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Norman Rockwell MS ’75, Menomonie, has retired after 20 years of creating cartoons. His career includes thousands of cartoons in about 200 publications including the National Enquire , The Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest. Rockwell has recently released a book containing 150 of his favorite cartoons, titled “The Best Cartoons of Norm Rockwell.”

Steven Heinecke ’76, New Richmond, is a scientist with 3M. He is a 2005 inductee into 3M’s Carlton Society, a hall-of-fame for the company’s scientists. Each year about 7,000 3M employees are eligible for the honor and just three receive it. Heinecke was honored in September at a Carlton Society gathering in St. Paul, Minn. for his scientific and entrepreneurial leadership in creating Tegaderm and many other products. Tegaderm is a transparent medical dressing which is used by hospitals in more than 100 countries, not only as a bandage but also to secure catheters and IVs.

Catherine Runchey Daters BS ’77, MS ’79 is chair of secondary education at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Rosemary Wenzel West ’77 is director of corporate and foundation relations for the

Nevada Cancer Institute, Las Vegas. She joined NVCI from the United Way of Southern Nevada where she served in a leadership role for more than six years administering governmental and foundation grants.

Jennifer Beyer Huber ’78 is a technical designer for Nordstrom, Seattle.

Michael Mott ’78, Elko, Nev., is a Boeing Technical Fellow. He retired in July 2004 as an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

James Slattery ’78 is CEO and president of Venture Manufacturing Group Inc., Beaver Dam. After almost 30 years in the manufacturing industry, he established the company in August 2005. The company specializes in metal fabricating using lean manufacturing techniques.

Paul Walter ’78, Racine, has been named vice president of sales for Vista International Packaging LLC, a full line food packaging supplier in Kenosha.

Laura Slater-Hatzenbeller ’79, Suamico, is a school counselor and department chair at Green Bay East High School. She was selected as the 2005 Green Bay Press- Gazette/WFRV Everyday Hero in the category of education. Everyday Heroes are people whose deeds — large and

Charles Young New President of Hadley School for the Blind

The Hadley School for the Blind, the single largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, named Charles Young BS ’71, MS ’72 as its new president in December. “It is a great honor to be a part of this unique institution,” said

small — make Northeastern Wisconsin a better place to live.


Barbara Baryenbruch Luhring ’80, Sister Bay, celebrated the 12th month of her weekly program “Pop Goes The Culture” (popgoestheculture. com) on Jan. 26, 2006. Luhring and trend analyst Susie Watson sift through current trends in pop culture in a show produced by Gregg Luhring. Barbara Luhring was also a featured participant of the “Women in Podcasting” session at the first PodcasterCon held Jan. 7, 2006, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition, Luhring and her husband provide podcasting and other on-demand media development through their business, 3W Design Group.

Steve Ronkowski ’80, Goodview, Minn., is a facilities coordinator at Winona State University. He is responsible for new construction projects and remodeling.

Young. “My colleagues in rehabilitation and education value the powerful lifelong resources of Hadley in promoting equality and full participation of blind people worldwide. It is a great honor to be a part of this unique institution, its faithful board, empowering staff and respected teachers.” Young was administrator of the Oregon Commission for the Blind from 1979 to 2000, where his responsibilities included management of an $11 million budget and 60 staff members. He earned his bachelor’s degree in vocational education and a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation at UW-Stout.

Kevin Wilde ’80, Eden Prairie, Minn. is vice president and chief learning officer at General Mills.

Thomas DeHahn ’82 is director of facilities and security for The Illinois Institute of Art/Argosy University, Chicago.

Susan La Grange Farr ’82 has been appointed vice president of business development for Ebenezer in Minneapolis. Ebenezer, part of Fairview Health Services, is a nonprofit that has been serving older adults in Minnesota since 1917. They offer a full range of coordinated programs including senior housing, assisted living, and a variety of community-based services. Farr will lead facility development on Fairview and Ebenezer campuses, and grow Ebenezer’s property management and consulting division.




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