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Greetings from our New Director of Alumni Relations 

Hello Hilltoppers,

My name is Jasen Wise, and I’m the new Director of Alumni Relations and Director of Hockey Operations. I am very excited to be a member of the Marshall School community, and I look forward to meeting all of you in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a bit about me:

I grew up in Anchorage, AK, playing hockey and spending time in the mountains hunting and on the water fishing. At the age of 16, I moved to International Falls, MN for the spring semester of 10th grade to pursue my passion for hockey. We were fortunate to have a great team my first season and we made it to the state tournament in 1989, playing in the old St. Paul Civic Center with the clear boards and WCCO music videos. After high school, I played two seasons in the USHL followed by four years of NCAA Division III hockey. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1996.

Following graduation, I worked for Anheuser Busch, US Bank, and Bombardier Capital, before starting my coaching career. All three companies are leaders in their industries, and I learned a lot about what it takes to be the best in a very competitive market. Those lessons later helped me take two different hockey programs from humble beginnings to top 15 national rankings. I spent eight years at Marian University and eight years at Concordia University Wisconsin, and left both with the most wins in program history. Now, I’m excited to join the Marshall community and be part of both celebrating the past and continuing on with the rich legacy of Marshall Hilltoppers, on and off the field, in and out of the classroom, and beyond.

Feel free to reach out by emailing me at


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Coming up on a reunion year? Wondering what the Alumni Office offers to help your class celebrate? Read on!

To make the most of our resources, the Alumni Office celebrates Milestone Reunions (this year, it’s ’10, ’00, ’90, ’80, ’70, and ’60) together at Marshall School on the third weekend of July.

• Milestone Classes have designated spaces for gathering and reminiscing
• Drinks and appetizers are served

Looking for your milestone class-specific schedule? Watch your mailbox, your inbox, and the alumni website (

RSVP today!


FRIDAY, JULY 17 | 4:30 -7:30


As of the printing of this issue of the Hilltopper, we are planning to move forward with July’s Reunion event, but we recognize that national, state, and local travel and gathering recommendations may continue to shift and extend into summer months. For the most up-to-date Reunion information, please RSVP and keep an eye on your email.



This time of year, we’re always looking forward to welcoming the next class of Hilltoppers as the newest alumni. While they will still cross that finish and earn their diplomas, the extraordinary measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 this spring has transformed, rescheduled, or canceled many of the traditional rites of passage for graduates. To help give them a special send-off regardless of what shape commencement takes this year, we’d love to share a message with them from alumni everywhere!

To participate, simply email with a written or recorded (video or audio) message by Monday, June 1st.It could be as simple as “Congratulations, Class of 2020!” or include some of the best advice you received as a new graduate.


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News & Notes


Mary Webster ’70 writes: “Just retired June 31, 2019. Moving to Grand Junction, CO after we remodel our kitchen. My husband’s mom and dad are in their 90s and living in Grand Junction along with son Brien and his wife Holly and my husband’s youngest sister. My other son Lucas is in Durango so we will be closer to him too. Maybe we’ll be moved by reunion time!


Susan Clark ’91 and James Walker writes: “Greetings from Atlanta, GA, where we are raising our two children—Sofia (7) and William (2)—and I work for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”


Christopher Bowman ’02 writes: “In November 2019, I joined the law firm of Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A. (, where I practice civil and appellate litigation, focusing on labor and employment and construction litigation, as well as representing beer and alcohol distributors across the country.”

In Memoriam

Clare (Meyer) Chamberland ’45

Mary (Brown) Sundland ’46

Beverly Parkinson ’48

Joan (Mahoney) Segel ’50

Robert Gressman ’53

David Olsen ’53

Michael Dungan ’54

Barbara (Kreager) McTavish ’54

Thomas Collins ’55

Michael Lynch ’55

Claudia Trefethren ’55

Joseph Pucci ’57

Jeffrey Sundell ’57

David Cismoski ’58

Laurella (Royer) Watts ’59

Patricia (Collier) Wollack ’59

Sandra (Lampinen) Perreault ’61

Stephen Greenwood ’64

Kathy (Makoski) Hon ’65

William Gitar ’68

Edward Jeanetta ’68

Marie Carlson Killian ’68

Thomas O’Neill ’68

William Smith ’68

Deborah (Dickson) McLeod ’70

Ronald Tomshack ’70

David Ridgewell ’75

Scott Moore ’78

Kathy Stender Thompson ’91

Heather (Anderson) McLaughlin ’93

John Grombacher ’94

Kristin (Medjo) Baldwin ’94

Ryan Hartranft ’97

Marina Mednik-Vaksman ’01

Jesse Schoff ’04

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