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The challenges and opportunities As president, I am very pleased to report South Dakota State University continues to advance, serving record numbers of undergraduate, graduate and professional students, developing new programs such as architecture and clinical laboratory sciences, and achieving record levels of grant funded research spending. Campus facilities in which we do our work are improving through new construction and remodeling projects, mostly funded through the generosity of donors and through fees paid by students. Student-athletes experienced unprecedented success last year and are preparing to compete in the University’s second year in NCAA Division I. The Higher Learning Commission is expected to award the University full accreditation for ten years in January, 2010. The success of the comprehensive campaign, It Starts with State, with broad participation from alumni and friends across the state and throughout the country, has been amazing given the struggling economy. While we have many reasons to be pleased, our students and their families, our state, and our University have not been spared from the unprecedented difficult economic times. While there are early signals of an economic recovery, significant challenges lie ahead. To achieve short-term budget objectives in Fiscal Year 2009, the state replaced $11 million of general funds in the Board of Regents’ appropriation with nonrecurring federal stimulus money. Our University’s share is $4 million or about $480 for each student. There were no salary increases for faculty and staff this year, and state appropriations to our University were cut about $1.6 million, including funds for the repair and maintenance of classrooms and laboratories. The intent of the state is to replace the federal stimulus funds with general revenues that are forecast to grow over the next two fiscal years as South Dakota’s economy recovers. Clearly, if tax revenues do not grow rapidly enough or if there are priorities for these state general funds than other public higher education, tuition may have to be increased more than in previous years to assure our University, going forward, is the gateway to a more prosperous future for students. Great faculty and great students make a great university. It is critically important to recruit and retain the very best faculty and staff. To do so requires competitive salaries. Securing funds for faculty and staff salary increases is a top priority. Rest assured, the challenges during the coming months as the economy struggles to recover are being met with a commitment to excellence and with a passion to remain true to South Dakota State’s core mission of high-quality instruction, research, and service as South Dakota’s land-grant university. Many positive things are happening. The long-term future is bright. South Dakota State University will continue to be a source of pride for its alumni. Thank you for your continued support. David L. Chicoine, Ph.D. President Class of 1969

STATE Fall 2009, Vol. 98, No. 3 SDSU President David L. Chicoine ’69 Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Rusty Antonen ’83 Alumni President and CEO: Matthew Fuks ’89

Editor: Andrea Kieckhefer ’99 University Relations Contributing Writers Dave Graves, Dana Hess, Kyle Johnson, Cindy Rickeman University Relations Sherry Fuller Bordewyk ’87 SDSU Foundation

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DEPARTMENTS University Condensed 28



Notes from Nick’s 36 Class news 38

SDSU Student creates beauty from throwaway lumber.


Calendar of events 39 Alumni Association events 40

Trees destined for fiery end find salvation SDSU to celebrate Nobel hero University plans symposium to draw focus back to Theodore Schultz.


Looking back 44

Looking for a cure Researchers study red sea coral’s cancer fighting agents.


You didn’t learn that at State College prepares graduates for many things, but it can’t cover everything.


Take it in. Treasure it. Share it. Carol Peterson talks about her treasured life.


More than just a dorm A place of legends, Hansen Hall is home to fun and community.


Making a difference Jackrabbits give back.


West River Jacks Official alumni chapter formed West River.

ON THE COVER A church sits on the prairie of the Rosebud Reservation. Greg Latza ‘93 is a freelance editorial and corporate photographer located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He travels extensively throughout the country for a variety of clients, but his first love is documenting South Dakota and the great people who live here. Armed with Nikon digital cameras, his trusty Mac laptop and a truckload of indoor and outdoor lighting gear, Latza’s images offer a fresh viewpoint to everyday images.

Correction: in the last issue of STATE, the images of rodeo brothers Tyler and Owen Fagerhaug were provided by Cowboy Images,


Trees destined for end find salvation


onsidering that he grew up across the street from the home of Jay Sterling Morton, the man who founded Arbor Day, it should come as no surprise that today, Matt Lagerstrom is busy rescuing trees from ruin. “I had to walk through the park by Arbor Lodge every day to get to school, so it kind of rubbed off on me,” Lagerstrom says. Growing up in Nebraska City, Nebraska, he also worked the family tree farm with his dad and got his share of handson experience as a young carpenter. “A forced hobby was to rebuild the houses that we moved into,” he says. “There were a lot of them.” Those early influences and his full-time studies at State—he’s earning a degree in biology with an emphasis on forestry management—have gone a long way toward the success of his full-time tree and sawmill business, LB3 Forestry, in White, South Dakota. Many of the region’s shelterbelts, planted by homesteaders in the 1880s for protection from the relentless prairie winds and during the 1930s to reduce the effects of the Dust Bowl, are dead, diseased, damaged, or dying. Rather than watch those trees burn as firewood, Lagerstrom removes them and saves the lumber to use himself or to sell to custom craftsmen. Take the cedar logs he rescued from a shelterbelt near Colton, for example. “They were planted on the original homestead, 125 years ago—that’s how many rings I could count,” Lagerstrom said. “The farmer was going to put it in a pile and burn it.” Lagerstrom, who will graduate in May 2010, charges for removing the trees, but deducts the value of the logs from his final fee. “I’m currently comfortable working on football field-sized areas,” he says. “This would define an area around a small homestead or a grove behind an urban house. As the company grows, I intend to be able to handle a belt of any size common to the area. The largest that I’ve seen so far was a mile long and 250 feet wide. Due to equipment needs and the manpower needed to tackle a belt that large, it’s on my fiveyears-out list.” Lagerstrom’s sawmill, custom made and portable, is a rarity in these parts.


“In the northeast part of the state, I’m it,” he says. “There’s a sawmill in Sioux Falls, but people bring their wood to them. A mobile saw is very unique in this part of the country.” LB3 is short for Little Brown Bear Boatworks, so named for a small, plastic bear Lagerstrom found in 1996 while working at a Boy Scout camp. He kept the bear, took it around the world twice, and now carts it along on every job. The boatworks part of the name indicates Lagerstrom’s winter hobby. For two months every summer—minus two weeks for Army National Guard camp and two weeks for Boy Scout camp—he’s busy harvesting trees. In the winter, he builds wooden canoes and kayaks. It takes him four to five months to build a canoe and “a cheap one” costs $8,000. So far, he’s built one kayak, three canoes, and many mini models, which he always constructs first to ensure he and the customer are of like minds. A certified arborist since June 2008, Lagerstrom also does custom sawmilling. “As long as it’s native to this area, I can supply it,” he says. “Around here, you find black walnut, green ash, red cedar, ponderosa pine, cottonwood, and some silver maple. Most colonial furniture is made of silver maple; it has a straight grain and is easy to work with.” When a tree has met its demise, he takes it to heart. But he finds fulfillment in giving it new life. Indicating a wheelbarrow full of end pieces, he recalls the beautiful birch tree they once comprised. “That was a sad tree to cut down,” he says. “A lady called. She’d planted it with her son fifteen years ago. It did well, then the drought. The poor thing died. But it’s going on to serve another purpose. A school teacher half a block down will use them in her art class for a wood-carving and wood-burning project.” Cindy Rickeman


THEODORE SCHULTZ Symposium to draw focus back on Schultz he historic work of SDSU graduate and Nobel Prize winner Theodore Schultz ’28 will be observed on campus in recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of Schultz’s honor. The Dr. Ted Schultz Commemorative Symposium will be Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6-7, in the Volstorff Ballroom in The Union to focus attention on Schultz, who was born and buried in Badger but spent most of his career at the University of Chicago. The keynote speech is 7:30 p.m. October 6 with panel discussions the following day. The October 7 schedule: 8 a.m.—opening remarks, 9 a.m.—panel on the Life and Works of Dr. Theodore Schulz, 11 a.m.—panel on Understanding Schultz’s Human Capital Theory, 2 p.m.—panel on the Present-Day Relevance of Professor Schultz’s Research in Domestic and Global Affairs.


Farm work, not homework Growing up on a 560-acre farm four miles northwest of Badger in the early decades of the 20th century, Schultz faced an ironic barrier. Schultz (1902-98) would win the 1979 Nobel Prize in economics for his theories on advancing productivity in developing countries by educating young adults and his advocacy for investing in people. Yet when the son of Henry and Anna Schultz was in eighthgrade, his dad decided enough time had been spent in Kingsbury County Schoolhouse No. 19. “His father’s view was that if his eldest son left the farm and continued to get education, he wouldn’t come back,” explains Paul Schultz, the son of the Nobel Prize winner. This would have been in 1916, during the Great World War, when many of the farmhands were working the fields in Flanders and elsewhere in Europe. 4 STATE

So high school was not part of the life of one who would become known for his academic achievements. In the late teens he was known more for the sweat that developed on his brow than the ideas that developed inside his brain.

Saving for college Schultz’ oldest child, Elaine Glickman, remembers her father saying that he and his brother Hank worked with his father’s crew and equipment to thresh grain for his neighbors with the money going to Henry Schultz. “Later on he paid my grandpa for the use of the equipment and was able to save money to go to college,” says Glickman, now of suburban Chicago. Adds son Paul Schultz of Madison, Connecticut, “He hoped he could pass [the college’s] exams and get in. He did.” When Schultz came to State, it wasn’t to enroll in a traditional four-year program, but in the Aggie School, a three-year high school program that met for four months a year during the winter. He reminisced about his college years at the beginning of an SDSU economic symposium speech in September 1981. “It will be sixty years in November when I, with no high school, unprepared, and unsophisticated, was allowed to enter Aggie School. The faculty no doubt hoped and prayed for me. Six years later, Professor M.R. Benedict shipped me off to the University of Wisconsin, assuring me that it had been ordained that South Dakota State would grant me a bachelor’s degree later,” Schultz said. Not only would Schultz receive his bachelor’s degree from State in 1928, he also would receive an honorary doctorate of science degree from the College in 1959. Dave Graves Editor’s note: For an expanded story on the life of Ted Schultz, go to and click on “Stay Connected.”

Jim Booher MS ’69 Outstanding Service to SDSU

Carrie Buthe ’04

Outstanding Young Alumni

Mark Clark ’80

Outstanding Professional Achievement

Glenna Fouberg MEd ’68 Outstanding Service to Education

Sonya Irons ’01

Outstanding Young Alumni

Teri Johnson ’86


October 23, 2009 Shamrock Banquet Hall 1104 22nd Avenue South Brookings, SD

5:30 p.m. - Social Hour 6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Awards Program Tickets are $30/person and can be purchased through the SDSU Alumni Association online or by calling 888-735-2257. We request that all reservations and payments be made by October 14, 2009.

Outstanding Service to Home Community

Jim Langer ’70

Outstanding Professional Achievement

Jim Morgan ’69/MS ’70

Outstanding Professional Achievement

Esther Presler ’88/MS ’95 Outstanding Service to South Dakota

Vern Schramm ’63

Honoring those alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the SDSU community and beyond. Join us to celebrate the legacy and leadership these outstanding distinguished alumni have shown. These individuals will receive prestigious recognition from their alma mater for their accomplishments and achievements. They join 287 other alumni as part of the Sherwood O. Berg Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor, located in the Tompkins Alumni Center.

Outstanding Professional Achievement


Dorm life

Spartan but it felt like

f it hadn’t been for the Turkish towels, I’d have had nothing to fret over as I packed for college in the late summer of 1963. I was an experienced hand, you see, a sophomore heading for South Dakota State College after a year at a private school out of state. That first school had a good reputation and was located in a large city. I never felt at home, though, not on campus or in the community. From the day I moved into Brown Hall in 1963, State felt like home. My best friend from third grade on, a transfer student like me (each of us made a mistake in our first choice of colleges), had agreed to be my roommate. As we prepared for a year in Room 428 Brown, we read through the helpful material the college mailed to new and transferring students. Among the hints (and I wish I could find the brochure to get the wording exact) was the note that many State students brightened up their dormitory rooms by covering their dresser tops with “colorful Turkish towels.” Try as we might, my friend and I were unable to locate any Turkish towels in Chamberlain. We bought the next best thing—some JC Penney bath towels in bright stripes. If the RAs were going to write us up for phony towels, so be it. The towel story shows how things have changed since I headed off to South Dakota State forty-six years ago. The colorful towels were about the only personal touch a student could make to a dorm room. The single beds were bolted to the floors. The desks, one on each side of the south-facing window, were bolted in place. The shelves above each desk were fixed. I can’t recall if the four-drawer dressers that occupied the space between the end of the beds and the closets that flanked the door were fixed to the floor or not. Didn’t matter. There was no place to move them. We brought clothing, towels and bedding, and that was about it. I had a manual typewriter and a wind-up clock. My roommate had a transistor


Terry Woster ’66



radio and an electric clock. If we wanted to watch television, there was a set in the main lobby four floors down. The telephone was four floors down, too, and whether you got a phone call from your mom depended on whether the guys watching TV bothered to answer and then bothered to climb the stairs to look for you. Coffee was available in the Jungle at the student union across campus. Refrigerators? Microwaves? Video games? Computers? Get serious. The major amenity in the dorm was the milk machine in the basement near the ironing board. (Washers and driers were just off campus at the Bunny Wash.) My junior year, I lived on the bottom floor in Harding Hall. My little sister, a freshman, lived in Wecota or Wenona, one of those women’s dorms on Medary. All the stuff from each of our rooms fit into the back seat and trunk of my 1957 Chevy when we left campus for home that summer. Scroll ahead to the fall of 1986, I filled a rental trailer and the back of my minivan with the stuff my freshman daughter took to South Dakota State University. She moved into Mathews Hall, and as I carried one armload after another up the stairs, I noted—in addition to the fact that there were male students running all over the women’s floor—that almost every room had a television, a couch, a refrigerator, a microwave and at least one phone. Some rooms had couches and recliners. None of the rooms I saw had a bed anywhere near the floor. As I watched a couple of other dads out on the dorm lawn attacking piles of lumber with power saws and drills to craft lofts for their children’s rooms, I gave thanks that my daughter’s roommate was an upperclassman who already had the lofts in place. When Nancy and I left our daughter’s room that day, she had her stuffed animals, music machine, posters, pennants and other personal touches in place. Her dorm room had all the comforts of home. You know what? Even with all the “things’’ she was able to bring to campus, there’s no way her room felt any more like home than Brown Hall did to me, JC Penney towels and all. Terry Woster ’66

The Lost Ladybug Project

Scientists from the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the USDA’s North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory want “citizen scientists” to search for ladybugs during the summer and fall months. The project seeks to find out why certain species, like the nine-spotted lady beetle, have become less common over the last twenty years. The Lost Ladybug Project received $2 million in funding through the National Science Foundation, and it involves Cornell University, USDA’s North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, the University of Georgia, and SDSU. More information about the project, including images of various rare species found, is available at Photograph of seven-spotted ladybug courtesy of Jon Kieckhefer



look to red sea coral f research turns golden, the next generation of sunscreen Bolstering the research was a $216,750 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further the study through 2012. After that, will be nothing like what’s being purchased today. SPF ratings won’t matter because “a little dab” will be more “We will compile our data, apply again, and hopefully get a larger than enough in protecting people from the harmful affects of grant next time,” remarks Dwivedi. the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For Fahmy, researching sarcophine-diol is nothing new, having first worked on the project when he was at the More importantly, though, the product being researched has a possible use in the prevention of skin cancer and could potentially University of Mississippi. “We are all very excited,” says Fahmy. “It’s very rewarding be used in therapies to actually treat skin cancer. work. Every day working on this project is one day we come Making headlines in the laboratory is sarcophine-diol, a derivative of the substance sarcophine found in soft coral from the closer to a cure.” Red Sea, an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. Initially working with mice and rats, researchers have now applied sarcophine-diol to cells taken from “It’s very strong, like 1,000 times more potent than other molecules being human cancer patients. investigated,” says Distinguished Professor The team found that treating human Chandradhar Dwivedi, who heads SDSU’s “It’s very rewarding work. Every day skin cells with different concentrations of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. working on this project is one day sarcophine-diol for different lengths of “If it gets on the market, you only need a time reduced the viability of cancer cells in we come closer to a cure.” each case. Related work showed that the very small amount.” coral substance also inhibited the “We are finding that sarcophine-diol may be used for both chemoprevention proliferation or uncontrolled growth of and as a chemotherapeutic agent,” adds cancer cells. Dwivedi. “Diol refers to the chemical structure of sarcophine.” Healthy cells remain safe Dwivedi is heading the investigation along with Hesham Fahmy, In addition, their work showed that sarcophine-diol induced an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, who is actually “apoptosis” or programmed cell death in cancer cells. The extent of the team’s principle investigator. apoptosis observed in different treatments in the study was Peruvian graduate student Ruth Guillermo is assisting the correlated to the level of sarcophine-diol used, according to professors on the research. She joins a list of former SDSU Dwivedi. graduate student assistants, and researchers from Pittsburg and What they found heartening was that sarcophine-diol did not Cairo, on the project. induce “necrosis” or premature death of healthy cells. “That is an important finding because it suggests sarcophineCancer cells beware diol could be used in treatments that specifically target cancer cells without damaging nearby healthy cells,” points out Dwivedi. The scientists are exploring sarcophine-diol’s potential to inhibit The National Institutes of Health funding allows research to cell growth of cancers, and also it’s potential to induce orderly, programmed cell death of skin cancer cells. continue in experimental animal models. Control groups will The research has been taking place on a daily basis at SDSU receive doses of ultraviolet rays for thirty weeks, and test groups for the last five years, and it may take another ten years or so will receive topical sarcophine-diol as well as ultraviolet rays. “Further investigations in experimental models and in cell before any definitive results and commercialization ideas surface, says Dwivedi. culture studies are needed to explore sarcophine-diol in action,” says Dwivedi. “At some point, we could move on to human trial.” “It’s very rewarding work, not only for us, but for SDSU,” he Kyle Johnson says. “It’s a very slow process, but I would say potentially it could be used by people down the road.”


Sarcophyton glaucum found off the coast of Cabilao Island in the Philippines is in the same coral family as that found in the Red Sea that SDSU researchers are studying. © Guido & Philippe Poppe -


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Think back to that day when you graduated from SDSU. You had four (or more) (or significantly more) years of college behind you. No matter what your major, the requirements at State ensured your ability to meet the world’s challenges. And then…life happens. Events and choices you could never possibly foresee in college play a part in shaping your life. Maybe, without a drop of Scottish or Irish blood, you decide one day it would be fun to learn to play the bagpipes. Or you discover a kind of Zen-like bliss from opening up a beehive. Or, after your husband is elected governor of South Dakota, you find yourself faced with accepting an invitation to dinner at the White House. SDSU has grown famous for saying, “You can go anywhere from here.” And you can. But sometimes,

you’re on your


Bagpipe was the first of Cooley’s odd musical interests

If you’re a musician, don’t get too excited when you find out that Jerry Cooley is one, too. He’s probably not someone you’ll be able to jam with. Cooley’s musical interests are, in a word, eclectic. His first musical love is the bagpipe. “I thought it would be something interesting to do,” Cooley says. Interesting, perhaps, but Cooley soon found out that South Dakota isn’t exactly a hotbed of pipers. Cooley, an instructor at SDSU who has degrees from State in journalism ’73 and 10 STATE


English ’86, made his first inquiry about bagpipes at the SDSU Music Department. They sent him to the Shrine of Music in Vermillion. Those folks knew of a piper in Yankton, Pastor Nelson Stone. After getting some encouragement from Stone, “I just kind of started on my own,” Cooley remembers. His skill developed through practicing and attending a couple of summer workshops.

Cooley’s first bagpipe was made of plastic and cost about $450 used. His second has African black wood pipes, called “the musical wood,” and cost about $800. His are highland pipes with open holes that are covered to make notes. The bag goes under his arm. There’s also a blow stick and drones for harmony. “We only have nine notes,” Cooley explains. “Technically there are no sharps or flats, but some of the notes are tuned as if they were sharp. It’s an odd arrangement, but it sounds OK.” If it sounds OK, why did Cooley’s wife buy him an Irish tin whistle? He admits she hoped he’d take an interest in an instrument that made a little less noise during practice sessions. Knowing how she felt about the bagpipe didn’t keep Cooley from getting interested in the didgeridoo. Originally played by the


aborigines of Australia, the didgeridoo is known as one of the world’s oldest musical instruments. Formed from a eucalyptus branch that has been hollowed out by termites, Cooley explains that it’s played by holding it up to your mouth and making a “raspberry” sound. Music is made by altering the shape of the mouth and using the vocal chords. Indicating his lower portion of his face, Cooley says, “You do everything with what you have right here.” Cooley’s musical career started in his youth with piano lessons that he says he stopped taking too early. Then came the guitar. “My fingers didn’t bend the right way,” Cooley says. “I find playing the bagpipe much easier.”

Extension agent has one honey of a hobby

Even for an entomologist, Jon Kieckhefer is, well, a little buggy. Here’s an example: One day Kieckhefer ’00, leaves the office where he works as an agronomy educator for Brookings County Extension to go check on some research fields. On the way, he spots a swarm of bees on a fencepost. Most folks would note the oddity of the sight, roll up their windows, and drive away. Not Kieckhefer. He’s determined to add the swarm to his collection of hives. It seems simple the way he describes it: “You pick them up with your hands, put them in a box, and take them home.” Kieckhefer explains that a swarm forms when a new queen is chosen in the hive. Put out by what she considers disloyal behavior, the old queen leaves and takes about half the colony with her. “They don’t have anything built,” Kieckhefer says. “They’re pretty docile.”

And, if Kieckhefer is in luck, they’ll be happy to take up residence in the new home he provides on his acreage outside of Brookings. Moving a hive is another matter. “They’re defending a nest,” Kieckhefer says. “They can get pretty mean at times.” Bees will make a home anyplace that’s sheltered, preferring a hollow tree, the wall of a house, or a box of some sort. They want to be out of the elements and away from predators. While most folks have a healthy fear of being stung, Kieckhefer sees beekeeping as a way to unwind. Kieckhefer has a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Kansas, however, keeping bees was not a part of his formal education. It was a hobby he taught himself as a way to relax. “There’s nothing more relaxing than going out and working bees,” he says.


When Kieckhefer opens a hive, he enters another world. “To avoid being stung, you have to move more slowly,” Kieckhefer says. “It’s about slowing everything down.” It’s also about watching carefully. Once he has the hive open, Kieckhefer can see how the bees communicate through dancing, how they feed the larvae, and how they care for the queen. “It’s a little bit of insight into what their community is like,” Kieckhefer says. Anyone who hears about Kieckhefer’s hobby has to wonder what his garage is like. Last year his six hives produced 650 pounds of honey. He didn’t sell any of it. He gave some of it away. Some of it is in storage. This year he has ten established hives and expects as much as 1,400 pounds of honey. If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to make friends with Kieckhefer, because he shows no signs of stopping. There’s a degree of conviction in his voice when he says, “I’ll chase bees anywhere and everywhere.”


Hall adept at getting small roles in big films

Don’t call Terence Hall a movie extra. He’s a “background artist,” thank you very much. Hall should know, he’s been an extra—er, background artist—on four motion pictures. Hall’s first experience was on the set of Dances With Wolves, which was filmed entirely in South Dakota twenty years ago. The production headquartered in Pierre, which was close to where Hall works in Onida as an Extension educator— agronomy for the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service. It was probably easy for producers to choose Hall ’73 for the movie because he looked right. He’s been a re-enactor for more than thirty years studying the correct costuming and firearms for a particular era. “I look for historically correct clothing and always use my hobby as an excuse to buy a new gun,” Hall says. “I also begin to grow my beard during the summer months when most movies are made.” 12 STATE

In Hollywood, success is often based on making the right contacts. Hall has found that’s true for extras as well. He made contact with Dances With Wolves through the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival. He gets tips from a friend in Rapid City, who has also appeared in a number of films. Hall also gets email updates on film company needs from the S.D. Department of Tourism. Once he’s on the set, however, making movies isn’t a particularly glamorous endeavor. “It begins before sunrise,” Hall says of the workday on the movie set. “The makeup people work on the extras in the outdoors and low light. The shooting day usually ends at sundown.” Making movies is time-consuming and extras may have time on their hands throughout the day. “The most important thing for an extra is to be absolutely quiet when the cameras are rolling and you’re not in the shot.”

Hall has also appeared in Crazy Horse, a film for TNT, and Gettysburg. Hall was likely in reenactor heaven on the set of Gettysburg, which was filmed on and near the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park in Pennsylvania. Hall admits to doing some star-gazing. He had his picture taken with C. Thomas Howell on the set of Gettysburg and he reports that Kevin Costner was in fine humor while filming his Oscar-winning movie Dances With Wolves.


“The important point that the director’s assistant will get across to you while you and the stars are working together on the set is that you are coworkers and to treat them as such,” Hall says. “Do your work and give your best when asked to do something in a scene—including not looking directly at the camera.”

Nights in the White House were memorable

Look at the SDSU course catalogue, circa 1975, and you won’t find any classes in Long-shot Political Campaigns 101, Becoming a First Lady 207, or Building a New Governor’s Residence 309. If anyone has ever needed to be adept at learning on the fly, it’s Jean Rounds ’75. That was the case again in February 2007 when Gov. and Mrs. Mike Rounds received an invitation from President George W. Bush to have dinner and be overnight guests at the White House. They repeated what some folks would consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience in 2008 when they were invited back again. The first lady explains that during the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, all governors were invited to a black tie dinner at the White House. The Bushes also asked a select group of five governors and their wives to be their guests at the White House and join them for a private dinner the next night. “I don’t know why we were selected to spend the night,” she says, “especially to stay two years in a row.” President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their wives hosted the Sunday night black tie dinner at the State Dining Room. During the dinner there were ten people seated at each table and no one sat next to their own spouses. In 2008 South Dakota’s first lady took her supper between country singer Vince Gill and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because of her husband’s office, and her role in his administration, she was no stranger to formal affairs. However,

even the first lady of South Dakota needs to go shopping when she finds out she’s having dinner at the White House. “President and Mrs. Bush were very gracious about taking photos with each governor and spouse each year,” she says. “So of course I needed a new dress so my photos wouldn’t have the same dress each year.” The presidential experience wasn’t limited to the White House. Before the private dinner, the president and his guests were all at an event in Washington, D.C. “One of the more memorable things about the night was being whisked by the Secret Service out the back door of that event and into the president’s motorcade for the ride back to the White House,” she says. “We did not ride in the same vehicle with the president, but right behind his vehicle with sirens blaring and traffic stopped. Wow!” After the private dinner, President Bush asked if they would like a tour of the West Wing. Mrs. Bush begged off to watch herself in a taped interview on Larry King Live. The five governors and their wives didn’t get their tour from a staff member. The president did it himself. “He showed us the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, and his private space behind the Oval Office,” the first lady says. The tour and the conversation that followed lasted more than two hours. “He showed us memorabilia of his time in office, talked candidly about his decisions while in office, and was most gracious in answering our many questions.” STATE 13

Partnering to bring

hope Professor, student team up to make life better on reservations wo simple questions, a big heart, and strong hands aren’t enough to turn life upside down on South Dakota’s American Indian reservations. But Professor Russ Stubbles and nontraditional student Bob Semrad are finding they can make a difference. “We can’t turn surviving to thriving, but we can upgrade misery to discomfort,” says Semrad, of Brookings, a visual arts student whose first taste of State began as a preforestry student in 1962. In the three years since Stubbles, a veteran park management professor, and Semrad met, they have formed two nonprofit corporations. Peddler’s Three provides a wide supply of goods to the needy, primarily on reservations. The Reservation Recreation Project targets youth activities, but there is “a lot of overlap” with the two groups, says Semrad, who retired from the United Methodist pastorate in 2005. Semrad was working with the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota before moving to Brookings in 2006. The Rosebud Reservation in southwest South Dakota heard of the work in North Dakota and contacted Semrad, who met Stubbles while attending State. The kindred spirits found hundreds of Dakotans who were willing to part with used items that went to the tribes.


Gaining credibility But “there is always a greater need than I can serve,” says Semrad. “When we first went out there, they looked at us with a real jaundiced eye. You 14 STATE

have to prove yourself,” Semrad says. Stubbles and Semrad have done that by asking two simple questions—“What do you need?” and “How can we help?”—and then following through. Reservation Recreation Project’s ultimate goal is to help the Rosebud Sioux tribe build Code Talkers Veterans Memorial sports complex in Mission, estimated at $1 million.

The key to such projects is finding responsible adults to which Semrad and Stubbles can partner. That is the case whether establishing baseball teams, teaching bicycle repair, or distributing gear for a boxing club. “We work with any legitimate organization or sometimes its just individuals,” Semrad says.

‘Fingers in a lot of pies’

While ironing out logistics and seeking funds, Semrad, Stubbles, and Recreation Administration Assistant Professor Paul Fokken are achieving more immediate goals.

Reeling in hope, help Stubbles says 300 fishing poles and reels were collected this summer in Sioux Falls and Pierre, and then given to tribes. Fishing tournaments are often held on reservations and the contributions allow more to participate. At the end of the day the youngsters walk away with the pole, a tackle box, and some lures, Semrad says. He also wants to develop a plan to let students learn computer operations and then take it home when class is out.

As word of their efforts have spread, “a lot of people just call us. . . . That’s how we’ve expanded into these other areas,” Semrad says. The other areas include distributing used mattresses and appliances. “Whenever a load of beds goes out, somehow people know and they’re lined up to get them,” he notes. “There are newly married couples that don’t have one stick of furniture.” While it may seem like Semrad and Stubbles would need a warehouse to house all the goods that are collecting, they don’t operate that way. “It doesn’t do anybody any good while it is in storage so we try to send it out as soon as we get it,” Semrad explains. He acknowledges, “I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pies” and doesn’t limit his involvement. “I have no idea what is next.” What Semrad does know is that by asking “What do you need?” and “How can we help?” the goal of giving quality to life is reached one child, one household, one village at a time. Dave Graves


ack is the lastest creation by Custer, SD artist Richard Tucker. Jack is currently one of the featured works of art on the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk. Now you can bring Jack home and a part of the proceeds benefits your SDSU Alumni Association. This bronze sculpture comes in four sizes - six, 12, 24 and 48 inches tall (he can even be larger upon special request).

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Founded in 1889 with a history almost as long as the University that it serves the South Dakota State University Alumni Association, a private non-profit organization, strives to keep SDSU’s 70,000 + alumni connected to their alma mater.

Annually the Alumni Association hosts over 80 events all across the country touching more then 10,000 Jackrabbits. Each year the Alumni Association communicates with its membership over 690,000 times through STATE Magazine, the Jackrabbit Insider, the online communities, invitations, and emails.

To give, send to the Jackrabbits Forever Fund, c/o SDSU Foundation, Box 525, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. At the SDSU Foundation, questions can be directed to Ryan Howlett. Contact him via e-mail at or by phone toll-free at 888-747-7378. At the SDSU Alumni Association, contact Matt Fuks at or by phone toll-free at 888-735-2257. STATE 15


A late summer thunderstorm threatens a healthy cornfield in central South Dakota. —photograph by Greg Latza ’93



Take it in. Treasure it. Share it. At work or at play, Peterson is just naturally learning, teaching


arol J. Peterson will most graciously show you around her home and its many treasures— •from the bookcase with black trim “to denote mourning for Abraham Lincoln;” •to the Pairpoint Puffy lamp, so named for the puffed-out glass that’s painted on the inside and is “now very sought-after and wellknown on Cape Cod;” •to her numerous sets of Haviland china. “People think all china is hand-painted, but that’s typically done only for the very wealthy or for royalty,” Peterson explains. “Ninety-nine percent is decal work. The Haviland Company started the decal concept; they made a decal that would fire into the glaze. I’ve seen this done at the Royal Doulton Factory in England.” Even on the short tour, expect to learn something. To Peterson, who came to State in 1977, served as dean of the College of Nursing for ten years, then as academic vice president and provost until “retiring” in July 2009, education is as natural as breathing in and out. “It’s what I’ve devoted my life to,” she says. “It’s expanding horizons, it’s reading about things you didn’t even know existed.

Precocious tagalong Born in Sibley, Iowa, the last of five children, Peterson was always a quick learner. “My mother was 42 when I was born; my closest sister was five years older. So I was a tagalong,” she relates. “I was always estimated to be older than I was. I was a precocious child. Quite precise, quite articulate.” She loved school, maintaining a high grade point average, proving herself in a variety of leadership positions, and pursuing an appreciation for music by playing clarinet and singing mezzo soprano. “I was a high achiever,” she says, “eager to expand my horizons.” Other than teaching or nursing, however, options for young women graduating from high school in 1957 were few. Peterson, who liked to sew, considered a music or home economics major, but suspected her parents could ill afford to finance a four-year college education.

“We live in this stuff. It’s very artful and beautiful, but if you put it away, people can’t see it.” –Carol J. Peterson, on her antiques and collectibles “A nursing apprentice program in a hospital cost a few hundred dollars a year plus books because you worked for the hospital all the time,” she explains. “I liked science and was good at science and knew my parents could help with the expenses of a three-year nursing program.” So her higher education began at the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing, one of Rochester’s two highly respected training programs. “My high school advisor said, with your intelligence, why just nursing?” Peterson recalls. “I was miffed because I thought he was putting me down, but he was probably saying, why not medical school? He was really trying to raise my sights. There was no question I could have gone into medicine or law.”

Inner workings Peterson is a thinker. So much so that people have told her she appears stern—haughty, even. But she’s actually an optimist who believes “if we plan and work hard, we can work out the problems.” That tenet has guided her through the tough times, professionally, when she was “halted or stopped or thwarted for political, nonsensical reasons.” And personally, like March 5, when she was in her kitchen, getting ready to go into the office, when she turned to pick up a thermos, fell, and heard her hip bone break. “I can’t even remember those first five days,” she confesses. “They had me on a self-administered morphine drip for severe pain and I didn’t manage that very well. It was during the women’s basketball Summit League Tournament, so I had wonderful visits from Brookings people. Lord knows what I said to those people!” Then she laughs and she smiles and it’s like being caught in a surprise sunbeam on a cloudy day, somehow more beautiful than a full day of sunshine.

Vacation slides Top: A Pairpont Puffy lamp that Charles Peterson’s parents installed in their home in Kokato, Minnesota, when they first got electricity. Above: Samples of Peterson’s Haviland China. In front is the gold and white pattern that Charles’ grandparents bought in Paris in 1906. Peterson has added pieces to the set over the years. Right: The rose pattern from a new set of Haviland china Peterson bought during one of her two trips to Limoges, France.


On the way to earning her nursing diploma in 1960, she met—and fell head over heels for—the travel bug. “A couple started The Arm Chair Travel Club, mainly to share their travels with us,” she recalls. “They felt there needed to be something more for these young girls besides forty-four hours of hospital work every week. They invited us to their house and showed us pictures. Several of us just ate that up.”

It was a sorely needed bright spot during that leg of her schooling. “Nursing education in those days was very narrow,” Peterson explains. “There was a heavy dose of pathology, information on the body, and clinical practice in the areas that reflected your book study, but little humanities, little social science, little psychology.” So, when she went on to the University of Minnesota, “I was a kid in a candy store. There was anthropology, humanities, philosophy. I didn’t know these things existed.”

Into antiques While she was earning her doctorate in higher education, she and husband, Charles, a buyer and contracts manager for Honeywell, bought a townhouse in Burnsville, Minnesota, and decided to fill it with antiques, many of which they found during their travels. “When we were younger and both so busy, we took minivacations,” Peterson says. “For example, we’d go to Galena, Illinois, thirty miles east of Dubuque, where Ulysses Grant grew up. It has many homes on the historic register and is quite an antique place. We’d spend a four-to five-day weekend there. “Charles and I have been quite a few places in the world. Whether it was a day-long trip to see something different or a twoweek trip to China, Norway, or Germany, we always enjoyed it.” These days, Charles is limited in mobility and Peterson travels a bit closer to home, though she’s still always on the search for a find. “Peggy Miller [former SDSU president] and I both love antiques and collectible items,” Peterson says. “We have a very good time if we can get to the Lake Okiboji antique malls. I go there with my sisters, also.” She and Miller have been to Limoges, France, twice, side trips wedged in during other business. “Peggy and I got up and took the early morning train, spent four or five hours shopping around in Limoges, and came back on the late-night train,” Peterson recalls. “We both got a new set of Limoges [china], my rose pattern looks old, but it’s new.”

Useful things Whether it’s her beautiful Haviland china, the antique walnut bed they had expertly rejuvenated, or the Vivian Volstorff jewelry bought at auction when the first dean of women was preparing to enter a nursing home, the Petersons do not tuck their treasures safely away. “We used to have open houses every other year. Everybody got to eat with an antique plate,” Peterson says. “I wear all of the Volstorff jewelry and we live in this stuff. It’s very artful and beautiful, but if you put it away, people can’t see it.” Peterson is currently assistant to the president on special projects. When she “retires” from that post in early fall 2010, she “hopes there would be some hourly opportunities,” possibly to compile a narrative chronology of her twenty-two years in the academic vice president’s office. If the day ever does come when she’s truly off the clock, she intends to wear a hat she’s not had the chance to don before. “I’ve never been able to volunteer,” she says. “People would call and I’d have to say I’m sorry, until I retire, I just don’t have time. My volunteering has been on boards, in a decision-making capacity. She also looks forward to the very simplest of joys. “I hope to keep my spouse at home, and take care of him, and have a peaceful life.” Cindy Rickeman





an Francisco has its Chinatown. Chicago boosts Little Poland. Boston’s North End tastes of Italy. At SDSU, its distinctive enclave is Hansen Hall; not marked by ethnicity but rather branded with a cowboy culture. Built in 1967 and located on the northwest edge of campus, the hall for many years was like many rural South Dakota communities—out there by itself. That’s just fine with the majority of the 400 students who call the four-story, brick residence hall home for nine months a year. Hansen Hall was originally designated as the dorm for agriculture and biological science majors. That’s understandable considering its comparatively close proximity to Ag Hall and the Animal Science building as well as being a short drive to livestock facilities.


e d Not just any dorm—legendary u t i t t When you walk into one of the hallways, you see cowboy a l boots with spurs lined up outside a r each room u r o t e m o h ’ m r o d y o b w o c ‘ de i s t Wes Britton Blair ’07, left, and Brandon Kinney ’09 practice roping on the lawn of Hansen Hall.


Tom Richter ’88/’90 He remembers riding on a bed during the Hobo Week bed races. “That was fun. . . . I just remember going down Medary Avenue wondering if [the bed] would stay together. Going down Medary there is a slight decline and it was going pretty good.”


you may even see someone get “roped” or lassoed, but Hansen Hall’s rural feel comes from the residents who make the “cowboy dorm” the last stop on a trail ride. “Hansen Hall was my introduction to cultural diversity,” says Linda (Dummermuth) Duba ’78, a Sioux Falls Washington graduate who lived in Hansen Hall 1974-76. “I was like a stranger in a strange land. They weren’t going to adapt. I had to either adapt or get out.” Adapt, she did. In fact, her second year at Hansen was as resident assistant (RA). She ended up with great memories of the people that made the place “it’s own little world.” Duba ended up at Hansen because she registered late. “I was born and raised in Sioux Falls. They weren’t prepared for me, and I wasn’t prepared for them. I didn’t know a thing about the farm let alone the ranch.” It was 1974, a time before the cowboy had become urban and even South Dakota teen culture favored Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Lynyrd Skynrd.

Don Larson ’76 The hall put on a watermelon feed during Hobo week. Larson, then a junior, and hall director Lonnie Braun (left) were at the table slicing melons with butcher knives while another person set melons on the table. “Lonny [inadvertently] put his hand on the melon in front of me. I was swinging this big butcher knife. I cut him from one end to another. . . . Fortunately, every other [melon] I whacked it completely in half. This one I didn’t hit as hard. “I hit him across the top of the hand. There was a lot more blood and gore than a disabling injury, but it freaked out quite a few people.”

“When I first arrived and witnessed guys and gals walking around with boots, hats, belts with their names on them, I thought, ‘Where the hell are you from?’” an image Duba says she recalls as clearly as the odor blowing in from the north, where the University houses livestock. “I remember going into the day room the first day and there was a spittoon. I said, ‘What is this and what’s it for?’ I soon found that not only did guys chew, the gals did too,” Duba says.

‘Moon’ over Hansen Lessons were quickly learned about life in her new neighborhood. “You didn’t tell anybody you were from Sioux Falls. They cut you off. They didn’t talk to you,” Duba says. But she couldn’t exactly pretend to be a cowgirl. “My exposure to that was what I saw on TV.” It didn’t take long for Duba and two of her Sioux Falls buddies to make their own mark. Three weeks into the school year, from their dorm window, they mooned a group of guys outside the hall. “Of course, we got in trouble. [Hall director] Lonnie [Braun] said, ‘If you don’t cut it out, we’ll make you come down to the lobby and do it.’” Mooning, streaking, and panty raids were all part of college life in the 1970s and they became part of Hansen Hall life.

Streakin’ like a Jackrabbit Jim Wilcox ’76 lived three years in Hansen Hall, including during the streaking craze of winter and spring 1974. “Everybody had to do some streaking. One night a few guys decided we needed to do this. We were wearing just stocking caps, socks, and tennis shoes. We went out the front door and made a lap around to the side door. I slipped and fell on the ice; ripped up my knee pretty badly,” Wilcox says. The dorm matron, Leona Headley, wife of late University President John Headley, “knew somebody had been streaking,” Wilcox recalls. When Wilcox went to get a butterfly bandage for his bleeding knee from Headley, the former first lady accused Wilcox of bearing his buns on a below-zero run. Wilcox denied it and suffered no repercussions beyond the streaking scar. “It was unbelievably stupid,” he says now. But at the time it seemed right. Besides, girls were watching. “You don’t want to exhibit yourself without an audience,” Wilcox says.

Linda (Dummermuth) Duba ’78 recalls a couple brothers from Lemmon bringing a horse onto fourth floor. The problem was it didn’t want to go down the stairs. “It was almost impossible to get that thing out of there” and “don’t ask me how they passed the lobby,” but the former RA (resident assistant) did have a theory. “When we were RAs we had to sit the desk. When you sit the desk you can turn a blind eye to about anything.”


Sheep ‘n’ socks; a ba-a-a-d idea There are times, however, when no audience is desired, like when a member of the opposite sex is staying after visitation hours or an animal is being sneaked into the hall. Ann Martin McGovern ’90/’93 was hall director from fall 1990 to spring 1993. She recalls a group of guys that had been cavorting and decided to pick up an occupant of the sheep research unit on the way home. “They brought the sheep back to the hall and were making noise [in the hallway]. It turned out they were putting tube socks on the sheep so it would be quieter.” Wayne Hopkins, the first-floor RA in 1990-91 who measured 63 and 240 pounds, “stepped out in his tightey whiteys. He just looked at them and didn’t say a word. The perpetrators sheepishly explained, “‘We thought it would be funny. We can see it’s not. So we’ll be going now,’” McGovern tells.

Not happy with its looks Dan Moon ’98, a Hansen Hall RA in 1994-97, witnessed the destruction caused by a buck ram that was brought onto second floor the year before he became an RA. “When it saw itself in the mirror it rammed the mirror. It

Tim Peters ’81 Nearly thirty years later, Peters is still riding motorcycles, but no longer through Hansen Hall. In 1980 he borrowed a less powerful dirt bike than the one shown here to take a quick ride through the dorm.


Chris Breen ’06 He remembers minor incidents of sheep, goats, and pigs being brought into the dorm, but says he was only guilty of housing a baby rabbit—Buttercup. He found the cottontail in the spring and kept it in his shower basket, until he hopped out and the janitor saw him. Breen had to chase down Buttercup, who was turned over to animal control for a release in its natural habitat.

busted all four mirrors in the hallways,” Moon says. Stories abound of horses being ridden through Hansen Hall in the late 1970s or early 1980s, of goats trotting up and down the stairs, and the appearance of a cow or pig. Like a murder in an old hotel, the legend can live on long beyond the (alleged) occurrence. Matt Tollefson, current president of the Students’ Association and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, lived in Hansen Hall from 2006 to 2008. He came from a farm at Clark and knew what he was getting into. “Everyone’s heard the stories of taking a horse or sheep onto the fourth-floor girls wing and leaving it as a joke, and the metal roping dummies in the back yard. That one proved to be true,” says Tollefson, a senior Ag education major who served in hall government. Tim Peters ’81 lived on third floor Hansen Hall all four years of school, but he didn’t always stay in his dorm room. “I liked to ride motorcycles. This kid had a dirt bike up in his room,” Peters recalls. So on a weekend night in his junior year, he “started it up and rode it down the hallway, through the bathroom, and down two flights of stairs” before exiting without getting in trouble.

Hansen ‘filled with good people’ But Hansen Hall is more than Wranglers and CMT, it has tight-knit sense of community.

“I had friends from east campus who said, ‘You guys are just so close over here.’ Hansen is filled with good people that know how to treat people and have fun. In Hansen you keep your door open all year. People will just drop in and say hi,” Tollefson says.

Everyone was a prankster’ Tom Richter ’88/’90 lived in Hansen from fall 1983 through fall 1984. He remembers a dorm mate announcing “Someone stole my room.” Richter says, “They took everything out of their room except the mattress he was sleeping on. Everything was gone. Bed frame, bunk, TV, clothes. Everything.” But not taken far. All was safely stored in the showers. Everyone was a prankster. In spite of that, or perhaps because of that, “a lot of good friendships were made in those dorms. “One of the best college experiences was living there,” Richter says. “It forced you to get to know people and have a sense of community. Even when those people wear big belt buckles, spit tobacco, and bring goats onto your floor. Whether fact or fiction, the legends that have solidified Hansen Hall’s reputation undoubtedly will continue for future generations–at least as long as Hansen stands.

Editor’s note: Read other stories about Hansen Hall at, click on events and news.

Dave Graves


UNIVERSITY CONDENSED Barrel racer rides home with national title

Rachel Tiedeman narrowly claimed the barrel racing title at the College National Finals Rodeo June 20 in Casper, Wyoming. Her four-round time of 57.38 edged the second-place finisher by .07 of a second. Tiedeman, an SDSU junior nursing student from Rio, Wisconsin, defeated more than forty competitors in her event to become the first national champion for the

SDSU rodeo team since Tabitha Sigman, of Sturgis, won the national championship goattying honor in 2004. “The competitor who was in first place was the last one to ride, so I had to wait, I was the second racer to go on the last night of the event, the short round,” said Tiedeman. “She could have won it but she knocked the second barrel over,” which is a five-second penalty. Tiedeman took eighth place last year, so her victory was fulfilling, she said. Part of the thrill was that she rode to it on a horse she and her mother had spent nine years training. “I love him to death, and there were a lot of hot days, hard work, time on the road,” she said. “But it paid off. Nine years of riding together. I wondered a few times if he was fast enough, and he proved he was.” SDSU’s Andrew Coughlin won the reserve champion honor in bull riding, finishing second among the thirty-nine riders. Coughlin, a De Smet native, was one of only four riders with three qualifying rides. He was bucked off the first day. The champion was the only rider with four qualifying rides. Brent Sutton of SDSU finished fourth overall in the steer wrestling competition. With sixty members, the SDSU Rodeo team is the sixth largest in the U.S.

Rauber to head Physics Department Joel Rauber became head of the Physics Department July 10 after serving as acting head since the fall. He replaced Oren Quist, who retired September 30 after twenty-two years as department head. Rauber, who has been with the physics department since 1985, says it is an exciting time to head the department that accommodates thirty-two student majors and serves around 1,200 students each semester. “The Sanford underground laboratory at Homestake has placed physics on the radar screen in the state and will provide significant opportunities for our students and the department, opportunities that we used to only dream about,” Rauber says. Lew Brown, dean of the College of Engineering, adds, “Physics has been gaining both state and national attention with the


establishment of the underground science laboratory at Homestake as well as growing discussions concerning the importance of nuclear energy as part of the nation’s alternative energy portfolio.” Rauber received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Emory University in Atlanta and a doctorate in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rauber, native of Atlanta, Ga., is married to Maria Ramos, department head of modern languages at SDSU. The couple has one child. Research interests for Rauber include gravitational physics and the study of black holes and computational physics, while hobby interests include long-distance backpacking along with science, military, and political history.

Deb Pravecek

Deb Pravecek and Donna Hess both arrived at SDSU in 1974 and retired in June after thirty-five years of service to the University. Pravecek, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, began working as a research assistant in the laboratories of noted chemistry professor Ivan Palmer where she studied the antioxidant role of the chemical element selenium. She also analyzed biological and geological samples for selenium content. During her time at SDSU, Pravecek worked to completely restructure the clinical laboratory science program. The program is currently in the process of obtaining national accreditation. She also managed the clinical laboratory in student health services for a number of years and coordinated labs for chemistry instruction. Most recently, Pravecek served as the program director of the clinical and laboratory science major by teaching courses, coordinating labs, and advising students. Pravecek graduated from Mount Marty College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and medical technology, and earned a

master’s degree in chemistry at SDSU. She was named Member of the Year for the state society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in 2007. She plans to move to a house she and her husband are building in the Freeman area. Hess, rural sociology department head and distinguished professor, has taught, conducted research, and assumed administrative responsibilities. Hess worked as the graduate program coordinator, serving as major advisor of nine master’s students and thirty doctorate students, and assisted on advisory committees for numerous other graduate students. SDSU’s Census Data/Rural Life Center benefited from her supervision as well. She served in the Peace Corps for three years after obtaining her bachelor’s from Marquette University in 1965. She then earned her master’s from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1971 and her doctorate from Michigan State University in 1974.

Donna Hess

Accreditation board seeks comments on SDSU SDSU will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 2-4 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Public comment is being solicited in advance of the visit and should be sent to: Public Comment on South Dakota State University The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Written, signed comments must be received by October 1. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential. Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate “Policy on Complaints” document from the commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be reviewed in this process.


From wheels to wooden frame, alumnus refurbishes 1912 Bummobile for 2009 Hobo Day omething old has been transformed into something new. That’s because it was borrowed by an alumnus who hauled the venerable Hobo Day Bummobile back to his workshop in Palo Alto, California, where it was completely restored. The 1912 Model T Ford is now even sporting black fenders with a midnight blue body and gold pin-striped, teardrop-shaped wooden spoked wheels. We have the interest and the generosity of 1943 electrical engineering graduate Harold C. Hohbach to thank for this remarkable Model T transformation. Because of his caring efforts, the chugging old flivver that has transported governors and scruffy school royalty in Hobo Day parades and to Sylvan Theater



pep rallies for seventy years won’t be missing a beat for at least another 100 years. A gift from Flandreau resident Frank Weigel in 1938, the Bummobile has graduated from just a peculiar Hobo Day addition in 1939, when it replaced a two mule-drawn carriage, to an admired Hobo Day icon. But time was beginning to tell on the old car’s moveable accoutrements, right on down to wellworn seat cushions and its dinged tin siding thin as a cheap pizza crust. In its early life on campus, the mechanical talents of veteran staff member Rudy Lundin, who served at the University for forty-seven years, kept it tottering along at a Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band pace. Aside from its Moody County farm duties under former owner Weigel’s care, it had probably over the years been driven thousands of stop-and-go parade and promotional miles by hundreds of proud, but in some cases not very prudent, student drivers. There are at least two documented and wellexecuted thefts of the car followed by red-faced confessions from interlopers residing at a lesser university to the south. That’s in addition to its wellmeaning but boisterous student overloads and maintenance underfunding. To tell the truth, until Hohbach and his mechanically talented employee Hensel Troche entered the Bummobile picture, its glorious days— operationally speaking—might have been very near the inevitable off-ramp. Hohbach, a farm boy from west of Plankinton who attended his first eight grades in a one-room rural school, came to State in 1940 with $40 in his pocket. This was augmented by income from two jobs, one at the library and the other at the then-new Pugsley Student Union bustling lunch room, The Jungle. He lived in Scobey Hall and graduated with an electrical engineering degree in 1943. Then there was service in World War II. He came home, motored to California in 1946 in a 1940 Packard with a GI friend from Texas, and earned a degree in business. He then graduated from the prestigious Boalt School of Law at Berkeley and became a patent attorney. He worked for the same law firm in Silicon Valley from 1952 to 2002. Fortunately, he was back for his alma mater’s 2008 Hobo Day. He and Troche had refurbished a 1911 Model T pickup that Hohbach hauled to Brookings in a truck, drove in the Hobo Day parade and then dropped off as his gift to the University’s Agricultural Heritage Museum. Folks at the SDSU Foundation and the Office of Student Affairs were so impressed with the refurbishing work that they asked if he’d take the Bummobile back to his California shop for a restoration. He agreed.

“At the time, I figured I might have to spend $20,000 on fixing all that was wrong with it,” Hohbach says. As he and his mechanic delved into the old machine’s innards, that $20,000 guess went out the windshield. But Hohbach isn’t one to cobble together or do something halfway. At 87, he’s a perpetual motion machine, managing his various business interests, and for the past eight months, keeping tabs and helping where he could on the meticulous rebirth of the Bummobile that had arrived on campus a year before he did. “We completely rebuilt an engine and found a 1912 rear end,” he says. “We also procured new wheels and tires and found original brass kerosene

side and rear lamps and a brass horn.” Every part, stem to stern, has been refurbished including new wooden framing. Although originally the Ford Motor Company gave customers any car color they wanted “so long as it was black,” some of the earlier models, the Bummobile among them, came in various colors. When it left campus last fall, it was all painted black and that was dulled and fading. Hohbach and his restoration compatriot have restored the old but proud contraption to its original tint, a deep midnight blue, except where black paint on the fenders and running boards is called for. Watch for the new, blue, pristine Bummobile in this year’s Hobo Day parade on October 24.

Harold C. Hohbach, a 1943 electrical engineering graduate, shows off the newly restored Bummobile. After Hobo Day 2008, Hohbach hauled the 1912 Model T Ford back to his workshop in Palo Alto, California, where it was completely restored through his generosity. The Bummobile will make a proud return in this year’s Hobo Day parade on October 24.

Written by Chuck Cecil, a newspaper columnist and freelance writer in Brookings. He received both his bachelor’s degree ’59 and his master’s degree ’70 in journalism from SDSU. STATE 31



Hobo Day Gallery to house memorabilia, Bummobile; fund-raising for project continues he completed makeover of the historic Hobo Day Bummobile has created a greater sense of urgency to find a suitable home for the sparkling 1912 Model T. Nearly 2,000 square feet of a 17,000-square-foot expansion to increase the dining-service options within The Union will be devoted to a Hobo Day Gallery. The Bummobile has been stored in a garage, tucked away from the public eye with the exception of homecoming week. That will soon change. The Gallery will provide a glass showroom projecting out from The Union’s north side to display Hobo Day memorabilia and provide a year-round place of honor for the prized automobile. A moveable glass wall will allow the gallery to host campus and community gatherings. Construction will begin this fall, with completion expected by Hobo Day 2010. “What’s really exciting is reconnecting students to the traditions,” says Marysz Rames, vice president of Student Affairs. “This is going be a living gallery to help students understand the rich tradition of Hobo Day.” While the Office of Students Affairs oversees the collection of Hobo Day memorabilia, the SDSU Foundation is spearheading a


fund-raising campaign to raise $300,000 to cover the Hobo Day Gallery’s share of the construction. Members of the Classes of 1958 and 1959 already have directed gifts toward the project. Past Hobo Day Committee members also are getting involved. Lyle ’73 and Garnet Perman ’76 of Lowry, South Dakota, met while serving on the Hobo Day Committee. In 2008, the couple returned to serve as Weary Wil and Dirty Lil during homecoming week. The Permans are making an investment in the Hobo Day Gallery because they want the traditions preserved. “Hobo Day is a unique homecoming, and it’s different than any other college,” Garnet Perman says. “I think that is one of the important parts of preserving (the traditions).” The Bummobile has been the lead entry in every Hobo Day parade since 1939, with the exception of 1942, when Hobo Day and classes were cancelled so students could help with the World War II effort. The Model T Ford has shepherded homecoming grand poobas, parade grand marshals, and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower posed for pictures in the car during a visit to campus in 1952. To support the Hobo Day Gallery and learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Ryan Howlett at the SDSU Foundation at 1.888.747.7378 or

Interior View: The Hobo Day Gallery will provide ample room for alumni receptions, Hobo Day memorabilia, and the Bummobile. Construction of the gallery is to be completed by Hobo Day 2010.


Industry leaders help SDSU construct and develop the state’s first accredited


outh Dakota State University will develop the state’s first accredited program in architecture, thanks to the investment of industry leaders. Four companies and one individual have pledged to contribute private funds needed to launch the program. As the program’s founders, they will be represented on an advisory board. The University hopes the founders group will include seven to nine architectural and engineering firms when it’s complete. The current founders are: • Architecture Incorporated of Sioux Falls; • Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls; • Perspective, Inc. of Sioux Falls; • TSP of Sioux Falls; and • SDSU alumnus Jerry Lohr ’58, president of J. Lohr Properties and J. Lohr Winery, both located in San Jose, California. “Architecture programs are very resource-intensive, similar to other professional programs in law, pharmacy, and medicine,” says SDSU President David L. Chicoine. “These founders understand the substantial early investment necessary to develop an exceptional program, and they have made commitments to help the University achieve that goal.” The Board of Regents approved the architecture program June 22, culminating nearly two years of study and planning by SDSU officials, led by Jerry Jorgensen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program will include a four-year bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a two-year master’s of architecture degree. “The four architectural firms that have signed up as founders represented the core of the task force,” Jorgensen says. “They invested nearly two years in this process because they understood

the extraordinary opportunity we had to create this program. That partnership between the industry and the University was absolutely crucial.” Representatives of the four founding firms attended the Regents’ June 22 meeting in Pierre to reinforce their support for the program. “The licensed architects in South Dakota enabled the Regents’ decision,” Chicoine says. “The industry’s contributions during the feasibility study helped us build a strong plan. Now, we can focus on building a strong program.” The Architecture Feasibility Task Force included leaders from six architectural and engineering firms in South Dakota, and the state’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects formally endorsed the plan earlier this year. South Dakota is one of only seven states without an accredited program in architecture. Architects seeking licensure must earn their degrees from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. As a result, South Dakotans who seek careers as architects must pursue degrees at colleges and universities in other states. Therefore, architectural firms in South Dakota have difficulties attracting young professionals and interns for positions in their companies, according to the report filed last year by the Architectural Feasibility Task Force. CONTINUED NEXT PAGE Founders of the new architecture program at SDSU are: Elizabeth Squyer of Architecture Incorporated; Larry Crane of Perspective, Inc.; Jerry Lohr ’58, president of J. Lohr Properties and J. Lohr Winery; Sean Ervin of TSP; and Jeff Hazard of Koch Hazard Architects.

It Starts with STATE exceeds $90 million riends of South Dakota State University continue to support the University’s comprehensive campaign, surpassing $90 million in gifts and pledges since January 1, 2007. Through mid-July, $90,838,060 had been raised for the campaign. That amount came from 15,975 unique donors—a sign of the widespread support by alumni and friends to fulfill the goals of the campaign. It Starts with STATE: A Campaign for South Dakota State University has a working goal of $190 million, making it the largest comprehensive campaign in South Dakota history. The campaign is designed to increase scholarships for students, strengthen faculty excellence, support expanded research opportunities, build and revitalize facilities, and invest in athletics, museums, the arts, and international experiences. The campaign is scheduled to run through 2012. Jake Krull ’60, chair of the SDSU Foundation Board of Governors, says the campaign should be halfway to its overall goal this fall. “It is extraordinarily significant that nearly 16,000 different individuals, companies and organizations have invested more than $90 million in support of this campaign only two-and-a-half years through its six-year duration,” he says.


The Foundation’s Board of Governors, in anticipation of larger financial commitments through the campaign, voted in July to honor two iconic figures in the University’s history by establishing Lifetime Giving Societies in their names. They are: • The Theodore and Esther Schultz Society, which will recognize lifetime giving between $5,000,000 and $9,999,999. Schultz, a 1926 graduate, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1979 for his theory on the investment in human capital. • The Charles L. Coughlin Society, which will become the premier society, acknowledging lifetime giving of $10,000,000 or more. Coughlin, a 1909 graduate, provided the financial support to construct SDSU’s famed campanile, which was completed in 1929. Krull says it’s fitting that both are honored on significant anniversaries. Schultz’s Nobel Prize was awarded thirty

years ago. Coughlin graduated a century ago; the Coughlin Campanile was completed eighty years ago. Each year, the Foundation holds a banquet on campus to honor donors who attain thresholds for lifetime giving to support the University. Pledges and planned gifts will now be considered in determining eligibility in the societies, Krull says. The 2010 Annual Donor Recognition Event is scheduled for May 6.

Charles L. Coughlin

T.W. Schultz

Lifetime Giving Levels, effective in 2009 Associate Distinguished University Benefactor Distinguished University Patron William M. Griffith Society Ethel Austin Martin Society Stephen F. Briggs Society Theodore and Esther Schultz Society Charles L. Coughlin Society

$25,000 to $49,999 $50,000 to $99,999 $100,000 to $249,999 $250,000 to $499,999 $500,000 to $999,999 $1,000,000 to $4,999,999 $5,000,000 to $9,999,999 $10,000,000 and up

ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM continued from page 33 The new program, which will have an emphasis in sustainable design and construction, aligns closely with several established disciplines at South Dakota State, including engineering, construction management, landscape architecture, and interior design, according to Chicoine. “The new architecture program fits the traditional land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service,” Chicoine says. “The sustainable design component holds the potential to make the architecture program 34 STATE

at South Dakota State University unique and distinct from other programs nationally. The Regents recognize the need for such an accredited program in South Dakota, and I am very pleased that they have entrusted its development to the people at SDSU.” The University expects approximately sixty students enrolled in prerequisite courses for architecture in fall 2010. Approximately thirty of those students will be admitted into the architectural

program in 2011. That first group will be on track to complete the bachelor’s degree in spring 2014, and sixteen of those will be admitted to the first master’s degree class for fall 2014. The first master’s of architecture students will be scheduled to graduate in spring 2016. University officials will not request new state resources from the Legislature to fund the architecture program, instead utilizing internal reallocations, private funding, and student fees.


entorship Program

1933 mathematics graduate inspires, funds program through Fillbrandt Endowment Marian Fillbrandt


There’s a lot to learn your first year of teaching— just ask Joy Korman. Armed with a biology degree, teaching certificate, and five months of student teaching, Korman began her first year teaching physical science at Flandreau High School last fall. “As a first-year teacher, every day I learn something new. I learn if this teaching technique works or doesn’t work. If this is the right way or the wrong way to handle a situation that calls for discipline—there’s just a lot to take in. It seems there’s a lot no one tells you,” says Korman, who graduated in 2008 with a biology major and chemistry minor. When Korman learned of a mentorship program offered by South Dakota State University, she jumped at the opportunity to connect with an experienced teacher. “I said yes right away. I need all the help I can get to become a better teacher and better understand my students, school, and community,” says Korman, who also teaches sociology. The mentorship program was inspired by Marian Fillbrandt and paid for with dollars from an endowment she established before her death in 2005. A 1933 mathematics graduate of SDSU, Fillbrandt was a science teacher for many years. She felt that math and science

teachers, especially in rural schools, often were isolated from resources. In addition, they frequently were the only math or science teacher in the school and therefore, were expected to teach a large variety of material and topics. The Fillbrandt Endowment provides a small stipend to new math or science teachers and their mentors, enabling them to meet on a regular basis and share resources, support, and information. The stipend also assists the teachers in attending continuing education conferences or courses. “The first year can be very stressful,” says Jennifer Weber, instructor of teacher education at SDSU. “Teaching can feel isolating at times—you are responsible for making all decisions on your own.

There is no way we can prepare future teachers for the reality of seven classes a day and interacting with thirty students in each class. New teachers need someone who can share advice and information with them as they are experiencing the realities of teaching.” Weber worked with Kristi Russow, field placement supervisor in the Department of Teacher Education, to develop the mentor program, which began in fall 2008. Along with providing a personal resource to new teachers, the mentor program is aimed at increasing teacher retention. Korman’s mentor is Liz McMillan, a third-year middle school science teacher. “Your first year, there’s so many things unique to your school district that no one tells you,” McMillan says. “Joy knows I’m her go-to person who she can contact with any questions.” Korman is the first SDSU graduate to participate in the Fillbrandt program. “We are working to develop even more ways that teachers can connect and network,” Russow says. “This is what Marian would have wanted.” Liz McMillan, left, a third-year middle school science teacher at Flandreau, mentors first-year teacher Joy Korman, a 2008 graduate of SDSU and the first to participate in the Fillbrandt teacher mentorship program.



Playing with minimal protection

By Chuck Cecil

Chuck’s Column is sponsored by Nick’s Hamburgers

Before face masks, slobberknockers were not as common as those we’ll be seeing at Coughlin Alumni Stadium this football season. Not that football wasn’t played with some abandon back then. It probably was, just not reckless abandon. There was this little matter of well-anchored teeth and protruding noses that undoubtedly slowed everything down. Face masks are a fairly new addition to football. I thought about that while researching the late Charlie Coughlin’s collegiate career for a book I’ve now completed. He graduated from SDSU, then called South Dakota Agricultural College, in 1909 and twenty years later gave his alma mater $75,000 for the Campanile. In the 1960s he gave another $50,000 for the stadium where the Jacks are battling it out this season. Coughlin earned perhaps twenty letters (records are unclear) competing in football, track, baseball, and basketball from 1904 to 1909. He was the first inductee to the Jackrabbit Hall of Fame in 1967. Coughlin gained that well-deserved fame wearing an early-day, leather nose/mouth guard. Looking at Coughlin’s old team pictures loaned to me by his granddaughter Sheila Brookins, of Sparta, Wisconsin, you get a sense

of the primitive football equipment of a century ago. The picture of the 1904 team, with freshman Coughlin lounging front row left, shows most of the sixteen Barnyard Cadets (as they were called by opposing players and the press before the Jackrabbit came along) with something strange dangling around their necks. It’s a nose and mouth guard. Note also the flimsy shoulder and elbow pads. They’re not much, maybe thick as a squished Nickburger and perhaps more similar to the padding in your sport coat shoulders to give you that Tarzanic, Johnny Weissmuller look. The helmet Coughlin and the other Jackrabbits wore wasn’t much more than a leather cap. Protection for teeth and nose was a far cry from what’s worn today. That part of football didn’t emerge until the late 1930s, and at first the mask was one bar in front of the mouth. One very early version even used barbed wire. Honest. Coughlin’s nose guard was placed over the mouth and nose and held there with clenched teeth. Somewhere along the line, for some reason, players stopped wearing this 1904 contraption, or a face mask of any kind. Possibly vanity had something to do with shucking masks like Coughlin wore. They probably made breathing difficult as well. Football has come a long way since then. Now some of the professional players ensconced head to toe in industrial strength plastic even sport diamond earrings and necklaces. A few of the more immature ones even carry fountain pens on the field as props for embarrassing end-zone antics. Old gridiron warriors like Charlie Coughlin and other toothless wonders of the past, if they were playing today, would probably reserve a special slobbernocker just for those more elaborately bejeweled players of today. The 1904 team, with freshman Coughlin lounging front row far left, shows most of the sixteen Barnyard Cadets (as they were called by opposing players and the press before the Jackrabbit came along) with a nose and mouth guard around their necks.


Jacks’ football tradition

Making a difference istorically SDSU has done quite well for itself in terms of winning football games. The Jackrabbits also have been winners in another important category: community service and giving back to those in need. SDSU players have volunteered their time for a whole host of community service projects and activities, ranging from assisting with community food drives and reading to elementary students to taking part in campus-wide cleanups. Perhaps their most eventful and meaningful outing occurred April 17-18 when the Jacks bused to Rapid City, where they treated fans to a scrimmage, conducted a youth clinic, saw patients at Rapid City Regional Hospital, and visited the Children’s Home Society prior to touring Mount Rushmore. With the National Guard’s Camp Rapid serving as their home base, the Jacks opened with a full scrimmage that featured a forty-yard touchdown pass, a sixty-yard touchdown run, and a long interception return. Following the scrimmage, players turned into coaches, instructing about thirty elementary and middle school-aged students in the art of catching and running routes, ball-carrying skills, and tackling techniques using dummies. “All the kids seemed excited to be there and had lots of fun,” says Jimmy Rogers, a senior linebacker from Chandler, Arizona.


“Overall, the clinic was a success. We got to play around with them and make their day.” Calling the clinic “a blast,” senior running back Jordan Paula of Brookings adds, “The kids had to make moves on the guys holding bags and then tried to punch through a group of offensive line guys holding bags defending the goal line. “It was also fun to watch the kids do an end-zone dance after they scored,” he adds. “All-in-all, it was a great afternoon.”

Making patients stay better Following the clinic, the team journeyed to the hospital. After a team photo was taken inside, players split into two groups: one visiting the rehabilitation unit and the other the pediatric floor. The players spoke with nurses on duty, handed out Jacks T-shirts, and posed for pictures. However, it was their interaction with patients, specifically young children, that was most memorable for them.

“Our visit seemed to put a smile on their faces as well as their families who were also there,” relates Glen Fox, a senior wide receiver from Fairfax, Iowa. “To help make their stay a little better was well worth it.” James, a three-year-old, had just woke up from a nap and was quite startled when Paula, and senior offensive linemen Nate Koskovich and Jacob Ludemann strolled into his room. “There were three pretty big guys wearing blue jerseys in there,” says Paula. “I think we scared him a little. His family joked that he probably thought he was having a nightmare. We had a nice conversation with his family, though, and being that young it was tough to see him in the hospital. “Overall, it was a wonderful experience visiting the kids,” Paula adds. “It really makes you appreciate your blessings in life.”

Community Service part of program Throughout the school year, the SDSU football team takes an active role in Brookings and surrounding area communities. In recent years, a commitment to community service has been added to the criteria necessary to earn a varsity letter on the Jackrabbit football program. Players participate in many community service projects and activities. In fact, the expectation of social responsibility from student-athletes is strongly promoted within the SDSU Athletic Department. Kyle Johnson STATE 37


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Ryan Braulick ’01 and Katie Blaschko April 18, 2009. Ryan is working as a district conservationist for USDA and Katie is a nursing assistant for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. They live in Mankato, MN. Rebecca Weinkauf ’07 and Adam Glover ’07 - May 30, 2009. They live in Elk Point.

BIRTHS Larry ’85 and Yelena Heffley, twins, Romeo and Juliet, born July 3, 2008. They live in Reading, PA. Yvonne Borresen ’95 and Victor Coward, twins, Juliana Grace and William Victor, born July 1, 2008. They live in Severna Park, MD. Margret (Blume) ’00 and Casey Kennedy, a girl, Emmerson Jewel, born June 12, 2009. They live in Grandbury, TX. Brent ’01 and Sarah (Hartberg) ’02 Johnson, a boy, Tanner Brent, born April 6, 2009. They live in Gaylord, MN. Jayson ’02 and Jackie (Otterby) ’05 Plamp, a boy, Ethan Michael, born March 27, 2009. They live in Sioux Falls. Jonathan ’03 and Nichole (Griffith) ’02 Kennedy, a boy, Mason Stephen, born February 12, 2009. Jonathan works at TSP and Nichole works at KELO-TV. They live in Hartford. Crystal (Mohrhauser) ’06 and Travis ’04 Reith, a boy, Tyler Alan, born May 9, 2009. They live in Avoca, MN. Ryan ’07 and Stephanie (Erschens) ’07 Bouza, a girl, Kennedy Jo, born May 21, 2009. They live in Harrisburg.

Back row: Kyle Everson (current student), Todd Mergen ’99, Lance Niewenhuis ’97, Jody Page ’99, Josh Horstman ’02, Tyler Semrau ‘08 Front row: Wade Horstman (current student), MSgt Tonja Jorenby ’99 & ‘06, Daniel Bones ’07, Katie McGuire ’08, Brian Welch ’94, Terry Starkey



Bruce Beier ’56 sold his dental practice in 1998 and for the next eight years was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota dental school. He has now retired to farming and training laboradors. He lives in Freeman.

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Max ’61 and Marilyn (Revell) ’61 DeLong welcomed a granddaughter, Annabelle Louise, on June 4, 2009. They live in St. Paul, MN.

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James Pew ’66/MS ’68/MEd ’78 was fortunate enough to host two SDSU Jacks baseball team members, Eric Cain and Erik DeJong, during the summer of 2009. They played for the Laramie Colts, a member of the “summer ball” Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. James lives in Laramie, WY. Gretchen (Kapaun) Sealls ’68 retired in December 2008 after a 35-year career in international banking. She lives in Cedar Rapids, IA. Randy Maas ’82 is the pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church of rural Marion. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Kathleen, and son, Zac.


If you’re submitting electronic photos for Class News, please only send files in jpeg format, no smaller than 2 inches by 2 inches at a file resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Due to space limitations, we won’t be able to use all the photos submitted. Carter, Ryan, and Tyler, sons of Bart ’96 and Becky (Wiederich) ’99 Brost.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER 12 Brookings, SD – Jackrabbit Advocate Leadership Workshop 12 Brookings, SD – 1999 Pharmacy Reunion OCTOBER 23 Brookings, SD – “Legends and Leaders” 2009 Distinguished Alumni Banquet – 5:30 pm 24 Brookings, SD – Hobo Day – Donuts and beverages at Tompkins Alumni Center – 8:30 am NOVEMBER 7 Brooking, SD – 1969 Pharmacy Reunion DECEMBER 15 Tempe, AZ – Women’s Basketball Pre-game Rally

FOOTBALL TAILGATES SEPTEMBER 12 Brookings, SD – Alumni Tailgate Tent at the First Bank and Trust Rabbit Den – 3:30 pm 26 Normal, IL – Alumni Tailgate Tent at Illinois State University – 4:30 pm OCTOBER 3 San Luis Obispo, CA – Alumni Pre-game Event at Lohr Winery – 10:30 am PT 10 Springfield, MO – Alumni Tailgate Tent at Missouri State University – 11:30 am 17 Brookings, SD – Dakota Marker - Alumni Tailgate Tent at the First Bank and Trust Rabbit Den – 3:30 pm 24 Brookings, SD – Hobo Day - Alumni Tailgate Tent at the First Bank and Trust Rabbit Den – 11:00 am NOVEMBER 7 Brookings, SD – Alumni Tailgate Tent at the First Bank and Trust Rabbit Den – 10:30 am 14 Minneapolis, MN – Alumni Tailgate Tent at the University of Minnesota

SIOUX EMPIRE STATERS CHAPTER EVENTS (SIOUX FALLS, SD) SEPTEMBER 15 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm 21 Sioux Empire Staters Alumni Mixer – McNally’s – 5:00 pm OCTOBER 20 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm NOVEMBER 14 Road Trip to watch the Jacks take on the Gophers in Minneapolis 17 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm DECEMBER 9 Madrigal Performance at the Old Courthouse Museum – 12:00 pm JANUARY 2010 19 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm FEBRUARY 16 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm MARCH 16 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm APRIL 20 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm MAY 18 Sioux Empire Staters Luncheon – East 10th St. Pizza Ranch – 12:00 pm All events are subject to change. For more event information, check out “Events and News” at

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWS AND EVENTS CLASS NEWS James Jones ’83 was elected presidentelect for 2009 of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association at the annual convention held in Rapid City. He and his wife, Lori (Pankonin) ’85, own and operate the Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home in Parker. James S. Johnston ’05 graduated with a doctorate of podiatric medicine from the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. He will now serve a residency at the San Francisco VA Hospital. He lives in San Francisco.

DEATHS 1928 Eva (Haugen) Schutt 1932 Maybelle (Hanson) Riach 1935 Lois (Rose) Zimmer 1939 Robert H. Lower 1940 Dorothy (Cooper) Wagner 1941 Grant K. Gramstad 1941 Ethel (Rask) Wagner 1941 Lloyd E. Wagner 1942 Harold W. Grace 1942 Talwin J. Ruttum 1942 Evald "Ole" Gaard (Aggie) 1943 Ada (Bidwell) Yeager 1947 Leonard R. Willett 1948 Keith H. Weagel 1949 Ray S. Anderson 1949 Keith E. Wallace 1950 Harold V. Madden 1950 James W. Wyland 1952/MEd ’59 Richard L. Ziegler Sr. 1954 Patricia (Davis) Fossum 1955 Clayton V. Berg 1955 Ruth (Maas) Tuttle 1959/MS ’61 Carl F. Dauman 1959 Norman A. Larson 1960 Wallace Vande Wetering (Aggie) 1963 Jay L. Chiles 1966/MEd ’77 Harriet Dressen 1967 Eugene H. Gaddis 1967 Thomas E. Jewett MEd ’70 Norma (Hein) Dannenbring MEd ’70 Roy D. Jenkins 1973 Alan R. Bloom 1974 Carole M. Willadsen MEd ’79 Esther (Warkenthien) Schroeder 1986 Kim M. McDermott MS ’91 Judy (Holmes) Herron 1991 Clifton M. Nock

JUNE 26 – REDFIELD, SD Alumni and friends around Redfield, South Dakota, gathered for golfing and dinner.

JULY 30 – WATERTOWN, SD Alumni and friends gathered for a social at Lunkers with new Athletic Director Justin Sell and plenty of Jackrabbit pride.

JULY 23 – MILLER, SD Alumni and friends gathered at the SDSU Cow Camp for an open house and field day.


JULY 17 – SPEARFISH & DEADWOOD, SD Jackrabbit alumni and friends gathered in the Black Hills for golfing, dinner, and an auction.

JUNE 12 – BROOKINGS, SD The Class of 1959 gathered in Brookings, South Dakota, to celebrate the golden anniversary of their graduation from SDSU.



Aggie School Picnic – Huron, SD Redfield Golf Outing and Dinner – Redfield, SD Elk Point 150th Celebration and Ice Cream Social – Elk Point, SD

July 15 July 16 July 17

Pierre Picnic – Pierre, SD Rapid City Meet ‘n’ Greet – Rapid City, SD West River Golf Tournament, Banquet and Auction – Spearfish & Deadwood, SD SDSU Cow Camp – Miller, SD Miller Golf Outing and Dinner – Miller, SD Prairie Rep Theatre Preproduction Reception – Brandon, SD Watertown Social – Watertown, SD

July 23 July 23 July 23 July 30 JULY 15 – PIERRE, SD The annual alumni picnic was held at Steamboat Park.

August 13 Mitchell Golf Outing and Dinner – Mitchell, SD August 25 Huron Meet ‘n Greet – Huron, SD August 27 Sioux Empire Staters Jackrabbit Shootout – Sioux Falls, SD

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West River Jacks become official alumni association chapter here are 4,743 SDSU alumni in western South Dakota. Now they have an official alumni chapter they can join—the West River Jacks. For decades the Rapid City-based group had club status, but that changed April 4 when the SDSU Alumni Association’s board of directors voted to approve the formation of the association’s second alumni chapter. The first was the Sioux Empire Staters Chapter of Sioux Falls. “With the growth in enrollment and the move to Division I athletics, there is more interest in supporting and reconnecting with the University,” says chapter president Dan Dryden. “The chapter will provide the vehicle for the West River alumni and friends to accomplish that connection.” Becoming an official chapter means more than just changing the group’s letterhead. “The chapter status provides us with nonprofit status,” according to chapter vice president Gary Jensen. “It provides accounting and auditing services for chapter funds.” The association also maintains a chapter database, allowing for easier communication with members. According to Matt Fuks, president and CEO of the SDSU Alumni Association, the chapter status might inspire more alumni to join. “It’s easier for folks to join and participate if it’s an official chapter,” Fuks says. “They say, ‘Well, I’m an alumni, I can join.’”


While the status of the group has changed, some things will remain the same; for twenty-eight years members have organized and sponsored a golf outing and auction. “Our desire is to have chapter members get involved so that we may continue to offer this event well into the future,” Dryden says. Leading up to the change in status, the association office in Brookings noticed a marked increase in West River alumni activity. As examples, Fuks notes alumni mixers, game watch parties, a reception after the rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show, and a visit by the Jackrabbit football team for a scrimmage. “They’ve dramatically ramped it up,” Fuks says. The move taken by the West River Jacks is one that Fuks hopes other clubs will emulate. Likely locations for future alumni chapters include Brookings, Minneapolis, Huron, Yankton, Kansas City, and Denver. “Interestingly enough,” Fuks says, “there has also been an inquiry from Malaysia.” To find out more about joining the West River Jacks, contact the SDSU Alumni Association at 888-735-2257 or Dana Hess Chosen to lead the West River Jacks, a new official chapter of the SDSU Alumni Association, are, from the left, vice president Gary Jensen, president Dan Dryden, treasurer Bruce Nearhood and, seated, secretary Dixie Serr.



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Mark your calendars and watch for more information, including additional events and special guests attending from SDSU • September 15 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • September 21 Mixer at McNally's Irish Pub (5pm) • October 20 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • November 14 Road Trip to watch the Jacks take on the Gophers in Minneapolis • November 17 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • December 9 Madrigal Choir performance at the Old Courthouse Museum (12pm) • January 19, 2010 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • February 16, 2010 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • March 16, 2010 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • April 20, 2010 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm) • May 18, 2010 Luncheon at the East Side Pizza Ranch (12pm)

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