Her father's snapshot of Kathy Freise once was that she's a vagabond with a knapsack who didn't know a good, solid job when she had one. By extreme contrast, one might note that inquiring minds want to know and she's got too much curiosity to stay in one place for long. Neither does her justice. Her career began as entertainment writer for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, but she quickly grew restless, changed jobs, completed a master's degree in English at North Dakota State University in 1992, got another excellent job at then-Moorhead State University that she liked until she was lured away from North Dakota by the promise of green chile and the doctoral program in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She teaches, studies, writes (hoping to finish her dissertation on memory and public art very soon) and works at a small Web development company that also sells area rugs. She may be reached at email@example.com.
It's one of life's sweet, little ironies that a reluctant scholar like Tammy Swift now spends the majority of her days at a university library. Swift -who spent considerably less time in NDSU's library while pursuing a mass communication degree there in the mid-'80s - joined the staff as a writer right after Labor Day. As such, she now occupies a very white office in the library's basement. Swift previously spent 12 years as a newspaper reporter in Dickinson, Bismarck and Fargo, most recently as feature editor and humor columnist at the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. She lives in suburban Kragnes, Minn., with a crazy dog, an irascible cat and a husband.
Dan Koeck, a native of St. Paul, Minn., has a bachelor's degree in photojournalism with a minor in history from the University of Minnesota. He was a photographer at the Minot (N.D.) Daily News from 1984 to 1992 and joined NDSU in 1992. Koeck's assignment work has been published in Sunday Times of London, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other national and regional publications.
Jonathan Twingley is an illustrator in New York. His work appeared on the cover of NDSU magazine's inaugural issue.
Catherine Jelsing made her debut as a writer for NDSU magazine in the spring 2002 issue, under the nom de plume Catherine Bishop. She enjoyed the work enough to join the staff and use her real name.
Although he claims not to like country music, Michael Lyons could make "On the Road Again" his personal anthem. Since retiring from the NDSU history department nine years ago, he has spent as much time as possible traveling. He has visited Turkey, Russia, Belarus, San Marino, Slovenia, to name only a few. Mike taught European history at NDSU for 21 years and served as department chair for 17 years, even though he admits he hates administration. He is revising his book "World War II: A Short History" for a fourth edition.
Kent Kapplinger is an assistant professor of visual arts at North Dakota State University, where he directs the Printmaking Education and Research Studio. His work has been exhibited in England, Japan, Slovenia, Spain and throughout the United States. He has received fellowships from the Woodstock School of Art in New York and the Vinalhaven Press in Maine.