Class of '90
May 2009

Dear Fellow Classmates―

After a long winter, spring is finally here.  On campus, the largest class in Gustavus history (over 600) is about to receive their hard-earned diplomas.  Remember feeling the excitement and uncertainty of the week before graduating?  Remember graduation day―we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day?  There are probably also moments of senior week that you don’t remember as well.

The end of the school year also marks the end of the fiscal year and there are only four days left!  The Gustavus Annual Fund has an aggressive goal of engaging 8,000 alumni to help support the school we all love.  It’s not about how much is given, but showing that you believe in the work Gustavus is doing to help the future.

There is also matching grant for all donations given before May 31!  Visit to make a quick online gift and take advantage of doubling your impact.

I am excited to share with you some exciting news.  We had the first meeting of our 20-year reunion committee.  Please contact your class agents and any committee member for ideas about what you want to see at the reunion in October, 2010.

Listed below are the preliminary members of the Class of 1990 reunion committee.

Sherra Eckloff Buckley

Annette Johnson Engeldinger

Gwen Gorres Gierke

Paula Montague Howard

Dan Homstad

Jim Loe

Jennifer Winters Meagher

Rich Mills

Kristin Berndt Moline

Jolee Halstrom Molitor

Mary Sutherland Ryerse

Ada Farnell Suneson

Tera Johnson White

On behalf of my fellow class agents, Liesl Batz, Anne Miller and Scott Nelson, we hope to see all of you soon.


Dan Michel

1990 Co-class Agent


  • Paul Boschee is busy with his daughter, Alexandra, and his work (most interesting title award here) as a molecular sales specialist.
  • Congratulations to Steve Buterin and his wife, Jennifer, on the birth of their daughter, Betty Rose in July 2008.
  • Mark Donald is a pastor and has a congregation in Billings, MT at First English Lutheran Church.
  • Congratulations to Jeff Drake, principal at Battle Lake Schools, who was named Minnesota’s 2009 Principal of the Year!  Jeff and Amy (Leff ’91) live in Richville, MN.
  • Congratulations to Tammy Meese Duffy on receiving her master’s in health education.  She is using that education at the Prince William County Public School in Manassas, VA.
  • John Heller is in Playa Del Rey, CA working with Cathay Wealth Management.
  • Lon and Mandy (Lind ’91) Larson live in Ham Lake, MN.  Lon works at Boston Scientific in human resources.  Mandy is a regulatory affairs associate for Guidant Corporation.
  • Keep your thoughts with Jennifer Winters Meagher as she works through her dissertation in educational leadership at St. Mary’s University.
  • Jerry and Tari (Johnson) Neppl live in Hunt Valley, MD.  Jerry works with DuraBante in business development and Tari works at G14-40 as a project manager.
  • Congratulations to Anthony Porthan and his wife, Janae (Brekke ’91), on the birth of their daughter, Mabel in September 2008.
  • Jay Skone has started his own business called Hitching Post of Ocala.  We wish him lots of luck and check it out if you are in Ocala, FL.
  • Mark Smith works with (U.S. College Hockey Online).
  • Ann Bonde Wheaton is a clinical/outpatient therapist for Sioux Falls Mental Health Center in New Ulm, MN.


Commission Gustavus 150

In April, the eight Commission Gustavus 150 Task Forces finished meeting and completed recommendation drafting as part of the strategic planning process.  Starting next week, all recommendations will be posted on a secured website for employees, students, and alumni to provide input regarding the level of importance for each recommendation.  This information will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their August meeting to set priorities for action and funding.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.

“Come on you Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  All Gusties are welcome and invited to the breakfasts which are held the third Wednesday of each month.  The next date will be Wednesday, June 17, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Our speaker will be Tom Emmert, professor of history.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.  Other upcoming summer breakfasts include, Byron Nordstrom, retiring professor of history and Scandinavian Studies, on July 15; and Megan Ruble, director of student activities, and Mim Kagol, Gustavus Library Associates, on the Reading In Common program, on August 19.

Faculty/Administrator Service Dinner

Gustavus honored retiring faculty John Bungum, professor of economics and management; Dennis Henry, professor of physics; Steve Hogberg, gift planner; Byron Nordstrom, professor of history and Scandinavian studies; Tom Thorkelson; men’s and women’s track coach, strength coach, and Lund Center special events coordinator, Edi Thorstensson; visiting instructor and academic librarian, and Steve Wilkinson; men’s tennis coach, and other faculty and administrators for their years of service at a May 21 banquet on campus.

Women’s Softball

The Gustavus Adolphus College softball team saw its dream season come to an end after a 4-2 loss to Coe College on Monday afternoon in Montclair, New Jersey. The Kohawks scored a pair of runs in the late innings to break a 2-2 tie to grab a 4-2 lead. However, the Gusties put runners in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to pick up key hits to move them around. Gustavus, which received the third place trophy, finished the season with the program's first 40-win campaign at 42-9.

Gustavus Tennis

Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis earned its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Team Championship Finals but saw its season come to an end after suffering a 5-3 loss to Washington University in the NCAA quarterfinal round on Tuesday morning.  The NCAA Championship is being hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. The Gusties finish the season at 27-9, while the Bears improved to 22-2.

The 13th-ranked Gustavus women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals with a 5-0 win over Wheaton College, but saw its season come to an end with a 5-0 loss to top-ranked Amherst College in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships in Lawrenceville, Georgia.