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  • Marv Bachmeier, BS ’61 physical education, MEd ’68, economics, will be honored with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award on July 12. Since retiring at the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1999, he has volunteered at football and basketball games and various other events. He also has worked with the UMC Teambackers, a program he helped establish that raises funds for athletic scholarships. He and his wife, Diane, spearheaded the UMC Teambacker Golf Classic, a fundraising staple for more than 25 years.
  • David Bruns, BS '65 civil engineering, was named a partner at Heyer Engineering, Fargo. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience.
  • Ronald Zimprich, BS '69 animal science, was named Agriculturalist of the Year during the 90th Little International at NDSU. He is the manager of the university's Swine Research Unit.
  • Karen Unger, BS '65 arts and science, wrote the book, "Brain Health for Life, Beyond Pills, Politics and Popular Diets," which asks if Alzheimer's can be prevented. The book has won two awards – Gold Medal winner from the Living Now Book Awards in the category of Mature Living/Aging and First Place, USA Best Books Award in the category of Health/Aging 50+. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
  • Earl Mindell, BS '63 pharmacy, received his 50-year certificate for being a registered pharmacist for five decades. In addition, his 59th book, "The Happiness Effect: The Positive Benefits of Negative Ions," was recently published. He is president and CEO of Adanac Management Inc., Beverly Hills, California.
  • Rick Lutovsky, BS'66, MS '69 agricultural economics, and Janna (McCoy) Lutovsky, BA '66, speech, were honored as the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western North Carolina. They were nominated by the Literacy Council of Buncombe County with letters of support from United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County and the YMCA of Western North Carolina. Together, they donated to 20 nonprofit organizations during 2015, 13 of which are in the Asheville, North Carolina, region. He is the former president and CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Norma (Thorstad) Knapp, Diploma '63 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, has published her second book, titled "Scoria Roads: 20 Houses in 21 Years." The book is a memoir of the retired nurse, educator and bereavement facilitator. More information is available at
  • Richard Bergseth, BS '69 physics, polymers and coatings, retired after 40 years of leadership at Bergseth Bros., a wholesale beer distributor.
  • Thomas L. Larsen, BS '63 mechanical engineering, has been raising money for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America's Washington, D.C., Metro MG Walk with team Tom's Rockets - Blast Off For The Cure! In three years, he's raised more than $21,000 to fund research to find a cure. For more information, go to He lives in Oakton, Virginia.
  • John H. Williams, BS '68 MS '70, agricultural economics, was named a Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Champion by Oklahoma State University. He started Chef’s Requested Foods in 1979 in Oklahoma City and now sells more than 1 million pounds of value-added meat/food products each year. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.

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