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Presentation College Launches Communication Honor Society

To support our Core Value of Education of Distinction, Presentation College has launched a new honor society, Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. The organization seeks to recognize the academic achievement of outstanding students in Communication, as well as promote the profession. The Alpha Zeta Kappa chapter was launched in Fall 2020 and is open to students of any major that meet the requirements for membership, including a GPA requirement.

Members of this honor society meet periodically throughout the academic year for activities, speakers, and other events in collaboration with other Presentation College organizations and contribute to special Communication program projects, like set-up for the new Multimedia Center. This membership also connects students to resources for scholarship and professional connections through the National Communication Association.

The chapter was officially launched before winter break with a membership induction ceremony, which was presented by Deb Schuelke, Communication Program Director/Advisor; Dr. Trisha Waldman, Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities; and Dr. Diane Duin, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The inaugural class includes: Alexander Karp (President), Nimish Gounder (Vice President), Rodney Axson, Marshal Chace, Josie Clemens, Gaige Marshall, Riggs Tann, Ta’Mario Tufts, and Ashley Veech-Harris.

Pictured left to right: Marshal Chace, Riggs Tann, Alexander Karp, Nimish Gounder, Rodney Axson, Ta’Mario Tufts, and Jose Clemens.

PC Announces President and Dean Lists for Fall 2020

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Presentation College has announced the President and Dean Lists for the Fall 2020 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. Students maintaining a 3.5 to 3.999 grade point average are included on the Dean’s List.

President’s List:

Rebecca Allen
Zack Anders
Madison Brink
Marshal Chace
Josephyne Clemens
MiKayla Forsting
Nimish Gounder
Brooke Heairet
Taylor Holm
Maxim Kaster
Kenzie Kuxhaus
Sarah Larson
Antony Martinez
Sydney Miller
Kristina Nelson
Zach Niederman
Keagan Niedermeyer
Emma Ogitchida
Jenna Ostenson
Abbie Rodgers
Elizabeth Serago
McKenzie Serfoss
Camryn Shockley
Echo Smit
Alex Sumption
Amy Turner
Gavin Ulbrich
Harleigh Utecht
Samantha Vanderwel
Victoria Vau
Alexandra White
Delainey Williams

Dean's List:

Kyle Angielski
Rodney Axson
Laura Babcock
Jillian Barton
Parker Beastrom
Jackson Becker
Eh-Htoosoe Bei
Amy Bladow
Makenzey Burggraff
Jamie Campbell
Erica Carda
Olivia Castellanos
Ronna Chappell
Payton Colestock
Amanda Cone
D'Heaven Domena
Alejandra Dominguez
Jonah Evans
Christopher Freeman
Samuel Garner
Mathias Gonzalez
Makaela Gross
Molly Hanse
Sharmayne Hardy
Jacob Hawkins
Corrine    Helmueller
Heidi Hiler-Janssen
Makaela    Hoff
Hannah Hoffert
Breanne    Huitz
Kelsie Jenkins
Preston Jones
Phillip Jourdan
Brandon Justice
Alexander Karp
Cassidy    Keller
Jacob Klemme
Yasmin Knock
Katrin Kriener
Jordan Kulczyk
Carrie Kwasniewski
Kayla Lang
Hayden Leggett
Megan Lindahl
Kasey Livingston
Cassandra Loa
Emily Locke
Aylene Lopez
Michael Lyons
Alex Mantone
Justin Mcclurg
Adam McGrath
Maurice Meadows
Callie Mickelson
Zachary Mikkonen
Nicole Miller
Morgan Moelter
Hannah Moffenbier
Shawnee Mollman
Nicholas Moore
Samuel Motzkus
Jack Murray
Caleb Mutchler
Allisen Nielsen
Vanessa O'Brien
Kotaro Okada
Brandy Peterson
Evy Peterson
Isabella Pinotti
Derek Raese
Megan Roehl
Constence Rollins
Brook Russell
Karly Sanchez
Kennedy Schimke
Emily Schock
Amanda Schuman
Colton Schusted
Amanda Stebbins
Riggs Tann
Tabe Ekureh Tarkang Bessem
Shelby Tietz
JayDan Vasquez
Ashley Veech
Camille Vestal
Josie Walz
Kayla Weitzman
Ashleigh Wong
Avelyn Yang

South Dakota Stock Market Game Program Announces Fall session Winning Teams

The 2020 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game concluded its 10-week trading session on Friday, December 11.  Teams of student stock market investors receive a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  The program’s carefully integrated curriculum lets students experience the financial markets in the classroom as they learn about business, math, economics, personal finance and the importance of saving and investing for the long term.  Student teams compete for prizes in the High School, Middle School and College / University divisions. 

The second-place winning portfolio value was $124,030.62 which was created by Presentation College student Colton Schusted.   Third place went to Hannah Rivero, from Presentation College, with a portfolio value of $114,376.80.  Presentation College instructor Brenda Merkel used the program in her Business Finance class.

The SD SMG program provides teachers with online support during each trading session and free online training prior to and during each session.  During the 10-week session, teachers receive weekly newsletters on economic, business and personal finance topics to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects.  The SMG program includes InvestWrite, a national essay competition that is the culminating SMG activity. Students are challenged to think critically about real-world financial issues by preparing essays about long-term saving and investing. Winners receive a paid trip to New York City and a visit to the New York Stock Exchange. 

The South Dakota Stock Market Game has been delivered by Black Hills State University through the Center for Economic Education since 1994.  The Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the SMG program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).  The SMG program is widely identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math and financial literacy test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers.  Over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year.  The SDSMG is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education.


The Spring 2021 SD SMG session starts on February and ends on April 16.  Registration is now open.  To register, go to and select the Feb 8 – Apr 16 session. 


For more information, contact Professor Don Altmyer, BHSU Center for Economic Education Director and South Dakota Stock Market Game Coordinator at

Presentation College Selects New Director of Development

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Presentation College is pleased to announce the arrival of Barbara Norland, MSL as the institution’s new Director of Development. 

Norland joins the Advancement team with over 28 years of experience, working within the sectors of philanthropy, sales, and marketing. Her previous work experience includes Director of Development and Communications at the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. in Miami, Florida and President of BKVN Consulting, Inc.

“I am pleased to announce that following a vast national search, Barbara Norland has been appointed Director of Development at Presentation College. Barbara brings a wealth of fundraising experience, great energy, and enthusiasm to PC,” said Matthew Blair, Vice President of Advancement. “We are excited to welcome Barbara to our team and look forward to collaborating with her as we endeavor to identify funding opportunities for one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the region.  Through her work in philanthropy, Barbara will assist PC by helping to provide even more opportunities to hundreds of under served first generation students by giving access to a quality education,” said Blair.

Barbara’s primary responsibilities at Presentation College will be to steward and build relationships with alumni, corporations, foundations, and other local, statewide, and national stakeholders. As well as to form new philanthropic alliances through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major corporate, individual donations and foundation grants to support the mission and vision of Presentation College.

As a graduate of a small mid-western Christian college herself, Barbara truly embraces the importance and impact of undergraduate education and its contribution to the formation and development of personal and professional success for individuals. “I am very excited to share with alumni and other major stakeholders on how my college experience impacted and shaped the person that I am today. I consider it such a privilege to advocate on behalf of Presentation College and invite others to experience the joy of philanthropy and how they can change the life of a young person by financially supporting Presentation College,” said Norland.

Barbara completed a Master of Science in leadership and management from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business in Davie, FL., a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and most recently received certification from the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s Fundraising Academy at Nova Southeastern University.

Five inducted into Pi Gamma Mu – South Dakota Zeta Chapter

South Dakota Zeta Chapter
International Honor Society in Social Sciences

Five Presentation College students have been inducted into the South Dakota Zeta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an International Social Science Honor Society. The new student inductees are Madeline Ellerbusch (Criminal Justice/Psychology), Jordan Kulczyk (Human Services), Jacqueline Lilleodden (Nursing), Harleigh Utecht (Human Services), and Ashleigh Wong (Criminal Justice/Psychology).

Membership in Pi Gamma Mu is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members.  To qualify for membership, a student must have junior, senior, or graduate standing and have a “B” or better average in at least 20 semester hours of social science classes.

Pi Gamma Mu has 150 chapters located at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.  This is the ninth year of the South Dakota Zeta Chapter, which now has eighty-three lifetime members, including two former Pi Gamma Mu graduate scholarship recipients.  Dr. Brad Tennant is the faculty sponsor for the Presentation College chapter and serves as the Regional Chancellor for the North/Northwest Region on the Pi Gamma Mu Board of Trustees.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brad Tennant at

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