Professor's personal journey keeps her rooted to MSU
Around campus, Patti Fedje is known as dedicated and detailed, a banner she sports with pride.
The Minot native married young and entered college the same year her daughter started first grade. In 1982, Minot State graduated its first accounting class, and Fedje was in it. That fall, Pearl Stusrud took a leave of absence, and Fedje was asked to teach part-time. She stayed until 1984. After a year working in a public accounting office, Fedje returned to MSU in 1985, then decided the following spring to pursue her master's of accountancy at the University of North Dakota. Her departure didn't last long. After Fedje completed her degree in 1987, MSU beckoned once again, and Fedje hasn't left since.
"I am a very strong supporter of Minot State," she said with pride. "We are here for the students. There is no question that Minot State is student-focused. In department meetings we ask, 'What is best for the students?' We meet with students in our offices. You would never see that happening in a large university."
Over the years, Fedje's broad knowledge has served business students well. Teaching financial accounting was the focus early in her career, but her interest gravitated towards information systems, managerial accounting and fraud examination.
"I love the area of fraud examination because what I want to teach students is to learn how to prevent it," Fedje said. "I have asked fraud victims to speak to my class, and it is amazing to see what fraud does to people."
Evidence of her intent is a fraud examination minor offered to accounting majors, an effort researched and proposed by Fedje. It was approved in 2004.
Fedje's campus involvement isn't confined to the College of Business. She is Faculty Senate past president, and has served on many committees including the Budget and Salary Committee, Compensation Task Force and an ad hoc committee for the First-Year Experience.
"One of the best parts of being on committees is meeting other people," she said. "Faculty often live in their own little world, concentrating on the material they teach and the faculty within their departments. Being on these committees has given me the opportunity to know others on campus and understand campus issues a bit more."
In spite of her commitment to MSU, Fedje plans to retire in 2014. She and her husband, Dave, plan to travel and spend more time with family. They have two children and five grandchildren.