Class of '90
October 2008

Greetings class of 1990!

Hard to believe classes at Gustavus have been in session for a month and Homecoming is here!  Dan, Anne and I were on campus for the Volunteer Leadership Meeting on September 13th and felt the familiar excitement of the new freshman class entering their first year at Gustavus, wide-eyed and a bit over stimulated and upper classmen catching up with one another after a summer away.

During the volunteer meeting we were fortunate to get a glimpse of the college’s new leadership as we heard from President Jack Ohle and Tom Young ’88 who has been named vice president of institutional advancement.  To say that President Ohle and Tom Young are enthusiastic about the future of the college and the role that the school’s alumni play in its future would be an understatement indeed!

We also heard from three current Gustavus students and from professors William Freiert (classics), Richard Leitch (political science) and Kristopher Kracht (forensics) about the role the alumni fund plays in ensuring that the best and the brightest are given every opportunity, not only to attend Gustavus, but to thrive as Gusties.  Their stories reminded us that being a Gustie extends far beyond the four years we spend at Gustavus; it’s also the legacy we leave behind by supporting today’s Gusties and those of the future by contributing to the alumni fund.

We also spent time planning our 20th reunion – only 2 years away!  Anyone who would like to join us as a member of the reunion committee is welcome to join by sending me an e-mail at:

As class agents, we are lucky enough to have an excuse to go back to campus once a year.  There’s nothing like being on campus to remind you of what a great place it is and how much the alumni of Gustavus have contributed to what it is today.  We encourage you to find a reason to go back!  Whether it’s a play, a football game, Nobel Conference, Christmas in Christ Chapel or just a trip down to see the fall colors of the arboretum, a trip back is a fantastic way to reconnect with the college.  For those of you too far a field to make the trip take a gander through one of your Gustavus yearbooks or an old Gribley!  At the very least, the hairstyles and fashion choices will provide some pretty serious comic relief.

Classmate Updates

  • Jerry Neppl of Hunt Valley, MD is vice president of business development for DuraBante, LLC
  • Mike Muedeking of Brighton, CO is a counselor for Horizon High School and was recently named a head coach for Fort Lupton High School
  • Greg Getchell of Vadnais Heights, MN is a product manager for Possis Medical
  • Carolyn Steele Husten of Stillwater, MN is regulatory affairs manager for Guidant Corporation
  • Jeff McBride of Elko, MN is claims manager for General Mills, Inc.
  • Joel Pederson of Logan, UT is associate professor of geology at Utah State University
  • Dan Homstad is an attorney for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Then on Saturday, a beautiful Homecoming day, Gustavus capped-off a four day celebration with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! an annual day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area was held on September 28.  It was a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and in no way was a fundraiser.  More information and pictures will be placed on the Alumni web page.  Check it out at:

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15

Don’t forget to send in your updates or e-mail them to the college at!  We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Go Gusties!

Liesl Batz

1990 Co-class agent