150: St. Cloud State
The school that began in a converted hotel overlooking the Beaver Islands will mark its sesquicentennial in 2019. In 1869, the Third Normal School trained teachers. Today, St. Cloud State is a regional university with more than 200 academic programs, including 60 graduate programs. Among the events planned for the 150th anniversary is a re-imagined fall 2018 Homecoming celebration and a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Minnesota’s leading campus-licensed radio station is marking a half-century of service. KVSC, “The Voice of St. Cloud,” debuted in May 1967 at 88.5 on the FM dial. Today, KVSC 88.1 FM delivers music, Huskies Athletics games, news, programs, concerts and live radio shows via FM and HD signals — as well as across the Internet. Our “Sound Alternative” hosts one of the nation’s oldest and largest radio-based trivia contests. It partners with the historic Pioneer Place on Fifth in downtown St. Cloud to present live broadcasts of “Granite City Radio Theatre.”
50: Atwood Memorial Center
It’s been our campus living room since 1966. In five decades as our student union, Atwood Memorial Center has evolved from a facility with one floor above ground to a three-floor facility with a ballroom, east wing and west wing. Long-time amenities, such as the bowling alley, are flourishing. Relics of the past, such as the album-listening lounge, are long gone. Among the newest features are four main-floor eateries, including two Caribou coffee shops.
25: HP Productions
Husky Productions (HP) has earned a national reputation during the last 25 years. Organizations such as the Broadcast Education Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences lavish it with awards. HP students do the production work for FOX Sports North and CBS Sports Network broadcasts. “The kids now have become so proficient at what they do,” said Jim Rich, Huskies broadcast announcer and FOX 9 sportscaster, “It looks just as good as a Wild or Timberwolves broadcast.”
20: Partnership with Nelson Mandela University
Our partnership with Nelson Mandela University has enabled a generation of St. Cloud State students to visit the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Students learn about apartheid and draw parallels between that system of oppression and America’s slavery and segregation systems. A tour of Robben Island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, provides insight into one of the great leaders of the 20th century.
10: MedTech programs
For a decade now, St. Cloud State has been part of Minnesota’s booming medical technology sector. It began with a master’s degree in Regulatory Affairs and Services. Newer master’s programs are Medical Technology Quality and Applied Clinical Research. In addition, there is a graduate certificate program in Medical Device Regulation. All four programs support one of the nation’s largest concentrations of medical device research, manufacturing and employment.