Several Black Hills State University alumni will be honored during the Swarm Day luncheon Friday, Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The 2007 Distinguished Alumnae Award will be presented to Mona Chancellor. The 2007 Special Service Award will be awarded to Joy Krautschun. The 2007 Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Janet Hensley. The 2007 Special Achievement Award will be awarded to John Karinen. The honorees will take part in several Swarm Week events including appearing in the parade and being introduced at the football game.

Mona Chancellor, Class of ’60, began college with the goal of becoming a teacher. Chancellor taught in South Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado for 20 years while raising her children. She also earned a master's degree in reading.

She married Charles E. (Chance) Chancellor, a Denver area businessman who followed his father into the oil business. Chancellor left teaching to become involved in the oil business, and she and her husband took advantage of the opportunity they had to travel around the world. When her husband died suddenly, she was thrust to the forefront of the business and took on the new challenge of running the gas and oil company. Chancellor is now the president of Chancellor Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration business in Golden, Colo. She is actively involved in many organizations in the Denver area.

Joy Krautschun, Class of ’73, was instrumental in starting and coaching the University’s first varsity women’s basketball team.

While attending BHSU, Krautschun majored in physical education and music. She was very involved in the dance program, a member of the cheerleading squad, and involved in intramural sports. She taught physical education and music at the Lead/Deadwood and Spearfish school districts.

Krautschun was an active member of the alumni association board of directors for many years and her husband, Harvey, was past president of the Alumni Association and is a current member of the BHSU Foundation Board of Directors. The couple are now both emeritus members of the alumni board.

Krautschun served with the Spearfish Ambassadors for many years and continues to be an active member of the Spearfish community. She volunteers her time by serving at the Food Pantry, and helping as a reading assistant at Spearfish Elementary. She loves to bake cookies, celebrate every holiday to the fullest, and spoil her grandchildren.

Janet Hensley, Class of ’69, is presently an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University, teaching undergraduate classes in educational psychology, pre-admission teaching practicum, and child growth and development. She is also a student teacher supervisor. Hensley has been involved in education for 34 years. She spent half of those in the classroom and the other half as an elementary principal, which she retired from in 2003.                     

Since then Hensley has been involved in the Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) program; an evaluator in the EveryTeacher Grant, and co-chair of the state standards and assessment committee in language arts. She has trained and implemented technology into the curriculum in Douglas Schools, as well as providing leadership in an initiative to effectively implement a guided reading program.

John Karinen, Class of ’58, is a research oceanographer for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories. He researches Alaska’s fish stocks, fish habitats, and the chemistry of marine environments.

Karinen did part-time work and collected data for the Dingell Johnson Reports for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks while attending BHSU from 1953 to 1958. He went on to work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Laboratory-Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver and was a research associate at Oregon State University.

Karinen has been program leader and program manager for various projects at Auke Bay Labs and was the task leader for work following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Karinen is a member of many organizations dedicated to his work including:American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of  Fishery Research Biologists, and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.