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UTTC honors mid-year graduates
21 December 2009

BISMARCK, ND - United Tribes Technical College honored 40 mid-year graduates during a ceremony December 18 at the college in Bismarck. The college’s “Fall Honoring Program” completed the fall semester and marked the beginning of a three-week holiday break.


DIPLOMA MOMENT: Marlarae D. Cook, Bismarck, ND, received her diploma from Dr. David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president. The honor was conferred on 40 graduates December 18 during the college’s Fall Honoring Program. Cook is from the Cheyenne River Tribe; she earned a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Elementary Education. United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

      Thirty of the grads earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees in 12 programs of study; ten earned Certificates of Completion in the field of Medical Transcription.

      The program’s guest speaker, Scott Davis, urged them to help “take ownership” of their tribal communities.

      “Take the energy from your accomplishments here and put them into your work back home,” said Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. “In earning a diploma you are now obligated to go home and give back to your community. Your families and friends and your tribe are watching you, to see how and what you will do. So, make the most of this opportunity.”


      Ten of the UTTC graduates earned two-year degrees in the college’s Criminal Justice Program, followed by six in Small Business Management. Six students were recognized as honor students.

      The drum group Tatanka Nagi provided opening and closing songs. A reception was held for 200 friends and family who attended the program in the college’s Wellness Center.

      Spring Semester 2010 at UTTC begins with student orientation January 3 – 6, followed by the start of classes on January 6.


BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY
*Christina D. Bell, Fort Washakie, WY (Northern Arapahoe)

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
*Moria F. Kasto, Mandan, ND (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
***Clayton P. Martell, Poplar, MT (Fort Peck Tribe)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
*Yolanda R. Basurto, Rapid City, SD (Oglala Sioux Tribe)
*Lori M. Bearcub, Cannon Ball, ND (Fort Peck Tribe)
***Taylor A. Brushbreaker, Rosebud, SD (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)
***Louise E. Eagle Shield, Lower Brule, SD (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

*Christy A. Garreau, Bismarck, ND (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
*Linzi M. Morin, Bismarck, ND (Turtle Mountain)
*Carolyn R. Morrison, Crow Agency, MT (Crow Agency)

*Monica L. Patneaud, Belcourt, ND (Turtle Mountain)
***Savannah J. Peterson, Mandan, ND (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
***Sheena D. Cain, Bismarck, ND (Blackfeet Nation)
*Jim L. Waln, Bismarck, ND (Pine Ridge)

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
*Coleen M. Cain, Poplar, MT (Three Affiliated Tribes)
*Marlarae D. Cook, Bismarck, ND (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
***Marlo L. Friday, Bismarck, ND (Northern Arapahoe)

COMMUNITY HEALTH
*Rhea R. Greenwood, Bismarck, ND (Turtle Mountain)


MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION-Certificate
*Heidi P. Bettis, Milpitas, CA
Tavia D. Betts, Clinton, ME
Jennifer A. Hartze, Mobridge, SD
Janice M. McGuire, Mandan, ND
Shari A. Otto, Mandan, ND
Terri L. Raidt, Louiseville, KY
Jessica M. Saylor, Bismarck, ND
Jennifer J. Stock, Wishek, ND
Emily C. Vesey, Fairfield, ND
Cynthia S. Wilson, Lonoke, AK

NUTRITION and FOOD SERVICE
*Sarabeth A. Eagle, Bullhead, SD (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
*Geraldine M. Hollow, Fort Yates, ND (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

PRACTICAL NURSING
***Mary E. Calabaza, Bismarck, ND (Santo Domingo Tribe)

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
*Michael T. Alex, Bismarck, ND (Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe)
*Chastity L. Clausen, Bismarck, ND (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
*Cody M. Conica, Bismarck, ND (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
***Mitchell E. Davis, Bismarck, ND (Turtle Mountain)
***Dori K. LaFromboise, Mobridge, SD (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
***Lisa A. Stump, Box Elder, MT (Chippewa Cree Tribe)


TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
*Sean J. White Mountain, Bismarck, ND (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
*Louise M. Yazzie, Eagle Butte, SD (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)

* December 2009 grads
** Double Majors
***Summer 2009 grads
Honor Students noted in bold