Points of Honor
From the President
The hits just keep on coming
As each academic year draws to a close our university community revels in the accomplishments and successes of students and faculty. This spring a particularly beautiful buzz was heard around campus as announcement after announcement of awards and tributes for excellence and achievement came our way. In this issue of Outlook we share some of these points of pride that put the spotlight on an extraordinary few and bring honor to us all.
The winning people and programs on these pages represent the abundance of talented, creative and innovative individuals who grace our university and our alumni community with their achievements and commitment to doing what they do best. Their great ideas and hard work make our campus a place where students learn to turn dreams into opportunities that lead to a life of participation and accomplishment. One of those great ideas is a project aimed at allowing more academically talented and financially needy students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and/or math – collectively known as STEM disciplines. This project, titled “Scholarships for Academically Talented Economically Disadvantaged Students,” recently was awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to support students with scholarships of up to $9,100 per year as they prepare for STEM careers. Beginning this fall, the National Science Foundation’s four-year S-STEM program will sponsor 30 two-year scholarships to SCSU students majoring in information systems, computer science and computer engineering.
Under the direction of computer science and information technology Professors Susantha Herath, Dennis Guster and Jayantha Herath, this project will result in strengthening St. Cloud State’s ability to support deserving students and strengthen the workforce and leadership in STEM fields.
The scholarships are one more significant step of support for students of color and other underrepresented groups who aspire to a future in a STEM career. One of our first points of pride in this issue is the presentation of the National Association of ethnic studies’ Robert L. Perry Mentorship Award to ethnic studies Professor Robert C. Johnson, who for 25 years has been offering schoolchildren opportunities to transform their lives.
Johnson’s residential math-science-computer camps have been an important pipeline to higher education for young people who did not perceive themselves as future college students before coming to St. Cloud State to learn about science in a campus setting.
Several of Dr. Johnson’s campers have become students at St. Cloud State, many starting college life in the award-winning Advanced Preparation Program led by the university’s Multicultural Student Services staff. The APP program has served hundreds of new entering students in its 25 years.
This summer bridge program is open to admitted first-year students and offers introductory college classes, informational seminars and the valuable experience of college life with new friends. The next issue of Outlook will include photos and stories about the APP alumni reunion scheduled for Aug. 2 in St. Cloud.
Congratulations to all our award winners and those who have received well-deserved tributes for their dedicated service and contributions in recent months.
I also want to take this opportunity to applaud the alumni whose compelling stories of accomplishment and entrepreneurial pursuits are written about in this issue, as well as the legions of alumni who contribute so much to their career fields and their communities.
In this Outlook we say “thank you” to all the winning members of our campus community for continuously making us all proud to be in your good company.
New master’s in medical technology quality offered
St. Cloud State will offer a new Master of Science in medical technology quality degree program in the fall.
The medical technology quality degree provides professionals with skills and a strong understanding for helping medical technology companies deliver high quality products and solutions for the healthcare industry. This is information that is critical to meeting industry regulations and ensuring patient safety.
“In today’s competitive environment, especially in the Minnesota medical device sector, identifying and hiring competent and well-informed personnel in the quality profession is becoming more and more difficult,” said Jeff Fecho, vice president of global quality for St. Jude Medical in St. Paul.
“The medical technology quality program, coupled with the already active regulatory and clinical programs at SCSU, provides us with a readily available and credible source specifically geared toward the medical device industry. This program has global appeal and is a key educational component in assuring that our employees have what they need to keep us compliant and competitive.”
The medical technology quality program is the third St. Cloud State master’s program designed for the medical technology industry along with regulatory affairs and services and applied clinical research.
Classes will be evenings and weekends at the St. Cloud State Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. Contact the SCSU College of Science and Engineering at 320-308-2167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in enrolling.
Keep up with construction of National Hockey & Event Center
The first phase of construction on the National Hockey and Event Center made major strides this spring at St. Cloud State. A new webcam has been set up at stcloudstate.edu/nhec for curious folks to watch old walls come down and new ones go up.
The most dramatic change to passersby so far was the removal of the hillside along Herb Brooks Way to begin construction on the masonry for the new walls on the first floor.
Construction work on the first phase of this $14.7 million expansion and renovation will continue into the hockey season.
Slated to be complete spring 2013, the expanded and renovated NHEC will be a regional events center hosting entertainment, retail, conventions and sporting events. Central to the construction project is a 50,000 square-foot, four-story glass atrium that will extend south from the current facade to Herb Brooks Way. In addition, 20,000 square-feet will be remodeled.
St. Cloud State goes tobacco-free
St. Cloud State will become a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1, joining five other Minnesota state universities and several private colleges that have implemented a tobacco-free policy.
Trained Student Health Services advocates, signs and print materials will help inform visitors and the community about the policy.
Exceptions for tobacco use on campus will be allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act:
In October 2010, President Earl H. Potter III appointed a task force of faculty, staff and students to review existing policy and public health information, keep the campus informed of findings and seek broad input. This was done in response to a March 2010 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees resolution that encouraged system schools to consult with students and employees about steps their institutions might take regarding tobacco use.
After campus-wide discussions, St. Cloud State transitioned to a year-long period where tobacco use was allowed only in designated areas.
The work of the Smoking Policy Review Task Force was supported by grant funds from the Public Health Division of Stearns County Human Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program.
Policy details and resources are available at stcloudstate.edu/tobaccofree.
Crowd gathers to witness transit of venus
Hundreds of community members, children, faculty, staff and students made their way to St. Cloud State’s Planetarium June 5 to watch Venus move across the face of the sun. This transit of Venus occurs about every 100 years and will not be visible again until 2117.
Telescopes on the roof of the Robert H. Wick Science Building broadcast live images of the celestial oddity in the planetarium and over the Internet. Also shown was a live feed from NASA at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. The telescopes used a filter that let about 1/100th of 1 percent of the sun’s light through to allow viewers to see a black dot — Venus — move across the face of the sun during its six-hour journey without hurting their eyes.
SCSU astronomers gave demonstrations and answered numerous questions from the audience ranging from inquiries about sunspots to the telescopes. Many also wanted to know, “What other planets transit the sun?” The answer: All planets, but from earth we can only see Mercury and Venus since they are the only two planets between Earth and the sun, explained Dave Williams, retired SCSU Planetarium director. Mercury transits are much more frequent with the last visible in 2006 and the next appearing in 2012.
The last transit of Venus was in 2008. Venus transits happen about every 100 years in pairs that are eight years apart, Williams said. Williams also explained that one Venus day equals 243 Earth days.
For most witnessing the transit at the planetarium, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Listen to the podcast by 88.1 FM KVSC’s arts & cultural heritage producer Jeff Carmack for an interview with SCSU astronomy professor Gary Bohannan about the Venus transit, the collaborative effort between departments that made the viewing party possible and humanity’s place amongst the stars: kvsc.org/podcast_item.php?id=248
Three programs earn MnSCU awards
Two St. Cloud State programs were honored this year with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Diversity and Equity Awards for their positive impact on students and the campus community.
Multicultural Student Services received a Best Practices Award for its highly successful Advanced Preparation Program. APP celebrates its 25th anniversary this August with a reunion of many past participants. APP is open to incoming admitted first-year students who take classes and participate in activities that introduce them to college life and the community.
The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Initiative, a two-year-old collaboration between the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative and the Multicultural Resource Center, was recognized in the category of Innovative Practices. The initiative’s mission is to provide intensive training for faculty to learn how to incorporate anti-racist pedagogy into their existing courses across disciplines and across campus. It has been designed to help faculty develop strategies for teaching race in their courses in order to help students understand how race, racism and privilege are manifested in classrooms and institutions.
St. Cloud State also was recognized for one of its enhanced student programming initiatives.
The Club RED program received a 2011-12 MnSCU Academic and Student Affairs Award for Innovative Student Affairs Program. Peer academic and student affairs campus and system administrators based their awards on such criteria as adaptability, collaboration and enhanced student development.
“(Club RED) exemplifies the quality and characteristics that result in improved educational activities and services,” said Douglas Knowlton, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at MnSCU.
Club RED features special late evening social events including live DJs and music, climbing wall and other recreational activities on campus. Events are sponsored through a collaboration of departments from residential life to campus recreation and student government.
Listen to ‘The Sound of St. Cloud State,’ again
The Husky Sports Band released its third CD “The Sound of St. Cloud State” in May.
The 25-track CD includes music performances from the football and basketball seasons such as “University Hymn” by Amy Dale and Harvey Waugh, “Rawhide” by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.
Band president Deondre Smiles, a senior from Maple Grove majoring in geography, said his favorite tracks on the disc are the drum cadences. “It shows off the drumline, and highlights the hard work we put in,” he said. Smiles also was a part of “The Sound of St. Cloud State” CD that was released in 2010.
More than 80 student musicians performed on the disc and they now have some semblance of an idea of what goes into releasing a CD, Smiles said. They certainly now know the pressures of playing to perfection.
“When you’re performing on the football field or in the stands, it’s live music and a mistake here and there won’t hurt anything. At a recording session, things
can drag on if the music isn’t absolutely perfect, so there’s pressure to perform at your absolute best,” Smiles said.
Pressure or not, Smile’s favorite part of being in the Husky Sports Band is twofold: “It’s great to be able to make music with your friends and help the Huskies win, all at the same time.”
Founded in 2006, the Husky Sports Band performs for athletic and campus community events. Glen Tuomaala is the director. Membership is open to university and local high school students.
“The Sound of St. Cloud State” is available for $10 at the information desk in Atwood Memorial Center and online at cdbaby. com/cd/huskysportsband. The songs also are available for download online.
University honored for positive partnerships
Xcel Energy recognized St. Cloud State in June with a 2012 Efficiency Partner Award, an honor given to Minnesota businesses and trade partners who participate in efficiency programs to lower energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment.
Due to conservation efforts, St. Cloud State ranked third among the top five award recipients for natural gas efficiency this past year. The university had a savings of 117,741 therms.
“Many of these conservation projects are often invisible to those not directly involved,” said Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy efficiency marketing manager. “These awards are a way to congratulate these businesses so that employees and customers realize what’s happening behind the scenes.”
Collectively, the 210 businesses recognized saved more than 111 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 1.5 million therms of natural gas — enough energy to power more than 9,600 homes.
Senior to Sophomore program accredited
St. Cloud State’s Senior to Sophomore Program was awarded National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation this spring. The program offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses taught at their schools and to receive college and high school credits concurrently.
The Senior to Sophomore Program, a partnership between St. Cloud State and 30 participating high schools, began in 1996 and has delivered rigorous university courses to eligible high school students who have registered for 4,531 St. Cloud State courses at their schools.
Mark Springer named dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Mark Springer, classroom and music studio faculty member for 16 years, was named dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts in May.
Springer has served in this position on an interim basis, assuming the role upon the death of Dean Todd DeVriese in December 2010. Previously, Springer was interim associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities from 2008-2010 and chair of the Music Department from 2002-07.
“I look forward to Dr. Springer continuing to build on the partnerships he has forged and the leadership he has demonstrated as he assumes his permanent position,” said President Earl H. Potter III.
Springer has been active in the St. Cloud arts community since joining the Department of Music in 1996. He is a performing artist with local, regional, national and international experience and is a past and present member and representative within several state and national organizations, including the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, New Media Consortium, National Association of Schools of Music, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Perpich Center for the Arts, Legacy Advisory Group and St. Cloud’s ArtWORKS initiative.
The College of Liberal Arts is a grouping of 12 academic departments housing 17 programs, including two college-level programs in global studies and religious studies. It is one of the St. Cloud State’s largest organizational units. Among the departments are English, communication studies, ethnic and women’s studies, foreign languages, history, mass communications, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The college also houses the newly organized School of the Arts, comprised of the art, music, and theatre and film studies departments.
Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the “Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition” textbook authored by professors of sociology and anthropology Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz. The book is now in its eighth edition, published by Oxford University Press, and has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, Bulgarian and Macedonian. The pair also have written two additional textbooks, “Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology” and “Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?”, which are both in their fifth editions.
Kate Pound, professor of geology, has helped author a textbook called “Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History: Inquiry-Based Exercises for Lab and Class.”
The purpose of the book is to put key data and published case studies of past climate change at users’ fingertips to experience the nature of paleoclimate reconstruction. Using foundational geologic concepts, the book explores a wide variety of topics including: marine sediments, age determination, stable isotope paleoclimate proxies, Cenozoic climate change, climate cycles, polar climates and abrupt warming and cooling events
In January, sociology professor Stephen Philion will present at the prestigious Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC & U) annual meeting in Atlanta.
Philion earned that honor as one of four finalists for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.
Joining Philion at the AAC & U annual meeting will be Ehrlich Award winner Andrew Furco, University of Minnesota, and Ehrlich finalists Gary Welborn, Buffalo State College; Gabriel Garcia, Stanford University School of Medicine; and Peter Bortolotti, Johnson & Wales University.
More than 200 were nominated for the award, given annually by Boston-based Campus Compact, a non-profit coalition of more than 1,200 college presidents. Philion directs the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, a group of more than a dozen academics who manages St. Cloud State’s Global Goes Local conference.
Global Goes Local is making its mark in the region in part because immigrants are active conference participants, not merely subjects of study. They are stakeholders who help form research questions for the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, according to Philion’s award application.
Philion is the author of “Workers’ Democracy in China’s Transition from State Socialism,” a 2008 book about how state enterprise workers have responded to privatization. The Ehrlich Award is named for Thomas R. Ehrlich, a higher education administrator, author, lawyer and public servant best known for stints as dean of the Stanford
Points of Honor are plentiful at St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State has a long-standing tradition of having a lot to be proud of. That tradition is most apparent in the accolades and awards distributed to faculty, staff, students and alumni in especially large numbers this past academic year.
It can be seen on the walls of the university where awards hang like tapestry in display cases, such as the UTVS case in Stewart Hall. Trophies, plaques and certificates show just a sampling of the college TV station’s 27 awards from the 2011-12 school year, including college broadcasting Emmy Awards from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
It also can be seen on the office walls and on magazine covers such as the February edition of Forbes Magazine featuring John Stumpf ’76, CEO of Wells Fargo.
Even the university itself was recognized for the second year in a row with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll designation by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
But the most notable tradition of excellence at St. Cloud State University is the knowledge and fellowship that is shared campus-wide and beyond through award-winning efforts and collaborations.
It starts in the classroom with faculty members like Robert C. Johnson, professor of ethnic studies.
Johnson, who recently received the National Association of Ethnic Studies’ (NAES) Robert L. Perry Mentorship Award, has been instrumental in providing students — especially minority students — with opportunities to transform their lives. During the last 25 years, Johnson’s residential math-science-computer camps have provided life-altering experiences to more than 3,200 students from grades 2 through 12. The camps serve demographic groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, including those from ethnic minority and immigrant backgrounds, low- or moderate-income families
and a high proportion of females. This is especially notable for the St. Cloud area which continues to move toward greater racial and ethnic diversity.
An estimated 9.8 percent of Stearns County’s population were minorities in 2011, up from 9.4 percent in the 2010 census. The minority population also grew in neighboring Benton County. Among children, the racial and ethnic makeup is even more diverse.
The camps also serve as a pipeline to higher education for a significant number of participants by exposing them to campus life and the opportunities of education.
The NAES award honors talented professionals who devote countless hours mentoring students and faculty, said Connie A. Jacobs, one of the award committee members. “Your nominators, from a student to the president of your university, praised you for your work, which was cited as ‘legendary,’ and recognized the role you played in helping students become the successful people that they are today,” Jacobs wrote in a letter to Johnson announcing the award. “Your impressive vitae details the many programs you have developed that have been instrumental in providing students, especially minority students, with opportunities to transform their lives.”
The good work at St. Cloud State doesn’t stop with the work of faculty and it sometimes comes in pairs.
Take for example students Carolyn Ritter and Daniela Lorenz, novice debate team partners, who earned a national championship at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in March in Overland Park, Kan.
The SCSU speech and debate team competed with nearly 70 colleges and universities in the biennial tournament. Ritter, a first-year student from Grand Rapids, also won an 11th place Debate Speaker Award while Lorenz, a sophomore from Ellsworth, Wis., earned 15th place.
Jennifer Austin and Lindsey Branwall got a taste of the Emmy’s when they received second place from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation for Best Newscast for their work at UTVS. Austin, a senior from Champlin, and Branwall, a senior from Shakopee, also won an award from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Best Community Public Affairs Programming, while Austin won solo for Best General Assignment Reporting for her “Burglaries over break” story. As news directors, the duo led their team to top honors from the Broadcast Education Association as well during the BEA2012 Conference in April at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The success and awards stories also carry over into various athletic arenas. This past winter, SCSU saw national champions crowned in both diving (Chris White, junior from Rochester) and wrestling (Derek Skala, senior from Owatonna). White also was named the NCAA Division II Male Diver of the Year and was one of five SCSU athletes who earned Capital One Academic All-American® honors. Joining White with first-team honors were football players Matt Theis , Eden Valley, and Matt Schwartz, Forest Lake, and baseball player Phil Imholte , St. Cloud. Junior hockey goaltender Mike Lee , Roseau, was named as a third-team selection, bringing the total academic all-American team members to five.
And just as professors mold award-winning students, these student athletes are shaped by their coaches. For the second time in her career, diving coach Tracy Torgerson was named the NCAA Division II Men’s Diving Coach of the Year while Larry Sundby was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II Central Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Sundby recently completed his 25th season as a coach with the SCSU tennis program and helped lead the Huskies to their 12th straight Division II tournament bid last year. He served as the head coach of the women’s team for 18 seasons before becoming an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at St. Cloud State in 2006 and also is a professor emeritus of accounting at SCSU.
Developing future professionals
Graduates also are continuing their professional education with internships and fellowships.
Take for example Adam Ulbricht, who graduated in May with his master’s degree after serving as news dierector at 88.1 FM KVSC. The Melrose native is now moving to Washington, D.C. where he will begin an internship with the National Journalism Center. He will be assigned to one of the major media outlets in the D.C. area where he will work four days a week. On the fifth day he will return to the National Journalism Center where some of the country’s top journalists will give seminars and provide skill-building workshops. “I am looking to gain as much knowledge as I can along with making connections for a potential job after the internship ends. Working in the biggest political market in the country is something I look forward too,” Albricht said.
Alex Ames, who earned a master’s degree in public history in May, was awarded a fellowship from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, the nation’s premier graduate program for the study of American decorative arts and material culture.
Winterthur ranks among the most prestigious museums in the United States. Fellows receive a full fellowship and stipend to support their graduate work. Upon completion of the program, Winterthur Fellows are prepared to enter the job market as curators, educators, museum administrators and antiques/auction house professionals. The Winterthur complex, formerly the country home of a duPont chemical company heir, is in Winterthur, Del., an hour southwest of Philadelphia.
And then there’s Carly Thomsen, who tells an amazing story about her educational journey at St. Cloud State that includes the roles that a diverse array of faculty and staff played in her evolution. Thomsen ’04, who is currently a doctoral candidate in feminist studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, was recently awarded one of six 2012 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowships. The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional or cultural boundaries.
“My time at St. Cloud State University changed my life,” Thomsen said. “I gained critical thinking skills, learned how to engage in cultural analysis and began participating in social justice activism. In doing so, I developed a sense of purpose that continues to infuse how I understand myself and my place in this world. My love of critical social engagement began at St. Cloud State University.”
Every year St. Cloud State students land plum internships and fellowships. This year is no different. Recently, several have been notified of significant assignments.
Brian Few, a senior in the Department of Mass Communications, landed a full-time marketing internship with the Minnesota Lynx for the summer.
“Brian is active on campus, holds down a part-time job, takes advantage of opportunities presented through the university, works very hard and is extremely personable,” said SCSU Internship Development Director Bobbi Murphy.
Others, such as Megan Nichols, a senior from Corcoran in the Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Licensure Program, will take fellowships outside of Minnesota or overseas. Nichols was one of 25 from across the country who were awarded the Warren Fellowship for this summer at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas.
“Her interest in, commitment to and preparation for professional development in Holocaust education will be realized in this opportunity,” said Dan Wildeson, director of the SCSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.
“We look forward to Megan’s future assistance in, and contribution to, the design of programs that innovate methods and strategies for Holocaust and genocide education in Minnesota in the next decade.”
The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is a week-long program that introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Warren Fellowship, supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund, is developing a corps of educators who want to learn how to effectively teach about genocide and the Holocaust.
The fellowship takes place at the Holocaust Museum in Houston each spring. Twenty-five pre-service educators are selected by a faculty and museum panel and designated as Warren Fellows. Participants attend a six–day, expense-paid institute designed to immerse fellows in historical and pedagogical issues related to the Holocaust.
Amee Vang, a junior from Ramsey majoring in math education and minoring in women’s studies, achieved a noteworthy post when she was named to the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows, 162 student leaders nominated by presidents of Campus Compact member colleges and universities. Members of the class are chosen for demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities through service, community-based research and advocacy.
Vang uses creative strategies for social justice in racial equality, immigration and women’s rights. She has lobbied in Washington D.C., co-directed a fundraising play to assist victims of gender violence, mentored teens, organized gender equity awareness programming and advocated for women of color.
Emilie Wardrip, a senior from Nelson, will engage youth with her fellowship at the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. Wardrip was one of 40 American students named student ambassador by USA Pavillion 2012. Serving from May through August 2012, the student ambassadors interact with Pavilion guests in many capacities, including greeting visitors, government officials and dignitaries, and providing administrative, protocol and programming support.
The 2012 student ambassadors will receive one college credit and participate in the Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad course. All student ambassadors are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are proficient in Korean.
Wardrip spent 10 weeks in 2010 as an intern with the East Asia/Pacific Bureau of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
Reaching the top
Many St. Cloud State graduates such as John Stumpf ’76, the president and CEO of Wells Fargo, continue to excel at the top long after graduation. The Pierz native got his start at SCSU when he earned a degree in finance. His work is often held in high public regard and on the Feb. 13, he was featured cover of Forbes Magazine. The words on the cover next to Stumpf’s picture read: “The Bank that Works. John Stumpf’s Wells Fargo is making loans, writing mortgages and coining money. Are you listening Wall Street?” According to the article and statistics from SNL Financial, he now heads a bank that “far out-classes its peers in terms of efficiency, profitability and market value.”
And Stumpf isn’t the only St. Cloud State grad to climb to the peak in their profession.
In April, Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC., announced the appointment of Jeffrey Warne ’84 as chief executive officer. Warne will also serve as a member of the company’s board of managers.
Warne earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State and has more than 13 years of experience in casual dining, having served as the president and CEO of O’Charley’s Inc., and in numerous leadership roles with Carlson Companies, Inc., including president and CEO of Pick Up Stix, executive vice president and CEO of TGI Friday’s International and chief financial officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst.
“I have been given a tremendous opportunity,” Warne said. “Perkins and Marie Callender’s are superior brands with incredible potential. I am very excited to be joining the organization.”
Also flying high in his career field is John Hornibrook ’85, chief pilot of Alaska Airlines. Hornibrook received the promotion in March and today oversees 1,416 pilots.
Hornibrook holds an aviation degree from St. Cloud State and joined Alaska Airlines as a second officer in 1991. He quickly progressed to first officer before stepping into the captain seat in 1999. In addition to serving as Air Line Pilots Association Council 67 committee chairman, Hornibrook was chairman of ALPA’s central air safety and training board committees.
Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Hornibrook flew for Great Lakes Aviation and was an instructor at Buffalo Aviation, a small fixed-base operator in Buffalo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from St. Cloud State.
From the classroom to the workplace to the top of the company, points of St. Cloud State pride are spread far and wide.
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Winning attitude fuels stunning 200-pound weight loss
Two years ago, David Johnson ’03 had an epiphany that inspired him to lose half of his 400 pounds with sheer determination.
In March 2009, just two days away from scheduled gastric bypass surgery, Johnson was struck with the realization that a surgical procedure was not the right answer to his problem. What he needed was a paradigm shift – an attitude adjustment that would transform him into someone who could let his desire for a healthy body overcome his desire for food.
Johnson canceled the surgery and launched a successful journey to a lifestyle that did not include fear that he would break another chair or toilet seat or the humiliation of having every passenger’s eyes on him when he boarded a plane, eyes with looks that said “please don’t sit next to me.”
“I wanted to get my life back,” Johnson said. In 20 weeks he lost his first 105 pounds. “Before I was scared and, like a lot of others, I was losing a little then putting it back,” Johnson said. “It’s incredible how out of shape you let your vehicle — your one body — get into.”
Now he romps and runs and jumps on trampolines with his young nephews instead of lying on the floor exhausted as they crawled on his too-large body. Now he is a successful health coach with 140 clients instead of a bank worker who was promoted only after losing the first several pounds. Now Johnson has fulfilled some of his wildest dreams, including skydiving after his March appearance on the Today Show (today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041426/ vp/47231749#47231749).
Most importantly, Johnson, now 31 and a Minneapolis resident, has become a triumphant dropout from the 35.7 percent of Americans who are categorized as obese. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese.
Among obesity-related conditions the CDC lists are heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death. Medical costs associated with obesity are in the billions. “Lose 10 percent of your body weight and you’ll reduce your chance of disease by 50 percent,” Johnson said.
“Obesity is killing us.” While Johnson is proud of his success, he credits his health coach with helping him achieve his goals. His cousin had lost 80 pounds on the Medifast system Johnson now works with as a coach and mentor to other coaches. It’s a system that has been the program of choice for hospitals such as Johns Hopkins, a system that helps clients set the boundaries in their lives that will start them on a realistic weight loss plan.
“I never could have imagined this career as a health coach opening up to me, but my bachelor of elective studies degree from SCSU has been an incredible asset to me, especially because it allowed me to create my major around what was important to me,” Johnson said.
He came to St. Cloud State with credits from Normandale Community College and a year of traveling and sales work and continued working full time while completing his studies. He graduated summa cum laude with a multidisciplinary degree focusing on marketing, management, communications and fine art.
“I literally use every aspect of my major,” he said. “I loved my experience at St. Cloud State,” he said. “I had a great college experience with classes that were excellent and challenging.”
One of his favorite instructors, management Professor Elaine Davis, remembers Johnson well and is not surprised by his success. “David stood out in my classroom as very engaged, motivated and a ‘high potential’ employee any organization would be lucky to get,” she said.
“In school I learned how to deal with different situations and to learn to grow and change,” Johnson said. His weight loss has been a monumental part of that change, one that has transformed him from a bystander to a participant in life.“
We all rationalize,” Johnson said. “But when being overweight becomes your opportunity to call in sick to life, when you’re treading water and hanging back, it’s time to surrender and look for the influences that will support rather than sabotage a successful life change.” Johnson found those influences and is teaching others to turn off the nose and turn up their own voices — to look to themselves.
“You have to selfactualize, to ask yourself, ‘am I going to allow the world to determine my happiness?’
As a coach I’m bouncing the ball back and forth with my client, and it’s up to the client to move things forward. I can only support.”
See more of David Johnson’s weight-loss story on: youtube.com/watch?v=UXgRPL_SCZE
Before Facebook made reconnecting with old friends a oneclick process, eight former St. Cloud State students bonded annually aboard canoes floating down the Mississippi River.
The Stearns Hall residents’ one-off whim in the spring of 1979 has evolved throughout the years into something special — equal parts bull session, drinking party, support group and wilderness adventure. The crew has completed 34 such voyages, each on the first weekend in May.
They’ve weathered all kinds of conditions, including snow, sandstorms and downpours. In drought conditions, the men have dragged their canoes down the river. Head winds once forced them to tie ropes to their canoes so they could be towed by hand along the shore. They’ve greeted the morning in tents covered with hoarfrost. One steamy Saturday they coped with 90-degree weather by swimming in the river.
“We’re just a bunch of guys who’ve never taken ‘no’ as an answer,” said Jim Hasling, who owns an insurance agency in Blaine. “It’s just like a fellowship. We become one. We don’t even have to talk before we go. Everyone knows what to do. Everyone knows what to bring.”
The therapeutic value of a sojourn on the continent’s mightiest river is considerable. Paddling between islands, floating past small towns, the men have shared news about children, parents, jobs, homes, divorces and cancer scares.
“All these large life events you catch up on as we float together down the river,” said Monte Bloom ’86, a high school and middle school German teacher from Zimmerman.
“We’re like brothers,” said Scott Roffers ’82, a prosecutor for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. “We screw each other to the wall every chance we get. We see a weakness and we bust their chops. Then we hug each other and laugh.”
“There’s an incredible amount of trust among the group,” said Jeff Filipek, the YMCA director in Pierre, S.D. “You can bring stuff up, knowing you’ll get a candid response, whether you like it or not, and knowing it won’t leave the river.”
Filipek’s trust in his friends is rooted in a near-death experience on that first trip down a rain-swollen Mississippi. Several hours south of campus, his two-man canoe struck a partially submerged log, tossing Filipek and another student into the near-freezing water. Despite a life vest, the heavily jacketed Filipek was slow to resurface.
“I remember thinking ‘Wow, this is how I’m going to die,’ ” Filipek said. When he did come to the surface, Filipek clung to another canoe as his friends paddled him to shore. There in a farmer’s field north of Clearwater, the young men set up a tent, started a fire and removed Filipek’s clothes. Roffers unrolled a sleeping bag and crawled inside with Filipek, sharing body heat.
Hours later, after an emergency room visit to St. Cloud Hospital, the young men gathered in Stearns Hall. They recalled the harrowing minutes in the farmer’s field, when Filipek was too weak to stand and was drifting in and out of consciousness. But they also recalled how much fun it was out on the water, away from the pressures of school and work.
And they began to talk about continuing the trip. “We were naïve and we believed we were invincible,” Filipek said.
The next day, the farmer who’d retrieved their canoes hauled those same canoes back down to the river. Trip No. 1 finished without a hitch in north Minneapolis and every year has followed suit.
“For the foreseeable future,” said Bloom, “we’re going to keep this thing going, as long as our bodies hold out.”
Through the years, the men have refined their Mississippi River canoe trip, drawing upon hardearned experiences, as well as the inner wisdom that comes to men in their middle years.
“In the early years we were really young and dumb,” said Bloom, with a chuckle.
Young and naive
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Men’s tennis earns 12th consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid
St. Cloud State men’s tennis, under the leadership of head coach Jerry Anderson ’84, earned its 12th consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid this spring.
An independent Division II program, the Huskies charted a 17-6 overall record, which ended with a tough 5-0 setback at Western New Mexico in first round play of the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament.
In singles play, junior Joao Orsi, Londrina, Brazil, and freshman Jordan Peterson, Staples, led SCSU with 13 wins apiece. On the doubles side, the tandem of freshman Tyler Halmquist, Moorhead, and sophomore Matt Sturgeon, West Des Moines, Iowa, paced the club with an 11-6 record at number one doubles.
Emily Kerber qualifies for NCAA golf championship
Senior women’s golfer Emily Kerber, St. Cloud, was the first SCSU player to compete at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship since 2003.
Kerber had a strong spring season as she tied for ninth at the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament and earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors for her 14th place league finish.
She completed her collegiate career with a 63rd place finish at the national championship.
Men’s golf earns ninth straight trip to NCAA regional play
The Huskies were among 80 teams selected for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship for the ninth straight year.
The Husky line-up included seniors Jordan Dickey, Faribault, and Mitch Means, Brainerd, junior Gordy Diekman, Alexandria, and sophomores Devin Holmes, Ramsey, and Charlie West, Victoria.
St. Cloud State advanced to the regional and for the third straight year placed second at the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship.
West won the individual title at the conference championship and was named the NSIC Golfer of the Year. Diekman was named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team.
Huskies bat in another record-setting baseball season
The 2012 baseball season was another record setting affair as the Huskies set a new team standard for wins in a season with a 48-14 overall record (26-6 NSIC). Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Pat Dolan, the Huskies also earned their third consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid and finished as the runner-up at both the NSIC tournament and NCAA Division II Central Regional.
“Our success and the records set are really a testimony to the quality of the student-athletes in our program,” Dolan said.
St. Cloud State baseball set 10 single-season school records in 2012, while setting or tying six individual team records.
“We have a great nucleus of players returning for 2013, so we are certainly excited about our prospects for next season,” Dolan said.
Senior first baseman Joe Benke, Roseau, leaves campus with the school career record for games played (212), games started (204), at-bats (705), runs (213), hits (259), doubles (63), triples (16), RBI (197), walks (124) and total bases (456). He tied the team record for career homers at 34. He also owns the all-time record for runs in a season (84), doubles in a season (25), RBI (180) and extra base hits (107).
Top-15 finishes for swimming and diving team
The 2011-12 St. Cloud State swimming and diving season was capped off with top-15 finishes for the year for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The women’s team was ninth overall while the men’s squad had its best finish of all-time at 14th.
Head Coach Jeff Hegle guided his team to 16 All-American finishes. The men’s and women’s teams earned academic honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their collective grade point average during fall semester.
Alumni Award Winners
2011-12 Alumni Award recipients
SCSU Alumni Association Awards spotlight alumni, friends and employees of the university who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and character, and individuals whose careers and life accomplishments reflect positively on our university community.
The 2011-12 Alumni Association Awards ceremony and reception took place April 19 in the Atwood Theatre and Theatre Lounge.
Alumni Class Notes
Partners in art
TyRuben Ellingson ’81 ’82, Chandler, Ariz., right, and Stephen Plantenberg ’81 ’84, Avon, displayed pieces of their digital print artwork and ceramics respectively at the Atwood Gallery at St. Cloud State. Their showcase was titled “Quarry Bridge Show.”
Ellingson is known for his visual arts and special effects work in Hollywood on films including “Jurassic Park” and “Avatar.” He has worked on more than a dozen major motion pictures. Ellingson donated three pieces of artwork to SCSU to be permanently displayed in the Alumni Room in Atwood Memorial Center.
’91 grad plays lead in Toronto opera
Peggy (Kriha) Dye ’91 performed the lead role in the April production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Armide” at the Opera Atelier in Toronto. The Toronto daily newspaper, the Globe and Mail, gave Dye a glowing review: “Opera Atelier couldn’t have done better, for the title role, than soprano Peggy Kriha Dye. Her talents come as no surprise: This is her 10th production with the company, and she’s well known for her command of baroque style. Her phrases were well shaped, intonation was excellent in all registers and her sheer stamina was impressive. (She’s on stage, singing, for most of this opera’s five acts.)
Adding to all this was her dramatic mastery of this complex role. Her Armide was wary yet trusting, impervious yet vulnerable, and fearsome yet pitiable – all at the same time.”
Dye, who grew up in Brainerd, followed her St. Cloud State music education with stints at the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard Opera Center.
Recent grad is top 10 sportscaster
Former KVSC sports director Zack Fisch ’12 was ranked ninth on the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s All-America Program and is now the broadcasting and media relations director for the
Dubuque, Iowa, Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League.
Fisch, an Olathe, Kan., native, is well-known in Central Minnesota as the voice of St. Cloud State University Husky Hockey on KVSC 88.1 FM. During his four years with KVSC he also served as television play-by-play announcer for UTVS Husky Productions, the Granite City Lumberjacks Hockey Club, the Rochester Honkers and St. Cloud Rox baseball teams and Fox Sports North Prep Zone.
“It’s quite humbling to receive this honor. There are a lot of sports broadcasters around the nation, and to know you’re among the best is very exciting,” Fisch said. “This isn’t just big for me, but for
St. Cloud State as well, because it’s the first time SCSU has had an all-American. So, hopefully it helps show how good our mass communications program is.”
Fellow Husky Productions announcer Mike Doyle ’11 also made strides in his professional career by being named digital media coordinator for the Minnesota Wild. Doyle’s job duties include coordinating feature content on Wild.com, writing feature and news stories, photography of hockey games and Wild events, and updating the team’s Facebook page.
Rox vice president
Scott Schreiner ’99, St. Cloud, is vice president of the St. Cloud Rox baseball team (formerly known as the St. Cloud River Bats) franchise in the Northwoods League.
Schreiner was most recently an assistant athletic director at St. Cloud State for nearly six years and was general manager of the River Bats from 2000-04. The St. Cloud Rox team name hearkens back to a popular minor league team that played in St. Cloud from 1946-71.
Grads are inspiration to longevity and education
Grandmothers can inspire us to do many things. Kelsie Johnson’s grandmother, Elsie Johnson ’36, inspired her to attend St. Cloud State University along with five other grandchildren including Kelsie’s sisters Kristen Johnson ’09 and incoming sophomore Katie Johnson.
“We all just decided that it would only be natural to follow in her footsteps,” said Kelsie, a junior from Big Lake. She said she also hopes her younger brother will follow the family tradition after high school.
Elsie also is an inspiration to longevity. On May 16, she turned 100. The family celebrated with a small party.
After graduating from St. Cloud State with a teaching degree in music, Elsie went on to be a piano teacher at her home and a first grade teacher at the old school house in Big Lake while her husband and children worked on the family farm. She also taught in Anoka for about 20 years.
Kelsie, who is majoring in English, remembers hearing her grandmother tell fond memories of St. Cloud State, which was one of the reasons she and her sisters and cousins decided to attend.
Elsie lived on campus and was in the women’s choir. Some of that musical influence and campus music involvement also rubbed off on Kelsie who is in the Husky Sports Band drumline.
“We would go to her house after school and look through old yearbooks and she would tell us how great St. Cloud State was,” Kelsie recalled. “We looked up to her.”
Elsie isn’t the only inspiration to longevity and higher education traditions at St. Cloud State.
In June, fellow alumni Matilda (Lorenzen) Schaefer ’55 also turned 100. Schaefer has lived in the same house in St. Cloud for about 80 years and attended St. Cloud State alongside her sister Theresa Lorenzen ’60.
“She’s always had a very quick mind and still does,” said her son Richard Schaefer ’64.
Like Elsie, many from Matilda’s family have followed her in attending St. Cloud State. Along with Richard, Matilda’s daughter Judith (Schaefer) Janey ’60 graduated with a degree in teaching.
Richard’s daughter Kristen Schaefer ’03 and son-in-law Adam Jenson ’01 also are SCSU alums while his brother Jack Schaefer and daughter Jill (Schaefer) Jenson attended.
Top 1 percent
Bradley Wheelock ’88, St. Cloud, is ranked by Barron’s magazine among the top 1 percent of wealth advisers in the nation and the No. 2 adviser in the state. Wheelock was the only outstate adviser to make the top 20 in Minnesota. The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, in conjunction with the National
Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices, has also recognized Wheelock among the best wealth advisors in the country for the second straight year. He is a 24-year veteran of the RBC/Wheelock Investment Group.
Girl Scouts honor three with Centennial Awards
by Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Three nominated for St. Cloud Police service
by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency for their work at reducing drinking, which involved collaboration with SCSU.
Four awarded for financial services
by the Million Dollar Round Table international association
Two named to President’s Club and International President’s Premier
by Coldwell Banker Burnet for being among the company’s top 50 sales associates and top 50 listing associates. Fewer than 1 percent of sales associates world-wide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for the International President’s Premier award.
Four join Edina Realty circles