Kudos & Announcements Alumni News
Travis Lantis, Class of ’00, Spearfish, was appointed to the State of South Dakota Office of Aeronautics. Travis has over 5,000 hours as a pilot and is a member of the Lawrence County Airport Board, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association, and the South Dakota Pilots Association.
Harley Lux, Class of ’06, Box Elder, was hired by the Hot Springs City Council as the finance officer and city administrator.
Theresa Mutter, Class of ’06, Costa Rica, is the brand communications manager with Costa Rica
Outward Bound. She is responsible for designing all marketing materials and implementing organizational
communication strategies. Theresa is also earning her certificate in international migration studies at Georgetown University. She was invited to take the competitive exam for the United Nations Young Professionals Programme and hopes to launch her career as an international civil servant.
Michael Nekuda, Class of ’08, Dickinson, N.D., is the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Dickinson State University.
Mike Odle, Class of ’02, Washington, D.C., was a guest speaker at Colorado Technical University in Sioux Falls for the Call to Serve program. The Call to Serve Speakers Bureau is a dynamic, diverse group of federal employees who educate audiences about the federal workforce and inspire a new generation to serve. Mike is the legislative affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service and oversees political appointee confirmations and legislative and congressional issues for the Alaska Region.
Wendy Schamber, Class of ’00 and ’05, Lead, published Does Waiting Tables Make You Weak?: Character Building Through Service Positions. The book examines real- life stories and the way people both in and out of service positions react to various situations. Wendy currently teaches math in the Lead School District.
Josh Smith, Class of ’04, Oxford, Mich., earned his master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from the University of Michigan. Josh accepted a position at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he will provide various anesthesia services.
Kyle Smith, Class of ’02, Spearfish, joined First Interstate Bank in Belle Fourche as vice president and commercial/ agriculture loan officer.
Brandy (Miller) Vavruska, Class of ’03, Spearfish, was named the 2011 South Dakota Outstanding Educator for Environmental Education by the South Dakota Project Learning Tree (PLT). Last June she traveled to Montgomery, Texas, to receive her honors. Brandy is a kindergarten teacher at West Elementary.
Graduates from the Class of 1971 celebrate 40-year reunion
The Black Hills State University Alumni Association hosted a 40-year reunion for the Class of 1971. Members from the Class of ‘71, along with family and friends, were given a campus tour and also took part in a banquet and recognition ceremony. Attending the reunion were (l to r): Cal Corey, Linda (Schmeltzer) Corey, Arlette (Dubbe) Hansen, Diann McVey, Kay (Burke) Kaul, Cindy (Swanson) Emmett, Lynda (Farnham) Galinat, Gary Galinat, Ammertte “Amy” Deibert, Joyce (Libolt) Reichert, and James Cairo.
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