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Salish Kootenai College honors staff and community member

By Lailani Upham
Char-Koosta News

PABLO — Of the 189 graduates, 200 degrees and certificates were earned — with several receiving multiple degrees.

SKC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dan Durglo, presents the two faculty members, Danica Luetdke and Jennifer Hoff with the 2017 American Indian College Fund Faculty Award. (Lailani Upham photo) SKC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dan Durglo, presents the two faculty members, Danica Luetdke and Jennifer Hoff with the 2017 American Indian College Fund Faculty Award. (Lailani Upham photo)

Included in the celebration, Danica Luetdke and Jennifer Hoff who shared the SKC American Indian College Fund Faculty of the Year Award with a tie. The two gained acclaim for their equal support for the Dental Assisting Technology students at SKC.

“I prefer to call them the dynamic duo due to their tireless efforts in serving the mission of SKC,” said Dan Durglo, SKC Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Danica and Jennifer epitomize caring, effective, and professional instructors.”

Jeannie Christopher, CSKT Early Childhood Director gives thanks after receiving an honorary degree from SKC Board of Directors. (Lailani Upham photo)Jeannie Christopher, CSKT Early Childhood Director gives thanks after receiving an honorary degree from SKC Board of Directors. (Lailani Upham photo)

SKC Board of Director member Nancy Gaynor took a few minutes to present an honorary degree to Confederated Salish Kootenai Early Childhood Director Jeannie Christopher.

“This is like the Academy Awards,” said Christopher with a smile.

Christopher told the graduating Class of 2017 that her place in life has been a result of “being in the right place at the right time.”

Christopher told the graduates that in her 42 years serving her Tribes, being in the right place at the right time had empowered her to find a passion and “teach her children.”

“I didn’t do it alone,” she said. “I had a lot of help from my tribes and community and SKC is one of them.”

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