United Tribes NewsUTTC graduation week filled with events
11 April 2007
BISMARCK (UTN) - Three major events during the first week of May will bring the 2006-07 Academic Year to a close at United Tribes Technical College. The college concludes its 38th year of service by recognizing the long tenure of its president, dedicating a new building, and honoring the Class of 2007.
A reception marking the 30th anniversary of David M. Gipp as college president is set for Wednesday, May 2 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Jack Barden Student Life and Technology Center. The event features entertainment and refreshments, and is open to the public.
Gipp was associated with the college during its founding by North Dakota tribal leaders between 1969 and 1972 and began serving as its leader on May 2, 1977. Born at Fort Yates, ND, he is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His Hunkpapa Lakota name translates as Alone Star.
A dedication program for a $2.7 million family student apartment complex is set for Thursday, May 3 beginning at 9 a.m. The event highlights the innovative use of UTTC campus labor to address the need for student housing.
The college's Construction Technology staff and students completed the 26,400 square foot building ahead of schedule in eight months with only a small amount of assistance from contractors. The new facility provides two-bedroom apartments for 24 families.
The college partnered with Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc. on a tax credit financing plan that was made possible through the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. Other support came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (with help from U. S. Senator Kent Conrad), the Otto Bremer Foundation, and UTTC.
North Dakota U. S. Senator Byron Dorgan is the invited keynote speaker during the 2007 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in Lone Star Arena on the college campus. He chairs the U. S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee and has been a consistent advocate for American Indian higher education programs and a strong supporter of UTTC.
The ceremony will honor students who have earned Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Applied Science Degrees, and Certificates of Completion in 17 different academic and vocational programs.
The college's 2007 graduates are from 19 different tribal nations from around the country. The graduation motto is: "Our ultimate measure is not where we stand in moments of comfort but where we stand in times of challenge."
Also scheduled to speak are tribal leaders from the college's five governing tribes: Three Affiliated Tribes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
A reception at the UTTC cafeteria will follow the commencement ceremony. Family, friends and public are invited to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the large gymnasium of the James Henry Community Building.
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