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BSC National Alumni Association chooses two alumni for its highest awards

Posted on 2/15/2012

The Bismarck State College National Alumni Association has announced the winners of its two highest awards. Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez, '79, a disaster recovery expert with USAID, has been named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year, and Mick Miller, '99, president of Energetix, LLC, is the 2012 Rising Star.

Halmrast-Sanchez is the director of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. Halmrast-Sanchez has spent her career in disaster situations providing food and erecting make-shift shelters for survivors, among other aid efforts. She also spent time with USAID in war-torn Iraq, helping the country and its citizens rebuild.

Miller is president of Energetix, LLC, a consulting and management company focused on biofuels consulting, acquisition and management of facilities, and technology development services throughout the renewable fuels and energy sectors. He joined Energetix as the business development manager in June 2009. Prior to joining Energetix, Miller spent several years in the ethanol industry at Red Trail Energy, LLC , in Richardton, N.D., and Diversified Energy Company, LLC, in Morris, Minn. He served as vice president of operations for Greenway Consulting, LLC from September 2002 to June 2009. He is on the advisory board for the Process Plant Technology program at BSC, and on the Board of Governors for the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association.

Both award winners will be honored at the annual BSC Alumni Award Dinner in May. Halmrast-Sanchez also will be the speaker at BSC's spring 2012 commencement ceremony. For more information on the alumni dinner, contact Rita Nodland at 701-224-5692 or rita.nodland@bismarckstate.edu.

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