Thank You Week 2016 Honoree Stories

Lindsey M. B. Bina

"THANK YOU, Lindsey, for being such a positive presence at Hamline and for being a great resource for class agents!" — Sarah Dunne Lee ’05


Carolyn Mclean Bly

"I think of Carol Bly often. She insisted that the effort to get things right - in writing, in life - was worthy and noble. Carol was a courageous citizen, a demanding teacher, and a brilliant storyteller. She told me I was a writer, and told me I better get to work." — Molly K. Glewwe MFA ’09


Kent H. Bracewell

"We each thought of the one person we most admired while attending Hamline in the early ’50s and both came up with the same person — Dr. Kent Bracewell. Something from an economics major and an English major who each started with interests in engineering." — Robert A. Nelson ’57 and Joanne Gilde Nelson ’58


Douglas A. Byrnes

"One of Hamline's greatest assets has always been its staff and faculty. Doug Byrnes is a prime example of a dedicated staff member who realizes that his job is about more than coaching a sport. He knows his job is to contribute to nurturing these young adults' experiences so that they will be prepared to make a difference in their communities even before they graduate. That is why I love HU." — Patricia J. Stotzheim ’91 JD ’06


Russell J. Compton 

"In gratitude for the philosophy classes led by Dr. Compton and Dr. Irwin. My study of Alfred North Whitehead and his student, Susan Langer, who wrote Philosophy in a New Key, provides the background for developing a hospital story listening group using the art of story metaphor listening. The group celebrates its 50 year this year. My concluding effort is a DVD on the Healing Power of Story Listening. Good teachers make a difference." — Marlin L. Whitmer ’52


Marko D. Dewhurst ’17

"Congratulations on your graduation! Class of 2016! xoxo" — Ann M. Muhvich ’17


Emerging Leaders Program

"Thanks to the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) leaders (Julie Kline, Lynn Willmert, and Emilee Sames) and all the ELP participants. It was an incredible learning experience. Thank you all." — Lynette L'Allier Wahl ’86 MAPA ’97

"Thank you to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) leaders, Julie Kline, Emilee Sames, and Lynn Willmert, my ELP mentor, Jenny Keil, and all the ELP participants for being part of an amazing experience! I now count on you all to catch me when I fall or pull me up when I need to reach higher (inside story). Many thanks!" — Lori A. Standafer


Peter D. Farstad

"Thanks to the faculty I have had the pleasure to learn from — Reid Zimmerman, Jim Scheibel, Peter Farstad, and Michael Wirth-Davis. All fabulous instructors with a wealth of knowledge to share." — Lori A. Standafer


Tony C. Grundhauser

"Tony provides inspired, genuine leadership to the Advancement team at Hamline. As a former staff member in that area, I can easily say that Tony was one of the best managers I have ever worked under. Thank you Tony for pushing me to be better and for your support. It was an honor to work with you." — Meghan S. Bethke ’05 MANM ’07


Hamline University Accounting Staff

"Thanks to the Accountiong Office staff — Angie Dowdle, Jackie Jones, Jeanne Brino, and Teresa Garin — who work tirelessly and collaboratively and mostly behind the scenes to support the mission of Hamline. Many thanks from me!" — Lori A. Standafer


Hamline University Registration and Records Office Staff

"Honoring Hamline's best employees! Thanks for everything you do!" — Mary M. Speranza-Reeder


John J. Harrigan

"Professor John Harrigan piqued my interest in local government. I worked for 20 years in city government before moving to the private sector as a real estate developer. He was one of my favorite professors at Hamline and I thank him for stirring my passion to serve in government." — Eric R. Anderson ’85

Russell G. Harris

"RGH was a sure hand when I faltered, showing me a path forward." — Peter Briant ’67


Kathryn Heinze

"Kathryn Heinze has a deep knowledge of the field of ESL and is one of the best teachers I know. Since she has retired both her colleagues and former students miss her numerous contributions." — Ann S. Mabbott


Samuel O. Imbo

"Spending time with you is enriching and inspiring, Sam. I am so grateful that we were paired for your FYSEM and that our collaborations have continued to grow since then." — Molly C. Isaacson


Keith W. Irwin

"In gratitude for the philosophy classes led by Dr. Compton and Dr. Irwin. My study of Alfred North Whitehead and his student, Susan Langer, who wrote Philosophy in a New Key, provides the background for developing a hospital story listening group using the art of story metaphor listening. The group celebrates its 50 year this year. My concluding effort is a DVD on the Healing Power of Story Listening. Good teachers make a difference." — Marlin L. Whitmer ’52

Scott D. Johnston

"Scott Johnston and Wesley St. John invited me to participate in programs that really expanded my horizons." — Gretchen Radatz Zell ’67


Jennifer W. Keil

"For your mentorship and friendship over many years. I wish you a wonderful next phase, sprinkled with return visits!" — Stacie A. Bosley 

"Thank you to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) leaders, Julie Kline, Emilee Sames, and Lynn Willmert, my ELP mentor, Jenny Keil, and all the ELP participants for being part of an amazing experience! I now count on you all to catch me when I fall or pull me up when I need to reach higher (inside story). Many thanks!" — Lori A. Standafer


Jeannine A. Kessler

"Thanks for being the best grants partner ever." — Lori-Anne Williams

Patti A. Klein

"Patti, thank you for being my mentor during the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program. I appreciate your kindness and insights!" — Cynthia J. Johnson


Julie C. Kline

"Thanks to the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) leaders (Julie Kline, Lynn Willmert, and Emilee Sames) and all the ELP participants. It was an incredible learning experience. Thank you all." — Lynette L'Allier Wahl ’86 MAPA ’97

"Thank you to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) leaders, Julie Kline, Emilee Sames, and Lynn Willmert, my ELP mentor, Jenny Keil, and all the ELP participants for being part of an amazing experience! I now count on you all to catch me when I fall or pull me up when I need to reach higher (inside story). Many thanks!" — Lori A. Standafer


Wojciech Komornicki

"In memory of Wojciech Komornicki. We both had him for numerous computer science courses and we still talk about the memories from those classes almost 20 years later." — Andrew C. Sosinski ’98 and Kiera Elfstrom Sosinski ’98


Kelly Krebs

"I wanted to say 'thank you' for believing in me! Your support helped me believe that I could try new things. Thank you so much!" — Jennifer M. Roper ’04


Donavon L. Larson ’69

"Coach Donavon Larson made a huge impact on both of our lives and we miss him dearly. His legacy will live on in our hearts forever." — Andrew M. Gagnon ’05 and Christine Hodroff Gagnon ’05

Kathryn Mann Arnott

"Thank you, Kathy, for supporting me in the first-ever Emerging Leaders Program. I admire your vision and dedication — you are a great addition to the School of Business and to Hamline!" — Cynthia J. Johnson


Kristin Mapel Bloomberg

"I wanted to say 'thank you' for teaching me so much about writing and feminism! Your support during my time at Hamline has been so valuable to me!" — Jennifer M. Roper ’04


(Presley) Pres F. Martin

"Pres' strength in leadership has shephereded the biology department through changes in pedagogy, technology, and administrations. I will always be grateful for his kindness and calm common sense." — Kathryn J. Malody 

"Given in honor of Dr. Presley Martin who served as an advisor and a mentor to our daughter Andrea Paulson during her years at Hamline (2002-2006). He made an incredible impact on her life and we are grateful for his outstanding teaching, friendship, and parenting skills through her formative years!" — Gary and Susan Paulson


John R. Matachek

"Just would like to say thanks to Professor John Matachek. He was a great chemistry and biochemistry teacher who shaped my premed career — I am now in Dermatology residency and have Hamline to thank very much for my career thus far!" — Kendra D. Watson ’09


Jane Canabria McPeak

"Thanks, Jane, for all that you've done for HSB. You have been a loud at times and quiet at other times supporter of faculty and have always had our students in the forefront of your work." — Beth A. Gunderson


Alice E. Moorhead

"This gift is in honor of a lifetime of teaching students and junior colleagues at Hamline University's English department in the CLA by Prof. Moorhead who is retiring in May." — Veena S. Deo


Ann M. Muhvich ’17

"Congrats, Ann, on your graduation! XO" — Marko D. Dewhurst ’17


Matthew H. Olson

"Would like to thank the psychology department, Dr. Matt Olson, Leslie Adler, and all the dedicated professors." — Merav Gur ’98


Pat Patterson

"Pat Patterson gets my vote for best professor." — Sandra Smith Solmonson ’56 and Donald W. Solmonson


Joseph G. Peschek

"Just wanted to say thank you for the advice and for making my Hamline experience a great one. Proud to have my PS major from Hamline because of your help." — Brent V. Hanson ’01


Timothy H. Polk

"Tim made an incredible difference in my life as a Hamline student. His teaching style, community ethic for interacting with others at Hamline, and approach to helping students to be smart, thoughtful, and caring was exceptional. I never had the chance to express my gratitude to him for all he did for me as a student, and the ways in which his orientation to the world taught me to think and act on a daily basis in a more kind and caring way toward others. I think of him daily in my work at Hamline as I continue to participate as a member of this community as a staff member and alum.  He is truly missed." — Anonymous

"Thank You Doctor Tim. You made it occasionally sane." — Anonymous

"Professor Polk was the highlight of my time at Hamline. Because of him, this lifelong atheist chose to pursue a religion major (with emphasis on biblical studies, of course)." — Jessica Malody Tomaselli ’09

Allison E. Quinn

"The world of Hamline turns by people like Allie who come to our community for perhaps two quick years at a time, but become invested immediately and work hard to make this place a better place for everyone. She has been involved and invested in what I think of as some of the toughest work on campus, but still manages to stay focused on the bigger picture of student development, while authentically living and expressing her experiences. She is an asset to our office and our campus and our lives!" — Lacey L. Squier


Betsy Brenden Radtke ’89

"Thank you, Betsy, for all you do for HU Alumni!" — Nicole Bachman Gibas ’06


Olaf A. Runquist

"I was a Chemistry major at Hamline from 1968 to 1972, but I have discovered that when Ole is your advisor that you are always a Chemistry major throughout your life. I can say that Ole has been a life-long role model, colleague, friend, and he and Jane Ann have been integral adopted members of my family. Ole’s influence has shaped my life’s direction and I am truly grateful to have had him be a major catalyst in my creative thinking and my research." — Bruce M. Boman ’72

"Dr. Runquist, You are truly one of Hamline’s brightest STARS!! Wishing you a super birthday. God Bless You." — Virginia Holty Carr ’67

"All of us who had the privilege of being taught by Dr. Runquist owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He instilled a joy of learning and a rigor for the approach to learning that serves us all well." — Ross C. Donehower ’70

"It was never about Ole but always about others. I consider him as my Hamline mentor. But in the ’60s, I didn't even know that word/meaning. From him I learned a lot of chemistry but even more about the process of education and learning.  I am very grateful for the quality of education provided at Hamline and the guidance of Ole Runquist. Happy birthday Ole and thank you!" — Elaine A. Folkers ’63

"Ole took a keen interest in getting to know students. I mostly remember Ole’s unbridled enthusiasm for student learning. Ole is a true Hamline Hero." — Cynthia J. Hines ’75

"Ole Runquist was asked to share an enthusiasm from chemistry with some of us 'honors house' science folks. He vividly illustrated "equilibrium constant" with the distribution of two populations of fruit flies in adjoining cages with varying portals between them. The flies behave like molecules, and the rules apply. Thanks, Ole!" — Richard A. Huset ’68

"The following is a memory that I have of Dr. Runquist. We were in our senior year, the approximately nine chemistry majors from the class of 1982, and attending seminar one evening a week was a requirement. Dr. Runquist wanted to promote chemistry research discussions outside of the classroom and he had a bright idea that he shared with the senior class. His idea was to hold these research discussions at [a local Mexican restaurant]. Most of the senior class attended along with Dr. Runquist and we really enjoyed the time discussing chemistry topics. Best regards, Ole!" — Laurie Heimerl Lawin ’82 and Phillip B. Lawin ’82

"I took Intro to Chemistry with Ole, and enjoyed his teaching style. Up at the chalkboard, we learned alongside him and his trusted magnifying glass! He was an inspiring professor who taught in a unique fashion that fostered independent critical thinking. I am a better student/teacher/professional because of him." — Teresa Olsen McGrath ’01 

"Warmest greetings to Ole Runquist." — Foil A. Miller ’37

"For me, Ole set THE standard for excellence in teaching and whenever possible I have tried to emulate his approaches as I developed my own courses in subsequent years.  Doing research under Ole’s direction, more as his colleague than as his student, was another stimulating and educational experience. He is was my favorite professor and teaching model, my research mentor, and is my long-time friend." — Judson Sheridan ’61

"You had to be in one of Ole’s organic chemistry classes to appreciate the excitement, passion, and energy he brought to the classroom. Ole’s teaching style centered on an endless string of rapid-fire questions that demanded 100% attention. Talk about student engagement!" — William R. Snyder ’69

Emilee A. Sames

"Thanks to the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) leaders (Julie Kline, Lynn Willmert, and Emilee Sames) and all the ELP participants. It was an incredible learning experience. Thank you all." — Lynette L'Allier Wahl ’86 MAPA ’97

"Thank you to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) leaders, Julie Kline, Emilee Sames, and Lynn Willmert, my ELP mentor, Jenny Keil, and all the ELP participants for being part of an amazing experience! I now count on you all to catch me when I fall or pull me up when I need to reach higher (inside story). Many thanks!" — Lori A. Standafer


James A. Scheibel

"Thanks to the faculty I have had the pleasure to learn from — Reid Zimmerman, Jim Scheibel, Peter Farstad, and Michael Wirth-Davis. All fabulous instructors with a wealth of knowledge to share." — Lori A. Standafer


Gwenn M. Sherburne

"Gwenn is our wonderful, humble registrar, whose leadership skills, knowledge, and dedication to Hamline is immense. A big thank you for all she is doing." — Nurith Zmora


Lacey L. Squier

"Lacey Squier is an ambitious and hard-working staff member who ensures student interest is balanced with overall organizational goals. Thank you, Lacey, for utilizing your abilities to help leaders on this campus grow." — Holt G. Hafer ’17


Wesley A. St. John

"Scott Johnston and Wesley St. John invited me to participate in programs that really expanded my horizons." — Gretchen Radatz Zell ’67


Deanna A. Thompson

"Professor Deanna Thompson has made such an impact at Hamline. She has an enormous capacity to care for everyone she meets. Deanna is an inspiration to her students and her colleagues. Hamline is a better place because of her." — Jenny W. Keil


James V. Toscano

"Professor Jim Toscano is more than just a mentor, he is a friend. Thank you, Jim, for believing in me, teaching me, and helping me to become the professional that I am today. You are truly an asset to our field." — Meghan S. Bethke ’05 MANM ’07


George T. Vane

“This year, as the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, we are reminded of the impact George T. Vane, Professor Emeritus of English, has had on our lives. We can’t imagine a more fitting tribute than an honorarium to him. Professor Vane’s classes challenged us to understand the beauty of the English language. His classes taught us how to express ourselves by searching for the right word to fit the mood or the occasion. We learned the timelessness of great literature. His variety of interests outside the classroom encouraged us to appreciate the broad opportunities available to us if only we seek them out. Professor Vane, both in the classroom and outside, personified the essence of a liberal arts education. Whether it be from his diverse travels or rubbing a nearly forgotten brass in some country church in England, his interests were wide and varied. Inside the classroom and out he set an example of how to enjoy the vast opportunities available to us as Hamline graduates. We are proud to honor him at this time.” — Robert M. Frazee ’63 & Frances Lenth Frazee ’64

"Prof. G.T. Vane, former chair of English at Hamline, is the model for being an educator and a life-long inspiration to his students." — Lee M. Johnson ’66


Karen J. Vogel

"It is an honor to recognize Professor Karen Vogel. Karen goes above and beyond in and out of the classroom. She truly cares about each of her students and ignites passion and interest in the subject matter she teaches. Thank you, Karen, for all you do." — Meghan S. Bethke ’05 MANM ’07


Lynn M.D. Willmert

"Thanks to the Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) leaders (Julie Kline, Lynn Willmert, and Emilee Sames) and all the ELP participants. It was an incredible learning experience. Thank you all." — Lynette L'Allier Wahl ’86 MAPA ’97

"Thank you to the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) leaders, Julie Kline, Emilee Sames, and Lynn Willmert, my ELP mentor, Jenny Keil, and all the ELP participants for being part of an amazing experience! I now count on you all to catch me when I fall or pull me up when I need to reach higher (inside story). Many thanks!" — Lori A. Standafer


Michael E. Wirth-Davis DPA ’08

"Thanks to the faculty I have had the pleasure to learn from — Reid Zimmerman, Jim Scheibel, Peter Farstad, and Michael Wirth-Davis. All fabulous instructors with a wealth of knowledge to share." — Lori A. Standafer


Reid A. Zimmerman

"Thanks to the faculty I have had the pleasure to learn from — Reid Zimmerman, Jim Scheibel, Peter Farstad, and Michael Wirth-Davis. All fabulous instructors with a wealth of knowledge to share." — Lori A. Standafer


Nurith Zmora

"Nurith Zmora was my introduction to Hamline. She was my FYSEM professor and I would take many other classes from her while at Hamline. I remember when she had our FYSEM over to her house for a BBQ the first week of school. My mind was blown...I thought, WOW, I am going to a pretty impressive University that is investing in me on such a personal level. I could go on and on about why I am making a donation in the honor of Nurith Zmora and the positive impact she had on me while at Hamline!" — Beth A. Flaherty ’99