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St. Cloud State Magazine

Spring/Summer 2023 – E-edition

The spring/summer 2023 publication of the St. Cloud State University Magazine features an introduction to #OurSCSU as we share, showcase and celebrate the diversity and strength of SCSU, the impact SCSU has on the community, how SCSU shapes students for their futures in a bold way, milestones and accomplishments achieved by Huskies Athletics, success of St. Cloud State students and alumni, and more.

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Focused on SCSU’s bright future

St. Cloud State President Robbyn Wacker and Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement Nic Katona discuss SCSU’s focus on a bright future, bringing flexibility to philanthropy, #OurSCSU and more.


Celebrating St. Cloud State Community

#OurSCSU is a symbol of the strength of our community and a new platform to share life’s milestones, professional advancements, and impact. Whether you are making a difference in your community, advancing your profession, or shaping the lives of those around you — we want to hear from you.  


An Artist’s View: Visual impairment doesn’t slow down success of SCSU artist

St. Cloud State senior Isaiah Okongo is focused on his future in art in his own bold way by not letting a visual impairment get in the way of his talents and successes.


QBR continues to be an industry leader in St. Cloud economics

King Banaian and his fellow St. Cloud State University economists have been making sense of ups and downs in the local business climate for a quarter of a century via their much-anticipated St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report (QBR). 


SCSU Esports levels up with new facilities, leadership 

SCSU Esports is an emerging segment of campus life at St. Cloud State, with some big additions in the past year sparking further growth.


SCSU Hockey player grew up on the ice thanks to Olympic speedskating parents

Men’s Hockey player Grant Cruikshank grew up on the ice rink and remains on the ice to this day in part due to the influence from his Olympic speedskating parents, Bonnie Blair Cruikshank and Dave Cruikshank.


Building on our strengths and raising the bar of distinction

St. Cloud State University is taking bold steps to raise the academic profile of the University – a core tenet of It’s Time, the University’s framework for the future. We are innovating and investing in areas of growth to meet the workforce needs of the region, the state, and the world. Our focus is on offering a strong portfolio of excellent programs for current and future Huskies.


Honoring a Legend: SCSU honors Matt Cullen with jersey retirement

The St. Cloud State University Men’s Hockey team honored one of the best to ever take the ice for the Huskies when they retired the jersey of 21-year NHL veteran and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Matt Cullen in January.  The Huskies retired Cullen’s No. 9 jersey during a pregame ceremony ahead of SCSU’s game against Colorado College on Jan. 14 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Former Husky and NHL

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Leah Neidecker: Saving lives by sharing cutting edge techniques

Leah Neidecker, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Ecology in 2013, is a program manager in aortic medical science with Medtronic. She collaborates with key opinion leaders in the vascular and cardiothoracic surgery specialties to deliver the most relevant, accurate and data-driven training to health care professionals.


Diane Nelson: Bold breakthroughs through the art of weaving

Something incredible is happening at Annandale Art & Textile Center, as Diane Nelson teaches weaving at the Center and supervises the Heart of the Lakes Weavers — a vocational weaving program for people with social or developmental disabilities and alternate learning styles.


Nic and Paige Dowd: Creating new experiences for sensory sensitive fans

The Dowd’s Crowd sensory kits, buffer the sights and sounds of a packed hockey arena for kids who are sensory sensitive. Families are now able to enjoy the thrill of attending a hockey game together.


SCSU Survey provides service to campus, community

In the 43 years since the SCSU Survey was created primarily as a teaching tool by a political scientist and sociologist, its reputation for integrity and clean survey methodology has made it an in-demand regional research asset. 


Alumni gifts have positive impact for students and community

The announcement and dedication of The Judy C. Pearson Department of Communication Studies took place Sept. 22 in the lobby of Riverview at St. Cloud State University. Dr. Judy Pearson endowed the University’s Communication Studies department with a $1 million gift, resulting in the first named department on campus. earson’s gift will provide resources to support the advancement of the Communication Studies department. It has already provided four scholarships to first-year and transfer students, and will provide for the department’s first diversity scholarships.


St. Cloud State alumni in action

Three St. Cloud State University alumni have put their educations into action in their respective career fields.