Don Cavalier, a Walhalla, N.D. native who now lives in Crookston, Minn., is one of four individuals who will be honored during Mayville State University’s annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner Friday evening, June 23.

Don Cavalier, a Walhalla, N.D. native who now lives in Crookston, Minn., is one of four individuals who will be honored during Mayville State University’s annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner Friday evening, June 23.

    Cavalier will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, together with Richard Balstad, Wichita Falls, Texas. Mike Bakken, Mayville, N.D., will receive the Mayville State University Distinguished Service Award. Jeff Braaten will be posthumously honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

     The Alumni Association Awards Dinner will be held in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased at www.mayvillestate.edu/alumniday or by calling the MSU Foundation, 701-788-4864.

     A reception to honor the 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service Award recipients will be held at the MSU Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23. Everyone is welcome to stop by and visit with the honorees.

     Donald Cavalier earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and physical education from Mayville State in 1965. This is where he met Mary Salisbury, his wife of 50-plus years. As a Mayville State student, he participated in baseball and basketball.

     He began his career in education as a public school teacher, teaching mathematics and science in Warren (Minn.) Public Schools from 1965 to 1967. He was also the school’s assistant football coach and head baseball coach. From 1967 to 1974, he taught, coached, and served as a counselor at Central High School, Highland Middle School, and Lincoln Elementary School in Crookston, Minn.

     He retired in 2016 as the Director of Career Development at the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he was the chief administrator of the counseling department and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-awareness programs. During his tenure at UMC, which began in 1976, he also directed the areas of placement, students with disabilities, student health services, and diversity. He had also served as the university’s head baseball coach and director of alumni services. Upon his retirement, UMC honored Cavalier for his outstanding service, inspirational leadership, and commitment to the school, as well as for his prestigious leadership on the all-University of Minnesota Civil Service Committee.

     Prior to joining the staff at UMC, he was Director of Education at the Northwest Regional Correction Center in Crookston from 1974 to 1976.

He has participated and provided leadership and development for the community of Crookston and has been active in his church. He was Rotary District Governor in 2012-13, guiding 67 clubs and more than 3,000 members. Cavalier has made an effort to make the world a better place and has taken an active role in working with youth, the underemployed, and disadvantaged people. He is a member of the Mayville State University Alumni Association Board.