October 4, 2013
Shane Dukart, Killdeer, ND, and Kaitlyn Wurnig, Huntley, MT, were crowned as the University of Mary's Homecoming King and Queen Thursday, Oct. 3, at ceremonies in Arno Gustin Hall on campus. The new King and Queen will reign over this year's Homecoming festivities, including the Homecoming football vs. Minot State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the MDU Resources Bowl.
Shane Dukart, a junior from Killdeer, is majoring in business administration, health administration and Catholic Studies. He is involved with Knights of Virtue, Collegians for Life and Campus Ministry. After graduation, he plans to work in administration in a health care-related facility. Shane is the son of Donald and Jeanie Dukart.
Kaitlyn Wurnig, a junior mass communications major from Huntley, Mont., is president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a Student Government Senator, Summit newspaper reporter, NCAA Academic All-American and NSIC All-Conference in track and field. Her parents are Carmen and Frank Wurnig.
The following students were also nominated for King and Queen and make up Mary's 2013 Homecoming Court:
Mary Pankratz from Billings, Mont., is a junior nursing major involved in the Nursing Students Association, Campus Ministry, Collegians for Life, Marauders Activities Committee, Student Government and Vera Forma. She is the daughter of John and Brenda Pankratz.
Sarah Porter is a junior exercise science major from Bismarck. She has been in Student Ambassadors for three years, a student leader in Vera Forma and Schola, and takes part in Collegians for Life. Her parents are Thomas and Jenifer Porter.
Carmen Titus, a junior nursing major, is from Casselton, N.D. She is involved with Campus Ministry as a music minister, Collegians for Life and FOCUS. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner and a pathologist. Her parents are Lois Titus of Casselton and Garrett Titus of Mohall, N.D.
Emily Lear is a senior accounting major from St. Paul, Minn. She is currently vice president of Student Government, student chair of the Marauders Activities Committee, a resident assistant in Boyle Hall, and is on the Campus Read Committee. Selected for "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities," Emily is the daughter of Kendra Schultz of St. Paul, Minn., and Rusty Lear of St. Cloud, Minn.
Jamie Bushaw, a junior majoring in social work, is from Grand Forks, N.D., the daughter of Lori and James Bushaw. Jamie is an R.A. at St. Scholastica Hall and leads Bible study for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). She was accepted into the social work program in 2013 and the Rome program and is the social work liaison for the junior class.
William Littlefield, of Hatton, N.D., is a junior majoring in athletic training and physical therapy. He is the campus life coordinator for Campus Ministry, historian for the University of Mary Athletic Training Students Association, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knights of Virtue, Collegians for Life, and Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy program. His parents are Mike and Peggy Littlefield.
Jason Shipman is a junior biology major in pre-veterinary medicine from Watford City, N.D. He is executive secretary for Student Government, a Student Ambassador, member of the Math Science Association, Students Today Leaders Forever, and the Environmental Coalition of Students. He is the son of Neal and Lisa Shipman.
Ryan Capouch, a senior from Portland, N.D., is majoring in biology. A two-term Student Body President, Ryan volunteers with Campus Ministry and belongs to Concert Band, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, Trombone Ensemble and is a teaching assistant in the biology department. He received the 2013 Teaching Faculty Academic Excellence Award, was named to "Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges," and received the Presidential Student Leadership Award. His parents are Tom and Nancy Capouch.
Nathaniel Blake, a senior from Boise, Idaho, is a pre-dental biology major. He is president of the Math Science Club and the Spanish Club, a Summit newspaper reporter, a member of Pep Band and the Pre-dental Club. He is the son of Lloyd Blake and Becky Borczon.
Jeff Welk is a junior physical therapy major from Bismarck. On campus, he is involved with the Knights of Virtue. His goal is to be a physical therapist and work with young children. Jeff is the son of Paul and Janean Welk.