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  • Kathleen Choal '92 is the news director at the NBC Affiliate in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Brian Goldbeck '73 became the Consul General on July 24, 2009 at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, covering four southeastern provinces containing 220 million people and thousands of U.S.-invested businesses.

  • Brent Hafele, M.A. '02 has launched NewDay Nonprofit Solutions, a consulting firm focused on providing customized solutions to nonprofits leaders. Consulting and training services include strategic planning, board governance, executive coaching, staff/volunteer management, organization development, and editing/writing. To learn more link to Hafele lives in Eau Claire with his wife, Jennifer '01 and thirteen-month-old son, Evan George '30.

  • Steven Halliday '79 is working on a Ph.D. in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. In the meanwhile he continues to work on various editorial projects through his company, Hothouse Enterprises, Inc. He and wife Lisa have two daughters, Lauren, 4 and Katie, 2.

  • Ellen Hatfield '05 is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling with emphasis in higher education at UW-Whitewater.

  • Heidi Hughes '86 works in the marketing department at Cellcom in De Pere, Wis. She lives north of Oconto Falls, Wis. with husband Reid and sons Caleb, 21 and Eli, 17.

  • Ann Jennerman '91 accepted a position at Lower Kuskokwim School District in Bethel Alaska as itinerant counselor, after 8 years as director of student services at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Schools. With the district being the geographic size of Ohio, Ann flies weekly to remote bush villages where she serves as liaison between local schools and district administration, and coordinates career planning services for students.

  • Joan Koehne '87 was named managing editor of the Oconto County Times Herald, a weekly newspaper in Oconto Falls. Joan previously worked at the Kiel Record, then switched to the field of education, working as a substitue teacher and religious education facilitor before being named to her new position in June 2009.

  • Michelle Lange '90 married Roger Wyckoff Schwenke on June 14, 2009 in Kensington, Calif. Michelle works as a supervisory analyst/editor in the research department of JMP Securities, an investment bank in San Francisco. The couple live in Alameda, Calif.

  • Kelly Macik '06 works as an undergraduate admission counselor with Concordia University iin St. Paul.

  • Thomas Mueller '79 completed his Ph.D. in communications at the University of Florida, and is now assistant professor of communications at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. "UWEC set the foundation for my interest in journalism and communication over 25 years ago, and I came back to that discipline for my terminal degree." said Mueller. "Becoming a full time academic presents the opportunity to invest in the students who will build the next phase of our industry. There couldn't be a better way to spend my time."

  • Erin Olson '05 is the director of operations and marketing for Ecolite Integrated Building Systems West in Las Vegas, Nev. Recently she passed a green building exam offered through the US Green Building Council and is now a registered LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

  • Megan Peterson '09 was awarded the 2009 Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. Read the full story.

  • Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest '92 was promoted to full professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Winona State University, Winona, Minn., where she also serves as department chair.

  • Kim Rooney '85 is president/CEO of UnitedOne Credit Union, in Manitowoc, Wis.

  • Rachel Soto '99 lives in Austin, Texas. She was an elementary school teacher for 5 years and earned a master's degree in elementary education in May 2009. She now stays at home with her three small children and runs a Pre-Kindergarten program out of her home.

  • Sara Steffes Hansen '91 completed her Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. She is an assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Journalism Department, with a research focus on new media. She lives in Oshkosh with husband Brian, and children, Chloe, 6, and Liam, 3.

  • Christina Thrun '03 is employed as the development and marketing director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.

  • Mary Virnoche '86 is associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.

  • Paula Westphal '91 is vice president of corporate relations for Putnam Roby Williamson Communications, a public relations firm in Madison, Wisc. ( The firm specializes in media relations, government affairs and public outreach strategies, and has clients in both the U.S. and Canada.
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