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Mark Stewart ’83 and Amanda (Tarbutton) Piggott ’99

| Diane Walkoff

mark stewartMark Stewart '83, a UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, and Amanda (Tarbutton) Piggott '99, a criminal justice graduate, both pilots for Southwest Airlines, recently were paired up during a flight from Denver to Houston.

“To our surprise, we discovered we were both UW-Eau Claire alumni!” Stewart said.

Stewart said he’s been making a living flying airplanes since 1985. He took his first flying lesson at the Chippewa Valley  Regional Airport in 1980 while attending UW-Eau Claire.

Piggott learned to fly at the Lake Elmo (Minn.) Airport while still in high school.

amanda piggott“After I graduated from UW-Eau Claire, I realized my love of flying was so great that I had to pursue my dreams,” Piggott said.

Stewart and Piggott, based in Denver, occasionally fly out of Milwaukee or Minneapolis and would enjoy chance meetings with other UW-Eau Claire graduates.

“Perhaps our fellow alumni would get a kick out of checking out the flight deck prior to their next flight on Southwest Airlines,” Stewart said. “Amanda or I might be taking them to their destination!”

Friends may reach Stewart at and Piggott at