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The most recent book by Rhoda Lewin (B.A. '49, M.A. '61 ), published by Arcadia Publishing, is entitled Reform Jews of Minneapolis. The book is part of Arcadia's "Images of America" series. Lewin is also the author of Jewish Community of North Minneapolis, also published by Arcadia.


Charlene Petersen Follett (B.A. '56) received her Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel psychology in 1979. She is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Minneapolis.


Nancy Smiler Levinson (B.A. '60) has been writing and publishing children's books for 28 years. She also writes stories and articles for both adult and children's magazines and is a regular contributor to The Children's Page of The Los Angeles Times.

Anthony Minnichsoffer (B.A. '67) is managing the Communication Department at East Central Energy in Braham, Minn.

James Mokres (B.A. '68) is developing and test-marketing a new food product under the trademark "Cookies for Breakfast" in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas.

Doug Page (B.A. '64) is a retired business owner and manager of Profit " Trac Agronomic Services, Inc., an agricultural consulting, soil sampling and mapping company in Dodge Center, Minn.

Chuck Porter (B.A. '67) was named one of the world's "26 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs" in Inc. magazine's May 2005 issue. Porter is a partner in the Miami-based ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky. The "Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs" list also includes Martha Stewart and Richard Branson.

Vic Roych (B.A. '68) is currently a self-employed actor.


Susanne C. Rohland (B.A. '76) is working as a freelance writer. She writes newsletters, annual reports, and newspaper articles for a variety of organizations and publications.

Robert E. Sheldon (B.A. '70) is currently working as the public relations director at Creative Communications Consultants, Inc., an advertising and public relations firm in Minneapolis.

William Souder (B.A. '77) has been a freelance contributor to the Washington Post, New Yorker magazine, and other publications. He is the author of A Plague of Frogs, published in 2000, and Under a Wild Sky, a 2004 biography of John James Audubon that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Jeffrey B. Burton (B.A. '85) is a fiction writer, whose collection of short stories, Shadow Play, has recently been published by Pocol Press.

Roger Cormier (B.A. '89) is associate editor for Midwest Outdoors and Fishing Facts magazines. He is also co-host of the "Midwest Outdoors" television show. Additionally, he is president of East Cape Resorts, a marketing/promotions company representing tourism businesses in Mexico.

Kathy Fredricksen Golden (B.A. '83) is a stay-at-home mom in Coral Gables, Fla.

Joseph Kane (B.A. '80) is currently working as an editorial photographer for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Tamara Parisio (B.A. '82) has recently launched a new business, SandDollar Cosmetics Inc., in Woodland Hills, Calif. Visit www.sanddollarcosmetics.com for more information.

David Royle (M.A. '88) has been promoted to executive vice president of production at National Geographic Television & Film. He has received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, and the duPont Columbia Silver Baton from Columbia University for the documentary Liberia: American Dream?, which won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. It was Royle's seventh national Emmy. He will also continue as executive producer of National Geographic Explorer.

David Siegel, CAE (B.A. '81) was named president and CEO of Hospitality Minnesota and executive vice president

of the Minnesota Restaurant, Hotel & Lodging, and Resort & Campground Associations on Jan. 1, 2005. Siegel provides executive leadership to the three associations and their management company, representing more than 2,500 Minnesota hospitality businesses.

Scott Spoolman (M.A. '83) is entering his ninth year as a freelance writer and editorial consultant, writing for magazines and developing college textbooks. He owns his own business named, Spoolman Writing and Editorial Services, LLC.

Brian Woods (B.A. '89) is a strategy consultant for Wells Fargo Banking in Minneapolis.


Christy Desmith (B.A. '98) is an arts and culture writer in Minneapolis, writing for such publications as City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Monthly, and Star Tribune. She also works at The Rake magazine.

Dale C. Deutscher (B.A. '92) is the owner of Lone Pine Landscaping in Montana.

Mike Durenburger (B.A. '94) recently received the D. Tennant Bryan Award for hard news videography. D. Tennant Bryan was the founder of Media General, based in Virginia, which owns 26 television stations and 25 daily newspapers primarily in the Southeast. Mike has worked with WNCT, a CBS affiliate for the past two years. His winning story focused on the drug war in eastern North Carolina and going undercover with local narcotics agents.

Meagan Eggers (B.A. '92) received her master's degree in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. She is currently working as a manager of business information at American Girl, a toy and publishing company in Middleton, Wis.

David Elvin (M.A. '94) writes for engineering publications and manages public outreach programs for infrastructure planning. He is the editor of Quality in the Constructed Project, published in 2000 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Josephine E. Rochoviak Hubbard (B.A. '92) is the director of planned giving and major gifts for the Children's Cancer Research Fund, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis.

Earl Johnston (M.A. '92) is the director of distribution communications at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a financial service in Minneapolis.

Gina Kennedy (B.A. '93) is an electronic communications director for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Lee Klancher (B.A. '92) is writing and taking photographs for several national magazines, doing travel stories around the world on motorcycles and ATVs, with five illustrated books and several calendars published annually. He is also working as a book editor.

Mark Neuzil (Ph.D. '93) is chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of St. Thomas . He was named a University Scholar in 2005, one of two faculty members to receive the award, which is given for a body of scholarship and to support a particular line of research. Professor Neuzil will continue research on environmental journalism, developing a history for Medill's new series in journalism history. Also, a book Neuzil co-authored with University of St. Thomas moral theologian Bernard Brady, titled A Spiritual Field Guide: Meditations on the Outdoors, published by Brazos Press, is due off the press this spring.

Ingrid Skjong (B.A. '99) moved to New York City in December 2003. She is now working as special projects editor for Gotnam, Hamptons, and Los Angeles Confidential magazines, and as executive editor of Aspen Pear magazine, all of which are published by Niche Media.

Brant Skogrand (B.A. '94) received his master's degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas in 2004. He works as a senior media relations specialist at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Minneapolis.

Nancy Slator (B.A. '92) is a special education teacher at Ware High School in Massachusetts.

Ann Williams (B.A. '92) is president at the BALLAREteatro Dance Theater, a dance school in Minneapolis.

Tris Wykes (B.A. '94) is in his sixth year as a pro hockey beat writer for The Virginian- Pilot newspaper for Norfolk, Va. He is married to Marsha, a physical therapist and 1995 graduate of the University of Minnesota. Their son, Easton, was born in October of 2004.

Al Zdon (B.A. '91) was elected president of the National American Legion Press Association for this year. The 1,100 member association works to improve the quality of the American Legion publications.


Phyllis Alsdurf (Ph.D. '04) is an assistant professor of English at Bethel University in St. Paul.

Jessica Andersen (B.A. '04) is pursuing a degree in nursing.

Paige Andrews (B.A. '04) is a communications intern for Northwest Suburban Integration School District in Maple Grove, Minn.

Jessica Banti (B.A. '04) is pursuing a law degree at the University of Memphis School of Law.

Diana Booth (B.A. '04) is a marketing assistant for US Federal Credit Union.

Katherine M. Brielmaier (B.A., '04) is an editor at Llewellyn Publishing House in St. Paul, Minn.

Toby Collodora (B.A. '04) is a Web producer for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

Carly Danek (B.A. '04) is a news photographer for KEZI television news in Oregon.

Elizabeth Dunbar (B.A. '04) is an editorial assistant at the Associated Press in Minneapolis.

Theresa A. Eagan (B.A. '04) is an informational representative at the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota.

Kristoffer Eagebretson (B.A. '04) is a reporter and videographer at WAOW-Channel 9 in Wausau, Wis.

Sarah Felegy (B.A. '04) is a server at Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar in Richfield, Minn.

Alyssa Geronsin (B.A. '04) is an associate editor for Metropolitan Media Group, a magazine publisher in Bloomington, Minn.

Kelley Giancola (B.A. '04) is a graphic designer/paginator for Press Publications in White Bear Lake, Minn.

Haley Gilman (B.A. '04) is currently a legislative and policy coordinator for the National Council of State Housing Agencies in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Goodman (B.A. Ô04) is an account coordinator for Tanaka Advertising, a full- service marketing agency in Minneapolis.

Jon Gotnear (B.A. '04) is an account executive for Cox Media in St. Paul, Minn.

Melissa Hanson (B.A. '04) is a communications specialist for Mesaba Airlines in Eagan, Minn.

Amanda Hollis (B.A., '04) is a marketing associate for Community Reinvestment Fund, USA, in Minneapolis.

Peter J. Holm (B.A. '04) is an executive team leader at Target Corp. in Minneapolis.

K.C. Howard (B.A. '04) is currently a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Josette Hutchinson (B.A. '04) is an account coordinator at Kruskopf Coontz in Minneapolis.

Christine (Quinn) Igl (B.A. '00) was recently promoted to senior account manager at Axiom Marketing Communications.

Chris Iles (B.A. '04) is an assistant account executive for Padilla Speer Beardsley in Minneapolis.

Robert Johnstone (B.A. '04) is working at In Vision Sports Management, a marketing and sports agency in Minnetonka, Minn., in the research and marketing development department.

Thomas Kaiser (B.A. '04) is working as a business reporter intern at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Erin Kaufenberg (B.A. '04) is a media analyst at Campbell Mithun.

Nahid Khan (M.A. '04) is currently a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the U of M.

Jennifer Kloeber (B.A. '04) is currently a PR specialist at GMAC-RFC in Bloomington, MN.

Jessica Kyarsgaard (B.A., '04) is bartending at Rey's Restaurant in Cary, N.C.

Kimberly Jahnke (B.A. '02) is a county government reporter at the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Layton, Utah.

Kelly Lessard (B.A. '00) is the public relations coordinator for the Minnesota 200. In August, she'll have worked there for five years.

Courtney Lewis (B.A. '04) is currently working in the magazine publishing department at Minnesota Monthly Publications.

Talis Lin (B.A. '02) is a producer with Match/Cut Productions, a television production company.

Brandi Linderman (B.A. '04) is working as a project manager at Visions Design Studio, a full-service marketing agency and design studio in St. Paul, Minn.

Kathryn A. Lundeen (B.A. '04) is an account manager for FedEx Kinkos in West St. Paul, Minn.

Laura Malm (B.A. '03) is an assistant account executive at Weber Shandwick in Minneapolis.

Christine Miller (B.A. '01) is working in the bioengineering office of student affairs at the University of California in San Diego.

Caitrin Mullan (B.A. '04) is an admissions/advising counselor for applied plant science, environmental science, and environmental horticulture at the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Angela Murphy (B.A. '04) is working at the Regis Corporation in Minneapolis as a communications specialist.

Becky Musolf (B.A. '04) is a receptionist at Martin Williams Advertising in Minneapolis.

Kristin Nalepka (B.A. '02) is currently a market research analyst at Target Corp.

Andrea K. Nelson (B.A. '04) is a research and stockroom team member for the Target in Burnsville, Minn.

Suzanne Nelson (M.A. '04) is a fill-in co-host with FM107 Talk Radio in St. Paul. She also produces home improvement programs that are airing on cable TV.

Jamie Nusbaum (B.A. '04) is a student at Iowa State University, studying English education.

Debbie Peters (B.A. '04) is a booking agent for Meredith Model & Talent in Minneapolis and is currently pursuing a degree in film theory.

Annie Preller (B.A. '04) is currently working as a household manager, nanny, and personal assistant in Atlanta, Ga.

Jay Premack (B.A. '02) recently joined the staff of The Washington Post as a photo editor. He works with a group of about 10 to make daily image choices from the work of over 30 staff photographers, numerous freelancers, and wire photos. Jay has also worked for a number of other newspapers including The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, and The Washington Times.

Brian Reichow (B.A. '04) is the CEO and owner of Escape Systems Corp.

Rachel Remele (B.A. '04) is a news producer at KBJR-News 6 in Duluth, Minn.

Marni Rodman (B.A. '04) is an assistant account executive at Eric Mower & Associates in Buffalo, N.Y.

Seth Rowe (B.A. '04) is the community editor at Sun Newspapers in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kathleen Ryan (B.A. '04) is working as a client services specialist at PR Newswire and Mediatlas in Richfield, Minn.

Kristi Marie Sakariassen (B.A. '04) is currently a merchandising specialist at Target Corp. in Minneapolis.

Adina Schneeweis (M.A. '04) is a Ph.D. student studying at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Julie Seebold (B.A. '04) is a reporter for KIMT News Channel 3 in Mason City, Iowa.

Krystle Skaalerud (B.A. '04) is a project manager at Field Research Services in St. Paul, MN.

Amy Sokol (B.A. '04) is an event planning specialist for Marshall Field's Department Store's Marketing Division in Minneapolis.

Kara Sommerfeld (B.A. '04) is a customer service manager at World Cycling Productions in St. Paul, Minn.