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the new literary

LANDSCAPE Anthony Neil Smith is the director of creative writing and it’s not poetry as usual in the SMSU English Department

Fall 2011 Edition | Insert: 2010-2011 Foundation Annual Report

A message from

President Ronald A. Wood Dear Alumni and Friends, The first four months at Southwest Minnesota State University have been exciting. During this time I have talked with many Alumni, realized just how many of my friends are Alumni and observed the importance of the Alumni to the health and vitality of SMSU. In the months leading up to my appointment as Interim President many questions were raised when the Office of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees commissioned a study on higher education in our region and what possible alignment could take place between SMSU and the neighboring two year college. The questions have been answered and we can move forward with a clear definition of the future. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone visited the campus in early October and after the visit sent a letter to the campus community. Some excerpts tell the story. Said Chancellor Rosenstone, “I left campus enormously impressed by the spirit and commitment everyone has made to strengthen the university and its service to the region.” He further stated, “Your renewed commitment to partner with business and community leaders to identify and meet the economic needs of the region as well as your renewed energy to reach out to potential students who would thrive at SMSU are crucial to SMSU’s (and the region’s) future vitality. It is exciting to see the widespread interest in new ideas, new possibilities, and new models.” As a result of the visit he stated that “a national search for the presidency of Southwest Minnesota State University will begin in the summer of 2012 with the hope of completing the search by February 2013 to allow ample time for a smooth transition of leadership.” I am proud to have been asked to serve as the Interim President of SMSU through this period of transition. We are embarking on some exciting new ventures. New programs and new scholarships are being established.

Three new task forces have been established to make recommendations on the establishment of a School of Agriculture, a program to allow RN’s to bridge to a BSN, and a universal articulation agreement for students receiving an associate degree in a technical field from a two year institution to have an educational track allowing them to complete a Bachelor’s degree. The programs reach out to the needs of our region and our students. With the cost of education escalating to students and their families we have also established three major scholarship programs beginning with the spring semester 2012. The College Now Scholarship is for students who start their education with us while in high school, the Upward Bound scholarship is for students who would be first generation college students from a state wide program and the third scholarship is the Mustang Transfer scholarship for students who have completed 60 credits or more at another institution. Our goal is to create an affordable environment for students to receive their education and in many cases introduce individuals to a great life on the Prairie! My two years at SMSU will fly by. I am excited to be a part of the transition to a new era and new leadership at the University. Part of that excitement is the opportunity to meet the Alumni as they visit the campus, to hear the stories of years gone by, and the successes that have been made possible by the education they received at Southwest Minnesota State University. Best wishes,

Ronald A. Wood, President Southwest Minnesota State University

Pictured above (from left to right): President Wood helps with clean-up on campus after the July 1 storm. With his wife, Sandra, President Wood enjoys the University Gala on Sept. 23 with former state senator Dennis Fredrickson and his wife, Marj ’79. President Wood rides in the SMSU Homecoming parade with his family and Stanger.

President Dr. Ronald A. Wood Associate Vice President for Advancement/Executive Director of Foundation Bill Mulso ’93 Director of Alumni Relations Tyler Bowen ’95/MS’08 Senior Writer and Photographer Jim Tate Focus Editor & Designer Marcy D. Olson, ’93/MBA’05 Contributors Stacy Frost ’93 Karen Kaas ’94 Kelly Loft ’97 Stacie Mulso ’94

A magazine for alumni & friends of SMSU Fall 2011

Vol. 31, No. 1

2 Around Campus 4 Alumni Spotlight: Sheri (Mathieu) Boeyink ’95 5 Feature: The New Literary Landscape 8 Alumni Connections 10 Foundation Annual Report 2010-11 18 Mustang Athletics 19 Class Notes Throughout the magazine, you’ll see QR Codes. Use the QR Code reader on your smartphone to check out the links to more details, expanded stories and additional features. Quick links are also included for those without a smartphone.

All cities and towns are located in Minnesota unless otherwise noted. Focus (USPS 565-770) is published twice each year for alumni and friends of Southwest Minnesota State University by the Alumni Office. Opinions expressed in FOCUS do not necessarily reflect official University policy. Send correspondence, name changes and address corrections to: Alumni Office, Attn: Focus Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258 You may also call (507) 537-6266 or email

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McFarland Library Dedicated at SMSU Former SMSU President Dr. David Danahar joked that the late D.C. “Pat” McFarland, Jr. would call him on occasion to give him advice or comment on a decision Danahar had made. “He was very direct, and I appreciated that,” said Danahar during his remarks on June 27, when the university library was renamed the McFarland Library. It is renamed to honor the memory of SMSU supporters Dorothy and Pat McFarland. McFarland died on March 31, 2010. The Marshall area property developer founded the McFarland Company in 1954, and he worked there until his passing at the age of 91. He was a supporter of education and the arts in the Marshall area during his lifetime. McFarland gifted $2 million to the university in support of student scholarships and library resources upon his passing. His two sisters, Ruth Byers Ahlstrom, Urbandale, Iowa, and Kathleen Brown,

Sisters Ruth Byers Ahlstrom and Kathleen Brown unveil the placard dedicating the SMSU Library to their brother D.C. “Pat” and his wife Dorothy McFarland. The library at SMSU is now called the McFarland Library.

Chaska, Minn., were on hand for the ceremony. “Pat and Dorothy were a special couple, they really devoted their lives to others and I know he’d be pleased with this honor,” said Ahlstrom. Danahar told several stories about his relationship with McFarland and would later say that he and the longtime businessman “became very good friends over the years.” The ceremony was held in front of the library entrance and drew university personnel and others from the region.

Veteran Faculty Step Into Interim Dean Spots A couple of familiar faces are the new interim deans of the University. Dr. Jan Loft, formerly Professor of Speech Communication, is the interim Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences. She began her duties June 13. Dr. Raphael Onyeaghala, formerly Professor of Agribusiness Management, is the interim Dean of the College Business, Education and Professional Studies. He began his duties June 20. Loft has been at SMSU since 1988. She started out as a one-year fixed term position and made such an impression, it led to second one-year contract and eventually, a tenure-track position. After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Mass Communication, she began an 18-year radio career in Mankato. Looking for a new challenge, she returned to college, receiving a master’s in Speech Communication from MSUMankato and, later, a Ph.D. in Sociology from



South Dakota State. She’s has been department chairperson from 1990-2000 and 2005-2011, and has twice been Faculty Association president, from 1996-2000 and 2007-2011. Onyeaghala received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and two master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics, one from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a second, with a concentration in Agricultural Development Overseas, from the University of London. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. He came to SMSU from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2002. He has been chair of the Department of Business and Public Affairs from 2008-2011, and was director of the Business graduate programs from 2006-2008. He was recently named a McKnight Fellow, and will be participate in that group’s Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, in November.

Loft, above. Onyeaghala, below.

Brian Knochenmus ’00 Inspires Freshmen Class SMSU freshmen heard keynote speaker Brian Knochenmus tell them to embrace the academic challenges they will face during Convocation 2011, held during Gold Rush Days in August. Knochenmus is Vice President of Ralco Nutrition, Inc., a growing animal health and nutrition company based in Marshall. The 2000 SMSU alumnus has worked for the company in various capacities since 1992, and served as vice president since 2004. Since then, under the leadership of Brian and his father, company president Jon Knochenmus, Ralco has quadrupled both its sales, and jobs in the past seven years. Knochenmus told the students that the importance of the liberal arts education they receive at SMSU will become increasingly apparent as they get older, and urged them to “learn how to learn.” “Knowledge is a basis for action,” said Knochenmus, who went on to humorously, and earnestly, tell the students that they will

learn so much, and change so much, in the next four years, and during that time, they will be responsible for making the right choices along the way. Knochenmus grew up in Balaton, Minn., and attended Tracy High School. His grandparents, Bob and Lou Galbraith, started Ralco in 1971. Knochenmus has embraced the technology of his business, and Ralco is a big supporter of SMSU and both its Agribusiness Management and Agronomy programs. “Agriculture is an important industry for this region,” he said. “Within 40 years, we are going to have to produce twice the amount of food we do today to feed the population. Education is a big part of that.” Gold Rush Days, coordinated by the Office of Admission, are held each year to acclimate incoming freshmen to college life, both academically and socially. Activities are planned to help students to get to know the campus and their fellow classmates.

Brian Knochenmus ’00 Vice President of Ralco Nutrition, Inc. in Marshall.

MnSCU Educational Study Results Released The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ (MnSCU) Higher Education Needs of Southwest Minnesota Study brought forth several recommendations when it was released in early July. The study was conducted by MGT of America, a higher education consulting firm, at the request of outgoing MnSCU Chancellor James H. McCormick. The study concludes that SMSU and Minnesota West Community and Technical College should collaborate on offering more applied academic programs to help attract and retain a skilled and educated workforce in the 19-county region. It stopped short of recommending that SMSU and Minnesota West align under one president, which has occurred elsewhere within the MnSCU system, but did note that an alignment of the two may be appropriate at a later date. The study was undertaken following the announcement of the retirement of former SMSU President Dr. David Danahar, who retired June 30. When a president retires, said McCormick, it is not uncommon for such a study to be undertaken, noting that given the

economic times, efficiencies can be found to save taxpayer money. McCormick came to campus July 8 to discuss the study’s findings. The study recommends that: • Baccalaureate programs be expanded beyond the Marshall campus to more locations in the region and the curriculum mix should gradually be rebalanced; • Participation and partnerships in economic develop initiatives, cultural and civic events be strengthened, and collaboration in specialty areas of research be encouraged by providing technical expertise; • SMSU move toward sharing operational and support functions with Minnesota West Community and Technical College, which has campuses in Jackson, Worthington, Pipestone, Canby and Granite Falls, and other system institutions. SMSU interim President Dr. Ron Wood was previously president of MnWest for 10 years.

MnSCU Chancellor James H. McCormick on campus this summer. He retired at the end of July and was replaced by Chancellor Rosenstone.



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Sheri Boeyink ’95 Finds Success in New Adult Novels It’s not often an author can dip into a stockpile of over 20 novels and pick three that a book publisher wants to publish. Such is the case with Sheri (Mathieu) Boeyink, a 1995 alumna who recently had her first book published. Boeyink’s pen name is Lynn Rush. Her debut book, Wasteland (2011, Crescent Moon Press), was released last month. “While I was working on Wasteland, my publisher asked if I had any other stories I’d been working on,” said Boeyink. Quite a few more, as it turns out. “They told me they’d like to see more of my stories, so I sent them Violet Midnight. She read it and the next day I got a short e-mail telling me she was drafting a three-book deal. Within two hours I had a contract.” She has written 23 books, a staggering amount for someone so new to writing. “I was unemployed for eight months, and you can pound out some serious wordage,” she said. “I have no kids, so I have plenty of time to write. Not everyone has that luxury.” She writes paranormal romances for the new adult market. “Young adult is hot right now, and that’s for readers under 18. An emerging new audience is young adult, for those 18 to 24. Most of my writing is for that age range.” She is, obviously, prolific. She has a part-time job at the Christ Church of the Valley church bookstore in Peoria, Ariz. When she’s not working there, she’s writing her books. “I only write one at a time, but I do edit a couple of them at a time,” she said. She “jumped into the writing pool for real” in 2008. Since then, she’s consumed with her writing, and feels the new adult niche fits her work nicely.

Sheri (Mathieu) Boeyink ’95

Sheri’s first book, Wasteland, is published under her pen name Lynn Rush.

“I never grew up wanting to be a writer,” said Boeyink, whose SMSU degree is in psychology. “I didn’t even like to read recreationally. In 2007, I read This Present Darkness. That seemed to trigger my writing. There had been a story in my head, and it took root.” From there, she began educating herself about being a writer, and the business of writing. “I took classes, went to conferences. You don’t hear of many writers who hadn’t written before. Mine is a different story,” she said. The pace of the process surprised her initially. “It was so slow,” she said. “And agents. Some don’t want to look at you unless you have accolades, and they take months to get back to you. So I said ‘That’s okay.’ I’m a good writer, so I’ll just sit and write books.” She met her husband, Charlie Boeyink, when she was an SMSU freshman. “We didn’t start dating until May of 1997, our junior year,” she said. Charlie has a chemistry degree, and works now for Arrowhead Physical Therapy. She worked as an escrow officer for eight years before being laid off. It’s then she got the idea for Wasteland. “It was a sense of being out of control, dealing with something you didn’t want to deal with, something beyond your control. That oozed into that story.” Both Sheri and her husband love the outdoors. She enjoys mountain biking, and Charlie is training for a November full triathlon. Today, she looks back at her time at SMSU and smiles. “The best years of my life were at SMSU,” she said. Follow Sheri’s writing and updates on new releases on her blog: and ‘catch the rush!’

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the new literary

Landscape IN THE BEGINNING Outstanding writers have been a part of the Southwest Minnesota State University English Department since the university opened its doors in 1967. The bar was set high early on, when Dr. Delbert “Deb” Wylder, English department chairperson, brought in a trio of new faculty members in 1970: Stephen Dunn, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; Howard Mohr, author of the iconic How to Talk Minnesotan; and Phil Dacey, author of 11 books of poetry now living in New York. “Deb established a creative writing program and major. Nowadays, when every school you can think of has a creative writing component, that doesn’t seem so revolutionary, but in 1970, such programs were far less prevalent. I had teaching offers from several other schools but chose Southwest because of that program,” said Dacey. “Ferment” is a word Dacey uses to describe the atmosphere back then. “There was a sense of newness and discovery, a sense of beginning and building and direction-setting,” he said. “The presence of writers created more writers: neither (former faculty member) Leo Dangel nor (current faculty member) Susan McLean, each an outstanding poet, had been writing poetry when they arrived; its creative environment rubbed off on them.” Alec Bond would later become department chair, and in 1981, two others were hired as faculty members: the late Bill Holm, and current faculty member David Pichaske. Holm was a prolific writer and regional favorite at the time of his death, and Pichaske, also an author, started two publishing houses. In the early ’80s, the SMSU English faculty would begin to gather once a month or so and read in Ghent, at events dubbed Cornstock. People would bring their own food and enjoy an evening of words and song. Some of the impromptu events were carried on local radio. “People came from all over the state,” said Pichaske. Former state Sen. Gary DeCramer, who would later be an interim president at SMSU, helped get Cornstock off the ground. The first Marshall Festival — celebrating rural writing and culture — was held in 1986 and has enjoyed great success. Writers from across the country attend the event, which has been repeated, intermittently, ever since. Those early faculty members established a writing tradition that has been handed down to subsequent faculty members. Writers like Dr. Neil Smith, Dr. Judy Wilson, Dr. Jim and Marianne Zarzana, Adrian Louis and McLean are keeping that tradition alive as the ‘next generation’ of writers.

[ The bar was set high ]

[ ENTER GONZO NOIR ] DR. ANTHONY SMITH “Gonzo noir” is the way Smith describes the writing genre that includes “A mix of the absurd with the classic dark noir writers of the ’50s,” he said. “I’m glad to be called a crime novelist, too.” Around SMSU, he’s known as Dr. Neil Smith. When he writes, he goes by Anthony Neil Smith. His love of crime writing began when he first picked up a Hardy Boys book in the school library. “Shortly after that, I started looking at adult crime fiction. They had great titles, blood and murder, and I wanted to read those.” A car accident took his father when Smith was 10, “and my mother handled it by getting into the nuts and bolts of the funeral industry, so I peeked



with her. I toured the funeral home, learned how people were embalmed. Then she got into selling pre-arranged funerals, and that sort of macabre aspect was interesting to me, it made me want to go into the darker side of things.” Smith is the author of five books, the latest being Choke on Your Lies. And while he went the traditional publishing route for his previous books, for Choke on Your Lies, he decided to self-publish the book and offer it on Kindle, the electronic reader that has changed the publishing industry. “The publishing business is in a tizzy now. Editors are not taking risks on books, and agents are having trouble selling anything that’s not blockbuster ready. “My agent, who is also a writer, had been making money on novels on Kindle and wondered why we didn’t try that. We had nothing to lose, so in January I did all the formatting and posted it on the internet. It’s a lot of fun, a lot more fun than trying to sell print books.” He was also able to obtain the rights to his other books — “I was lucky, a lot of writers lose their rights” — and they are on sale for both Kindle and Nook electronic readers.

Smith grew up in Pascagoula, Miss., 90 miles from New Orleans, La. He received his undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. His writing influences include Dennis Lehane, James Ellroy, George Pelecanos and the late Flannery O’Connor. Smith is the publisher of the online literary journal, “Plots with Guns” ( It is described as being “for noir and transgressive fiction, as long as it has a gun in it, somehow, some way.” His other books include his first novel, Psychosomatic (Point Blank Press, 2005); The Drummer (Two Dollar Radio, 2006); Yellow Medicine (Bleak House Books, 2008); and Hogdoggin’ (Bleak House Books, 2009). He has a new book, All the Young Warriors, coming out this month, from a new publishing house, Blasted Heath Ltd. He is also the co-author of the screenplay for the movie “Pulp Boy,” which is in preproduction ( Read the rest at or scan the QR Code at the end of the feature.

[ The PUBLISHING BUSINESS IS IN A TIZZY—NEIL SMITH ] DR. JUDY WILSON Dr. Judy Wilson believes that every generation of writers bears a responsibility to help the next generation. She is a teacher, after all. Wilson’s latest book, Trespass, came out this past summer. It is a collection of 13 of her short stories, most of which previously won writing awards for Wilson, Associate Professor of English at SMSU. The book is published by her own On the Brink Publishing, a company she recently founded. And while writing has come naturally to the Virginia native, publishing has not.

“It’s been a learning experience,” said Wilson. Her book, Trespass, is available on Amazon and via her website She decided to try her hand at publishing because of her own experience, and that of her writing friends. “So many were dissatisfied with their publishers,” she said. “Their book would have a six-month run, they wouldn’t do a reprint, so that’s the end of the road. As for me, as long as a member of my family is alive, they can keep printing the book. I have total control over it.” Wilson is the author of numerous short stories and has collected many awards over





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DR. JIM ZARZANA The English duo of Dr. Jim and Marianne Zarzana are active bloggers who have found new audiences for their work because of the social media tool. English professor Dr. Jim Zarzana has written a four-novel set of science fiction — his favorite genre — and has posted two chapters of one of the books on the blog on his website: “I thought a website and blog would give me a way to spread the word about my writing,” he said. His weekly blog is entitled “Eclectic Blog” because his topics are just that, eclectic. His

“It’s really grown. It’s to the point now where we have to turn some submissions down,” said Wilson. Wilson lives in rural Hendricks, Minn., surrounded by trees, and a soothing quiet. The inspiration for her stories comes from many places. “Each story has a seed in reality,” she said. Read more at

Judy Wilson

the years, including a Truman Capote Fellowship, the Southern Literary Festival Award for Best Short Fiction, the Joan Johnson Writing Award and the Henfield Foundation Transatlantic Review Award. She is also the founder and editor of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought, published in the fall and spring of each year. The ninth edition will be out at the end of October.

Judy Wilson

topics range from serious —NATO bombing of Libya— to less-than serious— his love of dogs, and dislike of cats. “My blog and website are there to promote my writing. It has given me a chance to get my fiction out there to an audience that has to look for it, but who can find it if they want. My work is futuristic, a political dystopia where science and government have been co-opted by a corporation which seeks to insure its survival only. It is an exaggeration of what’s going on today....” Read the full story and find a link to Jim’s blog at

[ I CAN ‘make a statement’ in an artistic way —Jim Zarzana] PROFESSOR MARIANNE ZARZANA Assistant English professor Marianne Zarzana started her blog last November, when she was challenged by her life coach. She posted daily for the first six months, and now posts twice per week. Her blog, found on her website, is called “Fly-over Country,” the name of her master’s thesis. Her site is: She likes the feedback, especially “being a part of big conversations about writing and the writing life.” Keeping connected with past English alumni is important to her, and the blog enables her to do that. “It’s a way to nurture the writing life, which

can be lonely and isolating.” Her blogs aren’t that long, and she likes to highlight other writing, and writers. “Being a good citizen of the writing community, participating fully and supporting other writers, is important to me,” she said. Her attitude about blogs has completely changed. “I used to think of them narrowmindedly as narcissistic, naval-gazing forums. But there are so many cool, amazing and interesting blogs out there today.” There’s more to the story and link to Marianne’s blog at

[ Because writing is like breathing —Marianne Zarzana ]



SMSU Homecoming 2011 Highlights 1

1 At the Alumni Awards Luncheon are Robert Whitcomb, Jon Vezner ’76 and Charles Kauffman. 2 Tailgating before the Mustangs game (l-r): Staci Saugstad, Scott Saugstad, Linda (Seid) Saugstad ’90, Bruce Saugstad ’89, Sue (Navara) Korkowski ’96, Dan Stevens, Tom Stenzel ’90, Scott Gilbertson ’90, Cheryl (Ahlers) Miller ’89, and Keith Miller. 3 Jessica Mensink ’04/MSE’11, Christy Steinbach, and Kari (Nelson) Loft ’95 enjoy the University Gala 4 Mike Erickson ’93, Jeff Bazer ’95, Bruce Bossuyt ’96, Dave Hillestad ’96 take in the football game during their Speech Communication/ RadioTV/Public Relations alumni reunion. 5 Jacob Fahl ’03/MBA’07 enjoys the parade with his daughter, Julia.





2011 Alumni Awards Seven individuals were honored by the Alumni Association during Homecoming. Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Dr. Michael Holmes, 1985; Brian Mastre, 1992; Anne Pryor, 1982; and Jon Vezner, 1976. Honorary Lifetime Membership Awards went to Jill Engebretson and Dr. Jan Loft. Erin (Frye) Lind was presented a GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) award. Dr. Michael Holmes is the Director of Insight & Research for the Center for Media Design at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. He’s held several positions at Ball State and before that was at the University of Utah. Holmes is also involved with research at Ball State. He received his degree in Speech Communication from SMSU, a master’s in Organizational Communication and Communication Theory from Southern Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Minnesota.



Holmes ’85

Mastre ’92

Brian Mastre received his Speech Communication: Radio & TV degree in 1992, and worked for a TV station in Mason City, Iowa, before going to a station in Omaha, Neb., in 1997, where an anchor and reporter. He is especially grateful to Radio & TV faculty who allowed him to experiment with the equipment outside the classroom. “You don’t get that hands-on experience everyplace.” Anne Pryor graduated in 1982 with an interdisciplinary degree in Business and Speech Communication. She created her own degree. And today, she’s created her own career. She is an online brand strategist, a LinkedIn trainer and a career coach. She also designs and sells a line of jewelry. Previously, she worked for ValleyFair in sales and marketing, then Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America. Jon Vezner graduated in 1976 with a Music Education degree.

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“I had to learn the craft, so I could forget it. I learned the rules in order to know how to break them.” He wrote “Where’ve You Been,” performed his wife, Kathy Mattea. It won him a Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and the song was named the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Song of the Year in 1990. Recently, he has been performing more himself and giving more workshops and talks at colleges. Jan Loft is the new interim Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at SMSU. Before that, she was a Speech Communication professor. She worked in the radio business for 18 years before returning to school, and has been at SMSU since 1988. She is one of the most familiar faces on campus, and has taken leadership roles during her time at the university. She’s twice been


Lind ’01

department chair and (IFO) faculty president. She now moves to administration for the first time. Jill Engebretson is in many ways the face of the Registration and Records Office. She has worked there for 30 years. Before that, she was in Admissions for two years, and before that, with the now-defunct Countryside Council, which had an office on campus. Erin (Frye) Lind graduated in 2001 with a degree in Exercise Science, and minors in Coaching and Business. She played basketball four years at SMSU. She accepted a position right out of college as assistant commissioner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which she holds today. For the complete biographies:

Alumni Association Webinars For Professional Development With more than 17,000 alumni scattered throughout the world, we use technology to offer professional development events to our alumni. The hot topics right now focus on the social media tools available and how to make them work for you. Webinars hosted by the SMSU Alumni Association this year: “Leveraging LinkedIn” presented by Anne Pryor '82 “Networking for Career Success” presented by Becky Bot '02 “Social What? An introduction to social media and its impact on society” presented by Tegan Gullikson '10

If you missed one of these webinars, you can replay them by visiting our site. We are looking forward to planning future webinars with a wide range of topics the appeal to our alumni base. Contact us at to suggest a topic or to volunteer to give a presentation! For more information visit: and click “Programs and Services” or scan the code to go directly to the page and view replays of the webinars anytime or anywhere!

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Mustang Pride in Amazing Places

Alumni Heritage Scholarships Available The SMSU Alumni Association is proud to recognize high school seniors and transfer students for their academic and leadership achievements. In April, we will award

scholarships to four students attending SMSU in the Fall of 2012. Children and grandchildren of SMSU graduates are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

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Alumni Travel Opportunities in 2012 British Isles Odyssey Luxury Cruise, July 23–August 5, 2012 London • Edinburgh • Invergordon • Kirkwall • Isle of Skye Belfast • Dublin • Waterford • Cork • Fowey • Paris Edinburgh Castle Scotland

Florence Cathedral Dome Italy

Max and Mary Lord traveled to Cozumel, Mexico in January 2011. They are pictured on the deck of the Norwegian Spirit cruise ship showing their Mustang Pride. Congratulations to Max and Mary Lord! You’ve won a $50 gift card to the Barnes & Noble Campus Store that you can use in the store or online at to pick up more Brown & Gold gear! Do you have a photo of yourself wearing your Mustang gear in an amazing place or while on an incredible adventure? If so, send it along with a brief description to: Winners will see their photo published in FOCUS and receive a $50 gift card to the SMSU Barnes & Noble Campus Store. To be considered, photos must be in focus with SMSU or Mustang logo clearly visible.

Italian Reflections Cruise, November 7–15, 2012 Athens • Sorrento • Rome • Livorno • Florence • Pisa • Barcelona

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Foundation Annual Report 2010-2011

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends, The Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation is pleased to share our 2010-2011 Annual Report with you. As the year draws to a close and we approach the season of thanksgiving, we would like to thank and recognize those whose time, talents and financial contributions have so generously supported the University. This past year was a fruitful one as the SMSU Foundation received $3,452,247 in contributions, revenue and support, made possible by the generosity of 5,254 donors. This generosity allowed the Foundation to contribute just over $3 million back to the University with over $670,000 going directly to student scholarships. Overall, we were pleased to show significant growth in the total net assets of the Foundation from $6,839,030 to $8,600,180. As you read through this report, please note all of the individuals and businesses that have so generously supported Southwest Minnesota State University. While this report lists only those donors who have given over $100 or more this past fiscal year, a complete listing of all donors is on display in the Alumni Heritage Gallery located on campus in the Student Center. No matter what the size of the gift, please know that each and every gift is important and appreciated by SMSU. On behalf of the SMSU Foundation Board of Directors, thank you for all that you do to make Southwest Minnesota State a great University. Sincerely,

Bill Mulso Executive Director SMSU Foundation


Foundation Annual Report 2010-11

CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED as of June 30, 2011 Alumni $400,920

Board of Directors

Interest Income $114,560


Faculty & Staff $55,873

Business $857,937

Friends $1,993,082

Matching Gift $29,875

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION Foundation Support for FY 2011 - $2,578,223 Scholarship $670,649

University Development $1,064,344

Fundraising $470,036

Academic & Program Support $373,194

Bradley Winkelman, President Daniel Koster, 1st Vice President Diane Taylor, 2nd Vice President Doreen Kronke-McCourt, Secretary/Treasurer Kristi Mukomela, Past President Robert Aufenthie Julie Bleyhl Deb Boulton Timothy Burns Leland Bush Vonnie Carda Bill DeLay Benjamin Dolan Lee French Bob Gunther Sheldon Haaland Maren Larson Jan Loft Roger Madison Richard Maertens Marilyn McLaughlin Mary Meaden Roger Mohr Orian Muecke Ken Mukomela Mike Rich Linda Sanders Bill Toulouse

For complete information on the University’s Financials for Fiscal Year End June 30, 2011, visit:

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Honor Roll of Donors Presidential Benefactors Society $1,000,000 + cum. Presidential Patrons Society $500,000 - $999,999 cum. Presidential Fellows Society $250,000 - $499,999 cum.

Presidential Benefactors Society Alumni & Friends D. C. (Pat) McFarland Jr. Business Aramark Corporation Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC The Schwan Food Company Presidential Patrons Society Alumni & Friends Deeann Griebel ‘80 Oscar & Cora Sather Presidential Fellows Society Alumni & Friends Karen LeShufy Business Bremer Bank Minnesota Corn Growers Association Otto Bremer Foundation Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance Group Cornerstone Society Alumni & Friends **David & Cecelia Danahar Thomas McCourt & Dorene Kronke-McCourt ‘73 Charles & Dorothy McGuiggan Business Archer Daniels Midland Company Buuck Family Foundation CHS Foundation Ecolab Industry Foundation Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Ralco Nutrition, Inc. Ralph Manwarren Charitable Trust Southwest Initiative Foundation Upper Midwest Employers Association Landmark Society Alumni & Friends Mark Edelmann ‘75 & Leslie Edelmann **Doug & JoAnne Fraunfelder Josie Haaland Sheldon & Margery Haaland * Robert & Premjit Larsen

Cornerstone Society $100,000 - $249,999 cum. Landmark Society $50,000 - $99,999 cum. Benefactors Society $25,000 - $49,999 cum.

Thomas & Linda Sanders **Joseph & ** Eileen VanWie Business Bank of the West - Marshall Bremer Financial Corporation Carr Properties East River Electric Power Cooperative First USA Bank, N.A. Great Plains Natural Gas Co Har-Mar Foods, Inc.Hardees Hy-Vee Food Store KMHL Broadcasting Lockwood Motors, Inc. Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative McLaughlin & Schulz, Inc. R & G Construction Slumberland of Marshall The McFarland Company Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, NA Benefactor Society Alumni & Friends **Joseph & Cathy Amato Jerrold Cohen & Diane Cohen ‘72 Alice Drever David Grong ‘76 & Linda Grong **William Hezlep **Jack & **Mary Hickerson * Steven Kramer & *Beth Weatherby Walter L Mann John (Jack) & Esther McLaughlin Orian Muecke ‘75 & Sue Muecke **Kenneth & Gwen Mukomela * William Mulso ‘93 & *Stacie Mulso ‘94 Maxine Pierson Lenny & Judy Pippin **Lloyd & Linnea Raymond * Michael & Arlene Rich Thomas Sand **David & Marlys Simpson **Dan & Mary Snobl ‘88 **Michael & **Karen Sterner **Mary Jane Striegel Dan & Kathy Sussner **Doug Sweetland & Karen Sweetland


University Society $10,000 - $24,999 cum. President’s Society $5,000 - $9,999 cum.

Business Ameriprise Financial - Tom VanderHagen Annexstad Family Foundation Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center Basin Electric Power Cooperative Bisbee Plumbing & Heating Borch’s Sporting Goods, Inc. Bornhoft Concrete, Inc. Bremer Trust Company of MN Burger King of Marshall Cattoor Oil Company, Inc. CHS Inc. D & G Excavating D & M Implement, Inc. Davisco Foods International, Inc. Great River Energy Heartland Consumers Power District Helena Chemical Company Marshall Henle Printing Company Hoffman & Brobst, PLLP Hormel Food Corporation ING ReliaStar Life Insurance Company K.T.’s Kitchens, Inc. KHC Construction, Inc. Land O’Lakes Foundation LeAnn Tolk Charitable Fund Mardag Foundation Marshall Independent Marshall Public School District 413 Material Distributors, Inc. Merck Partnership for Giving Midwest Ag Enterprises, Inc. Midwest United Insurance Services, Inc. Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Minnesota Pork Board Minnwest Bank, M.V. Paxton Signs, Inc. PPG Industries Foundation Quarnstrom & Doering, P.A. Rock-Tenn Company Runnings Farm and Fleet Schott Foundation Southwest Tour & Travel State Farm Companies Foundation Subway

Bellows Club $1,000 - $4,999 annually Founders Club $500 - $999 annually Century Club $100 - $499 annually

The Farm Credit System Foundation, Inc. Viking Coca Cola Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, NA” Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Western Printing Company University Society Alumni & Friends **Randy Abbott & Jill Buitendyk ‘92 * Timothy Alcorn ‘89 Frederick Almer & *Debra Almer ‘76 Michelle Anderson ‘88 Harvey Angel ‘73 Robert Archbold Robert Aufenthie & Ramona Nagel Bonnie Babcock Michael Bjerkesett ‘71 Greg & Paula Boerboom ‘91 Charles & Katherine Bonifas * Tyler Bowen ‘95 & Susan Bowen ‘95 Brian & Kathy Brandt Leland Bush ‘73 & Pamela Bush ‘72 ** Edward & Linda Carberry Audrey Carlson Duane & *Debra Carrow ‘94 Jim & Kim Christianson Esther Cooper *Scott & *Laura Crowell Donald & Phyllis Danielson Debbie Denbeck Rick & Linda Dennis David & Carol Drown Terry & Roxanne Eberle Willard & Colleen Engel **Ed & ** Connie Evans Terrence Fogarty ‘82 & Karen Fogarty Neil Frost ‘93 & *Stacy Frost ‘93 Darrell & Marilyn Fuhr Jim & Jan Fuhrmann Mabel Grong Brian & Kristin Gruhot ‘93 G. B. Gunlogson Robert Gunther ‘77 & Jill McCartney Lois Henkel ‘72 Tom & Fran Hill * Christopher Hmielewski ‘98 & Mary Jo Hmielewski ‘04 **Keigh & Arlene Hubel

James Hubley ‘74 & Barbara Hubley ‘75 Robert Jacobson & Jill Vroman * Brent & Mary Jeffers Randy & ** Deb Johnson Robert Johnson & Alma Cater Violet Johnson Eileen Jones Richard Jorgensen ‘72 & Barbara Jorgensen ** Charles Kauffman James Kerkaert & *Debra Kerkaert ‘88 Michael Kramer ‘94 & Alecia Kramer ‘94 Vincent & Anne LaPorte Therese Larsen Dennis Larson ‘71 & *Maren Larson ‘89 John & Dorothy Lasher Rena Lockwood John & Kathy Loe Susan Madsen Richard & Irene Maertens C. Paul & Carole Martin Bill & Roz McCormack Tom & Liz McLaughlin Harvey McVey **George & Rïse Mitchell Bruce Mitlyng & *Debra Mitlyng ‘85 **Roger & Constance Mohr Gordon & Jenice Molitor Doug & *Sandy Mosch ‘79 **Charles Myrbach Kenneth & Janice Noyes John Paxton ‘71 & Kathy Paxton ‘69 Vincent & Marcy Pellegrino Stella Peterson * David Pichaske & Michelle Payne Pichaske ‘88 Doug Pilgrim & *Jan Loft Warren & Ardella Quarnstrom **Thaddeus Radzilowski David & Bette Reeder Thomas Roberts & Deanna Getschel Roberts * Don Robertson ‘84 & Marci Robertson Alvin Rusk & **Joan Rusk ‘82 Steve & Juli Sanders Bruce Saugstad ‘89 & Linda Saugstad ‘90

This Honor Roll of Donors lists annual contributors of gifts of $100 or more for the period between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, and cumulative gifts and pledges of $5,000 or more. While gifts of any amount are very much appreciated, this report contains only those in the Century Club or higher. Great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this report. If you see any discrepancies, please contact the SMSU Foundation. A complete listing of donors is available in the Alumni Heritage Gallery.


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Michael Springman ‘73 & Tracey Springman Mark & Claudia Stenson David Taylor & Diane Taylor ‘75 **Eileen Thomas * Gerald & Mary Toland ‘96 William Toulouse ‘94 & Traci Toulouse Doug & Carole Treadway Robert Walker ‘98 & Nancy Walker Patrick Wands ‘85 David Weiner Mike & **Lorraine Weverka Daniel & Carleen Wiersma Dale W. Youngern * James & *Marianne Zarzana Business Affiliated Community Medical Center AgriBank AgStar Financial Services Alltel Corporation American Legion Post #113 Aramark B & N College Booksellers, Inc. Breyfogle Auto Sales Burger King Corporation Carlson & Stewart Refrigeration Cars Limited CHS Inc. - Marshall Coca Cola Bottlers’ Foundation Cottonwood Co-op Oil Company Cowles Media Company Credit Bureau of Marshall, Inc. Domino’s Pizza Duane Anderson Chartered Edelmann Management Company First Independent Bank Granite Falls Bank Great Plains Sports, LLC Gregory G Lecy, D.D.S. Heartland Corn Products Hubbard Foundation Jennie-O Turkey Store John V or Esther McLaughlin Foundation Kyle B Petersen Farms Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau McNeely Foundation MDU Resources Foundation Meier Electric, Inc. Michael R Thomas, DDS Midwest Aviation Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Minnesota Pork Producers Association Minnwest Bank, M.V. National Collegiate Athletic Association National Endowment For The Humanities Nationwide Foundation North Star Mutual Insurance Company

Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation, Inc. Papa John’s Pizza Perkin’s Family Restaurant Prairie Pride Cooperative Preferred One Prudential Foundation Ramada Marshall Red Rock Rural Water System “Reinhart FoodService, LLC” Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative “Southwest Ophthalmology Associates, P.A.” State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company “Strategic Marketing Services, Inc.” “UniPro Foodservice, Inc.” United FCS Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #742 Wachovia Foundation President’s Society Alumni & Friends * John Alcorn ‘89 & Susan Alcorn David Anastasi ‘82 & Joyce Anastasi Adrian & Claudia Anderson ‘81 Douglas Anderson Joseph & Helen Andries Kevin Anundson ‘82 & Karla Anundson Wilfredo & Alice Apostol Shirlee Bailey Bradley Baune Gary & Marjory Becker Dale Berkner ‘78 & Dianne Berkner Eli & Mary Berry Steven Binder ‘79 & Debbie Binder Thomas & Gayle Birath Brian & Krista Bjella ‘96 * Paul & Nancy Blanchard Jerald Bly ‘71 & Ricke Bly ‘73 Todd & Jane Bock * Patricia Brace Thomas Brutscher ‘85 Julie Caron Greg & Sue Cattoor Jim Checkel John Chute ‘77 Stanley & Katherine Claussen Edmond & Nina Conway * Verna Cornish Bruce Cox & Constance Smith-Cox * Terrence Culhane ‘78 & Sandra Culhane ‘78 **Hugh & Linda Curtler Jeremy Daberkow Kevin & Nancy Dahlman Fran & Syl DeBaere John & Stephanie DeVos Martin & Betsy Draper John & Pat Drown ‘71 Tim & Marlene Dufault Eric & Neenah Eben

**Conrad & Marcia Eckstrom Faye Eckternacht Eric & Brandy Eidsness **Robert & **Maryann Eliason Bradley Engebretson ‘76 & *Jill Engebretson Dave & Pam Epperly Cam & Joanne Fanfulik Robert & Sandra Fenske William Fenske ‘84 & Anne Fenske Bryan Fier & *Sara Fier ‘93 Daniel Fischer & Jan Nordin-Fischer Oliver & Mary Ford **Gary & Mary Frandson ‘71 Joann Fredrickson ‘84 Steve & Linda Fruechte Randy & Pamela Galbraith ‘80 Pete Gaskell & Julia Gaskell ‘83 LaVern & ** Pat Gawarecki * Vaughn Gehle ‘82 Mitch Glover ‘85 & Jane Glover ‘84 George Goblish & Jenifer Goblish ‘99 Thomas Good ‘73 & Annette Good Forrest Gorter ‘73 & Mary Ferron Curtis & Kristy Griffin Steve Groenewold & Joanne Groenewold ‘76 William Hanson ‘77 & Jan Hanson ‘75 Shane Hastings ‘92 & Penny Hastings Darin & Nancy Hegland Don Hein & **Julie Hein ‘71 Marvin & Jan Hey Mark Hodder ‘87 & Xunyu Qian Gerald Hoffbeck & *Sandy Hoffbeck ‘74 Brian & Sandi Hoffman Ken Holm & *Cynthia Holm ‘79 Michael Holmes ‘85 Bryon Hotzler ‘72 & Laura Hotzler ‘72 Jerry & *Marcia Hubner Owen Jensen ‘71 & Darlene Jensen James & **Ann John ‘77 David Johnson ‘72 & Lourdes Vasquez De Johnson Michael Kaczmarek ‘98 & Lyn Kaczmarek Ralph & Mena Kaehler Randy & Susan Kamrath John Kern ‘75 & Lynda Kern ‘77 Carlos & Jean Knakmuhs * Jeff Kolnick & Rosa Tock Todd Konietzko ‘85 & Kelly Konietzko ‘84 Richard Kontz & Marilyn Kontz ‘71 ** Michael Kopp & *Vicky Brockman ‘82 George & Jane Korver

* Charles Kost & *Elizabeth Desy David & *Brittany Krull ‘04 Stephen Krumpe & Paula Nelson ‘72 **Marilyn Leach Gregory & Rebecca Lecy Daniel & Kim Lippert * Kelly Loft ‘97 & Kari Loft ‘96 Sander & Peggy Ludeman Joel Mathiowetz Darlene Mattke ‘74 Mike & Sharon Maxwell Ronald & Marilyn McLaughlin Perry & Lou Ann Meyer Tim Moberg ‘71 & Judy Moberg Larry & Michelle Muff Kristi Mukomela ‘80 Chuck & *Rosalie Muller ‘85 David Musser ‘81 & Tammy Musser ‘81 **David & Judith Nass Ron & Karen Obermoller Thomas Odland ‘72 & Pamela Odland ** Girard Parnell ‘71 & Diane Parnell * William Pavot George & Mary Peichel Craig Pellerin ** Lloyd & Rennae Petersen ‘86 Duke Pogatchnik Don & Mary Polfliet John & Kathy Pollock Karl Porisch & Shirley Anderson-Porisch Gregory Posch & Diane Nagel ‘73 David Potter ‘77 Leland & Norma Raske Daniel Reed ‘76 Robert Reinhart ‘75 **Jean Replinger Michael & Rosemary Rizzo Joe & *Betty Roers ‘05 Anthony & Michelle Rossman ** James & Aileen Rowe Larry & Dawn Schiavo Mike & Susan Schneider * Robert Schwoch ‘02 * George & Peggy Seldat **Lew & Judith Shaver ‘95 Richard & Mary Shearer **Sherwin Skar & ** Kathy Jones James Smalley & Sara Runchey Paul & *Connie Smisek Alan Smith ‘71 & Evelyn Smith Cynthia Sorenson ‘80 **Richard & Carol Spencer ‘97 * Tim & Christy Steinbach Gregory Stemen David Strom ‘75 & Vicki Strom ‘75 John & Margaret Suedbeck Jerry & Linda Svoboda Randy & Leann Tatge Doug Theis David Thomas

Michael & Jennifer Thomas ‘95 Eric & Tamara Thorn Bruce & Ann Tiffany Paul & Cindy Torkelson Thomas Vandendriessche ‘77 & Janet Vandendriessche Pat VanKeulen & Karen VanKeulen ‘87 Joseph & Shirley VanOverbeke David Verkinderen ‘90 & Krista Verkinderen *Eugene & Brenda Verschelde Timothy & Mary Jean Waibel Darrel Wiener ‘75 & Karen Wiener ‘74 Mark & Michelle Wilcox Joe & Jane Willett Harmon Wilts & Gina Kelly-Wilts Bradley Winkelman ‘91 & Alison Winkelman ‘91 Terry Wynia ‘87 & *Lori Wynia Thomas & DeVonna Zeug John & Kara Zimmerman James & Emily Zwach Business 3M Foundation All My Favorites Alliance Pipeline L.P. American Hotel Foundation, Inc. American Insurance Administrators, Inc. AmericInn Motel & Suites Ameriprise Financial Randy Groff BENCO Electric Cooperative Brownlee & Hayes, Inc. Buysse Roofing Systems & Sheet Metal Co. Charter Communications Company Chase Manhattan Foundation Chemical Bank City Looks Comfort Inn Communicating for Agriculture Complete Health Center Daley Farm of Lewiston, LLP The Equitable Foundation F & M Bank Minnesota Farmland Foundation Floor to Ceiling Store Floyd Wild Trucking, Inc. Gene’s Sporting Goods, Inc. of Marshall Gene’s Sporting Goods, Inc. of Minneota Hitching Post of Marshall, Inc. Horty Elving & Associates, Inc. J. R. Farms, Inc. Johnson’s Paint & Wallpaper Center Landmark Bistro

* Denotes SMSU employee **Denotes Retired SMSU Employee

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Larson’s Home Furnishings Marshall H. W. Linder Lockheed Martin Corp. Ludowese A E Inc. Lyon County Farm Service JV McDonald’s, Marshall McDonald’s, Redwood Falls Medtronic Foundation Minnesota FFA Foundation Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Mister Cool’s Clothing Monsanto Company N.B. Golf Cars, Inc. NE Foods, Inc. New Life Farms, LLLP Northrop Grumman Foundation Olson & Johnson International, Inc. Pine Lake Wild Rice Farm Prairie’s Edge Casino Prinsco, Inc. R & R Imdieke Farms Randall W. Johnson, D.D.S. Redwood County Probate Court Shooters Sporting Clays Silvercrest Charolais Skewes Jewelry Southwest Cattlemen’s Association Southwest MN Arts & Humanities Council Southwest Sanitation State Bank of Lucan State Farm Insurance Company - Kevin Anundson Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District Stoneberg Giles & Stroup, P.A. T & I Marketing, Inc. Tanner Systems, Inc. Thalmann Seeds, Inc. The Rosen Family Foundation Tip Top Tux Titan Machinery Traveler’s Lodge Motel True Value Home Center TRW Foundation TSP Twin Oak Acres United FCS United Southwest Bank US Bancorp Foundation US Bancorp Vendor Services US Bank Wherley Moving & Storage Yellow Medicine East Independent School Dist. 2190 Bellows Club Alumni & Friends * Daniel Baun ‘83 & *Linda Baun ‘85 Frank Belmont ‘76 & Rebecca Belmont Reuben Bode * Glen Bruns ‘85 & Mary Bruns ‘75 Jay & Heather Cattoor Tom & Cheryl Day


Harlan & Teri Dreessen Venkat & Carey Duraiappa Al & Mary Eggermont James & *B.C. Franson Dan & RaeJean Gee Michael Hardwick & Jane Wilcox-Hardwick Kirby Hettver Don & Karen Klinkner Bradley & Rochelle Krusemark Paddy & Susan McNeely Keith & Cheryl Miller ‘89 Jeffrey & *Regina Modica James O’Connor * David & Marica Patterson Kelly & Lynn Plumley Les & Mary Jo Plumley ‘81 Jenna Pomerenke John & Sandra Roemhild Scott & Staci Saugstad * Cory & Amy Sauter * Marilyn Strate Mike & *Elizabeth Struve Hans & Shana Zahrbock Business A&W and Kentucky Fried Chicken AgCountry Farm Credit Services Ashley Engineering Blue-Edge Dairy Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation College Products County Fair Food Stores, Inc. District 5M-3 Lions International DMB Supply, Inc. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and WI River Valleys, Inc GLS Agronomy, A MN Partnership Hormel Foods Charitable Trust Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Kruse Auto Sales Liberty Mutual Marshall Baseball Association, Inc. Mike’s Cafe Pepsi Cola Bottling Company Preferred Adventures LTD Sandra L Fuhr Family Trust Sherman Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Southwest Minnesota Orthopedics & Sports Willmar Poultry Co. Inc. Founders Club Alumni & Friends Bruce Aamot ‘76 & Lori Aamot Bruce & Mary Ahrendt Charles Aufenthie ‘93 & Heidi Aufenthie Randy & Judy Barka Lee Barrett ‘83 Brian Bauer Mark Berle & Rochelle Krusemark James Beyer ‘97 & *Noelle Beyer ‘97

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* Brad Bigler ‘02 & Heather Bigler ‘05 Michael Blum ‘77 & Louise Blum Mark & Deborah Boulton ‘93 Don & Susan Buhl Keith & Mary Burger David Caslavka ‘91 Kim Christensen Michael & Joyce Conzemius Chad Crow ‘72 & Marilyn Crow Larry & June Daellenbach Kevin DeBoer ‘87 & Nicole Johnson-DeBoer ‘90 Tim & Jennifer Deutz ‘84 Cathy DeVos ‘74 James & Gail Donkers Lara Durben Michael & Pamela Ellingson Charles Freiss & Catherine Schlagel ‘76 Jayson & Sheila Fultz Edward & Lori Gaul Chuck Gaworski ‘74 & Germaine Gaworski Kevin & Rita Gildner * John & *Denise Gochenouer ’02 Marvin Grobove & Leah Grobove ‘87 Sharon Gruhot Jonathan Harley ‘72 & Donna Harley Michael Hickman ‘74 & Sharon Hickman Doug & Lois Hoffbauer * Diana Holmes Eugene Hook Darrell Ingvaldson Aaron & Darcie Kaiser John Kelly & Paula Kelly ‘89 Marc & Melissa Klaith Dallas & Gale Kluksdal Ken & Marlys Knuth * Steven Kramer & **Beth Weatherby * Allison Kruger Russ & *Debra Labat Steven & Peg Lange Steven Leaf ‘76 **Max & Mary Lord Donald & Carol Louwagie Thomas Meulebroeck ‘73 & Veronica Meulebroeck David Meyer ‘93 & Becky Meyer Daniel Nesdahl ‘97 Kenneth Norton ‘81 & Sharee Norton Dale Paluch ‘83 & Mickie Paluch Bradley Peterson & Sue Peterson ‘89 Kevin & Jacqueline Peterson ‘88 Sigmund Peterson ‘78 & Karen Peterson Steven Petrick & Peg Furshong MaJa Pogatchnik James Polejewski ‘87 & Gail Polejewski ‘93 Jorge & Amanda Prince Thomas Quarnstrom ‘75 Brian Rademacher & Lisa Rademacher ‘93 Peter & Stacy Ripka

Gary Rychley ‘72 & Wendy Rychley Ian & Anna Sandager Thomas Schubbe ‘75 & Maggie Arzdorf-Schubbe Randy Serreyn ‘82 & Roxanne Serreyn ‘82 Sidney & Linda Shoemaker Richard & Julie Shrubb Craig Soehl ‘90 & Tracy Soehl Steve Sorenson Rodney & LaDonna Stensrud John & Alison Tauer Kristina Taylor ‘87 Robert & Harriette Tholen * William & Candace Thomas ‘08 Jeff & Colleen Thompson Carey & Emily Tweten Scott VanMoer Gary VanOverbeke & *Debbie VanOverbeke ‘89 * Ross Webskowski ‘02 & Heather Webskowski ‘98 Adam Willert ‘05 Michael Winter ‘88 & Karen Winter * Ronald & Sandra Wood Business Action Sports Active Network AgVenture Feed & Seed, Inc. Akiba Architects Awards Plus of Southwest Minnesota, Inc. Big Stone Therapies Marshall, LLC Bladholm Construction, Inc. Bremer Bank Culver’s Doom & Cuypers, Inc. Federated Co-ops Inc. First District Association Fixen Chiropractic Fran’s Communications Grandview Financial, Inc. Harvest Land Cooperative Helping Unify Bagley - HUB Inspec Kesteloot Enterprises Marshall Area YMCA Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation Minnesota Valley Communications, Inc. Paullina Chiropractic Inc. Piping Resources Inc. RiverWood Bank Season’s Gallery, Inc. Specified Design Consultants, Inc. Terra General Contractors, LLC The Farmer - Farm Progress Companies Town & Country Agency United Ag Resource LLC United Way of Southwest Minnesota US Licensing Company Century Club Alumni & Friends Brett Aasen ‘89 Kim Abraham & Kimberly Fier-Abraham

Rebecca Achen ‘07 Chad Adams ‘96 & Ann Adams ‘97 Jason Adams ‘94 & Kami Adams ‘95 Buddie Adkins & Mary Adkins ‘74 Danial Ahmed ‘01 & Afshan Hamid Tony Alcorn ‘90 & Patricia Alcorn ‘91 Jeff & Bonnie Allen Jeffrey Allen & Linda Allen ‘84 Michael & Mistin Allex A. Eric Anderson Brent Anderson ‘83 & Rebeca Anderson Brian Anderson ‘74 & Lea Anderson * Chris Anderson James & Marcy Anderson Paul Anderson ‘93 & Julie Anderson Dave & Jan Andrews Bradley Angell ‘72 & Erna Angell Paul Arends & Joyce Arends ‘98 Doris Armstrong Jim & Kelly Arnold Kent Augustin & Eileen Augustin ‘84 Steven & *Linda Bach Theresa Bahe Scott Bahler Scott & Brenda Baker Larry Balfanz ‘75 & Mary Leopold Kevin Banken & Leanne Banken ‘88 Wanda Bannister Calvin Barnett Ron & Barb Bastian David Bau & Suzanne Bau ‘04 Randy & Cindy Bauer Steven & DeAnna Baukol Daniel & Rebecca Baumhoefner Jean Baun * Michelle Beach Daniel Beacom & Ann Roemen ‘84 Lori Beck Brent Becken Lynn & Julie Becker Mark Beedy Kevin Beekman ‘84 & Joanne Schollmeier Larry & Nelda Beeler Vernon & Joan Behrends Richard Bendt ‘90 & Shawna Bendt * Bill Bennett Roger Benson ‘78 & Deborah Benson ‘76 Charles Beranek ‘96 & Heidi Beranek ‘96 Dale & Marlene Berg Patricia Berg Svend Berg Arden Berge ‘75 & Deborah Berge Steve Berkenpas ‘86 Lavonne Bessman Scott & *Marcia Beukelman Mark Bigler

Douglas Binsfeld Kevin & Nancy Bitterman Robert Bitzan ‘71 & Richard Hoff Julie Bleyhl ‘84 Allen Blitstein & Carole Blitstein ‘88 Bruce & Pat Block John Blomme ‘90 & Kristin Blomme ‘89 Eric Bly ‘02 & Erica Bly ‘02 Jeffrey & Candice Bobrowicz Dwayne & Eunice Boerner Pat Bogan Tom Bogan Jeff Bonnstetter & *Rhonda Bonnstetter ‘96 David & Linda Borgmann John & Margaret Bornhoft Greg & *Carol Bossuyt John Bot ‘95 & Becky Bot Gregory Bova & Kathryn McNally-Bova ‘93 Rande Bowman ‘78 * David Braaten Dale Bradtke ‘85 Carol Bragg Jeff & Stephanie Bragg ‘08 Jason Branby ‘89 & Vineeta Branby Bruce & Brenda Breidall Peter Breyfogle ‘80 & Nancy Breyfogle Scott & Victoria Brinda Cal & Deb Brink Alan Bronnenberg Michael Broude & Anne Broude ‘81 * Jay & Judy Brown Mike Brown Bruce Bruhn Darlyne Brunsvold Floyd & Judith Buddenhagen John & *Kathleen Ashe Jerry & Michelle Bunkers Lawrence & Julie Burgart * Nathan & Alicia Burns John Burton ‘72 & Sandra Burton ‘71 John Buseth ‘86 & Vicki Buseth Steve Bush ‘76 & Sonya Bush Irving Busman ‘82 & Judith Busman ‘82 Charles Buysse ‘82 & Sharon Buysse JoAnn Buysse ‘76 Jodi Buysse Larry & Valerie Buysse Ryan Byers ‘04 & Cecelia Byers ‘04 Daniel & Ann Campagna Rodney Cardinal ‘71 & Mary Cardinal ‘71 Brett Carlson ‘92 & Loretta Carlson Mary Alice Carlson Sean Carmody ‘81 & *Patricia Carmody ‘80 Alan Carpenter ‘72 & Anne Carpenter ‘75 Bill & Suzanne Carr Tom Carr David Carrow ‘84 & Laura Carrow Chad Cartwright & Tina Cartwright ‘97

Gregory Casey ‘71 & Barbara Casey Tom & Irma Cattoor Nicholas Cessario ‘83 & Angela Cessario Charles Chalberg ‘73 Josephine Chervenak Paul Choudek ‘82 & Julie Choudek ‘84 Dean & Karen Christianson Gary Christianson ‘84 & Jean Christianson Richard Christianson ‘85 & Krista Christianson Jason & Jennifer Clarin David Clark & Lori Clark ‘89 Wayne Coleman & Katherine Coleman ‘71 Gustavo & Kari Condezo Rod & Laurie Condon Cody Cotton ‘03 & Leah Cotton ‘02 Darrell Courneya ‘73 & Celeste Courneya Michael Cox ‘73 & Cheryl Cox Marc Craigmile ‘05 & Regan Craigmile ‘05 Samuel Cramer Marsha Culhane & James Culhane ‘73 * Sean Culhane ‘05 Timothy Cundy ‘97 Nathan Dahlager ‘98 & *Cori Ann Dahlager ‘98 Lori Dahlhoff ‘88 Dan Dallman & Judith Letrud ‘77 Peter & Elizabeth Davis * Stewart & Rebecca Day * Emily Deaver Andrew DeCock ‘08 ** Carmen DeKoster Alan DeLeeuw ‘76 & Jane DeLeeuw James Denevan ‘83 & Betsy Denevan Mark & Brenda Deutz Ghislain Devlaminck ‘76 & Virginia Devlaminck Mark Diekmann ‘83 & Deborah Diekmann Mary Jo Dierickx ‘84 Carolyn Dindorf ‘83 Bradley Dirckx ‘76 & Margaret Dirckx Josh Dirckx ‘85 & Heidi Dirckx Tammy Distad ‘86 Joe Dittrich ‘81 John Docken & Cathy Lindquist Lon Dopp ‘93 & Jill Dopp ‘93 Peter Egan ‘74 & Carol Egan ‘74 Bruce Egeland Robert Eichenlaub & Margaret Eichenlaub ‘89 Patrick Eichten ‘93 & Jenny Eichten Gary Eickhoff ‘73 & Joyce Eickhoff Joyce Eischens ‘87 Gerald Elert Scott & Nancy Ellanson Michael Engebretson ‘07 & *Lori Engebretson ‘06

David Engel ‘72 Ward Engel ‘85 & Tracy Engel ‘86 Gordon & *Bonnie Engesmoe Tyler Engquist ‘02 & Jill Engquist ‘02 James & Connie Erickson Mike & Connie Erickson Carl Ernst & Evelyn Ernst ‘71 Keith Evenson & Kathleen Evenson ‘73 Kevin & Cindy Eye Jacob Fahl ‘03 & *Angela Fahl ‘04 Robert & Cynthia Fenger Chuck & Pamela Fennell Tim & Annette Fernholz Charles & Bernice Fischer John Fischer ‘89 & Mary Fischer Mark & Beth Fischer Quentin & Carla Fixen Rick & Cindy Flatin Steve Fleck ‘90 & Cindy Fleck ‘92 Debra Fleming Neil & Carol Fletcher * Mark Fokken Pat & Doris Foley Carla Ford-Anderson Shawn Foy Tom & Karen Francis Barb Frank Dennis & Marjorie Frederickson ‘79 Eloise Fredrickson ‘73 Robert & Mary Ann Freeman * Jodi Fuerstenberg Bernard & Eleanor Fultz Jerry Fury Richard Gabe & Rachael Gabe ‘72 Paul Gaffney ‘82 * Stuart Galstad ‘72 Ron & Carol Gardenhire David Garman ‘76 & Nancy Garman Jon Garrow ‘96 & Julie Garrow James Garvin ‘84 & Debra Garvin ‘84 David & Judy Gaspar * Brett Gaul ‘00 & Anita Gaul Thomas Gelhar ‘78 & Lynn Gelhar David & Linnea Genereux Tami Geselius ‘92 Craig Gifford ‘71 & Ann Marie Gifford ‘71 Greg Gile & Norma Gile ‘02 * John & Leanna Ginocchio Jerome Girton ‘73 Brent Gish ‘73 & Gayle Gish Daren Gislason Miles Gladitsch & Shirley Gladitsch ‘75 Thomas Goblirsch ‘75 & Lisa Goblirsch Richard Goehring ‘94 Jamie Gonzales & Kay Gonzales ‘73 Sara Granheim ‘02 Kory & Amy Grant Greg Grausam & Paulette Grausam ‘76

Darby Greiner ‘92 & Jolene Greiner Jerry Groen ‘85 & Marcella Groen ‘85 * Christian & *Kim Guenther Ken Gulden Darlene Guse ‘05 Mark Hacker ‘74 & Marilyn Hacker ‘77 Zach Hadler Llewellyn & Janet Hagen Steven Hagen John Hagenow & Diane Bigler-Hagenow Michael Haig ‘76 Douglas & Charis Hamilton Dorothy Hamman ‘93 K. John & Carrie Hannasch * Carrie Hansen ‘08 Paulette Hanson Wayne & Janet Hanson Vernon Harlan Glen & Kirsten Harstad Kevin & Ivonne Hart Vernae Hasbargen Jeanette Hauschild Josh Hawkinson & Michelle Hawkinson ‘03 Adrian Hebig ‘89 & Nicole Hebig ‘89 Steven Hedberg ‘71 * Shawn Hedman ‘86 & Nancy Jo Hedman ‘87 Mark Hedrick & Lisa Hedrick ‘87 Larry & Juanita Heitschmidt Lowell & Gladys Hellie Peter Hellie ‘84 & Joy Hellie ‘88 Thomas Hellmann ‘81 & Diana Hellmann Christopher Helvig ‘83 & Lisa Helvig Larry & Barbara Henle Patrick & *Sharon Hennen Kevin & Barb Henry Kim Henspeter & *Kristine Henspeter ‘74 Shaun Herring ‘81 & Paula Herring Dan & Deb Herrmann Thomas Hey ‘86 & Jennifer Hey ‘86 Greg Higdem ‘77 David Hilbrands ‘86 & Dori Hilbrands ‘85 Scott & Shirley Hiller Max Hinneberg ‘78 & Michele Hinneberg * Andrew & Jennifer Hlubek Karen Hoban ‘76 Michael Hoberg ‘77 & Traci Hoberg Barry Hochhalter & Lisa Hochhalter ‘89 Thomas Hoff ‘87 & Cheryl Hoff ‘87 Dennis Hoffbeck ‘03 Jason Hoffman ‘99 & Pam Hoffman Norbert Holland Carl Holmquist Dennis Hoogeveen ‘85 & Brenda Hoogeveen ‘88 Chad Horkey ‘93 & Julie Horkey ‘93 David Horn ‘78 Dean Hornbacher

Les Horsager & Linda Horsager ‘71 Mark Hotzler ‘80 & Jane Hotzler Kenneth & Kari Howe Mark & Carol Hruby Courtney & Angie Hughes Douglas Imming ‘84 & Coleen Imming Chris & Debra Iversen Ashraf Jamal & Claire Jamal ‘73 Paul Jansen ‘88 * Jeffrey & Nicolle Jennings Dennis Jensen ‘71 Kevin Jensen ‘01 Neil Jensen ‘71 & Karen Jensen Robert & Sharron Jensen Dean Jerpseth ‘96 Paul Jesse ‘98 & *Denise Jesse ‘98 Philip Jessen ‘84 & Gayleen Jessen ‘85 **Arlyss Johnson Curtis Johnson ‘81 & Ruth Johnson Elizabeth Johnson ‘09 Gary Johnson ‘75 & Susan Johnson Irene Johnson James Johnson & Alicia Johnson ‘77 Joel & Stacy Johnson Karen & Leslie Johnson Mark Johnson & Katherine Kersten Matthew Johnson ‘94 & Joleen Johnson ‘94 Nancy Johnson ‘73 Omar Johnson Steve Johnson Thomas Johnson ‘75 & Sue Johnson Thomas Johnson & Corinne Johnson David Johnsrud Richard & Margaret Jolstad Brian Jones ‘82 & *Susan Jones ‘82 Richard Jones ‘73 & Jeanne Jones ‘86 Gary Jongerius ‘77 & Debra Prairie ‘79 Michael Jorgenson ‘74 & Jana Jorgenson Frank Jump & Marlene Jump ‘74 * Sangnyeol Jung Bruce Kaardal ‘82 & Merceday Kaardal ‘82 * Karen Kaas ‘94 *Sharon & Dave Kabes Amanda Kaeding Colleen Kaeding * Nathan Kaeding * Daniel & Sheryl Kaiser Gordon Karels ‘73 & Earla Karels Jared Keaveny * William & Gayle Keehr Gary & Candy Kellen John Kellen ‘91 & Ann Kellen ‘92 Michael Kellen ‘88 & Rhonda Kellen Steven Kellen ‘93 * Tim Kellen

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Pat & Cindy Kenealy Curtis & Beverly Kenyon Keith Kern Robert Kern Jason Kerr ‘97 & Tiffany Kerr ‘96 Dan & Abby Kersbergen Linda Kimber ‘83 Sheldon & Connie Kimpling Robert Klatt ‘92 & Christy Klatt ‘92 Andy Kleindl ‘83 & Julie Kleindl Kirk Kleist ‘99 & Brean Kleist Douglas Kmetz ‘77 & Susan Kmetz ‘79 Kerry & Becky Knakmuhs Kevin & Mary Knetsch ‘05 Maxine Knox Judith Koch Elisse Koenig Kenneth & Ann Koep Gary Koosmann ‘73 Daniel Koster ‘85 & Joan Koster Roger Koster ‘84 & Joan Koster ‘86 Michael Kraemer ‘70 & Candice Kraemer Kevin & AliceAnn Krantz Michael & Mary Krantz David Krause ‘84 & Carolyn Krause Tom Kremer ‘72 Dale Krogman ‘93 & Kristin Krogman ‘93 Ryan Krome ‘09 Craig & Rita Kruger Neil Kruse ‘79 Andrew Kubat ‘76 & Dona Kubat ‘76 Douglas Kunde ‘83 & Marissa Kunde Shane Kussatz ‘96 & Heather Kussatz Dick & Kathy Labat * Paul LaMantia Bruce & Vicki Lamprecht **Cletus & Lorraine Lanners Kevin Larsen ‘87 & Anita Larsen ‘86 Allen Larson ‘78 & Ramona Larson ‘80 Bruce Larson & Sara Larson ‘97 Danny & Tracy Larson Gregory Laughlin ‘09 LeAnn Laycock-Ross ‘93 Mike & Michele Leary Daniel Lee ‘83 & Karolee Knudson-Lee Greg & Kari Lee Gregory Lee ‘80 & Theresa Wolf-Lee Darwin Leek ‘79 & Virgean Leek Michael Leischner ‘09 Rosemary Lendt Karen Leonard ‘73 Bill Leslie & *Diane Leslie ‘91 Lavilla Levtzow Ronald Levtzow Michael Lieb ‘94 & Karole Lieb Jeff Lies & Melissa Lies ‘92 Matt Lind & Erin Lind ‘01


Gary Lindert ‘75 & Mary Lindert Kaye Link ‘73 Steve Linstrom Joe & Laura Lipsett David Loe ‘94 & Melissa Loe ‘94 Robert Long Eugene Longstrom ‘73 David & Chris Louwagie James Louwagie ‘86 & Julie Louwagie Jerald Louwagie ‘77 & *Janice Louwagie ‘79 Joe & **Jo Anne Louwagie Brian Lucker ‘77 & Janeen Lucker Michael Ludolph & Sharleen Ludolph ‘80 Brian Luke ‘75 & Jane Luke ‘75 Jerry Lupkes ‘84 & Jean Lupkes Dean & Donnie Lykken David & Stacey Lyman Barbara Lynch ‘75 James Lynn Darwin Madden Todd Madden ‘86 & Karen Madden Roger & Donna Madison Dorothy Madsen ‘71 John & Sue Maertens Burton Magnuson ‘04 Jon Maker ‘78 & Rhonda Maker Steven Malecek ‘73 & Roxane Malecek ‘75 Joseph & Nancy Mansfield John & Diane Marshall Bruce Mattson ‘73 & Susan Mattson Jeffrey Mauland ‘78 & Lynn Mauland Robert & Marie Maurer David Mbonu ‘80 & Emilia Mbonu Mike McAtee ‘86 & Kay McAtee Clinton McCully & Jennifer Sandberg ‘77 Jack McFetridge Mike & Becki McGlauflin Christopher & Cindy McHorney *Michael McHugh Donald & Lynne McLaughlin * Susan McLean H. G. McNeely Tim & *Mary Meaden Dennis & Jean Meester Michael Meier ‘98 & Cat Abbott ‘09 Tony Mensink & *Jessica Mensink ‘04 Richard Meyers ‘72 Tim & Kari Miles Alan & Shelly Miller Thomas Minehart ‘78 & Anita Minehart ‘77 Alan Miner ‘84 Chris & Mindy Moede Chad Mohns ‘00 & Angela DelDotto ‘00 Howard & **Joland Mohr James Moline G. Arne Monson ‘73

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Doug & Celeste Moore Lawrence & Lavonne Moorse Bruce Morgan ‘73 & Anne Morgan William Morgan ‘79 & Joanne Morgan Randy Morken ‘80 & Mary Morken ‘78 CJ Mortier & Julie Mortier ‘91 Jim & Mary Muchlinski Paula Muggli Kristi Muller ‘89 Robert & Lynne Mulso * Michael & Cinara Munford * Ken Murphy ‘88 & Sandra Murphy Matt Myrvik & *Patricia Myrvik ‘00 Susan Nasers Michael Nash ‘75 & Elizabeth Nash Keith Nelsen ‘71 & Jane Nelsen ‘88 Garry Nelson ‘79 & Bonnie Nelson ‘80 Jan Nelson ‘73 Jess & Linda Nelson * Jesse & Julie Nelson Jon Nelson & *Linda Nelson ‘92 Kris Nelson Mark Nelson ‘92 & Cynthia Nelson Patty Nelson Robert Nelson ‘75 & Kathleen Nelson Robert Nemmers ‘77 & Kathleen Nemmers ‘88 Michael Nesdahl ‘98 & Melissa Nesdahl ‘98 Joseph & Monica Neubauer Todd Neuberger ‘87 & Cheryl Neuberger ‘87 Keith Newman ‘88 & Tamara Newman ‘90 Aaron Nielsen ‘96 & Kirsten Nielsen ‘96 Mark Nook ‘80 & Cheryl Nook ‘80 Charles & Gwen Norland Craig & Debra Norland Aaron & Jill Norman Harvey & **Dicksy HoweNoyes Richard & Heidi O’Brien Donald Ochocki ‘74 & Arlene Ochocki ‘71 Ronald & Karen Offutt Kyle Oldre & Sara Oldre ‘93 Doug & Leanna Olsem * Amy Olson Bradley & Susan Olson **Doris Olson Steve Olson * Ray & Jane Oster Christopher Ostrowski ‘06 & Theresa Ostrowski Harlan Otto Chris Oveson & *Lyn Brodersen Todd Pack ‘77 & Debi Pack ‘89 Kevin Paja William & Kathleen Palmer Christina Parsley ‘09 James & Jodi Patnoe

Christian Paul & Lori Paul ‘98 David & Mindy Pedersen Paul Petan ‘86 & Rebecca Petan Frederick Peters ‘84 Sue Peters ‘92 Terry & Jacqueline Peters John Petersen ‘03 & Jessica Petersen Gary Peterson ‘77 & Patricia Peterson Ronald Peterson & Marguerite Peterson ‘72 * Scott & Peggy Peterson William & Tamara Pierce Eric & Rachelle Graham Alex Pirkl Heather Planting Mark Plenke ‘77 Nathan Polfliet ‘00 & Angela Polfliet Steven Polkow ‘71 & Linda Polkow David Polzin & Brenda Knapp-Polzin Robert Porter ‘80 & Helen Porter Duane Possail ‘87 & Jeanna Possail ‘89 Mark & Kathleen Pothen Thomas & Bernice Potter Michael Powell Daniel & Elizabeth Pratt Prudence Precourt Mark Priegnitz Paul & Marvel Pryor Michael Qualls & Laurie Shaw ‘82 Daniel Radel ‘08 & Kelli Radel ‘93 Myron & *Ellen Radel Armand Radke ‘75 & Marcella Radke Mark & Lori Radke Scott Radloff ‘96 & Carrie Radloff ‘98 Charles Rahm ‘72 John Randall Gary Range ‘77 & Deb Range James & Karen Record Glenn Reecy ** Roger & Karen Reede Kevin & DeAnn Reese Charles Regnier ‘84 & Rhonda Regnier Paul & Marcia Rehkamp Ronald Reiff Patrick Remick ‘87 & Mary Remick ‘88 Jack Rentschler Roger Reuvers ‘81 & Linda Reuvers ‘82 Jeffrey Richmond & Lee Richmond ‘80 Dennis Rieke ‘72 & Debra Arlington Dennis & Lois Ries * Derek Rignell ‘06 & *Raftyn Rignell Thomas Rignell ‘76 & Cindy Rignell Wade Rignell Brian Ringsven & Karen Ringsven ‘92 Owen & Dorothy Robbins Rick & *Janice Robinson

Theresa Rodas Brian & Tiffany Rodning Aric & *Keri Roeller Valerie Romberg ‘78 Marsha Rose ‘94 Brian Rowell ‘77 & Susan Rowell Christopher Rowell ‘05 & Michele Rowell ‘07 David & Kristine Rowley Joel & Sandy Rud Michael Runholt ‘95 Tom & Muriel Runholt Dolores Rysdahl ‘71 Thomas Sahlstrom ‘83 & Cindy Sahlstrom Karl Salhus Robert Salmon Elaine Sandager ‘74 Mark Sandberg ‘83 & Linda Sandberg Julio & Rita Santiago Kevin Schaefer ‘94 & Linda Schaefer ‘96 Alan Schafer ‘73 & Juliane Schafer Daniel Schak John Schatzlein ‘71 & Helen Schatzlein ‘71 Terry Schleif ‘76 & Robin Schleif James Schlenner ‘79 & Joan Schlenner Corey Schmid ‘89 & Julie Schmid Karl & *Nadine Schmidt Ronald Schmidt ‘74 Travis Schmidt ‘02 & Frankie Schmidt ‘03 Mark Schmitt ‘88 Troy Schmitt Bonnie Schnell ‘72 Robert & Robin Schoeneck Donald & Lesley Schoenhard Richard & Judi Schollmeyer Rodney & Starla Scholten Dean Schoolmeester ‘94 & Wendy Claussen ‘87 Tracy Schramm ‘01 Alex Schuh ‘08 Christopher & Tina Schulz Charles & Patricia Schuveiller Mary Schuveiller Bradley Schwartz ‘78 & Deborah Schwartz Kevin Schwartz & Vicki Schwartz ‘79 Michael & Michelle Schwartz Willard & Doris Schwartz Dale & Pam Schweer Todd Schweer ‘74 & Jeanine Schweer Martin Seifert ‘95 & Traci Seifert Nancy Seifert ‘76 Kristopher Setnes & Marie Setnes ‘02 **Frank & Mitsue Shindo Dean Shupe & Colleen Shupe ‘86 Michael Sieve ‘75 James Siewert ‘74 & Candace Siewert ‘76 Aaron Sinclair ‘99 & Michelle Sinclair ‘99

Brian Skalbeck ‘73 & Dee Skalbeck Chester & Dolores Skibinski Mark & Kim Skibinski Brad Skoglund ‘83 & Teresa Skoglund John Skogstoe ‘73 & Susan Skogstoe John Smith ‘74 & Becky Smith Kirk Smith ‘79 & LouAnn Smith ‘77 Paul Smith Tam Snell Scott Snobl ‘94 & Saundra Snobl John & Pam Soderholm Michael & Jen Soderman Dusty Sondrol Elmer & Anita Sorensen Bradley Sorenson & Jean Sorenson ‘89 Paul & Marlene Soupir **Dale & Jane Sparling Lyle Sparrowgrove ‘74 & Bobbi Jordan Lorne & Julie Spilde Chad & Joy Springborg Ron Springer & Sharon Springer ‘71 Steven Squibb ‘92 & Kelly Squibb Gary St Aubin ‘82 & Wendy St Aubin Daniel Stacken ‘86 & Tracy Stacken Scott & Nyla Stafford Joseph Stefanick & *Paulette Stefanick ‘86 Leroy Stensgaard & Betty Ann Stensgaard ‘70 Daniel & Kandy Noles-Stevens Leon Stoel ‘89 & Tammy Stoel ‘90 Bradley Strand Scott Strand & Carol Erickson-Strand Aaron Strommer ‘04 & Amanda Strommer ‘02 Brad Strootman & Joyce Holm Strootman Mark Stumm ‘82 Timothy & Julie Stupka * Matthew Suby Tom & Kathleen Suby Pam Sukalski ‘95 Jim Sullivan ‘83 & Terry Sullivan Timothy & Sarah Sullivan Mark Sunwall ‘74 & Deborah Sunwall Neil Sussenguth & Valerie Swanson ‘76 Bob & Yvonne Sussner James Sustacek ‘02 & Maire Sustacek ‘04 April Sutor ‘80 Russell & Sarah Svenningsen Nicki Swan James & *Sheila Tabaka * James & Mary Tate Loren Tauer ‘73 & Janelle Tauer Jeff Tetrick ‘72 & Chris Tetrick

Todd & Julie Thedens Christopher Theobald ‘86 & Elisa Theobald Lyle Thies ‘77 & Joyce Thies Robert Thomas & Julie Thomas ‘89 * Gloria Thompson Steve & Melissa Thompson John Thomsen ‘02 Justin Thordson ‘98 & Jamie Brink-Thordson ‘06 Jerome & Debbie Thygesen Gary Tigges ‘78 Thomas Timko ‘91 & Tamela Timko ‘91 Irene Timm Rollin & Bonnie Timm Terry Timm ‘71 & Rebecca Timm Brian & Darla Timmerman ** Theodore Todnem Richard Toews ‘75 & Jeanne Toews ‘74 Roger Tollefson & Gloria Tollefson ‘87 Scott Tollinger ‘93 & Kimberly Tollinger ‘97 Gary & Connie Tonderum Robert & Ann Traaseth Steven Trebesch ‘82 & Lora Trebesch ‘81 Pat & Christine Troendle Steve & *Joan Tutt Charles & Debra Uphoff Donald & Kandice Vandendriessche Helen Vandendriessche Mark & Rita Vandeputte Joseph & Rita Vander Kooi * Michael VanDrehle ‘08 Glen & Katie VanHecke Bert VanHoof & Maria Verbeeten Jim & Henrietta VanHyfte Terry & Cindy Verschaetse Dustin & *Sonya Vierstraete John & Stacey Voit Tyrone & Vereen Wacker Doug Wallace ‘77 & Debra Wallace ‘79 Valerie Walseth ‘80 Jim Walters ‘90 & Sharon Walters Sheryl Walton ‘79 S. C. & Michelle Warme Jack Warnemunde ‘73 & Jodi Warnemunde John Warnert ‘86 Phillip & Mischelle Watts Stephen & Paula Weekley Ronald & Donna Weidauer Harry & Jaen Weilage John & Pat Weir Bradley Wendland ‘89 & Pamela Wendland ‘90 Dale Wendorff & Betty Wendorff ‘76 Ron Wendorff ‘78 & Ann Wendorff Michelle Wenk Sue Wentzlaff ‘75 Bruce Werner ‘77 & Beverly Werner Daniel Westby ‘89 & Debra Westby ‘83

Bill Wester & Peggy Wester ‘87 Tim Wester & Jocelyn Wester ‘02 Douglas & Stacy Westerman Amy Westermeyer Gary Whitney ‘96 & Jodi Whitney Matthew & Kristi Wickett Timothy Wilcox & Sandy Wilcox ‘82 Jason Wilhelm ‘02 Marlin & Beverly Winkelman James & Mary Winn * Lori Witthaus Ronald Woldengen ‘72 & Karol Woldengen Mark Woodworth & Teresa Woodworth ‘79 Michael & Susan Wudel Cindy Wuerflein Kevin Wynia ‘84 & Sara Lee Wynia ‘89 Sonja Yonak Thomas & Cheryl Zager Larry Zwach Marv Zylstra ‘86 Business 509 Design A & W Furniture & Gifts AB Vacuum Center Abra Auto Body & Glass After Prom Activities Committee B & A Sundance B & K Enterprises of Nevis, LLC Bank Midwest Barnes and Noble BH Electronics, Inc. Bike Shop Blandin Foundation Bloomington Legion Baseball Concession, Inc. Blue Earth County Farm Bureau Bolden-Fischenich Enterprises Boysen Insurance Services Brad Anderson Farms, LP Brauhaus Bremer Bank, National Association Bremer Trust Buffalo Ridge Concrete, Inc Buffalo Ridge Resort & Business Center Bunkers Oil Co. Capital Group Companies City of Marshall Community Resource Bank Computers and Beyond Core Concepts, Inc. Cornerstone Services Group, LLC Culligan Water Conditioning Daniels-Peterson Construction, Inc. Dental Care Center, LLC Dental Health Center Dow Corning Matching Gifts Program Ecowater Systems of Marshall

Edward D. Jones - Mike Snodgrass Edward D. Jones - Neil Frost Ellwein Brothers, Inc. Enterprise Rent A Car Eye Time Optical Fuhrmann, Inc. Gar-Lin Dairy Farms, Inc. General Mills Foundation Geyermans Great Plains Natural Gas Co Guthrie Theater Hamilton Funeral Home Happy Feet Helmkamp Construction Co. HiRel Systems Hoffman Enterprises Home Federal Savings Bank Hope Mutual Insurance Co. IBM Matching Grants Program Illinois Tool Works Foundation ING Insurance Service Agency Investors Choice Financial Services, Inc. Iowa Lakes Orthopedics, PC Jackpot Junction Casino Jeffrey R. Thomas, D.D.S. Jeseritz Electric John Deere Foundation Knology, Inc. Larson’s Home Furnishings Redwood Falls Legacy Professionals LLP Lilibet’s Locy Studio Longhorn Road Boring Co., Inc. Lyon County Abstract & Title Madden & Madden Marcotte Jewelry LTD Marshall Animal Clinic Marshall Area Stage Company Marshall Eagles Aerie #3405 Marshall Golf Club Pro Shop Marshall Small Engine Massa Dental Offices, P.C. Maurices, Inc. Midwest Vision Centers Miller Realty Minnesota Milk Producers Association Moline Products, Inc. Next Level Support Nordquist Furniture & Flooring Norm’s GTC - Car Quest Northwestern Farm Management On Campus Marketing, LLC. Orphanage AntiquesStrawberry Fields Paul D Johnson D.D.S. Peplawn, Inc. PNC Foundation Preferred Health of Marshall, PA ProGrass LLC Purple Iris Yarn Shop Randy Dyrdahl Rentals Redwood Falls Nursery, Inc. Reinsma Ag Services, Inc.

Robert Lindow Company, Inc. Runholt Family Farm Partnership Savannah Oaks Golf Course Schneider Development, Inc. Shell Oil Company Foundation Simply Fabulous Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Sole-Mates, LLC Southwest ChemDry Southwest Wholesale Company State Bank of Jeffers State Farm Insurance - Vern or Jean Malsam State Farm Insurance Companies Steven G Winther, D.D.S. Studio B Fine Photography & Design Sunsational Tanning SuperAmerica Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. Teamsters Joint Council No. 32 Tersteeg’s Holiday Market The Baxter International Foundation The Escape Spa The Lantern Inn The Saint Paul Hotel Toro Foundation Valley Discount Liquor VanderHagen Skogrand & Associates VanderZiel Tax & Accounting Service Water Billboards by Buffalo Ridge Water Company Werakro Inc. dba McDonalds Wilson O’Brien Realtors Wood Lake Lumber Wright Bros Farm Heritage Society* Michelle Anderson Michael Bjerkesett John & Jean Brobst Timothy & Julie Burns Dennis & Marylee Dallmann David & Cecelia Danahar Donald & Phyllis Danielson Mitch & Jane Glover Deeann Griebel Chris Grosz Sheldon & Margery Haaland Jason & Pam Hoffman Richard & Barbara Jorgensen Grant & Nancy Joy Richard & Marilyn Kontz Marilyn McLaughlin Charles Myrbach Doris Olson

*Heritage Society was established to recognize and honor, during their lifetime, those persons whose vision and generosity move them to support SMSU through an estate plan gift.

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Fitzgerald’s fire leads resurgent Mustangs By Joe Brown, courtesy of the Marshall Independent, printed October 22, 2011 With her fiery personality and a knack for coming up with goals, Kelly Fitzgerald has spent the last four years as a leader for the Southwest Minnesota State women’s soccer team. With team highs in goals (four) and assists (two), Fitzgerald has been the driving force for a much-improved Mustangs lineup that is 5-7-1 this season, the team’s best season since 2004. Before this season, SMSU had a three-year record of 6-39-4. “If you would have told us we were going to be making history with the small roster we have, I don’t know if we would have believed it,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve become like a family with this small group we have and that’s helped with that camaraderie.” With the prowess she’s shown as a midfielder, it’s hard to fathom that Fitzgerald was recruited as a goalkeeper out of Marshalltown, Iowa. “I was actually recruited by (former head coach) Jill McCartney as a goalie. Then when I got here, Amy Olsen put me in the field and I never put my gloves on,” Fitzgerald said. “The gloves are still sitting in my locker.” This season, she’s only thrown on the keeper gloves once for giggles. “We saw her goalkeeping skills in one practice, we put her in to mess around,” said first-year head coach TJ Buchholz. “She’s got something there, too, but she’ll finish her career on the field. There’s no reason to contain that energy in the creases.” Playing on the outside for the Mustangs, Fitzgerald admits she’s a player that wears her emotion on her sleeve out on the field. “It probably gets me in trouble a little bit... Just that heart and passion for the game drives me to play,” she said. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of energy, and it’s fun that I have girls who play with that much passion and energy.” With Fitzgerald as the captain of the team, Buchholz said as the seniors embraced the new

coaching staff, the rest of the team was able to buy in. And with a player like Fitzgerald, Buchholz believes he has a player who was built to be a natural-born leader, but after three tough seasons, she just needed to get on the right path. “She does a lot on the field, but it’s her impact as an off-the-field leader that makes us very successful,” Buchholz said. “I’ve always been a fan of the idea that your team is only as strong as its leadership, and the reason we’ve had success is because of the leadership she’s shown on and off the field." It wasn’t that easy in the first three years for Fitzgerald and the other SMSU seniors, including Kendra Olchefske, Brittany Oehlerking, Amber Williamson and Alyssa Lavorata. “A lot of us come from winning teams in high school, so to come to a program and experience a lot of adversity, tough to persevere through that,” Fitzgerald said. “But our class definitely stuck together. That camaraderie really helped to really push through it. “If we didn’t have that, we probably wouldn't be here now.” With 15 career goals, Fitzgerald has been the Mustangs’ top goal-scorer in all four years at SMSU. Not bad for a player who admits her shot is “terrible.” “They give me a hard time because the majority of goals I’ve scored have been with my head and not my feet,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s one of our jokes, too, that even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.” Added Buchholz, “She plays with a lot of emotion and energy, and the people that play with a lot of emotion and energy usually create things out of nothing. She creates everything just by how hard she works. “She stands out by her energy and work rate that makes her, to me, a first team All-Conference player.” Ranked dead last in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s preseason poll, the

Fitzgerald in action at Mattke Field. Mustangs are currently seventh in the conference with a 4-4-1 NSIC mark. At the beginning of the season, Fitzgerald said the team’s goal was to make it in the NSIC top 10. Now, the goal is to get in the top 8 and qualify for the conference tournament. “It feels reassuring they’re believing in themselves. They set those goals, (the coaches) don't set those," Buchholz said, "but we also wanted them to decide if they wanted to reevaluate those goals. As we got three-fourths of the way through the season, those goals aren't enough, we can achieve better. “With this team, they’ve shown they will overachieve, and that’s just a determination and a resiliency that this team has shown.” “It’s scary when you’ve been playing soccer since you were three years old to seeing your career maybe having an extent of two weeks left,” she said. “To be able to come down these next two weeks and have a chance to extend our season a little bit longer, as a senior class, we’re really excited.” Find out how their season wrapped up at

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1972 John Burton is retiring from Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, Minn., following a 24-year career as a faculty member and advisor. 1973 Beverly (Labat) Petersen retired from her position as an elementary teacher at Sleepy Eye Public Schools after nearly three decades. After her graduation, she taught one year in Litchfield before accepting the position in Sleepy Eye where she spent her career. Jerone Girton is retiring from the Riverland Community College, Albert Lea, after 22 years as its theatre director. He began working as a high school teacher and theatre director before being offered the position with the college. 1975 Carol (Pfeifer)DeSmet is principal of Holy Redeemer School in Marshall, launched an option for fifth-through-eighth graders that gives students the chance to choose a six-week elective course. Classes include options such as origami, fitness, chess and nutrition. Lucy Tokheim is currently working on a Minnesota Arts Legacy Project. Her series of paintings feature people reading books and when complete, the exhibit will tour in libraries of southwest Minnesota beginning in January 2012. Follow the progress on her blog: 1976 Mitcheal Brusven participated in the annual Organizers for Ag in the Classroom event at the former Clarkfield School. The gathering featured nine different presentations throughout the day, educating 185 students about agriculture. Matthew Crellin has been the director of housing development for the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation in Minneapolis for seven years. Prior to his work there, he worked for five years with Accessible Space and 20 years for SuperAmerica, designing and constructing stores. 1977 Jane (Wiese) Teney was awarded the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award by the Water Environment Federation and the Iowa Water Environment Association for her work as a laboratory supervisor for Clinton, Iowa’s wastewater treatment plant. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. She is married to husband, Steve, and has two sons. 1979 Jean Dirckx (MS, 2007) was selected as a candidate for the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. She is a teacher in Battle Lake. 1980 Roger Traxinger was hired as a chemistry instructor at Washington State Community College, Marietta, Ohio. Prior to the appointment, he served as an assistant professor at South Dakota State University and chemistry lab coordinator and instructor at Northeastern State University (Okla.)

the 2011 Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Joice (Ennen) Forster was one of 30 semifinalists for the 2011 Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. She teaches third and fourth grade in the Fairmont, Minn., School District. She and her husband, Craig, live in Fairmont. 1983 Rassoul Dastmozd, previously the Vice President of Instruction at Clark College, Vancouver, Wash., was recently offered the position of President of Century College in White Bear Lake. He is a first-generation college graduate who has served as a faculty member, department chair and academic dean. In 2005, he received the International Exemplary Leaders award. 1984 Randy Groff is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial who qualified for and attended the 2011 Circle of Success conference in Montreal, Canada. He established himself as one of the company’s top producers and achieved other measures of success that supported superior client service, making him one of a select number of high-performing advisors to earn the distinction. 1985 Craig Kallemeyn joined the staff of Quatro Composites in Orange City, Iowa. He will be facilitating the implementation of a lean enterprise transformation. He comes to Quatro Composites with more than 20 years experience in the manufacturing business after working with Fey Industries. 1986 Steve Carter was named president and general manager of NBC affiliate WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine. Prior to the appointment, he worked as the vice president of marketing and promotion for KUSA/KTVD-TV in Denver, Colo. 1988 Christine (Powell) Hess has taken a position in English Language Learning at Marshall Public Schools. She lives in Marshall with her husband, Wayne. Mike Winter, president of Worthington Ag Parts, recently introduced the company to the global marketplace. He closed a deal with a group of South African ag partners to purchase the used, late-model agricultural parts for which his company is known. 1989 Corey Lunn is the superintendent of schools for the Stillwater School District. Prior to the appointment, he worked as superintendent for Montgomery-Lonsdale for four years. He also has experience as a principal, assistant principal and teacher. 1990 Vicki Doeden, the environmental educator at the Shetek Environmental Learning Center (Lake Shetek, Minn.), taught groups how to harvest sap from maple trees and shared the history of maple syrup during the annual Sugarbush Boil-Off last March.

1982 1991 Greg Antoine, a teacher in the Luverne Lynn Paden (MSE, 2000) retired after School District, was selected as a candidate for teaching kindergarten at Park Side Elementary

for 17 years. She plans to spend her retirement time traveling, reading, quilting and knitting. Lance Larson guided the Springfield Tigers boy’s basketball team in its first state championship in March, 2011. The Tigers won the Minnesota Class 1A title at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. This fellowship allows her the opportunity to work throughout the United States representing birth parents and adoptive families in interstate adoptions.

1997 Jeff Hansen (MS , 2007) was hired as the principal for Milroy Area Schools. Before 1992 Elizabeth Johanneck has been researching the accepting the administrative role, he worked for 13 years as a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher history of the Minnesota River Valley and and softball coach at Minneota Public Schools. recorded her discoveries in her first book, Hidden History of the Minnesota River Valley, which was published in July. Her research was 1998 discovered on her blog by the History Press in Mark Mather is the Lyon County Sheriff. “It takes a lot of teamwork to keep the county law South Carolina, research that was eventually enforcement running,” he said. turned into a collection of stories about the Elizabeth (Mulso) Sherman and her husband, Minnesota River Valley. Robert, celebrated the birth of a son, Aiden Lynn Johnson has opened a branch office of Ray, on September 28, 2010. Aiden is the her Slayton, Minn.-based law practice in Fulda, Minn. The office is located in the First couple’s second child, joining brother, Jacob. Robert Walker (MS, 2004) is the assistant National Bank building. Along with her principal and a teacher at the Marshall East private law practice, she also worked as a Campus Learning Alternative site. public defender for 10 years. James Stekl works for SLS Financial in Kansas 1999 City, Mo. He began his career in finance with David Brown was one of 108 honored as a Lyon Financial Services and spent 12 years candidate for Education Minnesota’s Teacher learning the industry before beginning his of the Year award. He teaches in the Austin own company in 2005. The company, Capital Partners LLC, later merged with SLS Financial. School District. Benjamin Ellingson was one of only six people accepted into partnership with Eide 1993 Bailey, a regional certified public accounting Amanda (Ross) Grinager, previously the and business advisory firm. He joined the firm Marshall High School assistant principal, has accepted a position as assessment coordinator, after graduation from SMSU and has 10 years of experience. He is married to Karen curriculum director and professional (Robbins ’99), also an SMSU alumna. development coordinator within the district. Brenda (Alderson) Kellen (MSE, 1999) is the Angie (Fales) Monnet has become involved in the program, Fields of Grace, the goal of advisor for the Business Professionals of America chapter at Marshall High School. The which is to provide emergency, respite and foster care to Lincoln, Lyon and Murray group traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in a national competition. In addition counties. It will also feature a teen mentoring program and a day care/crisis nursery, located to the competition, the trip included touring in Marshall. the monuments, visiting the United States Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of 2000 Congress. Cindy (Dittus) Davis works as a noon Kelly (Benz) Stewart, a Lincoln HI producer and anchor with KOTA-TV, Rapid (Hendricks/Ivanhoe) civics teacher, City, S.D. After graduation from SMSU, she participated in a special project with the spent several years as a reporter in the Black students from her eighth-grade class, after teaching them about citizenship. The students Hills area. She began working for KOTA-TV in 2004 as an assignment editor and latered were paired with kindergarten students to became producer/anchor. work on making clay handprints. Lisa Dreyer was nominated for the 2011 Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year 1994 award. The Montevideo elementary school Vicki Myers joined the Marshall Public teacher was one of 30 semifinalists from across Schools as a fourth-grade teacher in 2011. the state. Brian Knochenmus, along with Doug Wing 1996 Chad Adams is the new Albert Lea city co-founder of Camden Outdoors, developed manager. Council members stated that though Game Tender, a new product that uses simple Adams was the youngest of their candidates, electronic stimulation to improve the he stood out because of his maturity, quick tenderness and flavor of wild game meat. The thinking and ambition. Before accepting the Game Tender was released onto the market in position, he was the city administrator for April 2011, first hitting the shelves of Borch’s Medina for eight years. He is married to Ann Sporting Goods in Marshall. (Schmeling ‘97). They have three children. Chad Mohns and Angela (Deldotto) Mohns Krista (Hansen) Bjella was hired as the new (MBA, 2004) were married on February 26, elementary level counselor at Marshall Public 2011 at the Chapel of the Guardian Angels in School and coordinator of Project Success, an Nelson, Wis. They live in Jackson, Minn. after-school program that focuses on enhancing students’ classroom skills. 2001 Allen Judd and his wife, Becky, welcomed a Ann Hareid was nominated for the 2011 son, Max, in May, 2011. Teacher of the Year award, presented to Kelly (Understock) Tollefsen began working educators in District 241. She, having worked with the Lincoln, Neb., law firm of DeMars, in the district for 15 years, teaches third grade Gordon, Olson, Zalewski, Wynner & Tollefsen at Lakeview Elementary School, is a member in August, 2010. She is one of only two of Teachers Nurturing Teachers and the attorneys in Nebraska invited to be a fellow in Language Arts Standards Committee. Ann

*Cities are in Minnesota unless noted.



and her husband, Jeff, have three children. Jessica Jordahl’s Lincoln HI Elementary School (Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Minn.) Kindergarten class was given the opportunity to learn about citizenship when a group of eighth-graders from Lincoln HI paired up with the younger students for a special project. Jennifer Klenken is a fourth-grade teacher for Marshall Public Schools. Mary Ward has been named interim vice president for student development and enrollment at Bemidji State University. Prior to the position of vice president, she was the director of the university’s Advising Success Center for three years as well as an instructor for the university’s First-Year Experience. Jeremy Williams is the assistant principal at Marshall High School. He was formerly the assistant principal at the Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative site.

Deanne Runge gained greater independence when she was matched with her service dog, Iken, in 2004. She suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and immediately knew that a service dog would change her life. She was partnered with Iken after being on a waiting list for five years. Stacy (Scanlan) Ward is a pharmacist at Olmsted Medical Center Hospital in Rochester.

2004 Crystal (Fangmeier) Blankers is a real estate agent at Prudential Elite Realty in Marshall, Minn. She is a licensed realtor and accredited staging professional. Crystal (Niemeier) Devore is an English as a Second Language teacher in the Willmar School District. She was previously a longterm substitute for Holy Redeemer School in Marshall, and an English instructor in France. 2002 She and her husband, Tyler, live in Benson. Nicole Bullock, former member of the SMSU Stacy (Schroepfer) Fier and her husband, basketball team, was named the new head Kris, welcomed a daughter, Talia Nicole, on women’s basketball coach and the student July 24, 2011. They also have a son, Cael. senate advisor for Iowa Lakes Community Peter Hellie recently completed requirements College in Estherville, Iowa. Prior to the leading to the completion of the Program in position, she spent three years as an assistant General Insurance, the educational program coach at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo. that covers insurance principles, practices and Jennifer Egerstrom and her husband, Steven, policies in depth. He began working with are the proud parents of a daughter, McKenna North Star Mutual Insurance in Cottonwood Hope, born on April 4, 2011. They live in in December of 2008 and is now a senior vice Brooklyn Park. president. Dennis Guse and his wife, Alyssa (Smith ’05), Erica Hess, a teacher at Park Side Elementary welcomed their first child, a son, Sebastien, School in Marshall, is helping her students into the world on February 20, 2011. The succeed by using a new program known as couple lives in Castle Rock, Colo. Brain Gym. The focus of the program is to use Jacob Hanson (MS, 2010) is a teacher at simple activities that utilize both sides of the Westside Elementary School in Marshall. brain, promoting increased learning and Darik Lyons was awarded the professional growth. She is one of four teachers at the insurance designation Chartered Property school who use the program. Casualty Underwriter by the American Institute for CPCU, an independent nonprofit 2005 education organization. He began working for Sean Culhane is an admissions counselor at North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood SMSU and also the manager of the Marshall in 2002 and serves as senior product A’s baseball team. development specialist for Research and Carrie Johansson and her husband, David, Development. He and his wife Julianna welcomed a daughter, Ellie Grace, on March (Sanow ’02), welcomed a son, Jaden, on 28, 2011. She is the couple’s second child, January 19, 2011. preceded by her brother, Isaac. They live in Ryan Martin was the keynote speaker for the Montevideo. finale of the Living Exceptionally unit at Anne (Anderson) Shelton, along with her Polson Middle School in Madison, Conn. He husband, Barry, welcomed a son, Nolin was born with Spina Bifida and is a bilateral William, on Nov. 3, 2010. They live in Askov. amputee, but refuses to let that slow him Sharon Wenker, a teacher at Holy Redeemer down. He is currently employed by a School in Marshall, runs a “mad science” class wheelchair basketball league in Spain, in with a colleague. Students in grades fiveaddition to running a free summer basketball through-eight are allowed to select an elective camp for students with disabilities. class to take, of which “mad science” is one. Michael Norgaard was recently awarded the Students participate in is examining “blood Accredited Farm Manager designation from splatter” at a fake crime scene. the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The awardrecognizes his 2006 education, experience, successful oral and Ryan Michelson and Christina (Mauch) written exams, and meeting the highest Michelson were married on May 22, 2010 at standards of integrity, professionalism, the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in competence and ethics. He and his wife, Marshall. The couple’s honeymoon took place Suzanne, live in Marshall. in Jamaica. They currently live in Marshall. James Siedschlag was nominated for the 2011 Andy Schlichting was voted the Rocky Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year Mountain Athletic Conference J.W. award. He currently works for the Murray Campbell/Con Marshall Sports Information County Central School District. Director of the Year for his work as Metro State College’s (Denver, Colo.) sports 2003 information director. He is one of the Jayme McGhan is the technical director for all youngest individuals ever to receive the award. theatre productions and the advisor for oneNadine Weedman and husband, Kurt, act plays at Concordia College in Chicago. He welcomed their third child, Max Kurt, on is a professional playwright, director and set March 21, 2011, joining Eli and Ethan. designer and has worked on many productions across the country. He is also the 2007 author of 14 award-winning plays and dozens Kristin Boyes has been hired as the physical of short plays. education and health instructor, as well as



coach of the women’s softball team, at North Central Missouri College, Trenton, Mo. She gained prior experience working as the head coach of the Minnesota State University, Moorhead women’s softball team. Eric Johnson (MBA) was recognized for his dedication to his position as the police chief of Minneota, a position which he has held for 15 years. He and his fellow officer, Ben Standahl, are the only police presence from Porter to Marshall. Cory Klumper and Adam Scheel play the trumpet and the bass, respectively, for a soulfunk band known as Smitty and the Sound, a band that plays mainly classic soul. Smitty and the Sound has performed at several different venues, including the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council’s artists retreat at Lake Shetek and Lucan’s Braufest. Kim Louwagie teaches an elective nutrition course for students in fifth-through-eighth grades at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall. Following instructions, the students have made tacos, muffins, cookies and pizzas. Brent Lynch recently completed the requirements leading to the completion of the Associate in Insurance Technology program, an insurance program that covers various aspects of Information Technology within the insurance industry. This accomplishment will aid him in his job as a programmer for the Information Technology Department at North Star Mutual Insurance in Cottonwood. Nicholas Prieve, one of the youngest public library directors in Minnesota, is working at the Gilbert Public Library in Gilbert, Minn. Britnee (Erickson) Trollman and her husband, Adam, welcomed a son, Tracer Albert Dale, on June 15, 2011. They live in Marshall. 2008 Amy Schnoes is an assistant park manager at Glacial Lakes State Park, near Starbuck. Dana Yost released his second book, In the Right Place, which contains essays and poems about several topics, including death, war, illness, faith and grief. According to the author, the book shows how life is never easy in the Midwest and how there are many people committed to the area. 2009 Matthew Burnett was a contestant on the February 25 broadcast of the television show, Wheel of Fortune. He did well, earning cash prizes and a trip. Tyler Mickelson recently joined the staff of KIMT-TV, Mason City, Iowa, as a reporter. Prior to that, he worked as a weekday reporter, producer and co-anchor with KRTV-TV in Great Falls, Mont. Tamara (Alho) Mohr is co-directing the Brookings Regional Humane Society, Brookings, S.D. She has extensive computer skills and will be taking on the administrative side of the organization as well as advertising and coordinating special events. Lori Rangaard was presented with a SMART Board for her school, St. Edward Catholic School, Minneota. The school was the winner of the Smiles for Education contest, sponsored by Hy-Vee. Shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble or Sara Lee products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the school of their choice. St. Edward achieved the highest average points score in their region. Kevin Schroeder (BAS) was named the Cloquet Area Fire District Chief. He completed his Firefighter 1 training before he was 17 years old and became a volunteer firefighter on his 18th birthday. At 21, he was

hired as a full-time firefighter by the Cloquet Fire Department. He comes to the job with 26 years of experience fighting fires, plus doing rescues and emergency medical services. 2010 Zachary Christensen was married to his wife, Laura, on September 18, 2010 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Minn. The couple lives in Buffalo, Minn. Tiffany Freetly was recently offered a position at Complete Health Chiropractic in Marshall as the company’s director of nutritional services. Alyssa Hoffman is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Marshall Middle School. Xia Moua and her husband, Phia, celebrated the birth of a son, Mason Phillip, on January 12, 2011. They live in Marshall. Emily Nuese is a second-grade teacher in the Marshall School District. Chace Pollock is an elementary school teacher in the Marshall School District. Tracy (Busch) Remme was married to husband Christopher on June 11 at the bride’s parents’ farm near Brewster. She works as a paraprofessional at Round Lake-Brewster Elementary. Jared Schwanz is the defensive line coach for the Sioux Falls Storm. He joined the team after two seasons coaching the defensive line at the University of Sioux Falls. He helped the 2009 University of Sioux Falls Cougar defense to a top NAIA ranking in scoring and total defense. He has also coached the defensive line and tight ends at Minnesota State University, Mankato and SMSU. Kayla Vankeulen worked as a substitute at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall. Alissa Welch is a supervisor for AmericInn in Arnolds Park, Iowa. 2011 Brian Fitzgerald, an English teacher in Battle Lake, was one of 30 semi-finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Sally Smith is the coordinator of the Chippewa County Mentoring Program, which pairs adult mentors with children to form relationships and offer the youth new experiences and opportunities. She also works at Lee-Mar Ranch in Granite Falls as a therapeutic riding instructor. FACULTY/STAFF Ken Mukomela was one of three recipients of the 2011 Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. He is a member of the SMSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Mustang Booster Club. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor in 2005. IN MEMORIAM Luke Beers ’03, passed away March 15, 2011. Dorothy Frisvold, former secretary for the Social Science Department, passed away October 28, 2011.

Engineer. Marathoner. Traveler. Sustainer.

Brett Carlson ’92

Brett Carlson ’92 lives in Rochester, Minn. He is the Director of Engineering at Crenlo, a leading manufacturer of cab and enclosure products that protect people and electronics. Brett and his family visit campus each year at Homecoming to keep in touch with friends, to enjoy the Homecoming parade and to cheer on the Mustangs at games. His years at Southwest included living in Titan as a residence hall assistant. Brett chooses to give back to SMSU each month through electronic fund transfer (EFT) from his checking account. Brett is one of our sustainers. You can set up a recurring credit card gift or electronic transfer from your checking account, at an interval of your choice, and as little as $5 per month. Your gift will arrive on time every time without the stress of remembering to give. The gift is on-going, which means the SMSU Foundation will process your gift transaction automatically at the time interval you've indicated. You can stop or change the amount at any time at your discretion. Your sustaining gift helps us responsibly manage our precious resources such as paper, postage, and personnel. Sustaining membership gives you peace of mind knowing you continue make a difference to a new generation of SMSU students.




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December 2, 2011—SMSU Basketball Pre-Game Social in Sioux Falls February 4, 2012—Hawaiian Night at SMSU February 11, 2012—SMSU Alumni Event at the Minnesota Wild March 24, 2012—SMSU Alumni Event at “Memphis the Musical” July 21-August 1, 2012—British Isles Odyssey Cruise October 5-6, 2012—SMSU Homecoming Weekend November 7–15, 2012—Italian Reflections Cruise For updated events and online registration:


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