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Sioux Award winners announced by UND Alumni Association, UND Foundation

Four alumni have been chosen to receive the Sioux Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation, it was announced today.

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Four alumni have been chosen to receive the Sioux Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation, it was announced today.

Two alumni have been named Young Alumni Achievement Award winners.

The 2011 Sioux Award honorees are:

_ Norm Hoffman, '59: Hoffman is co-founder and former president/CEO of Technical Ordnance, Inc. He received a degree in chemical engineering from UND and ran Technical Ordinance, which specialized in detonators and initiators used in rockets and various military safety systems, for 40 years. He retired in 2006. He and his wife, Ann, have established the Ann and Norman Hoffman Chair in National Defense/Energetics at UND.

_ Gary Marsden, '63: Marsden is the founder and former CEO of Marco, Inc., and a former UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Board member. The Hillsboro, N.D., native transformed Marco, Inc., based in St. Cloud, Minn., into a 450-employee office technology company with 21 locations. Gary, now retired, currently serves on the National Campaign Steering Committee for North Dakota Spirit, The Campaign for UND.

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_ Dr. Robert Nordlie, '57, '60: Nordlie was a biochemistry professor in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences for 38 years. He chaired the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department from 1983 to 2000. He has published more than 130 papers and was a member of 16 professional and scientific organizations.

_ Diane Odegard, '86: Odegard was a teacher in the Grand Forks schools for 25 years and is a former UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Board member. She and her late husband, John, drove the development of the aerospace program at UND. She recently helped complete fundraising to establish the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics, a program that will bring nationally prominent speakers to campus.

The 2011 Young Alumni Achievement Awards recipients are:

_ Amanda Bentow, '04, '06: Bentow is a community relations officer in the Office of University Relations at UND. She is president of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, a member of the steering committee for the Community Visioning Project, a member of the Altru Foundation Board of Directors, and is on the steering committee of the Launch Grand Forks Initiative.

_ John Kutch, '93: Kutoh is president/CEO of Trinity Health in Minot, where he has recruited more than 70 physicians to the region. He is a member of several professional and civic organizations and serves on the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Board, representing the west region and various advisory boards for the Greater Minot Area.

The Sioux Award Banquet will be held Oct. 20 at the Alerus Center.

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