Class of 2001
April 2007

Dear Classmates,

My wife Anna, who attended a university much larger than Gustavus, is convinced that Gusties are all part of a cult.  These revelations came to her during a recent set of airport travels.  The typical wardrobe I wear while traveling consists of either a Gustavus sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt.  It’s a half-truth that I try to convince my wife that they are broken in and comfortable for travel (having not shopped at the Book Mark in over five years for new apparel), but she knows that the real reason I wear it is to see how many people I can get to talk to me about Gustavus.  Anna is convinced that we are all obligated through our alumni status to meet and greet each other while traveling, but I know that there is a bit of jealousy of the simple connections I make simply wearing some Gustavus clothing whereas her alma mater’s sweatshirt does not draw the same enthusiasm from strangers.

Most of the people who approach me in the airports, I have never met before.  Not only do I get to meet alums, but I am also approached by parents of Gustavus students as well as other people who have connections to the college.  My favorite conversation was a few minutes spent with a woman who graduated Gustavus in the 1940s.  She spotted me (or rather, the three crowns on my clothing) and had her daughter wheel her over so she could share with me her wonderful experience at Gustavus.  “Of course, back then, they had the men and women in separate dormitories…”

These meetings of chance are one of the ways that I am sure that it is a small world after all.  But, I suppose some people are skeptical, saying that it’s too easy to run into Gusties at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.  Consider then a summer trip I had to Boston recently.  While joining a friend on the Freedom Trail during a high tourist season, I ran into two other Gusties within a span of 30 minutes:  a former librarian that I recognized by face and a classmate, Tyson Acker, who just happened to be viewing a historic landmark as I passed by.  In these situations, none of the parties involved were wearing Gustavus clothing, so I can only imagine that throughout the day I could have passed others that had Gustavus connections.  (My friend, a University of Wisconsin alum, failed at finding any familiar faces or Badger clothing during the remainder of our time in Boston.)  Perhaps had I been wearing a three crowns t-shirt that day, I may have been stopped by others?

I am curious to hear if anyone has similar experiences during travels.  Or test it out yourself by wearing some Gustavus clothing during the next time you travel.  And if it’s time for some new Gustavus apparel and you don’t live in the greater St. Peter area, you can always shop for some apparel online at

Go Gusties!

Hal and Cassie

2001 Co-class Agents

Future Gusties

  • Jack Henry was born to Amanda Erickson Feterl on September 14, 2006.
  • Noah Andrew was born to Heidi Friederichs Hermel and Andy Hermel on November 20, 2006.
  • Kylie Anne was born to Corene Laue Swansson and Chris Swansson ’99 on October 17, 2006.
  • Lukas Alexander was born to Jessica Martin and Matthew Johnson ’00 on January 10, 2007.
  • Finn was born to Mickey Pearson and Keely Johnson Pearson ’00 on April 13, 2006.
  • Brayden William was born to Dana Prehn Hoof on September 5, 2006.
  • Landon was born to Jen Sather Olson on September 12, 2006.
  • Jacob James was born to Megan Shorma Arnold and her husband on January 4, 2007.
  • Chase Levi was born to Sara Sorenson Quale and Dustin Quale on August 28, 2006 (Correction       in the child’s name from last newsletter - our apologies!)
  • Adelyn Lucille was born to Jeremy Zabel and Katie Zabel ’03 on February 8, 2007.

Career Moves

  • Josh Batalden is now employed by New York Life Insurance Company.
  • Abby DeHoop is the program education sales and event coordinator for the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
  • Meg Dimpfel is an occupational therapist at the VA Medical Center.
  • Laura Graen Rapacz is an actuary for Saint Paul Travelers.
  • Stephanie Guy Gruchalla recently became a partner in a dental practice in Fargo, North Dakota ―  McDonald & Gruchalla, DDS, PC.
  • Jackie McKeown Maman works in the Department of Museum Photo Rights at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Dana Menard is an independent financial advisor with Financial Dimensions Group, Inc. in the Twin Cites.
  • Greg Mortensen recently opened Elite Health Chiropractic Center in Winthrop, Minnesota.
  • Graziela Tanaka is a campaigner for the global activist online network in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Charlie Olson is a programmer for Raven Software.
  • Tracy Regenscheid Warn is a senior process analyst for Target Corporation.
  • Megan Shorma Arnold is the Girls Team Program Director for a private Gymnastics Club.
  • Jason Tomalia is a producer at Barefoot and Dreaming Productions, Inc.

Education Moves

  • Becky Kelley Brewer is studying special education at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Mitch Brinks recently obtained the professional level of certified wetland delineator in the state of Minnesota.
  • Traci Faschingbauer Wilson obtained her master’s of art in political science from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
  • Jackie McKeown Maman is attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a master’s degree in modern art history, theory and criticism.
  • Guy Mattson is attending Hamline School of Law.
  • Charlie Olson recently completed his master’s of computer science at the University of Minnesota.
  • Owen Thoele is attending the University of Minnesota Dental School.


Now, speaking of classmates in graduate school…we’ve been asked by fellow classmate, Rachel Peterson, to help her with a research project.  Please help if you can!

A plea for help!


I am a 2001 GAC graduate.  I am working to complete my dissertation research for my Ph.D. and certainly could use your help!  I would appreciate it if you would read the following paragraph and help me if possible.

Are you interested in helping improve the effectiveness of current weight-loss programs?  If you are currently or ever have been overweight and dieted at some point in your life, we hope that you will participate in a brief online study (less than 40 minutes).  Studies such as this cannot be conducted without the participation of individuals like you.  The current study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Central Florida.  Rachel Peterson is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate and the study is her dissertation research, which is supervised by Dr. Stacey Tantleff Dunn, an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida.  The study is available via: 

Men and women are needed for this study, and you must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Rachel Peterson, M.S.


Stacey Tantleff Dunn, Ph.D.




  • Robyn Wyatt married Corey Eilers ’99 on June 3, 2006.
  • Kelly Martin married Aaron Schoenecker on July 25, 2006.
  • Dana Menard married Sonja Spande ’03 on November 4, 2006.
  • Tracy Regenscheid married Edward Warn on September 16, 2006.
  • Amanda Thompson married Lucas Steier on December 16, 2006.

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 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, or you can email your information to: and it will go to both the Alumni Office and your class agents.  (Cool, huh.)  So, get on the web and send us your info!  Our next publication is scheduled for fall 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 & Hal DeLaRosby


Campus News

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors. 

Greater Gustavus AwardGiven to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College

  • Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74

Distinguished Alumni CitationsRecognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement

  • Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.

First Decade AwardsRecognizes early professional achievement

  • Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.

Linnaeus Symposium Celebrates Birth of Carl Linnaeus

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, Gustavus will host its second Linnaeus Symposium, Linnaeus @ 300, on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. The daylong conference will feature presentations by ethnobotanists Mark Plotkin and Paul Alan Cox, and Linnaean scholars Hans Odoo and Paula Robbins. The day will also include tours of Linnaeus Arboretum, a special photography exhibition by Anders Bjorling, music, dance, and a Scandinavian feast. Visit <> or call 507/933-6181 to learn more.    

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 trader 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.

“Community Food Security” is Theme of MAYDAY! Peace Conference

"Community Food Security" is the theme for this year's Gustavus MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held on May 2.  This is an annual conference, devoted to a topic relating to human rights and social justice.  Among other events, the daylong conference will feature presentations from author Janet Poppendieck, who wrote Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, and Mike Hamm, Ph.D., chair of sustainable agriculture at Michigan State University.  For more information call the Office of College Relations at 507/933-7520.

Gustavus Choir Reunion to Celebrate 75 Years

Alumni and friends of the Gustavus Choir are welcome to attend a reunion on Saturday, May 5.  The day will include an alumni choir rehearsal, a banquet for past and current members of the choir, and a full concert with both the alumni choir and the Gustavus Choir.  For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts Programs at 507/933-7013.

Celebrating 75 Years of Theatre at Gustavus

The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years of theatre at Gustavus with a reunion on May 11 and 12.  Highlights of the weekend will include an afternoon program sharing memories and monologs from the past 75 years and viewing the performance of The Tempest in Anderson Theatre.  For more information and to register, go to the theatre reunion section of the Alumni website at <> or call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Linnaeus Symposium - April 25
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations – April 28
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Community Food Security - May 2
  • Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
  • Lindau Symposium – May 8
    Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion  - May 11-12
  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26