College News

The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth has announced its list of conferred graduates for Spring 2018. The following local students graduated:

Lacy Kloeckl of Nicollet. Kloeckl graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology.

Miranda Sweely of Stewart. Sweely graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Angela Gewerth of Morgan. Gewerth graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.


Kristen Kokesch, a Senior at Bethel University in St. Paul, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester. She is the daughter of Dennis and Pam Kokesch from Winthrop.

The Dean’s List honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.


Augustana University, Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced the following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

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 (on a 4.0 scale).

Local students include:

Corey Albrecht of Fairfax

Madalyn Heiling of Wabasso

Karliana Kelly of Comfrey

Megan Kipfer of Morton

Elizabeth Menzel of New Ulm

Erika Rogotzke of Lamberton


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Area students include:

Anna Johnson, Gibbon, College of Agricultural & Life Science, Dean’s List

Kyrie Sellnow, New Ulm, College of Letters and Science, Dean’s List


The following local residents were among 744 students to receive degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 630 undergraduates while 114 students received master’s degrees.

Cody Guenther, Lafayette Bachelor of Science, Crop & Soil Science

Sara Meurer, Nicollet, Bachelor of Science, Marketing Communications


Wartburg College awarded diplomas to 292 graduates at its Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 27.

RaeAnna Zinniel, of Sleepy Eye, graduated Cum Laude with a BM in Music Therapy (BM). She is the daughter of Randy and Shelly Rae Zinniel.


Ellie Schneider, New Ulm has been named to the University of Dubuque Spring Semester 2018 Academic Dean’s List.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for that semester.


St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,120 students during spring semester 2018. Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, May 4, 2018.


Victoria Botten, Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Summa Cum Laude

Joshua Cooper, Bachelor of Science, Marketing, and Certificate, Professional Selling Specialization


Katelynn Halter, Master of Science, Special Studies

New Ulm

Ashley Esser, Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kirsten McDonald, Bachelor of Science, Finance

Brittany Mehlhop, Master of Social Work, Master of Social Work

Joseph Miller, Master of Science, Public Safety Executive Leadership


Joshua Koehler, Bachelor of Science, Land Surveying/Mapping Science, Magna Cum Laude

Sleepy Eye

Deonna Brinkman, Bachelor of Science, Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude

Mikail Sellner, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Cum Laude and Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Cum Laude


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh officials have announced the names of students who qualified for the University’s Dean’s List and Honor Roll in spring 2018.

To qualify for the honor roll, a student must take at least 12 credits and earn a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 (out of a possible 4.0). Those with a GPA of 3.75 or better qualify for the dean’s list.

The list includes:

Molly Hennig, New Ulm, Dean’s List


Peder Johnson, New Ulm, recently graduated from St. Olaf College.

He received a degree in Biology. He is a graduate of New Ulm Senior High School, and his parents are Anne-Lise and Kurt Johnson


The following students have been named to the 2018 spring semester Dean’s List at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.


Charles L Ellwood, Senior, College of Biological Sciences

Kailey A Geib, Junior, Coll of Contin & Prof Studies


Drew A Pederson, Senior, College of Sci and Engineering


Ramsey M Piotter, Sophomore, Col of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci


Paige M Netzke, Senior, Col of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci

New Ulm:

Kate L Denney, Senior, College of Liberal Arts

Mikayla E Gohl, Senior, Col of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci

Abby M Hauser, Senior, Col of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci

Colin J Leuthold, Sophomore, College of Liberal Arts

Brendan P O’Brien, Freshman, Col of Educ/Human Development

Maya R Sarkar, Junior, College of Biological Sciences

Emma I Todd, Senior, Col of Educ/Human Development


Rachel A Stark, Senior, Col of Food, Agr & Nat Res Sci

Sleepy Eye:

Courtney L Engholm, Sophomore, College of Liberal Arts


Alexander L Larson, Senior, Carlson School of Management


Brady J Roiger, Sophomore, Col of Educ/Human Development


Three area students participated in the 103rd annual Commencement Ceremony at the College of Saint Benedict on May 12 at the Clemens Field House on the CSB campus, St. Joseph.

Emily Domeier, daughter of Karen and Larry Domeier of New Ulm, received a bachelor of arts in elementary education, also earning honors of summa cum laude, which signifies a minimum GPA of 3.90.

MacKinnon Ehlenz, daughter of Dr. Greg and Jane Windschill of New Ulm, received a bachelor of arts in individualized-education,also earning honors of cum laude, which signifies a minimum GPA of 3.65.

Karlee Pfaff, daughter of Todd and Kelly Pfaff of New Ulm, is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in elementary education,also earning honors of magna cum laude, which signifies a minimum GPA of 3.75.