Class of '95
January 2005

Dear Class of 1995,

Happy New Year!!  In honor of Ken Jennings winning streak, let’s start with a Jeopardy question:


QUESTION:  The number of years it has been since we graduated from Gustavus (well, not quite, but really close). 

1995 - In 1995, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead died.  In 1995, a Los Angeles jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty of murder charges and Timothy McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma City federal building.  In 1995, Forrest Gump received the Oscar for Best Picture, Sheryl Crow won Record of the Year for “All I Wanna Do” and “Streets of Philadelphia” from the movie Philadelphia won Song of the Year.  And, in 1995 the 686 members of the Class of 1995 graduated from Gustavus Adophus College!

Mark your calendar - In a little less than 10 months, we will celebrate our TEN-YEAR REUNION.  Can you believe it?  Mark your calendars for the following dates:

·        Friday, October 7, 2005:  Event at the Sheraton Hotel, Bloomington, MN

·        Saturday, October 8, 2005:  Homecoming football game and reunion activities at Gustavus

Anniversary Class Gift - In addition to planning these activities, we will be busy contacting classmates to catch up on news and encourage participation in our Anniversary Class Gift!  As you know, every year classmates and Gustavus students call alumni asking for gifts to the Alumni Fund.  This year we’d like to see all of our classmates make a donation, even if only $10, to celebrate our reunion and show support for Gustavus.  For those of you who have given in the past – thank you!  For those of you who haven’t started giving yet, what better time than now??  In the next several months, you will receive a call from a Gustavus classmate.  Please, please, please take the time to update us on your whereabouts, your job and your personal life.  Last year our class raised $9,085 for the alumni fund and this year we are hoping to more than double that number!!!

Why give? – Many of our classmates received scholarship money to help us attend college and even if you paid full tuition, you only paid 80% of what it actually cost!!  Alumni support is critical to supporting Gustavus and helping the students.

10 by 10 - To help us reach our goal, we hope you will consider taking the 10 by 10 pledge!  The 10 by 10 program involves your pledge of $10 per month for the 2005 Alumni Fund Year to celebrate our 10-year reunion.  After all, what is $10/month?  It’s 2 Venti Carmel Macchiatos at Starbucks, it’s 1 large Dominoes pizza, and it’s 2 beers at the Metrodome!  You’ll hear more about 10 by 10 from the classmates who contact you in the coming months.  Every classmate that takes the 10 by 10 pledge will be entered for a raffle drawing at the reunion.  And, if 10 by 10 doesn’t fit your situation, we hope you’ll make any gift that you are comfortable with – every donor counts toward our participation percentage and every dollar helps to provide the Gustavus experiences to future generations of Gusties.  Giving Online – As always, you can make your gift online at

We need you – We’re off to a great start – Todd Andrix, Dave Lahti, Sheila Piippo, Michael Schlagel, Nikki Plocher Peacock, Brad Olson, LaNay Koralesky, Greta Johnson Petrich, and Brian Graves have all agreed to help with our reunion year efforts.  If you are interested in helping contact classmates and/or planning the reunion, please let us know!

Campus News:

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February. Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology. Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation. The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester

Did you know that the college has gone wireless? Wireless computing, that is? Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs. Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

Gustavus music ensembles will tour soon.  The Gustavus Choir will take a 17-day East Coast tour (January 20-February 5), the Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band) will tour nine days (January 28-February 5) in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and the String Orchestra will tour nine days (January 29-February 6) in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.  The Gustavus Choir, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gustavus Music Showcase, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, on March 20.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December. The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni: The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.

The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004. To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Boston Chapter with Gustavus Choir– Jan. 24
  • New York Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 and Gustavus Choir – Jan. 26
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Jan. 29
  • Tampa Bay Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Feb. 2
  • Marco Island Chapter Boat Cruise Luncheon – Feb. 5
  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30

Class of ’95 News

  • Matthew LeTourneau and Nicole Langlie LeTourneau ’96 had a baby boy, Braden George LeTourneau, on October 15, 2003.  They live in Owatonna, MN.
  • Jeremy Carter and Sheila Carter had a daughter, Emma Jo Carter, on October 28, 2003.
  • Annie Robertson Rudolph is a nurse anesthetist in Denver, Colorado after graduating from Mayo.
  • Jennifer Bevis married Steve Svatos on September 20, 2003.  Jennifer is an account executive for the JPG Group in Virginia, MN.
  • April Kukuck Spence and John Spence had a baby girl, Emma Lyn, on May 11, 2004.  April and her husband, John, are both veterinarians at Sesser Animal Hospital in Sesser, IL.
  • Shanna Behrens Freeberg is a registered nurse at Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, MN.
  • Bradford Kinch is an artistic director for Opus Ensemble New York.
  • Brett Mitchell, Ph.D., is employed as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
  • Lisa Corchran Hake and Jay Hake had a baby girl, Margaret Hannah Hake, on August 24, 2004.
  • Kaaren Williamsen is the director of Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College and is launching the Northfield Community Co-op.
  • Jennifer Lange Clem is currently teaching chemistry at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, MN.
  • Lisa Ohlsen Pallo and her husband had their second child, Nina Maria, on February 25, 2004.
  • Jennifer Graphenteen Harmoning and Chris Harmoning ’94 had a son, Hayden Christopher, on December 22, 2003.  They live in Becker, MN.
  • Jennifer Churchich Cook and Paul Cook had a baby girl, Mia, on September 30, 2003.
  • Mandy Hasslen-Gartner and David Gartner had a baby boy, Finn Riley, on April 12, 2003.
  • Kristin Brudvig Kenessey and Aurel Kenessey had a baby boy, Odin Albert Michael, on May 21, 2004.
  • Elizabeth Johnson accepted a call to serve at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Groton, SD as of September 1, 2004.
  • Jennifer Roy McCormick and Tom McCormick had their second child, Connor James, on February 8, 2004.
  • Karen Boschee Chenvert and her husband Mat, had a baby girl, Sophie Lynn, on April 19, 2004.
  • James Frese is a business analyst at Firstmark Services in Woodbury, MN.
  • Christopher Reiff and Lori Reiff had a son, John Matthew, on March 30, 2004.  Chris is studying to be a family nurse practitioner at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Lisa Martin Stone and Paul Stone had a boy, Ian Glenn, on June 19, 2004.
  • Katy Merrick Overtoom and Matthew Overtoom had a baby boy, Micah James, on August 12, 2004.
  • Sandy Schubbe Walsh is working for New Hope Counseling & Mediation Center of Blue Earth Minnesota.  She received her master’s and is now working toward her licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
  • Ellie Merritt is a television news anchor and reporter at WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH and was recently honored with an Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for news reporting.  She is engaged to Matthew Zeiger, an attorney in Columbus, OH, and their wedding is scheduled for April 2005.
  • Jason Kivo is an account manager at Stryker Medical in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Ryan Haddorff and Jill (Mehrkens ’96) Haddorff had their fourth child, Tyler Robert, on February 25, 2004.
  • Kristine Anderson Gerkin and David Gerkin had a baby boy, Zachary David, on April 3, 2004.
  • Lee Arvidson and Kristan Nalezny had a daughter, Annika, on March 23, 2004.  Lee works as a Business Analyst at Target Corporation.
  • Kristi Johnson is an education director at Stepping Stone Children’s Theatre for Youth in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Shannon Andreson and Jason Hiltner had a baby boy, Theodore Andreson Hiltner, on February 3, 2004.
  • Angela Carlson LaJoy and Matthew LaJoy had a baby girl, Madeline Louise, on December 19, 2003.
  • Phil Miesle and Grainne Flynn had a baby girl, Ciara Ann, in April 2004.
  • Brian Klemenhagen is employed as senior principal at TripleTree, LLC in Edina.
  • Toni Hoban Pedraza married Rudy Pedraza in June 2003.  Toni has a daughter, Micheala Anne, and completed graduate school in human resources management at National University.
  • Brad Olson married Mary Kay Burkholder on June 19th.  They live in New Hope.  Brad is a 12th grade social studies teacher at Wayzata High School and coaches 9th grade boys tennis.
  • Suan Hanson works in public relations in Washington, DC.
  • Jessica Lindsay is working on her master’s of education at St. Mary’s College.
  • Jennifer Landry Hess and Scott Hess welcomed their second child, Kevin Russell, on May 26, 2004.
  • Sarah Reed Schreiner and her husband, Dean, welcomed their son, Michael Dean, on August 20, 2004.
  • Britta Ramseth Reierson and Kirk Reierson welcomed their second daughter, Ava Mae, on November 20, 2004.
  • Kristen Maust Huber and her husband, David, welcomed Hayden Wesley on October 22, 2002.  She is a client service coordinator at RJL Financial Advisors.
  • Sheila Piippo completed her master’s of education from the University of Minnesota in October of 2004.  She is the director of site-based programs for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.  She also serves as a research assistant for St. David’s Child Development and Family Services.
  • Carrie Redman Robb and her husband, Tracey, welcomed their son, Cael Emery, on August 15, 2004.
  • Michael Jacobs and his wife, Darcie, welcomed their son, Sullivan Michael, on October 29, 2004.
  • Stephanie Shearer White is working on a master’s of education with a focus on reading at the University of Kansas.
  • David Lahti is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center and is working on proteomic analysis of lung tissue for cancer prevention.
  • Corinne Lindborg Gabler was promoted to senior manager in the audit department at Eide Bailly LLP.
  • Mandi Gillespie is a volunteer coordinator at the North Carolina Aquariums on Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC.
  • Scott Hoss married Emily Botten ’97 on August 7, 2004.  He is a lawyer at Bassford Remele in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lisa Nelson is employed at DRI Consulting in North Oaks, MN.
  • Pam (Thorn) and Chad Fitterer welcomed their son, Samuel Francis, on May 23, 2004.
  • Kirsten Vedell Hanninen and Christian Hanninen ’96 welcomed their second son, Caden Vedell, on March 11, 2003.
  • Lars Hammar is an associate pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Tuscon, AZ.

Keep the News Coming!

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your engagements/marriages/births/job changes/graduations, etc.  You can submit your information by calling the Alumni Office at:  800/487-8437 or send us an email at:

All the best,

Sara Tollefson Currell and Amy Seidel

1995 Co-class Agents

P.S.  Did you know . . . that you could download the Gustavus Alma Mater song and the Gustie Rouser (you remember – “Gusties will shine tonight”) as MP3s?  You bet you can ―go to:  Alma Mater or Rouser