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30 September 2013

New Staff in Enrollment

      Please welcome these new employees in Enrollment Services: Kristen Bearstail, Admissions Data Technician; Laramie Plainfeather, Admissions Specialist; Star Silk, Interim Registrar; Nils Landin, Career Development Career Coach; and Wacy Weeks, Recruiter.
- Donovan Lambert, Associate VP Enrollment Services

New Staff in Registrar's Office

      Introducing two new staff members in the Registrar's office: Charles Gitter is the new Course Scheduling Coordinator. He was raised in Bismarck and attended Dickinson State University where he earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in English Education and History Education. He taught for two years at Solen High School. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, in 2003 with a MFA in Creative Writing and began teaching in 2009 at the University of Mary. Charles is married with three children.

      Aja Baker is the new Registrar Assistant. She recently graduated from UTTC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
- Star L. Silk, Interim Registrar

On the Mend

Dan Molnar

      Dan Molnar's quest to become a professional triathlete has taken a detour. UTTC's Strengthening Lifestyles Health Promotion Specialist is on the mend following a bicycle/vehicle crash that hospitalized him for two days. Dan was hit by a pickup truck while on a training ride on a two-lane road south of United Tribes. The driver was charged with Aggravated Reckless Driving.

      Dan suffered major injuries, including broken bones, punctured lungs and cuts and bruises. He credits wearing a helmet with saving his life.

      Sadly, the crash prevented Dan from competing in two world-class triathlons, for which he had been training, including the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii.

      We all pray for Dan's success in his new challenge: making a speedy and full recovery, and setting an example when life hands us something we hadn't counted on.
- Marcus Austin, Strengthening Lifestyles Director

In the Pasture, not Out-to-Pasture

TJ McLaughlin

      TJ McLaughlin (Standing Rock) was feted August 16 at the UTTC Wellness Center on his retirement. He served the college 20 years, the past 12 in the Chemical Health Center as a well-liked counselor who often employed his comfortable sense of humor to help people. He also worked in the college's admission office. He says he met lots of people and made lots of life-long friends. TJ is returning to his home place to ranch near Rattlesnake Butte west of Wakpala, SD. He says he has plenty to do, what with grandchildren and horses; he says he expects to be busy. The Wellness Center staff presented him, quite appropriately, with a Pendleton that has a horses design. "I don't believe in goodbyes; that's too permanent. It's so long, and see you later," he said.

Dr. David M. Gipp

History Talk

      Congratulations to Dr. David M. Gipp on a well-received presentation September 21 at the Governor's North Dakota History Conference. His talk was titled "Pathways Toward Justice: The Intersection of American Indian Tribal Rights and the Civil Rights Movement in 1963." The UTTC president told over 200 attending the conference that tribal people continue to face troubling and complex issues that are not unlike those of 50 years ago. Understanding the past can give insight into dealing with them, he said.



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