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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD A publication for alumni and friends

Two is better than one Partnering to Learn More

Alumni Foundation Annual Report Special Edition

Alumnews Spring 2012

Dear Alumni,

Alumnews is published two times per year by University Marketing, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead MN 56563

By the time you receive this issue, I hope you are enjoying the lengthening of days and the promise of Spring. I am now in my fourth year as president of Minnesota State University Moorhead. This is the first Spring that we have not been preparing for both an imminent reduction of state funding and a looming flood.

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Directors of Development Matt Bosch Jenni Walthall Mark Lofstrom

Alumni Foundation Board of Directors President Evelyn Quigley

On the flood side, the weather has cooperated as has excellent planning on the part of the City of Moorhead. Moorhead continues to invest in infrastructure for flood mitigation thus lessening the impact of the periodic swelling of the Red River. The university budget is not flush, and we will raise tuition within reasonable limits in order to address increased costs. However, our budget is balanced and sustainable. In order to get to that point, we have reduced costs, increased revenues, increased return on investment, and developed closer ties between resource allocation and revenue generation coupled with quality. For more discussion on our journey, please see my report to the Foundation board on the web at http://web. Our students continue to excel. They are getting great jobs and attending excellent graduate and medical schools. Our annual publication, Great Grads, tells their story. It can be found on our website at In addition to getting excellent jobs when they graduate, our students also win prestigious regional and national competitions. These are described in our quarterly publication, MSUM Today, which can be found on the web at Finally, as I meet more of our alumni during our gatherings, my pride in this university continues to swell. Our alumni make the world a better place through leading in the business sector, teaching in K-12 and post-secondary education, serving in the health and allied fields, leading nonprofit groups, serving in political office, and using their talents in many other ways. It is my very great privilege and pleasure to lead Minnesota State University Moorhead. Please feel free to contact me by email at if you have any questions about your university. Best wishes for a wonderful Spring! Sincerely,

Vice President Corey Elmer

Past President Darrell Rowe

Treasurer Greg Staszko

Edna Mora Szymanski President

Secretary Tod Ganje

Directors Mark Anderson Maureen Brownson Lisa Erickson Jim Fay Sue Gens Robyn Gray Lindsay (Hartmann) Hample John Haugo Frank Leidenfrost Deb Magnuson Sandra Korbel Frank Mosier Scott Nelson Rodney Paseka Mark Reed Tomi Sawyer Jason Sjostrom

Veterans Center Named in Honor of Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito In November, the newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, located in Flora Frick 149, was dedicated and named in honor of Major General Larry Shellito. Shellito earned MSUM undergraduate degrees in business administration, accounting and distributive education and his master’s in business education. In 2011, Major General Shellito was appointed as the 17th Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. He assists the state’s 380,000 veterans and their families. The center will provide a place where veteran students can gather and support each other. MSUM has about 230 students who are certified to receive veterans’ benefits.

On the cover: Carole Braschayoko and Neal Thornbloom are teacher candidates in MSUM’s new elementary inclusive education degree program.


Pictured L to R: National Guard veteran and MSUM student Joseph Butler, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, Pres. Edna Szymanski and Dave Bellefeuille, MSUM Veterans Resource Center.

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Alumnews What’s Inside

FEATURES 4 MSUM Transforms Teacher Education 6 Teacher Candidates Partner to Learn 13 Film Studies and Graphic Communications Unite


14 Students Excel in Regional and National Competitions 17 MSUM Opens New Community Outreach Center

18 New Sustainability Degree Meets Growing Demand for Green Jobs

PROFILES 8 Alumus Challenges Children of All Abilities 10 Divine Intervention Intercepts Destructive Path 11 Alumni Help Change Lives in Africa


ALUMNI FOUNDATION 20 Alumni Foundation Annual Report 24 Scholarships are Priority of Alumni Foundation 25 Life-long Educators Donate $250,000 to Alumni Foundation 28 Alumnotes * Weddings * Babies * Obituaries

8 Seeking Distinguished Alumni Do you know an extraordinary alumna or alumnus? Nominate him or her for a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. For more information and to nominate, go to, email or call 21.477.2143.


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MSUM Transforms Teacher Education Not your typical teaching degree


oday’s classrooms are increasingly diverse and inclusive.

Lisa Seljevold, a first and second grade ‘loop’ teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead, says, “More co-teaching is happening because classrooms have many more children needing alternative learning strategies to meet their benchmarks. The general population is changing and teachers must be ready. The approach that worked for a majority of kids previously, often doesn’t anymore.” That kind of feedback from educators, coupled with emerging educational research, prompted MSUM’s School of Teaching and Learning to shake up its educational curriculum.


> Lisa Seljevold, a teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School, says future teachers must be ready for a changing student population.

“General education teachers will graduate with special education coursework and standards, and special education teachers will graduate with an elementary inclusive education degree in addition to coursework for special education licensure,” Brandt said. The B.S. in special education no longer exists on campus (the undergraduate special education program is available as an online/hybrid 2+2 program in the Twin Cities), but an additional year of coursework equips a student with both an elementary (K-6) and special education (K-12) license. Working closely with area teachers and administrators, the course design reflects best practice in the field. “Our partner teachers and schools are vital to the success of our program,” Brandt said.

“If general education and special education teachers are partnering to meet the needs of students, our on-campus program should reflect that,” said MSUM education Professor Camille Brandt.

“These changes are important because our school has struggled to make adequate yearly progress,” said Dr. Mary Jo Schmid, principal at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School. “We want student teachers who are high quality students because we can’t afford to see a loss of learning occur during the time a student teacher is here.”

Curriculum Innovations

Field Experience

It’s new, but the same. Faculty reviewed the strengths of the existing elementary education and special education curricula to integrate the attributes that will best prepare future teachers. The result: elementary inclusive education.

MSUM has augmented its strong Professional Fourth Year program, yet differentiated it by linking course assignments to curriculum standards in elementary classrooms. Faculty designed the new practicum model

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alumni feature Feature “A number of forces is causing universities to look at fieldbased learning in new and different ways, which is essentially what we have done at MSUM.” –Professor Lisa Staiger based on feedback from cooperating teachers, who asked for a consistent schedule with longer blocks of practicum time, an opportunity to work on lesson planning with teacher candidates, and more direct university support for students while they are in the field. “Teachers told us these things would really make a difference,” said Lisa Staiger, an education professor and assistant director of Field Experiences. Classroom teachers are reporting positive feedback about the revised practicum model. The assignments are professional

The Building Blocks All education majors take Introduction to Education, which includes a 30-hour practicum. Three new embedded field experience blocks are taken prior to student teaching. Students attend class on campus for several weeks, then take what they’ve learned to a field placement for several weeks. The process is repeated throughout the semester. Teacher candidates put theory into practice every day.

The Embedded Series Junior Year, 1st semester > Learning Environments > Reading/Writing Strategies Pre K-3 > 48 hours in the field Junior Year, 2nd semester > Classroom Assessment > Advanced Reading/Writing Strategies P-3 > Effective Teaching > 72 hours in the field Senior Year, 1st semester, Methods Courses > Teaching Elementary Science & Environmental Education > Reading & Writing Strategies/Upper Elementary/Middle School > Teaching Elementary Social Studies > Building Partnerships in Education > 125 hours in the field Senior year, 2nd semester > Full-time student teaching (14-17 weeks)

and focused. “Teachers say our students are very well prepared and actively involved in the classroom right away,” Staiger said. Seljevold has had two MSUM practicum students. “MSUM’s teacher candidates and I both taught from day one,” Seljevold said. “We planned every lesson together and used a variety of teaching styles—co-teaching, one teach/one assist, small group, etc. It was wonderful for everyone involved.” “It’s a more collaborative approach to training new teachers,” Schmid said. “The student teacher is working hand in hand with the instructional team.” Students will have nearly 300 hours of classroom experience before they student teach, or between 100-120 more practicum hours than under the old program (depending on specialty area).

Student Partners Co-teaching is a growing trend in education, often pairing general and special ed teachers with professionals such as speech-language specialists or physical therapists. The field experience models today’s teaching reality. Students co-teach early and often. “It alleviates anxiety for students,” Staiger said. “When they first manage a group of learners or teach a lesson, it helps to have a partner to support them. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work and learn collaboratively.” Sophomore Carole Braschayko was somewhat nervous about being paired with someone she didn’t know. “At the same time, I was happy to go through this experience with another person. We gave each other a lot of feedback and support. It worked out really well.”

The Liaison MSUM now has eight liaisons supervising 140 embedded students at 11 partner schools. They offer support to approximately 75 cooperating teachers. “We’ve focused our placements in partner schools to provide support to both the liaison and faculty members who observe and supervise in the field,” Staiger said. Liaisons greet teacher candidates and share news as they arrive at the school, give candidates feedback on teaching performance, support classroom teachers, and present practicum debriefings to the campus. “We’ve used different supervisory models in the past, but this model gives our students more connection and ongoing feedback to guide them to success,” Brandt said.

Producing better teachers Not many universities incorporate these embedded experiences to the same extent as MSUM. “Some institutions are going down the same path,” Staiger said. “A number of forces is causing universities to look at field-based learning in new and different ways, which is what we have done at MSUM.” Best practices ultimately lead to every child demonstrating growth over the course of a year—academically, behaviorally and socially. If our students are successful, then children will be successful. > KRISTI MONSON

Frequent field experience helps confirm a student’s career choice.

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“One of the things I like about MSUM is that from the freshman year on you get lots of classroom experiences.” –Carole Braschayko

Two is Better than One Partnering to Learn More


new component to the education curriculum is integrating academic assignments with practicum placements, while placing students in pairs at elementary schools. Students Carole Braschayko, a sophomore from Coon Rapids, Minn., and Neal Thornbloom, a junior from Aitkin, Minn., were partners last fall in Jennifer Kujanson’s second grade class at Lincoln Elementary School in Fargo. Their partnership demonstrates the value of collaboration early in a teaching career. “Teaching students often takes a team of people working together and thinking outside the box,” Braschayko said. “Co-teaching is a great way to start on the collaboration process.” Thornbloom liked the support a partner brought to the classroom. “We bounced ideas off each other and worked together on certain assignments,” Thornbloom said. “We learned a lot from that process.” Tammy Peterson (’74 elementary education), a retired teacher with Rothsay Schools, was a liaison and student-


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> Carole Braschayko and Neal Thornbloom enjoyed the teamwork and feedback their teaching partnership provided.

teacher supervisor at Osgood and Lincoln Elementary Schools last semester. She says one advantage of partner pairs is accountability. “It’s a wonderful experience for the real world because they will work in teams in the school system and accountability is an important part of teaching,” Peterson said. The embedded field experience format places students in a classroom as part of their coursework. Braschayko and Thornbloom attended Kujanson’s class for four-hour blocks, twice a week for two, three-week periods. “We had real work to do in the classroom, helping students right away,” Thornbloom said. “That consistency was beneficial,” Kujanson said. “We fit in a whole lot more in a day and they saw what a typical school day looks like.” Braschayko agreed. “I benefited by observing and participating in a variety of activities throughout a day.” Hands-on experience is a strength of MSUM’s education program, giving students real-world opportunities early and often. These embedded experiences occur in

alumni feature Feature student organizations as well. For example, Education Minnesota club members spend Monday afternoons at Madison Elementary School helping kids with homework. “One of the things I like about MSUM is that from the freshman year on you get lots of classroom experiences,” Braschayko said. Students and professional teachers rave about the role of the new school liaison, who is a critical bridge between elementary and MSUM classrooms. “Our liaison, Tammy Peterson, was very helpful if we needed clarification on assignments, and she scheduled our time with other professionals so we wouldn’t miss out on teaching time,” Thornbloom said. Peterson said the immediacy of providing feedback, guidance and problem solving helps teacher candidates and the classroom teacher. “I am there to guide the embedded students in all areas of professionalism, such as dress code, promptness, preparing lessons and language,” Peterson said. “Being there for the students means the cooperating teacher doesn’t have to deal with student issues or take valuable time away from the classroom.” Kujanson appreciated the liaison the most. “It’s important for the liaison to see how classrooms are evolving and how we need to adapt the way we teach future educators.” Braschayko and Thornbloom received feedback about their assignments and teaching methods from not one, but three professional teachers.

work on,” Braschayko said. “Neal and I also gave each other good feedback and support.” “Neal and Carole worked well as a team and interacted nicely with the children,” Kujanson said. “I enjoyed the experience very much.” The kids are winners, too: More individualized instruction, exposure to different teaching styles, and relationships with other adults benefit them as learners. In the end, it’s about providing children with the best possible teacher to help them learn. > KRISTI MONSON

Liaison Role Brings Retiree Full Circle li·ai·son: communication between different groups or units of an organization; a channel or means of communication “I knew when I retired at 62 I wasn’t going to really retire,” said Jerry Stigman, a 36-year education veteran, who spent 17 years teaching in classrooms and 19 years as principal at several local elementary schools. As Jefferson Elementary’s liaison (and former principal), he praises the “cadre of teachers who willingly mentor college students, not just to have help in the classroom, but who believe it’s part of their professional responsibility.” Stigman is the “go-to” guy for both teacher candidates (TCs) and cooperating teachers (CTs). He assists in everything from clarifying assignments to addressing issues of professionalism. “It’s a huge advantage for the teachers to have a liaison in the building who can deal with any student issues,” Stigman said. “Ultimately, what I do with the faculty reflects on MSUM.” He says MSUM students have always been well prepared for the classroom. “In my years of observation, they could walk into a classroom and make an immediate and positive impression. I believe that’s because they had so many opportunities to work with kids and teachers.”

> Liaison Tammy Peterson provides immediate feedback and guidance to teacher candidates.

“Carole and Neal always had someone besides me giving them feedback,” Kujanson said. “It helps students to have someone they know well and are comfortable with offering suggestions.” “The feedback we received on our projects made it a real learning process and allowed us to hone in on the things we need to

Stigman likes the opportunity TCs get to experience diverse populations. At Jefferson Elementary, Stigman said, about one-third of students were English Language Learners. “What a gift for our TCs to meet students from all of these cultures and to learn from them.” The children are learning, too. “The increased time our TCs get with these kids prepares them to be professional teachers, and that benefits children down the road,” Stigman said. And for Stigman, it’s a great retirement gig that lets him connect with kids again. Alumnews Spring 2012


Little moves, big strides…

Alumnus Challenges Children of All Abilities > About 75 percent of all learners are kinesthetic learners. Physical exercise helps the brain learn.

He attended national conventions and leadership conferences and represented HPE on the dean’s student advisory board. Most importantly, he engaged with other passionate educators. “I felt wonderful every day. That’s what I love about exercise,” he said. “When you feel positive about yourself you’re more willing to engage in other environments. That’s what life is all about.”

Hands-on Experience

> Nate Hendrickson works with hundreds of kids with special needs at TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics Academy.


teeped in evolutionary history, educating children in a confined, sedentary classroom is the least desirable way for the brain to learn. About 75 percent of all learners are kinesthetic learners; they need to move and participate in order to learn, said Nate Hendrickson, a 2007 health and physical education graduate. “Movement is the best medicine for any kid.”

Exercising Passion Growing up in Roseau, Minn., Hendrickson felt a little isolated from the world. He joined the Marines to broaden his worldview and figure out his life plan.


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A two-sport athlete in high school, he rediscovered a passion for exercise during his four-year stint in the Marines. “I wanted to share this passion with kids in an educational setting,” he said. He enrolled at MSUM, where he credits HPE professors Nancy Christianson, Jan Adair and Wendy Frappier for teaching him about the true profession of physical education and encouraging professional development activities. “You don’t go into physical education because you want to coach; you need a passion for working with kids,” Hendrickson said.

As an older-than-average student returning from military duty, Hendrickson gained valuable hands-on experience working at the YMCA after-school program and as a respite care worker for a boy with special needs. That experience, as well as growing up with a sister with cerebral palsy, steered him toward a career working with a special population. He earned an adaptive PE license that gave him additional training in modifying activities to meet the needs of kids with special needs. He joined Riding on Angels Wings, a non-profit organization whose goal is to strengthen, empower and educate individuals with physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional disabilities by working with horses. “That experience taught me that these preconceived limitations we have of kids is unfair,” he said. “I never would have thought you could take a child and put him on top of a horse and let him walk or ride around, especially with kids who have more limitations. Being with those

alumni profiles Profiles “When I form a relationship with these kids and they believe in me, that’s when they believe in themselves.” –Nate Hendrickson kids taught me the most. When I form a relationship with these kids and they believe in me, that’s when they believe in themselves.”

A Proven Leader Hendrickson’s passion is getting noticed; most importantly by the young people he works with. He joined TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics Academy in 2008 as the kids fitness and special needs director. He’s worked with children as young as two and adults as old as 64, but most clients are four to 12 years old. About 80 percent of his time is on the floor with the kids. As he worked with 13-year-old Roma, he bounced on the trampoline with her, counted for her while she sped up on the treadmill, and gave her a little nudge to push her to go lower as she did squats. “Give me some really big ones, Roma baby. Lift your knees up! Raise the roof, Roma! As if on cue, Roma does what Nate asks. He tells her she’s doing great; she smiles and giggles.

the opportunity to explore without being held by the hand. I give them a little boot and push them through it. I’ve had kids say their first sentences doing some of these activities.”

He recently received the 2011 Joining Hands for Kids award for his commitment to helping develop and create a thriving program that includes all children, no matter their ability.

Hendrickson works with a wide variety of disabilities. “Every individual functions on a different level in multiple areas and when you look at people you can’t just look at a physical diagnosis. If you fail to see where a child is emotionally, cognitively and socially, we fail to reach that kid. Once I assess where they’re at, I adapt what we are doing that day.”

All of TNT’s programs are growing. What started with 75 students has grown to 800. Since its inception in 2005, TNT has served more than 4,000 families, including 350 families with children with special needs. They work with six to 15 schools a week that bring in classes with children with special needs, and they provide training to other agencies. Learn more about TNT’s offerings at

“Nate is committed to these kids and puts his energy into understanding the whole person. He adapts to their needs to get the desired results,” Bredahl said. “Watching him work with children is simply miraculous.”

“We do a lot, and we’re always trying to push the envelope,” Hendrickson said. But the foundation of what he does remains pure and simple: Movement is the best medicine you can give a kid. > KRISTI MONSON

“I can’t call it therapy, but exercise is absolutely therapeutic.” –Nate Hendrickson

“I can’t call it therapy, but exercise is absolutely therapeutic,” he said. Roma’s mom, Jennifer Bredahl, agrees. “Nate has a way with Roma that is like no other. He gets her to do things we never imagined she could do. It brings tears to my eyes to see her laughing and having so much fun doing things that others might take for granted.” The TNT fitness facility is 20,000-square feet of pure fun. Kids crawl, jump, run, climb, roll and swing. There are obstacle courses, trampolines, circuit stations, foam pits, balance beams, a climbing wall and more. “This kid-friendly environment allows me to be imaginative and to adapt activities as needed,” Hendrickson said. “A lot of individuals I work with have never had

> Not a bystander, Nate crawls, jumps, runs, climbs, rolls and swings with the kids. Alumnews Spring 2012


Before Tebowing… Divine Intervention Intercepts Destructive Path > Vince and his daughter, Brooklyn, at the December graduation ceremony, where he received his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Williams didn’t like the football program—at first. “The head coach said I was a ‘tweener’ and he wouldn’t feel bad if I didn’t come out the following year,” Williams said. “I was defiant and resentful. But defensive coach Dan Lind persuaded me to stay.” “He wasn’t a tremendously gifted athlete, but he worked hard and eventually started on defense,” Lind said. He describes Vince as positive, even keeled and mature. “He has great moral character and a strong faith that helped him through some tough times.” > Vince Williams


is life was riddled with poverty, drugs, gangs and hopelessness. An environment designed for failure. He should have been a statistic. But the impact of the right people at the right time—many of whom he met at MSUM—changed his life. Native Chicagoan Vincent Williams (2003, social studies & 2011 M.S. curriculum and instruction) admits he was headed toward destruction. After getting caught doing “illegal activities,” his mother sent him to Detroit to live with his father. Different city, same problems. “By the grace of God I got caught by my uncle Bops, who is near and dear to my heart,” Williams said. “He persuaded me to do something positive with my life and encouraged me to play football. That’s how, at age 15, I left that lifestyle.” His football cadre at Redford (Detroit) High School was motivated to succeed. “Playing football presented a different set of standards and that’s what I needed,” he said.


His senior year they lead the Huskies to their first state playoff game in the school’s history. College recruiters seemed interested, but he wasn’t big enough. Dragon recruiter Christopher Laidlaw thought differently. He saw Williams on another player’s game tape. “He liked what he saw because he visited me in Detroit. I had never heard of Moorhead, but he painted a magical place.” Laidlaw encouraged Williams and two buddies to road trip to Moorhead. All three signed with the Dragons. One friend backed out before school started; another returned to Detroit after one week on campus. “I was all alone, but Norman Bell, Alan Black and Jose Saez helped me stay focused. It was the best decision I ever made,” Williams said. “I eventually developed positive relationships with all of my teammates, especially Bjarne Rustad, John Varriano and Matt Baasch, all of whom I consider to be my brothers.”

Williams sporadically attended Fargo Baptist Church and an on-campus Bible study. “I later learned that Fargo Baptist Church sponsored that Bible study! On March 1, 1999, I accepted the Lord as my Savior, which is why I believe in Divine Intervention,” Williams said. “I was headed toward destruction. God used football to bring me to Moorhead to hear the Gospel. “I owe so much to Moorhead State. It’s helped me learn to deal with people who are different, increased my knowledge, allowed me to play a sport I love, prepared me for a great career, and more importantly, I’ve come to know the Lord because of Moorhead State.” Today, Williams inspires others—as a teacher at Fargo North High School. MSUM education Professor Steve Grineski taught him a valuable lesson about relationships. “Connecting with students keeps them engaged,” Williams said. “Chances are most won’t remember what the consumer price index is, but they’ll remember that I listened to them and taught them to put others before themselves. I know that for a fact.” > KRISTI MONSON

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alumni profiles Profiles titude—to survive. We are dreaming of a safe village for these women to live communally, to work to sustain themselves, to share their resources, and to raise their children safely.

How do you keep pressing on amid the challenges of extreme poverty?

> The Erhardts with Priscillah and her son, Daniel.

Mango Mama Brings Relief to Orphans


indsay Onufrock (’03, social work) and Timothy (TJ) Erhardt (’03, social work) met in MSUM’s social work program. “TJ was the cute guy who was always late to class,” Lindsay said. Lindsay learned about Kenyan culture in an anthropology class and traveled to Kenya in the summer of 2002. “It changed my life,” she said. Upon graduation, she invited TJ to accompany her on her second visit to Kenya. He reluctantly said yes. “We fell in love there and knew Kenya would always be a part of our lives,” TJ said. Last July, the Erhardts (now married eight years) moved to Africa to help build a baby house for orphaned infants, which eventually fell through. Many people might have quickly returned to the comforts of America, but the Erhardts, undeterred, remained in Kitale, Kenya, to change a small piece of the world. Below is an interview with Lindsay about her experiences.

How did you get involved in orphan care? Orphan care has been a calling since I was young. During my first trip to Kenya, I volunteered in the Homeless Children’s International (HCI) program, which provides basic necessities and education to street kids living in Nairobi. I’m thankful for that experience as I appreciate what we have now.

What instilled your desire to help the children of Kenya? I met 13-year-old Priscillah in Kenya in 2002. I sponsored her by paying her school fees and living expenses and began what is now a 10-year relationship. TJ and I supported her through high school and she is living with us in Kitale. It’s been the most inspirational journey of my life.

What project are you working on? I went to Kipsongo slum outside of Kitale the first week we arrived. It was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. I had never been exposed to such poverty. We found a girl, about the size of an 18-monthold, who was almost five and on the brink of starvation. We brought her to the hospital. The bill was $53. I blogged about her and encouraged others who may want to help pay her bill. I’ve received $3,000 since that post. As a result, we formed a nonprofit called “The Jua Project.” Jua is the Swahili word for “hope” and “sunshine.” Our goal is to be “Jua” in the slums to help pay for emergency medical care for orphans.

How are you engaging with the widows and single moms in Kipsongo? Kenyan women are very vulnerable. A widow’s husband’s family has the right to take all of her personal belongings, her land, and sometimes her children. People who live in extreme poverty carry a self-centered at-

Daily life here is a humbling experience. The slums, poverty and starvation are rampant. But, there is much hope and much joy. These hard-working men and women love their families and make great sacrifices for their children. They want to build a better community.

What is daily life like? We live in Kitale, Kenya, pop. 75,000. We have running water, electricity, wireless Internet, a stove/oven, refrigerator and microwave! Twenty-four hour security guards patrol our gated community. We get most things here but at triple or more the price. Transitioning our children to a Third World country has lots of challenges—eating my cooking, learning Swahili, and adjusting to new boundaries to protect them. We are so thankful for their resilience.

What are your long-term plans? TJ and I will return regularly to Kenya to ensure that The Jua Project is running smoothly. Our goal is to empower Kenyans to help themselves.

> Single mom Julie also cares for her four grandchildren.

Dreams come in a size too big… so you can grow into them Welcome to Lindsay’s blog: Not everyone is called to do mission work or live in another country, but I believe we all have a role to play. I hold firmly to James 1:27—“…look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I hope mangomama inspires others to “be the change” in different ways, large and small. Alumnews Spring 2012


New Rivers Press Serves Students, Campus and Literary World


estled in a comfortable, slightly cramped den in Weld Hall is one of MSUM’s best-kept secrets. It goes about its work quietly, but draws national attention each fall when its work emerges into the world, often winning awards. One of just two teaching presses in the country, New Rivers Press (NRP) selects imaginatively written novels, short story collections, literary nonfiction and poetry by emerging and established authors, packages that prose into beautifully designed books, and at the same time grooms English and mass communications graduates for careers in publishing.

oversees the screening of manuscripts, and Suzzanne Kelley, managing editor, assists students with editing. The press is a model of interdepartmental cooperation, collaboration and integration. The activities of the press and its related curriculum dovetail with the school’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, and integrate accounting, art and graphic design, English, marketing, mass communications, promotions and website development classes. The Art & Design Department has an especially close relationship with the press. Every summer, Allen Sheets,

> MSUM graphic design students and sisters Amber (L) and Alyssa (R) Nelson created the cover and interior for The Muse of Ocean Parkway, published this fall by NRP. This semester, these talented designers are working as interns at Food Network Magazine and Redbook Magazine in New York. They credit the real-world experience they gained at NRP for these coveted internships.

> The 2011 releases from New Rivers Press.

Founded in 1968 by C. W. “Bill” Truesdale, the not-for-profit press has published more than 330 books, first from New York, later from Minneapolis and since 2001, from its home on the MSUM campus. Each year, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the business of publishing enroll in the Introduction to Publishing and the Practicum in Publishing courses. When successfully completed, they earn a certificate in publishing. The coursework covers every aspect of small-press publishing, including editing, marketing, public relations and sales. Professor of English and NRP senior editor Al Davis


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NRP art director and graphic design professor, selects several senior art and design students to design the books chosen for publication, including the covers and interior pages. In 2009, three MSUM graphic design students won American Inhouse Design Awards for Excellence, garnering national attention for the press. A year later, two students received the same award for the cover and interior designs they produced. New Rivers Press titles have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. > REBECCA SUNDET-SCHOENWALD

Davis and Kelley hope to produce a hardcover edition of author Clint McCown’s book, Haints, next fall, who twice won the American Fiction Prize and received three nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, sought out NRP after learning that last year’s novel, Girl Held In Home by Elizabeth Searle, is a product of NRP. To publish Haints as a hardcover (most NRP books are high-quality soft-covers), Davis and Kelley must raise $4,000. Interested donors should contact Davis at 218.477.4681, or Kelley at 218.477.5870. Donors who make a tax-deductible contribution of $1,000 or more to the project become members of the Publisher’s Circle, and receive benefits and recognition as primary donors on the copyright page.


arts and humanities

Bat Boy Theatre Alum Channels His Inner Beast


he physical requirements of theatre are often overlooked by the audience; but Tyler Michaels (2010, theatre) brought the physical aspect frontand-center in his recent role as Bat Boy. Bat Boy: The Musical chronicles the mocktragic life of a deformed half-human, half-bat creature. Michaels attributes his ability to commit to such a role to his work at MSUM. “In a class at MSUM called Movement for the Actor there was a section where we did animal research,” Michaels said. “I took a lot from that class to influence some of my movements in this role.” Theatre, by its very nature, demands a willingness to step fully into a role, but it takes a special breed of actor to bring a character like Bat Boy to life.

“Steven, the director, was shocked to see me just jump into the role,” Michaels said. “When they did it back in 2004, (Steven) had mentioned that the guy they had playing Bat Boy had trouble finding the animal side of it. That was the most fun for me—trying to jump in and crawling around on the floor—make weird noises with my body.” With Bat Boy: The Musical successfully wrapped, Michaels continues to build his theatre career. His latest role was Snoopy in a production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, showing at the Bloomington Civic Theater. For more information about Tyler Michaels, visit his personal website: http://

> Tyler Michaels, theatre alumnus, plays Bat Boy.


Merged Departments Create More Opportunities for Students


n the business world, the word “merger” is sometimes associated with “hostile takeovers” and corporate “monopolies” that destroy livelihoods and threaten democracy. At MSUM, however, a recent merger received plenty of approval from faculty and students. Film studies and graphic communications, two programs that have experienced considerable growth in the last 10 years, merged this year into cinema arts and digital technologies. Although the merged department is now one of the biggest on campus, individual degrees stay the same. “It’s important to point out that we still have a film studies major and a graphic communications major,” said Tim Borchers, dean of MSUM’s College of Arts and Humanities, where the new department

resides. “We just combined these majors into one department.” Borchers said the new department fosters the kinds of working relationships students see in the professional world. “In areas such as animation, students who are skilled in different functions work together to create the final project,” he said. “Our discussions with businesses and alumni have reinforced this fact and we are being responsive to their feedback.” Tom Brandau, chair of the new department, agreed. “There were courses and applications that graphic communications offered that our film students were interested in, and vice versa. The animation studio class provides an example of how students benefit from more contact with each other. Students

from graphic communications, film and music industry work together to create a short, computer-animated film. Film students write and direct, graphic communications students design and render the models, and music students handle the sound design. Borchers sees another benefit to the merger: “Students from both programs have a long record of winning awards in local and regional competitions. By bringing them together, we’ll continue to develop an environment that fosters excellence.” > REBECCA SUNDET-SCHOENWALD Alumnews Spring 2012


Beating the Competition MSUM students excel in regional and national competitions > MSUM’s award-winning CSIS team, left to right: Matt Ehrichs, Phillip McCorison and Sam Sussman. Not pictured: Andrew Dahl.

fall, which feature short and long programming problems designed to test students’ skills and knowledge.

> MSUM Professors Olgun Sahin, Sheri Erickson, Jerry Kuperman and Vinod Lall coached the award-winning team. Pictured left to right: Erickson, Yulia Murzaeva, Andrea Rachel, Stephanie Mahrer, Rob Hatfield and Sahin.


ollege of Business & Industry students tackled tough competitors at recent competitions around the state and country and have proved they are among the best.

School of Business School of Business students Rob Hatfield, Stephanie Mahrer, Yulia Murzaeva and Andrea Rachel took first place in a business case competition sponsored by Advance IT Minnesota, the Center of Excellence in Information Technology for the State of Minnesota. The competition was open to all universities in the state. Each team was sequestered for 23 hours and prepared a presentation for a group of industry executives. They prepared a power point presentation, project plan, risk plan, systems architecture diagram, process diagram, and a financial report. The teams came up with a business solution for the company Comcast.

Mass Communications was a national finalist in the 2011 EPPY™ Awards, presented by


Editor & Publisher magazine, one of the nation’s most prized and long-running honors for online content recognizing the best media-affiliated websites across 43 categories. The Hospice edition of, titled “Living a Lifetime: Caring Through the End,” was a finalist in the category “Best College/University Journalistic or Documentary Report.” is an online general interest magazine produced by students under the direction of Reggie Radniecki, associate professor of mass communications. Since its inaugural issue in 2002, the magazine has won 60 national and regional awards.

Computer Science & Information Systems CSIS students excelled at two regional computer-programming competitions this

The team of Sam Sussman, Andrew Dahl and Dustin Ernst placed in the top 12 percent, out of 220 teams in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) North Central Collegiate Programming Contest. The teams worked to solve 10 computerprogramming problems over a five-hour period at 16 sites across the region. The North Central section includes schools in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Manitoba and Ontario. The team of Sam Sussman, Andrew Dahl, Matt Ehrichs and Phillip McCorison finished second out of 21 teams from 12 regional universities at Digi-Key’s Collegiate Computing Competition in Thief River Falls, Minn.

Construction Management Two MSUM teams participated in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) competition held in Nebraska City in October—one team in the residential category and the other in commercial. They competed against schools such as Iowa State University, NDSU and Kansas State University. “We are competing against some of the best in the Midwest region,” senior Dominic Rademacher said. The teams created a pre-qualification pack and presented to a panel of judges from Hearthstone, one of the largest residential builders in the U.S., and McCarthy Builders, the number one hospital builder in the U.S. The residential team placed second out of six teams, and the commercial team received fifth out of 10, and was graded second overall for their presentation. > COURTNEY WEATHERHEAD

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business and industry

Investing in the Future

> Finance majors, left to right: Dillon Hoover, Raja Siddique and Jarred Chamberlain.

Finance students educate peers on investments


ost Americans deal with stocks, 401k’s and choose investment plans, yet many students are not educated on these topics. Finance major Gopi Beesetty and a group of his friends want to teach MSUM students how to invest their money and better understand the world of finance, which is why they started the Investment Society.

Finance Team Takes 2nd


SUM students placed second by a narrow margin behind the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the CFA Institute Research Challenge held Feb. 16 and sponsored by the CFA Society of Minnesota. Also competing: University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Saint Thomas, Bethel University, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Mankato and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

> Gopi Beesetty, center, talks with Investment Society members.

There are about 20 active members from the School of Business. President Beesetty hopes students from other majors will join since the club discusses topics that everyone should be knowledgeable in. The group’s professional advisor is Mark Anderson, adjunct instructor and president at BlackRidge Financial, who says the group provides members with real-world experience. “The Investment Society will contribute to a member’s knowledge of investments and the complicated environment within which they exist,” Anderson said. “Every student will face many life decisions about managing personal financial affairs and the Investment Society can make a person better prepared.” The Investment Society has a pseudo fund they discuss at their meetings. “We take everybody’s opinion on what stocks to buy and how much to buy using the pseudo money,” Beesetty said. The group’s long-term goal is to raise money so they can start a real portfolio, with real money.

MSUM’s team, all finance majors, included December 2011 graduate Dillon Hoover and students Raja Siddique and Jarred Chamberlain. This is the first time an MSUM team participated in the competition. They prepared a research report on Donaldson Company, Inc., and presented their reports to a panel of investment professionals. Dr. Olgun Sahin was faculty advisor to the team, and Michael Hardy, senior portfolio manager at State Bank & Trust, was the team’s industry mentor.

“Our students competed very well against other schools, including the University of Minnesota. They were motivated, determined and spent many hours preparing the written report and presentation. We are proud of how well they represented MSUM and the School of Business.” –Olgun Sahin

> COURTNEY WEATHERHEAD Alumnews Spring 2012


Bigger is better for Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic

Murray Improves Client, Student Experience > The academic space and the clinic occupy one floor in Murray Hall.

Grier Hall Murray Hall Building 6,800 square footage


Therapy room square footage

120 (average)




Therapy rooms



* in lab



* in therapy room



Clients served





he Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department has been crammed into Grier Hall since the mid-60s, but their move in August to Murray Hall (formerly home to the Corrick Center and Nursing) has “exceeded our expectations,” said Vicki Riedinger, Speech Language Hearing Clinic director and speech language pathologist. The clinic was previously located in Grier basement, but now the academic space and clinic occupy one level. Clients enjoy more convenient parking, improved indoor maneuverability (for wheelchair-bound clients), easier restroom access and a more comfortable waiting room. “It’s a wonderfully accessible facility and a huge improvement for our clients, students and faculty,” Riedinger said.

Big Advantages Larger therapy rooms allow the clinic to run group sessions, which they didn’t have space for previously. In addition, they can provide more effective play therapy sessions and hold patient conferences with caregivers, students and supervisors right in the therapy rooms. “Students have a large prep area, where they gather materials and prepare for their clinic sessions,” Riedinger said. “They also enjoy increased workspace and a large commons area.” Technology improvements include new computers in therapy rooms, a larger computer lab, wireless Internet, and in-house


access to augmentative and alternative communication devices because the Regional Assistive Technology Center is also located in Murray. “Academic programming and the clinic are both in the same building, making it very efficient and convenient for students and faculty,” Riedinger said. “We didn’t have classroom space in Grier, so we were teaching all over campus—from Nemzek Fieldhouse to the Science Lab building.”

Room to Grow The additional space will allow the speech pathology graduate program to grow. Because clinic hours are an essential component of the graduate program, the move to Murray creates more space to serve more clients and the capacity to increase student enrollment. The typical incoming graduate class ranges from 12 to 16 students; this fall’s incoming class was 22. “We are getting so many good graduate school applicants,” Riedinger said. “Our students reflect the competitiveness of our program.” The clinic has also secured contracts with local agencies to work with adults with developmental disabilities. About 60 percent of the clinic’s clientele represents this client type. The improved facility, along with faculty specialists in communication disorders, stuttering, transgender, and voice disorders, make the MSUM speech and hearing clinic one of the premier facilities in the area. > KRISTI MONSON

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MSUM Opens New Community Outreach Center $135,000 Bremer Grant Supports Community Counseling


SU Moorhead’s Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) program has received a $135,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for a new Community Outreach Center (COC). It’s the first of its kind in Fargo-Moorhead, and MSUM is the only university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to offer a completely free counseling clinic for the uninsured and underinsured. “This community does a good job of meeting people’s basic needs, but mental health care needs are often neglected,” said center coordinator Ben Erie. “We hope to help people transition into more productive lives.” Wilder Foundation research identifies 763 homeless individuals, including 158 minors in Fargo-Moorhead. An additional 16 percent of the population (or 575 Moorhead families) live below the poverty line. Other healthcare issues are covered through various services in the community, but no mental health counseling programs target the homeless population.

Center Scope The COC will provide free mental health and growth counseling to the homeless and lower income adults and children. It will also provide services for children attending Moorhead Public Schools. “By the time individuals are homeless, they have generally experienced a multitude of problems. We will help them to see how these experiences are affecting their life, their relationships and their employment, and what strategies can be used to mitigate them,” Erie said. The Center will also accept referrals from MSUM’s Hendrix Health Center for students seeking self-improvement and personal growth.

Community Partners CNSA Professor Lisa Karch will work with Moorhead Public School District in identifying at-risk students and providing needed counseling services. “A lot of children will be counseled through art and play therapy, and we will work with the whole family,” Karch said. Clinic staff also will work closely with Churches United, Homeless Health and other local providers.

> Community Outreach Center staff, L to R: Ben Erie, Lisa Karch and Brian Smith.

Clinic Facts Location:

Lommen Hall 113, MSUM campus


4 counseling rooms, 2 group rooms, 1 play therapy room


3 to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Cost: Free Contact:



Clinic Coordinator, Internship/Practicum Supervisor 15-20 intern and practicum students

Hands-on Learning Karch and Erie will provide direct counseling services in addition to their administrative duties. Fifteen to 20 masters-level counseling students will participate in practicum or internship hours. “They will get a unique experience counseling adults, children, college students and the homeless,” Erie said. “I don’t know of a site in this area that will give students this much variety and exposure to diverse populations.” “As a teaching school, our first priority is CNSA student interns. All student sessions will be video recorded and reviewed. This intense reflection and feedback loop will graduate more competent and effective professionals who are ready to work the first day on the job,” Karch said. Last year the program graduated 18 students, all currently working in the counseling field. > KRISTI MONSON

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New Sustainability Degree Meets Growing Demand for Green Jobs Interdisciplinary program focuses on conservation > Dustin Wenzel and Dennis Jacobs stand in front of the demonstration house, where students will get hands-on experience in creating a sustainable home.

share of the clean energy economy: jobs, businesses and investments that achieve a double bottom line—economic growth and environmental sustainability.” (Pew Charitable Trusts, June 2009) Green jobs are found in all sectors of the economy, from business and law to government and science. The interdisciplinary curriculum will prepare students to understand the challenges and opportunities in a growing green economy. Junior Dustin Wenzel has been taking courses toward the sustainability major (environmental science emphasis) for nearly three years. “What appeals to me about the program is that it is so fresh,” Wenzel said. “So many courses teach some aspect of sustainability so there is obviously plenty to learn.”


SUM’s newest major—sustainability—is the only four-year sustainability degree in Minnesota and North Dakota. While most sustainability programs focus on natural resources or technology, MSUM is one of few universities in the country to focus on the entire spectrum of sustainability. “Our research found most schools focus on the technical/supply side of the environment equation. This program will focus on the conservation side of the sustainability question—that will be our primary niche,” said Dennis Jacobs, coordinator of MSUM’s sustainability program. “With our emphases, students

can study environmental research, policy development, interpretation, implementation, renewable energy or business.” Natalie Jacobs transferred from North Hennepin Community College to major in MSUM’s newest degree program. “I want to motivate people to live a more sustainable life,” she said. “I think this program is a step in the right direction.” In their report on The Clean Energy Economy, the Pew Foundation states: “Driven by fiscal interests and concerns about energy and climate change, a growing number of public- and privatesector leaders are seeking to expand their

“The beauty of MSUM’s program is that many faculty were already teaching sustainability courses within their academic departments,” Jacobs said. “This is very much a cross-disciplinary program.” A key feature of the program is for students to create a regional demonstration house, where they can interact with community members to promote sustainability and demonstrate ways to implement energy saving measures in homes and businesses. “I think this program is right on track,” Wenzel said. “With the future retrofitting of the demonstration house into a sustainable building, it gives students the opportunity to get crucial onthe-job training.” > KRISTI MONSON


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social and natural sciences

Planetarium Gets New Digital Projector Experience is immersive, dynamic and far reaching


magine leaning back in a comfortable, climate-controlled room and diving into the depths of the ocean, flying to the Earth’s mountaintops or soaring out to the furthest known quasar. This seamless visualization is now available in MSU Moorhead’s Planetarium with its new digital Elumenati projector and Uniview scientific software. The projector will deliver shows that are more dynamic and far-reaching than traditional programming seen at the Planetarium since 1972.

ence. Uniview is the most feature-rich astronomical visualization and universal data exploration platform on the market. “This new projector and software will supplement our main astronomy projector and allow us to present shows that will take audiences to places that we can’t go to in real life, such as traveling inside a human cell,” Weinrich said. The Planetarium joins a prestigious group of science institutions utilizing this software—NASA, American Museum of Natural History and Adler Planetarium, among others. Jessica DeJong, an 8th grade Earth science teacher at Discovery Middle School, brings students to the Planetarium each fall. “The capabilities of the new projector will bring the reality of the vastness of space and our own solar system into perspective,” she said. “Its 3D-like effects will capture my students’ attention.”

> The software system projecting a view of the Earth. (Photo by JaNae Boswell)

More than Astronomy College students will now explore topics that have been difficult to demonstrate before. For example, instead of presenting a series of abstract, logical arguments to explain the Milky Way, “we will go to the Planetarium, zoom out from the earth to outside the Milky Way, rotate around it, and get a better sense of what it looks like three dimensionally,” said physics Professor Matt Craig. Applications exist far beyond physics and astronomy, such as Earth science, biology, art history, marine biology, chemistry, geosciences and more. Immersive programming may include diving in a coral reef, touring the Valley of the Kings or exploring the Sistine Chapel. This technology can also provide a platform for local issues. “We can download images to monitor the Red River during flooding or view the expansive growth of Devils Lake over time,” Weinrich said. This projector expands the Planetarium’s power and reach. It’s not just astronomy programming anymore. Show listings: > KRISTI MONSON

“Even though our current projector system has been well maintained, its capabilities are limited,” said David Weinrich, Planetarium coordinator and president of the International Planetarium Society. The Elumenati projector is the first step in a larger renovation to include an advanced Mediaglobe digital projector, a laser system, a new dome, speakers and lighting. The Elumenati will eventually travel to area schools, libraries and museums, benefiting thousands in the region. About 350 people attended free open house events in November that showcased the new projector.

Immersive Environment The biggest change for audience goers is the dynamic and total immersion experi-

> An underwater program showing a coral reef. (Photo by JaNae Boswell) Alumnews Spring 2012


Annual Report 2010-2011 Dear Alumni and Friends,

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It is with great pride that the following annual report for the Alumni Foundation is presented. The 2011 total assets for the Alumni Foundation have grown by more than $1.5 million over last year’s assets. The total support the Alumni Foundation gave to the University shows over $2 million as support to programs and scholarships for the institution. These dollars are vital to the success of our great University, and we are grateful to the many supporters who help make it happen. When I joined MSUM last March, I knew I was coming to a school with a rich history, but now I realize how that history has played such an important role in “giving back.” You see some articles in this edition that demonstrate the generosity of our alumni and friends, including Clair and Ardy Peterson’s generous donation to MSUM, Vince Williams’ gift of time and talent to the Dragon football team, and alumni Lindsay and TJ Erhardt for making an impact in our world. Our new Legacy Society allows us to recognize those who have selflessly made a planned gift that will benefit MSUM’s future students. There are many stories as to why people feel strongly about creating a legacy through their bequests, but all tell about the importance of their MSUM education and how their success can be attributed to the education they received. They want to give back to help future students receive the same great education. As you look at the list of donors, please join me in thanking them all! We appreciate all gifts, both current and future, and invite you to celebrate this annual report and to be a part of the important work for the upcoming year to benefit our MSUM students. I look forward to visiting with you and encourage you to contact me if you have any questions.

Laura Huth, Vice President MSUM Alumni Foundation

It is my privilege to serve as president of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation. I am proud to work with the board of directors, who reflect the breadth of academic degrees from MSUM. It has been a transformational year as the alumni have further aligned its work with the strategic direction of the University and reached out to graduates throughout the United States. As board members, we are committed to the mission of the Alumni Foundation to develop relationships, to provide funding for academic excellence and to enhance MSUM in every way. We thank our alumni, the students and faculty for your support in volunteerism and your ongoing financial contributions. Our board of directors actively contributes to the Foundation by their giving, by their active participation in board activities and service to board committees. I am impressed with their allegiance and pride for MSUM. I would like to thank President Edna Mora Szymanski for her vision, her advocacy for philanthropy and her passion for MSUM. Her visible leadership at the MSUM Alumni Foundation Donor Appreciation event, the Distinguished Alumni event and the various groups she convenes to promote the excellence at MSUM motivates and energizes the board. Additionally, the board is fortunate to work with Laura Huth, vice president of the Alumni Foundation, and her outstanding staff in our effort to expand our relationship with alumni and the communities we serve. The future holds many opportunities for MSUM and the role that alumni can play is evolving. I invite your participation as board members, as committee members, as volunteers for MSUM Alumni Foundation events and as donors. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you. Sincerely,

Evelyn D. Quigley, President MSUM Alumni Foundation Board

MSUM Alumni Foundation Financial Position as of June 30, 2011

for the year ending June 30, 2011

Assets Total Current Assets Investments Property and Equipment Other Assets

Total Assets

How MSUM Alumni Foundation Money Was Spent

2011 2010 $1,741,068 $10,772,238 $3,980,613 $1,679,325

$1,584,304 $8,037,119 $4,356,946 $2,687,805



Fund Raising

Total Liabilities and Net Assets


$208,040 $399,966 $3,224,710 $14,340,528

$203,628 $398,839 $3,388,521 $12,675,186



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Liabilities and Net Assets Total Current Liabilities Planned Giving Liabilities Long-term Debt Total Net Assets

Planned Giving Payments



MSUM Support/ Scholarships


Legacy Society The Legacy Society recognizes the thoughtful generosity of those who have made a planned gift to the MSU Moorhead Alumni Foundation to benefit the University. This list contains the names of those who currently have notified us of their intentions so we are aware of the desires or criteria that will be in place someday. We want to recognize all alumni and supporters making a deferred or a planned gift. If you have made a planned gift that we haven’t recognized or would like to consider establishing your legacy, please let us know by contacting Laura Huth at 218.477.2142. These planned gifts can provide a wonderful tribute to honor family, friends or business associates. We invite you to consider participating in the Legacy Society.

Legacy Society Members *Eino R. Aho *Leona P. Anderson *Helen M. Arbes Dennis and Paula Aune *Stephen R. Baker Les Bakke Michael and Janet Benson Joe Best *Julien M. and Joy H. Burkness Robert and Tamara Campbell *Katheryn Colliton Dr. Roland and Beth Dille *Harold Eastlund Tom Edwards and Jackie McElroy-Edwards Corey and Brenda Elmer *Nellie and *Henry Esselman Henry Fehrenbacher *William T. Ferguson *Elmer and * Violet Fox *Henry and * Gail Gilbertson * Clarence A. and Barbara Glasrud Robyn Gray

*Nora O. And *Kenneth Gronhovd *Floyd Hans *Evelyn and *Clayton Grove Phyllis Harber Ruth and Earl Herring *Alfred Clair Houglum *Delsie Holmquist Thomas Hruby Charlotte Iiams *Gerald J. Ippolito *John M. and *Florence Jenkins *Luella and Kenneth Jensen *Alyce Jermstad *Jean (Jennie) Johnson Joan Justesen *Agnes J. Kise Knoblauch Family Trust Timothy Larsen *Beatrice E. Lewis *Benjamin and Jenny Lin David and Becky Lindell *Elvina Loftness Cheryl and *Ronald Lossett David Lutes

Larry and Marcella MacLeod Charles Magel Ronald Matthies *Benjamin and * Glenrose McCashland John and Emily McCune *Russell and *Nina Monson Scott Mounger Albert Mudgett *Hazel E. and *Simon Nakken *Donovon C. Nelson Dorothy and David C Nelson Jack and Lorraine Neufeld John Neumaier and Sally Fletcher Luther *Adeline Stevenson Nurse Sally and *Sheldon Oremland Nancy Parlin Janet M. Paulsen Clair and Ardy Peterson Eugene Philipps Margery and Dewey Possehl Arlette and Richard Preston *Mary A. Pryor *Michael J. Renner

Robert and Sandra Roel *Marjorie W. Sanders Lois Cornell Selberg Kenneth R. Skjegstad *T.E. And *Ruth Smith *Ruth V. Smith Terry and Rita Soine Janet Soohoo *Jean Rutkowski Stephenson *Judith A. Strong Richard and Bonnie Swanson *Avis Taft *Basil and *Hilda Townsend *Florence Vance *Wayne and *Orlette Waller *Dorothy and *Robert Walls Bill Wallwork *Helen L. Wardeberg *Violette Warner Howard Weiss Dan Wescott Warren Wiese *Franklin J. Williams

Frank Leidenfrost Retired High School Teacher and Coach Staples, MN

Jim Fay Plant Manager, 3M Company Menomonie, WI


MSUM Foundation Board Evelyn Quigley, President Past Senior Executive, Chief Nursing Officer Emeritus, Sanford Health Fargo, ND

Deb Magnuson, Executive Board Member at Large Retired Administrator, Edgewood Vista at Edgewood Village Fargo, ND

Corey Elmer, Vice President Shareholder, Vogel Law Firm Moorhead, MN

Jason Sjostrom, Executive Board Member at Large Sales Manager, Custom Marketing Co. Fargo, ND

Darrell Rowe, Past President Fargo Market Retail Manager, First International Bank Fargo, ND Greg Staszko, Treasurer Retired Senior Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP San Jose, CA Tod Ganje, Secretary Manager, Travel Incorporated Fargo, ND John Haugo, Executive Board Member at Large CEO and Chairman, Search America, Inc. (retired) Hudson, WI

Rod Paseka Owner and CEO, Hebron Brick Company Fargo, ND Mark Anderson President, CEO, and Chairman, BlackRidge Financial, Inc. Fargo, ND Maureen K. Brownson Technical Claims Consultant, National Markets, Liberty Mutual Insurance Deephaven, MN

Tomi Sawyer Chief Scientific Officer, Aileron Therapeutics Southborough, MA Frank Mosier Owner, Insurance Agent, Frank A. Mosier Insurance Agency Saint Michaels, MD Mark Reed Manufacturer, 3M Eagen, MN Lindsay Hartmann Hample
 Sr. Marketing Manager, American Medical System St. Louis Park, MN Lisa Erickson Moorhead School Board Moorhead, MN

Robyn Gray CFO, Associated Anesthesiologists, PA Minneapolis, MN Sue Gens Executive Director, Minnesota State Arts Board Saint Paul, MN Scott A. Nelson Founding Shareholder, Laney’s Inc. CEO, E+C2 Holdings, LLC Tempe, AZ Sandra K. Korbel Wealth Management Advisor, Alerus Financial Fargo, ND

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Minnesota State University Moorhead Honor Roll of Donors Cumulative Giving The following categories reflect cumulative gifts and pledges to the MSUM Alumni Foundation from its inception in 1969 through June 30, 2011. We strive for complete accuracy in our annual report. If you find your name or giving level listed erroneously, please accept our apologies and inform us so we can correct our records. Solomon Comstock Society $1,000,000 and above Russell and Ann Gerdin Cheryl and Ronald* Lossett Judith A. Strong*

Livingston Lord Society $500,000 - $999,999 Julien Burkness* Lois Selberg Wells Fargo Foundation Wells Fargo Bank Fargo

Frances Wheeler Society $100,000 - $499,999

Mark A. and Jennifer Anderson Anonymous Eide Bailly, LLP Joe Best Border States Electric Supply Christianson Holdings LLP Dakota Medical Foundation Fargo Elks Club #260 Fargo Teamsters #116 Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Forum Communications Company Elmer Fox* Nora O. Gronhovd* Ruth A. Hanson* John and Sharon Haugo Hebron Brick Supply Company Richard J. and Roberta Henderson Delsie Holmquist* J.V. Hough, Inc. New Home Construction Microsoft Business Solutions Tammy J. Miller and Craig A. Palmer Russell* and Nina* Monson MSUM Bookstore Jack A. and Lorraine Neufeld Jay D. Nibbe Otto Bremer Foundation Primavera Systems, Inc. Mary A. Pryor* Qwest Communications Marjorie W. Sanders* Sanford Health Royce* and Janice Sanner Kenneth R. Skjegstad Greg S. and Gail Staszko State Bank & Trust Jean Stephenson Estate Alex Stern Family Foundation Richard and Bonnie Swanson Timberline Software Corporation Catherine Urban* US Bank VFW Post #7564 Bill W. Wallwork

Praeceptor Society $75,000 - $99,999

Eino R. Aho* American Crystal Sugar Co John C. and Sue Arneson Roland and Carolyn Barden


Bremer Bank Roland and Beth H. Dille Gerald D. and Brenda Eid Evelyn* and Clayton* Grove Curtis O. and Pamela Gudmundson Elvina Loftness* David J. Lutes Otter Tail Corporation Terry W. and Rita Soine Basil* and Hilda* Townsend Florence E. Vance* L. B. Hartz Foundation Webb and Peggy White US Bancorp Foundation

1887 Society $50,000 - $74,999

Ruby*and Olaf* Aarseth Trust Anonymous* Bremer Bank Burlington Northern Railroad Carl T. Carlson Dorothy* and John* Chisholm City of Moorhead Katheryn Colliton* Frances F. Comstock* Yvonne Condell Richard A. and Patricia DuBord Paul* and Betty Feder Bruce and Lee Gaede Gate City Bank Phyllis A. Harber Hasslen Construction Co., Inc. John M. Jenkins* and Sally Wold Jerome Foundation Beatrice E. Lewis* Benjamin* and Glenrose* McCashland McKnight Foundation Moorhead Public Service Vincent* and Katherine Murphy Scott A. and Barbara Nelson Rodney F. and Carolyn Paseka Presser Foundation Qwest Foundation Patricia J. and Erling Rasmussen Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Thomas R. Sand Sertoma Club of Fargo Moorhead Carol R. and Henry* Stevenson Florence Vance Estate Xcel Energy

Old Main Society $25,000 - $49,999

702 Communications Aggregate Industries American Legion Post 21 Ameripride Linen & Apparel Services Kathleen P. and C.W.* Andrews Anheuser Busch Companies Lester A. Bakke Rosemary I. Bakke Bank of the West Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Norman Black Foundation Gisela H. Bridge

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Margaret E. Brisch Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc. Butler Machinery Company Bytespeed, LLC Cable One, Inc. Corwin Automotive Group Dakota Specialty Milling Dakota Supply Group Michael J. Deconcini and Sheryl Diana Divecha Digital Equipment Corp Pearl Eklund* Essentia Health Fargo Clearing House Fargo Eagles Aerie 153 Henry Fehrenbacher Fiebiger Swanson West & Co. Wilbert R. and Betty Fischer William T. Ferguson* John H. and Sandra Fiebiger Forum Foss Architecture & Interiors Bernard* and Dorothy* Gill Donald W. Grant* GRS/Greenberg Roofing Co. Douglas A. and Sandra Hamilton Hest & Kramer Music Historic Worthington, Inc. Hornbacher’s Foods Paul C. and Lynn Hunt Kenneth J. and Luella* Jensen Joan K. Justesen Agnes J. Kise* Laurence R. and Marcella MacLeod Macy’s Mid America Steel, Inc. Bette G. Midgarden Hazel* and Simon* Nakken David C. and Dorothy Nelson L. M.* and Elaine Oss Pepsi Co. Gregory and Judy* Peterson Eugene A. Philipps Arlette and Richard Preston RD Offutt Company Mark P. and Mary Rice Scott J. and Barbara Richter Robert J. and Sandra Roel Royal Jewelers, Inc. George N. and Marlane Sanderson Scheels Sports Carl and Mary Schmider Davis A. and Hazel* Scott Thomas E. and Ruth* Smith George W. Soule and Lisa McDonald State Bank and Trust Stein’s, Inc. Stenerson Bros. Lumber Company Evelyn J. Swenson Edna M. and Michael Szymanski Ulteig Engineers, Inc. West Acres Development, LLP Warren K. Wiese Lester* and Idella* Wyland Xcel Energy Foundation

Dragon Society $10,000 - $24,999

Abbott Laboratories AGC Foundation Donald N. and Phyllis Anderson Anonymous Helen M. Arbes* Jeanne Aske Russell J. and Sarah Asleson Associated General Contractors/Mn Viola Ausherman Stephen R. Baker* Dale E. Barlage

Benson Quinn Company Best Western Doublewood Inn Barbara and James Blaine Thomas F. and Karen Botsford Burger King Corporation Roger A. Butenhoff Angelyn L. Cameron Cargill Financial Services Center James D. and Sonya Carlson Cass Clay Creamery, Inc. Harold* and Cindy Casselton Magdalene Chalikia Mark G. Chekola Timothy Choy Coldwell Banker First Realty Encore Thomas W. and Linda Collins Controlled Demolition Marjorie Corner David J. and Claudia Crockett Ruth N. Dahlke Verne Lewis* and Ethel Dahl Dakota Heartland Health Systems George and Linda Davis Edith Dawson Leland C. Dexter Diversicom Melrose Telephone Company Dorothy A. Dodds Kathleen J. Enz Finken and Gerald Finken Jack and Harriet Evert Fargo American Legion Post #2 Fargo Glass & Paint Co. James M. and Ann Fay Gerhardt N. and Barbara Fick Ross S. and Ann Fortier Marvel Froemming James R. and Janet Garven John P. and Pamela Garven Gateway Chevrolet General Equipment & Supplies Inc Peter and Susan Geib Clarence* and Barbara Glasrud Max & Ann Goldberg Foundation Betty D. and Duane* Grier Arthur H. and Elaine Griffiths The Griffiths Group Edna and Roy Gross Ann Gryting* Janice R. and Glen Guida Martha D. Guthrie* Dennis D. Hamilton and Cheri Diesem Dorothy A. Hamilton Hannaher’s Inc Floyd Hans Estate Delmar* and Rhoda* Hansen Bruce R. and Margaret Hanson Nancy Harris Gerhard K. and Doris Haukebo June and Harold Hayer Barbara R. Headrick Henning Metz Hartford & Assoc Inc Earl H. And Ruth Herring David J. and Jill Holsen Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation Paul T. Horn* John V. and Marcia Hough Thomas Hruby William R. and Lennarta Hultstrom Susan E. Humphers-Ginther and Shawn Ginther J. C. Penney Co Gwen M. and Martin Johanson John C. Arneson Agency Jean (Jennie) Johnson Estate Lyndon L. and Sylvia Johnson Craig A. and Jeanette Johnson Audrey and William Jones

Diane and Rodney Jordahl Richard J. and Janis Kasper Kaye’s Printing, Inc. Kevin Hall & Associates Allan F. and Sandra Knoll Nicholas Kowanko KPMG Foundation DeWayne Kurpius KVLY-TV 11 KXJB-TV Ruth Landfield* Laney’s, Inc. Tammy and Stephen Linn Charles R. Magel Robert* and Eloise Maneval Barbara J. and Charles Matthees Michael P. and Nancy* McKinley Medtronic Foundation Donald S. Meidinger Metropolitan Financial Corporation Midland National Life Insurance Company Mid-State Chtr MN Society of CPAs Midwest Coca Cola Bottling Co. Milestone Hotel Investment Minnesota Society of CPAs Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Foundation Miscellaneous MN Dept of Natural Resources Carol and Hugo Moeckel Margaret A. Moore Scott E. Mounger MSUM Council on Staff Affairs Virginia Murray-McArthur Nash Finch Company John Neumaier and Sally Fletcher Luther Nicor, Inc. Noridian Mutual Insurance Company Northern Plains Steel Company Albert G. Mudgett Obermiller Nelson Engineering Denis J. and Linda Olson Keith and Joyce Olson Otter Tail Power Company Donald W. and Valerie Pate Thomas and Sandra Pearce Timothy and Kathryn Peil Richard and Helen Pemble Cynthia A. Phillips Pi Sigma Alpha Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Co. Evelyn D. and Brian Quigley Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center Richard* and Margaret* Reed Mark D. and Vicky Reed Michael J. Renner* Rigels, Inc. Norman D. and Debra Robinson Derald D. and Maxine Rothmann George A. Rud Russ Honda-Nissan Anna* and William* Schlossman Hugh* and Gerry* Schoephoerster Clifford G. and Sandra Schuette Eugene P. and Linda Schulstad Duane C. and Marcheta Scribner Robert L. and Lori Seigel Mildred J. and Jerry Sell Scott C. Seltveit Charles Shamel Myer and Marjorie Shark Terry L. and Deborah Shoptaugh Sol Shulman* Jacob and Avis Sigmund Roger F. and Barbara Sipson Jason T. and Hilary Sjostrom


Annual Report 2010-2011 Melvin Skarphol* Thomas E. Smith* John M. and Joann Sterner Russell J. Stewart Richard J. Stinson Jerome E. and Margaret Swanson Wade* and Gail Swenson Avis Taft* Robert* and Eliabeth* Tallman John V. and Jane Tandberg Ferne E. Thorson John L. and Diane J. Thorvilson Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Travel Leaders Travelodge & Suites Glenn J. Trygstad Valley Imports, Inc. Dale A. and Jane Van Havermaet Gerald M.and Bethea verDorn Vogel Law Firm W. W. Wallwork, Inc. Mark A. and Nona Wallert Dorothy* and Robert* Walls William W. Wallwork II* Wal-Mart Xiaohu Wang Violette R. Warner Estate Tad R. Webster Robert S. Weibust Kathryn F. Wilson Linda I. Winkler Clifford Wold Family Foundation Marvel G. Wooldrik* Spencer Yohe

Annual Giving The following reflects annual gifts and pledges to the MSUM Alumni Foundation of $500 or more made during the 2011 fiscal year. (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) Adolfson & Peterson Construction Fargo Retired Teachers’ Association Hebron Brick Supply Company Coldwell Banker First Realty Encore VFW Post #1223 Lockheed Martin Corporation Olson Pools and Spas Otter Tail Corporation Valley Imports, Inc. Ernst & Young Foundation Dakota Medical Foundation Mid-State Chtr MN Society of CPAs Wells Fargo Foundation NJ Xcel Energy Foundation Forum Communications Company Butler Machinery Company American Legion Post 21 Obermiller Nelson Engineering Mary Pryor Estate Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Foundation Cable One, Inc. Cherne Contracting Corporation State Farm Companies Foundation Midwest Coca Cola Bottling Co. Judy Strong Estate ADC Telecommunications Foundation Bremer Bank John C. Arneson Agency Alerus Financial Deloitte Services LP US Bancorp Sanford Health Moorhead Public Service

Mid America Steel, Inc. Gate City Bank General Equipment & Supplies Inc Foss Architecture & Interiors Presser Foundation Otter Tail Power Company Peterbilt of Fargo, Inc. IBM International Foundation Leona Anderson Trust ConocoPhillips West Acres Development, LLP Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Heartland Trust Company Bennett Financial Services American Association of University Women Sertoma Club of Fargo Moorhead Personal Touch Embroidery Microsoft Business Solutions Border States Electric Supply Xcel Energy Eide Bailly, LLP Ameripride Linen & Apparel Services State Bank & Trust Swanson Health Products Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation Bytespeed, LLC First International Bank & Trust Bagco Manufacturing Co. Pepsi Co. L. B. Hartz Foundation Ulteig Engineers, Inc. Fargo Glass & Paint Co. John V. Hough, Inc. M.A. Mortenson Company Wells Fargo Bank Fargo GRS/Greenberg Roofing Co. Dakota Supply Group Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co. American Crystal Sugar Co 702 Communications Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre Cash Wise Foods/Moorhead Marjorie Aakre Jeffrey Aarness Richard K. Adler Jeanne and Milton Alm Sonja and Scott Anderson Mark and Jennifer Anderson Scott and Sonja Anderson Anonymous Jack and Sue Arneson Russell and Sarah Asleson Todd Axtman Craig and Diane Bagne Les Bakke Rose Bakke Dr. and Mrs. Roland E. Barden Keith and Sylvia Barnier Monroe and Doris Bartel Kevin and Deanne Battles David and Alison Beck Misti and Troy Beckman Michael Benton and Michelle Malott Alan Bergman Rose Beyer Christopher and Linda Birmingham Cindy and Wade Bloom Dennis and Lisa Boe Steven Bolduc Timothy Borchers and Susanne Williams Candice and Robert Bowlsby Alan and Barbara Breuer Gisela Bridge Margaret Brisch Kenneth and Lynn Brown

Maureen and Robert Brownson Arland and Sharon Brusven Rollie Bulock Juan and Catherine Cabanela Carl and Liz Carlson Philip and Lisa Carlson Allen Carter Paul and Lori Carter Magdalene Chalikia Sylvia and David Chase Chris Chastain Elizabeth and Wayne Christianson James Christopherson Mary Clark Donald Clark Sheila Coghill and Thomas Tammaro Yvonne Condell Andrew and Patricia Conteh George and Ida Mae Cook Konrad Czynski Alan and Catherine Davis George and Linda Davis Edith Dawson Michael and Sheryl Deconcini Allen and Wendy Derosier Ellen and Paul Diederich Dr. Roland and Beth Dille Stephen and Beth Dolan Dick and Pat DuBord Richard Dunkirk Carl and Marilyn Eidbo Ronald Ekren Arnold Ellingson Rodney Erickson Lisa and Roger Erickson Sheri and Jim Erickson Jack and Harriet Evert James and Ann Fay Mrs. Betty Feder Gary and Barbara Fick John and Sandra Fiebiger Wilbert and Betty Fischer Gregory Flack Thomas and Anne Forsythe Ross and Ann Fortier James and Julie Frisk Marvel Froemming Shawn Garrett Joanne Gaul Mark and Mary Geller Ann and Russell A. Gerdin Jane and Douglas Giedt Sandra and Greg Giefer Christopher and Lisa Giese Shawn Ginther and Susan HumphersGinther Brittney Goodman Theodore and Athena Gracyk Marilyn Gravgaard and Greg Toutges Robyn Gray Carol and Roger Grimm Janet Haak Dennis Hamilton and Cheri Diesem Douglas and Sandy Hamilton Dawn and Dale Hammerschmidt Lindsay and Ryan Hample Dr. Mark V. Hansel Tonya Hansen Bruce and Margaret Hanson Robert and Kathleen Hanson C.T. Hanson Terry and Cheryl Harrington Gerald and Yvonne Hart James and Elaine Hatzenbuhler John and Sharon Haugo Doris and Gerry Haukebo June and Harold Hayer Barbara Headrick Richard and Roberta Henderson

Jeffrey and Stacy Hudson William and Lennarta Hultstrom Susan Humphers-Ginther and Shawn Ginther Ramona and Lynn Johnson Lyndon and Sylvia Johnson Douglas and Donna Johnson Joan Justesen Richard and Janis Kasper Craig and Lori Kittelson Jerome Kivel Steven Kloeckner Dave Kloss and Pat Staples Kimberly and George Koeck Bryan and Judy Kotta Mary and Brad Kowalski Paul and Jean Kramer Roy Kuntz DeWayne and Elizabeth Kurpius Donna Larson Kathryn Lee David Lutes Millie MacLeod Larry and Marcella MacLeod Michelle Malott and Michael Benton Robert D. Maneval Mary and David Maring Ronald and Barbara Masanz Bobbi and Alonzo Mason Barbara and Charles Matthees Kathleen McCauley LaRae and Terry McGillivray Karen and Ralph Mehnert-Meland R. Veronica Michael and Matthew C. Myrold Mike Miller and Johnna Long Sylvia Morgan Kristin and Charles Mott Albert Mudgett Matthew Myrold Scott and Barbara Nelson Brad Nelson Karla Nelson John Neumaier and Sally Fletcher Luther Jay Nibbe Gary and Susan Nickell Beverly Nokken Patrick and Maris O’Connell Rodney and Carolyn Paseka Carolyn and Rodney Paseka Kathryn and Timothy Peil Doug and Jennifer Peters Curtis and Judy Peterson Ronda Peterson Eugene Philipps Cynthia Phillips Mary Ann and Joseph Porwoll Margaret Potter Dorothy and James Powers Mary A. Pryor Roberta and Bruce Quick Evelyn and Brian Quigley Jason and Nicole Ramstad Marilee and Milo Reck Dorothy A. Refling Mark and Mary Rice Mary and Paul Richard Timothy and Tracy Roche Robert and Sandra Roel Troy and Holly Rosenbrook Holly and Troy Rosenbrook Rodney Rothlisberger George Rud Brenda and Kevin Ruziska Dick and Sandra Sagehorn Olgun and Mary Sahin George and Marlane Sanderson Marjorie Schlossman

Jason and Lilie Schoenack Stephen and Lucia Schroeder Eugene and Linda Schulstad Lawrence and Cynthia Schwartz Andrea Scott Davis A. Scott JoAnn and Jerry Sell Scott Seltveit Dan and Theresa Sershen Larry and Evonne Shellito Michael and Kari Shinnick Terry Shoptaugh and Deborah Janzen Steve and Carol Sibley Sandra and John Silletto Barbara and Roger Sipson Jason Sirek Jason and Hilary Sjostrom Linda and Paul Skatvold Kenneth R. Skjegstad Thomas E. Smith Janet Soohoo Harold and Roxanna Sorknes George Soule and Lisa McDonald Pat Staples and Dave Kloss Greg and Gail Staszko Richard Stinson Judith A. Strong Larry and Brenda Sullivan Jerome and Margaret Swanson Thomas and Bonnie Swanson Evelyn J. Swenson Edna and Michael Szymanski Thomas Tammaro and Sheila Coghill Ramona Tedford Linda and Terry Tegtmeier Patrick and Willi Thomas William and Patricia Thomas Cynthia Tobin Greg Toutges and Marilyn Gravgaard Glenn and Lynette Trygstad Michelle and Brian Ullom Bernadine Ursin Gail Van Beek Dale and Jane Van Havermaet Steven VanWie Stacy and Robert Voeller Virginia Wallace Shelda Warren Marsha and Todd Weber Kurt Weeding Robert Weibust Scott and Martha Weicht Jennifer Weil and Jacob Hite Phillip and Karla Wenger Deb White and Rob Kupec Webb and Peggy White Warren Wiese and Daniel Bach Laurie and Larry Wigtil Charles Williams Susanne Williams and Timothy Borchers Linda Winkler Donald and Phyllis Wirries Diane Wolter and Mark Gealy Walter and Barbara Worman Nathan Wright Larry Zahradka Carolyn and Ronald Zehren Kevin and Brenda Zepper Teresa Ziebarth and Duane Hemme

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Scholarships are Priority for Alumni Foundation Alumni support is critical to achieving our goal

Athletics Campaign aimed at moving athletics scholarships to the top of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Darrel Mack ‘61 Tracy Lynn Mack Endowed Scholarship “I had a wonderful experience at MSUM, so I wanted to give back to the place that got me started.” Darrel and Patricia Mack gave an initial gift of $50,000 through an IRA rollover to set up an endowed scholarship in their daughter’s name. Their daughter, Tracy, has special needs, so they chose to give scholarship funds to students majoring in Special Education. They plan to continue to grow the “Tracy Lynn Mack Endowed Scholarship” through future gifts.


aising funds for need-based and athletic scholarships is the top priority of the MSU Moorhead Alumni Foundation. MSUM is proud of the many academically and athletically talented students who enter the university each year. Even with our tremendous effort to maintain MSUM as one of the most affordable universities in the Midwest, many of our students face financial hurdles, and scholarship support is critical to their ability to attend MSUM.

our youth! With your help, we can accomplish this goal. Here are a few examples of recently established MSUM scholarships:

Randy Sullivan ’88, MSUM Football All-American Football Scholarship

Your support of our Scholarship Programs brings the dream of attending our fine institution within reach, attracts the best and brightest students and athletes to our campus, and fulfills the promise of tomorrow’s leaders.

“There is an unparalleled commitment from President Edna to allow Dragon Football to competitively compete in recruiting. My recent visit showed Athletic Director Peters, Head Coach Lacqua and staff have a plan and the enthusiasm to return Dragon Football back to the glory days. Dragon Football provided me with many lifelong friends and memories. May this donation help others gain the same. DRAGON PRIDE!”

Our goal is to provide a quality education to this nation’s most valuable resource—

Randy gave a four-year pledge to Dragon Football Scholarships that will help the


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MSUM Nursing Faculty Arty Heald Memorial Scholarship “This scholarship allowed us not only to support our co-worker and leave a legacy in honor of her son Arty, but also to give prominence to the contribution of the professional nurse for quality end of life care.” MSUM Nursing faculty worked together to set up an annual scholarship in honor of their co-worker’s son who lost his battle to cancer—“The Arty Heald Memorial Scholarship.” This need-based scholarship provides financial support for nursing students as they further their knowledge to provide the most competent and compassionate care for heroes like Arty. To establish your own scholarship, add to one of our many existing scholarships, or to learn more, please contact our Alumni Foundation at 218.477.5935 or visit

alumni foundation Foundation

Life-long Educators Donate $250,000 to Alumni Foundation Legacy gift’s impact is long lasting


SU Moorhead alumni Clair E. Peterson (’58 business education & history) and Ardy L. (Hansen) Peterson (’65 elementary education) have a combined teaching career of more than 60 years and together have taught thousands of students. They are now impacting MSUM students with their $250,000 endowed gift to the Alumni Foundation, directed toward student scholarships, building projects, college programs and other unmet needs. “The generosity of Clair and Ardy is an example of the great dedication our alumni have for MSUM,” said MSUM President Edna Szymanski. “We are so privileged and thankful to them for establishing this legacy gift for our current and future students.”

Originally from the Hawley and Hitterdal, Minn., area, the Petersons came to Moorhead State Teachers College after Clair’s service in the U.S. Navy. They lived on campus in married student housing while Clair attended school. He also holds a master’s degree in business law and economics. After their children were all in school, Ardy went from full-time homemaker to nontraditional student to earn her degree. He was president of the MSU Alumni Association in 1971. They retired in 1993 and spend summers in Moorhead and winters in Peoria, Ariz. Their lifelong commitment as educators prompted the generous gift to the university. “Education paves the road to a better future,” said Clair and Ardy. “Together, we can pave a lot of roads.”

Dragons Supporting Dragons MSUM alumni and friends, including current and retired > Larry and Marcella faculty and staff, MacLeod generously support the university through a variety of giving options. Our scholarship recipients are eternally grateful for your gifts, stating: “Thank you for your generosity toward our school and helping students like me,” and “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” “From a very young age, many people encouraged and helped me through some difficult times. Not the least of whom were the faculty, staff and students of MSUM. Marcella and I are happy that we are able to make a small “pay-back” to the university.” Larry and Marcella MacLeod Retired Health and Physical Education You, too, can help young men and women achieve their educational goals at MSUM and secure your future at the same time. With a charitable gift annuity, you can receive fixed income that never changes, with payments made to you or your loved ones for life. Depending upon your gift, you may receive the added benefit of mostly tax-free income. And you will receive a charitable deduction at the time you make your gift to us.

Income for Life A charitable gift annuity will pay you a fixed income for life in exchange for your gift to the MSU Moorhead Alumni Foundation. A gift annuity is a stable, secure source of income because it is backed by all of our assets.

> L to R: Laura Huth, Vice President, MSUM Alumni Foundation; President Edna Szymanski; Ardy and Clair Peterson; Evelyn Quigley, President, MSUM Alumni Foundation

To learn more about securing your future with a charitable gift annuity, please call Laura Huth at 218.477.2142 or www.

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Nemzek Fieldhouse Getting an Exciting Upgrade Your Chance to Connect to the Project On these two pages you can see the renderings of the Nemzek Hall upgrade and information on the 7th Annual Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics. You have the opportunity to be a part of both. Dragon Athletics would like to invite you to take part in the Dragon Races on April 27, which will also serve as the unveiling of the new front office, Hall of Honor, Wall of Champions, and the new scoreboards and sound system. Be one of the first to see the completed project and support Dragons student-athletes by participating in the Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics on April 27 and 28, 2012.


emzek Hall is ready for a little updating, and when I say “little” I really mean “HUGE!” How huge? How about a 144 square-foot video board for starters? Not enough? You’re right! Dragon Athletics will also add two brand new scoreboards with two accompanying digital message boards, plus two four-panel, high definition, 38-foot long scorer’s tables. This upgrade includes a new main floor, hoops, shot clocks, sound system, instant replay, and all the production equipment needed to run the first high definition sports broadcast in the region. The face-lift also includes a new front office for the Athletics Department. The rounded front design has two LED touchscreen displays located on the outside of the entrance that will allow fans to fully interact with using nothing but their fingers. The interior features a customized 3-D logo sculpture designed by MSUM alum Karmen Rheault.

Another key element in the works is the all-new Dragons Hall of Honor. The design will resemble the rounded exterior of the new front office, but the LED touchscreens will be moved to the interior to showcase the brand new Dragons Hall of Fame and All-Americans microsite. Continuing our celebration of our great tradition as Dragons, the wall with the existing Hall of Fame plaques will become the Dragons Wall of Champions. The surface will have a heat-applied vinyl wrap with a collage of some of the most memorable images in Dragons history. There will also be glass elements to honor specific achievements that laid the foundation for our valued tradition of athletic excellence. Change for the better is happening all over campus at MSU Moorhead and the upgrades in Nemzek Hall will allow for a game day environment for everyone in the community to enjoy. The attention to honoring our proud past has lead to building a new future for Dragon Athletics. > JON WEPKING


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Athletics Dragon Athletics

Dragon Races to Raise Scholarships Register Today at


his year marks the 7th annual Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics! The Dragon Fire Walk and the accompanying races are the main fundraiser for Dragon athletic scholarships. The Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics is a familyoriented event offering races, a spaghetti dinner, a Youth Fun Run, a 5K non-competitive walk, and other activities throughout the weekend. “The races (5K, 10K & 10-Mile) have become popular as training races for the upcoming Fargo Marathon.� said event organizer Gloria Riopelle. This year, we honor Walk Leaders Larry Scott, Mary Ann Donnay, Karin Schumacher, and Sandra Schob. They will be joined by the 2011 Athletes of the Year: Angie Jetvig and Derek Bredy. In addition, we are excited to unveil the new Hall of Honor at the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. Register, donate to Dragon Athletic scholarships and view the event schedule at For more information and other opportunities to become involved, contact Gloria Riopelle at Dragon Athletics, 218.477.5824 or > BILLY MCDONALD

7th Annual Dragon Fire Walk ~ April 27-28 Event Schedule Friday, April 27 ~ 5 - 8 p.m. at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse > Spaghetti Dinner > Late Race/Walk Registration & Packet Pick Up > Silent Auction & Door Prizes > Youth Fun Run > Games Galore Youth Activity Area > Opening Ceremony, Hall of Fame Unveiling, Recognition of Championship Teams & Ceremonial Walk

Saturday, April 28 ~ Races begin at 9 a.m. at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse

To register or learn more about the 7th Annual Dragon Fire Walk for Athletics, visit or call the MSU Moorhead Athletics Department at 218.477.5824.

> Race/Walk Packet Pick Up & Bag Check Opens > 5K, 10K, Dragon 10-mile, Dragon 10-mile 2-person relay > Games Galore Youth Activity Area > Breakfast of Champions > Fargo Running Company Race Awards & Walk Team Awards > Alumni Games > Buffalo Wild Wings Post Race Social, 2201 2nd Ave. N., Moorhead > Alumni Social @ 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 915 1/2 Main Ave., Moorhead Alumnews Spring 2012


AlumNotes Seeking Distinguished Alumni

Do you know an extraordinary alumna or alumnus? Nominate him or her for a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. The MSUM Alumni Foundation seeks to recognize and honor our accomplished alumni. We are proud of your success, and in turn, proud of the role MSUM has played in your lives. Many Minnesota State University Moorhead graduates have gone on to thrive and contribute in successful careers and volunteer service throughout the world. While many are deserving of recognition, only a select few are chosen each year. For more information and to nominate an MSUM alum for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, please complete the online form at, email or call 218.477.2143.

Application deadline: April 21, 2012.



Lois Zimmerman Balkenol ’42 (elementary education) is a retired school teacher. After two years at MSUM she completed her bachelor’s in elementary education at the University of Minnesota. She taught for 20 years at a private school in Anoka and then at Hazelwood. She has three children and resides in Oakdale, with her husband, John.

Kathrine M. Erickson ’60 (elementary education) taught in Minnesota Public Schools for 33 years and retired from teaching in ’79.

1950s Monty D. Reitz ’51 (physical education) published Trust Your Dog in 2011, a training manual for search and rescue dogs and cadaver search dogs. He worked in education for 37 years. He was a search dog trainer and handler with the Monterey, Calif., County Sheriff’s office for 15 years. He is training SAR and cadaver dogs with CAL*SAR (California Search and Rescue Dogs). He resides in Pacific Grove, Calif. He says, “Life is good.” David Pansch ’58 (elementary education) ’63 (MS, elementary administration) recently moved with his wife, Ruth Pikop Pansch ’56 (elementary education), into Applewood Pointe Southtown in Bloomington. They enjoy cooperative condo living, and have three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In August they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Donn Hjelle ’59 (biology) was inducted into the Fargo North High School Hall of Fame Class of 2011. He joined the Fargo School District in 1964. He taught elsewhere before returning to North in 1975 and taught until 2000. He earned the Fargo Public Schools “Celebration of Excellence Award” in 1986 and 1989; North High “Teacher of the Year” for the ‘92-‘93 school year; and “Outstanding Biology Teacher Award” for North Dakota in ‘96.


David Lutes ’63 (speech-languagehearing sciences) is a 71-year-old Palm Desert resident active with a sleigh-load of charitable causes, including the USO, Friends of the Desert Mountains, Desert Samaritans, Veterans Easy Access Programs, Sons of Norway and California Retired Teachers. He’s been a Santa for the Jaycees, the Elks and other local organizations, for Christmas parades in Coachella and to 600 military families in Twentynine Palms. One year he answered a Santa phone line for the Indio Jaycees, and heard from a young boy who said he wasn’t going to be getting any presents because “my daddy’s in prison.” Lutes had the child’s first name and the school he attended, so he tracked him down and brought a carload of presents to his door. Lawrence “Larry” W.O. Holmes ’64 (history) retired from the U.S. Marine Corp and U.S. Army. He was an educator in schools from pre-school through university levels. His hobbies include civilian military organizations like American Legion and Masonic work. He’s a licensed minister and Boy & Girl Scout Leader. He resides in Brookings, S.D., with his wife, Loye, a university professor, and their two children, Nathan and Tiana Rose.

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Norm Sunstad ’66 (psychology) This fall, at 68, he rode his bicycle down the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico with five others. It took the group six-and-a-half weeks to complete their journey. They had rainy windy days and steep hills to contend with. Five years ago, Norm bicycled across the U.S., stopping at MSUM and Fergus Falls (his hometown). Although it was twice the distance (4,000 miles) it was easier than his trip down the coast. Dean C. Ortner, Ph.D. ‘69 (biology) chairs the science department for elem e n t ar y an d junior high programs at Wonders of Science, and teaches at Whittier (Calif.) Christian Schools. Last summer he was invited by the director of a group representing the faculty and teachers for university and schools in the city of Bolivia, South America. He spent a month there with a chemical engineer colleague presenting seminars. Occasionally he had the U.S. Embassy translator by his side who introduced him to ambassadors from Denmark, Brazil and two Bolivian diplomats who attended his lectures. He’s presented science demonstrations for Congress, for Generals at the Pentagon, at the Olympics in Atlanta, and at schools, colleges and military bases. He’s received the Outstanding Civil Service Medal for his work at the Pentagon and received the City of Whittier Mayor’s Award in recognition of that medal. He says, “I wish to thank my MSU professors for equipping me with the foundational preparations necessary for effective work in a future profession that I had not even dreamed possible!” To learn more

about Dean’s work visit http://www.

1970s Dr. Jerry Robicheau ’70 (history) was selected by Board of School Superintendents (BOSS) to serve as chair of the board in the State of Minnesota to elevate school district educational leaders. He’s the interim superintendent of the East Metro Integration District. He is professor emeritus of educational leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He held school leadership positions as superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of special education and principal. He’s authored or co-authored over 20 journal articles on school leadership. He’s served on editorial boards for scholarship publications; been invited to present at local, state and national conferences; been an invited lecturer for international conferences including, presenting at a conference on ethics at Oxford University in England; and he’s served as a management consultant to non-profit and public organizations. James Hurley ’70 (health and physical education) is a former MSUM baseball athlete. At MSUM he set a home run record, which since has been broken. He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in October 2011. He retired in 2006 from coaching Moorhead High School baseball after 33 years; he set a win-loss record of 364-195. He resides in Moorhead with his wife, Sharon. Clinton R. Van Camp ’71 (health and physical education) spends the win-

Nominate Distinguished Alumni at ters in Arizona. He is also taking theology courses through A.W. Tozer Seminary in Redding, Calif. Brian Berberich ’72 (English) since the 1980s he’s owned Theatrical Costume Company in Minneapolis. They provide mutual costumes to theaters around the country for their productions. He states that he is one of many alums who has “benefited from the great program seen by Del Hansen.” Donna M. Bergsgaard ’72 (elementary education) retired after a 30-year career as an executive in legal publishing. Larry D. Bergsgaard ’73 (social work) retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement where he served as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They have recently published two books in a crime thriller series, which follows Special Agent “Doc” Martini through international investigations. Next Year in Jerusalem was reviewed by critic Ed Lord, “ . . . it is a great read that moves with the speed of a missile. I believe this novel elevates Bergsgaard to the level of the great espionage writers, the likes of John LeCarre and Fredrick Forsyth . . . The strength of this book is its believability.” While Others Sleep begins in the BWCA and is filled with local flavor. Belle A. Edson ’74 (speech communication) is an associate instructional professional and director of undergraduate studies and core courses at The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She received the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Communication Graduate Student Association and has been the director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication study abroad trip to London, Dublin and Edinburgh, Scotland for 13 years. She resides in Phoenix. Maynard R . Meye r ’74 (mass communications) was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Oct. 15. Meyer began his full-time career in broadcasting at KMRS

radio in Morris and has been part owner and manager of KLQP-FM in Madison for the past 28 years, a station he put on the air. He’s the morning personality, news director, program director and chief engineer of the station. He serves as executive director of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, is in his fourth term on the Madison City Council and continues to operate the Grand Theatre in Madison with the assistance of his partner, Kristi (Tennessen) Kuechenmeister who also graduated from Moorhead. His late father, Julien Meyer, graduated from MSUM, as did his son Andrew Meyer who resides in Brooklyn Center. Another son, Adam, began his college career at MSUM. Meyer and his wife, Deb (who took some classes at Moorhead), live in Madison and have three grown children. Mike Tikkanen ’74 (English) is the author of Invisible Children and founder of Kids at Risk Action Group (KARA) in Hopkins, a non-profit devoted to protecting and advocating for the rights of abused children. He’s spoken at public policy and social work conferences; has been a keynote speaker for hundreds of businesses, community and religious organizations and has lead a workshop at the United Nations addressing the rights of children. He formed KARA to bring public awareness to children’s rights and form action groups to improve public policy toward at-risk children. To learn more about KARA visit Valerie J. Kolle ’76 (social work) completed her master of science in community counseling from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., in 2011. She resides in Fargo. Nancy Clementson Laines ’77 (physical education) teaches PE, health ed, driver’s ed, and DAPE at the Wheaton schools. In 2001, she became the first National Board Certified Teacher in the area of physical education in Minnesota. In 2003, she was named Minne-

sota Teacher of the Year in secondary physical education. Daniel Leonard ’79 (theatre arts) is an actor and writer. He received the 2011 Frank Award as Outstanding Performing Artist for his 25 years of dedication to theatre in Palm Beach Country. He says, “Like most of us, I credit Del Hansen.” He resides in West Palm Beach, Fla. Michelle (Mickey) Miller ’79 (English) was ordained a full elder in United Methodist Church in June. She moved back to her roots and serves as the pastor for three United Methodist churches in northwestern Minnesota–Wesley in Crookston, Fosston and Erskine. Her husband, Rob Kopp, is also a United Methodist elder. They reside in Crookston.


Norean Naas Hoots ’82 (social work) is a social worker at Cass County Social Services in Fargo. She works with elderly and disabled adults. She resides in Moorhead with her husband, Gary, and has four children, Kayla, Brian ‘09 (business administration), Kevin who attends MSUM and Michael. A great Dragon family! Stephen “Stevie Ray” Rentfrow ’82 (individualized studies) is the founder and executive director of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company in Minneapolis, founded in 1989. He’s a nationally touring entertainer. Karen Stevenson Fodness ’83 (speech-language-hearing sciences) is a speech-language pathologist for Bemidji Public Schools. She resides in Bemidji with her husband, Mark, and their three children. John O’Connell ’83 (theatre arts) is the professor and chair of the Theatre Department at Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He says, “The program is much like the program at MSUM where I KNOW my true love of theatre began and was nurtured in the active production program.” He has an active professional directing career at theatres around the country, and was nominated for a Jeff Norton Award for Best Direction of a Play for his production ‘Barefoot in the Park’ at American Stage (just being nominated is an honor...those of us that lose say that!).

alumnotes Pam Ballard Whyte ’84 (business administration) is a contract analyst with Standard Insurance Company in Portland, Ore. She resides in Beaverton with her husband, Scott. Tamara Perala Uselman ’85 (English) is the first female superintendent of Bismarck Public Schools. She’s working on her doctorate from the University of North Dakota. She resides in Bismarck with her husband, Tim. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Dave C. Hickey ’87 (English) is on his 19th year as editor and publisher of the Dawson Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in Dawson. He and his wife, Denise, traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, last April to visit Dave’s daughter, who’s studying abroad at Auckland University. Nicole Star ’87 (mass communications, Spanish) is back in school (via online courses) en route to a multi-subject teaching certificate. She hopes to be in the classroom full time by 2013. Cathryn Sawchuk Teubner ’87 (elementary education) is a teacher at Wolford (N.D.) School District and teaches grades five and six. She resides in Cando with her husband, Jeff, and children. Valaurie Groat Trumm ’87 (nursing) is a parish nurse at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. She’s worked for Douglas County Public Health, Alexandria Technical College and First Lutheran Church. She enjoys volunteering and spending time with family. She has three grown children and resides in Alexandria with her husband, Greg. Jill Milford Holsen ’88 (English) and her husband David Holsen ’72 (mass communications, elementary education) retired in 2009. Jill lost her mother this past year and Dave lost his father. They bought her mother’s apartment in a retirement community in Exeter, Devon, England. Instead of being snowbirds, they fly across the Atlantic to spend three months in south England during the harsh days of winter. They love traveling the area on buses and trains and are enjoying their wonderful new life.

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AlumNotes Nominate Distinguished Alumni at Diane Spaeth ’89 (elementary education) received a 25-year membership into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. She raises bison with her husband Bob on a ranch near Mahnomen and Waubun.

1990s Jill Rudh Tracy ’90 (elementary education) is a fourth grade teacher at Harford County Public Schools in Bel Air, Md. She volunteers as the program coordinator for Emmorton Recreation for Karate. She resides in Abingdon with her husband, Greg, and their children. Eric Berg, Ph.D. ‘91 (philosophy, political science) is an associate professor of philosophy and religion at MacMurray College located in Jacksonville, Ill. He recently had the text of one of his lectures accepted for electronic publication. The lecture, “Kant on the Proofs for the Existence of God,” is available for $5.49 online by the Concordia Writers Cooperative at https://concordiawriters. com. He was the 2007 recipient of the Dewey Wilkins Award for Teaching Excellence at MacMurry and was twice a research fellow at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Scott Guhlke ’91 (accounting) is the owner of Taps Consulting where he does Microsoft Dynamics GP Sales and Service. He also owns Computer Wrench, which repairs computers and setups and maintains computer systems. Scott resides in Moorhead with his wife, Pam. They have two children, Ben who graduated from MSUM December 2011 with a degree in criminal justice and Amanda who is a freshman at MSUM. A great Dragon family! Julie We ll nitz ’91 (English) is t h e library director for both the Worthington and Adrian branches of the Nobles County Library system. She worked for 11 years as a K-12 media special-


ist in the Pelican Rapids school district, and worked as the media specialist for the Rocori area school district for two years.

ers to create and perform science theatre. Science Live is the longest running professional museum theatre company in the world.

Kristine Anderson Fulton ‘92 (English) resides in Nevada, Mo., with her husband, Sid, and their children. Aug. 16 they welcomed their fourth child, Zachary Dale.

Jessica Gubbels Tornese ’99 (elementary education) will publish two books that will be available later this year. One is a young adult novel titled, Linked Through Time. The other is a juvenile fiction book titled, The M&M Twins-Lost in Browser Cave. Both can be purchased online as an eBook or paperback. Her author website is www. She resides in Jensen Beach, Fla., with her husband and three children.

Sherry Klemetson ’92 (accounting) is the CFO/director of Operations at Dakota Molding Inc. She’s going back to school for her MBA-Executive at the University of Mary. Her daughter, Heather, is a senior at MSUM majoring in criminal justice and sociology; daughter Chelsea is a freshmen at Concordia. Stephanie Engen Strand ’92 (finance) is the vice president & trust officer in the Wealth Management division of State Bank & Trust, where she’s worked for 17 years. She resides in West Fargo with her husband, Mark, and two children. Cheryl Anderson ’93 (nursing) is the nursing director at Sanford Health, overseeing critical care services and the medical stroke unit. She completed a master of science in strategic leadership at the University of Mary in 2011. Shelley Lothspeich Goroski ’93 (elementary education) is a teller at State Bank & Trust. She resides in West Fargo with her husband, Ron, and their children. Joe Longtine ’96 (sociology) lives in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was married in 2009 to Joyce Kirby, and they have one daughter. Benjamin Lacina ‘97 (music) is the teaching and learning specialist for K-12 Talent Development in the Anoka-Hennepin School district. He was formerly the arts coordinator for Anoka Middle School in the AnokaHennepin district. He resides in Saint Paul. Stephanie Long ’99 (theatre, speech communication) runs the Science Live Theatre program at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Science Live hires professional actors, directors, playwrights and design-

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2000s Paul Ide ’02 (art) brought his graffiti-style art to a historic alley wall behind the 300 Broadw ay b uil ding in downtown Fargo this summer. The mural is of a North Dakota blue sky over a field of wheat. He’s also the creative mind behind other public art projects in Fargo, such as a peacock mural on Roberts Street north of Fourth Ave. Paul resides in Fargo with his wife, Kristin Borchert Ide ’02 (art teacher education). Christina Schwartz ‘02 (early childhood teacher education) is the university supervisor at Walden University. She observes, mentors and provides support for teacher candidates during their student teaching experiences. She resides in St. Paul. Joshua Kukowski ‘03 (history) is a history teacher at Newman School in Bogata, Colombia. He recently welcomed a baby girl. Heather Rickerl ’04 (life science education) was promoted to wellness program coordinator at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. She resides in Bayfield, Wis. Pabalu Karunadharma ’05 (biology & chemistry) is a post-doctoral researcher working at the University of Washington. She and her husband, Uditha Bandara, reside

in Seattle, with their son. She said, “MSUM provided the best experiences and life lessons that shaped my current life and career. For that I’m forever grateful.” Emily Currey Kiel ’05 (mass communications) transitioned from communications director for the Department of Social Services to the social media manager for the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, the IT agency for the State of South Dakota. This new position oversees the development and implementation of new media strategies and is responsible for evaluating new social media trends, tools and technologies and facilitating their implementation into state government. She was married in August to Chad Kiel. They reside north of Pierre, S.D. Mansoor Sarwar ’05 (health services administration) received a five-year award working in Health IT at www. He resides in Greatfalls, Va. Laura Brickzin ’06 (English education) is a librarian at Pelican Rapids Public Library. She occasionally teaches ballet and swing dance classes. She resides in Pelican Rapids. Heidi Kratzke ’01 (English), released a writing prompt book, Unveiled— designed to encourage growth as a writer, while helping cultivate a deeper revelation and understanding of God. She is a writer and visual artist. She and her husband, Jonathan, own Creative Culture Media—a website, graphic design, and writing business in Ottertail. She serves on the board of directors for the Lake Region Writers Network, facilitates writing workshops, and has started two regional writers groups. Her writing has been published in magazines, newspapers, and literar y journals. Unveiled is available online at




baby dragons 4.

Just Married! 5.



1. Matthew Ysteboe ’01 & Kelsey Spitsberg October 22, 2011 2. Meghan Carlsrud ’07 & Michael Verhey October 1, 2011 3. Kristen Denning ’03 & Benjamin Larson September 22, 2011 4. Michael Kloberdanz ’02 & Paula Peterson September 17, 2011 5. Anna Pender ’94 & Rune Storesund September 10, 2011 6. Megan Bartholomay ’00 & Michael Berreth September 3, 2011 7. Lindsay Briks ’05 & Bryan Saniti August 13, 2011 8. Michael Ashby ’09 & Kellie Hesse August 13, 2011 9. Nicole Grandalen ’10 & Benjamin Braaten July 30, 2011 10. Rachel Roe ’08 & Steve Longtine ’10 October 2, 2010 11. Jason Ramstad ’97 & Nicole Nathe ’99 August 14, 2010







MSUM Admissions Office Babies, L to R: Molly, Noah & Anna






Ava Jean Henkelman

Nina (Tupy) ’03 & Carl Johnson ’03

Laura (Opp ) ’06 & Nick Henkelman


Weston Elias Chura

Angie & Jeremy Johnson ’01

Laurel Eide ’05 & Jeremy Chura ’05


Nataleah Lund

Sarah (Olsonawski) ’04 & Mark Nissen ’03

Trista (Anderson) Lund ’00 & Jeffrey Lund ’01

Aidan Davis


Jaclyn (Gunderson) ’06 & Nate Davis

Pabula Karunadharma ’05

Audrey Claire Kildahl Susan (Kudelka) ’02 & Chris Kildahl ’01

We Remember Remember Jay Stoutenberg 1960 Wendell Buckley Douglas Scott 1967 Thomas McShane 1980 Alumni Board (Past Director) John Nygaard 1961 George Warren Ronald Wiger 1962 Catherine Lynn 2002 Ann Promersberger 1964 Peter Rognlie 1979 Lynnda Nelson 1985 Leroy Olson

Myrtle Walswick 1934, 1967 Diane Stave 1965 John Lavely 1952 Russell Gerdin 1965 Alma Henning Ardis Bull 1959 Anne Daly 1942 1969 Leone Buehl 1931 1965 Neil Boutiette 1970 Eva Vraspir Faculty (Retired) Deborah Verdi 1975 Lisa Bratsch 2009 David Blehm

Thomas Ballantine 1972 Donald Barnum 1975 Heidi Helland 2010 Joanne Ogren 1956 1969 Orville Frazier 1990 Thomas Genovese 1949 Thomas Huber 1970 Richard Steidl 1983 Viola Ausherman 1952 Deborah Nicoloff 1983 Ellen Licari 1993 Mary Ryan 1977 Toivo Hulkonen Ardell Tharaldson 1978 Linda Rengel 1971

Lucille Carter 1938 Thomas Smith Faculty (Retired) 1940 James Rude 1948 Malcolm Dahl 1953 Benjamin Lin Faculty (Retired) Michael Nelson 1988 Leveta Scott 1933 1956 Robert Maneval 1973 1974 Alumni Foundation Board (Past Director) Dorothy Cederberg 1950 Mary Osterfield Faculty (Retired) Michael Johnson 1989

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Alumni Calendar 2012

> Homecoming 2011

April 13

Los Angeles Area Reunion

27-28 Dragon Fire Walk

May 8

Tea & Tidbits with President Edna (Grads of the 60s)

11 Commencement 22

Tea & Tidbits with President Edna (Grads of the 40s)

24 Tea & Tidbits with President Edna (Grads of the 50s)

June 15

Twins Game

July 22

Seattle Area Reunion

22-29 Alaskan Cruise 24 Donor Appreciation event

August 27

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