Class of '93
15-Year Reunion ― October 3 & 4, 2008
Can you believe it has been 15 years since we graduated?! And nearly 19 since that memorable orientation weekend square dance!
Thinking back to the first time I walked into Section 1A of Coed, I would have never guessed the people I met that weekend and beyond would take such a role in shaping the course of my life. How young and dumb we once were! During the ensuing years, I would open myself up to ample opportunities for ridicule. (Didn’t we all?!) Think student council elections in 1990. I ran for student office in the dead of winter on the brilliant platform, “I’m the guy who wears shorts.” You may not have voted for me (still a bitter pill to swallow), but you didn’t hold it against me either. As good friends should, you refrained from true judgment (though pointed and laughed) while I made a multitude of “that was a one time thing” mistakes. But that’s what getting through college is all about, right?
In the years since, we’ve lived life and grown up. Many have lived or served abroad, furthered their education, built careers, and started families. For me, the summary goes like this. A few years out of school, I met (through my Gustavus friends, of course) and eventually married a wonderfully witty spark of a woman. Together, we brought two children into the world and today, at ages five and seven, they give us an excellent, daily run for our money. I became focused on developing a satisfying career in the health services research industry, which led to my current pursuit of a higher degree in business. Life is constantly dealing something new. That’s why reconnecting is so valuable!
Your story may be similar or quite different, but the point is this: Life happens, time slips by and we discover ourselves out of touch with those we still hold close, if not always in our daily lives, in our hearts and minds.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming reunion, in particular, because I have been admittedly deplorable at staying in touch with friends over the past few years. I am very much looking forward to reconnecting, if only for a weekend, with all of you who, in some way knowingly or otherwise, molded me into the person I am today. So call up your old gang of friends, plan the “pre-party” and get to know each other all over again at the 15-year celebration. Friday, October 3 at Open Book in Minneapolis and Saturday, October 4 in St. Peter!
My best to every one of you!
1993 Guest Letter Writer
Friday, October 3, 2008
7:00 pm - Class Party at the Open Book in Minneapolis
Saturday, October 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. – Fun Run or Reunion Seminar on the presidential election by Political Science
Professor, Chris Gilbert
10:00 a.m. – Morning Praise Chapel Service
10:30 a.m. - Seminar: History of Gustavus and Building a Greater Gustavus tornado video
11:00 a.m. – Homecoming Parade (around Ring Road)
11:30 a.m. – Class gathering by the football field pre-game
1:00 p.m. – Football game vs. St. Thomas
7:30 p.m. – Neal & Leandra Concert
8:00 p.m. – Mission Improvable – comedy group
WORK, WORK, WORK:
- Melissa Reinhardt Weis is currently a part-time pediatrician at El Camino Pediatrics in San Diego, CA.
- Ann Zulkosky was offered and accepted a new position with the subcommittees on Science, Technology and Innovation and Space Aeronautics and Related Sciences for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington DC.
- Rolf Olson sends greetings. He is a Foreign Service officer currently stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.
- Heidi Nef Mischel completed her first half marathon. She’s already run several 5K and 10K races. She has just moved back to her hometown of Milbank, SD where her husband, Jason ’96, has joined the family business.
- LynnAnne Vesper is currently studying a folk Swedish instrument, the nyckleharpe, in Finland.
- Megan Cummins Preus is a stay-at-home mother, taking care of Eva (7), Solveig (8), and Kai (10 months). She is also a doula and homebirth advocate. Her husband, John Preus, is a working artist with recent exhibitions in Chicago, Grand Rapids, MI and Pittsburgh, PA. He works with the art group Material Exchange: www.material-exchange.org . John is also a teacher and a carpenter.
- Gwenn Hansen works for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.
- Jen Woods Antila works at Target as an item attributes manager.
- Robert Prueser works for Exxon Mobil Corporation as a geo-science manger in Nigeria!
- David Gundale is a teacher with the Saint Paul Public Schools. He is attending graduate school at Hamline University.
BABIES, BABIES, BABIES:
- Kerrey Evans Reyes is attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City online for her master’s of science in nursing to become a NNP (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner). She is currently a charge nurse in the NICU and on the neonatal transport team as well as an ECMO specialist. On August 20, Kerrey delivered a baby boy as a surrogate mother for some friends who were unable to have children of their own! Wow!
- Stacy Monge McKean and husband, Christian, welcomed son, Wesley Adam, born on October 17, 2007. Stacy is an account executive at Millward Brown International.
- Ken and Jodi (Haniwalt) Kreiser had twin girls on December 28, 2007 – Allison Elizabeth and Meaghan Sophia.
- Verone Flom Miller and husband, Eric, also had twins – boys named Aaron James and Ethan Bradley on March 31, 2008.
- Katina Daniell Monzon had a baby girl, Kaitlyn Carol, on June 19, 2007. Katina is now an operations manager at a not-for-profit in Chicago called UMOJO Student Development Corporation.
President Ohle at the Helm
On July 1, Jack Ohle officially took office as Gustavus’ 15th President of the College. Ohle, former president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa succeeded James L. Peterson who has retired having served the college since July 2003.
New Alumni Website Launched
The alumni area of the Gustavus website has a whole new look and new features. Postcards are in the mail to each alumnus, for which we have an address. Check out the new site at: alumni.gustavus.edu
Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts
Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month. Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 8:00-9:30 a.m., 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100). The cost is $10 per person. Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Gusties Gather! — September 28
- Homecoming/Family Weekend — October 3-5
- Class reunions for 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 — October 4
Many at Gustavus are thinking about environmental sustainability of the college. Large efforts for the near future include purchasing a wind turbine for campus and building the new academic building using environmentally friendly techniques. There are also smaller steps the college is pursuing each year relating to education and physical plant changes. The goal is to not only reduce the amount of money the college spends on energy use, but to be mindful of the environmental impact the college has on our community. If you so choose, your gift can go towards the annual educational and physical plant initiatives the college is undertaking such as the Campus Energy Challenge and switching all light bulbs on campus to compact fluorescent bulbs. Here’s an example of costs for going green―the plan to switch all the light bulbs in Lund Center this year will cost $30,000. If you’d like to join in this goal, just note somewhere, when making your gift, “GREENING OF GUSTAVUS.”
Even though the 1993 Reunion Planning Committee suggests we put our efforts as a class towards this, as our main area of support, you do not need to give to this project for your gift to count towards our class’ total percentage of giving. Undesignated gifts to the Gustavus Annual Fund are always needed to support opportunities and financial aid for the current students and to help cover the gap between actual educational costs and the tuition students pay after financial aid.
It’s easy to do! Just log on to www.gustavus.edu/giving to make your gift today!
October 3rd and 4th are right around the corner! Call and reserve your hotel rooms today!
Friday night―Block of rooms―The Depot: 612-340-1300.
Gustavus registration coming in August―register early!
The 1993 Reunion Committee