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Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Alum Profiles

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Business Profiles

Natalia Hofman

Natalia Hofman

Major: Communication & Spanish
Year of Graduation: 2008
I have the pleasure of managing the U.S. Sales for Kicking Horse Coffee, which is the #1 Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Company in Canada. The brand was officially introduced to the U.S. market 3 years ago and my main role is to introduce and grow the supermarket distribution throughout the United States. I manage a team of fantastic people and together we are building the brand to eventually become a premium-coffee staple in the U.S.  I find myself tapping into the skill of '"thinking outside the box," which is something I learned to do with the liberal arts education at CSBSJU.

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Communication & Arts Profiles

Lauren Mueller

Lauren Mueller

Major: Communication
Year of Graduation: 2012As the Press Rep for the Guthrie Theater, it is my job to pitch story ideas to the local media in order to help support ticket sales for each production. I also act as the gatekeeper for all other publicity requests that the theater receives. I set up frequent interviews with our senior management, actors and other employees. As the Staff Photographer, I photograph anything the theater needs on a daily basis. Lately, it's been headshots for actors, but it's typically rehearsal photos or other event images for our Facebook page and show programs. 

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Education Profiles

 Catherine Krause

Catherine Krause

Major: Elementary Education, Concentration in Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2007
As an assistant principal, I work primarily with student discipline. This includes being present during lunches, transition times, and in classrooms. Then, being able to communicate with teachers, students, and parents effectively to administer consequences for actions. It also is giving me the opportunity to work closely with the principal to make effective curriculum changes, observe teachers, and many other administrative tasks.

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Environmental & Science Profiles

Nate Ptacek

Nate Ptacek

Major: Encironmental Studies
Year of Graduation: 2008
I am a Video Editor at Patagonia - the Ventura, California-based outdoor clothing company well known for its unique and leading approach to environmental activism.  My role includes directing, producing, shooting, and editing various video projects for our global marketing and environmental initiatives. I'm typically found juggling hard drives and deadlines at my desk, but my job has also brought me to some amazing places - most recently down slot canyons in Utah and empty beaches south of the border.

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Global Profiles

Molly Roske

Molly Roske

Major: Environmental Studies
Year of Graduation: 2008
I love that we as a Foundation get to try out any and all of the cutting-edge, innovate conservation ideas - carbon credits and offsets for environmental protection, Payments for Ecosystem or Watershed Services, sustainable community tourism, agricultural extension for reforestation, biodiversity mapping and enhancement, you name it. I have a fantastic staff, at present pretty small, but this makes us similar to many startups in that as a small staff we're more nimble and able to try our hand at a wide portfolio of approaches.

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Government Profiles

Matt Pahl

Matt Pahl

Major: History
Year of Graduation: 2005
I am the Director of the Policy, Measurement and Innovation Division at the New Mexico Public Education Department.  In this position, I lead the department in its efforts with the state legislature, run innovative new educational programs in conjunction with school districts and charter schools across the state and measure the development and impact of programs across the department and state. 

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Health & Medical Profiles

Brian Hansen

Brian Hansen

Majors: Biochemistry
Year of Graduation: 2006 
I am currently practicing medicine in a traditional internal medicine model, in which in the morning I see any of my patients admitted to the hospital which I am affiliated with, and then see patients in the clinic for the rest of the day. The most satisfying aspect on an academic level is solving a puzzle to arrive at the diagnosis, especially when it is initially elusive.  The most rewarding part is when patients thank me for helping them.  Sometimes all that is required is being there and taking the time to listen- you may be surprised.   

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Law Profiles

Jake Barnes

Jake Barnes

Majors: Political Science
Year of Graduation: 2009
As an Assistant County Attorney I am in Court nearly daily, either on child support matters, criminal proceedings, truancy cases, or even representing the County in civil suits.  Although the role of Assistant County Attorney is multifaceted, my core function is to prosecute those suspected of breaking the law. With that noted, I would be remiss or even dishonest if I didn't acknowledge that winning in court feels awesome. When the court or jury hands out a decision in the State's favor, it is immediate affirmation of the many hours of work that I've done. 

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Non-Profit & Human Services Profiles

Hillary Ogle

Hillary Ogle

Majors: Sociology and Music Therapy
Year of Graduation: 2009
As a Board Certified Music Therapist, I am working with clients to reach therapeutic goals. A music therapist works to create goals and track them, while providing music interventions. Music Therapy uses music to reach non musical goals. We may be working to increasing communication, develop positive coping skills, provide a space for emotional expression or to enrich the client's life through music. The population I work with are mainly teens and adults with developmental disabilities. I like to look at each person and find their real abilities and work with that, rather than focusing on a disability.

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Recreation & Sports Profiles

Nick McCallum

Nick McCallum

Major: Sports Management
Year of Graduation: 2008
I am the General Manager for the Willmar Stingers Baseball Club.  We are part of the Northwoods League, which is a summer collegiate baseball league.  We bring a minor league baseball feel to communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Thunder Bay Canada.  My position entails meeting with area businesses to sell our marketing and hospitality options.T he best thing about working in sports is the entertainment we are able to bring to fans within our community.  As a front office member, I cannot control whether or not we win a game on the field, but I can control if fans have a great experience at our ballpark.  Seeing fans of all ages walk out of the ballpark excited and with a smile on their face gives our staff a level of satisfaction.

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