2005 Alumni Award Winners

Thursday, October 27, 2005

SCSU Alumni Awards annually spotlight those alumni, friends and employees of the university who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and character, individuals whose career and life accomplishments reflect positively on our university community.

Nominate deserving individuals for the following 2006 awards:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Graduate of the Last Decade Award
  • Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award
  • College Leadership Awards
    One award is given in each of the following colleges:
    G.R. Herberger College of Business
    College of Science and Engineering
    College of Education
    College of Fine Arts and Humanities
    College of Social Sciences

Nomination form available at www.GoHusky.org. Nominations will be accepted through April 29, 2006. Winners recognized at October 2006 Alumni Awards Banquet.

Please call Mark Larson at (320) 308-4242 or toll free at 1-866-GoHusky (464-8759) for more information.

Distinguished Alumni Award
Bob VoitA 1983 graduate of the computer science program who minored in aviation, Robert Voit, St. Cloud, went on to become a pilot and entrepreneur. The Jasc software company, which produced the predecessor to the now famous Paint Shop Pro line of photo-editing software he created while working as a pilot, was launched in 1991 and became a part of Corel Corporation in October 2004. By that time, the Minneapolis company had grown to 120 employees with revenues of more than $30 million.

Alumni Service Award
Michael SkillrudMichael Skillrud, St. Paul, a 1982 graduate in mass communications, has a radio account management background that has brought him much professional success, currently with Hubbard Radio Group, St. Paul/Minneapolis. His dedication to service has given him experience with Boy Scouts of America, City of St. Paul committees, various SCSU committees, and the SCSU Alumni Association.

Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award
Gail Nygaard AndersonGail Nygaard Anderson , St. Cloud, was a professor in the SCSU Department of Communication Disorders until her retirement in 2003. Her contributions to the university and the community are vast, including involvement with the HearFirst program, the Benton Stearns Early Childhood Special Education program and many others.

College of Science & Engineering Leadership Award
Keith KnutsonAfter earning science degrees from SCSU in 1965 and 1967, then teaching high school biology, Keith Knutson returned to the university and worked in the SCSU Department of Biological Sciences in St. Cloud for 31 years. He retired in 2001 after years of teaching, guest lecturing and consulting, with his consulting earnings donated to SCSU.

G.R. Herberger College of Business Leadership Award
Leign JohnsonLeigh Johnson, Rochester, started his security business in the basement of his home a year after receiving a 1967 bachelor of arts business administration degree from SCSU. Custom Alarm/Custom Communications Inc., of which Johnson is CEO, has since grown into a successful company that now employs more than 60 people in Southern Minnesota. Johnson is secretary of the SCSU Foundation board of trustees.

College of Fine Arts & Humanities Leadership Award
David DorseyDavid Dorsey, Willmar, earned a B.S. degree in physical education from SCSU in 1956 and an M.S. in speech communications in 1962. He is retired from a career as a Department of Speech Communication and Theatre instructor at Willmar Community College and has been instrumental in the development and continuation of the Willmar Community Theatre.

College of Education Leadership Award
Melvin HoaglandMelvin Hoagland, Edina, graduated with an elementary education degree from SCSU in 1953 and went on to earn additional degrees from other universities. He has had a distinguished career that included teaching, school administration, health care administration, and labor-management relations. Now retired, he remains busy with various volunteer activities.

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