Bismarck State College will recognize Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez, '99, Alumna of the Year, at a dinner, Thursday, May 10, in the Missouri Room of the BSC Student Union.
Mick Miler, '99, BSC's 2012 Rising Star, also will be honored at that time.
Friends, relatives and colleagues of both honorees can make dinner reservations by Friday, May 4, by calling 701-224-5692 or 800-272-2586 or contact Rita.Nodland@bismarckstate.edu.
The social begins at 6 p.m. with a program following the dinner. Guests are welcome to bring cards and remembrances or mail them to the BSC Alumni Association, P.O. Box 5587, Bismarck, N.D. 58506-5587.
Halmrast-Sanchez, a native of Bismarck, is being honored for humanitarian work during her 25 years of service in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. She has provided relief in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East, including Iraq, where she was imbedded with the U.S. Brigade Combat Team in Baghdad. Halmrast-Sanchez managed responses to 75 earthquake, famine and hurricane disasters and emergencies during 12 years in the USAID's Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance. Most recently, she was a member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team involved in Kosovo, Angola, Pakistan and Lebanon. Today, she directs the USAID's Office for American Schools and Hospitals Abroad.
Halmrast-Sanchez has two sons, Luis Allyn (Luisito), and Christopher. Her parents are Beverly Miller of Bismarck and the late Jerry Halmrast.
Miller has 13 years in the ethanol industry. In that short time, He has become president of Energetix, a management company in Ada, Mich., partnered with four ethanol plants in four states. He also works full time as general manager for two ethanol plants in South Dakota and Minnesota owned and managed by Energetix. Miller started as an operator in Minnesota, becoming plant manager in two years. He led the plant construction and startup as general manager of Red Trail Energy in Richardton, N.D., before joining Energetix.
Miller is a founder and vice president of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association and past Board of Governors member of the Renewable Products Marketing Group. He serves on BSC's Process Plant Technology Advisory Board and lives in Mandan with his wife, Kiley, and their three children, ages 13, 9, and 5.
About the BSC National Alumni Association Since 1983, the BSC National Alumni Association has provided the college's growing family of alumni with services and benefits. The association's goals are to keep 18,000 alumni connected to BSC and to enhance and develop BSC through lifelong involvement. For more information, visit bismarckstate.edu/alumni.
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