Class of '91
April 2004

Dear classmates,

Well it's been a long time since the last class letter, but in the spirit of the Easter season, we appeal to you for forgiveness, and will proceed as if grace has been granted.

The big news from Gustavus is that Jim Peterson '64 has been inaugurated as the 14th president of Our Beloved College, and that if you go to http://gustavus.edu/, the little icon at the front of the address window is a little gold crown.  Wow. 

Spring Phonorama begins momentarily, so expect a call from a Gustie, and then simply give.  Remember that the most important thing is that you give something.  On a personal note, Martha (Maiers) and I (Christopher Tillquist) have joined the Cec Eckoff Society, and have therefore pledged to donate annually.  In fact, I just went online to http://gustavus.edu/giving/ and made our annual gift.  As I moved through the speedy pledge process, I noticed that it is possible to join the Cec Eckoff Society for either five years or for life.  It would be wonderful if you would join the Cec Eckoff Society as well.

CLASS NEWS (completeness varies according to information provided):

OLDER BITS:

  • Eric Martin is working in New York City as a professional photographer, and has a really cool website at http://www.ericmartinphoto.com/
  • Dan and Shari (Pernu '90) Frost had a son, Riken Dain Frost, born June 30, 2003
  • Inga Ogrins Borggreve had a son, Caspar Arturs Ioannis Borggreve, born April 23, 2003
  • Nicole Lavoi moved to Indiana to take a job at the University of Notre Dame as professor in the Center for Sports and Character
  • Jeff Miller and his wife, Andrea, had a daughter, Regan Miller, born December 13, 2002
  • Rene Roth Zar and David Zar had a daughter, Sarah Eloise Zar, born July 23, 2003
  • Lorrie Winch Schmitz and husband, Henry, had a son, Ryan Schmitz, born August 10, 2002
  • Stacy Vezina was married April 28, 2002 to Christopher Houston
  • Michelle Larson Stimpson is now in the life coaching business (Life Shine Coaching Consulting)
  • Todd Menssen was married October 25, 2003
  • Jeff and Michele Sinn have a new dachshund named Schnitzel
  • Amy McCrea Morrell and Kelly Morrell '90 had a daughter, Alyssa Katherine, October 5, 2002
  • Katherine Brown Schuster is now a professor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Andrea Johnson is down in Tucson combining studies in psychology with Reiki
  • Jill Rokala Rygwall and her husband, Chad, had a son, Andrew, September 4, 2003
  • Christine Norrish Lacy and husband, Mark, had a daughter, Kathryn Helen, August 14, 2003
  • Barbara Otte Borrowman and husband, Adam, had a son, Mitchell, February 13, 2003
  • Karen Vihstadt Moeller and husband, Brent, had a son, Jacob William, November 11, 2003
  • Ward and Missy Brehm Swanson had a son, Jacob Cliff Swanson, October 7, 2003

NEWER NEWS:

  • LeAnn Gustafson Lyon is on short-wave radio hosting Lyon Legacy Health Hour on WWCR radio.  Tune in short-wave 5.070.
  • Lisa Nelson Quiring and husband, Todd, had a son, Andrew, December 29, 2000
  • Nancy Olson Boerboom and husband, Mark, had a daughter, Savanna Jo Boerboom, October 25, 2003
  • Mychelle Featherstone is running the London Marathon this month to raise money for Spinal Research!  Good luck Mychelle.
  • Bill Rogers and wife, Gwenn Hansen '93, had a daughter, Sophia Linnae, October 21, 2003
  • Lt. Cdr. Christopher Clemmensen and wife, Anita, had a son, Cameron Jay, August 13, 2003
  • Chad Anderson moved to NYC to work for Piper Jaffray
  • Phil Hotchkiss has started a company called Talkingpoint
  • Lynn Currie Pawelski has moved to Milwaukee to work as communications coordinator for a company providing education and mental health services to families.
  • Heather Broman Magowan and William Magowan '94 had a son, William Edward Magowan, born April 13, 2002
  • Katherine Kinkel Korzenowski had a son, Gabriel David, born June 10, 2003
  • Beth Johnson Fridinger and Steve Fridinger had a son, Luke Steven, September 19, 2003
  • Kari Clark Chatto and husband, James, had a son, Asa James Chatto, November 1, 2003
  • Kathy McCune Parten and husband, Peter, had a son, Nicholas, July 8, 2003
  • Michelle Cole Knochenmus and husband, Howard, had a son, Race Allan, September 9, 2002
  • Lori Lussenhop Ellingson and husband, Mark, had a son, Daniel, born January 23, 2003
  • Betsy Froberg Norby and husband, Mark, had a son, Andrew, May 23, 2002
  • Amy Millette Close and husband, Toby, had a daughter, Abigail Eleanor, August 26, 2003
  • Kari Greig Crown and husband, Brian, had a daughter, Rachel Mae, born May 22, 2003
  • Melissa Meyer Lallak and husband, Jeffrey, had a son, Austin, born May 28, 2003
  • Stephanie Owen just returned from a sabbatical leave in Nicaragua
  • Jeff Larsen and his wife, Kristi, had a son, Preston Jeffrey, born June 16, 2003

Phew!!  That's all the news we've received via the Alumni Office.  Admittedly, it's mostly birth announcements.  If you would like anything printed in these class letters, please send news directly to us at 1991classofficers@gustavus.edu

All the best,

Christopher Tillquist and Kim Osland

1991 Co-class Agents

P. S.  The Alumni Office will add some campus news here:

President Peterson inaugurated

Dr. James Peterson '64 was inaugurated during a ceremony in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 16.  Other inaugural events scheduled April 15-18, included a symposium featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, tree dedication, Gustavus Association of Congregations meeting, G.I.V.E. community service day in St. Peter, music concert, art exhibition, and an alumni reception preceding the Nobel Symphony Concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

50th Anniversary Alumni Fund Closes May 31

The 2004 Alumni Fund will close May 31 with a goal of 50 percent alumni participation. Thanks to everyone who has already participated with a gift.  If you haven't given, please think about sending a gift along with your news in the enclosed gold envelope. Gustavus alumni have a long tradition of strong alumni participation.  Help maintain our national ranking by participating in the 50th anniversary year of the Alumni Fund.

Scholarships and financial assistance at Gustavus

Did you know that scholarships and financial assistance for Gustavus students totals $18M, almost 25 percent of Gustavus' annual budget?  Alumni Fund gifts, including designated and unrestricted gifts, help enable students to receive a Gustavus education.  Gustavus offers two types of scholarships to students -- merit awards given to recognize academic achievement, and tuition grants are used to assist students with recognized financial need.  Endowed scholarships are an important part of the Gustavus grant program and currently nine percent of scholarship funds come from the endowment.

Alumni survey

An alumni survey was sent to 2,000 members of reunion classes.  Approximately 600 have responded as of April 1.  Questions on the survey consist of how well Gustavus prepared them for employment and graduate education, activities involved in while at Gustavus, personal growth skills, alumni events and services, and overall satisfaction with the College.  Results of the survey will be included in the Fall Quarterly.

Winter sports summary

Women's basketball finished third in the MIAC and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Men's basketball won the MIAC regular season and playoff championship titles before losing to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA national tournament. Men's hockey posted a third-place finish in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Women's hockey finished second in regular-season MIAC play, but won the post-season tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Men's swimming won its third consecutive MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing ninth at the NCAA championships. Women's swimming won the MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing 13th at the NCAA championships. Men's Nordic skiing won its first-ever MIAC championship and finished fourth at the NCAA Central Region meet. Women's Nordic skiing claimed their third consecutive MIAC title and completed their season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Region meet. Gymnastics posted a 6-1 dual meet record and a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional. The women's indoor track and field team finished second and the men fifth at the MIAC championships. 

Did you know . . .

  • Nearly 80% of Gustavus students graduate in four years, compared with 56% of students from other Minnesota private colleges; the national average is 17%.
  • There are seven choral ensembles and 23 instrumental ensembles, two jazz, four woodwind and three brass ensembles.
  • More than 40 percent of Gustavus students volunteer through the Gustavus community service center on a regular basis.
  • For student safety, the campus is well-lit, there is 24-hour Safety and Security patrol and escort service, residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, and there are blue light emergency phones throughout campus linked directly to Safety and Security.
  • And looking back -- during the college's early years, students were awakened by a bell at 5:45 a.m. and all lights had to be out by 10:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Phonorama - April 25-29, Central Lutheran Church
  • Mayday! Conference, The United Nations at the Crossroads - April 28
  • Cec Eckhoff Society Reception - May 1
  • Class of 1954 and 50-Year Club Reunions - May 28 & 29
  • Commencement - May 30
  • Alumni Fund closes - May 31
  • Class reunions on Homecoming & Family Weekend - October 1 & 2