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26 July 2012

Reappointed to Labor Panel
United Tribes President David M. Gipp has been appointed by U. S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to another term on the department ’s Native American/Alaska Native National Workforce Development Council. Gipp accepted the appointment and said he looked forward to assisting the secretary, the department and President Obama in meeting the goals of full employment for citizens in Indian Country and throughout the Nation.

Happy Returns
Alexa Azure, a graduate in Tribal Environmental Science and Art/Art Marketing, has returned to UTTC as the newest member of the TES Department as the Pre-Engineering instructor. She recently graduated from UND with a Chemical Engineering degree and a minor in Math. The TES Department welcomes Alexa; we are especially excited that one of our own students has returned “home” to be a role model and instructor for future engineering students. Welcome back Alexa!
– Jen Janecek-Hartman, UTTC STEM Programs Director

Webmaster on the Case
Justin Oleyte (pronounced ‘oh-LET’) is settling-in as the IT Department’s new Webmaster having joined the staff in May. He is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and comes to us from Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, MT, where he worked for the past four-and-one-half years. Justin has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT., and is married with two young children. Please contact Justin about requests regarding UTTC websites, especially if you would like make changes to information about your department: joleyte@uttc.edu, x 1566. Specific work requests will make their way to Justin when you submit them via the IT work order system at http://trackit.uttc.edu.
– Doug Quinn, UTTC Database Administrator

Wanda Agnew

Chosen to Lead
Wanda Agnew, PhD, RD-LRD, UTTC Nutrition and Foodservice instructor, was selected in June to serve as president of the North Dakota Public Health Association (NDPHA). She has 40 years of public health experience working with county, state and tribal programs, including WIC, Medicare licensure, diabetes prevention, and education. She holds a BS from UND in Food and Nutrition and a Doctoral degree from SDSU in Biological Science focusing on human nutrition, family meals, and antioxidants in native plants. She also serves on the Midwest Dairy Health Advisory Board, GO! Bismarck Mandan CDC ACHIEVE Plan, and is a member of ND Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal of NDPHA www.ndpha.org is to improve, promote and protect the health of citizens. The organization gives voice to public health matters and provides opportunities to partner, create new vision, and affect health status. It is a conduit to bring together persons interested in public health, which Wanda hopes to use to support nutrition classes, wellness, and public health education at UTTC.

Approved and on the job Jodene Uses Many (Cheyenne River) completed all of the requirements for professional teacher licensure and is now employed as a special education teacher at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School. Jodene was formerly a paraprofessional at TJES; she graduated from UTTC with her bachelor degree in May 2012 through the Sweet Grass Project.
– Lisa Azure, Teacher Education Department Chair

Daryl Bearstail

Homeward Bound United Tribes Athletic Director Daryl Bearstail (Three Affiliated) is headed to White Shield High School to serve his alma mater and hometown as the school’s athletic director, head men’s basketball coach and counselor. UTTC staff members bid him farewell July 25 after eight years as the college’s AD and head coach of the Lady Thunderbirds.

Back to Campus
UTTC graduate Kyle DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain) returned to the campus August 13 to begin as a classroom teacher at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School. He relocated from Grand Forks, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Special Education.

On the Beat
Alisha Patnaude (Turtle Mountain) Belcourt, ND, is a new security officer at United Tribes. She began August 13 in the position. Alisha is a graduate of the Peace Officer Academy at Devils Lake, ND.

Nutrition Wise
United Tribes has a new Extension Nutrition Educator in the person of Jan Andring-Keller, as of August 20. Jan relocated from Bozeman, MT, where she earned a master’s in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Montana State University.

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