Class of '85
September 2005

Hello Classmates!

I hope you are all making final plans to join our 20th Gustavus reunion October 7 and 8.  I am looking forward to the occasion and am thankful for the planning efforts of the reunion committee―Lori Engelking Huckle, Melissa Arriola Lindholm, Stacey Sjoquist Straka.  There are sure to be many great ’80s memories!

It was my privilege to represent our class at the recent Volunteer Leadership Day on campus and I am proud of the response you have made so far to the Alumni Fund in honor of our 20th anniversary year!  There’s still time to make a gift!  Thanks to the following classmates who have made a gift to the Gustavus Fund between June 1, 2005 and today: 

  • Char Ecklund Altman
  • Lance E. Anderson
  • Tracy Overmoen Anderson
  • Paul Batz
  • Allison B. Berg
  • Lisa Carlson Bonko
  • Michael V. Capozzi
  • Donna Buland Cook
  • Scott G. Croonquist
  • Jack L. Elvestrom
  • Kathryn Hall Elvestrom
  • Kris Carlson Ersland
  • Jackie Brudelie Farasyn
  • Mark D. Freeman
  • Robyn K. Gunderson
  • Kabir Hassan
  • Katherine Thompson Holzerland
  • Scott H. Holzerland
  • Marc J. Illies
  • Sara Johnson Illies
  • Lynn Weege Lahti
  • Sonja L. Langsjoen
  • Wendy R. Larson
  • Melissa Arriola Lindholm
  • David T. Montgomery
  • Mari Ellickson Nicol
  • Terry L. Olson
  • Koreen Ballhagen Potts
  • Andrea Hasse Richert
  • Randy J. Richert
  • F. David Steiner
  • Rick J. Straka
  • Stacey Sjoquist Straka
  • Charles F. Weber


  • Carron Harris is moving to Minneapolis and has been promoted to vice president of Food and Beverage for Buca di Beppo.  Lance and Tracy (Overmoen) Anderson live in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Lance is the owner of Anderson Manufacturing Company and Tracy is a homemaker and community volunteer.  Sue Clarke Ferguson lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with her husband, Bill, and two daughters ages 12 and 9.  Sue works as an independent consultant in senior housing and healthcare.  Amy Swedberg Hinrichs lives in Oconto, Wisconsin and is pursuing a master’s of education degree from Silver Lake College.
  • David Robertson and his wife, Diane, celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in February.  The Robertsons have two sons:  Cory, 15 and Chad, 10.  Bruce "Twan" Eaton is the father of three daughters:  Allison, 9; Anna, 7 and Abby 3.
  • Kabirul Hassan lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Tahmina, who has completed the first year of a three year residency in internal medicine.  Lisa Prince Kofoed lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota and works as an educator for Fairview Hospital, Birth and Family Education and as a registered nurse for Methodist Hospital, Maternal-Child Home Care.  Doug Carlson is employed as an area sales manager with Newark InOne in Minneapolis.  Jackie Brudelie Farasyn is the chief financial officer of American Art Stone.
  • Allison Berg and her husband, Michael Largey, adopted their daughter, Nina, from China in 2004.  Nina is now 2-years-old.  Wendy Larson and her husband, Marwood Harris, are the proud parents of Zoe Nicole, who was born August 27, 2004.  They live in Roanoke, Virginia.  Lia Jane Cousin was born February 23, 2003 in China and was adopted by Carol Dallman and her husband, Paul Cousin, in May 2004.  Carol teaches social studies at the Wellstone International School in St. Paul.
  • Cooper was born to Paul and Rene (Vadnais) Cronquist on July 27, 2004.  Rene is an assistant director with the Minnesota Board of Nursing.  Julie Hauer is the program director and associate head for education of the pediatric residency program at the University of Minnesota and she continues to see patients and work with the residency program at Gillette Childrens Hospital in St. Paul.  Janna (Meyer) Schlag and her husband, Steve, live in Kula, Hawaii.  Janna works at Hope Chapel and Steve owns Dolphin Galleries.


A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, will be held September 27-28.  The panel will consist of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who will discuss current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science will explore the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, will be premiered, the Physics Force group will perform, and a symphony orchestra concert will celebrate Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus will induct the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Jay Rooker ’85, soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, has also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Heritage Partnership Luncheon — September 24
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Induction — September 24
  • Nobel Conference — September 27 and 28
  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27

Thanks to all who completed the Alumni Satisfaction and Outcomes survey recently.  Please make sure Gustavus has your current postal and email addresses to facilitate communication and connection with the college.  I look forward to seeing you at our reunion gathering in the Twin Cities and on campus in October.


Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Class Agent