Alumni News Kudos & Announcements
Wes Brown, Class of ’96, Rapid City, is an account executive for KEVN-TV.
Kelly Merager, Class of ’96, Cody, Wyo., is the principal of Wapiti and Valley Schools and the assistant principal of Eastside Elementary.
Melissa (Kostenbauer) Zorko, Class of ’96, Henderson, Nev., was named general manager of Hello Las Vegas!, a full-service destination management company.
Ethan Dschaak, Class of ’97, Spearfish, head coach of the Sturgis boy’s basketball team, led the Scoopers to the State Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls.
Valeria Johnson, Class of ’97, Orlando, Fla., obtained her master of arts in counseling. She is currently working as an addiction counselor for the Center for Drug Free Living in Orlando, Fla.
Cory Strasser, Class of ’97, Canton, is the principal at Canton High School.
Christina (Hiner) Nauta, Class of ’98, Spearfish, and her husband Justin, were awarded the Subway “Franchisee of the Year" for the greater South Dakota and Nebraska region. They are co-owners of four stores.
Class of ’00, Spearfish,
was recently hired as the general manager of the Northern Hills Cinema in Spearfish.
This spring, BHSU held its fourth annual Native American gathering along with the annual Lakota Omniciye Powwow. Attending were: front row: Jessie (Taken Alive) Rencountre, Rapid City; Aub- rie C. James, Rapid City; Irene (Bettelyoun) Duke, Allen; Sharon (Wright) Richards; Marlyce Miner, Rapid City; and Jace DeCory, BHSU faculty, Spearfish. Middle row are: Tom Wheaton, Director of Alumni Relations, Spearfish; Sandor Iron Rope, Spearfish; Whitney Rencountre, Rapid City; Roger White Eyes, Pine Ridge; Faith Taken Alive, McLaughlin; Gerri (Farmer) LeBeau, Box Elder; Gina Veo, Eagle Butte; and John Glover, BHSU faculty, Spearfish. Back row are: Brian Brewer, Pine Ridge; Doug Derby, Whitewood; Terrance Veo, Eagle Butte; William H. McCloskey, Rosebud; and Bear Hand Fischer, Spearfish.
Todd Lowery, Class of ’00, Rapid City, head coach for the volley- ball team at National American University, led his team to the NAIA Division II National Championship.
Bonnie Dutton, Class of ’01, Spearfish, recently had her artwork on display at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City.
Michael Stulken, Class of ’01, Green River, Wyo., earned his law degree from the University of Wyoming in 2005. He works in the private sector for Mathey Law Office.
Allen Godsell, Class of ’02, was promoted to the rank of captain at a cer- emony in March at the U.S. Embassy in the capi- tal city of Paramaribo
(Suriname), marking the first time in history that a South Dakota National Guardsman has been promoted abroad by a U.S. Ambassador.
Heather (Murschel) Ziegenbein, Class of ’02, Spearfish, was recently promoted to her current position as city editor at the Black Hills Pioneer. Heather is married to Shane Ziegenbein, Class of ’07, who is enrolled in the integrative genom- ics master's program at BHSU.
Nicole (Prickett) Marney, Class of ’02, Great Bend, Kan., received her master's degree in agency coun- seling.
Melanie Shurtz, Class of ’02, Burley, Idaho, is teaching English in Rupert, Idaho.
Nikki (Underwood) McDaniel, Class of ’03, Rapid City, won the Leading Ladies half marathon.
Dan Patterson, Class of ’02, is currently serving as United Nations corre- spondent for Talk Radio News in Washington, D.C. A self-described news junkie and pod- caster, Patterson previ- ously worked for Haugo Broadcasting.
Gabriel Zeigler, Class of ’03, Burnsville, Minn., is currently working for the health and wellness company, eq-life.
Corrie Ann (Claussen) Campbell, Class of ’06, Pierre, is the Native American Education Coordinator.
Scott Lindeman, Class of ’06, Rapid City, has
Native American gathering held
joined ISIS Hospitality, LLC as general manager for the new Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rapid City.
Elissa (Anderson) Nesheim, Class of ’06, Rapid City, was hired as the new visual arts manager for the Spearfish Arts Center and Matthews Opera House.
Seven BHSU alums were all inducted into the Lead-Deadwood High School inaugural Hall of Fame: Joan Rachetto, attended; Helen Morganti, Class of ’41, deceased; Glenn Burgess, Class of ’48, deceased; Bob Phillips, Class of ’61; Jim Dunn, Class of ’62; John (Nick) Heinen, Class of ’67; and Dawn (Batterman) Curl, Class of ’90.
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