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St. Cloud State University is a four-year public university founded in 1869 above the Beaver Islands on the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. The university is one of the largest schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which is the largest provider of higher education in Minnesota. A regional comprehensive university, St. Cloud State has more than 15,400 students and nearly 110,000 alumni.Among its accomplished alumni are: John Stumpf – Chairman, CEO and president of Wells Fargo & Company James B. Bullard – President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis Bonnie Henrickson – University of Kansas women's basketball head coach↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ Wikipedia.

Phan D.D.,St. Cloud State University | Vogel D.R.,City University of Hong Kong
Information and Management | Year: 2010

As more retailers evolve into customer-centric and segment-based business, business intelligence (BI) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems are playing a key role in achieving and maintaining competitive advantage. For the past ten years, the authors have had the rare opportunity of observing and interviewing employees and managers of three different management teams at three separate Fingerhut companies as they experimented with various ITs for their companies. When the first Fingerhut company peaked in 1998, as many as 200 analysts and 40 statisticians mined the database for insights that helped predict consumer shopping patterns and credit behaviour. Data mining and BI helped Fingerhut spot shopping patterns, bring product offerings to the right customers, and nurture customer relationships. By 1998, Fingerhut was the second largest catalogue retailer in the U.S. with revenues nearing $2 billion. However, after Federated acquired Fingerhut in 1999 and made it a subsidiary, Fingerhut Net, it suffered great losses and was eventually liquidated. Finally, a new company, Fingerhut Direct Marketing, was resurrected in 2002 under a new management team, and it once again became successful. What went right? What went wrong? The paper concludes with CRM and BI systems success factors and a discussion of lessons learned. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Karasik R.J.,St. Cloud State University
Gerontology and Geriatrics Education | Year: 2013

Intergenerational service-learning has become an important practice in gerontology and geriatrics education. Although numerous benefits of service-learning have been documented, greater attention to critical reflection, a key component for harvesting the learning in service-learning, is needed to increase our understanding of what students really are learning from intergenerational service-learning and how we may best enhance the positive aspects of that learning. This article examines the elements necessary for effective service-learning reflection, as well as reports on the results of a survey of gerontology and geriatric educators (N = 142) regarding their experiences with intergenerational service-learning and their use of specific reflection practices. The findings suggest that the types and implementation of service-learning reflection activities used in aging courses vary considerably. The importance of service-learning reflection and its associated benefits and challenges are discussed. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Jha P.K.,St. Cloud State University
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory | Year: 2015

A 1-perfect code of a graph G is a set C V(G) such that the 1-balls centered at the vertices in C constitute a partition of V(G). In this paper, we consider the dual-cube DQ{m} that is a connected (m+1)-regular spanning subgraph of the hypercube Q-{2m+1} , and show that it admits a 1-perfect code if and only if m=2{k}-2 , k≥ 2. The result closely parallels the existence of Hamming codes over the hypercube. The algorithm for that purpose employs a scheme by Jha and Slutzki for a vertex partition of Q{m+1} into Hamming codes using a Latin square, and carefully allocates those codes among various m-cubes in DQ{m}. The result leads to tight bounds on domination numbers of the dual-cube and the exchanged hypercube. © 1963-2012 IEEE. Source

Nelson S.C.,Pediatric Hematology | Hackman H.W.,St. Cloud State University
Pediatric Blood and Cancer | Year: 2013

Background: Health care disparities based on race have been reported in the management of many diseases. Our goal was to identify perceptions of race and racism among both staff and patients/families with particular attention to provider attitudes as a potential contributor to racial healthcare disparities. Procedure: A confidential survey addressing issues of race and health care was given to all patients with sickle cell disease and their families upon arrival to clinic. The survey was made available online to all staff in the hematology/oncology program. Free text comments were obtained. Results: We received completed surveys from 112 patients/families. Surveys were completed by 135 of 158 staff members (85% return rate). The majority (92.6%) of patients/families identified as black, while 94.1% of staff identified as white (P<0.001). More patients/families felt that race affects the quality of health care for sickle cell patients (50% vs. 31.6%, P=0.003). More staff perceived unequal treatment of patients, especially in the inpatient setting (20.9% vs. 10.9%, P=0.03). Conclusions: Provider attitudes contribute to continued racial health care disparities. We propose training health care providers on issues of race and racism. Training should provide critical thinking tools for improving medical providers' comfort and skills in caring for patients who are of a different race than their own. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Karasik R.J.,St. Cloud State University
Gerontology and Geriatrics Education | Year: 2012

Gerontologists face a unique set of obstacles in attracting newcomers to the field. Despite demographic trends favorable to a wide range of employment opportunities and job security, aging is rarely top of mind for many students when it comes to career choices. For most gerontologists, aging is our passion. How do we share that passion with others who have yet to discover its interdisciplinary opportunities, or who may be held at bay by negative stereotypes of aging and older persons? This article explores various approaches to enhance engaged teaching and engaged learning that can help personalize and contextualize the field so that educators and students at all levels and disciplines can find their passion for gerontology and geriatrics. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source

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