Class of '91
March 2003

Greetings Gusties!

            As I write from an ice-bound hill in Indiana, Gustavus continues to be hot, hot, hot.  The presidential search continues and has made good progress (and no doubt by the time you read this, the decision will have been made).  It is, no doubt, an exciting time to be at Gustavus, as the process of searching for a new president has inspired new conversations on the true mission of Gustavus and how to achieve it.  It is clear from the mission statement that Gustavus intends to maintain its commitment to faith and learning while striving to become a better institution academically.  If you’re interested, there is a link on the main Gustavus page that documents the party line about faith and learning.  If you’ve any thoughts on the matter, Gustavus now has online discussion groups at Hellowalk.  In fact, I just started a new discussion topic about “faith and learning.”  If you’ve never been on Hellowalk before, you need to create a login and password and then navigate through the various levels.  The major downside to the current design, is that you don’t receive notification of responses to topics other than the response written directly after your own.  That is, you need to go back and periodically check for any activity.

            If you live near Gustavus, I hope that you take advantage of the cultural activities available to you.  The sports teams have been doing particularly well this season.  As of February 6th, the gymnastics team is unbeaten, women’s basketball has only one loss, and men’s hockey has won the last nine of ten games.  For more information see the Gustie sports page.  Garrison Keillor will be broadcasting live from Gustavus on April 12th from the Lund Center Arena.  Tickets are available after March 1st from Ticketmaster at (612) 673-0404.

            If you live outside of Minnesota, there have been and will be alumni events this spring in Naples, FL (Feb. 22nd), Vero Beach, FL (Feb. 23rd), San Diego, CA (March 1st), Tucson, AZ (March 14th), Phoenix, AZ (March 15th), Sun City, AZ (March 16th), San Francisco, CA (April 4th), and Seattle, WA (April 5th).

            If you live in with Minnesota there is a “Building Bridges” Conference at Gustavus including a reunion lunch from the PanAfrikan Student Organization, Asian Cultures Club, and Queers & Allies (March 15th), and an alumni event in Duluth (April 10th).     

Class News

Here is some news about our classmates sent by you.  We would love to have more contributions to this section, so please send info, comments and news to  Sending to this email address sends copies to both Kim, me, and the Alumni Office.

Erica Martin Austrums and Tim Austrums ’90, Edina, MN, are the proud parents of Emily (5 years old) and Elizabeth (3 years old).

Jaren L. Johnson is an attorney at Meagher & Geer, PLLP, in Minneapolis.

Amy Boyum Carlson and Eric Carlson welcomed daughter, Emily Grace, to the world on 01/01/2002.

Mike Novak and his wife, Karina, had a baby boy, Jack Michael Novak, on 11/11/02.

Heather Muster, M.D., is currently working with the United States Renal Data System in Minneapolis, and after this year will be starting a nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

From LeAnn (Gustafson) Lyon:  “Here's a little news I'd like to share.  I'm not sure if our second daughter’s birth was reported...Malin (yes, a Swedish name) was born July 18, 2001.  Both our daughters are being raised bi-lingually in Swedish and English.  I started a new career this past October as a financial aid advisor at High Tech Institute, in Minneapolis.  I also remain director of marketing for our family business,, a health and bio-energetic wellness company.”

From Kari Adolphson Crawley:  “I would like to let you all know that my husband, Lyle, and I (currently living in Hudson, WI) were blessed with the birth of a son, Keaton Jensen Crawley on October 12, 2001.  Also, because I did not see the "news" of our older son printed, I will report it again—Cooper Adolphson Crawley was born to us on April 29, 1999.”

From Anna (Bittner) Quam:  “I am currently teaching second grade at Jackson Park Elementary in Bremerton, WA.  I also had a baby girl January 3, 2001 (yes, I know it's late, but better late than never).  Her name is Abigail Hope.”

From Julie Ring Stewart:  “I am currently an assistant teacher for a primary classroom (3-6 year olds) at DCS Montessori school in Castle Pines North, Colorado where both of our children (Cole - 6 and Mackenzie - 9) also attend.  I also teach tennis a bit during the summers…I was just recently at Gustavus last weekend for a classmate’s wedding and it all looked great with so many new improvements since we were there!”

Your class agents,

Kim Osland and Christopher Tillquist

P.S.  Now for some news from campus:

New President of Gustavus Named

Dr. James Peterson '64, president and CEO of the Science Museum in St. Paul, MN, has been named the 14th president of Gustavus Adolphus College.  You may read about the president at:

Our Building a Greater Gustavus Campaign Success Interpreted

There are many questions among alumni, students and parents about the College’s financial situation.  People hear of our success in the capital campaign and ask, “How come the budget is so tight and some items are being cut?” 

One might look at an $80 million total to date of the $100 million goal and conclude that we have plenty of spendable resources.  A closer look at the designations of our campaign gift and pledges hopefully provides a helpful explanation.  During the past 5 years of this 6 ½ year campaign:

$23 million has been given for post-tornado rebuilding projects, including the Jackson Campus Center, the new outdoor track, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, a new residence hall and the replanting of trees.  As I’ve already reported, another $1 million has been designated for Old Main renovation.

$24 million has been committed to us in the form of “future gift” commitments.  These are typically planned gifts that provide an income to the donor, or they are bequest commitments.   In either case, these are not dollars that are available for the College to use at this time.  However, they hold great promise for the future.

$16 million has been given to the College’s endowment fund to support scholarships, academic chairs and other programs.  While our endowment is significantly below that of our comparison schools, we must continue our progress toward increasing that number well beyond the end of this particular campaign. 

$8 million has been received as restricted dollars for various programs such as the Center for Vocational Reflection funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

$8 million – approximately $1.5 million per year – has been received without restriction.   These are the only dollars raised during the course of the campaign available for use in the College’s $60 million annual operating budget.  Herein lie the concerns related to our present budget challenge and where you can make the greatest impact.  We are in the second year of the three-year 50 by 50 Campaign.  The goal is to achieve 50 percent participation of all alumni in the Alumni Fund by the 50th Anniversary in 2004.  Our class totals through January 31, 2002 are 66 donors and $ 10,545.37 in total gifts.  Our goal is to achieve 205 donors by May 31, 2003.  Thanks to those that have made their gift.  If you have not made your gift yet, please respond to the next mailing, log on to, or call toll free 866-487-3863.  Remember, while we were students, we benefited from alumni who made gifts to the alumni fund.  Let’s do our part to help future Gusties.