Schilder family named the 2015 SDSU Family of the Year |

Schilder family named the 2015 SDSU Family of the Year

The South Dakota State University Alumni Association and Staters for State, the student alumni organization, have selected the William and Joyce Schilder family as the 2015 SDSU Family of the Year. The Schilder family will be honored at halftime at the Feb. 21 SDSU women’s basketball game. While neither William nor Joyce graduated from college, the Schilder family has produced 24 graduates and two current students.

Family weddings and other get-togethers have become huge State reunions. Photographers have gotten used to the large number of SDSU alums attending these gatherings and have called them a ‘Jackrabbit photo op’ requiring a wide-angle lens. The bulk of the people are direct descendants of Bill and Joyce Schilder of Faulkton. All five of their children, two sons-in-law, two-daughters-in-law, and 21 grandchildren and their spouses have attended SDSU. The Schilders joke that no other university is recognized as a legitimate option for postsecondary education. Beginning in fall 1967, they can claim 30 total attendees and the count will increase as the next generation will restart the cycle in five years.

With so many individuals, the family’s involvement at SDSU had been very diverse and continuous. From athletics to music to rodeo and academics, they have made a mark. Neither Bill nor Joyce had the opportunity to finish their college degrees. Joyce attended one year of nursing at another institution—the Schilders don’t talk about that much—during World War II but she could not finish.

A farming and ranching family with a long history, education was a huge priority. There was never a question if you were going to college and there really was not a question of where you were going. The only question was what would be your major. All three of Bill and Joyce’s sons and several grandsons or grandsons-in-law majored in agricultural-related fields and took that knowledge back to the family operation to help launch it into a success for upcoming generations. Daughters, one son-in-law and several grandchildren have majored in education and remained connected with State’s education programs.

The Schilder family members to be honored are:

William Schilder Jr.—B.S. in animal science, 1971

Barb (Deiter) Schilder—B.S. in home economics education, 1971

Nikki (Schilder) Melius—B.S. in home economics education (family and consumer sciences), 1996

Ryan Melius—B.S. in agriculture business, 1996

Justin Schilder—B.S. in range science with agronomy and animal science minors, 2002

Stephanie (Klein) Schilder—B.S. in park management with a public recreation minor, 2002

Heather (Schilder) Wisness—B.S. in family and consumer sciences education, 2003

Beau Wisness—B.S. in ag systems technology, 2003

Julie (Schilder) Serlet—B.S. in early childhood development-elementary education, 1974

Michael Serlet—B.S. in civil engineering, 1974

Kyle Serlet—attended in 2003-2004

Bruce Schilder—B.S. in animal science, 1980

Ginger (Alishouse) Schilder—attended in 1977-1978

Brady Schilder—B.S. in animal science, 2007

April (Jungwirth) Schilder—attended in 2005-2006

Tanner Schilder—B.S. in nursing, 2009

Rachel (Breen) Schilder—B.S. in microbiology specialization: infectious disease, minors in chemistry, biology, and biotechnology, 2009

Bailey (Schilder) Rami—B.S. in family and consumer sciences education, 2012

Grant Rami—B.S. in animal science, 2013

Joline (Schilder) Dunbar—B.S. in home economics education (family and consumer sciences), 1982

Mark Dunbar—B.S. in health and physical education and recreation, 1982

Megan (Dunbar) Jaquet—B.S. in family and consumer sciences education, 2009

Matt Jaquet—B.S. in mechanical engineering, 2004

Matthew Dunbar—majoring in aviation

Brent Schilder—B.S. in general agriculture, 1983

Joe Schilder—B.S. in general agriculture, 2010

Christy Schilder—attended 2008-2010

Katie (Schilder) Meyer—B.S. in family and consumer sciences education, 2014

Travis Hansen—B.S. in agronomy, 2013

Shannon Schilder—majoring in agriculture business, minor in accounting