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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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Dr. Kenneth B. Jones Honored by Yankton College Board of Trustees - Thursday, March 19, 2015

  It  was June 3, 1963, when Kenneth B. Jones first became a member of  the Yankton College Board of Trustees; it was April 20, 2014 when he announced that he was retiring from that body and it was September 26, 2014 when that same Board elected and proclaimed him as Trustee Emeritus.  This story, then, spans more than 50 years.

   In 1965, soon after joining the Board, Ken spearheaded the Yankton College Community Fund, which was a portent of things to come as his name became synonymous with Yankton College Finance and remains so to this day.  In 1972 Ken was elected to and served in the South Dakota State Senate for two terms and upon returning to Yankton he was once again elected to the Yankton College Board of Trustees.

    In 1972 the Yankton College Pro Causa Award was conferred upon Ken for his devotion and leadership over the many years.  In 1973 he received a Yankton College Board of Trustees Citation.  In 2000 his fellow Board of Trustee members saw fit to bestow upon him the title of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, a title he proudly bears today.

   Community work got its share of Ken’s time – in 2003 he spearheaded the establishment of the Auld-Brokaw Trail and soon after that was awarded the honor of Citizen of the Year.  His own alma mater, South Dakota State University, recognized his 50 years of service to the South Dakota Pharmaceutical Association in 2006.

   The Yankton United Church of Christ has also been the beneficiary of Ken’s time, effort and monetary acumen.  Most recently he worked tirelessly on the revitalization of the church building and the re-configuration of the Yankton College Memorial Organ in the sanctuary.

  The Yankton College Board of Trustees gratefully acknowledges the long and dedicated service of Dr. Kenneth B. Jones and humbly bestows upon him the title of Trustee Emeritus.        


Coming Together - Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Mount Marty College recently hosted over 30 Yankton College alumni at the Lancer home doubleheader basketball games against Grace University, Saturday, February 14. YC alumni were invited to attend and gathered on the west balcony in the Cimpl Arena to watch the games, enjoy refreshments, view memorabilia and visit.  

Couples who attended the separate schools and ultimately married one another were recognized on the center court during one of the half times and presented Valentine gifts from Mount Marty Alumni Director, Dave Dickes and Yankton College Executive Director, Jan Garrity.  Other attending YC alumni were also introduced later.

Barb Rezac, chief advancement officer at MMC said since there were so many Yankton College alumni from the closed college still in the Yankton area, she wanted YC alumni to be able to attend a college sporting event in their hometown.

During the years that Mount Marty College and Yankton College co-existed in Yankton, the two private schools naturally found ways to collaborate on their resources for increasing their enrollment and creating strong curriculums.

Pictured above, left to right:  (MMC) Jean & Russ Weller '63, Ellis Bliley '69 with photograph of his wife (MMC) Cathy, (MMC) Cathy & Paul Rehfuss '61, (MMC) Mary & Don Fiedler '80 and Larry Hintgen x'61 and (MMC) Kathy who was unavailable. 

Yankton College Bids Farewell to President Emeritus - Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Yankton College is saddened to bid farewell to President Emeritus, Dr. Charles N. Kaufman who passed away last week after a lengthy courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.  

For nearly 50 years, Dr. Kaufman was involved with Yankton College: serving on the Board of Trustees; serving as an adjunct professor; serving twice as Interim President, as a result of which, he was awarded an Honorary Degree; and from 2004 to September 2014 had been the inaugurated fifteenth president.  The list of committees, tasks and responsibilities which he had undertaken as a result of this laudable relationship is too lengthy to enumerate; his leadership and inspirational style have benefited generations of faculty, administrators, students and friends of Yankton College.  The level of dedication demonstrated by Dr. Kaufman is exemplary.

"Many of us visited Chuck during the weeks since he resigned from his role as our Yankton College President, and sorrowed at his declining health and yet rejoiced that he conversed and laughed as in the past," said Joan Neuabauer, Chair of the Yankton College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Charles Newton Kaufman was born March 12, 1933 in Huron SD to Charles A. and Belva (Janzen) Kaufman. He passed on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the age of 81, at his home in Vermillion, SD. Chuck grew up and attended school in Freeman and Parkston SD. He served in the United States Armed Forces during the Korean War. 

Chuck married the love of his life, Fern Ching, on June 3, 1956 in Castlewood SD. Chuck and Fern began their married life in Huron SD while Chuck was finishing his degree at Huron College. Their eldest son, Norman Charles was born in Huron and shortly after that they moved to Yankton, SD while Chuck was attending the University of South Dakota. Chuck did some research work for USD while living in Elk Point. They then moved to Vermillion where he taught in the Business School before attending Indiana University for his doctoral work. Their son Kevin Charles was born in Watertown in 1960.

The family then moved back to Vermillion in 1964 and their daughter Nanette Fern was born. Chuck resumed his teaching at the University. During his tenure at USD he was Director of the MBA program and later Dean of the Graduate School. Chuck had many professional accomplishments and also enjoyed working as a consultant. He was on the Yankton College Board of Trustees and given the honor of President Emeritus for almost five decades of service. Chuck retired from the University in 1999 after 35 years of service.

Hunting was one of Chucks’ favorite pastimes. He enjoyed gardening, making wine, reading and singing in the church choir. Chuck also enjoyed serving in many ways for the United Church of Christ Congregational both locally and statewide. He enjoyed keeping score at basketball games for over 25 years. Chuck enjoyed being a member of the Masons. He was Grand Master of the Masons in SD in 2001-2. He became Sovereign Grand Inspector General (SGIG) of the Scottish Rite Masons in SD in 2003. His interests in the Scottish Rite involved helping establish the Speech and Hearing Clinics in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen. 
Chucks lasting legacy is his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Fern of Vermillion, his sons; Norman (Sherie) Kaufman, Vermillion, Kevin Kaufman Sioux Falls, and Nanette (Mark) Christofferson, Glendale, AZ. His six grandchildren: Chris Kaufman and Kelly (Sherwin) Gilbert, Kendra and Natalie Kaufman, Matthew and Thea Christofferson, and one great grandchild, Hemera Gilbert. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 24, at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion with a Masonic service at 7:00 PM. Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 7 at the church. Burial of ashes will be at 10:00 AM on March 7 at the Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion.  Memorials can be sent to the United Church of Christ.

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. 

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 retired 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.