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This month, UW Oshkosh News Director Alex Hummel chats with Diane Abraham, the new president and CEO of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Abraham, who has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW Oshkosh, is bringing  her experience, talent and passion for philanthropy back to her alma mater’s home community.

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

’71 Scott McCauig (LS), of Ballwin, Miss., who retired in 2011, was inducted into Park High School Hall of Fame at the annual graduation day luncheon.

’76 Patrick Popp (EHS), of Reedsville, retired after 30 years with the Reedsville School District. He plans to work at Wander Springs golf course.

’76 Pamela (Scott) Pinahs-Schultz (EHS), of Delafield, was nominated by Carroll University to serve on a national committee focused on retention and graduation of the nation’s college and university students.

’77 Mark Solverud (LS), of Middleton, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of National Guardian Life Insurance Company in Madison.

’77 John Stevens (MS), of Sudbury, Mass., received his doctorate from Rutgers University and has been an adjunct member of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

’79 Robert Fale (N), of Fond du Lac, has taken over as interim president at Marian University. He also received the prestigious George Becker Business Spirit Award from Marian.

’83 William ‘Bill’ McDonald (LS), of Middleton, is the managing director of Retirement Planning Solutions. His wife, Julie, works at Edgewood College and they have two daughters.

’86 Steve Buss (LS), of Midland, Texas, completed his first year with the Commemorative Air Force based in Midland, Texas. He is responsible for the organization’s fundraising efforts.

’88 Dean Vollmer (B), of Fond du Lac, has been promoted to assistant vice president of the National Exchange Bank and Trust. He is the president of Fond du Lac Festival’s Board of Directors and is active in the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac and Dodge counties.

’90 Trevy McDonald (LS), of Durham, N.C., received a Junior Faculty Development Award from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Research Seed Grant from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also was featured in the “NBC Learn” newsletter.

’91 Colonel John Schroeder (LS), of Lake Mills, has been appointed the new commander of the Wisconsin National Guard’s Milwaukee-based 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He also is responsible for personnel policy for the 2,000 full-time service members who support the state’s 10,000 Wisconsin National Guard members.

’92 MaryAnn (Passehl) Bazile (MPA), of Neenah, is the executive consultant and certified coach practitioner for B&H Premier Consulting.

’92 Julie (Marzion) Wiedmeyer (EHS), of Sun Prairie, is celebrating her first year as a business owner of The Vanilla Beanery, located in Appleton at the Green Tomato.

’95 Paul Secor (LS), of Titusville, Fla., started Secor Strategies LLC. He has been hired by the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex to assist in coordinating the final rollover of Space Shuttle Atlantis from the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building to its final resting place at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex.

’01 Michelle Angell (LS), of Menasha, has graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. After spending five years at a law firm in Oshkosh, she has opened her own law office in Menasha.

’03 Sally Stewart (B), of St Louis Park, Minn., is the vice president of human resources and recruiting for Growe Technology, a Minneapolis-based information technology placement firm.

’04 Allan Stockinger (LS), of Owensboro, Ky., accepted a full-time job with Brescia University in Owensboro, where he will be working as the science department laboratory coordinator and safety officer.

’04 Steven Thiele (EHS), of Manitowoc, who completed his Principal Licensure Program from UW Oshkosh, is a middle school principal at St. Francis of Assisi  School in Manitowoc.

’06 Audrey (Baader) Traun (LS), of Kellogg, Minn., has received her master’s in business administration from Augsburg College.  She also welcomed her third child, Tyler Joesph, into her family.

’07 Matthew Hipp (LS), of Greenville, is working for Oshkosh Defense and just bought a house with his wife and two kids in the Fox Valley.

’07 Brian Paulson (EHS), of Antigo, is the new activities director at Rhinelander High School.

’07 Alexander Zinoviev (B), of Oshkosh, is working as a product manager at Cohort Digital, a digital marketing agency in Sydney, Australia.

’08 Lesley Fuerst (N) and ’12 (MSN), of New London, has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville and will be on rotation at the Shawano Medical Center.

’08 Mary Williams (N), of Appleton, joined the staff at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah and Appleton Medical Center as a board-certified nurse midwife. She also is part of the team at Women’s Care of Wisconsin S.C., in Neenah.

’09 Rebecca Kijak (B), of Seattle, Wash., has been promoted to marketing manager at Mimic’s Technologies. She also was accepted into to the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA Program.

’09 Steven Miller (B), of Oakland, Calif., was promoted to business development manager of SoftwareONE. He and his wife, Elizabeth (VanLanen) Miller ‘09 (N), will be living in the San Francisco Bay area, where she will work on her master’s degree in nursing.

’09 Wendy (Schroeder) Reitz (LS), of Williamsville, N.Y., is working at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in New York as an athletic trainer. She married alumnus Gordon Reitz ’08 (B) on May 16 in Jamaica.

’09 Ryan Wing (LS), of Bend, Ore., recently moved to Bend,  where he works as a sports director for KTVZ-TV.

’11 Ashley Grainger (LS), of Fond du Lac, graduated from Air Force basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas.

’11 Alysha (Johnson) Timmers (LS), of Fond du Lac, is working as a case manager for the Salvation Army. She will be responsible for community services and family and housing assistance.

’11 Katherine (Steil) Waite (LS), of Beaver Dam, has been promoted to account manager at C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A).

’12 Meghan Aldrich (LS), of Fort Atkinson, accepted a position as digital media specialist at Spacesaver Co.

’12 Eric Balkman (LS), of Appleton, was named the commissioner of the Fantasy Baseball Players Championship. He co-hosts “The High Stakes Fantasy Football Hour” show and was promoted to director of Vibe for WatchCo.com.

’12 Kayla Coates (LS), of Green Bay, has a passion for painting, earning a first-place award in the 2013 Art from Gardens competition from the Jack Richeson Studio in Kimberly. She was inspired by her kindergarten teacher, UW Oshkosh alumna Shirley Lucas ’72 (EHS) and ‘74 (MST), who won the Bernard Petersen Award for painting/drawing at the Winnebagoland Art Fair.

’12 Alexander Turinske (LS), of Atlanta, Ga., earned a doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology in experimental condensed-matter physics.

’13 Matt Obry (B), of Fremont, has enrolled in graduate school at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., and is working as a professor’s assistant.

’13 Elizabeth Reinhart (B), has completed an internship at Thrivent and started a full-time job there, after taking one month off to travel to El Salvador to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

’13 Ceev Sue Xiong (B), of New London, was hired by Convergys as a sales and services representative.

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

GRADUATE DEGREES
• DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice
• 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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