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Dear Friend of the College, Federal and state legislators around the country are struggling mightily with large budget deficits. Theirs is not an easy task. Among the items being considered for possible reductions are federal Pell Grants and Minnesota State Grants. These programs work together to provide need-based financial aid for college students, and both programs are vitally important for students at public and private colleges and universities throughout the state. At St. Scholastica, one in five students comes from a family with income of $30,000 or less, and one in three from a family with income of $50,000 or less. (“Private” does not necessarily mean “wealthy.”) They can afford to attend here only through a combination of scholarships, grants, and loans. About 1,150 of our undergraduates currently receive Pell Grants, and more than 900 depend upon the Minnesota State Grant. Each grant can mean several thousand dollars to a student. Reducing these important programs would mean that many students simply could not afford to attend St. Scholastica – or perhaps any other institution, either. Cutting aid to college students is bad public policy, as a look at our nation’s history reveals. After World War II, the U.S. government pumped massive amounts of student aid into higher education through the G.I. Bill. Why? Because as a nation we decided that an educated citizenry was in our best economic interest. After Sputnik, our government invested heavily in science and math education, because it was viewed as a matter of national defense. Minnesota can tell a similar story. Substantial investment by the state in higher education during the second half of the last century is directly related to Minnesota’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Minnesota companies grow and succeed here because they have access to a highly educated work force. The “American Century” was not an accident. It had to do in large part with wise decisions about the power of education for both capitalism and democracy. Now some in the country are in a different mood. Education is seen as more of a private than a public good. “If you’re smart enough to go to college,” the thinking goes, “you’re smart enough to find a way to pay for it.” Reductions in government grants are straining students of modest means at both public and private institutions. This is risky thinking. Consider some facts: Higher education is an economic engine for Minnesota and America, especially in a knowledge economy. Higher education is part of the solution to the Great Recession. By nearly every measure, America’s educational standing among nations is declining. Economic growth requires a highly trained, innovative workforce. In a flat world, jobs are easily outsourced to China and India. Baby-boomers will begin retiring soon, leaving huge vacancies in the job market. The fastest-growing populations of students in the country are first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students. Many of them depend upon need-based grants to afford college. To me, these facts add up to a compelling case for increasing federal and state investments in student aid. Reductions may be politically popular and penny-wise, but they are pound-foolish and strategically dangerous. If you agree, please help me get the message out – especially to our legislators. Contact your state and federal legislators at www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/.
Larry Goodwin President
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On the cover: Sister Mary Rochefort ’70 sprinkles holy water with a cedar bough in a blessing of the College’s new Rochester facility. See page 7.
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Alumni awards The best get their due
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Contributors Margot Zelenz Vice President of College Advancement
Carrie Emslander Associate Director of Alumni Relations
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Brave new marketing Jeff Rich and Co. bring on the love
Bricks and mortar Celebrating initiatives in Duluth and Rochester
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Brave new marketing New approaches result in growth of ‘GEO’ programs
We have to recognize that we’re competing on a national level for students. We’ve got enough strength in our academic programming and reputation, particularly in health sciences and nursing, to have an impact nationally.
3:30 p.m. Tuesday. In Tower Hall, it’s ‘Show Me the Love’ time. “All right,” says Jeff Rich. All eyes turn to a slide displayed on a screen. “What’s different here than a week ago?” Rich is St. Scholastica’s vice president for marketing and communications. On the screen is a spread sheet of numbers regarding graduate, extended and online programs (collectively known as GEO programs). For each program, this slide and others like it show how many inquiries have been made by prospective students, through which media channels, from which campaigns, and how many of those prospects have applied, been accepted and enrolled. The analysis extends to the “granular” level, as they say, covering the cost of reaching
each prospect, the timeliness and responsiveness of various media used, the quality of the leads generated, and more. Participating via speaker phone are Jim Poole, director of marketing planning, Don Wortham, executive director of extended studies, and Jim Pounds, the College’s media director. In Tower Hall room 1603 with Rich are Beth Domholdt, vice president for academic affairs, Joel Clasemann ’96, manager of enrollment management data, and Lindsay Lahti, director of GEO recruitment. Regulars Kara
Hanson, director of content creation and Internet services, and Eric Berg â€™92, vice president for enrollment management, are away.
VSHFLÂżFGLJLWDOPHGLDEX\Âł:HÂśUH seeing good inquiry rates and good conversion so letâ€™s double down on this venue.â€?
The group begins to go through each programâ€™s numbers, and the dialogue is quick, probing, jargonÂżOOHG2YHUODSSLQJFRQYHUVDWLRQV contain dollops of sharp-edged humor and brief digressions. The talk touches upon â€œPPC,â€? (â€œpay per clickâ€? or â€œsearch engine marketingâ€?) as discussions emerge over which search engine â€“ Google, Bing or Yahoo â€“ is generating the best return on investment. As the meeting heats XSWKHWHUPVĂ€\E\GLJLWDOPDUNHWLQJ mix, long-tail strategy, quality leads, data mining, vertical venues, credit hours and credit hour production, â€œspring-two startsâ€? and â€œsummer starts,â€? â€œB2Bâ€? (business to business marketing), databases, revised targets and two-minute drills.
Eventually a consensus emerges:
Thereâ€™s a brief exchange about â€œbleed in the funnelâ€? â€“
Domholdt and Lahti discuss making sure the academic deans work with program advisers to communicate WR/DKWLÂśVRIÂżFHZKHQVWXGHQWVDUH enrolled but donâ€™t show up for class.
â€œI think itâ€™s more melt than bleed â€“â€? â€œWe do have bleed â€“ â€? â€œNo, those are false inquiries â€“ â€? 'HVSLWHWKHVSHHGDQGWKHVXSHUÂżFLDO looseness of the proceedings, thereâ€™s a systematic examination of how many prospective students are making inquiries to individual programs and KRZWKH\ÂśUHÂżQGLQJWKH&ROOHJH Each program has an inquiry goal. That is, for each program, academic affairs, enrollment management and marketing analyze data and agree to an enrollment target. From there, a formula is used to set the number of inquiries needed to meet the enrollment goal. The â€˜Show Me the Loveâ€™ meeting will determine which programs get more spending to generate those inquiries â€“ which will get â€œshown the loveâ€? â€“ and which wonâ€™t. Some tactics supporting individual programs will be pursued. Others wonâ€™t. â€œLetâ€™s increase our exposure on this network,â€? Rich is saying about a group of inquires coming in from a
â€œThrow whatever resources we can at m-e-d nowâ€? (a new online Master of Education program) â€œYes â€“â€? â€œAgreed â€“â€? â€œDonâ€™t ignore the others, but m-e-d needs more love than the rest right now.â€? â€œRight.â€? Resources will go to help build an applicant pool for this new program. Thereâ€™s barely a pause before talk shifts to creating better, more methodical collaboration on setting WDUJHWV6KDUHGGHÂżQLWLRQVRIWHUPV Agreed-upon parameters of data. Commonly held deadlines.
Rich reports on the Collegeâ€™s intent
to form a Business Development Steering Committee, to look at a holistic go-to-market strategy. Talk turns to using the Collegeâ€™s Center for Healthcare Innovation to help with brand-building and GEO program promotion. Someone offers a naughty quip about the great acronym that could be created by combining â€˜Scholastica Healthâ€™ and â€“ well, it makes everyone give in to laughter. /DKWLVD\WKDWVKHZDQWVWKHÂżUVW T-shirt. Within an hour itâ€™s all wrapped up. The energy level is still palpable as people leave, one-on-one conversations forming in the doorway and fading out in the hall. â€œThe meetings go fast,â€? said Berg. â€œWe usually run out of time. And because thereâ€™s such synergy in the room, theyâ€™re highly productive. Theyâ€™re the kind of meetings that you emerge from feeling like real progress was made.â€? *
Where the Collegeâ€™s marketing plans used to be made up to a year in advance, involving a limited number of print and broadcast media, todayâ€™s
ÂżJeff Rich, Joel Clasemann, Lindsay Lahti and Beth Domholdt work on marketing strategy for graduate, extended and online (GEO) programs. 3
decisions are made monthly, weekly, even daily, in the digital realm. A key driver is Rich, who joined the College in 2009 as its first-ever vice president for marketing. His career had been primarily in retail marketing, where strategies and tactics have historically been more progressive than those used in higher education. “Jeff has taken the College’s marketing to a new level,” said St. Scholastica President Larry Goodwin. “I’m hearing more and more often from people in the Twin Cities, especially, about our visibility there and across the state. I think we have a more professional image.” Rich is quick to share that love, as it were. “Listen,” he says – a word with which he often begins sentences – “it’d be silly to portray this as the work of any one person. You have to note the incredible job being done by Jim (Poole), Don (Wortham), Lindsay (Lahti), Kara (Hanson) and Joel (Clasemann). They’re doing the heavy lifting.”
We’ve modeled ourselves after the successful things we’ve seen done. … We’ve tried to develop a quick-response mechanism. We’re making great progress.
Important lifting it is. St. Scholastica’s strategic plan calls for maintaining the present size of traditional undergraduate programs at around 2,200 students. The on-campus “immersion model,” as it’s called, will always remain central to St. Scholastica. But for the foreseeable future, growth is needed from the
GEO programs. And budgetary growth is crucial to the College’s well-being. Higher education has become a lifelong need for people of all ages, in all professional situations. For them, accelerated, evening, and especially online learning can be more effective than the traditional approach. “If you don’t adapt to that as an institution you’ll be stagnant and not grow,” said Domholdt. “And if you don’t grow, everything becomes a zero-sum game. Without new money coming in the door you’re just rearranging things within yourself, and some of the quality things you want to do you can’t afford. “At St. Scholastica we’re not going to instantly have the donor base that could pay for the quality we need. And we don’t have a big enough endowment. In the short term at least, resources are going to come from more students believing we have educational programs that are going to meet their goals. “Jeff pushes us to think differently about how to market the organization and our programs. He brings new skills that help develop creative tension.” She smiled. “He’ll suggest some things that make the academics” – deans and faculty members – “roll their eyes and say ‘Yeah, right.’ Just like the academics will propose some things and he’ll say ‘Who’s going to buy that?’ “For instance, the marketing folks would like our MBA ads to emphasize ‘No GMAT required.’ ” (The GMAT is the graduate admissions test.) “That’s true; we don’t require the GMAT. It’s about us not having barriers to entry. But could that be perceived by the public as us not caring about quality? So the faculty worry about, how do you get that message across without damaging the brand?” She pondered a moment, then said with an “on the other hand” facial expression: “We academics can be pretty stodgy.”
The results of the new metricsdriven approach to marketing are impressive. During the recent recession, St. Scholastica’s traditional undergraduate population has held strong. Meanwhile, the 22 GEO programs are growing in enrollment – not across the board as consistently as desired, but clearly growing. And the number of inquiries coming in is up by as much as 300 percent in some programs. Just three years ago enrollment was about 1,200 in GEO programs; today it is 1,700. The result is that St. Scholastica is growing at a time when many peer and competitor schools are in maintenance or even retrenchment mode. The College isn’t a national leader in real-time digital marketing techniques. The “national for-profits,” as Rich calls them, such as The University of Phoenix and Capella University, have a significant head start. But among private colleges in the Upper Midwest? “I think we’re ahead of the majority of our peer traditional colleges,” Rich said. “We’ve modeled ourselves after the successful things we’ve seen done. Part of the way (the national forprofits) create that success is by being responsive. We’ve tried to develop a quick-response mechanism. We’re making great progress.” He noted that Wortham was recently at a conference in which the organizers, unbeknownst to the participating colleges and universities, “secret shopped” an inquiry by a dummy prospective student to see which school would have the best response, defined as a combination of quickness and high quality information. Quick response time is a big competitive advantage. “To Don’s delight,” Rich recalled, “we came out number one.” Much of the work to this point has involved coordinating the efforts of marketing, enrollment management, and academic affairs.
â€œBy getting those three entities in the same room at the â€˜Show Me the Loveâ€™ meetings,â€? said Berg, â€œSt. Scholastica got past the â€œsiloâ€? mentality of proprietary suspicion and lack of communication. â€œFrom what Iâ€™ve heard,â€? Berg said, â€œweâ€™re really the envy of a lot of (competitor) colleges in the way weâ€™re communicating and collaborating across the vital divisions responsible for enrollment.â€? Rich feels that the working relationship thatâ€™s been established is â€œthe best thing thatâ€™s come out of all this. We now have a true sense of partnership and shared responsibility to work together to make our enrollment goals.â€? Not that there doesnâ€™t remain what %HUJFDOOVÂłFKDÂżQJÂ´ â€œThe colleges that donâ€™t communicate ZHOOWKH\VWLOOKDYHWKDWFKDÂżQJÂ´ Berg said. â€?It just builds up and up until itâ€™s a huge problem. We have it too but weâ€™re open about it. Weâ€™re collectively working on reaching a point where we can agree on whatâ€™s better and how to get there.â€? Rich thinks itâ€™s healthy. â€œYou get to a better place when you have people coming from different points of view rather than a bunch of people who nod their heads and agree to everything.â€? *
GEO inquiry generation strategy isnâ€™t Richâ€™s only focus. Heâ€™s in charge of traditional undergraduate marketing, which he notes requires a much different approach than GEO, as well as conferences and events and public and media relations. He has extended the reach of the Collegeâ€™s public relations capability by hiring D7ZLQ&LWLHV35ÂżUPWRKHOS%RE Ashenmacher, executive director of communications. But his sights never stray far from GEO. Toward that end, heâ€™s a leader in the Collegeâ€™s aggressive exploration of business to business
relationships, which can include offering tuition discounts for corporate employees and other groups. The tactic makes some people nervous. Rich responds that â€œwe need to attack inquiry generation from all angles to be successful.â€? â€œI use the airlines analogy all the WLPHÂŤRQFHDĂ€LJKWWDNHVRIILIWKHUH are empty seats, youâ€™ve lost that revenue opportunity forever. For us, once the semester starts, if you have XQÂżOOHGFDSDFLW\\RXQHYHUJHWWKDW back. Itâ€™s gone. So you look at your enrollment metrics and say â€˜If we have to discount or incent or create VRPHLQQRYDWLYHZD\WRÂżOOWKRVHODVW few seats and otherwise they would QRWKDYHÂżOOHGKRZFDQZHGRWKDW" Packages that create aid, perhaps, or packaging internships and preprofessional graduate assistantships?â€™ The reality is, if we donâ€™t have that kind of thinking we miss goals.â€?
if youâ€™re interested in this kind of program.â€™ â€? Berg notes that itâ€™s in the Collegeâ€™s DNA to be responsive to the marketplace. â€œThe Sisters responded to a need 100 years ago,â€? he said. â€œThis area needed a college like St. Scholastica and they founded one. The rock around which all of our work rotates, or revolves, is the Benedictine history and values. As much as everything else is moving, is in constant motion, that isnâ€™t. And we lean on that when we need to.â€?
If all the talk of high-tech tactics, discounts and sales pitches sounds very retail â€“ as though higher education is a commodity â€“ Rich doesnâ€™t blink. â€œThereâ€™s some truth to that perception. Weâ€™re adapting best practices in marketing that are retail oriented. They work. Listen, weâ€™re competing IRUVWXGHQWVLQPDUNHWVDQGÂżHOGV where theyâ€™ve never even heard of us. Youâ€™ve got to take an approach thatâ€™s more promotional in nature without becoming overly promotional and diminishing the prestige of our brand. â€œWe have to recognize that weâ€™re competing on a national level for students. Weâ€™ve got enough strength in our academic programming and reputation, particularly in health sciences and nursing, to have an impact nationally. Because we donâ€™t have the awareness level of national schools weâ€™ve got to use more promotional strategies to get our messages out. You donâ€™t achieve that E\EHLQJSDVVLYH<RXÂśYHJRWWRÂżQG out ways to show youâ€™re here, youâ€™re compelling, youâ€™re distinctive. â€˜We should be in your consideration set
The day after the â€˜Show Me the Loveâ€™ meeting, Rich is leading a weekly staff meeting for the 20 or so members of his department. Enrollments for â€œspring-two,â€? the second start-date for GEO programs, are looking very strong. Coming on top of other good trends, heâ€™s seeing much of the last yearâ€™s efforts bearing fruit. â€œWe have good data now, and weâ€™re managing our business based on dataGULYHQIRUHFDVWLQJDQGĂ€RZWKURXJKÂ´ he tells his staff. â€œWeâ€™re one of the top performing colleges in the state.â€? He smiles. â€œItâ€™s going to be scary, how much weâ€™re going to be able to accomplish now.â€?
ÂżLindsay Lahti listens as Beth Domholdt makes a point.
To see a sampling of the latest GEO marketing messages go to go.css.edu/geosampler
Ceremonies celebrate major â€œbricks
Sister Lois Eckes â€™69, prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, said 0RWKHU6FKRODVWLFD.HUVWÂżUVW prioress of the Benedictine community in Duluth and founder of the College, would be pleased by the project. Dr. Larry McGahey, dean of the School of Science, gave a faculty perspective. The event was followed by a reception.
ÂżTurning earth in honor of the new Science addition are, from left, Sister Lois Eckesâ€™69, Alyssa Courneya â€™12, Larry Goodwin, Mary Ives, Sister Kathleen Hoferâ€™63 and Larry McGahey.
Science addition underway
he College ceremonially broke ground on April 26 for a $15.6 million addition to the Science Center on the Duluth campus.
moving had already gotten underway. But bad weather forced the event indoors, into the Science Center Auditorium.
â€œResponding to the needs of our region has always been an important part of the Collegeâ€™s mission,â€? Mary Ives, chair of the Board of Trustees, told an audience of about 150 students, faculty, staff and friends RIWKH&ROOHJHÂł:HÂśYHIXOÂżOOHGWKLV role well, with an emphasis in health care. Today weâ€™re marking another milestone in that tradition.â€?
Dr. Larry Goodwin, president of St. Scholastica, led a group of dignitaries in turning shovels of dirt to signify the start of the year-long project. In his remarks he noted two instances of historical symmetry. The additionâ€™s design work was done by Minneapolis DUFKLWHFWXUDOÂżUP(OOHUEH%HFNHWZKRVH founder, Franklin Ellerbe, redesigned Tower Hall a century ago after another ÂżUPÂśVSODQVSURYHGXQVRXQG$QG the projectâ€™s contractor, McGough Construction of St. Paul, provided the stone masonry work on Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel and Stanbrook Hall in the 1930s.
The enlarged Science Center will strengthen the academic experience of all St. Scholastica students, she said, â€œbut especially those who major in nursing, pre-med, the sciences, and the health sciences. And that stands WREHQHÂżWKHDOWKFDUHWKURXJKWKH region, and the state for that matter, which improves the quality of life for everyone.â€? The event was planned for outdoors at the construction site, where earth 6
Sister Kathleen Hofer â€™63, chair of the Science Initiative fundraising effort, opened the proceedings with a prayer. Alyssa Courneya â€™12, president of the St. Scholastica Student Senate, offered thanks on behalf of the student body.
The building project is the Collegeâ€™s biggest ever in terms of dollars. The addition will create a new 40,000 square-foot wing to enhance the existing 125,000 square-foot Science Center. 7KHÂżQDQFLQJLQYROYHVPLOOLRQLQ College savings and bonding capacity and $6 million in private gifts, with $1.1 million left to raise. New features include: Â‡ODERUDWRULHVIRUFKHPLVWU\DQG biochemistry Â‡IDFXOW\XQGHUJUDGXDWHVWXGHQW research areas Â‡FODVVURRPVIRUSUHODERUDWRU\ meetings and general class use Â‡WXQQHOVWR6RPHUVDQG7RZHUKDOOV Â‡IDFXOW\RIÂżFHV Â‡DQDWULXPVW\OHJDWKHULQJDUHD Â‡DURRIWRSJUHHQKRXVH The expansion will open during the Collegeâ€™s Centennial year, in 2012, and is expected to be a highlight of the yearâ€™s celebrations. Move-in will be accomplished over the summer and full use by the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
mortarâ€? initiatives ÂžTeresa Ipina, Jeff Rich and Larry Goodwin listen to remarks by Don Wortham.
â€˜Base campâ€™ opens in Rochester
he College launched its new Rochester campus with a ribbon cutting and blessing on April 28.
whom were alumni from the region.
In whatâ€™s being called a â€œbase campâ€? prototype, the facility will enable students to interact with peers, work with faculty and get support from staff at a central downtown location. The site includes CafĂŠ BlueStone, a new concept in student unions offering a coffee house atmosphere where students can gather in small workgroups when it suits their schedules.
In Rochester the College offers undergraduate degrees in management, nursing, organizational behavior, and health information management. Graduate programs include nursing, education, health information management, I.T. leadership, educational media and technology, and physical therapy. Most current students in the area take courses online.
â€œWhether enrolled in online or face-to-face courses, students want to congregate, to exchange ideas, and to get the help they need as they pursue educational goals,â€? said Don Wortham, executive director of extended studies at St. Scholastica. â€œWe think that â€˜placeâ€™ matters, so weâ€™ve designed a social space in downtown Rochester that meets the needs of 21st century students.â€?
The College has offered programs in 5RFKHVWHUVLQFHÂżUVWDWDSULYDWH school building. For its new space it partnered with Touchpoint Retail and 7DQHNDUFKLWHFWXUDOÂżUPWRGHYHORS the design. Students can access the facility during extended hours, take DGYDQWDJHRILWVĂ€H[LEOHPHHWLQJ spaces, and utilize advanced learning technologies, like social media, that connect with the Collegeâ€™s other campuses in Duluth, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Brainerd.
The new facility is at 221 First Ave. SW in the Minnesota Bio-Business Center, a city-owned 100,000 squarefoot building. The ceremonies began with a ribbon cutting by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. That was followed in the evening by a blessing by Sister Mary Rochefort â€™70, the Collegeâ€™s associate vice president for mission integration. President Larry Goodwin also spoke to the crowd of about 40 invited guests, many of
Rochester television news and newspaper journalists covered the event.
Through the Rochester location, St. Scholastica offers accelerated online and hybrid degree programs designed for busy students. Classes run for eight weeks instead of the usual 16-week terms, and programs can be entered at any of six start dates throughout the year. Students complete up to 48 credits in a single year by enrolling in just two classes per term.
â€œTodayâ€™s students are goal-focused, and want to interact with us in different ways than they did even a few years ago,â€? said Jeff Rich, vice president for marketing and communications at St. Scholastica. â€œWeâ€™ve recognized these trends, and designed our Rochester location VSHFLÂżFDOO\WRVXSSRUWVWXGHQWVZKR want a quality education â€“ but through non-traditional means.â€?
ÂżSister Mary Rochefort â€™70 uses holy water to bless the new space. Also shown is Sister Clare Marie Trettel â€™70.
T R E AT Y R I G H T S : S t . S c h o l a s t i c a ’s u n t o l d r o l e
hen brothers Mike and Fred Tribble were students at St. Scholastica in 1973, they enrolled in an Indian Law course taught by attorney Larry Leventhal. During that class, Leventhal assigned the Tribbles a classroom exercise that shaped the future of our region. Leventhal asked the Tribbles, who are members of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Ojibwe, to research and then argue for tribal hunting and fishing rights in territory ceded to the United States in 1837, 1842 and 1854 treaties. “Researching those treaties opened our eyes,” Fred said. “We realized those treaties gave us rights that we weren’t able to use.” The Tribbles and a friend commuted 90 minutes to campus three days 8
per week, from their homes on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in northwestern Wisconsin. They talked about the treaty rights in the car after class, and as they spoke they became convinced they needed to act. A couple of college students challenging the state of Wisconsin didn’t seem realistic, so they asked Leventhal what action they could take to change the situation. “Larry said we needed a test case,” Mike said. “We knew that meant getting arrested.” So the Tribbles planned. They approached the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Council and asked for support. The tribe supported the effort, but said they couldn’t contribute any financial help. The Tribbles decided to move
ahead anyway, not knowing where (or if) help would come. “We didn’t know if we’d be fined, go to jail, or whatever else. We didn’t know who would help,” Mike said. In March 1974, just months after arguing for treaty rights in Leventhal’s class, they set up their spearing shack on Chief Lake, within the area Ojibwe claimed for hunting and fishing rights but outside the reservation. When the DNR arrived to cite them, the Tribbles produced the 1837 treaty. They were arrested, released on their own recognizance and later convicted. But they had a plan. Leventhal told them that because they were students with low income they could qualify for Judicare, a non-profit, free law firm specializing in civil
:HGLGQÂśWNQRZLIZHÂśGEHÂżQHGJRWRMDLORUZKDWHYHUHOVH â€“ Mike Tribble
cases. Judicare worked with the WULEHDQGÂżOHGDQDSSHDOZKLFKWKH Tribbles lost again. However, they won a larger point. The case began working its way through the court system and eventually reached the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals in 1983. That court agreed with the argument the Tribbles made in Leventhalâ€™s classroom â€“ the treaties JDYHWULEHVWKHULJKWVWRKXQWDQGÂżVK
7KHUXOLQJFODULÂżHGWUHDW\ULJKWVLQ Wisconsin, while also spurring other tribes to challenge laws that curtailed treaty rights. In 1991, the U.S. 6XSUHPH&RXUWUHDIÂżUPHGWKHULJKW of the Lake Superior Chippewa to KXQWÂżVKDQGJDWKHURQODQGVFHGHGLQ Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. A 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case, Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, strengthened the interpretation of treaty law. The legacy of the actions of the Tribbles and other treaty rights advocates has shaped natural resource use, race relations, and the economics and social structure of the Midwest. For example, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission was created to co-manage the natural resources in the ceded territory. Because Indians exercised their treaty ULJKWVPRUHELRORJLVWVDQGÂżVKHULHV experts help manage resources than
Photo: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
â€œWe waited a long time for that decision,â€? Fred said. â€œLarry told us that a test case would take eight or nine years, so we knew to be patient. We just started things moving. A lot of people helped make it happen.â€?
ever before. The Commission has gained respect from all sides and FOLPELQJÂżVKDQGZLOGOLIHFRXQWV prove a successful partnership. Fears of game depletion disappeared. The Tribbles didnâ€™t expect all this, of course. They wanted only to use the rights they had retained and to force the U.S. government to honor its commitments. While they entertained some ideas of how far their act could reach, it exceeded even their expectations. â€œThere were people who did the same thing before us and after us,â€? Mike said. â€œWe never wanted to get attention. All we wanted was our way
of life.â€? For his part, Leventhal said it was simply a matter of pointing students in a direction. â€œThey were inquisitive students interested in exploring their rights,â€? Leventhal said. â€œI simply told them what the treaties said and how they could approach it.â€?
ÂżFred Tribble, left, and Mike Tribble, got the idea for establishing a treaty rights test case in a St. Scholastica class. They are shown with Jim Zorn of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Still, that St. Scholastica classroom provided a place for a spark to gain heat. â€œHigher education is so important,â€? Fred said. â€œWithout higher education, none of this would have ever happened.â€? 9
Prepping for grad school
ith each passing year, the College is offering students more opportunities for international study. Arshia Khan and Janelle Wapola ’95 are making sure the opportunity is a scholarly challenge. They led students on a research-based trip that emphasizes rigorous academics and culminated in a cultural fair that displayed the scholarly fruits of the journey. Khan, an assistant professor of Computer Information Systems, and Wapola, an assistant professor of Health Information Management, led 21 students from a variety of 10
majors to India from late in December through mid-January. Their learning model is called CRISP, which stands for Cultural diversity, Research, Global Issues, Support by mentorship, and Pedagogy. The four-credit course was billed as a “Journey to India’s HITEC City,” Hyderabad.
“Learning the research process is enlightening to many of these students, especially at the sophomore level,” Wapola said. “They haven’t even thought of it yet.” One of the program’s goals is to increase students’ interest in graduate school.
“Most of the research out there says that study abroad programs lack academic rigor,” Khan said. “This doesn’t.”
“In a way it’s kind of preparing them for grad school,” Khan said. “I’m not aware of any course that prepares them for the research process like this one does.”
Each student did a research project mentored by a faculty member, and SUHVHQWHGWKH¿QGLQJVDWWKHFXOWXUDOIDLU
Khan is from India and used personal contacts to enrich the curriculum of interviews, visits to professional,
At left, members of the group donned headwear for a tour of a mosque. Above right, junior Leslie Karpen models henna, a popular form of temporary tatoos in India. Below right, junior Rachel Hendrickson has fun with the camera, “holding” the Taj Mahal like a Christmas ornament.
educational and healthcare settings, and more. Instead of a standard poster session on campus, the students presented WKHLU¿QGLQJVDWDQHYHQWWKH\FDOOHG “India Expo,” which included music and food of India, with the students wearing Indian clothing.
Students can choose from Russia, France, Poland, Belize, Germany, Tanzania, Mexico, Italy, Morocco and China. The trips vary in length from a few weeks over winter vacation to an entire semester. The plans also differ based on undergraduate and graduate level study.
The opportunity for St. Scholastica students to travel and study abroad began with Sister Mary Odile Cahoon ’51 in 1980, when she founded the Ireland in the Spring program in Louisburgh. That program is still going strong. Today the College provides 10 other international learning experiences.
Students are also able to utilize the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) program, which offers the chance to bridge academic learning with direct experience of the urgent social challenges facing society. HECUA has study centers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. 11
“It was fascinating to hear my poems set to music. It’s made me look at my own work in new and different ways.”
A poet makes his way In March he was part of The Sanctuary Project, a new music/ poetry collaboration on the theme of ‘sanctuary’ by the ensemble Lunatics at Large of New York. The group commissioned new poems from Vine and several other poets, as well as using some of his existing poetry. He read his work onstage at Carnegie Hall’s 300-seat Weill Hall, which sold out, as well as at a church and a synagogue. He worked most closely with ensemble composers Raphael Fusco and Laura Koplowitz. “Laura is the one who found my book at the Provincetown Center for the Arts in Massachusetts,” said Vine, who’s 34, “and out of the blue contacted me saying, ‘You know, I hope you don’t mind, but I composed a concerto based on one of your poems.’ She sent me the music and it’s really beautiful.”
¿Poet Ryan Vine is emerging on the national scene.
he College’s poet is gaining national visibility.
Ryan Vine ’99, assistant professor of English, has had his work read on Garrison Keillor’s nationally broadcast “Writer’s Almanac” radio program. He recently had a poem published in Ploughshares, one of the country’s best known literary journals and a venue he’d been trying to break into for 10 years. The Greensboro Review awarded his poem “Ward Works Hard to Keep You Hidden” the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, worth $1,000 and a special announcement in the spring 2011 issue. Most exciting of all, he’s made it to Carnegie Hall.
The performances were “amazing,” he said. “It was fascinating to hear my poems set to music. It’s made me look at my own work in new and different ways. To hear that emotional content in another art form and feel in some instances like, ‘Yes! That’s exactly what I was going for’ – it was almost like a new form of communication that never existed before. “When you hear somebody hit so perfectly the tone or emotional register in a piece, and you realize your poem reached a guy like (composer) Raphael (Fusco) who spends his summers in Italy, grew up on the Jersey shore, that’s very powerful.” He expects to sustain the creative
relationships that were begun. In fact, it’s already happening. “I’m working on an opera with Raphael. I’m writing the libretto based on an ancient Mesopotamian myth, ZKLFKLVEDVLFDOO\WKHÀRRGVWRU\ before the Bible was written.” He got interested in English when he was 21 and a junior at St. Scholastica, he said. “I studied in this English department; I’m a product of this English department. That’s why I feel so lucky to be here. I didn’t realize at the time as a student what a great department it was. It took me studying elsewhere to see how impressive this group really is, not just as teachers but as scholars too.” He has a funny memory of the hiring process. “When they were considering me they were concerned that I’d be deferential to them. Dr. (Patricia) Hagen said, ‘he never listened to us when he was a student, so why should he now?’ ” He’s the author of two collections, “Distant Engines” and “Shiv,” and reviews poetry for the Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis. At St. Scholastica, where he’s the Rose Warner professor of English, he WHDFKHVSRHWU\DQG¿FWLRQZRUNVKRSV and an honors course called poetry movements, as well as introduction to literature, ethnic literature, and more. He brings nationally known poets to campus for workshops. Meanwhile, he’s a working poet. “I write every day. When I can I try to write in mornings, but if I can’t, I do it at night after I get home from work.”
Photo: Bob King Duluth News Tribune
Math whiz helps out NASA, earns spot at MIT By Jana Hollingsworth
t one point, Duluthian Vicki Surges wasnâ€™t sure if her son, 9LQQLHZRXOGÂżQLVKKLJKVFKRRO
Surges home-schools her children, and Vinnie learned at a much slower pace than his siblings. â€œI didnâ€™t push him,â€? she said.
into an engineering program at one of the best schools in the world.â€? During the Harvard internship, which he was offered after being rejected by a University of Minnesota Duluth math internship program, he worked on a solar physics project. That led to the NASA internship. At NASA, he tested software and discovered bugs that hadnâ€™t been found by others.
There was no need, it turns out. Surges, a senior math major at The College of St. Scholastica, has accepted a spot in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeronautics and astronautics doctoral program in Cambridge, Mass., with tuition and stipend provided. And thatâ€™s only one of the 10 doctoral program slots he was offered.
â€œThat was important to them,â€? he said.
Other schools with offers included the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, Penn State and Purdue â€“ all highly competitive schools, said Luther Qson, chairman of the mathematics department at St. Scholastica.
Surges is a quiet, humble, unassuming student â€“ the kind â€œyouâ€™d invite home to dinner,â€? Cargill said. â€œBut when we wound him up, he just went.â€?
Qson said heâ€™s never known a student to be accepted into so many Ph.D. programs. â€œItâ€™s interesting that a pure mathematics major got into engineering programs,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s the result of the work he did to get summer and fall internships.â€? Those internships happened to be for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and NASAâ€™s Goddard Space Flight Center. Surges, whose father David is an assistant professor of Management at 6W6FKRODVWLFDZDVQÂśWVDWLVÂżHGZLWKWKHLGHDRISXUVXLQJDGRFWRUDWH in math. He applied to become a McNair Scholar, which is a program IRUUDFLDOO\XQGHUUHSUHVHQWHGÂżUVWJHQHUDWLRQRUORZLQFRPHFROOHJH students with high academic potential. Surgesâ€™ heritage is Hispanic.
Competition for summer research spots has increased four-fold in recent years, said Kathleen Cargill, director of St. Scholasticaâ€™s McNair Scholars program, and most Ph.D. programs have two to 12 slots for 200 to 400 applicants.
Vicki Surges said she noticed her sonâ€™s math ability when he was 2 years old. She could no longer keep up with him as a teenager when he sailed through pre-calculus. But he saw everything in black and white, she said, and had to be â€œled totally in the beginning.â€? â€œHe recognized at a young age that it wasnâ€™t just going to come to him,â€? she said. â€œHeâ€™s worked really, really hard.â€? He studied at lower levels in some subjects and higher levels in others, he said, attributing his success today to going at his own pace during his early years and taking time to understand what he was learning. Surges, who has a 3.99 grade-point average, spent a lot of time in Qsonâ€™s RIÂżFHDVNLQJTXHVWLRQVLQZD\VGLIIHUHQWIURPRWKHUVWXGHQWV
The McNair program prepares students for doctoral work through a research project. That research, which he did at Harvard and NASA, set him on a different path.
â€œHe had such an internal motivation to really understand the material,â€? Qson said. â€œHe would have determined exactly what about the problem he wasnâ€™t sure about â€“ not that he didnâ€™t know what to do, but he wasnâ€™t certain about the reasoning behind what he did. Most students are happy if they get the correct answer.â€?
â€œBy doing that, it changed everything,â€? Vinnie Surges said. â€œItâ€™s almost strange. Iâ€™m a student from a small school with no engineering, going
Surges said he â€œwanted to prove to myself that I can do this. That if you spend the appropriate amount of time, you can do this.â€?
Reprinted with permission of the Duluth News Tribune 13
2 0 1 1 The 2011 Alumni Awards
A l u m Anne Stadler ’66
will presented at 6 p.m. Saturday,
THE SISTER TIMOTHY KIRBY BENEDICTINE SPIRIT AWARD
June 25, in the Mitchell Auditorium
honors an alumnus/alumna for his or her professional achievement and for exemplifying the Benedictine values.
on campus. The award presentation is part of the annual alumni program held during Reunion Weekend, June 24-26. For more information visit alumni.css.edu
Since graduating from the College in 1966, Anne Stadler’s life has been one of service. She worked in Bolivia as a member of the Peace Corps, teaching and leading the construction of a community school, as well as helping bring electricity, sanitation and running water to the community. She taught in Duluth, then relocated to California where she has worked in migrant communities for 40-plus years. She received nationwide recognition for involving migrant parents and promoting programs for migrant students to graduate from high school and continue their studies. She has helped numerous crippled and burned children obtain services at Shriner’s Hospitals, organized Spanish adult literacy and basic skills classes for preliterate Spanish speaking students, and served as a translator for International Relief Teams on medical missions to Ecuador and Honduras and for Aid For Baja California, Inc. construction projects while promoting sanitation and education.
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Mary Johnson Oakes â€™84
Margaret (Peggy) Cane â€™50
John Baggs, posthumously
THE SISTER ALICE LAMB AWARD
THE SISTER ANN EDWARD SCANLON AWARD
THE ST. SCHOLASTICA INSPIRATION AWARD
honors an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated dedication to his or her profession and has continued to be committed to The College of St. Scholastica.
recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to The College of St. Scholastica and to his or her community.
honors a staff or faculty person whose interest and care for the students helped them to mature, grow, change an attitude, or change direction.
Mary Oakes had a distinguished nursing career in the U.S. Army. For the last two decades she has been a leader at Tillamook General Hospital and now as an educator at the University of Portland School of Nursing in Portland, OR. At Tillamook she managed the migration of the institution to an electronic health record system. At the University of Portland she heads simulation activities in a learning lab for more than 700 nursing students. Her expertise enables students to gain crucial skills. She generously works with all faculty who innovate and incorporate the academic electronic health record, which Portland subscribes to through St. Scholasticaâ€™s Center for Healthcare Innovation. She is on the forefront of keeping knowledge management and clinical information systems dynamic and, by doing so, shaping the future nursing workforce. As a colleague says of her: â€œEverything she does emerges from her scholarly foundation, quest for perfection and service to humanity.â€?
Margaret (Peggy) Cane enjoyed a successful career in St. Scholasticaâ€™s Nursing Department for 20 years. In the 1980s, when the College created its unique RN completion program for nurses who had received a 2- or 3-year diploma and wanted to earn a bachelorâ€™s degree, she assumed a leadership role. She traveled weekly to Brainerd and later Grand Rapids to advise students, develop the curriculum, and to coordinate other faculty. She was instrumental in developing community partnerships with the local community colleges and nursing employers in those areas to support the RN completion program, which became the forerunner for the off-campus 2+2 Management program. She was a mentor to many faculty and nursing students throughout KHUH[WHQVLYHFDUHHUDQGVDZIRXURIKHUÂżYH children graduate from the College. She has also served as a long-time board member of the Lake Superior Life Care Center.
John Baggs became the youngest head coach in the entire nation when, in 1991 at age 24, he was hired at St. Scholastica. He served as head baseball coach from 1992 until 2009, and was the winningest coach ever at St. Scholastica. But he is equally well known for helping young men mature, with a desire to go out and make a difference in the world. He built teams into national powerhouses in NCAA Division III, including being runner-up in the Midwest Regional in 2008. Under his leadership the Saints won 12 straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference titles and enjoyed a record of 531 wins to 197 losses, a .720 winning percentage. As a former player/student says of him: â€œI would not be where I am today if it was not for Coach Baggs. He taught me how to live for others, how to be a better husband and simply how to be a better person. Coach Baggs LQĂ€XHQFHVHYHU\VLQJOHGD\RIP\OLIHÂ´%DJJV died in February 2009 of cancer. 15
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ÂżSophomore Paige Hardy
ÂžSenior Nick Mangan, left, and Junior Melissa Kempenich
VOLLEYBALL The St. Scholastica volleyball team had its best season in recent memory, going undefeated in conference play IRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHVLQFHWKHVHDVRQ DQGFDSWXULQJLWVÂżUVWRXWULJKW80$& title since the 1988 season. The Saints won 12 matches in a row at one point and their 28 overall wins were the third-most in program history. During the course of the season, the Saints defeated arch-nemesis Northwestern College twice during the regular season, including handing WKH(DJOHVWKHLUÂżUVWFRQIHUHQFH loss in 34 conference matches. The Saints also defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh when the Titans were ranked 10th in the country. Unfortunately, the season came to an abrupt end for the Saints when they were defeated by Northwestern in the UMAC Tournament Championship in Reif Gymnasium. Sophomore Paige Hardy was named the UMAC Player of the Year and was also an honorable mention All-AVCA Central Region FKRLFHEHFRPLQJWKHÂżUVW6DLQWWR earn such accolades. Joining Hardy on the All-Conference First Team were Anna Zyvoloski, Sarah Kurtovich, and Nikki Hughes. Hughes was also a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Second Team All-District choice.
The St. Scholastica menâ€™s cross country team ran away with what was supposed to be a close UMAC Championship at Northland College. The Saints won by 27 points to win their second consecutive conference championship. Senior Nick Mangan became just the second Saints male runner to win the conference championship since the 1999 season, DQGWKHÂżUVWVLQFH&KULV5XEHVFKGLGLW LQ0DQJDQÂżQLVKHGLQDWLPHRI 27:02 seconds, 18 seconds faster than WKHVHFRQGSODFHÂżQLVKHU%\ÂżQLVKLQJ in the top 12, junior Pat Bigaouette was named to the All-Conference Team for a third time and junior Tony Bye earned All-Conference honors for the second straight year. At the NCAA Central Regional Championships, Mangan just missed qualifying for 1DWLRQDOVÂżQLVKLQJMXVWIRXUVHFRQGV EHKLQGWKHÂżQDOTXDOLÂżHUEXWGLGHDUQ All-Region accolades. He, along with the rest of the team, earned Academic Honors from the USTFCCCA.
WOMENâ€™S CROSS COUNTRY The St. Scholastica womenâ€™s cross country team continued its stranglehold on the rest of the UMAC by capturing its 10th straight conference title. The team made up six of the top 10 spots at the championship meet. Senior Jessie /RYHULQJOHGWKH6DLQWVE\ÂżQLVKLQJ second overall for the third time. /RYHULQJÂżQLVKHGLQWKHWRSWKUHH at the UMAC meet all four years that she participated. Junior Melissa Kempenich, sophomore Kristen Gronbeck, senior Emily Dunning, and freshmen Breanna Adams and Haley Hasleiet all earned All-Conference honors. Kempenich also earned $OO5HJLRQODXUHOVE\ÂżQLVKLQJ 27th at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. She, along with the rest of the team, earned Academic Honors from the USTFCCCA. Head FRDFK6WHYH3ÂżQJVWHQZDVQDPHGWKH UMAC Coach of the Year.
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Â˝Senior Toby Peter Magazine First Team All-American. He also received the UMAC ScholarAthlete Leadership Award.
WOMENâ€™S SOCCER MENâ€™S SOCCER The St. Scholastica menâ€™s soccer program reached new heights during the 2010 season by not only winning the regular season title, but also capturing the UMAC Tournament championship and receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Saints went 12-0-2 in conference play during the regular season and continued on to defeat Northwestern in the tournament VHPLÂżQDOVDQGWDNHRXWWKH8QLYHUVLW\ of Minnesota, Morris in the championship 4-1. Senior Jermaine Dacres was named the UMAC Offensive Player of the Year and was later named the UMAC Tournament MVP. Senior Ian Linder was named the UMAC Defensive Player of the Year. The Saints went on to play $XJVEXUJ&ROOHJHLQWKHLUÂżUVWHYHU NCAA Tournament game and after a hard-fought battle with the Auggies, the Saintsâ€™ season came to an end on a goal with 26 seconds left in the second overtime. The Saints matched a single-season program record with 17 wins. Junior Sam Reed set a program record with 13 shutouts in net. Senior Toby Peter became just the ÂżIWK6DLQWLQSURJUDPKLVWRU\WRUHFRUG 100 career points. Peter also excelled RIIWKHÂżHOGDQGLQWKHFODVVURRP EHFRPLQJWKHÂżUVW6DLQWVDWKOHWH to be named a CoSIDA/ESPN the
Even though it lost a majority of its offensive output from the year prior, the St. Scholastica womenâ€™s soccer team managed to win its seventh straight UMAC regular season title in 2010. Just like the menâ€™s soccer team and volleyball team, the Saints womenâ€™s soccer team did not lose a single conference regular season contest. The Saints played some stiff FRPSHWLWLRQHDUO\GURSSLQJWKHLUÂżUVW four games of the season. The young Saints rebounded from there, going unbeaten in their next 17 games to ÂżQLVKDVFRQIHUHQFHUHJXODUVHDVRQ champs. St. Scholastica defeated Minnesota, Morris in the UMAC 7RXUQDPHQWVHPLÂżQDOZLWKDODWHJRDO from junior Megan Flesvig. However, the season would come to an end with a 1-0 loss to Northwestern in the UMAC Tournament championship game at Saints Field. Even with the loss, the young Saints showed a lot of promise. Head coach Dave Reyelts was named the UMAC Coach of the Year. Taylor Cunningham was named the UMAC Freshman of the Year. Flesvig earned UMAC Defensive Player of Year accolades.
and 5-2 in the conference in 2010. It was the second straight year the team improved by three wins from the year SUHYLRXV7KH6DLQWVZRQWKHLUÂżUVW two games of the season and later were victorious for the second straight time on Homecoming, defeating Crown College 41-21. After falling to eventual conference champion Greenville &ROOHJH,OO WKH6DLQWVÂżQLVKHGWKH season strong with a program record four-game winning streak. The Saints were rewarded for their efforts with 13 players named either First or Second Team All-Conference. Junior Stephen Voelkner was a First Team choice for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Jordan Hanson and Justin Trautmiller were also First Team selections. Trautmiller became the ÂżUVW6DLQWWRLQWHUFHSWWKUHHSDVVHVLQD JDPH$QRWKHUÂżUVWIRUWKH6DLQWVFDPH in the special teams department as freshman Cole Karsky was 5-for-5 on ÂżHOGJRDODWWHPSWVWKHÂżUVWÂżYHPDGH in program history. Things get kicked up to another level in the conference next year: Presentation College begins LWVÂżUVW\HDUDVDSURJUDPDQGWKH winner of the league gets an automatic TXDOLÂżHULQWRWKH1&$$SOD\RIIV
Ă€Freshman Jake Jensen scores against Crown on Homecoming
FOOTBALL The St. Scholastica football team continued to make great strides as it ÂżQLVKHGVHFRQGLQWKH80$&DQG had the best record of any full-time UMAC school with a 7-3 mark overall, 17
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ÂżSenior Danny Schmitz accepting a commemorative ball from head coach David Staniger after scoring 1,000 career points
ÂžSenior Kelly Cinquegrani
The St. Scholastica menâ€™s basketball WHDPÂżQLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUGRYHU this past season. The biggest issue for the Saints this year was closing out games. Senior Danny Schmitz became the ninth Saint in program history this season to record over 1,000 career points when he did it against Crown College on February 5. Sophomore %UHWW7HVWHUZDVDÂżUVWWHDP$OO UMAC choice. Tester led the Saints in scoring this season at 15.8 points per JDPH+HUHJLVWHUHGGRXEOHÂżJXUHVLQ points in 22 of the teamâ€™s 25 games. He also recorded three double-doubles this season after also leading the team in rebounding.
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3UHVHQWDWLRQ&ROOHJH,QKHUÂżQDO game as a Saint, Kelly Cinquegrani scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. Cinquegrani was also named the UMAC Player of the Week for her efforts. Kayla Heisler was named the UMAC Co-Freshman RIWKH<HDUDIWHUÂżQLVKLQJVHFRQGRQ the team in scoring and was third in the conference with 34 three-point ÂżHOGJRDOV6RSKRPRUH%UL$OOHQZDV a second team All-UMAC selection after leading the Saints with 12.2 points per game. Allen set a program record with 17 rebounds against North Central University on November 23.
MENâ€™S HOCKEY WOMENâ€™S BASKETBALL The St. Scholastica womenâ€™s EDVNHWEDOOWHDPÂżQLVKHGZLWKDQ overall record of 10-15 this past season. The season ended on a high note with a 90-86 victory over
The St. Scholastica menâ€™s hockey team could not get the bounces to go its way this season after two years of being in the national spotlight. The 6DLQWVÂżQLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUGRI 1 and were eliminated in the NCHA 3HWHUV&XSTXDUWHUÂżQDOVE\ULYDO UW-Superior. The Saints lost a lot of experience and leadership from the previous two seasons and the team struggled to put it all together this VHDVRQ+RZHYHUHYHQZLWKWKHÂżQDO record the team was not that far away from being a top caliber club. Going LQWRWKHÂżQDOZHHNVRIWKHVHDVRQ many thought the team was going to make a run. The Saints were the only team to defeat eventual national champion, St. Norbert College, when trailing after the second period this season. Senior Riley Riddell led the team with 24 points. Juniors Carter Davis and Jeremy Dawes each scored a team-high 10 goals. Dawes was named honorable mention AllNCHA.
WOMENâ€™S HOCKEY The St. Scholastica womenâ€™s hockey team wrapped up its inaugural season under head coach Jackie MacMillan. The Saints went 7-16-2 on the year with 10 of the losses coming by one goal. Just to tell how close the Saints ZHUHLQWKHLUÂżUVWVHDVRQWKHWHDP was 2-10 in games that were tied after the second period. The season and program got off on a high-note with a 3-0 victory over Augsburg College in the inaugural game in front of over 1,200 fans at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Saints had just one senior, two juniors, two sophomores, and 20 freshmen on the squad. The lone senior, Libby Guzzo, led the Saints with seven goals and 12 points. A host of freshmen were right there with 10 points. Jana Henry led the team with eight assists. In net, junior Rachel Borchardt recorded four shutouts and a 1.90 goals-against-average.
MENâ€™S NORDIC SKIING The St. Scholastica menâ€™s ski team once again consistently placed among the top teams in the conference in 2011. The men started the season VWURQJÂżQLVKLQJVHFRQGDWWKH+XVN\ Challenge in December, losing only to national powerhouse Northern Michigan. In January, sophomore Jeremy Hecker posted two seventh SODFHÂżQLVKHVLQWKHMXQLRUXQGHU age 20) category at the U.S. National Championships in Rumford, Maine. His performances nearly put him on the United States Junior World Championship team, as Hecker was named second alternate for the team. 7KH6DLQWVÂżQLVKHGIRXUWKERWKGD\V at the NCAA Regionals. Along with DIRXUWKSODFHÂżQLVKE\WKHZRPHQÂśV
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program, the combined Saints fourth SODFHÂżQLVKDWWKH1&$$5HJLRQDOV tied a program best. Waylon Manske ÂżQLVKHGKLVFDUHHULQD6DLQWVXQLIRUP with an all-region performance in WKHNPFODVVLFÂżQLVKLQJWK LQKLVÂżQDOFROOHJLDWHUDFH:KLOH Manskeâ€™s performances at Regionals were strong, he narrowly missed the ÂżQDOTXDOLI\LQJVSRWDVWKHVHFRQG alternate for the central region to the championship. Manske leaves St. Scholastica posting only the second CCSA All-Conference honor in program history. (Tyler Kjorstad â€™09, did so in 2009.) He also holds the most NCAA All-Central Region honors with three, and more top-10 ÂżQLVKHVLQ&&6$FRPSHWLWLRQWKDQ any Saints skier, with fourteen. Due to the few number of quota spots for the central region to the NCAA Championships in 2011, Manske will likely go down in history as the best Saints skier never to represent the college at the NCAA Championships.
WOMENâ€™S NORDIC SKIING The St. Scholastica womenâ€™s ski team rode a roller coaster of results WRÂżQLVKLQDSURJUDPEHVWSRVLWLRQ at the NCAA Regionals in 2011. The Saints women were led by several skiers throughout the season. Junior
Eleanor Magnuson started the season strong in December in tune-up races, as did freshman Brooke Adams. Seniors Julia Curry and Lindsay Wallis stepped up and skied strong to lead the Saints through January. Magnuson found her race form again at the NCAA Regionals, where she posted back-to-back top-10s with an eighth place in the 5km freestyle and seventh in the 10km classic, to claim two more NCAA All-Central Region awards, her third and fourth as a Saint. But the Saints women saved the best for the last weekend of UDFLQJDVWKH\ÂżQLVKHGIRXUWKLQERWK Regional competitions. The back-toback fourths at Regionals were the best performance by a Saints womenâ€™s team to date, and combined with the PHQÂśVIRXUWKSODFHÂżQLVKVROLGLÂżHG the Saints ski program as the best Division III program in the Midwest and one of the best overall.
WOMENâ€™S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD The St. Scholastica womenâ€™s indoor WUDFNDQGÂżHOGWHDPFUXLVHGWRDQRWKHU UMAC Indoor Track and Field &KDPSLRQVKLS7KH6DLQWVÂżQLVKHG with 290 points at the meet, recording 129 more points than the other three teams combined. Freshman Maggie Bair was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet winning in the 55-meter hurdles, 55-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and pole vault. Junior Alec Seeley was the Female Field Athlete of the Meet for the second consecutive year after winning both the weight throw and the shot put.
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MENâ€™S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD The St. Scholastica menâ€™s indoor track DQGÂżHOGWHDPFDSWXUHGLWVVHFRQG consecutive UMAC Indoor Track and Field Championship in February. The Saints accumulated a winning total of 191 points, just edging the University of Minnesota, Morris by eight points. Junior Tom Lyscio was named the Male Co-Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the shot put and being runner-up in the weight throw. Senior Nick Mangan, along with sophomores Justin Hanson and Luke Beckwith also won events at the championship meet. In addition to the four individuals that won events, freshman Nick Wanner was also an All-Conference selection.
In total the Saints won 13 of the 16 events and head coach Kirk Nauman was named the UMAC Womenâ€™s Track and Field Coach of the Year. However, the season did not end WKHUH%DLUEHFDPHWKHÂżUVWZRPHQÂśV WUDFNDQGÂżHOGDWKOHWHWRTXDOLI\IRU the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 55-meter hurdles. At the championship, Bair placed 10th overall in the preliminaries with only the top eight times advancing to the ÂżQDOV$VDIUHVKPDQ%DLUVHWRUWLHG indoor program records at nine of the 10 meets that she competed in. 19
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What a fast, exhilarating, enjoyable year it has been so far! Thank you to all of you for the opportunity I have had to meet many alumni and friends of the College, both here in Minnesota and far away in places like Washington, D.C., California, Seattle, and Arizona. At every alumni event and during every visit, your pride in the College shines forth as you inquire about whatâ€™s new, remember faculty and Sisters, and encourage us to maintain the mission and vision of the College, which has not strayed in nearly 100 years. There have also been wonderful occasions when I have interacted with our VWXGHQWV)RUH[DPSOHMXVWEHIRUHÂżQDOV,WDONHGWRDFRXSOHRIVWXGHQWV RXWVLGHRIRXURIÂżFHLQ7RZHU+DOOZKHUHWKHUHLVDEXOOHWLQERDUGZLWK information about the Science Initiative. It isnâ€™t unusual to see students pausing in their dash between classes to take in new information about the project and see where we are in the fundraising. When I offered to show them the very latest architectural renderings we had just received, they were thrilled to review them and very excited to learn that in one year, they would have an opportunity to use this new space for their science classes, labs and gatherings with other students. Isnâ€™t that what itâ€™s all about â€“ student learning? During our groundbreaking ceremony last month, we were pleased to hear from College, Monastery, Trustee, and donor representatives. (See page 6.) I was particularly struck by the passion in the remarks of Alyssa Courneya, president of the Student Senate, and Dr. Larry McGahey, dean of the School of Sciences. This building will make possible student learning in state-of-the-art laboratories, collaboration with faculty in research, and expanded community gathering space â€“ the very essence of our mission. What a thrilling journey so far. The Initiativeâ€™s goal is to raise $6 million for the building. With help from all of you, we FXUUHQWO\VWDQGDWPLOOLRQ.QRZLQJWKDWWKLVODVWVHJPHQWLVWKHPRVWGLIÂżFXOWWKH7UXVWHHV(PHULWL7UXVWHHVDQG former Trustees have joined together to create a challenge fund. This will match gifts made now to the project to help us reach our goal. And if thatâ€™s not enough incentive, we have received an additional $10,000 challenge grant from a local foundation to encourage 1,000 donors to give $100 or more. In this way, both donor numbers and dollars are important. You can help us meet both challenges! So as we watch the bulldozers and see the construction beginning, now is the time to consider an additional gift to the Science Initiative, over and above your Tower Fund annual support. For our current and future students, letâ€™s complete this campaign and celebrate at the ribbon cutting a year from now. Thank you for your support of the St. Scholastica experience for the students of today and tomorrow.
Margot Zelenz Vice President for College Advancement
The Look of Legacy
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or Lynne and Keith Hamre, supporting St. Scholastica in their estate is a natural outcome of their stage in life. â€œWeâ€™re 48 years old,â€? said Lynne, a 1990 graduate of the College and now its chief LQIRUPDWLRQRIÂżFHUÂł:HGLGQÂśWKDYHD will yet and we realized we should.â€? â€œWe started talking about what we could give back to the community,â€? said Keith, who is the city of Duluthâ€™s manager of community development. â€œWeâ€™d heard about using your will to leave part of your estate to things that are important to you. Our lawyer explained to us that we just had to decide what groups weâ€™d like to leave something to.â€? â€œSo we went 50 percent to our church and 50 percent to the College,â€? Lynne VDLG7KHJLIWZLOOEHZHOOLQWRVL[ÂżJXUHV She sees the move as an extension of their annual practice of taking stock of their lives and tithing, which is part of their faith tradition. â€œWe take a look at how much weâ€™ve given, to make sure we havenâ€™t been RYHUO\VHOÂżVKRUOLYLQJEH\RQGRXU means. Itâ€™s a way of sharing the gifts weâ€™ve been given.â€?
Keith is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State-Mankato. Heâ€™s happy to support St. Scholastica, he said, because of the Collegeâ€™s emphasis on engaging students in the local community. â€œBeing a community development professional with the city, that means a lot to me,â€? he said. â€œI see that (the College) really works with students to engage them in programs that impact peopleâ€™s lives.â€? He has worked with two interns from the College, â€œwho have been very good at looking at the communitywide view and helping local people. St. Scholastica institutionalizes a lot of the values I have, that have to do with my day-to-day work.â€? A personâ€™s legacy â€œis something we can control now, but we canâ€™t later. Itâ€™s something you need to be thoughtful about in the right time. Once youâ€™re gone, itâ€™s too late. The probate court isnâ€™t going to know what was of value to you.â€? Their decision feels good, they both say. â€œI feel blessed to work at St.Scholastica,â€? Lynne said. â€œHow lucky can anyone be to spend a career in a campus community like this?â€?
Shannon Hoffman was named director of annual fund. She plans and directs a comprehensive program of securing gifts from alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff. She is responsible for increasing participation rates and unrestricted support of St. Scholastica. She came to the Shannon Hoffman College from the Marshall School, where she was the director of annual giving. Mark Rudolph was named director of major gifts. In that role he aligns benefactor interests with St. Scholasticaâ€™s strategic objectives. He is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major and deferred gift prospects. He is based at St. Scholasticaâ€™s St. Paul campus.
He came to the College from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he served as the associate athletic director for external relations.
â€œBasing Mark in St. Paul represents another increase in our human resource investment in the capital city,â€? Zelenz said. â€œItâ€™s also an acknowledgement of the thousands of St. Scholastica alumni and friends who live and work in the Twin Cities.â€?
L e t t e r f ro m t h e A l u m n i A s s o c i a t i o n P re s i d e n t Dear fellow alumni, I have had the honor of proudly serving the alumni of The College of Saint Scholastica for the last seven years as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, including the past two years as president of the Alumni Board. During this time, I have gotten to know many wonderful people associated with the College. In this space, I want to especially recognize one individual who made a lasting impact on me through her kind demeanor, overwhelming generosity and tireless work ethic. That person is Sister Timothy Kirby â€™39. From her own college days until her death last December at age 92, she was an important presence in the life of our College. She is deeply missed by generations of alumni. Her lifelong devotion to helping others and the &ROOHJHLVXQSUHFHGHQWHG,FDQQRWUHFDOODWLPHZKHQ,VWRSSHGE\WKH$OXPQL5HODWLRQVRIÂżFHWR VD\ÂľKLÂśWKDW6LVWHU7LPZDVQÂśWKDUGDWZRUNLQKHURIÂżFHXQOHVVRIFRXUVHVKHZDVWUDYHOLQJDOO across the country for one of our many alumni events â€“ which is even more impressive!). Sister Tim truly was and will always be a Saint for Life for all of us. God bless you, Sister Tim. 7KH$OXPQL$VVRFLDWLRQ%RDUGRI'LUHFWRUVKHOGLWVERDUGPHHWLQJRQ)HE,WZDVRXUÂżUVW meeting without Sister Tim but we all enjoyed coming together to explore creative ways to accomplish the mission and goals of the Association. We enjoyed having Jeff Rich, vice president for marketing and communications, share with us the Collegeâ€™s excellent new marketing campaigns and I look forward to seeing them in action all throughout Minnesota. We were also joined again by Margot Zelenz, vice president for college advancement, as she updated our group on the Science Initiative and provided some follow up to our Good to Great discussion from our strategic planning retreat in October 2010. At our next board meetings we are excited to further explore tangible ways of becoming one of the very best alumni associations of all the small, private liberal arts colleges in the United States. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Kim Kalinoski â€™02 and Carol Northcott â€™03 for their service and dedication to the St. Scholastica Alumni Association. In June they will be completing WKHLUÂżQDOWHUPRQWKH$OXPQL%RDUGRI'LUHFWRUV If youâ€™re looking for a good time to visit campus and reminiscence with friends both new and old, be sure to register for Reunion 2011. â€œA Community of Saintsâ€? will be held June 24-26 on the Duluth campus. There will be a special celebration of the 35-year anniversary of the Social Work program. For more information, go to: www.css.edu/Administration/Alumni/Events/Reunion-2011.html. To learn more about other upcoming events or ways to become more involved, visit our website at alumni.css.edu. And donâ€™t forget to look for us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube. Weâ€™re proud to have you as fellow St. Scholastica alums and to be your lifelong connection to the College. We look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely,
Andrew Thelander â€™03 Alumni Association President
1950s 1954 Mary Ellen Goulet, Hot Springs, SD, has just published her second book, “Cascade of Flames.” This highly acclaimed book contains the ¿UVWKDQGDFFRXQWVRI¿UH¿JKWHUVDQG KRPHRZQHUVZKRÀHGRUIRXJKWWKH ÀDPHVRIWKHGLVDVWURXVZLOG¿UHRI 7-7-7 in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota. The gripping stories portray everyday heroes confronting the overwhelming circumstances of an out-of-control inferno. The author and her husband were two of the homeowners who lost everything in a few hours, even though they had built WKHLU¿UHUHVLVWDQWUHWLUHPHQWKRPHRI metal, concrete siding and stone.
Dr. Peg Cruikshank, Corea, ME, recently retired from women’s studies at the University of Maine. She is still a faculty associate of the university’s Center on Aging. She is also working on the third edition of her book “Learning to be Old: Gender, culture, and aging.”
Gayle Booth Mason has been promoted to adult services coordinator at Marana Behavioral Health in Marana, AZ. Gayle lives with her daughter, Christa and grandsons, Robert, Michael, and Nickolas in Tucson, AZ.
1967 Rosemary O’Connor Gunst, El Cajon, CA, is the University Supervisor for San Diego State University.
1970s 1970 Nancy Hanson Sivertson, Duluth, is working at the St. Scholastica Center for Healthcare Innovation as the Healthcare Technology Coordinator.
Patricia Quinn Prince, Eau Claire, WI, and John celebrated their 49th anniversary on Nov. 3, 2010. In addition, Patricia celebrated her 71st birthday on Jan. 3, 2011!
Dr. Jean Miller Wortock received the 2011 American Association of CriticalCare Nurses Advocate of the Year Award. She is a nursing dean from St. Petersburg College in Florida.
Kathryn Liska Raines, Eau Claire, WI, is a nurse practitioner with Luther Midelfort. 1973 Mary Ann Grymala, Superior, WI, doesn’t know where the time has gone; thirty seven years ago she graduated with a BA in Social Work, got hired with the State of Wisconsin and got an MS degree at the University of Wisconsin. She has worked as a case manager, job coach, counselor, motivational speaker, and teacher for adults. She is thankful for her days at St. Scholastica; entering as a shy freshman, she was able to develop potential that she never knew she had. Two years ago she got cancer. It has been one of the most GLI¿FXOWFKDOOHQJHVRIKHUOLIH6KHKDV been traveling to the Mayo Clinic for 23
Commendation for being the Incident Commander at the Chelsea King kidnapping/murder case in February 2010. The case was the largest search and manhunt in San Diego history and resulted in apprehension of suspect John Gardner, who was also responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Amber DuBois of Escondido the previous year. Duncan currently resides in San Diego with wife Debi and daughters Jade (16) and Kelsy (9). Dawn Brockopp Julian, Westmoreland, KS, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in December 2010 from the University of Kansas. 1978 Kay Kavlie Arola, Chisholm, MN, LVWKHFKLHISUREDWLRQRIÂżFHUIRU Arrowhead Regional Corrections.
Mary Jo Erickson Wall, St. Paul, MN, received her MBA from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and a graduate degree in banking from the Stonier Institute at Georgetown University in 2000. She was the ÂżUVWZRPDQWRKROGWKHWLWOH&KLHI Bank Examiner for the State of Minnesota. Her son graduated from St. Scholastica in 2010. 1977 Duncan Fraser, Ramona, CA, was promoted on Nov. 5, 2010 to the rank of Captain in the San Diego County Sheriffâ€™s Department. In August 2010, he was awarded the Sheriffâ€™s 24
1987 Kimberly Dimberio Pfennigs, Colorado Springs, CO, is currently the Breast Clinic Coordinator for the Department of Defense/Army. 1988 Pat Green is director of Admissions for Rasmussen College. 1989 Kathleen Mishler Kurkiewicz, Rice Lake, WI, is teaching at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School.
Susan Mike Gentilli, Woodbury, MN, has joined Targetâ€™s healthcare compliance team as a Quality Manager, supporting the development and implementation of quality initiatives for their retail pharmacies.
1981 WZR\HDUVDQGÂżJKWLQJDJRRGÂżJKW For several years she took care of her mother, a widow. She is writing what she hopes will become a book: â€œThe Songs of My Life.â€? To the good Sisters that touched her life in such a meangingful way, she says, â€œThank You.â€?
Monica Wainio, Minneapolis, MN, is working as a physical therapist at Fairview Health Services.
Debra Spencer, St. Michael, MN, is coordinating ECFE and School Readiness Programs for the St. Michael-Albertville School District. In addition, she has recently started working at St. Cloud State University supervising student teachers and serves on the board of directors for MNAFEE (Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education).
ÂżAnne Cizadlo â€™95, Marion, IA, spent the winter months in Wellington, FL, training in her discipline of dressage with six-time Olympic rider Robert Dover. In January, VKHUHFHLYHGKHUÂł5Â´MXGJLQJFHUWLÂżFDWLRQWRMXGJH recognized horse shows throughout the United States.
Dr. Timothy P. Mullner, Renton, WA, completed a Doctor of Ministry degree with doctoral residencies at the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy and Oxford University, UK.
1991 Sherri Dunbar, Duluth, has been the owner and designer of Dunbar Floral & Gift since 1993. She is proud to have sponsored her niece Jacqui Himmelspach â€™10, a recent St. Scholastica graduate.
Julie Barkovic Schumacher, International Falls, MN, is personnel development coordinator for Boise, Inc.
Kay Hendricks Kurka, Casper, WY, is working as the activity director for Poplar Living Center.
William Spelts, Virginia, MN, is the elementary school principal for Virginia Public Schools.
Ann Wertz Garvin, Stoughton, WI, is a professor at the University RI:LVFRQVLQ:KLWHZDWHU+HUÂżUVW novel â€œOn Maggieâ€™s Watchâ€? has been published by Penguin (Berkley). It is a funny and compassionate novel about a very pregnant Maggie Finley who returns to her Wisconsin hometown IURPWKHELJFLW\DQGÂżQGVWKHVDIH haven she and her husband are seeking proves elusive as they learn their neighborsâ€™ secrets. Susan McClernon is president and CEO of Innovative Healthcare Leadership, LLP.
1992 Harold Graham, Augusta, ME, is CEO and President of Graham Behavioral Services, Inc. The organization was recognized as one of Americaâ€™s fastest-growing companies in the 2010 Inc. 5000. 1993 Ian Bell, Adrian, MI, has recently been appointed Chair of the Humanities Division at Siena Heights University. In addition, his article,
“Contemplation and Social Justice,” was published in two parts in the July/ August and September/October issues of the journal, Spirtituality. Nicole Freese Scanlon, Minneapolis, MN, has been promoted to vice president, Controller at Allianz Life Insurance Company. 1997 Kelly Jamsa Chandler (MA ’10) is a psych and mental health nurse practitioner for North Homes Children and Family Services. Dr. Lindsey Pearson, Tucson, AZ, opened LP Internal Medicine, an integrative internal medicine clinic in August 2010. In addition to general internal medicine, she practices integrative internal medicine specializing in the diagnosis and management of celiac disease and other GI disorders, autoimmune conditions, and endocrinology. Outside of clinical practice, she is a clinical supervisor for local medical students’ preceptorship rotations, the chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group, a local chapter of the Celiac Sprue Association, and an active and published writer on celiac disease and comorbid conditions. Sara Gustafson Schlegel, Pierz, MN, LVDVHQLRUFUHGLWRI¿FHUIRU$PHULFDQ National Bank of Minnesota. 1998 Shawnda Schelinder won a national Gold Paragon Award for feature writing from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Shawnda previously earned a Gold Medallion for feature writing at NCMPR’s district level. Shawnda is currently the marketing and public relations associate for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Ashland campus. 1999 Dr. Maleah Kutz Cummings, Washburn, WI, has joined the staff of the Bay Area Mental Health Center as a licensed clinical psychologist. For the last 10 years, she has been working with diverse groups of clientele, but has a special interest in underserved populations and troubled youth.
Tanya Digiovanni Wiskow, Breezy Point, MN, has been hired by a premier commercial and preferred SURSHUWLHVUHDOHVWDWH¿UPDIWHUD brief layoff when the company she was employed with for nearly 10 years closed. Within the past year, she passed the exams to EHFRPHGHVLJQDWHGDVD&HUWL¿HG Administrative Professional by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) – a rating held by only approximately 100 administrative professionals in the state of Minnesota. She currently serves as President of the Brainerd Chapter IAAP and is preparing to host the MN-ND-SD Division Annual meeting in May of 2011.
½Brian Forcier ’03, Duluth, has joined RJS Real Estate Group, LLC, as executive vice president. He is a &HUWL¿HG&RPPHUFLDO Investment Member (CCIM) and a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. He is board president of the Damiano Center and serves on the boards of the Greater Downtown Council and UDAC.
Jessica Croatt Niemi received a 2010 Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. Jessica is a therapist in infant and early childhood mental health. Her work has expanded the ¿HOGRILQIDQWDQGHDUO\FKLOGKRRG mental health in her multi-county, rural region. She has effectively worked with local organizations in helping to tailor programs and VHUYLFHVZKLFKPHHWWKHVSHFL¿F needs of the clients served by that organization.
2000s 2000 Jason Salomon, Greenwich, CT, is a physician assistant at Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists. 2002 Zada (Paula Snyder) Talus Dunaiski was chosen as a 2011 MN TRiO Achiever and was honored at the Annual MN TRiO Spring Conference. Ryan J. Sharrow (MA ’03) is rehabilitation director for Gentiva Health Services. 2003 Ann Benton Nordgren has published a book, “’Hood Vibrations: a Law of Attraction Story for Teens.” Scott Swan, North Liberty, IA, is working in recruiting/human resources for RH Hummer, Jr.
¿Three St. Scholastica alumni met on a November 2010 pilgrimage to Israel. Pictured are Bill Casey ’81, Kay (Nordquist) Wickstrom ’60, and Pat McVettie Neppl ’63. Father Charles Lachowitzer (far right), pastor of St. John Neumann Church, Eagan, MN, led the group of 34 pilgrims. 25
Emily Hultman Nicholson, International Falls, MN, has started working on her Masterâ€™s of Physician Assistant studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alicia Plattner (MA â€™09), St. Paul, MN, is an auditor for the MN Department of Revenue. She was also featured in Cambridge Whoâ€™s Who Revenue Tax Specialist in 2010 and in the 2009 Publication of Enterprise Risk Management: Health Care.
Michael Sanchez is a reimbursement advisor for Pivotal Reimbursement Consulting. 2005 Nhat Ahn Ngo will graduate from Des Moines University on May 28 and start her general surgery residency at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, OH.
Emily Woster was awarded $750 in grant money from the Childrenâ€™s Literature Association to complete the archival research she needs for her dissertation. She will visit the archives at the University of Guelph in Ontario in May to do the research and will be honored at the Childrenâ€™s Literature Association conference in June. 2007 Tarrah Altman, Clarksville, TN, is an occupational therapist with Grace Ancillary Services. Kim Hand, Eau Claire, WI is the Lead RN at Luther Hospital. She is DOVRDFHUWLÂżHGFKHPRWKHUDS\51 and is getting a Masterâ€™s as an adult nurse practitioner with a specialty in oncology.
ÂżKatie DeGrio Channing â€™00 (far right) and Sara Szarke Andrews â€™04 (second from right) are coowners of Lillians of Duluth, a retail accessories store. To celebrate breast cancer awareness month last October, 10 percent of the storeâ€™s sales on Saturday, Oct. 16, went to breast cancer causes.
Kirsti Hendrickson, Duluth, is working as an RN at St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital. Ada IgoeUHFHLYHGÂżUVWSODFHLQWKH 2010 Minnesota AP Broadcasters Award writing category for her commentary entitled â€œOf Woods and Words: The Waveâ€?. Kate McCarthy, White Bear Lake, MN, is an Associate National Bank ([DPLQHUZLWKWKH2IÂżFHRIWKH Comptroller of the Currency. Sevve Stember, Minneapolis, MN, is currently working at New City School as the Math and Science Specialist. He is teaching 6th to 8th grade math and science and one section of 2nd grade math. 2008 Ashley Butenhoff Adams, St. Paul, MN, is an RN-NICU at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Fairview. 2009
ÂżAaron Wickboldt â€™08 (DPT â€™10) in his commencement garb at the Duluth Ship Canal. 26
Amanda Boelke, South St. Paul, MN, is a registered nurse working for the Good Samaritan Society. Stacey Marcum, Georgetown, TX, is a Coumadin nurse for Austin Heart.
Laura Van Drasek, Maplewood, MN is working as a registered nurse at HealthEast-Woodwinds Health Campus. Melany Ross Merryman originally attended St. Scholastica from 1986 1988 (non-traditional student) but did not graduate. After her children were going to college, she returned DQGÂżQLVKHGKHU%$LQ+,0LQ December 2008. She has been a health information management professional for over 30 years and is currently HIM director for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. 2009 James A. CoteLVZRUNLQJLQÂżHOG service for Minnesota Energy. Frederick McDougall works with the Duluth Public Schools as a special education American Indian youth advocate. Jennifer Perez was chosen as a 2011 MN TRiO Achiever and was honored at the Annual MN TRiO Spring Conference. Katie Thaemert is graduating from George Washington University with an MPH in Global Health. During KHUÂżUVW\HDURIVWXG\VKHVSHQWIRXU months in Bangladesh participating in an overseas learning collaborative. While in Bangladesh she took classes at the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka and practiced public health in communities where she lived. Last May she began working RQ&DSLWRO+LOOIRUDQRQSURÂżW organization, The Campaign for Public Health Foundation. After graduation she will be moving to Geneva, Switzerland to do an internship with the World Health Organization.
2010s 2010 Jordan Chong, Kemi, Finland, has joined Kemin Lamarit as a professional hockey player. Don Kittleson, Rochester, MN, is working for Hiawatha Homes in human resources. Evelyn Quast is an RN Case Manager for Hospice of the Twin Cities.
Deaths Susan Hanson Havdal ’41 died Oct. 17, 2010 in the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth. Mary Kryzer Bauer ’42 died Oct. 20, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Kryzia, Wilma. Sister Joan (Antonine) Braun, O.S.B. ’43 died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in St. Scholastica Monastery. She is survived by her sisters, Sister Mary Carol Braun, O.S.B. ’45, Sister Grace Marie Braun, O.S.B. ’48, Mary Ann Braun Merline; and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. Louise Jacobson Denham ’43 died May 5, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Frances Steen Cross Johnson ’43 died Aug. 27, 2010 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, FL. She is survived by son, William; daughter, Nancy Stockton. Sister Ethel Radtke ’45 died Nov. 27, 2010 at St. Scholastica Monastery. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. Ruth Reid LaMarche ’46 died on Nov. 11, 2010, at Freeman Health and Rehabilitation Services of Kingsford, MI. She is survived by son, Tom; daughters, Mary Pat, Elizabeth, Maureen Paquin, Annette Alieva, Kay Shawbitz; grandchildren, Patrick, Marissa, Erik, Angela, Teri, Lori, Jaime, Nick, Tony, Jacques, Jesse, Aron, Jasmine, Jordan, Daniel, Kevin, Kara. Jacquelyn Gardner Graham ’48 died Jan. 17, 2011. She is survived by her step-son, Thomas; step-daughters, Mary Reilly, Patricia Seggelink; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Marguerite Laskowski Beauclair ’49 died Dec. 11, 2010 in Duluth. She was survived by her daughter, Joan Beauclair; sons, David, Scott; seven granchildren; sister, Dorothy Murphy. Shirley Gisin Ketcham ’49 died May 10, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Richard; daughters, Dianne Chapman and Lorrie Ham; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Mary Duffy Hudock ’50 died June 13, 2010 in Franklin, IN. She is survived by her husband, Edward;
sister, Delores Duffy Peterson ’57. Ruth Ranta Johnson ’50 died Oct. 26, 2010 in her home. She is survived by daughters, Candy Johnson Lepak ’76, Susan Parson. Joyce Klefstad Christensen ’51 died Nov. 19, 2010. She is survived by son, David; daughters, Lisa Graefe, Heidi Haines; ten grandchildren; brother, John Klefstad; sister, Faye Waldo. Marcella Ann Hopponen Edison ’51 died Dec. 17, 2010. She is survived by children, Adrienne, Mary Jo, Kris, Elizabeth, John, Jim, and Paul; ten grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren. E. Mona Hill Woolcock ’51 died Oct. 30, 2010. She is survived by son, Clifford; daughters, Esther, /LVD¿YHJUDQGFKLOGUHQ¿YHJUHDW grandchildren. Sister Bertrand Reiser, O.S.B. ’52 died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Benet Hall at St. Scholastica Monastery. She is survived by her brother, Reverend Bernard Reiser; sister, Rosemary Leger; and the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. Annabelle McGuire Gibson ’53 died Jan. 11, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Dick; daughters, Mary, Kate; son, Bill; nine grandchildren; siblings, Pat, Leah ’60. Sister Lea (Helen) Pocta, O.S.B. ’53 died on March 16, 2011, in St. Scholastica Monastery. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. Patricia Berres ’54 died April 26, 2010 in St. Therese’s Home in Hopkins, MN. She is survived by her brother, Robert. Helen Cavanagh Devine ’54 died on Feb. 23, 2011, in New Hope, MN. She is survived by husband, John; son, Mike; daughters Peggy Havdala, Jacki Kusnierek; siblings, Mary Jo, Bill, Pat, Dan; grandchildren, Joey, Mark, Sarah, Johnny, Anna. Joan Hendrickson Hayes ’54 died Sept. 14, 2010 in St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. She is survived by husband, Jim; sons, Kevin, Charles, Gerald, Thomas, Adam, Douglas; daugther, Jean Snyder.
It’s not too late to attend A Community of Saints, the College’s 2011 reunion, June 24-26. Everyone is welcome, with special gatherings for Social Work grads and alumni with graduation years ending in 1 and 6. Enjoy tea with the Sisters, lifelong learning opportunities, a walk to the Valley of Silence, and much more. The Social Work department is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will have a special event as well as a CEU Seminar opportunity for all past graduates. Three hours of CEU on Supervision will be offered. Class representatives have been contacting alums from years HQGLQJLQDQG)RUDOLVWRIUHSVRUWR¿QGRXWZKR¶V coming, go to: css.edu/reunion.xml. Questions? Call (218) 723-6071. See you on campus!
Marilyn Schuh LaVerdi ’55 died on Dec. 19, 2010, in Venice, FL. She is survived by husband, Angelo; daughters, Diane Mark, Jenny Paige; sister, Kathryn Martin; three grandchildren. Marilyn Dauplaise Sarazin ’55 died on Feb. 25, 2011, in Barnes, WI. She is survived by her husband, Harry; son, Jim; daughter Ann Felter; grandchildren, Katie, Brad, Jeremy, Trevor, Jessica. Beverly Hall Wilk ’59 died Oct. 12, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; sons, Steven, Jeffrey, Christopher. Mary Ann Guye Power ’61 died Oct. 7, 2010 in Franklin, TN. She is survived by her husband, David; son, David, Jr.; daughters, Jennifer, Amanda; grandchildren, Molly, Jacob, Katie; brother, Frank Guye; sister, Kathy Guye. Carol Anna McKeller O’Leary ’63 died Sept. 11, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Sartell, MN. She is survived by sons Patrick, Timothy; daughters, Michelle Geiser, Kathy Schendzielos. 27
Irene Quinn Norman ’67 died Dec. 3, 2009 in Fort Worth, TX. She is survived by her husband, James; stepchildren Jeffrey, Mellisa; brothers, Patrick, Kevin, Timothy. Marg Ruppe Frigo ’68 died Sept. 10, 2010 at her home. She is survived by husband, Jerry; daughters, Sarah Frigo-Reps, Lenore; mother, Katherine; sister, Kathleen Kaufman; brother, Joseph. Stephen McCaffrey ’76 died Feb. 7, 2010 at St. Cloud Hospital in MN. He is survived by his wife, Terri ’00; his sons Joshua, Paul; daughter, Sarah Ritchie; two grandchildren, Sophia, Oliver; two brothers, Thomas, James; three sisters, Karen Canham, Patty Bilcik, Mary. Thomas Stelman ’77 died on Jan. 1, 2009. He is survived by daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca. Susan D’Jock ’80 died on Nov. 22, 2010. She is survived by daughter, Nicole; parents, Louie, Pat; siblings, Tim, Dave, Dan, Sandy, Steve, Sally, Tony. Barbara Borden Reuter ’82 died in St. Cloud, MN. She is survived by husband, Bret; son, Carsten; daughter, Elliana; parents, Bill, Arleen; siblings, Patty, Bob, Tony, Mary Jean, Jason. Longina Harvieux ’91 died Oct. 3, 2010 in her home. She is survived by husband, Dan; sons, Robert ’99, David ’91, Edward ’01; daughter, Angela; parents, Robert and Jeanne Dougherty; brothers, Michael, Thomas, John, Mark.
Our Sympathy to Shirley Peterson Bennett ’44 on the death of her brother. Margaret Arimond Bujold ’45 on the death of her husband. Joyce Smith Ruce ’46 on the death of her brother. Jo Ann Reavill Bianco ’48 on the death of her sister. Barbara Shippy Brummitt ’50 on the death of her husband. Gretchen Leick Ford ’50 on the death of her husband. Patricia Gratto Langenbrunner ’51 on the death of her husband. Carol Hassett Stein ’51 on the death of her brother. Ruth Webster Elton ’52 on the death of her husband. Dawn Robinson Kulaszewicz ’52 on the death of her husband. Anna Mae Wietecha Sullivan ’52 on the death of her husband. Jeraldeen Flaherty Lee ’53 on the death of her husband. Margueritte Lavoie Maloney ’53 on the death of her husband. Mary Tikalsky Dwyer ’55 on the death of her husband. Suzanne Andler Johnson ’56 on the death of her husband. Anne Nordquist Bagley ’58 on the death of her mother. Leah McGuire Meyers ’60 on the death of her sister. Kay Nordquist Wickstrom ’60 on the death of her mother.
Carol Diemert ’69, Sue Diemert Moch ’71 on the death of their father. Marilyn Koering Wargo ’71 on the death of her husband. Sharon Tuominen Cina ’73 on the death of her brother. William Johnson ’73 and Suzanne Johnson Kinnear ’74 on the death of their mother. Sandra Evenson Brennan ’74 on the death of her brother. Catherine Conito Kopari ’74 on the death of her son and sister. Leah Masterson Busch ’75 on the death of her mother. Representative Mike Jaros ’75 on the death of his sister. Timothy Mostrom ’75, Peter Mostrom ’81, Carl Mostrom ’84 on the death of their mother. Linda Butler Donabauer ’76 on the death of her father. Diane Beck Geving ’76 on the death of her father. Susan Grammond ’76 on the death of her mother. Jolette Gregorich ’76 on the death of her father. Annette Pettersen Larson ’76 on the death of her mother. Candice Johnson Lepak ’76 on the death of her mother. Elaine Erickson Watts ’76 on the death of her father. Mary Scott-Nickila ’76 on the death of her father. Mary Jo Wood Anderson ’77 on the death of her mother.
George A. Jensvold ’91 died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He is survived by his wife Donna; four children; five step-children; 25 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brothers, Bill, Marc.
Nancy Heiber Gottfried ’61 on the death of her mother.
Julie Knaus Long ’64 on the death of her husband.
Randall Olson ’78 on the death of his father.
Rachele Korte ’06 died Sept. 18, 2010 in Chisholm, MN.
Sister Claudia Cherro ’67 on the death of her father.
Danny Rogers ’79 on the death of his mother.
Orrin Sechter ’10 died April 10, 2010 in Mendota Heights, MN. He is survived by his wife, Ann ’85; sons, Jimmy, Aaron; daughter, Rachel; parents, Orrin, Sr., Beverly; sisters, Nancy Class, Susan Durand, Jackie Abrahamson.
Donna Rokser Effinger ’67 and Patricia Rokser Gastonguay ’72 on the death of their father.
Winnifred Gustafson ’79 on the death of her brother.
Roberta Martinetto Karosich ’63 on the death of her mother.
Cathy Hoolihan Koering ’67, Jane Hoolihan Dooher ’77, and Dr. William Hoolihan ’81 on the death of their father.
Karen Finseth ’77 on the death of her mother. Fred Love ’78 on the death of his son.
Monica Muhich ’79 on the death of her father. Peter Hammer ’80, Rebecca Hammer Mattson ’80, Toby
Hammer ’83, Elizabeth Hammer Wedan ’87 on the death of their father. Catherine Borash Clark ’81 on the death of her father. Claudia Hampston Daly ’81 on the death of her mother. Wendy Peterson Pickar ’81 on the death of her father. Ann Lachmund Mars ’81 on the death of her sister. Debra Gregg Carlson ’82 on the death of her mother. Dianne Pavlica Johnson ’82 on the death of her father. Nora Paulford-Lecher ’82 on the death of her brother. Joan Peterson ’82 on the death of her mother. Phyllis Cizadlo ’83 on the death of her father. Lori Peterson Dordal ’83 on the death of her father. Susan Roper Jeffers ’83 on the death of her husband. Rhonda Dietl Morris ’83 on the death of her father. Frank Gerard ’84, Julie Ann Gerard Wieczorek ’89, and Michele Gerard ’92 on the death of their sister.
Sally Anderson ’89 on the death of her mother. Lowell Harnell ’90 on the death of his father. Gary Anderson ’91 on the death of his father. Stacey Greely ’91 on the death of her mother. Jody Broman Jensen ’91 on the death of her mother. Diane Monson ’91 on the death of her mother. Pearl Crandall Tinquist ’91 on the death of her father. Janice Culliton ’92 on the death of her husband. Mary Langenbrunner Juntunen ’92 on the death of her father. Julie Josephson Lovell ’92 on the death of her father. Lisa Pazdernik ’92 on the death of her father. Donna Dick Hendrickson ’93 on the death of her stepson. Elizabeth Bieter Phillips ’93 on the death of her husband. Jill Johnson Sterling ’93 on the death of her father. Andrew Virkus ’93 on the death of his father.
Nancy Kolar Minea ’84 on the death of her mother.
Mary Anzelc Shostedt ’94 on the death of her mother.
Nancy Anderson Brede ’85 on the death of her father.
Mary Sarvela ’95 on the death of her father.
Theresa Sherek Hazen ’85 on the death of her father.
Tammy Kroll Amundson ’96 on the death of her brother and mother.
John Rindal ’85 on the death of his mother.
Robert Bednarski ’96 on the death of his father.
William Singpiel ’85 on the death of his father.
Jennifer Huntley ’96 on the death of her mother.
Paul Pearson ’86, Carolyn PearsonRodriguez ’93 on the death of their father.
Kathleen Lund ’96 on the death of her mother.
Donavon Boguslawski ’87 on the death of his father.
Katherine Bogen ’97 on the death of her stepfather.
Kathleen Haugland ’87 on the death of her father.
David Harvieux ’97, Robert Harvieux ’99, Edward Harvieux ’01 on the death of their mother.
Ann Gornik Young ’87 on the death of her mother.
Jennifer Miller Hoglund ’97 on the death of her mother.
Diane Pearson Orville ’88 on the death of her husband.
Joyce Jacobson ’97 on the death of her mother.
Alumni Travel Program Oct. 30 to Nov. 6, 2011
Price: $2,399 per person double occupancy, not including airfare Paris is the most romantic destination in the world. We invite you to join the 2011 St. Scholastica Alumni Travel Program to experience it for yourself. We’ll visit the Louvre, stroll the Champs-Elysées, learn secrets of the Eiffel Tower and discover the mystery of the Phantom in the Palais Garnier opera house. With an optional three-day Bordeaux extension! Visit www.css.edu/alumnitravel.xml for additional information. 29
Lindsey Ruhnke Jaja â€™05 on the death of her mother.
Peter Petrich â€™97 on the death of his mother.
Sarah Maher â€™05 on the death of her mother.
Wendy Schwab â€™97 on the death of her mother and father.
Andrea Doty â€™06 on the death of her mother.
Lynn Jeffers Aldrin â€™98 (â€™99 MA) on the death of her brother.
Corrinne Lamb â€™07 on the death of her father.
Sarah Bryans Bongey â€™99 on the death of her mother.
Shandra Jopke Melanson â€™07 on the death of her mother.
9DOHULH+DOP*ULIÂżQ â€™99 on the death of her father.
Janie Campbell â€™08 on the death of her mother.
Amy Wyant â€™02 on the death of her father.
Susan Date â€™09 on the death of her father.
Carolyn Nadeau-Riley â€™03 on the death of her husband.
Julie Halom â€™09 on the death of her mother.
Scott Swan â€™03 on the death of his mother.
David Slosson â€™09 on the death of his mother.
Cindy (Johnson) â€™90 and Kerry Anderson, May 22, 2010.
Ann Dierkes â€™04 on the death of her mother.
Lance Manty â€™10 on the death of his brother.
Anne Cizadlo â€™95 and Jimmy Mandala, Dec. 31, 2010
Danyielle Martineau â€™04 on the death of her father. Cindy Olson â€™04 on the death of her father. Amanda Bozinski Witzke â€™04 on the death of her brother. Corrie Hoeschen Ehrbright â€™05 on the death of her father.
Births/Adoptions Robyn (Messerli) â€™93 and David Wolf, a son, Cayden John. Laura (Mushel) â€™98 and Paul Schieffert, a girl, Ava Marie. Kasmynn (Wallace) â€™99 and Joel Cessna â€™96, a daughter, Cadence Breanne. Natalie (Bloom) â€™99 and David Lyons â€™99, a daughter, Amara Florence Ann. Jodie (Verville) â€™00 and Brian Menz, a daughter, Shannon Grace. Nicole (Fridgen) â€™00 (MA â€™01) and 0LFKDHO1HZÂżHOGDVRQ%HQMDPLQ Michael.
Âż Mary (Peters) â€™09 and Michael Moore were married on Oct. 30, 2010.
Melissa (Fahey) â€™04 and David Magnuson, a daughter, Delaney Grace. Kristen (Wise) â€™04 (MA â€™05) and Ryan Russek, a girl, Makenna Maxine. Adrianne (Carlson) â€™05 and Kyle Osmundson â€™05, a daughter, Amelia Jane. Sara (Wes) â€™07 and Jay Bruemmer â€™09, a son, Brennan John.
Marc Dugas â€™99 and Kimberly Lewis, March 27, 2010. Callia (Hauger) â€™03 and Cameron Scott, Oct. 31, 2009. Jackie (Novotny) â€™04 and Brian Nord, Feb. 12, 2011. Katherine (Miller) â€™04 and Matthew Ajluni, Aug. 21, 2010. Michael (Sanchez) â€™04 and Jinny Walz, May 30, 2010. Lori (Saker) â€™05 and Michael Davey, Aug. 21, 2010. Laura (Battisti) â€™05 and Justin Jerve, Oct. 16, 2010. Jody (Yurczyk) â€™06 and Rick Clubb, July 17, 2010.
Nancy (Pexa) â€™00 and Rob Rettmann, a son, Andrew Robert.
Kathy (Riemer) â€™06 and Alexander Kurland, Sept. 25, 2010.
Jill (Kragenbring) â€™01 (MA â€™02) and Brian Butkus â€™01 (MA â€™02), a son, Luke Jameson.
Sarah (Byerly) â€™06 and Mike Olsen, Oct. 2, 2010.
Paul Mooney â€™01 and Dr. RenĂŠ Mooney, a daughter, Ophelia Rose Mooney. (Ophelia joins her big brother Odin (3) and Olivia (6). Thank you CSS community for all the best wishes.)
Desiree (Granowski) â€™04 and Joe Ahrens, twin sons, Declan John and Jens Austin.
Lori Olson â€™97 on the death of her father.
Molly (Peterson) â€™02 and Jedidiah Howard â€™02, a son, Michael Barnabas. (Michael is showing promise as a freshman year 2028 Saints Menâ€™s Soccer forward!)
Jean (Maus) â€™07 and Jason Usack â€™10, July, 10, 2010. Stephanie (Kirchner) â€™08 and William Ruckel III â€™08, June, 12, 2010. Amanda (Dufault) â€™09 and Coty Wangen, Sept. 12, 2009. Mary (Peters) â€™09 and Michael Moore, Oct. 30, 2010. Colleen (Collier) â€™09 and Corey Poderzay, Sept. 18, 2010.
Courtesy of St. Scholastica Monastery, photo by Fifield
We remember with thanks
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She was librarian and a faculty member at the College from 1948 to 1966, when she left to pursue her doctorate in library science. She was director of the library from 1971 to 1973, when she was named academic dean.
ister Timothy Kirby â€™39, who was a friend and spiritual mentor to many in the St. Scholastica community, died last December at age 92.
â€œSister Tim has been an important presence in the life of our College for three-quarters of a century,â€? said President Larry Goodwin, â€œand we and generations of alumni will miss her dearly.â€?
She served on numerous boards and community councils, and was given numerous service awards. She was active in Pax Christi, the Catholic peace organization. Sister Timothy volunteered at Duluthâ€™s federal prison camp for over 20 years, leading a weekly Sunday service and Wednesday evening Bible study. A newspaper story from 1996 said: â€œSister Kirby often sees resurrection in prison, such as when a man discovers how much he needs God and strives to be a different person. â€˜That discovery is a real resurrection for these men,â€™ she said. â€˜It gives them such a peace in their lives â€“ a peace they probably havenâ€™t known for a long time.â€™ â€? More than 1,000 alumni would participate each year in a Lenten project in which Sister Timothy invited alumni to send in cards if they wanted the Sisters to pray for them during the season. Until the end of her days she enjoyed reciting poetry and stories. To hear her recitation of the humorous tale of â€œThe Party at Croghanâ€™sâ€? go to: http://news.css.edu/croghans/ In honor of her decades of service, the College created the Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award. It honors alumni who have shown professional achievement and who exemplify the Benedictine values.
ongtime faculty member and former acting president of the College Sister Joan Braun â€™43 died in February at age 90.
â€œSister Joan served the College in a number of roles over the years,â€? noted President Larry Goodwin, â€œas head librarian, faculty member, dean, and acting president. She is a beloved part of our history.â€?
During 1974-75 she served as acting president of the College after the resignation of the Rev. F.X. Shea. During her presidency she oversaw WKHVHDUFKIRUWKHÂżUVWOD\SHUVRQWRVHUYHDVSUHVLGHQWRIWKH&ROOHJH She also led the founding of Minnesota Public Radio in northeastern Minnesota. Station WSCD-FM 92.9 was broadcast from inside Tower Hall. After the naming of her successor, Bruce Stender, she returned to teaching until being appointed dean of faculty in 1981. She was LQĂ€XHQWLDOLQWKHSODQQLQJRIWKHQHZFKDSHOLQDQGUHWLUHGIURP the College in 1987. In addition to being active in civic leadership, Sister Joan was an accomplished scholar who had a long professional association with the University of Michigan. In 1980 she gave an address titled â€œThe Life of St. Benedict in Art and the Reformation of Monksâ€? at the International Symposium on Monasticism and the Arts in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In her retirement, Sister Joan revised and edited Sister Agnes Somersâ€™ 1956 book â€œAll Her Waysâ€?; it was published in 2008. 31
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Learning along the border by Marcia Runnberg
What does a faculty member’s sabbatical involve these days? Last fall Runnberg, an assistant professor of Social Work, provided a glimpse in a piece she wrote for the department’s newsletter. Her sabbatical travels took her to southern Arizona. Here’s an excerpt.
Undocumented migrants attempting to cross the rugged desert terrain must deal with a tier of oppressors including Coyotes (the persons who guide them across for a hefty fee), desert bandits, human traffickers, and the drug cartels.
nderstanding the concept of ‘sabbatical’ has been a journey in itself. I think I’m redefining the experience every day. Along with recently becoming an empty nester, I have no office to go to, no phone calls to return, papers to grade, or students to advise. ‘Sabbatical’ is described as “a leave from regular work, taking time for research, study, acquire new skills, travel; taking time to restore and rest, re-evaluate one’s life.” One blog entry I found remarked on a sabbatical as an experience that was both exhilarating and frightening. Believe it or not, sabbatical time takes regular planning. Arizona has proven a wonderful sabbatical environment.
I have focused the past months on learning about these issues; meeting with affected people, evaluating local media information, making professional connections, and attending community events. I’ve been traveling to the Nogales border assisting with Kino Border Initiative program development, particularly focusing on designing protocols, methods and tools to evaluate activities. Last month I completed a paper entitled Bringing Catholic Social Teaching to the Border. I anticipate using some of the paper’s principles to guide curricular infusion of Catholic Social Teaching in a variety of social justice courses.
This political year has been one of significant economic and social justice crisis for the state of Arizona. It was recently identified as having the second highest poverty rate in the nation and being in the top tier for mass home foreclosures, education budget cuts, and water resource challenges. With a reported 500,000 undocumented migrants in the state, media sensationalizing of border violence between Mexican drug cartels, an identification of 254 desert crosser deaths in the past year, 2.4 billion dollars spent on building 670 miles of border fencing on a 2,000 mile border, and 120 tons of marijuana seized in the past month, Arizona has become a state with political turmoil and challenging humanitarian concerns.
Personal enrichment activities have been exciting and varied. Upon my arrival, I found opportunity to join a monthly Parker Palmer reading group, discussing his book “Let Your Life Speak.” I took a six-day trip to Washington D.C., meeting with the Director of Public Policy and Programs of Jesuit Refugee Services. I also spent time with a gentleman who is an archivist for the Holocaust Museum and is writing a novel about border crossings. This month I had the fortune to spend time with (retired English faculty member and poet) Nancy Fitzgerald and her husband, who reside in Tucson during the fall and winter months. She lives in an intentional community of retired teachers. Last week I began a watercolor painting class with
15 ‘elder’ members and sat in on a memoir-writing course that Nancy teaches to 20 students between 75 and 90 years of age. Several of the community members have asked if I would take them on an immersion experience to the K.B.I. border program in Nogales, Mexico, and conduct a community presentation on migrant crossing issues. Traveling with a group of seniors to the border will definitely be interesting. Last night I attended a dinner sponsored by a national aviation mission organization which provides basic needs assistance to remote indigenous villages in Latin America. Gracia Burnham was the keynote speaker. She is author of “In the Presence of Mine Enemies.” (Gracia and her husband Martin were held captive in the Philippines for over a year in 2001 by a radical contra Muslim group; Martin was killed.) Gracia’s presentation reminded me that the virtues of Christian love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, and self-sacrifice are still operating amidst human pain and injustice.
Marcia Runnberg coordinates the Social Work program.
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Islamic calligrapher Dhea Fenjan Alshaher visited the College in late March and early April as part of the Exploration of Sacred Text series sponsored by the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum. He discussed the cultural significance of Islamic calligraphy in an evening demonstration on campus and performed his calligraphy writing during two other sessions. Also visiting as part of the series was Torah scribe Julie Seltzer, who gave demonstrations, visited classes and offered workshops. 1