Class notes 1970s
- Diane (Schommer) Padden, AD ’78 nursing, recently joined the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as vice president for research, education and professional practice. The association is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. She previously was an associate professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md. She lives in Clarksville, Md.
- Gregg Halverson, BS ’71 animal science, received the 2013 Potato Man for All Seasons Award. The Packer and The Grower.com presented the honor in conjunction with the National Potato Council. He is president and CEO of Black Gold Farms, with headquarters in Grand Forks, N.D.
- Karen-Renee Moore, BA ’73 zoology, has been an online faculty member for Indiana Wesleyan University since 2001, following a career in business. In addition, she pastors a local church and is an on-call chaplain at Maine Medical Center, Maine's only level 1 trauma center. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, she was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene. She and her husband live in western Maine near Sebago Lake.
- Wayne Carlson, BS ’75 agricultural economics, will retire as director of the Livestock Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, effective April 11. He has held the post since 1993. His duties related to dairy production, feed registration, livestock sales, meat inspection, animal waste management and animal damage control. He and his wife, Denise, live in Mandan, N.D.
- Danny R. Hoffmann, BS ’74 animal science, was named the 2013 North Star Classic Livestock Honoree. A life-long farmer and livestock producer from Wheatland, N.D., he was honored for his commitment to the livestock industry in the state and a supporter of the North Star Classic since its beginning.
- Hillol Ray, MS ’77 civil engineering, has shared one of his poems, “Away But Not Apart,” with the NDSU Alumni Association and the NDSU Office of International Programs. It can be viewed at www.facebook.com/NDSU.InternationalAlum?ref=hl. He lives in Garland, Texas.
- Hillol Ray, MS ’77 environmental engineering, had his 2013 theme poem “Building Leadership: Embrace Cultural Values and Inclusion” selected for the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM) Newsletter, published by the state headquarters of the Georgia Air National Guard in Marietta, Ga., as a part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in May. Ray is employed with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 in Dallas.
- Barbara (Grembowski) Wheeling, BS ’76 animal science, was named dean of the College of Business at Montana State University, Billings.
- Gregory W. Thompson, BS ’76, MS ’89 agricultural education, completed his term a as 2012-13 president of the American Association for Agricultural Education. He is a professor and department head in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University for the past 17 years.