Class of '90
February 2007

Greetings class of 1990!

On behalf of my fellow agents, Anne Miller and Dan Michel, I want to say how enthusiastic we are about joining Scott Nelson as your new class agents.  We are full of the Gustie spirit (seriously, we bleed gold and black) and ready to do our best to help keep you connected with the college, remind us all of what a fantastic place of higher learning we all have in common and perhaps most importantly help each of us stay connected with our fellow classmates.

Where to begin?  Since I was told I could say whatever I wanted―you should all be pretty nervous―just kidding.  There are a million things I could tell you like how incredibly interesting, inspiring and educational it’s been to be a member of the alumni board for the past four years.  I went from sending in the occasional donation and reading the occasional class letter to having a deep appreciation of how fortunate we were to be able to attend and be a part of Gustavus.

Don’t worry, I won’t drone on.  I’m just going to say that the class of 1990 is an outstanding group of people and one that I hope we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from in the future!

I’ve enclosed the most recent updates on our classmates that we’ve received but please let us know what you’re up to.  Everyone is dying to know!

Thank you and let us know how we can help you become connected/reconnected with your alma mater and your fellow classmates.


  • Clara Westberg and Karl Rusch ‘91 are engaged to be married in White Bear Lake on June 3, 2007.
  • Lynn Botten Baldus is a kindergarten teacher in the Grand Meadow school district.
  • Maureen McGinnis Ryan and her husband, Matt, welcomed a daughter named Grace on July 22, 2006.  Maureen and her family live in Prescott, Wisconsin.
  • Kai Gutzeit and his wife, Nathalie, welcomed a son named, Emile Alain, on March 15, 2003.  Kai and his family live in Kiedrich, Germany.
  • Amanda Peters Tenwinkel and her husband, William, welcomed their son, John William, on May 2, 2006.  Amanda and her family live in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • Nicolet Luhman Berkey and her husband, John, welcomed their son, Peter James, on August 31, 2006.
  • Doug Mostrom is a national service sales manager for QSP Reader’s Digest in Newark, Delaware.
  • Chris Olson is Midwest regional sales manager for Bayer Healthcare – Diabetes Divison.  His wife, Leisha Johnson Olson, is a toxicology laboratory technologist for Mayo Medical Foundation.
  • Kristin Oberstar Baumgard is a music teacher for the Rochester public schools in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Chris Marshall is field editor for Woodworker’s Journal and is also a freelance writer.  His wife, Amy Jessen-Marshall ’91 is associate professor and chair, integrative studies for Otterbein College.
  • Anne Miller is a contract FDA lawyer for Medtronic.
  • Liesl Batz is senior consultant for the executive search firm, GF Parish Group in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • Dan Michel is the webmaster for America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization located in Chicago.
  • Scott Nelson is chief operating officer for Deephaven Capital Management.

And now the update from the Gustavus Alumni Office…


Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.  Greater Gustavus AwardGiven to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:  Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74

Distinguished Alumni CitationsRecognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement

Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.

First Decade AwardsRecognizes early professional achievement

Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.

Energy Wars

Minnesota colleges and universities competed during February in the Campus Energy Wars.  The Campus Energy Wars challenge was to see which campus conserved the most energy throughout the month.  Gustavus students and faculty made a concerted effort to change their behaviors by turning off unused lights in their dorm rooms or classrooms, unplugging appliances, and lowering thermostats to reduce energy consumption.  The culminating event was a campus competition to pedal stationary bicycles to see who could pump the most energy into an electrical generator supplied by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Linnaeus Symposium Celebrates Birth of Carl Linnaeus

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who established genus/species used today, Gustavus will host its second Linnaeus Symposium: Linnaeus @ 300 on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.  The daylong conference will feature presentations by ethnobotanists, Mark Plotkin and Paul Alan Cox, Linnaean scholar and impersonator Hans Odoo, and author Paula Robbins, who has written about Pehr Kalm, one of Linnaeus’s “apostles” to America.  The day will also include tours of Linnaeus Arboretum, a special photography exhibition by Anders Bjorling ’58, music, dance, and a Scandinavian feast.  The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m., so save the date and join us at Gustavus this spring.  For more information, go to <> or call 507/933-6181.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Linnaeus Symposium - April 25
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations – April 28
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Community Food Security - May 2
  • Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion  - May 11-12 <>
  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26

Go Gusties!

Liesl Batz

1990 Co-class agent