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2010 University of Mary Alumni Award Winners

Bill Daniel-the Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award
Bill is president and owner of the Daniel Companies and a native and life-long resident of Bismarck. Graduating from the University of Mary in 1977, with a major in business administration and a minor in accounting, he began working in real estate at the age of 20 and was awarded the prestigious CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 1983. A leader in the community as well as his profession, he is a member of the ND State Banking Board, the Mayor's Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also a U-Mary regent, and has served on the HSLC Executive Operations Committee. He was nominated for the award by the Gary Tharaldson School of Business.
Larissa L. Hall-the Bell Banner Award
Born in Minot and raised on a farm near Newburg, ND, Larissa received a B.S. in elementary and special education in 2005 and a Master of Education: Learning Disabilities in 2008, from U-Mary. A special education teacher at Bismarck's Centennial Elementary School, who also provides support and programming in behavior, technology, and health care, she has been recognized both as the Arc of North Dakota's Teacher of the Year (2009) and the Arc of Bismarck's Teacher of the Year (2009). A former Emerging Leader and SEA officer, she now serves on the ELA Operations Team. Larissa was nominated by the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

2010 inductees into the Marauders Hall of Fame

Nicole Benedict -- Outstanding Athlete Women's Soccer
Brock Thompson -- Outstanding Athlete Men's Soccer
Thai (Goecke) Haggin -- Outstanding Athlete Women's Basketball
Shandi Hertz-Kenna -- Outstanding Athlete Women's Track and Field/Cross Country

The all-time U-Mary record holder for goals in a career and a season, Nicole Benedict was a first team NAIA All-American and NAIA Region 3 Player of the Year in 2003. Twice she earned honorable mention All-American honors while leading U-Mary to three straight NAIA national tournaments (2002-04). Twice the Marauders team MVP, Nicole was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and earned a B.S. in university studies in 2007 and an M.S. in occupational therapy in 2010. A native of Bismarck, ND, she currently is an occupational therapist in Phoenix, AZ.

The team captain of U-Mary's first men's soccer team, Brock Thompson was a four year defensive stalwart for the Marauders, who started 65 straight games. Twice an honorable mention NAIA All-American, he earned First Team All-NAIA Region 3 as a senior in 1998. After receiving his B.S. in biology education, Brock served as Marauders assistant men's soccer coach, then head women's soccer coach, guiding the team to two regional titles and two NAIA national tournaments. He twice was named the NAIA Region 3 Coach of the Year and was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Midwest Senior College Coach of the Year in 2002. He went on to coach women's Soccer at the University of Indiana and UND and currently is associate coach at South Dakota State University.

Thai (Goecke) Haggin was a starter on U-Mary's 2000 NAIA National Championship Women's Basketball Team. Twice an all-conference performer, Thai started every game she played for the Marauders in four years while guiding U-Mary to four NDCAC titles and three trips to the NAIA national playoffs. Currently she ranks 10th all-time in career scoring at U-Mary with 1,195 points, and eighth all-time in assists with 327. Having earned a B.S. in physical and health teaching in 2001, she went on to share her talents on and off the court teaching physical education for the Mandan School District and served as an assistant girls basketball coach.

A national champion and the member of several championship teams, Shandi Hertz-Kenna's athletic achievements at U-Mary spanned both indoor and outdoor track and cross country. A member of two top-10 national cross country championship teams and another that placed in the top 20, Shandi competed on 10 conference championship teams. Individually, she was a three-time all-conference performer in cross country and was a team captain as a senior. Shandi also was a four-time all-conference performer in both indoor and outdoor track. Her biggest honor was winning the NAIA marathon championship in 2000, an event for which Shandi still owns the school record. Having earned a B.S. in biology from U-Mary in 2002, she is now a nurse in Bozeman, MT.