Seventy-three graduate students from nine states and three foreign countries earned degrees in Chadron State College’s 8 a.m. commencement service while 252 students from 15 states and Canada were honored during the 10 a.m. undergraduate service. Video of the events will be available online next week on the CSC YouTube channel at: youtube.com/chadronstatecollege.
Jonathan Ries, son of Dr. Tom and Lisa Ries, Rapid City S.D. received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. He will eventually be serving with the Rangers. He received his first salute from SFC Carl Dehling of Chadron, Neb.
Speakers for the events were entertaining and engaging. Brief profiles on both are available on the CSC News website.
Dr. Charles Butterfield spoke at the graduate ceremony and included in his advice to those earning their master’s degrees that they should thank the leaders, teachers and mentors who helped them arrive at this goal while also looking forward. “Make a difference. Touch lives. Not just your own. Help others realize their career goals. Leave things a little better than when you got there,” Butterfield said.
He pointed out that being in a tough situation often provides the opportunity to develop and display courage. Examples he shared were the firefighting efforts near Chadron during the summer of 2012 and the many students who leave their home countries thousands of miles away and travel to CSC to further their education.
He shared a James Lehrer quote with the audience. “A college diploma does not mean that you are educated. Quite the contrary. It means that you have opened up to a perpetual state of ignorance and thus a lifelong hunger for more – more ideas, more knowledge, more good thoughts, more challenges, more of everything.” Butterfield also encouraged the graduates to face and embrace change.
Later in the morning, CSC alumna and undergraduate commencement speaker, Susan Woeppel Salka echoed a similar theme. She said, “If you are scared when you stretch and take on challenges, that is great. That’s when you grow the most.”
The 1985 CSC graduate urged the audience to take accountability for their mistakes, sharing her own experience with a sizable accounting error early in her career. “I earned more trust from my supervisor because I came clean and owned the problem I had created. You can do the same,” Salka said.
Amid asking the graduates for a show of hands to various questions, including why they came to CSC, Salka described her original personal and professional goals, explaining that things didn’t always turn out how she had planned. In spite of that, she feels that the twists and turns in her life were all meant to be.
One example was the inability to have children, so she and her husband, Scott, adopted a boy and girl from Russia 15 years ago and about four years ago became guardians of one of their son’s school friends.
She held up three of her journals: One, used for recording successes, is labeled “I did it!” The second is called “Stuff Happens” and holds stories of unfortunate experiences. The third is called “DNR” for Do Not Repeat. The acronym typically stands for Do Not Resuscitate in the medical field. She joked that either phrase is equally appropriate. The DNR journal chronicles poor decisions she’s made. She emphasized that we learn more from adversity and challenges than from easy times.
Friday night, during the college’s 94-year-old tradition called Ivy Day, over 100 CSC graduates were recognized with certificates of merit as outstanding students in their primary fields of study, tutors, Admissions Ambassador and other campus leadership accomplishments.
In an interesting turn of events, Master of Science in Organization Management graduate Lindsey Glock received a surprise when she walked out of Memorial Hall into the bright sunshine about 9 a.m. Her fiance’, Mike Boardman of Gordon, Neb. asked her to marry him and gave her an engagement ring. He graduated in the 10 a.m. CSC undergraduate ceremony.
Chadron area resident Gary Bieganski represented the Nebraska State College System as a board member of the group. He invested Dr. Randy Rhine, CSC president, with the authority to confer both the graduate and undergraduate degrees.
MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION
Bonnie Jane Beckstrom, Chadron, Neb.
Lynette R. Belknap, Hemingford, Neb.
Bridger Chytka, Hemingford, Neb.
Lorrie Ann Hayes, Franklin, Ohio
Ruth Ann Holland, Benkelman, Neb.
Maria Eloisa Oporto Leiva, Ituzaingo, Argentina
Malinda Linegar, Chadron, Neb.
Jana Lynn Sickler, Kearney, Neb.
Patrick M. Waugh, Chadron, Neb.
Wendy L. Hageman, North Platte, Neb.
Amy Lewis, Newcastle, Calif.
Alisha Rebecca Reynolds, Fort Morgan, Colo.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Michael K. Morrison, Omaha, Neb.
Raghavender Sagar Neradi, Minneapolis, Minn.
Gyanendra Rai, Kathmandu, Nepal
Sherri Clifford Uerling, McCook, Neb.
Ronald L. Weifenbach, Rapid City, S.D.
Joshua Michael Borowski, Grand Island, Neb.
Jonathan Clayton Hanger, Owensboro, Ky.
Eman B. Haroun, Burnsville, Minn.
Christopher Alan Himes, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Brady B. Johnson, Rushville, Neb.
Anthony Allen Lewis, Goodyear, Ariz.
Travis E. Ouderkirk, North Platte, Neb.
DECEMBER 2012 GRADUATE
Paul G. Spencer Moreno Valley, Calif.
MASTER OF EDUCATION
Julie Alcorn, Hay Springs, Neb.
Lauren Bauer, Douglas, Wyo.
Veronica Bryant, North Platte, Neb.
Kristen Lee Burnett, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Gina Louise Ferguson, Chadron, Neb.
Jordan D. Haas, Hemingford, Neb.
Nicholas Lamp, Kemmerer, Wyo.
Cortney Larsen, North Platte, Neb.
Colleen Clark Margetts, Chadron, Neb.
Jamie Martin, Morrill, Neb.
James Stephen Miller, Gering, Neb.
Megan L. Pieper, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Dawn D. Pinnt, Chadron, Neb.
Jenifer N. Reisner, Yulee, Fla.
Julie Ann Stephany, Gillette, Wyo.
Marc Wess, Chadron, Neb.
Dawn D. Wheeler, North Platte, Neb.
Brian D. Anderson, Rawlins, Wyo.
Derek Jeffrey Bantam, Curtis, Neb.
Justin J. Clark, Gering, Neb.
Shannon L. Corfield, Oshkosh, Neb.
Sean M. Cunningham, Grand Island, Neb.
Victoria Leslie Greet Davis, Kaycee, Wyo.
Pamela Marie Drake, Gothenburg, Neb.
Lance James Howitt, Stuart, Neb.
Loni Hughes Watson, Lincoln, Neb.
Holly L. O’Dell, Rapid City, S.D.
Casey Ryan Parry, Mt. Pleasant, Utah
Gene James Russel, Gering, Neb.
December 2012 graduate
Shireen Sheri Stafford, Casper, Wyo.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Fatima Noheli Balza Alvarado, Merida, Venezuela
Cassie Jo Drinkwalter, Chadron, Neb.
Lindsey N. Glock, Rising City, Neb.
Nicholas Ray Herrington, Holdrege, Neb.
Jessica Jean Horsley, Basin, Wyo.
Polina Kaniuka Cherkasy, Ukraine
Matthew Ryan Lucas, Arnold, Neb.
Jimmy Savala, Fresno, Calif.
Joe Schultz, Alliance, Neb.
Valerie Smith-Hibbert, Yuma, Colo.
Margaret (Peggy) Tanata-Manley, Mitchell, Neb.
Ipek Turkyilmaz, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Luke Wright, Hamlet, Neb.
Sandra G. Benson, Bassett, Neb.
Brittney M. Deadmond, Goodyear, Ariz.
Kacie K’Lynn Harris, Aurora, Colo.
Cory David Olson, Denver, Colo.
Adam William Orbell, North Huntington, Pa.
Lacie Ward, Lincoln, Neb.
Janell Willems, Hulett, Wyo.
Key: *** Summa Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude, * Cum Laude
BACHELOR of APPLIED SCIENCE
Bryan Hart, Spanish Fork, Utah
Brittney Rubottom, Scottsbluff, Neb.
BACHELOR of ARTS
Alliance: Megan R. Dimmitt, **Daniel C. Edmonston, Jr., Shae E. Erickson, Nicole A. McCune, *Nicholas Estol Miller, Jordan M. Moller, **Conor L. Schnell
Benkleman: **Hilary Mae Wilson
Bridgeport: Connie S. Dudden
Chadron: Phillip Wade Bullington, Charles Taualuga Ho Ching, Alexander Braden Keller, Roderick F. Mackenzie, Brandi L. Norgard, Steven J. Overshiner, Ashley D. Riesen,*Nicole M. Ritzen, *Melinda Beth Robinson, Stefani L. Van Vleet, Byron Ward, Kirsten Ward, Angela Marie Wimmer
Clearwater: **Kelli Marie Klabenes
Columbus: Darren J. Burrows
Comstock: Bruce Zurek
Crawford: Erin Nicole Neal, Brianna Jo Soester
Dalton: Sharissa R. Kershaw
Diller: Curtis Jay Magelky, Jr.
Fremont: Julian W. Lykins
Gering: Timothy E. Beamon, ***Valerie Sue Cobos, ***Andrea Aratani Graham, **Brittani Anne Johnson, *Dustin A. Kizzire, Mark Rein, Crystal Marie Schumacher, Nicole Erin Smith
Gordon: Donald Hlava, Stephanie Michelle Rucker
Grand Island: Bryce A. Harrington
Harrison: Allie Rae Hanson
Hastings: *Angel J. Flohrs
Hay Springs: ***Kelli Marie Thomas Alcorn
Hemingford: Kelly Lynn Overshiner
Kearney: Alex Steven Johnson
Lincoln: Kayla M. Sharp
Loup City: Marya Rose Shotkoski
Marsland: ***Will T. Troester
Martell: Hillary Jill Frew
Mitchell: ***Darin P. Exstrom, Penne Fries-Claussen
Norfolk: Morgan Jo Nelson
North Platte: Jared Michael Albers,*Stephanie Jo Eggleston, Bryce Mitchell Huebner, Brooke Elaine Volcek
Ogallala: Samuel Murphy Schmitt
Omaha: Ann A. Cazabon
Pierce: Kyle G. Stuchlik
Potter: Sarah A. Frei
Sargent: Megan Gibbens
Scottsbluff: Shelly Jo Lienemann, **Trace Michael Marsden, Tiffany Schank,***Valerie Smith, Kayla M. Sorell, Susan Yvonne Whitaker, *Cynthia J. Wiggins
St. Paul: Thomas Dale Schmidt
Sutherland: Andrew L. Harris
Tryon: Jalyn Tucker
Wallace: Brett E. Christensen
Wolbach: Jessica Renee Lindsley
Wood River: Clinton Michael Lambrecht
OTHER STATES and NATIONS
Surprise, Ariz.: Kyle William Duarte
Surrey, BC: *Katelyn McBeth
Long Beach, Calif.: Kevin James McClelland
Rialto, Calif.: R. Dominic Morris
San Diego, Calif.: Michal David Martinez, Marcus D. Shannon
Fleming Island, Fla.: * Lacey Renee Castejon
Karlsruhe, Germany: ** Scott Jay Langemeier
Blackfoot, Idaho: *Logan Hatch
Okinawa City, Japan: Raechel Bussell Malmberg
Newton, Kan.: ***Nathaniel Martens
Clinton, Md.: Carrie May Webster
West Bloomfield, Mich.: Steven Eugene Siegfried
Charlotte, N.C.: Christopher Tyler-Akeem Leak
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Jan Karlos Medina
Memphis, Tenn.: ***Jonas L. Palmer, Jr.
San Antonio. Tex.: *Hazel L. Davis
Roosevelt, Utah: **Stephanie Marie Townsend
Arlington, Wash.: Brandon Matthew Douglas Gunter
Abbotsford, Wis.: Patrick Feldbruegge
Akron: Ashley Jean McCall
Ault: ***Nichole Folchert
Brush: Jacob Hunter
Colorado Springs: **Kristina Harter, Lauren Elizabeth Yoder
Eaton: Chris Aid, ***Ty Michael Cyphers
Golden: **T. J. Thomson, Highlands Ranch: Amy Nicole Nutsch
Longmont: *** Mollie Kristine Jones
Pueblo West: Kelsey M. DeField
San Juan, Puerto Rico: Jan Karlos Medina
Tabernash: Michael Schmidt
Winter Park: **Karolina Marcinkeviciute
Aberdeen: Morgan Lindsay Black
Custer: Shea Michael Eric Koch
Edgemont: Jerusha Anne Jones
Hill City: Amy Rochelle Prince, ***Chelsea Blair Waldorf
Hot Springs: Amanda Michelle Balgheim
Lemmon: Jessica M. Weishapl
Oelrichs: ***Cole Joseph Romey
Oglala: Danielle Virginia Hudspeth
Rapid City: Faye Dierksen, Brandon C. Gorsuch, ***Linda Alexander Littlefield, **Betsy L. Moler, Jonathan Thomas Ries, **Eric D. Schiermeister
Spearfish: *Tony Joseph Garcia
Winner: *Sarah Kingsbury
Cody: Cassandra E. Munari
Dayton: Thomas R. Bergstad
Guernsey: Virginia Lynn Rogers
Lingle: Noelle L. Jones
Midwest: **Jennifer L. Butler
Pinedale: Lincoln Taylor Proud
Riverton: Travis Jay Slagowski, *David Soule
Sheridan: Kevey N. Boyd
Torrington: Brittany Dawn Garrelts
BACHELOR of SCIENCE
Alda: Anthony Garcia
Alliance: ***Andy Leider
Amelia: Stefan Alexander Franssen
Atkinson: *Amelia Sunshine Shane
Bridgeport: Hardan Jacob Kraupie, Erica Marie Misner
Chadron: **Jens Johnson, Jim Clayton Manternach, Clint J. Phillips, Jacob Dustin Rodiek
Crawford: Thomas James Emerson
Elgin: **Jill Rena Schiltmeyer
Fort Calhoun: ***Adam David Neumann
Gering: Adam Bahl, **Emory Blayne Dye, Kristina L. Walker
Gordon: Phillip M. Boardman
Hay Springs: * Brooke N. Housh
Herman: Jessyca Paige Hovendick
Hershey: Jamie C. Ransdell
Johnstown: Keanna Kay Gross
Lynch: Molly Elizabeth Seefus
Madison: *Jonathan A. Ehlers
Marsland: *** Kelly Troester
Minatare: Bryant Miller
Morse Bluff: Colt Ryan Spence
North Platte: ** Kelsey Marie Coffman, *Ryan Korf
Omaha: Laurie Michelle Godby
Orleans: **Mallory Marie Murdoch
Ravenna: Mallory Lee Irvine
Saint Edward: Cortney Alis Werner
Scottsbluff: ***Jontae Lynn Huck
Seward: Megan Lynn Svoboda
Tryon: Kate M. Seifer
Valentine: *McKenzie Faye Owen
Wallace: Curtis Perriotte-Olson
Wayne: William Zachary Long
OTHER STATES and NATIONS
Littleton, Colo.: Ben Ruckhaus
Sedalia, Colo.: Jennifer Jane Henry
Colstrip, Mont: Michelle M. Lewis
Gillette, Wyo.: Robert John Boylan
Vale, S.D.: Joseph John Reedy
Woodbridge, N.J.: Sharthak Saiful Haque
BACHELOR of SCIENCE in EDUCATION
Alliance: McKinley A. Backous, **Jessica A. Sherlock
Bayard: ***Jocilyn Ann Blanco, Julie A. Lacy, Crystal Lynn Newhoff
Bridgeport: Holly Christina Widener
Chadron: Ashley Bargen, John Michael Crile, Sheyenne S. Hunn, *** Michael Jeffrey Sandstrom
Chappell: **Katelyn Ann Gibb
Cody: Kyle Philip Milton
Crawford: ***Kassidy Lee Miran Thompson
Elwood: **LeAnne Bennett
Gering: *Christopher Baltz, Bradley J. Hecht, Jon M. Hutchison, Anthony Lawing, Stephanie Stricker, Justin R. Wheeler
Gothenburg: Brittany L. Jesseph
Harrisburg: *Kinsey K. Groves
Hemingford: Cheyenne C. Shaw
Kimball: **Jamie R. Murdoch
Lewellen: Beau McConnell
Maxwell: Roxie Marie Heessel, Sonja Marie Keith, Annie M. Seamann
Mitchell: Jordan Lei Harriger, *Tamara R. Hughson, Trevor A. Teichroeb,**Jory Cole Zurcher
North Platte: ***Jane C. Dye, Melissa S. Hohnholt, *Amanda L. Leighton, Brittany J. McDaniel, **Levi A. Most, Tim Val O'Neill, Jamie N. Shaner
Oshkosh: *Melissa Kay Paulsen
Scottsbluff: Ryan William Castle, Letizia-Ann B. Kosman, Shane A. Malm, Kayla Elaine Robles
Sidney: *Rachel R. Lee, Erica E. Portillo
Sutherland: Brandi J. Anderson
Tryon: ***Jordan Lynn Lovitt
Wood Lake: Shari E. Dubry
OTHER STATE and NATIONS
Victoria, BC: ***Angela Jay
Aurora, Colo.: Julie Marie Stephens
Berthoud, Colo.: *Ryan John Barron
Peetz, Colo.: James Patrick Carwin
Hot Springs, S.D.: *** Tara Lorraine Correll
Newell, S.D.: Tyrel Lee Bonnet
Phillip, S.D.: Krista Monique Van Lint
Rapid City, S.D.: Mark D. Mires
Buffalo, Wyo.: Andrew James Borgialli
Casper, Wyo.: *Amy Christie
Gillette, Wyo.: Amy Lynn Gibbs, Brianna Jeanne Lyman, *Casey L. Sullivan
Green River, Wyo.: **Kada Renee Williams
Guernsey, Wyo.: Tabitha Y. Anderson
Mountain View, Wyo.: Andrea R. Osborne
Sheridan, Wyo.: *Chelsea Hackwell, *Mikah Kirkeby Kadera, Rebecca Krezelok, **Yvonne A. Osborne, **Mandy D. Smith
Torrington, Wyo.: Jeshua John Arnusch, ***Jessica Leigh Arnusch
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