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Volume 22 • Number 2 • Summer 2005



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The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail: alumni@d.umn.edu, by fax at 218-726-6186. If you are in the U.S., you can send your note to: Alumni Director, University Relations, University of Minnesota Duluth, 315 DAdB, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. This issue of the Bridge reflects the notes we received before July 10, 2005.

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1953

Ruby (Ostrom) Thomas plays and teaches piano. She is part of the Lake Superior Ragtime Society and the Chippewa Valley Ragtime Society, where she plays ragtime piano. Ruby also collects old sheet music from the late 1800s through the 1980s.

1954

Lois Colette Conrad Duggan recently retired from the Arizona Department of Corrections with special recognition and commendation from Governor Janet Napolitano. Colette was named non-uniformed employee of the year in 2002 at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson. Currently, she is a part-time instructor for Pima Community College Adult Education.

1960

Donald C. Wegmiller was named as one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

1961

Grant Standbrook received the 2005 Terry Flanagan Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association in April. Grant has coached at Dartmouth College, University of Wisconsin and most currently at the University of Maine.

1962

Russ Schoumaker, of New York, was elected to the UMD Alumni Board of Directors, as the New York/New Jersey representative.

1969

Jerrold A. Maki, of Midlothian, VA, has received a promotion from Bon Secours Richmond Health System. He is now the Chief Administrative Officer, after serving one year as vice president-resource manager. Jerrold earned a master's degree in hospital administration from the UM Minneapolis campus. He is married to Carolyn Maki, a 1969 UMD alumna.

1970

Richard J. Maturi BA '70, '79, has written Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga. The book was released in February and the South Dakota Legislature issued a commemoration of Sande's life and career.

1971

Phil Johnson received his master's degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas in May. He is a senior project manager at Born Information Systems. Phil and his wife, Kristi Johnson, '73, are proud that their daughter Bryn is attending UMD.

1973

Dave Bergh is doing volunteer and service work through Global Volunteers in the Cook Islands. He had to board up buildings and stock supplies when the Cook Islands were met with Cyclone Meena.

Candy Furo has been inducted into the Grandma's Marathon Hall of Fame for her involvement and commitment to Grandma's Marathon.

Bruce L. Smith was named director of the newly created School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos.

1975

Renee King, MA '75, of North Branch, Minn., is teaching part time at the Cambridge Community College. Renee continues to direct the choir at the North Branch High School.

1977

Craig LaTulip has joined the Duluth office of Ayres Associates as a land surveyor. He is a member of Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors.

1978

Mark G. Ramsdell received the Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Trucking Association, where he is a member of the board and executive committee. Mark is in charge of the trucking and transportation national industry practice for Larson Allen Weishair and Company, LLP.

1980

Rebecca Gullion Lindquist, of Duluth, has a kitchen project featured in a new design book, The Great American Kitchens and Baths. The book showcases outstanding kitchen design projects done by independent kitchen designers across the U.S.

Lynn VanderVort, Shoreview, Minn., graduated in May 2005 from the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute with a master's degree in public affairs.

Ronald Weber, of Duluth, has recently built a new home in the Riverside neighborhood of Duluth. He is a community education coordinator, and has three children who attend Denfeld High School.

1983

Julie (Young) Dittberner, of Lakeville, Minn., has married Rod Dittberner. The couple knew each other in kindergarten and met again 24 years later. Julie is vice president of human resources for Golf Galaxy, Inc.

1985

Rody Bowers-Hughes was promoted to associate dean of academic affairs at Lake Superior College. She previously worked as an academic advisor and financial aid officer at the college. Rody received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

1987

Catherine Heffernan did Peace Corps work in Mongolia. She taught college English and tutored Mongolian English teachers. Catherine was also working with the Mongolian National Television on an ESL/Mongolian language program.

John A. Kayfes, recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in European History.

Steven Miller was recently promoted to senior marketing manager responsible for database software product strategy within IBM's DB2 Information Management Software Division. Steven and his wife, Sandra, reside in Portland, Ore. Sandra is an accomplished glass artist.

1988

Randy W. Gilbert, of Long Lake, Minn., has been elected as mayor of Long Lake. He took office in January.

Michael W. Glaccum was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. In 1998, Glaccum flew operational U-2 missions over Korea, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Presently he serves as chief of the High Altitude Reconnaissance division at Headquarters Air Combat Command.

Mary Tomasiak, of De Pere, Wisc., has been selected again to be honored by Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is part of the two percent of the nation's teachers who have been included in more than one issue. She currently teaches third grade, and has taken on leadership roles with diversity programs.

1989

Steven C. Alaspa, a certified public accountant and partner with the firm Alaspa and Murray, Ltd., in Duluth, was elected first vice president of the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants.

Scott A. Nocton, of Plymouth, Minn., has entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul as a student in the master of divinity program.

1991

Karen Adams and Joe Schingen, both of Duluth, were married in July. Karen received her master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in Winona. She is a teacher for the Duluth Public Schools. Joe is an English teacher for Duluth Public Schools.

Barbara Julien and Jay Julien had a new baby daughter, Shelby Marie, born in November. Shelby has a big brother, Cole, who is five years old. Barbara and her family reside in Champlin, Minn., where she works in the accounting department for Caterpillar Paving Products.

Brian Shelton, MBA '00, of Duluth, was hired as vice president of commercial banking at Republic Bank in Hibbing, Minn. He most recently was vice president of commercial banking at U.S. Bank in Duluth.

1992

Charlene Martimo and John Love were married in January. Charlene is employed by UMD in the School of Fine Arts.

1993

Joel Brekken and Mandy Mestelle were married this January in Jamaica. Joel works in insurance and financial services at Joel Brekken Agency, Inc. The couple resides in Duluth.

Cheryl Hynes was recently featured in the August/September issue of the Duluth magazine, The Woman Today. The article discussed her life as a wife, mother of two children and owner of the local Sylvan Learning Center.

1994

Barclay and Robyn (Meyer) Klinker, MBA '99, have added triplets to their family. Their two new sons and daughter, Riley, Dylan, and Madelyn, were born in September 2004. The triplets join their two-year old brother Jordan. Barclay is a CPA for Piehl, Hanson, & Beckman. Robyn works for Minnetonka public schools as a human resources coordinator. The family resides in Hutchinson, Minn.

1995

Jason Befort was recently elected as Top Dog Designer by Dirty Paws Pet Products in Southern Pines, N.C. Jason's dog toy, the Stretch Me-Squeeze Me Vet, will be marketed in major pet supply stores starting November 2005. Jason plays the electric guitar in a local band, Keep Scratchin', and occasionally returns to Duluth to run in Grandma's Marathon.

Renee Funk and Tom Kruschek had a son, Kaleb Iaasac, born June 24, 2004.

Rhonda Hakala and Jason St. George were married last April in Duluth. The couple is from Shakopee, Minn. Rhonda is employed as a human resource manager for Minnesota Air, Inc., in Bloomington.

Trista Hendrickson and Dino Schinigoi, both of Duluth, were married in June.

Leonard Johnson and Melanie Samuelson, both of Duluth, were married in May. Leonard is an account representative for Compudyne in Duluth. Melanie is an appeals coordinator for United Healthcare in Duluth.

Mat Peterson was promoted to lead financial assistant with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. For the second time, Mat received the Finance Employee of the Quarter award.

Lori Wentkiewicz and Randy Buchman, both of Eden Prairie, Minn., were married in July. She is employed by Time/Warner Cable in Minneapolis. Randy is a lead dispatcher for public safety at the University of St. Thomas.

1996

Bryan Hiveley and Heidi Jensen, '97, currently reside in Klamath, Calif. Bryan recently traveled to Kenya, where he used his experience in ceramic arts to assist the Akamba people in the use of alternative building techniques. Heidi left law enforcement and is now a researcher on the Botox team for Allergan, Inc.

Jill Gustafson and Bruce Coleman were married in December. Jill is a project manager for Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. in Duluth. Bruce is an assistant department manager at Menards in Hermantown.

David Haugen and his wife, Holly, had a son, Augustin, born just before David left for Kuwait in January 2005. David is a naval reservist and is on an assignment with a fleet hospital from Dallas. He is a dentist and worked at Piedmont Heights Dental Associates until his deployment. The couple resides in Duluth, with their two other children, Zachary and Sabastian.

1997

Sarah Haydon married Benjamin Johnson in July 2004 in Duluth.

Donald Ness and Laura Scheu, both of Duluth, were married in May 2004. Donald is employed by the City of Duluth as city council president as well as the campaign manager for Congressman Jim Oberstar. The couple owns a small business in Duluth called Vintage Duluth. They also have a daughter, Eleanor.

1998

Shawn M. Anderson and Andrea W. Bieraugel, '99, and were married in August of 1999. Andrea is a senior credit advisor for Target Financial Services and Shawn is a software engineer for Navitaire. They live in Apple Valley, Minn. and are expecting their first baby in September 2005.

Stephen W. Blackmarr has finished flight training at Top Gun Flight School in Nevada. He was named pilot training officer and helped his squadron train for deployment to Japan. He will return to Top Gun as an instructor.

Amanda Cornell, of Rochester, and Alan Holloway were married July 2004 in Rochester. Amanda is Recycling Coordinator for the Mayo Clinic and Alan works with Bower's Carpet Installation.

Erik Florentz, and Meredith Schrader, of St. Paul, were married in April. Erik is the information technology consultant for Global Volunteers and owner and president of Active Innovations. Meredith is a certified nurse midwife and works at the St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn.

Eric Hane and Jamie Kramer were married last June in Wausau, Wis. Eric is a graphic designer for Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jennifer Lynn Maki received her master's degree in multidisciplinary studies and her teaching certificate from Loras College in Dubuque in May. She is teaching at Hillcrest School in Dubuque, Iowa.

1999

Paul LaTour, recently won an Associated Press Sports Editor National Contest award and a Peter Lisagor Award for Sports Reporting from the Chicago Headline Club. Both awards were given for a Naperville Sun series entitled "Under Pressure: the Changing Landscape of High School Athletics."  

2000

Bjorna Amundsen and Kevin Jayson were married in Duluth. Bjorna is a food technician at General Mills in Minneapolis.

Amber Bothwell and Justin Male were married in September. Amber is pursuing a master's degree in social work at UMD and works as a program coordinator for Lutheran Social Services. Justin is an electrician for Louisiana Pacific in Two Harbors.

Kara Knowles, president of Faster Solutions in Duluth, presented the workshop, "How to Build and Market Web Sites for Professional Writers and Editors," to the Professional Editor's Network and the Twin Cities division of the National Writer's Union.

Amanda MacGregor had her article "Let's (Not) Get It On," published in Voice of Youth Advocates, a children's journal. The article is a feminist analysis of the presentation of sex and girls in young adult literature. Amanda resides in Boston, Mass.  

Andrew Moravec, '00, Tim Walen, '01, Kyle Buske, '01, Shannon Payne, '02, and Joy Tomaszewski, '00, all members of the "Rollin' Rookers" inline skating team, skated 75 miles from Hinckley to Duluth in the Referral Mortgage MS SUN 75 Inline Skate Tour. The team has been skating to raise money for multiple sclerosis since 2003.

Jill Thurk and Jon Kennedy, Jr. were married in May 2004. Jill is employed by Hennepin Faculty Associates as a financial analyst. The couple lives in Chanhassen, Minn.  

Timothy Walen, of Minneapolis, and his band have recently participated in an independent film, which was shown at New York and Los Angeles film festivals. The band, which includes another UMD grad, Jared King, '01, also wrote and performed the music for the film. They also played at The Lion's Den in New York, a well-known club spot.

2001

Susan Hargreaves married Jeff Markes in April, and they reside in Eau Claire, Wis. Susan works at the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore as a supervisor.

Dean Hensel and Marie Stelman, '02, both of Maple Grove, were married August 2004. Marie is a human resource compensation and benefits assistant at Bell Mortgage. Dean is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. He is a staff accountant at AGA Medical Corp.

Heather Howard and Gregory Keilwitz, both of Overland Park, Kan., were married in July 2004. Heather is a special education teacher for Mundy's Mill Middle School in Jonesboro, Ga. She earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Emporia State University.  

Jared King, of Richfield, has recently attended film festivals in New York and Los Angeles with an independent film which he co-wrote and produced. Jared's band wrote the score for this rock n' roll, murder mystery comedy.

Jeff Mans, of Monana, Wis., is employed with the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Madison as a sheriff deputy.

Nate Perbix ended the first season of "Nate on Drums," Minnesota's award-winning TV comedy/variety show. The half-hour program featured locally-produced animation, sketch comedy and both soundtrack and in-studio performances by local musicians, aired on channel 45. During its first season, the show has featured the music of over 50 local musicians/groups and won the 2004 Minnesota Music Academy's award for Best Audio-Visual Production. Four graduates of UMD's music program wrote the show theme song: Chris Fahey '03, Andrew Bartelson '03, Rick Widen, '03 and Matt Peterson '04, who are also in the band Sunny Wicked.

Christi Rassier, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Eric Laumeyer were married last November. She is employed by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation as a health communication coordinator.

Jon Rohloff has joined RBC Dain Rauscher's Duluth office as a financial consultant. He assists clients with investments, retirement plans, and money management.

Megan Teig, of Superior, married Nicholas Flint last March. She is currently a publication assistant for the Real Estate Viewer in Superior.

2002

Eric Gunderson and Jamie Casper were married July 2004, in Duluth. Eric is employed by Wells Fargo Financial in Bloomington as a loan representative.

Mark Herzog, of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., and Megan Lenz, '03, of Truman, Minn., were married in October. Megan is currently working as a tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis. Mark is employed by Minnesota Opinion Research, Inc. in Bloomington, where he is a research analyst.

Ryanne Johnson and Steve Battaglia, both of Cloquet, were married in October. Ryanne is a circulation manager for Advanstar Communications in Duluth. Steve is a teacher and coach for the East Central High School in Askov.

Jamie Niskala and Randy TenEyck, both of Eveleth, Minn., were married last September in Ely. Jamie is a tax accountant for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in Duluth. Randy is a sales consultant for Northstar Ford of Duluth.

Kyle Underwood has been named chief weather forecaster at WDIO-TV, where he previously served as a government and political news reporter and weekend weather anchor.

2003

Scott Beeman and Paula Niemi, both of Duluth, were married in November. Scott is a civil engineer with the 148th Fighter Wing Air National Guard in Duluth.

Sarah Goette, of Aurora, and Christopher Harrison, of LeSueur, were married on Valentine's Day. Sarah is employed as a manager at Sam's Club in Duluth.

Jessica Lind wrote String, a romantic comedy that was performed in the Dudley Experimental Theatre at UMD in March.

Amanda Maki and Matthew Davis were joined in marriage in May. Amanda is a teacher in Jefferson County School District in Colorado. Matthew has an associate's degree as a paramedic from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and is a paramedic for the Rural/Metro Ambulance in Aurora, Colo.

Chris Murray and Leslie Flottemesch were married in July. Chris is a marketing manager of strategic planning for Luigino's Self Serve Foods. Chris and Leslie live in Longwood, Fla.

Shanna Netland and Scott Kottke, of Duluth, were married last June. Shanna is a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Children's Center in Hermantown.

Maria Rooth, of Sweden, has had her "# 27" hockey jersey retired, the first women's jersey number to be retired by UMD. Her hockey skills, grades, leadership, and respectful attitude on and off the ice met the criteria for the award. As a captain for three years, she helped lead the Bulldogs to three NCAA Division I Titles. The ceremony was held at the DECC in February.

Cynthia Running and Brian Krieg, both of Duluth, were married in September. Cynthia is a teacher at the YMCA Child Care in Duluth. Brian is a security officer with Midwest Patrol.

2004

Kaleb Anderson directed a UMD dramatization of the Kafka story, Metamorphosis, in 2004. The play looked into how society marginalizes people with disabilities.

Joanne "JoJo" Biondich and Bradley Scott, both of Virginia, Minn., were married in Aurora, Minn., in July 2004. Joanne substitute teaches in Cherry, Minn., where she is also head basketball coach.

Sara Etlick, of Kelsey, Minn., and Justin Beldo, of Eveleth, Minn., were married in July 2004.

Beau Geisler married Heidi Watson last July in Grand Rapids. Beau plays professional hockey for the Manchester Monarchs.

Melissa McDowell and Ryan Noyes, both of Duluth, were married in August. Melissa is an information specialist for St. Louis County. Ryan is a program manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Duluth.

Christine Stunkart, of Floodwood, Minn. has joined the firm Anne Scherer The Tax Lady LLC, as an accountant. She previously interned there and is now a full time payroll supervisor and electronic filing manager.

Danielle Veit, and Daniel Westholm, both of Duluth, were married in June 2004. Danielle is an English teacher at Unity High School in Duluth.

2005

Elizabeth Olson and Angela Nichols were married in August. Elizabeth is program coordinator for the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth. Angela is the director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Services at UMD.

Jason Dauffenbach is attending medical school at Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine.
 
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