Class of 2001
Fall 2003


Weddings and graduations and babies... Oh my!
I think that it is exciting to see so much movement among our classmates. The amount of information that Cassie and I have received from our classmates has been overwhelming…and we love it! As the opening line indicates there have been a number of life changing events, but that only covers a part of all the activity that our class has been involved in. Besides the weddings and graduations and babies, there are a number of us who are changing careers, starting careers, or being promoted within our chosen field.
I hope that through the years we continue to hear from each and every one of you as to what new and exciting changes are taking place in your life. (These class letters would be pretty boring if you only got information about "The Adventures of Cassie and Hal.")

A life without cause is a life without effect. ~Barbarella

Go Gusties!
--Cassie and Hal

57: Graduates of Gustavus 2001
66: Classmates who donated to the Gustavus Alumni Fund this past fiscal year.
1: Number of classmates needed to increase our participation (that would be YOU)

$1,563.00: Amount donated last year by the Class of 2001.
$2,404.00: Amount donated last year by the Class of 2002.
$3,818.25: Amount donated last year by the Class of 2000.
$105: Largest amount donated by a member of the Class of 2001.
$10: Amount that you could donate to the Gustavus Alumni Fund that would help raise our class participation level.


  • Melissa Bateson married Kristofer Keltgen on June 21, 2003.
  • Mitchell Brinks married Sarah Engstrom (’03) on May 31, 2003.
  • Andrea Connett married Erik Eckman (’98) on May 31, 2003.
  • Matthew Cunningham married Jessica Bergeman (’00) on June 8, 2002.
  • Karen Heidesch married Christopher Weber on August 24, 2002.
  • Sarah Jackson married Christopher Ashbach on July 18, 2003.
  • Ashley Jensen married Cortnee Dronen on July 20, 2002.
  • Amy Karban married Joseph Ackert on June 27, 2003.
  • Kristin Kimball married Linus Olson on September 13, 2003.
  • Rebecca Knudsen married Gregory Kiesow on October 11, 2002.
  • Corene Laue married Chris Swansson (’99) on July 19, 2003.
  • Ben Lindberg married Britt Olson ’02 on August 23, 2003.
  • Tricia Loo married Lance Pettis on December 28, 2002.
  • April Meyer married Dan Barkeim in June 2002.
  • Haimanti Nag married Matthew Weld ’99 on June 21, 2003.
  • Mickey Pearson married Keeley Johnson ’02 on July 19, 2003.
  • Arja Peterson married Bill Cody on August 17, 2002.
  • Jennifer Sather married Matthew Olson on July 12, 2003.
  • Kathryn Srnec married Kevin Zeier, August 24, 2002.
  • Andrew Wheatley married Mary Stohr on June 29, 2003.
  • Jeremy Zabel married Katie Carver ’03 on August 16, 2003.

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


  • William Anderson was born to Jillian Deuel Anderson and Karl Anderson on August 3, 2003.
  • Cheryl Katherine Smith was born to Bridget Hundt Smith and Dean Smith on February 19, 2003.
  • Ilahi James Pearson was born to Daniel Pearson and Ferial Mohamed Pearson on June 2, 2003.


  • Melissa Bateson is studying professional community counseling at Minnesota State University.
  • Erin Bonitz is studying statistics and working toward a Masters of Science at Iowa State University.
  • Hal DeLaRosby recently graduated with a degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University.
  • SheilaMarie Gilbert recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a nursing degree.
  • Mark Hargis is studying sports administration at Valparaiso University.
  • Nicole Henrich is studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Michelle Hinds recently graduated with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
  • Elise Kahl is studying law at Hamline University.
  • Rebecca Kelley is studying political management at The George Washington University.
  • Karl Kolden recently graduated with an associate of applied science degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
  • Thomas Margot recently graduated from Fordham University with a master's degree in French history.
  • Mariam Mokri is studying law at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Jennifer Nelson is studying law at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Leslie Newman is studying medicine at Ross University in the West Indies.
  • Sarah O’Donnell is working toward a master's in science in international employment relations and human resource management at the London School of Economics.
  • Andrew Tengwall is studying at Yale Divinity School Institute of Sacred Music.
  • Matthew Toten is studying at Northern Arizona University.
  • Andrew Wheatley is a student at LSTC Seminary, Chicago.
  • Emily Ziemer is studying law at William Mitchell College of Law.


  • Amy Karban Ackert is a registered nurse at St. Paul Children’s Hospital.
  • Joseph Ackert is a support technician for Decision One.
  • Christopher Ashbach is a budget and finance manager for North Star Processing.
  • Sarah Jackson Ashbach works in pharmaceutical sales/customer service for Hawkins, Inc.
  • Josh Batalden is a regional sales consultant for Minnesota Life.
  • Adam Bengtson is a program director for the Northern Dakota County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Theresa Borak is employed by Home State Bank and is a ballet teacher.
  • Mitchell Brinks is employed by Landecker & Associates Inc.
  • Andrea Connett is a writer/designer for Coastal Enterprises.
  • Matthew Cunningham is a hardware engineer for Minnetronix, Inc.
  • Erin Dana was named director of the Northwest Center for Violence Prevention Training.
  • Hal DeLaRosby is the assistant director of residence life at Wartburg College.
  • Margaret Dimpfel is a team coordinator for Provail.
  • Megan Dobratz is a program and administrative assistant for Minnesota Environmental Initiative.
  • Regan Nitz Dose is a human resources administrator at Young America Corporation.
  • Nicole Draeger is a mortgage funder for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
  • Lana Elsenpeter is an administrative assistant for St. Michel-Albertville High School.
  • Brad Engelmann is a finance and resource engineer for Xtratyme Technologies.
  • Traci Faschingbauer is a study abroad coordinator for the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
  • Heidi Friederichs is a registered nurse at St. Peter Community Hospital.
  • Sean Goodman is an aquarist for Something Fishy, Inc.
  • Becky Goughnour is a paralegal for Best & Flanagan, LLP.
  • Jason Haaheim is an applications engineer at NanoInk.
  • Carrie Hanson was deployed to Bosnia as an Army helicopter pilot in July 2003.
  • David Hanson is a state patrol officer in East Metro District.
  • Colby Johnson is a staff writer for the South Washington County Bulletin.
  • Adam Kauffman is working in air traffic control for the US Army.
  • Aaron Kennedy is currently in the armed forces.
  • Kristin Kimball is an assistant accountant for KPMG.
  • Karl Kolden is employed by Kolden Funeral Home.
  • Josh Kramer is an accounting associate for Target Corporation.
  • Corene Laue is a registered nurse at Fairview Southdale Hospital.
  • Dana Menard is a financial services representative for Met Life Financial Services.
  • Matthew Miller is a deputy sheriff/school resource officer for the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Jackie Moen is a lobbyist with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
  • Kyle Momsen is an athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
  • Elizabeth Muske is an air quality investigator for the Institute for Environmental Health.
  • Haimanti Nag is a senior program analyst for Minnesota Life.
  • Charles Olson is a programmer/designer for Geebo.
  • Sarah Opseth is a volunteer/intern for the Student Conservation Association.
  • Nichole Otto is a tenth grade history teacher at Peraland High School.
  • Daniel Pearson is an underwriter for the National Indemnity Company.
  • Ferial Mohamed Pearson is a teacher at Omaha Public Schools.
  • Mickey Pearson is an Americorps volunteer in the Duluth Public Schools.
  • Tricia Loo Pettis teaches English at Chaska Middle School West.
  • Angela Reinhart is a sixth grade teacher in West St. Paul.
  • Ed Rudberg teaches marine science education at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in the Florida Keys. He also will be appearing on the Animal Planet's new show "King of the Jungle" taping late this summer and early fall and airing later this fall.
  • Jennifer Sather is employed in cardiac rehabilitation at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and Johnson Memorial Hospital.
  • Jana Schnell is a member services administrator for the Associated Press.
  • Jason Schuette is a manager at Champps Americana.
  • Bridget Hundt Smith is a math instructor for Sylvan Learning Center.
  • Jill Sorenson is a business analyst for Marshall Field’s.
  • Ben Thompson is employed by Thrivent.
  • Kara Wachlarowicz is a physician assistant in inpatient mental health for St. Mary’s Hospital.
  • Emily Wattnem is a promotion planner for General Mills, Inc.
  • Jennifer Wetherbee is a music teacher at Holy Name of Jesus School.
  • Amber Wobschall is an affiliate training associate with NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Ed Woolford is a planning consultant for Lazarus & Associates, PC.
  • Jeremy Zabel is an accountant at McGladrey and Pullen.
  • Katy Srnec Zeier is a personal banker – loan officer for First Federal Savings Bank.

Campus News:

College opens 142nd Academic Year -- More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 – On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013, under the direction of the executive committee of Dr. Hobart Johnson '21, Dr. Edgar Carlson '31, The Rev. J. Millard Ahlstrom '34, and Ren Anderson '34.  Dollars and donors continued to grow and, under the leadership of Cec Eckhoff '56, alumni participation continually exceeded 50% each year, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with 17 national awards. Alumni contacting alumni has been the hallmark of success; we depend on Phonorama volunteers to make the difference. Help the alumni fund again reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004, or by volunteering to make calls during Phonorama, October 12-16 and 19-23.  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

Alumni Board members selected -- Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's Cup -- Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program -- The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends – visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Don't miss A Royal Affair . . . pa rum pum pum pum -- Gustavus Library Associates is presenting their biennial benefit for our College's Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on Saturday, November 15, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, Minnesota. If you have names for invitations (reservations are due by October 31), an auction item to donate (no later than October 15 please), volunteer time to offer, or if you wish to contribute financially to help defray expenses, we welcome your call today; Marty Penkhus, 507/388.5474 and Susan Wilcox, 952/944.5972, Co-Chairs.

Upcoming Events – call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

  • Charlotte, NC, Gustavus Gathering - October 18
  • Phonorama -- October 12-16 and 19-23, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington
  • Our Story Conference, The Growing Gender Gap in the African American Community -- October 24-25, Campus
  • Reformation Festival featuring the Gustavus Choir, Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis -- October 25
  • JFK Assassination 40 Years Later, presented by David Jones '83 and Political Science Professor Chris Gilbert at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington-- November 4
  • A Royal Affair, benefit sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates in the Twin Cities -- November 15


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 2004. If you graduate this spring, got married this summer, had a child, made a career move, or did something else that is of interest to our class, please let us know!

Cassie Carver &
Hal DeLaRosby