Abby Zinken, daughter of Mark and Michele Zinken of St Joseph, was one of 598 students who recently graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead. She is a graduate of Tech High School majoring in accounting.
Derek Dale Hasch, St. Joseph, son of Joyce and Dale Hasch, Avon, recently graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Leah Nothnagel, a former Sartell resident, recently earned a major internship with Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass. beginning this summer. According to Harvard Forest’s website, students research “the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, storms, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, biodiversity and invasive species.” Nothnagel’s research will focus on the environmental effects of rural-urban boundary development. The 11-week experience includes a stipend, housing and meals, as well as mentoring from some of the top researchers in ecology. At the conclusion of her research, she will present her results at state and national conferences including Washington, D.C.
Nothnagel was selected for one of the 33 internship positions from a nationwide pool of nearly 600 candidates from colleges of all sizes across the country. She has been attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College and was recently honored at a recognition ceremony there. Her advisor Dr. Katherine Kragtorp says, “This will be a life-changing experience for Leah. She has wonderful enthusiasm and asks lots of intelligent questions. She clearly earned this intership.”
Nothnagel is the granddaughter of Evelyn and Kenneth Nothnagel of Sartell.
Several nuns at the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict recently renewed their monastic promises during a celebration of the Eucharist followed by a festive meal for the whole community. S. Marie Brang, a 75th jubilarian, and three 60th jubilarians Ss. Elizabeth Roufs, Elaine Gagne and Madonna Kuebelbeck were unable to attend. However, they were honored May 1 at St. Scholastica Convent during a jubilee celebration for the nuns living there.
Pictured here are (front row, left to right): Ss. Marion Sauer, Theresa Lodermeier, Rita Marschall and Burkard Braegelmann; (middle row) Ss. Marius Hiltner, Lauren Keppers, Micahela Hedican (Prioress), Agatha Zwilling and Germaine Gagnon; (back row) Ss. Colleen Haggerty, Jocile Robinson, Owen Lindblad, Leonore Mandernach, Leora Juettner and Luanne Lenz. Not pictured are Ss. Maranatha Renner, Elaine Gagne, Elizabeth Roufs and Marie Brang.
Charles Miller, science instructor at St. John’s Preparatory School, was named the grade 9-12 “Honor Teacher” recently at the Minnesota Independent School Forum Private Education Awards Celebration at the University of St. Thomas. Miller was selected as one of four finalists from a large pool of nominees and was nominated by colleague Eric Yanke. The Minnesota Independent School Forum’s mission is to strengthen Minnesota’s K-12 independent schools through advocacy and advancement. Miller resides in Sauk Rapids with his wife and children.
Liturgical Press, Collegeville, won first place in the Religion/Philosophy category for its publication, Keys to the Council, at the 23rd Annual Midwest Book Awards. Winners were announced May 8 at the Bloomington (Minn.) Center for the Arts. The competition attracted 187 books, entered in 44 categories, from 75 publishers in the 12-state Midwestern region. Some books were entered in more than one categoryfor a total of 308 entries.
The Midwest Book Awards are sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, a non-profit professional association that serves the upper Midwest publishing community, advancing the understanding and appreciation of publishing production, promotion, and related technologies, professions, and trades. The association includes publishers, authors, editors, artists, designers, publicists, marketers, printers, distributors, and any others who contribute to the vitality of the publishing industry.
St. Cloud Hospital Intensive Care Unit awarded gold
The Intensive Care Unit at St. Cloud Hospital recently earned the 2013 Gold Level Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. This is the third time the ICU has received the Beacon Award given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the first time the Beacon Award has been awarded in three levels: bronze, silver and gold. St. Cloud Hospital achieved gold for sustained- unit performance and patient outcomes.
The award honors hospitals that: exhibit high quality standards; provide exceptional care of patients and their families; and
demonstrate excellence in collaboration, communication and partnerships that support the value of healing and healthy work environments.
The Beacon Award recognizes individual units that improve every facet of patient care. For patients and their families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction.
St. Cloud Hospital ICU initiatives have: decreased mortality rate for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock from
48 percent in 2004 to 24 percent in 2012 ; decreased ventilator associated pneumonia rate from 3.26 to 0.83 (rate/1000 ventilator days), less than benchmark comparisons; decreased the incidence of ICU delirium from 10.4 percent to 6.4 percent;
decreased the average ventilator hours by 16 percent using an early mobility protocol; and reduced central-line-associated blood- stream infections by 40 percent.
St. Cloud Hospital ICU is one of two gold level Beacon units in Minnesota and is joined by two additional silver award recipients.
Two St. Joseph students were recently accepted and have chose to attend the University of Minnesota-Morris.
They are the following: Amelia Walz and Amanda Walz, both 2012 graduates of Apollo High School.