Alumni News

Lewie Benitz ’65 and ’66 has had a highly successful career as a high school wrestling coach and teacher for 44 years.

Jennifer Drews Olson ’97 is happily employed as the regional planner for the Paradies Shops in Phoenix. Olson, who received a Bachelor of Science in retail merchandising and management, has been in the retail industry for the past 12 years.


Mitchel Holliday, BA ’03, MS ’06, MS ’07, was named U.S. Public Health Service Junior Dietitian of the Year in January.


Hubert Hegtvedt ’87 was promoted to Air Force colonel in September of 2010.


Avalene Drake Swanson ’61, New Richmond, retired in 1999 from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College where she taught home economics-related adult and continuing education classes and served as continuing education supervisor. She also taught high school home economics and coordinated and escorted daylong and extended tours for New Richmond Community Education.


If Eric Gesteland ’85 had known where his career path would lead him, he might have earned three degrees from UW-Stout.


She knew it would be challenging, but Laura Jandl was determined to use her special education degree from UW-Stout to work with mild to severely disabled students.


Creighton Burrows ’00 is the engineering and technical support manager for Hutchinson Technology Operations Thailand. With his family, he has been living and working in Bangkok since December 2008.


Larry Belken calls it “a great honor to work here.” Chris Claggett says it’s “probably one of the most significant things I’ll be part of in my life.”


Like any Packers fan, Kristen Eiseth Broderick ’76 was excited when Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV in February, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Lindsey Hegg ’09 has been recognized as a prestigious Helen Keller Fellow for 2010.


Katie Schuld Wilson B.S. ’81, M.S. ’84 has come a long way since 1980, when she developed and implemented a menu for children at the UW-Stout Day Care Center. At that time, she was an undergrad pursuing a degree in dietetics.


Webster “Web” Hart, of Eau Claire, recently received the James Huff Stout award from the UW-Stout Alumni Association.




Tania Hill Chance ’99, ’00, Twin Cities, is a school administrator, adjunct professor, entrepreneur and, as of last year, author. In 2010 her first novel, “SHEgo,” was released. Her entrepreneurial ventures include forays into real estate, consulting and training.


Plastics engineering wasn’t offered when Bob and Charllotte Nehring Janeczko attended UW-Stout in the 1960s, but their generosity will help ensure that students for decades to come will have that option.


A UW-Stout alumna has been named one of the top young engineers in the country. Brianne Hartung Maier ’07 is one of the New Faces of Engineering Class of 2011, along with 13 others. They were featured in a USA Today newspaper advertisement, which ran as part of National Engineers Week, Feb. 20-26.


My education and self-growth experiences while an undergraduate student at UW-Stout have unquestionably played a powerful part in who I am professionally today.


When we decided to give back to the community, three main criteria were taken into consideration.

Summer Outlook 2012