Class of '95
April 2002

Greetings Classmates!

We hope everyone in Minnesota enjoyed the unusually warm winter weather – it took until March and April for any significant snow to fall!  We’ve had 90-degree temperatures and snow just days apart from each other - it’s a typical Minnesota weather wild ride! 

This year we tried something new and contacted many of you by email (“emailorama” isn’t quite as catchy sounding, eh?).  Thanks to all of you who responded to let us know what you have been up to and thanks to all of you who used Gustavus's new online process for making your contribution to the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  We hope to continue using these technologies to keep our classmates in touch with each other.  We also continue to contact classmates through Phonorama, so if you have not yet been contacted by a classmate or a Gustavus student caller, you can expect to receive a call in the near future.  Also, see below for information for Hellowalk! – an interactive Gustavus chat board! 


Thanks to all of our classmates who have sent us information about their jobs and personal lives – here’s some of the information we’ve received:

  • Rachel Schneider Lowrey is a piano teacher in Jefferson, WI and she and her husband, Jason Lowrey, had a boy, Adam Jason, on July 13, 2001.
  • Jane Patchin is an academic counselor at Gustavus and also serves as the disability services coordinator.
  • Class Agent Amy Haberman recently moved to Target Corporation to be a senior analyst in external financial reporting.
  • Melanie Skajewski DeWolfe and Rob DeWolfe had a girl, Kailey, on October 27, 2001.
  • Jennifer Churchich is a sales representative for Churchich Recreation in Colorado and is getting married in August.
  • Rachel Vandersteen is working at Express Scripts Inc. and is engaged to Michael Hennies.
  • Denise Lentz Ruiz and Steve Ruiz had a boy, Samuel Ethan Ruiz, on April 29, 2001.
  • Gina Goick Mangum and John Mangum are the proud parents of a baby girl, Piper Daye, born on April 27, 2001.
  • Kari Bisbee married Chris O’Connell on October 13, 2001.
  • Kristina Hisey Fleming is the CEO (RIC manager) for South Coast Regional Information Centre in Albany, Western Australia.
  • Kirstin Feig Schultz and Dan Schultz had a boy, Logan Daniel, on March 6, 2002.
  • Sandy Schubbe married Larry Walsh at Christ Chapel on September 15, 2001.  They now live in LaCrosse, WI where Sandy is finishing her master's to be a licensed individual, marriage and family therapist.
  • Brad Olson was awarded the Georgia Professional Tennis Association’s Tennis Director of the Year Award for 2001.  Brad is the director of tournaments and events at the Lincoln Tennis Center at Stone Mountain in his 6th year with Peter Burwash International.
  • Joel Samuelson was ordained into the Lutheran ministry at Peace Lutheran Church in New London on November 25, 2001.
  • Jeff and Deb (Boelter) Dahlby gave birth to a daughter, Anna Kjerstan, on January 26, 2002.
  • Leann Morsching Rodriguez and Juan Antonio Rodriguez had a son, Marc Antonio, on February 5, 2002.
  • Suan Hanson is a human resource recruiter at COMHAR, Inc. in Philadelphia.
  • Rebecca Werner Perrotti and Jeff Perrotti had a baby girl, Christina, on March 21, 2001.
  • Amy Rodning Swenson and Jeff Swenson had a girl, Brooklyn Elizabeth, on January 25, 2002.
  • Lisa Martin is engaged to Paul Stone with a wedding planned for September.
  • Molly Halverson Auseth and Samuel Auseth had a daughter, Olivia Kristin, born September 25, 2000.
  • Lori Biederman and Dave Peterson have a two-year old, Noah Larry Peterson.  Dave is an assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University.
  • Alice Sherren Brommer is an antitrust and securities litigation attorney at Chestnut & Cambronne in Minneapolis.
  • Jennifer Hess has a son, Gregory Hess, who was born on February 21, 2001.
  • Nicole Wickman Hoops is an occupational therapist at Sister Kenny Institute/Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
  • Michael Larson graduated in May 2001 with a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Missouri and has spent several weeks in Puerto Rico, South Africa and Hawaii studying wildlife (one week in Hawaii was for his honeymoon with his wife, Carrie Thorvig Larson).
  • Kristen Maue works for Angelic Organics, where she is a field manager for the organic vegetable farm.
  • Sarah Reed Schreiner and Dean Schreiner had a boy, Travis, on May 3, 2001.
  • Beth Strehler is a communications unit development leader at Target Corporation.
  • Shannon Rafferty Treichel and David Treichel had a baby girl, Olivia Claire, on September 27, 2001 and Shannon earned her master's of education degree from St. Mary’s University in May 2001.
  • Kristin Swanson Engman and Jon Engman ’96 had a baby girl, Heidi Ellen, on January 8, 2002.
  • Nathan Crowe is the assistant county attorney in Redwood County, Minnesota.
  • Michael Jacobs is an attorney at Blethen, Gage and Krause in Mankato.
  • Dawn Iacarella is a marketing manager at Ernst & Young in New York.
  • Kristine Schwartzbauer Driscoll and John Driscoll are expecting a baby in June and building a new home.
  • Traese Schulz Kuhl is a resident physician at Toledo Hospital Family Practice in Toledo, OH.
  • Lisa Louise Nelson is getting her Ph.D. in psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
  • Bill Eckloff is an account manager at Voss Distributing and is engaged to be married to Sara Rohr ’99 in July.
  • AnDee Cowles Flohr and Dean Flohr had a baby girl, Tiffany Mae, on February 12, 2002.
  • Mandi Gillespie is the assistant program director at Catalina Island Marine Institute in California.
  • Heather Heil Houvie owns her own dental practice in Freedom, WI and is living in Appleton, WI.  She and her husband spent a week doing mission dental work in Jamaica.
  • Sarah Kjellberg Muehlhausen and her husband, John, had a baby girl named Lily on November 5, 2001.
  • Jennifer Avery Rand is teaching fourth grade at Centerville Elementary and has a little girl, Bridget, born March 24, 2000.
  • Tracy McNell Lowman is a program director at REM Woodvale Inc. and has a son, Hunter Dean, born on May 31, 2000.


Did you Notice the New Gustavus Logo?
An integrated marketing team at Gustavus spent the last fifteen months researching, interviewing and creating a new visual identity to be used as a consistent image for the college.  You can also read about this change at

Comprehensive Alumni Directory
The Alumni Directory being published for the Gustavus Alumni Association by Publishing Concepts is still in production.  Those who purchased directories should expect to receive their copy in September.  Orders for an alumni directory can still be taken by calling 800/982-1590.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors G.I.V.E.
Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors, a national day of community service, is moving to the spring.  All alumni, parents, friends, and family members of all ages and abilities are welcome to work on Saturday, April 27 in the Twin Cities.  Work is happening at ten different sites, with projects ranging from serving lunch at the Salvation Army to painting at a homeless shelter or visiting with residents at an elderly care center.  Lunch and free childcare is provided.  Sign up under the alumni events section online at

“Hello Walk” Online Alumni Community
Hello Walk, online alumni community, is a place for Gusties to meet to share casual conversation or in-depth discussion.  Come join the conversations, debate issues in the news, or just catch up with old friends.  Visit Hello Walk today! Go there>>

Arbor Day Dedication of Wetlands Preserve
A Gustavus Arbor Day Celebration is April 26 with morning chapel followed by a reception and luncheon with guest speaker Peter Olin of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen.  The dedication of the Linnaeus Arboretum Wetlands Preserve will follow.

Sorority Earns Highest National GPA
The Gustavus chapter of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was recognized for achieving the highest overall grade point average of all 104 Sigma chapters throughout the world.  The grade point averages of the Gustavus sorority members combined to achieve a chapter average of 3.447 for last spring semester's grades.  "Tri Sigma" is the only nationally affiliated Greek organization at Gustavus.

Several coaches were named MIAC coach of the year for their respective winter sports:  Jon Carlson ’88 for men's and women's swimming; Mike Carroll for women's hockey; Mickey Haller for women's basketball; Scott Jerome for Nordic skiing; and Brett Petersen for men's hockey.  Spring sports are underway with a full schedule.  For more sports information go to

Upcoming Events

  • April 27 - G.I.V.E. in the Twin Cities (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors day of community service)
  • May 1 - MAYDAY! - Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?
  • May 5 - Orange County California Admission College Fair
  • May 6 - Ventura County California Admission College Fair
  • May 7 - Los Angeles Admission College Fair
  • May 31 - Alumni Fund Year closes
  • May1-June 1 - Reunion Weekend for the Class of 1952 and the 50 Year Club
  • June 2 - Commencement

Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at
For more information go to the Gustavus College Calendar at