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Summer 2004

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Dorothy Hass Fransen '34 and her husband, Edwin, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Westby, Mont.  Dorothy and Edwin farmed on the family homestead between Westby and Plentywood until their retirement in 2000.  They have three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ethel Fleming '40 and her husband, Clyde, are charter members of the Pompeys Pillar Historical Association.  Shovels in hand, they participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new interpretive center in April 2004.

William Benjamin '66 has been named regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Great Plains office in Aberdeen, S.D.  Benjamin is a native of Browning, Mont and a Blackfeet Tribe member.  He has been deputy regional director of the Rocky Mountain office since 1996.

Amalie Sieler '69 and her husband, Ben, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  They ranched west of Plevna before moving to Billings in 1954. Ben owned Ben's Draperies in Billings and Amalie taught German at Senior High for 31 years before retiring in 2000.

Clint Van Atta '72 was honored as the Montana Credit Union Professional of the Year for 2004.  Clint is president of the Billings Federal Credit Union.  He serves on the Credit Union National Association's Cooperative Alliances Committee and as a trustee for the National Credit Union Legislative Action Committee.

Jay Strever '78 has been named regional director of human resources for the Billings Gazette, the Helena Independent Record, the Montana Standard in Butte and the Casper Star Tribune.  He will direct employee relations, training, recruitment and policy administration for the four Lee newspapers.  Prior to joining the Gazette in 2002, Jay was controller for Beall Trailers of Montana.  He is also owner of Jaymie Duck Enterprises, a computer consulting business.

Brian Pogue '80 has been named director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The Agency provides services to the nation's 562 federally recognized tribes.  Pogue began his career with the BIA at the Billings area office and is now located in Oklahoma where he is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Patrick Hould '82 has been appointed to the National Association of Elementary School Principals board of directors as a middle school representative.  Pat began his career in education as a music teacher in Thompson Falls, Mont. and for the past eleven years has been principal of Lewistown Junior High.  He has been a member of NAESP for the past eleven years and recently completed his fourth year as a state officer of the Montana Elementary and Middle School Principals Association.

Clayton Jones '87, a Billings, Mont. investment representative for Edward Jones, was one of 50 representatives honored at a business management forum in St. Louis, Mo.

Mark Holle '87 of Billings, Mont. has joined Engineering, Inc. as controller.  Holle is a CPA with more than 15 years of public accounting experience in tax preparation and auditing.  As controller he will be responsible for the firm's financial management systems and financial reporting.

Karen Pearson '88 owns both Alpine Counseling Associates and Inner Sanctum in Billings, Mont. and plans to merge the two businesses into a service that will provide ""a holistic experience for each person as their inner beauty unfolds.""  Karen has been providing personal counseling for nearly 10 years and last year expanded her business with the opening of Inner Sanctum where she  retails all natural skin care products and provides a yoga/stretching program and massage.

Marsha Schell '88 is a member of the 100 Percent Club.  She is a realtor with RE/MAX in Billings, Mont. and was recently recognized for her level of production during 2003.

Robert Gilpen '89 had a showing of his paintings at the Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Ore. in January 2003, followed by a showing at the Mark Woolley Gallery, also in Portland, in December 2003 and January 2004.

Ericka (Swanson) Herbers '90 graduated June 2004 from the University of Phoenix with a M.A. in school counseling. Previously an elementary teacher, she will begin her new career as a school counselor in fall 2004 at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Sue Tombrink '90 is a member of the 100 Percent Club.  She is a realtor with RE/MAX of Billings, Mont. and was recognized for her level of production during 2003.

Beverly Ross '91 a premier agent with Prudential's Pioneer Agency in Billings, Mont. qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, 2004.  Membership is based on excellence in customer sales and service.  Bev is also a trustee of the Montana State University-Billings Foundation.

Sara Rosin '92 has been promoted to escrow officer at American Title & Escrow in Billings, Mont.  She joined the company in 1994 and has been marketing director for the last eight years.

Matthew Meismer '93 has joined the engineering firm of Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson in Billings, Mont. as a CADD technician.  Matthew has 20 years drafting and surveying experience and will provide drafting and design support for all civil projects.

Dianna Nuernberger '94 has been promoted to promotions coordinator at Intermountain Mortgage Co. in Billings, Mont.  She is responsible for event planning, sponsorship efforts, incentive programs and is the contact for promotional and merchandising efforts.

Michael L. Smith '95 was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Montana Sheriff's and Peace Officer's Association.  He developed a computer data system that matches stolen property reports to pawn shop receipts and made it available, free of charge, to Billings police detectives through an internet connection.  His program helped police officers gather evidence in more than 70 cases of burglaries, thefts and other property crimes.

Julie Sullivan '95 has joined Prudential Financial's Pioneer Agency in Billings, Mont. as a financial services associate.  Julie has attained her Life and Health and NASD Series 7 registration.

Kimberly Dare '97 of the accounting firm, Galusha Higgins and Galusha in Billings, Mont. recently passed the Certified Fraud Exam.  She has the expertise to resolve allegations of fraud, gather evidence, write reports and testify to findings as well as assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

Stephanie Long '98 is the new superintendent of Canyon Creek School District west of Billings.  She was previously a middle school teacher for the Lockwood School District and had also taught at Sandstone Elementary in Billings and in Stockton, Calif.  Stephanie and her husband, Dave, have two children.

Michelle Qualls '98 was elected president of the MSU Billings 5904 Toastmasters for the 2003-2004 term. Michelle works for St. Vincent Healthcare.

Jerry Simonson '98 has joined Western Security Bank in Billings, Mont. as a commercial loan officer.  He has over five years of lending experience.

Daniel Lewis '99 was presented with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 8 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks.  He has gone on for residency training in emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Tony Stark '99 has joined the staff of the Yellowstone County Council on Aging as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteer coordinator.

Christopher Hirt '00 received his doctor of dental medicine at Oregon Health University in Portland.  He plans to return to Billings to practice dentistry.

Shaun McKinley '00 is the coordinator of marketing for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, a social service agency operating 27 different programs in 17 counties throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.  Shaun now lives in Cleveland, Tenn.

Jeremiah Rouane '00 has been promoted to assistant vice president of commercial real estate at First Interstate Bank in Billings, Mont.  He was previously a construction loan officer and began his career at First Interstate as a credit analyst and teller.  Rouane is a certified public accountant and a graduate of both MSU Billings and Northwest College.

Gina Wilson '01 was recently certified as a family support specialist by the State of Montana.  Gina is an employee of STEP Inc. in Billings and will provide support to families with children with disabilities.

Jeremy Morgret '02 has been promoted to commercial real estate loan officer at First Interstate Bank in Billings, Mont.  Jeremy completed the management training program and was most recently a credit analyst for the downtown branch.

Janeil Riesinger '02 has joined New York Life Insurance in Billings, Mont. as an agent.  She participated in New York Life's agent training program.

Russell Stevens '02 of MH Computers in Billings, Mont. is a certified WatchGuard Firebox technician and is able to install, service and provide training on WatchGuard firewall systems.

Cristine Green '03 an accountant with Yellowstone Trust Administration Inc. in Billings, Mont. has earned her CPA designation.  Cristine provides charitable trust accounting and client services and is one of three CPA's on the YTA staff.

Travis Rykowski '03 recently joined CTA Architects Engineers in Billings, Mont. as a structural steel designer.

Christine Mueller '04 has joined Scottrade Financial Services as an administrative assistant.  She interned at Scottrade while at MSU Billings and was hired full-time following her graduation.

Jeralee Zaharko '04 has joined Farm Bureau Financial Services in Billings, Mont. as office manager.  She will be involved with agency operations and client service.

Kathy L. Legerski ‘98 to Gregory S. Wilson, 3/4/2004

Carol M. Springer ’75 to Scott M. Harr, 3/19/2004

Travis J. Rykowski ‘03 to Darci D. Schlepp, 3/26/2004

Mari Ann K. Leischner ‘03 to Wade T. Michaels, 3/27/2004

Roger D. Leichner ‘88 to Cherry C. Cahalane, 4/3/2004

Anne M. Gangstad ‘97 to Shawn M. Exner, 4/10/2004

Cheryl D. Fortune ‘03 to Sean M. Hoke, 4/17/2004

Jamie C. Larson ’01 to Trenton J. Kuntz, 4/17/2004

Jacob P. Rome ’00 to Tanya M. Turley ‘00, 4/17/2004

John E. Bach ’99 to Brandi A.Cornish, 4/23/2004

Kathy J. Vallie ‘82 to Mark Whiteman, 4/26/2004

Michael J. Albertson ’04 to Kandis Koenig ‘01, 5/2004

Tara J. Christensen ’03 to Matthew D. Sather, 5/8/2004

Sheila R. Arno ’04 to Eddie G. Cuny, 5/12/2004

Ehren J. Byrd ’98 to Crystal A. Smith, 5/15/2004

Mike S. Worden ’95 to Julie A. Aalgaard, 5/15/2004

Doug W. Andersen ’02 to Candice N. Smeltzer, 5/15/2004

Lisa D. Braulick ’02 to Chad C. Frank, 5/15/2004

Dale P. Ahrens ’82 to Nancy L. Glueckert, 5/21/2004

Rachael K. Jam ’04 to Brian K. Kelly ‘92, 5/22/2004

Afton A. Marsh ’04 to Richard A. Logan, 5/29/2004

Holly R. Hale ’03 to Desi J. Torres, 5/29/2004

Paulette C. Salyer ’98 to Scott K. West, 5/30/2004

Melissa S. Rogers ’04 to Brandon L. Butler, 5/30/2004

Scott R. Delpriore ’93 to Monica Phillips, 6/2004

Toni A. Bequette ’99 to Jason J. Milburn, 6/5/2004

Christina R. Haider ’04 to Kurt L. Jensen, 6/5/2004

Nichole M. Riley ’03 to Michael R. Eastman, 6/5/2004

Gregory J. Palmer ’01 to Pandora K.  Ziokowski ‘99, 6/12/2004

Andrew T. Verhasselt 03 to Samantha J. Grant, 6/12/2004

James Aldrich ’73 to Darlene Neff, 6/18/2004

Amy A. Reynolds 02 to Christopher A. Leffler, 6/18/2004

David C. Soucy ’02 to Melissa L. Sokoloski, 6/25/2004

Zachariah N. Robbins ’03 to Jessica D. Jahnke, 7/2/2004

Breeann M. Flesch ’03 to Robert R. Tonnsen, 7/2/2004

Katie A. May ’99 to Daniel M. Burke, 7/3/2004

Linda F. Jochim ’74  to Terrance L. Madison, 7/3/2004

Donita N.  Beeman ’00 to Darin A. Bessler, 7/3/2004

Gary C. Tipton ’96 to Paige A.Hendrickson, 7/10/2004

Annamarie R. O'Blizalo ’02 to Jesse C. Everitt, 7/10/2004

Diane M. Pavek ’98 to Leonard K. Brien, 7/30/2004

Loni R. Woodard ’03 to Jarrod R. Fox, 7/30/2004

Tara J. Decker ’99 to Nicholas A. Christman, 7/31/2004

Adrienne M. Wegner ’01 to Brian C. Haynes, 7/31/2004

Kelli S. Cummings ’03 to Brian S. Lethert, 7/31/2004

Kellie C. Glennon ’03 to Bryan J. Knaub ‘03, 7/31/2004

Brenna Parker ’04 to Andrew Ricci, 8/2004

Anthony Q. Sewchok ’04 to Kaycee L. Jacobs ‘03, 8/2004

Jamie Jacobson ’04 to Toby Stone, 8/2004

Jamie D. Jensen  ’04 to Mark G. Goyette, 8/6/2004

Brian D. Petty ’95 to Monika B. Place, 8/6/2004

Laura E. Madden ’02 to Patrick A. Christoferson, 8/7/2004

Leslie L. Johnson ’01 to Craig A. Vihinen ‘01, 8/7/2004

Scott W. Loiselle ’92 to Shelly R. Rios, 8/7/2004

Harold A. Luce ’85 to Luz B. Calle, 8/8/2004

Janelle K. Lawrence ’03 to Tuni N. Rafaele, 8/13/2004

Terri A. Peters ’91 to Michael J. Schlicht, 8/14/2004

Michelle M. Eschler ’96 to Andrew C. Lussier, 8/14/2004

Jodi L. Carter ’04 to Shawn J. Manweiler, 8/14/2004

Sherlene K. Robison ’92 to Thomas W. O'Dea, 8/15/2004

Class Notes – Deceased

Sally A. Ryckman ‘34, April 01, 2004

C. Bryn Nelson ‘75, May 26, 2004

Elinor Catterall ‘64, May 27, 2004

Margaret Jarrett ‘57, May 27, 2004

Roger D. Newman ‘62, May 28, 2004

Jerry E. Asay ‘78, June 01, 2004

Elizabeth A. Gainan ‘38, June 05, 2004

Marvin W. Stewart ‘85, June 08, 2004

Clara A. Dahl ‘59, June 10, 2004

Doris Z. Stevenson ‘38, June 13, 2004

Frederick G. Nickol ‘73, June 16, 2004

Laura Steele ‘41, June 24, 2004

Alta M. Wardell ‘54, June 24, 2004

Mary K. Stratford ‘38, June 30, 2004

Marilyn D. Stewart ‘77, July 04, 2004

Harold Watne ‘71, July 04, 2004

Walter T. Krimmer ‘81, July 05, 2004

James B. Gohn ‘68, July 11, 2004

T. N. Brown ‘91, July 17, 2004

Lillian Zahller ‘42, July 17, 2004

Fred H. Stansbury ‘91, July 22, 2004

Vivian L. Drew ‘57, August 04, 2004

Evan R. Ellison ‘66, August 04, 2004

Leona Geary ‘43, August 06, 2004

Mildred M. Braun ‘33, August 08, 2004

Dwight L. Gauger ‘64, August 10, 2004

Joseph M. Barker ‘79, August 29, 2004

Zylpha L. Keefer ‘53, September 11, 2004

Glenn A. Williams ‘78, September 14, 2004

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