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Wadena’s Virginia Dahlstrom Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Virginia Dahlstrom of Wadena, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-23-12]

Virginia Dahlstrom of Wadena, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Dahlstrom, superintendent of schools for Wadena-Deer Creek schools, is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. She was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Dahlstrom was born in LaCrosse, Wis., and moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis., as a child. She graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1988 with a master’s degree in physical education and since then has advanced and excelled in the field of education administration.

After more than 24 years of teaching K-12, Dahlstrom received her principal licensure in 2000, her doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her superintendent licensure in 2006. She has been a member of the Minnesota Department of Education’s school health and physical education committee, and developed and implemented a successful summer experiential education program for at-risk middle school students. She was also a researcher and administrator on the National Institute of Health’s Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health Project.

From 2001 to 2007, Dahlstrom led schools in Korea and Egypt, where she spearheaded major changes in faculty training and recruitment, enhanced curriculum, led accreditation efforts and doubled enrollment. In 2008, she was appointed superintendent of schools for Wadena-Deer Creek schools.

In 2004, Dahlstrom received the South Korea Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award, and in 2010, she received an award from the Wadena Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her service to the community. Dahlstrom also received the Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership in 2011.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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