Monday, April 3, 2006
- ’38 Raymond Freund, Fairbault, MN, retired
in 1977 as director of Fairbault VoTech College.
- ’49 Lois (Bradshaw) Baier, Anaheim, CA, is a retired school psychologist.
- ’54 Clifford Davidson, Kalamazoo, MI, has
retired as professor of English and medieval studies emeritus at
Western Michigan University (WMU). His most recent book is
“Deliver Us From Evil: Studies in Symbolic Engagement in
Early English Drama.”
Davidson received his bachelor’s degree in
English at SCSU, then earned his master’s and doctorate
degrees at Wayne State University. He spent most of his career teaching
in the medieval institute at WMU. He also helped organize the
International Congress on Medieval Studies, the largest conference of
its kind in the world.
- ’64 ’65 J. Roger Selin, Eau
Claire, WI, professor of accounting and finance at University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He
also received the award in 1974. Recipients are chosen by the
- ’69 Marie (Capron) Wendt, Fort Calhoun, NE,
retired from elementary school teaching in 2003.
- ’74 Bruce D. Bruchman, Tulsa, OK, is vice
president for risk management at John Christner Trucking (JCT)
- ’75 Phillip Davis, St. Paul, MN, gave the
2005 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony address at SCSU in
- ’77 Deborah Boros, Coon Rapids, MN, an
Anoka-Hennepin teacher at Mississippi Elementary School, was one of two
recipients of the WEM Foundation’s statewide Teacher
Achievement Award, awarded to educators who support, inspire and assist
students to achieve despite barriers to learning.
- ’77 Richard Sexton, El Macero, CA,
professor of agricultural economics at the University of California at
Davis, received the University of Minnesota Applied Economics
Department Outstanding Alumni Award for 2004-05.
- ’78 Sandra (Johnson) Frayseth, Worthington,
MN, is a teacher of hearing-impaired students in a multi-handicapped
- ’78 Alan Musech, Eden Prairie, MN, joined
Fabcon, a precast concrete wall manufacturer, as a project manager with
25 years experience in the construction industry. Previously he was
employed at Shaw Construction as a project manager.
- ’78 Richard Russeth, Evergreen, CO, has
been named vice president and general counsel of Leprino Foods Co. in
- ’79 Deborah Lund, Greenbank, WA, has
written a children’s book that will be released by Harcourt
in April 2006. This second book, “All Aboard the
Dinotrain,” is a partner book to
- ’80 Debra (Minick) Keiser, St. Cloud, MN, is
a new officer for Central Minnesota Chapter of American Red
- ’80 Cynthia Seelhammer, Queen Creek, AZ, was
named a McCloy Fellow by the American Council on Germany and the
National League of Cities. She spent time last fall studying urban
affairs in Germany as part of the McCloy Fellowship program.
Seelhammer, currently the town manager of Queen
Creek, earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She received
the SCSU College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award for her
professional successes. She comes from an SCSU family as her mother and
all five of her siblings attended SCSU and her father was an SCSU
- ’80 ’86 Brian McGrath, Brooklyn
Park, MN, was promoted to vice president - client risk at Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage. The promotion involves managing a team of professionals
that are responsible for the account management of Wells
Fargo’s Institutional Lending client base.
- ’81 Debra (Schrom) Hoyhtya, Stillwater, MN,
is the administrative assistant to the superintendent and school board
for the Centennial School District.
- ’82 Joan Alleckson, San Diego, CA,
president of Profit Solutions Network, has been elected president of
the San Diego chapter of the California Society of Certified Public
Accountants (CalCPA) for 2005-06. Previously Alleckson served as the
chapter’s first vice president. She also has been the
- ’83 Lori Long, St. Cloud, MN, is serving
her second four-year term on the St. Cloud City Council representing
the city’s south side, which includes SCSU.
- ’84 Gregory Murray, St. Cloud, MN, of
Mahowald Insurance Agency, was recognized by the Society of Certified
Insurance Counselors for maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor
designation for 10 years.
- ’85 Jack Jones, Doylestown, PA, wrote
“Pioneers of Primetime,” a documentary shown
nationally on PBS. The St. Cloud native spent six years making the
film, which chronicles television comedy’s long-forgotten
pedigree – from vaudeville through radio to the golden age of
- Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in mass
communications with a focus on radio and television. The award-winning
television news anchor and reporter has written and produced a variety
of full-length documentaries.
- SCSU alumnus Jack Jones Jr. poses with Sid Caesar and
Mickey Rooney last summer in Beverly Hills at the Television Critics
Association Fall Tour. Photo provided by PBS.
- ’85 Steven Sperl, St. Cloud, MN, was
promoted to director of the Outpatient Adult/Pediatric Rehabilitation
and Rehab/Physiatry Office Support at CentraCare Health
- ’86 Philip Miller, Williams, MN, Lake of
the Woods County attorney, was named by Governor Tim Pawlenty as a
finalist for a court bench vacancy in the Ninth Judicial
- ’86 ’04 Laura (Carriar)
Pfannenstein, St. Cloud, MN, is a new officer for Central Minnesota
Chapter of American Red Cross.
- ’87 Julie (Sauer) Mische, St. Cloud, MN,
recently purchased Great Times Bistro and renamed it Jule’s
- ’87 ’01 Patrick Sawatzke,
Monticello, MN, plans to run for the Minnesota State Senate for
District 19. He and his wife own Jade Patrick Salon in
- ’87 ’92 Linda Baune, Waite Park,
MN, received the Spirit Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Central
- ’88 Brian Belski, Inver Grove Heights, MN,
recently accepted a position at Merrill Lynch in New York to become the
equity strategist for its wealth management division.
- ’88 ’92 Robert Walsh, Ortonville,
MN, is an invited professor at the Office of Global Affairs at
Information & Communication University in Daejeon, South Korea,
where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English and
communication. In campus-wide student course evaluations at the end of
spring semester 2005, his classes received the highest cumulative score
of any professor’s classes at the university
Walsh graduated with a double major in English and
speech and a master’s degree in speech communications. He has
taught at Mitchell Community College and the University of North
- ’89 Lisa (Kubinski) Saline, Minneapolis,
MN, who was the SCSU cheerleading and dance coach from 1984-89, is the
founder and president of United Performing Association, (UPA), a
company she founded in 1988.
- ’90 John Eichten, Minneapolis, MN, started
an IT firm, Bit Bucket Computer Services, LLC, in January
- ’90 Jeffrey LeGare, Murphy, TX, was
promoted to senior vice president and tapped to open a new office for
John B. Collins Associates, Inc. in Tampa, FL.
- ’90 ’00 Steven Penick, Cold
Spring, MN, is a curator at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud and
has become involved with the museum’s educational programs
for students and adults. He also participates in the Cold Spring 20/20
Vision Team, promoting the community’s economic development
and fostering historical preservation.
- ’91 Ronald Broekemeier, Monticello, MN, is
an insurance salesperson with Liberty Mutual Group, selling auto, home,
life, annuities and mutual funds. He works with companies that employ
50-1,000 people in setting up voluntary group benefits and other human
- ’91 Sir Harris, Chandler, AZ, accepted the
director of annual giving position for Arizona State University (ASU)
Foundation in November. He expects to receive a master’s
degree in public administration from ASU in May. Harris, who has a
background in behavioral health, has been at ASU for seven
- ’91 Reginald Perkins, Apple Valley, MN, was
inducted into the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in October.
- ’91 Robert Rodriguez, St. Paul, MN, was
recently promoted from professor to chairperson of graduate programs in
the School of Business at Capella University.
- ’92 Mary (Treinen) Bongers, Pelican Rapids,
MN, has been appointed as the assistant human resource director at
- ’92 Thomas Mootz, Eagan, MN, has been
promoted to partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Minneapolis. He is an
information technology audit partner with more than 13 years of
experience assisting companies with business and technical issues,
including internal audit and risk assessment.
- ’93 Barbara (Guzy) Fellows, Bryan, TX, is a kindergarten teacher.
- ’93 Dale McKenzie, St. Louis Park, MN, is
the owner of Pitbull Foods, which produces and distributes hot sauce in
the Minneapolis area.
- ’93 Monica (Dian) Steffer, Farmington, MN,
works in the government programs claims department at
- ’93 ’99 Robert Mathiasen,
Willmar, MN, was named president of Wells Fargo Bank in
- ’94 Melissa Aho, Circle Pines, MN, was
recently named instructor in Metropolitan State University’s
Library and Information Services. She also works for the Minnesota
School of Business as a campus librarian.
- ’94 Chad Kunze, O Fallon, MO, CPA, has been
promoted to health care principal at LarsonAllen. With more than 10
years of experience in public accounting, auditing and business
consulting for health-care organizations, he focuses on serving senior
health and long-term care clients.
Kunze graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
accounting. He is a Missouri- and Minnesota-licensed CPA and a member
of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its
Missouri and Minnesota chapters. He has served on various committees
related to senior health care and HUD housing for the Minnesota Health
& Housing Alliance and Care Providers of Minnesota.
- ’95 Edward Fellows, Bryan, TX, is a school principal.
- ’95 Michelle Hallbeck, Princeton, MN,
recently earned her master’s degree in education from St.
Mary’s University, Twin Cities Campus in
- ’95 Kelley Kopacz, Madison, WI, graduated
from Mayo School of Health Sciences in the nuclear medicine technology
program in August 2005 and successfully passed her boards. She is a
practicing nuclear medical technician in Wisconsin.
- ’95 ’00 Kelly (Schallau) Ryan,
Minneapolis, MN, is a historical consultant for the film industry,
evaluating historical tone and accuracy of new scripts produced by the
major studios and acting as a liaison between those studios and experts
in particular historical fields.
- ’97 Holly (Dissell) Benson, Albertville,
MN, is the business services manager for TopLine Federal Credit Union
in Maple Grove, MN, where she leads the business lending and business
deposit account area for the credit union’s four branch
- ’97 Derek Haug, St. Cloud, MN, was named
2003 Placement Counselor of the Year for the job placement division of
the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association.
- ’97 Gretchen (Graber) Williamson, Richfield,
MN, is a communications specialist with GMAC-RFC.
- ’98 Spencer Bakke, Maple Grove, MN,
recently completed a six month fellowship with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation in Washington, D.C. Bakke, who is a sergeant with the
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, worked in the Counter
Terrorism Division - National Joint Terrorism Task Force.
- ’98 Diane Buschena-Brenna, Clear Lake, MN,
is a new board member for the Central MN Chapter of American Red
- ’98 John Rosner, Melrose, MN, band director
at Elk River High School (ERHS), was recently named director of the
North Suburban Concert Band. He is earning a master’s degree
in conducting at SCSU. His honors include a Fellowship to the Art of
Wind Band Teaching at the University of Minnesota, student assistant
conductor at SCSU and pianist for the SCSU Jazz Ensemble.
The SCSU music graduate has taken the ERHS bands to Europe,
Hawaii and many major festivals across the United States. He began his
musical career at the piano, but specializes in brass performance with
trumpet as his major instrument.
- ’98 Lisa (Peters) Stark, Sartell, MN, CPA,
CISA, has been promoted to principal at LarsonAllen, providing audit,
internal audit and consulting services for financial
- ’99 William Ogdahl, Glenwood, MN, has been
employed with Morgan Stanley for six years. He is a portfolio manager
for discretionary accounts as well as advising other clients. He
started an MBA program recently and also plans to obtain a
- ’99 ’02 Aaron Amic, Albertville,
MN, was promoted to research director at Ipsos Public Affairs in
- ’00 Heidi (Herchenbach) Cline, East Troy,
WI, is a senior consultant for Deloitte & Touche.
- ’00 Jessica (Staberg) Michel, Mooresville, NC, is a middle school science teacher.
- ’00 Shane Swanke, Lakeville, MN, became
sole owner of Swanke Financial Group in Apple Valley after purchasing
the remaining two-thirds equity in the company. He remains an
investment advisor representative and also manages the business side of
- ’00 Rachel Swanson, Fort Collins, CO, is an
independent consultant with Creative Memories and is an international
travel consultant for AAA Travel.
- ’00 Nancy Wurm, Lakeville, MN, is an account manager at EvaluMed in Edina.
- ’01 Darin Amundson, Kerkhoven, MN, joined Piper Jaffray as a financial adviser.
- ’01 Jennifer Champer, Chicago, IL, was
promoted to group sales manager at the new Four Points by Sheraton
Chicago Downtown, Magnificent Mile.
- ’01 John Gerads, Minnetonka, MN, is a
learning and development consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in
- ’01 Eric Larson, Vero Beach, FL, recently
completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great
- ’01 Jennifer (Kerr) McMillin, Brecksville,
OH, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, OH, is one of 1,000
students worldwide to receive a 2005-06 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial
Scholarship. She is studying at the Australian National University in
Canberra, Australia. She will have all of her educational expenses
covered by the scholarship and will serve as an “ambassador
of good will,” speaking at Rotary clubs and districts,
schools, civic organizations and other forums for the Rotary
McMillin, originally from Litchfield, MN, graduated with a
double major in cultural anthropology and Spanish and a minor in
environmental studies. She has been a naturalist with an urban park
system, the Cleveland Metroparks. While in Australia she will pursue a
master’s degree in resources, environment and
- ’01 Jennifer (Steiskal) Stahl, Rapid City,
SD, is the evening news producer for KOTA-TV in Rapid City and KDUH-TV
in Scottsbluff, NE.
- ’02 Mathew Beyer, Lawrence, KS, appeared on
Wheel of Fortune during the show’s Kansas City week. He
finished second before an audience of 3,000 people, ultimately building
his fortune back up to $7,500 after spinning to the bankrupt slot on
the wheel and losing a bank of $8,000 and a trip to the Bahamas. The
show aired last May.
Beyer earned his bachelor’s degree in business
economics. He recently joined Farmers Bank & Trust as a credit
- ’02 Mindy Elliason, Isle, MN, received a
master’s degree in physician assistant studies from
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2005.
- ’02 Patricia (Danielowski) Herman, Becker,
MN, is a K-8 teacher with the Minnesota Virtual Academy.
- ’02 Timothy Hoheisel, Fargo, ND, is
executive director of the Cass County Historical Society.
- ’02 Patrick Jacobson-Schulte, Sartell, MN,
is a budget analyst for St. John’s University. He is also
working on his master’s in business administration.
- ’02 Sandra Johnson, Shakopee, MN, joined
the Minnesota Army National Guard and attended basic training in
- ’02 Mary Johnston, Aberdeen, SD, authored
“An Experimental Test of the Crowding Out
Hypothesis,” a paper published in the Journal of Public
Economics this year.
- ’02 Michele Kolb, Big Lake, MN, recently
completed the administrative clerk course at Personnel Administration
School, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Lejeune,
- ’02 Darren Luepke, St. Anthony, MN, has
been promoted within Wells Fargo from service manager in Davis, Calif.,
to a tax accountant in Minneapolis. He started with Norwest in 1998 as
a freshman at SCSU and worked with the company through the merger with
- ’02 Kristina McKinley, Edina, MN, is a photographer at Flash Digital Portraits.
- ’02 Ryan Obermoller, Becker, MN, was
promoted to senior accountant by Miller, Welle, Heiser and
- ’02 Kevin Rosen, South St. Paul, MN, has a
retail shop there with his wife Sarah (Caliguire) Rosen ’01.
The store is named Yellow Goat - “the place to
’goat’ to buy books, movies and more.”
The shop specializes in new and used books, CDs, computer games,
movies, jewelry, toys and gift items. Sarah graduated from SCSU with a
degree in mass communications; Kevin pursued a teaching
- ’03 Sandra (Jensen) Eustice, Cathedral
City, CA, recently released her first book, “Arianna Baker:
Portal to Yasanadi” by S.M. Jensen (Eustice). She is
currently working on the second book in the series, “Arianna
Baker: Curse of the Portal Keys.”
- ’03 Mark Metcalf, Maple Grove, MN, has been
promoted to financial analyst in the grain division at General
- ’03 ’05 Kristin Modrow, Rockford,
MN, is director of campus activities at Century College in White Bear
Lake, MN. She supervises the student information desk, planning
activities committee, outdoor rental center and game room, and is
responsible for marketing campus activities.
Modrow, who earned an undergraduate double major in mass communications and geography
- and a master’s degree in mass communications,
- was a graduate assistant for the SCSU University Program Board.
- ’03 Douglas Olson, Brainerd, MN, is
pursuing paralegal studies at Minnesota State University
- ’04 Momodou Bah was promoted to corporate
affairs manager, and is also secretary to the board of directors for
the National Water and Electricity Company limited (NAWEC) in The
- ’04 Jason Kramer, Berne, NY, is a senior
research analyst with the Empire Center for New York State Policy
(Manhattan Institute of Policy Research). He formerly was a principal
lobbyist. He also served as a political campaign professional and a
staff director in the New York State Legislature.
- ’04 Amanda (Chamberlin) Vagle, Clearwater,
MN, recently joined The Johnson Group Marketing as an assistant account
executive. She will be supporting the organization through media
placement, research, campaign development and public
- ’04 Brian Zimny, Alexandria, MN, joined Piper Jaffray as a financial adviser.
- ’05 Kimberly Chartier, St. Cloud, MN,
teaches algebra and skills development math to seventh- and
eighth-graders at South Junior High School. She also helps lead the
Homework Club and is coaching the track and field team this
Chartier, who earned her bachelor’s degree in
elementary education, was a substitute teacher in Cloquet, MN, before
she joined South Junior High School.
- ’05 Weeraya Khumyim, Bangkok, Thailand, is
with Siam Commercial Bank in Thailand as a data miner.
- ’05 Timothy Olsen, Cottage Grove, MN, is a financial adviser with Mass-Mutual Financial.
- ’05 Noah Tobin, Woodbury, MN, is an auditor with the Target Corporation.
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