Powerful learning occurs when we provide students with high-impact experiences that rock their world – then help them make sense of it all. At St. Cloud State one of the best examples I’ve seen of this kind of learning process has been the preparation and presentation of the Holocaust oratorio, “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” featured in this issue’s cover story.
For 10 weeks this summer, 38 St. Cloud State students and graduates responded to domestics, dealt with intoxicated drivers, tasered suspects and conducted traffic stops, vehicle searches and high speed chases – all part of skills training needed to take the Minnesota Peace Officer licensure test.
St. Cloud State gained a little national television exposure this spring as the brother-sister act of Nate ’08 and Stacy ’08 Dey, Maplewood, were featured in the National Collegiate Athletic Association “NCAA On Campus Program” in April. The monthly 30-minute look at NCAA college sports airs nationally on ESPN Classic and ESPNU and is posted on the NCAA Web site.
Senior Renee Helm, lead student director for the SCSU Survey this fall, is keenly aware of the electricity surrounding the 2008 national elections – and the enviable position she’s in to watch them unfold.