|Four BHSU alumni were honored during the Alumni Awards Luncehon on Friday, September 18, 2009. Tom Wheaton (center), director of Alumni Relations at BHSU, presented awards to (left to right) Howard Owens, Special Service Award; Dr. Michael (Mick) Dana, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Carol Gee, Special Achievement Award; and Kathy Christensen, Excellence in Education Award.
Howard Owens, Class of '55, earned his degree from BHSU in education. One of his fondest memories is taking one of his first college courses from President Jonas. After graduation he spent some time in the United States Naval Air Corps as an electronic technician.
Owens formerly/once owned and operated Owens Interstate Sale, Inc., in Sturgis with this son. The company, now owned and operated by his grandson Chad Owens, specializes in wholesale/retail sales and service auto parts, home appliances, and electronics.
Owens enjoys serving his community. He has served as a leader in numerous organizations including: national and international director of his Jaycees; the Chamber of Commerce director; the Rotary International director, and the president and secretary/treasurer of the Barbershop Chorus. He is also a member of the Shriners, the Mt. Rushmore Society, Toastmasters, and chairman of the Lawrence County Republicans.
Owens was presented with the South Dakota College Federation - Friend of Education award (1986); was honored by the South Dakota Vocational Association with the Distinguished Service Award; and received the University of South Dakota - T. M. Risk award (1984). He has served on several educational boards including roles as the South Dakota Board of Regents vice president, secretary, academic affairs chair; BHSU Foundation Board of Directors; and the Northern Hills Training Center Advisory Council.