Class of 2001
October 2010

10-Year Reunion ― October 1, 2011

Dear Classmates,

Two weeks ago I was able to return to St. Peter and start the planning process for our 10-year class reunion.  Over the course of this next year you will be updated on the preparations of our 10-year anniversary in Fall 2011, which will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Gustavus.

Plans are already in the works and we look forward to providing you details of the activities later this fall.  I want to thank Lana Elsenpeter Matzek, Jeremy Carlson, David Kogler, Charlie Potts, Samantha Kemming, Neal Boeder, Kristi Jacobson Hartman and Ed Rudberg for their assistance with the initial planning and preparation phase.  If you are interested in joining us with reunion planning this next year, please contact Kathy Erlandsen at Gustavus ( and she will forward your name on to those of us on the Reunion Planning Committee.

In one month David Kogler will be writing a November class letter which will include more information about the 2011 Homecoming activities.  Additionally, we are hoping to mail these letters to your address and include a small surprise in them.  So if you haven’t updated your mailing address recently, be sure to do so in the next couple of weeks (  If the Gustavus Quarterly is still being sent to your parent’s house, this change is long over due.  ☺)  (And if you still live with your parents, well, that’s an entirely different issue…)

While I was on campus recently I had the opportunity to view the start of a new academic building on campus.  A new state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot academic building west of Christ Chapel is under construction.  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.  (And I saw a tunnel connecting the new building and the library, so the tunnels continue to grow underneath along with the buildings up top!  Not that I would know anything about being in the tunnels…)

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Co-Class Agent


New Additions to the Family

  • Nora was born to Andy Barnick and Amber Barnick on January 2, 2010.
  • Emily Lucinda was born to Regan Nitz Dose and Brad Dose on June 14, 2010.
  • Theodore “Teddy” Bowen was born to Vanessa Linder Foy and Steve Foy on April 2, 2010.
  • Elle Violet born June 7, 2008 and Bode Frederick born July 12, 2010 to Angela Erickson-Grussing and Michael Grussing.
  • Greta Jean was born to Stephanie Guy Gruchalla and Matthew Gruchalla on March 9, 2010.
  • Sophie Dreu was born to Sarah Wahlund Nielsen and Trent Nielsen on October 9, 2009.
  • Taycee Ann was born to Melanie Bitz Paape and Kevin Paape on August 14, 2010.
  • Elizabeth Marie was born to Kelly Martin Schoenecker and Aaron Schoenecker on January 19, 2010.
  • Annabella Catherine was born to Carlie Thompson Sevcik and Joseph Sevick on July 4, 2010.
  • Braeden Jonathan was born to Tessa Peterson Truitt and Jonathan Truitt ’00 on May 9, 2009.
  • Anika was born to Jeremy Zabel and Katie (Carver ’03) Zabel on May 23, 2010.

Career Moves

  • Megan Dobratz is owner and photographer of the Minneapolis based studio Tart ( and also works as an independent sustainable business and green building consultant.
  • Angela Erickson-Grussing is an instructor of Spanish at St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
  • Doug Everling works in product development for OptumHealth.
  • Ryan Gustafson is an exercise science and wellness director at Rasmussen College.
  • Samantha Kemming is the owner of G&T Consulting Inc., an organizational effectiveness consulting group.  She currently serves as a change management consultant for Best Buy.
  • Niki Schultz is an R.N. care coordinator at Axis Healthcare.
  • Jennifer Sickmann works in social media and global interactive marketing at 3M.
  • Tessa Peterson Truitt is an associate veterinarian at Bay Animal Hospital in Essexville, MI.
  • Heather Walker is an activity director for Select Senior Living in Coon Rapids, MN.
  • Josh Schenck Winters is an executive director at Minnesota Public Interest.

Educational Endeavors

  • Doug Everling graduated from the Carlson School of Management with a master’s of business administration degree.


  • 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 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 November 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


Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1990 women’s tennis team’s national championship.  Team members are invited to return to revisit this memorable sports moment.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.

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.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly at 800-635-7801.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  Join us on October 5 & 6, 2010, for Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, as we explore the many levels of this question and hear answers from our seven distinguished panelists.  We will consider the ways in which varied and various conceptions of goodness intersect with, challenge, and are challenged by each other.  We will consider contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals.  You can order tickets online at

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

“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.  October’s speaker is Dr. Lisa Heldke speaking on the topic of Nobel.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 4-5 – Nobel Conference
  • Oct. 8-9 – Family Weekend
  • Oct. 9 – Hall of Fame