Journalism major, Fitzgerald spent many years working in the newspaper industry and trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange before deciding to enter public service. He was initially elected to the State Assembly in November 2000. He was re-elected to a second term in November 2003 and was appointed chairman of the Financial Institutions Committee. He began his college experience on a basketball scholarship at UW-Green Bay but later transferred to UW Oshkosh after his sophomore year.
Marketing major, Keller is the owner of CagesByDesign.com which is a manufacturer of custom-made reptile and bird cages and accessories. While still a college student in 1998, he identified a market niche for the cages and founded his own business. After graduation, he began building a home and separate 6,000 square-foot shop on three acres of land in Neenah that he purchased from J.J. Keller. His business has eight employees and projected sales of $2 million in 2004. Adam and his father, Robert, have made Alumni Association history as the first two-generation duo to earn awards in the same year, his father received a Distinguished Alumni Award.
West Bend, Wisconsin
International studies and religious studies major, Rettmann currently resides in Washington D.C. He is program manager of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and Population Services International Guyana in South America, where he negotiates arrangements to establish AIDS testing and treatment centers throughout Guyana. He developed the Southern Africa Telecommunications Regulation Newsletter and became active in helping combat AIDS in Botswana. He has also worked for Gifts in Kind International in Washington, D.C.
Speech major, Svoboda recently relocated to New York City and is working for USA Today’s Education Department. Prior to this position, she was advertising manager for Harvard Magazine in Watertown, Mass. She began her career as the newspaper in education coordinator at the Oshkosh Northwestern and The Post-Crescent. She later worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and planned fund-raisers and other special events. She later joined the Chicago Tribune where she managed a sales territory of more than 700 accounts and doubled sales within six months.