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YANKTON COLLEGE
BOARD of TRUSTEES (left) and the ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD (right)

   
Left: the Board of Trustees pictured here are: Sandra (McTavish '70) Gross, Vice-Chair Joan Neubauer, Bill Bobzin '65, Vicki (Wilken '79) Lehrman, Pete O'Toole '71, Chair Lee Gass, Virgil Andersen '65, Dawn Jones '81, Glenn Clark '84,President Joseph Ward, Monte Farnsworth '76 and Ted Powell '78. BOT members not pictured: Samantha Houser (UCC), Dennis Lokken '69, Rand Schuft x'66 and Andy Youngworth x'81.   

Right: members of the Alumni Advisory Board pictured are: Sandra (MacTavish '71) Gross, Gary Ward '71, Marian Danforth-White '71, Paul Rehfuss '61, Allen Koliner '74, Becky (Gowery '80) Huser, Secretary, Cindy (Meyer '65) Filips, Pete O'Toole '71, Chair, Sue (Notheis '79) Kemnitz, Virgil Andersen '65, Vice-Chair, David Welch '69, Doug Paterson '68, Bruce Blankley '72 and Warren Peterson '63. AAB members not pictured: Ron Bertsch '65, Rick Evans '75, Dennis Lokken '69, Fred McGrath '75, Peg Vranesh '76) Michael, George Schermerhorn '74, Rand Schuft 'x66, Dennis Steffen '85 and  Andy Youngworth x'81.

Before each BOT and AAB meeting the members read aloud the Yankton College Mission StatementYankton College re-affirms its proud heritage by looking to the future to find new ways to further its support of a liberal arts philosophy; to develop moral and ethical character and the whole person; to support individuals to be successful in their chosen careers; and to instill the attitude that education is a life-long process.

According to the Policies & Procedures Handbook, the College Goals and Guiding Principles of the Board of Trustees are:

I.  Maintain a strong emphasis in post secondary liberal arts and lifelong learning.

II. Undertake appropriate steps in support of the mission of the United Church of Christ.

III. Pursue opportunities for joint development and cooperation with other institutions that have the vision and mission of Yankton College.

IV. Be fiscally responsible stewards to strengthen the funding base of Yankton College.

V. Perpetuate alumni outreach and public relations opportunities.

The Alumni Advisory Board’s primary function is to foster Yankton College alumni relations.  Terms for service on the AAB are three years and voluntary in nature.  Special expenses may be reimbursed with prior approval of the Operations Committee.  The duties and responsibilities of the Alumni Advisory Board are as follows:

1.   Develop constructive ideas as to how the office can be of service to the alums.

2.   Help implement the forming of regional Yankton College groups.

3.   Establish a group of volunteers who could help the alumni office with reunions, mailings and preservation.

4.   Promote alumni participation in the funding of scholarships and other projects in higher education.

5.   Continue the presenting of awards to alums for achievement, service and procausa.

6.   Elect a representative to the Yankton College Board of Trustees, which may be the Chair or his/her designee.

7.   Encourage giving.

As the stewards of Yankton College, the Board of Trustees meet face to face once a year. Their business matters that arise in between needing immediate attention are managed by the Operations Committee who report to the BOT.  The Alumni Advisory Board has more to organize and prepare for, especially reunions, so they assemble twice a year in the spring and fall.    


Boards Met In September - Focus on the Future of YC

It was Yankton College at its finest last month, September 21, as the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board met for their annual fall meetings at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton.  YC Board Chair, Dr. Joan (Bunnell '57) Neubauer was honored with a Resolution read aloud by Yankton College President Joe Ward '66 for her many years of service as Board Chair since 1998 and declaring her Board Chair Emeritus. During the course of the afternoon BOT meeting, Neubauer with pride and confidence passed the Board gavel to incoming Board Chair, Lee Gass '80 from Yankton, who enthusiastically accepted the honor and ensuing College endeavors.

For both meetings, YC Executive Director, Jan Garrity prepared 24 Board packets containing agendas, financial and committee reports and some very preliminary furnishing designs of the future home of Yankton College located on the top floor of the historic Mead Cultural Education Center, which both Boards toured after a catered “box lunch.”

During the morning hours, the majority of AAB members were present while three attended via teleconference call and another three had excused absences. Agenda items included regular Board business and also: the Omaha Regional Reunion that is on track for Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1-5 p.m. at the Howlin’ Hounds Coffee Shop, 712 S. 16th St. near the Old Market area of Omaha and the future plans of the 2020 All-Class Reunion, 2020 Vision - See Clearly Now set for July 16-18, 2020; the 2020 Alumni and Pro Causa Awards confirmations and additional nominations; the idea of a commemorative silver coin featuring the College Seal as a future fundraiser and College keepsake and finally, there was a recommendation for developing a Yankton College alumni photo gallery accessing assorted college-related photos on the YC website, social media and possibly a future kiosk in the new location with the aid of software.  

The two and a half hour meeting adjourned at noon. The next AAB meeting is April, 2020, date TBD.

In the afternoon at the SAC conference room, after the Pledge of Allegiance and an opening prayer, the regular Board of Trustees meeting convened and began with normal Board business. Then focusing on the legacy and sustaining the future of Yankton College as an educational institution, the BOT discussed the rationale of an arrangement with the Yankton School District that has been essentially endorsed by Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Kindle and Mead’s Executive Director, Crystal Nelson, that will allow Yankton College to sponsor the busing of selected local school students (at a particular grade level) on field trips to tour the Mead Cultural Education Center and the (future) Yankton College Alumni & Education Center.  In addition, a report was given on the progress of the “Design Phase” fundraising campaign - the “homestretch” for raising funds to provide the exhibit furnishings at the YCAEC. 

The next YC Board of Trustees meeting will be held during the 2020 All-Class Reunion next summer before the weekend’s activities begin.  For more information on Yankton College, its Design Phase Fundraising Campaign or alumni events, phone (605) 665-3661 or visit www.yanktoncollege.org. 



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August 12, 2019

YC Alum Vows Not To Miss Another YC Reunion

Two Yankton College Regional Reunions have been scheduled this year in 2019 where large concentrations of the YC alums reside. YC alumni packed their YC memories and headed to Boynton Beach, Florida in May for the first sanctioned Yankton College Regional Reunion. According to the Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board, chaired by Pete O’Toole ‘71, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, over twenty alumni and their spouses gathered in the Sunshine State this spring, including Vince Hoosack ’69, from Hicksville, New York, who vows “never to miss another YC reunion, anywhere,” he claims after a long period of not connecting with YC.

Ernie Ferency, a 1971 YC graduate, and his wife, Bette, with assistance from the Yankton College business office in Yankton, hosted the event in Florida. “It was like we were frozen back in the late 1960’s,” says Ferency. One of the primary purposes of the Alumni Advisory Board is to help implement the forming of regional Yankton College groups.  This Florida reunion was a perfect example of what takes place when YC communication, passion and action come together according to the objective of the YC Reunion Committee. 

In the heart of the Midwest, a second Yankton College Regional Reunion is scheduled on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska, organized by Omaha resident, Douglas Paterson ’68.  YC alumni are encouraged to attend from a radius of 3 hours (traveling distance to Omaha), that includes:  Eastern Nebraska, as far as Des Moines in Iowa, southeastern SD,  the Kansas City area in Missouri and  some of Kansas, according to Paterson. 

Yankton College successfully lives on through its alumni. Its reunions remain a key event to keep the YC alums in contact with the school, other alumni and former classmates. The regional reunions provide great opportunities for alumni to enjoy and share YC memories, while the All-Class Reunions held in Yankton every other year remain the centerpiece of the reunion activities (mark your calendars, July 16-18, 2020).

Reunions may take many shapes and sizes. They may range from small gatherings of YC friends for an evening or a day event to larger, highly organized events that can involve several days and dozens of people.  Information is sent out in a timely manner to the regional YC alumni where the reunion is to be held, but please note, that all YC alumni are invited to attend. 

For more information on Yankton College or Regional Reunions, contact the Yankton College office by phoning (605) 665-3661.  Download a registration form: Omaha Regional Reunion 2019 Registration Form.pdf


YC alumni ready to board an intra-coastal dinner cruise.  ROW1: ADOREE CAVAN, BARB (ACERS x’72 ) MICHAELSEN, JOYCE SILVIA, JAN O'TOOLE, SHARLYN SERAFIN, BETH (CRANSTON ’72) VOIGHT, RIC ZAZZI ‘68, REBECCA ZAZZI. ROW 2: TOM CAVAN ‘70, ED VOIGHT ‘71, FRANK CANNATA ‘67, VICTORIA GENTILE, JIM GENTILE ‘68, BETTE FERENCY, ERNIE FERENCY ‘71, JOHN CAMPION ‘73 , VINNIE HOOSACK ‘69. ROW 3: DAVE SILVIA ‘75, PETE O'TOOLE ‘71, WALT SERAFIN ‘73.  ROW 4:  KEN MICHAELSEN ’71.


 
 
                                                             

                            


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Yankton – April 25, 2019

The Yankton College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the names of deserving students who are the recipients of a named scholarship from the Yankton College Scholarship Program valued up to $1,000 each to use at an accredited college or university during the 2019-20 school year.  

Graduating seniors and post-graduate students from nationwide submitted their applications by the February deadline that were then redacted and reviewed by a designated Yankton College Scholarship Committee.  The 2019 recipients earned points from their scholastic merit, writing skills and most importantly having, either:  a) a family relationship to Yankton College alumni, former faculty or staff; or b) a family friend, teacher, pastor or other person with a connection to Yankton College to recommend the applicant. 

The 2019 general scholarships and their recipients with the Yankton College connections are:

 THE CHARLES A. ALSETH SCHOLARSHIP – (2)

·      Abri Boyd, Colorado Springs, CO - Linda (Kremer '67) Tygar, Grandmother; Lester Kremer '33, Great-Grandfather; Hildred (Ross ED'32) Kremer, Great-Grandmother. 

·     Mattie Hurlburt, Muskogee, OK - Joseph Ward, YC Founder, Great-great-great Grandfather; Sheldon Ward, Great-great Grandfather; Allan Hulburt '71, Grandfather.

 THE EVA & DALE ANDERSEN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

·         Kellie Geigle, Yankton, SD - Leon Cantin '62, Family Friend.

 THE BENNETT - WALTER SCHOLARSHIP – (2)

·         Cyan Pamouch, Minneapolis, MN - Allen Koliner '74, Grandfather; Kay (Bruning ’75) Koliner,  Grandmother; Linda Bruning '73, Great Aunt.

·         Amber Merk, Cornelius, NC - Bruce Wiemar '69, Grandfather. 

 THE BROWN-DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP – (2)

·         Emily Duffek, Tabor, SD - Donald Hotchkiss Jr. '77, Family Friend; Roger Heirigs '68, Great Uncle; Jim Heirigs '64, Great Uncle. 

·         Owen Phillips, Yankton, SD - Roger Willcut, Prof Military Science 1975-77, Grandfather; Suzan Gass '80, Friend; Lee Gass '80, Friend.

 THE CLASS OF 1962 SCHOLARSHIP

·         Jude Veerman, Sioux Falls, SD - Paul Rehfuss '61, Grandfather; Cathryn Rehfuss, YC Nurse, 1974-84, Grandmother.

 THE INSPIRATIONAL ONE-TIME SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 

·         Memphis Peralta, Bronx, NY - Dan Celentano '72, Family Friend.

 THE ROSAMOND BURGI - HALL SCHOLARSHIP

·         Aidan Grant, Barrington, RI - May (Adcock '63) Grant, Grandmother; Mabel (Harrison '33) Lloyd, Great Grandmother; Rosamond Burgi-Hall, Foreign Language Prof 1937-70, second cousin.

 THE RIVOLA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

·         Haley Drapeaux, Wagner, SD - Dallas  Preheim x’68, Grandfather.

 THE CARL & CLE YOUNGWORTH SCHOLARSHIP – (2)

·         Rex Ryken, Yankton, SD - Larry Ryken '65, Grandfather.

·         Carson Evans, Moses Lake, WA - Richard Evans '75, Grandfather.

 THE REV. DR. DONALD B. WARD SCHOLARSHIP

·         Sedonah Franzen, Yankton, SD.  Selection by YHS.

 THE HOD & ANITA NIELSEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

·         Noel Kusek, Yankton, SD. Selection by YHS.

 THE ISABEL REEDY-SATTLER SCHOLARSHIP

·         Zoie Lee Marcotte, Yankton, SD.  Selection by YHS.

 THE NELL & LAVERNE TOLLEFSON SCHOLARSHIP

·         Madeline Elbracht, Lincoln, NE - Tracie (Winter x86) Elbracht, Mother; Rev. George Robie '64, Church Friend; Jody Conway x87, Godmother; Rev. Ted Bader '50/BTh'51, Mother's Pastor; Karen Chuplis x86, Lisa Phillips x86 and Yuko Goto x86, all Family Friends.

 The 2019 post-graduate scholarships and their recipients with the Yankton College connections are:

 THE BEMENT POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP – (2)

·         Lorah Houser Jankord, Tulare, SD -  Suzan (Rasmussen'80) Gass, Friend; Dane Sanger '75, Friend.

 THE DR. RICHARD G. SHERMAN POST - GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

·        Anne Weyer, Sioux Falls, SD - Orlan Mitchell, College President 1977-84, Grandfather; Bruce Blankley '72, AAB member, Father; Jolene (Mitchell '75) Blankley, Mother. 

Three graduating Yankton High School seniors were selected by a YHS Scholarship Committee to earn the Rev. Dr. Donald B. Ward Scholarship, the Hod & Anita Nielsen Memorial Scholarship and the Isabel Reedy-Sattler Scholarship, each of which require a YHS senior to be a recipient.

The named-scholarships are endowed from the kindness and generosity of Yankton College alumni or their family members in memory or in honor of individuals or a group inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College.

The goals of the Yankton College Scholarship 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. 

Yankton College alumni are encouraged to provide a Yankton College scholarship to eligible students in their family or circle of friends. Their connection to YC is a valuable addition to the application procedure.  Download an application online at www.yanktoncollege.org or contact the Yankton College office at (866) 665-3661 and share with those seeking scholarship opportunities.  The next deadline is February 23, 2020.  

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



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Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board To Meet This Weekend

Yankton- April 1, 2019

Members of the Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board will meet in Yankton, Saturday, April 6, for their first annual two-hour meeting in 2019 to discuss routine matters and other business, old and new.

The primary purpose of the Alumni Advisory Board is to foster alumni relations.  The AAB current motto “As We Are Fewer More Needs To Be Done” has been heading each agenda as the group organizes college reunions, locally and regionally, honors and recognizes its alumni’s career and college achievements, and encourages giving towards the future of Yankton College. 

The main business during the morning meeting will deal with reporting on two 2019 Yankton College Regional Reunions since the AAB acts as the official “hosts” of all YC reunions.  One will be held in Boynton Beach, Florida, May 7 and the second will be held in Omaha, Nebraska this fall October 19. The AAB Reunion Committee, led by David Welch, Sioux Falls, will provide an overview of the attendance, fiscal responsibilities and other event details.  There will also be reports from the Awards Committee by Sue Notheis-Kemnitz, from Platte on recommendations for the Alumni Awards to be presented at the Yankton College 2020 All-Class-Reunion under the theme “2020 Vision” and the Giving Committee by Gary Ward, from Centerville, will give an update.

Joan Neubauer, Chair of the YC Board of Trustees, from Yankton, will report on the progress of the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center to be located on the top floor of the historic Mead Cultural Education Center before 2024.

A new AAB member will be joining the meeting for the first time and begin his three-year term, Frederick McGrath, a 1975 YC graduate from St. Paul, Minnesota which then totals the AAB membership to twenty-three.    

After the meeting, some of the AAB members present will be joined by other YC alums via teleconference calling for a Legacy Committee meeting to discuss the "game plan" for the 2019 fundraising campaign designed to furnish the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center with exhibit display cases, pictorial panels and wall murals. 

For more information on Yankton College, phone (605) 665-3661.




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YANKTON COLLEGE

ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD

PROUDLY ANNOUNCES

FLORIDA REGIONAL REUNION

 YC Alumni Gathering • Tuesday, May 7 • 6:30 - 10 pm

The Estates at Heritage Club*  •  Boynton Beach

Bring your memories, photos or a keepsake to share 

Hosts - Ernie & Bette Ferency

 

YC Extended Get -Together • May 7-11 

Activities include: Golf • Beach Day • Intracoastal Dinner Cruise & More

For more information on the extended “get-together” fees - contact Ernie Ferency ’70 (239) 336-4179

 

Spouses welcome • Join the fun!

 For directions and registration form 

 

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Yankton College Announces Newly Named Scholarship

  


Image of Nell (Schank ED'42) Tollefson taken from a Yankton College yearbook.  
   The positive influences of Yankton College inspired a recent contribution to the Yankton College Scholarship Program from former alumna, Nell (Schank ED’42) Tollefson, of Huron, South Dakota, to support a perpetual scholarship named:  the Nell & LaVerne Tollefson Scholarship, to honor their memory.  The $25,000 endowment will enable the college to award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior each year in perpetuity. 

  Nell attended Yankton College from 1941 to 1942 to earn her two-year State Elementary Teaching certificate while working at Fantles Clothing Store for her room and board in a private home.  According to Yankton College archives, during an annual May Fete ceremony in 1941, Nell was involved in the theatrical production of Alice in Wonderland performed in the outdoor Garden Terrace Theatre on the college campus and, she also played clarinet in the college band. While teaching in South Dakota, she earned her BA at Huron College in 1956 and spent her career teaching students in the Huron School District.  She and her husband, also an educator and coach, never had children, but they considered their beloved students, their “family.”  

   The Tollefson Scholarship recipient will be selected by a Yankton College Scholarship Committee after the February application deadline. Students have until the February 22, 2019 to submit an application.   The applications are available here online or at the Yankton College office located at 1801 Summit St., Door #9 at the north-end of the Summit Activities Center in Yankton, open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  All of the eligible applicants, including the first Tollefson recipient, will be officially announced to the Yankton College Board of Trustees next spring before they are notified.

   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. Each spring the Yankton College Scholarship Program awards several $1,000 scholarships from endowed funds to deserving high school seniors and graduate students.  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. 

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

 

  
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ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD TO MEET SEPTEMBER 15

September 6, 2018

Members of the Yankton College Alumni Advisory Board will meet in Yankton, Saturday, September 15, for their second annual two-hour meeting to discuss routine matters and other business, old and new.  

The primary purpose of the Alumni Advisory Board is to foster alumni relations.  The AAB current motto “As We Are Fewer More Needs To Be Done” has been heading each agenda as the group organizes college reunions, locally and regionally, honors and recognizes its alumni’s career and college achievements, and encourages giving towards the future of Yankton College. 

According to the AAB Nominating Committee, besides term renewals for seven members, there will be two nominees presented during the election of officers to fill the Chair and Secretary positions because of two resignations effective this fall.  According to Yankton resident, Ron Bertsch, who has chaired the AAB since April 2011, “It is time to pass the baton when there are those willing to take it and lead the way.”  Marian Danforth-White, El Segundo, California, will step down as the secretary, who has dutifully taken the meeting minutes since _____ .   

The main business during the morning meeting will deal with reviewing the 2018 All-Class Reunion held in Yankton this summer, July 19-21. The AAB Reunion Committee, led by David Welch, Sioux Falls, will provide an overview of the attendance, fiscal accountability and other details of the event since the AAB act as the official “hosts” of all YC reunions.  There will also be reports from the Awards Committee by Sue Notheis-Kemnitz, from Platte and the Giving Committee by Gary Ward, from Centerville. 

Planning will also begin for the next regional reunion to be held in Omaha in 2019 when those YC residents from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa will be invited.  

A progress report will be given by the Chair of the YC Board of Trustees, Joan Neubauer, on the newest YC venture: the establishment of the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center in partnership with the Dakota Territorial Museum at the historic Mead building located north of Yankton.  

For more information on Yankton College, visit  www.yanktoncollege.org or phone (605) 665-3661.

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2020 All-Class Reunion
Mark Your Calendars 
 July 16-18, 2020
                                         


 
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MISSION STATEMENT
Yankton College re-affirms its proud heritage by looking to the future 
to find new ways to further its support of a liberal arts philosophy; 
to develop moral and ethical character and the whole person; 
to support individuals to be successful in their chosen careers; 
and to instill the attitude that education is a life-long process.