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29 September 2011


Harriett and Jordan

      Friends and colleagues turned out at United Tribes to wish farewell to Harriett Skye upon her retirement. The former vice president of Intertribal Programs was regaled with memories and honored with songs June 10 at the college cafeteria. A bit of technological wizardry allowed her daughter Jessica Skye Paul to listen in on the event from her office at FaceBook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Her granddaughter Jordan Skye Paul (in photo with Dr. Skye) attended in person and later helped her grandmother with a move to California.


      Congratulations to Shawn F. Holz, Media Arts Instructor, in the Art/Art Marketing Program, for being accepted into the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the UND Department of Educational Leadership. Shawn is part of the first Bismarck cohort to begin attending weekend classes on the BSC campus.


      Congratulations to United Tribes Chemical Health Supervisor/Counselor Julie Cain, who received certification in May for successfully completing Level 3 of the International Chemical Dependence Test. “Thank you all for your help,” she said in an e-mail to staff. “And most of all, thanks to the Creator for sending me to this wonderful United Tribes family.”


      Members of the United Tribes faculty and staff said farewell to Wes Long Feather in June. The highly effective chief of the administrative staff left the college after nearly 10 years of service. He was drawn away by the call of service to his tribe and joined the administrative team of Chairman Charles W. Murphy at the Standing Rock Tribe in Fort Yates, ND. His steady and dependable service was a strong influence behind the scenes in many undertakings at United Tribes. His good nature and sense of humor allowed those who relied on him to josh about having to memorize a new “life-line” phone number, now that he is no longer here.


      Ruth Buffalo Zarazua is going back to school in the fall. The director of UTTC’s Strengthening Lifestyles Program has accepted a Susan G Komen scholarship to attend the University of Kansas Medical Center to earn a Master’s in Public Health. The scholarship includes a part time research assistantship on a breast cancer research team. She says it took a whole year to decide to pursue it. “My roots have been deeply planted at UTTC,” she said in June before leaving the college for summer employment at Three Affiliated. “I will miss the campus community, the employees and the students. It was a hard decision to make.” She said it was important that she and her family spend time with loved ones back home before moving to Kansas. Ruth worked at United Tribes for six years. “Thank you for contributing to very special memories that I will forever hold dear to my heart. Both of my children grew up here and enjoyed it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you have taught me!”
– Ruth Buffalo Zarazua, MBA, Strengthening Lifestyles Program former director


      Angel Young and her son P-Nut Young both performed June 3 at the 2011 Summer Reading Kick Off event held at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Congratulations on a job well done!
– Ruth Buffalo Zarazua, MBA, Strengthening Lifestyles Program former director


      Kandi Mossett of Three Affiliated Tribes was on hand for the first day of gardening on the UTTC campus by youngsters in the Summer Youth Wellness program. The program is a collaboration of TJES, Land Grant, NDSU Extension Service, and the Strengthening Lifestyles Program. And, during the Tri College: NEW (National Education of Women) Leadership Development Institute there were many other regional community members who have community garden initiatives as well. Exciting and good stuff!
– Ruth Buffalo Zarazua, MBA, Strengthening Lifestyles Program former director


      The Teacher Education department presented Cynthia Balliet with a gourd bowl, made by UTTC’s own Butch Thunder Hawk, in recognition of her years of dedication to the department and students. After 11 years at UTTC she decided to retire to spend time with her husband, Wayne, parents, children and grandchildren. Cynthia is the epitome of a professional educator. She is highly respected by her colleagues and, most important, by her students. Prior to coming to UTTC, she taught at the University of Mary. Her vast classroom experience in PreK-12 education included 18 years in tribal communities in Alaska, South Dakota and other locations. Cynthia’s husband, Wayne, graduated from Fort Yates high school and was involved in athletics with Butch Thunder Hawk in both high school and college at Dickinson State. Pictured with Cynthia is her granddaughter, Anya Fritz. Anya’s family had been displaced by Missouri River flooding they were staying with “Grandpa and Grandma.” Congratulations on your retirement, Cynthia, and thank you for everything you’ve done for your UTTC family!
– Lisa J. Azure, Teacher Education Chair/Child Development Center Administrator


      Jody Koch, Kathy Aller and Charlene Weis labored in the good earth of United Tribes after graduation in May. They planted geraniums near the front gate. The geraniums were decorations from the 2011 Commencement Ceremony. Kathy also planted three lilac bushes on the south side of the Education Building in honor of this year’s Business Office Technology graduates. Graduation plants were also used in the Skill Center courtyard.


      David M. Gipp participated in a one-week European Higher Education Study Tour in July. The UTTC president visited Brussels, Belgium, Valencia, Spain and Glasgow, UK with a group of other higher education leaders from the United States and Canada. The visit aimed to promote better understanding of higher education policies and systems and create opportunities for exchange between institutions in Europe and the US. and Canada.


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