The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office:
’68 Wayne Wiegand (LS) is a F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. For the academic year 2009-2010, he will be a scholar-in-residence at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
’69 Donald Writt (EHS) retired as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Waupaca Middle School, where he spent most of his 40-year teaching career.
‘71 Arleta (Peck) Juliano (LS) retired from the Illinois Department of Human Services after 26 years. She is enjoying volunteering, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
’71 Marlene Straubel (EHS) and ’84 (MSE) retired after teaching English and Spanish in the Kimberly Area School District for 37 years.
’72 Fred Buchholz (EHS) retired as a physical education teacher from Waupaca, where he taught for 36 years.
’72 Terrence Teske (EHS) retired from education after 37 years teaching biology and coaching various sports, including basketball for 28 years, tennis for 20 years, football for nine years, baseball for seven years and golf for five years. Schools she served include Greendale Intermediate for two years, Juneau Academy for one year, Greenfield High School for 25 years and Wauwatosa East High School for nine years.
’73 Linda Novitske (EHS) and ’78 (MSE) retired from the Kaukauna Area School District after 36 years of teaching. During her time as a teacher, she started the first K-6 specific learning disabilities program for the school district.
’74 MaryAnn Sternat (EHS) retired as a first-grade teacher at Parkview Learning Center after 29 years in the Mayville School District.
’75 Barbara (Holzer) Diener-Blumer (EHS) and ’79 (MSE) retired after 30 years as guidance counselor at Clay Lamberton Elementary School in Berlin.
’75 Deborah (Diefenbach) Stocco (EHS) retired as a special education teacher from the Mosinee School District after 34 years.
’76 Charles Kocken (EHS) retired as a Little Chute driver education, health education and physical education teacher.
’76 Barbara (Williams) Thompson (MSE) accepted a position as school district superintendent in Montgomery, Ala. She served as the New Glarus School District superintendent for six years.
’76 Dorothy (Milton) Van Lith (EHS) retired as a Little Chute Elementary School special education teacher after 33 years.
’76 Charles Wydeven (LS) is an art teacher at Fond du Lac Area Catholic Education System schools and a portrait artist. His exhibit, entitled “Some People that I Know … And a Few that I Don’t” was featured at the Fond du Lac Public Library in July.
’76 David Zamzow (EHS) retired as a Little Chute High School special education teacher after 20 years. He also spent time coaching high school and middle school track and cross country.
’77 Richard Retzlaff (MSE) retired after 27 years as a teacher at Kaukauna High School.
’78 Maureen O’Hern Hahn (MBA) is a member of the Board of Directors of National Mutual Benefit, a fraternal benefit society headquartered in Madison. She is founder and president of Encore Financial Group, LLC, an Appleton firm offering fee-only investment and financial planning services.
’80 Kenneth Heimerman (LS) was appointed Marathon County district attorney by Gov. Jim Doyle.
’82 Alan Borchardt (MSE) retired after 34 years of teaching for the Kaukauna Area School District.
’84 Scott Neitzel (LS) was elected to the State Bank of Cross Plains’ Board of Directors. He is a vice president at Madison Gas and Electric.
’86 Ronald Koepke (B) and’95 (MBA) was promoted to Lean Sigma Champion at Plexus Corp.
’86 Joyce Olson (MSE) retired from the Kaukauna Area School District after 34 years of teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
’89 Mohd Yaziz Bin Mohd Isa (MBA) has been working since graduation in a bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a student, he worked at Elmwood and Blackhawk Commons. He is planning to attend homecoming on Oct. 17 and hopes to meet other alumni.
’91 Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza (LS) is assistant professor of philosophy at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He received the Allen and Pat Kelley Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievement through publication in a peer-reviewed academic site. He has published five peer-reviewed articles since 2008 and has four writing projects in the works.
’92 Tamara (Cook) Dever (LS) presented a class on the power of book design at a national publishing conference in New York City in May. Her company, TLC Graphics, also announced its new division, Narrow Gate Books.
’92 Liz Gesicki (LS) and ’05 (MBA) completed her APICS CPIM certification, which requires passing five different three-hour exams. APICS is the international society for operations management professionals, and CPIM stands for Certified in Production and Inventory Management.
’92 Stuart Rivard (MSE) retired as Gillett school district administrator. He worked in education for 32 years, with 25 spent in Gillett.
’93 Kimberly (Bosinske) Hall (LS) received a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Edgewood College in May. She is director of human resources for D.C. Everest Area School District and president of the Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management.
’93 Stephen Kelly (EHS) retired from Kaukauna High School after 14 years teaching English and drama.
’95 Jarrod Washburn, last year attended, pitched the best game of his major league career for the Seattle Mariners on July 6. He retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced, allowing only a one hit shutout that led the Mariners to a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
’01 Charity Chandler (B) and ’04 Lisa Goetsch (AS) will celebrate their relationship through a commitment ceremony in Oshkosh on Aug. 7, 2009. They were roommates on campus, and they both still work on campus. Goetsch is the reservations coordinator in Reeve Memorial Union, and Chandler is the marketing manager for Sodexo Dining Services. They plan to take advantage of the state’s new Domestic Partner Registry as soon as the opportunity becomes available.
’01 Jennifer (Bartelt) Nigl (LS) is branch manager of the Fox Valley QTI Group.
’02 Rebecca (Moyer) Vongsa (LS) received a doctorate of philosophy from the Medical College of Wisconsin on May 15. She plans to work as a scientist for Kimberly Clark Corp., in Neenah.
’03 Amber Duginske (LS) is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science in the School of Informational Studies at Syracuse University.
’03 April Williams (LS) was promoted from a proofing specialist to a Web merchandise writer at Kohls in Menomonee Falls.
’04 Jennifer (Chitwood) Anfinson (LS) is being temporarily assigned sergeant for the Horicon Police Department, where she has been employed since 2004. She also is working on a master’s degree from UW-Platteville.
’04 Jason Fast (LS) is the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Lawrence University.
’04 Joyce (Orlofske) Kelch (B) and ’06 Kenneth Kelch, II (LS) welcomed their first child, Myles Harold Kelch, on May 20.
’04 Jessica (Edblom) Thomsen (N) is the 2009 New Public Health Worker of the Year Award recipient. She is a public health nurse at the Clark County Health Department.
’06 John Statz (LS) is a Madison-area musician who started his music career while in college. He is touring around the U.S. and Canada and recently recorded an original album at a show with his band, John Statz & the Cheap Shots.
’07 Ryan Plisch (LS) is a law clerk for Epiphany Law. He attends the University of Wisconsin Law School and will graduate with his juris doctorate degree in May.
’08 Rachel Kohlhagen (EHS) will be the cross-categorical disabilities teacher at Little Chute High School in fall in 2009.
’09 Amanda Beard (LS) works at Quarra Stone Company in Madison, where she hand carves architectural stonework. Some current projects include the U.S. Supreme Court building, Kansas Statehouse and the Harkness Tower at Yale University.
- B — Business
- EHS — Education and Human Services
- LS — Letters and Science
- N — Nursing
- AD — Associate Degree
- MA — Master of Arts
- MBA-Master of Business Administration
- MS — Master of Science
- MSE — Master of Science in Education
- MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
- MPA — Master of Public Administration
- MST — Master of Science in Teaching
Send items for future Class Notes at www.uwosh.edu/alumni/contact/information-update.php.