ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud State graduate Jane Delahunt has received a $2,000 Al Payne Conference grant to attend the 2021 Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association conference at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Delahunt, the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center's assistant director, will attend the conference, which features professional development, training, networking opportunities and a trade show. The conference is open to all ice arena managers in the state and the four-day event can be used toward U.S. Ice Rink Association certification.

The four-day conference can be used toward U.S. Ice Rink Association certification. She has completed courses in basic arena refrigeration and ice maintenance and equipment operations.

"SCSU has been a great place to get my education and begin my career," Delahunt said in a news release from the university. "My position at SCSU offers me a unique experience. I really like the arena side of operations as the job allows me to work with multiple user groups and it provides me with a good variety of interesting challenges each day."

Delahunt worked with her Stillwater High School team and youth association as a manager. She worked on statistics, video and helped with youth camps and programs before going to college. As an undergraduate student, she was a ticket taker and then was on the arena staff as a student worker. As a graduate student, Delahunt began to schedule and manage the arena's part-time staff.

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"In a short amount of time, she has shown the ability to adapt and react to the fast pace of the ice rink industry," Brooks Center director Cory Portner said. "Her commitment to ongoing professional development, coupled with a master's in sports management studies (she is working on) will no doubt translate into long-term success at the Herb Brooks National Center and any future endeavor she chooses."

The grant is named after Alan K. Payne, who worked at the Richfield Ice Arena from 1980 until his death in 2007. He was a the MIAMA president in 1988-89 and also was a secretary/treasurer for the organization (1996-07). The grant application process included submission of a resume, a letter of application for the grant and a letter of recommendation.

The grant covers registration fees and lodging for the conference.

Delahunt began her full-time position at St. Cloud State on July 1 and has an undergraduate degree in marketing. She is responsible for the hiring and training of all part-time employees and scheduling for the facility. The scheduling includes ice time for St. Cloud State, St. John's University, youth hockey in the area and scheduling facility space for events and programs. Delahunt will also help the house operations during St. Cloud State hockey games in 2020-21.

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