Alumni Honorees

The NDSCS Alumni Foundation wishes to congratulate the following distinguished group of 2018 honorees.

The honorees include:

  • Roger Worner, Alumnus of the Year
  • Delano & Myrna Lotzer Family, FamilyTradition Award
  • Dean Twidwell, Wildcat of the Year
  • Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, Friends of the College
  • Barb Bang, Parade Grand Marshal
  • Kerri Kava, Commitment to Excellence

2018 Homecoming Honorees:

Alumnus of the Year

Roger Worner

The NDSCS Alumni Foundation would like to congratulate Roger Worner on being named the 2018 Alumnus of the Year. As a 1963 graduate of NDSSS, Roger can testify to using treasured times of the past to feel better about things today. He has achieved prominence in his career and is considered an expert in the education field. Roger continues to support NDSCS as an Alumni Foundation 1903 Founder’s Club member, Catbacker Director’s Club member and NDSCS Performing Arts Benefactor Level member. He and his wife, Kay, support the DREAMS Auction and attend as many Ottertail Lakes Area Reunions and NDSCS Homecoming events as their busy lives permit.

Roger is a Wahpeton, N.D., native and still has strong roots here. He graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1961, was an excellent student and a four-sport athlete, participating in football, wrestling, track and field, and baseball.
 
Choosing NDSCS to start his secondary education, Roger registered with his brother, Michael, and several other Wahpeton classmates. He kept himself on assignment as a sportswriter for the College paper. His Wildcat athletics participation included boxing, track and field, and football. Roger was recently inducted into the NDSCS Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1962 NDSSS football team. He graduated in 1963 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and many great life skills.

Roger then matriculated to North Dakota State University and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a major in chemistry and in 1967 completed a Master of Science in Education Administration. Roger taught middle school and high school students in New Effington, S.D.  In 1969, he completed a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from New York University.
After completion of his formal education, Roger worked in three primary areas, which included educational administration, consulting as an independent contractor and as a university professor.
 
In 2003, Dr. Worner started an education consulting firm, Roger Worner and Associates. His firm completed more than 400 studies primarily for public and private schools located in the Midwest. He currently serves as a Professor of Educational Administration at St. Cloud State University. Dr. Worner has also authored two books in the area of curriculum.
 
Roger serves on a local YMCA Board of Directors in the suburban Twin Cities area. He also volunteers his time counseling young students at a juvenile detention center in his area.
 
Roger is a great ambassador for NDSCS, informing others about his positive college experiences. He plans regular gatherings with other NDSCS alumni in the Twin Cities area. Roger stays connected, gives generously and still bleeds red and black. The Worner family was honored with the NDSCS Family Tradition Award in 2016.
 
Roger and his wife, Kay, currently reside in the northern suburb of Cedar, Minn. in the Twin Cities area.

Tradition Award

The Delano & Myrna Lotzer Family

 

Front Row (L to R): Tana Lotzer ('87), Delano Lotzer ('60), Myrna Lotzer ('73), Raquel Draovitch ('90) and Andrew Draovitch ('94) Back Row: Cody Draovitch, Michael Lotzer ('96) and Ashlyn Draovitch ('16).

The NDSCS Alumni Foundation is pleased to announce the Delano and Myrna Lotzer Family as the recipient of the 2018 Family Tradition award. The Lotzer family has NDSCS graduates spanning four generations, starting with Myrna’s father, John Solhjem, a 1948 NDSSS graduate who studied Airplane Mechanics, Auto Body and Basic Machining.

Delano and Myrna both attended “Science” and currently reside in Wahpeton. Delano, a 1960 Plumbing graduate, worked for the Wahpeton Police Department for 35 years. Delano progressed through the ranks as sergeant, captain, and in 1975 he become chief of police. Myrna, a 1973 Office Administration graduate, also worked locally for St. Francis Healthcare in Breckenridge for many years. Both currently are enjoying retirement.

Delano and Myrna’s three children, Tana, Michael and Raquel, all continued the family tradition at NDSCS.
Tana Lotzer (’87), Business Administration, resides in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and works for Innovative Surfaces, Inc. as an interior designer.
 
Michael Lotzer (’96), Electrical Technology, is a master electrician and owns his own business, Aber Electric LLC, and lives in rural Colfax, N.D.
 
Raquel Lotzer Draovitch (’90), Medical Administrative Assistant, and her husband, Andrew, a ’94 Automotive Technology NDSCS graduate, also live in rural Colfax. Raquel is an administrative assistant at Gateway Chevrolet in Fargo and Andrew works for the Richland School District as a para educator.

The tradition continues to the fourth generation as two of Myrna and Delano’s grandchildren also chose NDSCS to start their education. Cody received his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is continuing his study in that field at Minot State University. Ashlyn graduated in Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science and is currently at North Dakota State University in the Veterinarian Technician program.

Delano and Myrna have shown their support to the College through the Alumni Annual Giving campaign and by attending events. Their entire family continues to be ambassadors for NDSCS and believes in the “Tradition of Success.”

Wildcat of the Year

​Dean Twidwell​

Dean Twidwell is the perfect fit for the Wildcat of the Year honor.  He played football at UND for one year and then moved back to Wahpeton and enrolled at NDSCS.  He played football, for John Richman, in what was NDSCS’s most successful season to date. Dean has great memories from that time!​

Dean is the owner of the Wahpeton Deli Eatery and Wahpeton Video.  Dean is the second proprietor, as his parents started the business in the summer of 1985.
 
During his short time at “Science” he met his wife, Missi.  She was a student in the OTA program and a Lady Wildcat Basketball player.  Missi went on to get her four year degree from the University of Mary then her Masters from Valley City State University.

Dean and Missi are both passionate about the college.  Missi is an Associate Professor in the OTA program at NDSCS.  Their son, Conner, is 15 and looking like he will take after his dad when it comes to football.  Their daughter, Addison, is 13 and they have a golden doodle puppy, Zoey that makes it all work.
He loves basketball and you seldom go to a Wildcat game, men or women, without seeing his family there.  Dean is a proud Alumni and supporter of Wildcat Athletics.  He is a business Athletic sponsor, and donates generous packages for the Athletic Car Raffle and the Alumni Foundation DREAMS Auction.

He commented, “NDSCS is an awesome, awesome college.  We are so lucky to have this school here!  Everyone that has kids should have them start their college career here at NDSCS!”

Congratulations to Dean Twidwell, 2018 Wildcat of the Year recipient!

Friend of the College

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative

We would like to congratulate Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative as a true Friend of the College.​The NDSCS Alumni Foundation is pleased to honor Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative with the 2018 Friend of the College-Distinguished Award.

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative (MDFC), founded in August 1972, is located in the heart of the Red River Valley. MDFC’s shareholders process sugar beets at the cooperative’s plant in Wahpeton.

MDFC is part of the domestic sweetener industry, which has a significant impact on the nation’s economy, creating close to 420,000 direct and indirect jobs in 42 states, and contributing $26.2 billion in positive economic activity each year.

Currently, over 500 shareholders share ownership in MDFC. The shareholders/growers delivered 3,250,000 tons of beets in the fall of 2016. Minn-Dak sustains 304 year-round employees, 147 seasonal employees, 295 harvest workers.

MDFC is a member/owner of two marketing cooperatives, United Sugars Corporation (UFC) in Minneapolis and Midwest Agri-commodities (MAC) in San Francisco. The cooperative markets its sugar through USF and markets co-products, including beet molasses, beet pulp pellets, raffinate and betaine through MAC.

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative has been an NDSCS Foundation sponsor since 1991. The Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Endowment provides student scholarships annually. MDFC has shown support to NDSCS through contributions to the Allied Health Fund and Centennial Capital Campaign drives. MDFC has also been a huge supporter of Wildcat athletics.

Parade Grand Marshal

Barb Bang

It is an honor and a pleasure to announce our 2018 Parade Grand Marshal, Barbara Bang. She has a 45-year relationship with NDSCS.  First as a student and graduate of Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology, then as an associate professor, department chair, and retired, as the Dean of the NDSCS Technologies & Services Division.  She worked very closely with business & industry developing partnerships and strategies to help meet workforce needs in manufacturing, transportation, and construction.​

Barb is currently teaching and developing curriculum for the NCWE New Workforce Professionals Academy.  Barb is on the National Council for Workforce Education Board and served as past- president.  She served as a representative on the Commission for Economic and Workforce Development with the American Association of Community Colleges. Barb is a long-time member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators.
 
She has an AAS degree from NDSCS, a BS degree in Technical Education from the University of South Dakota and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from NDSU.  In 2017, Barb retired and was honored as NDSCS Dean Emerita.

Barb and John, her husband of 45-years, have moved to their lake home in the Park Rapids, MN, area.  The NDSCS Foundation would like to thank Barb for her years of leadership and service and honor her as she leads us during the 2018 Homecoming.

Commitment to Excellence

​Kerri Kava

​The NDSCS Alumni Foundation is happy to announce the 2018 Commitment to Excellence Award recipient: Kerri Kava, NDSCS Assistant Director of Student Life.

Kerri is a 2004 graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. She began her career at NDSCS as an Enrollment Specialist / Cooperative Education Coordinator. Her responsibilities included student recruitment, career preparation and placement for co-op and full-time employment.

Kerri was employed for seven years by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead as the Newspapers in Education Coordinator. She returned to NDSCS in 2013 and continues to serve as the Assistant Director of Student Life. In her current role, she has helped increase student life participation significantly over the past five years. Kerri has also been instrumental in the creation of student leadership opportunities. She advises the Media Squad, a group that produces multi-media promotions for campus and student events. Kerri and her staff help the Alumni Foundation office produce videos for use at our Meet-n-Greet events, and for digital and social media networking.

The Alumni Foundation works in collaboration with the Science of Leadership Program.  Kerri plays a key role in the implementation of the professional development seminars the program provides for the selected students. She is also an important team member in the planning and execution of the annual Homecoming activities on campus.
 
Kerri has been recognized for many achievements: NDSCS Steeple Award Team Member, 2007, 2014, 2016; NDSCS Life Award 2015; and NDSCS Excellence in Service Award 2017. She shares her enthusiasm and creative talent with other organizations and causes. She is currently on the Regional Committee for the Williams Syndrome Association.

Kerri lives in Breckenridge, Minn. with her husband, Paul, and three boys. Carter is 10 and the twin boys, Cooper and Mac, are three. In her spare time she enjoys photography, painting, pontoon rides, biking, traveling and spending time with friends. Kerri is also passionate about raising awareness for Williams Syndrome. A recent endeavor includes starting her own personal blog, 1MinnesotaMom.com.

 

 

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