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An official publication of the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation

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  • NEW! NDSCS Leadership Fund Established ............... Page 5

    NDSCS Wildcat Homecoming 2014 ....Page 16-17

    NEW EVENT! Alumni and Friends Travel Tours .... Page 12-13

    NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SC IENCE

    FALL 2014, VOL. 16

    ALUMN I REV I EW

  • In my role as Executive Director of the Alumni/Foundation, I have the opportunity to meet many past graduates of NDSCS at events across the state of North Dakota and the nation. At just about every one of the events, I hear a story or two about how the College helped the alum build their leadership skills. So it is with great pleasure that Im able to announce to all of our alumni and friends receiving this years Alumni Review that we have created an NDSCS Leadership Fund with the net proceeds from this years DREAMS Auction, see page 5. We were also able to access a special North Dakota Challenge Grant matching fund to receive $1 for every $2 donated. To learn more about this Challenge Grant opportunity for your donations, please check out the article on page 10 of this issue or visit our website at www.ndscsalumni.com.

    This fund will create leadership training and educational opportunities for many on campus, but especially for a group of students that we are calling the NDSCS Ambassadors! This group of young men and women will be selected annually from nominations from faculty and staff, and will participate in leadership training

    events as well as demonstrate their leadership ability at many events during the school year as Ambassadors for the College. It is our goal to continue to receive donations to the NDSCS Leadership Fund and to expand the opportunities for leadership development to many more students in the future, so if you have questions or would like to contribute, just give me a call or send me an email.

    You will find many stories of our Alumni Awards winners as well as spotlights on other alums in this issue. Check out the 2014 Homecoming Schedule on page 16-17 and plan a trip back to NDSCS for the weekend! Be sure to check out our website for upcoming events and activities, and update us about any address or email address changes. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

    The Alumni Review is an official publication of the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation, 800 Sixth Street North, Wahpeton, ND 58076. It is mailed to college alumni and friends, business and industry partners, government agencies, schools and state education and legislative leaders. The editor retains the right to edit all submissions for style and length considerations.

    NDSCS President: Dr. John RichmanAlumni/Foundation Director: Brad BarthFoundation President: Paul DimmerFoundation Vice President: Annette LokenFoundation Treasurer: DeAnn LollDonor Development Manager:

    Tim NeumannDonor Development Rep: Barb UhlichMajor Gift Officer: Kim NelsonEvent/Website Coordinator: Kim HansenEditor: Brad BarthMarketing Editor: Barbara Spaeth-BaumPublication Design: Rebecca TruesdellCopy Editor: Janess Sveet

    2014-15 ALUMNI/FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

    Brad Barth*Rochelle ConzemiusPaul DimmerStu EngenChad FredericksenRobert GetteTerry GoergerRoger HabermanKen HartyJeff HilgemannLinda HopkinsKelly HubrigMike JacklitchChris Johnson

    Harvey Link*Annette LokenDeAnn Loll*Justin NepplMike NepplTim Neumann*Roger RichelsDr. John Richman*Margaret Wall*Kurt WikstromMike Worner *Ex Officio

    Send article submissions/change of address to:

    NDSCS Alumni/Foundation Office800 Sixth Street NorthWahpeton, ND 58076

    Phone: 701-671-2247Email: ndscs.alumni@ndscs.edu

    IN THIS ISSUE

    Brad Barth

    Brad Barth Class of 78Alumni/Foundation Directorbrad.barth@ndscs.edu701-671-2131www.ndscs.alumni.com

    2014 Award Winners ................................................3-5

    Leadership Fund Established ................................. 5

    Alumni/Foundation Board .......................................6

    Presidents Report ..........................................................7

    Alumni Spotlight - Samantha Lemmerman ... 8

    NDSCS Grads Give Back ............................................ 8

    Science Connection ..................................................9

    Jeremy Heen - Owner Indian Hill Electric ........9

    What are the Chances? ..............................................9

    North Dakota Challenge Grant ............................ 10

    It makes Cents! ........................................................... 10

    Giving Opportunities .................................................... 11

    NDSCS Alumni and Friends

    Travel Tours ...........................................................12-13

    Letterwinners Hall of Fame ...............................14-15

    Attention Former Wildcat Athletes ....................15

    NDSCS Homecoming 2014 ...............................16-17

    Platinum Sponsors .......................................................18

    Alumni/Foundation Sponsors ...............................19

    Events Calendar ...........................................................20

    Cover Images: Completed Bisek Hall expansion and ribbon cutting ceremony Dr. John Richman - NDSCS President, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Kirsten Diederich - N.D. State Board of Higher Education Board Chair.

    NDSCS AMBASSADORS BACK ON CAMPUS

    2 N D S C S A l u m n i R e v i e w

  • Congratulations to Madeline Miller and the late Daryl Miller family for being honored with the 2014 Family Tradition Award! The Miller family has a long history with NDSCS, going back to the Colleges beginnings when Daryl Millers grandmother attended what was then Red River College and eventually became a teacher. Many of Madelines family members have attended NDSCS through the years, including her brother, two of her children, her daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, many cousins and many nieces and nephews.

    Madeline enjoyed her time at NDSCS during the 1940s, at which time the College had an enrollment of approximately 700 students. Madeline had the opportunity to work for Wally Nordgaard, who was the Registrar at the time. She says she learned much from Mr. Nordgaard but definitely learned respect

    for the individual in the way he treated all people the same. Madeline also tells the story of her late daughter, Gayle, who attended NDSCS before transferring to a chiropractic college. One of the instructors was impressed by Gayles knowledge of chemistry and asked her where she earned her chemistry degree. Gayle replied that she did not have a degree and had only

    taken one year of chemistry at NDSSS. The instructor replied, That must have been some college and some instructor!

    Madeline says she has seen many young people over the years attend prestigious colleges far from Wahpeton and graduate with large student loans then have a hard time finding a job. She said that doesnt seem to be a problem at NDSCS, where students often find jobs before they graduate. Madeline said, I even had a job offer one month before I graduated from Science! On graduation day, the ceremony was in the morning and I ate lunch and went to work after lunch.

    The NDSCS Foundation is pleased to honor the Madeline Miller and late Daryl Miller family with the Family Tradition Award.

    Alumnus of the Year TIM PURDONA native of Ashby, Minn., Tim Purdon attended NDSCS and graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts in 1989. Tim was the recipient of a Presidents Scholarship and was on the Presidents Honor Roll the entire two years he was at NDSCS.

    While at NDSCS, Tim was a fixture at the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center. Working for Athletic Director Don Engen, Tim spent many nights supervising student use of the facility. He also served as the Voice of the Wildcats, as the public address announcer for the womens basketball and volleyball games. Tim also worked at Wildcat mens basketball games and wrestling matches and many high school basketball tournaments as the scoreboard and clock operator. With the help of legendary NDSCS mens track and field coach Owen O.J. Jensen, Tim became a certified USA Track & Field official during his time in Wahpeton and worked many high school and college track meets at NDSCS as the official starter. Tim ran track (steeplechase) for the Wildcats during his freshman year and participated in all intramural sports.

    Tim went on to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead and received his Bachelor of Arts in English, graduating summa cum laude in 1991. He graduated cum laude from the Hamline University School of Law in 1994. Following law school, Tim clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Van Sickle, United States District Court, District of North Dakota in Bismarck.

    On February 4, 2010 Tim was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota. Tims nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010. He is North Dakotas 18th U.S. Attorney. As U.S. Attorney, Tim has placed special emphasis on increasing public safety on the American Indian reservations in North Dakota, ensuring national security and law enforcement cooperation along North Dakotas international border with Canada and working with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to counter the new threat from organized criminal enterprises that have targeted western North Dakotas Bakken oil boom region.

    Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Tim practiced law at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D. Prior to joining the Vogel Law Firm in 2005, Tim practiced for nine years at the Bismarck firm of Dickson & Purdon.

    Attending NDSCS has been a family affair for Tims family as his sister, Barb, graduated from NDSCS in 1991 and also worked for the Wildcat athletic depa