Class Notes - Fall 2011

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Peace Haven group holds 35-year reunion of semester abroad

Thirty-three members of UWSP’s semester abroad in London in the fall of 1976 celebrated 35 years of friendship on August 6 with a reunion in Verona at the home of Linda Christensen and Jack Miller. Members of the group, who studied at Peace Haven in London, continue to reminisce, share photographs and keep in touch on their Facebook page under “Peace Haven.” A video created from photos of their stay in London is also available at

For information on planning reunion events with the help of the UWSP Alumni Affairs office, email alumni@uwsp.edu, call 715-346-3811 or go to search UWSP alumni on Facebook.

Puppy Love...How did you meet your Pointer partner?

Allison (Groshek) Schaefer, ’03, Rockville, Md., met her husband, Ahren Schaefer, ’03, at the 1999 Welcome Back Dance at Berg Gym. The Schaefers are just one of thousands of couples who met at UWSP. The Pointer Alumnus would like to hear about how you met your significant other while studying together at Point. Selected stories and photos will be included in the spring issue. Submit them to alumni@uwsp.edu by February 14, 2012, for consideration.

Pointer legacy worth a Fortune

The late Genevieve (Hintz), ’38, MS ’68, and the late Michael J. Fortune, ’49, Stevens Point, raised their eight children to value an education. Both were educators themselves, Genevieve taught in Arnott and Ellis and at Emerson Elementary School in Stevens Point and Michael at P.J. Jacobs and as a professor of English at Central State Teachers College (UWSP). The couple had met in Stevens Point when Michael came for training in the U.S. Air Force.

“There was no doubt that we’d go to college after high school,” said their oldest son, Attorney Michael P. Fortune, ’67, Fond du Lac. “We knew having UWSP in town meant we had an opportunity to continue our education at an affordable cost. My dad taught there so we were well aware of the quality of education but we also knew how important the university was for the town itself…it provided us great opportunities for sports, plays, and concerts.”
So all eight of the Fortune siblings, like their parents, became Pointers. Michael was the first, playing basketball under Coach Hale Quandt. His siblings include Patrick Fortune, ’69, Boston, Mass., twins Ronald Fortune, ’70, Bloomington, Ill., and Richard Fortune, ’70, Milwaukee; triplets Susan (Fortune) Bushman, ’72, ME ’88; Stevens Point, Sandra (Fortune) Smith, ’72, ME ’88, Stevens Point, and Sharon (Fortune) Ryan, ’72, ME’86, Wausau; and the youngest, Laura Fortune-Adamski, ’85, MST-EN ’90, Plover. Sharon’s husband, Rick Ryan, ’78, and Laura’s husband, Scott Adamski, ’84, are also Pointers. According to Michael, all eight went on to earn graduate degrees and five are teachers, like their parents.
The Fortune family legacy continues with Genevieve and Michael’s grandchildren, Craig
, ’05, Stevens Point; and Ryan Bushman, ’05, Stevens Point.