Class of ’94
October 2010

Dear Classmates,

Fall is that time of year when I think about when I first moved to Gustavus.  All of my belongings and my family of four fit into our car.  I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted at the entrance by some really excited “Gustie Greeters” and very happy that some strong football players would move all of my stuff to fourth Link for a mere five bucks.  I then tasted red velvet cake for the first time and tried my luck at square dancing.  The start of classes and a new adventure were so very exciting yet a little scary.  Little did I know that by the time I was a graduating senior it would require a pick-up and trailer to get my stuff home.

Right now, students are getting settled into their dorms and classes.  Campus has changed drastically since we were freshmen.  Remember how we used to type our papers on typewriters – unless you were able to snag a computer in the basement of the library.  When we were freshmen, there was no internet, no email, and no cell phones.  Now there are computers everywhere, most students have cell phones and laptops and there is wireless internet everywhere.

Many things have changed at Gustavus, but many things have held true through the years.  Gustavus continues to recruit excellent students, staff, and faculty.  Students are involved in groups, organizations, and clubs.  Gustavus is still an amazing place to be.  When you head back to campus, walk around.  Some of the buildings may be different but the same Gustie Spirit is alive and well.

Class of 1994 Making Your Life Count

Gustavus started a campaign entitled “Make your Life Count.”  The purpose is to prepare our students to live a life that makes a difference.  Andrew and Liisa Maki Gilbert are doing just that.  They have accepted a two year contract to teach in South Korea. Andrew will teach middle school social studies and Liisa will teach high school English.  The school uses an American curriculum and is a certified international baccalaureate program.  They are hoping to apply their new-found experiences to their administrative positions in the Chaska school district when they return.

They have packed up their home and their four children whose ages range from 3 to 11 and have moved around the world.  The Gilberts are now living in Daejeon, 90 miles south of Seoul.  You can follow their adventure at: or on Liisa’s facebook page.



  • Kris Koehler and Brent Vogel exchanged vows on September 3, 2010.  Kris is the senior wellness consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
  • Jason Neimi and Kristina Knoll were married on June 21, 2010 in Hawaii.  Jason is currently working as an admissions rep for ITT Tech in California.


  • Ryan and Christine (Eilertson) Bronson welcomed son, Ford Samuel Bronson, on 9-28-09.
  • Jill and Brian Hane welcomed Kennedy Emma Hane in January 2009.
  • Victoria and Michael Mertz welcomed son, Alexander Michael Mertz, on December 12, 2009.  He was also welcomed home by big sister, Elizabeth and big brother, Andy.
  • Renae Munsterman Lokpez and Ederick Lokpez welcomed Samuel Ederick Lokpez on April 22, 2010.
  • Shannon Eliason Thorsell and Tobias Thorsell ’97 welcomed Annika Thorsell on August 15, 2010.

Life News

  • Jason Tatge was awarded Innovator of the Year by Kansas Pipeline for software that he developed.
  • Nikki Olson Cooley is now pursuing a master’s of divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Please remember to send us your news to share.  You can do that by writing to, by doing so, your message will go to each of us class agents and to the Alumni office so they can pick it up for the Quarterly, etc.  Or go online to the Alumni page of the Gustavus web site and click on “Tell Us Your News,” pictures are welcome and will be posted on the Alumni blog.  Also, don’t forget about our 1994 Gustavus facebook page.  Lots of ways to share, so please don’t be shy!

Gretchen Anderson Zinsli

1994 Co-class Agent


150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held Oct. 5-6.  It explored the many levels of this question from our seven distinguished panelists.  We considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other.  Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1990 women’s tennis team’s national championship.  Team members are invited to return to revisit this memorable sports moment.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.

Family Weekend Oct. 8-10

Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 1 for Family Weekend 2010.  Please join us Friday, Oct. 8 for open class visits and an evening of Swing Dance hosted by the Gustavus Swing Club.  On Saturday, Oct. 9, a full day of activities is planned, including Breakfast in the Halls, Parent Seminars, Gustavus Football, and a Family Dinner followed by an evening of Musical Improv and Saturday Night in Lund Center!  To conclude the weekend, Sunday, Oct. 10 will include Worship Service in the Chapel, a Jazz Brunch, and other musical performances.  Tickets are required for the dinner and are available at .  Contact the Office of Student Activities at 507-933-7598.

Fall Fest in the Arb Oct. 9

The Linnaeus Arboretum annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature hay rides, arboretum walking tours, scavenger hunts, pumpkin decorating, face painting, Master Gardeners on site to answer questions, pottery-making, live animals, and live music!  Come, enjoy a leisurely autumn day in the Arb.

Mysterious Tales & Happenings

Here’s the last chance to make reservations for the Gustavus Library Associate’s Fall Author Day with Minnesota award-winning mystery writer William Kent Krueger on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Edina Country Club.  The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with brunch.  A book-signing will follow his presentation.  Tickets are $25 and must be ordered by Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010.  Purchase tickets online at or by calling 507-933-7550.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include Jim Dontje, Oct. 20, on the topic of Nobel; Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010 will be available on Monday, Oct. 18 at noon.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 8-9 – Family Weekend
  • Oct. 9  – Hall of Fame
  • Oct. 20 – Gustie Breakfast
  • Dec. 3-5 – Christmas in Christ Chapel