kimball Days celebration in August. A native of Litchfield, Liedman taught for more than 30 years. He also was a scoutmaster for 34 years helping 11 young men become Eagle Scouts. He retired after 21 years as a volunteer firefighter. He was a founding member and 15-year president of the Kimball Golf Club as well as a past president of the Ducks Unlimited chapter in Kimball.
Mary Steffes ’72 was named the Federal Civil Servant of the Year by the Federal Executive Board (FEB) at its award program and luncheon at the Crown Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. Steffes is the primary adviser to the district manager with the Social Security Administration in St. Cloud. The award honors federal employees who have demonstrated outstanding performances on the job and/or within the community on a sustained basis.
Two hired by business magazine
Two graduates of St. Cloud State University’s Department of Mass Communications who graduated 28 years apart have been hired in the top two editorial positions at Minnesota Business magazine.
Sheri O’Meara ’83 has been named editor in chief and Dana Johnson ‘11 assistant editor at Minnesota Business, published by Tiger Oak Publications, Minneapolis.
O’Meara graduated with a bachelor of science in mass communications and an emphasis in public relations and advertising. She most recently served as editor of a variety of trade, consumer and custom publications, including Minnesota Meetings + Events, Format Magazine, Sun Country Airlines’ in-flight magazine and WF Vision. She is author or co-author of four books in The Minnesota Series, including: “Storms!,” “Storms 2,” “Media Tales” and “Famous Crimes.”
Johnson graduated in May with a bachelor of science in mass communications and emphasis in news editorial. She served as editor in chief of the University Chronicle from 2009-10. She also worked at KVSC 88.1 FM as a news reporter and the host of Monday Night Live from 2009-11.
O’Meara started her career as copy editor at Skyway News (now Downtown Journal), “That was back in the days before desktop publishing,” she said, “When we cropped and sized photos with a ruler and photo wheel and our hands were sticky at the end of the day from handling pasteups.” She attributes page makeup classes in school for helping her land her next job: design director at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness (now Business Journal).
Next for O’Meara came jobs at the former Twin Cities Reader, where as custom publishing manager she oversaw client publications that included the Parade of Homes magazine and arts programs for the Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Orchestra, and at K102-FM as editor-publisher of a country music magazine. She launched a freelance business in 1994, serving as editor of a number of publications for more than 15 years.
“I am thrilled to see that St. Cloud State is still turning out top-notch editors such as Dana, and I am excited for what we will do together and with the rest of our team on Minnesota Business,” O’Meara said.
Tiger Oak Publications publishes more than 25 magazines focusing on business and lifestyle topics.
Denis Billmyer ’75 released his first novel, “File 871 – The Quest for Truth,” written under the pen name of deMichael Myer. Billmyer, a mass communications major who served in Vietnam from 1968-69, wrote this fictionalized story of an Agent Orange victim who fights the Veterans Administration for his rights to medical attention and disability compensation. The story is based upon his true life experiences and that of a U.S. Navy seaman who is exposed to asbestos and becomes a cancer victim. Midway through the book the dialogue takes readers back to the St. Cloud State campus in the 1970s and should bring back memories for former students. The novel can be purchased on-line through www.iUniverse.com.
Retiring from board
Paul Martodam ’93 is retiring from the Catholic Charities USA Board, having served on it since 2005. Martodam has served as chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services of Central and Northern Arizona and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He is active with many community and social service organizations, chairing several boards. He earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from St. Cloud State University.
Allie Brandriet ’09 received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research in chemistry education. Brandriet is finishing her second year in the Chemistry Education Ph.D. program at Miami University, Ohio. The grant offers three years of support with $30,000 annual stipend and funds for education. She is the first Chemistry Education doctoral student to win this award.
’43 ’54 Margaret Neary, Sartell, 98, published her memoir, “Margarita from Minnesota,” which details her childhood, teaching career and pride in her Irish heritage. Neary was a dedicated teacher in the greater St. Cloud area beginning as a one-room schoolhouse teacher in Langola Township in Benton County, then later taught in Cambridge and finally for many years in St. Cloud schools, most notably Wilson and Jefferson elementary schools. Photo courtesy Sartell News-Leader.
Army Col. Neal Loidolt ’88, Brooklyn Park, was promoted to brigadier general for the Minnesota National Guard and will head the guard’s emergency response operations, government relations, strategic planning, facilities management and international affairs. Prior to the promotion Loidolt, 44, served as chief of staff for the 34th Infantry Division, completing his second tour in Iraq. Loidolt has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard for more than 25 years and a full-time soldier more than 17 years. He received his commission in 1987 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at St. Cloud State University.
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