|Dr. Jesse Dana (center), a 1996 graduate of Black Hills State University, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the fourteenth annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at BHSU. Presenting the award are Larry Vavruska (left), president of the BHSU Alumni Association, and Dr. Thomas Flickema (right), president of BHSU.
Dr. Jesse Dana, a 1996 graduate of Black Hills State University, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the BHSU Alumni Association at the recent Student Volunteer Awards Banquet.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given to honor those alumni who have attended BHSU within the past 10 years and have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements, contributions and service to society, the community and BHSU.
After graduating summa cum laude from Black Hills State University in the spring of 1996, Dana went on to complete his dental degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., and his orthodontic residency at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. He was selected to the dean’s list in both undergraduate and dental school.
At BHSU, he was named the Academic Top Male Freshman and was a member of the Pre-Professional Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Dana played four years on the BHSU men’s varsity basketball team. During that time, he was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the Perkins Classic basketball tournament, an academic all-American, a first-team all-conference selection, and Rapid City male college athlete of the year. He also received honorable mention all-American honors and was a state basketball/FCA guest speaker.
Currently in the private practice of orthodontics in Spearfish and Rapid City, Dana is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Black Hills District Dental Society and Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. He also guest lectures in the Nova Southeastern University Orthodontic Department, is co-author of an article featured in the cutting edge section of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, and is author of a paper that was published on the Orthodontic CYBER Journal.
Dana and his wife Traci (Schenk), who also graduated from BHSU in 1996, reside in Spearfish with their son and are well known for their loyalty to the Spearfish community and the surrounding area.