Steve Erwin, an executive in banking and trustee for the Chadron State Foundation, served as the Chadron State College undergraduate commencement speaker Friday.
He advised the graduates to make time to volunteer. He said his entire family has always been involved in volunteer work and have felt the benefits of giving back to the communities in which they have lived.
Steve and his wife, Janice, were honored by the college with the Distinguished Service Award during the graduation ceremony.
He said he and Janice were pleased to have had the opportunity to introduce Chadron State Foundation leaders to corporate officials and other potential donors in eastern Nebraska during the Vision 2011 campaign which raised nearly $17 million.
Setting goals and maintaining a good attitude were two other keys to success he highlighted.
Seeking to learn throughout life is important as well. He said all should welcome continuing education wherever it can be found - whether through reading, spending time with elders or in some other form.
He added, “Work is work and home is home. Don't take your work home with you. Enjoy your time there with family and friends."
“Plant your seeds,” he told the graduates, in his conclusion, referring to the ideas, friendships, skills and abilities they have to offer their future employers and colleagues.
His remarks can be viewed online.
In her address during graduate commencement earlier Friday, Dr. Katherine Bahr, long-time Chadron State College English professor, welcomed those in attendance to the geographical and physical space of CSC. Her address can be viewed
She noted that some of the graduates who enrolled online might be on campus and meeting some of their faculty members face-to-face for the first time.
Emphasizing the importance of place, Bahr outlined a few characteristics of those who live on the high plains which are reflected in the culture of CSC. These include making do with slim resources, flexibility and recognizing the seasonal demands of agriculture production.
“A pregnant cow waits for no man and acknowledges no ‘due dates’ but her own,” she said referring to the need for some students to return to the family farm or ranch to help at certain times.
Bahr pointed out that the CSC students who volunteer on the fire department or the rescue unit, need to rush from the classroom to answer the call for help.
These qualities, in addition to the unique local geography, rich cultural traditions and historical sites create this place.
Her remarks can be viewed online.
Following is the list of candidates by degree. It consists of 79 names for master's degrees and 138 for bachelor's degrees. Honor graduates are designated with asterisks (***summa cum laude, **magna cum laude, *cum laude).
MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION
Alliance: Allison Price
Norfolk: James Johnson
Morrill: Kleta Allen
Sutherland: Dawn Thompson,
Hill City: Brianne Wooldridge
Hot Springs: Stephanie Garneaux and Amanda Watts
Ivan Schere, Homosassa, Fla.
Phillip Lukalu, Minneapolis, Minn.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Alliance: Jess Wimmer
Bellevue: Randall Lasenburg
Chadron: Lori Frederickand William Wilson
Gering: Courtney Johnson
North Platte: Ryan Purdy
Sidney: Tim Meier
Other States and Countries
Justin Mills, Calera, Ala.
Chadwick Nunn, Montgomery, Ala.
CassidyKearney, Juneau, Alaska
Edmund Becker III, Lake Mary, Fla.
MarcosArauz, Miami, Fla.
Brandon Howland, Riceville, Iowa
Dustin Taylor, Minneapolis, Kan.
RichardBernhardt, Detroit, Mich.
Kyle Strickfaden, Norwood Young America, Minn.
Shawn Timbers, Rochester, Minn.
Timothy Douglas, Chesterfield, Mo.
Christopher Howe, Kansas City, Mo.
GeorgeNobles, Charleston, N.C.
Scott Stephenson, Willow Spring, N.C.
Ioana Vasilescu, Aberdeen, N.J.
Donna Kracinovich, Brick, N.J.
Stacy Ropp, Freehold, N.J.
Nicole Aguilar, Silver City, N.M.
Jessica Woods, Erie, Pa.
WilliamNeiderhiser, Ligonier, Pa.
Ramzi Abuzahrieh, Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
Joshua Breske, Pierre, S.D.
Heidi Anderson, Rapid City, S.D.
Angela Anderson, Torrington, Wyo.
MASTER OF EDUCATION
Arthur: Jena Hengstler
Bayard: Linde Rafferty
Bridgeport: Elisa Rodak
Chadron: Shawn Rogers
Maywood: Charles Jones
McCook: Tracy Flaska
Scottsbluff: Todd Menghini and Elizabeth Still
Seward: Jeffrey Hass
Tecumseh: DeeAnn Richardson
Casper: DamianLara and Kenneth Wilkinson
Cheyenne: Joseph McCarty
Devils Tower: Andrea Wood
Douglas: Chelcie Craig, Evan Goodrich and Maci Tempel
Gillette: Patricia Waliser
Lance Creek: Jessica Adams
Angela Pickett, Yuma, Colo.
Leah Harper, Royston, Ga.
Ashley Uthe, Presho, S.D.
Donna Polk, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Chadron: Janel Baily
Holdrege: Michael Hodge
North Platte: Jennifer Srygley
Scottsbluff: Molly Bonuchi
Wolbach: Annamae Lindsley
Mursal Jimale, Bloomington, Minn.
Peter Lindberg, Minneapolis, Minn.
Akua Kunadu, Ewing, N.J.
Dahianne Stone, Bronx, N.Y.
Felisa Wilson, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lara Nelson, Aberdeen, S.D.
Deborah Tehrani, Midway, Utah
Brooke Snyder, Laramie, Wyo.
BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE
Kayla Hastings, Vail, Ariz.
Matthew Tomory, Tempe, Ariz.***
Michele Gentry, Peetz, Colo.*
JeromeWalsh, Littleton, Colo.
Rosemarie Blanco, Bridgeport, Neb.
Marvin Mort, Fallon, Nev.***
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Allen: Adrienne White
Alliance: **Aaron Gonzalez, Timmothy Hoff, Conor McGhehey, Nathaniel Snyder, Nicholas Snyder
Bartlett: *Danielle Nichols
Bayard: Gerald Berry
Broken Bow: *Cassandra Kozisek
Brule: Eva Hendon
Burwell: **Ashley McMullen
Chadron: JustinDowns, Amber James, Jacob Rodiek, Tyler Wright
Crawford: Courtney Bremer
Gering: Cora Hernandez, *Taylor Johns, Cindy Molina
Gordon: **Courtney Ainslie-Sherlock, Nathaniel Taylor
Grant: Brent Turner
Hay Springs: Lexi Heiting, *Kristy Vahrenkamp
Hershey: Barbie DeCent
Juniata: LeAnn Tech
La Vista: Amanda Gaswick
Lincoln: *Keith Ellis
Mitchell: John Einfalt
North Platte: Willow Beyer, Samantha Legas, Brandon Stenger
Ogallala: Ashley Allen, Jeanie Herman
Omaha: Martin Lastovica
Scottsbluff: Susan Burford, Maria Haley
Sidney: Brooke Schumacher, Tara Long
Swanton: Elizabeth Harris
Valentine: Kami Ormesher
Custer: Caitlin Kurtz
Hot Springs: ***Rebekah Quicke
Quinn: Andrew Julson
Rapid City: Chapman Ham, Nicholas Webster
Buffalo: Laura Vaselin
Cheyenne: **Jessica Jester
Cody: Jake Blackburn
Riverton: Kaitlyn Slagowski
Torrington: Jimi Wesch
Other States and Countries
Yolonda Milton, Anchorage, Alaska
Michael Morrell, Peoria, Ariz.
Miroslav Kasljevic, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Khin Moe Moe Aye, Yangon, Burma
Mouhamed Diop, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dominic Morris, Rialto, Calif.
Allison Rauch, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Michaela Odenbaugh, Platteville, Colo.
Quindoline Bryant, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Afaue Italia Mealanakila Tualaulelei, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Logan Byrne, Roscoe, Ill.
Amber Muma, East Jordan, Mich.
Tanya Hirsch, Kansas City, Mo.
Adam Bailey, Red Wing, Mont.
Arby Ghemari, Tunis, Tunisia
Polly Stewart, Saratoga Springs, Utah
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Bartlett: Tanner Olson
Broken Bow: Taylor Woodward
Chadron: Ty Werdel
Columbus: Scott Loseke
Gordon: Torie Lindsey
Grand Island: Christopher Puncochar
Hay Springs: Aaron Buettner
Hyannis: Jamie Menuey
Kearney: Brandon Jelken
Kilgore: *Debra Hafer
North Platte: Ryan Korf
Wakefield: Cassandra Kay
Other States and Countries
David McCulley, Littleton, Colo.
Brian Martin, Colchester, Conn.
Vera Ulitina, Tula, Russia
Andrew Nava, El Paso, Texas
Jack “Miles” Proctor, Lusk, Wyo.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
Alliance: Jacob Brummer, **Rebecca French, Jon Marquez, **Doraly Reynaga, ***Rayna Waggener
Anselmo: Marcelle Kastens
Bridgeport: ***Chelsae Riggs
Burwell: Taylor Gumb
Chadron: Rodney Clause, Clara Martinsen, Crystal Vander May
Cody: Jodi Bowlin,
Crawford: ***Katherine Hughart
Gordon: Michelle Hardin
Hay Springs: ***Kinlee Ginn, *Nicole Tlustos
Holdrege: Mikala Vrbka
Johnstown: Ki Kuhre
Marsland: Janet Oetken
McCook: Eric Ramsay
Minatare: Rebecca Cheek
Mitchell: Kent Docekal, Cortney Fillingham
Mullen: Ashley Carson
North Platte: ***Rachael Smidt
Oshkosh: Tabitha Johnson
Sargent: Megan Gibbens
Scottsbluff: Cynthia Johnson, Jacob Martin
Sidney: Ashley Glenn
Sidney: Bryan Schoening
Valentine: Misty Critchfield
Burns: Priscilla Bastian
Casper: ***Jennifer Martinovich
Cheyenne: Joanne Pruitt
Gillette: Sarah Lewis
Sheridan: ***Erika Jorgensen
Sheridan: **Marvin Kehrwald, ***Jennifer Kiehl, Jennifer Manor, *Brenna Storey
Other States and Countries
Kevin Lindholm, Eads, Colo.*
Kaelie Jelden, Greeley, Colo.***
Mariah Cook, Parker, Colo.
Brandon Ratcliff, Chillicothe, Ill.*
Shannon Neibauer, Great Falls, Mont.
Kristin Larson, Rapid City, S.D.
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