Class of 1977

Let your classmates know what you are doing. Complete an online alumnote questionnaire. With your permission we will add it to this Web site and include it in the Bluffton magazine. 

Julia Szabo
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 

Class notes

 

Attending May Day?

Brenda Seevers, Las Cruces, N.M., is completing 26 years at New Mexico State University as a professor in Agricultural and Extension Education preparing agricultural educators in public schools, Cooperative Extension and gov agencies. She is the first author of the textbook, "Education Through Cooperative Extension" used nationally and internationally to train extension professionals and has worked with an NGO in Uganda with HIV+ women. Shen not working Brenda enjoys travel (all 7 continents and over 50 countries), family and friends.

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Tim Smith, Bellefontaine, Ohio, is retired after 34 years of teaching. He still collects baseball cards and enjoys following his nine grandchildren's activities and events.

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Greg Wannemacher of Lima, Ohio, and his wife Donna (Thompson '78) are spending their winters in Hilton Head. After 25 years of running his company, Wannemacher Total Logistics, last summer Greg turned over the presidency to his son. Now Greg and Donna can enjoy spending time with the grandchildren, four in Bluffton and one in Oakland, Calif.

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Jeri Lynn Harlow Fox of Englewood, Ohio, retired as school counselor from the Northridge Local Schools (36 yrs) in 2012. Happily make our home in Clayton (Dayton), Ohio, with Richard Fox. We have two daughters, Amy and Anna, a wonderful son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Our lives stay full with church, volunteering, family and friends.

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Virginia Baldauf Cress, Janet Baldauf Wennerlund, Sharon Crawford Calvin, Kathy Wright Thompson, Cathy Gatchell Nighswander, Valerie Jenkins Vulgamore, Jolene Oxender, Jane Thorley Roeschly, Janet Curtis White

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Mustaq Ahmed of Bluffton, Ohio, has been working at Bluffton since 2007 as director of buildings and grounds after a long stint in the corporate world. Mustaq writes, "Hello 1977 graduating classmates! You may or may not remember me as 40 years is a long time. One could say I have come full circle, working at the institution where it all began. I am also working with the university women's soccer team as a volunteer assistant coach. There is a lot going on at Bluffton and I am happy to be a part of it. The proposed new science building is one of them. It will be built where old Lincoln Hall stands now. Remember Lincoln Hall? I will give you a personal campus tour when you visit. You may enjoy seeing how the campus has changed. On a personal note, I am married to Becki (Sommer `76) whom I met at Bluffton in 1974. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this month. We have two daughters, Sarah and Sabrina. We have two grandchildren who live close by. Those of you who are grandparents already know how enjoyable that can be. We feel very blessed. I am looking forward to seeing you in May, if you can come, and hearing your stories and memories of those college days when things were so groovy!"

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Carol Keeney of Elkhart, Ind., works as a certified medical coder/auditor for Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen, Ind. In her free time she likes to read and knit. "My husband, Carlos, and I enjoy travelling and are working on a list of places to visit in the U.S. Other travel includes trips to visit family in Colombia."

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Bennie E. Rodgers, Jr. of Stafford, Texas, is retired after 23 years at Richmond State Support Living with mentally challenged individuals. He writes, "I travel to Ohio to visit family and go to Houston Rodeo & Livestock show once a year in March."
 
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Kathryn Mallet Siegel of New Carlisle, Ohio, remarried in 2008. She writes, "My husband, Ken Siegel, and I found a new home in New Carlisle. We retired in 2012. Ken was a tax consultant. I had taught French and Spanish at Tecumseh H.S. for 35 years. We are both active in our church, where we met. I play in the handbell choir. We enjoy travel and have taken many trips together, all over the U.S. and two trips to Europe."

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Nancy Mitchell Harman of Bellefontaine, Ohio has since retired from teaching 6th and 7th graders for 30 years. She still teaches GED classes and a few college classes.

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Linda HelMick of Bloomington, Ind., currently teaches at Indiana University while earning her PhD in art education. Linda has taught high school and studied art in China, Italy and France. This summer she will be presenting arts based research in Portugal.

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Julie Himes Magier Spreng of Medina, Ohio, retired in 2012 from teaching after 35 years at Buckeye Local Schools. Since then Julie has worked in preschool and substitute teaching. She has a grandson and granddaughter in Oregon and a granddaughter who lives nearby. Currently Julie is remarried and lives in Ashland, Ohio.

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Bernie Burr-Wilken of Laramie, Wyo., has been working as the interlibrary loan specialist for Albany County Public Library. In Laramie, she also enjoys her four grandchildren and working with the county Democratic party. Bernie and her husband Gary recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

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Dan Young of Marion, Ohio, still visits Bluffton, to look around and see what changes have been made. During the time of the reunion Dan will be recovering from knee replacement surgery. He hopes all his classmates are well, and in good health, and hopefully you all can get together for the 45th anniversary.

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Lan Dang of Glendora, Calif., currently works as a law librarian for the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. When time permits, Lan enjoys conducting tours of the courthouse and sharing the rich history of the building with visitors. In her free time she likes to travel and tries out new restaurants. So far Lan has been on trips to Europe, Canada, and many states in the US. 

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