The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.
’38 Alvin Bennett (EHS) and ‘42 (EHS) celebrated his 100th birthday in August. He taught art and math at South Park Junior High School in Oshkosh and later supervised student teachers at UW-Oshkosh. He also served as president of the Wisconsin Art Education Association. He currently resides in Green Bay with his daughter and son-in-law.
’41 Furman Allen (EHS) and Allene (Miller) Allen ’42 (EHS) recently celebrated their birthdays. Furman turned 95 years old, and Allene turned 91. They both are in good health. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.
’67 Gerald Heroux (EHS) and ’77 (MST) is semi-retired and teaching part-time in the Critvitz School District. He also is the Town of Pound chairman.
’68 Donald Pearson (EHS) has retired from the Berlin School District, after 46 years teaching junior high science and math. He coached junior high football, volleyball, basketball and track for 32 years. Pearson also served the Berlin community for more than four decades. He has been married to his wife, JoAnn, for 45 years and has two grown sons and two granddaughters.
’70 Michael Tomczyk (LS) has been the managing director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for the past 15 years. He studies the impact of radical innovation on companies and industries. In May, he earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He is writing a book, “NanoInnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know,” which will be published by Wiley in 2011. He and his wife, Nancy, enjoy boating, fishing, outdoor activities, scuba diving and traveling.
’74 Don Potter (EHS) and ’80 (MSE) retired in June, after teaching elementary and middle school students for 36 years in Kewaskum, Port Washington and Suring.
’80 Jacalyn (Zunk) Rottler (EHS), a fitness/physical education/drivers’ education coordinator at Sussex Hamilton High School, is president-elect of the Wisconsin Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.
’85 Dan Thome (B) joined Cleary Gull as a managing director in the investment banking practice in August. Cleary advises companies and private equity firms about acquisitions, divestitures and financing of up to $200 million. He will open the company’s first office in the Fox River Valley in Appleton.
’93 Jim Schlinsog (LS) earned his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Louisville in July. His dissertation was “Engagement in the First Year as a Predictor of Academic Achievement and Persistence of First-Year Students.” In August, he returned to UW Oshkosh to serve as assistant dean of students and coordinator of services for students with disabilities.
’94 Chad Koplien (LS) graduated from the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s School of Law in May, where he was on the Commandant’s List. He also was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Excellence in Legal Service in September. He joined Stafford Rosenbaum law firm in the Madison and Milwaukee areas and is active in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
’02 Kayla (Lackas) Waldschmidt (LS) and ’05 (MSE) is a full-time counselor at the Horizon Grief Resource Center in Brown Deer, which is Wisconsin’s only walk-in center dedicated to grief and loss and provides free counseling and support to anyone in the community or state who is experiencing a loss.
’03 McHenry ‘Mac’ Johnson (B) and Sara (Roach) Johnson (EHS) ’03 welcomed their first child, Mya, in October 2009.
’04 Ryan Collier (B) is a manager at Deloitte Consulting in the Technology Strategy & Architecture practice group. He currently lives in Minneapolis.
’06 Shaheda Govani (LS) is founder, owner and dental surgeon at Govani Dental, in Oshkosh. She received her doctorate of dental surgery from Marquette University School of Dentistry. She is active in both professional and civic organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Salvation Army and Head Start.
’07 Amanda (Wolf) Olsen (LS) and Joseph Olsen (LS) ’08 moved to Boston, where Amanda plans to finish her master’s degree at Yale Medical School to become a physician assistant and Joseph began dental school at Tufts University.
’07 Anna (Vehrenkamp) Stindt (EHS) and Christopher Stindt (LS) ’08 recently returned to the Oshkosh area. Anna works at Markesan Resident Home in Ripon, and Christopher is hall director for Scott Hall and the program coordinator for intramurals and the Bovay Fitness Center at Ripon College.
’10 Sara Jeffers (LS) is a full-time account coordinator at the Grand Chute-based public relations company Red Shoes PR. She did an internship with the firm prior to graduation.
’10 Lesley Shreves (LS) is an AmeriCorps and VISTA volunteer at UW-Marinette. She creates and strengthens service programs for middle school and high school students to give them the skills, knowledge and desire to pursue post-secondary education.
• 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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