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Mount Marty Grad to Receive Honor from Sioux Falls Mayor


Published Date10\17\2012
Tomorrow, October 18th, 2012 is proclaimed to be Dan Vigness day by Sioux Falls mayor, Mike Heuther. Mount Marty College is proud to celebrate with Vigness and to call him a graduate of the school.

Vigness graduated from Flandreau Public High School in 1971, Augustana College with a B.A. in Biology in 1975 and a B.A. in Nursing in 1976, McKennan Hospital/University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Anesthesia in 1979, and Mount Marty College with a Master of Science Degree in Anesthesia in 1990. He has been employed at Avera McKennan hospital as a nurse, nurse anesthetist, anesthesia department supervisor and anesthesia department manager since 1976 – over 36 years. He also served as a Clinical Instructor for the University of South Dakota School of Anesthesia from 1979-1995, as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of South Dakota/McKennan Hospital School of Anesthesia from 1994-1995, and is presently serving as a Clinical Instructor for Mount Marty College's School of Anesthesia since 1995.

Vigness has been a member of the South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists since 1979, serving as President three different times and on the Board of Directors for two years. He has also been a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists since 1979, serving as the chairman for a year and giving nearly 30 years of service to the various subcommittees of the association. This past fall Vigness was honored with a Special Recognition Award at the 2012 Annual Banquet of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for his service to the association.

Vigness and his wife, Debbie, who recently celebrating 38 years of marriage, have been blessed with four children; Jyll (Troy) Luettel of Sioux Falls, SD, Nathan (Brooke) of Phoenix, AZ, Andrew (Kathy) of Phoenix, AZ, Kayla of Sioux Falls, SD, and their grandchildren. Outside of his family his passions include photography and travel.

Mount Marty College is proud to call Dan Vigness a graduate, as he lives daily the College's core values of hospitality, awareness of God, community, and life-long learning