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Summer 2008

Mount Marty Theatre: Wakefield Mysteries Highlights



Alumni Spotlight


Growing Harmony


Barry, Althoff Share Audience with The Pope

On Saturday, April 5th, more than 90 individuals performed a unique, oneday outdoor adaptation of the medieval cycle play, THE WAKEFIELD MYSTERIES on the Mount Marty campus in Yankton. Mount Marty Theatre hosted the performance with the cooperation of the Sioux City Renaissance Recorder Ensemble, Christ Episcopal Church Choir, St. Benedict’s Parish Choir and the Mount Marty Music Department. Tony Lazarowicz (God)

) and Rachel Moser (Mary

Dr. James Simmons (Satan)


The Wakefield Mysteries photo gallery is available online at

Alumni Days Invitation Jim Wilcynski (Jesus) is nailed to the cross

MBA degree program expands


Alumni News and Notes

A highly successful Master of Business Administration program is being expanded to Yankton this fall by Mount Marty College. The college has offered the MBA program in Watertown for the past four years with great success. Local research indicated business professionals in the Yankton region were also interested in the program. This fall the next MBA cohort will simultaneously exist in Watertown and Yankton, thanks to the use of electronic technology available through the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese. Instructors will be able to conduct classes in both communities at the same time. The Mount Marty College Master of Business Administration program is an accelerated program designed for persons

with various undergraduate degrees who now want to develop their management and leadership skills. Past work experience is valued while developing managerial knowledge, leadership acumen, analytical decision making and managerial communication skills. A special emphasis on teamwork is fostered through weekly team meetings and provides students with a built-in peer network. The case study approach is also utilized to introduce a measure of realism and practical application. This innovative structure allows students to complete 36 credit hours of coursework within a 15 to 18 month period while working full-time. Each seven-week session features

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three to four classroom sessions and weekly team meetings. Individuals in business, health care, government, social services and manufacturing will benefit from the degree program. Best of all, research indicated that the Mount Marty MBA program is a fraction of the cost of traditional MBA programs and one of the most reasonably-priced programs in the state. To learn more about the Mount Marty Master of Business Administration program, contact the admissions office at (605) 668-1545 or go online at www. and click on the link for graduate programs.

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President’s Message

Summer is here. At Mount Marty College, summer brings with it a great deal of pride. In May we sent 130 graduates into the world to capture a piece of their destiny. And as I congratulated each one and shook their hands during commencement, I felt an abundant sense of pride. But that pride wasn’t just reserved for the graduates, it was also pride in our faculty, staff and families who helped put them on their pathways to success. Earlier this spring, I had the privilege of joining other catholic education leaders in Washington D.C. on April 17th for a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI . During his presentation, he asked us to be people of hope. His request is very timely in these times of war and economic uncertainty when hope may seem fleeting at times. But at commencement, hope was already in the eyes of those graduates and I could see their futures so fresh and promising before them. The looks on the faces of their guests only punctuated that sense of hope with glimpses of admiration, accomplishment and more pride. At Mount Marty, we will continue to be people of hope as we educate our students, learn from each other and strive to be the very best. By keeping that sense of hope in the forefront, we believe we can do our part to help bring hope to the world. I wish all the best to you and your family this summer. Sincerely,

James T. “Tim” Barry, Ed.D. President

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Alumni Spotlight: Shane Larson At 6’7” with the physique of a bodybuilder, Shane Larson could have easily been called the ‘big man on campus’ as an undergraduate, but his campus presence at the Mount Marty Watertown campus has expanded beyond his undergraduate days. He has returned to the college as an instructor, touching other lives with his larger than life presence. Larson’s roots began in Watertown. Born to Ken and Laurie Larson, he was raised to stay on the straight and narrow by his father who served as the Watertown Chief of Police, and his mother who was a home hospice nurse. (His father currently serves as a county commissioner for Codington County, and his mother is a nursing instructor for Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown.) His drive to succeed academically started with a well-taught lesson from his father. “I remember it clearly. My father was fond of waking my brother and I early to help him. One day in particular, when I was about 13, he had a brutal and long landscaping job for us to do. At the end of the day we were blistered, tired, sunburned and dehydrated!” Larson continued, “A man of few words, my dad asked how we liked the work of the day. Predictably, we noted that we weren’t fond of it. He then noted wisely, ‘The best education this day has to offer is to get an education.’” Larson took that lesson to heart and enrolled in the Army where he was an enlisted soldier with the military occupational specialty of Correctional Military Police Officer. “I was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, which is the only maximum security prison in the U.S. military.” When he was discharged from the Army, Larson returned to Watertown and his educational goal. “I started at Mount Marty College with no direct intent to go into counseling. However, through guidance and much attention from the Watertown campus staff, I moved in that direction and have not looked back,” he said. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Mount

Marty in 2004, Larson went on to receive a master’s degree in school counseling from South Dakota State University in 2006, and immediately began work in his field. Today, Larson is employed fulltime as a mental health therapist with the Human Service Agency (HSA) in Watertown, part-time as a forensic counselor with Dakota Psychological Services in Sioux Falls and still finds time to teach as an adjunct instructor for Mount Marty College. “When I was offered a full-time position at the Human Service Agency, it was clearly linked to the wonderful internship I had while at Mount Marty,” Larson explained. “I was directly approached by my boss, Kari Johnston, as a result of the experience I had while interning for my undergraduate degree.” At HSA, Larson said his military background helped him find a way to make a big difference in the lives of others. “The Army played a major role in my professional development. I currently work predominantly with mandated clients – individuals who have been court-ordered to receive counseling. Often therapists have found it hard to connect with this type of client. However, my experience in the military has helped give me credibility with them.” While at Mount Marty College, Larson developed an interest in behavioral science through his psychology classes and through his instructors, including Dr. Lynn Yexley and Dr. Mark Bontreger. “The hands-on learning and practicality of what was being taught was second to none. The instructors were professionals who were up to date on issues and were actively working in the profession that I was working towards,” he said. Larson has also found a way to contribute back to Mount Marty as an adjunct instructor. “I returned to Mount Marty because they had given so much to me. It is a wonderful thing for our community.” “Mount Marty has shaped me professionally, personally and spiritually. I can remember gaining an attitude about learning that I never expected. I

have learned the value of helping the community with volunteering, I gained a much deeper understanding of faith from the required spiritual classes, and professionally, I know I would not be doing what I am doing now without being an alumnus of Mount Marty College.” Larson added, “If you hope to go into psychology or the mental health field, you would be hard-pressed to find better preparation than Mount Marty. I felt extremely prepared for graduate school. In fact, my research methods class at Mount Marty was just as in-depth as graduate school.” Dr. Linda Schurmann, Director of the Mount Marty campus in Watertown, has always held a high regard for Larson. “Shane is a terrific young man. I’m not surprised by his kind thoughts and praise for us. I remember very well when he came to us, at a time when he perhaps needed some direction and challenge, and I think we provided it. Then, he just never looked back and accomplished so much on his own,” she said. Larson’s future plans may involve more education for himself, as well as teaching others. “I plan on getting a Ph.D. or Psy.D. sometime in the future. I would like to be licensed as a psychologist locally, and possibly be in private practice someday.”

Marquardt named Mother Jerome Scholar Dana Marquardt, a fall senior at Mount Marty College, has been selected for the 2008-09 Mother Jerome Schmitt Presidential Scholarship. The full-tuition scholarship is granted for one academic year and awarded to one full-time student actively involved in a college recognized club, organization or activity who also maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. In addition, two letters of recommendation from Mount Marty faculty or administration are required. Marquardt has served as a campus Ambassador and as a representative for student government. In her application essay, she wrote: “Being a voice for the students and serving their best interests, while also helping out in the community has been very gratifying, and taught me much about being a leader.” A player on the Mount Marty Lancers women’s basketball team, Marquardt was also recently recognized as a GPAC/

NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete for her academic success. Mother Jerome Schmitt served as the first president of Mount Marty College from 1936-1957. She provided the leadership for expanding campus facilities as well as monastery facilities.

After serving as prioress for 29 years, Mother Jerome taught German at Mount Marty College, worked in pastoral care and was a tutor at the college. In 1980, Mother Jerome was named Citizen of the Year for Yankton. She was a valiant, strong woman respected and admired by people all over the state of South Dakota. Marquardt reflected on Mother Jerome’s leadership in her essay: “She went out on a limb, using what she knew and believed at the time, along with her instincts to become the first president of the College in 1936, and lead the construction of the very buildings still used by Mount Marty students in 2008. Her determination, strong will, and devotion are still apparent and appreciated today.” Marquardt is a native of Salem, South Dakota, and is the daughter of Bill and Laura Marquardt.

Setting the Standard for A Tobacco Free Campus As the Director of Student Health for Mount Marty College, Susan Thorson is accustomed to regularly providing health information to students. But in December of 2007, the State of South Dakota gave her financial backing to help her cause. Mount Marty College was selected to receive a $20,000 grant to be used toward tobacco education initiatives. The money comes from a tax initiative passed in 2006 that increased taxes on tobacco products. The funds were allocated to the South Dakota Department of Health for tobacco prevention, including $1.7 million for community and school programming. An additional $3.3 million was allocated for tobacco cessation and public education, surveillance and administration. Thorson was ecstatic about the grant and began work on how to use the money immediately. The grant funds had to be 100 percent spent by May 1, so a large majority of the work took place in the span of only a semester. “When I look at the past semester, I feel we have had a lot of successes with the program. I’m proud of our accomplishments with countermarketing,” Thorson explained. “We have developed signs, ID holders, lanyards, business cards, window decals and banners. We make mention of our policy on health forms and in all the student handbooks. And our tobacco education tools for the classroom also have been utilized to explain the hazards of tobacco use.” One such tool was a classroom apparatus that provides a breathing demonstration using pig lungs (healthy ones and damaged ones). Through the use of a foot pump, air is forced through both lungs simultaneously, illustrating the limited capacity of the damaged lungs. “At Mount Marty, through the leadership of Dr. Barry, we are progressive,” Thorson stated. “We look at the whole person and are concerned with promoting good health. Our original policy started January 1, 2006, and we were ahead of things already because we didn’t allow smoking in buildings. We’ve since progressed to our current policy.” The original policy stated smoking was not allowed in campus buildings. Then in 2006, the policy changed to allow no tobacco use on the grounds except for one location for overnight rental guests and resident students. The latest revision (2008) includes all tobacco products,

prohibits use in all areas and prohibits the promotion of tobacco products on campus. With the 2008 version of the policy, the college was eligible to receive the $20,000 grant for tobacco prevention education. “We learned that if we changed the policy to completely prohibit tobacco on campus, we would be eligible for the $20K, and I guess it worked,” Thorson said. Vice President of Student Affairs, Sarah Carda, was surprised by the amount of the grant. “It’s pretty incredible our size of campus would receive a full $20,000 grant,” Carda explained. “And right now the prospects look very good for next year’s grant.” The receipt of the grant also sparked the formation of the Mount Marty College Tobacco Prevention Coalition on campus to provide ideas for the grant money and carry out those plans. The committee was made up of Assistant Professor of Nursing Darcie Sees, Director of Marketing and College Relations Laura Baumeister, Director of Student Activities Erin Duncan, Carda and Thorson. The committee will continue its work into the next school year, and Thorson hopes to add students to the committee as well. Students were already involved this year with a recorded experiment on campus. Under the direction of Graphic Arts instructor, Shane Miner, more than 30 mannequins were placed in the Cyber Café during peak student hours. Each mannequin had information on their supposed tobacco use and cause of death. Student reactions were recorded on video. As students filtered through the Café, they were curious about the messages on the mannequins, but they were also a bit unnerved. “Students who were uncomfortable with the presence of a mannequin at a table or study area moved them to another area,” Thorson said. “Even the daycare children who walked through had many questions about what was going on.” The four hours of video footage also includes conversations between students about the presence of the supposed tobacco victims in the room. Perhaps they got the message. “When I look at what I can do for the college and the community as a whole, one statement comes to mind… ‘Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause

EACH DAY in the United States: • The tobacco industry spends nearly $36 million to market and promote its products. • Almost 4,000 adolescents start smoking • Approximately 1,200 current and former smokers die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases. • More than $260 million is spent by the nation in direct medical costs related to smoking. • The nation experiences nearly $270 million in lost productivity due to premature deaths from tobacco-related diseases.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Sarah Carda and Director of Student Health, Susan Thorson display the new parking signs that were purchased with funds from a tobacco-free grant.

of death and disease in the United States.’ I always think of that when working with tobacco education. It’s important.” Carda agrees about the importance of education and prevention. “The studies are pretty clear about decisions made at the college level, whether it involves tobacco use or other choices. The more you get the students to avoid poor choices, the better the long-term results will be,” she said. “My hope is that there are subtle reminders everywhere,” Carda continued. “And where students think about smoking or tobacco use, the hope is that these reminders will persuade their thoughts and how they feel about tobacco use.” Through suggestions and ideas from the Mount Marty College Tobacco Prevention Coalition, those subtle reminders have taken many forms. “We brought tobacco prevention education to the forefront on the Mount Marty campus through guest speakers, tobacco education exhibits, countermarketing and tobacco education in the classrooms,” Thorson said. “By implementing this grant, Mount Marty is able to provide a healthier, more productive environment for our faculty, students and staff” “With the knowledge that we have about the health risks of commercial tobacco it’s important for us to set the A special tobacco-free logo was designed to positively reinforce the campus ban on tobacco. The symbolism within the logo includes the message “Proud to be Tobacco Free” associated with a shooting star and mortarboard. The star is a positive symbol of achievement, the mortarboard symbolizes the academic community as well as “graduating” to better health.

highest standard to maintain a healthy environment,” she continued. “I think that is where the president was coming from. He led us to develop our 2006 policy with the encouragement of faculty, students, staff and others. And he supports these recent changes.” Mount Marty joins Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, the Sacred Heart Monastery and Yankton Medical Clinic with the tobacco-free stand. And since all four entities are adjacent to each other, the collaboration further discourages tobacco use in the area. For the coming year, budgeting plans are under way to make good use of another possible $20,000 grant. Among the initiatives being discussed are more speaker presentations, electronic message boards, the continuation of a faculty stipend for tobacco prevention coursework development, additional classroom resources, more countermarketing messages and possibly continuing education workshops for staff, faculty and students. The grants for the 2008-09 academic year are expected to be announced in June, but both Carda and Thorson are optimistic that due to the positive and progressive use of this year’s funds, another $20,000 grant may be in the college’s future.

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Choir Features a Growing Harmony When Mount Marty’s Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Sean Vogt, opened his e-mail one March morning, an incoming freshman for the Fall of 2009 had a message waiting for him. “Hello Dr. Sean Vogt! Well, I am just checking in with you because my

decision has finally been made, and I will be coming to Mount Marty next year. Truthfully, I went to the Scholarship Day just to please my mom… your choir is actually what really drew me to Mount Marty after watching them on Scholarship Day. They were amazing and they were having fun being amazing. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to being a part of your group.’’ According to Dr. Vogt, “Choir has become a mobile recruiting tool. The choir’s performances have garnered early interest in the summer fine arts camp ‘PERFORM!!’ Students have already been e-mailing saying they plan to come and they haven’t even received the brochures yet. Word of mouth about the choir is spreading.” Since the start of the 2007-08 school year, the Mount Marty choir has caught the ear of hundreds both on and off campus. Enrolled students began adding choir to their class schedules, staff and faculty began hearing a buzz about the choir program in the hallways and community members began attending Mount Marty choral events in larger numbers. At times, limited seating required some guests to attend alternate performances instead. The choir was even called to perform for His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo during his March 24 visit to Sioux City, with Dr. Vogt as organist. The service

was broadcast through local media and the choir sang for His Eminence, two archbishops, six bishops and 103 priests at a packed Cathedral of the Epiphany. The draw to the choir program has resulted from a combination of new leadership, new attire and a new enthusiasm for the art. But it may be Dr. Vogt’s penchant for performance that sparked new life into the program. His first request was for new performance robes for the growing choir, and through the contributions of the Gregorian Club, alumni and many others, those robes became a reality prior to the Vespers concert in December. But the new robes weren’t the only change for Vespers. The program moved to a very traditional and carefully orchestrated performance, featuring readings from well-known Yankton-area citizens and an introductory solo by fifth grader Garrett Adam. Even the printed program was designed to draw special attention to the message of the Christmas season. Later this spring, a different level of performance emerged when the Choir and Jazz Band shared the stage for a spring concert, punctuated by an audiovisual presentation that left the audience breathless. Marian Auditorium was filled nearly to capacity, with only 50 of the 750 seats open. Following the performance, Dr. Vogt received the following e-mail message: “Words can’t explain how awesome and moving you all were last night!! I am so glad that I came!!! Can’t wait to be a part of that magic next year!!” That magic continued through Baccalaureate when the performance by the choir drew personal praise from Bishop Paul Swain. He publicly offered his gratitude for the choir’s quality contribution. Following his compliments, one of the choir members commented, “That was like getting a high-five from

the bishop!” During the academic year, the number of members has grown significantly, more than tripling in size. Dr. Vogt began the fall semester with 32 members which grew to 62 for the Spring semester. More than 100 members are slated for the fall semester. With those larger numbers will come new opportunities. The choir is now large enough to be split into three parts: a full choir of 100-plus, a select Chamber Choir of 40, and a third choir limited to only 16 performers. The three tiers will allow a broader variety of performances and offer exceptional students special opportunities to shine. The growth also brings about new challenges including the need for more space for rehearsals, more risers for performances, more audio/visual equipment and, of course, more robes. But in a style all his own, Dr. Vogt is already looking beyond that. “The department is looking at audio and video equipment that will allow us to view and project music scores to expedite the learning process. Previously, I would hold up the score and point, but with 100 people, that becomes impossible,” he explained. “Among other items Jeffery Jimison left us valuable recording equipment,” he added. “We will use this equipment in Gregory Hall to record the choir during rehearsals so we can analyze what we are doing during the learning process. We will also record the group to submit audition material at local and regional music conventions. We are at a caliber where this is a very powerful reality.” Dr. Vogt also hopes to continue recruiting new students to campus through better networking. “We are looking at expanding our tour possibilities and going to bigger schools and bigger cities,” he explained. “We are ready!”

Choir members Cassie Neth and Lantz Kulp display the new robes.

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From Utah to South Dakota in pursuit of a Masters Degree

wife The Dougal Family from left: ghter, dau old h ont 8-m Camillia holding na Ken Mc er ght dau ce; Bry Kimberly; per. Cop , (5); son, Daniel (3); and dog

Few individuals would uproot a family of five in pursuit of higher education, but for Bryce Dougal and his family the pursuit of a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia justified the move. “I entered the anesthesia program in August of 2007,” Dougal explained. “I was personally referred to the program by two current practicing CRNAs that graduated from the program and one student that is in the program now.” The quality of the Mount Marty program and its reputation may have initially drawn Dougal to the college, but the Sioux Falls area and quality of life also played a role in his decision. “I knew

there was a long history of successful completion of the program. I did some research on pass-fail reports during the past five years and noted there was a high pass rate amongst the past years,” he explained. “Sioux Falls was also a large part of our decision in the school I applied to. I have a family of five with three kids ages 5 to 8 months and this city is a great area for a family with many activities and is safe to rear your children.” Both Utah natives, Dougal and his wife had to leave behind family and friends to pursue his educational journey. But through the process, the Dougal family found strength in each other. “We had to sell our home in Utah prior to moving out to South Dakota. Both my wife and I are from Utah and all of our family members are there also. Moving to South Dakota with no friends or family to immediately take care of needs was a large sacrifice. Even though this was a sacrifice, it has brought our family close together as we relied on each other for support. With a supportive spouse and family members this has been an enjoyable opportunity as we moved away.” Dougal continued, I do not put

anything before my family but I know that there must be sacrifices made in order to fulfill your education needs. Remember your goal and keep it in sight. The program is only 30 months not a lifetime like it may feel sometimes.” Aside from the personal sacrifices he had to make, Dougal found the challenging regimen of the program somewhat familiar. “I attended BYU Idaho for my bachelor’s degree. When I was there, I took an online course that I was able to work hard at and complete in much less time than I would have by attending a classroom every day. This helped me prepare for the daunting and busy schedule of the Mount Marty Anesthesia program,” he explained. “I won’t lie to you, this is not a walk in the park. There are many days spent at the library or home studying. However, there is ample time for you to be with your families and do activities of personal interest. Many of the courses build on each other and the previous courses you have already taken,” Dougal explained. “The best advice I can give is to set your goals, know where you want to be and do whatever is needed to get there. I

would start early and do not procrastinate, as time flies when you are busy.” For Dougal, Mount Marty’s program lived up to the reputation he acquired through his colleagues. “I was very impressed with the program when I was accepted for an interview. After seeing the area and the staff I felt comfortable and at ease,” he explained. “That, and financing was easy as the school has all the needed loan information sent to you prior to entering the program. You can take what is needed up to the allotted amount.” “I like how the lab is set up on Tuesdays and Thursdays giving you time to study on your few days off. Class time is busy on Monday and Wednesday but hey, this is a master’s degree, put in the time and study hard.” Dougal is succeeding in the program and looking forward to accepting a job opportunity in the near future. For others considering the program, he offered one more piece of advice. “At first you may feel overwhelmed as many in our class did when school started. However buckle down, work hard and it will pay off.”

Barry, Althoff share audience with The Pope Reprinted with permission from the Yankton Press & Dakotan By Randy Dockendorf

As educators, Tim Barry and Matt Althoff are used to leading the classroom. But last week (April 17, 2008), they became students to one of the greatest teachers in the world. The two men were among more than 400 Catholic school leaders chosen for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in Washington, D.C. Barry serves as president of Mount Marty College in Yankton. Althoff, a Yankton native, serves as director of Catholic schools for the Sioux Falls Diocese. Security was extremely tight for the pontiff’s visit, Barry said. “We had 15 to 20 Secret Service agents as well as Vatican security all over the place,” he said. “We were checked several times and had to have our ID. We were told where to sit with names on the chairs.” Barry entered the lecture room at the Catholic University of America two hours ahead of the pope’s arrival. “The room was just large enough for (the audience). It was intimate. It wasn’t this huge arena,” he said. “It was the size of the south dining room.” Althoff was seated just inches from the procession. “I had the real privilege of being two seats in from the aisle in which the Holy Father entered and exited… but there was no handshake,” he said. Althoff’s selection was a matter of excellent timing, as he became the Catholic schools superintendent Oct. 1.

Althoff said he witnessed and event that most people will never experience in their lifetimes. “It was humbling. I was very new to the post, and there were priests who have been ordained for 50 years who have never been in the presence of the Holy Father,” he said. “There were a lot of educators who would have given their lives to Catholic education, so to represent them was very humbling.” Barry compared the recent papal visit to his 1987 meeting in Detroit with Pope John Paul II. At that gathering, the pope met with permanent deacons, including Barry. “I found Benedict to be a very shy person. I found John Paul II to be more effervescent. But I saw John Paul II as a much younger man,” Barry said. “Both of them are incredibly competent, very bright and very, very aware of the world in which they live.” As the former Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict worked for 25 to 30 years with John Paul II, Barry said. As a result, the two popes show similarities in their thinking and speeches. “I thought (Pope Benedict) was more scholarly, more measured in his speech,” Barry said. “Benedict is very bright. He is intellectual but a very shy man, and in his own way is very charismatic. He clearly enjoyed himself (during the meeting).” Pope Benedict can speak nine languages and spoke English during the meeting, Barry said. The pope had celebrated his 81st birthday earlier that week but showed no signs of slowing

down, Barry added. “I found him very spry and very energized,” Barry said. Althoff agreed, showing amazement at the pontiff’s vigor. “I hope to be that active at 81,” Althoff said. During the address, the pontiff spoke of the challenges facing Catholic education such as keeping schools open and reaching students spiritually as well as academically, Barry said. However, the general tone was very uplifting and appreciative, Barry said. “Benedict concluded his remarks by thanking us profoundly from the bottom of his heart for what we do, who we are and the example that we set for students,” Barry said. “He encouraged us to be people of hope. It’s about shaping students and forming lives.” Barry said he felt a connection between the pope and his audience. The pope also seemed impressed with the vitality of the American church and the public’s love of him, Barry said. “I felt Washington was alive with his presence,” the Mount Marty president said. Like his predecessor, Pope Benedict shows a concern for young people and bringing them to experience Jesus Christ, Althoff said. The pontiff also showed a connection with national leaders, including his White House visit with President Bush, Althoff said. The pope’s visit gave Americans a better look at the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, he added.

“It speaks volumes to the fact that the Holy Father recognizes the religious freedom on which this country was born and the importance of the cradle of democracy,” Althoff said. Now that he has returned to Yankton, Barry said he plans to share the papal message with MMC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public. “I think this (papal visit) energizes the campus community. It tells us that what we are and who we are are appreciated,” he said. “It says how important we are, as a Benedictine Catholic institution in this part of the country, serving the students we serve.” “This is positioning us for the next century,” he added. Althoff said he also will share the pope’s message with Catholic schools from around the diocese which covers the eastern half of South Dakota. He oversees 24 schools with 5,300 students including 750 pre-kindergarten students. “I have inherited such a wonderful tradition of Catholic education in the diocese,” Althoff said, noting his own attendance at Sacred Heart School in Yankton. Althoff said the papal meeting was an experience he will never forget “It sent a shiver down my back, like I have experienced before,” he said. “You look at the (pontiff), especially if you make eye contact, and it’s overwhelming. This truly is the vicar of Christ,” Althoff added.

Update 5

A Crisis of Fear How has NAFTA impacted the immigration “crisis of fear” in the United States? On Thursday, April 3 Dr. Teresa Torres attempted to answer that question with her topic of “Love the Immigrant as Yourself: A Christian Response to Immigration.” Dr. Torres, assistant professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was selected to present the 2008 Mount Marty Sister Wilma Lyle lecture. Nationwide, much discussion has surrounded the effects of immigration, but lost in the discussion is a focus on the immigrants themselves: their stories, reasons for coming and family situations. Torres reminded her audience that “all of us are immigrants,” and through the Benedictine values of seeking justice and peace, creating a welcoming environment of hospitality, as well as listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit are ways to address this complicated topic. According to Torres, a “crisis of fear” has emerged in the United States in regards to immigrants, but much of it was created by the passage of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in 1990. Through NAFTA, Mexico was hit hard as subsidies on crops ended, hundreds of jobs were taken by privatization and banks, railways and retail centers were taken over by multinational corporations. According to Torres, the bill created extreme rural poverty as citizens lost jobs or saw significant decreases in wages. Torres explained that these hardships have led to a rise in immigration. The economic conditions have made it necessary to uproot entire families to seek a better life elsewhere, and for many, that better life is thought to exist in the United States. Yet in the United States, discrepancies also exist. Unauthorized immigrants pay taxes but cannot get money back. They are often physically and sexually abused at jobs American citizens don’t want, and they aren’t eligible to enter higher education institutions in many states. To draw on these benefits, these individuals would need to be “authorized,” but to do so would also endanger the families by opening them up to deportation. According to Torres, “It is horrendous. State laws criminalizing people who are just trying to find a decent standard of life.” But she added that civil rights for these individuals start with all of us. State laws can be changed, but not without a grass roots effort and everyone working as advocates on behalf of the “unauthorized” individual. St. Benedict’s call to “Listen with the ear of your heart” was evident in Torres’ many stories and accounts, and she left the audience with a sense of hope that their individual efforts may help change the perceptions and actions toward immigrants.

Update 6

2008 Hall of Fame Announced On the court or on the sidelines, a combined record of 33 and 24. When Dwight Hauff – Hauff started his working this year’s Mount Marty Hall of Fame Heingartner’s career was complete, he career in 1926, and today, 82 years later, inductees continue to inspire young had set three individual records and still makes it to the office on a daily basis athletes with their sportsmanship and was on the top ten lists in eight different at the age of 102. leadership. Lancer Career and Single Game Statistical Hauff graduated from Morningside Kristi (Cihak) Soukup – Soukup categories. College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1926 was a 6’0” post-player from Dante, S.D. After graduation from Mount Marty, where he lettered in basketball and and a graduate of Avon High School. Heingartner went on to get a Master baseball and was on the all-conference She played basketball for Mount Marty Degree at Eastern New Mexico University. team. After graduation, he returned to his from 1989-1993, and during this span While at Eastern New Mexico, Keith was hometown of Merrill, Iowa, as a teacher she led Mount Marty to a combined 72 an assistant men’s basketball coach. and coach. and 48 record. Soukup led the Lancers to Heingartner and his wife, Brenda, From 1929-1932, he worked as four consecutive Southeast Sub-District have three sons: Kyle age 20, Tyler age a salesman for the A.G. Spalding & Championships and two IO-KOTA 18, and Josh age 12. Over the years he Brothers Company and in 1933, he and Conference Championships. has stayed active in coaching his sons at Evelyn Peterson opened Dwight Hauff Her sophomore Sporting Goods, season was her which he continues breakout year. Soukup to operate today. received Mount Marty Hauff has Women’s Basketball worked in the Most Improved Player sporting goods Award averaging industry for 75 15.2 points and 7.7 years, opening his rebounds per game first store in Sioux and was named 2nd City, Iowa, in 1933 Team All IO-KOTA. at the height of the She led the Lancers Great Depression. to 18 wins her junior Throughout his season in which the career as the owner Lancers finished 2nd of Hauff Sporting in the IO-KOTA and Goods, he has seen was again an All IOmany changes in KOTA Selection. the industry, from In her senior the introduction season, Soukup led Hall of Fame inductees (left to right) include: Keith Heingartner, Jim Miner accepting award on and popularity of the Lady Lancers behalf of Dwight Hauff, Doug Martin, and Kristi (Cihak) Soukup. girls’ sports, to to 19 wins, a Southeast Sub-District various levels ranging from grade school the use of man-made fibers in sporting Championship and an undefeated through high school. He is currently apparel. Some of the changes, such as Conference Championship. For her part owner in Aaron Rental franchises in improvements in football helmet safety, efforts she was named First Team All- Jacksonville, Texas. Hauff personally helped shape through Conference, Second Team All-South Doug Martin – Coach Martin his 15-year service on the National Dakota Collegiate Team and to the 1993 came to Mount Marty in 1978 and led Operating Committee on Standards for NAIA All District 12 Team. the Lancer men’s basketball program Athletic Equipment. Soukup still ranks in the top 10 of until 1982. Martin finished his coaching Since that time, Hauff has seen his nine different Lancer Statistical Record career with the second highest wining company grow to include four other retail categories. percentage as basketball coach in Mount sporting goods stores in the Midwest: Soukup has been working as a nurse Marty men’s basketball history. Hauff Sporting Goods of Omaha, on the surgical and pediatric units for the He coached the Mount Marty men’s Nebraska; Iowa Sports Supply of Cedar last 13 years at Avera Queen of Peace basketball program for four seasons, Falls, Iowa; Dakota Sports, Inc. of Sioux Hospital in Mitchell, S.D.  Kristi and her leading the Lancers to 68 victories. Falls; and Dakota Sports, Inc. of Rapid husband, Pat, have three boys: Keegan, During his tenure as the head coach, City. age 11; Kaden, age 7: and Gavin, age 2.   Martin led the Lancers to two 20-win Always going the extra mile, Hauff Keith Heingartner – Heingartner seasons. has unselfishly helped many others get a was a graduate of Prairie Heights High While coaching at Mount Marty, start in the industry, both as dealers and School in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, but Martin groomed three Hall of Famers, factory reps. His dedication and support came to Mount Marty in 1978 via Dawson including current Yankton High School to the young never stops. Community College located in Glendive, teachers and coaches Doug Pesicka and Each year, Hauff prints a track Montana. He had already achieved the Randy Gross. schedule of all the area meets. In addition, status of an All-Conference Basketball Coach Martin was named District he writes a monthly newsletter, which he Player at the junior college ranks. 12 Coach of the Year in 1980, the year mails to surrounding schools, covering He made his presence known on the in which he guided the team to SDIC area news and providing words of praise hard court immediately for the Lancers Holiday Tournament and in to the NAIA and congratulations to area teams and averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds Play-offs. The following year the Lancers coaches. He also uses the newsletter to a game in his first season. That year, were the NAIA District 12 Independent point out rule changes and list teams that Heingartner also set a school record by Tournament Champions. need games. connecting on an amazing 65.4 percent In all, Martin coached basketball for A great supporter and a supplier of his field goals, which was the forth 46 years and finished his career with 536 of all types of athletic equipment for best shooting percentage in the nation. wins as a head coach. He has already Lancer athletics from its beginnings in During his senior season, Heingartner been named to the Dakota Wesleyan Hall 1969, Hauff has also been a great source led the Lancers to a 21 and 11 record of Fame and the Wisconsin Basketball of expertise to the athletic department. and continued his role as a scoring and Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Through his generosity and support of rebounding threat. He averaged 13.3 Doug and his wife, Sally, currently reside young athletes, Hauff also established a points and 8.3 rebounds per game. in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and have five scholarship on his behalf at Mount Marty During his two-year athletic career at children and five grandchildren. College to encourage generations of Mount Marty, the Lancers finished with future athletes.

Cimburek named Sportswriter of the Year In May, James Cimburek ’94 was named the South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association. This prestigious award follows his 2006 Distinguished Service Award granted by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, as well as other numerous journalism and press awards. A Veblen, S.D. native, Cimburek originally attended Mount Marty College as a math education major, but his involvement with sports and a college job at the Yankton Press & Dakotan moved

him in a different direction. His interests eventually led him to a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from Mount Marty. Then, at the age of 23, he became one of the state’s youngest sports editors at the Press & Dakotan, a positing he currently holds. Cimburek and his staff cover nearly a 70-mile radius, which includes roughly 40 schools in addition to numerous other organized sports. Cimburek and his wife, Kari, currently reside in Yankton.

Three graduate from Honors Program

Honors Program graduates (Left to Right): Laura Condon, Cesar Juarez and Laura Starman.

Three Mount Marty students were recognized for completion of the Mount Marty College Honors Program during an Honors Program reception in May. Those students who met the criteria for completion of the program are Laura Condon, Cesar Juarez and Laura Starman. The Honors Program was established in 2003 specifically for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic skill and who wish to explore areas above and beyond the normal classroom requirements. Students accepted into the program know that

Honors courses will be difficult and require extra work. Over the past five years Mount Marty College has offered interdisciplinary Honors Courses that included “Death and Dying,” “The Human Genome,” “The Consequences of a Natural Disaster,” “The Wild West in the Twentieth Century,” “The Literature of the Holocaust” and “Social Gerontology.” To graduate from the Honors Program, students must complete four Honors courses and an Honors Seminar.

Impacts many at Mount Marty College Women’s champions: Leslie Ibarolle, Lori Ibarolle, Lisa Berry (C’03), Yavonne Slowey

Golf Classic Champs Mount Marty alumni, business partners and friends gathered at the 24th annual Golf Classic Tournament held at Hillcrest Country Club on May 14. Sponsored by the Mount Marty Office of Institutional Advancement, participation provides support for

scholarships, academic resources and many campus improvements. If you are interested in participating in the event next year, contact Sheila Kuchta, Director of Annual Giving at 605-668-1286 or email her at

Your gift, combined with the support of many others, has the ability to make a real difference for Mount Marty College. Show your support for a quality Mount Marty education. Help us give today’s students the skills & knowledge that benefits their employers and communities for years to come. Donor Name: _____________________________________________________________ Street Address: ___________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________ State: ________________ Zip: _________ Home Phone: _________________________ Work Phone: ________________________ Email Address: ___________________________________________________________ o Alumnus - Class of _______ o Business o Friend o Parent o I have remembered Mount Marty College in my will. o I would like more information on estate planning. Method of Payment o Please accept my gift of $__________________ to help support Mount Marty College. o My/my spouse’s company will match my gift. Company Name ___________________________________________________

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Men’s champions: Matt Tereshinski (C’99), Heath Larson, Jae Koletzky, Gary Dybsetter

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Members Siste A Senior Send Off Celebration was held at the President’s home April 30th.

Former schoolmates Mary Elizabeth (Eiseman) Carson and Josephine (Renner) Morken reconnect in Seattle 3/9/08.

Omaha / Lincoln Area Brunch - April 27th, 2008 at Quarry Oaks Golf Course, Ashland, NE.

College friends Joyce (Powers) Kelly, Judy (Powers) O Mary (Sailors) Calvillo chat at the Phoenix Area Ga home of Judy and Roger O

Sioux City Area Brunch - March 16th, 2008 at Kahills at the Marina Inn.

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~ You’re Invited!~ Please join us for our

2008 Alumni Days! We’re looking forward to hearing from you. --Chris Tudor

s of the Class of 1958 present at Commencement include: JoAnn (Sandal) Miles, er Aidan Bourke, Mary (Heirigs) Albrecht, and Bonnie (Biernbaum) Wheeler.

Olmanson, Nancy (Ebert) Justus, and athering - March 1, 2008, held at the Olmanson.

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Paddlefish award winners announced

PADDLEFISH award recipients and presenters (left to right) include: Deborah Kuder, Margie Hanson, Skyler Bolks, Michael Dooley, Scott Morrison, and Sara Haase.

The 2008 issue of Paddlefish will feature writers from a variety of backgrounds, but among them are also four award winners selected for their contributions to the Mount Marty College

publication. The 2008 Paddlefish Nonfiction Award was given to Margie Hansen for her essay “Mike Hansen’s Pencil Collection 1940-1960.”

Our Flags of Inspiration Outside the United Nations is an array of flags representing the member nations. It is quite impressive on a breezy day to walk nearby and see all of these national symbols flapping in the wind. We also see a display of flags at the Olympic Games and the Goodwill Games or in the city park on national holidays. Though not as visible to the person passing by, Mount Marty has a collection of impressive flags as well, flags waving in the breezes of future financial need and honoring families, instructors and loved ones. Each “flag” represents a different endowment fund, and each one is unique. For example, there is the endowment flag of The John and Patricia Keating Family Scholarship that provides scholarship support for students in need and The Wallbaum Family endowment that supplies ongoing financial resources for special operating expenses. The Sister Wilma Lyle Endowed Chair endowment flag helps to underwrite our Religious Studies/Philosophy program. All in all, we have 202 endowment flags flying overhead, providing inspiration and confidence for a bright tomorrow. Would you like to provide your own special Mount Marty flag by creating an endowment fund? You can do it quite easily and benefit any number of programs. Our flag-waving director of planned giving, Chris Tudor, will be happy to help you “sew” your flag and get it high on a flagpole over Mount Marty. You can create the fund now with current funding, or establish it later through a bequest from your will. Some donors do both: create it now so the flag gets flying and then add to it later so it flies even higher. If you are interested in starting an endowment at Mount Marty, please contact Chris at 605-668-1292 or You can also use the handy response form below. Better yet, invite Christ to come by for a visit so you can talk in person about possible flagwaving plans.

Complete and return the form below to: Mount Marty College ATTN: Chris Tudor, Director of Major and Planned Gifts 1105 W. 8th St. • Yankton, SD 57078

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The 2008 Sister Eileen Neville Award for Poetry went to Deborah Kuder for her poem “Our Last Night at the Drive-In Bar.” The 2008 Eugene Brinkmeyer Award for Fiction went to Michael Dooley for his short/short fiction sequence “Dual Dream Bound by a Liquid Layer.” A new award category was added this year for media arts, which highlights graphic art, animation and photography that will be featured in an online version of the publication. The 2008 Media Arts Award went to Sara Haase for her short animation video. Judges for the selection of the award-winners included instructors Dr. Dana DeWitt, Dr. James Simmons, Dr. Christine Hof, Bob Tereshinski and Dr. Jim Reese, all of Mount Marty College. Awards were presented during a Mount Marty Noon Forum held in April, but interested readers can obtain the award-winning writings with the 2008 Paddlefish release expected in July. More than 1,300 submissions from around the world were received for the 150-page publication, which meant a great deal of scrutiny was given to each entry by the Paddlefish Editor-InChief, Dr. Jim Reese, his editors and his students. “Students who took the Writing and Publishing course or Advanced Writing and Publishing course got hands-on experience in deciding what was quality

work,” Reese explained. “If a student picked out something they believed was worth going into the journal, the manuscript was sent on to be read up to three more times by the editors. This process is the same as if I’d pick out something I thought was really good. I would ask for a second and third opinion.” Issues of the 2007 Paddlefish are available for purchase, and individuals may pre-order copies of the anticipated July 2008 edition. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Reese at (605) 668-1362 or

Margie Hansen shows part of her grandfather’s pencil collection, which was inspiration to her award-winning essay.

Alumni Days 2008 Schedule of Events Here’s Your Itinerary ™

Friday, September 5

5:00-7:00 p.m. • Welcome Home Reception, Roncalli Lobby • Registration Desk Open • Memorabilia Rooms Open

Saturday, September 6

8-9:30 a.m. • Continental Breakfast, Cyber Café • Registration Desk Open 9 a.m. • Sacred Heart Hospital Tour 9:30 & 10 a.m. • Campus Tours 10 a.m. • Open house by Nursing Dept. 11:30 a.m. • Anniversary Luncheon, President’s House 1:30-3 p.m. • Alumni Council Meeting, Board Room 2-4 p.m. • Sacred Heart School of Nursing Tea Benedictine Center 3 p.m. • Afternoon Tea, Cyber Café patio area Hosted by former Faculty & Staff 2:30-3:30 p.m. • Pages Bookstore Open, Lower Roncalli 5 - 6:30 p.m. • Pages Bookstore Open, Lower Roncalli 5:30 p.m. • Wine and Hors d’oeuvres Social, Cyber Café 6:30 p.m. • Banquet, Main Dining Room 8-11:00 p.m. • Socializing, Cyber Café

Sunday, September 7

8:30-9:30 a.m. • Breakfast-Roncalli South Dining Room 10:00 a.m. • Eucharistic Celebration Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel

Completing the nursing program this year at Mount Marty College are Back Row (Left to Right): Shari Alarie, Torie Antonie, Aliza Arens, Kristin Aske, Linda Bak, Kalina Carlson, Meaghan Crandall, Melissa Cumbee, Kayla Pavel and Dawn Henseler. Second Row (Left to Right): Heidi Peterson, Angela Kayser, Julie Pierce, Sara Lepke, Stacey Lickteig, Amy Livingston, Nicole Lyngstad, Ashley Marsh, Amy Thiesse and Mary Goraj. Front Row (Left to Right): Dana Hento, Cindy Konopasek, Angel Riccobuono, Toni Scheuermann, Christina Schoenrock, Shelly Searls, Tara Moore and Amanda Wallinger.

Nursing program graduates receive pins Mount Marty College held a Pinning Ceremony for all May and December graduating nursing students on Friday, May 9, 2008, at 5 p.m. in Marian Auditorium prior to the Mount Marty College Baccalaureate Ceremony. The nursing pin is unique to the nursing program from which the student graduates – in much the same way that both the nursing cap and the pin were created for each school, the pin is the

remaining representation which, in the past, was always worn by the graduate to represent the school from which he/she had graduated. Typically, each element of the nursing pin represented an aspect of the dedication of the nurse. Mount Marty’s pin is a black shield on gold with a cross embedded on the shield. The pin of the Mount Marty Nursing Program incorporates school colors in the design of a white cross on a gold

shield. The cross is a modified Benedictine cross and identifies a crossroads of ideas. The cross also depicts the ultimate aim of the college, that is, to form persons in the Spirit of Christ with apostolic zeal for the world-wide work of restoring all things for Christ. The Pinning Ceremony at Mount Marty began in 1986. The purpose of the event is to acknowledge the achievement of the graduating senior and to advance

transition from the student role to the professional role. The nurses’ pin incorporates the philosophy of the school and of the nursing program. The presentation of the pin represents a sending forth or commissioning of the students to begin their nursing careers as graduates of the school.

2007-2008 faculty and staff service awards

Special Award recipients (left to right) included: Kris DeWitt (Distinguished Achievement), Chun Wu (James Award), Andy Henrickson (Bishop Marty Hospitality Award), Sister Corinne Lemmer and Lisa Erickson (Distinguished Service Award) and James Reese (James Award). Not Pictured is Shane Miner (Distinguished Teaching Award).

Ten year service award recipients included: David Hansen and Calvin Hanson. Not pictured are Paul Lammers and Georgia Talsma.

Five year service award recipients: Back row: Roman Steffen, Sheila Kuchta, James Simmons, Steve Hermanson, Darcie Sees and Stephanie Gruver. Front row: Diane Dvorak, Joanne Marsh, Estelle Johnson and Sandra Isburg. Not pictured are Mary Hoversten, Marvin Huber, Perry Slagle and Kristi Thomas.

Other service recipients included: Sister Cynthia Binder (50 years), Christine Hof (15 years), and Sister Corinne Lemmer (20 years).

Father Jack Garvey was honored for his 6 years of service and for his retirement. Not pictured for her retirement was Lorraine Garvey.

Update 11

Alumni Notes HIGH SCHOOL: 1950s Mary Lou (Koch) Schinnick ’57 lives in Grove City, Ohio, and is happy to be retired. 1960s Bonnie Wek ’62 lives in St. Paul, Minn., and is Director of Outreach Ministries and parish nurse for St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Congratulations Newlyweds!

Lucille (Evelo) Triem ’65 lives in Distinguished Achievement Award Arlington, S.D., and is owner of R & for his public service and leadership in South Dakota at the South Dakota L Satellite Sales. Newspaper Association’s annual Patricia Van Stralen ’66 lives in convention in Aberdeen, April 4 & 5, Redwood Falls, Minn., and is a 2008. Bernie is editor and publisher Hospice nurse at Redwood Area of The South Dakota Magazine. Hospice. Emma (French) Laird ’74 lives in Yankton and was inducted into the SCHOOL OF NURSING: Yankton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame. Emma is now a real estate 1950s broker with America’s Best Realty. Dolores (Nolz) Gaub HS’50, ‘54 Emma is involved and active in lives in Dixon, Mo. and is a night time various social programs in Yankton caregiver of a 97-year-old woman and is on the board of directors who lives in an apartment with her and membership chair for the S.D. Association of Realtors. granddaughter. Erla (Holbrook) Scherschligt ’58 recently moved to Olathe, Kan., in order to be close to their children and grandchildren. They had lived in Estherville for 37 years.

Steven Wortmann ’77 lives in Parker, Colo., and is Senior Sales Consultant for Jackson National Life. Ricky Reuwsaat ’77 lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. Rick is a Transplant Social Worker at the Sanford Transplant Center. Marla (Baum) Irish ’79 lives in Omaha, Neb., and is a staff Registered Nurse at Lakeside ASC. Denise Albers-Miller ’79 lives in Chadron, Neb. She is a staff Registered Nurse at Chadron Community Hospital.

1980s Patricia (Besche) Thompson ’75 lives in Huron, S.D., and is owner and Barbara (Biesman) Kruml ’80 lives broker of Montgomery Agency Real in Manchester Center, Vt. She is a Estate. public health nurse for the Vermont Department of Health in Rutland, Vt. Robert Tillman ’80 lives in Alexandria, Minn. He retired from Cambridge Medical Center after 25 years and is now doing Locums Anesthesia around the U.S. His wife travels with him. Their three daughters, ages 22-27, live in the Minneapolis area.

1960s Angela (Lammers) Wiebelhaus, ’61 retired after 47 years at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. A special reception was held for her at the hospital. COLLEGE:

Kimberly (Abbott) Bolton ’81 lives in Littleton, Colo. where she is a Nurse Practitioner at the Swedish Medical Center.

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LeAnn Ostendorf C’07 and Andy Mohning, October 20, 2007. Benjamin Van Horn C’02 and Sarah Eckles, May 12, 2007. Blake Van Gilder C’02 and Michelle Godek, July 21, 2007. Stephanie Peters C’04 and James Marquardt, October 13, 2007. Arlis Manzer C’85 and James White, October 19, 2007. Sandra Sayler C’04 and Mike Schenkel, January 12, 2008. Nancy Ommen C’99 and Karl Heldberg, January 26, 2008. Leslie Kappenman C’06 and Mark Ranek C’06, May 30, 2008. Melissa Fullner C’05 and Andrew Marshall C’06, May 31, 2008. Mary Frances Honner C’93 and Dave Bitterman, May 31, 2008.

Update 12

Sister Grace Feldhacker HS’ 42, ’63 is the 2008 recipient of the Hazel Haney Award from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Gayle (Wasser) Rush ’68 and husband Jack live in Philip, S.D. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on February 19, 2008. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

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Theresa (Lampl) Dickinson ’63 lives in Los Lunas, N.M. She helps out in Scott Crouse ’76 lives in Avon, S.D. the classroom where her 9-year-old and is a pharmacist at St. Michael’s adopted daughter, Dianna, is a third Hospital, Tyndall, S.D. grader. Ruth Bryant ’76 lives in St. Paul, Sister Virginia Evard ‘65 was Minn. In 2000, she, in partnership recently elected Prioress of the with another woman, created an Winnipeg, Canada, Benedictine on-line education program for baccalaureate nurses in collaboration Community. with Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minn. The Web WOC Nursing 1970s Education Program deals with wound, John Harris ’72 lives in Sioux ostomy and/or continence care. Falls, S.D. and is owner of Acorn Students work together as a class. Construction. His company specializes Ruth has also edited the 3rd edition of in building universal homes, a special Acute and Chronic Wounds, published by Mosby, 2008. Her husband, Dr. construction for the disabled. Dennis Confer, is Chief Medical John “Mike” ’72 and Pamela Officer at the National Marrow Donor (Stromberg ’73) Furlong live in Program and travels extensively in Canadaigua, N.Y. Mike is an account the U.S. and abroad. They have two manager for Deluxe Corporation and sons, Mike, 15 and Charlie, 11. Pamela is a circulation clerk in the Connie (Grimm) Hilpert ’76 lives in local library. Spring Hill, Fla. and is a Registered Bernie Hunhoff ’74 was awarded a Nurse in NICU at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

Kevin ’81 and Amy (Brady ’91) Lein live in Omaha, Neb. Amy is a Corrections Officer for the State of Nebraska. Kevin works at the College of St. Mary as Athletic Director and Sports Information Director, Basketball Coach, adjunct Professor of Education, and Midlands Collegiate Conference National Administrative Council Representative and Basketball Chair. They have two children, Karter and Kennedy. Keenan Wren ’83 lives in St. Louis, Ill. He is the construction Risk Assessment Specialist for Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, Inc. of St. Louis, MO. Paula Hunke-Davis ’84 lives in Plainview, Neb. She is Director of Respiratory Care and Sleep Lab at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill, Neb. Brian Harvison ’85 lives in Champlin, Minn., and is employed by Barna, Guzy & Steffen, LTD as IT Manager. Mary (Augustine) Westhoff ’87 lives in LeMars, Iowa. She teaches high school math - Algebra II - in the LeMars Community Schools.

Baccalaureate and Commencement recap

Mount Marty hosted a Commencement Ceremony for its 2008 Watertown graduates on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. The ceremony featured a commencement address from Father James Bream, a long-time friend of the college and current priest of Immaculate Conception Church.

More than 60 graduates were presented at Watertown on May 2. In this photo (Left to Right): Dr. Linda Schurmann, Director of the Watertown Campus; Dr. James T. Barry, President of Mount Marty College; Father James Bream, Immaculate Conception Church; Sister Ramona Fallon, Prioress, Mother of God Monastery; and Dr. James C. Foster, VP and Dean for Academic Affairs.

The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain presented the Homily to the students and their families during Baccalaureate, followed by the presentation of academic hoods and honor cords to the graduates. In the photo to the left (Left to Right): Pastor of Sacred Heart, Reverend Mark Lichter; Deacon of the Mass, Reverend Mr. Peter Loving; Presider and Homilist, Most Reverend Paul J. Swain; Mount Marty College President, Dr. James T. Barry; Priest Secretary to the Bishop and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Reverend Justin Wachs. Tony Lazarowicz celebrates with his family following Baccalaureate held May 9 in the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel. In the photo to the right, clockwise and around: Tony Lazarowicz, graduate; father,Tony Lazarowicz; mother, MaryLee; grandfather, Frank; sister, Brittany and sister, Michelle.

On Saturday, May 10, official commencement ceremonies were held for the graduates at 10 a.m. in Laddie E. Cimpl Arena. Leading this year’s graduates in procession were members of the Mount Marty class of 1958. These alumni celebrated their 50th college anniversary in the traditional graduation gown, mortarboard and tassel. Dr. Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges gave the commencement address.

A family affair: Steve Hermanson ‘90 (far right) celebrates with family as the third and fourth Hermanson graduate from Mount Marty, Jeremy Hermanson ‘08 (left of father, Steve) and wife Sophia ‘08 (left of Jeremy), celebrated with a reception in the Cyber Cafe following commencement.

Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters were presented to Howard “Hod” Nielsen and Sister Consuelo Chavez.

The Mount Marty Humanitarian award was presented to the Yankton Area Banquet. Additional awards were presented to graduates during Yankton’s commencement for achievements including: the Walter J. Bigley award to Dmitri Baumgart; Tony Lazarowicz received the Service Award; Chris Filsinger was awarded the Leadership Among Peers Award; Greta Wentzlaff and Javier Murgia each received the Father Owen Award; Cindy Konopasek and Mark VanGerpen received the Benedictine Balance Award; and Cindy Konopasek also received the Spirit of Nursing Award.

Update 13

We are saddened by the loss of the following alumni and staff... Ann Burgad C’61, May 6, 2007. Joyce (Rahn) Pitts, SN’44, June 9, 2007. Donald Neil, former faculty, December 19, 2007. Sister Joseph Ann Stull, OSB, C’58, January 10, 2008.

Our Deepest Sympathy to... Barbara Wilienga C’02 on the death of her mother, Margaret Kooi. Sylvia (Millette) Lynch HS’49 on the death of her husband, Delmar Lynch. Kayleen Deacon HS’58 on the death of her mother, Emma Jorgensen. Rosemary (Potts) Wieseler HS’52 on the death of her husband, Larry Wieseler. Christopher C’99 and Michael C’02 Maxwell on the death of their father, Bruce Maxwell.

Alma (Koenig) Kortan, C’38, January 12, 2008.

Linda Majeres C’73 on the death of her father, Mel Bunkers.

Scott McAreavey C’87, January 23, 2008.

Teresa Tapling C’81 on the death of her mother, Marjorie Hannah.

Ruth Matson, former faculty, January 23, 2008.

Linda Moore C’71 on the death of her mother, Margaret Scharffenberg.

Frank Thieman, former trustee, January 24, 2008. Kathleen (Hough) Verlo C’60, January 26, 2008. Sister Colette Van Heek, OSB, HS’41, SN’46, January 27, 2008. Shaaron Kay (Holmberg) Hand HS’58, C’60, February 8, 2008. Elizabeth (Renfro) O’Neill, HS’48, SN’51, February 10, 2008. Bruce Maxwell, Board of Trustees Member, February 12, 2008. Sister Anita Splonkowski, OSB, C’59, February 29, 2008. Sister Dorothy Janssen, OSB, HS’27, C’37, February 28, 2008. Emma (Grimm) Lawrence HS’43, SN’46, March 5, 2008. Sister Rosemary Ford, OSB, former high school faculty, March 21, 2008. Mary (Falconer) Berg C’49, March 26, 2008. Mary Walton, former faculty, April 2, 2008. Connie (Hausman) Marken, HS’68, April 4, 2008. Sister Kathleen McCarthy, OSB, HS’39, C’62, April 13, 2008 Sister Jolenta Gerszewski, OSB SN’59, C’76, April 24, 2008. Glenice Shevlin HS’45, April 27, 2008. Honore Huse C’47, April 28, 2008. Jean (Murray) Mutchler HS’50, May 2, 2008.

Update 14

Barbara Lee C’88 on the death of her mother, Darlene Bogner.

Joanne Ginsbach C’67, Kathleen Akerman C’72 and Cheryl Prunty C’77 on the death of their mother, Marie Ginsbach. Nick Feyerisen C’84 on the death of his father, Edward Feyerisen. Theresa Walton C’00 on the death of her mother, Mary Walton. Robert Berndt C’90 on the death of his mother, Verna Berndt. Marlene Becker HS’63 on the death of her mother, Lucy Merkel.

Kris Binde C’96 on the death of her father, Merton Gorseth. Brad Christensen C’77 on the death of his father, Edward Christensen. Karen Bierle HS’69 and Larry Mutchler C’76 on the death of their mother, Jean (Murray) Mutchler. Brianna and David Edwards C’04 on the death of their 11 month old son, Lachlan Jon.

Kathleen Gatzemeyer C’71 on the death of her mother, Lalah Hallett.

Ruth (Hasker) Morris HS’56, C’65 on the death of her husband, Russell Morris.

Helen (Knippling) Peterson HS’49 on the death of her daughter, Janet and husband, Wayne Peterson.

Jancice Spielman HS’69 and Tom Rupiper C’71-73 on the death of their father Jerome J. Rupiper.

Peggy (Nicklen) Stambaugh C’80 on the death of her, father Harold Nicklen.

Mary Pat Bierle HS’69 and Timaree Dodd HS’66-69 on the death of their mother Patricia A. Bierle.

Mary (Falconer) Berg C’49 on the death of her husband, Dr. Sterling Berg.

Alumni Notes Debbie Sternhagen ’89 lives in Tyndall, S.D., and is a third grade teacher for the Bon Homme School District. 1990s

Chris ’94 and Sue (Schroeder ’94) Kilpatrick live in Rapid City, S.D. Sue is a Certified Nurse Practioner with a medical clinic and Chris is an accountant with Black Hills Corporation.

Orthopedics. Sara (Wiebelhaus) Norris ’00 lives in Omaha, Neb., and is an Obstetrics Nurse at Lakeside Hospital.

Jennifer Wenande-Everett ’00 lives Jeannie (Groenweg) Delange ’90 Ann Wordekemper ’95 lives in in Kansas City, Mo. She is a Certified lives in Bismack, N.D. She is a Indianola, Iowa. She is a Physician Registered Nurse Anesthetist for Professor at Medcenter One College Assistant for Iowa Health Physicians, Professional Anesthetics, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa. of Nursing. Liberty, Mo. Amy J. Adams ’91 lives in Bellevue, Neb., and is a Respiratory Therapist at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

Renee (Wiechmann) Tereshinski ’97 and husband Matt (‘99) live in Yankton. Renee recently passed her NCC professional certification exam in the category of Inpatient OB.

Melinda (Bordewyk) Vogt ’92 lives in Yankton, S.D., and is a Registered Erin Hodgins ‘97 lives in Cold Nurse at the Avera Yankton Care Springs, Minn. She is a Field Services Representative for the National Center. Sanitation Foundation International. James Cimburek ‘94 has been Her work entails food safety audits selected the Sportswriter of the and inspections throughout the Year by the South Dakota Coaches’ Midwest. Association. James is Sports Editor at Janet (Lamb) Even ’98 lives in the Yankton Press and Dakotan. Watertown, S.D. She is a Rural Cheryl (Maly) Moe ’92 lives in Advocate and Counselor for the Marietta, Ga. She is the Assistant Women’s Resource Center. Office Manager for Life Care Center Ryan Leith ’98 lives in Elko, Nev., of Lawrenceville. and teaches in Independence High Tracy (Oberembt) Gram ’94 lives School. in Freeman, S.D. She is Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Jennifer Ehmke, RD, LMNT, ’99 lives in Lincoln, Neb. She is Operations Sioux Falls, S.D. Manager at Alegent Health Immanuel Raymond Sidelinker ’94 lives in Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. Sioux City, Iowa. He is a Respiratory 2000s Therapist at Mercy Medical Center. Louis DeLuca ’94 lives in La Vista, Neb. He is a self-employed Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Nathan Johnson ’01 recently won the Outstanding Young Journalist Award for 2008 from the South Dakota Newspaper Association. He also took first place in Best Feature Series and second place in Best News Series. He and a fellow reporter won first place in the Best News Story category. Nathan works for the Yankton Press and Dakotan. Jason Wright ’01 lives in Eugene, Ore. He is a Social Service Specialist in Child Welfare for the State of Oregon. Lesta (Seger) Whalen ’01 lives in Durham, N.C. She finished medical school in May 2007, and is now a Resident Physician in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. April (Talsma) Schaeffer ’01 lives in Sheldon, Iowa. She is Marketing Manager for Old Masters, Orange City, Iowa.

BenjaminVanHorn ’02 and wife Marie live in Lincoln, Neb. He is studyJason Nelson ’00 lives in Omaha, ing to be a respiratory therapist and is Neb. He is the Durable Medical a clinical assistant in a local hospital. Equipment Coordinator for Lakeside He expressed his appreciation for the

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Darrick C’99 and Rachel (Duffy C’01)Urbanek, a daughter, Madeline Elizabeth, September 12, 2007.

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Travis and Erin (Glynn ’97) Hodgins, a daughter, Quinn Kathryn, January 5, 2008.

Alumni Notes education received through Mount Jason Lihs ’05 lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and is a Certified Registered Marty. Nurse Anesthetist at Trinity Regional Annie (Thury) Whipkey ’02 lives in Medical Center. Avon, S.D. She is a Registered Nurse at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in John Steele ’05 lives in Tyndall, S.D., and is an Information Technologist Parkston, S.D. Coordinator for St. Michael’s Brooke Drewes-Dozark ’02 lives Hospital/Avera. in Pierre, S.D., and is a Radiologic James T. ’05 and Erin (Zimmerman Technologist at St. Mary’s Hospital. ‘06) Brown live in Yankton, S.D. Tracie Smith ’03 lives in Sioux City, James is a Training Specialist at Iowa. She is a Registered Nurse at St. the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, S.D. and Erin is Luke’s Hospital. a Mental Health Aide at the Brandi Kubat-Snow ’03 lives in Human Services Center in Bremerton, Wash. She is a Special Yankton. Education Teacher in the Central Brenda L. Shriver ‘06 lives Kitsap School District. in Rochester, Minn. She is Autumn (Hamberger) Eaves ’04 a Registered Nurse at Mayo lives in Tabor, S.D. She is a 2nd grade Clinic - St. Mary’s Hospital, teacher in the Scotland Elementary Rochester, Minn. School, Scotland, S.D. Jennifer (Johnson) Reineke Scott Becker ’04 lives in Crofton, ’06 lives in Bloomfield, Neb. He is head teacher at St. Rose of Neb. She is employed as a Radiologic Technologist at Lima School. the Surgi Center of Norfolk, Neb., Laura Schamber ’04 lives in Eureka, and Creighton Area Health Services, S.D. She is a science teacher in the Creighton, Neb. as well as Direct junior and senior high school of the Support Staff at Northstar Services, Bloomfield, Neb. Jennifer is also Eureka School District. self employed as a home interior Scott Raabe ’04 lives in Sioux Falls, decorating consultant. S.D., and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Avera McKennan Dana Bargstadt ’06 lives in Rochester, Minn., and is a Registered Hospital. Nurse at Mayo Clinic. Aaron Johnson ’04 lives in Tea, S.D. and is a Software Installation Alisa Beving ’06 lives in Watertown, Representative for Precision S.D. She is Director of Sales at the Computer Systems, Sioux Falls, S.D. Watertown Event Center.

Casey Buller ‘06 lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a staff Registered Nurse at the Sanford US.D. Medical Center. LeAnn (Ostendorf) Mohning ’07 lives in Beresford, S.D. She is a Registered Nurse at Avera McKenna Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mark Swenson ’07 lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Sanford Health.

Dwaine and Jessica (Cimburek C’00) Pavelka, a son, Brandon John, January 17, 2008, joining Brooke (3) and Mason (14 mos.) Shawn and Jason C’97 Even, twins, a son, Miles Joseph and a daughter, Macy Jaye, February 8, 2008, joining brother, Jack. James and Lauren (Moser C’05) Vaisvilas, a daughter, Jovie Marie, February 11, 2008. Brad and Jackie (Burbach C’03) Steffen, a daughter, Breah Josie, March 7, 2008. Duane C’06 and Karoline (Koester C’03) Dangel, a son, Charles Hunter, April 7, 2008.

Even twins: Miles Joseph

and Macy Jaye

Tributes & Blessings uCelebrate a special occasion = Mother’s Day/Father’s Day = Graduation = First Communion = Birthday or Anniversary uThank a special someone = Teacher = Parent or Grandparent = Mentor/Friend uMemorialize a deceased loved one Printable forms available at: tributes-blessings.pdf

Shawn and James Barnette C’99 on the birth of their son, Samuel James, April 11, 2008, joining sisters Mary and Sarah. Chad and Dana (Wingen C’01) Jodozi, a son, Gage Benett, April 12, 2008. Jeff C’93 and Lisa (Karolevitz C’93) Wolfgram, a daughter, Eden Rose, April 14, 2008, joining Jack (8) and Payton (6). Scott C’94 and Theresa (Heiberger C’99) Swier, a daughter, Katherine Margaret, May 27, 2008, joining Sarah and William.

Update 15

1- Labor D ay Offices Clo sed 5-7 - Alum ni Days!! C lip the schedu le from this ‘n Save issue. 9- Great P lains Write r’s Tour presents B rian Bedard and John Price - 7 p.m. at Marian Au ditorium.


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