2019 Rising Star Award
Jack Golden ('17) Jack Golden's story is very “BSC-centric” he says. Golden was an Eagle Scout, but says he wasn’t a great student. He didn’t know what he wanted to do after high school, so he enrolled at Bismarck State College, and took business and political science classes. He thought maybe he’d major in Economics.
A theater class changed everything. He was surprised to find he liked the class, and it led to a scholarship, which required that he take part in a BSC theatre production. His single goal was to avoid a stage role. He was cast as a deck electrician, and in that behind-the-scenes role Golden found his calling. It took him a while to commit to theater though -- Golden comes from a family of lawyers. In fact, his parents are judges. Fortunately their verdict on his choice was positive, and Golden’s career as a set designer has taken off.
After BSC, Golden earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from North Dakota State University, then spent more than a year traveling around and working with an array of theater companies all over the countryincluding Thunder Bay Theatre, Ozark Actors Theatre, Theatre B in Fargo and many others. He was featured in American Theatre magazine's "Role Call - People to Watch" in January 2018, and won the 2017 Broadway World Regional Reader's Choice award (DC area) for "Most Creative Scenic Design (Small Professional Theatre)”.
Currently earning a Master of Fine Arts in Theater at the University of Maryland, Golden says his career, and how he got to it, have much to do with BSC. “I’m the poster child for someone who didn’t have direction, and found it there. It was so unique to go to BSC and have theater be such a huge and vibrant department. They taught me the skills, but they also taught us to have passion for what we do.”
2019 Legacy Family
Francisco and Bertha Tello met as students at Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1943. She was a music major from Minnesota. He came from Panama on a scholarship. She tutored him in English. They fell in love and married, eventually bringing their growing family to Bismarck.
Higher education was an expectation for the 10 Tello children, and all of them attended BSC. Even as they worked full time and attended school, several of the Tello siblings made time for music and theater. With a Tello (or future Tello) nearly continuously enrolled at BJC/BSC from 1965 through 1989, the college felt like an extension of the family. They knew the professors, and the professors knew them.
Francisco encouraged his brood to pursue a career in healthcare where he said the need is great, and a job guaranteed. They listened. All but one works in a healthcare-related field. Bob, Tim, Tony, Francisco (Chico) and Ron are doctors, Kathy is a nurse, Carmen a nurse practitioner, Rick spent 42 years in laboratory management, and Judy is a retired cytotechnologist. John, an accountant, worked for a time in medical insurance. That legacy carried in the next generation as well. One granddaughter is a radiologist, another a dermatologist, and a third is a nurse and professor who, along with Ron’s daughter, Deanna Solhjem, an assistant professor of biology at BSC, is educating the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Over the years, the Tello family has also generously supported a number of healthcare-related organizations in the area, and this year Ron and Joyce became co-chairs of the BSC Foundation Health Sciences Campaign bringing BSC’s health sciences to a larger facility on campus, and expanding the programs to train more students.
At every step, the extended Tello family has lived up to Francisco’s long-held desire that his family serve the community where they live.
Recipients of the Alumni of the Year Award
Since 1978, 51 individuals have been named Alumni of the Year.
2019 Vern Dosch '73
2018 Michael Bullinger '70
2017 Bob Martinson '67
2016 Michael LaLonde, ’62
2015 Terry Bourgeois '84
2014 Brenda Mihalicz-Tufte '85
2013 William Goetz '64
2012 Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez '79
2011 Wayne Stenehjem '72
2010 Dr. Michael R. Brown '82 and Dr. Ron Tello '70
2009 Alvin A. Jaeger '63
2008 Dr. Cheryl (Senger) Elsbernd, '81 and David Farnsworth, '75
2007 Chuck Suchy '68
2006 Linda Hansen Falkman '68
2005 Dr. Gary E. Johnson '63
2004 Michael Wickstrom '53
2003 Dr. Charles E. Murry '79
2002 Pat Dirk '69 and Rich Karlgaard '74
2001 Tim Holtan '74 and Tony Welder '58
2000 Gerald Skogley '54 and Linda Juhala '62
1999 LaVonn Boehm Steiner '62
1998 Frank Koch '62
1997 Morris Tschider '52 and Irene Boehm Tschider '57
1996 Bert Gerhart '61
1995 Harley Swenson '56
1994 J. Michael McCormack '62
1993 Warren Arman '54
1992 Dalles Krause '53
1991 Barbara Gibbons Evanson '64
1990 Edwin Edlund '41 and Dorothy Mueller Edlund '41
1989 Rod Tjaden '61
1988 Dr. Lawrence Watson '67
1987 U.S. Navy Commander Lee Gurke '66
1986 Patricia Higgins Caudel '51
1985 Dennis Meyer '58
1984 Gordon Weiss '69
1983 Ev Miller '55
1982 Dr. Curtis Juhala '61
1981 Tom Jordan '54
1980 Beulah Hedahl '41
1979 Tom Baker '41
1978 Ted Boutrous '41, Mary Moses Schwichtenberg '43, and Myron Atkinson '47
Recipients of the Rising Star Award
This award was established in 2006 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of our most recent alumni. Since then, 16 alumni have been recognized for their achievements.
2019 Jack Golden '17
2018 Jon Hunke '94
2017 Justin Reinicke '05
2016 Shane Balkowitsch, ’98
2015 Scott Zainhofsky '95
2014 Kirsten Baesler '99
2013 Sam Coleman '99
2012 Mick Miller '99
2011 Preston Schmidt '07
2010 Amanda Lewis '98
2009 Jon Fornshell '93 and Troy Sterling Nies '96 & '04
2008 Chad Ellingson '91 and Julie Schaff Ellingson '93
2007 Ken Bischof '92
2006 Alison Fallgatter '94
Recipients of the BSC Legacy Family Award
This award was established in 2015 to recognize the accomplishments of families with a long history of dedication to Bismarck Junior College/Bismarck State College.
2019 Francisco and Bertha Tello Family
2018 Harley and Margaret Swenson Family
2017 Frank and Barbara Gilchrist Family
2016 Myron and Marjory Atkinson Family