Class of '93
Greetings Class of 1993!
I certainly hope that this new millennium is finding everyone healthy, happy, and ready to donate some big bucks to the Gustavus Fund! We will get to that later, but first I would like everyone to think about what was going on ten years ago this spring. If you are drawing blanks, here are some reminders…mid-terms, spring rush activities, spring break, Johnny Cash Bash (By the way, Ross "Road-Kill" Peterson has now fully recovered from his injuries. Hey Ross, next time someone dares you to jump in front of a moving school bus, Just Say No!), the Women’s Gymnastics team just won another national championship, the Women’s Tennis Team was on the verge of winning the national championship, and the list goes on. Another fond memory would be that, due to the high cost of tuition and books combined with pathetic campus employment wages, we were all pretty much broke. However, due to the exceptional education we received at Gustavus, we now earn enough money to make it through the month (even without the aid of Canteen Credit), with perhaps a little to spare. What better use for that extra cash than to give a little back to where it all began….
With that said, let’s talk about the GUSTAVUS FUND! Many of you received a special phone call during Phonorama 2000, which took place during the last two weeks of March. I would first like to extend a very special thanks to Jason Sawyer, who donated his time to help with the campaign. Barb Larson Taylor helped as well, but since she works in the Alumni Office, I see no real need to thank her; she was just doing her job! (Just kidding Babs, we appreciate your time as well.) Next year I plan on recruiting lots of our classmates (including myself!) to help with this important, yet very fun campaign. It is a great way to catch up with our former classmates, and it also gives us a chance to help our alma mater raise plenty of money for the Gustavus Fund.
We have less than two months until the end of the ’99-00 fiscal year, and we are currently at 45% of our overall unrestricted Gustavus Fund Goal of $950,000. The Class of 1993 is at 25% participation from 6/1/99 to 3/15/00. Our class is doing well, but the Class of 1992 is over 28%, and who knows how many volunteers they had during Phonorama that donated time to entice their classmates to give a little more. Wouldn’t it be great if the Class of 1993 had the highest participation for all graduating classes over the past ten years? If you need a reason to make a donation, just think back to all the great experiences you had at Gustavus (I would like to think we all had at least a few!). By making a donation, regardless of its size, you are simply helping Gustavus to continue to provide those experiences to others. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to the Alumni Office by May 31, 2000. Also, if you have an outstanding pledge, the deadline to submit those donations is also May 30. Let’s be the most charitable class of the decade!
Okay, enough of that. How about some campus news…
International House Being Built – Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.
Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club (including The War Years). Class of 1950, and V-12/5 is May 26 & 27. A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in mid-April. Homecoming 2000, September 29 & 30, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes from 1955-2000. Class reunions will be in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus on Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.
Everyone is invited to an hors d’oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the Alumni Events at gustavus.edu.
Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture – ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff ’56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.
Forensic Team Earns International Awards – The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1 win-loss record. The team’s strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.
Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at gustavus.edu.
Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:
- Brainerd Lakes Chapter, A Naturalist’s View of Spring in Minnesota, with naturalist Jim Gilbert ’62, April 13, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church.
- MAYDAY! Conference/"Vietnam: 25 Years On," April 26, Campus
- Arbor Day Celebration, April 28, Campus
- Chicago Chapter, May 6, Chicago Cubs baseball game and barbecue picnic
- Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations
And now for some news on our classmates. I didn’t receive too much this time, but here is what I have:
- Christine Jensen received her J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law on January 16, 2000.
- Wendi Dressen Lundgren received her Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in September.
- Timothy Johnson, is an assistant professor of political science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and has recently won a fellowship to develop new teaching techniques and course materials for undergraduates.
- Tara Dittbenner is the property manager of Tealwood Apartment Homes in West Bloomington.
- Eric Bullen is a police officer for the City of Minneapolis, and is currently assigned to the Fifth Precinct Crack Team. I don’t believe Eric has busted any of our classmates yet, but stay tuned…Doesn’t Tom Hanka live in Minneapolis? (Just kidding Hanka!)
- Chad Bray is a math teacher in Lake City, MN. Being the mellow fellow that he is, I’m sure there are no shenanigans in Mr. Bray’s class!
- Steve Cone is making the world a better place at Cone Chiropractic Office in Winona. I would like to point out that Steve used to accuse me of ruining his academic career with my incessant visiting in the Complex study lounge. Obviously his accusations were unfounded and inappropriate, and I will anxiously await his apology. I know that his fine wife Lisa (Decker, ’92) will see to it that he does!
- Megan Cummings and husband, John Preus, had Eva Catherine on September 30, 1999. Megan plans on attending acupuncture school in the fall, and John is a self-employed artist and furniture maker. An exhibit of John’s furniture opened March 17 at the Art Collective, 1620 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis.
- Greg Trebil and wife, Stefanie (Weber ’92), are expecting a baby in May 2000.
- Wendy Bexell Sweeney and husband, Shannon ’92, are expecting a baby any second.
- Missy Schlegel Kiefer and husband, Dave ’92, are expecting their second baby in July.
On a personal note, last fall, I visited fellow classmate Chris Olney in San Francisco with another fellow classmate, Craig Anderson, and his wife, Alice Barry ’94. If you are ever in the area, give Chris a call, as he is perhaps the best amateur tour guide the city has ever seen. While we had a great time with Olney, he made it clear to me that I would never get a donation out of him for the Gustavus Fund. We will just see about that!
I recently traveled to New York with classmates Laura Skattum Boomgaarden, Stacey Schrock Simonett, and Jen Buckman. We had great fun, but perhaps the highlight of the trip was at a dance club called Culture Club (obviously an ’80s dance club). At this particular club, the dance floor rises just a bit higher that the rest of the floor. Stacey, upon racing to the dance floor at one point, forgot this small detail. She cleared about 20 feet, and while Stacey’s "trip" is definitely one of those "you had to be there" stories, please trust me when I tell you that all the witnesses thought it was pretty funny!
One final note, I mentioned in a previous letter that I am in a graduate program with fellow classmate Jon Ketola. Jon continues to stun me with his brilliant mind and his fine acting skills. While working on a presentation together, Jon churned out an Academy Award winning performance during a skit titled "An Adult Temper Tantrum." Stay tuned; you may see Jon on the big screen someday, and he will move the world to tears with his amazing performances.
That is all the news I have, and please remember, the more news you submit for these letters, the less you will have to hear about my personal stories! So please, if you have anything you would like to share with the class, please contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, or email to email@example.com. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can track down our other class agent, Chris "Ole" Olson. By the way, I know Chris is devastated that I wrote this letter without him, but don’t worry, we’ll let him make up for it next time!
Have a wonderful spring and summer, and don’t forget to send your Gustavus Fund donations by May 31!
Your Class Agents,
Kris Lamont and Chris Olson