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  • Ross Olson, BS '75, animal science, was named vice chair of the board of American Federal Bank. With 39 years of banking experience, he is the bank's executive vice president and director. December 2014
  • Jerry Doan, BS '75, animal science, received the 2014 Agribusiness Award during the annual NDSU Harvest Bowl festivities. The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business. He is a fourth-generation rancher and producer from McKenzie, North Dakota. December 2014
  • Curtis W. Glasoe, BS '69, agricultural engineering, was named "Surveyor of the Year" by the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He retired from the USDA-Forest Service in August, where he was the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Engineer in charge of engineering services for the four National Grasslands covering 1.2 million acres in North Dakota and South Dakota. December 2014
  • Jason Sauvageau, BS '01,
    hotel, motel, restaurant management, was promoted to key account manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota in Fargo. He began his career with the health care coverage provider in 2004 and joined the marketing department in 2005. He previously was promoted to coordinator/trainer in 2008 and then to team leader in marketing in 2011. November 2014
  • Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, BS ’98, management, PhD '13, communication, was named project administrator at NDSU for the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.  November 2014
  • Kelsey (Dockter) Smith, BS ’06,
    business administration, was promoted to manager of Total Rewards in human resources at Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo. The company offers health care coverage as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. She joined the company in 2012 and was promoted to compensation analyst in 2013. November 2014
  • Harvey Lillestol, 80, BS’ 56, pharmacy, practiced pharmacy in Minnesota and New York, and owned the Medicine Chest in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He lived in Alexandria, Minnesota. His family requests memorials be directed to the NDSU Development Foundation Lillestol Pharmacy Scholarship. November 2014
  • Sarah (Zimmerman) Willert, 84, BS ’62, zoology, worked in North Dakota as a licensed physical therapist in Grand Forks, Minot and Fargo. She was one of seven original physical therapists in the state. Later, she substitute taught in Minot. She lived in Minot. November 2014
  • Robert Gee, 88, BS ’51, agronomy, operated a dairy operation near Kragnes, Minnesota. Highly involved in community activities, he served on a variety of local, state and national boards. He also worked as Clay County Extension Agent for the University of Minnesota. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.  November 2014
  • Fred Boeshans Jr., 76, BS ’60, animal science, served as assistant county agent in Ward County before being drafted in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He returned to farming and then worked for Cenex/Harvest States/Land O’Lakes, retiring in 2002. He lived in Beulah, North Dakota.  November 2014



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