Faculty and Staff News

Monday, January 25, 2010

John Burgeson


Julie Andrzejewski
Human Relations Professor Julie Andrzejewski is the lead editor and author of a new book which received the 2009 Peace Studies Book of the Year Award from the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium. “Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards,” published by Routledge this spring, was a collaborative project among national and international scholars in the American Education Research Association (AERA). Introduced by Andrzejewski at an invited session of the AERA conference in San Diego in April, a panel of authors spoke to the key aspects of the book: that social justice, peace, and environmental preservation are integrally connected and equally important, and that educators should play a major role in teaching students how to understand global problems and take constructive action for humans and the earth. Andrzejewski, who joined the University in 1971, has authored numerous other publications and is co-director of the Social Responsibility master’s program.

Ivan Bartha

Coordinator for Experiential Programs Ivan Bartha received the Frank Lupton Service Award at the 2009 Wilderness Education Association (WEA) National Conference on Outdoor Leadership in Bloomington, Ind. The Lupton award, named for the Western Illinois University faculty member who helped establish the WEA in 1977, recognizes outstanding professional service with WEA and contributions to the outdoor leadership profession. The organization has more than 40 affiliate programs worldwide representing academic, non-academic, private and non-profit outdoor leadership programs. Bartha has presented educational workshops at the national conference every year since 2000 and has served on the WEA Board of Trustees since 2006. Bartha also is helping the WEA develop an accreditation model for affiliate programs to deliver outdoor leadership certification and registry on a national level.

Matt Barton
Matt Barton, assistant professor of English, is creating a video game documentary that was inspired by “Vintage Games,” a book he co-authored earlier this year. “Vintage Games” delves into the history of the gaming industry, beginning with primitive computer games and continuing through present-day consoles. Similarly, the film, “Gameplay,” will provide a broad look into the industry’s history. Barton expects that the film also will provide insight into gaming, dispel common myths about gamers and examine the impact video games have on society. The movie is likely to be released in 2010.

Örn Bodvarsson
“The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy,” co-authored by Örn Bodvarsson, management department chair, has been published by Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany. The book is the first of its kind, a comprehensive survey and analysis of the academic literature on why people migrate, the characteristics of immigrants, the effects of immigration on the home and host countries, why some immigrants return home, migrate repeatedly or choose to migrate without authorization, as well as related issues in the policy arena. Bodvarsson, whose St. Cloud State courses include the advanced undergraduate/graduate-level “Economics of Immigration,” is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, specializing in the economics of immigration.

John Burgeson
Dean John Burgeson, Center for Continuing Studies, received a Chair Academy Exemplary Leadership Award at the 2009 International Leadership Conference. The award recognizes leaders in post-secondary institutions world-wide who have worked to advance academic and administrative leadership development. Burgeson was nominated by his peers for his efforts to expand the center’s number of programs and student participants. Criteria for the award included enhancing the learning community at the nominee’s institution, creating programs to meet the needs of the ever-changing college population, and modeling best practices, loyalty, commitment and integrity.

Bradley Chisholm
Professor of film history and genre studies, Bradley Chisholm, is researching the infamous First State Bank of Okabena robbery of 1933. The heist is historically significant because of the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde’s suspected involvement. He discovered the tale of the bank robbery after reading the memoirs of Blanche Caldwell Barrow, “My Life with Bonnie and Clyde.” Since then he has dedicated his research to determining whether the two can actually be attributed to the crime. Chisholm plans to share his work with his students to demonstrate that historical research can be exciting. He is also considering publishing a scholarly article and hopes it will create a revival of interest in the subject, especially 1930s bank robberies.

Don Hofsommer

Professor Don Hofsommer, history, is the author of “The Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway: A Photographic History,” recently published by the University of Minnesota Press, and co-author of “Iowa’s Railroads: An Album (Railroads Past and Present),” recently published by Indiana University Press. Hofsommer has authored numerous railroading books for academic presses, including “Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland,” “The Tootin’ Louie: A History of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway,” “The Great Northern Railway: A History,” “The Hook & Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway” and “Minneapolis and the Age of Railways.” He is president of the Lexington Group, a non-profit dedicated to chronicling the history of transportation.

Beth Knutson-Kolodzne

Beth Knutson-Kolodzne, Volunteer Connection coordinator, received the Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award from Minnesota Campus Compact in recognition of her leadership and commitment to service-learning, campus-community collaboration, success at building partnerships and positive impact on the campus and the greater community. She organized trips to help in the flooded areas of Fargo/Moorhead last spring and serves on the United Way volunteer engagement advisory board and on the service-learning advisory board of Independent School District 742. She also led the effort to win the SCSU-ISD742 Building Bridges Grant that made possible a college and career exploration seminar for ELL students in 9-12 grades, as well as tutoring initiatives in reading and Spanish in two area elementary schools.

David Laliberte
Adjunct History Professor David Laliberte ’08 master’s, received the McFarland-Society for American Baseball Research Award in August for his article, “Myth, History and Indian Baseball: An Unexpected Story of the Game in Minnesota.” The award recognizes outstanding articles or papers written about baseball or baseball history. Laliberte’s research, part of a larger study on baseball at Indian boarding schools, shows how Native peoples employed baseball as a tool of indigenous resilience at these otherwise assimilationist institutions, surprisingly reshaping their Indianness by embracing the national pastime. In addition to the award, Laliberte’s article will be published in The Baseball Research Journal published by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Marie Novak Madgwick ’91
A Gold Award from the Central Minnesota Printing Profession’s Gallery of Superb Printing was presented to Marie Madgwick ’91, University Communications senior graphic designer, in May for “superb craftsmanship in the production of the SCSU Inauguration Invite.” The invitation was produced for the September 2008 inauguration of President Earl H. Potter III. The award for printing excellence was shared with Kenning Outsource Group, which produced the piece. “Since we began working with Marie, she has always shown great detail in her work and has designed amazing pieces for St. Cloud State,” said Darren Kenning, president of Kenning Outsource Group. “The inauguration invite is no exception.”

Gregory Martin
Associate Professor Gregory Martin ’92, mass communications, served as a competition judge for the Global Media Awards competition and guest speaker at the College Sports Video Summit in Atlanta, in June. He is executive producer of the student-led Husky Productions which televises the play-by-play action of men’s hockey games at St. Cloud State. Martin was on hand when Husky Productions received a first place in the Global Media Awards for College Sports in competition with Ball State University, Baylor University, the Big East Conference and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Husky Productions entries were nominated in five of the competition’s 10 categories, an honor as other nominees included ESPN, CBS Sports, Ball State University, Baylor University, Ohio State and the University of Miami (Fla).

Jim O’Neill
Jim O’Neill, emeritus foreign languages professor, has published a Spanish-English baseball dictionary. The “Bilingual Baseball Dictionary” is a result of O’Neill’s two-decade habit of collecting Spanish baseball terms and phrases. The hobby, which arose from his passion for the Spanish language and a childhood spent watching baseball with his father, resulted in a collection of 7,500 baseball-related terms and phrases, including five pages of Spanish variations for “hit a home run.” O’Neill taught Spanish for 42 years, 35 of them at St. Cloud State, and retired from the University as a full professor in 1999.

Bruce Skalbeck

Professor emeritus Bruce Skalbeck is a 2009-10 returning board officer of the Central Minnesota’s Association for Operations Management, St. Cloud. The association is
the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.

Michael Vadnie

Professor Michael Vadnie, mass communications, became the 19th recipient of the Defense of the First Amendment Award in April for his lifelong advocacy for freedom of the press and staunch defense of the ideals of the First Amendment. Vadnie, as adviser for the University Chronicle since 1986, was nominated by his colleagues in the Department of Mass Communications for instilling his principles in St. Cloud State students through his journalism and mass media law classes and his efforts as adviser. Vadnie, the first St. Cloud State professor to receive the award, joined the mass communications faculty in 1981. In 2007, the Minnesota Newspaper Association presented him with the Al McIntosh Distinguished Service to Journalism Award, the organization’s highest honor.

Susan Warner
Professor Susan Warner, nursing science, was honored as one of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s 100 Distinguished Alumni at the school’s Centennial Gala in November. The award, made on the occasion of the school’s 100th anniversary celebration, recognized alumni who have profoundly impacted families, communities or the nursing profession. Warner was nominated for her involvement in preserving and expanding nursing programs at several universities, impacting health policy at the national level and expanding and developing educational opportunities for underserved and disadvantaged students in rural communities. She was founding director of St. Cloud State’s nursing program, which was launched in 2001.         

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