Campus Notes

Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellendale student receives UW-Stout scholarships

Lindsay Frank of Ellendale received the Toby J. Landgraf Endowed Scholarship and Philip H. McGuirk Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Scholarship at a reception on campus Sept. 11, 2014. Frank is majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

Scholarships valued at more than $675,000 were awarded to 375 University of Wisconsin-Stout students this year through the Stout University Foundation. Many of the scholarship donors and members of the board of directors personally presented the awards.

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Established in 1962, the Stout University Foundation Scholarship Program has helped more than 8,000 students receive a college education. Through the financial support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the program has awarded more than $10 million over the years.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s polytechnic university, has more than 9,300 students in 45 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate majors, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with a graduate employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 2001.


Local students accepted for admission to Luther College

Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that the following students have been accepted for admission for the 2015-16 academic year include Katie Appel of Albert Lea, Anna Englin of Hayward, Josh Peters of Lake Mills, Kayla Roberts of Alden,  Rika Boorsma of Albert Lea and Katherine Maxa of Albert Lea.

Appel has been awarded the Founders Scholarship; Englin has been awarded the Founders Scholarship and the All-State Music Scholarship; Peters has been awarded the Founders Scholarship; Roberts has been awarded the Founders Scholarship, Boorsma has been awarded the Founders Scholarship and Maxa has been awarded the Founders Scholarship.

Luther is a selective four-year college in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,400 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to a bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.


Area students named to Augustana’s Dean’s List

Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has released their dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year. Area students given the distinction include Emma Behling of Albert Lea, Claire Buendorf of Albert Lea, Jacob Kunkel of Albert Lea, Mariah Legred of Bricelyn, Kayla Swee of Albert Lea and Kelsey Thomas of Albert Lea.

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above.


Schultz named to Wheaton College Dean’s List

Wheaton College student Corbin Schultz of Albert Lea was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester. He is majoring in Economics.

To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Buhr receives first place in oral presentation

College student and Albert Lea native Matthew Buhr received first place oral research presentation in Mathematics and Statistics at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington DC earlier this year.


Stevens receives degree from Buena Vista University

In December 2014, Brittany Stevens of Kensett, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Stevens attended the Buena Vista University Graduate & Professional Studies Mason City location.


Local students among those listed on Luther College dean’s list

Luther College announces the 2014 fall semester Dean’s List. Local students receiving this honor include Sydney Rehnelt of Albert Lea, Ashley Tewes of Albert Lea, and Claire Christian of Kiester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grade.


Glenville native appeared in “Into the Woods”

The Buena Vista University theater department presented “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. April 26 at Anderson Auditorium on the BVU campus.

Makenzie Mauntler of Glenville was a member of the cast as Cinderella’s Stepmother. Mauntler is a junior graphic design and visual communication major at BVU.

BVU’s production of “Into the Woods” was directed by Bethany Larson, associate professor of theater, with technical direction by David Grant Walker, assistant professor of theater, and musical direction by Merrin Guice, assistant professor of vocal music.

“Into the Woods” is a musical that brings together some classic fairytale stories including “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and more. Each of the characters wishes for their life to be different and ventures into the woods to get their wish. However, as the show progresses, they begin to learn the consequences of their wishes coming true.


Willis admitted to NDSU

Taylor Marie Willis, daughter of Brad and Tammy Willis of Albert Lea, has been admitted to North Dakota State University “with distinction.” She will enter NDSU in fall 2015 and plans to major in pharmaceutical sciences. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Willis as an honor student.

In high school, Willis is active in volleyball, Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society.


Dahl is member of SMSU Tae Kwon Do Club

Dalton Dahl of Clarks Grove, a freshman education and history major, is a member of the Tae Kwon Do Club at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2014-15 academic year. Dahl is the son of Linda VanBeek and Shawn Dahl of Clarks Grove.


Lind initiated into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Casey Lind of Albert Lea was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Lind was initiated at Minnesota State University in Mankato.


Schultz appointed to alumni board

Wheaton College student Corbin Schultz of Albert Lea was recently appointed to the college’s student alumni board for the 2015-16 year. The student leadership group exists to create meaningful opportunities for connection between current students and the Wheaton College alumni family.

“This board understands the critical link between students and alumni,” said Wheaton College Associate Director of Alumni Connections Laura Wilcox Tanaka. “Many of them know firsthand how students thrive when an alumnus comes alongside them during college, whether it is a one-time conversation or a mentoring relationship. They know how important and empowering it is for students to make connections outside of campus, and they are committed to making this happen through various events and projects throughout the year.”


Freitag inducted into honor society

Morningside College student Lindsey Freitag, daughter of Dynelle Stewart of Albert Lea, was recently inducted into the Morningside College circle of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.

Freitag is a graduate of Albert Lea Senior High School.

ODK is a national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. The ODK circle at Morningside College is in charge of the Into the Streets campuswide service day, a faculty appreciation dinner, a dean’s list recognition reception and the honors convocation.

Morningside College is a small, private college in Sioux City, Iowa, that offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a variety of disciplines or a master’s degree in education.


Area students succeed at Minnesota SkillsUSA Competition

South Central College students took high honors at the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference recently. SCC students received 10 gold medals, nine silver medals and 12 bronze medals for a total of 31 medals, the most ever for SCC in the competition. The 36 students participating in this year’s conference came from seven SCC programs: auto body and collision technology; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; computer-integrated machining; mechatronics; culinary arts; graphic communications and multimedia technology.

Area students receiving awards included Bradford Milliron of Albert Lea who was awarded first place in automated manufacturing technology and job skill demonstration and Mallorie Malenke of New Richland who was awarded second place in the photography category.