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Gunkelman Award


Congratulations to Susan Council, our 2021 Gunkelman Award recipient.

Watch the recording for the award ceremony from Friday, May 7th, 2021 using the link below.

Award Ceremony Recording


Last Year's Winner

The 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award winner, Edward Deckard.

Award History

The Mary McCannel Gunkelman Recognition Award was established in January 1987, by the late John L. Gunkelman and his family in memory of Mrs. Gunkelman, who was a 1942 graduate of the College of Home Economics.

The purpose of this award is to honor the late Mary McCannel Gunkelman whose life, from the time she was a student on the campus of NDSU and throughout her unselfish life as a wife, mother, and active citizen in the Fargo-Moorhead community, found greatest expression and satisfaction in her contributions in creating an atmosphere of happiness for others to enjoy.

Mary was firmly dedicated to the principle that a student would be more apt to attain his or her full potential if he or she were working and living in an enjoyable environment. She further believed that the more enjoyable the campus and programs of NDSU, the better university it would be in the future.

It is in the firm endorsement of Mary’s belief that this award was established and continues today.

2021 Nominees


Ashlyn Dilley - Graphic Design

Hunter Frederick - Animal Science

Kaitlyn Kratsch - Architecture

Saantha Pernsteiner - Agriculture Economics

Scott Rudquist - Psychology

Will Odland - Engineering


Benjamin Braaten - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Burton Johnson - AES Plant Sciences

Carl Dahlen - AES Animal Science

Cheryl Wachenheim - Agribusiness & Applied Econ.

David Englund - Agribusiness & Applied Econ.

David Westerman - Communication

Kirk Howatt - AES Plant Science

Peggy Andersen - College of Business (retired)

Rebekah Oliver - Plant Sciences

Xudong Rao - AES Agribusiness & Applied Econ

Zachary Machunda - Agribusiness and Applied Economics


Alyson Meyer - Facilities Management

Ben Austinson - Psychology

Brenda Deckard - Plant Sciences

Christine Davis - Dining

Daniel Erichsen - Information Technology Services

David Huber - Performing Arts

Deb Hofer - Dining

Erika Berg - Disability Services

Josie Hayden - Research Integrity and Compliance, RCA

Karen Blake - Accounting

Kimberly House - Facilities Management

Linnett Schmidkunz - Library Associate, School of Nursing Bismarck

Sandy Mark - AES Plant Science

Susan Council - Deans Office, Business

Teresa Enderson - School of Design, Architecture + Art


Past Award Winners

Congratulations to all past recipients. Thanks for your significant and unselfish contributions and helping create a happy environment for the enjoyment of NDSU students.

2020 Recipient  |  Edward Deckard

2019 Recipient  |  Meghan Yerhot

2018 Recipient  |  Matthew Skoy

2017 Recipient  |  Gabriel Eronmosele

2016 Recipient  |  Suzan J. Wolter

2015 Recipient  |  Ronda Klubben

2014 Recipient  |  LaVon S. Whipple

2013 Recipient  |  Kimberly Buckley 

2012 Recipient  |  Noah D. McBroom  

2011 Recipient  |  Christopher Suriano

2010 Recipient  |  Catherine Gronland

2009 Recipient  |  Theresa Anderson

2008 Recipient  |  David L. Berryhill

2007 Recipient  |  Jacinda L. Wollan

2006 Recipient  |  James Billups

2005 Recipient  |  Barbara Laschkewitsch

2004 Recipient  |  Aquina Beck

2003 Recipient  |  Donna J. Alby

2002 Recipient  |  Oscar Blaskowski

2001 Recipient  |  John Weitzel

2000 Recipient  |  Karen Arnell

1999 Recipient  |  Brenda Deckard

1998 Recipient  |  Lisa K. Nolan

1997 Recipient  |  Nick Moret

1996 Recipient  |  Louise Heinz

1995 Recipient  |  Carol Nelson

1994 Recipient  |  Marilyn Hetland

1993 Recipient  |  Nancy Stroh

1992 Recipient  |  Jean M. Kelly

1991 Recipient  |  Mary Poirier

1990 Recipient  |  Helga Schuschke

1989 Recipient  |  Joan D. Olson


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