Alumni awardees to be acknowledged at Dakota College at Bottineau banquet

BOTTINEAU — Dakota College at Bottineau will honor students, supportive community members and alumni at an awards recognition banquet on Oct. 5 at the Cobblestone in Bottineau. The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are available by contacting the Foundation office at the college.

Cody Clemenson will be honored with the Young Alumnus award, which goes to an alumni who has graduated within the last 15 years, has been successful and shown growth and promise in a chosen career. Clemenson graduated from Dakota College at Bottineau in 2010 with an associate of science degree in wildlife, which was a 3 + 1 program with Valley City State University.

He completed his bachelor of science degree in wildlife at Valley City State University. He now works in the North Dakota State Forestry Field Office, volunteers for the ND Parks and Recreation’s WOW program leading the spear fishing class, and is an adjunct instructor at Dakota College at Bottineau.

Wayne Johnson will receive the Friend of the College Award. Johnson began teaching as a business instructor at the college in 2002 after 33 years of teaching elsewhere. He also coached volleyball from 2003 to 2013 at the college and women’s basketball since 2003. He has also been active in the community and has received numerous coach of the year awards at the high school and college levels.

LuAnn Soland will receive the Golden Service award, which goes to an alumni who has retired or is approaching retirement age after a successful career or exceptional achievement. Soland worked at DCB for 33 years as the face of Student Services. During these years she was an administrative assistant and advisor for the EMT program. She was instrumental in creating the EMT program at DCB and has been active in the Alumni Association, the community serving as an EMT for 19 years and as first responder at Lake Metigoshe.

The 2003-03 Lumberjacks Hockey Team and McKenzie Jarmin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the banquet. Jarmin played basketball from 2005 to 2007 at the college and was all-conference and all-region choice for both years and was the Region XIII most valuable player for 2006-07 and Dakota College at Bottineau’s first ever NJCAA All-American Female Athlete.

The 2003-03 Lumberjacks Hockey team celebrated school’s fourth NJCAA national championship.

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