Class of '95
April 2000

Greetings Classmates!

Spring has sprung once again and it’s time for another class letter. In less than six months we will be getting together for our five-year class year reunion so be sure to mark the weekend of September 29th on your calendar! We will have a social gathering on Friday evening at Grandma’s at Seven Corners in Minneapolis and we are also working on planning a golf tournament for that Friday afternoon for those who are interested. The homecoming football game against Concordia is Saturday afternoon on campus, followed by the Fifth Quarter Post-Game picnic between the Campus Center and Lund Center. We anticipate that the gatherings will linger into evening and move to the downtown St. Peter bars for some reminiscing of the good ‘ol days. A preliminary schedule of events for homecoming weekend is at the end of this letter. More details about the weekend will follow in later mailings. We’d like to thank Joe Gaugler, Tim Kohls, Brian Norelius, Kristin Swanson Engman and Nancy Yates for helping plan these events!

In the meantime, we had hoped to be able to contact many of you personally during spring Phonorama, but because our class is so large and time goes so fast, many of you will be receiving phone calls from Gustavus students. Please take advantage of this opportunity to update your information so we can keep up with what you are doing and pass the information along in the Quarterly or through our class letters. We also hope that you will make a donation to the Gustavus Fund to support all of the wonderful opportunities Gustavus provides to its students and to help future classes enjoy the "Gustavus experience" as we did! We are fortunate to have benefited from a college that receives tremendous support from its alumni and now it is our chance to give back to Gustavus. This is also a great chance to talk to current Gustavus students and hear about all of the changes that have happened on campus (I particularly like hearing about how cool the new caf is!). We have included other campus news at the end of this letter that may be of interest to you when you are talking to current Gustavus students.

We hope to see everyone this fall at homecoming for our reunion―keep your eyes open for more information that we will be sending this summer and fall!

Amy Seidel and Amy Haberman

As always, our classmates have been busy – here is some information about what they’ve been up to:

  • Jessica Lindsay is the director of education at the Sylvan Learning Center in Maplewood, MN.
  • Kari Nelson-Isaacson married David Isaacson on October 2, 1999 and is a tour coordinator at Northwestern Travel.
  • Mike Larson is engaged to Carrie Thorvig and they will be getting married in August 2000. Mike is a doctoral candidate in wildlife ecology and management at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
  • Kirsten Vedell and her husband, Christian Hanninen ’97, live in El Paso, TX where Kirsten directs Junior High School choir.
  • Jill Woods Ross will graduate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2000 and will join the firm of Weston Hurd, Fallon, Paisley & Howley in September 2000 as an associate working in the areas of civil rights and employment defense litigation with a mix of copyright and trademark infringement work. She recently married Matthew Ross on March 4, 2000.
  • Katy Merrick Overtoom had a baby girl, Emily Grace Overtoom, on December 8, 1999 – congratulations to Katy and Matt!
  • Kyle Finney recently received his Masters degree from Winona State University―he is a history teacher and athletics coach in the Byron, MN school system.
  • Lori Biederman and David Peterson had a baby boy, Noah Larry Peterson, on January 24, 2000―congrats to Lori and David!
  • Kristi Berg Schuck and her husband, Wes Schuck ’97, started a recording studio business called Two Fish Studios―the name of the record label is Aquarium Records. Check out their website: or, for more information! They have even taken on a couple of Gustavus interns!!
  • Kariin Berkland is living in Houston, TX and working as the director of human resources at Infinitel, Inc.
  • Doug Thielen is an account manager at Loral CyberStar in St. Paul, MN.
  • Jennifer Roy McCormick is a special events manager for the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Janelle Phelps is a cataloging specialist for the Traverse des Sioux Library System in Mankato, MN and she lives in Mapleton, MN.
  • Jason Kivo is a technical sales representative for Sun Chemical Systems in Racho Santa Margarita, CA.
  • Ilsa Lund works at the Wyoming Women’s Business Center in Laramie, WY.
  • Tim Kohls is a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Minneapolis.
  • Amy Oberdeck Chalupnik is a teller supervisor at Oakley National Bank in Buffalo, MN. She and her husband own a furniture and window treatment retail store in Buffalo, MN called Home Images Design Center and they offer a 10% discount to all Gustie grads on anything in the showroom!
  • Nicole Leonard is an attorney at Baker & Hostetler, LLP in Washington, D.C.
  • Brian Klemmenhagen is an associate at Cherry Tree & Co. in Minneapolis.
  • Sara Tollefson Currell and Dan Currell ’94 moved to Washington D.C., but hope to make it back for our reunion!

Thanks to everyone who sends information to the alumni office ( to keep us updated on where you are and what you are doing!

News about happenings on campus:

International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Homecoming 2000, September 29 & 30, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes from 1955-2000. Class reunions will be in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return

to campus on Saturday. A schedule of events and registration materials will be mailed in August.

Everyone is invited to an hors d'oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail, or in Alumni Events at

Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture - ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff '56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards - The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men's swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

  • Brainerd Lakes Chapter, A Naturalist's View of Spring in Minnesota, with naturalist Jim Gilbert '62, April 13, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church
  • MAYDAY! Conference/"Vietnam: 25 Years On," April 26, Campus Arbor Day Celebration, April 28, Campus
  • Chicago Chapter, May 6, Chicago Cubs baseball game and barbecue picnic
  • Tribute to Richard Q. Elvee, May 16, Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. program
  • ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
  • Reunion Weekend for 50 Year Club, Class of 1950, War Years, V-12/5, May 26 & 27, all events held on campus
  • Homecoming/Reunion Weekend for Anniversary Class 1955-2000, September 29 & 30, Friday night events in the Twin Cities, Saturday events on campus
  • Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

For more information contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at, or

Homecoming Reunions

Friday, September 29

Golf Outing (more information forthcoming)

7:00 p.m. Reunion reception at Grandmas Saloon @ Seven Corners, Minneapolis

Saturday, September 30

10:00 a.m. Daily Celebration & Memorial Service, Christ Chapel

1:00 p.m. Gusties vs. Concordia, Hollingsworth Field

4:00 p.m. Fifth Quarter Gustie Picnic for Reunion Classes & Students

Outside between Campus Center and Lund Center

Music provided by Temporary Heros