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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Board of Trustees Awards For Excellence

The Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement of our college and university teaching and service faculty.

Even though we’re unable to hold our annual Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence ceremony, we still honor and appreciate our 2020 Outstanding Educators and Service Faculty Members and congratulate this year’s Educators of the Year and Service Faculty Member of the Year! We hope you enjoy the video!

Important Announcement Regarding the COVID-19 Virus
After much careful consideration, Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has determined that all events or other gatherings within Minnesota State totaling more than 100 attendees are cancelled through May 1 due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 virus. This means the 2020 BOT Awards Luncheon is officially cancelled. Read the Chancellor's announcement and find more information on the Minnesota State COVID-19 virus web page.

Marcia Anderson

Marcia Anderson

Metropolitan State University, Director, Student-Directed Learning

Colleagues rave about Anderson’s advanced leadership skills, her expertise in and advocacy for expanding equity, and her creativity and lifelong passion for professional development.

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

Normandale Community College, Psychology

This consummate educator takes a multi-faceted approach to creating a classroom environment that embraces the development of student perspectives and understanding of others.

 

 

Jim Biderman

Jim Biederman

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Psychology

This influential educator and mentor is known for his vibrant and visual storytelling. Students describe him as highly-organized and skilled at making difficult content understandable and enjoyable.

 

 

Gale Bigbee

Gale Bigbee

South Central College, Graphic Communications

This superb teacher is committed to ensuring students graduate armed with a comprehensive skill set and valuable real-world experiences provided by local industries.

 

 

Tracy Boyle

Tracy Boyle

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Architectural Technology

This campus leader strives to serve students by helping expand credit-for-prior learning, developing assessments for test-outs and creating an architectural design camp for high schoolers.

 

 

Nathan Bruender

Nathan Bruender

St. Cloud State University, Chemistry

Bruender’s students praise his focus on evidence-based teaching, willingness to try new approaches and acute ability to cultivate a sense of belonging in his classrooms.

 

 

Rajeev Bukralia

Rajeev Bukralia

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Computer Information Science

Bukralia has an impressive record for engaging students in research projects to enhance their learning, including mentoring students who have produced papers for national conferences.

 

 

Jill Cadwell

Jill Cadwell

Century College, English

A respectful, compassionate approach to student lives and their many vulnerabilities has helped Cadwell to focus on reducing unnecessary barriers to student success.

 

 

Angela Coffee

Angela Coffee

Century College, English

This kind, welcoming teacher encourages students to become engaged in the broader college community and integrates incredible trainings, events and campus speakers into her curriculum.

 

 

Kyena Cornelius

Kyena Cornelius

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Special Education

Cornelius successfully prepares her students for the field of special education by creating innovative assignments that allow them to bridge theoretical coursework to real-work application.

 

 

Joanna Cregan

Joanna Cregan

Saint Paul College, Biology

More than just being a superb instructor, Cregan excels at engaging students outside of the classroom, sharing best practices with colleagues and helping her institution improve.

 

 

Jesse DahlJesse Dahl

Hibbing Community College, Electrical Maintenance and Construction

In additional to being a fabulous teacher, Dahl is a role model, demonstrating how to share one’s time, talent, and expertise with the larger community.

 

 

Jessica Daniels

Jessica Daniels

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Biology

This impressive teacher diligently works to provide a safe learning environment, innovative curriculum and accessible support to help her students successfully reach their academic goals.

 

 

Fernande Deno

Fernande Deno

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Nursing

Students in Deno’s nursing classes learn to think critically and apply complex knowledge, while also developing skills such as collaboration, communication, self-reflection, and resiliency.

 

 

Rebecca Driscoll

Rebecca Driscoll

Anoka Technical College, Surgical Technology

This dedicated teacher’s program standards match those found in the surgical technology industry, ensuring graduates know what will be expected of them in the workplace.

 

 

Angela Effertz

Angela Effertz

Normandale Community College, Exercise Science

This campus leader facilitates innovative, meaningful experiential learning opportunities for her students, including a wide variety of affordable field trips and community service projects.

 

 

Rob Galler

Rob Galler

St. Cloud State University, History

This highly-regarded instructor believes in the power of learning and urges students to take risks and think outside their comfort zone to become vital, engaged citizens.

 

 

Nora Gibbons

Nora Gibbons

Saint Paul College, Psychology

Committed to culturally-responsive teaching, this incredible teacher creates a classroom environment that supports the development of critical thinking skills from multiple viewpoints.

 

 

K.C. Hanson

K.C. Hanson

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, English

This special teacher works to create pathways within his discipline, scaffolding both content and courses to present students with clear, achievable routes to success.

 

 

Catherine Haslag

Catherine Haslag

Riverland Community College, Chemistry

Haslag has honed nearly 20 years of teaching and learning experiences to present materials in creative ways that promote active participation, dynamic interactions and practical application.

 

 

Matt Hoepner

Matt Hoepner

St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Medium/Heavy Truck Technician

Hoepner’s passion for his career is evident by the health of his program, which has full enrollment, excellent student success rates and high job placement.

 

 

Miki Huntington

Miki Huntington

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Political Science

Students in Huntington’s classes are impressed by her thoughtful and engaging lesson plans, effective classroom management, strong communication skills, and warm, welcoming personality.

 

 

Kerry Jaeger

Kerry Jaeger

Northland Community and Technical College, English

This beloved educator not only serves his students in an exemplary manner, but also is a role model, sharing his approach to student success with peers.

 

 

Joel Jensen

Joel Jensen

North Hennepin Community College, Philosophy

With deep dedication to teaching and learning and student success, Jensen truly changes lives. Students can’t help but find the excitement he exudes infectious.

 

 

Faisal Kaleem

Faisal Kaleem

Metropolitan State University, Computer Science

This extraordinary educator demonstrates the value of involving students in the learning process, helping them develop the leadership, collaboration and presentation skills that contribute to career success.

 

 

Kerry Kleyman

Kerry Kleyman

Metropolitan State University, Psychology

Kleyman’s remarkable ability to build a culture of engaged students in a high-impact practice of research and presentation skills cannot be underestimated.

 

 

Melissa Krull

Melissa Krull

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Educational Leadership

This thoughtful, compassionate educator is known for her high-quality instruction and her dedication to the achievement and well-being of every student.

 

 

Katy Lundell-Stuhr

Katy Lundell-Stuhr

Ridgewater College, Massage Therapy

Lundell-Stuhr’s determination, sense of commitment and persistence allow her to both challenge and support students to reach their full potential in their classes and life.

 

 

Megan Mahowald

Megan Mahowald

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services

Students agree that Mahowald is an inspiring, impactful teacher who genuinely cares about her students. She motivates everyone to follow their dreams and achieve.

 

 

Rita Miller

Rita Miller

Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Medical Laboratory Technician

Miller is a gifted teacher who understands the varying needs of her students. She strives to instill strong values including honesty, integrity, equality, fairness, and professionalism.

 

 

Carolyn Neubauer

Carolyn Neubauer

St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Nursing

Neubauer is admired for her deep concern for students and their success.  Her focus on student engagement and instructor accessibility creates a positive culture of learning.

 

 

Colleen Norgren

Colleen Norgren

Ridgewater College, Administrative Support-Paralegal Studies

Students in Norgren’s classes appreciate her clear and consistent expectations, accessible instructional methods and her diligent commitment to help them meet their educational goals.

 

 

David Otto

David Otto

Central Lakes College, Welding and Fabrication

This visionary educator has transformed the college’s welding program by redesigned the space and curriculum to work for diverse learners and expanding relationships with industry leaders.

 

 

Kathleen Porter

Kathleen Porter

Central Lakes College, English

Porter is known on campus for teaching with heart. She goes above and beyond to understand her diverse students, creating a truly inclusive learning environment.

 

 

Tinna Ross

Tinna Ross

North Hennepin Community College, Biology

This highly-respected and valued teacher prides herself on not only teaching content, but also helping students understand what they’re learning and applying it in their everyday lives.

 

 

Leah Schnaith

Leah Schnaith

Minnesota State College Southeast, Chemistry

Schnaith’s commitment and passion for teaching and her college, coupled with her outstanding work ethic, has earned her the respect, admiration and genuine affection of her students.

 

 

Hiral Shah

Hiral Shah

St. Cloud State University, Engineering Management

Distinguished not only for her contributions to supporting inclusion and diversity, Shah also is known for her ability to create partnerships and opportunities with Minnesota businesses.

 

 

Nancy Shih-Knodel

Nancy Shih-Knodel

North Hennepin Community College, English

This exemplary educator recognizes the importance of creating innovative materials, inventing new instructional strategies and developing fresh curricula to energize the mind of each student.

 

 

Sherry Lee Short

Sherry Lee Short

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Art

This excellent teacher is motivated by her desire to provide curriculum that is relevant, transformative and responsive to the evolving needs of the students she serves.

 

 

Robert Sleezer

Robert Sleezer

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Integrated Engineering

This superior teacher is passionate for both engineering and education. He skillfully engages students in classes, making them part of the lesson rather than passive observers.

 

 

Brad Thorpe

Brad Thorpe

Hennepin Technical College, Automation Robotics Engineering Technology

Talented, conscientious, enthusiastic and innovative are words colleagues use to describe Thorpe. A graduate job placement rate of 100 percent is proof of his program’s success.

 

 

Alli Vainshtein

Alli Vainshtein

Saint Paul College, Business

Vainshtein is a strong advocate for students and quality teaching. She approaches her vocation with true conviction and works daily to find new ways to inspire her students.

 

 

Christophe

Christophe Veltsos

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Computer Information Science

Veltsos is globally-recognized cybersecurity trailblazer and leader. Colleagues call him humble and responsive and tout his track record of making significant contributions to his discipline.

 

 

Kent Voelkner

Kent Voelkner

Lake Superior College, Chemistry

This remarkable chemistry teacher also is a wise advisor, guiding and supporting several generations of students to grow into the leaders that few knew they could become.

 

 

Melanie Waite-Altringer

Melanie Waite-Altringer

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Biology

Waite-Altringer is recognized as a passionate ambassador of scientific scholarship. This effective, admired teacher embraces opportunities to provide students with exciting research and presentation experiences.

 

 

Richard Watkins

Richard Watkins

Riverland Community College, Criminal Justice

Watkins successfully combines the wisdom and discipline he learned as a patrol officer with innovative teaching techniques to produce highly sought-after law enforcement program graduates.

 

 

Suzanne White

Suzanne White

Normandale Community College, Communication

This masterful teacher is a champion of culturally-responsible pedagogical methods. She challenges students to stretch beyond their comfort zone by engaging them with themes related to diversity.

 

 

Rhonda Wiggins

Rhonda Wiggins

Hennepin Technical College, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration

The excellent teacher proves how a technical education can change people’s lives. Wiggins inspires and mentors students, helping them succeed in the classroom and beyond.

 

 

Gayla Winslow

Gayla Winslow

Rochester Community and Technical College, Practical Nursing

This seasoned veteran in practical nursing graciously shares her exceptional skills and wealth of knowledge with each and every student to enrich their academic journey.

 

 

Karin Wright

Karin Wright

Rochester Community and Technical College, Communications

Inspirational, exciting, insightful, encouraging and passionate are words colleagues and students freely use when describing Wright’s teaching style and personal interactions.

 

 

Nikolay Zhelev

Nikolay Zhelev

Lake Superior College, Nursing

Zhelev champions student success by mentoring his nursing students, as well as providing presentations during campus Student Success Days, on test-taking and study skills.

Corita Beckermann

Corita Beckermann

St. Cloud State University, Director, Medical Clinic and Pharmacy

This consummate professional is renowned for staunchly promoting effective health and wellness initiatives for St. Cloud State University’s students, faculty and staff.

 

 

Jodi Egeland

Jodi Egeland

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Medical Director, Student Health Services

Egeland’s diligent work to create new and innovative service delivery models for mental health care is recognized throughout her university and Minnesota State.

 

 

Jodi Knott

Jodi Knott

Bemidji State University, Assistant Director, Financial Aid

Fully understanding the critical role financial aid plays in student success, Knott is a determined champion of finding ways to help students and increase financial literacy.

 

 

Tracy Rahim

Tracy Rahim

Winona State University, Associate Director, Student Activities & Leadership

Tireless, diligent and always cheerful, Rahim plays a pivotal role in the success of WSU student life events. Daily she works to advocate, educate and empower students.

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