Black Hills State University will recognize several honorees during Swarm Week at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon Friday, Sept. 9 at 12 noon in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus. Charles (Chuck) V. Sederstrom Jr. will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Darla J. (Talty) Crown will be recognized with the Special Achievement Award; the Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Dr. Barry L. Jankord; and George C. Rinker, Ph.D. will be honored with the Special Service Award.
Charles (Chuck) V. Sederstrom Jr., Attended, studied at BHSU and ultimately received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota (USD). In 1968 he began practicing law in Omaha, Neb., with Donald H. Erickson; and subsequently began the law firm of Erickson and Sederstrom. Sederstrom’s area of specialization has been in corporate law with a particular reference on health law. He is currently General Counsel to Alegent Health, which is the largest nongovernmental employer in the state of Nebraska, as well as the largest hospital in the state.
Sederstrom has been active in Masonic bodies over the course of 25 years. He is currently a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and Tangier Shrine, where he has been a member of the Royal Order of Jesters since 1985 and served as its director in 1998. He was the personal representative of the Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Nebraska for several years and has also been a member of the Scottish Rite Cathedral Board of Omaha which oversees the operation of the Masonic Center. He was appointed Scottish Rite Deputy of the Supreme Council for Nebraska in May 2007 and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Nebraska in 2009.
Over the course of the past 20 years, he has been very involved with the Salvation Army. He served on the local Omaha Board and for over 10 years he has served on the National Board. He has also served the Omaha Salvation Army in many other capacities: Board Resources Committee, General Chairman of the Christmas Committee, Planning Committee, Chairman of the Advisory Board, and Bequest and Endowment Committee. He received the Others Award in 1994. In addition, he was formerly Chairman of the Combined Health Agencies of America.
Sederstrom is also a very active member and leader in many legal and civic organizations, including American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Combined Health Agencies Drive of Nebraska, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, and the Omaha Home for Boys. Sederstrom was President of the Omaha Bar Association from 1984-85.
Command Chief Warrant Officer Darla J. (Talty) Crown, Class of ’80, enlisted in the United States Army, Women’s Army Corp, in 1973 after graduating from Wall High School. Upon her honorable discharge from active duty, she immediately joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from BHSU and began teaching math and science at the junior high level. After receiving her master’s degree in education and science, she worked as a counselor, sales and marketing professional, and development officer.
Last spring the South Dakota National Guard welcomed Crown as the first female Command Chief Warrant Officer during a ceremony honoring the transfer of authority. She oversees Warrant Officer career development, recruiting, morale, education, promotions, and retention.
Assignments in her career have included: being assigned as a personnel officer in a field artillery brigade, instructing leadership and land navigation for the Officer Candidate School, and serving as a Casualty Notification Officer. In addition to her active duty time from 1973-76, she also served on active duty during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Crown was named the Girl Scouts “Woman of Distinction” and received the Rapid City Chamber ATHENA Award, for her contributions to the support and development of women in leadership roles.
Just as she has been inspired by, mentored by, and encouraged by other men and women in uniform, Crown hopes to serve as a role model to inspire, mentor, and encourage others to set their goals high, work hard, and reach for their dreams.
Dr. Barry L. Jankord, Class of ’82, graduated with honors from BHSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in social science and athletic coaching. While at BHSU he was the student government vice president, Swarm Days chair, and a reserve quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. He went on to study honors philosophy and graduate theology from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and earned his master’s degree in educational administration and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming.
Jankord began his career in education at Sublette County School District in Big Piney, Wyo., as a middle school social studies teacher. He also coached seventh-grade football and eighth-grade girls basketball.
He began working for the Campbell County School District (CCSD) in Gillette, Wyo., in 1990. From 1990-93 he served part-time as the associate principal and part-time as the ninth-grade social studies teacher at Sage Valley Junior High School (SVJHS). From 1993-97 he was the associate principal and activities director at SVJHS. He and fellow BHSU graduate Cliff Hill, Class of '81, helped double the intramural and interscholastic activity participation for Gillette's junior high students in the mid-90s. In 1997, he started work as an elementary principal, serving Meadowlark and Rawhide Schools until 2002.
Jankord currently serves as the principal for Meadowlark Elementary School, where he provides educational leadership for a school of 330 students. He is also the director of the CCSD Title III and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. As the director he oversees the staffing and professional development of K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) programs.
He has furthered his educational career by participating in numerous teaching and administrative training courses. Jankord has also been invited to present at various education conferences and he currently serves on the BHSU Education Advisory Board.
George C. Rinker, Ph.D., is known for his dedication to the BHSU science program. After being retired for 16 years from USD as an anatomy professor and associate dean he came to BHSU to volunteer his experience and expertise as a lab assistant.
Rinker earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in anatomy from the University of Michigan, where he was an assistant professor for 12 years. In 1962, he began teaching anatomy at USD and retired with professor emeritus status in 1984.
It was the quality of the science program at BHSU and a chance to get involved once again in a vocation that he loved that persuaded him to devote his time in the classroom. Rinker began aiding in anatomy, mammalogy, and ecology labs over 10 years ago at BHSU and has helped mentor and prepare over 95 students for graduate school. Many BHSU science students and faculty have been impressed with him through the years and his dedication to assist them when necessary.
Rinker developed special anatomy presentations for Dr. Charles Lamb, professor of biology at BHSU, which are still used regularly in the science labs. He worked with students in mammalogy courses and provided his personal collection of mammal specimens for them to study. He also donated his small traps to the labs for determining what mammals occur in certain local habitats.
Lamb cannot speak highly enough of the service Rinker has provided to BHSU. “He did this because he loves teaching, and he is rewarded through the interactions he has with our students and how eager they are to learn from him. He has been terrific for our students, for me, and for the culture we have established in our science programs... I am so happy to have been a part of his commitment here,” said Lamb.
Tickets for the Alumni Awards Luncheon are $15 and must be purchased in advance; they will not be sold at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, Sept. 1. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Tom Wheaton, director of BHSU Alumni Relations, at 642-6385 or email Tom.Wheaton@BHSU.edu.
For a complete list of BHSU Swarm Week events visit www.BHSU.edu/SwarmDays.