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Trottier to be inducted into hall of fame

By Staff | Sep 29, 2017


David “White Thunder” Trottier, Rugby, is among several Mayville State University alumni and friends who will be honored during Mayville State University’s 2017 homecoming festivities scheduled for Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 in Mayville, N.D.

Trottier will be inducted into the Mayville State University Performing Arts Hall of Fame at the traditional MSU Music Department homecoming concert on Sunday, Oct. 8. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the MSU Classroom Building Auditorium. A social to honor the 2017 inductees will be the guests of honor at a social that will follow the concert and be held in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. All are welcome.

Trottier was actively involved in the theater department at Mayville State in the 1970s. An award-winning actor, he was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, a national dramatic honor fraternity, in the spring of 1977. He was also a four-year letter-winner in football. He has remained active in theater throughout his life, in a variety of states and places. Trottier was appointed to the North Dakota Council on the Arts in 1990. In 1988, Governor Ed Schafer appointed him as chairman of the NDCA and he continues in this role today. He is the first Native American in North Dakota to serve as chairman of the NDCA, and he is the longest-serving board member of any state arts council in the U.S., serving continuously since 1990. A self-taught guitar player and singer, he started the North Band in 1984. The group played in the upper Midwest from 1984 to 1996. Dave has written more than 100 original songs, two of them recorded by the North Band. Dave helped start a Toastmaster’s Club in Dunseith, N.D., and he placed high in competitions. He has enjoyed a career as a highly successful businessman. Trottier graduated from Mayville State in 1977 with a major in English and minor in psychology.

Other 2017 Mayville State Performing Arts Hall of Fame inductees Caroline (Knudson) Brown, Rapid City, S.D., Robert Gust, Fargo, N.D.; and Dr. Joseph Hegstad, now deceased, but formerly of Minot, N.D. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The purpose of Mayville State’s Performing Arts Hall of Fame is to honor and preserve the memory of those who performed in band, choir, speech, or theater, the representative faculty, and others who have contributed in a very outstanding and positive way to the promotion of Mayville State University performing arts programs.

To see the full listing of Mayville State’s homecoming festivities, go to www.mayvillestate.edu/homecoming. For more information, call 701-788-4750 or e-mail alumni.mail@mayvillestate.edu.

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