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Students named to UW-Stout men’s track and field team MENOMONIE, Wis. (April 21, 2022) – The following students have been named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout 2021-22 men’s track and field team.

Cottage Grove, MN

Jonathan Loera, sophomore, Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation, Park, Jumps Woodbury, MN

Henry Scheit, junior, Health, Wellness and Fitness, Woodbury, Mid-Distance The head coach is Kyle Steiner. This is his 12th year with the program.

To learn more about the team, go to stoutbluedevils. com/sports/mens-track-andfield.

Students named to UW-Stout softball team The following student has been named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout 2021-22 softball team.

Woodbury, MN

Kaylee Peterson, senior, Business Administration and Supply Chain Management, East Ridge, Outfield The head coach is Chris Iliopoulos. This is his fifth year with the program.

To learn more about the team, go to stoutbluedevils. com/sports/softball.

About UW-Stout UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has 47 undergraduate majors and 24 graduate programs, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with an employment rate above 98% for recent graduates.

Local Student Participates in Mock Trade Show at Bemidji State University On April 20 Bemidji State University students held a mock trade show where they pitched their original product ideas to local entrepreneurs and members of the Bemidji community.

Students hailing from the area presented a variety of projects with a team of peers. The event was held at Bemidji, Minnesota’s, entrepreneurial support center, the LaunchPad, and included Reegan Goulding of Woodbury Minnesota. Goulding is a sophomore business administration major at Bemidji State.

Though normally an annual event, this year’s trade show was the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019. Dr. Angie Kovarik, assistant professor of business administration, said the event is an opportunity for students to showcase their original product ideas using marketing concepts.

“The mock trade show benefits students by giving them networking and presentation experience,” she said. “It helps them hone in on soft skills.”

Student groups also engaged in a friendly competition sponsored by Entrepreneur Meet-Up members for best presentation.

The Sip Saver, a bracelet that can detect if your drink has been spiked with a drug, received the Best Overall award. The product idea was developed by Macy Strandlien, a marketing communication freshman from Shevlin, Minnesota, Spencer Shaver, an exercise science junior from Savage, Minnesota, and Daeja Nylund, a business administration freshman from Baxter, Minnesota.

“The Sip Saver is a bracelet for men and women that helps reduce drug-induced sexual assault,” Strandlien said. “We wanted to create something that was very practical and discreet – available for everyday use so you never forget it.”

Student winners received gift cards and bluetooth speakers provided by the LaunchPad. About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University educates people to lead inspired lives. From a serene campus located among the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, BSU offers world-class education in arts, sciences and select pre-professional programs. Bemidji State’s 4,750 students can pursue degrees in 70 undergraduate areas of study and nine graduate programs. BSU is guided by Shared Fundamental Values, which are civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of liberal arts, and environmental stewardship. Bemidji State University is a proud member of Minnesota State, the third-largest higher education system in the United States. Can a north woods education transform you? Find out. For more, visit bemidjistate. edu or find us at BemidjiState on your favorite social media networks.

Local students among graduates at UW-Eau Claire The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire awarded 42 degrees in January. Local students who received degrees and their fields of study are: Woodbury, MN

Justin Ballinger, Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business Congratulations, class of 2022!

• Minnesota State University, Mankato Awards 2,797 Degrees at End of Spring Semester Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 2,797 degrees to 2,467 students at the end of the spring 2022 semester.

Commencement ceremonies were held Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m. for the College of Business and at 5:30 p.m. for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, at 11:30 a.m. for the College of Education, at 2 p.m. for the College of Allied Health and Nursing and at 4:30 p.m. for the College of Arts and Humanities.

All ceremonies were held in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. The following students were among those receiving degrees: Cottage Grove, MN

Bronwyn Abraham, BS, Finance Bronwyn Abraham, CERT, Business Analytics Joseph Brisson, BS, Exercise Science Eric Conner, BSEC, Computer Engineering Philip Gramer, BS, Accounting Philip Gramer, BS, Finance Grace Knutson, BSSW, Social Work, Summa Cum Laude Pradeep Kuikel, MS, Electrical Engineering Mikayla Langbehn, BS, Alcohol & Drug Studies Kaitlyn Schmitz, BS, Special Education: Academic & Behav Srat, Magna Cum Laude Shannon Slattery, BS, Political Science Michaela Thole, BS, Alcohol & Drug Studies, Cum Laude Simon Thomas, BS, Music Industry, Magna Cum Laude Samuel Verdick, BFA, Theatre Arts Michon Vogelgesang, BSSW, Social Work, Cum Laude Hastings, MN

Whitney Blattner, BS, Marketing Catherine Holmstrom, BS, RN Baccalaureate Completion Christina Houtkooper, BS, RN Baccalaureate Completion Nicholas Kummer, BS, Rec, Parks & Leisure Services, Cum Laude Chloe Larimer, BS, Alcohol & Drug Studies, Magna Cum Laude Lacey Lundholm, BS, Family Consumer Science Education, Summa Cum Laude Dylan McCarville, BS, Law Enforcement, Cum Laude Luke Meyer, BS, Earth Science Luke Meyer, CERT, Geomorphology & Earth Surface Processes Melissa Straseske-Seaton, BS, RN Baccalaureate Completion Brooke Tusa, BS, Dental Hygiene, Summa Cum Laude

Woodbury, MN

Nkeiru Adoga, DNP, Nursing Practice (From BSN) Noah Anderson, BS, Biology Andrew Bravo, BS, Aviation, Summa Cum Laude Catherine Burdette, BS, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude Kaitlyn Dabney, BSSW, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude Laura Daly, MS, Communication Disorders, Magna Cum Laude Asad Farid, BS, Computer Information Technology, Magna Cum Laude Nathan Haas, BS, Aviation, Magna Cum Laude Jacob Hartzell, BS, Management Xavier Huppert, BS, Anthropology Juen Koech, BS, Psychology Adele Liu, BS, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude Maxwell Mahoney, BS, Finance, Cum Laude Gina Notaro, MS, Counseling and Student Personnel Nancy Ostman, MS, Special Education Neve Patterson, MSW, Social Work Rece Pellersels, BFA, Art Selena Quesada, BS, Alcohol & Drug Studies, Cum Laude Rachel Rana, BS, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude Rachel Rana, BS, Spanish, Magna Cum Laude Bethany Sanders, BS, RN Baccalaureate Completion, Summa Cum Laude Molly Schaefer, EDD, Educational Leadership David Schroeder, BS, Construction Management Gabby Stensland, BS, Communication Disorders Anna Torguson, BS, Communication Disorders Nancy Valdovinos, BS, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude Amelia Zakrzewski, BS, Rec, Parks & Leisure Services, Cum Laude Advanced degrees awarded by Minnesota State Mankato at the conclusion of the spring semester included ten doctor of education degrees, 19 doctor of nursing practice degrees and five doctor of school psychology degree.

Graduate degrees awarded included 80 master of arts degrees, 19 master of accounting degrees, eight master of arts in teaching degrees, 17 master of business administration degrees, 11 master of fine arts degrees, one master of music degree, 265 master of science degrees, two master of science in nursing degrees, 12 master of social work degrees, ten professional science master’s degrees, 21 specialist in educational leadership degrees and 34 graduate certificates.

Degrees awarded at the undergraduate level included 55 bachelor of arts degrees, 23 bachelor of business administration degrees, two bachelor of applied science degrees, 38 bachelor of fine arts degrees, 1,847 bachelor of science degrees, 46 bachelor of science in civil engineering degrees, 19 bachelor of science in integrated engineering degrees, 14 bachelor of science in computer engineering degrees, 17 bachelor of science in electrical engineering degrees, 34 bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degrees, 48 bachelor of science in social work degrees, 28 associate of arts degrees and 112 undergraduate certificates.

Undergraduate students receiving recognition included 385 students graduating summa cum laude (3.8 grade point average and higher), 316 students graduating magna cum laude (grade point averages of 3.6 to 3.79) and 317 students graduating cum laude (grade point averages of 3.4 to 3.59).

More information about the Minnesota State Mankato spring commencement is at https://www.mnsu.edu/ graduation/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

May 11, 2022