Class of '88
April 2006

Dear ’88 Gustie Classmates

Happy Spring!

I hope this letter finds you all well and looking forward to spring and summer.  It’s a busy time of year for me with the kids playing baseball, soccer, gymnastics, science fairs, and community musicals.  We look forward to slowing down in the summer.

Gustavus is also very busy this time of year getting ready to graduate another class and pushing forward on a new football stadium.  The stadium really will be an amazing addition to campus.  It’s not too late for families or individuals to get involved by contributing a stadium seat, your name on a yard line or a couple of nuts and bolts.  I hope that our class can help support this wonderful stadium just as others did for us when Lund Center was built.  Contact Gustavus as soon as possible if you are interested.

Class News


  • Todd Raarup and his wife, Meredith, had a daughter born on February 18, 2006.  Her name is Kathleen Jane.  Congratulations Todd and Meredith!!!
  • Karen Linner and Lester Shen adopted Natalie Hua Mei Shen on August 29, 2005 from Hubei, China.  Natalie is now almost 18 months old.  I’m sure she is bringing you lots of joy.
  • Cassidy was born to Bob Caulfield and wife, Danelle, on October 15, 2005.  Congratulations to both of you!!!
  • Congratulation goes out to Brenda Nordell Stafford and hubby, Danny.  They had their first child, a boy, named Zachary Taylor on September 7, 2004.  Enjoy, it goes by so fast.
  • Identical girls, Christine Amelia and Caroline Ellen, were June 2, 2005 to Susan Irgens Dunbar and husband, Douglas.  They also have a 2-year-old boy, Robbie, to keep them busy.  Best of luck to you Susan!  As a mom of 10-year-old twins, I promise it does get easier in a couple of years.  Enjoy, they grow so quickly.

Other Important news:

  • Rebecca Pohlman of Coon Rapids, MN continues to work as a critical resource nurse at Unity Hospital in Fridley.  She also works as a parish nurse at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.
  • Amy Rome continues to work for the Lakeville School District as a kindergarten teacher.
  • Blair Vos Schrader of Sauk Rapids, MN is now supervisor of software technical writing for Wolter Kluwer Financial Services, Inc.  Congrats, hope it’s going well.
  • Sheila Hermes Hoernemann is coaching and teaching adaptive physical education at Ortonville Public Schools.
  • Kris Amundson Gritters was recently elected as a trustee to the Metropolitan State University Foundation.  Kris is vice president of public affairs for Goff & Howard, Inc.  She is one of Minnesota’s leading political and public policy experts.  Congratulations Kris!!
  • Jodi Quinn Hill is now working as an administrative assistant at First Presbyterian Church.
  • Karin Magnuson Danforth changed jobs and is now a damage assessment processor for PDA.
  • Doreen Grack Schultz continues working at St. Cloud Hospital, but has switched from a charge nurse to an application coordinator – EMR New System.
  • Tim Nasby is managing director – tax-exempt sales for Piper Jaffray Companies.
  • Tony Gamelin is now self employed―CFO (Charley Frank Oscar Integrity).  I hope I got that right.  I’d love to know what it’s all about.
  • Jeffery Reiners of Cambridge, Minnesota has a new career as an account executive for Clark Products.
  • JoyZielske McElroy I believe is working at Crown College in Waconia, MN.
  • Karyn White Hansen got a promotion and is now a librarian assistant for Columbus Metropolitan Libraries.  Husband, Michael Hansen, is a teacher for Columbus Public Schools.
  • Brent Anderson is vice president of marketing and operations for LinkServ Golf in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Sounds like a fun job.
  • Matt Miller works for the city of Denver – Park & Recreation Board as a recreation therapist.  Congrats on the new job and hope you are enjoying it.
  • Mary Schoenfelder Lee of Maynard, Minnesota has changed her place of employment from Clare City Care Center to Yellow Medicine County Family Services.  I believe she still works as a social service designer.  (Mary, hi how are you?)
  • Gail Chase Ericson went back to work part time, after being on-call for six years, to Ridgeview Medical Center as a physical therapist.  She also works part, part-time at Flagship Athletic Club as a physical therapist.

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February 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 Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

As your class agent I must now do one of my duties, which is to ask all of you to reach deep in your pockets and give to the annual Gustavus Fund.  Gustavus wouldn’t be the awesome place it is without support from all of you.  I would like to challenge our class to reach 75% participation, even if it’s just a dollar or two.  Every little bit adds up.  Please help out by contacting Gustavus by May 31st.  Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

I was just made aware of a great giving cause that was started by the University of Minnesota - Duluth Medical School and Peter Kebbekus, the husband of our late classmate, Annette Boman.  Pete is trying to grow the endowment for the Annette L. Boman Woman’s Fellowship for Cancer Research fund.  He will be running the Boston marathon on April 17 in her memory and will match any dollar amount pledged up to $2,620 ($100 per mile) for donations made by the 30th of April.  To help ease the financial burden for some talented women pursuing scientific research, submit your gift to UMD, School of Medicine.

Annette L. Boman Fellowship

107 School of Medicine

1035 University Drive

Duluth, MN  55812-3031

The class of 1988 will be adding one or two additional class agents to our roster very soon.  We will let you know who those lucky people are in our next class letter.

Have a great spring!

Go Gusties!

Gail Chase Ericson and

Dave Pieper