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Seventeen UTTC graduates honored
16 December 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - Fall semester at United Tribes Technical College ended in smiles and hugs December 16 during an honoring program for students who completed their degree programs midway through the 2005-06 academic year.

      "You have the certification now," said Tex G. Hall, MHA Nation chairman and head of the UTTC board of directors. "Now all you have to do is set your goals and go for it. The opportunities are out there."

Congratulating a graduate
UTTC President David M. Gipp congratulates Office Technology graduate Minnie A. Plenty Chief-Brown (Standing Rock) Wakpala, SD. College board chairman Tex G. Hall applauding at left; at rear, Assistant Dean of Academics Dennis Renville.

      The fall honoring recognized 17 graduates in nine different programs of study. About 100 people attended.

      "Your graduation today brings honor to you, your family and your tribal nation," said David M. Gipp, UTTC president.

      Gipp told the graduates that they carry the spirit of tribal visionaries, like Sitting Bull. The 115th anniversary of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota leader's death was marked December 15, a day before the graduation.

      "He was a man who stood his ground," said Gipp. "You are now left to use the knowledge you've gained here to benefit yourself, your family and others, and advance the commitment of progressive tribal leaders."

Graduate receives hug
UTTC graduate Wilma Yellow Hammer (Fort Peck) receives a congratulatory hug December 16 from one of her Office Technology instructors, Sheri Bear King Baker. At left Criminal Justice graduate Candie K. Rosencrans (Standing Rock) Mandan, ND.

      Fifteen of the graduates earned two-year Associate of Applied Science Degrees and two earned certificate degrees.

      "The people we remember most are those who make a difference in the lives of others," said guest speaker Bismarck Police Chief Deborah Ness. "It isn't the big name people. It's the good people who do good things for the good of others."

      The Cannonball Singers provided honoring songs for the program. Miss Indian Nations XIII Bobbi Rae Sage sang "To See an Eagle Fly." Graduates and guests were received at a prime rib luncheon at the UTTC cafeteria.

      Fall graduates are invited to participate in the college's annual commencement program scheduled for May 5, 2006.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Candie K. Rosencrans (Standing Rock) Mandan, ND; Jeremy B. Agard (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; Faye Mulfinger, Bismarck, ND, Oliver J. Semans (Rosbud) Mission, SD; CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Kenneth J. Brown (Standing Rock) Wakpala, SD; COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Carmen E. Burgee (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Cheryl Circle Bear (Oglala) Hermosa, SD; BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: Minnie A. Plenty Chief-Brown (Standing Rock) Wakpala, SD; Wilma Yellow Hammer (Fort Peck) Poplar, MT; HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Kristi Dionne (Turtle Mountain); INJURY PREVENTION: Memoree T. Eagle (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND; MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION: Lisa K. Emineth, Bismarck, ND; Greta A. Schlosser, Mandan, ND; TRIBAL MANAGEMENT: Chenara T. Harjo (Northern Arapaho) Ethete, WY; Tara J. Hernandez (Winnebago Tribe) Minneapolis, MN; SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Josiah Himes (Standing Rock); Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy (Standing Rock) McLaughlin, SD.


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