Class of 2001
Fall 2002


Hal and I were recently back on campus for Class Agent’s Day hosted by the Alumni Office at Gustavus.  The campus was full of life and energy, as usual.  Gustavus had officially begun its 141st academic year. 

As I drove down from the Twin Cities along Highway 169, it seemed that only yesterday we were headed off as Freshmen!  So many things in our lives have changed since our graduation from Gustavus, but returning to campus offered so many familiar memories. The trees in the valley were just beginning to show their fall colors and the football team came bursting on the field to the sounds of the pep band.  The Gustavus Band and Gustavus Athletics are both celebrating anniversaries and have been providing students will quality-learning experiences for years.

While the place remains the same, there are several new aspects of the college as well.  Each new year brings new students and new professors who will add as much to the Gustavus experience as they will take away.

Some things change, but some things will always stay the same.  While time moves forward, Gustavus continues to offer students the same quality experience that we enjoyed.  I’m proud to say that I was part of the Gustavus experience and I’m happy that current students are reaping the same benefits.

-Cassie and Hal


  •  Andrea Gedde married Benjamin Puder on January 12, 2002. (This is corrected information from our last newsletter.  We apologize for the error!)
  • Sarah Miller married Brian Haukoos (’00) on June 15, 2002.
  • Kenneth Pritchard married Audra Olson (’02) on September 14, 2002.
  • Randee Scheffert married Shawn Onken on June 22, 2002.
  • Rebecca Zeeb married Curtis Hulett (’02) on May 4, 2002

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


  • Jack Benjamin Puder was born to Andrea (Gedde) and Benjamin Puder on July 20, 2001.


  • Annie Carvalho is working toward a master of city planning degree at University of Pennsylvania.
  • Erin Dana is working toward a master’s in education for student personnel administration at Western Washington University.
  • Steven Davis is working toward a master of arts in management at College of St. Scholastica.
  • Kara Derner is working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology at Argosy University.
  • Karen Heidesch is working toward a master’s in I/O psychology at South Illinois University  Edwardsville.
  • Lyndsay Larson is studying Law at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Sara Lindberg is studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Travis McKenzie is studying medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
  • Arno Merkle is studying materials science at Northwestern University.
  • Leslie Newman is studying medicine at Ross University School of Medicine.
  • Kelly Pfaff is studying environmental science and policy at the University of Wisconsin  Green Bay.
  • Kirstin Slette Haaheim is working toward a master of music (M.M.) in bassoon performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


  • Rachel Barnitz is teaching 4th grade at Victory Christian Academy in Metairie, LA.
  • Erin Cederlind is a portrait production manager at Clair Pruett Studios.
  • Andrea Connett is a writer/designer at Coastal Enterprises.
  • Kelly Devine is an analytical chemist II at Braun Intertec Corporation at 3M.
  • Michelle Dillavou is a traffic assistant at KMSP/WFTC.
  • Derek Hoyme is a case manager for the Project Connect Program at Youth and Family Services of Solano County.
  • Martin Kaduc is a revenue management analyst for Southwest Airlines.
  • Kim Johnson is working part-time with the Kalway Group.
  • Erin Larson is teaching in the Shakopee School District.
  • Jason Schuette is a general manager at Two Guys from Italy Ristorante.
  • Jayson Seema is a business systems analyst in finance and accounting at American Express.
  • Amanda Thompson is interning in the Histology Department at the University of Iowa.
  • LaDawn Tyrrell is stationed as a nurse at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA.


Class of 2006 Arrives

The Class of 2006 arrived over Labor Day Weekend, adding 708 new students to campus to make the total student population just over 2500. Almost 40% of new students were in the top 10% of their high school class. Even though the Gustie Greeters would lead the first-year students to believe that 80% of Gusties marry another Gustie and that all meet their future spouse at the Orientation Square Dance (a Gustavus tradition for the last 30 years), the real figure of Gusties married to another Gustie is 25%.

Comprehensive Alumni Directory

Every five years the Alumni Association sponsors the compilation of a comprehensive alumni directory. Publishing Concepts was hired to create this directory for Gustavus and after a year of collecting information the directories are being printed. If you have ordered a directory, it will be mailed to you this fall. If you are interested in purchasing a directory, please call Publishing Concepts at 800/982-1590.

Nobel Conference

The past 30 years of research in behavioral genetics, cognition, and neuroscience have begun to clarify how life experiences contribute to individual development relative to biological makeup. Gustavus Adolphus College's 38th Nobel Conference, titled "The Nature of Nurture," convened on October 1 and 2, 2002, and explored the forces that are most important in shaping a child's personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability, while also addressing such topics as the role of parenting and the effects of early stimulation on the brain and how the brain develops in response to changing life circumstances.

Upcoming Events

For information go to the Gustavus College Calendar at

E-Mail Address Updates

If you change e-mail addresses, please inform the Alumni Office of the change at our home page at email_search/add_update.cfm


Is there any interest in having an official web page for our class?  Gustavus will provide the space if we will provide the content.  If you have any ideas for a web page, please contact Cassie or Hal.  What type of information would you like to share or know about your classmates?  Would you like to have a directory to keep up with others?  What others ideas are there?  Please let us know!




Mike Anderson was a biology professor from 1959-1999 and currently lives with his wife, Jean, in Arkansas. He spends his time golfing, fishing, and riding and showing his horse and is very active with his church and area ELCA synod.

Is there a teacher that you would like to see an update on?  Or would you like to hear how a specific department is doing?  Let us know if you are curious to hear more about your favorite instructors or departments.


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 would 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!  Our next publication is scheduled for January 2003.

Cassie Carver

3517 Federal Dr. #202

Eagan, MN 55122

Hal DeLaRosby

1-323 Lamoine Village

Macomb, IL 61455