2017 Hall of Fame Class Named Scholarships

We are proud and excited for the 2017 DSU Hall of Fame Inductees. Funda Aliskan-Sinani, Brett Nedens, Tara McAvena-McDonald, Adam Eckert, Kevin McElvaney, and the 2000 Wrestling Team all displayed what it means to be a student athlete. Their hard work, dedication, and drive led them to phenomenal success on the athletic playing field.

We would like to continue the legacy of these individuals and the wrestling team by creating a named scholarship in their honor. A named scholarship would give student athletes of today an opportunity to prove their talents for the Blue Hawks. Please consider joining the named scholarships by pledging dollars to the scholarship funds. You can pledge by selecting the form to the specific inductee or by contacting the DSU Heritage Foundation. The pledge forms can be found below: 


Lavern Jessen

 A man that cares a lot about the College on the Hill is one way to describe Lavern Jessen.  As  a retired administrator, residents of Dickinson will usually always see Jessen proudly wearing Blue Hawk gear. As a man who coached at Dickinson State before taking on an administrative role, Jessen’s pride continues to run deep through his veins. 


During Jessen’s time coaching Dickinson State University’s men’s basketball team, wins in Scott Gym were almost guaranteed. In fact, he said that some seniors on his 1968 team had only lost one game in Scott Gym in the four years they had been on the team. In the five years that Jessen coached, he won four conference championships and took three teams to the national tournament. Though if you ask him, it wasn’t just his coaching that got them there.“I was extremely fortunate to have the kind of athletes that I had. They not only were great basketball players, but they were wonderful human beings,” Jessen said.


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