Class of '93
October 2001

Greetings to the Class of 1993!

I certainly hope that this fall finds all of you healthy, happy, and in light of recent events, safe.  September 11, 2001, changed a lot of things for a lot of people, but as far as we know, no member of the Class of 1993 was harmed in any of the events that took place on that day.  If I am mistaken, then I truly apologize, but I believe everyone is okay, which is quite a relief.

Fortunately, we have lots of happy news to report in this letter.  First, I must announce that Chris “Ole” Olson has stepped down as Class Agent.  Now, in no way do I consider this good news.  However, rumor has it that Ole has recently gotten engaged, so it appears he now has other things with which to occupy his time!  I guess all that hair washing he was doing while he was supposed to be helping me write class letters has paid off…At any rate, congratulations to Chris Olson on his engagement, we wish you the very best!

There will be plenty more news on our classmates, but first I need to discuss The Gustavus Alumni Fund.  During 2000-2001, 126 classmates, or 25.5% of our class, donated to the Fund.  This is great, but we are still behind many of the other classes from our decade.  The classes of 1991 and 1992 are both over 30%, so we have some work to do if we want to catch up to those classes.  Our goal for 2001-2002 is 31.3%, and I think we can reach this goal due to a new initiative that will be implemented this fall.

You may recall last year that I asked for your feedback regarding Phonorama, and many of you felt that being contacted by phone is not an effective way to raise money from our peers.  The Alumni Office agrees that we need a better method of soliciting donations, and is therefore introducing an e-mail campaign to increase participation levels in giving.  This campaign will require help from some of you who would be willing to e-mail 25 classmates of your choice to ask for donations.  Barb Larson Taylor and myself will be contacting several people who we think might be willing to help.  However, if we do not contact you, and you want to help, please contact either Barb or myself, as we would be delighted to have as many volunteers as possible!  Please help our class reach its goal of 31% giving participation for the next year; I know we can do it!

Other Campus News:

The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at alumni@gustavus.edu.

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Gustavus named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges.  In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide.  Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys.  To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university.  Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.”  Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review’s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Nobel Conference XXXVII, What is Still to be Discovered?, was October 2 & 3.  This year’s conference included five Nobel laureates and three other experts who will gave participants a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be as we look toward the second Nobel century.  This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prizes and the conference will included the premier of Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 The Nobel Symphony, two art exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum, and an exclusive 10-course banquet with a menu recreation of the Nobel dinner 100 years ago.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 13.  Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event.  Contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or alumni@gustavus.edu for more information or visit the events section of the alumni page at gustavus.edu.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

I mentioned earlier that we have lots of news to report on our classmates, so without further ado, here we go!

Babies

  • Laura Skattum Boomgaarden and husband, Mark, are expecting their first baby in March 2002.
  • Boni Olsen Berndt and husband, Yuri ’92 are expecting their first baby in November 2001.
  • Barb Larson Taylor (aka Babs) and husband, Jaime, are expecting their second son in December 2001.  He will join big brother Kirby!
  • Mike and Julie Morrell Frandsen are expecting a child soon in December to join brother Isaac.  Don’t forget to let us know when he/she is born!
  • Lisa Musich Valerius and husband, Marc ’92, welcomed their third child, daughter, Josie Victoria, on August 16 2001.  She joins big sister, Megan, and big brother, Blake.
  • Jenny Smalley Havemeier finally managed to squeeze out baby number two this summer.  She and husband, Bruce, welcomed the birth of Jake Jerome on May 24, 2001.  He joins big sister Hannah.
  • Per and Molly McCormick Lagerback welcomed the birth of their second child, son Edward Michael, on August 21, 2001.  Teddy joins big sister Elizabeth.
  • Tara Thomes Keil and husband, Kevin ’92, welcomed a daughter in the spring of 2001.  Tara, please let us know her name and birth date!
  • In a previous class letter, I attempted to provide the details of a child born to Kirsten Appel Mair and husband, Bruce ’92, but I had misplaced much of the information that had been given to me.  However, Kirsten was nice enough to email with the details, so here they are!  Kirsten and Bruce welcomed son, Carson Stephen, on April 22, 2000, who joins big brother Evan Theodore.
  • Jen Brown Weber and husband, Eric ’95, welcomed son, Ryan Joseph, on September 3, 2000.  He joins big sister Emily.
  • Christina Orlando Samion and husband, Arthur, welcomed son, Tyler James, on March 30, 2001.
  • Kate Kortuem Allen and husband, Bryan, welcomed son, Benjamin on August 1.  He joins brother, Brendan.
  • Stephan Dunning and wife, Anne, welcomed daughter, Evelyn Margaret, on January 21, 2001.
  • Lisa Miller Krapf and husband, Matthew, welcomed son, Joseph, on March 14, 2001.
  • Matyas Sundheim and wife, Jessica, welcomed daughter, Lily Noel, on April 10, 2001.
  • Sarah Carter Walker and husband, Marc, welcomed daughter, Emma Ryan, on February 29, 2000.
  • Christy Rodman Axmear and husband, Andrew, welcomed their third child, son Charles Rodman, on June 21, 2000.
  • Pete Senske and wife, Carrie, welcomed son, Torsten Peter, on December 1, 2000.
  • Nicole Olson Sampson and husband, Rob, welcomed their second child, Logan James, on March 14, 2001.
  • Gennifer Glavan Heuisler and husband, Pete, welcomed son, Thomas Charles, on May 12, 2001.
  • Shannon O’Neill Kratochvil and husband, Andrew, welcomed their second child, daughter Britt Mary, on November 29, 2000.  She joins big sister Quinn.
  • Melinda Nissen Chouanard and husband, Kevin, are expecting their first child in October.
  • You may recall in the last letter that C.J. Turner was looking for some help.  He and wife Michelle were expecting their first child, and while they had a boy’s name picked out, they asked for your help in finding a girl’s name.  Turns out they didn’t need it, as they welcomed the birth of their son, Lincoln Donavan, this summer!
  • The girls from Lundgren House have been completely out of control!  There were six girls living in that house senior year, and between them there will be six babies born during 2001 (how’s that for togetherness?).  The information is as follows:
  • Chris Gomez Schmidt and Brad Schmidt welcomed son, Adam Jennings, on January 7, 2001.
  • Steph Zahrbock and husband, Greg Loxtercamp, welcomed daughter, Sabrina Zahrbock, on May 2, 2001.
  • Jill Krautkremer Keddy and husband, Matt, welcomed daughter, Jordyn, on May 22, 2001.
  • Denise Van Wormer Howard and husband, Greg, were expecting a baby boy in June 2001 (and please send us details for the next class letter!)
  • And finally, Karen Olson Burkhartzmeyer and husband, John ’92, are expecting twins (yes, TWINS!) in December 2001.  Karen, don’t forget to tell us birth dates, gender, names, etc., inquiring classmates want to know!

 Weddings

  • Todd Hanson to Bridgette Cain in April 2001.
  • Christine Jensen to Jeffrey Rohrer on June 30, 2001.
  • Natalie Lind to P.C. Rasmussen on March 10, 2001.
  • Dagmar Schmider to Dale Meinders on May 6, 2001.
  • Rolf Olson to Laura Garcia on April 21, 2001.
  • Dawn Koenen to Darren Soong on May 25, 2001.
  • Jen Buckman to Wendell Fransdal on September 22, 2001.

Careers

  • Ryan Redetzke is in St. Paul, studies chess, and occasionally teaches.
  • Stephen Hultgren received his master's degree in religion in May 2001.  He is currently a visiting assistant professor of religion at Duke University.
  • Stephan Dunning is a programmer/analyst for Nephrology Analytical Services.
  • Lisa Miller Krapf is a sales planning and research manager for Merck and Co., Inc.
  • John Yarwood is a realtor/sales associate for Century 21 Christian-Coon Rapids.
  • Kai Johnson is the owner of LLKJ Enterprises in Dallas, TX.
  • Vanessa Marcy received a master’s in medical sciences from Emory University in December 2000.  She is currently a physician's assistant.
  • Natalie Lind Rasmussen is the owner/manager of The Lakewoods Resort and Golf in Cable, WI.
  • Nicole Olson Sampson received her master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in May 2001.
  • Nicole Strusz received her master’s degree in health and human service administration from St. Mary’s University in May 2000.  She is a planning analyst for Hennepin County Medical Center.
  • Carla Kapplinger Goerisch completed her residency in OB/GYN at Parkland Memorial Hospital in June 2001, and is now an OB/GYN physician at the Mankato Clinic.
  • Rolf Olson is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
  • Jen Woods is manager, pricing group, for Rosemount, Inc.
  • Lyanne Grandstrand Peterson is a senior underwriter for State Farm Insurance.
  • Kristi Barberi is marketing manager, residential products, for Armstrong World Industries.
  • Michelle Carter Bauer was a teacher at Tolleson Union High School in Arizona, but has just recently moved back to Minnesota.
  • Jen Bowden Brickley is a RN in the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, NE.
  • Paul Haugen is a resident at Duke University Medical Center.
  • Chad Hill graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in November 1999, and is currently providing in-house care for Injury Care.

This wouldn’t be a proper letter without a few personal tidbits from me, but due to the fact that this letter is so long, I promise to keep it short!  First, I would like to send a message to Carina Chadwick, and let her know that the fellow “Turtses” from OH&T were out the other night, and would like to know where you are!  Please contact one of us so we know where and how you are.  (We know where Jen, Nayla, and Anna are, but you are all welcome to contact any of us as well). 

I would also like to thank all of you who have taken me up on my offer to email or call me to let me know of any news you might have, or just to say hello.  The offer still stands, so please contact me at klamont@pillsbury.com, or 612-869-8112, if you have anything to share.  Heidi Rostberg Carlson, call me anytime if you wish to reminisce about “Scotty!” or any other of our freshman year antics.  And yes, Angela Borland, you are still the one we affectionately refer to as “Scotty!”, it will follow you forever….

That is it for now, please have a safe and happy fall, and we will be back in the winter.  The next class letter is supposed to be done by a guest writer, so if anyone is interested, please let me know.  Take care!

Kris Lamont

1993 Class Agent