Class of 2000
February 2002

Dear ’00 Gusties,

Greetings from the Hill!  Ah, the smell of spring is in the air.  Current Gusties just began spring semester and are looking forward to winter athletics post-season tournaments, post-tour home music concerts, the infamous Case Day, President’s Ball, fabulous spring break work trips, not to mention the ultra-competitive spring coed IM softball season (Go Beavers!).

Speaking of winter athletics, you should all know that the Gusties are near the top of the MIAC in every sport!  It’s been a great season in Lund Center.  Men’s and women’s basketball both start post-season play this week.  The women are on fire after two wins over St. Ben’s and one over St. Thomas during regular season play.  Men’s hockey has made an outstanding comeback from the last few years to finish 2nd in the MIAC, while women’s hockey currently leads the MIAC and is ranked #6 in the nation after a good run on the East Coast.  Gymnastics has had another strong year and is looking to oust Hamline when they host the NCGA Regionals here in two weeks.  Indoor track and field shows another promising start to their combined indoor/outdoor year, while men’s and women’s Nordic skiing has taken off to become strong contenders in the MIAC, despite the lack of snowfall this year.

Outside of the arena, so to speak, Gusties continue to shine in all areas.  The Threepenny Opera opens in Anderson Theatre next weekend for a two-week run.  Hillstrom Art Museum is getting ready to host "Clay Bodies by Student Bodies."  Music ensembles just returned from their tours:  The Gustavus Band spent three and a half weeks in Norway and Sweden, the Gustavus Choir spent a week doing their Midwest tundra tour before heading to Italy next January, the Gustavus String Orchestra made its debut tour to Colorado.  For all of you musical-types, you may be excited to hear that the Gustavus string program has grown so much over the last two years that the music department has decided to add a second orchestra next year!  This makes Gustavus one of the few liberal arts colleges in the nation to be home to two student orchestras (along with our friends in Northfield, Decorah, and Moorhead).

If you want more info on any of these areas and more, check out the new and improved Gustavus website——don’t forget about your home on the hill! 

So what’s happening with the Class of 2000?


  • Joshua Turnbull is working at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis
  • Lindsey Enderson is a preschool teacher at Little Flowers Montessori Preschool in Minneapolis
  • Jeff VonDeLinde is a missionary with Mercy Ships currently in Africa
  • Kira Theimer is choir director in the Stevens Point School District in Wisconsin
  • Mitch Overbe is a customer service representative at The Protomold Company in the Twin Cities
  • Katie Fraser is a graduate student in microbiology at the University of Minnesota
  • Gus Hallman is a sales professional at Walser Buick, Pontiac, GMC in the Twin Cities
  • Kim Sireno is a coach at GK Gymnastics in Ft. Collins, CO
  • Sara Oakes is a medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Cathy Edlund graduates this spring from the University of Minnesota with her master's in
  • occupational therapy
  • Ember Ewings is a medical student at the University of WI-Madison Medical School
  • Stacie Engstrom is a law student at Hamline University
  • Karen Mohrlant is a science specialist for the St. Paul Public Schools- Dayton’s Bluff Elementary
  • Katie Andersen is a staff-II accountant at Olsen, Thielen & Co. Ltd.
  • Kara Erdman is completing her master's degree in science education at the University of Minnesota
  • Trisha Gambiana Wheelock is completing her master's degree in Bible and Theology at North
  • American Baptist Seminary in Iowa
  • Mercede Kortus is working on a degree in youth & family ministry at Luther Seminary while working
  • as youth director at Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis
  • Tami Nelson is an RN at New Ulm Medical Center
  • Jill Springer is a law student at William Mitchell College of Law
  • LaLinne Suon is working for Northwest Airlines in Hibbing, MN
  • David Gullickson is a graduate student at St. Cloud State University-School of Psychology
  • Mathias Schaefer is a staff accountant at Cenex Harvest States in Inver Grove Heights
  • Andrew Carlson is a medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Callista Brown is the food service coordinator and volunteer at Holden Village in Washington
  • Laura Smith is an international tax associate at Andersen LLP in Minneapolis
  • Tara Anlauf teaches kindergarten in the Mounds View School District
  • Beth Peter is a medical student at the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School
  • Carrie Stefaniak is a merchandise coordinator for Target Corporation
  • J. B. Davis is a territory manager for Vincent Metal Goods in South Dakota
  • Mark Jones is an account manager for in the Chicago area
  • Dave Nelson is a credit analyst at M & Z Bank in Madison, WI
  • Matt Thomas is a sports reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News in Minnetonka
  • Erin Eike is a computer systems officer and lieutenant in the Army-Signal Corp.
  • Lauren Fleer is a bike messenger for Deadline Express in Chicago
  • Sarah Kleppe is the communications coordinator at Flaherty & Hood, legislative advocacy firm in
  • St. Paul
  • Rachel Larson is a facility coordinator for J.E.C. Miller in Minneapolis
  • Nick Windschitl is a master’s student at the University of St. Thomas
  • Elisabeth Olson is a law student at the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Jason Christiansen is a medical student in osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa
  • David Razidlo is a lab technician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha
  • Lauren Fry is a graduate student in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech
  • Erica Coady is a social worker for the State of Alaska in child protection in Fairbanks, AK
  • Travis Dahlke is a software engineer at Unisys in Roseville
  • Elena Davis is a graduate student in international affairs at Columbia University in New York
  • Jeannette Mervine is an athletic trainer at the Institute for Athletic Medicine in Apple Valley
  • Sara Christensen is pursuing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Kristin Dykstra is teaching language arts and ESL at the Center for Training and Careers in
  • Minneapolis and is a graduate student at Hamline University, School of Education
  • Daisy Schmidt is pursuing her master’s of physical therapy degree at the University of Minnesota
  • Nils Landsberg is director of bands at Brooklyn Center High School
  • Heather Kuttner is commercial analyst manager at Cargill, Inc. in Wayzata
  • Julie Luttinen is the director of youth ministry at Holy Love Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO
  • Sarah Lampi is the Stearns County Collaborative Coordinator for Tri-CAP in St. Cloud
  • Shawna Solsvig is studio manager at Buccina Studios, Ltd. in Minneapolis
  • Sonya Gee Calgren is a behavior analyst at Brih Design in Minneapolis
  • Elliot Wright is a graduate student in Latin American History at the University of Maryland
  • Bryan McWhite is a recruitment associate at Youthworks! Inc. in Eden Prairie
  • Aaron Larimer is an auditor at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Kansas City, MO
  • Mike Fogal is an accountant at Colonnade Properties in Edina
  • Kari Hansen and Eric Martin were married on June 16, 2001; Kari is a financial assistant at the
  • University of Vermont while Eric is a graduate student in the historic preservation program there.
  • Stephanie Huble is a kindergarten teacher for ISD #720 in New Brighton
  • Kristi Huettl is a 3rd year dental student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  • Shelly Bishop is a claims representative in the worker’s compensation division of Federated Insurance
  • Jennifer Guider Viedma is a graduate student in international management at the University of St. Thomas; she married Pablo Viedma on May 26, 2001
  • Curt Jorgenson is an assistant golf pro at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska
  • Chanda Riedel is a graduate student in botany at Iowa State University in Ames, IA
  • Amanda Esala and Greg Maass were married on September 29, 2001 in Virginia, MN; now living in Robbinsdale, MN
  • Jamie Haugen married Cory DeWitte on July 14, 2001 in Hutchinson; they are now living in Mankato
  • Angela Hince married Allen Charnstrom last fall.
  • Brian Haukoos is engaged to Sarah Miller ’01, planning a June 15, 2002 wedding in Christ Chapel
  • Laura Berg married Jacob Menden on November 18, 2000; Laura is an RN at Mayo Medical Center in Rochester
  • Brent Schultze married Season Kollasch on July 14, 2001; Brent is an actuary for Minnesota Life in St. Paul
  • Jamie Pautz married Scott Janni on August 25, 2001; Jamie is working for Alliance Health Care in Mankato
  • Lindsay Anderson and Dan Engel were married on November 11, 2000 in Tower
  • Adam Carlson married Britt Miller ’99 on June 30, 2001; Adam is health and physical education
  • teacher for grades 7-12 in Aitkin
  • Mike Pone and Nancy Wiplinger were married on August 25, 2001 in Christ Chapel.  Mike is an
  • application developer for Lutheran Brotherhood while Nancy is a business analyst for Wipaire, Inc.
  • Jessica Vickerman and Greg TeBrake were married on June 29, 2001 in Christ Chapel; Greg is
  • currently a local government auditor for the State of Minnesota in Apple Valley.  Jessica
  • is a merchandise coordinator for Target.Direct
  • Crystal Campbell married Robert Formo ’02 on April 12, 2001; the couple changed both their last
  • names to Burns and are now living in Minnetonka
  • Cindy Boysen married Casey VanderSchaaff ’99 in Christ Chapel on May 18, 2001
  • Kelly Colvin and Brian Smith were married on September 16, 2001; Brian is currently a grad student
  • at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR
  • Stephanie Phiefer married Brian Busho on October 6, 2001; they are currently living in Owatonna

Phew!  What a list.  Don’t forget to keep those updates coming.  It’s quick and easy through the Alumni link on the Gustavus homepage ( in case you forgot).  Do you know what else is quick and easy through the Gustavus homepage (  Giving to the Alumni Fund, of course!  Have you given your gift this year?  It’s even tax-deductible—I learned all about that this tax season.  If you want, you can designate your gift to a certain area—maybe towards a new concert hall, or football stadium, or the community service center, or scholarships.  If you have never given to Gustavus before, please consider it.  After working here for two years, witnessing how much we rely on alumni gifts to the college continues to amaze me!  If you’d like to give a gift to Gustavus, you guessed it, go to the Gustavus website and click on the Giving to Gustavus link.  It’s simple.  Don’t delay, do it today―www.gustavus .edu!  J

Speaking of Giving to Gustavus, kudos to the following Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors volunteers from the Class of 2000 who gave their time by participating in the fall G.I.V.E. day event:  Nicole Bemmels, Sara Benzkhofer, Jessica Bergeman, Corey Carlson, Kerry Carlson, Ann Fletchall, Heather Larson, Jen Lelinski, Heidi Marshall, Laura Peterson, Daisy Schmidt, Jessica Stewart, Jessica Vickerman TeBrake, Jeff Thompson, and Brandi Frazier VanCampen.  The spring G.I.V.E. Day will take place on Saturday April 27, 2002.  Watch your mail for volunteer information, or contact the Alumni Office directly if you’d like to participate.

That’s all for now, Golden Gusties.  Keep in touch with Gustavus so we can keep in touch with you. 

Enjoy spring!

Bonnie Dahlke & Corey Bartlett

2000 Co-Class Agents

PS. To contact either of us:

Corey Bartlett                                                   Bonnie Dahlke                     

P.S.  Now for some other campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m now starting my final semester!  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I spent my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It was great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead was also a plus!  The start of the spring semester (thus, the start of homework) has been a sudden shock to my system! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  A successful and busy J-Term just ended, and spring semester is now underway.  The theme for J-Term 2002 was "Our Global Village," and the month was a celebration of cultural diversity as we grappled with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty offered 29 different classes that tied into this global theme, many of which were travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students enrolled in J-Term courses, with many who studied abroad, participated in internships, student taught or studied at other domestic institutions.  I got very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who were studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Gustie winter sports teams are having a great year, as all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles just returned from their tours.  The Gustavus Band embarked on an international tour this J-Term.  The band toured Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates were January 16 through February 10.  The tour concluded with a homecoming performance on Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra toured Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.  The orchestra concluded their tour with a home performance Feb. 17 in Christ Chapel.

The Alumni Association is on the road this winter and spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum and Instructor of Environmental Studies, Jim Gilbert ’62, will travel along to provide an interesting and informative program.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.


February 23    Orlando Chapter event – Sam Snead’s Tavern

                        301 East Pine Street, Orlando

                        7:00 p.m. Dutch treat dinner

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

                        Dinner hosted by John and Paula Penrod ’79, ’79

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering 

Dinner - Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67, ’66 residence

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Pera Club, Tempe

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Bella Vista Restaurant, Peoria

April 5             Bay Area Chapter event

April 6             Seattle Chapter event – Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant

April 7             Denver Chapter event

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!