Class of '93
September 1999

Greetings Class of ’93!

Can you believe that ten years ago we were all starting our freshman year at Gustavus? It seems like yesterday that the biggest problems in our lives were making it to the Dive in time to get a good seat for Days and having to sacrifice our afternoon nap to catch Milli Vinilli on Oprah. What a difference ten years can make!

While I hope this letter finds you in good spirits, I must take a moment to make a disturbing announcement. Chris Carlson, affectionately known as "CC", has chosen to abdicate his role as Class Agent. Since Co-Agent Chris Olson (aka "Ole") cannot be expected to fulfill the duties of Class Agent alone, a replacement was sought. To keep things simple, fellow Class of ’93 Alumnus and Alumni Office employee (aka "Babs") decided to search for another "Chris" as a replacement. Rumor has it that Chris Olney was the front runner for the job, but it was decided that he simply had too much panache. Therefore, they have turned to me to fill the very large shoes of our beloved former class president. I will attempt to do my best!

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class, will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Nobel Conference XXXV, Genetics in the New Millennium is October 5 & 6. Conference information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly and the August issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 9. Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event. Contact the Alumni Office for more information.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibiton in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opens the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

As of June 1, 2000, the Career Center will destroy all credential files created on or before June 1, 1974. Credential files include letters of recommendation and/or student teacher evaluations. If you do not wish your file to be destroyed, please contact the Career Center by May 1, 2000, at 507-933-7586; fax 507-933-6277, or e-mail

And now for some news on our classmates! It was a busy summer for weddings, and below is a summary of those who have taken the plunge:

  • Stacey Schrock and Andy Simonett on January 2, 1999, who are living in Lakeville. (I realize that January is not in the summer, but I don’t believe this has been reported yet!)
  • Laura Skattum and Mark Boomgaarden on July 17, 1999, who are living in Eden Prairie.
  • Steph Zahrbock and Greg Loxtercamp on July 30, 1999, who are living in Portland, OR.
  • Sue Almen and Matthew Whittaker on July 10, 1999, who are living in Iowa City, IA.
  • Tia Albers and Edward Gruns on September 4, 1999, who are living in Mankato.
  • Brice Medin and Sharon Lager on July 31, 1999, who are living in Caledonia.
  • Brian Hanson and April Hadley on August 21, 1999, who are living somewhere in Minnesota. (If this date is incorrect, please blame my unreliable source, Jon Ketola!)
  • Kate Walker and Bjorn Westgard on August 21, 1999, who are living in Illinois.
  • Kari Heikes and Jim Easterly in September 1999, who are living in Westminster, CO.

There were babies everywhere this past spring/summer, and I was fortunate enough to meet most of them in person. The newest future Gusties are listed below:

  • Jenny Smalley Havemeier and Bruce Havemeier had Hannah Pauline on April 29, 1999. She does not like to sleep, but that does not surprise anyone who has ever shared a room with her mother. She (like her Mom!) makes up for it by being completely adorable!
  • Rhende Hillman Wilton and Dennis Wilton ’94 had Landen Reed on April 30, 1999. He was born with more blonde hair than we saw on campus our freshman year at Gustavus, but the big difference is it looks great on him! If I'm still single in 25 years….
  • Nayla Fakhoury Hatley and John Hatley had twin (yes, twin!) girls Maya Grace and Caroline Elise on May 6, 1999. I have not seen them yet, but rumor has it they look just like mom. The poor things, how will they ever survive?
  • Lisa Musich Valerius and Marc Valerius ’92 had Megan May in July 1999. I can’t decide if she looks like her mom or dad, but either way she is a complete doll! She joins brother Blake.
  • Tracey Safris Hoekstra and John Hoekstra had Charlie Swaine on July 3, 1999. I have not received a full report on this baby, but I am sure he is just as handsome as his older brother, Peyton!
  • Stay tuned for a future announcement on the birth of a new baby for Molly McCormick Lagerback and Per Lagerback sometime around October 15!

There is no new news on the professional lives of our classmates. Check out the last issue of the Quarterly for all the updates. However, I would like to mention that I have recently begun an MBA program at Cardinal Stritch University, and was surprised to find fellow classmate Jon Ketola also enrolled in the program. I did not know him while we were at Gustavus, but I am impressed by his extreme intelligence and stunning wit. He is a fine product of Gustavus Adolphus College, and if you do not already have the pleasure of knowing him, you must track him down. He will make this world a better place!

If you have a new job/spouse/baby/address, etc., or if you just have a great story, please tell us! Information should be sent to:

Alumni Office

Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082-1498

Phone: 800/487-8437


Web Site:

That is all I have folks! Have a great fall!

Your new Co-Class Agent,

Kris Lamont

(And a big hello from your other Co-Class Agent, Chris "Ole" Olson!)