NDSCS Alumni/Foundation Announces 2017 Homecoming Honorees


The North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation will recognize a group of distinguished alumni and friends on Friday, October 6 during the Alumni and Friends Awards Recognition at 7:00 p.m. in The Alley at the Hektner Student Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton. The public is invited to attend the recognition ceremony to celebrate the honorees. Information and registration for the event can be found online at ndscsalumni.com/homecoming.

This year’s Homecoming Honorees are:

Gary Marquardt, Alumnus of the Year, graduated from NDSCS in 1969 with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology. While at NDSCS, he was a standout defensive end and captain of the Wildcat football team under Coach Cliff Hermes. After graduating from NDSCS, he held various drafting and design, sales and management positions before forming his own company, Engineering Repro Systems. Marquardt served as president of the company for more than 19 years. After selling the company, he served as one of six senior vice presidents and managed the region five area before retiring in 2012. Marquardt served on the NDSCS Foundation Board of Directors from 1996 to 2008 and held the positions of vice president and president. Marquardt has been a financial supporter of the NDSCS 300 Club and Catbacker Club, a participant of the DREAMS Auction and a Blikre Society member. He is an NDSCS Letterwinner, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and one of the founders of the NDSCS Alumni Weekend football event. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Wayzata, Minn.

The Janet and Wayne Baker Family has been selected to receive the 2017 Family Tradition Award. Wayne and Janet (Brand) Baker were raised in Richland County. Wayne passed away in 2004 after working in the roofing and sheet metal business his entire life. Janet was a stay-at-home mom and became involved with NDSCS by assisting with registration before any of her children graduated from high school. All six of Wayne and Janet’s children, in addition to four of their spouses, are graduates of NSDCS:

• Brad Baker, Hailey, Idaho, graduated from NDSCS in 1980 with an associate degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology. His wife, Kim, is a 1980 Computer Operator graduate and received an associate degree in Medical Records in 1982.
• Beth Lohman, Bozeman, Mont., graduated from the NDSCS Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology program in 1981. Her husband, Clint, was a quarterback for the Wildcats football team and graduated from the Electronics program in 1981. They own Lohman, Inc.
• Benae Freeberg, Colfax, N.D., received an associate degree in Graphic Arts from NDSCS in 1983. She works for Ultimate Transport / Dakota Spas in Fargo, N.D. Her husband, Mike, is a self-employed agronomist. Their son, Cole, is carrying on the tradition as a first-year NDSCS Diesel Technology student.
• Caryn Klosterman, Mooreton, N.D., graduated from NDSCS with an associate degree in Word Processing Specialist and General Office in 1986. Her husband, Todd, wrestled for the Wildcats in 1985-1986 and graduated with an associate degree in Ag Business in 1986. Caryn works for Essentia Health out of the Wahpeton location. She has been employed with Essentia Health for 27 years and is currently working in hospital admissions. Todd runs a farming operation with his brothers near Mooreton.
• Carla Schumacher, Shakopee, Minn., was a 1987 NDSCS Graphic Arts graduate. She works for Safeway Hydraulics. Her husband, Eraine, is a retired crane engineer.
• Bonita Kinnunen, Hawley, Minn., graduated from NDSCS in 1991 with an associate degree in Secretary Specialist. Her husband, Scott, graduated from NDSCS in 1996 with an associate degree in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology. Bonita is employed at Radio FM and Scott is employed at Glenn’s Body Repair in West Fargo.

Maria Kaduc
, Wildcat of the Year, was born and raised in Czechoslovakia and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1976. Kaduc emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1984 and eventually settled in Wahpeton, N.D. in July 1985. Wanting to excel in her understanding of English, Kaduc signed up for English as a Second Language classes at Wahpeton High School in 1985. A year later, she continued her education at NDSCS, which led her to receive a certificate from the Computer Operator Program in 1987 and an associate degree in Computer Science in 1989. In 1990, Kaduc began tutoring computer classes at the NDSCS Learning Skills Center, and in 1994, NDSCS hired her to teach and coordinate the flextime courses in the Academic Services Center (ASC). She became Director of the ASC in 2005. Kaduc’s awards include the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, Extra Mile Award in 2002, NDACTSNE Directors Award of Excellence in 2009 and NDACTE Administrator of the Year in 2016. Kaduc has touched the lives of hundreds of students who consider her their “NDSCS mom”.

Bell Bank and Bell Bank Wealth Management have been selected for this year’s Friend of the College – Distinguished Service Award. Chartered in 1966 in Fargo, Bell has grown to be the region’s largest privately owned bank. Community is at the heart of Bell; every year, each Bell employee receives funds to “Pay It Forward” as they choose to an individual, family or organization in need. To date, more than $10 million in Pay It Forward funds have been given, with many stories of giving taking place in Wahpeton-Breckenridge. Since Bell began serving the communities of Wahpeton, Breckenridge and the surrounding area in 2008, the bank has been a major supporter of NDSCS, recognizing the College and its promising students as tremendous assets to our community. A $10,000 Bell Bank Scholarship Endowment was created and the scholarship has been awarded annually since 2013 to a full-time student in arts, science and business. Bell’s $25,000 lead gift helped launch the NDSCS Ambassador Leadership Program in 2014. Bell is consistently a major marketing partner whose gifts help promote NDSCS Wildcat Athletics. Additionally, Bell has helped sponsor NDSCS “meet and greet” events, provided expert speakers in wealth management, shared expertise of several employees to serve on the NDSCS Foundation Board and provided use of a suite for Alumni Foundation functions and as a donation to the annual DREAMS Auction fundraising event.

Margaret Wall will be the 2017 NDSCS Parade Grand Marshall. She was key in developing many new programs and services over her 38 years with the College. Wall began her career at NDSCS as an instructor in 1974. In 1992, she developed the curriculum for the Office Administration Internship program. This became the model for many other internship programs on campus. She took a new role as Cooperative Education Coordinator in 1994, and became the Distance Education Director in 2002. During her tenure, the College experienced a significant increase in distance education enrollment. Wall finished her career as the NDSCS Dean of Extended Learning, retiring in 2013. She received the NDSCS Alumni Foundation Commitment to Excellence Award in 2004, the 2008 NDSCS LIFE Award for implementing the Pathway program, and was named Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year in 2013. She is currently an NDSCS Alumni Foundation Board member. Margaret resides in Wahpeton, N.D.

Kevin Bauer has been selected to receive this year’s Commitment to Excellence Award. He began working at NDSCS in 1983 as a student employee and was part of the technical lighting and sound crew for the Wildcat Singers and Stage Band. In 1987, he became a part-time lighting and sound technician for the NDSCS Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center and has shared his technical expertise with NDSCS for the last 30 years. Bauer has been instrumental in the maintenance of the light and sound system, including leading a major upgrade to the technology in 2015. He has trained many staff and students who have assisted him, and works from his Moorhead home consulting with artistic performers about their specific technical needs before they arrive on campus.

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