Spring 2009: Alumni profiles

Laura (Bakke) Sowinski ’94

Laura Sowoinski

Laura (Bakke) Sowinski ’94, associate principal at Waunakee Community Middle School, spouse and mother of three, represented the Wisconsin chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at various 2008 events, including a conference with Gov. Jim Doyle announcing the World Stem Cell Summit in Madison. She also spoke during a national teleconference about MS and  > Full story.

Erin Naylor ’08

Erin Naylor

Erin Naylor ’08 works part time for the Minnesota Reading Corps, a group of AmeriCorps members providing one-on-one literacy tutoring to children age 3 through third grade who are below proficiency in reading but do not qualify for other federal services like Title I or special education. Naylor, who was a social work major at  > Full story.

Jim Bingen ’66

Jim Bingen

Jim Bingen ’66, a professor of community, food and agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, has been honored as a Knight in the Agricultural Order of Merit by the government of France. Established in 1883, the title recognizes those making significant contributions to the development and progress of  > Full story.

Mark Slaby ’86 and Maria (Schutz) Slaby ’87

mark and maria

Mark Slaby ’86 and his wife, Maria (Schutz) Slaby ’87, of Mount Dora, Fla., are entrepreneurs who relish new challenges. Maria, whose degree is in journalism, started a graphic design firm and later produced a line of greeting cards, but when the first of their four home schooled children came along, she began looking for  > Full story.