Class of '95
October 1999

Dear Classmates,

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and that this letter finds you enjoying the final days of warm weather, football games, and changing fall leaves. As we do several times each year, we wanted to give you an update on things happening at Gustavus and with our Class of 1995.

Things happening around campus …

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.

We were able to check out the new facilities when we were on campus in mid-September for our annual class agent meeting. The new caf is truly amazing. Gone is the concept of paying one lump sum each semester to eat three meals per day in the caf. Instead, students deposit money into an account (a debit card like system) and they pay only for what they eat. And you wouldn’t believe some of the choices! The traditional salad, soup, and sandwich bars have remained, but they have been joined by an area where you can get wood-fired pizza, another area that specializes in vegetarian entrees, a stir-fry bar (appropriately name the Hello-Wok), an area that features international specialties, as well as a section with pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, chips, bottled and can beverages, etc. All of this food can be eaten in a new and improved dining room with huge widows on the north and east sides with great new tables and chairs. We encourage you to plan on eating in the new caf the next time you are on campus!

Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, the 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 breakup the "tundra" between Co-Ed and the Campus Center. Students now can use a sidewalk instead of having to walk through the Co-Ed parking lot. This has all the makings of a great story that we can tell our children someday about us having it a lot worse "when we were students."

Now for some happenings with the Class of 1995…

Congratulations to the following newlyweds…

  • Christine Larson married Chad Ringen on July 10th, 1999.
  • Gina Kronback married Jerry Sazama on April 10th, 1999.
  • Kristin Swanson married Jon Engman ’96 on June 19th, 1999
  • Shannon Rafftery married David Treichel on July 17th, 1999.
  • Roxanne Hagen married Shane Ruffenach on October 9th, 1999.
  • Jennifer Roy married Tom McCormick on June 19th, 1999.
  • Brett Richards married Jessica Krueger on May 15th, 1999.
  • Molly Halverson married Samuel Auseth on July 31st, 1999.
  • Matthew Walson married Julie Schaefer on July 17th, 1999.
  • Greta Gerlach married Judd Schetnan ’94 on July 17th, 1999.
  • Kristin Brudvig married Aurel Kenessey in June 1999.
  • Patricia Nee married Scott Hedlund on May 15th, 1999.
  • Gina Goick married John Mangum on July 10th, 1999.
  • Britta Ramseth and Kirk Reierson were married on June 11th, 1999.
  • Molly Murphy married Paul Prew on April 16th, 1999.
  • Kari Nelson married David Isaacson on October 2nd, 1999.
  • Michael Jacobs married Darcy Gilbertson ’96 on September 4th, 1999.

And for those of us who are still looking…

Kari Gillespie is the one to call. We’re not sure if she’s currently attached or not, but we do know that she is working as an event coordinator/office manager for Adventure Seekers, Ltd., a private membership singles club in St. Louis Park..

Our congratulations to the following recent graduates…

Elizabeth Johnson received the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary on May 23rd, 1999. She is assigned to the South Dakota synod…Kari Kreul graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School on June 4th, 1999 and is a family practice resident at the Duluth Family Practice Center…James Williams received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree on May 22nd, 1999…Britta Ramseth graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School on June 4th, 1999, and will be serving in a family practice residency at St John’s Northeast Hospital in Maplewood…Matthew Cadwell graduated from the Episcopal Divinity School in May with a Master of Divinity degree and is now an assistant chaplain at the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA…..Lisa Scott Buenger received the Doctor of Medicine degree from Mayo Medical School on May 22nd, 1999…Janelle Peterson graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin on May 22nd, 1999 and is doing a family medicine residency in Duluth…Eric Weber received his Ph.D. on August 7th, 1999 ...Joe Gaugler earned a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Penn State in May 1999 and is now a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota…Justin Hoff graduated from the NWCC College of Chiropractic.

If you’re in the neighborhood…

Be sure to turn on the tube in Springfield, Missouri, to see Ellie Merritt in action, working as a television news anchor and reporter at KYTV, the local NBC affiliate.

Other news about our classmates…

Noel Mueller is teaching biology and chemistry at North Branch High School…Karla Gresens Kroll is teaching 4th grade at Scott Elementary in Merrill, WI…Todd Carlson is a teacher at Eagan High School…Andrea Brown is working for AccountTemps as a staffing manager…Jeff Christensen is a pharmaceutical representative…Bill Eckloff is a regional marketing specialist at Dain Rauscher…Gretchen Michlitsch is in a Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is specializing in 20th Century literature…Katy Merrick Overtoom is working as an accountant for Holiday Companies…Paulette Alderink Sackett is a grant administrator for the department of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine…Jody Svenson Christiansen is an account manager at ProStaff…Brett Mitchell is a physiologist in cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago…Mark Nechanicky is employed as a design engineer for an interior automotive switch supplier in Plymouth, MI…..Joey Anderson is working as a professional model maker at a special effects company in Minneapolis.

Lost, but not forgotten…

If you know the whereabouts of the following classmates, please tell them that the Alumni Office is looking for them!

  1. Nathan K. Anderson
  2. Jennifer Bevis
  3. Brian Brekke
  4. Nathan Carroll
  5. Stephen Custer
  6. Elizabeth Donnelly
  7. Jodi Eggler
  8. Lisa Corchran Hake
  9. Amy Halstenson
  10. Mike Hennies
  11. Kimberly Hettenbach
  12. Sara Kelly
  13. Anastasia Kitsul
  14. Tanya Lambert
  15. DeNai Leverentz
  16. Kristin Munson
  17. Todd Murphy
  18. Matt Nelson
  19. Robyn Ness
  20. Sabina Panth Pandey
  21. Brock Peterson
  22. Stacie Rosen
  23. Sten Severson
  24. Lisa Westberg
  25. Eric Youngdahl

They can contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-487-8437,, or at 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.

Other stuff happening on campus…

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

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 – The Gustavus Artist Series - - For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performance, 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. The Fall Series opened in September with October, featuring our own classmates Andrew Benson, Brian Rowe, and Nik Lindell. David Esbjornson ’75 will direct a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8th and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21st. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibition in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19th; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4th; 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 a 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. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opens the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10th 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 4th at 7:30 p.m. The final performance is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke’s Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14th, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

You may be interested in…

G.I.V.E (Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th. 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.

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.

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 1-800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: 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.

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Hope to talk to many of you during Phonorama, October 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, & 28!

Yours truly,

Amy Haberman and Amy Seidel

1995 Co-Class Agents