Class of 2001
January 2010

Happy New Year!

This past holiday season marked the first time that I did not return “home” to Minnesota.  In talking with classmates, it seems that whether through age, change in location, demands of employment, or additions to family it creates a new dynamic for how and with whom our time is spent in late December.  Our semester break during our junior year ten years ago seems remarkably different for us then when comparing to where we are now.  As evidenced by the “New Additions to the Family” section below, a number of us are going through a generational shift we are no longer part of the youngest generation in our families thereby starting the processes of creating our own traditions.  Gustavus President Jack Ohle remarked to me once that it was when he and his wife, Kris, had their first son that they made the decision that “Christmas would be in our house” and with that began the transition from traveling to see their parents to staying home and creating their own holiday traditions.  Recently I read an interview with Garrison Keillor about how he sees his mythical town of Lake Wobegone continually changing with time with the one exception that when the young people leave the town they do not return and it connected with me and my recent experience of not being home for the holidays.

As I write this letter I am once again immersed in the culture of J-Term.  Since I work at Pacific Lutheran University and therefore consider myself as never having left college (Billy Madison:  “Stay in school as long as you can!”) I have the opportunity to live vicariously through my students.  Those who remained on campus are taking classes like “Makah Culture,” “Digital Photography,” “Mediation Training,” “Introduction to Egyptology,” “Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and other Natural Hazards,” “Christians in Nazi Germany,” “History of Jazz,” “Social and Political Philosophy,” “Astronomy,” “Terrorism and Counterterrorism,” and “Native American Religious Traditions.”  My other students are currently on Study Away classes on all seven continents (yes, there is a group circling Antarctica via boat and stopping to pet penguins as I type this) and I can keep up with their adventures through blog postings from Ecuador, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, China, Uganda, New Zealand, and other locations.  In a recent phone conversation Lana Elsenpeter Matzek and I were reminiscing about our J-Term classes at Gustavus and realized that we had taken “Images of Women and the Media” from Dr. Brammer together our junior year.  Yes, I must be getting older when I lecture students on enjoying the pace and curiosity that comes with J-Term because there are no more J-Term experiences after college.

Gustavus has been posting some updates on current students and their J-Term experiences.  You can find out more about these and other Gustavus stories, on Blogs at Gustavus: or check out the Alumni Blog at:

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Co-Class Agent

Class News

New Additions to the Family

  • Nathan Richard was born to Amy Karban Ackert and Joe Ackert on July 29, 2009.
  • Nadia was born to Heather Lee Binger and Jason Binger on April 15, 2009.
  • Adam Rowan was born to Corrie Segerstrom Dufresne and Andy Dufresne on September 19, 2009.
  • Mikko James was born to Erin Seal Johnson and Matthew Johnson on July 27, 2009
  • Noah was born to Paige Stensberg Lathrop and Dan Lathrop on May 31, 2009.
  • Abby Katherine was born to Ann Young Lehmkuhler and Dean Lehmkuhler on April 16, 2009.
  • Ishaan Vikram was born to Shefalika Agarwal Naik and Vikram Naik on January 3, 2009.
  • Griffin Willard was born to Kristin Kimball Olson and Linus Olson on February 8, 2009.
  • Hayden was born to Lisa Marquardt Partyka and Christopher Partyka on April 4, 2009.
  • Sophia Lynn was born to Sonja Cordes Pothen and Chad Pothen on June 15, 2009.
  • Ethan and Owen were born to Charlie Potts and Angie Peterson Potts ’04 on April 29, 2009
  • Alice Ann was born to Laura Graen Rapacz and Ryan Rapacz on August 4, 2009.
  • Isla Maria was born to Dawn Krabbenhoft Stapleton and Mark Stapleton on May 26, 2009.
  • Cole Alexander was born to Judd Thomas and Christine Knapp Thomas on May 24, 2009.
  • Merrick was born to Billie Shorma Vest and Joshua Vest ’02 on January 31, 2008 and Macy was born on May 6, 2009.

Career Moves

  • Tyson Acker is a mechanic with Freewheel Bike.
  • Chris Ashbach is self-employed and works with Trade Options.
  • April Meyer Barkeim is an executive manager with CMC Properties.
  • Beth Gusenius is the program coordinator for undergraduate music at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Lynne Herolt is the event and marketing coordinator at Freedom Plaza – an independent senior living community in Sun City Center, FL.
  • Lyndsay Larson Howard is an attorney and opened Howard Family Law.
  • Kim Huchthausen is a data analyst at Benesyst.
  • Jerah Nielsen is an air traffic trainer for the Chenegua Corporation.
  • Jon Oleson is an estimating associate with Viracon.
  • Judd Thomas has been promoted to manager of tax compliance at the Mosaic Company.
  • Kelly Bangstad Wilz teaches in the communication arts department at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County.

Educational Endeavors

  • Jenny Schlief Bennett is pursuing her Master's in Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
  • Jacob Thorius passed the Professional Engineer Exam and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Iowa.
  • Jessica Wagner completed her anesthesiology residency at Yale and is currently a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow at Children’s National Media Center.


  • Devin Colvin and Emily Brown were married on September 19, 2009.
  • Jennifer Senn Gauwitz and Nick Gauwitz were married on December 20, 2008.
  • Kimberly Johnson and Herman Lo were married on October 10, 2009.
  • Brandon Navara and Marie Vadnais were married on August 22, 2009.
  • Alison Ninmann Pau and Tyler Pau were married on June 26, 2009.

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, new addition to the family, education, career, or miscellaneous updates that you would like us to publish in our next newsletter, there is a simple method of submission.  You can send the information to Gustavus via the web page ( by clicking on Alumni and then “Your News,” or email and that information will be sent directly to Gustavus and to your Class Agents.  So, get on the web and send us your information!  Our next publication is scheduled for April 2010.  If you plan to graduate, get married, enroll in a new educational program, add new members to your family, make a career move, or do something else that is of interest to our class, please let us know!

Hal DeLaRosby and Lana Elsenpeter Matzek

Campus News

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly or 800-635-7801.

Martin Luther King Day Events

The Diversity Center is sponsoring two events in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking at Chapel on Monday, Jan. 18 will be C. T. Vivian, a minister, author, and close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement. Daily chapel will begin at 10 a.m., with Rev. Vivian speaking from 10:20-11 a.m. and answering questions from 11-11:15 a.m. Also on Jan. 18, Mixed Blood Theatre will be presenting the play “Daughters of Africa” at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting  The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page.  Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story.  To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 20 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90
  • Jan. 26 – Job Transition Workshop – Transfiguration Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 9 – Destin, Florida brunch – Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Feb. 17 – Twin Cities Breakfast – Gustavus Financial Officers
  • Feb. 19 – Tucson Chapter Event – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ’66 residence
  • Feb. 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event – Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford ’59 ’59 residence