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When KERRY ACE arrived on campus from her hometown of Stewartville, she never dreamed she'd become a doctor. But dream she did, after taking a course in anatomy and physiology… and today, she's an ER pediatrician for Children's Hospitals and Clinics St. Paul. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, she went beyond possibility to achieve more than she ever imagined.
When LOU BELLAMY arrived at Minnesota State Mankato, his path toward biochemistry veered to center stage. After he performed in Finian's Rainbow through the University's renowned theatre program, he saw how art could effect social change. The result: He founded Penumbra Theatre, today the nation's premier black theatre, in his hometown of St. Paul. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, he went beyond possibility to achieve more than he ever imagined.
PAT JOHNSON (left) is part of a purple-and-gold tradition stretching back a century. She's one of six family members from Freeborn to graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, including her mother, June Miller Johnson (right); her grandmother, Lura Seath Miller (in photo); and three siblings. Pat was pre-law as an undergraduate and served as counsel to the Minnesota Senate before returning to pivate practice. Then her legal career morphed into something different: Becoming CEO of Bloomington-based SFM insurance company until her retirement. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, Pat Johnson went beyond possibility to achieve more than she ever imagined.
As an eight-year-old growing up in Edina, SUSAN ADAMS LOYD knew exactly what she wanted to do: run a television station. As a young mother, she earned a master's degree in speech communication from Minnesota State Mankato… and then lived her dream, running two stations at the same time in Florida and being named ClearChannel Executive of the Year. Today she’s vice president and general manager of WCCO-TV, in an industry where only one of every eight general managers is a woman. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, Susan Adams Loyd went beyond what others thought possible.
SHARON OLSON began saving for college as a seven-year-old papergirl in Peterson, Minn., and later got what she wanted: a business degree from Minnesota State Mankato. Today her firm, Olson Weiss in Bloomington, manages $200 million — so well she's been named one of the top 100 wealth advisers by Worth magazine. She's also one of six Minnesota women who have used micro-lending to support 30 women entrepreneurs in a Ghana village. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, she went beyond possibility to achieve more than she ever imagined.
TIM PRICE came to Minnesota State University, Mankato to become an English teacher. But a professor's passion for constitutional law inspired Price to pledge his talents to the disenfranchised. Later, armed with a Georgetown law degree, he spent 14 years providing legal services to the poor, the elderly, low-income tenants and people with disabilities. Today, back in his hometown of St. Paul, he serves the 375,000 students enrolled in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System as deputy to the system's senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Like many Minnesota State Mankato graduates, Tim Price went beyond possibility to achieve more than he ever imagined.
When GLEN TAYLOR arrived on campus from his hometown of Comfrey, he never dreamed of becoming one of the nation's most successful entrepreneurs and the owner of an NBA franchise, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, he went beyond possibility to achieve more than he ever imagined.
When ROBYN WATERS graduated from Minnesota State Mankato, she knew exactly what she wanted to become: a grain buyer for an international food company. But when other opportunities knocked, Robyn was ready, and ultimately she became vice president of trend, design and product development for Target stores. Robyn helped transform the $3 billion-per year regional discounter into a $48 billion-per-year trendsetting icon. Today, Robyn is president of RW Trend, a trend consulting company. She's also the author of "The Hummer and the Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape" and "The Trendmaster's Guide." Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, she went beyond possibility to achieve more than she ever imagined.