Class of '90
October 1998

Greetings, Gusties!

Many of you have probably returned to campus over the past few months, since the tornado in March. If your return was in the last few weeks you know about the latest happenings. Obviously, the campus itself looks very different as a result of the tornado. Johnson Hall has been removed, many trees are gone, and several of the campus houses are also gone.

But, there are many places on campus where exciting new changes are happening. The new campus center building has begun construction. Eventually, this will replace the old cafeteria/student union building. A new Collegeview apartment building overlooks the west side of campus, and new trees and landscaping have made a colorful addition all around campus.

Changes are happening in the Annual Fund office (newly renamed The Gustavus Fund office) as well. Please read the enclosed materials about the new Gustavus Fund (formerly called the Annual Fund). In addition, a Gustavus student will most likely contact you this year as part of the new Gus Link program to encourage your gift to Gustavus. Ask them about what is happening on campus, and please consider generously supporting the life of Gustavus.

Andrea Crockett Sticha
4515 Aldrich Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Tod Deming
7500 Edinborough Way #3306
Edina, MN 55435
Bruce Ensrud
5529 Knox Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • Connie Thunhorst married Grant Scheibe on 5/23/98
  • Jennifer Olson Grados married Manuel Grados on 6/20/97
  • Linda Achterhof Davis married James Davis on 10/25/97
  • Michael Regnier married Michelle Regnier on 8/15/98
  • Deborah Johnson and Mark Hanson ‘83 had a baby girl named Annika Johnson on 4/01/98
  • Julie Myhre Anderson and William Anderson ‘89 had a baby girl named Christina Lauren Anderson on 7/16/97
  • Tim ’91 and Karis Rieke Gust had a baby girl named Tatiana Josette Gust on 9/23/97
  • Tera Johnson White and Jay White ‘88 have added a new black lab named Buca to their family
  • Matthew and Lisa Churchill Plowman had a baby boy named Brandon Plowman on 9/29/96
  • Craig Lamp and his wife, Bobbi, had a baby girl named Madisen Seville Lamp on 11/17/97
  • Linda Achterhof Davis and her husband, James, were expecting their first child on 6/9/98
  • Jon Seamon and his wife, Patti, had a baby boy named David Seamon on 3/31/97
  • Kim Clothier Kiecker and her husband, Bill, have two children. Katelyn Therese Kiecker was born 3/02/96 and Thomas Karl Kiecker was born 9/03/97
  • Charity Bell Harvala and her husband, Andrew, had a baby girl named Madison "Maddie" Claire Harvala on 1/04/98
  • Jeff and Amy (Leff ’91) Drake ‘91 have a new Irish Setter named Autumn
  • Julie Myhre Anderson is a materials engineering quality specialist at Assured Label, Inc.
  • Tim Gust is vice president of operations/ business development for Aufderworld Corporation
  • Tera Johnson White is an occupational therapist with Resurrection Health Care System.
  • Matthew Plowman is an insurance investigator for Commercial Adjusting Services, Inc. with a focus on fraud prevention.
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher announced that she will seek the DFL endorsement for the House of Representatives in District 60A.
  • Paul Bruning is the head athletic trainer for Gustavus.
  • Craig Lamp is working for KPMG.
  • Myra Sandquist is an art teacher, specializing in photography, ceramics and painting at New Prague High School. She is also teaching at the elementary school.
  • Linda Achterhof Davis is an Independent Marketing Consultant in Providence, RI.
  • Scott Blomberg is a scientist for Diametrics Medical, Inc. in Roseville, MN.
  • Mary Blomberg completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of WI-Madison in June, 1998. She is working at Park Nicollet Clinic in St. Louis Park, MN.
  • Tonia Von Ohlen is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois
  • Melissa Bruninga Matteau is a production liaison for Insty Prints
  • Jennifer Jedlicki Bennett is a psychologist and care manager at MCC Behavioral Care
  • Charity Bell Harvala is a 4th grade teacher in the Minneapolis Public School system and lives in St. Louis Park.
  • Kai Peterson Gutzeit is a Channel sales manager for Hughes Olivetti Telekom in Germany.
  • Eric Peterson works for Swift County Implement.
  • Pam Carle is a manager of special projects at National Youth Leadership Council.
  • Anthony Severt has begun his fifth and final year of residency in radiology on July 1, 1998 at the University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Roberta Wallin Sjodin is an accountant for Buca Inc.
  • Laura Bonkoski Nixon received her MAT and is teaching sixth grade.
  • Mary Sutherland Ryerse is the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Mt. Spokan High School
  • Jeff Drake is working as a counselor at Hastings High School.
  • Kurt Gabrielson is finishing anesthesia school
  • Amy Samelian is enrolled in Minnesota’s First Career Development Facilitator Certification Training Program held at Normandale Community College
  • Kevin and Kari (Strusz91) Wartick have moved to Lakeville, MN
  • Connie Thunhorst and Grant Scheibe are living in Belleville, MI.
  • Tera (Johnson) and Jay ’88 White ‘are living in Evanston, IL.
  • This is a message for Connie Meschke: Kia Peterson Gutzeit really wants to get a hold of you. You can Email her at:
  • Christine Cunningham rode in the GTE BIG RIDE to benefit the American Lung Association. The ride was from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC - 3000 miles and took 6 1/2 weeks.

Campus News:

The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.

What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.

Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus. In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies.

National Rankings

US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.

US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.

Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include: Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Good company, indeed.

Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.

Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.

The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!

Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo, Feb. 20; Seattle, March 5; San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.