Hanson sibs learn leadership through Minot State University
Some families just like to do things together. For the Hanson family of Sherwood, all six siblings attended MSU at one point or another.
Pursuing higher education was a foregone conclusion in the Hanson household. Minot State was the logical destination, since most of the siblings were interested in teaching careers.
"My folks were very strong advocates of education, "said Betty (Hanson) Vibeto of Minot. "Neither of them had a college education, but they felt very strongly that that needed to happen. You wouldn't think about not going to school."
Vibeto was fifth in line in the family procession to Minot State. She pursued an interest in special education. Her mentors were Ruth Loucks, Darvin Hirsch and John Kincheloe. Residence hall life complemented the instruction she received in classrooms and labs.
Vibeto earned an undergraduate degree in 1974 and a master's degree in 1980. She has served as program coordi¬nator for Souris Valley Special Services for more than 30 years. The Magic City Council for Exceptional Children recently awarded her its Humanitarian Award.
"Mick" (Maurice) Hanson was the family rebel. He majored in business rather than education. He then enjoyed a career in the U.S. Navy. Fraternity life was a formative experience for him.
"Joining Mu Sigma Tau fraternity certainly did a lot for my social skills. The leadership in the Mu Sigs (made) sure we progressed academically," he told Connections from his home in Loudon, Tenn.
"From an academic viewpoint, Pearl Stusrud, a professor in the Business De¬partment, was my main inspiration," he said. "MSU certainly provided me with a solid education, and I've never felt like coming from a small school ever hindered me in my professional career."
Glenna (Hanson) Mueller teaches at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, located on the United Tribes Technical College campus in Bismarck. Two of her three children have attended Minot State. She recites a litany of benefits she received while at MSU.
"There were so many great things about Minot State — proximity to family, teacher education program, student teaching under Ruth Norem at Minot Model, Greek atmosphere, chance to participate in clubs, activities, dorm life," she said. "The instructors cared about you, and the classes were small enough that most instructors knew who you were."
Julie (Hanson) Driessen has taught business at Underwood for many years.
"Minot State had a friendly, safe environment and had what I wanted to continue my education," she said. "I received my teaching degree in 1972 and am proud to say I am an alumna."
Susan (Hanson) Gates was the sixth Hanson to graduate in 1978. While raising five children, she spent much of her early career substitute teaching and teaching in various part-time jobs. In recent years, she taught full time in the junior high at Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Public School. She chose Minot State since it was close to home and had an excellent teacher education program.
Donald Hanson, who taught for years at Mandan, has four children who attended MSU. He started the family tradition of attending Minot State.
"Minot State has been great for our family," he said. "One brother, four sisters, several nephews and nieces and now two grandchildren attending school there, and all but one have gone into education. The school has done a wonderful job of preparing all of us."
To read this story in its entirety or more like it, visit the fall 2012 Connections Magazine [pdf].