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BRIDGE - Fall 2008, Volume 26, #1

One Rockin' Reunion

Reunion attendees danced under the stars with the Whitesidewalls, Rock ‘N Roll Revue.

In July, UMD held a reunion for alumni who attended the university between 1960 and 1969. Four days of nostalgic, informative and entertaining activities included a cocktail reception on the Glensheen terrace, a music showcase in UMD’s Weber Music Hall, Dancing under the Stars with the Whitesidewalls, cocktail party, dinner and dance, golf, a Swenson College of Science and Engineering open house, a Dean’s Reception, lectures, Labovitz School of Business and Economics open house, ROTC open house, Glensheen Mansion tour with UMD alumni authors of Will to Murder, mini reunions and Sunday brunch. In addition, many attended The Great Hockey Get-Together and Game at the new Heritage Sports Center.

Here are a few comments from alumni:
“Having been a Denfeld grad, I joined a sorority so that I could be more a part of campus life. I received a great education, made good friends, and had lots of fun!” Susan Running

Halvard Berg came back to UMD from Norway. He said, “Had three great years at UMD 1964-67 and saw a lot of old good friends at the reunion.”

Dick Anneke said, “I graduated from UMD in 1968 after perhaps the four most memorable years of my life. The education provided me with a foundation to go on for 38 years in a career, and the friendships have been priceless.”

“Four of the best years of my life — Sigma Phi Kappa, BS in education, dances, and friends.” Nance Riddell Trempe Goodwin
“The 1960s was a crazy decade. It brought unparalleled changes to our country and our lives. I feel very fortunate to have experienced that period while attending UMD. It still seems like yesterday.” Jim Klang


Peg Haley Kepner ’68, John DeSanto ’68, and Mary Zanko Olson ’67. Back to the ’60s co-chairs Mike Dean ’67 and Peg Haley Kepner ’68. Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity members during the cocktail reception at the Glensheen Historic Estate: Huck Andresen ’63, Gary Gilchrist ’67, D. Stephen Hoffmann ’67, Jim Klang ’70, Halvard Berg ’67, Mike Dean ’67, and Bob Devlin ’65.
Bea Thompson Levey ’68 and Richard Levy ’67. . Patty Berini Francisco ’70 and Keith “Huffer” Christensen ’68 reminisce about hockey games of the past ’60s Hockey Greats golf together at Nemadji Golf Course: Bill McGann ’65, John McCormick ’63, Mike Mithrush ’73, and Bob Lund ’66.


The Sigma Phi Kappa
Sorority enjoyed getting together on Glensheen’s terrace.
Sigma Tau Kappa members and spouses met for breakfast in Kirby Student Center on campus.

Mike Dean Receives
Chancellorís Distinguished Service Award

Mike Dean with Alumni Director Patty Delano, alumni director (left) and Lisa Pratt, alumni associate (right).

In Summer 2008, at the Back to the ’60s Reunion, Mike Dean ’67, past UMD alumni board president, was presented with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award.

In a congratulatory address, Vice Chancellor Vince Magnusen said, “Mike is a leader in the Duluth community. He recently retired from the County Attorney’s office, but now is busier than ever. One of the things that has kept him so busy is his service to UMD. He has been an active member of the UMD alumni board for nine years and served as President for two years from 2004-2006. He initiated, spearheaded and implemented the first UMD Alumni Association strategic plan which has effectively guided the organization for the last three years. As a board member, he persevered with the development and design of the UMD on-line directory. He is the decade of the ’60s UMD historian.”
Magnusen noted that Dean is active with his fraternity, Alpha Nu Omega, both with current student members as well as alumni. He said, “Mike actively partners with the University providing service, expertise, and leadership that benefits students, alumni and future alumni. He is the quintessential recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award.”


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