Brandon, S.D., grew the 37' blue
spruce for the 2014 Christmas at
the Capitol in Pierre, S.D.
’54 B.S. Ed.,
Hot Springs, S.D., was inducted
into the South Dakota High School
Basketball Hall of Fame.
’64 B.S.B.A., Scottsdale,
Ariz.,was inducted into the South
Dakota High School Basketball Hall
’63 B.S. Ed.,
’69 M.A., Pierre, S.D., received the
2014 National Federation of State
High School Associations National
Citation for Speech Award.
’63 M.M., Rapid City,
S.D., was honored with the 2015
Arts & Living Indian Treasure Award.
’69 B.A., ’72 J.D.,
Encino, Calif., helped South Dakota
tribes recover more than $100
million in mismanaged funds.
Leanne (Johnson) Austin
Ed., Centerville, S.D., received the
Teacher of the Year Award from the
South Dakota VFW.
’74 B.S., ’78 B.S.M.D.,
Sioux Falls, S.D., received the 2014
Excellence in Teaching Award from
the Center for Family Medicine.
’74 B.A., ’77 J.D.,
Sioux Falls, S.D., is the senior trial
attorney for the state’s attorney to
handle child abuse and
Sioux Falls, S.D., was named to the
Sioux Falls Boomer List.
’78 J.D., Verona,
Wis., was named a member of the
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Wisconsin.
Jeanne (Forrette) Sinclair
B.S. Ed., Milbank, S.D., retired
after a 37-year career coaching
’80 M.A., Platte,
S.D., was named 2015 Family Doctor
of the Year by the South Dakota
Academy of Family Physicians.
’82 B.S.B.A., ’85
J.D., Sioux City, Iowa, was elected
president of the Iowa Association
’80 B.S., ’85 M.A.,
Minnetonka, Minn., accepted a
position as technical sales specialist
for Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton, S.D.
Minneapolis, Minn., received the
2014 Minneapolis Downtown
Barbara (Vavruska) Fish
B.S.B.A., Brandon, S.D., is a certified
financial planner for Securities
Alaska, is the new general manager
for the Alaska State Fair.
Sioux Falls, S.D., a former USD
state and regional medalist, was
inducted into The South Dakota Golf
Association Hall of Fame.
Rapid City, S.D., has been
promoted to senior vice president
and chief financial officer for
Black Hills Corporation.
’88 J.D., Belle
Fourche, S.D., was honored as
Belle Fourche High School Veteran
of the Year.
Brandon, S.D., has been named
the Sanford School of Medicine‘s
inaugural Dr. Charley F. and
Elizabeth Gutch Chair.
’80 J.D., Fort
Pierre, S.D., assumed the duties of
Acting United States Attorney for
the District of South Dakota.
Huron, S.D., received the 2015
Distinguished Civic Service Award
by the Huron Chamber and
’93 M.A., Yankton, S.D., has been
named to the South Dakota
’91 B.S.B.A., Billings,
Mont., has joined the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation as a
financial institution specialist.
Minneapolis, Minn., was hired as the
CFO of Raven Industries, Inc.
’99 M.A., Avon,
S.D., will be inducted into the
South Dakota Football Coaches
Association Hall of Fame.
Denise (Thole) DuVernay
B.A., Chicago, Ill., accepted a
position as assistant director,
office of corporate, government
and foundation relations at
Saint Xavier University.
’90 B.S.B.A., San
Francisco, Calif., accepted the
position as CEO of Lotlinx.
’93 M.F.A., Oshkosh, Wis., held
an exhibition titled “Painting by Li
Hu: 25 Year Retrospective” featuring
more than 50 pieces of his art.
Kristy (Amundson) Jackson
B.S. Ed., ’96 M.A., Sioux Falls, S.D.,
was accepted into the National
Career Development Association‘s
Marlene (Lang) Jacobson
’97 Ed.D., North Sioux City, S.D.,
has accepted the position of
project manager of the global
communications team for
Documents & Design.
’93 B.S. Ed., La Crosse,
Wis., has been named vice president
for institutional advancement of
’97 B.S. Ed.,
‘01 M.A., ‘09 Ed.S., Yankton,
S.D., accepted the position of
superintendent of Chase County
School in Imperial, Neb.
Lydia (Braun) McDonald
M.A., Greenbrier, Ark., was hired as
president and CEO of the Arkansas
Colleges of Health Education.
’09 B.S., ’12 J.D., ’12 M.A., Vermillion, S.D.,
was the recipient of a 2015 Bush Fellowship Award.
Bush Fellowships provide an opportunity to advance
South Dakota’s talent, boosting them to greater leadership.
Whitesock has committed himself to using “big data”
to promote a holistic approach to treating addiction.