Kaitlin Erpestad, 2012 Winner
Kaitlin Erpestad is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Education. Kaitlin is the daughter of alumnus Mark Boyce (‘81). She obtained her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, but has been involved with UMD since high school where she took classes through UMD’s “College in the Schools” program. Kaitlin also took classes through UMD while acquiring her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Environmental Education with the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. While working on her master’s degree, she is a part-time graduate assistant for the Office of Field Experiences in the UMD Department of Education and has volunteered at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Kaitlin has been an AmeriCorp volunteer, an assistant coach for the Northfield Nordic Ski Team, and an English kindergarten teacher in Finland for three years.
Keegan Flaherty, 2012 Winner
Keegan Flaherty will be a senior this coming fall with a major in Business Finance. Keegan is a native Duluthian and the son of UMD alumni Patrick (‘88) and Dina (‘87) (Bussey) Flaherty. He has played on the Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey team since he was a freshman and has been very involved in leadership and volunteer opportunities with UMD’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. His experiences include visiting the pediatrics unit at SMDC (Essentia), clearing litter with the highway clean-up project, participating in fundraisers for the Northern Light Foundation, and volunteering for other activities in the Duluth community. In addition, Keegan has worked as a counselor for UMD hockey camps for children and has cherished the opportunity to provide team and character-building activities for young athletes both on and off the ice. Also while at UMD, he has been named a WCHA Scholar Athlete and a WCHA All-Academic team member.
Anna Tucker, 2011 Winner
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Anna Tucker is a Communications major and is a junior. Anna is from Golden Valley and is the daughter of alumna Jeanne Tucker. Anna is the fourth new recipient of the UMD Alumni Scholarship. She was chosen through a selection process that noticed her commitment to not only her studies at UMD, but also her involvement in student organizations and service projects in the Duluth community. She has shown great leadership qualities with her many activities, including Phi Sigma Sigma, a social sorority at UMD, where she was voted Sisterhood Development Chair and is serving as the Public Relations chair for Greek Life. Anna helped organized the first dance marathon for Phi Sigma Sigma, which raised money for a children’s hospital. During her time in Duluth so far, Anna has not been afraid to try her hand at new activities, where she played in UMD’s pepband for a time, volunteered for the John Beargrease Race and Princess for a Day.
Samantha Berg, 2010-2011 Winner
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Samantha Berg is a senior and is majoring in teaching life sciences. Sam is from Machesney Park, Illinois and is the granddaughter of alumnus Russell Berg. Sam received the UMD Alumni Scholarship in 2010 and re-qualified for a renewal this year due to her great academic record, community involvement, and her positive contributions to the UMD Alumni Association. Sam attended alumni board meetings and helped at various alumni sponsored events. She enjoyed the chance to network with alumni and develop leadership skills by working closely with the UMD Alumni Association Board of Directors and Bulldog committee, which she currently co-chairs. Academically, she has done very well in her studies at UMD and has even managed to find time to help with several service projects in the Duluth community, including volunteering with Duluth’s Five Points Program as a mentor. Sam has also been very active in the Duluth’s Women’s Rugby Club for a few years and had been voted by her peers Captain and Vice President and was also interim coach her senior year.
Jaclyn Rolando, 2012 Winner
Jaclyn (Jackie) Rolando will be a senior this fall and is majoring in Health Care Management. Jackie is from Woodbury, MN and is the granddaughter of alumna Joan Thompson (‘63, ‘73, & ‘83) and Alumnus James Rolando (‘50). Other family members who attended UMD are: Kevin Thompson (‘78), Jeffrey Thompson (‘78), Richard Marsh Jr. (‘79), Lynn Marsh (‘81), Amy Sundland (‘87), Richard Sundland (‘87), and Benjamin Marsh (‘08). Jackie has been active during her time at UMD in the Investment Club, Economics Club, and intramural activities. She is currently a group fitness instructor with UMD’s Recreational Sports and Outdoor Program. Jackie has been involved with the UMD Alumni Association’s Graduation Party Planning Committee for the last three years and has been a representative for the UMD Alumni office at the annual Grad Fair. Donating time and energy is nothing new to Jackie; she volunteers in the community and at UMD and has taken leadership roles in projects for school and her extra-curricular activities.
Edward Welch, 2012 Winner
Edward (Ed) Welch, from North Saint Paul, MN, is pursuing a major in Civil Engineering and will be a senior this coming fall. Both of Ed’s parents are UMD alumni Steven and Clara (Lincowski) Welch (’86). Since arriving at UMD, Ed has been in the UMD Honors Program, which is designed to foster close individual connections between students and faculty and brings together talented students from many interests. Ed was involved with the UMD Men’s Rugby Club for two years. During his sophomore year, he was on the newly created Sophomore Council, a group of sophomore students who met and discussed challenges posed to students in their second year, including keeping them active in student and campus activities. Ed participated in several volunteer programs during high school years and is also active at UMD, making and donating ceramic bowls to the Union Gospel Mission that are sold in their fundraising efforts.
Tim Rahkola, 2009 Winner
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Tim Rahkola, graduated in 2011 with a major in Music education. Tim hails from Esko, MN, and is the son of alumnus Olli Rahkola and Katherine Rahkola. Tim was the second student to ever receive the UMD Alumni Scholarship for his deep love for all things Bulldog and his academic, athletic and musical talents. Tim was involved with many musical endeavors, including UMD’s concert and pep bands and various ensembles. He played UMD varsity football and counts the NCAA Div. II Championship experience in December 2008 as one of his top UMD memories to date. His talent and dedication to the game had been recognized, not only at UMD, but also in in Finland, where he studied abroad. Tim played for the Helsinki Roosters, one of the eight professional, American-style football teams in Finland. Tim’s love of sports was also evident in high school where he was also involved with track and alpine skiing. Tim used his unique talents and skills to volunteer at the soup kitchen, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Northland Youth Music Program. Tim’s ultimate goal is to teach music and coach football.
Wayne Gatlin, 2008-2009 Winner
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Wayne Gatlin III, from Duluth, is the son of UMD alumni Tamara Paulson Gatlin and Wayne Gatlin Jr. He graduated in May 2010 from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering with a major in cell biology. Wayne was the first student to ever receive the UMD Alumni Scholarship. Wayne received the Alumni Scholarship in 2008 and qualified for a renewal in 2009, due to his conscientious school work, community involvement and positive contributions to the UMD Alumni Association. He attended alumni board of directors meetings, helped register attendees at alumni events and was a valuable committee member on the alumni sponsored graduation party committee. Wayne was involved in the pre-vet club, surf and kite club, and the vineyard campus ministry at UMD, where he also volunteered as a tutor and a supplementary instructor for students. Wayne was a captain for the Spirit Mountain Freestyle ski team and enjoyed helping team members improve their skills. Besides these many activities, Wayne had received recognition by many in the Duluth community for his numerous accomplishments.