Class of ’95
June 2010

15-Year Reunion ― September 24-25, 2010

Dear Class of 1995,

The Quarterly arrived in my mailbox a couple weeks ago with a picture celebrating 50 Years of Nursing at Gustavus.  I quickly opened my copy to see what else was inside.  Well, I have to admit the first thing I look at is not “what” is inside but “who” is inside.  I love looking at the pictures of Gusties and their accomplishments or who got together with whom.  I always wished there would be more room for photos so that weddings, babies and every photo could be featured.

Well, the Gustavus website has answered my wish!  You can now upload photos of Gustie get togethers, baby announcements, weddings and more!  You’ve probably submitted your news online before but now you can submit photos too.  Go to http://gustavus.edu/alumni/submit/ to add your photos and news to our page!  We’d love to see what you’re up to.  To see the recently submitted photos from our class go to:  http://gustavus.edu/alumni/class/1995/.

Are you on Facebook?  Join your 1995 classmates!  Our group is called Gustavus Adolphus College - Class of 1995.  (I know, very original :-)

15 YEAR REUNION COMING THIS FALL!

We are very excited about seeing everyone this September for our 15 year reunion!  Mark your calendar now, call the babysitter if you need one and plan on getting together with your friends from 1995!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Festivities in Uptown

6:30pm – Stella’s Fish Café - Join us for appetizers (they have more than just fish!), drinks and friends.  A fun night out to catch up with classmates.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Festivities at Gustavus

11:00 a.m. - Hospitality Tent - Join us for food and fun before the game

1:30 p.m. - Football game vs. St. Olaf!!!  How cool is that!!!

3:30 p.m. - 5th Quarter Tent - Time to celebrate our win over the Oles with a live band, drinks and food.

END OF THE YEAR

The school year is not the only thing winding down at Gustavus.  The fiscal year for the Gustavus Annual Fund wrapped up May 31st.  However, our gifts will count toward our reunion year goal until September 25 (Homecoming).  Please consider a gift to dear old Gustavus no matter what the amount.  Our goal for the reunion is to increase the amount of givers we have in our class.  Right now we have around 21% of our class participating.  We’re shooting for 35%! So, when the students call from Gustavus to collect news and ask for a donation say, Yes! so we can meet our goal and support Gustavus.  It’s also easy to give online.  Go to:  https://gustavus.edu/give/.  Thank You!

CATCHING UP WITH CLASSMATES

In preparation for the reunion festivities, we are looking forward to devoting some ink to catching up with everyone.  In an effort to do so in advance of the reunion, we are hoping to include some updates from classmates that provide a little more “color” than our usual letters.  Last month we heard from Joe Gaugler, Amy Seidel and Karen Boschee Chenvert.  Below are a few other classmates checking in.  If you’d like to provide an extended update on what you’ve been up to since graduation email us at:  1995classofficers@gustavus.edu.

Kirk and Britta (Ramseth) Reierson

Greetings Class of 1995!  Kirk and I have been busy with work and family.  We have two girls Annika and Ava (almost 8 and 5).  Both are very active and running us ragged, but, we are loving it!  Kirk is an IT manager at Donaldson and I am a family physician with Park Nicollet.  I wear my Gustie pin on my work ID, and I continue to be amazed by the many patients I see who are Gustavus grads or have some connection to Gustavus.  No need to network....

Kirk keeps up with his guitar and is very active at church and in the community.  His public debut was at a wonderful coffee shop called The 3 Crows in Delano.  He packed the place.  The girls take up most of my free time, but I love gardening and getting outside for a great workout.  I try to attend Bunko once a month with a bunch of Gustie gals (little do our spouses know, we stopped playing Bunko years ago).

We hope you see you all at the reunion.  Stay happy and healthy!

Todd Andrix

Where have I been since graduation?  I’ve been to Rome, Italy for our 9 and 10 year anniversary trip over spring break–covered two years with one trip; we didn’t go twice!  Hawaii (pre-children trip), St. Louis (2006 world series!), Target Field (I can finally be a Twins fan now that they play outdoors!), Washington, D.C. (trying to save social studies), Waseca, Waterville, and Faribault (umpping softball and baseball).

Since the bar crawl I gave up bartending and I’m toying with the idea of brewing my own beer.  I got married to Kristen Sonnichsen (Augustana, Sioux Falls)–taught math in St. Peter High in 1999.  We met in Jason Kuerschner’s (’96) wedding in Christ Chapel.  Eleven months later we got married, started our master’s programs, and got a dog.

We have three kids.  Annika is 7 and finishing 1st grade.  She loves reading and singing, especially for Owl City (former student/local band), and in church.  Addison is finishing kindergarten.  He is all boy.  Just not sure if he’s liking baseball or golf more.  Time will tell.  Brynn is my 2 ½ year-old.  She is a blonde haired, blue eyed knock out that is more risky than I ever was.

I’m still teaching social studies, college psychology and college sociology in Owatonna.  I do concurrent classes with Minnesota State and Mankato.  I quit coaching and joined the dark side; I ump varsity baseball and softball.  I just finished as president of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies and continue as the Owatonna Education Association president.  Kids, meetings, the occasional round of golf, and working on both my vegetable and flower gardens keep me busy.  Over the last year or two I’ve put on two classmates worth of the “freshman 15” so if you want that weight back, just call.  I’d much prefer handing it over than having to actually start running!

Mark Nechanicky

Mark passed on the good news that he won the 2010 Albert Lea Teacher of the Year award in April of this year!  He is a fourth grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary.  Mark was quoted in the Albert Lea Tribune about why he likes teaching.  “Education has unlocked many doors to many different opportunities for me—and those opportunities have been hard earned,” Mark said.  “As a teacher, I enjoy helping students succeed in something surprising to them and I enjoy guiding students toward confident learning in those new areas.  I teach with the hope that my students in this small town have a world of choices.”

At Gustavus he majored in physics and later earned a master’s degree in science and engineering and elementary education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  At the University of Michigan, he joined the ballroom dancing club even though he had never set foot on a dance floor.  Those dancing feet helped him to meet his wife, Taryn.  Now they have a 10-month old daughter, Anais.

Before switching to teaching Mark traveled the country from 1998 to 2003 as an electronics design engineer for an automotive supplier to Toyota and Ford.  Mark commented on his former job in the Albert Lea Tribune, “I often found out about a problem after lunch and traveled that day to the automotive plant and worked that evening until the problem was fixed,” he said.  “The last two years I worked at my engineering job, I kept a packed suitcase under my desk.”

Outside of school, Mark is president of the Albert Lea Civic Music Association and he plays the bass trombone in the Albert Lea Community Band.  He is a member of the United Methodist Church choir, hand bell choir and a member of B’nai Israel synagogue in Rochester.  He still enjoys ballroom and lindy hop swing dancing as well as camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

MORE CLASS NEWS…

Sara Jacobson Dregney and her husband, Jim, welcomed their third child, Amber Carron Dregney on July 27, 2009.

Colleen Kyce Johnson is now employed by Securian Financial Services.

NEWS FROM THE HILL

2010 Commencement

593 seniors became college graduates on Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m.  Graduates received their diplomas from the faculty chair in their respective major, a tradition that began in 1973.  Also at the ceremony, Leila Brammer, associate professor of communications studies, was awarded the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching.  Mary Cunningham ’10 gave a fantastic senior student speech.

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!!!

Former President Peterson Honored

James L. Peterson ’64, who served as the 15th president of Gustavus Adolphus College from 2003 to 2008, was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star at a special, private luncheon Thursday, April 29, on campus.  The honor was bestowed by the Swedish crown in appreciation and recognition of Dr. Peterson’s service to Gustavus and his continued work to foster relationships with individuals and organizations to strengthen ties with Sweden.

Summer in the Garden

A benefit for the Linnaeus Arboretum will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Enjoy a late afternoon in the spectacular setting of Linnaeus Arboretum while sampling wines, cheeses, coffees and desserts, music and other entertainment, a silent auction, tours, and more are planned.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum.  Cost is $25 (Friends members receive a 10 percent discount and kids under 12 are free).  Tickets (non-refundable) are available via credit card at www.gustavustickets.com; if you do not have access to the Internet call Dana at 507-933-7520.  Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event.

“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 speaker, Bob Neuman, office of admission on June 16.

Upcoming Events

  • June 16 – Gustie Breakfast – Doubletree Hotel
  • July 6 – Grand Rapids Picnic – Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • July 21 – Mankato Picnic – Sibley Park, Mankato
  • July 22 – Twin Cities Picnic – St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
  • July 25 – Twin Cities Picnic – Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, Eden Prairie
  • July 26 – St. Cloud Picnic – Riverside Park Shelter
  • July 27 – Fargo/Moorhead Picnic – Teresa Harland-Ostby home, Moorhead
  • July 28 – Willmar Picnic - Robbins Island Park, Willmar

That's all the news for now!  Email us at 1995classofficers@gustavus.edu with any news you'd like to share or check out the Gustavus website to submit news and photos too!  See you in September!

Take Care,

Sara Tollefson Currell

Amy Seidel

1995 Co-class Agents