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31 January 2012

Praying Betty Better

      Friends and colleagues in the United Tribes Wellness Center and across the entire campus send prayers of sunshine and love to counselor Betty Anhorn for a speedy recovery. We miss you every day. You're in our thoughts and in our hearts, and seeing Betty better is what we pray. Remember, a bend in the road is not the end of the road; it's a new moment on the journey we share. We're here for you, just as you've always been for us.

What was it in the sweep of the sky, the giant outcropping of rock, the sassafras leaf in my hand?
I did not know, but I felt hushed by awe and a quite joy. Avery Brooke

- Julie Cain, CHC Director

New to Student and Campus Services

Marcus Clay Austin
Marcus Clay Austin

      Marcus Clay Austin is the college's new Strengthening Lifestyles Program Director. He was born and raised on Standing Rock in Ft. Yates, ND. He returned to Bismarck with his wife Kathy and two daughters Ava and Aaliyah after living in Hawaii for three years. Much of his family lives in Bismarck, including four brothers (three of whom are currently UTTC students), his mother Mary and grandmother Thelma Luger. Marcus earned a bachelor's in Human Biology from Brown, an Ivy League University in Providence, RI. He spent over a decade strengthening the academic, financial and personal lives of his students, employees and friends. As a grant director and small business owner Marcus served the Standing Rock and Fort Totten school systems. He provided ACT preparation and college access curriculums through his company, Future Generations. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Tribe. His office is located in the Wellness Center off the multi-purpose room: 701-255-3285 x 1357, maustin@uttc.edu.

Jolene DeCoteau
Jolene DeCoteau

      Jolene DeCoteau is the college's new Housing Director. She worked for the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit director. She has 14 years of Indian housing experience in the areas of occupancy, compliance and low income housing tax credit program management. She also worked for the North Dakota Public Housing Authority in Rolette County. The Turtle Mountain Housing Authority received awards for the success of their tax credit program from the likes of Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc. and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. Jolene earned an Associate of Applied Science-Management, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science degrees from Turtle Mountain Community College and holds a Site Compliance Specialist Certification, Spectrum Training Award Certification in Rural Development, and a Tax Credit Compliance diploma. Ms. DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Her office is located in building 1B (Student and Campus Services), upper level: 701-255-3285 x 1513, jdecoteau@uttc.edu.

Randy Lamberth
Randy Lamberth

      Randy Lamberth is the college's new Director of Residential Life. He comes to United Tribes with an educational background from the University of Mary. Randy, his wife Tivona, and three-year-old daughter Madison moved from California three years ago to make Bismarck home. Randy graduated from the University of Mary in 2005 with a B.S. in Physical Education teaching, and will graduate in May with a master's degree in Elementary and Secondary Administration. Prior to being hired at United Tribes, Randy served as a graduate assistant for the U-Mary football program. Previously he taught physical education at Salida Middle School in California. Randy's office is located on the first floor of the Co-Ed Dorm: 701-255-3285 x 1391, rlamberth@uttc.edu.


Kathy Johnson, Sr. Associate VP Student and Campus Services

Holiday Food Drive

      Thank You to everyone on the United Tribes campus who contributed to the holiday food drive. Collected were eight full boxes that were delivered to the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry! Thank you all for donating!

Shani Bordeaux, Land Grant Programs

Certifications Earned

      Please join me in congratulating Julie M. Cain, UTTC Chemical Health Center director, for earning two significant professional certifications, one for herself and one for the department. Julie is now state certified in South Dakota for counseling at the CCDC II level. She also prepared and submitted the review and compliance information to have the Chemical Health Center's DUI License successfully certified for an additional two years. I am so proud of your accomplishments!

Sheri Baker, Associate VP Community Wellness Services

Thank You

      Thanks for your generosity in remembering my mother. The flowers were beautiful.

Dorvin Froseth, BOT Instructor UTTC


Dennis Burr
Dennis Burr

      The United Tribes campus community noted with sadness the passing of Dennis Burr, 72, Grand Forks, ND, a former college employee, who entered the spirit world Nov. 26 in Fargo. Services were held Nov. 30, at the Twin Buttes Community Center, Twin Buttes, ND (Three Affiliated Tribes). He was buried at the Burr Family Cemetery, leaving his daughter, Kandi; sons, Thomas, Robert, Russell and Wayne Burr; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; four brothers, Evan Jr., Larry, Lonnie and Tracy; and his sisters, Marlene Ward and Deb Wilson.

      Dennis was the assistant to the director of United Tribes in charge of special projects in the early and mid 1970s. He is also known far and wide for a sweet swing that earned him titles in two formative Indian golf tournaments in the fall of 1974. Then 34, he captured the first U.S. All-Indian Golf Championship and later out-paced a field of 65 golfers to claim the First Annual National Indian Golf Tournament. He was a determined amateur, who taught himself the game by following a golf instruction series on TV featuring Sam Snead and Byron Nelson.


Life-Saving Effort

      Congratulations to United Tribes Security Officers Sylvester Two Bulls, Ryan Foote and Janet White Shield for saving a life on December 30. The three quickly responded to a call and used their training to save a young man's life. Assistance later came from Burleigh County Sheriff's Deputies and EMS.

      Our officers receive continuous training and engage in exercises and scenarios to prepare them for incidents. In this case it paid off and we are grateful for their dedication to the campus community.

James Red Tomahawk, UTTC Security Chief


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