Class of ’88
August 2010

Hello Classmates—

Hope you are enjoying this summer!  Thanks for sending us your news.  We were happy to hear from so many of you.  Keep the information coming and we’ll keep you posted on the activities, accolades, and etc. from your ole’ GAC friends.

Pedar Foss, Dean of Academic Life, Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University wrote that he and his wife, Rebecca, are enjoying kids, Simon, Jakob and Micah.  They are very active in local county youth soccer, were Pedar is the president.  He enjoyed a week in France this spring to review research on prehistoric megaliths.  He notes, “All in all, things are a bit mad, but good.”

Greg Peterson,  His daughter, Meghan just finished her freshman year at Gustavus.  (Yikes, we have classmates with kids in college???!).  Meghan loves it…told mom, (Jacque Radke Peterson ’89), “Mom, I know this is where I’m supposed to be.”  Pete’s running his own business, and is starting Season 4 on the RFD-TV “Machinery Show.”  He’s also writing a monthly column in Successful Farming Magazine.  Check out for more.

Leif Hagen, his wife, Anne, and their three darling daughters spent July in Norway and Sweden.  They were visiting friends and relatives for four weeks.

Sven Thierhoff, Global Business Development, National Geographic wrote that he has “invented and launched the award winning NG Stores internationally:”  In London, the store is on Regent Street and in Singapore at Vivo City Mall.  Sven wishes everyone, “Cheers!”

Tracie Riebesell Amsden, and husband, Jim ’86, live in St. Peter with their two sons (ages 16 and 18).  Jim just finished his second year as the high school principal for Sibley East (this follows 21 years of teaching social studies).  He’s working on his superintendent’s license too.  Tracie is a business analyst with Davisco Foods and Cambria.

Lara Peterson, “I’m still loving life in Bellevue, near Seattle.  I’ve been out here for 20 years now, and it’s just flown by.  I spend most of my time working for Microsoft still—I’ve been here over 12 years and still love it.”  She notes that she is responsible for all product and channel marketing for Windows Home Server Worldwide.  (How cool is that, one of our classmates!)  She has three darling girls and she runs “Families with Children from China” northwest (a nonprofit that serves families with kids from China).  This month, Lara is going to Jackson Hole to her cabin.

Geoff and Dawn (Molesky ’89) Gorres live in Amery, WI.  Geoff recently got his second U.S. patent for a device that monitors patients for catheter-associated UTI, the most common hospital-acquired infection.  His device is in the process of getting FDA approval.  He also received a patent on a camouflage wrap, CamoForm.  It is now standard issue in the armed forces and sold widely in sporting goods stores.  When not working on new devices, Geoff works as the medical director of the Emergency Department at Amery Regional Medical Center.  WOW!

Rob Melin, Saukville, WI is enjoying his new job as a registered financial representative with New England Financial, The Wisconsin Group.

Dan and Julie (Musser) Johnson, Golden Valley, MN.  Dan has been with Country Financial for 21 years and is the regional vice president of operations for the Central Region.  Julie works part-time for MCS Litigation Support.  They celebrated 20 years of marriage with their three kids this summer.

Matt Miller just married Tricia Coulter in a family ceremony in Grand Junction, CO.  He’s a certified recreation therapist with the City of Denver.  Daughter, Reilly, is 11.  He says, “it was wonderful to see Dave Moll and family and Dean Kaese ’89 and family at our reception.  Life in Denver is fantastic!”

Dave Pieper, who goes by “David” now….  Was promoted to district sales manager with Mutual of Omaha (a Fortune 500 Company).  David recruited and trained three new agents this year.  If you know of a student or graduate that may be interested in working in Southeastern Minnesota, give David a call.  David strolled down memory lane with notes that reflected his wrestling at 190 lbs., living in a “smoker” in Valley View, being a Chieftain, driving a school bus, living in Sweden, Uhler, Joel Holmgren ’87, building and grounds crew work and even being a hall monitor at St. Peter High School.

Mona Ibrahim Roach, Hastings, MN.  Mona got certified in integrative holistic medicine.

Chris Calhoon, Lakeville, MN.  Chris and his wife, Mary, are raising their four kids.  He’s working at Falcon Ridge Middle School.

Ellen Boyd Halvorson, Buffalo, MN.  Ellen is a District 877 Paraprofessional.  Her husband is a physician at the Monticello Clinic.

Sue Irgens Dunbar is living in Castle Rock, CO.

Lynn Anderson Tomlinson, Mount Sterling, IL.  She’s had a lot going on since returning from living in Guam in 2007.  She married Craig Tomlinson in 2008 and had Abigail Frances in 2009.  She’s busy raising three kids and teaching kindergarten.

Luther Hagen, Apple Valley, MN.  Big Lou continues to run Hagen Financial Advantage, Inc.  He just sponsored his second annual Run for Blood 5K that benefits the American Red Cross.  See photos from the event at  When not implementing his own 5K, Big Lou is running other people’s 5K’s, enjoying his cabin/boat/two teen-aged daughters, lovely wife, Libby, and talking to folks about Gustavus.

Jamin Johnson, New London, MN.  I founded and manage WCI’s The Resource Center Program, a program designed to help children, teens and adults with life challenges/disabilities and the people who serve them.  For fun, I co-host a local TV show.  The Schneider kids are now 14, 10 and 7.

Kendall Boline Fenstra, Willmar, MN.  Kendall is enjoying owning Boline Fenstra Chiropractic office and is active in the local Rotary Club.

Jane Holmberg Meyer, Litchfield, MN.  Jane has been busy this summer with kids, husband and lake cabin.  Joel’s business ventures continue to grow… (Are we up to 12… 13…14 Papa Murphies??!).

Well, that’s all you sent.

What’s the latest--  Kristi Main, Jodie Carlson, Dushan, Bob, Sue, Pat, Rob, Colin, Ingrid, Colleen, Jim, Inger, Becca, Karen, LA, Scott, Steve, Mike, Kari, Stacy, etc., etc.????  Send us your updates!

Keep in touch, and we’ll do our best to send you information on our classmates.

Jamin, JoJo, Gail, and Big Lou

1988 Co-class Agents

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

The new 125,000 square foot academic building construction continues on track.  You can watch that action via live web cam at:  The building will have a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

Admission News

Mark Anderson ’66 retired at the end of the academic year and after a long search, Gustavus hired Thomas Crady as vice president for enrollment management to replace him.  Tom just assumed his duties as of mid July.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1990 women’s tennis team’s national championship.  Team members are invited to return to revisit this memorable sports moment.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly at 800-635-7801.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  Join us on October 5 & 6, 2010, for Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, as we explore the many levels of this question and hear answers from our seven distinguished panelists.  We will consider the ways in which varied and various conceptions of goodness intersect with, challenge, and are challenged by each other.  We will consider contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals.  You can order tickets online at

Ad Campaign to Launch This Month

Late this summer and into the fall, Gustavus is launching a statewide advertising campaign for recruitment.  Targeted to reach Minnesota high school students and their parents, the ad campaign will include radio, newspaper, magazine, outdoor/billboard, and social media outlets in and around the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud, Duluth, and Mankato. Some places you will see or hear ads include the Minnesota edition of the U.S. News & World Report‘s annual college ranking guide in September, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Metro Lutheran newspaper, 101.3 FM, some high school newspapers, Facebook, and more.

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door. 

Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 11 – Volunteer Leadership Day
  • Sept. 25 – Homecoming – St. Olaf
  • Oct. 4-5 – Nobel Conference
  • Oct. 8-9 – Family Weekend
  • Oct. 30 – Hall of Fame