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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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Presidential Inauguration & Honorary Doctorate Presented - Thursday, September 24, 2015

President Joseph Ward III

Joseph Ward I established the concept of education in the Territory by building schools; he worked to gain Statehood for the widespread Dakota Territory and he founded and established Yankton College in 1881.  He was named the first President of the College in 1883 and was followed by 14 others, making a total of 15 Yankton College presidents to date.  

Many members of the generations of Wards to follow were students at Yankton College and did well, going on to have careers and raise families.  Some were more attention-getting than others. One, in particular, son of Joseph Ward II and Lorene Tucker Ward, came to campus in 1962 bearing the “III” after his name and looking remarkably like his great-grandfather.  He excelled, gathered many awards and friends and graduated Magna Cum Laude, then went on to earn a doctoral degree at Indiana University and devote his professional life to advising those in the educational sector on matters of protocol and personnel policies. 
Joe Ward III became active on the many Boards of Yankton College more than 30 years ago and soon it became obvious that he would one day take the role of President of the College, established in 1881 and active to this day.  The certainty grew and the future held a bright promise of another Joseph Ward at the helm of the College.  

That future came to pass on September 19, 2015, when Dr. Joseph Ward III was inaugurated the 16th President of Yankton College at an informal ceremony in Yankton College Alumni Hall.  After 147 years the Legacy comes full circle.  

Dr. William J. Bobzin

Also honored was William J. Bobzin who, as a student,
 came to YC from Centerville SD in 1961 and became an outstanding athlete and leader.  After graduation from YC he earned a Masters in PE at USD, all the time coaching every sport on the YC campus and  eventually becoming Athletic Director.  No one has ever surpassed the intensity of his spirit and dedication.  He went into practice as a realtor and land developer and continued to garner many awards; he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 16 years and is known as a giving, caring and flag-waving Yankton College supporter. His contributions to the College cannot be fully counted. Bill received the Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Honoris Causa at the September 19 ceremony.

Convocation At Yankton College Alumni Hall

Bobzin and Ward after Honors Convocation

A picnic-style luncheon was served after the informal ceremony.  

The Future of Crane-Youngworth Field - Friday, August 28, 2015
Yankton School District Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kindle is seeking the public's input as the school district deals with deteriorating conditions at Crane-Youngworth Field.  The stadium, which is nearly 90 years old, is showing structural issues that require either renovation or transplanting football games to Williams Field next to the high school.

For more information, please read on:  http://www.yankton.net/community/article_fc8cef5e-c9fa-11e4-ac34-3b9d83a40bfd.html

In addition to public forums, school board meetings, numerous writings in the local newspapers, the Yankton School District would like to keep the community engaged in this process through an online survey.  Anybody interested in providing input into the Crane Youngworth/Williams Field Project should take 5 minutes to participate in a very short survey.  

The survey may be accessed at the following website: http://www.ysd.k12.sd.us/

Another public forum will be held in October to discuss the results of the survey.  

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. 


Yankton College Alumni Head to Fayetteville This Fall - Monday, August 10, 2015
  It's not too late to register for the next Yankton College Regional Reunion!

   2015 Fayetteville Regional Reunion Registration Form.pdf  

   Yankton College alumni, within the region of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who wish to re-connect with their alma mater are invited to attend the Yankton College Regional Reunion to be held Saturday, October 10, 2015.  Yankton College graduate Pete O’Toole '71 with his wife, Jan, will be hosting the event at their home in Fayetteville.   
   The afternoon get-together will be devoted to meeting, visiting and catching up with one another.  Bring your good memories and maybe a photo or keepsake to share.  Don't think you won't know anyone!  We know you will enjoy the company of Yankton College alumni from any class!
   Fayetteville is a perfect location for a YC gathering.  We’ve invited alumni from a seven state region and a few points beyond. Spouses are welcome. Lunch will be provided - serving at 1 p.m. 
   Regional reunions are held in areas with a high density of Yankton College alumni, usually every two years.  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, over thirty years ago. 
   For more information, contact the Yankton College office by phoning (605) 665-3661.