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Outstanding Alumni to be Recognized During Homecoming at the U of M, Crookston on Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, 2008
September 8, 2008

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (September 9, 2008) – Three individuals will be recognized as outstanding alumni during homecoming weekend, Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, 2008, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The 2008 Outstanding Alumni are Jeff Peterson, ’96, Grand Forks, N.D.; Kirk Schultz, ’97, Stillwater, Minn; and Sherry (Larson) Senske, ’90, Glyndon, Minn. The trio will be honored at a banquet on Friday, September 26 beginning at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center, and during half time of the football game on Saturday, September 27 which begins at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.

Jeff Peterson, ’96, attended the U of M, Crookston in the mid-70s but completed his degree in 1996 when he returned to graduate with a degree in business management.

Peterson has been with Gate City Bank in Grand Forks, N.D., for 25 years and is currently a branch manager and senior vice president. He is responsible for all bank activity and personnel, managing a staff of 40 at two branches in Grand Forks and one in Mayville, N.D.

A member of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, Peterson has also served as a member of the Sertoma Service Club board and as past-president of the Grand Forks Country Club. He serves as an event chair for the North Dakota Special Olympics. Peterson and his wife, Jeanne, have two grown daughters, Kirstin and Nicole.

Kirk Schultz, 79, graduated with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Today, Schultz, based out of Stillwater, Minn., is a partner and vice president of operations for the Madison Hospitality Group in Brainerd, Minn. His responsibilities include hotel and restaurant operations, new hotel development, renovation, management contracts, acquisitions and strategic planning. Previously, he was regional vice president of operations for Torgerson Properties in Willmar, Minn.

Schultz is the 2008 president-elect of the Minnesota Lodging Association and has served as a board member for the association since 2002. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three grown children, Jason, Jennifer and Jessica.

Sherry (Larson) Senske, ’90, earned her associate’s degree in business from the U of M, Crookston and went on to attend Moorhead State University graduating with a degree in fitness and sports science in 1992.

For ten years, Senske worked as a manager and partner of Scheels stores in Moorhead, Minn., Appleton, Wisc., and Fargo, N.D. In 2007, she was promoted to the Scheels corporate office in Fargo as a corporate line leader and partner.

The current vice chair of the board of trustees for the United Way of Cass/Clay counties, Senske is also the current chair of the United Way’s small business, new business cabinet as well as the chair of the governance committee. She is also involved with the YMCA’s Partner for Youth Campaign and a Sunday school teacher at the Glyndon Lutheran Church.

Senske is a member of the West Acres Merchants Association where she has served two terms as board president and a current member of the University of Minnesota, Crookston All-College Advisory Committee. She and her husband, Steele, have three children, Sierra, Steeler and Sam.

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