Class of '89
November 2003

Dear Class of 1989,

Have you seen the "I love the 80's" shows on VH1?  It is our life from seventh grade to our graduation at Gustavus.  It is hard to believe that we are moving into our upper thirties and were freshman at Gustavus 18 years ago.  One thing that has not changed since our school years is that our college needs the support of it's alumni.  Our challenge is to have 50% of all Gustie alums contribute to the annual fund this year.  We need your gift be it large or small, everything counts and is appreciated.

Have you been down to campus lately?  If not try to catch a concert, play or game this winter.  You will be amazed at how beautiful the campus is.  If you have kids bring them to eat in the new dinning service.  The food is great, prices are right and the people are friendly.  My daughter, Linnea, broke three plates last winter trying to carry her own food tray and the students and staff couldn't have been nicer helping me clean up the mess!

Our school is excelling on all fronts.  We need to excel in our support of the school as well. 

News from the hill:

College opens 142nd Academic Year - More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 - On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013, under the direction of the executive committee of Dr. Hobart Johnson '21, Dr. Edgar Carlson '31, The Rev. J. Millard Ahlstrom '34, and Ren Anderson '34.  Dollars and donors continued to grow and, under the leadership of Cec Eckhoff '56, alumni participation continually exceeded 50% each year, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with 17 national awards. Alumni contacting alumni has been the hallmark of success; we depend on Phonorama volunteers to make the difference. Help the alumni fund again reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies - Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003, the same day his exhibit Retrospective opened as scheduled in the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the Gustavus campus.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally.

Alumni Board members selected - Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

2003 Hall of Fame inductees -- Nine individuals were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on September 27. Inductees are Val Flom Ashland '87 (volleyball), Wendy Ericksen Bachman '87 (soccer), Karen Ahlstrom Bishop '86 (gymnastics), Jay Coatta '87 (basketball and golf), Marv Gunderson '53 (football), Jim Hearn '81 (tennis), Dave Najarian '82 (football), Betty Wannarka Ringeisen '84 (basketball and track and field), and Larry Shelhamer '76 (soccer).

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Directors' Cup - Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program - The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends - visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Class of 1989 News

  • Lisa Peterson Zizovski - Lisa married John Zizovski this past August.  Lisa and John live in Innisfil, Ontario Canada.
  • Christine Olson - Received her MBA this past spring from the University of Redlands School of Business.
  • Char Henn - Is the director of the Goodhue County Historical Society.
  • Jeff Weiland - Is the head football coach and social studies teacher at Orono high school. 
  • Heather Miller Cink  - Is the choral director, assistant girl's basketball coach and vocal director for the school's musical at Park Center High School.
  • Jennifer Buzzelle - Is a partner at Castalia, Inc.
  • Scott Thureen - Is the assistant program director at classical 103.5 radio in Washington D.C.
  • Tara Harding Robson - Our former class agent is still living the good life down under in Mosman Park, Australia.
  • Lisa Braun - Is the director of marketing & publicity at Llewellyn Publications.
  • Dean Kraus - Is working on his acceptance speech to the Gustavus Athletic Hall of Fame.  Look for induction announcement in 2004 or 2005.
  • Mike Kuntz - Has been promoted to corporate accounting manager at Patterson Dental Company.  Mike formerly was head of the companies internal audit department and I can attest as a Patterson employee if you don't follow company policy you will suffer the "Kuntzequences".

WE NEED MORE NEWS - SEND IT ON YOURSELF OR ONE OF OUR CLASSMATES: <1989classofficers@gustavus.edu>.

Have a great Holiday season and please strongly consider a gift to Gustavus!

Scott Anderson

(on behalf of Tom Bessinger and Francine Pawelk Mocchi)

1989 Co-Class Agents