Class of '89
September 2009

20-Year Reunion ― October 9-10, 2009

Hey Everybody!

Class Agent Duebs here again with the final Reunion Class letter.  I asked Scotty Anderson to add a personal note to this Class Letter, and then I’ll add some reunion details below along with the quintessential classmate updates and the standard info added by Gustavus.

Class of ’89,

This summer we took the family to the Black Hills for vacation, if you have not been out there I highly recommend it!  On the way home we swung through St. Peter to stop at Gustavus and walk around the campus.  If you have not been to campus since we graduated you will be both amazed at the college’s progress and heartened by the familiarity and continuity of what we experienced.  The progress and success of our school is built on the shoulders of one of the most loyal alumni groups in the country.  As this is a milestone anniversary year for us I would call on each of us to consider giving a gift to the college to help the students who enter as first year students this fall.  The amount is not as important as the act of giving and showing your support to Gustavus.  Give at:

Lastly let me put in a personal plug for coming down to campus for our 20-Year Reunion and Homecoming on October 10th.  It is going to be a great day/party for the incredible class of 1989.  The new football stadium is spectacular, the campus is a wow, the weather will be great, the drive down 169 will be beautiful, and the beer and popcorn at the Flame will be stale and warm―just like we love it!!  See you all there!!

Scott Anderson, Reunion Committee Member and Co-class Agent

OK, Duebs here again.  I’m including the reunion details one more time, using the advertising techniques I remember from my social studies classes in junior high and high school.


Think back to the good old days, before we had bills to pay, diapers to change, a mortgage to manage, a boss to keep happy AND you were surrounded by your friends and their friends.  Some of these classmates will be golfing on Saturday morning before the reunion.  Contact Erik Thomley at to join in the golfing fun.


Michael Nelson and his band, the Sun Dogs will be performing at 11a.m. so there’s a big rush to register for the reunion at or by calling 1-800-487-8437.  Terri Goserud Dokken, Shari Adams Frisbie, Sara Hansen, Tom and Cheryl (Burman) Harjes, and Tiffany Lund Kienitz will all be there.  The entire reunion committee is coming.  Some of the campus groups, varsity and club sports teams, Greek organizations, academic majors, music and theater groups, and classmates from out of state will be represented!  You need to be there too.  If you have any fun digital or scanned pictures to share of any of these groups, please send them ASAP to and Molly will include them in a slide show.


I just started a new consulting gig and wanted to break the ice with my three co-workers by telling a joke.  I started, “So, there’s a Tommie, a Johnny, an Ole, and a Gustie all traveling in the Amazon…”  They cut me off, identifying themselves:  one is a Tommie, one a Johnny, and one an Ole.  I look at each of them and say, “That’s okay, I’ll tell the joke slowly.”  Join us in the class of 1989 tent starting at 11a.m. while the Sun Dogs play, for free snacks, pop and a cash bar until game time (and maybe more jokes).


Jeff “Wheels” Weiland, current KARE 11 Coach of the Year can’t wait to get down to the reunion and urges you to join him.  Former Alumni Board member Scott Anderson will be there to sign photos and autographs.  For a wider appeal, Jazz Vocalist of the Year Kurt Elling is playing on campus on Saturday night.  More info and tickets are here:


We have 510 active classmates.  219 classmates have different married than maiden names.  83 classmates have last names ending in “sen” or “son.”  None of that is important.  What is important is that 30% have already given a gift for the reunion year.  We’re expecting at least 2 in 5 will attend the reunion.  Don’t be left out!  You can register AND donate at the same time at or by calling 1-800-487-8437.

Sense Appeal

Picture in your mind the sight of the big Gustavus sign.  Remember the smells of the library, the newly mowed campus grass, and the Nic.  Think of the heavy feel of the brand new textbooks.  Listen in your mind to the laughter echoing across campus.  Aahhh…good times.  Now lick your lips and taste the Caf food―the Lemon Butterfish, the Torsk, the subs, the bagel melts…and be glad we’re having a BBQ dinner at the reunion to feast on grilled meats, salads, sides, 1919 root beer, desserts, a cash bar and our own designated section of in the 5th Quarter tent starting at 3:30 p.m.

Do it now!  Go register at or by calling 1-800-487-8437.

Class of ’89 Updates:

  • Michael and Antoinette (Way) Mussay celebrated the birth of their newborn baby boy, Shane Marshall, on January 1, 2009.  Michael is now the owner of MSG Limited.
  • Jamie Sue Miller married Douglas James Debner on April 19, 2008.  The ceremony was held in Hawaii, and the couple now lives in Apple Valley, MN.
  • Robyn Rucks Woods just earned her certification with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Congrats to Elizabeth Schmidt Matzke who recently graduated and is now an RN.
  • Sara Hansen is working part-time as an independent marketing research consultant and is serving her second term on the Mankato school board.  Her husband, Dan Snyder ’88 is a medical scientific manager for Allergan, Inc.  They have three children.  She is looking forward to the reunion!
  • Gregg “Gooch” Goedde has been promoted to vice president of ABC Bus Leasing Inc.
  • Dr. James "Carter" Cartreine is a Harvard Medical School research psychologist leading a team who is developing a self-guided, multimedia program that will assist astronauts to recognize and manage depression and other psychosocial problems.
  • Vicki Erdman Schaefers has been working at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota focusing on childhood cancer survivors for over 20 years now.  She is married with three children.
  • Kristine Engdahl Deyo is a supervisor in the Complex Case Management department of HealthPartners in Bloomington.
  • KARE 11 selected Orono High School Head Coach Jeff “Wheels” Weiland as the “Metro Football Coach of the Year.”  His team went 11-1 this year, losing only after reaching the state semifinal.  Jeff has been the head coach at Orono for the past seven seasons.  He was on the reunion committee and will certainly be at the reunion!
  • Katie Holm Setterlund of Alma, MI is now working as an insurance agent.
  • Tom Harjes is still working as a CPA (specializing in divorce litigation).  Cheryl (Burman) Harjes is focused on being a mom, doing tons of volunteering, and is already starting to look at colleges for their three kids.

See you at the reunion!

Mike Dueber

1989 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.

A Walk in the Arb

As part of Homecoming Weekend, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on that Saturday, October 10.  Come enjoy a guided hike through the arboretum and browse its many beautiful flower gardens and tree collections.  Maple trees will be in their fall peak this weekend.  Master Gardeners and tree care experts will be available to address your questions and concerns, so bring a branch!  Bring your kids (accompanied by an adult) for a hayride through the arboretum.  Have a look at this year’s scarecrows around the Borgeson cabin!  Enjoy cookies and lemonade, purchase an arboretum t-shirt.  There will be books available for purchasing and signing by two local authors, Jan Dunlap (Birder Murder Mysteries) and Jim Gilbert (Minnesota Nature Notes).  Join Us!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.

Upcoming speakers:

President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21

Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18

Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16

Upcoming Events

  • Nobel Conference:  H²0 Uncertain Resource – October 6-7, 2009
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 9-10, 2009
  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair