Class of '99
May 2000

Greetings class of 1999!

It’s hard to believe that it was only one year ago we were getting ready to graduate and enter the "real-world." Hasn’t that year flown by? In that year, we’ve all had a number of transitions, exciting news to share, and obstacles to overcome. The class of 1999 is not to be underestimated. We’ve had classmates teaching and living abroad, studying at exceptional higher education institutions, and knocking the socks off the corporate world. We hope that you enjoy this update on the class of 1999!

To start, we’ll give you an update on your trusty Class Agents. Colleen C. Brady has left her position at Allina Health Systems, and is now working as a membership representative for Nielsen TV Ratings. We always knew she’d be involved in television…we just didn’t know how. Next stop…Saturday Night Live! Philip J. Eidsvold is travelling the globe as a trip director with Carlson Companies Marketing Group. The five days that he has been home this year, he enjoys living in his uptown digs. Jaimie Jo Tabako, soon to be Jaimie Jo Oakden, is tying the knot in a quaint little place that we like to call Christ Chapel (imagine that). Jaimie and her future husband, Andy, are making plans to move to Bloomington, IN, where she will pursue teaching while Andy completes his graduate degree in opera after their July wedding. Jesse M. Torgerson is enjoying his business analyst position at Target Corporation in downtown Minneapolis. He’s also involved in several projects with the Target volunteer program throughout the Twin Cities community.

Now onto your other classmates….

Those continuing education:

  • Becky Bussinger is attending graduate school at the University of Denver. Her degree will be in Crisis Counseling and she interns at a local counseling center.
  • Amanda Braband is a graduate student at the University of Illinois studying Latin. She is in the MAT program.
  • Bob Bryngelson is attending the University of Minnesota studying electrical engineering
  • Jennifer Chalgren is attending Mayo Medical School in Rochester.
  • Brita Eriksen is continuing her education at St. Cloud State University.
  • Marc Greenberg is attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI.
  • Joy Johnson is currently attending Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo in the graduate program of occupational therapy. We would also like to congratulate Joy on being elected president of the student occupational therapy association which includes all undergraduate and graduate students!!!
  • Crystal Laurvick is living in Forrest Field Western Australia studying to receive her Master’s in public health at the University of Western Australia-Perth.
  • Jessica Mijal is going to school at The Madison Media Institute.
  • Fred Palm is studying higher education administration at NYU.
  • Jill Peterson is now attending William Mitchell School of Law.
  • Josh Preiss is continuing his education in philosophy in Chicago, IL.
  • Stephanie Sheetz is attending graduate school at Iowa State to receive her Master’s in community and regional planning.
  • Ross Shermer is at the University of Minnesota in the electrical engineering program.
  • Michael Thiede is currently in Eddyville, IA at Cargill studying chemistry.
  • Jen Viljaste is a medical student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Tammy Williams is living in Seattle, WA and attending the University of Washington in a computer science Ph. D. program.

Those who have entered the work force:

  • Bryce Anderson is working in Minneapolis with Travelers Property Casualty in the workers compensation investigative unit.
  • Amy Bergman is working at St. Charles Elementary School as a first grade teacher.
  • Andy Blake, Steve Hahn, and Ben Krueger are rooming together in Minneapolis.
  • Erin Carter is a research associate in the Bioassay Department at R&D Systems in Minneapolis.
  • Jared Chester is a representative at Lutheran Brotherhood.
  • Ryan Chies is working for North Cities Health Care as an administrator trainee.
  • Daniel DeCamp is employed as a customer specialist with Medtronic. Inc.
  • Lisa Dollerschell is currently working at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Minneapolis as a brokerage manager.
  • Kerry Eisenbarth and Sarah Osgood have recently become roommates living in St. Louis Park. Kerry is working for the Shakopee School District. Sarah is working for R.J. Steichen & Company Investment Securities.
  • Kim Gill is a site director at the YMCA
  • Rachel Eggimann is working for the Hastings School District as a kindergarten teacher.
  • Jessica Floren is currently living in Faribault and working at the District One Hospital.
  • Megan French is working in Columbia Heights as a kindergarten teacher at Immaculate Conception School.
  • Andy Houk is currently working as a fluid power specialist for MnDOT.
  • Ryan Kaplan is working in the consumer services division of Mike Hatch’s Office.
  • Joe Kellner Seattle, WA is undergoing army leadership training as a continuation of his commitment to ROTC.
  • Sarah Kellner is teaching first grade at Jordan Elementary.
  • Kyle Kolich is now living in Chicago, IL and working for Kirkland and Ellis law firm.
  • Rebecca LaZerte is a social studies teacher at Coon Rapids Middle School.
  • Jennifer Meyer is living in Golden Valley and working for the Minnesota DNR.
  • Melissa McDougall is working for Fairview University Medical Center as a registered nurse.
  • Margaret Ormesher is currently teaching in the Minnetonka school district as a fifth grade elementary teacher.
  • Corey Robideau is currently living in Chanhassen and working as a commercial banker at Americana Community Bank.
  • Lori Schlaak is a claim representative for Federated Insurance.
  • Katie Shoenrock has joined Sable Advertising as a market support funds program administrator. She continued her education at Brainco Minneapolis School of Advertising.
  • Angela Schuette is currently teaching fourth grade at St. John’s Catholic School in Savage.
  • Sarah Schuette is employed as a series editor at Capstone Press in Mankato. She edits non-fictional educational children’s literature.
  • Bob Southworth signed a professional football contract to be the quarterback for the St. Paul Pigs. The St. Paul Pigs are a Mid America Football League minor league football club.
  • Brian Sorum a health specialist at the Mayo Clinic
  • Ryan Swenson is currently living in Minnetonka and working for Simple Simon.
  • Todd Roudabush is working for the Hopkins School District as a science teacher and tennis coach.

Those who are employed across the country and around the world:

  • Angie Agan has recently moved to Kansas to work as the executive director for Camp Tomah Shinga in Junction City.
  • Allison Barry is presently teaching fifth grade science at Reed Academy in Houston Texas.
  • Emily Flickinger is employed at Gallagher Byerly Inc. as a customer service representative in Denver, CO.
  • Stuart Grande is teaching English and U.S. History in Romania. He plays soccer in Miercurea.
  • Jessie Johnson is living in Chicago, IL, working for Lutheran Volunteer Corps as a Youth Outreach Worker at Light of Christ Lutheran Church.
  • Derek Kaufman is currently teaching Spanish at Page High School in Franklin, TN.
  • Diane Lentz is in Massachusetts working for Chase Printing as a production supervisor.
  • Brenda Matheis is living in Lafayette, CO where she is working for the Colorado Literacy Corps.
  • Jerod Rauk is currently in the Lutheran Volunteer Corp working for the U.S. committee for refugees in Washington, D.C.
  • Josh Rysted is a campaign manager at Artsmarketing in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Wendy Vosburg is working for the St. Stanislaus School System in Omaha, NE.

Future Weddings:

  • Christina McAndrew and Griffin Geisler are planning a wedding for June 3, 2000.
  • Heather Nierengarten will be married on June 4, 2000 to Scott Nieman.
  • Amy Benson and Roy Heilman will be married on June 24, 2000.
  • Kari Carlson and Mark Newell are planning a wedding on August 11, 2000.

In the year 2000 we would like to wish these couples a Happy One-Year Anniversary:

  • Emily Anderson married Shannon Boylan on April 24, 1999.
  • Melissa Miller married Eric Dols on May 15, 1999. Melissa is working for Gentra Systems and Eric is a youth pastor at Central Lutheran Church.
  • Carrie Boeder and Matthew Williams ’98 were married on June 19, 1999. The couple is currently living in Eden Prairie.
  • Julie Moberg married Chris Gilbert on June 26, 1999.
  • James Zoet and Rebecca Richter married June 26, 1999. Rebecca is an advertising account executive for Dallas County News Incorporated and James is an assistant credit analyst for John Deere Credit. They are currently living in Des Moines IA.
  • Matt Eden and Liz Reed married July 9, 1999. The couple is living in Albuquerque, NM. Matt is working at New Mexico Bank and Trust and Liz is a student at the University of New Mexico.
  • Sarah Hjalmervik married Adam Schaefer on July 17, 1999. Sarah is continuing her education at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
  • Kadie Stone and John Davis married on July 24, 1999. Kadie is employed by Waseca County News and Shopper as an advertising representative.
  • Brian Liefeld and Amy Quehl married on July 31, 1999. They are currently living in Eagan, MN.
  • Jennifer Marohn and Chad Haas were married on August 7, 1999. Jennifer is a technical correspondent for R & Systems. Chad is a publisher’s assistant for The Lutheran Digest.
  • Rebecca Nelson and Andrew Feyder ’97 married September 18, 1999. They are in the Peace Corps where they will be serving two years in the South Pacific in a development program. Andrew will be concentrating on community development and Rebecca on English as a second language.
  • Lisa Bauer and Matthew Millin were married on September 25, 1999. The couple is currently living in Andrew IA.
  • Paul Monskey married Amy Black ’98 on October 9, 1999. The couple is working for Northwestern Mutual Life.
  • Kellie Meyer married Peter Moeller on October 23, 1999. The couple is living in Bloomington.
  • Callie Braun and Eric Armstrong ’96 married October 30, 1999. The couple is currently living in Fitchburg, WI.
  • Torunn Allen and Patrick Harty married on August 6, 1999. The couple is living in Eden Prairie where Torunn is working at Eden Lake Elementary and Pat at American Express.
  • Michelle Courtright and Thor Bjork were married in June 5, 1999. Thor is working at Northern States Power as a geographic systems analyst.
  • Chris Barnick and Alicia Hubbard were married July 31, 1999. Chris is working for Norwest Financial. The couple is currently living in Burnsville.

Now for some news from the campus

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.

Everyone is invited to an hors d’oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail, or in Alumni Events at

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

  • Tribute to Richard Q. Elvee, May 16, Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. program
  • ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
  • Homecoming/Reunion Weekend for Anniversary Class 1955-2000, September 29 & 30, Friday night events at the Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington, Saturday events on campus
  • Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

Wasn’t it fun to catch up with what’s going on with your classmates? We’d love to include some information about you too, so please drop us a line by writing a postcard or note to the Alumni Office (especially those of you whom we haven’t heard from in a while).

Enjoy your summer! You’ll be hearing from us again soon!

Colleen, Phil, Jaimie, and Jesse

Class Agents, Class of 1999