Class of '98
November 2005

Greetings from Gustavus!

It has been a busy fall on campus, filled with concerts, lectures, and sporting events.  Campus is now preparing for Christmas in Christ Chapel and the end of the semester.

Life has been busy for your class agents, just as I am sure it is busy for everyone.  Erin Tripp moved into a new house in Owatonna and is still busy teaching at Owatonna High School.  CloEve Anderson Demmer is planning a move to New York in January as her husband starts post-doctoral work in epidemiology.  Kari Lipke still works at Gustavus and is active at First Lutheran Church.  She has realized that these responsibilities are keeping her from being an effective Class Agent, so she is stepping down.

So this is the chance if you have ever wanted to help write a letter or contact classmates to volunteer as a Class Agent!  If you are interested contact us at or call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer or request a printed version call 507/933-6515.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

Evelyn Sponberg Young, one of Gustavus' best ambassadors of goodwill, hospitality and spirit, and friend of many, many Gusties through the years, died at her home on September 29, at the age of 93.  Evelyn graduated from Gustavus in 1933 and taught English in several schools in southern Minnesota.  She returned to campus in 1949 as director of the College's dining service, serving the College 32 years until her retirement in 1981.  A memorial service will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College, Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel ― December 2-4
  • St. Lucia Day ― December 8
  • Evelyn Young Memorial – December 8
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27
  • Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis – March 12

Many blessings to you this holiday season.

Go Gusties!

CloEve and Erin