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“IN THE ARENA OF THE WEST”
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the 36th season
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5 Homecoming 2011
6-7 Faces of DSU
8-9 I Simply Love It Here In Dickinson
10-11 The Blue Feather Award
12-13 Best of the Best
14-15 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame
16-18 2011 Alumni Fellows
on the 19-20 2011 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium
Hank Biesiot 21-22 Digging In
23-24 Steady She Goes
23 28-29 DSU Foundation Six Decades of Growth
4 From the President
25 Faculty & Staff Accomplishments
26-27 Campus News & Projects
30-31 Class Notes
32 From the Archives
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EDITOR Constance Walter ’91 ASSOCIATE EDITOR Kevin Holten WRITERS/CONTRIBUTORS Amy Magstadt ‘11, Constance Walter, Kevin Holten, Mark Versen ‘09, Heidi Larson ‘06
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CEO DSU FOUNDATION Kevin J. Thompson ‘87 UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Richard J. McCallum, Ph.D.
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BY RICHARD J. MCCALLUM, PH.D.
PRESIDENT, DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSIT Y
LO O K I N G TOWARD THE FUTURE WITH
Dear Alumni and Friends: Third, great program efforts are underway at
As I type these thoughts, our summer months are the Strom Center. Our staff members continue
fleeting and the fall season is rapidly approaching. to collaborate with economic leaders throughout
Memories from a wonderful May commencement southwestern North Dakota. This work strives to
ceremony flashed quickly past our 4th of July advance economic development while fostering
celebration, and presently we find ourselves business innovation and entrepreneurship. Our
preparing for a new academic year. Without new business incubation program is underway
“PRESENTLY WE question, I believe each fall semester brings a special and seeks to match Small Business Development
excitement and sense of vitality to our campus. Center clients with established business leaders.
FIND OURSELVES Soon we will begin anew and welcome the return of These dedicated volunteers will subsequently
our faculty and students. serve as coaches and mentors in support of new
PREPARING FOR A This summer we celebrated DSU’s 93rd birthday. entrepreneurs while they launch innovative business
NEW ACADEMIC Many new opportunities will unfold this next year ideas.
and become chapters within DSU’s centennial At Dickinson State University, we are committed
YEAR. WITHOUT history. It is a sincere pleasure to provide you with to the success of our students. This next academic
this brief and very positive progress report. year, our future focused committees will continue
QUESTION, I First, with the approval of the State Board to pursue our 2015 goals. Our academic excellence
of Higher Education and the recently received commitment will focus upon the assessment of
BELIEVE EACH authorization from the Higher Learning student learning outcomes, and our student success
FALL SEMESTER Commission, we intend to offer our first graduate conversation will center upon ways to improve
class this fall through our Teacher Education academic advising. We want to retain our students,
BRINGS A SPECIAL Department. This is a huge academic step in the help them graduate and be prepared to live, work
life of DSU. We are standing on the “shoulders of and thrive within our communities. Our graduates
ExCITEMENT AND our original Normal School” charter and responding must be ready to excel within the complex world of
to the present educational needs of our area school the 21st century.
SENSE OF VITALITY teachers. One additional thought before I close: I truly
TO OUR CAMPUS. Second, please mark your calendars and save the hope you will join us for Homecoming this
last weekend in October for a truly sensational TR October! With a sense of joy and hospitality,
SOON WE WILL Symposium. This year our 6th Annual Symposium we will welcome the return of many friends and
will focus upon TR in the Arena of the West. alumni as we celebrate and share the excitement
BEGIN ANEW AND Simultaneously, we are collaborating with the that is part of this great annual reunion. Plan your
Theodore Roosevelt Association to host their 92nd next campus visit and return “home” to DSU this
WELCOME THE Annual Meeting. The agenda of speakers promises October. Join us as we transition from the Dakota
RETURN OF OUR an exceptional conference. Moreover, we will enjoy Athletic Conference into the Frontier Conference.
two very special events as we dedicate a new bronze We will continue to move forward with this athletic
FACULTY AND statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the courthouse shift and we plan to emerge as full members of the
where he delivered his first great national speech on Frontier Conference in the fall of 2012.
STUDENTS.” July 4, 1886. Additionally, the Bismarck-Mandan Finally, I want to extend my sincere appreciation
Symphony Orchestra will be with us to perform for your continued support and assistance. Many
the world premiere of a symphonic arrangement of our past and current accomplishments have
by Chris Brubeck. This music is being composed been achieved because of your willingness to
to commemorate TR’s experiences in the Badlands. help us advance our programs and our student’s
Please save the date and join us. The symposium opportunities to excel. We are grateful for your
begins Thursday evening, Oct. 27, and culminates commitment to DSU!
on Sunday with a reprise of Douglas Brinkley’s
Majic Bus adventures in the Dakota Badlands.
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DICKINS O N S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y
Thursday, October 6
All day Alumni Fellows in the Classroom,
Alumni and Foundation House
8:30 a.m. Alumni Fellows Breakfast, Various Campus Locations
5:30 p.m. Alumni Fellows Social & Banquet, Elks Lodge
friday, October 7
All day Alumni Fellows in the Classroom,
Various Campus Locations
8:30 a.m. Class of 1961 Reunion Breakfast,
Alumni & Foundation House
10-11:30 a.m. Campus tours for Alumni Fellows & Reunion Guests,
Alumni & Foundation House
10 a.m. Homecoming Golf Scramble, Heart River Golf Course
11:30 a.m. Retired Employees Luncheon, Elks-Sodbuster Room
1 p.m. Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Dickinson,
Meet at Stix N’ Twigs, 20 1st St. West
2:30-4 p.m. Homecoming Sundaes, Hawks Point
3:30-4:30 p.m. Music Alumni Reception, Choir & Band Room, May Hall
5:30 p.m. Alumni Honors & Athletic Hall of Fame Social & Banquet,
8:30 p.m. 2000-2011 Class Reunion, Liquid Assets
Saturday, October 8
8 a.m. Sigl 5K Fun Run/Walk, Badlands Activities Center
8:30 a.m. Alumni & Friends Coffee, Alumni & Foundation House
9 a.m. Blue Hawk Tailgate Party, Badlands Activities Center
10 a.m. Homecoming Parade, Start at Student Center
1 p.m. Homecoming Football Game vs. Carroll College,
Badlands Activities Center
Post-game Blue Hawk Booster Social and Football Reunion,
Sunday, October 9
8 a.m. Dickinson Rotary Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast,
Badlands Activities Center
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From the Engel Kesting Foundation
a gift that keeps on giving
The Dickinson State University Alumni and Foundation is the beneficiary of
a gift made by Laurine Engel of Dickinson and the Engel Kesting Foundation,
which has been established to honor her family. This funding comes, in large
part, from recent energy developments in the region and is the first of many an-
nual gifts planned by the Engel Kesting Foundation.
The gift is designed to immediately fund student scholarships, establish a long
term endowment fund and honor her late husband, Cleon Engel, her mother and
Cleon and Laurine Engel
father, Clara and William Kesting and her two late brothers, Arnold and William
Kesting. A sizeable portion will create the Engel Kesting Endowment Fund
with the proceeds from invested funds being disbursed annually to fund student
scholarships into perpetuity in honor of the Engel and Kesting families.
The Kesting family farmstead was located at the site of what is now the Heart
River Municipal Golf Course Club House. The DSU Alumni and Foundation
is one of eight southwest North Dakota charities to which the Engel Kesting
Foundation funds are being directed.
Laurine Kesting married Cleon Engel on Oct. 22, 1962, in Pine City, Minn.
Together they made their home in Dickinson where Cleon and his two brothers-
in-law, William and Arnold Kesting, were farmers. Cleon also helped out with the
Kesting Lumber Yard. The Engels enjoyed putting in a large garden and sharing its
produce with friends and neighbors. Cleon was also an avid hunter, fisherman and
a member of the American Legion. They were also longtime members of the St.
John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dickinson.
“We thank Laurine for her generosity now and into the future,” said Kevin
J. Thompson ’87, C.E.O. of the DSU Alumni and Foundation. “This is
philanthropy at its finest. Laurine and her family are assisting DSU students in
addition to providing support for other vital charities to improve the quality of life
for all of us in this region.”
For information about creating a scholarship fund call the DSU Alumni and
Clara and William Kesting, parents of Laurine Engel,
Foundation at (701) 483.2004 or email Thompson@dsufamily.com. are pictured here on their wedding day.
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Every gift matters Faces OF
Oakley Thoeny is a junior accounting major from Broadus, Mont.,
which is located 80 miles south of Miles City. She is the recipient of
the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program scholarship and
the DSU Parents Scholarship. She has worked at the DSU Alumni
& Foundation House for a year and a half and recently started an
internship at the Small Business Development Center, located in the
Strom Center. In addition, Thoeny is involved in a variety of campus
activities including Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Student
Ambassadors, Accounting Club, Homecoming Committee, Theodore
Roosevelt Executive Committee (TREC) and various volunteer
projects. She is a prime example of how scholarship dollars impact a
student’s college experience.
Why did you choose DSU? I chose DSU because of the
accounting program and the small campus. DSU also allows for
me to get to know my teachers on a personal level and I feel as if it
provides more of a community feeling around the campus than a
What do your scholarships mean to you? They are very important
because they allow me to continue my education with enough of a
reduction of the financial burden to allow me to be more involved on
campus with the many different opportunities available at DSU.
Tell us about your DSU experience, how has it been? My DSU
experience has been awesome! After graduating from high school
and being so involved, I came to college expecting that I would not
be able to be as involved because I would have to devote a lot of
“ DSU ALLOWS
time to school and work. I didn’t really think that I would make a
lot of friends because I was shy and quiet. This assumption however
FOR ME TO GET
would prove to be very wrong. DSU allowed for me to become just
as involved as I was in high school. Being so involved and having a
TO KNOW MY
variety of classes has led to many friendships that I value and that will TEACHERS ON A
What’s the best thing about DSU? The best thing about DSU to PERSONAL LEVEL
me is the small, close-knit community feeling. I like getting to know
my professors and knowing a variety of different people. Everywhere AND I FEEL AS IF IT
I go, I can see a familiar face and feel at home.
What do you plan to do with your degree? With my accounting PROVIDES MORE
degree, I plan to sit for the CPA exam as soon as I’m done with
school. After passing the CPA, I’m not sure what type of accounting OF A COMMUNITY
I want to work in, but plan to work with an accounting firm of some
kind. FEELING AROUND
Where will you be in 10 years? In ten years I hope to be settled
down, married, working at an accounting firm, and enjoying life. I THE CAMPUS...”
don’t know where I want to eventually live. I’ll have to see where life
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I S I M P LY
love I T H E R E IN
Golden Hawk award Winner, Rod Kleinjan ‘75
BY KEVIN HOLTEN
hen he was growing up in the 50s, long as I have and hope to do it for many, many more
60s and 70s in Mott, N.D., the sound years to come.”
of local, regional and national sports A graduate of Mott High School, Kleinjan
broadcasts so frequently filtered was working at KBJM radio in Lemmon, S.D.,
throughout the house from his father’s radio that it beginning the day after commencement and had
eventually found it’s way into Rod Kleinjan’s veins and visions of attending the prestigious Brown Institute
charted the course for his entire future. of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. But then the lead
“I knew from my freshman year in high school that instructor of that institution bought the Lemmon radio
this is what I wanted to do,” said Kleinjan, Dickinson’s station, where Kleinjan had already been working part
KDIX radio icon and the official voice of the Dickinson time and told him that he’d hire him, train him, pay
State University Blue Hawks. “It is a privilege and an him and save him a lot of money if he’d just stay put
honor and I am extremely lucky to have done it for as and forget about loading up that car and driving east.
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Thankfully, he eventually ended up at KDIX radio in Dickinson
where he has worked for 37 years and for only two sets of bosses;
first the team of San Deck and Bob Weiler and now Lee and “IT IS TRULY
“They are just super people to work for and have always treated A HUMBLING
me well and fairly,” Kleinjan said. “And they are interested in local
events and the community. Not like corporate radio which seems ExPERIENCE TO
to be predominating in today’s industry. I simply love it here in
Dickinson.” RECEIVE THIS
Of course, adding to his happiness in Dickinson is the girl he
bumped into at her sister’s wedding in 1979, Amy Beth (Klug) AWARD...
Kleinjan, now a dietary manager at St. Lukes Nursing Home, who
he married three years later and has raised a daughter (Kayla Rae)
and son (Trent James) with.
I aM TRUlY
“Amy’s the rock and cornerstone,” Kleinjan said, “and Jayden
(his granddaughter) is the diamond princess of our family.”
Over the years Kleinjan has had more exciting DSU sports
moments tattooed on his brain than highways have stripes. But AND THANKFUL
still the favorite part of his radio day just might be “wheeler
dealer,” a live call-in radio show which airs five days a week from TO DSU AND
9 to 9:30 a.m. where interesting callers sell everything you can
imagine to eager-to-buy listeners.
“It gets me going everyday,” Kleinjan said. “It’s fun and the
audience is great!”
And now Rod Kleinjan has been selected as the 2011 Golden
Hawk Award Winner, the highest honor anyone can be given
at DSU. He will be honored during a Homecoming awards
ceremony on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dickinson
“It is truly a humbling experience to receive this award,”
Kleinjan said. “There are many, many more deserving folks other
than myself. I am truly honored and thankful to DSU and its
extended family for recognizing me.”
And what advice does he have for students interested in
following in his shoes?
“Visit with a radio or TV station staff,” he said. “Ask a lot
of questions and visit with management, sales people and with
engineering. There are a lot of facets of broadcasting. Check them
all out and see if you feel comfortable with one and go for it.”
They might also want to consider growing some really big
feet, because if they ever want to follow after Rod Kleinjan, the
happiest man in the world, they’ll have to fill some really big
KDIX 1230 radio’s Rod Kleinjan is also a National Sportscaster’s and
Sportswriter’s 2004 and 2009 Sportscaster of the Year award winner.
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This award is given each year
to individuals who have made
significant contributions to
the university. Recipients need
not be alumni of Dickinson
State University, but have
proven their support of DSU
by helping to improve the
THE institution through dedicated
service, promotion, financial
support and other efforts.
This year’s Blue Feather Award
winners are Mr. & Mrs. Paul
Ebeltoft. We’ll let them tell you
individually why they are so
supportive of DSU.
Gail Ebeltoft education. Applicants are not just competent; they are
You were raised in Dickinson. Tell us about growing up passionate about what they do and are eager to share that
here. What sticks out in your mind? I really didn’t grow passion. Many are well traveled, have fascinating avocations,
up here. I moved from Wisconsin to Dickinson when I was and challenge me to provide answers to in depth questions
fifteen. But I do remember that my freshman classmates, about the university and the community. I am always proud
whom I met in April, were very friendly. The girls invited to stress the best of what DSU and Dickinson have to offer.
me to join potluck groups, share sleepovers and be part of What is the most important part of your job? And what
all the things that young teens do. There were also many do you like most? Employees deserve a workplace that fosters
opportunities to socialize. Groups of kids met in each creativity and independent thought and at the same time
other’s homes to visit, eat and dance. It was incredible how encourages teamwork and collaboration so the university’s
welcoming everyone was. mission can be accomplished. My role, and the role of
Tell us a little about the choices you have made since high the Office of Human Resources, is to advocate for policies
school that have led you to where you are now? I attended that foster this type of atmosphere, to apply the policies
the University of North Dakota to pursue elementary to individual situations when challenges arise and to assist
education and early childhood degrees. I taught one year in employees with the administration of their pay and benefits.
Dickinson, then married the “boy next door” and moved to Because each person is unique, each need that he or she has is
Washington, D.C. I was lucky enough to secure a position unique. It’s a great day when you know that you have helped
at a private elementary school. They called me their “mail someone navigate a challenge and that person is pleased with
order teacher” because I had sent my application directly to the resolution.
the principal. It happened that they had an opening which What would you say to a high school student looking to
matched my credentials so they sent me a contract. When attend DSU? We would love to have you as our student.
Paul finished his law degree, we moved to back Dickinson At DSU, your professors are eager to share their knowledge
and he began practicing law. I taught and then became a full and will treat you as a fellow learner, which will help you
time homemaker when our boys were born. I was a volunteer achieve and grow. You don’t sit in a large lecture bowl and
for several organizations during the years I was home which copy notes – you learn in small classroom settings with other
was a marvelous way to meet people and learn about the students. You also have the opportunity to try all sorts of
community. I joined the staff at DSU in 1997. extracurricular activities and join any clubs that interest you.
Working in Human Resources, you get to know everyone You are free to dabble in an area even if you’ve never tried
before they even start working at DSU. Do you find that it, something that is not often true at a large university. You
interesting? Interesting is putting it mildly. It is one of will have opportunities to meet and interact with students
the most fascinating facets of this job. You meet so many from many different parts of the country and the world. You
intelligent, talented individuals when you work in higher should also know that we always have candy in the Office of
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Human Resources. We can’t help you with your class, but we can provide a respite, some encouraging conversation and a
treat when you need bit of chocolate.
You and your husband have given a lot to DSU aside from your employment. Why is that? We believe that education
is not the road to the good life. It is the good life. The university adds immeasurably to the quality of life in the Dickinson
community and to our lives personally. We would like to have others experience the benefits of that good life, whether it is
through supporting student scholarships, the Badlands Activities Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Center or any of the other
university initiatives. As I mentioned earlier, universities attract creative, talented, passionate individuals who are eager to
share their vision with others. If supporters can help them achieve their goals, we all benefit.
Paul Ebeltoft Washington, D.C., so the decision was a hard one, but
Where were you born and where did you graduate from when Gail convinced me that starting a family would be a
high school? I was born right here, in Dickinson, N.D. I good thing, returning to Dickinson was the only choice for
graduated from Trinity High School. us. Both of our parents lived in Dickinson. We knew it to
What is your most memorable event growing up? I be a healthy, secure child-friendly environment. Some great
remember not an event, but a feeling. Growing up I remember lawyers gave me a chance to practice law with them. So,
most the feeling of pride I had in my father and mother. here we are and we have never once regretted the decision.
How did you and Gail meet? Accounts of this vary. Gail You’ve done a lot for DSU and the DSU Foundation.
recalls that a boyfriend of hers drove up to her home in a red What motivates you to do that? Self interest. Gail and I
convertible. There were three other boys in the car, one a dour, couldn’t live happily in a town without a thriving university
glowering sort. That was me. I was unhappy that we stopped, community. The connection between a university and
Gail is sure, because my friends and I were going somewhere life values, between a university and the grace of the arts,
and I wanted to be on time, not delayed by him chatting up between a university and the genius of good business and
a new girl in town. Now that I think over my answer, I recall government is so strong that it amazes us that support is
everything the same way that Gail does. not universal and substantial. Since it is not, Gail and
Where did you go to undergraduate school, law school I have committed to doing whatever we can to help the
etc…? I obtained my undergraduate degree from Gonzaga Foundation fill the gaps. The Foundation is carefully
University in Spokane, Wash., and my law degree from managed to deliver the maximum benefit of each dollar
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. contributed to students and to university endeavors. It
What did you do right after college? I have always been makes both of us feel good to support an organization like
a lucky man. President Richard Nixon had targeted one of the Foundation.
North Dakota’s United States Senators, Quentin Burdick, Why did you choose the law and what is it about law
for defeat in the 1970 election. I had interned at Burdick’s that you like the most? I think that the law chose me. Ever
Washington, D.C., office during high school. I thought highly since I can remember such things, people would tell me
of him. Steeped in politics and a committed Democrat, it that I should be a lawyer. Still, I was undecided and, when
seemed only right that I should volunteer to “B for Burdick” I arrived to work in Washington D.C., I actually began a
during the summer of 1970. Earning release-time from graduate degree in political science that was offered at night.
my studies at Gonzaga, I stayed on as the campaign gained As I became more deeply involved in the legislative process
steam, and through the November election. Senator Burdick in the United States Senate, I saw that the law would be a
was grateful. When he won in a landslide, he offered me a companion to my work and a means to help me advance.
job I could take upon graduation that coming spring. In Somehow, my scores were good enough – did I tell you that
the meantime, I drew a high number in the Vietnam War I am a lucky man – to allow admission to both Georgetown
draft lottery. Upon graduation from Gonzaga, I immediately and George Washington Universities. I chose GW because
departed to play a minor role in the center ring, Washington, it had a well-developed evening program that allowed me to
D.C. As I say, I am a lucky man. work full time on Capitol Hill and still take courses.
Why are you living in Dickinson? I had been in What would you tell a prospective student looking at
Washington, D.C., for six years and Gail had been there attending DSU? If you attend DSU you will be investing in
for three. Exciting opportunities were coming our way. yourself, and investing wisely. A liberal arts degree from any
Should we commit to the east coast? Should we commit small, regional university degree will probably serve you well.
to a life revolving around the United States Senate for me But, DSU is a gem on offer that will enable and enrich you
and expanded teaching horizons for Gail? It was time to and be an ornament for you wherever you go. Grab it. Take it
decide what to do with the rest of our lives. Gail and I loved with you on life’s journey. You will never regret it.
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BY KEVIN HOLTEN
Young Hawk Winner, Shaun Stroh ‘96
f you were a major league baseball team, would you rather It’s these accomplishments, along with a
have the best record in baseball at the end of the season or phenomenally fabulous and lengthy rodeo
win the really big prize, the World Series? Because that’s career, that have earned him the 2011 DSU
basically what Shaun Stroh did in rodeo. Young Hawk Award, which is given annually
He didn’t win the most money in rodeo in the Professional to younger graduates who have distinguished
Cowboys Rodeo Association in 2009 but he did win when it themselves in their personal and professional
counted, beating the best of the best over a ten day period, Stroh lives.
came away with the saddle bronc riding average title at the biggest “DSU has really supported our family to a
rodeo of the year, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in December great extent.” Stroh said. “From me being able
in Las Vegas, Nev. to rodeo while going to college, to Shannon’s
Stroh followed that up in 2010 by making it to the NFR again nursing degree, all the way to DSU sponsoring
for the fifth time. But this time he may have displayed more me in the professional rodeo ranks for the past
courage than at all of the other NFR’s combined when he rode two years. DSU has a lot to offer and we’re
with a labral (cartilage) tear and calcification to two bones in his fortunate to know the folks that keep DSU
hip; which was a misdiagnosed injury until May of this year and outstanding personally, and to be able to call
has since resulted in surgical procedures that have put him out of them friends.”
action for the rest of 2011. While at the same time DSU is proud and
And yet playing with injuries is something that rodeo demands, fortunate to be able to call Shaun and Shannon
and Stroh has certainly played through pain on more than one Stroh alums. And better yet, to have the
occasion. He has suffered a broken hand, a dislocated shoulder opportunity to select Shaun as the Young Hawk
and the fractures of six vertebrae in the past, the latter being a Award winner for 2011. n
back injury he suffered during his first NFR trip and endured for
most of 10 days of action.
You see, not missing a day of work if you’re a bank teller is one
thing. Not missing a day of work in rodeo is another. Stroh is
currently making the most of his time off by spending it with his
wife of 17 years, Shannon, and their five kids: Boyd (14), Qwint
(12), Kain (9), Regi (5) and Shane (4), all of whom are involved
in youth rodeo.
His children are getting a much earlier start in rodeo than
Shaun Stroh got, having not ridden bucking broncs until he was
a senior in high school in Glendive, Mont., and then winning the
Montana High School Rodeo Finals that same year.
From there he went to Dickinson State University where
he focused on studying ag business/marketing and received a
Bachelor of University Studies degree, won the Great Plains
Region saddle bronc riding title two years in a row and the Shannon ‘06 and Shaun Stroh ‘96 pictured here
College National Finals Saddle Bronc Riding title in 1994. at the Calgary Stampede in 2010.
“DSU HAS REALLY SUPPORTED OUR FAMILY TO A GREAT ExTENT...
DSU HaS a lOT TO OffER.”
Pictured left: Shaun Stroh is shown here demonstrating that picture perfect form that has enabled him to perform at such a high level in the professional rodeo ranks.
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H A L L O F FA M E
Jeff Peck ‘95 Dickinson, N.D.
Jeff Peck, a native of Libby, Mont., was
selected to the Montana Football East-West
Shrine game. He was a First Team All-State
selection in football, basketball, and track at
Libby Senior High School.
Peck chose to attend Dickinson State
University to become a teacher/coach and
pursue a career in education. He graduated
with a degree in social and behavioral sciences
in education with a double minor in physical education and coaching. Peck later
got a masters degree from Chadron State in secondary administration.
During his time at DSU, Jeff was a standout quarterback, starting for three
years and being selected to the All-NDCAC team each season. Peck also set
almost every quarterback record at DSU during those three years including
Completions Per Season (106), Completions Per Career (256), Passing Attempts
Per Game (31), Attempts Per Season (186), Attempts Per Career (503), Passing
Yards Per Season (1711), Yards Per Career (4432), Most Passing TD’s Per Game
Dirk Kuntz ‘93 Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada (4 - three times), (Most Passing TD’s Per Season (27) still the record), Most
Dirk Kuntz, a native of Wolf Point, Mont., chose to attend Passing TD’s Per Career (50) and the longest TD Pass (96 yards).
DSU because of its close proximity and because a lot of his friends Peck has the most wins as quarterback in school history with 22 in three years
were already going there. While at Wolf Point, his team won the and led the ‘91 team to a 10-2 record and the only Final Four appearance in school
Montana State Baseball Championship. history. Peck was also a two year starter on the DSU baseball team as a catcher.
At DSU Kuntz majored in physical education, was a member Peck met his wife Bridget at DSU. They currently live in Dickinson with their
of the ’91 and ‘92 DSU Hall of Fame football teams, beat rival son Logan.
University of Mary all three years, was named an All-American “My experiences at DSU equipped me with the necessary skill sets to succeed
while helping his team make the National Semi-Finals and is in life,” Peck said.
still third All-Time in DSU career interceptions with a record 14
Along with being a standout football player, Dirk was also a key Marlon lewis ‘02 Dickinson, N.D.
member of the Blue Hawk baseball team and was named to the Marlon Lewis is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. He was recruited to
All-Conference team. play at Williston State College prior to coming to Dickinson. DSU Coach Tim
After leaving DSU, Kuntz began working for Coca-Cola in Salem, Daniel heavily recruited Lewis and it turned out to be a great decision.
Ore. He began working for Fastenal in 1995 and left Fastenal for During his two years of playing for Dickinson State University, Lewis lead
Nalco Chemical in 2003. Kuntz currently lives with his wife, Lori, the team to two National Tournament appearances. The team reached the “Elite
and twins Kaden and Mason in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Eight” his junior year and the “Sweet Sixteen” his senior year. Lewis was selected
“DSU was a great place to go to school!” Kuntz said. “I met to the All-NDCAC Conference Team his junior year and to the 1st Team All-
lifelong friends and have wonderful memories from my football DAC team his senior year. Both of the years spent at DSU, Lewis earned the
career at DSU.” designation as All-American.
“He was one of the best I ever coached,” Daniel said.
Mark Maher ‘74 Killdeer, N.D.
Mark Maher, a native of Duluth, Minn., graduated from Dickinson State University with a bachelor’s degree in art
with a minor in physical education. He is being inducted to the Hall of Fame for his contributions to DSU in the area
While attending Bismarck High School, Maher won the State and Regional All-Around Championships and
qualified for Nationals. He credits DSU coach Mike Ryan for getting him to Dickinson State where he went to
nationals all four years, was named All-American in 1973, named the Outstanding College Athlete of American in
Gymnastics twice, qualified for two United States teams and qualified for the 1972 Olympic team trials.
“Gymnastics was the highlight of my DSU experience and was the launching pad for everything I accomplished in
my career,” said Maher.
After his successful career at Dickinson State, Maher moved on to what he had always wanted to do: coach. He
started the Bismarck Gymnastics Academy, which is still in operation today. He was then selected by committee to
become the trainer at the U.S. Olympic facility in Pittsburg, Pa. During that time they won 29 state, 11 regional,
and nine U.S. National Championship titles. Maher was designated U.S. Team Coach three times, (1980, 1983 and
1990) and led the U.S. gymnastics team to three silver medals at the World Championships.
Maher retired in 1990 and now lives with his wife, Sheila, in Killdeer, N.D.
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Daniel Pitsch ‘84 Harlingen, Texas
Daniel Pitsch, a native of Hardin, Mont.,
experienced a lot of success in wrestling at a young
age, winning a variety of tournaments and earning a
spot on an All-Star team that toured Iran and Turkey.
After high school, Pitsch attended Montana
State University-Northern where he won a major
tournament in Canada but, fortunately for Dickinson
State University, did not return. Pitsch credits Chad
Lybeck for suggesting that they attend DSU instead
and, after meeting Coach Terry Burgess, he agreed.
While at DSU, Pitsch majored in physical
education with a minor in drivers education. Daniel
was a member of one of the greatest wrestling teams ever at DSU and won the Conference
Tournament in the 134 lb. weight class, which qualified him for nationals. His next two
years he placed third and second at the Conference Tournament. His DSU highlights
include winning the St. Cloud, Minn., tournament, being a part of Hall of Fame teams from
1980 – 1983, placing fourth at Nationals, being named “Outstanding Wrestler” during his
final year at DSU and becoming a member of a USA team that wrestled in Japan and Korea. Yasemin alpullu ‘04
Pitsch has been a Athletic Director and head wrestling coach at the Memorial Middle
School for 25 years. Istanbul, Turkey
“DSU allowed me to develop great friendships and to be coached by an outstanding leader Yasemin Alpullu is a native of Istanbul, Turkey,
in Terry Burgess,” Pitsch said. “I am very grateful for coach!” but helped change the face of Dickinson State
University volleyball. She came to DSU to pursue
a degree in business administration and play
Tim Vogel ’88-‘92 Garrett, Ind. the sport she loved. Hall of Fame Coach David
Tim Vogel, of Garrett, Ind., brought his basketball talents to Dickinson State University Moody recruited her prior to the 2000 season.
thanks to the recruiting efforts of late Coach Sam Milanovich. While in high school Vogel’s During her career, Alpullu was a four time
team won the Garrett High School Sectional during his senior year. All-Conference, All-Region and All-American.
At DSU Vogel pursued a degree in physical education and was named to the All- In her freshman year, she helped lead the Blue
Conference team during both his junior and senior seasons and to the All-Region team and Hawks to a National Title and was selected to
as an All-American Honorable Mention in his senior year. the All-Tournament team. In her sophomore,
After DSU, Vogel became a design engineer and has been working in that capacity for junior and senior years, she again led the Hawks
fifteen years. to Nationals where they lost in quarterfinals.
“DSU was a great place to learn a lot of life’s adventures and Dickinson was a great Each year, Yasemin and the Blue Hawks won the
community at which to attend college,” Vogel said. “Plus Coach Milanovich was a great DAC 10. In her senior year, she was named the
coach and a great friend.” Conference’s Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003
Vogel has a 14 year old daughter named Morgan. and still holds the school record with 293 Serving
Aces. Upon graduating from Dickinson State,
Yasemin returned to Turkey where she played five
years of professional volleyball. Coach Moody
stated, “Yasemin is a sterling example of an average
athlete becoming an elite volleyball player. She
was one of the best to ever play the game at DSU.”
Yasemin is currently a purchaser for an
international carpet company based out of
Istanbul. She enjoyed her time back on the DSU
campus during the Homecoming 2010 as the
2000 Volleyball Team was inducted as a team to
the Hall of Fame. Yasemin will join her teammate
Neslihan Yilmaz in the Dickinson State University
Hall of Fame.
athletic Hall of fame Team
The Dickinson State University 1999-2000 men’s basketball team finished their regular season with a record of 25-6, were crowned NDCAC
Tournament and Conference Champions and advanced to the “Elite Eight” in the NAIA National Tournament, finishing with a No. 10
national ranking. Team member Marlon Lewis was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team and as an NAIA All-American-Honorable
Mention and Coach Daniel was named the NDCAC Coach of the Year.
The 2000-2001 DSU men’s basketball team finished their season with a record of 26-7, the most wins in university history and also advanced
into the “Sweet Sixteen” in the NAIA National Tournament. Marlon Lewis was named First Team NAIA All-American and four Blue Hawks;
Jayden Olsen, Jaden Blake, Joel Ross and Nick Walker were given NAIA Academic All-American status. The Hawks won the DAC-10
Conference Title and Tournament for the second straight year, finished with a number 5 ranking in the NAIA final poll. Coach Daniel was
named the DAC-10 Coach of the Year.
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F E L L O W S
Brian Jesperson ‘74 Bismarck, N.D. arthur Mortvedt ‘72 Manley Hot Springs, Alaska
D E P T. O F N AT U R A L S C I E N C E S D E P T. O F M AT H & C O M P U T E R S C I E N C E S
Brian Jesperson, a native of New England, ND, graduated Art Mortvedt, a native of Stanton, N.D., graduated from
from Dickinson State University with a bachelor of science in Dickinson State University with a bachelor’s degree in Math
chemistry and a minor in biology. Upon graduation, Jesperson with a Chemistry minor. DSU’s quality education, excellent
taught chemistry from 1974-1975 at Bismarck High School, student/teacher ratio and close location to Stanton played
while assisting with coaching football and basketball. Jesperson key factors in influencing Mortvedt’s decision to attend the
went on to complete his DDS from Loyola Dental in 1979 and university.
his M.S. in Orthodontics from the University of Iowa in 1981. As a student at DSU, Mortvedt took part in Lambda Delta
He has been practicing in Bismarck, N.D., since 1982 and in Lambda and Phi Sigmi Phi honor fraternities. He was later
Dickinson since 1995. honored by election to the Explorers Club in New York and the
Jesperson’s parents are alumni of DSU, a deciding factor in Royal Geographical Society in London. Mortvedt also received
his decision to attend DSU. While at DSU, Jesperson was the the “Golden Hawk Award” from DSU in 2001.
last Savage Chief. He met his wife, Jane (Belland) Jesperson, in “I am proud to be an alumnus of Dickinson State University,”
a sophomore psychology class. he said.
“I have always been proud of my alma mater and appreciate After graduating from DSU, Art taught students in the
the opportunity that DSU provided,” Jesperson said. “The faculty small village of Shungnak, Alaska, near the Arctic Circle. His
was always encouraging for me and went out of their way to be experiences in Alaska led Mortvedt to travel and explore. He has
helpful.” worked as a national park ranger in various parks around the
Jesperson and his wife have four children and live in U.S., Norway and Sicily; been a fisheries biologist for the Alaska
Bismarck. He is currently serving as a Council Chairman for Department of Fish and Game; and is a bush pilot with more
the American Association of Orthodontists and is the past than 5,000 hours of flight experience. He also has been on
president of the AAO Midwest Society of Orthodontists. more than 20 expeditions to Antarctica.
Mortvedt and his wife of 33 years, Damaris Richmond-
Mortvedt, reside at their home in Selby Lake, in Alaska’s Brooks
Deborah (arnold) Milne ‘75 Range with their black Labrador.
D E P T. O F T E A C H E R
E D U C AT I O N Vicki (Schwichtenberg)
Deb Milne, a native of Richardton, Schneider ‘72
N.D., graduated from Dickinson State Bismarck, N.D.
University with a bachelor’s in secondary D E P T. O F H E A LT H &
education in English and a minor in P H Y S I C A L E D U C AT I O N
German. Milne’s first job after graduation Vicki Schneider, a native of
was working as a seventh grade teacher at Bismarck, N.D., graduated from
Sacred Heart School in Glendive, Mont. Dickinson State University with a
Milne also has completed a fifth-year bachelor of science degree in physical
graduate degree in English and library K-12 through Montana State education and a minor in art. The one-
College-Billings. time Bismarck State College student
Milne’s decision to attend DSU was based on DSU’s impeccable transferred to DSU because it had an
reputation of being an outstanding teaching institution in the Midwest. excellent reputation for its teaching curriculum.
In addition, the university was also located near Milne’s hometown. “The Dickinson State campus was more like a small, hometown
During her time at DSU, Milne met her husband Delford Milne community where the students and staff felt like they were part of a
at a social gathering on campus. She also participated in numerous family,” Schneider said. “My last two years of education at Dickinson
“Hilltop Holiday” shows and many humanities course activities State University were highlighted by working with and learning from
provided by DSU professors Donna Flemming and Everett Albers. the excellent faculty.”
“DSU gave me the opportunity to achieve a lifelong dream…being Schneider started her teaching career at Bismarck High School in
a teacher,” Milne said. “Additionally, through my years of teaching, I the fall of 1973. She has been an active member of the North Dakota
have recommended DSU to a number of my own high school students Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance;
who also have positively experienced all DSU has to offer.” Bismarck Education Association; and the North Dakota Education
Milne and her husband have two children, Robyn (Milne) Association. She also is a lifetime member of the National Education
Blindwoman and Max. Milne recently retired from the Richey School Association.
District, ending her 35-year career, which consisted of producing and Schneider and her husband of 39 years, Harvey, live in Bismarck.
directing more than 20 school plays and advisory duties. She and her They have three sons; Weston, Jason and Tyson and three
husband reside on a ranch 15 miles from Richey, Mont. grandchildren.
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David Brauhn ‘99
Walla Walla, Wash.
D E P T. O F L A N G UA G E
& L I T E R AT U R E
David Brauhn, a native of Dickinson,
N.D., graduated cum laude from Dickinson
State University with a bachelor of arts in
writing and minors in both journalism and
art. While attending DSU, Brauhn enjoyed
taking classes from Dr. David Solheim,
Dr. Barbara Laman, Dr. Ray Wheeler, Dr.
Stephen Robbins and Dr. Carl Larson.
Upon graduation, Brauhn attended graduate school for creative James Dykes ‘05 Kingsville, Texas
writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also served as D E P T. O F N U R S I N G
an evening editor at The Dickinson Press and is currently working in James Dykes, a native of Tampa, Fla., graduated from Dickinson State
Walla Walla, Wash., as a presentation editor. University with a bachelor of science in nursing. Before coming to DSU
“DSU was the foundation for my career,” Brauhn said. “My advisor to fulfill his dream of becoming a nurse, Dykes had a 20 year post-college
at the time, Dr. David Solheim, said he thought I should take some career in the medical field as a surgical technologist and managed sterile
journalism classes, just in case I didn’t become a famous author. My processing departments.
fallback turned out to be the entire basis of the trade I have been While attending DSU, Dykes was named the 2003-2004 Student
engaged in for the past 10 years. I am very grateful for his realism.” Nurse of the Year and was inducted into the Omicron Psi Honor Society.
Brauhn met his fiancée, Emily Riley, in Walla Walla. The couple He also was involved in the SOTA student organization on campus.
plan to marry Sept. 18, 2011. “As the DSU Student Nurse of the Year, I had the privilege of
representing DSU at the state Student Nurses Association conference and
competing for the state Student Nurse of the Year in 2004,” said Dykes.
Dykes described his first job after graduation as his “dream job.” He
was hired at St. Alexius hospital in Bismarck to work in the open heart
division of surgery, where he worked for three years. He then moved
to Corpus Christi, Texas, and worked with a travel nurses agency as a
surgical nurse until he accepted a position as director of nursing at a
same-day surgery center. He has since retired.
Dykes and his life partner of 21 years currently live in Kingsville, Texas.
Deanna (freitag) Muro ‘78
Saint James, N.Y.
D E P T. O F M U S I C
Deanna Muro is a native of Scranton,
N.D., and received a bachelor’s degree in
music with emphasis on organ and piano.
Roger Myers ‘60 Medora, N.D. She received her master of music degree
D E P T. O F A G & T E C H . S T U D I E S in organ performance from Kansas State
Roger Myers graduated from Dickinson State University where she held a graduate
University in 1960 with a BS in secondary education, teaching assistantship in organ. She was
majoring in social science with minors in History and elected a member of Phi Kappa Lambda.
English. While attending DSU, he was president of She received the service playing and
the student body from 1959 –1960 and was selected to Colleague certificates from the American
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. After Guild of Organists.
graduation, he returned to the family ranch in Medora Muro is currently a member of the
and operated it for 51 years, retiring in January 2011. Executive Board of the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He was a member of the Billings County School Board She has served two terms as Dean of the Suffolk Chapter of the AGO and is currently
for nine years and served as its president for five years. co-chair of the annual Suffolk AGO Children’s Choir Festival and Certification chair.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Medora Deanna has also held the offices of Sub-Dean (program chair), Education Coordinator
Grazing Association for 12 years, on the Billings County and Grant Writing Chair.
Zoning Board, and on the Billings County Weed Board. She is currently director of music and organist at St. Joseph’s Church, Kings
He was a member of the Medora Lutheran Church Park, N.Y., where she directs three choirs and two hand bell choirs in a parish of
Council for 50 years, serving as its president for 25 years approximately 5,000 families. Muro is a member of the Steering Committee of the
and as a member of the Belfield Lutheran Parish Council Rockville Centre Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and has
for 25 years. served on the Music Committee for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Roger married Peggy Hogoboom in 1959, has four An avid flower arranger, Muro is an active member of the North Suffolk Garden
children and 9 grandchildren. After Peggy’s death, he Club (Garden Club of America) and has served as president of the club. She has won
married Sandy Tjaden. Roger and Sandy spend time several best in show awards in flower arranging. Deanna is married to composer/author
between Bismarck, Medora and Destin, Fla. Don Muro, has two children and lives in St. James, N.Y.
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Jonathan Cole ‘96 alvin Jaeger ‘66
Salem, Ore. Bismarck, N.D.
DEPT. OF FINE AND D E P T. O F B U S I N E S S
PREFORMING AR TS – AND MANAGEMENT
THEATRE North Dakota Secretary
Jonathan Cole is originally of State Al Jaeger is originally
from Thompson Falls, from Beulah, N.D., and
Mont., and graduated from graduated with a bachelor’s
Thompson Falls High School degree in business education
where he was a member of with a minor in speech. Jaeger
the band and choir that won attended Bismarck State
several state titles under the College where he received his
direction of Dickinson State associate of arts degree and
alumnus Jeff Lundberg ’89. in 2009 was named the BSC
Cole credits Lundberg for allowing him to see the Dickinson campus Alumnus of the Year. He also
at a young age and connecting him with Dr. Louis Sacchini who was completed graduate work at
the head of instrumental methods at the time. UND and MSU.
Cole double majored in music (vocal performance) and speech During his high school and
communications: theatre option. He also holds a M.S. in theatre college years, Jaeger worked
(Acting Pedagogy) and a Ph.D. (Directing Pedagogy) from the for his father’s excavating and
University of Oregon. Cole is a certified teacher in stage combat ready-mix concrete company.
with the Society of American Fight Directors, which is equivalent He taught at Killdeer High School for three years and for two years at
to an additional graduate degree. To top things off, Cole holds two Kenmare High School. For two years, Jaeger worked as a marketing
black belts in Jujitsu. analyst in Fargo for the Mobil Oil Corporation. From 1973 to 1992,
During his time at DSU, Cole received many Foundation he was self-employed in Fargo as a real estate broker and owned his own
scholarships including one from the Lundberg family, and the real estate brokerage business.
Jean Waldera scholarship in theatre. One of his highlights from Jaeger served in the North Dakota Army National Guard from
Dickinson State was being asked to direct the play “Italian American 1966-1972. He was an active member of Jaycee chapters in Killdeer,
Reconciliation” as a part of the main stage theatre season in his final Kenmare, and Fargo where he was secretary and vice president. Before
year. moving to Bismarck in 1993, he was an eighteen-year member of the
Upon receiving his Ph.D., he has been employed as a professor of Fargo Rough Rider Kiwanis Club where he served a term as president
theatre at Willamette University. He is currently an associate professor and several terms as club secretary. Jaeger is a member of the Kiwanis
and just finished a term as department chair. Cole also choreographs Club of Bismarck and was its President for 2007-2008. He has been
violence and special effects for many of the professional theatres in a Kiwanian for over 35 years. In Fargo, Jaeger belonged to Hope
Portland, Ore. Cole also co-founded and runs one of the largest stage Lutheran Church and served a term as a council member, foundation
combat consortiums in the country, Revenge Arts Stage Combat. board member, and for eighteen years as head usher. Now, a member
Cole lives in Salem, Ore., with his current partner Amanda and his of Charity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, he serves on several ministry
two sons Logan and Kadin. teams.
“DSU will always be synonymous with home for me!” said Cole. Jaeger lives in Bismarck with his wife Kathy. They have three
children. Jaeger stated that it is a true honor to be selected for this
Jeffrey Transtrom ‘94
St. Petersburg, Fla.
D E P T. O F S O C I A L
James Mische ‘79
Jeffrey Transtrom is a native D E P T. O F F I N E A N D
of Arnegard, N.D., where he PERFORMING ARTS – ART
graduated from Johnson Corners James Mische is a native of Hebron, N.D.
Christian Academy. He is an individual that has continued his
At DSU, Transtrom majored in education throughout his life after graduating
business administration and was from Hebron High School in 1970. Jim did
extremely active on campus. He not join the Dickinson State family right after
was involved with the Student high school as he joined the US Navy in 1972
Senate, Student Ambassadors and as a diesel mechanic. It wasn’t until 1975 that
Ag Club. Transtrom was honored Mische stepped foot on campus.
as the Male Outstanding Graduate Mische went on to graduate from DSU
of the Year. He attended law in 1979 with a triple major in secondary education, mathematics, and art
school and received his J.D. from and threw in a German minor. In 1984, Jim received his master’s degree
the University of Minnesota and his LLM from Georgetown University. in English Bible from Columbia Grad School. In 2004, Mische received a
In 2000, Transtrom began active duty as a prosecutor and command specialists degree in educational leadership from NDSU.
services attorney in the Navy until 2003. Since then, he has continued Mische’s first job out of college was as a mathematics teacher in
to serve in the Navy moving to various departments and ranks. Jeff is Macintosh, S.D. and has stayed in education. He teaches at Southwest
currently reporting onboard Special Operations Command Central at Minnesota Christian High School. Mische has won numerous awards
MacDill Air Force Base as a LCDR Staff Judge Advocate for the Cultural for his efforts in education and art: 2001 Golden Apple, 2000 Williston
Engagement Group (Lieutenant Commander). LCDR Transtrom Area Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, 1st place and various other awards in
is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Watercolors and Mixed Media Badlands Art Association Annual Shows
Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation from 1986-1988 and the Governor’s Choice Award at the Bismarck Art
Medal (two gold stars in lieu of third award), the Joint Service and Gallery Association show in 1987.
Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Mische and his wife Joy have four kids and two grandkids and live in
Medal (two gold stars in lieu of third award). Pipestone, Minn.
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Dickinson State University
will host its sixth annual
“Theodore Roosevelt: In the
Arena of the West,” along with
the 92nd Annual Meeting
of the Theodore Roosevelt
Association (TRA), which will
be held October 27-30 in
Dickinson and Medora, N.D.
BY AMY MAGSTADT
SYMPOS I U M
Speakers featured at the 2011 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium will include:
Edmund Morris, whose third installment of his Theodore Roosevelt biography, “Colonel Roosevelt,” was published this
Patricia Nelson Limerick, MacArthur grant recipient and author of the groundbreaking “Legacy of Conquest,” will lecture
about TR’s magnum opus, “The Winning of the West.”
Elliott West of the University of Arkansas and author of many important books, including “The Contested Plains,” will give a
lecture entitled “Roosevelt’s West.”
Douglas Brinkley, author of the study of TR and conservation, “Wilderness Warrior.” Brinkley will be hosting a reprise of his
famous “Majic Bus Tour,” this time to remote TR places in the Dakota Badlands.
G. Edward White of the University of Virginia School of Law, author of “The Eastern Establishment” and the “Western
Experience: The West of Frederic Remington, Theodore Roosevelt and Owen Wister.”
Roger L. Di Silvestro, author of “Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician’s Quest for Recovery in the American
West,” will lecture on how Theodore Roosevelt’s experiences in the Badlands at his Dakota ranch provided him with physical
health and emotional stamina after the death of his wife and mother in 1884.
Simon Cordery of Monmouth College and chair of the Nominating Committee of the National Railroad Hall of Fame, will
lecture on Theodore Roosevelt’s ambivalent attitude toward the iron road.
Valerie Naylor, superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Douglas Ellison, mayor of Medora, N.D., native North Dakotan and operator of Western Edge Books in Medora.
or the sixth annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, Composing in close collaboration with humanities scholar
the Theodore Roosevelt Center has cooperated and historical portrayer Clay Jenkinson, Brubeck has access
with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra to a unique and very personal interpretation on Roosevelt’s
to commission internationally-acclaimed composer legacy.
and musician Chris Brubeck to compose a symphonic work The newly created work, “In Cowboy Land,” will be
commemorating Theodore Roosevelt and his life in the North premiered by the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra
Dakota Badlands in the 1880’s. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium at
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Dickinson State University as part of the Theodore Roosevelt humbling.”
Symposium. The piece will be conducted by Dr. Beverly With the support of Stark County and the City of
Everett and narrated by Clay Jenkinson. Dickinson, the sculpture will be placed on the lawn of the
“The new score has to be full of energy to represent Stark County Courthouse in downtown Dickinson, Oct. 28,
this multi-faceted character. According to all accounts, he 2011, as part of the Symposium. It is at this location where
(Theodore Roosevelt) had remarkable stamina and an ability Roosevelt gave his first great national speech entitled, “Doing
to multitask and push himself to the limits. These traits as Our Forefathers Did” on July 4, 1886.
do not conjure up a calm and serene score: this man was “The dedication of this new TR statue will be a wonderful
more like a tornado on the great American landscape,” said event. Without question, this statue will benchmark a very
composer, Chris Brubeck. historic site that will become a source of pride and tourist
“I look forward to hearing how Chris fuses the exciting attraction for our community,” said Dr. Richard McCallum,
life and time of Theodore Roosevelt with what is sure to be president of Dickinson State University.
exciting, beautiful and memorable music,” said Bismarck- The sculpture will be of a young Roosevelt in his Badlands
Mandan Symphony Orchestra director, Dr. Beverly Everett. years, in the fringed authentic buckskin shirt he regarded as
Brubeck is an innovative musician who sings and plays the “epitome of the American frontier.” His attire will bring
bass, trombone, piano and guitar. He also has earned further emphasis of Roosevelt’s quest to be an authentic
international acclaim as a composer, performer and leader of western cowboy and hunter.
his own groups. Brubeck is a much sought-after composer The piece also will reflect Roosevelt as confident, bold
who has been commissioned to write many innovative works. and resourceful, but also with a touch of grief. It was during
Among some of Brubeck’s other recent commissions are: his time in the Dakota badlands where Roosevelt grieved
“Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flagraisers at the deaths of his beloved wife and mother, both passing on
Iwo Jima” and “Spontaneous Combustion,” a fiery violin Valentine’s Day of 1884. He came to the Badlands to grieve
concerto. and repair his spirit. Roosevelt later said, “Black care seldom
In addition to the debut of the symphonic score, “In sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough.”
Cowboy Land,” the Sixth Annual Theodore Roosevelt In order to represent an accurate young Roosevelt, the
Symposium will host yet another monumental occasion in its sculpture depicts a natural leader clearly on his way to a great
epic line up of events. Dickinson State University alum Tom future, but still a little unfinished and frail; a patriot, but one
Bollinger ‘78 of Bollinger Atelier in Tempe, Ariz., has been who called upon the American people to rise to the challenge
commissioned by the DSU Foundation in cooperation with of the magnificence of the American West.
the Theodore Roosevelt Center to create a bronze sculpture of Roosevelt often said that he would never have become the
Theodore Roosevelt that is slightly larger than life. president of the United States were it not for the time he
“I feel honored to have been selected as the sculptor for the spent in North Dakota. He was transformed in the Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt sculpture project,” said Bollinger. “As a badlands into the man we admire as the most strenuous
third-generation native North Dakotan, the opportunity to president in American history.
depict one of North Dakota’s most famous historical figures is “I want to thank our county and city officials and our
donors for their support and willingness to make this dream a
reality,” said McCallum.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association was founded in 1919
and chartered by Congress in 1920. It is a national historical
society and public service organization that has perpetuated
the memory and legacy of our nation’s 26th President
through an array of historical and cultural activities. Its
members come from every state and background and share a
keen interest in history and in furthering the legacy of one of
America’s first modern presidents.
For additional information, or to register for the Theodore
Roosevelt Symposium, go to www.theodorerooseveltcenter.
org or call 866-496-8797 or 701-483-2166. Information
about the TRA can be obtained by visiting www.
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BY AMY MAGSTADT
Athlete wins on the court
and in the classroom
hen senior volleyball student-athlete Jennifer Hartman came to
Dickinson State as a freshman, she already knew she needed to dig into
college life on and off the volleyball court. Her work ethic, combined
with the ability to prioritize school and sports have allowed her to do
just that. And win.
This Miles City, Mont., native came to DSU to pursue a degree in elementary education
and had more than 10 years of volleyball experience.
“I decided to come to DSU because the elementary education program is accredited,”
said Hartman. “I like the fact that the professors and coaches are very willing to work with
each other so that I can be both a student and an athlete.”
Hartman has proven herself time and again to be an outstanding student-athlete. The
right side hitter received the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Photo courtesy of Lenny Gemar
Scholar Athlete Honor for volleyball during the 2010-2011 season. In addition, she totaled
192 kills, 14 assists, 40 digs and 93 total blocks. Her goals for the upcoming season are
to help the team become conference champions again and to make it to the national
tournament. And one thing Hartman considers to be a key to the success of the DSU
volleyball team is unity.
“SPORTS “Unity is extremely important, especially in volleyball. Everyone is connected as a
whole,” Hartman said. “I have found out that a team can have all the talent in the world,
cAN ONly TAkE but if they don’t have unity it is useless.”
In a typical week during volleyball season, Hartman estimates she devotes around 15
yOU SO FAR IN hours of volleyball training, which consists of watching films, lifting weights and practice.
And when Hartman is not training for volleyball, she can more than likely be seen in the
lIFE, BUT gym training for the upcoming track season in the high jump, triple jump and long jump.
In fact during the 2010-2011 season this dual-athlete was named an NAIA Academic All-
a COllEGE American for track and field.
“She is a core returner that I am really excited about and is one of the hardest workers
DEGREE I have seen in the gym,” said DSU head women’s volleyball coach, Maura Bronte-
Pfeifer. “Jen has really helped me with this transition time of becoming the new coach at
CaN laST Dickinson State.”
When asked if it is difficult to compete in two sports during the school year Hartman
gave an enthusiastic “yes!”
“I don’t like missing class, but the departments work really well together to make it
as painless as possible,” said Hartman. “I think that sports have actually helped me in
my schoolwork because I have to be very on top of things and I have learned not to
procrastinate on anything.”
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Hartman also realizes that there is more to life than school I call,” said Hartman. “My dad has also passed down his
and sports. She is involved in the Best Friend’s Mentoring competitiveness and love for a challenge to me, which has
Program, which allows her to be a positive role model to an helped me in both sports and school.”
elementary student during the academic year. She hopes to With her college career coming to an end, Hartman
leave a message to all of the young people watching in the still remains focused on the one thing she made a priority
stands to “stay positive toward themselves, officials and the the minute she stepped foot on DSU’s campus: a college
opposing teams.” education.
A personal role model in Hartman’s life is her father. “A college education is the most important thing,” said
“He has always been my main support system and after I Hartman. “Sports can only take you so far in life, but a college
have a hard day at school or a bad game, he is the first person degree can last forever.” n
Meet Maura Bronte-Pfeifer
Where are you originally from? I am high expectations I have set for them. I also
originally from Elk Grove, Calif., a suburb of feel it is important to be a role model or
Sacramento. example for the team; to act in the manner
How long have you played volleyball? I I expect them to act. I also feel effective
have played volleyball since the fifth grade. communication skills are necessary to become
I also played in college at Sacramento City the best possible coach. Developing trust
College and then finished up my career at with the athletes and everyone a coach
Chadron State College, a Division II program comes into contact with is an important
in Chadron, Neb. requirement as well. The final necessary
awards at How long have you been coaching requirement to becoming the best coach is
Chadron State College:
volleyball? I have coached collegiate level dedication to the team, the athletes and the
• Captain: 2006
• Received RMAC Degree
volleyball for three years at Chadron State as program.
Completion Award the assistant coach. What are your goals for the team this
• Received RMAC Academic Why were you drawn to Dickinson State year? My goals for this team are to succeed
All American University? I was drawn to DSU because and compete at a high level in the conference
awards at I had heard many positive things about the this year. I would love to repeat as conference
Sacramento City College:
school from former and current athletes who I champions and to go far in the NAIA
• Captain: 2004
• Sacramento City College
had known at my junior college. I also knew tournament. I also have a goal for the team
Physical Education and of the strong volleyball tradition here at DSU. to become active, positive influences in
Athletics Division What is your impression of North Dakota? the school community by excelling in the
Athlete Award North Dakota and the city of Dickinson classroom and to become positive influences
• Sacramento City College remind me of the positive experiences that I in the Dickinson community as well.
Physical Education and had while playing and coaching at Chadron Who do you consider to be role models
Leadership Council Award
State. I like the feeling that the college is an in your life? Why? My role models include
• Sacramento City College active part of the community. I like knowing my parents. They have set a great example
Physical Education and my neighbors and people in town. of what hard work and dedication can get
Athletics Division Outstanding
Have you received any awards either you in life, not only in their careers but in
• Sacramento City College
coaching or playing volleyball? While I every area of their lives. They have shown
Physical Education and was an assistant coach at Chadron State, me what is important in life. I always knew
Athletics Division I coached the Rocky Mountain Athletic growing up that family comes first and that
Freshman Academic Award
Conference (RMAC) Defensive Player of the I could look into the stands and my parents
Year for the 2009 season, the first in school would be there for me. They have provided
• One of 10 to represent
the United States in the history. me with support and advice always. In terms
Scottish Invitational Games What do you feel are the necessary of coaching, my role model would have to
in Scotland in May 2006.
requirements to being or becoming the be Amy Spruiell, who I played and coached
• Sacramento City College
Outstanding Women best possible coach? Some requirements under. She showed me what I want to work
Award-Gold I feel are necessary are to make sure I have toward as a coach by always placing the
• Sacramento City College high expectations for the team and ensure athletes first, treating them as individuals and
I give the girls all the tools to reach the always looking out for what is best for them.
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BY KEVIN HOLTEN
et’s see, the Blue Hawk football team
has lost 63 percent of its players on
defense from last year, perhaps its best
punt and kick returner ever, a very
creative quarterback, one of its finest, steady
receivers, a standout tight end/defensive end,
the long snapper on punts for the last four
years, two coaches with 35 seasons of combined
coaching experience and more.
At any other university the fans would be
saying, “Well…wait until next year.” But that’s
not the way it is at DSU because we’ve got
Hank Biesiot. He’s been the DSU head football
coach for 35 years and, since he has won .720
percent of his games, 16 conference titles and
made 15 NAIA post-season playoff appearances,
we tend to think that he can walk on water, feed
5000 people from a single package of Wheat
Thins and turn goose eggs into gold. Well, he
nearly can and this year will probably be no
different because Hank Biesiot simply knows
how to win.
“It’s always nice to have a lot of returning
starters and enjoy an undefeated season,”
Biesiot said, “but being part of a developing and
“BEINg PART OF A DEvElOPINg
growing team is really where most of the fun
and excitement comes in.” AND gROWINg TEAM IS REAlly
In fact, last season DSU won its 400th
football game with Biesiot having been WhERE MOST OF
responsible for over 50 percent of those wins
and yet 400 wins doesn’t mean that much to
him. THE fUN aND
“Mostly I think about being prepared before
the season begins and playing effectively,” he ExCITEMENT
said. “It’s getting that first win of the season, no
matter when it comes because then you know
you’re not going to lose them all.”
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“IT’S gETTINg ThAT FIRST WIN OF ThE SEASON, NO MATTER
WhEN IT cOMES BEcAUSE ThEN yOU kNOW
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO lOSE THEM all.”
Oh yes, Coach Biesiot is famous for being ultra- bunch of big kids that have now been playing for two
conservative when it comes to predicting the number or three years and yet none of them are seniors.
of games his team will win. Or maybe he’s just being “That might be an area to build around and rely on
realistic, given their inexperience. At any rate, he until we get settled in on defense,” said Biesiot, “but
always does such a good job of directing his coaches, they still need to prove themselves because we haven’t
players and winning year after year that it just seems run the ball that well the last couple of years.”
like he’s being overly realistic; whereas, for any other So there you have it, another interesting season
coach in that same situation, the results might not be about to unfold with Coach Hank Biesiot, once again,
quite as good. being the head artist with yet another clean canvas and
In fact, he and his teams seem to be a lot more like a plenty of new paint to apply in just the right places to
steady running mountain stream than a rushing rapids create another masterpiece.
or a fast advancing flood. They just keep on coming, “You never know how things are going to unfold,”
wearing away the side of a mountain until all of a Biesiot said.
sudden it’s gone and another conference championship And then again, they’ve been unfolding about the
is in the books. And their strength this year just might same way for 35 years so why should number 36 be
be in their offensive line, the hogs up front, who are a any different? n
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FACU LT Y & S TA F F
faculty members receive Kilen named “2011 North Dakota Women
promotion/tenure at DSU in Business Champion of the Year”
A number of Dickinson State University faculty Ray Ann Kilen ‘89,
members have been granted tenure and/or given regional director of the
promotions. Promotion at DSU acknowledges and Small Business Development
rewards faculty members for professional competence Center at the Strom Center
and service to both the institution and the community. for Entrepreneurship and
The following faculty members have been promoted: Innovation and CEO of
• Dr. Lynn Burgess, Department of Natural Sciences, Consultants, Inc, was named
full professor the SBA’s “2011 North Dakota
• Dr. Molisa Derk, Department of Mathematics and Women in Business Champion
Computer Science, full professor of the Year.” The award
• Dr. Debora Dragseth, Department of Business and recognizes individuals who have
Management, full professor demonstrated a commitment
to support the advancement of
• Dr. Deborah Ford, Department of Language and
women’s business ownership.
Literature, full professor
Kilen was selected after a
• Dr. Karen Foster, Department of Language and statewide competition.
Literature, associate professor
• Dr. Paul Johanson, Department of Mathematics
and Computer Science, full professor
• Dr. Doug King, Department of Agriculture and faculty and Staff awards
Technical Studies, full professor Dr. Karen Foster, associate professor of English,
• Dr. Cheryl Lantz, Department of Nursing, Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award
associate professor Shawna Egli ‘96, lecturer of math and computer
• Dr. Rebecca Pitkin, Department of Teacher science, Innovative Teacher of the Year Award
Education, associate professor Seth Soman, assistant professor of agriculture,
• Dr. G. Knude Swenson, Department of Business Faculty/Student Collaborative Research/Collaborative
and Management, full professor Scholarship Award
The following faculty members were granted tenure: Ashley Stark, assistant professor of accounting,
Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award – College of
• Dr. Molisa Derk, full professor of mathematics and
Education, Business, and Applied Science
Jarri Newton ‘86, adjunct lecturer of agriculture,
• Dr. Karen Foster, associate professor of language
Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award
Kim Thiel ‘01, technical support technician, Office of
• Dr. Rebecca Pitkin, associate professor of teacher
Computer Services, Professional Staff Service Award
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Brudvig named VPaa
Dr. Jon Brudvig was named vice president
for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2011.
Brudvig had been the interim VPAA and
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
since the fall of 2010 and the director of
the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership
Program since 2007.
dean of College of
arts and Sciences
Dr. Kenneth Haught, chair of the
Department of Fine and Performing
Arts, was named dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences effective July
1, 2011. Haught, a professor of
DSU 34th annual
communication and theatre, has been
a member of the DSU community Business Challenge a success
for nearly 18 years, 14 of which have Dickinson State University hosted its 34th annual
been as chair of the Department of Business Challenge program June 26-July 1. Business
Fine and Performing Arts. Challenge is a week-long business program for high
school students in grades 9-12 and also includes
recent college graduates. Participants learn valuable
skills in business, leadership and communication and
Daniel takes on
gain insight into career choices.
athletic director role Business Challenge provides participants with a
In April 2011, Tim Daniel ‘86 was named better appreciation and understanding of business
director of athletics. Daniel, who was interim and entrepreneurship while allowing them to earn
director since July 2010, has served the credit toward graduation. In addition to gaining
university in a variety of roles for the past a better knowledge of North Dakota’s economy,
22 years. In addition to being a professor of participants also experience college life and
health and physical education, Daniel was strengthen opportunities for scholarships.
the head men’s basketball coach and head golf
DSU’s HRM curriculum aligns with the SHRM’s guidelines
Dickinson State University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program was recently acknowledged by the
Society for Human Resource Management as aligning with its recommended curriculum.
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DSU Department of
Business and Management
The board of Commissioners of the International
Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
(IACBE) announced at its annual conference in
Las Vegas that the Department of Business and
Management at DSU was recognized for achieving
The business programs accredited by the IACBE
are as follows: bachelor of science in accounting,
business administration, finance, human resource
management and international business.
DSU celebrates 91st Commencement May 14
Dickinson State University held its 91st Commencement exercises at Scott
Gymnasium Saturday, May 14, 2011. The university graduated 453 students
from 23 states and 13 foreign countries.
Dr. Richard McCallum, president of DSU, delivered the welcoming
comments. His address to the graduates focused on the way in which
students enrich campus life and the contributions they, as graduates, will
make on the state of North Dakota, the nation and the world.
The Commencement’s keynote address was given by Dr. Muriel A.
Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges &
Universities. Dr. Howard commended DSU for its dedication to global
awareness and diversity.
DSU names 2011 Outstanding
Graduate award winners
Chiedza Mazonde and Nathan Lebsock
Two DSU instructors were named Dickinson State University 2011
recognized as faculty emeriti Outstanding Graduate Award winners. The
Dr. Richard Brauhn and Ms. Gayle Hofland Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest
were named faculty emeriti status for exemplary honor bestowed on graduating seniors by the
service to Dickinson State University and its university.
students. Mazonde, a native of Harare, Zimbabwe,
Brauhn, (pictured above) director of special is a double major in accounting and business
projects and professor of history, came to DSU administration with a minor in leadership
July 1, 1991. He was promoted to professor studies. She has accepted an employment
in 1994. In 1997, Brauhn was named dean offer in Minneapolis as an audit associate
of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice with KPMG LLP, one of the four largest
president of Academic Affairs. He also served as accounting firms in the world.
interim president of DSU during the 1998-1999 Lebsock, a native of Frenchtown, Mont.,
academic year. is a biology/pre-med major with a minor
Ms. Gayle Hofland, associate professor of in leadership. He recently was accepted at
nursing, provided 22 years of dedicated service the Optometry School at Pacific University
to the Department of Nursing. Hofland came to Oregon and will begin his studies this fall.
DSU in August 1989 as an instructor of nursing.
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DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Six Decades of Growth
because of you
The 2010-2011 Fiscal Year
saw more than 800 new donors
James Mumey ‘64 awards the Gladys M. Mumey ‘62 Elementary
Education Scholarship to Halley Treeby, the first recipient of the
newly created scholarship in honor of his late wife
Tom Bollinger ‘78 proudly unveils the
“Forever a Blue Hawk” statue at
2011 Arts Roundup the Badlands Activities Center
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by the Decade
The Dickinson State University Foundation
was created in April 1952 with $82. Growth
was slow through the 1970s with assets
growing to $134,737 by June 30, 1980.
The past three decades have seen a
tremendous increase in Foundation assets,
which are now valued at over $18.5 million
Stan Koppinger presents the American Bank Scholarship to Bradley Henke with diverse holdings of
mineral rights, real estate,
Revenues and Contributions for collections of artifacts, rare
Fiscal Year 2010-2011 books and bronze art, as well
as financial investments.
This $4,000,000 assisted the Foundation in: $5,061,924
• Awarding over $730,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
• Paying final construction costs and reducing debt on the
Badlands Activities Center in the amount of $2,100,000. $1,259,072
• Supporting of the Theodore Roosevelt Center and Strom
Center in excess of $500,000. $134,747
• Providing $700,000 in Alumni, Foundation and University
Programs. 1980 1990 2000 2010
Think one person can
make a difference?
Imagine what nearly 20,000 alumni and friends can do.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
The DSU Annual Fund Campaign/Phonathon kicked off on July 29, encouraging philanthropy
that will support those areas of greatest need.
You see, we can’t know how far a student’s interests will take them. DSU provides a rigorous Guy Moos presents the Baker Boy Manufacturing
academic foundation to support even the most unexpected inquiry. Annual gifts provide Technology Scholarship to Deependra Chaudhary
scholarships, computers, facilities and support for top-notch faculty and staff. Thanks to gifts
like yours, DSU remains a laboratory for extraordinary discovery.
Every gift matters—especially yours.
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Jason Hanson ’01, Dickinson, N.D., was named
a mortgage loan officer for Gate City Bank in
LeeAnn Galster ’01, Dickinson, N.D., received
Donald Hoff ’69, Velva, N.D., was recently selected certification as a Quickbooks ProAdvisor. Galster
to be the Geo-ecologist for Earth Expeditions Borneo. is a member of the outsourcing department in the
He will travel to Borneo to study primates, local Dickinson Brady, Martz, & Associates, P.C. office.
ecosystems, and conservation efforts.
Dustin Roberts ‘06, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been
1970 awarded NALCO’s District Territory Management
Award. This award recognizes each districts top
Randi Perkins ’75, Nashville, Tenn., recently published
provider of customer satisfaction for the year. Dustin
his story “The Last Harvest” in the new book “This I
has also been awarded with the New Account Star
Believe: On Fatherhood” that is being sold nation wide.
Club - Silver Star- Award.
Mike Kiedrowski ’78, Dickinson, N.D., will be joining
Jason Wenko ’08, Dickinson, N.D., has been hired as
the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center as the
an Associate with Brady, Martz & Associates P.C.
Executive Director of the St. Joesph LifeCare Foundation.
Lance Rambousek ‘09, Bismarck, N.D., joined the
1980 Brady, Martz & Associates P.C firm. He resides in
Daniel Weber ’80, Casselton, N.D., was recently named Bismarck, N.D.
as a National Director for Professional Insurance Agents
of North Dakota. 2010
Dale Dolechek ’81, Dickinson, N.D., was recently 1 Mathue Hirst ‘10, Williston, N.D., has been
awarded NALCO’s District Territory Management
honored as the 2010 Territory Manager of the Year
Award. This award recognizes each districts top
for Kellogg Company. Dale is employed by Kellogg’s
provider of customer satisfaction for the year.
Minneapolis Zone and is responsible for Kellogg’s retail
accounts in the western third of North Dakota and an 2 Sean Burnham ‘10, Kingsville, Texas, finished
area of eastern Montana. his first year as a Graduate Assistant with the
Men’s Basketball Team at Texas A&M University –
David Michaelson ‘82, Dickinson, N.D., was inducted
into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Michaelson coached the Dickinson Midgets for 14 Silvia Vigier ‘10, Dickinson, N.D., will be attending
seasons. graduate school this coming fall at the University of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
Dr. Paul Stremick ’88, Hugo, Minn., was selected as the
next Superintendent of Schools for the North Border 3 Alois (Anton) Neff ‘11, Quincy, Wash., was hired as
School District. a Staff Accountant as of May 1, 2011 at LarsonAllen
LLP in Quincy, Wash.
Ray Ann Kilen ’89, Dickinson, N.D., was recently
named the SBA Women in Business Champion of the Jason Kraft ’11, Dickinson, N.D., recently joined
Year. Dakota Community Bank after graduating with an
1990 Amy Magstadt ’11, Dickinson, N.D., joined
Gerald Domagala ’92, Gallup, N.M., will be on a Dickinson State University in June 2011 as the public
national tour performing his original songs throughout relations manager after graduating with a degree in
the 2011 summer. He just released a CD nationally communication and journalism.
called “God Took Back An Angel Today.”
Valerie (Ugrin/Howard) Mack ‘94, Dickinson, N.D., Employees
is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor with Dakota 4 Dr. Debora Dragseth, DSU Professor, Dickinson,
Community Bank and Trust in the new full service N.D., recently won three national awards for writing
trust department. from the National Federation of Press Women.
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Holly Jordan ’10 and Dusty Ebner, Dickinson, N.D., are pleased
Weddings/Engagements to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. She is
Ashley Bender ‘07 and Timothy Ollenburger, Mandan, N.D., employed with Farm Credit Services in Dickinson. Ebner is a self-
are pleased to announce their engagment and forthcoming employed rancher-farmer.
Shantel Hoff ’10, Bismarck, N.D., is pleased to announce her
Briana Bargmann ‘07 and Lee Scheid, Hazen, N.D., announce engagement. A May 5, 2012 wedding ceremony is planned.
their engagement. Briana is a branch manager at Capital Credit
Union in Hazen and Beulah, ND. Lee is an employee at Antelope 2 Noel (Lynch) ’11 and Tyler Barth, Hazen, N.D., were married
Valley Station in Beulah along with farming and ranching on the on June 3, 2011. The couple plans to reside in Hazen. Tyler is
family farm south of Hazen. employed as a mining engineer at the Coteau Properties Freedom
Mine in Beulah, N.D.
1 Keri Stanley ’07 and Kelsey Aide, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage on August
5, 2011 in Bozeman, Mont. Kelsey will graduate from DSU this
fall and Keri is a teacher and assistant wrestling coach. 3 Jasmine (Gimbel) ‘08 and Andy Johnsrud ‘07, Scobey, Mont.,
welcomed a baby boy, Tate Grover Johnsrud. Tate was born Jan.
Becky Dukart ‘09 and Sam Buchmann, Manning, N.D., 14, 2011.
were married Oct. 9, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in
Dickinson. Dukart is currently employed by Dakota Community 4 Keith ’10 and Karrie Walton, Ames, Iowa, announce the birth
Bank, Bowman. Buchmann is working for a local ranch/feedlot. of Deacon Xavier on June 2, 2011. He joins brother Bowen and
Britani Moore ‘10 and Zach Keller, Dickinson, N.D., were
married in June 2011. Moore is a staff nurse at Evergreen and
Keller is a teller at American Bank Center.
Pauline (Neher) Diede ’30, Hebron, Lois (Unruh) Flaten ’54, Ray, N.D., Allan Schmidt, Friend, Dickinson,
N.D., passed away June 24, 2011. passed away June 9, 2011. N.D., passed away April, 20, 2011.
Bertha (Hertz) Wesson ’34, Las Wiley Wilson ’57, Fargo, N.D., Beverly (Tibor) Thomas, Friend,
Angeles, Calif., passed away Feb. 12, passed away June 15, 2011. Glen Ullin, N.D., passed away April
2011. Florence Fischer ’60, Hettinger, N.D., 16, 2011.
Martin Knopik ’35, Dickinson, N.D., passed away May 7, 2011. Edward Schwartz, Friend, New
passed away March 29, 2011. Morris Carlson ’68, Bismarck, N.D., England, N.D., passed away June 17,
Mary Jane (Dinsdale) Baggenstoss passed away May 23, 2011 2011.
‘40, Palm Desert, Calif. passed away Robert Skachenko ’69, Bismarck, Francis Wald, Friend, Dickinson,
May 29, 2011. N.D., passed away June 13, 2011. N.D., passed away May 3, 2011.
Doyle Gordon ’41, Regent, N.D., Ernest Miller ‘71, Dickinson, N.D., Harlow Hageness, Friend, Rolette,
passed away March 20, 2011 passed away May 30, 2011. N.D., passed away June 27, 2011
Lillian (Hintz) Kessler ’41, Angola, Kenneth Wolfe ’73, Gaston, Ore., Norbert Rodakowski, Friend, Belfield,
N.Y., passed away Feb. 15, 2011. passed away May 17, 2011. N.D., passed away May 30, 2011.
Alfred Sadowsky ’48, Dickinson, Adeline Thomas, Friend, Dickinson, Renee Edna Lehman, Friend, Lignite,
N.D., passed away April 29, 2011. N.D., passed away May 4, 2011. N.D., passed away May 18, 2011.
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F R OM THE archives Pierre Salinger, who is perhaps best known for his role as President John F. Kennedy’s
press secretary, attended Dickinson State Teachers College at the age of 18, from July 1943
to June 1944 through the V-12 Navy officers training program.
More than 40 years later, when Salinger was the News Bureau Chief for ABC News,
he responded to an inquiry from then-DSC professor Alex Vardamis. The following is an
excerpt from that correspondence (taken from The Dickinson Press, July 6, 1997).
“My first impression (of Dickinson) was that I had really found rural America, a small
town filled with warm and friendly people who wanted this group of young men to feel
they had found a new home.”
“…There were two special things I remember. First, because of the shortage of teachers at
that time, I became a part-time teacher at Dickinson High School, where at least half of the
students were older than I was. It was a wonderful experience where I learned a great deal
about life from my students.”
“And second, in studying … the history of the American Indians, I acquired a knowledge
about a part of America’s past that is too often forgotten.”
Salinger, who died in October 2004, stayed in touch for a while with some friends from
Dickinson, but eventually lost touch with them. “…the only tie now which remains is my
memory. It was a very special period in my life.”
“IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERIOD IN MY LIFE.”