Class of '93
Happy Holidays 2007
Hi all and welcome to the holidays and winter!
For those of you, who reside in the Midwest, it’s time to enjoy all that snow and cold has to offer, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, that kind of stuff.
For those of us who moved to warmer climates, it is a chance to have you visit. My name is Paul Schiminsky and I am guest-writing this letter from my home of three years, Las Vegas, Nevada. I moved to the warm weather states first in 1995 when I moved to Austin, Texas. I moved around a bit and lived in Los Angeles for seven years before moving here. Vegas has proved to be a great place to live and lots of fun. My family, who for the most part still live in the Twin Cities, likes to visit. I have also had the chance to see a number of you, when visiting for conferences, meetings and vacations. What do I do? I wish I could tell you I was a blackjack dealer or something “Vegas-y,” but I work in the home furnishings industry. I do live very close to the Strip, though and can see the towers from our backyard. However, these days with the huge size of these buildings, so can everyone in the Vegas Valley. It is a very exciting and dynamic place to live.
About a year ago, I offered to host the Gustie get-together at our home. It turns out there are about 40-50 Gusties and friends of Gusties here. There are even a couple of people from the class of ’93, Dawn Koenen-Soong, and Jessica Rogich Deakin. Dawn and I, along with a recent grad Alex Groth ’07 have been meeting informally and trying to get the group together again. It has been great finding the Gustie spirit here in Las Vegas.
Speaking of Gustie spirit, I want to encourage everyone to think about attending the 15-year class reunion held the weekend of October 3-4, 2008. As we get farther away from our college years, it should be great to see old friends and relive the simplicity of the good old days. Yes I said it, but I think with all the instant communication that exists for students and all of us, there is something kind of nice about being removed from the fray in St. Peter. One of my fondest memories is driving back to school from the Cities on a Sunday night and feeling a million miles away when I got back to the dorm.
As we look back on the last 15 years, we can see where we achieved our goals, changed our goals and missed them completely. I have kept in touch with several friends from school and am continually impressed with the achievements of our classmates. The thing I am most impressed with is when you turn out to be great parents, spouses and friends. The types of friends who are great to hang out with, just as if we never left St. Peter, even when the kids are running around your feet. I think it says a lot about our school and the type of people who choose to go there.
I think that the best reason to attend the reunion is to reconnect with your former life. To be reminded of how you felt when you were back at Gustavus. When your feelings and whims were the most important thing and the “real” world rarely intruded on our lives. I have been back a couple of times, after the tornado to help clean up and to attend the Homecoming game at our tenth anniversary. For me, it is reassuring to find that although I have certainly ended up somewhere I would have never imagined, I am still comfortable being myself with friends I have known for close to 20 years.
Here is some exciting news from 2007 to keep you up to date:
On the employment front:
- Jeff Erickson is the assistant principal at Minnetonka High School
- Chris Johnson became the chairman of the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
- Matthew Thompson is a manager in marketing and operations at Sears Holding Corporation.
- Kate Walker is a research associate at The Center for 4H and Community Youth Development.
- Ella Christina was born to Chad and Brenda Jo (Bennett) Weyhrauch.
- Grant Donald Sammon joins big sister, Grace, born to Sarah Myers Sammon and husband, Brett.
Don’t forget to send in your news to share in future class letters!
Important save the date info:
Reunion Planning Meeting: February 23, 2008 – Mount Olivet Church in Minneapolis
15-Year Reunion - October 3 - 4, 2008
Tentative plans: Friday night in Minneapolis for the adults – Saturday on Campus for the family
If you are interested in helping out with the reunion committee or just have some ideas give one of us a call or email:
Boni Olsen Berndt
Nicole Misewich Brown
Michelle Berggren Kilroy
Wendi Dressen Lundgren
Beth Robelia Napton
Kris Robelia Oppegard
Kate Metzger Ronning
Kara Moller Russo
Stacey Schrock Simonett
Barb Larson Taylor
Also, be thinking about a special gift in honor of our reunion next year. Enclosed is a Reunion Class Giving Card that you can use to share with the college. We have a 40% participation goal for giving during our reunion year―which is: About 200 of us making a gift of any amount, by October 2, 2008. Our typical year averages about 26% participation―so we hope everyone will consider even a $15 donation on behalf of our 15 year reunion. Our support allows current and future Gusties to enjoy the Gustavus experience as we once did.
President Peterson Announces Retirement
President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term. His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership. Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.
Moes provide gift for Kendall Center
Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.
New football stadium opened
On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium. The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field. The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).
Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts
Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person. Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.
Wednesday, December 19
Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
Wednesday, January 16
Gustavus Choir conductor, Greg Aune and Gustavus Wind Orchestra conductor, Doug Nimmo
The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors. Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.
Refer a Gustie
As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties. Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).
Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel
Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark. The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes. The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus. This is a great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie. Check them out online only at www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Washington, D.C. Gustie Happy Hour – Dec. 13
- Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring music conductors Greg Aune and Doug Nimmo – Jan. 16
- Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ – Jan. 20
- Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ – Jan. 22
Hope to see you at the reunion!
1993 Reunion Committee Member