Four More Ph.D.'s at VCSU

Jan 19th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm | Author:
Four More Ph.D.\'s at VCSU
Three faculty and one staff member at Valley City State University (VCSU) recently participated in Commencement ceremonies at North Dakota State University (NDSU) having completed work on their Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs. Bonnie Alexander, Kerry Gregoryk, Erin Klingenberg, and Heather Kvilvang all have been recently presented with diplomas during ceremonies held at NDSU. All are also members of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. With these additions, 54% of the VCSU faculty hold terminal degrees, and another 20% are currently completing work on terminal degrees.

Dr. Bonnie Alexander earned a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management in July 2006 after completing her dissertation entitled 'An Analysis of Seed Production, Viability, Germination in Situ, and Grazing Impacts on the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid.' She conducted five years of research and monitoring of the Western prairie fringed orchid, the only wild flower native to North Dakota that is on the federal list of threatened plants. She has been with VCSU for 15 years, and is currently an Associate Professor of Biology teaching courses in Biology, Botany, Ecology, and VCSU's new Fisheries and Wildlife Science program. Prior to joining VCSU, Bonnie spent eight years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an aquatic biologist and as a fish and wildlife research assistant. She attended the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University for her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She is a world traveler having visited six foreign countries and 49 of the 50 United States. She is the daughter of Dr. Dwain Warner and Dorothy Holway Warner, and has three children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Kerry (Fricke) Gregoryk earned a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education having completed her dissertation on Intergenerational Interaction in Undergraduate Classrooms. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Division Chair in VCSU's Division of Business and Information Technology where she teaches courses in Computer Information Systems. She has been with VCSU since 1998, and has served as the Faculty Materials Center Director and Curriculum Materials Developer with the Department of Technology Education. Her past experiences include teaching art at both the high school and elementary school levels. Kerry is the daughter of Pat and Carol Fricke of Bismarck, ND. She and her husband Garry have two children.

Dr. Erin D. (Elsperger) Klingenberg earned a Ph.D. in Human Development having completed her dissertation entitled 'Friendsickness: Concept and Reality Meet' in April of 2006. Erin is the Director of Counseling and Human Resources at VCSU, and teaches in VCSU's School of Education and Graduate Studies. Her background includes teaching Physical Education and coaching at VCSU and Minot State University – Bottineau. She also taught Physical Education and History and coached basketball and track at the high-school level in Butte, ND. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds a Master of Education in Clinical Counseling from North Dakota State University, a Master of Education in Physical Education from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in History Education and Health/Physical Education/Recreation from Jamestown College. She is the daughter of the late John and Kathleen Elsperger of Cando, ND. She and her husband Mel have five children, three of whom are currently students at VCSU.

Dr. Heather T. (Metcalf) Kvilvang earned a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education having completed her dissertation entitled 'Preparing Preservice Elementary Teachers for Diverse Classrooms.' Heather is currently an assistant professor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies at VCSU, and teaches a variety of Education classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to joining VCSU in 2002, Heather was a second grade teacher and coach in Ashley and North Central of Barnes schools. She holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Moorhead State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from VCSU. She is the daughter of Mike and Sal Metcalf of Valley City. She is married to her husband Nate and has one stepchild.

Photo Caption: Left to right: Dr. Bonnie Alexander, Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Heather Kvilvang, Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Graduate Studies, Dr. Erin Klingenberg, Director of Counseling and Human Resources, and Dr. Kerry Gregoryk, Assistant Professor and Division Chair in VCSU's Division of Business and Information Technology.