DSU Assistant Dean receives Gus Zachte Memorial Award


The 2013 Gus Zachte Memorial Award was awarded to Keith Bundy,Assistant Dean of Student Development and ADA Coordinator at Dakota State University, in Madison, S.D.

The Gus Zachte Memorial Award is given each year in memory of one of the founders of the South Dakota Association of the Blind (SDAB). One of the things that Gus is remembered for is seeking out and assisting blind children. Because of Bundy’s relationship to the SDAB and his willingness to share his adventures as a blind person, he was chosen to receive this year’s award.

Bundy is a guide dog user and has served in several leadership positions in SDAB. He has donated his time as a role model and mentor for students at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and has traveled on two missions to Nicaragua to provide technology to the visually impaired of that country. He has also enthusiastically lent his voice as a public address announcer for the DSU Trojan Athletics.

He’s had a diverse career background which includes:  a vocational rehabilitation counselor;  Braillist;   pastor at the church of the Nazarene both in Indiana and South Dakota;  pastor for the First Baptist Church of Madison; computer  instructor; team leader; Assistant Dean of Student Development and ADA Coordinator at Dakota State University (DSU); a motivational speaker;  a teacher of on-line computer classes for the visually impaired; and a consultant to employers of visually impaired employees on technology issues.

Bundy was born and raised in Indiana, and currently lives in Madison, S.D. with his wife Peggy. He holds college degrees in psychology from the University of Evansville in 1978; student development from Indiana State University in 1980; and philosophy and religion from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1986.

Photo: Keith Bundy (left) receiving award from Dawn Brush, SDAB Secretary (right)

Last Updated: 10/10/13