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N O R T H D A KO TA S TAT E C O L L E G E O F S C I E N C E

ALUMNI REVIEW

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AWARD WINNERS

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70 YEARS OF NDSCS PASSION

10 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP 14 LETTERWINNERS HALL OF FAME 16 NDSCS HOMECOMING 2013

WOW – WHAT A YEAR! I suppose you are wondering why Brad is using “Wow” for the title of his article for the Alumni Review. It is appropriate for a couple of reasons as this past year has Brad Barth been a fast-moving one for the NDSCS Alumni/Foundation! We have added two new employees to our team, Tim Neumann as Donor Development Manager and Kim Hansen as Events/Web/Data Coordinator. With new people, new opportunities for change occur and we have been busy getting everyone adjusted and moving forward. The College has also seen great change this past year with many construction/ remodeling projects that you will read more about in this edition of the Alumni Review. NDSCS continues to grow and evolve around our goal of meeting the workforce needs of North Dakota. We are continually working to provide graduates and future employees to our state and region’s businesses. I hope that if you have the chance to stop in and visit us, either in Wahpeton

or our Fargo location, that you take the time to learn about our programs and people. As you read this edition of the Alumni Review, you will learn more about some interesting alumni and how NDSCS has helped them to achieve their goals and aspirations. You will also learn about the passion they have for NDSCS and how they have memorialized that passion. This year’s Homecoming Weekend Celebration is on October 4th and 5th (see pages 16-17 for all of this year’s activities). Please take a minute to acknowledge any of the award winners that you might know. They all are truly deserving of the honor being bestowed upon them. As always, enjoy the rest of the summer and please consider coming to one of the many events we hold throughout the year. It’s a great way to meet other alumni, get to know the Alumni staff and to “rekindle the passion” you once had for NDSCS. Remember, “Once a Wildcat – always a Wildcat!”

Brad Barth Class of ‘78 Alumni/Foundation Director brad.barth@ndscs.edu 701-671-2131

IN THIS ISSUE 2013 Award Winners..................................................... 3 Attention Wahpeton High School Graduates............................................................................ 5 Alumni/Foundation Board........................................ 6 NDSCS Campus Building Projects........................ 6 President’s Report...........................................................7 70 Years of NDSCS Passion: Julian Szczur...... 8 The Montana Connection........................................... 8 A Quarter Century of Giving: Gordon Schulz.................................................................. 9 DREAMS Auction............................................................ 9 Family from Hazen Honors Parents with Endowed Scholarship................................................. 10

Ways to Give...................................................................... 11 Support Your Passions................................................. 11 Calling all NDSCS Couples........................................12 1978 Dental Hygiene Class 35th Reunion........12 NDSCS Grad Passionate about Student Success and Giving Back..........................................13 Ed Would Have Been Very Proud........................13 Letterwinners Hall of Fame................................14-15 Attention Former Wildcat Athletes.....................15 NDSCS Homecoming 2013................................16-17 Platinum Sponsors........................................................18 Alumni/Foundation Sponsors................................19 Events Calendar............................................................ 20

Cover Image: Old Main during the changes of fall, turn to pages 6 and 7 to learn more about the Campus building projects that are underway or being planned.

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The Alumni Review is an official publication of the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation, 800 Sixth Street North, Wahpeton, ND 58076. It is mailed to college alumni and friends, business/industry partners, government agencies, schools and state education and legislative leaders. The editor retains the right to edit all submissions for style and length considerations

Editor: Brad Barth NDSCS President: Dr. John Richman Foundation President: Paul Dimmer Foundation Vice President: Annette Loken Foundation Treasurer: Keith Johnson Alumni/Foundation Director: Brad Barth Donor Development Manager: Tim Neumann Donor Development Rep: Barb Uhlich Marketing Editor: Barbara Spaeth-Baum Publication Design: Rebecca Truesdell Event/Website Coordinator: Kim Hansen

2013-14 ALUMNI/FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Brad Barth* Rochelle Conzemius Paul Dimmer Chad Fredericksen Robert Gette Terry Goerger Roger Haberman Ken Harty Kelly Hubrig Mike Jacklitch Chris Johnson Keith Johnson* Duane Kragness

Harvey Link* Annette Loken Justin Neppl Tim Neumann Dr. John Richman* Joel Sirek Don Stevenson Ed Uhlich Margaret Wall* Mike Worner *Ex Officio

Send article submissions/change of address to: NDSCS Alumni/Foundation Office 800 Sixth Street North Wahpeton, ND 58076 Phone: 701-671-2247 Email: ndscs.alumni@ndscs.edu

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Alumni of the Year TERRY GOERGER

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erry Goerger is a native of Mantador, N.D., who graduated from Hankinson High School in 1973. He lived with his mother, father and eight brothers and sisters on the family farm where he grew up assisting with the farming and seed operations. Terry graduated from NDSSS in 1974 with a degree in Agricultural Mechanics. While in college, he was active in the drama program and was a member of the drama fraternity. Since graduation, Terry has worked in the family farming and seed business, which he co-owns with his brother Neil. He is the president and general manager of Goerger Seed Supply Company, an organization that has been in operation for 57 years. The company deals with seed conditioning, both retail and wholesale sales, and has experience in exporting grains to Europe and Japan. Terry is actively involved with the N.D. EmPower Commission, N.D. Renewable Energy Council, Chair of the N.D. Biodiesel Task Force, Big Iron Farm

N.D. Agriculture Association (President) and NDSU Team Makers (President). Terry has been honored by several organizations for his accomplishments and services. He is a recipient of the 4H Key Club National Award, N.D. Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Award, I Dare You Award and the NDSU Outstanding Agriculturist Award.

Terry Goerger with Wildcat Willie during the Dreams Auction

Show Committee, NDSU Harvest Bowl Committee, N.D. Winter Crop Show and the NDSCS Alumni/Foundation board, where he serves on the executive committee. He has also served on the N.D. Soybean Council (Chair), N.D. Seed Commission, Northern Crops Institute (Chair), N.D. Crop Improvement Association (Chair), Agronomy Seed Farm Council, N.D. 4H Foundation Board, Richland County Farm Bureau (President),

At the local level, Terry has served for 35 years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Mantador Rural Fire Department, a N.D. Patriot Guard member, 4H Ambassador and Leader, Cures for Cancer Board Member, NDSCS Foundation 300 Club, Catbacker Club, church cemetery board member, Richland County Spirit of ‘90s Economic Development Committee (Past Chairperson), is a member of the St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church and a K of C 4th degree Knight. Terry and his wife, Carolyn, continue to reside on the family farm in the Mantador area.

NDSCS Tradition Award MAX REINKE

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he NDSCS Tradition Award is given to an individual or group of individuals who have helped to create student and or alumni passion for NDSCS through their year-to-year efforts with a club, event or group. The effort Max Reinke has put forth over the past 37 years with the NDSCS Athletic Camps is exactly the type of activity the award is meant to honor. The camps were started in 1973, shortly after Wayne Johnson and Chuck Hanson convinced President Clair T. Blikre that they would be a great idea. They began with a girls’ basketball camp as a way to give female high school basketball players the fundamentals they needed. In 1976, Max came onto the scene and for the next

37 years would develop the camps into what they have become today. There are now five separate camps: Girls Basketball for grades 6-10, Boys Basketball for grades 6-10, Girls Volleyball for grades 7-12 and two Kiddy ‘Cat camps—Girls Volleyball grades 3-6 and Boys Basketball age four through 5th grade. The primary purpose of continuing the NDSCS Athletic Camps throughout the years has been to educate athletes and to raise money for scholarships. The result? Over $350,000 has been raised for athletic scholarships and donated to the NDSCS Athletic department. Over the years, the NDSCS Athletic Camps have produced over 9,000 young athletes and many stories of a mom or dad

Max Reinke

bringing their child back to participate in the same camp that they themselves had attended years before. This is one of the most gratifying aspects of the many years Max has put into the camps and something he truly has enjoyed. It is with great pleasure that the NDSCS Alumni Foundation honors Max Reinke with the 2013 NDSCS Tradition Award.

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Parade Grand Marshals ED AND CATHY UHLICH

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d and Cathy Uhlich have lived a wonderful life together, which fortunately has been intertwined with the North Dakota State College of Science. Ed and Cathy met at NDSCS in 1951 and were married just a year later. After celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this past year, they will be honored by leading the way for the 2013 Homecoming Parade as the Parade Grand Marshalls. Cathy graduated from NDSCS with an associate’s degree in Secretarial Studies in 1951. Ed followed up a year later with a degree in HVAC/R Technology. While going to Science, Ed played two years of football for the Wildcats in the pulling guard position. After a brief stay in Garrison, N.D., they moved back to Wahpeton where Cathy became a bookkeeper for her father’s business and Ed began a 17-year career using his NDSCS earned skills for Montgomery Wards. He then joined Amoco Oil while continuing

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his refrigeration and air conditioning business on his own. In 1975 Ed bought out Amoco and created Uhlich Oil. Cathy and Ed are avid Wildcat fans and see just about every home game, whether it’s on the court or out on the football field. They love to watch the Wildcats play and in 2004 the Uhlich family was honored as the recipients of the NDSCS Family

Tradition Award. They are members of the Catbacker Club, and Ed is a long-time board member of the Letterman’s Club and has spent the past seven years on the Alumni/Foundation Board. He has been a member of the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and has served as the Exalted Leader of the Elks Club in Wahpeton. Ed was also honored by the City of Wahpeton as the 1999 Citizen of the Year. They have three children who all graduated from NDSCS: Brian, a 1973 grad, Denise, a 1974 grad, and Will, a 1981 grad. Brian also has a daughter who graduated from Science in 2000. When notified of their award Ed commented, “We are very proud to be named Grand Marshalls for the 2013 Homecoming Parade. It really means a lot to Cathy and I.” The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation is pleased to honor them.

Commitment to Excellence SHERRI METCALF and LYLE WALEN NDSCS PRINT SERVICES

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ongratulations and thank you to Sherri Metcalf, NDSCS Print Services Manager, and Lyle Walen, Print Services Technician, for their support to the Alumni/Foundation and the entire NDSCS campus. Teaming up for the past eight years, Sherri and Lyle have developed a deep sense of pride in the high quality of work that leaves the Print Services department. As Sherri says, “If it isn’t just right, we don’t send it.” Being part of a two-person operation, where the day-to-day responsibilities are constantly changing, isn’t easy. Both recipients of the Foundation’s Commitment to Excellence Award believe that communication is the key to a smooth running department.

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Sherri grew up in Wahpeton, N.D., and graduated from NDSCS in 1982 with an A.S. degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology. She’s never been afraid to try new things and after spending a few years as a day care provider and 10 more as a Head Start teacher, she began her career at NDSCS in 2005. Sherri has an artistic talent that can be seen in many of the projects she works on. In addition to design work, Sherri handles the material ordering, budgeting and the day-today operation. Sherri and her husband, Marsden, are celebrating 25 years of marriage and reside in Breckenridge, Minn. They have four children: three sons, Dean, Ryan and Cody, and a daughter, Aly. Lyle Walen attended NDSCS and graduated in 1980 with an A.S. degree in

Lyle Walen and Sherri Metcalf

Graphic Arts. Anyone that’s ever worked with Lyle on a project will confirm the friendly and helpful attitude he brings to campus every day. Lyle worked at Knight Printing for 10 years and another 10 years as a press operator for the Fargo Forum. He is now in his twelfth year at NDSCS. Lyle has three children: Taylor (22), a senior at Oregon State University, Cassidy (19) a student at NDSU and Gunnar (17), a senior at West Fargo High School.

Attention

Wildcat of the Year DALE GROSZ

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he first time Dale Grosz stepped onto the NDSSS campus was during the winter of 1975. After serving in the Navy for four years, he made the long trip from Charleston, S.C. to Wahpeton, N.D., to enroll in the Diesel program. Dale graduated in 1977 with a degree from the Diesel program and again in 1979 with a Business Management degree. He would eventually go on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Valley City State College in December 1996. Dale joined the Coaching Staff at NDSSS in the fall of 1977. In 1978 he took a full-time position in the Diesel department and continued as an Assistant Football and Wrestling Coach. In 1997 Dale began in his current position as an Admissions Counselor in the Enrollment Services office. Dale and his wife, Renee,

have been married for 36 years. They have two children, Joe and Katie. Dale Grosz Joe lives in Bismarck, N.D., and is employed at Barr Engineering. Katie, along with her husband, Cory, and their daughter, Hailey, live in Valley City, N.D. Katie is employed at Central Plains Ag in Hannaford, N.D., and Cory is employed at Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. Congratulations to the very deserving Dale Grosz as the 2013 Wildcat of the Year Inductee.

Friend of the College GENERAL EQUIPMENT and DON SHILLING

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eneral Equipment and Supplies, along with Don Shilling (General Equipment President), both have been long time donors and friends of NDSCS. Over the years, they have been an invaluable resource for when the Diesel department has needed special equipment and/or funds to help the program move forward. Don’s passion for NDSCS is evident and can be heard every time you have the chance to sit down and talk with him about the Diesel programs or the College in general. General Equipment and Supplies is in the business of selling, renting, servicing and fabricating heavy construction equipment to businesses and agencies engaged in the construction, mining, oil exploration and

municipal services. They have been in business since 1984 and have grown from 20 employees to over 200 full and part-time employees, Don Shilling working in eight locations across the region. All of us here at NDSCS want to say “thank you” to both General Equipment and Supplies and Don for their many years of support and service to the Diesel program and NDSCS.

Wahpeton High School Graduates!

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ollowing the 50th Reunion of the Wahpeton High School Class of 1955, the planning committee met to decide what to do with some unspent funds. After a short discussion, the committee agreed that they would like to create a WHSNDSCS Scholarship Fund. Since many of the past WHS grads had gone on to NDSSS/NDSCS, they felt a scholarship endowment for future WHS grads would be a great idea. In the fall of 2012, an all-school WHS Reunion was held in the Twin Cities and many of the participants agreed with the class of ‘55 grads. Together they started the WHS Alumni Scholarship Fund for future WHS students who want to attend NDSCS. To help stimulate contributions, the NDSCS Foundation has agreed to contribute $5,000 when the total contribution from past WHS graduates reaches $5,000. These two amounts would then be combined to create the WHS Alumni NDSCS Scholarship Endowment. Contributions towards this future endowment can be made by sending your donation to the NDSCS Alumni Foundation office – be sure to write WHS Alumni Scholarship in the memo portion of the check! Contact Ed Hokenson for more information at ejhokenson@yahoo.com or 952-938-5651.

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Alumni Foundation Board The Alumni/Foundation Board is comprised of approximately 20 volunteer members who meet four times a year to provide guidance to the foundation director and staff. The mission of the Foundation is, “To support and assist those activities that develop and strengthen the North Dakota State College of Science.” The Foundation Board is pleased to welcome the following new members: Kelly Hubrig hails from Hankinson, N.D. He is currently the Vice-President/Investment Representative and Ag Lender for Bell State Bank in Wahpeton. Kelly and his wife, Dannielle, have three children ages 13, seven and three. Together, they enjoy golfing and volunteering in their local community. Kelly has served on the Hankinson City Council for eight years and many other civic organizations as well. Justin Neppl is the Branch Manager and a Business Banker at First Community Credit Union in Wahpeton. Justin’s wife, Jamie, is a 2002 graduate of NDSCS. Together they started a very successful day care center, Tiny Tykes, in Wahpeton. Jamie and Justin have 3 children all under the age of five. Justin stays busy volunteering his time on the Breckenridge School board and the Breckenridge Education Foundation. He also enjoys coaching hockey for the Blades Mini-Mites team. ALUMNI / FOUNDATION

Robert Gette joined the NDSCS academic staff in 1965 and has been a part of the College ever since. In 1978 he became Dean of the Arts, Science and Business Division and in 1989 he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bob retired in 2002 and was named Vice President Emeritus in 2006. Since then he has consulted on many NDSCS projects including some very successful grant proposals. Chris Johnson is a 1978 NDSCS grad and has been a huge advocate of NDSCS and particularly of the Agriculture program. Chris is a successful farmer and utilizes his NDSCS relationships to the best of his ability. The Alumni/Foundation would like to thank Board Members Rick Steckler, Dave Roche, Bart Schouweiler, Bernie Meyer, Julie Trudeau and Kyle Wych for their years of service to the Board and to NDSCS as well.

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number of different campus building projects are currently in the works at NDSCS. A few are even set to be complete by fall 2013. Perhaps the most notable project taking place is the Bisek Hall Expansion. With a fall 2013 completion date in mind, this expansion will take the Diesel program to world-class status, with over 120,000 square feet of new diesel training space. Next up is the Forkner and Riley Halls remodeling project, which will provide a new, modern and comfortable residential

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environment for students. Riley Hall will also house the Student & Residential Life department. Beginning this fall the Earl “Skip” Bute Football Stadium Complex will see demolition of the old locker rooms to make way for new locker rooms, public restrooms, a concession stand, training room, storage rooms, booster room, retail store and a new stadium entrance. These new additions should be up and running by spring 2014.

The Old Main remodel has also been approved and is set to take place sometime this winter. Occupants of Old Main will be moved to various locations on campus to give the remodeling crews room to work on bringing the building up-todate in office space and instructional technology capabilities, as well as the latest in informational technologies. The Old Main project should be complete sometime during 2014. We invite you to come back to campus to see for yourself the many changes that have taken place or are underway at NDSCS.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

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orth Dakota State College of Science is evolving, yet again, just as it has for the past 110 years. As students, faculty and staff settle into the new school year each fall, we continue to plan for the future and the opportunities that arise with our ever-changing world.

Dr. John Richman

This year we said goodbye to many retiring faculty and staff members you may remember including Mike Renk, Gloria Dohman, Margaret Wall, John Bang, Paul Mosey and Judy Pederson. We have also welcomed many talented individuals to campus and eagerly look forward to their contributions to the NDSCS community. As personnel evolve, so too does our physical space. This fall, the Wahpeton campus will cut the ribbon on Bisek Hall—the new $10.3 million diesel technology facility, which may hold the title of the largest diesel training facility in the nation with more than 120,000 sq. feet. The expanded facility will allow the College to increase diesel technician enrollment and ultimately help supply the state of North Dakota with highly-soughtafter diesel technicians. Later this year, we will begin the renovation of possibly the most renowned building in the Wahpeton community: Old Main. The “S” may dim atop Old Main during an

expected one-year renovation— which will include maintaining the integrity of the building’s exterior while remodeling the internal structure so it is designed with state-of-theart capabilities including technology, classrooms and offices.

As always, student success remains a primary focus at NDSCS. This fall the College will launch a multi-faceted plan to enhance student learning and success, and meet the workforce and educational needs of the Fargo/West Fargo region. We will work to improve graduation and retention rates, and improve employer satisfaction with our graduates’ skills. In addition, plans are underway to increase the number of technically skilled graduates entering the workforce by expanding academic programs into the late afternoon and evening. Reaching out to adult learners and catering to their specific needs are at the forefront of our planning processes. As NDSCS continues to move forward, we rely on your good words, gifts and career success stories to attract new students. While we welcome students from all over the world, we know that those who grow up near NDSCS in southeastern North Dakota often select NDSCS to further their education. In the future, we

hope to work closer with regional educators to better prepare high school students for college success. We trust these efforts will help NDSCS maintain the large student representation we have always enjoyed from the cities and towns in the southern Red River Valley. Over the years, NDSCS students have benefitted from many regional partnerships including Case IH, Caterpillar, Snap-on Industrial, John Deere, F-M Ambulance, Haas Topcon and more. These partnerships afford our students a hands-on, high tech education and have positioned our graduates to enter the workforce as knowledgeable, valuable technicians. NDSCS will continue to seek partnerships with business and industry and collaborate with them to fulfill the workforce needs of North Dakota. As NDSCS continues to evolve, change will remain constant and dynamic. And as we look to the future, the history of this great College will never be forgotten; only celebrated. It certainly is a great time to be a part of NDSCS! Whether you’re an alumni, current student, faculty or staff member, business partner or community member—you belong here. John Richman, Ph.D. President

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70 Years of NDSCS Passion:

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ulian Szczur attended NDSCS from 1940-41 for Welding/Machine Tooling. Little did he know that he would be a part of NDSCS for years to come. Szczur, a native of Noonan, N.D., was asked by the National Defense Program in 1942 to continue his education in their program. Soon he would depart for Manitowoc, Wis., to work in a submarine yard. He spent another two years in Bremerton, Wash., working in the shipyards helping to build war-time submarines and ships. In 1945 he made the decision to come back to North Dakota with his family and began teaching for NDSCS as a Welding Instructor. Through the years, he moved from welding instructor to department chair until his retirement in 1986. In August of 2012, Julian’s friends and family decided to start an annual NDSCS

Scholarship to honor Julian on his 90th birthday. Julian decided to turn the Annual Scholarship into an Endowment with an additional donation to bring the total to $10,000. When asked about creating the Endowment, Julian stated, “I wanted to create a long lasting scholarship available to NDSCS Welding students for many years to come and to take advantage of the North Dakota Endowment Gift Tax Credit.”

Julian in 2013

first in his instructional approach – the importance of protecting your eyes and lungs from welding smoke Julian in 1951 as well as protecting yourself from dangerous situations with various combustible items.

Through the years, many of Julian’s students have commented on Julian’s style of teaching and his philosophy. It seems that he was an instructor that loved what he did and that passion showed! Julian stressed safety

From all of us here at Science, we would like to extend a thank you to Julian Szczur for his many years of service and dedication to NDSCS.

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he Nealy Family came to NDSCS beginning with our oldest son, Shawn. Shawn had been attending a four-year college, but had no career direction. After extensive research, NDSCS was at the top of our list. NDSCS also came highly recommend by businesses and individuals we respected. More research showed that NDSCS would offer our son a premium education and excellent job placement at an affordable “in-state tuition” cost. Shawn graduated in 2004 with an HVAC/R Technology degree. His education has given him continuous employment, at an

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above-market wage. He currently owns his own HVAC/R business in Denver, Colo. Our second son, Shae, soon followed in his brother’s footsteps, graduating in 2009 from NDSCS, also with an HVAC/R Technology degree. Shae has also enjoyed continuous employment in a career he enjoys. After a year of being employed by a company in Wahpeton, he has recently joined Shawn in Denver! Our youngest son, Sutton, is currently a student at NDSCS and is enrolled in the Electrical Technology Program. Sutton is on the Campus Activities Board, is in the

The Nealy Family

Electrical Club, a Resident Assistant and is loving college life at Science! The Nealy family has enjoyed being in the NDSCS family. The education our sons have received from NDSCS has been well worth the time, money spent and miles traveled! We like the personal attention NDSCS gives our sons, and it was crucial to their success. Eventually, the brothers’ ultimate goal is for the three of them to own their own business together.

A Quarter Century of Giving

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ou might think that at age 91 Gordon Schultz would have someone else cut his grass in the summer. You’d be wrong. This 1941 NDSCS grad has been going strong ever since his mother sent him the 12 miles from home near Mooretown, N.D., to NDSCS. While his two older brothers were at home running the farm, Gordon enrolled in the HVAC/R Technology program at NDSCS. Gordon credits his instructor, George Soltis, with much of his preparation for his 31-year career with the Minneapolis School District. “He was the best instructor I could have had,” he said of Mr. Soltis. Gordon was the General Forman and led a 28-man team charged with ventilation,

just north of the Industrial Building. The CPT or Civilian Pilot Training program consisted of two planes, three staff members and a building to house that staff. Gordon was part of that program and was actually injured in a stall out procedure where he ended up damaging his eardrum, thus not being able to join the war. Following his retirement in 1980, Gordon started a hobby farm. Gordon Schulz

heating and air conditioning concerns for all of the schools in Minneapolis. The 24-year member of the Foundation’s Science of Success Club, or the SSS Club as it used to be called, remembers when the Navy Air Core trained its pilots on campus,

He says with a chuckle, “It started with about 40 acres and grew to about 140.” Gordon met the love of his life, Mary Ann, in the Minneapolis area after graduating from NDSCS. Together they had two children: Debra who resides in Roseville, Minn., and Gary who owns and runs a horse ranch in Missoula, Mont.

DREAMS Auction DREAMS Auction 2014 - April 11, 2014

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he 18th Annual DREAMS Auction was another successful fundraiser for NDSCS. Thank you to all who shared their time, talent and financial support. This event would not have been possible without the support from attendees, volunteers, donors, student ambassadors,

employees, business members and the community.

This year’s event was attended by a crowd of over 750 guests and featured over $90,000 of live and Art Grochow and Meryl Hansey enjoying the evening. silent auction items, all donated by business, alumni date of Friday, April 11, 2014 and join us and friends of the college. at the 19th annual DREAMS Auction. This year nearly $200,000 If you would like to donate or hear was raised to help support more about the DREAMS auction, the NDSCS Foundation’s please contact Kim at 701.671.2946 or mission - “To support and kimberly.j.hansen@ndscs.edu. You may assist those activities that also visit our website at www.ndscsalumni. develop and strengthen com to view a video of the 2012 DREAMS the North Dakota State Auction and to learn more about the College of Science.” We annual event. encourage you to save the

(L to R) Jeff Yaggie, Tony Casper, Diane Barth and Rick Steckler

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Family from Hazen Honors Parents with

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elvin and Frances Gutknecht always emphasized the value of education, instilling this and the importance of enjoying an honest living into each of their six children. It is with this spirit that the Gutknecht family has established an Endowed Scholarship at NDSCS for a deserving student. This perpetual scholarship will be awarded annually to a second year student in the automotive repair and refinishing program. As they tell it, their father was magnetically attracted to classic cars, old car parts, salvage yards, swap meets, engines, garages, cruising, car races and old car museums. As a serious hobbyist, Melvin meticulously repaired and restored many classic vehicles to award winning condition – each project taking years to complete.

1934 Ford and 1941 Ford

Melvin and Frances were charter/founding members of the Prairie Rose Car Club. They participated in countless car shows, including 25 consecutive years as exhibitors at the Medora Classic Car Show where they won two best of show awards with their 1941 Ford Convertible and 1954 Mercury Sun Valley. To untrained eyes, these vehicles started out looking like hopeless heaps of rusted junk, but eventually Melvin painstakingly transformed them into mint condition, road ready classics. Melvin grew up on a homestead farm south of Hazen, N.D., where his dad taught him how to weld. He enrolled in the auto body repair program at ND State School of Science (1949-1950), learning the fine art of auto repair and perfecting his welding 10

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skills. As a student, Melvin walked into I.E. Lillegard’s Auto Dealership looking for work. The owner took Melvin over to a foreign pick-up and asked him if he could fix the vehicle’s fender beading. Melvin said yes - Lillegard said, “then you have a job.” After completing the program, he returned to Hazen and was hired to do auto bodywork at Klaudt Sales and Service, a local auto dealership. Frances Klaudt met Melvin when they were teenagers. She married Melvin in 1951 after completing her studies at the Dakota Business College. After farming full-time for 13 years, they bought a full-

service gas station in Hazen, operating it as Mel’s Standard Service. Melvin did the automotive/mechanical work while Frances took over the bookkeeping and office management. They sold the business in 1969 and bought an auto repair garage in Denver - moving the family to Colorado. They returned to Hazen in 1975 where Melvin worked as a reclamation heavy equipment blade operator for BMI Coal for the next 20 years. Frances worked as the school district clerk, was elected to the Hazen School Board in 1987 and worked at West River Telephone until she retired in 1997. Retirement would soon prove to provide more time to enjoy the camaraderie of other car enthusiasts. Their faith, family, friends and community were always present in their lives. The Melvin and Frances Gutknecht Classic Auto Scholarship is a fitting way for the six Gutknecht children to appreciate their parents. This scholarship will assist with the cost of a valued education, while honoring Melvin and Frances who enjoyed the delightful feeling of restoring a piece of history back to its past glory.

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here are several ways to make a gift to the North Dakota State College of Science, and you have tremendous flexibility in determining how the funds will be used, as well as many options for making your gift. One option is to make your gift unrestricted, which allows the Foundation to allocate the funds wherever the need is greatest. These contributions may be used to support costs associated with financial aid, teaching enhancements, equipment, facilities and many other items. Those making annual gifts become sustaining donors of the Alumni Foundation and have six different Club Levels to choose from starting with the Science of Success Club. Please visit www.ndscsalumni. com to learn more about donating opportunities.

You can also direct your gift to a specific department, program, College group or campus initiative. When you make a gift to NDSCS and direct it to one of your specific passions, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you will be making a difference in an area that is personally meaningful to you. TYPES OF GIFTS • Cash • Appreciated Securities • Stocks and Bonds

PLANNED GIVING Making a Planned Gift is another way NDSCS benefactors can greatly aid the College’s mission as well as leave a legacy for the donor or their family for years to come. Planned gifts, which are donations made through long-term estate or financial plans, have two main benefits: 1. They are generally deferred until after your lifetime, so your current income or assets remain unaffected. 2. With many planned gifts, you have the right to change your mind and at any time throughout your lifetime. ARE WE IN YOUR WILL? The easiest and most popular way to support the NDSCS Foundation, while still putting your family’s current financial needs first, is to include a gift in your will or revocable living trust, which is called a bequest. If you choose to leave a percentage of your estate, no matter how the size of your estate changes over the years, gifts to your family and charities remain proportionate. If you currently do not have a will, please go to www.ndscsalumni.com and visit the Planned Giving page to download the Wills Guide. This free download will save you valuable time and money when you set an appointment with your planning advisor.

• Real Estate • Personal Property • Trusts and Annuities • Life Insurance • Matching Gift Programs • Pledges • Bequests/Will Beneficiaries

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n my discussions with the many alumni who have made the decision to help give back to NDSCS, I’m constantly asked – where do you suggest I give? My response to all of them is to support your NDSCS passions. This invariably leads to many “alumni stories” about Wildcat athletics, Wildcat Singers, Stage Band, Student Senate, CAB or time spent in Old Main or the Bute Gym. It might be a story about a faculty member who listened and made a difference in the alum’s life. Many times it is a recollection of how a staff member took them under their wing and helped them through a tough time. For others, it’s about the life-long friends they met on campus or the education they received and how it impacted their lives. In the end, they find the passion they want to give back to. So, if you are thinking of remembering NDSCS in your will or have had a great year and want to give back to NDSCS for helping make it happen, just support your NDSCS passions!

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Calling all NDSCS Couples!

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he following story is about a couple that met and learned together at NDSCS. Send us your story! Who knows, it may just end up in the next edition of the Alumni Review. Fifty mile an hour winds combined with 100 degrees below zero wind chill will make anyone re-evaluate what they’re doing outside, let alone working on a construction crew. Such was the case for Richard Michaelis from Cooperstown, N.D. Some 40 years, four kids, five grand kids and a booming business later, it’s easy for Richard to relive the moment he decided to head to Wahpeton and begin his college career. Returning home after serving for four years in the Navy, Dick decided he was going to NDSCS to begin his studies. He met Linda, the love of his life and wife of 40 years, just before heading to Wahpeton. Linda had worked at the Jamestown Hospital for six years, but decided she too would attend NDSCS to become a Registered Nurse. “They made you feel proud to be a nurse,” she said of those she worked with in the Nursing department.

Richard and Linda lived in the married housing section on campus with Richard’s brother. Things were a little crowded, so much so that when Linda needed some quiet, she would go sit in the bath tub for some privacy. Dick changed majors about three weeks into his freshman year. With the suggestion of his landlord/instructor, Leonard Ruzicka, he enrolled in the Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology program which proved to be a good fit since he had a construction background. With a little help catching up from Mr. Ruzicka, Dick was back up to speed and enjoying school once again. Dick and Linda were on the Dean’s list and Dick received the Successful Student Award from NDSCS two years after graduating. Just before graduation in 1974, both Linda and Dick got dressed up and attended a job fair on campus. Each was offered a job in Paynesville, Minn. Dick took the position of assistant manager for Fullerton Lumber and Linda as a nurse at the Paynesville Area Hospital where she would spend the next 39 years.

Richard and Linda Michaelis

Dick worked a short time as the assistant, was named manager and then two years later area manager over 12 yards. He held that position at Fullerton for eight years before leaving and starting his own business in Paynesville. Dick owns M&M Lumber, Landscaping & Rental: a landscaping business, a tool and machine rental facility and a full lumber yard that supplies materials to many of the top contractors in southeastern Minnesota. Linda and Dick have three sons: Jason (44) who lives in Spokane, Wash., Brandon (35) of Spicer, Minn., and Darren (34) of Paynesville, Minn. Their one daughter, Amberly (32) resides in Palm Coast, Fla.

1978 Dental Hygiene Class

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he Dental Hygiene Class of 1978 is invited to celebrate their 35th class reunion at the 2013 NDSCS Homecoming taking place the weekend of October 4th5th, Retired Department Chair Dr. Rod Casad says that he will stick around for a few more weeks than normal before heading to Florida if enough of the class sends in their RSVP’s! Jean Freden will be giving you a tour of the Dental offices.

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For more information check out the www. ndscsalumni.com website or you can call the Alumni office at 701-671-2247. If you know of any classmates that might not be getting the Alumni Review please contact the Foundation office to help us track them down. Look forward to seeing you, Diane Dawley Barth and Nancy Flick Woodmansee

NDSCS Grad Passionate about Student Success and Giving Back! N

ot many days pass when Dwayne Waltower, NDSCS graduate and 1992 Hall of Fame Football team member, isn’t doing something to help high school students find their place in this world and succeed. Whether it’s coaching high school boy’s basketball and football, or just being a good listener and mentor, Dwayne is making a difference and changing lives. When he puts his arm around a student, looks them in the eye and says, “You know what kid? You matter,” that student knows that Dwayne is genuine and really cares. The level of trust kids have in him is remarkable. Jim Johnson, NDSCS Enrollment Services Specialist in the Twin Cities, recently asked Waltower, “What makes you tick? Where do you get your passion?” Waltower was quick to respond… “There have been so many people in my life who have been there for me I just want

(L to R) North High 1. Jenny Fleming, Minneapolis North High School Guidance Counselor; David Hall, North Grad/2013 NDSCS football recruit; and Dwayne Waltower.

to give back. One of the most incredible experiences in my life was attending college at NDSCS. The teachers and staff played such an important role in shaping who I am today. They believed in me when others didn’t. They held me accountable and they were my mentors. In fact, they still are! I still keep in contact with Jane Krump (my Health Teacher), Max Reinke (my Math Teacher), Shelley Blome (the Financial Aid Director) and of course, Coach Richman (Dr. John Richman – now President of the College).”

“I remember Coach telling us regularly that being a member of the NDSCS Football team was bigger than just winning games. He wanted us to develop into students of good character – role models for others – and young men who would become leaders of our communities and who would give back.”

Not only is Waltower a successful sales representative for General Mills, passionate about “telling the NDSCS story” and a frequent referrer of prospective students to the College, he is also an active participant with the alumni association, soliciting funds for the current Locker Sponsorship and Naming Rights Fundraising Campaign. “Giving back to NDSCS – a place that gave so much to me? I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Waltower.

Ed Would Have Been Very Proud! F ran Werre is not your normal Wildcat Basketball fan. In fact, the NDSCS Basketball Arena is named after her husband, Ed Werre, long-time Wildcat coach and Athletic Director. Ed coached some great basketball teams in the 50s and 60s, and Fran loved to watch Ed’s teams play. Through the years, Fran’s passion for Wildcat Athletics has continued to grow – she is now an avid Wildcat booster at the age of 92 with no signs of slowing down! After Ed’s passing in 2003, Fran decided to honor her late husband by establishing the Ed Werre Endowment. Each year the earnings from this endowment go to one NDSCS student athlete. This past year’s recipient was Clay Anderson, a basketball player from Rosholt, S.D. Clay was a

standout on the 2012-2013 team and thrilled many NDSCS fans, including Fran, with his consistent 3-point shooting.

Earlier this year, Fran and Clay had the chance to sit down during a scholarship luncheon and talk about Wildcat Athletics, basketball and life in general. It was a special moment for a lifelong passionate Wildcat fan like Fran to sit down and learn more about a young man just starting out in life. As Fran was getting ready to leave the luncheon I asked her what she was thinking and she said that she had a great time at the luncheon and was so pleased to meet Clay. She was quite sure that Ed would have been very proud to have such a fine young man like Clay on his team.

Fran Werre and Clay Anderson at the Scholarship Luncheon.

So thank you Clay for making a great impression on a fine woman and supporter of NDSCS Athletics, and thank you Fran Werre for all you have done for NDSCS throughout the years. Brad Barth Alumni/Foundation Executive Director ndscsalumni.com

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2013 LETTERWINNER INDUCTEES Melissa Carpenter Godlewski was a 1980-82 Basketball and Track athlete as well as a Computer Programming student from Adrian, N.D. This two-sport star saw plenty Melissa Godlewski of success while playing for the Wildcats. The ‘80-‘81 Basketball team was the NDJC Champions and set eight new team records. Melissa, a team co-captain, contributed with most rebounds and steals, setting a freshman record. She was also a member of the 1982 Regional Championship Track team that went on to Nationals. While at Nationals she participated in the High Jump and Heptathlon, earning Honorable Mention All-American status for the High Jump. Melissa lives in Gurnee, Ill., with her husband, Raymond, and their two children, Raymond Jr. and Amy. She credits NDSCS for her successful career in the computer industry. Thomas J. Kinchen, Jr., a 1992-93 Football and Track athlete from Minot, N.D., helped the ‘92 Football team to a Graphic Bowl game win. In 1992 Thomas was a 1st Team All-Conference Thomas Kinchen Jr. winner and led the Conference in receiving. As a Wildcat sprinter, he ran a 10.8 in the 100 meter. Thomas credits his NDSCS education experience as excellent preparation for the ever-changing computer industry, and even though he went on to study at other colleges, still remembers his 14

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time at NDSCS as the best. Thomas is married to Stephanie and has three children, Thomas III, Teagan and Ty, and is currently employed as a computer technician in Minot. Twila J. Wolf Leingang was a 1987-89 two-sport athlete in Volleyball and Track and Field from Bismarck, N.D. She was also a member of the 1988 NDJC State Volleyball team that went on to Twila Leingang win the Regional Tournament and make the first National Tournament appearance for an NDSCS Volleyball team, ending with a 37-4-2 record. Twila also participated on the ‘87-‘88 and ‘88-‘89 Regional Track Championship teams and competed at Nationals placing second in the Javelin in ‘88 and first in ‘89. She was awarded the All-American status both years. Twila is married to her husband, Troy, and has three children, Trever, Ty and Taylor. She

is a Medical Claim Analyst working for Aetna in Mandan, N.D. Diane M. Swanson Ricker was a 19791981 athlete in Track and Field from Henning, Minn. Diane was a member of the NDJC State Championship team in 1980 and an NDSCS indoor and Diane Ricker outdoor record holder in the shot put. In 1980 she went to Nationals to compete in the shot put, placing second and earning the 1st Team Junior College All-American status. Academic honors include Who’s Who in National Junior Colleges and the Deans List both years. Diane is married to Allen and has three children, Megan Johnson, Blain Johnson and Casey Ricker. She is the Manager of IS for Lincoln Mutual Life & Casualty Insurance Company and lives in Hickson, N.D.

The 1969-1970 Men’s Basketball Team compiled a 22-8 record and in 1970 was only the second basketball team to attend the National Tournament. They got to Nationals by winning three games in the Sub-Region Tournament and then two games in the Region XIII in Hibbing, Minn. At Nationals they won their first game, but lost the next two for a final 12th place in the nation. Don Engen was the Head Coach and Darrel Anderson was the Assistant Coach. Team members included: Jim Jenkins, Bill Bluford, Rick Christianson, Paul Hanson, Mike Bjerke, Tom Casuey, Larry Lee, Duane Breuer, Ron Mohs, Fran Plautz, Alan Peterson and Max Reinke. This team would generate five NDSCS Hall of Fame Members.

2013 LETTERWINNER INDUCTEES David W. Sherbrooke was a 1985-86 two-sport athlete in Football and Boxing from Pelican Rapids, Minn. David was a standout defensive linebacker/ defensive end who was also David Sherbrooke a Golden Gloves Boxer. In 1987 he won the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship and was invited to the 1988 Olympic Trials. David owns a successful erosion control and landscaping business in Lake Park, Minn., and has a son named Jake.

The 1989-1990 Men’s Basketball Team posted a record of 23 wins and six losses on its way to the Region XIII Championship title. In the District Championship they lost a thriller in overtime to Western, Neb. This would be the first of four Region Championships for Coach Ed Toohey. The team was made up of 11 players with eight of them from North Dakota, including three players from Wahpeton. The Head Coach was Ed Toohey and the Assistant Coach was Greg Stemen. Team members included: John Barnes, Kent Flickinger, Michael Gall, Daniel Gylten, Kevin Lenz, Chad Lingen, Jeffrey Lingo, Scott Morrison, David Nelson, Vernard Sandifer and Doug Skarp.

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Locker sponsored by: John Richman – 1972 Brad Barth – 1977 Chad Fredericksen – 1987 Dwayne Waltower– 1992

WILDCAT ATHLETES! Show your support for Wildcat Athletics either as an individual or as part of a team. Sponsor a locker in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center or the Earl “Skip” Bute Stadium through the Locker Sponsorship and Naming Rights Fundraising Campaign.

Become a part of the Wildcat Tradition and consider being one of the “special few” past athletes to sponsor a locker. By sponsoring a locker, your name and year will be included on a special plaque and displayed on the locker signifying your support and commitment to NDSCS Wildcat Athletics for years to come. For more information go to www.ndscswildcats.com or call 701-671-2131.

If you’re a past letterwinner or supporter of NDSCS athletics, you know the feeling of respect and pride that comes with being a Wildcat. By sponsoring a locker, you will be helping current and future Wildcat athletes continue a tradition of excellence. The goal of our campaign is to have up to four former athletes sponsor a locker at $750 each in each of the sports listed below:

Actual lockers may be different than one shown.

Football Locker Room: 90 Lockers x 4 = 360 sponsorships available Men’s Basketball Locker Room: 18 Lockers x 4 = 72 sponsorships available Women’s Basketball Locker Room: 18 Lockers x 4 = 72 sponsorships available Volleyball Locker Room: 18 Lockers x 4 = 72 sponsorships available Softball Locker Room: 18 Lockers x 4 = 72 sponsorships available

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2013 NDSCS HOMECOMING

NDSCS

Homecoming September 30 - October 5

Celebrate Homecoming 2013 with the NDSCS Alumni/ Foundation, students, departments, faculty, staff and the Wahpeton and Breckenridge communities!

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elp make this year’s NDSCS Homecoming a fun and memorable event. If you’re an alumni, a retiree, family member or friend of NDSCS, join us as we celebrate the past, the present and the future as we build a foundation for future Wildcats. For more information and to register for any of the following events, visit www.ndscsalumni.com.

HIGHLIGHTS Alumni, Friends and Family Welcome and Registration Upon arrival to campus, we welcome all alumni, friends and family to check in with our alumni foundation staff for event and tour information. Pep Rally on the Oval The Pep Rally captures the true spirit of a Wildcat Homecoming with musical entertainment, introductions of coaches and teams, student activities and a Catbacker gathering. Alumni and Friends Social Gather your classmates and bring Alumni and Friends back to campus for social time, complete with hors d’ oeuvres and fun ($10 per person at the door. Please RSVP to www.ndscsalumni.com). Alumni/Foundation NDSCS Homecoming Honoree Program The Honoree program will award the following individuals, who are also featured in this publication. Honoring: Terry Goerger, Ed and Cathy Uhlich, Dale Grosz, General Equipment – Don Shilling, Max Reinke, NDSCS Print Services – Sherri Metcalf and Lyle Walen. Homecoming Parade The annual parade will feature over 125 entries and begins at Wells Memorial Park in Breckenridge and proceeds down Dakota Avenue in Wahpeton. Homecoming Football Game NDSCS Wildcats will take on the Dakota College Bottineau “Lumberjacks” at 1 p.m. Letterwinners Hall of Fame Banquet The banquet will honor the newest additions to the NDSCS Wildcat Hall of Fame ($15 per person at the door. Please RSVP at www.ndscsalumni.com). Honoring: Melissa (Carpenter) Godlewski, Tom (TJ) Kinchan, Twila (Wolf ) Leingang, Diane (Swanson) Ricker, David Sherbrooke, 1969-1970 Men’s Basketball Team and 1989-1990 Men’s Basketball Team.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Downtown Store Front Contest Begins

Judging will take place during Homecoming week by voting for your favorite store front online on the Wahpeton Daily News web site www.wahpetondailynews.com

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

7 p.m. NDSCS Wildcat Volleyball vs. Jamestown College JV – “Cats for a Cure” (Wear Pink) Clair T. Blikre Activities Center-Ed Were Arena

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

8 p.m. Homecoming Coronation

Bremer Bank Theatre at Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

5-7 p.m. Classy and Classic Carshow

Downtown Wahpeton, Dakota Avenue To register or for more information visit www.wahpeton.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

10:30 a.m. NDSCS Food Show on the Oval

8 a.m. Alumni and Hall of Fame Honorees Breakfast Red River Valley Room,

8 a.m. Wildcat Tracks 5K Run/Walk

Student Center

Residential Life

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Available for Purchase

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Photo Booth on the Oval, sponsored by ATOD

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tailgate Party Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium

NDSCS Wildcat Football vs. Dakota College Bottineau Lumberjacks 1 p.m. Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium

Red River Valley Room

Homecoming Parade 10 a.m.

11 – 11:45 a.m. Catbacker/Letterwinners Club Luncheon

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Games on the Oval provided by NDSCS

Chahinkapa Zoo Register at www.chahinkapazoo.org

Welles Memorial Park to NDSCS Campus Oval

(back-up location – Plains Room, Student Center) Hors d’oeuvre samples provided by 1st Year Culinary Arts Students

Homecoming Pep Rally and Games on the Oval 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Everyone Welcome!

The Alley, Student Center

8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Post Ceremony Alumni and Friends Social The Alley, Student Center

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

NDSCS-Fargo Campus Family Day 1305 19th Ave. N. Fargo, N.D. 58102 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Alumni, Friends and Family Welcome and Registration Lambert Hupperler Foyer at Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

5 - 7 p.m. Alumni and Friends Open House Social The Alley, Student Center 7 p.m. Alumni Awards Recognition

5 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Social

6 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

9 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Social

The Alley, Student Center

Flickertail Dining Room, Student Center Cost - $15 per person (RSVP required) The Alley, Student Center

Campus Connection and Flickertail Dining Room (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention)

12 - 12:45 p.m. Homecoming Pep Rally on the Oval 1 p.m. NDSCS Food Show

Plains Room, Student Center Desserts provided by 2nd Year Culinary Arts Students

HOMECOMING 2013 REGISTRATION Please register online at www.ndscsalumni.com ndscsalumni.com

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Platinum Sponsor Econo Wine & Spirits

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cono Wine and Spirits has had an incredibly busy and exciting year. In addition to supporting the NDSCS Foundation at the Platinum level for the third consecutive year, the Econo Family recently made a strong move to solidify their future. On January 1, 2013, Econofoods, Econo Wine & Spirits and Chuck’s Off Sale joined the Lueken’s Village Foods stores in Bemidji, Minn., to become Employee Owned.

work more closely with the community and adapt to any required business changes to meet our customers’ needs.”

“We anticipate becoming 100% employee owned within the next two years,” said Econo Manager, Barry Bower. This is a huge change after 28 years of being owned privately. Barry added, “We will continue to carry on the standards Joe Lueken instilled in us as the company has grown. Becoming employee owned will allow us to

“We are strongly committed to making this community better and look forward to working with NDSCS in the future,” said Barry. “NDSCS has been a cornerstone to the community for many years and we will continue to partner with the college to make the community even stronger!”

As a group, Econo has three grocery stores, two liquor stores and will soon be in the restaurant business in Bemidji, Minn., as well.

Thank you to Econo Wine & Spirits for the strong support you have provided to the NDSCS Alumni/Foundation. This collaborative effort helps to move the Foundation forward in its mission to support and strengthen the North Dakota State College of Science.

Platinum Sponsor Bell State Bank & Trust

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ince 2008, Bell State Bank & Trust has developed a great relationship with NDSCS, its Athletic Department and the Alumni/Foundation. Bank President Rick Steckler and his wife, Millie, have made a personal commitment to support and improve not only the College, but the entire Wahpeton/Breckenridge community as well. The construction of a beautiful, newly built branch in Wahpeton and the addition of a new branch in Breckenridge gives Bell State Bank & Trust a solid foothold in the twin town area. As with most successful businesses, people make the difference. Bell State Bank has an incredible staff that has the ability to take care of each customer’s entire financial relationship.

It Forward” program. In 2013 this program was expanded, allowing each employee to support a cause of their choice while helping another customer, vendor or community member do the same. A very sincere thank you goes out from the Foundation to Bell State Bank & Trust for their continued sponsorship and partnership with NDSCS.

Bell State Bank & Trust Breckenridge Staff

Bell State Bank & Trust’s employees also give back to the communities they serve by participating in the company’s “Pay Bell State Bank & Trust Wahpeton Staff

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Alumni/Foundation Sponsors The following sponsors have played a key role in supporting the operations of the Alumni/Foundation. Becoming a sponsor not only helps support the activities and programs that benefit NDSCS, but also promotes your business. Sponsorships will be recognized at Alumni/Foundation events as well as in this Alumni Review mailing that goes out to over 35,000 alumni and friends. For more information on being a sponsor contact the Alumni/Foundation office at 701-671-2247.

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2013-14 ALUMNI/FOUNDATION EVENTS CALENDAR Mark your calendars and come back to experience the “Science of Success” 8/23 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/31

9/13 9/19 9/26

August 2013 Alumni/Foundation Board Meeting Orientation Business Expo Fall Semester Begins Volleyball Home Opener Football Home Opener September 2013 Catbacker Luncheon Volleyball “Hawaiian Night” Fall Business Expo

10/1 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/4 10/5 10/5 10/5 10/5 10/22 10/29

October 2013 Volleyball “Cats for Cure” Wear Pink Homecoming Catbacker Luncheon Family/Alumni/Community Day Homecoming Alumni and Friends Social Homecoming Recognition and Dance Alumni Breakfast Homecoming Parade Homecoming Football Game Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Fall Music Concert NDSCS Fall Play

11/1 11/2 11/15

November 2013 Catbacker Luncheon Men’s and Women’s Basketball Opener Alumni/Foundation Board Meeting

12/6 12/12

December 2013 Holiday Music Concert Catbacker Luncheon

1/7 1/17 *TBD 1/23

January 2014 Spring Semester Begins Catbacker Luncheon Alumni “Meet and Greet” Basketball Red Shirt Day and BBQ Feed

2/7 2/14 2/21 2/23 2/24

February 2014 Mesa, Ariz. Alumni “Meet and Greet” Catbacker Luncheon Alumni/Foundation Board Meeting Basketball Games/Catbacker Appreciation Mass Band Concert

3/3 3/11 3/14 *TBD

4/8 4/11 4/25 4/26 4/28

March 2014 Mass Choir Concert Spring Play Catbacker Luncheon Alumni “Meet and Greet” April 2014 Spring Concert DREAMS Auction Catbacker Luncheon Alumni Sports Weekend Social Final Music Concert

5/8 5/15 5/16

May 2014 Agawasie Day Alumni/Foundation Board Meeting Graduation Day

6/4 6/12 6/19

June 2014 Summer Semester Begins NDSCS Wildcat Golf Open Bismarck Area Reunion

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July 2014 Otter Tail Lakes Area, Minn. Reunion *TBD - date to be determined (visit www.ndscsalumni.com for dates)


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