DONATIONS

  • Participants of the 2019 NorthShore Inline Marathon and Skate Fest donated over $1,200 to the Northern Lights Foundation during the online race registration process, and NorthShore Inline Marathon, Inc. (NSIM) matched the total donation, bringing the total donation to $2,530.60. NSIM chose to present this donation after their performance at the Northern Lights Foundation’s annual More Cowbell fundraiser. Thanks to the strategic use of breakaway pants, NSIM was able to secure second place in the competition. Attendees selected the best performance, with the help of a live musical backing of The Lake City Smoking Section, to determine what organization would win the Golden Cowbell.

  • Superior Eagles Auxiliary presented $150 to the Miller Dwan Foundation who will be starting a Superior Partial Hospitalization Program for mental health in the Essentia Health building in Superior.



(Right) Betty Coyle, of Superior Eagles Auxiliary, presented a check to Jessie Peterson for $1020 for the Superior Community Health Center. She raised this money by making and selling submarine sandwiches.
(Right) Betty Coyle, of Superior Eagles Auxiliary, presented a check to Jessie Peterson for $1020 for the Superior Community Health Center. She raised this money by making and selling submarine sandwiches.

  • Betty Coyle, of Superior Eagles Auxiliary, presented a check to Jessie Peterson for $1020 for the Superior Community Health Center. She raised this money by making and selling submarine sandwiches.

LEARNING NOTES

  • The College of St. Scholastica announced graduate students whose degrees have been conferred for the Fall 2019 semester. They include:

    Crystal Pelkey of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Tim Smith of Superior with a Master of Business Administration.

    Ashley Beckman of Hayward with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Jessica Eidsmo of Duluth with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Ashley Gibson of Duluth with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Paul Hegstrom of Esko with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Katie Thayer of Duluth with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

    Patrick Nelson of Cohasset with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Linda Craig of Duluth with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Daniel Franklin of Duluth with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Emily Janzig of Hermantown with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Breanne Tepler of Duluth with a Master of Arts in Management.

    Lyndsay Beck of Superior with a Master of Business Administration.

    Troy Bergman of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Nicholas Bryant of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Kristina Gaalaas of Grand Rapids with a Master of Business Administration.

    Cristie Gordon of Superior with a Master of Business Administration.

    Jordanne Hartman of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Krystal Hoheisel of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Michal Mazur of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Sharon Obst of Cloquet with a Master of Business Administration.

    Jesse Porter of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Joseph Sandbulte of Duluth with a Master of Business Administration.

    Allison Demianiuk of Hermantown with a Master of Education.

    Terry Ann Gilbert of Hermantown with a Master of Education.

    Ina-Marie Kennedy of Duluth with a Master of Education.

    Jill Lackner of Duluth with a Master of Education.

    Jody Peck of Duluth with a Master of Education.

    Kristine Rikkola of South Range with a Master of Education.

    Kari Solarz of Hermantown with a Master of Education.

    Joseph Bauer of Duluth with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.

    Kaitlin Box of Duluth with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.

    Avnish Miyangar of Duluth with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.

    Elliott Simon of Duluth with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.

    Bruce Truebenbach of Duluth with a aster of Science in Exercise Physiology.

    Laurie Menz of Duluth with a Master of Science in Health Information Management.

    Jessica Alstead of Superior with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Abigail Anderson of Sturgeon Lake with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Natalie Castle of Grand Rapids with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Blake Cedarleaf of Cloquet with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Mackenzie Dwyer of Duluth with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Marissa Engelson of Duluth with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Kelsey Hansen of Superior with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Elizabeth LaFrance of Duluth with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Annali Mariucci of Gilbert with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Kelsea Pearson of Duluth with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Bria Schurke of Ely with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Megan Simonet of Two Harbors with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Lindsay Clauson of Hermantown with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Ciri Falcone of Chisholm with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Anne Kelling of Grand Rapids with a Master of Science in Teaching.

    Ashlee Ritchie of Superior with a Master of Science in Teaching.



  • NDSU announced Thomas Grossell of Deer River received his Master of Science in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science.



EDUCATION NOTES

The University of Wisconsin-Superior recently received $21,500 in funding from the Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations (MCSII). The first use of the funding allowed students and staff to join elected officials and community leaders at Superior Days Feb. 11-12 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior recently received $21,500 in funding from the Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations (MCSII). The first use of the funding allowed students and staff to join elected officials and community leaders at Superior Days Feb. 11-12 in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Center for Community Engaged Learning recently received $21,500 in funding from the Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations (CSII). The first use of the funding allowed students and staff to join elected officials and community leaders at the 35th annual Superior Days Feb. 11-12 in Madison, Wisconsin. This event allowed 10 UWS students from the Student Government Association, student organizations and the political science and legal studies programs to experience state government.

    This summer, two new student internship positions will work to promote civic and voter engagement programs on campus and possibly in the community, in the fall of 2020. With a similar amount of funding anticipated each year for the next three years from the Menard CSII, time will be spent this spring exploring how to support and create new efforts going forward. Ideas such as non-partisan candidate forums, efforts to increase voter engagement, Constitution and Bill of Rights education, topic-related speakers, and freedom of the press efforts are all possibilities. In addition to the gift, UW-Superior students and faculty are now eligible for further funding opportunities offered by the Menard CSII such as stipends for research, student internships, and workshops. UW-Superior Center for Community Engaged Learning will lead internal campus efforts to obtain this additional funding.



Campbell instructs teachers how to conduct an astronaut procedure for kindergarten and first graders.
Campbell instructs teachers how to conduct an astronaut procedure for kindergarten and first graders.
Kirsi Kuutti (left) and Elise Campbell at Space Center Houston.
Kirsi Kuutti (left) and Elise Campbell at Space Center Houston.
Classroom mascot observes swimming robot.
Classroom mascot observes swimming robot.

  • Elise Campbell, teacher in Itasca Area Schools Collaborative and Grand Rapids resident, taught a session for elementary teachers at the national science conference. The conference was attended by more than 500 educators from the United States and around the world for hands-on learning experiences with rocket scientists, astronauts and renowned instructors at Space Center Houston’s 26th Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), Feb. 6-8. SEEC offered formal and informal educators from kindergarten through 12th grade a three-day, immersive learning experience based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Campbell put the “A” (Arts) in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) at SEEC in her session, “Human Space Exploration in Lower Primary Classrooms.” The session was presented by Campbell and her daughter Kirsi Kuutti, a 2019 University of Minnesota Duluth alumna. Their session focused on “Lessons for diverse ages, abilities, and budgets”. Campbell’s session included a space habitat building activity, astronaut procedure lessons, and two songs featuring America’s new Moon mission.

    Miriam Kero
    Miriam Kero
    Jesse Dahl
    Jesse Dahl

  • Hibbing Community College Faculty members Miriam Kero and Jesse Dahl were each recently nominated as Minnesota State Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator Finalists.

    Miriam Kero teaches in the Sociology and Speech departments in addition to her role as campus Inclusion and Equity Officer. She is a highly dedicated educator who supports the student’s whole experience and true voice in the classroom. Her highly popular classes reflect the open, respectful space that she creates for her students and colleagues. Miriam challenges students to think critically about social constructs in her Sociology courses, and she also provides leadership for Hibbing Community College’s Equity and Inclusion initiatives and a wide variety of student organizations. She is constantly innovating her material to be fresh and responsive to changing times, including building courses around free, open educational resources (OERs).

    Jesse Dahl teaches in the Electrical Maintenance program and exemplifies great work ethic and team leadership. His student-generated nomination for this award demonstrates the amount of respect that students and colleagues have for his professionalism and support of the student learning experience. Jesse is always looking for ways to craft his Electrical Maintenance courses to simulate real-world experiences, giving students the chance to problem-solve. He is great at recognizing and utilizing the talents of each student that walks into his lab.



The Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence award provides recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and teaching excellence. Finalists for this award have been selected and forwarded on to the state level based on their 1) innovative teaching strategies and materials, 2) standards for assessment of student learning and performance, 3) culturally responsive teaching and pedagogy, 4) service to students, profession, institution, and system to advance teaching excellence, and 5)content expertise and professional growth.