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Spring 2011

Mount Marty College

Mount Marty College Alumna Receives Presidential Award p.10

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Dear Alumni and Friends: Over the past few months that I have served as Interim President, I have witnessed the dedication of the campus community to the four core values upon which the college was founded: awareness of God, community, hospitality and life-long learning. The faculty and staff are strongly focused on developing and enhancing the College’s mission to provide a high quality, faith-based educational experience for all students. We are proud of our Benedictine heritage and for the continued support of the Sacred Heart Monastery. We are pleased to announce that, beginning this spring semester, Mount Marty College will offer a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a two year Licensed Practical Nursing degree. In the future there will be much more development involving the use of technology for on-line course delivery. Every ten years all institutions of higher education must renew their regional accreditation. This involves an extensive self study of all academic programs and institutional operations. I am very proud of all the faculty and staff for their dedication to the self-study process. I am confident that, as the re-accreditation process moves forward to the external visiting team’s review, Mount Marty will meet all the accreditation standards with high marks. We ask for your continued financial support to fund scholarships and other assistance to students. Over 99% of our students receive some financial aid. Given the economic climate today, we find the need for student financial assistance greater than ever. We also ask for your assistance to upgrade Marian Auditorium and to convert the former library into a modern science laboratory. Even modest donations will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Carrol Krause Interim President


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Spring 2011 The Alumni Publication of Mount Marty College



04 Alumni Mystery Photo 05 Campus Happenings


13 Alumni Spotlight 16 Athletics Update


26 Faculty & Staff News


31 Class Notes MMC Alumna Dr. Angela Hejl was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. See page 10 for the full story.



Update Spring 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, Nathan Johnson, Sister Aidan Bourke, Rich Lofthus

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Campus Happenings Bishop Paul Swain and Sioux Falls Chamber Celebrate New MMC Location


Bishop Paul Swain, Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, and the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce celebrated Mount Marty College’s new Nurse Anesthesia Program location October 13, 2010 in Sioux Falls. Bishop Swain opened the event with a Blessing Ceremony for the new building at 5001 West 41st Street. The Chamber followed with their presentation and ribbon cutting. Sioux Falls Chamber Chair, Michael Bender of Bender Commercial Real Estate Services congratulated the college for their continued dedication to the medical community. Anesthesia Program Director Alfred Lupien reflected on the special meaning behind the words, “Because you hold their whole world in your hands,” that can be seen displayed in the building foyer. According to Lupien, “Nurse Anesthetists are at your side when you are most vulnerable. At that point, they are responsible for your life. As nurse anesthesia educators, we take our jobs very seriously and make sure that every student who leaves Mount Marty knows how important a commitment they have made.” The trend in nurse anesthesia education is to advance programs to the doctoral level within the next 15 years. Mount Marty hopes to make this move well before the mandatory deadline.

Mount Marty College Hosts Family Weekend in November Family and friends of Mount Marty College students attended the annual Family Weekend celebration November 5-7. Highlights included honors convocation, basketball games, the GPAC Cross Country Championships, the fall play, “Almost Maine”, and Family Weekend Mass at Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. The John and Joni Osnes family of Rapid City, S.D. was chosen as this year’s “Family of the Year”, a Family Weekend tradition since 1984. They are the parents of MMC junior, Jacquelyn Osnes, who is an elementary and special education major. The couple has two other daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Joni Osnes and four of her siblings attended Mount Marty. She went on to be a MMC nursing instructor and eventually met husband, John while teaching here. They were married in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in 1982. Both John and Joni are very involved in church and community. Daughter, Jacqui is involved in Mount Marty’s Education club, ADMIT club, Ambassadors, campus ministry, mixed choir, and The Moderator.

From L to R: John R. Osnes, Myrtle Osnes, Jessica Osnes, Jacquelyn Osnes, John Osnes, Joni Osnes, Velma Wagner, & Dr. Carrol Krause

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MMC Hosts Fall 2010 Commencement C A M P U S H A P P E N I N G S

Mount Marty College hosted fall 2010 commencement exercises on Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Laddie E. Cimpl Arena. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Pamela Rezac, gave the commencement address. Rezac, a former member of Mount Marty College’s Board of Trustees, has been a dedicated leader in healthcare and community service for over 40 years. Sr. Penny Bingham, Secretary, Board of Trustees, Dr. Rezac’s accomplished career has impacted several rePamela Rezac, Dr. Carrol Krause, Interim President spected healthcare facilities in southeast South Dakota. Some of them include Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland, S.D.; Sacred Heart Health Services in Yankton; and Presentation Health System in Sioux Falls, S.D. Rezac took over leadership of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in 1997 and currently serves as President/Chief Executive Officer and Avera Regional President.

MMC Theatre Brings Guest Artist to Campus MMC Departments of Theatre, Campus Ministries, and Campus Programming brought guest artist, David Barker, to the MMC Yankton campus on September 24 and 25. Mr. Barker, MFA Performance Coordinator for Arizona State University’s School of Theatre and Film, conducted workshops for high school and college students as well as performed his one-man show, “Dodging Bullets.”

Homecoming Coronation 2011 Kylie Gross of Yankton, S.D. and Joseph Stahl of Onida, S.D. were named the Mount Marty College 2011 Lord and Lady Marben, at Mount Marty’s Homecoming in January. The royal court included: Jared Wall, North Sioux City, Neb.; Cassie Neth, Scotland, S.D.; Weston Kusser, Highmore, S.D.; Mitchell Zenk, Le Mars, Iowa; Jennifer Miller, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Gina Emanuel, Schuyler, Neb.; Leonard Risinger, Plainview, Neb.; and Erica Loutsch, Remsen, Iowa.


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Benedictine Lecturer, Frederick L. Kirschenmann, Addresses Local Needs Mount Marty College hosted Frederick L. Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at Iowa State University, as this year’s Benedictine Lecture speaker. His presentation, titled “Cultivating an Ecological Conscience” was held on Wednesday, October 20 in Watertown at Mother of God Monastery Chapel on Thursday, October 21 in Yankton at Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium.

Sophomore Nurses Pledge Their Commitement The Mount Marty College Nursing Program hosted a Pledging Ceremony for its newly-admitted nursing class of 2013 on January 24, 2011 in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. Sophomore nursing students pledged their commitment to the nursing profession - a life work and a dedication. This year’s 32 pledges include: Krysta Anson, Yankton, S.D. Stephanie Backer, Norfolk, Neb. Autumn Biermann, Wisner, Neb. Scott Bormann, Mission Hill, S.D. Brittany Brasel, Yankton, S.D. Sarah Bruce, Pierce, Neb. Dorcas Copa, Tomball, Texas Julie Decker, Yankton, S.D. Traci Fejfar, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ashley Garton, Marthon, Iowa Rebecca Glidden, Yankton, S.D. Mahra Goldston,Chamberlain, S.D. Katerina Hart, Centerville, S.D. Tanya Hawkinson, Yankton, S.D. Joshua Homme, Papillion, Neb. Amanda Huss, Iliff, Colo.


Vanessa Laible, Howard, S.D. Abby Larson, Yankton, S.D. Kassandra Lewis, Eyota, Minn. Kathryn Lingscheit, Miller, S.D. Susan Lowery, Yankton, S.D. Hannah Miller, Norfolk, Neb. Jacob Morris, Lakeville, Minn. Paige Nelson, Colman, S.D. Kasey Novotny, Colome, S.D. Kayce Olson, Ellendale, N.D. Deanna Poppe, Crofton, Neb. Brooke Slump, Sioux City, Iowa Jamie Van Lent, Hope Mills, N.C. Tiffany Vandersnick, O’Neill, Neb. Amanda Wallum, Yankton, S.D. Bonnie Wirth, Sioux Falls, S.D.


Mount Marty Displays Christmas Tree at Capitol Mount Marty College’s Student Government Association sponsored a tree this year for the annual Christmas at the Capital celebration in Pierre. Mount Marty’s Director of Student Activities, Molly Westling and Bill and Suzanne Stahl, parents of student, Joey Stahl, Onida, S.D. decorated the tree.

Concert Band Performs Fall Concert Mount Marty College’s Fall Band Concert was held on Sunday, November 21, in Marian Auditorium. The Mount Marty Concert Band, under the direction of Dean Rettedal, performed the classic “Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams,” “Summer of ’69” which was the music of Woodstock, and highlights from “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” The rest of the program included a variety of selections.

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Vespers Program Marks the Beginning of Advent The Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and the Mount Marty College Music Department presented their annual Vespers performance on Sunday, November 28. The performances were held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel on the Mount Marty College campus. This year’s Vespers featured a commissioned work by Grammy-nominated composer, Gerald Custer, who was in attendance. A professional orchestra accompanied the Mount Marty Choirs as they performed both traditional and contemporary carols. Vespers concluded with a performance of “Silent Night” for orchestra, congregation, and choir.

Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2013 Begins Didactic Study Mount Marty College’s nurse anesthesia class of 2013 gathered on the Yankton campus for orientation in August. The 37 students hail from California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. They will have 11 months of didactic study before moving onto the clinic phase lasting 19 months. Their clinical work will be done at sites in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Kirksville, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Rapid City, S.D.; Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Saint Cloud, Minn.; and Watertown, S.D.


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Great Plains Writers’ Tour Presents Daryl Farmer


Mount Marty College hosted author Daryl Farmer at this year’s Great Plains Writers’ Tour. Farmer’s presentation of his award winning book, “Bicycling Beyond the Divide,” was held on Tuesday, October 26 in Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium.


Farmer holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has taught writing at the University of Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Stephen F. Austin State University, and currently teaches creative non-fiction writing at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Farmer’s book, “Bicycling Beyond the Divide,” received the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Award and was a Colorado Book Award finalist. His other works have been published in journals such as Paddlefish, Hayden’s Ferry Review, South Dakota Review, Quarter After Eight, and Isotope.

MMC Receives Nativity Scene Gift The Mount Marty College campus recently received a gift of a new outdoor Christmas nativity set through the generosity of several donors. Sister Marie Helene Werdel and her brother, Pete Werdel, along with Sister Matthew Wehri donated the outdoor figures that can be seen near the campus’s west entrance. Shannon Goeden, Mount Marty Facilities Department, constructed the stable that houses the set.

Mount Marty College Theatre Presents Fall Play “Almost, Maine” Mount Marty College Theatre presented “Almost, Maine,” a story of love and laughter written by John Cariani, November 4, 5, and 6 in Marian Auditorium. The stage created a magical, crisp night in a mythical small-town located in northern Maine. Nineteen characters experienced the ups and downs of love, with the brilliance of the northern lights underlining the magical moments that changed their lives forever. The cast of “Almost, Maine” included Dylan Babel of Humphrey, Neb; Alyssa Duncan, Sioux City, Iowa; Brooke Fischer, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jordan Foos, Scotland, S.D.; Kalib Heeren, Akron, Iowa; Steven Hoff, Omaha, Neb; Krue Larson, Tyndall, S.D.; Jordan Lenards, Tabor, S.D.; Hayley Lind, Marathon, Iowa; Jessica Polk, Clarkson, Neb; Emily Rausch, Rapid City, SD; Nicholas Conrad Rokahr, Yankton, S.D.; Sally Schwedhlem, Winside, Neb; Tanner Venard, Tea, S.D.; Ashton Walter, Howard, S.D.; Jenna WhippleRiley, Mission, S.D.; Mitchell Zenk, Le Mars, Iowa; Lisa Keogh, Stuart, Neb; and Vincent Humble, Bode, Iowa. The production was under the direction of Andy Henrickson; Scenic and Lighting Design by Stephen English, Sound Design by Nicholas C. Rokahr, and Costume Design by Keryl Brady. Entered as an Associate Production to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), a formal response by Mr. Chris Guyotte of SDSU followed Friday evening’s performance. Mitchell Zenk and Jordan Lenards were chosen as Irene Ryan nominees to compete at the KCACTF at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in January.

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MMC Alum Earns Presidential Award A

sk Mount Marty College alumna and Yankton High School teacher, Dr. Angela Hejl, what she considers the most rewarding thing about teaching and without missing a beat, she says, “The kids... when they get it.”

It’s that kind of dedication and caring attitude that earned her the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) this past year. In December, Hejl and 102 other middle- and high-school math and science teachers from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. to receive their awards. “The trip to Washington, D.C., was a most memorable event,” she said. “We got to meet with the President and policy makers. It gave me an opportunity to have the ear of those in Washington.” Hejl continued, “The President was very genuine and gracious and one quote really stuck with me. He said that countries that out-educate the U.S. will out-compete us in the future.”

Mount Marty invested in me and gave me the foundation I have for teaching.


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In addition to the awards ceremony and meeting with the President, the teachers toured the White House and Capitol, attended education and celebratory events, and visited with members of Congress. While the honorees received their awards in December, the selection process took between one and two years. According to Hejl, “I was notified in January of last year that I was one of three science finalists from South Dakota. “ In June, she was finally named a recipient of the Presidential Award. “My nomination and award professionally changed me,” she said. “If there were strategies I was considering, I’d ask myself – is this going to be fun or is this going to help them learn?” “Dr. Hejl works hard and is so passionate about how and what she teaches,” Yankton High School Principal, Dr. Wayne Kindle said. “She is right up there with the caliber of teachers that deserve to win national awards. This just says a lot about her and the caliber of teachers we have here at Yankton High School.” Though she’s a 16-year veteran YHS teacher and Science Department Chair, teaching wasn’t Hejl’s first career. She originally graduated from Mount Marty in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Biology.”During interim my senior year, I took an education class and loved it,” she said, “But I was out of money and couldn’t get any more loans, so I finished my nursing degree.”

Giving Back As a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching, Dr. Hejl received a $10,000 award. She has chosen to given $1000 of that award to Mount Marty College. “ I thought I couldn’t afford a private school, but at the last minute I applied to Mount Marty and it ended up being more affordable than I thought. I really flourished in the small school environment. I wasn’t just a number in the crowd and it really made me grow as a person. As a senior, I received the Presidential Award.. Mount Marty invested in me and gave me the foundation I have for teaching. That’s why the first thing I did upon receiving the award was give part of it back. ” -Dr. Angela Hejl, MMC Class of ‘76

Upon graduation, Hejl worked as a hospital and community health nurse for ten years. Once her children were school-age, she went back to Mount Marty to take education classes while working nights and weekends.

Dr. Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Hejl, and Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In the early 90’s while continuing her education, Hejl taught classes at Mount Marty and worked part-time in the Learning Resource Center. She eventually earned a Master’s Degree and later a Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota.

“I would have stayed (at MMC) if there had been a full-time position,” she said. But in the fall of 1994 Hejl accepted a position teaching at Yankton High School. Throughout her YHS tenure, she has taught chemistry, math, and now focuses on biology and advanced placement biology. In addition, as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Marty College, Hejl currently teaches Special Methods for Science Teaching to future science teachers. While teaching is now her passion, Hejl values those years as a nurse too. “I gained a lot of valuable experience that I can use in my teaching profession. A lot of kids that take AP Bio are headed to medicine.” Hejl and her husband Roger reside in Yankton. They have two grown and married children, Dan and Heidi, along with three grandchildren.

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Yankton Man Ends 13-Year Quest To Get College Degree By Nathan Johnson

Reprinted with permission from the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan

When Shawn Wagner walked across the stage Saturday in Mount Marty College’s Cimpl Arena to receive his diploma, it was the end of a 13-year journey to get a college degree.


“After the birth of my kids and getting married, this is the highest achievement on my list,” Wagner, 33, told the Press & Dakotan prior to the weekend ceremony. In addition to getting the business degree for himself, Wagner said he worked to get it so he would be a good role model for his sons, Austin and Keenan. “I tell them that if I can do it, they can do it, too,” he stated. “I stress the importance of education every day, and I try to give them high goals. ‘You can fly fighter jets if you do well in school.’” The challenges Wagner overcame in attaining his degree were larger than those faced by most college students. He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 3. The inherited disease is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults, causing thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. The disease leaves Wagner with little energy at times and results in sporadic hospitalization.

He first started college in 1997 at the University of South Dakota as a business major. After meeting his future wife, Kaija, Wagner decided to transfer to Mount Marty in 1999, and pursue a criminal justice major.

Then, in 2001, “I got really, really sick,” he said.

In addition, Wagner was getting married and would lose the health insurance he was getting through his father. He decided it was more important to get a job than finish his degree. “I stopped taking classes for two or three years,” Wagner said.

After his younger brother, Travis, began taking some accelerated courses, Wagner was convinced in 2005 to do the same. Now an employee at Wells Fargo, he decided to go back to a business major.

“The biggest challenge during these last five years has been getting stuck in the hospital,” Wagner said. “It always seems to happen at the worst time, like when a big paper is due. It would happen once or twice a year for 10-14 days.”

His illness has forced him to cut back his work hours and go on disability, which Wagner said is frustrating and made him question why he was pursuing a college education. “I would think, ‘I can’t use my degree any way,’” he said.


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Nathan Johnson But then Mount Marty officials and his family would give him the encouragement he needed to forge ahead. “My wife has been great,” he said. “She was basically a single parent at times. I would tell her that I needed to do some work, so she would have the boys leave me alone. She was supersupportive and read over my stuff. I don’t think I could have done it without her.” The final step to getting a degree was finishing an internship this year. Wagner served as the Yankton Anti-Tobacco Coalition’s coordinator, teaching classes at the Boys and Girls Club and working on the “Yes on 12” campaign. “The kids were really perceptive, and it was rewarding work,” he said. During Saturday’s commencement ceremony, Pam Rezac, who is the president and CEO of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and served as the keynote speaker for the event, spoke about the importance of perseverance while challenging graduates to make a difference in the world. “It is persistent daily output and hard work — that is what brought you here today,” she said. Wagner knows that all too well. He has some advice of his own to offer prospective college students. “A lot of times, kids go right from high school to college,” Wagner said. “That’s not for everybody. If you work a few years at a blue-color job, you’ll work a lot harder at your degree and appreciate it more. Don’t let somebody pressure you into it.” Now that he finally has a degree, Wagner has some time to dream. “Eventually, I would love to open a brewery,” Wagner said. “I enjoy making my own beer. That’s my dream.” Then he adds with a laugh, “But I need some funding.”


This issue’s Alumni Spotlight highlights Nathan Johnson, currently the City Editor for the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. You’ll find his by-line next to great stories like this one on Shawn Wagner every week in Yankton’s daily newspaper. Mount Marty College Alum Class of: 2001 Major: English/History Your Family: Roy and Nancy Johnson, parents; Ben and Chris, younger (but definitely not wiser!) brothers Memorable time/experience while attending MMC: I can’t accuse Mount Marty of not taking me places. While attending school, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe on two occasions. On the first voyage across the ocean, I saw France and Italy as part of the annual trip organized by Sr. Cynthia Binder. Art professor David Kahle was also along for the ride. I’ll never forget a mad dash with him and some other students to Trevi Fountain in Rome late one night. There was a lot of laughter. I think it must have been something in the air ... My second international expedition took me to Potsdam, Germany, as part of a Mount Marty theatre production of “Wiley and the Hairy Man” directed by none other than Theatre professor Andy Henrickson. We participated in a theater festival, stayed in a castle and met young people from all over Europe. Plenty of latenight adventures — and a day-trip to Berlin — added to the magic of the whole experience. If you could write any story, what would it be: I would like to cross over to the “other side” and write the definitive story on life (or the lack thereof) after death. That’s something I know I’ve got an interest in — and I’m just guessing here — but I am fairly certain many others share that interest. cont’d

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Person that made the greatest impact on you while you attended MMC: Allow me to be a bit of a coward on this subject. I can’t just pick one, because a lot of professors and staff went out of their way to help me grow and succeed. Sr. Eileen Neville, Sr. Marielle Frigge, Sr. Cynthia Binder, Jamie Sullivan, Rich Lofthus, Nick Braune, Jerry Wilson, Andy Henrickson, David Kahle, Shirley Freidel ... yeah, it’s quite a list. It’s really kind of embarrassing how much I was given while at Mount Marty and how little I probably gave back in comparison. Life after MMC: I tried my hand at graduate school studying political science. I thought there was too much of a focus on science and decided to use the humanities training I received from Mount Marty for better ends. I ended up in journalism, where I like to think I’ve done all right for myself. Length of time you’ve worked at the Press & Dakotan: 7 years Story/Piece of Writing you’re most proud of: In 2006, I had the opportunity to visit with a Vietnam veteran about the trip he had just taken back to Vietnam to visit the battlefield where he was shot numerous times and almost died. I felt privileged to write about it. The veteran had a very personal, powerful story, and it’s one I’ve never forgotten. What you like best about living/working in Yankton: I love big cities like Omaha, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago, etc. However, it has always struck me that life is much harder in the city. You have to fight every day to live and do what you want, whether it’s heavy traffic, long lines or finding a parking spot. It eats up a lot of time and can wear you out. In Yankton, my commute is less than a minute if I choose to drive. There is no such thing as a traffic jam. I can walk along the scenic shores of the Missouri River in Riverside Park on most nights and feel like it’s my own backyard because no one else is there. Add to that the number of family and friends I have here and living in Yankton is pretty easy — as long as I can get to those aforementioned cities occasionally for a wider array of cultural offerings and entertainment! Your Professional/Personal Highlight: In 2008, I was named the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Outstanding Young Journalist. It was an accomplishment for which I remain proud. Number of Stories you write in a year: I would estimate that I write more than 300 stories per year ... What you like to do when you’re not writing for the P&D: When not writing for the Press & Dakotan, I enjoy composing personal and fictional pieces that may or may not see the light of day outside my apartment. I’m also an avid film and music fan, so I make many trips to see concerts and film events. Omaha music venues like the Slowdown and The Waiting Room feel like second homes. My favorite band is Depeche Mode, and whenever they are on tour, you can bet I will make a pilgrimage to some city near or far to worship at their feet. 14

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50 Year Nursing Celebration

M ount Marty College’s Nursing Department celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the Bachelor of Science Nursing

program the weekend of November 12 and 13 on the Yankton campus. Weekend activities united more than 100 alumni, current and former faculty, as well as friends to celebrate the program’s success. The weekend festivities began on Friday with a social and banquet to honor Mount Marty graduates. Mount Marty alumna, writer, and motivational speaker, Joan Burney, along with her daughter, Juli, entertained guests at the banquet. Before her retirement in 2008, Burney’s work regularly appeared in the Cedar County News, Norfolk Daily News, Sioux City Journal, Omaha World Herald, and the Missouri Valley Observer for many years. She has received numerous awards and honors. Activities resumed on Saturday with past and present faculty social, class gatherings, campus tours and lunch. According to Dr. Jacqueline Kelley, Director of Nursing, “It was a great celebration. We saw tears, hugs, and a great deal of warmth.” The celebration concluded with a Eucharist Celebration in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel on the Mount Marty campus. “It truly brought a lot of meaning to the weekend and was a beautiful way to bring it to a close,” said Dr. Kelley.

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Men’s Soccer:

The men’s soccer team also continued their rebuilding process. The men’s record was not what the team had hoped for; they were very competitive with all but three GPAC games being decided by two scores or less. Juniors Carlos Saenz and Chandler Olmo were both named to the GPAC Honorable Mention All-Conference squad. 2010 was the first year of play on the Lancers new soccer field – The NFAA Soccer Fields. The men’s team will lose Mario Briseno to graduation.

Women’s Soccer:

The women’s soccer teams continued their rebuilding process by reaching new goals. The women’s team experienced their first success in the extremely tough Great Plains Athletic Conference, scoring their first GPAC standings point this fall. Junior, Hayley Rutledge, and sophomore, Hannah Miller, were selected to the GPAC Honorable Mention squad on the women’s side. Steph Schultz, Emily Rausch, and April Dolezal were all named Daktronics ScholarAthlete All-Americans. The women’s team will lose April Dolezal and Steph Schultz to graduation.

Women’s Cross Country:

The women’s cross country team placed 9th out of 12 teams at the GPAC Conference Championships with a score of 289 points. The placing was one of the highest for a Mount Marty women’s cross country team since entering the GPAC in 2000. Sophomore Brooke Fischer was the women’s top runner and led the way at Conference with a 38th place finish. The team had 12 members who were all underclassmen and are looking forward to next season.

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Women’s Volleyball:

New Head Coach, Candice Climer, saw improvements in the women’s athletic ability from the start to finish of the season with many sets being lost by only two points. They had 26 individual records that made it on the top 10 list for match records, 8 team match records in the top 10, and broke a record for having the most aces in a match - 15. Maggie Goree and Kate Lingscheit were named Honorable Mention in the GPAC Conference and Cortney Bullington and Jen Jerdee where named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Seniors Krista Hohn, Kerry McDonald, Maggie Goree, and Kayla Ranek will be missed next fall.

The men’s indoor team placed ninth with 22 points on the strength of Titus Kosgei’s win in the 800 meter run and as the anchor leg on the men’s 4x800 meter relay that qualified for the national meet. Trevor Lopour also added points in the high jump, placing second at the conference meet. All-conference athletes were Kosgei in the 800, Lopour in the high jump, and Kosgei, Mitchell Zenk, James Jensen, and Dane Hansen in the 4x800 meter relay. Kosgei earned All-American Honors by placing sixth in the 800 at the national meet.


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Athletic Photos Courtesy of Rich Lofthus

Athletics Update

Athletics Update Mount Marty Archery Team Brings First Medals Home

Mount Marty Volleyball Donates $1000 to Local Cancer Center

The Mount Marty College Club Archery Team competed in its first archery tournament, the Kansas City Shootout, in Kansas City, Mo. in January. The team, coached by National Field Archery Foundation Archery Coach, M.J. Rogers, performed well at their first outing bringing home four medals. The team is looking forward to several more competitions this spring.

Mount Marty College’s volleyball team donated $1,000 to the Avera Sacred Heart Cancer Center in October. The athletes sold pink t-shirts as a fundraiser for their first annual “Dig Pink” volleyball night during Breast Cancer Awareness month. They joined college volleyball teams across the nation in the “Dig Pink” breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiative. According to Head Volleyball Coach, Candice Climer, the women surpassed their original goal of $500. “It made the team feel good to raise money for our local cancer center. After we were done with the fundraiser, they were already thinking of ideas to raise even more money for next year. She added, “I think the players were passionate about this because many of them have had a family member that has dealt with breast cancer.”

Mount Marty Baseball Hosts Home Run Derby & Alumni Game Mount Marty College’s 7th Annual Baseball Home Run Derby and Alumni Baseball Game, was held Saturday, October 9, 2010. The Home Run Derby schedule kicked off with the current Mount Marty baseball players hitting at 10:00 a.m. Former MMC baseball players and the public had the opportunity to hit at 12:00 noon, with the Alumni Baseball Game following at 2:00 p.m. This annual event was a fundraiser for the baseball team. Proceeds help to defer costs associated with the team’s spring break baseball trip.

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Athletics Update Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame

announces th ree new memb ers

Tim Jensen was one of the outstanding baseball players during Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Tereshinski’s tenure. During Tim’s senior year, the Lancers set the record for the most wins in a season with 36, a record that stood until last year. After being recruited out of junior college, Tim was part of 55 wins in his two years at Mount Marty (1992-1994). Jensen’s impact can be seen on the career charts where he is fifth in strikeouts, complete games, and ERA. Just as effective at the plate, he is fourth in home runs and second in batting average. Jensen was ranked among the best in the nation in five different categories. He holds Lancer records for home runs and complete games pitched in a season. For his efforts, he was named to the NAIA All-District 12 Baseball Honor Squad both years, and was also named to the NAIA AllRegion Team in 1994 and the South Dakota All NAIA Team in 1993.

Michelle Pfeifer, a 2004 graduate of Mount Marty College is considered to be one of the all-time great track and field athletes for the Lancers. Her impact was felt immediately, as she was a national qualifier for both the Indoor and Outdoor NAIA Track and Field Championships her freshman year. She earned her first AllAmerican certificate sophomore year in the long jump, and proceeded to win three other All-American awards in multi-events, including placing second in the nation for the heptathlon in 2003. Pfeifer earned 14 Great Plains Athletic Conference All-Conference Awards and was named the GPAC Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year for both the Indoor and Outdoor seasons. She also earned four Academic All-American Awards, and set 19 school records. She received Mount Marty College’s Athlete of the Year and Champion of Character of the Year awards in 2004.

Tim has been married to Teresa Ellis Jensen, an outstanding volleyball and basketball player for the Lancers, for 16 years. They have 3 children. Tim works for the Cincinnati Insurance Company and they currently live in Watertown, Wis.

Upon graduation, Pfeifer worked at Mount Marty as an admissions counselor and assistant track coach for two years. She currently lives in Seward, Neb., where she is an Assistant Director of Admissions for Concordia University.


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Chris Orr c’92




Track & Field

Michelle Pfeifer, c’04

Tim Jensen, c’94

Chris Orr, C’92 was one of the most versatile basketball players to ever play the game for the Lancers. At the time of her graduation, Orr ranked in the top five on career charts for points, rebounds, assists, and steals. She is still in the top ten in each of these categories – the only women’s player listed in all four of the major stats for basketball. Orr also ranks in the top ten career charts in eight other categories, including field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three pointers made, and games played. During her career (1988-1992), she played a big part in the teams that won two conference championships, and were champions of the NAIA Southeast Sub-District all four years. Orr was a two-time All-Conference selection in the IO-KOTA Conference. After graduating with honors ,Orr continued her education at the University of SD School of Medicine. She has been a Clinical Endocrinologist at the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash. since 2003, and serves as the Department Chair for Endocrinology. Orr and her husband, Nicholas Clarke, have one daughter.

A Student

Success Story:

Helping Boys & Girls



teacher, Holly Byrkeland, from Algona, I.A. spends several afternoons a week at her work-study job. While some students work in offices around campus, she heads over to the Boys & Girls Club in Yankton where she’s not just making money for college, she’s making a real difference.

The Club also runs after-school programs at the elementary school level, and according to O’Grady, additional MMC students volunteer there. ”It’s been a really positive experience for us. You can really tell the kids are waiting for their tutors to come and are bonding both academically and socially. These Mount Marty students are the kids’ mentors.” During the Club’s “Power Hour”, club kids are expected to study quietly and work on homework. It’s there, that Byrkeland first met a fifth grade student, Amelia. Amelia sat down next to Byrkeland one day and over a period of weeks a relationship developed. Byrkeland found herself tutoring Amelia on a regular basis. According to Byrkeland, “Her grades went from D’s and F’s to where she’s getting A’s now. It made me feel pretty good.” That success also made management at the Boys and Girls Club feel good too. So much so that they’ve used Byrkeland’s experience with Amelia in a recent United Way radio program showcasing the Club’s success.

“Holly is a true example of what we’re looking for as a mentor for the students we have. I’d take ten of her,” said J.D. O’Grady, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Club.

“The young lady that Holly is helping has made a 180 – with both studies and social issues. She was our Club Kid of the month for January,” O’Grady added.

Byrkeland spends several hours three days a week at the Boys & Girls Club program for 5-12 grade students. She’s one of eight work-study students participating as tutors for the Club.

Byrkeland admits that when she first started tutoring, she really wasn’t sure, but now sees how she’s been able to reach out to students. “It’s made me a lot more patient – more understanding. Those kids really want you to help.” As a sophomore elementary and special education major, Byrkeland will be around a couple more years and plans to tutor again next year. The experience will serve her well as a teacher, and she feels good making a difference. “I like knowing that the kids are succeeding,” she said.

These Mount Marty students are the kids’ mentors.

- J.D. O’Grady, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Club

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“It’s a lot of work, but that’s what I expected.” - Climer

Mount Marty Grads Return Friends, Climer & Riibe Share Their Story


wo friends from Homer High School in Nebraska, Candice (Mize) Climer and Erin Riibe, came to Mount Marty College’s Senior Scholarship Days in 1999. They liked what they found and both student athletes enrolled that fall. Riibe was a baseball player and graduated with a recreation management degree. Climer, a volleyball player, received her degree in recreation management, physical, and special education. Both agree that the hospitality found at Mount Marty College was a big draw. “I knew that the guidance I received from my professors was unlike anything I’d get at a state school,” said Riibe. Climer added, “My first semester I was in a car accident and was out of school for a week. That week I got a call from someone at Mount Marty every day to see how I was. Who else would do that?” An avid fisherman and hunter, Riibe credits advisor and Professor Bob Tereshinski for helping direct his path in life. Tereshinski showed him how his passion for the outdoors


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could be applied to a career. “Bob was a major role model for me – an inspiration”, he said. Upon graduation, Riibe kept in close contact with his mentor, Tereshinski. He began spending summers working in Alaska, eventually becoming a professional fishing guide with a U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine license. “In 2009 I got a call from Bob that there were some adjunct classes available,” Riibe shared. “Bob and I had talked about this for a long time. It was a way to get a foot in the door.” So Riibe headed back to Mount Marty to teach. Beginning as an adjunct instructor, he later moved to part-time and eventually this fall to a full-time instructor position. “When I moved from Juneau, I trusted Bob and knew he would lead me in the right direction,” he said. Climer’s first position after graduating took her to Sioux City West where she taught at the elementary level and coached volleyball. As a new teacher and coach, the preparation she had received at Mount Marty gave her great confidence. “When I met other young teachers, I felt I knew so much more,” she said. Later she married Josh Climer and moved to Hartington,

“I’ve found a home here. I want to be for students what Bob was for me. He gave me the motivation and confidence to succeed.” - Riibe

Home to Teach/Coach Nebraska, where eventually a special education position opened up. She started teaching at Hartington Public School and two years later also took the helm of the high school volleyball team. After graduation, Climer had spent a period of three years as assistant volleyball coach at Mount Marty under Tracey Grotenhuis. While she enjoyed her stint coaching high school students, Climer said, “I missed the college level. Tracey was a big part of getting here. She told me I needed to get my Master’s and Doctorate.” When Mount Marty’s head volleyball coach position opened up this past summer, Climer knew she had to apply. “It was what I had been waiting for,” Climer said. Riibe, Instructor of Recreation Management, and Climer, Head Volleyball Coach and Instructor of Teacher Education, have both just finished their first semester as full-time educators at Mount Marty College. “Who would have thought?” Climer said of their common journey. After knowing each other for years, their paths would once again cross and they would be able to renew their friendship as colleagues at Mount Marty College. “I’ve found a home here,” said Riibe. “I want to be for students what Bob was for me. He gave me the motivation

and confidence to succeed. As a teacher, I want students to know that I am always here for them. It really is about our people. That’s why students come here – stay here.” Climer said that while high school to college is a big transition, she loves it. “It’s a lot of work, but that’s what I expected. Seeing how much the girls have grown is exciting. I love the atmosphere.” She continued, “Coaches and professors have been supportive. When I think about my own Mount Marty experience, I think of faculty and staff like Sister Candyce Chrystal and Bob Tereshinski. They took the time to help you. Now I use that as a selling tool to recruits.” Currently, Climer and Riibe are both working on Doctorate degrees as they adjust to new roles at Mount Marty. Climer and her husband, Josh, live in Hartington, Neb. and are busy raising their daughter, Emily. Riibe will wed Ashley Allphin, Gig Harbor, Wash., this summer, and she plans to pursue a nursing degree at MMC in the fall. Both Riibe and Climer have a lot on their plates, but look confidently toward the future. “We kind of went on this journey together,” Climer said. “We’re on schedule to graduate at the same time, so we’re going through this together.”

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Interim Academic Dean and Professor Bob Tereshinski teaches Anatomy and Physiology to first time LPN students.

Mount Marty College Announces the Addition of Two New Nursing Programs Just weeks after celebrating 50 years Mount Marty College announced that a new Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Practical Nursing had been approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association).

Mount Marty College’s tradition of service learning and outreach to underserved populations has stimulated the development of this Master’s Degree with specialties designed to reach those populations with primary care and community health nursing leadership. The Master’s Degree in Nursing offers the following specialties: Advanced Public Health Nurse Practitioner; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Jacqueline Kelley, nursing program faculty members, and administration at Mount Marty wasted no time in getting the program off the ground. New nursing students are already attending classes this spring semester.

“Our program is designed especially to help rural, underserved populations and we hope it will help meet the expanding healthcare needs of the future,” Dr. Kelley said. “In many situations, nurses have to fill primary care roles.”

Currently, 17 students are enrolled in the Master’s Program and 11 students are in the Practical Nursing (LPN) program. “We reached our goal this first time around, and actually have three or four students pending,” said. Dr. Kelley.

The Master’s Degree program features a unique curriculum and hybrid online format that will allow students face-to-face contact with each other and healthcare leaders during 3-day immersion sessions at the begin-

of BSN excellence in November,


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“Hopefully upon graduation, we will have prepared these students to think outside of the box enough to find new ways to serve these special populations,” said Dr. Kelley. The new Certificate in Practical Nursing program will prepare graduates for employment as Licensed Practical Nurses. LPNs work in a variety of clinical settings including acutecare, long-term care, home health and office/ clinic. According to Dr. Kelley, “The driving force of our LPN program is to better serve the geriatric population. We believe there is a growing need in nursing homes and clinics, and this program gives many nurse aides a place to climb the ladder in the nursing profession.” “Most Practical Nursing students are Certified Nurse Aides,” Dr. Kelley continued. “We hope

ning of each semester and at mid-semester across the two years of study. They will study by weekly modules with this blended hybrid online format.

Our program is designed especially to help rural, underserved populations and we hope it will help meet the expanding healthcare needs of the future - Dr. Jacqueline Kelley

this program provides them with additional education, work experience, and improves their salaries.” Mount Marty nursing department faculty members are excited about implementing programs that have been talked about for years. “They’ve accepted more duties and realize that we’re all going to have to grow individually,” said Dr. Kelley. “We’ve just added two steps to the ladder that weren’t here before.”

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A Message from the 75th Anniversary Committee Chair As we look to the beginning of our new fiscal year, July 1, 2011, we anticipate a wonderful year of celebration ~~ our 75th anniversary. It has been such an inspiration to look back at the beginnings of Mount Marty College. To reflect on the foresight and the courage that Mother Jerome and the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery exhibited when establishing this school of learning based on their values and mission, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 will be a time of celebration and reflection on our roots. We are planning many activities as listed here and it is our intention to include the students, faculty, staff, alumni, Yankton community, and Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery as much as possible. Please watch for more announcements as our plans continue to progress.

Christine Tudor Chair, 75th Anniversary Committee


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1983 Master Degree program in Anesthesia started at Mount Marty College



Scholastica Learning Center, Cyber Cafe, & Library opened on Yankton campus

New Anesthesia Program facilities opened in Sioux Falls

75th Anniversary Events September 19, 2011

October 2011 November 2011

Opening Mass with Archabbot Justin DuVall of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey as Presider and Homilist Anniversary Bratfest Kickoff Event with birthday cake for the campus and Yankton community Bishop Marty First-Person Portrayal by Lenny Koupal Benedictine Lecture Vespers

April 2012

Wakefield Mysteries

May 2012

Performance of Commissioned Musical Composition by Dr. Stephen Yarboug (in conjunction with the spring choir concert)

June 2012

All School Reunion


Presidential Inauguration Student Events Founders Day High Tea celebration with the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery

Alumni and Friends,

With the spiritual foundation of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty has closely followed four core values. One of these is Awareness of God. As we read from the Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 57, “That in all things God may be glorified.” We strive to live that our on campus. In conjunction with our 75th Anniversary, the college will be publishing a special book of prayers. As an alumnus, friend, student, faculty or staff member, you’re invited to send a prayer for possible publication. Your submission can be an original prayer you have written or a traditional prayer that holds special meaning. Submit your prayer by April 15, 2011 to: Christine Tudor, Mount Marty College, 1105 West Eighth St.., Yankton, SD 57078 or email All prayers will be reviewed and a collection of them will be chosen for our prayer book. Please include your: Name, Contact Information including phone/email, along with your Class Year (if alum) *If you are sending a traditional prayer, please note the book/author you’ve taken it from.

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Faculty & Staff News


Dr. James Reese....

Associate Professor of English at Mount Marty College, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize nomination in Letters for his second book, “ghost on 3rd” by New York Quarterly Books and a 2010 Pushcart Prize nomination from the Paterson Literary Review for creative nonfiction prose, “Hard.”


Andrew Huff.... Instructor, Graphic Design + Media Arts recently created a promotional video for Mount Mar ty’s Theatre Department that can be seen on You Tube. His student practicum group is also designing posters for the upcoming theatre performance, An Inspector Calls.

2011 marks the fourth year in a row where Reese is one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts interagency initiative with Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons. Here he established Yankton Federal Prison Camp’s first creative writing workshop and publishing course, publishing a yearly (perfect bound) journal, “4 P.M. Count,” which features creative writing and visual artwork by inmates, which has just been released and is available to the public for free for research and scholarly ventures. New work of Reese’s appears in Paterson Literary Review, Caduceus, the Journal for the Physicians of Yale University, Connecticut River Review and Platte Valley Review. Other work includes a video piece of animated poetry and motion graphics by Shane Miner and Jim Reese, titled “A Pony for Paige” and can be found on YouTube.


Joshua Thurow....

Shelly Luger...

Dr. Sean Vogt...

Joshua Thurow is co-editing a book for Oxford University Press, “The A Priori in Philosophy” due for release in 2012. In addition, he will have two papers published: “The Defeater Version of Benacerraf’s Problem for A Priori Knowledge,” in the philosophy journal Synthese and “Does Religious Disagreement Actually Aid the Case for Theism? Disagreement, Equal Weight, and the Problem of Spinelessness” in Probability in the Philosophy of Religion. Thurow presented his talk, “The Cognitive Science of Religion and the Rationality of Theistic Belief” at the South Dakota Philosophy Conference, Augustana College in October, 2010. He developed and is teaching a new course for the honors seminar this spring, called “Religion and Science: Friends, Foes, or Strang-

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Shelly Luger, was inducted into the Concordia University (Seward, Neb.), Athletic Hall of Fame in October. A 1989 graduate, she enjoyed an impressive career on the basketball court during her three years at Concordia. She earned both Academic and Athletic All-American honors and was also featured in USA Today for her efforts. Before arriving at Concordia, Luger spent one year at the University of Northern Colorado, where she also participated in basketball. Following her graduation from Concordia, she continued her education at Bryan School of Nursing for her R.N. diploma. She also attended the University of Nebraska Medical School for a bachelor of science degree in nursing. In addition, Luger earned her master’s degree in adult health from Indiana State University.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Sean F. Vogt, has been selected for inclusion in the 2011-2012 edition of Montclair Publishing’s “Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty.”


David Kahle.... Art Department Head Dave Kahle’s “Totem” was part of the Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion’s P3 Series (Painters, Poets, & Pavilion). This art exibit that ran from 11/2010 - 02/2011 paired artists and poets together in the creation of collaborative works of art and poetry.


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Dr. Helen Ciernick...

is teaching a course entitled “Moral Wisdom” for the Yankton Catholic community. She is using the text “Moral Wisdom” by theologian James Keenan, S.J. The class will be held in a classroom on Mount Marty’s campus to accommodate the large number of community members interested in attending.

Bob Hansen...

Bob Hansen, IT Administrator at Mount Marty, retired after 35 years of service to the college. Mount Marty colleagues hosted a reception in his honor on Thursday, December 16.

W MEN in science 2010

In the fall of 2010 Mount Marty College played host to 250 8th grade girls attending the first-ever Women in Science event. In the fall of 2010 Mount Marty College played host to approximately 250 eighth grade girls attending the first-ever Women in Science event in the area. It seems appropriate that an educational institution founded by a group of Benedictine Sisters almost 75 years ago would open its door to these young girls in hopes of inspiring further interest in science and education. The Women in Science event was a collaborative effort of Mount Marty College, Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center, Rural Education Technical Institute, SD Space Grant Consortium, SD Dental Association, Delta Dental, and Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC). It was funded through a grant from the South Dakota Discovery Foundation. In addition, corporate sponsors, First National Bank SD and McDonalds also provided funding for the event. Students from 15 schools in southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska took part in activities and informational sessions that encouraged exploration of careers in science. The event’s Career Exhibit was designed to make them aware of science, technology, engineering, and mathematic career opportunities. It also encouraged them to pursue math and science classes necessary to prepare them for careers in these fields.

I think it was an overwhelming success.

The day’s events were coordinated by Dr. Krisma DeWitt, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Division Chair of Natural Sciences, and Dr. Bonita Gacnik, OSB, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. According to Sister Bonita, the day ran very smoothly with an excellent turnout from schools in the region. “The presenters were excellent. All sessions were interactive and hands-on and the energy of the day was electric.” “All of the students were really excited,” Dr. DeWitt agreed. “I think it was an overwhelming success.” Numerous break-out sessions gave each student a chance to attend those that most closely fit their interests. Some of the sessions included satellite imagery and mapping, biochemistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, immunology, physics, and molecular biology. “We did a simulated epidemic and they thought it was really cool,” Dr. DeWitt continued, “The nursing and veterinarian sessions were among the most popular.” Students were also able to visit exhibits set up by the twelve organizations in attendance. Some of them included EROS, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, Delta Dental, and Avera Health Education Center. According to Dr. DeWitt, “We’ve gotten excellent feedback and look forward to hosting this event again next year.”

- Dr. Krisma DeWitt UPDATE Spring 2011


Theatre Becomes Academic Program Mount Marty College Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre, Andy Henrickson, is excited about what’s happening with theatre – and he has every right. A program he’s nurtured and developed for years since his arrival to Mount Marty in 1997 has moved to the next level. It’s grown from what has long been an extra-curricular activity to a Major academic program at Mount Marty College.

“We’re truly now an academic program,” he said. “We’ve made that transition and believe our curriculum holds up to any undergrad program in the area. We even have some things that put us ahead.” According to Henrickson, the addition of Stephen English, Instructor of Theatre Design/ Technical Director in the fall of 2009, has made a huge difference and was essential to building the program. “With Stephen’s expertise in scenic design and light design, we are now able to deliver those courses,” he said. “Having colleagues makes all the difference. You can prepare the students so much better. It puts us at a higher level than ever before.”


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Henrickson also credits adjunct Instructor and Costume Designer/Supervisor, Keryl Brady, who is currently working on her tenth production for MMC theatre. Brady teaches theatre practicum and delivers the costume and make-up classes. While Henrickson is excited about working with colleagues and advancing the program, he is proud of the work he’s done in the past. He especially credits two people for stepping up to help during his tenure. “Between 1998 and 2002 Mike Fritsch really helped me out with productions like “Cotton Patch Gospel,” “Picnic,” and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Colleague Dr. Nelson Stone had a passion for theatre and great construction skills we put to use during “A Flea in Her Ear” and several other productions.

It gets students excited about the work they do.

Now that Theatre is a full-fledged academic program, Henrickson has seen great progress and is pleased that others are also noticing. The program has received recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival the last two years. In 2009-2010 BINGO received an Ensemble Award and one scene from this fall’s play, “Almost, Maine,” has been nominated for this year’s awards. “It’s affirming.” Henrickson said of the awards. “It gets students excited about the work they do.”

”As the shows go on, so does the work to improve the theatre program for Henrickson and his colleagues. They’ve recently transformed the large area that used to house hundreds of costumes behind the Bistro stage in Bede Hall into two separate rooms. One room is a costume studio for building and sewing costumes and the second room houses newly built 3-tier racks for hanging costumes. “It’s a beautiful workspace to design, to build, to sew,” Henrickson said. This January, a new theatre design lab, complete with drafting tables, blue-line printer and plotter, was put to use. “The lab is an important area,” Henrickson noted. “We now offer several specialized classes in technical theatre areas where many schools offer it all in one class.” The Theatre Department’s latest endeavor is the transformation of the Bistro into a performance space. They have painted the walls and ceiling to make it more conducive for public performance. “We’ve always done student projects in there,” Henrickson said, “but now we’re putting one of our seasoned shows in the space.” According to Henrickson, while accessibility to the Bistro is a challenge, it gives students the experience of producing a play and acting in a space more intimate than Marian Auditorium. There are many reasons to be excited about the future of theatre at Mount Marty College. Program enhancements, new faculty, and improvements to facilities have made a great difference. Before long, the college’s recent commitment to improving Marian Auditorium will offer an even better venue to showcase the Theatre Department’s productions. “It looks like we’re moving forward on the Marian Renovation Project and could be putting in new seats as early as this summer,” Henrickson said. “The first phase will also see new lighting and sound operation booths designed to enhance the acoustics of the space.” (Far Left) A Theatre Major student learns to draft lighting and scenes on MMC’s new drafting tables. (Left) Adjunct Instructor & Costume Designer/Supervisor Keryl Brady works on costumes in the department’s newly transforned costume studio. Watch our Theatre Department video on YouTube! Search for “Mt Marty College Theatre Dept”.

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Shhhh……Secret Bequ ests

Every year, out of the blue, we learn about a bequest to Mount Marty College. News comes by way of a letter from either the probating attorney or the executor of the estate. Of course, we receive the announcement with gladness and gratitude……but we also feel regret because we are unable to personally thank the donor for the gift. We relish being able to look a donor in the eye and say, “Thank you for supporting Mount Marty. We would not exist without your help and the assistance of other donors who, like you, give so generously to the college. And to know that you have included us in your will not only delights us but helps us plan for the future with greater confidence. Thank you, thank you!” We know there are reasons why some of our bequest donors prefer the surprise approach. We honor the wishes of our donors and we take care to provide confidentiality when requested. From our standpoint, the advantage of knowing about a future gift is the opening it provides to express our sincere gratitude and to make sure that we keep these special donors up-to-date on activities and planning developments. But most especially, we want to make certain that their gift, when we receive it, is used completely according to their wishes. When we have a chance to discuss this while the donor is alive, we can be sure we are honoring the donor’s wishes. Have you made provision to leave a future gift to Mount Marty through your will or other estates-planning document? If so, please let us know with the reply form below, or by calling Chris Tudor at 605-668-1292. Dear Friends at Mount Marty,

Donation levels are suggested below but please know that any gift you can give is greatly appreciated and will help us reach our goal.

Goal: $300,000 Secured so far: $64,000

p Please contact me (us) via phone at: The best time to call is: Name: Mailing Address: Zip:

Mail this form to: Chris Tudor 605.668.1292 1105 West Eighth Street Yankton, SD 57078

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We have been talking to alumni and friends of Mount Marty over the last several months and have secured over $62,000 in cash and pledges. We have a challenge grant of $50,000 that will match, dollar for dollar, every gift that we get toward our goal.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The email address is:


Fine facility that it is, Marian is in need of renovations to ensure that the quality of future productions may continue to serve its patrons. These renovations include seating ($1,000 for Premier Seating Level and $500 for General Admission Level), theatrical lighting, sound and aesthetics.

Dr. Derek Wesley

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Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this project!

p I (We) have already included Mount Marty College in my (our) estate plans


Throughout the years, there have been countless unforgettable moments captured and memories made at Marian Auditorium. Many fine productions have graced the stage, entertaining multiple generations of fine arts enthusiasts. Marian Auditorium has served Mount Marty College and the Yankton community proudly for several decades.

Donation Levels:

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

– Executive Producer – Producer – Director – Screen Writer – Premier Seating – General Admission – Stage Crew

For more information call the Advancement Office at 605-668-1542

Class Notes From the Alumni Director With the start of a new year, now is the time to make sure the Alumni Office has your current contact information. We want to keep in touch with you so be sure to send us your email address to receive our monthly E-newsletter. Mount Marty E-ssentials will keep you up to date on the happenings around campus and any upcoming alumni events. Make your plans now to attend Alumni Days July 15-17, 2011 and watch your mail for more information. If you wish to host or help plan an alumni gathering in your area, please send me an email or give me a call. I look forward to hearing from you. Jen Moser Alumni Director 605.668.1286

Rachel (Moser) Becker C’08, Shelly Searls C’08, Dana Theisen C’06, Cassie Sheik C’07, and Emily Howe C’07 get together and enjoy a relaxing rocking chair.

Mount Marty friendships last a long time. This is proven by 5 women who met as freshmen students in 1950 and have kept in touch for 60 years. Twenty years ago they started getting together every two years, spouses included, for three day reunions.


Pictured at the September 2010 reunion in Pierre, from left to right, are: Lorraine Duffy Gunderson (Rapid City/Scottsdale), Betty Kostel Holliday (Rapid City/Phoenix), Betty Lanham Dunn (Lead), JoAnn Shaeffer Fogelman (Orange City, Iowa), and Charlotte Staebell Conway (Pierre).

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Class Notes HIGH SCHOOL: 1950s Carol (Tielke) Rockne ’53 and husband David celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on October 22, 2010. Carol and David live in Yankton, SD. Rose (Dangel) Hauger ’56 was recently recognized by Avera Sacred Heart Hospital on her retirement after 46 years of service. Rose and husband Clarence live in Yankton, SD. SCHOOL OF NURSING: 1960s Mount Marty graduate Anna Shefl (C’95) has established a company in Tallinn, Estonia, to serve academic, corporate, government, and other organizations, primarily in the Nordic and Baltic countries.


The company, Alba Saga Digital Freelance, provides a variety of language, communication, and IT services. Among these are translation, localization, and technical writing in fields ranging from microprocessor optimization to EU regional policy to welding. Many of the projects make use of Shefl’s background and academic qualifications, including a doctorate in social anthropology from England’s Cambridge University and her BA in English and social science from MMC. This work builds on a base of contacts Shefl established while living and working in Finland. “In part because of its history, Estonia today has a very forward-looking approach to international communication, which could make for a greater impact than one would predict from the small population.” She thanks the faculty of MMC and the Sisters next door for each adding a different perspective that has contributed to her own.


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Dorothy (Deegan) Gentrup ’60 and husband Edward live in Fremont, NE. Dorothy retired from nursing in 2005 and then went back later that year for two more years of nursing. Her final retirement was in 2007. They have four children. Sharon (Kreber) Mansour ’60 and husband Nick live in Tucson, AZ. Sharon is retired and is enjoying many activities and traveling. They have one child. Marilyn (Meyer) Schabauer ’60 lives in Rapid City, SD. Marilyn is retired. She has two children, one of whom is deceased. COLLEGE: 1950s Lois (O’Brien) Zimmer ’58-59 and husband Gene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 11, 2010. Lois and Gene live in Sioux Falls, SD. 1960s. Sallye (Dendinger) Long ’63 lives in Wichita, KS. She spent 34 years teaching nursing and 30 years as a part-time staff nurse. The last 26 years were spent in full-time teaching at Butler Community College. She is now retired. She has one child.

Marcella (Ruhr) Christman ’64 and husband William live in Louisville, KY. Marcella served in the US Army Nurse Corps for four years, serving in Vietnam and Germany. Afterwards, she worked at a local hospital in Louisville until she retired. They have two children. Sister Esther Holzbauer ’64 lives at Sacred Heart Monastery. Sister Esther teaches in the Mount Marty College Nursing program, which she has done for 35 years. She has worked at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston, and Berakkah House, a home for persons with AIDS, Sioux Falls. Lori “Dolores” (Leise/Robertson) Hinton ‘64 lives in Houston, TX. Lori is president of American Case Management, a company she founded in 1990. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Florida. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting. Charlotte Herman ’66 and husband Ed Eichler live in Yankton, SD. Char taught at Mount Marty, and was clinical specialist at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD. After moving to Omaha, she taught at Creighton University, Omaha, and at the Nebraska Methodist College for 20 years. She retired in 2010. 1970s Mary (Askew) Arend ’70 and husband Kevin live in Alexandria, SD. They have three children and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2010. Mary taught for 20 years and is currently working part-time as a decorator and is Director of Religious Education in St. Mary’s Parish. Sister Sharon Ann Haas ’70 lives at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, SD. She was infirmarian in the

Class Notes Monastery Care Center, staff nurse, supervisor and director of Nursing at St. Thomas More, Canyon City, CO. Presently, she is on the nursing faculty of Mount Marty College. Sister Paulette Larsen ’73 lives at Sacred Heart Monastery. She works in the Monastery Care Center and is a licensed massage therapist. Previously, she was director of nursing in the Care Center and then worked as a RN at Madonna Rehab Hospital, Lincoln, NE, and St. Thomas More Hospital and Progressive Care Center, Canon City, CO. Sister Corinne Lemmer ’74 lives at Sacred Heart Monastery. Sister worked in Colorado as night supervisor, and worked on the medical and OB units of Avera Sacred Heart. Sister was program director of the Mount Marty College nursing program and has taught in the program since 1988. Kathy (Lange) Jorgensen ’76 and husband Jay live in Yankton, SD. Kathy worked as nursing supervisor at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Director of Nursing at the Human Services Center and is an associate professor of nursing at the University of South Dakota where she has taught for 28 years. Joanne (Wagner) Osnes ’76 and husband John live in Black Hawk, SD. Joanne was a Navy nurse and after her discharge, she taught in the MMC nursing program, taught in the South Dakota State Nursing program, worked in recovery room and cardiac nursing. She is presently at Rapid City Regional Hospital in endocrinology. They have three children and were recently named Mount Marty College’s Family of the Year. Deb (Fischer) Clemens ’77 lives in Sioux Falls, SD. Deb has spent her entire nursing career with the Presentation Health/Avera Health

System. She worked as a staff nurse, manger and director of nurses. She presently works for the Avera Health System in the area of public policy and government affairs. She served on the South Dakota House of Representatives for six years. She has one child. Eileen (Morrissey) Schramm ’79 and husband Steve live in Salem, OR. Eileen worked as a dialysis nurse before moving to Oregon. She has worked as a Certified Diabetic Educator for 24 years at Salem Hospital, Home Care, and endocrinology clinic. She currently works at a high risk maternity clinic working with women who have diabetes in pregnancy and at the hospital’s outpatient Director of Medical Education Department. They have four children. 1980s Sheila (Hubregtse) Steele ’80 and husband Tim live in Little Rock, AR. They work at a campus crusade for Christ ministry called FamilyLife. They now work with the “Weekend Remember” marriage getaways. They have two children. Ann (Heinemann) Holland ’81 and husband Paul live in Rochester, MN. Ann has worked in the field of nursing until 2007 when she worked in a clinical research organization. She is president of her own consulting business, Holland Research Consultants, LLC and is an adjunct faculty member at the Minnesota School of Business teaching medical assistants. They have two children. Greg Golly ’82 and wife Kirsten live in Grapeville, TX. Greg has practiced as a CRNA in Texas, Hawaii and South Dakota. He is presently chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with Guardian Anesthesia. They have one child.

Dr. Jim Dufek, professor of mass media at Southeast Missouri State University, received the Faculty Merit Award presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Oct. 29th at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Program during the Homecoming celebration. The Faculty Merit Award is presented to one faculty member each year for excellence in teaching. Dufek, who has been employed at Southeast for 28 years, teaches a variety of classes, including television directing, video production, converging media and mass communication and society. He holds a doctoral degree in journalism/mass communication with a minor in television from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; a master’s degree in radio/television/film with a minor in theatre production from the University of South Dakota; and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/mass communication with a minor in theology from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. Dr. Dufek is originally from O’Neill, Nebraska. Dufek received his award along with recipients of this year’s Alumni Merit Award. Coincidentally, the alumni merit award winner for the College of Liberal Arts, Dan Bussell, was a former student of Dr. Dufek’s and is currently the chief news photographer for CBS News “60Minutes.”

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Class Notes Mary (Schmidt) Novak ’85 and husband Scott celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2010. She and her husband live in O’Neill, NE. Their daughter Sarah C’09 lives in Savoonga, Alaska and teaches in a native village on a tiny island in the Bering Sea. Anthony Bohlin ’89 and wife Amy live in Fort Knox, KY. Anthony is in the army and has served in Germany and Baghdad. He works as an integration officer. They have two children. Jennifer Merriam ’89 lives in Denver, CO. Jennifer has worked in critical care units, including cardiac stepdown, trauma ICU and level 1 trauma ER. She is employed by Coram Specialty Infusion working in the home care setting.

Sister Kathryn Burt ’93 lives at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton. She has worked as a staff nurse in medical and surgical units. She received a PhD from Catholic University of America in 2006 and is currently teaching nursing at Mount Marty. Tracie (Vedral) Dvorak ’93 lives in Yankton with her husband Matthew ’87 and three children. She has been employed at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital as a staff nurse on the medical unit, and home health and hospice. Tracie is aan adjunct nursing faculty member at MMC. She currently works in long-term care. They and their children, Derek, Dusty, and Danielle, were named Family of the Year at Sacred Heart School during Catholic Schools Week, 2011.

2000s Karen Lange ’00 lives in Omaha, NE, where she is employed by Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She is very active in church and community and recently went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Brooke (Swier) Schloss ’04 and husband Christopher live in Yankton, SD. Brooke graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in 2010. She is currently employed at the Swier Law Firm, Prof.LLC in Avon, South Dakota where she works with her brother Scott Swier ’94. Carl Reinhardt ’07 lives in Dakota Dunes, SD with his wife Angie and three children. He is the CEO of CDR Surgical.

1990s Gina (Halter) Abbott ’92 and husband David ‘92 live in Yankton, SD with their two children. Gina is currently employed by Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital in Yankton as a clinical nurse, but has also worked in Chicago and been part of the adjunct faculty in the Nursing Department at Mount Marty. C L A S S N O T E S

Meredith (Peterson) Hunhoff ’92 lives in Yankton with her husband Jeff and three children. She is employed by Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and is currently working on her Master’s degree, which she hopes to complete in May 2012. Jennifer (Naughton) McGinnis ’92 lives in Yankton with her husband Brian and two children. She has worked various positions before moving to Yankton and is currently teaching Nursing Fundamentals full time at Mount Marty. She is also working on her Masters of Nursing degree and anticipates graduating in spring of 2012.


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College Alumni from Class of 1966 at the 40th Wedding Anniversary of Jim and Caroline (Berger) Parys on July 11, 2010 Back Row Left: Helen Ruhr, Mary Lou (Duenwald) Keller Front Row Left: Mary Ann (VanWell) Coulter, Janice (Platt) Blake, Caroline (Berger) Parys, Gloria (Liewer) Duenwald, and Janet (Ranek) McGinnis

Marriages JJ C’06 and Sehr (Haroon) Gums, February 14, 2010


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Timothy John (TJ) C’ 06 and Kari (Keitzer) Smith, March 20, 2010 Cameron and Rachel (Wagner C’05) Dziowgo, May 22, 2010 Jeremiah and Rachel (Evans C’06) Freidel, July 10, 2010 TJ C’06 and Kari (Keitzer) Smith Christopher and Brooke (Swier C’04) Schloss

Jonathan and Traci (Krienert C’10) Stech, July 31, 2010 Austin and Katie (Hansen C’08) Dale, September 4, 2010

Quinten (Stan) C’08 and Jocelyn (Grassel C’08) Johnson, October 1, 2010 Christopher and Brooke (Swier C’04) Schloss, October 16, 2010

Do you know alumni who’ve accomplished great things?

Alan C’08 and Carrie (Ahlers C’08) Hough, March 4, 2011

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.

JJ C’06 and Sehr (Haroon) Gums

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Quinten (Stan) C’08 and Jocelyn (Grassel C’08) Johnson

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Class Notes Welcome Little Lancers

Kennedy Diane, daughter of Cole (‘06) and Amy (Bigge ‘07) Knippling

Daniel and Brenda (Shriver C’06) Hansen, a son, Caleb Daniel, March 16, 2010. Chad and Dana (Wingen C’01) Jodozi, a son, Jack Jarett, March 26, 2010, joining Will (7) and Gage (2). Brian and Brandee (Hostler C’98) Miller, a son, Bohdan Ryvers, August 9, 2010 Cole C’06 and Amy (Bigge C’07), daughter Kennedy Diane, August 10, 2010. Becky and Tom Buckmiller (C’96) , a daughter, Bryn Virginia, July 10, 2010. Brian and Rebecca (Neth C’04) Rippe, twin sons, Ethan Lee and Eli Kevin, July 26, 2010.

Abigail Jean, daughter of Christopher (‘05) and April (Thede ‘06) Buschelman

Alejandro and Amy (Anthony C’06) Reyes, a son, Francisco Alejandro, August 5, 2010, joining sisters Eva (5) and Julia (2). Brian and Kari (Hohn C’97) Bohlmann, a son, Nathaniel Robert, September 9, 2010, joining brother Benjamin (2). Chris and Stephanie (Kettler C’05) Nelson, a son, Maatingly Ray, September 24, 2010. Karen and Christopher Dickes (C’00), a son, John Christopher, October 14, 2010. Christopher C’05 and April (Thede C’06) Buschelman, a daughter, Abigail Jean, December 17, 2010.


Caleb Daniel, son of Daniel and Brenda (Shriver ‘06) Hansen



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Ethan Lee & Eli Kevin, sons of Brian and Rebecca (Neth ‘04) Rippe

Class Notes In Loving Memory Dorothy Hoebelheinrich Schmidt HS’46, June 19, 2009 Joan Hans May HS’47, November 20, 2009. Cleopha Donovan Hansen HS’37, February 10, 2010 Berneta Hauger Hickey SN’53, June 11, 2010

S. Harriet Gobel OSB S. Harriet Gobel OSB, 88, died Monday, January 10, 2011 in the Sacred Heart Monastery Care Center. A wake service was held Wednesday, January 12, and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel.

Lillian Wirkus HS’36 , June 28, 2010 Leonard Hutson SN’57, August 14, 2010 Sister Vera Heintz, OSB, C’60, September 1, 2010. Sister Cherylyn Dinsmore, OSB, C’61, September 5, 2010. Robert Chapler, former staff/business office, September 26, 2010. Caroline “Karen” Kathol Heimes C’67, October 5, 2010. Therese Logue C’68, October 6, 2010. Irene Marek Petrik HS’44, October 19, 2010. Betty Bourke Roemmich C’50, November 4, 2010. Lucille Kribell O’Connor HS’37, C’38, November 12, 2010. M. Margruerite Rainey, former nursing instructor, November 16, 2010. Micki Onstott, former staff/registrar office, November 21, 2010. Mercedes Becker Hoebelheinrich HS’44, November 25, 2010. Dorothy Fullenkamp Lambert HS’37, SN’40, December 5, 2010. Sister Anaclete Fischer, OSB, January 24, 2011. Sister Verena Kaiser, OSB, January 25, 2011. Joan Gross, former music faculty and wife of current faculty member Charlie Gross, January 28, 2011. Mary Ellen Thompson C’77, January 30, 2011

Denise Clara Gobel was born January 18, 1922 on a ranch near the Santee Reservation in Northeast Nebraska during a winter snowstorm. She was the middle child and only daughter of Trudo (True) and Ella (Beeson) Gobel. In her autobiography she cites her five years at St. Andrew’s School in Bloomfield as outstanding in her memory. After moving closer to Crofton, Neb., she attended Crofton High School for one year before becoming a boarding student at Mount Marty High School in Yankton. She recalls that she loved every minute of this experience and was impressed with the daily schedule, the teachers, the liturgies, the Sodality and the annual student retreat. She and her MMHS roommate, Eileen (S. Kathleen) McCarthy, entered Sacred Heart Monastery on August 20, 1939. Denise was invested as a novice the following year and received the name, Harriet. She made first profession on June 24, 1941 and began nurse’s training at Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She spent 20 years ministering at Sacred Heart Hospital including fourteen years as director of the nursing school. She earned Master’s degrees in Nursing Education Administration and in Social Work. She taught and served in several administrative roles at Mount Marty College including nursing and social work. She also served in the area of geriatrics as a program director and as a consultant to several facilities in Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska. Though small of stature, S. Harriet was a woman of boundless energy and enthusiasm. Her ready smile was one of her hallmarks. She liked new challenges and met each one with commitment and tenacity. S. Harriet is survived by her Benedictine community; her brother, Fred and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Gordon, Reginald (Rex) and Giles. UPDATE Spring 2011



Class Notes In Sympathy Lois Welnick C’82 on the death of her mother, Beulah Crowley. Mary Kay (Schramm) Cwach HS’66 and husband Darrell on the death of their son, Jerry Cwach. Dorene Winkler C’89 on the death of her parents, Twyla and Earl Adams. Eileen Bruner C’72 & Teresa Kattke C’82 on the death of their mother, Mabel Wiechmann. Nancy (Hooth) Nelson SN’59 on the death of her husband, Lawrence Nelson. Mary Jo Lenzen C’68 on the death of her mother, Theresa Fleming. Anne Holland C’81 on the death of her mother, Isabel Heineman. Colleen (Walsh) Marion C’59 on the death of her husband, Mike Marion. Linda Vacek C’76 & Rita Vacek C’73-74 on the death of their mother, Dorothy Vacek. Leonard Gollnick C’81 on the death of his mother, Charlene Gollnick. Bonnie (Birnbaum) Wheeler C’58 on the death of her husband, Robert Wheeler. Barbara Farson C’76 on the death of her mother, Mary Pat Pollastrini. Ann Morgen HS’66, Carol Gregg HS’68, & Marjorie Murphy HS’69 on the death of their mother, Irene Petrik. C L A S S

Rita Macaulay C’77 & Sister Jodelle Zimmerman C’03 on the death of their mother , Valerie Zimmerman. Chrystal Archer HS’67 & Delight Paulson HS’1, C’69 on the death of their mother, Leona Janda. Gladys (Connolly ) Walsh HS’53, C’53-54 on the death of her husband ,Bill Walsh. Traci Cwach C’05 & Kelle 9Taggart C’07 on the death of their mother, Ronda Taggart. Cheryl Hart HS’67, C’71 & Karen Haberer C’74 on the death of their mother, Clara Haberer. Regina (Sihrer) Kramer HS’53 on the death of her husband, Richard Kramer. John Lipetzky C’78 on the death of his father, George Lipetzky. Susan Jacobs C’89 on the death of her husband, Robert Jacobs. Jon Rolfs C’89 on the death of his father, Larry Rolfs. Gail Johnson HS’64 on the death of her mother, Maxine Mattern. Joni Kimel C’75-’77 on the death of her mother, Rita Neville. Anita Morell SN’59 & Gloria Duenwald C’66 on the death of their mother, Cecelia Liewer Kathy Harens, staff, on the death of her father, Larry Weniger. JaDeen Nemec C’81-’82 on the death of her mother, Jo Ann Sailer.

Lynn Soulek C’84 & Vicky Wilson C’8285 on the death of their father, Richard Uecker. Mary Moorhouse C’58 on the death of her mother, Vivienne Link. Sharon Rausch C’64 and Vicki Rausch C’63-65 on the death of their father, Leo Arbach. Kathryn Uhing C’02 on the death of her mother, Bernadette Daily. Carolyn Holtzman C’78, Jeanette Dunning C’78 & Diane Dunning C’85 on the death of their father, Richard Faltin. Marilyn Ter Maat C’75 on the death of her father, Jim Van Gerpen. Michele Norris C’95 on the death of her mother, Jean Scissons. Mollie Nichols SN’57 & Robert Talsma C’77 on the death of their mother, Donia Talsma. Brandee Miller C’98 on the death of her parents, Rolland and Mary Louise Hostler. Joyce Sestak HS’68, Geralda Pedersen C’85 & Steve Loecker C’89 on the death of their father, Leander Loecker. Linda Hochstein HS’68 on the death of her father, Frank Leise. Betty Davenport HS’59, SN’62 on the death of her mother, Lucille Hausman. Maureen Thompson HS’68, C’72 on the death of her mother, Mary Ellen Thompson C’77.

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