Reflecting the past and the present

Along the mighty Mississippi River lies 150 years of education legacy in central Minnesota. From its humble beginnings, the Third State Normal School in St. Cloud flourished quickly. Among the first schools in the state, it matured from a single renovated hotel to the expansion of two campuses across two cities in present day.

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Stearns House selected as site of The Third State Normal School on February, 16, 1869 in St. Cloud, Minn. (Photo/St. Cloud State University Archives)

While the name has changed over time, the education institute now known as St. Cloud State University (SCSU) has kept its commitment in educational excellence to its students. While education is placed first in an academia setting, culture will always be the center of the memories of its students. 

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Local state legislators Jim Pehler and Jack Kleinbaum celebrate the name change of the school from college to university on August 19, 1975 at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. (Photo/St. Cloud State University Archives)

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The present is the reflection of the past at SCSU. Therefore, the future is the reflection of the present. On October 15, 2018, SCSU welcomed its first permanent woman president, Robbyn Wacker. As the university is embarking on a new discourse, it is cultivating its new culture.

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President Robbyn Wacker getting inaugurated on Oct. 15, 2018 as the first woman president of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. (Photo/Ryan Schaal)

“As your president, I believe there is no greater service than to be one more person to advance our mission. This is our time as stewards of our university to envision and build the 21st century St. Cloud State… So let’s go,” said Wacker in her speech during the presidential inauguration.

To what the memories future SCSU students might create is to what we build today. So unleash amazing!

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Student Photojournalist Rose Mikhail giving Blizzard a high five during the Homecoming 5k run. (Animated picture/ Rose Mikhail)

Written by Janice Loh and Rose Mikhail
Contributed by Markus Linz, Janice Loh, Rose Mikhail, Ryan Schaal, and Brendan Janostin
Pictures: Markus Linz, Janice Loh, Rose Mikhail, and Ryan Schaal
Animated picture: Rose Mikhail

Special thanks to St. Cloud State University Archivist, Tom Steman.