Category: Class Notes

Scott & Tonya (Treichel) Albers – 1998

Scott and Tonya (Treichel) Albers 1998  welcomed a son, Jonah Scott on August 28, 2010.  He and his big sister Nora, 4, are looking forward to spring so they can get outside and learn about the trees around their home.

Tonya is currently a stay-at-home mom, but is considering getting back into the field in the next few years if the right opportunity comes along.

The family lives in Medford Wisconsin. “Surrounded by the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest,” says Tonya.

Kate Lenz and Missy Taylor – 1997

“Old Pals,” Kate Lenz and Missy Taylor took a Copper Country Road Trip to Houghton last fall (2010) to see the colors and visit the area. It was Kate’s first visit to the “new” building since graduation. She said, “It’s nice to see that students hopefully never have to endure classes in the trailers again!”  Kate works for the Wisconsin DNR and lives in Peshtigo. Missy lives in Marquette and is employed by Peninsula Land Surveying.

Paul Gaberdiel – 1980

Paul Gaberdiel stopped by the School while his son was attending orientation at Michigan Tech last August (2010). Paul graduated with a BS in Forest Management. He works for the Michigan DNR in Newberry where he is the Forest Fire Supervios for the MDNR Newberry management unit. He is also the incident commander for the eastern Upper Penninsula incident management team.

Larry Jokinen – 1991

Larry “Tree Hugger” Jokinen, who was at  Tech in 1979  and finished his Forestry degree in 1991, stopped by the school while visiting the Lake States for a Fall (2010) color tour. Larry commented, ” I miss the Copper Country in the Fall. ”

Regarding Gene Hesterberg, Norm Sloan and Bob Sajdak, he said,  “I had  these men as professor/instructors in college during the early 70’s. These men were all a great inspiration to me in college, especially Gene.

Larry is employed with the Idaho Transportation Department and lives in Stanley, Idaho.

Alumnus Sam Gardner (2009) hits the trail

From Sam Gardner’s online journal:

“On January 1st of 2011, I will set out on a 12,500+ mile “All-In Trek” to establish a new record of unassisted ultra-light long-distance  backpacking. It will be the first ever, attempt of the “All-In Trek”. This involves solo hiking the four longest hiking trails in the United States, back-to-back continuously without any time off.  I hope to finish in one year but it is my ultimate goal  to complete this trek continuously regardless of a time frame. The journey of the endeavor  is most important to me.”

Read more on Sam’s journal