Music leads to matrimony for many alums

Lifetime friendships and marriage between choir members have happened frequently within the UW-L Concert Choir’s 20-year history, says Gary Walth, choir director. About 10 married couples who are also former concert choir members returned for the choir’s 20th anniversary celebration and reunion Saturday, Oct. 20.

Engineering the play: Coach builds players up for success in college, life

UW-L Football Head Coach Joel Dettwiler recalls the day he picked up the phone — covered with dust after a long day working at a landfill. He was a construction engineer for a firm based in Madison when he got the call from UW-Platteville asking if he’d rather be a coach.

“It was a spontaneous decision,” he says. “I was following my heart so to speak. What I yearned for was togetherness. That’s what I loved about football.”

A pattern of success

Business Alum Dan Robson recalls the day his wife let out a shrill scream from the back corner office of their quilt shop in Forest City, Iowa.

“I thought there was a mouse back there,” he recalls.

Dan, ’88, hurried to the back, passing heaps of quilt patterns and brightly colored fabric decorating the 4,400-square-foot space. For nearly 15 years, his wife, Shelley, ‘89, had expanded the shop, gradually increasing fabric choices, inventory and staff. She studied up on the trendiest quilt patterns and eventually designed her own to be printed professionally and shipped all over the U.S. and Canada.

UW-L alum makes run for president of Somalia

Ahmed Samatar was an inquisitive UW-La Crosse student from Somalia. He loved to learn, pursue political debate and explore international relations, recalls Political Science Professor Joe Heim.

Today Samatar, ’78, is taking those interests to the political landscape of his native Somalia where he recently made a run for president.

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