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A strong tradition honoring its members for their outstanding service. 

AWARDS AND
HONORS

The South Dakota Higher Education Association has a strong tradition of honoring its members for their outstanding service. The many recipients of the Patrick Merrigan Award for Distinguished Service and the Marcus Boesen Memorial Award represent some of the best South Dakota has to offer in the field of Student Affairs.

 

We have been proud to call these individuals members and friends throughout the years and are honored to continue offering these prestigious awards.

 

Our 2023 Award nominations are currently open.

Our Honors

Patrick Merrigan Award for Distinguished Service

This award is presented to a member of SDHEA who has exhibited outstanding leadership within the individual’s institution and area of responsibility and who has significantly contributed to the profession and to SDHEA. Individuals are nominated by the general membership.

Marcus Boesen Memorial Award

This award is made to a SDHEA member who shows outstanding contributions to the overall development of  students, to their educational institution and to SDHEA and student affairs. Candidates must be employed in their first four years in a student personnel related profession at a South Dakota post-secondary institution. Individuals are nominated by the general membership.

Past Recipients

2022

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Amanda Williams

SDSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Carla Anderson

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2020

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Nicole Peshong

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Nicole Bowen

DSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Beth Wahlstrom

Additional Honors

2018

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Katelyn Romsa

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Mandy Hendrix

DSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Cassandra Morgan

DSU

Additional Honors

2016

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Megan Reder-Schopp

SDSMT

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Darrell Sawyer

SDSMT

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Abbilene Sudtelgte

Additional Honors

2014

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jessica Lewis

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Julie Hart-Schutte

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Jacob Ailts

Additional Honors

2012

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

John Geske

BHSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Grant Uecker

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Konefesi Vaisiagno

Additional Honors

2010

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Mike Keegan

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Maureen "Reeny" Wilson

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Crystal Savage

Additional Honors

2008

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Kristiaan Rawlings

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Bob Courtney

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2006

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Travis Sieber

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Brandi Tschumper

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2004

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Cheryl Holt

SDSMT

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Chuck Colombe

SDSMT

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Tracy Pease (SDSU)

2002

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Shad Durgen

USF

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Grant Uecker

Mitchell Tech

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Cindy Welle (SDSU)

2000

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

C.D. Douglas

SDSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Gwenda Koch

DWU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Jarrod Meyers (SDSU)

1998

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Missy Herr-Valburg

DWU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Terry Ryan

DSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Lorien Kendorski (SDSU)

1996

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jon Eng

Augustana

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Judy Larson

BHSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Rebecca Glynn (SDSU)

1994

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jenica Bohlen (posthumously)

Augustana

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Rhonda Britzman

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | K. Bornbach & M. Aschenbrener (USD)

1992

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

James Pedersen

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

1990

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

William Williams

SDSU (New Professional Award renamed to Marcus Boesen Outstanding Young Professional Award)

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dean Schueler

Agustana

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

1988

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Mary Utpadel

DSU (New Professional Award)

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dee Candia

Augustana (Making a Difference Award renamed to Patrick Merrigan for Distinguished Service Award in 1989)

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2021

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Katie Grayson

SDSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Kayte Haggerty

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

McKenzie Hassebroek

NSU

Additional Honors

Spirit of Change Award | Joseph Avanzado (SDSU)

2019

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jordan Schuh

DSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2017

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Bryce Nussbaum

DSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Lois Flagstad

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2015

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Melissa Ochsner

SDSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Anna Haydock

Additional Honors

2013

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Stephanie Brown

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dr. Karen Card

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Reece Yeadon

Additional Honors

2011

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Linde Murray

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dr. Pat Mahon

SDSMT

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Mackenzie Kabrick

Additional Honors

2009

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Rae Getz

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dr. Marie Lohsandt

DSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2007

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Susie Hadrick

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Peggy Schlechter

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

2005

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Heather Johnson

WDT

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dr. Kathie Erdman

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Amy Pedersen (SDSU)

2003

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jody Owen

SDSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Dr. Ruth Harper

SDSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Michelle Frye (SDSU)

2001

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Dr. Jacqueline Bolman

SDSMT

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Tim Edwards

Mitchell Tech

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Lorelyn Kuechle

1999

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Derek Solheim

Augustana

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Clarence Pederson

DWU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Julie Biehl (SDSU)

1997

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Stephanie Hoffman

Mount Marty

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

LuAnn Strait

Lake Area Tech

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Kristie Armstrong (NSU)

1995

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Laura Miller

DWU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Lori Lincoln

Mount Marty

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Tami Petersen (SDSU)

1993

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Jeff Dittman

DSU

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Paula Tacke

Mount Marty

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

Graduate Student Award | Teresa Bertness (SDSU)

1991

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Janet Reiman

Mount Marty

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Gene Schlekeway

BHSU

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

1989

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Linda Allen

Rapid City School of Nursing

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

1987

Marcus Boesen Award Recipient

Patrick Merrigan Award Recipient

Doug Noteboom

Augustana (Making a Difference Award)

Robert J. Courtney Award Recipient

Additional Honors

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