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Fall 2011 Alumni Updates ~ Class notes from 2005-present

Tanya Wolf, ’11, (pictured left) West Bend, is working on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s elk research project for six months. She is working with Dan Zekor, ’82, Columbia, Mo., chief of the Department of Conservation’s Resource Science Center. The first restored elk herd of 34 adults and five calves was released on June 1.


Seven of the 13 graduates from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s law enforcement academy last fall were CNR alumni. Five of the seven were assigned to permanent stations as conservation wardens in July after 20 weeks of extensive hands-on training under veteran wardens. They are the first new wardens stationed in three years. One alumnus completed training as a Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission conservation warden and the other was trained as a DNR forestry ranger.
Pictured are, from left to right, Aaron Young,
’94 (DNR forestry ranger); Alan Erickson, ’99; Thomas Dickson, Ryan Propson, ’10; Shaun Tyznik, Chris Shea, ’07; Jessica Gokey, Kirk Konichek, Brad Kacizek, ’94 (GLIFWC conservation warden); Kyle Dilley, ’09; Ben Mott, ’08; MacKenzie Hannon and Shaun Deeney.
Kati Koster, ’10, Malibu, Calif., is a master of public policy candidate at Pepperdine University. She studied theatre arts, dance, Spanish and international studies at UWSP, and credits the creative process she learned from UWSP professors, including Dance Professor Emeritus Susan Gingrasso (pictured right, with Kati), with helping her learn problem solving for her future career.
Theresa Kroes, ’10, Fond du Lac, is the 6-12 grade choral director for the North Fond du Lac school district.
Amber Wuttke, ’10, Elkhorn, played a fantastikal at the Bristol Renaissance Fair over the summer, acting as a mythological creature from medieval times. Joining her were Sam Nolte, ’11, New Richmond, and Amanda Ellis, ’07, Oostburg. She also mentioned that Adam McAleavey, ’06, Chicago, Ill., was director of the street cast; Casey Adams, ’04, Grove City, Penn., was a stage manager; Arne Parrott, ’10, Dousman, was a street musician; and James Freer, ’09, Oostburg, was part of the Barely Balanced comedy acrobatic troupe. Amber successfully auditioned as a character performer for Disney World Resort and Cruise Lines, where there may be an opening this fall. She also had done costume design at the Emerald City Theatre in Chicago and the Suitcase Shakespeare Company, a traveling company co-founded by McAleavey.
Curt Hansen, ’08, Hartford, plays Gabe in the national tour of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play, Next to Normal (www.nexttonormal.com). He also played the role in the St. Paul, Minn., production of the show, recently appeared in the Broadway production of Hairspray and has appeared on the television shows The Good Wife and Big Time Rush.
Danny McHugh, ’08, Saint Paul, Minn., is performing in the national tour of musical Rock of Ages, playing Joey Primo and as an understudy for Drew and Lonny (www.rockofagesontour.com). He has had several roles around the nation and with Holland America Cruise Lines.
Pheng Xiong, ’08, Chippewa Falls, has accepted a job as an admissions counselor at UW-La Crosse. “This new opportunity will be very rewarding,” he says. Previously he was a degree audit coordinator at UW-Stout.
Sverre Sundgaard, ’07, Cottage Grove, Minn., is an infantry platoon commander and marine infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Reserve Unit out of South Texas. He is deployed in Afghanistan and when he returns he plans to go to flight school. Sverre reports that his unit works alongside British, Danish and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. “It’s an experience to say the least,” he says. He adds, “Since I departed Stevens Point in 2007, I miss it every day.” Sverre will return stateside at the end of September and at that time may be reached at sverre.sundgaard@usmc.mil.
Marie (Rowan) Burns, ’06, Phoenix, Ariz., is a lead financial adviser of the Southwest wealth management group at Clifton Gunderson in Phoenix. Previously she worked for Clifton Gunderson as a financial adviser in Stevens Point. She is married to Joseph Burns.

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