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27 May 2013

AICF Faculty of the Year

Evelyn Orth

      It's a great pleasure to announce that UTTC Nursing Dept. Chair Evelyn Orth has been selected as a 2013 Faculty of the Year educator as recognized by the American Indian College Fund. This is such a well deserved honor conferred for a program leader in the highly competitive health education field in the State of North Dakota. Please join me in congratulating Evelyn on this high honor!

– Dr. Phil Baird, VP Academic/Career/Technical Education

Athletic Commission

Hunter Berg

      United Tribes Athletic Director Hunter Berg has been appointed to represent the college as our commissioner and representative on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Activities and Athletic Commission. Hunter became a member of the campus community in 2012 and we congratulate him on a successful first year leading our Thunderbird athletic programs.

– Russell Swagger, VP Student/Campus Services


Security during Spring Storm

Spring storm (photo by James Red Tomahawk)

      The 20 inch snowfall on April 14 didn’t stop UTTC Security Officers from carrying-out their duties. Working with the college’s maintenance staff, our security officers continued to patrol the campus, making building and housing checks, assisting students and staff, and keeping everyone safe and secure throughout the day-long storm. Congratulations on your good work during less-than-ideal conditions!

– James Red Tomahawk, UTTC Chief of Security


Summer Fellowship

      The DeMaND Project and Tribal Environmental Science Department are pleased to announce that GIS faculty member Joe Martinetti has been awarded a summer faculty fellowship. The award provides Joe with the opportunity to enhance his course: Advanced Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing with Lab, a course in the Geographic Information Systems AAS Degree at UTTC. Way to Go, Joe!

– Jen Janecek-Hartman, PhD, Director UTTC STEM Programs

TJES Honors

      Congratulations to Theodore Jamerson Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Linda Moericke on her retirement after 35 years.

      Congratulations to Misty Miller (math coach), Margo Krabbenhoft (1st grade teacher), and Brenda Rhone (reading and math center) upon earning master's degrees from the University of North Dakota this spring.

– Renee Connell, TJES Secretary/Business Manager

      Nicole Bernier has been teaching for six years and is currently in her second year of teaching music at TJES. In March she attended the Organization for American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Convention in Hartford, CT. She is currently the public relations board member for the Northern Plains Kodály Chapter, Fargo/Moorhead. In July 2012 she finished all three levels of her Kodály training and earned a Graduate Certificate in Kodály music education.

– Glenna Mueller, TJES Reading/Math Center

President Honored

David M. Gipp

      United Tribes President David M. Gipp has been honored with the National Indian Gaming Association's 2013 Chairman’s Leadership Award. “Dr. Gipp, your school is better than any school in the whole world when it comes to advocating for, standing by and promoting young leaders,” said Ernie Stevens Jr, NIGA President, when presenting the award May3 during United Tribes graduation.

      David M. Gipp was presented the Tribal College Leader of the Year Award by the American Indian College Fund March 19 during the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dr. Gipp has been leader of United Tribes since 1977. Hunkpapa Lakota, he is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Tribe.

High Honor for UTTC Board Chairman

Tex Hall

      Congratulations from United Tribes to Tex G. Hall, Ihbudah Hishi – Red Tipped Arrow, for the high honor of being presented with the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award by the National Indian Gaming Association. The well-deserved recognition was conferred during NIGA's 2013 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Phoenix in March. Hall is the longest serving chairman of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation and his legacy of service to others grows daily.


Grad School

      Congratulations to Deidre White Man for being accepted to grad school at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, for fall 2013. Teacher Ed students and colleagues wish you well on your new journey!

– Lisa J. Azure, Teacher Education Director


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