Legends and Leaders: 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Julie (Gullickson) Bell

p26-Bell-JulieJulie (Gullickson) Bell taught at SDSU for nearly 40 years, transitioning from an era of traditional home economics to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and finally the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Bell taught four years at Appleton (Minnesota) before returning to her alma mater in 1974 to pursue a master’s degree and teach as a graduate assistant.

Throughout her career she was heavily involved in student organizations and the effort she put into the groups is reflected on the awards she received. Those include National Distinguished Service Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (2000), National FCCLA State Adviser of the Year (2008) and teacher of the year from the college (1985, 1988, 1996).

Her motivation and inspiration of high school FCCLA advisers is reflected in the election of nine national officers and the awarding of 33 national awards by student chapters in seven years—1999-2006.

She retired in May 2014.

Brian Erstad

p26-ErstadColorJacketJuly14Erstad has taught at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy since 1988 and has become an expert in patient safety, particularly in the area of critical care medicine.

In 2013, he became the head of the department of pharmacy practice and science at the college. He also is a center investigator for the Center of Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics Research and a co-director of the Arizona Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate Program. He has clinical responsibilities at Banner University Medical Center.

Erstad also is active in his profession through leadership roles, research and publishing. For example, he has served on the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and has published 200 articles and book chapters.

Erstad was the first pharmacist to receive the Pharmacy Residency Preceptor Excellence Award given by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and was the first and only pharmacist to date to receive the Clinician/Teacher Excellence in Bedside Teaching Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

In 2014, he was recognized as a Master of Critical Care Medicine by the American College of Critical Care Medicine, an honor that typically only goes to physicians. He has also been recognized as a Fellow by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Erstad practiced in Rapid City for six years and in 1982 moved to Tucson, where he subsequently received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona.

Jim Faulstich

p26-Faulstich_JimBefore sustainability was a buzzword, Jim and Carol Faulstich were practicing conservation on their Hyde County ranch 12 miles north of Highmore.

By putting a focus on natural resources first and cattle and grain second, the Daybreak Ranch has prospered where others failed. Faulstich’s reputation is such that Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spent most of a day with Faulstich at Daybreak in 2013 to get a firsthand look at conservation agriculture.
He was invited to the White House Conference on Conservation March 2, 2012, and testified before a House subcommittee in 2013.

Faulstich chairs the South Dakota Grasslands Coalition, which was awarded the 2006 Environmental Achievement Award by Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2007, the coalition received the Excellence in Conservation Award from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In addition, Faulstich speaks at workshops throughout the nation and hosts numerous tours of Daybreak Ranch, including ones for SDSU natural resource classes.

Rodney Fouberg

p26-Fouberg_RodThe former chief executive officer of Dacotah Banks is known as much for his involvement in charitable works as his advancement of one of America’s leading agriculture lending banks.

Among his philanthropic work is chairing the South Dakota Community Foundation, where he assisted in establishing a fund that generates millions of scholarship dollars for South Dakota students, and the first lay chairman of Avera Health system, a position that had rotated between Benedictine Sisters and Presentation Sisters.

Fouberg also served 19 years on the Presentation College board of trustees and chaired a 1993 capital campaign. In 2007, he served on a leadership team for a capital campaign for Northern State University, also in Aberdeen.

Fouberg and his wife, Glenna, are recipients of an honorary doctorate in community service from Northern State in 2002.

Also in 2007 he was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, where organizers also noted his co-founding of Homes Are Possible, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the development of affordable housing in Aberdeen, and the 1992 leadership of a $12.7 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art fitness center in Aberdeen.

Marge Hegge

p26-Hegge,-MargeDescribed as a “consummate professional,” Hegge’s career as an SDSU nursing instructor spanned from 1969 to Dec. 31, 2013. In 2012, she was awarded the status of distinguished professor emeritus, the highest honor that the Board of Regents can award.

Those 44 years represent more than half of the College of Nursing’s 80-year history.

Much of her career focus was on postgraduate education. She served as project director or evaluator on more than $5.4 million in national training grants received by the college to develop and enhance its graduate programs. She served as major adviser for seven doctoral students and 80 master’s students.

She served her profession through involvement in the South Dakota Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association, where she chaired its advisory board for the Center for Ethics and Human Rights. That work produced the 2015 revised Code of Ethics for Nurses that is integrated into every registered nurses’ practice.

Hegge also has made more than 50 historical presentations of Florence Nightingale, who is the founder of modern nursing.

Niaz Latif

p26-Latif,-Niaz-newLatif is the chief administrative and academic leader of the College of Technology at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. He is responsible for overseeing seven undergraduate programs and two graduate programs housed in three academic departments in the college.

In that position he has oversight of 45 faculty and staff, 30 lecturers, 1,000 undergraduate students and 145 graduate students.

In addition, Latif is executive director of the Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center at Purdue University Calumet and has received several federal grants, including one for $2.74 million from the Department of Labor for workforce development.

Among his honors are outstanding administrative leader, Purdue University Calumet, 2012, and outstanding alumni of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, 2008. He is a 1977 graduate of the school in his home country. In 2002, he received the Exemplary Service Award from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.

His master’s degrees at State were in engineering (1983) and agricultural engineering (1985). Latif has served 27 years in education, beginning as an engineering instructor at Louisiana State University-Eunice in 1988, and then a professor at Northern Kentucky State University for nine years.

He started at Calumet in 2007 after serving as a department head at Purdue University West Lafayette since 1999.

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