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  • Phil Hansen, BS ’91 agricultural economics, joined the board of directors of the Impact Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides charities learning experiences to develop fundraising and leadership skills. The former National League Football player owns a landscaping business in the Detroit Lakes, Minn., area.
  • Kelly James Holwagner, BS ’90 business administration, was named vice president of operations at Western Computer. The company is a global Microsoft business solutions reseller and implementation company. He lives in Fargo.
  • Michael Kithcart, BS ’90 mass communication, joined the Baily Group in Minneapolis as a senior consultant and executive coach. She specializes in executive onboarding, change management, board relations and business development.
  • Kevin Nelson, BS ’89  civil engineering, joined Larson Engineering Inc., in Bismarck, N.D., as regional manager to oversee the firm’s North Dakota operations.
  • Kathy (Cook) Helming, BS ’84 botany, joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as director of continuous improvement and performance in health network innovation. She previously was executive director of the office of continuous improvement at Sanford Health, Fargo. 
  • Scott Matthew Williamson, BUS ’81 university studies, completed 30 years of service as a certified registered nurse anesthetist for The Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif. He lives in American Canyon, Calif.
  • 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.
  • Don Bartlette, MEd ’66 counseling and guidance, has written his upcoming autobiography, titled “Macaroni at Midnight,” and a movie about his life is in consideration. He has experienced a 40-year career in public speaking and the ministry. He lives in North Canton, Ohio.



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