Student Affairs Staff
Amanda Anderson - Student Affairs Coordinator
Violeta Bonneville - Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator
Sara Dion - Academic Coordinator
Lynne Lura - Coordinator, Externships and External Students
Joe Maple - Director of Academic Affairs
Laura Molgaard, DVM - Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
Karen Nelson - Director of Admissions
Darlene Toedter - Registrar
Deb Wingert - Director of Educational Development
Violeta joined the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in September 2013, and previously worked for the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the University in Minnesota, she worked in Washington, D.C. for five years administering international scholarship programs. As Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator, Violeta works closely with the Director of Admissions and is a resource for prospective students on the DVM program application process. She coordinates recruitment, interviews and admissions for DVM, VetFAST and VetLEAD, is involved with scholarship disbursement and assists with special events such as Commencement, Student Appreciation Days, GOALE, etc. As a native Romanian, Violeta has a strong passion for intercultural communication and welcomes inquiries from the international students at the College. In her spare time, Violeta enjoys reading, long-distance running, biking, hiking, dancing, painting, exploring other cultures, spending time with her international friends and family, and attending live music performances.
Sara serves as Academic Coordinator for the ASA office and supports the Associate Dean, the Director of Academic Affairs and the Director of Admissions. She facilitates student disability accommodations, coordinates events and is a liaison with the International Programs Council. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, has traveled around the world and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. She enjoys foreign and independent film, indulging her inner foodie, writing, road trips and Gopher sports!
Lynne has been Coordinator with the DVM program for thirty years! As Coordinator, Lynne is responsible for clinical rotation scheduling and maintaining the list of externship sites, including soliciting new sites and obtaining grades from the current sites. She is often found advising students on their clinical rotation schedules and externships, or assisting them with obtaining nametags or UCard access to the buildings. Lynne also works with the finances for the Academic and Student Affairs department, coordinates with external visitors to the college, and is the liaison between the University and other colleges of veterinary medicine, amongst a wide variety of special projects.
Serving as Director of Academic Affairs, Joe Maple is involved with student academic advising and helps to create, maintain, and update college policies. He is a liaison with Disability Services, Financial Aid, University Counseling and Consulting Services, and other University offices. As well as overseeing Registrar functions for the College, he works with faculty on creation and maintenance of the clinical and didactic teaching schedules. He is a member of the colleges Health and Safety Committee as well as an ex-officio member of the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy and the Student Promotions Committee. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Joe lived in San Francisco for nine years and spent seven of those with San Francisco State University, working in the College of Extended Learning. Joe and his wife have two sons, aged nineteen and six, a nine-year old Boston Terrier named Olive and four hens: Large Marge, Pipsy, Big Bird & Lucy. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading, repairing and riding vintage motorcycles, cheering for OSU Buckeyes football, seeing live music and theater, and fixing up his 1920's bungalow.
Dr. Molgaard oversees the DVM educational program. She received her DVM from Iowa State University in 1991, joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, and has worked in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs since 2001. Prior to joining the University , she was in small animal private practice and taught at a veterinary technician program. Her teaching interests at the College include professional and clinical skills. She currently teaches in the Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience (GOALE) and Professional Development II: Clinical Communications. Her research interests include admissions and outcomes assessment. Dr. Molgaard welcomes any opportunity to advise students on academic and personal issues. In her spare time, she keeps busy with her family, including a cockapoo named Ben.
As Director of Admissions, Karen spends her time advising prospective students on the DVM program, prerequisite courses and the application process, and recruiting prospective students at regional colleges, universities, and educational fairs. She oversees application processing and admissions interview scheduling, as well as the admissions process for VetFAST, VetLEAD, and general transfer students. She is also involved with scholarships and the Gopher Orientation Leadership Experience (GOALE). Karen has worked in higher education since 2002, and has been here at the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2005. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an M. A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Karen professes to have too many hobbies, but enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, golfing, alpine skiing, running, and waterskiing. She enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two dogs; a Malmute/Golden Retriever mix and a mischievous Siberian Husky.
Darlene is the Registrar for the DVM program, she registers students for courses, works with registration holds, and student clinical advising and registrations. Darlene is responsible for preparation of statistical reports on educational activities and interpretation of registration policies to faculty and students. In her down time, she is busy with her five year old daughter. She also has two Siberian cats named Saffire and Schrodinger (Dinger).
Dr. Wingert serves as the Director of Educational Development at the College of Veterinary Medicine, facilitating several initiatives in teaching and learning including the Program for the Advancement of Classroom Excellence (PACE), CVM's peer assisted coaching program (VetPAC), the CVM Teaching Academy, Seminars on Teaching, and the faculty peer review process. In addition to teaching in higher education for more than 25 years, she also serves as the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Co-Coordinator for UMN graduate students, and Early Career Coordinator for UMN Early Career faculty at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). She teaches several courses to doctoral students in preparation for their academic career as a professor, and helps faculty/instructors enhance their teaching excellence at a major research university. Deb develops and facilitates workshops, retreats, presentations, and courses for both on-campus departments and educators in various higher educational institutions nationwide. She thoroughly enjoys ongoing family adventures, well-seasoned with good friends, writing, and reading as often as possible!
Contact Academic and Student Affairs at 612-624-4747 or firstname.lastname@example.org