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Y. C. Alumni

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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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.





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  and Darryl James ‘x85, Bronx, NY.  All will personally accept their inductions during the 2014 All-Class Reunion, with the exception of Armstead, whose family will represent him.

Members of the 1966 Football Team and the 1966 Cross Country Team will be recognized for their championship successes.

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. 

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.