DONATIONS

  • Northland Human Resource Association donated $1,425 to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss at their Annual Golf Fundraiser on July 15, 2019. NHRA is pleased to support the Lighthouse as they celebrate 100 years of helping individuals with vision loss in our community.

Jean Hotchkiss, of Eagles Auxiliary No. 80 in Superior, presented Kevin Rodlund, of the Solvay House, a check in the amount of $110 from a bake sale the Auxiliary held.
Jean Hotchkiss, of Eagles Auxiliary No. 80 in Superior, presented Kevin Rodlund, of the Solvay House, a check in the amount of $110 from a bake sale the Auxiliary held.

  • Jean Hotchkiss, of Eagles Auxiliary No. 80 in Superior, presented Kevin Rodlund, of the Solvay House, a check in the amount of $110 from a bake sale the Auxiliary held.

GOOD PEOPLE

Library Manager Carla Powers (left) presented a plaque to Kiwanis member Cordy Swanson and other members of the Port of Duluth Kiwanis at the beginning of a Kaleidoscope performance.
Library Manager Carla Powers (left) presented a plaque to Kiwanis member Cordy Swanson and other members of the Port of Duluth Kiwanis at the beginning of a Kaleidoscope performance.

  • The Duluth Public Library recognized the Port of Duluth Kiwanis with a plaque to celebrate Kiwanis’ 40 years of continued support and sponsorship of the Kaleidoscope program.

COMMUNITY LEADERS

Brad Hadrava, with his grandchildren, receiving the award from CGMC President and Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson.
Brad Hadrava, with his grandchildren, receiving the award from CGMC President and Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson.

  • Eveleth City Administrator Jackie Monahan-Junek and City Councilor Brad Hadrava were recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 25 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji for their excellence in service to Greater Minnesota. The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to city leaders who demonstrate knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the past year.

Hadrava and Monahan-Junek played key roles in helping to advance legislation to increase funding for Local Government Aid (LGA), which was the CGMC’s No. 1 priority this year. Monahan-Junek strengthened the case for an LGA increase by putting together detailed information about the uses and need for LGA in her city. Her information proved vital to helping guide the LGA discussion at the Legislature. Hadrava provided critical testimony at a legislative committee hearing where he spoke in favor of a bill to boost LGA. He explained to legislators how increased LGA will help his city and others across the state address the need for capital improvements and keep up with rising costs.

  • The Junior League of Duluth has named the following individuals to the Board of Directors for the upcoming year: President, Lisa Plachta; President-Elect, Jennifer Moses; President Elect-Elect, Melissa LaTour; Recording Secretary/Arrangements, Kate Patronas; Director of Membership, Patricia Norman; Nominating/Placement Chair, Angela Engblom; Director of Community, Liz Hanson; Director of Finance, Anne Whitworth; Director of Communications, Kathy Jensen; Sustainer Representative, Linda Basara; Sustainer Representative, Nicole Widdes.

The following individuals were honored for their outstanding dedication, service, and commitment to the Junior League of Duluth and the community through their volunteer work and announced as recipients of the following awards: Elisabeth Congdon Lifetime Achievement Award, Meagan Avery and Sustainer of the Year, Gail Tate.

American Indian Community Housing Organization received the 2019 Community Service Award. This annual award recognizes organizations that make an impact in the community and reflect the mission and vision of the Junior League of Duluth.

  • The Lake Superior College Foundation has announced that fiscal year 2019 was the most successful year in the history of the organization, both in terms of funds raised, $1.4 million in fiscal year 2019, and funds distributed, over $425,000, in support of students at Lake Superior College. In addition to direct student support, the LSC Foundation also serves as the fiscal host for the free summer camps for youth; LSC athletic programs, events and fundraisers; and academic and student support programs and initiatives at Lake Superior College.

Kelsey Johnson
Kelsey Johnson
Peter DeSutter
Peter DeSutter
Tom Renier
Tom Renier
Terese Tomanek
Terese Tomanek
Andy Reierson
Andy Reierson
Linda Basara
Linda Basara

The Foundation also welcomed two new board members: Kelsey Johnson, President of Iron Mining Association, and Peter DeSutter, Senior Program Manager at AAR Duluth. They have been elected to serve a three-year term. The Board of Directors elected new officers for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning on July 1, 2019. Tom Renier, retired Executive Director of the Northland Foundation and former Chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees, was elected as Chair of the Board. Rev. Terese Tomanek, chaplain and employee at Woodland Hills, was elected as vice-chair. Andy Reierson, COO of Flint Group in Duluth, was elected as board treasurer. And, Linda Basara, retired Director of Education at St. Luke’s, was elected as secretary. The 2019/2020 Board will look to build on the success from this past year.

EDUCATION NOTES

Ryan Sandefer
Ryan Sandefer

  • Ryan Sandefer, assistant vice president for academic affairs at the College of St. Scholastica, is one of 41 administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2019–2020 Senior Leadership Academy.Individuals chosen for the year-long program are leaders in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for more senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Dr. Sandefer will participate in the SLA’s opening seminar in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 1-3, 2019, and a closing seminar in Washington, DC, June 21–23, 2020. He also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year.

The Senior Leadership Academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

Sandefer, who is also an associate professor of Health Informatics and Information Management at St. Scholastica, holds a Ph.D. in Health Informatics from The University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and has held multiple elected leadership positions with the American Health Information Management Association.

University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty members Jayson Iwen (left) and Lynn Goerdt recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities conference in Washington, D.C.
University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty members Jayson Iwen (left) and Lynn Goerdt recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities conference in Washington, D.C.

  • Two University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty members recently attended a National Endowment for the Humanities conference in Washington, D.C. This follows UW-Superior having recently received a Humanities Connections Planning award from

NEH to assist with development of a new program and determine its feasibility.

Lynn Goerdt, associate professor of social work, and Jayson Iwen, associate professor of writing & library science and department chair, attended the conference held for recipients of NEH planning and implementation grants.

The proposal from UW-Superior was one of 19 out of 139 applicants selected by NEH. With the nearly $45,000 grant, research began this summer with the community to assess the development of the new program.

  • The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded $47,832 to enhance students’ understanding of the meaning of “vocation” and how it fits into their future careers and lives.

A career term with a broader theological scope, vocation is often defined as a calling or a life’s purpose. The two-year NetVUE Program Development Grant award from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is funding St. Scholastica’s “Values in Action” initiative through April 30, 2021. This project aims to increase faculty, staff and student understanding of vocation and its relationship to the College’s mission and values. It creates opportunities for vocational reflection and develop language around the idea of “calling and purpose” to be used throughout the institution.

The College’s mission of preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work is a call to help students to envision a whole life (work, family, and civic engagement) that integrates values promoting human dignity and wholeness.

The Values in Action project’s main activities are:

  • To broaden vocational exploration in the College’s Dignitas program for first-year students

  • Add/expand vocational exploration in the Saints Leadership program for sophomores, juniors and seniors

  • Expand faculty/staff vocational retreats and follow-up sessions

  • Develop an online mission retreat for faculty, staff and students

  • Create a task force to develop consistent language around vocation to be used across the institution.

Representatives from Campus Ministry, Career Services, Mission Integration and Student Affairs are leading the project. NetVUE Program Development Grants are made possible thanks to generous financial support to the CIC by Lilly Endowment Inc.

  • The College of St. Scholastica has been named the 2019 No. 5 Online RN to BSN nursing school program in Minnesota by RegisteredNursing.org in it's Annual Nursing School Program Rankings.

LEARNING NOTES

  • Louis St. George, of Duluth, graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

  • Maggie Anderson of Bigfork, was among the Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.) students honored recently during an Honors Award Ceremony and an Honors Convocation. She received the Sumner Richman Student Research Award in Biology.

Student Employee of the Year Sydney Slagter (second from left) with Foundation and Government Relations Department staff members Katie Morford, Amanda Abrahamson Roseth, Janet Rosen, and Senior Financial Aid Counselor Jonna Marholz.
Student Employee of the Year Sydney Slagter (second from left) with Foundation and Government Relations Department staff members Katie Morford, Amanda Abrahamson Roseth, Janet Rosen, and Senior Financial Aid Counselor Jonna Marholz.

  • The College of St. Scholastica named Sydney Slagter, a nursing major from Olivia, Minn.,as its 2019 Student Employee of the Year. Slagter, a rising senior, works in the Foundation and Government Relations Department under the supervision of nominator Janet Rosen, associate vice president for FGR. “I have supervised student employees for nearly four decades, and Sydney is one of the very best,” wrote Rosen in her nomination letter, which praised Slagter’s work ethic, love of learning, and organizational skills. “Sydney is, simply put, a joy to work with. We are excited to see how she will impact the College community in her senior year and the alumni body after graduation.”

Slagter has helped to coordinate many important campus projects, including the 2018 Voter Registration Drive, Election Day rides to the polls, and the 2019 Day at the Capitol student advocacy event. She serves as the College’s representative to the Minnesota Association of Private College Students and is an involved member of the Student Senate.

The two other finalists for this year’s award were DyAnna Grondahl (Dignitas) and Krystin Van Cleave (Financial Aid). Other honorable mentions are: Jenny Blair (Saints Dining), Jolene Duda (IT Help Desk), Reed Erickson (IT Help Desk), Brianna Gerold (Campus Ministries), Olivia Hull (Residential Life), Owen Krueger (Tutor Center), Jeff LeMay (Residential Life), Linnea Moore (Center for Equal Access), Haiden Rothwell (IT Help Desk), and Jill Schoenecker (Campus Ministries).