Five to be honored as distinguished Northwestern College alumni

Five to be honored as distinguished Northwestern College alumni

Northwestern College will award five of its alumni in recognition of their achievements and service during Raider Nation Celebration, the college’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. The recipients will be honored during a banquet on Saturday evening, October 1.


Doug Boone of Sioux Center and Dr. Kristine Legters of Erie, Pennsylvania, will receive the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award; Kathy (Bonnecroy) Meendering of Orange City, the Distinguished Service to Northwestern Award; Joyce (Beukelman) Wrage of Brookings, South Dakota, the Distinguished Service to Humankind Award; and Alison (Sadler) Ter Horst of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Standout Young Alum Award.

Boone is the executive vice president for strategic initiatives at Premier Communications, a telecommunications services provider. He joined the company after graduating from Northwestern in 1982, where he worked his way from assistant manager to chief executive officer to his current position. Boone is also director of the Iowa-owned Aureon Fiber Optic Network; was former president and director of NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association; and served as director of the Iowa Communications Alliance. In 2022, he was appointed to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board by the Governor of Iowa.

Legters is associate dean of the School of Rehabilitative Services at Gannon University in Erie. She began working as a physiotherapist in 1983, the year after graduating from NWC, and has been a full-time physiotherapist since 1994. She is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, as well as the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Gannon and a doctorate in neurological physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Graduated in 1973, Meendering spent nine years as a cashier for Northwestern’s food service provider and was known for greeting every student who came through the cafeteria line by name. Thanks to her, the canteen was a place to get not only a hot meal, but also a warm hug. After a football player confessed his homesickness to her, she hugged him before every meal. Meendering also provided regular encouragement to campus ministries, residency wings and Red Raider teams in the form of homemade cookies and treats. She and her husband, also a Northwestern alum, have three daughters who are graduates of NWC.

Wrage, a 1957 graduate, spent 30 years as a children’s librarian for the Brookings Public Library. She helped write a statewide summer reading program for South Dakota’s centenary and developed the annual children’s reading awards. She was also involved in establishing a Brookings after-school program and served on the board for nearly 20 years. Wrage developed children’s activities for the Center for Hope in Sioux Falls, chaired the Brookings Unit of the Salvation Army and was involved in ministries, organizations and events including Project Joy, Share the Warmth, Loads of Faith, My Neighbor, United Way and the Brookings. Foundation board. She is active in the Faith Reformed Church, where she served as an elder and director of children’s education.

Ter Horst is an award-winning Advanced Placement psychology teacher at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. She was a finalist for Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year in 2015 and received the Milken Educator Award in 2019, a mid-career recognition with an unlimited prize of $25,000. She was one of only 40 winners in the entire country and the only winner from South Dakota that year. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which Ter Horst received from Northwestern in 2005, she has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Sioux Falls.


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