Faculty News

Elizabeth Easton, a retired faculty member, died January 11, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Arlington.

Easton, 94, of Brookings, joined the SDSU faculty in 1965 as head Extension clothing specialist, a position she kept until retiring in 1979. She was the home economist in Britton from 1953 to 1964, and then earned her master’s degree at Iowa State.

Survivors include her brother, Kenneth Kieser, of their hometown of Wessington Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck.


Nicole Graves received the University Center’s 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. Instructors are nominated for the award by students. She teaches courses in human development and family studies. Graves has thirteen years of teaching experience and has taught at the University Center for three years.





• Assistant Dean Jane Hegland received an Excellence in Teaching and Research Award for her leadership to internationalize curriculum at SDSU through receiving funding for international research integrated into the classroom and encouraging international opportunities for faculty and staff. She was honored at the University’s Celebration of Excellence event February 15.



• Jennifer Kampmann, an instructor in human development, was chosen by the College’s student body as its Teacher of the Year for 2011.






• Kendra Kattelmann, professor of nutrition, was elected in March to the nine-member National Commission on Dietetic Registration, an arm of the American Dietetic Association.

Kattelmann will serve a three-year term on the commission, which is the credentialing agency for registered dietitians. It also sets policy for the registration of dietitians. Kattelmann is director of the didactic program in dietetics at SDSU. She is a former president of the South Dakota State Dietetics Association.

Kattelmann earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science from SDSU in 1977 and has been on the faculty since 1997.


• Teresa Kemmer, assistant professor of health and nutritional sciences, received the College’s Distinguished Researchers and Scholars award for teaching graduate and undergraduate nutrition courses as well as researching nutritional science in remote areas of Honduras and initiating a newly funded project on childhood obesity prevention. She was honored at the University’s Celebration of Excellence event February 15.




Bernadette Olson, an assistant professor in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, received the Paul

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Grace Leadership Award from the Board of Certification July 8 at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association in New Orleans.

Olson has been a certified athletic trainer for twenty-three years and served as a director on the board of certification from 2003 to 2010.

Olson, an assistant athletic trainer at SDSU since 1993, has served as president and vice president of the board, an examiner for the board’s exam, a home study reviewer, and a textbook panelist. She and her husband, Stewart, live in Volga.


• Associate Professor Marilyn Rasmussen was elected to a two-year term on the twenty-four-member board of the South Dakota Voices for Children, which seeks to improve the lives of children through policy and program advocacy.





C.Y. Wang, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences, was appointed interim director of the Technology Transfer Office after Denichiro Otsuga resigned from the position effective October 1.

“Denny” Otsuga took a position as executive director at the University of Kentucky Office for Commercialization and Economic Development.

The SDSU office was established in 2008 to help Unniversity researchers protect intellectual property related to the commercialization of their discoveries.

Professor Wang joined the faculty in 1993. He has been the principal investigator on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant on obesity research. He also has served previously as Nutrition and Food Science department head and interim associate director of the SDSU Ag Experiment Stations.


HaeJin Yoon, an assistant professor in consumer sciences, received the Harrah’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in Hospitality at the Harrah’s Hospitality Research Summit June 8-10 in Las Vegas.

The award is sponsored by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Yoon received a $1,500 cash prize, a $500 travel allowance, an engraved plaque, and complimentary registration to the summit.

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