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Dr. Roz Tsai
Dr. Roz Tsai Hunger to learn drives alumna’s success in teaching, leading others

For Dr. Roz Tsai, a passion for learning led her to not just St. Cloud State University, but the United States as a whole.

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Joe Nayquonabe
Joe Nayquonabe Making dreams a reality for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s economy and community

Joe Nayquonabe has spent his career reimagining and reinventing how American Indian tribal economies grow and prosper, and he’s just getting started.

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Seal Dwyer
Seal Dwyer Breaking down barriers and creating space where everyone can thrive

Seal Dwyer’s mission is to give hope and healing a home in central Minnesota. Through Seal Dwyer Counseling LLC as well as the Rainbow Wellness Collective, that mission is accomplished for many in the LGBTQ community every day.

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Jenny Neuharth
Jenny Neuharth Alumna rebuilds her life bigger and better following harrowing injury, memory loss

The year 2020 was one of change for most of the world.

For St. Cloud State University alumna Jenny Neuharth, it was literally life-altering.

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Kara Cowell
Kara Cowell Soon-to-be graduate looks to continue advocacy in grad school and beyond

While her St. Cloud State University chapter is coming to a close, the future is nothing but bright for Kara Cowell.

The Huskies swim and dive team standout and SCSU Women’s Center champion will graduate with a major in biomedical science, a minor in gender and women’s studies, and a certificate in feminist leadership on May 3.

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Nancy Dyson
Nancy Dyson Making the day-to-day easier for those living in the margins

Nancy Dyson has spent almost her entire adult life working with the homeless to make their lives easier in some way, whether making community meals, handing out supplies, offering a mobile shower service or starting the St. Cloud chapter of Laundry Love.

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Lynn Younglove
Lynn Younglove Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities to the girls of Kibera

One fateful trip to Kenya changed Lynn Younglove’s life forever, but it also changed the lives of nearly 50 girls living in one of the world’s largest slums.

Well, nearly 50 girls so far.

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Landen Parkin
Landen Parkin Empowering students to lead and share their experiences

Making students feel valued and empowered is a daily goal for Landen Parkin.

The St. Cloud State University alumnus is an English language arts teacher and affinity group coordinator for Burnsville High School. Originally teaching ninth grade classes on English, acting and film studies when he first started with the school district, Parkin said his current role is the perfect fit.

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Tarra Grammenos
Tarra Grammenos Bringing together the Deaf Community and the criminal justice system through communication

Tarra Grammenos has been in the Deaf Community for over half of her life, and has built a career out of helping people feel seen and heard in the justice system.

The St. Cloud State University alumna first started taking American Sign Language classes in high school. She now works as a Minnesota court-certified ASL/English interpreter, largely in the Minnesota court system.

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Hodan Omar
Hodan Omar Alumna works to close the gap for underserved communities in local schools and beyond

Hodan Omar has built a career out of supporting others.

An educational outreach coordinator with St. Cloud Area School District 742, the St. Cloud State University alumna works to connect underserved individuals with the resources they need, whether it’s in school or out in the community.

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Bret Hedican
Bret Hedican Retired NHL player starts business to commemorate life’s big moments

From St. Cloud State University, to the NHL and beyond, it has been quite the journey for Bret Hedican.

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Marit Ortega
Marit Ortega Alumna looks to help both animals and people through role with humane society

In 2002, Marit Ortega was looking to take a break from school. She had just earned her degree in biology from St. Cloud State University and moved from part-time to full-time work at the Tri-County Humane Society to gain some more experience before attending veterinary school.

Twenty-two years later, she’s now the executive director.

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Dr. Christopher Lehman
Dr. Christopher Lehman Professor works to create conversations, connections through teaching and research

For Dr. Christopher Lehman, to teach and research history is to find the humanity in generations past.

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Mary Bruno
Mary Bruno Artistic family pastime turns into career, vehicle to inspire the community

Art in some form or another has always been central in Mary Bruno’s life.

As a child she helped her father  wash screens from his silk screen printing classes and visited his classrooms. When her dad started acquiring more letterpress equipment and built a studio onto their family’s one-car garage, Bruno could usually be found in that same studio with her dad, and would one day make it her own.

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Sakina Afghanistan refugee maintains hope despite turbulent 12 months

Courage is a characteristic that speaks through actions. 

Sakina, a 2021 graduate of St. Cloud State University, has displayed it throughout her entire life. It took courage to attend university in her home country of Afghanistan, a path often not supported for women.

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Jim Eisenreich making a speech
Jim Eisenreich Retired MLB player uses platform to advocate for others with Tourette syndrome

Jim Eisenreich went decades without answers for why he felt the way he did. Why did he make noises or movements he didn’t want to make, drawing attention to himself that he didn’t want? Why did the symptoms only get worse the more he tried to control them?

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Kelsey Bean
Kelsey Bean Following dreams throughout life’s unexpected moments

What started as a part-time job in high school became a lifelong passion for Kelsey Bean.

Owner of The Chocolate Ox, a candy and ice cream shop with two locations in Nisswa, Bean was first hired to work summers and weekends at the store when she was 15 years old. She never stopped.

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Dick Bremmer
Dick Bremer A 40-year thrill-packed chapter with the Twins comes to a close

Dick Bremer didn’t grow up dreaming about becoming a sports broadcaster someday.

But that dream came true anyway.

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Clare and Brandon Richards
Clare and Brandon Richards Couple start company to make school supplies more accessible, affordable for families

Investing in the community leads to a brighter future for everyone.

That’s what Clare and Brandon Richards hope to achieve through their startup Impacks, a tech-powered company that simplifies back-to-school shopping by partnering with schools across the nation to give parents a streamlined way to buy school supplies online.

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Dr. Tashiana Osborne
Dr. Tashiana Osborne Building climate resilience to protect lives and ecosystems

For the last few centuries, humans have been too much of a driving force behind climate change, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels.

SCSU alumna Dr. Tashiana Osborne is working to change that.

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Devon Bowker
Devon Bowker Biology teacher with viral videos looks to inspire critical thinking in his students

While he may have reached viral stardom over the summer for his Keurig impression, Devon Bowker is much more interested in science and nature.

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C Willi Myles
C Willi Myles Comedian comes back to his alma mater for performance

Comedian and SCSU alumnus C Willi Myles returned to his alma mater to perform for the community in Ritsche Auditorium. It was a happy homecoming.

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Nic and Paige Dowd
Nic and Paige Dowd Creating new experiences for sensory sensitive fans

Thanks to SCSU alums Nic and Paige Dowd and their Dowd’s Crowd sensory kits, many families with sensory sensitivities are now able to enjoy the thrill of attending a hockey game together.

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Diane Nelson
Diane Nelson Bold breakthroughs through the art of weaving

Something incredible is going on at Annandale Art & Textile Center, and a St. Cloud State University alumna is helping to facilitate it.

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Leah Neidecker
Leah Neidecker COSE education prepared alumna for a career in helping doctors save lives

For alumna Leah Neidecker, St. Cloud State University served as a launching pad for her career in helping physicians save lives. While it wasn’t the first university she attended, she’s thankful it’s where she ended up.

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