Class of '93
December 2003

Dear Classmates,

Once again, I am extremely tardy in getting this letter out to you.  However, I think I am still recovering from our terrific class reunion; I haven't been out that late in a long time and I can't remember how to bounce back!  For those of you who missed it, it was wonderful to see everyone (even Jon Stolp, who had to be reminded by his lovely wife Carrie Roe Stolp who I was!).  I think everyone had a great time remembering the good old days, made easier by the nostalgic array of music provided by our very own Stephan Dunning.   In fact, I would like to thank the entire reunion committee, which was made up of myself, Stephan, Barb Larson Taylor, Craig Anderson, Dave Jacobson, Boni Olsen Berndt, Andrea Dunderi, Tim Johnson, Marianne Brinda, Kirsten Lipke Johnson, Kris Robelia Oppegard, Chris Carlson and Eric and Kate Metzger Ronning.  The reunion would not have been nearly as successful without their help, so thank you! 

As many of you may know, we had a great year last year with regard to the Alumni Fund.  The number of donors from our class increased by 33.5%, and the class gift dollar amount increased by 10%.  This far surpassed our goals, so to each of you who have given a gift, THANK YOU!  And for those who haven't been able to contribute, I am hopeful that you will be able to this year as we aim to increase our number of donors from 165 to 203.  You may have received a phone call during Fall Phonorama, and if you didn't receive a call, you will likely receive a call or an email sometime over the next few months.  Please remember, it is not the amount you give, it is the fact that you are giving something, period.  Any gift is welcome and appreciated, regardless of its size.  So please, help us continue to build a Greater Gustavus with your contribution to the Alumni Fund!

Okay, I know that you have already skimmed down to the "gossip" portion of the letter, so without further ado, here it is:


  • Tammy Salo was married on September 27, 2003 to Mark Larsen. 


  • Erika Albrecht Quiggle and husband, Dave, welcomed daughter, Aria, on January 1, 2003.  She joins brothers Felipe and Rafael, who were adopted by Erika and her husband on May 15, 2002.
  • Amy Beck Strom and husband, Pete '92, welcomed son, Charles Beck, on May 28, 2003.
  • Michelle Carter Bauer and husband, Gregory, welcomed Morgen on August 15, 2003.
  • Steve Cone and wife, Lisa (Decker '92), were expecting their third child on September 26, 2003.  You must let us know what you had!
  • Jen Ford Goodwin and husband welcomed son, Grady James, on October 1, 2003.
  • Chris Gomez Schmidt and Brad Schmidt welcomed son, Isaac, on August 31, 2003.
  • Mara Johnson Widman and husband, Jonathan, welcomed son, Adam Christopher, on October 26, 2002.
  • Dana Kallman and wife, Kris (Helmstetter '94), welcomed son, Matthew, on July 28, 2003.
  • Jessica Kirtz Organ and husband, Ken '92, welcomed a son in October.  Jessica, please fill us in on the details!
  • Deb Larner Van Hees and husband, Chris, welcomed son, Hunter William, on May 28, 2003.
  • Julie Lindgren Frank and Tim Frank welcomed triplets Noah, Zachary and Eliana on November 19, 2002.
  • Jane Moore Staehle and husband, William, welcomed son, Benjamin, on June 20, 2002.
  • Dave Olson and wife, Janine, welcomed son, Conner, on February 15, 2002.
  • Gerald Saylor and wife, Erin, welcomed son, Quentin, on January 25, 2003.
  • Stacey Schrock Simonett and husband, Andy, welcomed son, Andrew Joel, on November 18, 2003.  He joins big sister Sara.
  • Nicole Strusz Mueller and husband, Bill, welcomed daughter, Molly Paige, on July 10, 2003.
  • Jen and Paul Tessmer-Tuck welcomed son, Evan Michael, on May 18, 2003.
  • Greg Trebil and wife, Stefanie (Weber '92), welcomed son, Joseph Patrick, on April 15, 2003.
  • Steph Zahrbock and husband, Greg Loxtercamp, welcomed son, Quentin, on June 10, 2003.

Career News

  • Brenda Bennett Weyhrauch is teaching drama, debate and English at North Pole High School in Alaska.
  • Jonathan Bruning received his Ph.D. in communications at University of Kansas.  He is now a professor at Carthage College.
  • Dan Buron was recently promoted to vice president of human services for Goodwill Industries of Hawaii (let's all go visit Dan to congratulate him in person!).
  • Steve Cone (aka Dr. Steve Cone) has purchased a chiropractic practice in Winona.
  • John Feriancek earned his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Wendy Gilland Vedeen is a technical writer and editor at Wells Fargo.
  • Matt Holland is the director of conservation programs in Minnesota for Pheasants Forever.
  • Don Jaenisch is a geographer at Navigation Technologies, Corp.
  • Bethany Johnson is getting her master's degree in human development at Saint Mary's.
  • Tim Johnson won a collaborative National Science Foundation grant.  His group will be collecting oral arguments from the Supreme Court, digitizing them for the Web, and putting them up on the Web for public access.  They will then conduct some analyses of the data collected.
  • Matt Scherer is an active duty Army physical therapist working at Walter Reed Hospital.
  • Denise Schwanz Fullerton is an attorney at Ramsay, DeVore & Olson, PA.
  • Jane Simonsen is an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Central Arkansas.  She spent last spring and summer in Regensburg, Germany, where her husband had a Fulbright Scholarship.

Campus News

College opens 142nd Academic Year

More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies

Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally, including 30 bronze works on the Gustavus campus.

Alumni Board members selected

Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's Cup 

Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program

The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends – visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Upcoming Events – call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

Alumni Chapter Events:  Washington DC – February 6; Atlanta – February 26; Tampa Bay – February 27; Naples – February 28; Sun City – March 19; Phoenix  – March 20; Tucson – March 21.

That's all, folks.  If you have any news to share, please contact the Gustavus Alumni Office at, or myself at  Have a Happy Holiday and we will be in touch next year!


Kristen Lamont

Class Agent '93