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23 December 2012

Home on the Range
Congratulations to Russell Swagger, VP Student & Campus Services, for being named in October to the board of directors of Home on the Range. He was selected for a four-year term to fill a vacancy left by outgoing and long-term board member Phil Baird, UTTC VP Academic-Career-Technical Education. Home on the Range is a residential youth facility that adheres to Christian values and is located in ranching country near Sentinel Butte in western North Dakota. Thirty-percent of the clients are Native American.

Heartfelt Farewell
Staff members of Land Grant and Nutrition and Foodservice bid so-long to Shani Bordeaux Trevino (Rosebud) during an October 19 luncheon. The former administrative assistant moved with her husband and family to Three Affiliated and plans to advance her education at Minot State. She described the parting as a bitter-sweet, looking forward to a new adventure but leaving. Shani is truly a child of United Tribes, having attended TJES from 1991 to 94 and graduating from UTTC in 2005 in Small Business Management. Said it was hard to put into words how filled with joy she has been around “encouraging and wacky women.” She said wants to become a teacher and teach young people.

Going West
Financial Aid Manager Judith Red Tomahawk (Standing Rock) departed United Tribes to return to a former job in California. She said farewell to co-workers at a going-away lunch October 25 and thanked everyone for the “blast” it was working with staff and students at UTTC. She was headed to Friant, CA, to become Tribal Government Affairs Director for the Table Mountain Tribe. Things Judith said she would miss at UTTC: Caramel rolls from the cafeteria; her little brother James; chili lunch at transportation; and horseshoe games at the staff picnic.

Going to the Inaugural
No doubt you will agree with Angel L. Young that she is about to embark on an “event of a lifetime.” The UTTC Admissions/Occupancy Coordinator is going to Washington, DC in January to march in President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade. A military veteran, Young is part of the non-profit group “Native American Women Warriors,” a color guard that celebrates Native women veterans and brings recognition to their contributions to the military. During the parade Angel will be in step with members of the group’s board of directors: Mitchelene Bigman, Julia Kelly, Sarah Baker, Lisa Grahm and Lisa Jendry. They seek your support; contact Angel: ayoung@uttc.edu, 701-255-3285 x 1552. And give them all a salute when you see them in the parade on January 21.

Rapid City Connection
Congratulations and welcome to Laurette Pourier (Oglala Sioux Tribe) as she joins the United Tribes family to lay the groundwork for a UTTC satellite center in Rapid City, SD. She is from the Kyle area and was both a student and long-time employee of Oglala Lakota College. She holds degrees in human services and counseling and substance abuse studies. She served in the agency, Rural America Initiatives, worked in the area of domestic violence with the organization Cangleska, and became an advocate for American Indians through the non-profit organization, Society for the Advancement of Native Interests Today. “It’s very exciting to return to the academic setting. The large population of urban Indians in Rapid City is searching for something to better themselves. I feel real optimistic about a satellite center there,” she said on a visit to the Bismarck campus.

Our Man in Maui
Congratulations to Dan Molnar, UTTC Fitness and Health Promotion Specialist, on his73rd place finish in the XTERRA World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii. Dan covered the swimming, biking and running course in just under three hours. The October 28 event included a field of 650 professional and amateur athletes, Dan being one of the top amateurs. “It was one of my toughest races from start to finish,” he wrote in a post-race blog. “Xterra is famous for courses that punish athletes. I couldn’t recover even while running downhill; my quads were burning. It was actually more relaxing going up. And on bike, it shook life out of me on those rocky, bumpy, gnarly downhills at 30mph.” His goal for 2013 is to do it again and do it better. You go Dan!!!


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