Class of '88
April 2007

Gustie ’88 Classmates,

As the newest class agent, I have the opportunity to write my first class letter.  When I reflect on the wonderful friends I've made at Gustavus, the great times and education I received, I am thankful for what Gustavus was to me and what it has become.

This past December, Libby and I had our daughters down to Gustavus for Christmas in Christ Chapel.  What a great event.  I asked Hope and Grace if they wanted to go again next year.  They both said they did.  This, as well as other campus events (athletic games, band concerts, etc.) is a great way to expose your children to Gustavus at an early age Our daughters tell me they both want to be Gusties!  Thanks for 529 plans.

Our 20 year reunion is next year during Homecoming, the weekend of October 3rd, 2008.  We encourage you to attend and get your classmates to join you.  It will be in St. Peter, not the Twin Cities like the past reunion.  We will be starting a group to organize and plan this event.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Class News
Steve McCarthy
and his wife welcomed their daughter Annika Grace on 12/19/06.
Jim Rogers and his wife welcomed their daughter Lucy on 7/17/06.

Other News:
Christopher Beckman
, of Farmington MN, is the pastor at Highview Christiana Lutheran Church.  He and his wife, Trish ’89, have twin boys.

Erik Lutz continues to teach English in Japan.

Ward Einess is a Minnesota revenue commissioner.

Kim Friedrichsen Cressy is director of business operation for Ameriprise Financial Services in the Twin Cities.

Jen Pearson is a physician at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine.

Erik Samuelson, of New Berlin WI, is working as an exercise physiologist at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital.

Barb Jaeger is a project manager at Kraus Anderson in the Twin Cities.
Jim Rogers, of Eden Prairie, is VP of engineering at Oracle Corporation.

Mark Anderson, of St. Paul, is a technical manager at 3M.

Elizabeth Rogan, of Omaha NE, is receiving an MSN degree in nursing education this May.  She will be teaching various nursing courses at Nebraska Methodist College.

Thank you to the annual givers to Gustavus.  Please consider increasing your support.  To those who have been occasional givers, please consider becoming annual givers.  To those who have never given back to Gustavus, please consider joining your classmates by becoming an annual giver, even if it's $50-$100 to start.  Because of the Gustavus Fund, we all received financial support directly or indirectly.  Currently the gifts to Gustavus and endowment income provides about a 20% cost reduction to all students.  Most students receive financial aid in addition.  A gold envelope is enclosed for your news and gift.  The 2007 Alumni Fund closes May 31.

Gustavus has changed since we graduated.  If you haven't been back since receiving your diploma, please find a way to return to campus for our reunion, or any additional opportunities for a visit.   All the best.

Luther Hagen
’88 Class Agent

Campus News

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.  Greater Gustavus AwardGiven to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:  

  • Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74

Distinguished Alumni CitationsRecognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement

  • Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.

First Decade AwardsRecognizes early professional achievement

  • Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.

Linnaeus Symposium Celebrates Birth of Carl Linnaeus

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, Gustavus will host its second Linnaeus Symposium, Linnaeus @ 300, on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. The daylong conference will feature presentations by ethnobotanists Mark Plotkin and Paul Alan Cox, and Linnaean scholars Hans Odoo and Paula Robbins. The day will also include tours of Linnaeus Arboretum, a special photography exhibition by Anders Bjorling, music, dance, and a Scandinavian feast. Visit <> or call 507/933-6181 to learn more.    

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau given prior to Phil’s death last April established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name. Lindau, a commodities trader and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater. The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

“Community Food Security” is Theme of MAYDAY! Peace Conference

"Community Food Security" is the theme for this year's Gustavus MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held on May 2.  This is an annual conference, devoted to a topic relating to human rights and social justice.  Among other events, the daylong conference will feature presentations from author Janet Poppendieck, who wrote Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, and Mike Hamm, Ph.D., chair of sustainable agriculture at Michigan State University.  For more information call the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Gustavus Choir Reunion to Celebrate 75 Years

Alumni and friends of the Gustavus Choir are welcome to attend a reunion on Saturday, May 5.  The day will include an alumni choir rehearsal, a banquet for past and current members of the choir, and a full concert with both the alumni choir and the Gustavus Choir.  For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts Programs at 507/933-7013.

Celebrating 75 Years of Theatre at Gustavus

The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years of theatre at Gustavus with a reunion on May 11 and 12.  Highlights of the weekend will include an afternoon program sharing memories and monologs from the past 75 years and viewing the performance of The Tempest in Anderson Theatre.  For more information and to register, go to the theatre reunion section of the Alumni website at <> or call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Linnaeus Symposium - April 25
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations – April 28
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Community Food Security - May 2
  • Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
  • Lindau Symposium – May 8
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion  - May 11-12
  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26