Class of 2000
June 2007

Dear Class of 2000,

As you may have read in the Star Tribune, the Corpse Flower bloomed in May!  While the charmingly noxious blossom was impressive, I’ll admit it wasn’t enough to bring me to campus.  What brought me to campus in the middle of May was the prospect of spending a beautiful spring day at Gustavus.  Walking around campus was a treat…the comfort of familiar surroundings with lots of new faces.  The trees had leafed, the grass was green and the reasons to skip class were beyond measure.

Besides skipping class, there’s lots going on at Gustavus…

The new football stadium is on schedule for an August completion.  After 76 years the old stadium will be retired, and football action will move north, to the new stadium which is adjacent to Lund.  The press box for the new stadium will be the second highest structure on campus, after the spire.

The Corpse flower was a pretty big deal….drawing over 7,000 people to campus!  I visited the greenhouse in Nobel, and had to wait 10 minutes in line for a glimpse.  For those of you who missed it, no worries, it will bloom again in 10+ years.

While I was there, the annual end-of-the-year spoof of the Gustavian Weekly had just hit the newsstands.  This year’s theme had something to do with Harry Potter.  I understood almost none of it.

The real Gustavian Weekly featured a compelling article about when CFs or Safety & Security could enter a student’s room.  According to lead S & S officer, Mike English, “Safety and Security has a right to knock on anyone’s door.”  Knock on anyone’s door?  How can the students of today live under such Martial Law?  Oh, how I miss the good old days.

No headlining speaker for commencement exercises this year.  I don’t recall our official speaker, or his or her message.  Keeping the focus on the graduates and the student speaker makes sense to me.  Five hundred, ninety-five graduates received their degrees on May 27th.

St. Peter is fairly recognizable, save some name/sign changes for a few businesses.  The Hardee’s has morphed into an Arby’s, the grocery and liquor stores all have new names…although their offerings haven’t changed.  The St. Peter Cinema 5 has been resurrected after a few seasons of being closed.  And, a new coffee shop and pizza place have sprung up.  The trees are growing and all that remains from the tornado is house after house of perfect vinyl siding.

I would like to thank all of the contributors to the Gustavus Fund, and encourage you to continue to support our alma mater.  Remember, you can always donate on line at:  gustavus.edu/giving

I had a great day on the hill, and would encourage you to take a similar field trip.

Keep your phalanx strong,

Corey Bartlett

2000 Co-class Agent

P.S. Our fearless co-class agent, Bonnie Dahlke, was (at the last minute) unable to attend the aforementioned junket.  As always, she contributed significantly to the writing of this letter.  Thanks, Bonnie.

Work & School:

  • Matt Thomas is the media relations manager for Gustavus.
  • Elizabeth Kastens is employed by State Farm Insurance as a catastrophe claims representative.
  • Greg Holker is the head men’s soccer coach at Augsburg and was named the 2006 MIAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year after leading the Auggies to their best record since 1975—Congrats, Greg!
  • Sarah Lampi Kidwell is the executive director of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council.
  • Sara Christensen Blair is an assistant professor of art at Northern State University.  The North Dakota Museum of Art has purchased one of her pieces for its permanent collection.  She continues to show her work thoughout the region while teaching basic art design and graphic design courses.
  • Adam Patterson is the Chicago-area sales manager for Lansing Building Products.
  • Lindsey Klute Patterson is a stay-at-home mom.
  • Josh Stevens is an assistant director of admissions for Lake Forest College in Illinois.
  • Lissa Cordie Nikodym received a master’s of education in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University and serves as a kindergarten and art teacher in the Sartell school district.
  • Melisa Rhoads received a master of arts in international business from St. Mary’s University and is a customer service manager for United Health Group in Golden Valley.
  • Amber Jannusch is pursuing a Ph.D. in communication studies at the University of Iowa
  • Ryan Clausnitzer is a vector control technician for the City of Berkeley, Environmental Health in Berkeley, CA.
  • Erica Coady is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University.
  • Curtis Jorgenson is the head golf professional at Hudson Golf Club in Hudson, WI.
  • Nikki Schlepp is the design coordinator for the Center for Changing Landscapes at the University of Minnesota College of Design.
  • Kelli Justesen is pursuing an MBA at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Tara Makowskyj is a police officer for the Bloomingdale Police Department in Illinois.
  • Sonia Mascarenhas Barker is the resident naturalist at the Bell Museum of Natural History.
  • Ann Augustine is a clinical staff pharmacist at Webster Drug in Muscatine, IA.
  • Joshua Brix is advanced product support manager at Stellant, Inc. in St. Louis Park.
  • John Davis is a security counselor for the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.
  • Gus Hallman owns Supergus Handyman Services in the Twin Cities area.
  • Janelle Roy Hatlevig is an occupational therapist for Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Andrew Lindberg is a manager at Met Life Insurance.
  • Bryan McWhite is pastor for men’s and young adult ministries for Crystal Evangelical Free Church.
  • Jay Pettis is a chiropractor for Healing Touch Chiropractic in Eagan.
  • Leah Fryer Reinhart received a master’s degree in addiction studies from Hazelden Graduate School and is a mental health/chemical dependency social worker for Chisago County Human Services.
  • Anne Aageson Venable teaches at the Ferndale School District and is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Seattle Pacific University.
  • Cory Weinrich is the frontiers director for Youth With a Mission at its training center in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Jill Miller Wohnoutka is director of the Renville County Museum.

Weddings:

  • Tami Nelson to Clayton Caudill - July 28, 2006
  • Kelly Fletcher to Jeffrey Robertson - June 3, 2006
  • David Murphy to Nicole Kath - October 7, 2006
  • Sarah Spessard to Aaron Olson - September 24, 2006
  • Ryan Clausnitzer to Nicole Blake - July 22, 2006
  • Elena Davis to Jeffrey Pohl - June 25, 2006
  • Jennifer Tracy to Jason Gross - March 25, 2006
  • Julie Luttinen to Scott Miller - July 15, 2006
  • Jessica Stewart to Thomas Madsen - July 27, 2006
  • Jill Miller to Andy Wohnoutka - October 28 2006
  • Anne Aageson to Thomas Venable - December 29, 2006
  • Amy Mertens to Michael Kowalski - August 8, 2006
  • Anna Rossing to Bernhard Zimmermann - April 22, 2006

Future Gusties:

  • Norah to Melissa and Kory Kath
  • Andrew Kevin to Scott and Valerie (Laabs) Bandas
  • Thomas Marc to Marc and Kara (Trapp) Oien
  • Henry Samuel to Khoa and Heidi (Wegner) Ha
  • Owen Donald to Justin ’98 and Michelle (Kneeland) Barbeau
  • Kate Amelia to Luke ’99 and Jessica (Johnson) Schmidt
  • Olivia Abbey to Katie (Carter) and Matt Delly
  • Wyatt to Kadie (Stone ’99) and John Davis
  • Laila to Lissa (Cordie) and Matt Nikodym
  • Michael to Katie (Ryerse) and David Aafedt
  • Ephram to Nicole (Bemmels) and Corey Carlson
  • Aine to Emily Brand-Cleary and Kevin Cleary
  • Marin to Jill (Redebaugh) and Jesse Harvey ’02
  • Vivian to Janelle (Roy) and Toby ’97 Hatlevig
  • Wyatte to Kate (Martin) and Dylan McLean
  • Griffin to Sarah (Lang) and Jesse Moen
  • Lucas to Heidi (Marshall) and Jeff Thompson
  • Zander to Eric ’99 Erica (Slusser) Haas
  • Olivia to Sarah (Miller ’01) and Brian Haukoos
  • Lukas to Jessica (Martin ’01) and Matthew Johnson