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Charles Lindberg was honored by the board of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio) for 26 years of service.


Carol Rausch Albright recently appeared on a Turkish satellite television show on science and religion. She is a visiting professor of religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.


Dr. Thomas Bellows, professor of political science at The University of Texas at San Antonio, was one of four presenters selected from across the nation to speak before an international audience of scholars, government officials and foreign ambassadors at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.


ABC News promoted its longtime health commentator, Dr. Timothy Johnson, to chief medical editor. Johnson is a regular on "Good Morning America," "World News," "Nightline" and "20/20."


Gerald Pierson retired from United Airlines after 19 years of service and is now a customer service agent for United Express-Sky West Airlines at Denver International Airport.


Elaine Kruse, history professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, was named the 2008-09 "exemplary teacher" by the United Methodist Church Division of Higher Education.

Wesley Marshall retired from Texas Instruments.


Paul Swope retired from Ford Motor Co. after 32 years and is now owner and enrolled agent of a private tax practice.


Jane Wallin McChesney is pastor of First Lutheran Church and Tabor Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.


Deborah Bendt Alejo retired from the Davenport (Iowa) School District after 38 years of teaching.

Arlis Hasselbusch Ander wrote and illustrated a recently published children's book, Imagine That!

David Markward retired as superintendent of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Community School District.


Mark Schwiebert, former mayor of Rock Island, received the prestigious Honor Roll Award in recognition of his contributions to the conservation of America's natural and renewable resources from the Izaak Walton League of America, a leader in community-based conservation.

Richard Shemitis is executive vice president and chief underwriting officer for Nautilus Insurance Group, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lyn Whiting is resident musical director for Ariel Theatrical, Inc., a non-profit children's theatre in Salinas, Calif.


Mark DeBarr is controller of DHCU Community Credit Union, Moline, Ill.

Martha Crane Scheidler is director of foundations at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn.

Judith Dekker Siebert received the doctorate in anthropology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Mark Van Lauwe is employee relations director at Packaging Technologies, Davenport, Iowa.


Dennis DeZur is senior sales representative with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, Calif.

Bonnie Beaver Johansen- Werner recently composed "Tree of Anguish-Tree of Hope," an organ-choral cantata that premiered at Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville, Ill.

Christine Severn Lang is pastor for Trinity United Lutheran Ministries, Eagle Grove, Iowa.


Karla Close had her head shaved and raised $900 for pediatric cancer research through St. Baldrick's Foundation. She is a volunteer development specialist with Metro United Way, Louisville, Ky.

Marsha Kerr Traynor is an assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Linda Catanzaro Boberg is assistant director of multicultural/international programs at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.

Robert Dyer received the doctor of education degree from Western Illinois University.


Leanne Castle Manheim is marketing director for Pinecrest Community, Mt. Morris, Ill.

John Misner is dean of the Walker School of Business at Piedmont College, Demorest, Ga.

Steve Ramos is interim chief executive officer of The National Association of Hispanic MBAs.


Nan Carlmark Dahlke is director of therapy at Pediatric Interactions, Grayslake, Ill.

Melinda Bush Mourning, an IT analyst for Deere & Co., Moline, is on an 18-month assignment in Mannheim, Germany.

Claudia Unhold Tedford is principal, planning team leader, at ICF Jones & Stokes, San Diego, Calif.


Patrice Accola has been promoted to associate at KJWW Engineering, Rock Island, where she is manager of corporate education.


David Hunt is director of alliances for Provance Technologies.

Michael Trapp recorded and released an album of original music, Keep This Day.


Gregory Braid is assistant vice president/cash management product specialist for Inland Bank and Trust, Oak Brook, Ill.

Suzanne Dell-St. Clair is foundation manager of St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation, Blue Springs, Mo.

John Tofano is senior vice president, commercial lending, for Midwest Bank, Mt. Prospect, Ill.


Paul Karazija was promoted to vice president and chief medical officer of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota.

Terry McHugh is associate principal at Waukegan (Ill.) High School.


Tim Lewis is biology department chair at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

Glenn Meeden was named the State of Georgia Swim Coach of the Year. His team from Lassiter High School, Marietta, Ga., won the 2009 state title.

Susan Peterson received the master's in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Mo.

Lisa Ann Wells is a remote observer for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corp, Kamuela, Hawaii.


Valerie Boyd Bushey is executive director of the Chicago Area Runners Association.

Scott Cravens is publisher of an emergency medical services magazine and website for Cygnus Business Media, Fort Atkinson, Wis.


John Blix adopted a daughter, Samantha Ayazhan, born in 2008 in Kazakhstan (Cheryl).

Laurel Wenner Carsell is unit coordinator for Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Mass.

Michelle Morrissey-Brux is advertising sales executive for Freedom Communications-The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Michael Stelzer was named best associate circuit court judge for Missouri's eastern district by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Julie Carius Strahl is a government human resources consultant for Sikich LLP, Aurora, Ill.


Stephen Hinkle was promoted to associate professor of humanities at Morrisville (N.Y.) State College, where he is also director of theatre and music.

Johnnie Colvin Woods won the 2009 I Have A Dream Award from the Martin Luther King Center, Rock Island, Ill.


Ann Oswald Leyden is senior financial analyst at ConAgra Foods, Naperville, Ill.


Doug Holtz received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He is now pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Albrightsville, Pa.


Thad Headley married Christiana Altobelli '97 Conner on June 21, 2009.

Chris Janetopoulos adopted a daughter, Genevieve Amia, born on May 15, 2009 (Elena).

Ramon Key is assistant professor of music and director of bands at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

Jodi Krohmer married J. Kenneth Joung on August 22, 2009.

Jonathan and Julie Weber '91 Micetich had a son, Julian Edward, on May 23, 2008.

John Putnam, a science teacher at Galesburg (Ill.) High School, was elected to the Knoxville School District Board of Education.

Jane Watson works at Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, N.Y.


Vanessa Lund Davis had a son, William Benjamin, on March 8, 2009 (William; Paul, 5, Natalie, 3).

Jennifer Deigl had a daughter, Adelle Olivia, on March 26, 2009.

Larry Falbe was appointed an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School for the current academic year. He is a partner in the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Chicago.

Nancy Benjamin Gapinski had a daughter, Zoe Susan, on August 6, 2008 (Dan; Benjamin, 2).

Christopher Harrison is lab manager at Exelixis Plant Sciences, Portland, Ore.

Jennifer Thurow Lohman is vice president, human resources, at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Amy Maloney had a son, Michael Devon, on December 17, 2008 (Devon Dodson; Molly, 2).

Jonathan '90 and Julie Weber Micetich had a son, Julian Edward, on May 23, 2008.


Robb and Rosemarie Mendivil '94 Brueggeman had a daughter, Isabella Grace, on August 5, 2009 (Gabriella, 7, Anya and Sophia, 2).

Chris Falk had a daughter, Caroline Reese, on April 10, 2009 (Elizabeth; Nicholas, 5, Hannah, 4).

Kimberly Fox received the doctorate in sociology from Loyola University, Chicago. She is now a research associate and the Denver site manager for the Flexible Work and Well-Being Project of the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Carlson Grider is a fund development associate for Habitat for Humanity Menominee River in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Roy Grimm is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman, Edmond, Okla.

Amy Gunning received the master's in special education/vision from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. She teaches students in first through third grade who are visually impaired or blind at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs.

Wendy Wolf Howell had twins, Genevieve Renee and Quentin Richard, on August 24, 2009.

Dennis '95 and Chris Gogola Schumacher had a son, Andrew James, on November 7, 2008 (Adam, 8, Gabrielle, 7).

Eric Vroman is a teacher/coach at Seneca (Ill.) Township High School.


Michelle Lebo Morse is director of the child development department for the Saugus (Calif.) Union School District.

Paula Anderson Nimrick had a daughter, Serina Rose, on June 25, 2008 (Guy).

Lori Krueger Rabehl had a son, Daniel Steven, on March 14, 2009 (Roger; Michael, 3).

Greg Stolze's short story "The Cold, Wet Campus" was published in the anthology Fearsome Fascinations by Outrider Press in affiliation with Tall Grass Writers Guild.

Kevin Waden was named vice president and controller at ComEd.

Cathy Groth White had a daughter, Isabella Rose, on July 11, 2009 (David; Zachary, Annie and Abigail).


Robb '92 and Rosemarie Mendivil Brueggeman had a daughter, Isabella Grace, on August 5, 2009 (Gabriella, 7, Anya and Sophia, 2).

David Furlong had a son, Roan David, on January 16, 2009. David is an obstetrician/gynecologist with the U.S. Navy, stationed in Landstuhl, Germany.

Patrick Hughes was named assistant dean for college programs for Texas Tech University College of Outreach and Distance Education.

Brenda Lohman had a daughter, Malory Mae, on February 15, 2009.

Heather Collins Longfellow is a partner in the firm of Wolf, Tesar and Company, P.C., Pekin, Ill.

Apoorva Mandavilli had a child, Akash Muir Easdon, on May 16, 2009.

Bob McKamey married April Brown on June 14, 2009.

Jennifer Harrington Michaelson is assistant director for ESLI (English as a Second Language International) dual-language programs in the Jefferson County (Colo.) Public Schools.

Wendy Hilton Morrow had a son, Joseph Luke, on April 4, 2009 (Jay; Matthew, 7, Joshua, 3).

Sarah Schafer Pittenger had a son, William, on April 10, 2009 (Jeremy; Henry, 4).

Paula Galle Wilder had a daughter, Claire, on March 18, 2009 (Patrick).


Erik and Monica Schuler Belby had a son, Jack Mathew, on March 22, 2009.

Kimberly Nordstrom Goodley had a son, Cole Haydn, on February 9, 2009 (Chris; Michaela, 11, Olivia, 4).

Karla Loveall is outreach and communications coordinator for the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Michelle Hagg Richmond received the master's in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dennis and Chris Gogola '92 Schumacher had a son, Andrew James, on November 7, 2008 (Adam, 8, Gabrielle, 7). Dennis is director of residential life at Illinois College, Jacksonville.

Kristina Olson Sjogren and her husband, Michael, have been ordained as pastors in The Salvation Army with the rank of lieutenant and have been assigned as officers in charge at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location.

Robert and Erin Walsh Smith had a daughter, Kyla, in March 2009.

Kimberly Watson Walls had a daughter, Ashley Rene, on January 21, 2008 (John; Grace, 6).


Matthew Beattie married Heather Vick on May 30, 2009.

Amy Connelly Bratsch had a daughter, Marin, on August 11, 2008 (Ken).

Michael and Jennifer Carnithan Choi had a daughter, Stella Beatrice, on June 12, 2009.

Marcie Doyle Fitzmaurice had a daughter, Samantha Doyle, on August 30, 2008 (Patrick; Patrick, 2).

April Holschen Hayes had a daughter, Reese Leigh, on April 29, 2009.

Sue Minihan Kowan had a son, Connor Benjamin, on January 8, 2008 (Jake, 3).

Patrick Lowthian had a daughter, Clara Valentine, on December 15, 2008 (Marcy). Patrick is the chaplain of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, U.S. Army, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Nate '97 and Heidi Nielsen Marzen had a daughter, Nadia Dagny, in July 2008.

Deetra Sallis is manager of recruitment and placement for the Rockford (Ill.) Public School District.

Mark and Christine Pokuta '00 Smith had a daughter, Brianna Rae, on August 12, 2008.

Susan Vairus teaches at the Country Schoolhouse Preschool and Daycare, Menominee, Mich.

Julie Sifuentes Venisnik had a daughter, Leah Faith, on March 14, 2009 (Brad; John, 4, Claire, 2, Madeline, 1).

Lena Yarger Verkuilen is director of Welty Environmental Center, Beloit, Wis.

Valerie Reichardt Watson had a daughter, Emmy Lin, on October 3, 2008 (Ryan; Molly, 8, Ian, 6, Zoey, 4).

Jennifer Hammer Webb had a son, Kason Eric, on November 26, 2008 (Steve).


Audrie Bretl married Coby Roelf on February 13, 2009.

Ryan Brodin is senior pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Mounds Park, Minn.

Jennifer Horwath Burnham had a son, Bridger William, on May 2, 2009 (Kurt).

Christiana Altobelli Conner married Thad Headley '90 on June 21, 2009. She is an admissions counselor at Western Illinois University, Quad-Cities campus.

Molly Williams Dubberke had a son, Andrew Erik, on June 16, 2009 (Erik; Janie, 5).

Jennifer Lenox Dysert is a medical transcriptionist for Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Suzanne Jobin Farrell was promoted to executive director at JPMorgan, Chicago.

Valerie Straayer Goldsmith had a son, Rowan Charles Nathaniel, on March 1, 2009 (Chris).

Jesse Heath had a son, Chapin Robert, on March 9, 2009 (Jamie).

Alycia Hund married Andrew Hoffman on June 27, 2009. She is an associate professor of psychology at Illinois State University, Bloomington.

Tony '99 and Karen Sullivan James had a daughter, Audrey, on June 18, 2009 (Cameron, 4).

Nadine Peterson Krager had a son, Cooper, on January 1, 2008 (Casey, 4).

Christopher and Rebecca Peterson Leonard had a daughter, Kristyn, on January 29, 2009 (Kelly, 8, Christopher, 6, Matthew and Katelyn, 5, Nicholas, 2).

Nate and Heidi Nielsen ‘96 Marzen had a daughter, Nadia Dagny, in July 2008.

Mark Posen had a son, Charles Glenn, on June 22, 2009 (Ann). Mark was promoted to the rank of engineer/paramedic by Eugene (Ore.) Fire & EMS.

Wayne Sutton received the doctor of education degree in human resource development from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Tonya Lensch Trudo had a son, Tyler Wayne, on September 8, 2008 (Brent).

Heather Olson Whitman had a son, Kellen, on March 18, 2009 (Mike; Kale, 9, Karragan, 7, Kalloway, 1).


Mindy Freeberg Alfredeen teaches English at the Lighthouse English Studio, Vsetin, Czech Republic.

Alyson Nugnis Allemeier is a teacher at Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Ill.

Zach and Britt Peterson '00 Bartels had a son, Ethan Frederick, on June 1, 2009 (William, 3).

Kelly Doonan Biala had a son, Enzo Tobiaz, on February 18, 2009 (Allen).

Amy LaChance Carey had a son, Dylan Robert, on August 16, 2008 (Ryan).

Tana Drefcinski married Sean Lucas on June 12, 2008. She is a graduate student at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., and an education specialist at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.

Amanda Burns Hanson had a son, Noah, on March 9, 2009 (Chet).

Carie "Kirby" Baughman Kreiner had a son, Elliot Carl, on September 20, 2009. (Brad; Bennet, 4, Hanna, 2).

Cecilia Karlberg Lagerdahl had a daughter, Emelie Elisabet Christina, on June 12, 2009 (Jakob).

Bryan and Christine Dvorak '99 Long had a daughter, Avery Jane, on July 13, 2009 (James, 2).

JJ and Kristin Hegi Manning had a daughter, Hannah Lynn, on December 26, 2008 (Lauren, 4, Grant, 1).

Tyler Moore had twin sons, Cameron and Carter, on April 26, 2009 (Stacey). Tyler is associate general counsel at Associated Banc-Corp, Milwaukee, Wis.

Chris and Lauren Rolsing Noble had a son, Graham Robert, on February 23, 2009. Chris was promoted to finance officer-pharmacy at Walgreen Co.

Jamie Bordner Osmanski had a son, Tyler Jacob, on August 8, 2008 (Adam).

Kristen McGrath Quitno had a son, Carsen John, on April 20, 2009 (Todd; Finn, 2).

Eunbin Rii received the doctoral degree in law from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago.

Jamie Sanders Rufolo was promoted to director, project management, at AT&T Global Operations.

Brian and Jackie Basler '99 Sebastian had a son, Trevor Andrew, on February 21, 2008.


Joshua and Allisa Fechhelm Adler had a daughter, Morgan Elise, on June 10, 2009.

Amy Bagley is a neuropsychology post-doctoral resident at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit.

Meaghan Guthman Bishop had a daughter, Allison Jane, on October 7, 2008 (Greg; Molly, 3).

Richard and Bridget McManus Blunk had a son, Samuel John, on June 16, 2009 (Alexander, 3).

Alex '00 and Jaime Hohenstein Gagamov had a son, William Edwin, on May 30, 2009 (Jack, 4).

Wendy Anderson Hess had a son, Andrew John, on June 8, 2009 (Nathan).

Gretchen McWethy Hupke had a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth, on January 5, 2009 (Chris; Will, 3).

Tony and Karen Sullivan '97 James had a daughter, Audrey, on June 18, 2009 (Cameron, 4).

Jim and Susan Paige King had a daughter, Katie, on September 25, 2009 (Paige, 4, Kevin, 3, Matt 2).

Aaron Kunert had a son, Kellen Aaron, on April 15, 2009 (Alissa; Lainey, 2).

Bryan '98 and Christine Dvorak Long had a daughter, Avery Jane, on July 13, 2009 (James, 2).

Stacey Mellgren married Tony Eastman on August 7, 2009.

Bill and Lucy Anello '00 Miller had a son, Adam John, on February 10, 2009 (Liam, 2).

Kathleen Nolan is in new business development at CE Printed Products.

Nick Polyak is superintendent of schools for Illinois Valley Central School District, Chillicothe.

Anthony Ranvestel had a son, Max Francesco, on July 31, 2008.

Brian '98 and Jackie Basler Sebastian had a son, Trevor Andrew, on February 21, 2008.

Caryn Osberg Shannon had a son, Lucas, on February 13, 2009 (Brian; Liam, 3).

Lisa Randazzo Short had a daughter, Emily, in December 2008 (Dave).

Julie Shore Sromek had a daughter, Molly Elizabeth, on March 18, 2009 (Guy).

Andrew Suchomski had a son, Colin Andrew, on June 30, 2009 (Lori). Andrew is an applications specialist at Sysmex America.

Jennifer Swanson married Jeff Bruso on December 31, 2008.

Christopher and Kimberly Dean Wagner had a son, Evan Christopher, on April 2, 2009 (Emma, 2).


Carolyn Carter Arnold had a daughter, Francesca Maria, on May 2, 2009 (Rick).

Zach '98 and Britt Peterson Bartels had a son, Ethan Frederick, on June 1, 2009 (William, 3).

Jason and Cherie Peterson '01 Clark had a son, Tyler Craig, on February 13, 2009. Jason is an orthopaedic surgery fellow at Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.

Jennifer Pozniak Fischrup had a daughter, Makayla Rose, on August 3, 2008 (Tim).

Alex and Jaime Hohenstein '99 Gagamov had a son, William Edwin, on May 30, 2009 (Jack, 4).

Sara Klein is a teacher and school programs manager at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

John '01 and Suzanne Van Berschot Klimowski had a daughter, Megan Elena, on February 11, 2008.

Craig Lyon is an orthopedic surgeon for Mercy Health Systems, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Bill '99 and Lucy Anello Miller had a son, Adam John, on February 10, 2009 (Liam, 2).

Brian Oster was promoted to solutions architect at Group O, Inc., Milan, Ill.

Ann Risley Pardun had a son, Cole Ronald, on March 23, 2009 (Brent).

Nick Popoli married Jennifer Nusinow on May 24, 2009.

Alvin Portis and Willona Olison '02 had a daughter, Kayla Marie Olison Portis, on July 18, 2009.

Joyce Chung Rii is a physician at the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic with an infectious disease fellowship.

Mark '96 and Christine Pokuta Smith had a daughter, Brianna Rae, on August 12, 2008.

Nicholas Waterson works for the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.


Amy Bowden had a daughter, Mira Therese, on May 19, 2009 (Matt; Nadia).

Jason and Cherie Peterson '01 Clark had a son, Tyler Craig, on February 13, 2009.

Charlie Drost was elected to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Library Board.

Amanda Fletcher married Christopher Kuhle on September 6, 2008.

Aubrey Lueck Glaskin-Clay had a son, Aiden Lucas, on July 9, 2009 (Eric).

Amy Slawter Kenny had a daughter, Evelyn Maye, on May 5, 2009 (Gene).

Chad and Sarah Cotter '02 Kent had twin sons, Landon James and Chase Matthew, on June 3, 2009.

John and Suzanne VanBerschot '00 Klimowski had a daughter, Megan Elena, on February 11, 2008.

Colleen Hurd Knipper had a daughter, Ayla Marie, on March 22, 2009 (Jeff).

Laura Licari is pharmacy manager at Osco Pharmacy, Chicago, and a part-time pharmacist at Rochelle (Ill.) Hospital.

Katie Lullo married Joel Hintz on October 4, 2008. She works for Alta Resources, Appleton, Wis.

Angela Granet Lynch had a son, Aidan Michael, on May 4, 2009 (Adam; Isabel, 3).

Brian '02 and Michele Martin McKenzie had a daughter, Leah Elizabeth, on March 18, 2009.

Charlotte Peterson Nicholas had a son, Evan, on July 21, 2009 (Adam; Kyra, 2).

Casey Otten is a firefighter/EMT with Tri-Township Fire Department, Quincy, Ill.

Heather Pelkey married Jason Spiewak on July 18, 2009.

Andrew Schaefer married Christine Gruca on June 13, 2008. He received the doctor of physical therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago.

Theresa Wenzel married Jake Weerts on May 16, 2009. She received the doctorate of medicine from Loyola University and started a family medicine residency at Hinsdale (Ill.) Hospital.


Michael Aumann has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Steve Bailey married Christina Fulham on May 23, 2009.

Colin Belby received the doctorate in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is now assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Matt and Beth Melnyk Bunchman had a daughter, Emily Alivia, on February 26, 2009.

Keegan Dodson had a son, Lance Edvin, on August 24, 2009 (Joy).

Brian and Megan Kitson '03 Gerken had a daughter, Cassidy, on July 24, 2009.

Kristy Beemer Heger had twin sons, Max and Wes, on July 9, 2009 (Fred; Charlie).

Hanna Hellsten married Brad Karcher on May 1, 2009.

Chad '01 and Sarah Cotter Kent had twin sons, Landon James and Chase Matthew, on June 3, 2009.

Brian and Michele Martin '01 McKenzie had a daughter, Leah Elizabeth, on March 18, 2009.

Victoria Monti married Cary Christensen on July 18, 2009.

Brian Mulherin had a son, Sean Patrick, on March 13, 2009 (Megan). Brian is a hematology/oncology fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Lindsay Olson Mulligan had a son, Hayden Jeffrey, on April 22, 2009 (Jeff).

Willona Olison and Alvin Portis '00 had a daughter, Kayla Marie Olison Portis, on July 18, 2009.

Emily Shenk married John DeMay on August 22, 2009.

Randy Sloniker had a daughter, Haylie Jane, on September 19, 2008 (Anne).

Jonathan Sprawka was elected trustee of the Village of Lake Zurich, Ill.

Brian Torrence had a son, Nicholas Daniel, on March 7, 2008.

Malinda Martins Velasquez had a son, Aaden Daniel, on January 30, 2009 (Ed; Lilia, 4, Xavier, 2).

Melissa Wirth Wesling had a daughter, Ella Rose, on March 28, 2009 (Michael).

Marty Wietfeldt married Debbie Novotney on May 23, 2009.

Richard Zanini had a daughter, Danielle Elizabeth, on April 25, 2009 (Kristin).


Brian '02 and Megan Kitson Gerken had a daughter, Cassidy, on July 24, 2009.

Abby Gilliam was promoted to audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, Atlanta, Ga.

Matthew Jennings is assistant volleyball coach at the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.).

Caryn Mele is a senior editor at The McGraw-Hill Companies, Chicago.

Aubrey Schissel Moran had a daughter, Makenzy Rose, on December 8, 2008 (Joe).

Kevin Murphy received the doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Iowa and is now an assistant professor of mathematics at St. Norbert College, DePere, Wis.

Heather Slagell Strong was promoted to business manager of systems support at Illinois State University, Normal.

Cory Tillman is applications development specialist for Ameren Services, St. Louis, Mo.

Michael Whiteside married Karen Becker on September 12, 2009.


Stephanie Allewalt married Michael Hacker on August 22, 2009.

Anna Bandeko married Nick Tsikretsis on September 6, 2009.

Jody Frenell Belowske had a son, Noah Steven, on February 28, 2009 (Steve).

Jessica Harrison Berek is director of the Center for Campus Life at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Randy Bill is a product engineer at John Deere Waterloo (Iowa) Works.

Abigail Brekke Blair received the master's in music from Boston (Mass.) University.

Erin Gallagher Bland received the master's in business administration from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Shannon Walsten Child is a counselor and crisis interventionist for the Davenport (Iowa) Community School District.

Laura Cirricione received the master's in communication disorders and sciences from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a speech-language pathologist with Community Therapy Services, St. Charles, Ill.

Amanda Collins married Brian Simkin on July 18, 2009.

Joe '05 and Kimberly Nelson Cruse had a son, Carver Joseph, on June 3, 2009.

John and Nicole Imm Curiale had a son, Eli James, on December 19, 2008 (Caleb, 3). John is the youth and family pastor at First Presbyterian Church, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Amy Fisher was promoted to associate director of DuPage County for Junior Achievement, Naperville, Ill.

Jennifer McGowan Geryol is a graduate student in industrial organizational psychology at Argosy University.

Amber Hoffmann is a sea turtle biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Geoff Kinczyk had a son, Noah Jonathan, on July 23, 2009 (Lindsay).

Jill Granet King had a daughter, Kateri Alice, on June 5, 2009 (Azariah; Naomi, 2).

Joe and Rachel Altergott Lane had a son, Avery Patrick, on April 16, 2009.

Jillian Ostrowski married Jim Jacobsen on July 18, 2009.

Nick Stafford appeared as an extra in 10 scenes of the movie My Guaranteed Student Loan, which was filmed in Peoria, Ill.

Beth Burzynski Veit had a daughter, Kylie Noelle, on May 13, 2009 (Kristian).


Jeff Anderson is senior network analyst at Henry Crown & Co., Chicago.

Lisa Carlson received the master's in physician assistant practice from Rosalind Franklin University and is now a physician assistant at Wausau (Wis.) Heart and Lung Surgeons.

Rosalee Christiansen married Robert Lentz on April 18, 2009.

Doug Cochrane and Jill Witmer were married on February 5, 2009.

Joe and Kimberly Nelson '04 Cruse had a son, Carver Joseph, on June 3, 2009.

Ryan Ericksen married Victoria VanWetering '06 in March 2009.

Sarah Goodpaster is a case analyst at Epiq Systems, New York, N.Y.

Megan Grevas is GIS/IT manager for the City of Rock Falls, Ill.

Craig Hanus received the master's in operations management and information systems from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He is now a systems release engineer at Wells Fargo, Charlotte, N.C.

Jessica Hurlbut married Ryan Anderson on October 11, 2008.

Jennifer La Porte married Rizik Mohammad on June 12, 2009. She is an adult recreation therapist for the Little City Foundation, Palatine, Ill.

Kristin Petty Nelson had a son, Aidan Douglas, on April 19, 2009 (Andrew).

Dan Rooney married Melissa Richard on September 12, 2009.

Lydia Ruelas married Miguel Durán on January 3, 2009.

Joshua Sawlaw received the doctorate in medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, and is now in a family medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

Jonathan Schneider is senior accountant at GEM Realty Capital, Inc., Palatine, Ill.

Sarah Todd married Jason Long on July 4, 2009. She teaches English at Clinton (Iowa) High School.

Michael and Alexandra Corson Wenz had a son, Luke Michael, on May 24, 2009.


Leo Byrd III married Marci Hill '07 on October 25, 2008.

Stephanie Collins married Greg Johnson on July 25, 2009.

Kelley Cross had a son, Cooper Killian Shook, on April 16, 2008 (Paul Shook; Giana).

Dusty Frelka is a technical service chemist at Gurtler Industries, Inc.

Ashley Hagemann married Ryan Stewart on December 5, 2008. She is director of Academics Plus, Inc., Goldsboro, N.C.

Sarah Iliff received the master of divinity degree from Princeton University Seminary and is now a college chaplain intern for Pres House, a non-profit student organization at the University of Wisconsin.

Colleen Jaycox is associate head of international relations and an English teacher for the humanities department for the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) at Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'analyse de l'information, Bruz Cedex, France.

Jacqui Knowlton married John Oreskovich on June 20, 2009.

Andrea Johnson Osterbur is an early intervention specialist for the Hocking County Board of MRDD (Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities), Athens, Ohio.

Kate Pawelski married Levi Treadway on June 14, 2008.

Daniel Redman completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Erin Falucskai Russell had a son, Caleb Austin, on March 11, 2009 (Noah). Erin teaches math at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Cody Snell is a field sales representative for Mueller Co., based in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Mallory Snyder is a clinical research coordinator for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, Chicago.

Victoria VanWetering married Ryan Ericksen '05 in March 2009.

Brett Wells married Emily Lush '07 on June 27, 2009. He received the master's in psychology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Jessica Youngs married Derek Zabransky '07 on July 5, 2008. She is a band director for the Monmouth-Roseville School District, Monmouth, Ill.


Brandon Bolhous received the master's in special education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He is now a learning behavior specialist for Noble Network's Chicago Bulls College Prep, Chicago.

Steven Buck attends the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Heather Bucy is working in Belize as a youth development facilitator for the Peace Corps.

Shanna Casey received the master's in communication from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Ashley Bright Cast attends the University of Cincinnati.

Daniel Cast attends the University of Kentucky.

Beth Cloud is a physical therapy student at Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, Minn.

Michelle Cripe is a human resources specialist for the Rock Island Arsenal-U.S. Army.

Stephanie DePasquale married Adam Soebbing on August 22, 2009.

Katie Rose Gough is assistant branch manager for Wells Fargo, Palatine, Ill.

Marci Hill married Leo Byrd III '06 on October 25, 2008. She is an account manager at Mel Foster Insurance, Davenport, Iowa.

Gina Hodnik received the master's in English literature from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Amy Holcomb received the master's in library and informational studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Brad Isbell married Jenna Svatos '09 on August 15, 2009.

Ross Jensen attends Ohio State University School of Optometry.

Mary Kwasigroch is a research and development technician at Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Ill.

Amy Lindaas received the master's in communicative disorders from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. She is now a speech-language pathologist at Comprehensive Rehab, Inc., Clinton, Iowa.

Mallory Logsdon attends Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Amy Lorenz is a quality control analyst at CSL Behring, Bradley, Ill.

Emily Lush married Brett Wells '06 on June 27, 2009. She received the master's in clinical social work from the University of Chicago.

Stephanie Massheimer is a physical scientist at the Rock Island Arsenal.

Heather Mattice teaches at Every Child's Place, Kenosha, Wis.

Tedra Schadt is a speech-language pathologist for the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nev.

Greg Stopka received the master's in public administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Liz Stratton married Tony King on June 6, 2009. She is a bilingual family reunification specialist for Heartland Alliance Human Care Services, Chicago.

Jake Taylor attends the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana-Champaign.

Emily Tonkin attends Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, N.Y.

Lyndsie VanDeWoestyne and Mike Kerr were married on June 20, 2009. Lyndsie received the master's in speech-language pathology from Eastern Illinois University and is now with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.

Rebecca White is a business development specialist for Parents Alliance Employment Project, Lisle, Ill.

Melissa Williams married Aaron Kenkel on June 28, 2008.

Derek Zabransky married Jessica Youngs '06 on July 5, 2008.


Katie Arnold teaches for the Villa Park (Ill.) School District.

Jennifer Bock attends the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah Burnworth married Eli White on June 20, 2009.

Jonathan Butz lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, teaching English and making music.

Jessica Felten is a marketing assistant for Theatre Council Productions, Chicago.

Natalie Glunz is an early childhood budget specialist for the Davenport (Iowa) Community School District.

Maureen Harkins is a band director for the Kankakee (Ill.) School District.

Julia Hogren is a graduate student at the University of Chicago Divinity School and also an editorial assistant at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago.

Katie Kluever joined the Davenport office of Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) as a caseworker focusing on veterans' issues.

Laura Luloff is a graduate student at Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.

Kate Maloney is a graduate student in clinical laboratory science at Rush University, Chicago.

Trent Martin is an assistant golf professional at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course, Bristol, Ill.

Bill Mele is a senior internal auditor at Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

Erin Nelson is a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for ExCel Special Education, Atkinson, Ill.

Brennan O'Brien is a personal banker at Chase Bank, Gurnee, Ill.


Linsy DePooter is a graduate student at the University of Louisiana, Monroe.

Christopher Green is an investment accountant at State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Ill.

Emily Hetzner is a retail LDP at MB Financial Bank, Rosemont, Ill.

Amy Hultquist is a development officer at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.

Emily Jacobs is a special education aide at Glenbard East High School, Lombard, Ill.

Michael Pettis is an admissions counselor at Augustana College.

Matthew Pruitt attends the University of Notre Dame (Ind.)

Rayla Smith is a graduate student in library science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Jenna Svatos married Brad Isbell '07 on August 15, 2009.

Annette Zapolis opened Cool Beanz, a coffeehouse in Rock Island near the Augustana campus.


(notices received as of September 30, 2009)

Gladys Johnson '29 Hurt in January 2009.

Clarence E. Baker '35 on August 29, 2009.

Helen Smith '35 Blecker on June 2, 2009. Her husband, Vincent, died on September 2, 2009.

Margaret Sudlow '35 Gordinier on September 9, 2009.

Earl Webster, husband of Leila Anseen '38 Webster, on July 8, 2009.

Nathan W. Aram '39 on October 20, 2008.

Grace Beart '40 Juel on May 16, 2008.

Marion Johnson Thorson '40 on June 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Eric.

Betty Clark '41 Clark on August 8, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Don '38.

Marion Selle '41 Gindlesparger on July 18, 2009. Survivors include her son, Robert '73.

Marian Lindroth '41 Gronquist on July 16, 2009.

Wesley G.A. Johnson '41 on January 8, 2008. His wife, Lucille, survives him.

Robert G. Kling '41 on September 2, 2009.

Howard L. Vedell '41 on March 25, 2009.

Bernice Weinstein '42 Arkis on June 2, 2009.

Dorothy Peterson '42 Carlson on March 30, 2009. Survivors include daughters, Pamela Carlson '67 Herman, Gail Carlson '68 Hengst and Cynthia Carlson '71 Karr.

Richard S. Johnson '42 on September 11, 2009. Survivors include his daughter, Amy '71.

Barbara Fry '42 Peterson on May 23, 2009. Among survivors is her husband, Eugene "Pete" '41.

Elaine Lundahl '43 Carlson in December 2008.

Dorothy K. Hall '43 on March 11, 2009.

William R. Bertelsen '44 on July 16, 2009.

George K. Woodworth '44 on November 6, 2008.

Imogene Kennedy '46 Anderson on August 25, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Glenn '47.

Charles V. Carlson '46 on September 11, 2009. His wife, Phyllis, survives him.

Wilbur "Web" Larson '46 on June 3, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Betty.

Maurice Powell '46 on April 2, 2009.

Hayden T. DeDecker '47 on June 16, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Faith, and son, Kevin '72.

Ernfrid Johnson '47 on September 27, 2009. Among survivors are his daughters, Lisa Johnson '74 Hermann and Kristin Johnson '83 Ollenburger.

James O. Meriwether '47 on July 11, 2009.

Dagny Person '47 Olson on March 25, 2009. Survivors include her daughter, Miriam Olson '75 Nakayama.

George L. Slentz '47 on May 18, 2009. His wife, June, survives him.

Rex Gregory, husband of Eva "Sally" Waterman '48 Gregory, on March 10, 2009.

Anton Toft '48 on September 26, 2009.

Harold J. Bolm '49 on September 26, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Jan Blaser '52 Bolm; daughter, Jennifer Bolm '81; brother, Russell '54; and grandsons, Jason Kifer '01 and Benjamin Kifer '05.

Robert Cunningham '49 on July 9, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; son, John '73; daughters, Dorothy Cunningham '75 Wolf and Mary Cunningham '77 Ducor; brother, Ray '52; and sister, Clara Cunningham '52 Savage.

Sylvester S. Polite '49 on July 10, 2009. His wife, Merlyn, survives him.

Robert H. Sward '49 on September 2, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Bobbie.

Lenore Johnson '50 on May 28, 2009.

Evelyn E. Nicholson '50 on July 19, 2009.

J. Gordon Swanson '50 on March 5, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Anne Coleman '52 Swanson, and daughter, Gail Swanson '78 Frost.

Karl W. Wagner '50 on September 24, 2009. Among survivors is his sister, Marian Wagner '53 Lindberg.

Robert V. Seaholm '50 on April 11, 2009. Survivors include his children, Mark '80, Dale '81 and Jill '88.

Nancy Leaf '50 Weis on June 17, 2009.

C. Warren Heimbeck '52 on August 13, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Alice.

Eileen McVey '52 Simpson on May 25, 2009. Her husband, William, survives.

Robert E. Hill '53 on July 20, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Margo, and daughter, Kathleen '75.

John W. Sutton '53 on June 7, 2008.

Howard Tharaldson, husband of Ruth Lundquist '53 Tharaldson, on April 19, 2009.

Donald H. Gustafson '54 on August 14, 2009. Among survivors are his wife, Martha, and brother, Roy '51.

Mary Dunsmore '55 Cozad on April 7, 2009.

Raymond M. Fredman '55 on July 24, 2009. His wife, Betty, survives him.

William W. Snyder '55 on April 18, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Joanne Carlson '53 Snyder.

MaryLou Johnson '55 Swenson on September 23, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Ronald '57.

Doris Lorimer '55 Wallin on July 3, 2009.

Walter L. Chatfield '56 on April 26, 2009.

Pauline A. Pristash '56 on August 28, 2009. Survivors include her sister, Alveda Pristash '54 Spencer.

Andrew K. Prinz '57 on March 26, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Carol Knudsen '57 Prinz, and daughter, Linda Prinz '86 Hoffman.

Geneva Runkel Henss '58 on September 19, 2009.

Dorothy "Pat" Vorpahl '58 Schlageter on June 23, 2009. Among survivors is her sister, Ruth Vorpahl '53.

Clayton P. Smith '60 in March 2009. Among survivors is his brother, Carlyle '56.

William Brackman, husband of Joyce Bloomberg '61 Brackman, on February 22, 2009.

Grover G. Hawkins '62 on April 4, 2009.

Judith Kapoun '64 Puotinen on September 30, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Arthur '63.

Mildred Olson Sundberg '66 on March 20, 2009.

Karen Rosenbohm '67 Bolm on April 4, 2009. She is survived by her husband, John '67.

Doug Clark '67 on June 7, 2009. His wife, Mary, survives him.

Jon R. Ryan '69 on August 16, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Beth.

Thomas R. Messmer '71 on March 10, 2009. His wife, Betsy, survives him.

Kent L. Suarez '72 on May 30, 2009. Among survivors is his wife, Janet Nally '74 Suarez.

Robert W. Lang '74 on November 17, 2008. Survivors include his wife, Chris Severn '74 Lang.

Gretchen Kluth '74 Seago on August 1, 2009. Among survivors are her husband, Bradley '74, and brother, Charles Kluth '71.

James R. Winsor '75 on April 17, 2009. His wife, Vicki, survives him.

Julie Ann Cole '80 on July 21, 2008.

Linda Carlson '81 Farrell on September 1, 2009. Among survivors is her husband, Scott.

Michael J. Moore '83 on June 14, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Janet Love-Moore '83.

Paul "PK" Kenney '86 on June 23, 2009. His wife, Tarra, survives him.

Sarah V. Becker '87 on February 13, 2009. Survivors include her husband, Gary Luebbert, and her mother, Vivian Bergsrud '53 Becker.

John J. Gmitro '88 on July 27, 2009. Survivors include his brother, Todd '87.

Dennis "Kelly" Witt '90 on March 23, 2009.

Jean Welch Walgren on September 12, 2009. Jean was named an honorary alumna of the college in 1994 in recognition of her important contributions to Augustana's art collection.