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                           DICKINSON STaTE UNIVERSITY

                                    October 27-30
                             “IN THE ARENA OF THE WEST”

         OCTOBER 6-9
      Hank Biesiot leads
      the Blue Hawks
      onto the field for
      the 36th season
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Enjoy the fruits of your labor
and celebrate the harvest.
Come home to live.

                                                                 We’ll help you stay in shape.
               We do the yard work.

                                      We will do the cleaning.

We offer full service dining.
                                                                 1266 Signal Butte | Dickinson, ND

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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

                                                                                                                                                  the regulars
                                                                                                                                               4 From the President

                                                                                                                          25 Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

                                                                                                                                  26-27 Campus News & Projects

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                                                                                                                                                 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
                                    DESIGN Sarah Selle ‘03, Quality Quick Print, Dickinson, N.D. PRINT Image Printing, Bismarck, N.D.
                                    CEO DSU FOUNDATION Kevin J. Thompson ‘87 UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Richard J. McCallum, Ph.D.

                      SIGNAL Butte is published three times a year by the DSU Foundation, Inc. 230 8th Avenue West, Dickinson, ND 58601, (701) 483.2004
                                         Send address changes to DSU Foundation House, 230 8th Avenue West, Dickinson, ND 58601
                                                    Dickinson State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institute.
                                                                                                   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,
                               Elks Lodge
           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,
                               Elks Lodge

           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                            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
   larger school.
      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
   last forever.
      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
   takes me.

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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
    Darlene Leiss.
       “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.
                                                                                                      ITS ExTENDED
       “It gets me going everyday,” Kleinjan said. “It’s fun and the
    audience is great!”
                                                                                                        FAMILY FOR
       And now Rod Kleinjan has been selected as the 2011 Golden
    Hawk Award Winner, the highest honor anyone can be given
                                                                                                   RECOGNIzING ME.”
    at DSU. He will be honored during a Homecoming awards
    ceremony on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dickinson
    Elks Lodge.
       “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
    shoes. n

                            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 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
                                of gymnastics.
                                   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.
        Richey, Mont.
        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.
& 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
                                                                            prestigious recognition.
Jeffrey Transtrom ‘94
St. Petersburg, Fla.
D E P T. O F S O C I A L
                                                                                                          James Mische ‘79
                                                                                                          Pipestone, Minn.
   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
                                                                                                         Symposium entitled,
                                                                                                 “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

                   Theodore Roosevelt
                              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
   Sophomore Scholar
   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
   Athletics Division
   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
   Sophomore Award
                                       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
 additional awards:
                                    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
   Memorial Scholarship
                                    I give the girls all the tools to reach the           always looking out for what is best for them.

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           SHE GOES
                                   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
                                                                         COMES IN.”
       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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     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
                                                                Innovative Environmental
       • 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
         computer sciences
                                                                 Jarri Newton ‘86, adjunct lecturer of agriculture,
       • Dr. Karen Foster, associate professor of language
                                                                Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award
         and literature
                                                                 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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       C AMPUS
                                  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.

       Haught named
       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
  receives accreditation
     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
  first-time accreditation.
     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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Six Decades of Growth
                                because of you
                                                       The 2010-2011 Fiscal Year
                                                         saw more than 800 new donors
                                                                 gift $400,000

                                                    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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                                                                                   asset Value
                                                                                   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

      exceeded $4,000,000
                                                                                  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.
            230 Eighth avenue West | Dickinson, ND 58601 | 701.483.2004 | | Email:

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  notes                         1960
                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                 Accounting degree.
                                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
                                                                       sister Lucy.
 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.

  IN        memoriam
  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.”

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