(From left to right) Dean Jill Pinkney Pastrana, Alan Ingram, Sally Gorski, Tony Cuneo, Barbara Ainsworth, and Richard Erickson.
The College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) at UMD honored five distinguished alumni on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus. These alumni were chosen for their achievements in their fields. The event was hosted by CESHP Dean Jill Pinkney Pastrana.
The following individuals were honored:
Dr. Barbara Ainsworth
Department of Applied Human Sciences
Master of Arts, 1975
Dr. Barbara E. Ainsworth has had a long and distinguished career in higher education. Since 2013 she has been a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University where she is a tenured full professor in the Exercise and Wellness program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. Her career in higher education has spanned the country. She began her education on the west coast as an undergraduate in Physical Education at California State University, Fresno. She came “up north” for a Master of Arts (Physical Education/Education). She then taught at the College of St. Benedict, Minn. She continued her graduate education with a second Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UM-TC). She subsequently entered the Ph.D. program in Exercise Physiology at UM-TC. She served as a Teaching/Research assist and as a post-doctoral associate at UM-TC for several years.
Dr. Ainsworth left the UM-TC to go “down south” to assume teaching, research, and eventually leadership positions at the University of South Carolina at Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She returned “out west” to serve as professor and chair at San Diego State University before beginning her current appointment at Arizona State University.
A prolific career-long researcher she has a vita that delineates over 300 published scholarly works pertaining to Nutrition, Epidemiology, Exercise Physiology and Human Activity. Dr. Ainsworth has also been very active in service to her field. Amongst her many contributions and honors, she is a past president, vice-president and trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Mr. Tony Cuneo
Department of Psychology
Bachelor of Applied Science, 2005
Tony Cuneo is the executive director of the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community in Duluth. He oversees the Zeitgeist Arts Initiative, which runs a theatre, art gallery space, two-screen independent cinema and a full service restaurant and bar. It is an important regional center for artistic and cultural programming. He also oversees the Healthy Duluth Initiative, which works towards constant community engagement around health, planning and equity in Duluth. He further serves on the Board of Directors for Duluth Housing and Redevelopment.
Mr. Cuneo received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UMD in 2005. He has served as a member of the Duluth City Council (2008-2012) and on the Leadership Committee of Fuse Duluth. He has been a leader in local civic engagement for years including during his time as a student at UMD.
Mr. Richard Erickson
Department of Education
Bachelor of Applied Science, 1984
Mr. Richard Erickson grew up in Cloquet, Minn., and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1980. He went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to major in civil engineering. He transferred to UMD and graduated summa cum laude in 1984 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching Physical Science. He taught from 1984–94 in Mahtomedi, Minn. In 1991, he was selected Mahtomedi Teacher of the Year and was selected as a 1991 Minnesota Honor Roll Teacher, one of seven finalists in the search for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
In 1994, Mr. Erickson moved with his family to Bayfield to return to the Lake Superior area. He has been teaching chemistry and physics throughout his career, and he has been teaching alternative education since 2011. He completed his National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification in 2002. He was awarded the 2003 Excellence in Science Education Award from the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers. He received the 2013 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award and was then selected as the 2014 Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year!
Mr. Erickson was selected by the Wisconsin Education Association Council to represent Wisconsin teachers at the 2015 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. He traveled to Washington, DC where he was one of only five teachers in the United States to receive a 2015 Horace Mann Award.
Ms. Sally Gorski
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Master of Arts, 1980
Bachelor of Science, 1979
Sally Gorski is the manager of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree and her Master of Arts degree from UMD.
Ms. Gorski spent her career in medical speech-language pathology, as a direct service provider, consultant, and manager. She is recognized at Hennepin County Medical Center, and by her colleagues, as a program specialist in evaluating and treating individuals that have been tracheotomized or intubated, specifically addressing their communication options and swallowing potential.
Ms. Gorski also was a clinical consultant for Passy-Muir, one of the leaders in speaking valves for individuals with tracheostomies. As a consultant, she gave seminars and in-services at the local and national level, including an Eddy Lecture at UMD, to prepare other SLPs for working with individuals who had tracheostomy tubes.
She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a member of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she has been an active committee member and advocate on behalf of the profession and individuals with communication disorders. Ms. Gorski currently is the president of the organization.
Mr. Alan Ingram
Department of Social Work
Master of Social Work, 1975
The department chose Alan Ingram as their 2015 Distinguished Social Work Alumnus of the year. He is a former graduate from the School of Social Development (prior to the current BSW/MSW Program). He has remained active with UMD’s program by attending their Social Work Alumni Event every year in Duluth, and he has done trainings for the National Association of Social Work on the Duluth campus to allow social workers in northern Minnesota access to these important trainings.
Mr. Ingram recently retired after working for over 30 years at the Minnesota office of the National Association of Social Workers. The following was taken from their website: "Alan served an externship in a settlement house in Minneapolis, Minn., in pursuit of a social studies secondary education degree at the University of Minnesota. He was accepted into graduate school at the University of MN-Duluth campus, where the School of Social Development was a unique macro-practice social work program that focused on ‘planned social change to bring about a closer fit between special programs and human need.’ Within three months of receiving his MSW, Alan applied to Hamline University School of Law, graduating with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Shortly after being admitted to the Minnesota Bar, he was hired as the executive director of NASW-MN, where he served the professional social work community for over 30 years."
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