Class of 2001
January 2011

10-Year Reunion ― September 30 – October 1, 2011

Dear Classmates,

Ten years ago at this time we were preparing for our final semester at Gustavus during our last J-Term.  Can you believe it has been 10 years already?  As evidenced by the Class News section below, change continues to be upon us resulting in new additions to our families, educational advancement, changes in career, and other events that mark the passage of time.

In preparation for the 10-year Reunion activities planned for September 30 – October 1, 2011, the 2001 Reunion Committee will be sending out more class letters in the coming months.  Our hope is to keep you informed with all the spectacular happenings with our class as well as what is happening at Gustavus Adolphus College.  And that for those who are able, we hope that you can join us for the events we have planned this upcoming Homecoming.

Class Reunion Giving

As we begin the countdown to our reunion, we hope you will consider a gift to Gustavus during our reunion year, in honor of our 10 years out.  At our last reunion we had a little fun with the $20.01, but feel free to do what you are able−as participation is the key.  Did you know that if every member of our class gave this amount, we’d break our class record of giving with over $10,000 from members of the Class of 2001?  Our record so far has been $7,533 in a fiscal year and we hope to top that this year.  It’s super easy to give online−just go to:  Enclosed you will find a Reunion Giving/Pledge card for your convenience−we hope you will make Gustavus a part of your philanthropy this year.  Thank you.

Class Agent News

For over 60 years Gustavus has employed a Class Agent model to maintain the connection between the graduating classes and the college.  I have had the privilege of serving in that role along with Lana Elsenpeter Matzek (2006 – present) and Cassie Carver Larson (2001-2006) since 2001.  Starting this next fall, Gustavus will be transitioning to a new model that will incorporate five classmates in newly defined alumni roles.  In February I will be attending an Alumni leadership meeting to hear more about these roles and be able to share the new model with you in a future letter.

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Co-Class Agent

Class News

New Additions to the Family

  • Jonathan Walker was born to Christopher and Sarah (Jackson) Ashbach on June 29, 2010.
  • Tessa was born to Chris Deschneau and Elizabeth Deshneau on December 15, 2009.
  • Ava Rose was born to Shannon Hogan Gorman and Paul Gorman on July 20, 2010.
  • Cove Durward was born to Kenneth Helvig on September 8, 2010.
  • Evelyn was born to Leah Wessman Herdrich and Benjamin Herdrich in January 2009.
  • Azalea June was born to Bjorn Knudson and Toni Joy Knudson on September 10, 2010.
  • Morgan June was born to Christopher Krug and Angela Krug on September 10, 2010.
  • Bennett John was born to Ryan Meulemans and Nicole Meulemans on May 21, 2010.
  • Scarlett Katherine was born to Andy ʼ00 and Jackie (Moen) Miller on September 10, 2010.
  • Reagan was born to Shelly Wroge Norman and Ryan Norman on September 29, 2010.
  • Luna Maluhia was born to Whitney Rea and Juba Mwedno ʼ02 on February 8, 2010.
  • Willa June was born to Mary Vogen Roswick and Chad Roswick on June 1, 2010.

Career Moves

  • Erin Cederlind is the administrative assistant for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and is a member of the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
  • Theresa Borak Cordova is donor services coordinator with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and teaches ballet at Canyon Concert Ballet.
  • Chris Deschneau is a manager of National Account Contract Compliance at G&K Services.
  • Amy Dolin-Castillo is an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, launching
  • Regan Nitz Dose is a senior human resources generalist with Young America Corporation.
  • Brent Fury works for Home Energy Center.
  • Ryan McAnnany works for Ryan Companies.
  • Dana Menard is an independent financial advisor at Financial Dimensions Group, Inc.
  • Sarah O’Donnell Meredith is the director of conferences and investor relations for Cityscape with IIR Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Jonathan Poole is a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, currently assigned to Washington, DC.
  • Carlie Thompson Sevcik is a sales specialist with Cachet Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Dawn Krabbenhoft Stapleton is a general surgeon for Lakeview Clinic in Waconia, MN.
  • Mandy Thompson Steier is employed by Sanford Health System.
  • Annie Dokken Stroup is a school counselor for Bloomington Public Schools.

Educational Endeavors

  • Christopher Ashbach is currently enrolled in the master’s in organizational leadership program at Bethel University.
  • Amy Dolin-Castillo was selected for the TiE Startup Leadership program.
  • Dana Menard is currently enrolled in the certified financial planner certificate program at The University of St. Thomas.
  • David Savage graduated from University of California – San Francisco with a Ph.D. in biophysics.
  • Annie Dokken Stroup graduated from University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a master’s degree in school counseling.


  • Theresa Borak and Francisco Cordova were married on July 31, 2010.
  • Tricia Niebuhr and Mark Lancaster were married on September 18, 2010.
  • Heidi Johnson and John McAllister were married on August 8, 2009.
  • Sarah O’Donnell and Tim Meredith were married on September 5, 2009.
  • Abby DeHoop and Shawn Snyder were married on July 23, 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!  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

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir is embarking on a tour of Italy this month.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, will travel to and sing at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students are learning about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.  Joining the Gustavus Choir is a companion tour of 15 Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd
  • Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth
  • Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI
  • Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker at both the breakfasts for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Seattle – January 27 – Pike Brewing Company
  • Tucson – February 8 – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’66 ʼ67 residence
  • Phoenix – February 10 – Fired Up Grill
  • Denver – February 11 – Denver Athletic Club
  • Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table
  • New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club
  • Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 2