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Points of honor are plentiful at St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State has a long-standing tradition of having a lot to be proud of.

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15 Fellowship flotilla Stearns Hall pals stay connected with an annual canoe trip

16 More with less Winning attitude of David Johnson ’03 fuels stunning 200-pound weight loss

18 Passion + Knowledge Andrew Ries ’08 applies learning as crossword puzzle author



Managing Editor Adam Hammer ’05

St. Cloud State shares university news Achievement highlights from outstanding students, faculty and staff as well as other campus news

24 Husky Athletics Athletes conclude spring season by setting records and earning tournament bids in golf, baseball, tennis and swimming and diving.

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

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:

Cover photo: Carolyn Ritter and Daniela Lorenz, novice debate team partners, earned a national championship at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Overland Park, Kan. Photograph by Steve Woit ’75. 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 The hits just keep on coming As each academic year draws to a close our university community revels in the accomplishments and successes of students and faculty. This spring a particularly beautiful buzz was heard around campus as announcement after announcement of awards and tributes for excellence and achievement came our way. In this issue of Outlook we share some of these points of pride that put the spotlight on an extraordinary few and bring honor to us all. The winning people and programs on these pages represent the abundance of talented, creative and innovative individuals who grace our university and our alumni community with their achievements and commitment to doing what they do best. Their great ideas and hard work make our campus a place where students learn to turn dreams into opportunities that lead to a life of participation and accomplishment.

scholarships to SCSU students majoring in information systems, computer science and computer engineering. Under the direction of computer science and information technology Professors Susantha Herath, Dennis Guster and Jayantha Herath, this project will result in strengthening St. Cloud State’s ability to support deserving students and strengthen the workforce and leadership in STEM fields. The scholarships are one more significant step of support for students of color and other underrepresented groups who aspire to a future in a STEM career. One of our first points of pride in this issue is the presentation of the National Association of ethnic studies’ Robert L. Perry Mentorship Award to ethnic studies Professor Robert C. Johnson, who for 25 years has been offering schoolchildren opportunities to transform their lives. Johnson’s residential math-science-computer In this Outlook we say “thank you” to all the camps have been an important pipeline to winning members of our campus community higher education for for continuously making us all proud to be in young people who did your good company. not perceive themselves as future college students One of those great ideas is a project before coming to St. Cloud State to aimed at allowing more academically learn about science in a campus setting. talented and financially needy students Several of Dr. Johnson’s campers from underrepresented groups to have become students at St. Cloud State, pursue careers in science, technology, many starting college life in the awardengineering and/or math – collectively winning Advanced Preparation Program known as STEM disciplines. led by the university’s Multicultural This project, titled “Scholarships for Student Services staff. The APP Academically Talented Economically program has served hundreds of new Disadvantaged Students,” recently was entering students in its 25 years. awarded a $600,000 National Science This summer bridge program is Foundation grant to support students open to admitted first-year students with scholarships of up to $9,100 per and offers introductory college classes, year as they prepare for STEM careers. informational seminars and the valuable Beginning this fall, the National experience of college life with new Science Foundation’s four-year S-STEM friends. The next issue of Outlook program will sponsor 30 two-year will include photos and stories about

President Earl H. Potter III presents an Excellence in Leadership medallion to Keesha Aakriti Lawrence Mason, interdepartmental communications major from St. Cloud, one of 25 recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award, St. Cloud State’s most prestigious student honor. Hayley Lynn Vaske, a psychology major from Wilmont, was the recipient of the Dennis M. Thayer Leadership Award at the 24th annual Excellence in Leadership Awards banquet.

the APP alumni reunion scheduled for Aug. 2 in St. Cloud. Congratulations to all our award winners and those who have received well-deserved tributes for their dedicated service and contributions in recent months. I also want to take this opportunity to applaud the alumni whose compelling stories of accomplishment and entrepreneurial pursuits are written about in this issue, as well as the legions of alumni who contribute so much to their career fields and their communities. In this Outlook we say “thank you” to all the winning members of our campus community for continuously making us all proud to be in your good company.

Earl H. Potter III, President


University news New master’s in medical technology quality offered St. Cloud State will offer a new Master of Science in medical technology quality degree program in the fall. The medical technology quality degree provides professionals with skills and a strong understanding for helping medical technology companies deliver high quality products and solutions for the healthcare industry. This is information that is critical to meeting industry regulations and

ensuring patient safety. “In today’s competitive environment, especially in the Minnesota medical device sector, identifying and hiring competent and well-informed personnel in the quality profession is becoming more and more difficult,” said Jeff Fecho, vice president of global quality for St. Jude Medical in St. Paul. “The medical technology quality program, coupled

with the already active regulatory and clinical programs at SCSU, provides us with a readily available and credible source specifically geared toward the medical device industry. This program has global appeal and is a key educational component in assuring that our employees have what they need to keep us compliant and competitive.” The medical technology quality program is the third

St. Cloud State master’s program designed for the medical technology industry along with regulatory affairs and services and applied clinical research. Classes will be evenings and weekends at the St. Cloud State Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. Contact the SCSU College of Science and Engineering at 320-308-2167 or e-mail mtq@stcloudstate. edu if interested in enrolling.

Keep up with construction of National Hockey & Event Center The first phase of construction on the National Hockey and Event Center made major strides this spring at St. Cloud State. A new webcam has been set up at stcloudstate. edu/nhec for curious folks to watch old walls come down and new ones go up. The most dramatic change to passersby so far was the removal of the hillside along Herb Brooks Way to begin construction on the masonry for the new walls on the first floor. Construction work on the first phase of this $14.7 million expansion and renovation will continue into the hockey season. Slated to be complete spring 2013, the expanded and renovated NHEC will be a regional events center hosting entertainment, retail, conventions and sporting events. Central to the construction project is a 50,000 square-foot, four-story glass atrium that will extend south from the current facade to Herb Brooks Way. In addition, 20,000 square-feet will be remodeled. From left are: Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud; Rep. Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph; former Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud; Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud; Dave Kleis ’89, mayor of St. Cloud; Morris Kurtz, former director of athletics; Earl H. Potter III, president; Chris Coborn, CEO of Coborn’s and NHEC Campaign co-chair; Rep. King Banaian, R-St. Cloud; Sen. Michelle Fischbach ’89, R-Paynesville; and attorney Brian Schoenborn ’92, NHEC Campaign co-chair.


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The initial excavation of the south end of the National Hockey & Event Center was completed this spring with the most dramatic change to passersby being the removal of the hillside along Herb Brooks Way. Photograph by Adam Hammer ’05.

University news Crowd gathers to witness transit of Venus

Retired St. Cloud State Planetarium director Dave Williams explains the transit of Venus. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

Hundreds of community members, children, faculty, staff and students made their way to St. Cloud State’s Planetarium June 5 to watch Venus move across the face of the sun. This transit of Venus occurs about every 100 years and will not be visible again until 2117. Telescopes on the roof of the Robert H. Wick Science Building broadcast live images of the celestial oddity in the planetarium and over the Internet. Also shown was a live feed from NASA at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. The telescopes used a filter that let about 1/100th of 1 percent of the sun’s light through to allow viewers to see a black dot — Venus — move across the face of the sun during its six-hour journey without hurting their eyes. SCSU astronomers gave demonstrations and answered numerous questions from the audience ranging from inquiries about sunspots to the telescopes. Many also wanted to know, “What other planets transit the sun?” The answer: All planets, but from earth we can only see Mercury and Venus since they are the only two planets between Earth and the sun, explained Dave Williams, retired SCSU Planetarium director. Mercury transits are much more frequent with the last visible in 2006 and the next appearing in 2012.

The last transit of Venus was in 2008. Venus transits happen about every 100 years in pairs that are eight years apart, Williams said. Williams also explained that one Venus day equals 243 Earth days. For most witnessing the transit at the planetarium, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Listen to the podcast by 88.1 FM KVSC’s arts & cultural heritage producer Jeff Carmack for an interview with SCSU astronomy professor Gary Bohannan about the Venus transit, the collaborative effort between departments that made the viewing party possible and humanity’s place amongst the stars:

Three programs earn MnSCU awards Two St. Cloud State programs were honored this year with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Diversity and Equity Awards for their positive impact on students and the campus community. Multicultural Student Services received a Best Practices Award for its highly successful Advanced Preparation Program. APP celebrates its 25th anniversary this August with a reunion of many past participants. APP is open to incoming admitted first-year students who take classes and participate in activities that

strategies for teaching race in their courses in order to help students understand how race, racism and privilege are manifested in classrooms and institutions. St. Cloud State also was recognized for one of its enhanced student programming initiatives. The Club RED program received a 2011-2012 MnSCU Academic and Student Affairs Award for Innovative Student Affairs Program. Peer academic and student affairs campus and system administrators based their awards on such criteria as adaptability, collaboration

introduce them to college life and the community. The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Initiative, a two-year-old collaboration between the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative and the Multicultural Resource Center, was recognized in the category of Innovative Practices. The initiative’s mission is to provide intensive training for faculty to learn how to incorporate anti-racist pedagogy into their existing courses across disciplines and across campus. It has been designed to help faculty develop

and enhanced student development. “(Club RED) exemplifies the quality and characteristics that result in improved educational activities and services,” said Douglas Knowlton, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at MnSCU. Club RED features special late evening social events including live DJs and music, climbing wall and other recreational activities on campus. Events are sponsored through a collaboration of departments from residential life to campus recreation and student government.


University News Mark Springer

Springer named dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Mark Springer, classroom and music studio faculty member for 16 years, was named dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts in May. Springer has served in this position on an interim basis, assuming the role upon the death of Dean Todd DeVriese in December 2010. Previously, Springer was interim associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities from 2008-2010 and chair of the Music Department from 2002-07. “I look forward to Dr. Springer continuing to build on the partnerships he has forged and the leadership he has demonstrated as he assumes his permanent position,” said President Earl H. Potter III.

Springer has been active in the St. Cloud arts community since joining the Department of Music in 1996. He is a performing artist with local, regional, national and international experience and is a past and present member and representative within several state and national organizations, including the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, New Media Consortium, National Association of Schools of Music, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Perpich Center for the Arts, Legacy Advisory Group and St. Cloud’s ArtWORKS initiative. The College of Liberal Arts is a grouping of 12 academic departments housing 17 programs, including two collegelevel programs in global studies and religious studies. It is one of the St. Cloud State’s largest organizational units. Among the departments are English, communication studies, ethnic and women’s studies, foreign languages, history, mass communications, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The college also houses the newly organized School of the Arts, comprised of the art, music, and theatre and film studies departments.

Listen to ‘The Sound of St. Cloud State,’ again The Husky Sports Band released its third CD “The Sound of St. Cloud State” in May. The 25-track CD includes music performances from the football and basketball seasons such as “University Hymn” by Amy Dale and Harvey Waugh, “Rawhide” by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Band president Deondre Smiles, a senior from Maple Grove majoring in geography, said his favorite tracks on the disc are the drum cadences. “It shows off the drumline, and highlights the hard work we put in,” he said. Smiles also was a part of “The Sound of St. Cloud State” CD that was released in 2010. More than 80 student musicians performed on the disc and they now have some semblance of an idea of what goes into releasing a CD, Smiles said. They certainly now know the pressures of playing to perfection. “When you’re performing on the football field or in the stands, it’s live music and a mistake here

“The Sound of St. Cloud State” is available for $10 at the information desk in Atwood Memorial Center and online at cdbaby. com/cd/huskysportsband. The songs also are available for download online.


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and there won’t hurt anything. At a recording session, things can drag on if the music isn’t absolutely perfect, so there’s pressure to perform at your absolute best,” Smiles said. Pressure or not, Smile’s favorite part of being in the Husky Sports Band is twofold: “It’s great to be able to make music with your friends and help the Huskies win, all at the same time.” Founded in 2006, the Husky Sports Band performs for athletic and campus community events. Glen Tuomaala is the director. Membership is open to university and local high school students.

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University recognitions University honored for positive partnerships

Xcel Energy recognized St. Cloud State in June with a 2012 Efficiency Partner Award, an honor given to Minnesota businesses and trade partners who participate in efficiency programs to lower energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. Due to conservation efforts, St. Cloud State ranked third among the top five award recipients for natural gas efficiency this past year. The university had a savings of 117,741 therms. “Many of these conservation projects are often invisible to those not directly involved,” said Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy efficiency marketing manager. “These awards are a way to congratulate these businesses so that employees and customers realize what’s happening behind the scenes.” Collectively, the 210 businesses recognized saved more than 111 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 1.5 million therms of natural gas — enough energy to power more than 9,600 homes.

St. Cloud State goes tobacco-free St. Cloud State will become a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1, joining five other Minnesota state universities and several private colleges that have implemented a tobacco-free policy. Trained Student Health Services advocates, signs and print materials will help inform visitors and the community about the policy. Exceptions for tobacco use on campus will be allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act: • Traditional Native American ceremonies, scientific studies and theatrical productions. • Private vehicles on university property, as long as respect for individuals and the environment is demonstrated. In October 2010, President Earl H. Potter III appointed a task force of faculty, staff and students to review existing policy and public health information, keep the campus informed of findings and seek broad input. This was done in response to a March 2010 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees resolution that encouraged system schools to consult with students and employees about steps their institutions might take regarding tobacco use. After campus-wide discussions, St. Cloud State transitioned to a year-long period where tobacco use was allowed only in designated areas. The work of the Smoking Policy Review Task Force was supported by grant funds from the Public Health Division of Stearns County Human Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program. Policy details and resources are available at stcloudstate. edu/tobaccofree.

Senior to Sophomore program accredited

St. Cloud State’s Senior to Sophomore Program was awarded National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation this spring. The program offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses taught at their schools and to receive college and high school credits concurrently. The Senior to Sophomore Program, a partnership between St. Cloud State and 30 participating high schools, began in 1996 and has delivered rigorous university courses to eligible high school students who have registered for 4,531 St. Cloud State courses at their schools.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk October 20, 2012

Create an alumni and friends team!

For information, visit alumni or call 320-308-1668. Last year 500 people participated with more than 70 being St. Cloud State Alumni!


University News Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the “Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition” textbook authored by professors of sociology and anthropology Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz. The book is now in its eighth edition, published by Oxford University Press, and has been translated The first and eighth edition covers of into Japanese, Italian, “Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on Vietnamese, Bulgarian and the Human Condition.” Macedonian. The pair also have written two additional textbooks, “Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology” and “Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?”, which are both in their fifth editions. Stephen Philion In January, sociology professor Stephen Philion will present at the prestigious Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC & U) annual meeting in Atlanta. Philion earned that honor as one of four finalists for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. Joining Philion at the AAC & U annual meeting will be Ehrlich Award winner Andrew Furco, University of Minnesota, and Ehrlich finalists Gary Welborn, Buffalo State College; Gabriel Garcia, Stanford University School of Medicine; and Peter Bortolotti, Johnson & Wales University.

More than 200 were nominated for the award, given annually by Boston-based Campus Compact, a non-profit coalition of more than 1,200 college presidents. Philion directs the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, a group of more than a dozen academics who manages St. Cloud State’s Global Goes Local conference. Global Goes Local is making its mark in the region in part because immigrants are active conference participants, not merely subjects of study. They are stakeholders who help form research questions for the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, according to Philion’s award application. Philion is the author of “Workers’ Democracy in China’s Transition from State Socialism,” a 2008 book about how state enterprise workers have responded to privatization. The Ehrlich Award is named for Thomas R. Ehrlich, a higher education administrator, author, lawyer and public servant best known for stints as dean of the Stanford Law School and president of Indiana University. Kate Pound Kate Pound, professor of geology, has helped author a textbook called “Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History: Inquiry-Based Exercises for Lab and Class.” The purpose of the book is to put key data and published case studies of past climate change at users’ fingertips to experience the nature of paleoclimate reconstruction. Using foundational geologic concepts, the book explores a wide variety of topics including: marine sediments, age determination, stable isotope paleoclimate proxies, Cenozoic climate change, climate cycles, polar climates and abrupt warming and cooling events.

More than ever, college students seek career and personal advice. Here’s your chance to support St. Cloud State students who are in the same shoes you were!


Alumni/Student Networking Event Monday, October 15, 2012 4:30-8 p.m. SCSU Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center


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Join us for an evening mixer with students and alumni, affording students the valuable opportunity to practice their networking skills and benefit from your lessons learned out in the real world. The mixer will be a chance to visit, reminisce and offer support to St. Cloud State students as they anticipate moving from college to their career! For more information or to register, please visit or call 320-308-1668.


of Honor are plentiful at St. Cloud State University Story by Mike Nistler ’79, Adam Hammer ’05

St. Cloud State has a long-standing tradition of having a lot to be proud of. That tradition is most apparent in the accolades and awards distributed to faculty, staff, students and alumni in especially large numbers this past academic year. It can be seen on the walls of the university where awards hang like tapestry in display cases, such as the UTVS case in Stewart Hall. Trophies, plaques and certificates show just a sampling of the college TV station’s 27 awards from the 2011-12 school year, including college broadcasting Emmy Awards from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It also can be seen on the office walls and on magazine covers such as the February edition of Forbes Magazine featuring John Stumpf ’76, CEO of Wells Fargo.

Even the university itself was recognized for the second year in a row with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll designation by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. But the most notable tradition of excellence at St. Cloud State University is the knowledge and fellowship that is shared campuswide and beyond through award-winning efforts and collaborations. 9

It starts in the classroom with faculty members like Robert C. Johnson, professor of ethnic studies.

Awardwinning students

Johnson, who recently received the National Association of Ethnic Studies’ (NAES) Robert L. Perry Mentorship Award, has been instrumental in providing students — especially minority students — with opportunities to transform their lives. During the last 25 years, Johnson’s residential math-sciencecomputer camps have provided life-altering experiences to more than 3,200 students from grades 2 through 12. The camps serve demographic groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, including those from ethnic minority and immigrant backgrounds, low- or moderate-income families and a high proportion of females. This is especially notable for the St. Cloud area which continues to move toward greater racial and ethnic diversity. An estimated 9.8 percent of Stearns County’s population were minorities in 2011, up from 9.4 percent in the 2010 census. The minority population also grew in neighboring Benton County. Among children, the racial and ethnic makeup is even more diverse. The camps also serve as a pipeline to higher education for a significant number of participants by exposing them to campus life and the opportunities of education.

The good work at St. Cloud State doesn’t stop with the work of faculty and it sometimes comes in pairs.

Take for example students Carolyn Ritter and Daniela Lorenz, novice debate team partners, who earned a national championship at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in March in Overland Park, Kan. The SCSU speech and debate team competed with nearly 70 colleges and universities in the biennial tournament. Ritter, a first-year student from Grand Rapids, also won an 11th place Debate Speaker Award while Lorenz, a sophomore from Ellsworth, Wis., earned 15th place. Jennifer Austin and Lindsey Branwall got a taste of the Emmy’s when they received second place from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation for Best Newscast for their work at UTVS. Austin, a senior from Champlin, and Branwall, a senior from Shakopee, also won an award from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of


The NAES award honors talented professionals who devote countless hours mentoring students and faculty, said Connie A. Jacobs, one of the award committee members. “Your nominators, from a student to the president of your university, praised you for your work, which was cited as ‘legendary,’ and recognized the role you played in helping students become the successful people that they are today,” Jacobs wrote in a letter to Johnson announcing the award. “Your impressive vitae details the many programs you have developed that have been instrumental in providing students, especially minority students, with opportunities to transform their lives.”

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Carolyn Ritter and Daniela Lorenz

Television Arts and Sciences for Best Community Public Affairs Programming, while Austin won solo for Best General Assignment Reporting for her “Burglaries over break” story. As news directors, the duo led their team to top honors from the Broadcast Education Association as well during the BEA2012 Conference in April at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The success and awards stories also carry over into various athletic arenas. This past winter, SCSU saw national champions crowned in both diving (Chris White, junior from Rochester) and wrestling (Derek Skala, senior from Owatonna). White also was named the NCAA Division II Male Diver of the Year and was one of five SCSU athletes

Robert C. Johnson, professor of ethnic studies Photograph by Jason Jones

Tracy Torgerson and Chris White

Derek Skala

Jennifer Austin and Lindsey Branwall

who earned Capital One Academic All-American® honors. Joining White with first-team honors were football players Matt Theis, Eden Valley, and Matt Schwartz, Forest Lake, and baseball player Phil Imholte, St. Cloud. Junior hockey goaltender Mike Lee, Roseau, was named as a third-team selection, bringing the total academic all-American team members to five. And just as professors mold award-winning students, these student athletes are shaped by their coaches. For the second time in her career, diving coach Tracy Torgerson was named the NCAA Division II Men’s Diving Coach of the Year

Larry Sundby

while Larry Sundby was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II Central Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Sundby recently completed his 25th season as a coach with the SCSU tennis program and helped lead the Huskies to their 12th straight Division II tournament bid last year. He served as the head coach of the women’s team for 18 seasons before becoming an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at St. Cloud State in 2006 and also is a professor emeritus of accounting at SCSU. 11

Continued Growth

Adam Ulbricht, National Journalism Center intern Photograph by Steve Woit ’75

Every year St. Cloud State students land plum internships and fellowships. This year is no different. Recently, several have been notified of significant assignments. Brian Few, a senior in the Department of

Mass Communications, landed a full-time marketing internship with the Minnesota Lynx for the summer. “Brian is active on campus, holds down a part-time job, takes advantage of opportunities presented through the university, works very hard and is extremely personable,” said SCSU Internship Development Director Bobbi Murphy. Others, such as Megan Nichols, a senior from Corcoran in the Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Licensure Program, will take fellowships outside of Minnesota or overseas. Nichols was one of 25 from across the country who were awarded the Warren Fellowship for this summer at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas. “Her interest in, commitment to and preparation for professional development in Holocaust education will be realized in this opportunity,” said Dan Wildeson, director of the SCSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. 12

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“We look forward to Megan’s future assistance in, and contribution to, the design of programs that innovate methods and strategies for Holocaust and genocide education in Minnesota in the next decade.” The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is a week-long program that introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Warren Fellowship, supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund, is developing a corps of educators who want to learn how to effectively teach about genocide and the Holocaust. The fellowship takes place at the Holocaust Museum in Houston each spring. Twenty-five pre-service educators are selected by a faculty and museum panel and designated as Warren Fellows. Participants attend a six–day, expensepaid institute designed to immerse fellows in historical and pedagogical issues related to the Holocaust.

Developing Future Professionals

Graduates also are continuing their professional education with internships and fellowships.

Take for example Adam Ulbricht, who graduated in May with his master’s degree after serving as news dierector at 88.1 FM KVSC. The Melrose native is now moving to Washington, D.C. where he will begin an internship with the National Journalism Center. He will be assigned to one of the major media outlets in the D.C. area where he will work four days a week. On the fifth day he will return to the National Journalism Center where some of the country’s top journalists will give seminars and provide skill-building workshops. “I am looking to gain as much knowledge as I can along with making connections for a potential job after the internship ends. Working in the biggest political market in the country is something I look forward too,” Albricht said.

Amee Vang, a junior from Ramsey majoring in math education and minoring in women’s studies, achieved a noteworthy post when she was named to the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows, 162 student leaders nominated by presidents of Campus Compact member colleges and universities. Amee Vang Members of the class are chosen for demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities through service, community-based research and advocacy. Vang uses creative strategies for social justice in racial equality, immigration and women’s rights. She has lobbied in Washington D.C., co-directed a fundraising play to assist victims of gender violence, mentored teens, organized gender equity awareness programming and advocated for women of color. Emilie Wardrip, a senior from Nelson, will engage youth with her fellowship at the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. Wardrip was one of 40 American students named student ambassador by USA Pavillion 2012. Serving from May through August 2012, the student ambassadors interact with Pavilion guests in many Emilie Wardrip capacities, including greeting visitors, government officials and dignitaries, and providing administrative, protocol and programming support. The 2012 student ambassadors will receive one college credit and participate in the Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad course. All student ambassadors are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are proficient in Korean. Wardrip spent 10 weeks in 2010 as an intern with the East Asia/Pacific Bureau of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.

Alex Ames, who earned a

Alex Ames

master’s degree in public history in May, was awarded a fellowship from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, the nation’s premier graduate program for the study of American decorative arts and material culture. Winterthur ranks among the most prestigious museums in the United States. Fellows receive a full fellowship and stipend to support their graduate work. Upon completion of the program, Winterthur Fellows are prepared to enter the job market as curators, educators, museum administrators and antiques/auction house professionals. The Winterthur complex, formerly the country home of a duPont chemical company heir, is in Winterthur, Del., an hour southwest of Philadelphia. And then there’s Carly Thomsen, who tells an amazing story about her educational journey at St. Cloud State that includes the roles that a diverse array of faculty and staff played in her evolution. Thomsen ’04, who is currently a doctoral candidate in feminist studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, was recently awarded one of six 2012 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowships. The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional or cultural boundaries. “My time at St. Cloud State University changed my life,” Thomsen said. “I gained critical thinking skills, learned how to engage in cultural analysis and began participating in social justice activism. In doing so, I developed a sense of purpose that continues to infuse how I understand myself and my place in this world. My love of critical social engagement began at St. Cloud State University.”


Reaching the top

to excel at the top long after graduation. The Pierz native got his start at SCSU when he earned a degree in finance. His work is often held in high public regard and on the Feb. 13, he was featured cover of Forbes Magazine. The words on the cover next to Stumpf’s picture read: “The Bank that Works. John Stumpf’s Wells Fargo is making loans, writing mortgages and coining money. Are you listening Wall Street?” According to the article and statistics from SNL Financial, he now heads a bank that “far out-classes its peers in terms of efficiency, profitability and market value.” And Stumpf isn’t the only St. Cloud State grad to climb to the peak in their profession. In April, Perkins & Marie Callender’s, LLC., announced the appointment of Jeffrey Warne ’84 as chief executive officer. Warne will also serve as a member of the company’s board of managers. Warne earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State and has more than 13 years of experience in casual dining, having served as the president and CEO of O’Charley’s Inc., and in numerous leadership roles with Carlson Companies, Inc., including president and CEO of Pick Up Stix, executive vice president and CEO of TGI Friday’s International and chief

financial officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst. “I have been given a tremendous opportunity,” Warne said. “Perkins and Marie Callender’s are superior brands with incredible potential. I am very excited to be joining the organization.” Also flying high in his career field is John Hornibrook ’85, chief pilot of Alaska Airlines. Hornibrook received the promotion in March and today oversees 1,416 pilots. Hornibrook holds an aviation degree from St. Cloud State and joined Alaska Airlines as a second officer in 1991. He quickly progressed to first officer before stepping into the captain seat in 1999. In addition to serving as Air Line Pilots Association Council 67 committee chairman, Hornibrook was chairman of ALPA’s central air safety and training board committees. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Hornibrook flew for Great Lakes Aviation and was an instructor at Buffalo Aviation, a small fixed-base operator in Buffalo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from St. Cloud State. From the classroom to the workplace to the top of the company, points of St. Cloud State pride are spread far and wide.

Award-winning faculty/staff

Standout 2012 grads

• Caesarea Abartis, professor of English, made the top 50 online stories for the 2011 list for WIGLEAF with her story “The Writer.”

• Kurtis Neu, an anthropology graduate from Eden Valley, was one of 15 finalists for the White House 2012 Champions of Change program, which honors students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on their college campuses through projects that best embody President Obama’s “goal to win the future.” Neu turned a summer research project that provided free bagged lunches to children living in a low-income neighborhood into a non-profit organization, the Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota. During his research he made the meals and personally delivered them. Now he is a board member of Promise Neighborhood and acts as liaison between the organization and the university’s applied anthropology class.

Many St. Cloud State graduates such as John Stumpf ’76, the president and CEO of Wells Fargo, continue

• Kyoko Kishimoto, associate professor of ethnic and women’s studies, was selected for the 2012 Annual Leadership Award by the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. • Jason Royce Lindsey, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science, received a Fulbright scholarship for the spring 2013 semester in the Ukraine. • Brian Olson, assistant professor of biology, received a large research project grant from the National Institutes of Health. • John Palmer, associate provost for organizational development and faculty relations, received the Dr. Robert E. Gustafson Award from the Michigan Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. • Earl H. Potter III, St. Cloud State University president, received the Asian School of Business Management Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 in Bhubaneswar, India. • Mary Wingerd, associate professor of history, won the first Hognander Minnesota History Award, a biennial honor supported by the Hognander Family Foundation in recognition of outstanding scholarly work exploring some facet of Minnesota history, for her book “North Country: The Making of Minnesota.” “North Country” also received a Minnesota Book Award in 2011. Pride-

filled pages

Check out these other award-worthy efforts from faculty, staff, alumni and the university:

»» $600,000 NSF grant, pg. 3 »» MnSCU awards, pg. 5 »» Stephen Philion, pg. 8


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»» Efficiency Partner Award, pg. 8 »» Peggy Dye and Zack Fisch, pg. 25 »» Alumni Awards, pg. 29

• Abbey Soldner, Wrightstown, Wis., who received her master’s degree in college counseling and student development, was honored with a Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Student Leadership Award for exemplary community engagement. As a student she was involved in service learning and volunteer activities with the St. Cloud State Community Garden, Kaleidoscope Playground for children of all abilities, Feed Our Future program and peer mentoring for the university’s violence prevention program, to name a few. • Amber Vandenberghe, St. Cloud, who earned a Master of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders, is the recipient of a prestigious clinical fellowship at Mayo Clinic. After completing her clinical fellowship year Vandenberghe will take a national exam and, if successful, will be eligible to apply for clinical certification. “I chose to come to SCSU because I’d heard of the excellent reputation of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department, because the program has a strong clinical focus, and because the department offers the three year program for students coming from different undergraduate backgrounds,” she said.

Story by Marsha Shoemaker Photographs courtesy of David Johnson ’03

Two years ago, David Johnson ’03 had an epiphany that inspired him to lose half of his 400 pounds with sheer determination.

David Johnson ’03 on the Today Show next to a pile of hams – a visual demonstration of his weight loss.


In March 2009, just two days away from scheduled gastric bypass surgery, Johnson was struck with the realization that a surgical procedure was not the right answer to his problem. What he needed was a paradigm shift – an attitude adjustment that would transform him into someone who could let his desire for a healthy body overcome his desire for food. Johnson canceled the surgery and launched a successful journey to a lifestyle that did not include fear that he would break another chair or toilet seat or the humiliation of having every passenger’s eyes on him when he boarded a plane, eyes with looks that said “please don’t sit next to me.” “I wanted to get my life back,” Johnson said. In 20 weeks he lost his first 105 pounds. “Before I was scared and, like a lot of others, I was losing a little then putting it back,” Johnson said. “It’s incredible how out of shape you let your vehicle — your one body — get into.” Now he romps and runs and jumps on trampolines with his young nephews instead of lying on the floor exhausted as they crawled on his too-large body. Now he is a successful health coach with 140 clients instead of a bank worker who was promoted only after losing the first several pounds. Now Johnson has fulfilled some of his wildest dreams, including skydiving after his March appearance on the Today Show ( vp/47231749#47231749). Continued on pg. 21

Winning attitude fuels stunning 200-pound weight loss


Story and Photograph by Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95

Fellowship flotilla Stearns Hall pals stay connected with an annual canoe trip

Canoeists float south of the St. Cloud State boat landing on May 4. From left are: Scott Roffers ’82, Lakeville; Monte Bloom ’86, Zimmerman; Tom Halek ’82, Maple Grove; Jeff Filipek, Pierre, S.D.; Joe Turcotte, Tulsa, Okla.; Todd Kohs ’83, Forest Lake; Jim Hasling, Blaine; Curt Kaler ’82, Lakeville. Unseen in the bottom of the canoes are bags of Val’s cheeseburgers and fries, one of many traditions that have evolved since 1979. The iconic east St. Cloud burger joint is owned and operated by Dave Henning ’81.

“There’s real time and then there’s canoe time, said Monte Bloom ’86. “After a few minutes on the water we’re 18 years old again.” “It’s just a constant laugh-a-thon,” said Jeff Filipek. “We’re more than just Christmas card buddies.” “We set our schedule around the first weekend in May,” said Jim Hasling. “It’s a priority.”


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Before Facebook made reconnecting with old friends a oneclick process, eight former St. Cloud State students bonded annually aboard canoes floating down the Mississippi River. The Stearns Hall residents’ one-off whim in the spring of 1979 has evolved throughout the years into something special — equal parts bull session, drinking party, support group and wilderness adventure. The crew has completed 34 such voyages, each on the first weekend in May. They’ve weathered all kinds of conditions, including snow, sandstorms and downpours. In drought conditions, the men have dragged their canoes down the river. Head winds once forced them to tie ropes to their canoes so they could be towed by hand along the shore. They’ve greeted the morning in tents covered with hoarfrost. One steamy Saturday they coped with 90-degree weather by swimming in the river. “We’re just a bunch of guys who’ve never taken ‘no’ as an answer,” said Jim Hasling, who owns an insurance agency in Blaine. “It’s just like a fellowship. We become one. We don’t even have to talk before we go. Everyone knows what to do. Everyone knows what to bring.”

The therapeutic value of a sojourn on the continent’s mightiest river is considerable. Paddling between islands, floating past small towns, the men have shared news about children, parents, jobs, homes, divorces and cancer scares. “All these large life events you catch up on as we float together down the river,” said Monte Bloom ’86, a high school and middle school German teacher from Zimmerman. “We’re like brothers,” said Scott Roffers ’82, a prosecutor for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. “We screw each other to the wall every chance we get. We see a weakness and we bust their chops. Then we hug each other and laugh.” “There’s an incredible amount of trust among the group,” said Jeff Filipek, the YMCA director in Pierre, S.D. “You can bring stuff up, knowing you’ll get a candid response, whether you like it or not, and knowing it won’t leave the river.” Filipek’s trust in his friends is rooted in a near-death experience on that first trip down a rain-swollen Mississippi. Several hours south of campus, his two-man canoe struck a partially submerged log, tossing Filipek and another student into the near-freezing water. Despite a life vest, the heavily jacketed Filipek was slow to resurface. “I remember thinking ‘Wow, this is how I’m going to die,’ ” Filipek said. When he did come to the surface, Filipek clung to another canoe as his friends paddled him to shore. There in a farmer’s field north of Clearwater, the young men set up a tent, started a fire and removed Filipek’s clothes. Roffers unrolled a sleeping bag and crawled inside with Filipek, sharing body heat. Hours later, after an emergency room visit to St. Cloud Hospital, the young men gathered in Stearns Hall. They recalled the harrowing minutes in the farmer’s field, when Filipek was too weak to stand and was drifting in and out of consciousness. But they also recalled how much fun it was out on the water, away from the pressures of school and work. And they began to talk about continuing the trip. “We were naïve and we believed we were invincible,” Filipek said. The next day, the farmer who’d retrieved their canoes hauled those same canoes back down to the river. Trip No. 1 finished without a hitch in north Minneapolis and every year has followed suit. “For the foreseeable future,” said Bloom, “we’re going to keep this thing going, as long as our bodies hold out.”

Through the years, the men have refined their Mississippi River canoe trip, drawing upon hardearned experiences, as well as the inner wisdom that comes to men in their middle years. “In the early years we were really young and dumb,” said Bloom, with a chuckle.

Young and naÏve • Rain gear made with garbage bags and twist ties • Food from Garvey Commons • Bathroom breaks on shore • Monte Bloom’s chili on Saturday night • Individual canoeing • Hard paddling

Mature and Seasoned • Rain suits with micro-porous fabric and insulation • Val’s cheeseburgers and mid-river brats on a propane grill • Tennis cans and portable hospital urinals • More of Monte Bloom’s chili on Saturday night • Canoes connected by wooden boards strapped in place with bungie cords • Steering disguised as paddling

A collection of photographs from past canoe trips.

Share your St. cloud State gathering traditions Do you have a tradition of getting together with friends, faculty or alumni that started at St. Cloud State University? We’d love to hear about it. E-mail your stories to Jeff Wood at jcwood@ or managing editor Adam Hammer and we’ll publish them in an upcoming edition of Outlook magazine.


Story courtesy of St. Cloud Times Story by Kevin Allenspach | Photograph by Adam Hammer ’05


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Andrew Ries ’08 graduated four years ago from St. Cloud State University with a degree in history and film studies. Unsure of what he wanted to do next, he enrolled in graduate school. “The economy was horrible and that first summer, after a year on an academic track toward a Ph.D., I decided to create a summer job for myself,” Ries said. So he became a crossword puzzle author. Ries’s greatest ability is perhaps his capacity for what he calls random knowledge. That, and his passion for crossword puzzles, led him to the decision. He grew up in Hastings and routinely was solving the New York Times puzzle by the time he was in high school. Eventually, he competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and finished in the top 50 of more than 700 competitors and was among the top four in the Central Region – which is basically the central time zone. Why not try to make some of that “useless knowledge” pay off? He has. In 2009, Ries self-published a book, “Minnesota Crosswords,” through Sentinel Printing in St. Cloud. It was popular enough that he pitched the idea for more projects to Adventure Publications of Cambridge. In the past two years, Ries has compiled two crossword books for Adventure Publications, with a third on the way this year, another in process and several more after that in the works. He also markets more challenging puzzles through his web site (www. and is working with a developer on an iPhone application. His web site is largely made possible by donations. Plans are for the iPhone app to release puzzles in packs – five for 99 cents, for example. It might not sound like a lot but, at 26 and the owner of a home in St. Cloud that he shares with a roommate, Ries suddenly is making the majority of his income from his passion. He supplements it with some parttime work as a building inspector, but considers crossword puzzles his fulltime job. “There are maybe a couple dozen people in the country you could say are doing this,” said Ries, who had one of his puzzles published in the New York Times several years ago. “I’m sure I could make more at a desk job, but I don’t want to be one of those people who look at the clock every 10 minutes waiting for the day to get over. I feel lucky. I’ve bought a house with what I’ve made and I get to do what I love to do.” “Minnesota Crosswords” has been picked up by Adventure Publications for its subsequent printings. It features 40 puzzles with varying difficulty. While Ries needs to be challenged personally, he makes a concerted effort not to create puzzles that are too difficult for his readers. “Adventure Publications ate it up when I brought it to them,” Ries said. “They said they accept about 5 percent of the material that’s submitted to them, so to get a book deal like this is pretty rare.” His second and third books, “Michigan Crosswords” and “Wisconsin Crosswords,” were released last year. “Andrew is very focused and he’s been delightful to work with,” said Gerri Slabaugh, publisher and co-owner with her husband of Adventure Publications. “When I first met him, I thought he was pretty young but he’s confident and talented in what is a specialized world (of crosswords).


It’s rare for someone to make a living off a regional publishing house, but I think he’s got a lot of possibilities.” Ries is working on a book of Texas-themed crosswords, which leaves 46 more states if he and Adventure continue down that path. Ries makes a point of visiting every state to do research before he completes a book on it. Slabaugh said her company has a niche for printing state-specific guides with gift stores and tourists as primary targets. Ries’s books offer another product in that line, she said. Their plans for Ries also include branching out with into special-interest topics. His first attempt will be a book of crosswords all about birds.

It’s not all work for Ries. He allows himself time to solve 45 puzzles a week. His family, especially his grandmother, helped nurture his passion. “It’s pretty exciting and we’re proud of what he’s doing,” said his mother, Sheila Ries. “When he was little, he loved puzzles. He’d put the 500-piece ones together when he was 4. He always had an eye for fitting things in. Later, he became a big reader. His vocabulary is amazing. In school, he was a good student and always got his work done so he could get out the New York Times crossword puzzle. It seems like this is taking off for him. It’s up to him whether he’s going to determine to continue. As long as he’s making it, more power to him.”

Title: ROOM TO ROAM – Well, it can get a little cramped in there. This is the first in a series of crossword puzzles by Andrew Ries themed around life at St. Cloud State University. Watch for the next crossword in the fall edition of Outlook. ACROSS


Dutch ___ (shade tree)


The National Hockey Center, for one


Like a hearty stew


Frat hotshots, briefly



“Plastic” for SCSU students



Some students’ secondary emphasis


Juicy chutney fruit


Health care cost


“Same here”: 3 wds.


What many students need after that dreaded 8 A.M. class


Small battery size


*Past one’s prime: 3 wds.


Racing legend Luyendyk Cheap grub for many a Husky student

Emulated Richard Dean Anderson Arizona baseball club, for short: Hyph.


“I’ve got it!”



Competition for Radisson


Car financing letters


In a morose way



Boundary Waters town

Heritage House near the SCSU campus, e.g.


Under siege

43 44 46

Challenging footwear for icy weather Come to Miller for a group study session, say: 2 wds. ___ Hall (New Jersey university)

11 12

*“That notwithstanding…” (3 wds.) Longtime Husky hockey coach Craig


Prevent puppies?


Put a stop to


Painter Matisse


Turn brown, as a banana


___ Sigma Delta (SCSU fraternity)


Tennis org.


Flat hilltops


High school “royalty” (2 wds.)


18, for most SCSU freshmen


Radio format that may feature Bobby Vee songs


Some gym structures


Texter’s chuckle


With 55-Down, key George W. Bush advisor

*Bank that famously failed in 2008 (2 wds.) Fifth ___ (road to downtown): Abbr.


Drains one’s energy


Do serious harm to

60 62


Former Minnesota governor Carlson *Makeup of a small golf course, perhaps (2 wds.)


Aquafina competitor


Highly skilled



“Will this be on the midterm?” reply




Second chance


Locker room sign


Crash site in 67-Across? (2 wds.)


Big clue for a detective, slangily (2 wds.)

Italian 101 word


President pro ___


The Gophers, to the Huskies


Horn sound


Gopher, to a Husky



Director Ephron

“…bombs bursting ___” (2 wds.)

Architectural style of St. Cloud’s Cathedral High (2 wds.)


Electrician, at times




Before Year 1: Abbr.

When KVSC airs “Monday Night Live” (2 wds)

___ scale (measure of hardness)


Underlings: Abbr.




It makes a poppy potent

Performing Arts Center attraction


See 30-Down


Chemistry measure


Woodworking groove


___-Cat (winter vehicle)


Skin: Prefix


What the end of the starred clues are, on the SCSU campus


9 10

Asked for a response from a student, as a professor (2 wds.) Prof’s handouts on the first day of class

Answers to “Room to roam” puzzle are found on pg. 31.


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More with less, continued from pg. 15

Most importantly, Johnson, now 31 and a Minneapolis resident, has become a triumphant dropout from the 35.7 percent of Americans who are categorized as obese. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. Among obesity-related conditions the CDC lists are heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death. Medical costs associated with obesity are in the billions. “Lose 10 percent of your body weight and you’ll reduce your chance of disease by 50 percent,” Johnson said. “Obesity is killing us.” While Johnson is proud of his success, he credits his

health coach with helping him achieve his goals. His cousin had lost 80 pounds on the Medifast system Johnson now works with as a coach and mentor to other coaches. It’s a system that has been the program of choice for hospitals such as Johns Hopkins, a system that helps clients set the boundaries in their lives that will start them on a realistic weight loss plan. “I never could have imagined this career as a health coach opening up to me, but my bachelor of elective studies degree from SCSU has been an incredible asset to me, especially because it allowed me to create my major around what was important to me,” Johnson said. He came to St. Cloud State with credits from Normandale Community College and a year of traveling and sales work and continued working full time while completing

“You have to self-actualize, to ask yourself, ‘am I going to allow the world to determine my happiness?’ ” his studies. He graduated summa cum laude with a multidisciplinary degree focusing on marketing, management, communications and fine art. “I literally use every aspect of my major,” he said. “I loved my experience at St. Cloud State,” he said. “I had a great college experience with classes that were excellent and challenging.” One of his favorite instructors, management Professor Elaine Davis, remembers Johnson well and is not surprised by his success. “David stood out in my classroom as very engaged, motivated and a ‘high potential’ employee any organization would be lucky to get,” she said. “In school I learned how to deal with different

situations and to learn to grow and change,” Johnson said. His weight loss has been a monumental part of that change, one that has transformed him from a bystander to a participant in life. “We all rationalize,” Johnson said. “But when being overweight becomes your opportunity to call in sick to life, when you’re treading water and hanging back, it’s time to surrender and look for the influences that will support rather than sabotage a successful life change.” Johnson found those influences and is teaching others to turn off the nose and turn up their own voices — to look to themselves. “You have to selfactualize, to ask yourself, ‘am I going to allow the world to determine my happiness?’ As a coach I’m bouncing the ball back and forth with my client, and it’s up to the client to move things forward. I can only support.”

David Johnson ’03 before and after his dramatic weight loss.

See more of David Johnson’s weight-loss story on: watch?v=UXgRPL_SCZE


Husky Athletics Joao Orsi

Jordan Peterson

Emily Kerber qualifies for NCAA golf championship Senior women’s golfer Emily Kerber, St. Cloud, was the first SCSU player to compete at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship since 2003. Kerber had a strong spring season as she tied for ninth at the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament and earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors for her 14th place league finish. She completed her collegiate career with a 63rd place finish at the national championship.

Men’s golf earns ninth straight trip to NCAA regional play The Huskies were among 80 teams selected for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship for the ninth straight year. The Husky line-up included


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seniors Jordan Dickey, Faribault, and Mitch Means, Brainerd, junior Gordy Diekman, Alexandria, and sophomores Devin Holmes, Ramsey, and Charlie West, Victoria. St. Cloud State advanced to the regional and for the third straight year placed second at the NSIC Men’s Golf Championship. West won the individual title at the conference championship and was named the NSIC Golfer of the Year. Diekman was named to the Honorable Mention AllConference team.

Huskies bat in another record-setting baseball season The 2012 baseball season was another record setting affair as the Huskies set a new team standard for wins in a season with a 48-14 overall record (26-6 NSIC). Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Pat Dolan,

Men’s tennis earns 12th consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid St. Cloud State men’s tennis, under the leadership of head coach Jerry Anderson ’84, earned its 12th consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid this spring. An independent Division II program, the Huskies charted a 17-6 overall record, which ended with a tough 5-0 setback at Western New Mexico in first round play of the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament. In singles play, junior Joao Orsi, Londrina, Brazil, and freshman Jordan Peterson, Staples, led SCSU with 13 wins apiece. On the doubles side, the tandem of freshman Tyler Halmquist, Moorhead, and sophomore Matt Sturgeon, West Des Moines, Iowa, paced the club with an 11-6 record at number one doubles.

the Huskies also earned their third consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bid and finished as the runner-up at both the NSIC tournament and NCAA Division II Central Regional. “Our success and the records set are really a testimony to the quality of the student-athletes in our program,” Dolan said. St. Cloud State baseball set 10 single-season school records in 2012, while setting or tying six individual team records. “We have a great nucleus of players returning for 2013, so we are certainly excited about our prospects for next season,” Dolan said. Senior first baseman Joe Benke, Roseau, leaves campus with the school career record for games played (212), games started (204), at-bats (705), runs (213), hits (259), doubles (63), triples (16), RBI (197), walks (124) and total bases (456). He tied the team record for career homers at 34. He also owns the all-time

record for runs in a season (84), doubles in a season (25), RBI (180) and extra base hits (107).

Top-15 finishes for swimming and diving team The 2011-12 St. Cloud State swimming and diving season was capped off with top-15 finishes for the year for both the men’s and women’s teams. The women’s team was ninth overall while the men’s squad had its best finish of alltime at 14th. Head Coach Jeff Hegle guided his team to 16 AllAmerican finishes. The men’s and women’s teams earned academic honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their collective grade point average during fall semester. For more award-winning details from the season, read page 10.

Alumni events and happenings

From left, Thomas Conwell ’83, Melissa (Sizen) Jackson ’10, Stan Sizen ’82 ’84 and Matt Jackson enjoy a round of golf at the SCSU Alumni and Friends Florida Golf Tournament on Feb. 6.

From left, Ken Berg ’81, Chad Marolf, former SCSU director of development, Bruce Pearson ’64 and Rex Tendick ’75 enjoy the beautiful course at Fountain Hills, Ariz., at the SCSU Alumni and Friends Arizona Golf Tournament on Feb. 13.

From left, Aaron, Avery, Mali (Walters) ’03 and Landon Johnson get some sun at the Florida SCSU Alumni and Friends Minnesota Twins Spring Training tailgating and game March 18.

Alumni and friends enjoy the pre-game gathering at SCSU Night at the Minnesota Wild event Feb. 11. More than 500 alumni and friends attended the game.

When West London, England, residents Craig O’Brien and Melanie Herekar were planning their April 21 wedding, O’Brien jokingly suggested they could get married in the place he called “my castle.” In 1987-88, during his second year at St. Cloud State, Wayzata native O’Brien participated in the university’s study-abroad program housed in the Duke of Northumberland’s castle in Alnwick, England. “It was an experience that literally changed the course of my life, leading directly to my moving to London when I had the chance.” When Herekar discovered that the castle indeed hosted weddings, she was sold on the idea. “The search for a venue was over, even before we went up to see the castle,” O’Brien said.

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Alumni class notes Transitions

’61 ’67

LeRoy Johnson, Kirkland, Wash.,

retired after 45 years of teaching history at Northwest University. Johnson was a student teacher at St. Cloud Technical High School and taught five and a half years at Aitkin before moving to the Pacific Northwest.


Thomas Jurek, Cheyenne, Wyo.,

published his first novel, “A Memorable Fall Harvest.” It is a farm story set in the fall of 1962 in Benton County where he grew up on a dairy farm. Jurek’s book is available on

’68 ’73

Carrie (Branum) Truax, Mission,

Kan., found a sense of purpose in simple living and serving others. Truax, along with her husband, raises animals and grows most of their own fruits and vegetables. They also heat their home mostly with wood and teach students survival skills, mentor college-age young adults and lead Bible study groups.

’68 ’76

Rosella Dambowy, St. Joseph, is a

supervolunteer accumulating 2,700 hours with Republican candidates nationwide. She has been an election judge, a volunteer and organizer in almost every facet of the political game. Dambowy spent time as a school teacher in California and Brainerd. Now retired, she is a substitute teacher with the St. Cloud school district.


Dennis Fabel, Columbia, Md., retired after a 41-year career in federal law enforcement having worked for the Secret Service and the Food and Drug and the Social Security administrations. During his career he also lived in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and France and worked on temporary assignments in 39 countries.


L. Robert Faundeen, St. Cloud, is

immediate past president to the 2012 board of directors for the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors. • Michael Smerdon, Pullman, Wash., received the 2012 Eminent Faculty Award from Washington State University where he is regents professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Smerdon has conducted groundbreaking work on how the body repairs DNA damage caused by chemicals and UV light.


James Olsen, St. Cloud, is a finalist

in ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards. He released “Poison Makers” in 2011, which was selected as one of 13 finalists in the awards’ mystery category. Olsen was the editorial page editor of the St. Cloud Times before focusing on novels and short stories.


Stephen Simones, Sauk Rapids, is

supervisor of Minden Township. • Bruce Watkins, St. Cloud, is the superintentent of the St. Cloud school district. Watkins is serving

his second stretch as the top administrator of the 9,600-student school district.


John Wertz, St. Cloud, retired as a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Wertz has been a volunteer for the past 10 years, which included service as chair, vice chair and technology chair.


James Graves, Minneapolis, kicked off his campaign for House of Representative for the sixth district office at a press conference in early April at the Le St. Germain Hotel in downtown St. Cloud • Cyril Kuefler Jr., St. Cloud, is director to the 2012 board of directors by the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors.


Earl Bauman, St. Michael, was

accepted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bauman led a successful football program at St. Michael-Albertville posting a 195-125 coaching record during his 30 years.

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Debra (Hassman) Neher, St. Louis

Park, retired after 36 years teaching middle grades language arts/reading in public education. Neher taught mainly in Minneapolis Public Schools but also in Eden ValleyWatkins and Minnetonka school districts.


Richard Bitzan, St. Cloud, president of D.J. Bitzan Jewelers, has completed the annual American

Gem Society recertification exam. Bitzan is a certified gemologist and is required to maintain his professional credentials of advanced gemology annually through the recertification exam. • Steven Hennes, Sartell, volunteered in Sartell as an instructor of the Family-to-Family education program, a free 12-week course for family caregivers of the severely mentally ill offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. • Betty (Hitch) Schnettler, Rice, along with the staff at United Way, received the 2012 Minnesota Campus Compact President’s Community Partner Award. The award honors community-based organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in meaningful and measurable ways and are engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with St. Cloud State University that enrich educational and community outcomes.


Jeanne (Tallman) Borgstrom,

St. Cloud, donated equipment and guided six crews of volunteer painters at the Kyle Hanson Habitat for Humanity home. Known as the “Detailing Divas” along with her sister, Borgstrom grew up in a family of painters and also is a professional stager. • Jebb Willis, Rice, is consumer and mortgage lender at Stearns Bank.


Jan (Erickson) Bensen, St. Cloud, is a financial consultant with RBC Wealth Management Consulting Group. • Bruce Vanderpool, Paynesville, is a member of the

Partners in art TyRuben Ellingson ’81 ’82, Chandler, Ariz., right, and Stephen Plantenberg ’81 ’84, Avon, displayed pieces of their digital print

artwork and ceramics respectively at the Atwood Gallery at St. Cloud State. Their showcase was titled “Quarry Bridge Show.” Ellingson is known for his visual arts and special effects work in Hollywood on films including “Jurassic Park” and “Avatar.” He has worked on more than a dozen major motion pictures. Ellingson donated three pieces of artwork to SCSU to be permanently displayed in the Alumni Room in Atwood Memorial Center.


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

Alumni class notes Builders Club for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Vanderpool signed 73 members in 2011 and has been a Farm Bureau Insurance agent for 5 years.

’91 grad plays lead in Toronto opera


Prentiss Foster, St. Cloud, is second vice president for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. Foster is retired from St. Cloud Parks & Recreation. • Randal Zimmer, Milaca, resigned as wrestling coach at Milaca High School after 24 years. Zimmer moved Milaca to the state team tournament 10 times, including this past season when the Wolves won Class AA consolation honors. His program produced five state individual champions and 39 other wrestlers who returned to Milaca with ribbons.


Gregory Koenigs, Clearwater, is human resources director for Tri-Country Action Program Inc. Koenigs has more than 30 years of human resources experience. • David Yantes, St. Michael, is vice president of sales and marketing at Viking Coca-Cola. Yantes has worked in the Coca-Cola business for 23 years, most recently as cold drink and on premise director at Viking CocaCola.

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Denise Fandel, Omaha, Neb., was

inducted into the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Fandel, who currently serves as Executive Director of the Board of Certification, Inc., was honored at the NSATA’s state business meeting in conjunction with the district event.

Peggy Kriha Dye ’91 performs the title role in the opera “Armide.” Photo by Bruce Zinger for Opera Atelier, Toronto.

performed the lead role in the April production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Armide” at the Opera Atelier in Toronto. The Toronto daily newspaper, the Globe and Mail, gave Dye a glowing review: “Opera Atelier couldn’t have done better, for the title role, than soprano Peggy Kriha Dye. Her talents come as no surprise: This is her 10th production with the company, and she’s well known for her command of baroque style. Her phrases were well shaped, intonation was excellent in all registers and her sheer stamina was impressive. (She’s on stage, singing, for most of this opera’s five acts.) Adding to all this was her dramatic mastery of this complex role. Her Armide was wary yet trusting, impervious yet vulnerable, and fearsome yet pitiable – all at the same time.” Dye, who grew up in Brainerd, followed her St. Cloud State music education with stints at the Manhattan School of Music and Julliard Opera Center.

Peggy (Kriha) Dye ’91


Recent grad is top 10 sportscaster

Heights, was appointed principal at Spring Lake Park High School where she most recently was the assistant principal. She is the first woman principal at the high school.

Former KVSC sports director Zack Fisch ’12 was ranked ninth on the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s All-America Program and is now the broadcasting and media relations director for the Dubuque, Iowa, Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League. Fisch, an Olathe, Kan., native, is well-known in Central Minnesota as the voice of St. Cloud State University Husky Hockey on KVSC 88.1 FM. During his four years with KVSC he also served as television play-by-play announcer for UTVS Husky Productions, the Granite City Lumberjacks Hockey Club, the Rochester Honkers and St. Cloud Rox baseball teams and Fox Sports North Prep Zone. “It’s quite humbling to receive this honor. There are a lot of sports broadcasters around the nation, and to know you’re among the best is very exciting,” Fisch said. “This isn’t just big for me, but for St. Cloud State as well, because it’s the first time SCSU has had an all-American. So, hopefully it helps show how good our mass communications program is.” Fellow Husky Productions announcer Mike Doyle ’11 also made strides in his professional career by being named digital media coordinator for the Minnesota Wild. Doyle’s job duties include coordinating feature content on, writing feature and news stories, photography of hockey games and Wild events, and updating the team’s Facebook page.

Jane Stevenson, Inver Grove


James Bullard, St. Louis, Mo.,

presented the 2012 George S. Eccles Distinguished Lecture in April at Utah State University. An economist and monetary policy scholar, Bullard has been with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis since 1990 and has been president and CEO since 2008. • Paul Fleissner, Rochester, along with 11 other human service directors in southeastern Minnesota


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Rox vice president

Scott Schreiner ’99, St. Cloud, is vice president of the St. Cloud Rox baseball team (formerly known as the St. Cloud River Bats) franchise in the Northwoods League. Schreiner was most recently an assistant athletic director at St. Cloud State for nearly six years and was general manager of the River Bats from 2000-04. The St. Cloud Rox team name hearkens back to a popular minor league team that played in St. Cloud from 1946-71.

counties collaborated on services for the mentally ill and the chemically dependent and designed a regional model for delivering human services. Fleissner is the director in Olmsted County Community Services. • John Herold, Sartell, is sales and service manager, software solutions and pro AV divisions at Marco Inc. • Michael Zager, St. Cloud, is a partner at Conway, Dueth & Schmeising, PLLP, which offers accounting, tax, administrative and consulting services. Zager is a certified public accountant with more than 26 years of experience in public accounting.


Byron Bjorklund, St. Cloud, is owner

of Short Stop Custom Catering which is one of 11 “successful small enterprises” named by Twin Cities Business, May 2012. • John

Hornibrook, Carver, is Alaska Airlines chief pilot, overseeing its 1,416 line pilots. Hornibrook joined Alaska Airlines as a second officer in March 1991 and progressed to first officer before stepping into the captain’s seat in January 1999. In addition to serving as Air Line Pilots Association Council 67 committee chairman, Hornibrook was also chairman of ALPA’s Central Air Safety Committee, Training Committee and Training Board Committee. • Douglas Mayfield, Deerwood, recently co-authored a novel with his wife Sally Mayfield. “Angle of Declination” is released in both paperback and eBook. Mayfield is a retired English teacher from Crosby-Ironton High School. • Michelle (Rennie) Pietrick, Roseville, took a position with the city of South St. Paul. Pietrick most

recently served St. Croix County for nearly nine years as finance director. • Anthony Tillemans, Sartell, is treasurer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. Tillemans is employed at Cinema Entertainment Corp. • Jeffrey Trimble, Sartell, earned a new specialty credential called the Certificate of Added Qualifications in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Trimble practices at St. Cloud Hospital.



Chelle Benson, St. Cloud, is the environmental services director of Stearns County. The county board unanimously chose Benson, who has headed the Benton County Department of Development since 2002. • Steven Notch, Freeport, is an agriculture banker in the Alexandria downtown office of

Jannet Walsh, Murdock, was

featured on “The Clark Howard Show” on Headline News as a displaced worker. Walsh has a background in journalism, photojournalism, public relations, media relations and social media.

Marlys (Jacobson) Eikmeier,

St. Cloud, is the Minnesota ProStart Teacher of the Year. Eikmeier has been a family and consumer teacher at Rocori since 1990.

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Cheryl (Reimer) Schmidt, Cold

Spring, retired from the Rocori school district after nine years as middle school principal.


By Adam Hammer ’05

Grads are inspiration to longevity and education Grandmothers can inspire us to do many things. Kelsie Johnson’s grandmother, Elsie Johnson ’36, inspired her to attend St. Cloud State University along with five other grandchildren including Kelsie’s sisters Kristen Johnson ’09 and incoming sophomore Katie Johnson. “We all just decided that it would only be natural to follow in her footsteps,” said Kelsie, a junior from Big Lake. She said she also hopes her younger brother will follow the family tradition after high school. Elsie also is an inspiration to longevity. On May 16, she turned 100. The family celebrated with a small party. After graduating from St. Cloud State with a teaching degree in music, Elsie went on to be a piano teacher at her home and a first grade teacher at the old school house in Big Lake while her husband and children worked on the family farm. She also taught in Anoka for about 20 years. Kelsie, who is majoring in English, remembers hearing her grandmother tell fond memories of St. Cloud State, which was one of the reasons she and her sisters and cousins decided to attend. Elsie lived on campus and was in the women’s choir. Some of that musical influence and campus music involvement also rubbed off on Kelsie who is in the Husky Sports Band drumline. “We would go to her house after school and look through old yearbooks and she would tell us how great St. Cloud State was,” Kelsie recalled. “We looked up to her.”


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Elsie isn’t the only inspiration to longevity and higher education traditions at St. Cloud State. In June, fellow alumni Matilda (Lorenzen) Schaefer ’55 also turned 100. Schaefer has lived in the same house in St. Cloud for about 80 years and attended St. Cloud State alongside her sister Theresa Lorenzen ’60. “She’s always had a very quick mind and still does,” said her son Richard Schaefer ’64. Like Elsie, many from Matilda’s Elsie Johnson ’36 family have followed her in attending St. Cloud State. Along with Richard, Matilda’s daughter Judith (Schaefer) Janey ’60 graduated with a degree in teaching. Richard’s daughter Kristen Schaefer ’03 and son-in-law Adam Jenson ’01 also are SCSU alums while his brother Jack Schaefer and daughter Jill (Schaefer) Jenson attended.

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

Alumni class notes

Top 1 percent

Bradley Wheelock ’88, St. Cloud, is ranked by Barron’s magazine among the top 1 percent of wealth advisers in the nation and the No. 2 adviser in the state. Wheelock was the only outstate adviser to make the top 20 in Minnesota. The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, in conjunction with the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices, has also recognized Wheelock among the best wealth advisors in the country for the second straight year. He is a 24-year veteran of the RBC/Wheelock Investment Group.

Bremer Bank. Notch has nearly 25 years of lending and banking experience and will work with agriculture clients in the Alexandria area on their financing needs. Notch most recently was a vice president in lending at Freeport State Bank in Freeport. • Shirley (Gill) Ringhand, Sartell, is the training communications officer at TopLine Federal Credit Union. Ringhand has a background in the financial service industry and has 20 years of sales, management, training and marketing experience. Most recently, she was the vice president, regional manager of campus branches at TCF Bank. • Steven Schueller, St. Cloud, is the managing partner of the five offices of Schlenner Wenner & Co. Schueller became a partner in 1998 and has more than 22 years of experience in public accounting. Schlenner Wenner & Co., provides tax, accounting, auditing and consulting services.

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Thomas Ardolf, Waite Park, is

chairman of the Small Business Council of Consumer Electronics Association. Ardolf brings more than 25 years of experience to SBC as a small business owner, forming two technology firms and developing the Ardolf Technology Center in Waite Park.

Granite Falls, is provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Macpherson previously was an administrator at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. • Valeria Silva, St. Paul, participated in a forum with government officials about the future of education in Chile. A student uprising in Chile has shut down most of its public schools and Silva hopes to help tackle the problem. Silva is currently the St. Paul Public School superintendent. • David Van Diest, St. Cloud, is software development lead at GeoComm.

Texas, joined Food Safety Net Services in 2012 and serves as its Vice President of Human Resources. Binzak has more than 12 years of senior human resources leadership experience and more than 19 years of legal experience. • Dean Hager,


Aimee (Holum) Asp, Sauk Rapids, joined Coborn’s as advertising manager and will oversee the advertising prepress department. Before joining Coborn’s, Asp worked for the St. Cloud Times for 17 years in the advertising/production areas. • Jill Bartz, St. Cloud, completed the annual American Gem Society recertification exam and earned the title of certified gemologist. Bartz is employed at Robert’s Fine Jewelry.

assistant vice president operations officer at Randall State Bank. Galstad was most recently with the Staples-Motley School District as the assistant business manager for the district.

with his wife, Michelle Zimny, are expanding their salon business, Michelle Kenric Hair Studio & Spa, to accommodate its spa and nail services. The salon was recently named one of the best salons in the country by Salon Today magazine in their annual Salon Today 200 list. Jane (Lanoue) Binzak, San Antonio,

Ill., is a claim section manager at State Farm Insurance. Heimstead is responsible for leading the Enterprise fire claim reinspection process for the western half of the United States. • Jerel Mockenhaupt, St. Charles, was awarded the 2011 Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mockenhaupt is employed with the Rochester Police Department as a police officer. • Chad Murphy, Sauk Rapids, is general manager and part-owner of Murphy Chevrolet in Foley which is one of 11 “successful small enterprises” named by Twin Cities Business, May 2012.

Aaron Galstad, Lake Shore, is



Matthew Heimstead, Bloomington,

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Michael Zimny, St. Cloud, and


Afton, is president and CEO of Kroll Ontrack. Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services to manage, recover, search, analyze, produce and present data. Before joining Kroll Ontrack, Hager was an executive at Lawson Software, Inc., an international software company. • Gordon Meyer, Sartell, is president and CEO of eBureau, a St. Cloud-based predictive analytics firm, and its new company TruSignal. TruSignal focuses on pursuing business opportunities among Fortune 500 consumer brand advertisers, direct responseoriented online marketers and their interactive marketing agencies. • Curt Tryggestad, Little Falls, is Eden Prairie’s superintendent. Tryggestad has been superintendent at Little Falls Community Schools, a K-12 district, since 2006. His previous administrative positions include superintendent at Esko Public Schools for three years and secondary principal at Pine City Public Schools for six years.


Michael Hastings, Gretna, Neb.,

is the men’s hockey head coach at Minnesota State University – Mankato. Hastings will become the third head coach in the team’s history. Hastings has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska – Omaha. • Paula (Steil) Henry, St. Cloud, is principal at Eastwood Elementary School in the West Fargo school district. Henry had been principal of Madison Elementary and Annual Yearly Progress instructional leader in St. Cloud since 2004.

Heidi (Slettedahl) Macpherson,

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Tammy Haurilick, Raleigh, N.C., is

the author of “12 Days of Crazy,” a book about numerous multicultural

end-of-the-year holiday celebrations. Haurilick’s book can be found online as an eBook.

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Jeffrey Elstad, Owatonna, is the superintendent of Byron schools. Elstad has been the principal at Willow Creek Middle School in Rochester for the past six years. Prior to this position, Elstad served as the assistant principal at Owatonna High School for three years.


Eric LeBow, St. Paul, is the CEO at Spanlink Communications and serves as President on Spanlink’s board. LeBow has held executive leadership roles in nearly all of Spanlink’s practice areas, including support, pre-sales engineering, architectural design, implementation, project management and marketing. • Michael Meyer, St. Joseph, was named one of the 2012 Small Business Owners of the Year by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce. Meyer is the co-owner of Pam’s Auto. • David Osmek, Mound, a four-term member of the Mound City Council, recently announced his candidacy for State Senate in the newly configured Senate District 33, which covers a portion of northwest Chanhassen. Osmek began serving on the Mound City Council in 2001 and was most recently re-elected in 2010. • Jon Pearson, Fairfax, Iowa, is general manager of St Cloud Truck Sales. • Gregory Solarz, St. Joseph, is managed services project coordinator lead at Marco Inc.


Jon Knopik, St. Cloud, joined Lakewood Health System as community outreach coordinator for Psychiatric Services. Knopik will serve as an educational resource for community members and as a contact for health care providers. He has more than 20 years of experience working in public education and spent the past eight years working with older adults in Central Minnesota through the Central Minnesota Council on Aging.


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• Della Ludwig, Royalton, is past president for the 2012 term on the board of the Central Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management. Ludwig is employeed at Schlenner Wenner & Co. • Mardella (Scherr) Noyes, Sauk Rapids, is certification co-director for the 2012 term on the board of the Central Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management. Noyes is employed by Catholic Charities.

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David Walz, Sauk Rapids, is program

director for the CentraCare Kidney Program. Walz leads the renal/ dialysis division which employs approximately 120 people and serves approximately 350 dialysis patients in Central Minnesota. Walz also is a member of the American Nephrology Nurses Association and National Renal Administrators Association and is on the Board of Directors for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity and Renal Network II.


Terese (Boros) Gill, St. Cloud, is managed services technical lead at Marco Inc. • Michael Nelsen, St. Cloud, published his first comic book, “SideShows.” Future projects include a supernatural western, a pure science-fiction piece and a horror story. Nelsen also plans to do online-based, free comics through his website

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Mary (Wirick) Cornell, St. Cloud,

retired from the St. Cloud school district after 27 years of service. She was most recently the assistant elementary principal at Discovery Community School.


Joseph Berube, Litchfield,

is currently serving in Zabul Afghanistan with the Zabul AgriBusiness Development Team, which is comprised of soldiers from the Minnesota and Mississippi National Guards. Berube is a major serving as deputy agricultural section leader. He previously served in Iraq with the 1/34 BCT 05-07. • Jason Kubat, Holdingford, is assistant vice president at Bremer Bank. Kubat has been with Bremer for 11 years working in the credit analysis area. • Nicole (VanDerGriff) Middendorf, Wayzata, launched Prosperwell Financial, a Plymouth-based firm that serves individual investors and companies. Middendorf also appears


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on WCCO-TV, hosts a weekly radio show and authored “Simple Answers: Life is More than Just about Money,” a question-and-answer book that explains key finance issues. • Dana Severson, St. Michael, is the co-founder and CEO of Wahooly.


Timothy Boyum, Raleigh, N.C., is

the host of the nightly political show Capital Tonight airing throughout North Carolina. Boyum started as a reporter in 2002 and helped launch the weekly show Political Connections in 2006. He was promoted to weekday evening anchor at News 14 Carolina in 2008 before taking on the role as host of Capital Tonight in April. • Charles Jerrick, Centuria, Wis., is vice president of Westconsin credit union’s Hudson office. Jerrick previously worked as the Community Bank Manager at Central Bank in Wyoming.


Joseph Janish, Le Sueur, is director

of the Benton County development department. The county board voted unanimously to appoint Janish, a senior planner with the city of Jordan. • Mary McCabe, Sartell, is the Sartell-St. Stephen school chairwoman. McCabe is a specialeducation coordinator with an extensive educational background. • Eric Zierdt, Oakdale, is a senior database administrator at Boston Scientific.


Kelley Tillman, Royalton, joined Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co., Ltd., a full service tax, accounting and business consulting firm. Tillman was employed in private accounting before joining the firm. • Richard Wilson, St. Cloud, is interim police chief for the St. Cloud Police Department. Wilson started with the department in 1990 as a patrol officer. He most recently has served as assistant police chief.


Diego Ducruet, Rice, is the web

developer at Preferred Credit, Inc. Decruet has been with PCI for more than nine years. • Jeffrey Gannon, Kimball, is manager with Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co. Ltd., where he has worked since 2002 after completing his internship program with the firm.


Matthew Nikodym, St. Cloud, is first vice president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. Nikodym

works at UBS Financial Services. • Jeremy Olsen, St. Francis, is account executive with Zynex Medical in Lone Tree, Colo. Olsen represents their electrotherapy line of products within the Twin Cities area. • Akash Sen, New York, N.Y., is regional talent director for Saatchi & Saatchi supporting the New York, Chicago and Dallas offices.


Kayla (Czech) Epsen, Elk River, is

assistant vice president at Bremer Bank. Epsen has 12 years of banking experience, all at Bremer Bank. • Theresa Flinck, Brainerd, is a pre-employment counselor for Tri-Country Action Program Inc., displaced homemakers program. Flinck has served Central Minnesota as a community advocate for many years. • Jason Miller, Sauk Rapids, is secretary/treasurer to the 2012 board of directors of the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors. • Joshua Oertli, Shakopee, is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual — The Columns Resource Group in Minneapolis. Oertli has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. • Carly Thomsen, Santa Barbara, Calif., was awarded one of six 2012 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowships. Thomsen’s dissertation, “I’m Just Me: Queer Critiques of Gay Visibility, Identity and Community from LGBTQ Women in the Rural Midwest,” examines representations, discourses and experiences. She is a current doctoral candidate in feminist studies at the University of California — Santa Barbara.


Adam Hammer, Sartell, is director of

media relations and publications at St. Cloud State University. Hammer previously was at the St. Cloud Times where he was the online content producer and had previously served as arts and entertainment reporter. His professional experience also includes stints at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal and the Albert Lea Tribune. • Daryn Lecy, Avon, is vice president of operations at Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Division. Lecy has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years. • Brian Webb, Cedar Falls, Iowa, is Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s new football coach. Webb spent the last two years as the head coach at Kuemper Catholic in Carroll, Iowa, where he was named District Coach of the Year in 2011.


Brian Boucher, Champlin, designed a

mural with a variety of panels inside the Sartell Merrill facility. Boucher plans to create artwork for the Merrill facility in St. Cloud as well. Boucher is a Merrill employee of three years. • John Scott, St. Cloud, won the People’s Choice Award at the St. Cloud Short Film Fest for his short film “Big Ambition.” For his next project, “The Dunsing Plan,” he was awarded a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.

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Jessica Rosier, Valparaiso, Ind., shares her saving tips through a blog at


Anna Vange, St. Cloud, is in client

liaisons at Preferred Credit Inc. Vange has been employed with PCI for five months.


Jesse Hopkins-Hoel, St. Cloud, was

recognized for 10 years of service at Coldwell Banker Burnet. • Sanja Trajkovska, St. Cloud, is working at Ulteig as a design engineer to its Energy Services sector. Trajkovska works within the protection and control market.


Andrea Hubbell, Isle, is employed at KSAX, an ABC network affiliate serving Alexandria and Redwood Falls. Hubbell brings two years of experience from UTVS at St. Cloud State. At UTVS she spent her time reporting, anchoring and producing the school’s three daily newscasts. Marriages and Commitments ’04 Danielle (Simons) Bitz and Joshua

Bitz, Brooklyn Park, 12/10/2011.

’04 Ryan Henry and Maria Henry, La

Crescent, 7/9/2011.

’06 Betsy (Lyga) Peterson and

Ryan Peterson, Milltown, Wis., 9/10/2011. ’09 Anthony Parker and ’10 Amy (Lindstrom) Parker, Fort Worth, Texas, 9/9/2011. ’10 Katie (Opsal) Keepers and ’10 Brian Keepers, St. Paul, 8/13/2011. Births ’93 Nicole (Maki) Anderson and Scott

Anderson, White Bear Lake, son, Tyler, 2/24/2012. ’95 Brett Bernard and ’03 Allison (Marvin) Bernard, Maple Grove, son, Brody, 2/6/2012.

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

Alumni class notes

2011-12 Alumni Award recipients • Morris Kurtz, St. Cloud, was honored with the University Leadership Award. Kurtz, who is retiring in December, has been the director of intercollegiate athletics at St. Cloud State for 28 years. • Mary (Tarasar) Weise ’71, St. Cloud, was honored with the Alumni Service Award. Weise was the director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for 30 years. • Limin (George) Gu ’99 , Shanghai, China, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Gu is the learning and development leader for IBM China Global Delivery and the director for the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. • Amanda Grafstrom ’04 , Roseau, was honored with the Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Grafstrom is the associate legal officer for Trial Chamber III of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

From left, Amanda Grafstrom ’04, Morris Kurtz and Mary (Tarasar) Weise ’71 at the 2011-12 St. Cloud State University Alumni Awards reception.

SCSU Alumni Association Awards spotlight alumni, friends and employees of the university who demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and character, and individuals whose careers and life accomplishments reflect positively on our university community. The 2011-12 Alumni Association Awards ceremony and reception took place April 19 in the Atwood Theatre and Theatre Lounge.

Limin (George) Gu ’99 was presented his Alumni Award by President Earl Potter.

’95 Robert Tweedy and Jennifer

Eccles, Woodbury, son James 12/30/2011. Sibling: Ky, 11. ’96 Melissa (Ellens) Buckles and Kevin Buckles, Stafford, Va., daughter, Peyton, 12/6/2011. Siblings: Jade, 8, Erin, 8, Taylor, 10, Kevin. ’97 Sarah (Ranger) Bissonette and ’98 Dominic Bissonette,

Minneapolis, daughter, Bianca, 2/24/2004. Sibling: Olivia, 8.

’98 Amy (Christopherson) Berube and ’98 Joseph Berube,

Litchfield, son, Declan, 7/13/2011. Siblings: Quintin, 4, Aidan, 7, Joseph, 22. ’98 Jennifer (Casci) Lapsley and Jeffrey Lapsley, Shoreview, son, Cullen, 8/30/2011. Siblings: Carson, 1, Cooper, 6. ’98 Amber (Lichy) Rutherford and Vernon Rutherford, St. Cloud, daughter, Abrielle, 2/8/2012. Siblings: Alexander, 4, Jayden, 6.

’00 Tracy (Peterson) Carlson and ’01 James Carlson, Otsego, son, Tess,

’02 Marshall Thompson, St. Louis Park, daughter, Callista, 2/16/2012.

10/19/2011. Sibling: Gavin, 3. ’00 Paul Mandala, Farmington and ’02 Kristy (Warren) Mandala, son, Evan, 7/25/2011. Siblings: Jake, 3, Luke, 3, Noah, 5. ’00 Jason Stern and Genie Stern, Stillwater, daughter, Gianna, 12/30/2011. ’01 Charles Drees and ’01 ’02 Diana (Williams) Drees, Vadnais Heights, daughter, Ava, 4/1/2012. ’01 Ryan Ruud and Jennifer Ruud, Shakopee, daughter, Greta, 2/2/2012. Siblings: Owen, 5, Olivia, 7. ’02 Andrew Gruebling and Nicki Gruebling, Franklin, Wis., daughter, Mackenzie, 2/18/2012. ’02 Jason March and Kara March, Eagle Lake, son, Landon, 11/18/2011. ’02 Holly (Speiker) Thompson and

’03 Elizabeth (Switzer) Baufield and

Matthew Baufield, Big Lake, daughter, Piper, 12/3/2011. Sibling: Shelby, 7. ’03 Mali (Walters) Johnson and Aaron Johnson, Estero, Fla., son, Landon, 10/20/2011. Sibling: Avery, 3. ’03 Jill (Marwede) Jurek and ’05 Alexander Jurek, Montrose, daughter, Avery, 1/23/2012. Sibling: Thatcher, 4, Landon, 5. ’03 John Knauss and Jillian Odland, Bloomington, son, Eben, 2/28/2012. ’03 Ryan Kortan and ’04 Joy (Eben) Kortan, Harrisburg, S.D., daughter, Elin, 9/3/2011. Siblings: Adley, 4, Ella, 7. ’03 Brianna (Luikens) Kvam and Matthew Kvam, Minnetrista, son, Nolan, 11/25/2011.

’04 Brian Boehmer and Kari

Boehmer, Sauk Rapids, son, Michael, 6/22/2011. Sibling: Ella, 1.

’04 Martina (Juvera) Juvera-Paul and ’07 Joel Paul, Sauk Rapids, son,

Landon, 1/9/2012.

’04 Charissa (Geiselhart) Mieseler

and Brad Mieseler, Belle Plaine, daughter, Ashlynn, 3/26/2012. Siblings: Colton, 1, Averie, 2. ’04 Amy (Cooper) Rosckes and Russell Rosckes, St. Louis Park, son, Liam, 3/7/2012. ’04 Jacqueline (Wilcox) St. Arnauld

and Eric St. Arnauld, Vernon, Conn., daughter, Emily, 12/30/2010. ’05 Jeffrey Dukowitz and ’05 Shana (Notsch) Dukowitz, Dassel, son, Sam, 2/15/2012. Siblings: Gabriel, 1, Jackson, 4. ’05 Brittany (Schroeder) Koch and Adam Koch, Rapid City, S.D., son, Sullivan, 4/6/2012.


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Girl Scouts honor two with Centennial Awards

by Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

• Joan (Anderson) Growe ’56, Minneapolis. Growe was honored as a Trailblazer Honoree whose pioneering efforts have opened doors for other women. She is a former secretary of state of Minnesota. • Doreen (Devine) Gloede ’87, Eagan. Gloede is a Forever Green Honoree, which honors women who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to Girl Scouts. Gloede is office manager at Legacy Professionals. • Lisa (Carter) Gangl ’95, Chisago City. Gangl was honored as a Trailblazer Honoree. She is operator and graphics producer at ESPN.

Three nominated for St. Cloud Police service

by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency

for their work at reducing drinking, which involved collaboration with SCSU. • Kelly (Wray) Holden ’01, Otsego. • Daniel McClure ’03, Sartell. • Jeffrey Oxton ’98, St. Cloud. Also nominated for Policy Setter.

Four awarded for financial services

by the Million Dollar Round Table international association

• James Jacobs ’72, St. Cloud, is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table as a Jacobs Financial investment and insurance adviser. • J. Daniel Cairns ’86, Rice, is a five-year member of MDRT. • Andrew Jacobs ’96, St. Cloud, and David Jacobs ’02, St. Cloud, joined the MDRT as a Jacobs Financial investment and insurance adviser.

Two named to President’s Club and International President’s Premier by Coldwell Banker Burnet

for being among the company’s top 50 sales associates and top 50 listing associates. Fewer than 1 percent of sales associates world-wide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for the International President’s Premier award. • Steven Hansen ’72 , St. Cloud. • Tamara (Deturk) Deland ’91 , St. Cloud.

Four join Edina Realty circles • Fredrick Herges ’75, Sartell, and Carolyn (Stone) Hunter ’94, St. Cloud, are members of Edina Realty’s Leadership Circle. • Curtis Karls ’90, Cold Spring, and Pamela (Kleve) Karls ’92, Cold Spring, are members of Edina Realty’s President’s Circle.

’05 Jeffery Welch and ’06 Kaci (McVay) Welch, Las Vegas, Nev.,

son, Kinley, 2/23/2012.

’05 ’09 Holly (Schwartz) Fanning and

Timothy Fanning, Otsego, son, Levi, 6/3/2011. Sibling: Helena, 2. ’06 Kurtis Mathiowetz and ’06 Brittany (Ryan) Mathiowetz, Springfield, daughter, Ezri, 11/2/2011. ’06 Kari (Loch) Olson and Jesse Olson, Watkins, son, Emmett, 11/15/2011. Siblings: Evan, 2, Edward, 4. ’06 Sheila (Wunderlich) Schilling and Dustin Schilling, Eagle Bend, son, Luke, 12/18/2011. Sibling: Brooke, 4. ’07 Laura Buysse and ’07 Joshua Williams, Tuscaloosa, Ala., son, Colton, 12/20/2011. Sibling: Xavier, 2. ’07 Terrie (Williams-Simon) Gallant

and Philip Gallant, Avon, son, Parker, 3/1/2012. ’07 Joel Paul and ’04 Martina (Juvera) Juvera-Paul, Sauk Rapids, son, Landon, 1/9/2012. ’08 Amy Giese and Denton Brandon, Evansville, Wyo., daughter, Ela, 2/22/2012. ’08 Tara (Hertz) Grams and Matthew Grams, Willmar, son, Logan, 9/30/2011. ’09 Annetta (Morrison) Lee and ’09 Joshua Lee, Omaha, Neb., daughter, Grace, 4/2/2012. ’11 Amy (Pfeffer) Edler and Benjamin Edler, Cleveland, Wis., daughter, Brynn, 1/23/2012. We remember ’26 Ethel (Shrode) Gutches, 104,

Monterey, Calif.

’33 Irene (Halvorson) Schrupp, 99,


’35 Bernice (Epsky) Gaida, 97, St.


’35 Ingrid (Kainu) Wells, 99, Duluth ’37 Helmi (Monkkonen) Gholz, 94,

Blue Water, Mich.

’38 Cora (Rudningen) Norstrom, 94,

89, Wadena

’43 Louis Filippi, 91, Little Falls ’43 Janet Flint, 91, St. Paul ’43 Willard Walters, 91, Grand


’48 Joan (Aldrich) McConnell, 82,


’49 Mary (Giffin) Schuft, 84, Sturgis,


’49 ’55 Patrick Kidder, 85, Hopkins ’50 David Campbell, 84, Windom ’50 Leo Siegel, 91, St. Louis Park ’50 Dean Stanger, 86, Alexandria ’51 Joan Campbell, 80, Tillamook,


’51 Paul Marolt, 83, Gilbert ’51 Mavis Scott, 85, Crookston ’51 ’49 Byron Johnson, 84, Green

Valley, Ariz.

’52 Leo Court, 82, Eau Claire, Wis. ’54 James Claypool, 86, Bemidji ’54 LeRoy Poganski, 86, St. Cloud ’54 Mary Susag, 79 Richfield ’56 ’58 Norbert Klein, 80, Lansing,


’56 ’71 Luverne (Krause) Erickson,

92, Buffalo

’60 James Juen, 73, Minneapolis ’60 Bonnie (Anderson) McNelis, 73,


’61 ’63 Assazenew Baysa, Addis

Ababa, Ehiopia, Africa

’62 Roger Googins, 71, Longville ’62 Robert Hendricks, 73, Janesville ’63 James Hart, 75, Annandale ’63 Robert Jacobs, 78, St. Cloud ’63 Janice (Zumwinkle) WilsonNeidhart, 79, Mercer Island,


’64 Gail Burchett, 69, Oxnard, Calif. ’64 Carol (Miller) Kucera, 70, Duluth ’65 Matthias Roers, 73, Brooklyn


’65 Arnold Soltis, 90, Holdingford ’65 Claire (Peters) Zimmel, 82, Grand


’67 Richard Harberts, 68, Coon


du Chien, Wis.

Waite Park

’72 William Kamps, 62, Kalispell,


’72 Larry Vernon, 66, Rice ’75 Lee Eberley, 63, Elk River ’76 Rick Gallant, 66, Nevis ’76 Duane Oelrich, 64, Pahrump,


’38 ’70 Catherine (Noonan) Claseman, 93, St. Cloud ’39 Fern (Angell) Boom, 95, Prairie ’39 Marie (Lintgen) Magnuson, 94, ’39 Mary (Moellermann) Tautges, 93, ’40 Florence (Willis) Gredvig, 92,


South St. Paul

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’42 Donald Pryor, 92, Minneapolis ’42 ’74 DeLoris (Brinkman) Sartell,

’67 Roger Vanheel, 70, St. Cloud ’68 Bruce Brekke, 71, St. Paul ’68 Donald Stahl, 68, Virginia ’70 Merle Long, 66, Rice ’71 Patrick Jendro, 69, Rogers ’71 Mary Beth (Hagen) Wedum, 76,

’40 Ahleen (St. Vincent) Hoffman, 91,


’42 Russell Davis, 91, Silverdale,

Minnetonka Mont.


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

Alumni class notes

’78 Randall Baldwin, 62, New Hope ’78 Harley Dunham, 72, Dent ’78 Elizabeth (Longley) Lines, 81,

’89 David Reini, 44, Fenton, Mo. ’93 Nancy (Davis) Hommerding, 54,

Dunedin, Fla.


’94 Elvin Alexander, 89, Monticello ’95 Chad Schuler, 39, Waconia
 ’02 Brent Thompson, 39, Eden


’05 Lucas Sigfrid, 32, Olympia,

’80 Daniel Brown, 55, Sartell ’80 Kim Rodacker, 58, Barnesville ’81 Phyllis (Garner) Sather, 74, ’82 Beth (Olson) Johnson, 51, Upsala ’82 Robert Klehr, 58, Wausau, Wis. ’82 ’86 Rita (Holdar) Elfering, 58,

Prairie Wash.

’10 David Ostendorf, 24, Salinas,



’11 Jessica Harapan, 22, Woodbury

Sauk Rapids

Faculty/Staff We Remember Jayne Adams Piehl, 58, Perham Eli Bukovich, 81, Sartell Mary Corliss, 82, St. Cloud Mercedes Horgan, 87, St. Cloud Stanley Knox, 83, St. Cloud Richard Murray, 62, Edina Renee Pearson, 86, St. Cloud Marty Sundvall, 46, St. Cloud Michael Tripp, 62, St. Cloud Alice M. Wick, 95, St. Cloud

’83 Beverly (Kuklok) Eilertsen, 53, ’83 David Larson, 52, Savage ’85 John Lien, 60, Waite Park ’87 Mary Lou (Lubbesmeier) Burns,

81, St. Cloud

’87 James Nelson, 47, New Prague ’88 Jeffrey Lien, 47, Hood River,


’88 Karen (Thielen) Markwardt, 55,


’89 Sandra (MacGregor) Casella, 43,

Shelton, Conn.

Answers to ‘ROOM TO ROAM” crossword puzzle on pg. 20.

Husky Pupsters 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. Update your profile at and receive a congratulations gift from the St. Cloud State University Alumni Association. Future SCSU president? Zachary Petersen is a legacy-family proud husky and is the son of Eric Petersen ’06 and Rachel (Wick) Petersen ’06. He is also the great grandchild of the late SCSU President Robert H. Wick and the late Alice Wick ’64.

Alumni – You should have received an invitation in the mail in January to register for Husky Connect: SCSU’s Alumni Online Community. If you have yet to sign up – registering to use Husky Connect is easy!

Blizzard is on my side — so don’t take my nuk! James Tweedy is the son of Robert Tweedy ’95 and Jennifer Eccles.


Bryce Feldman is all smiles as he sports his new Husky Pup T-shirt. Bryce is the son of Catherine (Katie) ’99 and Dan Feldman.

Here’s how: 1. Access Husky Connect at 2. Enter your legal name in the registration boxes provided, Enter your St. Cloud State grad year and select Find My Record 3. Click on your name when it appears 4. Enter your unique Account ID Number

(number located on the back of this magazine above your name on address label – please omit the zeros and last digit) or contact 320-308-3177 for your account number

Husky Connect!

5. Click on Verify My Record 6. Create a user ID and password for all future use of Husky Connect


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Alumni Event calendar The St. Cloud State University Alumni Association has a variety of exciting events planned for alumni. Whether you’ve remained a loyal Husky fan or haven’t been on campus since graduation ... We want to see you! Up-to-date Alumni Association calendar of events and event details at www.stcloudstate. edu/alumni. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at 320308-3177, 1-866-464-8759 or for information.

Advanced Preparation Program (APP) 25 Year Reunion Aug. 2, 2012 Register at SCSU Alumni Association Booth at the MN State Fair Aug. 23 - Sept. 3, 2012

Celebrate! St. Cloud State Weekend Sept. 27- 29, 2012 • BlizzardShack Sept. 27 • Classes of ’61, ’62 and ’63 Golden Reunion Sept. 28 & 29 • Family Weekend Sept. 28 & 29 • Greek Picnic Sept. 29 • Alumni & Friends Celebrations Sept. 29 Visit for updated information

College to Career: Alumni/Student Networking Event Oct. 15, 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 20, 2012

Arizona Alumni & Friends Golf Classic Feb. 25, 2012

Celebrate! St. Cloud State Weekend

“Catch me if you can” Alumni & Friends Minneapolis Theatre Event Dec. 14, 2012

April 19-21, 2013 Visit for updated information

Commencement Luncheon Dec. 22, 2012

Commencement Luncheon May 12, 2013 Alnwick England Alumni and Friends Trip May 18-27, 2013

Celebrate! St. Cloud State Weekend Jan. 18-20, 2013 Visit for updated information

Celebrate! St. Cloud State Weekend

Florida Alumni & Friends Golf Classic Feb. 4, 2012

June 27-30, 2013 Visit for updated information

Outlook - Summer 2012  

Points of honor are plentiful at St. Cloud State.

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