Thursday, October 27, 2005

Matthew Cullen, Anaheim, CA, was named to the U.S. men's national team that competed in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship last spring in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.

John Eddy, Denton, TX, an honored scholar at many universities across the United States, has been extensively honored due to his efforts focused on human rights, including receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crown Forum Award at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

The university felt the impact of the Depression during the '30s, when enrollment dropped, graduates had difficulty finding teaching positions, and student needs required that loan funds be made available.

'35 Lois (Gibson) Berg, North Mankato, MN, taught for 35 years and retired in 1978.

There were a variety of "firsts" at SCSU during the '40s, among them the university's first homecoming queen, first Parents Day, and the first time enrollment topped 1,000.

'45 R. Lorraine (Gundershaug) Warren, Faribault, MN, taught at Brooton, Appleton and Faribault schools before retiring.

'46 James Warren, Faribault, MN, taught and was an assistant principal at Faribault schools before retiring.

'47 Dorothy (Moeller) Busch, Roseville, MN, spent many years in the Ramsey County library system and continues to be a church organist.

'48 '82 Yvonne (Palm) Gustafson, Faribault, MN, was recently honored as a teacher who made an impact by members of the first class she taught - a 1948-49 sixth-grade class.

'49 Paul Busch, Roseville, MN, spent 42 years as a teacher and coach in public schools in Oregon and Minnesota. He now enjoys gardening and his small apple orchard.

The student body began to "age" during the '50s as more students came to SCSU after years in the workforce rather than straight from high school. SCSU began offering evening and Saturday classes, and student organizations included a Vets Club and a Married Couples Club.

'53 Cory Kruckenberg, Sun City West, AZ, is working with his Rotary Club to supply the School of Dental Nurses in Jamaica with new and modern equipment. During his career in dentistry, Cory worked as a volunteer or a direct hire in Russia, China, Vietnam and the Caribbean islands, including Jamaica.

'55 Marion (Wahlstrom) Korpi, Soudan, MN, taught school full time throughout her career in the Tower-Soudan School District and the Babbitt School district. She did substitute teaching and tutored at the Tower school for 13 years before retiring.

'56 James Hamann, Dayton, MN, a member of the Atomic Veterans Legion, traveled to Australia as a guest of the national president of the Australian Nuclear Veterans Association in spring of 2003.

'59 Francis Voelker, Sartell, MN, recently celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Mil Voelker '68.

Society's growing interest in media and entertainment during the '60s was reflected in introduction of a campus radio station, KVSC; a campus television station, UTVS; and Theatre L'Homme Dieu, which produced 10 plays during its premier season.

'65 William Taylor, Portland, OR, is a co-pastor at New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, which offers church services in Korean and English languages and plans to expand its multicultural ministry.

'68 '76 Margaret Hennen, St. Paul, MN, was appointed to the national board of the Pubic Relations Society of America.

'68 Ludmila Voelker, Sartell, MN, recently celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary with her husband Fran Voelker '59.

'69 Lloyd Griep, Delano, MN, enjoys a hobby of charitable fundraising. He started a foundation for ARC (the Association for Retarded Citizens) and is starting a foundation for the Delano community.

'69 James Minor, Plymouth, MN, is president/CEO of People Serving People, one of the largest homeless shelters in Minnesota.

The university's impact on the community of St. Cloud became very evident during the '70s, when SCSU accounted for 25 percent of its population, 15 percent of its housing market, 10 percent of its traffic, and five percent of its employment.

'73 William Sieben, Hastings, MN, was voted by his peers as one of "Minnesota's Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers" for the fifth consecutive year. He is a principal shareholder at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben and is board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Minnesota State Bar Association.

'76 Diane (Bias) Mosel, Gaylord, MN, a social worker at the Sibley East Elementary Schools, was recently selected as the Sibley East Education Association's Teacher of the Year.

'77 James Lepley, Anchorage, AK, recently completed a doctorate in education and has taught for 28 years, 26 of them in Anchorage.

'77 Debra Ost, Mendota Heights, MN, recently received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary. She will serve as a parish pastor in the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Previously, she worked for 25 years as a clinical laboratory scientist in the Twin Cities.

'79 Margaret Holmes, Hibbing, MN, is publishing and editing Reflections artists journal, an on-line and printed journal that promotes both visual and literary artists in a traditional and non-traditional venue, which helps foster a creative community regardless of geography.

During the '80s there was recognition of the fact that the world was becoming more diverse, which led to a new requirement calling for students to earn at least 12 credits in courses that exposed them to multi-cultural, gender and minority concerns.

'82 Joan Alleckson, San Diego, CA, president of Profit Solutions Network, has been elected president of the San Diego chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) for 2005 – 06. Previously Alleckson served as the chapter's first vice president. She also has been the chapter's secretary.

'86 John Gambrino, Jacksonville, NC, is an active duty lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps out of Camp Lejeune, NC. He recently returned from being deployed to Western Iraq, where he commanded Headquarters and Service Battalion (-) Reinforced, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward).

'86 Brent Walz, Rochester, MN, is currently the senior assistant county attorney with the Olmsted County Attorney's Office.

'87 Lori Black, Derwood, MD, gave the keynote address titled "Beyond the Human Genome Sequence" at the 2005 Student Research Colloquium at SCSU.

'87 Brooks Herrboldt, Richfield, MN, is teaching at Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

'87 Patricia Hilleren, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lubin Family Professor for Women in Science at Skidmore College, has received a five-year, $720,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her research on quality control in the nucleus of cells. She was co-author of a 2001 article on RNA quality control in the journal Nature, and was formerly a researcher in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Arizona.

'88 Brian Belski, Inver Grove Heights, MN, accepted a position at Merrill Lynch in New York to become the equity strategist for its wealth management division.

'88 Tamara (Kolb) Campion, St. Cloud, MN, planning technician for the City of St. Cloud, passed her American Institute of Certified Planners exam. She also spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester.

'88 Deanne (Schuler) Hoppe, Chaska, MN, a health teacher at Minnetonka Middle School West, was among the recipients of the Minnetonka School District's Minnetonka Award for Child-Centered Excellence in Teaching.

'88 Anthony Rauch, Minneapolis, MN, is project designer for Hay Dobbs Architects in Minneapolis and is a consultant working on the SCSU Master Plan Update.

'88 '97 Paul Gauerke, St. Cloud, MN, started RGS Financial, a receivables management company based in Dallas, Texas. RGS provides receivables management and consulting to banks and credit issuers on a nationwide basis.

The cost of attending college continued to grow faster than the rate of inflation during the '90s, making it difficult for students to earn their degrees without financial help. During the decade two-thirds of the student body received assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment.

'90 Carolyn (Olene) Braun, Princeton, MN, the planning director for the city of Anoka, was elected president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association.

'90 Nathan Nesje, St. Paul, MN, and his band, Collective Unconscious, sold out five shows at St. Cloud's Pioneer Place on Fifth theater in early April with their "Pet Sounds" show that featured the Beach Boys' seminal album from start to finish. He is a senior systems analyst at Merrill Corporation, where he has worked for 10 years.

'92 Timothy Forby, Bloomington, MN, is with Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions Division in St. Louis Park as senior communications specialist.

'92 Lucas Miller, Hillsboro, OR, is the controller of the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. He was formerly a golf professional (club pro); assistant controller of Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash.; controller of Brandon Dunes Golf Resort in Brandon, Ore.; and corporate manager of fuel reporting of Peppermill Casinos, Inc. in Reno, Nevada.

'92 Thomas Mootz, St. Paul, MN, has been promoted to partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Minneapolis. He is an information technology audit partner with more than 13 years of experience assisting companies with both business and technical issues, including internal audit and risk assessment.

'94 Denise (Duitscher) Morris, Anchorage, AK, is in the second year of running a lawn care and handy work business with her husband.

'94 '96 Michael Klima, Marriottsville, MD, Sgt. 1st Class, has played trumpet in the United States Army Field Band since auditioning and winning the position in 1999.

'95 Thomas Dickhausen, Burnsville, MN, delivered the keynote address at the Excellence in Leadership Award banquet that took place on the SCSU campus last spring.

'95 Tiffany Elj, Shoreview, MN, has worked in healthcare philanthropy since graduating from SCSU. She is the director of development for St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul and is pursuing a master's degree in philanthropy and development at Saint Mary's University in Winona.

'95 Della Ludwig, Sartell, MN, is firm administrator at Schlenner Wenner & Co., a CPA organization. She recently completed a master's degree in management from St. Scholastica.

'95 Mark McCleary, Minneapolis, MN, is the director of sales operations for Gearworks, a mobile workforce management software start-up company in Eagan. He was formerly with CorVu Corporation.

'95 Clair Wolters, Long Prairie, MN, teaches English as a second language to second and third graders at Long Prairie Elementary School.

'96 Lisa (Voss) Graphenteen, Slayton, MN, is community development director for the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership in Slayton.

'96 Lisa (Root) Jessen, Byron, MN, worked for three years at Bankers Systems right out of college, then transferred to Outside Sales in Dallas, TX. She worked for Digital Insight, an Internet banking company, for the next two years. She now stays home to raise her two daughters.

'96 Vangie (Thompson) Schueller, Faribault, MN, is program developer for the Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services in Monticello.

'96 Michael Wacker, Stoughton, WI, is an industrial hygienist for the U.S. Department of Labor-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and received a Region V and National OSHA Innovator of the Year Award in 2002.

'97 Nancy (Nouis) Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, is an international marketing manager for International Cruise & Excursions Inc. (ICE). She previously spent eight years living and working in the United Kingdom.

'97 Andrea Melberg Thompson, Blaine, MN, is a co-owner of Figaro's Pizza in Andover and is a development associate for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

'97 Mark Thompson, Blaine, MN, is owner/operator of Figaro's Pizza in Andover.

'98 Reuben Heine, Carbondale, IL, is a student in the environmental resources and policy program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is working on a doctoral dissertation titled "Modeling Incision of Tributaries from Missouri River Degradation." He has studied and published in the areas of human modifications to large-river systems, flood-hazard analysis and accurate stream mapping.

'98 Wayne Hurley, Fergus Falls, MN, spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester. He works at West Central Initiative (WCI).

'98 Wade Kline, Fargo, ND, the community planner with the Fargo/Moorhead Council of Governments, passed his American Institute of Certified Planners exam.

'99 Michael Hawley, Jacksonville, NC, is a dentist in the Dental Detachment of the Headquarters and Service Battalion (-) Reinforced, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward). Recently, the Navy lieutenant returned from deployment to Western Iraq, where he and his mobile dental team supported the needs of the Marines, soldiers, and sailors in the area.

The new millennium that began in 2000 has been notable for students' commitment to enhancing the campus. Students approved fee increases for remodeling and enlargement of the student union and construction of a recreation center and new stadium.

'00 Amy Dahlin, Anoka, MN, became the news editor of the pope County Tribune in Glenwood in March. She had been a reporter/photographer for the Starbuck Times in Starbuck since Dec. 2003 and before then worked in television news.

'00 Brett Swaim, Ada, OH, recently received a juris doctorate degree from Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.

'01 Brandon Dobbertin, St. Cloud, MN, is a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud.

'01 Daniel Jochum, Eden Prairie, MN, Community Planner with SEH Consulting in Minneapolis, was elected secretary of the American Planning Association. He also passed his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam.

'01 Felicia (Meyer) Koehn, Janesville, WI, is a middle school teacher.

'01 Errin (Klay) Welty, Wheat Ridge, CO, is the senior director of research for the Denver office of Grubb & Ellis, a national real estate brokerage firm.

'01 Sarah Wenzel, Oxford, OH, is an account analyst for Kao Brands Company (formerly the Andrew Jergens Company), where she manages everything from the discontinued items budgets to marketing development funds for sales and general accounting work to coordinating sales restructures.

'01 Eric Wimberger, Milwaukee, WI, recently received a juris doctorate degree from Marquette University.

'01 '03 Matthew Furzland, Logan, UT, is working on his doctorate in developmental disabilities at Utah State University. His areas of emphasis are applied behavior analysis, precision teaching and instructional design.

'02 Kelly Carlson, Phoenix, AZ, is pursuing her graduate degree.

'02 Lisa Krampitz, Owatonna, MN, spoke to community development classes at SCSU during the fall 2004 semester. She is executive director for the Owatonna Main Street Program.

'02 Lisa (McClure) Roske, St. Cloud, MN, works at Nahan Printing as a customer service representative.

'02 Timothy Schmit, Sauk Rapids, MN, works as a field technician at Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation, based in Shoreview, MN.

'03 Nathan Bouvet, La Quinta, CA, was promoted to associate planner for the City of Desert Hot Springs, CA.

'03 Christopher Huber, West St. Paul, MN, is in the consumer lending division at TCF bank in Minneapolis.

'03 Emily (Bottko) Smith, Howard Lake, MN, spent a year and a half in North Carolina teaching kindergarten while her husband was in the Marines. She is back in Minnesota working at the Sylvan Learning Center and substitute teaching.

'03 Brett Sween, Crystal, MN, is a business analyst with Target.

'04 Momodou Bah, Sartell, MN, is in The Gambia, Africa and works with the National Water and Electricity Co. He is working with Canadian consultants on water supply and sanitation projects for The Gambia.

'04 Jesse Berg, Sanborn, MN, is the golf course superintendent at Farmer's Golf & Health Club in Sanborn.

'04 Luke Christensen, Aitkin, MN, is director of Kinshi of Aitkin County, a non-profit organization working with at-risk youths.

'04 Mitchell Glines, Clear Lake, MN, is development assistant for Dynamics Design & Land Company in Big Lake.

'04 William Schramm, Redwood Falls, MN, is an investment accountant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in downtown Minneapolis. He is involved with accounting for investment transactions, such as bond purchasing and selling.

'04 Michael Schroeder, Blaine, MN, is a marketing coordinator with the national commercial construction firm Adolfson & Peterson.

'04 Tina Schwanz, Farmington, MN, is an economic development specialist for the City of Farmington.

'04 Jennifer Struffert, Hillman, MN, is at Cummins Inc. as a manufacturing development program engineer.

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