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The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.

’54 Richard Daggett
(EHS) is enjoying his retirement, after he served as a middle school principal in West Bend, moved to Florida to teach in private schools and became principal of Highland Park School.

’58 David Steinbach
(EHS) received the 2010 Jirschele Sports Award, sponsored by the American Legion Post 63, to benefit the Clintonville American Legion baseball team and other youth baseball activities.

’67 James Abbs (LS) retired and now serves as the volunteer board president for Habitat for Humanity for Adams and Juneau counties in central Wisconsin.

’67 William (Bill) Helmuth (EHS) was inducted into the Merrill Baseball Hall of Fame for his skills in baseball.

’67 Carolyn (Pomering) Rosenberger
(EHS) has shown exhibits of her watercolor art throughout Wisconsin, including the Lucille Tack Center for Arts in Spencer, Water Street Arts Gallery in Rothschild and Riverfront Gallery in Stevens Point.

’67 Dan Youra (LS) created a new online editorial cartoon, Volcano Series, which includes five cartoons—Capitol, President Obama, Congress, White House, and President Obama and the Capitol.

’68 Susan (Phillips) Stansbury
(LS) directs a group of 100 manufacturers planning for the fourth-annual Converters Expo, which has been called the largest of its kind, at Lambeau Atrium. She speaks on behalf of the group and consults for the industry through her firm, Right Angle Concepts. Converting companies are those that specialize in combining raw materials, such as adhesives, foams, plastics, polyesters, tapes and silicone to create new products.

’69 Sue (Zoellner) Poquette (EHS) retired from the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, where she taught math courses since 1987. She was named Academic Instructional Staff of the Year in 2005 and 2008.

’69 Carole (Tedesko) Nemec
(EHS) gives her time, after 30 years in education, to various non-profit organizations in her community by writing grants, serving on several boards and serving with her husband as area coordinator in several counties for Toys for Tots.

’70 Rev. Michael Lindvall (LS) was a keynote speaker at the Summer Leadership Conference, sponsored by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pa. He serves as pastor at The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, has earned his master’s degree in divinity and has written the book “The Way of Prayer.”

’70 Carol (Alpert) O’Neil (EHS), who retired in 2009 after 30 years as a library media specialist in the Johnson Creek School District, now serves as a school board member.

’72 Robert Barabe (EHS) and ’75 (MSE) retired from his 35-year career in school counseling. He plans to read, race bikes, spend time with family and mentor students.

’72 Phil Barry (LS) and Scott Nelson ’75 (B) and ’81 (MS) were in The Cimmeron Show Review, a 1972 revival band originating in Oshkosh. They played with two other band members in numerous Wisconsin locations and made many unforgettable memories.

’72 Terrence Teske
(EHS) retired in June 2009, after a 37-year career in teaching science and coaching various sports.

’73 Bernard ‘Bernie’ Barribeau (EHS) owns J&B Sports in Oshkosh and has 46 years of experience as a high school/college sports referee.

’73 Jane Kinney (EHS) won the Top Notch Teacher Award from WISC-TV News 3. She is a first-grade teacher at C.H. Bird Elementary School in Sun Prairie.

’73 Claudia Klopien (N) works as a community health nurse and teaches at a career college in California.

’73 Dan Krhin (LS) is director of student support services and McNair Scholars at Ripon College. He is completing a second, two-year grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and underwritten by the Wal-Mart Educational Foundation, which supplements U.S. Department of Education grants to increase retention and graduation of first-generation college students. Ripon College was selected for the grant from a pool of more than 220 applicants nationwide.

’73 Cheryl Lamb (LS) and ’82 (MA) has been designated as one of nine TAPPI Fellows for 2010. This is an honorary title bestowed upon less than 1 percent of TAPPI’s membership and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or the association. TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries.

’73 Elizabeth Tucker (LS) served as commencement marshal at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville’s spring ceremony. She received her master of science in education in guidance and counseling there in 1977, and now serves as the financial aid director.

’74 Mark Patton
(LS) is retiring after 31 years as an English teacher at Baraboo High School. He is looking forward to working on stained glass, woodworking and remodeling projects.

’75 Lt. Col. Janice (Sipple) Dinerstein (N) retired from the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corporation, in Operation Desert Storm. She also is a retired adjunct professor from Olney Central College in Illinois and an independent case manager. She enjoys her family, traveling and photography.

’76 Timothy Mulloy (B) is senior vice president at Liberty Mutual Middle Market in Weston, Mass.

’76 Richard Van Dyke (LS) will be president-elect at the Ohio 2010 Music Teachers Association State Conference, hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. He also was named Independent Music Teacher of the Year by the association’s Southwest District.

’78 Brian McCarthy (B) has been with Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center for more than 13 years, helping small- and-medium sized manufacturing enterprises improve their operational performance and profitability both at the strategic and operational levels.

’78 Daniel Seurer (LS) uses digital photography as a creative outlet. His photos have strong archeological and historical themes. He is working on a project in which he plans to document the evolution of lime kilns in Wisconsin.

’79 Sally Wilke (LS) completed two years of seminary coursework toward her master of divinity and will be spending the next year as an intern in Minnesota with Hope Lutheran Church in Walker and St. John’s Church in Onigum. She expects to complete her degree in May 2012 and will seek ordination at that time.

’80 Thomas Mulloy
(B) and ’93 (MBA) joined the law firm of Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC as a benefits specialist. He also completed coursework leading to a Qualified Pension Administrator credential, designated by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, which recognize professionals who are qualified to perform the technical and administrative functions of qualified plan administration.

’82 Col. Brian Haebig
(LS) relinquished command of the 402nd Army field support brigade in Iraq in April 2010. He has been selected to fill the position of sustainment chief (G4) for 1st Corps, at Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord, Wash.

’83 David Levine
(LS) who has been employed by Winnebago County since 1983, currently serves as the G.I.S database administrator.

’87 John Delaney (LS) is a member of the third graduating class from the National Jail Leadership Command Academy, conducted at the Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The program’s goal is to assist in the succession, preparation and development of leadership skills for successful transitioning into senior leadership positions within jails.

’87 Kelly (Gardner) Ulmen (B) began her new job as complex human resources manager at Menasha Packaging in March 2010.

’88 James Ginter (B) received the Distinguished Alumnus Studies Award from Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences and the Alumni Association in April 2010.

’88 Jamie (Ziegel) Thomas-Schlei (B) has worked as an insurance agent with American Family Insurance for 13 years.

’89 Kerri Cushman
(LS) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of art at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

’89 Robert Genau (LS) has two sons. One is employed by the Bank of America and the other is returning to school to receive a graduate degree in order to become certified to teach.

’89 John Matz (LS), who has served for 20 years as a deputy sheriff and senior level administrator/planner for the Winnebago Country Sheriff’s Department, is running for election as sheriff in Winnebago County.

’89 Monica Winkler (B) works as a senior marketing manager at Zimbrick Inc. and teaches buyer behavior and marketing management at Lakeland College’s Madison campus.

’90 Melody Hanson (LS) completed her masters’ degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.

’90 Barb Neddo (MSE) lives in the north woods in Eagle River and has two children who will be attending college in the fall.

’91 Deborah ‘Debi’ (Zuleger) Bartel
(B) has a daughter who graduated summa cum laude from Kimberly High School and plans to attend UW Oshkosh in the fall.

’91 Deborah Cleveland (LS) has published her second book, “Man from Macedonia: My Life of Service, Struggle, Faith and Hope,” a biography. It will be available in February 2010. Her first book, “Hugs from Heaven: Portraits of a Woman’s Faith,” was published in 2000.

’91 Frank Hill (B), who was critically injured in an auto accident in 1996, is currently considered disabled.

’92 Jean (Martin) Bridwell (N) is enjoying life with horses, houses, snow and sun in West Virginia.

’92 Leah Lechleiter-Luke (EHS), named Wisconsin Teacher of the Year for 2009, continues to speak, travel, attend conferences, luncheons and interviews on behalf of her award.

’92 Daniel Thomas (B) was inducted into the Hodag Hall of Fame by the Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club for his success with Rhinelander’s medley relay in the mid-1960s.

’93 Patti Zarling
(LS) is the education reporter at the Press-Gazette in Green Bay, covering kindergarten through post-secondary education.

’94 Karen (Hegberg) Larsen
(LS) celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with her husband, Ken. She also has accepted a new job as senior account executive at Blooming Color Inc. in Lombard, Ill.

’94 Dan Truttschel (LS) earned his master’s degree in teaching from Aurora University, Ill. He left his 14-year sports editing position at the Lake Geneva Regional News to pursue his teaching career.

’95 Terry Major-Holliday (LS) and ’98 (MSE) won the College Access Champion award in 2009 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation for helping students who will be the first in their families to attend college.

’96 Stephan ‘Steve’ Vessey
(EHS) will become the Beaver Dam Unified School District’s superintendant in July 2010.

’97 Gerald ‘Jerry’ Rhoden (LS) and his wife welcomed their second child, Corinne Leanne, in October 2009. She joins her brother, Christian Daniel, age 2.

’97 Kim Svoboda (LS) has been inducted into the Racine Horlick High School Hall of Fame and was named a Graduate of Distinction. She also has been awarded three USA Today sales and marketing Jewell awards.

’98 Melissa (Oleson) Tassone (EHS) was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Track and Field Athletic Hall of Fame.

’99 James Peters (LS) is owner, attorney and managing partner of Peters Law Group, an employee rights law firm that he and his wife created.

’01 Kim (Vogt) Anderson (LS) welcomed her second son, Jonah Stephan Anderson, in February. He joins his 3-year-old brother Lucas.

’02 Meghan (Hardy) Linton (B) earned her PHR Designation (a professional certification in human resources) and was promoted to human resources officer at National Guardian Life Insurance company in January 2010.

’04 Michelle Gross (LS) accepted a position as academic adviser for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Business.

’04 Eryn (Corning) Hatchell (EHS) has earned her master’s in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in December 2009. She welcomed her second child, Joselyn Caley, on April 11, 2010.

’04 Christine Kaup
(MPA) is collaborating with NEW Foodshed, a company that connects consumers with providers of sustainably grown and produced agricultural products in northeastern Wisconsin. She is responsible for writing press releases and newsletter articles and works to promote locally produced food and sustainability in her community.

’04 Joseph ‘J.J.’ Thomas
(B) married Julia Adams on Jan. 30, 2010. She is a resident physician in Indiana University’s pathology department.

’05 Allison ‘Allie’ (Dobie) Berryman (EHS) and her husband moved to Arizona last summer and welcomed a daughter, Genevieve Rose, on May 16, 2010.

’06 Erik Cieslewicz (LS) directed the pilot episode of a new television series “Hard to Be Me.” It has won a handful of awards three months into the festival circuit, including Certificate of Excellence from SkyFest, Director’s Choice Bronze Medal for Excellence from the Park City Film Music Festival, and Honorable Mention and Best Editing from the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Additionally, the pilot was screened at the Lakeside Film Festival, Muskegon, Mich., and will be screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in July 2010.

’07 Kristin Eisenach
(EHS) is starting her fourth year as an eighth-grade English language arts teacher in the Katy Independent School District in Texas. She also serves as a student council adviser, spelling bee co-coordinator, staff wellness director and athletics event worker.

’07 James (Jim) Strick (MBA) has been hired by the Neenah Joint School District as the activities director. Previously, he served as the director of men’s hockey communications for the University of Minnesota.

’08 Andrew Pantzlaff (LS) joined The Brillion News as editor. He has earned eight top awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for his work in photography and freelance writing.

’09 Sharon Frank (N) accepted a graduate assistantship in the School of Nursing at Saint Louis University. She will teach nursing students and those studying to be adult/geriatric nurse practitioners in the simulation laboratory.

ABBREVIATION KEY
COLLEGES
• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

GRADUATE DEGREES
• 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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