Class of 2000
July 2003

Greetings Gusties!

As summer winds toward fall, our thoughts inevitably turn back to the Hill.  With that, it’s about time for another Class of 2000 update. 

What’s happening at Gustavus?  Well, 591 graduates of the Class of 2003 walked across the football field in the beginning of June to shake hands with President Johnson.  Despite the tough economy, 75% of those grads were in some sort of permanent career path (e.g. employment, grad school, military, or volunteer service) on graduation day.  Looks like the Gusties continue to shine!       

Gustavus athletic teams placed 6th nationally out of 424 NCAA Division III schools in the 2002-2003 Sears Directors’ Cup competition.  The competition awards points for all sports in all seasons for final finishes.  The national champion runner-up men’s basketball team certainly helped the cause, as did the women’s softball team as they recorded their best season in school history!  Go Gusties! 

President Jim Peterson ’64 officially began his service to Gustavus on July 7 as the 14th president of the college.  He comes to Gustavus after many years of serving the Science Museum of Minnesota as President and CEO.  Look for a continued Greater Gustavus in the future under his very capable “Gustie” leadership.  We are excited to have him back on-campu.

Need a little bit of Gustavus back in your life?  Here are some upcoming events to put on your calendars:

  • Gustavus Night at the St. Paul Saints Game- Thursday, Aug. 14 – SOLD OUT
  • Homecoming- Saturday, Sept. 27
  • Nobel Conference, The Story of Life- Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 7 & 8
  • A Royal Affair (fundraiser for the Library) - Saturday, Nov. 15 

For more information on any of these events please consult the Gustavus website ( or contact the alumni office directly (

Keep us posted!

We love to hear from you, so please keep us up-to-date with the happenings in your life.  Contact the alumni office through the Gustavus website,, or write us at to keep in touch.

Here’s what we’re up to lately…

Workin’ for a living

  • Elycia Arendt- published her first book, Braveheart and Broomsticks : Essays on Movies, Myths, and Magic while residing in Chaska, MN
  • Jean-Paul Bigirindavyi- working at the Center for International Rehabilitation
  • Erin Carter- research associate in developmental and cell biology at R&D Systems, Inc. in Minneapolis
  • James Homolka- senior broker with Superior Financial and co-owner of J&G, LLP, a lifestyle-design and publicist firm in Shakopee, MN
  • Heather Larson- associate orchestra personnel manager at the Minnesota Orchestral Association, Plymouth, MN
  • Paul Straumann- materials analyst at Boston Scientific-Scimed in Maple Grove, MN
  • Shazi Tate- manager with Don Pollack Investments in Portland, OR
  • Brent Voight- assistant development director at the Salvation Army in North St. Paul, MN
  • Nikki Walbridge- buyer for video game software at Musicland Group in St. Louis Park, MN

Hittin’ the books

  • Jean-Paul Bigirindavyi- received a master’s degree from Notre Dame             
  • Jennifer Wendt Mackie- received a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota

Goin’ to the Chapel

  • Erika Clemens to Bohdan Vadis ’98 on 2/1/03 in Elgin, IL
  • Kristina McMahon to Scott Dewar on 11/29/02 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Jessica Munsell to Jason Verhasselt on 10/5/02 in Dresser, WI
  • Matthew Torfin to Hilary Ahlstrom on 9/28/02 in Phoenix, AZ

On a personal note…

    Our fellow classmate, Steffan Freeman, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this summer and has been receiving treatment at home in Colorado.  Please keep Steffan in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next time Gusties…


Bonnie                          &                      Corey