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Kotzebue, Alaska

alaska.jpg"My husband and I, Lewis Pagel '01, another UWO alum, moved to northwest Alaska in 2007. He is the only chiropractor for more than 500 miles, and I am the general counsel for a native, nonprofit, tribal organization.

The city we live in, Kotzebue, has about 3,200 people, approximately. 85 percent of which are native Eskimos. We live 26 miles north of the arctic circle and are not on a road system. You can only get to our town by plane or barge in the summer when the ocean water melts. We both love what we do and enjoy living up here. We intend to make this our permanent home."

Rachel Ahrens '00, July 2010


alaska2.jpgThere are so many adventures that take place here on a daily basis that it is hard to pick only one to share. One of my favorites was the day I came into work to treat a patient in the morning. When her appointment was finished, I got on my snowmobile (which I use as a car for eight or nine months out of the year) and went out of town a few miles where I heard a group of caribou were migrating through. I shot two caribou, took them back to my house, cleaned myself up, and made it back to the office to treat another patient by late afternoon.

I have tons of stories of life in the Arctic. I may be the most remote chiropractor in North America as I have traveled 200 miles by snowmobile and even have taken a bush plane to treat patients in smaller villages. I have one of the most amazing jobs in the world. It’s only the best job because I love doing it."

Lewis Pagel '01, July 2010



" After graduation with a degree in philosophy, I am currently at University of Wisconsin Law School."

Elisabeth Spidle '10, October 2010



"I have been so lucky to work in my field as a social worker since the month I graduated from UW Oshkosh. The past 22 years I have been with Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center in Menasha. My position has grown and expanded into marketing duties as well as social work. Currently, I am the admissions director and have the wonderful experience of meeting so many interesting people. I enjoy sharing my gifts and knowledge with them and their loved ones. I look forward to many more years of helping our elderly population and their families. I am excited that my son will become a Titan this fall, as he enters the new segment of his life as a freshman at UW Oshkosh. Go Titans!"

Leslie (Koback) Koffke '87, July 2010


Miami, Florida

"About two years ago, I had the opportunity to become involved with the Miami Design Preservation League, an organization committed to preserving the classic Art Deco architecture of Miami, Fla.. After my first trip to Miami to meet with the organization, I was hooked. I left my full-time job in Appleton and went to work for the Miami Design Preservation League. I am now the president of the preservation league and I love every minute of it. The Miami Design Preservation League is dedicated to preserving the Art Deco structures that Miami is so famous for. High-rise condominiums are being constructed everywhere and historic Art Deco buildings have been demolished in order to make way for these new condominiums. I dedicate all of my time to preserving the Art Deco structures that are still standing. This is mainly accomplished by fighting to get the structures added to the historic register, which will then prevent any future owners from demolishing the structure.

I absolutely love my job and I am so happy to be involved with preserving and restoring beautiful historic buildings. When my relatives come down to Miami to visit me, I always take a couple of days to drive them around the city and give them a detailed tour. There is so much history here that many people don't even know about. I could probably spend an entire week telling visitors the stories behind many of these buildings.

My favorite part of my job is the amount of personal satisfaction I get. These buildings were here long before I was, and I hope that my efforts will help to ensure that they will remain here long after I'm gone for future generations to enjoy."

Alan Weiss '06, July 2010



"I am living in Milwaukee and working as a communications coordinator / managing editor for the Wisconsin Dental Association. My degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has prepared me for writing about everything from the business of dentistry to adult oral health."

—  Emily Bultman '07, July 2010


Pensacola, Florida

"After graduating from UWO, my husband and I moved to Pensacola, FL, where I now teach in the public school system. I teach music to pre-k ESE (exceptional special education) students. They keep me smiling and laughing, and I learn so much from them every day!

—  Rachel Swift '09, October 2010


Rockville, Maryland

maryland.jpg"I was enrolled in Oshkosh State in1955 when the cost was only $54/semester, including books! I was elected president of the Men's Association in 1956 and president of Lyceum Fraternity in 1957. I graduated with a double major in physics and math in 1959. I earned a master's degree in computer sciences in 1967 from the UW-Madison and a master's in public administration in 1974 from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

After a stint in the Army, I married Mary Magnusen. We raised three daughters and have six grandchildren. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in February 2010.

I spent the majority of my professional career with the Immigration and Naturalization Service as director of communications and electronics. I retired in 1994 with 30 years of service. Among the awards I received during that period included one from the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association and an Honor Award from the American Police Hall of Fame."

—  Ronald Grill '59, September 2010


Salt Lake City, Utah

" Hailing from Fall River, Wisconsin I am currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah."

—  David Carlin '82, October 2010


San Antonio, Texas

"I have traveled to many places with my stint in the U.S. Army including Germany, Los Angeles, Maryland, North Carolina, Virgina, San Antonio,  San Francisco and  Shao Guan China. "

Mark Thomae '75, October 2010


Sun City Festival, Arizona

"I love living in a new, active retirement community. My husband, Todd Miller, and I met at UWO in 1963. We were married for 38 years when he died of brain cancer. Two years later, I sold our retirement home in Manitowish Waters  and moved to Sun City Festival.

Life throws us curves, and we have to find a new path. This was the right one for me right now. I graduated in January1966, did some singing on campus (now, occasional karaoke at some fun bars). I remember Kappa Gamma Sorority, My Brother's Place, Andy's Library and Stagedoor Club with Gloria and so many old friends. My son, Mark, graduated from there in the 1990s. If you remember me, please feel free to send an e-mail."

—  Mimi 'Mary' (Celichowski) Miller '66, July 2010



wausau.jpg"I have been living in Wausau, for almost 18 years. After working as a designer and art director in the advertising industry for many years, I traded the computer for an easel and am living my dream as a painter. I am currently exhibiting my most recent paintings in a three-person show titled, "Where We Live," at the Center for the Visual Arts gallery in Wausau. The show runs through November 7.

In January, I will celebrate my 10 year cancer-free anniversary. When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. Pursue and live your dreams, don't just think about them."

—  Nancy (Reibe) Laliberte '88, October 2010


Winter Park, Florida

florida.jpg"I am finally using my journalism degree as a volunteer president of the  board of directors for Florida Health News. They are an independent online news service, which is a not-for-profit journalistic enterprise that was launched in March 2007 with seed money from foundations. Their mission is to inform the public on state and local health policy and finance issues as they develop."

—  Lisa (Rehfeldt) Portelli '85, September 2010

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