Class of 2003
December 2007

5-Year Reunion ― October 3 & 4, 2008

Dear Gusties of 2003:

Greetings from the Twin Cities!  With the holiday season and our five year reunion fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and look back on some of the wonderful memories that we were blessed with during our four years up on “The Hill.”  For Emily and I, we share the memories of:  Our last time singing “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” at Christmas in Christ Chapel in December 2002 and the Gustavus Choir’s trip to Italy in January 2003.  For me, I hold the memories of:  Planning Presidents Ball 2002 and the 22 hour bus ride to Virginia to watch the Gustavus men’s basketball team play in the final four.  For Emily, she holds the memories of:  J-Term musicals (Carousel and The Threepenny Opera) and working in the costume shop.  Not to mention all the wonderful friends we made while at Gustavus.  And these are just a few of the many memories that will last us a lifetime!  In this joyous time of year, we urge you to take a moment to think of all the memories that you were blessed with while at Gustavus.

However, like the story A Christmas Carol, it is now time to travel back from the past and look into the future.  For the Gustavus Class of 2003 our future holds our five year reunion, which will take place on October 3-4, 2008―over Homecoming weekend.  Currently, the reunion committee is in the process of planning various events for the big weekend.  We are also busy planning events for months leading up to the reunion.  The committee thought it would be fun to give the Class of 2003 as many opportunities to catch-up with familiar faces as possible.  We will make sure to keep you posted about the events as they approach.

Emily Gill and I, Audra Mueller, are co-chairing the events component of our five-year reunion.  The events committee is in charge of planning the reunion events in the Twin Cities leading up to the reunion weekend and on October 3rd, along with the campus events that will take place at Gustavus on October 4th.  We are looking for people to serve on the events committee.  Please email one (or both) of us at gustielawyer@gmail.com or egill@sspps.org if you are interested.  Thanks again to those of you who have already volunteered to serve on the committee!

Finally, as we look back at the memories of the past and into the future we can not forget that those memories would not have been possible without the help of the Gustavus Fund.  As part of our five year reunion, the committee is trying to increase both the number of dollars raised for the Gustavus Fund and the number of donors contributing to the Fund.  We encourage all of you to make a donation to the Gustavus Fund this year, no matter how big or small.

Seasons Greetings!

Audra Mueller and Emily Gill

2003 Reunion Events Co-Chairs

Class News

Since so many classmates have numerous achievements to boast about we bypassed categorizing our achievements by theme and just provided updates alphabetically by last name.

  • Andy Anderson married Maggie Jonas on November 23, 2007.  Andy is currently in the physician assistant graduate program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.
  • Rebecca Boesen Anderson graduated from the University of Minnesota medical school in May 2007 and started a combined medicine/pediatrics residency in June 2007.  She is living Indianapolis, Indiana (near the Colt’s NFL headquarters...GO COLTS).  Finally, she is going to be a first-time aunt in March 2008, as her sister-in-law Leah Knutson Anderson is expecting.
  • Meghan Backer, St. Paul, started working at Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson P.A. in September 2007 after her judicial clerkship ended.
  • Jill Batalden is an MP operations manager for Target.com
  • Kendall Baumgartner married Joshua Keith Flaten on November 5, 2007.  They are residing in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 
  • Kim Lutz Boeder works as a project analyst for Minnesota Life/Securian Financial Group.
  • Katie Bradley is working at U.S. Bankcorp and is busy working as an actor around the Twin Cities at theatres such as Theatre de la June Lune and Theatre Mu.
  • Colin Cram married Shayna Liston on July 21, 2007 at the Ciccone Vineyard in Suttons Bay, Michigan.  He is currently working as a case manager for the Colorado AIDS Project.
  • Jody Anderson Gabler received her master’s degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from American University in Washingon, DC in May of 2007.  She spent the summer teaching at Georgetown University in their ESL program.  Jody married Philip Gabler on October 20, 2007 in Cloquet, Minnesota.  After toughing out the Minnesota winter for a few months, she and Philip will move to Chile, where Jody will teach English.
  • Elise Getter is currently working as the office manager at ABsolute Pilates in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She also trains clients as a certified STOTT PILATES instructor.  Additionally, Elise is engaged and getting married in June 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Emily Gill is living in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is the district theatre coordinator for South St. Paul Public Schools.  In addition to directing lots of theatre, she is busy applying to graduate school.
  • Eric and Kristen “KJ” (Swanson) Hauge had a little boy named, Lyndon, on September 27, 2006.  In the fall of 2007, Eric started his master’s degree in public policy at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  Kristen completed her K-12 administrative licensure at Saint Mary’s University in October, 2007 and is currently the assistant principal at Northeast Metro 916 Area Learning Center West.
  • Amy Hiscock married Michael Daly on September 22, 2007 at Christ Chapel.  They are living in Excelsior, MN.  Amy is working as an RN at the VA and Methodist Hospital in critical care.
  • Jeremiah Jazdzewski received his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in August 2007.  He is currently working as a research assistant at the Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.  Miah lives in uptown and spends a lot of free time doing volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders.
  • Joseph and Meghan (Severson) Johnson had their first child last July.  Ella Grace was born on July 10, 2007.  Congratulations!
  • Sarah Keiser is graduating from the St. Kate’s University post-baccalaureate nursing program in December 2007.
  • Jane Loosbrock is teaching science (environmental science, ecology, biology, and physical science) at South St. Paul High School.  She is also coaching 10th grade volleyball and basketball for South St. Paul High School.  Additionally, Jane is in the process of buying her first house.
  • Audra Mueller graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2007 and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 2007.  She is engaged and is busy planning a June 2008 wedding.  She currently resides in Richfield, Minnesota.
  • Amy Peterson married Mark Albrecht on August 20, 2005.  This fall marks her fifth year at Mahtomedi Middle School, where she teaches 7th grade math.  She is also enrolled in the College of Saint Catherine’s graduate program in curriculum and instruction.
  • Brock and Erin (Elling) Peterson live in Minneapolis.  Brock is the branch manager of US Bank in Maple Grove.  Erin is an ICU nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  She is busy applying for graduate school to become a nurse practitioner.
  • Sarah Nerland Sparks is employed with Minnetonka Community Education as the aquatics and first aid program manager.
  • Lindsay Wright is living in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is in her second year of law school at the University of Minnesota.
  • Lindsay Zumbrunnen is a senior account representative for John B. Collins Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Campus News

Gustavus Apparel for Christmas List

Still making your wish list for Christmas or shopping for a Gustie in your family?  Check out the Gustie gear online at:  www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful. 

Minnesota House Speaker Featured at Gustie Breakfast

Minnesota Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90 will be speaking at the December Twin City Gustie Breakfast.  Kelliher will share broad insight into state politics.  Come to ask your questions for this unique opportunity for Gusties.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place

December 19, 2007, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

$10 per person

Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Athletics

Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fine Arts Events

“Destination Anywhere:  A Juried Exhibit of 15 Award-Winning Young Artists With Disabilities,” is now on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus.  The exhibit, a product of a partnership between VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) and Volkswagen of America, Inc., strives to recognize and showcase young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States.  In November the Department of Theatre and Dance presented a Festival of Student Work.  A miniature “Fringe Festival” in its own right, this collaboration of more than 60 actors, dancers, designers, and technicians, operating on 10 different production schedules, filled Anderson Theatre, the Black Box, and the Schaefer Fine Arts Center for four days of artistic celebration.

Give Your Gift to Gustavus Before Year's End!

The time is now, the time is here.

To make your gift by the end of the year.

It can be BIG. It can be SMALL.

But to keep Gustavus strong

Takes a gift from us all!

You can give by mail, or give online.

Any gift from you to Gustavus is fine.

You don’t want to stall

To get a 2007 tax break.

So, pick up the phone and give us a call.

Here are ways to make your gift:

Call toll-free 866/487-3863

Give online at:  gustavus.edu/giving

Send your check to:

Gustavus Alumni Fund

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring music conductors - Jan. 16
  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ - Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ - Jan 22.

For more information on alumni events, go to:  gustavus.edu/alumni/events