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Outstanding Alumni Award

Patrick Pelstring ‘76

2018 Inductee
Originally from Luverne, Minn., Patrick Pelstring graduated from BSU with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1976.

After graduation, Pelstring worked in banking and city development before spending the next 20 years as a prolific entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He and his businesses partners have consulted and invested in more than 300 businesses throughout the Midwest during his career.

In 2005, he entered a relatively new and exciting industry – wind energy. Pelstring was an original founder, shareholder and board member of National Wind, LLC., where he played a key role in securing permitting and construction partners for wind projects.

Today, Pelstring serves as the president and CEO of National Renewable Solutions (NRS). He leads the management and development of the company’s wind and solar projects. His team at NRS has developed about $1.5 billion in renewable energy construction to date, creating enough energy to power 390,000 households.

He married BSU alumna Kaia (Boyum) ’82 in 2007. He and his wife live in Mound, Minn.

Patrick Pelstring
Patrick Pelstring

Tom Heaviland ‘80

2018 Inductee
Tom Heaviland ’80 owns Heaviland Landscape Management, a commercial landscape company headquartered in Vista, Calif.

After graduating high school in 1975, he attended Bemidji State University and played hockey and baseball. Heaviland excelled on the ice and helped the Beavers win four conference titles and four national championship berths during his career. He was named a captain his senior year and led the Beavers to their sixth NAIA national championship that winter.

Upon earning his business degree from BSU, he and his father became business partners with the purchase of a small commercial landscape business in Carlsbad, Calif., which became Heaviland Landscape Management.

Starting with only five employees and one truck, the company has grown substantially over the years. Today, Heaviland Landscape Management has 175 employees, 65 vehicles and over 350 accounts throughout southern California. The company maintains clients such as The United States Olympic Training Center, Callaway Golf Company and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

He and his wife, Joann, reside in Carlsbad, Calif. and have two children, Christian and Gianna.

Tom Heaviland
Tom Heaviland

Previous Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

2010-2018

2018
Patrick Pelstring '76
Tom Heaviland '80

2017
Jason Edens ’07
Brian Maciej ’86
Dr. Gene Ness ’66
Dr. Dale Greenwalt ’77

2016
Tracie Curb-Crowser ’90
Mark Ploen (1980-84)
Dr. Bruce Sutor ’86

2015
Sandra (Henderson) Anderson ’82
Joseph Grabowski ’80
Roger Reierson ‘74

2014
Lori Carmichael ’86
Kirk Gregg ’81
Robert Krowech ’72
Dr. Christopher Waller ’81

2013
Tom G. Anderson ’70
Pamela Hovland ’83
Keith Johanneson (1966-69)

2012
John “Terry” Bergum ’72
Dr. James Karner ‘94
Pamela (Fladeland) Rodriguez ’76

2011
Trent Baalke ’87
Bill Hawkins ’74
Michael Roberge ’90

2010
Gary Frazier ’75
Susan (Mattson) Halena ’78
Ron Johnson ’75
R. Scott Pearson ’77
Dr. Tom Richard ’66

*indicates deceased

2000-2009

2009
Paul Hedtke ’81
Kevin Jackson ’85
Gordon Johnson ’71
Michele Leonhart ’78
Adele (Levchak) Munsterman ’74
Col. Gregg Rice USAF (Ret.) ’69
Linda (Christofferson) Shadiow ’69
David Sorensen ’72
Dr. Ranae (Erickson) Womack ’87

2008
Col. Randall Anderson ’85
Lt. Col. Mark Backlin USAF (Ret.) ’79
Dr. Leah Carpenter ’85
Linda Erceg ’90
Anthony Gramer ’70
Margaret (Sullivan) Ingison ’74
Scott Lindberg ’75
Dr. Benjamin Tsang ’71

2007
Paul Boswell ’81*
Dr. Almond Clark ’64
Dr. Hildreth McCarthy ’74
Jon McTaggart ’83
Dan Ninham ’83 & ’92
Trudy (Kocinski) Rautio ’75
Jeanne (Remick) Thomas ’64

2006
Kermit Bensen ’60 & ’70
Lorraine Cecil ’68
Dave Czarnecki ’69 & ’73*
Dr. Bruce Falk ’71
Paul Godlewski ’70
Dr. Debra Kellerman ’72 & ’75
Carol (Johnson) Russell ’74

2005
Caroline (Dahl) Andrican ’53
Col. Patrick Donahue ’72
Lynn Dorn ’72
David Gandrud ’69*
Todd Haugen ’79
William Jacoby ’70 & ’74
James Kraby ’62
Robin Mechelke ’80
Mark Paulson ’61 & ’66
Thomas Saterdalen ’64 & ’66

2004
Melanie Benjamin ’88
Dr. Daniel DeKrey ’80
Mardy Karger ’72
Rachel (Reabe) Nystrom ’76
Judge Alan Pendleton ’77
Barbara (Goehring) Stoflet ’84
Tom Welle ’72
Andrew Wells ’66
Dr. Mark Yorek ’76

2003
Roger Aikten ’73
Nancy (Berge) Bensen ’59 & ’62
Dr. Joanne Provo ’82
Michael Spry ’83
Dr. Roxanne Struthers ’84*
Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser ’76

2002
Jeff Baumgartner ’77
Boyd Bradbury ’88
Lowell Scearcy ’67 & ’76
Curtis Olson ’72
Denis Sauter ’70
Jeff Wallin ’70

2001
Dr. Gene Anderson ’63
Dr. Dan Dressen ’73
Col. Doug Hendricks ’72
D. Patrick McCullough ’67
Dr. Dorothy Moore ’49*
David Ramsey ’78

2000
Dr. Steven DeKrey ’75
Dr. Clinton Moen ’69
Dennis Peterson ’79
Moses Tsang ’72
Joseph Vene ’74 & ’75
Yvonne Wilson ’85 & ’92

*indicates deceased

1990-1999

1999
John Buckanaga, Sr. ’59 *
Dr. Dale Carlson ’60
Dr. Michael Ford ’62 & ’64
Delphine (Forte) Jacobsen ’63 & ’72
Patricia Kelly ’69 & ’74
Dr. Larry Womack ’72

1998
Carl Baer III ’71
Rebecca Dawley ’77
Dr. Robert Thorson ’73

1997
Margaret (Brambrink) Engebretson ’60*
Dr. Lee Norman ’74
Ozzie Tollefson ’60

1996
Dr. Robert Aalberts ’72
Dr. James Bjornerud ’60
George Thelen ’64

1995
Dr. Ann (Moore) Flowers ’42*
Michael McKinley ’65
Dr. James Tuorila ’79

1994
Lloyd Lee ’56

1993
David Odegaard ’66

1992
Marion (Fenson) Christianson ’50 & ’71

1991
Gerald Abbott ’60
Donald Hoganson ’38*
Robert D. Johnson ’52*
Everal Vermilyea ’38*

1990
Helen Gill ’76*
Col. Gerald Green ’60 *
Ethel (Brandt) Roesch ’36*
Prof. Willis Stittsworth ’53

*indicates deceased

1980-1989

1989
Dr. Jack Miller ’56
Roxanne Nawara ’73
Dr. Perry Patterson ’48
Jack Willhite ’55 & ’63
James R. Williamson ’86

1988
Fred Schmit ’78*
John Schmit ’58*
Paul Schmit ’60*
Erna (Meyer) Schuiling ’40*
Dr. Walter Schuiling ’39*

1987
Dr. Caroline Czarnecki ’50
Dr. Herbert Fougner ’36*
Dr. Ronald Ostman ’65
Dr. Sheldon Ramnarine ’71 & ’72

1986
Bill Clark ’53*
Joseph Graba ’61
Dr. William Kirtland ’53*
Dr. Malvin Skarsten ’22*

1985
James Griggs ’70
Harvey Westrom ’57

1984
Dr. Will Antell ’59
Dr. M. James Bensen ’59
Merle Bryant ’46*
Runae (Lomen) Maloney ’70
Gary S. Olson ’50

1983
Lillian (Muckala) Ailie ’34 & ’63*
Paula (Bruss) Bauck ’42*
Robert Drake ’71 & ’80
Col. Clark Gilbertson USA (Ret.) ’72
Richard Hegre ’57 & ’59*
Dr. Royal Netzer ’27*

1982
Gail Gantz-Bergsven ’65
Dr. Richard Haugo ’61 & ’63*
Dr. Dwaine Marten ’58
Edwin Nordheim, Jr. ’41*
Virgil Prestby ’63

1981
Margaret Berg ’43 & ’60*
John Borg ’71
Susan (Chianelli) Jacobson ’71
Lillie Kleven ’37*
Dr. Elwood Largis ’65
Dr. Robert W. Olson ’62

1980
Dr. Carl Knutson ’47*

*indicates deceased

1972-1979

1979
Margaret Galloway ’35, ’37 & ’56*
Margaret Harlow ’36*
Grace Nugent ’23*
Eleanor Traut ’39*
Robert Vleck ’65*

1978
H. Wesley Balk ’54*
John Schuiling ’32*

1977
Farley Bright ’36*
George V. Goodwin ’64*
Dr. Irvin Keeler ’29*
Eleanor (Walter) Kipp ’30*
Dr. James Witham ’38*

1976
William Howe ’52
Guy D. Vena ’60

1975
Bertha Christianson ’39*

1974
Ramond Miller ’59 & ’72

1973
Dr. James Ghostley ’55

1972
George Welte ’61 & ’77*

*indicates deceased