Alumni Newsletter – November 2016

Alumni Newsletter – November 2016

Alumni Newsletter – November 2016

Posted by on November 1, 2016 in

Networking Emerges As Key To Leadership SD

When the Leadership South Dakota program was launched, we held tightly to three guiding principles for the program. Basically, we wanted our class members to:

  • See places that most people dont see
  • Meet people that most people dont meet
  • Learn leadership principles that will help them lead in their local businesses and communities

While we still believe that the three principles above capture the essence of Leadership SD, we are beginning to realize that the third bullet is being replaced by a more important and relevant guiding principle. That principle is below:

  • Network with other professionals who will improve my leadership abilities

Given the fact that NETWORKING has become such an integral part of the Leadership South Dakota program, we have hired Roshal Rossman to help us cultivate and strengthen our relationship with our growing group of alumni. Please join us in welcoming Roshal to the Leadership South Dakota team.

We are open to your ideas about future alumni activities that may be of interest to you and your classmates.

Best wishes for a blessed holiday season.

The next generation of leaders for South Dakota starts here.

Melmers & Osters
Leadership SD Directors


Leadership SD Class of 2017: Overview Of Recent Sessions

The Class of 2017 convened for their inaugural session in  Chamberlain  on August 31-September 1, where they did program orientation. The second session was held in Pierre on September 28-30, where the class toured South Dakotas  State Capitol, Cultural Heritage Center, and Womens Prison; and, heard from various representatives from the State of South Dakota and other state associations. Brookings was the site of the third session, which took place October 27-29. Participants toured Hilltop Dairy in Elkton; the Dana Dykhouse Stadium and Complex  at SDSU; the Childrens Museum of South Dakota, Daktronics, and Prairie AquaTech in Brookings; and, Schade Vineyard and Winery near Volga. They learned from speakers  like  SDSUs  President,  Dr. Barry Dunn; U.S. Senator John Thune; 2015 Leadership SD Alumni, David Mehrib; and, a few panelists representing the agriculture industry. On November 17-19, the  class  will meet in Rapid City. They will take a break over the holidays, but they will kick off 2017 in Watertown on January 18-20.

Members of the Class of 2017 touring Prairie AquaTech, a company founded and based in Brookings.


Alumni And Marketing Coordinator Seeks Feedback

Greetings, Leadership SD Alumni! My name is Roshal (Franken) Rossman and I joined Leadership SD as the Alumni and Marketing Coordinator in October. I  grew up in Watertown, graduated from SDSU, and currently work at Human Service Agency as a Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the South Dakota Tobacco Control Program. My husband, Nick, works for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks as a Regional Wildlife Manager. We live in Watertown and keep busy chasing after our 18-month-old son, Asher, and our yellow lab, Belle. I look forward to meetingyou all in the near future—either in-person or via e-mail!  Please reach out and let me know what information you would like to see represented in future newsletters, so I can be sure to include content that is interesting to our Leadership SD  Alums. Thank you for your leadership in South Dakota!

Roshal Rossman
Alumni and Marketing Coordinator

We are seeking recommendations for Leadership SD Class of 2018! Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for Leadership SD? If so, please email Roshal with their name and contact information.


Alumni Updates Are Welcomed And Appreciated

One goal of the Alumni Newsletter is to keep Alumni updated on one another. In future newsletters, there will be a section designated to sharing updates that are submitted by Alumni. Any time you have an update you are willing to share,  please  send it via email to Roshal and she will include it in the next newsletter. The type of updates we hope to capture include a change of job, a promotion, a birth or adoption of a child, a marriage, an award or recognition you receive, etc. Additionally, whenever you have a change in contact information, please send Roshal an email to let her know. If you prefer that your change in contact information not be published in the newsletter, please communicate that. We primarily want updates on contact information to ensure  we have your most current contact information on file. Please let Roshal know if you have any questions or updates!