Class of '98
October 2006

Dear classmates,

Over the past few months I have been reflecting on the value of my liberal arts education. I do not think I am alone in how often I use the information, or at least the ability I have learned at Gustavus to be a life-long learner and leader. At the beginning of this month I had a chance to listen to Jim Peterson, the current Gustavus president, speak about the initiatives of the college, and they include life-long learning and leadership. As a co-director of a project-based learning charter school I use my knowledge that was acquired even beyond my music and biology degrees from Gustavus. As I look at the variety of professions we have in our class I realize many of you have the same experience. It is helpful as a doctor or lawyer to be able to better relate to your patients and clients. As a teacher, it is awesome to develop a cross-curricular lesson plan. As a CEO or executive in the business world, you heavily rely on your leadership skills. Those of you who have chosen to be professional parents use many different aspects of knowledge in raising your children. With a liberal arts education, our doors have been opened.

I wrote in the last class letter about supporting Gustavus by participating in the class, and I would like to remind you of that again. Participation in the class includes coming to events on campus, volunteering talents to the current students, and monetary donations. Remember, without the help of the alumni, Gustavus cannot continue in its mission as a college preparing students for lives of leadership and service.

-Gigi Wait Dobosenski


Many exciting things are happening to members of our class. Don't forget, if you have something you want to add, please visit the alumni page on the Gustavus website or email us at

New weddings:

  • Dan Kelly married Karen Kulbe on August 20, 2005. The couple resides in Alexandria, VA.
  • Melissa Johnson married Adam Nelson on August 21, 2004. The couple resides in St. Paul, MN.
  • Kari Bergeland married Jay Kopischke on July 23, 2005. The couple resides in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Erin Tripp married Mike Halverson on August 5, 2006. The couple resides in Owatonna, MN.
  • TerraThompson married Jamison Penny on September 16, 2006. The couple resides in St. Louis Park where Terra works as a manager in the Public Service Group at LarsonAllen in downtown Minneapolis.

New babies:

  • Miles and Kathryn (Heins `99) Wurster had a baby girl, Ella Grace, on January 12, 2006. They currently reside in New Ulm, MN.
  • Cory and Jenny Smith Hoernemann had a son, Maxwell Andrew, on February 13, 2006. They currently reside in New Prague, MN.
  • Mike and LaDawn Osmundson Severin had a son, Ezra Michael, on April 24, 2006.
  • Bob and Sheila Schonrock Schultz had a son, Jacob William, on April 23, 2006. They currently reside in Plymouth, MN.
  • Lisa Hinds Jemtrud had a son, Lewis William, on March 25, 2006. They currently reside in Savage, MN.
  • Chad and Alison Le Cocq Carda had a daughter, Hazel Winnifred, on December 17, 2005. They currently Reside in Mora, MN.
  • Jon '97 and Erin Johnson Turner had a baby girl, Lucille Victoria, on February 4, 2006. They currently reside in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Fred and Carrie Bauer Schliep had a daughter, Jordan Harvest, on March 2, 2006. They currently reside in Zumbrota, MN.
  • Teresa and Andrew Widen had a baby girl, Natalie Anne, on May 27, 2006. They currently reside in Plymouth, MN.
  • Ryan and R. Aleida George Zollman had a baby girl, Jaiden Rae, on August 15, 2006. They currently reside in Prior Lake, MN.

New professions and degrees:

  • Eric Forstrom is in Los Angeles working for Pierce and Weiss, LLP as an associate focusing on civil litigation.
  • Kirstin Slette Haaheim is a bassoon performance grad student at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
  • Jocelyn Bauer is a research analyst for SAIC in Alexandria, VA.
  • Michie Kawashima completed her Ph.D. in sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The name of her dissertation is “Crossing the Line: Medical and Life World Considerations in Japanese OBGYN Consultations.”
  • Gigi Wait Dobosenski completed her K-12 principal certificate at Minnesota State University, Mankato and currently is the co-director a charter school, Edvisions Off-Campus High School.
  • Dan Kelly completed a master of business administration degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He is currently the director of community and new program development at National Industries for the Blind in Alexandria, VA.
  • Melissa Johnson completed a master of arts degree in youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in December 2005.
  • Adrian Anderson works as a research analyst chemist for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, IL.
  • Wendy Wibel Hargrave is a stay-at-home mom. She currently resides in Omaha, NE.
  • Sarah Krohn graduated from University of St. Thomas/ College of St. Catherine with a master in social work degree in May 2005.
  • Ryan Holt is an anesthesiologist with Adirondack Anesthesiology Services at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, NY.
  • Karen Lantz Holt started a certificate in baking and pastry arts from Paul Smiths College.
  • Amy Black is a senior human resources manager at Target in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Class of 1998 Want Ads 

Wanted: Class Agent

Qualifications: Gustavus Graduate from the class of ’98

Responsibilities:  Re-connect with classmates by helping to plan our up-coming 10 year class reunion, helping to write class letters and helping with fundraising for the college. 

If Interested:  Contact Erin, Gigi, or Barb Larson Taylor at the Alumni Office

Hey guys- we would really like to find a third class agent to help with the class agent responsibilities.  While it is not time-consuming, with our 10 year reunion fast approaching, we need to add another person to the group. 

Wanted: Guest Writer for our January class letter

Qualifications: Gustavus Graduate from the class of ’98

Responsibilities: We’re looking for a classmate, or two, to help write our January class letter.  We want to hear what you’ve been up to since graduation.  Maybe it’s a surprise run-in with another Gustie, or a life changing experience, an advanced degree or starting a family.  Whatever it is, we’d love to get caught up.

If Interested:  Contact Erin or Gigi

Wanted: Class members for the 10 year reunion committee

Qualifications: Gustavus Graduate from the class of ’98

Responsibilities: Our last reunion was great and we want to make sure this one is too!  We’re looking for classmates to help plan and organize our 10 year reunion in the fall of 2008.  We’ll start planning next fall and would love to have your input and help.

If Interested: Contact Erin or Gigi

Contact Information

Erin Tripp Halverson

Gigi Wait Dobosenski

Alumni Office

Campus News

Back to School

The 2006-07 academic year kicked off Sept. 6, with the annual opening convocation where President Jim Peterson encouraged students, faculty, and employees to remember, live, and teach the College's mission -- to prepare students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service to society. And some students who arrived on campus prior to the opening day of classes were already living the Gustavus mission. Students here early for athletic practice or residential-hall training helped with storm clean-up following tornadoes that hit the area at the end of August. The tornado damaged property in Nicollet, by Lake Emily, and farms outside Cleveland. The Gustavus campus and St. Peter received no damage.

Approximately 680 first-year students make up the class of 2010.  37% of these students are from the top 10% of their class, 10% are students of color, the average GPA is 3.7, and 20% are from out of state

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 6-8.  This is a reunion time for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not their reunion year.  The full schedule this year includes musical performances, athletic events, seminars on terrorism and the Linneaus Arboretum, as well as a performance by alums Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families. 

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven't had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors. The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006. To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Nobel Conference - Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow

The 42nd Nobel Conference, was held October 3 and 4, and celebrated the successes of modern medicine and consider how it may further enrich our lives; at the same time, the conference explored possible public policy and medical care delivery problems, from cost to decisions on who will receive the treatments. Moral and ethical issues abound. 

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

September was Life Insurance Awareness Month.  According to a recent national survey, 68 million Americans have no life insurance.  Fortunately, the Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Omega Kappa Fraternity Celebrates 100 Years

The OKs will celebrate 100 years of Modesty, Diversity, and Brotherhood on Saturday, October 21, at the Science Museum on Minnesota in St. Paul.  The evening will be filled with stories, photos, shared memories, artifacts, histories, and singing.  For more information, go to