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  • Jane Willenbring, BS '99 earth science, was featured in the feature-length documentary film, “Picture a Scientist.” She is an associate professor of geology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.
  • Andy Junglen, BS ’19 agricultural and biosystems engineering, is a design engineer at RJ Mechanical, Mora, Minnesota. He says a highlight has been to successfully implement an engineering software called Pypeserver on the company’s CAM equipment. The company is the first contractor in the country to implement the technology on a certain piece of equipment. He also built a successful design-to-fabrication-to-installation workflow at the company.
  • Beverly (Kurtz) Slotten, 87, BS ’54, MS ’69 home economics education, taught school at Bottineau and Valley City, North Dakota, and was a home management specialist with NDSU Extension. She also was director of adult education for Fargo Public Schools and an NDSU assistant professor of home economics education. In addition, she served as career/vocational and technology integration coordinator and executive director of the Valley and Lakes Education District. She was vice president of the Minnesota Home Economics Association and president of Phi Upsilon Omicron. She lived on Lake Lizzie near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
  • Howard Young, 80, BS ’61 electrical and electronic engineering, worked for the FAA in Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., retiring in 1994. He lived in Versailles, Indiana.
  • Joel Monroe, 57, BS ’92, MS ’96 electrical and electronic engineering, worked at Trane in Little Canada, Minnesota, where he was an applications engineer. He also was a drummer for the Billy Shocinski Band, Fade to Gray and the Shotgun Drama Junkies. He lived in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
  • Sandra (Anderson) Swanson, 64, AD ’81 nursing, worked as a nurse for 43 years. She was involved with the Make-a-Wish foundation of North Dakota for more than 20 years as volunteer and spent six years on the board of directors. She lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • Jeffrey Wanzek, 62, BS ’81 construction management, was in the construction industry and worked on many projects, including schools, hospitals, highways, golf courses and high-rises. He lived in Battle Ground, Washington.
  • James Lakoduk, 73, BA ’69 economics, along with his brother, Larry, built a successful radio broadcast company with stations in Fargo; Bismarck, North Dakota; Duluth, Minnesota; and Brainerd, Minnesota. He later joined Pifer’s Auction and Realty, specializing in farmland. He lived in Fargo.
  • Floyd Albers, 81, BS ’60 animal science, had a 40-year career with Hormel Foods, working at plants in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Mississippi. He retired as general manager of Hormel Foods operations in Austin, Minnesota. He was an Army veteran who lived in Loveland, Colorado
  • Herbert Aslesen, 85, BArch ’57 architecture, had a 37-year career as an architect. He was registered in North Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. He lived in Spearfish, South Dakota.


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