Dickinson State honors local businesswoman
Laurie Strommen spent hours attending lectures, writing papers and taking exams at Dickinson State University. Now Strommen, who graduated from DSU in 1999 with a degree in business administration, is being honored with one of the university's mo...
Laurie Strommen spent hours attending lectures, writing papers and taking exams at Dickinson State University.
Now Strommen, who graduated from DSU in 1999 with a degree in business administration, is being honored with one of the university's most prestigious alumni awards. She'll receive the Young Hawk Award for her success professionally and personally during the Alumni Fellows Banquet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge. While Strommen won't be able to attend the ceremony her husband, Chris, will be there to accept on her behalf.
"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, me?' I thought, well maybe I'm dreaming or something. But it was real," Strommen said, recalling the phone call telling her she'd been nominated. "It was so cool."
Staff, faculty and alumni nominated Strommen for the award, which has been given since 1990 as a tool to bring alumni back to campus who have distinguished themselves within their field.
Alicia Erickson, DSU alumni relations and events coordinator, said it was an easy decision to select Strommen for the award this year.
"(She's) kind of like our cheerleader in our back corner and so it was without a doubt we knew she would be the perfect candidate for the award," Erickson said.
Strommen has continued the family business at Quality Quick Print in downtown Dickinson. She's part-owner with her two brothers, and serves as general manager.
She said it was always important for her to continue in her parents' footsteps, not only professionally but to also attend the family college.
"DSU has always been so very close to my heart," she said. "Going to school there, but my also my family all the way down the line has attended DSU. It's a place that is very close to my heart."
Dickinson has changed since Quality Quick Prints opened its' doors in 1979.
Strommen's parents, Gerald and Lynette Heidecker started the business and let their children-Laurie, Jeremy and Scott-carry on the torch.
Lynette said they are proud not only of what their children have done professionally, but who they are as people.
"I'm impressed with them," Lynette said. "I am so proud of them. They are all good young people."
The Strommens have two children, daughter Reygen and son Lincoln. Lynette said Reygan is a mini-Laurie.
"Reygan loves to go down to the shop with her," she said. "She loves to laminate. She loves to paste and stick things. She is just in seventh heaven when she gets to go down with her mom. She'll be the next one probably."
Lynette said Strommen manages to juggle her responsibilities seamlessly.
Not only is she busy at the shop and at home with two young children, she serves as the president of the Dickinson Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, and is on the board of directors for both the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Dickinson Association. She also volunteers at St. Benedict's Health Center and CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation's Charity Ball.
"I don't know how she manages to juggle everything that she does," Lynette said boastfully. "She is such a good mom and a good wife. She just seems to handle it all with grace and poise. She is just amazing."