Class of '84
March 1999

15th Anniversary Class

May 28 & 29, 1999

Dear Gustie:

It won't be long now; May 28-30 is fast approaching and then it's time to celebrate! I hope that you and many of our classmates will be able to join us on Friday night and/or Saturday. It's going to be a wonderful time to rekindle old friendships, perhaps begin new ones, share memories, and spend time on campus both reminiscing and seeing firsthand the rebirth of our beloved alma mater.

15th-Year Reunion. I thought you might appreciate an update on the plans for our 15th year reunion. First, registration materials-including the complete schedule-will be mailed to you in early April. In the meantime, here's the run down.

Friday, May 28, 1999 * Hotel Sofitel (Bloomington)

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration opens
  • 7:00 p.m. Reunion Reception

All reunion classes (except the 50 Year Club and the Class of 1949 who will be on campus) will be gathering at the Sofitel. We will all have a chance to socialize with one another, and then our class will retreat to one of the rooms for a private program. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Saturday, May 29, 1999 * Gustavus Adolphus College

  • 7:00 -9:15 a.m. Breakfast in the College Dining Room
  • 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Reunion Seminar: Discover Linnaeus Arboretum
  • Presented by Jim Gilbert '62, Melva Lind Interpretive Center
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. Alumni Choir Rehearsal, Christ Chapel
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Reunion Seminar: Gustavus into the New Millennium
  • Presented by President Axel Steuer, Björling Concert Hall
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. Reunion Luncheons, Lund Center Room #206
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Gustavus Orchestra Concert, Björling Concert Hall
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social, Eckman Mall
  • 3:00 p.m. Alumni Choir Rehearsal, Christ Chapel
  • Golf Clinic, by Coach Scott Moe '95, Campus Practice Green
  • Campus Tours, meet outside Alumni Hall
  • 4:00 p.m. Vespers Service, led by Chaplain Brian T. Johnson '80, Christ Chapel
  • 5:30 p.m. Reunion Banquet and Alumni Association Awards presentation, College Dining Room
  • 8:30 p.m. Reunion Concert by Grammy-nominated jazz singer, Kurt Elling '89, Björling
  • Concert Hall (Kurt is also being honored this year as one of the First Decade Award winners).

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Reunion Committee members who volunteered many hours these past few months to help me and Ken plan the reunion programs for Friday and Saturday, create and maintain reunion information on the class Web site (visit us at:, make phone calls during Phonorama, and write letters. Thanks to each and every one of you!

Reunion Committee:

  • Gregg Backstrom
  • Chris Erikstrup
  • Eric Gilhoi
  • Todd Gillingham
  • Susan Astrup Lundquist
  • Kathy Sutherland Lutes
  • Keith Paap
  • Sara Brubacher Provart

As mentioned above, many of the volunteer hours for our reunion year have gone into making phone calls to tell classmates about the reunion, get updated news, and seek gifts to The Gustavus Fund. In the first letter of the year, I shared with you that our goal for this 15th reunion year was 84 percent participation and $20,000. These were ambitious goals considering that last year our participation rate was 40.7 percent with a total of 197 donors, but the Class of '84 came through in our 10th reunion year and so Ken and I were confident we could do it again.

In case you're wondering where things stand, here's the latest as of March 30:

Donors: 187 (out of 482)

Participation rate: 39%

To those of you who have made a contribution this year to The Gustavus Fund, thank you very much for your generosity and support. To those who may still be considering making a gift, we hope you'll be able to participate in giving to the College and celebrating our 15th-year reunion.

Class News

A number of our classmates have sent news in recently and so let's get to it:

  • Kristen (Stoohs) Babcock (Lakeville) is now working as director of hospitality at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville.
  • Carmen (Kluever) Daszy (Beale AFB, California) is employed at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital in Grass Valley. She is the charge nurse of Station II which includes the medical rehab section. Her husband, Walter, is a master sergeant in the Air Force.
  • Jeff Edblad (Cambridge) is an attorney for Isanti County. In addition, Jeff is a part-time faculty member in the business department of Cambridge Community College, and he has written and published articles involving law enforcement issues in various professional journals. He also finds time to coach youth soccer, teach high school Sunday School, and coach the Cambridge-Isanti High School Mock Trial team. He and his wife, Debra, have two sons: Clark, 8, and
  • Peter, 2 1/2.
  • Brad Fischer (Owatonna) is the owner of Owatonna's Fischer Sports. You can also catch Brad on the airwaves (this brings back memories from our college days in Mark Braun's broadcasting class!); he broadcasts for the Owatonna Huskies football and basketball games on KRFO Radio AM 1390. His wife, Debra, is a marketing communications manager for Viracon, also in Owatonna.
  • Ed Greise (Bonn, Germany) and his wife, Kristin, welcomed their second child, a daughter, Katharina May, on October 2, 1998. Congratulations! Your family has had quite a year, what with the move to Germany and now a new member of the family. It must be a fun time for you all.
  • Laura (Tinklenberg) and Randy Halter and their children are enjoying life these days in Bellevue, Washington. Laura is a stay-at-home mom and active volunteer at school and church, not to mention her children's personal and highly capable chauffeur! Randy is the CFO for Specialty Frozen Products.
  • Chris Heiser (Western Springs, IL) is now the budget director at the University of Chicago.
  • Dave Jones (Minneapolis) is operations manager of the claims department at Lutheran Brotherhood. His wife, Kris (Guyer), is a financial analyst in the Senior Financial Advisor Operations Department at American Express Financial Advisors.
  • Chad Kelly (Springfield, MO) and his wife, Shelly (Harrison '87), welcomed son, Austin, on June 28, 1997. Austin was welcomed not only by mom and dad but by three older sisters! Chad is employed by Tracker Marine.
  • Lynn (Barberg) Lindahl (Stillwater) and her husband, Larry '83, are involved with Campus Crusade and are preparing to become full-time missionaries.
  • Gordon Mansergh (Atlanta, GA) is a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also on the Board of Directors for Youth Pride, an organization serving gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and young adults in metro Atlanta. I had a chance to spend some time catching up with Gordon when I was in Atlanta recently. It's nice to find old friends in unfamiliar places!
  • Dawn (McDougal) Miller (Plymouth), who is the clinical training director of a new music therapy internship program with the Hospice and Oncology Programs through Methodist Hospital/HealthSystem Minnesota, has developed four new music therapy programs for hospitals and hospices in the Twin Cites area since 1986. She also plays clarinet for the contemporary service at Calvary Lutheran in Golden Valley.
  • Betty (Wannarka) Ringeisen (Sherburn) and her husband, Dave, welcomed their first child, daughter Ally Marie, on March 6, 1999. Congratulations! Betty is employed by Jackson County Central Schools.
  • Joan (Barthel) Rimmereid (Plymouth) is employed full time at home, where she is busy with daughters Katelyn, Sara, and Jenna. She also makes time to volunteer at her church, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Plymouth Creek Elementary School, and Meals on Wheels. Her husband, Paul, is assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Nadine (Thode) Rippelmeyer, her husband, Drake, and their three children (Isaac, Elise, and Josiah) moved from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Greenwood, South Carolina. Drake, a medical doctor, is now teaching in a residency program. Nadine is pursuing a master's degree in education.
  • Allen Shafer (Des Moines, IA) and his wife, Alison, also welcomed a child in the past several months. On September 29, 1998, son, Ethan, was born to the couple. Congratulations! Allen works at Brenton Bank.
  • Kevin Sheys (Washington, D.C.) is an attorney with Oppenheimer Wolff Donnelly & Bayh LLP.
  • Rebecca Eggert Thoen (Dawson, MN) and her husband, Marc, are expecting their second child in early May. Congratulations! Just in time for the reunion!!
  • Dave Torgerson (Denver, CO) and his wife became first-time parents on July 9, 1998, when daughter, Elizabeth Belair, was born. Congratulations!
  • Carol (Frederickson) Tweeten (Forest City, IA) started her own accounting business last October and has founded Carol F. Tweeten CPA, P.C. Congratulations on the career change and best of success in your endeavor! She and her husband, Doug, have three children: Ryan, Drew, and Luke.

Campus News

You may or may not realize that the one year anniversary of the infamous St. Peter tornado was March 29. On March 26, Chaplain Brian Johnson led a commemoration service in Christ Chapel. At 4:30 on Sunday, the 28th, Christ Chapel was also the site of an ecumenical service for all St. Peter residents; a reception supper was served in Alumni Hall following the service. The rebuilding and renewal on campus and in St. Peter continues in both big and small ways, and I for one continue to be inspired by the progress and the determination of the community.

If you were a student and/or friend of Bob Moline's, I thought you may appreciate knowing of his recent loss. His wife, Jan, died on February 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

As for what else is happening on campus, here's a quick recap:

The Kresge Foundation has awarded Gustavus a $1 million challenge grant toward the Campus Center, which is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2000. This project has received support from a variety of foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as the state of Minnesota. To meet The Kresge Foundation challenge, Gustavus must raise approximately $4.3 million in support of the Campus Center, an outdoor track facility, and tree replanting and campus landscaping. The Kresge Foundation has participated in other Gustavus projects, including awards of $500,000 for the renovation and expansion of Nobel Hall of Science in 1996, $250,000 to build Confer Hall in 1989, and $350,000 toward the construction of Lund Center in 1983.

Gustavus has been selected as this year’s recipient of the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) Midwest Region Institutional Award of Excellence. The award is granted to an institution of higher education that has distinguished itself in excellence through creative application of human resource principles or that is widely renowned for the outstanding manner in which it develops and maintains human resource programs. Gustavus was chosen for this award "because of Gustavus’ outstanding, comprehensive, and humane response to the tornado devastation that occurred on your campus on March 29, 1998. The decisions made that affected employees were done in a way that not only assisted with the timely reopening of the campus, but also treated employees in a caring and proactive manner."

Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, is visiting Gustavus for six weeks as the Rydell Nobel Conference Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is teaching a seminar on "Science and the Moral Imagination" along with Gustavus professors Larry Potts (chemistry) and Deane Curtin (philosophy).

Athletic "March Madness"affected the Gustavus campus as the men’s basketball team qualified to participate in the NCAA Division III tournament for the fourth consecutive year, winning three national play-off games before losing to eventual national champion Wisconsin Platteville in the quarterfinals. Gustavus hosted the 16th annual Division III National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships and placed second. The Gustavus women’s hockey team won the MIAC championship and ranked second in the nation in Division III, and the women’s indoor track and field team boasts two All-Americans, ending the season 16th in the nation, our best ever.

Reunion and Commencement Weekend ’99 is May 28-30 with reunions planned for classes ending in 4s and 9s. Gusties of all ages and classes are invited to attend. If you are not a member of a reunion class but wish to participate, call the Alumni Office at 1-800-487-8437. A schedule of events will be included in the Spring Quarterly and registration material will be sent to reunion classes.

And finally, someone a while ago sent me an e-mail titled "Minnesota Jokes." Just thought you might find these familiar to you, too.

  • You know you're from Minnesota when...
  • You own only three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
  • You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowmobile suit.
  • You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
  • Though you're not breaking the law, you break into a cold sweat when you spot a state patrol car.
  • You think the opening of fishing season is a national holiday.
  • You thought "Grumpy Old Men" was a documentary.
  • You think everyone from a different state has an accent.
  • You have 10 favorite recipes for walleye.

That does it for another edition of the class letter. I hope to see you at the reunion, and if you can't be there in person I hope you'll be there in spirit. Keep in touch!

Carole Arwidson

1984 Class Agent

Class of 1984 E-Mail Addresses:

* Gustavus Alumni Office:

* Carole Arwidson:


* Shari McKenzie Campbell:

* Mel Chez:

* Ken Ericson:

* Brian Flagstad:

* Peter Ford:

* Lynn (Fasching) Giles:\

* Todd Gillingham:

* Eric Gilhoi:

* Ed Griese:

* Chris Heiser:

* Jim Herbers:

* Scott Hagen:

* David Huls:

* Joe Janasz:

* Ann (Engelmann) Johnson:

* Jim Kapoun:

* Damon Larson:

* Lynn (Barberg) Lindahl:

* Eva (Gustafsson) Lindh:

* Susan (Astrup) Lundquist:

* Gordon Mansergh:

* Steve Mattson:

* Lois (Dobberstein) Meacham:

* Vicky (Burmeister) Mitchell:

* Jim Olsen:

* John Owens

* Keith Paap:

* Pavel Pojdl:

* Annika Ramsköld:

* Nadine (Thode) Rippelmeyer:

* Theresa Rocker: Theresa Rocker/CAM/

* Jill Sherman:

* Kevin Sheys:

* Carin Thomas:

* Rebecca (Eggert) Thoen: