Class of '91
October 2008

Greeting Classmates!

Bjorn Ingvoldstad here!  I sit in my new home-office, listening to a Red Sox playoff game while composing my first-ever class letter.  My wife, Loreta and I moved to Massachusetts two years ago (home is where the academic job is!), and I am slowly settling into the various facets of New England fandom.  Wait, wait—I know what you’re thinking:  another obnoxious Boston fan, right?  But…it takes more than a year or two to get really excited for a team, and even though both the Sox and the Celtics have won championships in our brief time here thus far, it still leaves us nonplussed.  It takes a while for a place to become your home.  If you know what I mean, and I think you do.

Twenty-one years ago (?!), we were frosh in our first semester at Gustavus, trying to sort out these things called “barns,” wondering why no girls carried purses, and watching the Twins put together their first World Series title.  At that point, “home” was where your folks were, where you could meet up with your high school friends, where you (or someone who loved you) did your laundry.  For me, coming from Arizona, the 1987 Series meant nothing.  But by 1991, I was running up to the Dome after both Games 6 and 7, voice thrashed from so much adrenaline-fueled hysteria.

At some point, though, Gustavus shifted from a place you left to go home, to a place that was home.  After graduation, it was one of the places you were from, and on several levels I think Gustavus continues to inform who we are and what we’re all about.  That doesn’t mean I want to “go home again”—my undergraduate students have cured me of that some time ago—but I do want to publicly acknowledge my debt to the alma mater.

(Personal debt, that is.  My Gustavus years are all paid off.  Grad school?  Not so much.)

Of course, what makes Gustavus Gustavus is the people, and that’s why we read newsletters like this—to see what’s new with folks we know, folks we knew, folks we vaguely remember, folks we can’t quite place…

This summer, after several years’ worth of reluctance, I finally got a Facebook account.  To my amused shock, Facebook turns out to be Grib 2.0, a literal and figurative reunion machine.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve reconnected with in just the past few months with this site—which is extra sweet for those of us no longer in Minnesota.

And so, without further ado….I offer the world the semi-official “Gustavus Class of ’91” site.  If you have Facebook, check it out, upload pix, post news and greetings.  Make it yours.  If you don’t have Facebook—watch out, it’s a reunion machine!*          *          *

And now, all the Class of ’91 updates you can handle:

First some sad news to share.  Paul N. Anderson passed away on August 28, 2007, after a courageous battle with ALS.  Paul is survived by wife, Sarah (Madson ’92) Anderson and two children, Elsa, age 9 and Beck, age 7.  Our sympathy to his family.

Marcia Swanson Anderson (Owatonna) is a math teacher.  Her husband, Mark ’92 is also a teacher for the Owatonna School District… Peter Asplin (Greensburg, PA) was ordained in the ELCA in November 2007, and is a pastor at Scenery Hill Lutheran Parrish.  His wife, Kristen (Hoffmann ’92) a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh… Tom Benson (Northfield) is a real estate investor… Barb Otte Borrowman (Inner Grove Heights) is an account manager with Cisco Systems… Greg Ebeling (Spencer, IA) is superintendent of the Spencer Public Schools…

Kristian Breuing and his wife, Angela, celebrated the birth of their fifth child, Will Henry, in August 2007… Bjorn and Natalie (Briggs) Carlson gave birth to son, Nathan, in May 2007… Daniel L. Eckhoff (Sioux City, IA) is a funeral director with Christy-Smith Funeral Home, and was recently elected president of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association… Timothy Flatt (Melrose, MA) married Christopher James Powell in September 2007… Dan Frost (Omro, WI) and his wife, Shari (Pernu ’90) Frost have a daughter, Airis Alexandra, born June 2006…

Michael Gempeler (Evergreen, CO) works with the US Hockey Junior Development Program.  He has a new baby girl, Grace, born February 2007… Troy Gies (Hallandale Beach, FL) is budget and contracts manager for the City of Tamarac... Laura Hudson Godsey (Grimes, IA) has a new baby girl, Moriah Hope, born November 2007… Jennifer Hane Grant (Forest Lake) is director of Taste of Home Entertaining… Rick and Laura (Koenig) Garner gave birth to Sarah Elizabeth in January 2008… Sara Rodman Grewe (Ramsey) is a kindergarten teacher with Kinder Care…

Betsy Willey Hamlin (Aspen, CO) is patient care unit coordinator at Aspen Valley Hospital… Lizanne Hart and husband, Douglas Foote, (Brooklyn, NY) have a new daughter, Madeline Elinor Hart Foote, born October 2006… Luanne Hicks Bigbear (Olympia, WA) teaches at Shelton High School.  In 2005 she both married and graduated with a master’s in teaching from The Evergreen State College… John R. Horntvedt (Rochester) is operations manager for Multiple Financial Services, Inc…. Bjorn Ingvoldstad (Sandwich, MA) is assistant professor of communication studies at Bridgewater State College… Deb Jenks (Oregon, WI) married Kevin Hinker in September 2007…

Michele Kewitsch Johnson is living in Cairo, Egypt while her husband Rev. Peter Johnson ’92 serves as the ELCA’s Middle East Regional Representative… Howard and Michelle (Cole) Knochenmus (Roseau) have a new daughter, Chavelle Sophie, born August 2006… Chris Norrish Lacy (Silver Lake) is a physical education teacher and gym coach for the Chaska School District… Heather Broman Magowan (Minneapolis) and her husband William Magowan ’94 have a daughter, Katherine Paige, born December 2005… Bradley Martell (Hastings) is a funeral director with Caturina-Smidt… Todd Menssen (Northfield) is an analytical chemist for Upunor… Karen Vihstadt Moeller (Fairmont) is a day care provider… Brian Moore (Besigheim, Germany) is a consultant for Microsoft, and a new dad to boot:  Hannes Gustav was born February 2007…

Kathy Johnson Muller (Papillion, NE) has a new daughter, Alexandra Danielle, born June 2007… DeeAnne Norris Newville (Grand Rapids, MN) is director of administrative services for Lake Country Power… Mike Novak (New London) practices optometry in the Willmar and New London offices of Family Eye Center.  He has been involved in the clinical FDA trial studies for LASIK surgery… Stephanie Owen (Hopkins) recently took a group of students to Nicaragua.  She married in June 2007... Elise Peters (Saint Louis Park) is executive director for the Swedish Council of America… David Peterson (Mound) is chief executive of C.O. Lynch.

Tim Quady (Apple Valley) is co-owner of Blue Rhino Studio, a commercial artist firm… Melissa Litzau Quinn (Granby, CO) is a homemaker… Erika Schowalter Rae (Minneapolis) is a program administrator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota… Scott and Stephanie (Wilkinson) Reddington (Wayzata) have a new daughter Audrey Grace, born June 2007… William E. Rogers (Spring, TX) is an associate professor at Texas A&M University.  His wife, Gwenn Hansen ’93 works for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals… Lynda Wilson (Plano, TX) married Kenneth Sangston in October 2007.

Gustavus’ head football coach Jay Schoenebeck ’80 and Darcey (Price) Schoenebeck have a new daughter, Eryn Rae, born March 2008… Michael and LeAnne (Schoen) Schumacher live in Plymouth.  Michael is an interpersonal communications teacher for the Wayzata School District and LeAnne is a homemaker… Brian Silus (Wayzata) works for SoftBrands Mfg.… Michelle Larson Stimpson (Eden Prairie) is owner and personal success coach for LifeShine Coaching and Consulting… Mary Stone (Denver, CO) is pursuing her master’s in social work… Cathy ten Broeke (Minneapolis) is the Minneapolis/Hennepin County coordinator to end homelessness…

Kathy Wille Vagle (Rochester) is a graduate student at the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences, studying to be a nurse of anesthesia… Amy Bengtson Wargowsky (Janesville, WI) is a high school teacher… Kari Strusz Wartick (Lakeville) is an instructional clerk for the Lakeville School District… Bruce Werner (Farmington) is marketing director at Thomson West… Peter Westberg (London, UK) is senior manager for Price Waterhouse Coopers… Julie Klemp Wischnack (Minnetonka) is community development director for the city of Minnetonka… Michael and Rene’ Nicole (Roth) Zar (Maryland Heights, MO) gave birth to their third child, Ian Michael, in July 2007…

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Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! an annual day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area was held on September 28.  It was a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and in no way was a fundraiser.  More information and pictures will be placed on the Alumni web page.  Check it out at:  alumni.gustavus.edu

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit http://www.meyerandassoc.com/health to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15

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In closing, let me politely nudge you to contribute to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  It’s one of the ways we can “pay forward” for all the gifts that we ourselves have received.

I hope this finds you well, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in upcoming letters.  Give to the Annual Fund!  Hop on our Facebook page!  Hug the one you love!  Count the days until Spring Training!

Bjorn Ingvoldstad

1991 Class Agent