Junior member

Stran Ressler, Mandan, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The American Angus Association has more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

Greff elected

Josh Greff, Regent, was elected to a three-year term on the North Dakota Oilseed Council board when sunflower district elections were held in District VII.

The district encompasses McKenzie, Dunn, Mercer, Oliver, Stark, Billings, Golden Valley, Slope, Hettinger, Bowman, Adams, Grant, Sioux and Morton counties.

Elected as sunflower county representatives are Dean Knell, Hazen (Mercer); Bill Kessel, Belfield (Billings), Miles Hanson, Bowman (Slope); Art Ridl (Stark); Jeff Brown, Bowman (Bowman); Steve Wegner, Reeder (Adams); Lonnie Henke, Hannover (Oliver); and Terry Nagel, Carson (Grant).

Greff and his wife, Bridget, farm north of Mott and also run 150 cow-calf pairs.

Schafer gets award

Ellen Schafer, Bismarck, received the Yellow Rose Award from the Zonta Club of Bismarck for her advocacy work on behalf of women and children.

The yellow rose is the symbol of Zonta Rose Day, which coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Schafer, an oncology nurse, has been advocating for cancer patients for over 40 years and has been involved with the Bismarck-Mandan Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Music service awards

Minot area residents Christine Baumann and Tim Baumann were given the North Dakota Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award and Rochelle Feldner received the North Dakota National Band Association Distinguished Service Award at the 53rd annual All-State Music Festival on March 23 in Bismarck. 

The Baumanns are the camp directors of the International Music Camp.

Christine Baumann holds a master in education-professional development degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a bachelor of science in music education from Minnesota State University Mankato. She plays viola in the Minot Symphony Orchestra and is pesident of the Minot Symphony Association board of directors.

Tim Baumann received his bachelor of music education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a primary focus in oboe and secondary focus in piano. He plays oboe and English horn in the Minot Symphony Orchestra and Sub-Zero Winds Woodwind Quintet. He also is a planning commissioner for the city of Minot.

The Baumanns also conduct and play in the Minot Community Concert Band.

Feldner earned her master of music education degree from University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor of science in music education from Minot State University. She retired in 2018 from 36 years teaching band at Minot Public Schools. She adjudicates for Class A and B regional and state music festivals and has served on the board of directors for the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the North Dakota National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu-Alpha Gamma Chapter and the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

Alumni recognition

The Bismarck State College National Alumni Association board of directors has chosen Vern Dosch (’73) as Alumnus of the Year, Jack Golden (’17) as BSC’s Rising Star and the Francisco and Bertha Tello family as this year’s Legacy Family award recipients.

They will be honored at a campus dinner at 6 p.m. May 9 in the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence.

Dosch is the longtime CEO of National Information Solutions Cooperative, an information technology cooperative that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for utility cooperatives and telecommunications companies.

NISC, which has more than 1,200 employees, donated $50,000 to BSC’s Cybersecurity and Information Technology Program in 2018, helping to grow the program’s capacity, NISC’s labor force and the opportunities available locally.

Golden enrolled at BSC in 2012 intending to major in economics, but discovered a passion for behind-the-scenes roles in theater. After BSC, Golden earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from North Dakota State University, then worked as a set designer for theater companies all over the country. He is earning a master of fine arts in theater degree at the University of Maryland.

Francisco and Bertha Tello met as college students in 1943. She was a music major from Minnesota. He came from Panama on a scholarship. They fell in love and married, eventually moving to Bismarck.

Higher education was an expectation for their 10 children. All attended BSC, and nearly all pursued careers in health care. Bob, Tim, Tony, Francisco “Chico” and Ron are doctors, Kathy is a nurse, Carmen a nurse practitioner, Rick spent 42 years in laboratory management, and Judy is a retired cytotechnologist. John, an accountant, worked for a time in medical insurance. One Tello granddaughter is a radiologist, another a dermatologist, a third is a nurse and professor for NDSU, and another is an assistant professor of biology at BSC.

The family has supported various health care-related organizations in the area, and this year Ron and Joyce Tello became co-chairs of the BSC Foundation Health Sciences Campaign.

Award recipient bios and information about obtaining tickets for the dinner can be found at bismarckstate.edu/alumniawards.

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