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DCB Recognizes Alumni Award Honorees

Since 1982 Dakota College at Bottineau Alumni Association has hosted an Awards Recognition banquet which honors athletes, students, supportive community members and alumni.  The DCB Alumni accepts nominations for Golden Service Award, Friend of the College, and Young Alumnus annually.  The Alumni Association award recipients will be acknowledged at the Awards Recognition Banquet, Thursday, February 10th at 6:00 pm in the Alumni Center at Thatcher Hall.  

HaufHeidiresized.jpgThe Young Alumnus award goes to a DCB Alum who has graduated within the last 15 years, is successful and shows growth and promise in their chosen career.  The recipient must have contributed to society in a beneficial way and is setting a good example in the community.  Raised in Willow City, Heidi Hauf has been chosen as the 2021 Young Alumnus. Heidi graduated from DCB in 2011 with her A.A.S. degree in Medical Administrative Assistant, she went on obtain her B.S. degree in Career and Technical Education from Valley City State University. She currently works in the Student Services office at DCB, serves as the Allied Health Program Advisor/Coordinator and is an adjunct instructor for First Year Experience and Medical Coding I online. Heidi is a member of American Medical Technologists and is a Certified Allied Health Instructor. She is very active in the DCB Alumni Association and the Willow City Community Club. Heidi & Anthony have two children, Ira and Eva.

HaugenMary.jpgThe Friend of the College recipient is someone who has been very supportive of Dakota College at Bottineau, donating time, money, and/or resources that have made a significant impact to the college. Mary Haugen is the 2021 recipient. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Minot State University. Mary taught for 20 plus years in the following communities Mohall, Willow City, Dunseith, Bottineau and Belcourt.  Mary and her family have welcomed students into their home to enjoy home cooked meals and watch many games on TV.   She has helped to shuttle DCB students to the airport and train station when they travel home for breaks. She is always reaching out to see what she can do to make the lives of students attending DCB better. Mary is involved with her church, First Lutheran in Bottineau and the Metigoshe Lions Club. She enjoys spending time with her three children Natalie, Kristin, and Jon: eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild and the five grand dogs. She always ready to bake something for anyone in her family or her neighbors.

BeckmanDiann.jpgThe Golden Service award goes to a DCB Alum who has retired or is approaching traditional retirement age after a successful career or exceptional achievement.  This individual’s work must have contributed to society in a beneficial way and has set a good example for their community.  The 2021 recipient is Diann Beckman. She is a 1976 NDSU-Bottineau BB (DCB) graduate with degrees in Horticulture, Landscape and Nursery Practices, and Flower shop and green house management. Diann worked at DCB from September of 1978 until August 2015. She served as a horticulture and floriculture instructor and during the summer months helped
plant and maintain the beautiful flower beds on campus. Diann is a member of the first Master Gardener class with NDSU Extension, ND Nursery and Greenhouse Association and University of Minnesota Certified professional in Horticulture as a greenhouse grower and landscape and nursery production from 2008 to the present.

Diann and her family own and operate Turtle Mountain Floral and Gift Shoppe in Bottineau. She is married to Alvis, and they have two children, Quinn and Drew, and three grandchildren.