Class of '98"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.” ~Christopher Morley
Mr. Morley certainly has a way with words doesn’t he? My boyfriend, Chris, and I took a nice leisurely stroll around Lake Harriet today; it is so awesomely encouraging to see the trails and surrounding grassy knolls packed with walkers, bikers, strollers, happy dogs, inline skaters and loungers. There was even one brave soul in a swim suit on the “beach” soaking up the atypical sun for this time of year in Minnesota! Just a few days ago I noticed one of my favorite indications that spring is here and I watch for it every year at about this time. On my way to the light rail station near Fort Snelling I cross the Mendota Bridge; I love it when I come over the hill after crossing Highway 13 and can see a faint green haze on the trees. I used to watch for that same spring indicator from my 2nd floor dorm room in Rundstrom Hall. Amy Eggers Dunlop ‘99 and I had an awesome view of the Minnesota River Valley from that room and I fondly remember watching the brown-grayish trees slowly turn to green.
On to business! By the time you receive this letter Gustavus will be approaching the close of the 2010 Gustavus Annual Fund which is on May 31, 2010. There is still time to make a contribution to the Gustavus Annual Fund. And I confess; I have made a pledge on a dollar amount to send in and I’m finally taking care of that this week! There’s nothing like waiting until the last possible second; but better late than never! I recommend doing it the easy way and give using on-line giving at: www.gustavus.edu and click on Giving. I’ve made my pledge; have you?!
In other news several of our classmates have exciting news to share about their growing families and educational/career goals. Take a look! (If you have news you’d like to share you can email email@example.com anytime . . . .)
Michael and Jill (Biesanz) Monroe gave birth to a baby boy on September 1, 2009; Lucas Kent Monroe.
Bruce and Tricia Dahlman recently welcomed the birth of their daughter, Paige Sherilyn Dahlman, born on February 20, 2010
Tennille Davis Haro and husband, Rene, gave birth to a son, Mason Edward Haro, on May 9, 2008. They are expecting their second child soon!
Michael and Molly Johnson announced the birth of their daughter, Sawyer Maeve Johnson, born on October 24, 2009.
Heather McClelland and Todd Gienapp are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lukas Scott Gienapp, born on May 22, 2009. Heather is a stay-at-home parent after teaching for ten years and lives in Vancouver, WA.
Gusties gather for the wedding celebration of Alecia Tromiczak and Bob Gazzola ’83. Front: Colby Johnson ’01, Violeta Hernandez Espinoza ’07, Cecilia Sowemimo ’07, Leah Heltemes Hoghaug, Alicia and Bob, Alicia Cordes, Lisa Pearson Gilyard ’85, Nicole Claggett ’99 Mike Stehlik (women’s soccer coach), Meghan Krause ’00. Back: Bob Neuman ’80, Rich Aune ’81, Nissa Stolp Fell ’00, Brian Fell ’95, Mark Hanson ’83, Scott Gilyard ’83 and Craig Yotter ’83
Career and Education Updates
Peter Kluge is a cardiology physician in Mason City, IA.
Jennifer Stange is working on her second master’s degree in tourism administration with a concentration in sustainable tourism development at George Washington University School of Business in Washington DC.
I have another confession to make; I still have not made it to a Twin Cities Breakfast. It is still on my never ending list of “to-dos” but I’m sure that many of you have the same hang-up with the breakfasts happening during the business week. In any case, Twin Cities Breakfasts are still happening on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, located at the Doubletree Hotel-Park Place just west of downtown Minneapolis. If you’re able to schedule it in, it looks like there are some great speakers over the next few months. Scheduled speakers coming up are:
April 21- Virgil Jones, director of diversity development and multicultural programs
May 19 – Al Molde ’66, director of athletics; Tim Kennedy ’82, sports information director
June 16 – Bob Neuman ’66, associate director of admission
July 21 – summer programs staff
August 18 – Peter Haugen, head football coach
September 15 – Jack R. Ohle, president
October 20 – Lisa Heldke ’82, Nobel Conference 2010, Making Food Count
I hope this letter finds all of you in good health and spirits! Please continue to send in your marriage/birth/educational/career updates to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in either the Quarterly or the next class letter. Take care and be well!
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!” ~Robin Williams
1998 Class Agent
Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects
At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects. The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces. It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building. This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel. It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications). Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building. Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.
The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year. “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.
Wind Orchestra Tour
The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria. The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring. On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson. For other campus news please check the website at www.Gustavus.edu.
Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy. We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500. Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him. Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.
Attend a Chapter Event Near You!
There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities: New York, April 22; Boston, April 25; Chicago, May 3 and Denver, May 4. President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say. He is providing outstanding leadership
- Apr. 10 – Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Home Concert
- Apr. 11 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert
- Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
- Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
- Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
- Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
- May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
- May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
- May 4 – Denver Chapter Event