Class of '83
June 2008

25-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 3 & 4, 2008

Dear Gustie Friends,

We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer!  Thank you to all our guest writers who have kept us informed on all the changes on campus and with our classmates.

Gustavus has always had an ability to attract a student with a willingness to learn, a willingness to give back and a student that is able to make a difference in other people’s lives.  The volunteers, the leadership, and the service of our classmates continue to amaze us!  Brad Somero shared with the group at one of our first meetings that everyone who was asked to help out with the planning of our reunion agreed.  That is something to be proud of.

Many friends are amazed at the connection and closeness our Gustavus community has.  The friendships we have made and continue to make, hopefully have been gifts that you cherish.  It has been a joy to connect with fellow classmates and reconnect with old friends.

We would like to encourage you all to reconnect with “old” friends at our Gustavus 25th reunion!

Class News

Here are some updates on fellow classmates.  Please continue to send us your news and any ideas that you have for our reunion!

  • Andrea Goldschmidt Pierson is a nurse educator for MNCOME.
  • Laura Deal is currently a writer, teacher, and dream worker in Boulder, CO.
  • Monica Gowan is a research collaborator in the division of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.
  • Amy Hammond Hagberg is an author and speaker.  She is the author of the How Do You Know He’s Real? an inspirational book series.
  • Mark Henneman is a portfolio manager and co-manager of the Mairs and Power Growth Fund.  Terri DeGiusti Henneman is a homemaker.
  • Susan Luhman Michael is a science department chair at Conginchaug Regional High School in Durham, CT.  Last year she was chosen to be the Connecticut River Conservation District’s “Teacher of the Year!”

Reunion Details:

Ann Wasilowski will be heading up the Memorial Celebration for our class.  We would like to remember those classmates who have passed away and honor those who have been in the service or are currently active in the military.  A special letter will be sent to the families and at our Saturday brunch, we will have a fellow pastor lead us in prayer with special focus on them.  If you have any stories to share of our fellow classmates listed, please email them to Ann at:

We only show one class member, Blake Ward, currently in the service, but there must be others out there.

Here is a list of our classmates who have passed away:

Carrie J. DeLong                               Jennifer Rehnke Fick                        Sue Glaser

Kristen Hanggi                                   John P. Joyce                                     Mark J. Paulson

Jeff S. Ruehle                                    Nelda D. Sandretzky                         Janet Sobolik

George P. Sweasy                              Ann K. Talle                                       Lisa Holt Thompson

Please let us know if you know of anyone else we have missed & please send us your stories!  We appreciate your help!

Reunion Photos:  We are looking for photos to use during the reunion.  Please email any photos you are able to scan to or mail photos with your name on the back to:

Randi Ness Kelley

5936 Oaklawn Avenue South

Edina, MN  55424

Reunion Museum:  Dig through your college box in the attic and pull out your letter jacket, Greek items, Gustavus items, concert programs, newspapers, scrapbooks, etc...  We will be having a display of items at the reunion.  Email Susan Scherb Path at: with the item(s) you would be willing to bring to the reunion, along with a description and anecdote about it.  Bring those items with you to the reunion labeled with your name & contact information.  You’ll be able to take them home with you at the end of the reunion.


Reunion Weekend Schedule:

Friday, October 3

Class Gathering at the Best Western, Mankato (Nurse gathering also)


Saturday, October 4

  • Campus Tour
  • Class Brunch
  • Class Gathering in Tent near Hollingsworth Field
  • Class BBQ at Mark Hanson and Deb Johnson’s ’90 home

Registration starts in August!

Lastly, we wanted to send an update on our 1983 Class Endowed Scholarship!  In only a month since starting it―we are almost to $10,000!  This is very exciting.  We hope each of you will help us reach our $50,000 goal―please send in your check today, with “1983 Endowed Scholarship” in the memo line or use the Reunion Giving Card to inform the college.

Have a wonderful summer and keep sending us news to share!!

Eileen Applegate Sternard

1983 Communication Co-Chair