Alumni Notes September 2014

  • Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014

Sr. Maureen McDonnell ’67

will celebrate 50 years of Sinsinawa Dominican life at special event on October 18. The celebration will benefit the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice, visit for more information.

Dan Strizek ’88

is proud to announce the publication of his article in the Journal of Church and State, Ella Elvira Hobart Gibson: Nineteenth-Century Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Poet, Feminist, Spiritualist, Free Thinker, and America's First Woman Military Chaplain. Dan presents Gibson’s story based off his master of divinity thesis, going back to his time at Edgewood College when he had a student job at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Rachel (Sigwarth) Taylor '00

and her husband, Jason Taylor, welcomed a baby boy, Graham George Taylor. Graham was born on September 11, 2013. The family resides in West Des Moines, IA with big sister Sadie who is 3 years old. Rachel earned her BA with a major in psychology.

Eva Solcova Smith ’04

has launched a new business consulting firm. EVAlution Management custom-builds training and consulting solutions that include financial skills development and training for owners and managers, profit improvement strategies, and international growth with a focus on Eastern Europe.

Don Settergren BBA ’05, MBA ’08

Don's small business, Inside Outside Sales LLC, has a unique contract that is a part of NASA’s mission to the International Space Station which began on September 19, 2014. The company is supplying technology used to study bone loss in mice, research which paves the way for manned missions to Mars.

Eric Arnold ’06, MA ‘14 and Brianne (Chapman) Arnold ’09

welcomed a baby boy, Milo Logan Arnold, to their family on August 17, 2014. Milo was born 6lbs, 1 oz., 19 inches long, and joins big sister Parker. Eric is an adjunct faculty member at Edgewood College and Brianne is an HR specialist at the Vollrath Company.

Jerimiah DeGollon BBA ’07, MBA ’12

and his wife Cindyann welcomed a baby boy, Elijah Jerimiah DeGollon, on April 30th, 2014. Jerimiah earned his degrees in Business Administration. The DeGollon family currently lives in Madison where Jerimiah is the Assistant Vice President of Business Development for Summit Credit Union.

Barbara Mezera, MA ’07

has published a book of poetry, From Despair to Hope and Healing – One Woman’s Journey in Poem. Barbara is currently a Special Education Teacher at Wonewoc-Center High School and holds a master’s degree in education.

Mike Sergeant ’08

has been promoted to Credit Analyst with First Business Financial Services, Inc. Mike has been employed with First Business since April of 2013. He received his bachelors in business and went on to receive his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2009. Mike, along with his wife and son, currently live in Madison.

Christy (Fenley) Skelding ’10

married Justin Skelding on October 19, 2013 at St. Maria Goretti in Madison followed by a reception in Verona. The wedding party included fellow alumnae Erin (Fenley) Brandner ’10, Gina (Pulvermacher) Cute ’10 and Carey Basting ’11. Christy is currently an Administrative Specialist and Justin is an IT Services Manager.

Nichole Cushley ’11

is pleased to announce her engagement to Michael Lloyd. The couple are planning to wed in October of 2014. Nichole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and works at Transformations in Madison.

Nicole Sandoval ’14

has become the first full-time employee with The Latino Chamber of Commerce as their Programs and Events Assistant. Nicole earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Ethnic Studies.

Diane Walleser, Ed.D ’14

has been named Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services for Columbus State Community College in Ohio. Diane will oversee programs and services to promote the academic achievement, success and personal development of all students. In 2013 Diane received the Award of Excellence from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers for her 10-year career at Madison College (MATC).
PHOTO (Diane Walleser)