Class of 2003
July 2008

5-Year Reunion ― October 3 & 4, 2008

Dear Classmates,

Finally, summer has arrived in Minnesota.  How do I know?  I finally had to turn on the air conditioner.  I was holding out as long as I could, energy prices being as high as they are and all, but today… I just couldn’t do it any more.  Tonight was the night to turn it on, stay at home and take it easy.

Not that I didn’t have options.  I could have called up Derek Nelson and Jesse Brekke and gone somewhere to have a cold one, and then come home late at night after it finally cooled down for the day.  But that wouldn’t have been until (coincidentally) after 2:00 a.m. (around 4:00 a.m. if this were the week of the Republican National Convention) and I might as well save my beer money for softball on Thursday night with them and Spencer Seamans out on Lake Minnetonka.

If uptown or the lake wasn’t quite far enough away, I could have gotten myself a plane ticket to join Dave and Alicia (Lunde) Newell, who are on a three-week vacation in Thailand.  Though, if the whole point is to stay cool, that wouldn’t really make sense.

Swinging by to see Andy Odden (in Michigan) or Hans Sviggum (in Rochester) would be out of the question.  They just got married (not to each other) and probably need all the air conditioning they can get, being freshly minted newlyweds and all.  Not that the hospital ever lets them leave, but… you’ve all seen Grey’s Anatomy, they don’t do much real work anyway.  Or maybe you haven’t seen it, since your TIVO was too busy recording the entire season of the Bachelorette just to catch a glimpse of Ryan Hoag.

Mik and Heidi (Sands) Gusenius (as of this writing) are only days away from the Lifetime Triathlon, so I know they are way too busy carbo-loading and raising money for a great cause― help them meet their fundraising goal and find a cure for leukemia at:  www.active.com/donate/tntmn/gusenius.

But none of these were the reason that I was home tonight.  I have to admit, I simply wanted more time at home with Angelique and Blake, Brynn, Carter, and Regan.  Even after a l-o-n-g Fourth of July weekend with all of us together for some grilling, pool adventures (Regan thinks she can swim), Twins games, tee-ball, movies, and fireworks, I still wanted more.  During the Legislative Session, Angelique and I were just way too busy (for those of you in Hennepin County, the new .25% sales tax isn’t entirely my fault), and with three kids usually consumed with school and dance and hockey schedules (all in different cities), it’s nice to have a slow, lazy summer to actually enjoy time at home.

So here we are, Regan (who is now one and half) and I, whiling the summer night away, each sipping on our respective bottle of choice, just writing letters, playing with shoes and tape, and enjoying much more than just the air conditioning.

It does help, though.

Jason Flohrs

2003 Guest Writer

p.s.  I hope to see a lot of you at all of the reunion activities coming up.  Read more at:  www.gustavus.edu (follow the Alumni link).  And no, Brekke, I won’t be bringing the kids.

CLASS NEWS

  • Beth LaZerte married Erik Aarness in July of 2005.  She and Erik celebrated the birth of their son, Jack, in February of 2008.  She is employed as a regional human resources manager with American Woodmark Corporation in Phoenix, AZ. 
  • Andy Anderson is enrolled in the physician assistant program at Oregon Health and Science University.
  •  Becca Anderson is completing her medical residency in internal medicine and pediatrics in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Carla Bishop married Luke Froehle on May 17, 2008.  She is employed by Sanofi-Aventis in Minneapolis.
  • Erin Boole married Bradley Holzem on February 14, 2007.  She is currently working at StayWell Health Management as a training specialist. 
  • Sarah Engstrom Brinks and her husband Mitch Brinks ’01 welcomed Benjamin Allan into the world in September of 2006. 
  • Lindsey Christensen is a marketing manager for Sonic Management Group.  She and Nick Tibesar ’04 will be married in July of 2008. 
  • Kelly Conley is an eighth grade teacher in Prior Lake; she is getting married this July.
  • Bridget Daniel is working towards the completion of her degree at Portland State University (Oregon).  She currently serves as the executive director of HomePlate, a non-profit organization benefiting youth ages 12-21.
  • Jessica Lundquist Doty is employed as an RN by the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
  • Jack Evans received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in May 2007.  He is employed as an attorney at Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci, S.C. in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Alison Doppelhammer Gorsevski received her doctor of juris degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law in May of 2008.
  • Elizabeth Grant is a project coordinator for Novaspect.
  • Becca Harrington Groves is the staff coordinator and youth program director of Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria.
  • Jessica Heiden is a student at William Mitchell College of Law and works for the National Arbitration Forum in Minneapolis.
  • Megan (Trapp) and Samuel Henschen are expecting their first child this fall.  Megan is a negotiations coordinator for Target.
  • Jeremiah Jazdzewski works at GeoMatrix as an environmental and water resources engineer.
  • Phillip Knoll is a consulting engineer with ATG in Chicago.
  • Tyler and Joanna Olson Kroschel gave birth to Lauren Kathleen on March 25, 2008.
  • Jane Loosbrock is a science teacher at South Saint Paul High School.  She is engaged to be married in June of 2009.
  • Rob Mark married Katie Swenson ’04 in August of 2007.  He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and is currently employed by CyberOptics as an optical engineer.
  • Jared Mays is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas.  He and Jennifer Taylor were married in June of 2008.
  • Brian McFarlane is a CPA.  He and his wife, Molly (O’Donnell ’04) live in Warroad and are expecting their second child.
  • Michael Miller is employed as a sales associate at Slumberland in Red Wing.
  • Nate Morse works as a software engineer at Wolters Kluwer Financial Service.
  • Nicholas Novak is a senior internal auditor for Wells Fargo.
  • Andrew Odden completed his medical internship at the University of Minnesota and will start his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan in July.  He and Jennifer Strahle were married in May of 2008.
  • Kristen O’Connell is an adjunct instructor and associate dean of faculty at the Minnesota School of Business.
  • Bethany Nass Olsen and her husband, David, welcomed their daughter, Abigail, into the world in April of 2008.
  • Beth Eisenmenger Omang and Josh Omang celebrated the birth of their daughter, Julia, in April of 2008.
  • Jesse Pearson is a GIS developer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  • Dan Plagens works for Ameriprise Financial Services in Minneapolis.
  • Kevin Quealy is a graphic artist at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Erika Royer is an account executive in the benefits department at Wells Fargo Insurance Services.
  • Mike Ryan and Tricia Czerniak were married in May of 2008.  Mike is a certified financial planner for Ameriprise Financial in Bloomington.
  • Erin Sapp completed her master’s of science in social policy and planning at the London School of Economics in December of 2004.  She currently runs her own public policy consulting business in Minneapolis.  She married Nick Leitheiser in March of 2007.
  • Angela Sirian works as a physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  She and Jesse Pearson are engaged and will be married in October.
  • Kathleen Batalden Smith and her husband, Justin, joined the Peace Corps in January of 2008.  They are working in Niger, West Africa.
  • Ben Spilseth starts his residency in radiology at the University of Minnesota in July.
  • Christopher Stavenger and Jamie Petersen were married on April 26, 2008.  Christopher is employed by Orthopedic Associates in Duluth.
  • Kari Vickerman Taintor works at General Mills as a trade team leader and is enrolled in Saint Thomas’s MBA program.
  • Anna Dove Toth is a geriatric nurse practitioner at the Minneapolis VA hospital and is an adjunct instructor in nursing at the College of Saint Catherine.  She and husband, Patrick, had their second baby in May.
  • Troy and Stephanie (Witty) Anderson live in Washington, DC.  Stephanie is employed as a strategy consultant by Booz, Allen, Hamilton in Arlington, VA.  Troy is a biomedical engineering student at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Kristin vanWyngeeren is working on her nursing degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA.
  • Matthew and Kara (Wachlarowicz ’01) Wallace celebrated the birth of their son, Benjamin, in October of 2007.

CAMPUS NEWS

President Ohle at the Helm

On July 1, Jack Ohle officially took office as Gustavus’ 15th President of the College.  Ohle, former president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa succeeded James L. Peterson who has retired having served the college since July 2003.

New Alumni Website Launched

The alumni area of the Gustavus website has a whole new look and new features.  Postcards are in the mail to each alumnus, for which we have an address.  Check out the new site at:  alumni.gustavus.edu

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 8:00-9:30 a.m., 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100).  The cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gusties Gather! — September 28
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend — October 3-5
  • Class reunions for 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 — October 4