Six awards will be presented to distinguished alumni and friends of the College
The North Dakota State College of Science will recognize a group of distinguished alumni and friends on October 4, 2013 during the Alumni Awards Recognition at 7 p.m. on the Wahpeton, N.D. campus. Honorees include Terry Goerger, Alumnus of the Year; Max Reinke, Tradition Award; Dale Grosz, Wildcat of the Year; General Equipment and Don Shilling, Friends of the College; Ed and Cathy Uhlich, Parade Grand Marshals; and Sherri Metcalf and Lyle Walen, Commitment to Excellence.
Terry Goerger, Alumnus of the Year, graduated from NDSCS in 1974 upon completion of the Agricultural Mechanics program. After graduation, he began working for the family farming and seed business, which he currently co-owns with his brother, Neil. Goerger is now the president and general manger of Goerger Seed Supply Company, an organization that has been in operation for 57 years. He has been honored by several organizations for his accomplishments and services. Goerger is the recipient of the 4H Key Club National Award, N.D. Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Award, I Dare You Award and the NDSU Outstanding Agriculturist Award. He has also served as a volunteer fire fighter for the Mantador Rural Fire Department, a N.D. Patriot Guard member, 4H Ambassador and Leader, Cures for Cancer Board Member, NDSCS Foundation 300 Club, Catbacker Club, church cemetery board member, Richland County Spirit of '90s Economic Development Committee, is a member of the St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church and K of C 4th degree Knight. Goerger and his wife, Carolyn, continue to reside on the family farm in the Mantador area.
Max Reinke, recipient of the 2013 Tradition Award, has been the man behind the NDSCS Athletic Camps for over 37 years. In 1976 he came onto the scene and for the next several years developed the camps into what they have become today. There are now five separate camps: Girls Basketball for grades 6-10, Boys Basketball for grades 6-10, Girls Volleyball for grades 7-12 and two Kiddy ‘Cat camps-Girls Volleyball grades 3-6 and Boys Basketball age four through 5th grade. The primary purpose of continuing the NDSCS Athletic Camps throughout the years has been to educate athletes and to raise money for scholarships. The result? Over $350,000 has been raised for athletic scholarships and donated to the NDSCS Athletic department. Over the years, the NDSCS Athletic Camps have produced over 9,000 young athletes and many stories of parents bringing their child back to participate in the same camp that they themselves had attended years before. This is one of the most gratifying aspects of the many years Reinke has put into the camps and something he truly has enjoyed.
Dale Grosz was nominated as this year's Wildcat of the Year. After serving in the Navy for four years, he enrolled in the Diesel program at NDSCS. Grosz graduated in 1977 with a degree from the Diesel program and again in 1979 with a Business Management degree. He eventually went on to earn his Bachelor's degree from Valley City State College in December of 1996. In 1977 Grosz joined the Coaching Staff at NDSCS and in 1978 took a full-time position in the Diesel department and continued as an Assistant Football and Wrestling Coach. In 1997 he began in his current position as an Admissions Counselor in the Enrollment Services office. Grosz and his wife, Renee, have been married for 36 years and have two children, Joe and Katie.
General Equipment and Don Shilling, General Equipment President, received this year's Friend of the College Award. Both have been long time donors and friends of NDSCS. Over the years, they have been an invaluable resource for when the Diesel department has needed special equipment and/or funds to help the program move forward. Shilling's passion for NDSCS is evident and can be heard every time you have the chance to sit down and talk with him about the Diesel programs or the College in general.
Ed and Cathy Uhlich, Parade Grand Marshalls, have lived a wonderful life together, which fortunately has been intertwined with NDSCS. Ed and Cathy met at NDSCS in 1951 and were married just a year later. Cathy graduated from the College with an Associate's degree in Secretarial Studies in 1951. Ed followed a year later with a degree in HVAC/R Technology. While going to NDSCS, Ed played two years of football for the Wildcats in the pulling guard position. After a brief stay in Garrison, N.D., they moved back to Wahpeton where Cathy became a bookkeeper for her father's business and Ed began a 17-year career using his NDSCS earned skills for Montgomery Wards. He then joined Amoco Oil while continuing his refrigeration and air conditioning business on his own. In 1975 Ed bought out Amoco and created Uhlich Oil. Cathy and Ed are avid Wildcat fans and see just about every home game, whether it's on the court or out on the football field. They are members of the Catbacker Club, and Ed is a long-time board member of the Letterman's Club and has spent the past seven years on the Alumni/Foundation Board. He has been a member of the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and has served as the Exalted Leader of the Elks Club in Wahpeton. Ed and Cathy have three children who all graduated from NDSCS: Brian, a 1973 grad, Denise, a 1974 grad, and Will, a 1981 grad. Brian also has a daughter who graduated from NDSCS in 2000.
Sherri Metcalf and Lyle Walen are this year's recipients of the Commitment to Excellence Award. Their support to the Alumni/Foundation and the entire NDSCS campus has not gone unnoticed. Teaming up for the past eight years, Sherri and Lyle have developed a deep sense of pride in the high quality of work that leaves the Print Services department. Being part of a two-person operation, where the day-to-day responsibilities are constantly changing, isn't easy. Sherri grew up in Wahpeton and graduated from NDSCS in 1982 with an A.S. degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology. After spending a few years as a day care provider and 10 more as a Head Start teacher, she began her career at NDSCS in 2005. Sherri has an artistic talent that can be seen in many of the projects she works on. She and her husband, Marsden, are celebrating 25 years of marriage and reside in Breckenridge, Minn. They have four children: three sons, Dean, Ryan and Cody, and a daughter, Aly. Lyle attended NDSCS and graduated in 1980 with an A.S. degree in Graphic Arts. He worked at Knight Printing for 10 years and another 10 years as a press operator for the Fargo Forum. Lyle is now in his twelfth year at NDSCS. Anyone that has ever worked with him on a project will confirm that friendly and helpful attitude he brings to campus every day. Lyle has three children: Tayler, a senior at Oregon State University, Cassidy, a student at NDSU and Gunnar, a senior at West Fargo High School.