News Release


Mount Marty to Hold Spring Commencement May 14

Published Date5\6\2011
Mount Marty College will host spring 2011 commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena, 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton.

Yankton attorney, former Mount Marty College faculty member, and former member and Chair of the MMC Board of Trustees, Celia Miner, will give this years commencement address. Yankton resident, Dagmar Hoxsie will be presented with a Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and commitment to numerous ministries in the Yankton community.

Miner received a BA in English and a BMus. from Huron College and later completed a Masters degree in Music at the University of South Dakota. As a part of her study as a Bush Fellow, she was awarded a Certificate from Harvard Universitys Institute of Educational Management. In 1983, she earned the JD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

She taught English and music in high schools in New York, Pierre and Yankton before joining the faculty at Mount Marty College in 1969. Miner taught music theory and served as the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at MMC until she left to continue her education in 1980.
She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Fred J. Nichol, Federal District Judge for the District of South Dakota. She practiced law in Yankton for 25 years as a partner in the Johnson Law Firm and remains Of Counsel to that firm.

Miner has been actively involved in both private and public higher education. In addition to her work on the Mount Marty College Board, she served for 8 years as a member, 2 of those years as Chair of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of First Dakota National Bank. She also serves on the boards of several local and statewide non-profit organizations including: the Lutheran Social Services Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure: South Dakota Affiliate, the Yankton Community Foundation, and the Yankton Public School District 63-3 Foundation.

Miner and her husband, Jim, have three grown children.

Dagmar Hoxsie is one of the inspirational leaders and a cofounder of the Yankton Catholic Worker Emmaus House, a hospitality center whose ministry is provision of hospitality for women and children who are visiting loved ones in local prisons or at the Human Services Center.

As a member and board member of the SD Peace and Justice Center, Hoxsie has risked imprisonment by engaging in peaceful protest against civil disobedience, violence and nuclear disarmament in the tradition of the Catholic Worker. A Yankton PD article noted Dagmar Hoxsie of Yankton says it is her Christian duty to stand up to the injustices she sees. I rejoice in Creation, she said. But I also see whats wrong and I dont ever want to forget that.

Hoxie is a long-time volunteer at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and was one of the originators and guiding forces of The Banquet in Yankton, which serves meals to 200-300 people weekly. She continues to serve in this ministry to the present.

She has also been a leader in Yahweh Shalom Prayer Group in Yankton for many years, assisting with planning and carrying out this groups annual conference/retreat held on Mount Martys campus.

S. Kathleen Hickenbotham noted about Dagmar Hoxsie, All of her involvements have sprung from her deep Christian faith and her following of Jesus Christ.

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