Shahnaz Yusefzadeh Coyer ’68
coyer [at] umn.edu
Reason: To stay in touch with old friends and classmates.
I am still working and wishing for retirement. My work with technology and higher education is good and rewarding but I am missing my artistic activities more. I hope to be well prepared to do digital media and graphic art in my next career!
Community involvement and volunteerism has been great fun as I serve on a number of city and community boards in Minneapolis. I figured the best place to be effective in public policy was at the grassroots and local neighborhood level! I enjoy living in Minneapolis for all sorts of reasons now.
Traveling to Iran, discovering neglected pieces of my identity, and finding new ones has been a significant part of my life these past few years. It’s so easy to be trapped in the fast and superficial momentum of life here until you step outside and look back in where it all looks different. I have now lived in India and visited France extensively and find traveling an essential for my wellbeing.
We were at Macalester at a significant time in the ’60s. With great faculty, wonderfully diverse students and a charged social and political environment — it all contributed to the many influences in my life. They are good memories.
My Mac Memories: Art Department! Toni Caponi, Don Celender, Jerry Rudquist.
Jeanette Schilling Messersmith ’68 note »
Class of ’68 Chairperson
jamessersmith [at] comcast.net
Reason: I have really enjoyed The Things They Carried — what excellent writing! Am looking forward to hearing Tim O’Brien and how his insights might relate to our current fiasco in Iraq.
I have been a “church lady” for most of my adult life — serving the last 18 years as a business administrator in both an ELCA Lutheran church and a Roman Catholic Church (just about two miles from Mac). Bob and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage this summer and have three sons and four grandchildren. We love to travel — Jamaica, Croatia, Spain, France, Switzerland, China and this fall, to Egypt and Jordan. Trip planning is easy and convenient, thanks to the World Wide Web!
It's been fun being back on campus again, helping to organize our reunion. There will be something for everyone and I especially invite our women alumnae to try out the Women's Retreat that begins our weekend — Thursday night. See y’all soon!
My Mac Memories: SWAP — Hitchhiking through France with Judy Wahl (and her crazy diary), working in a hotel kitchen in Scotland; David White and the wonderful discussions in his home with other students; my advisor, the late Ernie Sandeen; the creaking wood floors in Old Main; singing the “War Requiem” with the Minnesota Orchestra; and, finally, Saturday barbecued steak nights with Mother Saga. My four years at Mac expanded my horizons, challenged my worldview and forever changed my life. I am grateful!