Class of '88
October 2006

Gustie ’88 Classmates,

Happy Halloween!

A few weeks ago my family and I went down to Gustavus for the Homecoming football game.  It was a gorgeous 80 degree day and the stands were packed with students, parents and alumni.  The weather and the excitement of seeing some classmates and a bunch of ’86ers who were at Gustavus for their 20-year reunion, made up for the 0-47 score.  While my 7-year-old daughter and I sat in the stands watching the game, I became aware of how time had flown and it seemed that just yesterday I was a freshman hanging out at my first Gustie game.  For just a second I wondered if anyone thought that maybe I was a student babysitting some one else’s kid.  That thought was quickly dissolved, when my daughter began asking questions like, “How old do you have to be to go Gustavus?”  (The answer was not 40).  She had a lot of other questions like, “Can anyone go to Gustavus?”  (My guess is that some of us probably wouldn’t have gotten into Gustavus with today’s more rigorous standards), “Is it free to go to Gustavus?”  (HA!), “Can you eat whenever you want to or do they have a lunch time?” (The fact that you can eat whenever you want was very exciting to my daughter), “Can you choose hot or cold lunch?” (She has more choices for school lunch than we ever did when we ate in the caf, of course now the caf has just about anything you could want). “Will I get to watch my brothers play football here when they go to Gustavus?”  (That was a loaded question.  Assuming they choose to go, the school accepts them and we can pay for it are all big questions.  Only one part of the question I could answer for sure was that they would not be playing at Hollingsworth Stadium.)

A big change coming to the campus will be the tearing down of Hollingsworth Football Stadium sometime after the end of this season.  The new improved, sunken stadium will go up directly behind Lund Center where the current baseball fields have been.  Obviously many things have changed at Gustavus, but the beauty of the campus and the feeling like you’re home when you walk on campus will never change for me.

Speaking of changes we have added a new class agent to our class.  JoAnn “Jo Jo” (Wackerfuss) Quackenbush has graciously accepted the invitation to help Dave Pieper and me keep in touch with all of you.  Thanks a bunch JoJo―it will be fun to have you on board. 

Class News

  • Chris Rosin finished his PhD. and took a research position with the University of Otago (in New Zealand)―ARGOS project.  Victoria Arthur Rosin teaches at the University’s aquarium.
  • In May Penny Noeska Johnson moved to Fort Bragg North Carolina with her family after her husband, Niel, made it home safely from Iraq in January 2006.  He is the deputy corp. surgeon for the 18th Airborne Headquarters.  Penny holds down the fort with three boys, two in school and one at home.  Thank your husband for all he has done.
  • Lisa Egnell Walker and her husband, Paul, welcomed their first child into the world on July 5, 2005.  Her name is Madison.  It was great catching up with you Lisa at the E.P. Fireworks.
  • Sven Thierhoff is vice president (international) at National Geographic.  Sounds exciting!
  • Steven Thomas is vice president of Legal Liaisons, Ltd., which provides executive attorney search services, temporary and permanent staffing for attorneys, paralegals and other legal professionals.
  • Congratulations to Julia Anne Nephew on her marriage to Eric Bergman.  The big day was August 7, 2004.  Happy second anniversary already!!!
  • Welcome to the world Henry Tor Huron!  Congratulations to Jodie Carlson and her husband, Matt, on the birth of their first child April 7, 2005.
  • Jay Gutierrez and his wife, Tracy, ushered into the world their daughter, Ava, on June 8, 2006.
  • Erik Lundquist and his family moved to Rochester, MN where Erik accepted a position as resident director of Merrill Lynch.  His wife, Sue (Astrup ’84), continues as an executive recruiter for Target.  We miss you.

Campus News

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to:  gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

September was Life Insurance Awareness Month.  According to a recent national survey, 68 million Americans have no life insurance.  Fortunately, the Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, www.meyerandassoc.com/ma/gustavus or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Omega Kappa Fraternity Celebrates 100 Years

The OKs celebrated 100 years of Modesty, Diversity, and Brotherhood on Saturday, October 21, at the Science Museum on Minnesota in St. Paul.  The evening was filled with stories, photos, shared memories, artifacts, histories, and singing.

Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel

Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  A great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 - Volleyball, Tina Pulido Draper ’87 - Gymnastics, John Huepenbecker ’80 - Football, John Jambeck ’62 - Swimming, Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 - Tennis, Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously) – Basketball, Dan Prochnow ’78 - Golf, Jerilyn Ree ’88 - Basketball, and Stacey Rodman ’89 - Swimming. 

Gustavus Legacy Award for Gustavus Admission

Mark Anderson, Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <admission@gustavus.edu>.

Gail Chase Ericson

1988 Co-class Agent