Class of 2001
Living in Washington State has altered my sense of the seasons. It began during January, when I noticed my students at Pacific Lutheran University were having J-Term intramural games that were outside and not associated with snow. (“Broomball? What’s that?”) March brought public school cancellations due to snow in Minnesota while my students at PLU were walking around in shorts and t-shirts. Instead of planning for tornado drills this month, I was given information on what to do in case of an earthquake or a volcano eruption. (Unfortunately, there is not much that I can do for myself if there is a volcanic eruption…)
A month ago I was able to join some other Gusties in the Seattle area for a Commission 150 summit meeting. This was one of the final meetings after previous ones had been held both in Minnesota and around the country. During this time we had an opportunity to meet with new Gustavus President Jack R. Ohle and spend some time discussing the five core values of the Gustavus mission statement:
- Community: How can community be lived out appropriately and effectively on the Gustavus campus?
- Faith: What should be Gustavus’s responsibility regarding the personal faith of students, faculty, and staff?
- Service: What service opportunities and experiences should be a part of a liberal arts education at Gustavus?
- Justice: How might the commitment to justice as a core value express itself in the life of the Gustavus campus?
- Excellence: What do you understand the core value of excellence at Gustavus to mean?
How would you have answered these questions? I found myself not only trying to represent myself but also our class in respect to the answers. With Gustie grads who graduated in the ’50s, ’60, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s participating, there were a lot of different experiences in the room. I was joined at a table by graduates who were required to take a Christianity course every semester, lived in halls that were all male or all female, and who were concerned about the overall cost of their education while attending school (well, I guess some things don’t change).
Speaking about the cost of education, I did pick up a couple of statistics mentioned at the meeting that I thought were interesting enough to share. You may be interested to learn that compared to the University of Minnesota graduates, Gustavus graduates average less in loans after graduation. (Due in part to Gustavus graduating students in four years, whereas many schools in the U.S. average five to six years for an undergraduate student to complete studies.) Additionally, the average income of the family of a Gustavus student is less than the average income of the family of a University of Minnesota student. So the stereotype that only families of greater means can send students to Gustavus does not hold true either (they just tend to dress more fashionably). ;)
The information gathered from this gathering and other summit meetings are part of the college’s overall preparation for the Sesquicentennial Year. The festivities celebrating 150 years of Gustavus will begin at Homecoming 2011, which coincides with our 10-year reunion, and will encompass a year’s worth of celebration activities through Homecoming 2012. The programming and plans for the Sesquicentennial will be announced next year at Homecoming 2010, but initial plans could be coming to us as early as this upcoming fall. Hopefully Lana Elsenpeter Matzek and I will have some more details to share after the fall Class Agents’ meeting in September.
Our next class letter will be coming to you in September, so be sure to keep us up to date with your summer happenings.
2001 Co-class Agent
New Additions to the Family
- Joseph Scott was born to Megan Shorma Arnold and Scott Arnold on April 2, 2008.
- Samuel William was born to Andy Barnick and Amber Barnick on August 27, 2008.
- Zachary was born to Andy and Corrie (Segerstrom) Dufresne on December 27, 2007.
- Elias Walter was born to Amy Buran Finnern and Brady Finnern ’02 on November 7, 2008.
- Megan Laurel was born to Amy Iverson Horn and Michael Horn on August 5, 2008.
- Olivia Mae was born to Melissa Bryan Judd and Brian Judd on October 17, 2008.
- Jacob Michael was born to Elise Kahl Knobloch and Geoff Knobloch ’00 on July 28, 2008.
- Emmett Thomas was born to Chuck La Tour and Courtney Metzroth La Tour ’02 on March 12, 2009.
- Elsa Barbara was born to Melinda Siedschlag Moore and Jorma Moore on October 26, 2008.
- Lucas was born to Margo Boie Moreno and Daniel Moreno on September 6, 2008.
- Mari Rynn was born to Kris Watson Mullins and John Mullins on September 27, 2008.
- Samuel was born to Andrea Gedde Puder and Benjamin Puder on September 16, 2008.
- Katherine Joanna was born to Erin Bonitz Riess and Kyle Riess on November 4, 2008.
- Signe Hazel was born to Amanda Thompson Steier and Lucas Steier on January 3, 2009.
- Timothy Andeen, Jr. received a fellowship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Andy Barnick is a manager of the Members Financial Services Department at Postal Credit Union.
- Erin Cederlind is the office management specialist at the American Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
- Nicole Draeger is a project manager at ProVation Medical, a Wolters Kluwer Health Company.
- Ryan Erickson is a geologist at Barr Engineering.
- Juanita Diller Olsen is an RN at Cox Health.
- Christine Olson is a waitress at Perkins Restaurant.
- Jonathan Poole is assistant security attaché at the American Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
- Timothy Andeen, Jr. graduated from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in physics.
- Juanita Diller Olsen is beginning her master’s degree.
- Andy Dufresne is attending law school.
- Andrew Johnson is enrolled at the University of St. Thomas getting his master’s in business.
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The information that is contained within this newsletter has been submitted either to Gustavus or to your class agent directly for publication. If you have marriage, new addition to the family, education, career, or miscellaneous updates that you would like us to publish in our next newsletter, there are two methods of submission. First, you can send the information to Gustavus via the web page (www.gustavus.edu) by clicking on Alumni and then “Your News,” or you can e-mail or mail the information directly to one of your class agents. So, get on the web and send us your info! Our next publication is scheduled for October 2009. If you plan to graduate, get married this summer, enroll in a new educational program, add new members to your family, make a career move, or do something else that is of interest to our class, please let us know!
Lana Elsenpeter Matzek
Update on Commission Gustavus 150
Recently posted to the Commission website CommissionGustavus150.org is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community). The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150. The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.
Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22. Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points). Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings. First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.
The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21. They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1. The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast
Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation. Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management. All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard. Cost is $10 at the door. Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.
MayDay! Peace Conference
“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.