Alumni honored during DSU homecoming
The Dakota State University Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards are part of the Trojan Days Homecoming festivities. Alumni will be recognized during the DSU Alumni Association Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 29. The event begins at 8:00am in the Kringen Alumni & Foundation Center and is open to the public.
Awards are given in four categories, with nominations accepted from association members, and voted on by the DSU Alumni Board.
Bob was a teacher, coach, and school administrator for forty years. He is former principal of Edison Junior High and Washington High School in Sioux Falls. Bob is also a former state legislator for South Dakota. In retirement, Bob serves as a volunteer AARP Driver Trainer Instructor, and a volunteer for Project Car in Sioux Falls. He is a present member of the Board of Director of The Baptist Homes of the Midwest and chair of the Trail Ridge Retirement Resident Association. Bob chairs the Washington High School Hall-of-Fame committee, and is a member and past-chair of the Washington High School Historic Committee.He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. While in school, Bob was named the first Football Little All-American from General Beadle State Teachers College.
Kathy Dorale is the vice president of health information management at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD. Kathy and her staff of five provide coding and billing audits and education for Avera’s 30 hospitals and multi-facility healthcare settings in a five-state region. She enjoys being asked to speak on the local, state and national level; generally on hot topics related to Medicare rules and regulations. Kathy finds value in her personal life through mission trips with other Avera employees made possible by her employer. She continues to support the mission through speaking engagements to local churches where she reaches out to communities who in turn sew pin-less diapers and convert pillow cases to sundresses. She has volunteers working year round to donate precious items for the bi-annual trips to Haiti.
Patrick is the 2012 SD Teacher of the Year. He has been a teacher with the Mitchell School District nine years, teaching math at the high school as well as the middle school. He also coaches boys’ and girls’ tennis at MHS. Pat has a master’s in education and educational leadership. He has obtained multiple grants for use in his classroom, including the National Education Association’s Innovation grant, and most recently the Teachers and Technology grant. He was a presenter at this fall’s Midwest Regional Middle Level Conference in Nebraska.
Sandy has been the Registrar at DSU since 1998. She began her service to DSU in 1979 as an administrative secretary in the business, office, and then as assistant registrar from 1984-1998. Sandy is one of three administrators within the area of Enrollment Services. As registrar, she is responsible for maintaining the integrity of all academic records and for establishing registration guidelines. She oversees all registration activities for the University, and was an important part of the team responsible for conversion to an online catalog system. She is regularly asked to serve on system wide committees, because of her knowledge of Colleague / WebAdvisor.
Stacy Reck, MBA, RHIA, graduated from Dakota State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration. In 2005, she received her Master’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resource Management. Stacy is currently the Director of Coding at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown, SD. Stacy has been in the Health Information Management profession for the past 10 years with her primary focus being coding. Stacy is on the Board of Directors for South Dakota Health Information Management Association. She is Past President this year and has been on the board for the past 4 years as Director of Education and President. She was the 2009 SDHIMA Board Member of the Year. She also volunteers for many committees, such as the DSU Advisory group focusing on Health Information Management and has volunteered as a speaker at many conferences. Stacy is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10 trainer and has participated in various educational seminars educating on this new coding system.
The Dakota State University Alumni Association is a non-dues paying organization, dedicated to providing a bridge between our alumni and their alma mater. For more information visit our website http://alumni.dsu.edu/