Alumni Awards 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Distinguished Alumni Award
Bruce Pearson '64
When Bruce Pearson’s mother encouraged her son to learn to play the clarinet she couldn’t have imagined the impact he’d make on music education.
An internationally known author, composer, clinician and conductor, Pearson, of Elk River, is best known as the author of the "Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method" and co-author of the "Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method," music series texts used worldwide.
The rare combination of musician and athlete came to
Pearson taught at the elementary, junior high, high school and college levels for more than 30 years with extensive experience in teaching, composing and conducting. He’s led clinics in all 50 states of the United States, conducted many all-state and honor bands and appeared as a guest lecturer at more than 100 colleges and universities.
Pearson has received numerous awards, including two nominations for the Minnesota Business Foundation "Excellence in Education Award." He was honored as "Most Outstanding in the Field of Music" in the state of Minnesota, and in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to music education" was awarded the prestigious Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor in December 1998. In 2001, SCSU bestowed upon him the Distinguished Service to Music Award.
Alumni Service Award
Brian Myres '83
Brian Myres, St. Cloud, leads by distinction through his dedication to the campus and the community. Service on the G.R. Herberger College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, the Presidential Search Committee, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board and St. Cloud Area United Way are a few examples of his work as an exemplary business and community leader.
Myres is the head of Midwest Operations for ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest online bank. He was instrumental in ING’s recent decision to remain and expand in downtown St. Cloud. ING employees have been involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the Clearview project and development of a city playground.
Graduate of the Last Decade(GOLD) Award
Ryan Weber '03
Ryan Weber, Sartell, launched the Internet marketing company W3i (formerly Freeze.com) while still a student at SCSU. As chief marketing officer of one of the fastest growing companies in its market, with $27 million in sales, Weber maintains his ties to the University by speaking to students and drawing heavily from the talent pool of SCSU alumni.
The winner of multiple entrepreneur awards is known for his "intellect, work ethic, thoughtful leadership and integrity." In 2006 W3i won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Business of the Year Award for e-business in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
G.R. Herberger College Of Business Leadership Award
After graduating from SCSU, Carlo Lachmansingh, originally from Georgetown, Guyana, went on to establish an electrical supply enterprise specializing in commercial, roadway and custom lighting. With the same passion he showed when he started his business, he began sharing his vision and donating time to Junior Achievement, amongst other community organizations. He currently serves as national treasurer of the National Association of Minority Contractors based in Washington, D.C. He helps keep alumni connected and has organized several alumni reunions. His interest is to play Caribbean music professionally.
College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award
Jack Smith '52
Jack Smith, Tucson, Ariz., influenced generations of students through his professional career at various universities. He was involved in all aspects of speech pathology clinical training programs throughout his career.
Smith has maintained a close relationship with the SCSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He regularly shares his experiences as a speech pathologist and educator with graduate classes. He and his wife support the future potential of students by funding graduate fellowships and faculty development.
College of Education Leadership Award
Marcia Nelson '03
2007 Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist Marcia Nelson, Champlin, is an alternative high school teacher and night school principal for the Anoka Hennepin School District. She has devoted her life to at-risk students, "working tenaciously to build connections and foster hope." Nelson’s passion is evident in her annual effort to raise funds of as much as $50,000 to take students on a 10-day adventure trip.
Nelson was one of 16 national educators chosen by Erin Gruwell, author of "The Freedom Writer’s Diary," to write a curriculum guide based on Gruwell’s teaching experiences.
College of Social Sciences Leadership Award
Robert Goff '58
It started with his election as president of SCSU Student Government. Nearly 40 years of leadership later, Robert Goff, St. Paul, continues to use his knowledge and leadership experience as co-founder and co-owner of Goff and Howard, a full service public relations/public affairs business. Goff’s firm is known for its expertise in integrated communications and employee-focused business practices.
Goff’s career spans several arenas including education; state government; lobbying; public affairs; advertising and public relations. He has volunteered with the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Hill Reference Library Board, and the SCSU Foundation Board.
College of Science and Engineering Leadership Award
Joel Goergen '86
Joel Goergen, Maple Grove, is vice president of technology and chief scientist for Force10 Networks, a leading innovator in high-performance networking systems. He earlier headed signaling research projects at Bell Labs, Ascend Communications, Transition Networks and MTS Systems.
With more than 20 years of research experience and 12 patents, Goergen uses his expertise to benefit SCSU by serving on the Industrial Advisory Council. Through business partnerships, he’s donated expensive lab equipment to SCSU, established scholarship funds, provided internship opportunities and secured outside grants.
Faculty/Staff/Administration Appreciation Award
Jessica (Fitch) Ostman '87 '92
SCSU alumna Jessica Ostman, of Sauk Rapids, has been the University Program Board director for more than 10 years. She brings endless energy and a contagious enthusiasm to her extensive involvement on and off campus. Ostman exemplifies excellence as she manages a $600,000 budget and coordinates more than 200 annual events, including the Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, one of the premier local summer events. According to her students, Ostman has touched lives, created future leaders and opened doors for the University by fostering teamwork and enabling and supporting creativity.