Class of '94
March 2004

Greetings to the Class of 1994!

Ten years!  It hardly seems real.  Three months ago the calendar flipped over to 2004.  It's been an entire decade since our footsteps covered the campus on the hill in St. Peter.  I don't have to tell you how much that campus has changed over the years, but if I did, I don't think you would really get the picture right in your mind unless you came to see it yourself.  No, the trees up the front lawn aren't nearly as tall as they used to be.  No, Johnson Hall isn't even there anymore (or the sidewalks around it).  But have you seen the new student union?  Have you seen the new cafeteria?  That little entry way just down from the skyway with the little turnstile into the food stations is long gone.  The street level entrance to the PO boxes and Bookmark across from the "Men's" entrance to the Alumni Hall…yeah, not there either.  What has taken their place is nothing short of a beautiful new facility, complete with new a Bookmark, new PO boxes, and new cafes of both the cyber and java variety.  Many of us remember first getting and using an email address around or about our sophomore year?  Now, of course, they just stop at an open computer station, login, and check their account for messages to reply to on their way to their next class.  But again, I can't come close to describing this to you.  You need to come to our ten-year REUNION to see for yourself!

Our Class of 1994 ten-year reunion will be held the weekend of October 1st, 2nd and 3rd this fall.  On that Friday night, we will be hosting a party at the Radisson Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota for our class to mingle and reminisce.  On Saturday and Sunday, the on campus portion of the reunion corresponds with Parents Weekend and all the games, concerts and such that accompany it.  We will have a post-football game reception and following we will have tables at the Homecoming/Family Weekend Banquet, where the Gustavus First Decade Awards will be handed out to two members of our class for their past ten years of achievement.  Many more details on our reunion weekend will be coming your way as they are finalized.  Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.  Your friends would love to catch up with you, and I know you're curious to see all that's new about the place you once called home.

A big thank you to our 2004 Ten-Year Reunion Planning Committee Members!

Jennifer Anderson Warwick                  Anita Stockwell Ripken

Sarah Boehlke                                      Todd Winter

Jesse Benson                                        Janelle Olson

Shannon Springston Rosati                    Ann Nusbaum

Kathy Bonnifield                                   Mary Crippen

Amy Zenk James

Class News!

  • Wendy Peterson tied the knot with Jeff Simon.  They were married this September.
  • Brad Anderson is employed by Bisys in Brainerd, MN as supervisor of computer programs.
  • Carrie Wagner Fraser is an account executive with Vavricka Juntti & Co. in Minneapolis, which is a marketing communications agency.
  • Heather Krause is a guidance counselor at Mankato East High School.
  • Scott Larson and his wife, Cherie, celebrated their daughter Kinsey's 1st birthday this past January 23rd.
  • Adam Moe is a clinician with Lindamood Bell Learning Processes in Chicago.
  • Sonya Redetzke is a family physician with East Metro Family Physicians in St. Paul.
  • Doug and Kristin Fisher Lamoureux welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Ruth, in April 2003.  He is an account manager for James Tower in Mankato, and she is the marketing and sales director for the Blue Tang Inn in Belize.
  • Diana Eck married Derrick Thomas on October 25th this past fall.  They reside in Allen, Texas.
  • That same day, Staci Johnson Bauer married Michael Bauer.  They live in Coon Rapids.
  • Scott and Jennifer Anderson Warwick welcomed Kjersti Anna this past November.
  • Amy Wagner is employed by the Chaska, MN school district as an autism resource specialist.
  • Chris Harmoning is an attorney with Gray, Plant, and Mooty.  He and his wife, Jennifer (Graphenteen'95) were expecting their first child last month.  Was it a boy or a girl?
  • Tony Reid is employed with Dexterity Dental Arts.  He, his wife Lisa, and daughters, Olivia (2) and Kayla (1), live in Burnsville, MN.
  • Alan Guthrie is currently in Denmark, employed as a project manager in the Consulting and Systems Integration Division of CSC Denmark.
  • Julie Zitnak married Michael Connolly this past May.  She works for the Moundsview, MN school district.
  • Kimberly Lindell married Benjamin Colburn this past October in Stillwater.  She is a teacher at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN.

 

Campus News!

Building a Greater Gustavus Reaches Target

Gustavus celebrates reaching the $100 million target for the Building a Greater Gustavus capital campaign.  The campaign includes reconstruction projects following the 1998 tornados, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House), the new soccer and track complex, and more than 100 new scholarships.  Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects, such as Old Main renovation, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth.  Special thanks! goes to the volunteers and donors who contributed their resources to assist current and future Gusties. 

New Gustavus Video

Have you been to campus lately?  Can you remember your first time seeing Gustavus? The Admission Office has created a new video/DVD for prospective students to take a look at the College. Take a look online if you wish at <http://gustavus.edu/admission/tour/video/>.

Fine Arts

The Gustavus Symphonic Orchestra took a 16-day concert tour to China performing in such places as Beijing, the Great Wall, and Tianjin.  The Gustavus Choir took a 10-day concert tour to selected cities in North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, formerly the Gustavus Band, will tour during Spring Break.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is among leaders in Academic All-Americans.  The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels.

Extraordinary People

Peter Krause '87 returned to Gustavus in November to meet and conduct workshops with students.  Krause has been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for his role as Nate Fisher in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO drama, "Six Feet Under."  With the hope that the day would focus more on the students than on his newfound fame, Krause spent the afternoon doing acting work with classes and theatre and dance majors.

Great Teaching

In case you missed the note in the Fall 2003 issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we are asking alumni to send in short reminiscences, tributes, and anecdotes about professors who made a difference in their education - "the teachers and mentors who have made a lasting impression, who have imparted life lessons, whom you remember for their wit, or their mastery, or their encouragement, or their exacting standards . . . or their idiosyncrasies." We are planning to focus an upcoming issue of the Quarterly on "great teaching" and would like to hear from those who experienced the classes of those great professors.  Send your paragraphs and stories to either Randall Stuckey '83, director of alumni relations (rstuckey@gustavus.edu), or Steve Waldhauser '70 (waldo@gustavus.edu), managing editor of the Quarterly, or in the mail to the College.

Gustavus is still an amazing place, perhaps even more than when we attended.  It continues to provide hundreds of young people every year an experience which shapes who they are to become, and what they will contribute during their lives.  Imagine the powerful message it sends to current and future students when they see how many former Gustavus students continue to give something back, even ten years later, to help make this place one of even greater excellence for them.  The focus of our 10-year class gift campaign is to increase our class's giving percentage.  To this end we are challenging each and every member of our class to send in a gift.  Again, the message this sends is very powerful and clear.  A huge thank you goes to those who have already contributed to our 10-year gift!  The college and its students thank you for your generosity and commitment.

October 1-3, 2004 - Put it on your calendars and make plans now!  See you there!!

Best regards,

Cameron James '94

1994 Co-Class Agent