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Normandale Alumna Lidia Swanson

Lidia Swanson

Years attended: 2010-2014

Swanson came to Normandale as a nontraditional student in 2010 to pursue an associate's degree in nursing. She got involved with the Academy of Math and Science and decided to switch her focus from nursing to biochemistry. She also joined the Minnesota Future Doctors Club and Phi Theta Kappa. “Then I received scholarships from three different areas,” Swanson said. “Going through that experience also helped me get an internship at the University of Minnesota this summer.” She is on her way to the College of Biological Science at the University of Minnesota, and eventually plans to continue on to the U of M's MD-PhD program.

Normandale Alumnus Scott Bloomer

Scott Bloomer

Years attended: 1972-1974

Degree earned: AES

Recently was awarded U.S. patent number US8685680, “Method for Producing Fats or Oils,” issued on April 1, 2014. “I am pleased with this patent because I was both the inventor and the patent agent who prosecuted the patent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” he writes.

Erik Burns

Years attended: 2000-2002

“I am currently a project manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies and working on furthering product innovation and corporate partnerships,” he writes.

Normandale Alumna April Holthaus

April Holthaus

Years attended: 2010-2012

Degree earned: AA

Published two historical romances on Amazon.com and is working on her third book. Both books are in the top 100 best sellers for the Historical Romance genre.

Richard M. Knaeble

Year(s) attended: 1969-1970

Degree(s) earned: AA

After graduation, Richard worked as a journalist for the Hibbing Daily Tribune. He presently works as a private investigator/ litigation paralegal for law firms in Arizona. “I've also received certifications for Firefighter and EMT-B and work for the Blue Ridge Fire Department in Happy Jack, Ariz.,” he writes.

Normandale Alumnus Christopher Kosel

Christopher Kosel

Years attended: 1987-1993

Degree earned: AA

Recently joined Diamond B Technology Solutions of Billings, Mont., as director of product and project management.

Duane M. “Butch” Kramer

Years attended: 1968-1970

Degree earned: AA

Duane accepted a full-time position with the CIA. He has held several management positions and worked as the assistant manager of Operational Training during his time at the CIA. He also has received the Career Intelligence Medal and the Central
Intelligence Medal of Merit during his career.

Carmel Petersson

Years attended: 2003-08

Degrees earned: AA and AS

Carmel Petersson graduated with highest honors from Metropolitan State University in the summer of 2014 with a BA in criminal justice. Petersson, who was formerly Carmel Johnson, worked at Normandale from 2004 to 2014, most recently as an Assistant Registrar. She recently took a position as a transfer specialist at Lake Superior College in June 2014.

Sanu Patel-Zellinger

Years attended: 1993-1994

Currently working at Best Buy Co. Inc., in Richfield, Minn.

Jennifer Schleifer

Years attended: 2010-2013

Accepted to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and will pursue a BS in dental hygiene.

Normandale Alumna Ashley Waters

Ashley Waters

Years attended: 2006-2008

Degree earned: AA

Recently graduated from Augsburg College with a BS in chemistry and will begin work towards a PhD in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati this fall.

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