Alumni Committee

Austin Alumni Association Committee
Front Row-left to right:
Marie Cano, Rosie Seltz, Joan Diggins, Jeni Lindberg
Middle Row-left to right:
Jeanine Nelson, DeeDee Marx, Denise Farnsworth, Becky Astrup, Steve Kime
Back Row-left to right
Brian Haldorson, Jeff Morrison, Dave Simonson, Jim Ruud

JENI BECKEL LINDBERG, CHAIR – I am a 1973 graduate and have lived my entire life in Austin except for 6 years in Fremont, NE. My grandmothers, as well as my parents and their siblings and my siblings, are all AHS graduates. I am very proud to be a Packer. I work at the high school and use every opportunity to give the current students a quick history lesson about this building. My husband, Brad, works for Hormel, and we have 2 grown sons, Scott and Michael.

DAVID SIMONSON, VICE CHAIR- I was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota, graduating from Austin High School in 1970. I graduated from the University of Minnesota and played five years of football in the NFL before returning to Austin in 1979.  I worked for 27 years on the Austin Police Department before retiring. My wife, Connie, taught in the Austin Public Schools for 32 years.  Our three children also graduated from Austin High Schoo,l and all three are now public school teachers. I enjoyed working on the Austin School Board for 19 years and take great pride in our Austin schools.

STEVE KIME, TREASURER-I am a lifelong resident of Austin and a 1969 graduate of Austin High School. I am now retired and proud of my 40-year-career with Hormel Foods Corporation. I have been a member of the Alumni Association since 1995 and a member of the committee since 2001. My wife, Barb, and I have two daughters, Gina and Janelle, who are also AHS graduates. I appreciate the fact that my membership in the Alumni Association helps me to maintain my connection to AHS.

DENISE FARNSWORTH, SECRETARY -  I am one of the friends in the association, joining in 2006.   Originally from Michigan, my husband Bryan and I have lived in Austin for over 15 years.   Our daughter, Andrea Anderson, is a 2000 AHS graduate while our daughter, Holly Anzalon,e is a 1996 graduate of Willmar High School.  We have four grandchildren.  I worked for the high school as secretary to the principal for 10 years and developed a high regard for the education community.   I’ve volunteered at the Hormel Historic Home, the Hormel Institute, and the Mower County Red Cross as well as serving on the Austin Township Board of Supervisors.

TIM RUZEK - I'm a 1999 Austin High graduate who was involved in basketball and football in high school before focusing my senior year on being an editor for The Sentinel. That led me to spend much time working at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's student newspaper before I graduated from there and started working for 7 years for the Austin Post-Bulletin newspaper as a reporter. In summer 2010, I started a new job doing public relations and development work for The Hormel Institute, a University of Minnesota medical research facility in Austin that focuses on cancer research. My wife, Heather, is a teacher for Austin Public Schools. We have a 2-year-old daughter, Aubrey.
JEANINE GULLICKSON NELSON - Class of 1979-Employment-US Bank, Austin, as a commercial lender. My family consists of my husband, Jim, daughter Amanda and son Kyle, both AHS graduates. I joined the Alumni Association in January of 2003 to stay connected to AHS. I previously served as secretary on the Alumni committee.  In addition, I am involved with the Austin Chamber of Commerce-currently as president of the Ambassadors and on the board of the Development Corporation of Austin.

EDWINA ERSLAND HARDER - My husband, Eric, and I graduated from Austin High School in 1983.  I have such great memories of Austin High—sporting events, band/orchestra, Austinian. . . .  Being a part of the Alumni and Friends organization helps preserve AHS’ rich history.  I’m proud to be a Packer!

JIM RUUD – I graduated from AHS in 1958. I have been a member of this association since 1993. I was proud to serve as chairman of the association from 2003-2009. I became a member of the committee to help promote the activities of the association, plus to help carry out the mission statement of the committee.

ROSIE SELTZ – I graduated from Winona High School but did teach at AHS along with my husband, Dick. I taught Journalism, Academic Practices and Writing for School plus being the advisor for The Sentinel and Austinian. Dick taught Civics and American History and was an assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach. Our 4 children- Steve, Louise, Sam and Andy-are all AHS graduates. I still enjoy being connected with Austin High School.

JOAN HALL DIGGINS - I graduated from Austin High School in 1960. My husband, Larry, and I have 4 wonderful daughters, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. We love to spend our spare time with family and friends.

DEEDEE DUGAN MARX  – I am a 1968 graduate, and have lived in Austin my entire life except for attending Mankato State College.   My parents were also graduates of Austin High School as are my two sons.    I retired from the Austin Public School District after 35 years of teaching physical education and health as well as coaching a variety of girls’ sports. I have 2 wonderful grandchildren, and enjoy spending time with them as well as doing lots of volunteering in the Austin community!  I enjoy being part of the Austin High Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and look forward to being part of the Alumni and Friends Committee!

BECKY ANDERSON ASTRUP - My husband, Dan, and I graduated from Austin High School in 1976. Our 3 children are also AHS graduates. I was involved in cheerleading and choir and remember attending every possible event that I could get to. I joined the AHS Alumni and Friends Association to stay connected with AHS and to give back to this wonderful school that I and my family received so much from.
BRIAN HALDORSON - I was born and raised in Austin and I'm a 1986 graduate of Austin High School. I participated in golf and hockey while at AHS. Family: wife Sandy, daughter Miranda, son Mitch. I worked in the Mayo Clinic print shop for 13 years, then in 2000 I started Diamond Ridge Printing here in Austin. I am also involved with the Austin Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador

JEFF MORRISON – Class of 1988. I attended both Austin and Rochester Community College and finished with a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1994. After graduation I worked at Hormel Foods facilities in Beloit, Wisconsin and Osceola, Iowa then transferred to Corporate Engineering in 1998. My wife Amy also works at Hormel. We have a seven year old son, Cade.

MARIE ANHORN CANO - I am a graduate of the class of 1960 with great memories of classes, school activities, attending athletic events and, of course, classmates.   After attending the U of M - majoring in Spanish, I left for Mexico and spent over twenty years in Mexico D.F. and Saltillo, Coahuila with my husband and three children.   I returned to Austin in the 80’s and our children Jeff, Andrea and Matt all graduated from AHS.  Additionally, I had the honor of teaching Spanish at AHS and RCC.  I retired from teaching in 2008.  I am looking forward to working with the Alumni Association to help keep our alumni connected

FRANCINE RUSSELL STROUF, Emeritus– Class of 1963 - Charter member of the Austin Public Education Foundation and a member of the alumni committee since 1993.  One of my fondest memories of attending school in Austin is playing in the band under Mr. Sperati at the football and basketball games.  The gym would be full and the auditorium would be open for the overflow.  The energy and excitement were great.

MIKE RUZEK, Emeritus– We have the same mission as the first AHS Alumni Association that started in 1894. That is, in practical terms, to make connections-alumni connecting with other alumni, the current students and the Austin community. This has resulted in the recall of good memories, the inspiration of successful alumni and opportunities to give back. I've really enjoyed the 18 years of being a part of this association, and I am satisfied that we continue to make a positive difference in the lives of people who associated with Austin High School.