|Four BHSU alumni were honored during the Alumni Awards Luncehon on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Tom Wheaton (far right), director of Alumni Relations at BHSU, presented awards to (left to right) Mona Chancellor, Distinguished Alumnae Award; Janet Hensley, Excellence in Education Award; Joy Krautschun, Special Service Award; and John Karinen, Special Achievement Award. The honorees took 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.