2011 Alumni Award Recipients
Black Hills State University honored four BHSU alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Those honored this year were, left to right: Darla (Talty) Crown, Class of ’80, Special Achievement Award; Dr. Barry Jankord, Class of ’82, Excellence in Education Award; Dr. George Rinker, Special Service Award; and Charles “Chuck” Sederstrom Jr., Attended, Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dr. George C. Rinker, Ph.D., is known for his dedication to the BHSU science program. After being retired for 16 years from USD as an
anatomy professor and associate dean he came to BHSU to volunteer his experience and expertise as a lab assistant. George earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in anatomy from the University of Michigan, where he was an assistant professor for 12 years. In 1962, he began teaching anatomy at USD and retired with professor emeritus status in 1984.
In 1996, he was inducted in to the South Dakota Hall of Fame. It was the quality of the science program at BHSU and a chance to get involved once again in a vocation that he loved that persuaded him to devote his time in the classroom. Over the past 10 years, he began aiding in anatomy, mammalogy, and ecology labs at BHSU and has helped mentor and prepare over 95 students for graduate school. Many BHSU science students and faculty have been impressed with him through the years and his dedication to assist them when necessary.
He developed special anatomy presentations for Dr. Charles Lamb, professor of biology at BHSU, which are still used regularly in the science labs. He worked with students in mammalogy courses and provided his personal collection of mammal specimens for them to study. He also donated his small traps to the labs for determining what mammals occur in certain local habitats.
Dr. Lamb cannot speak highly enough of the service That Dr. Rinker has provided to BHSU. He said, and we quote, “He did this because he loves teaching, and he is rewarded through the interactions he has with our students and how eager they are to learn from him. He has been terrific for our students, for me, and for the culture we have established in our science programs... I am so happy to have been a part of his commitment here,” Close quote.