Alumni Celebration

Save the Date.  Medical School Alumni Celebration October 11-12, 2019

Join Us!

Join us for the annual Medical School Alumni Celebration on October 11-12, 2019. All Medical School alumni from the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses are invited back to campus to share in the festivities with faculty, fellow alumni and current students. Reunion gatherings will be held for the classes of 1979, 1989, 1994, and 2009 the evening of Friday, October 11 and for the classes of 1959, 1964, and 1969 over brunch/lunch on Saturday, October 12.


The registration deadline has been extended through Sunday, October 6!  Registration is required, especially for the reunion gatherings for which we need to pre-order meals. Click the button below to complete your registration today. You can also register by phone between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, by calling 612-624-2345. Registration closes this Sunday, October 6, so don't delay!

Continue to check back on this website to see which of your classmates will be attending.


  • Schedule
  • Event Details
  • Attendees
  • Lodging
  • Football Tickets
  • Schedule

    Friday, October 11

    8:30-9:45 a.m.     Registration and Breakfast 
    President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union

    10:00-11:45 a.m.     Tours of Health Sciences Education Center and Wangensteen Biomedical Library
    HSEC & Diehl Hall 

    12:00-1:30 p.m.     Lunch and Learn: The New Clinical Enterprise 
    Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center

    2:00-2:50 p.m.     State of Medical Education
    Room 2-690, Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower

    3:00-4:00 p.m.     Medical School Highlights: Medical Discovery Team on Addiction and Center for Women in Medicine and Science
    Room 2-690, Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower

    5:30–9:00 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1979, 1989, 1994, and 2009
    The Graduate Hotel


    Saturday, October 12

    10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1959, 1964, and 1969
    The Graduate Hotel 

    6:30 p.m.     Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
    TCF Bank Stadium 


    Note: adjustments to the schedule may be made

  • Event Details

    Friday, October 11

    8:30-9:45 a.m.     Registration and Breakfast
    President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union

    Registration opens at 8:30 am for registrants to check in, enjoy breakfast, visit with fellow alumni, and prepare for an engaging day.

    10:00-11:45 a.m.     Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future
    Wangensteen Biomedial Library & Health Sciences Education Center

    These 45-minute tours will take you through our past and into our future as a world-class medical school.  Space is limited to 25 people on each tour.

    What Lies Beneath: an Unconventional Tour of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine - Do you remember who the Circle of Willis was named for? Have you ever wondered what a Civil War-era amputation kit contained? Curious what a 12th-century Pope prescribed as a cancer treatment?  This tour of the Wangensteen Historical Library is led by curators with a flair for storytelling! One of the top 5 history of medicine libraries in the United States, the Wangensteen is home to over 80,000 rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts and is open for you to explore. Visitors can investigate the library's last exhibit, The Secret Lives of Books, and talk with curators about plans for the WHL's new exhibit space in the Health Sciences Education Center. Participants will also have the opportunity to closely examine and turn the pages of selected rare and well-known books spanning five centuries of anatomy, medicine, and surgery, learning stories about how the history of medicine continues to drive the direction of medical practice and research today.

    Building the Future: A New Health Sciences Education Center - The new Health Sciences Education Center is getting ready to transform health education at the University of Minnesota. Walk through the completed spaces in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, where you'll walk in the shoes of future students and explore the building's innovative new classrooms and spaces, and sneek a peek into the Health Sciences Education Center, currently under construction and slated to open in 2020.

    12:00-1:30 p.m.     Lunch and Learn: The New Clinical Enterprise
    Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center

    Enjoy lunch, reminisce with fellow alumni and meet current medical students. Dr. Macaran Baird ('75), faculty emeritus, former head of the Department of Medicine and former CEO of UM Physicians, will share his perspective on the new joint clinical enterprise with Fairview and how this clinical partnership will expand opportunities for new medical research and impact student training.

    2:00-3:00 p.m.     State of Medical Education
    Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower, Room 2-690

    Traditionally medical education is divided between preclinical and clinical studies. The former consists of the basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology, while the latter consists of teaching in the various areas of clinical medicine. While this is still a key approach to medical school, the University of Minnesota Medical School is rethinking medical education. Hear about our advances in education, including the BA to MD program, Longitudinal Clerkships and other innovative teaching practices.   

    3:15-4:00 p.m.     Medical School Highlights
    Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower, Room 2-690

    The University of Minnesota Medical School plays a crucial role leading healthcare transformation, through research and education.  Hear from Anna Zilverstrand, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, about the effort by the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction to create a large-scale addiction connectome.  Professor Jerica Berge, Director of the Center for Women in Medicine and Science, will review the steps taken to recruit, retain and mentor diverse faculty, ensure resources and salary equity, and empower faculty members to be agents of action at the Medical School.

    5:30–9:00 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1979, 1989, 1994, and 2009
    Graduate Hotel 

    Alumni celebrating reunions from the classes of 1979, 1989, 1994, and 2009 will gather for class-specific dinners at the Graduate Hotel.  The evening will begin with combined hors d'oeuvres reception and cash bar, followed by private dinners and dessert for each of the classes.  Dinner choices include Herb and Lemon Chicken Breast with fingerling potato, asparagus, green olive, preserved lemon and roast fennel jus; Cabernet Braised Beef Short Rib with mushroom and potato pave, seasonal vegetable, braising jus, charred scallions; or Butternut Squash Tortellacci with root vegetables, toasted hazelnuts, amaretti crumbs, parmesan sage cream.


    Saturday, October 12

    10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.     Class Reunions for Classes of 1959, 1964, and 1969
    Graduate Hotel

    Alumni celebrating reunions from the classes of 1959, 1964, and 1969 will gather for class-specific luncheons at the Graduate Hotel.  The morning will begin with continental pastries and cash bar, followed by private luncheon and dessert for each of the classes.  Luncheon choices include Grilled Tarragon Chicken with herb orzo and seasonal vegetables with tarragon and tomato butter sauce; Petite Tenderloin of Beef with burgundy sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetable; or Cheese Tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli. 

    6:30 p.m.     Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
    TCF Bank Stadium 

    Cheer on the Golden Gophers as they take on the Nebraska Huskers at TCF Bank Stadium.  Medical School alumni can purchase at a discounted price through the Football Tickets tab on the Alumni Celebration website.  Tickets are purchased separately from Alumni Celebration registration.



  • Attendees


    The following people have registered for the Alumni Celebration as of 1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 8.  

    Class of 1959

    Richard Bendel
    Benjie Goldfarb
    Russell and Karen Larsen

    Class of 1964

    Walter and Ginger Bailey
    Thomas Canfield
    David and Karen Carlson
    Jon and Elizabeth Fredlund
    Jim and Pat Lehmann
    David and Peggy Lucas
    George and Ann Nemanich
    John and Elizabeth Reichert
    Gerald Ronning
    Robert and Betty Van Tassel

    Class of 1969

    Tim Cady
    Ed DeHaan
    John Eichten
    John and Mary Gorny
    Richard Guthrie
    Thomas and Patricia Hildreth
    David and Jennifer Johnson
    Wesley and Julie Lindquist
    Bruce Norback
    Garry Peterson (Friday day only)
    Bert Reiman
    Jane Reiman
    Bert Spence
    Paul Spilseth
    Richard Stennes
    Jeffrey and Karen Strickler
    David Stuart
    John Tobin
    Rud Wasson and Timmy Wasson

    Class of 1979

    Jeff Aldridge
    Tom Aufderheide
    Scott and Susan Augustine
    Eugene and Margaret Berg
    Jim Buck
    Edmund Chute
    William Downey
    Michael Dukinfield
    Thomas Ferrara
    Philip Halverson
    Jan and Skip Johnson
    Michael Koopmeiners (Friday day only)
    Westscot Krieger
    Ave Lachiewicz
    Joseph 'Jay' O'Grady
    Jennifer Olson
    Maureen Reed and Jim Hart
    Donald and Ann Roach
    Richard Stanek
    Helen Story
    Janis Strickler

    Carole Summers and John MacDonald (Friday day only)
    Richard Sveum
    Kristin Sweeney
    Alan and Susan Weingarden
    Benajmin Whitten
    Jane Wilkens
    Lucy Wollaeger

    Class of 1989

    Brenda Abraham
    Mark Austin
    Susan Austin
    Mary Bretzman
    Peter Dahlberg and Anuradha Tummala
    Andrew Dorwart
    Erik and Ellen Dovre
    Lisa Drage
    Bruce Eaton
    Beth and Bob Elfstrand
    Kathrine Frey
    Sonya Fuad
    Kathleen Hectorne
    Stephen and Jennifer Jameson
    Jessica and Lee Johnson
    Steven and Mary Kapla
    David Kroschel
    David and Elizabeth Lee
    Christine Leitgen
    Denise Long
    Mark and Ronda Matthias
    Jaime Milavetz and Gisela Gierczak
    G Thomas O'Bryan
    Eric Olson
    Gregory Plotnikoff
    Patricia (Trish) and Brian Prokosch
    Susan and Brian Quinn
    Joseph Rabatin
    Elizabeth Schertz
    Eric and Diane Storvick
    Joan Trowbridge
    Anders Ulland
    Michael and Kim Vener
    David Wallinga

    Class of 1994

    David Antezana
    Lynne Gibeau
    Martha and Paul Ripon

    Class of 2009

    Michelle Carlson and Aaron White
    Bethany Cook
    Elisabeth Hurliman
    Leigh and Corey Koidahl
    Melanie Lo
    Sandra and Andrew Schultz

  • Lodging


    A small block of rooms is reserved for University of Minnesota Medical School Alumni Celebration guests at the the Graduate Hotel near campus.

    Graduate Minneapolis

    615 Washington Avenue SE
    Minneapolis MN 55414

    To make reservations, visit  The hotel encourages online reservations, but guests can also make reservations over the phone.  Call 612-379-8888, press 1 for Reservations, and ask for the UM Medical School Alumni Weekend Room Block.  The reservations department is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Reservation deadline: September 25, 2019


  • Football Tickets

    Football Tickets

    Join us in cheering on the Gophers as they take on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers! We have teamed up with Athletics to provide alumni with a special discounted rate on football tickets. You can purchase any available ticket, but we're encouraging Medical School alumni to purchase tickets in sections U 208 or U 209 so that you might be seated near one another.

    Discounts range from $10-$25 off of the ticket price, depending on which seats you select.  Click the button below to purchase tickets at the discounted rate. Note that the discount has already been applied and is reflected in the ticket prices listed.

    NOTE: Football tickets are purchased separately in separate transactions from the Alumni Celebration.  If you want to attend the football game and Alumni Celebration events, please make sure you've completed purchases for both events.


    Please contact Zach Czubakowski in the ticket office with any questions,, (612)-625-4205.

Class Events

  • Class Events
  • Class of 1979
  • Class of 1989
  • Class Events

    Many of the class reunion committees are planning additional activities outside of the Alumni Celebration schedule.  Check back here and watch your email for more information about events for your reunion class.


  • Class of 1979

    Morning Bagels Walk 'n Run

    WEATHER UPDATE!!!  Due to the expected inclement weather, the location of the Walk 'n Run has been changed.  Instead of East River Flats, we will gather at the Caribou Coffee located on the 2nd floor of Moos Tower on campus.  The closest parking ramp is the Washington Avenue Ramp.  

    Once you have parked in the Washington Avenue Ramp, take the west elevator to the basement level and then take the tunnel to Moos Tower.  Once you get into the building, you will be on the second floor.  The Caribou Coffee is right near the escalator.

    Co-hosted by classmates Jan Johnson, Maureen Reed, Kristin Sweeney, Lou Wagner, Linda Williams, Lucy Wollaeger, Dick Sveum, and Jennifer Olson.

    Please join us for coffee and bagels, walking or running, or just more conversation.
    Completely informal; family members welcome

    Saturday Oct 12
    8-9:30 a.m.
    Meet at Caribou Coffee in Moos Tower



  • Class of 1989

    Class of 1989 Brunch

    Classmates who attend the reunion dinner are invited to continue the celebration with brunch on Saturday, October 12, at the home of Trish (Huberty) and Brian Prokosch.  Location and details will be emailed to those who register.

    Saturday, October 12
    10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Prokosh Home (near the airport)

    Space for the brunch is limited. Alumni are welcome to bring one guest. Please only register if you are certain you will attend and notify the Reunion Committee at if your plans change after you register.  Note: registration is separate from Alumni Celebration registration.  Click the button below to register for the brunch.


    Register for Brunch

Class Reunion Volunteers Needed

Alumni are still needed to serve on the reunion planning committees for each class, especially for the class of 1994 and 2009.  Help us make your reunion memorable!  Contact Maureen Long at or 612-626-8045 to volunteer.