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Published April 13 2013

Honors and Officers (April 13, 2013)

Border States Electric earns two awards

Border States Electric, Fargo, has received the Golden Directors of Volunteer Services Award and the 2012 supplyFORCE Owner-Member of the Year Award in the electrical supply division.

Golden DOVS awards recognize volunteers for outstanding service in the community. BSE received the award for employee volunteer help during DOVS four day Fall Festival.

The supplyFORCE award recognizes industry leadership, extraordinary contributions to the success of supplyFORCE agreements and excellent overall performance across their membership.

NDSCS faculty members

receive teaching awards

Four faculty members from the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, have been named recipients of the colleges excellence in teaching award for the 2012-13 academic year.

Those receiving awards were:

E John Bang, architectural drafting associate professor.

E Rachel Dahl, nursing instructor.

E Larry Merbach, mathematics and science professor.

E Judy Peterson, allied dental education associate professor.

The award recognizes instructors who demonstrate competence and sincere interest in their subjects, present material in a suitable, well-integrated fashion and encourage participation from students.

Asche named to Million Dollar Round Table

Steve Asche, a wealth adviser with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Fargo, has been named a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, which is earned when someone is approved for their 10th year of membership.

Asche has been with Thrivent Financial for 21 years.

Finken re-elected

to US Chamber board

Patrick Finken has been re-elected to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors to serve a second three-year term.

Finken is the majority owner and president of Odney, a full service marketing firm with offices in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, N.D., and Coeur dAlene, Idaho.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the worlds largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, and state and local chambers and industry associations.

Baker elected to

Kenworth Parts Council

Paul Baker, parts manager at Wallwork Truck Center, Fargo, has been elected to serve on the Kenworth Parts Council.

The council consists of parts managers from Kenworth dealerships across the United States and Canada.

Baker has served on eight parts councils in his 15 years as parts manager at Wallwork Truck Center. He is a graduate of Moorhead High School, and he and his family live in Moorhead.

Fargo VA honors two providers with awards

The Fargo VA Health Care System has awarded the 2013 Dr. Byron D. Danielson Clinician of the Year award to Dr. Tom Neihart. Physician assistant Helen Reddy was selected for the 2013 Mid-Level Provider of the Year award.

Neihart graduated from Georgetown University and retired from the Navy after 35 years. In 2006, he started practicing at the Fargo VA as a dentist in the dental clinic within the surgical and specialty care service line.

Reddy graduated from the physician assistant program at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and has been with the Fargo VA since 2008 in the surgical and specialty care service line.

Both were nominated by their peers and/or supervisors. The recipients of each award were selected based on clinical dedication, commitment to excellence in patient care, compassionate attitude toward patients and families, commitment to teamwork and going above the call of duty to serve veterans.

Kendall Nygard selected

for science fellowship

Kendall Nygard, professor of computer science and operations re-search at North Dakota State University, has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2013-14.

Appointees spend one year at the State Department or the U.S Agency for International Development in Washington and also may have extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies or missions.

Nygard joined the NDSU faculty in 1977, and served as the computer science department chairman from 1996 to 2005. He previously was a visiting scientist at the Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and was a research fellow at the Air Vehicle Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab.

His research interests include combinatorial optimization methods involving management of networks and sensor networks, cooperative mission control for unmanned air vehicles, and bioinformatics.

He earned a bachelors degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, a masters degree in mathematics from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a doctorate in operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Concordia honors Fradet with Flaat award

Bill Fradet, dining services catering manager at Concordia College, has received the Ole and Lucy Flaat Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes excellence in long-term service to the college by a member of the support staff.

Fradet worked for four years in dining services at Concordia. After graduating in 1989, he joined the office full time as catering manager.