Class of '86
March 2006

Dear Classmates,

Your reunion committee members have been busy trying to connect with each of you via phone calls, emails, and postcards.  Over the coming months you will continue to hear from us and staff from the Alumni Office, keeping you informed about the activities planned for our 20 year class reunion.

It is our hope that with each personal contact, you will be inspired to reconnect with Gustavus Adolphus College and the many wonderful people who crossed your path while you were a student here.

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There are many exciting activities planned on campus including athletic events, campus tours, family picnics and entertainment.  If you would like to suggest a get-together with a group/club from your past, let me know, and your reunion committee can help facilitate it.

The class of 1986 is planning a Saturday evening tent party on campus.  The event will be casual and will include dinner, adult beverages, conversation and a short program.  It will give us all an opportunity to reminisce while enjoying a beautiful fall day on campus...if you haven’t been to Gustavus for awhile, you won’t believe all the new classroom buildings, dorms, and landscaping improvements!

It is hard to believe that 24 years ago we were 18-year-old freshmen with four years of college ahead of us.  We graduated and left Gustavus, but travel back there this fall and I assure you, at first sight you will realize that Gustavus never left you!

I have had fun looking through old yearbooks, photo albums and Griblies, laughing as I recall those years…

Barn busts, the Nic, Myrum Memorial Fieldhouse, The Flame, mystery dates, J-term, The Bookmark, spring rush for frats and sororities, painting and guarding the rock, The Caf, Homecoming and St. Patrick’s Day parades and midnight screams during finals…

It will be great to catch up with old friends and share memories from our years in St. Peter.  Twenty years is a special milestone, and we deserve to CELEBRATE!  If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to honor our class and your years at Gustavus with a gift to the Alumni Fund.  Remember, every gift counts, no matter the amount.  Our goal is for increased participation!  You can make a gift online at: or return the envelope you have or will receive from the Alumni Office.


  • JULIE LUTZ is living in Chicago, Illinois and working as a nurse practitioner at the University of Chicago.
  • LAURA ANDERSON LONG is an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay in Dunedin, Florida.
  • AMBER WELLS RGNONTI is a substitute teacher living in Hastings, MN.  She is married to Jim, a police lieutenant.  They have two children ages 14 and 9.
  • REBECCA HAKALA ROWLAND lives in Eden Prairie, MN.  After nearly 14 years in publishing, Rebecca has decided to stay home with her triplets who are now five years old.  She still does a little freelance writing and editing when time permits.
  • MARK KRUGER is an attorney working for Cargill in labor and employee relations.  He and his wife have four children―the oldest is looking at colleges and is considering Gustavus!
  • BRUCE LIVELY is working for Ameriprise Financial.
  • ELIZABETH OLSON is a strategic marketing consultant in Silicon Valley, CA.  In her free time she enjoys running wine tastings.
  • KAREN LANIN MULLERY is a new business development manager in mergers and acquisitions for 3M’s Dental Division.  She is the proud mother of triplets who are now 10 years old.
  • JOANN FOSTER lives in Baltimore, MD and works for the IRS.  She is also a substitute teacher for the Annegrundel School District.
  • SUSAN FAST TEERINK lives in Shorewood, WI and is the associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid at Marquette University.  She is the mother of two girls, ages 10 and 6.
  • STEPHANIE SOMMERFELD MCGINTY works with the internal audit department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  • SCOTT ALLEN taught for 15 years and for the past four years he has been a principal in the Roseville School District.  He has two daughters.
  • JON HADDORFF is the director of major gifts for Public Theatre in New York.
  • STEVE WEIMERSKIRCH works as an information systems manager for Plato Learning in Bloomington, MN.
  • SUSAN GERSDORF FACKLER is due with her third baby this spring.
  • JOHN KROSCHEL continues his work as the assistant to the bishop in upstate New York.
  • MICHAEL REED is a self-employed owner of Maple Row Beef and Unforgettable Productions Limited.
  • LESLIE BOYER DWYER works in the Gustavus Nursing Department as an adjunct teacher.
  • MERLIN RAVNDALEN lives in Prior Lake and has three daughters.  He has spent his career coaching hockey, football, and baseball in Bismarck, Mankato and Eagan.  He is currently in sales for Scott Foresman.
  • JAYNE LEININGER sings with the Dakota Valley Symphony in Lakeville and has been employed with Walgreen’s as a pharmacy technician for 12 years.
  • KATHIE MOORES CISEK lives in California and is a stay-at-home mom with three kids.
  • MARY WIGGINS MCKASY is on leave from teaching 6th grade in Wayzata and is working at the district level for one year on special assignment regarding alternative compensation pay for teachers.
  • MARIE WALKER SORTLAND lives in Woodbury and teaches 4th grade at O. H. Anderson School in Mahtomedi.  She and her husband, David, have three children.
  • HEATHER KILANDER STONACEK and her family are living in Mexico for a few years while her husband, Mark, manages the grain business for Cargill.
  • LIZ WEYHMANN FREEBERG is a self-employed sales representative for seven yarn companies, two button companies and several pattern companies.  Her oldest son, whom they adopted when he was nine, is now 20 years old and is a firefighter in the Marines.  Liz and her husband will be grandparents in June!  Her other three children are in 9th, 4th and kindergarten.
  • BOB CARRUTH and his wife, JEANNE LAUER CARRUTH, live with their two kids in Shorewood.  Bob owns his own company called Northern Sun Distributing.  Bob is also coaching JV hockey at Minnetonka High School.
  • LAURA PETERSON OLSON and her husband, Phil Olson ’87, live in Burnsville where she is the director of operations for Optum in Golden Valley.  She is also busy at home with her two kids.
  • KRISTIE VIKSE works for Merit Property Management Companies.
  • WENDY DAVIES GUSTAFSON lives in Eden Prairie with her husband Dean ’89 and their three kids.  She does some part-time marketing consulting.
  • I (ANN WILSEY GESME), am living in Deephaven with my husband, Paul ’87, and our two boys who are 9th and 7th graders in Minnetonka.  I am helping plan our 20-year reunion and am also enjoying serving on the Alumni Board at Gustavus.

That’s about it for now from our classmates...keep those updates coming and mark your calendars for October 7th!!

Ann Wilsey Gesme

1986 Co-class Agent

P. S.  The Alumni Office will add:


The Alumni Board met on campus last weekend and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Checks

Show your Gustavus pride every time your write a check.  You can now order checks with Old Main, Three Crowns, or the Gustavus football helmet at:

Fine Arts Events

Bat Boy, The Musical, written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and directed by Gustavus’ Amy Seham, opened in Anderson Theatre February 17.  The American Horn Quartet, recognized as the premier horn quartet in the world, performed on campus on February 26.  And acclaimed pianist, Teresa Walters, performed on campus on March 3.

Gusties Helping Hurricane Victims

A group of 23 students spent three weeks during January in Mississippi aiding in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts of a town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.  The group was student-led and sponsored by Men’s Christian Fellowship at Gustavus and coordinated through Lutheran Disaster Response.  While there the students provided many services, including clearing houses to the bare structure, rebuilding homes, working in kitchens, distributing supplies, and working in pastoral care, child care, and medical clinics.  The group was housed and fed in a “tent city” on the grounds of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.  This was one of the several vocation month experiences from which Gustavus students had the opportunity to choose.


Nordic Ski Team senior Erich Ziegler had a first-place finish among collegiate skiers in the15K freestyle at the NorAm SuperTour stop at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin.  Ziegler’s win was the first by a Gustavus skier in an NCAA/CCSA qualifier.  Men’s hockey continues to win, with a 7-1 record in the MIAC.  Men's swimming is 7-0 on the season and recently set two Lund Center pool record times.  Brad Hanson ’08 was victorious in the 1000 freestyle in a pool-record time of 9:51.46, and Matt Stewart ’09 posted a pool-record time of 1:44.49 to win the 200-freestyle. 

Gustavus Music Showcase Tickets On Sale

Order your tickets now for the Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 12.  The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform.  This is a unique opportunity to hear three premier ensembles from Gustavus in one concert.  This showcase also allows prospective students, parents, and alumni from the area to meet and connect.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students 18 and under.  Tickets are on sale through the Orchestra Hall Box Office — in person, via phone, or online.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis - March 12
  • Gustavus Library Associates’ “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis — March 25
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS — April 19
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting — April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis — April 29