Class of '91
July 2006

15-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Greetings Classmates of ’91

The last class letter I wrote just after two feet of snow fell during the Minnesota March snowstorms and now I’m writing this while trying to stay cool in this unbelievable July heat wave.  Can’t we just have “normal” weather anymore?

Anyhow, enough griping about the weather and onto more serious business.  In case you haven’t heard, we are planning our class’ 15th year reunion from Gustavus.  Fifteen years ago we were embarking on the next phase of our lives; whether it was jobs, graduate school or just plain living.   Now is a chance for us to gather back at the Hill and reminisce about the “good ole days.”  Dust off your memories of dorm living, meals at the Caf, Barn parties, President’s Ball, sporting events, frats and sororities and of course classes and classmates.

So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7, 2006 and join us in The Dive for a tailgating party prior to the Homecoming Game.  There will be food, drink and fun!  Cost is $20 per person.  You won’t want to miss this event.  Rumor has it that a Red Velvet cake will be one of the door prizes given away.

Since we haven’t gotten much response to my solicitations for pictures/videos of our years on the hill, I’m resorting to desperate measures.  I’m personally sponsoring a contest.  Send in at least ONE picture by August 31 and you will be entered into a drawing for $25!  Given that only three classmates have submitted photos to date, your odds of winning are pretty darn good.  Send items to:

                        Pam Iverson

1633 Greystone Road

Hastings, MN  55033

651-438-0133

We are still collecting monetary donations for the Alumni Fund.  Give on-line at https://secure2.gac.edu/giving/.  Any size contribution is welcomed.

The following are updates collected from our classmates:

  • Marcy Moorcroft Capell, Colorado Springs, CO – sales representative for McGraw-Hill.
  • Steve Schramm, Wilsonville, OR – son, Justin Eric Schramm born 2/24/06.
  • Pamela Stuedemann Warren, Wausau, WI – son, Grant Graham Warren born 11/22/05.
  • Linda Miller Albrecht, Mapleton, MN – manager at Wolf Etter & Co.
  • Kari Lindell Bennett, Woodbury, MN – stay-at-home mom (Ellie 9, Zach 7, Grace 4)
  • Christine Norrish Lacy, Chaska MN – teacher/coach, named Section 2AA Gymnastics Coach of the Year for 2005-06, second daughter, Anna, born 5/19/05.
  • Chad Anderson, New York, NY – managing director and head of institutional equity sales and trading at Piper Jaffray.
  • Joel Tomlinson, St. Paul, MN – cost analyst at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • John Gaunt, Minneapolis, MN – assistant professor of fine arts at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
  • Trent Steel, Minnetonka, MN – certified fitness trainer at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • Doug Wheeler, Inver Grove Heights, MN – IT consultant at Inotier Consulting.
  • Tom Otteson – mortgage lender at Discover Mortgage Corporation.
  • Lynn Stephens Giovannelli – principle at Miles Development Corporation.
  • Julie Niessen Daugherty – administrative assistant at Rogers Staehle Consulting.
  • John Daugherty – equity trader at Craig Hallum.
  • Jodi Gandrud Ballandby, Willmar, MN – special education teacher, Willmar School District.
  • John Burkhartzmeyer, Jr., Maple Grove, MN – vice president of Equity Derivative Trading at Pali Capital Inc.
  • Lisa Reinicke Chapon, Chicago, IL – son, Henry Jacob, born 8/1/05.
  • Jodi Peterson Roehm, Crystal, MN – daughter, Linnea, born 3/14/05.
  • Jason Hedeen, Plymouth, MN – chief operating officer at Providence Capital.
  • Scott Klosterman, Casper, WY – daughter, Nicole, born 6/22/05.
  • Tim Gust, Luverne, MN – owner/president of NationSat.
  • Charla Carriere Cary, St. Anthony, MN and Mandy Lind Larson, Ham Lake, MN (who were roommates at Gustavus), are doing a job share in Human Resources at Guidant (Boston Scientific).

OTHER NEWS FROM THE HILL

Test-Optional Admission Policy

Continuing their tradition of innovative and competitive admission policies and practices, the Gustavus Admission Office announced this spring that applicants for the Class of 2011 can choose whether or not to submit their standardized test scores for consideration in the admission process.  Gustavus’ high admission standards have not changed; this policy emphasizes that the College’s application-review process focuses on the abilities and experiences of the whole person, not just one number.  As the first MIAC college and Phi Beta Kappa institution in Minnesota to allow this option, Gustavus is receiving very positive feedback from prospective students and has received excellent coverage in local and national media.

Gustavus Legacy Award

New Gusties enrolling next fall have a new financial aid opportunity.  Awards of $2,500 are given to students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average of at least 3.5, or an ACT of 26, or an 1170 on the SAT.  The Gustavus Legacy Award expands upon the previous Alumni Scholarship by recognizing and awarding students who have Gustie siblings.  By applying for admission, students are automatically considered for this scholarship and awarded if they qualify.

Summer Reading

Each summer, incoming Gustavus students are asked to complete a "Reading in Common" that will be discussed during New Student Orientation and, for some students, during their First Term Seminar course. The Reading in Common selection for 2006-07 is Honky by Dalton Conley. This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side. Dalton Conley will give a campus lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Christ Chapel. Feel free to join us in this common Gustavus experience.

Gustavus Library Associates Minnesota Centennial Showboat Event

Join Gustavus Library Associates for an evening of dinner and theatre on Aug. 1 aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in St. Paul. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The curtain rises for Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52 per person, and reservations may be made by calling the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Extraordinary Athletics

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the United States Sports Academy have announced the final totals for the 2005-06 Directors' Cup and Gustavus finished 10th out of 435 competing NCAA Division III institutions. The Directors' Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs. In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 25 sports with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship. Gustavus is one of only seven institutions in Division III to have posted top 10 finishes in four of the past five years and is the only school from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to place in the top 20 this year.

Upcoming Events:

  • Gustavus Library Associates dinner and theatre event-August 1
  • Football Golf Tournament, Shoreland Country Club -August 4
  • Gusties Gather! - August 6
  • Nobel Conference: “Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow” - October 3 - 4
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend - October 7 - 8

See you in October!

Pam Twernbold Iverson

1991 Reunion Committee Member