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

’54 Claud Thompson (EHS), of Oshkosh, enjoys being a tree farmer, was inspired by Professor Fred Caudle in his conservation course and has been a member of the Winnebago County Board since 2002.

’71 William Broten (LS), of Wautoma, was inducted into the Menomonee Falls Athletic Hall of Fame in September.

’74 Jane (Metternich) Carlson (LS), of Lake Elmo, Minn., has been happily married for 35 years to Eric Carlson. They have three daughters and one granddaughter.

’79 Bertrand “Randy” Hennig (LS), of Washington, D.C., has spent 22 years in Washington, covering the world’s most important news events. He is an editor at Voice of America.

’81 Jim Voight (B), of Fond du Lac, is an investor and consultant for business owners. He has numerous years of experience in the banking industry and as an entrepreneur.

’82 Cynthia (Weeden) Nemke (LS), of New Berlin, is an environmental geologist with CH2M Hill. She coordinated an environmental science exchange with UW-Milwaukee’s geology department to link academia, business and government, which enhanced communication and information exchange for the environmental industry.

’82 Robert Snyder (LS), of Platteville, is the 2014 recipient of the Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at UW-Platteville.

’83 Carolyn (Faehling) Dolezal (B), of Barrington, Ill., was hired as vice president, strategy and chief marketing officer for PCTEL Inc., a leader in telecom solutions.

’83 Mark Pieplow (MA), of Three Lakes, is the new band director at Three Lakes School. He has been teaching for 38 years.

’86 Elizabeth Erickson (LS) and ’06 (MSE), of Wautoma, is teaching health sciences at Adams- Friendship High School.

’86 Kristi (Marsden) Hayden (LS), of Janesville, is celebrating three years as a social worker  at Janesville St. Mary’s Hospital. She recently became certified as a hospice and palliative care social worker and is part of the Palliative Team.

’88 Sheryl (Jansen) Rycerz (LS), and’95 (MBA), of McAllen, Texas, is the assistant controller/ analyst at Aim Media.

’88 David Sakrison (MPA), of Ripon, is a professor at Ripon College. He teaches strategic management and international marketing classes.

’89 Peggy La Point (LS), of Portland, Ore.,  an on-air personality with KINK-KM, is an extra on “Portlandia,” a satirical sketch comedy television series filmed in Portland.

’90 Randy Hoitink (EHS), and ’93 (MS), of Omro, has been hired by Hudson High School to teach grades 9-12 math and computer science.

’91 Tammy (Thiel) Young (EHS), of Fond du Lac, has been named executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County.

’93 Terrance “Terry” Schuelke (MBA), of Greenville, is co-owner of Insty-Prints of Appleton and is working to help local businesses promote their brand.

’93 Patrick Sheehy (LS), of Mount Juliet, Tenn., was promoted to senior director, public affairs of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. He remains head of government relations and now has assumed the lead on the company’s corporate social responsibility effort.

’94 Robert Sawicki (LS) and (B), of Waunakee, has been self-employed for 14 years as a certified public accountant/financial adviser. He helps small businesses set up and maintain their retirement plans.

’95 Angela (Kraklau) Hanson (B), of Manawa, has been named business manager of Manawa School District.

’95 Jeff See (EHS), and’99 (MS), of Oshkosh, is the new associate principal at Clintonville Middle School. He spent the past 19 years as an English teacher at Oshkosh West High School.

’98 Kelly (Risner) Heroux (B), of Peshtigo, received a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison. She is vice president and operations officer for all five banking offices of Peshtigo National Bank.

’99 Michelle Pyan (MBA), of Cohoes N.Y., is the president and owner of Commercial Investigations LLC, which provides a comprehensive and cost-effective volunteer background investigation solution.

’02 Nicole (Schneider) Fossman (N), of Big Bend, a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center, married Todd Fossman in September.

’03 Jessica Howe (EHS), of Theresa, is one of 17 new teachers for the Portage Community School District. She teaches physical education at the middle school.

’03 Deanna (Wilken) Polzin (EHS), of Clintonville, has been hired as a special education teacher for Clintonville High School. She spent more than seven years in the U.S. Air Force and 11 years in the Shawano School District.

’04 Michelle Lippart (LS), of Ripon, has been hired by the Oshkosh American Red Cross as major gifts officer.

’05 Tara (Kelly) Zeal (EHS), and ’08 (MSE), of Green Bay, has been hired to support staff members of the Clintonville School District.

’06 Heather (Babauta) Heilman (EHS), of Hortonville, has been hired to teach kindergarten at Dellwood Early Learning Center.

’07 Deanna (Hartzell) Arrowood (EHS), of Cecil, was hired by Clintonville Middle School to teach eighth grade communication arts and social studies.

’08 Jessica Ganz (LS), of Sheboygan Falls, works for WBFM, Sheboygan’s country B93, as an on-air personality. She has been working in radio for eight years.

’08 Carol Veltus (N), and ’13 (MSN), of Kaukauna, has returned to UWO to earn her doctorate and plans to graduate in spring 2016. She is nurse practitioner with Affinity Medical Group.

’10 John Graf (EHS), and ’14 (MS), of Princeton, is the new principal at Forest Lane Charter School in the Montello School District.

’10 Raquel (Johnson) Jung (EHS), of Menomonee Falls, is a fourth-grade teacher at Capitol West Academy.

’10 Angela Rutledge (N), of Buffalo, Ky., completed her master’s of science in nursing in September. She is employed as a family nurse practitioner with Midway Center Integrative Medicine.

’11 Alisha Brandtmeier (EHS), of Lomira, is a Spanish teacher for the Oshkosh Area School District. She credits UWO’s Student Support Services for providing guidance to her as a student and alumna.

’11 Shirley Madin (B), of Apple Valley, Minn., has relocated to the Twin Cities and is a recruiter with Frontline Asset Strategies.

’12 Eric Balkman (LS), of Appleton, has been named draft commissioner of the Fantasy Football Players Championship, which is the largest season-long fantasy contest in industry history.

’12 Katy Hamm (LS), of Boston, Mass., started a new job at Lesley University advising the programming board and student organizations.

’12 Melissa (Moehn) Kuhn (LS), of Stockbridge, a marketing assistant at The Boldt Company, is married to Nick Kuhn.

’13 Alesha Flannery (EHS), of Antigo, has been hired to teach advance algebra and math intervention at Clintonville High School.

’13 Stacie Penney (MBA), of Oshkosh, recently accepted the position of supervisor for customs and trade at Plexus Corporation.

’14 Craig Heckner (EHS), of Milwaukee, is a music teacher at James Groppi High School.

’14 Alyssa Kadansky (LS), of Rochester, Minn., started a new position as the marketing communications specialist for Metafile Information Systems.

’14 Jacob Timm (LS), of Manawa, accepted the position of director of multimedia services with Green Bay Phoenix athletics.

’14 Anna Wright (LS), of Oshkosh, is an independent consultant for Jamberry Nails.

’14 Ben Zblewski (LS), of Kalamazoo, Mich., recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in News Promotion Single Spot by The National Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.



• 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

• 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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