Class of '89
Fall is upon us and I know you were patiently awaiting yet another Class of 1989 letter!
News about our classmates
Please note the information below is deemed to be reliable unless we couldn’t read your handwriting on the pledge you sent in!
Babies, Babies and more Babies
(Although spouses are not listed in the interest of space, please assume each 1989er had help with each event below.) J
- Amy Swedberg Saviage had a daughter, Anna Kirsten.
- Michelle Wallner Jibben had a son, Matthew.
- Sue Schultz Krause had Maxwell Benjamin.
- Grace Puwona Peterson had a son, Jacob Aaron.
- Susan Beyer McLaughlin had Josephine Elaine in Deerfield, Illinois.
- Vickie Larson Harvey had a baby girl, Kendall Marie.
- Fran Simpson is extremely busy having had twins around February.
- Sharri Lingren Esham had a new baby around May of this year.
- Tracey Plaisted Johnson had a baby girl, Sophia Carin.
- Wendy Schissel Beltrand had Robyn.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus, Tim Carter and Sally Wahman, had another future cum laude graduate, Emily Jane, Class of 2022.
- Mike Erickson had a daughter, Julia Fulton.
- Christopher and Julie Meyer Robinson had Gustave (Gus) Meyer (now they are true Gusties!)
- Paul Moline had Tavo Lofgren
In case you missed it in a previous letter:
- Catherine Vance Hagstrom had Haley Catherine in March 1999.
- Michelle Hussong Greenman had Trent Rial in January 1999.
- Kris Dybing Wahlers had Ariel Anna.
- Becky Billmeyer Marburger had Ethan Lee.
- Kristin Berkland Evenson had a daughter, Hannah Kay.
- Jay Peaslee’s son Erik was born in June of 1999. Way to go Jay!
- Shelley Jensen Doran had another baby girl, Sydney Anne.
- Mike Nelson had Anders Stewart.
Walking down the Aisle
- Dave Maus married Chetica Ann Leonard in December 1999.
- Lisa Rydeski Pederson retired as class agent and married Craig. J
Climbing the Corporate Ladder
- Char Henn was named director of the Goodhue Historical Society.
- Dawn "Bif" McClure Duffy is a manager of public relations for AAA.
- Brad Sorenson is director of operations for QRS Diagnostic.
- Jeffrey Krakower is a lab manager at Givaudan-Roure.
- Sarah Egerer is teaching English in Syria (as in the country) J
- David (don’t call me Dave) Everson is doing well in Savage, MN J
- Suzy McCune Griffith is at home with her son Alex.
- Jeff Evanson is busy with his dermatology practice in Duluth.
- Tim Asplund is at the WI Dept of Natural Resources.
- Mark Petersen is the VP at United Prairie Bank in New Ulm.
- Scotty Anderson continues to have time to be co-class agent for you and branch manager for Patterson Dental Supply in Sunnyvale, CA.
- Lisa Braun is employed by Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
- Cheryl Reinecke Lehnherr is a lead system analyst for AMEX.
- Dana Bassett Heldt works for Cargill.
- Gary Boschee works for Faith Lutheran Church.
- Andrea Arendt was promoted to VP of Levy Carpenter and Co.
- Art Lundgren works for Stuart Title
- Adam Murangi works for the AZ Dept of Education.
- Kristen Frost-Tibben works for the social security office in St. Cloud.
- Steve Nelson is an orthodontist and hasn’t played soccer in years. J
- Dean Kaese now works for Adidas Solomn in California.
- Vicki Larson Harvey works for St. Francis Medical Center.
- Stacey Mueller is a realtor or ReMax in Mankato.
- Kelly Vikse is now an inventory manager for Best Buy and can get you great deals on stereos, televisions, and CD players.
- Steve Lundquist is a regional manager for Fortis Financial.
- Dan Brown works for Volt Integrated Solutions in Colorado.
- Chris Townsend is a software developer for Computer Sciences.
- Kurt Elling is as cool as you remember him and has appeared at the Fine Line Café.
- Tim Ackerman works at Irondale School. Go Knights! J
- Yours Truly has moved back to MSP after a five-year absence.
- Richard Kelly works for the West Group.
- Kathy Mathison is a financial analyst for NCS.
- Julie Sohl is at U.C. Berkley.
- Brad Sorenson is doing something new, but we are not clear what J
- Don Pavelka works for Norwest…uhhh…Wells Fargo. J
- Janene Leimer is teaching at the Torah Academy.
- Adrian Ludvigson Olsenis at home with her two beautiful children.
- Kristen Dokken Chan is self employed with Mary-Kay.
- Alan Brew is teaching at Northland College.
- Paul Linder is a stockbroker of Scottsdale Securities.
- Tiffany Lundgren Madson works for Lutheran Brotherhood.
- Craig "Fred" Fredickson works for SV-Systems.
- Eric Huntoon is with Home Federal Savings Bank.
- Kimberly Pearce is with GSA Insurance Professionals in Omaha.
- Renee Gibbons is still competitive and coaching at Coleraine HS J
- Gene Abegglen is with Praxiar Distribution.
- Julie Beddow Schubert is emplyed by Little Falls Schools.
- Carrie Wedge Griebenow is finishing nursing school.
- Mary Olson works for Personal Touch Office Services.
- Sam Alick works for Jesco, Inc and is going to Egypt.
- Heidi Broadmarkle works for National Interagency Civil Millitary.
- Tim Ringeisen is an environmental scientist for THM Biomedical.
- Tiffany Lund Kienitz works for West St. Paul School District .
Campus News: Lots of good stuff happening with our fellow classmates but first an update on what is going on down on The Hill:Your writer had a chance to visit St. Peter a few weeks ago, the first time since the new student union was finished. Awesome. The only thing you recognize are the old mailboxes. There are personal computers for students to check their email, a coffee shop "Starbucks style," and an unbelievable cafeteria. Although the dining area seems a little bit smaller, the choices the students are offered are amazing. Feel like hot food, maybe from a fire pit grille? Pasta and full salad bar? Plus you pay for it with your Gustie debit card. Very cool.
The trees that were planted after the tornado have grown and the campus has several new buildings. A new venue track and field and soccer opens soon and will have seating for 300 fans. You can see Hwy 169 from the hill and the hill from Hwy. 169, but it is amazing how great the campus looks, especially on a beautiful fall day.
Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal
arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 14th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80.
Gustavus recently received the results of a comparative alumni survey that measures alumni responses to a series of questions about their college experience. The study provides comparisons to other groups of colleges including Lutheran colleges, member colleges of the Minnesota Private College Council and, most importantly, with large public universities. We will share with you results of the survey in class letters this year. A sampling of responses to remembrances of college academic life include the following:
· Alumni agree that professors often challenged them, but also personally helped them to meet the challenge. Gustavus alumni agree 78%, large public universities 38%.
· Alumni agree that a large majority of classes were taught by professors as compared to teaching assistants. Gustavus alumni agree 90%, large public universities 32%.
· Alumni remember a high quality, teaching oriented faculty. Gustavus alumni agree 61%, large public universities 25%.
· Alumni remember many small classes with fewer than twenty students. Gustavus alumni agree 50%, large public universities 9%.
Gustavus has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it was one of 20 awardees (out of a pool of 31 colleges and universities) of a $1,963,425 implementation grant. It is the largest program grant the College has ever received. The award will support a comprehensive initiative to more effectively carry out some key aspects of the College's mission statement and encourage theological reflection and moral questioning that forms character, shapes lives, and guides career choices. It will build upon the ethos and climate of Gustavus by supporting already-existing programs, adding new ones, and creating a center to coordinate and intensify those vocation-oriented activities. In doing so, it will provide students with the foundational tools necessary for a lifelong exploration of their calling and a lifetime of community leadership and service to others.
G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was held on Saturday, October 7. Numerous sites were selected in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country participated in the event.
Christmas in Christ Chapel, Heaven and Nature Sing, is December 1-3. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.
Phonorama will be held October 16, 17 & 19 at Deli Express in Eden Prairie and October 23, 24 & 26 at Alliant Foodservice in Eagan. Please expect that annual call to catch your classmates up with your family and job changes. Please consider a pledge this year to the unrestricted fund.
If you able to call classmates, we'd sure appreciate the help. Just call 1-800-487-8437 to sign up.
Here are several questions regarding this year’s fund:
What is this year’s goal?
$1.775 Million unrestricted
What did we give last year?
Our Class gave $10,245
How many of us gave?
173 (36 percent)
What is an "average" gift?
Last year our average: $59.22
All gifts are important as many national scholarships and endowments are awarded based on percent of alumni participation. Gustavus continues to be ranked among the top schools in the country in the number of alumni that contribute to the annual fund.
That is all for this edition of the 1989 Class Letter. Due to popular demand, the next letter (Spring of 2001) will be written by a Guest Writer. (The demand was from the class agents.) J
Time to give a little back. Please consider an unrestricted gift to the Gustavus Fund.
Have a great winter!
Francine Pawelk Mocchi
1989 Co-Class Agents