Alumni Profiles

Madison Barber (’19)

Bethany Major: Legal Studies Job: Paralegal at Birkholz & Associates, LLC in Mankato Graduate School: Attending University of St. Thomas Law School for the 2020-21 school year in Minneapolis. What you do: At work I am responsible for drafting legal documents, conducting legal research, serving subpoenas, and interacting with clients and court personnel on a…

Kendra Porath (’19)

Bethany Major: Biology and Psychology Job: Radiation Oncology Graduate Researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota What you do: I study novel treatments for glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant primary brain tumor. Through collaborations with Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, we conduct comparative research projects to identify personalized and translational treatments for patients….

Jordan Poff (’19)

Bethany Major: Engineering Sciences Job: Truss Designer at Emmerich Wood Products, Andover, Minnesota What you do: While working here, I lay out where floor and roof trusses are needed in houses using a CAD software. After that, I go in and engineer the trusses to see if they work. If not, I have to make…

Jessica Berlinger (’19)

Bethany Major: English withSecondary Education Employment: High School English Teacher at Springfield Public School in Springfield, Minnesota. If you are continuing your education, what are you studying? Master’s Program; English track at Ohio Dominican University with an Est. graduation date 2021. What you do: I teach 9th and 12th grade English at Springfield. With my…

Claire Widmer (’19)

Bethany Major: Theatre Employment: Lead Deck Electrician at Sight and Sound Theatres in Ronks, Pennsylvanis.  What you do: I’m in charge of the deck electricians, which is a part of the lighting department, at Sight & Sound. During performances, we work backstage to move and power sets, and in between performances, we perform maintenance on…

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Veeva Lee (’20)

WHAT YOU DO • • • Currently, I am a graduate student at Webber International University in Florida. I am working towards earning my MBA in Sports Business Management. I also compete on the Women’s Beach Volleyball team. WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • •  My family inspires me. I am the oldest of three, and…

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan.

Omar McMillan (’96)

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan (’96) was named one of the ten finalists from across the state of Minnesota in the 2020 Teacher of the Year program. McMillan is a fourth-grade teacher at Richfield STEM School, and the head high school boys’ basketball coach for the Richfield Spartans varsity team. McMillan was a scholarship basketball player…

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Carter Dahl (’19)

Carter is the  Digital Manager for Minnesota State University Men’s Hockey in Mankato, Minnesota. What you do: – Rebrand and redesign the Minnesota State Mavericks Men’s Hockey team social identity – Utilize new graphic templates to portray a consistent message and brand identity – Create weekly graphics showcasing the Mavericks team – Manage a team…

A head shot of alumna Justine Bennett for her alumna profile page.

Justine Bennett (’18)

Justine Bennett, Graphic Designer with Minuteman Press What you do: I work with a variety of customers updating and creating new designs. The projects include wide format signs for companies around the area including Hilton Double Tree Hotels and Ford Dealerships. I also help with new companies establishing logos and branding. What inspires you: There…

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Hayes Schneider (’18)

Digital Graphic Design Specialist, Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, Saint Paul, Minnesota What You Do: On normal work days, I create a variety of marketing materials ranging from print ads, social media content, and TV ads. On game days, during concerts, and for other events I manage over 500 TVs and create and manage all the…

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Caitlyn French (’14)

Caitlyn French – News Reporter, MLive Media Group, Bay City, Michigan What you do: I’m currently a news reporter for the Bay City Times of MLive Media Group. I spend my workday doing boots-on-the-ground journalism, ​digging deep, and getting to know those in my community so I can tell their stories. My job consists of…

Jerome Wardlow was the first Black bachelor's graduate of BLC.

Jerome Wardlow (’05)

While Black students have attended, and graduated, from Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) for many decades, it was in 2005 that the first Black graduate earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethany. His name is Jerome Wardlow. Wardlow came to Bethany from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after being recruited by Art Westphal to join the Vikings basketball program. “Basketball…

Headshot of alumnus Alfonso Mayfield.

Alfonso Mayfield (’07)

Bethany alumnus Alfonso (Fonzie) Mayfield is driven by a desire to affect change for people in his community. Mayfield grew up in the urban Milwaukee. It’s well documented that inner city Milwaukee has its problems, and opportunities for Mayfield in the Milwaukee public school system were muted. Through an opportunity to open enroll at suburban…

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Noella Merchant (’19)

Noella Merchant – Class of 2019 Communication / Theatre (double major) Library Specialist II at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota What you do: As a Library Specialist, I work in the Mayo Clinic Libraries in Rochester, Minnesota. In my unique position, I spend my mornings and afternoons in different departments within the library. The three main…

Student Daniel Halvorson smiling in physics lab

Daniel Halvorson

Alumnus Daniel Halvorson (2018) was interested in pursuing a career in an engineering field since he was young. During high school, he took a number of courses through Bethany’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program. He decided to enroll at Bethany full time when the engineering sciences program was added to Bethany’s academic offerings in 2016….

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