Class of 2001
July 2006

5-Year Reunion - October 6 & 7, 2006

Dear Classmates,

Hello from Gustavus―literally.  I’m writing from my office in the Campus Center where I’m an assistant director of admission.  Back when I was taking Don Ostrom’s State and Local Government class, I definitely was not thinking about future employment as a College administrator.  But, I’m sure many of you also have followed an unplanned path…

I share my Gustavus stories—such as never-ending Weekly production nights, eating party potatoes in the old caf, then the Forum and then the Market Place, surviving Leitch’s unexpectedly tough (but great) Japanese Culture J-Term course, finishing my poli sci thesis in spite of the incessant Telnet breaks, and more—with the hope that prospective students will choose to attend Gustavus and have the same meaningful and fun experiences as I did.

We all have the opportunity to share our Gustavus experiences with future Gusties as vocally proud alums.  And, we all have the opportunity to make Gustavus more financially accessible for new students through our donations.  Some of the best phone calls I make in the winter are when I notify families of their Gustavus financial aid awards.  Your participation as a donor makes a lot of 18-year-olds very happy!

In conjunction with our five-year reunion (remember:  October 6-7, 2006, at Gustavus), we’re asking that every member of the Class of 2001 give $20.01.  So far 113 of you have given something to Gustavus this year (that’s almost 20% participation—thank you!) for a total of $5,749.81 donated.  If you’d like to participate, use your gift envelope, go online, or call 1-866-487-3863 today.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer.  If your travels bring you by Gustavus, stop by—I’d be happy to give you a campus tour…

See you in St. Peter this October,

David Kogler

2001 Reunion Committee Member


Career Updates

  • Brandon Bussler graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and works as an associate dentist at Norwood Dental in Norwood, MN.
  • Jill Deuel Anderson is now working for the St. Michael Public Schools.
  • Nicholas Eyde is a quarterback for the Italian football league and was recently an Italian translator for the David Letterman Show for the Torino Winter Olympics.
  • Katie Nordstrom Thune teaches special education in St. Paul.
  • Martin Kaduc is director of revenue management at EOS Airline.
  • Jonathan Skovholt is a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office.
  • Angela DeGreeff Follett works as a technology specialist in the Minneapolis office of Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Jonathan Poole is a special agent for the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service.
  • Shelly Wroge Norman works as a project assistant for the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at the University of California, Davis.
  • Kim Johnson is a relocation specialist at Sirva Relocation, Inc.
  • Nicole Henrich is a physical therapist at NovaCare Rehabilitation in Coon Rapids.
  • Jennifer Sickmann works as a project management supervisor for interactive marketing at the Target Corporation.
  • Katie Galloway is working with corporate giving and environmental sustainability at the Aveda Corporation.
  • Julie Fossell is a float pool R.N. at United Hospital in St. Paul.
  • Shefalika Agarwal-Naik is a systems analyst at Froedtert & Community Hospital in Milwaukee, WI.

Education Updates

  • Kara Derner is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.
  • Becky Smith is studying biosecurity and risk analysis at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Jacob Zdon is a first-year student of the epidemiology MPH program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
  • Gregory Joslin is studying minnow exploration in Sweden.
  • Amy Dolin is working on an MBA at the Carlson School of Management.
  • Darren Zanon will soon complete a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.
  • Jill Chaffee Erdman is an underwriter at Wells Fargo Financial in Eden Prairie, MN.
  • Mike Lettmann is a registered sales assistant at RBC Dain Rauscher in San Francisco, CA.
  • Kristen Larson completed a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota.


  • Lindsay Johnson married Andrew Thul on September 24, 2005.
  • Samantha Edwards was married to Chad Fuller on September 10, 2005.
  • Suzanne Martin married Daniel Hendrix on June 9, 2006.
  • Jill Chaffee married Jason Erdman on May 6, 2006.
  • Bjorn Knudson married Toni Mitchell on April 8, 2006.
  • Cammie Piper married John Meerdink on April 9, 2005.

Future Gusties

  • Annie Amelia was born to Jesse ’98 and Lisa Veenhuis Schoen on January 20, 2006.
  • Benjamin Isaiah was born to Rick Skorik and Heather Skorik on December 12, 2005.
  • Dominic Stiel was born to Matt and Mary Beth Callahan Schaefer on January 30, 2006.
  • Jocelyn Angelene was born to Matthew Copple and Jensen Moore-Copple on December 7, 2005.
  • Parker Hamilton was born to Margo Boie Moreno and Daniel Moreno on April 27, 2005.
  • Finn Gerald was born to Mickey and Keely (Johnson ’02) Pearson.
  • Connor William was born to Christopher Okey and Jessica Okey on May 23, 2006.


Test-Optional Admission Policy

Continuing their tradition of innovative and competitive admission policies and practices, the Gustavus Admission Office announced this spring that applicants for the Class of 2011 can choose whether or not to submit their standardized test scores for consideration in the admission process.  Gustavus’ high admission standards have not changed; this policy emphasizes that the College’s application-review process focuses on the abilities and experiences of the whole person, not just one number.  As the first MIAC college and Phi Beta Kappa institution in Minnesota to allow this option, Gustavus is receiving very positive feedback from prospective students and has received excellent coverage in local and national media.  If you have any questions, contact David Kogler ’01 (, 507-933-7004) in the Admission Office.

Gustavus Legacy Award

New Gusties enrolling next fall have a new financial aid opportunity.  Awards of $2,500 are given to students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average of at least 3.5, or an ACT of 26, or an 1170 on the SAT.  The Gustavus Legacy Award expands upon the previous Alumni Scholarship by recognizing and awarding students who have Gustie siblings.  By applying for admission, students are automatically considered for this scholarship and awarded if they qualify.

Summer Reading

Each summer, incoming Gustavus students are asked to complete a "Reading in Common" that will be discussed during New Student Orientation and, for some students, during their First Term Seminar course. The Reading in Common selection for 2006-07 is Honky by Dalton Conley. This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York's Lower East Side. Dalton Conley will give a campus lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Christ Chapel. Feel free to join us in this common Gustavus experience.

Gustavus Library Associates Minnesota Centennial Showboat Event

Join Gustavus Library Associates for an evening of dinner and theatre on Aug. 1 aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat in St. Paul. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The curtain rises for Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $52 per person, and reservations may be made by calling the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Extraordinary Athletics

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the United States Sports Academy have announced the final totals for the 2005-06 Directors' Cup and Gustavus finished 10th out of 435 competing NCAA Division III institutions. The Directors' Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs. In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 25 sports with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship. Gustavus is one of only seven institutions in Division III to have posted top 10 finishes in four of the past five years and is the only school from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to place in the top 20 this year.

Upcoming Events:

  • Gustavus Library Associates dinner and theatre event-August 1
  • Football Golf Tournament, Shoreland Country Club -August 4
  • Gusties Gather! - August 6
  • Nobel Conference: “Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow” - October 3 - 4
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend - October 7 - 8