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Alumni News Kudos & Announcements

Rickey Dale Crain, Class of 78, Shawnee, Okla., is the author of Xtreme Squatting, a book about competi tiveweightlifting. This is his third book.

Dawn (Henderson) Geppert, Class of 79, Sturgis, was named to Who sWho Among America s Teachers for 2005 06. Dawn is a teacher for the Meade School District and helps her husband design, build and decorate homes.

Linda Griffin, Class of 76, Holyoke, Mass., was recently named associate dean for the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Richard Hobernicht, Class of 78, Cedar Mill, Ore., was appointed head of the Department of Assessment and Taxation in Washington County June 20, 2006. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, who most recently commanded 1,200 troops in the Portland District.

Robert (Bob) Jackson, Class of 72, Bison, is the athletic director for the Bison School System and a job coach for the Northern Hills Training Center. He retired from running the Bison Lumber Co. after 28 years. His wife, Gladys (O Rourke), Class of 70, is a customer service

supervisor at the local rural electric and telecommunications companies.

David Landom, Class of 73, Bellbrook, Ohio, was recently named senior budget analyst for Sinclair Community College (SCC). Since 2004, he has served as project manager in the SCC Strategic Project Management Office. He is a member of the International Project Management Institute and its PMI chapter.

The 80s


(Hershey) Barnard, Class of 81,

Houston, Texas, testified at the Enron trial regarding a redeployment of employees, which took place in Enron Broadband Services while she was vice president of human resources there. In her new role as vice president of human resources for Time Warner Cable, she threw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros game for Time Warner Night.

Aileen (Gallagher) Crawford, Class of 87, Rapid City,was named communications director for the Crazy Horse Memorial in March 2005.

Carol Gee, Class of 80, Stone Mountain, Ga., recently wrote a chapter on living younger and smarter in the book, Age

Smart Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond. Carol is the editor at Emory Business School in Atlanta.

Spearfish teachers Deb Hrinda, Class of 85; Pam Ruhnow, Class of 93; Pam Gillespie, Class of 00; and Sue Hall Martin, Class of 02, accepted the Exemplary Reading Program Award at the International Reading Conference in Chicago. This award was presented to 21 schools across the nation.

Mark Naugle, Class of 88, Hill City,was named superintendent of the Hill City School District and was selected as the South Dakota Middle School Principal of the Year for 2005 06.

Dan Olson, Class of 83, Spearfish, is the new principal at East Elementary School. Prior to this, he taught in the Spearfish School District, served as the assistant principal at Sturgis Williams Middle School, and served as the head principal at Whitewood Elementary.

Pam (Riddle) Vitense, Class of 83, Cache, Okla., was named Teacher of the Year for Cache Public School, where she teaches special education.

Leora (Surrell) Black Hills State University Alumni Magazine Page 9

Wildberger, Class of 84 and 88, Sheridan,

Wyo., graduated from the University of Wyoming with a mas ter of arts in music education and is now a music specialist at Tongue River Elementary and Middle School.

Donna (Hansen) Pascoe, Class of 85, Devon, Pa., was named sales and recruiting manager for the pharmacy division at Staffing Plus, Inc., in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The 90s


(Gienger), Class of 97, and Frank

Bowers, Class of 95, Rapid City, recently started the business Black Hills Adventure Tours. They offer bik ing, hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing tours in the Black Hills.

Jeannie Clark, Class of 98, Box Elder, began her new position as principal of Francis Case

Elementary School Aug. 1, 2006.

Patrick Gainey, Class of 92, Spearfish, was awarded the state high school VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher s Award, which recog nizes the nation s top K 12 teachers for teaching citizenship education topics and promoting American history. Patrick is a Spearfish High School government teacher.

Delain Johnson, Class of 95, Whitewood, received her master s degree in human resource development and counseling from SDSU in May 2005 and opened Center for Hope, a private practice in Sturgis.

Bruce Kessler, Class of 96, Pierre, is work ing as a cattle rancher, restaurant manager and financial advisor. He and his wife have two children.

Former faculty and staff

John Gritts, former director of financial aid at BHSU, recently accepted a position as the head of Admissions, Recruiting, Records and Financial Aid at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. He is currently in charge of a staff of six peo ple, but plans to expand to eight or nine in the next couple years.

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