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Alumni Center named for BHSU graduate and longtime supporter

 
 Joy Krautschun
Her name matched the life she led and the happiness she brought to others.  Now, Joy Krautschun’s legacy and longtime support of Black Hills State University will be honored through the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center.

Joy, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 62, was a 1973 graduate of BHSU and instrumental in starting and coaching the University’s first varsity women’s basketball team. Even after her time at BHSU, Joy, and her husband Harvey, continued their service and support to the University.

“She loved this University. Even up until the end of her life she was always talking about BHSU,” said Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement. “I can’t think of a better person to have the alumni center named after than Joy.”

The new Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center is currently under construction and will be completed in 2014. When completed the 5,800-square-foot building will house the University Advancement offices; provide a gathering area before games, concerts, and other University events; showcase the past, present and future of BHSU; accommodate community events such as business meetings and receptions; and introduce community members to what the University is doing.

“It is fitting that the alumni/foundation center be named for Joy. She epitomized the qualities of service and commitment that BHSU alumni hold for their alma mater,” according to BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. “The naming recognizes the love she had for BHSU and memorializes the contributions she made as a student and as an alumnus.”

Joy grew up in Deadwood where she was a member of the swim team and traveled the country winning countless swim meets. After graduating from Deadwood High School, Joy enrolled at BHSU where she instantly became involved in a variety of activities and organizations. She was a member of the BHSU homecoming royalty, cheerleader, and involved in the dance program and intramural sports. She graduated with degrees in music and physical education. She met Harvey at BHSU; the couple married Aug. 11, 1973, and had two children, Bart and Jamie. Despite their hectic lifestyle of running a local financial services business, raising their two kids, coaching, and hauling their children to various sporting events, Joy and Harvey always dedicated time and energy to their alma mater. Joy served many years on the BHSU Alumni Association Board. In 2007, Joy was honored with the Special Service Award, and in 2009 the couple served as the Swarm Day parade grand marshals.

“Joy was one of the best volunteers we’ve ever had,” Meeker said. “You could count on her for anything and everything.”

Joy’s involvement with the University developed into a lifetime love and passion for the students, faculty, and BHSU events.

The Krautshuns were also actively involved in the Northern Hills community. Joy taught physical education and music in the Lead-Deadwood and Spearfish school, was a member of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered at the Spearfish Food Pantry and the reading program at the Spearfish Elementary schools.

“She was very well-respected in both the Spearfish and BHSU communities,” Meeker said.

Donations for the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center are still being accepted. To contribute contact Steve Meeker at 605-642-6385 or send an email at steve.meeker@bhsu.edu

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