Class of '96
April 2000

Greetings from Gustavus!

Can you believe that four years ago we were graduating at this time! What a wonderful, but FREEZING day we had for commencement! We were wrapping up finals, submitting resumes, calling employers and hoping for that wonderful employer to mail us an acceptance letter. Where has the time gone? I don’t know about you, but it’s three jobs later for me, and a lot of pondering about what I am doing and where I am going with my life.

We hope that you are all doing well and that you are at the right place at the right time of your life!

Here’s an update as to what’s up at Gustavus:

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.

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club (including The War Years), Class of 1950, and V-12/5 is May 26 & 27. A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in mid-April. 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 material 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:

  • 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 at the Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, 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

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to so we can get you on the list. (Also, be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes.)

Here’s an update as to what your classmates are doing:


  • Amy Larkin and Aaron Lee (May 2000)
  • Joshua Kinkeade and Heather Senske ’97 (October 1999)
  • Brett Gross and Lynda Jo Schuurmans (July 1999)
  • Libby Mensing and Ken Esterle (August 2000)
  • Mark Haglin and Wendy Bledsoe (October, 2000)
  • Amanda Holland and Steven Rose (September, 2000)
  • Kymm Wiberg and Scott Durocher (July 1999)
  • Hans Snyder and Karen Renslo (July, 2000)


  • Espen Tonne Fredrick born on May 20, 1999 to Kristina Hultgren Fredrick and Kris Fredrick. They are also expecting again in August 2000.
  • Rachel Grimstad born November 16 to Padrin Lundquist Grimstad and Ben Grimstad.
  • Brenda Pulanco Oberding and Gary Oberding also had a baby in March.

What we are doing:

  • Amy Larkin is employed by Minnesota Pollution Control.
  • Aaron Lee is employed by Trinity High School.
  • Kelly Laumann Miller teaches health and phy-ed. at St. Peter High School.
  • Michelle Baker is employed by AT&T Wireless as a staffing specialist.
  • Jon Robelia received his Master’s in architecture and works at the Pfaller Architecture Agency in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Karl Madsen works at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, FL.
  • Shannon McGee is an accounting supervisor in Overland Park, KS.
  • Allen Slagle is teaching English in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Freya Woodstrom Thamman received her Master’s in geography/geology and is an environmental consultant in Atlanta, GA.
  • Stephanie Gripne is a Ph.D. candidate in wildlife biology at University of Montana.
  • Katie Edwards is teaching 5th grade at Cedar Park Elementary in Apple Valley, MN.
  • Erik Hegg is a business banker for US Bank.
  • Ben Schaefer is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood.
  • Shannon Berger is a teacher in Switzerland.
  • Mark Haglin is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood.
  • Rachel Frojen Parrinello is teaching social studies at Wray High School in Wray, CO.
  • Joshua Kinkeade is an accountant at Home Services Inc.
  • Libby Mensing is an account representative for Dan Pinger Public Relations Firm.
  • John Kerns is employed by the Spirit Garage as the music director and plays in the bands of Mr. Hooper and the Scott Laurent band.
  • Malaika King is employed by ADC Telecommunications in the human resources department.
  • Laura LeVander is a sales representative at ADP (Automatic Data Processing).
  • Amanda Holland is a law clerk in Duluth and passed the Bar exam!
  • Rebecca Hoffman is an activities coordinator for the Drikung Kaguy Tibetan Mediation Center of Tucson and a full-time mom.
  • Kymm Wiberg is an English teacher in Northfield, MN.
  • Sybil Keesbury is a preschool special ed. teacher for the Pitt County Schools.

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall for homecoming and then in 2001 for our 5-Year Reunion!!


Your Class Agents!

Michele Goodwin Dahlen Chris Enstad Laura LeVander