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2015 award recipients were honored on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the Bavendick Stateroom, National Energy Center of Excellence on the BSC campus.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 BSC Alumni Awards.  Deadline for nominations is December 7, 2015.  

For more information about the BSC Alumni Awards program or dinner please contact the alumni office at (701) 224-5692 or (800) 272-2586 or email Rita.Nodland@bismarckstate.edu.

The BSC Alumni Awards Recognition program is sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Bismarck State College National Alumni Association, Bismarck State College and the BSC Foundation.

Terry Bourgeois
Terry Bourgeois '84
The BSC Alumni Association is pleased to honor Terry Bourgeois, '84, for his dedication to community service and leadership in raising money for cancer research.

Son of dairy farmers near Baldwin, N.D., Bourgeois studied Power
Plant Technology, acquiring transferable skills for his 12 years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power submarine service and 20 years at Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 Company that produces, sells and distributes industrial gases.

Earning a bachelor's degree in technical management and a master's in organizational leadership, Bourgeois has worldwide influence for Praxair, Inc., providing guidance and support to 20 international workforce communities as the knowledge management and training program manager for global engineering. He is based in the company's U.S. technology headquarters near Buffalo, N.Y., where a chance outing to try out a new bike at a fundraiser for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute changed his life.

In the start line for the 1999 Ride for Roswell, surrounded by people with stories on T-shirts about loved ones with cancer, something happened, he said. He decided his next mission was cancer after reflecting on his military service and realizing that more die from cancer annually than in all wars fought by America. Rising in leadership, he became Praxair ride team captain in 2002. By 2004, he was one of eight volunteer co-chairs responsible for planning, operations, and a biker experience supporting 8,000 cyclists and 1,500 volunteers with rest stops, food and entertainment.  

Bourgeois also emcees the event, launching bikers from the University at Buffalo host campus for the largest one-day, bike fundraising event in the country.  In 2013, Bourgeois and the seven other Ride for Roswell steering committee chairs were recognized by the institute with the Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award. Their efforts sold out the Ride for the first time and raised more than $4 million. Praxair later honored Bourgeois at the annual shareholder meeting with an award for employee engagement.

Bourgeois conducts practice training rides for bikers on weekends and routinely speaks at community cancer-related events. Last year, he helped plan the Empire State Ride and tried out his concept by cycling from New York City's Battery Park to Niagara Falls.

Sales of his children's book, "It Must Be True, I Heard It At The Zoo" are dedicated for pediatric cancer research.

Scott Zainhofsky
Scott Zainhofsky '95

Scott Zainhofsky, '95, Planning/Asset Management Engineer (Division Director) ND Department of Transportation, has been selected as the 2015 BSC Rising Star.  

By all accounts, Scott Zainhofsky, '95, was always going to be an engineer. A BSC pre-engineering graduate from Bismarck, he earned a BS in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1997. Zainhofsky added a master's degree in 2000 while working for the City of Grand Forks as a project and senior civil engineer. After testing to become a Professional Engineer, he took a job at the state Department of Transportation in Bismarck.

Between 2004 and 2007, Zainhofsky achieved several promotions working in Maintenance & Engineering Services and the Devils Lake District, where he moved and advanced to managing all operations and supervising 70 employees. In 2007, he returned to Bismarck as director of Planning & Programming, one of 21 DOT divisions and eight district offices.

Today, Zainhofsky is head of the Planning/Asset Management Division, where he work on strategic planning, budget management, program performance, research and policy development, and tracks national agency and state legislative action. He also does what he enjoys most, leveraging his opportunities to help others succeed.

Inside the DOT, Zainhofsky has spent 10 years expanding his skills in leadership seminars, communication courses and formal mentoring. His DOT nominator wrote: "Scott is always approachable, friendly and willing to share any knowledge he has with others. He leads by example and is very active in the community."

Zainhofsky began volunteering as a BSC student and continues today judging science and engineering fairs, photography competitions, and talking about science and engineering to organizations such as 4-H, Gateway to Science, Science Olympiad, and others. He demonstrates the pumpkin cannon at Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck as part of a service project to educate young people. Zainhofsky also wrangles 13 boys as a Cub Scout den leader.

A member of the National Society of Professional Engineers since 1992, Zainhofsky was local chapter president (2000-02), representative to the state board of directors (2003-06), and elected state secretary/treasurer in 2010. The North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers Bismarck chapter and State Society named him Young Engineer of the Year in 2009.

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