Class of '85
April 2007

Greetings Classmates!

Spring has sprung!  It seemed a little iffy there for a while, but as the old saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Minnesota, just hang around for a bit and it will change.

As I write this, I’m waiting for my husband to pick me up so we can run a 5K at his alma mater, St. Cloud State.  I reached my goal of running a 5K on my 43rd birthday last summer.  I have finished five races and I have not been last in any of them.  It’s been pretty fun impressing my children with this feat although I consistently tell that my only competition is myself.  I also like to repeat "Keep on swimming" as I run like Dorie in Finding Nemo!

Actually, I think those are pretty good mantras for our class as well.  Yes, it would be great if our annual class gift exceeded all of the other classes of the 1980s, but my goal is to continue to connect our class with the college and encourage your on-going or renewed interest and support of Gustavus.  The Alumni Fund year ends on May 31st.  There is still time to make your gift.  I hope you will take the time today to send your gift to the college.  You can check out events happening on the campus on the website ( and make your gift at the same time.

Class News

  • Ash Keswani is the vice president for surgical urology with Coloplast.  He and his wife, Sue, live in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. 
  • Patrick Coomes recently joined the staff of St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, in the rehabilitation department.  Patrick has 14 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics and is certified in vestibular rehabilitation.  Pam Conrad Greene continues to work part-time as a registered nurse and is enjoying a new adventure in the wine business with a start-up company, Fleming Jenkins Vineyards and Winery.  Pam and her husband, Leonard, live in San Jose, California.
  • Scott Frederickson is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Alisa Pritchett, Rosemount, Minnesota, is a web producer.  Shelli Zaic Gilbert is a district manager with Pzifer.  She and her husband, Martin, live in Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Gary Guptill is pastor of Family of God Lutheran Church.  He lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Eric Lindberg and Samara Sanders are now double-teamed with the arrival of their twin girls, Sydney and Cecilia, born November 18, 2006 in Houston, Texas.  They will join their siblings, Leif and Laila, as they travel back to Africa shortly.  Catherine Helen was born December 29, 2005 to Jim and Peg Hicks.

Campus News
Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.  Greater Gustavus AwardGiven to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:  Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74

Distinguished Alumni CitationsRecognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement

Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.

First Decade AwardsRecognizes early professional achievement

Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau given prior to Phil’s death last April established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name. Lindau, a commodities trader and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater. The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.  The May 8 Lindau Symposium will be webcast (live video and audio) online at:

“Community Food Security” is Theme of MAYDAY! Peace Conference

"Community Food Security" is the theme for this year's Gustavus MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held on May 2.  This is an annual conference, devoted to a topic relating to human rights and social justice.  Among other events, the daylong conference will feature presentations from author Janet Poppendieck, who wrote Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, and Mike Hamm, Ph.D., chair of sustainable agriculture at Michigan State University.  For more information call the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Gustavus Choir Reunion to Celebrate 75 Years

Alumni and friends of the Gustavus Choir are welcome to attend a reunion on Saturday, May 5.  The day will include an alumni choir rehearsal, a banquet for past and current members of the choir, and a full concert with both the alumni choir and the Gustavus Choir.  For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts Programs at 507/933-7013.

Celebrating 75 Years of Theatre at Gustavus

The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years of theatre at Gustavus with a reunion on May 11 and 12.  Highlights of the weekend will include an afternoon program sharing memories and monologs from the past 75 years and viewing the performance of The Tempest in Anderson Theatre.  For more information and to register, go to the theatre reunion section of the Alumni website at <> or call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Community Food Security - May 2
  • Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
  • Lindau Symposium – May 8
    Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion  - May 11-12
  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26

Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Summer!
Susan Johnson Chwalek
1985 Class Agent

P.S.  I finished the 5K race ahead of about 300 runners last Friday.  Needless to say, there were about 500 finishers ahead of me!  Keep on swimming!