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Carol Marie Worthing, of Austin, TX, received her Ph.D. from the Graduate
Theology Foundation in May. Worthing was also named John Macquarrie
Fellow for 2002 due to the superior quality of her dissertation. She
is the executive director of the Texas Conference of Churches.
Robert Harder, of Chicago, IL, recently published a book called
The Devil’s Holiday. It is an adventure set in eastern Aitkin
County during the great 1918 Cloquet-Moose Lake forest fire. Harder
also wrote a four-volume series, A Minnesota Remembrance.
Jennie K. (Dahlman) Hanson retired in June of 1999 and continues to
substitute teach in the Cromwell-Wright area. She has also been the
president of the Carlton County Retired Educators for the past two
Diane Rauschenfels, BS ’72, MA ’75, EdD ’00 of Duluth,
MN is currently employed by Proctor Public Schools as a Principal.
She was also selected as one of the 40 principals and superintendents
around the world to attend the Oxford Round Table in England in July
2002. The Round Table is a forum for dialogue regarding the future
of public education.
Rick Hogue, of Beaverton, OR, received the Volunteer
of the Year award from his employer, RBC Dain Rauscher. Rick received
the award because of his dedicated efforts as the board chairman elect
of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Douglas Anderson of Lakeville, MN, was named Hamline
University’s Vice President for Finance and Treasurer in August
Joe Whalley, of Westford, MA is currently employed with Mitre Corporation
in Bedford, MA, as a Principle Software Engineer. He is a commander
in the Navy Reserve and was mobilized in February for Operation Enduring
Freedom. He serves as Chief of Cryptologic Services, Prince Sulton
Air Base, Saudi Arabia.
Lonnie Swartz, Duluth, has been
named the president of the National Bank of Commerce. He has worked
with Wells Fargo Banks for the past 24 years, with the most recent
15 years in the Duluth market. He has been active in banking and community
organizations, presently serving on the boards of the Duluth Area
Family YMCA, the United Way of Greater Duluth and the Hermantown Baseball
Shawn Perich, of Hovland, MN, has a new book, Backroads
of Minnesota. It explores Minnesota's natural landscapes and historic
places from Pipestone National Monument on the southwestern prairie
to the North Shore of Lake Superior in the northeast. The book showcases
the nature photography of co-author Gary Alan Nelson.
David Russell Larson obtained his Master’s
in English Education from the University of Minnesota in July of 2001.
He is currently teaching and is the language arts department chair
at Hastings Senior High School, Hastings, MN. David, his wife, Melody,
and two children live in Farmington, MN.
David Uttley of Duluth and Rebecca
Jacott of Superior, were married in June. David works for Mount Royal
Fine Foods in Duluth. Rebecca is a medical social worker at St. Mary’s/Duluth
Christy Sampson and Mike Mergen were married in
November of 2001. Christy is a client services representative for
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The couple resides in Minnetonka, MN.
Scott C. Leach, of St. Paul, is the vice president
of financial operations for the Alexander Institute. The Alexander
Institute is a private medical foundation in Minneapolis.
Jere Fremling, St. Louis Park, MN, married Laurel
Rogers in May, 1998. Their first baby, Joel Lawrence, was born in
Carolyn Frisk and Chris Capriglione, Hermantown, were married in June.
Carolyn is a manager at Champs Sports in Duluth. Chris is a sales
and information technology adviser for Jersey City, Inc.
Chad Helgemo, of Savage, MN, was recognized with
the 2002 sales award from Barrett Moving & Storage Company. Chad
has been a National Account Executive since 1994 and was recently
recognized as a member of the United Van Lines Masters Club. Only
135 salespeople nationwide were awarded this honor for 2002. In addition,
Chad was recognized with an Eagles Club award because of his 2001
Michelle Kanuit of St. Louis Park, MN, and Michael Klemesrud of Champlin,
MN, were married in Hawaii in September. Michelle is a senior staff
accountant for CSM Corporation in St. Paul. Michael is the owner of
Klemesrud & Associates in Champlin.
Matt Novitzki and Amy Johnson, Duluth, were married in July. Matt
is a programmer analyst for Minnesota Power. Amy is a physical therapist
assistant for Residential Services, Inc.
Kevin Carlson and Jody Anderson, of Hermantown,
MN, were married in April in Las Vegas. Jody is a medical biller and
registrar for Lakewalk Surgery Center in Duluth. Kevin is a mechanic
for Sappi Paper Company in Cloquet.
Joy (Fechner) Recker, received her MBA in July 2002 from the University
of St. Thomas. Joy gave birth to a son, Cole Alan, in August. Joy
and her husband live in Savage, MN.
John Mooney and Wendy Kurtz were married in August. John is a partner
and software programmer with Saturn Systems in Duluth and Wendy is
an executive travel manager for Abby Travel in Duluth.
Megan Mikulich and Scott Gordon were married last February in their
home on Lyman Lake in Wisconsin. Megan earned a master’s degree
in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. She is
a teacher for IDS #709. Scott is a firefighter in Superior, WI.
Susan Yurek, of St. Paul and Michael Costley (’95) of Two Harbors,
were married last May. Susan is a sales representative for Louisiana
Pacific Corporation in Minneapolis. Michael is an equity trader at
Shad Cook, Mounds View, MN, married Jennifer Houston
in September, 2001. Shad is a Probation Case Manager for youth.
Fred Hendrickson and Kimberly Patrow, of Blaine, MN, were married
in April. Kimberly, a 1994 graduate of Bethel College, is a community
education instructor for the Anoka-Hennepin school district. Fred
is an executive team leader for Target Corporation in Eden Prairie,
Denise (Bormann) Jans, of Rochester, MN, is an internal auditor at
the Mayo Foundation in Rochester. Her husband Doug is a software engineer
at IBM. The couple had their first child, Adam, in June of 2001.
Roger Fossum and Brenda Perrault, Duluth, were married
in June. Roger and Brenda are both computer data entry clerks at the
U.S. Postal Service Remote Encoding Center in Duluth.
Craig Marion has won the 2001 Air Force Semper Viper Award for his
actions during an F-16 mission over Afghanistan. Marion launched from
Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in November 2001 as a flight lead for a
two-ship F-16 force. The mission successfully defended an Army Special
Forces unit leading a convoy of more than 1,000 anti-Taliban forces
near Kandahar, Afghanistan. The award was presented to Marion in October
by representatives from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Marion
is based at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
Amy Hiedeman, of Hartford, South Dakota, is a fourth
grade teacher in the West Central school district. After graduation,
Amy received her Master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s
University in Winona, MN.
Shannon Kolpin and Ryan Richards, of Middleton, WI, were married in
December 2000. Shannon is a teacher in the Madison Metropolitan school
district. Ryan, (’98), is the director of operations for the
Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation.
Angela Laaksonen and Victor Nogueras, Orlando, Florida, were married
in March. Angela is a crisis counselor for We Care Crisis Center.
Victor is the general manager for Orlando Foods, Inc.
Brendon Schrader and Carrie-Beth Davidson were married last October.
Brendon is an advanced marketing communications analyst for 3M, and
Carrie-Beth is an academic advisor and faculty associate at Capella
University in Minneapolis. The couple resides in Woodbury, MN.
Gayle Gorman (MA ’98) is exhibiting the public
art project, “Musselman and Hart: Selling the Finest in Survival
Skills/Custom Fit for Your Comfort and Ease in Wear by Out Experience
Providers.” The show opened in September in the CEPA Gallery
Window on Main Street in Buffalo, NY.
Ryan Morris and Sonya Bjorklund, Duluth, were married in July of 2002.
Sonya is preschool teacher and Ryan is employed by the city of Duluth.
Christopher Rogge (MIS ’02) and Kelly Schweiger, Richfield,
MN, were married in August. Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree
in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin, Superior.
She is a second grade teacher at Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis.
Christopher is a safety manager for Best Buy as well as being on active
duty with the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard.
Angela R. Smith, of Fergus Falls, MN, received her Doctor of Medicine
degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in May. Angela will begin
her pediatric residency at the University of Minnesota. At commencement,
Angela was honored with the Merck Manual Award for her outstanding
Aaron Trompeter and his wife, Jessica (’00) are both currently
attending Shenandoah University. Aaron is working on his MSED and
will graduate in December and Jessica is enrolled in her second year
of pharmacy school. Aaron recently won the Bruce C. Souders prize
Melinda Zapp, and Jered Granley (’97), were married in February.
Melinda, is a research assistant with the City of Superior Wastewater
Treatment Plant. Jered is a senior risk analyst for Minnesota Power.
Kimberly Cary and Mario Lucarelli (’00), Plymouth,
MN, were married in July of 2001. Kimberly is a buyer for the Best
Buy Corporation. Mario is a financial planner for Waddell & Reed.
Jeremy Hoover and Alyssa Horvat, Cook, MN, were married in May. Alyssa
is employed by RLK-Kuusisto in Hibbing. Jeremy is an assistant residential
supervisor at Mesabi Academy in Buhl.
Zachery Painovich and Jennifer Petrick, Cloquet, MN, were married
in July. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College
of St. Scholastica and is a kindergarten teacher. Zachery is a special
education teacher for the Duluth Public Schools.
Troy Pfingsten and Amy Moore, Minnetonka, MN, were married in September.
Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University
of Illinois, Champaign in 1998. She is a buyer for Target Corporation
in Minneapolis. Troy is the owner of Home Mortgage Solutions in Minnetonka.
Christopher Schwab and his wife Amy, Chaska, MN, were married in May
of 2000. The couple is expecting their first child in December of
2002. Christopher works in the credit department of General Motors.
Reine Shiffman (MLS ’99) was elected to sit on the executive
committee of the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG). Reine
is principal of Reine A. Shiffman & Associates, a consulting business
in the Twin Cities.
Jennifer Stevens and John Gilles, Duluth were married last July. Jennifer
is an account clerk for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
John is self-employed as a professional football player.
Todd Nelson and Katie Lundeen, Duluth, were
married in April. Katie is a nutritional hostess and diet clerk for
the Miller-Dwan Medical Center. Todd works for Park State Bank in
Jeffrey Rykken, of Philadelphia, PA, received his Master’s degree
sciences at MCP Hahnemann University. He is now a medical student
at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Amy Swanson, Portland, OR, won third place best in the show at the
Oregon Potter’s Association ceramic showcase.
Sarah Stone and Erik Skafte were married in October. Sarah works for
Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis. Erik works for Silver
Lake Dental in New Brighton, MN.
Jeremy Zahn (MIS ’00) and Mandy Berg (MA 2001), of Somerset,
WI, were married in August of 2000. The couple’s son, Xavier
Berg, was born in November. Jeremy is a safety manager for Northstar
Steel in St. Paul, and Mandy is a school counselor at Mahtomedi Middle
Sara Angst, Cloquet, MN, contributed original artwork for a 24-month
calendar to help fund the City of Cloquet Centennial Celebration.
An art exhibit was held in her honor to display the original works.
Josh Carlon, Minneapolis, worked on editing and motion graphics for
the WDSE-TV historic documentary, Waasa inaabidaa - We Look In All
Directions, that celebrates Ojibwe history and culture. The series
won five regional Emmy Awards from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Best Documentary
Feature for one section of the piece from the American Indian Film
Festival in San Francisco.
David Eastman (MEHS ’01), of Superior, and Amber Goette, of
Two Harbors, were married in September. Amber is a cardiology technician
at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic. David is an environmental technician
for Louisiana Pacific in Two Harbors.
Lynsey Eckert and Matthew Wittenberg, Duluth, were married last October.
Matthew earned his associate degree in law enforcement from Fond du
Lac Tribal Community College.
Kelly Eckman and Bryan Price (’01), Duluth, were married in
August. Kelly is working as a coder at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic
and Bryan is Employed with Evergreen Sprinklers in Robbinsdale, MN.
Kristy Clark and Joe Gunderson (’01), Duluth, were married in
August. Kristy is employed by Our Place Covenant Enabling Residence
in Duluth and Joe is a graphic designer for H.T. Klatzky and Associates
Adam Hummel, New York, NY, who wrote the play, The Movie Game, which
was performed by UMD theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
has news. The play will be published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
and will be available sometime in 2003.
Jesse Kaczmarek, Minneapolis, received a Silver and a Bronze Award
for interactive design in the design competition, ONE SHOW held in
Minneapolis last fall. Jesse worked with the agencies Periscope and
Carmichael Lynch on the projects.
Shari Moland married Erik Myhrman in August. They live in Duluth,
where Shari is employed at Qualex. Erik is employed by InsTent Advanced
Awning Design in Scanlon.
Jane Zitnak, of Blue Earth, MN, is a member of Team in Training, a
non-profit organization that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
She ran the Anchorage, Alaska Midnight half marathon in June and is
working to raise $5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Barbara (Beltz) Titus (MA ’02, BA ’00),
Duluth, is a communications instructor at UMD and a bereavement coordinator
for St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic.
Amy Carlson and Jon Svobodny, Duluth, were married in May. Amy is
a math teacher at Superior High School. Jon, a Southwest State graduate,
is a financial analyst for Uniprise in Duluth.
Amy Grossnickle and John Paton, Duluth, were married in August. Amy
is a figure skating coach with the Duluth Figure Skating Club and
an office consultant with Full Circle in Duluth. John is pursuing
a Bachelor’s degree in management information systems from UMD.
DeAnna Hagen and Andy Asbury, (’01), were married last July.
Deanna is a mortgage originator for Tag Mortgage in Edina and a freelance
model. Andy is the founder of the Promotional Pad.
Sarah Kueffer (MS ’02) is a mathematics instructor at the Anoka
Ramsey Community College.
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