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We have banded together and committed to one another that we will establish a legacy whereby Yankton College will outlive us and our followers.  And that legacy is the Yankton College Alumni & Educational Center which will be housed on the third floor of the historic Mead Building in Yankton, South Dakota.  

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New Administrative Assistant Hired - Friday, January 29, 2016
We are pleased to introduce to you our newly hired staff member, Mr. Michael Sprong, who began his part-time position as Administrative Assistant just before the Christmas break.  A search for a suitable and qualified replacement was launched and Michael was chosen from a full field of applicants. He and his wife, Beth Preheim, serve the community through the Emmaus Hospitality House which provides short-term accommodations for women and children visiting loved ones in prison. They say that “service is part of our life” and you will surely feel that philosophy as you learn to know him better. We welcome you, Michael!

Scholarship Applications Available - Monday, January 11, 2016

Several Yankton College scholarships will be awarded this spring for the 2016-17 academic year to college bound students with a Yankton College connection, academic merit and other specific criteria. Eligible students are encouraged to apply by submitting an application no later than the February 19, 2016 deadline.  

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. 

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.

The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards several $1,000 scholarships each year from endowed funds to deserving high school seniors and post-graduate students attending an accredited college or university.  Named scholarships come from the kindness of Yankton College alumni and friends who are inspired by the positive influences of Yankton College. 

Goals of the Yankton College Scholarship Program are to perpetuate the Yankton 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.


Neubauer Named Yankton's Citizen of the Year - Monday, January 04, 2016

The following article appeared recently in the Yankton Press & Dakotan, Friday, January 1, 2016. By Reilly Biel

Filling A Need

A dedicated Yanktonian is receiving some much-earned recognition.

Joan Neubauer has been named Yankton’s 2015 Citizen of the Year for her work in several area projects and organizations.

“When I see a need, I try to fill that with my presence,” she said. “I don’t want to wait for someone else to do it because no one wanted to reach in their pocket.”

Neubauer was 9 months old when her family moved to Yankton, and remained in town for all of her educational years.

Neubauer left Yankton after finishing college and returned in 2007. Her decision to do the opposite of what most people of retirement age did — migrating from the West Coast to the Midwest — has proven endlessly fulfilling with an unexpected benefit.

“I was so pleased to come back to a place where things are built on right angles,” she said. “East is east, west is west. I spent a lot of hours trying to get un-lost in California.”

After graduating Yankton College with a degree in English and Speech, a newlywed Neubauer moved to Hollister, California, with her husband. She worked as a special education teacher with children before becoming a guidance counselor with middle- and high-schoolers.

It was rewarding work, said Neubauer.

“California is a growing population,” she said. “There were a lot of disparate people from disparate places.”

Neubauer saw the effects this had on children who came to her office.

“It was evident they had a lot of adjustments to make,” she said. “It took away from the kids’ effectiveness and from their ability to communicate, not only with themselves but also with their parents and the community. They felt misplaced.”

Neubauer used her counselor position to try to help the children ease into their new environments.

“I had a good sense of rapport with kids,” she recalled. “They trusted me.”

Neubauer also resided in Cerritos and Diamond Bar, California.

Her last job before leaving California was working at an adult school with high-school dropouts looking to complete their GED. Many of the students were women who originally had to leave school due to past pregnancies.

“Schools weren’t very forgiving of pregnancy back then, so many of the graduates were women in their 30s,” Neubauer recalled. “They had a rooting section of their kids and families supporting them. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Neubauer was in California for almost 40 years before she returned to Yankton.

“I always knew someday I’d come back to Yankton,” she said. “I grew up here, and I love this town. The church I go to now is the same one I attended as a child.”

The town citizens were also part of what drew Neubauer back.

“I had wonderful connections with the people,” she said. “The young people’s parents were models for me, the women in the church were models for being a gracious and giving person, and the men were models for being hard-working.

“Yankton was like a spot in the center of the earth where all good things happened,” she added.

Neubauer’s penchant for helping others immediately came into play upon her return to Yankton.

 “I used to tell my mother I had a hinged elbow because when someone said, ‘Does somebody want to’ my hand was always up,” said Neubauer. “I thought something must be wrong with me, but she said, ‘You know you can do it and it needs to be done. Not many people volunteer, so if you want to do it, do it. Just be careful not to get involved in too many things.’

“I haven’t been good at that last part,” she admitted.

Helping others is as natural as breathing for Neubauer.

“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t volunteer,” she said. “In grade school, I always wanted to be the person who handed out the spelling tests. When someone needed help with their reading, I wanted to be the one to help them. It was the same with Sunday school and Girl Scouts. I’m still doing it, just with older and bigger people with different needs.”

Part of her ease of volunteering comes from knowing herself so well.

“I know I’m a good leader,” she said. “I care a lot about the people with me in the organization and I assume they’re there for the same reason I am. I work a lot, I’m organized and I don’t let myself have much time off.”

According to Neubauer, her favorite types of projects and organizations are ones that always have some type of work involved.

“I’m not one that likes to go to meetings for the sake of meetings, even though I go to a lot of them,” she said. “There have been some organizations for which I haven’t been a good fit; I don’t agree with their concept and goals or they exist more to extoll themselves.”

For Neubauer, being comfortable is a sign you’re not working hard enough.

“You have to be uncomfortable in your work to prove you’re really involved and working hard,” she said.

Currently, Neubauer’s two most demanding organizations she’s involved with are the Yankton County Historical Society and Yankton College (YC). The former, of which Neubauer is president, is currently busy completing the restoration of the Mead Building.

“Something extraordinary will be presented to Yankton,” Neubauer said of the Mead Cultural Building and Museum. “It’s close to being completed, and it’s very exciting.”

The organization Neubauer has been longest associated with is YC, and has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees since 1998. Her responsibilities include setting policies, working with the Alumni Advisory Board and Standing committees and authoring a monthly newsletter to all YC alums.

“It no longer exists in flesh and blood or brick and mortar, but there is a huge alumni organization of anyone who attended YC or any of its disparate programs,” Neubauer explained.

Although it closed its doors in 1984, YC continues to have a functioning board of trustees. According to Neubauer, the 17-19 board members meet twice a year and organize a school reunion every other year. The YC newsletter focuses on alums and what they are doing with their lives.

“We (YC alums) are so closely knit that you can’t wiggle your way in unless you know enough about YC to talk the talk,” Neubauer said.

She and the other YC board members work hard to keep the college going in spirit.

“The college has decent financial resources and we work to keep those resources available for operating expenses,” Neubauer said.

With the youngest YC alumni now in their mid-50s, Neubauer knew something had to be done to keep the college alive in memory.

“I persuaded the board to look at the college as an entity, as if it were their family, and we knew that once we were gone, there wouldn’t be anyone who would want to take care of it,” she explained. “We needed to build for ourselves something roughly similar to an estate plan for families by thinking about what we have and who will handle the resources when we’re gone.”

When the Mead Project is complete, the third floor of the building will be the Yankton College Alumni and Educational Center, which will store all the college’s memorabilia and historical records. There is also a scholarship program set to run for years to come.

“There is so much in our arms for us to preserve, so we worked hard to make that happen,” Neubauer said. “We may be dead and gone, but YC will go on forever through the Mead Building and the scholarship program.”

Neubauer also appreciates the various organizations in Yankton that offer shelter, food and clothing to those who can’t easily come by those necessities.

“There are people who drive to reservations with cars loaded with food and clothing and think nothing of it,” she remarked.

Neubauer also enjoys heading the United Methodist Women group that’s part of the First United Methodist Church.

“My goal when I became president was to see to it that they had a little more fun than they were having,” she said. “I try to make meetings exciting by bringing in speakers outside the church body so they know what’s going on in town, and we tell jokes and riddles.”

Neubauer has advice for anyone looking to join an organization.

“You need to learn about the organization first,” she said. “All of them are governed by bylaws. Then you try to promote those things. That would be answering the needs of the everyday life of the organization, but always keep in mind that someone wiser once set specific guidelines by which you do your business, so you have to stick to them.”

In addition to the organizations listed above, Neubauer has and is currently involved with:

• Yankton Children’s Choir (president) and Yankton Children’s Theatre

• Community Relations Board of the Federal Prison Camp — several terms as president

• The Center — on the Board for six years, president one year

• RSVP Volunteers

• General Federation of Women’s Club — president-elect

• Retired School Personnel (formerly Retired Teachers)

• Cramer-Kenyon Historic Home

• Yankton Community Forum — recently president

• Questers — historical women’s group which explores and shares with the community via the Press & Dakotan vital facts about their history

• Yankton Area Arts — was named Arts Advocate of the Year in 2010

• Yankton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame

• Ability Building Services — worked with clients and residents

• Lewis and Clark Community Theatre — various productions including “Harvey,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “The Curious Savage,” and “The Women”

• Friday Singers — a group of women who sing two Fridays a month for residents of Sister James Care Center

Neubauer wouldn’t choose any other place to dedicate all her time.

“I always knew I’d come back and be able to pay back some of what I got as a young person,” she said. “If I have grown up to be a good, worthwhile citizen, a giving person and an example of how you can lead a good life while doing things for others, it’s because of what I learned here.”

A reception in Neubauer’s honor will be held at a later date.


Yankton College Scholarship Opportunity Applications Now Available Online - Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Yankton College Scholarship Program awards scholarships each year 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 applications that are blinded.  Please consider providing a Yankton College scholarship application to eligible students in your family or circle of friends.  Your connection to YC is valuable criteria to the application procedure. Download an application and share with those seeking scholarship opportunities.  Application deadline is February 19, 2016.  For more information, phone toll-free (866) 665-3661.



News Coverage of Legacy Campaign - Thursday, October 6, 2015News Coverage of Legacy Campaign - Thursday, October 6, 2015 - Thursday, October 08, 2015
The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan recently carried this story about the Yankton College fund raising for the Yankton College Alumni & Educational Center. read more ...

A Successful Start! - Thursday, August 13, 2015

GOOD NEWS!  $254,060 has already been committed in contributions and pledges towards the Yankton College Alumni & Educational Center.  The campaign is off to a successful start!    Our goal is to raise $750,000 with help from the alumni in order to assure a permanent home and perpetual care.  Help make the dream of “Yankton College Forever” come true.  This campaign is worthy of your support.