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Yankton College provided a liberal arts education to thousands of students for 103-years, producing scholars and educators, lawyers and doctors, theologians and musicians, artists and athletes before its campus doors closed in 1984. Today, Yankton College, a 501c(3), non-profit charitable organization, remains vibrantly active in alumni outreach,  awarding scholarships, supporting  educational  opportunities and sponsoring fine arts events.     
 
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YC/YHS Orchestra Festival Slated For November 6 - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

   Setting the tempo and shaping the sound of 200 orchestra students will be the primary goal of guest conductor, Richard Rognstad, at the fourteenth annual Yankton College & Yankton High School Orchestra Festival to be held Tuesday, November 6 in Yankton at YHS.  The ensemble of high school students from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska will play together at the day-long rehearsals and end with a free evening concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Yankton High School Theatre that is open to the public.  Rognstad will bring a repertoire of music for the students to practice and perform.  Each selection offers examples of compositional style and distinct musical features. 

    Richard Rognstad is this year’s guest clinician who has been at the University of South Dakota since 1986, where he conducts the USD Symphony Orchestra and teaches double bass, music theory, and American music.  Active as a guest conductor and clinician, he has led orchestras in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida.  He has studied conducting extensively with Paul Wolfe, Jurgen de Lemos, Abraham Chavez, Giora Bernstein and at Indiana University.  His bass teachers include Stuart Sankey, Barry Green, and Gaston Dufresne.  Rognstad has served as principal bass for orchestras in Wyoming, Colorado, Florida, and South Dakota and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in seventeen states, Canada, Austria, and Germany.  An expert in American music, Rognstad has published articles, liner notes, and reviews widely, and been instrumental in finding unique repertoire for the USD Symphony Orchestra and the recordings of the Rawlins Trio from the generations of American composers active between the Civil and First World Wars. 

   In addition to Rognstad, two string members from Vermillion’s Rawlins Trio will join the students as part of the musical experience. “I'm very much looking forward to the Orchestra Festival, to seeing all the students and especially to leading them in accompanying my colleagues, violinist Eunho Kim, and cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon in the first movement of a wonderful concerto for violin and cello by Antonio Vivaldi.”  Kim and Gagnon are also USD faculty members in the Department of Music.    

   Yankton High School Orchestra Director, Kim Evander, who organizes the festival says, “This is an exceptional experience for regional string players where they learn how to perform in a very large group.  This year the students and audience members are in for a real treat with our two guest soloists from the world renowned Rawlins Trio who are exceptional musicians.”

 This event adheres to the educational mission of Yankton College and its commitment to orchestral performances.  Yankton College has financially supported the Orchestra Festival since its beginning in 2001 as a way of fostering appreciation of music and to further YC’s presence in the community.  For further information, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661. 

 


YANKTON COLLEGE APPOINTS FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AT RECENT BOARD MEETING - Monday, October 13, 2014

  Six members of the Yankton College Board of Trustees and one member from the Alumni Advisory Board were appointed to begin a procedural plan and timeline for a fundraising campaign towards the proposed “future home of Yankton College” in the Mead building at the Board of Trustees fall meeting held in two parts Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton.  They include YC alums:  Ron Bertsch, Bill Bobzin and Lee Gass from Yankton, SD; Monte Farnsworth, Pierre, SD; Joe Ward, Gainesville, FL and Gary Ward, Viborg, SD, representing the AAB. 

   At the meeting, Dr. Charles N. Kaufman, who was inaugurated as the president of the College in 2005, submitted his resignation from the presidency and the Board of Trustees due to health reasons.  Dr. Kaufman, an alumnus of Huron College and the University of South Dakota, has been integrally involved with the Board of Trustees since 1968, and his resignation was received with surprise, followed by regrets and gratitude for his long service. The Board then voted unanimously to declare Dr. Joseph Ward III Interim President. Dr. Ward, the great-grandson of the College founders, Dr. Joseph and Sarah Wood Ward, is a 1966 graduate of YC and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1983 and as Vice-Chair of the Board since about 1986.  The Vice-Chairman's seat will remain vacant as the transition of leadership is completed.  

   Other agenda topics included:  a report from the AAB on the success of the 2014 All-Class Reunion; the 2014 proposed agreement between Yankton College and the South Dakota Community Foundation perpetuating the restricted YC scholarship endowments; modifications on the 2015-16 general and post-graduate scholarship applications and review sheets within the Yankton College Scholarship Program.    

   The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board also held its meeting, Friday, September 26, at the SAC.  Among the items of business on the agenda were a review of the events at the 2014 All-Class Reunion; re-election of Board officers; new AAB member, Scott O’Neal from Crofton, NE was welcomed and two scheduled regional reunions were announced:  one in Gainesville, FL, November 1, 2014 and the second in Fayetteville, NC, October 10, 2015. 

  Following the meeting, a no-host social hour and dinner were held Friday evening at Murdo’s. For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


Changes To Be Made At Yankton College - Thursday, October 09, 2014


Pictured l to r:  Dr. Charles N. Kaufman, Yankton College President 2005 to 2014; Dr. Joseph Ward III newly appointed Interim President. 


A
t the meeting of the Yankton College Board of Trustees held September 26-27 in Yankton, Dr. Charles N. Kaufman, who was inaugurated as the president of the College in 2005, submitted his resignation from the presidency and the Board of Trustees due to health reasons.  

Dr. Kaufman, an alumnus of the University of South Dakota, has been integrally involved with the Board of Trustees since 1968, and his resignation was received with surprise, followed by regrets and gratitude for his long service.  In 1973-74 he served as interim president while the college searched for a replacement of Dr. Fred S. Honkala. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Letters in appreciation of his having taken on that responsibility, but there are few committees upon which he has NOT served or provided with leadership.

His association with the University of South Dakota was of even larger proportions, having been Dean of the Business School and of the Graduate School.  At his retirement from that institution, he was officially named Dean and Professor Emeritus.  

The Yankton College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board will honor Dr. Kaufman's long and meritorious service by granting him President Emeritus status at a ceremony in the near future. 

In order to maintain an active ongoing program, the Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Dr. Joan Neubauer, voted unanimously to declare Dr. Joseph Ward III President ProTem.  Dr. Ward - great-grandson of the College founders, Dr. Joseph and Sarah Wood Ward - is a 1966 graduate of YC and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1983 and as Vice-Chair of the Board since about 1986.  A retire public school Director of Human Resources, Dr. Ward and his wife have recently moved to Gainesville, FL.  The Vice-Chairman's seat will remain vacant as the transition of leadership is completed.  
 


Yankton College Board of Trustees and Alumni Advisory Board To Meet This Week - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

   Traveling from around the nation and parts of the Midwest, members of both the Yankton College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board will attend the regular Fall meetings, scheduled Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Yankton;  the Yankton College Board of Trustees will discuss the following agenda items, Friday, 1:30 p.m. at the Summit Activities Center.  This includes:  a report from the Alumni Advisory Board on the 2014 All-Class Reunion and the next YC regional reunions;  the 2014 proposed agreement between Yankton College and the South Dakota Community Foundation of perpetuating the restricted YC scholarship endowments; fundraising considerations for the proposed “Yankton College Alumni Center” in the Mead building and the development of a calendar and a procedural plan; modifications on the general and post-graduate scholarship applications and review sheets recommended by the Scholarship Committee and the Finance Committee will present its annual fall report.  Recommendations from the Friday meeting will be brought forward for Board action on Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m.       

   The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board will meet prior to the BOT meeting, Friday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. to review the plans and outcome of the 2014 All-Class Reunion; begin plans for the 2016 All-Class Reunion; discuss further details of two upcoming regional reunions and introduce its newest member, Scott O’Neal, a 1984 YC graduate from Crofton, NE. 

   These Board meetings are held twice each year to foster the ongoing affairs of the College and maintain alumni relations.      

    For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


NFL Films Delves Into Life of Yankton College Great - Friday, August 29, 2014

By JAMES D. CIMBUREK ~ Yankton Press & Dakotan

The NFL Films series “A Football Life” has featured the likes of Walter Payton and Tom Landry as well as more contemporary players like Tim Tebow and Darrelle Revis.  Later this year they will feature someone near and dear to many area football fans.

A crew from NFL Films  was in Yankton on Tuesday and Wednesday to film interviews and do research for an hour-long piece on the late Lyle Alzado, the Yankton College great who went on to star in the NFL.  The show will air Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Central on the NFL Network.

“A Football Life is documentaries on people who had a very interesting life in football,” said NFL Films supervising producer Neil Zender.  “We really wanted to do one on Lyle Alzado because most people have forgotten him or don’t remember him, and the people that do remember him just think of steroids.  It’s the first thing that comes to mind, and there’s a heckuva lot more to Lyle Alzado than steroids.  He was a very interesting person, and the more you dig into him and research him, the more interesting and complicated he becomes.”

One thing that intrigued Zender early in the process was Alzado’s boxing exhibition with boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 1979.

“He wanted to fight Muhammad Ali in a boxing ring so bad that he mortgaged his own house to do it,” Zender said.  “When you find out that somebody’s that type of person, that would do something like that, it’s someone you want to do a show on the find out what makes him tick and why he’s the way that he was.”

Zender wanted footage of Yankton College, not just because it was where Alzado went to school and played, but because of what the YC campus is now.

“We wanted to go to Yankton to just get some footage of where he played in college and also show what’s happened to his college,” he said.  “It’s an interesting and unique thing that you can’t say about many NFL players, that their college has now become a federal prison camp.”

The Yankton College alumni office, which remains open nearly 30 years after the institution closed in 1984, proved to be a valuable asset for Zender.

“It’s very impressive, the archives that Yankton College has.  I’ve been at NFL Films for 15 years, and the caliber and quality of their archives, it just blew me away,” he said.  “It’s impressive the depth of material and the quality of the job they’ve done there.  Yankton should be very proud of that.”

“You won’t find many NFL teams that have that level of detail in archiving everything.”

While Zender knew Alzado was an intimidating presence on the field, he entered the process not knowing what Alzado had dealt with off the field.

“What I didn’t realize was what an underdog that he was, and all the odds that he had to overcome and all the obstacles that were in his way,” Zender said.  “He had a tough childhood.  He didn’t have the best father in the world.  He was not a high draft pick in the National Football League.  He didn’t come from a college that traditionally produced NFL players.”

While in Yankton, they also interviewed Alzado’s first wife Sharon, who still has ties to the community.  Zender said that they have a few interviews left, but most have been completed.

“We’ve talked to his formmer teammates, like Tom Jackson of the Broncos and Howie Long with the Raiders.  We’ve interviewed people he played against, like Joe Theismann.  We’ve interviewed members of his family,” he said.  “We’ve looked as closely as anybody’s ever looked into Lyle Alzado and his life, who he was, and we’ll putting it to bed pretty quick.”

And while many use Alzado’s story as a warning for the dangers of steroids, there is another, more positive lesson that can be learned from his life.

“He said a lot of times that, if he hadn’t found out about football, he would either be in jail or on the corner dealing drugs.  Football saved him and gave him an occupation and something to pursue,” Zender said.  “His life is an example of the positive things that football can do for people.”

“When you initially say ‘Lyle Alzado,’ that’s not the first thing that people think of, but that was pretty true of his life.”

 


New Collegiate Apparel and Gift Items Coming Soon On-line - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Yankton College will be updating the on-line store with new collegiate apparel, gift items and books, authored by alumni, by the first of September for holiday shopping and the Greyhound alum in your family.  Check back then for the perfect gifts!
 


Winning Decade Announced at 2014 All-Class Reunion - Thursday, August 07, 2014

  The 1960’s Decade Scholarship, an additional one-time-named Yankton College general scholarship, will be made available next spring to a deserving student as a result of a recent challenge presented to the Yankton College alumni attending the 2014 All-Class Reunion held recently in July. 

   The Decade Challenge was one of the fun reunion activities held during the four-day event.  Alumni from the ‘30,‘40,‘50,‘60,‘70 and ‘80 decades who attended the reunion had to meet criteria to earn the most points to win the naming of a Decade Scholarship valued at $1,000 to be awarded to a college-bound student in 2015.   The following criteria earning twenty-five points each included:  1) must pre-register and pre-pay for 2014 All-Class Reunion before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18;  2) must attend the Decade Social held Saturday evening, July 19; 3) must give or have given to the Yankton College Forever Club (a form of gentle giving, designed to annually fuel the success of Yankton College); and 4) must have donated one or more YC memorabilia during the All-Class Reunion or within the last year. 

   “It was a close call.  Alumni from the 1960’s decade barely earned the winning points over the alumni who attended during the 1970’s, by fifty points,” reported Jan Garrity, Executive Director for Yankton College, who recorded the tallies with help from a non-alum.   As a result of the challenge, Yankton College will provide financial aid to a graduating high school senior next year and the alumni office obtained noteworthy memorabilia (see list below).

   The winning decade was announced during the final evening of the reunion at the Decade Social.  The 1960’s Decade Scholarship will be awarded through the Yankton College Scholarship Program.  The student selected by a Scholarship Committee will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used at an accredited college or university for the 2015-16 academic year.  He/she will be selected from applications processed through the Yankton College Scholarship Program ranked on merit and criteria.

   For more information on the Yankton College Scholarship Program or the 2014 All-Class reunion visit the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St. or call (605) 665-3661.

Memorabilia Donated by YC Alumni during the 2014 All-Class Reunion:

Classroom chair – Ron Bertsch ‘65

Classroom chair – Cindy Filips ‘65

Greyhound wrestling warm –up jacket – Dave Mathews ‘71

YC postcard and 1912 YC Bulletin from Marilyn (Whaley ‘56) Jones

Library card and student id – Gary Ward ‘71

Lyle Alzado football Denver Broncos football cards – Jo (Lessert ‘73) Barber

Greyhound basketball warm-up pants – Doug MacTavish ‘70

YC beer mug; College hymn words by Donald B. Ward; 1983 newspaper article honoring alumni; ‘62/’63/’64 yearbooks; 100 year-old commemorative plate –
George Robie ‘64

YC coffee mug and 100 year-old commemorative plate – Marilyn (Van Epps ’63) Wendell inherited from her folks Claude and Martha (Grow ED’30) Van Epps ‘30

Greyhound sweatshirt and Pioneer Day stadium seat – Eva (Kenton) (Kackmeister) Stob ‘64

YC t-shirt, YC periodicals and a banner – Suzan Gass ‘80

Nine YC postcards, a photo of YC students, Class of 1964, attending Pioneer Day homecoming in 1974 and six photographs of the YC trailer park in 1961 with Chuck Lucas ’64, Doug Carrington ’63 and Larry Selgeby ’61 – Chuck Lucas ‘64

A scrapbook belonging to actor and YC alum John Gill ‘48 – Beverly (Burkhead x’56) Hallstrom

A French lesson book used by Arlene in Miss Burgi’s class – Arlene (Anderson ’56) and Jim Lefler ‘56

YC periodicals and YC newspaper articles – Ruth (Book ’65) Williams

Joseph Ward the Builder book, YC Bulletins, YC Students and YC programs – Ann (Workentine ‘59) Cochran

Greyhound football helmet and warm-up pants – Gary Schuurmans ‘76

Signed and framed photographs of Philadelphia Eagle player Dean Wink and with his teammates – Dean Wink ’66 

   We welcome Yankton College memorabilia that you find and may not want!  To donate college memorabilia, visit the Yankton College office, located: 1801 Summit St., Door #9, Yankton, SD. Open: Monday through Friday, central time, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Or send to: Yankton College, PO Box 133, Yankton, SD  57078.


 


Yankton College 2014 All-Class Reunion Held - Thursday, July 31, 2014

   Yankton College's photo.The 2014 Yankton College All-Class Reunion was held July 17-20, according to Ron Bertsch ’65, Chair of the YC Alumni Advisory Board.  Approximately 200 alumni from nationwide and two countries attended the various functions held at locations throughout Yankton.  Bertsch said the AAB makes the final decisions in planning for the reunion, “This is our chance to connect with the alums and emphasize that we still exist, well beyond the days of the classroom.”  

   The four-day event kicked off with a Meet & Greet on Thursday at Rounding 3rd in downtown Yankton; then, Friday, officials from the Federal Prison Camp offered two guided tours of the campus, for those who pre-registered; two mini class reunions were held in various locations, including  the Class of 1959 and the Classes of 1963 & 1964 and finally that evening, there were two events: a YC Theater alumni get-together and the Greyhounds Greats, a program recognizing the YC athletic greats; on Saturday, college athletes,  humanitarians and distinguished alumni were recognized or honored during two luncheons and at an evening social;  the Talent Show showcased performing alumni; and memories were rekindled while browsing the college historic collection at the Yankton College office.  The reunion closed on Sunday with a special church service at the United Church of Christ featuring special music on the Yankton College organ performed by Ted Powell ’78 and by the UCC choir (many YC alums) directed by Jennifer (Vondracek ’78) Powell.

      Two Alumni Achievement Awards were presented to Marilyn (Tunberg ’57) Nyberg, Yankton, SD and Howard Waldron ’75, Taunton, MA for their outstanding contributions in their chosen field of endeavor; two Alumni Service Awards to Carol (Kasulka ’62) Boos, Tuscon, AZ and Robert Titus ’49, Yankton, SD, for their significant service and contributions to Yankton College and one Pro-Causa Award to Michael Marek, Vermillion, SD, for his significant contribution to Yankton College as a non-alum.      

   Marilyn Nyberg is worthy of recognition for her years of performing on the organ and piano.  She began playing the organ during Sunday church services in Volin, SD, as a teen.  She developed a passion for the pipe organ and obtained a Bachelor of Music with majors in Sacred Music and English magna cum laude.

   After graduation, she married Jim Nyberg x’57, whom she met at YC when they were freshmen, and while he attended dental school in Minneapolis, she served as the organist and choir director for their church in MN.  They moved to Germany for three years where Jim practiced dentistry for the U.S. Army and Marilyn continued studying the organ, while raising their family. 

   In 1966, the Nybergs returned to live in Yankton, where Marilyn has stroked the organ keyboard at Trinity Lutheran ever since as church musician.  Besides playing for Sunday services for over forty years, she was a driving force in the restoration of the church’s pipe organ and was also instrumental in launching the successful Bach’s Lunch music series held every Advent season. 

   Howard “Howie” Waldron came to Yankton College from Taunton, MA to earn a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Physical Education and History.  After graduating in 1975, he remained in South Dakota to gain head coaching experience in girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ track and football.   He returned to his MA high school in 1979 and over the years coached track and football, but is most known for strength conditioning and power lifting.

   As a Power Lifting Coach, Waldron has led countless high school students to championship status.  From 1989 to the present, Waldron has coached two World Champions, twenty-one National Champions and forty-nine State Champions.   “I was fortunate to coach such great kids, who had fun and worked hard,” Waldron says of his protégés.  Throughout his career, Waldron has received professional recognition for his “dedication and service to High School Power Lifting” and for “excellence in teaching students historical research and writing” and was inducted into the Coyle & Cassidy High School Warrior Hall of Fame in 2012 where he was referred to as a “legend in his own time.”  Although Howard retired from teaching in 2009, he continues to oversee the power lifting program and assist with football scouting.

   Upon her 1962 Yankton College graduation, Carol Kasulka suggested to her classmates that they consider leaving their alma mater with some kind of ongoing gift.   Her idea did not receive much attention then and over the years, Boos wondered “what if.”  Fifty years later when the Class of 1962 met during the 2012 All-Class Reunion, their 50 year anniversary date, she approached her classmates again with the idea of perpetuating the memory of Yankton College and their class with a one-time scholarship.  Classmates quickly responded to Carol’s idea after she made the first contribution; all were genuinely surprised when the contributions kept on growing, large enough to establish within the Yankton College Scholarship Program, the Class of 1962 Scholarship in perpetuity.   Carol’s vision and generosity, assisted by her classmates, will provide students an opportunity to continue their education while leaving behind their legacy. 

   With financial aid from the G.I. Bill, Bob Titus attended Yankton College as a non-traditional student after serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.  Because of family obligations and holding a job Titus said he had no time for extra-curricular activities on the campus while majoring in History and Political Science.

   Bob, later, became closely involved with Yankton College in the early 1990’s after the College closed when he was asked to serve on the Alumni Advisory Board.   As an AAB member and volunteer for Yankton College, Bob rarely says “no” when asked to help out.  He is an avid spokesperson for YC touting the “vital education” that he received leading him “to discover who I was and where I was going in life.”

   Titus also acquired a Masters in Counseling at the University of South Dakota.  His 40-year career with the South Dakota Labor Department was as an Office Counselor administering aptitude tests and marketable job-skill training to youth, then as a Program Supervisor on the South Dakota Indian Reservations, managing Federal Training Programs to aid public welfare recipients to find gainful employment.   Bob believes in the true meaning of Christian charity and has been involved with community service in Yankton for many years.  At the age of 90, Bob can be found regularly volunteering at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Sister James Nursing Home, Sacred Heart Church and St. Benedict Church.

   Michael Marek may not have attended Yankton College as a student, but he was often on campus while his mother, Leona Marek, taught the cello and the string bass for twenty-five years at the Conservatory of Music.  Because of this connection, in 2010 Marek was asked to serve on the Yankton College Board of Trustees.

   Marek has both a BS and Masters in Communications from the University of South Dakota and has brought his communications knowledge and talents to Yankton College in many ways.  He was instrumental in creating a newer version of the YC website and assisted in training the staff to supervise it.   He has gladly documented two All-Class Reunions, professionally photographing the alumni events.  In 2012, Marek brought Social Media to Yankton College creating a Yankton College Facebook page.

   After completing his Ed.D in 2005, Marek has taught Mass Communications at Wayne State College as a tenured full professor for nearly ten years.  He specializes in Broadcasting, advises the campus radio station and specializes in use of Social Media.  Marek has had several peer-reviewed journal publications based on his work with a Taiwanese colleague, using social media techniques to support the learning of English by native speakers of Chinese.  Mike has led students to Taiwan and China for a full semester abroad program.

   Two Yankton College alumni were inducted into the Humanities Hall of Honor for their commitment to excellence and to the ideals of Yankton College, Joan (Bunnell ’57) Neubauer, Yankton, SD and James Wendell ‘62 posthumously.  Neubauer grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton College in 1957 with a BA in English and Speech.  After graduation she located in California where she specialized in elementary education, then earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Rehabilitation which served as an entry to the areas of special education and administration.  Wendell graduated from Yankton College in 1962 with a degree in education and became a career educator and coach for 46 years in school systems at Hartington, NE and Stanwood, IA.  His posthumous award was accepted by his wife, Marilyn (Van Epps '63) Wendel from Neubauer. 

   The following alumni were inducted into the Yankton College Hall of Fame for their outstanding athletic college and career achievements:  Lee Shepherd '77, Rapid City, SD, Darryl James '84, Bronx, NY, Bill Spears '65, Cherokee, IA, Mark Herman '71, Dassel, MN,  posthumously to Amanda Clement '10 (accepted by Marilyn Kratz '80), Ray "Chip" Salvestrini '75, Ridgefield, CT and posthumously to David Armstead ’66 (accepted by Bob Miller '63).   Don “Murdo” Edwards ’74 was named the 2014 Mr. Greyhound.



   The following Greyhound Greats were recognized for their athletic abilities during their college years at YC:  Russ Weller ’63 and Gerry Ebel ’75, Yankton; Rick Evans ’75, Garden City, KS; Ernie Ferency ’70, Boynton Beach, FL; Darryl James ‘84, Bronx, NY; Bob Maffei ’77, Trumbull, CT; Gerald Geditz ’65, Mansfield, SD, John Siwicki ’72, Elk Grove Village, IL and Frank Niglio ’71, Mount Carmel, PA.    Members from the 1966 Greyhound Football Team and the 1966 Cross-Country Team were recognized for their championship successes.  

   Yankton College produced thousands of students and graduates from 1881–1984.  It was the first institution of higher learning in Dakota Territory providing a liberal arts education to young men and women from the Midwest, both sides of the nation and around the world.  Scholars and educators, lawyers and doctors, theologians and musicians, artists and athletes emerged from here.     

   The 2014 reunion marks the 30-year milestone of the continuation of Yankton College since the closing in 1984.  Yankton College continues – in a non-traditional way - remaining active in alumni outreach, awarding named scholarships, supporting educational opportunities and sponsoring fine arts events administered by its Board of Trustees. 

   For more information, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661. 

 


ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD HOSTS YANKTON COLLEGE ALL-CLASS REUNION - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

   Final preparations are underway for the 2014 Yankton College All-Class Reunion to be held July 17-20, according to Ron Bertsch, Chair of the YC Alumni Advisory Board.  Approximately 200 alumni from nationwide are expected to attend the various functions held at locations throughout Yankton.  Bertsch said the AAB makes the final decisions in planning for the reunion, “This is our chance to connect with the alums and emphasize that we still exist, well beyond the days of the classroom.” 2014 marks the 30-year milestone of the continuation of Yankton College since the closing in 1984.  

   The four-day event kicks off with a Meet & Greet Pep Rally on Thursday at Rounding 3rd from 5 – 9 p.m. downtown; then on Friday, officials from the Federal Prison Camp are offering two guided tours of the campus, in the morning and the afternoon for those who pre-register; two mini class reunions will be held in various locations, including  the Class of 1959 and the Classes of 1963 & 1964 and finally that evening, there is a YC Theater alumni get-together held at Minerva’s and the Greyhounds Greats, which is a recognition of YC athletic greats to be held across the river at Murdo’s, hosted by owner and YC alum, Don Edwards, also 2014’s Mr. Greyhound; on Saturday, college athletes,  humanitarians and distinguished alumni will be recognized or honored during two luncheons and at an evening social;  the Talent Show will showcase performing alumni; and memories will be rekindled while browsing the college historic collection at the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St.  The reunion will close with a special church service at the United Church of Christ, Sunday 10 a.m. at 5th & Walnut, featuring special music on the Yankton College organ and from the “Y’all Come-Down Choir.”

   One of the fun activities during this reunion will be the Decade Challenge.   Alumni attending the Reunion from the ‘30,‘40,‘50, ‘60,‘70 and ‘80 decades must meet criteria to earn the most points to win the naming of a Decade Scholarship valued at $1,000 to be awarded to a deserving student.   Criteria to earn points include:  1) Must pre-register and pre-pay for 2014 All-Class Reunion before Friday, July 18, 5:00 p.m. (25 Points).  2) Must register to attend the Decade Social, Saturday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. (25 Points).   3) Must give or have given to the Forever Club, any level (25 Points).  4) Must have donated one or more YC memorabilia during the All-Class Reunion or within the last year (25 Points).

   Yankton College produced thousands of students and graduates from 1881–1984.  It was the first institution of higher learning in Dakota Territory providing a liberal arts education to young men and women from the Midwest, both sides of the nation and around the world.  Scholars and educators, lawyers and doctors, theologians and musicians, artists and athletes emerged from here.

   Yankton College continues – in a non-traditional way.  It has been thirty years since the campus doors closed and Yankton College remains active in alumni outreach, awarding named scholarships, supporting educational opportunities and sponsoring fine arts events.

   For more information or to register for the reunion, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661 or visit www.yanktoncollege.org 

 


Let the Challenge Begin! - Thursday, June 12, 2014

 
   One of the fun activities during the 2014 All-Class Reunion will be the Decade Challenge.  Alumni attending the Reunion from the ‘30,‘40,‘50,‘60,‘70 and ‘80 decades must meet criteria to earn the most points to win the naming of a Decade Scholarship valued at $1,000 to be awarded to a deserving student.*

   Ron Bertsch ‘65, Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board, and Cindy (Meyer ‘65) Filips, Vice-Chair of the AAB, shown here, are encouraging Yankton College alumni to attend the reunion and become involved in this challenge.   They recently stopped by the Yankton College office and donated memorabilia in the form of folding chairs once belonging to YC earning them 25 points each.   By completing the criteria listed below, both Bertsch and Filips have each earned 100 points for the 60’s Decade.  They are encouraging all decades to challenge which benefits Yankton College in many ways.      

Teams:

1) Alumni from the '30’s - '40’s - '50’s decades

2) Alumni from the '60’s decade

3) Alumni from the '70’s decade

4) Alumni from the '80’s decade

Criteria to earn points

 • Must pre-register and pre-pay for 2014 All-Class Reunion before Friday, July 18, 5:00 p.m. (25 Points) 

 • Must register to attend the Decade Social, Saturday, July 19, 6:00 p.m.  (25 Points) 

 • Must give or have given to the Forever Club, any level (25 Points) 

 • Must have donated one or more YC memorabilia during the All-Class Reunion or within the last year (25 Points)

*The student selected by a Scholarship Committee will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used at an accredited college or university for the 2015-16 academic year.  He/she will be selected from applications processed through the Yankton College Scholarship Program ranked on merit and criteria.

   For more information on the Decade Challenge and the 2014 All-Class Reunion, contact Yankton College at (866) 665-3661.

 


Reunion Update - May 23 - Friday, May 23, 2014
A football was sent to Yankton College today from 1966 Greyhound Football coach Al Kousenski, who wrote: " I thought the football team of 1966-67 would like this to be included with the other college memorabilia.  I wish I could have joined you all for the reunion, but I do send my very best wishes to everyone."  -- Al Kousenski



The signatures are very legible to this date.  And the football even had air in it yet!



Thanks, Al, from all of us at Yankton College.  We will be sure to have it on display during the 2014 All-Class Reunion to be held in Yankton, July 17-20 this summer.

 


Yankton College Awards 2014-15 Scholarships - Thursday, May 08, 2014

   The Yankton College Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the names of twenty students from the Midwest and other parts of the nation who will receive a $1,000 Yankton College scholarship to use at an accredited college or university during the 2014-15 academic year. The applicants are ranked on merit and criteria from blinded applications and must, either, have:  A) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or b) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College may recommend the applicant.  The general high school scholarship recipients are:                                                       

(2) CHARLES A. ALSETH SCHOLARSHIPS
•  Sarah Blount, Prescott, AZ, (William Blount x'61, her father)
•  Kylee Manganiello, Rehoboth, DE, (Thomas Manganiello '71, her father)

THE BENNETT - WALTER SCHOLARSHIP
• Josie Mazzone, Rapid City, SD, (Laura Lloyd-Smith x'87, sponsor) 

(2) BROWN-DANIELS SCHOLARSHIPS
• Ryley Sandberg, Polk City, IA, (Jerry Plagge '68, his grandfather)
• Alliyah Greaver, Yankton, SD, (Jennifer Vondracek ’78) Powell, sponsor)

THE CLASS OF 1962 SCHOLARSHIP
• Mackenzie Brown, Webster, WI, (Melanie Anne (Bump '85) Brown, her grandmother)

THE GROSS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
• Tierney Scoblic, Yankton, SD, (Leon T. Scoblic '47, her grandfather)

THE MARY & GLENN JENSEN SCHOLARSHIP
• Ryan Schuman, Crooks, SD, (Paul Schaefer ’73, Walter Schaefer ’60, Edwin Schaefer ’63 and Ray Schaefer x’75, four uncles and Alvina Schaefer ’65, an aunt)

THE TUCK WAH LEE SCHOLARSHIP
 
• Garrett Pochop, Pierre, SD, (Randy Lien x'84, a cousin)

(5) TRANTINA REVOCABLE TRUSTSCHOLARSHIPS
• Zoe Simon, Sioux Falls, SD, (Patricia (Schieffer '85) Simon, her mother)
• Stacie McLaury, Elk Point, SD, (Jean Bader ’84, her mother; Ted Bader ’51 and Vernetta Steiger ’52, her grandparents)
• Joshua Reider, Crooks, SD, (John Stolle,‘72, sponsor)
• Samuel Hintgen, Spearfish, SD, (Lawrence Hintgen x’61, his grandfather)
• Brittany Ament, Yankton, SD (Alma (Sayler '51) & Harold ‘52 Stepanek, a great aunt and uncle) 

(2) CARL & CLE YOUNGWORTHSCHOLARSHIPS
• Abby Schulte, Yankton, SD and Derek Brenner, Yankton, SD, both sponsored by Jennifer (Vondracek ’78) Powell 

 THE REV. DR. DONALD B. WARD SCHOLARSHIP
• Layne Droppers, Yankton, SD (Joan (Bunnell ’57) Neubauer, sponsor)

 THE GEORGE & KAY MEANS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP• Hannah Lambertz, Yankton, SD, selected in 2013 for a two-year award by the Means family (Berry Means x’66, Jim Means ’69, Barb (Means ’75) Fraser, the children of George and Kay)

   The post-graduate scholarship recipients are:

THE DR. RICHARD G. SHERMAN SCHOLARSHIP
• Melanie Olson, Omaha, NE, (Joy (Pfanstiel '82) & Barry ‘81 Anderson, her parents)

THE DR. FRITZ A. BRINK SCHOLARSHIP
• Jillian Anderson, Tyler,TX, (Bill Mowinkel '76, her father)
   
   Funds for the named scholarships are endowed either in perpetuity or for one-time from the kindness of Yankton College alumni or their family members in memory or in honor of individuals, couples or a group.  The goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the College tradition of its liberal arts education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College.   

   For more information on the Yankton College Scholarship Program, call (866) 665-3661.
 


Heartfelt YC Honors Convocation Held - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Dr. Trantina humbly shares his YC story and  reason for supporting his alma mater.   


Neubauer receives her doctorate hood from  YC Trustee Vice-Chair, Joseph Ward III and YC President Charles N. Kaufman.

   The Yankton College Honorary Degree Convocation held on April 26 at the United Church of Christ in Yankton would have made all alumni and friends proud – or at least we hope.  Here is an excerpt of the latest Yankton College academic occasion from the May Yankton College E-newsletter: 

   The Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board members formed a two-line academic procession down the two aisles of the church and were seated just in front of the altar, having been led in by War March of the Priests performed by Ted Powell ’78 on the Yankton College Memorial Organ. Next was the Invocation voiced by Rev. Dr. Paul Opsahl (BA ’57 & BTh ’58), College Chaplain. Ushers for the day were Bud and Marilyn ’80 Kratz who were kept busy handing out programs to our many guests. The Welcome and brief history of the tradition of an YC Academic Honors Convocation were voiced by Dr. Joseph Ward III ’66 and then Bill Bobzin ’65 read the Proclamation for Charles E. Trantina ’51, the first of the honorees. Joe Ward, speaking for the Board of Trustees, granted authorization to Dr. Charles Kaufman (College President) and the two of them collaborated to complete the Hooding and Presentation of the Diploma. Charles E. Trantina, Dr. of Humane Letters Honoris Causa was introduced by his Nominator; he then introduced his Special Guests and spoke for a few minutes about his life as well as some special moments he had experienced. A brief Musical Interlude was enjoyed by all as Ted Powell did an unbelievably wonderful Improvisation to the traditional UCC hymn “Christ for the World We Sing”. The second ceremony followed the first and was much the same to begin. Mr. Bill Bobzin, however, was the Nominator for the next recipient; he told of his reasons for so doing and introduced Joan Bunnell Neubauer, Dr. of Letters and Literature Honoris Causa. Joan acknowledged her family and Special Guests, and told of the influence YC has had upon her life. The Mayor of Yankton, Nancy Wenande, then graciously read a City of Yankton Proclamation in honor of each of the nominees and pronounced that April 26th was to be named after them and deemed “their” day. Dr. Joe Ward’s invitation to enjoy the reception after the ceremony was followed by a rousing version of our “Alma Mater” “Hail, Yankton College”, Dr. Opsahl closed with a benediction and then the Grand Recessional was held to a performance piece created by Ted Powell for the occasion - “Eyes Forward to the Future”. An elegant reception under the benevolent eyes of Dr. Joseph and Sarah Wood Ward presented an opportunity for guests to congratulate the honorees then merge into conversation and refreshments. It was a day of celebration for not only Charley and Joan but also for our College, our governing boards and our very active alumni body. 

   For more information, contact Yankton College, (866) 665-3661. 

 


Yankton College Holds Spring Board Meetings - Monday, May 05, 2014

   The Yankton College Board of Trustees met for the Annual Spring board meeting held in two parts:  the Information & Action Planning Session, Friday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. and the Action Session, Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Summit Activities Center.    Agenda items included:  approval of seventeen general and two post-graduate scholarship applications from deserving students, who will each receive  a $1,000 name-scholarship award for the 2014-15 academic year;  discussion of the preliminary agreement between the Yankton College Scholarship Program and the South Dakota Community Foundation; an update on the Mead Building, the future home of Yankton College by 2024;  a Spring financial update and approval of the 2014-15 fiscal budget; re-election of the following trustee members whose terms expired:  Bill Bobzin '65, Yankton, SD; Monte Farnsworth '76, Pierre, SD; Terrence Flynn '75, Falls City, NE and Dennis Lokken '69, Sioux City, IA;  a resignation from Yankton resident, Kenneth Jones, whose term also expired, was accepted regrettably.  Jones, a loyal friend to the college and a Yankton business leader, diligently served on the Yankton College Board of Trustees two times from 1963 to 1972 and again from 1993 to present years totaling thirty years; the latter years as the Finance Chair.
   The YC Alumni Advisory Board held its meeting, Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. at the SAC and finalized the plans for the July 17-20, 2014 All-Class Reunion and reported on the September 2013 Rapid City Regional Reunion.  A nomination was accepted for Scott O’Neal, Crofton, NE to join the AAB, effective July 1. A no-host dinner was held at Murdo’s Atens Resort for nearly fifty that included trustees, AAB, friends and guests of Yankton College and their spouses Friday evening.  
   A special academic occasion topped off the Spring Board gathering, on Saturday, April 26, where two members of the Yankton College Board of Trustees, Charley Trantina '51 and Joan (Bunnell '57) Neubauer, were awarded Honorary Doctorates by their alma mater. The Honors Convocation took place at the Yankton United Church of Christ and was a full academic celebration followed by a reception in Pilgrim Hall.  The ceremony featured members of both the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board as well as civic and community leaders and was carried along by the music of Ted Powell '78 on the Yankton College Memorial Organ.
   Trantina has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1977 – a total of 37 years.   He has never forgotten his alma mater and the debt he owes to the values he learned at Yankton College.  Charley received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, designated for those who have made exceptional contributions to scholarship and the arts.  
   Neubauer has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1994 and Chair since 1998; her leadership and financial support have made the mantra “Yankton College Forever” a reality.  Joan was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters and Literature Honoris Causa, designated for those who have made significant contributions to the humanities and society.   

 


Yankton College to Confer Two Honorary Doctorate Degrees April 26 - Thursday, April 03, 2014


   Yankton College will bestow Honorary Degrees upon two long-time Trustees who have set examples for support of their alma mater both by the dedication of their time to the continuation of the YC legacy and by their consistently generous financial support.  The Honors Convocation will take place Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. in the Yankton United Church of Christ sanctuary and will be a full academic celebration followed by a reception in Pilgrim Hall.
   Joan Bunnell Neubauer grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton College in 1957 with a BA in English and Speech.  After graduation she located in California where she specialized in elementary education, then earned a Master’s Degree in Speech Rehabilitation which served as an entry to the areas of special education and administration.  Her professional career was accompanied with one in performance arts; she was an award-winning actress in stage, film and TV before returning to live in Yankton in 2007.  She has been given the Yankton College Service Award, was elected to the Yankton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame and was recently named Arts Advocate of the Year.  As a member of the Board of Trustees since 1994 and Chair of that group since 1998, Joan has helped direct the destinies of the College for 19 years.  Her financial support has been deep and unending; her vision has kept alive the mantra “Yankton College Forever” and her work in the Yankton community is exemplary.  Neubauer will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters and Literature Honoris Causa, designed for those who have made significant contributions to the humanities and society.  
   Charley Trantina, a native of Wagner SD and 1951 graduate of Yankton College with a degree in Economics, Business Administration and History, lives in Sun City West, AZ with his wife, Linda.  Soon after graduation he made a professional commitment to the sale and brokerage of insurance products and was highly successful, garnering many professional awards and accolades.  He was consistently recognized for meeting and setting new goals and he was a member of the Phoenix Executives’ Club, the Toastmasters Organization, Rotary and Civitan International.  He also made a commitment to his alma mater, serving on the Board of Trustees for 36 years; been President of the Alumni Council; awarded the Alumni Service Award and has been in the forefront of those who have financially supported the institution.  Charley Trantina will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, designed for those who have made exceptional contributions to scholarship and the arts.  
    For more information, call Yankton College at (605) 665-3661.

 


Y-CLUB TO INDUCT AND RECOGNIZE FORMER GREYHOUNDS - Thursday, March 06, 2014

         

 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

The following individuals have been selected for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame for their outstanding athletic achievements in college or career by the Y-Club Committee. L to R:  Bill Spears ‘65, Cherokee, IA, Dave Armstead ‘66 (posthumously), Mark Herman ‘71, Dassel, MN,  Ray “Chip” Salvestrini ‘75, Ridgefield, CT, Lee Shepard ‘77, Rapid City, SD, Darryl James ‘x85, Bronx, NY and Amanda Clement x'10 (posthumously). 

ATHLETIC TEAMS TO BE RECOGNIZED
Members of the 1966 Football Team and the 1966 Cross Country Team will be recognized for their championship successes.

1966 FOOTBALL TEAM
Front row: Vince Hoosack, Tom Hughes, Bruce Cerone, Larry Lambert, Bob Sondergaard, Bill Gilsinger, Doug Carpa and Bob Foral.  Second row:  Russ Lockwood, Ernest Ferency, Tom Pattee, Paul Mahoney, Jim Gentile, Ken Chapis, Randy Thoreson, Chuck Verdak and Ed Gryzan.  Third row:  Bob Tereshinski, Charles Niedzielski, Francis Schatzle, George Paulisen, Richard Henry, George Glisker, Joseph Barth, Wilfred Nishi and Tom Judge.  Fourth row:  Bob Telma, Mike Yehl, George Budzinack, Dennis Ward, Richard Kostynick, Roger Heirigs, John Newnom and Brian Faherty.  Fifth row:  Coach Jim Holwerda, William Kelly, Mike Molenda, Mike Langona, Bob Bonistalli, Ellis Bliley, Brian Armstrong, Doug MacTavish, William Johnson and Coach Donald Birmingham.  Sixth row:  Head Coach Al Kouneski, Bob Pattee, Jim Butler, Blayney McEneaney, Larry Belcher, Jim LaPoint, Larry Ireland, Gerard Geralamo and Coach Britt Williams. 


1966 CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Back row: Coach John Notheis, Gene McKenna, Dennis O’Neil, George Knockenhauer, Ken O’Came.  Front row: Bob Hanor, Rich Erhart, Ken Hagelmann and Tony Toro.



2014 POSTHUMOUS  INDUCTION
 Amanda Clement x’10, known as the “only lady umpire in the world” will be inducted posthumously into the 2014 Yankton College Hall of Fame this summer during the All-Class Reunion.  Her fame spread rapidly in the early part of the 1900's and one account says that stories of her appeared in every newspaper in the country.  She began her professional umpiring career at age 16, and was in demand, both for regular games and special events, for years after that.  She never umpired a regular major league game, but spent five years working with semi-pro teams in a five-state area. Clement was 83 when she passed away February 1971 in Sioux Falls, SD.   

GREYHOUND GREATS
Gerry Ebel x'75, Richard Evans '75, Ernie Ferency '70, Gerald Geditz '65, Darryl James x'85, 
Bob Maffei '77, Frank Niglio '71, John Siwicki '72 and Russ Weller '63

MR. GREYHOUND

Don (Murdo) Edwards '74



 


Two Types of Giving Now Available at Yankton College - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ON-LINE SHOPPING AT YANKTON COLLEGE

For your convenience and because holiday time is around the corner, you may now order Yankton College merchandise on-line with a credit card.  On www.yanktoncollege.org, click YANKTON COLLEGE STORE where you will find collegiate merchandise available for the Greyhound fan in your family.   There are vintage t-shirts for all ages, adorable wear for the grand-kids, history books and more! For gift-giving, you may place an order on-line and have us ship it to someone else!  As time goes on, there will be more items to choose from, especially as the 2014 All-Class Reunion approaches, so check the YANKTON COLLEGE STORE frequently. 

Holiday time is the perfect time to give a gift from Yankton College!

ON-LINE GIVING AT YANKTON COLLEGE

For your convenience, you may now make a contribution on-line with a credit card, to Yankton College, a 501©(3) non-profit charitable organization.  On www.yanktoncollege.org, click GIVE NOW or Support Yankton College where you will find several options of giving.  You will be asked to create an account with a user-name and password.  Once you are logged in you may designate an amount and the type of contribution.  For future reference, after logging in, you can check your payment history.  Click the Contribution History button on the right side of the screen and your personal account of past on-line contributions will appear.  

Giving fuels the success of Yankton College – Now & for the Future!     

We Appreciate Our Alumni & Friends
And Wish You a Blessed Holiday Season
From All of Us at Yankton College!

 


Holiday Open House to Feature Newly Acquisitioned Ward Items - Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Newly acquisitioned historical items from the Joseph Ward family will be on display during the Yankton College Holiday Open House, Friday, December 6, 1-3 p.m. Alumni and friends are invited to stop by the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit, Door #9 for refreshments and see dinner-ware, never-before-seen family photographs and other memorabilia belonging to Ward, who founded Yankton College in 1881. Here are samples of photographs from the new collection of: Rev. Dr. Joseph Ward and his wife, Sarah Wood Ward; and Joseph, later, with his sons, Donald, Freeman and Sheldon. Greyhound fans can also find apparel and other merchandise on sale for holiday gift giving at the YC office.  For more information call (605) 665-3661. 


Yankton College Sponsors Orchestra Festival - Thursday, November 14, 2013


More than 200 high school musicians were on hand Tuesday for the annual Yankton College/Yankton High School Orchestra Festival, held at YHS. The day culminated with a public concert at the YHS/Summit Activities Center theatre, with Joseph Rodgers serving as the guest conductor. The musicians hailed from Yankton, Norfolk and Sioux Falls Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington high schools.

Yankton High School Orchestra Director, Kim (Hillestad '76) Evander, who organizes the festival says, “This is an exceptional educational experience for regional string players. They learn how to perform in a very large group, they make friends with students from other schools who share the same interests, and they get a unique perspective about the music they have learned from a guest clinician.”   The professional expertise came from Joseph Rodgers, a faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, since 2007, where he directs the MSU Orchestra, and teaches cello, bass and music theory. 

Adhering to its educational mission, Yankton College has proudly sponsored the event since its beginning in 2001.    


Yankton College Scholarship Applications Available - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Yankton College is pleased to announce the availability of its 2014-15 scholarship applications. The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards several $1,000 scholarships each year from endowed funds to deserving high school seniors and post-graduate students with a YC connection and attending an accredited college or university. Students are ranked on merit and criteria from blinded applications.  The application deadline is February 14, 2014.  Download an application or visit the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St., Door #9, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For further information contact Yankton College, by phoning 665-3661.

 


Ward Memorial Congregational Church Recognized at Celebration - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On Sunday, September 22nd the Scotland United Church of Christ had a celebration commemorating both the 50th anniversary of the Reformed and German Congregational Churches and the 30th anniversary of the merger created between the Scotland UCC and the Ward Memorial Congregational Church of Lesterville. The Ward Church had been ministered for many years by Sarah Frances Wood Ward, the widowed wife of Rev. Joseph Ward, Yankton College Founder.

Ward descendants attending the celebration included:  Nancy (Waltmire x’74) and Gary ’71 Ward, Alan B. Ward ’69, Rhea (Ward x’74) Erickson and her husband, Jeff, and Joseph Ward III ’66 and his wife, Carol Wickersham. Others who attended representing Yankton College included: Joan Neubauer, Chair of the Board of Trustees; President Dr. Charles Kaufman and his wife, Fern; and Executive Director Jan Garrity.  Neubauer presented a gift to Rev. Ron Shifley from Yankton College, a framed historical photograph of Sarah, in honor of the occasion. 

Beginning in 1890, as a home missionary, Sarah came to Lesterville where religious organization lacked in the community. She preached her first sermon in a saloon hall and some time later in a train depot before the new congregation was able to build its own church in 1891.  Mrs. Ward tended to the church lovingly for a number of years, traveling from Yankton to Lesterville by train every Saturday.  The church was named to memorialize Sarah’s service at her death.

The Lesterville church enjoyed a close association with Yankton College over the years because of Sarah and the many theological students from the Yankton College School of Theology who ministered there.



Pictured left to right:  Nancy and Gary Ward, Joan Neubauer, Alan Ward, Rhea Ward Erickson, Carol and Joe Ward III, Fern and Charles Kaufman. 

 


Yankton College Alumni Reunite in Rapid City, SD - Monday, September 30, 2013

  



Yankton College still matters in the hearts and minds of its alumni and friends even though the 103- year-old campus closed in Yankton, South Dakota, nearly thirty years ago.  YC alumni, within the Black Hills region, who wished to re-connect with their alma mater attended the Yankton College Regional Reunion, Saturday, September 28, Noon to 3 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center located at 713 7th Street in Rapid City.  The afternoon get-together, hosted by the YC Alumni Advisory Board, was devoted to meeting, visiting and catching up with one another. Forty-five guests brought thier memories, photos and keepsakes to share.  Updates on Yankton College were announced to the group on the College.

 


BOT and AAB HOLD FALL MEETINGS - Friday, September 27, 2013

The Yankton College Board of Trustees met Friday, September 20, 1:30 p.m. at the Summit Activities Center to discuss agenda items that were then brought forward for Board action on Saturday, September 21, to include:  a proposed agreement between Yankton College and the Yankton County Historical Society procuring a space for Yankton College in the Mead Building; an opportunity for  administering scholarship funds in the future; the conferral of two Honorary Degrees to Joan Neubauer, Yankton, and Charley Trantina, Sun City West, AZ, to be awarded next Spring and incentives for attracting a larger attendance at the 2014 Yankton College All-Class Reunion to be held next July in Yankton.



Six current members of the YC Trustees have served a significant amount of Board terms totaling 192 years of their interest and support for Yankton College.  They are:  Dr. Charles Kaufman, Vermillion, SD, totaling 45 years, from 1968 to present; Trantina, 36 years, from 1977 to present; Rev. Dr. Paul Opsahl, Yankton, 33 years, from 1980 to present; Dr. Joe Ward III, from Gainesville, FL, 30 years, from 1983 to present; Dr. Ken Jones, Yankton, 29 years, from 1963 to 1972 and again from 1993 to present and Neubauer, nineteen years from 1994 to present.  These six individuals have given considerable amounts of their time and talents to the College, as well as charitable contributions.   



The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board met prior to the BOT meeting to hold its election of officers, make suggestions for strengthening the connections between the alumni at the 2014 All-Class Reunion and to finalize details for the upcoming Rapid City Regional Reunion scheduled September 28. 



To cap off the weekend, some members of the Yankton College BOT, AAB and staff attended the Scotland UCC, Sunday, September 22, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the merger with the Ward Memorial Church.  The Lesterville church was named in honor of Sarah Frances Ward, a Home Missionary and wife of the founder of Yankton College, Rev. Joseph Ward, who wished to continue the work of her late husband.  Attending the celebration were Ward descendants, to include:  Joe Ward III, Alan, Gary and Rhea Ward, all great-grandchildren of Sarah.



For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


Heading to Rapid City Regional Reunion - Friday, September 27, 2013

College memorabilia and the necessary supplies are loaded and on their way to the Rapid City Regional Reunion.    We have over forty alums signed up to attend from both West River, the Hills area, East River and beyond. 



The Yankton College Regional Reunion is tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, Noon to 3 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center located at 713 7th Street in Rapid City.  The afternoon get-together, hosted by the YC Alumni Advisory Board, will be devoted to meeting, visiting and catching up with one another. Guests are encouraged to bring good memories and a photo or keepsake to share.  Updates on Yankton College will be announced to the group on the College Mission as it exists today.  Lunch will be provided and a cash bar will be available.    

 


Yankton College to Reconnect Alumni at Rapid City Reunion - Thursday, September 12, 2013

   Yankton College still matters in the hearts and minds of its alumni and friends even though the 103- year-old campus closed in Yankton, South Dakota, nearly thirty years ago.  YC alumni, within the region, who wish to re-connect with their alma mater are invited to attend the Yankton College Regional Reunion, Saturday, September 28, Noon to 3 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center located at 713 7th Street in Rapid City.   



   The afternoon get-together, hosted by the YC Alumni Advisory Board, will be devoted to meeting, visiting and catching up with one another. Guests are encouraged to bring good memories and a photo or keepsake to share.  Updates on Yankton College will be announced to the group on the College Mission as it exists today.  Lunch will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 



  Yankton College was the first institution of higher learning in Dakota Territory incorporated in 1881 and provided a quality liberal arts education until its closing in 1984 because of financial struggles.   Among its distinctions are the Conservatory of Music, the School of Theology, the astronomical Clark Observatory, the first U.S. Shakespearean Outdoor Garden Terrace Theatre, influential faculty and a record breaking athletic program.



   Yankton College continues shaping the lives of many students by awarding scholarships annually from endowed funds and sponsoring educational programs.  Contact still remains with its over-3000 alumni.   Regional reunions are held in areas with a high density of Yankton College alumni.  For more information, contact the Yankton College office by phoning (605) 665-3661 or visit 2013 RC Regional Reunion Reigistration Form.pdf for a registration form. 

 


Yankton College to Hold Board Meetings September 20 & 21 - Thursday, September 12, 2013

   The Yankton College Board of Trustees will meet to discuss agenda items at its regularly scheduled Fall meeting, Friday, September 20, 1:30 p.m. at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton.  Discussion will include:  a proposed agreement between Yankton College and the Yankton County Historical Society to procure a space for Yankton College in the Mead Building; two Honorary Degree nominations to be awarded at a public ceremony next Spring; incentives for attracting attendance at the 2014 Yankton College All-Class Reunion held next July and final details for the upcoming Rapid City Regional Reunion scheduled September 27.  Recommendations from the Friday meeting will be brought forward for Board action on Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.

  The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board will meet prior to the BOT meeting, Friday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. to hold its election of officers, review the recipients of the 2014 All-Class Reunion Awards, discuss further Reunion details and introduce its newest member, Peter O’Toole, a 1971 YC graduate from Fayetteville, NC. 

   The Finance Committee will also meet Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Jim Means, Trust & Investment Advisor for Yankton College from First Dakota National Bank.

   Traveling from around the nation and parts of the Midwest, the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board attend these meetings held twice each year to foster the ongoing affairs of the College and maintain alumni relations.

   For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


Yankton Volunteer Appreciation - Friday, August 23, 2013

   Albert Schweitzer was quoted as saying, “Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”  Yankton College, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, needs and depends on its volunteers to assist with events, mass mailings, collection care and other needs.  Volunteers are necessary for Yankton College to enhance the services of the organization.  Reunions and other related business operate smoothly with the assistance of many eager alumni and friends. 

   To show its gratitude, Yankton College is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation gathering, Wednesday, August 28, 1:30 p.m. at the College office located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9.  There will be a short training on:  assisting visitors in the Office, handling merchandise sales, receiving College donations and responding to small emergencies.  Refreshments will be served following the update.  

   A volunteer’s paycheck comes in the form of a “thank you” or a “way to go.”  If you are a Yankton College volunteer, plan to attend so we may thank you personally.  

   To become a volunteer at Yankton College or for more information, call (605) 665-3661.

 


Summer Visitors in 2013 - Friday, July 26, 2013

   Alumni and friends of Yankton College traveling through South Dakota usually stop for a visit at the Yankton College office.  They take the time to get re-acquainted, view the College memorabilia, buy YC souvenirs or research bygone days!  This summer there have been several visits, expected and unexpected, from friends, alums and their families.  

   Barbara (Sivets Auster ‘67) Fisher was here in May from Surprise, Arizona.   Barbara is originally from Ft. Thompson and was in South Dakota visiting her son, who lives in Sioux Falls.   Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Barb!

   In June, Ted Reideburg ’65 and his wife, Linda, traveled to Yankton all the way from Poughkeepsie, NY to visit friends who were celebrating an anniversary.   And because last year was an All-Class Reunion year, the Reideburgs have now been to Yankton two years in a row.  We’re always glad to see their bright smiles when they walk through the door!

   Tom Osborne x’70 was visiting both the east and west sides of South Dakota during the 4th of July holiday.  Returning home to Tennessee Ridge, TN, he made a stop at the Office.  Before he arrived, Osborne emailed “I am coming to Yankton & SD Black Hills, June 26th to July 4th.  I am living & working on launching a new national, international broadcast for PBS, US-UN Report, which will focus on foreign policy.  I will be building on my two decades with ABS News as US Bureau Chief.  Looking forward to visiting YC & you folks and anyone else around--also anyone who remembers the great time had working to start Yankton Junior Leaders in 1966!  I understand it is still going strong."

   In mid-July, Chris Ward, son of eighth Yankton College president, Donald B. Ward, along with his wife Saara (originally from Finland) and mother-in-law Jean, were here after visiting North Dakota before returning to their home in Washington D.C.  They made a swing through Yankton to see old friends.  Chris attended elementary through middle school here while his father was head of Yankton College from 1962 to 1970.  We are glad that Ward has remained in contact with several of his former classmates and that one of them brought him and his family by for a visit!

   Most recently, Tom Rupiper, who attended Yankton College for two years and originally from Yankton, stopped to see us.  He and his wife, who now live in Hamilton, MT, were on their way to their daughter’s wedding in Cedar Rapids, IA.   Before they left, they purchased a Yankton College cap and a yearbook.

   The Yankton College Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment during the weekends.  Yankton College All-Class Reunions are held in Yankton every two years that are even-numbered.  For more information, phone (866) 665-3661.

 


Yankton College Rapid City Regional Reunion - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

   Friends and alumni of Yankton College are cordially invited to attend the Yankton College Regional Reunion to be held Saturday, September 28, Noon - 3 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.  Members of the Alumni Advisory Board, led by Ron Bertsch '65, organized the event last spring during their semi-annual AAB meeting.  "Rapid City is a perfect location for a YC-get-together," says Bertsch, "where many alums live.  We have also extended the invitation to the alums living in the surrounding Black Hills area.  In fact, there will be alums attending from Pierre, Yankton and beyond, as well.  All Yankton College alums and friends are welcome." 



   The afternoon will be devoted to meeting, visiting and catching up with one another.  Lunch will be provided.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their good memories and photo or keepsake to share.



   Al Koliner '74, Reunion Committee Chair for the AAB says, "Although the bricks and mortar may be long gone...Yankton College stays alive through its Alumni.  As we progress in life we can enjoy not only the old memories of college days...but new memories of each other's company at reunions.  Some most enjoyable acquaintances on the AAB are not those whom I attended class with, but those whom I've met since.  The common bond of Yankton College keeps both us and the College going.  It's easy to keep Yankton College alive...simply attend reunions...I look forward to attending this reunion and many more.  See you in September!"



   To register, simply fill out a registration form and mail to Yankton College at PO Box 133, Yankton, SD  57078:  2013 RC Regional Reunion Reigistration Form.pdf



   For more information, call Yankton College by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661.      

 


Lambertz Receives Unique Scholarship - Thursday, June 06, 2013

   Hannah Lambertz is the recipient of a one-time two-year scholarship  award which was created in memory of George and Kay Means, long-time Yankton residents and business owners. George Means’ parents made a life-altering decision when, in 1929, they moved their entire family from Carthage SD to Yankton so that a daughter, Vera, could attend Yankton College.  She fulfilled that wish, as did George when he graduated in 1941 with a major in music.  While attending YC he met Kay Berry, who came from Armor SD to pursue her own higher education and graduated in 1942, teaching in Norfolk NE briefly before marrying George.  They joined George’s parents in the family owned dry-cleaning business in Yankton, then in 1956, opened their own family business, George Means Men’s Fine Apparel, a downtown destination until 1996.  George was a City Councilman, a SD Legislator and Kay was a member of the YC Board of Trustees as well as many other community organizations.  Both were highly generous and philanthropic; George passed away in 2008 and Kay in 2012.  

    In their honor and memory, this scholarship was created.

   Hannah Lambertz will be a junior at the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2013.  She is pursuing a career in fine arts/performance arts thus meeting the criteria created by the donors of the George and Kay Means Scholarship.  In addition to her academic work, Hannah is an assistant in the Fine Arts Department of the University during the summer.  A multi-talented young lady, Hannah is well-known in the Yankton community for her involvement in high school vocal and instrumental performances as well as her many appearances on the stage of the Lewis and Clark Theatre.  

   Yankton College is pleased to have facilitated presenting this significant award to a young woman of Hannah’s character and attributes.

Lambertz is shown here with Jim Means '69, son of George and Kay (Berry '42) Means '41.

 


Yankton High School Students Recieve 2013 Yankton College Scholarships - Monday, June 03, 2013

   Four graduating seniors from Yankton High School received Yankton College Scholarships this spring during the YHS Awards Program held in May to be used in the 2013-14 academic year at an accredited college or university.  Their applications were reviewed either by the YC Scholarship Committee or the YHS Scholarship Committee and ranked on merit and criteria designated by the Yankton College Scholarship Program or YHS Scholarship Program. 

   The recipients include: Sarah Hicks, Yankton, SD - The Carl & Cle Youngworth Scholarship - $1,000 - Franciscan University; Sarah Santos, Yankton, SD - The Trantina Revocable Trust Scholarship - $1,000 - St. Olaf College; Abigail Mitchell, Yankton, SD  - The Rev. Dr. Donald B. Ward Scholarship - $1,000 and Joshua Arens, Yankton, SD  - The Isabel Reedy-Sattler Scholarship - $1,000 - both attending the University of South Dakota.

   The goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the College tradition of its liberal arts education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College.  

   For information on the scholarships, contact Yankton College by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661.   

 


Have You Moved Recently? - Thursday, May 30, 2013
   The Yankton College annual BULLETIN was mailed to all alumni and some are bouncing back to the Yankton College office with no forwarding addresses.  That means if you didn’t get yours, you are lost!  We would love to hear from you if you have a new address!  Don’t forget to contact us at Yankton College with your new information if you have moved, have a new telephone number or email address.  We like our alumni files as current as possible.  


Yankton College Grad and Former Yankton Attorney Named U.S. Judge - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Exceprted from the Yankton Press & Dakotan:  May 21, 2013

   Former Yankton County state’s attorney Mike Ridgway '78, now of Minneapolis, has been appointed a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota.

   Ridgway, who grew up in Charles Mix County, is a 1978 graduate of Yankton College and a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. He practiced law in Yankton for nearly 17 years. 

   The Honorable William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, announced Ridgway’s appointment. Ridgway joins Chief Judge Gregory Kishel and Judges Robert Kressel, Dennis O’Brien, and Kathleen Sanberg presiding in the bankruptcy court.

   Ridgway currently serves as a trial attorney with the U.S. Trustee’s Program in Minneapolis.  Before that position, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota. In that capacity, he handled both civil and criminal matters, including bankruptcy, asset forfeiture, and prosecutions of white collar fraud cases.   Ridgway also holds extensive litigation experience, having been in private practice for 17 years and serving as an elected county prosecutor for more than five years.  

   At Yankton College where Ridgway majored in pre-law and political science, he was Student Association president during his senior year and showed outstanding leadership during his four years in college. 

 


Yankton College Awards Twenty $1,000 Scholarships - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

   The Yankton College Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the names of seventeen eligible high school seniors and two post-graduate students from the Midwest and other parts of the nation who will receive a $1,000 Yankton College scholarship to use at an accredited college or university during the 2013-14 academic year. The applicants are ranked on merit and criteria from blinded applications and must, either, have:  A) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or b) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College may recommend the applicant.

   The general high school scholarship recipients are:

• Zachary Schuman, Crooks, SD - The Charles A. Alseth Scholarship

• Matthew Monfore, Pierre, SD – The Gross Family Scholarship

• Sara Scherschligt, Overland Park, KS, Eric Miller, Wilmington, DE, Carolyne Wilhelm, Chillicothe, IL, Leslie Brondsema, Huron, SD and Sarah Santos, Yankton, SD – The Trantina Revocable Trust Scholarship

• Sarah Hicks, Yankton, SD and Amanda Vander Stelt, Orange City, IA – The Cle & Carl Youngworth Scholarship

• Lily Ealey, Lincoln, NE – The Mary & Glenn Jensen Scholarship

• Grace Rempp, Hastings, NE – The Brown-Daniels Scholarship

• Scott Mah, Sioux Falls, SD – The Rivola Family Scholarship

• Rebecca Danford, Los Altos, CA and Samanth Knecht, Faulkton, SD – The Bennett-Walter Scholarship

• Abigail Mitchell, Yankton, SD – The Rev. Dr. Donald B. Ward Scholarship

• Joshua Arens, Yankton, SD – The Isabel-Reedy Sattler Scholarship

• Hannah Lambertz, Yankton, SD – The George & Kay Means Memorial Scholarship

   The post-graduate scholarship recipients are:

• Jordyn Michaud, Denver, CO – The Dr. Richard G. Sherman Scholarship

• Melanie Olson, Omaha, NE – The Dr. Fritz Brink Scholarship

   Funds for the named scholarships are endowed either in perpetuity or for one-time from the kindness of Yankton College alumni or their family members in memory or in honor of individuals, couples or a group.  The goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the College tradition of its liberal arts education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College.

   For more information on the Yankton College Scholarship Program, call (605) 665-3661 or visit www.yanktoncollege.org.

 


Mary Ellen (Burns '43) Rasmussen Remembered - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

   Mary Ellen (Burns '43) Rasmussen, 91, a long time Yankton resident passed away on May 4, 2013 surrounded by family in her Florida home.



   Mary Ellen was a graduate of Yankton College where she met her husband of 69 years, Donald W. Rasmussen '41 (Ras).  In April 2008 Yankton College bestowed upon Mary Ellen and Don the titles of Mr. and Mrs. Yankton College.  Both were extremely active while students and their zeal and commitment never lessened as they demonstrated their loyalty and friendship in uncountable ways.

   In 1966 Mary Ellen and her family moved from Vermillion to Yankton and she began working for the State of South Dakota Department of Rehabilitation Services, a position she held for 30 years until her retirement in 1990. In this position the goal was to teach disabled clients from South Dakota the skills needed for future employment. Mary Ellen enjoyed working with these clients and felt each day was different as there was never a dull moment.

   Throughout her life, Mary Ellen was active in her community. She was a loyal member of the Order of Eastern Star holding an office or station during most of her life.  She was Worthy Matron for three non-consecutive years and held appointive or elective stations for all other years.  She was also appointed as Grand Ada in 1992 for the Grand Chapter of South Dakota. She held memberships in The American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Interchange, Inc. and nine years on the board of Yankton County Historical Society. She was active during her State Employment with the South Dakota Rehabilitation Association serving as president of each. Mary Ellen was dedicated to Christ Episcopal Church serving in several areas over the years, and was recognized as a “Valiant Woman” in 2010. Both Mary Ellen and Don were politically active throughout their lives and a highlight was attending the JFK Inaugural.

   Mary Ellen was an avid nature lover and enjoyed all kinds of yard work from trimming the hedge to pruning bushes to growing flowers. She enjoyed reading horticulture and landscaping magazines and loved watching an SDSU program called Garden Line.

   Growing up on a farm in Redfield, she had many pets and grew up being a passionate animal lover ~ kitties winning as her favorites. She also enjoyed bird watching and wanted to be sure their feeders and baths were always properly cared for.

   Mary Ellen was close to her loving family and, at all times, deeply appreciated their generous and loving support.  She is survived by “Ras” who just celebrated his 94th birthday; two children: Dean Rasmussen (Amy) of West Chester, PA and Patricia Ernst (Will) of Boynton Beach, FL and four grandchildren: Teresa Miller, Tanya Welsch, Kristin Francis and Tod Francis.

   She will be remembered for her bright smile, generous spirit and volunteer involvement.

  Mary Ellen & Don, fondly known as Mr. & Mrs. Yankton College, shown here, in 2008 at the Yankton College All-Class Reunion. 

 


YC Alum Donates His Collection of 18th Century Music Manuscripts - Monday, May 06, 2013





Hundreds of images, like this one, of the original 18th century musical manuscripts are contained in the flash drive donated by Martino and are available for historical research at the Yankton College office.  

   Tom Martino ’70 from Hyde Park, NY recently donated  a flash drive to Yankton College containing over 200 files of 18th century music manuscripts that he has collected, edited and published for over 40 years.  These published volumes can be found in the collection of both university and public libraries in the U.S (Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin and Baylor and now Yankton College in the Upper Midwest) and in Europe, South America and Asia.

   They include styles of compositions (pre-Beethoven and Mozart) of intimate or emotional music that reflect a reaction from social and environmental change in European regions. The composition types are military marches, symphonias and operatic overtures or which are performed in liturgical settings.

   While a student at Yankton College, Tom  met  with Roland Wyatt, the 1967-68 Instructor of Music and Choral Director, who had his own collection of music.  It impressed Tom immediately and influenced his interest in musical history.  

 


Yankton College Provides Grant to Local Children’s Theatre Group - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

   The Yankton College Board of Trustees, at their recent Spring Annual Meeting, unanimously agreed to award the Yankton Children’s Theatre Company (YCTC) and its Executive Director, Allison Spak, a one-time $500 grant to underwrite a late summer project. 

   Citing the Yankton College Mission Statement which supports “new ways to further a liberal arts philosophy” and “instills the attitude that education is a life-long process”, the YCTC is bringing back a time-honored form of entertainment for Riverboat Days, engaging large numbers of children and parents in an audience-pleasing production.

   Rehearsals will begin on June 1st and continue until August 16th at which time The Vaudeville Show will be performed for community and visitors at the Riverside Park Amphitheatre during Yankton’s popular Riverboat Days Event.  A later performance schedule will reprise the young performers’ performances as a fund-raising activity to enhance their operating costs.

   A non-profit organization, YCTC has a strong volunteer base of actors, members and families, as well as community volunteers, who work together to create costumes, do make-up and engage in prop/set creation/building.  The Vaudeville Show will feature various forms of performances including acting, singing and dancing in the time-honored vaudeville style.  In addition the young participants will develop team-building, mentorship and leadership skills, all of which will be brought to bear while creating an entertaining show for a large public audience.

   Yankton College congratulates Director Spak and her cadre of performers and volunteers for their continuing effort to bring the joy of performance into young lives.

 


Hod Nielsen Passes Away at 92 - Friday, April 05, 2013

A long-time friend of Yankton College and its Greyhounds has died.  Howard “Hod” Nielsen passed away Wednesday, April 3 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.  He was 92.

Those involved with Yankton College sporting events will remember Nielsen covering the Greyhounds as sports editor and sports writer at the Press & Dakotan for more than 40 years and as a longtime radio announcer for KYNT-AM.

After a notable service in the Air Corps during WW ll (Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Presidential Unit Citation), Hod became a notable radio announcer & sports writer.  He was named the SD Sportscaster of the Year in 1976 & Sportswriter of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1996.  Nielsen was an early organizer of SD Sports Writer’s Hall of Fame and served on the Selection Board until 1999.  He also was one of the early organizers of the outstanding Yankton Quarterback Club.

Nielsen has been inducted into the SDIC, North Central Conference, USD, Yankton High School, Yankton College and the SD Basketball Coaches Sport Hall of Fame.  He has also received Distinguished Service Awards from the National High School Athletics Coaches Association, the SD High School Activities Association, SD High School Coaches Association and Mount Marty College.  Other special awards include: North Central Conference Ed Kolpack Award, the USD Dan Lennon Award, the SDHSCA Max Hawk Award, Friend of Youth from the Yankton Optimists Club, Friend of Football Award from the SD High School Football Coaches, Friends of the Pointers Award from the Southern State Teachers College Alumni, and the Yankton College Alumni Pro Causa award.  In 1993, Nielsen was named Citizen of the Year in Yankton.  He served on the Yankton Public School Board for eight years (1968-1975).  He was also inducted into the SD Sports Hall of Fame and the YHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Bob Winter ‘63, a long-time friend says Nielsen was a historian for Yankton College, “Hod had an ability to recall names of students, teams and their players, so he became the “go-to-guy” for the YC Hall of Fame (inductions).” 

Hod was married to Anita (O’Rielly ’41) who passed away March 7, 2010.  Their three children include, daughters, Janet (Loren) Gratz of Tuscon, AZ and Karen (Nielsen ’72) (Wes) Wingett, of Norfolk, NE; and one son, Howard Richard, “Dick” ’77, of Lincoln, NE.

 


Yankton College Board of Trustees to Meet April 26 & 27 - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

From all parts of the nation, members of the Yankton College Board of Trustees will gather at the Summit Activities Center for the annual Spring board meeting to be held in two parts:  the Information & Action Planning Session, Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. and the Action Session, Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m.  Topics of their agenda include:  approval of up to twenty $1,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2013-14 academic year and other scholarship opportunities; viable options for the future of the College; re-election of members whose terms have expired and a Spring financial update.   The YC Alumni Advisory Board will also hold its meeting, Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. at the SAC to discuss plans for the 2014 All-Class Reunion and other topics, which will be shared at the Friday afternoon Trustee meeting.

On Thursday, members of the Legacy Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Yankton College office after a tour of the Mead Building.  The Scholarship Committee and the Nominating Committee will convene on Friday morning to finalize their recommendations.

A no-host dinner is scheduled at Murdo’s for the Trustees, Advisory Board, friends of YC and their spouses Friday evening.

These meetings are held twice each year to foster the ongoing affairs of the College and alumni relations.  For further information, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


Hit the JACKPOT with a $1,000 Yankton College Scholarship - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Twenty deserving high school and post-graduate students will hit the JACKPOT this spring when they learn they are the recipient of a $1,000 Yankton College scholarship.   Promoting the Yankton College Scholarship Program, a special floral bouquet was prepared as one of the centerpieces for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet to be held this evening, Tuesday, March 26. Chamber members were asked to donate a centerpiece for the event, which is themed, "Legends of Yankton:  Las Vegas Style," to add to the festivities and promote their businesses and organizations.  The YC "jackpot" decoration contains flowers representing YC school colors and "make-believe" gold coins and $1,000 bills with tid-bits of Yankton College history on the back.  There will be a drawing to win the centerpiece when the banquet ends.   

 


YC Update - Thursday, March 14, 2013
Yankton College staff had a busy winter with annual office tasks and representing the College within the community.  Here are some highlights:



•  The Yankton College scholarship application deadline for the 2013-14 academic year was February 15.  The applications were sent to members of the Scholarship Committee to rank on merit and criteria, but before that the applications were all blinded, so the reviewers have no indication of who is applying, a proven fair and effective process.   The Committee will meet in April to tally the ranking, still unaware of who the students are, and once tallied, the eligible students are revealed and announced at the Spring Board of Trustees meeting.  Watch for the recipient list in the 2013 BULLETIN in May.



•  The 2013 Forever Club total to date is above the 2012 year-to-date total.  On average, 150 dedicated Yankton College alumni and friends generously give every year, fueling the success of the College now and for the future.  Some have increased their contributions.  Yankton College is a non-profit charitable organization that depends on this generosity.  Reminders are sent to the Forever Club members each month, as well as a thank you to each which includes a gift receipt for tax purposes.



•  Merchandise sales were up during the Christmas season.  Greyhound t-shirts and other gift items with YC logos were shipped to alumni and friends all over the nation.  This website has helped expose the merchandise, thus resulting in the increased sales.  In July, watch for the arrival of new styles in adult apparel that includes, t-shirts and athletic wear.



•  Each alumni page in the Yankton College data base (nearly 5000 names) was reviewed and updated.  This will allow staff to query information quicker and organize the production of mailing labels.  The data base is updated almost every day as information comes to the office but this was a thorough "house cleaning."



•  Events were attended as Yankton College ambassadors.  They included:  monthly Yankton Chamber of Commerce mixers; the Women of Distinction Luncheon, where our Board of Trustees Chair, Joan Neubauer, was honored with a nomination; and the South Dakota Legislative session at our state capital in Pierre.



•  Yankton College sponsored two events held within the Yankton community:



1) the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra, coordinated by the Yankton School District Orchestra Director, Kim (Hillestad '76) Evander.  Weed was one of the first professional string teachers in South Dakota, as the Director of the Yankton College Conservatory of Music.  He was a charter member of the South Dakota String Teachers' Association.  A goal that Laiten shared with other string teachers was to establish the Honors Orchestra to showcase the state's top string students and provide them with a unique musical learning experience.  It has been an annual event in South Dakota since 1986.



2)  The Mead Building Celebration of Phase l (the roof completion), hosted by the Dakota Territorial Museum and the Yankton County Historical Society.  This historical building with the immense Italian marble staircase on the State Hospital grounds (now the Human Services Center) is being renovated as the future home of the Yankton museum.  DTM has willingly provided Yankton College staff with assistance in preserving College memorabilia.  It was appropriate to return assistance by providing hospitality treats and supporting their historical preservation efforts.



There are other day-to-day administrative duties, like transcript requests and research inquiries, but these were some of the highlights.



The Yankton College office is open daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact us by phoning toll-free at (866) 665-3661.     
 


J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra - Friday, February 08, 2013

J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra Concert

South Dakota String Orchestra Students

With the highest audition scores from the SD All-State Orchestra

Guest Conductor, Aviva Segall

Music Director & Principal Conductor, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras

February 9, 7 p.m.

 Yankton Middle School Theatre

Tickets:  Adults $10 • Students $5

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J. Laiten Weed

Honors Orchestra

 A Learning Experience Inspired by Excellence

 The orchestra is dedicated to the legacy and memory of J. Laiten Weed, one of the first professional string teachers in South Dakota and the Director of the Yankton College Conservatory of Music from 1947  to 1974.  Weed  was a charter member of the South Dakota String Teachers’ Association where he and other members shared the goal of establishing an Honors Orchestra to showcase the state’s top string students.  In 1987, the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra became a reality.  Laiten and his wife, Lucy Palermo Weed, herself an accomplished violinist, inspired hundreds of orchestra students from their teachings.  The Weed Honors Orchestra and  the Lucy Palmero Weed String Competition were established as a learning experience and are dedicated to their legacy and memory. 





Contact YANKTON COLLEGE (605) 665-3661 for more information. 

 


FPC Officials Visit Yankton College Office - Monday, January 28, 2013

Officials from the U.S. Federal Prison Camp in Yankton stopped by the Yankton College office, Monday, January 28, to get acquainted with the YC staff and present a framed image of Observatory Hill painted by a Federal Prison inmate.  Every two years the FPC hosts guided tours of the former campus for Yankton College alumni during the All-Class Reunions.   This is a replica of the floral display below the Observatory that was created  especially for the 2012 All-Class Reunion.  FPC officials included (l to r):  Captain Eric Emmerich, Warden Scott Willis and Associate Warden Georgina Macias-Carson.    To see the image, visit the Yankton College office, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 



 


Yankton College Scholarship Applications Available - Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yankton College Scholarships will be awarded this spring for the 2013-14 academic year to college bound students with a Yankton College connection.  Applicants must, either, have:  1) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff.

Applications are available at the Yankton College office located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9 or online:

2013-14 General Application.pdf

2013-14 Post-grad application.pdf

To receive the financial aid, applications and supporting materials are due no later than February 15, 2013.

The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards two types of $1,000 scholarships, general and post-graduate, to deserving students to use at an accredited college or university.  The goals of the program are to perpetuate the College tradition of liberal arts in higher education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College.  Named scholarships come from the kindness of Yankton College alumni and friends who are inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College.

For more information on the Yankton College Scholarship Program, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

 


Yankton College To Host Holiday Open House - Friday, November 30, 2012

Yankton College alumni, friends and volunteers are invited to attend a Holiday Open House, Friday, December 14, 1-3 p.m. at the Yankton College office located at 1801 Summit, Door #9, the north entrance of the Summit Activities Center.  A special invitation goes to local students who received financial aid from a Yankton College scholarship.  New preservation methods using archival materials to encapsulate the Yankton College Historical Collection of commencement, athletic and fine arts program booklets dating back to the late 1800s will be on display.  Yankton College apparel and accessories with Greyhound motif will be available. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (605) 665-3661.

 


Holiday Greetings from Yankton College - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WE GIVE THANKS

For our

 Alumni, Friends, the Board of Trustees & the Alumni Advisory Board

 of Yankton College



May God Bless You & Happy Thanksgiving

From the Yankton College Staff

 


Role Models Influence Orchestra Students - Thursday, October 25, 2012

High school students from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska will come together, Monday, November 5, for the 2012 Regional Orchestra Festival, to play their string instruments under the musical direction of a professional guest conductor, says Festival organizer and Yankton High School Orchestra Director, Kim (Hillestad '76) Evander. “This annual event gives the students an opportunity to rehearse and perform in a larger orchestra setting plus experience a new role model from a guest conductor."



Evander is especially excited this year with the choice of guest conductor, David Barg. Barg is based out of New York and has led workshops nation-wide for band, orchestra and vocal conductors. He currently is a guest conductor for the Education Department of the NY Philharmonic; is leader of the Omaha Side-by-Side programs with high school ensembles and a Teaching Artist for the Center for Arts Education in New York. "Barg was highly recommended when I hired him for the J. Laiten Weed Honor Orchestra last year. The kids absolutely love him. He demands so much maturity from them and they respond,” says Kim.



Barg has worked with youth orchestras, and elementary, middle and high school, college and conservatory vocal and instrumental ensembles in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston, Las Vegas, Annapolis, Baltimore, Tulsa, Kansas City and Omaha and internationally in Australia, Ecuador and Russia. Regionally, he was guest conductor at the J. Laiten Weed Honor Orchestra held in South Dakota last winter, an event that holds special meaning to Evander.



Evander was a student of J. Laiten Weed of the Yankton College Music Conservatory, while majoring in music education and playing the violin. She says Weed was a role model for her as a student influencing her to a career of teaching orchestra to students of all ages.



Yankton College is a proud sponsor of this fine arts event with Yankton High School. The students will perform musical selections by Frescobaldi, Vivaldi, Hamvas and Khachaturian at 7:00 p.m. in the Yankton High School Theatre. The evening performance is open to the public and free of charge.

 


Yankton Federal Prison Camp & Yankton College Bring Theology Back to Campus - Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Yankton Federal Prison Camp awarded 23 Certificates of Completion to inmates who recently completed a course of ecumenical theological study in collaboration with Yankton College echoing the principles set by Dr. Joseph Ward in 1881 when the College was founded.  “Inmates who actively participate in theological programming are committing to a changed intellect and a changed life style,” says Rev. Dr. Douglas Upton, Prison Chaplain.  “The goals and objectives of theological formation that is at the heart of the Religious Services Department at the YFPC are really predicated on the tradition that has come before with the vision of Joseph Ward,” Upton continued.   All religious services are offered in the historic Old Middle Building which has been renovated to include libraries, study carrels and conference rooms. 

Speaking for the College, Board of Trustees Chair Joan Neubauer finds satisfaction in once again utilizing the campus for theological programming and finding that the passion of Joseph Ward for theological education still, in the words of Dr. Upton, “runs deep in ‘Old Middle’.” 

Neubauer and Rev. Dr. Paul Opsahl, Yankton College Chaplain, attended the presentation of certificates.

 


Yankton College Announces 2013-14 Scholarship Opportunities - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Twenty-one named Yankton College Scholarships at $1,000 each will be awarded during the 2013-14 academic year to college bound students with a Yankton College connection.  Applicants must, either, have:  1) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff.  The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards two types of scholarships, general and post-graduate, to deserving students to use at an accredited college or university.  The goals of the program are to perpetuate the College tradition of liberal arts in higher education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College.



Applications are available:




2013-14 General Application.pdf



2013-14 Post-grad application.pdf



To receive the financial aid, applications are due in February, then reviewed and ranked on the basis of merit and criteria from blinded applications in March. The recipients receive the scholarship awards in May and the scholarship funds are dispersed in August, unless notified otherwise.



Named scholarships come from the kindness of Yankton College alumni and friends who are inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College.  They are:



GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS:



The Charles A. Alseth Scholarship



The Bennett-Walter Scholarship



The Brown-Daniels Scholarship



The Rosamond Burgi-Hall Scholarship



The Gross Family Scholarship



The Mary Lucille & Glenn Jensen Scholarship



The George & Kay Means Memorial Scholarship



The Isabel Reedy-Sattler Scholarship



The Rivola Family Scholarship



The Trantina Revocable Trust Scholarship (5)



The Rev. Dr. Donald B. Ward Scholarship



The Carl & Cle Youngworth Scholarship (2)



POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS:



The Dr. Fritz A. Brink Scholarship  (2)



The Dr. Richard G. Sherman Scholarship



The 2013-14 applications and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2013.  For more information on scholarships, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
   

 


Yankton College Approves New Scholarships at Recent Board Meeting - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

   Three new scholarships were approved at the Yankton College Board of Trustees fall board meeting held recently in two parts Friday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton.  Joining the Yankton College Scholarship Program are the Charles A. Alseth Scholarship, the George & Kay Means Memorial Scholarship and the Gross Family Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year bringing the total to fifteen named scholarships. 2013-14 applications are now available at the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St., Door #9 or online at www.yanktoncollege.org.  Other agenda topics included:  a presentation from the South Dakota Community Foundation on behalf of the Yankton College Legacy Committee; a recap of the 2012 All-Class Reunion held in July and a proposal for scholarship assistance from Yankton College for the Laity Empowerment Project to be implemented within the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ.

   The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board also held its meeting, Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. at the SAC.  Among the items of business on the agenda were a review of the events at the 2012 All-Class Reunion and a plan for the 2014 Reunion; a statement of purpose was accepted for the Giving Committee; the Board officers were re-elected and Dennis Steffen from Viborg, SD was welcomed as a new AAB member. 

  On Friday, members of the Finance Committee met at 10 a.m. and at the conclusion of the Saturday Action Session the Legacy Committee met.

   A no-host dinner was held Friday evening at Murdo’s for the trustees, advisory board and their spouses and guests.   For further information about the meetings or the Yankton College Scholarship Program, call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661.

 


Alice Reynolds Kingsbury: The Sweetheart of Yankton College - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dakota Territorial Museum hosted a Brown Bag Luncheon, September 7 in Yankton, featuring a program on Alice Reynolds Kingsbury, The Sweetheart of Yankton College.   A recently restored portrait of Alice inspired a desire to share her life and the surrounding times in Dakota Territory that influenced her.

Kingsbury was the first woman to complete a full college course and to graduate from Yankton College in 1890 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Immediately after her graduation, Alice took a summer of special study in French and that fall was invited into the faculty of Yankton College as instructor in French until her death in 1931. Her professional service to the College also included:  Lady Principal and head of the department of modern languages.  She was seen everywhere there were students or studies on the campus of her alma mater.

Always eager to increase her knowledge and rapport with her students, she took a leave of absence on several occasions and often spent her summers in France perfecting her language skills.  It was said that her interest in her students was deep and unfailing and that she gave her whole heart to the College.  Her dedication and devotion to her students was so complete that she became known as "The Sweetheart of Yankton College." 

Hazel Belle Abbott '12, a very close friend, wrote of Alice:  "a tall lady, dignified in manner but with a radiant friendly spirit.  Several years after I graduated, I was invited to a Yankton party in her honor.  There were famous doctors and lawyers in the group- more men than women.  Miss Kingsbury was in one of her most gay moods for she was the toast of the town.  How these men adored her!  I could well understand why she never settled down with one man when she could have the adoration of so many."

Sadly, Alice's health was always fragile.  Although she was generally unwell, she continued to travel and teach.  In 1921, she resigned her position as head of the Modern Language Department.  She visited a sanitarium over one summer and her health improved enough over the next year to assist with teaching one or two classes.  Although she was advised not to work, she did, until she was forced to go to the Rochester Clinic and then to the Sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan, where she passed away on May 21, 1931.

In 1932, because of her devotion to the College, a woman's dormitory on the campus was renamed from Warren Hall to Kingsbury Hall in her memory.

The restored portrait of Alice and other Kingsbury artifacts are on display at the Yankton College office located 1801 Summit St., Door #9, in Yankton. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call (605) 665-3661.

 


Yankton College Prepares for Potential Emergencies - Friday, September 07, 2012

Yankton College staff and selected alumni participated in an orientation, September 5 at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton, SD to review the official Yankton College Emergency Response & Recovery Plan.  Executive Director, Jan Garrity endeavored to draft a plan with the help of an Emergency Preparedness Committee to minimize harm to the College historical collection and student records and to coordinate emergency procedures with those who share space within the common-use facility including:  Yankton College,  the City of Yankton's Summit Activities Center and Yankton High School.

The Plan indentifies potential emergencies and their responses, defines the chain of command and lists recovery procedures to resume normal College operations as quickly as possible.  The Plan was officially approved last spring at the Yankton College Board of Trustees meeting and serves as a beneficial tool when it comes to applying for preservation grants.

Those assembled at the orientation are members of the Chain of Command which breaks into four teams:  the Safety & Security Team; the Administrative/Student Records Team, the Collection Team and the Building Team.  The orientation included a review of the plan, distribution of emergency kits purposely designed for each team and a drill of recovery procedures.


"The process of planning for the potential emergencies provided surprising benefits.  Those involved in developing the plan discovered the worthiness of Yankton College, now a historical repository, and the value of minimizing risks that could affect its collection, records, staff and visitors.  The Emergency Response & Recovery Team members plan to meet annually to review the plan and make necessary updates."

The Chain of Command includes Garrity as the Emergency Manager:  Safety & Security Team Chair, Joan Neubauer '57 with member Cindy Filips '65; Administrative/Student Records Team Chair, Lee Gass '80,  with members Larry Hintgen x'61, Judi Olson and Joe Ward '66; Collection Team Chair, Suzan Gass '80 with members Craig Johnson '70 and Crystal Mensch-Nelson and the Building Team Chair, Al Koliner '74 with members Paul Rehfuss '61 and Bob Winter '63.

For more information, contact Garrity at (605) 665-3661.
       

 


Yankton College Participates in Collection Care Workshop - Thursday, August 23, 2012

The staff from Yankton College and twenty other South Dakota heritage institutions recently had the privilege to attend a free three-day Collection Care Workshop held at the Dakota Territorial Museum in Yankton as a result of the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI).  DCCI is a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for small to mid-sized historical collections across the two states. The initiative is based on the survey findings from the South Dakota Connects to Collections and the North Dakota Cultural Heritage Initiative projects conducted from 2008 to 2010 and is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

During the workshop, professional conservator, Terri Schindel, who is affiliated with the Museum Training Network, presented collection care information to the institutions on the care and handling of items, documentation, environmental monitoring, agents of deterioration, mutual networking, funding and resources and the conservation code of ethics.  Demonstrations were presented on displaying or storing items and hands-on activities included drafting condition reports, cleaning, encapsulating and rehousing items and building supports.

Small heritage institutions with limited budgets in South Dakota and North Dakota, like Yankton College, hold historical collections important to their state and their history and are eager for information and assistance on how to best care for their objects and documents.  The Dakota Collections Care Initiative ensures the opportunity that these historical treasures are preserved for future generations.
     

 


1962 Classmates Open Doors to Education1962 Classmates Open Doors to Education - Thursday, August 09, 2012

  • Opening doors to education and celebrating their 50th anniversary at the 2012 Yankton College All-Class Reunion were the reasons for the Yankton College Class of 1962 to establish the Class of 1962 Scholarship fund.  Initiated by Carol (Kasulka ’62) Boos of Tucson, Arizona, to create an ongoing gift to perpetuate the memory of Yankton College, Boos made the first contribution to the fund.  

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YANKTON COLLEGE HONORS DESERVING ALUMNI AT ALL-CLASS REUNION - Thursday, July 26, 2012

During the 2012 All-Class Reunion held July 19-21, nearly 250 alumni returned to Yankton from all parts of the nation to revisit memories and friendships from their days at Yankton College and honor deserving alumni and friends for their career and college achievements. 

Alumni Achievement Awards were presented to Kay (Morast '52) and Gene Kepprath '51 and Jennifer (Vondracek '78) and Ted Powell '78 for their outstanding contributions in their chosen field of endeavor. 

2012 Alumni Achievement Awards.pdf

Members of the Danforth-Gross family were honored for their significant service and contributions to Yankton College in a number of ways throughout the years.   Marge (Danforth) Gross accepted the award on behalf of the family as other family members surrounded her.  As early as the 1920’s through the time of the closure, family members attended the school, supported the College financially through scholarships and contributions, served on the Yankton College Corporate Board, taught classes and hosted a number of students and faculty.  Sandy (MacTavish '70) Gross, Cordova, TN, currently serves on the Board of Trustees and together with Marian Danforth-White '71, Segundo, CA, serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.
    
Also receiving Service Awards were Myrna Andersen '63, Galesburg, IL and her brother Virgil Andersen '65, Sioux Falls, SD. 

2012 Service Awards.pdf

Elaine Rasmussen, Yankton, received the Pro Causa Award for a significant contribution to Yankton College by a non-alum.  Elaine taught English and Writing Skills in the early 1980’s to many Yankton College students.  She has since volunteered many hours during registration at the All-Class reunions and other special YC events in order to see the familiar faces of her former students.  

2012 Pro Causa.pdf

Those inducted into the Yankton College Athletic Hall of Fame for their outstanding athletic college and career achievements were David Silvia '75, Westerville, OH, Jerry Southmayd '67, Pella, IA, Jim Heirigs '64, Sioux Falls, SD, Bob Sondergaard '67, Leavenworth, KS, (Coach) Ron Blaylock, Monkey Island, OK and members of the 1956 Championship Track Team. 

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees.pdf

For their commitment to excellence and to the ideals of Yankton College, the Humanities Hall of Honor inductees were Margaret (Neufeld x'58) and Rev. Robert Tucker '55, Houston, TX, Louise Bormann '73, Bloomington, MN and Patricia (Grillo '67) McCahill, Madison, CT. 

Hall of Honor Inductees.pdf

Darrell Anderson '50, a Yankton College graduate from Yankton, was named Mr. Greyhound for his involvement and support to the YC athletic department in numerous ways.  Terry Truesdell '75, Overland Park, KS and Chuck Smith '74, Excelsior Springs, MO were named Greyhound Greats for their athletic abilities during their college years at YC.    

From 1881 to 1984, Yankton College provided students with a liberal arts education to produce distinguished leadership, to lead successful lives filled with responsibility and wisdom and to enrich the lives of others.  Yankton College alumni are recognized every two years during the All-Class Reunions for fulfilling these accomplishments.         

 


COMING BACK TO THE HILLCOMING BACK TO THE HILL - Sunday, July 15, 2012
Everything is ready for the 2012 Yankton College All-Class Reunion to be held this week, July 19-21 in Yankton.  Old friends and classmates from across the nation will be gathering to remember their time at Yankton College.  

2012 Reunion Information and Registration Form.pdf
  
 


Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board Assists Hosting 2012 All-Class ReunionYankton College Alumni Advisory Board Assists Hosting 2012 All-Class Reunion - Thursday, July 12, 2012
Yankton College alumni are reuniting for the 2012 All-Class Reunion in Yankton, July 19-21 and the Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board and local YC volunteers are preparing to host the three-day event.  Over 200 alumni from nationwide are expected, according to Ron Bertsch, a Yankton College graduate and former YC faculty member and administrator, now Chair of the sixteen-member Alumni Advisory Board. read more ...


YANKTON COLLEGE ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARDS HOSTS 2012 ALL-CLASS REUNION - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Yankton College alumni are reuniting for the 2012 All-Class Reunion in Yankton, July 19-21 and the Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board and local YC volunteers are preparing to host the three-day event.  Over 200 alumni from nationwide are expected, according to Ron Bertsch, a Yankton College graduate and former YC faculty member and administrator, now Chair of the sixteen-member Alumni Advisory Board.  “This is our party for the alumni.  They travel a great distance to visit Yankton. It’s the responsibility of the AAB to make sure the alumni feel welcome at the reunion.  The AAB assists with preparations and attends the events.  The alumni will know who we are by the badges that we’ll wear.”

 

The reunion schedule includes: touring the old campus, (now a U.S. Federal Prison Camp), visiting displays of College memorabilia and historical records at the YC office, enjoying the YC Talent Show in YC Alumni Hall and hanging out with old friends.  Alumni who pre-registered for the reunion will have a chance to ring the College Bell in Old Middle at the FPC.  Events also include recognizing the achievements of Greyhound athletes and honoring career achievements of distinguished alumni.   

 

The AAB met to determine the eight 2012 distinguished alumni and friends who will be recognized at the All-Class Reunion Banquet for their career achievements and service.  AAB Vice-Chair, Cindy Filips said, “It’s our privilege to honor these alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their chosen field or to Yankton College after receiving their liberal arts education.  We look forward to welcoming all the alumni.” 

 

Jan Garrity, Executive Director for Yankton College, agrees that the reunions connect the alumni and helps keep Yankton College alive.  “Yankton College has continued to exist because of the fortitude of its alumni.  The AAB and others will do all it can to keep its existence and vibrancy strong by hosting these reunions for as long as possible.” 

 

To register for the 2012 All-Class Reunion, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661 or visit www.yanktoncollege.org.  

 


Federal Prison Camp Supports Yankton College ReunionFederal Prison Camp Supports Yankton College Reunion - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan published a story today (6/26) about the Yankton Federal Prison Camp honoring the history of Yankton College and supporting our reunion in July. read more ...


2012 ALL-CLASS REUNION LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY - Friday, June 22, 2012
It's less than a month until the 2012 All-Class Reunion to be held July 19-21 in Yankton, SD.  Over a 100 alumni and friends are registered to date.  Make arrangements soon to register and join the fun.  See you there!
 


Registration for 2012 All-Class Reunion Taking Place - Friday, June 15, 2012
Registrations for the 2012 Yankton College All-Class Reunion to be held July 19-21 in Yankton are arriving in the mail on a daily basis now.  It is not too late to pre-register which makes you eligible to win a chance to ring the College bell on the old campus in Middle Hall, Friday, July 20. Details will be announced later.  Alumni will have a chance to hear the bell ringing by standing on 12th St. south of Crane-Youngworth field.  Call or email the Yankton College office if you need assistance in registering by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661 or by emailing info@yanktoncollege.org

2012 Reunion Information and Registration Form.pdf     


YANKTON COLLEGE RECEIVES PRESERVATION GRANT - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yankton College, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was recently awarded a $500 grant through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB) with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the purchase of archival supplies.   

One of the goals of the SD SHRAB Strategic Plan is identifying important historical records and making plans to preserve them before a crisis point is reached.  The College has a collection of commencement, athletic and fine arts program booklets dating back to the late 1800’s.   They include:  College publicity and programs for homecoming, dances, literary societies, athletic events, theatrical productions and musical concerts and much more.  They tell the College story. 

The goal of this project is to follow the SD SHRAB Strategic Plan and to preserve these College records by using acid-free archival supplies and sound archival practices to protect the historical items for future generations to access.

“If there is no action plan to preserve the Yankton College Historic Collection, an important part of South Dakota history will fade away, reaching a crisis point for these historical items.  It is essential that a plan be implemented, and the grant award gave us the impetus to begin our plan,” says Jan Garrity, Yankton College Executive Director.

For over twenty-five years, items and records related to life on the Yankton College campus since its beginning have been acquired and stored within the administrative office.  Yankton College has a large collection of memorabilia and other artifacts on display.  To see the display or if you wish to donate YC items, visit the Yankton College office at 1801 Summit St., Door #9, open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 


Reunion Pictures - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
As you get ready for the 2012 All Class Reunion in July, take a look at these photos from 2010  (click the little pictures to see big versions). 


2012 HUMANITIES HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES TO BE RECOGNIZED - Friday, June 01, 2012

The 2012 Humanities Hall of Honor inductees will be recognized at the 2012 All-Class Reunion July 21 in Yankton, SD at the Best Western Kelly Inn during the Humanities Hall of Honor Luncheon.  These individuals graduated from Yankton College or attended for at least one year and have gone out into the world to make a difference and continuing to carry the spirit of YC throughout their lives.  To register for the luncheon, contact the Yankton College office by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661 or by email to:  info@yanktoncollege.org

Hall of Honor Inductees.pdf

 


2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 2012 Yankton College Hall of Fame inductees have been selected for their outstanding college and career athletic achievements.  The recipients will accept their awards at the Hall of Fame Luncheon scheduled Saturday, July 21, 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western Kelly Inn held during the 2012 All-Class Reunion.  To register for the luncheon, contact the Yankton College office by phoning toll-free (866) 665-3661 or by email to:  info@yanktoncollege.org

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees.pdf

 


ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD SELECT INDUCTEES FOR 2012 ALUMNI AWARDS - Friday, May 18, 2012

The Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board has selected deserving inductees for the 2012 Alumni Awards to be presented during the All-Class Reunion held in Yankton, SD this July.  All recipients have agreed to attend to accept their awards at the Banquet & Awards Program scheduled Saturday, July 21 at the Best Western Kelly Inn.  Plan to attend and celebrate their honor. 

2012 Alumni Awards Inductees.pdf

 


REGISTER FOR THE 2012 ALL-CLASS REUNION - Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yankton College alumni and friends by now should have recieved the annual BULLETIN in the mail.  Be sure to check out the details on the 2012 All-Class Reunion to be held July 19-21 in Yankton, South Dakota.  The reunion schedule and registration form are now available.  Registrations are beginning to arrive.  Visit this Yankton College website each week from now until reunion time for announcements, photographs and additional details.  See you this summer! 

2012 Reunion Information.pdf

 


WATCH FOR 2012 ANNUAL BULLETIN - Thursday, May 10, 2012

The 2012 Annual Bulletin from Yankton College is hot off the printing press and making its way to your mailbox soon.   Many volunteers assist the staff in the mailing preparations:  inserting information, sealing and address labeling, before it makes its way to the post office.  The Yankton College Bulletin is filled with 2012 All-Class Reunion details, scholarship announcements and much more.  For more information call (866) 665-3661. 

 


YANKTON COLLEGE HOLDS TWO-DAY SPRING BOARD MEETING - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Yankton College Board of Trustees assembled in Yankton, Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the Summit Activities Center for the annual spring board meetings.  The Alumni Advisory Board and the Financial and Scholarship Committees also met on the morning of April 20.

The Board of Trustees spent two days examining the financial status of the college and adopting the 2012-13 Budget, reaffirming six members whose terms had expired and re-electing the present officers, in addition to approving eighteen $1,000 scholarship awards. 

Other agenda topics included:  Policy & Procedure recommendations and acceptance of the 2012 Yankton College Emergency Response & Recovery Plan.

Special guests at the Friday afternoon session of the Board of Trustees meeting were Warden Jordan Hollingsworth and Rev. Dr. Doug Upton from the Federal Prison Camp.  Upton presented to Yankton College a painting of the Old Middle Building by one of the FPC inmates to be on loan for display in the office.  Upton described the inmate coursework of the 2012 Educational Program entitled “Basics of Bible Interpretation,” which is the first result of the Yankton College and FPC educational collaboration, as a public service and to once again bring theological education to the campus.  Hollingsworth was presented an Honorary Alumni Certificate on behalf of the Board of Directors and Alumni Advisory Board for his gracious hospitality & continued loyalty in support of Yankton College.

The YC Alumni Advisory Board met to review the plans for the Yankton College 2012 All-Class Reunion to be held next July in Yankton.  Other agenda items included:  AAB terms and election procedures, accepting the nomination of Dennis Steffen from Viborg, SD to the AAB and the responsibilities of the three AAB Committees:   Reunion, Alumni Awards and Giving. 

The Legacy Committee met Saturday after the Board of Trustees adjourned to discuss long-range planning for the College.    

For further information call the Yankton College office at (605) 665-3661


YANKTON COLLEGE 2012-13 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Yankton College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the names of eighteen $1,000 scholarship awards.  The general high school scholarship recipients are:  Connor Reed, Pierce, NE and Kathryn Soorholtz, Clive, IA, the Carl & Cle Youngworth Scholarship;  Kerri Stolle, Warren, CT, the Brown-Daniels Scholarship;  Tory Gross, Yankton, SD and Madeline Ausdemore, Madison Lake, MN, the Bennett-Walter Scholarship;  Haley Hinseth, Irene, SD, the Rivola Family Scholarship; Matthew Zeeb, Nashua, NH, the Mary L. & Glenn Jensen Scholarship; Luke Buffington, Gayville, SD,  the Class of 1962 Scholarship; Griffin Baker, St. Louis Park, MN, Calvin Hunhoff, Bertrand, NE, Kelly Hobbs, O’Fallow, IL, Matthew Gubbels and Danielle Gill, both from Yankton, SD, the Trantina Revocable Trust Scholarship; Courtney True, Yankton, SD, the Rev. Dr. Donald B. Ward Scholarship and Sarah Ekeren, Yankton, SD, the Y-Club Scholarship; and the post-graduate scholarship recipients are:  Bryce Somer, Omaha, NE and Kristine Zeeb, Nashua, NH,  the Dr. Fritz A. Brink Scholarship and David Kramer, New York, NY, the Dr. Richard G. Sherman Scholarship. 

These  deserving students will receive their awards to attend an accredited college or university for the 2012-13 academic year.  A Scholarship Committee reviewed and ranked the applications on the basis of merit and criteria, among being,  applicants must have:  a) a family relationship to Yankton college alumni, former faculty or staff; or b) a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College may recommend the applicant. 

T
he Yankton College Scholarship Program recently received seven new $1,000 scholarships from the kindness of several alumni that will be included in this year's awards.   This generosity was inspired by the positive influences that Yankton College has made on the lives of these alumni. 

(5) The Trantina Revocable Trust Scholarship
Endowed by Mr. & Mrs. Charley Trantina '51, Sun City West, AZ

(1) The Mary L. & Glenn Jensen Scholarship
Endowed in memory of his wife Mary (Mitchell ED '36) by Glenn Jensen '36
Rapid City, SD

(1) The Class of 1962 Scholarship
Endowed by classmates of 1962 in celebration of their 50th Anniverary.

The goals of the scholarship program are to perpetuate the Yankton College tradition of liberal arts in higher education, support deserving young persons who have shown outstanding promise during their secondary education, apply discretionary funds to a higher function and promote the memory and reputation of Yankton College. 

 

 

 

 


BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD TO MEET APRIL 20 & 21 - Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Yankton College Board of Trustees will assemble from a wide range of nation-wide locations on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the College offices located in Yankton.  The Alumni Advisory Board will meet as well, for a shorter duration, April 20.

Held twice each year, these gatherings are concerned with the ongoing affairs of the College as well as outreach to the more than 3000 alumni world-wide.

The Alumni Advisory will finalize plans for the All-Class Reunion to be held on July 19, 20 and 21, 2012.  The more than 300 alumni who will attend will participate in the giving of awards, the naming of Hall of Fame inductees, tours of the old campus, banquets and gathering of special interest groups.  

The Board of Trustees will spend two days examining the financial status of the College, evaluating the collaboration with Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis MO, re-affirming members whose terms have expired, approving the nearly 20 scholarships to be awarded, enacting the Emergency Preparedness Plan formulated in anticipation of grant opportunities and partnering with the Alumni Advisory Board in Reunion plans. 

The Legacy Committee will meet to continue long-range planning for the preservation of the historic and religious collections held by the College, among other concerns.

Special guests at the Friday afternoon session of the Board of Trustees will be Warden Jordan Hollingsworth and Rev. Dr. Doug Upton, Chaplain, both of the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.

 


2012 HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEE NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 16 - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On behalf of the Humanities Hall of Honor Committee, it’s time, once again, to submit your nominations for the 2012 Humanities Hall of Honor inductees.  This is a chance to recognize those who graduated from Yankton College or those who attended for at least one year who have gone out into the world and continued to carry the spirit of YC throughout their lives:  We came to learn—we went out to make a difference!

Please take a moment and read the philosophy and the criteria for the recognition on the nomination form.  Fill out the form before the March 16, 2012 deadline  and mail with supporting information directly to: 

Kathy Huckins Schock
918 E. Kramer St.
Mesa, AZ  85203-1933 

Download Nomination Form

The 2011 and 2012 inductees will be recognized at the 2012 YC All-Class Reunion at the Humanities Hall of Honor luncheon.   The 2010 luncheon hit an all-time record attendance and was a very special event.  You can make that happen again by selecting a nominee!

If you have a question, please contact the Yankton College office at the toll-free number:  (866) 665-3661.  The committee appreciates your timely response and looks forward to your nominations.  Thank you.

 


TWO NEW NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED - Monday, March 05, 2012

The Yankton College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the addition of two new named scholarships bringing the total to eleven to be presented to deserving students each academic year to be used at an accredited college or university.   

The Mary Lucille & Glenn Jensen Scholarship was endowed by Glenn Jensen ‘36 of Rapid City, SD, in memory of his wife, Mary Lucille (Mitchell ED ’36) Jensen, who passed away last year, to honor their seventy-five years of marriage from a relationship that began as Yankton College students.

The Yankton College Class of 1962 Scholarship was initiated by alumna Carol Kasulka Boos, Tuscon, AZ, who hopes to perpetuate the memory of Yankton College and envisions “someone who really needs the money to take the edge off an already tight budget.” It is endowed in time for this year’s 50th anniversary of the graduating class.  Annual contributions will be made by the classmates.

The $1,000 scholarship awards are expressions of generosity that will go on to assist college-bound students, who strive towards furthering their education. To receive the financial aid, students must meet criteria and have a Yankton College connection that is reviewed by a Scholarship Committee.      

The Yankton College Scholarship Program began in 1990 and has awarded close to $300,000 to date.  For more information on endowing a Yankton College scholarship or applying for one, contact Jan at (605) 665-3661.    

 


YANKTON COLLEGE & EDEN ANNOUNCE 2012 SPRING COURSE FOR PASTORS & LAY LEADERS - Thursday, March 01, 2012

Eden Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Yankton College, will offer a pastoral theology course for pastors and lay leaders as part of the Associate degree program at Yankton College. The title of the course is Faith Formation – Connecting Church and Home: Generation to Generation, and it will be taught by Dr. Diane E. Shallue, Director of Christian Education and Small Group Ministries at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.

This course will explore the strengths and challenges involved in intergenerational learning in congregations and provide skills in using this approach. This course will delve into six basic models of intergenerational learning and explore the four basic patterns of intergenerational planning. Methods for implementing this type of ministry in a congregation will be emphasized. Participants will develop strategies to help parents and grandparents as well as other adults pass along the faith at home and at church and leave equipped to nurture the faith of all ages by bringing the generations together at church and at home.

The first meeting of the class will be May 4 and 5, 2012 and the classes will meet online weekly through June 1, 2012. The cost is $375.00 for credit and $200.00 for audit. Limited scholarships are available.  Students will participate in the Leadership Continuing Education Event for the first class meeting. The Leadership Continuing Education Event will be held May 4 (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and 5 (8:30 a.m. to Noon), 2012 at the Chamberlain United Church of Christ, Chamberlain, SD. 

The Leadership Continuing Education Event will focus on leadership in Intergenerational Ministries and how to create an intergenerational perspective in a congregation. Models of intergenerational ministry and examples from the personal experience of the presenter as a congregational religious educator will be provided. The cost to attend just the Leadership Continuing Education Event is $50.00 for the first registrant from a congregation and $45.00 for each additional registrant. Costs include dinner on Friday, continental breakfast on Saturday, instruction and materials. 

Both the Course and the Event will be coordinated by The Rev. Dr. Anita Bradshaw – who also serves as the director for Eden's Judicatory Based Education initiatives, including its partnership in the Yankton College Pastoral Theology program. Dr. Bradshaw has served local congregations as well as faculty at a number of colleges and seminaries.
 

For more information and registration forms: 
http://www.eden.edu/Academics/Eden-Yankton-Courses.aspx     

For more information on the courses or the leadership event, please contact Rev. Dr. Bradshaw at (612) 791-8217. 

 


YANKTON FEDERAL PRISON CAMP & YANKTON COLLEGE FORM NEW COLLABORATION - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jordan Hollingsworth, Warden of the Yankton Federal Prison Camp and Rev. Dr. Douglas Upton, Prison Chaplain, announce that the camp has established a course of ecumenical theological study in collaboration with Yankton College which echoes the principles set by Dr. Joseph Ward in 1881 when the College was founded.   This college-level course will meet for a total of 26 weeks; acceptance in the program requires a minimum of a high school diploma or successful GED in addition to a 1,000 word essay.  Prison camp officials feel that “the goals and objectives of theological formation that is at the heart of the Religious Services Department at the YFPC are really predicated on the tradition that has come before with the vision of Joseph Ward.  Inmates who actively participate in theological programming are committing to a changed intellect and a changed life style.”

The collaboration has been under development over the past year, after having been approved and sponsored by the Yankton College Board of Trustees.  During that time the Religious Services’ Department has acquired a theological library that provides resources for inmates’ personal and educational use in addition to other services and programs which have been offered for several years under the leadership of Dr. Upton.  Some services presently being offered include: premarital classes, a marriage enrichment class, a 20-month course which simplifies and explains major Bible themes and an analytical study of the life and work of St. Augustine.  All religious services are offered in the historic Old Middle Building which has been renovated to include libraries, study carrels and conference rooms. 

Dr. Upton says “I am extremely excited for what this course will add to the department’s repertoire of theological education and the help it will give to sincere and dedicated inmates.”  Speaking for the College, Board of Trustees Chair Joan Neubauer finds satisfaction in once again utilizing the campus for theological programming and finding that the passion of Joseph Ward for theological education still, in the words of Dr. Upton, “runs deep in ‘Old Middle’.”

 


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE - Friday, February 03, 2012

February 10, 2012 is the deadline for submitting the Yankton College scholarship applications.  Graduating high school students and post-graduates in need of financial aid are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to be awarded a $1000 scholarship to attend an accredited college or university.

Eligible applicants must:  1) have a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) have a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff.

 

 

The 2012-13 applications and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2012.

Undergraduate scholarship application form

Post-graduate scholarship application form

For more information on scholarships, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

 


NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2012 HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES - Friday, February 03, 2012

On behalf of the Humanities Hall of Honor Committee, it’s time, once again, to submit your nominations for the 2012 Humanities Hall of Honor inductees.  This is a chance to recognize those who graduated from Yankton College or those who attended for at least one year who have gone out into the world and continued to carry the spirit of YC throughout their lives:  We came to learn—we went out to make a difference!

Please take a moment and read the philosophy and the criteria for the recognition on the nomination form.  Fill out the form before the March 16, 2012 deadline  and mail with supporting information directly to: 

Kathy Huckins Schock
918 E. Kramer St.
Mesa, AZ  85203-1933 

Download Nomination Form

The 2011 and 2012 inductees will be recognized at the 2012 YC All-Class Reunion at the Humanities Hall of Honor luncheon.   The 2010 luncheon hit an all-time record attendance and was a very special event.  You can make that happen again by selecting a nominee!

If you have a question, please contact the Yankton College office at the toll-free number:  (866) 665-3661.  The committee appreciates your timely response and looks forward to your nominations.  Thank you.

The awards may focus on YC students who studied or majored in the following areas:  

EDUCATION
Physical Education
Recreation
Secondary Education
Special Education 

FINE ARTS
Art
Applied Music
Music Education
Theatre
Art Management

HUMANITIES
E
nglish
Foreign Languages
Philosophy
Speech
Religion

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Business Administration
Economics
History
Military Science
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Criminal Justice
Human Services
Social Science Teaching

NATURAL SCIENCES
B
iology
Chemistry
Mathematics
Physics

PRE-PROFESSIONAL
Legal Assistant
Medical Technology
Pre-Dentistry
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Law
Pre-Medicine
Pre-Veterinary
Pre-Theology

 


IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO MAKE REUNION PLANS-Posted - Monday, January 23, 2012

The Yankton College 2012 All-Class Reunion is only several months away.  Mark your calendars, July 19-21, for the event and make your lodging plans now.  For your convenience, motel rooms have been blocked in Yankton at the Kelly Inn (800-528-1234), Super 8 (605-665-6510) and Days Inn (605-665-8717), make notification when you reserve a room.  Visit the Chamber of Commerce online for additional visitor's information.  Registration fee, meal costs and schedule will be available in February.  Check the website often, as more details are announced has the special weekend approaches. Call your college friends and together make your reunion plans.  For more information, call Yankton College toll-free (866) 665-3661.  See you there!

 


YANKTON COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE - Thursday, January 05, 2012

Yankton College alumni who know graduating high school seniors needing financial aid to attend college can encourage them to apply for the 2012-13 Yankton College Scholarships.  Eligible applicants must:  1) have a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or 2) have a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton College graduate, former student, faculty or staff.

The 2012-13 applications and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2012.

The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards two types of the $1,000 scholarships, general and post-graduate, to deserving students to use at an accredited college or university.  The applications are available at the Yankton College office located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9 or online.

Undergraduate scholarship application form

Post-graduate scholarship application form

For more information on scholarships, contact Yankton College at (605) 665-3661, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 


YANKTON COLLEGE HOSTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE-Posted - Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On December 9, local alumni and friends attended a Holiday Open House hosted by Yankton College in the office located at 1801 Summit St. in Yankton, SD.  A variety of historical books were on display authored by several alumni who attended or graduated from YC.  The authors that made an appearance were Marilyn Kratz '80, Lois (Zimmerman '68) Varvel and Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley x'48. These books are available for sale as well as other College merchandise.  For more information, contact Yankton College by phoning toll-free at (866) 665-3661.   

See photos on our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/yankton-college/holiday-open-house/254918537903325

 


YC STORE STOCKS MERCHANDISE FOR HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING-Posted - Monday, November 28, 2011

The YC Store has a selection of apparel, accessories and books perfect for the Greyhound in your family.  The merchandise is on display at the Yankton College office located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9.  Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Phone (866) 665-3661.  Visit or call today! 

 


YANKTON COLLEGE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS - Posted - Friday, November 25, 2011

2012-13 Yankton College Scholarship Program
Yankton College alumni who know graduating high school seniors needing financial aid to attend college can encourage them to apply for the 2012-13 Yankton College Scholarships.  Eligible applicants must:  1) have a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff, 2) have a family friend, teacher or pastor with a connection to Yankton College recommend the applicant, or 3) be a Yankton Collge graduate, former student, faculty or staff. 

The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards two types of the $1,000 scholarships, general and post-graduate, to deserving students to use at an accredited college or university.  The following applications are available at the Yankton College office, located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9 or online at
www.yanktoncollege.org

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS:
The Carl & Cle Youngworth Scholarship
The Brown-Daniels Scholarship
The Bennett-Walter Scholarship
The Rivola Family Scholarship
The Rosamond Burgi-Hall Scholarship
The Mary Lucille & Glenn Jensen Scholarship
The Donald B. Ward Scholarship

POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS:
The Dr. Richard G. Sherman Scholarship
The Dr. Fritz A. Brink Scholarship

Undergraduate scholarship application form

Post-graduate scholarship application form

IMPORTANT:  The 2012-13 Yankton College scholarship applications and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2012.

Creating A Yankton College Scholarship
The opportunity to provide a gift to Yankton College to establish a named scholarship will truly make a difference in the lives of college-bound students for years to come.  Yankton College has awarded over $260,000 to over 200 students since 1990. 

 


YANKTON COLLEGE SPONSORS LOCAL STRING ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL-Posted - Thursday, November 10, 2011

A record number of students from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska particpated in the annual String Orchestra Festival held Monday, November 7 at Yankton High School in the Summit Activities Center Theatre.  Yankton College and Yankton High School sponsored the day-long event.  
 
Kim (Hillestad '76) Evander, YHS Orchestra Director, organizes the annual event.   Evander, a graduate from Yankton College in music and education, said, "This event gives the students an opportunity to rehearse and perform in a larger orchestra setting under the direction of guest conductor, Aviva Segall, Musical Director and Principal Conductor for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra from Omaha, NE."  

To continue its mission and efforts, Yankton College works with partners to sponsor and develop programs of worth.  These collaborative efforts encourage and bring fine arts and other cultural programs to the community.   
 

 


ALUMNI IN ARIZONA - Posted - Sunday, October 30, 2011
With a simple click, check out the photos of the Yankton College alumni who attended the Arizona Regional Reunion in Mesa, October 15.  The reunion was an opportunity to gather and share memories and memorabilia of the College.  It was a great time!  read more ...


YANKTON COLLEGE HOSTS HOT REUNION - Posted - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One hundred and four degree temperatures did not stop Yankton College alumni and friends from gathering Saturday, October 15 at Countryside Park in Mesa, Arizona for a regional reunion.  Twenty-five area residents met for the afternoon to share memories and rekindle friendships from their beloved alma mater.  Joan (Bunnell '57) Neubauer, Yankton, South Dakota assisted Gene x'65 & Linda Metz, Scottsdale and Charlie '77 & Kathy (Huckins '78) Schock, Mesa in hosting the event.  A noon meal was provided by Yankton College.

Other Arizona residents attending were:  Bill '59 & Ginette (Poulsen x'59) Grosz, Charley '51 & Linda Trantina, Gideon '52 & Mary Jane (Weber '53) Schaeffer, Bob x'56 & Eileen Budd, Joyce (Ness Ed'56) Bemis, Marlene Maruska '74, Diana (Burmester '60) Holden, Flyn x'79 & Linda Williams, Mary (Longman '71) Raphael, Charles Fleming, Doug Carpa '67, Jerry Fisher '78, Ron Weber '74 and Sherry (Hardcastle '81) Evans. 

Neubauer shared with the group the mission and vibrancy of Yankton College as it exists today, and how it remains active in reaching out to its alumni, developing and awarding scholarships, supporting educational opportunities and sponsoring fine arts programming, even though the campus closed in 1984.   

Regional reunions are held in areas with a high density of Yankton College alumni.  If you wish to host a regional reunion, contact the Yankton College office, phone toll-free (866) 665-3661.
 

 


ALUMNI GATHER IN MESA, AZ THIS WEEKEND - Posted - Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

Excitement is growing and the time has arrived for the 2011 Yankton College Regional Reunion to be held this weekend, Saturday, October 15 in Mesa, Arizona from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Nearly forty alumni and friends are expected to gather at Countryside Park located at 3130 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa.  Joan (Bunnell '57) Neubauer will be arriving from Yankton, SD to assist in hosting the event with AZ residents Gene x'65 & Linda Metz and Charles '77 & Kathy (Huckins '78) Schock.  A noon meal will be provided at no charge.

Yankton College Regional Reunions are held in areas with a high denisity of YC alumni.  These are one-day events devoted to meeting other YC alumni from the area and catching up with one another.      

 

 

 

 


A REMINDER TO ATTEND ARIZONA REGIONAL REUNION - Posted - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Alumni Advisory Board wishes to remind Yankton College alumni living in Arizona to attend the YC Regional Reunion to be held October 15 from 11 a.m to 3:00 p.m. at Countryside Park located at 3130 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa.  A noon meal will be provided by Yankton College.  Over thirty have registered to come and there is still time to sign up if you have not. Contact the Yankton College office, phone toll-free (866) 665-3661.  Look forward to seeing you there!

 


YANKTON COLLEGE HOLDS TRUSTEE AND ALUMNI BOARD MEETINGS - Posted - - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fifteen members from around the Midwest were present for the regular fall meeting of the Yankton College Board of Trustees held Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17 at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton, SD. New trustees were introduced:  Ron Bertsch '65, Yankton, SD, Monte Farnsworth '75, Pierre, SD and Terrence Flynn '75, Falls City, NE. The progress on program development with Eden Theological Seminary was discussed.  There was a review of the Policies & Procedures Handbook.  Reports were given from the Finance Committee and the Legacy Committee.

The Alumni Advisory Board met Friday, Saturday 16 under new leadership:  Chair, Ron Bertsch '65, Vice-Chair, Cindy Filips '65, both from Yankton and Marian Danforth-White '71, from El Segundo, CA. The new motto for the board is "As We Are Fewer, More Needs To Be Done." The sixteen members who attended the regular fall meeting selected nominees for the Alumni Achievement Awards, the Alumni Service Awards and the Pro Causa Awards to be presented at the 2012 All-Class Reunion next July.  Members were encouraged to contact Arizona alumni to remind them of the Regional Reunion to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Mesa, AZ.  Other business included forming three new committees:  Reunion, Alumni Awards and Forever Club/Giving.  

A no-host dinner was held at Murdo's Atens Resort afterwards.    
  

 

 


YANKTON COLLEGE ON-LINE - Saturday, September 10, 2011

Welcome to Yankton College On-Line!  

Information on Yankton College events, services, programs and sponsorships are found here.  New website features let you conveniently connect with classmates on Facebook, download scholarship applications or register for pastoral theology classes.  Discover the rich history of Yankton College, its events and its students.  Support Yankton College as a member of the FOREVER Club or by donating a memorial or memorabilia.   

In time watch Yankton College On-Line for convenient on-line shopping and additional ways to connect with classmates.   More photographs and  historical information will be added.

Stay connected with Yankton College, Home of the Greyhounds,  with Yankton College On-Line!  

 


Summer Visits of 2013 - Friday, July 26, 2013

   Alumni and friends of Yankton College traveling through South Dakota usually stop for a visit at the Yankton College Office.  The Office is what officially remains of Yankton College after it closed its campus doors nearly thirty years ago.  Upon arriving visitors take time to get re-acquainted, view the College memorabilia, buy YC souvenirs and apparel or research by-gone days.  This summer there have been several visits, expected and unexpected, from friends, alums and their families.

   Barbara (Sivets Auster ‘67) Fisher was here in May from Surprise, Arizona.   Barbara is originally from Ft. Thompson and was in South Dakota visiting her son, who lives in Sioux Falls.   Thanks for stopping, Barb!

   In June, Ted Reideburg ’65 and his wife, Linda, traveled to Yankton all the way from Poughkeepsie, NY to visit friends who were celebrating an anniversary.   And because last year was an All-Class Reunion year, the Reideburgs have now been to Yankton two years in a row.  We’re always glad to see their bright smiles when they walk through the door!

   Tom Osborne x’70 was visiting both the east and west sides of South Dakota during the 4th of July holiday.  Returning home to Tennessee Ridge, TN, he made a stop at the Office.  Before he arrived, Osborne emailed, “I am coming to Yankton & SD Black Hills, June 26th to July 4th.  I am living & working on launching a new national, international broadcast for PBS, US-UN Report, which will focus on foreign policy.  I will be building on my two decades with ABS News as US Bureau Chief.  Looking forward to visiting YC & you folks and anyone else around--also anyone who remembers the great time had working to start Yankton Junior Leaders in 1966!  I understand it is still going strong."

   In mid-July, Chris Ward, son of eighth Yankton College president, Donald B. Ward, along with his wife Saara (originally from Finland) and mother-in-law Jean, were here after visiting North Dakota before returning to their home in Washington D.C.  They made a swing through Yankton to see old friends.  Chris attended elementary through middle school here while his father was head of Yankton College from 1962 to 1970.  We are glad that Ward has remained in contact with several of his former classmates and that one of them brought him and his family by for a visit!

   There have been two recent visits: one from Tom Rupiper, who attended Yankton College for two years and originates from Yankton.  He and his wife, who now live in Hamilton, MT, were on their way to their daughter’s wedding in Cedar Rapids, IA.   Before they left, they purchased a Yankton College cap and a College yearbook.  The second vistor was Lamont Cain x'75 from White Lake, SD, who recently lost his wife Lynne Dee (Gillen '76) Cain of 37 years.  He told us that he is considering a move to Yankton.  Please keep us posted, Lamont, if you do!

   Finally, a non-alum, British author, Fraser Harrison came to the Yankton College Office this summer while he was living in Yankton for six weeks.  He hopes of writing a short travel book of his Yankton impressions.  Harrison noted before returning home to Walsham le Willows in Suffolk, England, that even though Yankton has a rich history with many stories, his sense is that folks here no longer reverberate all these stories because the colorful past "is not really what Yankton is today."  He went on to say, "It's a very different town.  It's quite a respectable town.  The beat of history that actually does continue to resonate is the demise of Yankton College and its replacment by the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.  For a certain generation, that is still an important event, and I think it does reverberate, leaving a curious hole in the center of the town (even though the prison is a successful model, due partly because of it's location IN the middle of town)."   We look forward to hearing more about this from Harrison as his travel book unfolds.

   The Yankton College Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment during the weekends. Visitors are welcome. Yankton College All-Class Reunions are held in Yankton every two years that are even-numbered.  Tours of the former campus, now the U.S. Federal Prison Camp, are scheduled during the Reunions.  For more information, phone (866) 665-3661.