2021 Alumni Review

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NDSCS President Dr. John Richman

NDSCS Alumni Foundation Staff Executive Director: Kim Nelson Director of Gift Planning: Yoney Fobb Donor Development Representative: Barb Uhlich Alumni Relations Coordinator: Stephanie Curtis Events Specialist: Denise Miller

2021-2022 NDSCS Alumni Foundation Board of Directors President: Josh Dozak Vice President: Hugh Veit Treasurer: Michelle Nelson* Mark Beyer Jeff Leinen Laurie Christensen Andrew Mauch Stephanie Curtis* Kim Nelson* Stuart Engen* Justin Neppl Yoney Fobb* Mike Neppl Robert Gette Roger Richels Art Grochow Rich Slagle Jeff Hilgemann Dr. John Richman* Linda Hopkins Trudy Tischer Kelly Hubrig Adam Wahler Chris Johnson Margaret Wall Joel Kaczynski Chad Wehri James Kapitan Mike Worner Paige Kjesbo * Ex Officio Megan Kummer

2021 Alumni Review Editors: Kim Nelson, Dr. Jane Vangsness Frisch Designer: Rebecca Truesdell Printer: Knight Printing


Greetings! This past year presented all of us with exceptional challenges and uncertainty. The NDSCS community, along with our friends, alumni, and neighbors, came together demonstrating flexibility and understanding – allowing for innovation. New methods of teaching were adopted, procedures were shifted, and connecting with others became more cherished than ever. As we were reflecting, it was clear that in this Alumni Review we wanted to celebrate and share those innovations with you. These innovations supported our strong outcomes, including: • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, NDSCS graduates continue to be in high-demand with 97% of 2020 graduates continuing their education or finding related employment six months after their graduation.


NDSCS came through this past year stronger because of all of you; thank you for your continued support, it is genuinely appreciated.

Dr. John Richman (‘73) NDSCS President

Kim Nelson Alumni Foundation Executive Director

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The Alumni Review is an official publication of the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation, 800 6th St. N., Wahpeton, ND 58076. It is mailed to NDSCS alumni, friends, business and industry partners, government agencies, educational partners, and legislative leaders. All efforts are made to ensure accuracy of this original publication.


Although there were many positives that came out of this past year, we have also lost countless friends, neighbors, and family members. We cherish the memories and experiences of those we lost, recognizing how they helped shape NDSCS into the strong institution that it is today.

• NDSCS continues to offer more than 80 career options with a robust and affordable college experience; due to the generosity of many of you 69% of our students attended NDSCS tuition-free Fall 2020 through scholarships, grants, and sponsorships.

Phone: 701-671-2247 Email: NDSCS.Alumni@ndscs.edu Website: NDSCSalumni.com Facebook:

• NDSCS is offering three new certificate programs starting Fall 2021: Autonomous Systems Technology (see page 4), Meat Processing (a unique partnership with North Dakota State University), and Information and Communication Technology – Software Coding (a new option at the NDSCS-Fargo location).

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IN THIS ISSUE Career Innovation Center................. 3 Partner Highlight: WCCO Belting..... 4 New Autonomous Systems Technology Program....................... 4 Making a Difference.......................... 5 Alumni Spotlight: Chris Berndt......... 6 Innovative Opportunity..................... 6 Alumni/Foundation Board Members........................................... 7

Alumni/Foundation New Employees........................................ 7 North Dakota Challenge Grant......... 8 DREAMS 2021..................................... 8 Alumni/Foundation Sponsors.......... 9 Gold Sponsor – ComDel.................... 9 2021 Award Winners................. 10-15 2021-2022 Events Calendar............16


Career Innovation Center On July 7, the NDSCS Alumni Foundation along with the many donors, partners, alumni, and friends celebrated the groundbreaking of the Career Workforce Academy Project. This new facility (Opening Fall 2022) will be located at 4230 64th Ave. S. in Fargo, N.D. and will be named the Career Innovation Center (CIC). The NDSCS Alumni Foundation will own the CIC and lease it back to the College. Within the CIC, NDSCS will provide training and academic programming alongside four local school districts: Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, Central Cass School District and Northern Cass School District. This education and training center will provide a central location to facilitate Career Awareness events for elementary students, Career Identification and Preparation (including early-entry College classes) activities for middle and high school students, and training/learning spaces for NDSCS students and trainees.

“The CIC will be focused on helping students explore and understand various career paths in one centralized location.” – President John Richman

workforce training needs for the greater Fargo region. The 56,433 sq. ft. building (which was formally a K-Mart) is currently owned by the NDSCS Alumni Foundation and is leased back to the College – this location will be sold after the Career Innovation Center opens. NDSCS-Fargo has evolved through the years, responding to business and industry needs and learner requests through providing workforce/customized training, offering six academic programs, new American programming, and the collaborative Pathway program with NDSU. Additionally, since opening, NDSCS-Fargo has served various secondary schools through providing dual-credit and high school career and technical education classes.


The concept behind the CIC has been a proven model in various communities; these learning facilities/ concepts have proven to be effective with introducing students to various career paths – by matching their skill sets and interests to high-demand careers. By including incumbent workers, customized training, and new Americans – the CIC is projected to be able to help meet the critical workforce shortage in North Dakota

The Career Innovation Center will include academic programming and training related to: • Construction • Information Technology • Health Sciences • Manufacturing and Engineering • Business/Finance/ Entrepreneurship/Marketing • Arts and Communication • Transportation • Agriculture

and beyond. Through enhancing career awareness in high-demand fields, it is also slated to grow enrollment at both NDSCS locations.


To date the NDSCS Alumni Foundation has raised just over $11 million dollars from generous business, industry, and personal donations. Additionally, more than $9 million was obtained from public entities (e.g. federal grants, local governments).


NDSCS has had an academic and workforce training presence in Fargo since 1998. The ‘Skills and Technology Training Center’, now NDSCS-Fargo, was developed to meet the emerging


To see CIC facility renderings, experience a virtual ‘walk-through’, or to find out more about the donors, visit NDSCS.edu/Groundbreaking.




Partner Highlight: WCCO Belting – Innovation Leaders Editor’s Note: WCCO Belting has been a premier sponsor of NDSCS for many years. Often hiring NDSCS graduates to help them continue their innovative work. Innovation is at the core of everything at Wahpeton-based WCCO Belting. In 1954, Founder, Ed Shorma, opened his first business as a shoe cobbler. Using his sewing experience as a cobbler to repair farm truck seats and tarps, Ed was inspired to manufacture his own cotton swather canvas. In 1969, he established the Wahpeton Canvas Company (WCCO). After a cotton shortage in the 1980s, WCCO repurposed heat-sealing equipment from the kitchen cabinet industry to create a rubber vulcanization press, thus WCCO Belting, as we know it today was born. WCCO continues to engineer rubber products for a growing list of domestic and international equipment manufacturers and distributors. Finding innovative solutions to help customers with their rubber belting product needs, improving existing products, and the development of new products is the primary focus of WCCO.

WCCO serves many industries, agriculture being a very large part of their business. For example, an agriculture equipment manufacturer had issues with belt shrinkage. The customer delivered Mark Beyer, Senior Product Development Engineer at WCCO Belting, Class of 1991 the equipment to show what was to deliver a solution to meet the happening first-hand. In the shortcustomer’s needs. term, the team investigated and generated a new belt design to solve Bringing innovative products to the problem. In the long-term, WCCO market often requires a paradigm continues to further innovate designs shift – and timing is of the essence. and raw materials to provide the As was the case with the trailer global belting industry with superior manufacturer above. WCCO was able product solutions. to get into a new market, utilizing new materials to solve urgent needs. Another example of WCCO’s innovation is the development of a At WCCO Belting, any time a challenge new hot asphalt belt designed for is identified, the goal is to create a a trailer manufacturer. Hot asphalt solution. Innovation drives the work is not a product conducive to being they do to meet customer’s needs. conveyed by rubber belting since It’s part of the fabric of the company, rubber does not like heat or oil. After and the fabric of the belts they several revisions to the rubber and manufacture. fabric, the WCCO team was able

NDSCS’s New Autonomous Systems Technology Program NDSCS is the first in the nation to offer a certificate in Autonomous Systems Technology (AST). This certificate program will provide students hands-on experience and knowledge to build and maintain ground-based autonomous systems. These systems typically operate without human control and are designed to increase efficiency and safety. “Various industries are 4

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starting to utilize these systems, including agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and national defense. This technology is evolving quickly, and we anticipate our graduates will be in high-demand for many years to come.” said AST Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Lonnie Wurst. Starting Fall 2021, students will be able to earn a certificate in AST while

simultaneously working toward a degree or certificate in another NDSCS academic program option. NDSCS anticipates expanding this to a stand-alone program within the next year. Additional information about the program and how to enroll can be found online at NDSCS.edu/AST.


Making a Difference All NDSCS Alumni have unique stories, some continue to inspire us all. One alumnus, Jamil Stamschror-Lott (2005), has gone on to make exceptional positive impacts on his community, while influencing those around him to follow his path to success. Jamil came to NDSCS after spending many of his early years moving frequently with his family. After graduating from Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., he chose to attend NDSCS to further his education and continue his basketball career. As Jamil reflects on his time at NDSCS, he recognizes his success was impacted by the faculty, staff, and coaches that supported him. Former NDSCS Coach Craig Irwin, remembers Jamil as “an athlete with a positive attitude and work ethic that was absolutely incredible.” Jamil also credits being a part of a team that valued dedication, work, and commitment as contributing to his success. While at NDSCS he became involved in the ‘Hometown Heroes’ Community Outreach Project, which was a precursor to what Jamil’s future would hold. After graduating from NDSCS, Jamil continued his basketball and academic career at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisc.), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. His path eventually led him back to the St. Paul Public School system where he worked in behavioral intervention – it was that experience that inspired him to further his education with the

ultimate goal of eradicating the racial disparities he observed. Jamil received his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Augsburg College – his educational background, experience, and dedication enabled him to partner with numerous organizations within the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to bring equity, social justice, and mental health awareness to the forefront. Jamil and his wife, Sara, founded their innovative company, Creative Kuponya, in 2017. The word, Kuponya, is a Swahili term that means ‘to heal’. Their unique practice is designed to provide therapy using an innovative approach derived from art, body movement, and the celebration of culture. After years practicing in numerous therapeutic settings, both Sara and Jamil recognized traditional talk therapy was an excellent healing modality for some, but not all. They learned that to assist in the healing process of some individuals and families, new and exciting work was needed to encourage the brain to shift and make change. Both Jamil and Sara are systemic thinkers and doers, meaning that they do not just focus simply on the individual, but all the components that surround the clients’ lives. They understand and have a unique skillset for systems that “live within” each client. They also give back to the community through various ways. They partner with All Square, a civil rights organization working to bring people

Jamil (‘05) and his spouse, Sarah, live in South Minneapolis with their daughter, Zola.

impacted by the justice system to the table to provide mental health services. Jamil and Sarah collaborate with the Minnesota Private College Council, serving as a mentor to male, African American students. Nationally, only 16% of African American men graduate within 4 years of enrolling in college; however, 90% of those involved with this program and being connected with mentors like Jamil are graduating within 4 years. Jamil credits his time at NDSCS with providing him a solid foundation to help make the impact he is making today through his daily work and service. When we asked Jamil to provide our incoming students with advice, he simply said “show others and yourself grace.” Simple, yet inspiring, words we can all live by.

Are you an Electrical Technology Alumni or graduate of one of the many programs housed in Barnard Hall? Are you a Nursing alumni, LPN or RN? If so, you will be receiving a call from PCI (Publishing Concepts, Inc), a company assisting us in contacting specific groups of alumni as well as gathering stories of time spent at NDSCS/NDSSS. They will be helping us develop a book of your stories. We will feature two programs this time around. Information gathered will help us commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Electrical Technology Program. The anniversary and reunion celebration will be held May 12-13, 2023. All Electrical Technology Alumni, Faculty, and friends are invited to attend the centennial celebration! Details will be shared in the coming months at NDSCSalumni.com. If you have a story, photo, or other piece of history you would like to share, contact us at NDSCS.Alumni@ndscs.edu or 701-671-2247. NDSCSalumni.com



Alumni Spotlight: Chris Berndt Chris Berndt, 2001 NDSCS Precision Machining Technology (PMT) graduate, illustrates what innovation is. Following graduation, Chris worked for Tecton Products, where he was a tool and die maker, became the tooling manager, and then shifted to a Manufacturing Engineering Manager. He also continued his education while working full-time earning a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Chris put his experience and education to work. In 2011, he opened Advanced Machining and Design (AMD) in an old school building in Mooreton, N.D. AMD is a Tool and Die shop providing design, manufacturing, and machining of quality parts for many commercial industries. Chris

and his team work with computerbased design and modeling to produce quality, machined parts with highly skilled detail. In 2015, AMD expanded moving to a new shop in Mooreton, N.D.; and has continued to grow, with one full time and several part-time employees being added over the years. Chris shared that he values the education he received in the NDSCS PMT program, “I learned so much through my hands-on training with great teachers and instructors. It was here [NDSCS] that I learned the core of this industry. I wasn’t always the greatest student-I didn’t always get A’s and B’s. In fact, I probably was a ‘C’ average student, but I took my education seriously.”

Chris Berndt (‘01)

To find out more about ADM visit advancedmachininganddesign.com

Innovative Opportunity Plato once pontificated, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This famous statement was a reality for many NDSCS faculty and staff members when they were faced with a question of how they would effectively teach – from a distance – during COVID-19. The NDSCS Electrical Department took the very difficult situation and turned it into an innovation opportunity. Ivan Maas, Chair of the Electrical Technology Department encouraged his faculty members to identify a way to effectively teach motor control from a distance. Through many discussions and revisions, the “Motor Controls To-Go Unit” was developed. Slade Fitzgerald, Electrical Technology Instructor, first developed an initial design of the motor control, including necessary components it would have and what software was available to control


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it from a distance. Fortunately, they were able to further the costeffectiveness of this innovation utilizing free software. The end product included three-phase motor controls, forward and reversing contactors, relays, push buttons, a variable frequency drive, and a programmable logic controller. And the best part, students were able to operate this control from wherever they were learning from – either from their space in the lab or from a remote location, like their parents’ basement. These units will help students learn various essential electrical skills from basic relays to programming an HMI (Human Machine Interface). Thirty of the Motor Controls To-Go Units were developed by the Spring 2021 Electrical Technology students with help from local business. MDI Industries of Wahpeton fashioned custom backplanes for the boxes; Custom Plastics of Fargo made

the HMI frames and the NDSCS Precision machine tooling logoed the motor spinners. These innovative custom units will be an excellent tool for future learners and be used during recruitment activities with prospective students. They are also an example of the innovation and teamwork that happens daily at NDSCS – ensuring our students are learning no matter the situation.


Alumni/Foundation Board Members The Mission of the Foundation is to support and assist those activities that develop and strengthen NDSCS. An Alumni/ Foundation Board comprised of 18-24 members provides guidance to the Foundation Executive Director and staff. We would like to welcome two new board members, who start their terms in August of 2021. Paige Kjesbo – Currently works as the Ag/Business Banker at American Federal Bank in Wahpeton, N.D. Born and raised in Hallock, Minnesota, Paige earned her BS in Animal Science and Microbiology. Paige appreciates the deep connection and commitment to agriculture in the Red River Valley. Her varied experience in credit analysis, agriculture, animal health and leadership allow Paige to assist her clients in making prime choices for their financial future – helping them propel their businesses forward. Paige and her husband, Colin, reside in Wahpeton, N.D. She serves as a member of Rotary International in WahpetonBreckenridge, allowing her the opportunity to travel to Guatemala and, alongside other Rotarians, assist with building a much-needed school. Rich Slagle – Serves as the Community and Client Development Manager for Moore Engineering, Inc. Rich is responsible for directing the community engagement efforts for the firm, including sponsorships, donations, public relations as well as business development. Rich earned a BS in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He is committed to serving the community and has served on various councils, commissions, and committees while he lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and, more recently, in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Additionally, being a long-time Rotarian, he ascribes personally and professionally to the Rotary Club’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’.

Alumni/Foundation New Employees Yoney Fobb – The NDSCS Alumni Foundation is excited to welcome Yoney Fobb, our new Director of Gift Planning. Yoney, originally form Denver, Colo., is a 2003 NDSCS Business Administration graduate. While a student he played football for the Wildcats and during that time met his wife Renata, a member of the 2003 Wildcat Volleyball team. Following graduation, Yoney continued playing football for East Central Oklahoma then returned to the Wahpeton community to raise his family. Yoney and Renata have four children Jaida, Sienna, Malea, and Camden, and own the local ‘Snap Fitness’. The Fobb’s are very invested in the community and NDSCS. Yoney is responsible for fundraising initiatives and building relationships with donors, employees, and other stakeholders. Through his new position, Yoney enjoys connecting with fellow alums and friends of the college, hearing stories, and sharing his Wildcat Pride. Stephanie Curtis – Stephanie Curtis, Alumni Relations Coordinator, is the newest member of the Alumni Foundation team. She is a 1998 NDSCS graduate and received her bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Mary. Stephanie has been a lifelong resident of Rothsay, Minn. and long-time employee of the Rothsay School District. Stephanie facilitates Homecoming events, coordinates the DREAMS Auction, develops marketing materials, and supports the Foundation in a variety of other ways. Stephanie and her husband, Casey, have three boys, Wyatt, Ethan, and Preston, Ethan is currently attending NDSCS in the HVAC/R Technology program. The entire family enjoys watching and playing sports and many outdoor activities. Stephanie has been enjoying the many opportunities her new role provides to her to connect with the College and broader community.

Rich’s wife, Heather, has roots in the Southern Valley, where her mother was born and raised on a Braaten farm near Barney, N.D. Heather and Rich now own that farm and recount many fond memories there – especially the Thanksgiving holidays.

Would you or your business be interested

They have two children, Hannah and Jimmy, along with two beloved golden retrievers. Together they all enjoy spending time at their cottage on Lake Lizzie near Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Reach out to the NDSCS Alumni Foundation, our staff will assist with the planning process and all logistical details. Call 701-671-2247 or email NDSCS.Alumni@ndscs.edu. To view pictures from alumni events, check out NDSCSalumni.com/Events.

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Scholarship and Program Opportunities The efforts, from you the donor, and the North Dakota Challenge Grant has significantly benefited NDSCS students through scholarships and program equipment improvements over the past eight years. NDSCS Alumni Foundation has been able to raise more than $6.458M, receiving $3.138M in Challenge matching funds. Due to your generous donations and the state of North Dakota matching program, we have grown our scholarship awards to over $830,000 annually. If you are interested in starting an Endowment, please give us a call and we will discuss the options available.

Take Advantage of a North Dakota Tax Credit! Do you pay taxes in North Dakota? Do you have a desire to leave a legacy at NDSCS? Planned gifts by individuals qualify for an income tax credit of 40% for gifts up to a maximum credit of $10,000 per person, $20,000 for a married couple, with any excess unused credit to carry forward 3 years. This tax credit for planned gifts is unique to North Dakota and gives North Dakota residents a remarkable opportunity to make gifts to their preferred charities while receiving significant reductions in their income tax bills. An individual may receive a 40 percent tax credit for contributions of $5,000 or more (lump sum or aggregate in one year) to a qualified North Dakota endowment. If a donor is in the 28 percent federal tax bracket, the tax benefit may look like this: Gift Amount Federal Tax Deduction N.D. Income Tax Credit Net Cost

$5,000 -$1,400 -$2,000 $1,600

$10,000 -$1,680 -$4,000 $4,320

$25,000 -$7,000 -$10,000 $8,000

A “qualified endowment” is defined as a permanent irrevocable fund held by a qualified North Dakota nonprofit organization or a bank/trust company holding the fund on behalf of a qualified nonprofit organization. Please contact Kim Nelson at 701-671-2187, or via email at Kim.J.Nelson@ndscs.edu to learn more about these opportunities. The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation is an eligible charity as a 501(c)3 organization with the mission to “Support and assist those activities that develop and strengthen the North Dakota State College of Science.”


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The 26th Annual NDSCS DREAMS Auction was successful, raising more than $184,000 through both in-person and online bidding/donations – making it the most successful DREAMS auction to date. The DREAMS Auction is the largest fundraiser for the NDSCS Alumni Foundation, with proceeds benefitting a variety of programs, scholarships, and activities of the Foundation. In 2020, when the 25th DREAMS Auction was shifted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it required the NDSCS Alumni Foundation staff to innovate and develop a new way for individuals to participate – no matter their location. This use of technology was added to the modified in-person event this year. Bidders were from near and far – adding to the fun and increasing the connection to all NDSCS supporters. Support through purchases and donations of auction items help positively impact the lives of our NDSCS students. This amazing event was made possible by NDSCS Ambassadors, NDSCS Culinary Arts students and faculty, along with countless donors and volunteers.


Mark your calendars to join us for the 27th Annual DREAMS Auction scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022. Visit our website at NDSCSalumni.com for DREAMS and other event information.

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Thank You

Alumni/Foundation Sponsors EXECUTIVE SPONSORS

Gold Sponsor: ComDel Innovates in 2020 Providing innovative solutions for customers is key to the success of ComDel Innovation (CDI), a contract development and manufacturing company located in Wahpeton, N.D. A dedicated team of employees is focused on fulfilling the company’s vision to, “Commit and deliver innovation and results for our customers”. CDI serves customers in the medical, aerospace, automotive, agriculture and commercial markets.


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How to Become a Foundation Sponsor

A Level of Sponsorship for Everyone Partner with the Foundation and support NDSCS, one of the top two-year colleges in the nation! Sponsorships range from the $1,700 Silver level to an Executive level at $7,500. There are levels in between with exciting benefits for businesses and individuals as you assist us with your financial support.

The CDI team collaborates directly with customers to create the most effective solutions for product performance and manufacturing efficiency. At CDl, the entire process from product concept to manufacturing occurs under one roof. They offer a variety of services including design and engineering analysis, precision machining and tooling, material characterization, injection molding, automation applications, production machining, thread rolling/forming and metal finishing. This allowed CDI to pivot quickly to meet market demands and support their customers with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. The CDI team developed products specifically to help combat COVID-19 including face masks, pressurized hoods for medical personnel in surgical/ hospital care settings, ventilators, and hand sanitizer dispensers. “CDl’s continued growth can be attributed to their relationship with its customers and the commitment and hard work of the CDI employees to serve them”, said Jim Albrecht, President of ComDel. CDI has been a wonderful supporter of NDSCS since its inception. They actively support current students through providing internship experiences and part-time positions, which often results in the hiring of NDSCS graduates. CDI also generously supports the Alumni Foundation and Wildcat Athletics. Check out www.comdelinnovation.com to learn more about this innovative company. NDSCSalumni.com


September 20-25, 2021 Wahpeton, N.D.


Come and enjoy some Homecoming Wildcat Spirit! Join the Alumni and Friends on Friday, September 24. The Homecoming Alumni Social begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Alley located in the Hektner Student Center. A meal and cash bar will be available. The Alumni and Friends Awards and Recognition ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Meet old friends and make new friends. See you there!

HONORING NDSCS ALUMNI ANNIVERSARY CLASSES 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2021

Special Recognition Awards will be presented at the Alumni and Friends Social on Friday, September 24. Please register by mail or online by September 10, 2021.


AmericInn Wahpeton • 701-642-8365 Baymont Inn & Suites Wahpeton • 701-642-5000 Travel Lodge Wahpeton • 701-642-8731 A block of rooms is available under NDSCS Homecoming. Make reservations by September 3, 2021.




We invite all NDSSS/NDSCS Wildcat Singers to come back to campus for Homecoming 2021 to enjoy social events, rehearsals, a banquet and a Wildcat Singers Alumni concert. Visit NDSCSalumni.com for complete details. If you are interested in performing at the Wildcat Singers Alumni Concert contact Bryan Poyzer at Bryan.Poyzer@ndscs.edu.

Pre-order by August 25, 2021 online at


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 3:30 p.m. State of the College Address

Bremer Bank Theatre, Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 6 p.m. NDSCS Wildcat Volleyball vs. Lake Region State College Clair T. Blikre Activities Center

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. NDSCS Bookstore Open

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Caricature Artist

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wild Grounds Café Open

12-1 p.m. Homecoming Pep Rally

Hektner Student Center

1-4 p.m. Wildcat Singers 50 Year Reunion Check-In

Hektner Student Center Lobby

Hektner Student Center

Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center Lobby

Bremer Bank Theatre, Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

11-11:45 a.m. Catbacker Luncheon

1-4 p.m. Homecoming Visitor Campus Tours

Red River Valley Room, Hektner Student Center

Start at Hektner Student Center Customer Service Desk

5:30 p.m. Alumni & Friends Social and Awards

5:30-7 p.m. – Social 7-10 p.m. – Awards The Alley, Hektner Student Center

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 8 a.m. Honoree Breakfast

10 a.m. Homecoming Parade

Red River Valley Room, Hektner Student Center

Downtown Breckenridge/Wahpeton

Prante’s, Wahpeton

Clair T. Blikre Activities Center East Lot

Hektner Student Center

At the Football Game 12 p.m. through halftime (approx. 3 p.m.)

8:30-9:30 a.m. Wildcat Singers 50 Year Reunion Coffee with Former Directors The Wilkin Drink & Eatery, Breckenridge Meet for Parade entry 9:30 a.m.

Past Directors Honored

12-2 p.m. FREE Tailgate Party

8 a.m.-4 p.m. NDSCS Bookstore Open

6-7:30 p.m. Wildcat Singers 50 Year Reunion Banquet

12:30-6 p.m. Wildcat Singers Rehearsal Times by Group Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

2 p.m. NDSCS Wildcat Football vs. Vermillion Community College Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium

6 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Social and Banquet 6 p.m. – Social | 7 p.m. – Banquet The Alley, Hektner Student Center

8 p.m. Wildcat Singers Alumni Reunion Concert

Bremer Bank Theatre, Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

Watch for event updates at NDSCSalumni.com


Register online at NDSCSalumni.com/Homecoming


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FAMILY TRADITION Keller Family Family traditions run deep in the Keller family; the tradition of attending NDSCS is one of them. Louis and Bernice Keller had ten children. Following Bernice’s untimely passing, Louis married Mary Ann. She helped raise the family and passed away in 1985. The patriarch of the Keller family, Louis Keller, was a true innovator. From their machine shop in Rothsay, Minn., Louis and his brother Cyril invented the “Keller SelfPropelled Loader” a compact 3-wheel machine, to clean local turkey barns. In 1958, Louis and Cyril awarded Melroe Manufacturing Inc., of Gwinner, N.D., rights to the patent and joined the company. Together, they would develop the Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader. Eventually, Cyril transitioned to sales, while Louis remained at the factory continuing to design new and improved models of the skid-steer. It is likely that the hands-on nature of Louis’ work and innovative personality influenced his children to attend NDSCS. Through the years, nine of the Keller children earned degrees in seven areas. The NDSCS tradition continued with their children, spouses, and grandchildren attending NDSCS. Marilyn (Keller) Loegering is a 1964 graduate, earning a degree in Secretarial with Industrial drawing/lettering classes. After graduation she went to work for Ulteig Engineering in Fargo, N.D. where she did drafting. In 1965, she married George Loegering, they had two sons and three daughters, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In 1970, Marilyn and George took another of Louis’ patents and started Loegering Mfg., Inc. They produced the first over-the-tire tracks for skid-steers and other wheeled machines – including the innovative bolt-on versatile track system (VTS). They operated this business for 33 years in Casselton, N.D., selling the company in 2004. Marilyn and George are enjoying retirement in Casselton. Their son, Steve, attended NDSCS receiving an associate degree in Machining/Tool & Die in 1986. He now owns SJ Machine in Casselton, where he produces precision parts. Their son-in-law, Loren, earned a Computer Science degree from NDSCS in 1998. Jeanette (Keller) Mathers is a 1967 graduate of the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She was employed for over twenty years as a charge Nurse in a nursing home. She and her husband of 54 years have eight children, 20 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Jeanette commented that her nursing degree was just as beneficial in the home setting as it was in the workplace. Barbara (Keller) Loegering graduated in 1968 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was employed at Dakota and St. Luke’s Hospitals in Fargo, N.D., until 1970. She married Paul Loegering and they had eight children. The couple has 33 living grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Their grandson, Jeremy McIntyre, is currently enrolled in the Electrical Technology program at


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NDSCS. Barbara and Paul reside on their acreage northeast of Moorhead, Minn. Diane (Keller) Carff graduated in 1969 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Diane met her husband, Clarence (Butch), while attending NDSCS. Butch graduated in 1969 from Radio, Television, and Appliance Servicing. She worked at Dakota Hospital in Fargo, N.D., before becoming a Navy wife and stayat-home mom. Butch joined the Navy in 1969, the same year he and Diane were married. After 20 years in the Navy, they retired from the Navy to Pensacola, Fla., where Butch worked as a Remote Service Technician for a bank until retirement. Butch and Diane have five children and 16 grandchildren. Patricia (Keller) German took an evening class in Business Accounting in 1993, the year she and husband Jerry opened the Ridge Ballroom in Breckenridge. They both enjoyed getting to know residents of the Wahpeton and Breckenridge communities through their business. Jerry, from Hankinson, N.D., graduated from NDSCS with an Associate of Arts Degree. Patricia and Jerry reside in Somerset, Wis. They are retired and now run a small Caribbean resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, where they spend winter months. They have eleven children and 37 grandchildren. Mary (Keller) Anderson is a 1975 graduate with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked for a year and a half as a Hygienist, then took 15 years out of the workforce to raise her children. She went back to work as Dental Hygienist in 1991, and still works one day a week for Kline Family Dentistry in Williston, N.D. She is married to Rodney Anderson. He graduated from NDSCS with an Electronics Technology degree. He was selfemployed before going to work for Northwest Communication Cooperative in Ray, N.D., where he has since retired. Rodney and Mary live in Ray, N.D. They have four children, seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Their grandson, Matthew Hanel, is now attending NDSCS working towards a degree in Diesel Technology. Joe Keller graduated with an A.A.S. Degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design in 1977. After graduation he worked at Loegering Mfg. in Casselton, N.D., until 1980. The fall of 1980, he accepted a position as an instructor in the Mechanical Drafting department at NDSCS. During his time at NDSCS from

AWARD WINNERS 1980 through 1989, he completed a one-year Machine Tooling degree and was taking classes toward a Mechanical Engineering degree. In 1989, Joe accepted a job with 3M Data Storage Division in Wahpeton, N.D., and completed his Mechanical Engineering degree while at 3M. This started a 30-year career that went from 3M Wahpeton to Imation Wahpeton (due to the Imation spin off from 3M), then back to 3M Brookings Medical Division in 2006, then to the 3M St. Paul Medical Division from 2010 through 2019. Joe happily retired from 3M in the spring of 2019. In 1982, Joe married Darci Anderson, a 1982 Computer Science graduate, and together they have two children. Justin, lives near Rosco, IL with his wife, Allison and their four children, and Jamie lives in Bremerton, Wash. Dale Keller received his Basic Machinist degree from NDSCS in 1978. He then owned and operated Keller Machine Shop on the family farm until 2001. His wife, Colleen, also attended NDSCS in 2003. She graduated in 2006 with an A.A.S Degree in Office Administration and a certificate in Medical Transcription. They have three sons, two are NDSCS graduates. Their oldest son, Nathan, attended from 2000-2002 earning an A.A.S. in preengineering and then went on to graduate from North Dakota State University (NDSU) as an Agriculture and Bio-Systems Engineer. Their second son, Tyler, attended NDSCS from 2002-


2004 leaving with an A.A.S. degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating; his wife, Mallory, is also an NDSCS graduate with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Brian Keller is a 1983 Computer Programming graduate. He went on to attend NDSU graduating in 1987, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Brian obtained his CPA certificate in 1989, and worked as a public accountant for ten years and then as a Controller for various companies for more than 15 years. Brian has two sons and is currently living in Fargo, N.D., teaching Accounting at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Mark Keller is a 1985 graduate of the Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology program. In 1986, he earned his Pre-Industrial Arts degree at NDSCS. In 1987, Mark joined the United States Air Force and earned his Search and Rescue degree from the Community College Air Force as well as his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, both in 1996. Mark’s wife, Ruth (Underdahl) Keller, is also an NDSCS graduate, earning her Accounting degree in 1986. She currently works as a Systems Analyst for the Municipality of Anchorage. Mark and Ruth live in Eagle River, Alaska. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Vanessa Hackey Kummer Vanessa Hackey Kummer (1974-1976) exemplifies Wildcat excellence –and that is the reason for her selection as the 2021 Alumnus of the Year. Growing up in Litchville, N.D., both her parents, Newell and Eunice (Bohn) Hackey attended NDSCS. While growing up she ran track for the Litchville Trojans, perfecting her form by practicing in her back yard on hurdles her father had built. She was also active as a member of the Women’s Inter-Resident Hall Committee, selected to the “Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges”, and led the 1976 Track team to place in its first national meet. Her outstanding record as a Wildcat was recognized and she was the first woman inducted in to the NDSCS Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. Vanessa has been a strong supporter of NDSCS’s mission, the Alumni Foundation and Athletics since her time as a student. Rachael, her daughter continued the family NDSCS legacy, and was a member of the last Women’s Track team in 2002. Throughout the years, she has also given back to the College through her service on the Foundation Board, hosting events and gatherings, generously donating to various programs, and being a loyal member of the NDSCS Catbackers Club.

Vanessa Hackey Kummer (‘76)

Vanessa has shared her leadership skills and talents with her community through serving on the North Dakota Soybean Growers, the United Soybean Board (USB), and Common Ground N.D. In 2011, she was elected the first women to chair the USB and served as a Director for nine years. In addition, Vanessa and husband, Paul, are the farm leaders of “Farmers Feeding the World,” a Farm Journal Foundation Group. She has also shared her many talents with her local community through volunteering as a 4-H leader, softball coach, and is an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Vanessa and Paul are proud parents to Blaine (Megan) and Rachael. They also have two grandsons, Owen Kummer and Maxwell Schmiedeke – who are hopefully future Wildcats! They still actively farm and live in Colfax, N.D. and enjoy traveling south in the winter.

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Ardeith Juven Richter Ardeith Juven Richter is the 2021 NDSCS Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. For 27 years, Ardeith was an instructor in the Legal Administrative Assistant Program and has continued to be a true NDSCS ambassador. Ardeith’s educational path started in a one-room schoolhouse near Wyndmere, N.D.; then continued when her family moved to Fergus Falls. After high school she attended NDSCS and furthered her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., later earning a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Ardeith Juven returned to NDSSS in 1966 as an instructor – where she would meet Larry, her future husband, who was an instructor in the Accounting Department. When it was time for her two sons, Michael and Jason, to go to college they also attended NDSCS. Throughout the years she positively impacted countless students – and enjoys visiting with former students during Homecoming. Ardeith’s impact stretches beyond NDSCS. As an instructor she was a member of the National Education Association and was asked to speak at their convention in December of 1973 in Atlanta, Ga. Ardeith received the Wahpeton Chamber of Commerce ‘Extra Mile’ award in 1986, a National Award from the American Heart Association, and the N.D. Merit Mother Award from Governor Ed Schafer in 1993. She co-authored and published a book of biographies of the North Dakota American Mothers Association. Ardeith also served on the Bethel Lutheran Church Education Board for many years.

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In retirement she continues to attend many NDSCS events, enjoys quilting, travel, makes delicious Krumkake; and, most of all, loves spending time with her grandsons Radin and Landis. In 2004, after Larry passed away, she established an endowment in his memory at NDSCS that will allow her to also impact the students of the future positively. Ardeith’s dedication and passion for NDSCS is remarkable.

Leslie Shirek Leslie Shirek is being honored with the 2021 Commitment to Excellence Award. She joined NDSCS in 2016 as a Program Outreach Specialist. In her role, she is focused on increasing enrollment in academic programs that are experiencing low enrollment – but are in high-demand by business and industry partners. Her enthusiasm and love for NDSCS are evident when she talks about her time as a Wildcat; a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in Elementary Education she indicates she ‘found her calling’ at NDSCS. Leslie enjoys meeting with prospective students, especially when a student arrives at NDSCS unaware of their career path or interest – then after experiencing all NDSCS has to offer leaves with numerous options and plans to enroll. She explains, “this is what it is all about, showing students what they can achieve in a short time, for a great return on investment.” Leslie also enjoys working with school counselors and teachers in her outreach efforts, showcasing all that NDSCS has to offer inside and outside the classroom. Whether it is updating classrooms and labs, helping to mentor a new faculty member, or reaching out to students, her impact on NDSCS is felt in a variety of ways. Leslie also serves the NDSCS Community on Staff Senate, serving as President for the 20212022 year.

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Leslie is from Warren, Minn.; she currently resides near Barnesville, Minn. with her husband, and two daughters. She also serves on the Barnesville school board and on the Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative board. In her free time, she loves to be outside gardening and running.



Kara Gruenberg Kara Gruenberg is the 2021 recipient of the Wildcat of the Year award. As a longtime member of the Catbacker Club, Kara can often be found cheering on studentathletes and enjoying NDSCS Performing Arts events. Kara shared, “I enjoy supporting the students both in the classroom and on the field, court, or stage. It is especially important for me to be there for those students that are here from a distance. I want them to feel supported by me since their family is far away.” Kara was raised on a farm near Wolverton, Minn.; attended and graduated from Breckenridge High School. She continued her education at Moorhead State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education. Kara reflects that she remembers wanting to be a teacher since 5th Grade, a career path that was influenced by her mother who was a teacher. Following graduation Kara was drawn back home and started her professional teaching career at Breckenridge High School. In October of 1992, she accepted a math tutoring position at NDSCS and quickly fell in love with the Wildcat community and the Wildcat way. Later that year, Kara accepted a full-time teaching role at NDSCS. She credits her success inside the classroom to the many mentors that showed her how to be an effective instructor – but also the importance of creating connections with the students. Kara shared, “everyone works here for the right reason, it’s the personal connections at NDSCS that make a difference and that’s what I love about working here.”

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Kara is a role-model to her students through continuing her learning while also teaching; she has earned two additional degrees from NDSCS. A Technical Studies degree in 2005, and Automatic Manufacturing in 2008. She currently splits her time teaching Technical Algebra and Trigonometry in the Electrical department and teaching Algebra Prep Courses for the Academic Services Center. Kara also just completed her first year serving as the Department Chair for the Academic Services Center.

Tana Erbes Tana Erbes is receiving the 2021 Commitment to Excellence Award. Tana joined NDSCS in 2016, as a Program Outreach Specialist. Through this role she focuses on assisting 18 academic departments with increasing their enrollment. Prior to joining the NDSCS team, Tana worked in healthcare as a Licensed Social Worker. After several years, she began looking for an opportunity outside of healthcare and was a perfect fit for the newly created Program Outreach Specialist position. Tana appreciates the many opportunities she has, to help students find their right path; she brings a positive energy and a desire to share the endless opportunities NDSCS has to offer. Her passion for NDSCS is easily seen and felt through interactions with students, families, and fellow staff members. Tana describes herself as a natural mentor; she volunteers as a mentor for the Science of Leadership program and serves on the Partnering for Success team. She also serves her community through judging 4-H project days and as a member of the Wahpeton/ Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Although Tana is a University of North Dakota graduate, her family is well-connected to NDSCS. Her husband, Doug, is an Alumnus, her daughter Emmy worked at NDSCS, and her son Easton, currently works in the Athletic Department. Her youngest son, Cade, is an Agriculture student at NDSCS.

Tana Erbes

In her off time, Tana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, lake time, cooking, and finding new bike trails. She especially enjoys spending time with her two-year-old grandson, and looking forward to the birth of her second grandchild.





Smith Motors NDSCS is honoring Smith Motors as the 2021 Friend of the College, for their continued support and dedication to the Alumni Foundation. Smith Motors and the Sirek family have been serving the community for more than 60 years. Stan Sirek took ownership of the company in 1975; Joel joined the business in 1986, followed by Jason in 1997. In 2017 the third generation started with Parker joining the family business. Smith Motors prides themselves on a tradition of excellence in customer service and satisfaction. They currently have 35 full time employees and five part-time employees (including two NDSCS students). Their dedication to creating a strong community is evident through their nearly 20year history of supporting NDSCS.

Jason Sirek, Stan Sirek, Joel Sirek and Parker Sirek

Joel served on the Alumni Foundation Board for 12 years and currently serves on the Automotive Technology Advisory Board. Jason currently serves on the NDSCS Catbackers board of directors. Smith Motors also generously supports the college financially. They are a Foundation sponsor, a Catbacker sponsor, donate annually to the DREAMS Auction, and provide a vehicle for the annual NDSCS Catbacker Car Raffle every third year. Joel and Jason also enjoy hosting tailgating events for fall and winter sports and can often be found in the stands of NDSCS sporting events.

NDSCS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME 1982 Women’s Track Team The Hall of Fame 1982 Women’s track team embodied success and teamwork. This outstanding team was led by Coach Dee Jensen, and team captains Lisa Beck and Lynette Mauch. Team members included Karen Spandl, GayLynne Lantis, Lacy Henne, Val Miller, Glorianne Whitmore, Sue Singelmann, Melissa Carpenter, Kris Benzie, Kim Michelsen, Brenda Pierce, and Nadine Calloway. The women’s track team dominated their competition, including wining the Sioux Outdoor meet, defeating NCAA Division II teams, NDSU, UND, MSUM, and BSU. Throughout their season, they competed against 15 four-year colleges and 11 junior colleges. Northern State University was the only team to outscore the Wildcats. They placed second in the N.D. All-College Women’s Meet scoring 109 points, just seven-points behind the winner, NDSU. The highlight was bringing home the Region XIII Track and Field Championship. Winning the two-day event, the NDSSS Mile Relay Team, set a record-breaking time of 4:01:68. With this extraordinary time and victory, they brought home a one-point championship. The team also had several individual Region XIII Champions. Karen Spandl in the mile relay, Val Miller in the 100M, 200M, and mile relay, Lynette Mauch in the 800M and mile relay, Lisa Beck in the long jump, 400M, and mile relay, and Kris Benzie in the shot put. Advancing to the national championships in San Angelo, Texas, were Glorianne Whitmore (javelin), Melissa Carpenter (high

1st Row: Lisa Beck, Lynette Mauch, Karen Spandl, Gay Lynne Lantis, Lacey Henne. 2nd Row: Val Moiller, Gorianne Whitmore, Sue Singelmann. 3rd Row: Melissa Carpenter, Coach Dee Jensen, Kris Benzie. 4th Row: Kim Michelsen, Brenda Pierce, Nadine Calloway.

jump), Kris Benzie (shot put, discus, javelin), and Lisa Beck (long jump, 200M, 400M, high jump). Melissa placed 5th in the high jump, with Lisa Beck winning the event, jumping 5’6”. Lisa was the first NDSSS athlete to win both the National Indoor and Outdoor High Jump Championships. As the National Champion of both events, Lisa Beck was named All American First Team of High Jump Indoors and High Jump Outdoors. Melissa Carpenter was named Honorable Mention in the All-American High Jump Outdoors. Lisa and Melissa have both been inducted in the NDSCS Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Marlyn Fredericksen Jaclyn (Sanden) Shultis CLASS OF ‘06 Hall of Fame award winner Jaclyn (Sanden) Shultis, a Wyndmere native, is a 2006 Liberal Arts graduate. During her time as a Wildcat, she was an outstanding outside and right-side hitter on the 2004 and 2005 Volleyball team. Jackie was also a guard on the Wildcat Basketball team from 2004 to 2006. Jackie helped lead the 2005-2006 Volleyball team to a Conference Championship, with a 23-10 record, resulting in her being named the MonDak Conference MVP and was a twotime All-Academic Team Athlete. The 2005-2006 Wildcat basketball team had a 21-10 record, and Jackie was a NJCAA All American Honorable Mention and a second team All-Conference Player. Jackie was not only successful on the court. After graduating from NDSCS, she continued her education at North Dakota State University earning her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and her master’s degree in Counselor Education (K-12). Currently, Jackie serves as the Dean of Students at Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School in Fargo, N.D., and is working toward her North Dakota Principal’s Credential. Jackie and her husband Dan, a 1998 graduate and fellow Hall of Famer, have four children: Carson, Michael, Nicholas, and Emma. When Jackie isn’t working, she enjoys going to the lake with her family, skiing, playing piano, and attending her children’s activities.

Mark Kruse CLASS OF ‘05 Mark Kruse, a member of the 2003-2005 Wildcat Men’s Basketball Team, is a 2021 Hall of Fame honoree. A St. Joseph, Minn. native, he attended St. Cloud Apollo High School. During his two years as a Wildcat, his team’s overall record was 56-12. In the 2003-2004 season, they were Mon-Dak Conference Champions and the NJCAA District RunnerUp. In 2004-2005, they were NJCAA Regional Champions with a berth into the NJCAA National Tournament, where they finished seventh. Individually, Mark was Team Captain, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region, and National Tournament All-Tournament Team in 2005. He led the 2004-2005 team in scoring and was the overall leading scorer at the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, averaging 18.8 points per game. He was also a two-time Mon-Dak Conference All-Academic selection. In 2005, after earning his associate degree in Business Administration, Mark continued his basketball career at Illinois State where he lettered. He later transferred to the University of North Dakota, continuing his basketball career and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business. After graduation from UND, Mark started his career with the Rydell Group, and currently works as the General Sales Manager at Tooele Motor Company. Mark resides in Stansbury Park, Utah, with his wife, Kayla, their daughter, Lyla, and puppy, Skolie. In his free time, he still plays basketball in competitive leagues, enjoys time with his lifelong NDSCS friends, and cheers on the Minnesota Vikings. Mark and Kayla hope to carry on the legacy of basketball with their daughter, Lyla.

Marlyn Fredericksen is a 2021 NDSCS Hall of Fame inductee because of the great impact he had on NDSCS athletics. Marlyn grew up and attended high school in Bonsteel, S.D. As a multisport athlete he led his high school basketball team to many regional titles. During his senior year, Marlyn was named a “Mr. Basketball” finalist in South Dakota. Following high school, he played football and basketball at Southern State Teachers College. During that time, he was a part of the 1959 football team that won the SDIC title and the 1962 SDIC basketball team that advanced to play in the National Tournament. After graduating in 1962 with an education degree, Marlyn taught and coached in Chamberlain, S.D., until moving to Wahpeton. In 1968, Marlyn began teaching math classes at NDSSS while coaching football as an assistant under Al Grage. From 1968 to 1972 the NDSSS football teams successfully finished at the top of the NDCAC every year. During that time, the NDCAC was comprised of six schools, five of which were four-year schools, with NDSSS being the only two-year college. In 1970, Marlyn also started coaching Basketball under Head Coach Don Engen. They were also extremely successful in the NDCAC. Marlyn continued coaching both football and basketball until 1976, when he was promoted as the Director of Placement of NDSCS, a position he retired from in 2002. Marlyn and his wife Joan still make their home outside of Wahpeton. They have raised horses for more than 30 years. During retirement they both enjoy attending auction sales and collecting unique hammers. Additionally, they are still avid Wildcat fans - attending as many NDSCS Football and Basketball games as possible. Marlyn and Joan have two children, Nancy and Chad, who are both graduates of NDSCS.



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