Alumni class notes

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beneficent writer
Jeff Falkingham ’78, Eden Prairie, is donating the entire price of every copy of his work of historical fiction for young adults to flood relief in his hometown of Browns Valley. Falkingham’s “Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper,” first published in 2001, has been reissued in a “flood edition,” with sales going to the Long-Term Flood Recovery Fund in Browns Valley. He works in communications, marketing and advertising with Northern Tool + Equipment. Book details at www.cccaper.com.

Jessica Stumpf ’73, St. Paul, was named interim vice president of academic affairs at Southeast Technical College in August of 2007. She had been dean of business at Hennepin Technical College.

Shelley (Workman) Roy ’77, Sartell, released her second book, “A People Primer: The Nature of Living Systems.”

Top advisors
Brad Wheelock ’88, St. Cloud, managing director with RBC Dain Rauscher, was ranked among the Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America by Registered Rep. He was one of only two Minnesotans to make the list released in September. In January, Business Journal ranked Ben Marks ’82 second, for the second year in a row, in its Top 25 Wealth Advisors in Minnesota, a list compiled by The Winners’ Circle. Marks, Minnetonka, is senior vice president and private wealth advisor, UBS Financial Services.

Election observer
Karen (Severson) Boothe ’83, Minneapolis, Prepone Consulting founder, is on a 10-member international team of election observers to Sierra Leone, Africa.

McKnight Award winner
Mark Ochu ’74, St. Cloud, a founding member of the Community Anti-Racism Education initiative and past president of the St. Cloud NAACP, was one of 10 Minnesotans to receive a 2007 Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service in recognition of his “exceptional personal commitment to helping others” in the community.

Worldly teachers
Dianne Villalobos ’93, Technical High School, St. Cloud, and Heather Klug ’95, Park Center Senior High School, Brooklyn Park, received the Percy Fearing Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures for “excellence in the creative development” of instructional materials for teaching world languages and culture.

Instructor, mechanic, author
Michael E. Gray ’96, New Windsor, Md., and his wife, Linda E. Gray, report that their primer, “Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance and Repair,” was reviewed by the Library Journal shortly after the second edition was released last fall. The Grays, instructors and mechanics, developed the book to help average car owners take preventive measures and make economical decisions about their automobiles. It is used by more than 250 universities, technology centers, community colleges and high schools and has been selected by more than 330 library systems.

Brock Geyen ’97, Woodbury, Jeff Sellner ’98, Eagan, and Christine Stanz ’93, Clear Lake, all of whom earned accounting degrees at St. Cloud State and are now CPAs, have been promoted to principal at LarsonAllen. Geyen has 10 years of auditing experience serving government entities; Sellner has nine years of assurance, tax and consulting experience serving manufacturing and distribution companies and emerging technology and growth businesses; and Stanz has 13 years of auditing and accounting experience serving nonprofit organizations in the public service industry.

Bronze Star recipient
Greg Dow ’93, Harker Heights, Texas, received the Bronze Star Award for service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Michael Koehler ’95, 96, Sioux City, IA, is a police officer assigned to the Alcohol Safety Action Program in Sioux City, Iowa. He formerly worked at the Hastings Star-Gazette and the Sioux City Journal.

Wealth managers
The November issue of Business Journal included two alumnae in its Top 15 Women Wealth Advisors in Minnesota, Sandra (Shaver) Johnson ’75, St. Cloud, a senior financial advisor and private wealth advisor with Johnson, Carriar, Kruchten, Anderson & Associates, and C. Ann (Collins) Brookman ’79, Lake Elmo, senior vice president and financial advisor with UBS Financial Services. Ann (Buck) Hoen ’92, Maple Grove, was named a 2008 Five Star Wealth Manager in the January issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine.

Phy ed teacher of the year
Jim Huneke ’00, Quincy, Ill., who teaches K-3 at Madison Elementary School in Quincy, was named the Young Professional Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance in November. He also serves as mentor for all physical education and health teachers in his school district.

Recession indicator
Cole Loewen ’07, Kimball, created a local recession indicator model which was featured in the St. Cloud Business Report and published in the ROI magazine in October.

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