Kudos & Announcements T
Claudia Little, Class of ’78, Spearfish, authored a new book entitled, “Patches, My Mustang,” which tells the story of her life growing up on a cattle ranch on the edge of the Badlands.
John Jasper Riggs, Class of ’78, Miami Beach, Fla., was recently hired as the director of the Christian Dior Boutique in Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, Fla.
Elaine Doll-Dunn, Class of ’79, Spearfish, received an Embrace Life Award, honoring her for her ability to persevere after the death of a spouse. She lost her husband unexpectedly when she was only 23 years old. Since that time she has remarried, raised seven kids, and run in more than 100 marathons.
Darla Crown, Class of ’80, Rapid City, was pre-
sented with this year’s ATHENA award from the Rapid City Chamber. Darla is the development officer for the Children’s Home Society.
Pat Jones, Class of ’85, Lennox, was named superintendent for schools of the Lennox School District.
Paula Farley, Class of ’87, Spearfish, was named the Spearfish Wal-Mart teacher of the year. Paula is a Spearfish Middle School teacher.
Marty Haivala, Class of ’87, Overland Park, Kan., was promoted to vice president of the Commercial Lending Division at Valley View Bank in Overland Park,
Kan. Marty specializes in construction lending.
Cheryl Holmberg, Class of ’87, Phoenix, Ariz., received the “Construction Team Member of the Year” award at the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona Marketing and Merchandising Excellence awards cer- emony. She is currently the purchasing agent for a construction company.
Eveline Corliss, Class of ’89, Brandon, works for the Wells Fargo opera- tions center in Sioux Falls.
Eldon Marshall, attended, White River, head coach of the White River boy’s basketball team, led the Tigers to the State “B” Basketball Tournament.
Robert Cook, Class of ’90, Black Hawk, was named
the National Indian Education Association’s Teacher of the Year. He taught for 17 years at various tribal schools, and now teaches in a ninth grade transition program for American Indian students in Rapid City.
Spearfish teach- ers Patrick Gainey, Class of ’92; and Scott Howard, Class of ’96, were inducted into the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers.
Lisa Bryan, Class of ’93, accepted a teaching posi- tion at the University of South Dakota.
Amy (Simmons) Lee, Class of ’93, Spearfish, received the Presidents Award at First Premier Bankcard. Amy is their human resources officer.
Michael DeLancey, Class of ’94, Gillette, Wyo., earned his masters degree in administration. He is a physical educa- tion teacher at Lakeview Elementary and the summer school principal at Hillcrest Elementary in the Campbell County School District.
Disc golf arboretum created
wo BHSU alums who teach at Douglas Middle School combined their passion for teaching earth science and their enthusiasm for disc golf to create a unique arboretum and disc golf course for middle school students. Brant Miller, Class of '01, and Tony Burns, Class of '94, received national recognition for their project, which was awarded a $10,000 Toyota Tapestry Grant for Science Teachers. According to Miller, the unique combination gives students a hands- on approach to learning about South Dakota ecoregions, flora and geology while discovering the benefits of physical fitness and outdoor exercise through the sport of disc golf. Miller, an avid cyclist and former BHSU basketball player, was inspired to try the sport of disc golf while attending BHSU. He had the opportunity to learn disc golf from one of the best, Don Altmyer, BHSU accounting professor and 2005 World Amateur Disc Golf Grandmaster Champion.
Pat Rotert, five years, attended; Jamie Hafner, five years, Class of ’97; Michelle Wenzel, five years, Class of ’01; Jeremiah Cano, five years, Class of ’01; and Tom Paisley, 10 years, Class of ’93; were recent- ly recognized for their years of service to the City of Spearfish.
Travis Geppert, Class of ’95, Spearfish, was recently named presi- dent of the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Shepard, Class of ’95, Gilbert, Ariz., received the Meritorious Citation Medal for providing law enforce- ment support in New Orleans, La., following Hurricane Katrina. Tom is a Counter Terrorism Officer for U.S. Customs.
Julie Benedict, Class of ’96, Spearfish, was named the 2006 Human Resource Professional of the Year by the Black Hills Society for Human Resource Management.
Neiber retires with many records
ancy Neiber, Class of '69, retired this summer after a long and successful coaching and administrative career.
In 1974, Nancy was hired as the first girl's basketball coach at Mitchell High School and led the Kernels to three state tournament berths, including a runner-up finish in 1977.
As an assistant coach at Dakota State University during the 1983-84 season, she helped lead the Lady T’s to a 20-3 overall record, including a 13-1 mark in the South Dakota
Intercollegiate Conference. Nancy was hired as the women’s basketball head coach at South Dakota
State University in 1984. Over 16 seasons, she became the winningest bas- ketball coach in the history of the school, compiling a 301-140 career record. In June of 2000, Neiber stepped down from her coaching position to become SDSU’s first full-time senior woman administrator for athletics. Nancy was inducted into the BHSU Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame in 1995 and the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
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