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  • Mark Strong, BS ’93 electrical and electronic engineering, was named vice president of research and development for HeartWare International Inc., based in Framingham, Mass. At HeartWare, he leads the company’s research and development efforts in the area of miniaturized implantable heart pumps or ventricular assist devices. He previously was a vice president for the Boston Scientific Corp. Cardiac Rhythm Management business unit.
  • Al Gustin, BS ’69 agricultural economics, published a book, “Al Gustin’s Farm Byline – Reflections on North Dakota Agriculture 1974 to 2013.” Gustin, who retired from full-time farm broadcasting in December 2012 after a 45-year career, was named Farm Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and received the National Farmers Union Milt Hakel Award for Agricultural Communications.
  • Elliott Haugen, BS ’69 mathematics, German, retired as senior vice president at Kuludis Consulting, a leading higher education consulting firm, where he led the company’s information management and technology practice. He previously worked at NDSU and St. Louis University. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Falls Church, Va. 
  • Kristen Oldyn, BS ’12 business marketing, joined Absolute Marketing Group of Moorhead as a client service representative. She had begun with the company as a media buying intern. She also recently completed her first year as assistant coach with the NDSU Dance Team. 
  • Jonathan Crump, BS ’84 BArch ’84, architecture, joined the Tulsa, Okla., office of Dewberry, an architectural, engineering and consulting company, as the design director. With more than 25 years of experience in architecture, he previously was a principal for Leo A Daly, where he worked on higher education projects.  
  • Joe Isakson, FS ’61 agriculture, food systems and natural resources, was recognized as a distinguished alumnus for the South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. A retired agricultural journalist, he was assistant agriculture editor for the NDSU Extension Service from 1960-61. He later worked for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Dakota Farmer and The Farmer. He lives in Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Jane (Bale) Emison, BS ’68 design, was presented the Gamma Phi Beta Philanthropist Award, which honors outstanding endeavors outside the organization. She served 16 years as a national trustee of the Boys and Girls Club Foundation of America, is a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and is treasurer of Hillswood Foundation. The award is the highest honor presented by Gamma Phi Beta Foundation. She lives in Deephaven, Minn. 
  • Doug Wild, BArch ’87 architecture, BS ’87, architectural studies, was named a principal of BWBR, a design solutions company in St. Paul, Minn. He joined the firm in 1998 and has worked on facilities for the Minnesota National Guard, 3M and Minnesota Department of Transportation, among others. 
  • Dennis Walsh, BS ’80 agricultural economics and agricultural communication, was named “Honorary American Farmer” at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The National FFA Organization has 540,379 student members in more than 7,000 local chapters. He previously served on the N.D. FFA Foundation board for six years. He lives and farms in Harvey, N.D., and is chief credit officer at First International Bank and Trust, with 21 locations throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona.
  • Sara Bakken, BS ’12 marketing and retail merchandising, is the traffic coordinator with Absolute Marketing Group of Moorhead. She had started with the company as a client relations intern and moved into her new role.


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