|Success After USF|
At the University of Sioux Falls, we consider our alumni's success to be one of our most prominent distinctions. Discover how USF-prepared missionaries, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, pastors, CPAs and CEOs – just to name a few – are living their call to serve Christ.
World Gospel Mission, Honduras
In 2010, Ethan Batschelet went to Israel with a group led by Rev. Dennis Thum, Dean of Chapel and Religious Studies Instructor.
"That trip changed my life," Batschelet says, "and to this day I see the Bible in a more complete way when I read and study. Before graduating, and to this day, Dennis Thum is an encouragement to me."READ MORE
Special Projects Coordinator at Midcontinent Communications; Freelance Photographer; E-columnist for South Dakota Magazine
"I keep in touch with a variety of folks from college days, and a handful of them I consider as true, lifelong friends," Christian Begeman says.
"In 2013, I visited an old college buddy and his family who are teachers in the Middle East. I would have never have had that kind of experience without my USF connections," Begeman says.READ MORE
Pastor of Student Ministries, Oak Hills Baptist Church
"Residence hall janitorial staffs, admissions employees and cafeteria workers have all been used by God in these places in a powerful way," David Campbell says. "In some ways, they are the ones who teach us how to serve."READ MORE
Entrepreneur, Help U
Zak Fick says that at USF he learned that everything revolves around the quality of communication between individuals.
"I learned that collaboration has a knack for producing more than the sum of its parts," he explains. "I also learned about relationships, and that developing and maintaining them can make or break your future success in all walks of life."READ MORE
Assistant Principal, George McGovern Middle School
Richard Hutchinson says USF was a place where he was able to explore who he was and who he wanted to be.
"God is bigger than your box!" he says. "Take a risk, and leave the crowd. Stumble, fall, make a fool of yourself, fail, be misunderstood, because Grace isn't for playing it safe."READ MORE
Entrepreneur, Life IQ
"When I look back, it is staggering how much performance experience I gained while I was at USF. It was like I earned a secondary degree in performance arts," Neil Ihde says. "All of it helped instill in me a confidence to perform and present in front of an audience."READ MORE
CFO and Vice President of Corporate Operations, SDN Communications
Nick Kortan credits USF Associate Professor of Accounting Jill Whitley with giving him direction, plus instilling him with courage and confidence.
"Accounting is something I would have never anticipated pursuing," he says. "Now I wouldn't trade this path for anything."READ MORE
Entrepreneur, The Kurtenbach Group
Capitalizing on January interim helped Sarah DeVries Kurtenbach grow as a student and businesswoman.
"I used interim as a chance to travel, take unique classes and attend different colleges," she says. "Interim helped me to fully confirm that I wanted to move to a different state after college, which catapulted my career."READ MORE
Entrepreneur, Ripple Marketing and Creative Co-op
"During my time at USF, there were constant reminders around me to stay true to my faith," Misten Langenfeld says. "Whether it was from my RA, my friends, my coaches and, of course, the wonderful campus pastor, Dennis Thum, who was always there with a listening ear and a kind heart."READ MORE
Senior Tax Accountant, POET; Technical Sergeant, SD Air National Guard
Scott LeBrun says it's amazing to learn about other USF graduates, recognize how far and wide the collective reach of USF grads is and marvel at where they are now.
"There are teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, accountants, missionaries and entrepreneurs—and that is just a small sliver of the people who have been through USF."READ MORE
Physical Therapist, Avera Health
"Today, I have the opportunity to supervise college interns from USF, and it is always a blessing to have these students in the clinic, as they have something unique about them," Dr. Myers says.
She believes the education that they are receiving from USF is preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
"I am always so proud to let pre-physical therapy students or other observers know the exceptional education that is obtained at USF."READ MORE
News Producer, KELOLAND This Morning