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From the President
Conferences old and new making waves on hot-button issues
For 50 years St. Cloud State’s Winter Institute has been breaking the ice on conversations about significant and timely issues related to the economy.
The venerable event has brought to campus a succession of renowned economics experts to jump start these discussions, including Federal Reserve chairmen, Nobel laureates, authors, educators and leaders of industry. Each winter the institute focuses on a timely theme. This year’s topic, Green Economic Growth, brought insights shared by an environmental scholar, economics professor, energy executive and former Environmental Protection Agency analyst.
The Winter Institute is a signature event for our university’s economics faculty and students and for the community and business partnerships it has built. In just three years two other St. Cloud State-hosted summits – the Power in Diversity Leadership and the Global Goes Local conferences – have emerged as the same kind of game-changing collaborations.
All three events address issues that are highly relevant to every Minnesotan, offering avenues for lively discussion and serious conversations about how to meet the changing needs of our increasingly diverse society. All three are galvanizing scholars, activists, community and political leaders with the kind of solid, eye-opening information and opinion sharing that leads to significant solutions to very real issues.
The Power in Diversity Leadership Conference was created and launched by Multicultural Student Services staff and students inspired by the networking and sharing of ideas they experienced while attending the Big Twelve Conference on Black Student Government. They came back with a desire to transfer the sense of empowerment they were feeling to other college students.
Because of their commitment to making this big idea a reality, the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference has become a major force for helping student and campus leaders develop the leadership and mentoring skills that make them more effective agents of cultural change and social justice.
A highlight of this year’s January conference, which attracted nearly 500 registrants from regional colleges and universities, was social critic, philosopher and Princeton Professor Cornel West’s presentation which challenged students to look beyond themselves and their immediate surroundings in order to become better leaders.
The third annual Global Goes Local Conference in April promises to continue attracting widespread interest and kudos for its timely attention to the consequential and sometimes controversial issues relating to immigrant Minnesotans.
Organized by the interdisciplinary Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota and co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Affairs, the Global Goes Local Conference gives stakeholders in Minnesota’s new immigrant communities an opportunity be participants in research and presentation of issues they face in their struggle to secure substantive citizenship in the United States.
These discussions have implications for social and political change in a state that has experienced significant demographic changes in recent years as a result of immigration activity. According to recent census data, Minnesota now has the largest Somali population in the U.S. with more than 32,000 residents. The count of residents of Hmong descent in Minnesota rose 46 percent to 66,181 in the 2010 census, and the population of Latino/Latina residents in Minnesota rose 50 percent.
Some of the topics that will be covered in keynote and panel presentations during this year’s Global Goes Local conference April 9-11 include:
St. Cloud State is pleased to share these programs with the public – in most cases at no cost. We are grateful for external sponsors who have joined in helping to extend these presentations to broader audiences. Last year’s Global Goes Local conference was co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the United Way of Minnesota. The Winter Institute’s community co-sponsors are the Initiative Foundation, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Cloud Times.
The Winter Institute, the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference and the Global Goes Local Conference each inform our teaching in multiple academic disciplines. They also have a tremendous impact on our surrounding communities by increasing understanding and awareness of critical social issues. I am proud to say they are making waves and making a difference.
From the President
After-school program for elementary students in personal finance economics
The Center for Economic Education is training volunteers piloting a new after-school program in personal finance and economics for children.
Internet bank ING Direct and the National Council for Economic Education chose the center to help volunteers from Boys Scouts of America and ING deliver 14 lessons this semester at after-school clubs. Lessons include learning how to save, budget and use banks. Lessons also discuss jobs, careers and entrepreneurship. Activity-based lessons can require students to play games and even create their own mini-economies.
As learning incentives, students earn “econo-bucks” that can be redeemed for candy and knick knacks.
Ken Rebeck, associate professor of economics, and others conducted training sessions in November and December. Implementation began Jan. 9.
Rebeck is the interim director of the Center for Economic Education, St. Cloud State’s engine for improving economic literacy in Central Minnesota.
Local artist to carve wood gifts from trees on campus
Wood harvested from a St. Cloud State oak tree will be made into gifts for University partners around the world.
The wood comes from a tree cut down to make way for the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility under construction at Eighth Street South and Second Avenue, east of the Education Building.
St. Cloud State officials tapped artist Gary Mrozek to put the wood to use. The St. Cloud artist already had a relationship with the University, crafting black walnut bowls as gifts for friends of the University.
“My grandfather was a master carpenter and cabinet maker, though sadly he passed away when I was very young,” said Mrozek, who took art classes from 1999-2004. “I grew up influenced by the many creations he left behind. Woodworking became a necessity when my wife and I purchased a home built in the early 1900s. We couldn’t afford to hire things out, so we did it ourselves, often with the tools my grandfather had used – his generation was prepower tools. It gave me an appreciation of truly working with your hands.
“Mrozek said classes he took at St. Cloud State “were a foundation for my art form. It was in Mathematical Thinking (MATH 193) that I learned of symmetry, proportion and natural occurring patterns such as the Fibonacci Sequence. General Woodworking (ETS 130) is where I had my first formal exposure to a wood lathe and Principals of Sociology (SOC160) exposed me to cultural art.”
Said Mrozek: “I’m thankful for the influence and education of St. Cloud State University and my ability to give back to the community. One good ‘turn’ deserves another.”
Among the dignitaries taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Cloud State’s new ISELF building were, from left: Rep. Larry Hosch, MnSCU Trustee Scott Thiss, Pres. Earl H.Potter III, Sen. John Pederson, Gov. Mark Dayton, Rep. Tim Mahoney, Sen. Michelle Fischbach, Rep. King Banian, Rep. Steve Gottwalt, Sen. John Howe. Not pictured, Sen. Taryl Clark. Photograph by Neil Andersen ’96.
A partnership between St. Cloud State University, CentraCare Health Systems and the Universidad de Concepción in Chile continues to blossom.
“It really is quite rewarding,” said Elizabeth Valencia- Borgert, of the Center for Continuing Studies and the Foreign Language and Literature Department at St. Cloud State and the project manager. Many have been instrumental in the program’s success, including Dr. John Mahowald, senior cardiologist; and Robert Johnson, executive director at CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center, St. Cloud Hospital nursing professional staff; and the St. Cloud State Department of Nursing Science and its counterparts in Chile.
The benefits of this partnership include having St. Cloud State nursing students spend one month in Concepción, following their Chilean counterparts in their Public and Community Health class, as well as Universidad de Concepción nursing students visiting here under the Leadership and Management Initiative (financially supported by the CentraCare Health Foundation). Of particular importance is the enhancement of CentraCare Health System’s outreach work with the local Latino population.
Recently, CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center donated more than 700 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to the Hospital Regional de Concepcion through the Universidad de Concepción. It was St. Cloud State’s Valencia- Borgert, who made sure that donation, valued at more than $50,000, made it to its destination.
Currently two nursing students from Concepción are in St. Cloud, and plans are to send nursing students from St. Cloud State abroad in the fall on the Public and Community Health initiative, Valencia-Borgert said. These education abroad nursing experiences benefit students, nursing faculty, hospital employees, and regional Spanish speaking populations. “Through exchange experiences, we learn from each other about health problems and treatments. It is a very beneficial program,” Valencia-Borgert said.
The Chilean students, Viviana Neira and Tania Canteros, and two SCSU nursing students, Rebecca Crowe and Tara Condon, visited a Rice dairy farm that employs a number of Latino workers with limited English skills, to work with them in regard to farm safety issues.
That visit was videotaped and will be shared at the upcoming Central Minnesota Farm Show, Valencia-Borgert said. St. Cloud State’s Center for Continuing Studies and the Nursing and Science department, in collaboration with CentraCare Health System, will set up a booth to provide information on farm safety targeted to Latino workers.
St. Cloud State ties help audiences follow the yellow brick road
GREAT Theatre’s production of “The Wiz,” which ran from Oct. 15-30 in St. Cloud, had a strong St. Cloud State University influence. Students, faculty and alumni were among the cast, choir and behind-the-scenes action.
Casey Schmoll ’11, Lake Lillian, who played the scarecrow; and Nick Benner, a freshman from St. Cloud and member of the chorus, have performed with St. Cloud’s GREAT Theatre in several productions. The rest of the cast from St. Cloud State were performing with GREAT for the first time.
Those included: Guy Armel Gahungu (Tin Man), a freshman from Burundi; Christian Arias (Lion), a sophomore from Melrose; Danielle Simbo (Evillene), a freshman from Brooklyn Park; and Steph Bates (chorus), a sophomore from Champlin. The show was choreographed by Debra Leigh, a faculty member and coordinator of the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative at St. Cloud State.
The Wiz is based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, and is one of Broadway’s most popular contemporary musicals. Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz are set to music in a dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music.
Students win security competition
A group of St. Cloud State students was crowned champions at the Minnesota Collegiate Cyber Defense competition on Feb. 15 in Alexandria. Those students are: Matthew Sitko, senior, Mahtomedi; Taylor Swanson, junior, Princeton; Ryan McDougal, junior, Monticello; Derek Winters, senior, Champlin; Jake Soenecker, senior, Clear Lake; Joshua Platz, senior, St. Cloud; Martin Smith, junior, Bismarck, N.D.; Eric Kluthe, senior, Apple Valley.
That win comes after the success of another group that won the Open Web Application Security Project USA 2011 University Challenge held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in September.
“This is another great achievement by students in the CNA (IT) program,” said Tirthankar Ghosh, associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. “This is a moment of pride for all of us, a moment of pride for SCSU.”
The St. Cloud State team not only won the overall competition in the September event but also scored the highest on the “attack portion” of this application security university challenge.
The competition was divided into two challenges – security penetration and security defense. In the first challenge, the students were required to break into a number of websites provided to them, identify their security vulnerabilities and suggest solutions to fix them. In the second challenge, the teams had to set up a virtual store, identify any weaknesses in the code and resolve them by providing new programming changes to the code.
“These challenges gave us a well-rounded experience of a security professional, both with being able to attack as well as to defend web applications,” Platz said.
From the archives: St. Cloud State’s own ‘Batman’
An interest in bats turned into a calling for Wisconsin native Harry Goehring. Goehring, a professor of biology at St. Cloud State from 1946-71, evolved into an international expert on the nocturnal flying mammals.
In 1951, Goehring began studying bat colonies in southern Minnesota. After his initial research, he discovered that not much was known about bats, including their hibernation habits. That led Goehring to seek locations closer to St. Cloud. In a Nov. 30, 1951, story in the College Chronicle, Goehring discussed a colony of bats living in the walls of Stewart Hall. He urged readers to inform him of bat hibernation areas near the University. Soon after, Goehring received a tip from a local fourth grader about a bat colony in a sewer not far from campus.
For the next 20 years, Goehring and teams of volunteers banded, identified and cataloged bats hibernating in that sewer. Goehring and his volunteers learned which bats returned to the cave, those that were new to the location, how large or small the population of bats was, and determined the numbers of male and female bats. Over 20 years, Goehring documented that many bats which returned to the sewer to hibernate were in their teens, despite the typical age of a large brown bat being three years.
Goehring expanded his research in 1968 by documenting a bat colony that lived in the attic of Riverview.
In 1966, Goehring earned the Minnesota Academy of Science award for “distinguished service to science” in part for his research on bats.
In 1968, David Mork joined the biology faculty at St. Cloud State and assisted Goehring with the bat-banding. Goehring retired in 1971, handing the reigns of “Batman” to his junior colleague. Mork continued to visit the sewer yearly until 1993.
Goehring died in New Hampshire April 1997 at the age of 89.
Artwork dedicated to life and work of former dean
“SUNSHINERAIN,” a double-woven piece of art by Merle Sykora, emeritis professor of art, was unveiled Oct. 25 in the Miller Center in honor of John Berling, dean of Learning Resources from 1977-97.
Sykora created the artwork in 1976 at the Biennial International Textile Machines Exhibition in Greenville, S.C. To commemorate the nation’s Bicentennial, one fiber artist from each state was asked to participate. Sykora was the artist selected from Minnesota.
“The result was never exhibited properly in its three public viewings, and it languished in my studio for 35 years,” Sykora said at the dedication.
As for the name of the piece, “SUNSHINERAIN,” this is what Sykora said: “For me, this piece portrays the paradox of a sunny day with its menacing clouds that spit moisture that often doesn’t reach the ground. John faced the metaphorical ‘rain’ of lots of menacing experiences. People and systems flung discouraging, often arbitrary deterrences to this building. Even though ‘rains’ could be counted upon to recur, they never reached the ground and this building stands as a monument to John’s perseverance.
“Some of us remember a card catalogue and those drawers full of cards. How easily we forget the transition to computer use for locating books. As I recall, SCSU was the first higher education institution in the state to do so. John’s interest in, exploration and usage of technology fueled his desire for state-of-the-art service. The result was this facility becoming a learning resources center rather than just a library. It is for all of his admirable personal traits and professional efficiency that we are here to dedicate SUNSHINERAIN in memory and honor of John Berling.”
UTVS partners with St. Cloud Times
A strategic partnership between St. Cloud State University’s television station, UTVS, and the St. Cloud Times, allows viewers to watch livestreams of the station’s 5:30 p.m. news broadcast.
UTVS news broadcasts, which include local, state and national news, weather and sports, give students an opportunity to prepare for a professional career in television news. The station reaches more than 70,000 people in the St. Cloud area.
“This is the only college and community partnership I know of where the local newspaper runs the university’s three newscasts a day on their website,” said Mark Mills, chairman in the Mass Communications Department who helped develop the partnership. “But then, SCSU is the only university I know of that even does three newscasts a day, five days a week. So, I guess both are unique.”
The Times also gives St. Cloud State students the opportunity to gain practical experience by hiring them on its news staff. UTVS news director senior Jennifer Austin, Champlin, who is majoring in Mass Communications, is an intern at the Times.
“The UTVS News partnership with the St. Cloud Times is an excellent opportunity to further bridge UTVS News with the St. Cloud community. Our partnership with the Times is mutually beneficial,” Austin said.
Locally, UTVS is carried by Charter Communications on channel 21. UTVS 12:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts also can be watched live on www.utvs.com
Students help business grow
St. Cloud State University seniors Kelley Carroll, Cody Olynyk, Jamie Bucholz and Matthew Schatza don’t have agricultural backgrounds.
But they do know a bit about marketing, business management and finance, their chosen areas of study, respectively.
That’s why as team members in Barry Kirchoff’s Business Consulting class, they jumped at a chance to work with a board game called “Life on the Farm.”
“Why wouldn’t you take the board game?” said Olynyk of Prior Lake as he explained the fun involved in working with such a business.
The board game, the creation of Morrison County dairy farmer Keith Gohl and his sister, Ev Johnson, has existed for a number of years. But commercially, it never skyrocketed.
That’s where Kirchoff’s class comes into play.
Once a year Kirchoff, an adjunct faculty member and director of the St. Cloud State’s Small Business Development Center in St. Cloud, and his students work with an assortment of small businesses who are struggling in some aspect. Kirchoff selects the businesses that will benefit the most and at the same time offer a valuable learning experience for his students.
The students tackling “Life on the Farm” met with Johnson, listened to her explain her business and then asked questions. That helped provide valuable insight for Carroll, an international business major from Forest Lake, and the others.
Initially Bucholz, a business management and finance major, and her team thought about marketing the game overseas. They decided to instead focus on raising the game’s visibility using social media, said Schatza, a marketing major from Anoka.
And while Johnson had a website — www.werfungames. com — the students took it a step further and developed a Facebook page. Their work with the business has just begun, so they’re eager to see where it goes.
Kelly Branam, associate professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State, was part of a team honored for work at an Archeological Field School at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. Big Horn is home to Crow and other Plains Indians.
“What was unique about this field school was that we incorporated contemporary stakeholders – Crow Indians and Northern Cheyennes – into our project,” Branam said.
Ten St. Cloud State students attended the field school, where they got the chance to excavate archeological sites as well as learn the oral history of the area from native elders. “We got the opportunity to mix archeology and ethnography in one field school,” junior Brandon Miller, Wells, Minn., majoring in Anthropology and Philosophy, said. “Not only did we get to see how people lived hundreds or possibly thousands of years ago, but to also interact with the Crow people and hear the oral history about their ancestors and what the land means to them.”
Shannon Olson, associate professor of English, has been applying her unique wit and writing style to the “Last Word” essays on the last page of Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Monthly magazine since May 2011. Olson, author of the sardonic semi-autobiographical novels “Welcome to My Planet” and “Children of God Go Bowling,” has been teaching English at St. Cloud State for 10 years.
Olson’s relationship with Minnesota Monthly began when editor Joel Hoekstra was seeking a writer to do a “Last Word” column for Mother’s Day. He and others on the magazine’s editorial staff thought of Olson, whose novels and other writings frequently include her mother, Flo. Olson’s family stories have drawn praise from many critics and writers, including Garrison Keillor, who referred to Flo as “one of the great moms of American fiction.”
Beautiful Minds: Spreading her wings
Growing up poor in a lower-class family in Venezuela, Monica Garcia-Perez had no inkling that she someday would hold degrees from three different universities on three separate continents. All she knew is that she didn’t want to clean house for anybody.
“I was the first in my family from my generation to go to university and the only one to go to graduate school,” said Garcia- Perez who attended public grade school because it was free. She remembers telling her grandmother how she hated cleaning the house and her grandmother told her that if she was going to be able to afford to hire someone to clean for her, she’d have to get a good education.
Garcia-Perez parlayed that education into a ticket that would take her places she never dreamed. By achieving excellent grades and working hard, she earned scholarships and fellowships and never once had to incur debt.
Today Garcia-Perez is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Economics at St. Cloud State University and is conducting research on a topic not only near to her heart, but of great significance.
Towards the end of the year, García-Pérez is expected to publish research regarding child health outcomes of immigrant children and children of immigrants. Garcia-Perez and her husband, Darin Cort, were expecting their first child, Annabel, as this edition of Outlook went to press.
The importance of her research is tied to a major national demographic shift. First- and second-generation children of immigrants are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Understanding health-care access and health outcomes will have political, social and public-policy implications. Economists and other academics have explored immigrant health issues in the past, but few have examined these issues through succeeding generations, said García-Pérez.
Among the questions she is studying: Why do non-citizen Hispanics and Asians self-report higher levels of health among their children despite lower access to traditional health care? She also looks at the use of social networks, entrepreneurship, and immigration effects on local economies.
Garcia-Perez was 21 when she graduated with a degree in economics from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1999. Thanks to a mother who pushed her to achieve good grades, a father whose hard work allowed her to afford her books and daily expenses and professors who became her mentors, she realized she could further her education anywhere in the world. It wasn’t long before she was off to get her master’s degree in economics from the University College London. From there, she came to the United States to obtain her Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Maryland – College Park, a top 20 economic school.
The process of applying for schools as an international student was overwhelming, but Garcia-Perez was fortunate to land a graduate assistantship with the U.S. Census Bureau that not only provided her with needed finances, but also helped hone her desire to research issues important to immigrants.
“The Center for Economic Studies was the perfect platform for me,” she explained. While many in her department were concerned about purely the “numbers,” Garcia-Perez was intrigued by the stories behind them.
Garcia-Perez hopes to have a draft of her research completed by this summer and published toward the end of the year. She also is expected to present her findings at a meeting of the American Health Economists at the University of Minnesota in June.
She said her parents and family back home are incredibly happy about her achievements. Her success has even motivated her mother to earn an advanced degree in economics as well as her sister.
And Garcia-Perez hopes to mentor others, as she has been mentored. She has brought a group of Latino Girl Scouts to St. Cloud State to show them that achieving a degree in higher education is possible no matter your situation or means.
For all of her success there is one dream Garcia-Perez hasn’t achieved: she still does her own house cleaning.
Beautiful Minds: Jazz Physicist
Whether he’s building on a breadboard or creating at a keyboard, John Harlander has a talent for making brilliant connections.
The physics professor is one of the world’s leading experts on spatial heterodyne spectroscopy (SHS) — optical instruments created on a base called a breadboard. His lightmeasuring instruments have been launched on sounding rockets, installed on observatory telescopes, flown on the Space Shuttle and sent into Earth orbit on satellites.
Harlander also is a college-educated musician with serious jazz chops on a keyboard. He plays occasional Mondays at the Pioneer Place Veranda in St. Cloud, as part of the Monday Night Jazz collective.
His musical mind — trained to play complex chord progressions and synthesize notes into unified solos — served him well as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. There he collaborated with his mentor, Frederick Roesler, and others, to invent SHS. The first instrument combined proven and new technologies into an instrument that was small, robust and excellent at measuring diffuse light.
Since the 1992 publication of the paper “Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy for the Exploration of Diffuse Interstellar Emission Lines at Far-Ultraviolet Wavelengths,” Harlander has continually refined SHS instruments for customers such as the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
By 2005, Harlander was at the forefront of space spectroscopy. That year Roesler paid his protégé the ultimate compliment: “John is, in my estimation, the real world leader in SHS spectroscopy. While he was a graduate student with me he quickly caught on to the principles of spectroscopic instrumentation that I was able to provide, and after we fell upon the SHS concept, he quickly surpassed me in the detailed understanding of what turns out to be an elegant, yet difficult-to-understand technique. Now the major innovations come from him.”
Fast forward to 2012. Harlander is part of an international team of scientists competing to be one of two teams NASA will fund for next-generation satellite missions. His Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) team has a milliondollar grant to design an instrument that can investigate the dynamics of the Earth’s upper atmosphere by measuring subtle changes in the light emitted by atmospheric gasses.
“If ICON is selected by NASA for a satellite mission, St. Cloud State will contribute to it through the design, fabrication, pre-flight testing and data analysis supporting one of ICON’s primary instruments,” Harlander said.
NASA’s funding decision is expected in February 2013.
Beautiful Minds: High performance
It’s the stuff they make movies about – computer hackers, national security, encryption and encoding.
The work that Dennis Guster, professor in the Department of Information Systems and his colleagues do is both highly technical and highly intriguing. That is if you can take some time to decipher what it is they do.
And for many of us whose idea of fixing a computer problem is rebooting, that’s more easily said than done.
Guster works in a high performance computer lab at St. Cloud State University conducting research on such things as molecular modeling and quantum encryption. This research is conducted in Centennial Hall where a “couple million dollars in high-end computer equipment” resides, said Guster, who added that more than 95 percent of that equipment was funded by industry partners as close to home as W3i in Sartell and some from places like California’s Silicon Valley.
“These are complex real-world problems,” said Guster, who works in tandem with Renat Sultanov, a nuclear physicist and “a worldclass scientist” who came to St. Cloud State via Texas A&M and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. One of the draws of St. Cloud State for Sultanov, a native of the former Soviet Union, was his desire to return to a northern climate.
Another was being able to work with Guster, a native of Iowa who as a boy dreamed of being a naval aviator only the learn that his eyesight wasn’t up to par. “Thank God,” said Guster, who would have served in the military during the Vietnam War. Instead, he enrolled at Bemidji State University where he played the trombone in the marching band for one year. But then, the realization that lips and trombones in Bemidji in the late fall and winter are not a good mix, led him on a path of math, statistics and eventually computers.
And he’s made the most out of that work.
“We’ve cranked out a lot of research papers in the last five years,” Guster said as he referenced some of that work. One, done by a St. Cloud State student who is now a graduate student at the University of Southern California, was presented at the American Chemical Society. And Sultanov, thanks to a National Security Agency grant, was able to present a paper in Switzerland where he rubbed elbows with researchers from Harvard and MIT.
“Within our little niche we are able to compete worldwide. Some of our papers have been cited by the top people in their fields in Germany,” Guster said.
Simply stated, the research work and papers validate what Guster, his colleagues and students are doing “and that our ideas are worth something.”
That becomes paramount in today’s economy where universities are fighting for funding, especially state universities who are seeing their state funding being cut severely.
“We need outside funding to be viable,” Guster said. “We are doing stuff in nano technology where we can compete, but doing experiments in laboratories would cost tens of millions of dollars. But on a computational level we can compete.”
The Information Systems Department offers an undergraduate degree program to students who want to prepare for careers in the management information systems profession. The IS program is about applying information technology to solve business problems. Students develop skills in analyzing business problems and get hands-on training in computer programming, systems design, computer networking, security as well as other current computer technology.
Beautiful Minds: Disciplined intellectual
Christopher Lehman wakes each day to a task: Write or edit at least one page for his current publishing project.
This remorseless regimen requires the ethnic studies professor to toil after hours and on vacation, but it has resulted in four books, including 2011’s “Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865: A History of Human Bondage in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.”
“Sometimes I find very little information in books about the topic I’m interested in,” said Lehman. “After I start doing my own research – on information a book is missing – sometimes I have enough information to write my own book.”
Lehman credits his educator parents for modeling intellectual curiosity and selfdiscipline. A Christmas gift from them, a mock newspaper that displayed news from the year he was born, sparked Lehman’s interest in research. The newspaper listed Richard Nixon as president, but left blank the name of the vice president. Intrigued, he searched microfilm at the University of Central Oklahoma where his father was an English professor. Lehman discovered that for two months in the fall of 1973 the vice presidency was vacant. Spiro Agnew resigned in October in a no-contest plea deal that resulted from federal corruption charges. Gerald Ford wasn’t sworn in until December.
“Learning about Agnew’s resignation in those old newspapers led me to read about Watergate,” he said. “Learning about Watergate led me to read about Vietnam, because that war was winding down. And, then my research just mushroomed.”
His first book closed a gap in our understanding of the Vietnam War. Published in 2006, “American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era,” discusses cartoon studios’ changing responses to U.S. participation in war, from 1961 through 1973.
Lehman explored his interest in film in late 2007, publishing “Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films.” In the book Lehman argues that African-American images and music were central to the development of America’s animated film industry. Early, hand-drawn animation cells required basic black-andwhite drawings, so animators drew crude caricatures of rural African-Americans and black minstrels. Minstrel songs and jazz tunes provided the sound track, featuring the music of African-American composers such as Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.
The Association of College and Research Libraries honored “Colored Cartoon” as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2008.
He followed in 2008 with “A Critical History of Soul Train on Television,” about the Don Cornelius-produced television show. The book details the show’s social impact, from its start in Chicago, to its long run as a nationally syndicated program, to spin-offs such as the “Soul Train Music Awards.”
Lehman’s self-discipline carries over into his classroom. He teaches students about topics such as slavery, segregation, infringement of civil rights and housing and employment discrimination. Some resist learning about these painful social dynamics that have afflicted Americans of color.
“It’s not my job to call anyone racist, so I won’t,” said Lehman, who holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. “You can say whatever you’d like to say about what I’m teaching, just be able to back up your opinions. When students see that as a legitimate way of teaching, then over the course of the semester we have good discussions.”
“Sometimes discussions can get heated, but they’re not disrespectful,” he said. “I establish at the outset that as long as you don’t use profanity, you don’t resort to name-calling or ad hominen attacks, if the discussion is academic and sensible, then we can learn from each other quite a bit.”
Said Lehman: “It’s not my goal to brainwash people, because nobody brainwashed me. I was given the academic freedom to research what interested me and to develop strong papers and convincing arguments. That’s what I want my students to do, too.”
A quiet revolution
Nancy Bacharach is acutely aware that public school classrooms of the 21st century are a far cry from those she emulated while playing school in the basement rec room of her childhood home.
“We had an old child’s desk, and I would coerce my friends into playing the students,” said Bacharach, a professor of teacher development. “I always wanted to play the teacher.”
Bacharach still likes to lead, organize and tap into the collective power of a group through her efforts to improve teacher preparation. She believes collaboration and willingness to change with a changing world is the key to the quiet revolution she has been leading with a talented team of partners in these efforts.
While the classrooms she knew as a child in Eau Claire, Wis., were homogenous groups of 30 or fewer children, Bacharach points out that in today’s public schools the classes are far more diverse and at least a third of the students are identified as having special needs that may be physical, mental or emotional.
The needs have changed dramatically,” she said. “The challenges this puts on teachers today are just incredible,” Bacharach said.
“We have had to rethink what we’re doing and change,” said Teresa Washut Heck, who has brought a fresh perspective and enthusiastic spirit to the business of educating teachers at St. Cloud State.
One of eight children growing up in her Buffalo, Wyo., home, Heck learned early on the importance of collaboration, hard work and keeping a competitive edge. “I was always in athletics in junior high and high school,” she said. “I always wanted to be a coach and I always wanted to teach.”
Both Bacharach and Heck got classroom experience before going on to earn their doctorates – experience that has been invaluable to their groundbreaking initiatives.
When she came to St. Cloud State with her newly earned Ed.D. in 1999, Heck started doing adjunct work in health and physical education and supervising student teachers through the Department of Teacher Development. Her first administrative position was as interim director of the newly formed Office of Clinical Experiences. “It was the first time student teachers at SCSU had been housed in one place.”
With a new appreciation for collaboration and using human resources in different ways to improve teacher education, Heck initiated co-teaching as an approach to student teaching at St. Cloud State, work that made her a natural to become coordinator of co-teaching for the Teacher Quality Enhancement initiative when it was launched in 2003.
St. Cloud State’s acclaimed co-teaching initiative aims to prepare teachers who are equipped to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a changing society and confidently lead the classrooms of the future.
It’s a goal shared by area school districts that enthusiastically have incorporated this collaborative model into their classrooms. Launched in 2003 with a $5 million U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership grant co-written by St. Cloud’s District 742, the co-teaching initiative has enriched the student teaching experience with mentoring from seasoned educators and exposure to increasingly diverse classroom settings.
The outcome? Teacher candidates, cooperating teachers and their students all benefit. In examining the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment of Minnesota Learners, those in a co-teaching environment showed significantly higher achievement in reading and math.
Area school administrators and teachers have endorsed the model. “The compelling evidence is clear,” said Julia Espe, assistant superintendent for District 742. “Co-teaching,” she said, “has transformed the student teacher and cooperating teacher relationship. Instead of throwing a student teacher into the complexities of teaching without a lifeline, student teachers are coached as they practice the art of teaching. Teaching is rocket science, and co-teaching is the power source.”
Bacharach, Heck and their team have made it their business to build partnerships and go after external resources to improve St. Cloud State teacher preparation programs.
Bacharach has been responsible for attracting more than $6 million in grant funding for promising practices in teacher education. “We say children are our future and we need to do a better job of supporting that,” she said.
“We should be preparing teachers who will be prepared to teach the next generation of kids for life in 2020 and 2030. Our role is to prepare them for what will be.”
The co-teaching model developed and researched at St. Cloud State has attracted positive national attention. The university’s Teacher Quality Enhancement Center has developed a two-day train-the-trainer co-teaching workshop to assist institutions interested in adopting a co-teaching model of student teaching.
To date, more than 100 teacher preparation institutions in 23 states across the United States have taken advantage of this program, and the states of Kentucky and California have embraced co-teaching as a model for their teacher preparation programs The collaborative co-teaching model has earned kudos from many corners for effectively empowering future teachers and revolutionizing the experience for all involved.
“We have developed something that is better for our teacher candidates and the cooperating teacher – the novice and the mentor,” Heck said. “To be a part of that has been so incredible.”
KNIFE LAKE — The clear, deep water laps against the shores of Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park on one side and the edge of northern Minnesota wilderness on the other.
The Ojibwe name for what the glaciers created is Mookomaan Zaaga’igan, while the French fur traders called it Lac des Couteaux, or Lake of Knives. It’s on the shores of this remote lake, at least 15 miles from the nearest road and in water divided by the U.S.- Canada border, where Minnesota’s earliest history is being uncovered.
Those retreating glaciers left a scoured landscape of exposed siltstone, a silica-infused mud that hardened for millions of years into a high-quality source for Paleo-Indian stone toolmaking. And thousands of years after the last siltstone was harvested from Knife Lake quarries, researchers from St. Cloud State University are letting that stone speak for the first time about the earliest inhabitants of Minnesota.
“It’s rewriting the history for this area of Minnesota. We’re making a major contribution in understanding the very earliest cultures of humans to live in this part of the state,” said Mark Muñiz, associate professor of anthropology at St. Cloud State.
Muñiz and three fellow researchers paddled and portaged to Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in August to continue digging for evidence that Paleo-Indians drawn to Knife Lake siltstone were the first humans to inhabit Minnesota.
If his theory is correct — and he found more evidence this summer to support it — Paleo-Indians first inhabited far northern Minnesota as glaciers receded 11,000-12,500 years ago. That would run contrary to the belief that the area had not yet recovered enough to support plants and animals after being scoured by glaciers. It would also be contrary to the thought that the first people to live in the Arrowhead region arrived hundreds, if not thousands, of years after Paleo-Indians appeared in the southern part of the state.
Time, however, isn’t on the side of Muñiz. The area he is surveying was made accessible only by a huge storm in July 1999 that led to prescribed burns in the BWCAW in 2005.
The forest regeneration is quickly covering the siltstone quarries with new growth of sumac and jackpine, and that growth eventually will again close those valuable sites to exploration.
Quarries , work sites
The flintknapped siltstone artifacts Muñiz has found at Knife Lake show Paleo-Indians quarried the stone from the high outcroppings that were visible before the forests matured and blanketed the landscape thousands of years ago. There are associated work sites where tools were fashioned, where people lived and where animals were harvested and necessities of life were made, Muñiz said.
Those first inhabitants probably used those tools to hunt caribou and possibly even mammoths and mastodons as they lived in one of the last ice age communities in the United States. Knife Lake served as a beacon during yearly, seasonal migrations of Paleo-Indians, who carried away the siltstone tools that have been found east to Thunder Bay and in eastcentral Minnesota, Muñiz said.
High-tech dating techniques will narrow the time period in which the artifacts were made, but the style of toolmaking he’s found leads Muñiz to believe the prehistory of Minnesota will be rewritten to put inhabitants on the U.S.-Canada border far earlier than previously believed.
“It pushes back the timeline for a site in Minnesota that has been excavated, with evidence of people living here at such an early time,” he said.
Canadian researchers in the late 1990s noted siltstone quarries and possible tool manufacturing sites on the north side of Knife Lake. It took a natural catastrophe to kick-start the search on the Minnesota side of the border.
Muñiz returned to Knife Lake in 2010, and this summer he and two graduate students went back along with Lee Johnson, a Buffalo native and Superior National Forest archaeologist.
They excavated a site they previously had surveyed and they took another walking tour of a site they had discovered on a previous trip. They also took a fresh look at a new site that yielded even more promising results.
“We’re on the edge of what could be a massive site,” Johnson said. “This is one of a kind, untouched and preserved, a quarry and workshop sites around us. It really is an important site for the history of Minnesota.”
The group members do three types of exploration. First, they walk the terrain and look for artifacts laying on the surface. If they find enough, they might do a shovel test to see what’s below the surface. If that shovel test reveals more artifacts below the surface, they might do a full excavation of a unit.
The work is done under the watchful eye of Johnson, who is responsible for about 2.3 million acres of forest, including developing preservation strategies and projects for things such as erosion stabilization.
He also consults with Ojibwe tribes to determine which areas have sacred significance for tribes, such as wild rice stands and sites where medicinal herbs are collected.
“One of the reasons I’m here is to determine whether there are significant things here that haven’t been disturbed and how we might better protect them,” Johnson said.
Graduate studentsTyler Olsen and Jennifer Rovanpera finished excavating a 1-meter-by-1-meter unit that had been started on a previous trip. They and Johnson and Muñiz walked through the new site, looking for surface artifacts that might support further exploration.
And Muñiz and Johnson did a shovel test at a separate location by digging a foot-wide hole and carefully removing and sifting its contents 10 centimeters at a time until they were 40 centimeters deep.
They removed some flakes that were discovered during the sifting, then they replaced the soil to refill the hole.
Muñiz used a GPS device to mark the locations of artifacts they found. There were siltstone chunks that had been flintknapped on one side (unifaces) and on both sides (bifaces). They found cores that likely would be shaped there or transported elsewhere and be shaped later. And they found layers and layers of siltstone flakes, the telltale sign that humans had used flintknapping to shape the razor-sharp stone into spear points, scrapers and blades.
“There are so many artifacts here that you can’t stop finding it,” Muñiz said.
And although he had found Knife Lake siltstone flakes and bifaces in previous trips that showed the style of human habitation dating to the glacial period, the August trip showed that Knife Lake was more than just a source of the valued stone.
“Now we’re establishing a complex of sites, rather than just one spot,” he said. “A complex of sites like that hasn’t been found anywhere in the state to my knowledge.”
What he didn’t find, and what he hopes one day to see there, is a finished spear point. It’s the equivalent of the Holy Grail for an anthropologist.
“I would like to find the unequivocal smoking gun,” he said.
Next: Lab work
Muñiz is confident the style of the tools being made gives him a good idea of the time period in which they were made. But he knows there are better ways to narrow the dating, and that starts in the lab.
Part of the $56,000 Legacy Amendment grant that helped pay for the 2010 trip also bought a high-powered microscope that he uses to analyze how the artifacts were used. The microscope can tell if the stone cut grass, scraped hide or chopped wood, for example, he said.
Soil samples also will help Muñiz close some of the gaps in his research and bring him closer to presenting his conclusions for peer review, an important step in gaining broader acceptance for his theory and his conclusions.
He and his fellow researchers in August also collected soil they hope to test. That collection was done under skies lit only by the moon and stars. Wearing headlamps that shined red light, they collected two samples of soil they hope to test with a method called optically stimulated luminescence.
OSL testing uses ultraviolet light to shine onto irradiated samples of sand that have been buried and not exposed to light for thousands of years. Being buried locks within the sand grains the age at which the soil was last exposed to light. OSL testing can measure how long the soil has been buried. It helps date the artifacts that are found suspended in the buried soil.Having an OSL date “would help tremendously,” Muñiz said. “That’s a real key thing.”
So is time.
The area the blowdown and burn uncovered is regenerating so fast that access to the quarries and work sites is gradually fading. As Muñiz and Johnson crisscrossed the worksites, they dodged sumac and jackpine, stepped alongside blueberry and raspberry plants and flushed partridge — all signs of a forest recovering from a fire.
Within three years, it could be so dense that Muñiz can’t get to the spots he wants to explore. The artifacts he is finding once again will be locked in place. And that’s the way it should be, Johnson said.
“We get a little sample of what’s here and then we let it be,” Johnson said. “And that’s a good thing.”
Taking Manhattan: Faculty musicians play Carnegie Hall
A trio of faculty musicians played its innovative music March 16 at Carnegie Hall.
As this issue went to press, soprano Catherine Verrilli, flutist Melissa Krause and percussionist Terry Vermillion were preparing for an hour-long show in the Weill Recital Hall, the 268-seat chamber music venue at the world-famous concert center.
Just two blocks from Central Park in midtown Manhattan, 120-year-old Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s great performance spaces. Musicians who’ve performed there include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Billie Holiday, Isaac Stern and the Beatles.
The St. Cloud State Music Department professors are stretching the boundaries of the classical trio format, in both music and performance choices. The repertoire ranges from European-style madrigals to modern classical works by composers such as Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, to pop music by songwriter Rufus Wainwright. At Carnegie Hall, the threesome will wear clothing created by East Village designer Garo Sparo, including a black leather-and-silk gown for Verrilli and a black West Africa-inspired dashiki for Vermillion.
The Carnegie show is a “stamp of approval” for the trio’s professional development efforts, which include commissioning works and adapting and arranging others’ works, Vermillion said. He credits Music Department colleagues and Mark Springer, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, for supporting that professional development.
Trio Lorca is appearing at Carnegie Hall as part of the Distinguished Concerts Artists Series.
Krause’s music has been performed at the Dvorak Museum in the Czech Republic and at the New Music Festival at Florida State University, where she earned her doctorate degree.
A timpanist for the St. Cloud Symphony, Vermillion has traveled the world exploring musical forms such as Indonesian gamelan, Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban rhumba. He earned his doctorate at University of Northern Colorado.
The Washington Post has described Verrilli’s voice as “gently agile” and “expressive.” She was a finalist in the Washington International Competition for Singers. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland School of Music.
The trio draws its name from Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, whose poetry provided lyrics for the first song Trio Lorca learned as a group.
Wrestlers claim runner-up trophy
The St. Cloud State University wrestling team placed second at the 2012 NCAA Division II championships on March 9-10 in Pueblo, Colo. This marked the second consecutive season that the Huskies have gained runner-up honors at the NCAA championships under the leadership of Coach Steve Costanzo. Nebraska Kearney won the tournament with 107 points and St. Cloud State finished with 95 team points.
Senior Derek Skala, Owatonna, brought home an NCAA Division II individual championship at 184 pounds. Skala (31-3) finished his career with a National Championship exclamation point, after a stellar 9-3 win in his 184-pound match against Adam Walters of Findlay. This marks the second consecutive season that SCSU has won an individual title as John Sundgren placed first at 157 in 2011.
Husky wrestlers placing second at the NCAAs included junior Jake Kahnke, Shakopee at 285 pounds and junior Andy Pokorny, Bennington, Neb., at 133 pounds.
Skala, Kahnke and Pokorny earned All- America honors for their top finishes. Three other SCSU wrestlers earned All- America accolades including senior Tad Merritt, Canby who placed third at 165 pounds, junior Shamus O’Grady, Coon Rapids with a fourth place finish at 174 and senior Lucas Munkelwitz, Forest Lake with his fourth place at 197.
Merritt earned the tournament’s Most Dominate Wrestler Award, which he won despite wrestling with a broken finger that he suffered in practice before the tournament Merritt set a new team record with 144 career wins. Merritt also set a new team record with 18 pins, which breaks his old team record of 17 pins set in 2008-09.
The 95 points scored at the NCAA meet set a new team record for points at a national championship tournament breaking last year’s mark of 90.5.
The Huskies set a team record with 21 dual meet victories and posted the first undefeated dual meet season at 21-0. Other accomplishments included winning the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Region 3 title, the 2012 NWCA Division II National Duals title and the NSIC championship, the team’s first conference title since 1977-78.
Football team claims title
Husky football rolled in 2011, winning its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) title. For the second straight year and fourth time in school history the squad advanced to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs. Head Coach Scott Underwood was voted the NSIC Coach of the Year and was a semifinalist for the national Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honor. St. Cloud State has posted four straight winning seasons with Underwood at the helm. The Huskies landed 22 players on the All-NSIC team including eight first team selections. Two players, seniors Matt Theis, Eden Valley, and Tony Kubes, New Prague, were named to the All-Conference team for the third time in their careers. Junior Marvin Matthews, Roseville, was named to the 2011 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ All-America Team. The Huskies excelled in the classroom as well. Theis and senior Matt Schwartz, Lino Lakes, were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Football Team, the highest academic honor in Division II. These two student athletes led a group of 14 players named to the Academic All-NSIC team. The Huskies’ regular season home win streak has reached 14 games. A highlight of the Husky season was a 35-7 win over defending national and conference champion Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 29 at Husky Stadium. The 2011 season ended Nov. 19 in a 48-38 NCAA playoff first-round home loss to Wayne State University (Mich.). Half-time was extended to 50 minutes to remove the nearly six inches of snow that fell during the game.
Teddy Bear Toss
Husky athletics collected more than 1,000 stuffed animals as part of its first “Teddy Bear Toss,” which took place during the game between the Huskies and Bemidji State Dec. 3 at the National Hockey Center.
Fans were encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game and throw them onto the ice during the first intermission. The stuffed animals collected were donated to the local Toys For Tots Campaign for the 2011 Holiday Season. Sponsors included KCLD-FM, Riddle’s Jewelry, The Husky Bookstore and Residential Life and the Department of Campus Involvement at St. Cloud State.
Men’s basketball advances
For the 13th time in school history and the fourth time in the last six seasons, the St. Cloud State men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The 2012 tournament was played in Golden, Colorado on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines, March 10-13.
The Huskies were the sixth seed in the region and opened the tournament with a 77-72 win over No. 3 seed Bemidji State University. St. Cloud State advanced to the region semifinals against No. 2 Metro State (Denver) and led 34-29 before being outscored in the second half and losing to the Roadrunners, 76-64.
Sophomore center Tim Bergstraser, St. Cloud, led the Huskies in the win over Bemidji State with a game high 22 points and seven rebounds. Bergstraser was injured late in the game and did not play against Metro State. Junior forward Theo Rothstein, St. Michael, led the Huskies with 15 points.
The Huskies finished the season with a 20-9 record to mark the eighth 20-win season in head coach Kevin Schlagel’s career. He has posted more 20-win seasons than all of the Huskies previous men’s basketball coaches combined.
Schlagel collected his 300th career win on Feb. 17, in an 87-83 overtime win at Northern State University. He has the most wins of any St. Cloud State men’s basketball coach with a 301-141 career mark.
The Huskies were led by a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Conference players. Junior guard Shaun Jensen, Spring Lake Park, was named to the first team and Bergstraser was named to the second.
Senior captain Brett Putz, Forest City, Iowa finished his collegiate career at the regional tournament. Putz set a new school record playing in 124 games and ended his career second on the all-time Husky three point field goal list with 245 treys.
Baseball squad posts record win
Coach Pat Dolan ’92 and the baseball team are coming off a record-setting 2011 season, winning 43 games, capturing first place at the 2011 NSIC tournament and earning a second consecutive NCAA Division II regional bid. The Huskies have earned No. 11 and 12 rankings in two Division II preseason polls. The Huskies will be led this year by pitchers senior Logan Birr, St. Cloud, and junior Scott Lieser, Browerville, along with senior first baseman Joey Benke, Roseau, and junior outfielder Brian Hansen, Cold Spring.
Matt Cullen milestone: Hockey alumnus plays in 1,000th NHL game
In January, St. Cloud State hockey great Matt Cullen (1995-97) was feted by teammates, heralded in the media and saluted by fans when he played his 1,000th National Hockey League (NHL) game.
The Minnesota Wild center made the most of his milestone moment, scoring two goals, including the game winner. Cullen slipped the puck past Antti Niemi in a 5-4 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 10 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Cullen, 35, has enjoyed success with six teams in an NHL career that dates back to 1997. In 2006, he helped the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup title, recording assists on the first two goals in Game 7.
He has skated with multiple national teams, notably the 1996 World Junior Championships team and the 2006 Olympic squad.
Cullen made an instant impact with Coach Craig Dahl’s 1995-96 Huskies, earning a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie Team with 12 goals and 29 assists. His sophomore season output of 15 goals and 30 assists earned the Virginia, Minn.-born Cullen a contract with the NHL’s Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
He joins Husky Hockey legend Bret Hedican (1988-91) on the list of St. Cloud State players who’ve played 1,000 NHL games. Just seven Minnesota-born players have achieved that threshold.
Soccer makes postseason tourney
The soccer squad completed a strong season under the direction of fourth-year head coach Becky McCabe. The Huskies registered an 11-8-2 record and qualified for the NSIC postseason tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The team opened the NSIC tournament with a home victory over University of Mary and then edged Upper Iowa with a thrilling shootout victory in the NSIC semifinal. In the title match, St. Cloud State lost 1-0 to host and top seed Minnesota State. Junior Mary Mohrhardt, Gilbert, Ariz., led the Huskies with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists) and was named to the All-NSIC and All-Region honor rolls this fall.
Student Athlete Advisory Council
In the spirit of community involvement and support, the Student Athlete Advisory Council teamed up with a recreation and sports management marketing class to sponsor a Giving Tree at the Dec. 2-3 men’s and women’s basketball games and men’s hockey games. It was a cooperative effort to increase toy donations for children in need. Donations went to Anna Marie’s Alliance in St. Cloud. The effort collected nearly 100 gifts.
2010-11 Annual Report
It’s a great time to be involved with St. Cloud State and to be invested in the vision that President Earl H. Potter III laid out in his first year – a vision that has come to fruition. The University has reorganized its academic structure and strengthened partnerships with the greater St. Cloud community. With collaboration, leadership and support from some of those partnerships, the plans for the Fifth Avenue Live! Project truly have come to life. The Fifth Avenue corridor from the newly enlarged Civic Center downtown to a renovated and expanded National Hockey and Event Center – with Coborn Plaza, the University Welcome Center, new restaurants and retail and service businesses in between – has changed the face and the feel of St. Cloud’s historic main street. On March 2 we celebrated the groundbreaking for the first phase of the NHEC project.
Alumni Class Notes
Husband and wife head coaches met at St. Cloud State
Tom Dasovich ’01, is the head boys basketball coach at Minnetonka High School. Leah (Thomsen) Dasovich ’01, is the head girls basketball coach at the very same school. They may be the only husband and wife in Minnesota who are head boys and girls basketball coaches at the same school.
Tom is in his second year as the Minnetonka boys coach after previous head-coaching stops at Columbia Heights and Henry Sibley. Leah, a former Minnetonka assistant, is in her first year as the girls head coach. It’s a match made in basketball heaven, or at least at St. Cloud State University.
Tom and Leah were athletes at St. Cloud State when they met, as Leah joked, “in the training room over a bucket of ice.” Tom played football and basketball at Hopkins High School and football at St. Cloud State. Before Leah (then Leah Thomsen) began her St. Cloud State career, she played center on a St. Cloud Apollo basketball team that lost to Rochester Mayo – led by future WNBA players Kelly and Coco Miller – in the 1995 Class 2A state championship game.
After graduating from St. Cloud State, Tom and Leah were hired as teachers at Minnetonka. Leah has been there ever since, teaching language arts and working as an assistant to the former girls basketball coach Bart Inniger until daughter Emma came along. Tom, a social studies teacher, left Minnetonka after one year when he was named head coach at Columbia Heights, and later at Henry Sibley. His Henry Sibley teams went to the Class 4A state tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010, losing to Minnetonka in the 2008 state championship game.
The couple was reunited at Minnetonka a year ago when Tom was named boys basketball coach, and Leah became the girls head coach when Inniger retired.
It’s no surprise to learn that basketball is a major topic of conversation in the Dasovich household.
“We watch film, we watch games, we talk basketball all the time,” Leah said. “It was nice when Tom was coaching and had those really nice years and making those runs, he’d talk about what they needed to do in practice and we would bounce ideas off each other. It kept me into it a little bit and now he’s been helping me out quite a bit, too.”
Tom said, “She’s definitely a good sounding board. I used to make bad jokes that she was my unpaid assistant. But she really was. She helped me break down film and she helped me scout. It’s nice to have somebody who really understands basketball at a high level … better than me, at least.”
Reprinted with permission from John Millea of the Minnesota High School League.
Sandy (Fischer) Hansen ’94 Richmond, was selected as the Minnesota Woman Pioneer of the Year by the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Woman Business Owners. The award celebrates the contributions of women business owners in the state economy and culture as well as to larger national and global economies. Hansen is the owner and president of AgVenture Feed and Seed Inc.
Eight named 2011 Super Real Estate Agents
by Twin Cities Business Magazine, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine and Crescendo Business Service:
Three named 2011 Super Mortgage Professionals
by Twin Cities Business Magazine, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine and Crescendo Business Services.
Three named Top Women in Finance for 2011
by Finance & Commerce Magazine:
Promoted to CIO
Amy Porwoll ’88 is the new chief information officer for CentraCare Health System. She leads the health system’s Information Services division, which employs about 350 people. Porwoll has been CentraCare’s interim CIO since July. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and an executive member of the Minnesota Epic Users Group. Porwoll worked for IBM in Rochester for six years before joining St. Cloud Hospital in October 1994.
Appointed to panel
William Sieben ’73 Hastings, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to serve as an at-large member of the Commission of Judicial Selection. Sieben will be one of nine at-large members serving on the commission, which recruits and reviews judicial candidates for judgeship vacancies that occur within district courts and for openings that take place on the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
Chair of the board
Melissa Krull ’82, has been selected by the Board of School Superintendents (BOSS) to serve as chair of the board in Minnesota. Her selection was announced in November.
BOSS was formed to elevate the status of school district educational leaders, a key initiative of U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan.
Krull recently served as superintendent from May 2002-Sept. 2011 for Independent School District 272, a school district of 10,000 students in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis. Krull is recognized nationally for her high caliber leadership and her ability to guide changes in a school system to meet the learning needs of all learners. She intentionally moved away from system complacency and drove change in her school community to achieve significant gains for students.
Krull earned her undergraduate degrees at St. Cloud State University and her master’s degree in education and her Doctorate of Philosophy Education, Comprehensive Specialization in Work, Family, and Community from the University of Minnesota.
As superintendent of schools, Krull served as a liaison to the parent and business communities, to higher education, and to the legislative body of government. She served as the 2010 Chair of the Board for the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Krull was the 2010 president for Eden Prairie Morning Rotary Club and Mid-American Association of School Superintendents.
“I’m passionate about contributing to a leadership change model for superintendents that create the conditions and environment for rigorous and engaged learning. Competent, high caliber superintendent leadership has a direct link to strong results for students in schools today,” she said.
Bob Goff Day proclaimed in St. Paul
Bob Goff ’58, was honored for his work in the communication profession when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman proclaimed Nov. 9 Bob Goff Day.
It was 45 years from the day that Goff cofounded Coleman and Goff Advertising, now known as Goff Public, with business partner Nick Coleman, who later became a legendary state Senate Majority Leader. Mayor Coleman is Nick Coleman’s son and a Goff Public alumnus.
Goff, 75, has been at the forefront of public relations and public affairs throughout his professional life. He became one of the state’s early public relations practitioners when he began pitching stories to newspapers about clients who could not afford expensive ad campaigns.
“Bob has been a visionary business owner and leader in the communications profession in the Upper Midwest,” said Chris Georgacas, who succeeded Goff as president of the firm in 2004. “His legacy and the business principles which he established 45 years ago still greatly influence the work we and others do today.”
Goff now serves as chairman emeritus of Goff Public and continues to be involved in actively shaping the company’s longterm goals and providing strategic direction to clients.
Goff was previously named one of Minnesota’s top lobbyists and one of “Minnesota’s 100 Smartest People” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. During the past five decades, he has counseled countless public officials, civic leaders, and corporate executives in St. Paul and throughout the state.
In addition to his professional career, Goff has been an important civic activist in the St. Paul community, serving on several state and local boards.
Gail Kulick Jackson ’82 Milaca, was appointed commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. As commissioner she serves as the chief executive officer and chair of the board of directors for the Mille Lacs Band’s Corporate Commission, which analyzes new business opportunities and oversees the band’s existing businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley.
Savoring life at Cricket Meadow
Julianne Johnson ’79, never planned to become a restaurant owner. But it is obvious by looking at her life path that it was always meant to be.
As the owner of Cricket Meadow Tea in Litchfield, Johnson serves up fabulous food along with a sense of timelessness. The shop offers hand-crafted food right down to the bread, and accentuates with fresh, seasonal, organic and local ingredients.
“Walking into Cricket Meadow Tea is like stepping into Grandma’s kitchen right down to the smell of warm-fromthe- oven cookies,” Johnson said.
Johnson chuckles as she recalls that her impetus to open the tea shop came from the collection of more than 100 teapots and china cups she had amassed over the years. She admits that having the dishes was not a good reason to open a tea shop, but it is easy to recognize the dishes were just an indication that Cricket Meadow was destined from the beginning.
Since graduating from St. Cloud State with a degree in mass communications, Johnson has been a homemaker by trade, and has always had a knack for finding creative outlets to make home a happy place to be. Over the years Johnson has perfected recipes, gardened, grown her own herbs, canned, and yes, written. Through her weekly column in the Litchfield Independent Review, “From the Kitchen at Cricket Meadow,” with a blogspot by the same name, and as a field editor at Taste of Home Magazine, Johnson shares her expertise and lifestyle with the world.
Swim alumni honor teammate
Several St. Cloud State Alumni honored the memory of one of their former swimmates Cam Olk, who passed away in April 2011. They did so by completing the Alcatraz Invitational swim in San Francisco, Calif. The swim started near Alcatraz Prison and ended in a bay near San Francisco. The 1.3 mile swim was in extremely cold water. Every alum finished the race that included 600 swimmers. The top alum was Gerald McGlynn ’90, who was 15th with a time of 25 minutes. Among the finishers:
Wins educator award
Nicole (Fellows) Keegan ’01, is in select company. In October the St. Cloud State graduate and Dakota Middle School teacher learned that she was one of a select group of teachers from across the country to receive the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for excellence in teaching. Besides the prestige, the award comes with a cash prize of $25,000.
“I was really surprised,” Keegan said of her reaction when learning of the award. “Teaching is a very humble profession with very little recognition of this magnitude so it’s quite an honor and at the same time disappointing that more educators cannot have this experience.”
A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Keegan began her St. Cloud State career as biology major but soon decided it was biology education that struck her fancy. Keegan, who did her student teaching in her home town, applied for a job in Rapid City and hasn’t looked back. She’s spent her entire career there, teaching both sixth and seventh grade Science along with seventh grade Social Studies and Foreign Languages.
As a student at St. Cloud State, Keegan was active in the Rowing Club, serving as president and vice president. It was at St. Cloud State that she began dating her husband to be, Michael Keegan ’00 who graduated with a business degree and today is director of Student Activities and Leadership Development at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Honored as young entrepreneur
Justin Wampach ’95, has been honored by the St. Cloud Times as one of it’s “5 under 40” award winners, given to influential young business leaders in the St. Cloud community.
Wampach graduated from St. Cloud State with degrees in speech communication and marketing. He is owner, president and chief executive officer of Adjuvant Technologies, a physician scheduling software and hospital on-call management system. The company creates software that enables hospitals to locate physicians without difficulty, improving communication and patient satisfaction.
Wampach credits an internship in the academic services department at St. Cloud State during his final year with helping him find his passion. It was during a time when the internet was emerging as a popular communication tool. He was tasked with putting the undergraduate bulletin online and developed both a website and homepage for the university. Since that experience he claims, “everything I’ve done in business has revolved around the internet is some way.” Photograph courtesy of St. Cloud Times.
Winner of two awards
Rita Vetsch ’95 published her first book, “The Many Colors of Friendship.” Vetsch, an elective studies major, spent nearly two years writing this book about diversity for young readers. The book was inspired by Katherine, Vetsch’s 5-year-old daughter. The story is based upon how Katherine conquers her fears about talking to Luis, a new student, who looks different from the rest of the class. The book recently was named a finalist in the Children’s Education category for the prestigious National Books Award 2010. It previously won the International Book Award. The book can be purchased online through www.eloquentbooks.com/TheManyColorsOfFriendship.html or www.amazon.com.
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Left: Proud parents Christopher ’02 and Trista (Moede) Johnson ’02 of Riverview, Fla., show off their future St. Cloud State alums, Collin (1) and Natalie (3)!
Right: Charlie Sullivan (7 months), son of Derek ’05 and Beth Sullivan, smiles big as he can’t wait to attend his first Husky game!
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