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Spring/Summer 2024 – E-edition

The spring/summer 2024 edition of the St. Cloud State University Magazine showcases our focus on student success, including our competitive nursing program, revamped Honors College and more. It also highlights a historic season from our Women’s Soccer program, features engaging stories from the #OurSCSU community, looks back at President Wacker’s six years at SCSU and gives details on the 2024 SCSU Alumni Survey.

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An SCSU President for a time like no other: Dr. Robbyn Wacker

“I wish for St. Cloud State that it will continue to be the vital, thriving, relevant institution that it always has been — alert to the needs of students, communities, business and education — and always evolving to be a force for positive change, adapting and responding to the changing world around us. I am grateful to have met so many incredible faculty, staff and alumni who care deeply about this institution and so many students who are ready to make a difference in the world.”


Historic season paves a bright future for SCSU Women’s Soccer  

In 2023, the St. Cloud State University Women’s Soccer program continued its journey of improvement to reach new heights. A wave of fresh recruits and committed returners cemented a championship standard for the team. The Huskies broke records, set new standards and put together the best season in program history. 

The historic 2023 season generates excitement for 2024 and beyond, as the team turns their focus to welcoming the next wave of recruits. The defending NSIC champions are ready to build off their success. 


Name, Image and Likeness provides unique opportunity for SCSU student-athletes 

In an attempt to assist student-athletes in building their personal brands, SCSU announced ahead of the 2023-24 season a partnership with Opendorse, the industry leader in NIL. The partnership includes the Huskies Marketplace, which serves as SCSU’s official NIL marketplace for student-athletes.

This new and accessible platform offers Huskies fans, brands and sponsors a single, streamlined platform to easily find, pitch, book and compensate SCSU student- athletes for their NIL services.


Focused on discovery: Reimagining the SCSU Honors College

Jennifer Cavalli had a unique view on Honors when she interviewed to be the Executive Director of the newly-established Honors College at St. Cloud State. 

“Honors is for everyone: it’s about motivation, drive and dedication,” Cavalli said. “Past academic performance is not the most important thing. Engagement with one’s community, the motivation to take risks with learning … that type of intellectual curiosity carries a lot more weight.”


SCSU Nursing programs are essential for the region’s success

Jessica Imrie had good, practical reasons for choosing St. Cloud State’s nursing program: she could commute from home, get financial support from the hometown nursing home where she’d been working part-time and be part of a highly competitive, hands-on learning experience.

But most importantly, she believed her training would be the gateway to a myriad of career opportunities in the healthcare field. Her rewarding career path has proved her instincts were right. 


SCSU professor co-authors publication in prestigious science journal

Biology Assistant Professor Angela McDonnell recently co-authored a publication in the prestigious journal Nature titled Phylogenomics and the rise of the angiosperms.

“Having a publication in a journal like Nature, which spans all of science, is kind of a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” McDonnell said. “I feel really grateful to have amazing collaborators and colleagues that also want to work with me.”


Larry Dietz named Interim President of St. Cloud State University

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Larry Dietz to serve as interim president of St. Cloud State University (SCSU). The appointment will be effective beginning July 1, 2024.

“I am pleased that Dr. Dietz has agreed to come out of retirement and lead St. Cloud State University as interim president for the next two years,” said Scott Olson, chancellor of Minnesota State.


SCSU students impress at Model United Nations

St. Cloud State University students had a tremendous showing at MinneMUN 2024 last month, the collegiate Model UN conference hosted by the University of Minnesota team every Spring.

SCSU was awarded Outstanding Delegation, and students brought home awards for Outstanding Delegate in the Third Committee, Best Delegate and Outstanding Delegate on the Korean Crisis Committee and Honorable Mention on the Crime Commission.