Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories

 Erv and Marilyn Kessel


 

For Erv and Marilyn Kessel, it seems that becoming part of the Dickinson State family was inevitable. Both being born and raised in Dickinson, they headed to DSTC after graduating from Dickinson High School in 1955. Erv majored in physical education with an English and social studies minor. Meanwhile, Marilyn stopped attending after two years to help put Erv through college when they got married.

 

Erv was the quarterback for the Savages for four years. He helped the team win conference titles in 1955 and 1958. He also played basketball for a year before deciding to focus on school and football. He graduated in 1959 and the couple moved to Beach where Erv spent six years teaching physical education, English, and social studies and coaching football and track. During this time, he worked on his master’s in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Wyoming in the summers graduating in 1967.

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For Erv and Marilyn Kessel, it seems that becoming part of the Dickinson State family was inevitable. Both being born and raised in Dickinson, they headed to DSTC after graduating from Dickinson High School in 1955. Erv majored in physical education with an English and social studies minor. Meanwhile, Marilyn stopped attending after two years to help put Erv through college when they got married.

 

 

 

 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 foud years they had been on the team. In teh five yeears taht Jessen coached, he won four conference cahmpionships 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 extrememly fortunate to have the kidn of athletes that I had. They not only were great basketball players, but they were wonderful human beings," Jessen said. 

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For Erv and Marilyn Kessel, it seems that becoming part of the Dickinson State family was inevitable. Both being born and raised in Dickinson, they headed to DSTC after graduating from Dickinson High School in 1955. Erv majored in physical education with an English and social studies minor. Meanwhile, Marilyn stopped attending after two years to help put Erv through college when they got married.

 

 

 

 45 Years of Blue Hawks


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For those of us that are recent or current attendees of Dickinson State University, being a Blue Hawk is all we have ever known. We take pride in it. Phrases such as "Hawks Are Up," "Hawk Day," and "I'd rather be a Hawk..." are regularly heard around campus and at sporting events. We have a Hawk Rock, Blue Hawk Hub, and the DSU Heritage Foundation's tailgating vehicle The Hawks Nest. Wherever you go on campus, the Hawk isn't far behind. 

 

However, it was not until 1974 that this became possible. Up to that point, the college mascot had been the Savages. Decades later, while most Dickinson State students saw no problem with the name and only associated it with fond memories, others who had Native American heritage were uncomfortable with it and the traditions the college had derived from it. After much discussion the controversy was taken to the State Board of higher Education who decided that the name had to be changed. 

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