Class of '90
November 2007

Dear Class of 1990,

I cannot believe that the holidays are here already.

Remember when we were at Gustavus during the holidays?  Christmas in Christ Chapel, St. Lucia Day, the excitement of the semester ending―even the holiday decorations in the cafeteria gave us the signals we were part of a joyful experience.

According to surveys of current Gustavus students, the number one reason that people choose Gustavus is “a feeling.”  Think about when you had that feeling and think about the people who helped you have that joyful experience.

The holidays are all about sharing…a shared experience with family and friends.  Please consider sharing the experience you had at Gustavus by giving a gift to the Alumni Fund―a great gift to pass on this holiday season.

Last year, 123 members of the class of 1990 gave to the Alumni Fund―this is almost one quarter of our class!  Our goal for this year is a 50% increase in total class participation.

Please let your holiday spirit share the joyful experience of Gustavus with our future fellow Gusties.  Thank you to all class members who have given this past year.  I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season and blessed new year.


Dan Michel

1990 Co-Class Agent

P.S.  You can find out about many different giving options at:


Our classmate, Amy Benson, passed away.  She was living in Minneapolis and employed by Fingerhut Corp. prior to her death.  Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Amy is the third passing our class has had following the deaths of Marilisa Nelson and Marla Menk Bender.


Dan ’91 and Shair (Pernu) Frost had a daughter, Airis.

Amanda Peters Tenwinkel and her husband, William, had a boy, John, on May 2, 2006.

James and Shari (Zeiszler) McGuire had a boy, Trevor on April 13, 2007.


Linda Achterhof Davis is development director for the American Lung Association of Rhode Island.

Doug Clapp is a project engineer with Moltz Construction in Loveland, CO.

Eric Hemme is a public sector portfolio sales executive with Unisys Corp. in Eagan.

Eric Reinicke is a partner in the law firm Day & Reinicke, LLP in Lancaster, WI.


Maria Kreie Arago is a teacher with the St. Louis Park District…Doug Dittbenner is an account manager for McGraw-Hill Construction…Susan Goehl Hemme is an infertility consultant and educator…Dan “Troll” Homstad has been a public defender for 14 years, runs marathons, and has two published novels…Carla Melgeorge Koch has taken over her family business, Melgeorge’s Elephant Lake Lodge in Orr, MN…Darin Luehrs is a teacher at Columbia Heights High School…Jodi Erickson Luehrs is a senior occupational therapist at Park Nicollet in St. Louis Park….Dan Michel finished the 2007 Chicago Marathon (his fourth marathon) in 90 degree temperature…Shari Zeiszler McGuire is an assistant vice president in information technology at Wells Fargo.


Margaret Anderson Kelliher received the Greater Gustavus Alumni Award.  She is currently the Minnesota Speaker of the House of Representatives.  (Margaret will be the guest speaker at the next Twin Cities Gustie breakfast, see campus news below.)


President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, December 19

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Annual Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus