Class of '94
June 2004

Dear Classmates of 1994,

At this time 10 years ago we had just graduated.  We were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with the world at our feet.  If you could go now and talk to yourself as you moved out of those dorm rooms, apartments and houses in St. Peter after graduation, would the 22 year-old self believe the things that the 32 year-old self has done?  We’ve all done and seen amazing things in this life.  Maybe we’ve actually become a little bit wise.

Our 10-year reunion is scheduled for October 1-3, 2004.  On Friday October 1, we will be at a Sheraton Hotel ballroom in Bloomington beginning at 7 PM for cocktails and catching up.  On Saturday, October 2 you are invited to dine in the new cafeteria (Evelyn Young Dining Room) on campus at noon for lunch.  Our class will have tables reserved for us to be together.  The football game is at 1 PM.  From 4PM – 6 PM our class we will gather at the Arboretum for snacks, with the idea that dinner and after dinner plans can be made then.  First decade awards will be presented to Nathan Funk and Susan Haddox at a banquet that evening.  On Sunday you are invited to go to chapel at 10 AM, brunch in the caf, and a variety of concerts and art showings around campus.  You will be mailed a registration form in August.  Watch for it!

Here are the Top Ten Reasons To Come To Your 10 Year Reunion:

  1. To show off photos of your beautiful children to your friends.
  2. To see the campus again with some of the people you first saw it with.
  3. To be in the same room, on Friday, October 1, with a couple hundred people who are all your age exactly.  When was the last time you did that?
  4. To hang out with people who all remember the words to “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, “Freeze Frame” by J. Geils Band, “99 Luft Balloons” by Nena, “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco, “Eye Of The Tiger” by Foreigner, or “Panama” by Van Halen.
  5. To show your college ex–boyfriend or girlfriend how great you still look.
  6. To find out how your college ex-boyfriend or girlfriend has weathered the last 10 years.
  7. To find out which of our classmates might be candidates for the next Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.
  8. To square dance.  Just kidding!
  9. To pay your respects to Patrick and Willy.
  10. To replace that old ratty GAC sweatshirt at the bookmark.

Here is the latest news, as I know it!

  • Ann Klingberg Cadwell is getting her MAT in English as a second language at Hamline University.  In addition, she had a baby, Owen Scott, on September 13, 2003.
  • Jeremy Diamond was wed to Carrie Davis on September 20, 2003.
  • Wendy Barth Terry and her husband, Peter ’92, had a baby girl, Hannah Elizabeth on July 7, 2003.
  • Karrie Solomonson Kjeldahl is in graduate school for counseling psychology at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN.
  • Amy Waggoner Cleary and husband, Michael, had a baby girl, Maggie Ann, on February 15, 2004.
  • Jessica Wachholz Nelson and husband, Patrick, are living in Atlanta, Georgia and had Liesel Anna on October 2, 2003.
  • Alejandra Gimenez-Berger is living in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania and is an instructor in art history at Temple University.
  • Molly Wold Sedgwick and husband, Wade, had a baby girl, Penelope Elizabeth, on October 19, 2003.
  • Belinda Pinney Hollman and husband, Joe, had a baby girl, Paige Kristine, on November 12, 2003.  They currently live in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
  • Aaron Stein and Connie (Koski ’95) Stein had a baby, Colin, on April 29, 2003.  They currently reside in Little Falls, Minnesota.
  • Erick Thompson married Kara Kirkeby on May 31, 2003 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minnesota.  Erick is currently a pastor, serving Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Parish.  They are living in Walcott, Minnesota.
  • Nathan Swenson is the principal at St. Francis Intermediate School.  Nathan and his wife, Amy, live in Big Lake, Minnesota.
  • Julie Smith Gamber and husband, Brett, had a baby, Kaitlyn Elizabeth, on March 4, 2003.  They are living in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  She is a manager with Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • April Sherren is working at Park Nicollet in Maple Grove, Minnesota as a physician in OB/GYN.  She and husband, Darren Larson, had a baby, Joseph George, on May 7, 2003.  In an update she wrote this to the Alumni Office:  “In March-April 2002 I traveled to Ghana, Africa, to do medical mission work at St. Patrick’s Hospital.  St. Patrick’s is a 140-bed hospital that was being staffed by one doctor.  I provided OB/GYN services including clinic, deliveries, and surgery for the month I was there.  This was the most incredible experience of my career.”
  • Drew Storley and his wife, Ericka, had their third baby, a girl, Jordan Marie, on July 16, 2003.  Drew is a science teacher at Rosemount High School.  They currently reside in Rosemount, Minnesota.
  • Heather Krause Quiram is in graduate school at Minnesota State University-Mankato to obtain her specialists degree in educational administration while continuing to work as a counselor at Mankato East High School in Mankato.
  • Karrilee Brix Holman and husband, Will, had a baby, Josephine Alexis, on February 5, 2004.  They are living in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
  • Amy Durand Dudley is a biology teacher in the Lakeville High School.  She and husband, Tom, live in Bursnville, Minnesota with daughter, Madeline.
  • Paula Johnson Gagnon and husband, Steve, had a baby girl, Willa, on January 10, 2003.  Paula is working as an aquatic ecologist at the Nature Conservancy.  They reside in Berwyn, Illinois.
  • Kurtt Walton is a lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps.  He is working on a master's in nursing.  He and his wife, Erin, are living in San Diego, California.
  • Karrie Whipple Duncan and husband, Joe, had a baby, Ava Marie, on December 7, 2003.
  • Kari Wraspir married Jamison Rhode ’92 on May 3, 2003 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Wayzata.  They are living in Plymouth, Minnesota.

This 10-year reunion is about experiencing a little bit of that life we had together at Gustavus again.  Our time from 1990 to 1994 was unique to us as a group and each one of us made that time what it was.  If you’ve missed Gustavus in any way over the last 10 years you should come.  Don’t let exteriors keep you away, just come.  You can and should bring your spouse and your kids, so don’t let that be an excuse!  JUST COME!!!

We look forward to seeing you!

With Warm Regards,

Amy Zenk James

1994 Co-class Agent