Class of '89
February 2002

Greetings 1989ers!

We hope that this new year finds you safe and healthy.  With the tragic events of last year, we find ourselves feeling blessed for the family and friends in our lives.

Campus News:

President Steuer Resigns

Axel Steuer, the thirteenth President of Gustavus Adolphus College, announced he would resign as president of the College at the end of the current academic year.  He agreed to remain in an advisory capacity to the Board through May 2003.  Appointed in 1991, Steuer's tenure will be noted by marked advances in the College's national academic standing and a significantly strengthened financial condition.  President Steuer also led Gustavus through a major rebuilding process that was required after a devastating 1998 tornado that resulted in over $60 million in damage to the campus.

Sports News:

Men's and Women's Swimming and diving took first in the MIAC Championships.

In Men's Hockey the #2 seeded Gusties will face #3 Augsburg in MIAC semifinal action on Friday, March 1.

Gustavus Women's Hockey takes their #1 seeding into the MIAC Playoffs against the winner of the Concordia/St. Ben's game.

In Nordic Skiing, the men finished sixth overall and the women tied for fourth at the CCSA Region meet.

Gustie Men's Basketball lost to Bethel in the MIAC semi-finals.

Gustie Women's Basketball lost to St. Ben's in overtime in the MIAC playoffs.

Time flies…

It does not seem too long ago that we were Painting the Rock, or dancing at The Barn, or attending a Gustie Football game.  Yet, it has been almost 13 years since we left The Hill.  Below are the updates on our classmates the Alumni Office has received in the last few months.  Please drop the Alumni Office a phone call, email or note in the mail when you have something you would like to share.

Guest writers wanted

Are you eager to share your thoughts of your four years on The Hill in a Class Letter?  Tired of Scott Anderson’s Red buddies getting all the press?  Looking to get back at the attempts at humor the class agents have taken at your expense in previous letters?  Then you would be perfect as a Guest Letter Writer.  Please contact the Alumni Office at the number or email above to sign up!

Classmate News

Andrea Arendt married Richard Feliciano on September 22nd.  She works as a vice president of Guy Carpenter and Company in Dallas, TX.  Her husband is a software engineer at Broadband Gateway.

Mike Dueber is taking classes towards a master’s degree at St. Thomas and runs Dueber Consulting, a software development and project development company.

Steve and Jennifer (Rengstorf ’90) Nelson are proud to announce the adoption of Charles Ricardo Nelson, born January 9, 2001.

Dave Faulkner is an account executive for ADM Document Systems in Toledo, OH.

Alumni Fund Closes May 31, 2002

Alumni Fund Update:  The fund closes May 31, 2002.  At the time this letter was written the Class of 1989 had:

This year               Last year

63 donors              84 donors

$7,037.00                $7,281.50

As you can see, we are significantly down in the number of donors.  Compare these gifts to just a couple of years ago (173 donors) and you can see our trend. 

All gifts are important as many national scholarships and endowments are awarded based on percent of alumni participation.

Please consider an unrestricted gift to the Gustavus Alumni Fund.

We are asking you to contact the Alumni Office to make a pledge or just send a gift prior to the May 31 deadline.

You can make that gift on the Gustavus website by clicking on the Giving to Gustavus link or you can call (1-800-726-6192) or mail your contribution to the Alumni Fund.

Alumni Fund

The Alumni Fund has been dropping in the number of participating donors since 1997.  This measure of "alumni satisfaction" is important.  It is a figure that grant-making organizations consider when determining whether to make awards.  A high level of participation from alumni demonstrates support of Gustavus' mission. 

For these reasons strong emphasis has been put on raising the number of donors to the fund.  We hope to achieve 50% participation in the Alumni Fund by the year 2004, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  We need your help.  Remember, your gift, no matter what size is important!

More Classmate News

Jeff Barnes works as an athletic trainer and as an independent associate for Pre-Paid Legal Services.  Contact him at

Katie Klock Hines had Sarah Katherine on June 15, 2001.  Katie also completed graduate school at the University of South Dakota.

Bill Guelcher found the only way to consistently make money was at a casino and was named CEO of the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flanbeau, WI.  Guelch also married Theresa Toepfer on May 12, 2001.

Anjeanette Perkins just celebrated her 2nd year as executive director of Story County Habitat for Humanity in Ames, IA.

Francelia Simpson is an independent study lead teacher at Southern Plains Special Education Co-op and is raising twins, Lucas and Celia, in Fairmont.

Tom Bessinger is vice president-regional sales manager for John Harland Company and lives in Eden Prairie.  Daughters, Madison and Luci, keep him busy.

Julie Knutson Kaufman is self-employed and works for a Kids Vision Heart, a non-profit group that is dedicated to eliminating hate, violence and prejudice worldwide.  She plans to be a GUEST WRITER for a future letter in her spare time.

Sally Wahman is vice president, Ambulatory Services at Fairview Health Services.  Her husband, Tim Carter is controller and managing director at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

Linda Herzog Meidl had baby number two with the birth of daughter, Elizabeth.  She lives in Mankato with her husband, Joe.

Steve Mau is vice president of sales-foodservice for Dean Foods.  He and Maureen (Swenson ’90) had Ryan Steven last February.

Nicky St. Dennis Odermatt gave birth to Ryan Thomas on May 5, 2001.

Art Lundgren had MacArthur Lawrence on April 2, 2001 and lives in Minneapolis.

Kyle Dekam had a son, Carson Alex, on July 1, 2001.

Brad Sorenson had Abigail Grace on June 21, 2001.

Craig “Fred” Fredrickson is a manager for Smarte Carte, Inc. and had another son, Mathew, on April 15, 2001.  He and Beth live in Prior Lake.

Go Gusties!

Tom Bessinger                                     Scott Anderson                    Francine Pawelk Mocchi

P. S.  Now for some other campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m now starting my final semester!  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I spent my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It was great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead was also a plus!  The start of the spring semester (thus, the start of homework) has been a sudden shock to my system! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  A successful and busy J-Term just ended, and spring semester is now underway.  The theme for J-Term 2002 was "Our Global Village," and the month was a celebration of cultural diversity as we grappled with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty offered 29 different classes that tied into this global theme, many of which were travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students enrolled in J-Term courses, with many who studied abroad, participated in internships, student taught or studied at other domestic institutions.  I got very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who were studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Gustie winter sports teams are having a great year, as all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles just returned from their tours.  The Gustavus Band embarked on an international tour this J-Term.  The band toured Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates were January 16 through February 10.  The tour concluded with a homecoming performance on Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra toured Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.  The orchestra concluded their tour with a home performance Feb. 17 in Christ Chapel.

The Alumni Association is on the road this winter and spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum and Instructor of Environmental Studies, Jim Gilbert ’62, will travel along to provide an interesting and informative program.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

March 7           San Diego Chapter event

                        Dinner hosted by John and Paula Penrod ’79, ’79

March 8           Tucson Chapter gathering 

Dinner - Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67, ’66 residence

March 9           Phoenix Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Pera Club, Tempe

March 10         Sun City Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Bella Vista Restaurant, Peoria

April 5              Bay Area Chapter event

April 6              Seattle Chapter event – Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant

April 7              Denver Chapter event

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!