Ashley Erickson of Fergus Falls and Jamie Vickaryous of Alexandria, both nursing students on M State's Fergus Falls campus, are two of the four 2013-14 recipients of the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship.

Ashley Erickson of Fergus Falls and Jamie Vickaryous of Alexandria, both nursing students on M State's Fergus Falls campus, are two of the four 2013-14 recipients of the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship.


Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship benefits students at M State's Fergus Falls campus

Fergus Area College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship Endowment with an $98,000 gift from the J. A. Wedum Foundation. This fund will support scholarships for single mothers who attend the Fergus Falls campus of M State and is given in memory of Mary Beth Hagen Wedum, a founder and board member of the J.A. Wedum Foundation.

Mary Beth Hagen grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1953. As a divorced single mother of two young daughters, she began her college career at Fergus Falls Junior College in the 1960s. She completed her four-year degree at St. Cloud State University. Mary Beth married John A. Wedum, and together they raised their two daughters, Dawn Wedum Downs and Dana Wedum Kennelly. The Wedums became successful business people and philanthropists, and their success in developing the J. A. Wedum Foundation has enabled them to support scholarships at several colleges in Minnesota.

"How fitting that a scholarship fund be established in Mary Beth's honor at M State - Fergus Falls Campus, her alma mater," said Rob Bigwood, president of the Fergus Area College Foundation board of directors . "This scholarship will encourage and enable single mothers to pursue their education on the Fergus Falls campus."

Fergus Falls native Dayton Soby is a member of the J.A. Wedum Foundation board of directors and was instrumental in securing this gift for Fergus Area College Foundation. Dayton's father, the late B.K. Soby, was a founder of Fergus Area College Foundation nearly 50 years ago.

Ann Nelson, M State Academic Advisor, congratulates Carly Ouren, recipient of the Ann Porter Nelson Scholarship.  Carly's mother, Lana, a Fergus Falls campus grauduate, is also pictured.

Ann Nelson, M State Academic Advisor, congratulates Carly Ouren, recipient of the Ann Porter Nelson Scholarship. Carly's mother, Lana, a Fergus Falls campus grauduate, is also pictured.


Annual FACF Scholarship Reception held November 8

More than 130 scholarship recipients were recognized Nov. 8 during the Fergus Area College Foundation's annual Scholarship Reception on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Students, parents, donors and M State faculty and staff gathered to celebrate student achievement and to thank Foundation and scholarship donors for their generosity.

Student speakers were Rhoda Christenson, Daniel Tungseth and Rebecca Moe. Student musicians Johanna Becker, Megan Endreson and Hazen Roller-Olson performed during the program.

Through its philanthropic work, FACF provides financial support for scholarships and funding for various campus initiatives. During this academic year, the Foundation will award $140,000 in student scholarships.

"We are extremely proud of these outstanding students and are grateful to our area communities and alumni for their faithful financial support of the Foundation's work," said Carolyn Glesne, executive director.

The 15-member FACF board of directors manages more than 80 endowed funds and conducts an annual fund campaign to provide these scholarships.

Scholarship recipients are:

Aevenia Inc. Engineering Scholarship: Lucas Halbakken; Andrew E. Anderson Memorial Scholarship: Alex Erickson; Ann Porter Nelson Endowed Scholarship: Carly Ouren; Anna Marie Haukebo Scholarship: Ashley Altstadt, Angela Godel, Allisson Wells-Shepherd, Christine Moenkedick; Arlan King Memorial Scholarship: Brandon Hiltner; B.K. & Lucile W. Soby Scholarship: Kelsey Beyer; Barbara Allison Glaser Music Scholarship: Johanna Becker, Rusty Duncan; Business Faculty Scholarship: Lyndie Prior; Byron J. and Ruth E. Hannay Sparling Scholarship: Sam Carruth, Logan Connelly; Carlisle Band Scholarship: Emily Cunningham; Carroll Crouch Scholarship: Shelby Wehri; Charles Beck Art Scholarship: Amanda Callahan; Chester G. and C. Jon Rosengren Scholarship: Megan Adam, Kyle Beske, Zane Bugbee, Chase Johansen, Miranda Kollman, Cody Lehmann, Ciera Rotering, Hannah Stich, Mike Styve, Ryan Thorsen, Trent Wilson, Hayden Zenner; Chuck Durham - Great Plains Natural Gas Leadership Scholarship: Logan Connelly;
Communicating for Agriculture Foundation Scholarship: Jacqueline Byrne, Dan Kennedy, Beau Krueger, Julianna Kuhn, Kristi Luing, Brittany Meissner, Ryan Michel, Darcy Pulkrabek, Roberta Rieger; Communicating for Agriculture Sustainable Food Production Scholarship: Molly Erickson, Daniel Fabian, Nicole Moore, Zachary Paige;
Corner Stone Masonic Lodge #99 Nursing Scholarship: Nicole Myklebust; Cultural Diversity Scholarship: Benjamin Ferrell, Lord Sarpong, Zachary Wilkie; Cyrus A. and Mary K. Field Scholarship: Shae Brown, Minh Le, Karla Schneider, Daniel Tungseth; Dan F. True Scholarship: Jonathan Brower; Donald and Dorothy Malm Scholarship: Andrea Christenson; Dr. Ward A. Shaver Memorial Scholarship: Matt Bergmann; Eagles Music Scholarship: Hazen Roller Olson, Andrew Strand; Eagles Scholarship: Rhoda Christenson; Edwin and Alfreda Eide Nursing Scholarship: Samantha Iverson;
Edwin and Alfreda Eide Teaching Scholarship: Ashley Shuck; Eleanor Hoff Memorial Scholarship: Rhoda Christenson; Elizabeth LaPlante Scholarship: Anna Flerchinger, Kelly Howard, Hiedi Lien, Tamara Retzlaff, Donna Ripplinger; Eunice and John MacFarlane Scholarship: Jessica Nelson; Frances Haller - Business and Professional Women Scholarship: Shannon Ecklund; Frank W. Veden Scholarship: Rhoda Christenson, Aric Cooper, Richard Hanson, Mike Styve; Gary Bradow Scholarship: Jennifer Walla; Gene and Dorothy Porter Scholarship: Kristen Kugler;
Geneva Eschweiler Music Scholarship: Spencer Imsande; Hal Leland Scholarship: Kristen Kugler; Harold and Dena Oehler Scholarship: Matthew Wagner; Henry and Elizabeth Cowles Scholarship: Cody Anderson, Ryan Beyer, Samuel Shankar Faro Banerji, Luke Schwarz, Ashley Silbernagel, Ryan Thorsen; I.L. And Thelma Swanson Scholarship: Jenna Nelson; Irene & Gordon Norby Scholarship: Luke Schwarz; James Toso Williams Memorial Scholarship: Megan Adam, Brandy Parsons; Jeraldine Erickson Scholarship: Aria Walstad; Jessie Sherin Cultural Diversity Scholarship: Abdullahi Hashi, Loan Le, Hassan Omar, Khadar Warsame; Jim Holtman Memorial Scholarship: Luke Schwarz; John and Kim Erickson Scholarship: Trent Wilson; Kathy Raasch - Business and Professional Women Scholarship: Rebecca Moe; Lake Region Electric Cooperative Scholarship: Maria Johnson, Brittin Roberts, Kyle Singer; Lampy Business Scholarship: Kaitlin Ditsworth; Lyle Fox Memorial Scholarship: Johanna Becker; Mabel & Roman Vorgert Scholarship: Beth Ingebrand, Shannon Karels, Ashley Lehman, Hannah Lorentz, Ashley Silbernagel;
Mabel C. Espeland Scholarship: Rachel Moe; Majel A. and Alvin B. Miller Scholarship: Marissa Skinnemoen; Manda Seline Swenson Scholarhip: Drakirah Glenn, Dazhoni Green; Marsden G. Brimhall Scholarship: Brandon Van Santen; Mildred and Alvin Sethre Memorial Scholarship: Emily Cowles; Minnesota Elks Association Scholarship: Joshua Overgaard; Music Scholarship: Hayley Anderson, Megan Endreson, Beth Ingebrand, Beau Matthys; Orval and Mollieann Williams Family Scholarship: Lindsey Bösl; Otter Risers Kiwanis Scholarship: Brittany Christenson; Otter Tail Bankers Association Scholarship: Mary Beardsley, Dana Meemken, Sara Permann, Lexi Wedll; Otter Tail Power Company Employees' Accounting Scholarship: Rebecca Moe; Ottertail Minn-Dakota Coaches Scholarship: Bryan Starner; Pam Phillips Spartan Spirit Award: Christine Moenkedick; Paradox Farms Sustainable Food Production Scholarship: Jeremy Fischer; Park Region Telephone and Otter Tail Tel Com Scholarship: Sam Jorud; Paul and Beverly Richter Scholarship: Ashley Fenske; Peggy Greenagel Memorial Scholarship: Megan Adam; Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer and Kershner Law Firm Scholarship: Johanna Becker; Red Horse Ranch Equine Science Scholarship: Ennisa Anderson, Kristina Bredahl, Samantha Green, Courtney Klever, Molly Niedzielski, Haley Sell; Robert E. Anderson Leadership Scholarship: Megan Endreson, Dana Meemken; Rose Ann LaPlante Scholarship: Elizabeth Harris, Andrea Onstad; Rotary - Wesley A. Waage Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Laugen; Science Faculty Scholarship: Shae Brown; Selma I. Lundeen Memorial Scholarship: Lexi Wedll; Senator Carl and H.M. Iverson Scholarship: Jenni Peterson, Calli Thiel, Trent Wilson; Service Food Scholarship: Richard Hanson; Seth Reich Scholarship: Dana Meemken; Severt G. Nyhus Scholarship: Kelli Meehl; Sylvia Kilde Strom Nursing Scholarship: Chelsey Colosky; The Asprin Theatre Scholarship: Kristen Johnson; Theatre Scholarship: Erin Bottko, Emily Cunningham, Tara Flaten, Richard Mertens, Lexi Wedll; Velo Family Scholarship: Austin Steege; Vernon C. and Blanche Arneson - Kiwanis Scholarship: Rachel Wade; Victor G. Lundeen Memorial Prize: Daniel Tungseth; W. Earl and Dorothy Williams Scholarship: Carly Ouren; Weiss Family Scholarship: Aric Cooper, Peter Scott; William H. Colbeck Memorial Scholarship: Daniel Tungseth.


M State Foundations Sponsor Timberwolves Raffle

Congratulations to Maranda Shillingstad of Fergus Falls, winner in the M State Foundation Raffle conducted by all four M State foundations in March. Maranda won four tickets to the April 14 Timberwolves game at the Target Center and a two-night stay at the Country Inns & Suites in Plymouth. Shown is Fergus Area College Foundation President Rob Bigwood presenting Maranda her prize. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for student scholarships on each campus.

Jerry Covington, M State-Fergus Falls sophomore, meets his scholarship donor, former faculty member, John Donahue.

Jerry Covington, M State-Fergus Falls sophomore, meets his scholarship donor, former faculty member, John Donahue.


Former instructor visits campus

Former faculty member John Donahue (1967-1982) visited the campus in January 2012 and had the opportunity to congratulate M State student Jerry Covington, 2011-12 recipient of "The Aspirin" scholarship. Donahue named and donated this scholarship to honor a student who has gone out of his or her way to "save the day" for a theater instructor. Donahue was a theater director both on campus and in the community during his tenure at the college. He advised the college newspaper staff and taught English, speech and English as a second language classes. He is retired and lives in Queretaro, Mexico, where he enjoys the Mexican culture, entertaining friends and teaching English classes. Fergus Area College Foundation thanks John for creatively and generously honoring one of our students!

Covington, a sophomore business major, is the current Student Senate president and has been active in the theater and music departments at M State - Fergus Falls.

The Waage family at the September 24, 2010 portrait dedication.

The Waage family at the September 24, 2010 portrait dedication.


Wesley A. Waage Portrait

Members of the Fergus Falls Junior College Class of 1962 commissioned a portrait of President Wesley A. Waage as a gift to the college in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Fergus Falls campus. The portrait was presented during Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 24, 2010.

The portrait was painted by Scott Gunvaldson (alumnus 1970-1972) and hangs in the foyer of the Wesley A. Waage Fine Arts Center. Our thanks to these class members for their donations:

Robert L. Anderson - Becker, Minnesota

Gary Becklund - Fergus Falls

Ellen (Hexum) Bergerson - Des Moines, Iowa

Roger Bilden - Rothsay, Minnesota

Dennis Bogen - Fergus Falls

Darrell Iverson - Fergus Falls

Wayne Jacobs - Fergus Falls

Allan Jacobson - Brainerd, Minnesota

Hollis Nelson - Oakland, California

Janice (Stroschein) Stenger - Fergus Falls

Robert Schachtschneider - Andover, Minnesota

Carol Tanberg - Sun City, Arizona

Roger Twedt - Cloquet, Minnesota

Kent Van Meter - Kingshill, Virgin Islands

Jim and Arlene (Lunde) Worner - Fergus Falls


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