Three generations of BHSU graduates honored as 2016 Legacy Family

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 17, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University honored Anna Jean (Hutchens) McKee and her family as the 2016 Legacy Family of the Year. The McKee family includes three generations and 46 BHSU alumni. Members of the family attending the recent Legacy Family ceremony were: left to right, Tess (Green) Canet, Attended Gina (Lolley) Strain, Attended Bret Strain, Class of '84 Diane (Wang) Carlson, Attended Beth (Schieffer) Severson, Class of '07 & Attending Sean Hollearn, Attending Kelly (Schieffer) Sanderson, Class of '11 Christina (Schieffer) Hollearn, Class of '09 Anna Jean (Hutchens) McKee, Class of '70 & '73 Jason McKee, Attended Katy (McKee) Hemenway, Attended Joyce (McKee) Schieffer, Class of '82 Cherie (Alberts) McKee, Class of '72 Dee Keller Bill McKee, Class of '71 Shane Keller Tracy (Hutchens) Whitted, Class of '91 Ken McKee, Class of '72 Lacy Hutchens, Class of '03 Connie (McKee) Sulzbach, Attended Anna (Sulzbach) Wood, Attended Richard Schieffer, Attended Darcy (Hutchens) Sabers, Attended Aaron Jordan, Class of '91 and Cheryl (Rambow) Jordan, Attended.

Black Hills State University honored retired teacher Anna Jean (Hutchens) McKee of Sturgis and 45 members of her family as the 2016 BHSU Legacy Family recently.

This year's Legacy Family includes three generations of students who attended, graduated, or are currently attending BHSU, including all four children of Jean and Robert McKee. Joyce (McKee) Schieffer, the youngest daughter of the McKee's, said being part of the 2016 BHSU Legacy Family is an honor.

"Attending BHSU provided so many members of our family an opportunity to better our lives," said Schieffer, a retired kindergarten and first grade teacher from Sturgis. "We are a family of teachers. Education is very important in our lives."

Schieffer's mother, Jean McKee, first attended BHSU, known then as Black Hills Teacher College. McKee began teaching in rural schools in the town of Wood.

McKee later returned to BHSU to complete her education degree in 1973 and retired from teaching in the Meade County School District. She attended BHSU at the same time as her two sons, Robert McKee, Class of '71, who retired after a long teaching career in Sturgis, and Kenneth McKee, Class of '72, who served as senior vice president and general auditor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

McKee's daughters, Connie (McKee) Sulzbach, attended, and Joyce Schieffer, Class of '82, also contribute to the family's BHSU legacy, along with Schieffer's three daughters who all graduated from BHSU.

"I went to BHSU because my family went there but also because of the University's reputation in preparing teachers," said Schieffer. "I had the opportunity to have some of the same instructors as my mother and brother. We were able to share that experience."

The BHSU Legacy Family award was first bestowed in 2008 to honor family members that have attended, graduated or are currently attending BHSU.

For more information about the Legacy Family Award or to nominate a deserving family, contact Tom Wheaton, director of alumni relations at BHSU, at 605-642-6385 or


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