Class of '96
September 1998

Hello to the Class of 1996!!!!!!!!!

We bet you all are wondering how campus is doing since the tornado in March. Well, we have a thorough update for you regarding campus and some updates on what some classmates are up to as well.

Some info regarding "Building a Greater Gustavus" first!

Campus News:

The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.

What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.

Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus. In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies.

National Rankings

US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.

US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.

Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include: Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Good company, indeed.

Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.

Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.

The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).

G.I.V.E. (Gusites In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!

Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo, Feb. 20; Seattle, March 5; San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.

Also, you will be receiving "Phonorama" calls from people other than your classmates this year. Because big classes like ours are a challenge for volunteers to cover, Gustavus has hired and trained students to do the calling. Gustavus has traditionally had high alumni participation in its giving programs, usually upwards of 50%, but our class had participation of about 25% last year... we can do better than that! So please consider giving to the Gustavus Fund this year.

If you have not given in the past this would be a great time to start...especially because we have an incentive for you. For every person in our class who gives to the Gustavus Fund this year, a class agent will pitch in $1. We are all game to do this as an incentive, so if everyone of you gives to the fund this year, the Fund will have an additional $550!

So, how about going for our pocket books as well as your own?

Class News:

  • Dimitri Krekonja is dedicating his life to helping the Macalester distance running team take the lead in the MIAC... put me in coach!
  • Carrie Clubb is the 1998 recipient of the Kevin S. Berry Scholarship from William Mitchell School of Law.
  • Alex Johnson is at Virginia Tech studying for his Masters in Plant Molecular Biology.
  • Jay Ness is at the University of Minnesota going after his Ph.D. in Chemistry.
  • Bryan Schmeling is an actor at CLIMB theatre in St. Paul, MN.
  • Kari Rogers is an arms control analyst for Science Applications International Corp, a defense contractor in Washington, D.C.
  • Julie Tako is singing with the Minnesota Opera.
  • Jason Rauk is an Environmental Scientist at STS Consultants, Ltd.
  • Kathryn Daly is teaching English in Inchon, Korea.
  • Marc "semi" Colon is an auditor for Carpenter Evert and Associates, Ltd.


  • Jon Engma and Kristin Swanson '95 (about time, Enstad says)
  • Mike Beadle and Donna Fierko '97
  • Nicole Wilkins and Steve Porter
  • Shean McManus and Mary Ann Bresnahan
  • Julie Tako and Nick Conzemius
  • Pilar Gimenez and Patrick Stone
  • Liz Weidauer and George Schoenborn


  • Michelle Dietz Lund and Kevin Lund '95 gave birth to a son, Koleman Thomas

Feel the fall breeze and give those old pals a little tease!!!!


Michele Goodwin Dahlen, Chris Enstad, and Laura LeVander

1996 Class Agents