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Oct. 8, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Three Viterbo University alumni were honored for their outstanding achievements at a social and banquet Oct. 6 in the Fine Arts Center lobby.

The event was part of Viterbo’s Alumni Weekend celebration. The three honorees:

Chad Hrdina ’01 received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Hrdina is a special assistant in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, where he works to develop strategies and initiatives for preparedness and response to terrorism incidents. He advises the Assistant Secretary, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the White House, and the Department of Defense Joint Staff.

Hrdina received a master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Georgetown University in 2003, and his bachelor’s degree from Viterbo University in 2001. He is studying to earn a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the United States Naval War College.

Wendy Storandt ’76 was named the recipient of the Service to the University Award for her continuing commitment to helping students. She received Viterbo’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1998 for her excellence in teaching and her long-time support of nursing students. She is known for her compassion and her unwavering support of her students, past and present. During her many years of service to Viterbo, Storandt has served on numerous committees, and as the president of the faculty assembly since 2003.

After graduating with a nursing degree from Viterbo in 1976, Storandt went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1983. She received certification as an advance directives counselor in 1995, and also participated in the National Case Study Institute at the University of Buffalo-New York.

Marilyn Brodie ’64 was chosen to receive the Spirit of Francis Award, which honors a layperson who embodies and exemplifies Franciscan values in his or her personal, professional, and spiritual life. After graduating from Viterbo with a degree in music education in 1964, Brodie taught music for many years in schools throughout Iowa. She also volunteered extensively, directing local church choirs and teaching religious education.

Brodie earned a master’s degree in pastoral studies from St. Ambrose University in 1994 and worked as a Catholic school faith formation coordinator before becoming a full-time volunteer.

For more information on any of Viterbo’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, contact Jen Roberdeau, director of alumni relations at 608-796-3072 or

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