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c l a s s n o t e s Biking through Wales Jay Swenberger ’06 and Janet Peterson took their passion for healthy living overseas when they biked around Wales last summer. The 760-mile tour was captured on the couple’s blog (jjpeterberger.wordpress.com/) and began with a stop in London, where they witnessed preparations for the summer Olympics, including the passing of the Olympic torch in Portsmouth. “Being two feet from the torch itself was an incredible, emotion-filled moment conjuring up a deep sense of history -- a moment I won’t soon forget,” said Peterson, professor of health and human performance. Over the course of six weeks, the couple pieced Janet Peterson and Jay Swenberger ’06 took in the Wales countryside, along together a figure-eight using National Cycle Network with hills, mud and local livestock, during a six-week, 760-mile tour through routes through Wales. Throughout their journey, they the country last summer. encountered strong rains, steep hills and the occasional “The lure of the unknown, the next climb, the next flock of sheep crossing the road. meal, make all the tribulations on the road irrelevant,” said “The country lanes often meander right through Swenberger, a registered nurse at Holy Family Hospital in sheep pastures. You have to watch around every corner,” Spokane, Wash. said Peterson, who also attended a three-day training in Peterson reflected on the bittersweet end to the kinanthropometry, the study of size and proportions of the journey in a blog post. human body related to movement, while in Portsmouth. “Jay and I connected with locals, tourists, family and The two stayed in plush campgrounds, rustic camping friends,” she said. “We pronounced Welsh words terribly fields and the occasional bed and breakfast, cooking many of wrong. We made new friends and reconnected with family. their meals on a one-burner stove but also exploring the richness We grew stronger together.” of local Welsh food, especially the bakeries. Jay’s favorite – cream They are now busy planning their next adventure. scones. They endured pelting rain, muddy roads, second-degree burns and broken pedals – all part of the adventure. – Crystal Galarza ’13 Mo., and his wife and son have instruction for the state of Oregon. daughter, Emily Nicole, March 3. acting and assistant professor of returned to the U.S. after he Elisabeth (George) Albers theatre at Wittenberg University spent 11 years working at the ’85 of Tacoma, Wash., works in 1990-99 in Springfield, Ohio. He was an first independent TV station in corporate relations at the Point Iowa Arts Fellow in the vaudeville Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He has Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. collection at the University completed his first screenplay, Mell Bolen ’86 of Brian Grossnicklaus ’90 of of Iowa. His justice theatre Deep Calls to Deep. Elizabethtown, Pa., is the director Springfield has retired after piece built around the industrial Don Rutschman ’76 of of study abroad at Princeton serving for 22 years in the Oregon use of migrant labor opened McMinnville is interim head University. National Guard. He has been an in September. football coach at McMinnville Brian Keller ’87 of Spokane, ACE-certified personal trainer at Angela (Rose) Obery ’94 of High School. Wash., and his wife, Shaniqua, had the Timberhill Athletic Club in Salem earned a Ph.D. in education Rick Coen ’77 of Roseburg was twins, Chrystie and Faukus, Aug. 3. Corvallis for 20 years. from Oregon State University. interviewed for OPB’s Think Out Stephen Danford ’88 of James Hiu ’90 of Gresham She is the inservice coordinator Loud program, Our Town: Roseburg. Phoenix, Ariz., has been named was promoted to deputy at the Oregon Writing Project He is president of the Roseburg head boys basketball coach at superintendent of secondary at Willamette University. She City Council. Arcadia High School. education and operations for the also writes a blog for teachers Julie Evans ’89 of Medford Gresham-Barlow School District. and families of young children at 1980-89 of elementary education and McMinnville accepted a position nwkidchaser.weebly.com. of Salem started Smith ’94Ken of ’91 ThorsonGary the director to promotedwas instruction with the Medford with West Valley Community Blue Arch Technology Services, Rob Saxton ’82 of Sherwood School District. Church in Hillsboro. LLC, an information technology has been appointed deputy David and Karen (Yip) Taylor, Patrick Reynolds ’92 of Iowa consulting company for small and superintendent of public both ’89, of Pewaukee, Wis., had a City, Iowa, was named head of medium-sized businesses. 2 6 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2012


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