UWM Alum Love

Lisa Manske and David Misky

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we asked alumni to share their UWM love stories. Some were struck by Cupid’s arrow during their first years, others were drawn together years later. Below are some of their heartwarming stories. Have a UWM love story you would like to share? Submit it here.

Nancy (’50) and Jerry Stern (’66)

“My story begins in 1949, when, as a junior at Milwaukee State Teachers College, now UWM, I met my true love. A mutual friend introduced us. It was easy to meet at that time, since there were only three buildings; Mitchell, Quonset hut “Commons” and Baker Fieldhouse. We were the Green Gulls at that time. I graduated in 1950 and he followed, having served in the Navy in WWII. We married and raised 3 children. Recently, we celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary and are life members of the UWM Alumni Association and continue to support the University.”

Mary and Tom Goetter

Mary (’77) and Tom Goetter (’77)

“The year was 1977, our senior year. At that time, there were very few women in the school of engineering, so I was accustomed to being the lone female in most of my classes. It was the last class before the final exams, graduation and the start of our engineering careers. The professor reviewed the material for the final exam and asked if there were any questions. After a few moments of silence, Tom Goetter raised his hand. “Yes Mr. Goetter?” said Professor Mueller. “I want to know,” said Tom, “would Mary Penn go out on a date with me?” Professor Mueller turned to me with an amused smile. “Well, Miss Penn?” I laughed and said yes. We have been married for 32 years.”

Lisa Manske (’92, ’94) and David Misky (’92, ’94)

“Lisa Manske and I first met at the Klotsche Center where I would sometimes scrimmage with the women’s basketball team. She roomed with a couple of the Panther players, and she would also scrimmage with the team. However, it was not until I returned from a junior year study abroad that our relationship truly began. We often studied, as part of a larger group of friends, on the fourth floor of Golda Meir. She was studying her School of Ed classes, and I was studying my science courses, or as she likes to remember, “my fish class.” I finally had the nerve to ask her out. Our first date was a Neil Diamond concert and dinner at the original Beans & Barley. Our love has lasted through the years and we will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary.”

Susie Harper (’81) and Tom Harper

“I had an afternoon planned to go to the campus to submit paperwork and tour the campus. My new nextdoor neighbor just graduated from the School of Engineering and heard about my plans. When the afternoon arrived, I went out to my car but it wouldn’t start. I cranked it, but it just wouldn’t turn over. Seeing me in distress, he came outside to my rescue. He told me that he had just graduated from UWM and could show me around the campus. We had a wonderful time touring campus and getting to know each other. The next day he even fixed my car for me. I graduated four years later, and shortly after, we married. We have been married for 28 years now and our oldest of four children now attends UWM.”

Robin and Dylan Page

Robin (’04) and Dylan Page

“I met my true love and now husband, Dylan Page, freshman year of 2000. I played on the volleyball team, and he played on the basketball team. We would always watch each other, since we would sometimes have practice at the same time. One night at the study table, we realized we had two classes together. From that moment, we were inseparable and got married in 2007!”

Sandy (’81) and Tim (’80) Poulin

“I met my future husband in speech class. I studied and practiced for my speech, he hardly studied and just ‘winged it.’ I asked him if he wanted a ride home from school after every class. One day, he said yes! About two years after we both graduated from UWM, we married and are coming up on our 30th anniversary.”

Justin Paul (’11) and Katelyn (’11)

“I met the love of my life at UWM in 2010. I was a part of a group project, and our group decided to work on our project at the Gasthaus. One of the people in the group decided to bring a friend along. She was so beautiful and seemed really interested in what we were doing. After the group finished, I asked for her number. Before I even got home that night, Katelyn sent me a text saying that she enjoyed meeting me and wanted to see me again soon. After a few short dates, I garnered up the courage to ask her to become my girlfriend. We both graduated from UWM in 2011. I consider myself the luckiest guy on the face of the earth, and I owe it all to UWM!”

Holly Maes (’81) and Rich

“My love of life, Rich, and I met at UWM in 1978. I was a premed student and he was a physics student. I was struggling in calculus-based physics (always did prefer the biologic sciences) and he was not paying attention to Professor Greene but looking my way. He shyly asked me on a date to the Flicks, and I accepted, hoping he might be a good tutor for physics. The spark was lit by attending date nights at the planetarium, Professor Greene’s lectures and a mutual love of science. We have been married 31 years, had four children and are extremely happy. Thank God for physics class and college love!”

Patty (’82) and Karl Ayer (’79)

“My husband and I met during my sophomore year and his last year of grad school. We met for lunch in the Gasthaus and both brought sack lunches, since we were broke. We spent countless hours on Fridays after class at Klotsche Center playing racquetball followed by pizza at the Pizza Hut in Sandburg Hall. There is no doubt we have been blessed in our 31 years of marriage.”

Brianna Hicks (’11) and Brent Reistad (’11)

“I met Brianna in the fall of 2007. Brianna lived in the Sandburg dorms. Her suitemate ended up being my roommate’s cousin. They introduced us at a party, and we fell in love after sharing many dates at the Gasthaus and Klotsche Center. We also had many late nights studying at the library. We graduated together in May 2011, and it has been a wonderful four-and-a-half years together.”

Jacki (’89) and Steve Meves (’89)

“We met in Prof. Ring’s marketing class back in 1989. We both graduated and got married in 1993. Nineteen years and four kids later, we still laugh about our first encounter at UWM.”

Janet (58) and Harold Landers (59)

“My wife Janet Ahrens Landers, class of 1959, and I, Harold Keith Landers, class of 1958, met on a blind date at the Columbia dorm. We celebrated our 50th anniversary on August 5, 2012.”

Mary Jane (’04, ’08) and Tim Miceli (’05, ’12)

“Tim and I met at an IEEE-Computer Society picnic held by the Computer Science Department in fall of 2001. There was a band, some professors that played, and we danced. From there we started dating. We danced badly when we met, but a few lessons over the years have helped. We got engaged in 2003 and married in 2005.”

Nicole Sturkey (’09) and Matt Nechodomu (’12)

“Matt and I met in the dorms our freshman year in 2005. After getting to know each other more, we began dating towards the end of our first year at UWM, and have been dating ever since. We are coming up to our seven-year anniversary.”

Allen (’57) and Susan Caucutt (‘58)

We meet in our 2nd semester English class in 1954. We had to introduce each other via an introduction theme. We started to date in March of 1956 and got married in August of 1959 and we will be celebrating our 54th anniversary this year. She lived in the girl’s dorm (Kenwood House) which is now our Alumni House.

Susan (‘84) and Tim Waldoch (’83)

“My husband Tim and I met at the UWM commuter lounge. My best friend Paula was dating Tim’s best friend, Jim. Paula introduced me to Tim and our large group of commuter friends. Over the course of 2 years, many walks around the lakefront, hours spent studying in the library together and many lunches in the Gasthaus we fell in love and became engaged. Tim graduated a year ahead of me and we married 1 year after my UWM graduation from the school of nursing. We have been married 24 years this September and have 3 beautiful children.”

Dave (’73) and Sally Chappell (’75)

“It’s hard to believe my story started 43 years ago in Trigonometry class, and it’s a story that is still being written. On the first day of class I took a seat behind this beautiful blonde, and struck up a conversation after class ended. We dated that summer, but Sally returned to Madison for the fall semester. It was a long distance relationship, but the YMCA offered cheap rooms and the Badger Bus provided transportation. So, we continued to date until it became obvious that we were meant to spend our lives together. I am now retired with two kids and a couple of grandchildren. And, we are soon off to Italy to celebrate our 40th anniversary and the beginning of the next phase of our lives.”

Kitty and Owen Morse (’69)

“As a recent immigrant to the United States, I wanted to experience all that an American university had to offer,  both academically and socially. Thus, I joined the Alpha Phi sorority. Second semester saw the advent of the annual Spring Carnival  where I met my husband, Owen.  Owen and one of his friends were asked to push my “bed” while my brother brought up the rear.”