Class of '97
January 1999

With the advent of the new year, we have seen a return to the bitterly cold winters that we once new as Gusties on January Term. Ahhh, January Term was definitely a good time, wasn’t it? Get this, the admissions office actually refers to J-Term as an opportunity for intense study. Which would you rather do, work full-time when you can only see the sun from the window behind the cubicle, which is behind the wall of your boss’ office, or have the opportunity to enjoy the truly enlightening experience of taking courses such as "Laminated Paper Art", "French Songs and Singers", "Islamic Politics", or "Weight Lifting and its People"? Gusties are taking classes, travelling the globe, performing music, and creating art during January Term 1999.

Senior Class Gift

No matter what classes current Gusties are taking, you can be sure that they are enjoying the water filters that have been installed in the dorms thanks to our ‘97 Class Gift ! Yes, that’s right, the support that we were able to give to the college as our "going away present" became a reality this year. During the cold of winter, Gusties don’t have to cross the winter tundra just to get fresh water.


  • Carrie Bauer - 4th grade teacher at Cannon Falls Elementary.
  • Lana Bauer -1st grade teacher in Beardsley, Minnesota.
  • Arlene Bertoni -High School health and phy-ed teacher in Chicago, Ill.
  • Jennifer Blake -works for Herald-Times Reporter
  • Jennifer Carlson-Accounts Representative for Allina Health Systems
  • Heather Duggan - Substitute teaching in Oregon City, OR.
  • Marissa Dziewior - Assistant Probation Officer at Juvenile Services Center in Hastings, MN
  • Katherine Ewalt - Grad student at George Washington University in exercise science
  • Jina Faurot -working for 1st Choice Health Home Care Agency
  • Liz Fell - working for Twin Cities Sport and Rec
  • Heather Ford -Manager at Lady Footlocker
  • Jonathan Fritz -Exercise Specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Alison Rucinski Goodwin -Tax Accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in Minneapolis, MN
  • Ann Hanson -working for Doherty Employment Group
  • Molly Haigh -Account Coordinator in the travel department at Carlson Marketing Group
  • Alex Hill -graduate school at University of Minnesota in Biomedical Engineering
  • Joleen Hubbard -Research Associate at R&D Systems, Inc.
  • Jason Jacobs -grad student in Physical Therapy at St. Catherine’s.
  • Ole Karstad -General Operations Manager at Krohn Farm and Grain
  • Kendra Knutson -Development Coordinator at Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Eric Kronback -received his Masters Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
  • Kristie Larson -working for Fargo Electronics, Inc.
  • Mike Logan -Government Affairs Representative for Dayton Hudson Corp in Minneapolis, MN
  • Rob Maas -Grad Student at Hamline University
  • Joy Olson McVay - Customer Service Representative for Ford Motor Credit
  • Jean Merril -completed Masters in English Lit and is working towards a PHD in English at UW-Madison
  • Kris Morrell -Transaction Advisory Group for Arthur Andersen in Chicago, Ill.
  • Luca Nickerson -attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN
  • Amy Henningsgard Panek -working for PRN Nursing Network
  • Luke Panek -working for 1st Service Corp
  • Sarah E. Peterson- relocated to Boston, MA with Silicon Graphics as a financial analyst
  • Michael Reed -graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a degree in law enforcement
  • Heidi Rietz -attending Midwestern University in Illinois
  • Brian Rolig -working for IKON Office Solutions
  • Eva Rychly -enrolled in physical therapy school at the University of Minnesota
  • Ben Saari -working for Artisan Creative
  • Angela Sands -Reservation Sales Agent at Northwest Airlines
  • Laura Selby -working for USTA as a research coordinator
  • Heather Senske -Life Touch Photography as a marketing assistant
  • Chris Sevig -working at Donaldson Company
  • Tanya Warmka Siedlecki -7th grade math teacher at Cambridge Middle School
  • Natalie Spilde -enrolled at Luther Seminary
  • Nichole Sterling -earned Masters Degree in Late Midieval studies
  • Amy Swart -Spanish teacher at Hastings High School
  • Tiffany Wild -Branch Manager at TCF National Bank


  • Erin Augustine and Michael Stuedemann , both ‘97 graduates, were married on July 18th at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb.
  • Beth Berquam ‘97 and Dale Schmoll are engaged to be married
  • Rachel Brekken ‘97 and John Urosevich ‘96 will be married in October ‘98
  • Jill Budach ‘97 and Randall Bergman were married September 19, 1998
  • Jen Johnson and Matt Cords, both ‘97 graduates, were married July 18, 1998
  • Aaron Davitch ‘97 and Jessica Brown (Tami Brown McQuoid’s younger sister) were married June 1998
  • Kathryn Durfee ‘97 and Adam Zabell are engaged to be married in October 1999
  • Sarah Guggisberg ‘97 and Michael Mayer were married August 21, 1998
  • Amy Henningsgard and Luke Panek , both ‘97 grads, were married.
  • Jason Jacobs ‘97 and Sara Ridge ’98 were married Aug. 15, 1998 in Owatonna, MN.
  • Kari Larter ‘97 and Ryan Lennartson’96 were married on June 13, 1998.
  • Tracy Prin ‘97 and Damon Klaphake ‘96 were married on May 18, 1998
  • Tara Madsen and Phil Smart, both ‘97 grads, were married on June 20, 1998
  • Sarah Marzolf ‘97 and Matthew Christensen, were married Dec. 12, 1998
  • Brian Ohnsorg ‘97 and Shelley Kuehn ‘98 were married on December 19, 1998 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis
  • Britta Peterson’97 and Mike Ferrell ‘96 were married on Aug. 22, 1998
  • Kristi Svee ‘97 and Bryan Stranberg were married in August 1998
  • Amy Moeller ‘97 and Tom Walz were married on Oct. 10, 1998
  • Staci Halvorson ‘97 and Steve Winter were married on Sept. 26, 1998


A bouncing baby boy, Andrew Thomas, was born to Deb Theis Scherber ‘97 and Jason Scherber , on August 17, 1998.

A beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie Anne, was born to Daphne and Chris Roberts, both ‘97 grads;on October 23, 1998.


As we approach March 29, 1999, we come upon a significant anniversary. This college survived the most devastating natural disaster that an educational institution has ever seen. Believe it or not, many believed that our Gustavus would not be able to survive. Thanks to the outpouring of support, the rebuilding of a greater Gustavus is well underway. Year to date, 10% of our class has contributed to the Gustavus Fund. Thanks for your continued commitment to the college, keep up the good work. We have set a goal as a class to reach 40% participation in alumni giving. Now, more than ever, Gustavus needs its alumni support for its students, reconstruction and overall well-being of the college. We are all still fresh out of college, so we don’t expect much. If you feel that the College served you well during your life at Gustavus, please say thanks and show your support.

~Melissa, Josh, Jon and Stef

If you would like to give your fellow Gusties an update on what’s happening in your world, please contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-487-8437 (, or any of the Class Agents.