Class of '98
April 2009

Greetings and Happy Spring!

I absolutely love this time of year; just hearing the birds chirping outside and not having to take five minutes to bundle up before braving the Minnesota chill is enough to put me in a great mood!  This last weekend after having a great Easter brunch with my family we all headed outside for a walk around the pond in my parent’s backyard.  It was great to see the open water and pass by a rousing game of neighborhood softball on the other side of the pond…Ah-h springtime in Minnesota…I remember that this time of year at Gustavus it got harder and harder to stay focused on studying with the weather getting nicer every day.  I can recall gazing out of my window in Rundstrom at students throwing a Frisbee or football around on any given afternoon and wishing that I didn’t have so much studying to do!

I’d first like to let you all know that Alicia Sutphen Schimke and I (Karen Delgehausen) have officially accepted the honor of joining Gigi Wait Dobosenski and Brad Peterson as your class agents.  After Alicia and I helped with the planning of our 10-year reunion last fall we both decided to further our involvement!  We’re both excited for the opportunity to be more involved and to keep you as up to date as we can with how the rest of our class of 1998 is doing and what is going on back at Gustavus.

Speaking of the reunion, it was SO GREAT to see so many old familiar faces!  (For those of you who were unable to make it this time around we missed you and hope to see you at the next one of course.)  We had a great turn out and great weather; we couldn’t have asked for a better day!  The new football stadium is quite impressive, and if you haven’t seen the newly refurbished Old Main it is amazing.  And to whomever might have paid a visit to good ol’ Patrick’s in the evening I have two questions:  Where did the stage go and who decided it would be a good idea to put a tree where the pool tables used to be??  Nonetheless it was great to visit our stomping grounds with some old friends!

I hope that you all are doing well and getting out to enjoy the spring weather.  Please keep your updates coming by sending them to the alumni office at Gustavus or by visiting; we would love to hear from you!  Another great way to reconnect and keep in touch is through Facebook (; if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet what are you waiting for??

All the best,

Karen Delgehausen

1998 Co-Class Agent

Greetings class!

I would like to join Karen in thanking many of you for the participation in the reunion!  It was an awesome day!  Additionally, our 10-year reunion year brought us an awesome fiscal giving year for our class.  We raised nearly $30,000!!  Congratulations and thank you for your generosity to the current and future Gusties!  Together with our awesome participation in reunion, the class of 1998 is truly the epitome of Gustavus spirit!  It was a pleasure to be a part of the reunion committee and many thanks to those who helped plan!  Remember, you can still participate as a Gustie alum by reading these letters, making visits to Gustavus, or joining our group on Facebook.  I hope to hear from you all soon!

Gigi Wait Dobosenski

10-Year Reunion Committee Chair

Class News:

  • Carl Lockrem is the development director with the Grand Avenue Club.
  • Jonathan Koenigs is a professional tennis teacher in the Twin Cities.
  • Matt Olson is pursuing a master’s of law in entertainment at Southwestern University in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Jodi Metz is a physician assistant at the Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis.
  • Miles Wurster was a guest director of The Martin Luther College Wind Symphony in New Ulm, MN.
  • Amanda Ludeman Thompson was nominated for “Teacher of the Year” for grades 7-12 at Cannon Falls High School.
  • Ryan Holt has joined the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff in anesthesia services.
  • Jessica Rolf married Lee Calvin Sheppard, III in Memphis, TN on November 1, 2008.  The newlyweds live in Memphis, TN.

Upcoming Gustavus Events:

For those of you residing in good ol’ Minnesota, a Twin Cities Gusties Breakfast is held on the third Wednesday of every month at the Doubletree Hotel Park Place, near the intersection of Highways 100 and 394, at 8:00 AM.  Upcoming speaker is Katherine Tunheim from the economics and management department at the May 20th breakfast.  Call Don Swanson at 763-533-9083 to reserve your spot.

MayDay!  Peace Conference

“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.

May 31st marks the close of the 2009 Gustavus Annual Fund!  If you have not yet made your donation on line to contribute to the 2009 Gustavus Annual Fund you have until May 31st.  We all know these are tough economic times; even if you have a few dollars to spare every little bit helps.  May 31 is also Commencement Day for the Class of 2009!

Gusties Gather! is September 20th

Homecoming/Reunions/Family Weekend - October 10

(For additional details on any of these or other upcoming events, please visit

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