• University and Alumni Relations team photos and representing what they love about summer

Summer Stories

Hello from the University and Alumni Relations Team!

Get to know us! We work hard and play hard! See our favorite summertime activities!

Brandy Chaffee Summer StorySummer to Me

Brilliant sunshine.
Family and friends. 
All day bonfires that never end. 

Floating on water.
Hiking the trails.
Competitive yard games determine who pales.

Flip flops and tank tops.
The barbeque grill.  
Booming thunderstorms give a good thrill.

Sun kissed faces.
Slow starry nights. 
Birds and dragonflies all taking flight.

Music and reading. 
Snooze beneath a shade tree.
All the best moments, summer to me.

~ written by Brandy Chaffee


Kevin Thompson Summer StoryRoad Trippin'

My favorite things to do during the summer involve road trips (with the window down, awesome 90s music blaring, and a large cup of coffee), enjoying outdoor eateries and coffee shops with friends (minus the mosquitoes), and exploring the downtowns of small towns.

~ Kevin Thompson




Angelika Huglen Summer StoryPotato Salads

My favorite summer time activity is eating copious amounts of potato salad.  My waistline is very thankful for the short Minnesota summers.  Seriously though I enjoy being outdoors whether it’s gardening, fishing, hiking, walking our dogs, or going for a bike ride. I love the warmth of summer.

~ Angelika Huglen




Rose Ulseth Summer StoryFriends and Family

Summertime means lots of quality time with family and friends. We try to spend as much time as we can at the lake. It also means weekly golf outings with my girlfriends.

~ Rose Ulseth 






Kelsey Engelstad Summer StoryFamily Lake Time

My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the lake with my family! We like to go wake surfing behind the boat while enjoying the sunshine and quality time together! Nothing like a Minnesota summer!

~ Kelsey Engelstad 





Jess Bengtson Summer StoryCruisin' Minnesota Lakes

My favorite thing to do during the summer is cruise the lake and cast a line or admire the waterfront homes as we drift by. I also take a lot of photos so during those cold winter months I can reminisce and dream of sunshine on the water.

~ Jess Bengtson 





Amber Bailey Summer StoryBeing Outdoors

My favorite thing to do in the summer is getting out on the lake with my family. Whether it's fishing or tubing, there's always a story to tell! I also love swimming in my backyard pool, tending to my chickens, walking my dog along the trails, and working in my gardens.

~ Amber Bailey