Chastain, who is retiring after 32 years at
BHSU, began her longtime career with the university working in the
printing center. She later transferred to the business office where she
was responsible for payroll for many years. She later transferred to the
student life office.
“Ann made a big impact on the people she met and
befriended at BHSU,” says Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for
student life. “Her dedication, her willingness to help and her
thoughtful gestures are all part of her legacy here.”
Colleagues who worked with Ann during her early years
at BHSU remember her collection of fashionable high-heeled shoes, often
with hats to match, her big rings and her affinity for “muscle cars.”
She is also remembered for being a “master cook” who
contributed a variety of succulent delights to office pot lucks and get
While at BHSU, Chastain was a member of the South
Dakota State Employee Organization and the Career Service Advisory
council. She was also a frequent library patron and avid reader who
loves to continue learning new things.
Chastain says she enjoyed her time at BHSU and noted
that she has made some lifelong friends with the people she worked with
through the years. Even in retirement, she meets fellow BHSU employee
Margaret Kleinsasser regularly for lunch and other outings.
“I miss seeing the people every day. I enjoyed working
with the people at Black Hills State,” Chastain says.
From her time as an assistant in the printing center,
to calculating payroll for the business office, coordinating office
needs in the student life office, Chastain found friends and will be
missed by colleagues.
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