Memos from Members Past

These alumni responded to a survey regarding their current whereabouts and happenings—careers, achievements, and other life events. Here’s to our past students making their way in the world!

Heather (Summer) Knox

Class of 2011

Creative Writing emphasis, Language Studies minor

Living in Mount Vernon, WA

Career/Life Events: “Graduated from Iowa Writers’ Workshop in May 2013 with MFA in Poetry. Eloped on New Year’s Eve (12/31/13) to Seattle with my husband Zak Knox.”

Special Mentions and Achievements: “A flurry of journal publications this spring, including [PANK], Columbia Poetry Review, and others. Poem coming out in MultiVerse, an anothology of superhero poetry from Write Bloody Publishing (fall 2014).”

Chad Beery

Class of 1997

B.A. in Technial Communication

Living in Waunakee, Wisconsin

Hello UWEC English Department, Wow, where has the time gone? I have a lot of great memories at UWEC, and am so fortunate to have had such great professors including Dr. Wilma Clark, Marty Wood, and many others. I am currently a lead technical writer within the newly formed IBM Watson Group at IBM: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/ I’ve been employed by IBM for a little over 11 years, and have been telecommuting/working from home for the past 10 years. In fact, I haven’t seen a co-worker in 8 years – pretty crazy. Anyway, would love to reconnect with classmates and professors. Easiest way to contact me is via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chadbeery All the best! – Chad cbeery@us.ibm.com

Kathleen Serley

Class of 1969

BA in English with a minor is speech. Then I graduated again with an MST-English in 1973.

Living in Wausau, WI

Career Events: “I earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison. I taught writing and communication skills at Northcentral Technical College and retired from that position in 2006.”

Jessica Meske-Caldie

Class of 2009

Comprehensive Secondary English Education

Living in Green Bay, WI

Career/Life Events: “High school English teacher and coordinator of an at-risk program, married in June 2013.”

Special Mentions and Achivements: “Three time “Golden Apple” award nominee.”

Peter Frederick Tittl

Class of 1977

Journalism and English

Living in Bakersfield, CA

Career/Life Events: “For 34 years now I have been the restuarant critic for The Bakersfield Californian. I started working there full time in 1980, but went into high school teaching in 1995 and continued writing my column as an independent contractor. I also do background acting work and will be seen as the cameraman on the Ed Sullivan show in the upcoming Clint Eastwood movie, “Jersey Boys,” out June 20. I’ve also been yearbook adviser at Liberty High School since it opened in 1999. I am married with three children, all now out of the house and my youngest graduating from The University of La Verne in May.”

Laura Lay

Class of 2006

English- Linguistics, Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Living in Koror, Republic of Palau

Career/Life Events: “After graduating from UWEC, I took some time to decide what I wanted to do and eventually went back to school and received my Master’s in Library and Information Science. I had the amazing opportunity of interning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. I worked several library jobs in Madison, WI including: The State Law Library, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the Legislative Reference Bureau. I left Wisconsin in September and moved to the Republic of Palau to teach the Library Services program at Palau Community College.

Kay (Bergerson) Jacobson

Class of 1987

English and History – double major

Living in Mounds View, MN

Career Events: “Graduated from Saint Catherine’s University with a Master’s in Library and Information Science in 2011. I am working for the Ramsey County Libraries.”

Jennifer Fandel

Class of 1995

English major, creative writing minor (I was a poetry student of Bruce Taylor, as well as a nonfiction student of John Hildebrand.)

Living in St. Louis, MO

Career/Life Events: “I have my MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the Minnesota State University, Mankato (2001). I’ve worked in the publishing industry for the majority of my career, in children’s/young adult and academic publishing. In addition to writing more than 30 books for the children’s/young adult nonfiction market, I’ve worked in editorial and marketing departments. I currently work from my home office in St. Louis for a Madison, WI-based editorial services company, managing books published through Routledge and their parent company Taylor & Francis.”

Special Mentions and Achievements: “In my non-work time, I’m working on finishing my poetry manuscript, The Cold Reaches, which focuses on Wisconsin and my personal search for home. I just received a National Park Service two-week residency for the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. I’ll be working on my manuscript, doing research, and providing service to the park and community by holding a poetry workshop or two. My poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Measure, museum of americana, RHINO, The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.”

Kyle Shaffer

Class of 2010

Minor, Literature

Living in Durham, NC

Career/Life Events: “Currently working on masters degree in information science. I’m studying mainly in areas of natural language processing and information retrieval, so my fascination with language has persisted!”

Special Mentions and Achievements: “I’ve been accepted into a summer research program at Georgia Tech called Data Science for Social Good. The goal of the program is to get students to work on pressing social issues and projects, applying computational methods. UNC’s School of Information and Library Science did a little writeup on my acceptance here: http://sils.unc.edu/news/2014/kyle-shaffer-fellowship-dssg.”

Megan Kuehl

Class of 2005

Major – English Literature; Minor – Business Administration

Living in Green Bay, W

Career/Life Events: “I graduated with my J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2008. I also earned a multidisciplinary certificate in dispute resolution through Marquette’s College of Professional Studies. I have been in private practice as a civil litigator since 2008. In addition to my full-time law practice, I have also been teaching intermittently as an adjunct in the paralegal program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College here in Green Bay since 2009.

Janet Winsand

Class of 1976

English Major, Sociology Minor

Living in St. Louis Park, MN

Career/Life Events: “I received a Master’s degree in Media Technology from UW-Stout in 1980. I have worked for St. Catherine University for the past 25 years as an Academic Technology Consultant. The past few years I have added teaching Freshman English Composition as an adjunct and have enjoyed focusing my attention on English again.”

Special Mentions and Achievements: Receiving recognition for 25 years of service to St. Catherine University in May.

Melinda Reiter-Schroepfer

Class of 1988

BA – Major: English Minor: Scandinavian Studies

New Hope, MN

Career/Life Events: “Earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UW-RF, studied in Norway, taught HS English for 6 years, taught English/composition at a technical college, worked in higher education administration/curriculum development/faculty development/accreditation, worked in technical training online curriculum development, currently work in health care accreditation/compliance. Married in 2000.”

Special Mentions and Achievements: “Sit on the Norwegian Language and Culture Program Committee at Mindekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church) in Minneapolis.”

Stacia Marlett

Class of 2001

Creative Writing major, Technical Writing minor

Golden Valley, MN

Career/Life Events: “After nearly five years putting that writing degree directly to use as a technical writer at four different companies and small agencies around the Twin Cities, I switched gears to software design and usability. I spent the next five years at Digital River, an e-commerce outsourcer in Minnetonka, where I designed new features for an enterprise web app used by software and gaming companies. I’ve embraced the world of User Experience Design, aka Information Architecture. When a new feature or digital product is needed, I work with technologists, business owners, and visual designers to ensure that the end user is always kept in mind; and that everything is organized and works in a methodical way. The job requires a strategic mind that can also solve detailed problems. Most recently I’ve consulted at HealthPartners and Target Corporate, where I’ve been since August 2013. My work can be seen on Target’s mobile and desktop web sites. I currently live with my boyfriend and one cat. We love to enjoy the arts and culture scene around the Twin Cities.

Special Mentions and Achievements: “I was fortunate enough to be on two award-winning teams at HealthPartners: Best in Class – Hospitals for regionshospital.com from Interactive Media Awards in 2012; and Design for Experience in 2013 for the myHealthPartners online experience. http://awards.designforexperience.com/gallery/2013/union-of-design-and-engineering/healthpartners.”

Sandra Zinos

Class of 1968

Education: English major, French minor

Waukesha, WI

Career/Life Events: “Retired 3 years ago after 40 years teaching English in the School District of Waukesha.

Special Mentions and Achievements: “Lucile S. Pooley Creative Teaching of English Award from the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English .”

Kate Grimm

Class of 2003

English literature

Denver, CO

Career/Life Events: “I’ve been working as a project manager and technical writer. I’m also taking a graduate course in Abusrdist Playwrights at the University of Colorado-Denver…it’s been fun to do research and write essays again!”

Kristy Prunty

Class of 2003

English Education

Eau Claire, WI

Career/Life Events: “I am married with three children. I work as director of an early childhood center in Menomonie. “