Class of 2001
January 2008

Dear Classmates,

Happy election year!  Although I am currently a Wisconsin resident, I snuck across the border into Iowa the other night to be an observer at an Iowa caucus.  It was one of those unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to participate in, albeit not as exciting as standing on the Eiffel Tower, walking the Great Wall, or other experiences you might classify as once-in-a-lifetime.  Nevertheless, it was a fascinating experience to see first-hand the hype involved with our first step towards a new president.  The biggest political excitement I had at Gustavus was watching Mickey Pearson, Adam Johnson, and others on TV as the cameras caught them jumping with excitement at the front row of the Governor Jesse Ventura election party.  That, and handing in my completed political science thesis to Professor Chris Gilbert.

Speaking of new presidents, Gustavus has begun the search for President Jim Peterson’s replacement.  Although he has been at Gustavus for five years, I still refer to him as the “new” president.  I know that a few of our classmates work at Gustavus; anyone want to join them and throw their name in to be the next President?  You would make Axel so proud!

Media Relations Manager Matt Thomas ’00, will be spending his J-Term sitting in on some different classes.  You can read about his observations on the new Office of College Relations blog:  Going to a different class each day and not doing homework?  That sounds like the ultimate J-Term course.  Perhaps he will get to “visit” one of the classes studying in the Caribbean for a day or two…

Anyone else on Facebook?  Since the last class letter, even more classmates have been added to the group.  We started a “Gustavus 2001” group on Facebook and there are currently 42 of us in the group.  If you happen to use Facebook as well, please join us!

And finally, a special thank you to all of you who have donated to the Gustavus Fund this past year.  Last year, 8,000 Gustavus alumni donated over $2,000,000 to the Gustavus Fund, the first time in the school’s history that we have given over two million dollars to the College.  About 20% of our class continues to support Gustavus on a yearly basis with gifts ranging from $20 up to $500.  During our 5-year reunion, our class donated nearly $6,000 to Gustavus.  (But, not to be outdone, the Class of 2002 was recognized this year, as they celebrated their 5-year reunion, for donating close to $15,000 as a challenge to beat our class in giving.)  Thank you for helping to support those students who follow us at Gustavus.

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby
2001 Class Agent

Class News

Future Gusties

  • Lydia Jane to Charles and Angela (DeGreeff) Follett on May 2, 2007.
  • Howie to Steve and Vanessa (Linder) Foy on May 9, 2007.
  • Colby to Todd and Molly (Nemes) Hamer on June 24, 2007.
  • Reagan Mae to Benjamin and Leah (Wessman) Herdrich on October 19, 2005.
  • Vivian Ava to Rebecca Kiesow Knudsen and Greg Kiesow Knudsen on October 2, 2007.
  • Sylvia Elizabeth to Andy ’00 and Jackie (Moen) Miller on August 5, 2007.
  • Cameron Jack to Pieter and Lisa (Hervey) Miller and Pieter Miller on October 31, 2007.
  • Eli Austin to Evan Molde and Tiffany Alstead Molde ’02 on July 1, 2007.
  • Amari Rose to Kevin and Melanie (Bitz) Paape on September 1, 2007.
  • Leif Monte to Mickey Pearson and Keely Johnson Pearson ’02 on October 30, 2007.
  • Benjamin James to Matthew ’03 and Kara (Wachlarowicz) Wallace on October 30, 2007.
  • Owen Stanley William to Bryan ’00 and Leslie (Bachman) McWhite on August 10, 2007.

Career Moves

  • Molly Grisham Altorfer is the director of communications and marketing at Mount Mercy College.
  • Adam Beers is a dentist at the Springfield Medical Center – Mayo Health System.
  • Annie Carvalho is a community development specialist for Freddie Mac.
  • Erin Dana is the assistant director for Academic Advising at Pacific Lutheran University.
  • J.P. Eidel is a specially adapted housing agent for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Ryan Erickson is a geology professor at UW-Superior.
  • Doug Everling has started a business with Ed Rudberg constructing and doing an educational program with rain barrels.  Ed was also a finalist in the Pillsbury Bakeoff competition that will air on the Food Network in April.
  • Virginia Fagerberg is a teacher for the Del Valle school district in Texas.
  • Samantha Kemming Flaherty is an organizational development consultant for Select Comfort.
  • Steph Guy Gruchalla co-owns a dental practice in Fargo, ND.
  • Lynne Herolt is a catering manager at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA.
  • Dana Prehn Hoof is a nurse for the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center.
  • Carrie Hanson Husnik is an intelligence officer and Blackhawk pilot for the Minnesota Army National Guard.
  • Erin Seal Johnson is the Dean of students at Eagle Ridge Academy.
  • Martin Kaduc is manager of sales and support for Revenue Management Systems, Inc. in Barcelona, Spain .
  • Elise Kahl Knobloch is a part-time associate attorney for Thompson Law, P.C.
  • Nick Lundbohm is the co-owner of Campus Chiropractic.
  • Lana Elsenpeter Matzek is an underwriter for Traveler’s Insurance.
  • Brittany Meyer McFadden is the program director for the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota:  Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation and Live Smoke Free.
  • Ben Mondeel is a senior financial analyst for Cargill, Inc.
  • Melinda Siedschlag Moore is a drama teacher for Mounds Park Academy.
  • Ali Ninmann is the student activities coordinator at Spokane Community College.
  • Kristin Kimball Olson is a general accounting manager at Lifetouch, Inc.
  • Eric Refsland is a research lab technician at the University of Minnesota.
  • Josh Salzman is a manager of EMS clinical care and research at Regions Hospital.  Angela Reinhart Salzman is a 6th grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
  • David Savage is a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics at Harvard University.
  • Jayson Seema is a financial analyst for Land ’O Lakes Purina Feed LLC.
  • Kirsten Cullen Sharma is a pediatric neuropsychology fellow at the New York University School of Medicine.
  • Jacy Bowen Shrestha is a school counselor for Elk River Public Schools.
  • Owen Thoele is a dentist for Park Dental in Blaine, MN.  Katie Galloway-Thoele works in corporate giving and environmental sustainability for Aveda Corporation.
  • Rachel Barnitz Von Nagy is a 4th grade teacher for Flinthills Christian School in Kansas.

Educational Endeavors

  • Courtney Lovejoy is in the biochemistry program at Vanderbilt University.
  • Ed Rudberg began graduate school in the natural resource science and management program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Jayson Seema is enrolled at the University of St. Thomas in the MBA program.
  • Becky Smith began graduate school in the epidemiology program at Cornell University.
  • Emily Trnka will complete her master’s of education degree from St. Mary’s University this January.
  • Tim Wilson completed a Ph.D. in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.


  • Katie Becker married Bill Sherck on May 26, 2007.
  • Kirsten Cullen married Ravil Sharma on September 2, 2007.
  • Carrie Hanson married Brad Husnik on January 5, 2007.
  • Samantha Kemming married Nathaniel Flaherty on June 29, 2007.
  • Chris Krug married Angela Pack on July 21, 2007.
  • Nicole Kingston married Shannon Kemp on August 18, 2007.
  • Nick Lundbohm married Brooke Wiessner on January 12, 2007.
  • Joseph McGillivray married Christine Flaska on September 29, 2007.
  • Kyle Momsen married Nicole Annis ’05 on June 30, 2007.
  • Sarah Opseth married Tim Rowe on July 28, 2007.
  • Eric Refsland married Rhena Tantisunthorn on October 6, 2007.
  • Stacie Rogers married Brian Murley on October 27, 2007.
  • Jenny Schlief married Peter Bennett on September 8, 2007.
  • Anne Spence married Travis Harris on October 27, 2007.
  • Sheri Thonstad married Ruben Cleaveland on September 22, 2007.
  • Casey West married Ann Josephson on April 21, 2007.

Share your information

The information that is contained within this newsletter has been submitted either to Gustavus or to your Class Agent 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 if you email to: it will go to each of us class agents and to the alumni office.  So, get on the internet and send us your info!  Our next publication is scheduled for April 2008.  If you graduated this spring, got married this summer, entered a new educational program, 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!

Campus News

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.  Next gathering, Wednesday, January 16, featuring Doug Nimmo, Conductor, Gustavus Wind Orchestra.

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Alumni Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association sponsors insurance products for alumni, spouses, children, and parents.  Products include life insurance, auto, home and renters insurance, and short-term medical insurance to fill temporary needs of new alumni without insurance after graduation and others who may have gaps due to unemployment.  For information about life and short-term medical insurance, call 800-635-7801.  For information about auto, home, and renters insurance, call:  800-524-9400, (800-328-0705, ext. 552 in the Greater Twin Cities area).

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.

College Relations blog

Gustavus College Relations staff has introduced a new blog that will offer commentary and news on a variety of topics pertinent to the campus community as well as some photography, video, and audio content.  During the month of January the blog will feature the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra’s China tour and observations on several January Interim classes.  The new blog can be read at:


Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring music conductor, Doug Nimmo - Jan. 16
  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ - Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ - Jan 22.

For more information on alumni events, go to: