Class of '95
April 2005

Dear Class of 1995,

Spring is here - at last!  After a long winter, everyone seems to have an added spring in their step this time of year.  And, I will happily trade our shovel in for a lawn mower any day!!

REUNION WEEKEND EVENTS

As we mentioned in our last letter, our 10-year reunion is just around the corner!  We are excited to hear that many of you are planning to attend the festivities that weekend and we look forward to seeing you again, meeting your families (we expect to see a lot of strollers!) and hearing about what you’ve been up to the last 10 years.  This is a great time to bring your significant other and kids back to campus to show them where you spent those 4 great years of your life.  And, it is never too early to start influencing your children’s future college plans! 

We will be sending additional, detailed information about the events for the Class of 1995, but the general details are listed below. 

Friday, October 7

7:00 p.m. - 1995 Reunion Receptions -Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (formerly the Radisson South) on Hwy. 494 and Hwy. 100. 
Saturday, October 8

  • 9:00 a.m.          The Science of Aging – Dick Martin and Joe Gaugler '95
  • 9:00 a.m.          Fun Run
  • 10:00 a.m.        Morning Praise and Memorial Service
  • 11:00 a.m.        Nursing Reunion Luncheon
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00        Homecoming lunch for alumni
  •                         Souvenir photo button with Gus the mascot, cotton candy, and popcorn
  • 11:30 a.m.        Homecoming Parade
  •   1:00 p.m.        Football game
  •                         Jump House and sand art with candy available for kids
  • 3:30 p.m.          Living CSI – John Goodpastor '95
  • 5:00 p.m.          Homecoming/Family Weekend Banquet

First Decade Award presented to Joe Gaugler and Debbie Lightly Mascarro

  • 8:00 p.m.          Comedian Scott Novotne '75
  • 9:00 p.m.          Sky Watch – Olin Observatory

Sunday, October 3

8:30 a.m.           Morning Coffee and Sunday Papers
10:30 a.m.          Holy Communion Worship Service
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Jazz Brunch featuring the Gustavus Jazz Ensembles
1:30 p.m.           Music Performances
Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Lucia Singers, Vasa Wind Orchestra
4:30 p.m.            Diversity Center Banquet

GIVE THE GIFT OF GUSTAVUS

Alumni Fund Giving – We need your help!  And, more importantly, Gustavus needs your help!  We want to see the Class of ’95 make a significant contribution to the Alumni Fund in this year of our 10-year reunion.  However, we are trailing many of the classes even those junior to us.  Here’s what class year giving looks like so far this year (read:  yes, we are getting our butts kicked):

            Class                Dollars             Participation %

            Class of ’95      $4,597.82        9.4%

            Class of ’96      $12,310.36        15.5%

            Class of ’97      $9,342.80          12.2%

If you can’t remember whether you’ve given or not, we’ve enclosed a DRAFT of the Class of 1995 Donor Honor Roll List, which lists each of the class members who has given so far this year.  We send a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has gotten us to where we are today and a big “PLEASE” to everyone who has not given yet.  We will add the name of all other classmates who make a donation prior to the time of our reunion to this list.

Here are a few common questions we get about giving to the Alumni Fund:

How can I give? 

By mail - You can send Gustavus a check or indicate your pledge amount by returning the envelope that is enclosed with this letter.

Online - As always, you can make your gift online at http://gustavus.edu/giving/.

How much should I give?

Give what is comfortable for you – The most important thing is that you make a gift so we can increase our participation percentage!  So, whether $10, $20, $50, $100 or $500 fits your budget, please give whatever you can.  By now, many of us have gotten our school loan payments under control and have been out of grad school for a couple years, so gifts of $50-75 each year are pretty reasonable for many of us.  And, when you think about it, many of us spend $50 at Starbucks every couple of weeks!!  You might also consider giving $120 ($10 per month) to celebrate our 10-year reunion!

What if I want to give to a specific cause?

Designated gifts – You can designate how your gift is used.  If a particular group or organization was very meaningful to you in college, you can designate that your funds be used for that purpose.

Unrestricted gifts – The best thing you can do is simply give an unrestricted gift to the Alumni Fund – this allows the college administration (the people who know the college’s needs best) to decide how the money will be used.  Most of this money goes to fund financial aid for current students!

Thank you for your gifts to Gustavus!

CLASS OF ‘95 NEWS

  • Gina (Pletan) and Peter Schield had their second child, a girl named Emily Joy, on February 5, 2005.
  • Andrew McCurdy and his wife, Jennifer, had a boy, Mason James, on November 2, 2004.  Mason joins big sister, Kaitlin Sarah, and brother, Nolan Andrew.
  • Michael Skelley completed a masters of science in software engineering at the University of St. Thomas in December 2004 and is working as a software analyst at Spherion Technology.
  • Sarah (Reed) and Dean Schreiner had a boy, Michael Dean, on August 20, 2004.  Michael joins big brother Travis.
  • Shane Wernsing is moving back to St. Peter to accept a position as a forensic psychiatrist at the state hospital, following his fellowship at UW Madison.  Shane’s wife, Kim Smith Wernsing ’97, is a doctor at the St. Peter Clinic.
  • Joy (Winter) and Scott Wituk welcomed a baby boy, Nathan Andrew, to their family on September 2, 2004.  Nathan joins big sister, Emma, who is 4 years old.  Joy and her family live in Wichita, KS. 
  • Scott Moe has been named a 2005 Golf Coaches Association of America international team coach and he will coach at the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup.  Scott coaches the Gustie golf team that claimed the Division III championship for its fourth victory in the 2003-2004 season and the MIAC title for its fifth conference crown in the past eight years. 
  • Jonathan Grandt completed his master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Concordia University in June 2004 and is a fifth grade teacher in Wauconda District in Illinois.
  • Courtney (Camrud) and Aric Kinney welcomed their second child, Christian, on December 9, 2004.  Courtney is an outpatient physical therapist with Aurora Health Care in New Berlin, WI.
  • Robert and Stacy (McMurtry) Freimuth had a son, Luke Robert, on April 28, 2004.
  • Brandi Witt graduated from internal medicine residency at Mayo in June 2000 and is currently in a cardiology fellowship at Mayo until 2008.
  • Krisin (Swanson) and Jon Engman (Jon is Class of ’96) had their second daughter, Elsie Cecilia, on May 21, 2004.  Elsie joins her big sister, Heidi.
  • Aimee (Pugh) and Tim Bernard had twins, a girl named Sawyer Elizabeth, and a boy named Jack Thomas Frederick, on July 10, 2004.
  • Michelle (Taylor) Moyer is a mom staying at home.  Michelle lives in Hagatna, Guam.
  • Gina (Goick) Mangum is a certified massage therapist at Tranquil Waters Bodywork in Boulder, CO.
  • Paige (Tierney) and Casey Sullivan had a baby girl, Tierney Jean, on December 27, 2004.
  • Alanna (Rogers) Oswald is working as an Americorp/VISTA member in 2 Duluth elementary schools running reading programs.
  • Suan Hanson is a recruitment manager at Development Alternatives, Inc. in Bethesda, MD, and is living in Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth (Getchell) and Robert Rogers had their third boy, Beck, on January 28, 2005.  Beth is a home childcare provider in Hugo.
  • Nathan K. Anderson was appointed operations manager of the Healthcare Business Division of T.C. Systems Inc. in Mason City, IA where he is responsible for health care operations and a staff of approximately 50 employees who collect health care and dental accounts. 
  • Brett Mitchell and Erika had a boy, Brody Mark, on November 14, 2004.
  • Lisa (Frame) and Ben Koppelman had a girl, Morgan Anne, on February 18, 2005.  They live in Albany, MN.
  • Laura Thomas is the central systems administrator at the University of St. Thomas. 
  • Robert Corey married Jannica Lynne Groom on October 9, 2004.  Rob earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and works as an electrical engineer at Medtronic.
  • Jason Peters is an associate auditor with KPMG in Albuquerque, NM.  He received his master of accounting degree from the University of New Mexico in December 2004.
  • Kristine (Haugland) and Gary Nagle had a boy, Cameron Andrew, on December 24, 2003.  Kristine completed her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in September, 1996 in marketing and works as program manager – marketing at Best Buy.  Kristine and Gary were married in August 1998.
  • Rev. Matthew P. Cadwell was ordained to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church on January 8, 2005 in Boston.  He is serving as an assistant priest at St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Toronto and is a doctoral student in theology at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. 

Send Us Your News!

Thanks to all of our classmates who keep us up-to-date with the events in your lives so we can share the news with our classmates.  It is easy to send us your information – simply send an email to 1995classofficers@gustavus.edu.  We love to hear from you and your classmates love to hear your news!

Campus briefs

Alumni Awards

The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients.  The Greater Gustavus Award to George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College. Distinguished Alumni Citations to G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.; Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios.  First Decade Awards to Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Sports

The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Extraordinary Students

Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Bricks and mortar

Southwest Residence Hall is being constructed across the Campus Drive from the arboretum on the west side of the campus and is scheduled to be finished by June.  The L-shaped facility is configured with apartments for four and six and will accommodate nearly 200 students.  A hostel space for summer programs and confirmation retreat groups is included in the residence’s plans.

With the new Southwest Residence Hall coming on-line, the College will be taking down Wahlstrom Hall to make way for future residential construction.  Crews will start the dismantling process in July with asbestos abatement, and the Kasota-stone residence hall will be razed in August.  Alumni returning for reunion and commencement festivities on May 27–29 will be able to take a last tour through the building’s public areas, stairwells, and walk-through sections following a “decommissioning” ceremony to be held on Saturday morning, May 28.

Construction crews working on the renovation of Old Main discovered a cistern under the basement flooring in March.  Gutting the interior has provided evidence of layers upon layers of remodeling done over the years, including an old stairwell in the middle of the building and what appears to be an attempt to raise the third-floor ceiling.  The Old Main project, which includes the installation of an elevator in the northwest corner of the building, is scheduled to be completed in August.

The education and nursing departments have been relocated to the newly erected Mattson Hall, which is sited just west of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Prairie View Residence Hall, on the south side of the campus.  These departments will remain there until a new social science center is built at some point in the future.

Upcoming Events

  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8

All the best,

Sara Tollefson Currell and Amy Seidel