Class of '93
August 2008

15-Year Reunion ― October 3 & 4, 2008

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” ~E. E. Cummings

I have a good friend who includes this quote as part of her e-signature.    I like the quote because it implies that growing-up is a course with no specific destination.  More importantly, the process will likely require us to face significant challenges and personal low points.  But the reward for this work is the polishing and perfecting of our character and many unforgettable and amazing personal high points.  Contrary to the idealistic and naïve notions I harbored from 1989 to 1993, it appears the years I spent at Gustavus were merely the birth of this whole “growing-up” business.  I’ve found it’s not a cake walk.

When I was asked to write this letter I waxed nostalgic for the ease of our college days.  I was taken over by a craving for the caf’s “McChicken sandwich.”  That sandwich tasted so good (you know you loved it) and it was just across campus; patiently waiting for us to enjoy it.  Now I have two children who expect me to prepare dinner.  I’m obligated to include vegetables and whole grains.  There is no one to make me a chicken sandwich.  These are the significant challenges of which I speak…

Don’t get me wrong―there is joy now in work and parenting and relationships and friends and hobbies.  I certainly wouldn’t trade the wisdom and skills I’ve attained in the last fifteen years.  I also get the same feeling from my daughter getting off the school bus, as I did when I heard music blasting from the dorms on Friday:  you know the fun is about to start.

I’m looking forward to our reunion.  It, too, could be the start of something fun.  Don’t let the anticipated barrage of “What do you do?,” “Are you married?” “Do you have kids?” deter you.  Life might be exactly as you had imagined or something completely different―either way―I say, “We are all in good company!”  Now is the perfect time to re-connect.


Stephanie Graves

1993 Reunion Committee Member


Community.  As I remember my days at good 'ole GAC, I can always think of all the days spent in some sort of community.  Think of our many hours in the classroom, the cafeteria, dorm rooms, apartments, and houses in town, downtown and many other places!  How can you ever forget!!  These times in community shaped so many memories for me and my time at Gustavus.

Currently, I am so excited to be a part of another Gustavus community, the Class of 1993 reunion committee.  It has been a blast working with such amazing class members and awesome Gustavus staff members!  For our upcoming reunion in October, we are invited again to be together in community.  The reunion committee has worked hard to put together a great weekend for you, your friends and families.  It will allow us to re-connect with communities of the past, to celebrate the memories and continue to move into the future with our Gustavus communities.  I hope and encourage you all, the class of 1993, to put aside time in October to gather together at the Open Book on October 3rd in Minneapolis and on-campus on October 4th.  It will be a time you won’t forget!  Let’s have fun remembering those memorable days of Gustavus and register today!  Don’t hesitate…your community―your friends are waiting!

Kris Robelia-Oppegard

1993 Reunion Committee Member


Hello all, this is an exciting time of year for many of us.  Back to school-time inspires a lot of feelings, some good, some bad, but let’s focus on the positive ones.  Life in school was a little simpler, not too many demands on your time, the schedule was set, and good vs. bad tended to be more clearly defined.  I hope some of those fond memories will inspire you to attend one of our reunion events in October.  You know, check it off your “maybe” list to “yes”.

As one of those people working on the reunion, I feel we have put together a nice package to choose from, but not like a cell-phone package, more like a list of spa packages.  For those of you who can’t make it, airfare being what it is, I would suggest you make a donation to our class efforts.  Any amount is appreciated and helps achieve a high class percentage of giving, which will make all the other classes jealous.  Our class donation will be used for green efforts around campus, which makes it a little more special.  Please take a moment to register for one of the events, or make a donation.  The first weekend in October we’ll also be celebrating the inauguration of the new College President Jack Ohle, which is sure to be an important milestone for Gustavus.

P.S.  For all of you on Facebook, it has been nice to connect and catch up, kind of fun.  Look for a new Gustavus Class of 1993 group page where we can all be together!  These kids today sure are clever.

Hope to see you in October.  Thanks!

Paul Schiminsky

1993 Reunion Committee Member


The room block at the Residence Inn at The Depot will be held until Friday, September 5!  Reserve your room today by asking for the Gustavus 15-Year Reunion block.

Call 612-340-1300

Enclosed is the 15-Year Class Reunion/Homecoming 2008 schedule/reservation form.  Fill it out and return or go on-line at:  We encourage your registration as early as possible!  See you in October!

Campus News

Gustavus Welcomes

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Jack R. Ohle (pronounced OH-lee) as its 15th president at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  The public is invited to celebrate this event along with a reception on Eckman Mall that will follow the ceremony.  On Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4 Gustavus will celebrate with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately follow the Homecoming football game in the Lund Center Forum.  Cost is $7 per person.  For more information about Inaugural Week events, contact the Office of College Relations at 507-933-7520.

Alumni Directory Online

The Alumni Directory is password-protected and all alumni have been mailed a user name and password in a postcard within the last couple of months.  If you need this information, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 800-487-8437 or

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! is a day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fundraiser.  Most gatherings are on Sept. 28.  Watch for gatherings in your area or check out the Alumni website for a location near you.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

The Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast for September will feature Jay Schoenebeck ’80, football coach, and Al Molde ’66, athletics director.  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.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV is scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 and is focusing on the first humans.  Presenters will consider the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Jay Schoenebeck and Al Molde - Sept. 17
  • Gusties Gather! - Sept. 28
  • Presidential Inauguration/Homecoming/Family Weekend - Oct. 3-5
  • Nobel Conference - Oct. 7-8