Class of '91
December 2005

15-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Dear Class of 1991,

It’s that time of year...with Thanksgiving now behind us; the sometimes-hurried rush of Christmas is ahead of us.  It’s not too often that we even have the time to sit down and read a class letter.  As much as this is a time to connect with the people from whom we only hear but once a year, make this your letter to read to feel once again connected to the school you called home some 15 years ago.  Can you believe that 15 years ago we were now having angst about our upcoming finals?  Now we have a whole different set of deadlines.

You will be getting a call from one of us, your 15-year reunion committee; letting you know about the Gustavus Fund, asking for donations; telling you about the upcoming festivities for our 15-year reunion; and getting the latest updates in your life.

  1. Our class goal is to donate $30,000.  With our class size, that is approximately $50 per person this year.  It would be great to be able to make this goal and we can with your help.
  2. October 7, 2006 – Save the Date!  This is reunion weekend and our class will be having a ‘tailgate’ BBQ lunch in The Dive before the game and a happy hour after the game, also in The Dive.  Mark your calendars now and plan on coming!  It should be a fun day to catch up with one another.  More details will be forth coming.  Make sure you update us with your e-mail addresses as this is how much of the information will be communicated.
  3. Give us updates on your life events.  You all know that the one thing you read when you get the Quarterly is news from our class.  So please give us your updates so we can make sure this information gets included.

News From The Hill―

Class of 2009

This year’s freshman class is 705 strong, the largest in college history.  They are also one of the brightest and most diverse classes ever.   Sixty-three percent of the class ranked in the top 20% of their class vs. 50% in 2004 with 21.4% coming from outside Minnesota.  The class has won awards in music, theater, speech, debate and athletics.  Sounds like a class that the college and we should be very proud of.  Tuition, room and board is up to $30,920 this year, but is still a bargain compared with some other schools in the MIAC:  St. Olaf at $32,800, Macalester at $36,500 and Carleton at $40,467.

The face of Gustavus continues to change and improve.  The renovation of Old Main has been completed.  Wahlstrom is no longer, and has been cleared to make room for a new dorm.  The Fine Arts building and the Chapel have installed air conditioning and as President Peterson said “It’s once again “cool” to attend Chapel.”

New Football Field - projected for the fall of 2007.  Sited to the west of Lund Center, the new synthetic stadium field will be recessed below ground level and feature an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  Spectators will enter the stadium through an arched entryway and may circle the entire stadium via a concrete walkway located on top of the earthen berm.  The berm will provide ample space for people to be seated informally on grass to watch festivities.

Additional courts were added this summer to the outdoor Brown Tennis Court site so there are now a total of 12 outdoor and 6 in the bubble.  Still on campus are the Gibbs (9) and South (3) courts.

Scholarships go to five 2005 Gustavus student athletes; Pete Schwingler (tennis), Nichole Petersen (track and field), Rachel Batalden (volleyball), Amanda Parker (gymnastics) and Kristi Schneider (track and field) were recently selected to receive postgraduate scholarships from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  They are among 58 student athletes that competed in a spring sport in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III who will receive a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship.  Gustavus was one of only two institutions in the entire NCAA (the other was Willamette University) to have five student athletes receive scholarships this spring.  Gustavus is second in the nation for postgraduate scholarships.

Nobel Conference – This past October, the college completed its 41st conference on “The Legacy of Einstein.”  They had a panel consisting of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein's greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein's discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.

Host Student Interns - The Gustavus Internship Program is seeking additional internship opportunities for current students.  There is specific need in the areas of language arts, visual arts, geology, and non-profit organizations.  Participants may choose fall semester, spring semester, and summer internships, or January Term Career Exploration.  This is open to organizations throughout the country.  Students appreciate housing and/or a stipend.  To find out more information, contact the Career Center at:

The Gustavus community lost one of its very best ambassadors of goodwill, and a great friend of many, many Gusties through the years.  Evelyn Sponberg Young, died at her home on September 29, 2005 at the age of 93.  Young graduated from Gustavus with a teaching degree in 1933 and taught English in several schools in southern Minnesota.  She returned to the campus in 1949 and became director of the College's dining service when her husband Gus Young was named men's basketball coach.  A memorial service will be held at Gustavus on the afternoon of St. Lucia Day, December 8.

New Interim Deans―As you may know, John Mosbo, Dean of Faculty and VP of Academic Affairs resigned.  President Peterson has installed three new interim deans:  Eric Eliason – humanities and social sciences, Cindy Johnson Groh – natural sciences and education, and Mariangela Maguire – fine arts.  Their mission is to provide smooth functioning of regular activities and to develop an academic plan to help set priorities for the future.

Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign - The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Jan Ledin Michaletz ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08 have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goal is to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the Alumni Fund is intended to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.  "When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year," encourages Jan Ledin Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.

Cec Eckhoff Society - Most alumni believe in contributing to the Alumni Fund.  To honor the former vice president of alumni relations, Cec Eckhoff ’56, who built the tradition of alumni giving, the Cec Eckhoff Society was established.  This society recognizes individuals who make an ongoing annual pledge of commitment to the Alumni Fund and is tied solely to continuous annual support and not to any specific giving level.  To give your gift, go to: and mark the Cec Eckhoff Society box to join.

This is a great time for all of us to consider giving a first time or special gift in honor of our class and our 15-year reunion!

1991 Class News―

  • Dana Wendorff Amdahl, Albany, MN, teaches English and coaches speech and drama in the Albany School District.
  • Natalie Briggs Carlson, Austin, TX, is a performance consultant for Seton Health Care Network.
  • Joseph Dalluge, Waverly, MN, is a research chemist at Cargill.
  • John Daugherty, Buffalo, MN, is an equity trader for Craig-Hallum Capital Group.
  • Julie Niessen Daugherty, Buffalo, MN, is project manager for Roger W. Staehle, Ph.D.
  • Dan Eckhoff, Sioux City, IA, is funeral director/COO/partner at Christy-Smith Funeral Home.
  • Michael Engwall, Robbinsdale, MN, works for Calhoun Beach Club in Minneapolis as an advisor and his wife, Julie, works for Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis.
  • Tim Gust, Luverne, MN, has two girls, a kindergartner and a second grader.
  • Terri Rotert Goebel, St. Peter, MN, is property manager at Fisher Management Company.
  • Gordy Gutowsky, Wayzata, MN, is a self-employed financial advisor.
  • Lisa Bang Hoffman, Lincoln, NE, received the Distinguished Artist Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.
  • Jaren Johnson, Savage, MN, is president/attorney for BenePartum Law Group, PA, a small law firm catering to the needs of real estate developers and small business owners.
  • Gwen Kuhns Krueger, New Richland, MN, teaches kindergarten at Hartley Elementary.
  • Scott Ostermann, Amboy, MN, works in Mankato as a controller for North Star Aviation.
  • Pat and Molly Harris Powers, Hudson, WI, have three-year-old twins.
  • Anna Bittner Quam, Silverdale, WA, is a first-grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary.
  • Andy Schultz, Lakeville, MN, is a meteorologist for Northwest Airlines Inc.
  • LeAnne Schoen Schumacher, Plymouth, MN, is an educational speech clinician in the Wayzata School District.
  • Brian Silus, Wayzata, MN, is a tax compliance manager at Stellent, Inc.
  • Kristine Stamps, Minneapolis, MN – Within the last year has moved from Colorado to Minneapolis and continues to work for Qwest.
  • Jennifer Tammi, Brooklyn, NY, is a graduate student at Columbia University.
  • Renee Vande Hoef, Downingtown, PA, is the national program manager for GMI.
  • Pamela Stuedemann Warren, Wausau, WI, a certified athletic trainer, works for Sport and Spine Clinic and Marathon High School.
  • R. Todd Woolf, Lino Lakes, MN, is a finance manager at Target Corp.
  • Elianna, to Erica Martin Austrums and Tim Austrums ’90, 3/22/04.
  • Charles, to Marie Brown Dammann and Guy Dammann, 1/8/05.
  • Benjamin, to David Karrow and Lisa Karrow, 12/30/04.
  • Sean, to Larisa Janners Lahey and James Lahey, 4/17/05.
  • Dylan Gerald, to Suzy Ericksen Lempe and G. J. Lempe, 1/21/05
  • Kate, to Lisa Tollman Perbix and Jay Perbix ’90, 10/31/04.
  • Cole Steven, to Jane Zabel Talus and Steve Talus ’86, 6/22/05.
  • Hannah Kathryn, to Renè Roth Zar and David Zar, 3/30/05

In closing, it has been a pleasure to connect with you again and to share what is going on at Gustavus.  The 15-year reunion planning committee will be hard at work for what I know will be a memorable event.  Over the next several months, we hope to have the opportunity to reach out to everyone in the class personally to tell you more about the reunion plans and to catch up on what has been going on with you since graduation.  Your 15-year reunion committee is:

Pam Twernbold Iverson

Michele Kewitsch Johnson

Kim Osland

Stephanie Wilkinson Reddington

Steven Ritz

Julie Ring Stewart

Christopher Tillquist

Lance Wiborg

Dan Woodside

I hope to talk with you soon.

Stephanie Wilkinson Reddington

1991 Reunion Committee Member