• The College of St. Scholastica has been named one of the nation's top colleges and universities for commitment to first-generation student success. The Center for First-Generation Student Success has recognized 80 schools nationwide in its First Forward Cohort. First Forward is the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institution for their commitment to advancing first-generation student success. St. Scholastica is the only private college in Minnesota and one of three Minnesota institutions overall to receive the designation. Forty-one percent of new first-year students at St. Scholastica identify as first generation, meaning neither parent graduated from a four-year college.
• Bawaajigekwe Andrea DeBungie, of Washburn, was named Special Services Teacher of the Year by Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction. DeBungie is a special education teacher at Ashland Middle and Lake Superior Elementary schools in the Ashland School District. She was awarded $3,000 by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
• The College of St. Scholastica was ranked in the top 10 for colleges in Minnesota for value according to a new report from a personal finance website, SmartAsset.com. The ranking takes into account the colleges' average scholarships, tuition, average starting salaries of graduates, student living costs and student retention rates.
• St. Scholastica honored their outstanding faculty and staff at the Faculty Staff Excellence Awards luncheon on May 8. Those recognized include: John Bauman, assistant professor of education, and John Schottenbauer, media services technology specialist, received the Excellence Award for Living Our Values. This award recognizes faculty and staff who support and further the college's mission of preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by exemplifying the Benedictine values in their work. Sharon Obst, lecturer in the communication, theater and art department, received the Benedictine Professor of General Education Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching in the general education program. Obst will attend a conference focusing on general education and serve as an advocate or consultant for general education throughout the 2019-20 academic year. English professor Pat Hagen was given the Max H. Lavine Award, which is the highest award for teaching excellence at the college. It is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to furthering the mission of the college through value-oriented teaching in the Benedictine tradition. Elyse Carter-Vosen, associate professor of global, cultural and language studies, won the Tassie McNamara Award. The highest honor presented by the student body to a faculty or staff member, this award recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of St. Benedict through teaching or working at the college. Hong-Ming Liang, associate professor of history, received the Equal Access Award. This award recognizes faculty who exhibit exemplary effort to engage students with disabilities in academic and interpersonal growth and development. The Vivat Volunteer Award went to the department of chemistry and physical sciences. This recognition goes to the department with the most volunteer hours served.
• The Goldfine family presents $5,000 annually to an outstanding teacher within the Duluth Public School system. Manley and Lillian Goldfine established this award through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation in 2006 to recognize public school teachers who inspire their students and provide a strong foundation for educational, personal and professional success. Teachers are nominated and selected for the award through a competitive application process based on several criteria, including impact in the classroom, school and community, and their efforts to pursue professional development. This year's nominees include: Philip Warmanen, Lowell Elementary; Lynn Thompson, Piedmont Elementary; Kristin Paschen, Lester Park Elementary; Erin Krizaj, Homecroft Elementary; Nancy Broman, Myers-Wilkins Elementary; Adam Metzer, Laura MacArthur Elementary; Lisa Heehn, Stowe Elementary; Kim Evavold-Bolf, Lakewood Elementary; and Kathleen Lofstuen, Congdon Park Elementary.
• Presley Eldien, of Duluth, was chosen as managerial producer for The Fashion Show 2020 at Iowa State University. Eldien is studying apparel, merchandising and design at the university.
• Lori Dargatz was named student speaker for the University of Wisconsin-Superior's commencement which took place May 18. Dargatz is a bachelor of science degree candidate with Magna Cum Laude honors. She is an interdisciplinary studies: professional studies major with a focus of study in business administration, communication and psychology. A 1989 graduate of Superior High School, she enrolled at UWS in 2014 as a non-traditional student through the online degree program. Dargatz plans to continue her work with Duluth Regional Care Center, where she has worked for more than 25 years, by continuing to provide services and assisting with employee growth and development.
• A group of students from the University of Wisconsin Superior criminal justice program hosted a carnival for youth, ages 5-17, at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland, Lincoln Park branch. More than 200 youngsters were invited - all of whom are currently on a waitlist, waiting to be matched with mentors. To learn more about how to be a mentor, go to mentorduluth.org.
• The team of Grant Fleagle, Jake Newsom, Tyler Hendrickson, and Tanner Steele, students in LSBE's Financial Markets Program, were named one of the top 10 financial markets analyst student teams in America after competing with 57 international teams in the preliminary round of the Americas Regional Final of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute's Annual Research Challenge on April 25. This is the third straight year that an LSBE team has advanced to the Americas Regional. LSBE put together two teams for the CFA Challenge, and they prepared throughout the year under the guidance of faculty mentor and Financial Markets Program Director Joe Artim and industry mentors David Brandmire, CFA, Vice President, Senior Fixed Income Analyst at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis and Doug Greiner, CFA, Director of Research & Portfolio Manager Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC. Only one of LSBE's teams advanced out of the Midwest Regional competition.
• Catholic United Financial awarded scholarships to the following: Alex Busick of Duluth, John Busick of Duluth, Nicholas Vanioh of Duluth, Eli Jereczek of Duluth and Jenna Meyer of Duluth.
• Nicole Harsha, of Warba, was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award from the University of Minnesota Crookston.
• Eleora Demuth, of Cohasset, received Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award from the University of Minnesota Crookston.
• The Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference announced their 2019 Conference All-Academic Team. Local students include: Jacob Bjork, Maija Maki, Kaleb Kappes-Bliss, Oskar Koivisto, Phoebe Morgan, Ethan Zaitz, all of Northeast Range High School; Evan Rasmussen, Walker McKee, Kathryn Barna, Kathryn Ireland, Loren Sablan, Brady Louks, James Stirewalt, Logan Rasmussen, Jenna Rasmussen, Alex Schmidt, Caleb Bugnacki, David Ringhand, all of Crosby-Ironton High School; Cody Ufford of Kelliher High School; Camdyn Fineday, Aiyanna Tibbetts, Sharon McGuire, Mackenzie Stoebner, Xavier Fournier, all of Cass Lake-Bena High School.
• U.S. Air Force Airman Joshua P. Nylund, a 2018 Hermantown High School graduate, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Parents are Daniel Nylund of Soudan and Candice Mock of Hermantown.