Class of ’89
November 2010

Greetings Gustavus Class of 1989

Duebs here again and since it’s been a while, for this letter, I’d like to start you out with a song.

Sung to the “Gustie Rouser”!

Hey 89’ers, read on read on,

Our class letter for fall of 20-10.

Hey 89’ers, hope all is well,

We’d love to hear from you again.

Gusties will shine tonight, Gusties will shine!

The alumni are great, especially those from’89!

Gusties will shine tonight, Gusties will shine!

Beat 'em, Bust 'em, That's our custom!  Gusties will shine!

PLEASE send in anything that you’d like to share with the class.  Let’s face it−that’s the best part of any class letter.  We really ARE interested and just aren’t getting many updates.  You’re exciting people!  You can mail, email, or submit your news online here:  Or you can write to both the Alumni Office and us class agents by sending news to:

I’m lucky enough to get down to sunny St. Pete at least a few times every year.  I was just back for homecoming and hung out with the class of ’90.  It was a great day and a fantastic time!  The campus looked fantastic, as usual, and it was great to see the amazing progress being made on the new building.

Are any of you interested in helping out as a class agent?  How about being a guest writer for one of our class letters?  We can use any help you can offer.  Anyone…anyone?!?!?!  Bueller?  I can fill you in with any details or help with questions at

Remember the Gustavus Class of 1989 Facebook group (called, creatively “Gustavus 1989”) is still up and running.  Please post questions, comments, etc. out there anytime.  I posted the following question I received from a Sesquicentennial researcher in the President's office:

“Could you please share with me any Gustie lingo you remember from your time as a student here?  I am compiling these words with the current popular lingo to see how it has changed over time.  For example, what did you call the Library, or the Dining Room?”

Things that first came to my mind were The Rocks, The Flame, The Nic, Co-ed, The Barn, The Dive, Lemon Butterfish…etc.  Feel free to comment on the Facebook group post or email me with any terms and definitions at and I’ll pass them along.

The reunion Facebook group is still up too, named “Gustavus Class of ʼ89−20 Year Reunion” if you want to post or look at photos from last year.

Mike Dueber

1989 Co-class Agent

Many thanks to Francine Pawelk Mocchi for pulling together the old and new news below!


Good news for those who want to find a way to relax or just enjoy a good cup of tea; one of our own is bringing rich tea to American cups.  Laura Moran has opened her own tea company in Chicago called LIIF Tea.  Check out her website at  Good luck to Laura on her new venture; show your support and check out her website.

Speaking of the internet, John West is now senior manager of eBusiness at Jostens.  Hard to believe that many of us will be purchasing our kids’ class rings in the next few years; seems like just yesterday I bought my G-Rring (Ok….my parents bought my G-Ring).More good news to those with either bad teeth or pets (or both?). 

One of our own has taken over as CEO at Patterson Companies, Inc.  Scottie Anderson is now the biggest of big wigs at Patterson who distributes dental products, veterinarian products and rehabilitation equipment.  We all should take a moment and thank Scott who should be well-equipped to assist our class in our alumni contributions.  Congratulations to Scott.

Congratulations goes out to Tom Bessinger who married Jennifer Henzel in May of 2008, (glad he didn’t rush to send us the good news!), and has moved into a new job as director of client relations at Runzheimer International at the end of 2009.  Congrats to Tom and his family.

Keith Jackson is also celebrating the birth of Eleanor Marie, born October 2, 2009; she is destined for greatness (she shares my birthday!).  Congrats to Keith and his wife Heidi.

Ross Bagge recently reported in that he and his wife, Juli, married in ’91, have two sons, and have settled in Watertown, MN.

Lisa Larsson has settled in Switzerland with her husband and two children, Max, age 9 and Alexandra, age 6.  Lisa sings professionally and those interested can check her out  She has performed at the Lincoln Center and in Milwaukee at a concert this past spring.


150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held October 5-6.  It explored the many levels of this question.  From our seven distinguished panelists we considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other.  Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered.  You can hear the talks online at:

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

Alumni Art Show

Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m.  This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.

“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 breakfasts include: Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010, “A Renaissance Nativity,” are available online.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.