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Second annual Night of Stars on Friday, April 26

UMW News Bureau

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The University of Montana Western Education Department and the University of Montana Western Foundation will be honoring distinguished education alumni and students at the second annual Night of Stars awards ceremony on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Montana Western’s Beier Auditorium.

The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception, a social and a silent auction at 8:30 p.m. in the Lewis & Clark Room in Mathews Hall.

This year’s Education Hall of Fame inductees include Tammy Hurley of Anaconda, Mont.; Ingrid Joy Kaushagen of Dillon, Mont.; Thomas Marinkovich of Box Elder, Mont.; Joe McDonald of Ronan, Mont.; and Terry Souhrada of Spokane, Wash.

Elsie DondanvilleThe 2013 Legacy Award recipient is Elsie Dondanville of Polson, Mont. Dondanville began her teaching career by earning a two-year Elemntary Grade Teaching Certificate from Flathead County High School in 1929. She then taught for one year at South Devon School in Shelby, Mont. before attending college at the Dillon campus in 1931. She later taught at many rural schools in small communities across Montana, including Somers, Demersville, the Flathead Valley, Lonepine and Hot Springs. Dondanville turned 102 years old in September 2013.

Ten education students will also be honored as Night of Stars Outstanding Teacher Candidates: Sarah Baumberger, an elementary education major from Belgrade, Mont.; Meghan Flanary, an elementary education minor from Eureka, Mont.; Rochelle Garrison, an elementary education major from Butte, Mont.; Nicole King, an early childhood education major from Billings, Mont.; Ashley Moser, an elementary education major from Butte, Mont.; Ben Moser, a secondary education, English major from Butte, Mont.; Melissa Ossello, a special education major from Butte, Mont.; Jennalee Scheeler, an elementary education major from Helena, Mont.; Connor Silliker, an art education major from Whitefish, Mont.; and Randi Westlie, a secondary education, English major from Ronan, Mont.

The 2013 University of Montana Western Education Hall of Fame inductees include the following:

Tammy HurleyTammy Hurley attended Montana Western from 1990 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2000. She earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Montana Western in 1992. She then earned her bachelor’s in elementary education from Montana Western in 2000. She also earned her master’s in technology from Walden University-Online.

After graduating from Montana Western in the summer of 2000, Hurley was hired in the Anaconda School District #10 as a sixth grade teacher for two years. In 2002, she became the seventh grade world geography teacher. She currently teaches seventh grade geography, eighth grade honors U.S. history and computer applications.

Hurley was a representative of the In Democracy Summer Institute in 2010. She was selected to represent the state of Montana as a future Resource Description and Access (RDA) trainer. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Mary Frances Shreeve award for teaching excellence from the University of Montana.

Hurley is involved in a number of volunteer activities, including coaching young children in softball and basketball, teaching religion for a child with special needs, volunteering at the Anaconda Rest Home and the local food bank and being a mentor for the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, Mont.


Joy Kaushagen

Ingrid Joy Kaushagen attended Montana Western from 1955 to 1957 before embarking on her teaching career. She was still 18 years old when she began teaching at a four-teacher rural school at Grantsdale in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. She taught there for two years before moving to Corvallis to teach for 11 years. She eventually came to teach in Dillon for 18 years. Kaushagen retired in 1988 but continued as a substitute teacher for 13 years.

Kaushagen served in many different posts for the Ravalli County Montana Education Association. In 1985, she attended the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C. Kaushagen served in most offices for the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa honorary teachers’ sorority. She was a member of the Dillon City Library Board and the Dillon Concert Association board. She is currently the secretary to the Southwest Montana Retired Educators and the president of the Beaverhead County Museum Association.


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Marinkovich attended Montana Western from 1975 to 1978. He was a member of the Art Club and Kappa Delta Pi. He also started the rural art program at Montana Western.

Marinkovich graduated from Montana Western in June of 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art. He attended Montana Tech from September 1974 to May 1975 for general studies, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Art Education from Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Mont.

From 1992 to 1997, Marinkovich worked in the Office of Public Instruction in Helena as the Indian Education/Art Consultant. He has taught in the Box Elder Public Schools since 1978 as the art instructor in addition to teaching adult classes. He has been the art instructor for Stone Child College in Box Elder, Mont. sine 1986. From 1994 to 2001, Marinkovich was the art workshop instructor at the Montana Teachers Convention. From 1987 to 1988, he taught drawing and graphics at Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern).

Marinkovich earned the Fire Prevention Service Award in 1993 and 1997, the Local Educator of the Year award in 1992 and was a Cowboy Hall of Fame Trustee from 2005 to 2012. He has been a Golden Triangle Co-op Art Workshop Instructor since 2010. In 2001, Marinkovich was a candidate for the Montana Teacher of the Year award.


Joe McDonald. Photo by KURT WILSON/Missoulian.
Joe McDonald. Photo by Kurt Wilson/Missoulian.

Joe McDonald attended Montana Western from 1951 to 1953. He graduated from Montana Western in 1953 with a two-year teaching certificate. He later earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in 1958, a master’s degree from the University of Montana in 1965 and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Montana in 1981.

McDonald was part of Montana Western’s all-conference football team in 1951 in addition to being selected the outstanding backfield player for the team. He was elected class president in 1951 and 1952. He earned a starting position on the basketball team by the end of the 1951-52 season and played second base on the baseball team.

McDonald also met his wife Sherri while at UMW.

He taught and coached in Montana from 1953 to 1976 before focusing his efforts on developing the Salish Kootenai College and serving as its president from 1976 to 2010.

McDonald earned honorary doctorate degrees from Montana State University, Gonzaga University and the University of Montana. He is a distinguished alumni for the University of Montana and Montana Western. He earned the National Indian Educator of the Year award in 1989, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. The University of Montana Foundation named him one of the 50 Greatest Grizzlies, and he was also named one of Montana’s most influential people of the 1900’s.

McDonald served on a number of committees including the Carnegie Foundation Board, the board of directors for the Helena branch of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, the board of the American Council for Education, the board of the American Association of Community Colleges, the board of American Indian College Fund and he was a member of the College Commission of the Northwest Association of Colleges and Universities.


Terry Souhrada

Terry Souhrada began attending Montana Western in 1970 and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973. He also earned a master’s degree in 1991 and a Ph.D. in education in 2001. He earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Montana.

Souhrada competed on the Montana Western track team as a walk-on. He set and broke 11 records, including the record in the triple jump, which stills stands. He graduated in three years and was on the Dean’s List all but one quarter. For every year he attended Montana Western, he was awarded the President’s Scholarship.

Souhrada taught in Ronan, Bigfork and Polson from 1973 to 1992. He was the head writer for the SIMMS Math Project from 1992 to 1998. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Montana from 1998 to 2002. He then taught at Loyola High School from 2002 to 2003. He wrote for Kendall Hunt Publishing from 2003 to 2006 and currently teaches at Spokane Falls Community College, where he has been since 2007.

Some of Souhrada’s achievements include writing and publishing articles for Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), working on the development of the TI-92 calculator and serving on the MCTM board and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) committee. He received the Dean Preble Memorial Award from MCTM for outstanding contribution to Montana math education in 2004. He is also in the Montana Western Athletic Hall of Fame.


Tickets for Night of Stars are available through the UMW Foundation office by calling (406) 683-7306. Prices are $5 for students, $20 for singles and $30 per couple.

All proceeds from Night of Stars benefit the University of Montana Western Education Department.