CHADRON – Chadron State College recognized four alumni for service to their communities, campus and contributions through their careers during a luncheon Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of 2017 Homecoming celebrations.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Jerry Bauman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Doug McCallum of Eagle, Nebraska. The Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients are Jovan Mays of Aurora, Colorado, and Chedric Monahan of Medford, Oregon.
Four families also received the Family Tree Award at the luncheon.
Jerry Bauman grew up just a block from the Chadron State College campus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from CSC in 1967. While in college he married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Jo Hamilton, who also attended.
After graduating, he became an instrument and control systems engineer with Dow Chemical Company at Midland, Michigan. Dow transferred him to Tulsa in the early 1980s. After the division he was heading was sold, he started with Bauman Instrument Company in 1984.
The firm’s first project was a referral from Dow. With two former Dow employees, they designed, automated and built a top-of-the-line, activated carbon system for a food processing plant in Pryor, Oklahoma. Next, Bauman Instrument won several awards for the cutting-edge technology it used to design and implement the controls for an automated water treatment plant for the City of Edmond.
Word soon spread that the new firm had the expertise to take on big projects. Most of its work has been designing the controls that operate water and waste water treatment plants. Its customers have included many of the major cities in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. New Orleans was another client following Hurricane Katrina.
In the 1990s, Bauman Instrument worked with engineering firms to automate the aircraft fueling systems for several Air Force bases, including Ellsworth at Rapid City. Besides the headquarters in Tulsa, other offices are located in Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Dorado, Arkansas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Due to federal regulations, the firm has only 19 employees, but numerous subcontractors are utilized on the projects.
Jerry and Cheryl, who are the parents of seven children and have 22 grandchildren, have other endeavors. While living in Michigan they were founders of Midland Area Homes that purchased very used homes, repaired them and resold them to needy families who had assisted with the repairs.
In 1983, Cheryl founded Crisis Pregnancy Outreach, Inc., a ministry that annually assists from 200 to 300 women who are experiencing crisis pregnancies.
The Baumans also are involved with Royal Family Kids Camp, which provides a first-class camping experience for Oklahoma children who are in government foster care.
Distinguished Alumni Award Doug McCallum graduated from Chadron State College in 1970. He completed a double major in Biology and Physical Education and was a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society.
After teaching biology at Valentine High School for two years, he earned a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation in 1973 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. From 1973 to 1980 he was an Instructor in the department of Physical Education and Recreation.
After earning his Master’s degree, he designed the Outdoor Education curriculum at UNL. He also collaborated with teachers in the Lincoln and Omaha schools system helping them become proficient in Outdoor Education curriculum development. He led a group of students on a trek across Nebraska on the original Oregon Trail in 1976 and designed an extensive backpacking program that included expeditions into the mountains of Colorado, Washington, Wyoming and the Grand Canyon.
From 1980 to 1982, McCallum was an Industrial Consultant with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, coordinating recruiting trips for the governor, former Nebraska football coach Bob Devaney, Miss Nebraska and other civic and business leaders.
From 2003 to 2015, McCallum organized and conducted 800 fundraisers, raising $1 million dollars for non-profit organizations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas through his business called The Waffleman.
McCallum has been a senior trainer and consultant for the Bob Pike Group, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1986. In 2009 and 2015, he was selected as the Trainer of the Year. He has given more than 150 keynote addresses and trained more than 62,000 adults in the U.S. and internationally. His clients have included government agencies such as the U.S. military, universities and businesses.
He has owned and operated his training and consulting firm, McCallum & Associates, since 1983. McCallum is the author or co-author of four books: “SCORE: Super Closers,” “Openers,” “Reviews,” “Energizers for Enhanced Training Results.”
McCallum lives in Eagle, Nebraska, with his wife Gaye. He has three children, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.
Distinguished Young Alumni Jovan Mays, a 2010 Chadron State College graduate, was named the first Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, in 2013 and maintains emeritus status. He is also a national Poetry Slam champion, director of “Your Writing Counts,” a youth poetry program in the Denver metro area, and curator of “A Story,” a student narrative project in the Aurora Public Schools. Mays was also a September 2016 TEDxMileHigh speaker.
At CSC, Mays was a member of the football and wrestling team, host of the Sigma Tau Delta Open Mic Series and also facilitated the “Write Track” workshop series and produced the annual variety show “Release” that introduced performance poetry to campus.
He returned to campus to perform in “Release” from 2011 to 2013. He also spoke at CSC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in 2016 and 2017.
Former CSC English faculty member, Deb Carpenter-Nolting, said when Mays visited her Gering High School English classroom, he managed to charm the students into thinking creatively and writing enthusiastically.
“He is a natural teacher and his mastery of the spoken word equals his heart in helping others find their truths,” Carpenter-Nolting said.
Mays has been a workshop instructor, panelist and guest speaker for numerous Colorado literary and art societies, high school graduations and other civic organizations. He competed in Utah and Ontario with SlamNUBA in addition to numerous performances in Colorado and in national semifinals and finals. He released two books in 2012: “Pride” and “The Great Box Escape.” This year, he was commissioned by the Denver Foundation to participate in a short film. He will read an original at the Mari Sandoz Conference time capsule burial Friday, Sept. 28.
Distinguished Young Alumni Chedric Monahan graduated from Chadron High School in 1998 and then returned to Chadron after earning an associate degree in the state of Washington. As a Chadron State College student, he was inducted into Blue Key National Honor Society in 2009. Monahan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2010.
He completed an internship at The Children’s Home Society of South Dakota near Rockerville and was hired as a full-time employee following his graduation. He worked with youth and families at the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota for more than seven years and was promoted to Therapist and Assistant Unit Director.
At the Children’s Home, Monahan completed his Masters of Social Work. He is now a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Mental Health Practitioner in both South Dakota and Oregon.
“While working with the Children’s Home, Ched helped hundreds of at-risk and often abused children realize they have value, worth, and potential. He is truly an outstanding social worker,” said Bruce Hoem, CSC social work professor.
Monahan has maintained his close relationship with CSC by returning to speak to Social Work classes annually.
In 2016, he received the Building Strong Families recognition from the Western South Dakota Child Protection Guild. The following year he went to work for Kairos Northwest in Medford, Oregon, as an individual and family therapist, who leads a clinical team that helps youth and their families.
Monahan said he is honored to receive the recognition. He said he sees many possibilities for his future, in large part, based on his training and education at Chadron State College.
—Tena L. Cook and Con Marshall