Profiles

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When Jenna Met Drew

The Kutchers prove that it is, indeed, possible to "make two lovers of friends"
February 2018

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Small Materials, BIG Results

The little things mean a lot in the world of Mike Zach ’97
October 2018

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Moments to Cherish

Dick and Jan Huseby recall the path that led them from friendly rivalry to wedding bliss.
February 2018

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Love comes in many forms

February 2017

For Tim Blotz ’85 it was love at first sight. The object of his affection was the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Jenkins Theater where, as a high school student, Tim competed in the state one-act play competition. But another major love interest awaited him on the UWSP campus in the form of future wife Susan Higgins ’85.

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Sowing and Reaping

January 2018

Farmer’s son Vic Thalacker helps cultivate future Pointers

By all accounts, Vic Thalacker ’63 is a forward-thinking kind of guy. For decades as a research chemist and laboratory manager at 3M in Stillwater, Minn., he led groups of scientists in developing cutting-edge adhesives, coatings and other extrusion-based polymers designed for a variety of uses. As it turns out, Thalacker is also a forward-paying person—one who has chosen to share his good fortune and give back through mentoring, volunteering, compassion and, at UWSP, scholarship support.

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Ted Talks

Musical theater impresario Ted Chapin addresses UWSP grads and their families
July 2018

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Come Fly With Me

Dale and Patty Klapmeier's campus romance got off the ground courtesy of a date among the clouds.
February 2018

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Tracking With Traxler

CDC epidemiologist Rita Traxler ’04 charts disease progression in order to stem it
October 2018

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Honoring a Life of Service

October 2017

Lela Jahn receives the William C. Hansen Distinguished Service Award

Throughout her lifetime, Lela Jahn ’62 was known for her generosity of spirit, particularly when it came to empowering women through education and financial know-how. A teacher by training, Jahn was instrumental in establishing and shepherding several programs designed to help communities and individuals—in the United States and abroad--become self-sufficient, even against difficult odds.

Before her untimely passing in 2015 at age 75, she had willingly and joyfully shared her many gifts with her alma mater in a number of capacities: guest lecturer, member of the UWSP Foundation Board of Directors and 2010 Winter Commencement speaker. She also left an enduring legacy on campus with the establishment of the Discover the World Scholarship (administered through the Office of International Education) and the Reaching Across Generations women’s mentorship program. This year, UWSP honors Jahn with the William C. Hansen Distinguished Service Award, commemorating a woman who not only exemplified Pointer spirit, but was a tremendous humanitarian in her own right.

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One Woman's Educational Lineage

February 2017

Every Memorial Day weekend, Alexa Posny ‘74 returns to Stevens Point with her 95-year-old mother, Virginia, and her siblings to honor their ancestors, who have their final resting place there. These include her uncle, Douglas, a pilot killed in WWII; her great-grandparents, John and Ada Strope, and her great-great grandparents. The family also honors Karl and Margery Strope, Alexa's maternal grandparents and the first generation of the family members to establish lasting educational ties to Stevens Point.

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