Class of '97
September 1999

Inside this Newsletter








The new Campus Center Dining Facility was opened this fall. It was named in honor of Evelyn Young ’33. Gone are the days of the old ‘Caf’. The choices are numerous, but don’t worry, chicken strips are better than ever, since they are available at EVERY meal. On the down side, these kids will never see the likes of sea nuggets, tuna melts, or the conveyor belt.

We are looking to do something new in our next newsletter, if you feel you could contribute an interesting story, please contact your class agents to inquire about being a guest writer.


  • Bill Aase-University of Miami Law School.
  • Jenny Sue Abbott Smith- University of Minnesota Graduate School.
  • Matthew Bauler- University of Oklahoma for biochemistry.
  • Julie Buerkle- Moorhead State University in school counseling program.
  • Robert Bledsoe- graduated from Syracuse University with a Master’s in broadcast journalism.
  • Grant Boulanger- Postbac program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Stacy Dunekacke- attending University of Minnesota for an MBA.
  • Karin Foster- graduate school at Minnesota State University, Mankato in athletic training.
  • Eric Gilbertson- medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA.
  • Sonja Glumich- biology at North Dakota State University.
  • Kristin Hensrud- physician’s assistant program at St. Francis College in Pennsylvania.
  • Tolif Hunt- University of Wisconsin, Green Bay in environmental science and policy.
  • Dawn Kelling- graduate student from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.
  • Lane Magnuson- graduated from Minnesota State Univesity at Mankato with a Master’s in urban planning.
  • Allison Davis Manley- graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in special education.
  • Janet Mann- working toward her Master’s in geology at Iowa State University.
  • Heather Moky- working on her physical therapy degree at Rush University in Chicago.
  • Katy Peters- received an artist residency at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.
  • Sarah A. Peterson- graduate assistant in sports medicine at the University North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  • Alea Reeves- pursuing a Master’s degree in physical education at Gonzaga University, while spending the semester abroad at Oxford University in London, England.
  • Shanda Reinke- graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s in genetic counseling.
  • Andy Schmidt- dental school at the University of Iowa.
  • Matt Schwakopf- working on an doctorate in structural engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • April Valentine- student at University of Southwest Louisiana in French.
  • Shelley Wagner- University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse in the School of Health Education.
  • Carmen Westerberg- University of Minnesota in honors psychology.


  • Kim Bangstad- working as a computer peripherals buyer at Best Buy Co.
  • Jennifer Brekke Adams- teaching at Glendale Elementary in Prior Lake/Savage School District.
  • Jocelyn Brekke Grant-teaching at Glendale Elementary in Prior Lake/Savage School District.
  • Erika Burge- circulation supervisor at Concordia-St. Paul Library.
  • Terri Carlin- laboratory supervisor at Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mele Caufman- job club facilitator at Employment Action Center.
  • Kathy Chillstrom- teaching fifth grade at Medford Area Middle School.
  • Robert Cramer- asset liability specialist at Farin & Associates in Madison, WI.
  • Heather Ford- sales support assistant for IKON Office Solutions.
  • Matthew Gennrich- biological science technician with the USDA Forest Service, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Andy Hagen- head swimming coach at Winona Swim Club.
  • Corey Haugen- math teacher in Austin Public Schools.
  • Elizabeth Hauschildt- children’s advocate at the Sojourner Project, a battered women and children’s shelter in Hopkins.
  • Alicia Johnson- was promoted to human resources at Pillsbury Corporation.
  • Laura Kelso- employed by For Sale By Owner Shoppe.
  • Melissa Lankow- member of Minnesota Conservation Corps headquartered at Norris Camp.
  • Jessica Lobben- registered nurse at the University of Colorado, Denver, in the field of Oncology.
  • Sara Martens- managing an optometrist office in Minnetonka and going to school for graphic design.
  • Adam McFarland- teaching current events and 9th grade civics at Delano High School.
  • Kari Moody Shumaker- assistant program director at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries.
  • Tara Pals- is now a corporate learning consultant at DynaMark.
  • Ramona Patton- faculty member at John S. Duss Memorial Music Conservatory.
  • Josh Peterson- working for e-commerce division at Best Buy Co.
  • Sarah E. Peterson- working for Silicon Graphics in Eagan.
  • Stacy Pauling Lauseng- senior auditor for Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell and Co.
  • Evelyn Reichert- is substitute teaching.
  • Christopher Roberts- works as chief financial officer and vice president for Site Genic LLC.
  • Anne Schauer- teaches kindergarten in the Rush City District.
  • Theresa Staats- heath fitness specialist at Sony Music Health Fitness Center, New York.
  • Jennifer Vickerman- Classical Jazz Manager at Sam Goody in Mall of America. Member of Spirit Garage Christian Band with Michelle Langner, Kathleen Schiltz, and John Kerns ‘96.
  • Jennifer Wald- employed at National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Jeremy Zwart- audit senior at McGladrey and Pullen LLP.


  • Jenny Sue Abbott and Ryan Smith were married on July 3, 1999.
  • Troy Alexander and Gina DeLuca were married September 25, 1999.
  • Laurie Berg and Jeff Krenner were married on July 16, 1999 and moved to Denver, Colorado.
  • Beth Berquam and Dale Schmoll were married on May 22, 1999.
  • Jennifer Brekke and Barton Adams were married on April 9, 1999.
  • Jocelyn Brekke and James Grant were married on July 17, 1998.
  • Rachel Brekken and John Urosevich ’96 married October 30, 1999.
  • Jill Buhse and Todd Anderson were married in March, 1999.
  • Jennifer Carlson and Thomas Mason ‘97 were married on February 27, 1999.
  • Betsy Dornan and Eric Bauler were married on May 22, 1999.
  • Katie Durfee and Adam Zabell were married on October 2, 1999.
  • Sonja Glumich and Christopher Benson were recently married.
  • Sally Gramstad and Frank Casey were married on August 14, 1999.
  • Joel Harter and Toy McMahn were married on August 27, 1999.
  • Jess Hall and Bill Burns ’96 were married on June 12, 1999.
  • Corey Haugen and Jennifer Rossow were married on June 26, 1999.
  • Jennifer Holmstoen and Nathan Lee were married on June 5, 1999.
  • James Hultgren and Angie Colt ’98 were married on July 24, 1999.
  • Erin Johnson and Jon Turner, graduates, were married on September 25, 1999.
  • Dawn Kelling and Doug Gerdts, Jr. were married on July 23, 1999.
  • Sarah Luedtke and Dave Jones ’95 were married on October 16, 1999.
  • Kari Moody and Paul Shumaker were married in October, 1999.
  • Sara Nelson and Alex Perfetti were married in October, 1999.
  • Sarah Nelson and Nate Mueller ‘96 were married on May 1, 1999.
  • Stacey Pauling and Andrew Lauseng were married on July 17, 1999.
  • Rauha Rahkola and Sarah McCormick ’98 were married on August 14, 1999
  • Margaret Sheie and Jeff Crull are getting married on December 18, 1999.
  • Amber Shockey and Jim Nurmi, were married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in June 18, 1999.
  • Jill Steinhorst and Tim Schrupp were married on May 16, 1998.
  • Carrie Swanson and Chris Enstad ‘96 were married on July 10, 1999.
  • Sheila Tanata and Brian Eyler were married on June 18, 1998.
  • Scott Tricker and Jen Nelson ‘98 were married in an October 2, 1999 wedding.
  • Darin Tysdal and Andrea Menge ‘98 were married July 17, 1999.
  • Jill Watson and Jon Swanson ‘97 are engaged to be married August 12, 2000.
  • Garrison Whyte and Jennifer Schilling are getting married December 11, 1999.
  • Chandra Wobschall and Chad Millner are engaged to be married August 26, 2000.
  • Jeremy Zwart and Amy Unze were married on May 29, 1999.


Emily (Sanvick) and Leif Thompson are proud parents of Isabel Marie, born on November 25, 1998.


A BIG THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the Class of ’97. We had the largest increase in participation in giving to the college. We have a new goal of 50% class participation in Alumni Giving. Remember, our goal is not big dollars, but widespread participation. Clearly we have made great strides toward this in the past year. You can anticipate a call from a current Gustie to help us meet this goal. Let’s do our part to make sure that Gustavus will prosper in the next Millenium.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new BookMark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

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