BISMARCK, N.D.— The University of Mary recognized four outstanding alumni, five of its former athletes, along with one team at its annual Alumni Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction Celebration over the weekend. These alumni were welcomed home to campus and to the recently built Lumen Vitae University Center, where inside the Hall of Fame and Founders Hall are located and the site for the awards ceremony.

 

Annie (Long) Gerhardt

Presidential Leadership Award to Annie (Long) Gerhardt, 1997 & 2003

“This award is conferred on individual alumni for distinguished achievements as servant leaders regionally, nationally, or internationally.”

 

Captain Annie Gerhardt, a commissioned member of the State Medical Detachment Unit of the North Dakota National Guard, graduated from the University of Mary in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then worked as an emergency room nurse in rural facilities and a Level II trauma center while returning for further education.

Gerhardt returned to the University of Mary and graduated in 2003 with a master’s degree in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification.

She was employed at St. Alexius Medical Center as an Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner from 2003 until 2006. She then moved to Rolla, North Dakota, and worked as a sole provider in a Level IV trauma center where the nearest Level II trauma center was more than 90 miles away. This provided excellent experience working with high-risk populations near a reservation and being an independent and competent provider.

In 2010, Gerhardt moved to Devils Lake, North Dakota where she is currently employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Altru Clinic Devils Lake. She enjoys caring for patients of all ages from newborns to centenarians. Gerhardt completed her Doctorate of Nursing at the University of Minnesota in 2014.

She was commissioned to the North Dakota National Guard in February 2015 and completed her Basic Officer Leadership Course training in November 2015.

In addition to clinical practice, Gerhardt has expertise in higher education. Gerhardt was the nursing leadership educator for St. Alexius Medical Center from 2004 to 2006, and has held an instructor role for the University of Mary since 2006. She is currently an assistant professor in the Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner program and primary instructor for courses including Primary Care of Women and Children, Common Health Problems of Adults, Acute and Emergent Health, and Clinical Prevention/Health Promotion. She is a preceptor for nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and medical students at her current clinical site. She received the University of Mary Nursing Faculty Excellence in Instruction Award in 2015 and 2016. She received the University of North Dakota Rural Health Educator award for supporting rural health education in North Dakota in June 2017. In June 2018 Gerhardt moved to a full-time faculty position with the University of Mary while continuing part-time practice with Altru Clinic Devils Lake.

Gerhardt maintains numerous certifications in the medical field and assists with the annual North Dakota National Guard Medic Recertification course. She participated in the February 2017 MEDRETE to Ghana, Africa, and returned to Ghana in July 2018 to again assist at the 37thMilitary Hospital in Accra. She volunteers frequently in her home community providing health-based lectures to local schools. Gerhardt and her husband, SFC Russell V. Gerhardt, have three children, Brayden, Jenna, and Mitchell.

 

Pat Heinert

Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award to Pat Heinert, 2001 & 2004

“This award recognizes graduates who have attained distinction as leaders in their professions while exemplifying the values cherished by the University of Mary.”

 

Patrick [Pat] Heinert of Bismarck attended St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Mary. He attended the School of Police Staff & Command at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and the North Dakota Peace Officers Law Enforcement Academy, earning 3,500 hours of continued education in Criminal Justice.

Heinert is currently in his 12thyear of service as the sheriff of Burleigh County, North Dakota. His prior experience includes sales manager at Puklich Chevrolet, and 27 years as deputy sheriff of Burleigh County. Heinert has also been an adult facilitator/instructor in Criminal Justice at the University of Mary for four years.

Heinert has served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, having been elected in 2016 to represent District 32 in south Bismarck. His standing committee assignments include Education and Energy and Natural Resource Committees, an interim committee assignment for 2017-18 at Education Funding and Justice Reinvestment, and the North Dakota Statutory Committee’s State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

Among Heinert’s many community and volunteer activities are: past president of North Dakota Peace Officers Association; past president, North Dakota Sheriff’s & Deputies Association (twice); past board chair, North Dakota Peace Officers Standards & Training; past board chair, St. Mary’s Parish Council; past board member, Missouri Slope United Way; president, Roughrider Chevrolet Association; past board chair, St. Mary’s Central High School Boosters; past chair, St. Mary’s Central High School Carnival; and vice chair, St. Mary’s High School Carnival Executive Board.

Heinert has received awards including the North Dakota Peace Officers “Lone Eagle” award for leadership in criminal justice, and the North Dakota Peace Officers “Bravery” award. He was also named in 2016 to the Alumni Hall of Fame at St. Mary’s Central High School.

 

Bill Marion

Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award to Bill Marion, 1984 & 1994

“This award recognizes graduates who have attained distinction as leaders in their professions while exemplifying the values cherished by the University of Mary.”

 

Bill Marion is the practice administrator at Dakota Eye Institute in Bismarck, where he is responsible for the overall operations of its two clinics and same-day surgery center in Bismarck, and clinics in Rugby and Linton.

Marion chose this profession because he wanted to be in a field where he could help create an environment where people could thrive and reach their full potential. Marion enjoys watching others become successful and knowing he has had a hand in providing an environment in which they can shine.

Professionally, Marion is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive [COE], a former board member of the Large Eyecare Executive Forum [LEEF], and a charter member of the St. Alexius Leadership Resource Team. In 1984, he was named Student of the Year for the St. Alexius Radiologic Technology program.

Marion was previously a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Mercy Medical Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and a Special Imaging Technologist and Administrative Director of Radiology at St. Alexius Medical Center.

In his community and volunteer work, Marion is currently the vice president of the YMCA Board of Directors, past chair and finance council member at the Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck, and a former member of the CHI St. Alexius Foundation Board.

Marion chose the University of Mary for his radiology education because he had a sense when he walked onto campus at then-Mary College that there was something special about the environment.

He said he soon figured out that it was the culture influenced by the Benedictine values that was so special. The whole idea of servant leadership was talked about, but more importantly, was lived at the University of Mary: “This is what ultimately drew me to this place.”

While a student at the University of Mary, Marion was active in Student Senate, Ski Club, and Young Democrats. More recently, he served as a member of the Alumni Council, and is currently a member of President’s Club and a mentor and presenter for the Harold Schafer Leadership Program.

The Benedictine values of love of Christ and neighbor, prayer, stewardship, hospitality, community and humility have been the building blocks of Marion’s life, helping shape his faith, family and professional life.

Among those who greatly influenced Marion during his time at Mary were Sister Thomas Welder, Father Blaine Cook, Sister Renee Zastoupil, and Dr. Marla Boehm: “Their humble and hospitable approach with others, including myself, was something I always valued. They truly lived the Benedictine values.”

Born and raised in Hettinger, North Dakota, Marion has been married to his wife, Becky for 34 years. They have three children — Nicole Sandy, married to Blair, both University of Mary graduates, Dr. Brianne Marion, also a University of Mary graduate, and Nathan. The couple has three grandchildren, Annika, William, and Ava.

Marion says, “Being a graduate of the University of Mary is something I am particularly proud of. It not only created a wonderful foundation for me to work from, but also gave me a place where I can return to and always feel at home. I truly cherish all the wonderful memories I have from attending the University of Mary.”

 

Stacy Schaffer

University of Mary Bell Banner Award to Stacy Schaffer, 2010

“In recognition of the ideals of the University’s sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, the Bell Banner Award honors alumni for modeling the values of respect, hospitality, moderation, service, community, and prayer.”

 

Stacy Schaffer is the founder of the 31:8 Project, a nonprofit that provides education on human trafficking. She is also the coordinator for the Demand Reduction Program also known as a “John’s School” and adjunct professor at the University of Mary.

Schaffer received her bachelor’s degree in Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Mary, and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University of St. Paul, Minnesota.

After graduate school, she began working with Donorworx, managing child sponsorship campaigns throughout the United States for World Vision and Save the Children. After moving back to North Dakota in 2014, she took a position as Development Officer with the North Dakota Humanities Council.

With a passion towards serving others, Stacy has dedicated much of her time towards advocating for human rights. In 2011, she was crowned Miss North Dakota International and represented a platform on combating human trafficking. Stacy was recently awarded the North Dakota Emerging Leader Award for her work in the nonprofit sector, recognized among the Bismarck Tribune’s 40 Under 40 young leaders, selected as University of Mary’s Alumni of the Year and honored as one of Bismarck’s Hidden Hometown Heroes. Schaffer currently serves as a coordinator for the United States Region on behalf of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery, is past president of the Farwest Rotary Club, Bismarck, and board member for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.

She continues to work with organizations including the North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, Breaking Free, and Tipi Wakan Ministries.

Schaffer became acquainted with the concept of human trafficking during her freshman year at Mary. She started volunteering for a nonprofit that was working on combating human trafficking and began spreading awareness through presentations. The 31:8 Project name comes from Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Schaffer is currently involved in the Rotary District 5580 Scholarship Committee, the Training Subcommittee for the North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, and the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations. She helps curate and participate in events with TEDxBismarck, TEDxUMary, 1 Million Cups Bismarck/Mandan, and Soles4Souls.

Among her other accomplishments are the 2010 Dr. Charles Fortney Academic Excellence Award, 2017 certification in the Dale Carnegie Course, 2017 North Dakota Emerging Leader award from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, a 2017 selection as part of a documentary series entitled “Those Among Us: The Human Rights Champions of North Dakota,” and in 2018, was recognized as one of Bismarck’s Hidden Hometown Heroes.

Schaffer’s grandmother, Frances Schaffer, encouraged Schaffer to consider the University of Mary. “The first time I visited the University of Mary campus, I knew this was the place I wanted to attend college. My years at the University of Mary helped me grow in my faith and become the person I am today.”

At the University of Mary, she held took part in the Pre-Law Club, Forensics Club, Book Club, and Harold Schafer Leadership Academy. Among the professors who guided and mentored here were Mark Springer and Carole Barrett.

“My time at Mary and the six Benedictine values — community, hospitality, moderation, prayer, respect for persons, service — continue to impact me and have influenced the way I live my life. The two Benedictine values I try to use daily include prayer and service.”

Schaffer was born in Linton to Jack and Leane Schaffer and grew up on a farm outside Wishek, North Dakota.

Schaffer would advise other alumni to find what they are passionate about and make that a career. Surround yourself with good friends and mentors that are able to offer you different opinions outside of your own. Seek adventure in all things that you do.”

 

2018 Marauders Hall of Fame Inductees

1999 Marauders Football team

Outstanding Team

A powerhouse that dominated the opposition throughout the season, the 1999 University of Mary football team advanced to the NAIA semifinals, one of only two Marauders teams to reach that height of achievement.

Under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Myron Schulz, the Marauders finished 11-2 overall to equal the school record for wins in a season. As the North Dakota College Athletic Conference champion with a perfect 5-0 record, eight of the nine wins in regular season came by at least 21 points. The closest victory was a 24-17 home win over Dickinson State University to cap a perfect conference season. After a 56-7 win over national power Carroll College in the final game of the regular season, the Marauders rolled past Si Tanka 34-3 in the NAIA playoff opener. In the second round, the Marauders avenged their lone loss of the regular season with a 7-3 win over Rocky Mountain College. The amazing season ended the following week in the national semifinals at Northwest Oklahoma.

The Marauders set several team records, including marks for fewest yards allowed per game (178), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (35.6), most touchdowns scored (65) and total points scored (460). All-Americans in 1999 included Eric Volk, David St. Claire, Seth Maier, Quintin Cradle, Kyle Sires and Jason Davis. Additionally, senior quarterback Chris Schwab joined the All-American contingent earning 1stteam All-NDCAC honors

Team members: Will Albrecht, Joey Andersen, Graham Andrist, Jon Artz, Calvin Bacon, Kevin Banken, Jim Barrett, Collin Bell, Brady Brophy, Shad Brophy, Michael Brunner, Jason Buono, Cody Burnett, Eric Burns, Nolan Canright, Marshall Clemons, Jason Collopy, Quentin Cradle, Johnny Crawford, Jason Davis, Chris Demichaelis, Reed Dietrich, Ryan Dietrich, Matt Dietrich, Ben Dobbins, Ryan Doll, Bryan Durda, Casey Ell, James Fettig, Brian Fettig, Ben Floyd, Ty Francis, Mike Fritz, Scott Fuhrman, Robert Fuller, Steve Gerhardt, Marlon Glaspie, Matt Glass, Paul Goiceochia, Art Goldhammer, Jamie Grismer, Chad Hafner, Jesse Hager, Rocky Hand, Charles Hardesty, Shane Hartman, Adam Heil, Seth Helgeson, Jess Helvik, Lamar Hill, Doc Holliday, Crede Horton, Cole Houchen, CJ Huber, Brian Hytinnen, Ross Jepson, Stofer Johnson, Chad Kalmbach, Darin Keller, Brian Kimball, James Kimura, Mark Kraft, Robert Kremers, Sean Levesque, Ely Luckett, Bill Lytle, Seth Maier, Brandon Mathern, Luke McKay, Bob Meckle, Troy Merkle, Ben Myers, Andy Nelson, Jacob Niemitalo, Eric Nyback, Pat Nygaard, Mark Oliver, Jared Olson, Verna Owens, Chris Papenfuss, Greg Paramore, Nikia Parson, Josh Peldo, Corey Perman, Justin Pesta, Jake Peterson, Jay Phalen, Jeff Podzimek, Samuelu Poueu, Josh Quivey, Keith Rangel, Nick Raugust, Robert Renschler, Randy Rhinehoffer, Bryce Ritter, Brent Ritter, Reed Ruggles, Justin Russotti, Alejandro Salazar, Seth Sandness, Derek Schatz, Beanie Scherr, Joseph Schneider, Chris Schwab, Darryl Shavings, Josh Shaw, Kyle Sires, Josh Smith, David St. Clair, Tim Strauser, Anthony Jermaine Street, Dallas Stuker, Stormy Vickers, Eric Volk, Eric Wilting, Kyle Wilting, Justin Wittmayer

Coaching Staff: Myron Schulz (head coach), Paul Schaffner, Chris Clements, Scott Edwards, Steve LeGrand, Brent Johnson, DJ Johnson, Todd Sheldon, Jason Wagner, Ryan Geerdes, Tony D’Amico, Kylan Sayler.

Support Staff: Tim Cariveau, Anne Hutchinson, Michael McCrory, Louise Wetzel.

 

Myron Schulz

Myron Schulz

Outstanding Collegiate Coaching

Football head coach 1999-2013

A home-grown legend, Myron Schulz and University of Mary football were synonymous as both grew to national prominence together. A lifelong resident of Bismarck, ND, Schulz was a member of the Marauders coaching staff for 23 of the program’s first 26 years and is the team’s all-time winningest coach.

A 1983 graduate of Bismarck Century High School, Schulz attended Bismarck State College before transferring to the University of Mary in 1986. After graduating from UMary in 1987 with a degree in physical education and social and behavioral science teacher education, Schulz joined the Marauders coaching staff for the first varsity season in 1988. After leaving to coach at New Rockford, ND, in 1989 and then spending the next two seasons as a graduate assistant at Montana State University, Schulz returned to UMary and Marauders football in 1992 and would spend the next 22 years with the program, including 15 as the head coach.

After serving as defensive coordinator and helping the Marauders to three conference titles and four national playoff teams, Schulz was elevated to head coach before the 1999 season and spent the next 15 years at the helm. As a rookie head coach, Schulz led the team to the NAIA semifinals for only the second time in school history, posting a mark of 11-2. It was the start of nine straight winning seasons, six straight NAIA national playoff appearances and four conference championships. Schulz, who led the Marauders successful transition to NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun, compiled a record of 103-60 in his career. He coached 23 All-Americans, 109 All-Conference players, 90 NSIC All-Academic team honorees and 23 NAIA All-Academic performers.

Myron continues to impact the lives of University of Mary students as a faculty member in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, heading the sports and leisure management program.

 

Levi Evans

Outstanding Athlete

Men’s Soccer 1997-2000

 Levi Evans is among the most decorated players in the history of the University of Mary men’s soccer team, earning All-American recognition and leading the Marauders to one of the program’s best-ever three-year stretches.

A native of Gillette, WY, Evans played his first season with the Marauders in 1997 and helped the Marauders post the program’s second winning season in 1998. With Evans keying a strong defense, UMary finished 13-4-1 with a .750 winning percentage that is second best in school history. One year later the Marauders cracked the national polls for the first time, rising as high as 19thin the country as Evans earned 1stteam NAIA All-Region honors. Building on a reputation as a hard-nosed and tenacious defender, Evans was named team captain and again received All-Region honors in 2000 – one of just two Marauders to earn this honor twice – while adding honorable mention All-American honors as UMary won 11 games and posted a third straight winning season. He was also the team’s most valuable player. In his career he played in 68 games, starting 64, both totals high on the school leader board.

Also known for his work as head coach of the UMary women’s program that won two Northern Sun tournament championships, advanced to the 2004 NAIA national tournament and was the first Marauders team in any sport to compete in an NCAA champion tournament, Evans compiled a record of 86-64-18 in eight seasons (2004-11).

Evans, a resident of Bozeman, MT, graduated from the University of Mary in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and a pair of graduate degrees, a Master of Management 2007 and an MBA in 2008.

 

Danelle Murphy

Danelle Murphy

Outstanding Athlete

Softball 2000-03

A dominating force in the circle of some of the best University of Mary softball teams, Danelle Murphy led the Marauders to the NAIA World Series for four straight seasons and a pair of top-five finishes.

Arriving from Helena, MT, in the fall of 1999, Murphy quickly displayed her abilities as she was named the Marauders rookie of the year in 2000. She was named to the 2001 All-Dakota Athletic Conference team as a sophomore and a 1-2 record at the NAIA national championships. The Marauders kept improving and Murphy kept winning awards, adding All-Region Pitcher of the Year honors for the first time as a junior in 2002 and pitching UMary to 5thplace and a 3-2 record at the NAIA World Series. Murphy showed no letting up as a senior in 2003 as she again earned regional pitcher of the year honors, was tabbed the DAC-10 Senior of the Year, and fired a trio of no-hitters. She pushed the Marauders to a 5-2 record at the NAIA World Series and a 4thplace finish while earning NAIA all-tournament team. In her four seasons, the Marauders earned four region titles, made four NAIA World Series appearances and won three DAC-10 titles.

Danelle graduated from the University of Mary with Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and computer information systems and an MBA in 2006. Murphy lives in Bismarck, ND, and is an accounting analyst at Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

 

Wayne Harvison

Wayne Harvison

Outstanding Athlete

Wrestling 1994-98

One of only a handful of University of Mary wrestlers who made not only an immediate impact on the Marauders but also a long-lasting one, Wayne Harvison was a four-time NAIA All-American on some of the school’s most dominant teams.

After graduating from Jackson Hole High School in Jackson, WY, in 1993, Harvison redshirted his first year at UMary before stepping into a powerful Marauders lineup the following season. Named the squad’s outstanding freshman, he won a conference title before advancing to nationals and finishing 4thin the nation at 177, earning All-American honors for the first time as UMary finished 7thin the nation in 1995. When he was a sophomore in 1996, the Marauders were the NAIA runner-up behind a 7thplace All-American effort. Harvison posted his best-ever finish in 1997, taking third in the country at 177 as the Marauders repeated their second-place finish at nationals. He posted a team high in wins (35) and near falls (26). In his final season, Harvison became just one of six Marauders grapplers to become a 4-time All-American when he placed 4that 184 in 1998 for the nation’s 5thplace team. He finished with the most pins on the team (14) and was the team’s most valuable performer. Harvison wrapped up his career as a four-time conference champion and twice won two regional titles. He wrapped up his athletic career as a starting linebacker on a 1998 conference champion Marauders football team.

A 1998 University of Mary graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Wayne was a UMary wrestling assistant coach for two seasons (1999-2000). Wayne, a Bismarck resident, is the BNC National Bank vice president for business banking.

 

Kotchi Prosper

Kotchi Prosper

Outstanding Athlete

Men’s Track & Field 1993-98

A three-time All-American, Kotchi Prosper remains the best triple-jumper in University of Mary men’s track & field history more than two decades after he last competed for the Marauders, with his name firmly ensconced within the team record books.

Honing his craft after arriving on the UMary campus in the fall of 1993, the native of Andover, MN, and graduate of Blaine High School developed into a 9-time conference champion in the long and triple jumps. A three-time Marauders field events most valuable performer, Prosper earned his first All-American triple jump citation at the 1997 indoor championships. He then deeply entrenched himself in team history by placing second in the triple jump at the 1997 outdoor championship. In his final season competing for the Marauders, Prosper earned All-American honors at the 1998 outdoor championships. A team captain and later an assistant coach in the UMary track & field program, Prosper is still the school triple jump record holder both indoors (49’ 8”) and outdoors (50’ 3”).

A 1997 University of Mary graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social and behavioral science in 1997, Kotchi is a senior financial advisor at Affinity Plus FCU in Roseville, MN.