Bismarck State College (BSC) will honor several alumni and Hall of Fame inductees during the annual alumni recognition event in May.
The BSC National Alumni Association Board of Directors has chosen Glenn Bosch, ’80, as BSC Alumnus of the Year and Stephanie Schramm Little, ’12, as the BSC Rising Star. The association selected the Frank and Joanne Bavendick family, ’50 as the 2023 BSC Legacy Family award recipients. Three outstanding athletes – Staci Sprauer, Tom Kirchoffner, and Tom Woodmansee, will be inducted into the BSC Athletic Hall of Fame.
The BSC Alumni & Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m., in the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, Bavendick Stateroom. Friends, colleagues, family, BSC alumni and the public are welcome to attend. Ticket information is available at bismarckstate.edu/alumniawards or by calling the BSC National Alumni Association at 701-224-2486. Attendance is free of charge, but tickets must be reserved by May 5, 2023, for planning purposes.
2023 BSC Alumnus of the Year
Glenn Bosch was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 2016 and is serving in his fourth legislative session as Assistant Majority Leader. Prior to his time in the legislature, he had a successful 35-year career in the visual communication industry, helping businesses across the country integrate technology to support their operations. He began his career as a bench technician and worked his way up through the ranks, retiring in 2017 as the Executive Vice President of AVI Systems. Honored to serve the citizens of North Dakota, Glenn has a passion for developing policies that lead to the success of our state. He has championed legislation that supports our energy industry, public safety, and education including the funding of the new BSC Polytechnic Institute. In recognition of his impactful legislative efforts, in 2022 he was named as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow.
Continuing to invest in the lives of Bismarck families, Glenn worked with the Northwoods League to bring the Bismarck Larks to the community. As co-owner, he has strived to ensure that Larks baseball becomes a mainstay in Bismarck and a pillar for family entertainment. Glenn and his wife Julie recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. They have three children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
2023 BSC Rising Star
Stephanie Schramm Little
Stephanie Schramm Little never dreamed she would pursue higher education. But in 2012, she graduated from BSC with an Associate of Arts degree. She continued her education at Minot State University, earning a bachelor’s in social work, and at Minnesota State University in Mankato, earning a master’s in social work. Currently, she serves as an assistant social work professor at Minot State University on the BSC campus while completing her PhD in Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health degrees at the University of South Dakota in 2024. As a board member of the National Association of Social Workers, she contributes to their Advocacy Committee, Education Committee and annual Conference Committee.
She is an editor for both the Health & Social Work and Health and Justice Journals and chairs the American Public Health Association Marketing Committee. She is active with the United Network for Organ Sharing as an elected representative for the Safety and Operations Committee and social work consultant for the Patient Affairs Committee and Ethics Committee. Her dissertation focus is on the social work implications of organ allocation and ethics, with specific aims meant to tackle roles in academia and scholarship by combining social work with community research and policy. In total, Stephanie is an active member in over a dozen organizations, stays involved in outreach education programs, donor registration events, and organizes bone marrow drives in rural North Dakota.
2023 BSC Legacy Family
From 1949-1950 Frank Bavendick attended BSC as a student-athlete competing in track and field. This started Frank’s love for BSC and started his and wife Joanne’s lifelong friendship with BSC spanning over 70 years. One of Frank’s last requests before his death in 2018 was to attend one of his favorite community events, a BSC Mystics Basketball game.
Frank and Joanne’s generosity to the BSC Foundation has provided academic, athletic, and energy scholarships, arts and humanities program funding, as well as contributions for many improvement projects within the Armory. Frank served as a BSC Foundation Board Trustee for many years. In addition to financial support, Frank was a loyal Mystic fan, cheering on the BSC teams at various sporting events. A frequent user of the Armory weight room, Frank got to know many athletes on a first name basis. Frank and Joanne’s tradition of personal support of the teams has been carried on by their son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Yvette Bavendick. Greg also attended BSC, and both he and his wife continue Frank’s legacy of support of Mystic athletes by attending nearly all BSC Mystics sporting events and hosting team dinners. They are some of the biggest Mystics fans in the community.
2023 BSC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Staci Sprauer was already a decorated college athlete by the time she came to BSC, where she turned in an All-American season for the Mystics in 1994. Staci, a native of Vancouver, Wash., played women’s basketball for four seasons at the University of Oregon. She left there as the school’s seventh-leading scorer and third in 3-point shooting percentage. She was an All-Pac 10 selection and named to the university’s All-Decade Team.
Staci had one year of eligibility remaining and came to BSC to play volleyball. That team entered the postseason with a 28-9 record that included several matches against four-year schools. The Mystics were 19-4 against two-year schools. Staci made the most of it by playing her way onto the NJCAA All-America team as an honorable mention selection.
Tom Kirchoffner coached the BSC men’s basketball team for seven seasons, compiling a 103-102 record and four junior college state titles, including three in a row. He led the Mystics to a berth in the junior college nationals Sweet 16 and was named Region XIII Coach of the Year in 1987. Kirchoffner coached two All-Americans in Bob Upgren and Dave Howell.
Tom’s teams won 21 games twice (21-12 in 1986-87 and 21-8 in 1988-89). The 1985-86 team was 19-12. All three teams won state junior college championships. In 1986-87, BSC won the Region XIII championship and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament. Two years later, the Mystics were region runners-up. Upgren was named second-team All-American after that season.
Twelve BSC players earned all-state or all-MonDak Conference titles under Tom, who is a member of the state amateur basketball Hall of Fame.
Tom Woodmansee is a sports legend for his time on the court and the playing field, and for what he did following his college career at BSC and the University of Wyoming.
Tom was a Bismarck High graduate who excelled in basketball and baseball at BSC from 1962-1964 before pitching for two seasons at the University of Wyoming. Prior to BSC, Tom set pitching records in 1961, which still stand today for the Bismarck Governors American Legion baseball team.
Following his college athletic career, Tom taught school and served in the military before acting as president of the North Dakota Grocers Association for 32 years. Tom was named into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, and his sports career continued as a radio announcer for 11 years with Jim Adelson, and for 28 years on KFYR and KBOM radio. His son, Scott, carries on the family radio broadcast tradition in Bismarck.