New Leadership

New Board Officers 2017-2018

Nicole Schmiesing – President

Amanda Groebner – Vice President

Mike Lieb – Treasurer

Shannon Frauenholtz – Secretary


Welcome Our New Foundation Director

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director Kim RockVam! Kim officially joined us in October and brings with her a strong background in nonprofit finance and administration.


2017 Eagles Extravaganza Update

Eagles Extravaganza was a huge success! Over 400 people attended and we raised over $36,000 for New Ulm public schools.

More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page, or by clicking here.


A big thank you to all that donated, attended, sponsored, or volunteered!

Call for Hall of Fame Nominations!

We need your nominations for the ISD 88 Hall of Fame!

Do you know of an outstanding New Ulm Public Schools alumnus? Do you know of a classmate who is doing great work, whether publicly or quietly? Do you have a teacher who inspired you? Or a coach? If you do, please nominate them for the Hall of Fame. Nominations are due April 1st.

Please visit the Hall of Fame page for more information.

Or the nomination form can be found by following this link: Hall of Fame Nomination Form

2017 Eagles Extravaganza Tickets on Sale Now!

2017 Eagles Extravaganza

Friday, March 31st • New Ulm Event Center

Tickets for the 2017 Eagles Extravaganza are now on sale! Buy them early for a discount. Tickets can be purchased at HyVee, Cashwise, the Chamber, and online.

District Staff, check your mailboxes for even bigger discounts! Purchase your tickets at your building’s office.

Foundation Grants and Partnerships

Here is a summary of what the Foundation has Granted and the Partnered Donations it has facilitated. Thank you all who make this possible!

Foundation Project Recap Dec 2016

2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame

The 2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame was held on Saturday October 1st, 2016 at Turner Hall. Over 175 people attended to honor this year’s amazing inductees. The room was beautifully decorated, the food was delicious and the speeches were inspirational and touching. It was an uplifting and festive night! Congratulations to the 2016 inductees!


In back are, from left, John Marti, Chris Contag and Mary Moriarty. In front are family members representing the three late inductees who were honored posthumously: Marilyn Stuckey (Franklin Stuckey), Evie Forstner (Gene Forstner) and Elvira Epp (Henry Epp).


Chris Contag (Class of 1978) – Full Bio

Henry Epp (Teacher, 1952-1982) – Full Bio

Gene Forstner (Class of 1943) – Full Bio

John Marti (Class of 1981) – Full Bio

Mary Moriarty (Class of 1982) – Full Bio

Franklin Stuckey (Teacher, 1966-1993) – Full Bio



Announcing the 2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Inductees

The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee are pleased to announce the selection of six individuals for the 2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame. This is the Hall of Fame’s third year of induction. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives or vocation and who have made a difference in the communities in which they live, or lived.

The ISD 88 Hall of Fame allows current students an opportunity to understand the value of their education and the possibilities to which it may lead. The Hall of Fame is a way for the school and the community to honor exceptional individuals who, through example, inspire a new generation of students and staff.

An induction ceremony and banquet will be held Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at New Ulm Turner Hall beginning at 5pm. More information on the ISD 88 Hall of Fame and the October 1st event can be found at

The inductees are:

Chris Contag – A 1978 graduate of New Ulm High School where he was involved in sports and academics. Chris received his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of MN. He is currently a professor and researcher at Stanford University and he is credited with inventing BLI (Bioluminescence Imaging), a tool used by major research institutions around the world for studying cancer biology and exploring new therapeutic strategies. Chris is also a Scout Master and he is a Board Member of many organizations including the World Molecular Imaging Society, Lynbrook Excellence in Education, and 4 Elements Earth Education.

Henry Epp (deceased) – A beloved High School teacher and coach in New Ulm for 30 years (1952-1982), where he began a state-of-the-art Industrial Arts and Electronics program similar to the STEM curricula we see today. In addition, Hank was a WWII Navy Veteran and was active in many New Ulm groups including the Union Hospital Board and the Vocational Trades Co-Op in Hanska. He was dedicated to youth and he and his wife Elvira were foster parents to 21 children from 1968 to 1981. Hank was an individual whose impact on those he interacted with is still being felt today.

Gene Forstner (deceased) – A 1943 graduate of New Ulm High School where he played baseball and was an active member of the FFA. After serving in the Navy in WWII, he returned to farm in Lake Hanska Township. Gene was a respected member of the Sigel Creamery Board, the Sioux Valley Hospital Board, the Farm-City Hub Club and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Gene believed strongly in education and the youth of New Ulm, which he demonstrated during his two terms, and almost 20 years, on the ISD 88 Board of Education.

John Marti – A 1981 graduate of NUHS where he was active in football, track, golf and other activities. John is a MIT graduate, Marine Corps officer, and a University of Oregon School of Law graduate. John began his career as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps and later served as federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. He was recently Minnesota’s Acting U.S. Attorney before joining the international law firm of Dorsey and Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. For the past 30 years, John has been a selfless, dedicated, and committed public servant.

Mary Moriarty – A 1982 graduate of New Ulm High School where she excelled in academics, music, and athletics. Mary is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School. She has had a successful career as a litigator and legal educator and is currently the MN Hennepin County Chief Public Defender, the first woman to hold this position. Mary is a tireless advocate for social justice and is involved in many efforts, including Gideon’s Promise and the Innocence Project, to assist those in need in our criminal justice system.

Franklin Stuckey (deceased) – An esteemed High School teacher of Agricultural Education in New Ulm for almost 30 years (1966-1993) where he became an icon in the field of agriculture. He led the largest High School Agriculture program in Minnesota and it, along with the New Ulm FFA Chapter, was respected locally, statewide, and nationally. Frank was active in Sertoma, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, the New Ulm Baseball Association, and was one of the founders of the Farm-City Hub Club, all of which benefitted greatly from his involvement.

Eagles Extravaganza Update

Our Biggest Year Yet!

A huge Thank You to everyone that attended the 2016 Eagles Extravaganza! Not only did we break our record for attendance, we broke our fundraising record as well. Thanks to our sponsors, our donors, and our attendees, we raised over $43,000 for New Ulm Public Schools!



CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook page for more photos if the night!


2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Inductees

The six inductees into the 2016 ISD 88 Hall of Fame have been chosen. Watch for an announcement soon!

Plaque Coming Soon

ISD 88 Hall of Fame Page

Eagles Extravaganza Tickets on Sale Now!

Join us for an evening of fun and entertainment in support of New Ulm Public Schools!
Get your tickets at HyVee, Cashwise, the NU Chamber of Commerce, or by CLICKING HERE.

This year’s event will be on Friday April 1st, 2016 at the New Ulm Event Center. Social Hour will begin at 5pm and there will be dinner, a live and silent auction, and other fun games. The evening will end with a concert by the Blue Ringers. We hope to see you there!