Meet Our Alumni

Joe Braun

Joseph Braun

1993-94

  • Director of Finance & Development - Fond du Lac Area Foundation
  • Bachelor's degree - Marian College
  • Master's degree - Marian College

I feel that the time I spent at UW-Fond du Lac was very beneficial to me. At a time when I was unsure what path I aspired to take in life, the UW afforded me structure and an excellent small campus atmosphere to begin my post high school life.

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Linda Trent

1993-96

The reason I chose UW-Fond du Lac as a returning adult student was because of their flexible class schedule, small class sizes and affordable tuition. I had been out of school for 10 years and thought that because UW-Fond du Lac is a small 2 yr college, that would be a good transition for me.

I graduated with my associate degree in 1996. The staff and advisors were friendly and willing to make themselves available anytime for their students, which I really appreciated. Since leaving UW-Fond du Lac, I have received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Edgewood College and I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University.

For the past six yrs, I have been working with women with addictions and criminal behavior. I discuss with them their past criminal thinking and their addictive patterns and how to make better choices. While at Edgewood, I received several awards, “Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities” and Human Issues award for my advocacy efforts regarding fair trade coffee.

UW-Fond du Lac gave me a solid foundation that led to my success academically and my advocacy for human issues at Edgewood College and Viterbo University.

William B. Everson

William B. Everson

1997-98

Attorney, Everson & Gibbs, LLC

  • Bachelor of Science, History, UW-Oshkosh
  • Juris Doctorate, Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan

After high school, UW-Fond du Lac allowed me to adjust to my first college experience more easily because of the small class sizes and the individual attention given by all of my professors. I not only enjoyed the classes, but also the camaraderie of the students.  We often got together in the student center and played foosball and cards.

Jon Fox

Jon Fox

1997-99

The time I spent at UW-Fond du Lac allowed me to grow and mature. The leadership experience of being involved as Senator, Vice President, and President of the Student Government Association is something that is unforgettable. The class sizes were the perfect size to learn one on one, know the professor and not be just a number.

  • Manager - Materials at Compass Airlines
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Marian College
  • 1998 Excellence in Student Government Award (from SGA peers)
  • 1999 Dean's Leadership Award

 

Ashly Garner

Ashly Garner

2005-06

  • Coordinator, Career and Graduate School Services
  • Marian University
  • Associate Degree, UW-Fond du Lac
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, UW-Milwaukee

The classes offered at UW-Fond du Lac fulfilled my general requirements for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The class sizes along with the personal attention from the professors, advisors, and staff make for a great learning environment!

In addition, I was able to take advantage of the College Connection program. This allowed be to earn my bachelors degree from UWM online. I was offered many opportunities at UW-Fond du Lac to explore my career goals of becoming a College Advisor or Admission Officer in Higher ed institutions. Those opportunities included: proctoring the ACT, proctoring the UW System placement test, tutoring students in the Work Zone, and being a Student Ambassador.

 At UW-Fond du Lac you are not just a number, your achievements and success matter to this college.

Paul Thelen

Paul Thelen

1977-78

  • Director of Liturgy and Music, Holy Family Catholic Community
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music - Silver Lake College
  • 2014 UW-Fond du Lac Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Paul has been involved with many Fond du Lac Community Theater productions, often provides accompaniment for musical theater shows at local schools and is an accompanist for Fond du Lac High School, Marian University, St. Mary’s Springs Academy and Woodworth Middle School. He was also an accompanist at UW-Fond du Lac for several years.

Paul is a regular performer with several local bands including The Downtowners, The Lighthouse Big Band and Just the Two Of Us. He has appeared with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, the South Shore Chorale and the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers.

He and his wife, Julie, have three daughters – all three are musicians and two of them also attended UW-Fond du Lac.

In addition to his community involvement as a musician, Paul works with Adult Care Consultants and Fond du Lac County Social Services in providing transition housing for those moving back to the community from half-way houses or institutions. He grew up in New Holstein.

I was at UW-Fond du Lac just a year, but I am happy where I am now, and successful, and that was a huge piece. It was the start of my college career and essential to what I do now.

Hussein Sharif

Hussein Sharif

2004-2006

  • Senior Front-End Engineer - WebMD
  • MBA - Oxford University (2015-2016)
  • Bachelor's Degree - UW-Madison (2006-2008)
  • Associate Degree - UW-Fond du Lac (2004-2006)

UW-Fond du Lac offered manageable class sizes, affordable tuition and the ability to learn and grow in a more intimate student environment. I transferred to UW-Madison to earn my bachelor's degree. After graduation from Madison, the high-quality of my education remained the same as my peers, but my student loan burden was significantly lower.

After college, I was able to pursue a career in consulting with the federal government which took me all over the world, to nearly 30 countries. I was also able to serve my country as a civilian in Afghanistan, an experience unrivaled by any other that I have had. Today, I work as a web programmer for a multi-national health organization and I will soo be going to Oxford University in order to complete my MBA.