Class of '98
May 2000

Hello Class of 1998!

I’ve enjoyed reading all of the updates that have come over the past few months and I have listed them at the end of this letter for you to enjoy as well. Please forgive any misspellings―I type them as I get them and they’re not always easily decipherable.

Matt Anderson deserves to be in the spotlight of this letter…He has been working overtime putting together our Class of 1998 web site. If you have not yet been there, it is great! You can get to the site through the Alumni portion of the Gustavus web site or the address is Please register and update us on what’s new with you. Matt, thanks again for your work to keep our class connected!

The Gustavus Spring Alumni Phonorama was a huge success and I enjoyed talking with many of you on the phone. I want to extend a thank you to all of who have generously supported students at Gustavus through financial gifts this year.

Many of us have significant debt from our time at Gustavus, but we also have a lot to be thankful for. While we attended our four years of college, thousands of donors were helping to pay for our education and keeping the cost of our tuition as low as possible. It is inspiring to see how so many of you understand the importance of giving back. Of course―what else would you expect from a Gustie?!?

Quick Facts from the Hill…

  • The C. Charles Jackson Campus Center is now the official name of the campus center honoring the retired Twin Cities business executive and his many contributions to the College.
  • 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.
  • The class of 2000 is the second largest class in the college's 138-year history. Robert A. Skotheim, president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA, delivered the commencement address on Sunday, May 28.
  • Two Greater Gustavus Awards were presented at the Alumni Banquet, May 27. This distinguished honor is the highest award given by the college’s Alumni Association. It is presented to individuals who have "significantly advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College." Dennis Johnson ’60 of St. Peter and Clyde and Lois (Madsen) Allen ’56 ’59 of Bloomington were be honored for their commitment to the college.
  • New fall Gustavus we will have a new state-of-the-art outdoor track & field and soccer facility. The estimated project completion date is September 1. The nine-lane 400 meter all weather track and inner 360 x 225 feet grass intercollegiate soccer field will used for practice and competition by the Gustie varsity teams, as well as academic classes and campus recreational activities. The $1.8 million project will be Gustavus’ first outdoor all-weather track, having had a cinder track around Hollingsworth Field, but it ceased being used in 1984.

Quick Facts from our class…

  • Dave Rippe is in his second year of medical school at the Northwestern University in Chicago.
  • Tom Kelsey is a working to obtain his master’s degree in higher education administration.
  • Shannon Dolan is studying occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota.
  • Reggie Klindworth is working toward his master’s of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He is also engaged to marry Kate Stelck ’01.
  • Aaron Lorentz is attending William Mitchell Law School.
  • Beth Ludden is an administrative representative at the Minnesota Life Insurance Company.
  • Ernie Power will begin working toward his master’s in mechanical engineering at Mankato State in September.
  • Ty Totzke is supervisor of Group Employment Services at Merrill Lynch & Company Inc.
  • Melissa Golberg is teaching English to grades 8–10 at The Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. She is also engaged to Kyle Molin ’98 and will be married in August.
  • Ivy Borgstrom is the director of Youth Programs at Light of Christ Lutheran in Chicago.
  • Christy Anderson is project manager at Fair, Isaac Corporation.
  • Adrian Anderson is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Starr Peltier is teaching civics to ninth graders at Aitkin school district in Aitkin, MN.
  • Kristi Pettis is working as a communications coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
  • Sara Strain is working in human resources at Michael Foods and planning to attend Law School in the fall.
  • Peter Kluge is a medical student at Kirksville College in Kirksville, MO.
  • Jill Kalla is a sixth grade teacher at Sojourner of Truth Academy.
  • Glenn Kranking is attending the University of Washington and working towards his Master’s in Scandinavian Studies. He works as membership/promotion assistant at KUOW the public radio station in Seattle. He will present a paper at the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Madison, WI, and while in the area is giving a guest lecture at Gustavus on Scandinavian History. He is doing the editing and pagination of a book Stage and Screen published by DreamPlay Press Northwest.
  • Anthony Schaefer is living in Lauderdale, MN, and working at Questar Data Systems as an associate research analyst.
  • Chris Holze is going to school at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri.
  • Melissa Hultgren is engaged to marry Matt Engel on August 12, 2000. Matt is finishing up his second year at William Mitchell and Melissa is in her second year of teaching kindergarten in Minneapolis.
  • Heidi Anderson has accepted a position as market research analyst at Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, CA.
  • Tara Tepley has accepted a position as area representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Littleton, CO.
  • Jennifer Nelson Tricker is a compensation analyst for Rhythms Net Connections.
  • Jessica Wood is teaching in the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento, CA.
  • Carolyn Christensen is employed with SFX Theatrical Group as a production associate. She is currently working on Jekyll & Hyde, Ragtime, Sunset Boulevard and a new musical out this fall called The Seussical.
  • Brian Carlson has resigned from the Golden Valley Police Department and accepted a position with the Target Corporation in the asset protection department. He is currently in the process of opening a new Target store in Hastings, MN.
  • Nathan Krause is a brokerage associate at American Express.
  • Josh Davis is student teaching and coaching girls volleyball and boys and girls track and field at Cal Young Middle School here in Eugene, OR. I’m also finishing up my master’s in Education at the University of Oregon.
  • Clinton Dietrich is working for the University of Minnesota Foundation in the general development arm of the U of MN.
  • Kari Seidel is teaching kindergarten at Riviera Day School in Miami, Florida.
  • Karen Lantz Holt and Ryan Holt were married on December 26, 1999. Karen is teaching social studies at Christ King School in Wauwatosa, WI. Ryan is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
  • Jason Campbell joined the Peace Corps in February of 1998 and is serving in the Ukraine as a business development volunteer. He is teaching economics and helping local businesses succeed in the difficult realities they face as Ukraine makes the transition to a market economy.
  • Heidi Pettis is getting married October 7, 2000 to Mitchel Meyer. The wedding will take place in Christ Chapel.
  • Christopher Hurst is a computer programmer at KeyTech.
  • Jessica Iverson is working as a Paralegal for the law offices of Kenneth Greenfield. Jessica is also a member of the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and is a paid soprano at All Souls Episcopal Church.
  • Jody Hansen lives in St. Louis Park and teaches fourth grade at Excelsior Elementary School in Excelsior, MN. She is working towards a master’s of arts in education through Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.
  • Jenel Anderson Wavra is attending William Mitchell Law School.
  • Jenifer Breutzmann is working for General Electric.
  • Jenny Fairbanks is a consultant for
  • Timothy Penkhus is working towards his MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
  • Kevin Palmberg is in graduate school at the University of Minnesota in landscape architecture.
  • Amy Miller is a high school English teacher at St. Anthony Village High School.
  • Chris Porter is a trader on the Nasdaq Floor in the Mercantile Exchange Building downtown Chicago.
  • Robert Fossum is working on a Master’s of geography and a Master’s of water resource management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Melissa Seitzer is doing T.V. extra work, costuming, experimental theater, Blockbuster Video and substitute teaching in the LA area, and last year she was a nanny for the John Fogerty family on tour in the U.S. and Australia.
  • John Stawarz is a Peace Corp Volunteer in Benin and is teaching English via French. He’ll be back between July and September.
  • Elizabeth Hind received her master of arts degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University on December 18, 1999.
  • CloEve Anderson Demmer has accepted a new position at Luther Seminary in

St. Paul, MN.


  • Sara Loftus has been an elementary teacher at the Chaska School District.

Enjoy your summer!

CloEve Anderson Demmer

Class Agent ’98