Class of '85
October 2008

Dear Classmates,

In the last couple of months, I have been reminded that you can never tell your children you love them too many times, it’s never too early to start asking the older people in your life to tell you their life stories, and it’s never too late to start praying for healing in the life of someone you love.

In light of this, I have been writing a list.  No, not a “bucket list” of all the things I want to do before I die.  Instead, I have been writing a list of all those “should have, could have” things that never seem to get done―and then challenging myself to cross them off as quickly as possible.  What would be on your list?  Who would you call or write to?  What new challenge would you take on at work, in your church, or with your volunteer endeavors?  What would you do with your children, nieces, nephews, kids in your neighborhood?  What would you read or study?  Do it.  Today.

So, in the interest of crossing another item off my list, it time for me to appeal to all of you in requesting your help and commitment in planning our 25th class reunion in October 2010.  There was a small, but hard-working, group of people who were instrumental in planning and organizing the 20th reunion.  I appreciated their help immensely.  This time my hope is to organize a committee earlier (no, two years is not too early) whose members can make some key commitments:  1) commit early to attending the reunion and giving a reunion gift; 2) help recruit other members to the committee; 3) make personal contacts with classmates via phone, email or letter; 4) attend at least one of two formal gatherings of the committee (Fall 2009 on campus; Winter 2010 in the Twin Cities); 5) assist with the event planning, communications or giving before and during the reunion.  Please consider joining this reunion-planning committee now.  Please contact me if you have questions or to let me know you want to be included -

Class News

  • Paul and Barb (Beyer) Jacobson live in Annandale, Minnesota.  Barb is an elementary music teacher in the Buffalo Schools and Paul is a carpenter with Beckman Brothers Construction.  Pam Conrad Greene is a project coordinator with Fleming Jenkins Vineyards and Winery.  She and her husband, Leonard, live in San Jose, California.  Deb Osborn Kreuer is a senior marketing manager with U.S. Bank.
  • Randy Richert is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and serves as deputy commander of 732nd Air Expeditionary Group operating out of Balad Air Base located about 38 miles north of Baghdad.  He recently met up with Peter Ford ’84 who is a special agent with the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service and is currently the principal advisor on Hostage Affairs to the U.S. Ambassador in Iraq.  When not on assignment with the military Randy and Andrea (Hasse) Richert are at home in Freeburg, IL.
  • Michael Goggin is a systems engineer with Excel Energy.  Michael and his wife, Pam, live in Red Wing, Minnesota.  Barb Cattrysee Smith is the director of information services at Bethel College.  Nancy Greer Brenden is the creative director at Life Time Fitness.  She and her husband, Mike, live in Eagan, Minnesota.
  • Sharon Jacks is an appellate attorney with the Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office.  She and her husband, Kevin McDonald ’86, live in Minneapolis.  David and Sheri (Meyer) Kostick live in Jacksonville, Florida.  David ran his first marathon in the summer of 2007―Way to go!  David is a physician with Mayo.
  • Greg Carlson is employed with FAS Advisors, Inc.  He and his wife, Karen, live in Eagan, Minnesota.  Mark Stenzel is a district sales manager with Tension Envelope Corporation.  He and his wife, Carissa, live in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
  • Paul Batz was featured in a September 25, 2007 St. Paul Pioneer Press article highlighting his new position as president of MDA Leadership Consulting in Minneapolis.  Jack Elvestrom was featured in the January 18, 2008 Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a Top Wealth Advisor.  Jack is a certified financial planner and senior vice president, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Group, Inc.  His community involvement includes the Mahtomedi Area Education Foundation, church committee volunteer and youth coaching.
  • Wendy Gilliand Rehwaldt Haagenson is a house supervisor at Nordic Park SLS.  Wendy and her husband, Rick, were married July 30, 2005 and their son, Sawyer, was born November 12, 2007.  Halima was born to Jean-Paul ’00 and Laura (Moldenhauer) Bigirindavyi on November 15, 2004.  Laura and Jean-Paul live in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  Laura recently completed a master of arts in education.
  • James Christopher Gemlo was born to Jim and Lois (Cordes) Gemlo on September 6, 2006.  Lois is an account executive with Salem Communications and does radio advertising sales for AM 1280 "The Patriot", AM 980 KKMS and AM 1570 "The New Talk."  Lois lives in Centerville, Minnesota.  Eric Lande and his wife, Christine, welcomed a son, Jonathan Estuardo, from Guatemala on January 8, 2007.  Jonathan was born August 10, 2006.  The Landes live in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Twin Cities lecture on international terrorism

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85, research director for the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm, Sweden, will present a public lecture titled, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Interlachen Country Club, 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina, MN.  Ranstorp, who will be in the United States to cover the presidential election for Swedish television, will address some of the key terrorism trends and challenges for the next U.S. presidency.  He will also be presented a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in international relations.  RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

Legacy Award for Gustavus admission

The Gustavus Legacy Award was created for new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to scholarship recipients who have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information, contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15
  • Gustavus Library Associates Fall Author Day — Nov. 5
  • Twin Cities Lecture, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85 — Nov. 6
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Thomas Young ’88 — Nov. 19
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17

I look forward to hearing from you, whether it be to share some news for the next class letter, volunteer to write a class letter, or to commit to helping plan the 25th reunion.

Best wishes,

Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Class Agent