Class of 2001
September 2005

Dear Classmates,

Cassie and I once again made our fall trip to Gustavus as a part of Volunteer Leadership Day in St. Peter.  The campus is continuing to grow and change.  Gustavus is growing and the report is that this year's first-year students (the Class of 2009) numbers approximately 710, which is significantly more than the 572 that we graduated with in 2001.  The changing aspect of campus is also striking.  A new residence hall, Southwest Hall, and Mattson Hall, a new classroom building for education and nursing, have been added to the west of the Fine Arts Center.  Wahlstrom Hall no longer exists having been torn down.  Old Main has a new north entrance to accommodate an elevator, and plans are in the works to move the football field next to Lund Center to make room for new classroom buildings.

The planning has begun.  In October 2006, our class will celebrate our 5th year reunion as a part of the all-class homecoming activities.  It's true, it's been four years since we graduated and all the first-years who knew us during our senior year have since become seniors themselves and graduated.  Cassie and I have asked for assistance from some of our classmates and we found some individuals who were excited to help in the process.  We are joined by the following people who make up your Reunion Planning Committee:  Molly Grisham Altorfer, Josh Batalden, Maggie Happe Crowe, Lana Elsenpeter, Erin Larson Heilman, David Kogler, Rachel Mathison, Tony Narr, Charlie Potts, Rachael Ramy, and Karena Erickson Rydland.  In the upcoming months you will be hearing directly from them through future class letters. 

As a group, our first task is to attempt contact with every one of our classmates.  We have decided that in late October of this year we are going to spend a Sunday afternoon and phone every classmate.  Our goal in contacting you is to tell you about homecoming activities in October 2006, ask what activities you would like to see at this homecoming, make sure your contact information is correct, and make note of any news you may have so we can place it in the class letters and the Gustavus Quarterly.  If you have not updated Gustavus with your contact information in a while, you can either do so via the Gustavus web page at: or call the Alumni Office at 1-800-487-8437.


Future Gusties

  • Kayson Benjamin was born to Melanie Bitz Paape and Kevin Paape on July 28, 2005.
  • Kya Christine was born to Dana Prehn Hoof and Daryl Hoof on August 13, 2004.
  • Marcus Robert was born to Brian Stavenger and Alissa Stavenger on February 9, 2005.

Career Moves

  • Joe Ackert is a help desk analyst at Children's Hospitals & Clinics.
  • Liz Ackert is a Spanish teacher in Boulder, CO.
  • Joel Beyer is a loan specialist for Countrywide Home Loans.
  • Chris Deschneau is key account specialist for G & K Services.
  • Michelle Dillavou is an assistant broadcast negotiator at Mindshare Worldwide/J Walter Thompson.
  • Andrew Edstrom is a mutual fund accountant for the The Hartford.
  • Mindy Rietz Fowler is an outdoor instructor at Water Park.
  • Sheila Marie Gilbert is a pediatric oncology nurse at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
  • Lynne Herolt is the meeting concierge manager for the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
  • Kim Johnson is a transaction coordinator for Tree House Realty.
  • Adam Kauffmann is a captain in the US Army stationed in Germany.
  • John Keske is a Realtor with Marketlink Realty.
  • Rachel Mathison is coordinator of the Urban Immersion Service Retreats for Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.
  • Kyle Momsen is a clinical education coordinator for the Athletic Training Department at Gustavus.
  • Sarah O'Donnell is a conference producer for Emap Conferences in London, England.
  • Sarah Opseth is a lead bookseller with Barnes & Noble.
  • Keatha Ryan is a customer service representative for Gilbarco Veeder-Root.
  • Jaime Peterson Schermer is a music therapist at Woodbine Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria, VA.
  • Jenn Senn is a paralegal at Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett, LLP.
  • Jason Tomalia recently appeared in the Brave New Workshop's production of “A Very IKEA Christmas.”

Education Moves

  • Liz Ackert is studying Latin American Studies at the University of California - San Diego.
  • Melissa Bateson Keltgen recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a master’s in professional community counseling.
  • Dawn Krabbenhoft started her surgery residency at Maine Medical Center in June 2005.
  • Matthew Lee recently received a master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University, IL.
  • Suzanne Martin recently received her doctor of dentistry degree from New York University College of Dentistry.
  • Rachel Mathison recently graduated with her Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota.
  • Travis McKenzie recently began a surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
  • Erika Houtz Mennerick recently received her doctor of chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences.
  • Mickey Pearson is pursuing a master's degree in education at Hamline University.
  • Jaime Peterson Schermer is studying music education at the University of the District of Columbia.
  • Rebecca Smith received her veterinary degree from Cornell University.
  • Jessica Wagner graduated with a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and will pursue her residency in anesthesiology at Yale University in New Haven, CT.


  • Joel Beyer married Ingrid Struthers on June 11, 2005.
  • Scott Crowell married Carey Willis ’02 on August 23, 2003
  • Molly Grisham married Derek Altorfer on September 18, 2004.
  • Kelly Hanson married Christopher Kozicky on May 14, 2005.
  • Elise Kahl married Geoff Knobloch ’00 on June 4, 2005.
  • Matthew Lee married Carly Eickhorst on June 18, 2004.
  • Mindy Rietz married Ian Fowler on May 28, 2005.
  • Megan Shorma married Scott Arnold on August 13, 2005.
  • Judd Thomas married Christine Knapp on May 1, 2005.
  • Emily Youngman married Kevin Ross on February 19, 2005.

Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, and Jay Rooker ’85, soccer, had also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27


Share your information

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 November 2005.  If you graduated this last 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!

We look forward to talking with you next month! Go Gusties!

Cassie Carver and Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Co-class Agents