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Spring 2011 2009-10 Annual Report Edition

St.Cloud State U




Blade wisdom


Students gain cutting-edge experience at blade manufacturer

Face off on the ice Two grads take different paths to ‘Winter Classic’






Iconic students

Three who excel in active learning, community engagement and globalization


Editor Loren J. Boone

10 Iconic Students Read about three St. Cloud State University students who are excelling in the classroom as well as outside of it. They represent St. Cloud State’s emerging academic identity.

15 Life without borders Journeys abroad began through study abroad program.

18 Weapons of mammoth destruction Archaeological discovery in the Boundary Waters.

20 Blade Wisdom Hands-on manufacturing experience in Buffalo.

22 Annual Report A lifetime of giving.



St. Cloud State shares university news Learning locally as well as globally.

29 Husky Athletics Athletes earn several honors and awards both on and off the field.

32 Alumni class notes Careers, changes, couples, children – catch up on what other alumni are accomplishing.

Cover photo: Shani Perera (left), Kent Koch and Amanda Bardonner have distinguished themselves during their time at St. Cloud State University. Photograph by Neil Andersen ’96.

Managing Editor Mike Nistler ’79 Photographer Neil Andersen ’96 Art Direction and Design Marie Novak Madgwick ’91 St. Cloud State Information Marsha Shoemaker Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95 University Advancement Craig C. Wruck Terri Mische Kristy Modrow-Ullah ’03 ’05 Athletic Information Anne Abicht ’06 Tom Nelson Celestine Frank Stang ’03 ’05 Outlook is the official institutional and alumni magazine of St. Cloud State University and is a collaborative effort of the University Communications office, the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement and the St. Cloud State University Foundation. The mission of the publication is to strengthen the bond and enhance the relationship between the University and its diverse alumni, faculty, students, community and friends. Outlook is produced three times a year by the St. Cloud State University Communications Office and is distributed without charge to St. Cloud State alumni, faculty, friends and parents of currently enrolled students. Outlook articles may be reproduced without permission if appropriate credit is given. Please notify the Alumni Office when you change your address: University Advancement St. Cloud State University 720 Fourth Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498 Phone: 320-308-3177 Toll free 1-866-464-8759 Would you like to suggest a story for Outlook? We welcome your comments and suggestions. Here’s how to get in touch with the Outlook editorial staff: Loren J. Boone 207 Administrative Services Bldg. 720 Fourth Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498 Phone: 320-308-3151 Fax: 320-308-5367 St. Cloud State on the Web: Main site: Mobile site: Alumni site: Husky Athletics site: Find our St. Cloud State University Tour app on iTunes and Android Market St. Cloud State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. St. Cloud State values diversity of all kinds, including but not limited to race, religion and ethnicity (full statement at bulletin.


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From the President Changing lives, changing the world

The Pillars that define a st. Cloud state Education

St. Cloud State continues to be a university on the move. Throughout our reorganization process we have invited members of the campus community to “imagine” a vision for what we want our university to be and to work together to make that vision a reality. An important outcome has been to identify four key elements – or “pillars” – that we believe are essential to making a St. Cloud State education a life-altering experience. They are community engagement, active learning, sustainability and globalization. The pillars support an enhanced total educational experience that is built around rigorous academic programs and designed to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century. This is our mission, a sacred trust that is no less than the future of our graduates and of the communities they will impact. On the pages of this magazine you will meet students who are immersed in the kind of learning experiences that will help them make a positive difference in their own unique ways. The four senior technology management majors pictured below are good examples. In a senior project for their environmental technology class, they elected to work with the St. Cloud State University Community Garden folks who asked them to create an irrigation plan that would accommodate needs of the garden, be easy to operate and use collected rain water as the main water supply. Their project is an experience that has had life-altering impact on four students whose careers and personal passion for tending the physical environment will continue to intersect. They have left the Community Garden with the necessary tools to move forward with a sustainable irrigation project. These students have encountered the impact of the garden on the development of social capital in our neighborhood and beyond through the modeling, teaching and networking among the many emerging garden sites in the region. Thus they have experienced sustainability in its broadest sense. Others you will meet on the following pages have been involved in projects, volunteer activities, internships and other learning experiences that incorporate the elements that define a St. Cloud State education. Despite lingering economic struggles and the challenges that come with deep mandated budget cuts, St. Cloud State is making extraordinary progress in our efforts to adapt and improve to meet the changing needs of our students and the world in which they live and work. As we “imagined” a vision for St. Cloud State, some of the descriptors used to define that vision included collaborative, innovative, relevant, connected, dynamic and intentional – words that say who we want to be and how we should be known. But I saved the most powerful for last. Above all, we are and always must be “student-centered” – a university that remains an agent of change in individual lives and in the world beyond our walls.

• Community Engagement – we must be what we teach in order to provide our students role models and real-life in action examples of what they are learning in the classroom • Active Learning – we must provide opportunities to put classroom learning into action in order to provide our students with practical experience and reinforcement of their learning • Sustainability in its broadest sense – we must tend to our community as well as the physical environment so that our students can have real opportunities to succeed • Globalization – we must be attentive to a changing world and agile in our adaptation to new developments in order to ensure that our students are prepared for a world in which nothing is static and knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete

Below: Student environmentalists Joe Vos, St. Cloud, Nicholas Jansse, Marshall, Eric Olson, Ogilvie, and Michael Hicks, Litchfield, created a design for an expanded St. Cloud State University Community Garden and an irrigation center where the equipment to run it will be placed. The project gives them experience in a project that involves sustainability, community engagement and active learning – three of the four pillars of a St. Cloud State education. Photograph by Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95

Earl H. Potter III, President


University news Letters to the Editor: Kudos Thank you for mentioning The Almost Complete Book of Danisms in the recent issue of Outlook (Classnotes Fall 2010). I appreciate the exposure. Dan Drotzman ’84 St. Michael

That’s ‘taco-rific’ I received the Outlook in the mail the other day. There is a pretty neat article on page 30. I was e-mailing to say thanks and to see how can I get more copies of the magazine? I have family members asking for copies. Also, I received a phone call today from a 1968 grad of St. Cloud State and he lives in Ohio, he asked if I could mail him a case of sauce. I thought that was pretty neat! Take care. Lonna (Stenger) Christenson ’94 St. Cloud

Bravo for QR codes I saw the Outlook and see you had a QR code in there. Of course I don’t have a fancy cell phone so I’ll just have to find someone who does! I am proud to be an alumna of a University that stays on top of technology.  Berta (Shermer) Hartig ’99 Mass Communications Sartell

Junior Alissa Walden, Virginia, educates a customer about the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System at Coborn’s. Walden is among a group of students in the community health program volunteering to promote healthier eating in Central Minnesota. Photograph by Neil Andersen ’96.

Students educate about choosing nutritious foods Students from St. Cloud State who are studying for careers as dieticians or nutritionists helped educate consumers about NuVal, a system aimed to help Central Minnesotans eat healthier by choosing nutritious foods at the grocery store. CentraCare Health Foundation’s BLEND initiative, along with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Coborn’s launched the system in late October and it ran through early December. Juniors Alissa Walden and Sarah Covelli, St. Joseph, are among a group of students who volunteered for the program. “Our role as educators is to inform customers on how the scoring system works as they enter the store,” said Walden, a community health major. Food items receive a NuVal score from 1 to 100; the higher the score, the higher the nutrition. Scores are located on the supermarket shelf marked by a hexagon, allowing customers to easily compare the overall nutrition of foods. Walden and Covelli became involved when project coordinator Jodi Rohe (CentraCare) presented the opportunity in their public health class. “It was offered as a good opportunity to spread this to the community and make it more approachable,” said Covelli. “It helps you make better and ultimately healthier decisions for yourself and for your family.” Covelli, who is pursuing a degree in community health, would know. She not only educates consumers about the system, but as a mother of three she uses it when shopping. For more information on the NuVal System visit Story By Brett Shoenefeld ’10 Schoenefeld ’10 completed his internship with University Communications this past fall. The Watertown, S.D. native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science.


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University news Student overcomes arthritis; earns scholarship St. Cloud State University senior Chris Swanson is used to overcoming obstacles. For that, he has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Swanson of Savage, was named one of the 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Family Scholarship Program winners. Now 23, Swanson was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when he was an active 16-year-old. The disease forced him to stay home and miss more than 50 days of school, but his inner strength kept him moving forward. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Swanson counted his blessings, especially his family. “We are only limited by what we allow to hold us back,” he said. “With unwavering faith and determination, I have found a way to achieve my goals at all costs.” Swanson set his expectations high. He has earned a black belt in martial arts and played on his high school’s varsity

Student organization makes big splash

The sculpture contains about the same number of plastic water bottles bought in the United States each second. Photograph by Neil Andersen ’96.

lacrosse team during his senior year — this after spending two years on crutches. And Swanson didn’t only have to deal with his own illness. His mother, a nurse and one of the leaders of his support network, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chris helped care for his mother every step of the way through her treatment, just as she had done for him. Today, both Swanson, an accounting major who expects to graduate fall 2011, and his mother have battled their diseases into remission. “Looking for the positive side of every situation truly pays off,” Swanson said. “The time you have with the ones you love matters the most above all else, and projecting kindness outward into the world can never steer a person down the wrong path.”

A tower of plastic water bottles was the focal point for AniMent at a Celebrating Connection event in Atwood Memorial Center in mid November. The five-year-old organization’s sculpture of 1,000-plus discarded water bottles made a strong statement, drawing a steady stream of visitor traffic. The sculpture contains about the same number of plastic water bottles bought in the United States each second. According to one estimate: 85 percent of those bottles are discarded while only 15 percent are recycled, said Shaun Phillips, AniMent president. Celebrating Connection showcases student and community collaborations. It is sponsored by Volunteer Connection and Career Services Center and managed by the Service-Learning Advisory Committee.

The water-bottle sculpture, which took four members 11 hours to develop, speaks to how the bottled-water industry worldwide misuses environmental resources, according to Phillips. Bottled water reduces water levels in aquifers, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, diverting a critical resource away from animals and plants. It also reduces the availability of free water to people in developing nations, Phillips said. “Water should not be a commodity,” said Phillips, a graduate student in the Master’s In Social Responsibility Program. “It should not be privatized. It should be for the common good.” Phillips hails from Australia, which has a history of water scarcity. The town of Bundanoon, which is believed to be the first entity to outlaw bottled water, is in

the New South Wales, which adjoins Phillips’ home state of Victoria. Less than 1 percent of the world’s fresh water is drinkable, according to Julie Andrzejewski, the AniMent faculty advisor. As freshwater supplies dwindle, the need to restore the environment becomes ever more urgent, Andrzejewski said. Water-reclamation and desalinization plants are expensive alternatives to simply helping nature do its job, she said. AniMent draws is name from its advocacy for Animals and the Environment.


University News

Nursing students take pulse of program, culture in Chile Story by Mike Nistler ’79

Jenna Johnson and Samantha Rausch couldn’t have had a more eye-opening experience during a month-long stint they spent at Universidad de Concepción in Chile. The St. Cloud State University senior nursing students not only immersed themselves in the nursing program there, but experienced the culture as well. What they learned included: Chileans have a high level of respect for nurses, similar to how doctors are sometimes revered in the U.S. The physical contact between nurses and patients is very influential on the care that is given. “Physical boundaries are less restricted and personal space is smaller than we are used to in the United States,” Johnson said. Said Rausch: “We learned so much from the efficiency and resourcefulness of the staff in both the public health agencies and the hospitals and really enjoyed the closeness in patient contact when providing care.” Many of the differences that they noted were a reflection of the differences in cultures. “In the U.S. we have to enter a password when retrieving medications so that only authorized personnel are handling them and so that usage is documented and tracked,” Rausch said. This is not a concern yet in Chile. They do not have a public health issue of IV and prescription drug abuse as we do in the U.S. Wrist bands are not a cost-effective means in the public hospitals. However, they are still used in the private hospitals. Instead of wristbands, nurses rely on the patient, the family and their organization and critical thinking skills to assure that they are providing the correct patient with the correct treatment. Patients are incredibly trusting of their nurses. Johnson and Rausch not only learned a lot while in Chile, they taught as well. “We spent a great deal of time providing community education in Concepción,” Johnson said, adding that they presented

information on the U.S. health system, public health and home care, diabetes, healthy lifestyles and even the topic of bullying. They also worked with patients, performing everything from wound care to catheter care. They visited several different communities. “In the short time we were there we worked with three public health agencies Jenna Johnson, Little Falls, left, that were within 20 miles and Samantha Rausch, St. Cloud, in Concepción, Chile. of each other- some were government funded, others were privately funded- where as in Minnesota, public health agencies cover a large geographical area that is usually countybased, “Rausch said. Each of the women stayed with a host family and learned that the “family unit is very strong” in Chile. College students, for instance, live with their families and most stay with their families until they are married. “Many students in Concepción do not drive because they utilize a large and well-organized public transportation system,” Johnson said. “It is a point of preference; one of the students we stayed with had a car and chose not to use it because it was easier to take the bus. We really enjoyed using public transportation there.” “The people were among the most gracious, kind, generous and welcoming people we had ever met,” Johnson said. “We have thanks and gratitude to our families and the health care workers for being so helpful and accommodating and really giving us so much to bring back that has bettered us as both persons and nurses.”

University recognized by Carnegie Foundation The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching honored St. Cloud State University for “practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement” when it named the institution to its Community Engagement Classification, a roster of higher education institutions that exchange knowledge and resources with local, regional, state, national and global communities. “Their certification and recognition is very special,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “This is a great achievement.” Founded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation is based in Stanford, Calif. “We hope you will see this as an opportunity to push your own efforts to a next level and also to mentor and support 6

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campuses that are in earlier stages of institutionalizing community engagement,” said Anthony Bryk, Carnegie Foundation president. St. Cloud State joins Winona State University, University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, Metropolitan State University, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas as the only Minnesota institutions on the 311-school list which includes nationally known public and private schools such as Purdue University, University of North Carolina, Georgetown University and Duke University. A total of 311 schools among the country’s 3,900 degreegranting institutions are recognized. Potter has made community engagement the hallmark of his administration since joining St. Cloud State in July 2007.

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St. Cloud State scholarship winner is an active activist Working towards global human equality is a noble cause. Nabila Feroz Bhatti has devoted her life to human rights, peace education and empowerment of women in her homeland of Pakistan and has brought this vision to St. Cloud State University where she is working toward a master’s degree in social responsibility. Bhatti won the 2010 Jacobson Scholar designation reserved for the top scholarship recipient from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Peace Scholarship. “I believe that every person is a global citizen,” Bhatti said. “Constructive or destructive activities in any part of the world affect the whole of humanity and human nature.” Bhatti has worked with civil society organizations as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Pattan Development Organization, the Taangh Wasaib Organization and the Catholic Bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan. At St. Cloud State she

helped organize the 2009 and 2010 Global Social Responsibilities Conferences and film festivals and has presented workshops to area groups on Pakistan and Afghanistan and peace issues. Bhatti is in the United States with her sons, who are studying at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minn., while her husband, also a human rights activist, remains in Pakistan. Bahatti plans to make take her experiences in America and St. Cloud State back to her homeland. The St. Cloud State program addresses a citizen’s responsibility to others, to society and to the environment,” Bhatti said. “After completing my graduate program, I will go back to Pakistan and will start the work again.”

Painting brings Japanese Garden indoors Bela Petheo has once again left his mark — in the form of brushstrokes — on St. Cloud State University. Petheo, the city of St. Cloud’s own world-renowned artist, created an inspiring painting of the campus’ Japanese Garden for the fourth floor of Centennial Hall. During a six-month period, Petheo worked with Mary Soroko, advisor of Beta Gamma Sigma, the College of Business honor society, to find and bring to life an aspect of campus that might spark creativity in the minds of business students. Believing that the quality of education is based in part on the contributions of alumni, Soroko wanted to make sure her students made an impact. “Students don’t have the money, but they do have time, and passion, and we applied all of that in order to make a lasting impression on the Herberger College of Business and its future students.” “To be successful in business takes risktaking, creativity, and the ability to come up with new approaches to doing things. But public institutions always seem to consider activities that promote that kind of development as least important,” she said. Soroko and Beta Gamma Sigma wanted to “bring the outside in” and start turning the gears in the minds of business students.

Petheo was skeptical about painting the Japanese Garden. He remembers thinking: “In terms of creativity, this is going to be dangerous: it’s going to be dull—There’s so much green!” “After looking at other photographs of the garden, I saw color in flowers, in the pond and the bright orange fish, and in the people and their colorful clothing.” Petheo said. “I wanted to bring life to the painting, and that’s what the colors did.” Other details of the painting make it stand out. The blurred look and lack of detail is deliberate, so as not to take away from the whole picture. The painting is a triptych, divided into three separate frames.

The painting has had an effect on students and passersby. “It brings life to the business office, which is usually not a place where art is present,” Soroko said. “Students are drawn to it; they gather around it, which then initiates conversations and peer interaction. It raises the overall comfort level of the fourth floor, making it feel less ‘institutional.’” The $5,000 painting was funded by Beta Gamma Sigma, which raised $1,500. Various clubs of the College of Business Executive Council contributed the rest of the funds. Petheo previously created an oil painting for St. Cloud State which is in the Mississippi Room of Atwood Memorial Center.

Story by Kasey Jaskowiak | Photograph by Neil Andersen ’96 Jaskowiak is a first year undergraduate hailing from Ashland, Wis.


University News

Geocaching at Quarry Park a photo essay

Story and Photographs by Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95 Using handheld GPS navigation devices, Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) members locate and retrieve objects Dec. 3 at Quarry Park and Nature Reserve in Waite Park. The 42-year-old GTU is the university’s Geography Club. Leading the geocaching outing is club president Jessica Rosier, Hoyt Lakes (upper right). Rupak Shrestha, an international student from Nepal, finds GTU’s own cache (left). The group’s first find of the afternoon is a cache in a repurposed ammunition box. Jenna Holm (right), an undergraduate from Lakeville, records a find in a cache logbook. Graduate student Eric Ege, Anoka (lower left), and a friend take a break on an observation desk.

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University News Mikhail Blinnikov Professor of Geography Mikhail Blinnikov has had a textbook titled “Geography of Russia and its Neighbors” published by Guilford Press as part of its regional geography series. Few textbooks about the region exist in English. Blinnikov is a native of Moscow with extensive travel experiences in the post-Soviet Eurasia. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers with long-standing research interests in environmental geography. At St. Cloud State, he teaches “Geography of Russia,” “Introduction to Global Geography,” “Conservation of World Resources,” “Biogeography” and other classes. He also coordinates the geography graduate program and has led study abroad tours in Russia.

Chris Lehman Cultural scholar Chris Lehman’s new book on slavery in the Upper Midwest is on bookshelves. “Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 17871865” documents the persistence of slavery in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin through the end of the Civil War. Lehman’s research includes details on Mary Butler and other slaves who lived in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids in the mid-19th century. Lehman coordinates the African American Studies minor at St. Cloud State and is the former faculty adviser for the Council of African-American Students on campus. A St. Cloud resident, he holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lehman was recently honored by being accepted at the NEH Summer Institute on “African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, 1865-1965,” sponsored by the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

John Harlander Professor of Physics John Harlander is co-author on a paper that has won the prestigious 2010 Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) recognizing outstanding publications for their quality and significance. Harlander was honored at the Alan Berman Research Publication Award Dinner in Washington D.C. The paper, “Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals on STPSat-1,” published last March in the Journal of Geophysical Research details results obtained from a near-ultraviolet spectrometer that flew aboard the satellite STPSat-1 making measurements of the Earth’s upper atmosphere between March 2007 and October 2009.

Heiko Schoenfuss Heiko Schoenfuss, director of St. Cloud State University’s Aquatics Toxicology Lab, who received national media attention for his study of pollutants in the Mississippi River, is now garnering attention for turning that focus on lakes. In the summer of 2008, Schoenfuss joined the state Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey to study endocrine disruptors in 11 Minnesota lakes. Researchers found endocrine-disrupting chemicals to be widespread in low concentrations in the lakes. The researchers collected water and sediment samples from each lake and analyzed them for 110 chemicals in pharmaceuticals, hormones, pesticides and personal care products. The list of pollutants detected was similar to those found in rivers, including detergents, caffeine and hormones.

John Hotz John Hotz, a professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, received the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association Meritorious Service Award. Hotz has been teaching in the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Degree Program for 28 years, including serving as the programs coordinator for 20 years and as past president of the state association. He currently serves as historian for the group. Hotz is co-author of “History of the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association 1952-2009.”

Carolyn Williams Carolyn R. Williams, associate dean for Multicultural Affairs and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives at St. Cloud State, attended a presentation at the White House with experts from across the country. Discussion focused on the barriers women and minorities face in the fields of science and engineering and on improving the preparation of students in the STEM fields.


Story By Mike Doyle ’09 Photograph courtesy of ST. Cloud Times

A person’s character and special qualities determine who they are. Opportunities that present themselves along the way further shape an individual. From a leader on and off the baseball field to one who has become the voice of the student body, these student achievers and their character represent the culture and integrity of a 21st century education and embody the elements considered essential to a St. Cloud State education: community engagement, active learning, sustainability and globalization

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An active voice

Student Government president spreads wings In fewer than three years, Amanda Bardonner has gone from planning high school dances to helping determine the fate of a major university program. The Wausau, Wis., junior is double majoring in international business and marketing, working a part-time job at a department store and serving as Student Government president at St. Cloud State where she represents 18,318 students. As president, Bardonner was at the center of a recent campus-community discussion about a budget-balancing proposal to cut Husky athletic programs such as football. Throughout the fall semester, Bardonner was an active voice at public meetings and in discussions with the university’s leaders. Ultimately, she helped manage a student fee-increase referendum that resulted in three years of additional funding for Husky Athletics. “It was an experience,” said Bardonner. “It was intimidating to stand up in front of 300 angry community members saying “Save our football program” and help them settle down and rationalize the situation.” The position description for Student Government president calls for 20 hours of service a week. But, as former student president Michael Jamnick ’10 knows, the rigors of student government often leads to 60-plus hour work weeks. “Amanda handled the situation very well,” said Jamnick, legislative assistant for the Minnesota House of Representatives. “It was certainly taxing with a lot of exposure and media coverage.” “Dealing with the negative aspects of the position, it is sometimes difficult to remain positive, but she remained fair,” Jamnick said. “It is a credit to her by remaining open and honest with community engagement.”

Student Government president Amanda Bardonner announces the passage of the student referendum in support of athletics at the student government meeting.

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Said Bardonner: “I don’t really enjoy the dramatic side of the position, but I do like the public service and helping with the results of students’ needs.” Students turned out for the Nov. 15-17 referendum in record numbers, approving an additional $601,344 a year for Husky Athletics, for fiscal years 2010 through 2014. “The student turnout was fantastic; it speaks to the increased student engagement on campus this year,” Bardonner said. “Our student body understands the issues and has a vested interest in the future of this university.” Matt Trombley, director of the Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development, said Bardonner has worked hard for her fellow students. “I have appreciated Amanda’s commitment to the position. Whether it is an early morning meeting or a weekend event, Amanda has represented Student Government and St. Cloud State University whenever and wherever she has been needed. I’ve been impressed by her ability to handle her full-time course work while serving in this role.” Bardonner was the student government president and class president at Wausau West High School and used that experience to dive into student life, running for student government at St. Cloud State her freshman year. “That was a little intimidating,” said Bardonner, the lone freshman running for office. “I remember giving my speech and shaking, I was so nervous.” She was elected senator at large and hasn’t looked back. “I knew she would do a good job before I was done with my first semester as president,” Jamnick said. “You kind of look around and ask, “Who would be a good fit to take the reins?” I immediately thought of Amanda.”


Story By Mike Nistler ’79 | Photograph By Neil Andersen ’96

A leader on and off the field

Husky baseball captain is mayor of his hometown, Loretto Speak softly but carry a big stick could be Kent Koch’s motto. The soft-spoken St. Cloud State University senior not only is a captain on the Husky baseball team, but is mayor of his hometown of Loretto. There aren’t many college seniors who are mayors of their hometowns, but then, to hear folks who know him talk, there aren’t many guys like Koch running around. Heck, he even admits he is kind of different. “I’ve always liked going to city council meetings,” the fifth-year finance major said. Koch, 23, grew up in the community of 609 people. How small is the town? “Basically, we don’t have a high school, so I went to high school in Delano.” As a high school student, Koch worked in the city parks department. “I learned a lot about the city working for the parks department.” He also played a lot of baseball. It’s a family tradition in a town that has a rich baseball history. Koch’s father, Herb, is a manager and long-time player. And his two older brothers, Herb, Jr. 27, and Nick, 26, play ball. The four even played all four infield positions during one game and grabbed newspaper headlines for the feat. “The baseball field is the first thing you see when you drive into town from the north,” said Koch, whose amateur team has qualified for the last two state tournaments. “There’s a sense of community.” And on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons, when the baseball team plays its games, the community shows up at the ballpark. “It’s a real small-town atmosphere. It’s a nice park, one of the best in our league. A lot of pride and joy and a lot of volunteer work when into it.” And the Koch family has invested lots of time and energy into the park and baseball program, including the elder Koch. “He manages now and still plays a bit” at age 50, Kent Koch said. And while Dad played, his sons got their start as bat boys. The decision for the youngest Koch to

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attend St. Cloud State was easy. His uncle, Tom Ditty ’69, was a standout baseball and basketball player at St. Cloud State. So when then Head Coach Denny Lorsung ’71, recruited him, Koch knew he wanted to wear the Huskies uniform. His first year on the team ended when he broke a bone in his hand, but every year since then, he has played more and has become a versatile player who can man every infield position. It’s that versatility the makes him a great team player and will serve him well in his new role as mayor of Loretto. Koch filed for the mayoral position because no one else was running and he thought it was time to step up to the plate. He won by a vote of 189-109, beating a former mayor who ran as a write-in candidate. “I’m definitely excited about it,” said Koch who will graduate this spring. “It will be a fun and exciting challenge.” Husky Baseball Coach Pat Dolan ’92, has nothing but words of praise for his senior co-captain. “Kent is just a quality young man and a leader for us both on and off the field. At first when I heard about his election to mayor of Loretto I was kind of surprised, but what a great honor for a senior in college. With only one class remaining this semester for his graduation in finance it does open up some time for him and his duties as mayor. “I just told him when he’s elected president to remember us at Huskyland,” Dolan said. After graduation, Koch will move home and delve more deeply into the role of mayor. One of the big issues on the horizon in Loretto is building a storm water drainage system and doing away with sewer ponds. That move will mean a tax increase, though, and will need to be explained to residents. Koch feels as though he can handle the job. “I’ve gone to city council meetings the last couple of years regularly,” said Koch of the once-a-month Tuesday night meetings. Koch won’t have an office in Loretto, but if you need to find him, check the ballpark on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons.


Story By Mike Nistler ’79 | Photograph By Neil Andersen ’96

Ambassador with a world view

Perera meets challenges near or far Whether she’s riding her horse to the midwest championship, rebuilding tsunami-damaged homes in Sri Lanka or selling millions of dollars of software during an internship, Shanika Perera loves the challenge. Perera, Mahtomedi, is a St. Cloud State University marketing major who, in a vast understatement says, she is “involved in lots of different organizations.” Besides the marketing major, Perera is pursing a minor in mass communictions. She expects to graduate this fall. She is currently taking part in her second internship, this one with HealthPartners of Central Minnesota where she is involved in event planning. “I really enjoy it,” she said. Her first internship was with Epicor Software in the Twin Cities. Epicor is a partner of Microsoft and Perera’s role was to sell business software on the telephone. It’s a tough job, but one that Perera excelled at, selling more than $10 million in software during her time there. It was good enough for Perera to be offered a full-time job, but “I want to keep my options open,” she said. When she’s not in school, Perera loves riding horse. In high school she was the midwest champion for Equestrian Jumper Riding. And if that weren’t enough, she was a part of an effort that led to the rebuilding of 50 homes in Sri Lanka after a devastating tsunami. “It was a group effort,” Perera is quick to point out. “I participated with my parents and some friends. My parents (Mithula and Udi Perera) came to me to see if I wanted to get involved.” Perera started by helping raise money through an organization that she began called MN Friendship Foundation. She asked her high school classmates during lunch hours for donations. She orchestrated Persian rug sales. All of that led to a village of 50 homes being reopened. She also received the Minnesota Woman of Achievement Award for those efforts. During her visits to Sri Lanka, her parents’ native land, they met a young boy who eventually became her adopted brother. Naturally, her parents are proud of their daughter. “Shani applied to several universities but she wanted a medium-sized college,” her father said. “She is really blossoming there and we are happy with her experiences.” Perera said she liked several aspects about St. Cloud State. “I picked St. Cloud because the Herberger College of Business is nationally accredited, the tuition prices are low, the commute to the cities is convenient, and the campus struck me as a diverse liberal school with a strong history of success.” Perera has come so far since the days that she first visited St. Cloud State that she now helps others decide on whether the University is a good fit for them. She works as a student ambassador in the Admissions Office.



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Life without borders

Study abroad enhances global perspective, leads to State Department opportunities

Story By Marsha shoemaker Photographs courtesy of Marc Nordberg ’93 anD Emilie WardRip

Globe-trotting graduates

The 1990 study-abroad experience that Marc Nordberg ’93 shared with future wife Sharon (Russell) Nordberg ’93 at England’s Alnwick Castle launched a Sharon ’93 and Marc ’93 Nordberg enjoy a snowy day in the backyard of their career and life adventure that home in Minsk. The Belarus capital was the third overseas placement for Marc in his 12-year career with the U.S. Department of State. has spanned three continents. Marc returned to campus last fall to speak to classes about the choices and experiences that led to his life as a career globe-trotter with the U.S. State Department, a life he and Sharon aim to lead “until it stops being fun.” After the Alnwick semester that stoked their fascination with foreign travel, each went on to take part in multiple learning and teaching opportunities around the world. They married before Marc entered the exotic world of the U.S. Foreign Service that has taken him and Sharon to Israel, Belize, Belarus and Estonia. Son Evan joined them in 2004. What the couple — he from Brooklyn Park and she from Rogers — discovered while living and studying in the Duke of Northumberland’s home/fortress steeped in 900 years of highprofile English history was the magic of being someplace far different. St. Cloud State’s British Studies program in northern England became a significant link to his State Department position, said Marc, who majored in political science and international relations.“It was the first time I’d left the United States, and I didn’t know what to expect. It was fantastic. That experience is what gave me and my wife the travel bug.” “I was living in a one-person room the size of a closet, it was freezing and when you turned on the gas heater it got so hot you had to turn it off, only to get cold again,” Marc said of his castle stay. “But you didn’t think twice about the inconveniences. Walking across the drawbridge and knocking on those massive double doors to have a gatekeeper let you inside the castle walls made up for it.” Marc and Sharon had extraordinary experiences during their Alnwick semester, including a trip to Berlin a year after the Wall that for 28 years had divided East and West Berlin was torn down. “We went to East Berlin and walked through Checkpoint Charlie ... it was great fun being in Europe at that point,” Nordberg said. “Also, the Gulf War started when we were in Alnwick. It was a historic time.” The 1990 Alnwick class also had a “Hollywood” encounter while living in the castle that has been the setting for two Harry Potter movies, “Elizabeth,” and many other films and television series. “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves” was filmed at the castle in 1990, and Marc met star Kevin Costner and secured an autograph for his grateful sister. After Alnwick, history major Sharon took part in another study abroad semester in Ingolstadt, Germany, and eventually went into the Peace Corps, serving and studying in Poland for two years. After graduation Marc taught English for five months at Petroznavodsk in northern Russia, where he’d earlier put his St. Cloud State Russian studies to use during a


five-week study-abroad. “It was a fantastic opportunity … and it was not anything I would have done if I hadn’t gone to Alnwick.” In 1998 Marc entered the U.S. Foreign Service, and after a year of training in Washington, D.C., he and Sharon were sent to their first assignment, Tel Aviv, Israel. “I had never been to that part of the world,” Marc said. “We could go to a place where there was a Roman amphitheater next to a Crusader fortress next to an Arab village abandoned in 1948 — three very different sites of history in one place. Next it was Belize for two years. “Neither of us had been in Central America,” Marc said. “The work wasn’t as interesting as in Israel, but it was a fantastic place to visit. The cruise ships started coming more frequently right before we left.” Their third overseas assignment was in Minsk, Belarus, part of the former Soviet Union and an “entirely different world politically,” according to Marc, whose diplomatic skills were put to the test frequently. “The government there is strongly anti-American and tries to pass that feeling to its citizens. My largest task was simply trying to talk to average people — fielding questions about democracy and building ties. There were a lot of questions about whether I disagree with my country.” “If pressed I would say that Minsk might have been one of our best tours because the staff there was terrific to work with,” said Sharon, who acknowledged that the government of Belarus is oppressive and less than fond of Americans. Now the Nordbergs are in Tallinn, Estonia, where Marc is the political and economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy. It’s another popular tourist attraction that he said has “far too much sunshine in the summer and far too little in winter.” While it’s been a “terrific experience,” Sharon admits there are downsides to their ongoing global adventure, especially now that son Evan is getting older and the gaps between visits home seem longer. “This part of living overseas is tough to be honest because we would like our son to know his aunts, uncles and grandparents,” she said. “We don’t get to take advantage of the family ties that most people can.” It’s also next to impossible for spouses of foreign service officers to have a career, Sharon said. “Nonetheless, I think we all enjoy the experience of living overseas, and we are already speculating about where we might get to serve next. I for one hope for a sunny, warm country!”


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Intern’s dreams take her far

When Professor Linda Butenhoff advised global studies major Emilie Wardrip to “dream big,” the Alexandria senior responded by landing a plumb internship with the East Asia/Pacific Bureau of the U.S. State Department. For 10 weeks during fall semester Wardrip had a desk in a high-profile Washington, D.C. office, working alongside a public diplomacy officer to help draft official responses about events and issues involving U.S. relations with Japan and Korea. “I was fortunate,” she said. “What I was working with was really exciting. I even helped draft speeches used by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.” “She spoke some of the paragraphs we wrote word for word,” Wardrip said, referring to the experience of having the U.S. Secretary of State incorporate her work into presentations such as the U.S.-hosted Trilateral Ministerial Meeting that took place after North Korea attacked a South Korean island Nov. 23. “It was amazing to hear her address issues I had directly worked with on the Korea desk team.” While she sometimes felt “out of her comfort zone” among the other interns — primarily from prestigious East and West Coast colleges — Wardrip had superior preparation for her internship. She had a year of study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she lived one semester with a Korean family and the second with a 28-year-old single career woman who worked for a Korean shipping company. Her older brother Nathan, a St. Cloud State student veteran majoring in engineering, also was studying at Yonsei that year. Wardrip’s passion for East Asia had its roots at Winona State University, where her freshman roommate was an international student from Korea. Wardrip drastically changed directions in her education and transferred from studying composite materials engineering at Winona to pursuing a global education at St. Cloud State, which has an educational partnership with Yonsei.

Emilie Wardrip takes time from her internship duties with the U.S. Department of State to do some sightseeing in the nation’s capital.

The suggestion to pursue the internship came from Butenhoff, a professor of political science and director of global studies for St. Cloud State who inspires students by telling them it’s important to aspire to bigger and better opportunities. Ann Radwan, associate vice president for academic affairs/international studies at St. Cloud State, helped Wardrip with her application essay. “She helped me clarify my ideas and goals.” “I wouldn’t have been able to pursue this opportunity without their support,” Wardrip said of the mentors at St. Cloud State. Butenhoff, who is one of those mentors, said Wardrip deserves much of the credit for her internship accomplishment. “Emilie is an exceptional student for a number of reasons,” Butenhoff said. “She’s an academic superstar with a GPA of 3.73, and, while this is important, the U.S. Department of State is looking for students who also are well-rounded in their course work and life experiences. Emilie is a mature, thoughtful and well-liked individual who has extended herself by seeking out an education-abroad experience, electing to study Korean language, culture, history and politics in Korea and receiving a Gilman Scholarship to support her studies.”

What does Wardrip consider the greatest benefit of her extraordinary internship? “Confidence,” she said without hesitation. “I’ve learned to think about what’s possible, not what’s impossible.” What’s next? “I’ve applied for a Boron Scholarship for overseas study,” she said. “I plan to go back to Korea for my fifth year.” After that Wardrip is considering a career in foreign service or global business. In the meantime, Wardrip is finishing her courses and living in Lawrence Hall, St. Cloud State’s residence hall dedicated to international students and students interested in global education. Her current roommate is an international student from Nigeria. “The best thing about living in Lawrence is being able to meet more international students from Korea … cooking, speaking Korean and watching Korean movies with them,” Wardrip said. “Just being around them is really helping me gain back vocabulary that I have forgotten since returning to Minnesota from my year at Yonsei.” For Wardrip, a global education is essential. “The world looks to the United States and most U.S. citizens look inward,” she said. “We’re not always aware of what’s going on in other countries. It’s good to have that exposure and realize that everyone’s watching you — even if you’re not watching them.” 17

Story by Mike Nistler ’79 | Photographs By Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95

Weapons of


Students unearth artifacts at Boundary Waters archaeological site

Mark Muñiz, assistant professor of anthropology, directs the Cultural Resources Management program at St. Cloud State.


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Mark Muñiz calls what St. Cloud State University graduate students are unearthing in the remote reaches of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) “National Geographic kind of stuff.” Muñiz, associate professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, is referring to research at Knife Lake on the U.S.-Canadian border that could prove that some of the earliest cultures in the state date back more than 12,000 years ago. “We have literally just scratched the surface,” Muñiz said of the research that began in 2009 and continued last year but only for a matter of days. The dig’s location in the isolated Superior National Forest, and the climate (biting bugs in the summer and snow and cold in the winter) have limited the students’ access to the site to a few days each fall. Knife Lake is a 5,254-acre, 130-foot deep lake in extreme northeastern Minnesota. Thousands of years ago humans gathered at the siltstone outcroppings along the lakeshore to manufacture stone tools and weapons. Paleoindians at Knife Lake likely used antlers and granite stones to shape siltstone into knives, scrapers, spear points and adzes, a process called flintknapping. The term Paleoindians describes first peoples who migrated into North America as the last glaciers retreated. Knife Lake was a “cul-de-sac” of human habitation, Muñiz said, with massive glacial Lake Agassiz to the west, the retreating glacier to the north and glacial Lake Duluth to the east. Because of the highly acidic soil at the Knife Lake sites, animal bones and other organic material decay rapidly.

Muñiz, director of the master’s program in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology (CRM), and his students are dating artifacts using three techniques: • Analyzing the flintknapping techniques used to manufacture stone weapons and tools • Radiocarbon dating phytoliths recovered in the soil • Radiocarbon dating two small bits of charcoal



Muñiz, director of the master’s program in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology (CRM), and his students are dating artifacts using three techniques: • Analyzing the flintknapping techniques used to manufacture stone weapons and tools • Radiocarbon dating phytoliths recovered in the soil • Radiocarbon dating two small bits of charcoal Phytoliths are microscopic minerals absorbed by plants and deposited in the soil after plants die. Phytolith dating can be as accurate as charcoal dating, according to Muñiz, because charcoal can travel by winds or water, but phytoliths generally cannot go as far. The preliminary findings suggest tools and weapons found at the Knife Lake sites are similar to those found at other Paleoindian sites on the Great Plains and Upper Midwest that date between 11,500 to 12,500 years ago. Preliminary analysis is underway on a dozen phytolith samples from Knife Lake. Sue Mulholland, a professor at University of Minnesota-Duluth, has determined that: • Seven samples show evidence of coming from the Paleoindian period • Four samples are of a quality that will yield radiocarbon data Radiocarbon dating results are expected late 2011, at the earliest. The CRM Archaeology program is seeking a Minnesota Historical Society grant to fund the radiocarbon dating.

Jennifer Rovanpera is collaborating with scientists in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Seattle, on the radiocarbon dating of two tiny bits of charcoal found at Knife Lake. The graduate student from Walnut Creek, Calif., is pictured excavating a unit at the Lillian Joyce site.

Tyler Olsen, a graduate student from Oshkosh, Wis., said he felt exhilarated when he found a five-inch stone likely manufactured to kill a wooly mammoth, Bison Antiquus or caribou that inhabited the area at that time. Because of what was discovered, Muñiz believes the site was a quarry used again and again for the manufacturing of heavy, bi-faced weapons. Nearby sites, within a “rock’s throw,” indicate that there were nearby campsites established. “These sites are combining lots of different research,” Muñiz said. At the Council for Minnesota Archaeology 2011 Conference held at Inver Hills Community College in February, seven students joined Muñiz in presenting information from the Knife Lake digs. Reaching the site is in itself a major challenge. There is a nine-person limit in that portion of the BWCAW so the group travels in four canoes; one is a three-seater. The canoes are packed with food and tents and a bit of clothing and lots of archaeological equipment, everything from screens to sift material with to shovels, trowels and hand tools. Everything that is loaded into the canoes has to be paddled and portaged about 15 miles. Muñiz and his team have entered the site from both the east and the west and both are about equal distance. “Portaging is a lot of work,” Muñiz said. “We have to double portage because we can’t carry everything in one trip.” 19

Story and Photographs By Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95


Mechanical engineering students learn at local factory Talking above the roar of machinery on the Whirltronics factory floor, toolmakers Jamey Olson and Al Roepke discuss improving the die for a lawnmower blade. Trading ideas with them are St. Cloud State mechanical engineering students Adam Moser, Albany, Jared Johnson, Eagan, and Jesse Lanie, Ihlen. Andrew Bekkala, professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, stands several feet away with a smile on his face. “I’m not a toolmaker. These guys are the toolmakers,” shouts Bekkala, pointing at Olson and Roepke. “They’re translating knowledge directly to the students, who are learning stuff I can’t teach them — what works and what doesn’t work.”


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Arrayed across the 45,000-square-foot factory in Buffalo, Minn., are stations dedicated to manufacturing more than a million blades a year for about a dozen lawnmower manufacturers. Near the southwest corner of the factory, students John Feia, St. Cloud, and Grant Helgeson, St. Michael, have their tape measures out and their logbooks at hand. They’re documenting the dimensions of two units that comprise a blade-straightening station. Their goal: Design modifications that would automate the station. Back at St. Cloud State, Feia and Helgeson will develop computer-based and solid models to demonstrate their design improvements to Whirltronics staff. They’ll make presentations and complete a technical report for their Engineering Design Project II class. Feia and Helgeson contend their improvements could reduce the station’s staff requirement from two workers to one — a key efficiency for a manufacturer competing with companies in emerging economies such as China and Brazil. Jennifer (Thomsen) Lindquist ’94, manufacturing engineering manager, said Whirltronics constantly seeks labor efficiencies, yet strives to maintain its workforce numbers through sales growth. Innovation, including designs developed by St. Cloud State students, is critical to Whirltronics’ success, according to Steve Thul, president. St. Cloud State has partnered with Whirltronics for 15 years on joint projects, research and equipment construction, said Bekkala. “The workforce here knows our mission in relationship to St. Cloud State. We’re quite encouraged and optimistic about the results,” said Thul. “We’ve seen some real, tangible results.”


Opposite page: Jennifer (Thomsen) Lindquist ’94, left, talks with Andrew Bekkala, professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Lindquist, who holds a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, is the manufacturing engineering manager at Twirltronics. Among her many responsibilities is programming the robot in the foreground. A. Grant Helgeson, left, and John Feia discuss design improvements to a bladestraightening station at Whirltronics, a Buffalo, Minn., manufacturer of lawnmower blades. Helgeson and Feia are senior mechanical engineering students in Engineering Design Project II, a capstone class in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. B. Racks of lawnmower blades emerge from a heat-treatment process at the Whirltronics factory in Buffalo, Minn. C. Brainstorming ways of improving die-making are, from left, Jamey Olson, toolmaker, Jesse Lanie, student, Al Roepke, toolmaker, Adam Moser, student and Jared Johnson, student.

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A Message from the Chairman

Donor investments yield high returns


Annual Report

Hearing St. Cloud State’s mission – “to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century” – reminds me that of all the investments I’ve made, the most important was in my own education. The years I spent at St. Cloud State provided me with an excellent foundation for a lifetime of rewarding experiences. As you can see by the names listed in this Annual Report, I’m just one of many alumni and friends who enthusiastically give back to the University that we believe will continue to grow as a vital educational and cultural resource. In doing so we know we’re investing in St. Cloud State’s future graduates and every one of the communities they will impact with their character, knowledge and skills. It’s exhilarating to be part of the vision and commitment that drives St. Cloud State forward, building the relationships and strengthening the programs that make ours a great university and an even greater asset to the region. It’s heartening also to be part of a growing circle of partners who are finding new ways to support the mission, build endowments for much-needed scholarships and help make up for unprecedented reductions in state funding. Some examples include: • In a record turnout last November, students voted to raise their fees by $1.74 per credit to support Husky athletics to the tune of $600,000 a year. Student Government initiated the ultimately successful referendum to increase student fees to alleviate the possibility of cutting out one or more sports. • Booster groups for individual Husky sports motivate fans and raise funds in a variety of ways to lend extra support for their teams. • Despite the challenging economic times and cuts in academic departments and service offices, the University Campaign set new records for participation and total dollars raised. Last year, 643 employees, emeriti and retired faculty and staff participated in the campaign reflecting a four percent increase over the previous year’s total. The campaign also set a new record in total dollars raised — exceeding last year’s total by 12 percent to $283,549. Just as St. Cloud State faces serious economic challenges, so does a growing proportion of deserving students. This fall the number applying for financial aid on our campus increased by 8.3 percent, and records indicate our students are borrowing more than $78 million to help pay for college this year. In 2009-10 the SCSU Foundation provided $548,000 in scholarship assistance, and we hope to increase our giving to help even more students who seek a well-rounded, outstanding education. As a Foundation Board of Trustees, we realize our students learn better in an environment with the services and resources that support all aspects of their education, and we’re grateful that so many individuals in so many ways are honoring the SCSU Foundation’s mission “to support and enhance St. Cloud State’s ability to ignite students’ learning and discovery of their gifts, their passions, and their potential contributions to society.”

Russ Hagen ’64 Chairman, St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees


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2010-11 Foundation Board of Trustees:

FY 2009-10 University Expenditures $197,213 million

Academic Support 12%

Institutional Support 9%

John Dunkley Janese Evans ’79 ’81 Paula Foley ’85 ’88 David Folsom ’69 Andrew B. George ’80 Robert Goff ’58 Al Grundei ’71 Russ Hagen ’64 Al Heinen ’78 Dennis Holland ’74 John Kimbrough ’76 Anthony Latta ’77 James V. Maciej ’73 Delores Pearson ’64 James Pehler ’65 ’67 Sherry M. Smith ’83 Robert Thueringer ’75 George Torrey Leon Westbrock ’69

Operation and Maintenance of Plant 6% Public Service 1% Research 1%

Scholarships and Fellowships 2% Instruction 41%

Depreciation 4% Scholarships and Fellowships 3%

Student Services 13% Auxiliary Enterprises 10%

FY 2009-10 Gift Designations $4.4 million raised Intercollegiate Athletics 9% Other Scholarships 6% College of Science and Engineering 6% G.R. Herberger College of Business 5%

National Hockey and Event Center 50%

College of Fine Arts and Humanities 4% College of Social Sciences 4% College of Education 4%

Auxiliary Enterprises 8%

Unrestricted 4%

St. Cloud State University Foundation Net Assests $30,000,000 $25,000,000 $20,000,000 $15,000,000 $10,000,000 $5,000,000 $0










2010 news/outlook


2009-10 Annual Report

Giving Societies

Over the years, special individuals, foundations and corporations have been a part of the St. Cloud State tradition of excellence and opportunity. The following societies have been established to recognize those special donors whose gifts over several years have significantly advanced the work of the University. We are grateful to these society members.

David L. Kiehle Society

Cumulative giving of $2,500,000 and above David L. Kiehle was the first person to hold the title of president of the institution and held the position from 1875-81. He led the Normal School through a challenging time of diminishing state support for normal schools.

The Herberger Foundation James and Marion Miller

George A. Selke Society

Cumulative giving of $1,000,000 - $2,499,999 George A. Selke was president of St. Cloud Teachers College from 1927-46. During his tenure, a four-year course of study was approved and the Teachers College joined the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

The Bernick Companies Central MN Community Foundation Russell B. Hagen ’64 IBM Corp. Norbert F. Lindskog* ’54 ’57 Vera W. Russell* ’35 ’40

Waite A. Shoemaker Society

Cumulative giving of $500,000 - $999,999 Shoemaker Hall was named for Waite A. Shoemaker, president of the Third State Normal School. Built in 1915, Shoemaker Hall first served as a women’s dormitory. Thousands of students, both women and men, have called it “home” while they studied and prepared for their future.

Bankers Systems, Inc. Coborn’s, Inc. Deeann J. Griebel ’76 Philip Halenbeck Trust Janet C. Ritsche George and Shirley Torrey

Riverview Society

Cumulative giving of $250,000 - $499,999 Riverview was built in 1913 to house a laboratory school under the direction of Isabel Lawrence. Here, local children received an excellent education while Normal School students learned to be teachers.

3M Foundation Altera Corporation Bremer St. Cloud Robert L. Coard* David and Cheryl Copham Earl M. Danforth* Environmental Systems Research Ruth Gant* Elizabeth Howard* ’49 ’54 ’60 Thomas ’72 and Susan ’72 Keller Kopp Investment Advisors Stephen and Eugeina* Lindgren William Lindgren* Medtronic


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Grant ’63 and Carol Nelson Pako Corporation Maureen ’65 and Gary ’65 Petrucci Regis Foundation Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, LTD. Stearns Bank Norma ’58* and Donald ’57* Stein The David Swenson Foundation Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Old Main Society

Cumulative giving of $100,000 - $249,999 Old Main was the first building constructed for the St. Cloud Normal School. Completed in 1874, Old Main was the primary classroom building for 74 years.

Jeanette and Harold* Anderson Barbara ’75 ’92 and Rollie Anderson Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. AT&T of Edina Robert ’86 and Denise Babcock John ’61 and Evelyn Bolduc Bremer Financial Corporation Wilbur* and Borghild Brewer Bursch Travel Cargill, Inc. Diana ’78 and Robert Carter Floreine* and Richard Colbert College Town Pizza, Inc. Cub Foods Store John H. Daniels Eastman Kodak Co. Electrolux Home Products Fingerhut Corporation Clarence ’55 ’56* and Suzanne Fogelstrom Geyer Signal Service Inc. Gilleland Chevrolet Phyllis and Robert ’58 Goff Gold’n Plump Poultry Grand Casino Mille Lacs Grant Tensor Geophysical Corp. Muriel and James* Grunerud Hazel B. Hansen* ’31 ’48 Olga B. Hart Education Foundation Elloyd ’60* and Darlene Hauser Robert ’63 and Sally Hebeisen Bret Hedican and Kristi Yamaguchi Lowell ’56 and Cay Hellervik Herberger’s, Inc. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Dennis ’74 and Tamara Holland Jeffrey ’75 and Kim Holmberg Husky Boosters Husky Hoopsters ING Direct Intel Corporation Kurt Kalm ’74 KCLD/KNSI/KZPK/KCML Kopp Family Foundation Lamar Advertising Company LarsonAllen Markhurd Corporation May Bowle Benefit R. Keith and Marion Michael Miller Auto Center Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Northwestern Mutual Foundation David R. Pomije ’06 Durand and Mary Potter Principal Financial Group, Inc. Doyle ’72 and Kimberly Rose Joyce and Arnold* Schneider Brian ’92 and Debra ’99 Schoenborn

Helen and Lester Schwartz* SCSU Center Ice Club St. Cloud Medical Group State Farm Companies Foundation Eugene and Beverly ’69 Storms Superamerica Group, Inc. TCF Bank - Minneapolis The McKnight Foundation Title, Bond and Mortgage Company United Way of Central Minnesota US Bank of St. Cloud Roland ’35 and Louise Vandell* Janet ’58 and Donald Watkins John ’59 and Mary Weitzel Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt Xcel Energy Mary Jane Young Trust

Isabel Lawrence Society Cumulative giving of $50,000 - $99,999

Isabel Lawrence established the reputation of the teacher preparation program, served as director of the model school, Riverview, and served as acting president from 1915-16.

Antioch Company Asylum Research Dorothy* and Hugh Barker Patricia ’58 ’83 and John ’57* Berling Best Western Kelly Inn Jeanette Bischoff Donald M. Boros ’66 ’67 Brutger Equities, Inc. Christopher Cardozo Cellular 2000 Cellular Mobile Systems of St. Cloud Susan ’75 and Daniel Childers Ciatti’s Restaurant John ’82 and Cynthia Clemens Charles and Ida Compton* Construction Financial Management Association Copal Systems Inc. DeZURIK - A Unit of General Signal Larry ’64 and Jeanette Dorn Susan ’71 and C. Scott Ebersole Crumpton Farrell* Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Janet ’88* and Daniel Gallagher Gannett Foundation General Mills Foundation General Mills, Inc. Kevin M. Gohl ’84 Barbara ’62 ’63 and Arthur ’62 ’64 Grachek Granite City Food & Brewery James ’74 and Julie Graves Hagemeister & Mack Architects Heartland Title Co. Kathryn ’69 and Jerry ’70 Henkemeyer Donald ’65* and Joan Hess Fred Huls*

Gifts received July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

IKON Office Solutions James ’74 and Mary Illies International Business Machines Corp. Gerald T. Johnson ’62 Dr. Louisa Johnson* Kemps, LLC Kern Family Foundation Klein Oldsmobile Cadillac, Inc. Bernadette and Cy* Kuefler LarsonAllen Leonard, Street and Deinard Marco Business Products Mathew Hall Lumber Co. LaVerne ’53 ’64* and Brendan ’54 McDonald McGladrey and Pullen McKay’s Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/ Mitsubishi Mexican Village Restaurant Larry ’71 and Peggy ’70 Meyer Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Douglas ’77 and Martha Miller Thomas ’70 and Kathy Miller Miller Architects & Builders David ’79 and Mary Mingo Alys I. Misho* ’21 ’43 ’58 MN Assn of Real Estate Educ. Morgan Family Foundation Robert ’60 and Francine Myers Colonel ’75 and Phyllis Nemec Northern PCS Services Otto Bremer Foundation Mary ’72 and James ’65 ’67 Pehler Ronald G. Perrier Susan ’06 and William Prout The Prudential Foundation Radisson Suite Hotel RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. Ernestine and James Rice* Tom Ritsche Royal Tire Rubald Beverage Co., Inc. Saks Incorporated/Herberger Division Scheels All Sports Gordon and Yvonne Schrank Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, Inc. Dorothy ’77 and Mike Simpson Gary ’65 and Jan Smith St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud Refrigeration St. Cloud Restaurant Supply Subway Investments Summit Mortgage Corporation Sunray Printing Solutions, Inc. Target Stores TCF Foundation TDS Metrocom Inc. Joan ’93 and Warren Teigen Tenvoorde Ford Inc. The Coleman Company, Inc. Travelers Foundation Laura ’80 and Robert ’83 Voit Walking Billboards Washington Scientific Industries Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. Wheelock Whitney

* Deceased

Mark ’90 and Susan ’90 Heurung Raymond S. Hibbs ’64 ’66 Terry ’88 and Lisa ’88 Hjort Harold ’65 and Janice Hoelscher Initiative Foundation Integrated Fiber Optics, Inc. International Paper Company J.C. Penney Co., Inc. Jasc Software, Inc. Brenda ’96 and Rex Johnson Edward ’64 ’68 ’81 and Nancy Johnson Leigh ’67 and Judith Johnson Melvin and Shirley* Kazeck ’38 Keebler Co. James and Betty* Kelly Marigold Foods, Inc. LuBell ’76 and Robert Kendall Kern DeWenter Viere Ltd Michael ’92 and Christina Kettenacker Elizabeth Koffman Ronald P. Kosel ’91 KPMG Peat Marwick Joseph ’36* and Dorothy Kunze Lakeland Construction Finance LLC Judith ’85 and Mark Larkin Lauren Riesgraf Memorial Fund John ’73 and Nancy Lavander Elaine L. Leach Standley E. Lewis Chase and Kristi Lieser Mahowald Insurance Agency McDowall Co. Medica Health Plans Medtronic Foundation Bennett D. Melin ’63 Merrill Corporation Howard ’42* and Madeline Merriman Meyer Associates, Inc. Microsim Corporation Doug & Martha Miller Family Foundation The Minneapolis Foundation Minnesota Board of Realtors Minnesota Council on Economic Education Minnesota Society of CPA’s Thomas Moore ’78 and Cindy Johnson ’79 Thomas ’92 and Anne Mootz Marian ’50 and Henry ’49 Morris* Murphy Chevrolet Nahan Printing, Inc. Michael Niedenfuehr Novatis Seed Dennis Nunes O’Hara Brothers Companies Big Bear Farm Stores, Inc. Outback Steak House Frances and Max* Partch Katherine ’81 and John* Pattison Bruce ’64 and Delores ’64 Pearson Eugene ’47* and Lorraine ’42 ’67 Perkins Carl ’69 and Renae Peters Photo Art Science Foundation Sally and George Pillsbury

Whitney Foundation WJON-AM Regent Broadcasting Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Mollie Young ’81 Zapp National Bank

Ira Moore Society Cumulative giving of $25,000 - $49,999

Ira Moore was the first administrator, serving from 1868-75. He helped turn the idea of a normal school educating teachers into a reality then went on to be first administrator at the normal school in Los Angeles that eventually became UCLA.

Bernard ’71 and Cindy ’73 Aldrich American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business American Legion Post #428 Charlotte ’48 and Hobart Anderson James and Linnea Anderson Kathryn M. Andolsek Apple Computer, Inc. Arthur Andersen & Co. AT & T Bauerly Companies Stacy A. Bennett ’91 Alice Binger* ’44 Stephanie L. Borden ’78 Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 ’52 Brainard Richard R. Caldecott ’77 Darlene ’72 and Lockwood Carlson Carlson Advisors LLC Central McGowan, Inc. Central Minnesota Arts Board Central Minnesota Group Health Charter Communications Mary ’79 and David Choate Coleman Foundation, Inc. Color Craft Coporation Cray Research, Inc. Creative Memories Donlar Corporation Alyn ’49 and Anna Dull Eide Bailly LLP Ernst and Young Foundation Federated Department Stores Federated Insurance Anne and Dennis Fields First Bank System, Inc. William and Marcine Frahm Franklin Outdoor Advertising Company G & K Services Andrew ’80 and Joanie George Walter ’39 and Irma ’39* Gerzin James J. Glatzmaier ’75 Alma ’59 ’61* and Calvin Gower Granite City Tool Co. Granite-Tops, LLC Green Lake Basketball Camp Joseph E. Gulde* ’39 Richard and Mabeth Gyllstrom Michele ’91 and Todd Hedlund

Plaza Park Bank Project Lead The Way, Inc. William ’60 ’66 and Patricia Radovich REM Hennepin Inc. RHL, Inc. Rimage Corporation Robert Sophia Whiteside Fund Rosemount, Inc. Roy and Barbara Saigo Saks Incorporated Foundation Sauk River Chain of Lakes Association Scenic Sign Corp. Tom and Joyce ’65 Schlough Dale G. Schoenberg ’94 Schoenberg, Kosel & Hjort Financial Annette and Richard Schoenberger Donald ’78 and Renae Setter Theodore and Lavona Sherarts Glanville Smith* Southways Foundation St. Cloud Meat & Provision, Inc. St. Cloud Times St. Cloud Toyota St. Cloud Truck Sales, Inc. Stone Container Corporation Roberta Strand Florence Swanger ’29* Sy & Sons Inc. Merle H. Sykora ’65 Tanner Systems, Inc. Richard ’71 and Martha Theilmann VFW East Side Francis ’68 and Ludmila ’59 Voelker W3i WCCO-TV William and Joan Webb Westinghouse Electric Corp. Bradley ’88 and Kathy ’88 Wheelock J. Kimball* and Helen Whitney Alice ’64 and Robert* Wick Earl W. Wildenberg Winton-Whitney Fund Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Conservatorship of Raymond J. Wood


2009-10 Annual Report

President’s Club

The President’s Club is the University’s most prestigious annual donor club. This select group of people is dedicated to ongoing excellence and opportunity at St. Cloud State. President’s Club members make gifts of $1,000 or more annually to the St. Cloud State Annual Fund or for restricted purposes.

$25,000 and above Wilbur* and Borghild Brewer Central MN Community Foundation John H. Daniels Deeann J. Griebel ’76 Russell B. Hagen ’64 Olga B. Hart Education Foundation The Herberger Foundation Dennis ’74 and Tamara Holland ING Direct KCLD/KNSI/KZPK/KCML Kern Family Foundation Michael ’92 and Christina Kettenacker Leonard, Street and Deinard Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Morgan Family Foundation Grant ’63 and Carol Nelson Otto Bremer Foundation Mary ’72 and James ’65 ’67 Pehler Susan ’06 and William Prout Regis Foundation Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth Debra ’99 and Brian ’92 Schoenborn Helen and Lester Schwartz* Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, LTD. Donald ’57* and Norma ’58* Stein TCF Bank - Minneapolis The Bernick Companies United Way of Central Minnesota W3i

$10,000 - $24,999 Bursch Travel Coborn’s, Inc. Cornerstone Construction, Inc. of St. Cloud Cub Foods Store Domino’s Pizza Stephen R. Fuller G & J Awning Granite City Food & Brewery Heartland Title Co. Husky Dugout Club Husky Gridiron Club Initiative Foundation Kopp Family Foundation LarsonAllen Marco Business Products Douglas ’77 and Martha Miller Doug & Martha Miller Family Foundation Minnesota Independent Insurance Agents Thomas ’92 and Anne Mootz Old Dutch Foods, Inc. Maureen ’65 and Gary ’65 Petrucci Philip Halenbeck Trust Royal Tire Scheels All Sports St. Cloud Medical Group Eugene and Beverly ’69 Storms The David Swenson Foundation TCF Foundation


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George and Shirley Torrey Francis ’59 and Ludmila ’68 Voelker Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Xcel Energy Debra E. Yerigan ’82

$5,000 - $9,999 Affinity Plus Barbara ’75 ’92 and Rollie Anderson Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 ’52 ’62 Brainard Bremer St. Cloud Brutger Equities, Inc. Buffalo Wild Wings Cargill Inc. Carlson Advisors LLC Central McGowan, Inc. Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Charter Communications John ’82 and Cynthia Clemens Eide Bailly LLP Florence V. Emme ’40 Ernst and Young Foundation Federated Insurance Melissa ’87 and Frank Froelich Andrew ’80 and Joanie George Walter ’39 and Irma ’39* Gerzin Phyllis and Robert ’58 Goff Gold’n Plump Poultry Barbara ’62 ’63 and Arthur ’62 ’64 Grachek Granite-Tops, LLC Great Plains Sports LLC Hagemeister & Mack Architects Lowell ’56 and Cay Hellervik Terry ’88 and Lisa ’88 Hjort INH Property Management, Inc. Kemps, LLC Kern DeWenter Viere Ltd Ronald P. Kosel ’91 Mark ’08 and Dianne Lindblom Maximum Communications Cellular, LLC McCann-Erickson USA, Inc. Merrill Corporation Miller Architects & Builders Minnesota Community Foundation Minnesota Council on Economic Education MN Commercial Association of REALTORS Network For Good Northwestern Mutual Foundation Bruce ’64 and Delores ’64 Pearson Ronald G. Perrier Plaza Park Bank Earl and Christine Potter Preferred One The Prudential Foundation RBC Capital Markets Corporation Dale G. Schoenberg ’94 Schoenberg, Kosel & Hjort Financial SCR

Theodore and Lavona Sherarts Sherburne State Bank Cynthia ’80 and Dale Simson SMA Insurance St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud Surgical Center TDS Metrocom Inc. Tektronix, Inc. US Bank of St. Cloud John ’59 and Mary Weitzel Wells Fargo

$1,000 - $4,999 3M Community Giving 3M Foundation Bernard ’71 and Cindy ’73 Aldrich American Indian Education Foundation Ameriprise Financial Gift Matching Program Dean* Anderson and Gail Nygaard Anderson Gary ’77 ’94 and Jody ’73 ’80 Anderson James ’49 ’53 and Florence ’51 ’56 Anderson Mark ’83 and Maggie Anderson Dick and Julie Andzenge Dwain W. Applegate Jorge and Violeta Arriagada JoAnn ’78 and Don Asquith AT&T Foundation Atwood Subway Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP William ’70 and Nancy Bauer Gerald ’65 and Elaine Bauerly Rick and Helga Bauerly Sue Becker Bryan ’88 and Wendy Beltrand Michner R. Bender Stacy A. Bennett ’91 Michelle and James Benolkin Robert ’60 and Joanne ’70 Benson Benson Funeral Home Patricia ’58 ’83 and John ’57* Berling Best Western Kelly Inn BestPrep Patricia ’65 and James ’66 Binger Dick ’77 and Mimi Bitzan John and Marie Bodette Boeing Co. Mary and Charles Boltuck Loren and Deanna Boone Donald M. Boros ’66 ’67 Denise M. Brigham Barbara A. Buhr ’52 John and Glenda Burgeson Gladys Burmaster Cargill, Inc. Carlo Lachmansingh Sales, Inc. Darlene ’72 and Lockwood Carlson Diana ’78 and Robert Carter Center Ice Club Central Gaming Company Services LLC Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association Charities Challenge

Mary ’79 and David Choate Choate & Company, Inc. Jon L. Christensen ’84 Dawn and Daniel* Christpherson Ciatti’s Restaurant Sarah L. Clapp Michael Connaughton Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP Copeland Buhl & Co. Steve and Kim Crandall Tracy ’87 and Kristy Dill Valerie ’76 and Timothy Doherty Laura and Thomas Dreas Roger and Betty Duininck Alyn ’49 and Anna Dull Dunbar Development Corporation Ann ’72 and John Ward Susan ’71 and C. Scott Ebersole Edward W. Edelbrock ’56 Ella Bode Memorial Fund Jane Ellison ’89 ’03 and Glen Palm Charles ’56 and Patricia ’73 ’78 Ernst Janese M. Evans ’79 ’81 Exad Strategic Consulting, LLC Neil W. Falken ’92 Kathryn Farniok ’78 and Erik Englebretson ’76 ’92 Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Mark ’78 and Judith ’79 Finger Jane ’72 and David ’69 Folsom Justin Foss ’94 and Lisa HelminFoss ’01 ’04 Judy Foster Franklin Outdoor Advertising Company Froehling, Anderson Ltd. Karen ’71 and Kenton Frohrip FWR Communication Network, LLC Game Day Athletics Sales Inc. John ’71 and Eileen Gau John ’57 ’63 and Delores ’66 Gause General Mills Foundation Barbara Gengler ’89 ’96 and Randy Weinberg Bruce ’72 and Gail ’72 Geyer Curtis ’77 and Betty Ghylin Kathleen A. Gill Richard W. Glatzmaier ’74 ’89 GM St. Cloud Ventures, LLC Phil Godding Larry Godel ’85 and Ann Carlson Cynthia ’74 and Gregory Gonnella Donna and Kenneth Gorrell Alma ’59 ’61* and Calvin Gower Granite Equity Partners LLC James ’74 and Julie Graves Lindsay ’97 and Benjamin ’96 Graves Graves 601 Hotel Ground Round Grill and Bar Kathy ’71 and Alan ’71 Grundei Muriel and James* Grunerud GW Companies, Inc. Richard and Mabeth Gyllstrom Lisa L. Haberman ’89 Ronald ’79 and Michelle Hanson Sonya S. Hanson ’99 Patrick ’96 and Jill Haspert

Gifts received July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Robert ’63 and Sally Hebeisen Michele ’91 and Todd Hedlund Patrica and David Heine Allen ’78 and Dorie Heinen Donald Helgeson and Sue Shepard Kenneth F. Henderson Richard Hill ’61 ’69 and Sharon Rohling Bonnie Hirsch Gerard ’77 ’91 and Leslie ’78 Hoelscher Jeffrey ’75 and Kim Holmberg Alvin ’92 and Nadia Hommerding John ’78 and Elizabeth Hoover Gladys and Harold* Hopkins Stanley and Karen Hubbard William C. Hudson ’90 Image Builders Christine Imba and Kathleen Steffens Impact Proven Solutions Christine and Robert Inkster International Precision Machining (IPM) Shigeo J. Iwamiya ’00 Todd ’82 and Jill Jackson Lynn and Jon Jancik Debra K. Japp Brian ’87 and Jennifer ’93 Johnson Cindy Johnson ’79 and Thomas Moore ’78 Edward ’64 ’68 ’81 and Nancy Johnson Gerald T. Johnson ’62 Icephine and Robert Johnson Leigh ’67 and Judith Johnson Robert ’58 and Diane Johnson Timothy A. Johnson ’81 Stephanie ’84 and Bill Jussila Annette ’79 and Kenneth Kaiser Kurt Kalm ’74 Joan ’81 and Michael Karl Deborah ’85 ’90 and Eric Kautzman KBJR-TV LuBell ’76 and Robert Kendall Elizabeth ’76 and John ’76 Kimbrough Barry ’92 ’98 and Kathy Kirchoff Sandy K. Kramer Bradley ’77 and Sharon Krogman Janell and Morris Kurtz Carlo Lachmansingh ’76 Travis D. Lachmansingh ’04 Sue E. Lambert ’74 Rose ’85 and Steven ’79 Lambros LarsonAllen Barrie and Jackie Lasure Anthony R. Latta ’77 John ’73 and Nancy Lavander Diana and James Lawson Elaine L. Leach Carol ’82 ’00 and Richard Lewis Standley E. Lewis Peter ’84 and Diane Ley Chase and Kristi Lieser Dianne ’77 and Allan Lozier The Lozier Foundation Barbara ’08 and Steven ’89 Ludwig James ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej

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Agatha’s golden rule: a life of giving

In a teaching career that spanned four decades, Agatha Fleming never earned more than $16,000 a year. Yet throughout her lifetime she managed to give more than $190,000 to fund three St. Cloud State University scholarships Agatha Fleming, second from left, enjoys a sunny 1931 spring that to date have supported the day with friends in front of their college home, Shoemaker Hall. educations of 77 future teachers. Agatha, who died at the age of 97 last October, established her “Golden Rule” scholarships with the St. Cloud State University Foundation in 1993. She shied away from recognition for her extraordinary generosity to her alma mater and its students but thoroughly enjoyed receiving the many thank-you notes from grateful scholarship recipients. She was a modest woman who was compelled to help other students achieve their dreams, just as her mother had helped support her in her quest to become an educator. Her mother had become widowed when her father was killed in a farm accident. Elevenmonth-old Agatha and her mother then moved into the Marietta home of her grandfather to help care for him. “Someone was there to help me at the time I needed it,” Agatha said. It was 1930 — the height of the Great Depression — when 16-year-old Agatha enrolled in St. Cloud State Teachers College, and entered a new three-year music major program. Her mother agreed to pay for the program … if she would “make good,” said Agatha who spent most of her career in Duluth, where she became well known as a teacher who inspired her students and changed lives through her generous contributions to help people in need. Agatha’s three endowed Golden Rule Scholarships, which to date have provided $75,700 in scholarship awards, are: • In Music Education, which goes to support a student studying to be a music teacher. • In Child and Family Studies, which goes to support a student studying to be an early childhood school teacher. • In Elementary Education, which is the first fund that Agatha established and goes to support a student studying to be an elementary teacher. In a 2010 videotaped memorial tribute, admirers said she remains a legend with her students because she “had that way of making each kid feel like they were her special student.” While she was a simple woman who always was happy with what she had, she was not frugal in her giving. “She really had the best interest of other people first.”

{ Web extra } View “A Legacy of Giving: Agatha Fleming’s story” at

Scholarship started for Todd DeVriese

St. Cloud State University has begun a scholarship to honor the late Todd DeVriese, who died unexpectedly Nov. 15. The Todd J. DeVriese Scholarship Fund for Arts and Humanities pays tribute to the late dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. DeVriese had been dean at St. Cloud State since mid-2009. For more information, contact the St. Cloud State University Foundation at 320-308-3984 or visit


$1,000 - $4,999 Macy’s Foundation Karen ’60 ’69 and Douglas ’62 ’67 Magnus Dawn ’97 and Allen Malicsi Maple Lake Recovery Center Mark A. Oehrlein Appraisals, Inc. James G. Marmas ’51 Michael ’88 and Mary McDonald McDowall Co. Susan ’81 ’94 and Brian ’80 ’86 McGrath Michelle ’90 and Gordon ’89 Meyer Ruth ’73 ’81 and Roy Meyer Midwest Coin Concepts Milio’s Sandwiches Miller Auto Center David ’79 and Mary Mingo The Minneapolis Foundation Minnesota Newspaper Association Minnesota Risk Insurance Management Society Minnesota Society of CPA’s Theresa A. Mische Kathleen ’84 and Steven Mooney Robert ’89 and Shelley Motzko Laura Jensen Murphy Memorial Fund Robert ’60 and Francine Myers Brian ’83 and Karla Myres National Indian Education Association National Instruments Matching Gift Processing Colonel ’75 and Phyllis Nemec Gregory ’81 and Cheryl Nemec

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, visits with Bruce Jacobson, the university’s director of bioscience outreach.

Aboard the Science Express with Sen. Al Franken is Talahi Elementary School second-grader Omar Abdulahi.


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New Beginnings Dennis Nunes Jeffrey ’79 and Kristen ’79 Nuytten Kay ’70 and Michael ’71 O’Brien Mark A. Oehrlein ’82 Kenneth R. Olson James and Judy O’Neill Jessica ’87 ’92 and Tim Ostman Wanda Overland Pacific Wok Debbie and Jay Pafko John ’70 and Sarah Park Walter ’65 and Bonnie Parkins Frances and Max* Partch Laurie and William Patrick Katherine ’81 and John* Pattison Alfred and Betty Pekarek Eugene ’47* and Lorraine ’42 ’67 Perkins Carl ’69 and Renae Peters Daniel ’80 and Arlys Peterson Alan Phillips Roxanne ’10 and Michael Pickle Preferred Credit Inc. Premier Real Estate Services, LLC Principal Financial Group, Inc. Susan ’85 ’87 ’89 and Robert Prout Qdoba Mexican Grill Radisson Suite Hotel William ’60 ’66 and Patricia Radovich RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. Robert C. Reff Gloria and Charles Rehwaldt David ’76 and Linda Ripka Rosemount, Inc.

Jeanne E. Rudelius ’79 Rural Sociological Society Operations Roy and Barbara Saigo The Saint Paul Foundation Peter ’69 and Elissa Salin Marilyn ’82 and Carl* Savage Scenic Sign Corp. Schlenner Wenner & Co. Michael C. Schmitz ’86 Carol ’74 ’83 and Tim Schneeweis Annette and Richard Schoenberger Wililam E. Schramm ’04 Gordon and Yvonne Schrank Gregory ’77 and Julie Schreader James ’68 and Susan Schultz Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Securian Foundation Anthony J. Segale ’86 Charles Sell ’80 and Elizabeth Leitch-Sell ’79 Jerrell and Shirley* Setten Vincent Si ’02 Joyce ’74 and William ’73 Sieben Judith Siminoe and Michael Penrod Skin Care Doctors, P.A. Martha and William Slavin Gary ’65 and Jan Smith Sherry ’83 and James Smith Society of Industrial & Office Realtors MN Ch Lynn M. Sorensen Mary Soroko ’86 and Andrew Ditlevson

Sport Clips St. Cloud Area American Indian Center St. Cloud Granite Rotary St. Cloud Truck Sales, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Kurt ’93 and Jeannie Stelten Sterling St. Cloud Ventures Susan ’73 and Timothy ’72 ’78 Stier Gary ’71 and Margie Stroeing Lauri ’51 and Jody* Sulander Marcia Summers Ronald ’69 and Bonnie Swenson Merle H. Sykora ’65 Takedown Club Dave ’70 and Georgina Takemoto Target Stores Marya Teutsch-Dwyer Richard ’71 and Martha Theilmann Renneold ’69* and Carol ’67 Theno Marcia and Merton Thompson Robert ’75 and JoAnn Thueringer Anthony ’85 and Joyce Tillemans Beverly ’64 ’66 and Jerome Timmers Kristi M. Tornquist Dennis ’59 and Marsha Tuel Connie and Myron ’62 ’72 Umerski University of Minnesota - Carlson School US Bancorp Foundation Curtis ’89 and Patrice Oort Venture Allies, LLC Venture Development Group, LLC Carol and Charles Vick Gordon ’75 and Diane Viere

Sen. Franken visits Science Express It was a big day for St. Cloud State’s Science Express on Jan. 18 when U.S. Sen. Al Franken visited the mobile laboratory. Franken not only visited, he role-played the part of a burglary suspect much to the delight of those in attendance. Franken joined second-graders from Talahi Elementary on the Science Express, the university’s mobile laboratory for science education outreach. The lab activity, led by Science Express teacher Susan Bialka, called for the second-graders to compare soil samples from four suspects with a sample gathered at a mock crime scene. Using microscopes, students determined that soil taken from Franken matched the crime scene sample. The former television writer, actor and comedian, who achieved fame on the sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” played his part to the hilt, confessing and offering his wrists to be handcuffed.

Gifts received July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

2009-10 Annual Report

Heritage Society Members Russel and Lynne Viker Leo ’75 and Margaret ’72 ’82 Vos Michael ’69 and Janet ’68 Wagner Walt’s Rod & Custom, Inc. Ila M. Waseka Janet ’58 and Donald Watkins Robert A. Weisman Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Leon ’69 and Patricia Westbrock Kathy ’88 and Bradley ’88 Wheelock Whirltronics, Inc. Robert ’70 and Elaine ’70 White Alice ’64 and Robert* Wick Charles Wikman ’70 and Nancy Lellelid Dale and Edythe Williams James and Carolyn Williams Catherine ’81 ’84 and Peter Winge Women’s Fund Flexible Conservatorship of Raymond J. Wood Craig C. Wruck Gary A. Yoshimoto Mollie Young ’81 Your Home Improvement Company Remaining donor lists up to $1,000 are available online at

The Heritage Society was established to honor and recognize those visionary individuals who, through their estate plans, are making a contribution to the future of St. Cloud State. To become a member, simply name St. Cloud State as a beneficiary in your estate plan through a bequest, trust, gift annuity, retirement plan or life insurance policy. We invite you to join the Heritage Society by notifying us that you have included St. Cloud State in your estate plans.

Charles and Florence Graham Deeann Jo Griebel ’76 Chris G. Grosz Muriel and James* Grunerud Harry ’65 and Jan Hoelscher Suellyn M. Hofmann ’75 Joyce ’40 ’62 and Marvin ’40* Holmgren Robert ’69 and Caren ’85 Kalenda Melvin ’38 and Shirley* Kazeck Bernadette and Cy* Kuefler Elaine L. Leach William H. Leopard ’40 Stephen and Jeannie* Lindgren I. Thomas and Barbara ’90 Macgilivray Kathleen G. Marker ’73 ’75 Leonhard P. Mickelsen ’58 ’64 Marion and James Miller Richard E. Murray Frances and Max* Partch Ronald G. Perrier Carl H. Peters ’69 Julie K Peters ’74 John R. Pritchard ’74 Edwin ’53 ’63 and Joyce Repulski Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth Douglas F. Risberg Peter ’69 and Elissa Salin

Jack and Janie Amundson Fred L. Andersen Jr. Shirley A. Andersen Blaine ’83 and Tammy Anderson Charlott West Anderson ’48 Marcella Angus ’41 ’54 ’62 LaVaughn Bangtson ’54 ’57 Gabe ’65 and Karen ’64 Wittmayer Beckers Barbara J. Bloomer Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 Depuis Brainard Carol G. Brink Mary ’79 and David Choate Joyce I. Reintjes and Brian-Paul Klein Crowder Barry ’65 and Carol Eklund Janice Ellingson ’59 Florence V. Emme ’40 Ruth Erickson ’69 Charles ’42* and Florence ’45 Birkemeyer Evans Karen ’71 and Kenton Frohrip Walter ’39 and Fran ’39* Gerzin Shannah ’67 and Douglas Gillespie James J. Glatzmaier ’75 Cynthia Gonnella ’74 Arthur ’62 ’64 and Barbara ’62 ’63 Svela Grachek

Ronald ’69 and Lynda ’69 Johnson Schmidt Ted Sherarts Donald E. and Arlene Sikkink Dorothy ’77 and Mike Simpson John Skoog ’97 Gary R. ’65 and Jan Smith Jack H. ’52 and Phyllis Smith Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 George ’59 ’69 and Betty Stein Marcia A. Summers Merle H. Sykora ’65 Jeanette Thompson Larsen George and Shirley Torrey Ludmila ’68 and Francis ’59 Voelker Kenneth ’85 and Mary ’86 Waters Cryer Fred ’69 and Paula Welsch Charles Wikman ’70 and Nancy Lellelid Debra E. Yerigan ’82

Franken serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The Science Express has been bringing hands-on, hightech, inquiry learning to outstate Minnesota school districts since 2009. University officials created the Science Express to bridge the gap between what professional scientists use and what is available in rural and small-town classrooms. The 52-foot laboratory on wheels is a retrofitted Medtronic training trailer. Nearly 12,000 students from 29 schools combined for nearly 14,000 visits during 2009-10. In 201011 the Science Express will visit 33 schools and anticipates serving more than 16,000 students. { Web extra } View a photo slide show of Sen. Franklin’s visit at

Second-graders observing a chemical reaction are, from left, Abdi Mohamud, Montrell McDowell and Yakiem Campbell.

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Husky Athletics Athletics notes • St. Cloud State University rookie swimmer Napoleon Howell, Trinidad, established two national records at the Short Course End-of-Year Trials of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago over winter break. Howell tabbed a new 18+ Trinidad national record in the 50-meter breaststroke in :29.34. A 2010 CISC gold medal winner in both the 50-meter and 100-meter breast, Howell surpassed his own record of :29.55, set this past July. He also broke a new Long Course Open 50-meter breast record. He erased a five-year-old mark to complete the race with a :29.82 record time. (Picture A) • St. Cloud State’s assistant women’s hockey coach Jennifer Kranz, along with future Husky Abby Ness, Roseau, were members of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team which captured the gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s U18 Championship. Ness scored five points (3g, 2a) for Team USA, which finished the tournament undefeated to claim its third world title in four years. (B) • Senior men’s basketball captain Taylor Witt, Morris, participated in the 2011 Reese’s Division II College All-Star Game in Springfield, Mass. Witt is a three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) First Team player and threetime NSIC/Sanford Health All-Tournament team member, including tournament MVP in 2009. Witt played in more games than any player in school history, a total of 123 and made 95 straight starts. He leaves the Huskies fourth on the all-time scoring chart with 1,770 points and fourth on the all-time assist chart with 484. He set the school record for free throws in a career with 465. The Huskies played in back to back NCAA Division II Central Region tournaments, winning the 2010 title and advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four. In the Elite Eight quarterfinal, Witt lit up the court with a 43-point performance that included a school and tournament record 22 made free throws. (C)





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• St. Cloud State senior women’s basketball guard and team captain Talisha Barlow, Little Canada, was named to the AllNSIC Second Team for the third straight year. A four-year starter, Barlow led the Huskies in scoring this season. She played in every game of her collegiate career, a total of 112 and leaves St. Cloud State ranked 10th on the all-time scoring list with 1,520 points. She is the 16th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points and collect more than 500 rebounds. (D) • The men’s hockey team won the 2010 Florida College Hockey Tournament in Estero, Fla., in December. The Huskies defeated No. 6 ranked Miami of Ohio to win the title. Rookie forward Nic Dowd was named the tournament MVP and was selected the WCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 4-11. • The Husky wrestling team capped an historic season with a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships in March. The Huskies were led at the NCAA tournament by senior John Sundgren, Blaine, who won the school’s first individual championship since 1995 with a title at 157 pounds. The Huskies also completed the tournament with six wrestlers earning AllAmerica status. For his efforts at the NCAA Championships and the historic season, head coach Steve Costanzo was named the 2011 NCAA Division II wrestling coach of the year. The Huskies finished the season with a school record 19 dual match victories (19-2 overall) and claimed first place honors at the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region #3 Tournament. St. Cloud State’s second place finish at the NCAA championships equals the best finish for a Husky team sport in national competition since the Huskies’ men’s cross country team placed second in 1983. (E)



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Face-off on the ice the Capitals amid an eight-game losing streak. As Washington struggled, the focus was soon turned on Oliver and the cameramen. Hockey players are notoriously superstitious and outsiders are treated friendly, but cautiously. “We came in and the guys started losing and they looked at us as if we were the reason for their losses,” Oliver said. “They were kidding with us, but sometimes it felt as if they meant it. It made all of our jobs extremely difficult. We wanted to follow the guys but they didn’t want us to, because they were losing.” More than 4.5 million viewers tuned-in to NBC during primetime to see the Caps vanquish the Penguins 3-1. The show has won a Sports Emmy® and gave Hendricks and Oliver a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “(Hendy and I) had a chance to look back at our time in St. Cloud where we both had no money, no experience,” Oliver said. “We were able to make it in our respective fields, in the careers that we wanted to be in.”

Matt Hendricks, a former captain of the Husky Hockey team, sat down in front of the camera, his face marred from the night before. Landing face first onto the ice after a fight, he was left with a swirling bruise that lit up his eye socket like an aurora borealis. Seven stitches were required to mend the gash. Repugnant by most standards, the badge was an unsubtle reminder of another National Hockey League battle, beautiful only to those who find solace on a hockey rink. On the other side of the camera, Mike Oliver ’05 asked Hendricks when he became a fighter. “If I don’t do it, somebody else will,” Hendricks said with an intense yet morose expression. So is life in the NHL. The scene was from HBO’s critically acclaimed television show “24/7 Pens Caps: Road to the Winter Classic.” The series took viewers on a four-week odyssey, into the locker rooms of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on their way to the NHL’s premier regular season event: The Winter Classic. For the St. Cloud State alumni facing off on both sides of the camera, Hendricks, and Oliver ’05, who was associate producer of the crew following the Caps, it was not their first encounter at a hockey rink. Oliver was the executive producer for Husky Productions, UTVS broadcasts of St. Cloud State men’s hockey games, and is now working in Los Angeles as a producer with DLP Entertainment. Hendricks, in his first year with the Washington Capitals and second in the NHL, was a four-year Husky hockey standout from 2000-04. Known for his scoring in college, Hendricks has augmented his game to stay in the NHL after bouncing around for several years in the minors. “Last season, I was talking to a buddy on the golf course about trying to make the team (Colorado Avalanche) out of training camp,” Hendricks said. “He told me that I didn’t need to worry about scoring goals, but to play the role of a fourth-liner.” He took the advice to heart, fighting six times in preseason. Hendricks made the team and appeared in 56 games during the 2010-11 season. This year he attended Capitals’ camp without a contract and impressed them with “my grit and willingness to stick up for teammates.” Soon after making the team as a free agent, Hendricks said, Capitals General Manager George McPhee informed the team about a film crew following their season. “He said it was going to be full access.” Hendricks said. “They were in the training room, closed door meetings and joined us while we watched film.” Inserting a camera crew into the height of an NHL season and asking players to share their innermost thoughts is a daunting assignment for even the most seasoned professional. But for Oliver, knowing a familiar face, initially, was reassuring. “Being in college and working with him in St. Cloud, it was a situation, ‘Who knows if I’ll ever see you again,’” Oliver mused. “But when I saw him, it made things easier.” However, for Oliver and the crew following the Capitals, the HBO experiment didn’t start smoothly. The film crew captured

Left: Matt Hendricks and Mike Oliver ’05 meet on familiar grounds during HBO’s critically acclaimed television show “24/7 Pens Caps: Road to the Winter Classic.”

Below: Mike Oliver ’05, left, with Mike Doyle ’08.

Story By Mike Doyle ’08 Doyle, Waite Park, is a graduate assistant in University Communications studying advertising and public relations in the Mass Communications Department.

{ Web extra } View a 3-part interview with Matt Hendricks and Mike Oliver at:, and


Alumni events and happenings 2010-11 Alumni Association Board of Directors:

Fred Edstrom ’83, a certified public accountant from Brooklyn Park, cheers on the St. Cloud State hockey team at an alumni and friends homecoming gathering at the St. Cloud Buffalo Wild Wings on Oct. 22, 2010.

The St. Cloud State University Husky Sports Band, along with alumni band members, entertain the crowd at the Husky Spirit Zone, a pre-game gathering before the homecoming football game against University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Alumni Association Board of Directors members Tiffany Cragin ’01 (left) and Jessica Morgan ’01, wind down after the annual Homecoming Run on Oct. 23, 2010. The race took place on a beautiful 5K course along the Mississippi River on the Beaver Island Trail where more than 112 alumni participated.

The Homecoming Run, which partnered with Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society saw walkers raise $41,097. Walkers honored breast cancer survivors, remembered those who have lost their battle and raised awareness to help fight the disease.

David Aase ’09 Floyd Balentine ’98 Mishon Bulson ’93 Andrea Coulter ’84 ’90 Tiffany Cragin ’01 Kari Fabian ’87 Perry Finelli, ’82 Paula Foley ’85 ’88 Bruce Geyer ’72 Arthur Grachek ’62 ’04 Lonny Gulden ’73 Alvin Irby ’73 Richard Kelly ’92 ’04 Carlo Lachmansingh ’76 Ryan Langsev ’85 Sherry McDermott ’99 ’07 Susan McGrath ’81 ’94 Jessica Morgan ’01 Miranda Nesbitt ’05 Ramon Nunez ’00 Rachel Traut ’05 ’09


Clifford Davidson, Kalamazoo,

Mich., authored the book, “Norwegians in Michigan,” published by Michigan State University Press. Davidson also is a contributor and associate editor to the Oxford University Press On-line Medieval Bibliography.


New graduate alumni pose with President Earl H. Potter III at the fall alumni commencement luncheon Dec. 19, 2010. From left, Tenggang (Ted) Xu ’10, Zhengjie (Jackie) Jin ’10, President Potter, Wei (Will) Shi ’10, Wenjie Chen ’10. Xu, Jin, Shi and Chen participated in an international exchange program with Shanghai University in China.

Nursing alumni register to win prizes at the nursing reunion and 10-year celebration during homecoming week.


Nisswa Elementary student Mary Moore demonstrates a science experiment Nov. 16, 2010, in the St. Cloud State University Science Express mobile lab. Watching are Nisswa Mayor Brian Lehman (left), and Glen Palm, dean of the College of Education. The Science Express is a state-of-theart mobile laboratory which provides hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math to K-12 students throughout Central Minnesota. Along with tours of the Science Express, a reception for local alumni and community members was held.


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Mavis (Coil) Schmidt, Salina, Kan., taught in the Kansas public school system for 33 years and for an additional 10 years for the College of Education at Kansas State University where she is an intern supervisor. William Taylor, Portland, Ore., is pastor at Pleasant Home United Methodist Church in Gresham, Oregon.

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Robert Mattson, New London,

is an art instructor at Ridgewater Community College and an abstract artist. Mattson’s artwork will be on exhibit at ARTMeyerson in Atwater. Mattson was the 2009 recipient of the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council’s Prairie Star Award. His work

Unless otherwise noted, all cities listed in class notes are in Minnesota.

Alumni class notes has also been featured at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

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Donald Kottke, Farmington, was inducted into the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association’s 2010 Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame. Kottke, along with his wife, Mayva, own and operate Don and Mayva’s Crow Wing Lake Resort, south of Brainerd.


Marvin E. Dee, Maple Grove,

is the new chief executive officer of Duluth Metals Limited. • Duane Stanley, Minneapolis, received the E.A. “Wally” Richter Leadership Award from the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE). The Richter Award is the section’s highest honor and is presented to one member annually for outstanding achievement in the field of communications, extraordinary service to colleagues in NABE and distinguished leadership of the Communications Section. Stanley chaired the NABE Communications Section in 200506 and since 2008 has served on the NABE board of directors.


Pamela (Ocel) Dugas, Coon Rapids,

is the 2010 Spring Lake Park School District Teacher of the Year. Dugas has taught at elementary schools in the Spring Lake Park School District for 35 years.


Randall Jensen, Marquette, Mich., was inducted as a fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. Jensen is a professor in Biomechanics in the Sport and Exercise Science program at Northern Michigan University. His research interests include the effect of strength on performance, upper body and aquatic exercise, and bicycling. Recently he has studied forces on the body and muscular activity during plyometric exercises.

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Allen Berning, Rochester, co-founder of Pemstar, is featured in the book, How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America. Berning launched Pemstar in 1984 and took the company public in 2000. Berning sold Pemstar in 2007 to Benchmark Electronics.

Roxanne (Jensen) Tuscany, Santee,

Hedican’s number retired, first in hockey history


St. Cloud State University celebrated the collegiate and professional playing career of former Husky hockey standout Bret Hedican on Nov. 6 by retiring his No. 24 from the program. In an emotional pre-game ceremony at the National Hockey Center, Hedican was joined in the on-ice ceremony by St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III, former St. Cloud State head coach Craig Dahl, members of his family and several of his former teammates from his playing days at St. Cloud State. Hedican’s number is the first retired in the history of the hockey program at St. Cloud State. He played for the Huskies from 1988-91, and then went on to play in the National Hockey League from 19912009. He helped Carolina win a Stanley Cup championship in 2006, and was also on the USA men’s hockey team at the Winter Olympic games in 1992 and 2006.


Calif., was honored as a 2009-10 distinguished faculty member at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. As a director of the forensics program, she traveled to China with three students to participate in a debate and speech tournament held in Xi’an and Beijing. Anne Theis, Coppell, Texas, is vice president and chief marketing officer of Salem Health which is the parent company of Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital in Oregon.


Roger Schmidt, Bemidji, will retire

in June after 40 years in education. Schmidt’s career started as a sixthgrade teacher at the Ponemah Elementary School, where he served for 15 years. From 1987-99 Schmidt was an elementary principal and later the administrator for the Red Lake School District. He also was the administrator for the BOLD school district in Bird Island from 200004 and has since served as district administrator for the Westfield School District.


David Burgwald, Richfield, retired from Lockheed Martin after 26 years as technical instructor in the customer training group. • Linda (Pieper) Wilson, Minnetonka, edited and consulted at the Sundance Institute Feature Film Workshop in Utah for 14 years. Wilson helped start and edit sister organization, Moonstone International. Wilson received the Silver Lion Award from the Cannes film festival, a Clio, a regional Emmy, a Golden Bear from the Berlin Film Festival, and the Association of Independent Creative Editors Award “Best Editor in Minneapolis.” She is a freelancer for television, corporate branding, marketing, story consulting.

Bret Hedican, his wife Kristi Yamaguchi, and their oldest daughter, Emma, watch as Hedican’s jersey is being retired.


Dale Henn, Minneapolis, teamed

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with Risdall Marketing Group to form Risdall Henn Direct-toMarket (RHDM). Devoted to helping drive product sales through a variety of distribution strategies, RHDM brings together the resources necessary for companies to effectively and efficiently connect directly with consumers. Henn joins the agency as president of the new division and will work with clients to craft direct product marketing programs.


Alumni class notes

Inducted into Hall of Fame

Isidore “Issy” Schmiesing ’71, Sauk Centre, made a name for himself on the basketball court at St. Cloud State, but he was recently honored for his efforts while at Sauk Centre High School. Schmiesing was inducted into the Mainstreeter’s Hall of Fame for his high school days when he starred in basketball, baseball, football and sometimes track.

Dusting off those rusty lips Tom Mehelich ’62,

Naples, Fla., found the courage to do it. And he couldn’t be more proud. After a 55 year hiatus from playing the horn, Mehelich decided it would be fun to learn how to play the St. Cloud State University rouser. He e-mailed Glen Tuomaala, director of the Husky’s Sports Band, and asked for the sheet music. Tuomaala directed Mehelich to the Husky Sports Band website where the music is posted. For his part, Mehelich began to practice and practice and practice some more. He also listened to the Husky Sports Band’s rendition. He slowly got better, all in the hopes of being able to play the rouser when the St. Cloud State hockey team traveled to Florida in December to play at the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla. “I brought the horn to the Husky game and while surrounded by Husky fans, did a few renditions of the rouser,” Mehelich reported. “After winning the championship game, a group of us gathered in the arena parking lot and we did another stirring rendition of the song. We had a great time. “I honestly did not know if I would be brave enough to play in a setting like that. It went well, so I am glad I did it.”


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• Mohammad Pirasteh, Plano, Texas, co-authored the book, “Profitability with No Boundaries: Focus, Reduce Waste, Contain Variability, Optimize TOC, Lean, and Six Sigma.” The book is based on 25 years of research and implementation of continuous improvement efforts in manufacturing and transactional environments. • Pamela (Siegel) Thomsen, Brainerd, is executive director at the Central Lakes College Foundation where she has been an accounting instructor and a business consultant for the past nine years. • Debra Yerigan, Brooklyn Park, joined the McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered law firm as a shareholder. Yerigan will continue her practice in the area of family law. She was a 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyer and was listed as a Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyer.


Janine Dahms-Walker, St. Cloud,

is recipient of the 2010 Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) Legacy Award, which recognizes a member for their commitment to encouraging, developing and mentoring leaders. • Alan Goracke, Blaine, was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives. Goracke, is the senior pastor at Kingswood Church in Blaine and is pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. He is a member of the Blaine Planning Commission, Blaine Charter Commission and is the faith

community representative to the Anoka County Emergency Shelter Grants Program/Federal Emergency Management Agency Committee. • Steven Grosser, Plymouth, along with two other long-time employees and minority shareholders of Midcontinent Media, Inc. have bought out the remaining shares of that privately-held company with operations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Grosser, the company’s chief financial officer, has been with Midcontinent for 20 years.


Jenny (Dougherty) Fredrickson, International Falls, was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minnesota Financial Services Champion of the Year for her work with Koochiching Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Development Center. The award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services.


Eric Carlson, Chesterfield, Va.,

co-presented at the Consumer Bankers Association Conference in Hollywood, Fla. Carlson’s presentation addressed innovative strategies for communicating with customers throughtout the banking lifecycle using smart automated communications. Carlson is group vice president for mortgage and real estate collection at SunTrust Bank. Prior to joining SunTrust, Carlson

was vice president of outbound operations for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. • James Mathiasen, Panajachel, Guatamala, authored the book, “What is the Greatest Thing You Would Do For Love.” “This book combines the human traits of love, hope and despair, interwoven with the good, bad and weird of life,” Mathiasen said.


Karen (Bullert) Adel, Cannon Falls,

is a developmental adapted physical education teacher at the Cannon Falls school district.

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Lisa (Olson) Morgan, Brainerd, is

principal at Harrison Elementary School in Brainerd. Morgan has served 20 years working in public education, most of which has been at Brainerd School District.


Michelle (Martin) Fischbach,

Paynesville, was re-elected to the Minnesota State Senate Disctrict 14 for her fifth term. • James Rauch, Norman, Okla., was named the first Vision Bank endowed professor in banking and finance at East Central University in Ada, Okla. • Richard Spaeth, Paynesville, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Spaeth played football and was named to the All-Conference offensive line in 1984 and as All Conference offensive and defensive tackle in 1985.

Earns high honor

Stacie Jergenson ’05 ’09,

Litchfield, was elected “2010 Court Reporter of The Year” by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers. Jergenson, a criminal justice major, is an Official Electronic/Digital Court Reporter for the Honorable Steven Drange, in the Eighth Judicial District, Litchfield.

Unless otherwise noted, all cities listed in class notes are in Minnesota.

Alumni class notes

Joins management team

Kara Maynard ’99, White Bear Lake, is the newest member of TopLine Federal Credit Union’s management team. Maynard is market manager for the credit union’s Brooklyn Park branch. Maynard was most recently the manager of the Wells Fargo branch at 3M headquarters in Maplewood. She has more than a decade of financial services experience from teller and service manager to personal banker and branch manager. She has also been part of a credit union family before, having previously served as a branch manager at City and County Credit Union, St. Paul. Maynard holds a degree in advertising.


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Ariz., is controller at Gowan Company, LLC. Brandt also earned her CPA license and achieved the third highest exam score in the state of Arizona in 2009. • Kyle Fokken, Clara City, is a successful art sculptor in the Twin Cities whose artwork was featured in the Atwood Memorial Center Gallery at St. Cloud State. Fokken was the St. Cloud State University Program Board’s visual arts coordinator in 1991. • Michael Miller, Lakeville, is a Plymouth dealer for the Californiabased Cal Spas, Inc. After re-opening the business that the previous owner closed due to financial hardship, the store grossed nearly $635,000 in its first 11 weeks under Miller. • Debbie (Maki) Ortiz, Spencer, Iowa, is a second grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School. • Montgomery Terhune, Chesterfield, Mo., a gaming industry professional with more than 15 years of gaming experience was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs, Inc. Previously, Terhune served as the St. Charles assistant general manager/vice president of finance and as director of finance for Blue Chip Casino, in Michigan City, Ind. Terhune’s career also includes positions at Grand Casinos in Plymouth; Argosy’s Belle of Sioux City, Iowa; and Isle of Capri Kansas City, Mo.

Ariz., is director of Heart of Earth for Amazon Biodiversity and Cultural Preservation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect human and natural resources.

Brenda (Schultz) Brandt, Yuma,

where she provided child protection, childrens mental health, children with special needs and intake services.

Karen (Decker) Johnson, Mesa,


Rebel (Lee) Hurd, Bridgewater, S.D., is one of the 2010 Top Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotan recipients for her community leadership and volunteerism. • David Osmek, Mound, was re-elected to the Mound City Council.


Eric Hedtke, St. Paul, was appointed

to the Board of Firefighter Training and Education. Hedtke is an attorney with the Minnesota Association of Townships, a position he has held since 2006. Previously, he was an attorney in private practice, an attorney with the League of Minnesota Cities and a law clerk for Fourth District Judge Tony Leung in Hennepin County. • William Richard, St. Michael, received his master’s degree in organizational leadership from University of Minnesota St. Mary’s Graduate School. Richard is operations manager at Ingenix, a health care information and research company that provides clinical and cost management solutions. • Brian Woods, St. Cloud, completed the Zumbro 100-mile endurance run in Wabasha. He finished in 25 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds, which was fourth out of the 17 finishers. Woods is employed at St. John’s University Liturgical Press.


Joseph Mann, Minneapolis, is vice president of business development with Ipsos Loyalty. He has 15 years of market research industry experience. Mann worked in account and client services at TNS for six years. He also worked with a number of smaller research firms in the Minneapolis area. • Elizabeth (Harrington) Newell, Boise, Idaho, is vice president of sales at LeVecke East. Newell manages sales and marketing deliverables for the eastern account base. Newell will also play an integral part in the startup and on-going operations of the New Hampshire bottling facility. • Thomas Reiter, Golden Valley, is on the board of directors at EnergyConnect Group, Inc., San Jose, Calif., a leading provider of smart grid demand response services and technologies.


Lynn Kampa, St. Cloud, provides child care for her two grandchildren, Jade, 9 and Brycon, 4. For the past 15 years, she worked in county social services in four Minnesota counties,


Kevin Dietrich, Winsted, is

development director at Holy Trinity school in Winsted.


Demba Diop, Peoria, Ill., is

working as a general manager for MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications business operating in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. • Christopher Karger, Sun City, Ariz., joined the sales team at Prisma Graphic Corp., a full-service, marketing solutions provider with an emphasis in commercial printing that specializes in online marketing supply chains. • Heidi Oberhelman, Scottsville, Ky., is a jewelry artist who has her jewelry in many states and has been featured in countless art shows. • Estelle (Harmening) Paulson, Nisswa, is a co-owner of NRG Xpress, which specializes in nutritional shakes and personal wellness. Located in Brainerd, the business, formerly known as the Shake Shop, started a little more than a year ago.

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Scott Anderson, St. Augusta, is vice president of risk management and driver services for Anderson Trucking Service (ATS). Anderson began working for the truckload carrier during summer breaks, working initially in the shop as a truck washer. He worked in various positions within ATS and St. Cloud Truck Sales.


Laurie Ganz, Edwards, Colo.,

association executive for the Vail Board of Realtors, received the Realtor Association Certified

Honored with special day

Charlie Basch ’50 ’65, St. Cloud, was honored Aug. 13 at Charlie Basch Day in Alexandria. Basch joined Alexandria High School faculty in 1954 and eventually became the head football and baseball coach. In 1964, Basch joined St. Cloud State as a faculty member and hockey coach. As the Husky head hockey coach from 1968-84, Basch led SCSU to 181 wins, the second most coaching wins in school history. Basch also served as an assistant football coach for the Huskies for 10 seasons. He competed in football, hockey basketball and baseball in high school and later starred on the collegiate level at North Dakota State and Concordia College (Moorhead). He also played professional baseball for the Boston Braves. Basch was inducted into the Concordia College Hall of Fame in 1988 and will be inducted into the St. Cloud State Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 10, 2011.


Alumni class notes

Minor League Baseball Vice President Tina Gust ’97, Clearwater, Fla., is the first woman to hold the title of vice president in the 109-year history of the Minor League Baseball office. Gust, who is vice president of Business Development, joined the MiLB office in June 1998 as an assistant in the Licensing Department. Gust was a Mass Communications major and Marketing minor at St. Cloud State. The Gust family has a deep connection to St. Cloud State University. “St. Cloud State is truly a family tradition for me,” Gust said. “My parents both worked there (now retired), my father, sister and one nephew all graduated from St. Cloud State, and my brother and niece attended St. Cloud State. My sister also worked there for a while. I grew up on campus and while I looked at other colleges, St. Cloud State had a great mass communications department, so my choice was easy.” “When I started at St. Cloud State I didn’t really understand the opportunities out there to be involved with sports once your playing days were over. But I was blessed to have some great professors and mentors on campus that took the time to really get to know me, my strengths and interests, and help point me toward my future career. I also had many opportunities through campus activities (I was a Resident Advisor and Assistant Hall Director in the Housing Department; a “Red Shirt” during Orientation, and volunteered with the Sports Information department) to develop the work ethic, and leadership and management skills, that have helped me grow in my career.”

The following have completed the 2010-11 St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program: David Masters ’78, St. Cloud Paula (Regenscheid) Foley ’85 ’88, St. Cloud Jacqueline (Scholl) Johnson ’86, Sauk Rapids Mishon (Sim) Bulson ’93, St. Cloud Marie (Tax) Schmitz ’02, Sauk Rapids Matthew Coran ’03, Sartell Nancy (Neil) Myers ’06, St. Cloud Eric DelZoppo ’07, St. Cloud Mary Mackedanz ’08, Paynesville

Arresting tatoos Joseph Swanson ’99,

American Cyn, Calif., has stepped away from law enforcement to pursue his dream job of owning his own tattoo parlor. Swanson opened his new shop, Black Dagger Tattoo Lounge, in the Alta Commercial Center in Vacaville, Calif.

Executive designation, a certification process which includes a demonstration of experience and professional development, essential to realtor association management. • Mark Windmiller, Minneapolis, has left the United States Navy where he served as a chemist.


Jennifer Raisanen, Glenwood

Springs, Colo., specializes in comprehensive accounting services for small- to medium-sized businesses. She also does individual tax preparation and offers life-phase advice. • Stephen Sarazin, St. Paul, is working for the Rogers Police Department as school resource officer in the middle and high schools.


James Freeland, St. Michael, is senior IT mobility program manager at Medtronic in Minneapolis, where he guides global mobile application and platform development. • Jeffrey Kurtz, Waterloo, Iowa, is executive director of the board for Main Street Waterloo, an affiliate of the Main Street Iowa program. The program stresses public-private partnerships and is utilized by nearly 2,000 communities in 42 states to strengthen the social and economic health of their central business districts. • Chad Owens, Spicer, is a helicopter pilot for the Army Reserve and the Mayo Health System. Owens completed a year-long tour of duty in Iraq and is stationed at Fort McCoy, Wis.


Errin (Klay) Welty, Madison, Wis., joined Vierbicher Associates as an economic analyst specializing in strategic planning and business recruitment and retention for public and private clients. Vierbicher provides comprehensive solutions for an array of project issues. Vierbicher is a team of professional engineers, planners, community development specialists, surveyors, specialists, water resources and environmental scientists. • Steven Wymore, Baudette, was appointed to the Board of School Administrators which is responsible for the licensing of school administrators; the approval of higher education programs and continuing education courses for school administrators; and the enforcement of the code of ethics for school administrators. The board consists of 10 members appointed by the governor.


Thomas Schnabel, Waite Park, along with his brother Dan Schnabel and Joe Jensen, set the world record for completing the most disc golf holes in a 24-hour period at 1,035 holes. The previous record was 1,002 holes.


Jesse Job, Freeport, is the new owner

of Charlie’s Cafe in Freeport. The cafe, which serves comfort food, was the inspiration for Garrison Keillor’s Chatterbox Cafe of Lake Wobegone fame.

McRib Locator

Alan Klein ’05, Burnsville, is receiving national media attention for a website that he created three years ago on his personal website Klein created the McRib Locator in order to track which McDonald’s restaurants around the U.S. were currently selling the sandwich, which apparently has a cult following. Klein’s website has been featured in multiple publications and newscasts including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and “CBS Good Morning Sacramento.” Klein was also invited to New York City as part of the Legends of the McRib event in New York City in late 2010. Photograph courtesy of McDonald’s. Klein, pictured with his wife Kimberly ’06 ’08.


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Unless otherwise noted, all cities listed in class notes are in Minnesota.

Alumni class notes

Head meteorologist

Jonathan Conder ’01, Fort Wayne, Ind., is chief meteorologist for WANE-TV in Fort Wayne. Previously, Conder was a meteorologist for WeatherNation and also was a weekend meteorologist at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla. Conder also spent time as a morning meteorologist at KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa.




N.Y., is the legislative director of AT&T New York. Kramer is responsible for developing strategies and plans for achieving AT&T’s legislative objectives, as well as for reaching out to key elected officials and policymakers in the state to disseminate the company’s perspective on a range of issues. • Daniel Scheff, Harris, spearheaded the addition of the track and field and nordic skiing programs at The Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Woodbury. The Academy is one of the state’s smallest schools that participates in sports at the high school level. • Nicole Winters, St. Paul, is the morning anchor for Keloland televison in Sioux Falls, S.D. • James Wynn, Forest Lake, transitioned from TCF Bank as assistant vice president of retail banking to senior manager of Associated Bank.

a partner at Madgett Law, a civil litigation firm based out of Wayzata.

N.D., is pursing a doctorate degree in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota. Bulus plans to return to Nigeria in a few years to start a kindergarten through 12th grade school.

Amy (Hines) Kramer, Albany,

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Stacie Jergenson-Commerford,

Litchfield, was elected “Court Reporter of The Year” for 2010 by The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers. Jergenson-Commerford is an official electronic/digital court reporter for the Honorable Steven Drange, Eighth Judicial District in Litchfield. • Amanda Seelen, Cold Spring, is a social work specialist at the Community Behavorial Health Hospital in Annandale.

Brianna Sadler, Falcon Heights, is

Vincent Bulus, Grand Forks,

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Eunice Adjei-Bosompem,

St. Cloud, is an administrator at Create CommUNITY, an organization focused on taking strategic, measurable steps to dismantle racism through systemic change. Adjei-Bosompem is also the coordinator of Omeka! and Latinameka!, African and Latino community groups monthly meeting in St. Cloud and surrounding areas.


Emily Deem, Green Bay, is a reporter

for “Good Day Wisconsin” on FOX 11 WLUK-TV. • Ryan Kees, Eagan, played defensive end in the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals. Kees played for the Huskies while attending St. Cloud State. • Michael Kulzer, Greenwald, joined the Brainerd Police Department after his return from serving with the Minnesota Army National Guard in Iraq. • Lucas Petersen, St. Cloud, won the men’s Olympic Triathalon at Green Lake in Spicer with a time of 2:14.46. Petersen won by nearly two minutes.


Lindsay (Ashburn) Forsell, Clear

Lake, is the head volleyball coach for East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Ashburn has coached high school volleyball for five years and has taken her team to the state tournament each year. Before joining East Ridge, Ashburn coached volleyball from 2005-08 at St. Cloud Cathedral High School, leading the varsity club to a 126-11 record and four-consecutive state tournaments, climaxing with a runner-up finish in 2007. She also was named the Section 5AA Coach of the year in 2006. • Samuel Scherven, Wayzata, is a sales and new business executive for Atomic Playpen based out of St. Louis Park. Atomic Playpen is one of the Midwest’s top interactive design and development agencies, producing Web applications. As a full-service agency, Atomic Playpen also offers advertising, design and branding services.


Michelle Bechtold, Detroit Lakes, is public relations manager at Lucky Dog Boarding and Training Center, LLC. • Shawn Meyer, Clayton, Wis., is a survey technician for Ulteig, a nationally accredited company, ranked number 223 in the Top 500 Engineering Design Firms in the nation. Marriages and Commitments ’87 Julie (Fischer) Howard and

Benjamin Howard, Brooklyn Center, 7/16/2005.

’95 Brett Bernard and ’03 Allison (Marvin) Bernard, Maple Grove,


’97 Kristine (Styrlund) Knowles and

Danny Knowles, Nashville, Tenn., 6/25/2010. ’03 Allison (Marvin) Bernard and ’95 Brett Bernard, Maple Grove, 12/11/2010. ’03 Mali (Walters) Johnson and Aaron Johnson, Fort Myers, Fla., 12/28/2009. ’03 Kari (Trost) Luehmann and Josh Luehmann, Columbus, Ohio, 10/9/2010. ’03 Gelavij (Hammes) Myrold and Chris Myrold, Lanai City, Hawaii, 3/24/2004. ’06 Angela Soderberg and Peter Toftey, Duluth, 9/3/2010. ’06 James Woolsey and Hannah (Foellmi) Woolsey, Savage, 6/26/2010. ’08 Justin Berger and ’08 Andrea (Haag) Berger, Eden Valley, 11/15/2008. Births and adoptions ’91 ’95 Stephanie (Seman) Kusie

and Brian Kusie, Plymouth, son, Travis, 8/6/2010. Siblings: Rachel, 3. ’92 Karena (Klaphake) Tapsak and ’92 Mark Tapsak, Orangeville, Pa., daughter, Theresa, 10/10/2010. Siblings: Benjamin, 2, Alex, 7, Stephen, 10, Nate, 13, Peter, 14. ’95 Michelle (Rassel) Everett and Keith Everett, East Hartford, Conn., son, Jordan, 4/5/2010. Siblings: Gabriella, 3.

Top business leader Mike Meyer ’94,

St. Joseph, is one of the Top 5 Under 40 business leaders honored by the St. Cloud Times’ ROI Magazine for 2011. Meyer, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, is co-founder and co-owner of PAM’s Auto, an auto salvage center. Meyer, has been financial consultant for the Church of St. Joseph’s Making Room at Our Table initiative and was pastoral council committee chairman and program facilities evaluation team member at the church. He is co-chairman this year and committee member for past six years of St. Joseph Lab School’s Spring Spectacular fundraiser, and is president of Great Lakes Quality Replacement Parts association. Meyer was selected from a pool of two dozen nominees who were under age of 40 as of Dec. 31. A selection committee that included last year’s recipients reviewed nominees’ successes in business and their community involvement.


Alumni class notes

Grad pens book on cartoonists “Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals,” a book by Britt Aamodt ’05, showcases 23 Minnesota cartoon artists, giving readers a look inside a little understood medium. Published in November by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the 240-page paperback is packed with 150 black-and-white illustrations. Aamodt earned a Master of Science degree from St. Cloud State’s mass communications department. The Elk River resident is an arts journalist specializing in pop culture, visual arts and artists. Aamodt founded and writes for the radio theater troupe Deadbeats On the Air, whose works have been heard on Minneapolis community radio station KFAI and seen at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

A new way to plan your travels Lisa Meyers McClintick ’90 is helping travelers with a new way of planning their getaways. A travel app on Minnesota’s resort communities launched on iTunes in February. Minnesota Lake Vacations rolls together a guidebook, maps, photo album and the advice of a budget counselor and concierge into one package. Created by McClintick, a St. Cloud travel writer and photographer, the app’s first edition includes 120 resorts, restaurants and easy-to-miss destinations along with close to 800 photos. “You can spool through 120 entries with the flick of a finger, see photo albums for each one, get maps, links to websites and phone numbers and a lot of inside information you wouldn’t get in a print travel guide,” McClintick said. “Some of the best places, too, are small businesses that can’t afford a lot of advertising. They rely on journalists and regular travelers to get the word out. That can be an ongoing effort with these apps, because they’re easy to expand and update, and anyone using them can easily chime in their opinions on what’s good to eat, whether they like a certain resort, if they found a great hiking trail. It’s not a print guide that simply goes out of date. It’s an ongoing conversation.” Meyers McClintick, who graduated with degrees in mass communications and German, has photographed and written about Minnesota destinations for the past 12 years. She also writes a travel blog


Outlook Spring 2011

’96 Steven Smith and Shannon

Smith, Hamilton, Mont., son, Ronan, 7/11/2007. ’96 Holly (Meyer) Vettel and Rhett Vettel, Brooklyn Park, daughter, Catherine, 2/20/2009. Siblings: John, 2, Sebastian, 4. ’96 Kristin (Halvorsen) Zaiser and Nicholas Zaiser, Ham Lake, daughter, Siena, 1/29/2010. ’97 Kristine (Styrlund) Knowles and Danny Knowles, Nashville, Tenn., twin daughters, Alexandra and Ashleigh, 11/5/2010. ’97 Heather (Soukup) Vetter and Chad Vetter, Elko, son, Maxton, 11/22/2010. Siblings: Sutton, 2, Hayden, 4. ’98 Lisa (Wagner) Beerup and Kevin Beerup, Foothill Ranch, Calif., twin daughter, Liliana and twin son, Logan, 12/23/2009. ’98 Jennifer (Brunkow) Graziani and Nicholas Graziani, Isanti, son, Jackson, 8/8/2010. ’98 Kelly (Baron) Oldenburg and ’99 ’02 Kevin Oldenburg, Coon Rapids, daughter, Amelia, 11/23/2010. Siblings: Andrew, 2. ’99 Troy Koenig and Catina Koenig, Eden Prairie, son, Asher, 7/2/2010. Siblings: Tavin, 3. ’99 Tonya (Trombley) Nelson, Robbinsdale, son, Joshua, 9/20/2009. Siblings: Allyson, 3. ’99 Kevin Peck and Beth Peck, New Brighton, daughter, Caroline, 6/20/2010. ’99 Anita (Blaine) Stavitzski and David Stavitzski, Delano, daughter, Jane, 10/13/2009. Siblings: Adaline, 3. ’99 ’02 Kevin Oldenburg and ’98 Kelly (Baron) Oldenburg, Coon Rapids, daughter, Amelia, 11/23/2010. Siblings: Andrew, 2. ’00 Amy (Arnold) Morrison and Chris Morrison, Round Hill, Va., son, Corey, 2/23/2010. Siblings: Kenna, 7. ’00 Jessica (Kemmer) Pond and Jon Pond, Chaska, son, William, 12/31/2009. ’00 Michael Rogers and ’04 Mindy (Remus) Rogers, New Richmond, Wis., son, Jack, 4/19/2008. ’00 Sarah (Schield) Thomas and Matthew Thomas, Chanhassen, son, Owen, 5/14/2010. Siblings: Nathaniel, 2.

’00 Shila (Walek) Walek-Hooper and ’02 Luke Hooper, Blaine, son,

Carson Walek, 11/18/2010.

’01 Jason Bisping and ’03 Colet (Scott) Scott-Bisping,

Broomfield, Colo., daughter, Juliet, 8/20/2010. Siblings: Amelie, 6. ’01 Jeanette (Halverson) Flom and ’01 Jeffrey Flom, Chicago, Ill., daughter, Madelynn, 7/7/2010. ’01 Aaron Klemmensen and Jennifer Klemmensen, Big Lake, daughter, Lucy, 8/16/2010. Siblings: Jack, 2. ’01 Gregory Walz and ’03 Sarah (Kozlovsky) Walz, Hopkins, son, Maximillian, 5/14/2010. ’02 Luke Hooper and ’00 Shila (Walek) Walek-Hoope, Blaine, son, Carson Walek, 11/18/2010. ’03 Jason Clemens and ’05 Erin (Kolodzne) Clemens, Brooklyn Park, daughter, Natalie, 4/14/2009. ’03 Mali (Walters) Johnson and Aaron Johnson, Fort Myers, Fla., daughter, Avery, 1/28/2009. ’03 Gelavij (Hammes) Myrold and Chris Myrold, Lanai City, Hawaii, son, Van, 7/7/2010. Siblings: Ruby, 4. ’03 Christa (Paulson) Sabin and ’05 Nolan Sabin, Burbank, Calif., daughter, Ashley, 7/18/2010. Siblings: Danica, 3. ’03 Jessica (Rossman) Schrauth and Thomas Schrauth, Appleton, Wis., son, Gavin, 7/14/2010. ’03 Colet (Scott) Scott-Bisping and ’01 Jason Bisping, Broomfield, Colo., daughter, Juliet, 8/20/2010. Siblings: Amelie, 6. ’03 Kristen (Nelson) Sherman and Jen Sherman, St. Paul, daughter, Gwenyth, 7/18/2010. Siblings: Noah, 3. ’03 Sarah (Kozlovsky) Walz and ’01 Gregory Walz, Hopkins, son, Maximillian, 5/14/2010. ’03 ’04 ’05 ’07 ’08 Jennifer (Rakow) Stumpf and Osse Stumpf, Little

Falls, son, Grayson, 8/8/2010.

’03 ’05 Daniel Hylland and ’04 Megan (Osborne) Hylland, Rochester,

son, Jacob, 10/13/2010.

’04 Kristie Le (Meyer) Blonigen and

Jason Blonigen, Albany, son, Gavin, 9/24/2010. Siblings: Natalie, 4.

Unless otherwise noted, all cities listed in class notes are in Minnesota.

Alumni class notes

Husky Pupsters

Amber Florin, daughter of Mark ’99 and Anne Florin, is a #1 Husky fan!

We have Husky tees for all new additions to the Huskies roster! If you recently welcomed a new addition to the family, your alma mater would like to send you a Husky Pup t-shirt. Contact us at 320-308-3177, toll free 1-866-464-8759 or to update your profile and receive a “Congratulations!” gift from the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association. ’04 Megan (Osborne) Hylland and ’03 ’05 Daniel Hylland, Rochester,

’34 ’63 Helen Hovde, 96, Glenwood ’36 Laurel Anderson, 94, Columbia,

’04 Sarah (Beseman) Larson and ’08 Jonathan Larson, Sartell, son,

’36 ’37 Mae (Bolin) Balderstone, 99,

son, Jacob, 10/13/2010.

Caden, 6/11/2007.

’04 Charissa (Geiselhart) Mieseler

and Brad Mieseler, Belle Plaine, son, Colton, 8/21/2010. Siblings: Averie, 1. ’04 Mindy (Remus) Rogers and ’00 Michael Rogers, New Richmond, Wis., son, Jack, 4/19/2008. ’05 Erin (Kolodzne) Clemens and ’03 Jason Clemen, Brooklyn Park, daughter, Natalie, 4/14/2009. ’05 Samantha (Soper) Kohout and ’07 Brian Kohout, St. Cloud, son, Cameron, 8/24/2010. ’05 Nolan Sabin and ’03 Christa (Paulson) Sabin, Burbank, Calif., daughter, Ashley, 7/18/2010. Siblings: Danica, 3. ’06 Kris (Rademacher) Kok and Jeston Kok, Pennock, son, Mason, 7/11/2010. Siblings: Lauren, 2. ’06 Courtney (Copeland) Taylor and Michael Taylor, Blaine, son, Chase, 10/24/2010. Siblings: Avery, 2. ’07 Brian Kohout and ’05 Samantha (Soper) Kohout, St. Cloud, son, Cameron, 8/24/2010. ’08 Kathleen (Evert) Benbrooks and Joel Benbrooks, Morristown, daughter, Piper, 11/29/2010. ’08 Andrea (Haag) Berger and ’08 Justin Berger, Eden Valley, son, Landon, 9/28/2009. ’08 Jonathan Larson and ’04 Sara (Beseman) Larson, Sartell, daughter, Mari, 8/2/2010. Siblings: Caden, 3. ’08 Sierra (Spar) Lieser and Joseph Lieser, Big Lake, son, Kale, 7/1/2010. Siblings: Braelynne, 2. We Remember ’33 ’49 Agatha Fleming, 97, Duluth ’34 Florence (Lines) Stevens, 96,


’34 Theolyn (Storkamp) Weimerskirch, 97, Barrett

’53 Nola (Hausken) Mathre, 77,

’71 Mary (Sather) Sather, 75, Austin,


’53 Thomas Matteson, 81, Fairfield,

Eugene, Ore.

’54 Mary King, 78, Cherokee, Iowa ’55 ’69 Yvonne (Steinle) Hjelm, 76,

’74 Sandra Naylor, 58, Madison, Wis. ’75 Mary Ann (Lanigan) Nehl, 92,

Livingston, Texas Calif.

’38 Margaret (Hendrickson) Milbrath,

93, Worthington


’38 ’47 Ann (Anderson) Engebretson,

’40 Evelyn (Erickson) Kaiser, 83,

’56 ’63 Arthur Hoff, 80, Maple Grove ’56 Dexter Rasmussen, 82, York, Pa. ’57 Richard Grewe, 79, Frazee ’57 Alvin Hengel, 81, New London ’58 Darrell Lilleberg, 77, Mobridge,

’40 Shirley (Sheets) Pfeninger, 90,

’58 Larry Nason, 80, Arlington

’41 Ira Grove, 94, Rantoul, Ill. ’41 Grace (Van Gerpen) Hagerman,

94, Bellingham, Wash.

’59 Eldred Engel, 73, St. Peter ’59 James Feltl, 72, Penryn, Calif. ’59 Robert Wesloh, 77, Clarksville,

Carrolton, Texas

’59 ’66 Thomas Steinke, 78, Little

90, Rice

’60 Marvin Liestman, 87, Tomah,


’44 Ruth (Pramann) Luitjens, 88,

’60 Donald Sommers, 73, St. Cloud ’60 ’66 Ervin Atkinson, 72, Waverly ’63 Mary (Dickmeyer) Riesgraf, 81,

’46 ’73 Virginia (Smith) Degree, 84,

’64 Susan (Radermacher) Suman, 68,

94, Orange, Calif.

’39 Inez (DeBolt) King, 94, Rice Lake,




Olympia, Wash.

Heights, Ill.

’41 Orville Woestehoff, 90,


’41 ’55 Virginia (Schlichting) Chirhart,


’43 Mary (Smith) Stewart, 88, Aitkin ’44 Dorothy (Corrigan) Fern, 87, New

Novi, Mich.

Des Moines, Iowa ’48 Frank Povhe, 91, Glendale, Ariz. ’48 Lolita (Bork) Stenerson, 81, Bloomington ’49 Lester Blume, 89, Edmonds, Wash. ’49 Marian (Nelson) Graves, 82, Altoona, Fla. ’49 Norman Olson, 84, Roseville ’49 George Wentworth, 89, Palo Alto, Calif. ’50 John Lasher, 84, St. Louis Park ’50 ’51 ’76 Arthur Dickson, 87, Port Townsend, Wash. ’50 ’74 Bonita (Camp) Fischer, 80, Minnetonka ’51 Fay (Jensen) Larson, 82, Reno, Nev. ’51 ’63 Donald Connors, 81, Plymouth ’52 LaDonna (Hills) Balke, 78, Northfield ’52 Bernard Schulte, 86, Holiday, Fla.



’76 Melinda Kappel, 88, Winsted ’76 Leon Smith, 61, Avon ’76 Ruth (Emerton) Thelen, 62,

Grand Forks, N.D.

’77 David Perron, 57, Rosemount ’79 James Hunter, 56, Austin ’80 Sandra (Kotula) Reed, 50,


’81 Timothy Murphy, 52, Longville ’81 Louis Stangl, 52, Pierz ’82 Jeri Burklund, 51, Milaca ’82 Julie Shriver, 52, San Francisco,


’85 Ronald Mulvany, 48, Hopkins ’86 ’89 Gary Zirbes, 61, Sauk Centre ’87 Alison (Foster) Trence, 49, Prior



’91 Sir Harris, 42, Vail, Ariz. ’93 Patrick Toenies, 46, Sauk Centre ’98 ’99 Kenneth Haught, 48, West

Maple Lake

’00 Noemia Gesch, 64, Willmar


Emeriti faculty and staff We Remember Todd DeVriese, 49, St. Cloud Melodie (Morrow) Dukowitz, 57,

’65 Richard Carmody, 79,

Portsmouth, N.H.

’65 Robert Holtan, 75, Crockett,


’65 Lynn Jacobson, 66, Westminster,


’65 Terrance Lee, 70, Winter, Wis. ’68 William Conner, 85, Makinen ’68 Helen (Dabill) Larson, 73,

Phoenix, Ariz.

’68 John Rieland, 63, Melrose ’68 Susan (Riemenschneider) Saffel,

Union, Iowa

St. Cloud

Louis Hird, 97, Grey Eagle Esther (Beumer) Kieke, 98, St. Cloud Nancy (Weston) Levy, 62, Earlysville,


Dorothy Templin, 87, Maple Grove ClaraLee (Dwiggins) Vogel, 79,


64, Oakdale

’68 Richard Zgonc, 64, Lindstrom ’69 Lynne (Andersen) Kasper, 64,

Brooklyn Center

’69 Kenneth Nyberg, 63, Bakersfield,


’70 Ronald Blank, 62, St. Joseph ’70 Mike Helgeson, 62, Champlin ’70 Douglas Nolette, 63, Roseville ’71 Allen Cooper, 61, Minnetonka ’71 John Folkestad, 62, St. Cloud


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Outlook - AR - Spring 2011  

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Outlook - AR - Spring 2011  

Spring 2011 Annual Report edition.