Class of '88
May 2001

On the Hill

Gustavus was included in a March 30 Wall Street Journal feature on "College Admissions: The New Safety Schools." The front-page article listed 50 colleges and universities that top students are scrambling to get into as backups to Ivy League and other super-selective institutions. As competition for places in the classes of the most prestigious institutions has increased, some quality colleges and universities traditionally considered as "safety-net" schools have become just as hard to get into. The guidance counselors and college experts assembled by the Journal identified a new group of safety-net schools that are growing in reputation but may not yet be widely known. Their list is arranged in four categories, ranging from the "New Ivies" to the safest fallbacks. Only a few Midwestern schools, and only one other in Minnesota, were included on the list. (St. Olaf joins Gustavus in the "safest" category.)

Gustavus had been cited in the Top Ten in International Study Ranking. The college ranks seventh in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students sent overseas. For the year 1998-99 statistics, 408 Gustavus students studied abroad, and 43 percent of the graduating class of 2000 had an international educational experience.

This past winter the TV game show "Jeopardy" had this question, "It follows the name Gustavus in the name of a St. Peter, Minnesota college." The guess was "Augustus." No one got it right. Let’s all work on getting the word out!

Homecoming 2001, September 21 & 22, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. Class reunions will be held in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus for activities Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August. Complete schedules will also appear in the Spring and Summer issues of the Quarterly.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference, "Revisiting the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux after 150 Years," was held on campus May 2, 2001. Speaker was Winona LaDuke, an Anishinabe from the Makwa Dodaem (Bear Clan) of the Mississippi Band of the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. She has become known as a voice for American Indian economic and environmental concerns throughout the United States and internationally. She was the recipient of the 1989 International Reebok Human Rights Award and in 1995 was named as one of "50 leaders for the future" by Time Magazine. She has published numerous books and articles, testified at government hearings and was Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate for the Green Party in both the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVII, "The Second Nobel Century: What Is Still to Be Discovered?" will be held on campus October 2 & 3. What is next? What is still to be discovered? As the world embarks on the 21st century, these questions rise to the surface of popular speculation. Scientific frontiers of the mind and body, space, energy, and materials have expanded immensely during the past 100 years. Great thought and writing, the laudable pursuit of peace, and the ability to observe and participate in a global economic system have been stretched, challenged, and embraced. As we stand at a pivotal point between centuries, we can only imagine what greatness lies ahead, what contributions will be made for the well being of all peoples on Earth. As we commemorate the first Nobel Prizes, given in 1901, Nobel Conference® XXXVII brings together five Nobel laureates, two respected science writers, and the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences—the organization charged with selection of Nobel Prize-winners in physics, chemistry, and economics—to give us a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be, as we look toward "The Second Nobel Century."

On Saturday, November 17, 2001, the Gustavus Library Associates will sponsor Delight in the Season ¾ A Royal Affair, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, MN. The realized proceeds from this biennial event are designated for the library endowment. This will be the 13th Royal Affair and each event is unique in itself. The hallmark of our party is the expansive silent and live auction. We encourage you to participate by donating an item to the auction, volunteering in the preparation for the party, and/or attending the event. Invite your friends, fill a table and welcome the holiday season together. For more information, contact one of the co-chairs: Lois Allen 952-888-2735; Susan Wilcox 952-944-5972; Fran Engelsma 952-929-0671. You may also contact Dean Wahlund, Executive Director; Gustavus Library Associates at 1-800-726-6198.

Gold Bands

  • Pat Kirtland and Amy Smith tied the knot in September 2000. They continue to live in Washington.
  • Lee Schmitz was married in November 2000 to Leah Marie Mason. They live in Delano, MN.
  • Kerstin Hammarberg committed to Lisa Borneman last October. Kerstin is the supervisor of property and evidence with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Working for a Living

  • Lisa Egnell is married to Paul Walker and she works as a contract physical therapist for Staffing Resources Inc. in southern California.
  • Dr. Michael Stenzel is working for the University of Minnesota in the division of pediatric nephrology.
  • Karen Hellekson and her husband relocated to Maine. She is expanding her freelance editing business there.
  • Melissa Carucci is living in Oregon where she is a family practice physician and her husband is an OBGYN. They bought a new house this past winter.
  • Steven Kennedy became a partner in Carver, Moquist, Alagna, LLC in 2000 and was a "Super CPA."
  • Jeff Van Meter was married in 1999 and is the manager of treasury operations at Target’s corporate offices.
  • Scott Jonas lives with his wife in Inver Grove Heights and works at Carlson Marketing Group.
  • Tami MacDonald married Troy Menssen '88 and they have two daughters. He works as a chemical operations supervisor for Diamond Products Company.
  • Susan Heusser Ladwig opened her own business, Prairie Piano, in Fargo, ND.
  • Jodie Carlson lives in St. Paul and is an attorney with the state public defender. She handles criminal appeals to the State Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. She works with three other Gusties: Sharon Jacks ’85, Scott Swanson ’78, and Mark Anderson ’71.
  • Sharon Ringsven works at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii as the volunteer program manager and park medic. She is also an EMT-I with American Medical Response.
  • John Jaeger is a chemical operator at Aldrich Chemical Co. and Elizabeth is a pastor at St. Luck ELCA in Sheboygan Falls, WI. They had a baby, Luke Arthur in December.
  • Laura Kenow lives in Oregon and works for Linfield College. She was the Far West Region Coach of the Year for NCAA D-III Fastpitch Coaches Association. She teaches in the health and human performance department.
  • Mark T. Anderson, is a research specialist at 3M working on optical fiber research. His wife is a teacher and they have a daughter who’s six years old.
  • Kari Dahlseid Kowski and Joel Kowski have moved to Menomonie, WI.
  • Dave Pieper and his wife, Elizabeth, have a new baby. Dave took a job with TRANE as the Project Manager for Building Automation Systems.
  • Elizabeth Rogan is in Omaha working as a RN at Immanuel Hopsital.
  • Peter Idusogie lives in Burnsville and is an associate with Hayden and Associate in their IT section.
  • Doug Teich is the CFO of Infinity Financial and Kris (Grove) is the senior regulatory affairs associate with Guidant Corporation.
  • Dave Schneider continues to practice law at Schneider Law Firm. Jamin Johnson-Schneider is the housing and economic development department manager for Renville County, MN.
  • Gary Boschee and Sherri (Stokes ’90) live in Cuba City, WI where he is a pastor and she works for the school district.
  • Jim and Paula (Montague ’90) Howard live in Forest Lake where he works as CPA, and she works at Goff & Howard, Inc.
  • Joy Zaspel McElroy is teaching part-time for the St. Paul Union Gospel Mission Promise Program.
  • Jill Smook worked as a background artist on the Independent film, Bill’s Gun Shop. Her hubby is the circulation manager at Machalek Communications.
  • Beth Jameston is working for the Department of Trade and Economic Development.


  • Justin Ray Sehlin--to Scott and Christy Ray Sehlin.
  • Julia Suzanne Teich--to Kris (Grove) and Doug Teich.
  • Sophie Carin Johnson--to Craig and Tracey (Plaisted ’89) Johnson.
  • Dominic Zavier Ball--to Kari Mattson Ball and hubby, Leon.
  • Max Gordan--to Renee Radjenovich Donnelly and Drew Donnelly.
  • Luke David McElroy--to Joy (Zaspel) and David McElroy.
  • McKendra Danae Long--to Ruth (Beissler) and Brian Long.
  • Kellan Sage Machalek--to Jill Smook and Pete Machalek ’89.
  • Katherine Ann Burniston--to Ann DeLaHunt Burniston and hubby, Andrew.
  • Elizabeth Anne Young--to Carrie Hutchinson Young and husband, Joseph.
  • Kaitlin Cunningham--to Kim Barron Cunningham and husband, Greg ’87.
  • Madeline Nicole Nelson Eppard-- to Sarah Nelson Eppard and hubby, Bob.
  • Ava Jane Bebler--to Kevin and Amy (Flick ’89) Bebler.
  • Jacob Lawrence Caywood--to Donna Bluhm Caywood and husband, Douglas.
  • Anne Elizabeth Larsen--to Barry and Kristy Larsen.
  • Jack Anthony and Roman Joseph are the children of Tim Ahcan and his wife, Michelle.
  • Bryn Lauren Hoffman--to Crescent (Lawrence) Hoffman and husband, Bryan.
  • Jennifer Wichman was born 17 months ago--to Stacey (Sandberg) Wichman and husband Jeffery.
  • Cole Charles Johnson--to Gregg and Lynn Johnson.


…we sat around the living room laughing. Elizabeth had graduated the day before and we celebrated her success. Paul sat on the floor, Britta on the couch next to Emily and Betty, and Eric raced in and out of the room.

As the afternoon conversation unfolded, I learned a few things. . .

Paul would become a C.F. in the fall and his grades were well above anything I ever achieved.

Britta had found a niche doing research in one of the science labs with one of her professors.

The Dive was under utilized.

There are halls with "no alcohol" floors.

There are buildings I have never heard of and don’t fully understand where they are located on the campus.

Some beloved professors continue to teach.

The food options are amazing.

The music programs are still first rate.

Gustavus is about family. Elizabeth will join her brother, Paul, and her cousin, Britta, in the fall. Together, they add to the giant web of the Gustavus family.

Whether you have blood relatives who go to Gustavus or you consider the friends you made on the hill “family”―you remain a part of the portrait of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Tell your friends about us, share your stories, and remember to support your school.

It pains me to know that some of us feel that our tuition was enough Gustavus support and "Hey, stop asking me to pledge."

Yes, you did pay for your schooling. Thanks. Now please consider supporting Gustavus and the students it now serves with your pledge. Drop a pledge― any size will do ($10-500)―into the mail today. (Think of it this way, you get three fun newsletters and the four Quarterly magazines for your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation― what a deal!)

Address: Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082-9985

From the shore of the Crow River,

Jamin Johnson-Schneider