Class of '89
November 2008

Gustavus Class of 1989 Class Letter - The Reunion Planning Edition

Sung to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (yes, I have young children)

Hey to the class of ’89

Another class letter, it’s about time.

This class letter has a theme

Our reunion planning is gaining steam.

Our 20-year reunion will be great

10-10-09 is the date.

Although it’s early we must start now

To plan the events, the times, and chow.

The planning is in the early stage,

So join the committee, it’s all the rage.

Planning will be a great time.

The reunion’s on 10-10-09.


Get it on your calendar now

Something to think about

Twenty-three years ago we started our freshman year at Gustavus.  By this time in 1985, we had met our roommates, square danced, figured out our classes, eaten pretty much everything the caf had to offer at least once (orange roughy, lemon butterfish, pizza, tacos, subs, pasta, bagel melts, torsk, etc.), survived our first homecoming, witnessed a Nobel conference, maybe survived a Barn Bust or two, studied feverishly or procrastinated for our first mid-terms, and we met a LOT of new people who we still call friends.

Reunion Planning In the Works

Some of us went to homecoming this year―both to enjoy the festivities and to scout out the class of ’88 reunion for ideas.  I had a fantastic time on campus seeing all the alumni and students.

Next year it’s our turn―our 20 year reunion is October 10, 2009 and we have already begun planning.  We have a start on the committee, but could certainly use your input and your help.

The committee had our first reunion planning meeting early in November.  There was more catching up and reminiscing than actual meeting.  It was so much more fun than my usual work meetings.  A lot of ideas are still being discussed for the actual reunion day.  Here’s what we have decided so far:

Our reunion will be on Saturday, Oct 10 on campus.  Mark your calendars!  We’ll have a tent at the football game where we can all meet for the game.  Our goal is to get as many classmates as possible to attend the reunion – spread the word!

That’s all the decisions that have been made.  Obviously we still have a lot of details to work out for before, during, and after the football game.  If you have any suggestions or thoughts or want to help with the planning and/or contacting people, email me at

Here’s our list of committee members so far:

Francine Pawelk Mocchi

Mike Dueber

Scotty Anderson

Nicky St. Dennis Odermatt

Molly Fink Flaspohler

Dean Kraus

Adam Juntunen

Tom Bessinger

Christi Peterson Cassell

Jeff Weiland

Karrin Stone Liebel

Deanne Sand Johnson

Erik Thomley

Rochelle Rohowetz Nielsen

Keith Jackson

Lisa Rydeski Pederson

We’re hoping to get 30-40 people to help with calling, planning, organizing, guest-writing class letters (hint, hint), etc.  The more people we get the more fun it will be!

The class of ’88 had 79 classmates (16% of the class) return for homecoming.  Everybody I talked to said they had a great time!  It was fun, but it seemed like there should have been a lot more people there.  We can get a lot more classmates to come if we start spreading the word now.  The planning committee will plan to make the reunion as fun as possible!  You can help simply by committing to come and convincing your friends to come.

Dig out photos of you and your classmates for posting on the Reunion website.  No matter what anybody says, we looked cool back then...really.  There will be a place on the Gustavus website to sign up for the reunion and our “own” page(s) for sharing information and posting photos. 

For those of you on Facebook, I created a Class of ’89 20-Year Reunion Group.

“Lost” Classmates

Here is a list of the “lost” ’89 classmates.  Gustavus doesn’t have any valid contact information for them.  If you have any information on how we might find any of these people (or if you are on this list), please contact the Alumni Office at:  800-487-8437 or or me at with the updated info.

Christopher Anderson

Michael Barrie

Steven G. Berg

Sandy Odell Billat

Laura Booth

Gabriela Casas

Heidi Elmquist Collins

Steven R. Dahl

Michael A. Erickson

Sven E. Erlandson

James E. Ford

Lisa D. Forsythe

Sarah L. Green

Kelly A. Grulkowski

Ulfur T. Gudjonsson

Michael J. Haldorson

John L. Hallstrom

Janice Hepola

Patrick S. Hodgins

Martha Iddrissu

Ahmed Ismail

Sarah E. Jackson

Carl B. Jemsten

Lynn P. Johnson

Elisabeth Larsson

Kirk Lunde

Lisa Simon Martin

Kazumi Nakanishi Takoh

Steven Sabie

Kathleen E. Smith

Corie A. Thul

Alumni Website

All of you should have received a user name and password that will allow you to login to the new Gustavus Alumni website at  This is where you’ll be able to see who is signed up for the reunion, read class letters, make online donations, etc.  If you lost your notification or maybe never received it, contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 and they will help you get set up.

Classmate News

The classmate news is below (some of it is a bit old, sorry!).  Be sure to contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or or email me at if you want any of your news included in the next letter (which will come soon).

Jamie Heggerston Leonard is now working at the Appletree Institute.

Congrats to David Linne on the birth of Signe Berit born in September 2007.

Congratulations on the birth of Wynton Joseph to Chad Malm and his wife, Peggy Garcia, in Paris France!  As a side note, I saw Chad and his family on Grand Avenue one day this past summer.  Had I known he was just in town for a visit, I would have chased them down.

Kristen Frost-Tibben was named “Civil Servant of the Year” for the Edina, MN Social Security Office!

’Til next time,

Mike “Duebs” Dueber

1989 Co-class Agent

Class Giving

Included in this letter is a Reunion Giving Card.  We hope you’ll consider a gift in honor of our 10-year reunion this year.  If you are able, please send this in by May 31, 2009 to be included in our class list of donors.

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  December’s presenter will be Steve Kjellgren ’86, director of dining services.  Here are the details:  Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100).  Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

The Linnaeus Arboretum's 2009 calendar is available now for purchase

The calendar features the photography of Anders Björling ’58 and phenological notes by naturalist, Jim Gilbert ’62.  You can purchase your copy for $16 ($15 for current members of Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum).  Please add $3 per calendar for shipping and handling.  Checks should be payable to Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar and mailed to:  Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN  56082.  (Contact Shirley,, 507-933-6181 with questions.)

Legacy Award for Gustavus admission

The Gustavus Legacy Award was created for new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to scholarship recipients who have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information, contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • St. Lucia Day – December 11
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17