Oak Park Heights woman chosen outstanding MSU student

Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan State UniversityJocelyn Wiedow of Oak Park Heights receives her Master's degree from Metropolitan State University President Sue K. Hammersmith at the school's Dec. 18 commencement. Wiedow was named one of the the school's outstanding students.

Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan State University
Jocelyn Wiedow of Oak Park Heights receives her Master’s degree from Metropolitan State University President Sue K. Hammersmith at the school’s Dec. 18 commencement. Wiedow was named one of the the school’s outstanding students.

ST. PAUL — Jocelyn Wiedow of Oak Park Heights has been selected one of the fall 2012 term outstanding students at Metropolitan State University, school officials announced Thursday.

Wiedow, named outstanding graduate student in MSU’s College of Management, was one of 1,214 students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at school’s 91st commencement exercise Dec. 18 at Saint Paul RiverCentre’s Roy Wilkin’s Auditorium.

“I’m humbled,” Wiedow said. “I know there are many amazing students out there, so to be selected is quite an honor.”

Wiedow graduated with a master’s in public and non-profit administration. As a “sprockets network organizer” for the Saint Paul YWCA, Wiedow works collaboratively with St. Paul youth programs to help youngsters succeed.  For nearly 15 years, she has coordinated and directed youth and family programs for the YWCA, Robbinsdale-area schools and the Minneapolis Northwest YMCA.

“Ultimately, it’s really important to support young people to achieve and thrive so they can be successful, contributing adults,” she said.

Wiedow also assisted youth as a longtime community volunteer.  She served served 18 years as a YMCA Youth in Government program specialist.  Earlier this year, she won the Skip Wilke award for leadership and contributions to that YMCA program.

Wiedow, a member of the Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Association, volunteers with her son’s Boy Scout troop.  She previously served on the Columbia Heights Human Service Commission, and she is former president of the Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale Rotary Club.

Wiedow graduated from Metropolitan State in 1999 with a self-designed degree in community programs management. The married mother of two sons is an Osseo High School graduate.

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides affordable competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

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