Class of '85
September 2007

Greetings Classmates!

As I frantically search the tool bar to find a larger font size, I am reminded of small blessings.  My eye doctor told me this week that I do not need bifocals―yet.  This made my day in addition to the fact that he can still correct my vision to 20/20.  I had the pleasure of representing our class earlier this month on campus at Volunteer Leadership Day.  Thinking about my vision reminds me of a comment made that day by one of the Chairs of the Alumni Fund for 2007-08, Mary Sutherland Ryerse ’90.  She commented that her giving to Gustavus at one point had become rather “robotic” when she looked back and thought of it as a means of saying “thank you” for her Gustavus experience.  Giving to Gustavus took on a whole new meaning for her when she began looking forward and thinking of her gift as an investment in the future of Gustavus.

Are you looking back or looking forward when you think about making a gift to Gustavus?  I strongly urge you to shift your focus from the past to the future.  Although many things are the same, nearly every time I go to Gustavus there is something physically different about the campus that makes our student days there seem just a bit farther away.  For example, the football stadium where our graduation ceremony was held no longer exists!  Further, the Quarterly continues to salute and recognize the retirement of faculty and staff members we remember.  But the heart and soul of Gustavus as a Lutheran liberal arts college is as strong as ever.  I hope you agree that is a tradition and experience worth sustaining and supporting.  I hope you agree that is a tradition and experience worth investing in today and in the future.

To quote from the Gustavus Mission Statement:  The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people.  It is a community where a mature understanding of the Christian faith and lives of service are nurtured and students are encouraged to work toward a just and peaceful world.  I hope you agree that investing in a community whose members respect and affirm the dignity of all people, and go out into the world and do the same, is a solid investment.  I hope you agree that preparing students for lives of service and supporting them in this preparation is an investment in your future.  I hope you agree that encouraging students to work toward a just and peaceful world, wherever they may be and in whatever small way that work is manifest, is an experience that must be sustained for the benefit of all.  That experience cannot be sustained without your investment in Gustavus today.

Look forward.  Make an investment in Gustavus and all it stands for.  Do it today.


  • Scott Swanson is vice president, sales at Granite Pointe Partners in Plymouth, Minnesota.
  • Liz Metzen Peterson is a geologist and lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Karen Granquist Gutierrez is in the second year of a Ph.D. program in nursing.  Her Master of Arts research was recently published.  Karen and her husband, Robert, live in Excelsior, Minnesota.
  • Donald McNeil serves as the president of PACER Center which is an organization that champions the rights of children with disabilities.  Donald and his wife, Julianne, live in Burnsville, Minnesota.
  • Scott Fritz was named senior vice president and manager of the lending department at State Bank of Delano (Minnesota) earlier this year.
  • Blair Malmer works for Van de Vanter Engineering Company.  He lives in Fenton, Missouri.
  • Barb Beyer Jacobson is an elementary music teacher in Buffalo, Minnesota.  Husband, Paul Jacobson works as a carpenter for Beckman Brothers Construction.  They have four boys and live in Annandale, MN.
  • Julie Kumble is a grant officer with the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.  She and her husband, Bruce Watson, live in Leverett, MA.
  • Marcio Barbosa is a business development manager with IBM.
  • Eric Peterson moved back to Minnesota from Maine this fall.  He is now teaching chemistry at Concordia in Moorhead.
  • Karl Rohrer is a senior project manager with Parsons.  He and his wife, Christine, live in Vienna, Virginia.
  • Cheryl Brust Buck is the director of Sponsor Relations at Professional Risk Managers’ International Association.
  • Jim and Peg Hicks are the proud parents of Catherine Helen Hicks who was born December 29, 2005.  Congratulations!


President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opens

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus will induct the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, October 17

Professor Jeff Jeremiason, recap of Nobel Conference

Wednesday, November 21

Winter sports coaches – Jon Carlson ’88 (men’s and women’s swimming & diving), Mark Hanson ’83 (men’s basketball), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey)

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Inaugural “A Royal Affair” Online Auction

“A Royal Affair,” the biennial fundraiser for the Gustavus library, is October 27.  New to A Royal Affair this year is an online auction that will be activated the week of October 22. This online auction will have unique items available only for bidding online and not at the evening event.  These items can be viewed through the Gustavus website and bidding will close prior to the October 27 Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair.  Also, the online auction is open to everyone – parents, alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Gustavus – even those unable to attend Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair.  Watch the Gustavus Library Associates website at for up-to-the-minute details on the online auction.

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $2 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • October 13                  Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • October 27                  Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair, Gustavus Library Associates
  • November 3                 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus

Best Wishes

Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Class Agent