Class of '89
May 2007

Greeting Gustie Alumni of 1989:

Do you ever feel like a little spoke in a very large wheel?  Or perhaps more like a gerbil stuck in that great big wheel of life.  I know that I personally feel like sometimes I am not living my life but that my life is living me.  Sometimes it is hard to remember or hard to believe that we do make a difference.  That doing the little thing is important and is a significant piece of a bigger puzzle.  The 2006-07 Gustavus Alumni Fund Drive is coming to a close at the end of the month.  It is not too late to make your donation and be a part of that bigger puzzle or make that difference.

I am also reminded of a Randy Travis song titled Three Wooden Crosses.  If you have never had the opportunity to hear the song, it tells a story of a farmer and a teacher and a hooker and a preacher and how a fatal accident scene brings them all together.  The song questions why there are only three wooden crosses along side the road.  It turns out that the hooker, who the listener assumes was the one that didn’t have the cross placed at the side of the road, didn’t die and passed along her wisdom and faith to her son.  The moral message of the song is that it is not what you take with you when you die but rather what you leave behind you when you are gone that matters.  I think this is an important message to remember while we plug along trying to make a better life for ourselves and our families and also at times when we do have an opportunity to be part of something like the Gustavus Fund that can make a liberal arts education possible for others and keep that legacy alive.  To be a part of this year’s fund drive, please donate by May 31, 2007.

Go Gusties!

Francine Mocchi

I was the English major and Mike Dueber was so not the English major…a math major…but Mike is clearly the one with the hidden talent in this area…Mike wrote the following to inspire our fellow classmates via email:

 As class agents one of our fates

 Is to email all of our classmates

 And add to the reminders

 To all ’89ers

 Of the Gustavus "giving year" dates  (June 1st - May 31st)

 Remember the easy life on the hill

 Where we could study and eat our fill

 Bad days sure were rare

 We took naps in the Brar’

 And our P.O.s had nary a bill.

 Now take your mind way, way back

 To the Caf, the Dive, the Gold & Black

 Give a future Gustie a chance

 To have a freshman squaredance

 Donate at the website for GAC (


Heather Miller Cink is living in Brooklyn Park and is assistant principal at Osseo Area Schools.  Gregg Goedde and wife, Jennifer, are proud parents to newborn, Samantha, born September 18, 2006 and to big sister, Stephanie, age two.  Kim Karnitz Bogenschutz is a program coordinator for the Iowa DNR and is co-chair of the Mississippi River Basin Panel.  Anna Minor is on the faculty at King’s College in Pennsylvania teaching theology.  Jan Bjorklund was married to Melanie Weiss on May 27, 2006 in Frankfurt Germany.

Kristin Frost-Tibben is a management support specialist for the Social Security Administration in Edina.  Eric Huntoon is in sales with Cephalon, Inc.  Gus Leonard is language lab coordinator for California State University in Monterey Bay.  Ingrid Daniel is a teacher for gifted and talented students at elementary schools in Colorado Springs.  Congrats to Shari Adams Frisbie and her husband on the 10th anniversary of their business, Frisbee Architects in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Kristen Osterberg Tangen is a French teacher at Lincoln Southeast High School and has two former students attending Gustavus.  Kevin Cully of Alpharetta, Georgia sponsored and organized a technical conference centering around application development and database systems.  The conference was a success and attracted attendees and speakers from 13 different states.  Susan Swanson was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor of geology at Beloit College.  Susan has work that is regularly published in the Journal of Geoscience Education and Sedimentary GeologyPete Machalek and his business partner, Dean Hyers ’88, are co-founders of New Playground Pictures and Sage Presenting which is a powerful collaboration of their filmmaking, communication, and psychology backgrounds being used to train attorneys and other professionals on the use of improvisational techniques to improve communications and managing emotions.  Machalek has been a curriculum designer and a teacher, a writer and editor, filmmaker and critic.  He produced and directed an Academy Awards semifinalist in 1991.  See their website:


Gustavus Forensics Team Continues to be National Leader

The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team participated in the 30th American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in April, earning a top 20 national ranking for the first time in school history.  Fourteen of the top 20 schools are Division I institutions.  The team has had a full schedule of tournaments this year, although the AFA-NIET is considered by many to be the most competitive collegiate forensics tournament in the country.

Gusties Gather!  Hosts Needed

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 30th.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a day to intentionally connect with other Gusties.  In its inaugural year last August, 60 hosts planned events.  Want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Sign up to host a Gusties Gather! event for your neighborhood or with your friends.  Sign up by contacting Alumni Board member Dick Swenson ’62 at: or 612/824-8052.

A Royal Affair — Razzle Dazzle

Save the date!  Saturday, October 27, 2007 is Gustavus Library Associates’ biennial benefit for the Gustavus Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It will be held at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, MN.

If you have volunteer time to offer . . .

If you have an auction item to donate, or know someone who does . . .

If you know someone who should receive an invitation . . .

If you would like to contribute financially to defray expenses . . .

We’ll welcome your call today!

Co-chairs:  Susan Engelsma Wilcox ’73, 952/944-5972 and Nacia Dahl ’92, 952/808-3212.

Rare Flower to Bloom at Gustavus

A Titan Arum or Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as a Corpse Flower, is nearing bloom in the Department of Biology’s greenhouse and is expected to flower sometime in the next few weeks.  The first known Corpse Flower to bloom in Minnesota, this rare flowering plant is found only in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.  The largest un-branched inflorescence in the world, the flower’s name comes from the repulsive scent it omits during and after its bloom period.  The plant’s cluster of flowers can grow to almost 10 feet, although the plant at Gustavus is expected to bloom slightly smaller.  “This plant is one of the wonders of the botanical world,” says Brian O’Brien, associate professor of chemistry who received and planted the seeds in 1993.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion — May 25 and 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion — May 25 and 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion — May 25 and 26
  • Gusties Gather! — Sept. 30
  • Homecoming — Oct. 13