Class of '94
September 2009

15-Year Reunion ― October 9-10, 2009

Greetings Fellow Classmates!

Like many of you, September days remind me of moving back to campus, reconnecting with friends and diving into new classes.

The fall that has always stood out for me, however, was my Gustavus Semester Abroad.  I still remember looking out the window of our van and seeing the amazing energy of the Jerusalem streets as we arrived late on an early September night.  I knew at that moment that this experience was going to challenge and change me in ways I couldn’t even imagine!  Throughout the next three and half months, my fellow Gustie travelers and I studied “Land and the Bible:  Then and Now” with Ellie Beach in Jerusalem, “Anglo-American Constitutional Development” with Ron Christenson in London, England and “France in Europe, France on Europe” with Laurent Dechery in Strasbourg, France.  What we learned in the classroom was vastly extended outside the walls through our hands-on experiences.  From observing trials at Old Bailey and wading through Hezekiah’s Tunnel to visiting European Parliament and dining near the Sea of Galilee, the world expanded in this unique learning environment.

I know that many of you also had study abroad experiences during your time at Gustavus.  For some, it was an opportunity to further develop your second language skills and for others it was a chance to explore your major in a wider context and on a grander scale.

For those of us that were lucky enough to have these experiences, we are very thankful; however there were many students that were unable to participate for a variety of reasons, one of them being financial challenges.

I’m sure that you are as excited as I am in learning that a Class of 1994 Scholarship Endowment Fund was created recently in honor of our 15 year reunion and that it specifically supports study abroad scholarships for Gustavus students.  This scholarship is unique to our class!  Providing opportunities for current Gusties to further develop an international perspective through study abroad experiences speaks directly to Gustavus’ goals in its mission statement.  It is an exciting prospect that I think we can all get behind!  (Thank you Derek Hansen, former Gustavus hockey player and current financial wizard, for organizing the fund!)

I look forward to seeing you at our 15-year reunion on October 9-10th.  Don’t forget to bring a few study abroad experiences to share!

Lisa Clark

1994 Guest Letter Writer

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Thank you Lisa, for sharing your Gustavus study abroad experience!  I’m sure I speak for many in saying that I wish I could have gone on the trip with you, it sounded wonderful!

I was one of those students who really, really, REALLY wanted to do a study abroad program, but unfortunately at that time was not able to afford it.  If a scholarship was available back then, I might have had an opportunity to participate in one of the many travel experiences that were offered.  Well, we can’t change the past, but we can definitely make a difference in the lives of future Gusties (maybe one of your children one day?)!

To commemorate our 15 year reunion, Gretchen, Anita and I encourage you ALL to donate to our Class of 1994 Scholarship Endowment Fund.  It’s actually very simple…just mention the Class of 1994 Scholarship Fund the next time you donate to Gustavus and your dollars will go directly to the fund.  As a reminder, you can easily donate anytime online at www.gustavus.edu.  Think of how the few dollars you donate can (and will) change the lives of many students for years to come!

As our reunion draws closer, it reminds us how thankful we are for the time we shared together at Gustavus as it helped shape us into the fine outstanding individuals we are today.  J 

I personally look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on Friday, October 9th at Stella’s!  Don’t forget to register for the events by filling out the postcard that was sent to you in the mail or by registering online at:  www.gustavus.edu/alumni.  Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for our Class of 1994 Facebook Group…It’s called “Grib-GAC 1994.  Here you can view some fun video interviews with your classmates!  We currently have 140 members!

As a quick reminder, even though our reunion event on October 9th is being held at “Stella’s Fish Café”, please know that they offer many delicious selections besides seafood and we will have a wide variety of appetizing food that you will not want to miss!

P.S.  Throughout the evening at Stella’s, we’ll have a variety of drawings for various giveaways, including a trip for two to Paris, a 52” LCD TV, tickets to the Superbowl and the coveted grand prize of several “Book Mark” gift certificates.  You must be present to win!

*Disclosure for giveaways:  Trip to Paris, LCD TV and Superbowl tickets are subject to availability.  And unfortunately, these are currently unavailable.  Who wants to go to the Superbowl anyway?  Luckily, the Book Mark gift certificates ARE available!  We all need to update our Gustie wardrobe, right?…it’s been 15 years and those GAC sweatpants have seen better days!

15 YEAR REUNION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th - 1994 CLASS PARTY

Stella’s Fish Café

1400 West Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 

6:30 pm

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th – AT GUSTAVUS

11:00am – 3:00 pm -CLASS OF 1994 Hospitality Tent at Gustavus Homecoming Football Game

(Free Snacks and pop; Pre-ordered box lunch)

11:30 – Homecoming Parade

  1:30 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Pacific Lutheran (Tickets available at the gate)

  3:30 – 5th Quarter:  Postgame Event

Hope to see you SOON!

Renae Munsterman Lokpez

1994 Co-class Agent

Please feel free to email us with any questions at:  1994classofficers@gustavus.edu_________________________________________________

WHO’S DOING WHAT AND WHERE…

  • Molly Wold Sedgwick is married to husband Wade, has three children; Tommy, Penny and Rosie.  They reside in Mendota Heights where Molly is a homemaker.
  • Jill Dirnberger Timm resides in Center City, MN and works as a family health program manager for Washington County Public Health.  Jill is married with three kids (Luke, Grace and Lydia).
  • Bradley Anderson resides in Staples, MN and is employed at Lakewood Health Systems as director of product and service development.
  • Heidi Thelen Maes is married to husband, Mark, with two children, Lydia (6) and Peter (3).
  • Sonya Redetzke married William Hollingsworth, Jr. on May 16, 2009 in Hutchinson.
  • Sheldon Wagner and wife, Faith Handevidt ’96 reside in LaCrosse, WI with their three children, Anthony, Alexander and Elena (who was born on April, 22, 2008).  Sheldon is an athletic trainer at Gunderson Lutheran Sports Medicine and is now on the advisory board of the Wisconsin Sports Concussion Collaborative.
  • Heather Lucken Scholl is a family nurse practitioner at Hutchinson Medical Center.  She and her husband, Scott, have a daughter, Chloe, and a son, Blake.
  • Donny Walsh resides north of Boston with his wife, Sarah, and two kids, Jack (5) and Kate (3) and as of this summer had another little one on the way!
  • Susan Paulson Morrow resides in River Falls, Wisconsin with her husband, Jeff, and three children:  McKenzie, Max and Madelyn.  Susan works for St. Croix County.
  • Kevin Overgaard and wife, Stacy, have two children, Connor and Maren.
  • Kevin Peterson and his wife, Heidi (Hayer ’96) live in Woodbury, MN.  Kevin is a stay-at-home dad with three children and coaches youth hockey.
  • After teaching science at Rosemount High School for 13 year, Drew Storley has been promoted to Dean of students and is the defensive coordinator for the football team.

FUTURE GUSTIES…

  • Kathryn Campbell Tusek and husband, Dave, had a baby boy on January 14 2008.  They reside in Longmont, CO.
  • Bonnie Allen Anderson and husband, Ryan had a baby girl on June 26, 2008.  They reside in Plymouth, MN.

Campus News

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at www.gustavus.edu/GLA!!!

Homecoming and Family Weekend – October 9 & 10, 2009

Join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities this year!  Parents, alumni, and friends of the College are invited to return and reconnect on this great weekend.  Check out all the activities on the Gustavus alumni web site (www.gustavus.edu/alumni

A Walk in the Arb

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on that Saturday, October 10.  Come enjoy a guided hike through the arboretum and browse its many beautiful flower gardens and tree collections.  Maple trees will be in their fall peak this weekend.  Master Gardeners and tree care experts will be available to address your questions and concerns, so bring a branch!  Bring your kids (accompanied by an adult) for a hayride through the arboretum.  Have a look at this year’s scarecrows around the Borgeson cabin!  Enjoy cookies and lemonade, purchase an arboretum t-shirt.  There will be books available for purchasing and signing by two local authors, Jan Dunlap (Birder Murder Mysteries) and Jim Gilbert (Minnesota Nature Notes).  Join Us!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.

Upcoming speakers:

President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21

Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18

Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16

Upcoming Events

  • Nobel Conference:  H²0 Uncertain Resource – October 6-7, 2009
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2009
  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair