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St. Cloud State Magazine

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 – E-edition

The Fall 2022/Winter 2023 publication of the St. Cloud State University Magazine features the diversity of living things being sown and harvested in the St. Cloud State Community Garden, Esports fielding its first competitive team, leadership joining the University and Huskies Athletics, success of St. Cloud State students and alumni, and more.

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Achieving our potential through success of our students

What a terrific start to Fall 2022 for St. Cloud State University! Our campus has been brightened with fall colors and bustling with new and returning students eager to engage in academics and activities. We are enjoying a sense of renewed pride and passion for the traditions and strengths we share as a university of leaders, scholars, teachers, and learners.


Where roots take hold

A beautiful diversity of living things have been sown and harvested in the St. Cloud State University Community Garden – all because 17 years ago Tracy Ore planted her vision and her knees on a scrubby patch of campus land on Fifth Avenue.


Special student and community partnerships

One of the most notable senior capstone projects Mitch Bender’s environmental and technological studies students ever undertook was development of an eight-year plan for the SCSU Community Garden in its early years – a blueprint for its future and the groundwork for an irrigation system and other critical components.


Teacher of the Year: Sarah Lancaster ’13

Of all the ceremonies honoring her as Education Minnesota’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, none was as meaningful to Sarah Lancaster ’13, as the celebration in her small Central Minnesota hometown of Onamia – at the place she calls “my school”.


Sharing in the success of SCSU Accounting students

Sydney Wittnebel ’19 found the perfect placement after graduating with a degree in Accounting. She interned and then accepted an offer with Schlenner Wenner & Co., a mid-sized St. Cloud accounting firm giving her the opportunity to work with both big and small companies while also focusing on volunteering and having an influence on her professional community.


HuskiesAdvance: Showing the world what Huskies can do

At the end of his freshman year, Jefferson Carson had some tough decisions to make if he wanted to remain a student. He’d come to St. Cloud State as an athlete but was later cut from his team. Without his role as an athlete, Carson felt disconnected from campus life. But all that was about to change.


Norwegian alumni endow Professional Selling Institute with $1 million gift

The establishment of The Per Rasmussen ’86 and Nina Skage ’86 Professional Selling Institute is a distinctive component of the It’s Time leadership focus, and a driving factor in helping establish the Herberger Business School as a nationally recognized leader in business-to-business sales education. The gift accelerates and elevates St. Cloud State as a leader in Minnesota, the Midwest and across the nation in academic programming and scholarship.


Giving up Wall Street

A St. Cloud State Alumnus has given the community he grew up with better access to housing, education, and infrastructure, all through his family’s tea farm.


Dr. Katherina Pattit takes the lead of the Herberger Business School

Dr. Katherina Pattit is the new dean of the Herberger Business School (HBS) (July 1, 2022), one of the few accredited business schools in the State of Minnesota, with a track record of excellence in preparing business leaders.


Gifts used to improve fan experience in Herb Brooks National Hockey Center

A generous gift of 1.8 million from Foundation 94 established by Henry and Angelena Blattner is providing funding for student support and the fan experience in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.


New faces lead programs in Huskies Athletics

Get to know two new faces leading St. Cloud State’s Men’s Basketball and Women’s Hockey programs.


SCSU joins Age-Friendly campus

St. Cloud State University is the latest institution to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network as an Age-Friendly University. The Age-Friendly University Global Network is a group of higher education institutions around the world committed to becoming more age-friendly in programs and policies and create opportunities for an aging population. The institutions have a shared goal of promoting an inclusive approach to healthy and active ageing through research, enhanced learning

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Educator of the Year

St. Cloud State professors Dr. Mike Dando and Dr. Melissa Hanzsek-Brill earned Minnesota State’s highest honors for educators, the Educator of the Year Award. These awards are bestowed upon faculty to acknowledge and reward exceptional professional accomplishment and to encourage ongoing excellence in teaching.


St. Cloud State named College of Distinction

St. Cloud State University has been recognized for its honorable commitment to engaged, experiential education by Colleges of Distinction, a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, St. Cloud State is now designated as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction.


Nic Katona takes over as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement

In August, Nic Katona was appointed Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement at St. Cloud State, a position previously held by Matt Andrew before his retirement last June.


President Wacker represents SCSU at the UK Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

President Robbyn Wacker, Associate Vice President for International Studies Shahzad Ahmad, and other representatives from St. Cloud State University had an exclusive opportunity to attend The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration last June because of our decades long relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland via our Alnwick location.


St. Cloud State launches first competitive Esports team

St. Cloud State University is launching into Esports in a big way this fall with its first competitive Rocket League team. Esports is a combination of video games and competition with global appeal. Viewership of Esports tournaments rivals that of traditional sporting events and the field is expanding to generate new professions in shoutcasting, event and team management, and Esports therapy. 


Class Notes and We Remember

Class Notes and Alumni and Faculty We Remember from the Fall 2022/Winter 2023 edition of the St. Cloud State Magazine.