Class of '94
October 1999

Dear Gusties:

Five years have past since we walked across the stage at graduation to receive our diplomas. Can you believe it? Thus, our five-year reunion is near. Our reunion weekend will be October 1-2, 1999 during Homecoming. Mark your day planner; palm pilot or calendar now for what will be a great time!

Friday, October 1
7 p.m. to whenever at the Fine Line, Minneapolis
The band October (band members are all Gusties) will be featured.
We’re working on getting the Hillcats that night too!
Cost is a total of $10 per person
($5 cover for the Fine Line and $ for munchies, a drink and exclusive Gustie seating on upper level. You won’t have to battle the crowd for a seat!)
We will receive more information about attending in the fall.
Sign up by calling the Alumni Office: 1-800-487-8437

Saturday, October 2
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. picnic on Eckman Mall – you may pay at the door
1:00 p.m. Gustavus Homecoming Football Game
Immediately following the game, a campus-wide party
Is being planned for all alumni, students and other guests on campus
With the band Temporary Heros headlining.
On campus location to be determined.
Watch for more reunion details in upcoming class letters this summer!

Another plug for the Gustavus Fund ? JUST DO IT!

It’s your last chance to be a part of the five-year reunion-matching fund. The end of the financial year for Gustavus comes to a close on May 31, therefore, the Amy and Cameron James $1 Matching Funds Program is also almost over. For each pledge contributed from our class in our first reunion year, we will donate $1. Break our bank!!! Gustavus still needs you and your contribution to maintain the place the way we remember and love. Without it, our school and our home for four years will struggle to recover from the tragedy of the tornado. One glance at the post tornado campus will convince you to make your donation this year!

Campus News

March 29 marked the one-year anniversary of the tornadoes that swept through the campus and St. Peter community. Much has been accomplished in the recovery effort and the College extends appreciation to all alumni and friends who volunteered their time, energies and resources in the recovery effort. A commemoration service was held on campus the last day of classes before Spring break and Gustavus also hosted a community-wide ecumenical service in Christ Chapel on Sunday, March 28, which was followed by a public reception in Alumni Hall. Later in the spring semester, two fine arts events will be presented. In "A Celebration of Renewal and Resurrection," the Gustavus Band, Gustavus Choir, and St. Ansgar’s Chorus will perform David Holsinger’s The Easter Symphony at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Christ Chapel. Then from May 13-16, an original theatre production, "The Tornado Project," will be performed at 8:00 p.m. each night in Anderson Theatre.

The Kresge Foundation has awarded Gustavus a $1 million challenge grant toward the Campus Center, which is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2000. This project has received support from a variety of foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as the state of Minnesota. To meet The Kresge Foundation challenge, Gustavus must raise approximately $4.3 million in support of the Campus Center, an outdoor track facility, and tree replanting and campus landscaping. The Kresge Foundation has participated in other Gustavus projects, including awards of $500,000 for the renovation and expansion of Nobel Hall of Science in 1996, $250,000 to build Confer Hall in 1989, and $350,000 toward the construction of Lund Center in 1983.

Gustavus has been selected as this year’s recipient of the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) Midwest Region Institutional Award of Excellence. The award is granted to an institution of higher education that has distinguished itself in excellence through creative application of human resource principles or that is widely renowned for the outstanding manner in which it develops and maintains human resource programs. Gustavus was chosen for this award "because of Gustavus’ outstanding, comprehensive, and humane response to the tornado devastation that occurred on your campus on March 29, 1998. The decisions made that affected employees were done in a way that not only assisted with the timely reopening of the campus, but also treated employees in a caring and proactive manner."

Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, is visiting Gustavus for six weeks as the Rydell Nobel Conference Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is teaching a seminar on "Science and the Moral Imagination" along with Gustavus professors Larry Potts (chemistry) and Deane Curtin (philosophy).

Athletic "March Madness" affected the Gustavus campus as the men’s basketball team qualified to participate in the NCAA Division III tournament for the fourth consecutive year, winning three national play-off games before losing to eventual national champion Wisconsin Platteville in the quarterfinals. Gustavus hosted the 16th annual Division III National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships and placed second. The Gustavus women’s hockey team won the MIAC championship and ranked second in the nation in Division III, and the women’s indoor track and field team boasts two All-Americans, ending the season 16th in the nation, our best ever.

News of the 1994 Class:

  • In January, a publication called the Allyho had an article on "Fly Fishing in Mongolia" featuring our favorite outdoorsman, Charlie Conn. Charlie spent last summer guiding in Mongolia and fly-fishing there.
  • Erik Hendrikson married Leah Enebak, a St. Thomas graduate, in February at Prince of Peace church in Burnsville, MN. Hope she likes hockey.
  • Aleta Gilbertson Schulte got her master’s degree last may in educational psychology. Congrats!
  • Lisa Clark is a volunteer recruitment specialist with the American Red Cross in St. Paul, MN. She specializes in smooth talking.
  • Rosamaria Buntjer and her fiance, Joe Little, a St. Thomas graduate, tied the knot in September 1998. Rose, just remember a small name does not a small person mean.
  • Bryndis Hovde will graduate from the University of South Carolina in May 1999 with a Master of Human Resources degree. Do you go by the name Brindy anymore?
  • Lisa Halbur married Matt Hogan, Creighton University graduate, in September 1998 in Rochester, MN. Best wishes!
  • Sara Brucker is engaged to Jeff Ferguson with a June 19, 1999 wedding planned. We wish you the best in weather!
  • Julie Smith (this is Julie A. Smith not Julie T. Smith) is currently serving as pastor of a three-point parish; Augustana, Bergena and Swede Home Lutheran Churches of Clarkfield, MN.
  • Marty Coolen is a programmer analyst for Minnesota Life in St. Paul, MN. How’s the Y2K thing going in the insurance world?
  • Thomas Werner played on the Orlando Men’s Rugby Club which finished 13th in the nation at the National Tournament in Philadelphia. He was also named coordinator of the Orange County Public Schools Athletic Trainers. All I have to say is "Wow" and could someone please explain the game of rugby to me?
  • Tim and Nancy Dueis Gunderson reside in Bettendorf, IA. They are the parents of Thomas Ryan born on April 9, 1998. Tim is a claim specialist for State Farm Insurance’s Special Investigative Unit. God bless your newest addition to your family!
  • Michael Fischer is in his second year at the University of Denver Law School. Call Dan Currell or Mark Petersen for help if you need to. They seemed to have made it out of law school alive!
  • Mollie Meyer is living in Houston, TX and is a broker/client advisor with J & H Marsh and McLennan. Has our fearless class president settled down in the depths of Texas? Has she added a ten-gallon hat and boots to her wardrobe? Stay tuned for the next class letter to find out.

That’s all for now…remember to send your check for the Gustavus Fund and watch for more information on our upcoming five year reunion!

Cameron & Amy (Zenk) James

1994 Co-Class Agents