Student Success Stories
Ella Bresson and Danielle Smith
Pictured are two graduate students in the College Counseling and Student Development program who are completing internships in South Africa. They stand beside President Potter and NMMU Vice-Chancellor (president) Derrick Swartz at the signing of a new partnership between SCSU and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). We are proud of the exciting work that our students are doing around the world!
Jeanna Ring, an employee of Northern Pine Mental Health Center, provides school-based mental health services at Royalton High School. Jeanna is a '08 graduate of the Community Psychology program and '11 graduate of the Community Counseling master's degree program. Jeanna meets exclusively with Royalton students and their families. She provides therapy during the school day saving parents time away from work to transport their son or daughter to and from outpatient facilities typically in St. Cloud or beyond. Students also miss less school by having Ring’s office within the school building. The school-based mental health program in Royalton is a collaborative effort between Northern Pines Mental Health Center and the Royalton School District to address more effectively the mental health needs within the Royalton School District and community in general.
Kenny Turck, MSW, is the CEO of Crow River Family Services. Mr. Turck holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University. He is a professional speaker and trainer on topics related to adolescent mental health, parenting, issues related to youth culture, and staff and program development. He has presented at the Minnesota Social Service Association (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011) and the Minnesota Corrections Association in addition to many others. Mr. Turck is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and was the 2010 Minnesota NASW Paul and Shelia Wellstone Social Justice Award recipient. He was also named the statewide MSW Student of the Year by the NASW. Mr. Turck has worked in program and staff development, as well as administrative, supervisory, and direct care positions in residential treatment programs, psychiatric hospital settings, and community-based mental health programs and in restorative justice.
Njeri Clement is among the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows, a group of 181 student leaders from 36 states."Njeri is an excellent example of a student leader who thinks and acts both locally and globally" said President Earl H. Potter III, who nominated her for the honor. Clement is completing her St. Cloud State bachelor's degree with a major in women’s studies and a minor in gerontology. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in Social Responsibility. "Through her education in and out of the classroom, Njeri has developed a broad repertoire of communication and leadership skills that have made her a sought-after speaker and an effective "doer" as well as a strategic thinker," said Potter. Clement’s volunteer and leadership activities range from work with mental health, women’s and senior advocacy organizations in Minnesota to organizing awareness building and fund raising for women and children’s issues in her native continent, Africa. Originally from Kenya, Clement is a board member of Ngatha International, an organization co-founded by her mother to support orphans in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS and to develop resources for African women.
Rosemary Fisher's passion and dedication to her future profession encouraged her to share her clinical experience by mentoring undergraduate students during their practicum experience. She also supported researchers by facilitating a fundraiser that allowed her colleagues to present their research at the National Speech Pathology Conference. She was the President of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association club and graduate assistant within the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. In addition, her hard work and passion to help others encouraged her to seek out a personal care assistant position which involved working weekly with a child with autism. She looks forward to continuing her education and working with children with special needs as a speech-language pathologist.
Laura Steinhoff is a Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate student and has been involved in various areas of campus. She has been an active note-taker and a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). During her time as NSSLHA President, she participated in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk, “Light it up Blue” autism awareness day, and various other volunteering activities throughout the community. Laura is also passionate about her minor in Gerontology. She has been a member of the Gerontology club and served as Vice President. Laura loves to help and serve people throughout the community, and hopes to continue doing so after she graduates.
Tricia Simon received her master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development. Tricia has been active in numerous events and organizations and has worked in several offices on the SCSU campus. In the Student Life and Development office, she advised the University Conduct Board and presented Respect and Responsibility sessions to incoming students. Her internship in First Year and Transition Programs has included co-teaching a College 150 class, reviewing Map-Works student survey results, and advising PSEO and first-year students at SCSU. Tricia traveled to South Africa on a study abroad trip that brought her a whole new insight on global education and poverty issues.
Ritu Tamang is an undergraduate student majoring in Community Health. Ritu has been an enthusiastic volunteer in different on-campus and off-campus organizations. She has been involved with the Nepalese Student Association, and she also actively volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association to bring awareness and support for the diseased. She has been an active tutor and mentor for pre-college, after school, and a summer programs to focus on the academic development of minority students. She presented her personal research at the Student Research Colloquium to education people about the health issues and clear the misconceptions people have about the FLU vaccine.
Paula Woischke is a graduate of the Gerontology master’s program. During her time as a student, she was able to network with others in the local community by serving on the committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, attending the Aging Network Association meetings, and the Healthy Aging Network in St. Cloud. She’s currently a member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society, the International Council on Active Aging, Gerontological Society of America, and the Vice President of Sigma Phi Omega/ Gerontology Club. As a student, she had found her involvement in organizations, coursework, service learning, and research as great resources for finding and confirming a career path in gerontology. After graduation, she has continued to work within her field of senior fitness. She is a Senior Fitness Consultant with UCare (Medicare Supplement Insurance). She oversees the EnhanceFitness program for them statewide that includes 30 instructors and over 40 sites. She also teaches fitness classes at the Whitney Senior Center.