Class of 2010

April 2011

Class of 2010 Gusties,

It’s time for your monthly re-cap of all things Gustavus – as well as another reminder of how long it’s been since we were all together on the beautiful (and probably still snow covered) St. Peter campus.  And although I’m sure a year ago many of us were worried about our lives post-graduation, I know taking a step into the real world has had both its ups and downs.

In honor of this post-Gustavus transition, I thought I would share my top “reality checks” since leaving Gustavus.  Hopefully, you can relate and laugh a little along the way. J

5)  We were all so excited about finding a paying job after graduation!  Too bad income usually equals more bills to pay with that income.

4)  Unfortunate reality – it is much harder to find your way back to your house/apartment/etc. after a night out in Minneapolis/other city you live in.  Where is the Gus Bus when you need it?!?

3)  No one gives away freebies like Gustavus – i.e., frost-your-owns at every event.  They don’t give away free cookies at work. L

2)  I expected to be on my own and totally free – unfortunately, I’m still waiting for some of that freedom to come my way!

1)  I thought I was ready to leave Gustavus…but now I keep wishing I was still there!

Give to Gustavus in April!

Although many of us are paying back our Gustavus education, the reality is that Gustavus has made an impact in our lives today.  Even beyond our education, by helping us build a professional network or maintaining our friendship network, we have been supported by our alma mater in more ways than we know.  Think about giving a gift to Gustavus this April to support current and future Gustie students and provide a strong experience they will continue to remember after they graduate!

Class of 2010 Event

The Class of 2010 Class Agents are planning an event for Gustavus Classes 2006-2010 on Saturday, May 14, 2011.  Here are the details:

Venue:  UPTOWN CAFETERIA - TEACHER'S LOUNGE

(If weather permits, the Sky Bar rooftop area will also be open but not reserved exclusively for our event)

Location:  3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Event Date:  SATURDAY, MAY 14th

Event starts at 8 PM and goes until 11 PM

*Cash Bar will be made available within the reserved lounge area.

So, stop by the Uptown in Minneapolis from 8-11 p.m. to catch up with your classmates and others Gustie grads!

Look and see what our fellow classmates are doing:

Ally Pelton is now working in the Admissions office at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Allie Skjerven has accepted a position with Nestlé USA in Eden Prairie, MN after temping there since July 2010.Chelsea Kramer is working as a conservation associate intern at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic.

Matthew Olson is an operations lead at Accretive Health in Minneapolis, MN.

Holly Wermerskirchen is a 2nd grade teacher in the New Prague School District.

Katelyn Pedersen is working as a registered nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI on the cardiac progressive care unit.

Carleen Crouse has been hired as a program assistant at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Emily Zehrer Wiechman is working as a nurse in Mankato, MN.

David Mann is working as a substitute teacher.

Kelsey Brugger is working at Roam’n Around.

Mike Bollin is working for Brocade Communications.

Sierra Krebsbach is stepping into a role as the assistant tennis coach at Luther College.

David Randall is working as a lab analyst at Pace Analytical.

Linda Moua is employed as a program counselor at a Minnesota nursing home.

Bret VanderStreek is a manager trainee at Menards.

Emily Kuenker is working for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver, CO.

Ryan McPartland is working as a sales associate at Best Buy in Mankato, MN.

Katie Davis is currently working with Target.

Sarah Bueltel is an account manager at ALTOUR Performance.

Katherine Cichowski is attending the University of Iowa for graduate school in public health.

Abby Travis is currently the assistant editor of Ploughshares magazine and is going to graduate school.

Casey Swansson is attending the University of Minnesota Law School.

Jessica Dallmann is working for US Bank as a collector.

John Lecy is a freight coordinator at Access America Transports.

Jenny Broman is an assistant account executive at Hunt Adkins in Minneapolis, MN.

Michelle Marien is working at Periscope as an account coordinator.

Campus News

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have traveled to many parts of the country and made 15 stops in various cities, in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  There is still one more on the calendar, so if you live in the Chicago area, please mark your calendar for – Friday, April 29.

Summer will bring another round of picnic gatherings – so please mark your calendar if you live near one of these locations:


Mankato, MN – May 31

Rochester, MN – June 1

Sioux Falls, SD – June 6

Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN – June 7

St. Cloud, MN – June 8

Apple Valley, MN – July 12

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – July 13

Long Lake, MN – July 14

Duluth, MN – July 26

Grand Rapids, MN – July 27

Brainerd, MN -  July 28

Climate and Energy Experts Speak at Gustavus

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus will speak at Gustavus at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in Alumni Hall.  Shellenberger and Nordhaus shook up the environmental world with their 2004 essay, “The Death of Environmentalism,” in which they argued that the mainstream environmental movement was, and would continue to be, ineffective in the face of global environmental challenges including climate change.  This clean energy innovation argument was featured prominently in President Obama’s January 2011 State of the Union address.  For more information, contact James Dontje, Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at jdontje@gustavus.edu .  This event is free and open to the public

Books in Bloom

“Books in Bloom,” a new initiative hosted by GLA to benefit and celebrate Folke Bernadotte Library, will be held on Honors Weekend, May 6-8, 2011.  Based on the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art in Bloom,” floral arrangements depicting more than 20 different books, films, and periodicals will be placed throughout the library.  Each arrangement is sponsored by a $500 donation with all proceeds going to fund new acquisitions for the library.  Professional floral designers as well as those who simply love plants and flowers will create the arrangements.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Hours are Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A brochure with a brief description of the materials and a map for self-guided tours will be available.  Also, student led tours are scheduled throughout the weekend.