Russ and Jan Michaletz, members of the Gustavus Adolphus College class of 1974 and residents of Edina, Minn., received the Greater Gustavus Award at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 during the Alumni Banquet as part of the College’s 2007 Reunion Weekend.
The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given by the Gustavus Alumni Association and is awarded to those “who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.”
Both Russ and Jan have served Gustavus in multiple leadership capacities. Russ has served as chair of the Board of Trustees for the past three years and is completing his second term on the College’s governing body. Besides his service as a Trustee, Russ has been involved in the Founder’s Society, the Gustavus Heritage Partnership, the Building a Greater Gustavus Campaign Council, the Economics Management Advisory Group, the Executives Forum, the Crown Council, the Alumni Board of Directors, and Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.).
Jan is currently serving as chair of the Alumni Board of Directors. Her past involvement in volunteer leadership opportunities include a three-year stint as President of the Gustavus Library Associates and a year as chair of the gala library fundraiser, A Royal Affair. She has been a Class Agent for 33 years while also being involved in the Founder’s Society, the Gustavus Heritage Partnership, and the Building a Greater Gustavus Campaign Council.
The Michaletz’s are also the proud parents of four children — three of whom are Gusties (Mara ’02, Anne ’05, and John ’08). Their youngest son, Peter, will be a senior at Edina High School next fall.
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