Class of 2001
November 2001



Greetings from your class agents!  We hope that the summer has treated you well.

This is the first installment of what will hopefully be many class newsletters to keep us updated on the changing lives of our classmates.  Each newsletter will also contain campus news to keep us connected to the Gustavus community.

Also, we encourage you to keep the College updated with your current information―address, e-mail, phone number, etc. so that we can stay in contact with you!

The information that is contained within this newsletter has been submitted either to Gustavus or to one of us directly for publication.  If you have Marriage, Birth, Education, Career, or Miscellaneous updates that you’d like us to publish in our next newsletter please see page six about submitting to us.  We would love to be able to include everyone’s new employment or education information in the next newsletter so that we can use the information for networking purposes in the future! 

Cassie and Hal


  • Jason Haaheim married Kristin Slette ’98 on June 23, 2001.
  • Jennifer Lavick married Michael Lippold ’00 on April 21, 2001.
  • Carlie Thompson married Joseph Sevcik on June 23, 2001.

Did we miss your wedding?  Let us know!  See last page for details.


  • Kelly Bangstad is pursuing her master's in communication and rhetorical theory from Northern Illinois University.
  • Brandon Bussler is attending the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry.
  • Jill Chaffee is attending the University of St. Thomas Law School.
  • Alexander Chan is attending Dayton Law School.
  • Hal DeLaRosby is pursing his master's in college student personnel from Western Illinois University.
  • Kara Derner is working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology at NOVA Southeastern University.
  • Erik Diekrager is attending William Mitchell Law School.
  • Andrew Dufresne is studying microbiology at Duke University.
  • SheliaMarie Gilbert is attending the Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing.
  • Stephanie Guy is attending the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry.
  • Jason Haaheim is studying engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Maggie Happe is working towards a doctorate in psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.
  • Mark Hargis is attending Valparaiso University, College of Law.
  • Ken Helvig is studying theater light design at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Nicole Henrich is studying physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Michelle Hinds is studying speech pathology at Gallaudet University.
  • David Hong is studying international affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Ashley Jensen is attending the Mayo Medical School.
  • Nikolai Johansen is studying history and American studies at the University of East Anglia in England.
  • Greg Joslin is studying geology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
  • Elise Kahl is studying speech communications at Penn State University.
  • Heidi Kaufmann is attending the University of Minnesota, School of Psychology.
  • Samantha Kemming is studying journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota.
  • Chris Krug is studying forensic science at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Kate Krueger is studying English literature at the University of Iowa.
  • Nick Lundbohm is attending Northwestern Chiropractic School.
  • Amanda Martin is attending Creighton University Law School.
  • Suzanne Martin is attending New York University, Dental School.
  • Aron Merkle is studying materials science at Northwestern University.
  • Jaclynn Moen is studying political science at the University of Florida.
  • Kyle Momsen is studying athletic training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Rachel Peterson is studying clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida-Orlando.
  • Lance Pettis is studying education at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
  • J.R. Rover is studying philosophy at Marquette University.
  • Jennifer Sather is attending Minnesota State University.
  • Rebecca Smith is attending Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Jake Thorius is studying civil and construction engineering at Iowa State University.
  • Jon Tomlinson is attending Boston University, School of Dental Medicine.
  • Kara Wachlarowicz is pursuing her master's to become a physician assistant at Midwestern University.
  • Tim Wilson is beginning a Ph.D. program in immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Darren Zanon is studying aeronautical engineering at Cornell University.


  • Liz Ackert is working for Americorps in the Colorado Literacy Corps.
  • Ross Anderson works for the National Forest Service at Zion National Park.
  • Leslie Bachman works for Lutheran Brotherhood.
  • Josh Batalden is a mutual system analyst assistant at Minnesota Life.
  • Andrew Barnick works for Wells Fargo Financial.
  • Melanie Biz is a customer service agent for Flash Printing.
  • Theresa Borak is a receptionist for Property by Owner/Priority 1 Real Estate.
  • Brady Brau works for James Madison Media Design.
  • Andrea Brown works in the accounting department at Regis Corporation.
  • Rachel Perry Cafferty works for YMCA.
  • Cassie Carver is a consultant at Accenture.
  • Steven Davis is a finance manager for Paramount Financial Group.
  • Karl Dedolph is volunteering for the Peace Corps Services in Togo, West Africa.
  • Abby DeHoop is the programming and on-air production coordinator for Clear Channel Communications.
  • Juanita Diller works for Mankato Hospital.
  • Lana Elsenpeter is a work director for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
  • Karena Erickson is student teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Doug Everling works for Lutheran Brotherhood.
  • Heidi Friederichs is a registered nurse at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital-Mankato.
  • Brent Fury is a sales representative for Stringer Business Systems.
  • Katie Galloway is the volunteer programs coordinator for Friends of the Mississippi River.
  • Megan Gunderson is a master lab technician for Robert Modani Wineries.
  • Ryan Gustafson is a credit manager for Wells Fargo Financial.
  • Lynne Herolt is an event planner for Xcellent Events.
  • Ben Herrell works for IBM.
  • Kyle Hicok is an associate consultant for Stockamp and Associates.
  • Deborah Holte is volunteering for Captive Free as a part of Youth Encounter.
  • Ross Hussey is a law clerk for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
  • Sarah Jackson is a product manager for Beacon Bank.
  • Kristi Jacobson works for Wells Fargo Finance.
  • Kim Johnson is a project manger for Xcellent Events.
  • Bobby Johnson is playing professional basketball in Freiburg, Germany.
  • Amy Karban is a nurse for St. Paul Children's Hospital.
  • Adam Kauffmann is a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
  • Rebecca Kelly is an elementary school teacher in Taylorsville, Georgia.
  • Brian Kleinke works in software development for AT&T.
  • Chris Kubacki is a track and field coach for Roosevelt High School and works for Sampson Painters.
  • Charles LaTour is a banquet manager at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
  • Kristin Larson is a psychotherapist for Behavioral Dimensions.
  • Stef Lenz works for Hennepin County Social Services.
  • Heather Lee works in the human resource department at AgriBank.
  • Mike Lettmann is a sales associate for Extreme Graphics.
  • Sara Lindberg is an intern for the National Institute of Health.
  • Katherine Lindborg is student teaching at Hopkins High School.
  • Vanessa Linder is an associate consultant for Deloitte and Touche.
  • Courtney Lovejoy is a research technologist for the Mayo Clinic.
  • Allison Maas is the weekend editor for the Fairmont Sentinel.
  • Kelly Martin is teaching German at Valley View Middle School.
  • Mason Mayer works for AFLAC Insurance.
  • Joe McGillivray is a selling manager for Marshall Fields.
  • Kim McMichael is a consultant at Accenture.
  • Brittany Meyer is an assistant program director for the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota.
  • Tony Narr is a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital.
  • Brandon Navara is a mutual funds investor relations representative for Lutheran Brotherhood Securities Corporation.
  • Leslie Newman is a phlebotomist for Park Nicollet Health Services.
  • Alison Ninmann is a mission support associate for Youthworks!
  • Erin Olson is student teaching in St. Peter.
  • Emily Orling is a herbarium assistant for the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Jen Plath is a credit manager for Wells Fargo Financial.
  • Dana Prehn is a nurse at Ridgeview Medical Center.
  • Stacie Rogers is a CVMT at Abbott Northwestern Hospital-Aurora Medical Inc.
  • Keatha Ryan is teaching math at Columbia Heights High School.
  • Mark Schaetzke works at a Research Wild Game Refuge.
  • Randee Scheffert is a marketing coordinator at Taylor Corp.
  • Rita Schmitt is a registered nurse in the Organ Transplant Unit at Fairview University Medical Center.
  • Carlie Thompson Sevcik is student teaching in Shakopee.
  • Melinda Siedschlag works for Geotechnical Services Engineering Firm and touring with The Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
  • Billie Shorma works for Sheer-Co.
  • Megan Shorma is a program administrator for the Minnesota Sports Federation.
  • Amy Skibsted is teaching first grade for the Maple Grove School District.
  • Brian Stavenger is an audit associate for Eide Bailly LLP.
  • Jill Sorenson is a merchandise coordinator for Marshall Fields.
  • Andrew Tengwall is working as an outreach coordinator through Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
  • Judd Thomas is a staff accountant for Stirtz, Bernards, Bayden, Surdel & Harter, P.A.
  • Maggie Thompson is teaching Spanish at Edina High School.
  • Julie Tutas is a marketing assistant for TAP Pharmaceutical Products.
  • Kristina Watson is a staffing supervisor for Kelly Services.
  • Emily Wattnem is a customer service operations specialist for General Mills.
  • Leah Wessman is teaching social studies at Franklin High School.
  • Amber Wobschall works for the Feminist Majority Foundation.
  • Emily Youngman is a registered nurse for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Minnesota Children's Hospital.
  • Jake Zdon is volunteering for the Peace Corps Service in Kazakhstan.



We are saddened to convey the news that one of our classmates, Simon Audette, passed away on July 10, 2001.  He is survived by his twin brother, Jacob, and his parents, Jeff and Ruth.  Simon, a 1997 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, graduated with a physics major.  Our sympathy and prayers go out to Jacob and his family.

Campus News


The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Gustavus named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges.  In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide.  Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys.  To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university.  Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.”  Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review’s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Nobel Conference XXXVII, What is Still to be Discovered?, is October 2 & 3.  This year’s conference includes five Nobel laureates and three other experts who will give participants a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be as we look toward the second Nobel century.  This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prizes and the conference will include the premier of Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 The Nobel Symphony, two art exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum, and an exclusive 10-course banquet with a menu recreation of the Nobel dinner 100 years ago.  Alumni are invited to visit the Alumni Hospitality Room during the conference located in the Hall of Fame Room on the second level of Lund Center.  Conference information and registration material was inserted in the Fall Quarterly or call Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520 or on the web at

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 13.  Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event.  Contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or for more information or visit the events section of the alumni page at

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact the Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

Upcoming Events
For more information go to the Events section of the Alumni Web Page at


We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of the upcoming e-mail you will be receiving from a classmate. 

It has been decided by the younger alums that Phonorama is not an effective way for our generation to stay in touch.  Instead, we have decided to use technology to our advantage!  We are recruiting a corps group of volunteers to help us reach each of you individually via e-mail.  We hope to get a high percentage of participation from our class to the Gustavus Fund this year.  Our gifts don’t have to be large, every penny counts!  We know that start-up out of college is difficult, but we hope that each of you will consider helping reduce the cost of tuition for future students through your contribution to the Gustavus Fund. 

Our goal is to exceed the class of 2000, which had a participation rate of 8.9% last year.  We can do MUCH better than that! 


The information that is contained within this newsletter has been submitted either to Gustavus or to one of us directly for publication.  If you have marriage, birth, education, career, or miscellaneous updates that you’d like us to publish in our next newsletter there are two methods of submission.  First, you can send the information to Gustavus via the web page ( by clicking on Alumni and then Your News, or you can e-mail or mail the information directly to one of your class agents.  So, get on the web and send us your info!

Cassie Carver

312 S Saratoga Street

St. Paul, MN 55105

Hal DeLaRosby

1-323 Lamoine Village

Macomb, IL 61455