Four of UMD's Finest Recognized

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The Duluth News Tribune released their 2015 list of 20 influential people under 40 years of age and four UMD Bulldogs were featured in the article.

Nahom Abegaze graduated from UMD with two bachelor degrees, one in communication and one in philosophy. He is now the children's program coordinator at the CHUM Steve O’Neil Apartments. Nahom is also involved with the East Hillside Patch (an after school and summer youth program), Duluth Community Garden Program, and other organizations. He encourages the Northland area to create more opportunities for youth. More.

Sarah Agaton Howes plays a strong role in the Native American community in Duluth. After graduating from UMD with bachelor degrees in American Indian Studies and criminology, Sarah began working as a community organizer in Duluth. However, Sarah discovered her true passion is healthy living. Dealing with physical health struggles in her personal life, she decided to turn her life around by making a commitment to running and choosing healthier food. Sarah started a running club for American Indian women called Kwe Pack. The group has over 25 runners who have all completed ultra-marathons which cover more than 26 miles in each race. Sarah is changing the lives of American Indian women in the Duluth community as well as winning the battle with her own health problems. More.

UMD’s Library Director Matt Rosendahl is known for his community involvement. He is a member of the Lake Superior Library Symposium, a group of librarians from the Duluth area. These people have a passion for books and they present events to connect with others who share that interest. Matt says libraries have the power of transforming not only the individual lives of people but also the society they live in. More.

After graduating with a degree in community health, Jamie Tolaas is now a wellness specialist for maurices home office in Duluth. Jamie was initially an intern for maurices and after impressing the people she worked with, she managed to land a full time job at their facility. She will soon celebrate her fifth-year work anniversary. Although Jamie struggled with college initially, she discovered her career goals, found her way back to school, and graduated. In her free time, Jamie loves to teach choreography in her dance studio. She spends time with dancers she has practiced with for almost a decade. More.   

One more kudo... Lynne Williams, UMD's director of University Marketing and Public Relations, a past 20 under 40 recipient, served as one of the judges.

Written by Hamdi Barre, September 2015.

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