Class of '78
September 2003

Dear Class of 1978,

            I have volunteered to become our class agent again on the eve of our 25th Class Reunion.  I was reading the Gustavus Quarterly recently and felt compelled to give you the updated class news and to encourage all of you to attend all or part of our 25th Reunion coming up at the end of September.

            Let me first give you the recent news from my family.  My wife, Barb, and I live in North Aurora, IL with our two daughters, Emily, 12 and Julia 7.  North Aurora is a far west suburb of the Chicagoland area and we have lived here for almost nine years.  We relocated here because of a job promotion and opportunity to open an office for the lighting retrofit company I worked for.  Over the years, my company was engulfed and devoured by a larger, more incompetent company and I decided to strike out on my own two and a half years ago to start my own lighting and energy-consulting firm.  I work primarily with schools, churches and others to develop and implement lighting retrofit projects.  Because of the high energy rates in Illinois and some grant money available for these projects, I have been able to build my business up and not have to work for some larger company that doesn’t have my interests at heart.  My company’s website is at

            Anyway, we enjoy it here and the kids like their schools and friends here, although I still have Vikings season tickets and get up to the Twin Cities to catch a game.  My daughter, Emily, has been able to attend my home church’s summer camp in Lutsen, MN over the past several years so we keep in touch that way as well.  I still work with the original company that sent me to Chicago, Energy Solutions International, which is located in St. Paul.

            Before I present some news notes, I would like to encourage you to attend the Class of 1978’s 25th Reunion to be held Friday, September 26, 2003 in Bloomington, MN and the Saturday, September 27, 2003 activities at Gustavus in St. Peter.  I think it is a good idea to have the reunions in the fall and at Gustavus so that more people are likely to attend.  The Friday night activity is a reception at the Radisson South in Bloomington beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $25 per person and it will be fun to see everyone.

            The Saturday activities at Gustavus are based around the Homecoming football game.  In particular, Link Hall will be rededicated as Karen Gibbs Residence Hall in honor of our classmate Karen.  There was a great article about Karen and her inspirational life in the Quarterly and it would be great to see our class attend the rededication in force to honor her life, family and friends.  The rededication begins at 10:30 a.m. at Link Hall.  We are also invited to a tailgate party on campus as well as a social gathering after the football game at Elsa Cornell’s ’61 house at 3:00 p.m.

            I hope to see many of you there at any or all of these events.  If you still have the brochure that was mailed to you, you can use that to sign up.  Otherwise, for signup information, you can register online at or call (800) 487-8437.

Now on to the news notes:

  • Barbara Parks lives in Pequot Lakes, MN and still works for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota as a psychotherapist in her 17th year.
  • Scott Swanson is the director of academic achievement at the new University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis.
  • Mitch Aase is the national sales director for in Massachusetts and lives in Rockport, MA.
  • Linda Cameron has been named the site manager of the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater, MN.
  • Carl ’76 and Solvejg Borlaug Seamon are celebrating their 25th anniversary in Springfield, MN where he is a pastor and she works for Lifeplans, Inc.  Their son, Mathew, attends Gustavus now.
  • Ann (Youngdahl) and Chuck ’77 Boline live in Eden Prairie where Ann teaches for Osseo District 279 in high school.  Their sons, Ben and Luke, are both attending Gustavus now.
  • John Anderson lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and son.  He works for MassMutual as a systems architect.
  • Patty Mertz Esswein is the managing editor for Kiplinger Books in Vienna, VA where she lives with her husband Mark.
  • Gregg Gamble and his wife, Susan, own Emily Greens Golf Course in Emily, MN.
  • Nancy Gustafson Stevens and her husband, Matt, live in Bloomington, MN where Nancy is the director of Human Resources at Supervalu.

Well, that’s all the news for now.  I hope to see you at the 25th Reunion.

Yours truly,

Mike Stanch

1978 Class Agent (Again!)