Class of '96
January 2001

Dear Class of 1996,

Do you remember September of 1996? Please smile and nod while reading this if you recall the following: the summer square dance, Waldo, Patrick’s, The Dive, Saturday morning breakfast, and May of 1996 (graduation). Wow, now we’re in the REAL WORLD and watching time fly by faster everyday. Oh, how I miss those days of college on the hill and hanging out with the Class of 1996. Fortunately, we will be united for one-night only in September of 2001 as we celebrate our five-year class reunion. WOW! I hope to see you all there and I can’t wait to hear about your new families, jobs, babies, or none of the above.

Now, take a few seconds and read about your fellow Gusties!

International News

  • Al Slagle is still teaching English in Japan.
  • Honnor Arganbright has just returned from Japan after spending three years teaching English there.

Entertainment News

  • John Kerns is still cracking away w/Mr. Hooper and his newly-formed band Spirit Garage. Catch John at the Fine Line Music CafĂ© on the regular.
  • Toriano Sanzone will be producing a 10-college tour featuring three poets, a jazz-fusion band, and Mr. Sanzone. For more info call 800-986-1250 or email: "Hey, u gotta promote yourself"

Gusties Making Moves

  • Rachel Roberts Oppitz is a second year medical student at the National Student College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR.
  • Chris Oppitz works in Action Sports at REI Maratin in Tigard, OR.
  • Christopher Brannan is a golf professional touring around the country.
  • Stephanie Resch just received her master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota and is currently working at Cargill.
  • Timothy Tweedy is a dentist at the Naval Dental Center in Great Lakes, IL.
  • Samara Anderson is a graduate student at Vermont Law.

Married Gusties

  • Jill Weitzenkamp and Jason Ruehling married on September 9, 2000.
  • Alexis Peterson and Jeff Christensen ’95 married on October 14, 2000.
  • Bryon Madson and Sarah Flatness married on August 26, 2000.

Engaged Gusties

  • Jessica Hendrickson and Glenn Oslowski on April 28, 2001.

Please feel free to send your Gustie information to!!!

News from the Homefront

Campus News

The Gustavus campus is now into spring semester after enjoying another busy and exciting January Term with 2300-plus students enrolled for credit! They were offered over 100 January Term courses, including 16 travel courses (plus 36 international courses through the UMAIE consortium). There were also 15 courses on the special Environmental Studies theme for J-Term 2001. Some of these courses included, Chemistry in the Environment, The Literature of Winter, Geographical Issues in the Third World, Global Environmental Change, Amazonia: An Eco-Historical Perspective, GIS in Environmental Analysis, The Changing Face of Agriculture, and Environmental Journalism. Next year (2002) the January Term theme will be "Global Village" and will feature both international and domestic diversity focused courses. After that J-Term themes are planned for "Service-Learning" (2003) and "Undergraduate Research" (2004).

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming national chapter alumni events. Invitations are sent to alumni in chapters. For more information, please call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or look on the web at

  • Gustavus Choir Home Concert, February 10, Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
  • Marco Island gathering February 24
  • Vero Beach gathering February 25

Reunions 2001

50th Anniversary Class and 50-Year Club reunions will take place on campus, May 25-26 for the Class of 1951 and the 50-Year Club. Registration material will be mailed in April.

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 21-22. Class gatherings will take place in the Twin Cities at the DoubleTree Hotel, Minneapolis Airport at the Mall, on Friday, September 21. Homecoming activities will take place on campus on Saturday, September 22.

Will you help Gustavus remain strongly church related? Encourage your ELCA congregation to join the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. There is no cost. For more information, call the Office of Church Relations at 800-726-6194 or e-mail Craig Johnson at

Best Regards,

Toriano Sanzone

Guest Letter Writer

Class Agents

Chris Enstad

Laura Le Vander

Michelle Dahlen