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CLASS NOTES

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STOUT OUTLOOK SUMMER 2006

Karen Weaver Spindler Promoted to Corporate Director of Human Resources

The Marcus Corporation has announced the promotion of Karen Y. Spindler ’86 to corporate director of human resources. She will lead the corporate human resources department.

Bryan Albrecht BS ’84, MS ’89 has been appointed president of Gateway Technical College in Racine. Prior to coming to Gateway Technical College, Albrecht served as the Wisconsin state director for career and technical education for K-12 education with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Jay Gilbertson ’84, Prairie Farm, has recently had his novel, “Moon Over Madeline Island,” published by Kensington Books.

Barbara Lohse Knous MS ’84, State College, Pa., is an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania University. She took part in a study on herbal use by participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The study is detailed in the February issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in a paper, “Survey of Herbal Use by Kansas and

Prior to her promotion, Spindler served as vice president of human resources for Marcus Hotels and Resorts, the Marcus Corporation’s lodging division. She joined Marcus Hotels and Resorts in 2001 as division director of human resources after spending 15 years with Hyatt Hotels in positions including senior director of human resources. Spindler’s human resources experience includes recruitment, retention, benefits administration, training, labor relations, affirmative action and compliance. Spindler received a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from UW-Stout.

Wisconsin WIC Participants Reveals Moderate, Appropriate Use and Identifies Herbal Education Needs.”

Mark Hoffmann ’85, Edina, Minn, sustained serious injuries in a snowmobiling accident on March 31, 2006. It will be more than a year before he will be able to resume normal activity. To check on Hoffmann’s progress go to www.caringbridge.com Click on Visit a Caring Bridge Site. In the first box, type in Mark Hoffmann and it will take you to his site.

Jeffrey Nourse ’85, Minnetonka, Minn., is an account planner for nParallel, an international brand communication, merchandising strategy and display agency. He provides strategic-level planning and account supervision services to nParallel’s clients and engages them in formulating marketing objectives, communications strategies and presentation tactics

to promote their brands in tradeshow displays.

Gregg Bartel ’86, Malone, was promoted to vice president of construction for Kohl’s Department Stores.

Robert Oertel ’86 is in his fifth season as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. Both teams went on to post winning records in the Ohio Valley Conference last season, and both finished fifth at the league tournament. Oertel has more than 15 years experience as a Divison I head coach after previously serving four years at Denver and seven with Indiana State.

Charles Brown ’87, Cambridge, Ill., has been a technology education teacher at Cambridge High School for 18 years.

Karen Halvorson Falk ’87 is vice president and co-owner of Prototype Solutions Group Inc., Menomonie. This is a new company dedicated to producing rapid prototypes using stereolithography and CNC machining.

Lisa Wilcox McCormick ’87 is director of sales and events for the Three Bears Lodge and Convention Center at Jellystone, Warrens.

Jay Jones BS ’87, MS ’03, Chippewa Falls, is an HPS director with Hilton Garden Inn. He joined Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1989.

Robert Vandenberg ’88 is the general manager of Gardan Assembly and Packaging Inc., Hortonville.

Jeffrey Igel BS ’89, MS ’90 is chair of the culinary arts and hospitality department at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton.

Todd Nelson ’89, Carrollton, Texas, has been promoted to senior vice president at Epsilon Loyalty Services.

Melissa Wheeler ’89 has been promoted to vice president of brand at Great Wolf Resorts Inc. She will oversee brand standard implementation of the Great Wolf Lodge and Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center regional family entertainment brands in order to increase long-term brand equity at existing and new properties, and at the corporate office and reservation center in Madison.

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Don Voss ’90 was promoted to executive director of hotel sales and marketing at Treasure Island, Las Vegas.

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