• Class Notes 2019

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    Undergraduate

    1956
    Glenn Ickler’s 14th mystery novel, Arsenic and Old Men, was published.

    1957
    Robert Faine visited campus last August to meet women’s hockey coach Natalie Darwitz. He also established the Dr. Robert C. Faine Endowed Scholarship for science students.

    1960
    Sharon Askeroth Bartz, Lynne Sommers Mulliner, Glee Houghton Claussen, Annette Parrish Theisen, and Helen Hier Pedersen recently gathered to celebrate their 80th birthdays together.

    1967
    Marlys DeBoer Peterson received a first place achievement award in the Movement Matters exercise program at Celebration Village in Acworth, Georgia.

    1974
    Jane Haugen Krentz, director of the Hamline McVay Youth Partnership, was recognized at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators for decades of environmental leadership and work.

    1975
    Willie Johnson and his former Hamline wrestling teammates recently gathered for their 42nd annual reunion and watched the Minnesota Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling match together.

    1977
    Lee Svitak Dean is food editor at the Star Tribune. Her latest cookbook, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book, is based on 80 winning recipes from 15 years of the Taste Holiday Cookie Contest. In 2018, the Association of Food Journalists named the Star Tribune’s Taste food section second in the nation for Best Food Coverage for the largest newspapers.

    1982
    John Ruddy started a new position as wellness partner, brain-gut-axis advocate at Amare Global.

    1987
    TJ Flavell was honored with an Equity Award by the Arlington-Alexandria Gay & Lesbian Alliance.

    Carol Anway-Wiese was named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

    1988
    Ty Dunn started a new position as surgical director, kidney and pancreas transplantation, at the University of Pennsylvania.

    1989
    John-Mark Schlink was selected for inclusion in Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s biennial juried international exhibition, “Stand Out Prints 2018.”

    Jennifer Ness Smith was named 2018 Most Admired CEO by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Smith’s company, Innovative Office Solutions, has grown into one of the largest independent office solutions companies in the Midwest.

    Daniel Wynne received the Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year Award from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He is a language arts and social studies teacher at Miami Youth Academy, a juvenile residential commitment program in Miami-Dade County.

    1990
    Eric Rucker was recognized as a 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award winner by Minnesota Lawyer.

    1991
    Tim Johnson started a new position as senior manager, institutional marketing, at Carillon Tower Advisers.

    David Law was named president-elect of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators board of directors.

    Matthew Sargent started a new position as head of commercial deposit and payment solutions at U.S. Bank.

    1992
    Kim Hirsch was promoted to advisory team leader at Fusion Risk Management.

    1993
    Andrea Mowery started a new position as president of Mowery Communications, LLC.

    Glenda Boyd Prom has been head volleyball coach at Cathedral High School in St.Cloud for 10 years. This year, her team went to the state tournament and ended the season with a 29-4 record.

    1994
    Carrie Pierce Carroll started a new position as director of admissions and development, Twin Cities for Augustana University.

    1995
    Amy Bohman was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a 10-month teaching fellowship in Cambodia.

    1999
    J.C. Grogan started a new position as vehicle sale and leasing consultant at Metropolitan Ford.

    2002
    Brian Hart gave a lecture at the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on his dissertation work in astrophysics, conducted at the University of California, Irvine.

    Frank Marchio started a new position as director of operations at Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School.

    2003
    Artika Tyner was recognized as a 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award winner by Minnesota Lawyer.

    2004
    Kathryn Mary Barker started a new position as senior corporate counsel at Pacific Dental Services.

    Erin Gebhart Hayes (also MBA ’09) was appointed to the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission.

    Matthew Loecker started a new position as senior corporate counsel at Pacific Dental Services.

    Cullin Smith was recognized as a 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award winner by Minnesota Lawyer.

    2005
    Juanita Boyd Freeman was sworn in as Washington County’s first African American judge. She is also an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a board member on Mitchell Hamline’s Gateway to Legal Education board, and a volunteer at Red Rock Elementary and Epiphany Covenant Church.

    Charles Marttila started a new position as project director at Little & Company.

    2006
    Meghan Swanberg Butte and her husband welcomed a baby, June Elise, to their family on January 2.

    Andrew Grossbach was named The Lawrence Mervis, M.D. Teacher of the Year by Ohio State University’s Department of Neurosurgery.

    Aaron Rupar started a new position as associate news director at Vox.

    2007
    Patrick Hueller’s book STU STORIES: Dirt Clod, Bird Bones & Shadow Tail to the Rescue! was published.

    Kevin Watson Jagoe (also MNM ’15) began a new position as minister at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

    Jamie Johnson Thomas started a new position as program officer–Iraq at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

    2008
    Dominic Amegashitsi
    started a new position as senior quality assurance specialist at DHL Supply Chain. He is also the founder and owner of Boost Your Motivation, LLC.

    Matrika Bailey-Turner started a new position as social impact projects and campaigns director at Givewith.

    Lucas Johnson was promoted to senior manager–data science, machine learning, AI at UnitedHealth Group.

    Andrea Richter started a new position as vice president for international engagement at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

    Mari Troshynski competed in the 30th annual Copper Basin 300 sled dog race in Alaska.

    2009
    Elnora Walker Romness started a new position as assistant manager at Caribou Coffee.

    Jeana Blomme Ziegler was promoted to associate director, consumer experience at Optum at UnitedHealth Group.

    2010
    Amanda Dutcher began a new position as development manager at Wallin Education Partners.

    Michael Elliott was elected mayor of Brooklyn Center.

    Serri Graslie started a new position as director of community experience and strategy at On Being Studios.

    2011
    Cortney Bailey started a new position as associate at CBRE Group, Inc.

    Dee Barlage Lukas started a new position as senior implementation manager at Voya Financial.

    Laura Wilner started a new position as transitional care coordinator at Abode Healthcare.

    2012
    Casey Willmarth Matter
    started a new position as account manager at Sidewalk Dog Media.

    2013
    Caleb Anderson started a new position as a licensed preschool teacher at Woodbury Lutheran Church.

    Casey Benford started a new position as university gift officer at Hamline University.

    Kennan Daoudi received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistant Award to teach in Algeria.

    2014
    Courtney Benson started a new position as financial analyst, feed, at Land O’Lakes, Inc.

    Cristina Semi Wirth started a new position as a personal injury trial lawyer with Bye, Goff & Rhode.

    Kevin Yang started a new position as coordinator of civic engagement and the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration at Hamline University.

    2015
    Alia Abboud was promoted to senior compliance services representative at Sovos.

    Kyle Evans started a new position as admission counselor at Hamline University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission.

    Jessica Goodsell started a new position as senior internal auditor at Polaris Industries.

    Jessica Putland was approved for ordination as a minister of word and sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

    Elizabeth Haluska Ziebarth started a new position as law clerk at Minnesota Tax Court.

    2016
    Taylor Burandt is pursuing a master’s in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Brook Pigg started a new position as a wish coordinator for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a master’s in social work.

    2017
    Gabrielle Allan started a new position as digital media buyer at Haworth in Minneapolis.

    Deon Bishop started a new position as producer at Circle 8 Productions.

    Debra Johnson-Hill published her first collection of poetry and visual art, Homespun Mercies. It was selected for the “More Than Thread” exhibit at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

    2018
    Blythe Baird’s second poetry collection, If My Body Could Speak, was published.

    Adela Steffen started a new position as high school coach for College Possible.

    2019
    Kimberly Hatlestad started a new position as trust account specialist at ITM TwentyFirst, LLC.

    Graduate

    2003
    Rachel Gold’s (MFA) novel Being Emily has been released by Bella Books.

    Su Smallen (MFA) received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to commission three dance and visual arts films inspired by her new book of poems.

    2004
    Julayne Smith Lee’s (MAED) debut collection of poems, Not My White Savior, was published. It made BookTrib’s list “A Year of Memories: 15 New Memoirs We Can’t Wait to Read This Year.”

    2008
    Melanie Hoffert (MFA) started a new position as associate vice president of marketing and communications at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.

    2009
    Sara Goepferd (MNM) started a new position as senior manager of financial planning and analysis—HQ finance at Target Corporation.

    Erin Gebhart Hayes (MBA) (also CLA ’04) was appointed to the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission.

    Mindy Mejia (MFA) published her book Leave No Trace. It was recognized as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards in the fiction genre.

    2010
    Cheryl Brown Bardoe (MFAC) published her children’s book Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie.

    Vanessa Ramos (MFA) received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to facilitate an OwnVoices panel and offer a young writers workshop for writers of color and indigenous writers.

    Emily Naber Spende (MBA) started a new position as acute care specialist/account manager at UnitedHealth Group, Briova Rx Infusion Services/Optum Rx.

    2012
    Nicole Hansen (MBA) started a new position as manager of community relations and the Securian Financial Foundation at Securian Financial.

    Leah Porter (MNM) was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree.

    2013
    Rory McCabe (MBA) started a new position as client solutions executive LED at AT&T.

    Elizabeth Verdick’s (MFAC) book Small Walt and Mo the Tow was recognized as a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards in the children’s literature genre.

    Alicia Williams’s (MFAC) book Genesis Begins Again was featured in the New York Times Book Review.

    2014
    Paige Riehl (MFA) recently published her book Suspension.

    2015
    Kevin Watson Jagoe (also CLA ’07) began a position as minister at BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

    Jennifer Schultz Pennington (MPA) was recognized as an emerging leader in the Twin Cities Business 100: People to Know in 2019. She cofounded Can Can Wonderland in 2017.

    2016
    Angela Conley (MPA) was elected the first African American woman on the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

    Tobin Lay (MBA) was a finalist for the position of township clerk–treasurer for White Bear Township.

    Deborah Davidson Moses (DPA) started a new position as CEO/executive director at House of Charity.

    Erin Sharkey (MFA) received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to complete her collection of prose poems entitled Urban Farmers Almanac.

    2017
    Jenniey Tallman Loney (MFA) was awarded a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to continue work on a hybrid nonfiction/poetry/visual manuscript. Also, Tallman’s short fiction piece “Mike and Evan at the (Beginning) of the World” is a finalist for the Mythic Picnic Prize.

    2018
    Milpha Blamo (MNM) started a new position as director of talent and culture at The Minneapolis Foundation.

    Patricia Sutton’s (MFAC) book Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Middle-Grade Nonfiction Books of 2018.”

    Cat Beltmann Wood (MNM) started a new position as executive director at The Great Northern.