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Building toward a brighter future

Education abroad experiences leave students forever changed with new insights and understanding of the world and the people in it

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

World athletes come together at St. Cloud State

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

Artists Sarah Drake ’05 ’09 and Valerie Snobeck ’03 create art influenced by global sustainable issues

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Editor Loren J. Boone Managing Editor Adam Hammer ’05 Art Direction and Design Marie Novak Madgwick ’91 St. Cloud State Information Marsha Shoemaker Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95 University Advancement Terri Mische Kristin Hatten Athletic Information Anne Abicht ’06 Tom Nelson

From the President

Global promises to keep Editor’s note: This edition’s president’s message is an excerpt taken from President Earl H. Potter III’s Spring Convocation 2013 address. The full text of the president’s speech can be viewed at For four decades St. Cloud State has offered rich international study opportunities and benefited from an increasingly diverse international student body. From our first program in Denmark — begun in 1973 — 10,000 St. Cloud State students and 700 faculty and staff have transformed their lives through education abroad. Nearly 7,000 international students have come to St. Cloud State to study since the 1970s and gone on to succeed in a broad range of fields here and abroad. These numbers represent a tremendous impact. However, if we are going to fulfill our commitment to prepare every graduate to live and work successfully in our multi-cultural, global community, we must do more. We recently engaged the entire campus in developing a plan aimed at lending clarity to our international strategic vision. These conversations led to a shared understanding that the internalization and globalization of the University and the education we offer is no longer a choice but an imperative. The internationalization of our campus must be broad and deep. It must go beyond bringing students here and sending students abroad for international experiences. We must facilitate new transformative activities that will lead to global and cultural understanding and respect for different perspectives and traditions.

Creative, innovative faculty and staff are involved in important work that is making broader and deeper internationalization of St. Cloud State a reality. Here are just a few good examples of faculty initiatives and activities that are strengthening the university’s global focus. • Communication Studies Professor Eddah Mutua has worked on issues involving post-genocide Rwanda, using a collaborative approach to promoting cultural knowledge exchange between Rwanda and St. Cloud and involving students in support for Rwandans’ efforts to reconstruct their country and engage in

Eddah Mutua

The role of faculty and staff in internationalization of our university cannot be overstated. From design and delivery of education abroad and global internships to engagement in research and collaborations that internationalize programs and curriculum, our innovative, visionary faculty will be at the forefront. On these pages you will read about just a few of the hundreds of faculty and staff who are doing important work to make broader and deeper internationalization of our campus a reality. These individuals represent well the dramatic scope of our reach as well as the potential for so much more. In support of these efforts, I have traveled to China, India, Nepal, Chile, South Africa and other nations to meet with leaders of colleges and universities as well as government and business leaders to initiate or renew partnerships that have the promise of strengthening our international programs. Together our campus community is creating more opportunities to expand and extend our impact. We honestly are recognized globally as a leader. We are doing it right, forming deep and rich partnerships. Already we have major nodes of effort and strength across the globe, and we are working to develop even more opportunities for faculty and staff to expand their efforts on a global scale and to incorporate internationalization into our curriculum and throughout university activities. We are proud of the thousands of alumni who are working around the world or with companies and institutions that function internationally. Those numbers will be climbing exponentially in our lifetime. It is our responsibility to ensure that all our future graduates are prepared to take full advantage of the world of opportunities that await them.

Earl H. Potter III, President

peace building. Locally she has encouraged and engaged students and diverse representatives from local high schools in discussions to promote intercultural and interracial understanding through the Communicating Common Ground service-learning project. • Interim Dean Orn Bodvarsson is bringing a strong international dimension to the School of Public Affairs curriculum, student experiential learning and research, faculty research and community outreach. A partnership with the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and others are expected to lead to Orn Bodvarsson faculty and student exchanges.


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Letters to the editor Something for everyone I just love the SCSU Outlook. Do you ever put in a line or two for “old timers?” I am 90 years old and my wife Evie and I celebrated our 70th wedding anniversary! John D. Kasper, emeritus faculty, St. Cloud

Celebrating Halenbeck I encourage you to read your Outlook magazine (Winter 2012). ... You’ll be sorry if you pitch it right in the recycle! All facets of Halenbeck are highlighted in this issue. There’s a great piece on the Human Performance Lab in the Kinesiology Department, as well as features on Ivan Bartha in Campus Recreation and our new Athletic Director Heather Weems. There’s also a piece on the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, which has historical links to our department. Each are fantastic reads and great publicity for the myriad of programs that occur within Halenbeck. Thank you to Outlook for sharing the news about our collective work in Halenbeck. Laura Finch Interim chairperson for the Department of Kinesiology St. Cloud State University

Heiskell Award

Simon Award

St. Cloud State’s partnership with Universidad de Concepción in Concepción, Chile, has been recognized as an innovation in international higher education with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award. The 12th annual Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding innovations among the member campuses of the IIE Network. Read more about the Andrew Heiskell Award on page 8.

St. Cloud State is being recognized for its excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of the university with a 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The 11th annual Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation. Read more about the Simon Award on page 7.


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• Women’s Studies Professor Mumbi Mwangi has initiated projects and activities in and outside of the classroom through which students learn and participate in addressing contemporary global social and political issues, particularly in Africa. She has led education Mumbi Mwangi abroad opportunities and independent studies internships in Tanzania and initiated national and global activities including the founding of NGATHA International to facilitate thrift and humanitarian aid. • Sociology Professor Abbas Mehdi’s experience in international affairs — including work with the World Bank, the U.S. government, and the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States — has enriched understanding of the connections between local and global issues and their implications for higher education and the state’s business environment, as well as training in cross-cultural understanding with the Minnesota National Guard. • Educational Leadership and Higher Education Professor Christine Imbra has been instrumental in an institutional partnership with the University of Macerata, founded in 1290. As a result of this agreement, the first graduate-only summer education abroad trip to Italy was launched. Graduate students from the two universities participate in exchange internships working side-by-side with their Italian and U.S. academic and student affairs professionals, learning about each other’s higher education systems. More faculty/staff making international impact:

Diversion Program Award The University, in partnership with the City of St. Cloud, was selected for the 2013 Innovative Program of the Year Award by the Association of Student Conduct Administrators for its alcohol diversion program. Since the program started in 2010, the rate of repeat offenders for minor consumption violations in St. Cloud has been dropping rapidly as a result of this work. From July 2010 through May 2012, the recidivism rate plummeted from 12 percent to 6.9 percent.

About Distinctions The oak leaf has long been the symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State University, where growth and change are as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River that runs along its oakcrowned banks. It is the natural choice to stand as an icon signifying the honors, awards, distinctions and other high accomplishments that we point to with pride. Look for this oak leaf throughout Outlook and online at

University news

CIO and library dean named

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St. Cloud State started 2013 with the appointment of Henry May as the new chief information officer (CIO) and Mark Vargas as dean of Learning Resource Services (LRS). May has 24 years of information technology experience, including service as CIO for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Henry May Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota’s former State Board of Technical Colleges. May will develop and implement the strategic plan for St. Cloud State technology. He’ll also lead units within Information Technology Services. The CIO position will, for the first time, consolidate information technology leadership in one office. May will report to President Earl H. Mark Vargas Potter III and serve on the President’s Council. Vargas brings 25 years of leadership experience in learning resources to his new position. Since 2002 Vargas has been director of the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Keith Ewing, who has been interim dean of LRS since July 2012, will continue to lead discussions about strategic positioning of the library to meet changing needs of internal and external constituents until June 30.

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“The new site adds improved functionality and expanded offerings, while bringing in elements of the look and feel of the new main site,” said Adam Hammer ’05, Outlook managing editor. “We hope this new Outlook site will become an online destination for alumni, faculty, staff, students and others looking for university and alumni news.” The site features stories you find in these pages, plus more multimedia content. It also features a responsive design so it can be dynamically formatted for computers, tablets and mobile web browsers, as well as an online page-turning version of each edition.

President Potter attends State of the Union University President Earl H. Potter III attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., on an invitation from Sen. Amy Klobuchar President Earl H Potter III with Sen. Amy (D-Minn.). Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Potter has been a vocal supporter of easing work-visa restrictions for international students, most notably supporting the proposed Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013. Sen. Klobuchar is one of four sponsors of the so-called “I-Squared” bill that would, among other things, reform the H-1B visa category for persons seeking professional jobs in the U.S. St. Cloud State had 1,025 international students enrolled fall semester, many of them in graduate-level science and engineering programs. Passage of I-Squared could allow for more of these international students to obtain visas to remain and work in the United States. Supporters of the bipartisan measure argue the current system of educating international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — then sending them back to their home countries — amounts to training our global economic competitors. “America must be a country that makes things again, that invents things, that exports to the world, and to do that we need the world’s talent,” Klobuchar said in a news release. “Right now we’re educating and training our competition by sending students who obtain advanced degrees here in the U.S. back to their home countries.”

Support services for veterans receive high marks St. Cloud State has received its second military-friendly school designation for 2013, this time from Military Advanced Education. The 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, published by KMI Media Group, includes almost 300 institutions surveyed for military-friendly characteristics. Color-coded dashboards throughout the guide display the results of the survey. They consist of four gauges representing key categories of consideration to service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents: support services, flexibility, financial assistance and military culture. View the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities:


University news

Job outlook improves for 2013

New award-winning university video profiles St. Cloud State and eight of its students earned advertising honors at the Central Minnesota ADDY Awards ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. The University’s television campaign won two professionallevel gold ADDY Awards with its 60- and 90-second video profiles. The videos use the tagline “You’ll think. You’ll do. You’ll make a difference at St. Cloud State University. Education for Life.” With applied learning at the forefront, the videos highlight St. Cloud State’s vast programming opportunities, approachable faculty, sustainability efforts, affordability, community engagement, diversity and student successes. The videos were created by local marketing communications firm HatlingFlint with photos and video content provided by St. Cloud State employees and student workers. “These videos are another essential tool that will help us get the word out about the value of a St. Cloud State education,” said Loren Boone, St. Cloud State’s assistant vice president for marketing and communications. Watch for the videos, along with an accompanying online campaign, to be more widely published and televised in 2013. The American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards annually honor students and professionals in the advertising, media and creative industries at the local, regional and national levels. Full list of SCSU student ADDY award winners:

College graduates will see more opportunities for employment in 2013, according to the ninth annual MN College Job Outlook survey. Half the employers surveyed plan to increase their hiring, which is up from 36.4 percent in 2012 and is the highest since 2007. Industries most likely to increase hiring are financial services, retail and business services. Conducted by St. Cloud State’s Career Services Center, the MN College Job Outlook surveys employers recruiting new college graduates in Minnesota. This year, 111 employers who attended job fairs in 2012 participated. “The recurring themes throughout the survey is the need for students to utilize their campus career services office, seek out internships and network with employers at events like career fairs,” said Andrew Ditlevson, associate director of the Career Services Center. The Career Services Center provides resources and opportunities through partnerships with faculty, staff, employers and the community to engage students in their life long career transitions. Career Services also is available to assist St. Cloud State’s more than 100,000 alumni. View the MN College Job Outlook summary:

Applied learning opportunities prepare St. Cloud State students to enter the workforce following graduation. Photo by Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95

UTVS, University Chronicle, KVSC win media awards St. Cloud State student media racked up more than 30 awards already this year for their efforts in 2012. UTVS campus television station manager and Husky Productions producer, Matt Szymanski, Sauk Rapids, won a Best of Festival Award and $1,000 from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. UTVS earned a total of five international media arts awards. “This is a team effort,” said Szymanski. “Everyone on the crew assisted in the production of this game. I couldn’t be prouder of my crew.” The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an annual media-arts


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competition for faculty and students. The University Chronicle, the student-run newspaper of St. Cloud State University, received 19 awards during this year’s Minnesota Newspaper Associate College Better Newspaper contest, including General Excellence. KVSC 88.1 FM tallied at least 10 awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, including Best of Show from the AP for Amelia Rowland’s coverage of former President Bill Clinton visiting campus. Full lists of student media award winners:

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University to invest $4.8 million in HD St. Cloud State is investing $4.8 million in broadcasting upgrades to enhance its journalism, production and strategic communications offerings, expand student learning opportunities and improve brand promotion. University officials describe a complete overhaul of TV cable and broadcast delivery systems, resulting in digital, high-definition broadcasts from “many venues on campus.” “The institutional benefits of this move are incredibly important,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “First and foremost, our students will have the opportunity to work with the highest levels of technology and apply classroom learning in campus and community settings.” Potter said the investment will help showcase students, faculty and staff, athletics, academic, arts and cultural programs. As early as September, St. Cloud State’s student-run UTVS television station will expand its production and distribution of high-quality digital signals. In conjunction with the upgrades, Potter said the Department of Mass Communications will revise its curriculum to reflect current media practices, most notably convergence journalism. Student journalists will be taught to communicate across

UTVS News anchors Emilio Ramos DeJesus. Princeton, and Julia Allen, Big Lake. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

multiple platforms using multiple tools. “St. Cloud State will become a program of choice among media professionals and students seeking careers in digital media, broadcasting and strategic communications,” Potter said. “It will be a signature St. Cloud State program.” View President Potter’s message to campus:

Internationalization efforts receive award St. Cloud State University is being recognized for its excellence in integrating international education across all aspects the university with a 2013 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Presented by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Simon Award is named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois who was a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. The 11th annual Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation. “Our international students add vibrancy to our academic community, and their presence in our classes brings an important international perspective to all students,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “The internationalization of St. Cloud State is an ongoing process with an in-place strategy, strong foundations of international activity and broad community support.” This is the second award for international efforts for St. Cloud State already in 2013. St. Cloud State’s partnership with Universidad de Concepcion in Concepcion, Chile, was honored with an Andrew Heiskell award in January (Read more on page 8 ). St. Cloud State hosts more than 1,000 students from more than 80 countries and is among the top 10 in international enrollment in the nation among master’s level institutions.

Members of the St. Cloud State University Polar Plunge team jump into the icy waters of Pleasant Lake. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

What’s red and black and cold all over? More than 80 St. Cloud State plungers braved the frigid waters of Pleasant Lake in February for the annual Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Organizations representing the university included the Herberger School of Business, the Swimming & Diving Team, Delta Sigma Phi, Lawrence Hall/International Students and more. Air temperatures were about 10 degrees during the event, but that didn’t stop almost 700 people from Central Minnesota from plunging to raise $70,914, according to the Polar Plunge website. St. Cloud State raised $8,833. View more photos:


Stories By Marsha Shoemaker

Since 1973


Students and 700 faculty and staff have benefited from strong education-abroad opportunities across the globe

Concepción asociación es un modelo para otros (Concepción partnership is a model for others)

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has honored St. Cloud State with the 2013 Heiskell Award for Best Practices in International Partnerships — recognition of the university’s 11-year-old multidimensional partnership with the Universidad de Concepción in Concepción, Chile. “The awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad and international programs in practice today, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus,” according to the IIE news release. Senior nursing student Diana Gehrman, second from left, The other three 2013 top Heiskell Awards went to with some of the friends she made on staff of the Concepción Susquehanna University for Internationalizing the Campus, hospital she worked in during her study abroad experience. Pitt Community College for Internationalizing the Community College and Wake Forest University for Study Abroad. “This year’s winners have developed new approaches to extending more international opportunities to a broader segment of their student populations,” said IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “We appreciate the winners’ commitment to expanding access to study abroad and building partnerships, and we are pleased to recommend these programs as models for other campuses to learn from as they plot their own internationalization strategies. The Heiskell Awards are designed to strengthen international education in the United States and around the world.” The burgeoning relationship between St. Cloud State and Universidad de Concepción began as most successful collaborations do, with a combination of vision, strategic thinking and openness to new opportunities. The relationship expanded because leaders on both sides have shared a strong commitment to building and sustaining a deep, rich partnership. continued on page 10


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Tashiana Osborne, junior,said of her freshman study-abroad experience in South Africa: “South Africa set me up to be a braver and bigger dreamer, to be grateful for each day I have, and to celebrate every single moment.”

578 Students, faculty and staff have participated in education-abroad programs in South Africa since the mid-1990s

Membuka mata pengalaman di luar negeri (Eye-opening experience abroad)

An education-abroad experience leaves a student forever changed, with new insight and understanding of the world and the people in it. For students reconnecting with their heritage along the way, a visit to a foreign land can become a powerful milestone. A high percentage of participants in St. Cloud State’s South Africa and Laos/Thailand/ Malaysia study programs become immersed in the history, language, politics, traditions and religions that shaped their ancestors. As they are transported halfway around the world they are exposed to significant aspects of their culture that may have been lost to them through generations of Americanization. In January, 35 St. Cloud State students and six faculty and staff members embarked on an overseas study experience in Laos, Thailand and Malaysia, led by Hmong-American political science Professor Shoua Yang. Like the 222 students who have gone on previous learning trips to Laos and Thailand, the 35 returned deeply moved by their experience. Most are second-generation Americans who knew little about the homeland of their parents and other elders. In going back they learned about the traditions and institutions that influenced their families. The students combined academic study of these lands with a travel experience that for most became an emotional journey. One of their stops was at the Mekong River to pay homage at the place where Professor Yang’s sister died crossing over. Some students connected with relatives and shared family stories. continued on page 11




Students – many of them Hmong Americans – have taken part in Short-term study experiences in Laos, THailand and Malaysia

International students from 82 countries are studying at St. Cloud State tHis Year

Anthropology professor Robert Lavenda has led the establishment of St. Cloud State’s partnership with Universidad de Concepción in Chile. The work was recently honored with the Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices in International Partnerships. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

Model Concepción, continued In 2001, anthropology professor Robert Lavenda, longtime leader on St. Cloud State’s Latin American Studies Committee, was looking for a new institution in Latin America with which to replace the 16-year-old Costa Rica education abroad program St. Cloud State had successfully launched in 1982. “We sent a delegation to Chile and decided the Universidad de Concepción made the most sense,” Lavenda said. At the time he had no way of knowing how many fertile branches the new relationship would develop in future years. Lavenda’s keen interest in Latin America has its own rich history. The Dartmouth College and Indiana University graduate’s Ph.D. dissertation was based on field work he did in Venezuela in 1974-75. In summer of 1978 he took a group of students from the University of Minnesota — Morris on a field study to Ecuador. When he joined the St. Cloud State faculty he became active on the Latin American Studies


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committee, and he was a leading force in the planning that led first to the Costa Rica program and later the model Concepción program. “In fall of 2001 the first group went to the Universidad de Concepción under the direction of (now language professor emeritus) Elaine Carter,” Lavenda said. “They had a fantastic time.” The following fall, while Lavenda was faculty director, St. Cloud State proposed an exchange: St. Cloud State would send a certain number of students to Concepción at a reduced fee, and Concepción would send up to four students to St. Cloud, also at a reduced fee. “It turned out to be a master stroke,” he said. “That’s where the real exchange began.” The first two Concepción students came to St. Cloud in 2003. That year St. Cloud State language professor Phyllis Van Buren, a leader in a regional organization for Spanish teachers, invited professor Omar Salazar, who teaches linguistics at the University of Concepción, to travel to Minnesota to speak to their group. This became an important step in the partnership. continued on page 12


President Earl Potter has signed



International students have attended ST. Cloud State since the mid-’70s

agreements/partnerships with colleges and universities in 14 countries during his tenure at SCSU

South Africa, continued As they discovered their heritage, they also learned about the acute poverty and lack of opportunity for their cousins and others who still live there, Yang said. “They return to Minnesota knowing they are global citizens with the responsibility to share with their sisters and brothers what they have learned. They see the opportunities in America and have a better appreciation of their country.” This short-term education abroad program is transformative in the way that South Africa programs have been for hundreds of St. Cloud State students, including many African American and recent Americans from Somalia and Ethiopia as participating students “go home” to the continent of their ancestors. Since the first St. Cloud State education-abroad opportunities in South Africa began in the mid-1990s — a time when South Africa was just emerging from Apartheid — 567 faculty, staff and students have been exposed to the history of South African society and culture in this very personal way. As they studied South Africa-U.S. race relations through spring break or semester-long studies in this high-profile country,

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agrreements/partnerships with universities and colleges in china

many became involved in service learning activities. Some have taken part in South Africa study programs for future teachers and nursing students that will forever alter the way they perceive their careers and the influence they have on others. Through a unique partnership with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 158 students have been involved in semester-long study in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, located on a nature reserve along the coast of the Indian Ocean. They include those who have taken part in a special St. Cloud State First-Year Experience program that has fall semester freshmen taking a course about South African society and race relations and enrolling for spring semester at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Efforts led by Robert C. Johnson, professor of ethnic studies, and Shahzad Ahmad, director of Multicultural Student Services, have built and sustained significant experiences for all who take Tashiana Osborn, second row left, with some of her new friends part in South African study. Whether they in South Africa: “I will never forget the school children in one of the poorest communities, with not even enough food for are going for three weeks or a semester, for each student, singing and dancing together. They were in the harshest situation I had ever seen, yet they were able to many the most transcendent moment is celebrate and rejoice together.” the visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held in a tiny cell for years before emerging to become leader of the nation that once imprisoned him for speaking out for equality and social justice. Hundreds of students from St. Cloud State and NMMU have crossed paths because of the partnership agreement between the two institutions that dates back to 1995 – students like Tashiana Osborne, a junior meteorology and hydrology major from White Bear Lake who participated in a short-term spring break program at NMMU her freshman year. When she returned to Minnesota, she said her experience in South Africa made her feel like she can do anything with her life and encouraged her to find new opportunities. Students who study abroad gain the skills they need to take control of their future. They learn new things about themselves as well as those around them, and for students transported to a land reminiscent of their heritage, the experience and the education are especially rich.


SCSU Nursing students Johanna Mahoney, Katherine Piehl and Diana Gehrman take a break from their clinical studies in Concepción, Chile.

Model Concepción, continued During his time in Minnesota, Salazar visited the St. Cloud State campus and declared it would be a natural fit for exchanges between the two universities’ communication disorders programs. “In the summer of 2005 the first four students came from Concepción and had a very successful time,” Lavenda said. “Twelve students came in 2008.” The range of exchanges has continued to strategically expand, and Lavenda and Salazar have officially become counterparts — directing and overseeing the growing opportunities offered by the partnership they have strategically nurtured in fields including anthropology, sociology, psychology, audiology, nursing, Spanish and education. One particularly successful program is the student teacher cooperative, now in its fourth year, through which St. Cloud State and the Spanish Immersion program in the Minnetonka

School District host Concepción students for their student teaching. “Ramon Serrano and Elizabeth Valencia-Borgert are current supervising faculty for this immensely successful program,” Lavenda said. These programs soar because of faculty who demonstrate interest, dedication and willingness to do the work, Lavenda said. “They are a testament to a lot of people who have a personal interest in bringing them along — and huge administrative support on both sides.” “The partnership with the Universidad de Concepción has yielded wide-ranging benefits for both institutions and their communities that were not anticipated even as the relationship matured,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III in his spring semester convocation address in January, which focused on internationalization. But the true beneficiaries of the many exchange opportunities the Concepción partnership offers are the students on both ends of the partnership. Diana Gehrman, a senior from St. Charles and one of four St. Cloud State nursing students who spent a month during fall 2012 semester working in hospitals and with health care agencies in Concepción, said of her experience: “Ultimately, I think that our study abroad experience will forever change our perspective on world healthcare, culture and language. We’ve learned about how different other countries are, and how that contributes to their greatness, not only in healthcare, but as a way of life. The importance of respecting others and the way they live, the patience we learned, and the lifelong friends that we met will forever impact our lives. We can’t offer enough thanks for providing and allowing us to participate in this experience which we are certain will undoubtedly make us better nurses, increasing our abilities to care for our future patients.”

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Stories by Char Hopela ’87 | Photographs by Adam Hammer ’05

“My goal is that views will develop respect for, and an understanding of, Burkina Faso, Africa— the challenges and awesomeness” Sarah Drake ’05 ’09

Artful intentions Artists Sarah Drake and Valerie Snobeck create art influenced by global sustainable issues


Sarah Drake ’05 ’09

In 2011, Sarah Drake ’05 ’09, a St. Cloud State University alumna with a master’s degree in social responsibility, travelled to rural Burkina Faso, West Africa, to connect with other women and contribute to their artistic ventures. During her stay in the village of Tiebele, she discovered the community of 63,000 had just nine fresh water wells capable of serving fewer than 4,500 people. Since learning about the area’s unmet basic needs, Drake has committed to using her art proceeds to increase access to clean water and sanitation. She’s also using art as a means to educate audiences — from Minnesota to Moscow — about racism and human rights. “For me art is a powerful tool for social change because it is a skill I have to use, but more importantly, art is a universal language,” Drake said. “People don’t have to be from the same country or speak the same language to understand the emotions conveyed in a piece of artwork.” Drake has worked as a career planner at the Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council since 2007 and interned at the St. Cloud Human Rights Office. A painter with graphic arts training, she started exhibiting her artwork at summer fairs and in a St. Cloud Art Crawl before entering larger competitions. In 2012 she earned an international silver medal for surrealism in


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Sarah Drake ’05 ’09 talks with attendees during the closing reception for her “Open Doors” exhibit at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud.

the “Earth, Time & People” juried exhibit at the West Park Art Gallery in Manhattan.

Since learning about the unmet basic needs of villagers in Tiebele, Drake has committed to using her art proceeds to increase access to clean water and sanitation. The recognition led to an invitation to join 25 international artists in exhibiting at the Marina Tsvetaeva Museum and Cultural Center in Moscow. Drake was among the first U.S. citizens to present artwork at the museum. Responding to the theme “America,” she created “Whose Liberty?” a provocative mixed-media piece depicting the Statue of Liberty as an African woman in chains. The work has been selected for the museum’s permanent collection. “I’m just fortunate that I love doing art and I get to use it in conjunction with my passion to work on global social topics,” Drake said. Drake commemorated her inclusion in the Moscow exhibit with her first solo art show, “Open Doors,” at the Great River Regional Library in December 2012. “Open Doors” featured kitchen cabinet doors

painted to depict key moments in the life of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Tsvetaeva, a giant of 20th century Russian literature, was a survivor of revolution, civil war, famine and purges. Drake’s environmentally-friendly artwork is created with upcycled supplies ranging from leftover fabric to cabinetry. Upcycling is a process of repurposing cast-off materials into new products or art objects. Drake regularly checks the stock at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and Goodwill looking for materials to “leave little or no footprint.”. The practice also allows her to support local nonprofits and job programming. Filled with bright patterns and raw edges, Drake’s art generally has a message that steps beyond reality with a twist on the truth. “It also contains hope for the future,” she said. Drake hopes that her recent acclaim will continue to fuel sales of her work and, in turn, help improve living conditions in the African community of Tiebele she has taken to heart. “My goal is that viewers will develop respect for, and an understanding of, Burkina Faso, Africa—the challenges and awesomeness,” Drake posted on the Facebook page “herARTS in Action” where she publicizes her efforts. Find more information at

Valerie Snobeck ’03 Contemporary artist Valerie Snobeck ’03 came to St. Cloud State University in January to make art, connect with students and present her work to the public. Snobeck’s exhibition “Distance Body” at Kiehle Gallery opened with an artist talk held in the building’s basement auditorium, a room filled to capacity. As a student, the highlight of her St. Cloud State experience was going to the Czech Republic in the study abroad program. “I came back wanting to be an artist,” she said. Since then, she has moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and travels frequently to display her work. Snobeck has exhibited at Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium; Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles; University of Delaware Art Museum; 8 rue Saint Bon, Paris; and Essex Street and Renwick Gallery, New York. Snobeck, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at St. Cloud State and her master’s from the University of Chicago, presented a decade’s worth of evolving artwork during her artist talk. Faced with space and budgetary restrictions before grad school, Snobeck painted miniatures the size of baseball cards calling them “tiny little gestures.” Since then, her work has grown in scale and sophistication. Among her signature techniques is creating inkjet images to which she applies a plastic film. The film is pulled away to abrade the art’s surface. These “plastic peels” have been displayed in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Brussels and Paris. During her one-week stay in St. Cloud, Snobeck worked in the campus woodshop to craft items for the show. She makes a practice of constructing larger pieces on-site to reduce shipping costs and to create artwork to the proportions of individual gallery spaces. Snobeck is influenced by many things, including construction outside of her studio in New York. Seeing debris netting in situ inspired her to incorporate the material into her work. Some of her artwork references the marine garbage swirl, a gyre of floating litter and disintegrating plastic particulates in the Pacific Ocean. The faded and worn

Artwork from the “Distance Body” exhibit by Valerie Snobeck ’03 on display in the Kiehle Gallery.

effects of her plastic peels, and her use of debris netting both allude to this breakdown of matter as objects become trash — or are renewed as art.

As a student, the highlight of her St. Cloud State experience was going to the Czech Republic in the study abroad program. “I came back wanting to be an artist.” “I’m thinking of it in an abstract way,” she said. Snobeck downplayed the impact she might have on the environment by making the issue part of her art’s narrative. “Of course there is a desire to have some

effect, but I can’t control it,” she said. “I don’t think my work has a great effect on our larger society at all. There’s still that goal.” Until recently, Snobeck, who is gaining international recognition as an artist, has always worked outside jobs in addition to making art. As a student, she taught classes at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. “It was totally exhausting working with kids,” she said. “And I just stopped waitressing a year ago.” Asked about how she made art connections on both coasts and abroad, Snobeck urged students to find people with common interests. “I think one of the most important things is networking. Be really active in the community. Relationships will form,” she said.


Story By Marsha Shoemaker | photographs by Adam Hammer ’05

(A world at their feet)

Teacher’s global experience becomes second language for Madison Elementary students The 19 eager St. Cloud kindergartners in Congyu (Chris) Zhang’s classroom are among the newest students in the Guang Ming Academy, a Chinese immersion program that owes much of its success to advocacy and support of St. Cloud State School of Education faculty and the university’s Chinese students who are at the core of the program’s teaching staff.


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Children who’ve been in the immersion program have earned higher math scores and success in language arts. They take pride in being part of something so special. “The kids are wonderful,” said Zhang. “They’re always so excited and positive. They’re always willing to participate.”

Despite being an integral part of a St. Cloud public elementary school, Zhang’s classroom has the appearance of being a world away from the traditional environment of a Minnesota kindergarten room. It’s filled with flashcards and other teaching aids with Chinese characters. The dominant feature in the room is a Smart Board — essentially a giant touch-screen tablet for Chinese instructional software. Zhang speaks and sings only her native language as she leads activities that range from teaching Chinese names of body parts to engaging students in drawing Chinese characters on the board. For these group activities Zhang’s enthusiastic kindergarteners sit in rows on a rug appropriately covered with the continents and oceans of the globe. Except for their “specials” — classes in art, music and physical education — the children of the academy learn math, science, reading, writing and other elementary subjects from Chinese-only curriculum during their first three years. Beginning in third grade English is incorporated in language arts classes to ensure that they are prepared to meet state learning requirements. Guang Ming is part of St. Cloud Area School District 742 and housed in the district’s Madison Elementary School. Entering a Chinese-only classroom was “kind of scary at first,” said one of the 12 girls in the class. But before long she said they could understand every word in the lessons and songs that are the same as those taught in Chinese classrooms. 18

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With the world at their feet, students in Congyu (Chris) Zhang’s Chinese immersion kindergarten class learn through the use of an interactive Smart Board.

Six-year-old Henry Wagenius is flourishing in this learning experience that by all accounts promises to have a profoundly positive impact on participants’ lives. Like most of his classmates, Henry’s first exposure to Chinese language and culture came when he entered the academy last fall. He quickly got used to a teacher who speaks and uses learning materials only in the Chinese language — so comfortable that at the end of every school day, he goes home and shares what he learned with his parents, Reuben Wagenius ’96 and Kirsten (Nelson) Wagenius ’97, and his 3-year-old twin brothers, Bjorn and Soren. Binhai to St. Cloud State

Six of the nine teachers in the Guang Ming Academy came from mainland China to St. Cloud to attend St. Cloud State. Zhang was one of the first three graduates of St. Cloud State’s partner college in Tianjin, China, Binhai College, in 2008 to enter the teaching English as a second language graduate program and live in Lawrence Hall. Zhang grew up in Tianjin, China’s fourth largest city. “Both my parents are teachers,” she said. “It didn’t really take me a long time to decide what I wanted to be.” Her mother teaches Chinese classical literature in Tianjin Radio & TV University, where students learn through a combination of traditional classroom teaching and technology. Her father teaches folk arts and Peking Opera in Tianjin Arts Vocational College. “A lot of my professors at Binhai had study-abroad experiences,” Zhang said. “They talked about those experiences and helped inspire my interest in studying in the United States.” A director of her English degree program had worked with former SCSU Center for International Studies Director Roland Fischer, and the two helped with the process of becoming part of the first group of Binhai students to arrive at St. Cloud State. “I was really lucky to have their help.”


Zhang was in the third year of her master’s program when SCSU special education professor Kathy Johnson asked if she would be a substitute teacher in the Guang Ming first grade. She took the job and the next year was hired to teach kindergarten. It was a culture shock for Zhang to teach in a school system far different from what she was used to in China, or the style of learning in university classes. “I had no idea of how the American education system worked,” she said. And there were responsibilities she never imagined, “like helping with snowpants.” And when those responsibilities seemed overwhelming, she remembered what professor Etienne Koffi, who taught her class in pedagogical grammar and language told her about the importance of her role in the lives of her young students. “Language is not only a tool but a resource that will help them for a lifetime.” “I also got a lot of help from the other teachers at Madison,” Zhang said. “And we get huge support from the parents,” she said. Academy parents are involved in everything from discussions about curriculum to fundraising for teaching materials and technology, including the Smart Board that was donated by a parent. “The program has continued to grow and strengthen as solid support continues to be provided by St. Cloud School District 742, parents of immersion students, SCSU and the greater St. Cloud community,” said Madison Elementary School Principal Sara Nelson. Immersion benefits

For many parents, it may seem like a leap of faith to choose the immersion program. But oh, what a payoff! Children who’ve been in an immersion program have earned higher math scores and success in language arts. They take pride in being part of something so special. “The kids are wonderful,” said Zhang. “They’re always so excited and positive. They’re always willing to participate.” “At this age they’re such sponges,” said Kirsten Wagenius. She and her husband, both alumni who work on the campus of St. Cloud State, have enthusiastically entered what they expect will be several years of involvement in the immersion 20

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Above: Programming teacher Hao Li works with students in Zhang’s kindergarten class at Madison Elementary School. Above left: Zhang sings a song and dance in Chinese with students. Zhang’s class utilizes a mix of mediums to educate students.

program as Henry and his brothers take full advantage of all that it offers. The Wagenius’s know that Henry’s immersion in a language that is so different from others he is likely to be exposed to will encourage further learning of diverse cultures and language and enhance his capacity for learning. “This also will change his perspectives,” said Henry’s mom. “His class is fairly diverse, and having a role model from a different culture who is such a significant influence in his life is very good.” For all the differences between a traditional American kindergarten class and the academy’s, some things are the same. Ask Henry about his favorite parts of school and he’ll name all his good friends and talk about the birthday celebrations and the cupcakes. And it doesn’t take any prodding to get him to break out in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in Chinese, liberally sprinkled with “cha cha cha.”

More SCSU teachers in the Guang Ming Academy Besides Congyu (Chris) Zhang, five other alumni of St. Cloud State who came as undergraduate or graduate students are teaching in the Guang Ming Academy: •

Kindergarten: Xinyue (Sabrina) Lu, daughter of a

professor and native of Xi’An, the ancient Chinese city that is home to the famed Terracotta Army, came to St. Cloud State to get her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Third Grade: Yuan Lu ’11 grew up in Suzhou, a small city near Shanghai, and came to St. Cloud State as an undergraduate in teacher preparation and is licensed in special education.

Fifth grade: Weiyi Qian ’12 is from Liyang, another

small city near Shanghai. She graduated from St. Cloud State with a double major in Linguistics and Language Arts Education.

Programming teacher: Graduate student Hao Li is a native of Hangzhou along the east coast of China. His involvement with the immersion program began with volunteer work in the classrooms, and last fall he was hired as the programming teacher responsible for curriculum mapping, reading activities, enhancing cultural awareness and serving as liaison for the academy parents and teachers.

Assistant teacher: Miao Yu ’11 grew up in Taiyuan,

Johnson fosters Chinese connections

Special education professor Kathy Johnson is an example of St. Cloud State’s numerous faculty members whose innovative efforts are expanding St. Cloud State’s internationalization and the university’s reach across the globe. Along with fellow School of Education faculty Ming Chi Own and Martin Lo, Johnson teamed with St. Cloud School District 742 administrators to launch the Guang Ming Academy at Madison Elementary School, a vision that began in 2006. Johnson continues to work on development and sustainability of Chinese immersion programs through an institutional agreement with Beijing Normal University renewed by President Potter in October 2011. A cohort of graduate students will complete a program at St. Cloud State this spring that will lead to licensure in teaching Chinese. Johnson has facilitated sister school partnerships for Minnetonka School District’s K-12 programs and is working with District 742’s Chinese Immersion program to facilitate a similiar partnership with Shaanxi Normal University.

the capital of Shanxi Province in northern China. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English in her home country and came to St. Cloud State for her master’s degree. After interning at Madison, she was hired to help with technology integration in classroom teaching and learning.

Several of the projects and partnerships Johnson has led, particularly in China, focus on advocacy for persons with disabilities and support St. Cloud State’s alignment with the International Association of Universities Education for All initiative. One of those projects involves the incredible story of Zhao Chun Li, or “Angel,” whom Johnson met in June of 2011 in Yangshuo, China. Learn more about Angel’s story:


Husky Athletics

World athletes come together at St. Cloud State

Joao Orsi

St. Cloud State University’s growing population of international students has not only helped create success in the classroom, it also has helped the intercollegiate athletic program score points in the arena of competition. St. Cloud State’s international student community is well represented with 21 international students listed on various Husky squad rosters for spring 2013. The most visible of the international connections over the years has been the Husky hockey teams’ links with Canada. This season, the women’s team

Michelle Burke

has five student-athletes from Canada on its roster while the men’s team has four. The men’s hockey team also is benefiting from the play of rookies Kalle Kossila (Haukulathi, Finland) and Rasmus Reijiola (Espoo, Finland), who played with the Espoo Blues U20 in Finland last winter before enrolling at St. Cloud State. The contributions to the hockey programs by international studentathletes has been considerable with six of the top 30 career point producers on the men’s team and 12 of the women’s top 30 scorers coming from international hometowns. On the court Gemechu Belkecho


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St. Cloud State’s men’s and women’s tennis programs have also established a

pipeline that has brought international talent to Central Minnesota. Wojciech Batorski ’09 of Michalowice, Poland, was one of the first international players to make an impact on SCSU’s men’s team. “The addition of our international student-athletes to our rosters has really played a key role in the success of our program in recent years,” said head tennis coach Jerry Anderson ’84. The men’s Husky tennis team features five international students this season — including four from Brazil and one from Spain. The women’s roster includes two international players. These international student-athletes have been a major part of the ongoing success of the tennis programs here at SCSU, which includes 12 consecutive NCAA Division II tournament bids for

Husky Athletics the men’s team while the SCSU women’s team has won two NSIC championships since 2009 and advanced to the “sweet 16” of the NCAA Division II tournament in 2010. “The athletic excellence they bring to the courts shows up on the scoresheet, but they also add a wealth of cultural and life experiences that really enhance our team and campus,” Anderson said. In the pool, on the track

The Huskies’ international connections also extend to the swimming and diving, track and field, and cross country teams. St. Cloud State’s nationally-ranked men’s swimming and diving roster features freshman Laron Morley from the Bahamas and junior Napoleon Howell who is a top-ranked swimmer in his home country of Trinidad. The women’s track and field team includes freshman sprinter Ellen Wikstrom from Huskvarna, Sweden, while on the men’s track and field and cross country teams, a group of American runners with connections to Africa have played a huge part of the Huskies’ success this season. Distance runners sophomore Gemechu Bekelcho (Minneapolis) and sophomore Mammed Nurie (Blaine) hail from Ethiopia while junior sprinters George Kawalawu (Brooklyn Park), Tendeh Brownell (Osseo) and Leon Cheneyon (Brooklyn Center) are from Liberia.

Kalle Kossila

2 national champs ranked; wrestling team finishes as runners up

Shamus O’Grady

St. Cloud State sent 25 athletes to the NCAA Division II Winter National Championships in March in Birmingham, Ala. The No. 1-ranked Husky wrestling team qualified nine individuals for the 2013 championships, including seniors Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) and Jacob Kahnke (Prior Lake) who entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes. O’Grady at 184 pounds made his fourth consecutive national championship appearance and this time came out on top. Ten women and five men made up the swimming and diving qualifiers. Among the men’s qualifiers was 2012 NCAA Division II one- and three-meter diving champion Chris White (Rochester) and Luke Weber (Mankato). Weber took home the national title this year in the three-meter and became the third male diver in school history to win a national championship. Championship participants also included Husky men’s track and field student-athletes. The men’s Husky Hockey team also have had a history-making post season. For the first time, the team earned a share of the MacNaughton Cup and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is the Huskies final season in the WCHA. For the full results visit:


Alumni events and happenings

Fifteen women’s basketball alumni were honored Jan. 19 during the St. Cloud State vs. Concordia - St. Paul game. After the game, 100 people gathered for a reception in their honor.

Paul ’81 and Pegi ’75 Kovach visited with Ramon Nunez ’01, Alumni Association vice president (standing) and Bob Beumer ’87, SCSU director of development during the St. Cloud State vs. University of Denver pre-game social in Denver. SCSU alumni and friends enjoy appetizers during the Huskies vs. Gophers pre-game social at Brothers Bar & Grill on Feb. 9. More than 65 people gathered before the game.

St. Cloud State alumni and friends enjoyed appetizers and drinks before the St. Cloud State vs. University of Denver hockey game at Beau Jo’s in Denver.


’72 ’84

Leigh Lenzmeier, St. Cloud,

was appointed to the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation Board of Directors.


Gary Kelsey, Woodbury, is an

ArtReach St. Croix board member. Kelsey is a professor and program director of the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is also a faculty member at Walden University and the University of St. Thomas. • Michael Paul, Portland, Ore., is the new president and CEO for Plaza Bank in Seattle.


Philip Schenck, New Ulm, is the

pastor for Grace Community Church.


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joined Mocon international manufacturing company as chief operating officer. He previously served on Mocon’s board of directors. • Susie (Newman) Ulrich-Loewel, Naples, Fla., earned top sales honors for November 2012 at Lely Resort, Fla.

Mound, Wis., is chief executive officer of Electromed.

N.Y., is the offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach for the University of Texas at El Paso.

Donald DeMorett, Maple Grove,


Jay Millerhagen, Lino Lakes,

joined Respicardia as vice president of clinical affairs and market development.

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Rebecca (Hage) Thomley, Dayton, is

Minnesota’s 2012 Women Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Thomley is president and CEO of Orion Associates, a Twin Cities-based management services company.

Kathleen (Schwarze) Skarvan, Elk


Rolf Turner, Sauk Rapids,

co-authored the book “Red Wing to Hong Kong” with his mother, Peggy Seiz Turner. The book is a compilation of letters that Seiz Turner’s brother, Don, wrote to his parents and to her while serving as a U.S. naval aviator during World War II.

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Mark Bragelman, St. Cloud,

president and CEO of Liberty Savings Bank in St. Cloud, accepted a three year appointment to the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Patrick Higgins, North Tonawan,


Monica (Wallgren) Lee, Hampshire, Ill., published her first book, “The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal,” about the 2001 case involving a high school music instructor and a student.


Michelle (Jester) Zakrajshek, Anoka,

is a 2012 Top Women in Finance “Circle of Excellence” recipient by Finance & Commerce. Jester is chairwoman of Messerli & Kramer P.A. law group. Only women who have received a Top Women in Finance award in multiple years are eligible for Circle of Excellence status. Jester first received the award in 2006.

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

Alumni class notes ’94

Sandy (Fischer) Hansen, Richmond,

owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed will be featured with her company in two editions of Upsize Magazine as a 2012 Growth Challenge business.


Michael Braaten, Denver, Colo., is deputy city manager in Littleton. Braaten had been the government affairs and energy coordinator in the city of Rifle, Colo., since 2007.


Michael Dunfee, Washington, D.C., is the new director of the Hampton VA Medical Center.


James Russell, Brainerd, head coach

of the Central Lakes College men’s basketball team, celebrated his 300th career win on Dec. 15, 2012 when the Raiders beat Fergus Falls 79-75. • Mark Parrish, Plymouth, former SCSU and NHL forward, retired from professional hockey. Parrish is a color commentator for St. Cloud State men’s hockey games for the 2012-13 season. He played for the Huskies from 1995-97. In 749 NHL games, he had 221 goals and 175 assists.

McLean shares business sense, passion for music with students Sue McLean ’73, president of Sue McLean and Associates, has a passion for music and mentorship. That most recently was displayed when she joined the innovative program Imagine the Possibilities at Risen Christ Catholic School (RCCS) in Minneapolis, to help prepare at-risk students for rewarding careers in the future. The one-of-a-kind program pairs top executives from about two dozen companies with up to six students in grades 7-8. The business leaders/mentors expressly design a project related to their field to be presented over the course of the school year to their group of six students. “The approach is both innovative and creative. Business executives engage with students on many levels, creating opportunities for developing new insights and gaining knowledge that can influence, inform and enlighten other students,” said Fran Rusciano Murnane, RCCS’s director of advancement and Imagine the Possibilities program manager. “Broadening the educational experience of our students provides them with options that can lessen the limitations poverty imposes.” Ninety-six percent of RCCS’s students come from families who are living either at or below the poverty line. Many of these students will become first-generation grade school and high school graduates. Because these students have limited contact with the world of business, the school believes they would benefit from personal interactions with business leaders. Since 1998, Sue McLean and Associates has been the area’s prominent concert promotion company that consistently makes the top 100 national promoter list. She helped create the St. Catherine University’s Women of Substance series, continues to book the Guthrie Theater’s Live at the Guthrie series and the Minnesota Zoo’s Music in the Zoo concert series. In addition, she books The Basilica Block Party, created and runs the Tweentown Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, and provides a continuing flow of great entertainment in clubs and theaters in the area. McLean received her bachelor’s degree in speech and communication.


Jeffrey Howe, St. Cloud, is a

state representive for Minnesota House District 13A. Howe has a background in local public safety service in addition to his military career, having served as St. Cloud fire marshal. • Melissa (Evans) Monson, Forest Lake, is assistant principal at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids.

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Monte Fronk, Isle, is the tribal

emergency manager at the Mille Lac’s Reservation Department of Public Safety. Fronk’s emergency management video “Strength and Resiliency, Tribal Emergency Preparedness for Tribal Leaders and Program Directors” will be used nationally by all 565 federally recognized Tribal governments.


Gary Fasching, St. Joseph, is head football coach for St. John’s University. He had been an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at SJU for 17 seasons. • Shila Walek-Hooper, Blaine, is the chief deputy attorney for Isanti County.

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Marisa (Adler) Adler Vette, Forest Lake, was honored with a “35 Under 35” award from the National School Public Relations Association. Adler Vette also earned Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation in the summer of 2012.


Kevin Nagle, Prior Lake, is a dispatcher for the Mn/DOT FIRST (Highway Helper) program. Nagle works with the Minnesota State Patrol and a network of more than 600 freeway cameras in the Twin Cities.


Matthew Kilanowski, Hopkins,

is CEO and executive director of Chops, a non-profit organization that produces community marching arts programs, including Chopstix Percussion, Top Chops Brassline and Hot Chops Colorguard.

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James Reisinger, St. Cloud, is part

owner of Step Brothers Wieners & More in St. Cloud.


Joshua Pauletic, Denver, Colo., is a new account manager at INLINE MEDIA, in the Rocky Mountain region.

’05 ’08

Zachary Dorholt, St. Cloud, is a

freshman legislator representing east, north and central St. Cloud, and Haven and Minden townships.


Daniel Mondloch, St. Cloud, earned

first place in the 2D category of the 2012 Essential Art Exhibition by Visual Arts Minnesota. • Bradley Ouart, Sauk Rapids, a Minnesota state patrol lieutenant, was selected as St. Cloud District’s radio consolidation liaison. Ouart will assist with the transition and closing of the dispatch center. All out-state Minnesota State Patrol Dispatch Centers are closing and transitioning to either the Metro or Rochester area.


Jonathan Larson, Sartell, is a social studies teacher for the Waseca School District.

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Alumni class notes

Frenette’s ‘Dark Star’ illuminates young adult series

Erich Martens ’97

Diane (Guggenberger) Moeller ’77 ’82

Martens, Moeller are principals of the year Erich Martens ’97 is the 2013 Minnesota High School Principal of the Year while Diane (Guggenberger) Moeller ’77 ’82 was honored as the state’s 2013 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Martens, principal of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for the past decade, received his award at the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Winter Conference in January. In May 2012, Martens was named Central Minnesota’s Principal of the Year. Martens holds a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Cloud State. Moeller’s award came from the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association. It recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and honors principals’ roles in encouraging interest in math and science. Moeller leads Kennedy Community School, an energy-efficient, eco-friendly public school in St. Joseph. The preschool through eighth-grade building has geothermal heat, an innovative ventilation system and 20-plus acres of low-maintenance prairie plantings. Moeller holds St. Cloud State bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education.


as a graphics and communication specialist.

in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Carley is a captain for the Fargo, N.D., Fire Department. • Charity Kraft, Clearwater, is senior client services supervisor for Preferred Credit. • Trudie (Thompson) Magnusson, Woodbridge, Va., special agent FBI, received an award for the warrants she wrote to seize 36 domain names of websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of stolen credit card numbers. • Trina (Vigoren) Peeters, Rice, joined Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co. Ltd., as a staff accountant.


Dane Carley, Hawley, will participate


Timothy Johnson, St. Cloud, joined

Angela Brown, Crystal, earned the

St. Cloud State University 2012 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for her “Queer Youth Community Organizing: Intents and Outcomes of Youth Mobilization in LGBTQ Service Programs” thesis. Marriages and commitments

’01 Jennifer (Sicard) Bauer and ’05 ’12 Adam Bauer, Norfolk, Va.,


’04 Amanda (Nickel) Genosky and

Jim Genosky, New Brighton, 6/2/2012.

Minneapolis writer and St. Cloud State alumna Bethany Frenette ’05 has made the Twin Cities the setting for her debut book, “Dark Star,” published by Hyperion. The young adult novel, a blend of supernatural adventure and romance, was released in October 2012. Plot-driven and spiked with goofy humor, the book has earned positive reader reviews. The second of the series, “Burn Bright,” is expected to be out in the fall. Bill Meissner, professor of English at St. Cloud State, knew of Frenette’s potential as a student in several of his classes. The quality of her writing inspired him to keep a folder labeled “The Bethany File” in his file cabinet. “I rarely do that with student work,” Meissner said. “Bethany was an outstanding creative writing student from day one. I recognized great potential and saved her writings from the first fiction writing class she took from me.” He shared the file with Frenette — much to her embarrassment — when he invited her back to his class as a guest speaker last fall. Frenette went on to earn a master’s degree from Hamline University, and was employed at Target headquarters until she landed a multi-book deal with Hyperion. “I didn’t specifically choose to write young adult. The novel I wrote for my MFA thesis wasn’t YA, but when I got the idea for “Dark Star,” that’s just how it turned out,” Frenette said. Find more about “Dark Star:”

’04 Emily (Titera) Woodson and

Thomas Woodson, Aspen, Colo., 7/14/2012. ’06 Jennifer (Pollard) Koenig and ’06 Noah Koenig, Franklin, Wis., 7/26/2012. ’07 Martin Mjelleli and Shannon (Langer) Mjelleli, Faribault, 7/7/2012. ’11 Nyre (Russell) Chester and ’11 Demetrius Chester, St. Paul, 10/13/2012. Births and adoptions ’93 Jerome Stefanich and Sheena

(Nelson) Stefanich, Mountain Iron, son, Bryn, 10/8/2012. ’94 Timothy Krenik and Barbara Kinney, Albuquerque, N.M., son, Kyan, 8/29/2012.

’94 Holly (Leffel) Murphy and James

Murphy, St. Cloud, son, Connor, 4/9/2012.

’96 Kerry (Mitchell) Stacherski and ’97 Raymond Stacherski,

Albertville, son, Steven, 9/4/2007. ’98 Bradley Klitzke and ’99 Nicole (Dodge) Klitzke, Chaska, daughter, Hailey, 9/20/2012. ’99 Heidi (Leyk) Press and David Press, Wausau, Wis., daughter, Alexa, daughter, Izabelle, 7/2/2012. ’00 Raymond Kimal and Sue (Welk) Kimal, Richfield, daughter, Nikita, 11/14/2012. ’00 Emmy (Chalstrom) Kruger and Kevin Kruger, Kenyon, son, Henry, 11/7/2012.

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

Alumni class notes ’02 Wayne Ellingworth and Kathryn

Ellingworth, Hudson, Wis., daughter, Lillian, 12/4/2012. ’02 Karen (Johnson) Priest and Ross Priest, Big Lake, daughter, Hadley, 7/11/2012. ’03 Matthew Kilanowski and ’04 Jennifer (Jozwiak) Kilanowski, Hopkins, son, James, 5/30/2011. ’03 James Olander and Leesa Olander, Sioux Falls, S.D., son, Ethan, 3/2/2012. ’06 Noah Czech and ’07 Laura (Olson) Czech, Little Falls, daughter, Eiley, 9/15/2011. ’06 Laura (Hill) Neu and Jeremy Neu, Sauk Rapids, daughter, Anya, 10/25/2012. ’07 Gabriel Borscheid and ’08 Erika (Wold) Borscheid, Otsego, son, Adrian, 4/11/2012. ’07 Marcus Onsum and ’98 Kate (Ahlquist) Onsum, Albertville, daughter, Kaia, son, Davin, 3/26/2012. ’07 Mary (Dupay) Ripp and ’05 Randy Ripp, Big Lake, daughter, Lucy, 5/16/2012. ’07 Nathan Van Beck and ’07 ’09 Heather (Hilsgen) Van Beck, New London, son, Kyle, 10/27/2012. ’08 Kristen (Lindfors) Bye and Jeffrey Bye, Inver Grove Heights, daughter, Leah, 6/29/2011. ’09 Tyler Dwyer and Sandy Dwyer, Bloomington, son, Heath, 8/4/2012. ’09 Danielle (Immel) Snyder and David Snyder, North Branch, son, Ethan, 12/21/2012.

’10 Anton Magur and Jessica Magur,

Altoona, Wis., son, Easton, 10/14/2012. ’10 Ashley (Booen) Reno and Martin Reno, Waite Park, son, Ashton, 10/17/2012. We remember ’33 Marion (Robinson) Beck, 98,


’34 Marguerite (Phillips) Stelzig, 98,


’35 Eleanor (Robb) Wollin, 98, Lake

Mills, Wis.

’36 ’43 Elizabeth (Strauss) Allen, 98,


’37 Taimi (Mikkela) Johnson, 95,


’37 ’65 Ethel (Bengtson) Hjelle, 97,

New London

’37 ’68 Lois (Price) Sarsland, 95, New


’39 Grace (Clitty) Johnson, 93, Becker ’39 ’68 Daphne (Langhough) Bakke,

92, Alexandria

’40 ’51 Alice (Olson) Lindroth, 91,


’41 Bernadine (Burchill) Parry, 93,


Eunice Adjei-Bosompem ’06 ’10 is one of the 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans of 2012.

’42 ’54 Robert Miller, 92, Brainerd ’43 Adelaide (Manthei) Moonier, 89,

Redwood Falls

Alumna earns Outstanding Young Minnesotan honor

’43 Norma Nelson, 91, Randall ’43 ’75 Maxine (Anderson) Warring,

89, Isanti

’44 Margery (Wollam) Itzen, 91,

Community service has earned Eunice Adjei-Bosompem ’06 ’10 recognition as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM). The St. Cloud resident joins a list of TOYM honorees that includes Walter Mondale, Marlene Johnson, Dave Winfield, Tim Penny, Paul Douglas, Matt Blair, Wheelock Whitney and Martin Sabo. Adjei-Bosompem is president of Adom, a diversity and cultural sensitivity training consultancy. She is a board member of the St. Cloud State Alumni Association. Formerly from Ghana, in west Africa, she is active in St. Cloud area organizations such as Tri-CAP and the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Commission. She is the former administrator of CreateCommUNITY, a leading voice on issues of race and human rights in Central Minnesota. Among those honored with Adjei-Bosompem is State Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, a Minnesota Army National Guard veteran who earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in combat. He received the award for demonstrating excellence as a leader. TOYM honorees include young people making a difference in their communities through businesses, nonprofit and community organizations and government service. The awards are given annually by Minnesota Jaycees, a chapter of the United States Junior Chamber, a leadership training and civic organization for people 18 through 41 years of age. At St. Cloud State, Adjei-Bosompem earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social responsibility.

Brookings, Ore.

’44 Delorus (Nelson) Regnier, 89,


’45 Florence (Birkemeyer) Evans, 87,


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 stcloudstate. edu/alumni and receive a congratulations gift from the St. Cloud State University Alumni Associaton

Future alum Makia Thomson modeling her Husky pup tee. Proud parents are Laura (Vaala) Thomson ’06 and Cody Thomson.


Alumni class notes ’47 Earl Swarthout, 93, Grand Rapids ’48 Ruby Boss, 85, Edina ’48 Agatha (Kachel) Franta, 83,

’71 Virginia (Cadmus) Melton, 83,


’50 Margaret (Schmidt) Lucking, 83,

’72 David Gens, 67, Appleton, Wis. ’74 James Erhart, 61, Pine City ’74 William Gulbrandsen, 83,

’50 ’66 Doris (Edvenson) Lyon, 83,

’74 Brian McMahon, 60, Appleton,

’51 Charmeon Voss, 86, Montevideo

’74 Sharyl (Johnson) Miller, 59,

’52 Carol (Kottke) Belke, 81,

’75 Donald Ulmer, 73, St. Paul ’76 Constance Wruck, 60, Johns

Winnebago Benson

Long Prairie

Overland Park, Kas.

’52 Richard Holmberg, 84, Waconia ’52 ’65 Cecelia (Stien) Seehusen, 88,

Bird Island

Willmar Wis.

Clarkston, Wash.

Creek, Ga.

’77 Virginia (Pierce) Sheldon, 83,


’55 ’62 Herbert Schneider, 81,

’80 Vivian (Boelsen) Austin, 76,

’56 Peter Finelli, 84, Rochester ’56 ’70 Lois (Lindor) Bailey, 76,

’93 Amy (Toikka) Toikka-Riffel, 44,

Sheboygan, Wis. Renville

’58 Arthur Schoenborn, 86, Maple


’60 ’69 Enard Johnson, 76, Plymouth ’61 Marvin Hanson, 79, Menomonie,


’62 ’67 Glenn Deutz, 78, Waite Park ’63 Joyce (Olson) Kays, 70,


Merrifield Andover

’96 Gary Gelzer, 63, Goodyear, Ariz. ’04 Mark Eriksson, 45, St. Cloud ’04 ’07 Lonna (Thayer) LussoSchlangen, 57, St. Cloud ’05 Samer Baali, 30, Scottsdale, Ariz. ’10 Ann (Tkalec) Timm, 26,


’11 Lauren McDougall, 23,


’64 Coral (Weigle) Hook, 89,

’11 David Pangerl, 30, Pine City

’64 Lester Olson, 73, New Brighton ’64 ’66 James Loso, 71, St. Joseph ’65 Ole Loing, 81, Princeton ’66 Bruce Elliott, 70, Bayfield, Colo. ’67 ’79 Karen Ihli, 68, Maple Grove ’69 ’70 Gerald Beske, 80, Redwood

Faculty and staff we remember

Bellingham, Wash.


Corene (Cunningham) Kain, 98,

St. Cloud

Dale Swanson, 83, Waite Park Richard Sebastian, 64, St. Cloud

Four accountants promoted By Schlenner Wenner & Co. • ’05 Samantha (Soper) Kohout, St. Cloud, was promoted to manager. She has been with the St.Cloud office for seven years. • ’07 Ryan Finberg, St. Cloud, was promoted to senior accountant. Finberg has worked at the St. Cloud office for four years. • ’07 Aaron Smith, St. Cloud, was promoted to senior accountant. Smith has worked in the Albany and St. Cloud offices for four years. • ’09 Stacy (Thomsen) Utsch, Roscoe, was promoted to in-charge accountant. Utsch has worked in the St. Cloud office’s audit department for two years.

Five Star Wealth Managers by RBC Wealth Management • ’71 ’73 Wesley Moreland, St. Cloud. • ’79 Jan (Erickson) Bensen, St. Cloud. • ’88 Bradley Wheelock, St. Cloud, also was recognized as one of the top 25 investment banking advisors in the United States in the November 2012 issue of REP Magazine. Wheelock was the only advisor outside of a major market to make the list.


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Anne Tormanen ’12 (center) with two of her children, Emily Anne (Tormanen) Huotari ’96 and Amy Louise (Tormanen) Keranen ’93.

Long time student Tormanen reaches goal After starting her college career in 1961 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Anne Tormanen ’12 completed her last credits at St. Cloud State University this summer, earning an associate’s degree at age 69. In earning her degree, Tormanen, of Dassel, joins ranks with four of her children who are St. Cloud State graduates: Erin Neil Tormanen ’97, Larry Alan Tormanen ’92, Amy Louise (Tormanen) Keranen ’93 and Emily Anne (Tormanen) Huotari ’96. Granddaughter Kate Tormanen is currently attending the St. Cloud State. “It’s such a diverse campus. The other students have such fantastic personal stories. I felt totally enriched,” she said. “I was like their mother, their grandmother. And they challenged me on some things.” After starting her college career in Arizona, Tormanen moved to Minnesota, married and started a family. Her education went to the back burner, she said, as she raised seven children. Tormanen took classes intermittently for 50 years, and completed her last credits in summer 2012. “I had to take rhetorical writing, and I admit I was intimidated,” Tormanen said. “But it turned out great.”

Thole shares message of sustainability Cory Thole ’01 co-created and narrated “Glacier Powered Vehicles,” an award-winning short video on a clean energy initiative of Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska. The video highlights the park’s efforts to reduce gasoline consumption through the use of hydro-electric powered vehicles. The video took second place in the My Green Parks Video Contest sponsored by the National Park Service. Thole, whose video skills are self-taught, promoted Klondike Park’s use of electric shuttle vans and other park vehicles, which has cut CO2 emissions by 30,000 pounds annually. In the video, he explains how the Skagway area’s hydro-electric power plants harness a landscape of steep elevations and primarily use gravity to generate electricity. This results in sustainable power and a very low environmental impact. Watch “Glacier Powered Vehicles”:

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

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FY 2011-12 University Expenditures $183,864 million

FY 2011-12 Gift Designations $4.2 million raised

Public Service 1% Research 1% College of Science and Engineering 15% Instruction 43%

Institutional Support 10%

National Hockey and Event Center 39%

Academic Support 14%

School of Public Affairs 13%

Auxiliary Enterprises 17% Student Services 13%

Other Scholarships 6% School of Education 6%

School of Health and Human Services 2%

Scholarships and Fellowships 1%

Auxilary Enterprises 2% Herberger Business School 3% College of Liberal Arts 4%

Unrestricted 5% Intercollegiate Athletics 5%

Building toward a brighter future Those of us who support St. Cloud State do so because we know it’s a special place where students not only learn, they are transformed. Ours is a university that offers tremendous opportunity to a diverse mix of learners who will graduate ready to take on the world – whether that world involves teaching kindergarteners in a local classroom or running a billion-dollar business in multiple global locations. From my perspective as an alumnus and a retired accounting executive, I can’t think of a better investment than this vibrant, ever-changing university and the future teachers, accountants, journalists, engineers, technology gurus and good citizens it is educating. As chair of the SCSU Foundation Board, I could not be more proud to be helping donors make their own positive impact on the future of the University and its students. There’s a lot of discussion these days about the value of a college education and the comparative value of the education offered at different institutions. According to St. Cloud State’s Career Services office, 92 percent of our graduates are employed within one year of graduation; 80 percent of those are in their respective fields. Forbes magazine this year ranked St. Cloud State in the top 25 percent of all U.S. four-year private and public institutions for affordability and value. In Minnesota that value is unparalleled. Forward movement is evident wherever you look on the St. Cloud State campus. If you haven’t visited the campus or the university’s website lately 30

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St. Cloud State Foundation Net Assests Years 2003-12 $35,000,000






$5,000,000 $0 2003










A n n ual R eport / 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 to witness the stunning projects that are changing the physical landscape and environment for the campus and broader community, you’re in for a treat. For a look at progress on the Integrated Science Engineering Laboratory Facility — or ISELF — view the live construction webcam at This $45 million facility will open next fall as the premier site for advanced science and engineering students and faculty to conduct research and engage in interdisciplinary teaching that will support both science and industry. For an updated view of the other campus game-changer under expansion, the National Hockey and Event Center, go to The changes being made to this campus jewel will revitalize player and fan experiences for Husky Hockey and add future entertainment opportunities for the campus and community. More dramatic improvements to campus facilities are in planning stages for Atwood Memorial Center and historic Eastman Hall. It really is an exciting time to be part of the St. Cloud State family. Thank you for your engagement and your ongoing support for the students and programs at St. Cloud State University. Your gifts make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and in their future success.

2012-13 SCSU Foundation Board of Trustees Bernie Aldrich ’71 Janese Evans ’79 ’81 Paula Foley ’85 ’88 Dave Folsom ’69 Paul Geiwitz ’79 Andy George ’80 Al Grundei ’71 Russ Hagen ’64 Al Heinen ’78 Denny Holland ’74 Jim Maciej ’73 Jennifer Mrozek ’96 Dee Pearson ’64 Jim Pehler ’65 ’67 Brent Skaja ’01 Sherry Smith ’83 Bob Thueringer ’75 George Torrey Leon Westbrock ’69 Brad Wheelock ’88 Sean Whitlock ’98

Al Heinen ’78 SCSU Foundation Board of Trustees Chairperson Gifts received July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012


Coborn’s names NHEC office complex after Morris Kurtz December 2012 will long be remembered by Morris Kurtz. Coborn’s, Inc., announced that it will name the office complex in the National Hockey and Event Center (NHEC) in his honor to mark his 28 years as the director of athletics at St. Cloud State. Kurtz retired from the position June 30, 2012. The nod is part of the company’s previously announced $1 million contribution to the NHEC renovation project, and is a way to recognize and honor his contributions to the university. His tenure saw the rise of Husky Athletics in the national spotlight and made the SCSU sports venues the place to be on Saturday afternoons and weekend nights, building one of the largest and successful, broad-based programs in NCAA Division II. Kurtz also championed the success of student-athletes in the classroom and community, encouraging academic success and enhancing the athletic opportunities for young men and women for nearly three decades. Career Highlights: Hiring of Herb Brooks, the elevation of Husky Hockey to NCAA Division I status, and the transition to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in men’s hockey.

Led the athletic department through the transition from the North Central Conference (NCC) to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Contributed to the development of athletic facilities including construction of the NHC, renovation of Halenbeck Hall gymnasium, construction of Husky Stadium, and most recently the renovation of the National Hockey and Event Center. Raised funds for and created the public display area for the St. Cloud State University Athletic Hall of Fame in Halenbeck Hall. Oversaw the growth of women’s sports on campus that included Nordic ski and women’s ice hockey programs, and co-chaired the WCHA expansion committee that championed the inclusion of women’s hockey in the association. Husky teams won 39 NCC Championships, eight NSIC Conference team titles and one WCHA Final Five Playoff Championship. Since 2004, five Husky teams reached the Final Four of their respective NCAA tournaments, including softball in 2004, women’s basketball in 2006, men’s basketball in 2010 and wrestling in 2011 and 2012.

Giving Societies

George A. Selke Society

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

Cumulative giving of $1,000,000-$2,499,999

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

Central MN Community Foundation Coborn’s, Inc. Deeann J. Griebel ’76 Russell B. Hagen ’64 IBM Corp. Norbert F. Lindskog* ’54 ’57 Vera W. Russell* ’35 ’40 The Bernick Companies George and Shirley Torrey

David L. Kiehle Society

Waite A. Shoemaker Society

David L. Kiehle was the first person to hold the title of president of the institution and held the position from 1875-81. He led the Normal School through diminishing state support for normal schools.

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

Cumulative giving of $2,500,000 and above

The Herberger Foundation Marion and James Miller


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Cumulative giving of $500,000-$999,999

Bankers Systems, Inc. Elsie E. Kalionen* ’37 ’42 Melvin ’38 and Shirley Kazeck* Philip Halenbeck Trust Janet C. Ritsche

Gifts received July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Individually, 11 athletes have won a total of 17 NCAA Division II National titles since 1984. Developed signature programs including the Wolters Kluwer Top Ten Club, SCSU Student-Athlete Honor Roll, Corporate Sponsor program, and numerous fundraising events. SCSU athletics earned its highest finish at fifth among 288 Division II schools in the 2010 Directors Cup Standings, a cumulative recognition of national team standings in all sports.

Morris Kurtz addresses the audience during the ground breaking ceremony for the National Hockey and Event Center. Photo by Jeff Wood ’81 ’87 ’95

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Old Main Society

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

Old Main was the first building constructed for the St. Cloud Normal School. Completed in 1874, Old Main was the primary classroom building for 74 years.

Cumulative giving of $250,000-$499,999

3M Foundation Altera Corporation Barbara ’75 ’92 and Rollie Anderson Bremer St. Cloud Robert L. Coard* David and Cheryl Copham Earl M. Danforth* Environmental Systems Research Ruth Gant* Olga B. Hart Education Foundation Elizabeth Howard* ’49 ’54 ’60 J.A. Wedum Foundation Thomas ’72 and Susan ’72 Keller Kopp Investment Advisors Stephen and Jeannie* Lindgren

* Deceased

Cumulative giving of $100,000-$249,999

AT&T of Edina Robert and Lois Babcock* John ’61 and Evelyn Bolduc Bremer Financial Corporation Wilbur and Borghild Brewer* Bursch Travel Cargill, Inc. Diana ’78 and Robert Carter Cash Wise Foods CliftonLarsonAllen Floreine* and Richard Colbert John H. Daniels Domino’s Pizza Eastman Kodak Co. Electrolux Home Products Fingerhut Corporation Clarence* ’55 ’56 and Suzanne Fogelstrom Geyer Signal Service Inc. Gilleland Chevrolet GNP Phyllis and Robert ’58 Goff Grand Casino Mille Lacs Grant Tensor Geophysical Corp. Muriel and James* Grunerud Hazel B. Hansen* ’31 ’48 Elloyd* ’60 and Darlene Hauser Robert* ’63 and Sally Hebeisen

William Lindgren* Medtronic Grant ’63 and Carol Nelson Pako Corporation Maureen ’65 and Gary ’65 Petrucci Regis Foundation Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates, LTD. Stearns Bank Donald ’57 and Norma ’58 Stein* The David Swenson Foundation Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company John ’59 and Mary Weitzel

Bret Hedican and Kristi Yamaguchi Lowell ’56 and Cay Hellervik Herberger’s, Inc. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Dennis ’74 and Tamara Holland Jeffrey ’75 and Kim Holmberg Husky Boosters Husky Hoopsters ING Direct Intel Corporation Kurt Kalm ’74 KCLD/KNSI/KZPK/KCML Kern Family Foundation Kopp Family Foundation Lamar Advertising Company Marco Inc. Markhurd Corporation May Bowle Benefit R. Keith and Marion Michael Miller Auto & Marine Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Northwestern Mutual Foundation David R. Pomije ’06 Durand and Mary Sue Potter Principal Financial Group, Inc. Doyle ’72 and Kimberly Rose Joyce and Arnold* Schneider


Kaidence Turek celebrates with her mother Katelyn Turek during the Mary Beth Wedum Scholarship reception at the Welcome Center on Oct. 30, 2012. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

Old Main Society, continued Brian ’92 and Debra ’99 Schoenborn Helen and Lester Schwartz* SCSU Center Ice Club St. Cloud Medical Group State Farm Companies Foundation Beverly ’69 and Eugene Storms Superamerica Group, Inc. TCF Bank - Minneapolis The McKnight Foundation The William and Joyce E. Sexton Family Foundation Title, Bond and Mortgage Company United Way of Central Minnesota US Bank of St. Cloud Roland ’35 and Louise Vandell* Janet ’58 and Donald Watkins Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt Xcel Energy Foundation Mary Jane Young Trust


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Isabel Lawrence Society

Cumulative giving of $50,000-$99,999

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

Antioch Company Asylum Research Hugh and Dorothy* Barker Patricia ’58 ’83 and John* ’57 Berling Best Western Kelly Inn Jeanette Bischoff Donald M. Boros ’66 ’67 Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 ’52 ’62 Brainard Brutger Equities, Inc. Christopher Cardozo Catholic Community Foundation Cellular 2000 Cellular Mobile Systems of St. Cloud Central McGowan, Inc. Susan ’75 and Daniel Childers Ciatti’s Restaurant John ’82 and Cindy Clemens CliftonLarsonAllen Charles and Ida Compton* Construction Financial Management Association Copal Systems Inc. DeZURIK - A Unit of General Signal

Larry ’64 and Jeanette Dorn Susan ’71 and C. Scott Ebersole Crumpton Farrell* Federated Insurance Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund William and Marcine Frahm Stephen R. Fuller Janet* ’88 and Daniel Gallagher Gannett Foundation General Mills Foundation General Mills, Inc. Andrew ’80 and Joanie George Kevin M. Gohl ’84 Barbara ’62 ’63 and Arthur ’62 ’64 Grachek Granite City Food & Brewery James ’74 and Julie Graves Richard and Mabeth Gyllstrom Hagemeister & Mack Architects Heartland Title Co. Kathryn ’69 and Jerry ’70 Henkemeyer Donald* ’65 and Joan Hess Fred Huls* IKON Office Solutions James ’74 and Mary Illies

Initiative Foundation International Business Machines Corp. Gerald T. Johnson ’62 Dr. Louisa Johnson* Kemps, LLC Kern DeWenter Viere Ltd Michael ’92 and Christina Kettenacker Klein Oldsmobile Cadillac, Inc. Bernadette and Cy* Kuefler Leonard, Street and Deinard Mathew Hall Lumber Co. LaVerne ’53 ’64 and Brendan ’54 McDonald* McGladrey and Pullen McKay’s Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/ Mitsubishi Mexican Village Restaurant Larry ’71 and Peggy ’70 Meyer Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Douglas ’77 and Martha Miller Thomas ’70 and Kathy Miller Miller Architects & Builders Doug & Martha Miller Family Foundation

Gifts received July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Mary Beth Wedum scholarships assist single mothers League of Women Voters and was involved for many years with Theatre L’Homme Dieu. Beth believed in helping others and was instrumental in establishing the Douglas County Day Activity Center giving challenged young adults the opportunity to live more independent lives. The Minneapolis-based Wedum Foundation owns Coborn Plaza, which includes St. Cloud State’s Welcome Center, SCSU Recovery Community and Coborn Plaza Apartments. The foundation also has developed senior and student housing in Minnesota communities such as Buffalo, Rochester, Minneapolis, Fridley and Mankato.

During fall 2012, St. Cloud State University awarded the first scholarships from the Mary Beth Wedum Single Mother Scholarship for Single Mothers. In August, the J.A. Wedum Foundation presented St. Cloud State with $187,283 to fund the scholarships, which are intended to make an undergraduate education more accessible to single mothers. Each student receiving a scholarship was awarded $2,000. “Mary Beth Wedum is an SCSU alumna and was a single mother while attending college. She knew first-hand the challenges that students face while trying to improve their lives,” said Jay Portz, the foundation’s president ’91. “The Wedum Foundation’s mission is to change and improve people’s lives through stewardship and generosity which is the reason that we strongly believe in providing scholarships for SCSU students.” The Wedum Foundation also granted $116,000 in 2011 for student scholarships. Mary Beth Wedum ’71 passed away in March 2012 and was proceeded in death by her husband John A. Wedum. Together they built and managed the J.A. Wedum Foundation and she served as co-chairwoman of the board for many years. She also was the past president of the Alexandria

Jay Portz ’91, president of the J.A. Wedum Foundation, presents St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III with a $187,283 check for the scholarship at St. Cloud State. Photo by Adam Hammer ’05

A n n ual R eport / 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 David ’79 and Mary Mingo Alys I. Misho* ’21 ’43 ’58 MN Assn of Real Estate Educ. Thomas ’92 and Anne Mootz Morgan Family Foundation Robert ’60 and Francine Myers Nelson Family Foundation Colonel ’75 and Phyllis* Nemec Northern PCS Services Otto Bremer Foundation Walter ’65 and Bonnie Parkins Bruce ’64 and Dee ’64 Pearson Mary ’72 and James ’65 ’67 Pehler Ronald G. Perrier Susan ’06 and William Prout The Prudential Foundation Radisson Suite Hotel RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. Ernestine and James Rice* Tom Ritsche* Royal Tire Rubald Beverage Co., Inc. Saks Incorporated/Herberger Division Scheels All Sports Gordon and Yvonne Schrank Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, Inc. SCR Dorothy ’77 and Mike Simpson Gary ’65 and Jan Smith

* Deceased

Ira Moore Society

St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud Restaurant Supply Subway Investments Summit Mortgage Corporation Sunray Printing Solutions, Inc. Target Stores TCF Foundation TDS Metrocom Inc. Joan ’93 and Warren Teigen Tenvoorde Ford Inc. The Coleman Company, Inc. Richard ’71 and Martha Theilmann Travelers Foundation Francis* ’59 and Ludmila ’68 Voelker Laura ’80 and Robert ’83 Voit Walking Billboards Washington Scientific Industries Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. Kathy ’88 and Brad ’88 Wheelock Wheelock Whitney Whitney Foundation WJON-AM Regent Broadcasting Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Mollie Young ’81 Zapp National Bank

Cumulative giving of $25,000-$49,999

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

Bernard ’71 and Cindy ’73 Aldrich American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Bu American Legion Post #428 Charlotte ’48 and Hobart Anderson Dean* Anderson and Gail ’96 Nygaard Anderson Gary ’77 ’94 and Jody ’73 ’80 Anderson James and Linnea Anderson Kathryn M. Andolsek Apple Computer Inc. Dwain W. Applegate Arthur Andersen & Co. AT & T Bauerly Companies Stacy A. Bennett ’91 Alice Binger* ’44 Patricia ’65 and James ’66 Binger Stephanie L. Borden ’78 Richard R. Caldecott ’77 James F. Cameron ’86 David ’50 and Kathryn ’48 Campbell* Darlene ’72 and Lockwood Carlson

Carlson Advisors LLC Central Minnesota Arts Board Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Charter Communications Mary ’79 and David Choate Coleman Foundation, Inc. Color Craft Corporation Copper Lantern Cray Research, Inc. Creative Memories Donlar Corporation Alyn ’49 and Anna Dull Eide Bailly LLP El-Jay Plumbing & Heating Ernst and Young Foundation Janese M. Evans ’79 ’81 Federated Department Stores Anne and Dennis Fields First Bank System, Inc. Franklin Outdoor Advertising Company Karen ’71 and Kenton Frohrip G & K Services Walter ’39 and Irma* ’39 Gerzin James Glatzmaier ’75


Ira Moore Society, continued Alma*’59 ’61 and Calvin Gower Bonnie and Charles Graham Granite City Tool Co. Granite-Tops, LLC Green Lake Basketball Camp Joseph E. Gulde* ’39 HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics Michele Hedlund ’91 Mark ’90 and Susan ’90 Heurung Raymond S. Hibbs ’64 ’66 Terry ’88 and Lisa’88 Hjort Harold ’65 and Janice Hoelscher Lisa A. Horton Husky Gridiron Club Integrated Fiber Optics, Inc. International Paper Company J.C. Penney Co., Inc. Jasc Software, Inc. Cindy Johnson ’79 and Thomas Moore ’78 Edward ’64 ’68 ’81 and Nancy Johnson Leigh ’67 and Judith Johnson Keebler Co. James and Betty* Kelly Marigold Foods, Inc. LuBell ’76 and Robert Kendall Kids On 2 Wheels Inc. Elizabeth Koffman Ronald P. Kosel ’91 KPMG Peat Marwick Joseph* ’36 and Dorothy Kunze Lakeland Construction Finance LLC Judith ’85 and Mark Larkin Lauren Riesgraf Memorial Fund John Lavander ’73 and Nancy Owen Elaine L. Leach Standley E. Lewis Chase and Kristi Lieser Barbara ’08 and Steven ’89 Ludwig Mahowald Insurance Agency McDowall Co. Medica Health Plans Medtronic Foundation Bennett D. Melin ’63 Merrill Corporation Howard ’42 and Madeline Merriman* Meyer Associates, Inc. Microsim Corporation The Minneapolis Foundation Minnesota Board of Realtors Minnesota Council on Economic Education Minnesota Society of CPA’s Marian ’50 and Henry ’49 Morris* Murphy Chevrolet Laura Jensen Murphy Memorial Fund Richard E. Murray* Nahan Printing, Inc. Michael Niedenfuehr Novatis Seed Dennis Nunes O’Hara Brothers Companies Jessica ’87 ’92 and Tim Ostman Big Bear Farm Stores, Inc. Outback Steak House


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Frances and Max Partch* Katherine ’81 and John Pattison* Eugene* ’47 and Lorraine ’42 ’67 Perkins Carl ’69 and Renae Peters Photo Art Science Foundation Sally and George* Pillsbury Plaza Park Bank Earl and Christine Potter Preferred Credit Inc. Project Lead The Way, Inc. William ’60 ’66 and Patricia Radovich RHL, Inc. Rimage Corporation David ’76 and Linda Ripka Robert Sophia Whiteside Fund Rosemount, Inc. Roy and Barbara Saigo Saks Incorporated Foundation Sauk River Chain of Lakes Association Scenic Sign Corp. Tom and Joyce ’65 Schlough Dale G. Schoenberg ’94 Schoenberg, Kosel & Hjort Financial Annette and Richard Schoenberger Donald ’78 and Renae Setter Theodore and Lavona Sherarts Glanville Smith* Southways Foundation St. Cloud Area Sertoma St. Cloud Meat & Provision, Inc. St. Cloud Times St. Cloud Toyota St. Cloud Truck Sales, Inc. Stone Container Corporation Roberta Strand Florence Swanger* ’29 Sy & Sons Inc. Merle H. Sykora ’65 Tanner Systems, Inc. Robert ’75 and JoAnn Thueringer VFW East Side W3i Sue Wahl Storbeck ’81 and Lee Storbeck WCCO-TV William and Joan Webb Brenda ’96 and Rex Johnson Robert A. Weisman Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Westinghouse Electric Corp. J. Kimball and Helen Whitney* Alice ’64 and Robert Wick* Earl W. Wildenberg Winton-Whitney Fund Jerry O. Wolff* Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Conservatorship of Raymond J. Wood

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

$25,000 and above Barbara ’75 ’92 and Rollie Anderson Catholic Community Foundation Central MN Community Foundation Coborn’s, Inc. Deeann J. Griebel ’76 Russell B. Hagen ’64 Olga B. Hart Education Foundation Lisa A. Horton J.A. Wedum Foundation Elsie E. Kalionen* ’37 ’42 Melvin ’38 and Shirley Kazeck* Kids On 2 Wheels Inc. Grant ’63 and Carol Nelson Nelson Family Foundation Walter ’65 and Bonnie Parkins Susan ’06 and William Prout Brian ’92 and Debra ’99 Schoenborn The David Swenson Foundation Robert ’75 and JoAnn Thueringer George and Shirley Torrey Janet ’58 and Donald Watkins $10,000 - $24,999.99 Bursch Travel Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta GEICO Companies Elloyd* ’60 and Darlene Hauser

Gifts received July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Melvin and Shirley Kazeck Scholarship in Geography Melvin Kazeck ’38 studied geography at St. Cloud State University and later became a highly regarded professor and scientific author. In 1988, Melvin and his wife Shirley established a charitable gift annuity with St. Cloud State to create an endowed scholarship. In 2012, the university received their estate gift, which will assist geography majors. During World War II, Kazek served as a meteorologist in Europe. After earning a doctorate degree from Columbia University, he was a state meteorologist at the University of North Dakota where he taught geography. Later in his career, Kazeck chaired the earth science department at Southern Illinois University. During his tenure, he was a member of the university senate and curriculum council. An authority in the fields of meteorology and climatology, Kazeck was co-author of the Weather Workbook of the Britannica Workbook series in 1971.

A n n ual R eport / 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 Bret Hedican and Kristi Yamaguchi Jeffrey ’75 and Kim Holmberg Husky Hoopsters Initiative Foundation Michael ’92 and Christina Kettenacker Leonard, Street and Deinard Mildred ’43 and Richard McGonagle* Douglas ’77 and Martha Miller Doug & Martha Miller Family Foundation David ’79 and Mary Mingo Bruce ’64 and Dee Pearson ’64 Mary ’72 and James ’65 ’67 Pehler Philip Halenbeck Trust Earl and Christine Potter Rosemount, Inc. Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Fred and Carolina Shermock Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 Beverly ’69 and Eugene Storms TCF Bank - Minneapolis TCF Foundation Twin City Wire Sue Wahl Storbeck ’81 and Lee Storbeck Robert A. Weisman Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt Xcel Energy Foundation

* Deceased

$5,000 - $9,999.99 Dorelyn ’80 and M.G. Anderson Patricia ’58 ’83 and John* ’57 Berling Terri Bieber Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 ’52 ’62 Brainard Bremer St. Cloud Brutger Equities, Inc. Carlson Advisors LLC Caterpillar Global Paving Products Central McGowan, Inc. Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Eide Bailly LLP Federated Insurance Fraternal Order of Eagles Andrew ’80 and Joanie George Barbara ’62 ’63 and Arthur ’62 ’64 Grachek Hagemeister & Mack Architects Bonnie M. Henrickson ’86 Husky Dugout Club Jewish Community Relations Council Kemps, LLC Kern DeWenter Viere Ltd Merrill Corporation Craig R. Miller ’90 Miller Architects & Builders Minnesota Assn. of County Surveyors

Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Minnesota Risk Insurance Management Society Thomas ’92 and Anne Mootz Robert Mosford Robert ’89 and Shelley Motzko Robert ’60 and Francine Myers Northwestern Mutual Foundation Todd ’70 and Sharon ’71 Novaczyk Dennis ’83 and Beverly Panzer Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth David ’76 and Linda Ripka Theodore and Lavona Sherarts Dorothy ’77 and Mike Simpson SJN Creative Enterprises, LLC St. Cloud Medical Group Dale J. Trippler ’69 US Bank of St. Cloud John ’59 and Mary Weitzel Wells Fargo Michael ’79 and Kathie Wendel $1,000 - $4,999.99 Bernard ’71 and Cindy ’73 Aldrich Barney A. ’85 Alm American Indian Education Foundation Ameriprise Financial Gift Matching Program Dean* Anderson and Gail ’96 Nygaard Anderson Gary ’77 ’94 and Jody ’73 ’80 Anderson

Julie Andrzejewski and John Alessio Dick and Julie Andzenge Apogee Enterprises, Inc. Dwain W. Applegate Jorge and Violeta Arriagada AT&T Foundation Atwood Subway Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Barbara ’85 and King Banaian Ellyn Bartges and Laura Finch Gerald ’65 and Elaine Bauerly Sue Becker Jesse D. Belschner ’06 Stacy A. Bennett ’91 Laura A. and John C. Benson Benson Funeral Home Benton County Robert ’87 and Deborah Beumer Patricia ’65 and James ’66 Binger Dick ’77 and Mimi Bitzan Bloomberg L.P. John and Marie Bodette Charles and Mary Boltuck Loren and Deanna Boone Donald M. Boros ’66 ’67 William Branson Denise and Charly Brigham John and Glenda Burgeson Gladys Burmaster C Machine Co. Inc. Cargill Inc. Cargill, Inc. Gregg O. Cariolano ’80


$5,000 - $9,999.99, continued Darlene ’72 and Lockwood Carlson Diana ’78 and Robert Carter Jason R. Carter Central MN Estate Planning Council John ’82 and Cindy Clemens CliftonLarsonAllen Command Central LLC Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP Copeland Buhl & Co. Monica Devers Tracy ’87 and Kristy Dill Valerie ’76 and Timothy Doherty Roger and Betty Duininck Alyn ’49 and Anna Dull Susan ’71 and C. Scott Ebersole Edward W. Edelbrock ’56 Jane Ellison ’89 ’03 and Glen Palm Patricia ’73 ’78 and Charles Ernst ’56 Janese M. Evans ’79 ’81 Kari ’87 and William Fabian Fairview Southdale Hospital Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Jane ’72 and David Folsom ’69 Justin Foss ’94 and Lisa ’01 ’04 Helmin-Foss Terry ’72 and William Fraser Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation Froehling, Anderson Ltd. Karen ’71 and Kenton Frohrip John and Kathleen Gasparini Gasparini Consulting General Mills Foundation Barbara Gengler ’89 ’96 and Randy Weinberg Curtis ’77 and Betty Ghylin Kathleen A. Gill GNP Larry Godel ’85 and Ann Carlson Phyllis and Robert Goff ’58 Cynthia ’74 and Gregory Gonnella Bonnie and Charles Graham Granite Equity Partners LLC Graves 601 Hotel Bruce and Kathryn Grube Kathy ’71 and Alan ’71 Grundei Muriel and James* Grunerud John ’68 and Virginia Grupe John ’69 and Viki Gust GW Companies, Inc. Richard and Mabeth Gyllstrom H & R Block Foundation Ron ’79 and Michelle Hanson Sonya S. Hanson ’99 Patrick ’96 and Jill Haspert Michele Hedlund ’91 Allen ’78 and Dorie Heinen Donald Helgeson and Sue Shepard Susantha Herath Richard Hill ’61 ’69 and Sharon Rohling Harold ’65 and Janice Hoelscher Dennis ’74 and Tamara Holland John ’78 and Elizabeth Hoover Stanley and Karen Hubbard Bill ’90 and Ann ’11 Hudson Husky Gridiron Club


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Laura U. Huston ’77 Denis E. Hynes Image Builders Christine and Robert Inkster Institute of Internal Auditors International Precision Machining (IPM) ITW Foundation Shigeo J. Iwamiya ’00 Todd ’82 and Jill Jackson Thomas Jakel ’73 Cindy Johnson ’79 and Thomas Moore ’78 Edward ’64 ’68 ’81 and Nancy Johnson Gerald T. Johnson ’62 Icephine and Robert Johnson Leigh ’67 and Judith Johnson Annette ’79 and Kenneth Kaiser Joni ’81 and Mike ’81 Karl John and Evelyn Kasper KBJR-TV Michael ’65 and Doreen* ’65 ’72 Keable William* ’54 and Marlene Kemp LuBell ’76 and Robert Kendall Kettenacker Installation Barry ’92 ’98 and Kathy Kirchoff Dwain Kjos Trust Carrie ’03 ’11 and Adam ’01 ’05 Klepetar Jamie ’96 and Melissa Klinnert James and Beth KnutsonKolodzne Kenneth and Linda Kolodzne Sue E. Lambert ’74 John Lavander ’73 and Nancy Owen Diana and James Lawson Elaine L. Leach John ’61 and Arlene Leisen Mary ’68 ’84 and Vernon Leitch Jeremy ’98 and Kimberly Leitzen Mark ’08 and Dianne Lindblom Harriet ’54 and James* Louden Dianne ’77 and Allan Lozier The Lozier Foundation Barbara ’08 and Steven ’89 Ludwig Audrey Lunday ’58 Luther Honda of St. Cloud James ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej Karen ’60 ’69 and Douglas ’62 ’67 Magnus Devinder and Laura Malhotra Marco Inc. James G. Marmas ’51 Miguel Martinez-Saenz Michael ’88 and Mary McDonald McDowall Co. Michelle ’90 and Gordon ’89 Meyer Ruth ’73 ’81 and Roy Meyer Minnesota Golf Association, Inc. Minnesota Society of CPA’s Terri Mische MN Council for the Social Studies Diann ’03 and Keith ’03 Moeller Kathleen ’84 and Steven Mooney Laura Jensen Murphy Memorial Fund Brian ’83 and Karla Myres

National Council for History Education, Inc. Gregory and Kathy Nelson North Central Pathology, PA Robert ’66 and Sharon Nuss Linda ’74 and Richard Offerdahl Rhoda and Gregory Olsen James and Judy O’Neill Tracy E. Ore Jessica ’87 ’92 and Tim Ostman Wanda Overland Alfred and Astrid Pabst John ’70 and Sarah Park Douglas and Kris Patterson Katherine ’81 and John Pattison* Ronald G. Perrier Carl ’69 and Renae Peters Gerald ’76 and Jackie Peters Julie Peters ’74 and Mark Zabee Roxanne ’10 and Michael Pickle Terry and Sue Pladson Prudential Pladson Realty, Inc. Preferred Credit Inc. Principal Financial Group, Inc. Protective Life Corporation William ’60 ’66 and Patricia Radovich Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund Razoo Foundation Cynthia Reff Gloria* and Charles Rehwaldt Reta J. Wood Trust Rick ’80 and Melissa Riesgraf RSM McGladrey, Inc. Kay ’96 and Victor Rudek Jeanne E. Rudelius ’79 The Saint Paul Foundation Peter ’69 and Elissa Salin Marilyn ’82 and Carl* Savage Schlenner Wenner & Co. Michael C. Schmitz ’86 Gordon and Yvonne Schrank James ’68 and Susan Schultz SCSU Center Ice Club Dottie and Thomas Seamans Anthony Segale ’86 Charles Sell ’80 and Elizabeth Leitch-Sell ’79 Jerrell and Shirley* Setten Vincent Si ’02 Joyce ’74 and William ’73 Sieben Judith Siminoe and Michael Penrod Sixth District American Legion Auxiliary Sherry ’83 and James Smith Society of Automotive Engineers Twin City Sec Society of Industrial & Office Realtors Mary Soroko ’86 and Andrew Ditlevson Lisa Splittgerber St. Cloud Area Sertoma St. Cloud Granite Rotary St. Cloud Truck Sales, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Kurt ’93 and Jeannie Stelten Susan ’73 and Timothy ’72 ’78 Stier Thomas ’68 and Bonnie Strand

Strategic Toolbox Gary ’71 and Margie Stroeing Lauri Sulander ’51 and Edna Tollessen Suzanne ’80 and Joseph Sullivan Summit Sales Management Inc. Elizabeth ’03 and Brett ’03 Sween Ronald ’69 and Bonnie Swenson David M. Switzer Merle H. Sykora ’65 Takedown Club Target Stores TCF Bank - St. Cloud The Carter Family Foundation Richard ’71 and Martha Theilmann Marcia and Merton Thompson Anthony ’85 and Joyce Tillemans Beverly ’64 ’66 and Jerome Timmers Amy ’00 ’04 and Matthew Trombley ’97 ’00 Dennis ’59 and Marsha Tuel Ulteig Engineers Scott and Tamara Underwood United Health Group University Of Minnesota University of Minnesota - Carlson School Curtis ’89 and Patrice Oort Venture Allies, LLC Carol and Charles Vick Russel and Lynne Viker Francis* ’59 and Ludmila ’68 Voelker Leo ’75 and Margaret ’72 ’82 Vos Michael ’68 and Janet ’68 Wagner Robert C. Wanzong ’68 ’71 Ila M. Waseka Heather Weems Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Leon ’69 and Patricia Westbrock Westwood Professional Services, Inc. Kathy ’88 and Brad ’88 Wheelock Robert ’70 and Elaine ’70 White Alice ’64 and Robert Wick* Carolyn and James Williams Kathleen C. Willis Willmar Poultry Co. & Affiliates Catherine ’81 ’84 and Peter Winge Wipfli Foundation Inc. Wesley F. Wren ’01 Craig C. Wruck Gary A. Yoshimoto Remaining donor lists up to $1,000 are available online at

Gifts received July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Andy Virden Memorial Scholarship established numerous civic and community organizations. He was a long-time president of the Central Minnesota Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Virden received a DFL Lifetime Service Award in 2009. The following year he was recipient of the Helen Keller Sight Award. Among his passions was advocating for services for the blind, including Radio Talking Book, a closed-circuit news and information service. Born in Waite Park, Virden was a resident of the community for most of his life. He was a leader in the Waite Park Booster Club and Knights of Columbus. Virden served as the 1981 Grand Marshall in the town’s Spass Tag parade. In 2011, Virden was crossing a street in his neighborhood when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. He was 83. The Andy Virden Memorial Scholarship was created in October 2012 by his family in recognition of his activism and service to others. The office of Student Disability Services will award an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a St. Cloud State student with a visual impairment who is involved in community service. Visit to make a contribution to this scholarship. Explore our gift planning website and learn about how to make St. Cloud State a part of your own estate planning.

Andy Virden ’50 (1927-2011) had degenerative low vision as a child and was blind by his teen years. His lack of eyesight did not dampen his desire for an education. Virden was first in his family to attend college and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in history and social science in 1950. He was one of the first blind graduates from St. Cloud State Teachers College. Despite fulfilling all teaching requirements, he received no employment offers after graduation. At the time, it was widely believed that a blind teacher could not perform the job. Virden went on to train in travel management and worked in sales for several years. In 1955, he became a licensed vendor as an affiliate of State Services for the Blind’s Business Enterprises Program. For 38 years, Virden’s concession stand was a fixture in the lobby of the St. Cloud Post Office. In this high-traffic location, Virden’s outgoing personality allowed him to develop a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. An actively engaged citizen, Virden was a member of

A n n ual R eport / 2 0 1 1 - 1 2 Heritage Society Members The Heritage Society was established to honor and recognize those visionary individuals who, through their estate plans, are making a contribution to the future of St. Cloud State. To become a member, simply name St. Cloud State University Foundation as a beneficiary in your estate plan through a bequest, trust, gift annuity, retirement plan or life insurance policy. We invite you to join the Heritage Society by notifying us that you have included the University in your estate plans.

Jack and Janie Amundson Fred L. Andersen Jr. Shirley A. Andersen Blaine ’83 and Tammy Anderson Charlotte West Anderson ’48 Marcella Angus ’41 ’54 ’62 LaVaughn Bangtson ’54 ’57 Gabe ’65 and Karen ’64 Wittmayer Beckers Barbara J. Bloomer Charles ’49 ’51 and Laurel ’51 ’52 ’62 Depuis Brainard Carol G. Brink Mary ’79 and David Choate Joyce I. Reintjes Crowder and Brian-Paul Klein Crowder Kenneth ’85 and Mary ’86 Waters Cryer Barry ’65 and Carol Eklund Janice Ellingson ’59 Florence V. Emme ’40 Ruth Erickson ’69 Karen ’71 and Kenton Frohrip Walter ’39 and Fran ’39* Gerzin Shannah ’67 and Douglas Gillespie James J. Glatzmaier ’75 * Deceased

Cynthia Gonnella ’74 Arthur ’62 ’64 and Barbara Grachek ’62 ’63 Charles and Florence Graham Deeann Jo Griebel ’76 Chris G. Grosz Alan ’71 and Kathy ’71 Grundei Ernest M. Gunderson ’77 Muriel and James* Grunerud Harry ’65 and Jan Hoelscher Suellyn M. Hofmann ’75 Robert ’69 and Caren ’85 Kalenda Bernadette and Cy* Kuefler Elaine L. Leach William H. Leopard Stephen and Jeannie* Lindgren I. Thomas and Barbara ’90 Macgilivray James ’73 and Ann Marie Maciej Kathleen G. Marker ’73 ’75 Leonhard P. Mickelsen ’58 ’64 James and Marion Miller Robert E. Myers ’60 Ronald G. Perrier Carl H. Peters ’69 Julie K Peters ’74

John R. Pritchard ’74 Edwin ’53 ’63 and Joyce Repulski Dennis ’61 and Karol Ringsmuth Douglas F. Risberg Peter ’69 and Elissa Salin Ronald ’69 and Lynda ’69 Johnson Schmidt Ted Sherarts Don and Arlene Sikkink Dorothy ’77 and Mike Simpson John Skoog ’97 Gary ’65 and Jan Smith Jack ’52 and Phyllis Smith Edward W. Solberg ’97 ’99 George ’59 ’69 and Betty Stein Marcia A. Summers Merle H. Sykora ’65 Jeanette Thompson Larsen George and Shirley Torrey Dale Trippler ’69 Ludmila ’68 and Francis ’59* Voelker Fred ’69 and Paula Welsch Charles Wikman ’70 and Nancy Lellelid Debra E. Yerigan ’82

Gifts to St. Cloud State University Foundation were received ... In honor of Peg Lundren Jane Oxton Marcelyn Smale

In memory of Jayne Adams Piehl Cleone Clayton Mary Corliss Todd DeVriese Prudence Ernest Gus Gehrke Mae Goede Jim Hall Marge Hams Robert Hebeisen Mark Hendershot Paul Herges James Hovanetz Joan Jacobson Louisa Johnson William Kemp Brian Koepp John Laakso

Leon Lechner Anne Macomber Phyllis Nemec Richard Olson Marge Pallansch Gloria Rehwaldt Jerome Reichel Curtis Rowland John Schad Doris Serdula Leo Siegel Wyman Telander Michael Tripp Francis Voelker Alice Wick Stephania Zavislak Prout


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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!

Spring Commencement and Alumni Luncheon May 12, 2013 Alnwick England Alumni and Friends Trip May 18-28, 2013 St. Cloud State Alumni & Friends Night at Target Field June 18, 2013 Atwood Family Reunion June 29, 2013

Celebrate! St. Cloud State Summer events

Fall Events

June 27-30, 2013 June 27 • St. Cloud State Lemonade Reception • St. Cloud State Lemonade Concert and Art Fair June 29 • Atwood Family Reunion

September 27-29, 2013 Visit for updated information

Alumni Booth at the State Fair Aug. 22 – Sept. 2, 2013

(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 number

Up-to-date Alumni Association calendar of events and details at Contact the Alumni Relations Office at 320-308-3177, 1-866-464-8759 or


family reunion Saturday, June 29, 2013 2-5 p.m. Atwood MEmorial Center For more information and to RSVP visit atwood or call the Atwood Administration Office at 320-308-2905.

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

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

You are invited to an afternoon of fun, friends, and celebration! Families are welcome to attend! • Visit with Atwood Alums- employees, student leaders and other friends of Atwood Memorial Center • Tour Atwood Memorial Center and see exciting changes to the building • Celebrate the June 2013 retirement of Atwood Director Margaret Vos ’72 ’77

Invitees include:

• Former Atwood student employees and staff • Former University Program Board (UPB) members • Friends of Atwood Memorial Center • Members of the former Major Events Council (MEC) and Atwood Board of Governors (ABOG)

Outlook - Spring 2013  

In this edition: St. Cloud State faculty, staff, students and alums make their global impact known at home and abroad.