Class of '93
Greetings Class of 1993!
First, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and fall, and that everyone is enjoying the "mild" weather this winter. I would also like to apologize for the absence of the fall class letter. My fellow class agent, Chris "Ole" Olson had volunteered to write the letter, and was fully prepared to do so. However, he suddenly remembered that he needed to wash his hair, so he was unable to complete his duties. Please feel free to harass Ole at your earliest convenience!
Time is continuing to fly, and it seems impossible to believe that exactly ten years ago, we were experiencing our second J-Term at Gustavus. On the political front, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Rodney King was about to become a household name, and Arnie Carlson defeated Rudy Perpich to become the Governor if Minnesota (my, how things have changed!). In sports, the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to win SuperBowl XXV, the Twins were about to begin their World Championship season, and Roseanne Barr was booed off the baseball field for her crude rendition of the National Anthem. You may recall that our Gustie athletes were also ruling the nation. Men’s and Women’s tennis were 7th and 2nd in the nation, respectively, and Women’s gymnastics were the National Champs! Hot music news included the Gustavus Choir preparing for their Asia Tour, Madonna shocked everyone with her "Justify My Love" video, and Milli Vinilli was exposed! Please feel free to make fun of people like Jenny Smalley Havemeier who actually paid money to go to their concert before their lip-synching antics were announced to the public…
Anyway, enough of the past, let’s focus on the present! I would like to gather some feedback from the class on a recent issue that has come up. As I’m sure you are all aware, every fall and spring an event called "Phonorama" takes place, in which both alumni and Gustavus students call you to solicit donations for the Gustavus Fund. The Gustavus Fund office would like to increase these efforts by having Phonorama sessions on the 3rd Thursday of each month. In order for this to be successful, we would need volunteers from our class who would be willing to commit to one or more of these monthly sessions. While I feel it is important to keep in contact with the class and make every effort to increase donations to the Gustavus Fund, I’m not sure that we would be able to solicit enough volunteers to make this work. I would like to know what our class thinks about this, and if anyone has any other suggestions as to how we could increase donations. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of these monthly sessions, I would like to know that as well. Please contact me at (612) 869-8112 with your comments/ideas, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am very interested to hear what you think!
We have lots of news to report, due to the absence of the fall letter (again, feel free to contact Mr. Chris Olson with any complaints!), so here it is:
- Jane Simonsen to Michael Augspurger on July 22, 2000.
- Mark Van Zee to Paula Mears on September 25, 2000.
- Carey Martin to Michael McLaughlin on August 19, 2000.
- Kari Heikes to James Easterly on September 11, 1999.
- Boni Olsen to Yuri Berndt ’92 on September 9, 2000.
- Mike Clausen to Jennifer Jungwirth on July 15, 2000.
- Andy Voorhees to Gretchen Hall on June 11, 1999
- Kirsten Lipke to Darryl Johnson on September 3, 2000.
- Erik Jelinek to Jennifer Dorr on September 23, 2000.
- Mark "Geno" Genosky to Heidi Hoops ’94 on November 18, 2000.
- Steve Cone and his lovely wife, Lisa (Decker, ’92), welcomed their second child, Ryan Steven Cone, on October 13, 2000. He joins big sister Emma.
- Brian Haines and his wife, Michelle, welcomed daughter Sara Catherine on August 14, 2000.
- Beth Robelia Napton and her husband, Darin ’92 are expecting their second baby in May 2001.
- John and Jen (Miest) Feriancek welcomed their second child, son Ryan, in May 2000 (I believe). Ryan joins big sister Allison.
- Anna Hasselmo Williams and husband, Jim, welcomed their second child, son Erik. Erik joins big sister Madeline.
- Heidi Rostberg Carlson and husband, Jon, welcomed their third child (yes, third!), a daughter, Josephine. She joins big sisters Callie and Grace.
- Renee Borleske Hepperlen and husband Michael ’95 welcomed son, Thomas Michael, on April 5, 2000.
- Rob and Amy (Hansen) Rimington, are parents to daughter, Elizabeth, born on October 20.
- Dawn Parmley Hudnutt and husband, Michael, welcomed son, Brice Leroy Hudnutt, on March 8, 2000.
- Kerrie Urosevich welcomed son,Kili,on May 20, 2000.
- Missy Schlagel Keifer (see, I can spell your name properly!), and husband Dave ’92 welcomed their second child, daughter Madalyn Lee, on July 14, 2000. She joins big brother Adam.
- Jenny Smalley Havemeier and husband, Bruce, are expecting their second baby in May.
- Kirsten Appell Mair and husband, Bruce ’92, have had a child. Kirsten was kind enough to call me several months ago to provide me with all the details, but I misplaced the details and her phone number! I am very sorry Kirsten, please call me again with the information! Then I will fill you in on the "Agnes Blaylock" story (anyone who has ever listened to my voice mail knows what I am talking about!)
- Karen Lutfey is currently an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the sociology department.
- Marta Hemmingson-Van Beek will begin a dermatoepidemiology fellowship through the National Institute of Health after completing her dermatology residency in July 2001.
- Chris Gomez Schmidt completed her master's degree in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan and is currently a Project Consultant for the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor, MI. Husband Brad Schmidt is a 3rd year resident in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
- Stephanie Graves Priadka is the corporate events manager of the American Heart Association. Husband, Andy Priadka, is the project manager for Acquisitions for Northern Tool & Equipment.
- Angela Borland is a naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (Scotty!)
- Jill Wissink McCurry received her MBA from Georgia State University in May 2000, and is currently a sales representative for Akorn Inc.
- Melissa Reinhardt is the pediatric chief resident at the University of California/San Diego Medical Center.
- Bob Klindworth is a physics professor at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
- Danielle Dahlstrom Coughlin completed her MBA at the University of Minnesota in May 2000, and is an application consultant at Adaytum.
- Katie Buell is a personal trainer, working for Lorrie Potter Personal Trainers.
- Jane Simonson Augspurger has completed her graduate degree, and is currently working in the American Studies Department at the University of Iowa.
- Shannon Freer Banitt is a paralegal for LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green & MacRae in Albany, NY.
- Eric Wood received his master's of divinity degree, and is currently the LC-MS campus missionary to Kansas State University, and is assisting three other campus ministries at Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University, and Washburn University.
- Andrea Dunderi is the corporate communications manager for Lawson Software, and currently travels back and forth between Lawson’s St. Paul and London offices. I am fortunate enough to be great friends with Andrea, and was able to stay with her in her London flat for two weeks this fall. Not only did we explore the entire city of London and beyond, we were also able to spend a few days in Florence, Italy. If you have never been there, I would highly recommend it; it is a beautiful city!
Finally, Chris Olney is one of the new premier chefs at the Zuni Café in the Bay Area. If you are ever in the area, stop by and allow Chris to prepare for you a gourmet meal, it’s one of the best restaurants in San Francisco! Now that Chris is a big shot, perhaps he will begin to make some donations to the Gustavus Fund…
I have one more personal observation to make before I wrap this up. I must comment on the continued brilliance displayed by fellow classmate Jon Ketola. As you may recall, Jon and I are in the MBA program together at Cardinal Stritch University, and he continues to astonish me with his superior intelligence and stunning wit. Jon is especially talented when it comes to inserting highly professional photos into his PowerPoint presentations. If you are looking for tips, give Jon a call!
We want to know what everyone is up to, so if you have anything you would like to share with the class, please contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, or via email at email@example.com. You may also contact either Chris Olson or me if you would prefer. We are also looking for a guest writer for the spring letter, so let either Chris or me know if you are interested.
Enjoy the remainder of the winter, and try not to panic over that gas bill!
Your Class Agents,
Kris Lamont and Chris Olson