Class of '93
December 2004

Greetings Class of ’93!

Once again, please accept my apologies for the tardiness of this letter.  However, that is less likely to happen again in the future because Craig Anderson has signed on as a class agent!  Craig and I will now be working together to keep you all informed on what is happening at Gustavus and with your fellow classmates.  I am very excited to have Craig on board, he has been a great friend of mine since freshman orientation back in 1989 and I look forward to working with him!

Since Craig will now be helping to keep you all informed, you may be interested in hearing what he has been up to.  Craig is married to Alice Barry ’94 and they live in Southwest Minneapolis with their dog, Indie.  Craig has been involved in mortgage banking the past three years, and is currently working as a mortgage consultant with Northwest Mortgage in Bloomington, Minnesota.  In his spare time he enjoys playing recreational sports and cheering on the Green Bay Packers with fellow classmate Dave Jacobson.  Please join me in welcoming Craig, even if he is a Packer fan.

Okay, this wouldn’t be a class letter without some Gustavus Fund information.  Last year we did not quite meet our goal of 203 donors, so we would love to see an increase in participation this year.  If you wish to make a donation and weren’t contacted during fall phonorama, you may give on-line at <gustavus.edu/giving/> or contact the Alumni Office at alumni@gustavus.edu, or call 800-487-8437.  Remember, we are more interested in the number of donors versus the amount donated, so anything you can give is appreciated. 

And now for some news!

Weddings

  • Kristine Haukoos and Christopher Voeltz on July 12, 2003.
  • Deanna Notaro and Peter Good on October 18, 2003.

Births

  • Becky Bengtson-Carson and husband, Frank, welcomed daughter, Elizabeth Hope, on March 16, 2004.
  • Per Berger and wife, Caren (Parmer ’95) welcomed son, Nicholas Johan, on December 25, 2003.  He joins big sister, Sophie Diane.
  • Michelle Berggren Kilroy and husband, Pete, welcomed son, Carter Jameson, on November 9, 2003.
  • Tony Boehler and wife, Tanya, welcomed son, Carter Anthony, on July 16, 2003.
  • Joan Bowes and Glen Conley welcomed daughter, Brooke Elena, on May 18, 2004.
  • Kirstin Eckblad Yocum and Jon Yocum welcomed daughter, Nora, on August 12, 2004.  She joins big brother, Oliver.
  • Jen Buckman Fransdal and husband, Wendell, welcomed son, Duncan Alexander, on April 18, 2004.  He joins big brother, Camden.
  • Kristie Chinander Muetzel and Dave Muetzel welcomed son, Thomas, on November 19, 2004.
  • Pamela Dahl Nutter and Brian Nutter welcomed son, Brady Thomas, on April 5, 2004.  He joins siblings, Payton and Ethan.
  • Lola Danielson Amendt and husband, Trent, welcomed son, Peter Danielson, on July 16, 2004.
  • Jeff Erickson and wife, Alana (Gustafson ’97) welcomed daughter, Emilia June on January 30, 2004.
  • Kim Harrold Campen and husband, Steven, welcomed son, Nathaniel Steven, on November 10, 2003.
  • Mara Johnson Widmann and husband, Jon, welcomed son, Soren Lucas, on February 6, 2004.  He joins big brothers, Jonah and Adam.
  • Stephanie Morris Hendrikson and husband, Brad ’92, welcomed son, Owen Stephen, on March 25, 2004.
  • Heidi Nef Mischel and husband, Jason ’96 welcomed daughter, Marion Elizabeth, on May 13, 2004.  She joins brother, William and sister, Claire.
  • Kristy Nelson DePaulis and husband, Brian ’92 welcomed daughter, Riley, on November 3, 2003.
  • Greg Ortquist and wife, Lora, welcomed daughter, Kaitlyn, on January 6, 2004.
  • Kirstin Sersland Beach and husband, Mike, adopted Annie Rose on October 6, 2003 (born October 9, 2002).
  • Laura Skattum Boomgaarden and husband, Mark, welcomed daughter, Anna Grace, on June 30, 2004.  She joins big sister, Ella.
  • Jenny Smalley Havemeier and husband, Bruce, welcomed son, Isaac Lowell, in June 2004.  He joins big sister, Hannah, and big brother, Jake.
  • Tara Thomes Keil and husband, Kevin ’92 welcomed daughter, Brenna Lynn, on August 20, 2003.

Careers

  • Per Berger is vice president of product and marketing at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Tony Boehler is assistant professor of speech communication and assistant director of forensics at Southwest Minnesota State University.
  • Angela Borland (Scotty!) is an environmental education director for Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, WI.
  • Jonathan Bruning is assistant professor and chair of the theatre and communication department at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.
  • Eric Bullen is a police officer for the City of Minneapolis.
  • Matt Dahlen received his masters in public administration from Drake University in May 2004.  He is a police officer for the Des Moines Police Department.
  • Dan Domagala is director of marketing at Olson & Company Advertising.
  • Shannon Freer Banitt received her J.D. from Albany Law School in Albany, NY, in May 2004.
  • Stephen Hultgren is assistant professor in the theology department at Fordham University.
  • Kate Johnson Kruse formed a company called NURTURE, Inc., that develops and distributes all natural volcanic mineral products for the home, garden and body.
  • Tammy Klaus is working as a nurse manager of a hematology/oncology patient care unit at Methodist Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
  • Nicole Krueger Hardesty is a science teacher at St. Clair High School.
  • William Voelker is pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Danville, VA.

Campus News

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 633 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall. 

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference focused on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system. 

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie! The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers. Go to <gustavus.edu/alumni/gustiepages/>.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).   The ranking, groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional masters degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

That's all, folks.  If you have any news to share, please contact the Gustavus Alumni Office at alumni@gustavus.edu, or one of us at canderson@northwestmtg.com or kristen.lamont@genmills.com.  Have a great holiday and we will be in touch this winter!

Sincerely,

Craig Anderson and Kristen Lamont

Class Agents '93