“She said that no matter where she’s been, the oneplace she’s always held near and dear to heart isWilliston,” Berg reported.Attendees feasted on prime rib and shrimp, preparedby WSC staff, and wiped away tears while watchingvideo clips of their glory days. Then they got down tothe serious business at hand – launching what manyhave considered a long-overdue Athletic Hall of Fameto honor the remarkable accomplishments of the topachievers throughout the school’s history.“I’m very proud and amazed at what the inducteeswere able to accomplish. And I’m just as excited inlooking to the annual selection of new inductees,”Hunter Berg observed.Teams inducted included the 1967 volleyball team,the ﬁrst University of North Dakota-Williston squadto qualify for a national tourney. They were joinedby the 1976-77 women’s basketball team, a nationaltournament team, along with the 1978-79 women’sbasketball team, which ﬁnished third at the NJCAAtournament. On the men’s side, the 1998-99 men’sbasketball team earned the honor as the ﬁrst men’steam to make the ﬁnal 16 National Tournament.Other individual inductees included Diana(Anderson) Farrenkopf, women’s basketball 1975-77;Shelly (Hughes) Feeney, women’s basketball 1978-80;Lori (Carriere) Klabunde, women’s basketball 1981-1983; Julie (Hendrickson) Kresl, women’s basketball1982-84; Fred Fridley, men’s basketball 1992-94 andHunter Berg, men’s basketball 1995-97.Coaches who earned induction included Phil Rabon,who coached baseball as well as men’s and women’sbasketball teams from 1965 to 1992; Penny Slagle,who headed up a successful women’s basketballprogram from 1978 to 1992; and Terry Olson, wholed the men’s basketball program from 1982 to 2007.This was not a ceremony for the time-conscious, Bergchuckled. With so many inductees giving grateful,enthusiastic and occasionally long-winded speech-es, the evening went two hours longer than heexpected, concluding at midnight. “Next year,our maximum number of inductees is four, sowe’ll get home a lot sooner,” Berg promised.But for others, it made up for lost time andwas one of those evenings you wished wouldnever end. “The Hall of Fame is something theschool has wanted to do for a number of years,” saidBerg. “Most colleges do have an athletic hall of fameand it’s about time we get on board.”“It was an emotional night,” said Berg. “The high-light videos really brought us back in time. I guesswe all wish we could go back to those momentssometimes, and so we got to do it for a few minutesanyway.” “It was an unbelievable turnout, better thanmy highest hopes,” concluded Berg. “But then,asJeanRoise said when she talked about theincredible support she got when she played here,‘That’s Williston!’”
“Athletes often focus on what’s coming up next – their next school and their next team – instead of savoring the special qualities of where they areright now,” Roise observed.
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Coaches Penny Slagle, Phil Rabon and Terry Olson were the ﬁrst Hall of Fame coachesinducted. Rabon (left) talks with Olson (right) at the Phil Rabon Field, which wasdedicated before a baseball game here on September 18.
“I’m very proud and amazed at what the inductees were able to accomplish. And I’m just as excited in looking tothe annual selection of new inductees,” Hunter Berg observed.
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ptimism has brimmed for “work training” inthe region since visitors and dignitaries fromall over North Dakota gathered on the WillistonState College campus in October to break groundand launch the state-of-the-art Great NorthwestCareer Development Center. Responding to a changinglabor market, the state legislature designated mostof the $6M from the permanent oil tax trust fund toincrease work opportunity in the area.
The building, to be located east of the college betweenthe Crighton and Art Wood Buildings, is a dream cometrue and has been in the works for years, according toDavid Richter, coordinator for the Great NorthwestEducation Cooperative and workforce dean at WSC.“When the Legislative process began, everyone workedtheir tails off to put thistogether,” he said.WillistonState Collegecurrently offers51 academiccourses throughIVN (Interactive Video Network) to area high schools andcolleges, but due to the expense of training in technology,the college needed this collaborative with state and local
Western Energy Corridor to provide additional regionalleadership, said WSC President Dr. Ray Nadolny.Interactive TV will be installed throughout the 60,000square-foot facility so coursework can be broadcast totraining sites throughout the region.Junior and senior high school students will be able tocomplete as “dual credit” the equivalent of one year of college coursework. “This came together as somethingthe area high school superintendents wanted and need-ed,” Richter said.“High schools in the area are very supportive of thisproject and provided a lot of help,” he added. “We couldnot have gotten the funding for this project or made itsuccessful if not for great cooperation and support thatwe’ve received from areasuperintendents.”Fourteen area high schools are involved in the coop-erative, including Williston, Alexander, Divide County,Grenora, Trenton, Ray, Tioga, Powers Lake, Stanley,Burke Central, New Town, Parshall and Watford City.Classes are expected to begin in the new building bythe fall of 2010 with four new teachers, instructing withonline and interactive television, modules and travelingoutreach programs.Clearly excited about this important addition to cam-pus, Richter said the architecture itself will also be in-spiring. “It will be a great-looking building. Its technol-
Programs will address the needs of the area workforce,and may bring new businesses to Williston.”Richter noted WSC had originally requested $5.2million in funding, with the North Dakota
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Ground breaks for $6M Careerand Tech Center
Dual credit is a boon for studentsfrom 14 high schools
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Architectural rending of Career & Tech Center
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Students ChooseWilliston State College
DID YOU KNOW?
Students and alumni report ﬁvetop reasons they came to WSC:
1Personalized learning opportunities2Small student-teacher ratios3Highly qualiﬁed faculty4Friendly atmosphere5Aplace “Where People Make theDifference” on a daily basis
SOURCE: WILLISTON STATE COLLEGE VP OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
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