EDUCATION NOTES

  • 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.

LEARNING NOTES

  • 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.
  • 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.