Spearfish couple, with ongoing dedication to BHSU, chosen as 2014 Swarm Days Parade Marshals

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Sandra and Tad Addy, Spearfish, will be the 2014 Swarm Days Parade Marshals. Sandra Addy, is a BHSU alumnae, and both Sandra and Tad Addy are members of the BHSU Foundation Board of Directors. Both had careers in higher education and they are dedicated to providing opportunities for student success.

Sandra and Alva (Tad) Addy place a strong emphasis on higher education.

The Addy&rsquos commitment, passion and history in the education field and with Black Hills State University were key in their selection as the 2014 Swarm Days Grand Parade Marshals. The annual BHSU Swarm Days Parade is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20.

"We were just delighted to be chosen and feel very honored," Sandra said. "We think this will be a great experience and a lot of fun."

"Tad and I are really looking forward to the parade and the experience," Sandra said. "Black Hills State University is a great asset to Spearfish. We appreciate the impact higher education has on young people. Education opens a whole world of opportunities, and we both place a high value on Black Hills State University."

Sandra, who is a BHSU alumnae, and Tad are members of the BHSU Foundation Board of Directors. Sandra has been involved in a number of other University organizations including serving as a member of the Friends of Music and on the board of directors of the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute. Sandra and Tad Addy also have set up two endowments that will provide scholarships to BHSU music and education students.

"Sandra and Tad are tremendous supporters of BHSU and truly deserve this honor," said Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement at BHSU. "They spent their careers in higher education and very much care about helping students obtain their degrees."

Sandra and Tad Addy are South Dakota natives. Tad grew up in town, while Sandra lived on a farm outside of Dallas. Sandra attended Black Hills State University for two years &ndash in the 50s - where she earned her teaching certificate in elementary education.

During that time, she also taught for a year in a one-room school in South Dakota. After Tad graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1958 with a degree in mechanical engineering, the two moved to Urbana, Ill., where they lived for 40 years. Sandra finished her bachelor&rsquos degree in education and later earned her master and doctorate degrees in education of the gifted from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tad Addy earned his master and doctorate degrees and was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Later he was named head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the university.

The two retired in 1998 and moved to Spearfish in 2001 where they immediately became active in Spearfish and the BHSU community.

"My husband and I have been involved in higher education for years. We put a strong value on it," Sandra said. "BHSU launched my involvement in education and returning to Spearfish piqued my interest in the University again."

Sandra still takes courses at BHSU through the Visitors Pass Program, a program that allows community members to register for University classes and take part in the lectures but skip assignments and tests.

Sandra and her friend, who was her freshman roommate at BHSU, enjoy taking courses together during the spring semesters and have completed classes in Literature of the American West, European history and art history.

"No 8 a.m. classes for us," Sandra said. "We only take classes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. so we can go to lunch. We have had excellent teachers and have gotten to know the students, who really impress us."

Sandra added that they take advantage of the concerts, plays and lectures offered at the University, as well.

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