Class of '89
April 2006

GREETINGS GUSTAVUS ALUMNI CLASS OF1989

Spring seems to have finally arrived this past week with warmer temps and some glimmers of green.  Spring was always my favorite time of year up on the hill in St. Peter.  The fresh smell of flowers in bloom, the excitement of Rush by the Greeks, and then there was spending a weekend afternoon at a game.  (Ok, so the warmer weather also made it easier to climb the hill after a wild evening downtown).  Yes, spring also brought many academic deadlines and the gloom of pending finals but that would not stop any of us from enjoying the wonderful distractions of spring on campus.

As years go by our memories fade and those warm and fuzzy feelings tend to slip away.  I cannot speak for you, but know that Gustavus was a wonderful time of personal growth for me.  Growth came to me in knowledge, experience, friendship and character.  I cannot point to one single thing or person that was the reason or source for that growth but rather the whole experience of what Gustavus brought to me as a student and as a person and the many wonderful friends that I made while there.

Life is busy and it is hard to keep up with the tasks and the challenges that each day brings but I encourage you to take a moment and remember something of what Gustavus meant to you.  I also encourage you to consider whether there is value in preserving that opportunity or experience for someone else or even your own child.  With that I also encourage you to contribute to the Gustavus Fund.  It is not too late; the fund year does not close until May 31, 2006.  The Class of 1989 has been slipping both in the numbers of donors and overall contributions.  My hunch is that decline is not because the Class of 1989 does not care but rather that we are busy and perhaps think that a little gift is not worth giving.  First, every little gift matters and can help create an opportunity for a future Gustie.  Second, even when we are busy, we can take a moment to keep the Gustie dream alive for generations to come and Gustavus has made it exceedingly easy to give, hop on-line to give at:  http://gustavus.edu/giving/makeagift/index.cfm

Or use the envelope enclosed and don’t forget to include info on your life or employment. 

Allow me to give you an update on myself in hopes of encouraging you all to do the same:  I am married to a guy named Rick who works for Select Comfort in the information technology area and to whom I thank for sleeping on air.  We have two children, ages 7 and 5.  I just finished a 3 and a half-year stint of post-graduate study and am now enjoying the return to a more normal evening routine.  I am looking forward to making a trip to Indianapolis this summer for Janelle Miller’s wedding.  I work for Anoka County in the Protective Services Unit of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.  We advise on daycare licensing, foster care licensing, guardianships, conservatorships, civil commitments and vulnerable adult issues.  I love to run into and talk with fellow Gusties, so if anyone is ever in Anoka, please stop on by.

This letter may have been extremely boring to you.  If so, please contact Gustavus or myself and we can arrange to have you be our next guest writer.

Go Gusties!! 

Francine Pawelk Mocchi

1989 Co-class Agent

CLASSMATE NEWS:

  • Deborah Richards Griffith is community director/performer for a theatre in International Falls.  Check out Debbie’s Stories from the Ice Box and radio program.  Website is www.debbiegriffith.com.
  • Dave L. Venem is working for John Deere as a senior technical engineer.  Dave and his wife, Kathy, are the proud parents of Nathanial James born February 12, 2005.  Nathanial joins two older brothers and a sister.
  • Paul Grove completed his 4th year coaching the University of Minnesota Morris basketball team.
  • Congratulations to Nancy Murdakes Brown who gave birth to Christopher James Brown on August 8, 2005.
  • Michael Ketterling is a captain for Mesaba Airlines and serves in the Minnesota Air National Guard.
  • Annette (Lutjen) and Josh Deden welcomed a baby girl, Sara Francis, on September 24, 2005.
  • Andrea Arendt Feliciano is living in Plano Texas and working as a financial consultant for Smith Barney. 
  • Gregg Goedde and his wife, Jennifer, have a new daughter, Stephanie, born March 21, 2005.
  • Eric Lipke welcomed his third child, Andrew John Lipke on October 18, 2005.
  • Shari Adams Frisbie continues her dual role as homemaker and marketing director and office manager for Frisbie Architects.
  • Bruce Sanders changed jobs and is now working for Plantronics.

Lastly, please join me to welcome Mike Dueber as a fellow class agent for the Class of 1989.  Mike has graciously agreed to serve the class in this capacity.  You should also be grateful because your future class letters are guaranteed to be more entertaining!  Welcome Mike!

NEWS FROM THE HILL:

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or www.meyerandassoc.com about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to gustavus.edu/alumni.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference:  "AIDS + Africa, the Unfolding Crisis"

The 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 19.  This year's topic is AIDS in Africa.  The conference will feature a keynote address by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, and Marjorie Mbilinyi, social activist and professor in Tanzania.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on campus for viewing.  Robert Gallo is spending time on campus during March and April sponsored by the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Distinguished Professorship, a residency program for Nobel Laureates and similarly distinguished scholars.  For more information, go to gustavus.edu/events/mayday/.

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <alumni@gustavus.edu> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS – April 19
  • Rydell Distinguished Professorship lecture by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV virus, professor and director of the Institute of Human Virology – April 20
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting, keynote address, "Discipleship in Today's World:  Religion and Ecology," by Larry Rasmussen – April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

P. S.  Editor’s Note:  Here is a message that was sent to the Alumni Office in November 2004, from Cheryl Burman Harjes.  It was sent to inform and ask for support for two special Gusties.  We apologize that there wasn’t a more timely class letter that could have helped to get the word out.  However late, we feel the news important to share.

I am sending this message to tell you about what has been going on with Jon & Joanne (Gulstrand ’90) Harmsen.  On September 18, 2004, Jon & Joanne were in a very serious motorcycle accident and were both airlifted to Mayo Clinic.  Both were in intensive care for a long time, Jon remains in the hospital.  Both broke multiple bones in their bodies and have had many reconstructive surgeries.  Joanne suffered a broken back but is out of the hospital and will be readmitted for rehabilitation when her injuries have healed sufficiently.

On November 6, 2004 a benefit dinner/dance/silent auction was held in Faribault in Jon & Joanne's honor.  It was very well attended and the attached pictures were taken at that benefit.  All of the women in the photo are good friends and all are former members of the Gustavus Swim team, as well as the same sorority.  In the back row from left to right are myself (Cheryl Burman Harjes) and Teri Twa Reuvers ’97, in front are Jennifer Reed Fulop ’87, Joanne Gulstrand Harmsen ’90 and Paula Sammon Wright ’90.

joane