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Fall 2011

Mount Marty College

Mount Marty College Proudly Announces New President p.10

UPDATE Fall 2011

Dear Alumni and Friends: I am pleased to have been chosen to serve as President of Mount Marty College. Since arriving in July, I have gained first-hand knowledge of how the Benedictine foundations of Mount Marty College enhance the liberal arts educational experience that we provide for our students. Our core values: awareness of God, community, hospitality, and life-long learning are embraced by all of us at Mount Marty College. As a result, our educational programs are enhanced and our students experience personal growth that extends beyond the classroom. I am proud to be able to join such a rich educational environment, one that promotes intellectual and spiritual growth of each person. In recent months, we have embarked on projects to enhance the environment for living and learning on the Mount Marty campus. Your generosity has allowed us to embark on a major renovation of Marian Auditorium. In fact, we were excited to welcomesstudents back in a newly painted and carpeted facility with more comfortable seating. Your continued support will allow us to provide enhancements to the auditorium lighting and sound systems. Major gifts are also allowing us to move forward with plans to convert the old library into teaching laboratories that will enhance our science and nursing educational programs. We are grateful for the support that you provide to Mount Marty College and believe that it is important for you to know that with your support we are able to offer one of the most affordable Catholic college educational experiences in the nation. Thank you for keeping Mount Marty College and our students, faculty, and staff in your intentions. This issue of “Update� comes as we begin a celebration of 75 years of Mount Marty College. The vision of our founder, Mother Jerome Schmitt, and the unwavering dedication of our sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, have positioned us well for the future. Join us throughout the year as we mark our 75th birthday. Our year long celebration will culminate with the Mount Marty All School Reunion, June 29 - July 1, 2012. I hope that you plans will include participation in the reunion as we celebrate the past, present and future of Mount Marty College. Sincerely,

Joseph Benoit, Ed.D. President


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The Alumni Publication of Mount Marty College


Fall 2011


04 Alumni Mystery Photo 05 Campus Happenings


13 Alumni Spotlight 16 Athletics Update


28 Faculty & Staff News


33 Class Notes


MMC President Joseph Benoit takes office in July. See page 10 for the full story.

Update Fall 2011 Edition Update, a Mount Marty College Alumni publication, is published two times a year to share information and updates on alumni, programs, activities and needs of the college. Send class notes and information updates to: Mount Marty College Jen Moser, Alumni Director 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078 Phone: 605-668-1286 Fax: 605-668-1240 e-mail: Jennifer Moser, Alumni Director Sheila Kuchta, Editor Amy Majeres, Graphic Design Specialist Megan Kuchta, Graphic Designer Contributors: Stephanie Schultz, Loretta Sorenson, Sister Aidan Bourke, Rich Lofthus


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Campus Happenings C A M P U S

Mount Marty College Says Good-Bye to Interim President, Carrol Krause Mount Marty College faculty and staff said good-bye and thank you to Interim President Carrol Krause, Ed.D., and his wife, Jo, at a special gathering held in their honor in June. They were presented with a framed photo of Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel.


Krause had served as Interim President of the college since March of 2010 as it searched for new leadership after the resignation of James T. Barry. He had previously served as interim leader in 2001-2002. Some of Krause’s accomplishments during his tenure include beginning the Marian Auditorium renovations, beginning fundraising for the science and nursing center in the old library, and the start of a practical nursing certificate and a master’s degree in nursing program.

BRIN Research Conducted on MMC Campus The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) sponsored eight undergraduate students at Mount Marty College this past summer. The students conducted research under the supervision of Mount Marty’s two BRIN mentors, Vicki Geiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Chun Wu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry. Student research assistants included Emily Girard, Kearney, Neb.; Emily Rausch, Rapid City, S.D.; Julie Girard, Kearney, Neb.; Mathias Godsil, Papillion, Neb.; Kylie Gross, Yankton, S.D.; Amber Kruse, Scotland, S.D.; Tyler McCune, Huron, S.D.; and Hayley Rutledge, Yorba Linda, Calif. Six students participated on the Mount Marty campus, one at the University of South Dakota, and one in Sioux Falls. The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program designed to earmark research funds for historically low-funded states to develop infrastructure that will enhance the state’s ability to attain competitive research funding. One of the objectives of the 10-week, paid fellowship is to encourage undergraduate students to follow research careers by exposing them to bench research. Virtually all former BRIN students have been successful in gaining acceptance to graduate and professional schools. Part of the experience includes hands-on laboratory experience in research labs; daily interactions with research faculty, staff, and students; weekly seminar programs; and presenting research at a poster session. All participating Mount Marty students attended the 2011 BRIN Convocation held at the University of South Dakota in July with students McCune and Rausch winning the 2011 UGF Elevator Speech Contest.

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Osnes Named Mother Jerome Schmitt Scholar C A M P U S H A P P E N I N G S

Mount Marty senior, Jacquelyn Osnes, daughter of John and Joni (Wagner, C’76) Osnes of Rapid City, S.D., was selected as the Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholar for 2011-2012. Osnes is an elementary and special education major with aspirations of attending graduate school for a degree in speech pathology or special education. She is active in Education Club, ADMIT Club, Mixed Choir, and Campus Ministry, and has also served as an Orientation Leader, Ambassador, student tutor at the Learning Center, and a writer for The Moderator. Upon hearing of her selection for the honor, Osnes said, “Receiving this scholarship is just one of the many blessings that I have received in my time at Mount Marty. In the Gospel of Luke, God’s people are reminded that ‘to whom much has been given, of him much will be required.’ In my remaining time at Mount Marty and even after that, I hope to give back to this community in every opportunity possible.”

Jacquelyn Osnes, ‘11-’12 Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholar

Undergraduate Service Sciences Leadership Program to Begin Mount Marty College announced a collaboration with IBM to launch a Service Science Leadership minor starting Fall 2011. The interdisciplinary minor is an adaptation of IBM’s Service Science, Management, and Engineering (SSME) curriculum. Mount Marty is one of the first to offer this program at the undergraduate level to MMC’s top students. Professional preparedness and marketability will enhance the degree of each student who chooses to include this minor as a component of his/her degree plan.

Amanda Houska as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Jordan Foos as Jesus, and Leonard Risinger as a Roman Guard

Audience Experiences the Heartbeat of Jesus in Lenten Performance MMC Theatre Department, in cooperation with Campus Ministries, presented, “Breadth of Heaven,” during the Lenten season. The presentation of Jesus’ last days included a traditional Living Last Supper followed by a contemporary Way of the Cross. The fourteen Stations of the Cross were presented through images, sound and light. The performance was under the direction of Andy Henrickson, Director of Theatre; with scenic & lighting design by Stephen English, Designer/Technical Director; costume design by Keryl Brady, adjunct theatre faculty; and sound design by student Nicholas Rokahr. The cast included 23 of Mount Marty’s students.


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In addition to taking the entire program as an undergraduate minor, individual leadership courses will be available to management professionals of the region. The principles and theories presented in the classroom will be applied in the workplace through case studies and community outreach activities.

Students Attend Leadership Training Mount Marty students participated in a two-night Leadership Training held on the Yankton campus during the spring semester. According to Sr. Maribeth Wentzlaff, Director of Campus Ministry & Residence Life and Executive Director of the Benedictine Institute, “I was so impressed with the caliber of student leaders who came to these sessions. There was a true energy in the room, and I walked away affirmed in the goodness of students on Mount Marty’s Campus,” she commented. “Through the Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics, and Social Justice, we hope to continue to offer future programs to help our students hone their leadership skills.”

Choirs and Director Recognized in National Contest

Student Writers Get Published

Mount Marty’s Mixed Chorus and Chamber Choir, along with Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Sean Vogt, were semifinalists in the national music competition, The American Prize, this past spring. The choir groups were among eight semi-finalists to advance in the 2011 College/University Chorus Division of the competition. Dr. Vogt was a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Conducting in the Choral Division. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

The 2011 PADDLEFISH awards were presented at a noon forum in May. Students read their selected works and English Professor, Dr. Jim Reese, presented the student awards.


Student award winners included:


Sr. Eileen Neville Award for Poetry James Ball Eugene Brinkmeyer Award for Fiction Brian Teel Fr. Jack Garvey Award for Nonfiction Jordan Salvas Mount Marty College students Bethany Bakker, Kjersten Panzirer, and Stephanie Schultz also had work published. Copies of Paddlefish can be purchased at

Students Give Service During Spring Break Eight Mount Marty students and two staff members packed up a van and headed south to Mississippi for spring break. However, instead of vacationing, they were headed for a week of service during MMC’s annual Spring Break Service Trip.

Student, April Buschelman, spent time with the children of Palmer Orphanage

The group traveled to Brooksville, Miss. to give attention and love to the children living in Palmer Orphanage, to assist staff members of The Dwelling Place (a non-profit retreat and prayer center) and help out where needed within the community. The week-long trip left students thankful for the insight gained, the gifts both given and received, and the lives they left an impression on along the way.

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“An Inspector Calls” Premiers on a New Theater Stage MMC Theatre unveiled a new performance space with its February production of AN INSPECTOR CALLS, written by J.B. Priestley. The play was produced in The Bistro Second Stage in Bede Hall. Director Stephen English cited, “The play addresses the issues of community and our responsibility as citizens of that community . . . Community demands responsibility.” The cast of AN INSPECTOR CALLS included Dr. James Simmons, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Vicki Geiser, Assistant Professor of Biology; and students; Jordan Foos, Kjersten Panzirer, Kevin Cosman, Mitchell Zenk, and Samantha Tobey. The play was under the direction, scenic and lighting design of English, Instructor of Theatre, costume design by Keryl Brady, Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, and sound design by student Nicholas Rokahr.

Spring Commencement Ceremonies Held in May Across the Yankton and Watertown campuses, 109 students from ten states received their Bachelors or Associates degrees in commencement ceremonies held in May. Yankton attorney, former Mount Marty College faculty member, and former member and Chair of the MMC Board of Trustees, Celia Miner, gave Yankton’s commencement address this year. Yankton resident Dagmar Hoxsie was presented with a Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and commitment to numerous ministries in the Yankton community. Watertown campus’s commencement was addressed by siblings Lois Hart and Jane Miner, who retired this year as full-time employees of Mount Marty College’s Watertown campus.


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Riverboat Days 2011 Mount Marty made its usual appearance at Yankton’s Riverboat Days by kicking off Saturday’s festivities with a 5K Run/Walk. The annual parade followed the Run/Walk event with MMC’s float drawing attention to its 75th Anniversary.

Nursing Students Attend State Student Nursing Convention


Mount Marty College nursing students attended the 2011 annual convention of Nursing Students Association of South Dakota (NSASD) in February at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The association empowers nursing students throughout the state with the information they need to become leaders in the nursing field. Two Mount Marty Nursing students were recognized for their strong leadership, dedication, and active involvement. Joshua Wenande was named Outstanding Nursing Student of South Dakota and Jennifer Duff was awarded the Naomi Jackson Leadership Award. Student nursing board leadership at this year’s convention included five Mount Marty students: President - Tana Bonnet (Newell, S.D.) Vice President - Jodi Vellek (Creighton, Neb.) Recording Secretary - Josh Wenande (Mitchell, S.D.) Corresponding Secretary - Jennifer Duff (Clearwater, Neb.) Community Health Chair - Therese Assman (Mission, S.D.) At the conclusion of the NSASD convention, four Mount Marty students were elected to the state board: Treasurer - Scott Bormann (Mission Hill, S.D) Web Administrator - Alicia Pick (Sioux City, Iowa) Corresponding Secretary - Jamie VanDer Broek (Yankton, S.D.) Nominations Chair - Rachel Frickel (Atkinson, Neb.)

H A P P E N I N G S MMC Nursing Students (L to R) Clement, Lucas, Vander Broek, Bonnet, Sr. Kathy, Pick, Duff, Frickel

MMC Nursing Students Recognized at National Convention Two Mount Marty College nursing students, Jennifer Duff (Clearwater, Neb.) and Joan Clement (St. Lawrence, S.D.) were recognized this spring at the National Student Nurses’ Association’s (NSNA) annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Duff, a junior serving on the South Dakota Student Nurses’ Association Board, was elected to serve on the 2011-2012 National Nominating and Elections Committee, and Clement authored and presented a resolution that will be endorsed by the National Association. “NSNA has a big voice in national healthcare legislation and changes in the profession of nursing,” Duff commented. “I was inspired to become more involved as the association provides a way to bring student nurses all together, give them a voice, and teach them about the endless possibilities and the importance of nursing as a whole.” MMC Assistant Professor of Nursing, Kathryn Burt, OSB, is pleased with Mount Marty students’ level of participation. “I was very proud of the all the students who represented South Dakota at the convention. It is apparent that our MMC nursing students embrace leadership and professionalism,” she said.

MMC Nursing Students at the 2011 annual convention of Nursing Students Association of South Dakota (NSASD).

Duff and Clement were joined by five other MMC students: Jenna Lucas (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Jami Vander Broek (Yankton, S.D.), Rachel Frickel (Atkinson, Neb.), Alicia Pick (Sioux City, Iowa), Tana Bonnet (Newell, S.D.) and Sr. Kathy Burt at the convention of over 500 delegates and 1500 nursing students from across the United States.

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Just months after stepping on campus as Mount Marty College’s President, Joseph Benoit is moving ahead with plans for the college’s future.

Benoit took office on July 1, and quickly began meeting with campus, community, and regional leaders in Yankton, Watertown, and Sioux Falls to gain insight into the status of the college and explore opportunities for future growth and success. A Louisiana native, Benoit came to Mount Marty from the University of North Dakota where he served as dean of the Graduate School. In addition, he was a professor for the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics since 2001. As Mount Marty’s president, his goal is to make Mount Marty one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation.


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“As students choose a school, they look at multiple colleges,” said Benoit. “We don’t want to be just one of the colleges on their list – we want to be at the top of that list.” To that end, his conversations with Mount Marty faculty and staff, alumni, benefactors, and area leaders have centered on building partnerships, securing fundraising, and improving academic and cultural opportunities.

We are looking at partnerships that work for all of our campuses Yankton, Watertown, Sioux Falls.

Some of his immediate plans include the completion of the Marian Auditorium renovation, which will offer improved facilities to host Mount Marty’s arts and humanities events as well as a venue for hosting other conferences and cultural events. The improvements to Marian are part of an expansion and enhancement of performing and visual arts at Mount Marty, Benoit said. “We’ve approached the completion of stage one in Marian with new seats, paint, carpet, sound and lighting booths,” he said. “We’ll follow with a new sound system and lighting to be completed this next spring.”

Other work this past summer included the addition of a large classroom in the music department and future plans may include some equipment upgrades. In the longer term, plans are underway to remodel current facilities for a new science and nursing complex in the old library building. Recent gifts like the $750,000 gift from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital are the beginning of a fundraising effort that will be in full force this year. On the academic side, Benoit is intent on improving and adding programs. “We want to look at programs that are a good fit for Mount Marty and the students we serve,” he said. The college just announced an LPN to bachelor’s nursing program that will begin this fall at the Watertown campus and is exploring other programs and distance education options that might fit at that campus. This fall, Mount Marty will become one of the few undergraduate programs in the nation offering a leadership minor based on the IBM program, Benoit said. “The students get more experience, and they are around people who have been there and done things in the real world,” he said. “It’s how we recruit and retain future leaders.” Other programs the college is working on or exploring include masters studies in teacher education, doctoral studies in anesthesia and nursing, a minor in entrepreneurship, and specialized studies in ag banking and finance, health administration, and sports management. (con’t. on page 31)

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Alumni Days 2011 July 15, 16, 17


“When we turn up the drive to the MMC campus I am overwhelmed with the warm feelings I experience...” remarked Joni (Wagner) Osnes, (C’76) at this year’s

Alumni Days event. A L U M N I

It was a special weekend full of re-uniting and reminiscing for many Mount Marty College alumns that started with registration on Friday night and the opportunity to browse through the memorabilia room or get together with classmates. Saturday began with breakfast and campus tours. Although almost unbearbable, the heat and humidity didn’t keep MMC Alums from visiting familiar places on campus and seeing the exciting changes that have been made since their time as students. Highlights of the tours included the Marian Auditorium renovation, Bistro, library, and Scholastica Learning Center. Alumni were able to cool off during lunch and tea before browsing the latest MMC gear and gifts at the Pages Bookstore1 and Monastery Gift Shop. The wine & hors d’oeuvres social & banquet was a nice end to the day with Norm Kunselman (C ’76)2 as the the Master of Ceremonies. The Alumni Awards were announced at this time with Deirdre Flaherty (C ’01)3 receiving the Distinguished Service to Church & Community Award and Jon Swegarden (C ’81) receiving the Distinguished Professional Service Award. The weekend concluded on Sunday with Mass at Bishop Marty Chapel and a farewell brunch for a chance to say goodbye to old friends. According to Barb Gobel, C’77, “Alumni Days are great! You don’t just get to re-live the good old days but you also get to rekindle the flame of our friendships.” Osnes and her husband, John, enjoy coming back to campus every opportunity they get. “We had a wonderful time at the 2011 Alumni Days! We missed many of you but hope to see you next year at the all school reunion (June 29 - July 1, 2012) as we celebrate 75 years of Benedictine education,” she said.

To see captions for these photos and other snapshots of the weekend, visit our FlickR page at


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Alumni Spotlight

Tony Lazarowicz


This issue’s Alumni Spotlight highlights Tony Lazarowicz, currently working at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Mount Marty College Class of: 2008 Major: Psychology, Criminal Justice, Behavioral Science My Current Residence: Lincoln, Nebraska


Norm & Mary Now!

Turn to pg 4 to see them during the glory days.

What I Do Now: For the past year I have worked as an Assistant Academic Program Coordinator with a learning community that works with over 800 students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I oversee the tutoring program, database management, academic programming, academic advising of undeclared students, communications management, and assist with academic probation. Prior to this position fulltime, I was a Graduate Assistant for the same learning community as I was pursuing my Masters of Arts in Counseling/Psychology. Building off of my Resident Assistant experience at Mount Marty, I am also currently the Resident Scholar for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and work with these young men to help them transition to college and become better leaders within the community and on campus. I am also pursuing my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education and have about two years until I complete this degree. My Professional/Personal Highlight: While my experience thus far has been extremely positive, one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have had so far has been being selected to present at a regional conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the National Academic Advising Association. This was my first experience traveling out of the country and presenting at a conference with international attendees was extremely enriching. (con’t. on page 14)

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Lazarowicz from page 13

How did you grow in your time at MMC? While there were many experiences that caused me to grow, I would have to say that learning how to balance being a professional and a friend with the students who lived in the resident halls is the most profound. As a resident assistant for two years, I was tasked with the responsibility to help other students succeed but also to uphold the values, mission, and standards of being a part of the campus community. At times, I had to set aside relationships uphold these responsibilities, but it taught me that true friends will respect you if you show respect to them, regardless of the outcome. This experience has continued to serve me daily with the students I work with now at UNL and within the fraternity. Why did you choose MMC? Coming from a small-school, I knew I wanted to have a small-school feel. The most important factor in my choice to attend MMC was the people. Everyone I encountered was friendly and wanted to get to know me. It is also what has left the biggest impact on me since leaving the Mount. The people of Mount Marty have continued to be there for me beyond the days we all spent together in Whitby and Corbey Halls. What opportunities were you allowed at MMC? I was given the opportunities to be involved in numerous things while at Mount Marty. Whether it was baseball, band, music, theater, residence life, student government, The Moderator, ADMIT Club, or campus dining, I was constantly seeking out new ways to stay involved. The beauty of a small institution is that you are able to explore many opportunities and not focus solely on one area of interest. A recent survey indicated that employers seek out students who have been involved, participated in community volunteerism, and have taken on leadership roles. At Mount Marty, I, along with most students I know, sought out many of these experiences, and many opportunities came to me which have allowed me to excel as both a continuing student and growing professional. Person that made the biggest impact on you while you attended MMC: Truly everyone at MMC impacted me significantly in different ways, but the one person who impacted me most was probably the person that I spent the least amount of time with, Professor Jeffery Jimison. Professor Jimison was a huge supporter of all student activities on campus and was also recruiting students, particularly athletes, to join Choir saying “you have a great voice, you would be wonderful in the choir!� I promised him in my freshmen year that I would give choir a chance at least once. The first semester I joined choir, Professor Jimison had heart complications and only days after he was hospitalized he came swiftly back to school because he wanted to work with the students. Although the time I got to know Jeffery was short, I learned a lot about passion, devotion, and dedication. Jeffery loved his students and he wanted everyone to experience the fullness of college. That is what has inspired me to share my own experiences with college students I work with today in hopes that one day those students will remember me for instilling that passion and drive in them.


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Maria with Sr. Wilma Lyle during her visit back to the Mount last spring.

Seeing Mount Marty with Older Eyes

Peruvian Alumnus Maria Novoa visits her alma mater after nearly 50 years. With the passing of time, changes are inevitable, but in a recent visit, Peruvian alumnus, Maria Novoa, found that the same values and traditions that she remembered attending Mount Marty as a young girl were welcoming her home. “I’ve come back to see with older eyes,” said Novoa during a visit with Sister Wilma Lyle this past spring. Novoa, a respected biologist and genetic counselor from Brazil, spent several weeks visiting with old friends and classmates at the monastery and college. With a high school diploma, but no grasp of the English language, an almost 16 year-old Novoa first arrived at Mount Marty College in 1962. She was one of several foreign students at the time and remembers that Sister Wilma Lyle and Sister Teresa Schuster were especially dedicated to teaching the girls the English language. “I had extra help in learning the language, but I had to do the rest of the work on my own,” she said. Novoa noted that over 40 Peruvians came to the United States when she did, but that most went back right away because they were looked upon as poor. At Mount Marty she was treated just like the other students. “I never felt ‘less than’ while I was here,” she stated. “I received care and love. They took care of me in that sense.” Novoa also found comfort in the familiarity of the Catholic faith she had grown up with in Peru. “When I first came, the Latin mass and Sister Jane’s [Klimisch] beautiful music made me feel at home,” she reminisced. She also revealed that the Spanish Sisters that taught her in Peru were very conservative. “You were taught that if you did things modernly, it would take you further away from church,” she said. “The Sisters here had their minds so open and were much more human. I learned that Catholicism didn’t need to be so conservative.” (con’t. on pg. 32)

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Athletics Update Men’s Basketball:

Men’s and Women’s Golf:

The 2010-11 golf program saw improvement with a young squad. The second year teams set school records for: best women’s individual score by Caitlyn Roth, best women’s team score, and best men’s team score. The women’s team had its highest finish in the conference. Chris Hoffman was chosen the most valuable men’s golfer and Caitlyn Roth the most valuable women’s golfer. MMC had three Academic All-Conference preformers in Micaela Rausch, Weston Swanson and Jacob Dawson.

Women’s Basketball:

The 2010-11 team had a very successful season. The ladies complied a 22-10 record and along the way were the Vegas Shootout champs in a tourney in Las Vegas, and qualified for the national tourney for the third time in the last five seasons. It was the third consecutive 20 win season and the fourth in the past five years. Captain Jenny Miller was chosen 2nd Team All-American and First Team All-GPAC, while captains Cassie Neth and Tierney Schumacher were also chosen to the All-Conference squads along with Junior Kylie Gross. Miller, Neth, Schumacher, Gross, and Sarah Crosgrove were named NAIA scholar athletes.


The MMC Baseball team made another post-season appearance going 1-2 in the GPAC tournament. The Lancers finished seventh overall in the GPAC and had an overall record of 19-27. Lancer shortstop and closer Jason Schmidt was named GPAC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American. As a team, the Lancers received NAIA Scholar Award for the eighth year and had four players achieve Daktronics Scholar Athlete status.

Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field:

The MMC women’s young indoor track team boasted two All-Conference athletes, Meghan Nelson and Katie Breuer, with Breuer also qualifying for the National indoor meet. The men’s strong 4x800 relay team qualified for the National meet with All-American, Titus Kosgei as anchor. Kosgei also placed third at Nationals in the 800 open. The MMC women’s outdoor team scored eight more points than in the previous season (total of 14) and four All-Conference honors. The men’s team had one relay and three individuals honored with All-Conference.


The Lancer softball team ended the season with a sweep over the University of Sioux Falls at Riverside Park with a dramatic walk off home run. The Lancers ended up ninth in the conference one spot out of the GPAC post season tournament. Three players were selected as All Conference with one on the Second Team and two Honorable Mention. The Lancers also had five Daktronics-NAIA Academic All Americans along with having a team cumulative GPA of 3.44.


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Athletic Photos Courtesy of Rich Lofthus and Siouxland Sports Authority


The team finished the season with a seventh place seed in the GPAC and for the first time since joining the conference hosted a first round GPAC playoff game and advanced to the second round with a victory over Doane. The Lancers finished 10 - 20 on the year. Jared Wall, 6’9” center earned COSIDA College Division 1st team All-District and 2nd team All-American honors. Wall was the first Mount Marty athlete to earn the prestigious award presented by the College Sports Information Directors Association.

Athletics Update MMC Archery Team Places 10th in the Nation In less than ten months of existence, the Mount Marty College Club Archery Team made its mark on the collegiate competition scene with a tenth place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia May 19-22. In addition to the team recognition, Mount Marty College individual archers received three out of the six Best New Archer Awards. Coach M.J. Rogers said that the team as a whole had spent many individual hours practicing and he was very proud of their success. “They were certainly nervous going into a competition with over 250 competitors and teams like Texas A&M whose program has been operating for 30 years. They held their own and kept their wits about them,” he said. According to Rogers, the Mount Marty team caught the attention of other coaches and competitors alike. The U.S. Collegiate Archery (USCA) competition featured individual and team competition in recurve, compound, and bowhunter divisions. Some of the teams from across the United States included Columbia University, Texas A&M, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Wayne State College from Nebraska.

Fernandez Receives GPAC Coach of the Year Honor Albert Fernandez, Lancer head softball coach, was named Hauff Mid-America Sports Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts in the Great Plains Athletic Conference during the 2010-11 season. Junior outfielder Renae Ramirez, Whittier, Calif.,was named Second Team All-Conference, while Emily Girard and Sammie Montiel were named Honorable Mention All-Conference.

MMC Senior Recognition Day 2010 - 2011 Lancer Athletic Awards Lancer Club Award Winners:

Dillon Lambley (Baseball) Cody Ball (MBB) Tierney Schumacher (WBB) Brett Bosn (Golf) Brandon Frey (M Soccer)

April Dolezal (W Soccer) Erica Loutsch (Softball) Stephanie Schultz (W Track) Mitchell Zenk (M Track) Kayla Ranek (VB)

New Head Soccer Coach Named Nathan Epp, Freeman, S.D., was named the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach for the Lancers. Epp played college soccer at Bethel College in Kansas, and also has experience playing soccer in Germany. For the past eight years, Epp has served as an administrator, teacher, and coach at Freeman Academy in Freeman, SD. Epp guided his team there to the State Tournament four times, winning the state sportsmanship trophy two of those years. “I am very excited to be working with the soccer teams at Mount Marty,” stated Epp. “I have been impressed with everyone I have met through the interview process, and am looking forward to this opportunity to serve the college and the Yankton community.” Athletic Director, Chuck Iverson, is excited as well. “We are very pleased to get someone of Nathan’s ability and character to lead the Lancer soccer programs. He has the knowledge, experience, passion, and leadership to lead the programs to new levels of competitive play, and by doing it the right way.”

Lancer Champions of Character Award: Josh Wenande (Baseball)

Yankton Quarterback Club Athletes of the Year: Jenny Miller (WBB) and Titus Kosgei (Track/CC)

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The History of Lord and Lady Marben... In November 1958, Duanne Mergen (Sister Martin Mergen) reigned over Mount Marty’s homecoming as the first-ever Queen Marbenette. Over the years with the addition of men to the Mount Marty campus, the title evolved to Lady Marbenette and Lord Marben, then eventually to Lord and Lady Marben. The titles originated from a blend of names of people significant in the traditions of Mount Marty: • Bishop Martin Marty, for whom the college was named. • Saint Martin of Tour, who was the patron saint of Bishop Martin Marty • St. Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine Order • Mary, the Mother of Jesus The first three letters of the title stand for Martin, Marty, and Mary and the last part of the name is a derivative of Benedict. Today candidates are selected by a vote of their fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators on the basis of leadership and involvement, service and concern for others, dedication and loyalty, and daily living of the Christian ideals. Over 50 years after that first coronation, we reminisce with some of our former Lord and Lady Marbens….


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Tom Buckmiller Year Crowned: 1995 Where you live now: Waukee, Iowa Tom’s beautiful little family consists of wife Becky, and one year old daughter, Bryn. He is a professor of Education Leadership at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. “Coronation was memorable because all the members of the royal court were close friends. Homecoming was always fun, but it seems that Homecoming of one’s senior year is a little more special. I remember that we all just really enjoyed the moment and enjoyed time together.” “PS: Several years later, the famed Lord Marben sword mysteriously showed up on my doorstep with a note that read, ‘keep for a short time and then pass it along to another L.M. (Lord Marben).’ I passed it along, and I’m not sure who has it now, but I assume it is still making the rounds to former “LM”s today. I wonder who has it now?”

Penny Bingha m Year Crowned: 1972 Where you live now: Ya

nkton, SD

S. Penny is Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery & currently serve s as a member of MM C Board of Trustees. Se e pg. 35 for more.

“1972 had a lot of pe ople questioning the social structures of the day, so I remember mixed fe elings among most of us candidates for Queen Marbennette; on one hand, it was an honor to be chosen by our peers and faculty, and on the other, it seemed an embarrassing and outdated honor. It has come to mean more over the years, seeing the good qualit ies and leadership exhibited by today’s young people and the selection of both a Lord and Lady Marben. In 1972 we wore long white dresses, which many of us sewed ourselves in between cla sses and such.”

Scott & Rachel (Moser) Becker Year Crowned: Scott - 2003 Rachel - 2008 Where you live now: Crofton, NE Scott serves as Head Teacher at St. Rose School in Crofton and is an assistant boys basketball coach, and Rachel, after several years of teaching music, recently returned to MMC as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. Scott & Rachel were married on June 5th of 2010.

“It was exciting and humbling to be selected as Lord and Lady. We both felt very honored to be recognized by our faculty and peers and pleased to represent Mount Marty. We feel that Mount Marty is a place that shaped who we have become and a place where we really experienced God and met great lifelong friends.”

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Enrolling as freshmen at Mount Marty College, Father David Korth, Father Thomas Wordekemper and Brother David McGinnis gave little thought to the years lying ahead. None of them were considering religious life when they began their college education. “I came to MMC in 1984 to play basketball,” Fr. Korth says. “Growing up at Randolph, Neb., I was being recruited by a lot of small schools. During high school I felt I might be hearing the call to the priesthood. I thought coming to MMC would prove I was imagining the call.” Sister Ann Kessler, Benedictine Sister at Sacred Heart Monastery and Professor Emeritus at MMC, helped Fr. Korth explore his call’s veracity.

Father Thomas Wordekemper, OSB

“Once I realized the call was genuine, I transferred to Conception Seminary in Missouri,” Fr. Korth says. “As a student at Mount Marty, Bishop Marty’s work with Native Americans caught my attention. I greatly admired his courage and sacrifices he made to bring the Gospel to them. My own vocation as a priest has led me to my current assignment at St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago Neb. I strive to serve in that same manner. ” Brother McGinnis, whose home was in rural Marion S.D., enjoyed learning about politics in pursuing his double major in business and social science. It was suggested to him during that time that religious life may be his calling. It took time for him reach a decision. “After graduating I worked for a U.S. Senator, then a Congressman,” Brother McGinnis says. “Service was very important to me at that point. While in Washington I realized I found the political lifestyle somewhat distasteful. I sensed a call to the Carmelite Brotherhood, but needed time to know it was the appropriate life direction. “When I came to a crossroad point, I traveled to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina and spent a week there in prayer, where the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin have occurred. At the end of that time I felt strongly I was being called to the Carmelite Brothers of the Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel.”

A Call To Faith How Three Former MMC Students Found Their Life Vocations

written by Loretta Sorensen

The seed of Fr. Wordekemper’s vocation was planted when his grandmother spoke to him and his brothers about priesthood. Growing up in West Point, Fr. Wordekemper didn’t have any initial interest in religious life.


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S. Kessler says it’s helpful for family and friends to encourage youth to consider religious life when they see an individual may have a spiritual vocation.

Both men appreciate the opportunity they now have to mentor MMC students and support them in their spiritual growth and maturity.

Brother David McGinnis, O. CARM.

It was eight years before Fr. Wordekemper visited Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D., and realized he needed to be there.

“One thing I miss on campus is the presence of the Sisters,” Brother McGinnis says. “When I was a student, the Sisters held most of the administrative positions and many teaching positions. There’s something special about that.”

“I worked in maintenance one summer and Sister Matthew Wehri was my boss. She told me she believed I had a vocation to be a monk,” Fr. Wordekemper says. “I had no idea then what a monk was.”

“One of the Sisters in my grade school encouraged me to explore the option of religious life,” S. Kessler says. “Through the years I can see the importance of someone offering encouragement, being available to talk about the possibilities and sometimes just to listen.” Neither Brother McGinnis nor Fr. Wordekemper envisioned returning to MMC, but both have followed a path that led them to their current MMC campus ministry positions. “I needed a change after 24 years at Richardton,” Fr. Wordekemper says. “In exploring my options I found there was a need here for a chaplain. It seemed like a neat idea to return.” Brother McGinnis came because of his parents’ failing health. His position at MMC allows him to be in contact with his mother, now widowed, on a regular basis. He was also pleased to renew friendships with the Benedictine Sisters who played a large role in his education and religious vocation.

“There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and experience spiritual growth,” Brother McGinnis says. “It’s a wonderful opportunity I hope they take advantage of while they’re here.” Fr. Wordekemper says MMC students will also greatly benefit from the ability to talk about their faith in relation to their educational journey and career path. “It’s wonderful to be surrounded by peers with similar spiritual goals and join them in practicing your faith,” Fr. Wordekemper says. “We also are aware that we may now be mentors to young people being drawn to religious life. I know it’s happening on our campus today just as it did for us.”

Father David Korth

Faith keeps us groun ded no matte r what profession we pursu e.

Fr. Korth says the importance of Catholic education grows as the world continually becomes more secular. “Faith keeps us grounded no matter what profession we pursue,” Fr. Korth says. “It may be more important than some of the classes students take.”

For More on Fr. Korth’s Mission Visit

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Inspired by Bishop Martin Marty and led by its first president, Mother Jerome Schmitt, Mount Marty College has grown from a women’s junior college in 1936 to the four-year co-educational college it is today. Our proud tradition of faithbased learning focused on developing the whole person continues to guide us as we celebrate 75 years. We invite our alumni, students, family, friends, donors and community partners to share in our year-long celebration. September 19 October 16-22 October 25 October 27 November 10-12 November 10 November 11 November 11-13 November 15 November 20 November 27 February 28 March 1-3 April April 16-17 May 6 May 16 June 29, 30 & July 1

11 am - Opening Mass with Archabbot Justin DuVall of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey 5 pm - Anniversary Bratfest Kickoff Event with Birthday Cake for the Campus and Community 7 pm - Bishop Marty Portrayal Homecoming Week Great Plains Writer’s Tour - Yankton Benedictine Lecture - Watertown Benedictine Lecture - Yankton Fall Musical - Once Upon a Mattress President’s Society/Board of Trustees Dinner Tea with the Sisters on Founder’s Day Family Weekend Great Plains Writer’s Tour - Yankton Fall Band Concert Vespers Great Plains Writer’s Tour - Yankton Spring Play Breadth of Heaven National Players - Of Mice and Men, Taming of the Shrew Performance of Commissioned Musical Composition by Stephen Yarbough (in conjunction with Spring Choir Concert) Lancer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Senior Recognition Day Mount Marty Golf Classic All School Reunion

1940 s 1930 s Cornerstone of Bede Hall is laid Mount Marty College was founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. The college is named in memory of Martin Marty, a Benedictine missionary to the Indians who came to Dakota Territory in 1876, became the Territory’s first Catholic Bishop, and who invited the Benedictine Sisters to establish a religious community in Yankton.


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Mount Marty Junior College begins July 3 with the teaching of Physics

Mount Marty College begins to operate jointly with Mount Marty High School (Academy)

2000 s Scholastica Learning Center/ Cyber Cafe/ Library opens on Yankton campus

1980 s 1970 s 1960 s 1950 s MMC becomes a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution

Corbey Hall and Roncalli Center open Mount Marty College becomes co-educational

Mount Marty College becomes the first college in the nation to offer a baccalaureate degree in Anesthesia Branch campus opens at Harmony Hill Education Center in Watertown, SD.

Master’s Degree in Anesthesia is offered

Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Nursing added

Laddie E. Cimpl Arena is dedicated

New campus facilities open in Watertown and Sioux Falls

Courses offered at Yankton Federal Prison Camp (former site of Yankton College)


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“It’s been my calling. It’s been my life...” - Hart

Sharing a Passion Sisters Jane and Lois

For Lois (Miner) Hart and Jane Miner, their 54 combined years of service to the Watertown campus of Mount Marty College has truly been a labor of love. They’ve seen the campus grow from offering a few classes for the developing campus at Harmony Hill (operated by Mother of God Monastery) in 1973 to finally having their own facility in 2009. Between the two of them, they’ve done everything from teaching classes, advising students, to sweeping the floors and scooping snow. So their retirement this past spring was bittersweet. While they look forward to adventures planned for the future, a week staying in elder hostels and learning about 50’s politics, and a New York trip to see plays on Broadway, they are sure to miss their day-to-day work at Mount Marty’s Watertown campus.


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Say Goodbye to a Career They Love

According to Miner, “Work is fun. It’s a small enough office that we just come in when there are things that have to be done.” Even though they’re retiring, they both hope to stay connected to the college and will serve as adjunct faculty members at the campus. “It’s been my calling. It’s been my life,” said Hart. “I’ve done so many things since the early days.” Watertown natives, the sisters and their three other siblings all graduated from Watertown High School. The Miner family owned and operated Skagg’s Grocery Store from 1939 to 1989. “Our folks loved college,” said Hart. “They graduated in the 30’s and were very interested in education. It was just assumed that we would go to college.”

“It has been a joy to me to see those that thought they weren’t college material do so well.” - Miner

ancient Greek tragedies to contemporary fiction or movies – Lois knows it all and wants to share that information with students.”

for Education Hart completed her undergraduate degree at Huron College. Soon after, she moved to Washington D.C. to complete a Master’s degree in American Studies at the University of Maryland, and taught at a junior college in the area until returning to Watertown in 1973. Hart taught the first undergraduate college class for the developing branch campus of Mount Marty College at Harmony Hill (operated by Mother of God Monastery) in 1973. In 1979 Hart became a full-time faculty member, a position she held for the next 32 years. A gifted teacher, Hart has taught hundreds of students in approximately 25 different courses for Mount Marty College in Watertown since 1979. “I’ve had 3400-3500 students over the years,” Hart reminisced. “I can remember little things about each one. The students are very precious to me.” Gayle Small, Director of Pastoral Care, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, said of his experience as a Mount Marty student, “no one could bring the enthusiasm and energy to ancient Roman and Greek history or current events as Lois Hart could. From

“Lois may have taught Introduction to Literature 40 or 50 times, but I can guarantee that she’s never taught it the same way twice,” said Watertown Director, Linda Schurmann.. “Both Lois and Jane are constantly changing, improving, updating, researching, discussing, and strategizing their courses.” Miner completed her undergraduate degree at Huron College and taught in Gettysburg and Milbank, S.D. She completed her Master’s degree in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, and traveled to Washington D.C. to volunteer for George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Miner returned to Watertown in 1973 and assisted with the family business. In 1989 she became Assistant Director at Mount Marty College in Watertown. As Assistant Director, Miner has been the primary advisor for students at the Watertown campus. She was honored in 2009 as the Outstanding Employee of Mount Marty College for her advocacy and devotion to students. “When it comes to advising students, Jane is unsurpassed,” praised Schurmann. “I can’t imagine how many students would have given up because the barriers they faced as parents, workers, family members, and students seemed insurmountable. With Jane’s support and assistance, they persevered and succeeded.” (con’t. on page 32)

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Life-Long Friendship

Kathryn (Rupprecht) Harmon

ery week by “I was asked ev e nuns in York the Benedictin d to attend (Neb.) if I wante Mount Mar ty.”

Alumni Share Thoughts About Why they chose MMC. Kay (Thuente) Abbott

“I joined my sister and liked the affordability.”

Francis Tramp

“I heard the girl/boy Mary (Newman) Tramp ratio was 5:1! I was “The Nursing Program.” also familiar with MMC since my brother and Betsy (Nelson) Heyden sister attended.” “MMC was a small private school close to home and offered business and home economics classes.”


written by Loretta Sorensen

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S. Denette Leifeld

“I liked the small Catholic college that was within 150 miles from home and offered accounting and business degrees.”

Liz (Christensen) Fredrickson

“It was a small Catholic college close to home. I had intended to leave after one year to join the University of Nebraska’s marching band, but had so much fun at MMC that I didn’t leave!”

If it’s true that, “You get what you give,” some 1984 Mount Marty College graduates invested their hearts and souls in some of their fellow classmates. Evidence of their efforts is easily seen in the annual gatherings they’ve been holding since before graduating. “Our first outing was July 31, 1982 in Martin (South Dakota),” Mary Tramp says. “Elizabeth Christensen Fredrickson’s parents had their ranch there. Our second gathering was in York (Nebraska) for Kath and Tom’s wedding. We graduated in 1984 and then alternated between each other’s homes for annual gatherings following graduation.”

Among the group’s memories are walks along the Sorrowful Way for times of relaxation, expressing sorrow and appreciating beauty. Some walks were in the early morning with friends and Father John Wenker. The Mary Shrine on the Sorrowful Way was the site of a proposal for a marriage that has lasted. Other reminiscences include daily Mass in Rainbow Chapel where Father Wenker ended the liturgy with, “Come back tomorrow for the ‘rest of the story,’ and the Celebration Singers that praised together (even on the Sioux Falls TV Mass) as well as Saturday Afternoon liturgies in Bede Courtyard.

“Some gatherings are smaller than others, but we still touch base throughout the year,” Kath says. “We always look forward to seeing each other and catching up on each other’s lives. It seems no time has passed since we gathered last. We’re a group and value the connections whenever we get together, no matter how much time has passed.”

In 2005 the group returned to the site of their first reunion. Liz’s sister, Kaye Christensen Hodson (also an MMC alum) and husband Kevin now operate the ranch. Liz and Kaye’s father John was in failing health and the group wanted to reunite so John could join them. He passed away shortly after the reunion.

Connections are what brought this group together as students. Numerous elements drew them to MMC. Some commonalities induced them to form close friendships.

“We share heartaches and support each other in every way we can,” Mary says. “Depending on where we gather, we ride horseback, go to the Omaha zoo, attend an Omaha Royals baseball game, rodeos or go swimming. Once we each brought a bottle of wine from our home area and had our own “wine tasting and rating” event. We’ve maintained a scrapbook of photos that Kath and I have kept up. We try to take a group picture every year as well as individual family photos.”

As students, we shared common goals,” Mary says. “Our Christian faith, the value of family and friends. We still have those things in common. Class sizes were small and we looked out for each other. We did a lot of things together because we were taking similar classes. As we developed relationships with johnmates and other friends, those people, as well as family members, were added to our group.”

Kath and Tom’s sons, Ben and Dan, now have Mount Marty ties. Dan graduated from the Mount in 2010 and Ben is a sophomore this year. Betsy and Bruce Heyden’s daughter Lauren and Larry and Chris Keller’s son John also are enrolled at MMC. The group encourages current students to become as engaged as they can in college activities, establishing connections that may lead to lifetime friendships. ”We also encourage those who haven’t attended a reunion to come back and renew the friendships they had as students,” Mary says. “Perpetuating the tradition of Catholic education through our gatherings and our children continues the tradition.”

The group has even kept a scrapbook of their reunions over the years!

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Ramona Mullican S. Kathy Burt Lenni Billberg Janel Burfeindt Jim Reese Lynda Oldenkamp Robert Prouty

Terry Nelson Lisa Erickson Jeanne Haar Carla Eng Wayne Jorgensen Patrick Frank Daisy Halvorson Cynthia Sohler Carole Lantgen Megan McGlone Robert Putnam

Susan Thorson S. Maribeth Wentzlaff

Kenneth Kocer James Sorenson Charles Iverson S. Candyce Chrystal David Kahle

25 30 40 Retirements

Carol Fickbohm

Mary Abbott

Kermit Schamber

Carol Fickbohm, Sandi Isburg, Lois Hart Jane Miner, Bob Hansen

individual accomplishments Awards


James Award Dr. Joshua Thurow and Dr. Chun Wu Distinguished Service Award

Carla Eng and Wayne Jorgensen Distinguished Teaching Award

Larry Dahlen Bishop Marty Hospitality Award

Jim Bacorn Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Jacqueline Kelley

Award Winners (Back) Thurow, Eng, Dahlen (Front) Jorgensen, Wu

Dahlen Receives Distinguished Teaching award Larry Dahlen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesia at Mount Marty College’s Sioux Falls Nurse Anesthesia program received the college’s 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award for his success as a mentor to colleagues, his one-on-one work with students, and his commitment to nurse anesthesia education at Mount Marty College. Dahlen has taught in the nurse anesthesia program at Mount Marty since 1994. His vast expertise has enabled him to teach almost every course in the nurse anesthesia curriculum. According to Program Director, Alfred Lupien, Ph.D., Dahlen is very deserving of the award. (next page)


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Faculty & Staff News (from page 28)

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“Larry is one of the most dedicated faculty members I know. He is constantly searching for the most up-to-date examples of why a working knowledge of physiology is important for nurse anesthetists, plus he goes out of his way to reinforce whatever content students are studying in their other classes, whether it’s physics, pharmacology, or methods for evidence-based practice,” he said.

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Faculty members chosen for this honor are selected based on exemplary teaching abilities, spirit and enthusiasm, ability to motivate students, and for their support of Mount Marty College’s mission. Dahlen has excelled in every aspect. Upon receiving the award, Dahlen talked about how rewarding it was to watch students grow and mature in the role of a nurse anesthetist. “The progress students make from day one in the classroom to the end of the semester is astounding,” Dahlen said. “It is not unusual for a student to tell me, ‘I wish this level of physiology could have been taught in my undergraduate nursing program. It would have made what I did in the ICU so much more meaningful.’” “But the questions students ask are a real driving force for me,” he continued. “ Through their questions, I am able to get a better sense of how to connect the information to enrich their understanding and hopefully push them on to more questions. Without the dialogue, lectures are not as interesting.” Dahlen completed his anesthesia training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, N.D. While working as a staff anesthetist, he completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Moorhead State University and his master’s degree in nursing at the University of North Dakota. After coming to Mount Marty, he completed his doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha, Neb.


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BRIN Mentors Wu and Geiser Two Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) mentors on Mount Marty’s campus, Vicki Geiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Chun Wu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry conducted research with eight Mount Marty students this summer as part of the BRIN program. Geiser is a former Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard University in Boston, Mass., and received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Wu received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.

Over the last five years, Mount Marty’s BRIN research efforts have borne fruit. Dr. Wu presented her research at the 236th and 239th American Chemical Socety National Meeting in Philadelphia, Penn., in 2008 and in San Francisco, Calif., in 2010, respectively, and at the third International Conference on Bioinformatics, Bio Computational Systems and Biotechnologies in Venice, Italy, in 2011. She has also co-authored three publications that appeared in scientific peer-reviewed journals as a result of the BRIN program.

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Tereshinski Named Vice President & Academic Dean Mount Marty College President Joseph N. Benoit has named Robert Tereshinski, the college’s Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. Tereshinski served as Interim Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Mount Marty since July 2009. He will have responsibility and oversight of academic affairs on Mount Marty campuses in Yankton, Watertown, and Sioux Falls. Tereshinski began his 25 year career at Mount Marty in 1986 serving first as an admissions counselor and coach, then later as a faculty member. He most recently served as Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Recreation. Tereshinski holds a bachelor’s degree from Yankton College and a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota. In 2007 he was chosen by his peers as Mount Marty’s Teacher of the Year. The year before, he was inducted into the MMC Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions as baseball coach and in 2004 was inducted into the Yankton College Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions there. “I am confident in Mr. Tereshinski’s ability to lead our academic affairs division and pleased that he is willing to serve as Vice President,” said Benoit. “His knowledge of the campus and community, as well as his long-standing commitment to Mount Marty College will be essential as we look to the future.” A long-time Yankton resident, businessman, and educator, Tereshinski is a past president of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce and Yankton Sertoma Club, and past member of the Yankton Library Board. He was chosen as the 1995 South Dakota College & University Coach of the Year and is widely recognized for his contributions to college and Legion baseball in the area. He has received numerous honors recognizing his accomplishments. Tereshinski is committed to the college and is pleased to continue his work as VP and Dean of Academic Affairs. “Knowing the basics about education and being a good teacher in the classroom can carry you a long way in education,” he said. “I’m happy that Mount Marty recognized my 25 years of experience as an educator at Mount Marty – 34 years overall. I look forward to working with Dr. Benoit to move the college forward.”

Evergreen and Ever-Giving

Tereshinski and his wife, Judy, have two grown children, Ann and Matt, along with daughter-in-law, Renee, and three granddaughters.


Endowments are like redwood trees or giant noble firs. These evergreens stand tall for generations, retaining their rich green fullness, providing shelter and shade in every season. They give endlessly for the benefit of others. And every evergreen tree begins with a seed. One seed falling on fertile ground...taking root and growing upward into the atmosphere...expanding, reaching out, producing more benefits every year. You can plant your own seed to grow an endowment - a lasting legacy that will bear your name and strengthen Mount Marty College for generations to come. To learn more about endowments and how you can plant your own “evergreen tree,” contact Chris Tudor at the Office of Advancement. Use the handy response form to the right, or call her at 605-668-1292.

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Dear Chris, p Please send me information on creating an endowment at Mount Marty College p Please contact me by phone p Please contact me by email Name:___________________________________ Mailing Address:___________________________ City:__________________ State:___ Zip:______ Phone Number:____________________________ Email Address:_____________________________ Mail this form to: Chris Tudor 605.668.1292 1105 West Eighth Street Yankton, SD 57078

Take the Call! MMC students work hard to connect with alumni and friends. They will be calling to update you with what’s new and share how your support can make a difference. So take the call and find out how you can give back to your college.

A Man with a Mission

(from page 11)

Mount Marty will resume its Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program in 2012 or 2013, Benoit said. “We will create a program that will serve a defined population of individuals, not just a generic business program,” he said. Benoit has wasted no time getting to know the college and its constituents. He has reached out to Mount Marty’s campus communities along with alumni and friends in the region. This fall he will have a chance to connect with new students and has plans to travel to other areas of the state and region to meet with alumni and discuss the future of the college. This year’s 75th anniversary events and a presidential inauguration sometime late fall offer many opportunities for the new president to build relationships and share his message. In the meantime, he has made the most of his time in Yankton getting to know the college and the Yankton community. He and his family – wife Caprice, and 11-year-old daughter Adele – are becoming familiar with Yankton.

ornament ad “We’re just a typical family with three dogs,” he says. Mount Marty’s atmosphere and its Catholic values attracted Benoit to the college and the community seemed to be a good fit for his family. Benoit grew up in Opelousas, La., a town of 14,000 people in southwestern Louisiana, and similar to Yankton. “Yankton is like my hometown,” he said. “It’s a small town where people work together. And it’s in one of the ten most Catholic parts of the United States.”

As Benoit works to move the college forward, his plans include improving college infrastructure, strengthening communication, building strong partnerships, expanding and improving academic programs, arts and humanities and increasing fundraising. “No matter what, Mount Marty students will always benefit from the Benedictine values the college is known for,” said Benoit. “We will turn out a well-educated person, but it’s not just about receiving a diploma. It’s about leaving an impact.”

The seats are in! We articulated the need and you responded. Thank you to all of you who have helped with this project. The improvements look wonderful and we hope you’ll enjoy a comfortable seat the next time you attend a Marian event. We have also installed new carpeting, aisle lights, and sound and light booths that will house the new sound system and lighting equipment for which we continue to raise funds. We have made tremendous progress, but we aren’t finished yet. We are still raising money for the lights, sound system, and curtains. Donation levels are suggested below but please know that ANY gift you can give is greatly appreciated and will help us finish this project. I invite you to come back to campus. Watch our calendar for upcoming events like our fall play held in Marian Auditorium on November 10, 11, and 12. Next summer, June 29, 30 and July 1 is the All School Reunion to celebrate 75 years of excellence at Mount Marty. Take a peek at Marian Auditorium. You’ll love what you see!

Christine Tudor Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Donation Levels:

$50,000 $25,000 $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 $500 Other

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...With Older Eyes

(from page 15)

Originally a nursing student, Novoa soon fell in love with microbiology and decided to switch to a biology major. She fondly remembers taking classes with Sister Veronica Fasbender, Sister Laeticia Kilzer and Sister Gemma Kranz. Upon graduation from Mount Marty, Novoa returned to Peru and continued her education in human genetics. In 1970 she did graduate work at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and became a specialist in genetic counseling and cytogenetics. In 1980 she received a Master’s Degree and in 2008 a Doctorate in Education working with human genetics and its educational, social, and health implications. “Being a biologist – this is a great achievement in my country,” she commented. Since 1975, Novoa has been committed to drawing attention to the importance of genetic counseling and to educating future generations. For eleven years, she was an Assistant Professor of human and medical genetics at the College of Medicine in Salvador, Bahia. She also taught cytogenetics at the Graduate School of Medicine of the Federal University of Bahia. For the last seven years she has continued teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in genetics.

Sharing a Passion

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“There is no way to place a value on the interpersonal skills Jane brought to work with her every day,” Schurmann continued. “When encouraged to take a day off now and then, Jane would respond ‘what could I do that would be as much fun as this?’” Miner will miss advising students and finding a class schedule that fits their needs. “It’s like working out a puzzle when students have special needs and we can make it work for them,” she said. “When I worked with someone that came in with trepidation, I knew that they could do well,” Miner continued. “It’s been a joy to me to see those that thought they weren’t college material do so well.” Both Hart and Miner have been integral to the success of Mount Marty College’s Watertown campus and Director Linda Schurmann will miss their daily presence. “The College and the community have been blessed by the presence of Lois and Jane. I’ve worked with a multitude of faculty in the past and none of them compare to these two educators in preparation, enthusiasm, skillful teaching strategies, good humor, or commitment to student success,” said Schurmann.

Profoundly dedicated to education, Novoa currently takes no salary as a professor at the graduate school level, depending on private genetic counseling work for her livelihood.

Hart and Miner agree that one of the greatest rewards of their work at the college has been the joy of watching students who were unsure of themselves grow and succeed. Along the way, they have continued their own pursuits of life-long learning.

“I want to teach others to make things better for everyone,” she said. “I am receiving as much as I am giving.”

“It’s been a wonderful chance for me to learn more things,” said Hart. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that at another campus.”

Novoa’s passion for education also extends to her volunteer political work in Brazil. She has been a formal advisor for writing the education, health, science, and culture chapters of the state constitution and a volunteer writer for the country’s federal constitution. Novoa’s accomplishments are many. She has taught for 24 years and served as a genetic counselor for 35 years. Soon her first work will be published in the Pan American Health Organization’s magazine. Her life is made even fuller with three children and three grandchildren. She credits her education at Mount Marty for encouraging the curiosity and confidence that helped fuel her success and was excited to be “home” for a visit. “Sister Wilma is the same person as she was when I left,” she said. “This is very meaningful for me. I had many ways to follow and I went one way. Now I am back here to find my way again.”

Just in Time for Mount Marty College’s 75th Anniversary! The Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Christmas Ornament

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Class Notes From the Alumni Director I want to send a big thank you to all who braved the heat and humidity to help make Alumni Days 2011 a success. Now that the new school year has begun, it is a great time to get in touch with your classmates and plan to come back next year. We will be ending our year-long 75th Anniversary celebration with an All-School reunion June 29July 1, 2012. Give me a call or send me an email if you’re interested in helping out in any way. We would love to cap off the year with a large crowd at this reunion. To make getting in touch with all our alums a little easier, I would like to ask you to please keep the alumni office updated on your current information. You can update us by sending in the form included in this issue of the Update or go online to our “Keep Us Updated” link on the Alumni webpage. If you get your info in by December 9, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Kindle & cover. You must include your email address with your information as this is how we will notify the winner. We are planning the annual Sioux Falls Bratfest on October 4th. Keep your eyes open for an invitation to an alumni gathering in your area. If you would like to host a gathering or help plan an event in your area, just get in touch with me either by phone (605668-1286) or email ( Mount Marty would like to invite all alumni to come back to campus to help the students celebrate Homecoming, which is October 16-22. There is a volleyball game on Friday at 7:00 versus College of St. Mary’s and a game on Saturday at 1:00 against Grace. Bring your Mount Marty spirit and help cheer on your fellow Lancers.

Jen Moser Alumni Director 605.668.1286

Remember, I am just a phone call or email away.

- Jen

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Class Notes HIGH SCHOOL: 1950s Anne (Kribell HS’56) Harrington and husband Gerald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 28, 2010. All eight children, their spouses and 35 grandchildren were there to celebrate with them. Ann and Jerry live in Pantego, Tex. Jim and Carol (Brownson HS’58, SN’61) Leach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 22, 2011. SCHOOL OF NURSING: 1960s Darrel and Elaine (Schotanus C‘60) Odens celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They live in Avon, S. Dak.

Yvonne D’Arcy, MS CRNP, CMS, 1968 English graduate of Mount Marty College, recently published another book titled “How To Manage Pain in the Elderly”. D’Arcy’s work, which was written for Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, was recognized by receiving a Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).


According to AJN, “How to Manage Pain in the Elderly” “provides helpful, clinically relevant information to any health care provider who is managing pain in an elderly population. The book also includes a chapter on palliative care for managing symptoms of chronic illness. Each chapter ends with an interesting case study that illustrates the important content in the chapter and includes critical analysis questions.” D’Arcy is a Pain Management & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at a Johns Hopkins hospital in Bethesda, MD.

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Armand and Angela (Lammers C‘61) Wiebelhaus celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2011. They live in Yankton, S. Dak. Janis (Westendorf C’63) Shields now lives in Goodyear, AZ. Janis retired in 2010 and is active in the community and her parish church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Previously, she spent 16 years in Arizona in the Indian Health Services. COLLEGE: 1960s. Dianne (Henry C’60) Moses lives in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific Islands. She and a Benedictine Priest have started a school for high school dropouts in an area facing high unemployment rates. They have started Sioeli Nau Voacational College, a project of Sioeli Na Mission Charity with the goal of helping graduates start their own business after two and a half years. Dianne would like any alumni with interest and expertise in this area to contact her at:

Diane (Karnicki C‘68) Herzog and husband Stanley live in Geneva, Illinois. Diane is an adjunct faculty for Waubonsee Community College and supervises nursing students in an outpatient clinic. Diane is active in her Pro Life parish council and belongs to a weekly faith sharing group of women. Stan is retired and very involved in the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association. 1970s Janice (Kellen C’71) Mahoney has retired from Alegent Health Laboratory after 11 years of service. During the time, she worked to consolidate three Histology labs in a centralized Core Laboratory. Janice was part of a team that made their lab one of the most innovative in the country, utilizing the LEAN program. Janice and husband live in Omaha, Nebr. Marcia (Birgen C’71) Reese is retired after working 22 years as a school nurse. She now substitutes for local school nurses and volunteers at the local Pregnancy Resource Clinic counseling and doing ultrasounds. She is active in her parish and local National Council of Catholic Women affiliate. She and her husband, Will, live in Quinlan, Tex. and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this summer. Dr. Cecilia Rokusek C‘75 lives in Davie, Florida and is Executive Director of Education, Planning, and Research at NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is an Honorary Counsul of the Slovak Republic in the state of Florida. Julie (Lutringer C’76) Conner is the System Director for Nursing Informatics for CHRISTUS Health in Houston, Tex. Previously, she worked as Director of Women and Children’s Health in several cities. She is married and has one daughter and a 7-year old granddaughter.

Sister Marlene Minaret C’62 was elected as Prioress of Mother of God Monastery in Watertown, S.Dak. Prior to her election, she was Pastoral Associate of St. Thomas More Parish, Brookings, S. Dak. She took office in June of 2011.

Peggy Utesch C’76 retired in 2005 from nursing. She spent her entire nursing career in the critical care area. She and her friend, Christine, live on 20 acres in the Eldorado National Forest where they built their own home.

Joyce (Wyffels C’68) Wentwoth retired after nearly 40 years with the Yankton, South Dakota School district. She has guided the special education programs in the school district from the 1975s Education for All Handicapped Children Act to today’s IDEA programming. Joyce and husband Steve live in Yankton.

Daniel Ondracek C’79 was ordained a permanent deacon on April 9, 2011 for the diocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Attending the ordination were Dan’s wife, Carol and sons, Alex and Ryan. Dan is assigned to his home parish Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka, Kansas.

Class Notes Karen (Mushitz ‘70, ‘98) Bordewyk was elected to the Board of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists at their annual meeting August 2011.

Brother August (John) Schaeffer, OSB C’95 was ordained a transitional deacon on May 13, 2011, at Mount Michael Abbey, Elkhorn, Nebrraska.


Danielle (Fredericks C’97) Massengal lives in Acton, Massachusettes. She is a Teacher Naturalist for Massachusetts Audubon Society at Drumlin Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary. She teaches all grade levels in the fields of science, natural history, conservation, agriculture, farming, and ecology.

Carol (Thoene C’80) Ryan and husband Chuck celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011. Carol is an interpretation and education program manager for the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service after serving 20 years as a park ranger with the Corps of Engineers in Yankton and Alton, Illinois. They live in Hooper, Utah. Marcia (Geiger C’81) Kube received her education doctorate in Health Professions Education from the College of Saint Mary, Omaha, in 2010. She teaches nursing at BryanLGH College of Health Sciences and was promoted to full professor at the college. Marcia and Dean live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Marlea (Raterman C’83) Judd was chosen as spring semester outstanding student in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the Metropolitan State University College of Nursing & Health Sciences at 2011 commencement. Marlea has been a nurse anesthetist supervisor in the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Anesthesiology the past 10 years. She has worked at the Mayo Clinic for 28 years. Marlea and husband Joe live in Rochester, Minnesota. Kelly (Girard C’89) Kathol recently completed her 15th year as the Executive Director of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation in Yankton. She, husband Howard, and four children live on a farm near Gayville, South Dakota. Besides farming, Howard is a commodity broker. 1990s Jodi (Winter C’91) Tjeerdsma and husband Ross live in Sioux Falls. She is employed by Holmes Murphy and Associates as a licensed Property Casualty Insurance Agent and Account Manager. She serves on the board of directors at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Debra (Dudek C’95) Gobel is now living in London and would love Mount Marty College friends and acquaintances to contact her at

Renee (Wiechmann C’97) Tereshinski was named Director of Women’s & Children’s Services at Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, South Dakota. Renee has been working as a nurse at ASHH for 17 years, 12 of which have been in the OB/GYN Department. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s program at South Dakota State University in Nursing Management. Matt ’99 was recently named Vice President of Agri-Business Loan Officer at the 1st Dakota National Bank. Renee and Matt and their three children live in Yankton, South Dakota. Henry Talley, III, C‘98 was elected to the Board of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists at their annual meeting August 2011. Aaron Kranz C’99 has been promoted to district sales manager of Marmon/ Keystone LLC’s Chicago district. He started with this company in 2002 as an inside sales trainee, and subsequently served as an inside salesperson, account manager and inside sales manager. He has earned Mar/Key Club sales membership five times for making over $1 million in yearly gross sales. Aaron and wife, Carrie C’99, live in Aurora, Illinois. They have two daughters. 2000s Amy Petrik C‘01 is the new Health Unit Coordinator for St. Michael’s Hospital Avera in Tyndall, South Dakota. She has been in this position since December of 2010. Laura (Peterson C’02) O’Connor, husband Todd, and children, Race and Paige, live in Philips, South Dakota. She teaches high school English (9-12) and directs two plays per year. Laura is currently working on her master’s degree in educational leadership through Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota.

Sister Penny Bingham, OSB (Class of 1973) was elected as the 13th prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton in April 2011. The Benedictine Sisters spent three days in prayer, discussion and discernment culminating in the election of Sister Penny. She began her six year term as the spiritual and corporate leader of the 109 sisters who belong to Sacred Heart Monastery in June. Sister Penny succeeded Sister Jennifer Kehrwald, OSB. “Being called to be prioress by my Sisters is humbling, challenging and exciting,” said Sister Penny. “With God’s grace and our Sisters’ generous sharing of talents, we will work together to be a viable, vital, and sustainable presence in our world – a presence that generates hope.” Sister Penny, daughter of the late Leonard and Rita Bingham, was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Pickstown, S.D. She graduated from Andes Central High School and Mount Marty College. Following two years of teaching in Iowa, she entered Sacred Heart Monastery in 1975. She made first profession in 1977 and final profession in 1983.

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Lancer Loyal Lancer Loyals make recurring credit/debit card gifts to the Annual Fund, providing a dependable funding source to the college and reducing fundraising costs so more of their gifts go directly to supporting Mount Marty students. You can set this up easily by using our secure online giving form. Mount Marty’s goal is to have 500 Lancer Loyals supporting the college. You can also stop your gift at any time. Become a Lancer Loyal

Why should I become a Lancer Loyal?

Lancer Loyals maximize the value of their gifts to Mount Marty while minimizing the impact on their personal lives. Your gift is on-going, which means that your “to do” list never includes a reminder to support current Mount Marty students with a gift, so you will receive fewer phone calls and mailings from the Annual Fund. You also won’t feel the pinch in your pocketbook from a lump sum donation. You have complete control over your gift.

How do Lancer Loyals help Mount Marty?

• Fewer college resources are devoted to gift processing. • You will help MMC achieve its sustainability goals by eliminating more than five pieces of paper, 10 envelopes, and the subsequent fossil fuels required to reach each individual donor. • You help save more than $5,000 in fundraising costs (mailing, postage, and staff), which can be redirected to support our student’s greatest needs. • Your dollars go directly into programs that support the entire college and every faculty member.

How Does it Work?

Set up a recurring credit/debit card gift, at an interval of your choice (always run on the 15th of the month or the Friday before the 15th if it falls on a weekend), and your gift will arrive on time every time without the stress of remembering to give. The gift is on-going, which means the college will process your gift transaction automatically at the time interval you’ve indicated. You can stop or change the amount at any time at your discretion.

What’s in it for Lancer Loyals? • • • • •

Invitations to special Lancer Loyal-only events. Special recognition and campus engagement opportunities. An annual call from a current student to chat about what’s happening at MMC. Complete control over your giving. Lancer Loyals make Mount Marty more efficient and free more money for students. • President’s Society Giving Levels for Lancer Loyals

As a Lancer Loyal, you can join one of Mount Marty’s President’s Society groups by giving monthly at the following levels: GIVING SOCIETY President’s Society Member President’s Society Associate President’s Society Ambassador President’s Society Patron President’s Society President’s Circle


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MONTHLY $84 $209 $417 $834 $2,084

YEARLY $1,008 $2,508 $5,004 $10,008 $25,008

Joe C’08 and Stacey (Lickteig C’08) Matzke

Marriages Corey (C’08) and Kate (Carda) Beacom, August 13, 2011 Joe (C’08) and Stacey (Lickteig C’08) Matzke, July 23, 2011. Trey (C’10) and Jennifer (Miller C’11) Krier, July 1, 2011. Meagan M. (Friend C’11) and Adam Sailer, July 1, 2011.

Nicholas C’11 and Laura TJ C’06 and Kari (Osterloo) Wenande (Keitzer) Smith Christopher and Brooke (Swier C’04) Schloss

Stephanie A. (Stech C’11) and Robert T. Hunhoff, July 2, 2011. G. Scott (C’09) and Laura (Wortman C’10) Morrison, July 17, 2010. Stephani (Wilson C’99) and Ryan Van Zee, July 17, 2010.


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Cassandra R. (Neth C’11) and Ashton A. Arens, July 30, 2011. Nicholas (C’11) and Laura (Osterloo) Wenande, July 1, 2011. Jesse (C’04, MS’10) and Ashley (Van Den Top) Kurtenbach, May 29, 2011.

Jesse C’04, MS‘10 and Ashley (Van Den Top) Kurtenbach

Do you know alumni who’ve accomplished great things? They may not want to toot their own horns, but we invite you to tell the story for them! C We will review information about alumni achievements for possible use in our college publications and the annual Alumni Awards program held in conjunction with Alumni Days.

G. Scott C’09 and Laura (Wortman C’10) Morrison

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Class Notes James Rogers Jr. and Janessa Lee, son & daughter of Jim and Carol (Hauger C’88) Stehlik

Welcome Little Lancers Marlon and Jeanne (Prouty) C’97 Brink - a son, Max Anthony, November 28, 2010, joining Courtney (7), Andrew (5), and Lance (3). Nick and Jessica (Majeres) C’04 Meyers - a son, Elijah John, June 9, 2011, joining Molly (22 months). Brad and Jackie (Burbach) C’03 Steffen - a daughter, Kynlee Jade, May 28, 2011, joining sister Breah. G. Scott C’09 and Laura (Wortman) C’10 Morrison - a daughter, Grace Ann, June 3, 2011. Dave and Mary Fran (Honner) C’93 Bitterman - a daughter, Catherine Frances, June 2, 2011, joining brother Andrew.

Kyper James, son of Joel Locke and Tara Adamson, (C’08)

Caleb C’08 and Desiree (Smith) C’08 Yeigh, daughter Kyrie Kay, April 15, 2011. David and Meaghan (Brasel) C’08 Crandall - a son, Elijah William, June 26, 2011. Bryce and Blair (Rames) C’04 Magill - twin daughters, Cassidy and Carsyn, January 29, 2010. Andrew and Stacy (Dickes) C’04 Pfeifer - a son, Henry Donald, May 11, 2011, joining Lucy (6). Janel and Ryan Loecker C’00 - a daughter, Ashlyn Ryan, May 16, 2011, joining Brianna (15), Madelyn (4), and Lauren (3). Laura and Dan Slowey C’08 - a son, Gabriel Christopher, March 9, 2011. Joel Locke and Tara Adamson C’08 - a son, Kyper James, March 5, 2011.


Josh and Abby (Nelson) C’08 Madison - a son, Sutton Neal, March 14, 2011.


Elijah John, son of Nick and Jessica (Majeres C’04) Meyers Kyrie Kay, daughter of Caleb and Desiree (Smith C’08) Yeigh


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Jim and Carol (Hauger) C’88 Stehlik - twins James Rogers Jr. and Janessa Lee, May 27, 2011, joining sisters Laura (9) and Renee (4).

Cassidy & Carsyn, twin daughters of Bryce and Blair (Rames C’04) Magill

Class Notes In Loving Memory Monica Kribell Lyle HS’41, February 23, 2011. Adeline Machacek Bechtold C’45, February 27, 2011. Mary Frances Lyle C’37, March 6, 2011. Dorothy Holzbauer Kapsen HS’37, March 14, 2011. Sister Bennett Fasbender HS’47, C’62, March 20, 2011. Arliss Fees Johnson SN’53, C’72, former MMC health nurse, March 25, 2011. Collin Janes C’05, March 16, 2011. Judy Wyzykowski Anthes C’67, April 2010. Dorothy Banks Prohs SN’37, March 22, 2011. Susan Heinz Ahrendt C’68, April 8, 2011. Dr. Donna Henseler, former English faculty, April 28, 2011. N. John Van Bibber C’84 and two children, Jacob & Jessa, May 6, 2011. Bonnie King, former President Administrative Assistant, May 7, 2011. Clara Yoeman HS’50, C’64, May 12, 2011. Ann Whitcomb Jons SN’62, May 26, 2011. Sister Antoinette Tramp, OSB C’42, June 2, 2011. Sister Barbara Ann Schwab, OSB C’57, June 18, 2011. Suzette Howard Thompson C’98, June 29, 2011. Sister Marguerite Gackowski, OSB, July 12, 2011 Patrick Bohlmann C’92, July 22, 2011 Jennifer Cowman C’11, July 27, 2011 Perry Slagle, Security Guard, July 28, 2011 Patricia J. Macke C’72, February 18, 2011 Tara A. Brodeur C’79, April 13, 2011 Rosalyce Kappenman Gordon C’38, March 16, 2011.

Sacred Heart Monastery Jubilarians Seventy Years Sister Judith Kuhn HS’40, C’57 Sister Gabriella Baumberger C’59

Sixty Years Sister Andree Mechtenberg SN’54, SA’58, C’72 Sister Eileen Neville C’53

Twenty-Five Years Sister Virginia Pieper C’85 Sister Bonita Gacnik C’82

S. Bennett Fasender OSB S. Bennett Fasbender OSB, 82, died Sunday, March 20, 2011. Alice Teresa Fasbender was born May 21, 1928 at Hendricks, MN to Ben and Florence (Davis) Fasbender. She was the oldest of five children. The family lived on a farm in a valley east of White, SD. In her autobiography, she says “this farm being the most precious place in my memories.” She attended a oneroom rural school for eight years and then attended Good Counsel Academy, Mankato, Minn. for her first three years of high school. Feeling a call to be a Benedictine Sister she transferred to Mount Marty High School for her senior year. She and her three sisters were all students at Mount Marty that year. On August 20, 1947, Alice entered Sacred Heart Monastery. She credits her parents and Fr. Clarence Trautner as being influential in her decision. She was invested as a novice the following year and received the name, Bennett. She made first profession in 1949 and final profession in 1952. Her ministry encompassed many years in elementary and higher education. She taught in Nebraska, North and South Dakota and also served as principal in Constance and Omaha, NE. She taught scripture at Mount Marty College for 30 years. She also served on the formation team at the monastery and was sub-prioress from 1977-1981. She earned a BA degree from Mount Marty College and MA degree in religious studies from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Two highlights of her life were a three-week study tour in Israel in 1981 and later a sabbatical year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Following her retirement from teaching, she ministered for two years at Avera St. Benedict Health Center, Parkston.


S. Bennett was a gentle woman who loved nature and was known for her green thumb in growing violets. She also enjoyed baking, especially bread. S. Bennett is survived by her Benedictine community; three sisters, Veronica Reilly of Huron, S. Veronica Fasbender OSB and S. Ann Fasbender OSB, Yankton; one brother, James (Mary Ann) Fasbender, Paynesville, MN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be directed to the Mount Marty College Scholarship Fund, 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton, S.D., 57078.

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Class Notes In Sympathy Kevin Van Osdel C ’77 on the death of his mother, Frances VanOsdel. Mary Sue Vollmer HS’66 on the death of her mother, Beverly Myers-Brown. Mary Ann Hesla HS’67 on the death of her father, Bernard Fullenkamp. Kathleen Fiedler HS’64 on the death of her mother, Clara Jilg. Carol Elkins C’72 on the death of her mother, Janice Hildebrand. Carolyn Holtzman C’78, Jeanette Dunning C’79 & Diane Dunning C’85 on the death of their father, Richard Faltin. Rita Macaulay C’77 & Sister Jodelle Zimmerman C’03 on the death of their father, Bernard Zimmerman. Janis Pauli HS’68 & Carol Hicks HS’70 on the death of their father, Leonard Tacke. Kathleen Foner C’78 on the death of her mother, Wilma Kavan. Rosemary Hayward C’74 on the death of her mother, Rita Vavra. Sister Joelle Bauer C’68 & Jack Bauer C’81 on the death of their mother, Vivian Bauer. Virginia Rusch HS’66 & Mary Carlson C’71 on the death of their father, LuVerne Rusch. Rose Garhart C’83 on the death of her mother, Rose Lillian Garhart. C L A S S N O T E S

Christine (Kuchta) O’Brien HS’59 on the death of her husband, Larry O’Brien. Sister Mary Kay Panowicz C’71 on the death of her father, Albin Panowicz. Denise Hanson C’88 on the death of her mother, Arliss Johnson. Sandra Brown C’72 & Shannon Feekes C’78 on the death of their mother, LaVonne Neuroth. JeAnn Sudbeck HS’59, SN’62 & Joetta Hutchings HS’63 on the death of their mother, Sylvia Hochstein. Janet Carl SN’60 on the death of her mother, Mildred Hansen. Corrine (Hardie) Pfeiffer HS’48 on the death of her husband, Joseph Pfeiffer. Eileen (Fitzgerald) Donahue C’42 on the death of her husband & Brigetta Klein C’79 on the death of her father, James W.Donahue. Larry Dahlen, Anesthesia faculty on the death of his mother, Linnea Dahlen and brother, Glen. Kevin Henseler C’76 & Todd Henseler C’77 on the death of their mother, Donna Henseler. Beatrice (Wieseler) Dickes HS’48, SN’51 on the death of her husband and Greg Dickes C’78 & Judith Vcelik C’80 on the death of their father, Donald Dickes. Roxann (Breen) Hunhoff C’90 on the death of her mother, Esther Winckler. Patrick King C’75, Chris King C’77, Tracy King C’80 & Molly King C’85 on the death of their mother, Bonnie King.

Linda Kallhoff C’73 on the death of her mother, Christine Gettert. Rebecca Feilmeier C’95 on the death of her mother, Gloria Schurman. Patrice Weisser ’80 on the death of her mother, Beverly Elsberry. Stephanie Wiedenfeld C’95 on the death of her father, Jack Samelson. Beth Forster C’75 on the death of her father, Floyd Forster. Diane Bolger C’73 on the death of her father, Vincent Bruggeman. Conchita (Sendejar) Marshall C’98 on the death of her husband, Ivan Marshall. Russell Tschetter C’92 on the death of his mother, Connie Tschetter. Lilla May Hunsley C’65 on the death of her mother, Eleanor Hunsley. Pam Schaefer, Faculty Secretary, on the death of her mother, Esther Becker. Doug Becker C’74 and Patricia Rieur C’80, 94 on the death of their mother, Betty Becker. Mary Kay Roberts C’68 on the death of her mother, Irene Spack. Norma Sand Johnson C’69 on the death of her husband, Orlin Johnson. Leigha (Bailey) Bolton C’88 and husband Thomas on the death of their son, Brett Bolton. Cathereen Fiedler Bahr (SN’40) on the death of her husband, Warren Bahr. Jeanne Taylor (HS’63) on the death of her mother, Jean English.

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Tributes and Blessings HONOR and MEMORIAL PROGRAM

Honor Roll

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Mount Marty College is pleased to thank and acknowledge the following foundations, businesses, parents, alumni, and friends whose critical support in 2010-2011 allowed us to continue our tradition of academic excellence, enhance the lives of our students and serve the community. These gifts were made from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Mother Jerome Society

Memorial Members

Cyd Chavez Irene Cihak-Johnson James Cihak Laddie & Doris Cimpl Ambrose Dolan Bishop Paul V. Dudley Wilma Faini Martha Foecke Clara Geiger Emil & Anna Marie Goeden Harold Heitgen Orlin Johnson Reta Kabeiseman George Kayser Loraine Schweinfurt-Krueger John Luft Jr. & Marie Neumayr Luft Anna Marie Holzbauer Mach Monsignor John J. McEneaney Joanne Naber Clark & Mary Ann Redlinger Joseph P. & Rose V. Schmidt Steven Schneider Anna Marie Matuska Stapinski Florence Tobin Florence Wallbaum Irene Weingartner Lois Mentele Werner Frank & Marg Yaggie

Mother Jerome Society

General Members

Anonymous James Abbott

Dr. Laurie & Michael Becvar Clara Chavez Burchardt James A. (Justin) Carey Evelyn Dolan Bernelda Engler Dr. Steve & Ruth Feeney Pam Frick Rudy Gerstner Francetta & John Gilsdorf Monica Heitgen Bill Hesse Norma Johnson Father David Korth Dr. Aelred & Irene Kurtenbach Dr. Clark & Gerry Likness Michael Lintel Jim & Celia Miner Iva Mueller Marian Dendinger Pyper Marlene Rance Viona Ranney Jim & Lori Rausch Jim & Pat Robinson Dorothy I. Schmidt Valerie & William Schroeder Mary Standaert Harry & Marilyn Ter Maat David Thies Daniel Wallbaum Mary Ann Reinhart Williams

President’s Society President’s Circle $25,000+

Avera Health Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery Jean Smith South Dakota Education Access Foundation Otto Ullrich Estate



ARAMARK District Office Jeanette Bailey(H’61 C’65) & Joe Schneider Charles^ & Alberta Bender Barbara(C’76) & Craig Farson Kathleen(C’71) & Dwight Gatzemeyer S. Patricia Heirigs^(H’52 C’65) Marlene Rance* Katherine Reese Susan Reese^ Ambassador


Ball Corporation Catholic Foundation of Eastern South Dakota Diocese of Sioux Falls Easton Sports Development Foundation Dr. Richard* & Diana Foster Dr. John & Peggy* Frank Daisy# & Keith Halvorson Hatterscheidt Foundation Dale & Pat Larson Alonzo Roemmich Katherine Schmidt(C’59) Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center Associate


Chesterman Company Dr. Steven^(C’77) & Ruth Feeney First Dakota National Bank Yankton

First Dakota Trust & Investments First National Bank of South Dakota Patrick Frank# Rudy* & Kathleen(C’87) Gerstner Gerstner Oil Company Arlen & Candy Halvorson Michael* & Gerrie(C’81) Healy Kathryn Higgins*(H’65) Wayne^ & Lori Ibarolle Luken Memorials Inc. Audrey McGary Catherine^ & Peter McGovern Lori(C’64) & James Rausch Dorothy Schmidt Steve* & YaVonne Slowey South Dakota Foundation of Independent Colleges Betty Sue Spruill Estate St. John’s Lutheran Church Dr. Bruce* & Nancy Teachout Robert# & Judy Tereshinski Christine# & Frank(C’06) Tudor United Church of Christ Wells Fargo of Yankton Yankton Quarterback Club Member


James & Colette Abbott Roberta Ambur & Jim Means Anonymous Donor Janet Beattie(C’48) Becker Body Shop Michael & Debra Bennett Veronica(H’55 N’61) & Lawrence Bilder Clara Chavez Burchardt(C’57) Terrance(C’73) & Vickie(H’69 C’74) Buschelman Sarah# & David Carda Dr. Larry^ & Marty Celmer

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Cecilia(C’54) & George Chacko Community Bank of Avon CorTrust Bank - Yankton Fox Run JoAnne Dickinson(C’92) Robert & Sally Dolan Eileen Donahue(C’42) Jim^ & Joyce Donohoe Msgr. James Doyle^ Sister Margretta Doyle^(C’58) J.P. Duniphan* Dwight C. Hauff Foundation Embroidery & Screen Works Carla# & Glen Eng Fred^(C’74) & Stephanie Ertz Kyle & Lily Gerstner Charles Gross# Frances(C’68) & Warren Hammerbeck Dr. Aaron & Paula Hamvas Dr. Janis# & Tom Hausmann Ron & Ann Heine Angela(C’76) & Roger Hejl Lilla Hunsley(C’65) Hy-Vee Food Store Yankton

Father Donald Imming Ken & Jeanne Isaak Dora Jones(C’60) Dr. Carrol# & Jo Krause Eileen Lesher Kent(C’75) & Barbara(C’78) Lethcoe Mark(C’76) & Deborah(C’75) Lethcoe Jean Lethcoe(C’66) Dr. Alfred# & Donna# Lupien Mary Frances Lyle(C’37) (Deceased) Lou Ella Machin(N’52) Colleen Marion(C’59) Joanne#(C’09) & Steve Marsh Louise(C’62) & Ron Mika Mother Of God Monastery MT & RC Smith Insurance Inc. Larry & Marge Murphy Bill Nelson(C’85) Olson’s Pest Technicians, Inc. Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home

Christina Orr(C’92) & Nicholas Clarke Dr. Ruth Pakieser Macnamera & Terry Macnamera Clarice Pellettier(H’50 N’56) Greg Peters(C’95) William^ & Sandy Pier Pizza Ranch of Yankton Theresa(C’63) & Donald Powers Robert Pulscher* Viona(C’82) & Dr. Brooks Ranney Mary Anne Rasmussen(C’69) Recruiting Resources Rettedal’s Department Store Dr. Pamela^ & Bob Rezac Kathleen Roehl(C’60) Dr. Robert Ruetz & Family Virginia(H’66) Rusch & Ira Perman Sacred Heart Nurses Alumni Sacred Heart Parish Roger Schaffer Slowey Construction Inc. Katherine(C’65) & Griffith Smith South Dakota Magazine

Todd Speece Dr. Elizabeth (C’03) Spivey & Dave Bergin Nick & Debbie Stocking Paula#(C’73) & William Tacke Teget Foundation David^ & Marlys Thies Maureen(H’68 C’72) Thompson-Sachleben & Wayne Sachleben Leslie(C’92) & Rob Wagner Dan^ & Judy(H’56) Wallbaum PJ Werdel Randy(C’86) & Joan Wientjes Jeffrey*(C’93) & Lisa(C’93) ` Wolfgram Pearl Shih Wong Yankton Medical Clinic Yankton Rotary Club Terry Yu(C’62) Phyllis Zwart(C’67) * Current Trustee ^ Past Trustee # Employee

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital’s Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has pledged a $750,000 contribution to Mount Marty College to help fund the proposed Avera Nursing Laboratory and the Avera Science Laboratory as part of the college’s plan to develop a new health care and science center. A significant number of Avera Sacred Heart’s nurses, nurse anesthetists, radiologic technologists, physicians and other health care professionals have graduated from Mount Marty College. The Avera Sacred Heart Board of Directors deemed this to be a priority investment in the infrastructure of nursing and health care professionals in Yankton.



“This partnership demonstrates our commitment to a nursing program that has provided us with hundreds of high quality, welltrained nurses and other health care professionals throughout the years,” said Pamela J. Rezac, EdD, President and CEO of Avera Sacred Heart. “We believe the Avera Nursing Laboratory and the Avera Science Laboratory will enhance the training of our future nurses and health care professionals. Yankton as a community and as a


This very generous gift from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital will provide for the development of state of the art science and nursing facilities.


-Carrol Krause, Interim President

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health care destination greatly benefits from a vibrant college with enhanced health care education programming.” Mount Marty College Interim President Carrol Krause, EdD, echoed Rezac’s sentiments, “This very generous gift from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital will provide for the development of stateof-the-art science and nursing facilities at Mount Marty College. Not only will this strengthen existing programs, it opens the door for adding new programs to prepare graduates for careers in the healthcare industry. We are most grateful to Avera Sacred Heart for this wonderful gift and for continued support of Mount Marty College.” The laboratories will be located in the old library and Bede Hall and the total cost of the laboratory renovation is expected to be approximately $2.5 million. Gifts from other donors will allow the completion of this project over the next two years.

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