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  • Bryan Neville, MS ’07, PhD ’10 animal science, joined NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center as an animal scientist.
  • Austin Vetter, BS ’12 zoology, has opened Vetter Dental in West Fargo. He graduated from Omaha’s Creighton University School of Dentistry and practiced in South Dakota before taking over a dental clinic previously owned by Jay Erickson, who is retiring. 
  • Angela Mathers, BA ’07 mass communication, MS ’10, sociology, joined the community board of trustees for the Jeremiah Program. She is the dean of academic quality and support at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
  • Robert H. Lee, BS ’03 construction management, was promoted to executive vice president at Wanzek Construction, a general construction contractor and industrial service provider. He has been with the company for 13 years and had previously been the vice president of construction.
  • Kari (Bitz) Tews, BS '04 mass communication, received the inaugural Alumni of the Year award by the North Dakota Phi Beta Lambda chapter. The honor recognizes outstanding leaders who are alumni of Phi Beta Lambda. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is the largest career student business organization in the world, and helps more than 30,000 members prepare for careers in business each year. She lives in West Fargo.
  • Travis Evink, BS ’12 accounting, joined the West Fargo Police Department as an officer after attending Lake Region State College’s Peace Officer Academy.
  • Jason Dura, BS ’93 sociology, criminal justice option, was promoted to lieutenant with the West Fargo Police Department. He’s been with the department since 1996, and received the Commendable Service Award in 2016 and Lifesaving Award in 2004 and 2006.
  • Eugene Gronseth, 82, BS ’58 mechanical engineering, was employed as an engineer by Boeing Co., Seattle. He lived in Renton, Washington.
  • Ward D. Nostdahl, 96, BS ’49 agriculture, worked for the Soil Conservation Service until 1960. He then was co-founder of a home construction business and was involved in many business ventures. He participated in the construction of The Dakota Inn, The Homesteader restaurant, seven Speedway Restaurants, and many other buildings. He also helped design and construct Wildwood Golf Course, near Burlington, North Dakota. He lived in Minot, North Dakota.
  • Shirley (Lawonn) Jahnke, 73, BS ’68 medical technology, was an attorney who focused on family law and child advocacy issues. She lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.


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