Class of '83
January 2008

25-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 3-4, 2008

Dear Classmates,

I hope all is well with you and your families and that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.  This is my first Gustavus class letter ever.  Over the course of the year, you will be receiving letters from other guest writers―as we approach our 25th Class Reunion!

Many of your classmates and I gathered in September and again in November to kick-off planning for the reunion.  The first meeting was on campus.  I found the day to be one of reconnection for me―to the campus and to my classmates.  I hadn’t been back on campus for a few years, last attending the Nobel Conference in 2004.  It was great to see and hear college leaders talk about the changes the college has undergone and the plans they have for the future.  I was also overcome by the familiar “home away from home” feeling I always had when I went to school there.  Our lives take us in so many directions―it was wonderful to take a little time to reconnect with friends I hadn’t seen in years.  For me, this reunion is a time of grounding and reconnection.

The event committee has been busy―laying out the broad guidelines for the weekend.  As we fine tune our planning we will need your help in collecting photographs to help share our fond memories.

Here is what we know so far:

  • We have approximately two dozen classmates on the planning committee and we would love to have more!  If you are interested please contact me (email:  jubbamara@hotmail.com; phone 612-596-8756; 8199 Lori Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125.  Again, more details will follow.
  • Our next planning meeting will be Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  We welcome your attendance.
  • We plan on calling all of our classmates between March 1 and March 15 to encourage attendance at the reunion.
  • The reunion will be held on October 3 - 4, 2008.  On Friday, October 3, we will converge on the Best Western in Mankato.  We have reserved a block of rooms and are arranging food and liquid refreshments around the pool.  Call 507-625-9333 to reserve your room!  On Saturday, October 4, we will meet on campus.  In the morning, we are arranging a guided tour for you and your families.  This will be followed by a banquet in Alumni Hall.  We are reserving a tent to socialize in at the football stadium during the game.  The weekend will tentatively close with a party at Mark Hanson’s house.  In addition to specific plans made by our class, there will be other activities planned for the weekend.
  • We are collecting photographs for the event.  Please send electronic copies to Randi Ness Kelley at:  rkelley@ptc.com.  She will compile a slide show for the event.
  • Susan Sherb Path will serve in the role as resident historian.  Please contact her (slpath@comcast.net) with any ideas you may for our “museum.”  An example, the clothing we used to wear, hairstyles, music we listened to, old clichés and so on.
  • We also want to organize an up-to-date class email list so we can contact everyone more quickly and more often.  Therefore, would you please take a minute and send an e-mail to the Alumni Office at alumni@gustavus.edu and provide your email address.  The office will forward those addresses to the Committee so we can be in further contact with you.
  • I am serving as the Event Chair.  Dan Balach and Eileen Applegate Sternard will serve as Communication Co-Chairs.  Brad Somero, Scott Gilyard, Scott Winter, Brad Emch and Cindy Hendricks will serve as Giving Co-Chairs.

We know you are all very busy, but please put October 3-4, 2008 down on your calendar.  We hope that this weekend you can all reconnect with long-time friends on a campus that many of us can say, holds a special place in our hearts.

Jim Mara

1983 Reunion Event Chair

The following is updated information on our fellow classmates:

  • John Biewen was featured in the Morris Sun Tribune last August.  He is the audio programs director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  John gave the opening convocation for the 2007-08 First Year Seminar at the University of Minnesota, Morris.  His former reporting for American RadioWorks has also won him numerous awards.  Congratulations! 
  • Nancy Johnson Dahl was featured in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal last July as the Woman to Watch.  Congratulations to her on her former successes as vice president of Lifetouch and as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cambria!  We are looking forward to hearing from you as to your next adventure!
  • Natalie Carlson Bloomquist is the director of Christian education at Emanuel Lutheran Church and she just received her master’s of arts degree in religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
  •   Beth Groehler Davis is a nursing supervisor for Ridgeview Health Systems. 
  • Phillip Erickson is employed at the University of Minnesota in the cardiovascular department. 
  • Timothy and Julie (Greger) Fie live in Mounds View, MN.  Tim is employed by Compucon Corporation and Julie is an administrative assistant for Wells Fargo. 
  • Thomas Grefe is employed at Oracle.
  • Kris Haugen is a senior program manager for the employee health promotion program for Park Nicollet Health Services
  • John Hatlestad is principal scientist for Boston Scientific.
  • Miranda Millen Johnson is a nurse for at VNA Care Network and resides in Massachusetts. 
  • Mae Beth Lindstrom was married in May of 2006 to her minister David Wold, they have been on three mission trips! 
  • David Magee is the vice president of global risk management for Oracle Corporation.
  • Paul McKenna is operations manager for CACI International and resides in Virginia. 
  • Dana Mumey is a senior assistant attorney for Adams County and resides in Colorado. 
  • Dawn Mumey works in the Denver Public Schools. 
  • Ashley Nedeau-Owen is a transportation coordination specialist his wife, Laura Nedeau-Owen ’80 is a social worker.  They reside in Lodi, Wisconsin. 
  • Susan Fox Prieve is a public health nurse in Rice County.  Her husband, Mark Prieve, is a systems analyst for McQuay International in Faribault.
  • Rebecca Schneider Lantz is the new School Board Chair in Hillsboro, OR. 
  • Kathy Kerns Schroeder is employed by Quintess Leading Residences of the World as a member and travel advisor.
  • John Skalbeck, associate professor of geosciences at the University of Wisconsin, is taking a static leave of work opening two environmental education centers in Racine and Kenosha.  His wife, Lucy Turner Skalbeck is director of training, North American Operation for Anixter, Inc. 
  • Lisa Petersen Smuda works for Rice Lake Primary in sales and marketing.
  • Christine Sorenson Swanson was recently hired as an administrative specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. 
  • Al Stromback is employed at Saint Paul Travelers as a commercial account manager.
  •   Mark Tesdall, Burnsville, MN is employed at Grossman Chevrolet as the sales and finance manager. 
  • Michael Thomas is employed at Verizon Wireless. 
  • Lois Langer Thompson is deputy director of libraries for Hennepin County. 
  • Amy Hansen Treimer is a homemaker.

Congratulations to you all for making such great contributions to your families and your communities!  We are looking forward to talking with many of you in March when we do our Reunion calling!

Eileen Applegate Sternard

1983 Communication Co-chair

Campus News

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful. 

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Athletics

Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fine Arts Events

“Destination Anywhere:  A Juried Exhibit of 15 Award-Winning Young Artists With Disabilities,” is now on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus.  The exhibit, a product of a partnership between VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) and Volkswagen of America, Inc., strives to recognize and showcase young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States.  In November the Department of Theatre and Dance presented a Festival of Student Work.  A miniature “Fringe Festival” in its own right, this collaboration of more than 60 actors, dancers, designers, and technicians, operating on 10 different production schedules, filled Anderson Theatre, the Black Box, and the Schaefer Fine Arts Center for four days of artistic celebration.

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition―join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.  Enclosed is a Reunion Class Giving Card to kick off your reunion year―please consider making a special gift this year in honor of your 25th Class Reunion!

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring Doug Nimmo, Wind Orchestra Conductor - Jan. 16
  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ - Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ - Jan 22.
  • Winter Retreat Reunion Planning, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Mpls. – Feb. 23
  • For more information on alumni events, go to:  gustavus.edu/alumni/events