South Dakota: State Update

“Greetings RMASFAA friends!” from the wild and crazy group of SDASFAA members who attended our recent spring conference!


The SDASFAA 2017 Spring Conference was held March 13-15 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with 50 SDASFAA members in attendance. The weekend snow storm didn’t prevent people from making the trip to Sioux Falls!

Vicki Kucera presenting the SAP credentialing session

Monday afternoon kicked off with class! For some of the us, it’s been awhile since we’ve “been in class!” SDASFAA members had the opportunity to participate in the RMASFAA/NASFAA Credentialing on Satisfactory Academic Progress. Vicki Kucera (RMASFAA President) and Carolyn Halgerson (SDSU) led the group of 25 participants through the course.

Carolyn Halgerson co-presenting SAP

Tuesday morning kicked off with an official “welcome” from Micah Hansen, Past President, and introductions by all in attendance before we headed into a day of sessions. The annual business meeting was held after lunch.

Throughout our conference, we were honored to have presentations by Joe Massman (Department of ED), Paul Turman (SD Board of Regents), Katie Hubbart (SD Board of Regents), Neil Sanchez (Office of Inspector General), Vicki Kucera (RMASFAA President), Micah Hansen (SDASFAA Past President), and a PJ Panel & PPY Discussion (Cheryl Glazier/SDSU, Tresse Evenson/AU, Kim Nida/BHSU, and Marlene Seeklander/LATI).

Joe Massman provided several sessions on behalf of the Dept of Education
“PJ/PPY Panel” Cheryl Glazier, Tresse Evenson, Marlene Seeklander, and Kim Nida
Neil Sanchez of the Office of Inspector General

Vicki Kucera provided the group with a RMASFAA Update to let us know what our regional organization is up to under her leadership. Beth Vollan (SDSU) and Katie Nelson (BHSU) gave an update on their RMASFAA Leadership Pipeline experience. They both had very favorable comments about their experiences. If you’re ever interested in applying for Leadership Pipeline, visit with one of these ladies!

Katie Nelson and Beth Vollan

Special Awards & Recognition

The highlight of our awards banquet on Tuesday evening was a number of awards presented by Micah Hansen, Past President, and Becky Pribyl, President.

Those individuals honored with Years of Service awards included:

10 years

Monica Darrow, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Stacey Gannon, National American University

15 years

Bob Baier, Bank of North Dakota

Kassandra Boyer, South Dakota State University

Mike Mutziger, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation

20 years

Vick Van Hull, USD/University Center

25 years

Shirley Brownell, Black Hills State University

30 years

David Martin, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Shar Martin, Bank of North Dakota

Wow, that is 170 years of service with just that group!


Two SDASFAA members were honored with the following special awards:

Outstanding Service Award – Kristy O’Kief, Western Dakota Technical Institute

Douglas Steckler Professional Development Award – Katie Nelson, Black Hills State University

Wednesday we were in the “home stretch” of the conference. Joe Massman kicked off the morning with a “Hot Topics” session. Members were furiously taking notes of reminders of things we should be doing!

Former SDASFAA member Jackie Payne (currently Director of Development at Augustana University) led the group through the PACE Palette. Jackie had everyone group according to their color as we discussed and highlighted various aspects of our color traits and how to interact with our co-workers. As always, Jackie did a great job and her presentation was a fun way to conclude our conference.



Marlene Seeklander
Association News Committee


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