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Heart Soul College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Corner Volume 9 No. 1 Northern State University Spring 2011 Lisa Rempp-LaBau For others, goals are defined before the journey begins. Such was the case of Lisa Rempp-LaBau, who enrolled at NSU in the fall of 1984 with the goal of pursuing a degree in Medical Technology. Her decision to focus on the medical field was based on both personal reasons and pragmatic considerations: she had a family doctor she admired, and she found healthcare intriguing; and she recognized that it is an industry that offers some degree of job security since there will always be people that need medical care. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1989, and embarked on a successful career in the medical field in which she has just reached an important milestone by being appointed the chief operating officer of API Healthcare, one of the leaders in healthcare- specific workforce management technology. In reflecting on her education at Northern, Rempp-LaBau points to NSU science courses as key to her professional career: the Genetics class with Professor John Naughten, and the Chemistry classes with Professor Samuel Gingerich. She names Professor Lynn Hodgson and Etta Bassinger, Program Director at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, as “great mentors.” It was during her internship at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen that the laboratory team recognized that she might want to pursue the business side of healthcare after she had explored the medical side, and encouraged her to take her first job in Maui, Hawaii as a Medical Technologist, which turned out to be “the perfect way to launch [her] career.” She also acknowledges the value of the general education courses – from the writing classes to the computer courses – as key to building a foundation for career success. “While the technology from my FORTRAN class has been replaced with newer programming languages, I still use the logic lessons I learned there,” she says. In the formal announcement of her appointment as the chief operating officer of API Healthcare, the company president and CEO praises Rempp-LaBau for her commitment, passion, and leadership. Asked for advice she would give to young men and women who aspire to develop similar qualities in their future professional lives, Rempp-LaBau offers a few simple suggestions for the road to success: “Do work that you love. Be the driver of your own career, and plan for your own success. Never give up on your dreams even when you hit a road block.” “Do work that you love. Be the driver of your own career, and plan for your own success. Never give up on your dreams even when you hit a road block.” Dr. Elizabeth Haller has been an Assistant Professor of English at Northern since August 2009, teaching courses in literature, composition, and journalism. She received her Ph.D. in English from Kent State University with an emphasis in nineteenth-century British literature and trauma theory, and her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University. She completed her B.A. in English at the University of Northern Colorado while working as a legal assistant at one of the top environmental law firms in Denver. Aside from her academic career, Dr. Haller enjoys spending time outside with her son biking, playing catch, shooting hoops, or hiking with their two dogs. She also loves taking road trips throughout the United States, visiting places with historical significance. Dr. Jon Mitchell joined the NSU faculty as an Assistant Professor of Biology in August of 2010. Prior to that appointment, he spent twenty years working as a research scientist with Dow AgroSciences and The Dow Chemical Company in the areas of plant, fungal, bacterial, and insect molecular biology and biochemistry. His research interests range from plant pathology and bacterial protein expression to insect genetics and all aspects of biotechnology. After beginning his academic career at the University of Illinois, Dr. Mitchell New Faculty at NSU For some individuals, college education is a journey of discovery: they embark on it without a clearly defined goal, and adjust the itinerary as they go, searching for the right destination. continued on the following page…

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