Class of '95
September 2002

Dear Class of ’95 Classmates:

It’s fall and students have returned to GAC!  700 new students started their college education at Gustavus this fall and participated in the traditional orientation weekend Square Dance! 


                We were both on campus on Saturday, September 7 for Class Agents’ Day and the campus was looking busy.  As you may have heard, Axel Steuer retired this last year and Reverend Dennis Johnson is serving as interim President for the year.  Reverend Johnson spoke to the Class Agents and it was clear that he was very excited to participate in the life and growth of Gustavus as President of the College this year.  Reverend Johnson is a 1960 graduate of Gustavus and has served the college in a number of capacities, including 15 years as an administrator in church relations and college relations.  Gustavus is celebrating 100 years of athletics and 125 years of band!  Students from football/track and band spoke to us about their enthusiasm for participating in the events that will mark these anniversaries.  Alumni band members should know that the Gustavus Band will be organizing an alumni band in May to celebrate its 125th anniversary and more details will be distributed later.


                In a few weeks, all classmates who have email addresses will be receiving an email from one of us about E-Link.  E-Link is an annual effort to obtain current information about our classmates and invite your participation in contributing to the Alumni Fund.  On September 7th, Gustavus launched its $100 million “Building a Greater Gustavus” campaign.  The funds raised in this campaign will be used for:

1. Recruiting, retaining, and graduating a talented and increasingly diverse student body (scholarships).
2. Recruiting and retaining the very best faculty and staff (academic chairs and faculty development).
3. Further strengthening the academic program and enhancing student learning (student/faculty research, etc.).
4. Developing facilities that support the highest quality academic programs and enrich student life on a residential campus (including remodeling the college's historic Old Main and other projects).
5. Providing a secure financial base for the future (by accelerating endowment growth and promoting Gustavus Fund support).

                We realize that many of you are still paying off Gustavus student loans, paying grad school loans, trying to buy a house or save money for your children, vacations and retirement; however, we hope you will also consider making a donation to Gustavus.  Making a donation to Gustavus will give future students the opportunity to be a Gustie and enjoy life on the hill. 

                A big part of participating in the Alumni Fund is making a statement that you appreciated your time at Gustavus.  If we can get 75% of our class to participate, it makes a strong statement to prospective students that Gustavus is a place that its alumni remember fondly.  Your gift doesn’t have to be a large amount of money – we would just like to see a large percentage of our class participate!

                You will be able to make a donation online with the information you receive from us through E-Link.  If you don’t have an email address or we aren’t able to contact you, we will also be making phone calls and having Gustavus students get in touch with you to update your information and invite your participation in the Alumni Fund.


                Thanks to everyone who has submitted news to the alumni office – here’s some of the information we have received (keep the news coming!)

  • Kristin Bahner is working as an independent legal broker.
  • James Williams purchased a dental practice in Mora, MN.
  • Geoff Hansen works at Community Bank Chaska.
  • Becky Lenoch Callahan married Matt Callahan on June 1, 2002.  Becky is an exercise physiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX.
  • Phil Miesle moved back to Minnesota (to show his wife how cold the weather is here!) and is a Performance Specialist at Retek, Inc.
  • Joey Anderson is engaged to marry Kelly Otte on October 19, 2002.
  • Stacy Dirnberger married Ted Smallfield on October 27, 2001.  Stacy is an occupational therapist at Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls.
  • Todd Carlson married Rachel Fair on July 13, 2002.  Todd is a teacher and coach at Eagan High School.
  • Aimee Pugh Bernard has been working at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, CO.
  • Catherine Stamps was married to Patrick James Berger on June 29, 2002.  Cathy is a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in Hopkins.
  • Stacey Rieckenberg Ryan is a Loan Coordinator at Bell Mortgage in Chanhassen and also works as an on-call Athletic Trainer at Ridgeview Sports Medicine.
  • Mark Umbreit married Jennifer Hendrickson on September 28, 2001.
  • Sarah Cox married Trent Bowman on May 4, 2002.
  • Mary Ellyn Johnson is a student at the London Consortium, University of London, studying for a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies/Art History.
  • Kristine Peterson Hammar and Lars Hammar had a daughter, Abigail Michelle, on May 2, 2002.
  • Britta Ramseth Reierson and Kirk Reierson had a daughter, Annika Stina, on July 1, 2002.
  • Shane Erickson graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of Social Work degree in May 2002.
  • Mike Ryan married Julie Elshaug on August 3, 2002.
  • Tanya Dowd Taylor married George Taylor on March 12, 2002. 
  • Leann Morsching Rodriguez is a Sales Administration Assistant at Davisco Foods International in Eden Prairie.
  • Jeff Dahlby is a marketing manager for Marshall Fields catalogs with Target Corporation.
  • Tracy Erickson McMorrow and John McMorrow had a daughter, Tori Lynn, on January 30, 2002.
  • Curt Swenson married Noelle Wessman on July 7, 2001 and they had a son, Jacob Curtis, on April 22, 2002.
  • Jon Knutson is a Regional Account Executive for Raindance in Louisville, CO.
  • Jamie Kagol married Crystal Christenson on March 23, 2002.
  • Karey Woolford graduated from Western Michigan University with her master’s degree and is working as an occupational therapist at Rehab Care Group and Immanuel St. Joseph.
  • Julie Fitzke is a self-employed paleontologist with Yellowstone National Park.
  • Kari Gillespie and Greg Yeater had a son, Logan Donald, on February 22, 2002.
  • Rebecca Werner Perrotti and her husband, Jerry Perrotti, had a daughter, Christeva Fern, on March 21, 2001.
  • Lisa Frame-Koppelman and Ben Koppelman had a daughter, Sydney  Erin, on March 16, 2002.
  • Kristi Johnson is an Associate Education Director for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth in Honolulu, HI.
  • Kari Carlson Takahaski married Paul Takahaski on April 20, 2002.
  • Brad Olson returned to Minnesota and is pursuing a Master’s of Education degree while obtaining his license to teach high school studies at the University of Minnesota.
  • Craig Steffen graduated from Indiana University with a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics in October, 2001.
  • Kristin Feig Schultz and Dan Schultz had a son, Logan Daniel, on March 6, 2002.
  • Jessica Chapel has been working as a freelance journalist in the Czech Republic.
  • Robert Freimuth is Postdoctoral Fellow with Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • David Lahti completed a 16-month postdoctoral research associate position at University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland after having received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in December 2000.
  • Also, Class Agent Amy Haberman recently took a position with Target Corporation as a Senior Analyst.


The ancient question of the role of heredity and environment in child development will be the focus of the 38th annual Nobel Conference® to be held Oct. 1-2, 2002 at Gustavus.  This year's conference, titled "The Nature of Nurture," will address the most important forces in shaping a child's personality, gender identity, and cognitive abilities, including the role of parenting and brain development.


Gustavus Adolphus College has again been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. The 19th edition of the top-rated college guide recently became available in bookstores.

In this 2003 guidebook, Gustavus is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide. In Minnesota, Gustavus is one of seven best colleges and one of two private college Best Buys.


Alicia Golembeski Named Golfer of the Year in the MWCGA - Gustavus senior Alicia Golembeski has been chosen the Most Valuable Golfer by the coaches of the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate Golf Association. Golembeski, a Waconia, Minn. native, currently ranks third in Division III golf with a 81.0 stroke average. A three-time All-Conference and two-time All-State selection, Golembeski won the MIAC Individual title last fall with a school record total of 77-76-153.

Tennis Teams Continue MIAC Winning Streaks - The Gustavus men’s and women’s tennis teams both posted perfect marks in MIAC regular season dual match play again this year. The men’s team, which finished 9-0, has now pushed its MIAC consecutive match winning streak to 160 dating back to 1985. Not to be outdone, the women’s team, which finished 10-0 this season, has won 117 consecutive matches dating back to 1991.

Baseball Team Set to Break Home Run Record - The Gustavus baseball team, which is having one of its most successful seasons in the past 20 years, is set to break the school record for home runs in a season by a team. The Gusties have hit 30 home runs this spring which is just one behind the school record of 31 set in 1997. Senior catcher, Brad Mazer, leads the team with nine, while seniors, Erik Hoberg and Joe Thorvig, and junior, Tom Ramy, have each hit five. The team is also on pace to break the school record for wins in a season which is 24 set in 1978. The Gusties current record is 20-9 with six games remaining in the regular season.

Relay Team Shines at Drake - The Gustavus men’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams had a big weekend at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. The team, which consists of Jerry Washington, Ryan Hoag, Adam Cordes and Stephen Handler, finished fourth in the 4x100 with a time of 41.50 and added another fourth place finish in the 4x200 in a school record time of 1:26.58. The 41.50 posted in the 4x100 is the fourth fastest time in Division III this year.


If you ever have trouble remembering those good old Gustavus days, you can read The Gustavian Weekly online ( for a reminder about the people and the culture that is Gustavus.  Below are some excerpts from an article that appeared in the last edition of The Weekly that made us reminisce about the time we spent on campus:

The Best of Gustavus 2002

By Jennifer Ingraham
Weekly Features Editor

In what seems like the endless blur of the day, which without any notice turns into weeks, and months of the same routine, Gusties often forget or even ignore the many aspects that we love about our home away from home. We search for anything or anyone to break this endless cycle of academia. Let the Second Annual Best of Gustavus List serve as a reminder to returning students and familiarize new students with the aspects of Gustavus that set our school apart from the rest. Then some afternoon when you are searching for direction, you can check out those places and people lucky enough to make the 2002 Best of Gustavus.

Best Place to Study: 3rd Floor of the Library
Take a hike up to the "Quiet Floor" of the library and claim a spot in this studious environment. The atmosphere is perfect for studying, since everyone is there for the same reason you are; to read until you just cannot read anymore. Location is key: who can ask for a better place to study with the Marketplace just a short walk away? Your next study break can be an Icee!

Best Place to Nap in Public: Confer/Vickner Halls
Winner for the second year in a row! You can't just gawk at your exhausted peers, you have to experience the furniture in Confer/Vickner Hall to truly understand why this is the prime spot for a cat nap. Once you take a seat on the comfy chairs or couches, you are stuck, there is just no getting out of it. Your eyes are getting heavy, very heavy...

Best Place to Find That Special Someone: The POs
You never know who may be peeking back at you through your mail hole. A visit to the PO's at least once a day is worth your while. Maybe, just maybe, your future sweetheart will be there.

Best Spot to Break Up: The Old Main Hill
It's quiet, not very busy, and public. The best of both worlds if it goes well, you are a sweetheart for doing it in a place where a few shed tears won't be noticed and, well, if it goes poorly, there are people close by for help.

Best Mistake You'll Ever Make: Spending too Much Time in the Dive
Some nights the Dive is the happening place to be, and other nights, well, you're embarrassed to be seen there. Either way, at some point you will find yourself spending a little too much time dancing in the Dive. Sophomore Ray Albrecht said, "I knew I had been hanging around in the dive too long when I opted to kiss a girl I just met and then found out later on that she had mono."

Best Way to Decorate Your Dorm Room: Lights
Christmas Lights, Chinese Lanterns, Tube Lights - it's not a dorm room if it's not using more than the absolute maximum amount of electricity. With the right lighting, your room can be romantic, whimsical or your own private dance party.

Best Caf Creation: Pizza Bagel
Pizza is the quintessential college food, so why not eat it on a bagel? "It's really easy to make: get a bagel, marinara sauce from the pasta bar, cheese from the taco toppings, and then head to the microwave or the new toaster oven to heat it all up," said Sophomore Lee Worel.

Best Place to See and Be Seen: The Caf
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors all in one place at one time. The Caf is the perfect place to see and be seen. Consider it Gustavus' own fashion runway.

Take Care and Keep in Touch!

Amy Haberman and Amy Seidel