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Sandra (Doody) Arseneault, Class of ’84, Custer, was recently named president of the South Dakota Education Association (SDEA). Sandra is a teacher in Custer.


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Marla (Hershey) Barnard, Class of ’81, Houston, Texas, was hired as senior vice presi- dent of human resources for Personix, a division of FiServ. Marla oversees eight regional HR man- agers in various cities across the U.S.


Carol (Baxter) Gee, Class of ’80, Stone Mountain, Ga., recently received Emory University’s highest staff award, the Award of Distinction, which given to staff who consistently


Pingrey honored with American Star of Teaching Award


isa Pingrey, Class of '95, received the 2008 American Star of Teaching for South Dakota. Lisa is in her 10th year of teaching math and science at Custer Middle School. The national award recognizes and honors teachers with a track record of improving student achieve- ment, using innovative instructional strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. Officials from the U.S. Department of Education visit the classes of each American Star to congratulate them on their success. Lisa, who won the Rising Star Award for technology in 2003 and was also the 2005-06 Custer Teacher of the Year, was nominated by Larry Luitjens, retired Custer High School coach. The award was presented to Lisa during a school presentation. The American Stars of Teaching, which was started in 2004 as part of the U.S. Department of Education Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative, includes regional and district workshops, roundtables for teachers and principals, regular e-mail updates and digital learning.


Lisa Pingrey, Class of '95, received the 2008 American Star of Teaching for South Dakota. The award honors teachers who have made a significant impact on the lives of their students. Lisa is in her tenth year of teaching math and science at Custer Middle School.


contribute over and above their specific job duties. Carol is employed with Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


Cook recalls BHSU memories


Anthony “Tony” Kirchmeier, Class of ’89, was recently named chief academic advisor for the College of Business at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


Daryl Shryock, Class of ’87, Edmond, Okla., was promoted to Lt. Colonel and was recently activated and mobilized. Daryl, a field artillery officer, has served for over 20 years.


Dena Cook, Class of ’25, recently visited with Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, about her mem- ories of Black Hills State University, which was called Spearfish Normal when she attended. Wheaton was mailing invitations to the 50-Year-Club for the May commencement and included a “lost list” with names of alumni with whom BHSU had lost contact with. Viola Ala, Class of '48, received her invitation and recognized Dena’s name on the list. She called Wheaton and informed him that Dena was residing at Dorsett Regional Senior Care in Spearfish. Wheaton presented Dena with a BHSU blanket, and the two visited about the school and its history.


Greg Sund, Class of ’86, Spearfish, was recently hired as the city adminis- trator for Spearfish.


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Robert B. Cook, Class of ’90, Summerset, recently met


with President Barack Obama’s education team in Washington, D.C., to lay out a course for American Indian Education in the new administration. Robert is the current presi- dent of the National Indian Education Association.


Sherry (Hughley) Crofut, Class of ’97, Rapid City, recently earned national board certification in teaching. This certification is recognized as one of the highest credentials in the teaching profession. Sherry teaches eighth- grade English and social studies at North Middle School in Rapid City.


Mike DeLancey, Class of ’94, Gillette, Wyo., was named principal at Lakeview Elementary in Gillette, Wyo.


Jeff Easton, attended, Rapid City, was recently hired at Black Hills Power as a marketing specialist.


Pat Gainey, Class of ’92, Spearfish, and his wife, Patricia Gainey, Class of ’90, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America last fall. The show focused on the couple for their “50 States in 50 Days” feature. The feature, which picks an issue that is important to each state and produces a segment about the issue as an informative piece, focused on teacher sala- ries in the state of South Dakota.


Dawn Glanc, Class of ’98, Bellingham, Wash., was recently honored by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) with the AMGA President’s Award. This award recognizes individuals for their commitment and contribu- tions to the profession of mountain guiding.


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