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30 May 2012

Marge Palaniuk

Faculty of the Year
General Education Department Chair/Instructor Marge Palaniuk is the United Tribes 2012 American Indian College Fund/TCU Faculty Person of the Year. Marge was honored April 26 during an All Hands meeting at the UTTC Skill Center. The event served also as a farewell reception for Marge, who had earlier announced her retirement. “I will cherish you all,” she said. “UTTC is not just a job. It’s been my identity.” Marge has been with UTTC since 1994.

– Dr. Phil Baird

Julie Cain

Powwow Leadership
Congratulations to Julie Cain (Blackfeet), the new chairperson of the 2012 United Tribes International Powwow Committee. She will supervise and guide the work of the powwow committee in preparing and presenting this year’s event. She will also represent the powwow on campus, throughout the community and to the UTTC Board. Julie has many years of experience in the culture and working with the powwow and powwow-related events. We look to her for exceptional guidance and culturally-rooted leadership in this, the college’s premier annual event.

– Dr. David M. Gipp

White House Visit
United Tribes President David M. Gipp attended a meeting by invitation at the White House on April 16. The event was a Small Business Administration Summit meeting on the subject of economic development.

TV Appearance
Associate VP of Career Development Mark L. Mindt appeared in a news story on KFYR-TV on April 26. He was interviewed by technology reporter Jerome Novak in the Jack Barden Center about the presentation software known as Prezi. Among other things, UTTC uses the versatile new program to describe and promote the DeMaND Program. Consultant Leah Woodke, former UTTC staffer, provided technical assistance.

– Editor

Brek Maxon

Business Wise
Brek Maxon made an informative presentation May 17 to the Native American Contractors Association meeting in Rapid City, SD. Maxon directs the NDSD/Native American Business Enterprise Center on the UTTC campus. His presentation was about government contracting and business assistance available to Native American entrepreneurs.

– Editor

Highly Qualified
Congratulations to Kara Four Bear on earning test scores that make her a “highly qualified professional educator”! Kara met the final requirements for teacher licensure by passing the Praxis II exams (quite handily, I might add!).

– Lisa J. Azure, Teacher Education Chair

Michael Iken
UTN photo Logan Davis

Congratulations to Michael E. Iken, MS, LSW, LAPC, on his presentation in April at Prior Lake, MN during a training session sponsored by the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service. His presentation helped improve understanding about how to meet the needs of veterans in the higher education setting. It focused on assisting veterans with the transition from soldier to student, an important element to ensure success. Mike is an Academic and Personal Counselor in UTTC’s wellness center. Criminal Justice student Bret Smith also presented; his topic was a History of Native Americans in the Military.

Randy Two Crow

Horticulture Assistant
Randy Two Crow (Oglala), Kyle, SD, has joined the Land Grant Program as a Horticulture Assistant and will be working with Colette Wolf, Extension Horticulture Educator.

Randy has an Associate Degree in Organic Agriculture from Oglala Lakota College. His work and research experience includes organic vegetable production, harvesting and canning fruits and vegetables. Community outreach responsibilities include tilling gardens for community members, delivering produce to Senior Centers and planting fruit trees in various communities.

His extensive outreach experience includes working with the disadvantaged farmers and ranchers of Pine Ridge, providing training in web site development, Microsoft Excel budgeting skills, and Equine hoof care services.

Randy is currently a student at UTTC majoring in criminal justice. He will be working this summer with various gardening projects including the Dragonfly Garden, Anne Kuyper Community Garden, and Kids’ Garden with the 2012 Summer school students at TJES.

– Colette Wolf

Brad Hawk

Congratulations to Brad Hawk (Crow Creek) on becoming the college’s Associate VP of Community Wellness. He relocated from the Finance Department to the top office in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. Brad has been with United Tribes for 10 years.

Harriett Schneider retired June 1 as a counselor in the Chemical Health Center. Her service at United Tribes dates back to 1993. In retirement she is headed to her rural home country near Hebron, ND to sample the seasons.

Sharon Zwinger retired from the teaching faculty of the Practical Nursing Program. She had been a UTTC employee since 2004.

Mark Wallevand is now the United Tribes Safety Director. He was formerly a UTTC Criminal Justice instructor and will continue to do adjunct teaching. He joined the staff in 2011, just in time for volunteer flood-fighting.

Juanita Maxon has retired from her para-professional position at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School. She had been with TJES since 2000.

Graphic Designer Martha Garreau (Cheyenne River) left Arrow Graphics in May to relocate to Ohio. She had been on the staff two-and-one-half years and is a graduate of the Art/Art Marketing Program.

Kathleen Thurman is the United Tribes Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management as of May 21st. She transferred from the academic division where she was the Business Department chair since last year.

Long-time admissions employee Vivian Gillette (Three Affiliated) retired as of April 13. She had been with UTTC since 1994 and was one of the college’s first graduates in 1970.

United Tribes has a new Webmaster as of May 14 in the person of Justin Oleyte (Crow). Justin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and formerly applied his skill and talent as an employee with Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, MT.

Dr. Stacie Iken became the college’s Institutional Assessment Director as of May 21. She was formerly director of Upper Division Programs and has been with UTTC since 2008.

Cynthia Allery, formerly with the UTTC Land Grant Program, now has a new assignment in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. She is an Addiction Counselor II, Access to Recovery Specialist. She has been at Tribes since last year.

Brandy Knife (Rosebud) is a new Addiction Counselor in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. She is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, had worked for the Yankon Tribe and relocated from Rapid City, SD.

Alexa Azure is now the college’s Pre-Engineering Instructor. She began with the 2012 summer term. Alexa has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota.

– Deb Hempler, Human Resource Assistant


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