The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.
’63 Thomas Oleson (LS) and his wife, Glenda, started a charitable mission14 years ago called Para Todos Los Niños, which impacts the lives of children and families in Central and South America.
’69 Elizabeth (Lentzner) Horn (EHS) and Michael Horn (LS) ’68 have traveled from Antarctica to Yellowstone and Africa.
’70 Clifford Christl (LS), former “Green Bay Press Gazette” sports reporter, and his family established an endowed scholarship fund for Green Bay East High School graduates attending UW Oshkosh, with preference given to journalism majors.
’70 Catherine (Dresden) McCann (EHS) gathered a group of Webster Hall staff for a 40th reunion get-together on Nov. 14, 2009, in Milwaukee. Attendees included Sandra (Schommer) Russell (LS) ’71, Bonnie (Denzen) Krenke (EHS) ’70, Judith (Quandt) Urban (EHS) ’70, Karen Stapleton (LS) ’70, Luella (Schmidt) Winckler (EHS) ’70 and (MSE) ’79, Barbara (Wiltzius) Stuhr (EHS) ’70, and Judy Wise, Webster Hall head resident.
’71 Craig Pfeffer (LS) spent many years as a radio broadcaster at stations throughout the nation and is now a franchise developer. He works with Brett Manning, vocal coach for many famous musicians.
’74 Janis (Harper) Dwyer (LS) celebrated 35 years with Wisconsin Bell, which has since become AT&T. She has held several positions within the company and currently serves as associate director of communications.
’76 Corinne Conrad (LS) and husband, Jeff Marks (LS) ’77, have both received master’s degrees from other institutions. Marks is the director of support services at Brewster Village in Appleton, and Conrad is an art specialist at the Unified Catholic Schools in Oshkosh.
’76 David Thompson (MSE) is co-author of “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans,” a book designed to assist churches in understanding the needs of service personnel and their families as they deploy and return home from war. Thompson is a retired military chaplain, a licensed professional counselor and a military family life consultant for the National Guard and Reserves in Minn.
’84 Eugene Freiburger (LS) spent most of his career in Los Angeles working as a property master on television and movie sets, such as “Just Shoot Me” and “Iron Man.” In June 2008, he visited Wisconsin and suffered a stroke. He has not been back to Hollywood since. His advice to fellow alumni is, “Do what you want today! Tomorrows may last a lifetime.”
’85 Warren DeWitt (LS) is employed as an airline agent for Midwest Airlines and plays professionally as a drummer/vocalist in a musical group. He plans to reenter the radio industry as an on-air personality.
’85 Joy Smith (LS) is a National Novel Writing Month winner. An interview about her writing and her favorite characters and books can be found in “Abandoned Towers” magazine’s third issue of 2009.
’86 Scott Mertens (B) is Manitowoc Tool & Machining president. The company is succeeding in the current economic times through investing in new technology, more intensive training of the workforce and ensuring no defects in parts made.
’86 Mary Nimphius (B) has received IRS approval for nonprofit status for 911 Mary Lane, an organization in Roswell, Ga., which began as a personal charitable cause for one family in need and grew through community contacts to bring six families to self sustainability. The focus is on acquiring and refurbishing affordable green housing centrally located near employment, public transportation and good schools.
’87 Lynn (Conradt) Dahlke (LS), (N) ’95 and (MSN) ’07 is a nurse practitioner for Affinity Medical Group in Winneconne. Her special interests are in women’s health, pediatrics and fitness exercise.
’89 Amy (Kienast) Linderman (EHS) is national director of business relations at Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology. Her role is to develop and nurture professional relationships across the U.S. in the aviation, energy and transportation industries.
’90 Lyn (Moede) Rogers (LS) has served in many capacities with the Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Her one-year deployment to Iraq started in December.
’92 Melanie (Janowski) Hunt (LS) married Scott Hunt (B) ’96 on Nov. 6, 2009.
’93 Masud Khan (LS) returned to Bangladesh, where he was born and raised, after working as a partner in a large law firm in Milwaukee. He works in Dhaka as an international legal adviser. He also has an office in Bangalore, India. He enjoys the challenges and flexibility of his career and the time he spends with his wife and son.
’94 Nicole (Callies) Auxier (LS) received a doctor of audiology degree from the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology. She practices at Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac.
’94 Leslie Benson (EHS) is an early childhood teacher for the Oshkosh Area School District.
’95 Peter McGinty (LS) is detective sergeant for the Two Rivers Police Department and assistant supervisor of the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.
’96 Bradley Heutmaker (LS) and his wife, Ivette, ran and finished the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., in October 2009.
’97 Mark Danielski (LS) and Joy (Guidinger) Danielski (N) ’97 welcomed their fourth child, Jack David, on Dec. 8, 2009.
’98 Jason Tienor (B) is Telkonet Inc. president and chief executive officer. Telkonet is a maker of energy management technology used in buildings.
’00 Darlene Ramsey (EHS) and (MSE) ’02 is an intensity scale program manager and coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.
’00 John Schaak (LS) is a business litigation attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm. He has been recognized by his peers as a Wisconsin Rising Star 2009.
’01 Roger Roth (LS), a Wisconsin State Representative, has announced his candidacy for Congress. He is a third-generation home builder and a member of the Air National Guard, serving with the 115th Fighter Wing based in Madison.
’02 Peter Bailen (B) and Kaitlin (Nelson) Bailen (LS) ’04 welcomed their first child, Bryson, on Oct. 14, 2009.
’04 Angela Von Drasek (LS) is a writer and producer for the cable network TNT. She received a Silver Muse from the Muse Awards for a spot she co-wrote and co-produced for the show “Saving Grace.” View the spot.
’05 Ashley (Owen) Bielmeier (B) married Derick Bielmeier on Dec. 5, 2009.
’05 Tiffany (Detlor) Taticek (LS) married Matthew Taticek (LS) ’06 on Aug. 22, 2009, in Waukesha.
’07 Amy Meinen (B) earned her Certified Public Accountant designation. She is a senior assurance associate at Clifton Gunderson in Stevens Point.
’07 Sgt. Traci Smet (LS) was inducted into the Staff Sergeant Audie Murphy club at Camp Cropper, Iraq. The club, named for the most decorated soldier of World War II, is an elite organization of non-commissioned officers who demonstrate performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities.
’07 Victoria Ebben Svitavsky (EHS) is a teacher for the Campbellsport School District and received her master’s degree from Marian University in December 2009.
’07 Justin Kaas (LS) and Ellie (Svien) Kaas (EHS) ’07 were married on Oct. 31, 2009.
’08 David Flagel (LS) is working toward a doctorate as an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.
’08 Erica Harwell (LS) is an AmeriCorps member at Admission Possible, a nonprofit college access program in Milwaukee. She assists a group of Milwaukee high school seniors with college searches, applications, scholarships and financial aid.
’08 Erin Rammer (EHS) and (MSE) ’10, graduated with a master’s in educational leadership with an emphasis in global education from UW Oshkosh.
’08 Kenneth Winger (EHS) and his two brothers have achieved Eagle Scout ranking, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouting. Winger is an accounts manager for a telecommunications distributor in Lake Geneva.
’09 Alexandra Brehmer (B) (LS) is an analyst for GfK Custom Research Strategic Innovation, a market research consulting firm in Chicago.
’09 John Erickson (LS) is a graduate student in the Applied Women’s Studies Program at Claremont Graduate University in California. He works as a graduate assistant and program coordinator at the Queer Resource Center at Pomona College.
’09 Andrew Havlovick (LS) and his fiancée are teaching English in Suwon, South Korea.
’09 Anne Herlache (LS) is a student in the experimental psychology graduate program at UW Oshkosh. She is a graduate assistant for the psychology department and also works for the Center for Academic Resources on campus.
’09 Ashley Johnson (LS) is an account executive at Ricoh Business Solutions in Appleton.
’09 Bethany Lerch (LS) is residing in Koblenz, Germany. She is working at a grammar school as an English teaching assistant, an opportunity made possible by the U.S. State Department and PAD, a German academic exchange program.
• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing
• GMBA — Global Master of Business Administration
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA— Master of Business Administration
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
• MSW — Master of Social Work
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