Class of '84
September 2009

25-Year Reunion ― October 9-10, 2009

Dear Classmate,

It won’t be long now before we’re gathering once again on the hill, this time for our 25th reunion.  (I know, I know, how can that be?)  If you haven’t registered already for the weekend, you still have time.  Your Reunion Committee has worked hard this past year to put together a fun weekend of activities, starting with our Friday night gathering at Richard’s Restaurant & Pub in St. Peter.  Then, on Saturday, you can spend the day on the hill at our hospitality tent before the football game, the 5th quarter gathering after the game, and a class party at Pete and Cassandra (Weltsch) Nelson’s home.  Many more activities are planned, too.  To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/GAC1984.

Drum roll please:  the Class of 1984 has been named 2009 Class of the Year!!!  Here’s why our class earned this distinction:

  • Recruited a reunion committee of 15 members to plan the reunion
  • Established a class scholarship: a group of classmates stepped up to challenge the class with a $5,000 matching program in September for:  1) new participation and 2) new gifts to the class scholarship
  • Created a Facebook page
  • Developed special mailings by the reunion committee and class agents
  • Planned a creative and unique Friday night gathering at Richard’s
  • Created a reunion handout in lieu of a formal program, in order to give classmates more time for socializing and reconnecting.
  • For the 2008-2009 fiscal year:
  • 44.4% participation, the highest percentage in the classes from 1967 to 2008
  • 224 donors, the highest number of any class
  • $84,618, the highest giving amount in the classes from 1976 to 2008

Currently, the Class of 1984 has:

  • 48% participation (242 donors), the highest percentage among all eight reunion classes celebrating this fall.
  • $93,075 in gifts and $22,317 in pledges for a grand total of $115,392 during the reunion cycle from 6/1/08 to 9/21/09.

And about that matching gift opportunity, there’s still time to participate.

In honor of our 25-Year Class Reunion, the challenge match provides an incentive for those who would like to make a gift to the 1984 Class Endowed Scholarship between September 1-30, 2009.

How do you get in on the match?

    • Mail in a check to Gustavus with a note in the memo line “1984 Scholarship”
    • Go online to www.gustavus.edu/give (note in the COMMENT box–1984 Scholarship)
    • Call 866-487-3863 to give over the phone (mention 1984 Scholarship)
    • Register for the reunion and include a gift with your registration, mark the scholarship box

Class News

A few classmates have passed along some news about their lives in this reunion year.  Here is the latest:

  • Eloise Amundson Teklu just celebrated the 20th year of employment at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  Congrats on the anniversary!
  • Gregg Backstrom works for Treatment Resources, Inc. where he has an expertise in multiple capacities in the municipal and industrial environment field.  From 1984 to 1992 he was involved with hazardous waste cleanup and the impact of environmental releases into the soil and groundwater.  From 1992 to the present, he has worked closely on the design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of water and wastewater treatment systems for municipalities and industry.
  • Anna Carlsted Behnen continues to substitute teach in Bloomington.
  • Shari Lynn McKenzie Campbell Black is currently working as an nurse practitioner in the Department of Solid Tumor Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.  In her position, which she has been in since August of 2005, she cares for patients who have a diagnosis of a GU malignancy.  Shari has two sons:  Rayn Campbell is 18 and currently in Basic Training for the Army National Guard in Fort Benning, Georgia.  He is training to be a mortal specialist.  Rhys Campbell is 16 and is a high school junior in Wadsworth, Ohio, where the family has lived since August of 2003.  Shari’s husband, Gary Black, died on June 3, 2008, from complications of metastatic renal cell carcinoma.  Sorry for your loss.
  • Mel Chez and his wife, Jean Anne, have a daughter, Sophie, and a son, Nolan.
  • Lynda White Czarnetzki has been with Securian Financial Group (formerly Minnesota Mutual) for 25 years, since graduation.
  • Jeffrey Edblad (Cambridge, MN) is in his fourth term as the elected county attorney for Isanti County.  He is also an adjunct professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and the Ernest F. Hollings National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  He has also been a member of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission.  He and his wife, Debra, have three children:  Clark (17), Peter (12), and Jillian (5).
  • Mark and Tanya (Hershman) Erickson have three children:  Alise, Amelia, and Aidan.
  • Lisa Belin Foecke conducts the bell choir at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
  • John Herbert (San Francisco, CA) traveled to Morocco last fall.  He continues to work as a psychiatrist in the Bay Area.
  • Tom Kleist and his wife, Debbie, have a son, Sam, and a daughter, Hannah.
  • Tamera Koeder-Macias is excited that her four-year-old started pre-school this fall.
  • Kendra Petrick Langert (Inver Grove Heights, MN) is an 11th and 12th grade special education teacher in the Roseville Area School District.  In addition to teaching full time, she also waitresses part time at the Courtyard by Marriott.  Her son, Kendall, is a junior at Augsburg, where he majors in elementary education and plays football.
  • Michael Lund (Fresno, CA) is in his third year as an independent financial advisor through LPL Financial Services.  More importantly, he says, he is now a work-from-home dad who kisses his wife, Dawn, and sends her off to her job as a nurse.  Anna (14), Rachel (11), and David (8) make him “work for six hours while they’re in school prepping for Gustavus.”
  • Julie Hansen Magnus is busy still working at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington and raising her family.
  • Gordon Mansergh (Atlanta, GA) is a senior scientist at CDC in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.  He oversees and consults on HIV risk reduction intervention trials and epidemiological assessments, primarily in the United States but also in Asia and Africa.  He recently received a Fulbright award to serve as an international consultant on behavioral measurement and change.  Congrats on the honor!  Gordon is involved in CDC efforts to address methamphetamine use, as well as to improve scientific leadership development and establish a science leadership advancement track for the agency.
  • Steve Mohn and wife, Sue (Niday ’86) have a son in college and a daughter who is a junior in high school.  Steve is a partner with ROI Pathways, an investment management company.
  • Steve Parry is now the regional manager at CardioGenesis Corp.
  • Amy Krause Reader Sanda (Maplewood, MN) is a practitioner of acupuncture and Asian medicine in St. Paul.
  • Jana Liupakka Richardson and her family recently moved to the Bay Area.  She and her husband, Kevin ’82, have two sons in college and a daughter who is a freshman in high school.  Jana is now an RN authorization nurse for a large practice group in San Ramon.  Kevin is vice president of national sales for Kaiser Permanente Oakland.
  • Robyn Rime has accepted a new position as assistant director for publications and creative services at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.
  • Betty Wannarka Ringeisen (Sherburn, MN) teaches 6th and 7th grade physical education and health and 7th grade computer at Jackson County Central Middle School in Lakefield.
  • Susan Sandberg continues to work as a nurse at United Hospitals in St. Paul.
  • Mike Thyen has been a partner with South Metro Anesthesia since 2005.  He has also been a deputy coroner for the Rice County Coroner’s Office since 1992.  His wife, Sheila, is a database specialist at Thomson Reuters.  Their son, Max, is 20, and their daughter, Aubrey, is 16.  The family lives in Faribault.
  • Jim and Ruthanne (Hedstrom ’83) Vos celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  Congrats!  They are “empty nesters” already, with their oldest at Luther Seminary and their youngest at Notre Dame.  Jim is still at CRESA Partners (20 years) doing real estate consulting, and he is actively involved with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  In fact, he became Chair of the Board this summer.  Ruthanne is working at Westwood Lutheran Church as director of volunteer ministry.  She is also enrolled at William Mitchell College of Law, where she is beginning coursework toward a law degree.
  • Wendy Roal Warner still works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  She was just promoted to warden at Duluth.  Congrats on the promotion!
  • Todd Wenzel (St. Paul, MN) is a controller for Minnwest Corporation.
  • Barb Schaller Wiggins (St. Paul, MN) has a nephew, Matt Henderson ’11, who plays on the Gustie football team.
  • Sheri Lohrenz Zastrow works at the Mayo Clinic, where she is the nursing education supervisor for the Department of Surgical Services, overseeing 13 MSN nursing education specialists.  She is also an instructor in nursing through the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and she is a program director affiliated with two surgical technology programs and a surgical assistant program through the Mayo School of Health Sciences.  Shari and her husband, Gregg, have two sons.  The oldest, Corey is a freshman at University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and Chad a sophomore at Century High School in Rochester.  Gregg is an electrician/estimator for Adair Electric.

That’s all for now.  Hopefully we can do some more catching up in person at the reunion.  But, if you’re unable to join us, then please keep the news coming so I can pass it along to our classmates.  Happy 25th Reunion!

Carole Arwidson

1984 Co-class Agent

Campus News

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at www.gustavus.edu/GLA!!!

Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 9 & 10, 2009

Join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities this year!  Parents, alumni, and friends of the College are invited to return and reconnect on this great weekend.  Check out all the activities on the Gustavus alumni web site (www.gustavus.edu/alumni

A Walk in the Arb

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on that Saturday, October 10.  Come enjoy a guided hike through the arboretum and browse its many beautiful flower gardens and tree collections.  Maple trees will be in their fall peak this weekend.  Master Gardeners and tree care experts will be available to address your questions and concerns, so bring a branch!  Bring your kids (accompanied by an adult) for a hayride through the arboretum.  Have a look at this year’s scarecrows around the Borgeson cabin!  Enjoy cookies and lemonade, purchase an arboretum t-shirt.  There will be books available for purchasing and signing by two local authors, Jan Dunlap (Birder Murder Mysteries) and Jim Gilbert (Minnesota Nature Notes).  Join Us!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.

Upcoming speakers:

President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21

Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18

Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16

Upcoming Events

  • Nobel Conference:  H²0 Uncertain Resource – October 6-7, 2009
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2009
  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair