Class of '89
April 2009

20-Year Reunion - October 10, 2009

Dear Classmates,

Duebs here again, but this time I’d like to thank our esteemed guest writer Molly Fink Flaspohler for writing the following class letter.  Read carefully―she included a ton of info for our October 10th reunion.

Hey Class of 1989!

By now we hope you have begun planning to attend our 20-year reunion on October 10th, 2009.  Some of us have already been gathering to plan (and to laugh our heads off) the day’s festivities.  We’ve got a good start and want to share a few details about how we think the day will go.  All of our activities will take place on campus, Saturday, October 10th.

For some of you this reunion may be your first trip back to St. Peter in years, so we hope that you will take advantage of your visit to poke around campus and to reconnect with old friends and professors.  There is a lot of great new stuff to see.  You will especially want to check out the new construction, including Olin Hall of Science, a newly renovated student union and cafeteria, and a brand new football field, to name a few.  Sadly, those of you with ties to tornado-destroyed Johnson Hall will have to pause a moment to remember how it once looked (sniff).  Fortunately for all of us, the Flame still looks exactly the same (whew).

Please feel free to contribute any ideas you have or to indicate any interest in attending future planning meetings.  Phoning old friends and spreading the word will also be important to finding and reaching as many of our classmates as possible.  So, pick up your phone, dash off an e-mail or jump on Facebook and spread the word.  We’re all excited and really hope we have an awesome turnout.

The following is an overview of our planning to this point.

Tent One

Starting at 11 am, a class tent will open up next to the football field.  We’ll stock it with snacks, pop and bottled water.  Beer and wine will also be available for sale at another tent.  (We’re not allowed to bring in alcohol so the College will manage this for us.)  The beer/wine stand also needs to close during the game.  However, our class tent will be open throughout the game and longer if we like.

Tent Two

Beginning at 3 pm, a second class tent will open somewhere on campus (the exact location is still to be decided) with a cash bar.  Again, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  There will also be a barbeque at this tent and at some point we will have live music from Michael Nelson and his group the Sundogs.  Sometime after the game and/or during the migration to this second tent we hope to paint the rock (any suggestions for color(s)?!).  We may/or may not have an organized game of golf for people on Saturday or Sunday morning, depending upon interest.

Some Other Reunion Stuff

Molly Fink Flaspohler is working to create an online slide-show focusing on you and your college experience!  If you have any fun pictures to contribute, please send them to  If your photos aren’t digitized, you may send hard copies via snail mail to:  812 6th Avenue South, Moorhead, MN  56560.  Please make sure you clearly LABEL your pictures by writing your name and address on the back.  The deadline for photo submissions will be September 1, 2009.

The committee is also working to pull together a fun 1989 trivia sheet for us all, so think back to those good ole college days.  How much did a Domino’s pepperoni pizza cost on Wednesday nights?  Were you present at the 1988 cafeteria revolt?  If so, do you remember that they were serving Chicken Kiev?  (Find me (Molly) at the reunion and I’ll tell you why *I* remember this so clearly.  Oh, and whatever you do, do NOT get Tony Jurek started on his favorite caf dessert, Red Velvet Cake.)  If you’ve got a great piece of 1989 GAC trivia please send it to:

Speaking of Tony, he is going to create the king of all 1980s play-lists so that we will be able to listen to our favorite (and very COOL) disco tunes during our time together.

Our class reunion webpage is also up.  More details will be posted as they are available.

(Gulp.)  Now the hard part…  Those of us on the planning committee hope we plan a reunion that is fun and offers you an opportunity to get back to campus, fondly remember your time there and relive the excitement that for so many of us is Gustavus.  But we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t also ask you to please financially support your alma mater as best you can during this your 20th reunion year.  We all know how difficult an economic environment we are currently experiencing, but your participation of any amount is appreciated!  Remember that if we all give a little, our donations combined turn into larger class giving and together we can make great things happen!  And we’d LOVE to surpass the giving of some of those OTHER reunion year groups!  So, think about how much Gustavus meant to you and get that check off in the mail no matter what the size.  Better yet, visit the following web page and donate now:  Every penny counts.

We would love to hear your reunion stories, ideas and suggestions.  Please send e-mails to: if you want to contribute.

See you in less than six months!

Molly Fink Flaspohler

1989 Reunion Committee Member

News & Notes

  • Brian Ahles works for Road Runner Transport.
  • Gary Braun took a new position as director of the Recovery School in Owatonna.
  • Lisa Braun Dubbels owns and operates Catalyst Publicity, a marketing and publicity agency.
  • Paul Drains was recently promoted to sergeant by the Philadelphia Police Department.
  • Kurt Elling was named Best Male Vocalist in JazzTimes 2008 readers’ poll.
  • Sven Erlandson is pastor at High Pointe Community Church, in Springboro, Ohio.
  • Jeffrey Evanson reports that his dermatology practice is active and thriving.
  • Thyra Fossum is a faculty member at Cappella University.
  • Brent Hartzell is currently chief of staff to the CFO for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
  • Eric Huntoon is in pharmaceutical sales and international management at Cephalon, Inc., in Brooklyn Park, MN.  He recently returned from a mission trip to Honduras.
  • Katie Klock Hines is a training consultant at Target.  She also leads the Target Choir and the children’s choir at her church.
  • William “Gus” Leonard is a language lab coordinator at California State University, Monterey Bay, California.  He is also helping his wife, Denese, with her new business,
  • Lisa Walker McDonough is a second grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Faribault.
  • Aaron Merwin has been promoted to systems manager at RBC Wealth Management.
  • Heather Miller-Cink is assistant principal at Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, MN.
  • Jill Heins Nesvold is a director for the American Lung Association.
  • Janell Puumala Niskanen is an occupational therapist for Superior Therapy Services.
  • Edward Parsons works as an IT manager for Embroidery Library, Inc.
  • Kimberly Kehl Pearce is currently working for First National Bank of Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Drew and Tania (Jacobson) Prochazka have a rental business in Grand Rapids, MN where they also own and operate a mini-storage business with Steve and Maureen (Swenson’90) Mau, and Reid Jaeger.
  • Mark Richter is a professor of chemistry at Missouri State University where he was chosen as a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar in 2003.  He also holds the distinction of being an endowed professor of the University’s Honors College and in 2007 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Missouri Professor of the Year.
  • Greg Sather serves as executive vice president of Professional Insurance Agents of Minnesota.
  • Jennifer Seter writes as a freelance reporter.
  • Scott and Tia (Gosse) Stai live in Brule, Wisconsin.  Scott is a pastor at Hope Lutheran Church and Tia is a substitute teacher.
  • Sue Swanson was selected as Teacher of the Month by the Beloit Rotary Club of Beloit, Wisconsin, for February 2009.


  • James Carter to Suzie Reine on 08/03/2008.  Their new name is Cartreine.


  • Son, Landon, to Glennys Mensing and husband, Roger West on 10/1/2008.
  • Daughter, Savanna, to Steve and Kris Dybing Wahlers on 08/20/08.
  • Son, Jacob, to Bob and Sheila Schonrock Schultz and on 4/23/06.

Campus News

Update on Commission Gustavus 150

Recently posted to the Commission website is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community).  The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150.  The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.

Hockey Finals

The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21.  They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1.  The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

MayDay!  Peace Conference

“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.

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