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Our students thrive in a setting thatâ€™s focused entirely on their individual goals in life, and they strive every day to become true citizens of the world, using their knowledge and talents to enhance lives everywhere. Service, volunteerism, and giving back to the greater good permeates our campus culture. Whether itâ€™s tutoring kids in the Boys & Girls Club, building homes through Habitat for Humanity, or putting on free health clinics, learning here is elevated by our service to society and the way we connect on a human level.
the world needs more saints!
3 | 2016 Grads
18 | Saints like these...
9 | Athletics Year in Review
27 | Triplets
13 | Forever Saints
31 | Answering the Call
15 | Boston Marathon
35 | Worldâ€™s Newest Saints
Take a look at the class of 2016
Sport highlights from the 2015-2016 PC sports seasons
Remembering Cameron Isreal and Terry Strong
Two PC students race towards their Boston Marathon goals
PC alumni making the world a better place one saint at a time
3 sisters team up to achieve health and wellness goals
Dr. Albl named volunteer firefighter of the year
New additions to the PC family
Administration Dr. Margaret A. Huber President Dr. Michelle Metzinger Vice President for Academics Cynthia Whitney Vice President for Advancement Mike Mattison Vice President for Enrollment Cathy Hall Vice President for Finance Bob Schuchardt Vice President for Student Services Sr. Pam Donelan Executive Director of Mission
Advancement Staff Message from the President 2016 Graduates Nursing Pinning Hats Off to Our Graduates Athletics Year in Review Forever Saints - Cam & Terry Racing Towards the Boston Marathon New ‘Voice’ of the Saints The World Needs More Saints Like... Alumni Spotlights San Antonio Trip Triplets Fitness Irish Connection Answering the Call Biology Graduates - Student Testimonials World’s Newest Saints Noteworthy News
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Tim Beckham Director of Marketing & Public Relations Teresa Garofalo Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Engagement Jennifer Erickson Graphic Designer Lori Herron Administrative Coordinator Andrew Hansen Advertising & Marketing Coordinator Compass Magazine is published once each year by the Presentation College Advancement Office. Please direct correspondence about this publication to Presentation College, attention, Advancement Office, 1500 North Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401. Readers may also reach the editorial staff by sending an email to timothy.beckham@ presentation.edu. The opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the college. Editor’s Note: Alumni and friends who wish to submit news may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. JPEG images are also welcome. Submissions will be edited for content and clarity, and we will only publish as many submissions as space will allow. All submissions received give Presentation College permission to edit and publish your information in college publications, including the college website.
From the President
CELEBRATING 65 YEARS
Dear alumni and friends, Summer has finally arrived, and Presentation College is pleased to have graduated another class of outstanding students as we celebrate Presentation College’s 65th year in higher education. I am very excited about the direction we are headed. In the past 12 months alone, Presentation College has completed a Higher Learning Commission self-study and has been awarded the maximum 10 years of accreditation through HLC. Our Nursing Program has become dually accredited, adding the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to our longstanding accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Additionally, our Athletic Training Program received notification from its accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), that we have been awarded accreditation for this exciting new program. We take pride in developing each student into a Saint! Maybe not in the traditional sense, but in PC’s unique and special way. So what does it mean to become a PC Saint? Well, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of looking at the world and wanting to leave it a better place, it’s the development of the whole person, and it’s our service learning. This year alone, our students, completed nearly 2,000 hours, or the equivalent of 11 months of work, in service learning projects. These projects are much more than just volunteer hours. They are projects that require thought, planning, caring and reflection. We feel these projects are very beneficial in the type of education students receive at PC, and provide the foundation for our development of the whole person. Our students are truly making the world a better place one Saint at a time. In the following pages you will read stories and see photos of how our students achieved these numbers. You will get a look at some of the successes our students, alumni, faculty and staff have achieved this year both personally and professionally. You will read about how our Athletic teams performed in their arenas, and what plans we have in store for the future of PC. But most importantly you will see why there has never been a better time to be a Saint! Enjoy and God Bless,
Margaret A. Huber, PhD
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2016 Graduates Abdirahman Farah Adam McFarland Addisalem Mengistu Adesola Samuel Alecia Nelson Aletor Arebojie III Alexandra Ringnell Alexa Volesky Alexis Lloyd Allen Reed Allison Hanson Amanda Heger Amanda Heig Amber Holtz Anthony Bricker Anthony Hendricks, Jr. Ashley Dickens Brenda Botzenhart Brent Plumski Brianna Linder Brittany Vetter Brittney Gleason Brooke Sandberg Carlee McCoy Christian Wienhoff Christopher Helms Cole Lewandowski Corrie Smith-Dennis Courtney Fritz Courtney Kennedy Dana Fredricksen Daniel Scott Daniel Severson Derek Buth Deseya Admassu
Dillon Wasko Drew Sanders Elissa Cooper Emily Delaney Emily Hogg Erica Bender Erica Michel Fadilah Abdullahi Farhiya Ahmed Garret Fraser Gemechu Anderson Geri Swenstad Hayden Zenner Hayley Bauer Hayley Hornick Ian Rozumalski Jacquelyn Slater Jason Goebel Jaycee Herman Jenna Rose Jeremy Comer John Giove II Kali Koch Kara Baus Kari Nicholson Karly Fuhrman Kassidy Rauch Katalja Harrington Katherine Reich Kathryn Johnson Kelley McElhenney-Hayes Kelsy Freed Kenzie Stueber Kimberly Helm Kirby Kragenbring
Klarissa Ayala Kristin Wiechers Kyle Blum Leyla Jimale Lindsay Hughes Lindsey Bontjes Lindsy Lloyd Lori Funk Louis Cox III Brady Furhman Maggi Siegler Maya Patel Mekibib Hirpo Melanie Tollefson Micheala Geffre Michelle Rivero Odeen Rowe-Williams Paige Baade Rachel Wheeler Rebecca Dressen Ruth Samson Samantha Daniels Samuel Desai Sarah Hendricks Senait Dejenie Shelby Fanton Shukri Osman Skyler Shearer Stacie Berg-Gerhardt Stephanie Palanuk Tharu Debesai Tony Hofman Trevor Flemmer Wosenyelesh Kinfu
MEET THE WORLD’S
PC’s newest Nurses received their pins at the 2016 Professional Pinning and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 13th in the Strode Center.
The traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony has been a standard practice at Nursing schools in the United States since the early 1900s. At Presentation College, our ceremony includes a Blessing of the Hands, the official “pinning,” and the Nightingale Pledge. Families, faculty, staff and PC Alumni are invited to share in this meaningful ceremony each year, welcoming the new Nurses into the PC Nursing Community.
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ATHLETICS YEAR IN REVIEW by Tom Nachtigal
FOOTBALL - The Presentation College football team ended the 2015 campaign with a 4-6 record and a 7th place finish within the North Star Athletic Conference. The Saints started the season strong with a hard fought 23 to 14 victory over Briar Cliff University. The team followed up that win with a dominating 48 to 7 performance to top Trinity Bible College to push their record to 2-0 on the season. The Saints hit a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the season, winning one of their next seven games. However, the halos were able to grab their fourth win of the year as they hammered Trinity Bible College again, this time to the tune of 67 to 32. After the conclusion of the season, three Saints were voted onto the North Star All-Conference team. Running back Hayden Zenner (1,041 yards rushing, 2nd most in the conference) and wide receiver Jerome Mayfield (656 yards receiving, 4th most in the conference) were each named to the All-Conference first team and offensive lineman Blake Olson was rewarded for his hard work by being selected to the All-Conference second team. Saints tight end Cole Adams, defensive lineman Jeff Branch, wide receiver Anthony Bricker and defensive back Jordan Taylor all received All-Conference Honorable Mention.
BASEBALL - The Presentation College baseball team totaled 14 wins and had 37 losses, with highlight victories over 1st ranked Bellevue University and 3rd ranked Dakota State University. Infielder, Jesse Spangler represented the Saints as an All-Conference second team selection and fellow infielders, Drew Sanders and Tony Hofman earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
MEN’S SOCCER - The men’s soccer team represented the Saints well on the pitch this season. The team fought hard in every game and ended the year with a 5-13-1 record. Presentation played Viterbo in the first round of the conference tournament. Both teams played so well that penalty kicks had to decide the outcome of the match, but the Saints fell just short by a count of 3 to 5. Midfielder, David Barragan’s strong play on the field earned him second team All-Conference honors.
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MEN’S BASKETBALL - The Saints men’s basketball team tallied a record of 12-15 in the 2015-16 regular season. Their highlight victories this past season came against NCAA division II opponents Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Although these were exhibition games, BHSU and Mines are two very good division II teams and the Saints were able to dispose of them on consecutive nights. Once it came time for conference season, the basketball team found out that the North Star boasts a lot of good teams and getting a win against anybody is difficult. Presentation College was able to win its final game of the season in overtime against Valley City State University to bring the green and gold’s conference record to 4-11. At this point, every coach had to vote between Presentation and Viterbo University for which one would make it to the conference tournament. The reason for this was that Viterbo is in Wisconsin so they were only able to play half as many conference games as the Saints. Presentation lost the vote by a count of 4 to 5. Although the Saints missed the post season, guard Donnell Minton played his way on to the All-Conference first team for Presentation. Minton ended the year with a scoring average of 24.30 points per game, which was the best in the conference and the 5th highest in the country.
Lucas Bruns / Alumni Spotlight Lucas Bruns, a 2010 Business grad and former PC basketball player, visited the Business club to talk about his job as a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual. He outlined some of the employment possibilities that graduates have after earning PC business degree. Bruns also touched on the topics of financial literacy and the importance of internships as part of the learning process in college. Also this year, Northwestern Mutual provided a $500 scholarship to a PC student who competed in a halftime contest at a basketball game in January. Bruns is pictured here with members of the Northwestern Mutual team, and the lucky scholarship winner, PC student Abigail Wahl!
ATHLETICS YEAR IN REVIEW
SOFTBALL - The 2015-16 season was full of many ups and downs for the Presentation College softball team. This past season, the softball team won 8 of their first 9 games but a few weeks later they lost 13 straight games only to then turn around and win 10 of their next 12 contests. This up and down flow to the season led the Saints to a 24-29 record and a fifth seed in the conference tournament. In the first round of the tournament, the Saints beat the 4th seeded Bellevue Bruins in one of the most dramatic games in school history. Bellevue had a player on second base with 1 out in the final inning of the game. The batter hit a single into the right center gap and the Bruins thought they had tied the game. However, the outfield quickly got the ball into the infield, where second basemen, Amber Ewert caught the ball, turned and fired it home. The ball reached home plate just in time for catcher, Jacque Trost to apply the game saving tag to the base runner. The next batter fouled out to the third basemen and the Saints escaped with a 1-0 victory. Even though Presentation was unable to advance any further after that game, they did get three players on to the All-Conference team. Infielder Shelby Anderson, pitcher Kayla Reynolds and outfielder Haylee Hemmert all earned second team All-Conference selections.
WOMENâ€™S BASKETBALL - PC Womenâ€™s basketball battled it out with some tough opponents this past season, scoring a number of hard-won victories on the court. Head Coach Eric Nelson is looking forward to the coming season, with most of his starting players returning for another year on a strengthened squad, always working hard to improve its numbers. In the 2015-2016 season, the team ranked number 12 in NAIA Division II for 3-point field goal percentage.
VOLLEYBALL - The volleyball team may have finished the season with a 14-19 record, but if you watched the matches you would know that team is much better than their record indicates. There were many close contests and exciting moments throughout the season, but none were more exciting than the first round of the conference tournament. The Saints battled Dickinson State University in Aberdeen and it was a great match. Presentation proved to be just a little better than their counterparts and was able to snare the final set to secure the victory. Leading the way for the Saints this year was outside hitter Taylor Orhn and Libero Kaitlyn Boesl. Their fantastic play this year earned each of them a spot on the All-Conference second team. 11 | PRESENTATION COLLEGE
WOMEN’S SOCCER - The 2015 season saw the Saints women’s soccer team more than double their wins from the previous year. In 2014 they had 4 victories and this past season they shot all the way up to 9 wins and finished third in the conference. As a team, Presentation played so well this year that they were able to get more than half of their starting lineup on to the All-Conference team. Goalkeeper Allison Johnston was the lone first team All-Conference performer while defenders Bobbye Pendleton, Jessica Weber and Alexis Nelson along with middle fielders Brittney Cusick and Kaleigh Dwinell all earned second team All-Conference honors.
Haley Froelich Scores
On the Saints’ home court in the Strode Center in February, Women’s Basketball Coach Eric Nelson presented a basketball to College junior Haley Froelich – the ball used to score her 1,000th career point with the PC SAINTS. This big moment happened just halfway through the basketball season! Despite a serious knee injury that caused her to miss the final three games of the season, Froelich also earned a spot on the North Star Athletic Association’s AllConference first team. Froeclich led the conference and the nation in scoring with 24.9 points per game. She also ranked 10th in the nation in total scoring, and 23rd in field goal percentage. Froelich was also named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, becoming the first member of the Presentation College women’s basketball team to earn Honorable Mention All-American status in back-toback seasons, having made the squad last year as well.
FOREVER SA by Teresa Garofalo
n November of 2015, the Presentation College community came together for the IsrealStrong Classic, a basketball tournament in the Strode Center. The tournament was named in memory of two PC basketball players whose lives were tragically cut short.
On the afternoon of June 5th, 2015, a vehicle accident near Valentine, Nebraska claimed the lives of Cameron Alexander Isreal and Terry Cornell Strong. Cam, #10, a business management major from Arizona, was looking forward to his senior year with the team. Terry, #12, who came to PC from California, had received his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies just a few weeks before the accident. On the first night of the memorial tournament, the crowd filling every seat in the Strode Center included friends, fans, and members of the Isreal and Strong families. Sports Information Director Robb Garofalo read the following: “Cam and Terry were vibrant young men whose lives ended much too soon. As a community, we take comfort in the fact that they enjoyed their time here; often seen smiling, laughing and talking with friends, enjoying music and activities. Most of all, we know they enjoyed being part of a team and playing the game that they loved. They are gone, but they will never be forgotten. The PC basketball team has decided that #10 and #12 will always be Cam and Terry’s numbers. Tonight, we will officially ‘retire’ their jerseys.” Head basketball Coach Jeremy Reigle and his players then unveiled the jerseys, which were installed in the lobby of the Strode, where they will remain on permanent display as a special remembrance of two outstanding PC athletes.
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RACING TOWARDS THE
BOSTON MARATHON by Teresa Garofalo
Two PC students are training for a prestigious and exclusive race: the Boston Marathon. In the fall of 2015, International student Mackenzie Burgoyne, of Brunswick, Australia, set his eyes on an impressive goal: qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Along with another PC student, Allison Johnston of Houston, TX, Burgoyne trained intensively for several months before entering the River Rat Marathon in Yankton, SD. In addition to conditioning and workouts with the Saints soccer team, Burgoyne ran 70+ miles per week in order to prepare for the event in late April. The Yankton event is a marathon that is an official, qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
Johnston made an impressive showing as well, finishing third in the women’s division at the River Rat marathon with a time of 3 hours, 56 minutes. The cutoff time for women to qualify for the Boston Marathon is 3:35, and Johnston continues to train as she plans another attempt in the coming months as well.
“It was an opportunity to show everybody exactly what I’m made of and how far I’m willing to go in order to succeed.” -Mackenzie
The men’s cutoff time to qualify for the Boston Marathon is 3 hours and 5 minutes or less. But the course has hills, and the runners raced into a strong wind blowing that day. Burgoyne was also recovering from a calf injury not long before the race. Despite those challenges, Burgoyne won the men’s division of the race, with an impressive first-place finish at 3 hours, 14 minutes, and 5 seconds! Although
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that time missed the cutoff, he’s not letting the setback slow him down in his race toward his dream. Burgoyne is home in Australia this summer, training for an event in Geraldton, in early July – an event that is also a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
When asked why he decided to train for one of the world’s biggest foot races, Burgoyne said that he enjoys doing Burgoyne things that push him past his previous limits. “It was an opportunity to show everybody exactly what I’m made of and how far I’m willing to go in order to succeed.” Mackenzie Burgoyne will begin his junior year in PC’s Exercise Science program in the Fall. Allison Johnston will begin her senior year as a Biology & Exercise Science major. She is also studying for an Associates’ degree in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. Both student-athletes play soccer for the Presentation College Saints.
PHOTO COURTESY: The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
NEW ‘VOICE’ OF THE
Presentation College is excited to announce that Hub City Radio will be the new home for Saints Athletics, meaning Hub City Radio will be the new “voice” of the Saints and provide color and play-by-play for Saints Athletics games. “We are very happy to be on Hub City Radio,” said Greg Heier, PC Athletic Director. “This partnership will not only provide our athletic department with new and exciting opportunities, it will also make us part of a proud tradition of sports broadcasting.” Hub City Radio’s David Tukesbrey, will be the ’voice’ of the Saints and provide play-by-play for Saints Athletics.
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The World Needs More Saints ...
Like These PC Students & Alumni! by Teresa Garofalo
Presentation College’s Mission, and emphasis on service, inspires our students to go forth and make a difference in the world, after graduation! Many of our alumni, with degrees and certifications in Nursing and other Allied Health fields, are employed at hospitals, clinics, and medical centers all over the country – improving and saving lives from coast to coast. PC grads from other areas, including education, to social work, psychology and more – are also working to make a difference in the world! Here are the stories of four “real life” PC SAINTS…
Alex Lunneborg selected from across the United States, to participate in This past school year, PC student Alex Lunneborg the program in 2015. After completing the prestigious wasn’t just balancing classwork, baseball practice and program, which involves a summer internship and his work-study job with the PC Athletic Department. leadership academy in Washington, In his spare time, he was also DC, Lunneborg returned to campus working to save lives! Lunneborg, "Organizing these blood with the plan for his two blood drives. a Radiologic Technology major, drives would not have Lunneborg says PC’s culture of organized two blood drives on been possible without the PC’s Aberdeen campus during the service helped the drives succeed. support from Presentation "Organizing these blood drives would Spring semester. Students, faculty, College, and the great city of not have been possible without the staff, coaches and members of the Aberdeen. The willingness to support from Presentation College, community rolled up their sleeves donate blood in order to help and the great city of Aberdeen. to donate blood at the Strode others in need really sheds The willingness to donate blood in Center. The goal was to receive light on our mission here at order to help others in need really 60 units but the final number Presentation College.” exceeded expectation, with a total sheds light on our mission here at -Alex Lunneborg Presentation College.” of 70 units collected—enough to Lunneborg, originally from potentially help more than 100 Wahpeton, ND, will begin his senior patients. year at PC in Fall 2016. He’s on the President’s list with a The project began with a special honor from the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. 4.0 GPA and has been named to the North Star Athletic Association All-Academic Team. Lunneborg was one of only 12 student-athletes, 19 | PRESENTATION COLLEGE
Paula Beckler Staff Sergeant Paula Beckler, (PC Class of 1997, General Studies & Medical Lab Tech), will retire July 15, 2016 after more than a quarter century of military service. SSG Beckler joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1991 at the age of 17, attending Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Lee, VA. She earned her degrees from PC in 1997, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from Northern State University two years later. Beckler is currently studying for a Nursing degree through the American Military University. SSG Beckler’s 25 year military career included deployments in Germany, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Iraq and Kuwait. She served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004. In addition to her military service, Beckler works in her local community to save lives and property through her employment with the Aberdeen Ambulance Service as a paramedic, and as a volunteer firefighter with the Aberdeen Rural Fire Department. SSG Beckler says she found similarities between the Guard, and PC: “One thing I realized when I was at PC, it seemed like we were family, and it is the same on a Guard Unit, especially when we were deployed. I still keep in touch with many of my PC family.”
Laura Juve aura Juve graduated from Presentation College with her certification in Surgical Technology in 1988. Since that time, she has worked in South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota… “scrubbing” for a variety of surgical procedures that cover almost every branch of medical service, excluding neurology. Laura is currently employed at M Health (formerly the University of Minnesota Medical Center), where she has worked for the past 15 years. Laura says: “I love the challenges at a University setting, working with oncology specialists and solid organ transplants, but my true passion is the cardiovascular/ thoracic team that I have been with for the past 10 years. We operate in cuttingedge cases, including minimally invasive techniques and robotics.”
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atthew Stoebner’s career path took a turn he didn’t expect when he first enrolled at Presentation College to major in Biology. Matt did earn his Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2013, but during his time at PC, psychology classes ignited his curiosity. Combined with PC’s emphasis on volunteer service, a new-found passion for psychology ultimately inspired Matt’s desire to work in a field where he could truly make a difference in the lives of others. After graduation, Matt sought opportunities working
with special needs students at a local agency and in Aberdeen public schools. At the same time, he pursued a Master’s in Psychology. Currently, Matt is working with foster children – mostly teenagers – as a residential counselor at the New Beginnings Group Home. He also works with children of all ages at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Matt says his study at PC “opened my eyes to things I never thought about before. It really made me realize that I wanted to be in a profession where I could help people.”
BLACK WHITE BALL
SAVE THE DATE February 25, 2017
An Evening in the French Quarter
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Alumni Spotlights Marcus Robinson PC alum Marcus Robinson (Health & Wellness, 2006) is no stranger to the basketball court at the Strode Center, where he played ball for the PC Saints. He had occasion to return to his former home court twice in the past year – once, to have portraits taken on the day of his wedding, and once to speak with a group of young students participating in the Upward Bound Program. Marcus’ wife, Hillary Robinson, is the Assistant Director of Upward Bound at NSU in Aberdeen. As part of the 6-week program, a group of more than 50 teens visited Presentation College to tour the campus and learn more about what PC has to offer. During their visit, they gathered in the bleachers at Strode to hear Marcus talk about his personal experience as a first-generation college student, studying and playing basketball at a college far from his home in Texas. He shared advice and lessons he learned about being a college athlete, and the importance of a good education for future success. Marcus currently works as a therapist at the Behavior Care Specialist Learning Center while he pursues a Master’s Degree in Sports Performance and Leadership. Marcus Robinson married Hillary Winter on October 9, 2015. The couple brought their bridesmaids and groomsmen to the Strode Center to have potraits taken on the day of the ceremony. Marcus said playing college basketball was an important part of his life. He wanted to bring his bride to the place he played, because of the good memories made on the court during his college years.
Theresa Brooke During the 2015-2016 academic year, Theresa Brooke, a 2009 Biology and Chemistry grad, visited with the Biology club about the career path of occupational therapy. She answered questions about her field of work.
San Antonio Service Learning
Part of our Mission at PC by Andrew Hansen
ervice learning at Presentation College has always been a cornerstone of the school. It goes all the way back to the founding Sisters and their work with countless people around the world. Now, each year students are getting more and more opportunities to be a part of life changing experiences that will help them to learn and grow as people. This academic year alone, 232 Presentation College students completed 1,856 hours of community service learning projects. That’s the equivalent of 11 months of work. Of the 1,856 hours, 1,000 were completed right in the Aberdeen area. This year students had the chance to go to San Antonio to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity during Spring Break. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a place to live, and their mission, to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes. This makes a perfect fit between Presentation College and the nonprofit organization.
“During our downtime we also were able to tour different parts of San Antonio. We saw the Alamo, a Japanese Tea Garden, the Riverwalk, and several other places around the city,” said Macey Klages, a Radiologic Technology Major from Miller, South Dakota.
“My experience was amazing. I went into the trip knowing very little about Habitat for Humanity. Once I started to work and getting to know people I learned so much more. I heard great stories from the other volunteers.”
“My experience was amazing. I went into the trip knowing very little about Habitat for Humanity. Once I started to work and getting to know people I learned so much more. I heard great stories from the other volunteers,” said Carolina Valencia, a social work major for Presentation.
- Carolina Valencia
When they got to Texas it was to help build housing for lowincome families who would otherwise not be able to afford a home on their own. The person that coordinated and attended the mission trip this Spring Break was DJ Mounga, the Director of Student Life here on campus. “It was a great experience to see PC students come together for a common cause and to give of their time selflessly to help others in need. It was challenging and allowed us as individuals and a team to reflect on what is happening outside of our own communities. It inspired each of us to ask the question, ‘what more can I do?’” said Mounga.
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Not only did the students from Presentation help Habitat for Humanity, but they also got to meet other volunteer groups from around the United States. Sharing stories, and common interests. The group also got to explore a little bit of San Antonio when they got there.
about before,” said Klages.
Overall the San Antonio Volunteer trip turned into a very meaningful time for everyone and some even got to meet people applying for homes. “I got the chance to talk to one of the guys who was working his volunteer hours in order to apply for a home. It was interesting to hear his story and everything that he has overcome to get to where he is today. Although we were there to help others, I believe we were also helping ourselves as well. After this experience, I feel like I have changed a lot because I was able to see a different perspective on things that I have never really thought
When arriving in San Antonio one way or another students got a different viewpoint of communities joining together. Those learning experiences are things that cannot be taught in a classroom alone. Part of Presentation College’s mission is to educate the whole person, and because of this mission “service learning” has become a huge part of life here on campus. Going on trips like the San Antonio one has changed the perspective of many students, professors, and volunteers around the United States. These types of learning experiences are what push communities together and overall strengthen who we are as people. Groups like this, now and in the future, truly define what it means to be a Presentation College Saint.
how long has it been since you have been on campus?
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Triplet Fitness by Teresa Garofalo
“Everyone needs a best friend … luckily, we have two!” Triplets Heather (Bourdon) Russell, Jennifer (Bourdon) Gruenwald, and Kimberly (Bourdon) Koopman have always done a lot of things together, and that included their PC education. The three sisters came to Aberdeen, SD from Canada, together, enrolled together, studied together… and they graduated together in 2007. Each of the three received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness (magna cum laude, with a minor in Sports Wellness) as well as an Associate’s Degrees in Religious Studies (high honor). Talk about a triple threat: the three women also played three sports at PC: basketball, volleyball and softball! All three are now married and living in separate cities, but they’re still working together as a team to pursue their life goals, which include competing in Fitness Competitions, in the Figure category. The preparation for each competition includes weeks of intense physical training, and strict dietary guidelines. The sisters support each other as they design their workouts – while balancing the demands of life, fitness competitions, work and family! The triplets’ interest in exercise and fitness training began at a young age. Their brother, Chris, helped them begin to do workouts at home on their father’s weight bench. Throughout their school years, the girls participated in high school sports – “Every sport our small school had, along with sports outside of school,” Kimberly says. All three credit the support of their parents, and each other, for helping them stay focused, work hard, and stay positive. Once at Presentation College, Heather, Jennifer and Kimberly say there were two staff members who really influenced the course of their future in fitness. One was instructor Nikki Wright, who helped give them a new perspective on wellness through the course of their classes. The other was Coach Raftyn Birath Rignell. The triplets remember their Coach’s advice, which echoed the advice they’d received from their parents all their lives: supporting one another and the team would help each of them achieve more. Kimberly says the coaches at PC “gave us a willing spirit, to go for our dreams.” After their time in college was over, and the sisters were no longer participating in competitive sports, they continued to work out as a way to stay healthy and active. When Kimberly suggested entering a Fitness competition in the Figure category, she told Heather and Jennifer she was going to try it “with or without” them! Heather says, that was enough to convince the other two: “We were too competitive not to do it! What we found was that it connected us on a similar level to our college athletics. It brought us together, and gave us a goal to achieve together.” Jennifer says when one sister experiences a setback in training, “Knowing the other two are succeeding and getting it done, helps us to get back on track.” Being able to compete together at this stage in their lives, and following the same training programs, despite living hundreds of miles apart, has been “our opportunity to stay connected, Heather says. “We make one another better,” Jennifer says. And Kimberly adds, “It’s been a wonderful gift.” The triplets also stay connected across the distance, through social media. They share health and fitness advice for their followers on Instagram and Facebook pages. Search for “TripletFitness” to read more about their accomplishments and follow their progress.
“We were too competitive not to do it! What we found was that it connected us on a similar level to our college athletics. It brought us together, and gave us a goal to achieve together.” - Jennifer (Bourdon) Gruenwald
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LEFT: Kimberly (Bourdon) Koopman lives in Fishers, Indiana, with husband Jarred Koopman, also a PC alum (Business, 2009) and children Cannon (age 4) and Rowan (age 2). Kimberly has worked as a personal trainer in the past, and is currently enjoying being a full-time mom.
MIDDLE: Heather (Bourdon) Russell lives in Kansas City, Missouri with husband Sean Russell and their cats, Tito and Gracie. Heather is the Director of Chiropractics, and owner of UnBroken Chiropractic, which specializes in treating patients who are weight lifters.
RIGHT: Jennifer (Bourdon) Gruenwald lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with husband Jesse Gruenwald and their daughter, Gracie (age 3). Jennifer has worked as a personal trainer in the past, and is currently enjoying being a full-time mom.
FADED PIC IN BACKGROUND
IRISHConnection by Sister Pam Donelan
When I was a teenager we used to ride on the fan bus to ball games and all the way to the event and back we use to chant “capital “I-r-I-s-h” Irish is our name and whether we win or whether we lose, we are Irish just the same.” That chant and the love of Irish has remained with me ever since. When the invitation came from soccer coach William Brasel to accompany him and the international recruiter, Hannah Philips to Ireland I was ready to “go.” It seemed like a limited possibility. Why were we going to travel to Ireland and what would we do there?
Our first goal was to make connections with Presentation Sisters and Presentation Sister’s schools. The objective of these connections was to provide information about Presentation College and the opportunities to post high education to Irish students. Secondly, Hannah and Will wanted to become more familiar with the Presentation Sisters foundress Nano Nagle and the history of the Presentation Sister’s in Ireland. On December 1st in the middle of a South Dakota blizzard, the three of us drove to Minneapolis to catch our plane to Ireland. The possibility of this idea had become a reality and we were on our way to Ireland. What fun and excitement. Dublin was our first stop and there we rented a car. We were driving on the wrong side of the road and (William) our driver was on the wrong side of the car. This was the beginning of our wonderful Irish experience. Ireland is prettier than you think it will be. The people are friendlier than you expect and you have more fun than you anticipate. Our trip to Ireland was more rewarding than we imagined. We have Irish students coming to Presentation College August 2016. Presentation College will begin a mentoring program with a school in Ireland in hopes of establishing an international Service to Society program. The Presentation Sisters have a global presence and Ireland is very special to me, the Aberdeen, SD Presentation Sisters and to Presentation College.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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PHOTO CAPTION: For being honored and named as the 2015 Aberdeen Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, Dr. Martin Albl was awarded a U.S. Flag made entirely of firehoses, which he donated to Presentation College. The flag can be seen across from Dr. Alblâ€™s office on the third floor of the main building.
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PC Professor named 2015 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year by Tim Beckham
volunteer firefighter may very well be the life-line between life and death in rural A communities. Men and women remain on call 24/7
home fires, fires burning hundreds of acres and even assisting with fires in the Black Hills, Albl has always answered the call. and face all of the commitment and seriousness This past year Albl was recognized by his a full-time firefighter will peers for his 15 plus years of experience. dedication by being named Often these men and women the 2015 Aberdeen Rural Fire are the only people available to Department Firefighter of the “The 9/11 attacks meet public safety needs in rural Year. in 2001 very much areas because of the distances “I was surprised but between dwellings, which honored to be recognized by motivated me to means volunteer firefighters my colleagues,” he said. “And I get more involved require just as much training as would like to add that I’m truly traditional firefighters to ensure impressed by the dedication in protecting my they are adequately prepared of the volunteers, all of whom community,” for the variety of situations that have full-time jobs in other may develop. fields. They all, especially So why do they do it? The the officers, dedicate a great - Dr. Martin Albl answer is simple … to protect amount of time to training, their communities. At least maintenance, fundraising, that’s why Presentation College Professor Dr. Martin writing reports, and other duties required to run Albl does it. a fire department. To do all that without pay is a “The 9/11 attacks in 2001 very much motivated remarkable example of selfless community service me to get more involved in protecting my in a society that in many ways promotes selfishness community,” he said. and self-centeredness.” So in October of 2001, Albl joined the Aberdeen Albl, who is an arts and science professor, with Rural Firefighters, and has been a front-line a focus on religious studies, has been teaching at defender ever since. Presentation since 1998, and is just as dedicated to Over the years Albl has seen his fair share of teaching as he is to community service. and variety of fires. From putting out dumpster and Just another Saint making the world a better landfill fires to small and large grass fires, barn and place, one student, fire, and selfless act at a time.
BIOLOGY GRAD Name: Rachel Wheeler Major: Biology Hometown: Philip, SD
Name: Garret Fraser Major: Biology Hometown: Walhalla, North Dakota
Why did you choose Presentation? When I visited Presentation, everybody was incredibly friendly. I also loved the small college and class sizes. It was an overall welcoming environment.
Why did you choose Presentation? I chose Presentation for its small class sizes and its strong science programs. The suite style living and individual bedrooms for students also stood out to me.
What made you choose your major? I chose to major in Biology because I felt that it best suited my prerequisite requirements for applying to veterinary school.
What made you choose your major? Coming into my undergraduate studies, I knew I wanted to go on to more schooling. I planned to pursue a career in a health professional field, and so I felt that majoring in biology would be a good way of ensuring that I completed all the necessary prerequisites to apply for a health professional program.
What was your experience like at PC? I have loved my last four years at PC. I have made some amazing friendships with fellow classmates and found some great relationships with many of the faculty and staff. I also feel as though I have achieved a really good education that has prepared me for my graduate school experiences. What are classes like? Size? Quality? I feel as though the small class sizes have enhanced the quality of my education. Most of the program-specific classes consist of fewer than 15 students. This has provided an environment for establishing great relationships with the faculty. Do you do anything else with PC (Sports, Clubs etc)? I have been involved with the Biology Club, Student Ambassadors, and the Student Government Association (SGA). What are your future plans? I am attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. My current plans are to specialize in small animal and possibly equine medicine.
What was your experience like at PC? Presentation College was a perfect fit for me. The small campus gave me many opportunities that I would not have had at a larger school. I was able to be involved in most anything I was interested in; as a result, I was able to form relationships with a very large percentage of the students on campus. The small class sizes were a huge help when I got into the more difficult courses of my major, as the class was able to alter to speed of the course, taking more time on more difficult concepts if needed. Most importantly, the Presentation College community recognizes you for who you are, and they know your name. At Presentation College, you are not just another number. What are classes like? Size? Quality? The average class size ranges from about 15-20 students. There are some classes, such as freshman anatomy, that are larger, and there are also some classes, such as courses for students well into their major-specific studies, that are smaller. Regardless of the size of the class, the faculty members at PC do an excellent job of creating an environment that is responsive to studentsâ€™ needs. With the small class sizes, students receive one-onone opportunities with professors that help them to not only master the material, but to form personal relationships with their professors. Do you do anything else with PC (Sports, Clubs etc)? I played football for 4 years, I have been involved with student government (3 years), student ambassadors (4 years), biology club (4 years), and have worked as a community advisor for 3 years. What are your future plans? I was recently accepted into dental school. I will be attending the University of Iowa College of Dentistry fall 2016.
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Student Testimonials by Andrew Hansen
Name: Micheala Geffre Major: Biology & Medical Assisting Hometown: Ipswich, SD Why did you choose Presentation? I chose PC because I went to high school 25 miles from Aberdeen and graduated from a class of 23. The small town atmosphere that PC provided was the closest thing to what I was used to, and I wanted to attend a college that had the family environment that PC offered. What made you choose your major? I always knew that I wanted to be in healthcare somewhere, but I wonâ€™t deny there was a major change before I decided on biology and medical assisting. With the help of my family and advisors, I decided that the path I should be on in order to get into the professional school I wanted was to change my major to biology and medical assisting. Both of these programs gave me the prerequisites I needed for medical school while offering in the field experience. What was your experience like at PC? My time at PC has allowed me to grow in many aspects of life. While I have learned a lot academically, the biggest change for me has been personally. I have had the opportunity to lead many student organizations and participate in several volunteer activities that have allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, which was a very big part of what made me decide to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine. Before I came to PC, I never even considered medical school. Presentation College has provided me with the confidence and support system I needed in order to take the steps to pursuing professional school. What are classes like? Size? Quality? The general classes were normally around 15-30 people, with the exception of anatomy and physiology lecture and some general psych classes, which can be larger. However, for specific program classes (upper level biology and the medical assisting classes), there were only as many as 3-15 people. The small class sizes gives students the ability to ask a lot of questions and have 1 on 1 time with instructors, which has made all the difference in my quality of education over the past couple years. Do you do anything else with PC (Sports, Clubs etc)? I am the President of the Biology Club, President of the Medical Assisting Club, Secretary of the Student Ambassadors and Senior Class Representative in the Student Government Association.
CHOSEN FOR RESEARCH IN NORTH DAKOTA! Alex Stone, PC Biology major, has been selected to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of North Dakota. Students chosen for the program are evaluated on their academic performance, and their educational and career goals. Alex will be part of a team of students who will conduct research on gene expression and regulation. Theyâ€™ll work with fish, mice, turtles, butterflies and moths as they study the influences of the environment on various species. Alex will return to PC, where he also plays football, as a Junior, in the fall.
What are your future plans? I will be attending the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV starting July 2016. After that, I am considering specializing in obstetrics or surgery of some type. Anything you would like to add or say about Presentation College? Presentation College has been my home for the past four years. I have spent more hours in the halls, classrooms, labs, library and events than I have spent doing just about anything else. More than anything, PC has provided me with relationships that I will forever remember, including very good friends and instructors who have helped me along the way. This college provides an amazing atmosphere for building relationships because the people here truly care about your individual success, and I will be grateful for that long after I graduate. presentation.edu
Worldâ€™s New Chelsea Voorhees Lundberg (Business, 2012) and husband Nicholas Lundberg welcomed daughter Adeline Rose on April 3, 2016.
PC Alumni Derek Buthe (Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016) and Christa Hinckley (Radiologic Technology, 2015) welcomed their baby boy, Kyson James, on March 28, 2014.
Kayli Sibson Piechowski (Biology/Chemistry 2014) and her husband Mike Piechowski welcomed their son, Emmett Michael, on May 8th, 2015.
Jordon Voss Severson (Nursing, 2012) and her husband Matt Severson welcomed baby boy Mavrik on June 25, 2015! Mavrikâ€™s uncle, Gavin Voss (Business, 2015) is also a PC alum!
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Campus Counselor, Rebecca Christiansen, and her husband, Brandon Christiansen, welcomed baby girl Abigail Kathryn on February 5, 2016.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tim Beckham, and his wife Amber Beckham, welcomed baby girl Kloey Katherine on March 19, 2016.
James Washnok (Business 2008) and wife Katie Washnok welcomed Jett James on April 28, 2016. Jett is also pictured with his grandmother, Dr. Margie Washnok. Margie is a Nursing instructor at PC.
west Saints... Director of Campus Ministry, Lindsey Swenson, and her husband Mike Swenson, welcomed baby girl Habie Marie on February 8, 2016.
Journey Mariah Erby was welcomed to the world on December 10, 2014 by her mother, Maya Patel (Psychology, 2016) and father, Tre Erby.
Megan Gjernes-Meagher and husband Timothy Meagher welcomed baby Maxwell Maurice on January 11, 2016. Max is the grandson of Assistant Professor in Allied Health, Mary Gjernes, and the nephew of Presentation College alum, Michael Gjernes (Business, 2013, cum laude).
Brittany Steen Currence (Nursing, 2013) and her husband, Nick Currence, welcomed twin boys, Andrew and Owen, on September 1st 2015. Owen is on the left and Andrew is on the right in the photo.
Arts & Sciences Instructor Virginia Webb and her husband, Aaron, welcomed Martin John on February 26th, 2016. Martin joined big sisters Megan, age 8, and Abbie, age 2.
NASW-BSW Scholarship Winner
PC Junior Amy Trujillo is the NASW-BSW scholarship winner for 2016. When Amy applied to the social work program at Presentation College, her opening paragraph read: “Life is too often lived going through the motions. Taking so many things for granted from family to health. I don’t want to fall victim to this cycle and I don’t want to live life just going through the motions. Leaving a powerful impact in my community and making a difference in the social work field is what I strive to achieve. This reason, among many others, is why I want to be a social worker. My heart is at a place where I am passionate about helping and serving others. I can and hope to make every day count in my life, and working in social work will help me achieve that goal.” Amy is a student-athlete, serves on the student government, and will be pursuing her internship next fall in the area of medical social work or child protection services. If that is not enough, she is the president of PC's Social Work Club and volunteers her time with young individuals at the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen.
Pi Gamma Mu Graduate School Scholarship Winner 2015 PC social work graduate, Shobi Zetina was recently named as Presentation College’s second recipient of a Pi Gamma Mu graduate school scholarship. Zetina is studying for her master’s degree in the graduate, Social Work program at USD. Pi Gamma Mu's scholarships are intended for the first or second year of graduate work in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, psychology, and human/cultural geography. According to the Pi Gamma Mu website, there are approximately 150 chapters in the United States and abroad, and only eleven scholarships are given annually. In four years of Presentation College’s South Dakota Zeta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, PC has had 37 inductees from various programs and now two recipients of Pi Gamma Mu scholarships. The previous recipient from PC was Anthony “Tony” Redman, in 2015. Mr. Redman received a Master’s Degree in Education Counseling in May of 2016 and is currently working as the guidance counselor and head boys’ basketball coach at Northwestern High School in Mellette, SD.
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Athletic Training Granted 5 Years Accreditation The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has reviewed PC’s Professional Athletic Training Program’s Rejoinder from their 2015-2016 Comprehensive Review, and the Athletic Training Program at Presentation College has been granted five years of initial accreditation. According to the letter, “The CAATE appreciates the work and dedication required to obtain accreditation for your Athletic Training Program and the significant achievement it represents. The CAATE recognizes the faculty, staff, and administrators at Presentation College for their commitment to the advancement of education in Athletic Training, as well as your dedication to the preparation of qualified Athletic Training professionals.”
First Dome Softball Tournament The Saints began their 2016 season in the confines of what was truly a "Dome Field" advantage, as PC hosted their first ever Dome Softball Tournament. A total of thirteen teams from around the region took part in the event, which began Saturday February 20 at 11:00 AM. The 108,000 square foot indoor facility was divided into two fields, allowing for two games to be played at a time.
PC Receives Generous Donation This past Spring Presentation College received a remarkable gift when a former nurse, who preferred to remain anonymous, gifted the College nearly one million dollars. The money, which is designated for scholarships, will be put to great use. In fact, a portion of the dollars are currently available in the form of 90 percent renewable nursing scholarships for those who qualify. Must be a new incoming student. Limited spots available!
PC Sport Texting PC now offers Football & Men and Women’s Basketball texting. People can sign up by clicking the Mobile Alerts link at HubCityRadio.com or the direct link is http://bit.ly/1cbfVhS. You’ll be able to receive texts of the final score of every PC football and basketball game and news.
New Department Chair of Arts & Sciences Presentation College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Naomi Ludeman Smith as Department Chair of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Ludeman Smith comes to Presentation College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Language Arts Secondary Education. She also has a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership & Curriculum Development, and a Master of Arts & Theology with a concentration in Comparative Religion/Global and Contextual Leadership. Dr. Ludeman Smith also has a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Global and Contextual Leadership; Traditional and Online Delivery; Multi-national cohort. All of her degrees are from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Her previous employment experience includes work as the Founding Director of the Confucius Institute at Northern State University in Aberdeen. She also worked as an Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and General Studies, and as the Founding Director of the First Year Program at Bethel University. She has organized and led many overseas trips with students as a part of her Intercultural Studies and Communications teachings.
iHelp Scholarship Winner On Saturday, February 13, iHelp provided a $500 scholarship for one lucky student… KC Carlson! That night was also “Superhero Night” for the fans in the Strode. KC is pictured with Craig Green of iHelp and PC Athletic Director, Greg Heier.
Marriage Celebrations PC’s Assistant Director of Admissions, Molly Westling, married Bryce Hill on April 30, 2016. Photo by Melissa Ann Photography.
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On April 30, 2016, Director of Student life, DJ Mounga, became engaged to Jordan Palmer. The couple will marry in October, 2016. Photo by Paisley Tree Photography.
PC Alumni Derek Buthe (Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016) and Christa Hinckley (Radiologic Technology, 2015) are engaged to be married and will tie the knot in September 2016.
Nursing Partners with the National Healthcare Association Presentation College has been approved and has partnered with the National Healthcareer Association to ensure the Medical Assisting students at PC have different options for credentialing and/or stacking credentials. This partnership will also allow PC’s Medical Office Administration students to sit on National Exams and earn credentials as well. “This is something that can set us apart from other institutions and give our students and graduates the opportunity to take full advantage of their career goals,” said Mary Gjernes, PC’s Medical Assisting Program Director. According to the NHA Website, students who achieve passing scores on exams are allowed to include the certification credential (the NHA program abbreviation) behind their name, which can help students set themselves apart. “The ability to stack credential is a great advantage to have as a medical professional, especially in the ever fast paced competitive healthcare environments,” said Gjernes. “We are very excited to have this opportunity for our students and our graduates.”
PC celebrates National Poetry Month with Student Poems In acknowledgement of April as National Poetry Month, the Presentation College Library Gallery displayed fifty-nine original poems written by PC students. In addition to the exhibit, the poems have been published in a booklet titled Sips of Wein redux. This is the second volume of student poems to be published biennially. Sips of Wein redux is a publication of the Presentation College American Studies Program. Copies are available for $6 from Dr. Brad Tennant, American Studies Program Director. Tennant can be reached at 605-229-8577. CAPTION: The attached image is the artwork for the cover of Sips of Wein redux Volume Two.
2016 Mavis Booze Mentoring Award Winner Rebecca Christiansen received the 2016 Mavis Booze Mentoring Award in April of this year, at the South Dakota Counseling Association Conference. The award, and its criteria, are described as follows: “This award should be presented to someone who demonstrates a willingness and ability to provide support and to share insights, expertise, resources, and enthusiasm with other counselors. In addition, this person has a strong understanding of the counseling profession and has shown respect for all that it entails.” Rebecca was hired as PC’s full-time Campus Counselor in the Fall of 2014.
Second Place at Research and Writing Contest Presentation College American Studies major Casey Henry recently received second place in the Brown County Historical Society’s research and writing contest for Presentation and NSU students. Casey received a check and a certificate for his paper on “The Reawakening of the Warrior Spirit,” which he also presented at the 48th Annual Dakota History Conference.
Elected to NSASD Executive Board
The Presentation College Nursing Department is pleased to announce that four PC nursing students were recently elected to the South Dakota Nursing Student Association (NSASD) Executive Board. Madison, Minn., Native Kelle Thompson, was elected as treasurer, Shelby Elsen, a Hecla, S.D., native was elected as web site administrator, Sydney Phillips, an Aberdeen native was elected as recording secretary, and Tegan McManaman, of Bowdle, S.D., was elected as parliamentarian. All four nursing students will be seniors next fall. “We are so proud of Kelle, Shelby, Sydney, and Teagan,” said Dr. Sandra Welling, Nursing Department Chair at PC. “It is always great when one of our students is rewarded for their hard work, but to have PC students elected in four of 11 board positions is truly an honor and a testament to the type of nurses we develop at Presentation College.” The board, which consists of 11 total members, is a pre-professional organization for the state and those connected with National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). It is comprised of students who are preparing for their RN Licensure. NSASD provides educational opportunities for student nurses through leadership, education, scholarship, legislature, and career networking.
Freedom Shrine A dedication presented by the Aberdeen Exchange Club and Presentation College featuring a new Freedom Shrine took place on the 3rd floor of the Main building on campus Monday, February 15 at 11am. The Freedom shrine consists of historic document replicas that remind us of the efforts set forth for our own freedom. The program included speakers such as Dr. Margaret Huber, Jay Rossman, Mike Herman as well as Representatives from State Offices with refreshments following.
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PC’s 65th Annual Commencement Presentation College announced their 65th Annual Commencement. The ceremony was held May 14 at 11 a.m. in the Strode Activity Center on campus. Janet Tompkins McMahon DNP(c), MSN, RN, ANEF attended as the keynote speaker. McMahon is a member of the nursing faculty in Hagerstown, Maryland as Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing. Not only has McMahon been teaching for over 25 years in the nursing education field, but she is also a national consultant, author, and national presenter for continuing education programs in academia and nursing organizations.
PC Hires New Fairmont Campus Director Presentation College is pleased to announce the hiring of William Potter as the Director of the Fairmont Campus. William, who joined the ‘Saints Family’ on May 15th, comes to PC after serving as Assistant Dean at Spokane Falls Community College in Pullman, Wash. “I would like to say it is an honor to be selected for the position,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Fairmont community and expanding our services and mission.” William has three degrees, all from Murray State University, in Murray, Kentucky. A Bachelor of Science in Geography with a minor in History, a Masters in College Teaching, Geography concentration, and Specialist in College Teaching, Counseling and Administration concentration.
Happy 3rd Birthday to Spirit Presentation’s lovable mascot, Spirit, celebrated her third birthday May 5, 2016. Students, faculty and staff, and members from the community came out to celebrate with Spirit.
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