Trimble, Michaels to receive Alumni Achievement Awards Three University of South Dakota alumni will receive Alumni Achievement Awards during the All-Alumni banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 in the North Commons (Olson-Richardson, Beede-Mickelson Residence Hall Complex) on the USD campus. Honored alumni will include Charles Trimble of Omaha, NE, and Robert and Lorie Michaels of Minneapolis, MN.
Trimble, originally of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, attended elementary and high school at Red Cloud Indian School before receiving a B.F.A. degree in 1957 from USD. He is founder and president of Charles Trimble Company, a national consulting firm specializing in economic development on Indian reservations. He is also president of the Red Willow Institute, a non-profit corporation he founded to provide technical and management assistance to Native American non-profit organizations. Trimble presently serves as president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation of Nebraska.
An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Trimble served in the U.S. Army and did graduate work in journalism at the University of Colorado. In 1969, he was principal founder of the American Indian Press Association and served as the organization's director until 1972 when he was elected executive director of the National Congress of American Indians.
During his tenure in Washington, D.C., he was generally credited with having effectively lobbied enactment of the Indian Financing Act, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the Indian Self Determination Act, the Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and return of nearly a million of acres of land to tribes. Over the years he has been involved in international efforts for protection of indigenous rights. Trimble served on the board of directors of the American Indian National Bank from 1975 to 1986. He served as president of Arrow, Inc., a Washington, D.C., non-profit organization that organizes volunteer health care professionals to serve on Indian reservations.
With an active interest in western history, Trimble has served on the board of trustees for the Nebraska State Historical Society including three years as president. He also served on the board of the Historical Society Foundation and is a member of the Omaha Landmarks Preservation Commission. In 1996, he was appointed by the U.S. Senate to the board of trustees of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. He and his wife, Anne, live in Omaha.
Robert Michaels, president and C.O.O. of General Growth Properties, Inc., grew up in Watertown where he was a member of the 1959 Class A Basketball championship team. He was twice named to the All-State first team in basketball and was also neamed to the Class A state all-tournament squad. Michaels participated in basketball, golf and cross-country at Watertown High School, earning eight varsity letters. He was member of the 1960 and 1961 Class A state runner-up basketball teams at Watertown.
President of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity while at USD, Michaels played basketball from 1961-64 for the Coyotes before receiving his bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1965. He also earned his juris doctorate degree from the USD School of Law in 1968.
Michaels serves on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as well as on the board of directors for the Center for Urban Land Economics Research (CULER) at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He has also served as ICSC government affairs chair for Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. A frequent speaker on industry panels, Michaels as written numerous articles on the shopping center industry for various trades magazines and journals. He is a member of the South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota State Bar Associations and the American Bar Association. In 1989, the USD School of Business named him Alumnus of the Year.
General Growth Properties is one of the most experienced shopping center owners, developers and managers in the U.S. with 125 malls in 39 states. The company currently has two regional malls under construction � Rivertown Crossings in Grand Rapids, MI, and Dallas, TX.
Lorie Michaels, originally of Aberdeen, is involved in international studies a the University of Minnesota. At USD, she was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Beta Kappa and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in foreign language and political science in May 1968. Later that year she earned a master of arts degree in French.
Michaels taught at Northern State College for three years before moving to Des Moines, IA with her husband Robert Michaels. She graduated with honors from the Drake University School of Law in 1976 and continues as a member of the Iowa bar.
She is the founder of Winchester Enterprises, which currently has a series of educational children's books under development. While living in Iowa, Michaels Gifted (ITAG), as well as many local organizations. She was elected three times to the West Des Moines Board of Education, serving a term as president.