News Release

Published on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Western Technical College’s Alumni Association awarded this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Mike and Rose Levendoski, of Stoddard, Wis. Rose is manager of compensation and benefits at Logistics Health, Inc. Mike recently retired as a performance technician at Dairyland Power. The Levendoskis will be the keynote speakers and presented with their award at Western’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11. A special reception prior to the ceremony will be held in their honor.

Rose Levendoski is a 1970 Business Machines/Accounting graduate. She began her career at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, working in various human resource positions between 1970 and 1998; the last 15 years she was the director of compensation and benefits. From there, she worked for Kwik Trip as the benefits manager. Since 2005, she has been at Logistics Health, Inc. She is considered an area expert on compensation and benefits.

Mike Levendoski served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972. After earning his Electronics degree from Western in 1976, he spent his career at Dairyland Power in various positions, including general plant worker, control room operator, shift leader, and finally as a performance technician.

Despite busy work and family schedules, both are actively involved in their community. Rose served on the Gundersen Lutheran Credit Union Board of Directors, serving as secretary for three of her seven years. She was also a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church Finance Committee and currently serves as the council chair. She is also a member of the Great Rivers United Way Human Resource Committee. She has been a member of, and was the Charter president for, the Stoddard Lioness Club. She served on the Wisconsin Lioness District 27-D2 advisory committee and was the affiliate president in 2005-06.

Mike is a 30-year member of the Stoddard Lions Club, having served on the board of directors and as president. He, too, served the Wisconsin Lions District 27-D2, as zone chair, region chair, and district governor. He was also instrumental in securing playground equipment for Stoddard Park and developed the Leo program at De Soto High School. Many may recognize him as a volunteer coach for youth sports, including football, girls and boys basketball, and baseball. He has also been a member of the Stoddard American Legion for more than 40 years.

Both still maintain a connection to Western. Rose served on the Business Division Reunion committee, participated in three Get That Job round table discussions, and facilitated the Alumni Appreciation event at LHI. Together, they are building an endowed scholarship to help students at Western.

“A Western education has been the starting point for so many successful alumni,” said Sally Emerson, alumni relations coordinator at Western. “And Mike and Rose are great representatives of those alumni who have taken advantage of their education to better their communities, profession, and families. They are wonderful role models for both our alumni and our students.”

Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district. Past recipients include Joel Guberud, Harold Coppernoll, Lisa Thill, Rich Westpfahl, Deb Lash, Dick Walz, Keith Steenlage, Terry Rydberg, Michael Sexauer, Kathy Foust, Jeff Komay, Cinda Vingers, Donald Jobe, Lynn Smyrk-Lenz, Kevin Kobishop, Karen Long, Karl “Butch” Halverson, Jim Timm, and Dick Fox.

For more information on Western’s Alumni Association or to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award, call 608.789.6083. To learn more about Western programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit our website at