Class of 2001
January 2007

Dear Classmates,

I’ll admit I did not know what to expect for our five-year reunion.  When Cassie and I agreed to become Class Agents prior to graduation we knew that five years down the road we would be assisting with the reunion.  About a year ago, as we began to prepare for the event, I started asking myself a number of questions:  Would classmates return to campus?  How much would we have changed since leaving?  How would we give back to our alma mater?   Would Charlie Potts dare show his face while he continues to work at St. Olaf?

Needless to say, we were pleased with the results.  Over 50 classmates from the graduating class of 2001 returned to St. Peter.  Changes took place in the form of new friends and spouses, more than a handful of babies, and stories of educational, employment, adventure and travel that have occurred over the past five years.  In one year, 127 members of our class donated over $7,000 to The Gustavus Fund.  And, best of all, Charlie decided to wear Gustavus apparel instead of something that said “Um-ya-ya” on it.  (As a side note, Charlie has since left St. Olaf to work at St. Thomas, which isn’t that much better, but a slight improvement…)

We would like to thank our classmates who made up the Reunion Planning Committee and spent time preparing for the event: Molly Grisham Altorfer, Maggie Happe Crowe, Lana Elsenpeter Matzek, Erin Larson Heilman, David Kogler, Charlie Potts, Rachael Ramy, and Karena Erickson Rydland.  Their volunteer efforts and creative ideas were of great assistance in preparing for our reunion.

Just for fun, here is a comparison of our class to the class of 1986 (20 year reunion).  Perhaps there are some goals to strive for in the upcoming years?

Class of 1986:  130 attended reunion, $28,000 donated, 403 drink tickets sold at reunion

Class of 2001:  50 attended reunion, $7,000 donated, 3 drink tickets sold at reunion

After our class met in the Arb, I did a walking memory tour of the campus with some classmates.  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 2010) numbers approximately 710, which is significantly more than the 572 that we graduated with in 2001.  (All the first-years who knew us during our senior year have since become seniors themselves and graduated.)  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 been completely renovated with a new west entrance added to accommodate an elevator, and construction has begun on a new football stadium where the old baseball field was located, making room for new classroom buildings.  I can already see myself telling current Gustavus students how things used to be, “Back when I was a student here…”

Go Gusties!

Hal and Cassie


Future Gusties

  • Avery Marie was born to Eric and Jamie (Brekke) Sheldon on October 26, 2006.
  • Cael Zachary was born to Ashley Jensen and Cortnee Jensen on December 15, 2005.
  • Benjamin Aaron was born to Geoff ’00 and Elise (Kahl) Knobloch on November 11, 2006.
  • Ethan David was born to Lance and Tricia (Loo) Pettis on April 13, 2006.
  • Iman Elizabeth was born to Ferial (Mohamed) and Daniel Pearson on April 4, 2006.
  • Olivia Rose was born to Shawn and Randee (Scheffert) Onken on August 15, 2006.
  • Chase Lexi was born to Dustin and Sara (Sorenson) Quale on August 28, 2006.
  • Aiden Kennedy was born to Brian Thatcher and Katie Ulwelling Thatcher ’03 on August 16, 2006.

Career Moves

  • Carolyn Clemen Bollinger is a health case manager for Hennepin County and performs in a saxophone quartet called “Take Four.”
  • Nicole Chrissotimos Devereaux is a ministry associate at Hiawatha Church in Minneapolis.
  • Ryan Erickson is employed at Barr Engineering.
  • Virginia Fagerberg is a Spanish/ESL teacher at Harmony Elementary in Austin, Texas.
  • Mark Hargis is the wide receiver coach at Guilford College.
  • Jesse Hedge Hohenstein is a talent management consultant for Lowe’s in North Carolina.
  • Ashley Jensen is a resident physician in radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic.
  • Kim Johnson is a relocation counselor at SIRVA Relocation, Inc. in Chicago.
  • Samantha Kemming is a project manager for Digital River, Inc.
  • Josh Kramer is a financial accountant for Target Corporation.
  • Chris Krug is a forensic chemist at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory in Mission, Kansas.
  • Jackie McKeown Maman works in the department of museum photo rights for The Art Museum of Chicago.
  • Lance Pettis is a social studies teacher and coach at Fridley High School.  Tricia Lee Pettis teaches at Chaska Middle School West.
  • Jackie Moen Miller is a recovery analyst for Ingenix.
  • JR Roever is a lawyer at Cook & Frank S.C. in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Jessica Schultz is a clinical psychology intern at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Richard Skorik is serving in the United States Army.
  • Brian Thatcher is a legal advisor for the Phoenix Police Department and an instructor at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.
  • LaDawn Tyrrell Delgado is a Lieutenant at the OB/GYN Clinic at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
  • Jessie Wagner is a physician with residency in anesthesiology at Yale University.
  • Christian White is a pilot for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation.

Education Moves

  • Meg Dimpfel completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Ryan Erickson is attending the University of Minnesota to obtain a master’s in geology.
  • Rebecca Kiesow Knudsen completed her master’s degree in public administration at the University of South Dakota.
  • Melinda Siedschlag Moore completed her master’s in musical theater at The Boston Conservatory.


  • Kelly Bangstad married Michael Wilz on July 24, 2006.
  • Heather Lee married Jason Binger on June 24, 2006.
  • Tracy Faschingbauer married Tim Wilson on July 22, 2006.
  • Katie Galloway married Owen Thoele on October 21, 2006.
  • Ryan Meulemans married Nicole Ostrem on June 23, 2006.
  • Charlie Potts married Angie Peterson ’04 on June 17, 2006.
  • JR Roever married Suzanne Tack on August 18, 2006.
  • Jennifer Thissen married Justin Swain on October 7, 2006.
  • LaDawn Tyrrell married Raymond Delgado on September 1, 2006.
  • Laura Yudt married Chad Custer ’03 on September 30, 2006.
  • 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.

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 a few methods of submission.  First, you can call the Alumni Office (800-487-8437), send the information via the web page ( just click on “Alumni” and then “Your News.”  If you send the news by email to, we (the class agents) and the Alumni Office will also receive it.  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 spring 2007.  If you are graduating this spring, getting married this summer, have new members of your family, made a career move, or did something else that is of interest to our class, please let us know!

Cassie Carver Larson & Hal DeLaRosby



Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard

The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events:  Theatre Reunion May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by admission to the cast party on February 10.  The Cherry Orchard will be Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement.  A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production.  The alumni cast includes:  Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97.  A sold-out performance is expected for this unique celebration, so order your tickets soon.  For more information and to order tickets, go to the Cherry Orchard site from <>.

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau, given prior to Phil’s death last April, established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name.  Lindau, a commodities broker and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater.  The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <>.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus

Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations.  Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming.  For more information go to <> or contact the Athletic Department at 507/933-7617.

Upcoming Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus String Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir will tour Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances are scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra will be in Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • The Cherry Orchard Gala Performance – February 10
  • Orlando Gustie Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Gustie Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Gustie Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12