Alumni News and Stories

Career news, life events and alumni success stories
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Your fellow alumni readers want to know want what you're up to these days. Share your news about job changes, promotions, awards/recognition, retirement, and family milestones with us. Class notes are featured in our Outlook email newsletter and annual magazine. 

Here are some common reasons to send us a class note:

  • A new job or promotion 
  • A baby or adopted a child
  • You got married or entered into an official union 
  • Published a book
  • A fellow alumni has passed away

Submit a Class Note

Career News

Joan Willshire

Joan Willshire `81 received 2018 Commitment to
Service Award at the 32nd Annual State of
Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
celebration in St. Paul.

Career News

Leslie Joslin

Leslie Joslin `86 is a Child Care Licensor
for the Department of Human Services,
State of Minnesota and reside in Woodbury, MN
with my husband (Mike Joslin) of thirty years.


Amanda Kessler Steffes Wedding

Wedding of Amanda Kessler Steffes, September 30, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Pictured L to R: Nancy (Noesen) Murray, '88 + Stout Professor in RMM 1999-2013, Jenna Huseboe  '12, Shannon Brady '12, Amanda (Kessler) Steffes '13, Kari Holte '13


Jenna Huseboe Wedding

Wedding of Jenna Huseboe, September 16, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

Pictured L to R; Nancy (Noesen) Murray, '88 + Stout Professor in RMM 1999-2013, Elizabeth Mendoza '12, Amanda (Kessler) Steffes '13, Jenna Huseboe  '12, Kari Holte '13, Anna Perna '11


Sarah Thomas Strang

Wedding of Sarah Thomas Strang, August 12, 2017, Eden Prairie, MN

Pictured L to R: Kalya Worm '14, Alyse (Hucke) Olson '14, Sarah (Thomas) Strang '14, Nancy (Noesen) Murray, '88 + Stout Professor in RMM 1999-2013




Alumni Passing

Amanda Geissler

Amanda Geissler `07,
January 2, 2018

Career News: new jobs, promotions, awards and retirements
  • Sharon Johnson `71, retired from Corporate Four Insurance Agency on April 26, 2017.
  • Warren Nilsson `73 retired after spending most of his 45 years in industrial distribution.
  • Christine Welsh `76 retired as the supervisor of food services at D. C. Everest Area School District after 27 years. 
  • Joan Willshire `81 received 2018 Commitment to Service Award at the 32nd Annual State of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in St. Paul.
  • Elizabeth Bettenhausen `85 is the program manager at River City Estates in Hewitt.
  • Jeanne Wilkinson `86 was awarded the 43rd New Millennium Award for Nonfiction for her story “Hidden in a Suitcase” in 2017. 
  • Leslie Joslin `86 is a child care licensor for the Department of Human Services in Minnesota and she resides with her husband, John, in Woodbury, Minn.
  • Jeffrey Brown `89, was named Citgo STEM Teacher of the Year.
  • Karen Lee Hayes `95, is helping at-risk, traumatized youth at Dakota Memorial School, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, North Dakota.
  • Dyana Doherty `08, named Business Person of the Year by the Savage Chamber of Commerce in Savage, Minn. 
  • Zane Glumske `15 began new role as a product development verification lead for Advanced Energy Generator in January 2018.
  • Lucas Feldkamp `16 was promoted to admissions system analyst at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.
Life events: births, marriages, anniversaries and deaths


  • Thomas V. Hable `77 and Jennifer K. Beyer Huber `78 were married in Federal Way, Wash.
  • Nicole Crowell `08 and Jack Hajewski were married on July 14, 2017
  • Jenna Huseboe `12, September 16, 2017, Milwaukee, WI
  • Amanda Kessler Steffes `13, September 30, 2017, Milwaukee, WI
  • Sarah Thomas Strang `14, August 12, 2017, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Abigail Filcher `15 and Blake Meyer `16 were married September 16, 2017 in Burnsville, Minn.


  • Joy Williams `07 and Brett Jackson `07 welcomed their second child, a son in August.


  • Paul Erickson `46, October 29, 2013, Turlock, Cali
  • Marlene Worzella `68, December 2017, Richfield
  • Sandra “Sandy” Hassemer `68, June 04, 2008, Sun City West, Ariz.
  • Daniel Grosskopf `77, June 15, 2014, Farmington, Minn.
  • Nancy Zieman `75, November 14, 2017, Beaver Dam
  • Brian Hepperly `63, June 2, 2017, Beloit
  • Chester Jensen `64, September 11th, 2017, Neenah
  • Thomas Jahn, June 20, 2017, Tomahawk
  • Amanda Geissler `07, December 30, 2017, Costa Rica
Faculty/Staff News: awards, retirements and deaths

Faculty Passing:

  • Genevieve R. Lambert, 103, formerly of Menomonie died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. She worked as a cook at the UW-Stout student union, retiring in 1977.
  • Terry Ingram, 80, of Menomonie, passed away Nov. 22, 2017. He taught in media technology and photography from 1970 until his retirement in 2001. He was a professor emeritus in the College of Technology, Engineering and Management.
  • Ervin Schlick, 92, of Rochester, Minn. passed away December 30, 2017. Ervin worked as the director of instrumental activities. He retired in May 1989, after working just over 5 years at UW-Stout.

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