Class of 2001
April 2010

Happy Spring!

After the January class letter I asked the Gustavus Alumni Office how many of our classmates received the class letter.  Lana Elsenpeter Matzek and I enjoyed gathering the updates and sending them out, but were unsure who has been able to view the updates.  The best estimate indicates that almost everyone receives the class letter either by e-mail (about 70% of the class) or sent via postal mail (about 30% of the class).  As an interesting comparison, the Class of 2009 has about 96% of their class receiving their class letters via e-mail.  If you would like to update your class letter preferences to change your e-mail or mailing address, you may do so via the Gustavus Alumni web site.  (Especially those of you who still list your parent’s address for Gustavus mailings!)  As always, you are welcome to join our Class of 2001 group on Facebook to connect with classmates.

In September Lana and I will be set to start the one year countdown to our 10-year anniversary in Fall 2011, which will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Gustavus.  (Hmm, I thought only old people had 10-year college anniversaries, when the heck did that happen to us?)  We hope that you all have updated e-mail address and/or mailing addresses so we can keep you updated with the events leading up to the celebrations.  Anyone interested in joining us for the planning?

As many of us also share connections with Gusties that were a year or two ahead of and behind us in graduation, I thought you might be interested to hear about the First Decade Awards that were named for two members of the Class of 2000.  They were awarded to Christine Torborg, Bethesda, MA, senior research fellow, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Brian Smith, Oxford, England, tenure-track faculty position, visiting scientist, Clarendon Laboratory, experimental quantum optics and quantum applications, University of Oxford.

In preparation for the sesquicentennial some changes have already begun at Gustavus.  This last week a ground breaking ceremony was held for a new state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot academic building west of Christ Chapel.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, economics and management, history, psychology, and sociology and anthropology.  The College intends to have the new academic building achieve at least a Gold LEED Certification.  The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.  Also included in the construction plans are two other projects, the development of a West Mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of and addition to the Anderson Social Science Building.  Needless to say, Gustavus continues to change its appearance in our absence, but should make for a unique look when we gather in Fall 2011.

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Co-Class Agent

Class News

New Additions to the Family

  • Henry Sylus was born to Nick and Elizabeth (Grinsteinner) Grzechowiak on September 14, 2009.
  • Shelby Hannah was born to Cassie Carver Larson and Mark Larson on September 3, 2009.
  • Ruth Noelle was born to Bryan ’00 and Leslie (Bachman) McWhite on July 15, 2009.
  • Olivia Mabel was born to Sarah Opseth Rowe and Tim Rowe on September 19, 2009.
  • Lucy Morgan was born to Jesse ’98 and Lisa (Veenhuis) Schoen in December 2008.
  • Cyrus was born to Jacy Bowen Shrestha and Sarad Shrestha on August 27, 2009.
  • Nicole Anne was born to Annie Dokken Stroup and Kyle Stroup on November 27, 2009.

Career Moves

  • Julie Fossell is a Hospice nurse with Allina Hospice in St Paul, MN.
  • Dehlia Seim is an associate attorney at Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick, P.A., in Duluth, MN.
  • Sarah Opseth Rowe is a radiologic technologist for HealthPartners in Minneapolis, MN.

Educational Endeavors

  • Tim Wilson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford.
  • Traci Faschingbauer Wilson is a Ph.D. student in politics at the University of Oxford.


  • Katie Racine and Erik Stone were married on February 26, 2010.

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 a 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,” and that information will be sent directly to one of your Class Agents.  So, get on the web and send us your info!  Our next publication is scheduled for September 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

2001 Class Agents

Campus News

Alumnus, Kurt Elling ’89, Wins Grammy Award

Kurt Elling, a 1989 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, took home his first Grammy Award Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Elling won the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. This year marked the ninth time Elling was nominated for a Grammy.  Elling typically performs annually at Gustavus and did so most recently on Oct. 10, 2009 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.  He has also had the distinct honor to perform in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their 350 guests at the White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, 2009.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event – Denver Athletic Club