Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award in the elementary division.
Pamela is a first-grade teacher in Edgemont.
Bradley Lemmel, Class of ’09, Faith, has accepted a graphic design position with Lawrence and Schiller.
Class of ’07, Macomb, Ill., a theatre graduate, is currently portraying "Einstein" in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a play written by film star and comedian Steve Martin.
Air National Guard Capt., Michael Odle, Class of ’02, Billings, Mont., was a participant in the presidential inaugura- tion on Jan. 20, as part of the largest-ever contin- gent of National Guard members to serve in Washington, D.C. More than 7,000 Army and Air National Guard members participated. Odle was recently appointed as the Regional Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Great Plains Region, which includes nine states from Northern Montana and North Dakota to the Texas Gulf Coast. Odle will be based at the regional headquarters in Billings.
Jodi Oliver, Class of ’09, Spearfish, is serving as coordinator for the YouthWise organization in the Northern Hills.
Class of ’02, Rapid City, is the co-host for the morning show on KAT Country 98.7 FM. Anya's on-air name is Kris Killian. She also recently took over the Public Service
Cassandra Rausch, Class of ’09, Spearfish, has accepted a position as an auditor with the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit.
April Rosin, Class of ’09, Spearfish, will be working in Colorado as an aquatic nuisance species technician.
Jill Thomas, Class of ’06, Misenheimer, N.C., was recently named head coach for women’s basketball at Pfeiffer University.
Jared Trask, Class of ’08, Rapid City, was recently hired as the multimedia marketing manager for the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Class of ’08, Box Elder, a theatre graduate, is in his second season touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Annually, MCT visits nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian Provinces and overseas.
Young Alumni Achievement Award presented to Rebecca Skinner-Atkinson
The Black Hills State University Alumni Association
presented the Young Alumni Achievement Award to Rebecca Skinner-Atkinson, a 1999 graduate of the University. Rebecca works as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given to honor an alumnus who has attended BHSU within the past 10 years and has distinguished him or herself with outstanding achievements, contributions, and service to society, the community, and BHSU. As a BHSU student, Rebecca was president of the Student Ambassadors and the Health Science Student Organization. She
was also a resident assistant at Thomas Hall and later the director of the campus apartments. She also spent two years as a student worker in the Alumni Office. After graduating in May of 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry, Rebecca moved to Fort Collins, Colo., and worked for Agilent Technologies for two years. From 2001 to 2003 she was a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Wyoming while earning her Master of Science in Animal Science. From 2003 to 2006 Rebecca remained at the University of Wyoming as a Graduate Research Assistant and in 2006 obtained her PhD. In August 2006, Rebecca was hired as an assistant professor in the Department
of Animal Science at SIUC. As a beef forage specialist, she is currently a member of the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, the Society of Rangeland Management, the American Society of Animal Science, and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture.
Casey Hibbert receives the Spirit of BH Award Casey Hibbert, speech and communications major from
Spearfish, was presented with the Spirit of BH Award by the Black Hills State University Alumni Association at the 2009 Student Volunteer Awards Celebration. Each year, the Alumni Association presents a BHSU student with the Spirit of BH Award. The award is given to a student who has made significant contributions that reflect positively on the University, as well as the community as a whole. Casey was involved in various campus activities and organizations. He performed in over 25 university or community shows, including
the role of “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol, “Wild Bill” in Deadwood Dick and “John the Beloved” in the Black Hills Passion Play. Casey was a nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing and competed for a national acting scholarship award in January at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Last summer he participated in the BHSU Summer Theater Program and also found time to help orient new students during registration by serving as a student leader. In addition to Casey’s acting, he has provided technical support for the BHSU theatre and the Matthews Opera House from 2004 to the present. In 2006, he was voted secretary for Props and Liners and Theatre Society, and in 2007 was voted president for Props and Liners and Theatre Society. Casey served as a Student Technology Fellow at BHSU and has been on the Dean’s List. The past five years, he has volunteered at the Spirit of the Hills Animal Sanctuary and in 2008 was the organizer for “Paws and Claws," which is a dance concert held to benefit the Western Hills Humane Society.
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